1841 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Browsers are dead - it's all native apps?
I hardly ever use native apps, because, lets be honest, the hugely massively vast majority of websites out there need a browser to view them. It would be insane to expect every website to have their own native app.
Or have I completely got the wrong end of the stick?
Re: Write once, copy many
Not quite quite which part of the IT industry the two previous posters inhabit, but it's not mine - here I sit in a building with hundreds of software engineers, in a company with thousands.
It's not all small app teams or IT departments. You need a lot of engineers to produce a lot of software. And software in continually getting more complex, as requirements become more complex.
Re: Very sad indeed...
It's a bit off topic, so please excuse given the subject matter, but relevant..
"The odds of dying per mile are
by car, 1 in 100,000
by plane,1.6 in 100,000,000,000
That is, the odds of dying in a car crash per mile driven are over 625,000 times higher than dying in an airplane crash per mile flown.
The odds of dying per trip are
by car, 1 in 10,000,000
by plane, 1 in 720,000,000
In other words, the odds of dying in a car crash per trip are only 72 times higher than in airplanes. "
Re: Very sad indeed...
Odd that you don't fly due to terrible but fortunately very rare circumstances such as this, when driving a car has a much higher chance of injury or death.
TSMC have more than one plant....
Re: Why quad core?
Why quad core? Marketing, pure and simple. 4 is bigger than 2, and that's all the customer sees.
As for dedicating more die space to GPU - probably better to make the cache bigger. Most current or slightly next gen GPU's do all anyone needs anyway, making cache bigger increase the speed of the existing ARM *and* GPU silicon.
What's interesting is that GPU silicon takes up a lot more space than ARM cores...
Intrigued - in what way is VG a 'fake' space company?
Re: Open source vs closed source
A nine year old bug, that has been in open code for nine years, and has taken nine years for someone to spot even though the code has been available for nine years.
Pretty much exactly the same as would happen with closed source code. Although one wonders if the exploit was only found because the code was open, and wouldn't have been found (by hackers) if it had been closed. Interesting question - do hackers find more exploits from browsing open code than they find in closed code by reverse engineering/trial and error?
Aside from the kernel which has many eyes on it, so is a special case, I do wonder how many bugs are found in OSS code because it's open and people can view it vs bugs found by usage. The huge majority of issues are reported during usage to the developers (even on OSS code) rather than fixed by the finder who in general hasn't the vaguest idea how the code works.
Re: In software instead?
It does indeed need a lot of cropping. And a lot of post processing.
Given that all this 'can be done in post' one wonders why there are so many Steadicam devices/operators out there.
As of Jan 2013 (1 year ago) Gates had given $28B to charity.
I think that is a worthy sum and he is to be congratulated for it.
I wonder if that 1990 system could render in 1080p20 as per the requirements...?
Re: Quake III?
Yes, indeed there are.
But as for your completely missing the point...
The competition is to port the ARM driver to work on the Raspi. A very good way of demonstrating you have done it, is to get it to run Quake 3 *, so that is what has been chosen.
* Quake 3 being a heavy/comprehensive user of the OpenGLES stack that needs to be ported.
Can you explain what you mean please, because I can't see the point you are trying to make.
Re: hmm @asdf
Did you read the title of the post? About Raspberry Pi's? And Broadcom?
You know, a couple of companies with no relationship to ATI at all.
(Oh, and actually these Broadcom drivers do not need fixing, they work fine. But this gives the ability for an open source set of drivers to be developed)
Re: $10K bounty
The graphics stacks currently run on the internal Videocore VPU's on the Raspi, talking to the 3D HW blocks. There is an ARM side shim that takes graphics calls done on the ARM and passes them to the GPU for execution. With the release of this SW (originally for a different chip, with no VPU, so all the work is done on the ARM talking directly to the VC4 3D HW blocks) there is now the ability to port the stack to work entirely in ARM space, effectively an open source 3D driver. So the 3D no longer requires any work being done on the VPU's. It should even be faster.
It also opens the way to an android port.
The Raspi Foundation does not have the manpower to do either of these things, hence the bounty.
As for blobs being as 'problem' - I personally think the aims of the Foundation can be reached with blobs all over the place. But they do get a load of flack from people about it, so why not get rid of some of the reason people whinge?
Don't think it's any worse than a supertanker. It smaller certainly. And you can just turn in to the wind if it gets too much - frontal area looks pretty sensible.
