It's not going to get much better.
It's in the realms of a toy.
A camera is far better.
-- Assuming you want gesture control at all.
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It's not going to get much better.
It's in the realms of a toy.
A camera is far better.
-- Assuming you want gesture control at all.
Really, or person to person via server?
Does Google track this?
Does Google ad Adverts?
Does the preview and download come from your "friend" directly or Google's servers?
Why only video it it's really peer to peer (Skype USED to do this)?
Me, sceptical about Google? If it's server based then it's no different to many other services.
Programs like Sage Line 50 are the main reason small Business have stuck with Windows since the Vista débâcle. MS needs to simply produce an updated version of XP rather than all these GUI and Marketing experiments driven by people with no interest in legacy software and clueless about GUI design. Forget Phone / tablet / Worstation / Console universal apps and copying Adobe and Google.
Don't call the OSes for Tablets, console or Phone or embedded "Windows". Differentiate and support the core business, desktop, properly!
This is Microsoft's fault. All XP and Vista drivers and programs should work on Win 10 otherwise it's pointless and people are better migrating to Linux.
It's not like it's Google, Facebook etc
Half a million and "Mostly harmless".
Certainly a waste of taxpayers money, but down the back of sofa stuff compared to most government waste, sadly!
WhatsApp, bought for $19B and going to steal privacy (for FB) from people that never signed up, because it has the contact data on the users phones.
The FM radio vanishes.
My points in brackets:
Having used Windows 10, here are the advantages of it of Win7:
* It is faster (But XP is MUCH faster, with proper install /config)
* DirectX 12 (Marketing decision, not inherent)
* Multiple desktops (Available free as add on since at least 2002)
Sadly Win7 is only a bug fix of Vista, that's why Win10 is faster.
Only in Skype I think?
The issues are: privacy, forced updates, rubbish GUI, poor compatibility with older windows programs (for some people the only reason the are not using MacOS or Linux).
"But there are signs that businesses and professional users at least are keen on Windows 10, with European IT market research outfit Context reporting that Windows 10 Pro adoption is on the rise."
Well, what alternative have you to run Sage, Outlook based Scheduling and other corporate Windows only stuff etc?
Bears in the woods, Pope Catholic etc.
Forced rather than keen.
Impossible! Because naive friends, colleagues, family and acquaintances are giving WhatsApp / Facebook the info. Their Android apps are taking ALL the contact details on phones!
LinkedIn too steals 3rd party email data by tricking users that sign up.
Don't get me started on Google!
Then hold Whatsapp at arms length or sell it.
Stop making it easy for people to give you other peoples info
Stop asking for extra info to be added
Stop asking for phone numbers to turn on "features".
Stop stealing private info and monetising it.
Stop with the cheating on visibility unless paid.
Stop being a walled garden.
Make privacy simple and on by default.
Warn people they may be breaking the law if they post PRIVATE 3rd party text, email, numbers or photos on Facebook.
It's abrogation of regulation and pushing a failed format that only suits National Broadcasters.
Also the ergonomics of DAB for users is a disaster. AM/FM radios are superior.
Ofcom is pro DAB and anti AM/FM for political reasons.
Comreg has already done the same "promotion" of such a system here in Ireland.
This is typical Ofcom (and earlier Comreg) propaganda.
It's only a moderately clever achievement as 10 years ago I was doing this with MPEG4 HD DDT using an off the shelf card in a PC.
I don't mean at all to denigrate the techies that did this, just Ofcom's exploitation of it.
It's easier with DAB.
Why are there no DAB pirates? The Technology is off the shelf.
That's what Darwin did with many of the creatures he caught to examine, after he killed and dissected them. Some were so nice that the sailors were sent to fetch more.
Sounds like a clever idea.
A lot of routers and many email servers ignore "ping" to avoid Ping of Death DDoS, and many routers de-prioritise Trace Route.
At time of writing only her husband has a page
The latecomer to the name deserves to lose and have to pay costs and damages.
Though some people don't like being told the Emperor has no clothes
It's not scalable. It only suits small, anonymous, distributed applications needing peer-to-peer communications.
Because it stores every transaction and every copy needs updated the performance dies as the history and number of users grows. Bitcoin has a worse problem than even the blockchain, it runs out of coins eventually and the coin generation mechanism is stupid.
A decentralised database for a world currency would need something completely different to Blockchain. Something akin to how a combination of IBAN and DNS works, hierarchical and regionalised. There is no governmental application at all not served better by a conventional secured client - server model.
Bitcoin as it is, is doomed to be a speculation vehicle, money laundering and also essentially a pyramid scheme. Tulips.
8051 is way below Z80 / 6502, it's a VERY limited micro-controller with Harvard architecture.
