206 posts • joined 9 Oct 2008
Re: Playing the blame game
Oh quit it with this line of argument. They're in there so that the signatories to the agreement don't tell the media or publicise the results of the agreement widely, they don't stop reasonable disclosure within immediate family, etc.
The father had a perfectly reasonable expectation that family financial matters would be kept within the family, and that his daughter wouldn't gob it all over the world. Even so, he should have reminded her when he told her, that she couldn't give details. He probably did, but she wanted to brag about her "win by family circumstance". Lesson for parents - don't tell immature offspring anything when there's a lot at stake.
In the end, that $80k was probably just about reasonable recompense for the stress the whole situation (firing, court case, etc) put him through, and she has lost him that with her large gob. What could have been a decent college fund (or parent-funded downpayment on her first house) for her is no longer, so she'll now be racking up the student loans, so hopefully she will learn something from this.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
"The "terms"; ie "the agreement between the two parties", was that he recieves 80K for not disclosing the deal to anyone...... That means "no-one"."
I am almost 100% certain that it doesn't mean immediate family, that would be an unreasonable restriction.
Also, is his daughter old enough to be a party to such an agreement? I doubt it.
I think this man's lawyers have let him down. But not as much as his daughter, who has learned that you don't just gob your mouth off about everything that happens in your family to everyone on a public forum.
I presume this is good for things like wireless video streaming, where you could put your phone/tablet down near to your TV and use it as a lossless wireless display that can actually cope with video, games, etc.
It's only about 120 times faster than my internet connection supposedly is, so it's certainly not for that!
I don't think the motion controller was the worst idea in the world, and certainly it made the Wii a good party console.
But the Wii U's expensive-to-include gamepad certainly is a bad idea, and it's making the Wii U too expensive compared to other options, with little room to reduce the price in the future. Some of that money could have been spent on the lacklustre CPU in the Wii U.
The PS4 is simply so much better, but not vastly more expensive. The Wii U is this generation's Dreamcast ... but will it even sell 10 million in the end?
Maybe it's not too late for Nintendo to release a Wii U sans Gamepad but with a classic controller, drop the price, and ensure popular games can run without the Gamepad present.
"Great" for London-only businesses I guess.
TBH decent internet search has done away with the need for really local domain names.
Maybe there will be subdomains, like putney.london and foresthill.london ... that would let you have really local domains.
God, I can't get excited by this really, I can't even bring myself to use an exclamation mark anywhere.
Re: Great intro to computing
A true great family machine - games for the kids (and at the time they didn't care about 50Hz pixel perfect smooth scrolling, but they did care about lots of colours), but dad could use the excuse of "doing the family finances" too (hence the adverts showing both games and business stuff at the same time) :-)
I did school work in Tasword on my CPC 6128 with DMP2000 printer. More than adequate for essays.
Re: I wrote Maxidos & Procopy
You should check out the CPC Wiki then - http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Main_Page they'd love to hear from someone who wrote such software.
Re: Then they had to persuade people to write software for it!
I presume you worked for Kuma software then :p
Re: I remember those 3" Floppy disks
Indeed so - IIRC Amstrad got the 3" drives cheap from Hitachi because the format was failing.
They kept it alive enough for a double density version to be included in the Amstrad PCW range, although the PCW 9512 used 3.5" disks in the end.
Data exchange was less of a concern because the disc formats were different on all the home computers anyway. The CPC, despite the 3" discs (yes, "discs" :/) did have an option to use CP/M formatting on the drives which actually made the system more compatible in some ways than other computers. And you could always buy an external 3.5" drive.
The article forgets to mention the old PcW16 - this used a 16MHz Z80.
Is there anything actually factually accurate in this post, apart from possibly the assertion that most families bought the green screen version? And indeed, being able to use the computer when mum or dad were watching the TV was invaluable.
The CPC did suffer from Spectrum ports, that's true. But the games that made use of the hardware were far superior and prettier.
The C64 was smoother for games, especially when scrolling was involved, that's true. But it looked crap, and the graphics looked like mud.
The CPC 464 suffered minor slowdown due to the screen display, the C64 did too and managed half the resolution.
