145 posts • joined Monday 9th November 2009 17:42 GMT
Remember when regular old 2D printers were just shitty tractor fed automated typewriters, and laser printers were horrendously expensive mutilated photocopiers, certainly only useful for a few niche low quality bulk record keeping tasks......
Today I was looking at a 64'' 6 ink wideformat inkjet capable of knocking out a dozen square meters of photo quality print an hour, for pennies a meter, and cutting it all out for me. How times have changed.
My understanding was that apple paid no dividend, and as a result was sitting on mountains of cash.
I've got 3:1 on him having brought it from Cex, and will subsequently be suing the living ballsacks out of Mr Irate Blogger
Flexi-PCB: Comes in standard 0.1'' pitch and you can get connectors with REALLY low insertion / removal force.
Alternative would be a strip of tinfoil with a notch cut as an aid to predictable failure.
copyright infringment is in theory, and despite the best efforts of industry lobbyists, still a civil rather than a criminal matter.
1 when it isn't hillariously expensive
2 when it stops evaporating
although I have to concur, this looks like fluorinert 2.0
Like all none apple products it will have an infinite number of perfectly flat corners.
In as much that the question was put to him by limor fried of adafruit industries, engineering badass and all round awesome gal.
I've also been battling the superduds atrocious Wifi (eventually just plugged in an old ADSL modem / router and set up a new network)
There is a very long thread about it on the virgin forums, where a guy of an engineering bent decided to get to the bottom of it. Short version is that it's the mini-pci wifi card, it's a known hardware issue and it cannot be fixed "in the next firmware update." There is however a DIY solution, buy a BCM94321 (probably want to check this) and a pair of internal laptop antennas, swap the parts and the superdud should boot as normal, but with magical "works as advertised" wifi.
Re: Yeah, terrible service ...
Now do one at 8pm.
selling data retail?
Was that ever a good idea? because frankly it seems bloody stupid now.
I hope that's punched metal tape your talking about son, non of that new fangled magnetic stuff.
Re: I appreciate some os his arguments, but hes also full of shit....
The filters are washable, in mine anyway.
This noise again
Every time I hear an industrialist bitching about a lack of engineers I automatically assume its just setting up a smokescreen for imminent demands for public cash and /or moving a large fraction of their operations abroad.
I've got a fair bit of respect for Mr Dyson so I'm going to take what hes saying in good faith, but as someone who spent his late teens / early twenties desperately trying to get some sort of engineering apprenticeship, and has since given up and taken an MEng with the OU I can tell you all that your average "there's no engineers" complaint is coming from someone who is doing absolutely fuck all to rectify the problem.
A typical argument will go thus:
"Bawww, there is no one with $skillset that we depend on for our business, someone fix this"
"Why don't you take on some apprentices then and train them to be exactly what you need?"
"Fuck that, kids are idiots, we don't want kids scruffying up or lovely factory floors"
"Bawww, we need $highlyspecializedgraduate but no one is training for that anymore!!!!"
"What are you paying, I may be interested in re-training?"
"£18K / year"
Fuck them basically, unless every one of your engineers has a pimple faced 17 year old permanently welded to his hip then you have absolutely no right to complain about a lake of people with the skills you need.
End of cycle.
All the big budget AAA money will be getting sunk into next gen projects, the used market has become homogenised and most gamers will have 95% of whatever games they care to own from the last 5 years, along with a backlog of half a dozen they haven't even got round to playing yet.
A nice fat hardware refresh and some half decent early releases and the money will be flowing through the tills like water again.
Re: I'd rather....
They are, by investing in R&D.
Re: Put in the dishwasher?
when trouble shooting old arcade machines the first step wash usually remove all pcb's, scrub them with baking soda made into a paste and then rinse them under the tap, fixed the problem 90% of time.
Getting electronics wet isn't a big deal, it's getting them wet when they are switched on that fucks them up, that said I imagin the average dishwasher would be a bit harsh on a keyboard (lots of fiddly mechanical bits and such...)
in the spirit of LOHAN..
I think we need a new backronym for Ofcom, one that reflects their status as entirely beholden to the mobile industry. may I suggest:
office for commercial oligarchy management.
kinda sounds like
Or at least a babby version of.
Thumbs up to musk, it's a shame you need to be a billionaire to get any sort of visionary engineering done nowadays.
Fairly Intelligent Release Electronics for Balloon Orbiter Experiments.
G.p.s. Inferred Navigation for Geo Egress Rockety
I used to think dyson was a prick...
He sold overpriced bright plastic tat, was far too patent happy and often succumbed to not-invented-here syndrome (basically the steve jobs of domestic appliances)
Then I brought one for my mother.
