Amazon bought IMDB, abe books, Mobi, Book depositary, Goodreads. Why not this.
Or Apple, or Google or Spotify.
maybe they were not for sale?
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Amazon bought IMDB, abe books, Mobi, Book depositary, Goodreads. Why not this.
Or Apple, or Google or Spotify.
maybe they were not for sale?
Bring back Geocities.
Biometrics seem a neat idea for security, but we don't know how to make good security on the Internet.
Only seem. It was always a truly bad idea and real security experts knew it.
Scrap them now.
The whole concept is broken.
No matter the regulations, specs or systems data is stolen (sometimes insiders or governments). Passwords may be awkward, but at least after a breech they can be changed. Smart & careful people can use a different good password for each different thing (Hello Google?).
One "key" for everything is daft, yet biometrics can too easily become that and can't be changed.
Security access passwords / codes need to be user changeable.
Chlorine trifluoride and gases like it have been reported to ignite sand, asbestos, and other highly fire-retardant materials. In an industrial accident, a spill of 900 kg of chlorine trifluoride burned through 30 cm of concrete and 90 cm of gravel beneath.
The compound reacts violently with water-based suppressors, and oxidizes in the absence of atmospheric oxygen, rendering atmosphere-displacement suppressors such as CO2 and halon completely ineffective. It ignites glass on contact.
It is extremely reactive with most inorganic and organic materials, including glass and teflon, and will initiate the combustion of many otherwise non-flammable materials without any ignition source. These reactions are often violent, and in some cases explosive. Vessels made from steel, copper or nickel resist the attack of the material due to formation of a thin layer of insoluble metal fluoride, but molybdenum, tungsten and titanium form volatile fluorides and are consequently unsuitable.
Not sure how you modify HDD to use it. Sounds like it will do in SSDs too!
It's likely you are mad if you consider it as a rocket fuel
It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water
More about automation?
Not everywhere and only because of "Day of Jackal" etc
It sounds like a perpetual subscription.
Subscription is evil
Where are legitimate copies of Win7 for sale?
After Win7 is wiped. This is running on Win7
But probably that system has bugs anyway...
Probably me and a load of other 'tards.
Licensed Android, aka Google Spyware isn't a good example. Serious Privacy fail with it.
Browsers ought to be 100% sandboxed.
PDF and other NON Web content (Active X is worst) has always been stupid in a Browser. Always been better to disable such, no matter if built in or 3rd party plugin.
1) Only download.
2) Only from a sensible source and only stuff you really want
3) Check anything downloaded
4) Never click/double click/ open /run random stuff to see what it is/does.
buying a barebones Intel NUC
... lack of portability?
If you don't want a Mobile workstation, you might just get a tablet with keyboard cover.
Unless you are setting up a call centre, you don't want an all in one Desktop, which are often really poor spec non-portable laptops.
You really only want a conventional desktop (in last seven years maybe) if you have I/O card or many monitor or special disk requirements.
Low spec laptops often only 1080 or even 768 vertical resolution. A lot of work needs 1200 or more. Not a hyper shiny screen for video.
The problem is the CE mark is now useless. It needs scrapped and a new mark:
1) The ! isn't good enough to indicate non-universal EU. If it isn't universal EU, no mark.
2) Must be 3rd party tested for safety, EMI, RFI, compliance with advertising claims and other regulator features, in REALISTIC and WORSE case scenarios. Actually connected and in use, not just plugged in etc.
3) Must have random sample inspection from Retail. Otherwise makers will cheat and ship cheaper different thing to what is shipped.
4) Non-compliance Fines that seriously hurt. Levelled against Maker and importer.
5) Compensation to Retail and Consumers
6) Serial number (barcode or RFID) read a time of sale. No need to have receipt or be original purchaser to claim rights for failure under SOGA, as many items are now never returned. EU database so you can return to ANY shop and Wholesale + Maker has to pay costs. It's unfairly on Retailer at present. Retailers can't test.
