2650 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Also you could get NT3.x and NT4.0 on a PPC
Re: What are they smoking?
Capacitive touch screens were not that expensive, Just unwanted. Even Apple brought out a product that used resistive touch screen because to them the handwriting was important (Newton). Rather than improve it they scrapped it.
Palm then dominated that market and got the handwriting / sketching going well. It was some good deals with operators for 3G Data that made the original iPhone more attractive than other smart phones. Before the iPhone came out I couldn't afford to use 3G for data except in an emergency or if work was paying (PCMCIA data card on PC).
Phones before the iPhone had rounded corners and flat fronts. Not all were candybars.
Marketing and partnered deals and the Apple "cool" factor made the original iPhone a success. The HW was all commodity standard designs and the iOS style GUI was done before too.
Re: Stylus required
Capacitive touch screens go back at least to the 1980s. But in the late 1980s we thought sketching and handwriting and using a remote desktop was important. All those need a Stylus and the higher superior precision of the resistive screen. The Capacitive screen was regarded as inferior.
Trolltech actually had two versions of their UI, one like "Windows" that needed a stylus occasionally and a 2nd one for "finger use".
Apple's innovation isn't in HW at all. But being at the right place and right time to market a phone and UI more for Media Consumption and "Joe Public" than most (but not all) the previous smart phones all orientated really to business use and data entry.
Their UI is a logic and obvious progression from mouse or stylus UI (not quite the same as you realise if you try to use Graphics tablet instead of a mouse on "standard" OS 9, Linux, and Win95/NT. Hence a tablet edition of XP.
They don't deserve to have more than a handful of patents. They are brilliant at marketing. Shame on them for attempting to block any decent competition when the SW & HW and shape of their own products is almost entirely based on Prior art . But USPO doesn't do due diligence, it's apparently up to people with very expensive lawyers to challenge every claim in a Court system that assumes Innovation is American and everyone else is cloning..
Well, is it a big deal?
1) Macros are often badly written, badly designed and a vector for Malware.
2) Libre Office / Open Office
3) Goggle Docs (Yuch actually).
Obviously someone may have existing Macros they want to use. But generally it's a sign that someone is trying to (mis)use a spreadsheet or Word Document rather than get a proper application or use a real database.
I bought my last copy of MS Office in 2002. I'll not bother buying updates anyway.
Extended support for Windows XP finishes on 8 April 2014,
less than 2 years to get to terms with Linux or write a replacement.
Of course unlike "eat within two days of opening" cooked meats, XP won't go "off" immediately. Whatever we move to it won't be Apple Candy or MS Metro shiny windows.
Hundreds of MS CDs and DVDs here. Won't be buying more product from them. Unless maybe a games console for some kids...
Internet and Wireless Broadcast are complementary. It's fantasy to think you can replace Broadcast media with Internet. Unless every lamp post is a WiFi Point or LTE base.
Re: This will not end well? Legacy?
"Its Windows, it HAS to run my legacy software!" are going to feel VERY hoodwinked.
Mmm... I think the majority of non-Business customers are not interested in Legacy Windows SW support. Sales of Mac Books, iPad and Android tablets prove that.
barely profitable option for ARM
"barely profitable option for ARM is to try for the premium market at a price level higher than iPad3"
ALL the iPads and iPhones use an ARM core. ARM win from every Android, iOS and Win8 ARM sale.
I expect the only loser will be Intel. They have an ARM licence and the best Fab, why aren't they making Intel ARM SoC?
I expect the Mac Air to switch from x86 to ARM sometime too.
Past the peak
No one needs Win7, it's just a default OS and a Vista Service pack
Upgrades to MS office are increasingly pointless.
You can be as productive on Office 2003 and XP.
Desktop Linux still is not quite right, but MS determined to make Win 8 as rubbish as possible.
Many people just using Internet or could use Open Office.
Most future MS Windows and Office will only be "pre-installed". They are in slow decline. If Apple brings out a 1/2 price Mac Book/Mac Air running iOS on ARM (They'll never call it an iPad + keyboard but that's what it will be) then MS is looking at rapid decline as their own systems have poor legacy compatibility and a minority need it.
"UPC which offers a broadband product which, thanks to a five-terabyte download allowance at a speed of just ten megabits per second, cannot ever reach the download quota"
So that's "unlimited" then. Unlike the many "unlimited" products (many on slower connections) where you CAN use up your quota (Fine Print FUP = "Fair Usage Policy")
I have "fixed wireless". Unlike Mobile (Mobile Broadband is an oxymoron). it's real broadband.
