Re: Microsoft USP
I take your point but
"Why buy something else when you will still need a WinTel PC in some capacity?"
I don't and haven't needed to for 5 years
2103 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
I take your point but
"Why buy something else when you will still need a WinTel PC in some capacity?"
I don't and haven't needed to for 5 years
I'm sorry but you were the one who said "And yet you guys want to say that you can manage to get your work done on Tablets and Non MS systems. What kind of work do you do ?"
So I told you. This was about MS losing it's stranglehold -well it lost it a long time ago for some people.
"I am sitting at work with three screens (1280 * 3 Wide ) * 1024 High of applications, some of which, the following , of which have no viable Unix/Apple equivalants (Avaya ASA, Business Objects, Visio). I have several VMs open which are usually interfaces to the servers."
I don't suppose you are representative of the majority either.
A perfectly valid use for a computer - probably the original.
In any case It wasn't all exotic calculations, there was the real-time use of 3D graphics to study protein structures, analysis with spreadsheets ( no not Excel - that could only handle 16K rows at the time - we had to handle millions) and even writing reports & papers.
In any case dismissing thousands of people using non-MS solutions just because it doesn't fit your world view or experience only shows how little experience of the world you have. There are lots of other uses out there - CGI, stock trading, machine control ( all the NMR and MS spectroscopy machines where I worked DIDN'T use MS software.
The majority, by the way, probably only want a browser. If you mean people who work in offices that might be a different matter.
"And yet you guys want to say that you can manage to get your work done on Tablets and Non MS systems."
What's so suprising about that. Scientist, academics, engineers, designers - lots of them work on non-MS systems. You might not recognize the names of the programs but plenty of them are rather pricy. Before I retired I'd been using Linux plus a host of commercial scientific software for ~6 years, much of that had been ported from SGs and there were several hundred of us in the company so equipped.
A few comments recently have been along the lines "who needs more computing power - machines are fast enough" - well they may be to edit a document or fill-in a form but there are PLENTY of people who have requirements for as much as they can get. My twin Xeon workstation used to run all the time - many of the day-day requirements needed a run of several days and nights and I had a stack of jobs waiting to run whenever the machine was idle. For the really serious stuff there were several 1-2 K node Linux farms.
What wimpy kind of work do you do ?
"seldom" it said !
It's a bug- you need to report that
No, it isn't !
Weight on ground, energy used to lift weight to height above ground,physics well understood, energy released again as weight falls to ground - really it's not complicated - where on Earth do you think it comes from ?
Just potential energy - it's no hard. If you tensioned a spring the energy wouldn't come from the ground state of the spring -it would come from the muscle energy required to stretch it.
No, they are sun-powered. Heat from sun, water evaporates, falls as rain, fills reservoirs = stored potential energy. You need gravity to make it work but that's not where the energy comes from.
muscle-powered light ?
Nonetheless neat - is it an improvement on a wind-up light/radio/etc though ?
"The 6809 seemed to be one of the best of the 8bit breed"
I think the problem was it WAS rather slow and the complex, elegant addressing modes and position independent code which made it such a great cpu to program in assembler were dying the death as compilers generally only used simpler modes. It was caught at the wrong moment in time really with the 68000 being developed on one hand and the shift over to RISC on the other.
I've often thought that an updated 32 bit with high clock speeds would have been interesting but past is past and I'd much rather have a multi-core modern cpu running at 3GHz even if much of the power seems to disappear somewhere these days.
(I do have a 6809 still running in a home-made Forth system but I guess I've not switched it on in years)
And I remember...
combing my hair with a discarded 386 intel chip. The connectors worked like a fine comb！
Hope it got the bugs out !
"6809 had multiply! Multiply! That made it practically a supercomputer!"
Integer multiply of course, but far, far better it has wonderful addressing modes.
"There's an amazing joke here somewhere, but I just can't find it..."
They're putting copies of W8 back !
Indeed it is not. Further the silicon is highly purified which I think probably dwarfs the raw material cost.
