2285 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 09:09 GMT
I've just played 20khz sine at full volume into my laptop speakers - right next to the microphone and the microphone picked up nothing. A condenser microphone picked up the birds the other side of the double glazing but not the speakers. Plugged in the headphones which are rated to 20khz and next to the condenser microphone the birds still out did it, breathing in the same room swamped the lot.
"who bothers to learn COBOL, FORTRAN, or ADA any more?"
Software Engineers who are interested in making their code work with the above - or even fixing it. You can write unit tests and- fuck me - good comments in all the above. Just because a language is old doesn't make it immune from good software practices. But I bet the budget and management probably do.
Re: Take two elements into the shower?
does the Pro V bit mean its no good for buffing up a Brazilian?
This is incredibly worrying, stressful and inconvenient
and I expect full recompense for the aforementioned will be rapidly paid into the bank accounts of the directors.
" As one of those capitalists, you're not going to skimp on $100k or $200k on wages"
get real - the crew will be paid space peanuts but their management will get asteroid sized gold nuggets for shouting contradictory instructions into the space telephone.
By 2017 even Android sales will be a falling.
I've just got an android phone - now rooted to Linux. It will be a phone in my pocket and I will be able to plug it into a monitor,keyboard and mouse and usb storage when I need them. Apart from a presence on a distribute server farm somewhere its almost all I need to run my business and life. I have access to just about every linux package I could ever want - even Java! I can turn it into a full blown music workstation, recording studio and media player as an when I like. Without letting some tosser at Google or whoever wrote the poxy app was written know anything about me or my habbits.
I can even run OpenOffice for people who need 19th century documents.
Its a pretty powerful computer and it can do computery things and I'm not sure why Android was ever needed.
And for a giggle I can make the desktop(?) look like an Apple device so no-one steals it.
In 2017 MS wont be getting much Android tax as a £50 phone or tablet with linux on it will sell a lot better than the same hardware with Android for £60 and will be more than good enough for most people.
It wont become universal
They'll just sell a couple of hundred meters to some 'audiophiles' and make all the money they'll ever need.
"laws is that they will stop the technology dead in it's tracks."
unlike natural things like trees and valleys I suppose?
Have you seen how much Hogwarts wants for the patent on this?
Real patent trolls are not to be messed with!
Re: I think it's probably still best to keep Bruce on stand by,
always keep Bruce on standby - never on set please.
Not that Toxteth
Wasnt he famous for the Smelliest bottom burp ever?
Re: I'd venture that the 4k limit
Event the mini-computers of the age used similar addressing models. Mind you 4K in those days was the price of a good sized house.
Re: A bit harsh?
No not harsh enough - she was in the job while some progress was made, but I feel she was more surfing a tidal bore than making waves.
Webs? 5 of them?
And an empty waterbottle I'd hazard.
"Not a single human being living in poverty
anywhere in the world will be better-off if we fail in Bali."
And very few if any will benefit if you dont. Some multi-nationals will do very well.
I wonder if the noises at night
were really a clean up squad.
Re: Make the eejets go crazy bronkers
There are about 3000 excess deaths due to the extra security in airports these days - it just wastes that many lives a year hanging around.
Veni Vidi Reliqui
Front page didnt look...welcoming.
Re: GRAPHENE, GRAPHENE,GRAPHENE!!
You could be right - I'm hoping for lots of graphene tubes filled with hydrogen to act like dirigibles in the second world war to bring these things down.
Re: SHOCK! BBC type discovers what real work is
Its only the workers that get paid shit - the management would just up the licence fee to £230 by sacking a few of themselves for more cost than keeping them on gardening leave for the rest of their days.
Actually thats Blackberry doomed
MS will employ the whizz kids to get VBA running on RT.
Generic standard components is best.
When I were a lad I could get out a set of spanners and fix my bike. A bit later jap bikes came over and apart from falling off cos the brake was on the wrong side I suddenly needed two sets of spanners and nuts and bolts got buggered cost they didn't fit so not only did diy become a nightmare a great moneysaver got priced out of existence.
Then some idiot invented unglueable plastic which is impervious to any form of repairs and everything was made of that so I might want a 3d printer so I can repair a thousand items that require one bizarrely shaped plastic element.
It could be fun though - can you imagine being able to repair all those items or maybe ever print your own refillable printer cartridges but I imagine the main use will be in school arts classes making 3d selfies or bloody customises cute kittens.
Re: "Forced" to stay open .. running up masssive losses
Works for the banks.
Is this Lukes brother
or is Skywater no relation?
Tried to spot it this morning - brilliant moon, lots of cloud, thunderous hail followed by clearing sky just as sun came up.
Cold and bright coming tho!!
