Re: Other desirable features...
Yeah, I couldnt play Doom with a friend until we'd made our own null modem cable...
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Yeah, I couldnt play Doom with a friend until we'd made our own null modem cable...
...and your list doesn't even include the large number of proprietary phone connectors over tose years... even single companies would have a number of similar-looking but different connectors, even for headsets! (looking at you Samsung)
Whoops! Thanks Handle, I did of course mean 'mA', and that H was in error!
>The only place I see a lightning connector being useful is in my Dr Frankenstein re-animation laboratory.
What about powering your flux capacitor when you find yourself in a situation where plutonium is surprisingly hard to get hold of?
Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of 'Li-Fi', which can use light in the visible spectrum. It requires so few photos that it can work in a room that appears dark to humans, and it can use light reflected off walls... though obviously it can't penetrate walls (which can be considered either an advantage or a disadvantage)
>Does this mean it's not going to be hard wired end to end like a lightning cable?
If I had to guess, I'd venture that any 'cleverness' will be built into the controllers built into the devices, rather than the cable. This guess is based on the idea that both the 'host' and the connected device are using the same port.
However, this guess might be wrong, because of the desire to use adaptors for backwards compatibility.
Other things I hope they consider for USB-C are:
- Make the connector so that it doesn't scratch things, like the current microUSB design is prone to.
- Insertion / removal force required.
- Mechanical strength - relevant to docking solutions.
- Point of any physical failure should be the (cheap and replaceable) cable, and not the device's female port.
- Design the female port so that it doesn't allow water ingress into the device, facilitating the design of waterproof devices.
Since this new design will hopefully be the last redesign for a while, it should be as good as it can be!
Apple/Intel? is it possible you're thinking of Thunderbolt? Lightening is all Apple. Thunderbolt is an Intel technology, though Apple contributed the name.
>a company famous for randomly changing stuff
Apple stuck with FireWire for years. Their 13pin iDevice connector remained largely unchanged for years, over which period comparable devices used a variety of both proprietary and standard connectors for power and data (USB-B, miniUSB, miroUSB) - I have a drawer of old cables and adaptors that testifies to that.
I agree that the ubiquity of microUSB devices and cables is a very handy thing, and makes up for the current shortcomings on the microUSB design. However, microUSB3 is already only partially compatible.
Another change will be worth it in my opinion, as long as it is the last for the foreseeable future, and it implements improvements in usability in addition to faster speeds and greater power delivery.
Who knows, within the decade we might all be using wireless power systems, and wireless optical data transmission or some-such.
The USB Type-C specification is targeted for industry review during the first quarter of 2014 and a final specification is expected to be published by the middle of 2014. Further information regarding the specification and plans for pre-release industry reviews will be provided via the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website at
>Make the plug feel asymmetric in the hand, and make the socket look more visually asymmetric.
The current microUSB is asymmetric, but its so small that it is not easy to spot immediately. Even if you do, you then have to inspect the orientation of the port you want to plug it into....
Making the plug orientation reversible is the sensible thing to do, and - without knowing the details of its implementation - it might be essential too, since the cable direction is also reversible.
I'd venture to suggest that for someone with poor sight an arthritis, the old 'big Nokia' power connector is easier to use than microUSB.
Chisels? Oh, we used to dream of chisels!
> But as a virus-carrying medium...? Really???
>the idea that this could be used to spread viruses is absurd, and pure click-bait.
The article doesn't say that! Read it again.
It is not a virus-carrying medium.
All the researchers are showing is a method that a previously infected machine can use to communicate with other infected machines, so that small data such as passwords etc can be 'sent home' after the original attack vector is no longer available to it.
>It would be easier to believe Dragos Ruiu's claims of infection if he published the make/model of the PCs he claims have been infected,
"The researcher reports that the BIOS malware on a Dell Alienware, Thinkpads and Sony laptops is encountered. MacBooks could also have become infected as possible, but that's not confirmed yet. The malware uses DHCP options encrypted to communicate. Attackers On the basis of the tweets shows that the investigation of the malware is still in full swing. Security.NL Ruiu has asked for more information. We will let you know. Soon as more details are known"
I'm not supporting his claims, just reposting some info about the machines he's used.
>I honestly wonder what advantage Google sees in all this
Nobody does - it's called speculation.