20MHz Z80 cores were available in SoC 20 years ago, so it's either an ASIC or FPGA with a Z80 core, or ARM with a Spectrum (and Z80) Emulator (available quite some time, 10 years?).
An 8051 doesn't even come close to Z80 or Cortex M0 ARM. It can't run anything other than 8051 code (which is nothing like 8080/Z80) and I don't think can run a Z80 emulator. They are still used in a Flash incarnation as legacy alternate to PIC16F or entry level Atmel AVR. Even the PIC 18F series is superior and wouldn't be used to emulate a Z80 either.
It would also have to run at the original clock speed (or simulate it in an Emulator) or many games wouldn't be compatible!
Not unless it optionally can have a keyboard, and possibly some sort of tape emulation. I'm sure some games needed text.
I hope their commercial and science launches / projects continue well.
Diversity and competition makes sense in this market, unlike water, electricity, mains gas, telecoms infrastructure etc, of which a country should have only one wholesale version regulated to suit consumers.
Turner is pointless.
Some artists are just egocentric attention whores. I know real artists.
But why do people trust ANYTHING private to anyone's so called "cloud"
Is an MS Server relevant at all since 2003, unless you want Exchange and Sharepoint etc?
I installed plenty 1994 to 2004. After that only flavours of Linux. (In 1980s it was Cromix, VAX etc)
You can get more expert support at same price if you are not expert enough yourself for RedHat/CentOS or Debian etc.
What ever about the arguments about the Desktop, aren't we 10 years past EOL for Windows Servers unless you are determined to inflict Exchange and Sharepoint on people (There are better free Mail Servers and CMS, though Calendar/Scheduling is separate, as it should be, Outlook / Exchange concept [of combined mail & schedule] is evil and designed to lock people into MS
Apparently they are keen to prove there is a "natural" cause and most people, the over whelming proportion, contacting them are either ill, disturbed or seeking attention. So there must be a lot of Silicon Valley CEOs and Managers being turned away.
Why attribute to Satan what is just ordinary egotism and typical bad behaviour?
And far more believable than May or Corbyn.
I'd bet a tanner she's right.
Anvil (C) 1998 by Nicolas van Pallandt
Several books before 1980 by John Brunner
Also Robert Sheckley
I think there are stories from mid 1950s & early 1960s before ST-TOS
People do pay for their connection already.
People often do have a traffic cap, even if hidden in "fair use".
Why should everyone pay for idiots that don't setup their router/firewall properly for their IoT?
We could perhaps fine makers $500 per vulnerable device.
Broadband is already expensive enough without everyone subsidising IoT. The proposal would not help as it's the aggregated data of thousands or even millions of PCs, IoT, tablets, phones and even routers/modems etc.
a little less relevant
You should see the price the Irish "non-profit" organisation charges for a .ie domain, I don't know of any more expensive ordinary country domains for a local business.
feayiyo.co.uk Available €7.95
feayiyo.uk Available €7.95
feayiyo.ie Available €19.95
There are "cheaper", even "free" but usually introductory or part of a hosting package
Yeah, Karl Marx wrote that?
They do NOT provide the service!
They are exploiting the real investors in property and vehicles and exploiting the actual workers by having them as self employed contractors.
They are just specialist advertisers, and Uber is also slurping all the user data (no doubt why Google has invested).
It's pointless though unless you are a Celebrity or someone that wants to follow the vacuous tweets.
Facebook is pointless too, but has been more successful? Or have they as it emerges they pumped up the video view time by a huge amount by not counting all the short views!
So it's got less users to take the personal details of than Whatsapp? ($19bn)
The userbase is the only value of these parasite companies. Same with Uber and AirBnB.
Maybe it would be cheaper to pay <state actor of choice> to hack the database, like Yahoo. I bet Verizon is cross that Yahoo kept it secret. They can only be buying Yahoo for the user details.
I discovered later that the tech or other product/service is just something for those to purvey.
Also like novels (Harry Potter) or pop groups maybe a lot of luck. Talent doesn't result in a success with music or writing.
It's true it's 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration, or something like it.
Some get money by successful lying to investors or grant agencies. (Recently T******* and in 1980s D********). Personality!
Also Steve Jobs and many other US startups in a Garage ... Not a UK type garage, but rich families and luxurious workshop man cave garages. Also many exploited other people shamelessly and lied. It was almost never about the Tech. Far better stuff than the Apple I / II at the time. I fell for hype and bought an Apple II when an S100 based CP/M machine would have been better for my 1980 startup.
That's too similar to that place just north of Greece.
(Are they and the Greeks talking to each other yet?).
In other European Geography, British or Britain was hijacked by Queen Liz I of England, and really referred to all "These Islands" (as the GFA calls them) as well as part of France now called Brittany. Before UK or even England existed.
