1799 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 08:43 GMT
Look and Feel and UI
IMO those mostly should not be allowed patents and Copyright/Registered design should only apply to distinctive design.
i.e. a Polo mint or Tobelerone bar but not a Lego Brick shape can be a trademark.
There should be no protection at all for a slab with rounded corners.
Only Xerox is entitled to money for a UI that uses Icon and Menus. Pen, touch, gesture, tracker ball and mouse demonstrated and written up in 1970s. Not just the mouse.
"so it would fit six new HD TV channels"
56 MHz / 8MHz = 7
That's not 7 HDTV channels. That's potentially 7 x DVB-T2 Multiplexes.
If you used robust coding and DVB-T2 (all UK Freeview HD boxes get DVB-T2 and older DVB-T boxes and TVs won't receive MPEG4 / HD anyway) then you have maybe 25Mbps, allowing about 3 or 4 statistically muxed HDTV channels. It's likely possible to do 6 HDTV channels on one DVB-T2 mux with less robust coding.
But for a Nationwide Network you can't use all 7 mux everywhere, as a SFN will likely not work nationally.
So maybe between 2 and 3 Mux Nationally, maybe SFN in some areas and thus between 6 channels and 18 channels Nationally. Depending on Coverage and Quality.
If you leave out areas with co-channel interference (satellite?) maybe you could have 4 Mux nationally and 80% coverage with 20+ HDTV channels.
TV3 in Ireland only had about 80% coverage on Analogue. Five coverage on Analogue wasn't great which is why they were on Analogue Satellite before Sky Digital Launched.
Any commercial deployment will care about most channels for least Multiplexes and 75% to 80% coverage if allowed as 99% coverage nearly triples the cost for <18% more advertising revenue as likely rural people have satellite, and only existing Satellite or Cable channels might consider this expensive addition.
Really actually it's not economically viable.
Switch off FM BandII?
And what value is the Spectrum for anything else given it's too low a frequency for Cell type management and the Community stations would still be on FM Band II anyway.
FCC, Ofcom and Comreg have all lost the plot on service planing and spectrum management.
Fat chance of them being investigated by the Irish Authorities!
GDI is horrid, but at least unlike DirectX it's designed for Window Icon Mouse Pointer interface, DirectX is a huge monster of an Adhoc interface invented to make porting DOS Games easy.
COM was stupid and it's offspring DCOM evil.
Is there no-one left in MS that can do real OS design or is it dominated by Xbox, Zune and Win95 games folks?
Still no sighting of the Soup Dragon?
Win8 goes back to DOS 2.11!
In DOS 2.11 you could redefine "switchchar" from / to - and thus options on command line are -h -x etc rather than /h /x etc. A side effect was that the Path character became / instead of \
I'm not sure when they added subdirectories, Early DOS didn't have them. DOS2.x something was likely the first.
I just use a password Address book. Which I don't keep in the Laptop bag.
And passwords that look like N5hX1qfap
I only memorise my main login.
Won't be hard for MS to come third I'm thinking. All they need to do is stay on the Market.
Didn't anyone pay attention to Music? Edison's Phonograph (drum) was awkward and "blown away" by the disc.
Emile Berliner Gramophone discs from 1886!
So why did ANYONE ever build a magnetic drum and not go straight to disc storage? The machines to cut masters even had linear tracking servo arms.
I've never understood why drum storage was built.
We are lucky I suppose that the first optical drive was disc (Sony/Philips CD) and not a drum.
What is baffling is that Apple has the biggest profit margin, is one of the most successful gadget companies and yet Foxconn that make it are making a loss?
I have no interest in having one of these, but unlike many shiny gadgets it's really innovative.
If the other end of the WiFi link though was a box monitoring the cooker, doors, freezer etc to put up alerts I might be interested though.
It was long ago though.
The power mat needs a PSU, it's less portable, it uses up more table surface and it needs a cable to the mains.
"Wireless charging" is pointless gimmick for people too lazy to find the end of the cable and plug it into their gadget.
It's less efficient and limited in power compared to a direct cable.
I'd also be surprised if it doesn't generate more interference too.
Or are Duracell going to sell rechargeable power mats, or worse, ones with disposable cells?
How much liquid nitrogen does it use?
Anyway, ironically DOS applications will be fine.
DOS programs will run better than on NT4, Win2K, XP, Vista or Win7 ...
As long as you install the 3rd party Dosbox for ARM. the x86 Dosbox VM runs DOS programs better than NTVDM on x86 XP. Also runs them on Linux.
16 bit windows will run *IN* DOS box on ARM quite well too.
Java, Flash, Air, .NET applications will all run.
It's 32bit and 64bit Native Windows applications that either won't run at all, or like a pig in a VM.
Any contrast issues are LCD related. Nothing to do with type of back light.
If you don't mind the depth, only expensive RGB led true back light (not "white" LED edge lit) is maybe better than CCFL or CFL.
It's too expensive.
Of course it looks the same. What other way is there?
The Pen & Pad I designed in 1988 looked the same too.
The issue inst the similarity, the issue is does Apply have exclusivity to a simple rectangular shape with a rectangular screen.
Yes it could look like a Cardassian terminal. But that would be as stupid as cars with Octagonal wheels.
Not a new idea, but badly done
IBM had that idea in mind for OS/2
I described it in 1988 for a Pen & Pad Operating system.
