847 posts • joined 19 May 2008
Re: Driverless cars
"Currently, only private cars can take you from any point A to point B, without changing conveyances."
Really - my pedal cycle does the same.
In fact a friends motorbike does the same as well...
As a cyclist I'd far rather see automated cars than driven ones - machines tend to be far more patient and predictable, as well as getting tired/distracted far less often.
As a motorist I'd rather see automated cars than driven ones - it would make life cheaper and far less stressful on the roads of today.
As a motorists who quite enjoys driving I'd therefore also want a "driver" option on my vehicle - which is available for use in appropriate locations (i.e. tracks).
Of course an automated vehicle has no inherent objection to an electric drive (and the low noise level would be appreciated by many) allowing redistribution of emissions to more appropriate locations (and preferably to nuclear/geothermal/??? plants). Infrastructure involving on-the-move charging on motorways would become much easier to justify as well.
There are many, many benefits to this technology, and as for objections about driving at night in the rain. They don't exactly use HD cameras - they use all sorts of different sensors, which allow the software to have a good, all round, picture of the surrounding area - and more importantly to know where it doesn't have a view and drive accordingly....
Isn't manufacturer of devices a capital cost, allocated to my ourcahasing decisions - and should therefore not be allocated to each an every query I make...
TETRA or weightless seem like better options than 2g for a smart meter in a basement
"The Japanese are moving away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima incident, using solar power to fill the gaps and allay a population spooked by the dangers of atomic energy."
So they're moving away from atomic energy to... atomic energy with a really poor delivery system (to electrickity)
Re: RC II??
Developed? Rounded corners are not a development
Re: Still too expensive
My nexus (with BT keyboard and USB mouse when needed) does basically everything I want. My parents have a transformer, and it does extremely well.
My wife, an author, wrote her last book (collaborating with another author) entirely on her iPad - because it's nice, light, portable, usable and with a decent editor for £9.
They are productivity devices, when you have appropriate peripherals (much like a PC needs peripherals). That they are also convenient to use without peripherals is just a bonus....
PS - for old games try DOSbox
Because I want to use my small screen
for editting documents.
Is their tablet racketeering not up to speed yet?
Why doesn't it set up using your TV remote and CEC?
Could even have a direct UI then...
Limit the speed...
Frankly when in the centre of $CITY I can't see a need for a free super high speed connection - even iPlayer will run over a Mb or so IIRC.
Else if I lived in B'Ham - why would I have a fixed line, or a (virgin) broadband connection, at all?
e-ink, gps, BT/3G/WiFi
With 3G/WiFi optional (but it would replace my phone if it did that and bridging to wireless)
I don't need colour on a watch - I *do* want battery life (although frankly another daily charge isn't going to kill me), and that's where e-ink comes in.
But almost more important than anything else is that I want a device which is discreet. Even the garmin watches don't manage that...
Re: What took them so long?
>> people want to be "productive at work, to be able to print and have a keyboard".
>Sounds like they've just reinvented the laptop. If you want a keyboard, the absolute worst place to put it is
>on the screen - the small, expensive and in entirely the wrong place for typing - screen.
That's what bluetooth is for...
I sit down with a tablet on a stand, pull out the BT keyboard and type away quite happily.
I can even plug in a mouse for the odd occasion I need one (think remote desktop etc).
So my "laptop" has an excellent screen, a 90% sized keyboard (that folds up nice and small) and the two aren't tied together to the point that my screen is too low and too close for comfort.
It also has an 8-12 hour battery life without the excessive cost associated with "ultra book" labels... With modern network printers there is no problem there either...
My wife, an author, has used her iPad exclusively for 6-9 months. They really are usable as productivity devices - assuming you add the correct peripherals.
Live in sticks
get worse services, it's not a new idea
"Check this out.... Windows 8.0 still has Windows 3.1 crude code built in. You can see it easily.
Go to Drive Properties from the desktop... the ugly blue and purple drive pie-chart... zero difference from Windows95 and a bit updated from Win3.x.
Microsoft has little talent."
Hang on - we're berating them for changing the UI and for keeping it consistent...
Re: About OpenOffice - Display of incompetence...