"it is the third worst phone ever behind iPhones and Blackberries."
Your conclusion ?
"3 different McDonald's."
There are DIFFERENT McDonalds ?????
I agree, we live about 1/2 mile up an unmade road just wide enough for a van in places with steep gradients, bends and a drop of ~20-100ft into a stream for the whole distance. Yet a HGV ! drove all the way up one day due to following his satnav and had to reverse the whole way down - horrendous - blocked the road for almost an hour, knocked down fences, pushed over small trees. `
"Conversely, the reason NT is not a microkernel system is because most of the system components run in the same address space as the kernel,"
In any case "modern" != "better"
Same kind of thing happened to me when I was taking my first steps in protein modeling. Some joker swapped the wiring to the X,Y,Z knobs on the Evans and Sutherland vector graphics terminal I was using and in the dark, wearing stereo glasses, I damn nearly fell off my chair when my ' world' sheared away in quite a different direction
"As that's the LHC, I expect it is because it is full of beardy wierdies!"
They're smart though.
"That, you have ask Herr Heisenberg."
I'm not certain where he is !
"But cats are pretty cool already, no?"
Er, yes and no.
"The experiment will be easiest to run if the probabilities are equal -- so the bags are equally warm, comfortable, easy to get into, hard to be pulled from, inconvenient for whichever human is nearby, on top of something someone is wanting to read, etc."
I also think that it's going to be impossible to get two exact bags and even if there is only an infinitesimal difference between them the cat will choose the best one
"if we cool the cat down as far as possible."
I think you are probably breaking the 5th Law of Thermodynamics
" Any small increase in the cat's de Broglie wavelength will be extremely helpful."
Cats can adjust their de Broglie wavelength, their zero point energy and almost every other parameter. They are also quite capable of emerging from a blackhole ( or any other sort of interesting subterranean space)
All this off-topic for sure but discussing GR at this time of the morning (UK) is a bit heavy.
"and not observing into which bag the cat climbed,"
That's easy, in order
1) the warmest
2) the most comfortable
3) the easiest to get into
4 the hardest to be removed from
"that the cosmological constant was a fixed number, or variable."
"A variable constant? That's revolutionary maths right there!!"
"The Swiss taxpayer does not like to allocate huge resources to the government"
Indeed they don't -as far as I'm aware the bulk of taxes go to the local community & the local canton and then a small amount to the Federal government.
If they behaved like real Labradors they would have eaten everything
Seem to remember this planet had lots going for it. Interesting variations of day, month, year length that led to an extra hour in bed every day etc. Good food although slightly repetitive and a great white knuckle ride that went to a great bar that had the best singer in the known universe.
"and I've never seen Windows "just go unstable" for no reason."
For Linux :-
PS Elements runs under WIne perfectly - at least the copy I had a few years ago. Otherwise dcraw, ShowPhoto, ufraw and a number of others import Canon RAW files. and allow levels, curves and size/unsharp etc. I've taken to using a script to convert entire collections at one go to have browse-able .jpgs. in the same directories as RAW files. (I've just converted 33GB) In particular dcraw will output 48-bit and showphoto will handle 48 bit
It just requires dcraw and ImageMagick. Just run the script in the directory. dcraw outputs .ppm files
dcraw -w -H 2 *.CR*
mogrify -resize 1624x1080 -quality 100 *.ppm
mogrify -unsharp 0x1+0.5+0.02 *.ppm
mogrify -format jpg *.ppm
Patents are about implementation but are also about novelty. Wireless charging is not novel unless the would-be inventor can show a significant improvement in some aspect of the process ( efficiency or safety ....). If they can they can patent THAT but it wouldn't cover wireless charging in toto
"Just because you have been using "compute" incorrectly for several years doesn't make it right!!"
17million hits on Google for compute server
Compute Server - Encyclopedia - The Free Dictionary
(computer, parallel), compute server - A kind of parallel processor where the parallel processors have no I/O except via a bus or other connection to a front-end ...
