158 posts • joined Friday 17th June 2011 13:20 GMT
Re: USB isn't "universal" after all
Please clarify, what is incompatible?
USB 1.0 to 2.0 is pin for pin the same, only the protocol/speed changed, and this was specifically done to be backwards and forwards compatible. i.e. USB 1.0 devices work in USB 2.0 hosts, and USB 2.0 devices work in USB 1.0 hosts, just slower. Plus does anyone actually have anything that still uses USB 1.0 anyway? USB 2.0 has been around for 13 going on 14 years now.
The same goes for USB 3.0. In fact USB 3.0 is literally USB 2.0, with an extra data channel. So plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 host, and it just acts as a USB 2.0 device. Like wise plug a USB 2.0 device into a 3.0 host, and again it just continues as a USB 2.0 device.
Even the cables work, i.e. a USB 2 Type A to micro type B (i.e. typical cable that comes with a current phone), can be plugged directly into a USB 3.0 host port on a PC/Laptop, and the other end into a USB 3.0 external device (External HD etc) and it just works, just only at USB 2 speeds.
So what incompatibility?
Quote: 'If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.'
That is what they are doing, at least that how it seems to read when I looked at the Intel PDF. One new Type C plug for everything.
Why would you add analogue to a digital connector and have a huge step backwards?
So you'd rather have a restricted number of audio channels prone to interference, that can't be updated without adding more wires, than a digital solution, that has no such limitations, and can quite happily cope with anything from simple stereo, to HQ 7.1 with DTS etc.
Even Apple dropped analogue from their Lightning connector. (External speakers, Lightning to old style adaptors etc. now use a DAC to convert the digital data to analogue).
So just do the same with USB, create a USB 'profile' that tells the PC/Phone you've plugged in some USB speakers, and the Speakers do the DAC.
@ Kubla: Where have you been? USB has always had a square connector!
The square one is a standard type B connector (i.e. the original Type B before we got mini and micro versions).
The Type B is what should be used in devices such as printers, external HDs, Phones, Tablets etc.
With the Type A being used in the Host, i.e. PC, Laptop etc. (The original Type A being the big rectangular one, i.e. pen drive connector).
Note: Some device manufacturers do do this wrong, especially with older external 2.5 HD drives, which often use a type A in the drive, when it should be a Type B at the drive end. (Presumably done as the type B was too wide to fit in the thinner cases).
Phones and tablets have space constraints, so use the mini/micro versions of the Type B, printers have no such space constraints, so continue to use the old square type B connectors instead. The same is true for many external HD caddies, especially with 3.5 inch drives.
There is even an extended version of the original square type B for USB 3, with an extra plug on the side for the extra data connection. (That way you can still plug an older USB 2 square lead into the USB 3 socket, and just access slower).
There are also micro versions of Type A, although I've rarely seen them used, as most Hosts are large enough to still fit the original Type A, such as in a Laptop, so don't really need the smaller forms. (The micro A has square edges, rather than angled edges we see in the type B connectors).
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Make sure it flies over water, and let the shark mounted lasers do their stuff......
My thought too, interesting idea, but at what price!! Seems to be 100%+ mark-up!
I would have thought that scanning in a broken component (assuming you still have all the bits), and stitching them back together in software, would be relatively easy task to do these days, with modern processing power etc..
You could have something as simple as scan in the items, then it would highlight the edges it thinks are the broken ones that need joining (colour coded for example) , and the user just confirm or adjust as needed. The software then autorotates till the edges match up, with some algorithms so smooth out edges if they were deformed when broken, and fill in any holes if small parts were missing (i.e. little shards broken away and lost).
If the software doesn't exist yet, I'm sure someone could write something, or collaborate on something opensource.
So the next couple of weeks are going to go one of two ways...
1. Disappointment that the new Nexus (watch and/or phone) isn't as good as I'd hoped. (or just not released!) or ...
2. An expensive month with new toys to play with for Christmas.
I know which option I'll be rooting for :-)
Agree on the hot spot, if you have a car like this, you're gonna already have a smart phone, so just use the phone.
Personally I'd like a slot large enough for a 7" tablet to sit, including USB connectivity for power etc. and the ability for it to close and secure it while your out of the car, without the need to unplug it each time and take with or hide in the boot/glove box etc.
Who displays it is irrelevant, all that is important is that it was displayed in public, before being protected,
Re: Steam DRM luv?
Nope, it's a distribution system. DRM is optional and up to the people releasing the game, not Valve.
Some games under Windows Steam, if you install a desktop icon, and launch the game via the icon without Steam running first, Steam doesn't even launch, so not used at all.
Granted not many games are DRM free, but it's not Valve/Steam deciding this. If a publisher wants DRM, then they'll use DRM, irrespective of it being via Steam or not.
At least Steams DRM is unobtrusive. Unlike other major DRMs, that for example force you to be online etc.
Re: From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.
