2361 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
@Toastan Buttar was Re: Z80 vs 6502?
Blimee, you really have developed no ability to banter in all these years? You really must have been a hoot at the local computer club in the 80s.
And you call me a prick.
Z80 vs 6502?
Well the 6502 wins of course... My Beeb still works... How's your dead-flesh keyboard toy? :-p
Curiously enough I recently corrected an implementation of Bresenham’s algorithm, it was on an ATmega chip, which has comparable storage and grunt to the 80's home computers, although the monochrome 128x80 pixel LCD panel is slightly below the resolution of the Spectrum.
It looks like the days of vaguely trusting companies is now at an end...
My home network shall be changing from a black list configuration to white list.
Although a proxy which modifies any messages from the TV to those domains to include nothing but profanities is very tempting...
Oh, and LG, I was just about to purchase one of your smart TVs... guess what, I won't be now, the Rasp Pi will be taking care of all the smart stuff from now on.
Re: Brightness schmightness
I saw that, and the following sentence which stated you could turn it up higher..
I then translated the original El Reg paragraph into "The default brightness is lower than Samsung".
And then replied to my own translation with "and so what?"
Eight megapixels isn't as good as some of the competition...
Oh please, the megapixel number is pure willy waving, but with even less to back it up.
Over a certain threshold (about 5Mpixel in my books), there simply is nothing to be gained by going higher on a phone camera. Lets face it, you're not producing an A0 billboard picture. I'd be amazed if the pictures you take ever get any further than facebook/G+.
In fact less pixels can be good for low light images. If the sensor is a constant size, the photosites will be bigger. Meaning they will catch more of those elusive low light photons, making them easier to detect without having to resort to amplification and its associated noise.
To put things into perspective, a 1080 HD TV image is only 2Mpixel - Oh dear, have I just done an "apple retina" job on you? Can you now not see your monitor? Does the entire desktop look like Mine Craft all of a sudden?
So please, don't judge cameras on megapixel alone, there are so many more things it depends on. If not then I challenge you to produce a better photo with an xyz Zillion pixel phone camera of your choice, and I'll use a far lower pixel count device I have in the draw.
It's made by Nikon.
I took a Nikon DSLR, threw away the lens, drilled a hole in the body cap, covered that with foil, and stuck a pin through it.
Who needs AF, although the metering is somewhat upset by the experience...
Has anyone seen where my nifty 50 went?
I saw the interview at the weekend, and from what I remember, he didn't blame either side, he was very diplomatic and non pot like.
El Reg is just trolling you.
I like Woz
I saw the interview over the weekend. He speaks sense.
He's an engineer and an end user, he just wants things to "just work" (is that the sound of 101 trademark lawyers sharpening their pencils?). He doesn't want all the office politics getting in the way of making cool things.
Which is the way it should be.
The patent system (especially the US implementation of it) is fatally flawed. The Chinese, with their complete disregard for trademarks and copyright, are starting to look like they've got the right idea, they can copy all the features they want, and their courts just throw any claims against Chinese companies. Rather like the US system, but without even the slightest pretence at looking impartial!
Sure the US will ban anything they make from being offloaded at port, and the EU will do what it's told by the US, but the Chinese won't care. They'll have the best phones, and the biggest market. China.
Re: Shock Horror...
Without knowing the actual numbers involved, this could all fall down within statistical error.
In fact given that both the figures quoted are <1%, I think you'd be very brave to try to deduce trends and patterns of these tiny figures.
Mr Anonymous has perhaps extracted the only meaningful information this provides.
I've got an old HTC Desire Z/G2, which they abandoned on Gingerbread with all their Sense cruft...
I've actually got it running a vanilla Jellybean 4.2 rom at the moment, and it's smoother than it ever was with the HTC roms!
4.4 will be out on the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 within the next few weeks.
You can't blame Google for the shortcomings of the other phone manufacturers if they don't get their act together. The source is freely available.
As for some of the older Nexus models, it appears a lot of the problem comes from the chipset manufacturers, some of which have actually stopped making mobile chipsets altogether (Ti), and had supplied the previous firmware in binary blobs, which aren't compatible with the newer kernel.
Damn lucky on two fronts...
1) The phone stopped the bullet.
2) Lucky the battery (look how deformed it is) didn't catch fire!
Re: nice business oportunity
Yup, perfect opportunity for the loudest water taxi service you can think of, running every 15 minutes.
I believe Sir Christopher Cockerell came up with just the machine for this...
Or maybe Top Gear's spin on it might be even better...
You say that, but I did actually see a 5S on the tube on Sunday... It was gold!
It looked pretty horrible TBH!
Re: How does this make them money?
Shhhhh! Keep quiet!
The whole tech industry relies on you not mentioning the king is naked!
After finally finding the correct youtube link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yvTIbN9awI , all those videos tell me is how terrible the quality of CCTV is.
You can't even read the registration plate letters which are 3 inches tall!
