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Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

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Re: And the 2012 Pointless Award goes to...

I used to think that Chrome was totally pointless. But actually for many people it does give them what they want. idiot proof browser (and web based email and documents) without any OS to look after. Sort of Apple iOS for iPad taken to an extreme and physical qwerty.

Mines the one with a Nokia N9210 in the pocket.

( It would only be a problem if this was the only choice. I'll stick too Windows XP and Debian for all my devices with a screen and real QWERTY keyboard )

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Re: Debian please

Much easier to install Debian on this than on a dead badger, which allegedly has been attempted. Not sure if it worked or was a headless server...

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Re: ARM Cortex A15

a TV HD anyway....

Computing has had higher resolution displays than so called 1920 x 1080 "full HD" for over 15 years.

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Re: The ARM chips might make that a little tricky

No,

I've been running Linux on ARM since 2005. It's been available much longer.

Where do you think the Pi eaters got Linux? It's available for ARM. Actually isn't Chrome OS really just Linux + a browser and everything else locked? Like Android is essentially a Linux variant + Davik (Google's flavour of JVM for Google's flavour of Java) + Browser.

My LG TV isn't intel either and runs a version of Linux.

About 1000 ARM cores ship per x86 Core I think and a lot of them run some sort of Linux. Some run VXworks or QNX or Windows CE (apart from ARM based phones running iOS, Android/Linux, Brew, QNX, Windows Phone (based on CE till v8), Symbian, Badu etc).

There is a big big world out there beyond the x86 and Windows. Don't be surprised if Mac Book or Mac Air drops x86 for ARM as soon as it makes more profit and little difference to User. They want OS X to be more like iOS anyway)

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Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits

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Apple in a quandry

Their products are grossly overpriced.

To maximize the Damages they want to suggest they lost X sales at Y profit per sale. But the public may be revolted by a Profit margin x2 to x4 other vendors (or whatever it is).

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Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

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Did they ever consider

That maybe the content has become very poor?

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Canonical to Windows XP cliff-clingers: Ubuntu safety net's ready... now jump

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Linux may be fine

But Ubuntu has swallowed a whole bottle of LSD.

Seizing defeat from the Jaws of Victory.

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Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

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Re: Is it just us?

It's going to be MUCH worse in Ireland...

Also the Modem or phone "jams" cable broadband or Cable TV in the same room. No filter or solution other than moving the phone / modem about 10m away from anywhere the cable, connections, setbox or modem is.

I surprised Virgin hasn't been complaining more.

Really the whole "Digital Dividend" idea is stupid, The frequencies 900MHz to 2600MHz allocated for Mobile are poorly used and more than enough for Mobile.

Really future DTT services need the spectrum and the 800MHz band results in cells too large for good Cellular data capacity. The Digital dividend was based on idea of Digital only replacing Analogue, no HD, no 3D no Ultra HD, no extra channels no pay Channels.

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Re: What about areas where 4G rollout will be a long time coming?

LTE isn't anything like as good as Broadband, and most broadband unless Cable or Fibre isn't good enough for even one IPTV channel. What if you have 2 or 3 TVs?

Note that the "headline" speeds are for Zero Interference, perfect signal and only one user connecting. Typically in less than 2% of mast sector area. Add ten users in one place and you may not even be able to do Youtube.

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

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The ONLY "Web" integration I want

Is a decent secure Web Browser as isolated sandboxed separate application.

I have no wish to prostitute my computers on the Web or "Internet".

Also Web != Internet.

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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

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Cloud?

Just marketing for Hosted Services on real servers somewhere. It's no different at all to having servers of their own at a number of different data centres.

Whether or not their site(s) run on a virtual server or not isn't relevant either.

Virtual Servers and so called Clouds use real servers in real buildings in real countries.

I'm 100% opposed to pursuing downloaders or blocking people's internet to ANY server (doomed to failure) or cutting of people from the Internet.

But these people are no latter day Robin Hoods. They are at best parasites and at worst criminals. Just because the Media Industry is nuts and charges too much and doesn't recompense the artists and production crew enough doesn't give them the right to distribute.

I admire people that create, I admire people that pay to support that. I despise parasites and criminals dressing up their actions as somehow beneficial.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

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Re: four by two? 101.6 by 50.8.

101.6 by 50.8.

That's the un-planed size. So the "real" size is always significantly smaller.

It's a minefield buying wood. Unless it's for the stove.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

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Re: Inquiring minds...

No-one has ever been able to replicate Tooth reception.

I know not entirely serious, but Myth busters tried too.

I bet the barbed wire fence is long and near the transmitter. I've built "crystal" sets with better diodes than galena or oxide (copper oxide can be quite good) and you need large aerial (loop or long wire + earth) and very sensitive earpiece.

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Re: Think of the Children!

You can get audio at the difference frequency between Video and Audio carriers, and harmonics, so 6MHz, 12MHz, 18MHz etc for 625 TV. About 4.x something MHz on 405, long time ago, I don't remember.

The Audio IF strip if on carrier rather than "intercarrier" is 6MHz below video IF usually, so about 33MHz approx for 625 line.

USA used 44MHz Video IF and Europe usually 39MHz approx for 625 line. Earlier 405 sets used various frequencies from about 12MHz to 44MHz. Earliest 405 sets simply tuned one 42MHz approx channel directly with NO IF, later in 1955 the first set boxes sold for Band I only sets to get ITV on Band III

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Re: Inquiring minds...

Yes, it's been done and the "electro-sensitive" people would score as well tossing a coin to answer if the transmitter is on or off.

Lucille Ball may have started the fad with her probably fictitious account of receiving radio on fillings. Also tested negative.

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Mission to Pluto faces DEEP SPACE DEBRIS PERIL

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Fantastic stuff

It's a pity though that something the size of a pea could seriously damage the craft, depending on what it hits.

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Kindle DX delisted by Amazon

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Tablets

No, Nurse, I will not take the Tablets.

Which one is enough dots for A4 documents without scrolling and able to read super/sub script etc without zoom?

Which one can replace printing the datasheets?

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We are going backwards ....

First low resolution Laptops and PC monitors that are WS and only TV HD

Now nothing for A4 datasheets etc. OK, the main demand is paper back size. but we need more than one size screen

Weeps

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Global notebook sales tank in recent months

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Apple

They don't make notebooks. Wrong price bracket.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Re: Brings back memories

The full height 5.25" 5Mbyte HDD on the Apple II seemed like a lot compared to the Wimpy Apple floppies. Last Apple product I bought. I was too young to spot hype. It did need a separate PSU

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Re: I’m worried that I under-specified the hard drive. At half a gig, it's not much

Though larger drives than 500G seem less reliable

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'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

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The maps is a test

The next one will be seriously reduced in cost and functionality, while sold at same price. This will allow longer battery life.

They will sell just as well and make more profit. For phone calls it will actually be better due to less complexity and longer battery. Win-Win

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Unrootable: Mash these bits together to get a CLASSIFIED spyphone

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No

Intel Inside isn't much help.

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How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

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Re: What Theory?

It might be nice for describing interaction, but it's no help at all in design or evaluation of a UI.

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Elop didn't kill Nokia

They strangled themselves years earlier. Getting involved with Intel was Toxic, but they had probably already wasted too much time, over 3 years.

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Flashboys: HEELLLP, we're trapped in a process size shrink crunch

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So ...

Spinning disks are not "dead" then if cost and storage is more important than latency. Arrays do reduce the latency issue a bit.

It seems we are nowhere near the limits of increased disk density, though no large jumps in capacity.

Could it be that NAND Fab plant building isn't happening because perhaps it's still a premium price niche market as well as the uncertainty over alternate technologies. I think there may be more than the three mentioned in the article.

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

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Magic

All semiconductors run on magic smoke. Because when it escapes they don't work. All that is left is a bit of glass like crystal and some wires.

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Losev was tragic loss

Marconi's assistant told Marconi about the glowing crystal, but like many successful entrepreneurs, he had a single obsession, to make money from Radio. As it wasn't a good radio detector, he wasn't interested.

I knew Losev had published about LED. I didn't realise he had an LED patent though. He also described a "Transistor" (not called that then) but unfortunately most of what he wrote on that was destroyed in the War.

Stupid War.

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Re: Lollipop Anyone?

Except if you made the Sinclair kit, you were a genius if you could fit it in the black case

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Skype worm chats up victims - then holds PCs to ransom

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Not having root?

Anyone falling for this Social Engineering (not a flaw) has already done three stupid actions before typing the password into any "Password to install" prompt.

Clicking on link

Downloading

Unpacking

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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

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little consistency across ARM-compatible systems beyond the basic processor instruction ...

I have a idea there are three main families of ARM instructions.

Also both endians

Various extensions (Neon? something for Java ?)

But "x86" you need really 3 or 4 kernels

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Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

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Shiny

The Magpie aka Curiosity is easily distracted by bling.

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SpaceX confirms Falcon rocket suffered engine flame-out

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Re: Though

Indeed that was what I meant!

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Re: Though

Well obviously if it still works with some nozzels failed, then x9 more likely nozzle failure is not a problem.

Actually the flight may be a very expensive failure for the Satellite owner as the next stage burn was unsafe to do. But undoubtedly a step forward vs Shuttle. I may not have worded the original post clearly.

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Though

with nine times as many nozzles, it might be nine times more likely to fail. In the early days there was experiments with "many" nozzle engines.

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HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

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Coffee/keyboard

What?

Duh, it's either a clamshell rectangle with screen and keyboard or a box that a screen & keyboard plugs into.

If it is portable it shouldn't be too heavy and the big innovation would be 8 hours + life instead of approximately 3 to 4 we have had for ten years.

The screen and keyboard shouldn't be shiny.

The keyboard should not get jammed with hair and crumbs.

It should be reliable and fast enough (1/10th second response worst case to any action).

It should have all the I/O required and spaced such that something in one aperture doesn't block the neighbour.

Stuff like ultra thin, alloy casing, carbon fibre, funky translucent plastic or what ever is irrelevant unless it is needed for above.

He is clueless.

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Only buy Huawei or ZTE if you like being SPIED ON - US politicos

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Might be perfectly true ... But

"Huawei is entirely owned by its employees. No third party - including government institutions - has any ownership interest in Huawei," he said. "Huawei’s success has not been based on favouritism or subsidisation by the Chinese government."

But that doesn't rule out that Huawei does whatever the [Chinese] Government asks. It's certainly interesting to see who has been sold what for how much in Africa and what China gets out of it.

Some non-Chinese companies are no different and even do it for highest bidder.

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Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

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Re: What's the point?

It's all pointless

A dock or plug makes more sense.

The chargers need plugged in somewhere anyway.

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This supercomputing board can be yours for $99. Here's how

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Re: It's all about timing

Actually the problem with Transputer was it needed a different way of programming and thinking. Traditional OS and programming and libraries and existing applications can't be sensibly run on such highly parallel systems.

So not about the timing. Transputer was only ever a niche product in a market that Intel with hugely more resources has struggled with. If the Transputer had been an Intel or US invention, animation Render Farms would be running Transputer based 1000s of cores per chip and 1000s of chips per rack today.

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Re: What about memory bandwidth ?

Seriously multicore systems need a lot of memory per core. This is advantage of fine grained muliple core RISC etc vs 1 billion transistor Chipzilla coarse grained multiprocessing cores. You have space for RAM for each core on chip. With coarse grained cores using OS threads, you have a serious memory bottleneck beyond 4 cores. More than 8 off x86 cores is silly unless you have multiple external buses to multiple RAM.

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Re: Intel & IBM & MS

I think some people that have never done parallel programming don't understand the differences between a language where the compiler or run time time takes care of co-routine / thread / process to core mapping and a language that only has libraries for the host OS (NT, LInux, Unix etc). Or don't understand the difference between OS based Multiprocessing and Language based. Or between multi-core and distributed system.

Intel's x86 multi-core are not hugely different to a Motherboard with 2 or 4 single Core CPU sockets. In both cases NT or Linux hard sees the difference. Most actual programs can't tell the difference at all and only run on one core. Beyond 4 cores the speed improvement is marginal for NT Windows or Linux.

Systems with 100s to 1000s of cores (ideally each with enough RAM to run instructions in parallel without a memory bottleneck) need a different way of thinking and programming to take advantage of them. While people have done clever stuff with patched custom Kernels and exotic C and C++ and Fortran compilers and clever libraries, that's a dead end for huge numbers of cores/cpus.

While all this is well known to those working in HPC, Parallel systems etc for 30 years, it seems not well known even to many programmers.

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Re: Intel & IBM & MS

Occam was a good idea for programming stuff like list. As was Co-routines in Modula-2

Instead we have been stuck with the portable Assembler for porting UNIX, aka C

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Intel & IBM & MS

This idea goes back to the 1970s. Early implementation in 1980s with Transputer.

The x86 PC, MSDOS, UNIX, Windows and Linux have held back parallel RISC SW development and mainstream adoption for 20 years.

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Motorola whacks laptop-like phone dock

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It was too expensive.

In reality by the time you have a case that size with and LCD and ports, it's not much more expense to put an ARM cpu in it.

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TalkTalk's YouView: Why no Wi-Fi?

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absence of WiFi connectivity

Because it's a horror story to support.

I worked in an ISP doing cable broadband. I argued that since unlike DSL people can't buy their own Router, the modem should JUST be a Modem and then people buy their own router with whatever flavour of WiFi they want.

You'll find very very few TVs or setboxes with WiFi. Especially ones sold by people that might have to support it for "free". Ethernet is far more reliable and needs little support.

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Re: "a major espionage centre like Vienna"

or on a radio link ...

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Ian's Brother was probably the "real" spy

Peter Fleming's books are less numerous and more intriguing for what they don't say.

News From Tartary

The Bond books are "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"* for adults, escapism and not meant to be realistic at all.

(* Yes Ian Fleming was responsible. At least there wasn't a dreadful fake Cockney accent, I think it's possibly better than the Bond Books. I think Leslie Charteris then and Clive Cussler now are better authors of "Bond" type books. The success of the film franchise can't be denied. Sean Connery is my favourite Film Bond.).

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Microsoft spruces up crap apps in early Win8 update

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Bing?

But how much will go in the till drawer when it opens?

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Drinking too much coffee can MAKE YOU BLIND

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Re: Subtlety

The purpose of most papers is simply for the author to keep tenure. Many universities you have to publish, the quality of your research, lecturing, tutorials, lab sessions etc isn't measured. Just the number of times you get published and better still getting cited.

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Peers ...

So maybe a jury of reps from Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, ARM, Huewei, Sony, Ericsson etc?

:-D

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