1799 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 08:43 GMT
Perhaps a mess
But guess who is responsible and will make it worse.
It's not just about the "price of kit"
1.4GHz to 2.5GHz is progressively poorer range and Indoor penetration.
2GHz to 5GHz is progressively no use for Indoor penetration
3GHz to 10GHz is progressively more line of sight (LOS).
8GHz to 86GHz is limited to LOS point to point links or very short range.
There are multiple bands from 1.4GHz upwards for Satellite, Astronomy or High Altitude Platforms, governed by International Treaty. Ofcom and FCC may think they can, but in reality they should not get "creative" on these.
S, L, C, Ku, Ka etc bands.
2.4GHz and 5.8GHz are pan European Licence Free. "Free for all"
1.8GHz., 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz 2.5GHz, 3.5/3.6GHz and 10.2GHz 10.5GHz are Pan-European Mobile phone, Mobile Data or Fixed Data.
1.9GHz Pan European DECT
Most of it Ofcom has to do the same as rest of Europe. They are too interested in minimising their work and maximising their revenue. Not enough interested in Spectrum protection or the Consumer or value of National Infrastructure. (PLT /Homeplug / CE mark enforcement on CFLs and SMPSUs ?)
Why Start at 1.4GHz rather than 790MHz?
Note: Staring into a live waveguide gives you Cataracts, but not cancer.
Now I know why I'm not in charge of a major brand "something".
I'm not mediocre enough!
I doubt Real Networks has a decent Neg Gen Codec.
It's a final gasp of Real Networks, asset strip. Likely the cash will evaporate and Real Networks close. They have been fairly irrelevant for a few years now.
Intel just hoovering up some IP and engineers with loose change.
QNX - Qtopia
RIM buying QNX is as good for it as Nokia buying Trolltech turned out to be (which would have been smart if left as a separate company). Or Morphing Me-goooy (Maemo Moblin meego fiasco). Or HP buying Palm-OS
Some people did use QNX as embedded OS (on things with no display). I'd guess they are all switching to VX/Works and real timer kernel versions of Linux.
Another burning platform?
Intel need a new architecture. Or else to develop ARM based solutions like Qualcomm and Texas do. They do still have an xscale comms processor (old) and ARM licence. They were arrogant selling the rest of xscale to Marvell.
They are still standing in the wet place in Egypt.
The x86 and x64 are stupid even on PC. The Itanium was obviously the wrong direction. They don't have to embrace ARM but clinging onto x86 and X64 is plain silly.
and Libre Office
Nothing from Apple is Free. You paid a premium for their HW. They want to lock you into their HW and Store.
They should be banned from Educational establishments due to the lifelong lock-in to proprietary HW, OS, tools and Store.
People did this to other people
The one that fell on floor and got kicking didn't see the thrill value. The ones doing the kicking got the thrill.
What you need is a USB Thumb drive that can load *multiple* Fingernails.
They exist already and just need to be cheaper and with less storage. Micro-SD card?
Be fairly easy to make/hack a USB "thumb drive" today that can take 32 x Micro SD cards. 4 layers, two rows of 8 x slots on each side. I might make one anyway just for fun.
Can MicroSD cards be cheap enough to be given away free with Albums, like the plastic and aluminium is "free" when you buy a CD or DVD?
Mine's the one with a pocket full of Fingernails.
Risque photo to Enrage Daily Mail
It seems to be pole dancing.
About Freedom and Censorship?
Probably a tiny fraction of "Pirate Bay" is about "Freedom and Censorship". Most of it is about people who are parasites and justify it because some big companies do bad stuff.
Well, people overcharging or not providing suitable downloads gives no-one the right to break International Conventions, deprive creators and basically be parasites. If a large majority did it all the time there would be no decent new content.
As it is, fortunately, less than 30% are parasites and maybe only 1% are dedicated 24x7 parasites (who are also responsible for about half the drop of your Internet speed).
SOPA is wrong and should be opposed. But a better Pirate Bay only plays into the court of the Lunatics that want SOPA.
The real problems
Are still unsafe strings and buffers and the users.
i.e. Social Engineering. You can't "program" a solution against it.
So the iPad can run a Terminal session.
The important bit isn't the iPad, but how reliable and flexible Onlive's Cloudy Remote Windows will be. How does it compare with "designed for cloud" things like Azure and Google Docs.
Badly I imagine in terms of bandwidth needed.
That the only practical Star Ship designs are really "Generation Ships", We probably could build one or two.
No warp or hyper drive :(
Not even an Ansible yet.
How big is the battery and how hot does the phone get?