Re: Mfg don't seem to get it. The search for vulnerabilities *will* take place.
"The word will get round if you kit is s**t."
Unfortunately it'll only get round tech circles.
The cheap kit will still be available, and bought by the most vulnerable (shoppers at PC world).
The more tech savvy would have rendered themselves immediately immune by turning off WPS as a matter of course.
47 minutes, I salute you sir...
A couple of techie friends and I have a running competition, and you've just come out of nowhere an gone into the lead.
I partially blame myself for this as I don't seem to get any calls any more... Possibly down to TPS registration, but more likely due to how I ended my 32 minute call... With manic laughter and abuse.
Pity really... Since then I set up the world's most borked virtual XP machine ready for them to remotely access (this was the stage we had reached in my 32 minute call), but they never call :-(
Re: I don't think it's fair...
Good grief don't let the Americans loose with the warning labels.
They're already reminded of the bleedin' obvious with the old "objects in the rear view mirror..." printing.
Can you imagine if they label every hazard?
Every door opening "Danger, do not shut fingers in door".
Every window "Do not lick glass when cold"
Every air vent "Do not stick fingers in air vents"
Rear seats could be woven with "Do not look at these whilst you are driving" in the cloth.
Then again, maybe all children should be labelled "These may distract you from driving. Remember to always gag and immobilise".
I had to take the moggy to see the vet the other day... Whilst she was having her temperature checked in a most undignified way, I looked the other way...
Toward the LCD screen on the desk... Hmmm, looks old... Closer look at start menu icon...
Windows 98 at best (could have been 95).
XP is still a dream to some!
They are trying to sort out their finances...
What better way than to line up one of the most profitable companies in the world for failure to comply?!
It's not evasion, it's avoidance.
The latter is completely legal, and lets face it, what we would all do given half the chance.
All they've done is followed the rules HM Gov set out. They've just got a good accountant. You wouldn't seriously expect them to ignore the good accountant and get a shit one that makes them pay more than they legally have to would you?
I'm sure there is some far more criminal tax dodging going on by members of the house.
Apple maps still lol...
Just performed my standard test on the just updated office iPad...
Maps still terrible.
If you don't believe me, go and find Reigate, Surrey, UK.
Think you have? Nope, that's Redhill...
"lack overseas islands to house forward surveillance stations"...
They could always try to set up an empire in Panama...
Re: 23 year old estate agent
He's probably holding up some house sale... But at least those concerned now know where to find him, which is a step of from searching all the local golf courses.
Re: Not considered a drying rig ?
Is there an option to have a remote power source for the GoPro 3? So you could keep those batteries nice and warm (or at least not frozen) with the rest of the electronics?
Re: next update
It would be nice if Mr Thumbs down actually expanded on his displeasure and explained how they do track said rover without a GPS system, network of cell towers, road signs... Or does the robot arm also contain a sextant?
Re: next update
Actually that does raise a question...
We're all very familiar with track maps like that here on earth, but that's because we can always tell where we are thanks to the orbiting satellites... But they're orbiting Earth, not Mars, so not much use there.
So how do they track the location of the Rover? I can only assume by dead reckoning, not exactly a million miles from a Logo turtle with left 45 forward 100... And we all know how quickly that become inaccurate!
Re: Rolling diameter
The lack of feel would be my major gripe.
Just try the Microsoft tablet folio keyboard on their tablet to see just how horrible a flat, dead keyboard can be!
Rolling diameter would be useful to know, plus its ability to withstand swatting flies.
Re: Oh, great!
1 - Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft to....
Like he ever left!
Somewhere, I'm sure I made a post predicting this exact outcome, I may have even made a date prediction, I'll have to check to see if I can become a high paid business analyst.
Re: Tethering will be blocked
The whole tethering issue gets my back up.
If I have a contract with X Gig of data, what difference does it make how I consume it?
I thank Apple for this... I tethered mobile phones for years, by serial, IR etc, nobody says a thing... Then the iPhone comes along and has tethering as a paid for option... It's been downhill from there!
A rather eclectic selection of countries. I was expecting to see the usual favourite destination for UK travellers of France, Spain etc...
But thinking about it for a second I realise what they've done here is grab a good headline, but without too much risk of people using the service too much!
Wooo, big swings of reaction there! To those with a sense of humour which hasn't been gelded from prolonged expose to political correctness, glad to be of service...
To the others....
Are there any ladies here?
No...No.. *cough* NOOOO NOOOO
This explains why he blabbed so much!
Re: Be careful Chris
This is reminding me of the Kent Photographer who was held under terror laws for taking pictures of a fish and chip shop in Chatham.
They love their catch-all powers don't they.
Re: NFC does make more sense
I think it might be you... I've never had a problem on the three phones I've tried it with, but then those 3 phones were all Android, and Android is rather noticeable by its absence in your list.
Re: Portion of time in solitary confinement ..
