1615 posts • joined Friday 14th December 2007 02:13 GMT
One of the ingredients of some toothpaste is a Stannous Fluoride. In some localities, it is inserted into water to help prevent cavities. Of course I don't know if this material has similar properties, but you never know!
By the same logic...
If you can't have Google Glasses turned off while driving, then an unplugged TV set that you are transporting to your home in the front seat of your car can be considered a violation as well. It meets ALL the criteria: It is a TV, and it is in the vehicle front of the drivers seat, and (duh!) it is turned off.
It seems to me that the government is wasting LOTS of $$$ on this one.
Then again, Google is getting LOTS of free publicity as well.
Might be some wait!
Funny thing about radio is that it is a WORLD-WIDE standard. Unless other part of the world (like here in the USA) start going with DAB it just won't take off. Radio manufacturers won't care that the UK market wants DAB. There are all sorts of people that like the current FM broadcasts. When 4 channel stereo FM broadcast was being offered (I have intimate contact with the people involved, but not that type of intimate!) the lobby of the blind people that thought they would lose their reading channels (SCA subcarriers) brought it to a screaching halt as the attempts to answer all the form letters stalled the rule making.
In lots of markets here in the USA, the engineers are waiting to flip the switch to OFF as soon as possible as it just doesn't measure up to FM in its many uses (both fixed AND mobile). My recent experience was driving around in a friends car and noticing the difference in audio quality as we went into a tunnel and the DAB dropped off. It was quite dramatic.
Almost like digital TV (don't get me started) this looks like a reason to deliver more channels of lesser quality audio to the unsuspecting public.
All politics, not one bit of good engineering!
So, how do I annoy all the iPhone users at work?
I've got a nice laptop that does bluetooth quite nicely (it talks to a headset I use). Now I can just beacon some bluetooth stuff and various close by iPhones (I see a bunch of them at work) will beep and squak.
I could be nominated for local BOFH in no time flat.
Maybe my work (it is a big company that sells lots of PC tuff) has their own app that will sound off. This could be an "opportunity" too good to pass up!!
I just remember being told (at an outpost far away)...
That the work F*** was NOT to be used as a comma, especially when returning to "civilization"
Words to live by in "family company".
The true hardware guy's object is to...
...repurpose the box as a nice PC connected to a 1080p resolution monitor that can do some "real" work.
Then you get the cheap box, and forget about the silly game titles (which unfortunately make more $$$$$ than movie titles).
If it were only so easy. The console makers (can you blame them) make it VERY hard to get Linux on the console where some real work can be done. (*SIGH*).
Maybe the cops will write more tickets about the idiots that want to be distracted. It ought to be pretty easy to detect. Just measure the length of time from the cruiser's read light to the actual driver getting the message. If they were distracted, it will be a VERY (relatively) time.
Yes, more tickets for this type of thing. We may yet balance the budget!
Of voice "models"
In my earlier days (the early 80's) I worked for a company that provided computers for answering services. Yes, they DID exist.
With almost true regularity the nicest "voices" were the people (barely describes them) who were the most ugly people you would see. Usually VERY overweight and sometimes proud of it.
When me and my co-worker were out in the field, we would mention in passing "there goes another answering service
lady broad". This continued for quite some time, as we observed the installations we worked on.
As for Friday. Simon is making them very enjoyful more and more these days. Wonderful to have BOFH weeks in a row!
"Person if Interest" (US TV show).
Who is to say this isn't being done!
Remember that at one time NSA meant "No Such Agency".
Not blow by blow, but...
Degree by degree. Internal temp of the celebratory beast.
Now if they could just do a 3D printing of a tasty edible turkey we might be able to feed the world. I suspect that "tasty" and "edible" are a ways off!
So, if the bank isn't available??
Then everything is free?
Wishful thinking. They could authorize everything.
Recent Adverts on US TV...
There is a company flogging "convertible" laptops that double as both touch and traditional laptops. The babe hawking them is posed as a paramedic, and admits to needing a laptop for homework, but uses the touch for "XBox and Twitter. I didn't know that you could use a normal laptop for "Xbox". Maybe if they can use a laptop for PS4 that might have something.
It seems to me that as more and more things are going "portable", the need for dedicated game consoles is going down and down these days.
So, slowly the game consoles will be less and less relevant. It is already happening to desktops. Maybe the folks at Sony could make up a special SD card that you could plug into a laptop and make it a PS5 or some such. Of course it would make them lose control of the $$$ stream they get for the games published that use their game console, but...
p.s. I always thought gaming was a real poor thing to do on a computer. Then again I'm an old fashioned kinda guy (now where is that copy of Spacewar?).
Maybe he did a "stack ranking" on himself!!
And found that he didn't rank high enough.
Bernie Widrow would be proud. Then there is someone who did stuff before making microprocessors.
All back in the 60's!!
And why aren't they going after this group??
Oh, spam isn't that bad, and virus's can't hurt you. Wait until it infects something in Parliament/Congress and lots of congressional staffers have to pony up. Then we might see something about blasting this type of thing.
Where is the FBI/Scotland Yard when you need them??
I see panes cracking here...
