2097 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 08:43 GMT
The budget isn't the problem
Maybe 9 out of 10 "high graded" Graduate "Programmers" (there is not just Comp Sci) can't really program well and never will be good programmers.
You can easily teach a computer language, has anyone ever discovered how to teach programming.
Comments are a double edged sword, they can become out of sync with code and most people are worse at good comments than programming.
A decent description of the function, what the parameters are, what the valid range for each is and what the function returns/modifies is of course a minimum. Include tests on each parameter, even if for performance they have to be commented out on final production version.
They want to squeeze TV spectrum even further AND allow "Bonkers" so called "White Space" (effectively un-policed) to destroy reception of 100s of thousands.
a) A regulator protecting licensed users and maximising nation effectiveness of spectrum
b) An arm of the Treasury tasked with maximising Licence Auction revenues and no interest in protecting consumers from Operators' predatory practices (e.g. high SMS and voice charges subsidising Data and exorbitant EU roaming charges.)
Time to die
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Re: Big Bang & Adams
It's been mathematically proven that each volume has less new content. The next one can be generated automatically.
Not sure why they paid someone to do the recent volume.
Even with $2.6B
They would be doomed anyway without a decent vision. Their current "plan" is slow suicide anyway.
Calender and Contact
Microsoft gave the computing world a kick where it hurt most with Outlook/Exchange and not having the non-mail stuff separate. Not rocket science to write an application that uses a separate messaging package. The whole aim of SW development and easy to use end user applications should be to do SMALLER communicating applications.
In win3.1 I installed a Spelling Checker and it worked for almost everything. On current systems EACH program seems to have it's own checker (often worse than programs 15 years ago). Rubbish and poorly published APIs?
Almost all email
Assumes there are no hackers.
Also I don't wish to have my emails only stored on someone else's server, Microsoft's, Apple's, Yahoo's or Google's.
Email generally is important because so many people use it, and where is the open source WIDELY USED secure (no source spoofing / free spam not just "intercept secuirity) and reliable alternative to Notes, Exchange, IMAP, POP3 and SMTP eh?
Sorry, it sure isn't Twitter or Facebook.
Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks
Well, there is also Camogie. It's alleged that the schools that play that, field those teams on inter-school hockey matches. The Hockey players think they are a little rough.
Then there is the REAL Man's sport. Very like ice hockey, but since there is no ice they use a ball in the air. It's called "Hurling". The US "football" armour might be appropriate.
Hockey is civilised.
24 years latency makes for interesting communication. Asimov or Clarke etc had a short story about it. Just talk and don't worry about a two way conversation.
I wonder what the calling channel is and what kind of modulation?
Won't be long?
Um... We DO have cyborgs. Just not much like Steve Austin.
We are at the wired Telegraph stage still, but progressing.
Re: The real competition isn't TVs
Also a projector 3:1 optical zoom makes sense. Small screen for 16:9 regular TV and largest for near 3:1 made for Cinema on BluRay etc
approx 28" (4:3 diagonal, 36" if 16:9 with bars at side) is grand for made for 4:3 content (you really don't want more than 28" on VHS, why has a 42" HDTV no "shrink" function?)
36" for Academy format old B&W
42" for made for TV HD
72" (16:9 diagonal) for wider than 2.3:1 made for Cinema HD.
All approximate for a 2.5m approx viewing distance
I'm not interested in Stereoscopic TV. Wake me when they figure how to do consumer 3D.
Re: It's the "O" that's got me spooked
OLED short life was deemed acceptable in phones as they get lost, broken, upgraded, nor is screen on 16 hours a day as it is with some people (my mother maybe watches 4hrs TV, but switches it on at breakfast time... ) . There was always scepticism that the technology would scale to larger displays with acceptable yield and that people would accept a short life. It's not like "real" R G B LEDs as used in large stadium and hall panels (and presumably the Sony "Crystal" display), they are more like printed "organic" EL with diode characteristics and phosphors and filters to get the colour.
