3272 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
But no SD card install?
This isn't an iPhone ffs. If it can't install to SD then I might as well not bother. That half gig or so of internal storage in an Arc S runs out fast when you get idiot developers who think Android is still stuck at version 1.6.
Still, it is a beta after all.
Yup. I remember finding this out myself. Basically TTL chips like to run between 4.8 and 5.2v. I remember the tutor saying how wonderful CMOS technology was because you can run some of the chips on damn near anything from less than 3v up to 18v or so.
That said, I wouldn't want to take the chance on the phone's built-in power management being so smart. Regulator ICs are cheap and pretty efficient, and the phones are probably built in the same place as the chargers, after all!
Well, you might only need two if the beacons are just acting as locators, so long as the robot can't get to the other side of the line between them and confuse itself. I'm wondering how doable it is to have each beacon mark out the vertices of a polygon that describes the boundary of the lawn though. Stick a light on top and make them look like solar garden decorations.
If each beacon can talk to the others and they can triangulate their positions relative to each other, then they can chat with whatever system is aboard the lawnbot. Maybe even in real-time, so you can move the beacons around mid-mow and define areas where you can sit and enjoy your G&T while watching the mechanized underling beavering away in its half of the garden.
Like I said though, however you design the positioning system of this thing, I think it would be prudent to have a SONAR or RADAR system on the lawnbot itself for detecting obstacles. Nothing fancy, just a kit or COTS box that you point at something and it gives you a varying signal depending on whether it's pointing at anything and how close it is. Stick it on a stepper motor for 360 degree detection, and possibly hack it up with an MP3 player to provide random BOFHisms and threats toward whatever ankles, cats or plant pots get in the way.
About as reliable as it is in the parking alarm sensor sat next to a chugging exhaust system. Or, in an old TV remote competing with the din coming out of the loudspeaker.
I can't see why it wouldn't work, myself. Couple of locator beacons on the lawn boundaries effectively broadcasting small signatures to say "I am boundary vertex number 0x0001", and some transducers (or a single rotating transducer pair) on the mower sending out a simple ping every 20ms or so and listening for the reply. The former lets the mower know where it is, the latter lets it avoid unexpected pets, toys and test engineers. So long as they are taller than the grass, of course.
Of course for extra propellorheadedness, make the whole system self-setting. Plonk the boundary beacons in, they talk to each other, find out their relative positions automatically, and feed that to the mower's onboard computer to tell it what part of the mowing boundary each beacon represents.
Then patent the lot and become the next Dyson. Muahahaha, etc.
Something like this. Can have some transducers on the lawn boundaries broadcasting identifiers, along with maybe some kind of rotating transducers atop the bot working as a SONAR beacon for detecting unexpected cats, dogs and legs.
Re: No decent droid handsets at £150
I think you just haven't been looking hard enough. Once you get past the sub-£80 600Mhz ARM11 almost-a-smartphones, you can pick up a decent handset running a decent, official revision of Android for much less than that price. Hell, the Sony-so-it's-expensive Xperia Mini is still being sold in Tesco for a shade under £125, if you fancy a phone with a slidey keyboard. Anything 2.x is not going to be shabby, will support the vast majority of all market apps, and you can always install Launcher 7 if you absolutely must have a launcher with mahoosive buttons^Wtiles. Pretty sure you can get some Gingerbreads for the price of a Lumia.
Or is this a ploy to get some commentards to do your shopping for you? Sneaky Spartacus, go do your own Googling.
It's fashionable to diss Russell Brand...
...and in some ways he deserves it.
However, if I was being stalked by creepy assholes with cameras, day in, day out, hunting for some more shit to stir up, I might be tempted to give them something like this to print myself. I'd have at least used the concrete floor and followed it up with a few good, grinding footstamps though. Just to make sure.
That mean a little hamlet south of Wigan is going to have to change its name from Bamfurlong?
Re: Paper is a rubbish format.
But I can read a book without switching it on. Doesn't demand that I download the latest version of the English language either. Or become unreadable because everyone has moved to Book v3.2.
Yep, digital information is more conveniently searchable. It's hardly a good archive format though.
Re: Paper is a rubbish format.
That's a bit like saying your car has a digital original because it was designed in a CAD program?
Like I say, presumably there will still be a print button.
Re: History almost repeating ...
It wouldn't be the first time.
Re: Paper is a rubbish format.