The external modulator was rubbish. But as soon as SCART came out you could have a direct RGB signal to your TV very easily. And vice-versa, if you had the colour monitor, you could add an external TV tuner and gain a cheap second TV. I bet even today someone is watching Freeview on a CPC monitor somewhere!
YouView was a dead duck as soon as it was revealed it would be a £200+ set top box.
Since then there have been a ramp of cheap media players with iPlayer and 4od installed - ITV Player often lagging. The cheapest is the £10 Now TV device that is subsidised by Sky I believe, but I don't think there is any obligation to buy Sky's premium content on the device.
Of course the problem is that all of these catchup channels have their own separate applications and UIs. ITV Player's often being the worst (a web portal with a terrible interface, at least on the PS3). Sadly the other half needs to watch Coronation Street on catch-up after the nipper has been put in bed and thus we have to suffer the terrible UI and PS3's screen saver kicking in, which doesn't happen in the native PS3 iPlayer and 4od apps.
So Freeview Connect needs to deliver a single, consistent, usable UI. I suggest they make use of the current excellent iPlayer UI and extend it to host catch-up TV and archive TV from the other channels.
Re: Scary Stuff
So ANPR is a bit rubbish - which suggests the current numberplate system is not ideal.
A QR-code of the numberplate would be quite small, and could be done in the form of a window sticker that is suitably reflective, and can be mounted on the rear and front windscreens (avoiding muddy numberplate syndrome).
ANPR readers should be able to use suitably high resolution cameras that can actually detect these QR-codes in the images.
So all that's required is for the government to issue these QR-codes to everyone in the country, and to make not displaying one an offence. Any image that an ANPR detects doesn't have the QR-code can go to human verification of the number plate and a fine for not displaying it (or for driving with obscured windows).
But yeah, you're not going to sell such tech for a grand a box, are you?
No, Apple license the ARM Instruction Set in the form of an architecture license - in the case of the A7 chip, that's the ARMv8 architecture.
The ARM CPU cores in the Apple A6 and A7 are full custom in-house designs, the first was called Swift and the current one is called Cyclone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_A7
We don't know yet if other architecture licenses (and ARM themselves) also incorporate what this patent describes, and have the appropriate license for the patent if they do. The patent has to be far more specific than "branch prediction with speculative execution" ...
I'm guessing that they bet that corporate IT departments don't choose laptops based upon screen resolution, but all the other factors written about in the article.
But I agree that in a 13.3" laptop, 1366x768 has had its day. 1600x900 would be a good "non-HD screen" target to go for (rather than the 2560x1440 displays).
A real shame for the employees, just before Christmas too. I hope this was done whilst there was enough cash in the bank to pay their final salaries and redundancy.
As for potential purchasers, we have Google as a major company that could do with owning its own hardware company for server uses (and search appliance uses), and of course Facebook (with that employee on the board of Calxeda) would also be interested.
This also shows how hard it will be for AMD to compete in the ARM Server market with their forthcoming ARM server chips, but at least AMD have industry contacts and fabric (Seamicro). Indeed this could be what put investors off sticking another $30m into the company.
Come and Avago if you think you're hard enough!
So what's that £91m in assets that will be fully deprecated in five years? Does it include the hardware within redundant datacentres? Or is it non-reasonable deprecation only?
I am always astonished at the cost of these systems, but when you get large software consultancy firms involved it's hardly a surprise. Poor code at a high price, delivered late and not to spec.
How about the courts also stop foreign media from publishing the names in the first place?
The law is good, to protect the victims even if that means a perpetrator gets anonymity. But the law is no good if it can be worked around by such a simple thing as a foreign paper publishing the names online for all to read in this country. Arguably, the paper should be taken to court for making this information available in the UK (they could apply some form of IP based restriction to the article). At the very least, that media disrespected our laws (even though they don't operate within them themselves).
Heh, 4K is a horizontal measure of pixels, not vertical like all previous resolution labels. Those who want to remain sane will say it refers to a class of resolutions similar to 3840x2160 (2160p), but also including 4096x3072 (4x 1024x768 - the 4K that this article refers to) and some others.
(Those that want to get annoyed and have an argument will state it's 3840x2160 only, and that's not even 4K and RAGE, etc.)
