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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.
Sack these idiots. Besides Parliament should decide Broadcasting Broad policy, and then C4 and BBC as the PSBs should implement "local Tv". If you make it remotely commercially viable or unsubsidised it will be Babestation + QVC.
No chance. They needed to innovate 6 years ago and make something else. The Dogs in the street could see this coming.
The stupid Rebranding to Imation never did them a favour either.
The day a Mac with no floppy was shipped should have been last call.
When Netbooks started shipping with no optical drive at all, then they were doomed already.
It's just an animated corpse now. Trying to invent themselves as a "brand" to sell others products was stupid. Especially with daft rebranding to Imation.
Everyone I know always said it reminded them of Imitation.
How can it be a scam?
Unless T-Mobile are quietly laundering most of back to them?
I have no idea though why they agreed such a daft penalty.
I wonder what T-mobile / Deutsche Telekom will do with it? You could almost do FTTH for small country like Ireland with that and have enough left for Urban /Suburban LTE for 80% of Irish Population.
Or do 1/2 of Brooklyn.
Andrew? You believe this?
"Traditionally the civil service is not supposed to set policy, but carry it out. The advice they give ministers is expected to be dispassionate and weighted."
Or are you stating this is what should be the case. The weasel word is "supposed".
I watched a REALLY good documentary on this. Not one scene in the Houses of Parliament though.
I think the DVD tile was "Yes Minister".
Truth and Lies
Word by 1992 had trashed Wordperfect, because actually Word was one of the best Programmes MS ever did (Excel was the other). Ironically first done for Apple Mac and Ported for Windows.
So Wordperfect was doomed anyway.
But MS *DID* do dirty tricks with MS Office and Win95. They even created pointless APIs on Win95 so the largely 16 bit Office 95 wouldn't run on Win3.1, Win3.11, WFWG3.11. The Win32s on Win3.11 to allow NT programs didn't allow Office 95 to run. MS had to release NT3.51 for free to NT3.5 32 bit users so they could buy Office 95.
Did MS put stuff in Win95 to stop Win3.x programs running? Not so much. I think virtually all of my Win3.1 SW runs on Win95 including Adobe Première Video Editing and VCD/MPEG1 capture/playback hardware.
Did MS do lots of evil nasty anti-competitive stuff relating to Windows 95? Probably yes.
Did MS do anything to stop Wordperfect running on Win95? Probably not. The last "good" Wordperfect was on DOS and the DOS version of MS Word was starting to look better.
If you were cost conscious on DOS probably the Wordstar Clone "Newstar/Newword" was best as "real" Wordstar had got too bloated. The Cheap simple Wordstar clone also had a brief resurgence on CP/M on the PCW8256, PCW8512 and PCW9512.
In the end Wordperfect failed because they where YEARS too slow in doing a sensible Windows version.
I have Word 2.0a (with Manuals) and it's better than any Wordperfect or Wordstar ever was. I think I have about 10 licenses still, and it's trivial to run on ARM. Vista, XP, Win7, OS X by running Dosbox emulator and loading a copy of Win3.1 (in about 15 seconds on a 10 year old XP machine).
The last version of office for win3.1 was Office 4.3 Office 95 wasn't a huge step forward, nor was it even a real 100% 32 bit Windows program.
Not on the Statute books here.
But it was very long ago, not to mention very far away.
My money would be on them all being dead 1000s of years ago.
Lucas obviously based his story on a history found in a crashed UFO.
Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps or 60fps
OK for USA or Japan.
But the rest of us need 25fps / 50fps. Does it do it?
Otherwise sounds interesting. Esp if more lenses etc become available. Or are there other lenses and accessories that work?
(Tele converters, fisheye, ultra macro/microscope, bellows for offset lenses whatever)
Mine's the one with a camera in the pocket.
"pin" to Task bar?
Umm.. you can save a web link and have it on your task bar in XP. It then opens with a single click in the default ("any") Browser.
So how is IE9 and the Apple clone Win7 taskbar pin better?
In fact I suspect you can do similar on ANY OS and Browser actually modern enough to be usable on the Internet safely (XP is over 10 years old).
I always think it sounds like a sugar free version of a "Douglas Adams" cocktail.
Danger in Israel?
It's no worse and possibly better than any time since 1948. Plenty of International companies invest there. Possibly no Iranian or Syrian ones though.
