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This is England?
I think you'll find it applies not just to G.B. but entire UK. Actually it's an EU directive that UK accepted. Applies in most of EU and some European countries not in EU. Probably though the Laptop only has to work for 2 years. Though claims for losses / injury caused are valid up to 6 years.
Apple already got in trouble in Italy for selling so called "warranties" for inside the two years. They must have been studying PC world/Currys and Argos.
Lots of stuff uses soft case Lithium (AKA LiPo) and the batteries are not glued in.
It's to save cost and ensure only Apple sell a replacement and encourage replacing the entire Mac.
They are CONSUMABLES.
It's bordering on criminal that you can't replace the battery pack. Built in "landfill" feature. My Laptop is 1.8GHz 1600 x 1200
On its FOURTH pack (in 11 years) which is reasonable.
On Average the battery will be two years. Maybe 1 year for 20% to 30% of users.
Stupid nonsense about 4G
4G isn't and wouldn't ever be economical to fill gaps in wired/fibred coverage. It simply doesn't have the capacity without x10 as many masts in those areas. Rural FTTP or Fixed Wireless is cheaper!
Re: It just goes to show....
If the Governments esp. USA did NOTHING, it would hurt "terrorist" Recruitment. The number of people likely to be killed in UK or USA by Terrorists is less than car accidents and other more easily addressed things (Smoking).
US policy has probably increased "terror".
There is an inherent problem with Islam vs everything else. Spying on everyone will not solve that but increase Islamic Terror. How does NSA and GCHQ spying stop Islamic Terrorists shooting up African Shopping Centres or assassinating health workers in in Pakistan.
The solution involves Culture and Politics. Not Sigint and Extra-judicial assassination using Drones.
How much spying by USA and China is though industrial espionage and nothing to do with politics or the so called "War on Terror"?
A high proportion of batteries will be poor before 2 years. What is the use anyway if you can only use 25% of the battery and need to recharge to have decent life? If it's useful as a tablet it will see 80% to 90% discharge per use and the battery WILL need replaced inside 2 years.
Batteries need to be user replaceable.
SSD wears out too. Though not as fast.
Would be nice
Would be a drop in replacement for Oracle. Even an old one. Actually especially an old one.
Maybe it was newborn mice. Does it say humans?
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain
I've recovered "Bricked" stuff using JTAG.
I'd call it bricked if average user (actually more likely 9 out 10 users) has to bring it to service centre / shop to get it recovered. Can the guys at Carphone Warehouse or PC World do it? Would the average user know to go there?
How many will get binned?
Re: All hail the mighty teasmade!!!
Popular from late 1950s. The one in the pic has 1966 on. Where did the 1970s date come from?
Perhaps a winch with cord around your ankle and plug winch into a time switch.
Re: Text Books / eBooks
Well I just ordered the new version of Kindle DX. 1/3rd price of a top iPad, but no competition to a Tablet. It might compete well with paper textbooks, scanned books and A4 PDFs on a 1600 x 1200 laptop. I may save a lot on laser printing. Print to PDF and copy via USB to Kindle DX.
I'll not rush into buying text books till the eVersions are a LOT cheaper than dead tree versions.
Text Books / eBooks
No eReader is suitable yet to properly replace Text books. Novels are great. Reference works can be OK if done properly (A PDF of images of scanned book is painful).
Also the regular size kindle is too small for text books. If I get the now re-appeared Kindle DX**, I will test it,
Need easier annotation, better bookmarks*, goto by click on place on bar representing "depth" of book so you can flip into via "binary tree" like search as you would do on a paper one when you know roughly the location but not page number.
*Maybe show the Favourite Bookmarks as icons on a bar representing the depth of book.
BTW, Apple, I designed all this in 1987, so don't bother trying to patent it.
(** is re-released DX a newer screen like Paper White? Amazon site seems vague)
Mines the one with a Kindle paper white in the pocket.
Not move at all. In reality the lack of patches doesn't make much difference to a sensibly used XP behind a firewall.
