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Re: Drones for delivery
I'd like to think it's possible, I own a medium sized quad myself, used primarily for aerial photography and screwing around in the sky.
Remember it's only been a few years since the advent of LiPo batteries that are capable of providing the many Amps needed for flight without melting, and maintain flight for, on average for me at least 15 mins with a reasonable load underneath (5000mah battery).
That makes a 7.5 minute fly out time, and the same in reverse. As for pushing my quad as fast as it'll go, that drains some more battery life, but I'm easily making around 30-40mph. I can't be arsed to do the maths, but that accounts for a pretty small area of effect TODAY, as for tomorrow with better battery technology, I don't see how it couldn't cover at least 15-20 miles. As always battery tech seems to be the limiting factor.
Plus I don't buy the whole, "no landing sites" argument. When I first tested my quad after fitting the GPS module I tried out a return-to-home operation. I cocked up and didn't know how to take it out of RTH failsafe mode, it guided its way through some tight fitting gaps and landed, realising obstacles in the way as it attempted to land, and that's with a simple altimeter, not a downfacing radar or anything sophisticated.
I reckon even with todays tech that a quad needs no more than about 6 square feet patch with line of sight to the sky, plus future brains can work out whether it's flat enough to land safely.
The benefits are easy to see, no traffic to sit in and add to, a relatively straight line route to your destination, you're pretty much guaranteed to be using an awful lot LESS energy than a hefty great delivery van, only hauling the smaller products, not to mention ultra quick delivery times.
Kudos for making the video have the feel (and audio) from an 80's BBC documentary about computing, what with the synth music!
I miss those old BBC classics!
Anybody remember when...
...buying a brand new games console would trounce any PC available at the time? And would be ahead of the game for around a year or so?
I worked out my current mid-to-high spec PC is already roughly 20-30% faster graphically than the PS4, and I bought it this summer.
Yes there's the cost difference, quite significant, but whatever happened to building seriously beefy systems at a marginal loss whilst selling games to make up the difference? I guess Sony realised they could get away with selling the consoles AND games at at profit from day one.
Oh this is such a good idea, well thought out.
If it were just a keyboard and breakout port, then it'd be so so.
The addition of a breadboarding kit in the top, inspired.
The inclusion of a pre-loaded SD card with a complete dev environment, genius!
To me this completes the Pi 'package'.
Shame it's a tad expensive all considered.
So we're at 2013 and...
...we're still talking the same old base OSes floating around, some decades old (not meaning to be derogatory), forked from other forks from other forks, but not a single one well enough developed and mature to be a proper contender to Linux or Windows?
To be anything other than the modern version of a 19th century (computer) science curioso that'll never make the popularity big-time.
Regardless of completeness though, these all seem to me to be slightly public exhibitions of up and coming computer scientists achievements, that all lack true depth and real interest, rather than real worthwhile alternatives.
I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say it'll never happen without a serious big-name company and millions in investment, not these nigh-on bedroom coding efforts, before anything beyond MS Windows or Linux lives on greater than 20% of home (even business) computers worldwide.
If they could have instead...
...just made the cars into one of those line following type robots, albeit with a very wide line for the width of the track, and clever learning algorithms accumulating track knowledge lap after lap to learn 'racing lines', then us consumers could design any track instead of most likely having to pay out to the company for more track designs.
Plus my inner child is criticising this for the cars being seemingly quite slow - they should've taken a leaf out of the scalextric trick of having to speed up and slow down around bends.
GitHub & businesses
“GitHub’s business is to act as a code repository for companies big and small. This is unfortunately a brutal case of the impact of third party services on business security and availability," he said."
Yes I'm sure the likes of Rockstar thoroughly entrusted a cloudy public hosting site to host the code for all it's GTA V developers. Or IBM developing an update to a SAN software stack?
Not a chance. Not even a small developer would trust it for private, internal code. Sure for sharing code around publically, but not businesses big and small, just use something like Atlassian Stash on-premises or whatever, or, shock horror, GIT itself on a linux box.
Re: Intel didn't seem to know what they were building
Chances are it claims 2 to 3A when it begins doing some serious number crunching, relatively speaking.
It may idle at 2.5w or whatever, but throw some work at it and BOOM.