7) Fine and loss of Mark if the failure rate inside SOGA period is too high
So it's just a virtual thing used for speculation and money laundering?
That all made total sense.
"Lenovo was down 5.6 per cent to 15.9m machines, giving it a market share of 14.6 per cent, just leapfrogging Apple, whose unit sales declined 11.1 per cent to 15.72m, giving it a 14.4 per cent share of the spoils.
Tim Coulling, senior analyst at Canalys, told us that 70 per cent of Apple’s PC shipments are tabs and tab sales made by the company dropped 17.7 per cent – though it remains the dominant force in that particular sector"
So does that mean "real" Apple PCs are not 15.7M but 4.71M, less than 4% of the market?
(About 5% were Macs before Vista, so even with only Win7 the bright spark of Desktop since XP, 14 years, Apple STILL hasn't made much progress even though MS are annoying everyone?)
About 0.6% of PCs.
Almost everything now that uses batteries or Electricity is a race to the bottom in quality and crap,
Poor life, or poor ergonomics, or terrible performance or designed in spyware or beta SW etc.
YEARS ago put Orbitron on Scout hut wall via video projector.
Mag mount car aerial on scout hut roof.
Mobile Radio was pinched from car too.,
Sure enough the radio woke up with chatter when the edge of footprint touched our city
Amateurs world wide doing this for years. People on ISS are often also Hams.
I don't think anyone really knows how a Magnet works.
But Electrosmog is pure nocebo.
All in the mind.
I think F**king Magnets would be painful.
Not everyone wants a flat slab of display. Hence sales of covers etc.
Sliders and flip phones make more sense.
Lots of people too, HAVE A LIFE! They have a tabet/Laptop etc for Internet / games / work. They just want a FLIPPING PHONE!
Of course it ought to have an MP3 player, Camera, Radio, calculator. That WOULD be like 1999 if you had to carry five gadgets instead of one.
Email? No, it can wait till I'm home, or I have the Netbook/Laptop with me.
GPS? I always know where I am, how to get were I'm going and how to get home. Or I study a map first.
Play Store, and other Google App? No thanks. If I want a Nintendo DS I'll buy one. If I want Google to know where I am, I'll tell them.
Web Browser.? You need a silly 5" to 6" phone and expensive data contract. No thanks.
I have big glass front Android phone. I never turn on 3G or WiFi data.
P.S. The Doro and some other phones supposedly for old people are overpriced and 2G Only. Some places only the Regulator needs 6 months notice for ending 2G and none to retail or users! It's assumed everyone has at least 3G.
Other places are keeping 2G (as it does some things better than 4G) and ditching 3G.
Very many have email Address publicly available on internet and also aren't they often in the RSGB year book?
Probably do USA, Canadian, Irish ones in time.
Traditionally very poor security. The newer Ka Band stuff based on DOCSIS is supposed to be better security.
If Web, basic doc typing etc is the needs?
Though I'd fancy an alternate to Android or switching off all reporting to Google.
It's laptop price.
If a USA company was talking over ex Philips NXP what concessions?
What concessions were there when Texas took over Nat Semi.
Freescale is Spin-off from Motorola in 2004
NXP is a shadow of Glory days too, Spun off Philips in 2006, IPO in 2010.
I'm reminded of UK blocking UK Ever Ready in 1972 from taking over Mallory (now Duracell). UK Ever ready spun of from US Eveready about 1905 (Later, NCC, Union Carbide and Energiser). By 1982 was being asset stripped by Hanson and by 1996 the Brand sold to Purina (pet food owner of Energiser). Ever Ready, Vidor (then Compton), GEC, Exide etc, all UK dry batteries are gone.
Then disgraceful Inmos asset strip. It's a wonder there is still ARM.
NXP shouldn't be forced to divest of anything. Once Philips was the last European CE bastion against Japan imports, they retreated and sold TV and Audio brand to Asians and now only light bulbs (as they were in 1926) and Health products.
There is continuing merging of semiconductor companies due to spiralling cost of state of the art fab and race to bottom in retail gadget pricing.
