1321 posts • joined Wednesday 28th November 2007 12:47 GMT
The white chair......
makes my hair stand on end when I think about it.......
I'm a Megan.....
and I only eat meat......
Its because they re-enter from orbital velocity.
The max speed reached by the Virgin thrill ride is about 2600 mph, by contrast a spacecraft in low Earth orbit is doing close to 16,000 mph.
That speed has to be dumped somehow. There are two ways to do this, powered decent, or aerobraking. Powered decent was used on the Moon because, obviously, there's no atmosphere and the low gravity makes it feasible ( Lunar orbital speed @ 2200 mph). Less speed to dump.
OK, so in order to *be* in orbit around the Earth you must be doing around 16,000 mph. Carrying enough fuel up to do a powered decent is unrealistic, so both the Virgin craft and (for example) the Space Shuttle, use aerobraking.
The difference is the shuttle needs to dump a *lot* more speed. Speed = energy = heat, hence all of the heat shielding.
The Virgin ride is, actually, kind of poor value compared to that $20m Soyuz flight if you take into account the amount of space-time you get per dollar. $200,000 buys you 6 mins, Mark Shuttleworh coughed up 100 times that, but got 11 *days* of flight time.
So its Star Wars on Blu Ray?
Damn, that cow has been milked so hard and so often its tits must be red-raw......
Only market apps
Unlike the iPhone, Android permits the installation of unapproved apps. Google has no control over these.
And, while Google *can* hit the killswitch for any Market app, they have only used it against genuine malware, again, unlike Apple, who can, and frequently have, used it against "off message" apps.
we really do need that "No shit, Sherlock" icon.
Its badly named in the first place.
From hearing what my kids are taught in what are laughably called "information and communications technology" classes, it appear to be more secretarial skills than anything else.
It a bit like calling driving lessons "Automotive and Engineering Technology".....
Re:EU case ongoing
As you say, its simple enough to find free versions of rip-off titles. By the time they are forced to bin the agency model they may well find that eBook piracy is a massive problem.
And they will have brought it all on themselves.
How to beat the pirates
Give people the stuff they want at fair prices.
Take the latest debacle over eBooks. For a large number of best sellers and new releases the eBook price exceeds that of even the hardback edition. This is profiteering, pure and simple.
And now the publishers that concocted this price fixing "agency" model are starting to whine that their eBooks are appearing on BitTorrent.
Its not about "educating" people, its about trying to force them to buy overpriced goods and services. And that's how "freetards" are born.
I'm not much into music or movies, but I love a damn good read. Up until this week I was quite happy with my Kindle. So far every book I've looked at has been priced at, or just below, the paperback price. I've been working my way through Ian M Banks' "Culture" novels and bought every one through Amazon. Just got to his latest "Surface Detail".
The price of the Kindle edition is *more* than the hardback!!!
Am I going to pay that? Not a chance!!
So, for the first time, I looked to see if I could find it on BitTorrent, and there it was!!! Still umming and ahhing over whether to download it and dive into "fretardery", or not, but I have to admit its bloody tempting, and, in some ways, justified. The publisher is trying to rip me off, so is there anything morally wrong in repaying the compliment??
Now, I can well imagine how someone pissed off by stupid prices, etc, for a single title (book, music, or movie) could download *that* title, think "that was easy" and a "Freetard" is born.
The fly in the eBook oinkment
Apparently authors and publishers are starting to panic about eBook piracy:-
Not realising that the problem is probably of their own making (well, as far as the publishers are concerned). The "Net Book" style cartel certain publishers have forced on eBook retailers results in eBook prices exceeding, in some cases, hardback prices:-
note the "This price was set by the publisher"
Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I take exception to paying more for a couple of MB of data than I do for a thumping great 640 page hardback book. Particularly when the publishing and distribution costs are tiny compared to the hardback.
The price of Surface Detail in eBook form is particularly irksome as there have been may complaints about the quality of the conversion, so it seems the publisher couldn't even be arsed to proofread the digital version properly, despite its premium cost.
Seems it is possible.....
***"we dont know how customisable honeycomb is. Whats to say a "mouse pointer" application isnt possible?"***
The trackpad and mouse buttons at the bottom of the keyboard would suggest that its actually implemented.
Avatar : Reworking Pochahontas, throwing in elements of Fern Gulley and setting it on Harry Harrison's Pyrrus.
Using that formula, the sequel may as well take Snow White, chuck in some bits of Open Season and set it all on LV-426.....
Actually, that might work........
What's the 'arm in that?
