Re: The 16mbit of firmware..
wifi microcontroller module
Maybe it's the same one in IoT kettles and coffee makers.
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wifi microcontroller module
Maybe it's the same one in IoT kettles and coffee makers.
Maybe ... Though I find Notepad++ on WINE on Linux good (I've read the explanation as to why open source NPP has no native Linux version despite being based on a Linux editor). I can't find any native linux editor* as flexible and useful for any arbitrary scripting, compiled language or even writing novels. Easy to add back end compilers, SVN/GIT, plugins, new languages (even roll your own), customisation, speed, powerful regex search/replace on doc, open files, matching files, subdirectories etc..
It seems a misleading name and less "visual" than 2000 era so called "Visual C".
No interest in those.
Can it be used to develop for Android, Linux, Embedded Microprocessors?
Is it more than code editor and project file manager? What is advantage over Eclipse, Netbeans, Sharp Develop, Notepad++ etc?
How is it different to the VS for VB6, or the newer Visual Studios for VB.net and C# ?
When is it likely to leave Beta?
I didn't get much out this review.
Icon as I'm obviously clueless as to why I'd download and install this on Linux
The one in the article runs Android.
You can buy an Android tablet with keyboard cover for £45 on Amazon.
Apple Newton was a PDA killed by Jobs, but helped jumpstart ARM, not a tablet. There were earlier ones based on CMOS 8 bit CPUs.
Audio only needs two channels if you have a motion sensing headset. Read up on binaural. A two channel full surround system since 1970s for headphones only... but as if your head is clamped in one place. Stereo is designed for speakers. If DSP is used to convert it to Binaural it is far better on headphones.
The two binaural channels can be processed via DSP from four channels, spatially representing a tetrahedron. The 5.1 is purely a cinema gimmick. (the .1 is effects can be generated from even stereo, the 5th is easily generated from the L & R front channels. A proper surround feed would have the equivalent of four cardioid microphones arranged in tetrahedron. Then in real time the DSP creates the appropriate angle of binaural (see: dummy head recording) as the head is rotated and tilted. Generating the audio is considerably less work than real time 3D game rendering.
Generation of decent 3D content rather than stereoscopic from real life video recording is nearly impossible. Using a remote real time pair of video cameras is trivial. The camera platform simply follows your head movement. In that scenario, stereoscopic video is 3D even if you are blind in one eye! Fixed view Stereoscopic video is rubbish compared to Stereo (speakers) or binaural (headphones) audio.
" just give up on the whole radio broadcast thing, allocate the frequencies to Wifi and 5G tech, and then stream everything over a standardised IP service"
Doesn't scale for mass usage.
Even if every street light was femto cell capacity would be worse than Fibre. Even fibre needs video servers at each ISP node for mass market VOD. Most WiFi can only manage a couple of decent quality video channels.
IP works best for unique traffic. For "broadcast" it's only economic for niche channels. Will BBC3 be a cost saving only if hardly anyone watches it?
Also IP infrastructure is fragile compared to Broadcast. Mobile more so and worse coverage.
Inherently MOBILE can't be broadband. Unless every street light is a femto cell.
Mobile should not have 700MHz and even 800MHz will prove in the end to be regulator greed, and damaging for future of Terrestrial Broadcast. None of 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800Hz, 2100MHz can deliver broadband. Fibre is cheaper and 200x the speed/real capacity and 1/1000th of the electricity of decent density cell deployment.
Cells are just too big at 700MHz and 800MHz.
Committee for the BS1363 plug formed in 1941. Introduced in 1947.
The Lego Group began manufacturing the bricks in 1949.
I claim BS1363 got there first.
Both networked and remote controlled plugs have been around for ever, more than 20 years.
Time operated kettles since 1930s! You can only use them once without a reset because of the WATER. (the power switch can be left on).
Zanussi or such does a nice mounted in the wall plumbed in coffee maker. So you don't have to refill the water. You DO have to refill the coffee.
The "teasmade" timed "kettles" are still made. A £10 timer plug and £10 kettle will do the same, but doesn't pour automatically into the cups.
There is a niche market for this late to market product. Or less, as the competition is more flexible. This is a 0 out of 5 product.
Sharks can't get in living room.
