Re: Makes sense
> Sounds to me like it's bad component choice for a board which is designed for hobbyists
Methinks the opposite - what hobbyist doesn't have some Blu-tack or duck tape to hand?
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> Sounds to me like it's bad component choice for a board which is designed for hobbyists
Methinks the opposite - what hobbyist doesn't have some Blu-tack or duck tape to hand?
>it will have a touch UI when it's a phone or tablet, and a desktop UI when it's a desktop and it will switch between them as required.
Thinking generally about the 'One OS, Two UIs' concept:
- It's a misnomer. We already have multiple UIs on our desktops, eg mouse-driven PaintShop, joystick-driven Wing Commander.
- People's use of a UI changes over time. E.G a novice uses the mouse to navigate through a hierarchical menu to find a command, but over time they start using keyboard short-cuts for more common commands, and progress to using shortcuts for more obscure commands. This applicable to 3210 era of Nokia phone UI, too.
-It would be good to see a touchscreen UI tablet used in concert with a desktop UI. The idea of using a desktop application such as InkScape with its major tool palettes presented on a tablet is a very attractive.
Swatch have played this game before - in the nineties they made a pager watch
Best code name ever!
Father Ted and Dougal would agree:
He did take a lot of steps to stay anonymous - but to be caught he only had to mess up once.
>Also not seeing Qualcomm or ARM mentioned, it's pretty unthinkable launching a new graphics API without mobile support.
The article didn't make it clear - Steam is presenting Kronos's glNext. ARM and Qualcomm are a senior Khronos members.
>Ultimately this sounds like an effort to make opengl compete with the DirectX optimizations and mantle.
It does. AMD have given Kronos Mantle to do with as they wish. Of Mantle, they say it's closer to DirectX12 than DirectX12 is to DirectX11 - the trend, as seen in Metal, Mantle and DierctX 12, is to allow the game engine to be closer to the metal. It suits AMD to reduce the CPU overhead on GPU calls.
>[DirectX has]had its problems in the past, for sure, but these days [DirectX12] is a surprisingly nice, well designed API.
Yep, it is incorporating some of the same ideas as Mantle, Metal and the next OpenGL. The idea is that the game-engine does what was traditionally expected of the graphics driver... However, there was no business reason for MS to open-source it.
Now though, one would expect game developers to want a open standard since they are releasing games for x86 Windows, Linux, XboxOne and PS4.
>Sony making Android is a sort of problem though.
The version of Android shipped on Sony (and Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola etc) phones is *not* open source. See AOSP Vs Google Play Services for details.
>This really looks like using technology to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
>It would be much better if they created a washing machine robot that could load/unload the washing machine and then iron.
I think building design could provide ways of making washing easier... for example, having a chute from the first floor landing down to the utility room.
Whilst they were at it, a 'grey water' system could be incorporated, so that toilets can be flushed with water from the washing machine and shower.
Regards ironing robots... maybe an easier approach to this problem is better textile technology... I seem to recall a shirt that contained a titanium 'memory alloy', so the shirt could be 'pressed' by zapping it with a hair-dryer.
>MS killed the Netbook market by trying to shoehorn their cutdown but still bloated OS on to them,
Maybe the small letterbox display of Netbooks killed the Netbook as the go-to portable internet device, especially when compared to 10" tablets? Maybe the prevalence of only-slightly-more-expensive full size laptops (usable keyboards! Bigger screen for watching video!) also had something to do with it.
I've used a Netbook with WinXP and Open Office with a serial port temperature probe for data logging.... but trying to read any website with it required a lot of scrolling.
>Right, I've been letting this one slide for a while, but enough is enough.
>It's ANDROID. A.N.D.R.O.I.D.
>I swear it's as if there's some conspiracy at work to propagate this misspelling. Who on earth could >benefit from that? Certainly not Microsfot...
It's more likely be cock-up than conspiracy... we recognise words at a glance by their overall shape (which is why UK road signs use Title Case, and not UPPER CASE like the USA does...), so Android and Andriod can escape proofreading. It probably doesn't help that i and o are adjacent on most people's keybaords.
Mine is 'a differential' is when someone means 'a difference'. We don't hear people using 'a sequential' when they mean 'a sequence', 'a torrential' when they mean 'a torrent', or 'a cyclical' when they mean 'a cycle', so why the constant of misuse of 'differential' by people who should know better?
