52 posts • joined Friday 19th February 2010 23:10 GMT
I like the sound of that organisation
I know the article was about cloud computing, but it is refreshing to hear of places which run quite well without all the latest IT fashions. I have wondered about trying to run a business without computers and how much more work would get done (i'm sure I would give in very quickly)
I tend to agree
I bought a Nexus 7 in December and I would rate it as 'quite good' but not much more. I've had a play with iPads and find them similar - but like you I still prefer my laptop for most things.
Re: Glass platter
Glad someone else knows that - you can even get 'glassy water' - I am not sure how exactly, but as you cool it down it becomes more and more viscous rather than suddenly freezing at 0 degrees (1 atm pressure etc etc)
This is the real reason engineering is unfashionable
Not because it is hard or difficult for others to understand - but it has far too few women in it and many engineers are not cool.
I know this because I am one of those miserable uncool ones and never had enough casual sex.
Power consumption testing please...
I think I have emailed about this in the past but for many devices I would like to know what its power usage is. Get yourself a cheap Maplin or similar plug in power meter and run the device through it while you are reviewing it.
A single line in the review like - "We found the 'Fab-o-matic 5000'* drew 42W while starting up, 85W under heavy load, 15W in normal use and 2 watts in standby" - obviously you might want to think about a more consistent approach to measuring from device to device.
*Don't think these are available any more, sorry....
Re: Serves Apple right....
I don't like Porches myself, but I prefer the Boxter to the 911 for many reasons but cost is not one of them.
Can't they wait until 25th Oct
When the final analogue services get switched off and then leave it alone for a while - as someone in the engineering side of the broadcasting the earache I get from Mrs TWB for missed PVR recordings after a retune - and I have already set my Humax to not auto retune....
AData - is that such a good name
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought the prefix 'a' when added to a word meant 'without' - is this such a good idea on a device which is supposed to hold my data? (or do they mean 'item is provided without data'?....)
Re: And with the higher compression ratios...
'And people's eyes looking fuzzy or dark-skinned people's faces loosing all texture (as the codecs apply less sharpness to darker areas of the picture)...' - I don't know what is proposed but a non-linear 'brightness to level' conversion could help here perhaps, so the levels are closer together in the black than in the whites.
Re: The critical measure here is the bit rate
'Where are you going to find space for 90Mb/s, or even 25Mb/s, signals without returning the UK to a three channel country?' - oooh I like the solution there at the end!
If they are JL partners...
I am not sue of the exact set up of JL but I understand all staff are 'partners' and all get a say in the way the company runs (always appeals to me as a bleeding heart liberal/lefty/hippie)
Are these JL staff or are they contracted out already?
My first sale on eBay!
I acquired one of these years ago while working for a then computer journalist. It sat in various boxes and lofts until I decided to use it as a guinea pig for my first ebay sale. I sold it as not working but still got £92 for it which pleased me greatly. The buyer claimed he had mis-keyed the amount but then paid in full???? He told me had got it working a day or so later by replacing dried out caps in the PSU.
It all sounded so promising....
I used to 'lecture' broadcast engineers in display technology about 10 years ago. Then CRTs were still considered best for colour gamut while LCD colour monitors/displays still had somewhere to go. OLED was talked about then as being much easier to manufacture and potentially so much better than LCD - I wonder what went wrong....(apart from me changing jobs and losing interest)
Re: For once
I did not know that about Merkel - thanks - typical, those sensible Germans....
And I agree wholeheartedly it takes a mix of skills it just seems that here we do not have the balance right here but that is pure gut feeling.
Lewis writes something I agree with.
What he did not appear to say was that sadly the World seems to be run by rule makers and those who like working around those rules (lawyers, bankers, journalists, wankers etc)
I wish there were more scientists in power, though there has been one major exception in the past....
Works on my Panasonic
Yippee.......oh, is that it?
Drying out does not always work...
My wife spilled hot tea onto my Macbook a couple of years ago and it instantly died. I tried for several days to carefully dry it out but it would not boot. I did eventually revive it but it required a a strip down and clean (it was dry inside by this point). It also needed a new battery and wifi card.
If they get it right this could be a good thing - I may be a broadcast engineer but I dislike messy cables and clutter - probably in a minority here though....
'These days the fiction that the Apple II was "the first" home computer seems pervasive..........'
Even as an Mac user now, I am pleased to hear someone say this - we had a PET in 1978 and it was definitely both a home and work computer.
