2267 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
Re: Attitude difference: "pointless"
Are you sure about that, I'm English and see no problem with doing things just because it hasn't been done before.
And I don't believe Everest was conquered in the 1950s by one of the Queen's subjects wearing "Sponsored by Britvic" either.
re: 18 months
"Elementary physics will inform you that the amount of pixels on a sensor is only a measure of the image size, not the quality; for that you need a decent lens."
Actually the number of pixels does relate to the quality, and not in the way you expect. After a while the craze of upmanship produces a sensor with photosites so small the amplification has to be cranked up to see in even moderate light. The more amplification the more noise. More than 4 or 5 megapixels on the tiny sensors they have in phones is pretty pointless.
At least Apple have finally put a flash of sorts on the damn thing, I was getting fed up of facebook pictures ("uploaded from my iphone") of silhouettes!
So at last it's caught up with my old N95... Assuming it has a good lens of course. Mine says Carl Zeiss.
Now we just have to see if this new gift from the gods can actually make it past 4pm without crawling crying to a power socket.
I can't help wondering...
Given that people have been able to break themselves (RSI) using mice, and typing on "real" keyboards, how long will it be before stress fractures start occurring from "typing" on a virtual keyboard which is nothing more than bashing your fingertips against a sheet of expensive glass?
Personally I think he should argue that he didn't actually send a threatening message. To send a message surely you have to have a recipient. Only then can you judge if the message was threatening or not. Sending a message saying "Someone needs to blow up Sainsbury's" could be seen as threatening if sent to Sainsbury's head office, but not if sent to Tesco's head office. In fact Tesco's would probably quietly smile and nod.
He did not send a message. He publicly posted his opinion. Just as if he had hung a sign on the outside of his house, or worn a T-shirt with a slogan on it. He did not send a message to the CAA or Airport authorities.
A yet a crappy phone in TV quiz (on premium rate lines) can become a game of skill, and not a game of chance (aka lottery) by asking questions such as:
The company that make the iPad are?
Well done mate...
Instead of having a ball doing somersaults you've just wasted your time doing a pointless (and predictable) test with an electronic tea tray... And yes, the lady behind was cute - Not that you'd appreciate her yet, you might grow into that kinda thing one day.
I have no idea..
I've never found a reason to turn it on beyond annoying iphone owners.
I'm still firmly of the view that flash is what arty farty designers use because they either can't use HTML and style sheets, or that using them would "negatively impact their art". Either way I don't bother with such sites either on my mobile or on a "real" desktop browser!
So the only part of Flash it can handle is the bit you really don't want, the bl**dy adverts!
Gotta laugh, it's one of the few things I agree with the Jobsworth about. My mobile does do flash, but I turned it off because it never adds anything but bandwidth overhead and clutter.
How exactly are they going to stop this guy from sending images via phones/computer?
He's obviously wised up to pay as you go top ups and will now only use cash, and as for stopping image exchange via the internet... Hahahahaha, too funny, the RIAA have been trying to stop mp3 exchange for how long exactly?
It's voyager... They still haven't realised the universe is actually just a painted backdrop to a cheap alien reality TV show about a fictitious solar system and Voyager bounced off the wall and came back!
I wonder if their voice over has a geordie accent too?
The M$ system is like putting a bit.ly shortcode into a current QR code?
Honestly, I can't see this really taking off. Outside developers aren't going to be interested in a system controlled by M$ (not without some "encouragement"). If M$ had a larger presence in the mobile phone market then there might have been a possibility of almost making people use it, but they don't.
Even Apple, however much they may hype their sales figures (aka only quoting USA) would be hard pushed. Nokia, despite their own attempts at self destruction, are still the mobile heavy-weight, and if they don't read M$ codes (and why should they, their phones quite happily do QR) it's going to be still-born.
There really should be a way us the tax payer can audit the govt and sort out all the back handers and miss management. Has the man really forgotten that he was once the Home Secretary so is therefore partially responsible for this fiasco?
re:...you went toRegent street? Moooooooo....
Reminds me of the O2 late opening iPhone "hype"... I went to my local highstreet (where I could park after 6pm for free) and walked to the O2 store... Man on the door looked excited and went to hand me a numbered ticket. I brushed him aside and wandered into the shop, bought the 8gig MicroSD card I wanted, and wandered off again.
There were more staff that customers.
That's probably to one and only thing I would thank Apple for... Saving me 70p parking when i wanted that memory card for my Nokia... *snigger*
Re your father, mine isn't quite as old as yours, but I wouldn't trust mine with anything made after 1970... He'd have it in bits looking for the valves (vacuum tubes to those in the colonies)!