Linux Compute Servers | School of Natural Sciences
Linux Compute Servers. The following linux servers are available for general and/or computational use. These servers are available for public use via ssh, and ...
Compute server | Define Compute server at Dictionary.com
compute server definition. computer, parallel. A kind of parallel processor where the parallel processors have no I/O except via a bus or other connection to a ...
If it's being used frequently by a range of people then it's right - even the OED accepts that
""Compute" is a verb."
Certainly I've been using compute servers for years
If a GPU is available it should be used to decode video. Running 1080p/50 video on a rather elderly Linux dual-core AMD takes all the processor - with a GPU and vdpau it takes ~10% and it becomes possible to watch edits whilst transcoding several other videos AND still have a responsive system.
"I wrote a 6802* cross-assembler "
Actually I used it for a 6802 - it was the first cpu project I did and the end-result was a burglar alarm. Luckily I only needed to run the assembler twice as it was so slow. I had to shoehorn a PIA into the Dragon I was using to run a home-made EPROM programmer. I rapidly shifted to 6809s and Forth assembler after that !
"preferably with a hex editor they'd written for themselves in their computer''s basic)"
Well I did write an 6800 assembler once in BASIC but that took hours to assemble 1K of code - raw hex is much better written on bare hardware and a hex keypad ( no- it's NOT )
I'll start you off :
: BRAIN HALFABRAIN HALFABRAIN ;
"Driver support for Linux is still hit or miss. In order to make a particular distro work on a particular piece of hardware, you have to do some tuning."
Mostly you are wrong. I've not had to do that for ~6-7 years and I install 3-5 a year on quite a range of hardware even 3G dongles and printer/scanners have worked out of the box.
I don't know where you get your 'information' from as you seem so dismissive of Linux but I can't believe that it from personal experience. If indeed Dell have some custom components, which I find hard to believe, then some configuration/coding might be necessary.
"You then go to Nvidia and get the proper drivers and away you go. What could be simpler? "
I agree entirely - some here would say not - they are wrong !
I've no experience of recent Photoshops as I stopped using WIndows a few years back but I did have a legit copy of Photoshop Expressions which worked perfectly under Wine - I seem to recall it had just one massive .dll Certainly if you must have something it's a powerful argument.
If you don't mind telling what do you need to do that isn't available on Linux ? I know there must be some things but it'd still be good to know.
"Without an atmosphere there is no effective blast wave nor thermal radiation"
No thermal radiation ? - better tell the sun
"It'd make a nice little crater, and that'd be about it"
So it has been done before and many times !
Mad fools - they probably thought "Dr Strangelove" was a documentary.
"if you want to power a spaceship, you just need your everyday domestic wind turbine kit you will have in your loft, and a power drill motor to turn the direct drive dynamo instead of the wind,"
That'd be a troll then - there IS an icon you know
You Sir are a troll or sadly lacking in even the basics of a scientific education.
Seriously try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion as a primer
So build one !
Bet you can't !
What has Earth's gravity got to do with it other than giving a name to a unit of acceleration that's biologically relevant ?
A rocket far from any gravity source will still generate a force on it's occupants when the engine is running that can be measured in Gs indeed that's an Einstein thought experiment that's used in GR discussions
"when renewing their £15-20/month contract buut often it has no data so basically they are just getting the handset to use as a full screen phone (plus texts)."
It's quite possible (my wife has just done it) to get a mid-range Android phone, 1GB data, 250 mins, 5000 texts for £15/month in the UK.
"requires every person to understand the world to some degree"
Not just democracy. In part lots of aspects of education are of themselves no direct path to a career. For example most people are not going to use calculus or chemistry or lots of other parts of the syllabus. It doesn't mean that exposure to some aspects isn't worthwhile. Many people don't know what they want to do - exposure to a bit of coding or hardware hacking may well be the start of someones career - I'm sure it was for some people here.
Although I'm not an IT professional an interest in electronics from 13 and coding all my adult life meant that when I NEEDED to write my own software for scientific purposes I could.
"Do you think browsers would be free if not for MS?"
Well they bloo** well were before IE !