Fewer TV channels
As an old fart who works in TV, I have said for years that I was happy with 5/4 channels - I don't see this desire for loads of them - I can only watch one at a time.
Maybe Ofcom could drop a mux....who needs shopping channels anyway.
Remote support can be bad.
As someone who *could* email or phone everyone I have to deal with at work, I make it a principle to get off my arse and go and see people at work - it has multiple benefits, not just health. Some issues are best seen first hand, and some issues need to be dealt with face to face and it is amazing how much better some people feel if they 'see someone' even when I don't sort out their problems - I just wish more of my colleagues would do this.
Ideal as a generic controller
I can see a market for selling these to all sorts of equipment manufacturers.
Also RPI should look into manufacturing really cheap touchcreens and interface cards to go with them 8 port mains controller??? with 8 inputs? I would love to get one of these and make myself a central heating/hot water/solar controller/programmer which works the way my family think rather than the way these things normally are designed.
I bought the Panasonic model here in a hurry for reasons too boring to mention and generally I am very happy with it, though I find it that it cannot play .mpg files which are direct DTT recordings i.e. they are not transcoded - I wish it had VLC bulit in....
I hope software updates come in time - would be nice to have ITV player and 4OD.
How will it work though?
This was not mentioned in the article at all.
So I put my bin out on Monday night, go to work on Tuesday morning, it fails to be collected, I call the council on Wednesday to alert them.
What is the iPad (or any other device) for here? I do not see the need - the council will still have to make a recollection - where is the saving?
I like iPads think they look nice devices but fail to see how any device could fix the non-collection issue.
@Kevin7 - Seems quite dear
Um...price of maps - there are 200 or so 1:50000 OS landranger maps in the set and each costs around £5-8 depending on where you get them, so that would be about £1000 for the entire set - or am I missing something?......
Re:I'm in the minority then
I agree with you that having no debt is a good thing - whatever some economist might argue - though I sometimes wonder if the UK economy is so reliant on debt now, that if we all cleared our debts tomorrow (somehow) it would collapse.
Well done paying off your mortgage* (if you had one) - 5 years to go for me....
No doors - not as bad as you might think
I like the look of it but think it will not catch on even if the batteries were free - people are too set in their ways as the comments above sadly show - we're all doomed anyway.
However, as someone who owned Mini Moke outside and inside London for 15 years - believe it or not, with no doors (I never used mine - they stayed wrapped up in the loft) you stay surprising dry even in the heaviest of rain - it was only when there were severe side gusts did I get a bit damp but with a decent coat and gloves I was rarely cold even through winter.
Saying that, I still don't want one.
"By what margin is reception likely to improve once analogue is switched off?" - I cannot say for sure, but the signal goes up 7dB when analogue gets switched off (a bit more than double)
Oddly this may affect people who get a strong DTT signal now by getting too strong a signal after DSO. I have an aerial which has too much gain for where I live as I am only 6 miles from CP and I have to pad it down by -20dB to get my STB to accept the signal. Before I did this, my STB said the signal was good and strong but the 'quality' was too low for it to work.
"A transistor consists of three basic components: a source, a gate, and a drain. When a voltage is applied to the gate, electrons flow from the source to the drain, turning the transistor "on". When a different voltage applied, current between source and drain stopped, turning the transistor "off"."
Not the best description of transistor operation....
Yes, for a p-channel MOSFET if you apply a voltage between gate and drain, then current will flow from source to drain, but only if there is voltage applied between source and drain.
For your third sentence, I think you probably wanted to say: if you set the gate voltage to zero, then the current stops flowing from the source to drain.
Saying that by changing the voltage you get the effect is somewhat ambiguous as you do not specify whether you mean increase, decrease, set to zero etc etc
Also as CrazyOpsGuy says, there are far more types of transistors, some are switched on or off by voltage, others are switched on and off by current. The control current and voltage can positive or negative depending on the type of transistor.
And here I was thinking it was time for me to go HD camcorder only to find my laptop (2 year old Macbook) struggles with your youtube sample - maybe it would be Ok with the footage from the camcorder and it is just the youtube decompression required.
Sounds a nice machine though - thanks for the review.
...I read about them but I do not read about them being exploited.
I mean it seriously - am I not reading the right stuff of are hackers getting lazy, bored etc? - is it now not worth the effort to exploit a careless user i.e. there is no money (or glory) in it?
