235 posts • joined Tuesday 1st May 2007 13:28 GMT
Re: Another nail for M$
That reminds me of Mucky Foot's Urban Chaos
It won't be any good until version 3
Odd numbered versions good, even poor.
Re: Two years too late
Or perhaps a Nokia smartphone which run Android apps
Re: Over forties
Seeing the first 2009 film at the Cinema, I though Quinto had Spock nailed, and Pine was close, but seeing it on TV recently, I don't think even Nimoy was convicted of Pine's Kirk. The first film suffered from too much explaining and not enough science (fiction). Saldana has not yet developed into the character played by Nichols.
Some of the original series charm, is also that of Doctor Who - low budget Hitchcock effects, is missing.
My COBOL book is on an unreachable shelf, at this moment, but isn't the IDENTIFICATION DIVISION the short one?
I seem to remember using the same template, with all the long words already filled out and spell checked, for almost every program and usually someone (the database guy) had already filled out the records with all the fields, and you just had to extract/print the indicators.
Oh the fun of each processor having its own machine representation of numbers.
Re: UK gov is the only reason we have a MS Win machine
One bit of a gov.uk site did insist on uploading a Word dot-doc and would not accept a text file, but you could copy n paste from your text file into the web-page's text box, so no biggie.
Re: Never put complexity into code
Re: Linux (and X) on Tablets
Re: Fibreglass? Meh!
I would imagine they build an empty shell of fibreglass, and the locals fill it with soil dug out to make the containment pit.
Surely, it would be better to use the mechanical rotation directly (like during the industrial revolution: a man or boy or steam-engine got the wheel up to speed).
Changing the radius of the mass, would change the speed of rotation.
Kinetic energy; K_r = 0.5 m v^2 or 0.5 I w^2
Moment of inertia for a particle mass m at radius r; I = m r^2
So it is better to increase radius of the rim and angular velocity w, except centripetal force is F_c = m r w^2
Lets say 1 tonne rim at radius 1 metre, energy 15 kWh = 54 MJ; w = 329 rad/sec = 52 Hz = 3138 RPM; tangential velocity = 329 m/s (almost speed of sound) = 1184 km/h = 740 mph -- sonic boom anyone?
A 12V 60Ah battery is 0.72 kWh -> 15 kWh = 21 batteries
Re: Streetmap is superior
Yes, but the pedestrian route is often stupid.
The USA has missed a trick
If they have a separate trademark office and patent office, they can employ more officials and charge handling fee twice.
Would separating the brand from the inventions help?
Re: Privatised Education
No it wouldn't, banks do not have the skills, only those who can guarantee the loan by having rich or influential parents, and perhaps company sponsorship, would go to University. Many parents might re-mortgage to pay for their offspring, but few teenagers would thank you for taking away their minor luxuries so they can go to Uni. and have the guilt placed upon them.
Re: the obvious
You can patent new combinations of existing things, but that assumes it solves some problem combining the things. For example using a large finger compared to a fine (resistive) stylus on a touch-screen creates problems of the finger obscuring what you are trying to do.
As we know, the smartphone and laptop computer have converged, there are few or no problems implementing desktop/laptop tech on a smartphone.
Or Microsoft copied...
Duncan Cragg from 2008
The emperor has no clothes
Apple's marketing style (what they are trying to patent) is Designer/Artistic.
They took animated cartoons conventions, where hard unsquashable solid things squash and deform when they hit, applied then to UI elements. Similar had been done in Gnome, KDE and probably Mac desktop machines with suitable graphics cards. Apple have heritage in this, but are not unique, some PC computer games had similar features of simulated inertia, Black & White and Startopia come to mind.
NeXT obviously invested a huge amount in the NEXTSTEP user-interface guides/standards, many of them which make a lot of sense, but have been copied without knowing why (cargo-cult), but quite frankly some of these standards are not very usable, I don't believe they tested them on real people. The two finger rotate and zoom is hard to use or bewildering in many cases. Page up/down with the scroll bar was a nightmare, after Windows, and many word-processors showed the section/chapter title as you grab the scroll handle and drag it quickly up and down.
The iPhone camera had that elaborate camera shutter/iris effect while the slow processor compressed the image just taken, other phones and cameras would show a progress bar or work fast enough not to need it. One of the Nokia smartphones could rotate its UI in a blink of an eye, Nokia did not see a need to animate the rotation, but from Apple's point of view it is like smooth scrolling versa jump scrolling, sorry fluid scrolling.
Apple were good, but they could not break the backwards compatibility trap of things users have learnt but are no longer needed - why on earth does an iPhone need iTunes? Apple (and Microsoft) have held back the desktop computer for 30 years, we still have to do unnecessary things in their user-interfaces.