Surely there is a non-MS alternative too? Not if you have a large investment in old Windows and DOS programs, some of which don't work on Vista/Win7 and perhaps more don't work on Win 8, so the very people that can easily move to Win8 due to legacy baggage perhaps can move from MS. Many people I meet even with Win7 already are talking about Apple OS X or Linux. But the danger with Mac and OSX is that Apple has no loyalty to customers. Where are the Apple Servers today? If Mac and OS X is too much less attractive in Income than a cool styled "notebook" based on ARM and iOS Apple will drop the OS X based Mac family.
SSD vs Tape
For BACKUP Archive, only restored when the SSD or HDD fails tape wins
SS powered off data retention capability of up to ten years.
With suitable environment tape might last a Minimum of 15 years and up to 80.
"up to" is a weasel phrase.
Good luck though finding a working drive in 50 years ...
I gave away my 8" floppy drive to a CP/M enthusiast this year. And the disks :)
Why don't they have a $7 subscription service. Or buy Aero and keep it at $8.
In the wrong sense.
Maximise licence revenues and avoid the cost and complexity of actually protecting any spectrum user except high paying Mobile Operators.
Ofcom are more "political" than EU, but it's "Sir Humphry's" politics. Not the wishes of the public, parliament or what is good for the UK as a whole.
The problem in the 1980s was that almost no teacher had a computer of their own or any training.
Today the problem is training. If the Teacher knows nothing about Computer Science and interfacing hardware and electronics, the kids might as well learn at home with a Pi.
The interfacing hardware and electronics is very important or else a cheap tablet or laptop with "Scratch" would be better. When Lego Mindstorms 1st came out I had high hopes of it for schools.
Maths is important to decent computer programming and HW I/O. Schools have difficulty finding people to even teach that.
A Pi can only be part of the Technology Teaching to Kids Solution. The biggest hurdles are the Dept of E. Lack of suitable teachers and commitment of schools.
They don't even do ICT properly. When I gave courses at a Business college for trainee secretaries, the best students hadn't done ICT at school. The ones that had (a) needed to unlearn rubbish, (b) thought they knew it all, so didn't listen.
Mine's the one with Z80 instruction set in the pocket.
Maybe oldest PC supplier still Running?
Did we buy the ACT Sirus1 from them? We were selling that before the inferior IBM PC hit these shores. I can't remember what we bought off them in my Company founded 1980. I left late 1982, but we certainly did use Northamber.
I Suppose a UK PC supplier can only be such since 1981, whatever they sold earlier.
Keep taking the tablets?
What do you get if you make a 27" tablet, stick it on a stand and forget to add the touch screen?
An iMac. This is design style gone mad.
Jobs was erratic and irrational and relied on Charisma.
Cook is probably a nicer and better boss than those at Google. Balmer, Larry Ellison and Elop.
The Touch Screen Smart Phone is a mature market now like that for the Mac Laptop or iPod or iPad. It's impossible to predict what the next success for Apple will be or if there will be another like iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone. An Apple TV or iWatch won't be it. Probably not an iPippin either.
They would be mad to try and complete on price with entry level tablets, phones and "notebooks". Cook will probably try and maintain the Apple Marketing Ethos and Apple as the world's most successful niche consumer media electronics company. Jonathan Ives isn't even really a true HW designer. He is a stylist and even admits he copies and admires Dieter Rams. Having him set the look and feel of the GUI as well as the package is a good idea. Having him run Apple would be a disaster.
Apple products fill a niche in the market. I personally find them a bit expensive and limited as I'm a poor engineer. Nor do I update my gadgets because a new version arrives but because the old one is unrepairable.
We are probably at Apple Peak, but I think that would still be the case if Jobs was in perfect health and magically 10 years younger too. It happens to almost all companies as a market becomes mature. RCA was once a Behemoth, but "died" 1986. Today it's just a badge. A future start up becoming the size RCA was or Apple is is unlikely to be selling Radios and TVs (RCA) or Phones. The iPhone + iPad likely now dwarfs iPod and Mac profits to small change and iPhone much more than iPad.
The iPhone came just as more powerful ARM, commodity Phone chips and larger Displays were easy to integrate. They could only have done it so well at most a year earlier. Also a big ingredient was widespread network upgrades and good data plans. Without the Data Plans the iPhone would have been merely a phone with local media player. albeit with a sensible GUI (though Trolltech had demonstrated similar a Phone edition touch GUI to replace their WinCE like PDA edition first!) That "trick" can only be done once.