Releasing cargo from LTA vehicles
Is somewhat tricky as you suddenly have all this lift available - in my ballooning days, releasing a hang-glider (we did a few high level 'launches') required a fast decent before the release after which the balloon levelled out and often rose if you vented no hot air. It was tricky in a hot air balloon where vertical control can be surprisingly precise - not so easy in a gas filled one....
Smaller border round the display
If they could somehow have next to no border around the display - say less than 3 mm - the 13.3 inch display could be kept since there is also space around the keyboard. My current macbook could lose 36mm on its overall width if the borderless display was feasible and the keybaord would still fit.
If they did borderless with a 12 inch display, I reckon it could be smaller than some of the current netbooks with smaller displays.
I'm so confused...
"Samsung has shown off colour e-paper capable of displaying video this year, but it's so convinced that the technology has legs that this week is said it's pulling out of the e-paper business." - that sounds contradictory - I must be missing something - pleas explain???
I don't see why it has to be wireless and even if it was why one of the current standards - it could be a closed proprietary system.
Also if it is all done in the electricity meter, why not contain everything in there like is currently done with the rolling dials - provide no way into the device except via the power line or those allowed to do so - tampering with an electricity meter you'll end up in jail (I know an idiot who did) - who is going to have a powerline-data interface in their kitbag and why would it use IP or other well know network protocols?
I suspect I am still naive but I also think it is not impossible to make a secure-enough system - semtexing (sp?) a substation would be much easier thank a hack shurely?...
Call me naive...
But why could'nt the network for the meters be private and completely isolated ie. there is NO connection to any other network of any sort? (yes there would still be safe ways of getting meter readings to customers emails etc)
I like the license fee and the BBC
I watch little TV even though I work in the industry - mostly BBC as generally I prefer the programmes. What I dislike these days is this idea more channels means more choice - it means more crap - I would prefer fewer better channels. I mostly listen to Radio 4 and for the 40 pence a day or thereabouts of the license fee, this is more than worth it.
You lot who say all the BBC output is crap have no idea what broadcasting would become if it was only commercial - go try US TV with commercials after the recap, then after the opening titles, then after then next 3 minutes.
I thought that these high powered engines in F1 cars motorbikes and similar can peak several hundred hp, but you run them for long periods at full power and they overheat, fall apart etc - otherwise surely lorries/trucks/buses would not bother with 8 litre, 250 hp engines?????
Is a great idea for any replacement HD for 'first use' cloning of ones original internal HD. I wonder how much it adds to the cost? Though of course it then probably only gets used once (unless you are one of those people who keeps reinstalling their OS - I'm looking at you Dad.....oh he's not here)
We still have a load of these and it used to drive our engineers mad having to call Dell up tell them the actual problem and then having to go through the stupid script. A typical over the phone 'diagnosis' to get a warranty part was an hour. Now they are out of warranty our engineers replace the caps themselves - we're getting a 90% or thereabouts success rate.
I'm an Apple fan but...
...I am not that keen on the iPad. Physically I like it and I think what it does, it does well, but I don't want to use it the way it is designed - I would get one if it ran more like my macbook with a more 'normal' OS X (or Windows or Linux) installation.
So I welcome other 'Pads - I think they would make brilliant media centre controllers.
'Given that a young human ear can fairly easily hear 22kHz, filter designs fo 44.1kHZ can be very complex to give the very sharp rolloff without sacrificing a flat response in the pass band.'
A yes but if you resample - by interleaving samples between those 44.1Khz samples the lowest frequency you need to then filter of becomes doubled - do it again and it doubles again and so on - designing your roll off filter then becomes piece of piss - a simple RC network would do it.
Not sure where you got 22Khz from - the 44.1Khz sampling is from 2.2x max frequency (20Khz) and the little bit more was so it could be recorded onto (analogue) video tape as you got 3 bits per line IIRC for PAL or NTSC as line rate is very close.
'I keep getting radios for free with other stuff, analogue ones, yet I haven't listened to radio in 7 years' - so? - some of us listen to the radio all the time.
'Once they stop trying to promote DIGITAL as if it's some sort of feature (instead of just a stealthy way of reducing the quality to the listener) and just make DAB the standard component in products that people buy - which now just happen to contain an FM receiver, then the problem just goes away. Let's face it. Hardly anyone goes out to buy a radio.' - I agree with your first sentence, but not your bit in brackets - quality may be worse, but that is a by product of cramming more and more stations in the bandwidth. I do go out to buy radios - I research and find ones with good reviews and then make sure they function well - if the controls are fiddly I don't buy them.
I suspect too many non-Radio 4 listeners here.....