2210 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
I for one ...
Welcome our new righteous robotic lizard overlords.
Would it have application for motorbikes and Reliant Robin cars?
Pathetic little drivers on cheep perspex horns that are going to be quite directional.
Many DVD/BD players do not mix down to stereo properly. Unless it's got 1 bass/effects channel and 5 regular channels, it's not a "Home Theatre" (or Theater for Americans) amp.
This system is an overpriced gimmick. Not a Marmite system. It should retail at no more than £150 too.
Hmm, tricky one.
This is not as simple at all as the Title would suggest.
Even MS own site has an article saying you don't need your own CD/DVD media to re-install or "Slipstream" service packs or drivers. You only need the Licence.
So obviously the problem was how Comet was supplying these. If they supplied separately from the sealed HW package, without permission or royalties , then likely they ARE in trouble. Free or charged is not relevant. You'd probably need permission to commercially copy the media, even if supplying it "free" in the PC box.
Comet may have been idiots.
MS are acting like Apple, unless Comet was selling these to ANYONE, not just included solely in HW box.
Not just LAN access
If the default admin password hasn't been changed on the Router (common on most) then the attacker will next change the DNS server your router uses.
Then all your computers are vulnerable to Man-in-the-middle attacks even on HTTPS that can be forward to the real bank and echo back, so you see the "real" web page and do the transaction. When you log out the attack server ( man-in-the-middle via poisoned DNS) gives you a fake page, then it adds a transaction before logging you out.
Well Americans may as well all get Satellite and Cable as the FCC is determined to destroy Terrestrial Reception.
The databases will not be good enough.
Users will patch the firmware to avoid them
Users will add high power amplifiers.
TV signals WILL be interfered with.
It will be like getting MPEG4 DTT working on WMC (Ditch XP or Vista and get Win7, or use a 3rd party system) . You wait and buy Windows 8
Digital Terrestrial has
3 common flavours of DVB-T, though if your set does MHEG5, MHP, DVB-T2, AAC, MPEG4, VHF and UHF, it will work in most DVB areas.
There are then 4 incompatible non-DVB DTT standards.
Will it have Component for USA, SCART for Europe, Analogue RF (several kinds of SECAM, PAL, NTSC etc) for countries not using DTT yet, or with Analogue Cable?
People used to buying "grey" imports will import the North American version and find it works almost nowhere else in the world on Digital.
Even HD is country specific resolutions and frame rates, even on HDMI. Or will Apple pretend 25i and 50p don't exist. Will it support 24p and 48p for better North American disc playback of stuff transferred from Cinema?
Or will it be like the original iPhone, almost only a GUI and packaging exercise with standard electronics?
If they do release a "real" TV, any one buying it is wasting money, as it will be more expensive and more restrictive than a similar quality non-Apple TV.
There is no point to Google or Apple TVs, except for Apple and Google.
TV's and Set-boxes are arguably better using IR than BT.
A mouse is better on a cable if you are forgetful of having spare batteries, charging etc.
how likely is it that these WiFi mouse work with your existing arbitrary OS and WiFi stack that's in infrastructure mode with an Airpoint?
While most developed countries are agreed that White Space should be filled
Which proves Regulation is done now by Bean Counters, Lawyers and Arts graduates with no significant Communication Engineering input, or advice of real engineers totally ignored.
A database doesn't really solve the problems. Assuming users don't figure how to disable it.
This one idea that should be strangled at birth and all unlicensed TV band transmission equipment seized at customs. Otherwise it's going to be the worst thing that's ever happened to TV.
All those guys with Iron
Better stop selling those transformers with copper windings or else rename them Induction Coils or Ruhmkorff coils.
Virtually every larger electronic device uses them, all chargers, Electricity Substations etc.
Sack these idiots. Besides Parliament should decide Broadcasting Broad policy, and then C4 and BBC as the PSBs should implement "local Tv". If you make it remotely commercially viable or unsubsidised it will be Babestation + QVC.
No chance. They needed to innovate 6 years ago and make something else. The Dogs in the street could see this coming.
The stupid Rebranding to Imation never did them a favour either.
The day a Mac with no floppy was shipped should have been last call.
When Netbooks started shipping with no optical drive at all, then they were doomed already.