'A differential gearbox' and 'a differential analysis' are fine.
>Fact is there *were* features people have enjoyed for a long time....
Enjoyed by web-users, or by developers?
>... but due to the mindless bashing of the press and fanatical followers of Steve Jobs
As an Android / Windows user, I agree with Jobs on this - but I didn't need him to point out the high CPU load Flash inflicts on my laptop - the fan noise does that.
To simplify: The use of Flash can be roughly dived into three classes:
1, Video, for which HTML5 and hardware-accelerated codecs appears to the correct solution - even Adobe think so.
2, Games - for that sort of causal gaming experience, many people now play native Android or iOS games.
3, Animations - for which Flash is still the best solution. However:
As a consumer of content on the web, it seems to me that most Flash animation is not for my benefit - it is put to use in advertisements, or else in often-misguided attempts to make websites more interactive or visually interesting. [Web designers: if in doubt, Keep It Simple Stupid!] As a content consumer, 99% of the time I just want to read the text, look at the pictures and watch the video - ideally in a fairly standard way across websites. Only occasionally do I come across a a Flash element - say an interactive diagram with roll-over elements - that genuinely enhances my experience.
Adobe have made Edge Animate - a tool to create Flash-like animations using HTML 5 and CSS, but the consensus is that is not there yet - as the results are at the mercy of different implementations of in different browsers. Hopefully it will get there.
>The question is, why did people even get the idea of using plugins?
It seems that Adobe (before they acquired Flash etc with Macromedia) wanted Netscape Navigator to render PDF files directly. Netscape proposed building PDF support into Navigator, but Adobe suggested that Netscape develop a system for supporting plugins, as Adobe themselves had done for Adobe Reader.
Games built on HTML 5, iOS or Android should provide your good lady wife with some distraction.
She might find a tablet - and we're hearing good things about inexpensive Android models these days - more convenient than a laptop for causal gaming / general messing around online. If she doesn't already have one, the 14th of February might give you an excuse to buy her a tablet.
The slow death of Adobe Flash has been hastened — YouTube, which used the platform as the standard way to play its videos, has dumped Flash in favor of HTML5 for its default web player. The site will now use HTML5 video as standard in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and in beta versions of Firefox. YouTube engineer Richard Leider said the time had come to ditch the aging Flash in favor of HTML5 as the latter, used in smart TVs and other streaming devices, had benefits that "extend beyond web browsers."
YouTube's move highlights the shrinking relevance of Adobe Flash on the modern internet. Adobe itself has spent the last few years severing many of its ties with the product — the company's Flash 2012 Flash roadmap narrowed its focus to gaming and "premium" video, and in 2011, the company killed Flash Player for mobile, saying at the time that HTML5 was the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms." In 2015, YouTube has realized that Flash is not the best solution for web video, full stop.
For a quicker Adam Curtis 'hit', search ' Adam Curtis blog ' for some fine selected archive footage, most only a few minutes long and without his voice-over.
Seems the BBC is no longer constrained by the cost of videotape as it once was - early Dr Who fans know what I mean.
>"Where's the evidence they're coming from Android?"
>>There isn't any, Apple's market share hasn't increased, it has fallen.
If the entire pie is growing, it is possible for a slice to become absolutely bigger whilst shrinking as a percentage of the total.
In addition, if the pie is sliced into more slice, it is possible for one slice to grow against another with again shrinking as a percentage of the total total.
I'm not saying that this is what has happened, I'm just helping you with your logic.
The circumstantial evidence is Samsung's bottom line.
More robust evidence would come from the network operator.
>Perhaps you might also provide the Pluniverse with 'Flappy Dave'.
Camilla, I am not a coder. I am a product designer. Good quality proprietary software allows me to design and build real objects more easily than any open source equivalent. The amount of time and money it saves me is orders of magnitude greater than a Windows licence.
I am no more likely to 'roll my own' CAD suite than a carpenter would make her own cordless drill. She doesn't make her cordless drill because she's a carpenter who makes chairs and not a tool manufacturer! I really don't understand why you find that scenario so objectionable.
>Before you rape me I claim naif.
What does that even mean?