Re: I'm clearly a Luddite
Yes, even into 1960s Military equipment had "mule mounting kits" (maybe still has, but I only know about late 19th C. to 1960s). They have been extensively used by the British Army, in 19th Century campaigns and WWII. I suspect largely replaced by helicopter.
I suspect these are not really to carry loads but radar invisible surveillance and reconnaissance. Maybe even attack.
An unarmoured model has much more range. lighter, faster, smaller and is cheaper and faster to make. Why would you armour it?
I don't care
Like Facebook it's a proprietary substitute for real Internet applications and websites. Overhyped by media such as BBC and some papers.
Good riddance if crashes and burns.
Facebook and Twitter add no value for people and shamelessly exploit them. Probably make more sense for both to be part of Yahoo or something, if we have to continue to put up with them polluting Radio, TV, papers and Websites.
A Solution that isn't needed that will break supposedly protected spectrum.
Why did no-one point out to me earlier that Unicode isn't 16 bits any more?
I had noticed however that if you wanted Web Sites, Browsers & SQL all to talk nice that UTF-8 was best.
Computers Invented in China?
I thought indeed they were.
Mechanical with Rods & Beads. c.f. adding MDCXIVL and XLVI
Re: a Decade?
An upvote for
"I can recall the 1950s and 60s, when allocation was done first by considering the physical properties of the band (line of sight, ground wave propagation, multi-skip, multipath immunity, rain attenuation) and then deciding what class of service it would be suitable for. After that there were international agreements between regulatory authorities. Only then were the people who wanted to make money allowed into the discussion."
But you ought to wash your keyboard out for suggestion Ofcom is behaving correctly:
PLT (in denial)
LW/MF/SW/VHF Interference issues
Digital TV allocated space.
Interference to Digital TV
Supporting Mobile Operators view on Roaming charges
Policy to replace VHF-FM with DAB
Policy to replace DTT entirely by Satellite, Cable and Fibre.
Eventual total abolition of Terrestrial Broadcasting
--- and much more!
To be fair
Ofcom is rubbish but probably better than Comreg.
We need a new concept of regulator. A better definition of "good utilisation" of Spectrum, Consumer protection and a long term strategy that is about reliable and interference free USE of the spectrum. Revenue raised from Licences should be irrelevant. Possibly even zero. After all you can have VAT on the services Mobile companies sell. Corporation tax is a can of worms.
There is also MUCH MORE to spectrum management than either WiFi type applications or Mobile Operators. Ofcom have forgotten this.
Perpetuation of Ugly x86 Architecture.
Re: 12mm better, vs 6.5
If I read the spec correctly the Sony is approximately 92 x 180 x 6.5 mm, so by my previous testing it's about 2mm approximately too wide (call it 1/8" too wide) and about 40mm too tall (about 1.5") and half the thickness it could be.
As the width is most critical for the hand or pocket and it's only a little excessive, the only major issue is thus the thickness. Too thin. We can ignore the extra 1.5" / 40mm height. But if it was 12mm to 14mm, then it would be likely 87 to 90 mm wide. You can experiment with blocks of wood, sanded and sprayed with a slightly inset graphic stuck on after laminating to represent the screen.
Actually the product I was developing used a large pen shaped handset which could work as phone handset, stylus for the "notepad" or a mouse for PC (on any reasonable surface) using a 2mm optically sensed ball in the tip.
This unrelated patent quotes my earlier 1989 - 1990 patent,
If thicker two advantages:
Can have strong Chassis so it won't bend and crack LCD so easily.
Decent Battery Life.
If screen is on at full brightness my Sony Xperia eats 79% for screen and lasts about 14 minutes. May be longer if just charged.
I did a huge amount of testing and survey in 1988 for a "pocket notepad" information product. It was found that no advantage below 12mm. Fatter quickly objectionable. Paper back book sized approx was found to be too large, typical traditional 110 mm x 180 mm x 15 mm (W x H x D). We went for 90 mm x 140mm x 13mm approximately. Fits most suit and many coat pockets as well as hand bags. Old hardback books designed for pocket are often 98 x 146 x 13 mm. There are some paper backs in about 85 mm x 150 mm format. I think that in 11mm to 14mm thick would be a maximum phone size. As you make it thicker from 6mm thick and 90mm wide you likely need to reduce width so 14 mm thick you want 80mm wide, or if you keep the 90mm wide, round the top side edges a bit and the bottom side edges more. A 1.85:1 screen fits well. (wider than TV 16:9 which is 1.78:1, but common Cinema format).