It's just an animated corpse now. Trying to invent themselves as a "brand" to sell others products was stupid. Especially with daft rebranding to Imation.
Everyone I know always said it reminded them of Imitation.
How can it be a scam?
Unless T-Mobile are quietly laundering most of back to them?
I have no idea though why they agreed such a daft penalty.
I wonder what T-mobile / Deutsche Telekom will do with it? You could almost do FTTH for small country like Ireland with that and have enough left for Urban /Suburban LTE for 80% of Irish Population.
Or do 1/2 of Brooklyn.
"A Modest Proposal"
Unfortunately some people in England thought Irish people did eat babies.
Dean Swift had the right idea though.
Andrew? You believe this?
"Traditionally the civil service is not supposed to set policy, but carry it out. The advice they give ministers is expected to be dispassionate and weighted."
Or are you stating this is what should be the case. The weasel word is "supposed".
I watched a REALLY good documentary on this. Not one scene in the Houses of Parliament though.
I think the DVD tile was "Yes Minister".
Truth and Lies
Word by 1992 had trashed Wordperfect, because actually Word was one of the best Programmes MS ever did (Excel was the other). Ironically first done for Apple Mac and Ported for Windows.
So Wordperfect was doomed anyway.
But MS *DID* do dirty tricks with MS Office and Win95. They even created pointless APIs on Win95 so the largely 16 bit Office 95 wouldn't run on Win3.1, Win3.11, WFWG3.11. The Win32s on Win3.11 to allow NT programs didn't allow Office 95 to run. MS had to release NT3.51 for free to NT3.5 32 bit users so they could buy Office 95.
Did MS put stuff in Win95 to stop Win3.x programs running? Not so much. I think virtually all of my Win3.1 SW runs on Win95 including Adobe Première Video Editing and VCD/MPEG1 capture/playback hardware.
Did MS do lots of evil nasty anti-competitive stuff relating to Windows 95? Probably yes.
Did MS do anything to stop Wordperfect running on Win95? Probably not. The last "good" Wordperfect was on DOS and the DOS version of MS Word was starting to look better.
If you were cost conscious on DOS probably the Wordstar Clone "Newstar/Newword" was best as "real" Wordstar had got too bloated. The Cheap simple Wordstar clone also had a brief resurgence on CP/M on the PCW8256, PCW8512 and PCW9512.
In the end Wordperfect failed because they where YEARS too slow in doing a sensible Windows version.
I have Word 2.0a (with Manuals) and it's better than any Wordperfect or Wordstar ever was. I think I have about 10 licenses still, and it's trivial to run on ARM. Vista, XP, Win7, OS X by running Dosbox emulator and loading a copy of Win3.1 (in about 15 seconds on a 10 year old XP machine).
The last version of office for win3.1 was Office 4.3 Office 95 wasn't a huge step forward, nor was it even a real 100% 32 bit Windows program.
Not on the Statute books here.
But it was very long ago, not to mention very far away.
My money would be on them all being dead 1000s of years ago.
Lucas obviously based his story on a history found in a crashed UFO.
Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps or 60fps
OK for USA or Japan.
But the rest of us need 25fps / 50fps. Does it do it?
Otherwise sounds interesting. Esp if more lenses etc become available. Or are there other lenses and accessories that work?
(Tele converters, fisheye, ultra macro/microscope, bellows for offset lenses whatever)
Mine's the one with a camera in the pocket.
"pin" to Task bar?
Umm.. you can save a web link and have it on your task bar in XP. It then opens with a single click in the default ("any") Browser.
So how is IE9 and the Apple clone Win7 taskbar pin better?
In fact I suspect you can do similar on ANY OS and Browser actually modern enough to be usable on the Internet safely (XP is over 10 years old).
Terry Pratchet is correct
The Truth will make you Fret
Danger in Israel?
It's no worse and possibly better than any time since 1948. Plenty of International companies invest there. Possibly no Iranian or Syrian ones though.
Syria claims the entire region including Lebanon and Jordan is Syria.
Iran just isn't too fond of Arabs. But hates Israel more.
About time Apple did more than design boxes and GUI. I don't think they have done much R&D since the original power PC macs that replaced the 68000 based Macs. There is certainly no "developed by Apple" HW in an iPhone or iPod or iPad. Or UltraMac.