Seems a bargain at 40M Eur tbh. I'd have one. If I had 200M euros (need some spare for the Lambo)
Since its supposed to be Art as opposed to a a functional device (like the iPhone), it certainly seems to tick all the right boxes.
As with any art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm not a fan of most modern art, but that doesn't stop it being art. Unless it's Tracy Emin, in which case it's shiteart.
Isn't is 'advertised' as a platform rather than a finished product anyway? Certainly my impression is this is just a development platform, and not on sale to the general public.
Google would do well to change the name of it though - too many knob-ends think glasshole is oh so witty.
Re: Remember the DC-X?
Re-read my previous post and it read quite negative which was not my intention. I have been following SpaceX since the early days and am a BIG fan of the whole enterprise, and am very impressed with the progress they have made. My point was that the difference between DC-X and SpaceX isn't that great under the skin - they are fuel tanks with rockets on the bottom. But the details - that's where the difference will be made, and I cannot wait for these things to start flying (Esp. F9H with three returnable first stages will be quite something to watch).
But had DC-X had the funding it deserved, who knows where we would be now.
Re: Remember the DC-X?
Better I think. DC-X was a decent bit of kit but woefully underfunded. Grasshopper is bigger I believe, and the F9 bigger still.
But under the skin, they are always a fuel tank + engine + a few other bits and pieces. Not much 'new' technology there, just funding, better CAD/CFD, and better materials.
Yes it will; yes they have.
I'd post a link to lmgtfy, but I can't be arsed.
A lot of people saying these devices are shite. And yet they were launched today and no-one here has ever used one.
How can they make that assumption?
Re: @ CmdrX3
Hmm, what a nice person you obviously are, hoping that the hopes and aspirations of those entering the competition are blow up.
I wonder how Tesla's lack of profits compare with other car manufactureres in the US?
Because a $16M loss doesn't seem that bad for a young company like Tesla, compared with Ford or GM IIRC.
We have a nuclear deterrent for two reasons.
Re: Dyson overrated
I still cannot see how emptying the Dyson (or any other bagless cleaner) is a filthy job. I do it all the time, and get no more dirty than I do emptying a Henry or Meile (yes, have opportunity to empty both). Stand upwind if you are worried about blown dust. It's not rocket science.
As for the filters. Washed the Dyson ones a few time, no problems at all. So not sure what other people are seeing.
Re: Dyson overrated
Whilst no Dyson apologist (just a happy customer), got to point out the FACTUAL ERRORS in your post.
The Dyson is marketed as a BAGLESS VACUUM. That's why it doesn't have BAGS, Bags clog (yes, they really do) and suction efficiency decreases as the bag fills. And emptying and avoiding particulates is trivial. Pop off the container, put it in the wheely bin. Pull trigger. Stand aside if windy which is usual the only hazard.
Second point. The Dyson HEPA filter is washable, and never needs replacing. As is the motor filter.
Re: Something else I won't be buying from Samsung - Vax @AC
Since Dyson's have a 5 year warrantee, and have had for some years, I presume your broken Dyson was really quite some time ago? Wait though - you've had the Vax for 4 years, so the Dyson must be six (by your numbers), so was within warrantee at the time it failed. Something doesn't add up.
Oh, and I still see parts for Dysons from years ago on market stalls. Not that mine have ever gone wrong.
Re: Something else I won't be buying from Samsung
Hmm, my recent experience with Vax is that they are a bit shite (a fragile vacuum and a stream mop - the mop really does push the boundaries of shitely designed product). Esp. compared with my Dyson ball thingy which I have been very impressed with.
I imagine it could take that long to determine the cause of the problem - physically failing memory is a odd failure case (and very rare I would have thought), and would certainly be right down on the list of things to check. After software and all the rest of the HW. And it would be a bastard to debug.
Heard someone on the radio talking about this. He said that the phrase 'frankenstein food' was a 'blight' on the GM industry, but was pretty old hat now, and a completely erroneous description.
Nice to see the Reg dragging us back to Daily Mail land of the 90's.
Maybe, just maybe, those 'unwashed' people you refer to need to buy cheaply so that they can, you know, eat.
Many people out there on the breadline who have never have a holiday.
Re: Now, really
Thanks Disgruntled Yank for posting what he ACTUALLY SAID - quite amazing how bad the deliberate misquote was here.
Re: Don't fry the Pi
I wouldn't say notorious - just take normal precautions to be on the safe side. I've never broken one through static issues and have been fairly lax in my static care.