There might be dozens of areas of investigation, of which a few will bear fruit. So, you put millions in to each... if just one is successful, you will reap a multi-billion dollar reward.
If you're curious about the value of robots, ask yourself why Japan, with an ageing population, have been amongst the pioneers.
I've met 8 year-olds who were shit-hot at Sonic the Hedgehog...
Multitasking, or multiplexing? (i.e very quickly switching back and forth between activities)
>Is this figure correct? Are you sure about it. I thought the figures showed that women have more crashes overall, its just that men have more bigger crashes.
That was the conclusion I read about some years ago, I can't remember the source but I think it was from car insurers. There is no reason why small bumps would be reported to insurers.
If we agree that the difference between a small 'bump' and a 'crash' is that a bump doesn't cause damage that either party cares about, then we need to look at car design. It depends on the design of car bumpers, which, alas, aren't as robust as they used to be, and many are damaged by bumps of less than 5mph ('Which?' magazine drew attention to this a few years back)
>I've no doubt they'll do 4K and beyond, but it will be at bigger screen sizes.
Bigger screens, i.e monitors used with mice and keyboards, are used further away from the eyes than tablets are, so a 4K 13" tablet would be roughly on par with a 4K 27" monitor. If Apple are targeting the market that Wacom have traditionally played in, it makes sense. The fact that such products are already sold despite their high price tag, and other established players are looking to get into that market, should suggest that it is at least plausible.
Here is a picture of some sketching on paper, so you see how such a product might be used:
After all, making the iPad 13" does nothing for it's portability, and there are studies that suggest a good proportion of full-size iPads rarely leave the house.
>Was 20/20 based on a sampled average originally?
No, it wasn't - and it isn't normalised like IQ scores are. It means nothing more than being able to read text of a certain size from 20' away.
>Neither of the quotes you have supplied supports your assertion that the average person has better than 20/20 vision.
In the first quote, Snellen, the man who developed the eye test chart that bears his name, warns not to confuse his base value of 20/20 for a population average, yet you persist in doing so. And I haven't seen any links from you support that 20/20 is average, either.
I have better than 20/20 vision when I'm wearing my spectacles.
Here is yet another link supporting the assertion that Steve Jobs was guilty of hyperbole when introducing the Retina Display:
Analyst Challenges Apple's iPhone 4 'Retina Display' Claims
Instead of lazily downvoting me, can someone please point out which of my assertions they believe to be factually incorrect? To make it easy for you, you can merely post a number, or several. Thanks!
1. It's premature to call a product feature 'pointless' when it is just a rumour and the intended use of the device is yet unknown. A desk-based machine might not require as long lasting a battery as a more mobile device.
2. Wacom make very expensive Android and Win8 13" tablets
3. Modbook make 13" OSX tablets based on Macbook Pros
4. Apple could easily undercut the Modbook Pro spec by spec - because the Modbook is the full price of Macbook plus extra parts and labour.
5. Adobe are making hardware to allow iPads to be used more productively.
7. The market is not currently that big, but it does exist.
>That's just ridiculous. So who has the first 64 bit processor in a mobile phone?
That doesn't benefit the customer directly now, but does mean the transition to higher RAM in the future will be smoother - for application developers, especially. Apple have a financial interest in their application marketplace, in a way Android phone vendors don't in theirs.
20/20 is purely a measure of one's ability to identify letters in a certain typeface and of a certain size from a distance of twenty feet.
> You might have written "many people have ..."
I might have, but I didn't. What I wrote was less vague and just as accurate. The average person does have better than 20/20 vision:
...both Snellen and Donders noted that acuity levels of better than 20/20 were common in normal individuals, and both cautioned against a conclusion that their norm values represented normal visual acuity. Unfortunately, these cautioning remarks have rarely been heeded..."
he significance of the 20/20 standard can best be thought of as the lower limit of normal or as a screening cutoff. When used as a screening test subjects that reach this level need no further investigation, even though the average visual acuity of healthy eyes is 20/16 to 20/12.
>4k res in a 12" tablet seems pointless, the battery life will suffer and the GPU would need a massive upgrade to actually do much at the full res, so we'd see a lot of up-scaled stuff totally negating having the 4k res in the first place.
