Do they charge by the sentence for filing patents in America?
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The slowing performance gains of CPUs in recent years has reduced the need to refresh desktops/laptop as often, and it's looking the same for mobile computing devices with tablet sales now falling. Are GPU performance gains also slowing, and has this affected the refresh rate of HPC systems?
Re."what the abolition of the entire payment and credit system would do to an already developed economy"
Yes retail banking is essential, but investment banking isn't - it provides little of value to society, widens inequality, profits from and denies intelligent workers from more worthwhile industries.
Rather than spend billions of taxpayer's money bailing out the old banks, perhaps the government should have started a national non-profit retail bank, reducing the motive for risk taking and the likelihood of future banking crisis? When all banking is done electronically, the overheads will be minimal, and banking services could effectively be free for all.
Re: Customer Service
If they can run a (cut-down) Windows 10 an a non-MS, low-spec ARM powered RaspberryPi, why can't they support it on an own-brand ARM powered Surface?
Is there a standardised boot loader / UEFI BIOS equivalent for ARM devices yet, so generic ARM OS builds can be released?
"the virus that made random letters slide down and off the screen"
it's also the name of an ARM-powered computer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A9home
Re: Looks pretty impressive
... except that above 32Gb is SDXC rather than SDHC. Compatibility usually depends on the standard supported rather than capacity.
I hope they test these new Enterprise features more carefully than they did Windows 10 itself.
Very cool (literally)
I wonder if you need a license to operate one of these?
Next step would be to add some controls, or are they just not working very well? If the seat was hanging, then you could control it by shifting your weight around like a glider. Otherwise, if the rotors on the left and right sides are contra-rotating, add a joystick which alters their relative speed on the left-right axis to rotate the copter, and similarly alters the relative speed of the front and back rotors to tilt/move forward and backward.
After that you could compensate for wind-drift - not sure if that can be done using a gyroscope or GPS or something that can measure the ground speed.
If HAMR drives need a larger gap between platters to accommodate a laser in the read-write head assembly, how can Helium reduce the gap if the fundamental problem is the head size? To solve the head size problem, either the lasers must be shrunk in size, or they must be moved outside the platters and the energy transferred to the head via some kind of a heat resistant optical fibre.
On the issue of hard drives v high capacity SSDs, the primary issue is cost, not data density. Multi terabyte SSDs cost thousands of pounds because they comprise many, perhaps hundreds of layers of silicon, each of which have to individually etched. Unless the cost of the chip fabrication process can be reduced through automation, then large capacity SSDs will remain expensive. Also current SSD technology is approaching a limit, so don't expect capacities to continue increasing for long, until a new memory technology replaces it.
MOM + DAD
Judging from the pre-beta screenshots, the idea for the Win95 UI almost happened by accident...
Does anyone remember the MOM (Microsoft Office Manager) which offered an icon-bar / drop-down apps menu that bypassed the awful Windows 3.x Program Manager? As I recall there was a similar offering from a rival (Borland / PerfectOffice ?) suite which they called the DAD (Desktop Application Director) toolbar.
Also, weren't PC HD floppies only 1.44Mb?
"Obvious reasons" ?
Did Snowden have a history of whistleblowing then?
A carpet of flaws?
A patch Tuesday of flaws?
A Labour Party manifesto of flaws?
Did you check that your power settings aren't set to put the computer to sleep or disable wifi after a certain time without user interaction? Ideally an OS installer ought to override the power settings and force the computer to stay on, plus insist that you are connected to mains power before starting.
Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina
Read between the lines...
This is post-fact, in-group ass-covering / a vain attempt at shaping public opinion.
They shared all the data long ago, no doubt Carly personally authorised a back door in every HP PC.
Since my main PC at home runs Linux, I could afford to take a gamble on Windows 10 (as it's non-essential). So I took advantage of one of the recent offers from Lenovo. After fitting an SSD and clean installing Windows 10 (thanks MS for the downloadable ISO) it runs smoothly and is a big improvement over Win8.1 (without Lenovo malware/crudware).
