Sunday night homework
Sounds like last minute Sunday night homework - you know the sort, where the deadline overrides the quality.
144 posts • joined 19 Feb 2010
Sounds like last minute Sunday night homework - you know the sort, where the deadline overrides the quality.
I am finding all UI seems to be getting worse on all sorts of devices. I am happy to find my way around stuff and explore, but often older non-technical people are finding TVs, PVRs and similar so difficult to use.
Trouble is that UIs tend to copy each other as that is what we have got used to, and we are unlikely to change now. It's a bit like cars, clutch, brake and accelerator - complex to use and you have to take your foot of the accelerator to apply the brakes - in that time the car can travel several human widths. Anyway - point I am making is that people get stuck in their ways and good new functional design can be difficult to implement due to inertia to learning new stuff even when it is better.
'Virgin got out of the DSL business and sold it to TalkTalk.' - and that's how some of us ended up being TT customers - I'd leave if I could take my wife's virgin.net email with me/us (I've tried to get a domain name for her but her resistance to change is very high - other suggestions welcome - divorce too extreme)
Still, TT do save me 24p a month compared to Virgin!
When this issue is mentioned I find it odd that no-one thinks that maybe electric cars will run on standardised rechargeable batteries which get swapped at charging stations - probably replacing the petrol station network over time.
So you drive up, the charge in your batteries is measured, a machine removes them, puts in new ones and you pay for the amount of top up charge that you have just been given - less what you had removed. Could be done in less time it takes to fill a petrol car. Obviously this would not work with current EVs as the manufacturers are still experimenting with vehicle design, but if the battery mounting/compartment(s) was standardised on every new EV, this should be straightforward. Lots of problems, but nothing the reg readers could not imagine overcoming (this is what proper engineers do)
The charging station itself would be automated and slowly charging all the depleted batteries (or maybe collecting them for sending off to much larger automated charging stations. In either case grid power consumption could be dynamically controlled to help control demand to the generators and grid (maybe by dynamic pricing! Ughhhh...) Maybe you could have up to 100 batteries on charge at a time, but if demand needs to be reduced that would get signalled and it can be reduced to 50, 20, 10, none etc.
With a standardised battery, manufacturers could 'sell' their vehicle as having 1, 2, 3 or more slots. 1 battery for small economy EVs. 2 batteries for general use (small hatchbacks). 5 batteries for show offs (high performance willy extensions)
Also as battery technology improves (I am an optimist) new better/higher capacity would filter down, older 'worn out' batteries could be serviced/recycled by large efficient factories.
Thanks itman for that - I hate to say it - I am sure I'll be in a minority - but I found your comment was much easier to read and follow than anything Tim has written here. I'm not sure I fully agree but I'm getting so philosophical these days I cannot make my mind up.
Having said that I have enjoyed reading TIm's articles here over the year and challenging my preconceptions and wish him well.
The attempt to shrink the first webcam backfired.
When I fly, I enjoy the flight but hate the airport parts*, so for me a direct flight would be worth it - but then I count flying as a luxury that I only do every few years, so I like to make it as stress free as possible.
* getting to/from the airport, worrying about mislaying my tickets/passport/luggage, checking in, security (do they have to be so unpleasant? I am always polite and helpful), going through the airport, having to wait at the gate for so long etc etc.
Many people die in bed,
Exactly how I feel.
You really should state your batteries capacities in Watt-hours if you want to compare energy capacities or state the voltages of the different batteries are the same - you are supposed to be a tech site.
If I did not already have a Moto G.
Now, could they make a decent 7 to 8 inch tablet.?.....
Following over-production of smartphones, manufacturers are desperate to find any buyers who do not have one.
Ferrari don't make any hatchbacks or what I consider practical cars, but otherwise I know what you mean.
I wonder if this will allow apps to be run in-situ as it were - no more loading them into RAM, just a add a pointer in the active running list.. RAM would be the computer's scratch pad for stuff it is working on.
This could really have a dramatic effect on what we think of as the typical architecture of a PC* - or maybe we are too set in our ways - interesting times ahead if it takes off.
*I mean, CPU+RAM+STORAGE+I/O
Forget the computer security issues here - when I drive a car, I control it. I don't mind the computer knowing what I'm doing with the car but the controls systems for the brakes, engine and steering should NOT be controllable from it. The engine, ABS and stability controls systems should be separate. This is completely possible - if I monitor the output of something it does not mean I can control it.
Poor cheap design I say.
I'm 49 (thanks for asking) and have never been able to sleep on planes, in fact I'm not very good at sleeping in a chair and they don't allow you to lie down in the aisle for some reason.
