308 posts • joined 1 May 2007
Re: No they don't
Many if not most switch mode power supplies SMPS convert the incoming 50Hz AC to DC then drive a small/tiny transformer with 10kHz to 1MHz AC signal.
Most PCs and laptops and 5V USB chargers could probably take AC or DC,
It should be noted the peak voltage of the 240V mains is 41% higher (339V) than the RMS.
I heard France had a DC grid, in the old days you had a DC motor drive an AC alternator.
Re: Not brutalist, but...
Back in the mid 1980's, it did have a serendipitous nature, you could look over a balcony and see a band playing, but not anyway to reach the place.
Re: GOTO be GONE?
In Structured Programming (without GOTOs) the idea was that each block had one entry and one exit to make the code easier to debug, etc.
An idea which came in with Java, is you write the code as if there are no errors, so as not to hide the algorithm with error handling, then catch all the errors/exceptions at the end. The garbage-collection would clean up any unreferenced resources.
The 'IF' statement causes problems, especially a sequence of if-them-else statements which hides what is going on and the switch-case statement(s) can easily become unwieldy. However the logical and && and logical or || can be a camouflaged if-then-else statement or conditional branch or goto. The and && loosely the then part and the or || the else part. The 'and' && becomes; if the left side is false, return false, if the left side is true, then return the right side. The 'or' || becomes; if the left side is true, return true, else return the right side.
Re: I'm sure you were railing against something
I think "nobend" is missing a k at the beginning and a hyphen/space after the "b", if it isn't obvious.
The picture is to illustrate the effect of the gushing cheesy words of a particular press release partly described in the article.
Could it be that the water make a feint low frequency rumble which resonates the rib-cage?
Ever been too close to the bass bins at a concert and have the feeling your lungs vibrate?
Why does Tarzan beat his chest?
Although missing out the machinery in a hydroelectric plant, which converts the potential energy of water up hill to rotating magnets was amusing - akin to being frightened by the WiFi signal, but not the microwave oven, car alarm remote, cordless phone, etc.
Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously
Currently, the document is emailed amongst the group and then there is a merge headache at the end of the day.
With Google Docs the problem was, as I see it, your bit of the document moved up and down as someone else deleted and inserted lines above your insertion point.
The other problem with these word-processors, is (other) people spend most of their time fiddling with the font and line spacing for page layout, which is wasted when someone corrects their spelling or grammar.
Most corporate templates, I have seen/used, are more of a problem than a solution, based on thinking that the word-processor is a dumb typewriter.
Heart Warming Article
Just as an eBook reader, it might replace expensive books.
I added a Bluetooth keyboard to my Nexus 7 for a similar experience to a netbook.
The film Beijing Bicycle might be worth viewing.
Re: Rename Windows
The computers Microsoft write for are not really called Micro, nowadays, since perhaps they are more powerful than mini-computers of yesteryear. Long time since writing BASIC for hobby microprocessor computers. I assumed microprocessor software was reduced to Microsoft.
More problematic, is that tablets and phones do not typically have windows, tending to have full screen interaction.
I assume Azure refers to the (colour of the) sky or sea; Windows implies a user-interface, despite how poor a simile that is. Azure for sky-blue would seem a good fit for something for your clouds to float in.
Dibs on Screens and Panels
Re: Last weeks images.
These cameras are not geostationary, you take two pictures the second one from a different place from the first (at a later time).
Obviously for moving things like waves, it is not going to work.
Help or Hinder
Would it be useful to a data thief to piggy back on this tool, to show them where all the sensitive data is?
Re: vector graphics
It might be a bit risky to have all your chips in one egg basket.
Is it not Cellular automaton
Conway's Game of Life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
MS name for app?
Apple have App
Google have apps (should that be Gadgets?)
Mozilla have Add-ins
Microsoft could have Mod
for a widget which enhances the existing product, such as an Microsoft Office template to do your tax returns
Mozilla Firefox MFs
Microsoft Mini-apps or Minis
Re: I've used one of those
I saw and used one (with my own phone) at Oshcamp2012 in Hebden Bridge, also a smaller sysmoBTS. The guys demonstrating it had provided a private mobile network for a festival in a desert in the USA
I dun no, it seems like the board members were from non telecommunications backgrounds.
