* Posts by Mage

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Intel gobbles up chipmaker Altera in $16.7 BILLION splurge

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Lets shoot for Itanium

Yes, Itanium needs put down.

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Re: Intel will now look at ARM

Intel already had ARM.

This will make zero difference to Intel's ARM strategy, it's about the FPGA

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

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Re: "act and think differently"

When they proposed making Sat boxes and TVs instead of welly boots people laughed

When they proposed making phones instead of Sat boxes and TVs people laughed.

They are still a quite large telecom infrastructure company, having absorbed the Siemens and Motorola sub divisions that did the same stuff.

It could be a Robin Reliant or a Volvo.

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Case for drone usage now overwhelming as Enrique Iglesias concert almost stopped

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Why didn't they just give him a shoulder cam?

Nitwits.

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Re: Greek government ran out of it

Only because they told porkies about the state of their fridge.

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Re: Future mineral reserve creation

Europium:

Beleived to be rarest element in the universe and yet we are unlikely to ever run out of it!

Even if the Euro was a World currency and CRTs made a comeback. Yet really no reserves, it's a by product.

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A reprise

Worstall has said this before convincingly.

Are there still people that really don't get that it could be 5,000 years before we might need to mine asteroids?

No Interstellar war by hypothetical aliens with FTL travel / Jump drive or whatever would ever be over resources. Or for human slaves.

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

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Proper Boffinry

With perhaps a touch of Heath Robinson (Rube Goldberg on other side of pond)

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: Please be accurate with your information!

Oddly in UK & Ireland the Kindle touch is same price with or without advertising screen savers and by law in all of EU they have to offer two years warranty anyway. SOGA.

(Apple was fined in Italy for charging people for 2nd year).

About €79 in Tesco Ireland (high sales tax aka VAT compared to USA perhaps).

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Re: Oh, yum, more tracking.

Only if you sync and/or have 3G/WiFi on. I only use mine via USB and Amazon lets me download to PC.

There is also www.gutenberg.org

My grandson is saving for a regular kindle touch for 8th Birthday

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Zip Style Method: Ten swanky laptop bags for her

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more stylish?

Yes, but both are stupidly more expensive than they should be.

But then when you see £2 neoprene sleeves for tablets at £30 in Tesco, it's to be expected I suppose.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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further back in time than the genesis of life described in the Good Book.

No, it's not.

There is no date in Genesis. The 6000 years is based on uneducated simplistic interpretation.

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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Re: Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch

I must have stepped on a load of apple fan wrists getting here. Proof the Reality Distortion Field is back

Did Apple really research at all ?

There was research in 2013 highlighting the issues.

The Android wearables are a bit pointless, but considering the Apple hype of quality and design, their watch is shiny junk.

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Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch

Really?

Citations. Have they recharged the Jobsian Reality Distortion field.?

An iPhone extender to Wrist with some monitoring, Jakob Nielsen's outfit slates it's UI too.

Massively expensive, for people with more money than they know what to do with.

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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$500 ?

For Hardware and Software with a different badge is $50, certainly under $100?

maybe because expensive Intel CPU and not a cheap MIPS SoC or ARM SoC like most routers have.

Or is it 19" rack mount, steel case and a built in UPS.

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Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

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Re: Intel will now look at ARM

Intel used to have a big ARM range (obtained from DEC), they still have one ARM comms processor I think, the rest sold to Marvell.

There is no reason for Intel or anyone else to buy ARM, they are not a chip maker.

Intel, I think, still has a full ARM licence, Their biggest strengths are in marketing and Chip Manufacturing.

Perhaps Intel may make ARM chips again more generally, they seem though have a "Not invented here" ego issue as Intel processed and Intel Peripherals on SoC Arm makes far more sense than their vast expenditure in Mobile Sector, making them less x86 sales every year.

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Less diversity

Yes, it's a pity ex Philips NXP is doing so little and Texas Instruments gave up doing phone chips and then swallowed National Semiconductor.

Motorola Semi is split now into two also rans.

As fab building costs rise and markets become commoditised (Apple original iPhone almost stock parts) and fewer gadget makers, now just using bought in chips and not designing them, such consolidation is inevitable.

There are a tiny fraction of the companies making Semis today as there were in 1960s to 1980s.

Sanyo, Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic (Mitsushiba) all used to develop loads of chips.

The UK (Inmos, Ferranti, Plessey) all gone

Intermetal, Telefunken, Siemens ..?

I think this ex HP Avago purchase saves Broadcom.

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Good

Better than Qualcomm, Intel or Apple.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: UI changes

On the upside, I've got a job for eternity (well, it sure as hell seems like it).

It sounds like it's in hell too.

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Re: This won't affect me.