Current iPad Mini
I own an iPad Mini, and I'm no fanboi, I'm happy to lambast Apple products if they don't meet up to the standards of Apple products and innovation hype (*COUGH* iPhone 5S). However the current Mini, as far as I'm concerned, isn't bad at all with it's non-retina screen - it really isn't worth the upgrade to this supposed new retina model.
Sure 1024x768 seems pretty crappy, as it was on the full size iPad, however it's squeezed into a smaller footprint, and kind of works well at that DPI. In all honesty my eyes can't really discern a significant difference, although I can tell the difference between it and my SGS4 1080p screen, it's far from a showstopper and isn't a disappointment, text still looks really smooth and images crisp and colourful.
Put it this way, when Sammy squeezed 2 million pixels into my SGS4, this is the whole miniaturisation thing going a little too far.
Only young fresh eyes can probably tell the difference. As for this whole pixel miniaturisation thing, its a great idea up to a point. Ask yourselves this question - Can you look at a 1080p movie on any of the permier 1080p phones and see the same level of detail as on a blu-ray on your telly. I doubt it.
The Roddenberry dream
Ahh the good old Roddenberry vision of the future. No poverty, no need for currency, throughout the world. Trading of commodities and services taking place between alien races. It's presumed all the menial labour and all production is done by automation (and replication) whilst everybody else goes out and explores the galaxy in starships.
Well he didn't say quite how it transitioned to this way of operation, save perhaps for world war 3 upending everything.
As far as I'm concerned, the super rich and powerful today aren't going to give that life up for equality for all, and they've got all the lobbying power and have the ear (and pocket) of the politician to prevent this particular dream from happening. Besides our current leader, isn't he a multi-millionaire too?
Besides, you can't entrust a community Bugatti Veyron to your average essex chav for the weekend can you.
If it were me I would have designed a board with a small USB capable microcontroller that could have negotiated a higher amperage from the supply than 100ma,. and acted as a go-between the port and the smartphone thereby protecting from malware infection but still charging a smart device the other side.
It would have to be a very specialised piece of malware to infect a microcontroller USB stack and wouldn't get them very far if they went to the effort.
Cosmetics logo anyone!?
I think it might be Clinique. Looks awfully similar!
Hardly surprising from a WOMAN! </controversial>
Android IP Webcam
They'll sneak this and the always-connected feature into the next iteration of XBox, or if we're extra lucky, into a firmware update a year on.
That's how the conservatives magicked poll-tax into council-tax don't you know.
I'm still having trouble understanding...
...quite how somebody would do this and yet not already have a plan and agreements in place of where to go for the rest of his life.
Not for a minute did he seem to think that he might get stuck in an airport in Russia, probably awaiting a CIA assassination?
I suspect he might have been tricked into revealing his secrets by the ever moral, upstanding, and vigilant world press. Harr-dee-harr. Now left to fend for his-self stuck betwixt and between nations.
This article would have been...
...so much more 'palatable' had it been on one page rather than six.
Still, rather good, it was.
Re: Does anyone make a bluetooth handset?
Can't quite tell if you're joking or not! Surely the point of this device is to eliminate the need to carry around any devices sub 5 inches, aka smartphones, dumbphones, general plastic lumps.
I do, however, get where you're coming from, as you'll never catch me walking around outside with a BT headset dangling from my ear, kind of like how a million fat builders and taxi drivers do.
As for the 6310i form factor, I was thinking perhaps WAY thinner, something clamshell designed, that is as unobtrusive in the pocket as a piece of corrugated cardboard.
Re: Android permissions design
Well isn't that just because Apple stop people from being able to fully utilise YOUR device that apps aren't allowed to access phone numbers, IMEI numbers, contact info, etc?
I don't remember ever seeing an iPhone app being able to dial numbers for you, but then I haven't owned an iPhone in years.
Android permissions design
Always seemed to me the whole Android permissions system is very under-granularised.
"Read Phone Status and Identity" presents the app with info such as whether somebody is on a call, but also their complete phone number and IMEI number. Combined with Internet Access permission, allows complete silent transmission of your phone number and name to black market phone number lists.
"Make phone calls" An app can legitimately call a number for you. On the other hand it can do it without your permission to a premium rate number, completely automatically, say at 3am.
"Read contact data" allows an app to show you your contacts for something within the app legitimately, or just allows more black market sellable names and phone numbers.
The list goes on and on.
If I was a really suspicious person I might think Google made them this under-granular on purpose. More and more apps are doing the whole "Read phone status & ID" thing by default now.