Some Australian spiders are deadly.
Worldwide don't they kill more people than sharks?
Maybe MS has bought Redhat, Ubuntu or Suse and is set to launch Linux-on-everything once they have totally destroyed the desire of business to upgrade (or use Windows at all!). I bet they add this to XP, Vista, Win7 and Win 8.x. Or the last two.
What are they thinking of?
This probably isn't even legal in most of the World.
Still downloading to the hidden partition and listening for updates etc. They only mute the AV and power down RF modulator.
I like stuff with a physical power switch.
Tabasco. Or related super hot chilli
Rats, Mice etc can't stand it. Only humans eat it.
The West more likely to shoot own feet off by outsourcing IT that should be core part of business. e.g. RBS?
Or paying Google / Amazon / MS etc to host stuff instead of co-lo servers in different datacentres owned by different companies.
We are doomed not by terrorists (clue in name) but by our own stupidity,
Mostly people seem to be using them so as to seem to be in a particular country so as to to use a geolocked streaming service. Not for security.
It makes sense to use one ON your end point client if you are using random WiFi point, or ethernet. Put the VPN on port 80 and then you beat all local port blocking and can use POP3 & SMTP and whatever else via your home VPN server.
I can't see how it does ANYTHING much for security at home or business to use random 3rd party VPN provider. I trust my own ISP better with my credit card and traffic than some random foreign outfit really set up to provide bypass to geoblocked streaming rather than security.
An increasing number of websites obviously sacrificing privacy and reliability are using 3rd party sites for fonts. Particularly Google.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MORONIC sacrifice of functionality and potentially privacy.
Any one doing this for a web site is CLUELESS. I check 3rd party themes for Drupal and Wordpress etc for this stupidity.
Not based on tech at all, but one to one "social engineering". State actors can take this past the level of email spear phising to a "honey trap" physically dating someone useful inside the target. Maybe replacing their phone or mouse with a Trojan equipped duplicate.
Or a USB stick with "nice photos" or video that has HID driver based malware.
Someone I believe even posted a "free" mouse to someone that installed key logger etc.
This Christmas? Beware Geeks bearing gifts.
It's just proprietary hosting.
Cloud is only "useful" for collaboration (and files all saved elsewhere) and hosting web sites that don't justify a co-located server.
Eventually there will only be AWS, Google, Azure. Perhaps also IBM and Oracle. Then it will get expensive, except when like Facebook or Google search it makes money some other way.
Unless Google / MS / Amazon buys Flickr off Yahoo (It's Yahoo?) it's doomed. Remember Geocities? No logical reason to close them. Yet they did. I can't see Yahoo surviving.
Adobe was always expensive. But now that they want to only rent everything they're even more expensive.
What is the real security and backup used by any Cloud Provider?
If Banks and commerce outsource to "Cloud" it will only need one bad AV update with a false positive or a badly done patch to end civilisation. Most of the shops here can't even take cash without their computers and communications running.
Companies will stick with Win7, or even XP, or even use Linux or OS X, or use more browser based stuff and only run Accounts on Windows ...
But lots of companies are foolishly outsourcing. What will the Indians, Mexicans etc be using?
Win 10 makes little sense for consumer and none for business.
The older C of I churches where actually "Roman". Some Norman and other pre-Henry VIII churches.
Total marketing lies as they have not enough launches.
Now if ESA/CNES/Ariane was claiming this about Ariane launchers and Space Truck ... But then that's not American and Europe lets the Russians use their Spaceport.
Great Column Dabsy!
I'm not sure that's actually true.
a) Scarcity of car Radios. Almost all radios before 1930 used batteries, 2V, 4V or 6V Lead Acid for filaments. 60 x 2V small lead acid or 90 x Dry cells for HT! Cars rarely had a battery other than maybe a 1.5V ignition cell for spark while cranking, then the magneto powered ignition. The ignition was easily "suppressed" by suppressor spark plug caps etc. The radio was't powered of the car, being basically a repackaged home unit.
Interference has got VERY severe since 1990s:
PC SMPSUs that NEVER had filters or got them taken out later to save money after CE approval.
Powerline Ethernet. Illegal period if tested properly.