I think it should be called 16:9 2160p or 4:3 3072p, but it appears that many humans can't deal with such large numbers, so we've wrapped around to 4K for some reason (movie related).
Re: [4K] Won't happen
I agree that a multiple of 1024x768 is inevitable, and thus the @3x 3072x2304 is the easier, and more logical, resolution to aim for in a 12.9" tablet. It will be less stress on the GPU (being around 2x the pixels instead of 4x the pixels), and possibly would be doable with an plain old A7 with a much faster GPU, or an "A7X" with 50% more GPU (and faster GPU) instead of 100% more, and faster, GPU (and a 200% faster, same speed, GPU is not really an option).
I don't think the retina name is an issue. There's more to eyesight than pixel detection at certain distances and DPI - there's angular resolution as well, for which retina is still not enough.
I'm guessing iOS is a given, due to the touch interface and lack of suitability of Mac OS X in such a device.
That's always the bad thing about sharing a name with someone who becomes a hated criminal!
Luckily none of the affected people are taking it further, but I can easily imagine that another person would involve the police if they weren't aware of why they were suddenly receiving hate messages.
Re: Taking a byte at history
The ARM1 was designed as a BBC Micro add-in processor, and Chris was referring to the BBC Micro in that statement.
At least it's getting most of the TV catchup services (well, no 4od yet, and nobody cares about itv player) and streaming video services (Netflix, Lovefilm) on its release date in the UK.
But the important thing for a games console is that they've got a decent controller and the console's hardware can do the games at 1080p. Sure, it needs more good games right now, but it's the same with every new console launch.
They just need to improve the capacities - 2MB chips aren't useful, even for phones, even if they stack in-package to 16MB. They need to be around 500x more capacious.
"not all items will only be 40 yards away in a straight line."
I would seriously hope that the computer overseeing a picking job would organise the things to be picked in an optimal manner for each meatbot, presumably taking a circuitous route from the empty truck zone to the full truck ready for unloading by other meatbots, before the driver returns to the empty truck zone to start again.
And I think I saw on TV recently that Ocado went for the full automated picking factory - clearly this is where Amazon could be going soon. And then the meatbots will be complaining about fewer and fewer jobs that they are qualified to do.
I'd hate that. Then again I'd hate a lot of manual jobs, and at least this one is under cover.
The main issue I have with it is the constant timing and countdown clock thing, which is a clear and obvious source of stress, especially if you overrun often - I can imagine a red light blinking by your name on some manager's tablet.
The analysis pulls figures from out of thin air, and clearly the price of the AMD APU, at $100, is tantamount to saying "we don't know". In addition how is it "three times as big" as any other 28nm chip? It's far smaller than high end 28nm GPU dies for a start. So they've pulled yield figures out of their rears as well, without noting that the APU has redundancy built in - 20 CUs instead of 18, for example. Yield will be higher than the 66% they are saying: The process is mature. It's well known. And the die has redundancy.
The $88 price for the GDDR5 memory is probably realistic (although Sony's individual deals with the memory manufacturer aren't known), but the price will drop over time, as will the price for the APU.
Re: Nice timing
Yeah, whatever happened to local loop unbundling?
I don't care. I've already bent over to let Google have their evil way on a load of other services already. All they'll get off this is that I'm a feedly user. Big whoop, compared to the anal reaming they're doing to the content of my gmail.
Re: too many distractions
Distractions are evil.
Back then I had a second-hand computer, and several years of magazines that had come with the computer (an Amstrad CPC 464). I had no games. There was no internet, no Steam, no free browser games. A computer, a BASIC prompt, and blank cassettes.
The magazines had type-in games. So I learned to type, I learned BASIC by osmosis, in order to get at the games. And then I could alter the games to make them better. This is something the mod makers still do today, but their platform isn't BASIC, it's the game engine and in-game scripting language.
Learning through play is the most effective form of learning - even for adults. This needs to be a key feature for any next generation schoolchild programming system.
Re: No programming required
What I can say is that the Cambridge University policy back in 1996 was exactly the same, and we were the people going to university who had been programming BASIC and Z80/6502 their 8-bits in the late 80s in BASIC, and then using AMOS, Blitz Basic and 68000 assembler on the Amiga in the early-mid 90s.
