Here in Lincolnshire we would be delighted by public wifi.
2940 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Here in Lincolnshire we would be delighted by public wifi.
Well, there are 7.05 Billion of us, according to various sources. According to indexmundi 26% are under 14 years old. and 8% are over 65. So lets call that a potential world market of 7.05 * 0.66 = 4.65 Billion economicaly active adults. 
The suggestion is therefore that 23% of the adults in the world have a smart phone. Wow. And if it /does/ double, as they suggest, that will be getting on for half of us. 
I wonder what else has achieved market penetration like that? The ball point pen, perhaps. Certainly the knife. Shoes. If you include plain phone phones, how close to 100% do we get?
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/facts/2011/material/ICTFactsFigures2011.pdf says there are 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, that's 87% of the whole world population and 129% of my rough-and-ready count of world adults.
Now, look. This is something done by Science, not religion or governments. It has changed the world very profoundly, which is what technology has done since the stone age. religion and government is dedicated to the status quo, Engineers to tearing it down. I rather think I know who is winning.
 I am aware that in some countries schoolkids have smartphones.
 But not me.
The story arc currently running in the web cartoon Schlock Mercenary had embedded blood-nannies being subverted and re-programmed by low-speed data steganographed into TV pictures. Maybe Fujitsu engineers read web cartoons?
That sounds more like a noose than a lifeline.
Whatever control the Matsushita family still had over the corporation is likely now diluted to homeopathic levels.
[grim reaper icon required}
The really clever journalists will have an appointment with him that afternoon.
Oh, good. That's fine then. Hurrah!
Only in dangersous commie-run european countries.
In the coming New Biblical America all scientists will be hunted down using our high-tech weaponry given to us by God.
Presumably the one that doesn't try and gouge you 900 quid for a x768 screen & usb2 ports.
I have half an idea there was an episode with everyone walking round with earpieces, like MP3 drones.
I think I just saw a big white balloon bouncing along the road outside.
Bill - do you suffer from mild nominative determinism?
Sticking PE10 9NE  into OpenSignalMaps reveals two things:
1. It's a map of user locations, not coverage. Where coverage is sparse it's pretty much a map of individuals.
2. What the hell is going on in Auster Wood? 
 Lloyds bank. I use their postcode instead of mine, for privacy reasons. I don't care if minor criminals stalk PE10 9NE, they are already outclassed.
 more likely to be poaching than dogging. It does make me wonder about a pikey logging site.
[2'] Auster wood: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1290138
We in Lincolnshire are famous for stating the bleeding obvious...
No results at all for where I live.
But that might just be because...
if it really is, it's going to cost Prof Hawkin a fortune every time he talks.
This patent nonsense needs to be nuked from orbit.
I'm nearly tempted, though I still think that at least x1200 is needed on something big enough to have a numeric keypad.
What happened to the battery, lads? seems a very odd result.
Ever noticed how the mash says the things the reast of us only think?
> or partnering with Google or Microsoft, and ultimately plumped for the latter.
No, I've seen loads of reviews about desktop users, but none based on a proper touch-only device. The odd mention of desktops with touch monitors, where it seems to do well what it is supposed to do well. But nothing about touch devices. Still not sure that many exist.
>While Windows 8 was getting great reviews on touch devices,
Oh? care to point to, say, 24 of them? I've not read above 2 that could qualify as a 'review' in any sense of the word.
$MEGACORP has a retention policy - it is up to us to retain it in .pst files on our local hard disks.
There is also a retention policy about what should and should not be kept, and an email subject line policy about naming things for the same reasons. It's a big document. I've put it in a .pst file on my local hard disk.
<-- now, where was I?
No, he's right.
I sold a lot of generators and changeover wiring in the 1970s, and will do so again.
Bring it on!
I hesitate to call a bum note on a great step for industry, and I am delighted that we have not forgotten near-earth space.
But who let them call that 'Dragon'? it's a bit -err- mundane for a dragon.
>Microsoft have come a LONG way in a short time
short time? short?
Windows Embedded Compact (as it was then) was launched in 1996, and only received the most desultory support ever since. One PLC maker had to wait 3 years for a fix to the networking that condemned their touch panels to a daily reboot to keep working.
>Windows CE was god awful.
was? is! a lot of people are stuck with it on embedded systems, with no sign of a future.
It's also why HP purchased Palm. (Hmm, just had a thought. Was it pressure from M$ that caused that to go so badly?)