Re: Dropbox vs Twitter
"if Twitter ever manage to figure out how...."
Been a long time and nothing yet - their only hope now is to get embedded in government policy.
ECL and other stuff.
I was working on ECL late 80's - power hungry but around 100 times faster than the CMOS available. I did some simulations of a cpu based on a 600 transistor CPU by MJ Shute. IIRC it was had more bang per watt than the available cmos options at the time - the ram would have been problem though!
An earlier post suggests software needs to catch up.
I think we need to be more flexible and efficient. My laptop and the 4 other machines in my house are utilised at around 2% of available cpu and thats running the occasional network wide rendering or collapsing star simulation - if I get a successful one I dont know if my use will increase or decrease.
I'm expecting a parallella board some time but I have more than enough umph to run the offices and workstations of most of the small companies I've worked for and still have some spare.
The one thing that would every office I've worked in by two or so orders of magnitude is open data standards. Just being able to read in someone's address and invoice structure correctly 99.9% of the time and bill them similarly would reduce PC and dull office positions at a stroke.
Could do it on 286 machines with EDI and kermit on 2400 baud modems, The same operations today take up whole departments printing out PDFs and Word documents to type in ....
Did MS not patent that a long time ago?
Re: Is it just me?
Yes it is just you. We should do the sensible thing and strangle Google, and while we're at it we should bring back the old motoring analogy and ban motor cars and get everyone back on horses.
Re: Sorry, but...
While I would in no way recommend the device in the article my TV is in a place suitable for viewing and my audio system for listening to music is in a different place - to use it for TV audio would not be nice -especially as the screen would probably resonate at moderate volume.
Not in London
saw five minutes of some time travelling Hot Tub film last night so will not 'Wait for movie'.
Re: A religion, not a drink...
Most of the flavour in coffee comes from burnt and caramelled sugars produced by the roasting.
I have managed to impress some gastronomic 'experts' with a coffee made from burnt baked beans who were all convinced it was a high grade Blue Mountain as I had a left over packet where I put the beans before they arrived.
But why the hell drink anything that might sober you up for gods sake!
Reg units please!
Enough power to flash fry 200 elephants every 3 minutes or something?
And dont do it in paper format!
I can quite happily have netbeans or some other user friendly behemoth on one half (2/3) of my laptop screen and some free flowing html that tells me how do what I need to learn on the other half(1/3) .
But paper shaped documents need to be on a separate workspace to be legible are just a sodding pain as are website designed by designers and not users.
And video can fuck right off.
What the hell for? Real ale never needs to be cold and white wine is for the ladies who can never enter. And cider should be kept in barrels sufficiently large to keep the cold of winter in throughout the summer.
So that leaves crisps. Or lager if you have a shooting range?
Re: The ultimate recliner
A recliner is a bit sissy. I have seen one of those circus gymbal wheel thingies modified as a gaming console where it rotated according to the game players supposed motion.
Looked fun but it smelt horribly of vomit.
No reports in the wild.
According to Norton.
So they've found if they can modify their own source code they can put a virus in? At the place it was discovered I mean.
Re: Anyone remember
I remember - those were the days when things were scheduled and planned and went smoothly. Now you can just shout and firefight - makes you feel and look good but seemingly highly unproductive unless you can fuck up a whole financial system.
Space research is fantastic and we have come a huge way in the last 50 years or so.
Alas in the last 30 accountancy developments have meant that any money headed anywhere ends up in the wrong place legally.
In a couple of years India's Mars mission will turn into a Bacon Triptych in an office somewhere.
Are we allowed to bite arms that come across our faces?
I haven't used public transport for a while but people using phones dont seem to be aware of other humans.
Re: Not entirely retarded. @xenny
" (albeit with no macros, again to prevent malware)"
Thanks - made my day
nearly ruined my keyboard collection too...
Beer, lots of beer, shitloads of beer
And I might be persuaded it looks like a unicorn
But I doubt it - even if you are buying.
Re: "Allegedly." -> Thank you
Are you sure they didn’t top themselves after watching it and realising there really was no hope.
Slammed shut the door
and all the windows popped open!
Re: Management theory fad bites dust when proved a failure
I'm surprised! In my experience everyone else is blamed when a management theory is proved a failure. There's a rotten 'ya canny break the laws of management' attitude out there and facts have never stood in its way before. I'd be inclined to think this is just management speak for 'Oh yes you will all get rewarded for the work you do....if there's anything left after management share options are exercised'.
Once a company has gone this rotten it will be almost impossible to undo the damage as the people in charge are the people who got there via the old route - they're didn’t reject their promotions then, they're not going to let them slip now.
Re:>**Space is not grey.
Its actually transparent so it has no colour at all - least of all black which would absorb anything trying to pass through it.
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