Last time I was in a mixed environment OO handled the (then) latest MS Office formats better then the versions of MS Office we had on the mac or windows systems - even after installing the filters.
And I've converted a number of macro based spread sheets to libreoffice, it "just work"ed.
I don't doubt that there are some dodgy bits of VBA that won't transfer, but in most cases it's all happy.
Re: No correlation betwixt one and t'other
No 999 is slow - deliberately.
Only the first two are actually required (hence 9 for an outside line on most PBX systems).
The third provides time for the network to connect you and an operator to be on the line...
So perfect for an ISP in a remote location not served by fibre?
Rather than a fibre you have a trio of dishes, then a local distribution (3G/4G/WiFi/cables???)
That sounds like a good solution for much of Africa. Probably add some DNS caches and Squid proxies for best effect...
Someone unknown (or mostly)
It's a hugely taxing schedule, so a relative unknown is normally the best bet in terms of Dr. longevity.
If female (although I can't quite get my head round that) then Sue Perkins would probably carry it off well...
Re: Low impact and USA only
"Now who will buy an iPhone4 when they can get 4S or a 5?
Who buys the iPad or iPad2 when they can get a iPad(3)/retina ?"
Me on both counts, in the last few months. It helps that the price of the iPad2 and iPhone4 are significantly lower than the newer versions - yet they still do the job that my wife and I require.
The iPad is a primary computing device, no laptop/PC for the last 6 months (just bought a mac mini because the iPad can't configure an older iPod Classic.
Why would I pay significnatly more for an iPad3/retina or a 4S/5 when the 2 and 4 do the job just fine.
Similarly I'll not be throwing any more money to HTC for a while, because my >2 year old phone works just fine...
So more than 2 weeks away then...
"Apple provides a link to its security updates page for "detailed information about the security content of this update," but as per usual with OS X updates, that information has yet to be posted, but will appear when Cupertinian web folks get around to it."
Takes them two weeks doesn't it?
To be fair...
It's the easiest test platform - if an fanboi won't pay for an app then fandroids certainly won't...
I just fail to see the point entirely...
Can be useful for the emergency services, but not from "hostages" from Chase vehicles etc - the second traffic cop in a car viewing the live helicopter image of the person he is chasing might not be an absurd idea for instance.
The ability to see what officers are actually doing from base might also be useful in various situations - do we need to send more people into this burning building - yes there are three warm bodies in there, seen over the thermal imaging camera, the fireman can therefore go and get one and two others will be on their way.
You *can* do these things with voice, but you get more interesting abilities when you don't have to.
OTOH the current voice system works pretty darned well, so LTE would need to buck up it's ideas in that department!
“One of the things we’re trying to do through our research is to understand how digital media can be made to meaningfully intersect with the physical world," explains Shaun Lawson, Professor of Social Computing at Lincoln.
Unless of course this in an Edison moment...
"I've not failed, just found 10,000 ways not to make a better light bulb"
Re: Fun fact
Surely we just shut the barrier and set it off?
Re: Quality is key
Their problem for me is that my 2-2.5 year old DHD is still working just fine - and I expect it to go on working for another couple of years at least.
This is a challenge - you make something that falls apart and get berated, but if you make something that lasts then you get no future sales, because in this arena things move so fast I'll be looking completely afresh by the time I need a new phone...
35m in 3 million years is 11 micrometres / year
Tectonic plates move at around 1-10 centimetres / year
Not fast really - it's just a *long* time...
Is it just me that thinks that 4 fans is overkill for a device which basically doesn't need cooling in normal operation.
I know it will be running flat out more than most, but 4 large fans?
Re: 56000 mph
And does, regularly.
The earth is somewhat a larger target than the moon. It gets hit significantly more often...
Air - it's more important than just breathing...
My family now live in a post PC house - we have a combination of iOS and Android devices, and they serve our needs very well. If I'm being open then I also have a Linux server (Network services, including VPN) and a FreeNAS - but those are using old hardware to do the job of an appliance.
Pages and Keynote on the iPad are a bit limited compared with their PC versions, but they still do the job well for the professional author/speaker in the family. Google docs serve personal documentation needs quite well on both sides of the OS fence.
The one thing we can't do at the moment... manage music on the iPod classic.