Delphi is a modern language!
To anyone that hasn't tried it, Delphi is really nice. It's object Pascal.
I came up the commodore PET route, Commodore Basic, then BBC Basic, then 6502 machine code, Z80, a bit of 68000 then 8086, VB, C and Delphi.
Given complete free reign I go straight for Delphi. strictly typed and readable, not like C's compile anything but who knows what it'll do style! And the "please don't make me come back and modify it later" syntax!
It's very hard to write the kind of security flaws we see every day if it had been written in Delphi, 99% of the time it just wouldn't compile. Buffer overflows of strings would be hard to exploit as Delphi has very powerful native string handling that doesn't rely on the programmer keeping tabs on how big his lump of allocated memory is and performing bounds checking manually.
That's not to say you are insulated from the real guts of the machine, you could do it C style if you wanted to, but you'd have to be insane to really want to!
Unfortunately on a day to day basis I have to use C... Oh well, that's microcontrollers for you, but I cringe every time I have to do anything with strings. I might as well be programming in machine code.
If you want to give it a try go, grab FPC (Free Pascal Compiler) and the GUI front end Lazarus. Free and open source for Windows and Linux.
Oh of course...
"Some farmers suggest NATO troops have sprayed their crops with chemicals, but this was rejected by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Antonio Maria Costa."
The USA has never used chemicals/biological agents to destroy plants and crops of an enemy have they...
To be honest I would find them *not* taking advantage of a natural fungus and *not* breeding it up in a lab and then airborne spraying it incompetent!
RE: laptop replacement
"until the iPad, there was no other solution for casual web browser, email reading, quick look up of imdb while watching a movie"
I find that hard to believe as I regularly use my mobile phone to do just what you describe, and you do kinda sound like you'd own an iphone.
I had one of those! Probably the most trouble free immobiliser I have ever had. No batteries to go flat in the fob.
Sounds fair enough to me...
Having batteries in your shoes is a bit odd, and to be honest, asking for trouble. So well done to the x-ray man for actually doing his job and thinking they were worth further investigation.
However, holding him beyond the point where the shoes were found to be innocent is a little heavy handed, but at least there is some logic to the behaviour of the security services this time. Unlike the time I was stopped with a sealed 125g jar of marmite in my hand luggage... Just for the record trying to explain the difference between a liquid volume measure of 100ml and a mass measurement of 125g to a security droid is pointless.
re: "Science isn't fun, It’s just maths in fancy dress"
Well done Skinner, you just slagged off my two favourite, and best, subjects! (Actually back in my day it was Physics and Mathematics, but these days they just throw all the sciences together).
Go back to watching grown men kick round an inflated bit of cow and just switch your head off.
I've ridden one round the Brooklands banking and the Mercedes test track/skid pan... No they don't go fast enough to get the tail end out, although I believe the DIY 24v modified one did before the wheel hub collapsed!
A right giggle, but as practical transport, a joke.
Far too many design shortcuts... If you push them backwards you blow diodes!
Talk about heavy handed.
Wouldn't a quick phone call containing the words "Hello Sir, this is the Police, we've had a phone call from St Jobs, would you mind giving his phone back please?" have done the job?
I see a lot of Apple gear in that inventory of confiscated gear, I hope he remembers how he was treated when it comes to upgrade time...
About bloody time... They had one of these on one of the E series phones, but never put it on the N series.
Forget the megapixels though, the sensor is far too small to see anything except noise. Nokia, keep the Xenon flash, but just put in the 5megapixel camera and lens from the N95/N97, it's perfectly good.
If I want 12mp I'll pick up my Nikon, it has sensor photosites big enough for photnos to get in!
I wonder how they define lifetime... How much would you have to have replaced to qualify as having a nice life... Maybe a liver?
2GB limit, I hope they print that nice and large... If (and I know it's a big if) you did really get 20Mb/s download rate you'd murder that 2GB limit in under 15 minutes!
That's like owning a Ferrari with a 1 gallon fuel tank, and a time lock on the filler cap!
Thanks for the link, that was actually interesting...
I have to wonder about his invented language though, did he make the same howling mistake that Zamenhof made? Namely including the pointless genders for inanimate objects, which serve no purpose other than to reinforce the belief held by every English speaking school boy that all other languages are "stupid". I note that he does include Esperanto in his list, so I'm not hopeful he has learnt from this.