Broken windows to follow. Thankfully not mirrors, as we won't have bad luck.
Me? I'd scrub it and Fedora the box. But that is just me.
Yes, Virginia, Documentation is Hard!!
Now days the only thing English majors are doing is a little "You want fries with that?". Given that we have collectively dumbed down our understanding of language, we continually strive for the lowest common denominator and we get absolute junk. Sometimes it is a single piece of paper that is written in "Chinglish" that describes the older version of the software and us users need to extrapolate the next set of commands that will make it work. Other times it is "obvious" when the author of the software wrote it, and lucky you get to be Captain Obvious (which doesn't always work).
A well written manual is a joy to read, and you will find this out when you actually see one in the wild. Most are relegated to museums now days.
Then again, I'm reminded about my "Klopper" which although I don't have the item, I do have the Ikea-type instructions.
As for icons, pretty soon Unicode will have code points for all of them.
So those are the options. Air full of carbon, nuclear power, or shivering hungry in the dark.
The problem is that those who expound the last option (rejecting the first two) are the LAST to embrace it. Here in the USA, I put Mr. Greeny Al Gore in that category.
What is needed is a separate line item in your phone bill that is the "contract subsidy" value that you are obligated to pay over the (nominally) two year period. After that, you get discounted, and your unlock code. Even nicer would be an "automatic" feature that the provider sends to your phone when the time comes, and a note in your bill.
Takes the "customer service" reps out of the loop. A "good thing" in anyone's book. Not to mention saves some $$$ in the process by not needing people to handle the calls to do the unlock.
Only one answer
No further comments needed.
Virus in space...
It might be interesting when something like "CryptoLocker" hits there. Goes wild and borks up machines on the network.
Quick, get me the unlock key.....
Now if they would find virus writers and
lynch prosecute them...
The kickstand is an encapsulation of the problem with the Surface thingy. A nice traditional laptop has its screen attached nicely to the base where the keyboard is located, and it hinges nicely all by itself. This works out fine for a device sitting on your lap (thus the name!). The kickstand on the Surface thingy implies that it should rest on a desk of some sort, not up at a nice angle like a laptop screen. Even with the nice detachable keyboard, it doesn't balance well.
On the other hand, the iPad lies flat on a surface or can be held in your hand. Rarely is it propped up and used "desktop" style as the kickstand would have you do. So, the iPad (and its Android cousins) are of a different breed. They are meant to be "held", not "propped". As a previous commenter mentioned this makes them a "Consumer of information" product.
The "market" that Microsoft likes to sell into is the "Generator of information" segment, and a laptop is the device of choice here. It can sit on a desk, or it can be used as a lap device. The Surface goodie is a poor intimation of a laptop in this segment.
So, all the dancers in the world can't make it any better, as there are other devices that have better functionality (and probably at a cheaper price). My wife for one is (in my estimation) a "consumer" and the iPad suits her just fine. The times she actually uses a keyboard are for entering her mailing address/credit card number to buy something. She doesn't need/want the complexities of an attached keyboard and composing documents isn't there. Why bother with stuff more complex than it needs to be.
It seems as though Microsoft is trying to do what Microwave Oven makers are still trying to do: Add more and more useless features to a pretty basic device.
From the looks of it, this "vacation" is a last minute deal. If you want a hotel, lets say, and desire to pay $400/night, then you get 10 days. A $400/night hotel is pretty pricey, even in Hawaii. I stayed at a nice condo place for "only" $200 a night (it may have been less, I don't remember the details as my wife made the arrangements). The Airfare of $2500 (assuming round trip from Seattle, next to Microsoft) for two people comes to $1250, which is approaching first class/last minute fares. If you did your planning correctly, you could use your frequent flyer miles which would reduce that to $10 per person (lots of miles needed, but you DO have them!!). The rental car of $500 is also pretty pricey. We rented a car (with a tank of gas!) for about $230 or so.
All in all, this is one of those "Luxury" deals (lots of margin for the operator), or somebody's big dream. For that money, I could do a couple of vacations, and have money left over.
So, it is typical Microsoft, in the "let them eat cake" category!
Yes, my trip to Hawaii was back in September, so I don't think the prices have gone up THAT much!
Let's look at this...
I just looked at my router and its signal is specified as 17dBm, or about 50mw. Given the conversion efficiency of 33% (or so) indicated in the article, that gets you around 17mw. One problem here is that the traffic (and thus the transmission) is at most 50% and more like 10% (on a good day), so that gets you down to a time averaged value of 1.7 mw. Now take into consideration the dropoff (inverse square law) for the signal, and if you are even a little bit away from the originating antenna, you will get (I'm being conservative here) maybe 25%, which gets you down to MAYBE 1/2 milliwatt. If you think that this is 'meaningful' power you are sadly mistaken.
Moral of the story: Spend the $$$ on a battery. If you use the same amount of power as this system delivers (1/2 milliwatt on a good day) the battery will last quite a long time, and probably cost less as well in the long run.
Two weeks in a row!!
Simon must be on a roll!
Please keep it up. Us minions need some humor in out lives.
Shocked, Shocked, I say...