Fascinating stuff, Geography, and my pre-1918 maps of Europe are now more accurate than all later ones done between 1918 and 1991!
Also amazing that Dalriada is making a comeback in "Ulster", but not yet in Scotland and "Glenshane" is to become a region. Maybe UK/England/Scotland should give the re-invented Dalriada the Stone of Scone, which if real, is the Lia Faíl, (Stone of destiny or Shadows), though given that it's Scottish sandstone, someone must have made a copy before the English first took it, but after it was lent to the Scottish from Ireland. Though there may be a 1950s copy too. The pillar in Tara is nothing to do with the Stone of Destiny.
What about Boho-Morav as a contraction of Bohemia-Moravia? Maybe not.
Will we see an independent Catalan / Catalonia too soon?
Not near anywhere with a college, IT, University or town. The idea was to persuade people to commute for over an hour each way.
Some were no use even for that, simply developers gone mad.
We are short of housing where people want it, hence any help to first time buyers etc simply puts the price up an equivalent amount.
Like the UK, government has been selling off so called "social housing" and building little or none in comparison.
People that can travel from home each day to Uni are seriously envied. Some rents per person sharing for students are more per week than my monthly mortgage. An inferior version of my semi on less land is x3 more inside M50 ring. Or nearly as much on the desirable side of Corrib in Galway City. So I can't afford to move either!
Why buy an iPhone at all? Apart from a better touch interface than almost all others in the first year, they have always been overpriced, poor performance, hyped and at least since iPhone 4 or 5 no advantage over the cheaper, better performance competition.
I use a Sony Ericsson Xperia Z1 bought S/H for €50. Had it for ages now.
It has a real phone jack, micro USB, micro SDHC (32G card plugged in), Micro HDMI, nice FM radio and good enough camera.
I have for comparison a 32G iPhone 5 I was given, much inferior. I used it a few days and went back to the far better Z1
The new iPhone 7 sounds dreadful for nearly £600! No earphone socket, no SD card slot, worse battery life than iPhone 6 (which was already poor).
Loads of far cheaper far better phones out there.
The "eco system" argument is bogus. A Mac user can use any brand of phone and MacOS != iOS and also any OS Laptop can use an iPhone (I was surprised I can connect iPhone 5 to Linux and browse / read/write all the files, no iTunes installed, I doubt that works on Windows or Mac).
Also the pause / play button is then your friend.
Though not all projectors/TVs support all resolutions or codecs.
Some printers will even print a presentation converted jpeg via the panel USB host socket (Which someone I know thought was for PC and he actually managed to get an adaptor, I told him the PC connects at the back)
a cask of real ale?
Why do you want to make a hat (or maybe a brooch, perhaps you are from NI or parts of Scotland)
a) I'm not going to buy anything as a result of an ad on a news site. Usually I buy by browsing a shop, eBay, Amazon etc or searching for something I've decided I want. I never click, so no revenue lost?
b) Phone / Tablet is tiny real Estate, so added Firefox and an adblocker. On Windows and Linux ads are only blocked as a side effect of NoScript, which sadly doesn't seem to be on Android?
c) Ads are often a 3rd party site and can be a source of privacy breaking trackers or malware. On Firefox on Android, Windows and Linux I block 3rd party cookies. Why isn't that the default? Third party cookies break intent of cookie law. Why does no site popping up Cookie Warning have no optout, they all add them anyway, on Windows / Linux I usually block main site cookies too except if I have a log in on the site.
d) Unlike Broadcast or Bill boards it's my bandwidth!
e) I'm wondering if on Radio, adverts should only be between programs, as unlike TV, you can't mute them.
People need to find better ways of making money, besides it mostly feeds Google?
Things like cars should have separate semi-automous CPUS for dedicated functions. ARM cpus start at about 50c for a 32 bit alternative to a PIC, 8051 or Atmel microcontroller. Possible subsystems more reliable if each has its own SoC CPU with built in I/O:
* Reversing alarm subsystem
* Engine management
* Heating control
* Security / locks / immobiliser
* Dash display management and real time clock
* Fault monitoring, maybe lamps, air bag, seatbelts, seat position?
* Secure Diagnostic Interface
* Entertainment system control
* Voice control
Things like navigation with decent display would be a CPU more like in a tablet.
An autonomous control system would interface to the above systems and extra sub controllers to control things normally done by human.
The Virgin Media that didn't much care about customers?
Well, the staff are always unhappy about a take-over, because any new owner will want to change how things are done.
Liberty's take over in Ireland of Chorus and NTL Ireland by their UPC (name of their Dutch Cable subsidiary) resulted in a huge investment and improved service for customers. I'm baffled they are renting the Virgin brand in UK and rebranding the Irish UPC as Virgin and even suggesting it's a "take over" of UPC by Virgin which is nonsense as Virgin is only a brand and there is no change of ownership at all in Ireland.