I can't see OLED ever being mainstream on larger than cheap phones. If Sony solve yield and production issues on their "crystal" display that will kill OLED for TV.
A hybrid LCD / LED is also an option, some panels already use R G B LED arrays instead of simple "white" LED backlights on LCD to enhance low resolution picture contrast and quality. Perhaps one R G B set of LEDs for a 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 block of LCD pixels and then no filter stripes. If the LEDs can be fabricated to have only one polarisation then even greater efficiency is possible with the LCD pixels.
For TV use the signal doesn't even have full resolution RGB, only Luminance because the eye is less sensitive to colour detail than brightness detail, especially on moving images.
Re: protecting us from spam
If Google policies are allowed to reign, we'll eat spam and believe it's smoked salmon.
Why exactly do people trust Google more than the ITU?
I think the last paragraph is wrong
But selling spectrum to one owner, for their exclusive use, could eventually become history, with moves like this one ensuring no-one has reliably utilised radio spectrum.
Licence Free "White space" radio is only OK if it's the ONLY thing on a band. It may be feasible at 3.5GHz and higher to share as propagation is increasingly "line of Sight" only on the higher microwave bands.
But below 2GHz it becomes increasingly a disaster and isn't workable at all at 700MHz.
See what the Mobile phone companies think about sharing their 800, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz "White spaces"?
Loads of server deployments don't need even 32 bit operations, never mind 64 bit. On addressing the overhead of extending beyond 32 bits is small. But again many server deployments don't need more than 4Gbytes and if you are running virtual servers on 16G RAM, then the overhead of any address extending scheme is small.
Supercomputers, Rendering, Modelling, Workstations etc can benefit from 64bits. But I just don't see the need if you are using multiple cheap server nodes each with own RAM.
Re: C# is dead
It was a good rip off of Java and far better than the abomination called vb.net, which has 666 on its forehead. VB6 was the last real VB
I have a Modula-2 compiler released when NT3.5 was young. It still compiles and runs native W32 applications on XP, I used to write DLLs in it and call them from VB6 and C++, as writing GUI code without a visual IDE is like loading MS Office via binary and toggle switches instead of reading a disk file. I really feel for the Tribe of Delphi. We do seem to be going backwards.
They obviously watched or read "Ice Station Zebra"
David Irving the Historian?
Never heard of him.
I do know of one that is a Neo-Nazi Apologist. The real Nazis probably would have sent him to a camp. They didn't lie as much about the "cleansing" of Gypsies, Homosexuals, Mentally subnormal, Religious "Fanatics" and Jews.
Probably true, but it was very bitter NSN "Siemens" folk that I met in Munich. I think it was Munich. There was an airport, airplane flight, a bigger airport, a drive and then a large German city (I guess German based on the signage).
Frightening that nowadays when you travel the Hotels and Airports all seem as if they use the same catalogues and there are all the same shops. Apart from USA, UK, Israel, Japan and some Arabs* everyone seems to use the same money now too. :-) Since the Arabs and most of the Asians seems to sell in US Dollars they must not trust their own money. I'll believe US is really in Trouble and Euro really succeeding when oil is priced in it. With Europe's luck that will be about a month before Arab oil runs out.
We have no Asda or Poundland here, I was in a "Foreign" place and Poundland was identical to local "Dealz" and Asda seems very similar to Tesco. Except they had a Polariod TV for sale. Why does someone think recycling name of a dead Instant film company to sell an obsolete TV is a good idea? (no HD reception on the TV).
Perhaps Balloon or Aircraft launched rockets sound good, but the actual numbers don't really work? For the aircraft there is the fuel to simply lift the aircraft as high as possible.
Israel is looking at air launches, but that is more a case of being able to have a launch point outside Israel. For some reason Rocket launches in Israel make the neighbours nervous.