I'd happily pay £30 (seems to be the going rate) for a dongle to connect the iPad to the iPod and manage it's music that way (remember the FreeNAS box for central storage), but for some reason it's not an option.
Pretty much that one single requirement is going to push us into buying a PC, which will (almost certainly) be a mac mini (our first ever mac) - so I guess they have their marketing right, or rather MS have it SO badly wrong...
PS - Yes I could probably use gtkPod or equivalent, but to achieve a sustainable WAF it has to be iTunes...
Hopefully they'll bring many of the missing features to the iOS versions -they're good, but they're a touch limited compared with the desktop versions...
Re: Interface (Verb)
No - it means make it think it's in a plane.
Oh, and don't let the avionics decide that at zero feet above ground level you've crashed, and should therefore shut down the engine...
Re: “advance the bold vision”
"Ribbon has (by and large) won users over"
All the users who have an extra couple of inches of monitor they don't actually want to use? I still hate it. I can never find what I want to use any more - I'm always hunting for functionality.
Re: 5G WHY at All ?
I'd quite like to see it used for broadband - much easier to deploy than "better copper" or fibre...
Just pop an antenna array onto your chimney and point it at the local base station.
Also likely to get better choice of providers and more reliable service (given how bad my copper often is)
There are quite alot of these devices around.
They have power, they have elevation, they are more densely clustered in highly populated areas - cover the vast majority of "places where people are"...
Is it just me that thinks they'd make a good network for mini/micro.../atto cells - with a secondary mesh network connecting them together.
A national network of these, wholesaling out peering links (with authentication and subscriber authentication handled by the "ISP"). I know the concept of BT MkII is unattractive, but it has to beat trying to roll out 4 identical networks with high coverage...
There are two units of mass - the ton and the tonne.
They are quite similar, but not the same. It's not a question of spelling, but when one is talking about several of them per teaspoon you can take your pick.
In ElReg units...
1 ton is ~ 215 jugs
1 tonne is ~ 238 jugs
Is it just me...
“If I want to access my emails I hold down the button on my earpiece and it will announce 'I'm listening', to which I reply with 'Open Facebook'"
Isn't "Open Facebook" an odd command to use to access email?
I think I'll wait for a while...
To let Wheezy prove it's mettle as a stable release...
Me - an early adopter? Well, OK, sometimes...
A decent email service would help a bit...
If it's a crime in progress then 999 is appropriate, if it's not then it can probably wait a couple of minutes to go into an email.
2 years on...
And I'm planning to keep my HTC Desire HD for another two years....
Who knows what I'll want by then...
Yes, because all technology is first tested in a final state, ready to be used for a random joe public's pet project.
Heck, even trains were initially dismissed as useless, as were cars and computers...
When will we able to define *which* WiFi connection to download apps over
Just because it's wifi, doesn't mean it's unmetered (phone tethers/mifi devices being the most obvious)
What colour was tasty again?
was it green?
Of course you can - you just need to not do lossy compression.
These things come from a small set of bank systems.
They've seen this kind of thing happen before - so why not map all DD messages, only ones you haven't seen before need a human interaction. That would be busy work for a few hours (to look at the historical values) and then only need to deal with exceptions...
How far do you travel in 10 seconds - even at a sedate 20mph?
I hope it's under 10 seconds.
Re: You want to know if it'll work?
Although F1 cars have another couple of pressures (total mass, and total size) which tend to encourage very small flywheels (counter rotating to deal with gyroscopic forces) at very high speeds.
IIRC The Joint European Torus used to use a fairly hefty flywheel to power one of their diagnostic lasers...
Re: RE: There goes the use of in-flight devices....
I always use my kindle during take off, and landing.
Most of the time it's an idle device - when I hit a physical button it reads a little data from memory and pushes it to the e-ink screen.
I'm normally somewhat distracted at the moment of take off (into the clouds at any rate) and from the clouds to touchdown, since I enjoy looking out of the windows - but I've never had a flight attendant say anything to me about the kindle...
Re: We already have a system that you pay more the more you drive...
if only roads were the only cost of motoring.
recent eu study suggested an average subsidy of £815 pa per person in the UK - a little over the EU average of 600.
Does the variable stripe size not make this a much better approach than hardware raid anyway?
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