2650 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Re: @ Mage - This is how that thing happened:
The original Star Trek has a lot to answer for with Scotties inflation of time and then infeasibly fast delivery. For years plagued by managers assuming we were all like Scottie. He'd also ask the most junior team members for estimates of project duration.
Re: This is how that thing happened:
Timescales and cash a bit low, but probably not far off. Put x5 on everything.
iOS and Android?
What about people with decent size screens laptops/PCs?
A two page spread would be nice on 15" size 1600 x 1200
Trade Descriptions Act. & SoGA
Why are they allowed to call it a TV? It's just a locked down overpriced Media playback & Streaming device.
" taking it back is hard"
It's pretty near impossible when it's something the public buys.
"But White Space allows regulators to hand over some spectrum for a bit and then take it back - within hours if opinion changes. Those lobbying against it are more concerned that the people will refuse to give it up rather than concerning themselves with any technical problem."
Indeed it *WILL* cause problems and the new gadget users will neither keep the rules nor give it back.
This is a disaster in the making.
Since the charger needs a wire
Is it as wireless as a so called cordless kettle?
If you don't like a USB plug, a round jack or a dock, then I suppose you need it. But any range more than a few cm or so will cause issues. Inductive charging is just about ok, RF charging a stupidity.
You are STILL going to trip over the cord of the charging mat and forget where you put it or its wired "wall wart".
Extra expense for little value, a marketing gimmick?
But unless I'm mistaken this isn't a review of text editors but Verity Stob lightening our day.
Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs
Maybe 10 years ago, now it's nano.
Re: So what we're saying is..
Vista. Win7 and Win 8 are thus pointless for laptops & desktops and all users & Business really want is a SP4 for XP that removes some bugs and inconsistencies.
Most of the stupidity of Explorer's design is STILL in Win8.
Re: Came to think about it
No. Edison, Marconi, RCA etc famous for it. Huge battles and 1000s of spurious patents awarded.
It started getting out of hand in the late 19th century.
Re: re. the '974 patent
They had TVs running 405 lines in the 1950s with a CdS sensor for ambient light and controlled the TV screen brightness. What idiot gave a patent on such a simple obvious idea?
NiMH are heavier for same power, but similar power to volume and after 200 power cycles may actually beat lithium on capacity vs weight.
The extra weight isn't than much overall. Less likely to have thermal runaway.
Unsurprisingly Airbus who were considering Lithium Ion are going to stick with NiMH (though news item said NiCd, I suspect it's NiMH).
Re: most of this stuff is old
Mmm... Roland A3+ ...
Mine isn't working properly. No pen up/down and faulty Home position. Can't find the schematic though. Maybe time to dump it and get a laser etching systems.
I must have a dumping session to recycling centre, box loads of ISA x86 Mobos, MFM drives, boxes of ISA cards, boxes of stone age DRAM.
I might hold on to the genuine IBM AT stuffed full of AST memory cards. And the upgraded PCW8256 (3.5" 2nd drive and 512K RAM).
Maybe the DELL 486
Some old Mobile Radio programming SW needs a real DOS with a real serial port. Though no doubt someone clever can get it working on <insert HW & OS of choice>
Mines the one stuffed full of Writing MS-DOS device Drivers and Interfacing to the IBM PC in the pockets.
most of this stuff is old
What does than make my PCI 10/100 Intel cards?
Or my 16Mbps Token, 2Mbps wifi 5V PCMCIA cards and 10Mbps ISA cards with 15 way connectors to vampire taps?
Re: Stupid Question
Yes, Compiler writers of ANY language love to write the compiler in the same language.
Re: K&R c...
No, it was not.
The language was ambiguous. You could write a "bug free" C compiler and it would produce different code.
Or you could write "correct" C code for an agreed "compatible" compiler and it would not do as expected.
C++ was supposed to sort some of these issues, but unfortunately the original version was too much backward compatible.
C was not used for many critical control systems for this reason.
Re: Allow me
C was then just the idea of a portable macro assembler to make it faster to port UNIX to new machines.
Hence the awful reliance even today on the #define abhorred by Bjarne Stroustrup.
