2639 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Dongle replaced by Router.
Available since 2006 / 2007
Even on early 4G (not LTE).
Re: Bonkers. Re: 4g IS Broadband?
Broadband has a minimum Mbps speed (different countries define the minimum differently). Minimum of 4G is about 0.25Mbps
Broadband is "Always On". Like ISDN, 3G HSPA and 4G LTE "connect on demand". Getting an inward connection may be impossible. Getting an outgoing connection may be impossible.
Ability of 4G to connect depends on how many users already connected. So without moving it may drop a connection or fail to connect.
Broadband is low latency. Mobile Latency can be x10 higher if congested.
Broadband the contention is number of subscribers signed up to a cable or on an exchange vs bandwidth of backhaul (or number of Cable DOCSIS channels and Backhaul). It's totally controlled and can be low. On 3G and 4G the only contention control are anti-congestion measures such as Cap or refusing a connection. You can't know how many users will be on a Cell / Mast /Sector.
Both 3G, 4G and any future 5G are "Midband". Sometimes you can get (entry level) Broadband speed and Latency. No reliability at all and no assurance of a sensible minimum speed, maximum latency or even a connection!
DSL depends on distance from Exchange and Backhaul. What ever you get is predicatable.
Mobile vs poor DSL
Fixed Wireless, unlike Mobile can have controlled contention. Because it uses professionally installed outdoor "aerials" (often on chimney) it can often be SIXTEEN times more efficient in use of Spectrum. It also usually has hugely more spectrum per mast than Mobile (but not always). It (not Satellite or Mobile) is the best solution for Isolated UK / European rural users. Not appropriate for Urban or Suburban where now Cable TV / DOCSIS HFC systems, FTTC or FTTH are CHEAPER per user than Mobile or DSL or Fixed Wireless. Also greener with lower power consumption per user.
Fixed Wireless Beats Mobile & Satellite
Wireless simply doesn't have capacity for high numbers of concurrent users. So if congestion and contention isn't to make ISDN look attractive you need low caps to limit time users are on. Still makes peak times rubbish.
4G isn't Broadband and never will be as it's uneconomic to have every 3rd street lamp a Femto cell, which is what would be needed. Every street would need high capacity fibre, so FTTC (x10 speed) or FTTH (x100 speed at peak times, no Cap) would be cheaper.
This is marketing. Not a viable majority user replacement for real broadband. The sums say so.
Arrrgh My eyes
You owe me for a doctor and optician's visits now!
Re: Clicking links ...
Some QR apps just load the destination without a confirmatory URL display.
The QR code may be a link shortening service.
Most users get Malware because they always click on "OK" on dialog boxes.
I agree one should be able to click on anything safely. But today you can't. If a link doesn't have expected domain for the context the likely situation is that it leads to evil. So I don't Click.
Number of virus infections / Trojans etc on my own computers since 1979 = Zero.
I do check with specialist tools that I'm as clean as I think.
one good one is at silentrunners.org
Re: One way of increasing Windows 8
So is 32bit NT3.xx and 16 bit windows before Win9.x safe then? Or NT4.0?
Re: Clicking links ...
QR codes as implemented currently are even more stupid than Link Shortening Services. I like at least to know the domain.
I'm very tempted to print fake ones (but harmless) for Tesco's veggie dept.
Re: No Point
Likely all IP is transferred to Mothership and isn't included. Which would explain why it won't sell.
Qualcomm has bought many smaller companies and shuttered them. Basically to strengthen IP portfolio.
Re: Next on Surface
Exactly what I was alluding to. Perhaps few of today's Commentards had an Apple II. I had one before my ACT Sirius 1 and IBM PC.
Next on Surface
Sound by Beats.
Hmm.. Apple Corp. founded by Beatles. with an Apple based logo.
The Steves like Beatles so use a colored Apple logo and Apple Computer as company.
Twice Apple gets sued (and loses) by Beatles.
