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Sophie once said, "we wanted to make a processor fast enough to run BASIC so that we wouldn't have to work making games in machine code like we did on the BBC B."
High motives indeed and one that is still carried out to this day by computer engineers everywhere!
Re: Taking a byte at history
I used a 6502 second processor on my Electron. Does that count?
I guess a Microsoft distributor was having supply issues and thought to use stock destined for USA to the EU?
Or people are finally paying the price for buying ultra-cheapo TVs from a Supermarket rather than from a decent electronic shop?
I mean who buys a TV with only 1 or 2 HDMI sockets!
Re: Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks.....
Who let the Dinosaur in?
Time to be sent to the Farm...? :)
How about a line that says "Removed for suspect of cheating"?
What, no one has an oscilloscope they can pin on the CLKs?
90% of the Chinese tablet/phone market use overclocking to boost performance over lifespan.
Us IT engineers aren't getting any thinner you know!
Use Papyrus we know that lasts for thousands of years!
Can the Register writers use up to date international standards and get the Editor to proof read it?
In Britain we use Centigrade, we threw out Fahrenheit with the dinosaurs guys. :)
Or is the author the only IT journalist still using units from the Stone Age? :)
Alternatively use both units please.
Come Register, don't go all 'American' on us.
Only USA fans are Whovians.
Most young adults carrying smart phones no longer wear watches.
Or didn't the manufacturers notice this? :)
Well that's me not buying any future gadget from LG.
I'll be making sure I tell my friends too...
And what about your project is 'Sonic' or even a 'Screwdriver'? Hmm?
NASA IT staff should be sacked and replaced with real IT engineers.
No British Doctor Who fan calls themselves 'Whovians'. Only the Media who don't know any better...
Flash is already obsolute. R-RAM is the future....try to keep up..
Ok. Obvious if unanswered question.
As a web browser user how do I tell if a site is using RC4?
Ok. So who was the Reseller?
Pretty obvious to me that they wanted to release early 'by accident' to get extra sales and free advertising.
They wouldn't be the first or last company to try it on...
What no 3rd backup?
Can't parachuters have a large airbag they can deploy. Ok may not work, but better than nothing I suppose?
Why do I get the horrible feeling that people want this Probe to fail?
Ordinary folks don't know how computers work. Most just use them and have no idea how to turn off/on even simple options (like renaming files or deleting unused shortcuts on the Desktop) so just assume it's been set up safely.
We reading this know the truth. But 90% of folks don't understand the issues or how to avoid them.
Now let that sink in.
Now try telling at least one relative/friend/passerby that they need to defrag a drive, update malware/virus definitions, use better Browsers or run regular 'chkdsk' maintenance.
They'll look at you as if you were a Witchdoctor from deepest Africa speaking a foreign language.
Computers need to be made much more simply.
MK14 wouldn't have taken a keyboard. More like hexidecimal pad and a row of magnified LEDS.
Time to rework the famous Kepler life equation? :)
The first thing we'll have to sort out is universal time (UTC).
With every object in an orbit having a different day cycle, do we try to keep everyone to Earth time or adjust it to each planetary day?
So maybe have a local backup on your own systems which then backs up to the Cloud?
Or is that too simple?
I hear that Brass used to kill off bacteria. But when hospitals switched door knobs, handles, fittings from brass to steel or plastic they removed an important barrier against the spread of infection without realising!
The trouble with using an oversized transmitter is that the receiver still has to handshake with the transmitter. So if the pacemaker has a tiny aerial there is no way for the large transmitter aerial to pick up the miniscule signal from the background radio noise found in a typical domestic environment.
Personally anyone who uses these autotills should be ashamed of themselves.
They are promoting the demise of a person's job.
I never use them and hopefully never will...
Re: A bit late & expensive
Maplin's already on their 2nd 3D Printer...
So they were all previously reported?
So what's the fuss?
Next year the EU will hopefully be tackling standardising power supply connectors on Laptops and Tablets. About time!
Re: Standardised connector
That's why proper USB chargers put a 150 ohm resistor between the data lines.
When the device senses this, it assumes it is a high ampere charger.
Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB
Mini USB is a horrible connector. The weight of the plug breaks the socket over time and wasn't designed to be plugged in and out very often.
Micro USB was.
Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB
Eh? What happened to the use of a 150 ohm resistor between the data lines?
On that day I was 22 year old, working in Ferranti (a military based electronic company). A manger rushed through to tell us all that a nuclear missile alert had been given. We just waited and waited. We had no TVs, no radio, no phone access.
We just sat in the middle of Edinburgh waiting and talking about the end of the world...
It was pretty scary I can tell you...
At lunch time we came out and wondered why no one else seem to know. We were later told it was a mistaken announcement. Phew....
Re: wifi access an
How about a tag on a café table?
Your phone sends the café a text message to say you want some service?
If I could get from Maplin a NFC reader with the ability to switch a relay then these tags could be used as a key.
Otherwise they're pretty seriously limited to the average DIY Maplineers.
Re: Key finder?
Sure. Your phone needs to be within 2cm of it.
Or buy a high powered scanner about the size of a suitcase to be able to get a range of several meters.
If course you can.
You just don't know how.
Let me prophesy that it will have no IT jokes in it that only those with IT knowledge will get.
They dropped all of those after season 1. :(
Re: the 20p scale
So tired of seeing narrow minded reviewers using non standard items for measurements. Just use a ruler please!
Re: For anyone who thinks a 4K screen would be any use in their house...
Something wrong somewhere. Viewers are noticing a 50" 4K TV at 6" away looks much sharper and more detail than HD.
Just jump to 8K?
With the Japanese giants already talking about 8K TV, why are we even bothering with 4K?
It took time for people to become tired with Intel and its ways. So when ARM came along it was a breath of fresh air.
RISC OS/ARM programmers were much in demand back then.
But it takes software not hardware to win success. Lyon wasn't the only company who didn't understand that people buy hardware to run software that's available. Not the other way round. :)
Liquidmetal coated devices scratch surprisingly easily...
I loved the way that RISC OS used vector based addresses.
So when you needed to upgrade any part of the OS you just ran the new software. No need for a reboot.
When I moved to Windows XP, it seemed so backwards and primitive.
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