>Windows 10 is an everything for all devices OS so it cannot by definition be good at everything.
By definition? An OS can have many UIs - just ask Linux users. Even within Windows, a game might use one UI paradigm and a word-processor another. I'm not saying that Win10 will be good at everything, but I don't see why it can't be 'by definition'. Or are you thinking of applications being optimised for x86 vs ARM?
>We have 5 years left on 7 which at this rate is probably 2 further OS release cycles.
Windows 10 is said to be the last Windows - there are no plans for any major releases after Win10, just updates to the codebase.
> If you have retail licences of 7 (insert version here) and you "upgrade" to 10 do you lose the ability to reinstall after a crash or a hardware upgrade?
You bought a Win 7 licence, that will still be valid.
Good for you.
Now, what do you suggest for people who use Windows-only accountancy packages, CAD suites, and play the occasional game?
>The time spent studying the accounts of 2,000 year-old illiterate, uneducated, peasants and imagining that this will somehow shed light on the way the universe works, is an utterly despicable waste of a great mind.
Er, Townes explicitly said that understanding the *way the universe works* is science. As a human being he also wanted to think about what the meaning of universe might be - and we might call that religion, spirituality or philosophy. It's a point of view, similar to Stephen J Gould's 'Non-overlapping magisteria' - it isn't held by everyone, but is an attempt at a consensus that can allow one to stop fighting and do some science. The chances are that his faith/curiosity aided his scientific endeavours rather than hindered them.
Had he been a baseball fan, would you still have said that his study of the sport was "an utterly despicable waste of a great mind."? What about Einstein's violin playing, or Feynman's bongo playing?
I've just found this thread http://forums.channelregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/11/02/fujitsu_k_super_10_petaflops/
in which Steve 48 (MIA since 2012) says "Reg units: I refuse to accept Petaflops - can we have it in terms of ZX81s instead?" and brainwrong (MIA for the last 18 months) responded:
Excellent idea! Slow mode or Fast mode?
The ZX81 didn't do double precision, it used a 40 bit format (documented in the excellent manual).
I don't know the flops rating of a ZX81, and I should think that the difference between adds and multiplies (done in software) would be much larger than modern hardware, which may complicate comparisons.
For a rough idea, a mandelbrot renderer I wrote in BASIC on a CPC464 (same Z80 running at similar speed, also 40 bit FP) achieved about 166 iterations per second. That was 4 adds and 4 multiplies, giving a whopping 1333 Flops!
Re-writing it in PASCAL tripled the speed, at the expense of reduced precision of 32 bit.
That was still so dreadfully slow that I re-wrote it again in Z80 assembler, bumping the precision back to 40 bit with my own routines. That ran at double the speed again, 1000 iterations/sec. Here I was able to replace a multiply by 2 with a single INC instruction, so I'll only claim 7 ops per iteration for 7 KFlops. I was still running renders up to 2 days at 320x400 resolution.
I have no idea how fast double precision could be done on a Z80, which is what is needed for a true comparison, maybe someone has done it and knows?
So, if I understand correctly (fat chance!), the ZX81 would need 4x10^12 hours, so that's roughly 4x10^9 years... so if not the heat death of the universe, then certainly getting a bit close to when the Sun will enter its Red Giant stage and engulf the Earth.
4 billion years per move... I'll never complain about playing a boring board game again!
>I've still got the ZX81, I still code for minimal footprint (on the rare occasion that I write code these days). I still find chess tedious.
Try 'Go' - the board game, not the programming language!
As a beginner player, I like the inherent tensions in the game are obvious (grabbing territory quickly Vs being secure) and the fact that you can get involved in a 'skirmish' at any time.
Computers do not play Go well:
Given an average of 200 available moves through most of a game of Go, for a computer to calculate its next move by exhaustively anticipating the next four moves of each possible play (two of its own and two of its opponent's), it would have to consider more than 320 billion (3.2×1011) possible combinations. To exhaustively calculate the next eight moves, would require computing 512 quintillion (5.12×1020) possible combinations. As of March 2014, the most powerful supercomputer in the world, NUDT's "Tianhe-2", can sustain 33.86 petaflops. At this rate, even given an exceedingly low estimate of 10 operations required to assess the value of one play of a stone, Tianhe-2 would require 4 hours, to assess all possible combinations of the next eight moves in order to make a single play.