AFAIK, Nokia should have been using the "cash cow" of Symbian to develop some replacement "problem children" into "rising stars" - which is what they did, then threw it away, followed by killing the cash cow and flushing any remaining cash on a former competitors under developed "pet project".
Re: TCP/IP has been multi-path from the git-go.
Beat me to it.
May be the problem with a phone it that the mobile and wi-fi are given different IP addresses and your phone would have to add a simple virtual host/router to use both interfaces simultaneously. However, my netbook has both on at the same time, not sure how it decides.
IIRC it was pseudo security
If someone was running a fake login screen with password snaffling, then pressing Ctl-Alt-Del would end the fake program, in theory .
Re: Now I'm Completely Confused
Rolls-Royce etc. etc.
Phoney - bit bigger than a phone
Phtwo - ph one, ph two
OK, I'm off
Surely, day 0xFF - flip-flop day
Surely, ...INTERSTELLAR SPAAACE
to keep the recent theme
How far away is it?
Is the 17 hours for the radio signal (18E12 metres away) to get here or for the press release to be published?
If they sent up a series of radio signal relay/booster satellites, with additional instruments, every few years, they might have a chain from the far reaches.
Re: He has gone to work for
One could predict:
Microsoft will move into Apple like devices, meanwhile Apple will move to servers and server OS (enhancements) with their new found 64 bit ARM.
What happened to Continuous Iintegration?
That is all.
Re: Affordability my arse
@03:15 GMT Anonymous Coward
Polycarbonate is used for bullet proof glass, a'nt it? In 2011 Nokia were machining* the phone case out of a single piece of polycarbonate, Apple are innovating again.
* I think they meant machine finishing: mould it roughly the right shape then precise cut with machine tool.
The cleaner could push the debris down (mechanically) and be pushed up itself. Solar energy could be collected and used to lower the debris and raise the cleaner to compensate for atmospheric drag.
Re: Storage Desnity...
The more 1 bits you punch, but the un-punched 0 bits? However, most characters/numbers will have some bits punched.
Each line adds another card or 8 inches.
Re: They totally missed the boat
My Nokia 5800 played BBC iPlayer fine (with the option to download the video and just checked the server for the licence) and it could output to TV with the included AV lead.
However, it wasn't an N series, being much cheaper including free music subscription, so was not the same market as the iPhone.
Re: Travelling Godberries
Aren't most wars fought for acquiring and protecting resources for the greedy, the ideology thing is a marketing smoke screen to make the non-greedy support the greedy cause?
Some belief systems are for people who find science too hard, but mostly it allows oversized groups/packs of humans to live together efficiently (in towns and cities). These are the social protocols which allow trust and trade between people - think about the amount of work getting a bank account, if you did not trust them to look after your money.
Obviously this is an oversimplification.
On my OpenSUSE laptop/netbook
[Alt Gr]+' e -> ê
; -> é
@ -> ě
# -> è
~ -> ĕ
[ -> ë
] -> ẽ
Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal
I don't see how you can say Apple's phone is a fashion item, it has not changed much every six months.
How is it pronounced in Finland? Does that matter?
I think it is Nok ee-a in UK and No key a in US. From Wikipedia it is noc-i-ar ('n'anny, ch'o're, s'c'old, k'i'd, f'a'ther).
Why is Nokia a brand?
A brand name is to indicate a level of quality in the branded product; branded bread did not contain saw dust.
If you "borrow" the brand name, but not the design and manufacture, what does the brand stand for?
The Nokia brand, in phones, stood for robust, value for money, but competent products - admittedly they had MS style cock-ups on the software sometimes.
Re: Smart phone from dumb people
Or get your marketing department to "create" a market in which you can be number one - like unique towns in Britain: the only town which has ... (then a long list of attributes) two public conveniences in the town square.
None of the ancient US software makers seemed to have properly integrated their services they have acquired, I think Apps on a phone are a red herring they typically only provide a "port hole" to one service - Android SDK does have the concept of providing a service to be used by many screen interfaces. MS Office applications played together poorly, obviously written by different (competing) teams, although I accept Excel was about fast calculation and not text layout like Word - there goals were different - is this the US psyche jocks competing and not sharing and helping each other?