Or actually set fire to the turf.

The Thermostat only adds the upstairs radiators to the solid fuel stove. But the system still heats one one room and the water if there is no electricity.

What does all this IoT stuff do in a power cut. Or a digger where the broadband cables are. Or a small disaster.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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I don't know if I want any of these ...

But compared to Apple's Watch that only extends an iPhone, their dustbin styled workstation, It sounds like Lenovo are actually trying to be innovators?

These are more than USPTO documents (that often today are entirely copying prior art).

The Apple Newton was a good attempt. But Jobs killed it when he came back.

I wish I could afford a Lenovo laptop,

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Echo Chamber

This is why Twitter and Facebook delude their members.

"Individuals who get their information from the same sources with the same perspective may be under the impression that theirs is the dominant perspective, regardless of what the science says,"

People need to use a wide range of news and other sources. The BBC etc need to stop dumbing down their journalism to recycled Tweets. BBC shouldn't be allowed to promote or use proprietary services like Twitter at all.

The Internet has increased the Echo Chamber syndrome far more than favourite newspapers, Radio or TV ever did.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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Nearly

I'd like option for a high resolution Matte finish screen (available since 2001) with at least 1200 vertical resolution. Shiny is done to save money. At 800 I'd expect a better screen.

I'd otherwise like a machine like this.

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Yahoo! must! face! class-action! suit! over! email! snooping! – judge

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Good

We need an independent investigation and regulation of all these mega corp so called cloud providers. Google, Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin

How private are documents sent to Kindle via Amazon?

Good luck though with perhaps the 2nd largest provider/social media company in the World. Not on the list, TenCent. Though I think they may be registered in the Cayman Is.

Certainly the Irish Data Protection Regulator will do nothing about those 29 out of top 30 Internet companies based in Ireland for EU, and now many transferring all non-USA stuff to Ireland, not for low corporation tax but soft regulation. The current enquiry into the 2005-2008 Banking Fiasco in Ireland is enlightening.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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Re: Lack of trust: re 4K sectors

Such drives will even work on XP, that's not the issue.

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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Re: Considering the number of languages that are built upon the JRE, yes - this is a major bork

Would a Book Title be an analogue?

The book cover, layout and contents, text, images are all separate copyrights. There is no protection for the title of the book.

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API and ideas, Copyright, not patents.

Yes, it's about copyright, but also reasonable licence terms.

But Sun didn't invent all this from scratch, it's based on work by UCSD originally, maybe even other Universities too.

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J++ and Sun

MS and Sun fought over Java language (MS had J++), which resulted in C#, but not over the VM, as MS had their own VM.

This is actually quite complicated and is partly due to Oracle intransigence. The Desktop Java licence is essentially free. The Mobile Java isn't, and was for an era of very limited CPU and RAM, so is a more limited product.

Google actually bought in Android rather than add their own app VM and GUI on say Debian (which was running on mobile devices before Android existed.) Sun or Oracle, I forget which, wouldn't licence the full java for mobile. So Google did their own copy of the JVM.

Ironically the VM (or p-code) used by Visual Basic originally and morphed into .net for C# and other VM based MS Languages AND the originally Sun's VM for Java are both inspired by UCSD runtime for the p-Code produced by Pascal and other compilers. Western Digital or someone even did a bit-slice cpu (5 chips?) to run p-code as native.

So really it's almost unreasonable Oracle citing copyright, especially as they refused to licence the thing for Mobile. It's not like Google has copied all the implementation, but only the interface so existing byte code would run.

Google and Oracle have both been idiots on this.

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Block the parasites and fine them

I use noscript and other tools to block most of the trackers, which can be done without cookies now.

Most people are not that tech savy.

There is a reason that 29 of top 30 Web Borgs are based in Ireland for EU stuff and many moving all non-USA stuff. It's not low corporation tax but the useless Irish Regulators.

Rather than fine Facebook, the Irish data commissioner has issued a notice warning EU citizens to avoid using Facebook.

How does that work given all the 3rd party junk on nearly every major website.

I can't actually find the notice. Maybe in a filing cabinet in a toilet in the basement.

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

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Just wait

Till Three completely take over managing O2 in UK

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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Design ...

Not as in engineering, hard sums or programming.

But simply how stuff looks, mostly copied from Dieter Rams Braun Era.

So they'd be mad to actually give him a senior job. Common in companies last 100 years to invent a new title for someone long serving.

I wonder why Apple hired Jony Ives rather than Dieter Rams at the time. Maybe Jobs didn't know of him or he turned it down.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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desktop web browsing that provides the cut down experience of the web

The rest of post is valid, but if you are not "on the go"

"desktop web browsing that provides the cut down experience of the web"

Is nonsense.