We don't know anything about this rumoured device.... it might be that it is designed to be used mainly in the studio as a graphic design / Photoshop tool, for example. In this case use, the battery wouldn't be a too big an issue. There is a market for this, albeit a currently small one, since Wacom will sell you a 13" tablet ('Companion'), as will Modbook (based in a gutted Macbook Pro)... and Apple could easily undercut the price of either of those models, spec for spec. Adobe are looking into this area too, with their first foray into hardware (see Mighty Pen and Napoleon Ruler)
Not knowing what rifles were designed for doesn't automatically preclude people from objectively noting how they are sometimes used.
Since the domestication of animals for meat in some parts of the world, many animals have been hunted as much for sport as they have meat. Indeed, this sport was a often privilege, defended against humans of lower status by the use of force. The people who commissioned the first rifles -made by skilled artisans - were powerful individuals with resources to spare, when an average member of their society was just scraping by.
Of course, in some parts of the world wild animals might eat you, thus making the carrying of forearms a good idea (and in some places, mandatory), but generally our species' habit of displacing such creatures has negated those concerns.
Same here, my first thought on hearing of this Amazon plan was that they would be based on a 'carrier' truck.
Thanks for bringing the UP to our attention Tanuki!
"A small cordite charge was used to ignite a rocket motor which propelled the fin-stabilized 7 inches (18 cm) diameter rocket out of the tube to a distance of about 1,000 feet (300 m) where it exploded and released an 8.4 ounces (240 g) mine attached to three parachutes by 400 feet (120 m) of wire. The idea was that an aeroplane hitting the wire would draw the mine towards itself where it would detonate.
>I don't get why you'd want to blow the drone out of the sky?
(a) for sport
(b) for a thought exercise. Of course, adding the constraint that the parcel must be undamaged adds to the challenge!
I'm leaning towards (b) myself
The round you describe increases your range and accuracy, but what you lose is the spread of shot with conventional shotgun rounds. Okay for a large target ( a deer) but not for a small, distant and fast target (duck or drone).
I'm aware that there is quite a variety of specialist shotgun ammunition available to law enforcement / military organisations.
An 'offensive weapon' in the UK is whatever a police officer at the time decides is one, depending on context. Carrying a cricket bat to a park in the afternoon? Sporting equipment. Carrying a cricket bat at 3 AM outside a nightclub? Offensive weapon.
Shotgun properly secured in boot of car on the way to a shoot? Sporting equipment.
The mathematical equation requires data... wind speed, for example, can vary along the path taken by the rocket en route to the target. I don't know what the limitations of laser anemometers are, but it is plausible that they might allow the margin of error to be reduced - if indeed said margin is too high.
The solution I had in mind was similar in concept to a barrage balloon, but based on a quadcopter instead of a balloon, for the sake of manoeuvrability. Instead of chains fixed to the ground, the quadcopter would trail dental floss - much like a jellyfish's tentacles - to tangle in the target's rotors.
I've liked the responses to the challenge... maybe Farting Hippo's net concept could be used with rockets?
Haha, I do know what string is, and bailer-twine too! Dental floss is strong and light, and also cheap compared to fishing line. If you've ever used a mini RC helicopter to take down out-of-reach cobwebs in an old cottage, you'll know how string spider silk is, too (but it doesn't have the bulk to quickly disable the chopper)
The plane could go faster, but the target drone might be more agile. Let us not disagree, let us test!
I like it! Perhaps a bolas might also do the trick if we can't sort out the spinning net mechnism
I'm not advocating the shooting down of drones, but as a fun exercise let's give thought to what could take a delivery drone out of the sky. Think of it as a mini SPB project.
First idea: Another drone. The offensive drone zeroes in on the target Amazon drone by noise, visual or other electromagnetic signature. Since the offensive drone doesn't have to travel as far as the Amazon drone, it can travel faster, or be made sturdier. It's 'weapons systems' could be in the form of dental-floss like filaments to disable the Amazon drone's rotors, or perhaps the offensive drones rotors could act as blades.
Thanks AC, I've been wondering why those HP Microservers have been sold with a £100 cashback offer for what seems like years.
Yeah, it may be only anecdotal, but of my friends who are keen console gamers, all are adopting a 'wait and see' policy.
And why the hell not? Waiting allows you to guess which platform might prevail, it allows you time to hear of teething problems and silly policies, and it usually results in a price cut several months down the line.