The Irish Government (successive) and Comreg are pushing hard to get mobile included as "real broadband" in EC and OECD stats. Otherwise someone could end up being prosecuted. The National Broadband Scheme simply subsidized "Three" adding more Mobile masts for 3G. Not a single Broadband connection
Comparative tests with 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz a/b/g/n?
Comparison with wired Cat5e via 1Gbps Switch?
Effect of all the light sockets with cheap CFL lamps?
Spectrum analyser measuring EMC?
Effect of 5 x PC / Laptop cheap PSUs
Effect of cheap lightweight phone charger and flat phone on same socket
Effect of Filtered extension strip/non-filtered to connect it to a skirting board
Effect of plugging both ends and gear at both ends into 2 x UPS
Or is this just Shiny Gadget Advertising?
Is to make toilet paper, wellie boots and phone mast gear.
They are dead on phones.
There is stuff out there that makes this look sane.
How does it sound in Mono though?
It costs too much.
No-one will buy your sign. Actually probably it uses LEDs now and not Neon. Even the "Neon" ones are mostly not but like giant coloured CFLs.
I can't even begin to enumerate how stupid all this is and how badly ICANN are managing it.
The plebs and small businesses will forever be plebeian.co.uk while the Fat Cats have anything.fatcats
Has Amazon also bidded for .amazon (Brazil might not be happy?)
Only as a compliment to real fixed Broadband.
The guy must know nothing about the economics of Mobile Capacity and Coverage versus fibre everywhere.
Acer is right
We don't want Ultrabooks.
Unless they are 1/4 or maybe 1/5th cost.
They are priced for Rich Singletons that want to pose in expensive coffee shops.
You don't need it at home or office and would you use something so expensive on the beach, crowded bus or train?
It can't decide if it's a small overpriced laptop or big overpriced tablet with a keyboard that won't detach.
They need 14 hrs+ battery life, keyboard that can detach or fold under or in it, 1900 x 1200 resolution touch screen, ARM cpu and to cost under €500, ideally under €250.
Apple sell so few actual computers compared to phones and ipads that they ditched computer from their name. The Macbook Air isn't a product anyone not called Apple can sell.
Not the Turing Test again.
Turing didn't invent AI nor is the Father of it. He was a Genius an one of the founders of Modern Computing.
The "Turing test" wasn't a rigorous proof, just an idea that has been shown to be flawed. Nothing really to do with AI. Really it's just a conversation piece and not one of his real bits of work, mathematics or research.
Turing obviously proved that a Chess program didn't need AI either (as was thought at one stage).
So far NO-ONE has invented AI, partly because we can't even agree exactly what "real" Intelligence is or how or measure it (IQ tests don't).
Give me a spec for Intelligence rather than a vague goal (Playing Go, Chess or simulating the Archers, or convincing conversation) and I'll design the algorithms and write a program. If the computer "isn't powerful enough" or "hasn't enough database" (two oft excuses) then it will be a slow poorly educated socially inept un-British artificial Intelligence. It will be intelligent and artificial.
Re: If you can't innovate, acquire
Visio and Sybase SQL were quite good acquisitions. They still work.
Skype has been going downhill since 3.8x which a good bit before MS bought it. So I still run 3.8x after testing the later versions on other PCs.
It' seems actually that Vista and especially win7 has result in a rash of poor compatibility Upgrades. Paint Shop Pro? Also very often moving from XP to Win7 you have to BUY a new version of the SW you already have so as to be able to run on Win7.
So the problem is Windows Development generally, not particularly what MS do with acquisitions. But I agree, I think Skype and Yammer are a waste of money for them.
Mines the one with Linux Distro in the pocket
Re: sheilas wheels
Radio Adverts big problem (in a News program are worst).
The Mute is no use as you can't tell when the program is back :(
Re: There was a simple solution in Germany
German TV much better than Italian TV though.
Unless you like inane game shows.
Loads of people WOULD watch more TV if there was decent content.
But UK & Irish is sinking to be like US TV cable 30 years ago, esp. US daytime TV. It's aimed at a lowest common denominator of poorly educated person comatose on the sofa watching it because it's more effort to do something else.