Despite the barrage of Windows 10 criticism on el Reg, fundamentally Windows 10 looks to be a usable successor to 7 as a desktop OS, but it can also be used in tablet mode to replace Win8 on touch devices. I expect once those remaining issues are fixed, few Win 7 or 8 users will have reason not to accept the free upgrade.
How usable Windows is depends on how you use it. Personally I think having apps sorted A-Z on the Start menu is a benefit since you don't have to spend time arranging them and you can find apps quicker on other people's PCs. Besides any app you use regularly, you would pin to the taskbar.
It wouldn't surprise me if, next time the average home user upgrades, a surface type device running Windows 10 could replace the function of both a tablet and a laptop, with the advantage of an OS that gets reliable software updates. I wouldn't have said that for Windows 8, but for 10 it's possible.
Re: Why arrest them?
I wish I could downvote all the downvoters here. If someone else is a criminal that doesn't justify you also becoming one. These women chose to break the law (assuming scamming is illegal in Chechnya), so the consequences should be applied fairly to them as they would to anyone else. If you permit some lawbreakers to escape prosecution, you encourage them to take the law into their own hands. If we all did that a crime wave would spiral out of control. Law enforcement exists to maintain order and prevent this happening, it does not serve to enforce one particular moral viewpoint.
Floating desalination plant?
If the investment in a desalination plant cannot be justified due to uncertain future demand, why not construct a floating desalination plant and anchor it offshore? The only onshore investment needed is a power supply and a pump to send the water where it's needed. In x years time when the demand for water is satisfied, disconnect it and float it to somewhere else in the world that has a water deficit.
Re: “Mass, indiscriminate surveillance goes against the most basic fundamental human right to privacy."
If that is true, then targeted, discriminate surveillance must also go against the most basic fundamental human right to privacy. Otherwise privacy is not a human right, but a privilege which the so-called authorities can deny to anyone they class as a suspect. If something is a human right then not only suspects but convicted criminals would be entitled to it.
Re: "The Corporation has expanded the Telly Tax onto computers"
I hope this quote was taken out of context. The argument for a TV licence was justified when the device being taxed had a single purpose and received only a limited number of approved channels. Nowadays internet access is necessary for modern life. Levying a BBC tax on anyone who just wants to stay in touch with friends, buy goods, manage their finances, apply for a job etc. online is unfair and inappropriate. At the same time, we can watch BBC content without paying for it using iplayer. The fairest system is to pay a subscription if you use the service.
I'm not criticising the value or quality of the BBC, but if they believe they are an essential service to the nation, why not find out by letting the nation decide via a free marketplace? If they're concerned that they are becoming less relevant, an open marketplace will answer that concern and then they can decide how they should respond.
When the BBC was the main source of broadcast media they had a responsibility to be all things to all people and provide a wide range of content. Now that technology gives the consumer access to an unlimited range of alternative media sources, the BBC's role as a national broadcaster has to evolve. Perhaps they should focus more on UK content. We can watch foreign movies, TV series and sports events elsewhere, so perhaps the BBC should cut those altogether and focus on British content?
"Each drive contains 128 32-layer 128Gbit Samsung 3D V-NAND chips"
Surely not? It can't be possible to fit 128 chips inside a 2.5" drive. They must mean 4 chips each containing 32-layers (effectively 128 layers, each storing 16Gbytes/128Gbits).
Either way, 128 layers of silicon must consume a large area of wafer. No wonder they're so expensive. I can't see there being much room for price reduction / economy of scale in future.
@Lunatik re "Where's the consistent branding?" - Intel's branding is not consistent, Re-using old brands like Celeron / Pentium for chips using recent cores is confusing. You have to resort to checking the exact model number to find out what you're really buying. If they scraped the old brands and renamed the Atom to the i1, then they'd have consistent branding.