The problem with being digital-only is that bit-rot and the tendency of late to DRM everything to death tends to act faster and much more efficiently than physical rot in rendering information unreadable.
Still, I guess there's a "print" button.
So does this mean...
...that I could finally be able to send somebody with an iDevice a file?
Re: Sod them
I will buy games though. Just not games with mandatory Steam registration, or by EA, or Ubisoft.
Apparently my money isn't good enough for them and they want me to create accounts? More forgettable usernames and passwords on more hackable servers, an implication that I'm a pirate and a bunch of shite installed alongside the game to go with it? It's a toy, ffs. Either you give me something that works without a load of shit installed, or I buy elsewhere.
Showed the world you could put a game on an optical disk.
Sega Mega CD? Amiga CD32?
Re: games vs cars
Run the servers? Maybe for an MMO that you pay per month for anyway.
Most "multiplayer" games rely on one of the players running the server, and yes that includes the rip-off Xbox Live service. Never seen the "migrating host" message on COD when some kiddy spits his dummy out and switches their machine off halfway through a match when they are the host?
False argument. When the devs are running the servers, you tend to pay for them.
So in-app purchases now have to go through a shite payment processor that doesn't accept my bank card, and then gobbles 30%?
Yes. Requires a backlash.
So someone could be sued for giving a news site more hits?
I guess this is about aggregators copying the whole article, but the way this is worded seems perverse.
Depends on permissions.
Haven't updated any of the Angry Birds games since they started demanding more than Internet access. If this is more of the same then, well there are already gravity games on the Market^WGoogle Play.
Could be worse.
Multi User Forth.
: main "Yes really, multi user. Share the insanity!" me @ swap notify ;
Partly for the garden shed engineering angle, partly because it would make a good seal, and partly you're mixing LOHAN, REHAB and a lot of lube.
Might help to have some feedback as well, if you're trying to make the forums more self-moderated (ie: users can banhammer each other). Having a flag next to the post in the Your Posts list with "X number of people have reported this post" or similar might promote a more graded response than "you posted something shit, you're lolbanned."
I'll upvote you just for being pedantic...
...and raise you a "Android isn't even the OS, that's Linux. Android is a whacking great stack of software running on Linux, the visible part you see of which is the Dalvik virtual machine and whatever launcher is running."
But yes, the permissions model does need a bit of a remodel.
Probably for adverts.
So here's a suggestion: PERMISSION::ADVERTS, PERMISSION::ADVERTS_GPSLOC, PERMISSION::ADVERTS_TOWERLOC, plus any others that are specifically related to the advertising framework you're using.
Now offer users a central control panel with checkboxes that say "Yes, adverts can know my location", "Yes, adverts can read my contacts", and any other permissions that Adwords and other approved advertising companies might use. I say this because "approved advertising companies" is better than "whatever advertising companies the local monopolies commission says you HAVE to work with".
Make sure the user can always turn all checkboxes off. Doesn't stop an advert-funded app displaying adverts, just that they would be more like billboards and less like a personalised sales pitch.
Does anybody remember the utter stink that Go!Zilla and Aureate kicked up? It wasn't just because of the ad banner.
Re: Non-eco eco car
I have to wonder why they don't use a bog standard Fork Lift Truck battery connector or similar. If that thing can stand a 3500Ah 72V lead/acid battery dumping enough current into the hydraulic motor to lift two and a half metric tons into the air, it can stand an E car.
Not using it for a while? Flip bonnet/boot, grab both side of connector and yank sharply. Problem solved.
Re: I cant help it but...
Also read up on the history behind the name of Donkey Kong. Quite the complex interplay of translation cock-ups happened for that one.
Right Wing Good Left Wing Bad
The only thing the nazis thought "must be done" about the poor was either using them to build roads or giving them a free shower session, yaknow?
The BNP is right wing. So is Combat 18. Just to throw some perspective on the above post.
And what's more...
...I don't have to put on a faux American accent to help it understand me. It gets my unique mixture of South-east, Midlands and Lancashire quite accurately.
Google Voice Search
"Pubs in Manchester"
...followed by a list of search results. Took about 10 seconds, though I guess it would be faster if you are in an area with better mobile coverage.
"The register we never actually said siri would work in the UK."
...followed by a search page with this article on top. Even got it despite the title not being exactly what I said.
"The register Chad H besides the point"
I'll let you guess what that comes up with.
Come on Apple. Keep up, won't you?