As well as how long does it run?
I only see 1 neighbor's Wi-FI and that is weak signal.
Could be Video Sender, loads of Bluetooth, wireless keyboard/Mice (there are 2.4GHz ones that don't use BT or WiFi), baby alarm etc. All those make the WiFi look poorer and never show up on a WiFi scan as they are not WiFi. Video Senders and Baby monitors are not even digital, even if called "digisender" and on a "digital set box".
Without a real Spectrum analyser it's impossible to say.
Each added Bluetooth device makes WiFi signal poorer.
"What the world actually needs (imho) is a "wall-wart" plug top Wi-Fi adaptor."
Actually they are called "Airpoints"
A thin cable connects the "wall-wart" to the part with the aerial so it can be off the floor and thus giver better range.
From £20 with a switch and Router included. You can turn of the Router, DNS Relay server + DHCP and just use them as Airpoints. With 4 ethernet ports. If you can put OpenWRT on it, you can reconfigure the 5th Ethernet post on the LAN and remove all the Router / Firewall modules.
Regular readers of my rants and anyone that knows anything about Communications engineers knows what I'm writing next.
Oh what is the point?
Why are the National regulators now only interested in Revenue and not in managing Spectrum and protecting Licensed Users?
I don't mean "Hams". Well not just hams. Aeronautical, AM Broadcast, Marine, Mobile are all licensed users and by international agreement entitled to protection.
People using the mains are only entitled to use it for power. Nothing else.
LCDs vs LED
LCD are really monochrome.
The colour is dyed stripes, which can fade and far inferior to LED or CRT colour.
The quality and even backlight affects LCD a lot too.
Some OLED use stripe dye filters and phosphors. While better contrast than LCD, the colour of OLED is only a little better. Real LED is a lot better colour. Best CRT is somewhere between OLED and LED in contrast and colour.
LCOS and DLP are also monochrome technologies. The single "chip" projectors use stripe dye filters for LCOS and colour wheel dye filter for DLP. High end projectors can use triple colour LED or Laser light source to avoid colour wheel or stripe filters.
The triple chip projectors can use "dichroic" prism combiner for near perfect colour.
OLED are not "real" LEDs and the blue wears badly. Overall OLED are more akin to Electroluminescent and similarly wear out, maybe under 5 or 6 years. Real LED have much better R, G and B, can last 40 years or more (but not White as they are violet/UV with phosphors).
This is good news. A real LED TV. Previously the problem was cost and size. Easy to make 6m screens, hard if not impossible to make 0.6m (60cm, 24") screens.
can’t get past a fuse box
There is nothing in ordinary fuse boxes to block this or Ethernet over mains. But "next door" on both sides are usually on the other two phases.
What about EMI/RFI from this?
What power levels and bands does it use?
In reality anything that goes beyond about 0.25Mbps on mains is probably really a transmitter and will very likely work between adjacent rooms that are not even on the same mains. The mains wiring just extends the range.
How much EMI/RFI does it create and on what bands?
The chargers still have a wire.
This is stupider than so called "cordless kettles", which are only a misnomer as they are underneath docking stations rather than sideways kettle plug.
A charging dock (around since 1980s for handheld radios) is more sensible.
Basically you are lucky if 5.8GHz can do more than one room. Certainly much worse than 2.4GHz to cover a household.
Any open plan Office I know only has a "guest" wifi point and all the laptops/Netbooks plug into wired ethernet.
ha ha ha
you need a coax cable or twisted pair for more than a metre or so.
In the real world few people will see much more speed.
80MHz ... Is a bit unfriendly unless range is about 2m and you only have one ... Oh wait.
My coat is the one with Shannon and Nyquist papers in the pocket.
They blew it long ago
Photo CDs were and are superior to Picture CDs: Priced out of the market by Kodak.
The Portfolio CD was a great Kodak Innovation. But no-one could afford the software to author them. Priced out of the market by Kodak.
1993? Wikipedia doesn't even know about them. I have a demo :(
"The page "Portfolio CD" does not exist."
Picture CD quality was poor. We bought our own consumer scanner and made better discs.
Kodak knew this was coming in 1985!
The DLP was invented in Texas Instruments in 1987
This was the last wake up call for making millions doing "prints" for each Cinema Release
"On February 2, 2000, Philippe Binant, technical manager of Digital Cinema Project at Gaumont in France, realized the first digital cinema projection in Europe with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments."
Next was dedicated Cinema HD satellites and GPS locked, registered Cinema HD satellite Receivers to drive the Cinema DLP
By 2005 it was obvious phones would kill standalone snapshot cameras, Film, Instant or Digital.