(Hmm, how long would it take the ZX81 to do what Tianhe-2 does in 4 hours?)
It's a Windows virus. Even if it could infect iOS, it couldn't use Flash as a vector because a certain CEO didn't like it - citing security issues, battery life, mouse_over events not being suitable for touch-based UIs and a desire for app developers to use iOS-specific development tools:
Your link isn't working, mate. I came across another broken link posted in the Reg yesterday - like yours it seems to have been truncated.
Either two Reg readers have been clumsy with their text select>copy in 24 hours - plausible - or the Reg forums needs a tweak.
A plateauing of the Earth's population is better achieved through a decrease in birth rates than mass starvation, death and misery. Just saying.
Factors in reducing birth rates are a reduction in infant mortality (if you are confident that your children will reach adulthood you won't feel the need to have as many children) and female education. These are areas the Gates Foundation are working in.
Here in the 'developed world', it is likely that your grandmother had quite a few siblings and that it wouldn't be unusual had one died of whooping cough or an infection. Today, it would be a fair guess that your parents only had two or three children, with a good expectation that they would reach reproductive age.
>Also, Hebrew is fugly. It sounds like you're trying to puke out a snake made of gravel.
Aye. I found often found myself sitting next to loudly Skyping Israelis in South American internet cafes. It was horrible.The majority of them were just out of national service and travelling with a gang of their former comrades, which is understandable enough - but might explain their disinclination to mix with others.
The few young Israelis who were travelling by themselves were lovely, though.
>An AI must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law providing they have paid their licence fee.
Asimov was ahead of you: U.S Robots and Mechanical Men Inc only ever leased out their robots; they never became the property of the end-users.
It'l be alright - the Linux robot won't use its missile pods on principle because the drivers contain proprietary code.
Perspective is not used in technical drawings. Yeah, these images submitted to the patent office are merely illustrations, but many engineers retain an aversion to the unnecessary use of perspective.
... those clip-on plastic joysticks for playing Snake on classic Nokia phones?
(Sold out, I'm afraid :))
For what its worth, I was puzzled by the absence of an Apple reference design before the 2013 WWDC introduction of 'Made For i[device]' game controller support.
(One of my posts from 2012: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1610886 )
Apple made the filing in the same year as the first iPhone was released. I can't be the only one who has wondered before why Apple haven't made an iOs gamepad - or released a reference design for the 3rd party peripheral manufacturers.
The answer probably is that Apple have been able to sell plenty of iPhones without such a gamepad.
Apple historically have been a little wary of the games market too - in the Mac days they feared that games would negatively affect how people saw their computers.
The Android hardware market is a bit more fragmented ( witness the inability of Android phone vendors to settle on a standard for wired remote control headsets, or music/charge docks) and no big player (Google?) took a lead on gamepads.
Sony made a decision not to release a proper 'Playstation Phone', probably because it would cannibalise sales of their dedicated PSP machines. Sony then tried the 'Playstation Mobile' initiative - but only a small number of phones (even fewer non-Sony phones) were supported - so it probably didn't gain enough critical mass of users and developers to continue. They seem to have a change of heart (part of the 'One Sony' strategy), and have made their recent phones and tablets work with Dualshock 3 controllers 'out of the box' - and other vendors' phones can be made to work with them too.
Ever more Android phones now support USB OTG, which is a straightforward if inelegant way of adding a gamepad to a phone. Not all games support gamepads, but the classic console emulators for Android mostly do.
Chrome does a better job of sandboxing the insecure Flash than FF does.
'Spartan' is also the model of the penknife sold on the Reg's Cash n Carrion.
I won't downvote you, but I'm curious as to why you want Spartan on Linux or OSX. It may well prove to be a good enough browser, but it doesn't seem to offer anything unique over its rivals.
It's more the other way around - it is important for the purchaser to see first-hand where the puppy comes from. This isn't just to alleviate the suffering of animals, but is also for the benefit of the well-intentioned buyers looking for a family pet - intensively (in)bred animals that have been removed from their mother too soon can exhibit bad behavioural traits. There are also a fair few animals that have been bred in Europe and supplied with forged veterinary certificates - this means there is a risk of the animal being seized and placed in quarantine for months, at the great expense of the unwitting buyer and the heartache of little Suzie.