To survive NXP needs to be super powerful.
Where are all the other European Semiconductors now? Ferranti, GEC, Plessey, Pye (Newmarket), Intermetall, Telefunken, Siemens etc.
Poppycock. White LED is Violet LED using a yellow phosphor that wears as fast as coating in CFL etc. Sodium is ghastly but lasts much longer. High pressure mercury vapour? Don't know life.
But ever stupider IT and developers.
This was a stupid idea. It doesn't even really make sense.
1) Biometrics of ANY kind is stupid for password replacement as it's easily stolen and can't easily be changed,
2) It's being done secretly, which is probably illegal.
3) Invasion of privacy, ought to be illegal if it isn't
Did they do it in French too? It's breaking an extra Canadian law if you only deface in English?
Same future as excellent Symbian widgets had when Nokia created Ovi store. Zero. If it had been a "phone" /"Internet" related company maybe a future. This will be in the cars so they are not beholding to a 3rd party for built in dashboard satnav. Makes a lot of sense for the Auto guys to have their own rather than Google's spyware.
Digital Radio is stupid anyway, but DVB-T2 actually works "better" than DAB and can be used in same size channel. Doesn't have to be 8MHz.
Not much scope for community DVB-T as Ofcom wants to sell ALL the UHF spectrum for mobile.
"innovations" like DAB are killing Radio listening.
We don't need it.
The quality is garbage because no-one will pay for decent bit rate.
The ergonomics of Digital Radio, unlike Digital TV is inherently unfixable.
Fine on a basic 386SX on Windows For Workgroups 3.11 in 1993.
They are going backwards on GUI. I remember Windows 286.
Aero, transparency and animations are a bit evil though.
Maybe in 2016 they will see sense and commence work on Windows Classic, based on NT3.51 with Explorer only as a shell (Explorer was available as tech preview prior to NT4.0), nothing stupid in Kernel and choice of hot fixes via Internet for vulnerabilities (free) and paid SP rollups with features for subscribers (or once off payment) on DVD, SD Card, USB stick or Download. Each later SP including all changes of earlier ones and manual or automated selection of non-critical features to add,
For efficiency or projector lamps. Not for room illumination:
Xenon, operated as a 'neon light,' consists of a collection of mostly spectral lines, missing much of the continuum radiation needed for good color rendering.
A flash tube is more incoherent and broader spectrum, closer to continuous white light. Far better than LED camera lamp.
High power Xenon Arc Lamps are not going to be used as room lighting
The spectrum of any Xenon lamp is inferior to a Halogen. It's hugely more efficient though.
Yellow or Cyan can be:
a monochromatic source
a mix of monochromatic sources
a mix of broad spectrum sources.
Magentas are an illusion in sense they don't exist by splitting white light in a prism. They are a mix of colours from high frequency and low frequencies of the spectrum with the green our eye's green sensor uses depressed. Such objects will be unnatural if seen in discontinuous fake white light (e.g. Violet LED + yellow phosphor, or worse R G B LED even if colour temperature is correct).
Real life objects have broad spectrum of reflection or else they appear dim.
The R G & B of our eyes responses are very broad indeed and overlap.
Any discontinuous spectrum seriously distorts the perceived colours. Colour video is a trick. You use broad spectrum genuine white light to illuminate and then the camera sensors must NOT be narrow R G B filters, but overall have the same response as a typical eye (thus red has tiny blue response and some green, and Blue has some green and very little red). Green sensor peaks at green but has some sensitivity on the entire spectrum.
Then the display can use monochromatic R G B at the eye peaks, or for less colour range, other sources with the data matrixed. You can even add pure Yellow and/or pure Cyan too as long as the driver matrix is correct. Monochromatic Cyan stimulates Green annd Blue part of eye (and a little red) and Mono Yellow the Red and Green plus a little blue). This might be done to make whites brighter or improve pastel shades if the R G and B are not the ideal frequencies.