I was thinking a plot inspired by Brazil
Re: Another Cloud service down.
It is a time of year when people go on holiday and leave the deputy in charge.
Re: Just counted my tabs
I think there should be a (open) standard for bookmarks, open tabs, passwords, etc.; so that any browser can be used.
Chrome annoys me storing binary data unusable by other applications in my computer's (k)wallet.
Surely propane or butane "refrigerant" is cheaper
Nokia NFC phones pre WP already had some of this
On Nokia NFC phones, Angry Bird players can gift extra levels to each other.
Re: They should try to hold on
I think I agree.
Why do companies only have to have one product (set) ?
Apple appear to have/had several products: iTunes-iPod/iPhone/iPad, Laptop-accessories and iMac-accessories; not all were madly successful, so were quietly dropped. Nokia although providing several services which made their phones better, but seemed too willing to let an incompetent carrier replace them, I think it would be better if the carriers just bought a complete package, instead of not understanding the tech they were selling.
People will put up with an unreliable product and even say it gives it character, but when they are able and can afford a more reliable one they will switch (perhaps after a morning period). Reliability is one aspect of usability, important when you depend on it for communication with family and friends or colleagues and clients.
I think Blackberry should have been in all aspects of company - mobile device communication, a speedy, secure and reliable link between, say, architect's office and their pad/book for showing a client plans. Managing lost mobile devices, not just remote wiping private data, but providing alternate access to that private data - leave your phone on a train, just go to a phone shop at the station, get a replacement (for a cost), type in a configuration key and carry on.
Amazon could use razor blade model and sell it at discount so long as you can only play games from its store or using its services, etc.
Re: Surely it's obvious
It is very difficult to explain to middle management how some "innovation" is good for the business and should be invested in (unless some competitor is already doing it).
Some huddles are the IT department's own doing, and the rest (although various) can be classed as "oil - water interfaces" between different branches of an organization.
IT is often viewed as modern day typing pool or office cleaners, and are too busy with day-to-day duties. They are the nurses of IT equipment - essential and poorly paid. What is needed is a fitness instructor or personal trainer.
Poor internal marketing skills. With someone in technology with a strong clean vision and good communication skills. Innovations (to others in the company) might provide solutions looking for a problem, barriers to entry (user training, new equipment, etc.) which appear too high.
Since it is so difficult for technology departments to plead their case to the bean-counters, the few solutions which do make it, get all the love and the IT department becomes polarized and inflexible - hypothetical example, buying MS products has a clearly defined cost (fixed and variable) over a free/open product with fuzzy costs (this is why cloud services win with bean-counters); more MS tools are bought to service the MS environment, then fashion changes to BYOD and the IT department is left looking stupid.
In your face arrogance, the technology experts use complexity and jargon to exclude other business units. Other business unit leaders send their stupidest employees (from a business point of view) to interface with the technology experts, to avoid feeling stupid themselves.
A new solution to problem would seem a reasonable patent.
A new combination of existing things is patentable.
All that space junk could form a shield against some space rocks
Use this to attach remote controls to the junk
With enough junk, the planet would have a roof, and cool down, would it still rain?
I think other commentators are trying to express, they are sold on things non-technical people can measure, such as, "it is expensive it must be good" or "$famous_person person has one". There are measured by some pseudo-science (or non-provable or fuzzy) quality - intuitive (says Steve), best browser (unable to render sites my Nokia 5800 could).
How is a blank/black rectangle (with rounded corners) place-mat with an unlabelled dimple with a small square in it (a button which does not look like a button) intuitive of a phone or media player? Do four (mainly) unlabelled un-buttons which look like locator pins around the edge help?
One of the tear-down sites calculated it cost $60 to make, assuming manufacturing yield is near 100%.
Me too, first year of Computer Science, but I see this
Re: Dear Steve Bong...
CV out, Portfolio in
may be portfolio is also out, just meet at "the*" sushi bar
* if you don't know which one, then you are not the man for the job.
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
- +Comment EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst