60 posts • joined 1 Feb 2010
The universal tool
We used to say an orthopaedic surgeon's screw driver is a hammer, and for this robot a circular saw is it. I always struggle to find the right screw driver...but now my entire box of dozens of tools is going to be replaced with just one...
Running headless over wifi this can't be beaten
The old Model A suddenly becomes extremely attractive, considering it is cheaper than an Arduino Uno. For simple non-realtime IO, running headless over wifi, this really can not be beaten.
iPad vs !pads...can Nexus compete using specs and features?
Being faster, with a better screen, a more sophisticated UI and good battery life and cheaper, picking these devices may seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately all of these still fail against brand recognition. People on the street don't play the numbers game. The majority of potential purchasers will continue to ask things like "will iTunes work?" does it do "Facetime?" and see tablets as either ipads or !pads.
These days, acknowledgement of a vulnerability is one step away from admission of liability. Commercial OS distributors that use/depend on borrowed code have a flexible view of responsibility for the vulnerabilities, that allows them that to say "It's not that serious folks" while the community cures the problem for them.
Who can forget SOHCAHTOA?
I say sock-it-to-her. This China OS probably closed source and filled with Chinese government back doors to replace the NSA back doors. Lose-lose situation but which loses more?
Did it fall or was it pushed?
Methinks there is more to this...Martians playing skipping stones rather than rolling stones
Re: College/school work?
Could she do everything she wants to do in a browser? Is she likely to be net-connected every where she wants to use a computer? Is she completely independent of any specific windows/mac software? If the answers are yes, then probably this is a reasonable choice. Chances are no.
I bought my first daughter a Chromebook for Uni. She could not get on with it. My second daughter uses it for everything she wants to do, and does not notice any loss of productivity. I find that spreadsheets and word processing functions very limited in Google's own services, but with Microsoft Office, Zoho writer etc these basic utilities are nearly very good.
The pluses:- fast start up, long battery life and lightweight, low-cost computing, with an option of Crouton for a fully fledged OS, mean that for some this is an excellent system
Ok not long ago an evangelical guru was appointed to migrate the NHS to open source.
Microsoft responded by making their licensing terms more generous.
The NHS accepted hinting that this was the plan all along.
NHS procurement is a corrupt, incompetent, bunch of bureaucrats who get things that they do not use themselves (software, drugs, implants) by putting out a tender, and waiting for the vendors to do their marketing. Those with the fanciest presentations and the biggest kick backs get the deal.
Ref: NP4IT, Microsoft NHS deals, Darent Valley and Pembury Hospital PFIs etc.
New to the Foundation, but both already well established Linux companies. A significant change would be when a non Linux company joins the foundation...e.g. the NHS, the NSA, or Newscorp,
The opposite of Gaffa...
Might be an idea to let the rockets escape...setting them off on a diverging, ascending directions and taking a wide angled picture as they head off into space. Advantage...also get an indication of thrust, acceleration and an idea of optimal launch angle...
Well it stops people forking around, going where they shouldn't, unless they are Google
Makes sense to me. Seems it is the only way to get a unified, unfragmented platform experience, with hardware manufacturers differentiating with strengths of the hardware, and software developers having a consistent API to work with. Having a core that updates across all devices rather than at the manufacturers' or service providers' whim would be useful. Of course you might have some concerns about privacy...
Of course, Android could run on a windows kernel
just like Gnome, KDE etc can run on Windows. It appears to be a way of getting the established android app ecosystem with a trajectory to have a windows internals in the future. Stage one of the good old Embrace, Enhance, Extinguish ideology
Even Russian hackers need inside info...
..and with no access to the back doors in American software, provided by the platform (windows, IE etc), or physical access to the networks of websites which mostly hosted in US (google etc) they have a tough time doing any effective cyber spying. Money is not the limiting factor, knowing the weaknesses (deliberate or discovered) is more important.
A tiger never changes its spots
Microsoft has a history of this kind of behaviour, deliberately crippling cross platform compatibility. Producing error messages that alarm users hoping to use non-MS products is certainly not new... avid reg readers will recall http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/11/05/how_ms_played_the_incompatibility/
and making people attempting to use Linux VMs uncomfortable clearly a key objective
Ruskies annexe the ISS next
If the only folks that can maintain the ISS with people, fuel and equipment...they could claim squatter's rights...
Hand back the geek ID card, return the butter knife and leave
All hardware upgrades should include a test of network connectivity with a Live USB or Live CD. True IT pros never leave home without such a bootable medium for roadside emergencies, much as ambulance men carry an Ambi bag with them wherever they go.. Modern OSes need network connectivity to complete installation, driver support, registration. Any reader without a puppy on a stick deserves nothing but a long (but not lonely) walk of shame.