Note the lens and covering of the eye blocks almost all UV. Everyone is more UV sensitive in the blue if a synthetic lens with no UV filter is fitted. Some women do appear to be slightly tetrachromatic, so they will not be so impressed by your new TV.
Worse, LEDs are nearly monochromatic. Putting R, G & B in a device lets you make a colour display with appearance of white, but rubbish for illumination due to the fact that really orange, yellow, cyan, magenta etc objects will be gray or wrong colour. Colour rendition is poor. A CFL or old style tube has a mix of phosphors to get a smoother spectrum. The better the colour rendition, the poorer the efficiency. Colour Temperature is NOT Colour Rendition.
LED lamps are poor colour rendition, but better than R G & B LEDs because the "yellow" phosphor is a broad spectrum. Often objects with reds and cyans are poor colour accuracy. As the phosphor ages, the light becomes more violet. They are ghastly compared to CFL or fluorescent tubes, which can be poor if higher efficiency types. Halogen is as good as artificial light gets, but of course the better colour temperature / higher efficiency ones are running hotter and have shorter life.
A "white" laser is only good for a projection display.
Sky and other Subscription services are often parasites and poor value for the consumer. They ought on Internet to be able to constantly increase the long tail catalogue.
But in practice they behave like a video rental shop. Netflix removes stuff from catalogue.
Actually buying the actual physical discs can be better value than a mindless auto-renewed subscription that still charges the same no matter how much or how little you watch.
Almost 92% of Sky's Satellite viewing time is actually Free To Air content. That's not counting pay TV repeats of FTA content.
Get a BIG PVR and ditch the rip off subscription, Buy the disc of anything you want to watch more than once.
There is also a "digital divide" on internet based Video content that doesn't exist for disk or broadcast. Much of BBC Disk catalogue seems overpriced too. (RTE even worse.).
The reality isn't as simple as the article suggested.
It's only going to get worse.
MS has lost the plot on Windows.
Why then one wonders is the real motive of these otherwise reasonably smart people to sign such a pointless petition?
It's a failure if they hardly make any money. Success isn't just about market share. Apple has a minority share of phone market and makes more profit.
They bought very little. Only temporary use of the Brand and only a licence for the IP. Some would say they only bought the Distribution as the factories shuttered and almost all the staff sacked.
But who is / was responsible for:
1) Windows CE in set Boxes: Died a death. BT even updated existing boxes to Linux.
2) Original Xbox. Subsidized for years.
3) Media Centre and it's original inability to be be used sensibly for European Terrestrial or any Satellite. Third party SW has always been better.
4) Movie maker and it's inability to make European format content.
5) Office ribbon and other GUI stupidities instead of fixing bugs.
6) half baked transition to .net with 3 different incomplete GUI APIs, no sensible migration or backward compatibility for VB6, though C# is a good development of J++
7) So many stupid variations of Desktop Windows. A Workstation and Server version is just about excusable. But three versions of server and four of XP, then the crazy Vista versions debacle.
8) Vista PCs that could never properly run Vista out of the box.
It will be used as a stabiliser for ice cream to stop it either setting like concrete or growing gravel like crystals.
There is no inherent security in CAN bus or Profi bus or RS485 or RS422 or USB or Token Ring, or Ethernet or any traditional industrial bus. The assumption was a separate system was used for any out of building communications. I've been pointing out the error in this since Token Ring and Ethernet and Internet arrived. With direct dialup connections we always configured that it hung up and rang back to pre-decided number for that account. That layer of security vanished with Internet.
but without a real keyboard, or a screen. So should be cheap.
I don't like white things. That was Ives copying Braun. OK in showroom, look rubbish after a few months use.
Also some non-radio products.
It's been documented that free chocolate is enough.
This tech as implemented, was designed for warehouses. It should NEVER have been mis-applied to passports, credit/debit cards, retail labels, travel and door locks.
A connector (such as on cards already) is better. Though there is a horrible flaw in Chip and Pin that need not exist.
For retail tags any info should be in a database, only a serial number for warranty return purposes in the product.