I have an image in my head of a Kafkaesque giant Beetle munching an Apple while listening to Hip Hop and Rap on giant Headphones.
Microsoft saved Apple once with real money.
Re: Just what the world needs
And C# is really MS concept of Java, derived from J++
It's not that bad and does have Mono to run it outside .Net
Re: The patent
The patent itself in this should be struck out. There should be NO patents for Business processes, mathematics or software (Copyright covers software).
Patents should be:
Not obvious to anyone versed in the art.
No very similar prior art. Should not have to be identical.
For something that a "prototype" can be made. i.e. an "Invention".
So for example RCA superhet patent should have been invalid and later F.M. as these both quickly became obvious to experts in Radio versed in Mathematics and in both cases had even been demonstrated elsewhere.
Edison's attempt to have a monopoly on Movie film was eventually stopped but that took over 10 years! Crazy.
The US Patent system has been "broken" since Victorian era and is getting worse.
"with more of an emphasis on desktop backgrounds."
Why do I want the background?
There is no need to "partner" with anyone. No Sound or audio company can make stock 2" or 1" x 3" laptop speakers in a skinny cabinet sound better.
Some companies make genuinely good headphones. Some companies make decent loudspeakers, usually at least in an MDF or Chipboard box and more than 4". No-one can do much sensible with speakers in current style constrained laptops, notebooks or tablets.
HP totally have lost plot?
Unless Beats is paying them why would HP have been inserting this "snake oil"? "Beats" audio as a "feature" would put me off a purchase.
Unlike the Balloons and Drones this sort of works.
But is it Geo (high latency!!!!) or LEO?
Also one small roadside fibre cabinet has more capacity than the high capacity 82 Spot Ka-Sat, the highest capacity at the time.
Devil in detail.
Star Trek Transporter
I have no wish to die and then have a facsimile reassembled from transmitted data.
A) It's possible to "scan" someone entirely
B) Possible to store/transmit that amount of data
C) Possible to turn the Energy / Data back into original constituents.
This concept of "transportation" is nothing to do with Star Trek's concept, which may be inherently impossible. Which may have been "invented" due to lack of budget for Shuttle, or lazy scriptwriting. Just because something seems cool on TV doesn't mean it's ever possible. I'd sooner believe a "Star ship" is possible.
It's not clear how you actually use entanglement / Quantum Transportation to do any useful information transmission, in the "Ansible" sense.
Investment and Management
The EU examination was on too narrow competition grounds.
It will be a more poorly managed network (Three outsources EVERYTHING technical with no apparent "reality tests"). There will be less coverage and lower capacity as masts are closed to maximise profit vs operating costs.
It would be better if Three sold Irish operation to Liberty (UPC). That though would SERIOUSLY upset Meteor (Eircom) and Vodafone though!
I'm not entirely sure exactly what Vodafone is worried about unless it's UPC/Liberty MVO / MVNO involvement which is actually the one aspect they can't officially complain about.
I'd have rather seen Telefonica (O2) buy out Three.
Copying £10 'phones and sticking "Beats" labels on them?
I wonder anyway was it:
Plastics design 100%
Acoustic & Driver design 0%
Do Beats Headsets really use custom or off the shelf moving coil earpiece inserts?
But everyone keeps telling me it's not about the headphones but the Streaming!
I may come across as a negative, cynical person. But really I just try to call it as it is.
This is great.
Google famously has process for hiring people.
In general people will hire people like themselves.
Re: 3D capture?
I don't want to spend a week on 3D CAD drawing. I have maybe one original object and I need only one replica. Using latex or 2 part Silicone Rubber is a problem to replicate. Mechanical strength is needed too. I'm not replicating figurines but broken items not made for 30 to 90 years.
I need the high resolution 3D scanner too.
The "printed" parts need to be as smooth and resolution of cast, also as strong as Milled parts.
2.5mm and Baffled
There is a 2.5mm stereo jack that some gear I have inexplicably uses.