When lasers were invented people used them as posh "rulers". Communications? Nah.
Certainly if the price is right then this *IS* cool technology that deserves a market. I thought by now I'd have an A4 (or legal size) roll up eReader that fits 211 mm x 12 mm x 80 mm form factor. A bit smaller than my old Slide Rule in its plastic case.
It's a pity people want video and colour on phones and colour inherently needs a back light or it can be no better than 1/3rd brightness of B&W ePaper.
and so will likely suffer more than the rest
No, the poor viewer that doesn't know what's wrong will suffer.
To Digital Terrestrial TV viewers who will never register as complaints about White Space as there is no mechanism for them to understand what is causing pixellation or freezing and no money assigned for independent verification of user compliance and non-interference in the field.
The Databases can never be accurate enough and eventually too many people will be using extra power, bigger aerials or even disabling or faking database.
There is simply not enough control and oversight.
Re: Cookie Size
The article says cookies up to 10Mbyte. Actually I don't want websites to store anything else, unless I go "File Save".
10 bytes is 80bits.
That's 1208925819614629174706176 possible visitors for each website.
What is this? HTML planning for a universe of visitors that it needs 80 Million bits of storage per visitor on your own machine?
Madness. All a cookie needs to store is be a unique identifier. Why 10Mbyte? 10 bytes is lots.
Re: produces co2
Yes, indeed you need the same amount of CO2 to make it from Hydrogen (perhaps extracted from sea water by fusion power?).
The Catalyst life is a problem though. But can the catalyst be regenerated or is it gradually evaporated into the Hydrogen and then into the fuel cell water?
That they want you to use one Google Log in for gmail, Docs and YouTube (As far as I concerned unrelated services).
I'd rather have my own notebook of accounts (never kept near laptop) and my own local password manager (only used for accounts that don't involve money).
Someone needs to beat Twitter, Facebook, Google etc over the head with a stick with nails in it and make them eat copies of data protection acts and security best practice till they change their ways.
Also would places like BBC stop promoting Google, Twitter etc ...
... wanders off muttering darkly ...
Mine's the long brown one with a bag of 4" nails and hammer.
Re: 4G = TV frequencies
Done already years ago.
Never took off in Europe, only much marketed in Germany, but popular in Asia.
Been here before
What advantage does it give over sticking in a DVB-T2 chip?
Will people pay?
We had quite good real Broadcast technologies before for phones. But I suspect unless it's free no-one wants it.
Ordinary Mobile varies the QAM and data rate as signal gets poorer to give about x8 the range of the fastest data but at slow speed. To get 8x range from fixed speed broadcast you either have to have x64 the power or 1/70th the program / data / channel capacity.
Atlantis in the Atlanic (Maybe it's Ireland!) and Lemuria is the one in the Indian ocean.
Re: "Use custom settings for history"
Firefox has had a setting since ages to block 3rd party cookies. But it's fairly buried in the settings.
Re: NO! It doesn't make sense. It would ruin Apple!
The fact that they are really overpriced and uber controlled by Apple is ignored when selling according to current strategy.
If there was a cut price Apple and it was successful it would destroy existing market. So they would be condemned to make a similar profit from much larger sales. Makes them more vulnerable. Exchange larger market so as to have 1/4 to 1/10th the profit per sale. I don't think so. Apple makes currently x4 to x10 more profit per item because actually they in many cases use parts no more expensive at all. Actually other than Retina display it's hard to think of premium parts in iThings.
Also would need complete cultural change inside Apple.
Flash won? No, CDs overpriced.
Tesco today a decent DVD is €6
But Fleetwood mac Rumours is €12.99 on CD. I did buy it on LP at original release and again on CD many years ago. There are also OLD less quality CD titles promoted at Checkout for a "bargain" €17
C R A Z Y !
(1 Euro about 83 pence Sterling yesterday)
Downloaded files need backed up and entire Albums are over priced.
Buy a CD and rip it at your desired quality and you have a decent backup automatically.
BTW 33 & 1/3 RPM was released about 1929 on plastic, 16" for cinema and then 1931 on 12". But same size grooves as 78 rpm.
