2211 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Re: My obligatory comment to see if I've reached 100 posts yet.
Quotes? Of course there is an HTML
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BB code is retarded. It was before CMS systems had decent HTML sanitising. A lot of forums use WYSIWYG editors anyway. Mostly it simply replaces < with [ and has a bunch of different ways according to extension for Tables and other stuff beyond basic,
Also HTML allows for easier Copy & Paste from existing source.
Tiles on a Desktop GUI?
Look how well that worked for Windows 1.0
Even DR Gem GUI is better than Metro for larger than 5" screens
The ESA is transnational and has non-EU members. Nor is every EU country a member.
19 European states
Extra points if you know which are NOT EU without looking it up!
ESA even have a Launch pad for the Russians in their own Space port nearer the Equator than Chinese, US or Russian ones. They just don't get as much publicity as NASA
Only of academic interest. The Ansible doesn't use any, not even in anhydrous form.
... pre-ordered, or bought from other retailers ...
Or didn't and won't buy one at all.
It's the endgame.
Even if it's inaccurate and sometimes dangerous how do you compete with Free?
Where is Encarta?
It is a shame really as not everyone has a tablet or PC and even less people have Internet. Fewer still have Broadband.
Mine's the one with smart phone in the pocket running "Don't Panic" as the screen saver.
Re: March of the neophobes
"Windows 8 is the world's first device-independent operating system."
BSD, QNX, VXworks, GNU-Linux
Even NT Windows around the 3.51 & 4 versions supported MIPS, PowerPC, Alpha, Alpha64, x86(32bit mode only). There is an embedded "GUI-less" version of NT4.
I had a Debian based VOIP 4G handset with touch screen and ARM cpu before iPhone was on sale.
Have a look in the Arch directory of Linux Kernel source. MIPS, ARM, PowerPC, x86 (even on Geode), x64, and many more.
Most Servers, Setboxes, HDTVs, Routers run Linux Kernel on a bewildering variety of CPUs and HW.
Only the non-NT Win2.x, Win3.x, win9.x and ME was limited to x86 only and user computers (no server versions). There was an embedded version of Win3.x for Cash Registers and ATMs, but it was x86 only. WinCE ran on a variety of CPUs originally, only later it narrowed down to ARM on WinPhone version.
Re: Making this make sense
But at least with all the Linux based Distros it's trivial to change the desktop.
Harder with Android. But it's controversial as to if it's really Linux distro or a fork.
Re: What to do, what to do?
Only some editions have a downgrade licence.
It can be difficult to find drivers.
I think this will benefit OS X, Android, GNU-Linux (Such as Redhat, Centos, Debian, Mint, Ubuntu). Migration from XP will be even slower. Over 40% of PC users still use XP.
If you are using a high end Laptop or Desktop bought since 2002 the need to upgrade (other than for gaming) is hardly compelling compared to 1992 to 2002. Especially for business. This is part of the reason for big growth of Tablets vs Laptops/Desktops. People are getting a Tablet and KEEPING their older PC.
I have done support for Vista & Win7. MS has progressively been losing the plot on OS development since NT3.51. I blame the success of Win95.
Windows 7 is nothing more than what Vista should have been and ought to have been free to every Vista user. A lot of machines sold with Vista are now running XP or Win7.
Windows 8 looks like a genuinely new version of Windows. Maybe by Win 10 it may be sensible, but it looks like MS has been seduced by the iPad. They need to notice that Mac Air doesn't run same GUI or version of OS as iPad and iPhone.
With WinCE / Winmobe they made the mistake of copying the Desktop GUI. Now they are making the mistake in opposite direction. Really you need 4 to 6 OS versions and DON'T give them the same name. Or at least 4 GUIs:
1) Small to Medium Phones
2) Very large phones to tablets
3) Regular sized stuff with keyboard and mouse and mostly used for content creation
5) Embedded Devices such as Routers that have only a remote Web/HTML gui
6) TVs & Setboxes with only a simple remote control.
Strangely GNU-Linux can do all of these. Possibly because historically it was worst at (3). Today there is nothing wrong with GNU-Linux desktop, except possibly for Ubuntu Unity. But unlike Win8 on Ubuntu you can easily swap the desktop to one of choice. Curiously MS once had this to extent on NT4.0 you could have Program Manager and File Manager instead of Explorer. Replacing Explorer's File Browser Window with File Manager would have been nice, though really the solution is to open two Explorer Windows.
However File copying & Moving in Windows is still rubbish and unreliable for large amounts of files and where some files have various attributes compared to xcopy and other CLI tools.
Is only 166Hz. There are harmonics and stuff of course.