If only AMD had called time on FX and started on Zen sooner then it could have been timed to release with Windows 10, as the Athlon XP coincided with Windows XP. To keep things ticking over in the short term, I would have thought there was space in the market for an AMD equivalent to the Intel NUC / Mac mini. A competitively priced device of that size with "good enough" gaming performance, space for a couple of SODIMMS and 2.5" internal bays could help revive their fortunes. The era of full size desktop PCs seems to be drawing to a close, and the remaining power users / pro gamers are more likely to pick Intel (for now).
Perhaps upon arriving at a New World, it was celebrating it's Independence Day, then changed it's mind after deciding that could violate the laws of robotics.
Re: Apples offend me, Tim Cook.
Fast forward 150 years....
Rainbow flags offend me. They stand for separated colours and division. We must decree that the only flag that is universally acceptable is a uniform mushy-grey-brown colour.
My great-great grandfather (adoptive gay-dad) flew the Rainbow flag but now I say enough is enough! Ban this rainbow filth!
Are these drone pilots actually fighting a war? Has the US congress signed an act of war against another nation? If so, then any retaliation against the US or US citizens would also be an act of war rather than an act of terrorism.
If on the other hand, the drone pilots are fighting terrorism (and they must have a legal agreement with the nations where they do so), how do they determine who is a terrorist? Are the people they're killing known to have committed acts of terror? Do they survey the population at a distance from their drones, then decide that someone looks suspicious, so they should be killed?
Presumably US citizens are OK with someone from a faraway land flying drones over the US and deciding whether they should live or die?
I don't condone using sex to sell, but that certainly is one foxy lady.
These economic fact with opinion pieces are interesting despite having nothing to do with IT, but it would be helpful if they included references to official sources of all the figures quoted.
The last figures I recall seeing for the British national debt was over 100% of GDP and growing, despite the cuts. Perhaps the official government debt doesn't include all real debts or predicted future liabilities? I still consider an 80%+ deficit far too high, and that over the economic cycle borrowing should not exceed the surplus.
Please offer an ISO + Vista upgrades
I imagine they are offering upgrades to people who originally used a licensed copy of Windows, but when it slowed down with crudware or just broke they didn't have the media for a clean install so used illegitimate install media instead.
Here's hoping they release a downloadable ISO that can either upgrade or do a clean install for any PC capable of running Win 10 that has a valid product key (including OEM back to Vista). Since Vista has the same driver model and higher hardware requirements than 7 that ought to be do-able. They should also allow upgrades of all capable machines to 64-bit, even if they previously had 32-bit Windows (some did). However most XP era hardware is probably too slow and wont have supported drivers for Win 10.
$150m ought to pay for enough gender reassignment ops and Jackson-esque skin-tone alterations to tackle the issue.
Perhaps if they can't find enough takers among their workforce they could outsource diversity carbon credit style.
I take back the point about tracking, I thought the URL itself wasn't encrypted, but it is.
If people thought this was an important issue they could campaign to encourage FB show a clear message when users connect, so they are aware of what level of privacy they have.
Re: Oh really?
I don't follow your reasoning. The information you're talking about is in the public domain so there's no point in encrypting it over https. Putting https at the front of the url wont stop anyone from tracking which pages you're looking at. If you want anonymous browsing you'll need a fully encrypted connection like a tunnel or tor, or a web site that uses entirely ajax requests over https.
Again this service is free, not mandatory, not intended to compete with a full Internet service and will eventually become obsolete. The fact that it's a walled garden means it's unlikely to contain any information which governments would want to track, unless people are silly enough to indict themselves on FB.
If this were full Internet then obviously they'd need https, but you don't need https to access online information which is the most useful application to very poor people.
The justification is that https cannot be cached, and caching is required to provide this service at low cost (free to the user) to many people in areas where internet bandwidth is currently very slow and/or expensive.
When users start to use online accounts and make transactions, they will need privacy, which will boost demand for paid internet access. If they provided full internet access for free, they'd be undermining other providers.
For anyone criticising the lack of privacy / features of this service, you are not the target market - it's meant to provide access to essential information in areas of the world where people can't afford internet access at the speed required for modern websites. In the longer term, as internet access improves in those markets, this service will become obsolete, as have web portals.