They are simply objectively better machines, the amount of thought put into the ergonomics of every little feature is palpable, they are bag-less and have washable filters, they clean better and pretty much anything you could conceivably break is user replaceable. The guy is trying to sell you not only a vac for life, but the best vac he can possibly build. You could use the thing every day for a year and still find some new ingenious little feature that makes you stop and marvel at how much effort has gone into the device.
I've tended towards thinking that the people who complain loudly that theirs exploded after 2 weeks when they tried to suck up a single mote of dust (of which there seem to be no shortage) are the engineering equivalent of people who stick there PC out on the kerb the first time windows fails to boot, having spent the last 6 months installing every dodgy browser toolbar and search assistant they could get their hands on.
As public sector contracts are in no way a hotbed of corruption....
"companies will not be considered for future public sector contracts when they come up for tender because of their poor performance on past and existing government deals."
So does that mean capita are barred for life?
Hold this whitespace nonsense
OFCOM still have to address the issue of powerline networking wiping out WHOLE FUCKING BANDS.
I wish they would stop sitting in the corner with their thumb up their collective arse giggle at the prospect of a fat spectrum auction paycheck and get around to doing the job they were created for, and that my taxes pay for them to do.
You'd be surprised at how much modern industrial kit runs over parallel and serial ports (including the 25 pin variety.of the latter) There are even some nice plug-and-play serial over 2.4Ghz wireless solutions so you can fire up that CNC from your laptop while you sit on the grass next to the carpark smoking a fag.
Re: Exercise in pointlessness
I'd personally be far more interested in a wider gamut than a "better" white, my current TV does white just fine, but there are plenty of shades of orange and violet that it physically cannot display.
Exercise in pointlessness
So long as you need to be able to plug cables into these things then making them arbitrarily thin is just an exercise in extracting cash from wankers. The T.V. in the article is only "kinda 4mm thick" in that all the gubbins has been shoehorned into the decidedly ticker than 4mm base.
Call me back when you can stick them up with wallpaper paste.
Also, white as a 4th sub pixel, wouldn't yellow have been a better option?
Re: Always hated BT, just got BT Infinity
Estate builders do ask virgin if they would like to cable new build estates adjacent to their existing infrastructure, VM flatly refuse every time. If they weren't asked it's because construction firms have gotten the hint and stopped bothering.
VM are interested in only one thing, milking their existing coax network for all it's worth, when their docsis 3 kits tops out (which wont be too long considering how they like to push headline speeds) and someone starts offering half decent FTTP they are going to be dead in the water.
In related news
UK extraditions to the US up 500%, cameron to sign new treaty where "not buying enough Disney DVD's despite having kids" and "knowing about computers and stuff" deemed reasonable grounds for expedited deportation to the states.
DIY filter kits...
Because average Jo office worker is going to have no trouble what so ever terminating coax.
Same old tricks
Never mind this "fastest" nonsense (not an entirely unreasonable claim, with some minor qualification), I think the ASA should be paying more attention to the "Get the edge in gaming" line, considering they have already been bollocked for making exactly the same claim in the past.
Cable modem ping times are jittery at the best of times, combine that with virgin medias patented "High duration packet buffering technology" and dropping 1 packet in 5 as a matter of policy they are demonstrably the worst provider for gamin, and have been officially told as much in the past.
Re: Fairly obvious, I would have thought.
The problem with having all the other operators club together to build a 4G network in EE's spare spectrum is that this would significantly devalue it when it came to auction time, and is thus probably legally problematic.
"The crystals are only stable under cold conditions and actually melt at room temperature"
So it isn't ice-9 then?
Having ones cake and eating it
I buy almost all my games used. I have never once sold a game.
I buy games when they are cheaper, and thus they don't represent a large sum of cash tied up in an "asset",But I think more importantly I buy them when there are enough impartial reviews and user commentary for me to be fairly confident I'm buying something I want to play.
Nowadays where games cost the best part of a days wages, and the review sites that are in a position to do pre-release reviews are the same sites that never give less than 7.5 / 10 and are essentially an extension of publishers marketing departments, game companies are essentially asking average joe gamer to punt a huge wad of cash on something that he may not like, may only last 5 - 10 hours and that in the case of many "AAA" titles may require him to do some unpaid beta testing.
If software is a service, how about not expecting gamers to front up "tangible asset" amounts of cash just to get an unbiased look, and how about an SLA that says it works as advertised and doesn't have any crippling bugs, or is going to have the servers turned off in 18 months, at which point half the functionality is lost. If it costs £40+ and comes in a box it's mine and I'll do what the fuck I like with it.