"That by Manning's own admission he said and acted out in a manner which caused them to extend his time on a suicide watch?"
I think you'll find that people will sign and confess to all sorts of things if you prevent them from getting some proper sleep for several months on end. It's a well known brainwashing and torture technique.
There are many other ways of preventing a prisoner from committing suicide which don't involve waking him ever 30 minutes. In fact if he had found a way to commit suicide, what use is checking every 30 minutes anyway? if he had found a means to end it all, it would be well and truly over in a few minutes.
Re: Portion of time in solitary confinement ..
The US continues it "fight on terror" (tm) by continuing to abuse the rights of a prisoner and disregarding the Geneva convention whenever it feels like it.
Curious the US signed both Protocol I relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts and Protocol II relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts in 1977, but have failed to ratify either in the 30+ year since...
And there are some absolute gems in there which the US has failed to agree to be bound by...
Articles 51 and 54 outlaw indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations, and destruction of food, water, and other materials needed for survival. Indiscriminate attacks include directly attacking civilian (non-military) targets, but also using technology such as biological weapons, nuclear weapons and land mines, whose scope of destruction cannot be limited. A total war that does not distinguish between civilian and military targets is considered a war crime.
Articles 56 and 53 outlaw attacks on dams, dikes, nuclear generating stations, and places of worship. The first three are "works and installations containing dangerous forces" and may be attacked but only in ways that do not threaten to release the dangerous forces (i.e., it is permissible to attempt to capture them but not to try to destroy them).
Articles 76 and 77, 15 and 79 provide special protections for women, children, and civilian medical personnel, and provide measures of protection for journalists.
Articles 43 and 44 clarify the military status of members of guerrilla forces. Combatant and prisoner of war status is granted to members of dissident forces when under the command of a central authority. Such combatants cannot conceal their allegiance; they must be recognizable as combatants while preparing for or during an attack.
Article 35 bans weapons that "cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering," as well as means of warfare that "cause widespread, long-term, and severe damage to the natural environment."
Article 85 states that it is a war crime to use one of the protective emblems recognized by the Geneva Conventions to deceive the opposing forces (perfidy).
What a nice country.
They're not alone though... Iran hasn't ratified it either.
Remakes of 80s shows are nearly always dire.
US remakes of popular UK shows always are dir.
That's dire ^2
The daft thing is there are actually some good original US TV series... They could do worse than resurrect Push Daisies which got chopped before its time thanks to the writers strike, maybe Ned could touch Windows RT?
@JDX - Was Re: @Pete 2
Ah yes, whereas BB contestants have to actually fail a psychiatrists check up to ensure that as the series goes on they become more and more deranged.
Unfortunately after using all that professional skill to find these freaks, they release them back into the general population at the end! Please can't we shoot them as another planet? (landing parachutes optional).
Re: They *all* sound like ideal candidates
I'm sure we could get most of the ex UK big brother candidates to sign up for a colony on the Sun.
Shorely shom mistake...
I'm sure you mean "content-free"
I work with guys who do that in Delphi blocks...
If condition then begin
Really annoys me.
if condition then
Is far nicer. Sure they save a line, but they complain if I use
if condition then single_stuff;
So they can't claim space saving!
Is there any kind of Markdown or formatting we can use in these comments, code just gets split into paragraphs!
Why write a text guide for humans to read, why not write a python script that will format the source to their standard?
I had to do this for my A-level computer science project... My tutor complained my code didn't have enough white-space. To my mind it had the perfect amount of white-space, just enough for the BBC Micro interpreter to identify token keywords from variable names.
So I wrote a program which took my code and converted it to code with more spaces.
Tutor was impressed, and asked why I hadn't written it like that before... So I loaded up the new space filled program and typed "RUN"...
"Out of memory" came the reply... :-D
Re: Am I missing something?
Don't forget, I'm sure the 240GB will be "decimal" 1000bytes to the K, 1000K to the M, 1000M to the G too...
So by the time that's factored in the true storage to the IT geek mind is 1.75TB.
But that's not such a good headline grabber is it!
Re: I wonder what these people get from threatening people
What they get is TV, Radio and www coverage.
It seems that in this day and age, the old adage of "Ignore them and they'll go away" has been completely forgotten.
Trolls and their kin exist purely from attention, so stop giving it to them then, and get back to investigating and reporting on corrupt politicians, because they certainly don't like that kind of attention.
You might want to proof read before hitting submit... ;-)
@Fink-Nottle Re: Best use for voice control in cars
And that will stop the US patent office from issuing a new patent how exactly?!
Re: Plastic iPhone?
I wonder which shade of yellow it will go when it gets hot?
Re: Pretty remarkable "justice"
I thought the Nuremberg trials said that "Just following orders" was no defence for war crimes... So it should follow that reporting war crimes can't be a crime.
Disgusting, but unfortunately normal, service from the US legal system.
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