I welcome their decision to do R&D.
How many years has Intel been doing R&D in Israel?
Also since 1948 all the Arab countries kicked out most of their Jewish Populations. Many trades blocked (like Medieval Europe), so many professional (lots of subsistence peasants too). After 1933 Lots of European Jewish people tried to go to the Palestine Mandate (4/5ths is now Jordan). Even when the Muslim Turkish Ottomans ruled a lot of people got Turkish permission prior to 1914 (a lot at end of Victorian Era) escaping Czarist and East European Pogroms.
Then the ones surviving the Hitler/Nazi extermination of 6M (many educated people) in Europe, many went to USA or Palestine Mandate/ Israel after WWII. Then in 1980s to 1990s many left Russia.
Jewish people, especially the secular ones always have believed in Literacy and Education. There was once a Golden age of Moslem scholarship (women not invited though), but by the latter days of Ottoman Empire the average Arab (Christian, Druze or Moslem) had no opportunity or interest in Education. The Ottomans at one stage controlled almost all the Middle East, Turkey, parts of Europe and North Africa. They were lazy and corrupt rulers and not much liked by their Arab subjects. It wasn't hard for Lawrence of Arabia to make promises. However the French and British broke most of the promises made 1914 to 1936 to Arabs in the middle East and THEY, not Arabs decided most of the borders and Countries. "Modern", Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Israel and other places exist in present form due to French and UK decisions.
The Arabs didn't know about this till too late. Not that they could have changed a thing.
The Iranians are and have been very well educated. But don't call them Arabs. Moderate ones will just tell you politely that you might as well accuse Australians of being Chinese.
I always think it sounds like a sugar free version of a "Douglas Adams" cocktail.
Off Button on Dashboad?
Some are only reset if you disconnect the battery!
Some can only be reset by diagnostics computer.
Air bag warning on on car at least can only be reset by Power off, disconnection of sensor, repower, power off, reconnect, repower.
Colour was a fail
Colour printing is so much slower and more expensive.
HD isn't good enough for documents
I have a 1920x1080 TV to watch video.
I want to create and read documents on a Laptop or PC. A WS screen isn't a good shape. 1800 lines in 4 x3 aspect would be good at about 133 to 150dpi At 180 dpi you need over 2000 lines
Stereoscopic. Not 3D
No one has 3D broadcasts. Not even the old monochrome ones long ago & far away.
Stereoscopic doesn't work for 20% (1/5th) of people and affects many more badly. Why is the BBC wasting money on a Gimmick first pushed by Cinema to "fight back" against TV and second pushed by TV makers that want to sell new sets?
There is very little merit to it compared to colour. A waste of Licence fee to promote pointless and overpriced TV upgrades.
dotdavid: Not Valuable
Worthless Frequencies. White Space is a myth. The channels ARE in use enough places that that further use will interfere.
We used to have Local / Regional TV
It was called ITV
Either the frequencies shouldn't be used at all (as "White space" is a myth) or use needs to be very very carefully licensed. With immediate and permanent closure if any viewers of "main" stations are affected by co-channel interference.
The Wales/Kippure experience in SE Ireland and parts of Wales shows that DTT is less resilient to Co-channel interference than Analogue. The time for "White Space" experimenting was from 1969, not now.
You mean prior to 1940? (a lot used in Bombs)
1950s (Russian) 8.5mm x 43mm
(better versions in late 50s and 1960s. Family production till 1991)
1959 Usable as Triode 5.5mm x 28mm
Similar Russian 6.5 x 25mm
(Family production till about 1971). Versions in Korean war
a similar size used in WWII bomb proximity fuses. One RAF raid would use up 250,000 sub-miniature tubes, a miniaturised version of 1T4 etc.
Regular mains Radio valves about 3W for the heater. By late 1950s sub-miniature military types only used 14mW for the filament heater and could use 22V HT.
Early post WWII hearing aids used valves based on the WWII sub-miniature types for proximity fuses and same size as a 1953 transistor. 0.7V filament to power two in series of 1.4V silver cell and HT a miniature 22.5V battery about same size as PP3
Chrome most secured and Popular Corporate Spyware ever.