I got heavily downvoted for suggesting that WP7 should not be cut any slack because I suggested it was not a brand-new OS but, err, the 7th iteration.
Now it is a commonplace that it is just WinCE rebadged.
I got suckered into WM6 on a phone, that never worked and never got fixed. Ditto WM6.5 . Had I been fool enough to believe the hype over WP7 they would have done it to me again. There is no good reason to trust WP8.
>If the rumor is right UK government intends to do that.
It's quite a good idea. Snag is /all/ of their suppliers should be on the list. First one they name will be straight to the high court like a spoiled teenager: "they are still talking to Frank! It's sooo unfairrr! Wah!"
that's the bugger. Late, tired etc.
HP were pretty unkind to mobile. Letting the PDA/phone business fester, then the Palm fiasco. Don't blame mobile!
It seems a long time since anyone invented something new.
How's the varistor doing?
Any plans to research new methods of data entry?
What about higher screen res? Any movement on making x1500 screens for the price of x768?
And software? any good stuff from enterprise that could be packaged up? intelligent data mining? The post-spreadsheet data mangling app? translation? natural language? Visualising? Project management?
No mention of phones & tablets? Have they changed their mind on those again?
I'm expecting T5 to be the end of the road, unless someone takes it off them.
I use my phone for talking & texting, but have been considering a change of heart.
But the more I read the more bafflingly complex it becomes. This or that 'edition' of a phone? what is/is not LTE? who will have what options? Not to mention what happens if you dare take your mobile to another country. I think the whole industry is doing its damndest to make sure I won't bother.
Going to go back to Morris Dancing & wood carving, I reckon.
I agree with solidsoup, the 70% idea is windowdressing. This thing will have to face the laws of thermodynamics twice, on import and export, so I'd have thought the 25% figure is as good as it gets.
>even with SSD, a slim form factor and a fancy new processor.
...and no optical drive.
Even 300 quid laptops come with an optical drive. for £900 they should either spend the money saved on a proper screen, or put an external drive in the box.
I really like the way you can buy stuff from them without a copy of Windows.
I think you should print out this comment section and send it to whoever lent you the sample, then tell us their response.
Not to put too fine a point on it:
>Is there a genuine reason for it ?
Yes. They are all tightwad cunts who want to have us by the nose
There's no such thing as a single entendre.
whatever works best, I reckon.
>Maybe you should get an iPhone.
Maybe he should give her one.
>Surely there is no excuse for GPS not getting your position to within 1m these days?
It's still very dodgy in city canyons.
I'm sure you are right, but I had far less experience of Ka on ships - the sputniks we used were equipped for C, and if the rain was heavy enough we would lose either signal or symbol lock.
Like I say, my Sky (?Ku?) box doesn't like wet weather
Satellite internet makes sense when the US population is so sparsely scattered. In Europe population densities are higher and terrestrial solutions more practical as well as actually faster.
Not to mention the weather. I used to work on ships and our C-band internet feeds were often interrupted by rain at one end or the other. (My domestic Sky TV sometimes goes off in heavy rain).
And Europe has more aesthetic control over building use: the planning laws would go do-lally over so many dishes, whereas in the US people have large back yards to lose them in.
Oh, and it is expensive.
Is Emma Watson going to do the film?
Meh. You've seen one, you've seen them all.
Mammalian structures are remarkably consistent.
Would it be illegal to pay to go in?
I'm wondering what the Entrance Hall would look like
Surely M$ of all people should be able to employ people in Brazil and the UK and Portugal and Kenya without them dragging their sack of bodily fluids to Redmond?
or if it doesn't work for them, why are they trying to flog it to the rest of us?
> Apps that take advantage of hardware-specific features
> – such as phone dialing and SMS, GPS positioning, or
> sensors – aren't much use with BlueStacks, either.
Is that mostly 'cos the host hasn't got the hardware, rather than a Bluestacks issue?
Well, I think the greedy little sods should get a stocking with a wallnut, a satsuma, A Beano annual and a new toothbrush. And think themselves lucky it wasn't full of Coal.
The narrower the subject matter, the easier it is to pass the test. Limiting case: it is very hard to decide if a human or a machine is solving 3+3.
But it is depressing that our Turing candidate is being assessed on it's Genocidal abilities, rather than - say - playwriting or portraiture
That's even better than my Godzilla-based joke!