Syria claims the entire region including Lebanon and Jordan is Syria.
Iran just isn't too fond of Arabs. But hates Israel more.
About time Apple did more than design boxes and GUI. I don't think they have done much R&D since the original power PC macs that replaced the 68000 based Macs. There is certainly no "developed by Apple" HW in an iPhone or iPod or iPad. Or UltraMac.
I welcome their decision to do R&D.
How many years has Intel been doing R&D in Israel?
Also since 1948 all the Arab countries kicked out most of their Jewish Populations. Many trades blocked (like Medieval Europe), so many professional (lots of subsistence peasants too). After 1933 Lots of European Jewish people tried to go to the Palestine Mandate (4/5ths is now Jordan). Even when the Muslim Turkish Ottomans ruled a lot of people got Turkish permission prior to 1914 (a lot at end of Victorian Era) escaping Czarist and East European Pogroms.
Then the ones surviving the Hitler/Nazi extermination of 6M (many educated people) in Europe, many went to USA or Palestine Mandate/ Israel after WWII. Then in 1980s to 1990s many left Russia.
Jewish people, especially the secular ones always have believed in Literacy and Education. There was once a Golden age of Moslem scholarship (women not invited though), but by the latter days of Ottoman Empire the average Arab (Christian, Druze or Moslem) had no opportunity or interest in Education. The Ottomans at one stage controlled almost all the Middle East, Turkey, parts of Europe and North Africa. They were lazy and corrupt rulers and not much liked by their Arab subjects. It wasn't hard for Lawrence of Arabia to make promises. However the French and British broke most of the promises made 1914 to 1936 to Arabs in the middle East and THEY, not Arabs decided most of the borders and Countries. "Modern", Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Israel and other places exist in present form due to French and UK decisions.
The Arabs didn't know about this till too late. Not that they could have changed a thing.
The Iranians are and have been very well educated. But don't call them Arabs. Moderate ones will just tell you politely that you might as well accuse Australians of being Chinese.
Off Button on Dashboad?
Some are only reset if you disconnect the battery!
Some can only be reset by diagnostics computer.
Air bag warning on on car at least can only be reset by Power off, disconnection of sensor, repower, power off, reconnect, repower.
Colour was a fail
Colour printing is so much slower and more expensive.
HD isn't good enough for documents
I have a 1920x1080 TV to watch video.
I want to create and read documents on a Laptop or PC. A WS screen isn't a good shape. 1800 lines in 4 x3 aspect would be good at about 133 to 150dpi At 180 dpi you need over 2000 lines
Stereoscopic. Not 3D
No one has 3D broadcasts. Not even the old monochrome ones long ago & far away.
Stereoscopic doesn't work for 20% (1/5th) of people and affects many more badly. Why is the BBC wasting money on a Gimmick first pushed by Cinema to "fight back" against TV and second pushed by TV makers that want to sell new sets?
There is very little merit to it compared to colour. A waste of Licence fee to promote pointless and overpriced TV upgrades.
dotdavid: Not Valuable
Worthless Frequencies. White Space is a myth. The channels ARE in use enough places that that further use will interfere.
We used to have Local / Regional TV
It was called ITV
Either the frequencies shouldn't be used at all (as "White space" is a myth) or use needs to be very very carefully licensed. With immediate and permanent closure if any viewers of "main" stations are affected by co-channel interference.
The Wales/Kippure experience in SE Ireland and parts of Wales shows that DTT is less resilient to Co-channel interference than Analogue. The time for "White Space" experimenting was from 1969, not now.
You mean prior to 1940? (a lot used in Bombs)
1950s (Russian) 8.5mm x 43mm
(better versions in late 50s and 1960s. Family production till 1991)
1959 Usable as Triode 5.5mm x 28mm
Similar Russian 6.5 x 25mm
(Family production till about 1971). Versions in Korean war
a similar size used in WWII bomb proximity fuses. One RAF raid would use up 250,000 sub-miniature tubes, a miniaturised version of 1T4 etc.
Regular mains Radio valves about 3W for the heater. By late 1950s sub-miniature military types only used 14mW for the filament heater and could use 22V HT.
Early post WWII hearing aids used valves based on the WWII sub-miniature types for proximity fuses and same size as a 1953 transistor. 0.7V filament to power two in series of 1.4V silver cell and HT a miniature 22.5V battery about same size as PP3