76 posts • joined Friday 19th February 2010 23:10 GMT
So when do we get a semiconducting version?
This sounds like somewhere along the way to 'super-semiconductors' I invented a few years back. Sadly I am yet to come up with a working prototype - (a bit like Pete 'n' Dud's pill that cures all illness/disease)
Re: It needs an adjustable incline
If you ever go for a certain heart test in hospital, they do this, but it is somewhat logarithmic. The treadmill starts slow and level, then they raise the angle and speed every few minutes, which to me seemed like, 'Lets have 20 Watts, now 60, now 180, now 540 etc" * - I reached level 4 without a heart attack but simply had no power/energy to carry on and I was not that unfit at the time - the staff said it had another 3 levels to go to but I was fine.
Anyway, back to this idea, I like it but I hate the idea that the treadmill actually consumes energy - shurely you should be generating power for the pointless electrical devices we spend most of the day twiddling with?
*I've made these numbers up just to illustrate the point
What about my mp3s?
Won't they all come out squeaky and high pitched?
Re: Uh ... computer says no.
55 kHz . really?
But TV flyback?, that is only around 15 kHz for SD NTSC or PAL - many people can hear that, even me and my hearing ain't that great - mine rolls off at 13 kHz.
Re: PCs now quite good
'A MBA is a latter day netbook. It's no surprise that it doesn't seem any faster than your older Macbook. It's simply not a performance machine. That's not what it's sold for.'
Really - an i5 vs a core 2 duo, faster RAM, better graphics, an SSD instead of spinning disk and a 2012/3 vs 2008 design?
PCs now quite good
Armchair analysis here....
I think there are several reason that PC sales are down, but one is that that most PCs are now quite good performance wise and getting the newest model does not give a massive improvement for many ordinary users - (email, internet browsing, media consumption)
Many ordinary users I know, tend to get a new machine as they think their old one is getting worn out when if fact it probably has a full hard drive and simply needs a tidy-up or a bigger hard drive.
I say this as a contented user of a 2008 Macbook - it still seems plenty fast enough for everything I do including video editing and transcoding. My wife has a much newer Macbook Air and as much as I'd like it* I have not noticed it being much snappier.
*Can't afford any new CE at the moment.
Re: they really have nothing
Actually I realise what he means now I think about it - the magic trackpad and apple keyboards are kinda similar in shape....(so apols for earlier - not sure why I missed it...)
Re: Truly Groundbreaking
Honest/open/ignorant question - have there been many other mainstream free OSes from a commercial organisations?
I am a Mac user/owner but not really a complete Apple fan - no iphone or ipad here....
I do however see this as 'get hooked on this and you'll have to buy apps from (via) us'
Not necessarily a bad thing just yet, but I wonder what people will be saying about this policy in a few years. I think MS would be daft to copy, so I guess it might happen. Interesting times....
That is terrible!
But made me laugh - upvote.
I hope Apple just don't bother to respond to him.
Re: still better at making it than giving it away
'That's like buying a brand new Vauxhall Vectra every 4 and a half minutes.' - sound like something Alan Partridge might say - I like it.
I'd love to own it
I loved that film as a lad. Loved the way the Esprit changed into submarine and still think they are great looking if slightly dated. I have never owed or driven a Lotus and no longer drive like the World's road are my racetrack, but once upon a time, a mid engined, high power to weight ratio car like that was my dream. I'm now boring and prefer a practical estate-sofa which gets me there in comfort.
I checked my old Nectar account and I have 11 quid - might have to buy some more stuff....
Apple users not all the same
I use a Macbook at home - just because I preferred the hardware/software integration a long time ago - I cannot stand labels. I also had a Nexus 7 mk1 and really liked it - sadly I managed to break the display - no idea how, but I did not get around to replacing it.
I like the look of this new model and may well get another. We have an iPad at work work we use for predominantly for looking at schematics. Having used both the iPad and Nexus, I preferred my Nexus, so please, for those that assume all Apple users are the same, think again - I'm an engineer, not a writer, graphic artist or facebook user.
New architechture and improved coding
Improved coding has already been mentioned, but I don't understand why so many computer operations insist on moving vast amounts of data from place to place e,g, load a programme from HD to RAM, why not have only non volatile RAM and the programme or data is always ready - just needs to be pointed at - this is only one tiny example of of the architecture of computers could be improved and I am not talking about today's magnetic HD or Flash or DRAM but something which is all - I've just got to design it.....
I am so glad I never signed up
That is all.
I would not do it this way
Based on the calculation I suspect teleportation this way will not work - I don't know how it might work but I remember being told digital TV would use too much bandwidth and widescreen would not work as the sets (CRTs) were too heavy.
Re: Missing the point
There was a Radio 4 science fiction play about someone getting duplicated in error a few years ago - the woman was emigrating to Australia from UK to join her son and family there. Her 'original' self got stuck in the Uk but lost all her identity e.g. bank account, house, tax id etc etc. She travels to Australia and sees her duplicate who is blissfully unaware of the accident and an official eventually says words to the effect, 'get used to it, that [other duplicate] is you and everyone thinks it is'
Quite interesting philosophically.
My precis is a bit rough I know.....
I've got a solution!
Go back to only a handful of good channels!
Re: Surporised nobody's thought of this one yet
It's just like bikinis, the more you pay the less you get.
(ref: the line in 'where do you got o my lovely' - "in your carefully designed topless swimsuit...")
Re: 4TB too big for me
"I would much rather have a bigger one " - oo-errr!
I reckon you would spend more time managing the stuff on it than watching any TV - but please fit one and let us all know how well you get on.
4TB too big for me
I have a 1 TB Humax PVR and we rarely watch things twice so manage the stuff on it (delete stuff we've watched). We run at about 500GB full and there is stuff on there from over a year ago that I will probably never get around to watching. I wish I had the luxury of time some people do....
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.
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