61 posts • joined 23 Sep 2010
Bell Labs GaAs modem from 1960s
While working on my MBA in the late 90s I found an article from Bell Labs about their development of a Gallium Arsenide modem. They ran a copper line over several hundred miles and maintained well in excess of 600Mps. I wonder what happened to that?
Why do the fools leave the Xbox turned on? Or doesn't it have that marvelous invention made famous by the Assyrians - an On-Off switch?
Does the US have a corresponding law? I sure hope so. But then, we do have the best legislators money can buy.
What purpose does a tablet serve?
The 20 something geeks weren't around when the first Compaq came out. The pundits complained then about the small screen and slow performance compared to desktops. A friend of mine got a Dell tablet to replace her laptop. The screen is so small she can't see half of the information on the screen. Plus, it won't run the ERP app we need. And using a touch screen is ridiculous unless you have hands steadier than a robots.
I'm quite comfortable with my Toshiba laptop with its 17" screen, 8GB RAM and 650GB HD. And extra storage I need I drop onto my NAS.
Until tablet reach the speed and capabilities the original Star Trek implied, they'll be nothing but a toy for those who don't want to use a real computer.
The one thing I didn't notice is what format does one store the media on the NAS. Several formats are mentioned but not which to actually use. We have DISH which apparently can play various media. So, what now?
Arrested? He deserves a reward
I don't know how many times I've seen goofballs yapping on their phones while driving. Or blabbing in a restaurant, theatre, etc. Go Jason.
Uh, goofballs, all you need to do is look at the connecter. Where the seam is on the connecter goes on the bottom of the port.
Businesses do not touchy-feely computers, which is what 8 is all about. There really no inherent advantages of 8 over 7 except for the touchy-feely interface. And there are a number of things 7 doesn't do that XP did, and quite well.
Question on Development
I've never heard a good answer to this question. When a new language is developed, how do the developers make sure the hardware (CPU/GPU) will understand it? For that matter, how is a new chip designed so it understands the various instructions?
Federal shoud trump both
Many years ago I read in the Miami Herald there was a US law from the 1800s that said all land abutting navigable waterways belonged to the federal government and was therefore public property, free and accessible to all. Too bad I can't find that article or law.
3.5GB for an OS? Get real!
How much unnecessary bloatware is in this POS? 3.5GB of what? There are so many "features" in Win7 I'd love to whack as they are totally useless. I'm sure Win8.1 is even worse.
Anyone ever notice how similar the NSA eagle is to the NAZI eagle? Even the initials. Coincidence?
Ever notice how much Ballmer looks like Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester or the monster in Young Frankenstein?
"To the Cloud"
Another example of the stupidity of placing an entities data on someone else's servers umpteen thousand miles away from the entities location with no control by the entity. I wonder how it took for the entities to realize they lost access, let alone how long it took for Amazon to let them know, let alone fix it.
Apparently, Humphreys is a James Bond fan, since this is basically what was done in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Another example of life imitating art.
I don't believe it. The US is actually doing something somewhat intelligent. I cannot believe companies and people are will to place their trust in "The Cloud" with reports every day of hacks, password dumps, user thefts, et cetera. I'll stick with my little 3TB NAS attached to my PC.
For years the pundits were going ga-ga over units that had bigger screens and more powerful cpus. Now they're going ga-ga over units with smaller screens and less power. Just think netbooks and this is where these fondleslabs will go. Too small & weak to do real work but too big to be cool to the semiliterate geeks..
What gets me is pretty much every PC manufacturer marches in lock-step with Microsoft when it comes to OS. Microsoft could come out with an OS powered by a drunk hamster and PC industry would be all over it. I've yet to see any review that finds the upgrade to Win8 worthwhile, even when preinstalled. And people seem to forget that with a touch screen you need to touch the screen with your dirty, greasy fingertips. How many screens will crap out because of this dirt or people trying to push thru the screen to the other side. I personally believe this is restraint of trade at its worse.
Eh-yup. Let's put all of our sensitive, proprietary data out on someone else's data network that's wide open to failure, compromise, and theft. "To the Cloud." More like, "To the moon, Alice."
FINALLY! A pundit who writes what I've been saying for years. The cloud is a fool's paradise and not at all safe for any kind of proprietary or secure storage. Just read the papers and see how many "secure" sites get hacked, cracked and whacked every day.
One more reason for everyone to follow Microsoft "to the Cloud!".
Re: Why the push to full screen?
Alan Cooper or Alice Cooper?
Not worth the paper it's writ on
I DL'd the 2013 preview. After waiting the better part of an hour on my DSL line, it finally finished doing whatever rubbish it felt it had to do although Excel did work, after a fashion. After playing around with a couple spreadsheets and docs I came to three conclusions.
First, the Ribbon toolbar is almost tolerable and definitely easier for these tired eyes to see. I just wish some had mentioned the Office button was replaced with the returned File button.
Second, for my purposes and probably 99% of other users, there are no compelling speed or accuracy improvements I could find over 2003 or 2007 (I use both).
Lastly, why would anyone with an ounce of common sense want to put her/his data on "The Cloud", especially one controlled by the designers of some of the most hackable, crackable, hijackable software ever written?
My data, your computers? Uh-uh!
And the pundits expect me to put my proprietary & other data in the hands of someone else's computers "in the cloud"? I don't think so, Tim.
Funny, when I click on the New Tab tab I get my home page. I guess I'm smarter than the one user and installed a simple add-on.
MS Multitasking is like Chevy Volt...
in that both have technology equivalent to that which existed at the start of their respective "ages". For Chevy, that means the Baker Electric, circa 1914. For Microsoft, that means Quarterdeck's DESQView, circa 1985.
