Re: Safety Check
Facebook is an irrelevant parasite.
Also about the most bandwidth hungry method to communicate.
5048 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Facebook is an irrelevant parasite.
Also about the most bandwidth hungry method to communicate.
You can buy the Pi as a set with SD card preloaded.
Plug it in to mouse, screen, keyboard and Ethernet
No scripts needed or visible,
Scratch is on it as standard.
LEDs for GPIO port are available.
Current Scratch can turn them on & off.
Not sure why this strange thing exists.
Certainly the sort of wave you want to watch from a safe distance. What is the safe distance?
They will discover there is also a market for candy bars, flip, sliders and BB style QWERTY.
Not everyone wants a slab with only a touch screen.
What's wrong with choice? Even Ford eventually did cars in colors other than Black.
Or on some systems since 1990s! (laptops, desktops etc).
Actually in 1982 I was selling nice Amber mono CRT monitors (some used on Apple II !)
I hope they don't think they can patent or copyright this?
It MAY work for OLED screens, but LED lit LCD are violet/blue LEDs with yellow phosphor to provide the "white" backlight and this idea is poor on them compared to colour CRT, decent OLED, or eInk illuminated with a filament operated bedside lamp.
Ditch LED and CFL lamps in bedrooms and use long life filament (Halogen not so good) (less blue than high efficiency types)
I think region locking DVDs, Games, BD & Geo blocking digital content funds piracy.
The books issue is two fold.
1) A hundred years ago, USA simply ignored copyright on English Language books. The USA and UK publishers more or less "divvy" up the world.
2) A book publisher doesn't usually have audio rights, no more than they have film or TV rights. Nor for worldwide unless not in English (see 1). A publisher of Audio needs to acquire these separately from author.
There is a separate issue that often the Publisher acquires books rights for life of copyright. It ought to be no more than 25 years and then revert to author (copyright would STILL exist and be unchanged from POV of public).
Copyright life is also now too long. Death of Author + 25 years is generous. The current death + 75 is simply a licence for people like Disney or Record companies to make money, as they will have acquired rights with a minimal up front and small royalty on sales (or in case of cinema, maybe profits which are mysteriously non-existent).
Always negotiate a percentage of retail sale, never "profit", accountants are too clever.
The main purpose of Democracy is really to ditch stupid leaders without the bother of a bloody revolution?
So it's maybe OK that they pick a name themselves if they get a bunch of loony tunes.
Older Models (than 2013) won't get an email if you already are up to date. The firmware on some models IS since 2013, but not at all new.
The "new" versions of software in some cases are out well over a year.
Why had you no backup?
Changing account on a Kobo or a Kindle, for instance, wipes the content.
Amazon's "Cloud" mostly only has a backup of books bought from Amazon*. It's nothing to do with DRM!
[*If you are daft enough to send your OWN stuff via Amazon cloud instead of USB, then Amazon keeps a copy that's reloaded, of random DRM free content. I tested it.]
After a firmware update, you may need to reload any backup, this is common on many gadgets.
Import the Amazon books into Calibre via a suitable extra plug-in*
It's a PUBLISHER decision, not Amazon's if a book has DRM. Anyone can publish on Amazon without DRM.
[*Best if you live outside the USA]
The books not in collections are listed after collections, in collections view. At least on Kindle DXG ver 2.5.8 firmware.
They are not too likely to have WiFi & Broadband and no PC of any kind?
If you have no PC at all*, then a 3G Kindle is worth while. Curiously I know of one person that managed to get PC World to connect his Kindle.
[ANY OS supporting USB storage and Web Downloads will work to put content on/off a Kindle, unlike Apple's iThings, possibly even some tablets]
DRM is optional
There are "Collections" on Kindle and Kobo.
Sadly not hierarchical. But a book can be in more than one (say Westerns and Romance).
It took me a while to figure out how to have a book in a collection on Calibre (best way to organise) automatically be in that on Kindle/Kobo. You need to make an extra column and change settings on Calibre.
Kobo uses also DRM based ePub (evil Adobe)
Kindle also uses DRM free prc, mobi
Amazon AZW doesn't always have DRM, it's a publisher choice.
Smashwords sells DRM free for Kobo and Kindle.
I have a Kobo and Kindle, the Kobo is over priced, but I wanted the 6.8" with hi def for PDF manuals, marginally better than large 9.7" DXG for PDF. For books the paperwhite is best value at 1/2 the price.
Calibre (with a file import filter plugin) is your friend to buy DRM from Amazon or Kobo and read on you Kobo or Kindle and backup.
Never rely on a Cloud except for temporary collaboration.
USB based updating is safer and more reliable. It's not difficult.
Copy via USB
Disconnect and run menu option to update.
I almost never use OTA anyway, but download books I buy, import to Calibre, connect Reader to Calibre.
I back up my Calibre Library. This way my reading habits on Kobo or Kindle can't leak and I don't depend on anyone's Cloud. I do buy some books from Amazon, but most of my paper ones are from charity shops and eBooks from gutenberg.org and archive.org I buy as much books as I can afford.
The only update my Kindle DXG has had was in 2013 when it was bought, I doubt it's getting an update. The free 3G might be useful if I travelled (only Wikipedia & Amazon, all else is 60M limit a month), but I don't.
Years ago I slip-streamed a CD with added SATA drivers for XP.
But still, MS attitude to Win 10 smacks of desaturation. They developed USB for NT4.0 and then decided not to release the SP. I tested the beta USB stack on NT4.0 and it worked with Win2K drivers (if you made the OS report as if it was Win2K, stupid Driver designers looking for an OS version instead of a capability, at the time MS dev advice was to look for the capability you needed, not specific OS strings. I guess few people listened or they not have to skip Win 9 ...)
a) What is actually native now on Linux
b) Old stuff that works on WINE on Linux but not, oddly on Win 7 / Win 8 / Win 10 depending on program.
Link to Gutenberg for Murray Leinster (unlike Archive.org they are usually proof read).
A good reason to get an eInk Kindle or Kobo (you only need to connect once to register, then use USB only. Calibre + plug ins is friend to allow DRM ePub on Kindle, or DRM mobi/AZW on Kobo)
Misses the point. It's not about how amazing it is.
There are good and bad predictions. This one is about how people might use <random technology>
Rocket motors to power only ICBMs or space exploration?
See also "Shock Wave Rider". Far better than Toffler's book that inspired it.
Peppa Pig is completely demeaning to Pigs and Humans. Bring back Ivor the Engine and all the other Postgate stuff.
Except if might NEVER deliver general AI. It certainly doesn't now.
You mean YouTube ISN'T Google's Social Network?
Surely all of Google's bits have used same sign-on for ages...
I'd use an AC motor not DC. No brushes to wear out.
SMPSU is what is needed.
"The individuals who carried out the attack might have been wrong,"
No level of injustice makes Terrorists into Good Guys when they attack civilians.
You are Gerry Adams and I claim my baseball bat beating.
Does anyone know any longer ...
The guys trying to blow up your car, shoot you on the beach, or destroy the theatre are deffo bad guys.
The Governments spying on their own citizens with out specific warrant, killing people in countries they are not at war with, detaining people without trail... They are probably bad guys even if they claim it's for our own good.
Perhaps they ARE inefficient, or Apple pays too little out of greed (their margins are fat) and others pay too little because of very slim margins.
On many products there is a retailer driven rush to the bottom on prices.
I don't know what's wrong. Sure their ought to be still a good market for MIPS in Routers, TVs, Setboxes even if ARM dominates Phones and Tablets?
Based on updating XP, I'd buy 5 copies.
Maybe the same of Office 2003. I HATE THE LATER OFFICES, ESPECIALLY "FLAT" and RIBBON!!!
Meanwhile two machines are staying XP (but not online) and the rest are now migrated to Linux Mint, Mate Desktop, WINE. Copied all my Windows True Type Fonts to server, then downloaded to all the Linux computers.
Everything has Libre Office, which once you figure the quirks and disable some silly defaults isn't bad.
Probably An Teagasc and the NDC promote Cheese in Ireland.
There is a MASSIVE variety of Irish cheeses, today, a far cry from 30 years ago when there was Galtee processed cheese, Calvita milder processed cheese and rather suspiciously rubbery "Chedder" style cheese.
There is Cow, Goat and Sheep cheeses, in Danish, English, Swiss, French and Greek styles as well as local styles.
Since it needs an iphone anyway, I suspect such a gadget can be under $30 retail inc postage including decent case and strap.
I wonder what all those < $20 Chinese watches do, often more functions with an Android phone than iOS. (Via Bluetooth). Some have camera and SIM, appear to be complete "Dick Tracy" and more gadgets. They are being used to cheat in exams.
14nm or 10nm silicon claims are a bit misleading. They used to refer to size of a transistor, now the 14nm refers to smallest feature.
Isn't optical a good way to interconnect chips on a common substrate (PCB, Alumina / Sapphire, Quartz etc).
That's acceptable for a domestic product, but seems poor for industrial or aerospace.