I have an OM10. I now use a small Fuji better than many camera phones and borrow a "Serious" digital camera for serious work.
Kodak even produced Digital Cameras. But that was really the wrong market as they where never a high end camera maker, and only those would eventually survive outside phone cameras.
So what should they have done? Maybe competed with Adobe undercutting them to get market with Photo editing and also Authoring tools for PhotoCD, Portfolio CD and later VCD, DVD, BD.
Produced Digital Projectors and video cameras (with still resolution good enough to beat camera phones), eventually HD, licensing DLP. etc.
Maybe Kodak were just doomed. Like Typewriter makers. Brother has managed to stay in Inkjet market. But Kodak inkjets had nothing to recommend them in a crowded market.
Anything they had that could have been the "answer" they either did it badly, too low end, or priced themselves out of it.
But "Kodak safety film" doesn't burn.
It's significant that in the bargain store the Kodak batteries are beside the inferior Polariod AA cells that are under weight due to two big empty plastic bungs in the case.
I for one ...
Welcome our new righteous robotic lizard overlords.
Would it have application for motorbikes and Reliant Robin cars?
Pathetic little drivers on cheep perspex horns that are going to be quite directional.
Many DVD/BD players do not mix down to stereo properly. Unless it's got 1 bass/effects channel and 5 regular channels, it's not a "Home Theatre" (or Theater for Americans) amp.
This system is an overpriced gimmick. Not a Marmite system. It should retail at no more than £150 too.
Hmm, tricky one.
This is not as simple at all as the Title would suggest.
Even MS own site has an article saying you don't need your own CD/DVD media to re-install or "Slipstream" service packs or drivers. You only need the Licence.
So obviously the problem was how Comet was supplying these. If they supplied separately from the sealed HW package, without permission or royalties , then likely they ARE in trouble. Free or charged is not relevant. You'd probably need permission to commercially copy the media, even if supplying it "free" in the PC box.
Comet may have been idiots.
MS are acting like Apple, unless Comet was selling these to ANYONE, not just included solely in HW box.
Not just LAN access
If the default admin password hasn't been changed on the Router (common on most) then the attacker will next change the DNS server your router uses.
Then all your computers are vulnerable to Man-in-the-middle attacks even on HTTPS that can be forward to the real bank and echo back, so you see the "real" web page and do the transaction. When you log out the attack server ( man-in-the-middle via poisoned DNS) gives you a fake page, then it adds a transaction before logging you out.
Well Americans may as well all get Satellite and Cable as the FCC is determined to destroy Terrestrial Reception.
The databases will not be good enough.
Users will patch the firmware to avoid them
Users will add high power amplifiers.
TV signals WILL be interfered with.
Digital Terrestrial has
3 common flavours of DVB-T, though if your set does MHEG5, MHP, DVB-T2, AAC, MPEG4, VHF and UHF, it will work in most DVB areas.
There are then 4 incompatible non-DVB DTT standards.
Will it have Component for USA, SCART for Europe, Analogue RF (several kinds of SECAM, PAL, NTSC etc) for countries not using DTT yet, or with Analogue Cable?
People used to buying "grey" imports will import the North American version and find it works almost nowhere else in the world on Digital.
Even HD is country specific resolutions and frame rates, even on HDMI. Or will Apple pretend 25i and 50p don't exist. Will it support 24p and 48p for better North American disc playback of stuff transferred from Cinema?
Or will it be like the original iPhone, almost only a GUI and packaging exercise with standard electronics?
If they do release a "real" TV, any one buying it is wasting money, as it will be more expensive and more restrictive than a similar quality non-Apple TV.
TV's and Set-boxes are arguably better using IR than BT.
A mouse is better on a cable if you are forgetful of having spare batteries, charging etc.
how likely is it that these WiFi mouse work with your existing arbitrary OS and WiFi stack that's in infrastructure mode with an Airpoint?
While most developed countries are agreed that White Space should be filled
Which proves Regulation is done now by Bean Counters, Lawyers and Arts graduates with no significant Communication Engineering input, or advice of real engineers totally ignored.
A database doesn't really solve the problems. Assuming users don't figure how to disable it.
This one idea that should be strangled at birth and all unlicensed TV band transmission equipment seized at customs. Otherwise it's going to be the worst thing that's ever happened to TV.
All those guys with Iron
Better stop selling those transformers with copper windings or else rename them Induction Coils or Ruhmkorff coils.
Virtually every larger electronic device uses them, all chargers, Electricity Substations etc.
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