Will Advertising and the chasing of "ratings" and Broadcasters concentrating on VOD of old content and hbbTV instead of actual compelling Broadcast content kill Radio & TV as we used to know it in UK when Ch4 had only started in Nov 1982? Maybe.
Is fragmentation and niche channels killing TV & Radio? Certainly 40 to 800 Channels is far too many. TV would arguably be better if there was 10 channels. Arguably VOD and Internet TV can't economically or sensibly replace Main Popular Broadcast (or shouldn't). But Channels with 0.1% and less viewers (most of them on Satellite & Cable) are better off and better suited to Internet. That's what Internet on TVs should be used for, not more BBC/ITV/C4 content diluting those channels. They need to concentrate on decent in house content production. Contracting out and Purchasing In "foreign" off the shelf stuff destroys our culture and the Ethos & Character of the broadcasters.
It's way overpriced.
Sell at £99 and x10 more people will buy it.
But either all Programmable Digital Computers are Turing Machines, or none are (lack of infinitely long "tape").
The tape doesn't have to be a tape. It's all a mind game, a concept. See if you can build Hilbert's Hotel out of lego. For an encore build the coaches for Hilbert's Hotel.
Mathematicians were quite happy with Turing's paper, they had had over 10 years to get used to infinite stuff. Hilbert really upset them about 10 years earlier. I'd guess they were relieved there was only ONE infinite tape and the headaches had worn off.
That bastion of free speech, human rights and excellent investigative reporters that are never molested or end up dead.
Or am I confused?
He's a liability to Wikileaks.
Oh I don't know
Why should we have only one Facebook and one Twitter?
Lots of people run discussion forums, mostly a saner, web based version of Usenet, but with better interface, search and prettier.
Why shouldn't people set up their own Wikis, Twits and Graffiti covered "walls" with privacy that equals FaceGoo+... Just like the "popular" ones no-one will make you use them.
There are PLENTY of places to talk about Politics Live though.
Also < 10% use Macs
What about TurboG mode on 11g and 5.xGHz 11a modes?
What about testing when 4 users?
Or Laptop speed when a Nintendo, phone or PSP is using 11Mbps b or 54Mbps g?
Apple's lead in Tablets
The Apple thing only resembles a Tablet. It's an iPad. If it was really a Tablet no-one else would be allowed to make one.
You might as well argue that a Mac is a PC :-)
When is the Patent system going to be reformed with only "real" patents?
You know how much a hobbit eats?
One is like a family of Americans.
How did the Shire feed them?
ARM dominates smartphones
"ARM dominates smartphones thanks to the iPhone and Samsung's run-away Galaxy S II. The company claims 20 per cent of Android smartphones and half of Android tablets run Mali."
Virtually every other phone (even many not smart) has an ARM core too. Even some dumb phones have ARM core.
"ARM designed Mali dominates smartphones thanks to the iPhone and Samsung's run-away Galaxy S II. The company claims 20 per cent of Android smartphones and half of Android tablets run Mali."
"ARM dominates smartphones".
Add another digit
Sometime around the N9120 or so Nokia lost the GUI plot.
They bought Trolltech too late and destroyed it.
Maemo was years too late (and didn't actually drive a phone!) and was destroyed by Meego.
If ever a company destroyed its world leader position itself by bad management it was Nokia. They make Kodak and Polariod look competent and face the same future.
Cable vs Terrestrial
US cable is a similar modulation to Europe, it's DVB-c
Terrestrial Digital in US is different to cable OR European Digital
No Terrestrial Digital and Cable Digital uses the same system as cable can be better SNR and no multipath the DVB-C or DVB-C2 allows x4 as many stations per channel.
There are four main Terrestrial Digital Standards now.
DVB-T is just one of them and now has 3 main variants:
Old DVB-T is MPEG2 only
Newer DVB-T uses MPEG4 for SD and HD
DVB-T2 is more efficient Modulation and usually uses MPEG4 for SD & HD.
Standards. Wonderful for Choice :-)
No matter how many Judgements Tivo has, their patent should never have been allowed. Nor the the other patent that Cisco/Scientific Atlanta has.
I believe in patents, but these kind of patents shouldn't be allowed. All the DV concepts were just waiting for a affordable HW to implement.
Street vs aerial
The Street view privacy is a greater issue than the aerial photos. The Aerial photos can be an issue depending on quality, public availability and commercial use.