Re: Curate's egg?
DS9 was a top Sci-Fi, started off feeling like it's not really the trek that I loved at the beginning, but got me thru Uni. in the end!
Yep, agreed. Vic was a holodeck character with too great a part in the last few seasons, but it went utterly ridiculous when he turned up in flesh and blood in the alternate universe! The writers needed shooting for that one.
Vedek/Kai Winn totally pissed me off because of her incessant corrupt power-hungry twisting nature, with her whiney little voice, it made me feel ill inside.
On forethough I suppose the actress pulled it off pretty well then to piss me off so much!
Aside from that, and the somewhat annoying squeaky Ferengi voices of the Grand Nagis, the dumb put on voice of Quarks brother, that and all the Ferengi heavy episodes, DS9 was fantastic.
Voyager sucked in relation to DS9, it started off pretty well, with a well constructed initial series, I loved the pilot two-parter, but then seemed to suffer a bit from the Y2K transition in TV drama in general.
Indeed he is, but did you know...
Andrew Robinson (Scorpio from Dirty Harry) has a daughter who featured in a pretty turgid episode where Jake ends up witnessing some accident on the Defiant where his father disappears before his eyes, and lives his entire life missing his father just that bit too much.
She was a right hottie! Oh and I suppose she acted in it pretty well too...
Re: A reasonable priceplan
Indeed. If we all think back, 4G was meant to be the 'fix' that mobile operators were hoping for to be able to support many more simultaneous users. By setting a 500MB limit, they're admitting that it's a lie.
40Mbps, nice, won't stay like that for long though.
Seems to me if everybody moves over to 4G then 3G might actually be quite useable for the few left on it - kind of like how sometimes GPRS can be faster than 3G when there are tons of people on 3G.
Not a chance, have you been paying attention to the levels of disdain and utter contempt Sony has for it's paying customer base over the years? Not to mention it's VERY poor OS and general software writing skills (true-multitasking anyone?).
My PS3 is now only a Blu-Ray player to me. As soon as it conks out I'm buying a (non-Sony) dedicated player.
The most annoying fact here
All this seems to have come about for the sole reason that the iPad and others are doing pretty well right now.
MS have adopted it full steam ahead, thereby ignoring, nay, shitting on, the many software development investments (billions of dollars worth) from nearly two decades ago, in a single stroke devaluing probably the best and most important reason in the world to buy Windows - backwards compatibility.
Metro is apparently the vomit inducing way forward, it's like sod the past and PAY ME.
What with all the problems with modern society, MS really don't need to add to it by dumbing down and psychedelic re-colouring everything - don't get me wrong, I'm all for ease of use and the tablet form-factor, but most certainly not at the expense of the power that a full Windows app might have had prior to it being Metro-ised.
This just ain't not right I tells ya!
P.S. Have you ever tried to use Windows 8 RTM in a windowed Hyper-V console? I have, it's an utter joke even trying to get to the top level menus.
Re: Not a (just) Touchwiz problem
So you're also at the mercy of the CyanogenMod Developers et al, hope they didn't plant a back door, or contacts / web / email snatching malware or anything like that in CyanogenMod!
I know so many ppl use it, but I wouldn't be so trusting of 3rd party Android images at all.
I've actually been stung before with an XDA Developers provided image for an old Windows Mobile 6 phone. The phone kept chucking up really weird errors suggesting attempts at dialing numbers! With Android apparently this can be done 'more' silently nowadays, so no, wouldn't touch 3rd party firmware with a barge pole.
Steve would never let this happen if he were still around.
This, Maps and Youtube (having to revert to an iPhone app to watch YT vids) are all signs that Apple is flagging without it's 'illustrious' deceased leader.
Not that they were ever really good on the software side of things.
So let me get this straight....
If I'm using Blender with this baby installed and enable the cycles renderer (CUDA enabled) in GPU+CPU mode in real time, it's going to render like the proverbial waste material off a shovel?
Anyone know how much this beast will cost? 10k+?
Re: Reg Fanbois are twisting in the wind of iPhone success
Heh heh heh!
Boy, did that Apple fanboi nut step into the wrong community!
Its fair to say especially with Apple's recent keynote, I'll not own another iPhone for the foreseeable future (Android serves me well for now) and NEVER a Macintosh or MacBook, just not for me.