ARMv6 processors aren't just limited to older Android devices, they are almost universally used in low to middle range phones as well. The popular Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade) has a v6 processor, and that has an 800x480 screen, which is quite suitable for mobile browsing.
The problem for the average punter is that it isn't obvious which phone has which processor. The San Francisco has a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. It *is* an ARMv6 based device, but you have to dig a bit to discover that. Try wandering into a local mobile phone emporium, picking an Android phone and asking the sales person if it has an ARMv7 processor because you want to run Firefox (and Flash, BBC iPlayer, etc).
Big, fat, hairy deal...
***"Osborne is also expected to do something to alleviate fuel prices – possibly by delaying the planned rise in fuel duty due next month."***
Oh, joy. He's not going to add one more penny to a litre of petrol that is currently going up by several pence a month.
For a litre of unleaded costing £1.32, we already pay £0.59 fuel tax and £0.22 VAT. Varying that by 1p either way is going to make bugger all difference to the average motorist (about 50p to a £65 fill up).
Is that slightly higher than talking bollocks?
No, No, No, No, NO!
***"Intel opens kimono on Sandy Bridge Xeon E3"***
I *hate* that expression (kimono opening). It is the worst kind of middle management buzzword bollocks and anyone who uses it should suffer a horrible and painful fate.
I'm sure it is.....
But I ain't allowed it!
Anyway, we are getting into strawman territory here. My original point was that Virtual XP mode isn't terribly useful, not whether there were any better 3rd party solutions.
VS2003 IS a leagcy application
How would you suggest I maintain a VS2003 project tied to MSDE on a Win 7 box *without* XP mode?
Yes, of course I can import the project into VS2005,8,10 and port to SQL Express. In fact this has been done for new releases, but the old versions still need to be maintained.
So, while it may be "stupid" to develop in XP mode, when the boss calls me in the field and says "fix it", telling him to fuck off because JC_ thinks its "stupid" isn't, actually, an option.
While it may be "stupid" to develop in XP mode, for the number of times I *have* to do this, it is the lesser of two evils compared to lugging another laptop around.
Virtual XP mode
A bit crap, really.
We have to maintain some old VS2003 applications and VS2003 won't run in Windows 7, so its installed as a virtual XP app. In order to launch it I have to shut down everything else on my PC or Windows 7 complains of insufficient memory (it has 4GB). It also doesn't play nice with multiple monitors. The "virtual XP" windows hop from screen to screen by themselves and sometimes appear on both screens at the same time.
The limit was introduced in 1965, purportedly because of a number of accidents in fog, though rumours still abound that it was because AC Cars were using the M1 as a test track at up to 180mph.
IIRC, it had nothing to do with a fuel crisis.
***"The group called for action on fuel prices - an area in which Osborne has already hinted he may show mercy."***
By "mercy" you mean not adding another 1p to the £1.40/l we will probably be paying next month?
When I bought my car 5 years ago it cost £35 to fill up. It now costs £53. An average fill up is around 40-45 litres. Frankly whether Osborne adds 40p - 45p to that, or not, is going to make bugger all difference to how I feel about fuel prices.
When I shove 40 litres of fuel into my car, the actual fuel only costs around £20. The rest is tax (approx: £8.80 VAT, £23.60 fuel tax). Adding another 40p to the tax I already pay is a drop in the ocean.
Tempt it out with a banana
I'll get my coat.............
Yes, there is a problem with Flash on Android. BBC iPlayer for Android requires Flash 10.1, Flash lite (as supplied with many Android 2.1 handsets) won't suffice.
The requirements for Flash 10.1 and, therefore, iPlayer are Android 2.2 running on an ArmV7 processor. Most older and/or cheaper Android phones use ArmV6 processors and cannot run Flash 10.1 or iPlayer.
My gripe with the BBC is that they killed off an excellent 3rd party application (BeebPlayer) that would work on any Android phone and replaced it with one that would only work on newer and high-end phones and actually has fewer features (BeebPlayer worked over 3G and would play radio in the background, the "official" iPlayer will do neither).
What about sorting out the UK first
So the BBC puts effort into developing an iPad app for use outside of the UK because it hopes it can fleece users of $120 a year while here in the UK they not only fail to provide a workable iPlayer app for Android (the Flash effort is truly awful and only works on top-end phones) but spend licence payers money (in legal fees) to kill off two 3rd party apps that did the job admirably on *all* Android devices.
And all the while, unless we want to forgo all broadcast TV, we have no choice but to pay the sodding BBC the equivalent of $237 (£145.50) whether we use their services or not.
Also see reviews
Quite a few reviewers of this book are giving it one star and commenting that its part of the price fixing "scam".
