Feeds

* Posts by Tom 7

2817 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Cheap PIC

Debugging embedded hardware is a shit - unless you have a decent emulator. Then you dont need the hardware for educational purposes - at least not a classfull.

0
1
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re End User Desktop

And what better way to present up-to date coding lessons than through the browser?

0
0

Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,

My dad used to write advanced biological textbooks and the bastard publishers managed to convince him that because e-books were more complicated he'd get less royalties on them. Given that he formatted the book on his computer ready for printing and the e-book was automatically generated from that the book he nearly finished when he died is just going online for free!

3
0

NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

Tom 7
Silver badge

A perfect opportunity

for a little green man in the middle attack!

2
0

Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

Tom 7
Silver badge

A pint glass tankard

No! - just fucking no!

0
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: So, a beer-fulled jolly this most certainly isn't.

No - which is why this WONT work - see recent hypersonic tests!

0
0

Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: even a tomahawk can be loaded with a nuke.

re "implosion pressure": these things happen FAST - two subcritical hemispheres of uranium banged together by hand would make about 200 tons of TNT equivalent. Its basically the smallest nuke you can make - anything less would probably be a kinetic device.

Not bad for ~10kg

0
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Why?

Didnt the Aussies do some good work with these until the USA 'offered' them unlimited supplies of analease?

0
0

Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: CS Lewis' food for thought

Worked for Shakespeare - not so much for CS Lewis perhaps...

Quite simply, in electronics its called impedance miss-match. Engines tend not to work without some resistance from the exhaust.

We only produce our best work when its not too easy.

Comments are too easy...

1
0

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Recent news on Page 2

If I take a picture of you with your camera after you asked me to take a picture of it I still own the copyright to the said picture. You still own the copyright of a picture you took of me illegally.

The monkey owns the copyright to the picture not the camera owner, or perhaps the owner of the monkey?

0
5
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Nah

Just because the monkey doesnt own the copyright doesnt mean that Slater does.

0
0

YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

Tom 7
Silver badge

Now the computer handshake

has a buzzer so it can play practical jokes on users.

I can image a lot of these getting broken when hurled across the room in surprise.

1
0

Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Tom 7
Silver badge

Is it a false economy

or just a stupid knee jerk reaction from management?

Did they get rid of the post where someone who knew what he/she was doing in the provisioning of the same?

I remember showing an accountant newton-raphson as a method of calculating the minimum cost of something with a few parameters. He promptly spent most of his time trying to get me fired for showing him up as an ignorant wasteful prat and loosing him a bonus that was more than my salary.

10
0

'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

Tom 7
Silver badge

Can we get the verb "gove" into the next one?

An action taken despite all the experts in the given field pissing themselves laughing at the stupidity of the actor until they realise they are doomed.

3
0

Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

Even the police dont think he had a gun - the best they can come up is that he was struggling for the officers weapon.

4
1
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: "Because vigilantes are never wrong..."

It seems to me that vigilantes usual spring up in areas where there are enough out of control fuckwits to start a vigilante group.

4
4

Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Uber, Lyft, stop being such dumbasses.

@Arnaut the less. The trouble with a scheduling algorithm that keeps black cabs full is it doesnt keep the passengers as happy as it could do and restricts the market (to black cab drivers) making in noticeably more expensive.

0
0

No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re AC:"I hope the new connectors aren't as fragile as the micro-USB connectors."

Most will be. If there is not a fault in the design one will be added in production.

Personally I cant see any need for upgrading any of my machines in the next 5 years for any reason other than 'want one'. I may need to replace failures (see above) but fast connection between devices will be wireless over short range anyway so and anything that requires these sort of speeds will probably be permanently wired with that ethernet stuff where connection times include testing and several 180 degree flips have never been a problem.

0
0

Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

Tom 7
Silver badge

At last

I can record my sex life!

2
0

£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

Tom 7
Silver badge

Shits.

Just shits.

12
0

Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Silicon Graphics

They've been in some web standards groups that seem to have slowed somewhat... ECMA script is still in the early 90's.

0
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Microsoft FAIL

Isn't OpenGL being exposed to the browser in HTML5? Just write your game for the web (firefox) and give MS apoplexy.

0
0

NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

Tom 7
Silver badge

Sod Google

Cmon Ubuntu et all - get your shit working on a phone so I can run anything I want and not have some add tainted crap app that I had on linux (add free) 20 years ago.

1
1

Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

Tom 7
Silver badge

Chromebook

and crouton and the world is your clam chowder - that's a cloudy soup and very nice too!

5
0

Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Tom 7
Silver badge

Blue Mountain

Drunk in its place of origin. Anything else is just a melted icecream.

0
0

Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Tom 7
Silver badge

What is superfast?

My local exchange has been upgraded. Those within the local village who could all get 16M or more now have FTTC. They are apparently taking orders for FTTC outside the village but even BT refuse to accept an order but may let me know when it becomes available.

It seems they have achieved some trigger which means they get public money for their efforts but no-one is really better off bar one company that doesnt know how to compress images.

4
0

Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Research sponsored by IKEA...

being made of paper they should be a lot more solid than their normal produce.