I MUST WHIP MY TITTIES OUT, IT'S NATURAL.
So is having a dirty big shit.
I'd rather F Microsoft...
...by not giving them money.
Yay and nay.
On the one hand, most Linuxes (Linices?) can be a bit obtuse. On the other hand, you don't install Windows Server or HPC edition on a netbook unless you want pain.
Maybe he should try using a "desktop" Linux? Probably will still give him reason to rant, but at least we won't have experts and neckbeards saying that's how it's supposed to be and you should edit /some/fucking/text.file if you want it to behave nicely.
Re: Linus is right... as usual.
Must think of Soviet Russia joke, must think of Soviet Russia joke...
Typos post you?
vX or later...
"Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Program specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any later version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation. "
Doesn't seem like a problem to me. You choose what version you want to follow, if there is a "any later version" clause. That's a damned sight more friendly than many licenses, and I don't see how the GPL is any worse than spending a lot of time and effort creating something just to have Microsoft, Apple or some other troll tell you it infringes on some imaginary "Intellectual Property" of theirs. You want to call something a virus? Go chat to those nice chappies at Redmond. They've been infecting open source software for years now.
Re: Re: Horseshit
I'm just trying to get the image of "rich, creamy" horse shit out of my head.
I mean, was it sampled for taste and consistency?
The usual call to...
...destroy all software and method patents. Every single one. Burn the whole sodding system to the ground because it benefits nobody except the lawyers.
And no, I don't care how much you or your business paid for a portfolio of vapour.
Re: Re: Low-end Androids
Uhm, £300 is not "cheap".
Neither is £160, but it's still almost half the price of your "cheap" Microsoft phone. Probably runs more smoothly too.
...the only data that stands a chance of getting deleted as opposed to Streisanded (new word of the day?) is the same data that is exempt from the rules?
Re: Re: Can you not get "real" helium?
I think the objections to hydrogen are more to do with things exploding and singeing eyebrows at ground level. That said, if we can suggest a foolproof way of remotely filling and releasing a hydrogen launcher... Oh go on, Lester. Make it happen.
Can you not get "real" helium?
That picture there looks like balloon gas to me. I think it's about half helium, and half air. Much less lifting capacity, which means having to inflate the balloon more, which means it bursts at a lower altitude. False economy and all that.
Re: Re: Re: "Windows is dead."
I figured I'd get one or two penguins telling me that they've never touched a Windows install. THis is The Register after all, however when I say "people I know", I mean people I actually know, and I don't know many computer scientists.
Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a far-from-retired mature student, studying a BSc(hons) in Computer Games Technology. As much as I might like to use Eclipse/GCC for everything, and indeed have so far, there is only so far you can go without a Windows installation available. I'm not sure what programming in C#, XNA and .NET are like under Linux, but at some stage I'm going to have to use them (at arms length, with surgical gloves, we have an OO Design prof who adores Microsoft) and I don't want to jeopardise my chances of a 70%+ score on spending all my time trying to hammer a Microsoft technology into a platform that Microsoft hates with a vengeance.
But hey, give it a few years. If Ubuntu Software Cent(re|er) is as easy to make paid apps for as the other app stores, you'll more than likely see my stuff on it. Linux is a lot less of a headache to develop for than the same stuff on Windows, at least on the scale I'm working at.
(but I still have a Windows 7 partition, mostly for playing games)
Re: "Windows is dead."
83.62%? Really? I wonder how those figures were arrived at, because I don't know a single person with a computer who does not also have a copy of Windows.
Even the Mac-heads, with Bootcamp.
Re: Re: Re: @Vic
That slip ball is there to measure acceleration forces, so therefore uses acceleration. It still doesn't know where "down" is, which is what anything connected to a control surface, robot or human, needs to know if it doesn't want to become a lawn dart.
That's why aircraft have artificial horizons kept in place with gyroscopes and other funkiness. If you don't know your orientation, you can't fly.
Besides which, LOHAN will have some kind of readily available autopilot on board anyway. That's if Lester doesn't just want to use a really long string and a slight angle from the vertical, which seems to be the KISS option.
Re: Re: Ridiculous spurt.
Though I really hope a Q class is feasible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuKKzG-JFWw
And I wonder how many of those surveyed said...
..."screw all this Facebook shite, if I want a website I'll build one"?
I mean you can't be a Facebook user and be all that concerned about your privacy.
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