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anyone who trusts the internet-of-things is an ass

Statement of the obvious.

Amazon: Not as bad as Google.

Desktop Windows & MacOS?: Not as big an issue as Android, iOS and Windows Cloud/Phone/Win10 /Win Surface.

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BlackBerry: We ARE cutting jobs AGAIN

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reiterated that it sees a future

maybe ... but they haven't much time left to grab it.

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Re: Sadly...@cb

yes, nokia tried ... sometime up to about 2002, then they strangled Crystal, S80, etc and messed up their tablet development,. messed with internal politics, intel's mess of megoo, buying Trolltech rather than ordering a custom QT from them.

QNX was the wrong choice too, though a lovely OS for controllers and embedded.

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Prior Art

The USPTO is now obviously allowing any prior art as long as the application is filed properly.

There is no innovation in this at all.

Whether such toys should be legal at all, is another topic examined before on these pages.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Re: A relevant picture on El Reg!

It's an ARM, not a PIC

At least no risk of MS putting Windows IOT on 16F or 18F chip.

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but there will still be cases where it makes sense.

Really, I don't think so, Windows CE makes more sense for GPIO pins as it's a RTOS. I doubt you could bit-bang IR remote or RDS or sample receive IR remote handset RDS decoder IC. Good luck getting Win CE on it. But I've had loads of embedded ARM based development systems that came with WinCE and the first task was always using JTAG to change the boot loader to install Linux as often the supplied boot would only allow versions of Win CE.

I can't think of any use for it. If you really needed this mad version of Windows 10, then a PC is better to develop on and test on an ITX x86 that uses the Cash Register version of Win 10.

I'm still using Windows daily (since 1992), but this is pointless for a Raspberry Pi 2.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: Atlas V is a "russian rocket"!!

Apology was received

, Iain Thomson wrote:

> Going through the comments I see a terrible mistake has been made

Also you forgot to use Bcc instead of Cc!

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Google, Twitter search deal: Did micro-blabbing site gag racy tweets to satisfy ad giant?

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Oh dear.

This boosts an nasty proprietary service and poisons search results.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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No one ... was able to lock their car's doors

What!

Even all the people with older cars with purely mechanical locks?

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: What a tool: Not an Investor

Icahn is a serial asset stripper, speculator and parasite.

I doubt he is or has been an investor. His speculation in Apple shares does nothing for Apple. Only himself and some other Apple share speculators.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Tablet or Netbook?

Perhaps it's a Touch Screen Netbook with a poor keyboard and not really a Tablet at all. Except for Business use, a new Classic Edition Windows based on XP, properly updated for Touch (not anything like XP Tablet Edition) rather than schizophrenic Win 8.

If I wanted Linux something else is a better idea for the money.

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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Black Helicopters

Obligatory XKCD

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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The big problems for IoT products are three-fold:

No five fold:

1) Security and Privacy

2) Greedy companies with a subscription model

3 to 5: Your points

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Desperation

They sound very desperate to have people on Win 10..

1) Maybe it's not something people would buy, given a choice

2) Last version ever of a discrete windows, becomes like Mozilla Firefox updates ... except I expect at some stage you have to subscribe to MS Cloud or it stops working.

The drug dealer is giving the latest designer drug free to all his customers.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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2 x USB 3.0

That and the other specs sort of rules out a lot of official Apple Hardware and older Linux boxes.

I can see why they think no laptop works:

Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics card or better,

Intel i5-4590 processor,

8GB RAM.

Two USB 3.0 ports

HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via direct output architecture

This is for very high end gamers, not average consumers. Does Apple's round rubbish can meet the spec?

Traditionally lag is huge problem for graphics that tracks rapid head movement. Essentially changing camera angle / view port almost at frame rate and ideally synchronised to frame rate. Really it needs a custom designed graphics card with on board low latency interface to the headset and also to main CPU via USB, graphics card I/O or usb slave port on graphics card.

There are good reasons why VR headsets have been poor in terms of realism. It's not a software problem.

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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5G isn't new Radios

5G is more about interworking and management. Not really about a new RF modulation scheme as 1G (analogue) 2G (CDMA 1.25MHz channels and GSM 200kHz channels), 3G (pathetically really CDMA-1 on 5MHz Steriods) and 4G (OFDMA and 5, 10 or 20MHz Channels).

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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Re: 'Ere - he says he's not dead!

"If your body stopped being able to produce new cells, you wouldn't die instantly, but you wouldn't be alive very long either."

It's a horrible way to die. It's called being a walking ghost I think?

Imagine if all your DNA was removed.

They think the symptoms might be like these

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_radiation_syndrome

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraquat#Toxicity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroying_angel#Toxicity

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