1
0

'Up to two BEEELLION' mobes easily hacked by evil base stations

Tom 7
Silver badge

Be worth it

just for a bit of connectivity!

1
0

IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

Tom 7
Silver badge

They've spawned a monster

The worrying thing is if they connect it to the internet and does what the average teenager does and fills the lab with tadpoles!

1
0

BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Gravy Train

If you're an engineer you'll find the gravy train is in fact a load of shit creek in bucket.

6
0

Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Isn't this just existing technology

Correct. But when you build a business on selling old rope as fantastic new technology you need some patents to cover up the frayed bits.

8
1

Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Setup costs

Legally your ISP is still responsible but they don't always have much control over the last mile.

Well still fuckem - and with luck BT too. I dont care whose fault it is if its not up to contract its not MY fault.

I have a great deal of sympathy for the ISP's being fucked over by BT but in the end its not the customers responsibility to keep shit businesses going. They should shake OFCOM to its core to get something done about it.

12
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Setup costs

If they're not providing the service they should then fuckem.

12
0

Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

Tom 7
Silver badge

I think you've missed the real problems

1)IP - people trying to sneak in IP that will cost everyone other than the patent troll.

2) The desire to prevent the web developing and wiping out certain 'markets'. We've had the ability to do 95% of what WEB2 will offer since the early naughties. But with resistance to getting true OO into ECMAscript and wysiwig IDE's that write shit proprietary code (and encouraged a generation of web developers to believe in KIS (Keep It Stupid)) the implementation of what was possible 20 years ago is few and far between.

We can edit web code in the browser (Orion, ckeditor) With OpenGL directly accessing GPU's we should be able to do graphics editing in the browser (like we could with SVG), sound seems to be pretty sell taken care of now.

The only reason we dont ditch the desktop for the browser in the next couple of years is there are still a few elephants redesigning the wheel so its got more spokes they can shove sticks through. Getting custom fonts into standards is not a great technical achievement - it is, however, a level of patience and tenacity that make Job and Sisyphus look like someone swapped their Ritalin for speed and I congratulate the standards body for getting there without beating their own brains out on their desks.

4
1

Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

Tom 7
Silver badge

Have a word with Ubuntu

and see if you can get them to help you put their Linux on them.

They've already got some of it working and I'd pay for one just to see what apps are usable on the go....

5
0

Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: it aint worth $3 billion for the employees

AInt got golf and backslapping robots yet.

0
0

UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

Trevor Pott - dont use Word then FFS! It will deliberately make cock-ups of ODF so you should just ditch it anyway.

11
11
Tom 7
Silver badge

Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

Cant see why you cant use HTML for collaboration and ditch paper shaped shit altogether.

5
21

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

Tom 7
Silver badge

Hmmmm I'm guessing the 450vDC in is from PV panels

as that's what a lot of the seem to generate.

As for the AC out - well that’s standard. 60hz is OK for the 3rd world I guess but easy enough to make a 50p pic controller make 50 or 60 hz pulse width source at the drop of a resistor.

So just need some amping and some drive trannies...

There must be more to this than you've printed in the article...

1
1

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

Tom 7
Silver badge

Easy to explain

Managers in the UK are grossly overpaid and inefficient and that accounts for the 30% extra cost.

3
0

ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: What's the real market size of x86 vs ARM

I think you'll find they are not a minnow - more a candiru buried deep in Intels BSD.

You shouldn't be worrying about the financial strengths of the two companies. Intel will survive for a long time after its chips are no longer made but I wouldn't buy any shares in it - unless it starts manufacturing ARM.

0
0

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: El Reg... Really?

I think you'll find that its not El Reg that ruins the star wars movies - that's down to the studio.

5
1

Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Moonpits!

The man in the moons zits do not have soup in them!

0
0

MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: I've read about these...

That must have been on motherfucker bottle of tequila then!

2
1

NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

Tom 7
Silver badge

Tossers

literally.

2
1

UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

Tom 7
Silver badge

The police complain about paperwork but do in preference to walking the beat

I'm beginning to wonder whether excessive surveillance is a similar thing - 'we cant take action because we are onto something bigger at the moment and dont want to spoil it' and no doubt the big thing will evaporate while they drink their coffee. Or why didn't you spot that? Well we had so much data that by the time we'd trawled through it it was too late - GCHQ and the NSA are packed with coffee drinking Wallys.

3
0

Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Interesting

And yet most places I've worked they seemed to prefer you stressed to they eyeballs and overworked rather than productive. A macho boss was much more respected than a productive one.

But the best work I've done has been when I've been largely left to my own devices - and not doing important code when hungover or ill as per your Denmark mate.

2
0

Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

Tom 7
Silver badge

Oh dear...

just ignoring parallelisation makes the whole thing a bit moot. Most of the languages listed would have access to the well written and well tested libraries that should be doing the donkey work here.

Even this creaky old laptop has two cores on it and you would like to think people 'doing economics' might like to make their code 'future proof' as well as reality proof.

1
0

NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Just waiting for EELT

Bernie - they will be bright dot but still dots.

Not sure what's happening with the VLTi but that should be 5* better in terms of resolution which may turn the dots in collections of 25 dots...

0
0