Good point Destroy All Monsters, I took MrE's figures and didn't consider the non-recurrent engineering (R&D and tooling) costs.
Jai's correct, the profit on the software and the on-line gaming subscriptions will quickly dwarf that $10 difference. What is more telling is that neither console is being sold at a loss.
>not enough to store half a days worth of music in flac.
If your FLACs come from losslessly compressed CDs, you're looking at around 350 MB per 74 minutes... if you're FLACs are from vinyl rips, Blu-Ray HD audio tracks or High Quality downlaods, you really should be looking at the LG G2 to get the most out of them, since it can decode 24bit 192Khz FLAC files natively.
Personally, most environments aren't conducive to listening to all the details in the music. If CD quality is enough for you, then I find a Sansa Clip (which takes microSD cards) adds little to the bulk of good headphones, and is a convenient size to wind earbuds around.
>Thankfully, the Moto G supports USB On-The-Go hosting out of the box.
Thanks for mentioning that, since the Nexus 4 didn't support it. I'm assuming that the USB OTG cable isn't included? Or is it?
The article didn't mention the size of the market, thus limiting the inferences that can be drawn from market share. It is plausible that more smartphones have been sold than ever before, and it is plausible that people who have not bought a smartphone before are more likely to buy a less expensive model... but without the numbers that is just conjecture.
>young men and women have been conditioned to think pubic hair is strange or even repulsive,
That's not just a modern thing... apparently the Victorian art critic John Ruskin fled from the bedroom on his wedding night, because the study of ancient Greek statues had not prepared him for female pubic hair. It is arguable that maybe a little bit of porn (with real women and pubic hair depicted) might have been a good thing for his matrimonial relations, in the spirit of 'all things in moderation'.
...just try goo girling Google
Haha, that's why I chose the word 'require' with care!
You might benefit from a compass, waterproof map and a pair of fancy boots, but you can still go for a walk with just what nature gave you (some clothing is recommended though)! : D
There is a greater variety of videos on YouTube, so it attracts a greater variety of advertisers. Not only that, but videos often relate to activities on which money will be spent. For example, if you're watching a video for tips on tiling and grouting your bathroom, there's a fair chance you'll soon be spending money in a hardware store. By contrast, the activities associated with the viewing of adult sites require no investment in equipment.
Also, I'm not sure how well the model does work for YouTube; the increasing intrusiveness of the ads and Reg articles about Google's plans to charge for music videos suggest that it might not be bringing in enough money.
Using drones to deliver small items? This is a very bad idea - it will really really mess with the game mechanics of Atari's 'Paperboy'.
It might be worth a quick Google search of your choice of Host, Hypervisor and Guest combination before you start, just in case it lets you side-step any known issues that can waste half an hour.
Re VMWare Player - if you choose to try a Windows host and VMWare Player for a virtual Ubuntu installation, don't use the 'Easy' option when VMWare Player presents it to you ('Normal' works fine). It may have been fixed by now, but the VMWare Player Tools caused issues at the time so that I couldn't reach the guest desktop.
The 'Tools' were just to allow things like 'copy and paste' and 'drag and drop' to work between Host OS application windows and Guest OS application windows.
Some UK DAB sets can be upgraded to DAB+, but here is little point unless your taking the radio abroad. That upgrade isn't free, though, because royalties have to be paid on the AAC codec DAB+ uses.
Apparently there is a way of using an Australian proxy server to upgrade Pure DAB sets without paying a fee, but I haven't done it myself.
"The Principal of Firepower International made claims in relation to a “fuel pill” that could improve the fuel economy of motor vehicles by a large percentage. In a similar way to Rossi, no proper scientific tests were done – just lots of claims of tests and anecdotal evidence of how good the pills were. The Firepower claim was given great credibility by the Head of Defence in Australia investing in the company, with many other people – including politicians – being involved. The Principal of Firepower always promised that a definitive scientific test would be done, but this was delayed and delayed until the company eventually collapsed with something like $100 million being lost by mum-and-dad investors in Australia."
- Dick Smith
Good point about dafter sites possibly copying and pasting. Relax though, the $1.5m price tag might mean only technologically illiterate greedy millionaires are defrauded. With luck, pension funds will seek the source article and demand proof.