1273 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008
I have some cheap NFC tags from eBay (about a fiver for twelve, if I remember correctly) which I have stuck around the place. So when I sit down at my desk, or in my car, or go to bed, or sit in front of the TV, I touch the phone to the NFC tag and it sets up a complete profile relevant to that location.
Would I miss it if it wasn't there? Probably not. Is it a good use of the technology? Very much so.
It's not about trusting the computer.
The computer needs to do a better job than the meatsack is doing currently. Which, given KSI figures on the roads, a ZX-81 programmed by a primary-school child could probably do.
Re: Have an upvote for the common sense!
"Common sense" and maths in the same breath? Boy, are you in for a surprise...
Well, I guess that about wraps it up for climate research. Thanks for opening our eyes to what a waste of time trying to understand the world around us is.
Re: Old film reader?
Ah, but this had to be a *military spec* film scanner.
Which is like a home one, but 20 times the price, of course.
Re: "Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."
Sure, I got that. That's not really a change in technology, though, it's just a minor change in the assumptions made by the software.
"Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."
You don't really mean that, do you? 'cos it's crap.
Re: time to seperate switching amplification and processing
I think a lot of TVs can achieve this already, having an optical output that can act as passthrough for whichever HDMI input is active at the time. I've not got around to trying this on my current TV, but the theory looks good, and if it works it'll simplify things enormously.
China United Network Communications
Ohhhh, *so* close!
Re: Geckos! Frozen Geckos!
What flavour are they?
Re: Give it all to us ..
Well, yes, in the short term, you have a point.
But all the services you refer to are just data, is the bottom line. So in the long term, it's *way* more efficient to dedicate as much frequency space as possible to providing data services, and then sending the audio/visual stuff as data. One data connection can cover all the FM radio, TV channels, point-to-point voice, and other services that you want.
Sure, the transition needs handling carefully. But to hold up the whole thing because of some notion that a handful of 50-year-old TV sets must have suitable free-to-air transmissions is not a good reason to not do it.
Mostly they do. Pretty much every cable I have has the "USB" marking on the top. This isn't perfect, there are some very few odd-ball PCs with the USB ports upside-down, and some PCs live on their sides, but it's a good enough rule of thumb to get the insertion right first time 98% of the time.
Re: Oh crap
Nope, quite the opposite. Virtualisation simplifies and smoothes most installations. Do you have any actual real-world experience of it in action?
Re: "If your smart"
Oh, come on! It's like shooting fish in a barrel...
Is it the year of Linux on the desktop again?
My Galaxy S3 does wireless charging quite happily, with cheap off-the-shelf parts from eBay.
That is all...
Re: The heat is on?
The temperatures are going up. Anyone claiming they are not does not understand how to draw a trend on a graph, or, worse, is deliberately choosing to draw the trend onto a small subset of the graph to prove their point.
However, the increase has slowed somewhat, probably because more heat energy is going into the oceans, which are (as I understand it) warming faster than was expected. This is not a good thing.
Re: A Physicist and a Chemist
I'm not sure I care much for the implicit assumption that a person's skills and views begin and end with their degree, to be honest. Personally, I try and learn and develop throughout life, and even if I had gone to university, it would now be two and a half decades in my past.
"So we can see..."
Erm, no, we can see no such thing, from the facts presented. You'll have to try harder than that.
Re: Heavy readers
That was my first thought, but then I factored in the audio books, which I consume at a prodigious rate whilst commuting. That might swing it, for me.
I have just instigated a campaign to get the use of the word "metadata" back on track. The heinous misuse to mean "bits of data stored in the header of other data" has been irking me for a while, and I just recently realised that this re-definition of a technical term is at the heart of the recent surveillance unpleasantness.
<Peers over glasses>
That word "Emergency". You keep using it. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Re: Alien Overlords
Re: Well, well.
Goodness. Three downvotes for two of the most innocuous, content-free posts I have ever posted anywhere. Strange ol' game, this...
Re: Well, well.