A3 landscape or 2 x A4 side by side should be readable if a bit small. A 15.4" 4:3 would be better. Might need stronger glasses to read a full A4 PDF as a 15" 4:3 1600 x 1200 while only 133dpi is actually TALLER (over 10 years ago) even though a smaller diagonal.
Strong glasses icon.
If it was 1/.2 the price and came with XP I'd be sorely temped, or maybe Linux. Or Was simply 1/2 the price and let me triple boot or VM those.
8:5 aspect screen if square pixels (16 x 10). A bit better than 16:9 for Internet, email, PDFs, CAD and schematics. (1.6 vs 1.78 is 16:9 and 1.33 is 4:3)
Buy overpriced HW and an Overpriced non-OEM Windows? Madness.
Windows on cheap HW + Cygwin or Linux on cheap HW + Wine makes more sense.
Apples are for people that only want Apple OS.
In the future, only Apple Approved Applications.
Only bits of it saved on various places.
Stuff gets deleted by owners of sites all the time. One site recently deleted a huge part of its content against the wishes of its technical users. Some was dross and much was valuable.
Anyone using Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, YouTube, Yahoo Groups, Google Groups should save important stuff, as these outfits WILL delete stuff when it suits them. Or when the suits say so.
There is nothing new in this article.
120MHz is enough for 6 x 20MHz channels, a minimum for sensible LTE.
So they ALL need to pool the spectrum and have a single RAN
To avoid interference each mast needs 3 channels, each in a different direction so two neighbouring masts are on different frequencies.
In exposed rural areas the coverage may be too great so the mast beyond the neighbour mast needs the other 3 channels (increasingly so as you go 1800MHz and then 900MHz). In Urban areas on 2.1, or 2.5 you need all 6 channels to double the capacity..
The GSM 900MHz and Digital dividend 800MHz should be used as one band.
FDD is good. Far superior to TDD. Perhaps it doesn't need as much spectrum for uplink. But voip and skype video needs symmetric.
Google Facebook Gatekeepers?
If Google took over Facebook we could have more free time. No need to build and maintain pesky websites. We would all use our Walls in Circles covered with FaceGoo.
The USA shouldn't be in charge of anything except the American bits.
But you don't want a load of nutty Dictators deciding anything either.
Perhaps they forget that some people have large screens, some people have screens that are really HD (PC CAD & DTP outstripped TV HD resolution over 10 years ago), some people have tiled screens making a single large desktop.
Metro sounds like it's for 7" Tablets.
It was stupid putting the Explorer interface on PDAs and Phones. It's equally stupid forcing everyone to use a UI designed for Phones and 7" Tablets.
You really need about 6 styles of GUI
Less than 4.5"
4" to 8"
7" to 12"
Media / consoles / TV via remote/game controller, much longer distance
SD TV (for 4:3 and 16:9)
HD TV larger than 37" and 16:9 only
Somewhat depending on DPI and how good your eyes are and personal preference / kind of task at the "boundaries" between sizes.
MS have been doing this for a very long time. Why are not able to get it right?
Computer Media SW (Windows or Linux) often assumes ONLY TV Media centre use and is then a pain to use at desktop distance on Mouse /Keyboard. PC Media SW needs to always be able to switch between "living room TV mode (HD or SD)" and Desktop mode and Tablet mode.
One size will never fit all.
Intel got the StrongARM of DEC and later sold most of its ARM stuff to
Solution is simple
Ditch Sterling and use the Euro.
A piece of cloth over the keys?
Some Dell Laptops circa 2002 had an issue with some keys eventually marking the LCD.
A Belkin product that might be worth getting? What a novelty. Maybe eventually a Mac Air will be like this?
Re: Or SBS
SBS = MS Crippleware versions of MS Server Applications
How about how to get rid of MS Proprietary Clunky products like Exchange and SSO needing to support MS authentication and use lighter weight, multi-platform alternatives?
The Domain Server architecture and Exchange are horrors. Especially for smaller offices.
After using MS Server since NT 3.5 (1994?) I'm migrating to Linux and abandoning MS Windows Update Server.
Migrated LONG ago from MS Mail, then Outlook + Exchange to MDaemon on Windows and a succession of mail clients. Yes I know Outlook and Exchange do appointments etc.
I don't miss Sharepoint either.
I used to install MS Solutions, had MCP cert, wrote and gave training course in NT Admin etc. No longer.
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