1322 posts • joined Wednesday 28th November 2007 12:47 GMT
National University of Defence Engineering
The whole 4K thing is marketing wank as far as consumer devices are concerned. The same goes for 4K tvs. Nobody will be able to tell the difference between a 1080p and 4K screen at normal viewing distances unless they fork out for an enormous screen with a price tag far exceeding almost everyone's budget and wall space.
Re: Teeth sucking Welsh slap-head
My granny has more technical insight than RCJ.
And she's been dead for 15 years.
"Oracle's biz suites have more holes than a Swiss cheese"
Unlike their boat.
Perhaps they should just stick to what they are good at and forget the whole computer tech thing?
Re: One hopes ...
While BASIC certainly permits bad habits, and in its earlier incarnations could be said to facilitate them, modern BASICs like VB.Net, are really rather good and certainly no worse than any other mainstream language.
It is the teaching that is important. You could even argue that a language that permits bad habits is a better teaching language as it allows poor and good styles to be compared.
Another issue is that most students will be learning to program for employment purposes. There is little point teaching Lisp if they are going to be spending most of their time coding Java (etc)
Re: One hopes ...
Even BASIC would be an improvement over the language most kids learn in UK schools' "ICT" lessons, i.e. none at all.
The problem with "TehIntraWebTubes" isn't down to any particular language, you can write robust and well structured code in any almost any language, but in the instruction, or rather lack of it, that the programmers receive in software engineering principles.
The weapon of choice of these wannabe web coders is usually PHP, not BASIC. Nothing particularly awful about the language itself, however.
An excremental pile of unimaginable bloat with 100 times more "features" than anyone is ever going to use.
Yet it often can't handle a minor edit without completely screwing up the formatting of an entire paragraph.
I did most of my uni work (1994 - 1998) using Lotus Ami-Pro and found it far better than Word of the same vintage. Possibly rose tinted specs, but I think I'd rather be using it now instead of Redmond's current be-ribboned turd.
"However, I don't know how easy it will be for Android to adapt due to the fragmentation of the operating system."
Because most Android apps are jit compiled on the device itself, most existing apps will be able to take advantage of a 64 bit architecture with no modification providing the Dalvik vm is optimised for 64 bit (which it almost certainly will be on a 64 bit device).
Re: Jesus there's room for everyone..
Taking that analogy, if Apple is BMW, then Android devices fill the slots occupied by Dacia, Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and Bugatti.
The difference is an Android Veyron is the same price as an Apple 3 series, and, with its current iPad Mini, its like BMW are still trying to sell the Isetta for the same price as a top of the range Focus.
Rooting for Failure
"That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure."
Hmmm, recent events would tend to suggest otherwise.
The Democrats and Republicans are essentially playing a game of political "chicken" with peoples lives, livelihoods and the entire US economy.
No other author of "techo-thrillers" could convey an air of authenticity like Tom Clancy.
A real sad loss.
"In 2006 i had a Google Motorola RAZR V3i gold"
Can I table a motion that comments like that should, from now on, be called "jakeisms"?
Re: @AC 06:09
Wow, a Yank calling the British "insular"?
My own secret underground base complete with monorail and personal ninja army.
Just replace "We" with "Our paymasters" in the quotes and you'll pretty much have the truth of it.
Saw a 64Gb iPhone 5s in the window of the local Cex (Chav's Equipment Exchange) for £850.
Seriously? Who the hell pays over £800 for a sodding phone? And a 2nd hand one at that!!!
Re: Only one Android?
Just got a Note 2, and I have to say I find its UX to be quite a bit clunkier than vanilla Android (on my Nexus 7) or my old HTC Sensation (sense).
Personally, from a UX point of view, the customisation features of Android trump all other concerns. I just wish Samsung did a better job (or left it alone)
Re: It must be true.
Online, anonymous revues?
Sounds a bit risqué, if you ask me.
How very Freudian.
Have a beer and a thumbs-up on me :-D
Re: Farty? Gas for combustion?
The trouble is, the gas produced by the fermentation process is CO2.
I'd guess the alcohol will be absorbed by the body, so only the gas will be expelled.
So people afflicted with this are some kind of farty fire extinguishers???
Re: I've been running my personal cloud using a KVM switch ...
The BBC couldn't string together a coherent tech article if their lives depended on it.
A recent article on the 64 bit iPhone 6 and Samsung's announcement that it will move to ARMv8 for its next generation of devices noted that there aren't any 64 bit apps for either iOS or Android. Completely failing to appreciate that most Android apps run exclusively on a virtual machine (Dalvik) and will be able to take advantage of the 64 bit cpu if the Dalvik VM is compiled for it (which, of course, it will be).
Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious.
Re: "The colourful language would, however, probably attract frowns from human resources managers"
"Who gives a rat's ass about what "human resources managers" try to think about?"
Unfortunately, those who work at the companies that employ them.
HR "managers" in too many firms have power and authority (to hire and fire) well beyond their ability to understand the roles they hiring and firing for.