I presume the prices are AUD and not USD?
An interesting PC with a somewhat too small screen based on the Victor 9000 / ACT Sirius1
Both far far better than "official IBM PC" of the era, but not "compatible". Lacking the Reality Distortion field of the Apple, Apricot is now gone sadly.
Not many of today's Jobsian latter day disciples remember OS 9 to realise the X in OS X is a 10, and not "Echs".
Though perhaps Apple is fond of the X and one the more recent releases really ought to be OS 11 ?
It's a really good non-Linux really "Real time" OS. (Linux can at best be "kludged" to be real time). It's quite old and used for storage controller cards, embedded systems. You know, stuff that maybe has an LED or two as a UI.
So bound to take some time to add a GUI. Though years ago QNX got a sort of UNIXy bloat and an attack of X Windows I think, so not exactly from scratch.
Still strange idea I thought to buy QNX, though it does (or did) have a good reputation as a RTOS. Handy for running an actual Phone stack on.
"Television broadcasting is horribly inefficient: a massive transmitter blankets a huge area with a single frequency, while a neighbouring transmitter has to be on a different band to avoid interference – but that means the neighbouring transmitter's band lies empty on the far side of the first transmitter, which is where a low-power White Space device can lurk."
Wrong. TV Broadcasting is up to 10,000 more efficient than Internet solutions.
Wrong. It's only mostly empty. It's stupid simplistic analysis like this that is leading to the fantasy of "white space"
Mobile / Cellular radio has to use 3 to 9 channels with only one available to a particular person for a similar reason.
Wasn't this in 2010? papers missed Christmas and filed it for this year?
Why do people use Facebook at all?
Don't they know how to use Email and the CC and BCC as well as TO
Maybe I should design a local Email client that runs in a Browser and looks like Twitter/facebook/Linkedin?
Wait till the summer before doing Disk upgrades.
The other way round makes more sense
Buy it ONLINE and get the Download at once and the DVD is posted to you?
Perhaps they will do that next. Or can you do it now on Tesco's online delivery Site?
Seeing as someone is likely to put the Jars of Pickles and Block of Cheese on top of the Bread, I've only used Tesco's online delivery to send my Mum flowers.
Anyone is welcome to use their online service and get the delivery to my address though.
But probably only by RF boffins
Other well known and less well known tech heroes before 1950s
(Hedy is near the bottom, it's an almost unordered list though)
Grace Hooper and Cobol is too "modern" for the list..
It was redesigned because someone nicked the original when it was on tour. Though when I visited it, I didn't think it was the original, but more mock-up done by someone who had glanced at it once.
I do remember Ian & Barbara being suspicious of Susan's answers and wanting to meet her Grandfather and following her.
Even as a small kid that seemed like a couple of massive plot holes, I may have missed part that made it more believable:
1) Why was she at School /College?
2) How did she get enrolled without address, biirth cert etc?
Someone once said the Best SF is where there is only one "unbelievable" fact . Of course Dr. Who isn't SF now, if it was once. Sort of a rubbish mixture of Horror and Teenage drama now. I guess it gets such good ratings because the dilution of Multichannel T, Reality TV, Soaps, phone in and such that TV is generally now so poor we are reduced to to watch DVD box sets.
If there are repeats of any good programs they are either on daytime or pay tv.
It was a bad "merger" and degraded Siemens' excellent support & Services.
No doubt too much middle managers.
It was a gift to the Chinese.
Likely increase is NSN
NSN has been a disaster for Telcos, Nokia and Siemens.
Online and Opt-in
But it SHOULD be Opt-in for Online tracking,
People doing bad stuff is no justification for other people to do bad stuff.
The point is
1) HDCP is simply an irritant and extra cost for consumer as content is pirated either from the disc or the transmission (a lot more conveniently as the content is professionally compressed).
2) It doesn't even be secure anyway.
It's simply a royalty revenue stream for Intel. It's pointless, not needed, protects nothing even if it wasn't circumvented and can easily be circumvented.
It should be dropped on all BD players and HD receivers to reduce cost. Then after a while TV makers can drop it too and save money.
They will say this is what they do with the current ink pigments, hence the current high cost :(
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