2095 posts • joined Friday 23rd November 2007 08:43 GMT
"Perhaps if these companies weren't using loopholes to reduce their tax bills to next to nothing, the people of Ireland wouldn't be in such a situation."
The fact is some are greedy parasites and move at drop of hat (DELL). They are not even paying 12.% or their American liabilities.
It's the Stupid Irish government allowing the loop holes.
The ONLY people in Ireland that have ever paid all their tax liabilities properly are the pure PAYE workers with no sideline jobs.
Win Mobile < 7 = MSDOS
Win Mobile 7 = OS/2
Kin = Win ME
NOKIA (and deserting friends)
Symbian = BSD free + X-Windows...
Maemo might be Linux ... or OS/2 Warp :-)
iOS = Mac OS
Palm = BBC Micro, then they did WinMo for while I think? then with new OS = Archimedies
RIM = CP/M. This is why they bought QNX OS
BADA = MSX for sure!
Mines the one with the DR MultiDOS manual in one pocket and Minix OS boot Floppy in the other.
Doesn't need a 3D printer.
You clean disc
Use a rubbery liquid that sets (vibrate the bubbles out) to make a mould
Pour suitable plastic in to mould, then peel off and re-use.
There are several sites that show how to do this.
However a studio quality record player +HiFi mag preamp + Sound card + PC and you have a file you can "clean" with PC tools, then burn a "gold" archival copy and make MP3s.
Mobile speak with Forked Tongue
The content providers already pay for their pipe
The voice customers are already massively subsiding Data.
Why don't they simply price it per Gigabyte used based on cost and add a normal margin?
Or are they more interested in growing customer base and want everyone else to subsidise this?
See how the subsidised prices are wrecking Ireland's Infrastructure: http://irelandoffline.org/2009/08/is-mobile-midband-in-ireland-destroying-broadband-infrastructure/
and as mentioned earlier here 3's voice subsidy of Data
Don't listen to ANYTHING mobile operators say.
If you study the history
This is doomed.
DVB-t in a handset, free, There is no market for an non-Internet walled garden video service or Pay TV on handsets.
I've seen this running via add-on module on a Koran phone in IP Wireless. Nice trick but no market.
They are really looking for miracles to save the company as their Mobile Internet is inferior to Flash-OFDM and pointless compared to WIMax and LTE juggernauts.
A lot of great engineering expertise doesn't equal a viable company without a market. There isn't one for anything they do.
Ever needed an Apple Server. NT4.0 was superior. Come think of if people were using Novell Netware long after it made sense.
Nowadays I don't think anyone needs a Microsoft server. Exchange has always been crazy stuff. It and WSUS are the last to reasons to run MS.
Now I'll get loads of down votes because I dared to suggest an Apple product that is now dead was always only for Fanbois and pointless.
The whole point to Mac OS and Mac OS X is the GUI and desktop user experience.
No, but a total waste
3G is a rubbish system. "Cell Breathing"
This is just for the incumbents to save money. It does nothing for Consumer.
ALL 900 spectrum should be used by a single wholesale operator, FDD with the so called "Digital Dividend" spectrum at 800MHz.
Maybe Ofcom is a poodle for the Mobile Operators. Didn't they oppose EU roaming caps?
Common in a few Win Mo phones a couple of years ago.
Windows phones renowned for it actually, before there were iPhones.
It's still only WinCE, not a new OS. just a revision and a new GUI glued on top.
Like NT3.51 with Explorer Shell Preview. Except not as good OS.
a) In case of Kin type scenario
b) Boost publicity if it does run out for a bit.
It will all be tears by Spring.
Mine's the one with netbook in the pocket. A boring S60 is fine for phone calls :-)
Nokia have embraced Linux
Symbian will be used for dumb, feature and also some smart phones. Why? Because it will run well on a much cheaper platform than Android or iOS.
Meego will be on high end Smart phones. Linux without the Sugar pastry creepiness of Google's Android based on Linux.
Too many FPS
I think Lucy, I would not want to meet you in a dark alley.
In no particular order ...
Original Duke Nukem
Jill of the Jungle
Titus the Fox
Simon the Sorcerer
Civilization II and add-ons
Many more far better than most on the list.
I'd only rate one or two of those as top ten.
I know lots of people liked Doom, but it's mindless "wack a mole" really...
yes, SMS is virtually free. But Using Mobile as Replacement for Fixed Broadband is pricey. The Data costs more per Mbyte than voice, as ALL of it enters and leaves network.
Voice the incoming calls are paid elsewhere
Voice much traffic unlike Internet, may in the Network for a Major Mobile.