Think of this more as a canny long term strategy by Facebook to grow their market abroad. They know that in other established internet economies (China, Russia, South America etc.) it's hard to compete against local social networks. The key is to get in early in upcoming internet economies, and try to become the defacto social network before the local competition. Poor people in Africa / India don't need Facebook right now, but by offering it with free internet access the hope is they will continue to use it when demand for social networking in those markets eventually picks up.
Let's hope no-one makes a killer app for this.
The main problems I have with recycling are....
1. Many items still aren't clearly labelled as to whether they are recyclable. There needs to be a consistent mandatory labeling standard implemented. I think some producers are loathe to admit their packaging can't be recycled, but not clearly labeling items can lead to recycling mistakes. (The logos that tell you something is made FROM recycled material are confusing).
2. Some items can be recycled in some places but not others. There needs to be a wider policy to make recycling consistent.
3. Some councils don't bother recycling in areas where residents don't have space for multiple bins. This could be overcome if there was only one bin for all recyclables and items were automatically sorted, Or better still, if all rubbish was automatically sorted for recycling. Automatic recycling technology would allow more obscure materials like those mentioned in this article to be reused.
Nothing special really...
It seems everyone's making a smart watch these days. I've heard even Nintendo are making a Wii Watch U.
Re: What do the beancounters say about the value
I don't know the legal definition of theft, but since most information is digital nowadays, anyone obtaining an illicit copy of information is not depriving the original owner of their information. They are instead depriving them of control of the use of that information, which for a business could result in lost sales or give an advantage to a competitor. In this instance, the value of the loss is substantially more than one retail unit cost of a console or game, but will be less than the total development cost - which likely is hundreds of millions of dollars.
Copying the source code is like finding the secret recipe of a renowned soft drink, rather than obtaining the drink without payment.
"NAND flash memory .... is not byte-addressable. Unlike disk or tape it has to be written in blocks of bytes at a time, with each byte going into a cell."
So disks read/write individual bytes rather than blocks?
I guess you must first compromise security in order to improve it. But how does this get around hardware memory protection?
Well it's hardly surprising they've not had much of a response as I don't suppose many people have even heard of them. For an upstart to obtain an international following will require persistence and either mass-media exposure (like WikiLeaks), a huge advertising budget or a genius social media campaign.
Re. What problem was this supposed to solve?
How about establishing an international consensus for a charter to protect both individual rights and rights of nations from spying and targeting? The present uncivilized order seems to be that some security agencies are a law unto themselves. Yet if an individual behaved that way they'd be classed as a criminal.
Even if some governments ignore international law, there should at least be international laws restricting such activities so they are then seen to be in violation of those laws.
I think the fairest system is a free market model where people pay for what they watch, giving broadcasters an economic incentive to produce content that people want. A mandatory license fee does not befit a free society, even if the BBC generally produces good content. Perhaps an alternate way to guarantee local programming would be a free market model but with a regulation that broadcast providers (FreeView, Sky, Virgin, BT etc.) must provide a minimum % of locally produced content in any set packages they offer. This would prevent the situation whereby people who primarily want Sport or Movie packages from missing out on local content that they might not choose to pay extra for. This might be a core set of local (possibly ad-supported) channels provided for free, subsidised by local premium content on paid for channels (preferably without ads).
As more people work or travel internationally, there are many Brits who move abroad who would willingly pay for British content, and likewise many foreigners working in Britain who may primarily want foreign content. A free, open and international market place would allow more people to receive the content they want to watch. The potential loss of income from the local market can be compensated by selling more content abroad.
I'm glad Snowden is releasing this info as a trickle, thus ensuring it gets regular headline coverage. Now we know that our government agencies essentially treat the electorate (whom they should serve) as the enemy, and the laws are bent or just ignored so they can do as they please. The only recourse ordinary folk have is at the ballot box, but what option do we have to change anything?
Is it too late to mount a national campaign to stand independents* in the upcoming general election, to fight for our rights? Would joe public actually vote for a candidate who truly represents them (as opposed to the interests of the elite) or just carry on voting the same old way?