Not just a static prop
It is a real submersible that looks like a Lotus Esprit and can actually be driven underwater (as intimated in the article when it referred to it being driven by Don Griffin).
IIRC the film used 3 different versions of the Esprit, real Esprits, a static prop for the wheel folding scene, and this submersible.
I think the car used for the beach scene was a real, stripped down (no engine, etc) Esprit that was pulled up the beach by a cable.
Re: iPad Mini 2
The current iPad mini is £70 more than the new Nexus, which outclasses it in almost every respect except, perhaps, build quality. It is £100 more than the old Nexus 7 (@ £170)
You can be sure that any "new" iPad mini will cost quite a but more than the current £270 (for the basic 16GB WiFi jobbie).
I would imagine that a "retina" mini is going to cost at least £50 more than the current model (the cheapest "retina" iPad is £70 more than a non-retina iPad 2), so you could be looking an a 16GB WiFi iPad Mini 2 costing between £120 and £140 more than the Nexus 7 mk2.
Re: Usages ideas please
I too wondered how this may be more useful than a conventional photodiode / phototransistor. One thought is that semiconductors all suffer a voltage drop across the junction (0.6v for Silicon). This may not seem much, but for high power applications this can be a significant problem. When in its metal state I assume there is no such drop, so could be useful in that respect.
Annother idea is to protect solar arrays. Solar panels react rather badly to having current shoved up them the wrong way (such as when part of an array is in shadow and taking current from the illuminated panels). If the unilluminated panels can be made to "turn metal" when in shadow, and hence act like a shunt, they can be protected.
Re: The fact is CD needs a lot of resources - and not everybody has them
If you have the people and resources to "pipeline" the stages then this can work really well. If you have to take people off one task to perform another then CD becomes more a hindrance than a help.
Re: Elop to take over from Ballmer when Microsoft buy Nokia
Ruddy hell, I hadn't thought of that. Elop would be the perfect replacement for Ballmer!!
If they want someone to continue the serial cockupery, then Elop is the perfect choice.
Re: Good job, guys!
"While I'm writing this comment, all the rest of the comments in the thread have exactly the same number of upvotes and downvotes. People seems to be divided on this subject. :0)"
Hmm. All of the posts have a 1:1 vote ratio. Statistically unlikely, particularly when some posts have 6 or 7 of each.
Someone seems to be having a bit of fun.
Re: interesting radio antenna.
You'd think Simon would learn to spell his own name before criticising other people's spelling
Re: The way to get more apps is redefine the term "app"
App Inventor is still out there and is now hosted by MIT.
While is won't produce anything sophisticated, it is certainly more capable than this effort from Microsoft. It has no restrictions on devices and finished apps can be deployed to Play.
It is, as you say, based on the same "lego brick" concept as MIT's excellent Scratch environment.
These are not the carrots you are looking for.
Real carrots would be if the content we want to watch/hear/read had.....
More reasonable pricing.
Re: Has Redmond lost touch with consumers? YES!
Perhaps they should rename Office 365 to office 420.
Re: No, No,Thrice No
You appear to be complaining about IT managers, the stuffed shirts who haven't worked with real hardware and software since the Pentium 2 was big news and Windows NT 4 was Microsoft's latest and greatest.
Many of them have never worked at the coal face in their entire careers and often don't know the difference between a terrabyte and a tampax, yet make decisions (based largely on a combination of fear, and what miscellaneous sales muppets have told them) that can knacker the entire company and make the real IT workers lives absolute hell as they are the ones that have to implement their bonkers policies and take the flack from the rest of the staff.
IT Managers. Worse than the Marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporations, and should probably suffer the same fate.
Re: RE:"Handing all their users data straight over to the government............
The same is true of the BBC. They, too, are regularly accused of Apple bias in both their tech reporting (particularly by commentards in Rory Cellen Jones' blog ) and in their apps (especially iPlayer mobile).
Re: I keep on making this point an the resident commentards keep ignoring it
"Once we get some competition then prices will come down. Until then if you need the performance then you'll pay for it."
Hmm, once we get some competition, not "once there is competition"?
Re: Can't stand the show
I'd like to see one of them, when berated by Sugar for failing, to come back with "at least it wasn't as big a f**k up as the Amstrad eMailer"
Walloping a cod can be fun.
The point here isn't that the Apprentice is a load of codswallop, but that the prof thought it could ever be anything else.
Its entertainment. They get a bunch of the most obnoxious and incompatible assholes they can find and ask them to work as a "team" on an obscure project.
We sit back and laugh at them as they fail because they are the kind of repulsive and overbearing individuals we all love to hate.
Re: Its entertainment, not education
The apprentice I can agree with, but have picked up some good ideas from Master Chef, particularly Michel Roux's walk-throughs.
Re: Make or break the whole company with a frigging watch?
Always makes me chuckle when His Royal Sugarness bangs on at the snotties in The Apprentice about picking winners.
He was told, and told, and told that the eMailer was a huge pile of FAIL, but he knew better.
- Vampire flicks
- Zombie flicks
- Comic flicks
- Reboots / sequels / prequels
- Parodies of any of the above
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