My FIL 'learnt' how to grab naps anywhere while he did his national service in the RAF - I've never been much of a napper - drives my wife mad - but then she is a light sleeper at night.
Never been able to and yet I sleep quite well in a bed.
I once even had a nice 9 hour flight set for after a night shift, LGW to Vancouver. 'Great' I thought 'I'll finally get to sleep on a plane'. No....I stayed awake for too many hours and was a zombie for most of the week I was there.
I have since vowed that anything over 3 hours we go business or at least upper class or similar - so we hardly ever fly....
I guess your business is not 24 hour....
We usually find changes on a Thursday prior to a bank holiday weekend only start to show as problematic at 5pm on Friday, when all the people who know the details and how to roll them back are generally escaping and uncontactable.
We are getting new procedures soon....
I don't live nearby and don't have the time but would love to help out if I could. I have joked for several years about buying replacement gates/pixels/ccd cells etc for stuff at work [TV engineering] (no one laughs for some reason...........I know, I know)
I wonder if you can step-by-step the clock for debugging?
Well I feel a bit of a dunce now - but better informed (so thanks in a way), I had a look in Keychain (never opened it before) and saw that there are some passwords there. I did not realise that for some systems (typically Apple stuff) it stored them there whether you liked it or not. When the pop-up had appeared in the past 'Do you want Keychain to store this password' - I had always said no.
I guess my browsers store some passwords - I do occasionally reset them clearing certain logons but I type in passwords for things like online stores and banking when I need them - don't know how risky it is being logged into the register often - I tend to have different passwords for everything.
Being a miserable git (or whatever term takes your fancy) I've not really got into the social media stuff
I have never used Keychain - I've never felt it was safe 'leaving' my passwords 'in the computer' even if they are encrypted and supposedly locked down somehow. Having said that, like most people my email password is stored within my mail client and I don't want to have to type it in every time I want to check for email.
OSes eh? Is it going to be linux next time for me or give up the computer time wasting.
Sadly whenever I hear 'Magna Carta' I always think of this first:-
I do the same - saves others having to insult or offend me.
I think you came across really well in case you need to be told.
What I find difficult to imagine is what technology will be like in the 15-20 years, bearing in mind I have been playing with it since the late seventies. Do we need computers/cellphones/TVs that are any faster or smaller? Maybe I am lacking the imagination I once had.
Just seen 'Clerkenwell' - did I miss that earlier? - apols if I did and for the poor typing/proof reading
I know you assume all your readers to know those things, but might t be worth mentioning i the article the approximate location of the talk (or any of these talks)
Having to click through to book* just to find the location is as annoying as websites that don't tell you delivery costs until you register and almost place an order. (*even then to only says 'London' which somewhat vague)
A line like - "as usual the venue will be [whereever it is]" would suffice
Upvote because you seem to be the first reasonable post I have read here.
I am a cyclist and a driver. As a cyclist I sometime pass on the inside but only if I can see it is going to be safe:-
Vehicle not indicating left.
Vehicle's steering wheels are not pointing left.
Vehicle not about to move off - look for traffic lights, queued traffic ahead etc
I will not pass a moving vehicle on the left - feels too unsafe to me.
As a driver and cyclist, I consider all road users might do something daft any moment and make allowances - eye contact - if available - tells you a lot.
I remember an aquaintance once telling me how fast he got to work on his new fixy - no wonder - he never stopped at lights unlike me.
Are there set a of scales big enough? (and how do you lift it on? - I see no lifting eyes)
Or did they weigh all the bits as they assembled it? - what about all the extra stuff that people took on board while no one was looking?
Ok - I guess they measure the displacement with a giant Eureka jar....
I reckon someone looked at it and made up a number and no-one has ever questioned it.
I did not read unstinting praise in the article - I felt the writer bought it for himself because he wanted to get one and try it out. I did not feel this article 'sells' it much at all, in fact I cam away thinking the reviewer felt it was 'not that great'. I was a doubter about the watch before and I still am.
Glad to see ISIHAC word-meaning-clarification is nerve far away.
Upvote from me as this seems a much closer match.
I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.
As someone who would not notice if all football disappeared from the planet tomorrow - I really liked the footage, makes it look quite exciting.
BUT I am with the law on this one, I think flying a small drone over a built up area like this is too risky unless it has loads of built in safety features. I hope he gets a knuckle rap but somehow gets to do this kind of thing professionally in the future.
I live in London and love it but do not think it is the centre of the universe and so fully agree with your point/question. I hope it happens - I also like Manchester mind you......
Honest question, just wondered if any manufacturer makes similarly sized/spec'd machines easy to open and repair.
