3013 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Maybe some day. But today they are Enterprise, Business and OEM. They need to do consumer stuff without alienating those markets or their name will be mud in Consumer anyway.
Since Ribbon, Vista etc they HAVE been alienating their existing market.
Re: Yes the UX rubbish
Been done years ago.
This is garbage on so many levels I can't be bothered explaining how these people are either stupid and naive or running a scam.
ESA and SES Astra had Casablanca
Sat@Once will send its last package of free Internet contents next Wednesday February 14, 2007, after almost 5 full years of free operation for the Satellite Internet community (we started operations on 11 March 2002 with Casablanca version 1.2).
No-one continued with it. People wanted real interactive internet, not a Broadcast Cache.
(I used it and they even sent me a free dish).
Re: A stitch in time
Partly true. But also there is a problem with the system.
I have sympathy with this even though I think Three arn't fit to do other that resell services from a competent wholesale operator (for ENTIRE UK Mobile Spectrum or even entire EU Mobile Spectrum) and I think Ofcom need abolished or reformed as the Country's Infrastructure, spectrum protection and Consumers are low on priority but raising money for Treasury and keeping major Mobile & Telco & Tat manufacturers happy is high on agenda.
iFrames are pretty evil concept
I never liked the iFrame
Windows XP to 7
A daft assumption. What is life of 7?
In reality are you more likely to get pwned with XP vs 7 if behind Firewall, using sensibly and stupid services off?
Aren't careless users WITH Anti Virus SW getting malware on 7 and 8.x?
It's the configuration and user is the issue.
There are other options than Win7 or even MS. Maybe some people are waiting for Win 9?
Re: If you must...
But spending it on good teachers is even better. Or infrastructure. 18 months or 2 years the tablets will in the majority be U/S and the educational value is anectodal.
I can't identify one.
I'm not sure who is the crazy in this.
A web site simulating SMS hoping to make money from Adverts.
Re: More than just a name?
Unless it's a made up word, then it's reasonable you can have the word. Like Motorola, picked because they making car radios and lots of music products ended in ola (victorola etc).
Or initials like RCA, HMV, JVC (who are/were Victor in Japan, but not allowed that especially in USA because of RCA Victor).
RCA and EMI both owned Trademark rights to "His Master's Voice though as it belonged to Victor Talking Machine who founded HMV (became EMI when it took over Columbia graphophone, who was founded by the same people as Columbia in US that became CBS).
So even when Trademarks start off sensibly unique it can get complicated as companies spin off foreign subsidiaries or merge. Or both.
The Beatles arguably then should not have been allowed Apple Corp. but only Apple-Core or Apple-Corp. However it gave them opportunity to sue Apple Computer TWICE (successfully) who deliberately choose Apple with bite out and Apple name to copy / fanbois Beatles. Apple now dropped Computer as the they don't rely on computer sales (C.f. Kentucky Fried Chicken now officially KFC).
We already have a solution for protecting PIN
The PIN isn't protected and it may be irrelevant.
1) The reader can be swapped.
2) It only asks Card if PIN is OK, so a fake card says "OK" to ANY PIN, or PIN of your choice.
3) I've only ever been asked for PIN in Retail (see point (2)) never online.
Re: Money well spent
They started as a retail consumer company. Chips, OEM, Infrastructure etc was all later. They have always been a retail product company with consumer products.
Car Radios from 1929 (Consumer Radio only began 1921/1922!)
Car & Home Radios
Transistorised Color TV
Cable TV Set boxes (analogue then Digital)
End user Modems
Analogue Mobile Phones (from their Commercial 2 way radio experience since 1937!)
Digital Mobile Phones.
Re: How many people would know what BNC connectors are for today?
Yes. And while BNC is 50 Ohms the BBC as well as MUSA used the mysterious 75 Ohm BNC (or cheated). Cable TV trunk use the rarer 75 Ohm N-Connector (regular ones are 50),
BNC are also often used for SDI (?) etc, carrying MPEG data either as a single stream or in MPEG-2 Multiplexed format (not same spec as MPEG-2 Codec as it can have MPEG4 or indeed nearly any kind of data).