"Stereo" as done on 33 & 45 was demoed by EMI in 1933 or 1934.
1948 was the microgroove version. LP
1949 was the 45 rpm
Prototype Wurlitzer jukebox 1929. Common production 1934 (10, 12 or 15 off 78s)
BTW the CDs are PRESSED, not etched.
Re: AC. Sony and Valve should Merge?
How would it annoy me?
Steam is successful on the PC Platform, but is unhappy with Windows and considering Linux and an x86 console.
Sony wants to be more involved with Online and has dabbled with Linux on PS2 & PS3
Both love DRM ... (I don't mean Digital Radio Mondale either!).
Big screen console style gaming isn't going to go away due to iOS or Andriod. Different market really, the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP type devices more challenged by phone based gaming now that even Primary school kids are getting smart phones.
A fully open HW platform such as PC with Windows or Linux gets problematic quickly compared to closed HW like PS3, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii / U or even Apple's Mac OSX stuff. The PC based Windows for Gaming has become a high end niche, not mass market.
Apple curiously has never managed to leverage the stable HW aspect of its computer products as well as iphone and iPad for gaming, A few stunning titles and some ports.
I'd guess Apple don't like to be reminded of Pippin? Also was the Apple TV (a pretty limited media box and not a TV, not maybe much different from Roku?) a missed opportunity as a gaming console.
Sony and Valve should Merge?
Re: Mixed blessing
Better to use NO plug in and save file and use a decent PDF application OUTSIDE the browser.. PDFs are NOT web pages.
Re: It's STUPIDITY
So do people think Firefox should display spreadsheets. Powerpoint, Word, DXF? Display of PDF in browser is just plain stupid.
Re: Am I the only person...
The ONLY sensible thing to do with a PDF is download it.
I have "Safe Reading Mode" on by default in Foxit.
I don't want ever to open PDFs in a browser.
I scrapped Adobe years ago
I use Foxit
I ALWAYS explicitly save the PDF first.
You realise that even with an Integrated viewer the PDF is STILL "downloaded" as far as the Server and your connection usage?
I seriously hope this is optional and can be turned off. Really I only want to view WEB pages in a Browser, you know HTML..
PDFs should 90% of the time be downloaded and saved, THEN opened,
Best to disable ALL PDF plug-ins in browsers.
Also for a Server viewing a PDF is the SAME as downloading so it will "use" up your allocation of downloads on each view.
Can this so called "feature" be turned off?
PDFs are NOT webpages. They are documents!
The LAST thing you want for productivity and usability is the SAME UI on different classes of devices and form factors.
Flames are not enough!
More likely Tad Williams Otherland*
With special gloves or even an entire suit (for tactile ear plugs), 2 x projectors on to retina (with Body + head + eye tracking so "3D" works even with one eye closed) and optionally even a sensory deprivation tank I think it can be done today. It would SEEM like a Holodeck, but the other people need not even be at the same location.
A chamber you walk into wearing the appropriate "ordinary" clothes still seems fictional no matter how much CPU you have.
Like 2D display the Internet with GOOD fast broadband is enough if you have the local processing for your head set / gloves / boots / suit / tank. You want less than 50ms Latency and "mostly" it will seem realistic. If the Broadband connection is lost the models of the other people just "freeze".
Also unlike Holodeck but like "otherland" you can have a wide range of "body" and with high end tactile feedback suit and a tank it will FEEL like your body as well as look like it.
Unlike a holodeck we do pretty much have the technology for "Otherland" today. If we figure how to generate fake tactile an inner ear movement sensations with just a patch on your head, then the suit and mobile tank (needs to have 4 axis movement to fool your sense of balance) become obsolete.
[* Much prior art, e.g. John Brunner "The Sheep look up" (? hard to believe The Shockwave Rider is1975) , Nicolas van Pallandt "Anvil" and many more]
Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution
I last bought an Apple in 1981. Given the prices vs performance and experience using and repairing Apple computers belonging to others I won't be conned a second time. I guess the choice is 2nd hand Lenovo.
Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution
1200p was so 12 years ago.
WE DON'T WANT TO WATCH VIDEO. SOME OF US WORK!