Wonder if the Russian thought of counter-sanctions against the ISS. Without Soyuz that $150 billion dollar space station is toast
.New-OS-talgia def. pain of installing a new operating system
It does not make sense to migrate a desktop system running XP into windows 7-8. For windows 7-8 you need a hardware upgrade with more memory, more cores, better graphics card bigger hard drive etc
1) Buy a new computer, 2)extract your old drive and attach it to your new computer running the drive in a virtual machine (e.g. virtual box) and 3) migrate gradually into your new OS, while retaining the continuity in you existing environment, copying the useful stuff leaving the cruft in old drive as a back up.
If you have to keep the old hardware, Linux is the ONLY way to go. Win 7 will run on old hardware but t will not be fun. I would dual boot, and then as above clone the drive to work under XP in a virtual machine...I did that 6 years ago...haven't looked back since, and use my old XP environment for the nostalgia...
Makes harpooning one more rewarding
Fed up of the hard bodied fish robots getting away every time...try a c manoeuvre escape from that one, matey. But what wrong with an ordinary electrical actuator used in every other fish robot...sometimes engineers over think.
Choose-your OS hardware...and the Susephone was invented in 1890
Ultimately the real revolution may happen when you can by your phone, much the same as buying a PC and choose to buy/download an OS of your choice, with proprietary BIOS/binary blobs that protect the network provider/manufacturer. The trouble is that networks don't like to give that much control to the customer...Once Ubuntu phones arrive, we should see SusePhones, fedoraphones and archphones. Of course Sousaphones have already been invented
I have got eyes at the back of my head, but can still see one screen at a time...if have to flip the phone over anyway then...what's the point? It may save money having a front and a rear camera as the same camera...but then Apple != economy. Oh hang on...the first screen is transparent so you can see the second screen THROUGH the first screen? Genius!
"My mission is to protect competition to the benefit of consumers, not competitors. "
Hang on a mo is that an oxymoron?...wasnt his goal supposed to benefit competitors, by eliminating "abusive monopolies".... But clever that he can protect competition, but not benefit competitors. I must be confused about what "anti-trust" means. Any way always glad when legal wranglings end...and that never happens.
Is it a vulnerability if I let the burglar in?
"The bootkit operation of Oldboot leads Dr Web to suggest that it's being distributed via corrupted firmware that victims are using to reflash their devices. "
So, devices in which the user himself has installed dodgy firmware from unverified source..is that really a vulnerability in Android? No mention of specific devices, so probably targeting the no-name Chinese tablets, the android fragmentation protecting the rest of the population. Being relatively open source, easy to create malware, and then easy to detect and later easier to deal with.
Android in Tablet Mode?
Would be really interesting if the product behaves like android in tablet mode and a chromebook in laptop mode.... with the option of using crouton to run a desktop distro for off line work it becomes a true all-in-one device. With 3G/4G, I can just picture me holding the 11.6 inch device to my ear.
They already have a Google Plus (a popular social medium I am told)...now for Google minus
Whose side are they on?
What's going on here? Security advice from the Syrian Electronic Army...these guys are clearly dedicated to public service
Nice thought, logical ideology, BUT...
Lawmakers never pass laws that might stop them making money. Those billions in legal costs are not disappearing into both in air...they are going into pockets of lawyers. These guys will continue to blur the boundaries of the obvious so that they keep the fight, hence their going. The only sure winners of a war are those that sell the weapons, and victory goes not to the right, but the one for whom the cost of surrender is less than that of the weapons.
final front ear
All we need is warp drive to make these discoveries useful....seriously though, the image seems to helpfully draw in the orbits...it looks peculiarly like a diffraction pattern....would be shame if 10 years of research mistook a speck of dust on a telescope for a exo solar system.
free software + high price = high profits
This is the inexplicably high price of freedom...and the value of something that cosys nothing. Realising people value freedom, the manufacturers inflate the price, without spending any extra on software development, and make greater profits. Are people who buy this freedom fools, rebels or just victims of commercial exploitation?
The world's biggest sinclair microdrive
Do the borders flash black and yellow stripes and do you have screeching, pinging noise when your restore from back up?
I suspect that the stats do not include the majority of the unbranded tablets that appear to dominate the e-stores at least in the UK.
Deliver products not promises
The rouble is that it is possible that convergence will occur on other platforms long before Canonical delivers a usable product. Despite Shuttleworth's evangelism, they neither have the marketing power or a cohesive developer base to deliver the product in time, while others will simply borrow some ideology and claim it as their own. The interface-that-used-to-be-called-metro is already on PCs, XBoxes and Phones
Dominant != Abusive
Having a fond association with abusive dominance, while being unpopular with those I wish to attract, I can provide a balanced opinion...