Then there is a 50 Ohm connector very like an F-connector (often used on on GSM / 3G client aerials) but with a pin rather than centre of coax.
SCSI Yes I have large collection of those. I'm not sure how many flavours of SCSI exist never mind the connectors which have oddly included DB25 also used for "Centronics" Parallel (bad IBM!) and RS232 Serial.
Re: Terminal blocks?
But that was because they were made of Brown Bakelite then. You must be as old as I am.
Re: F-connectors and Phono AKA RCA
Both are American, Late 1940s early 1950 (F) and late 1930s (RCA coax).
Old UK TV connectors are "Belling Lee" (actually the original maker and not a real part name), of indeterminate RF impedance and designed for AM radio aerials in 1930s! The USA I think has used F-connectors for a long time for coax when not using 300 Ohm Ribbon.
A Phonograph uses cylinders and Gramophone uses disks. But USAians call a Gramophone a Phonograph, even though Gramophone was first called that in USA (Emile Berliner, Victor Talking Machine Co, who founded Japan's JVC and UK's HMV, Victor was taken over by RCA to become RCA Victor. This is why RCA, JVC (only in Japan as Victor) and HMV all have the "horn" and Nipper dog logo)
Abbreviated as P.U. (Pickup), Gram or Phono on the Radio. In the 1920s they first released Pickup adaptors for windup acoustic Gramophones, in 1930s standalone electric players for the Radio. Originally US used 2 x 1/8" wander plugs like UK did till 1960s. but in late 1930s or early 1940s RCA introduced the coax plug, which as it was most used in USA and for Gramophone plugged into a Radio, or for internal connections on a Radiogram.
They are within 2%. The fact that it's 470Million isn't relevant.
earnings per share of $0.51 and net sales of $25.59bn for its fourth quarter of 2013 on Thursday, missing Wall Street estimates of $0.66 and $26.06bn by a wide margin.
51 vs 66 = 72% or 28% margin
25.58 vs 26.06 = 98% or 2% margin
So guess are close to reality I would have said. Especially the Net Sales. What kind of strange mathematics does Wall St. use?
They STILL don't send a confirmation link to previous email address before changing it on password change or have you type it twice.
It's not going to bring real broadband to the masses. Another step in crippling Terrestrial TV to benefit SIGs
Wireless and Radio.
see the Radio Museum
Unfortunately Regulators like Ofcom & Comreg, Set makers and even the Broadcasters (esp. ones like BBC & RTE with DAB) are trying to kill Radio.
Digital TV is a good idea and reasonably implemented. Inherently ANY digital Radio system is a poorer User Interface than AM or FM. User Power consumption, Mobile/Portable coverage issues etc. DAB isn't the real problem, though not enough transmitters, only suits National Broadcasters and needs twice as many Mux to have decent bitrate.
Come and get them
I have some lovely colours of Tulips.
I feel sorry for Apple.
Chip & PIN
Simply hides fraud and allows the bank to claim the user was at fault.
Also the STUPID bank POS doesn't ask Bank if PIN is correct, but asks card! You can make a fake card that simply replies "yes" for ANY PIN.
Also in Chip & PIN countries the criminals are installing fake readers (in one case actually IN a bank!). As the article points out the issue isn't really Chip & PIN but compromised POS systems, vulnerable Web servers (In Ireland & UK, credit card numbers and rear code pinched from a "reward loyalty card" system that should never have had ANY such information). and even Back Office systems (The Remaindered Stock Retailer).
Fraud is endemic and the Banks admit as little as possible. It's mostly due to incompetently designed systems. People Errors. Computer Error? No Rubbish outsourced systems. Management Errors!
BBC's monopoly on FM Band.