I think they do if creating a new account on a tablet. They send SMS message key for next step!
When are governments going to wake up and protect their citizens? After all if you are a more invasive regime you should be upset about the usurper moving in.
Even email would do that. I've had email on my phone, without even using a web page, since 2002.
Madness to use anything Google that has a private alternative. I only use Google services I absolutely need where there is no alternative.
I can't decide if Facebook or Google are worse, though there is the choice to never use Facebook, unfortunately people one knows use it and post private info about one and one's conversations etc on it.
Technically Primary cells are chemically fuelled and unless Zinc Air, the "oxidizer" aspect is built in.
There was experimentation of Butane rather than Hydrogen fuel cell for laptops, but then Lithium replaced NiCd. By volume, the NiMH is now about x5 capacity of NiCd and after 100 cycles, perhaps similar volumetric capacity to LiIon, but much heavier. Interestingly if you "turbo charge" NiMH to get them charged in a hour rather than 10 hours and get it wrong, they go on fire too! I know because I've done it developing a turbo charger (the CPU was 486 SoC, replacing the charge control function with an extra 16 pin PIC solved the reliability issue, the 486 SoC was still used for main GUI and Wireless network monitoring features).
Any fuel cell, in theory, can be higher density than a battery always, because it uses air and could vent the water and CO2 produced. I'm not sure that LiPoly and NiMH are not both higher volumetric capacity than current fuel cells. The cost though of "recharging" a laptop fuel canister from butane, I'd think would be higher than mains electricity and Lithium batteries. Maybe a use case in isolated places with no mains?
"Shearing advises users to stick to the chargers provided with their mobile phones to avoid generating current or voltage levels that are incompatible with the battery."
In theory most phones have a single cell, 3.7V to 4.2V and a USB charger is 5V -/+ whatever allowed spec. The phone electronics, a little SMPSU controlled by firmware, decides the charge rate. A 5V 200A PSU will STILL only charge at 500mA, 1A, 2A etc, whatever the phone was designed to do.
Only older non-USB connector chargers were other voltages and then you had to use the maker's charger.
Verilog and VHDL are NOT programming languages, they are Hardware description languages that are then translated into an FPGA configuration file or an ASIC specification. The same source can produce either and optionally include a CPU design (even if the FPGA has no CPU core), which is then separately provided with microcode, firmware, programs etc. The ASIC version would have a real CPU core, if one was defined.
FPGA is used for low volume or where per unit cost or power consumption is irrelevant. ASICs are almost always modelled as an FPGA first.
Your Verilog / VHDL can be run as a simulation with monitoring on a PC/Workstation before downloading to the actual FPGA. You describe FPGA, you are not having a software defined Hardware, but re-configurable hardware modules and look up tables to implement a hardware design. So of course it's massively parallel, it's not a CPU unless that's in your HW description/Design.
I've only used the Xilinx FPGAs and tools though, not Altera.
CPUs and FPGA/ASICs are complementary. Some things only need hardware, no CPU. Some things are more easily realised as programs on a CPU, hence CPU plus FPGA. A Port or shared RAM can be used, or hardware CPU core on FPGA, or FPGA defined to create a simple CPU (6502, Z80, PIC), or an SoC with CPU cores, an FPGA area and conventional SoC i/o GPU. This allows field upgrades, wereas the ASIC or conventional SoC can only have the CPU / GPU firmware/programs changed.
Which is totally bizarre.
Chorus and NTL (NTL was what Branson bought in UK and turned into Virgin and the original company lives on as Arqiva, running transmitters and sat links) were terrible. UPC only spent millions rebranding to UPC using their Dutch logo* AFTER fixing the Irish cable companies they bought. UPC developed a good reputation (compared to Sky for TV or Eir/Eircom for Broadband). Then they throw that away by rebranding as a UK company with a poor reputation that they don't even own the brand for?
Will they rebrand back to their native UPC brand in Ireland after Brexit?
Since successfully rebranding as UPC, Sky had to resell Eir broadband (probably at a loss to sell a bundle with Sky Satellite, which makes a huge profit), UPC also bought TV3 and UTV Ireland in Ireland, Sky bought UTV's Sport/talk station in UK so now also owns all the previously owned by UTV local Radio stations.
TV and Radio stations take overs should not be allowed by pay TV platform operators, especially FTA ones.
Pay TV channels should not be exclusive to a Pay Platform.
Content should not be exclusive to any Pay TV channel.
The Consumer is getting abused!
Comreg, Ofcom, BCI, Etc are all asleep. UK has shown unwillingness to regulate Sky or their crazy EPG charges, which result in Freesat being overpriced for EPG too.
[*Though UPC is owned by US Liberty and thus is no more Dutch than I am]