Re: Before I joined the judiciary
Honda Civic 1.6, 02 plate. 210k miles. IIRC, it's never broken down. I do all my own maintenance. Starting to get creaky, and needs a new clutch (yes, its original).
Modern cars are, on average, more reliable.
Re: OTA updates
As someone above said, Tesla do OTA updates, and have no problems whatsoever. This is a SOLVED problem. It just that Tesla are the only people who do it. So far.
Once again, considering this is a tech forum, the amount of luddites with limited thinking capacity here is stunning.
I'm a school governor on the curriculum committee at a small primary school, as well a softie, as well as a volunteer for Raspberry PI, so that my credentials for what they are worth.
People need to realise that teaching coding (and it's still very early stages) won't affect the basic reading, writing and numeracy teaching. A huge amount of effort goes in to teaching those with special educational needs (i.e. those who are not up to scratch in the basics), and that will not change with the introduction of a new subject. Every child who is below standard gets extra teaching (at least in the school I am involved with). So people should not be complaining that that is going to change just because there is now coding on the curriculum as well. It's a strawman argument.
As for teaching coding itself, I believe that in order for children to make decent career choices, they need to be exposed to coding at school. That way you can find out whether the required aptitude is there. I would put money on there being some prospective best SW engineers in the world, currently sitting in a call centre somewhere, never having coded in their life.
As for the benefits of teaching coding to all, there are a number of principles that are part and parcel of learning about coding that are beneficial even to those who do not end up in a coding career. Logical thinking, decomposing tasks in to subtasks, touch typing(!) etc. Even a basic knowledge of the complexities involved will help when some of these people make it in to management rather than a coding career.
Now, whether the teaching needs to be as long as two years for all, I'm not convinced. I think 6 months for all might be adequate, then stream the people who want to do it/are good at it and get those who don't to concentrate elsewhere.
Year of Code itself? Run by people who really don't know what to do. They have the wrong people in charge, which is sad because there are many people who have be working towards this for years and are very experienced, and who could have been brought in. Hopefully it will sort itself out, but since it seems to be heading the way of most government initiatives, I don't hold out too much home.
Re: To the next issue
God's like that. He hates poofs.
(Rowan Atkinson, NTNOCN)
Re: Schol Reform
We had one fat girl in my primary school, and about two fat people at my senior school. (left school in 85)
Now, I see more chubby/fat children at the local primary, and at the bus stop for senior stuff, than I saw in my entire school career.
But it would be interesting to have official figures. But I trend to believe my own eyes rather than those anyway.
Re: So much negativity.
Why put people off? I can see so many applications for instant data lookup, AR, recording whilst driving in case of accident etc (note, not using it, just recording).
All GG does is put in one handy package what most people have in their smartphone, camera etc already.
So much negativity.
Almost all comments against, slagging off GG, slagging off what people look like when wearing them. Just like every other piece on GG that's ever appeared on ElReg.
And, just like all those other pieces, you guys are just not thinking ahead.
These things or their offspring, are going to be everywhere.
Re: Oh, the pain, the pain
I possibly disagree. Just had an XP install that I have been using for years changed to Win7. It appears to be much faster, uses the memory better, and generally feels much perkier all round. It is 64bit which may be part of the difference.
Of course, Ubuntu on the exact same spec machine next to it is still faster.
Re: a lot of bile for a minor permitting issue.
If that is the case, then the bile reservation needs to be reserved for more than just Google. Please include almost every large corporation.
FFS. It's Eben not Ebon.
He's been in the news enough, you'd hope people would know how to spell his name by now.
(And for those who have been on Mars for the last two years, look up Raspberry Pi)
How about "Beagle - made in Britain!"
Re: So what is the exact problem?
You will need to ask the Chinese for the reason. Good luck!
Re: doing the donut
I also wondered why they don't have some mechanism ('air', wipers, one of those guys at traffic lights) to clear the solar panels. I'm sure there is a perfectly good reason, but would be interested to know what it is.
Re: Apple keyboard
Let me explain. The Apple Bluetooth keyboard is a keyboard. This is a tablet. It has NO KEYS AT ALL.
So could you please explain how this is a rip off?
Re: But first
H265 can get about twice the pixels in the same bitrate at best. The main difference is the variable macroblock sizes IIRC . H264 is 64x64 pixels, H265 can be much larger, with the associated improvement in compression when large areas are fairly constant. This plays in to the hand of higher resolution of course, where you have more pixels in the same image area.
Just one of a number of weird statements or nonsense sentences in the article. Is proof reading a dead art?
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