It's meaningless to talk about the Colour Temperature or how nice the "White" looks, if the spectrum is spikey or has gaps. LEDs are all worse than CFLs and of course the WORSE is an RGB LED adjusted to give a perfect Colour Temperature. RGB is an optical illusion that works for displays where the original image capture was full continuous spectrum using three (or more) curves to simulate the eye's response,
Also you need to compare the angle / dispersion of the light. The claims of CFL output vs Halogen are inflated. Taking into account ageing and temperature, x4 or less is more realistic over life than the x6 or x5 often quoted. While LED are now impressive the colour rendition is rubbish and the extra efficiency vs Florescent / CFL is exaggerated too. The lifetime is of course the AVERAGE life at ideal voltage and operating temperature, so the actual life of CFLs can be a problem.
Also the capacitors can dry out in the CFL and LED SMPSU (=Electronic ballast) creating a huge amount of RFI. Some makers leave out filtering. This is a problem with "electronic ballast" on tubes too now. The "hum" is badly designed mounts / bad fitting etc from the ballast choke. Nothing to do with Florescent Tube. Any I've fitted with "hum" over last 40 years I have cured.
I'm currently replacing LEDs and CFLs with more pleasing Halogens and in "work areas" with conventional Florescent tubes using passive choke (inductor) ballasts. You can even get more deluxe fittings for tubes with "filament" transformers for instant start, almost no flicker and dimmable.
I first saw flat EL panel lamps in 1971. Problem was short life. Longer life "organic" ones have been on sale for years, so it's hard to know what is different with these new lights. Also OLEDs used in phones etc are not really LEDs in the normal sense but actually an array of organic EL devices which happen to have diode like properties. Perhaps these new panels are similar organic EL tech, in which case, yes you can have lovely "Colour Temperature" and a rubbish spectrum.
Maybe too soon to suggest it?
Lego should have a turn now?
Re: Keep in mind (Deleted Posts)
Maybe loads of posts are deleted all the time and they don't tell us and this is new openness from El Reg.
Sometimes a post was deleted because it was correction (which is included). This before there was a Correction link. I know I had such a post "deleted" once. It didn't mean there was anything evil.
Some threads seem to be pre-moderated and some post moderated and it may vary by account? It could have been spam.
"This is nothing like as quick as the human brain,"
It's probably nothing like the human Brian either.
I'm not sure what research like this can achieve, but at least it's research and may achieve something, though probably not AI.
Studying Neurons may be as related to brain function as pigment chemistry is to art. Also while we know particular areas are used when we do or sense various things, you can relearn these things in many cases when that part of brain is destroyed. Also we still have no useful definition of Intelligence (or Stupidity, perhaps you need a degree of intelligence to be stupid) or reasonable method of measurement (IQ tests and Psychometric Testing test certain Memory and Reasoning features that seem to somehow be related to Intelligence. They don't actually measure intelligence).
Neuron simulation is good research in its own right, but may be a dead end for creating real AI. All existing AI systems are actually not AI at all by any meaningful non-Computer definition of Intelligence, though useful.
Re: One advantage in not having advertising..
At some stage someone decided people not in UK would get a different landing page and adverts. Both ones disguised as articles (Travel?) and an un-skipable advert at the start of every video.
I never watch the videos any more.
Today there’s a mini-industry urging journalists to "learn to code", but Mike Smartt thought that was an unforgivable a distraction. “No coding was necessary – in fact, the use of HTML by writers became a sackable offence,” he recalled.
I still have a home made MIDI breakout board (basically the Opto-isolators and DIN sockets wired to a 15 pin D connector). But nothing with a PC Game port. Well I have ISA cards and maybe one PCI SB card with a "game port". May try it on my Media PC and the Yamaha PSR-600 keyboard.
Great last line
My friends tell me Microsoft will save us from IBM. But who will save us from Microsoft?
Or From Google. Microsoft is beginning to look benevolent. If they'd only kill the Ribbon and the User Interface Formerly called Metro for anything bigger than 5".
We're doomed really.
... Wanders off and looks at RiscOS on PI again.