The filters at my office.
It's amazing what one can get through the content filters here...
Re: Perhaps people do not like porn
How veeeery interestink.
I think we are making some real progress here. Now, tell me about your mother?
Re: Am I the only one...
I wasn't thinking of using them in arrays, just as a simple standalone bulk storage to replace things like mid-range NAS boxes. My Thecus currently has 16TB usable space, you could easily get 2-3 times that on a single 5.25" half height device using modern platters and control mechanisms.
Am I the only one...
...who would like to see what they could build in a 5.25" full height device using modern technologies? Or even half height, for ease of fitting to modern cases?
OK, it'd be slow, but for things like bulk video storage it would be hard to beat.
Re: "Snowy, Mounty and Mavy"?
C'mon, dude! Have you no self-respect?
In-car wireless charging
Plenty of generic dashboard or windscreen phone holders with Qi coils built in on eBay.
I modified the phone tray in my car by gluing the guts of a Qi charging pad underneath instead. Very pleasing, I hate having wires trailing all over the place.
Failure of Imagination Error in Line 1 - ReDo from start.
You should be able to program it to encourage you to masterbate more often. It's a motivational device, right?
Re: "If, big if, the oil starts to run low"
Um, "If"? It's a finite resource, which we're burning through at a quite astonishing rate. How are you proposing to re-stock the reserves?
Re: I hate...
They may *think* they have done so, but the really, really nice thing about the Internet is that it is supremely good at bypassing the middle-man. Sure, the sheep will continue to use YouTube without questioning any changes to the content, but the rest of us can do what we like, discovering excellent new music direct from the bands, and from our friends and family by personal recommendation.
Perhaps I'm missing something fundamental here, but why don't the US authorities simply convert the bitcoins to dollars via the normal route?
"more relevant to their interests"
Absolutely. And I'm insterested in a future fantasy world in which I never have to see another advert. Be a dear and make it so, would you, Facebook?
Re: I want a high speed version of 10base2
The whole CSMA/CD system that 10base2 uses starts to break down quite badly at very low traffic speeds. This was why 4Mbps Token Ring would piss all over 10Mbps Ethernet back in the day, as soon as you got a few systems using the network in a spirited fashion.
It's the detail of that copulation that the researchers....have drilled into.
Oh, I say! Well played, Sir, well played!
Re: Wasted IP ranges
Here you go:
Some stand-out figures there. HP have not one, but two /8 ranges. Lots owned by the US military, too. And Haliburton - why on earth would a medium sized civil engineering firm need their own /8?
Re: someone's got to say it
Damn, beat me to it.
ObBond: "What, from over here?"
Re: Yayy !!
Homer? Is that you?
Sound ghastly. Who the hell would buy it? All those compromises to solve problems that only exist in your mind, but which would significantly reduce its usability as a vehicle.
You can say what you like about the guy, but he has a certain style.
Absolutely. Wireless charging is now a non-negotiable requirement for any phone I buy, having had it for a year or so now. A pad by the bed, one by the desk, and a 20 minute modification to my car to add Qi charging hardware under the phone-holding tray in the centre console, and in combination with Bluetooth I need never plug in another cable.
Which isn't just laziness. The one and only phone hardware failure I've suffered in recent memory was a USB port falling apart, so only using them when I absolutely have to makes a lot of sense.
"Irony: Sarcasm for toffs" (c) Billy Connolly
Re: It begins!
Ah, a student of the classics, I see. I salute your eminent refined good taste, Sir!
"Make It Better"
Just how mind-buggeringly, bone-headedly, *stupidly* insensitive do you have to be to give the title of "Make It Better" to a massive programme of sacking people?
I despair, really I do.
Given themselves a hernia, I suspect. Man, but those things were heavy - I've owned cars made from thinner steel. I sold one on eBay a couple of years ago, shipping it wasn't that expensive, but it was difficult to arrange, as it was above the weight limit of most of the headline courier companies.
Go on, then, post your links.
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