472 posts • joined Tuesday 26th October 2010 14:16 GMT
Love the Spirit of your Comment
I love the Spirit of your Comment, but while 4G may become a viable alternative for those in the worst served places for BT, 4G simply doesn't offer the bandwidth to support mass take up on a fast broadband service in areas with a moderate population density. Even if it looked good at times, peak demand just wouldn't fit.
Instead of 100Mbps max for one cell, try more like 1 or 10 Gbps. Certainly more so in that direction.
I don't mean to piss on your cornflakes though, I do see this putting the wind up BT's rural ADSL offerings.
Don't forget the effect of a dynamic equilibrium, the services attractiveness causes demand, making the service progressively less attractive as it slows under load.
Carbon Fibre Out....
....Graphene mesh in.
Some day in the future...
Re: Lost inventions
Starlite was very interesting, but it really baffles me that it hasn't been replicated or repeated since. Legend has it that Maurice's family still know the secret.
Best theory I can come up with is that it is in use as a classified material. I just find it very difficult to accept that a wonder plastic was created and then didn't escape into the world to be used.
Maybe Maurice stole the secret from the future and the time police have been busy mopping up :P
Re: I doubt it
You don't think organised crime would want to groom a Fraudster who managed that? Really? I think any gang would want him to be in their debt for their protection services.
More Suggestion than Paul McKenna
"I suppose the fact that people who have sufficient IT skills to install Windows on a Mac wasn't taken into account when assessing how well owners could maintain a healthy computer.
I suppose that because there's no control to try to reach even a baseline for that variable.
Still.... I'm sure that it will get loads of mileage in developer office warfare regardless of it's intellectual merit."
...at least that's what I imagine Einstein Von Brainstorm would say.
Re: A real driver's car...
"Real drivers don't need a rev counter, they can hear/feel the engine." - Exactly the thing that people without a rev counter say.
I'm not going to outright disagree either. With my old car I could accelerate hard from a stand still and instinctively stop bang on 30 mph without looking at the instrument cluster, I just felt and heard the engine note for the gear.
What you're missing is that without a rev counter, you never get to calibrate your ears to a car. You never get to learn what 6500 RPM sounds like for sure, you just take guesses. I don't like taking guesses myself, but horses for courses (especially at Tesco).
Re: Renewable Energy
I like a lot of what you said, but despite myself being a huge fan of nuclear power and believing it to be something that could still change our world enormously for the better, bringing people out of poverty, it could by no means be free.
Nuclear fuel isn't a significant cost in nuclear power. Complex highly regulated buildings and designs, millions of man hours of professional work and planning followed by millions more man hours running reactor designs that are small evolutionary changes over reactor technology that has been around for decades, that makes current gen nuclear expensive, not as expensive as wind perhaps (unless they really do crack mass energy storage), but certainly more so than a normal coal plant.
Nuclear is the one energy source that can solve our problems for thousands of years and it's also the one we're least excited about benefiting from.
Re: All those pretty words and not a single mention of WebM
VP8 never stood up against H.264 in quality tests at the same bitrate. We'll just have to wait and see how VP9 does.
Patent free video codecs are a false economy if you have to pay more in bandwidth and storage than the amount you saved on the codecs.
I keep thinking the Register is using racial slurs against people from Norfolk, just for a moment.
Anyone else wondering what the Brotherhood of Nod are up to?
Re: Would be nice if IE adopted Gecko.
Why, does it want a slower less compliant rendering engine?
Don't just tell me that IE10 sucks, show me something that Firefox does better in terms of page rendering. If you find that job difficult, what do you think that means?
IE6 used to be the bane of my web development. I used to hate it so much, but I'm not in an entrenched fanboy-fact-denial position. I use Chrome because of the way it looks and the UI, but IE 10 has one of the best rendering engines out there right now, shame the element inspector is a bit poor.
I also love Chrome syncing to mobile.
Re: 4G - what is the point...
I've been with 3 for ages and I haven't had your troubles in the West Country. I've only had trouble with 3 in Scotland myself.