* political parties are hierarchical structures open to corruption and infighting. Standing as independents but with a common campaign and set of policies would avoid those problems up front.
Will the batteries last a HoloDay?
Will it take pictures called HoloGraphs, and watch movies in HoloVision?
Will they bundle it with a game called: Holo the Master Chief Collection?
Will the Doom port be called HoloDoomor?
Will it be a success? Let's read the HoloScope...
Sorry. My humor is just HoloBull.
Fair point Vince, but it begs the question: what have all those well paid political types in the EU been doing for the last 40-odd years since they've had a democratic mandate to create a common market? Maybe we need to apply market forces to the people who implement these changes, to empower someone who will actually get on with the job?
SpaceX just won the Oscar for...
...best fireworX display of the year.
God speed Falcon 9... but not when landing.
I wonder what the definition of "minority" is for a global corporation?
Women generally outlive men so they're a majority in most countries.
In ethnic terms the largest population groups on the planet are Indians, Chinese and sub-Saharan Africans so will those groups be discriminated against in favor of smaller populations like Native Americans, Aboriginal Australians and the native (non-Hispanic) tribes of central and southern America?
Perhaps they should adopt a different criteria in each region or country based on the local demographics? I'd imagine that offices in Africa, the Middle East and Asia probably have the least diverse local populations, so the policy should be applied there most rigorously.
In politics, "mistakes" like these are usually contrived to bring more visitors to the party's website - the photo of Farage about to bust into tears just adds to the authenticity.
Re. "It's almost as though there are people deliberately organising for this purpose."
I'm sorry that some people don't agree with you. UKIP were the largest party in the UK Euro elections so no doubt they have many activists who will find their way to any open forum discussing their party and will want to promote themselves. Given the number of people spreading disinformation about UKIP on this forum it seems only fair.
Re. "I have derided the 'kippers because I genuinely think they are dangerous and those who follow them are fools"
Thanks for your opinion, but most of the rest of the world is outside the EU and it's not dangerous for them. Moreover Britain's membership of the EU has coincided with our relative decline after reaching our zenith as an independent nation.
As for the Euro, aren't you glad we're not in it given the way things are looking right now? It was so much easier when the smaller nations could manipulate their currencies to stimulate their economy instead of being a drain on the rest of the Euro zone. I think you'd have to be unreasonably optimistic to think that joining the Euro now would be the less dangerous option.
As for blaming "immygrunts" for "ruining everything", once an area is overpopulated like many areas of Britain are, adding more immigrants reduces the standard of living for the majority. If you restrict immigration to just the beneficial ones, the effect still happens, just to a lesser degree. Any overpopulated country would benefit from freezing immigration and encouraging emigration of people who make the least contribution to society. C'est la vie!
Most of the blame for "austerity" lies with Labour for overspending in the boom years leaving the Tories to borrow even more in the lean times. The deficit will have to be paid off eventually, the longer we leave it the more debt interest there is to pay. In order to justify anti-austerity measures they have to produce more economic growth to offset not paying off debt. If you have any great suggestions I'm sure the Chancellor will love to hear them. My starter for ten would be allowing budget surpluses in government departments to be retained for the next year without having next year's budget slashed, eliminating the annual glut of wasteful spending that so often occurs. Wishful thinking....
Maybe the rotation is so slow that there is a significant differential between the rotation speed of the core and the surface, with layers of the upper mantle moving like an atmosphere (due to the differential and not just heat convection)? Then the surface rotation speed could change like the average windspeed in the upper atmosphere. Patterns or eddys in the motion could follow a cycle that speeds or slows the surface at regular intervals.
Or perhaps the absence of a moon means that the gravitational bulging due to the Sun is not countered, and results in greater friction and slowing of the planet's rotation relative to other planets?
Or the lack of a moon's disruption to the gravitational field allows small currents in the mantle to grow uninterrupted resulting in the effect I first mentioned?
Or could the slowdown be a countdown to another resurfacing event?