El Reg likes Violin?
Re: Interesting: UK more left?
Even the Labour party is more Right Wing than Maggie Thatcher was. UK is heading to being more right wing than USA. Of course essentially in European terms there are no Liberals or Socialists in the USA. The Democrats are somewhere between Conservatives and Right Wing new Labour and Republicans between UKIP and Conservatives. A gross simplification. I'm not convinced the Lib-Dems "stand for" anything much, except a bit less naive than the Greens.
Socialist parties in EU are pretty much in the minority these days. More about Personalities and nuances of policy (c.f. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in Ireland who would HATE to be in coalition but are very close in political spectrum and policy. No real change no matter which gets in).
UKIP doesn't have the NRA to back them, but they deliberately & fundamentally misrepresent EU in general and Euro in particular.
EU is nothing like the US Federal/State system and even if there was a USE, it would not be remotely like USSR or USA.
Despite the European 2008 to 2010 bank and debt "meltdowns" the Euro still exists and countries are still joining it.
Interesting that almost all the UK, Irish and other EU countries problems were LACK of LOCAL regulation and spawned by USA institutions poorly regulated.
European countries need the EU to compete economically and politically with Asiaian today (China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia), North America and in the future BRIC / South Americans.
Eventually there will be Five major Socio-Economic-Political Blocs. If the UK goes it alone they will become a 3rd rate economy with zero political influence. It will certainly discourage immigration.
Re: Energy: Population
Population is a separate issue to Climate Change. Unless you are going to wipe out 2/3rds of the existing population. Assuming there is a Climate Change problem. Even if it's 100% true that we really do have global warming, and it's man made, some places will produce more food and some less. If there isn't global warming, man made or otherwise, then according to David Attenbourgh we have a Population problem anyway. But experts can't agree on the future growth nor sustainable level.
USA throws away 40% of food.
North America takes 75% of resources for 25% of population.
Rats eat a lot of the food in Asia. Maybe 25% or more.
We are very far off overpopulation. The problem is Greed and Corruption. Communism isn't the answer to those Capitalist ills though.
Re: open source Windows XP
Persistent Rumour is that there are bits with no source.
Why else is Services tab changes never remembered or same bugs in parts of Explorer for over 10 years?
But slowly – over time
If you use Disabled Autorun on all media, Libra Office, Firefox & NoScript, don't click to install Tool bars or addblockers or codecs from random sites and an external Firewall the risk is very very very low.
Because they can.
Stupid on a phone if there is WiFi
This only makes sense on a phone if the phone can use TWO different Mobile bands at once. Then you can get more speed.
Variations of this have been used in specialist Routers for some time before the recent spec, such as 2 or more ADSL Modems when multiple phone lines exist but speed is only 1Mbps to 3Mbps due to distance. The ISP then supports it and the LAN devices and Internet Servers don't need to know.
But it illustrates the cluelessness of Apple to implement this between WiFi & Mobile unless there is an option to turn it off. I seriously doubt the iPhone can make two simultaneous connections on say 900 UMTS and 2100 UMTS. bands. Two connections on the same band will in most cases give the same channel so give no net increase in speed or reliability.
So there are two use cases (aggregate multiple phone lines or multiple bands), but the iPhone doesn't do either. Also the problem of lack of server support vanishes if the ADSL ISP or Mobile carrier implements it. Such a specialist link aggregation is useful, but Multipath on the Public Internet between Mobile and Fixed is stupidity.
Switching between links (changing between Mobile and WiFi) is a different trick to true Multipath or Link aggregation. It doesn't need any NAT support at all or Multipath. It does require application support at the Server and Client. It can be done purely at the application level on the client and with some persistent object (cookie like) at the server so when client reconnects with a different IP the server Application regards it as the same session. Plain vanilla web servers of course can use a browser cookie.
Re: Well, that cool
Yes, the ultimate non-replaceable phone "battery" you won't worry about replacing. A power source that lasts for 5 years screen time would be good.