There is a vulnerability in Windows, or its Office minions?
Of course, this is entirely a cruel joke, or is it??
Here in the USA, we have this silly thing called the 5th amendment. All the TV shows recite silly Miranda warnings:
You have the right to be silent...
Word of advise: Use it!. Shut up
On the other hand, since us IT people go through drives, it may just be handy to have an older drive that has random numbers written all over it. Unplugged and all that. Let them try to find out something from that Rorschach test.
The article begs the question: How does the author know all of these things??
Why not just...
Provide the simple 100mW "base" station. That ought to be enough. The GSM phones are easy to come by, just go to a local store and ask for a few "trade-ins".
Evil twin dreams of setting up small cell site to capture information.
A URL would be nice as well.
Pardon me sir...
...for mistaking me for someone who actually gives a damn.
Can you keep a secret?
So can I!
Life goes on.
They included the star "Altair". Fitting for ElReg.
As for finding life...
I heard a comment that it may just be that when a civilization gets to the point where it can communicate its presence to "outsiders" it doesn't have enough sense to contain its internal conflicts, and will self destruct before it actually gets the chance.
As to this happening here on Earth, it was postulated that we are close to a decision point.
As always, YMMV (See store for details), etc....
And this is why...
Software Patents should be tossed out. Right Now.
It boils down to:
"Anything you can do, I can do better".
The arguments that follow "No you can't." and "Yes, I can." inevitably are a waste of time, money and effort!
What a concept. It may take off soon.
From an observer that has lived over 60 years in "sillycon valley".
Cause and effect unrelated. It happens in weird places!
In my youth (the 60's) I have a wonderful dog that would complain when the food we served him was too hot. Usually this meant that he would bark at the food until it cooled, which it did in little time. I always relate this story to people when the supposed "cure" has nothing to do with the "symptom".
Yes, "Fats" is no longer with us. He was a 1/2 Basset, 1/2 friend of Basset (later estimated to be part beagle, part springer spaniel).
5 months premature.
Bill Gates can afford to drop medical supplies from one. You never know.
Have ribbons and fully formed characters. None of this "inkjet", "laser", or "dot matrix" crud.
They also use nice green/blue bar fan fold paper in wonderful wide widths that people can write notes on the side.
Long live bands, chains and daisy wheels.
Does it really matter?
It all comes down to "she who must be obeyed". No more, no less. So, I refrain from putting knives in the dishwasher, and use an oil stone to sharpen them at reasonable intervals. Between that, the steel works well.
Now, for a definitive answer one needs to try to get Mythbusters to do a complete survey on the subject. There ARE lots of variables: Water type, detergent, additives temperature, length of exposure, knife composition, just to name a few.
So, after you pay the Nordstrom's bill, keep them out of the dishwasher. Peace and domestic tranquility will follow.
Cell phones at altitude...
...is like trying to have a conversation across a gabbing large room (or across a football (soccer) pitch). The only way you can do it (if you can do it at all) is by yelling quite loud. Fortunately cell phones don't have that much power, and the cell towers are telling the offending device to (as a previous commentard said) shut itself off.
The peace and quiet in an airplane is a welcome change of pace.
Maybe the "leftie" version is only sold in the UK, Australia, and Japan (and New Zealand, Simon!).
The big problem is that those of us advancing in age have this "feature" of the body called presbyopia which is ever advancing. There are problems with glasses being needed to read anything close at hand.
Then there is the problem of encountering a policeman who doesn't take kindly to being "watched/recorded" and invents interpretations of laws to give you a citation.
As for the citation: The same rules can be applied to having a TV turned off in your front seat. It IS a TV, and it IS visible by the driver, but it IS turned off (duh!).
Move over Mr. Musk.
When you attempt to have sub millisecond latencies...
You have to cut corners. No way around it.
If they had standardized on one second trade resolution (all the trades take place AT the second tick) they could have built a better system. The problem there would be that the "high frequency traders" would be left in the dust looking for penny differences that weren't there.
Probably be better for all of us.
I do have some bias in this comment, but I'll just leave it at that.
Still living with the problems...
That were introduced with the first 5150 PCs. Of course they were later augmented by the AT's design as well.
These have their roots in IBMs design of the IBM1130 (the same team did both designs). On that machine the interrupts were dedicated and "really strange" (been there, done that!). I'm sure that commentators here could enumerate the flubs, but a few are:
Slot 8 (on the XT)
Using the 8088
8 bit data bus
640k (ought to be enough...)
Keyboard (on the XT/PC). Improved a bit on the AT. Then having weird keycodes for dedicated keys (Insert, Home, Delete, End, PageUp, PageDown, etc.)
Ctrl-Alt-Delete (maybe, maybe not).
(Add yours here)
"Harlow told us that Nokia also wished to differentiate itself with its bundled software"
I thought that the "bundled software" that came with a windows p.c. was the stuff you wanted to get rid of, not keep around. Usually vendors throw all sorts of self serving junk in the "factory installation" just to sell stuff users don't need.
In this case?? Time will tell.
Cue up the "buy a keyboard" application (with dancing drones at the board room table)
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