(I'm too lazy to go searching or put another way, this is my way of searching)
I agree with what others have said, stuff is just becoming so compact and clever that the reliability goes right up when you reduce the number of separable connectors and therefore modules. Sadly the failures are very sudden and often irreparable. But maybe it is time to build a laptop out of discrete components - "hello RS, I'd like 10 billion BC108s..."
To anyone who does not like the new watch* or laptop** - you don't have to buy either. Watches and Laptops are available from other manufacturers which may suit you better.
I am sure you can also tell Apple what you think as I don't think they read Reg comments or take any notice of them.
*Personally could not care less, I'll be interested to see if smart watches really take off.
**I like it, I think it's a great machine for many laptop users - I doubt you'll find a similarly spec'd, svelte and elegant laptop much cheaper - that's counting all the features (resolution, weight, backlit keyboard, battery time, trackpad/pressure pad, thick/thinness, fanlessness etc)
Indeed, I've read and re-read the article and I'm no clearer on why he came back.
Thanks for these articles - I enjoy them even though I have no desire to go to Australia to live, work or holiday.
Were you trying to talk about power here? Me thinks you need to learn a bit about units....
It may draw that much current but without some idea of voltage we're kind of in the dark.
That is the period for 1 line of 625 line SD video.. hmmm...coincidence?...
(no not the active line period, that is 52 or 51.95 if talking analogue)
'What kind of numpty uses their personal phone for company business?' - this kind of numpty! - however having said that I hardly use the mobile for work - I mostly use it to send 'I am late texts' or make 'Where are you?' calls. I got a dual SIM phone recently and use the work SIM for calls/texts and my own one for roaming data - I wanted more of a mobile tablet for personal use than anything - but I see your original point.
I was very careful years ago with my first internet purchases because it was new and I was wary - I suspect NFC payments will take time to be popular in the same way - I don't count this as a failure yet. I don't think my smartphone supports it but I do occasionally pay by tapping with my credit card.
Agreed - though I think the original Gtech ad I saw on the TV some time ago had a man as does/did the Bosch(?) one with the Tiger.
...I wish this article had been out a couple of weeks ago.
But having said that, I like my new AirRam and handheld a lot - I live in a dusty house and both really seem to pick up stuff well and run for a long time. I like the fact that the AirRam has no extra tools - Mrs TWB never put them back with the old mains vacuum and we ended up with odd attachments all over the place. I rarely use the old mains machine as it is heavy and clunky to carry around the house by comparison.
The only downsides I'd say with both Gtech's is that you have too plug the charger leads into the units - this takes two hands - I would have liked charging holsters, though also a shame that the 'MagSafe' idea only seems to be on Apple laptops (do correct me if I'm wrong here).
....yeah about 70 - too many.
For quoting battery capacities in watt-hours.
As someone who prefers Macs over other-PCs but has no iPhone (or smart phone in fact!) and has been an Apple-preferrer for many years, I wonder if this might be the beginning of Apple's demise - I know they have lots of cash so should be able to pay for this easily - but having worked in creative places for some years now, I've usually found that when there is a hotch-potch annoying arrangement of stuff, people somehow are more creative even though they moan about it. When you try to tidy things up and order them, the creativity goes.
Hopefully I'll be wrong on this one
But time and money are sadly lacking in my life - commitments etc.....
Sounds a great offer.
I hope it all goes well and you all have fun.
That clips onto your meter and using OCR 'reads' the meter and sends the info back - surely if mass produced would be much cheaper to build and fit (clip on) and would save the waste of the current meters - would also get around the issue of the "kill switch" - I couldn't care if the energy companies monitor my usage more closely - they already do albeit in very coarse way.
Time Cook is going to come out all ashamed and mumble 'sorry we have not got anything, the dog ate it'
I will say at the outset that I am quite anti gun but not really in any lobby group etc. However I think the writer makes many good points but it comes across as a moan and a rant - and you don't get things changed by ranting.
However if the idea was sold more on its positives I think it could gain more traction - if the 'shooting community' (if I can call it that) was to recommend to Government that a computerised system of payments would free up time and resources for better vetting of those who wish to have gun licenses and bring an improvement to the overall security of gun ownership (i'm sure it could be better worded) then it would be much better received. Don't go on about how inefficient paper and cheques are , but how much more efficient a computerised system would be (I'm not going to argue about it getting hacked etc - someone else can have that dig)
A colleague used to go on and on about speed cameras not improving safety - I told him he should have 'sold' his theories to safety campaigners rather than moaning on about the government limiting his 'rights' - it feel on deaf ears though as ultimately it just came down tot he fact that he wanted to drive fast being an ex-rally driver.