So while publishers can fix prices, they are probably going to have to accept poor reader reviews on Kindle. The knock-on effect is that prospective readers see price £stupid, rating (*) and go and look for something better.
On Screen Barcodes
***"Existing mobile payment systems, such as the bar codes being deployed by Masabi on the UK train networks, can't be read by another handset as phone cameras aren't good enough to read a code displayed on-screen ... at least not yet."***
That certainly isn't my experience, though it can be rather hit and miss, which wouldn't be much use at a busy ticket barrier.
However, there are plenty of Bluetooth "ring" scanners (1D and 2D) that can be coupled to the phone. These cost about £500 each, but still pretty cheap compared to a full POS terminal.
It uses a bottle dynamo. Instant fail.
OK for short runs, but then what's the point as you won't add much to your phone's charge. Certainly wouldn't want to cycle any distance with a bottle dynamo dragging on my front wheel.
Only top end phones
The "official" version will only run on devices equipped with ARMv7 processors, which are generally top-end devices. Budget and older phones with ARMv6 processors (Orange San Francisco, Wildfire, etc) cannot run it despite having Android 2.0+
There is a "experimental" ARMv6 version, but it is truly shocking (at least on my elderly Android 2.2 equipped HTC Magic)
The official system requirements are here:
Attack of the Clones
The strictures that Microsoft put on Phone 7 implementations mean that a Nokia Phone 7 device will look almost identical, from a UI point of view, to offerings from HTC (possibly their biggest rival at the moment) and others. There is also very little room for manoeuvre on the hardware front, as well, Microsoft stipulate the buttons and the rest of the front is taken up by the screen.
With Android they could, at least, put their own stamp on the UI (like HTC's Sense, Motorola's Blur, etc), but with MS they are stuck with a phone that looks the same as everyone else's.
***"Shephard claimed his balls went "miles and miles and miles""***
***"All the takedowns the BBC have issued over iPlayer apps have been down to the apps not supporting the DRM requirements of the iPlayer spec."***
The first app the BBC took down (BeebPlayer) merely used the 3GP streams initially intended for Nokia devices. These streams didn't have any DRM component.
***"God, Android fanboys are a bunch of whiners aren't they? Why can't your marvelous and 'open' platform just use the Web version of iPlayer?"***
Because the web version on iPlayer relies on the closed source and proprietary Flash player (10.1) which only a subset of newer and top-end Android devices support.
*All* Android devices are capable of playing the 3GP iPlayer streams provided by the BBC for Nokia phones, but the BBC is deliberately blocking access to them from the web interface and has killed off two 3rd party apps that circumvented this artificial restriction.
No it doesn't
***"Given that it already works just fine on all shipping iOS and Android devices, why bother with an iPlayer app for anyone?"***
No it doesn't.
To use iPlayer on Android you need the following:
Android 2.2 or higher
An ArmV7 processor
Plenty of "shipping" Android devices (e.g the HTC Wildfire) have ARMv6 processors and will never run Flash 10 ( and therefore iPlayer), and plenty more have Android 2.1 or lower and may never get an update.
Then, when you consider that *all" Android devices could get acceptable iPlayer service from the apps that the BBC killed and the iPad has acceptable iPlayer service *without* this new app, you have to wonder WTF the BBC is playing at.
Irony, but so near the truth
The sad thing about that post is that, despite the intended irony, it is a fair representation of the sort of double-speak bollocks that you get from the Beeb when they are trying to explain some of their more absurd management decisions.
It is *seriously* taking the piss that they can kill of two perfectly serviceable Android iPlayer clients (not to mention XBMC), refuse to create their own native Android client, then proceed to develop for a device (the iPad) that has a fraction of the penetration of Android and *already* has a perfectly serviceable method of accessing iPlayer anyway.
But that's just it.....
***"But for the two million or so people / households for whom the above caveats are not an issue the Leaf may not be a bad option, purchase price notwithstanding."***
But the price *is* withstanding. You can buy a new conventional car in a similar size class for around £10k less than this (even if you include the subsidy). Even if fuel prices *double*, that still buys you a lot of miles.
At 8 years old, the Leaf's battery warranty runs out. A new battery will cost around £6k. An 8 year old conventional car of similar size is probably worth £2k -£4k. How much would you pay for an 8 year old Leaf knowing it is likely to cost you £6k to keep it on the road fairly soon? I'd hazard a guess that, at that age, the car would be just about unsaleable and, hence, worthless.
What about when its 4 years old. How much would you pay for a car that may be worthless in another 4?
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