Electronic "Ballasts" replacing passive interference free chokes on Tube lamps and on CFLs (early CFLs used a choke in the special ceiling unit).
Phone chargers etc as per PC SMPSUs
LED lamp PSUs
Flashing christmas tree controllers (any type lamp)
LED lamps on Christmas trees even if not flashing.
Dishwashers, Dryers, Washing Machines changed from Mechanical sync motor programmers to CPU (issue partly PSU, but CPU leaking RF)
Shielding abandoned on PCs, Laptops, etc.
LCD and Plasma screen matrix drive (screen radiates unless transparent tin coated)
Screen back light PSUs
But the IoT uses up the WiFi channels faster as well as the PSUs and motors making interference, but most homes AM Radio is already usless and VHF-FM is increasingly getting home generated interference.
"Real" Car radios did exist from early 1930s, but still rare till 1950s. They used MECHANICAL switch mode PSUs at 40Hz to 120Hz (Vibrator packs) to get HT. Very well shieilded separate PSU boxes, often with speaker driver amp. From late 1950s they started adding a pair of Germanium transistors as a SMPSU, then as audio Out and running the rest of the valves off 12V. Then from about 1958 the first all transistor car radios appeared.
"the issue is that in the US you can buy prepaid cards at convenience stores with no ID checks."
Presumably next to the stores that sell guns and ammo with minimal checking. Unsurprising.
Spain I think has banned anonymous PAYG phones. You have to use ID to get a SIM.
Why anyone thought anonymous prepaid cards or anonymous SIMs was a good idea escapes me.
Telegraphing money when there was hardly a banking system was reasonable.
All those kinds of wire transfer companies should just be closed. The only justification for years has been emergency money to family member or friend. Fake emails from your contacts now exploit that.
Embassies work for abroad. Police Stations or something could be used for people in an emergency situation not abroad.
BTW, when is USA going to join the rest of world and use the reasonably safe and cheap IBAN? Credit Cards and PayPal are more expensive to pay USA suppliers.
" If you wanted Discovery to be advert free how do you address the fact that it's available on two platforms?"
Discovery is Pay TV only.
All pay TV channels ought to be Advert free. They are charging plenty. Also amazing the amount of repeats and even previously FTA content on Pay TV cnannels.
While I'm on a rant can't ASA etc BAN Sky, Netflix etc advertising access to box sets? They do not. They let you rent / stream content. To access the box sets you buy DVDs or BluRay from Tesco, Amazon's Shop etc. Not watch streaming or broadcast.
Even rental of a physical boxed set is sort of accessing it. Netflix and Sky is not.
No, but my shoes were polished by the carpet in Comreg's opulent Dublin tower.
Any deeper and I'd have met Carpet people.
Sadly they seem to copy most of their policy from Ofcom, with a dash of whalesong and worst bits of FCC.
Most people don't have good enough BB for Netflix or BT's TV offering.
Outside Cabled areas and urban VDSL/Fibre areas in UK & Ireland, Sky has a total monopoly (unlike some other countries).
In entirety of UK and Ireland they have an effective monopoly of Satellite PayTV.
FTA stations can't sensibly compete with Sky to buy rights. Sky has totally distorted UK Football with the high payments and is moving on to distort other sports.
The clubs are not benefiting as they end up paying crazy money to players. It's ripping off the consumer and destroying sport.
Worse, the half baked regulation means that some sports fans now need THREE subscriptions.
Very little as over 80% of what people watch on Sky are actually free to air channels. Sky 1 has one of the higher viewing figures of < 2%!
BARB in UK.
Neilsen in Ireland.
It's a rip off.
How do you think they can afford free install, free box (and currently in Ireland a free 32" LG TV). You even own the install from day 1.
But the box is crippled if you cancel.
Sky ALSO massively overcharge channels for the EPG and moderately overcharge any 3rd party wanting Sky encryption. That's for people paying for their own uplink and satellite space. Sky just rent sat space for their own channels (with a few exceptions).
DAB is a crap Ghetto of over compressed poor coverage and inherently rotten ergonomics. It economically gives unfair advantage to national stations.
Ordinary people (the Majority using Radio) do still use FM Radio, very many use MW & LW, which allows reception of out of local area local & regional. Some people even listen to UK radio outside UK, or non-UK radio in UK on LW, MW and SW.