However I love my iPad 3 what with its lovely screen and super silky UI (mostly). Nobody can deny it's great for what it's been designed to actually do.
So why does it seem that nobody seems able to just pick out the kit they find great, from whatever vendor, be brutally honest with themselves about it, ensuring you dont suffer from brand bigotry, MS fanbois included, and enjoy it!?
Lets face it, they're only different branded products serving a whole variety of tastes, they all pretty much do the same thing in different ways! You owe it to yourselves to enjoy what you find great about the devices without unfounded prejudice or some vapid sense of fashion for one or another brand.
Try out EVERYTHING, if YOU don't like it, fair enuff but don't fall into any brand 'camp' like everybody seems to nowadays.
Basically, get over it!
Re: Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -
Oh and a floaty metal ball is!? Or giving it a chance at least - is a floaty metal ball a better solution than the Leap?
I'm not going to justify the Leap controller to someboy who's too stupid or ig'nant to see its potential, I'm also not going to 'big-up' the controller, or blow it out of all proportion like some might try to do.
Suffice it to say, out of all the lame assed conceptual non-products demoed in this article, the Leap is actually being marketed, soon. And doesn't look like some strange control device you might find in Barbarella or any weird 60s sci-fi.
Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -
Perfect for not actually having to touch anything, exremely precise and lag free.
Initially looked a bit fishy to me, but now it's been demoed in 'the real world' so to speak, pretty effectively -
Oh and the other thing, unlike all those demoed in the article, the leap controller looks like it might actually make it to an actual product come the new year.
...you're right about the games sucking more and more on the Wii, but in general console history, games did used to (do?) keep getting better as years went on, as more was learned about the machine capabilities by the developers. Not to mention how to squeeze more content into essentially limited storage media.
I think this is fair to say about both XBox's, and so far about all the Playstations too. Probably a bit different on Ninty's consoles because they never strove for highest quality visuals and audio.
Citation - Call of Duty 3 was an early PS3 title, as was Resistance FoM, Check out ye olde YT footage of them and compare against all the newer titles, what with their much improved character animations, pixel shader effects, 1080p, etc.
...to earn cash is to have places in games that are formidably difficult to pass without shelling out real money, not so you can afford the gear needed to defeat the 'stage', but just so it becomes doable at all!
Don't do that Crytek, it makes me want to Cry-tek. (bad'm tsh).
There is a game (Amongst thousands of others) on the iPad that I'm pretty sure does this very thing right at the last level of the game, called Hunters 2.
You can bash away at the 'end of game baddie' with a variety of weapons till he gets down to a point, then every hit you make only causes a miniscule amount of damage no matter what you use. I would bet a weeks wages you have to purchase some credits, then he becomes beatable.
So whilst all this pay-per-play stuff on the surface all seems a great idea, most of the ideas companies have come up with to rake in cash actually sucks donkey balls.
You're absolutely right.
A rather sad side effect of this though is that this Girl Geek Dinner lady group has used the whole 'culture of idiocy' thing for their own 'feminist' angle, conveniently sidestepping the fact that young men have the same peer pressures. What about us guys eh ladies?
I'm not at all against their ideas about getting more ladies into IT, I welcome them into IT, but there are better, less bandwagon-ey, arguments for it.
Re: Exercise in pointlessness
You're one of those people who mount TVs with the top of the display about six or seven feet in the air on their walls right? I've never understood why people mount TVs high on walls, are they trying to create that pub TV feeling!? Are they trying to create neck problems for themselves!? Are they just really chuffed that you CAN mount a set on a wall nowadays?
7K is of course way too steep for most, me included right now. But that's always how new tech filters into the mainstream. Give it a year or two and I'll take one squarely for putting at low sofa eye level thankyouverymuch.
It would also mean I can put on my Blade Runner Blu Ray and see Scott's ultra dark noir scenery without LCD technology (at least from three or four years ago like my TV) ruining the experience like how it does.
...how many have actually caught fire!? Three? Four!?
Not that I make a habit of defending businesses, but all this recall crap perpetuates more of this nanny society bollocks and the like.
Its the same as when news sites talk about the 'dangers' of exploding Lithium Ion batteries. Gimme a break. Its fair to say that these ultimately quite rare cases could be down to production failures, or equally to undisclosed negligence on the part of the customer
Isn't this somewhat misrepresentative of OLED tech as a whole?