I don't remember this at all in Minority Reports
Unless you are referring to TC's acting.
Re: Don't forget...
The Wright Bros designed the user-interface (Wikipedia).
Red-rag Last Paragraph
"So dust off the GPS, fire up Google Maps and join The Reg’s Geek's Guide to Britain for a geeky potter around our nation's sci-tech hotspots."
Marine chronometer (working), UK, 1761 - GPS still uses precise time
Decca Navigator System, UK/USA, 1944
AutoRoute, UK, 1988
Ordnance Survey, UK, 1995 - large-scale electronic mapping
Re: Why Care About The OS?
Few people have the time or tools to evaluate hardware, firmware, and software mix, so they rely on brands, (except Apple) there are three brands to consider: one for the hardware, one for the firmware/OS, and a multitude for the software/apps.
Like with cars, there are different manufacturers, VW might use Bosch electronics, and you might fit Michelin tyres.
A strong brand might have enough goodwill to survive a few mistakes. You pay a little extra for a brand because of the notion of quality (not luxury) it provides (McDonalds is not a luxury experience, but of a known quality).
How do brands become strong?
Wouldn't it be more likely...
The TV programme gave some celebs the heads-up in a mutual promotion kind of thing. Newspaper critics often see and report a pre-screening of a programme.
The programme is saying, because of local laws, the warranty is extended when you get a replacement phone, but not if you get a replacement part; Apple do not offer replacement phones, like they do in rest of the world. There are probably several simple fixes: change to law to provide warranty extension on replaced parts, etc.
Since Apple do a lot of business in China, I doubt they want to lose them as either market or supplier.
Re: Am I missing something?
Although world-wide, the iPhone is second place in market share, I think they are quite popular in the USA.
Rather annoyingly, friends call both Nexus 7 and 10 an iPad (and complain at the high cost of getting an iPad for their daughter), so iPad is now becoming the generic term for an iPad like device.
Re: Faster, higher, better ...
Doesn't push services like MS Exchange demand you have an always on connection?
Pulling/polling on the email/calendar server every 10 mins (using lowest power data) and switching to fastest when there is something to down/upload, perhaps.
Isn't just to allow emergency services
to contact your loved ones, when you have been mugged for your iPhone, oh wait.
Re: Will someone think about the nozzles?
The filament is pushed through a temperature controlled heated nozzle. Typically gear teeth grip the cold filament, and it is heated to its plastic (and sticky) point.
For overhangs without separate soluble support material, a scaffold is built with a very thin breakaway to the overhang. Also models can be made in parts and glued, snapped or melted together, perhaps using alignment studs.
or Esc ZZ (if you want to save and exit) or Esc :q! (if you wish to quit and disregard any changes)
The Esc exits insert mode (if any), the : (colon) gets you to the "ex" command line, where (in VIM) you can type 'help'
Sorry to be so yawn-worthy
The emergency/parking/hand brake has to be a separate system, AFAIK
Re: on the other hand....
My Impreza was modified by a pheasant.
Perhaps some sort of education, but wrapped up in a less 'dusty jacket'.
Typing hex listing (on a rubbery keyboard), I think made me a more careful coder. Although I take longer to write the program, than the other programmers, they would spend all day in the debugger which I rarely did (unless trying to get one of their programs to work).
Re: Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already
I was more upset by 'the present a press release as an article'.
The Broadcom chip can be either reader or tag, and I think a version (bonding option) has an embedded secure element (SIM) in the package (for mobile phone use). The aerials range from credit card size down to postage stamp, but this was last year.
Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already
Re: Baaa baaa baaa!
It is also a protest, indicating that Facebook user is unhappy with Facebook misrepresenting them.
Re: Does anyone know the etimology of the word "Inglish"?
I think I read, all those years ago, it was like English, but not quite English, hence Inglish.
It's just marketing...
Aplle is a "hi-tech" company, to be the highest tech company, it has to have (all) other companies copying, in their made up reality.
It is not really to do with engineering and technology, I think Apple have some very talented people, even if their trade-dress nodes towards Braun and Quad Hi-Fi
Re: Great where do I sign up?
If you consider an XML or HTML document a tree (elements within elements) and directory structure as a tree, why the separation between the file tree and the directory tree?
Many places access a Linux workhorse computer (farm) through an X-Windows* server running on a Windows desktop machine.
* I heard, X-Windows has a server displaying the graphics and gathering the keyboard and mouse input, for an X-Windows client application running remotely.
Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...
Does it do USB host mode with an adapter?
Not that you want a memory stick tail.