The newest Power line specs affect VHF-FM.
AM, FM, broadcast of any sort or "Ham" (which is licensed) is supposed to be protected by the Regulator and International treaty.
See how quick Ofcom would be to enforce EXISTING law (no new regulations needed), if their friends, the big cash cows, the Mobile Operators were affected!
Ofcom don't care even about protecting FM. They want in fact to abolish TV Terrestrial Broadcasting. There isn't even ANY other application to sell off the AM and FM bands to.
DAB only promoted for the Motorist, even though VHF-FM is actually "better" in many respects. But decent DAB needs 100s more fill in Relays, too expensive for small local stations and needs twice as many multiplexes, at least to give decent bit rate. Even then it's only good for a car radio presets. Digital Radio inherently has terrible ergonomics.
Have Corporations got the right to ride rough shod over existing consumers, Regulators the right to ignore their own laws, because it not a Mass Market, not Subscription based or not huge Licence revenue?
So blocking any radio listening except via the Sky Box.
Even for people next door (or two doors up). The Electricity meter and/or switch box has negligible effect on powerline signalling
When are regulators going to test power line networking properly?
"No, but when there's a power cut"
Or when the Cloud Ecosystem gets false positive on AV scan and goes off line due to automatic disable of execute flag on index.php or whatever and civilisation falls over because all banking, mobile billing, management systems etc have been outsourced to Cloud by the accountants who were these kids.
Too much Phones / Tablets / Computers holds back academic achievement generally. They are poorly integrated to teaching materials, distracting and without proper training and disciple even the "library / research" aspect is underused. Most people go to their favourite sites and have no idea how to search.
Tablets and esp. Phones make it harder to copy and paste any found info into documents.
You have work at it to have more than a text editor on Tablets / Phones.
Smartphones are largely communication and entertainment devices. Tablets are largely media browsing and entertainment.
Yes, I know you can install apps to create content, add keyboard etc, but dammed painful compared to netbook / laptop / notebook with OS X/ Windows /Linux. Even then in most schools a laptop/netbook is going to be a distraction, not an aid because kids have not been taught how to use one properly as a tool to aid study.
You still need good teachers, working out examples, attention to teaching, not being in an LCD illuminated enhanced personal internet bubble.
Amazon's trail of using Kindles (DX and DXG) for university was a complete fail not because eInk eBooks is a bad thing, but because even the Keyboard Kindle is garbage for annotation and overall ALL eBook devices have appalling GUI/software only good for reading short stories and novels. I've used 5 Kindles and Kobo Aura H20. The Kobo has a better home screen and access to list of books in use, but otherwise the SW is like a bad copy of Kindle.
I was doing better document management software 20 years ago!
News to me.
Isn't he an Industrial / Style designer, like his hero Dieter Rams, whom he copies slavishly (hence the white minimalist like late 1950s & early 1960s Braun "snow white" radio gram, radio, transistor set and calculators).
I think we'd be better off if Jony designed electric toothbrushes, electric shavers and vibrators. He's not good on GUIs and his case designs are simply copies of Dieter Rams' Braun stuff.
Lower Mass = Worse flares
Dimmer star = Habitable / Goldilocks zone closer
So life periodically erased. This has been known for some time, Red Dwarves likely to only have primitive life or none?
Sure there can be some scheduling. But when is it "winter" for Data centres? Certainly Party Conferences etc are just after the peak holiday time for this reason.
Sure there will be spare capacity from time to time, but not predictably and certainly not instant.
How often does the hypothetical company need this capacity? For how long and how much a delay? Only small volumes are going to be "on demand" instantly for as long as you want. It also needs to be stuff were latency and traffic to your own site isn't an issue, unless it's traffic with Public. So we are back to is Cloud any real use except for Websites?
Ultimately the "Cloud" is just someone else's servers they have to make a profit from.
You don't know what the security/privacy, backup or other arrangements are.
You might not know where they are.
You are at the mercy of your Internet connections.
Imagine a world were accountants think that it saves money to outsource IT as if it's a call centre (c.f. Banks, which is madness seeing as in reality IT is their core business) as well as the servers to run it.