But DAB should be scrapped. That unfairly benefits National over local Broadcasters and INHERENTLY all Digital Radio is more user Power Consumption, worse coverage EXPERIENCE and worse radio use Experience. (Tuning / selecting / channel change delay).
Except those figures are fantasy.
Collection cost and access
Read what Greg Dyke said about viewing cards when BBC planned to leave Solus Card scheme and go FTA.
HOW do you have Subscription model? No FTA tuners. But DTT & Sat boxes and TVs and PVRs with a COMPATIBLE card reader (CAM). The Card company takes a big wack, the more secure from piracy the system is the more costly.
Ofcom of course want to have only Cable and Satellite and prefer purely commercial entitiies. It would suit Ofcom.
PSB isn't about money.
Sky makes most from Subscription TV, yet 92% of what Sky Subscribers watch is Free To Air.
Sky 1 and Sky Sport (all added) each had about 1.5% viewing each.
In reality most people wouldn't pay for an extra platforms. Surveys can be misleading. Sky & UPC (formerly Virgin) dominate pay TV. BBC would become the equivalent of Disney and Nickleodeon and content would deteriorate further to a lower common denominator.
Totally to character. He's not an Activist or Investor. But a Speculator and Asset Stripper.
IMO Chrome is despicable mis-marketed Google Spyware anyway. They are NOT a Tech company but a creepy Advertising Company that uses Tech.
Now that would be worth even more as a food source!
Nuclear fuel (fusion?) Power Station input and synthetic Food out (Sugars)! I don't think a rechargeable one is possible until they figure photosynthesis and then it will only recharge on sunlight, not electricity.
why not just use a vacuum?
The head "flies" using I think the Bernoulli effect. It's a very very small ground effect aircraft. You'll find that "aircraft" can't fly in a vacuum. It's more stable than any other method of having the head very close but never actually touching.
It puts the term "Head Crash" into perspective :)
You can't hermetically seal in helium. Or keep it out either. Anything with a vacuum gradually acquires helium.
So I wonder how long a Helium filled drive lasts?
Who laid the lovely rustic stone pavement?
Re: How many picoseconds?
I think 15.5s a year of Apple Profits is $20K a year.
How many picoseconds?
How much of the Fruity Firm's profits is €20,000 pa.?
Re: All about the money
The Digital Dividend existed. The Regulators might not have got as much as they would have liked, but they DID get lots for auctioning the spectrum 790 MHz to 862 MHz formerly used by Analogue TV.
That was the real Digital Dividend. The consumer was lucky to get anything extra (HD, some more channels and real widescreen).
Re: It not about the Consumer. But Big Business and Regulator Income.
Satellite is for the 1 to 2% that can't get Terrestrial.
The fact some get poor reception is no reason to deprive everyone else.
It not about the Consumer. But Big Business and Regulator Income.
IPTV, Satellite or Cable can't replace Terrestrial, no matter what Ofcom and Comreg believe. They are complementary.
IPTV and Cable are essentially Pay TV (Broadband to support real IPTV is a lot more expensive).
People are watching more Discs and Internet because TV content is currently a lot poorer than it used to be. This partly because of the dilution of Multichannel TV and impact of PayTV. On Pay TV about 92% of viewing time is still the main free channels.
The people behind this want BBC, ITV, C4, RTE etc crippled, they want Terrestrial and ideally all FTA TV killed and the Regulators want to sell Spectrum Licences. Any service based on LTE Broadcast or some other Broadcast from Mobile Operators will be more expensive to consumer and give worse coverage than current DVB-T.
I supported the original Digital Dividend idea in late 1990s and early 2000s. But It was a mistake. More efficient use of 872 to 2600 Mobile bands would give consumers better service than tacking on 790 to 862MHz Digital Dividend (The only real dividend was Regulator Licence auctions). It has crippled expansion of Terrestrial Digital TV. The plan was originated before HD or growth of pay TV.
Satellite is a much much cheaper broadcast platform for a Broadcaster, especially Pay TV. But Foreign controlled, vulnerable to a "Burp" from the Sun and twice as expensive per TV for viewer to install. Not easily transportable or portable.
Cable TV is Pay TV, Not easily transportable or portable and only Urban/Suburban.
IPTV is 1000s of times more expensive than Broadcast if it was a mass viewing technology with true HD and able to support multiple TV sets.
We will soon have PVRs that can record ALL free channels on a 2 week rolling basis. Makes a nonsense of the running costs and national capital expenditure for Universal IPTV for mainstream viewing and "catch up" TV.
Comreg (Irish Regulator) already stated their aim is abolish all Broadcast. I'd bet Ofcom has the same aim.
Re: Taken for a Ride?
Carp are a traditional if rather lacking in flavour fare for hundreds if not thousands of years. Some supermarkets have them live in the tank (though I only saw this in Foreign places). But I wouldn't eat anything that up and died on its own. I'm not a Rook*.
(*UK Rooks found to be as clever with Tools as famous Caledonian Crows. Boffins surmise that normally they don't bother showing off such technological skills due to prevalence of Road Kill and other free nosh).
The NiMH solution would be similar volume and overall not much weight. Actually the battery boxes would not need to be as strong and heavy Stainless Steel, so the weight increase is small.
Lithium is used in Laptops due to battery being a high proportion of weight, not run time. Lithium used in phones etc due to ability to have rectangular form factor and small size where NiMH become less efficient. I think the Airbus uses NiMH.
Possibily till recently the World's Strongest Industrial Nation.
Generally excellent, but this is plain wrong:
"The world’s strongest industrial nation, the United States, has probably reached that position because its constitution separates the state from churches."
I think by 19th Century the Church wasn't holding anyone back in Europe. During that period the USA ignored copyright (even today there are issues with US Book & Magazine distributions in UK & Ireland in retaliation and still a problem with Music Industry royalties on Radio in USA vs Rest of World) and ignored patents. Right in to 20th Century.
They only strengthened USPO and US Copyright in 20th Century to protect their own alleged IP.
Nothing to do with the bizarre Religion vs Government in USA (In God We Trust). C.f. France since the Revolution. Also Northern Germany became Protestant in Luther's time to avoid Church interference in State.
Rest of article more reasoned opinion, but that statement is false.
Also China is or may soon outstrip USA. But again it's nothing to do with separation of Church and State.
Re: Will anyone still care?
Exchange and Sharepoint are probably MS's worst Server Products.
c.f. Last Starfighter.
Re: what to write
As we can't know what might be interesting later.
Re: Facebook a tech company?
Or an Advertising agency with one Cyber Billboard disguised as a "Social Media" site.
Not a Tech company.
On Portable Devices: LED VFD then LCD
Though VFD type devices date from early 1950s and LEDs early 1960s. The VFD is about 1/10th of voltage of Neon/Plasma displays and much easier to drive / matrix. Can work as low as 15V.
VFD still used in Cars, Setboxes/Disc players, Ovens (Microwave or Resistive).
VFD (Matrixed Triodes) and Magnetrons (Diode) are really the only two valve devices left in Volume Production now that CRTs gone.
No, nothing like Animals scent marking.
Except consumer 200MHz Digital Scope is poorer than most 10MHz Analogue ones. You need a £5,000+ 2GHz sampling scope to compete with decent S/H analogue 100MHz £50 scope.
Cheap digital scopes often only 8bit (which means less than 7 bits really), limited input ranges (not as sensitive nor high voltages) and totally rubbish triggering. Also useless for X -Y mode. Actually some quite expensive digital scopes are poor at X -Y.
You need to order needles
Each steel needle is only good for ONE side!
It's not the first x86 phone.
It won't be the last one.
It will be a failure.
A phone where you can pick your own OS is definitely niche. What percentage of laptops, notebooks, desktops are sold that way. Most people want to just switch it on and start using it.
They sound like they have 6 months to 18 months left.
Definitely a burning platform.
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