Surely Not Invisible
If it's preventing scatter from the object then it wouldn't be invisible, but sheer black (or your wavelength equivalent of no energy). The idea being that you can't see energy reflected from it, but then neither can energy pass through it from whatever may be behind it. Only diverting technologies can achieve that from what I understand to be possible at the moment (which of course is limited).
I think the word invisible may be being thrown around too liberally here.
Anyone else's thoughts here?
Re: Does anybody really???
"Maybe they [Greenpeace] can patent a power system that run's on their userbase smugness"
Well... that should be able to power the world for millennia with no carbon emissions! What an amazing thing that could be, if only we could really power the world on that.
Such a shame there isn't actually a low carbon form of power generation that's reliable, affordable and could last us for millennia. If only.... Greenpeace would love it! ;)
Anyone sufficiently intelligent to do something this amazing would have no problems remaining anonymous if they really wanted to and it occurred to them (it's amazing how smart some people can be and still lack common sense). I'm aware of the different ways remaining anonymous can be achieved as an IT professional as will many other reg readers. *coughs* PRINGLES *coughs*
* I would like to add for the record as an IT Professional that I don't endorse anything unethical or illegal in this statement.
Re: "Super-fast broadband by 2015"
20 Mbps is the BDUK super fast definition, unlike the broadband definition of 2 Mbps, though I'm sure when they lay back-haul to rural areas it will feel like 2 Mbps broadband to the locals regardless of the technology at 8pm on a weekday.
Danger of Spoilt Child Syndrome
I'm not opposed to these deals exactly, I do understand that sometimes subsidies are necesary and can be a huge boon to commerce and industry, but....
Are we in danger of training BT management to expect taxpayer money before they expand FTTC into new areas now? If they don't get that taxpayer money, are they going to sulk and see if they get it by being stubborn? Could subsidies in Place A mean that Place B has to wait that much longer because it didn't get taxpayer money?
Who cares? It's not like 4.2.2 actually fixed anything. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google are falling in my opinion. It's no better for 4.2.2.
The 4.2 upgrade (the first one) made my bluetooth unreliable and made the lockscreen corrupt when playing music. I'm just saddened by Google's quality issues. No, subsequent 4.2. issues didn't fix the problems.
Hey ho, maybe I'll get reliable bluetooth back in Keylime Pie, who knows?
Re: I have to say that what strikes me about this is Cupertino's scorched earth policy.............
Apple was such a much nicer company when it was eating humble pie:
When Bill Gates bailed out Apple:
I was thinking that before you said it....
Apple's cunning plan to crush the USPTO. Send in a mind numbing amount of patents and watch as the poor staff are slowly overwhelmed and are turned into mindless, broken shells of people, just wanting the endless torture to stop.
When they're broken, they'll approve anything, even something as obvious as a magnetic holder.
Re: earmarked €50m (£43m) for funding research
That's a great idea!
I will be putting it to my MEP, indicating that all they need to do is redefine the second or the meter, which ever is easiest. :P
Re: There's a storm coming-
Not content with me understanding the situation, clearly you had to imagine that I didn't and interact with me on that imaginary basis.
Any which way but Right
This is a case of companies desperately trying to cling on to what they're most familiar with!
Rather than concede now that Voice over IP is the future (Voice over LTE requires it I think). Companies battle on trying to make a legacy product work.
By day I chat with work colleagues over Skype and hear them so clearly that if you were outside the office you might think they were inside there with me.
By night I call my friend up in the car and the conversation goes something like: "What?", "What?", "You said what?", "What?". I joke a little bit, but after going through two cellular networks and two bluetooth conversions with an audio bandwidth not exceeding 4Khz and compression that makes us both sound like we're in a pond.... I just really wonder how much life is left in old phone calls.
I think the mobile industry is probably the biggest pedaller of horse products of them all. They'll keep trying to flog them no matter the cost too.
Re: Links? Links! to Global Warming?????
There's a very strong link between Mozilla Crash Reporter and Mozilla software crashing. As such I've decided I need to uninstall the Crash Reporter to see if it makes Mozilla software more stable :P
Oh I'm sorry was I confusing correlation and causation?
Re: There's a storm coming-
I have Ubuntu running on Android running on my Nexus One and it runs like a dog, a dog that's been shot in the leg, no, two of it's legs.