Imagine there are eventually only four "cloud" providers, and maybe two ecosystems of software.
(c.f. Same false positive Virus warnings on hosted files/Websites. Two unconnected hosting companies in different countries).
The Hosting companies (aka Cloud) need to make profit. If you run your IT well then inherently cloud will cost more eventually than DIY (Connectivity costs + Hosting company profits). The Cloud does make sense for Web Sites, though if a high traffic site, perhaps co-location of your own server at a data centre is cheaper & better, more control). Really the Cloud makes no sense and is a backward step to 1960s & 1970s for stuff that should only be on your own LAN or own Corporate Network.
Good to see an article with some reality about Cloud.
If there is wide spread migration to Cloud of Banking, Billing, IT, etc, then one day a badly done patch will kill civilisation.
If no electronic transactions, no food. Riots & looting in less than 2 days.
Billing on Mobile will go down. So soon no calls.
Unless the "Cloud" ecosystem is fixed in less than 2 days, then you are looking at a cascade of failures ... no water, gas, electricity etc. Being able to buy & Sell and make calls (mobile or fixed) would be first to go.
How would you get cash from a Bank or Cash Machine?
How many people have Cheques or Cash, or will have in 5 years.
The Cloud hype has got to stop. Yes. it makes sense for minuscule to medium websites. For anything else it will eventually be a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.
Cloud is OK for small collaborative / sharing between people etc, madness for any volume of data and impractical to replace a NAS for a home user, SOHO, or small businesses. The majority of Internet connections can't support it.
I have 1 Mbps upload, which is better than average DSL. But my total traffic cap is 60 G byte. Most "unlimited" cable & DSL is really 150G to 1Tbyte a month, inc downloads.
"Cloud's been fingered as the culprit, especially for personal storage. It's not hard to see why, as the likes of Dropbox or OneDrive offer plenty of security and redundancy "
Almost nonsense as an explanation. Certainly some people will be foolishly using "Cloud" storage exclusively.
Security? Don't make me laugh, none are as secure as your own NAS behind a firewall/Router for a single person or a family.
Perhaps the market is saturated, as is PC market.
See also El Reg Comments here
16:9 is worse than 4:3 for laptops.
Unless it's a "retina" screen you get 1080 pixels high.
Non-Shiny is hard to get.
Cheap models have poorer viewing angle than 14 years ago.
2002 there were 15" totally matt, ultrasharp, wide view angle 1600 x 1200 screens on some laptops. Good luck finding one even as good as that in PC World.
Some high end Lenovos and Apples have better screens, but you need 17" due to the 16:9 form factor
HD Video curse, reducing resolution of PCs! Maybe we'll see some decently priced UHD/4K laptop screens, still be cursed by video factor .
Closer to 5 to 10, or non-existent for real world performance? Unless you can use more than 2 cores without I/O bottle neck. Per core performance for believable laptops compared with single CPU 2.2GHz P4 Laptop in 2002?
Anyway it WAS NOT CPU power but number of Transistors?
It was 12, then 18 then 24 months ...
It was never a law but an observation cum target?
Now it's been officially denied, when do we reckon the iPad Pro will ship with iOS X?
Never. iOS is an ecosystem that makes more Revenue and gives Apple more control. The question is will there be a laptop with iOS?
Follow the revenue.
There won't be a hybrid product running OS X.
A surface and iPad are BOTH consumer toys.
I can't believe that airlines are using consumer stuff without real keyboards really designed for media browsing.
Order in popcorn (or other snacks) and beverage of choice.
I'm quite sure MS will find another way to kill Win Phone.
Remember Danger / Sidekick.
Or the fact that in USA MS once dominated smartphones in pre Apple iPhone days.
Maybe as simple as changing the DNS server used, then making firmware.ithing.com point to the malware?
Yes, but iFraming or scraping other sites content is a violation of EXISTING Berne Convention copyright law.
Links, with perhaps a paragraph of text = OK.
Actual building a site from other people's content = BAD
Soon it will have ribbon, tiles, inconsistent configuration options, require crysis capable GPU & CPU, only run on latest versions of OS X and Windows and generally involve the developers spending 95% of effort maintaining the eye Candy.
I welcome this as it will distract from the development of effective malware/