Re: CentOS for me
CentOS and Debian are good idea for Servers and Appliances. But for an ordinary user with no Linux experience Mint or OpenSuse are maybe better. I used to recommend Ubuntu, but what on earth are they smoking and drinking? What ever it is need a Mental Health warning.
London Capital of the World?
Maybe Capital of British Empire.
White Space frequencies that are empty of local TV broadcasts
Please qualify this claim, which has never been proven to work and has been demonstrated causing interference.
Unless EVERY TV set/box is reporting in real time to a Database what it's using the so called "white space" Radio WILL clobber TV reception. Also users will misuse the kit with more power or manual channel selection by hacking database connection.
It's the most ill conceived attack on broadcasting ever.
With the exception of Latin?
Try also Hebrew (up to 4500 years), a couple of types of Cuneiform/clay tablet stuff (Babylonian and pre-Sumerian, up to maybe 7,000 for earliest), two sorts of Egyptian (one of which in a different script turns out to be preserved by the Copts) , Greek/Linear B (up to 3,200 years ago?), and maybe something Scandinavian? Loads of Linear A clay tablets (3,800 years ago) but no-one has any idea what they say.
I think this tool is a good development. If it helps crack Linear A I'll be impressed.
There are also Chinese, Sanskrit (and other Indus valley/Indian?) Korean and Thai related stuff, no idea how old but the Chinese I believe had paper, gunpowder, Pasta and a Monetary system based on Government guarantee rather than rare shiny gems and metal when Europe was in Wattle and Mud huts using physical cows as currency, if at all.
South & Central America?
There is more really old stuff preserved because when you sack a city or library using clay tablets it makes them more durable. Parchment, Vellum, Paper and Papyrus was rather lacking in archival qualities in comparison (but likely can beat DVD & Tape backups by a thousand years or two). Doing the Library of Alexandria without a "backup" plan was stunningly bad. They WOULD have known the need for Off Site backups, but if they existed/exist it's a well kept secret.
Mines the one with the "Story of Writing" in the pocket.
MS missing a trick
MS spends a fortune on Localisation every version of OS, tools and applications. But would volunteers add the translations?
Proves that some Twitter users Gullible.
Since 2001 or 2003
MS releases have been Bloatware, tinkering and using the major changes in the wrong direction. I doubt I will be buying any more MS. I used to even pay for MSDN / Technet and the entire space under the bed is MS CDs going back to 1994. Every major application, IDE and OS till 2003. Then we cancelled.
They are spending a vast amount and achieving little. No vision either. Trying to ape Amazon Cloud, iOS walled gardens and Touchy Feely Tablets (which are really only useful for Personal Video, Web & email) won't work.
Re: Where's the proof... In the Literature and FCC
No published proof it works. Just Hypetastic white papers.
Plenty of fail published.
Google "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome"
The "Database" solution (aka "White Space Radio" MkII) actually doesn't work in reality even though the FCC accepted the revised version. The ONLY way it could work is if EVERY TV also is connected to Internet and the Database.
The 2nd problem is social. It makes "White space" a fail. People will "hack" the database connectivity limits and add power amplifiers and "stronger" aerials for faster speed (if signal is better you can run say 64QAM instead of 16QAM) or more range, thus causing more interference as the spectrum ISN'T empty or it could be licensed.
Try getting any Mobile operator to accept 3rd party "White Space" Radio on their locally "unused" channel(s) and see how far you can get.
TV is now a soft touch. Africa even softer (Just offer a "good" deal), Chinese Government gets good deals on resources in Africa where Huawei does "cheap" infrastructure.
This is plain evil
It's all about getting so called "White space" Gadgets in Europe and USA.
There is no need to use so called "White Space" anywhere. Least of all Africa. This a cynical "back door approach" and nothing about really helping African people or Infrastructure. Practically Colonial exploitation.
It can be mathematically and physically PROVEN to not work, in the sense it DOES block Terrestrial TV. Doesn't matter how good your spectrum sensing or database is.
And no, I'm not attacking "windows". But the totally rubbish concept of so called "White space" Radio.
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