1) No cost saving
2) Plenty of space in gadget for 3.5mm
3) They supply "Free" a 3.5mm to 2.5mm stereo patch cable.
Phones are often too thin already. Make them a little fatter so the battery lasts longer please!
I can't imagine any "Regulator" will care.
It's not their money being wasted on a Streaming service and Record Company deals that Apple could easily do. Or indeed any other large company can do.
Even BBC was having difficulty explaining the value of this on the News. They even risked an uncomplimentary comment about the "quality" of Beats Headphones and significance of the Streaming service, though they stated the deal was "really" about the Streaming.
re: Stolen, Sputnik
By time of Sputnik the Russians had "sent home" their German Rocket Scientists and USA was doing Navy rockets that didn't work. So the USA let the Army and their German Rocket Scientists have a go. The 1st USA orbital satellite was a fraction of weight of Sputnik, not because Sputnik used valves (it did, but about 1/3 size of a pencil) and USA used transistors, but because the USA with Werner Von Braun was still figuring out Rockets.
So the USA (particularly) and USSR initially "imbibed" German Rocket Technology but by 1958 heading off in different directions. The Russian, Chinese and USA designs are quite different. No one at all wants to use the fuel the Russians used successfully for many years.
India, Israel, Japan, China, Russia, USA and European Space Agency (which isn't exactly EU, and curiously has their Spaceport in South America and provides Launch Pad for Russians, who now find their Spaceport is in a "foreign country", Kazakhstan) are all in the Club. Why did UK give up just as they about had it figured out?
I think it's a long time since the Chinese or Russians slavishly copied anything. The USA spy agencies DO help their large Industrial companies. Presumably everyone does this.
This is such total nonsense.
Especially if you watch the same title more than once or are not on Fibre.
Also "Streaming" is really rental. I do not wish to go back to rental. Who paid for the study? Netflix, Lovefilm etc?
Also Quality is generally poorer and lacking subtitles on Streaming, but this of course could be remedied.
I'm building a collection of the Music, TV Series and Films I like. Potentially my Grandchildren may appreciate some of it.
Streaming, Broadcast and Physical media are three complementary technologies. One can't replace the others. No matter how much this would benefit Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Google.
Re: Grid losses < 10%
8% grid but can be over 10% Depends on country and Region.
8% to 15% on Charger electronics
10% to 15% battery charging losses
All that is only irrelevant if you have cheap Fusion power or live in a country that doesn't mostly depend on Fossil Fuel. Wind often isn't there when you need it. Interconnectors don't help as that can be the case over all of Western Europe at same time.
Universal Electric cars only better than LPG if we have much cheaper and cleaner to produce Electricity Generation distributed across the countries.
Totally forget Hydrogen cars. Lithium batteries are far more sensible.
Synthetic LPG is MUCH easier to transport & store than hydrogen.
Can use waste carbon and Electricity at a location cheap to make it.
Refilling "tank" is fast.
Can retrofit to petrol engines. 1979 I drove a Volvo running on LPG.
Can use fuel cells (not as easily as Hydrogen admittedly).
A demo PSU small enough for a laptop has been demonstrated.
Counter-intuitively it's cheaper to transport LPG large distances than Electricity.
Electricity Grid, Charger Electronics and the Battery recharging all lose significant percentage of Energy.
LPG fuelled has maybe x5 range of Lithium battery pack.
Lower production cost than new batteries + charge.
I think purely battery powered vehicles will remain a niche market. At the minute the "subsidies" (which include less or no Road Tax and no fuel duty) are benefiting only very rich people that can afford these Battery powered cars.
Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone
I was giving a simplistic explanation. You are correct, there is advantage to smaller than 1/2 resolvable. I was trying to explain that "maximum" is 1/2 of resolvable. It's also complicated by sub pixel addressing and layout
traditional sub pixels are same height and 1/3rd width
Often now a basic colour cell is two rows (I think but may be wrong)
A "real" Blue, Red or Green LED is near monochromatic direct light source. An AMOLED display is really a kind of Electroluminescent panel and uses a mixture of phosphors and dye filters to get the desired R G & B. The life of AMOLED is thus poor compared to CRT or LCD.. Sony apparently has a real LED TV. Most "real" LED displays are very very large as they are not integrated panels. So called LED TVs in the shops today are just LCD with LED lighting instead of CCFL. The LED can be edge, back and using "nearly white" (Actually violet LED with phosphors) or most expensive are R G & B LED back lights.
Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone
No, we had better than 1080 lines in 2002, actually 1600 x 1200 on 15", which is 1920 x 1200 @ 16:10 and about 2134 x 1200 for a 16:9 screen.
If you read review of HP Mobile Workstation, you'll find that people are scathing of "only" 1920 x 1080" on a Laptop.
It's about aliasing and readability. if an image is high contrast, sharp edges or there is small text you'll find that "normal" resolutions are too low. At 2560 x 1440 it's not about seeing pixels. Ideally you want a screen resolution twice as many pixels in each direction as you can see finest detail. Then there is no anti-aliasing required and you can show detail as fine as the eye can see without it having to match pixel layout exactly (which is obviously impossible except for local text and vector graphics).
So it makes sense.
I can't see the dots on my Laptop normally (133dpi) or Kindle (about 200dpi but only limited shades) but real printed text (say even 600dpi laser) that I can read easily is very tiring to unreadable at same size if it's a small or complex font.
At 2560 x 1440 on 5.5" you can use ANY font, you don't need PC optimised ones or even hinting.
Once your pixels are 1/2 the width and height you can resolve, then there is no advantage to more resolution unless the pixels are limited in shades. (for example you can have 5 or 6 times as many shades / hues simplistically with a 2 x 2 cell. In practice you can do better with more complex dithers over a 3 x 3 cell). The claims of contrast and colour for LCD are hyped. For AMOLED, the contrast is good, but colour rendition can still be improved as it often doesn't use true R & G & B like real LED can use.
A cheap small phone and a cheap tablet only Android?
Re: But, but, officer . . . .
"Yes you filthy non-consumer" The Car Avatar chips in "You were using email instead of Twitter, very selfish. That's why I called the cops."
Looks a bit like a Henkel Kabine Though I think it has 3 wheels.
But there were some 4 wheel bubble cars.
The British version of the Isetta was built with only one rear wheel instead of the narrow-tracked pair of wheels in the normal Isetta design in order to take advantage of the three-wheel vehicle laws in the United Kingdom.
i.e. 3 wheels (still?) counted as a Motorcycle + Sidecar for road tax and driving licence.
I think my Dad had the 3 wheel Isetta for a short while.
The Googlemobile looks like a micro car.
I think comparing to a Sinclair C5 is very unfair. Most like this 1984 effort?
25mph (about 40kmph),
No mentioned that speed cap so far?
Surely 25mph (about 40kmph) would cause congestions and tailbacks. Or is normal traffic near Googleplex / Choc Factory slower than 25mph (about 40kmph)?
Or don't they trust it to keep to Speed Limits?
A good wake up call.
Obviously we should promote this "Dark Social"
Get BBC & RTE to promote it instead of the COMMERCIAL Twitter & Facebook they promote.
I also share links, comments etc on Skype Text. I think only the NSA reads that apart from the intended person.
Eventually perhaps people will catch on that Twitter & Facebook are of no value and just exploiting them. They are not free. They cost.
Re:Giving up x86
I think out side IT circles, i.e. most of Mac user base, running Windows or Linux on Mac is very very rare. It's anecdotal, but none of the Arty types I know have ever run other than Apple's OS X. Or in the case of very long term users, previously OS 9.
Maybe it's not true now.
Perhaps this is some other product, a large iPad with keyboard cover?
But eventually Apple will leave niche "high performance" users in the lurch. They will aim for volume market, iTunes lock in etc. So eventually the ARM will replace x86 for Apple. Unlike MS, they switched before. 68000 and then Power PC. So they have no loyalty to a CPU ecosystem and certainly the possible deprivation of rebooting to windows will be low priority.