"Dominant search position" is not something that Google has forced on users. The users have put Google in that position. If the users feel that this position unjustified, they can easily go elsewhere. Having a choice of media to advertise in, obvious medium to go for is one with a dominant position. Exactly who is abusing who I can not tell.
Now these folks at alternative search engines to compete with Google need to be more popular and offer better returns from their advertising subscribers...different tackle is required..some leather-and-whips sort of abusive dominance....AKA Joaquin Almunia
Re: I will NOT trust MS enough to EVER have their Kinect in my home,
Yeah, just imagine that that Kinect might be sneakily reporting on your cue and ball action whilst watching those movies for discerning gentlemen
Folk who use Chromebooks regularly, will want to dual boot it or at the very least have a chrooted second OS using crouton. This gives a fully functional touch enabled platform at fairly decent price, combined with a fast booting browse only OS
The "glamorous lifestyle." vulnerability
OK, you got me, best come clean..I have been leading a glamorous lifestyle, and even on occasion have used balsamic vinegar on my chips ordered online. I suppose having been so discredited I can't put on any of you guys to pass the salt eh?
Its like going into a hand stand...for a moment your hands and feet are on the same side...picture a horse shoe shaped magnetic core. Come to think of it, if you look closely at the sun it does have a distinct 'U' shape to it. Made you look made you stare, made you glimpse a solar flare...shortly before you went blind.
Re: 13 billion light years old or 13 billion light years away?
If it is 40 billion light years away, and got that far apart in 13 billion years then faster than light travel is possible or light travels faster than light...or...there are multiple big bangs happening all the time
Here we see the primitive start of what evolves into the quintessential hallmark of the modern day selfie....the "duck face"
Re: Acer ripping off UK
The pricing is really not related to the cost of manufacture, distance for transportation, or even VAT, but the price the potential customer is likely to be able to pay.
The price of the 4GB c720 on Amazon.jp is 39,800 yen or £246 or $397 closer to the UK price, though closer to the manufacturer
Problem with being third to market
Essentially WinRT tries to reap the benefits of an iPad like system with its walled garden and locked down hardware. But there is the problem - iPad being first to market (ok I am not inclding desktop tablets that Winodws had but never took off) with innovation has inertia. iPads premium price allows some competition from cheap android. With neither inertia nor competitive pricing a third entryinto an ecosystem just can not succeed.
Doh...it's how they make money...can we back to REAL news now?
Any innovation that Google make may benefit some users, and may therefore be used or experienced by users and bring an audience for ads. This is not news, this is the modus operandi for crying out loud...it is a business model that everybody is well aware of.
Thought so...This is patently copied form the Gherkin opposite Vulture Central.
No mention of the most remarkable mini OS in the world. Kolibrios gives you a graphical envirnoment and boots from a Floppy disk. You can't get faster than pure assembly.
Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT
Well the article does say that Cinnamon is becoming distro agnostic. So you can use Cinnamon and keep Ubuntu. Seeing Mint is son of Ubuntu anyway, choosing Mint does not imply leaving Ubuntu. From my point of view I dislike Ubuntu, but if Mint had the Unity desktop I would download and install it immediately.
Wait, you tried Gold and Silver first?
What is it with scientists always trying out rare earths and precious metals before the simple stuff from thier can of fizzy pop...
Fragmentation is necessary for true evolution
I see Mir as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. There is always the XMir compatibility layer for those wanting to stick to X11. The combination just allows a non-blocking migration to Mir, much the same way as Wayland/Weston as far I as I understand. And it seem there is only a minimal performance hit when running X Applications on XMir on top of Mir. So once Mir drivers are produced for a particular application, one should expect a big performance improvement....and even if it produces fragmentation initially, I would expect a future merger of the technologies. This "temporary" fragmentation is, one could argue, essential for any major transition from a legacy system.
Set your alarm clocks for....
August 9 (2014)...talk about advanced warning...that due date is a gestation period away...
Convergence at last...Ubuntu Edge realised
"... and should have enough oomph to power not only smartphones and tablets, but also laptops that don't demand the top processing power... "
So is this next gen platform can run on a laptop, tablet or a phone? An Apple Edge in the making...maybe those guys at Ubuntu camp had something there after all....
Head...errr count error?
I see more than 2 X 26 pins.......more like 100 pins altogether unless they are not all connected...
The biggest driver in these devices is not the performance or resources or even price...it is the ability to generate a big enough community to create an inertia...The beagle board has a big enough geek community, but the pi beats on presence in wider culture rather than feature set.