2801 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Re: Patents & left behind
Nokia bought out Siemens from Nokia Siemens Networks, NSN.
Phones are not the only thing Nokia does.
They don't make paper, wellie boots, Satellite TV gear or TVs any more though. Probably they wish they had kept the paper (lots of trees in Finland) and Wellies (lots of fashion wellies now).
Nearly no surprise
Surprising that MS paid so much. If they had waited it would have been cheaper.
Not the end of Nokia, but only of the phones. MS will mess this up as well as the last phone maker they bought.
Maybe not if Elop is the next MS CEO now that Balmar has resigned.
Or maybe that would kill MS.
Roundworld's Bergholt Stuttley Johnson
Almost every Sinclair Product had a touch of genius but fatally flawed. If the design didn't have a flaw then it would be a failure due to poor production (Amstrad was horrified at the Production when he bought them).
Micro Smallest Radio (which wasn't even before it came out). TRF Reflex.
Grossly exaggerated specs of sub spec IC10 (Plessey) and IC12 (Texas)
Watch almost impossible to fit in case
Three iterations of pocket TVs with different flaws (oddly the first one the main flaw was too expensive, rare for Sinclair 2nd flaw battery. Last model was obsolete at release by LCD and Sony had better "flat" CRT to market first).
Wobbling RAM packs
QL "tape" cartridges
C5 bike using Washing machine motor.
We need people like Sinclair, but with better attention to Production Engineering and Quality.
How do I set up an email address that works like a Premium phone number?
I never get cold calls on phone. But I get spam.
Hurts Intel's attempt
As MIPS is already more established in Domestic Routers/Modems than x86, this likely hurts Intel's attempt at getting into the phone market see Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor. I can't see it taking more than a few percent of ARM's juggernaut.
It's likely to be more attractive for Tablets than Intel's "Clovertrail" too.
If Intel want to succeed in phones and tablets then they need to get MS to stop calling all versions of their OS "Windows" and only call the one compatible with 2000, XP, Vista and Server applications "Windows". Maybe MS also need to market XP with a new service pack as Legacy Windows and examine why the XP tablet failed outside of specialist markets. I'd say it wasn't the UI as it was a large screen, but cost and battery life.
The Zune like TIFKAM is a good idea for phones and small tablets (The classic desktop style CE UI on a 320x 240 PDA was daft). Larger tablets where the thumbs can't address all of the screen need a different GUI. 10" approx and larger tablets need a different approach. A screen on a desk used with a keyboard needs the traditional WIMP GUI.
So MIPS has some future. Hard to see one for Intel Cloverdale/Medfield unless they sell them cheap for cheap windows x86 compatible notebooks. Phones don't need x86 compatibility as the screen is too small for traditional Windows applications like Sage, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, MS Project, or even traditional Outlook with Exchange server for meetings etc. Applications for handheld devices need not just a different GUI but need to be written differently too.
There is no "one size fits all".
William Preece, head of P.O. said it. He changed his mind and not only introduced telephones but gave an unknown Irish-Italian a big break. A guy called Marconi.
But I don't see how it relates to Moore's law, which really ended already.
24 fps ... bah
The biggest lack on HD is poor frame rate. Noticeable with motion.
HD should be 96 FPS. More important than 2000 or 3000 lines in the home. Digital Cinema recording is already about x4 the home HDTV resolution.
Bit of a gimmick using 35mm to film.
Maybe a Tablet
A 7.5" x 11.5" cased tablet with about 13" diagonal screen, minimum 1450 x 960 pixels (133dpi) ideally about 1960 x 1300 (180dpi) or about 2140 x 1400 (200dpi). BT keyboard should be included ( :) ). Also you should be able to chose iOS, OSX, WinXP, RiscOS, Linux, Android or Win8 (or whatever, pre-loaded and swap later).
Can't see the point of it in a phone.
This gadget needs an Android Gadget and WiFI.
Use an HDMI cable or Wireless HDMI and:
Better quality possible
Many tablets/PC/Laptop/Phone can play HD HDMI video.
This is a Shiny Shiny to make Google Money and Spy on your usage. No-one needs one.
Higher WiFi Speeds actually use 3 to 4 channels or even all of them.
For non-interfering coverage at decent speed you need 3 x 25MHz channels. This Globalstar ch 14 (not "band" really) will make no significant difference. Less than 10% capacity improvement.
Re: "Shifting the blame to the workers, rather than the management, ..
Except EVERYONE repeatedly DID tell Management!
The guy suspended TOLD them it need scrapped. BBC Research told them it needed scrapped. But they insisted on "full steam ahead" even though the guy suspended was brought in because they KNEW it had hit an Iceberg. BBC Management is in the wet place in Egypt.
You should hear any of the Cringeworthy replies Senior folk make on Feedback.
The spooks use
Numbers stations and one time pads.
The way it's implemented even QR is toxic
Why don't phones display the URL and ask if you want to load it?
Otherwise it's a way to deliver drive by malicious URLS.
The real QR is easily replaced by a sticker. But Colour was stupid. Less ubiquitous to high speed print unique codes for offices.
Re: Just what we need...
Which sells more. iOS or OSX?
Which is more locked in to iTunes store?
Which is more likely to be used on the settee? iPhone/iPad or Mac?
Which is used on TVs:
Windows 7/8 destop
Linux (and derivatives)
Answer: even dumb TVs often run Linux. A tiny few have Android. None I know of run Windows. BT's set box used to run CE, but to MS chagrin BT even upgraded the almost all the ones in use to Linux remotely without customer intervention.
Which OS does Apple's existing misnamed Apple Tv use (no screen or Tuner. how is it a TV?)?
You deserve a Beer.
He's buying more shares in Apple and changing his name to iChan
He will offer access to the thoughts of Chairman Jobs.
He's lost this one.
Bunnys and Alps
I think Lindt lost the gold foil and red ribbon Rabbit case.
What next? Alternate Toblerone?
Extremely chocolately caramels? How Chocolatey? 82% Cocoa or they should drop the Extremely.
Re: Replacing POE with POWiFi ?
Maybe if you used the Microwave Oven's Magnetron. Over say 2m distance you'd need much more WiFi power than the power brick supplies even if it was 100% turned into RF. You'd get cataracts if you looked closely at the new high power WiFi aerial too.
Re: And is illegal in the UK
Actually the article was quite clear it's not new. The "new" bit is that one unit detects the signal variation by the other unit connecting its aerial and thus reducing local signal. Laws of Thermodynamics. No free lunch.
If you have an appliance making interference on only one frequency and it can't be shielded, then a series tuned L C circuit with its inductor coil well coupled will significantly reduce the radiated interference.
Re: And is illegal in the UK
Depends on the scale. Microwatts is not stealing as a larger aerial in strong signal area might almost achieve it. Milliwatts or more is questionable and difficult. Actual Watts is harder still unless you are near a LW, SW, MW mast and is certainly theft.
Never be practical.
These kinds of gadgets almost go back to 1921. You need a strong signal. Perhaps it would work at 2m range for 15% of the population.
Clue, what % per country can run TV without freezing or pixelation on a set top aerial?
Harvesting the local user's Mobile modem, phone or Home Plug transmission will work better than receiving outdoor transmission. Actually some plug top PSUs /Chargers (Wall Warts I think to North Americans) have so much interference they are almost usable as "wireless" chargers at close range. Maybe the cable with plug is for the "charging mat" :-D
Do MS "get it"?
The Andriods and Apple and Kindle are in Tesco.
Where are the supermarkets on the list? If they are only aiming at offices they have missed the point. Ordinary office users are not going to use a Tablet at a desk all day. Screen too small. Also loads of other issues.
The BYOD stuff is chosen and paid for by the employee, rarely from anyone on that list and is usually in addition to the Business supplied kit. Are call centres going to buy Surface RT or Pro?
Re: it would seem the investor senses its Dell bid can go no further.
They sound like a Speculator and Asset Stripper, not an Investor.
Or something, my UNIX is rusty. It's only Facebook. Do they care about any of it as long as it brings in advert revenue.
Apple in Trouble.
They should be worried when serial asset strippers, carpet baggers,speculators and divestors (opposite of investors?) take an interest.
Icahn may be none of these, but certainly his pronouncements are designed to increase profit for icahn.
Ives an innovative Designer To Save Apple?
Ives admits being inspired by Dieter Rams' Braun Products.
Jobs was fantastic Charismatic marketeer. Very much like Edison. Who didn't invent the Light Bulb and insisted DC mains was better than AC mains. Nor did Edison invent Cinema, though he claimed no-one could do it with out his Patents.
Maybe even if Jobs was still with us Apple would be close to "peak". There is a limit to how many times Apple can do what they have done. Ives on his own plagiarising 1950s & 1960s Braun/Rams can't save Apple.
What actually have they innovated rather than successfully marketed? Not the iPhone HW, nor its OS. Similar GUI did exist on prior niche products. The capacitive gesture GUI was slickly implemented. Is that innovation or just doing prior art better? In the 1980s the industry wanted handwriting recognition and ability to sketch / annotate rather than browse menus & content, hence they decided to use resistive rather than capacitive input (both existed!) for much greater accuracy. The best solution is to have both.
We may not be quite at Peak Apple, but even with Jobs the future might not be much different.
DOS on Wirelss.
Wireless is really stupid for alarm sensors. Alarms by default go off if they detect jamming. So you repeatedly "jam" the frequency/band without attempting entry. Then when the alarm doesn't go off, you break a window at the rear. You park the white van in front or even the driveway. During the day! Carry everything out by the front door (Mains angle grinder at bolts if a deadlock).
Locks and wired alarms are a deterrent. Wireless alarms are an illusion for Cheapskates that don't want 4 core alarm wiring.
Is this real then?
Three incompatible GUIs
So they should be!
It's insanity to try and have the same GUI for a pocket device, a tablet/pad sized device and greater than 11" approx screen with keyboard and mouse.
Mines got a tablet holder and laptop backpack. The phone is in my jeans of course, what else would the bulge be?
Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…
Is he really dead, why does he remind me of Lysaer s'Ilessid?
Re: You just don't get...
You do know the nice crunchy bits in a Hobnob are goblin's toenail clippings? Won't stop me eating them.
Re: I wonder
We call our tea "Black" or "Indian/Ceylon" but in China it's called Red Tea. It's certainly less popular than Green tea.
I like local Kenyan (black) tea, large leaves. Nothing like the exported Kenyan tea though.
Punjana and Nambarrie
Weeps ... Punjana and Nambarrie are good. I've not seen Nambarrie for 23 years though. Barrys is barely tea.
Well that leaves Yorkshire Tea, Tetleys, PG tips and Twinings Breakfast.
Milk is OK on the Cornflakes and muesli, but spoils tea. All those Chinese can't be wrong surely?
Re: Single login?
Indeed this is one of the aspects I hate about Google. What has Google Code to do with YouTube?
Re: Firefox already does what he asked
And even if you used the password for the session already you need it explicitly EVERYTIME you display passwords of the saved sites and usernames list.
Ever Ready and Hanson.
I've run out of popcorn and corn chips.
Icahn must think he is going to win. But Sean Quinn thought he could keep doing leveraged buyouts too.
Re: Malaria? Isn't that Bill's monopoly
But Google's Balloons are just PR. Google has consistently ignored privacy law and consistently shown they are only interested in selling adverts.
Re: MS Office Missing?
Offices usually have desks rather than armchairs and settees. Also any serious size office the desks are cabled with ethernet. WiFi is ok only for half a dozen.
Surface is a fail too in the office as a real laptop costs less!
Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.
No, they would just remove all communications from cheap ereaders, so disabled people would not benefit at all and everyone else would be penalised.
Should Ballet dancers wear lead weights, ear plugs and distorting dark glasses?
Yes, general purpose computing devices (tablets, ereaders with colour video screens) should have audio accessibility. But not the electronic paper.
no LCD screen, no camera,
Yes anything not capable of color video should be exempt.
Shouldn't have any other restriction though on software.
Re: It's not just this one case - this *regulator* needs investigating
They did stomp on Sky when they decided they would unilaterally supply all customer info to 3rd parties for Advertising. Curiously Sky wrote to all the Irish Customers explaining this, so I guess the Irish Regulator could hardly ignore the thousands of letters and phone calls. Usually people in Ireland complain on Radio phone ins and to each other and never bother actually making official complaints because:
1) Usually they have no idea who to complain to.
2) A belief that little has changed since before 1921 (same Civil Service?) so it would be pointless.
Compared to the Irish Financial Regulator and Communications Regulator, the Data Protection Regulator is wonderful. The others appear to only exist to raise direct revenue.
Re: re. photo of V-NAND package
Why does it look like a 1970s Military grade EPROM?
Have you had Cyber Sex ... ?
Asked the Book Keeper (in the Shop around the Corner in "you've got mail"
Re: I read this yesterday: RAM
If you don't have too high a resolution of Graphics and turn off everything not needed, then XP SP1 will run in less than 90M fine. But SP3 needs a fair bit more than 128M. NT 4.0 is faster on a 1/4 speed CPU and 20M RAM !
Standard Distros of Linux won't work on a 1999 spec PC either though, but it's easier to create a pared down version.
I didn't read all 107 previous comments. Is the solution a better version NOT controlled by MS of NT 5.3?
Maybe all us programmers should sign up and help ReactOS.
Linux is fine, But even with Wine isn't an alternative to XP --> Win8 for many people. Maybe ReactOS is?
FM channel hopping is instant and with RDS automatic. DAB Mux switching is PAINFULLY slow. Even within a mux channel changing is slow due to the MP2 (or AAC on DAB+, probably slower!) decoder buffer.
Re: Why bother
Useless for really portable use. FM & AM are better. DAB is a dinosaur.
DAB+ is NOT better, just cheaper as they fit in more stations.
DAB isn't "green" for Receivers or for a single channel of transmission rather than a bunch of stations multiplexing the data to the COFDM modulator. FM was popular BEFORE the patents ran out and they are still trying to promote DAB.
Re: "dish liquid"?..... Fairy Liquid
Cod Liver Oil
But Baby oil and Fairy Liquid?
What are they made out of?
Was his SAP pay not enough?
Re: plz tell me where 10k yrs came from in the bible ?
But Usher used a lot of false assumptions not actually written in the Bible. Also some stuff in the Bible he misunderstood.
There are only really identifiable date points from when Abraham leaves Ur of the Chaldeans. There is some Archaeological evidence for Nimrod, who is mentioned in passing. Really Usher was practically making it up and those that take his approach are ignoring what the Bible text says as well as definite evidence.
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