Sure TVs to some are most important, but in fact of equal importance, surely, is the awesome rise of OLED tech in a much smaller footprint - that of the smartphone. Sales of OLED panels, be them only around 4 inches, must be through the roof in relation to 30"-50" OLED panels.
I have kept an eye on the rise of OLED tech for years and years, have been looking forward to it for just as long, and since getting my Galaxy S2 phone last year, I will now probably never buy a phone with an LCD screen ever again.
As for the next step in tablet displays, future Samsung and Apple revisions are looking more and more likely to move to OLED tech, therefore 7"-10" panels muscles in on OLED sales percentages too.
These figures being for TVs only is fair enough, but surely falls well short of the whole story, and in fact may mean OLED tech takes off for TVs much sooner than is anticipated in that graph. If ever there is a reason for OLED tech not hitting TVs sooner than later, it can only be artificially due to manufacturers stretching more life out of LCD tech and keeping OLED TV prices high. But that would never happen, would it!?
Nice, I loved Carmageddon!
Perhaps this time they can keep the frame rates reasonable. The games always ran terribly on quite powerful systems in the day.
Even if the fps was on average high, there would still be areas which would slow to a crawl.
This is assuming it is designed for, and released on PC.
Surely the vast majority of sales didn't come via the channels into shops, Apple preferred or otherwise.
Given the evidence doing the rounds on the day, most sales came via Apple's online shop, as people realised that buying from a shop is a huge waste of time having to stand in line.
TNT and co. went utterly ballistic on that friday, having to fulfill hundreds of parcel deliveries per driver for the iPad, and I'm informed by TNT that they couldn't fulfill them all on the first day and had to spread it over to the Saturday.
My iPad was returned to base in the TNT warehouse whilst the telephone operators told me it was still out for delivery. A subsequent phone call showed it was sat in their very offices awaiting personal collection! So in anticipation I went up to collect it - in some ways similar, if more costly in petrol, than having to stand in in line at a shop for one! :-(
I still don't know if the driver was just being downright lazy, because he returned to base with his remaining stash of iPads earlier than he was meant to return that day.
So, the channels mean sod all if most initial sales are transferred to customers via TNT!
Didn't prophet essentially die at the start of Crysis 2? The main protagonist got called prophet enough times, but its not him.
Whoops, spoiler! ;-)
As far as I'm concerned provided it's set mostly in a jungle environment and they remove the dumbed down console feel then I'm sold!
I 'preordered' so to speak an RPi on 3rd march, now just this weekend Farnell get back to me and say it'll be in my hands August / September.
So reading this article has been one great laugh!
Fail icon for the RPi foundation AND RS / Farnells wonderful handling of the situation over the last few months.
Re: What Motorola and Sony missed
Yeah, except when the product hits the shops, I cannot imagine them selling it at £100 in the UK, not now they've seen the interest levels.
With that funding continuing the way it is, they could estabilsh it as a major international brand, adertise the watch on every major TV network internationally for some weeks, potentially on the run up to christmas, and make a mint.
Get in there on the KickStarter donation early then before they start earning the big bucks.
As for e-ink watches, on my wrist right now is a Phosphor WorldTime watch, which has served me well for well over a year and four months without the battery failing, and is of course continuing to work.
So you can imagine the prospects of having a watch that requires charging every 7 days being a bit of a disadvantage - its questionable whether its worth the (very cool admittedly) extra features...
I have been following all sorts of KickStarter projects for quite some time now (shame it's US projects only, IndieGoGo is the way to go then) and have never seen a project pull in over a million dollars in the space of 28 hours! Just amazing, and the project shows it too.
Very very well done, very well polished and presented too. The Casio's and Timex'es of the world have an awful lot of catching up to do.
Blimey, only four votes so far for that abortion of a film.
Never heard of it until I went looking after seeing this list. It is truly abysmal and plausible to think the director truly thought he created a masterpiece. It is utter trash even for its meagre budget.
Apparently he drove up and down hollywood boulevard promoting his film during the sundance festival or something, played annoying sounds from the film and had crappy bird graphics adorning his car, he spelled the film wrong on the crudely written banner!
The rest of the movies on the list (with a few exceptions) at least had slight redeeming moments such as interesting action sequences or watchable sfx. Birdemic is all out unintentional comedy.
P.S. How come no movies that have shown on Sci-Fi UK Channel are on here? They're bad in a really bad way too.