You're clearly not a dog lover, and that's fine. However, don't knock the efforts to make life more difficult for arseholes and criminals.
As you say, there are plenty of things that can be sold online, so it would be easy enough for GoDaddy to find another example to illustrate their services.
>They never will be a customer anyway as they all still live in their Mommy's basement....
Actually, you'll find that overwhelmingly they are independent adults, often with families of their own.
"The slow death of Adobe Flash has been hastened — YouTube, which used the platform as the standard way to play its videos, has dumped Flash in favor of HTML5 for its default web player. The site will now use HTML5 video as standard in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and in beta versions of Firefox. "
AC has nailed it on the head - most people who want an iPad already have one.
Last time I saw some figures, iPads accounted for the majority of UK tablets (though that might have changed since the cheaper Android tablets have become more cheerful), and of those iPads, the majority rarely leave their owner's home (so battery and weight-saving improvements aren't as crucial as they might be for phones). As a device to quickly conduct a web search or view some images, an older iPad looses little to its newer siblings.
AC can see the bleedingly obvious, whereas Wired.com is talking bollocks as usual:
"Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore"
This was a earnings call, which most public companies make to their investors, not a product announcement. Therefore one would expect there to be words like "Sales, net profit, fiscal, revenue, dollars" etc.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
>I wonder if anyone has ever told Anonymous what happened to Guy Fawkes?
Yes, Alan Moore has:
Anonymous don't emulate Guy Fawkes, they emulate a character called V. Why Moore played upon Fawkes is explained in the link above.
>Just not sure what benefit a march in masks promoting Warner Bros IP is going to do to improve that? It's like the lamest possible version of vigilantism.
I largely agree, Cliff. However, unlike past campaigns by national papers, it probably won't do any harm. After all, however lame the protest, they are only asking that a proper inquiry be conducted - so I'm inclined to give them benefit of the doubt this time.
You're right though - given the reasonableness of Anon's demands on this occasion, I don't see the need for the masks.
> Are you saying the police should 'do something'? They are doing something.
Really? What do the names Rotherham and Rochdale mean to you in the context of recent news coverage?
>Isn't this the equivalent of marching against malaria?
No, it isn't. It would be more the equivalent of marching against people being paid to research malaria but who are just sitting about.
>oh gawd, they're gonna start naming and shaming. and if they name the wrong people.... /o\
They don't seem to be doing a 'News of the World' and naming and shaming - or indeed indulging in any direct action. By their own words they are merely demanding that the Inquiry into Historic Child Abuse actually gets going, and isn't artificially limited in its scope as previous inquiries have been.
Whatever one thinks of their past actions, in this case they are behaving more responsibly than any Red Top newspaper.
Chris Morris and Brass Eye did a much needed and superb job of lampooning the media hysteria surrounding paedophilia. However, whilst the red tops like the News of the World were inciting vigilantism by people who didn't know what a 'paediatrician' was, Anonymous are merely calling for inquiries into the abuse of power:
"We demand independent inquiries untainted by the corrupt, with full power to investigate. We demand an end to secrecy,"
Well, they can dream. The record of British public inquiries is a bit poor. The current one into historic child abuse has failed to get off the ground. Chilcot's inquiry into the Iraq War has taken six years so far. Anonymous's view of this is no different to the writers of Yes Minister:
>The whole justice system is deeply geared up to punish paedophiles already. I doubt it could be made more critical of paedophilia TBH - statutory rape of a minor has terms akin to murder, so what iis the march for, exactly?
The protesters take the view that the justice system has failed the victims of child abuse, especially historically. As we have seen with the Catholic Church, the structure of some organisations can offer individuals the opportunity to abuse children, and to have their colleagues ignore complaints or cover up their crimes. People working for churches, schools, children's homes and in entertainment have been convicted of child abuse, organisations that structurally aren't too different from police forces, the judiciary and politics.
Many of the survivors of abuse become troubled teenagers and young adults, and have issues with substances abuse, mental health and petite crime... this places them at a great disadvantage when making complaints or testifying against well-connected 'pillars of the community', should they even overcome their distrust of authority figures enough to even make a complaint in the first place.