Nothing new, it's been said before. I've said it before. But I think 2015 - 2016 more likely.
Re: Olden stuff
Apple II or Apple ][
I was conned into buying this due to hype. Had to add a card for 80 columns and lower case.
Had to add a Z80 card to get a real OS and a better selection of applications.
Had to add 8" floppies. Even in 1980 / 1981 the Apple Floppies were slower and 1/2 storage or less than others.
Lisa was under powered and not enough resource. I guess they got it right with Mac.
I think even for people in late 1970s the only useful reason for an Apple II was Visicalc.
We switched to Supercalc on CP/M.
What a waste!
1920 x 1080
We don't need yet another heavy portable DVD / BD player.
1600 x 1200 on 15" (@ 133dpi approx) was March 2002! TWELVE Years ago
So if it MUST be 17" it should surely be at least 1920 x 1200.
Admittedly the 2010 resolution 2560 × 1440 was on stupidly large screens for a desk (27").
At 200 dpi a 15" 4:3 screen is 2406 x 1804 (Kindle eInk and Fax resolution). Not sure what size that would be at 16:10, 2886 x 1804, possibly not far off 17" (Or at 16:9 about 3207 x 1804)
At same height as 1600 x 1200 15" screen you only need 160dpi for 2560 × 1440.
This has wrong screen to be called a Workstation. Thus everything else is irrelevant.
I can't remember
How long ago was the first GSM watch phone? Long before even iPod.
TV (using belt pack on first model), Radio, even Walkie Talkies have been done. None successful.
BT earpiece and Wrist BT monitor to an existing phone seems more useful, esp. on battery life.
Rather than links contain batteries a solid flexible fat strap can contain a single more efficient LiPo cell. Though I suppose if it goes wrong you may be in queue for a Bionic hand.
Why use these at all?
What is wrong with a web site that has RSS, SMS or Email. Or all three?
Hardly any schools waste £600+ on iPads?
Actually I'm suspicious of iPads or Android Tablets or Kindles for General Educational use. The Teachers aren't clued up enough.
Has there been a trial not funded by a Computer supplier that properly proves any claimed advantage other than Anecdotal Evidence?
Why should Schools fund a single "single source" & "proprietary solution" gadget?
Profiles on an iThing
Surely such local 3rd party control is anathema to an iThing owner. Only Apple is holy enough to interfere.
$1000 buys a Mac Mini Server
A mere Fruit fan toy.
Apple stopped making real servers some time ago.
I suppose you can put appropriate software on a netbook, Apple TV or Raspberry Pi and call it a "Server".
The "Mac Mini Server" is a small overpriced appliance.
Re: Intel can buy market share for as long as they want
But Intel are NOT subsidizing their x86, just reducing the margin. The Intel Tax has ever been higher than Apple or Microsoft Tax on PCs. Otherwise AMD couldn't have got to market at all.
Who is selling them?
At least one International Tobacco company is selling them.
I don't know if this is good or bad.
Coal in UK maybe hasn't been Globally competitive since early 1900s. During WWI and WWII it was important and production increased as fuel was hard to import. In 1920s a lot of miners unemployed. Mines have closed not because coal is exhausted but it's not competitive and not the demand there once was (Town Gas used to be made from coal).
There might even be several 1000 years of coal in UK. It depends how badly it's wanted. Coal now is out of favour. If there was no oil and gas you can be sure non-polluting Coal power stations and Gas production would be built. Meanwhile the Arab strangle-hold on Oil and Russian on Gas in Europe may be broken in a year or two as more shale & fracking comes online. USA may be net exporter rather than importer.
Maybe solar energy will be deployed on African coast to make LPG from sea water and waste carbon, which can be then more easily/cheaply transported long distance than Electricity or Hydrogen. Or the problem of harnessing Fusion will be solved.
I don't think we are due to run out of anything even in our Grandchildren's life.
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