Re: Buy a sheep
Just make sure it's not a goat. They only eat grass after everything else. Including oddly once all the buttons off my shirt on the washing line. Without tearing the shirt. Goats are deranged.
Re: I'm too lazy to downvote all the sonar/ultrasonic rangefinder commentards
No difficulty in demodulation of PSK on a 40kHz narrowband carrier. Not a huge o/p from lawnmower at that frequency. 40KHz and 60kHz has been used in extremely noisy environments.
The data rate doesn't need to be high which lowers the SNR needed.
Two Ultrasound transmitters that are separated and transmitting different but isochronous codes. (This can be done by "slaving one" off the other via IR link, so one transmitter is "dumb" just using an IR remote sensor driving the Ultrasonic transmitter directly).
A sensor on the robot can calculate the distance from each easily. If the robot is told what side of the line between the Transmitters it's on, it knows it's location. if it has a pair of separated sensors it can use the phase between them to calculate orientation.
Put the two Ultrasound TX at two corners of the boundary.
In the 1960s
There was a Hobbit Restaurant in Belfast. I think it was still there in the 1980s. Not really been there since 1983 so no idea if it's still there. I was never in it but I bet they served good 2nd and 3rd Breakfasts though.
Anything a major part of culture should be available under FRAND, like patents incorporated in Standards. Apart from Apple, and occasionally Microsoft and Oracle that works. It's not like these people are a National Franchise. IMO the "loyalty card" is a step too far without talking to the Film company first. Anyone think £200 a year would be reasonable and no photos / images directly from the films or book illustrations?
Re-use is more efficient than recycle.
Now if we could go back to returnable bottles that are reused instead of crushing them...
Ts & Cs for El Reg
But do any of us Commentards post anything of any Intellectual value?
Re: White Space...WTF?
No, the vacated spectrum is NOT "White space", that's the "Digital Dividend".
So called "White space" is the effect caused by the fact that if C23 for example is used for a Station, it can't be reused at the next city, but at a further city. At the intermediate location you are not ensured any reception on C23. But SOME people may have larger poles and Aerials and get either C23 depending which way it's pointed. The Fantasy of "White Space" radio is the idea that at certain locations you can re-use the in use channel because
a) No-one here is using it.
b) you won't interfere with the further off places that do use it.
Both assumptions are false.
Re: I have my doubts
3G networks use dedicated licensed spectrum Each operator plans their own spectrum, or with a RAN the Network Manager manages the Pooled spectrum.
The Spectrum isn't shared with a Broadcast service. So called "white space" is an illusion.
The "Database" is a clumsy attempt to solve the "hidden transmitter syndrome". Just because this sounds cool, or allows licence free kit or is very clever doesn't make it a good idea.
You can't do very large regions with SFN. Go read how it works. The difference of arrival of signal from two transmissions can't exceed symbol guard time.
SFN doesn't enable so called "White space". It just simplifies planning at some locations.
It's a fantasy that will damage TV reception for 100,000s of people.
An evil genie that should never be let out of the box. Apart from the fact that even if done as planned it's a disaster of epic proportions, people will disable the geo database lookup, the data base will be inadequate and people will add too powerful aerials or amplifiers.
We don't need this Yuppie DIY outdoor WiFi. Proper protected dedicated Licensed Spectrum is the only solution that works.
At least it's not a Cardassian GUI.
They think the 15" 4:3 and 17" 16:9 and larger high resolution screens we have had for 10 years are vanishing and we will all be using 4" to 12" screens on PADDs.
No Roddenberry Icon :-)
The 50% of people on less than 4Mbps
10% to 40% that can't get decent broadband.
Forget about mass market downloads of DVD never mind BD size titles on 3G or 4G/LTE. There isn't the capacity.
Decisions made by people on corporate Fibre?
Most of Apple's patent's are either fluff or else really Registered Design (more about Copyright, look and Fell) rather than real engineering as most (all) of the products use no custom parts beyond the case (The Apple CPU is just a variant of Samsung SoC with ARM core).
Software, GUIs and Look and Feel ought only be be copyright, never patents.
Simply an easy to use phone for ANYONE that mostly uses laptop, needs reading glasses and mostly wants to make phone calls.
There is a much Broader market than Aged Parents.
1920 x 1200 may be HD on a 24" TV screen but not on Computer.
You need roughly 3000 x 1700 pixels for a 24" Widescreen to have the resolution of 1600 x 1200 15.4" screens ten years ago.
Nice product though. But a trifle pricey for a low resolution computer monitor and resistive panel, though of course it's a bit more than both.