For same Revenue, the data traffic is 100x to 400x the voice traffic.
Proper pricing for Internet Mobile Data is probably about the €80 to €100 a Gigabyte. Look at the the typically €100 to €900 out of package / over Cap charges per Gigabyte...
Voice call is only about 12kbps. VOIP can be 100kbps. Data traffic 1Mbps...
"Likewise, feeds from devices connected through the HD500's HDMI inputs weren't as crisp as they are when directly connected to the set, even when input and output resolutions were matched."
A-B double blind test?
If it's an HDMI source selector it can't change the resolution or quality of the other devices selected.
So it's designed
Like an x86 version of an iPad with a keyboard.
It's a Netbook.
If an ARM is cheaper and gives similar grunt they'll switch to get more Battery life. Nvidia need not worry but Intel should.
Warning: May contain traces of nuts
There was a 64 bit version of NT4.0
Most ordinary people don't need 64bit windows. It's less efficient.
XP support possibly till 2020
Ubuntu is a more interesting upgrade for XP users than Win7 unless your PC is an expensive game console.
I know one guy with XP + 1G RAM for real work and 8G RAM and 64bit Win7 solely for games.
I don't think Deltic
Maybe some novel variation of Wankel that solves the seals issue,
Deltic a lot heavier than Wankel
The only Wankels I heard of are petrol, so Kerosene / Diesel version would be novel.
Some SSD are slower, much slower on Write. Huge improvement on Aspire one swapping standard SSD module for ZIF -CF adaptor + Compact Flash card.
Ironically SSD will perform better than HDD for Multi-user server than on a notebook as the weakness of HDD is random access, but can easily beat most SSD/Flash on sequential writes.
Decent RAID5 though over 5 or 6 drives with a stripe size cache on bus and controller/software that truly does parallel commands on the disk will make most SSD writes look very slow.
Only against "designer product" and Mac.
it's twice to three times as much as the average punter needs to speed for ordinary laptop/netbook but inferior spec to £800 gamers laptop like an MSI "desktop replacement".
He may be right.
If you are clever at package and aspect ratio, you can just about do 4" (16:9) in a "pocket-able device. My 4.3" Archos is just too chunky for pocket, but it does have a 160Gbyte 2.5" HDD and quite wide bezel above/below screen in Landscape mode. 4.3" 16:9 is "just" possible if bezel is skinny on long edges and longer than screen, to fit stuff in without making it fat.
If you go 16:8 = 2:1 you can just about manage 6"
to do 7" in "pocket format you need approx 7" x 3" case and about 3:1 format
7" is too big for 4:3 or 16:9 pocket and too small for a tablet.
I'd argue that iPad is bit small for a tablet and too awkward to hold.
The success of the 3.5" floppy was that it fitted a pocket easily.
We did extensive usability tests back in 1986 to 1989 on "Notepad" concept with LCD touch screen in terms of suit pockets :) using Balsa, plastic and wood models. The trans-reflective back light was on case and fully transparent LCD hinged for OHP presentations, Mono of course in those days. Today you just put an HDMI port for presentations. The pico projectors are too dim.
once again at the bottom of Europe?
No. Ireland is.
FTTC is NOT Fibre backhaul to exchange. It's Fibre to a Street Cabinet.
It's not Wireless
It's a connectionless connector!
The pad still needs a cord. It's as wireless as my cordless kettle. The fact is a 30 year old "holster" as used on Mobile hand-held radios works better and cheaper than these "mats".
uPNP and SSD
I disable both of these as it is the PC waving a flag "Infect me" (uPnP allows a device on the network to install its driver on your PC).
If you need to connect something to Cat5e ethernet or WiFi you need to know something about networking. It's not much more to figure or set IP of a file serving device.
DLNA is a failure.
I've got little boxes with numbers and As with ~ on top. Am I missing a font?
I saw a picture of said Robotic experiments. It's like a scene from Hammer, but I didn't spot Boris Karloff or Peter Cushing,
Wow they update Mac OS X quite often really compared to Windows.
All the OS X releases?
I've used OS 9, a real Mac OS.
They are due an OS 11 / OS XI
"Since 2002, Mac OS X has been included with all new Macintosh computer systems. It is the successor to Mac OS 9, the final release of the "classic" Mac OS, which had been Apple's primary operating system since 1984."
via Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X
Wikipedia is Wrong. MAC OS9 did not exist in 1984, maybe 1999 though.
They were sued as someone else had an OS9.
Of course Apple, iPhone, iPad, Newton, Mac are all names belonging to other things first.
Mines the one with a copy of NT3.1 in the pocket on 40 floppy disks.
There is NO SUCH THING as a digital or HD aerial at all.
An aerial that differentiates between horizontal and vertical is better.
An amplifier in a indoor aerial is almost pointless. Amplifiers are to overcome coax loss. To get more signal you need a higher or better sited aerial or higher gain aerial.
An £8 aerial will work just as well.
If an aerial in same room (so called set-top aerial) isn't perfect, then you are best to put an outdoor aerial in attic, top of cupboards, wardrobe etc and if that's not good, then outdoors.
£50 on an Indoor Aerial is wasting money and rewarding dubious Marketing.
Only x10 if you have a really rubbish over congested 3G network!
Only x4 if you have 20MHz LTE channels vs 5MHz 3G, But a Congested LTE is twice as fast as congested 3G., i.e. 800Kbps instead of 100kbps on 20MHz FDD LTE compared to 5MHz FDD 3G/HSPA with heavy load of users on sector.
marketing by Badgers
The kids are all socially conditioned by their "robotic"/Computer cuddly bear/terminal/friend.
The dissident group tampers with the programming of one Child's Mentor .
What could possibly go wrong when they extend this to kids?
Maybe Harry Harrison's "I always do what Teddy says" from "Two Tales and Eight Tomorrows"
But also could be a Ray Bradbury or Philip K Dick. Too dark I think for Asimov or A.C. Clarke
Not Teddy by Brian Aldiss. I probably don't want to ever watch Spielberg's AI, the film version.
Not The Rowan, by Anne McCaffrey. A rosier tinted view.
I'm sure I've read all the above.
Regular Freeview gear doesn't work at all on Irish DTT (Saorview), but the Freeview HD (DVB-T2) should, as Irish DTT is DVB-T + MPEG4, AAC and MHEG5.
Some people near Waterford getting Welsh Freeview + Freeview HD and the shortly live Irish Service. So possibly a good purchase for people in N.I. (about 45% will be able to get good Irish DTT signals).
The UK sagem Picnic boxes appear to work on Irish DTT but will fail as Irish TV migrates to HD only.
"Batteries not Included"
I mean Glasses
Excellent article and why Active Shutter LCD glasses "Stereoscopic TV " is the winner. Lenticular type displays that don't need glasses are very expensive on larger screen. Best for phones & Nintendo 3Ds type stuff. Limited view locations. Passive Glasses need expensive dual polarised screen.
Active Shutter is just a regular 100Hz or 120Hz LCD with a less than $2 transmitter port to sync glasses.
The Glasses will be expensive. Oh see? I have mine already :-)
They will claim great numbers shipped but not many will be using it. I hope the Broadcasters realise this as "HD" in 3D becomes 960 x 1080i or 720 x 1080i instead of the normal Broadcast HD in Europe typically 1920 x1080i satellite and anamorphic 1440 x 1080i on terrestrial
We bought VB
But got so un-nerved by the departure of the people that made it good and the issues on new version that we scrapped it only 1/2 through the contract (really you have to keep buying every year now)
We switched to Druapal with "Advanced Forums" module.
We looked at Simple Machines, phpBB etc
IB / VB are becoming Trolls.
It only works if it's free and costs the broadcaster nothing extra.
So DVB-h (Listening Nokia?) and Nextwave's IPW-TV (did they ditch IPW again?) doomed too.
ATSC in N.A, DVB-T in europe and friends, DMB China and ISDB elsewhere works, in high end handsets. But less well than FM Radio. You can listen while doing other stuff, but not watch TV. At prime time you are often at home. More http://www.techtir.ie/blog/watty/mobile-tv
Not OLEL or LED
The screen has 1440-LED backlight array.
i.e. It's an LCD screen.
The number of pixels and arrangement suggests a limited number of viewing zones.
Also it won't work at all for nearly 1/5th of people.
Sky HD 3D uses two images in a 1920x1080i frame, so 960 x1080i per Image.
An expensive niche product?
It's a long while since we saw doubling every 18months. Which is what Moore's law used to be quoted as.
We are close to the limits of chippery, a Bigger disk or more platters is a very much cheaper solution than more chips or a bigger chip.
I don't think HDDs are going away. Especially if the figure out the next step in density, which looks more solvable than 14nm Flash.
Now St Jobs can sue them.
Does he still own the Next name?
Some buyer in Next just doesn't get gadgets... Or maybe they know their market better than we do.
I for one welcome our Gadget toting Clothes shops, as that's about all that's left in the Shopping Centre apart from Tesco and HMV
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