First course back in '96? ML - functional programming. Nobody had an unfair advantage, and core CompSci concepts (lambda calculus, etc) were taught. I imagine it's still ML, or a variant, or Haskell or Scheme today.
Programming is just a small part of a CompSci course - but most non-CompScis seem to think the entire course is just about learning to program. I can't vouch for other universities, but that certainly wasn't the case at Cambridge.
Ridiculous to ban breasts and allow murder videos
Regardless, once it was flagged as requiring moderation, they can be said to have been involved in keeping the content available. Currently without any warnings.
On a social network that is actively signing up 13 year olds.
Either block sign-ups for under 18s, and allow more adult content (appropriately flagged), or allow no adult content and allow the 13 year olds to sign up. Or auto-ban anything flagged as adult from the under 18yo (adjusted for the law in the country of viewing) viewers.
OMG a breast, the horror!!!! Oh, a gory real life decapitation, that's okay. What is wrong with these people?
Re: Dear Dyson
+1 for getting a Henry, mine just keeps on going. Bags are cheap online too.
Okay, I did replace the powered head unit because the brush roller broke, but at least you can buy the replacement head units on their own.
There's a reason that offices use these - they work, keep on working, and they're simple.
Re: Good idea
MySQL's "utf8" type doesn't support 4-byte utf8, you need to use 'utf8mb4' for that!
SMSs with a non-ASCII character in are sent in UCS2 (which is not exactly UTF-16) and they're a lot shorter per message part. Once you've dealt with surrogate pair issues (encoding 3/4 byte characters in UCS2) you may never regain sanity again.
Sadly for Delta the iPad is approved for use as a digital flight bag, whereas the Surface 2 is not.
Apparently the cost of waiting for approval will cost Delta an extra $20m in fuel costs (for the heavy non-digital flight bags) over using the iPad today. Which is more than the $5.5m cost of the devices.
This really stinks of kickbacks and corporate schmoozing. Or a Microsoft-only infected IT department.
I've got one of the £29 Nooks, and it's perfectly fine as an eReader - crisp enough screen, and using the on-screen keyboard isn't as bad an experience I thought it would be on an eInk display. It's a gateway device though, designed to get you using the Nook Store, and getting invested in the Nook ecosystem, so your next purchase will be a better Nook instead of a Kindle.
Two years late is spot on. BB10 is technically very excellent, fast, and reliable. QNX was a great purchase decision.
But that decision should have been made in 2007, after seeing what the next generation of phones was going to be like, as demonstrated and released by Apple that year. Watching people send email on a clunky BB device in 2009, using that little trackball and waiting for UI updates was a very painful experience when the person next to them was breezing through it on an iPhone.
BB was good at corporate email and messaging. Losing both of these in a couple of years is a move of incredible incompetence. Now they'll lose the rest of their market by stopping the iOS and Android releases of the software, software that is meant to keep people on their enterprise email and messaging platforms even if they (currently) aren't using BB devices. Because by keeping the people on the platform, they can try to get the hardware right for the next cycle and entice them back. No users, no company.
I wonder how much better than Etherpad Lite this really is. Etherpad Lite is really simple to install, and all this seems to add is a bit of theming and maybe a plugin or two for the video/image content.
"Using more bytes to store a value"
You are aware that ARMv8 ints are still 32-bit long?
It's when you use longs (long longs for you windows people) that you benefit from 64-bit registers. And in this case ARMv8 has 30 64-bit registers, compared to around 12 free 32-bit registers (i.e., six 64-bit values) - five times the register space.
Immediately you can see how code that can make use of 64-bit values will become far faster. Not only does it have more register space, but CPU instructions will be done faster (single pass through the ALU, not two passes through a 32-bit ALU). And because your problem is using 64-bit values regardless of how it is processing them, the amount of memory used for value storage isn't different.
So the only caveat, for 64-bit integer calculations, is that your problem needs to be able to make use of 64-bit values. And if it can, it will be faster.
Also note ARMv8 doubles the size of VFP (standard ARM floating point, not NEON) registers. IIRC.