But Apple has made a mess of implementing it.. Because they are not good at actual real development, only taking industry standard stuff and adding their own candy.
I can think of nothing Apple has done that's original. Except maybe the unique and poor 5.25" floppy format of the original Apple II drives. Lowest capacity at the time?
as much as 40 per cent of website user accounts being fraudulent.
About 300 members and 11,500 rejected spammers.
I make that about 97% fraudulent.
Real Names is a fraction of the 300 valid non-fraudulent members.
You could say we audit so well that none of the 300 are spammers. 100% of the user accounts are not fraudulent.
4" is the limit
5" is too big unless it's a 3:1 or maybe 2.5:1 form factor. Too wide.
The iPhone looks like older "tablet" devices. How distinctive can a rectangle that is as much display as possible on front going to be? You don't want a Lemon or Toblerone shaped handset?
Before Nokia SW sank in a morass of Bureaucracy.
I had one. Fax worked well. Email perfect.
I had a company account so they paid for double timeslot GSM so Web browsing was 28k. I only had 19K on the home phone line.
The office used ISDN, DSL was in office end of 2001.
I liked my Nokia Brick. You could do real work on it too.
I have no idea of the virtue of these claims though.
Apple hasn't changed the world.
You can watch TV, make phone calls, create and consume information easily on a Computer based device, listen to music etc etc without a single Apple product.
They are successful and have slick GUIs. They are very very good at Marketing.
World changing, Innovative, Creative? No.
Lost its way?
Acorns grow into great Arms.
Surely the revenue and profits are irrelevant if they never pay profit related dividends.
Apple shares are entirely thus a speculation vehicle as having them gives you no income.
The inherent concept is good
No need to sync bookmarks, documents, email contacts.
It's just not useful till the phone has all functionality of a Netbook and just as good/fast and the phone + dock are similar price. Then why buy both.
They bought a shell and some IP
The People that made Autonomy what it is will leave. How long do the founders and visionaries of any of these small companies stay when bought out?
HP may have really been facing challenges. But ditching Itanium rather than WebOS would have made more sense.
This Apple crowd need a bloody nose.
They have done some pretty UI stuff. That's it . Zilch other real innovation.
I designed a small tablet with touch screen back in 1987. Basically any such device has certain obvious features that NO-ONE should be able to copyright or patent as they are too obvious.
1) Rectangular as skinny as possible.
2) Rounded corners.
3) Screen takes as much of front as is possible.
4) Icons on the main screen for all the commonly used functions (Since Xerox in 1970s)
5) Maybe a button or two separate from screen.
My was called the Pen and Pad.
The "pen" had a 2.5mm optically read ball and option for ink (as you can make IR transparent black or coloured ink). Microphone near tip, Earphone at top. Three buttons. WiFi, Bluetooth etc didn't exist then so the Cordless link for voice and data from Pen to Pad was 60kHz Ultrasound. OK the FM receiver had doppler shift issues if you waved it about too much.
If any good lawyer wants to work on a no-win-no-fee maybe the lapsed patent can be revived and we sue EVERY blue tooth headset maker .... :-) I don't think so.
It's time Judges, Juries and patent offices did some real research and stop all this nonsense.
Of course there was the same thing in 1920s over valves and 1930s, 1940s on Radio and TV patents.
Not to mention the despicable behaviour of "Enforcers" of Cine Camera patents at the dawn of Cinema (Nickelodeon isn't a Documentary, but it gives the flavour well).
Are only a Speculation vehicle as they don't pay a dividend.
1990 was the time to buy them, not now when they could be near peak. Apple are actually vulnerable to change in "Fashion" and have very narrow range of product.
But I agree it's terrible:
DEC gets bought by Compaq and all the best stuff thrown away.
HP buys Compaq and seems to chuck the best Compaq and HP stuff away in the Product rationalisation.
HP was once a leading Test gear, semiconductor and optical device company. They became very successful at selling PCs and Laptops that frankly always seemed less than best.
Do they make anything in US still or is it all Foxconn or other Chinese anyway?
Obviously they think the best strategy is to copy IBM.
Not an iPhone5?
Then they will be sued by Apple :-)
Apple And HTC take note
But for Different reasons.
Google now has REAL phone IP instead of the toy phone patents of Apple.
But it puts HTC etc in a Quandary...
Apple + iOS
Microsoft + Winpho + Nokia (but who wants to come on board with an OS in a nose dive )
Google + Android + Motorola.
Also Android isn't "really" open source. Honeycomb is only the start. If it's more advantageous to Google to put all the eggs in Motorola and Closed source they will.
Google has no real commitment to Penguins. Only committed to Google.
don't need a mouse and keyboard.
People that actually create information DO need a keyboard and mouse.
No-one is taking away my laptop.
I'll have one of every size Tablet to go from 4" to 12" though to go with it. That's the bit that Trek git wrong.
He may have some point, but hardly coherent.
Physical damage from "cyberwarfare" is overstated. Stuxnet isn't typical and there are simple methods to protect against such threats.
Computer configuration and user training is more important than any AV package.
No HDMI or DVI out?
Are they serious?
Has the reviewer made a mistake? Is there not even DVI out for DVI to HDMI (which is just a connector and does support HDCP)
Component out only is use really just for obsolete or US HDTVs.
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