Why does a Smart phone battery go flat quickly? Screen is 80% of power consumption.
I wonder what you could do with a large 2D array of these "rice grain" accelerators?
Re: Prior Art
Not destroy the company. actually make little difference except more innovation and competition. Especially from startups.
The current "to easy for rich people to enforce a trivial patent" situation harms innovation and only helps the big company bottom line a little. Actually some companies spend so much on patenting that if only genuine patents granted they might save more than they would lose in competition.
1996 NT 4.0 Solitare Bouncing cards?
Such a feature should never be allowed a patent anyway.
Re: Standardised connector: SCART
That was Peritel, a French attempt to block imports to France.
But not actually White Space at all. It's fully managed
TV transmitters can't change frequency.
Proposed TV White Space is unmanaged and the idea is the ordinary public buys devices using the TV band. There is no way to Police it, ensure all TV users are OK or detect gadget users adding too big aerials, more power or disabling database.
With so called TV White Space there is no mechanism for TV receivers to report which channel they are really using due to local topology. Which may not be what the official database predicts. Nor can the TV transmitters change.
This Nokia scheme is fully managed sharing and can work. Not really white space at all. TV White Space is a totally evil concept making broadcast users into unprotected secondary users.
Over population & Family planning
There is no Over population nor would more Family planning education fix anything. The human issues are down to greed and corruption. South America is good example as is Africa.
Ok, for a moment say 100%
Let's say it was 100%, probability of 1, totally certain and proven that Global Warming is Man made.
But what does that give us? There has never been any verified prediction of actual warming, climate change, ice changes or sea level change. Not Ever.
Those are the important bits. Till there is model that actually remotely matches reality so that what is forecast for 5 years and 10 years time is at all close, the models are useless and thus planning about what to do is largely points as there is no way to gauge the effect until a decade has passed.
So everyone needs to calm down, collect better data and better analyse it. The predicted "up to 84cm sea level rise by end of century" at present seems to be a guess even if we are all 100% convinced that it's 100% proven there is man made global warming.
Two CD drives so there is no gap.
Entire collection in Carousel
16" 4 x 3 screen to show the sleeve art (camera and case in carosel if you can't be bothered scanning.
Loads of Technic and a Raspberry Pi.
Also does DVDs with suitable drives. hmmm...
Re: The problem isn't that the sun doesn't shine
Use desert solar power to both electrolyse and distil water at the nearest coast. Use waste carbon to synthesize hydrocarbon with hydrogen.
Ship the LPG to Edinburgh. The released CO2 won't really matter as you used CO2 or other carbon sources that would have gone to atmosphere to make the LPG.
Hydrogen can't be economically shipped except in Blimp envelopes.
Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think
"mistakenly writes mW "
Well a miniaturised 100mW to several watts would be interesting for portable gadgets. No charging or batteries.
Applications for a laptop, medium touch tablet , TV set GUI and a phone are not just needing different GUIs but also need different design. On a decent screen multiple windows and floating & dockable customisable tool bars might make sense. But never on a phone, rarely on a tablet. TV is similar display needs to a 6" tablet, (because it's maybe 2m away) but due to very limited user input and navigation and usually no touch, no keys much beyond 0 .. 9 and functions and no trackball/mouse (why not a IBM thinkpad style or gamepad wobble pad/stick though?) is mostly limited to browse & select.
One App store, one name of OS and one GUI is just a confusion. At least Apple and Google differentiate a bit (iOS, OS X and Android, Chrome).
After trying to shoehorn the Win3.x then Win95 style on everything they make the opposite mistake of Zune interface on everything.
By all means have a single coherent API for all devices so programmers have less to learn and make less mistakes. But this doesn't mean you should normally do the same application identically for all platforms. Unless it's maybe a game with simple interface or a trivial program. Even then it might not want to be full screen on everything.
Even running phone apps on a PC in a "phone/small tablet sized window" is rarely going to work well. Touch vs keyboard and mouse with no touch.
Most phone apps are either too trivial, or awkward or more limited than many paid or free programs on a Laptop. Also I want to get away from MS dependency on desktop, not get locked into it.
I can use the phone on WiFi beside laptop anyway.
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