Indeed, try doing 576 line, interlaced video 25fps (PAL sources) in the original XP free video Editor.
No European video support.
No, because you don't need OS support.
I've used MIXED RTL / LTR editing on VANILLA DOS.
I think you are wrong. It's 100,000,000 faster now. A 1979 8bit cpu is in the 100,000 times quicker class.
If we knew how to do real AI, then any computer could do it, but slowly. It's nonsense to suggest that AI is "held up" by lack of computing power. A Raspberry pi and big NAS ought to be able to be intelligent, if we knew how to write an AI program.
AI today, as is "Expert Systems" and so called "Neural Networks" are all just specialist "fragile"* database applications.
[* In sense that it's useless if it encounters anything not pertaining to the programmed domain]
Go is really really hard for a computer.
Is winning Chess, Jeopardy! and Go significant? YES
Is any of it a milestone for real AI? NO.
We don't even know what AI might be. This is specialist programming. If we had real AI, the SAME program could start learning and eventually be the best at every game, as well as many other problems.
A rook (crow) or a baby that can't play chess, go or answer Jeopardy! at all is smarter. This is searching a database for solutions using a program written by very smart humans.
ALL so called AI is marketing of specialist interfaces to databases, often for a single domain per AI program (Driving, chess, go, bridge etc)
FM is better.
Even AM can be better.
DAB is too power hungry, bit rate is too low (to save money), coverage is too poor.
A DTT tuner would be more use!
Some phones have had great easy to use FM radio for ages. Ergonomics for Digital Radio is inherently poor too. DAB is a failed format. DRM on Shortwave, MW and LW has failed to get traction.
DAB and Digital Broadcast, esp. using SFN and because of pressure to save money on Mux costs, inherently benefits national stations over local and reduction of bit rate to less than FM quality. DAB+ isn't used for more quality either, just to halve the bit rate at similar quality (too poor) to reduce costs.
The BBC, Ofcom, RTE and Comreg will drool over this. It's bad for the consumer.
Europe allows 2.4GHz Channel 1 ... 13
USA Channel 1 ...11
I've had problems even years ago with idiot kit / gadgets that was ONLY programmed for USA and wouldn't talk to a WiFi point on ch 12.
I think they first got into this, via Red hat in 1999. Certain it was about then that I was giving Linux courses to people in Dell.
There is a market, so they do it. Dell is much more pragmatic than Intel, or Intel would be designing nice SoC with ARM cores.
If it's anything important a relative or workmate etc needs to access, write down the passwords, user, email, machine, website etc. EVERYTHING.
Put it with your will or something else that will not be accessible to neer-do-wells, thieves, small children and will 100% turn up if you are knocked down / heart attack / stroke / randomly shot etc.
They are useful and very hard to find. But it's not new. There have been sheet metal shears like this for a very long while.
However 1970s and 1980s probably was the high point of equality for Women in Computing (via Maths) and development of Computer Science.
It's all been downhill since 1990s.
Purely a side effect.
Like complaining a satellite launcher lets bad guys have an ICBM (it does, but we need to be able to launch satellites!)
When they came out you could buy a Dumb TV and a phone/tablet/laptop and still have change. Some even you can buy Dumb TV + PS4 and have change!
TV as Monitor + Tuner is all you need. But many newer sets have far less I/O. Even lacking analogue audio out for better than laptop speakers that are built in!
I was lucky I think to get a "dumb" TV with 2 x USB (more handy to power gadgets than for intended HDD / USB photo/video playback), 4 x HDMI, SCART I/O, composite, Y/C, Component (SD or HD) and VGA.
Security, privacy (microphone, gesture camera etc), updates and compatibility is a horror on them.
Chip in finger is no solution. It's very vulnerable to being copied or remote reading.
veins, pulse and blood flow can be copied.
Biometrics is stupid for a security as you can't change a fingerprint or retina.
It needs to be removed from passports.
Fingerprint readers and retinal scanners etc should be illegal. They serve no purpose other than exposing privacy. Trivial to copy a fingerprint from a door or glass. You can even add a pulse.
The sad fact is there is no secure alternative to old fashioned passwords.
I have a couple of good ones that are learnt. I let a password manager remember all the ones that are non-financial and not local machine access. I have an address book in a safe place (never in laptop bag / with phone) that has email, user, website password.
Different password and often different user and email for every website. None are real words or words with numbers or number substitutes.
Biometrics is a lazy failure of a solution to security.
Skeumorphic is distracting and bling. We don't need it either.
3D only need left and top light grey line with right and bottom dark grey line to give the cue that it's something you drag or click. We don't need almost photos of real objects.