I'm hoping that the native version of Ubuntu on the Nexus One may just offer a low power raspberry pi like computer for my old phone. If it does, I will find a way to use it! I think it's exciting. I want this, but possibly not for the reasons that Canonical decided to go down this route. I'll use it as a graphic-less task master that I can SSH into and get to do my bidding.
Re: How will this help?
Newcomers to hard-line telecoms? You're optimistic!
With the government's tax system on optical fibre links the small guy gets the most squeezing. With no finalised system for sharing ducts and poles, how would a new operator even begin to invest in new Infrastructure?
BT want more money than Dr Evil just to hook up people with fibre, so are we being realistic with this idea that we can have effective competition with telecoms in the UK? The best you'll get is Virgin Vs BT. Virgin are in monstrous debt from their existing deployment and leave a significant proportion of people unplugged.
The UK is a hostile environment to telecom start-ups. One would almost think it had been engineered so too.
Why the lack of an EU money sign: €
Not that tricky!
Send In the Black Helicopters
Quick! Send in the Black Helicopters to prevent the end of the world as we know it as researchers armed with Quantum Computers easily break the world's encryption. :P
Talking solely about bandwidth is an oversimplification. LTE latency is supposed to be improved over HSPA too. I think the decreased latency will offer some of the nicest improvements myself, but I'm waiting till 3 roll it out on their network.
UK to catch up with proposals in 10 years :D
Behold the lightning speed of Ofcom.
Legend has it that if you punch Ofcom in the face, you can walk home and be having breakfast the next morning before it realises what has happened.
Angola in Africa got LTE before we did. Still, at least it's coming this year! :)
I'd just given up bitcoin mining following the sad demise of GBP transfers on Intersango (Formerly Britcoin) only to find how the value of my remaining Bitcoins had more than doubled.
Needing to get that value out of them, I went in search of a working GBP exchange and found Bitcoin Central which happens to have won the right to formally operate as a bank in the EU! BBC News: Virtual cash exchange becomes bank
I'm still going to be ultra cautious, as should anyone moving bitcoins, plenty want to steal them, but these things keep coming back! It's quite encouraging. It kind of makes me want to buy a load when everyone says they're truly dead and over next time (this has happened at least twice already).
Android Honeymoon Over
My Android Honeymoon is most definitely over. I don't really want to go Apple though.
- The lockscreen widgets corrupt the screen occasionally with PIN security.
- The lovely visual style that was created for ICS is being compromised already with apps like the Alarms that while highly usable break the aesthetic.
- The bluetooth started having issues it didn't have before with 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus.
- Google Now's voice recognition which used to be quite impressive ("listen to Snowpatrol" worked well with Spotify) has turned into a lemon.
- Google Navigate overloads you with directions when you don't need the stress of it. it never used to! I find it easier to mute it which I think comes from very poor QA and testing.
- Google seem to be discontinuing progress on their built in browser which has far better visual integration and great features like tap to reflow text. It's moving to Chrome on mobile, which lacks some features the integrated browser has and on top, it doesn't gel the same with the UI. So disapointing. Password sync on Chrome doesn't seem to work properly.
I don't really see a better alternative, but I think the regressions Google makes in it's products hurt it the most. When you have something that works and it starts not working after an 'update', it's a really sore point.
I think that was 4.2 and only for tablets, phones were excluded from this feature.
Re: Stiff Windows
They seem to be making good progress in that field according to their diminishing market share. You must be proud.
Re: Power consumption
Disabled by default, i.e. not working completely reliably yet.
Chrome wasn't the first browser to get this anyway, IE has had full browser acceleration since 9, which is a while ago now.
I used to get Opera to test websites against. When it was the one with the worst rendering with the most bugs I stopped bothering with Opera testing. The sites were strictly HTML5, CSS3 and worked beautifully on IE9, Chrome, Safari & FIrefox.
So nearly a great mail client though, shame about the issues.
Re: Radioactive Food; Radioactive People
First, a genuine thank you for the link.
The scientists I've heard talk about it are renowned scientists in their fields that have been talking on BBC's Horizon Program and they're in contradiction of the information you're linking to.