Win 8 better? C'mon
At work we're still using XP SP3 and have no intention of upgrading. Why? We can't afford the CPU, hard drive, video, etc upgrades MS thinks are necessary. C'mon. Windows used to come on a few floppies. How much bloatware and trashware is in that bugger?
Worst Movie Ever - Too Many to choose
It's a toss up between anything with Leonardo DiCrapio and anything with John Voight.
Origin of Name?
Maybe the town was actually named by the Hungarians after World War 1. (Think about it.)
I wonder if the paranoid idiots over at the Department of Hysterical Studidity (DHS) will have the Air Farce shoot it down as a threat to America. Like tightie whities and sneakers, and nail clippers.
XP Support ending? Really?
I didn't realize there had been support for XP since October 25, 2001. Oh, wait. Microsoft bought out Henny Youngman.
MS ignores users. Again
Once more the coders think they know better how a product is used or going to be used than the actual end users. It seems that in 90% of the cases, there is absolutely no concern over what the end user is actually doing. MS is well known for this, most recently with its questionable Metro interface. And coder wonder why I get upset when something doesn't work they it did in a previous version or as required by law.
"To the Cloud"
Once my opinion that any one who relies on the "Cloud" to store data is either a fool, and idiot, or a masochist.
To the CLoud Redux
Eh-yup. Let's put all of our sensitive data on the Cloud. What a bunch of maroons.
Another fool suckered by "The Cloud"
Great. Not only will hackers more easily be able to steal proprietary company info from "The Cloud" but now all my medical records will be fair game. What a bunch of maroons.
If the ship were named after King George IV, then it would be very appropriate the head didn't work.
Go on a diet & get rid of your cookies
Why would anyone in his right mind keep cookies between sessions? I keep my browsers set to whack cookies at shutdown and run cookie erasers regularly. I once even got Netscape to back off ( I believe) when I told them their cookies were theft of my property and I intended to take action if they didn't kill them.
Modern Tech courtesy an Amusement Park
Way back around 1996 Kings Island introuced "Flight of Fear", a thrill ride powered by a linear induction motor. It's still in use today. And the US Navy spent spent several days inspecting it for use on carriers. Per KI, it's given over 11.5 million rides since then. I think the technology works.
Assuming Facebook's off-line tracking is real, which I don't, then they are probably using some sort of persistent cookie. And who in his/her right mind still has the browser set to NOT clear all cookies when closing?
Free search engine
I snagged this freebie from CNet - UltraFileSearch. The interface is a tad clumsy, but it's a damned sight better than that POS in Win7.
Five will get you ten the system was designed by show off programmers with little or no input from users.
Since I first heard of "The Cloud" I've said only fools and geeks would succumb to the marketing hype. Why anyone wants to risk everything on someone else's unknown kit is beyond me.
To the Cloud? More like to the Hackers
Let's see. The US DoD had it's "secure" network hacked and thousands of top secret docs stolen. Anon & Co hack accounts and spread personal info about military personnel all over. Sony gets hacked and Playstation users are left naked. A couple Brit gov't agencies got reamed and their data is not part of "the cloud". And the supposed experts still want to put private and proprietary on the cloud for any script kiddie to steal? Yea. And let's line up all of the airplanes and ships in a row to guards them, just like they did at Pearl Harbor.
End of Life for OSes
I have two comments. First, why is it when a new OS comes out it is often so different in its core services from its predecessor that existing hardware & software virtually cease to function? Other than the obvious answer of the companies need to keep the revenue streams going, no other industry I can think of uses the same business model. Can you imagine having to scrap everything because NBC is now broadcasting in color instead of black & white?
Second, I personally think XP is going to live longer than many think. The SOHO users just can't afford to dump the billions of dollars worth of software & hardware in place that works perfectly well under XP but is not supported by Win7. If MS were to upgrade the XP kernel to the same security as supposedly in Win7, XP would be just as good if not better. Plus it would still take a much smaller footprint and would work on "lesser" machines. Hmmm...That sounds like Linux, which is based on UNIX which is at the core of MS-DOS which is the core of Win7.
The Cloud - Another Opportunity for Hacker & Data Theft / Loss
I have yet to see any quantitative argument that supports using the "cloud" for anything other than giving shade and rain. How many articles are posted on the Register every day of this site or that repository being attacked, hacked, cracked and smacked. And the cloud will be more secure? It sounds to me that it's just another gimmick made up by marketing department to move more of the same old iron. VPN by another name, even. "Go to the "Cloud""? Not if you value your data and customers.
Freely available for older devices
This would be a really great piece of work if any user could download it and get their still still perfectly functional "legacy" devices to work with modern bloatware, such as Windows #.
Fat chance of that happening. The hardware companies would fight that no end.
Dell + AMD = Bigger Intel
I wonder much of the funding would come from Intel?
Once more Florida has turned some blustery braggart into so much Gator-Bait. Any school that keeps a live nuclear reactor across from the student union without making the cafeteria food taste any worse (or better for that matter) has got to be reckoned with.
Cloud users are fools
Any IT manager worth his salt, or with any integrity, would not allow his company's data be out of his control, which is exactly what "cloud" computing does. Apparently those who espouse the virtues of the cloud have never heard of worms, viruses (viri?), phishing, spam, trojans, backdoors, etc. It's hard enough to secure a data center, but when everyone and his brother can access it using who knows what, security goes down the crapper. Besides, "isn't "the cloud" today's politically term for "VPN" or maybe even "distributive computing" (think IBM 360 old iron)?
4th Amendment is vindicated
FINALLY! A court has upheld the legality of the 4th Amendment to US Constitution. I know Europe is still living under the national socialist policies of the 40s & 50s when paranoia reigned supreme. The US didn't fall into the same paranoia until reactionaries got into positions of power, i.e. Sen McCarthy and King, I mean, President GW Bush.