"US Customs and Border Protection polygraphs about 10,000 applicants a year and credits the technology with uncovering 200 wrongdoers, normally people who have had an association with either drugs or people-smuggling, since the tests became compulsory two years ago."
Is that a 1% success rate? 200 "wrongdoers" over a two year period from polygraphing 20,000 people.
What's the false positive rate and false negative rates?
Polygraphs are at best stress detectors, and for many of these tests it is natural to assume the person being questioned would be stressed. The fact that the US uses them is very telling of the anti-science society in power over there, that is pushing the country further and further behind more agile competitors in the global economy.
I pity the Java developer who is still using Log4J directly, as opposed to via Slf4J or a replacement, such as Logback.
Log4J has some serious throughput issues for high logging workloads, resulting in the logging framework actually blocking the running application from running at full pelt.
Dependency versioning is a horrible game these days with Java, most serious projects are managed by Maven and Maven doesn't apply any policy to the version it pulls out of its arse when it has clashing dependencies to resolve.
Infosys is advertising jobs below market rate because they don't want to pay market rate, and then using the lack of interest to abuse the visa programme to bring in cheap programmers (sorry, "consultants"). Infosys's behaviour is not racist, but miserly.
Clearly the visa programme needs to also take into account the job spec and the offered wage to see if it is a reasonable wage for that job before granting a visa. In addition there is no reason why any company needs to be 90% people on visas, so put in an upper limit, say 25% of department headcount (and reduce that YoY to encourage takeup of local talent.
"Database administrator" -> "Oracle", wage "$30000" => visa request denied due to not offering the job locally at market rate.
Re: But how much will it cost?
It looks like they plan for this to be implemented on top of existing silicon.
So your average ARM SoC (around 80mm^2) could have 256GB of this magic-storage implemented on top of the silicon, with a direct link to an on-SoC magic-storage-controller - no SATA required. Silicon polishing between logic and magic-memory deposition might be required though. It might add $5 to $10 to the manufacturing cost of such a die, but who knows how much that will translate to when that's all integrated into a device.
Availability - I'll be surprised if we see if within 5 years, unless they can find a partner to accelerate development of the real world implementations. I hope that they can surprise us though, but right now I'm sceptical.
Hopefully being a point release the work to support it in existing USB 3.0 designs is very little, and we will see USB 3.1 supported in a lot of next year's SoCs, APUs and chipsets.
Re: Ultra Fast?
I've just switched to 4G with my new phone, and I now actually have a signal, which is kind of useful when you live in London. The 4G signal is not bad at all, even on my commute or on a fast train, whereas the 3G signal was barely present, slow and often just didn't work despite apparently being there (for example, Clapham Junction - full signal bars, zero data rate).
And that's at 1800MHz - the 800MHz bands will spread even further and further into houses.
So what will now happen with regards to all the past cases where people have been in jail, lost their contracts, lost their homes, had to repay money that the system said they owed, and so on?
I feel that we will never find out. I'm sure that the victims of this atrocious flaw will never be fully recompensed, and that the PO will get away with it.
I really hope that there are some good lawyers who will take this admission of flaws in the system by the PO to appeal all the past decisions, to overturn past convictions. This will allow those convicted to sue for losses incurred.
Anyway, with systems like Collect+, the PO is become more and more irrelevant, even for parcel postage.
I'm sure politicians can see some gravytrain directorships in the near future
So which private company will we sell the rights to mine these fields to for a pittance?
Companies that will soon have directors that are currently MPs, not linked of course.
I don't trust politicians to do what is in the best interest of the country as a whole (or a region as a whole - the North of England should be winning massively from these reserves, but it actually looks like they'll only get 1% of revenue right now) when they could improve their own lot.
Currency value fluctuations
I'd be rather worried about my full pint of bitcoin beer suddenly turning into a half pint!
I recall Stephen Early was a member of the Cambridge University Computer Lab, so his interest in bitcoins (and other tech) is not surprising.
Re: Hard to get excited
Great, closing down stores out of pettiness will leave space for local, tax-paying, businesses to move in offering the same service.
But with better coffee and less austere surroundings.