I thought the rub originally was that M$ wanted to pay-wall iplayer by making it a gold account only service, which the BBC took issue with due to that whole "technically they've already paid for it" issue.
So the question remains, is it pay-walled or not?
My only disapointment
Is that we didn't manage to fund this within the first 24 hours.
Never has a bigger fuck you been articulated towards EA and Activision than tens-of-thousands of gamers proudly throwing their money at the promise of a game free from the interference of them and their ilk.
Re: Money for old rope.
I thought my comments about tooling costs could be read more broadly to mean "I know they have to recover sunk costs but..." rather than "They only need to recover tooling costs and....." The rest of the post still stands, it's massively over priced considering material cost and optical performance and is priced far too dearly for mass appeal. They would have been far more likely to make their fortune selling a million of these things at £10 each, rather than selling 1000 at £70 a piece.
Personally I think R&D costs were a few hours in autocad, and enough business bullshit to hoodwink a venture capitalist, the thing is objectively an optical and ergonomics disaster. Software development and web-hosting costs as much as your willing to spend, which can be a lot when it's someone else's money and the project lead is your best mate.
Re: Money for old rope.
Thinking the same. Decent lenses aren't cheap but you can get canikon "niffty 50's" for the same sort of money (maybe another £20) that are an order of magnitude more complex, and with apparently 2 orders of magnitude better image quality judging from the frankly shocking video.
I know injection molding tooling isn't cheap and this isn't going to be flying off shelves any time soon, but it's priced far too dear for a gimmicky toy, and performs far too poorly for any sort of serious video blogging nonsense.
I fucking told you so.
Pay cheap Chinese shit rates, get cheap Chinese shit.
Firstly they couldn't source a suitable xtal (probably one of the most commodity-ised components going) and now they've been caught out swapping what I'm sure they assumed were generic RJ45 sockets for the ones they were told to use. Next we'll find out they thought the vias were ventilation holes and didn't bother to plate them.
I think the training manual for "cutting edge" Chinese assembly lines can be summed up as "the hot stick melts the shiny stuff, now work faster!"
The marketing department definition of "Unlimited"
The one that means "limited, in-fact we publish a specific limit"
The only thing worse than broadband marketing is these mobile phone offers where you need a PHD to understand the pricing structure (and when you do, you inevitably find out your paying 60p / min for calls despite them tripling your credit and giving you 1000 free texts if you top up £7.45 when Jupiter is at perihelion) and lo-and-behold it's largely the same crowd that are offering you these "deals" as are trying to sell you "unlimited*" broadband
*Unlimited in terms of ACK packets send between 1:00 and 1:15 on wednesdays
Is my fucking MKV support!!!!
For a console that integrates so nicely into a decent home cinema system this is a massive oversight (or rather apathy on sony's part) I was going to buy my parents a PS3 for xmas but got them a NAS media box instead for just this reason, so I can confirm that it's cost them at least 1 sale.
Will they actually be making any?
or have they just dropped $35M on patents because their existing portfolio has had some rather large holes poked in it recently.
There really needs to be some sort of limitations on damages to non-practicing entities.
If it stick a pair of hobby servos in a football and cover it in silicone sealant do I get a research grant too?
I honestly think the rotating straw was a better idea, and that's saying a lot considering how hilariously bad it was. This is what happens when you let design students attempt something best left to (lonely) engineers.
If you will insist on transmitting with several orders of magnitude more power than your spectrum license permits then I'm not surprised the test were rigged to fail, lightsquared ensured that themselves when they let them have equipment to test.
Didn't they have a single electrical engineer on the books who had the balls to tell them that unless the laws of physics changed overnight their whole business model was fucked.
All helicopters are fitted with a self destruct mechanism, it's called "being a helicopter." Letting go of the controls for a few seconds should be very quick and effective in reducing it to an unrecognizable pile of scrap.
I think it's not unreasonable to call foul when a public body decides to dump an extra 1/4 million devices into an already notoriously overcrowded band.
Id bet a penny to the pound this was a case of bean counters deciding that that free, unlicensed, and available as off-the-shelf transponder modules bit of spectrum was by far the cheaper, and thus better option. Sod the engineers with their petty concerns about "reliability" and "responsible use of a public resource".
So it pre-empts your shutter release, decides how many shots to take, and then decides which ones your going to keep.
I always knew these premium "point-and-shoots" were aimed squarely at the spray and pray crowd but this is really taking it to new levels, I wouldn't be surprised if the camera started demanding a photography credit next.