Re: Correction - firefox on MS's rubbish OS's
You are making assumption that the user doesn't install something that carries this.
Also it uses remote configuration, so likely needs no write access once the user has installed whatever carries it. Assuming it's really a Trojan in original SW sense of the word.
How is it caught?
Installing a stupid toolbar?
A "trojan" suggests that something is installed by the user that has this in it.
Actually it's totally pointless for a Tablet. If you are using the tablet a cord is better, unless it's so cordless you can be anywhere in the room.
A wasteful pointless gimmick. Probably creates interference too.
What is wrong with
a) A dock (look at DECT phones and most Handheld two way radios)
b) Micro USB or mini USB
It still needs a PSU and cable. Another stage of power loss and conversion too.
Sold to NSN, the disastrous merge of Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks.
Unless it's Fixed ...
Nomadic / mobile / indoor / self install on 3.5GHz is rubbish. Only fixed outdoor/roof aerials makes sense.
Google Imagine WiMax and IBB Ripwave.
LTE doesn't fix the problem.
Indoor aerials about x8 less capacity / speed than roof top fixed directional aerials.
Really Fixed Wimax or WiDox (DOCSIS over Wireless) makes more sense at 3.5GHz. So either they are clueless or selling self install "nomadic" "windowsill" kit to save on roll out cost.
Bad investment, bad decision.
More proof, not that we need any
All this was designed and discussed 30 years ago.
We called it Gesture based GUI.
The Patents system is obviously broken. Explain to me how much R&D effort there is in this compared with the effort of drawing up the so called "patent"
Apple spends 2% on R&D. How much of that time is spent advising the Patent guys and how much does Apple spend on Patent Paper work?
Re: Re: Technology leader
It was a Samsung ARM CPU too.
Also capacitive screens ignored for 20 years because the "holy grail" was believed to be handwritiing recognition (you need resistive for that). Having both would be good.
When is Verity's book out?
I want to pre-order.
My eyes are bleeding...
Call an ambulance.
MS Office isn't important
Libre office (the more popular fork of Open Office) now has Intel backing it and for 99.99% people is good enough.
OK I made up the statistic. But seriously iPad doesn't need Office to Succeed and really there are loads of reason to want Windows on a Laptop/Desktop (hardly any on a Tablet and none on a phone), But MS Office is now WAY down the list of reasons.
Commentard of course
Commentators get paid.
I have an old single key that works like that. It's a telegraph key. As others note, 60 to 104 of these have been miniaturised and put in a skinny box before.
Mine's not from the 1800s. But 1940s, just like the J38 on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph_key
I guess it must be common
Re: £200 ?
But does 7200 rpm eat twice the power of 5400 rpm or have they done clever stuff?
Perhaps sub £250
In reality sub £100 would be useless.
My last laser printer was Brother. I wish I had bought the Duplex version. But I needed it in a hurry and the local shops had NO Duplex printers.
Important is cost of consumables and how many pages they do.
Why doesn't it have a USB port for a printer?
Or did I miss that?
I have Network Printer servers here. They have connections to drive a printer.
My E65 phone via WiFi can print to any printer on the Network configured to appear as LPR. No extra boxes needed. Of course with the "stock" printer driver I have to emulate an HP laser too.
I can make any linux thing (my Router's USB port) or USB, Serial, Parallel make almost the stupidest printer look like a Postcript LPR device. If I'm really in the mood I can do it on NT4 (even for USB via 3rd party USB stack, but parallel is trivial), Win2000, XP or Win7 too.
So why spend £115 to achieve what almost anything you already have that talks to a printer can do for free?
Or what did I not understand?
Re: Re: Rabbits from the Hat?
What if you driving an Articulated Truck and the next slot is for bicycles or Mother & Babies?
I think you missed why Light squared can't stick several thousand 20W masts talking to 0.5W handsets next door to receivers listening for picowatts.
Rabbits from the Hat?
Shirley they have a spare frog in their box?
I really can't see it. That's not light (squared) at the end of the Tunnel but an oncoming train wreck.
Why would the Military swap them any spectrum, what band would it be, would FCC agree and who would it impact?
Spectrum planning isn't like swapping parking spaces.
Mine's the one with box of dried frog pill in the pocket. Not for me of course. But for any crazy customers.
Do no evil?
Anyone else see a pattern?
Slurping all that WiFi info during street view was just an accident M'Lud!
This wasn't the intention of Patents
These are not "inventions" or innovative. But all obvious if you have touch screen, camera etc...
Re: I wonder...
They could have put the procedure in place from the start, years ago. Only acting when you are caught isn't very praiseworthy. You don't honestly think Apple didn't know?
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