Obviously this new highlights when you need to go for therapy. or a beer, instead of posting more self opinionated gibberish.
It's a bad sign that I don't even remember when I switched to current nick. Where did I leave my coat?
MS OS/2, Lanmanager and NT3.5
OS/2 Warp was two years too late.
They slipped up
There should be no settings if there are not approvals and requisite TX and RX filters.
It's for Penguins, Rooks, McFeegles, Gnomes or Smurfs. Too small for actual humans or even Dwarves.
What percentage would buy XP with SP4 proper File Explorer and choice of skins with all spurious services off by default and no "crapware" pre-installed and NT4.0 Enterprise's support for 16G RAM?
It would boot faster than Win7 or Win8
More Software runs on it.
More memory is free for applications
Maybe MS lost sight of what users actually need and want (not the same) about 10 years ago?
How much "success" has each version of Windows because there is no choice and it's pre-installed?
Re: Used for anything?
But the TV receivers and set-boxes are not reporting which TV mast they hear. Which in 10s of thousands of cases is not the one the Database thinks they are on.
Also in many cases the propagation of the "White Space" device may be x2 to x10 more than expected. "White Space" is a deliberate Euphemism. These gadgets are going to transmit on actually used TV channels. Not separate Spectrum.
Mobile 3G and 4G/LTE has white space in exactly the same sense as TV. Why doesn't Ofcom try this at 800, 900, 1800, 1900 (DECT Phones) and 2100 MHz phone bands?
DECT phones work on auto channel assignment because they are used for short periods and indoors and only share the spectrum with other smart phones.
These "White Space" devices can only be deployed on a dedicated band. It's Criminal vandalism to deploy them IN the TV band as proposed.
Unless you are on the Settee watching a media centre the cabled keyboard and mice makes more sense.
There are two more reasons than just the batteries. Some of the cordless mice/keyboards even need their own USB micro dongle anyway.
Re: Horribly complicated and over engineered
Google "hidden transmitter syndrome" on Packet Radio.
It won't work without a database.
Even WITH a database, it will still cause interference. It's not possible to make an accurate enough database.
Let them use a "Licence free" band.
Re: There are just so many ways this can go wrong
Even if EVERYTHING is done properly this DOES NOT WORK.
The Database can never be accurate enough.
Re: Never a good sign
Reminds me of Nokia and British Satellite Broadcasting.
Who in Finland will want the Nokia HQ?
Pride cometh before a Fall.
There is another word too... They think they are gods but are only a consumer marketing company with 1 successful service and 2 successful products.
They could always re-jig iTunes for Linux desktop and Android?
Re: And it's actually *programmable*
ordinary "orange" (Neon) dekatrons up to a few kilohertz, designed for display. Argon ones are faster. You can buy "NOS" Hydrogen based Dekatrons from Russia, They are very much faster. Some early desktop calculators used Thyratrons and Dekatrons and no relays.
Re: Try log tables
The Calculators did multiplication by repeated Addition and Division is MUCH harder on a calculator that only does adding & Subtracting than Multiplication.
Earlier Calculators were people.
Our overlords think Mobile or Satellite = Broadband. (They are not, Nor will LTE be BB. Esp. in the 5MHz channels they licensed)
In the Cities the Cable company gives 100Mbps.
Phone lines has dropped from from 82% to 50% due to 3rd world quality and highest in World Line Rental
So your nearly Broadband is better than 1/3rd of Irish population has.
We do have Donkeys and Horses. Sometimes even on the Motorway, which has signs forbidding Horse Buggies, yet there are no Amish.
Why do people think they should be able to run a Mobile Network without bidding for Mobile designated Spectrum?
Anyway, 5GHz only good for Satellite, Fixed point to point or very local "Hot Spots". Really no Mobile should be licensed above about 2.6GHz
Maybe when passive an Atom can use as low power as some ARMs. But actually running the lowest power x86 system can be x5 consumption of ARM system, excluding screen and Transmitters.
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