Let's be clear that according to the conventionally applied Linear No Threshold model of radiation harm the increased risk of cancer from 250 mSv is around 1.5%. Compare that to smoking which is somewhere north of 400% increased risk.
I'm certainly not saying that you're information is invalid, it has caught my interest and I'd be happy to chat further about things. However, it's quite normal for some studies to show high and others to show low and it tends to be a balance of these studies over time that go into providing consensus.
Here's a study showing a lower risk of cancer for people in higher radiation areas in Ramsar.
Re: "I see that Lewis hasn't filed this one." Judging by the thumbs there are at least.......
IF (and it's a big if) nuclear decommissioning costs are paid at the beginning of a new reactor and sealed in a bank account with interest for the life of the station, it's actually pretty cheap. Granted you have to be responsible.
Shale gas of course is economically superior to nuclear by today's numbers, I won't deny it! Also transition from coal to shale gas means a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions. Shale gas is an immediate solution to our energy troubles that doesn't require government subsidy.
"Give it a couple more months and buy AMD once their management have finished crashing it into the dust."
Do you think that by then someone might be competent enough to write an HDMI output driver for a graphics card that doesn't screw up the output to an HDMI TV?
Neither ATI nor AMD seem to be capable of doing this. (The drivers do this mind boggling stupid thing of resizing the output for overscan when there is none for DTV and then resizing back, completely messing up the 1:1 pixel mapping.)
Let me ask you this question; do you think she'd have made this much sense if so many eyes weren't on her decision?
Severe Real Risk from Ionizing Radiation...
...but nothing to do with wireless comms.
This radiation risk is far more intense than any other on the planet.
Get protected people.
Re: Inquiring minds...
There have been a metric 'funk tonne' of studies done on any health effects from radio comms and the only thing proven were slight thermal effects for when you're holding a 4W transceiver to your head (using a mobile phone).
The problem is that people who want to find something just say that 10 years of research isn't enough. They'd like the scientific community to keep putting 2 + 2 together in the vain hope that they get 5 one day and prove them right.
Think of the Children!
"Oh no! Not a wireless network! Think of the Children!!"
"Alright Ma'am, well if you'd just like to hand over your mobile phones including the ones from all of your family, cancel your ADSL, return your BT HomeHub, ditch your cordless phone, hand over your Microwave, bin your baby monitor, remove your CCTV and junk your christmas lights and we'll take it from there...."
I like it! I hope the x86 / x64 version won't be crazy money as I'd love one as a laptop. It sounds like it will do as a laptop and a tablet. That's pretty cool to me.
How often do you get high quality IPS screens on laptops? I don't want to have to buy an Apple just to get a decent laptop screen.
Re: Radioactive Food; Radioactive People
Well all of my food is radioactive. All of your food is radioactive.
We're all radioactive. It's how we can be carbon dated.
So many nuclear explosions occurred during the early days of nuclear testing that normal carbon dating is pretty screwed for us lot. And yet... life goes on as normal.
Life goes on as normal for the people of Ramsar Iran, inhabitants of the most naturally radioactive place on the earth. They have no higher cancer risk or higher risk of birth defects. They live at a yearly dose that substantially exceeds the normal emergency limit for nuclear workers.
Nobody tell Stan Lee. :P
Re: "I see that Lewis hasn't filed this one." Judging by the thumbs there are at least.......
I know the deal, an operator ignoring risks is pretty awful... but...
With the political elite forcing the long impellers of wind power down people's throats, driving people below the poverty line in some cases. With an energy policy that could be written better by the Cookie monster, it touches a nerve that some people take very seriously.
You think France has energy problems? No it doesn't. Some smart ass will no doubt make a quip about France having nuclear waste problems, well it doesn't have that either.
All people want is to see sanity follow here. They want cheap, affordable energy and you know what, they might just be OK with reducing their carbon emissions, but when you tell them that we're not going to use shale gas or nuclear....
Someone is really taking the piss.
That's why some people lose their sense of humour.
Re: "All Aplle had to do was just put on some various strokes and an uncopyrighted face"
"It's almost certainly an oversight. Big companies don't normally knowingly invite lawsuits over what - to them - are trifling amounts."
I upvoted you (I think you're bang on the money), as for the 5 downvotes, it must be the linux Jihad started against you.
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