Sufferers from aspergers are famously unable to relate to or put themselves in the shoes of others (namely us pour saps who can't learn a language is a week) so my hopes are really fading very fast...
Actually this might explain the new language, what better way is there of avoiding interacting and relating to others! I guess Esperanto was just too popular for him!
Krakatoa is referred to by name, Mount St Helens, Vesuvius and Etna are also... Yet for reasons I just cannot understand, the current one is just known as "The Icelandic volcano".
And I bet the news casters thought the casualty list from the Polish air disaster was bad enough!
You should see the high ISO HD video shot by the D3S, I wish I still had the link, they did a side by side comparison with various video capable DSLRs. The D3S has the most amazing ability to see in the dark, and even when there is noise it's far more organic and acceptable than the Canon's.
A room full of professional video cameramen and production staff sat there going "WTF?!!!!"
If it's portable and battery powered, the odds are it has an ARM processor in it... Sat-navs (Tomtom), MP3 players (Archos), games (Nintendo DS(i) has an ARM7 *and* an ARM9).
These things are everywhere! I wouldn't be surprised to find there are more ARM core processors running on the planet than Windows operating systems! (And I don't just mean cos half of the windows machines are crashing instead of running!).
/me comes over all patriotic and stands to attention as he starts humming "God save the queen".
As for Apple buying them... God help us all!
I thought that...
...but then I read one of the stories and it says the guy who found it tried ringing Apple several times, even getting as far as raising a ticket number! But that nobody from Apple had called back, so after a couple of weeks he decided to see if anyone else was interested.
I'd say he'd made more than reasonable attempts to return the item, so he should be fine.
ebay might welcome it, but they do sod all to stop it.
This incident was stumbled upon by accident by trading standards!
ebay don't even do basic checks like multiple accounts on the same IP one bidding on an item and the other selling.
They even tried hiding the bidders completely, making all auctions anonymous until there was a huge "you're having a laugh" outcry.
They're on commission after all!
Good grief, they really need to look at the gaps in their panelling!
They should be thankful it was only a cat. a rat or mouse would get through a far smaller hole and chew random cables quite happily. They should thank the cat for keeping the rodents out!
The strain of giving us free reign on the allergic reaction death sentence story has finally proved too much.
I for one welcome our returning 8 inch heel wearing modermatrix... Grrrr!
Opera is very popular on the Symbian platform, has been for years. The Nokia N95 built in browser was always pants, but that didn't matter because Opera Mini worked on it brilliantly. Still does.
If the USA had some Symbian handsets then I'm sure the market penetration would have been far higher by now.
I doubt there is going to much shock at what we are in here...
I predict 99.9% of comments to say
and bullet or knock him out first.
Personally I will buck my own prediction and say he should be lowered, slowly, into a jumbo food mixer and featured on the next episode of "Will it blend".
Keeping a pavement like that working will be a nightmare, what happens the first time a utility company wants to dig it up, you can see the red tape nightmare already can't you. Or alternatively Pierre with his JCB going straight through it and then saying "Le Oooops".
Surely the answer is a combination of "tricks" on the lights themselves.
1) Energy efficient lamp
2) Solar panel
3) Wind generator
4) Deep cycle energy storage
5) Motion detector so lamp is only on when someone needs it.
All those could be built into the street lamps themselves, so direct slot in replacements, not requiring a pavement to be dug up.
If they really want to mess about with the pavements, how about they make them into a solar panel, with inset LEDs and motion detection of some sort (pressure, strain etc) and we can all be Michael Jackson.
US centric figures...
It would be nice to see figures for the whole world, not just the US.
Real world figures would have everyone behind Symbian, which has been powering smart phones since before Apple and Blackberry even thought of making them.
At least this time the article does almost make it obvious they are using US only figures, it's just a pity that with the smart phone market the US view is completely out of sorts with the rest of the world.
Oh well, guess this is what we should expect from a .co.uk website where 90% of the writers appear to live in CA.
Have I used one? Frequently. I know several people with them.
I can only assume that your 1st gen is far better than the 3G and 3GS models my friends have. They seem to be constantly getting into each others cars and asking if they can borrow the car charger, or in the case of my iphone owning brother, pinching one of my power sockets every time he pops round to visit.
I really must rewire my 13A sockets across two phases... 415V of AC goodness up the fruit device.
It's like the UFO shots you see... Nobody who has any photographic ability sees a UFO.
Same goes for this creature, there are no reference points for size. This thing could be anywhere between the size of a rat and an elephant, there's no way to tell...
Although I'm erring on the side of rat... A bald one.
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