Very similar to myself. Was an avid PC player, then moved to console (360), got board of the console games (games being just clones of each other for the most part). So let Gold lapse and went back to the PC about 2 years back.
Now playing mostly strategy games, so not sure the Steam Box (i.e. TV and controller) will be all that good for me, other than the occasional casual game. I can see this replacing the 360 though. (and I'm waiting for GTA V on PC).
But I can see the Steam OS being used with the Linux ported games, as more get ported from Windows to Linux.
I feel a potential dual boot option becoming viable. My existing Win 7 for the none ported (and legacy games) and Linux/Steam OS for the new releases.
Anyone know if Steam OS will still function as a normal Linux install? i.e. can you still install 3rd party indy Linux games along side you're Steam games?
My old favourite was to take a screen shot of their desktop, with task bar and icons etc. Then hide all the icons and minimise the task bar (auto-hide), then set the previous screen shot as the wall paper and walk away.
Some people got it quite quickly, other people not so much, although the room full of sniggering people usually gave the game away eventually!
Isn't it about time a proper standard was defined for multi factor authentication? Including APIs etc.
Then once defined, and accepted, newer ISO standards and such for security, such as how banks, the government and other organisations do authentication and identification, could then be updated to insist they support this one standard.
That way you could get one token, but it then works universally for anyone complying with the standard.
Otherwise we are going to just end up with a pocket full of these, one for each service or set of services you use.
This would also help get round the growing issue of being able to prove who you are, such as when applying for loans or a new passport etc. ("Please bring in 3 recent utility bills with your name and address on it", "erm, I do everything on line, I don't get bills in the post!")
As someone who already uses 2 factor authentication with their bank, the token was added to the security, they don't remove the 'something you know' bit.
As pointed out, for 2 factor, you need two separate types of information. The types being (genrally):
* Something you know (passwords, secret question/answer, fixed pins etc.)
* Something you have (tokens. pin generator eyc.)
* Something you are (fingerprints, retinal scans etc.).
You need at least one item from two of the above three options for it to be multi factor.
So a username, password and a secret question is still single factor. As they are still all things you know.
Re: Antenna too weak
I thought battery devices still USED the mesh, they just didn't become part of it?
From what I've read, all devices/nodes can connect to any other device/node within range, battery or mains, but only mains powered ones can act as a repeater unit to extend the mesh itself.
That way you don't drain a battery device as quickly, as it only needs to deal with it's own traffic, not traffic for other devices. So as long as there is a mains powered device/node between the battery device and this kit, it should still work shouldn't it!?
So just mount the Pi close to one of the mains powered nodes.
Obviously if your devices only consist of battery powered ones, then you're in trouble, but then that's not how Z-Wave is suppose to work. it should be mostly mains powered devices, with only the occasional battery unit being used where power isn't possible, and those should always be in range of either the controller itself or a mains powered node.
Re: it will probably be an expensive @ Jess
I think your comparing with the wrong type of transport. I doubt that an airship would (or could as you state) compete with aircraft, for air freight as the service is different. Current air freight is usually about speed rather than cost.
I think they would be more likely to compete with ocean going freight, As they would be faster, and could pick up and deliver closer to the door. So no need to ship to/from a sea port first. Also as this is more of a bulk service, the 250 tonne would likely easily be filled.
This could become an intermediate freight option (for medium to long haul). At the moment you have high cost, but fast air freight, or low cost, but slow cargo ships. An airship would probably sit in-between the two.
Also if the source location (e.g factory) and target location (e.g. local distribution warehouse) had enough space for one of these to land. You could ship 250 tonnes direct, point-to-point. i.e. 250 tonnes of TVs direct from the manufactures in Asia, straight to the local distribution warehouse of a UK retailer.
Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.
@ Kubla Cant
Most current (water) cruse ships tend to be about where you are going to, and keep you entertained on route.
i.e. a couple of nights in location A, then sail across an empty sea to get to location B for another night or two etc.
River cruses tend to be different, as you have more to look at, and smaller boats with less on them.
Airship cruses are more likely to be over land, so plenty to look at during the day, and the routes would most likely be plotted to make sure the most interesting stuff was flown past/over on route to the really interesting places. So less need for things like Water slides etc.
Although I did just think, how cool would it be to have a roof top pool, especially if it had the horizon type pool edge!
Re: Why compress helium...
Presumably compressing air is just off setting the lift from the helium.
So ballast is increased. But the lift being generated is the same, but does produce an overall loss in buoyancy.
Whereas compressing the helium does the above plus also removes the lift it was providing in the first place. So a double effect.
So ballast is increased again. But the lift being generated is also reduced, so a greater overall loss in buoyancy.
Re: Paint it green
Glad I wasn't the only one who thought the same on first look! :-D
Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.
I could see smaller ones being used to replace viewing flights by helicopters, assuming the price can be competitive of course, or even longer trips.
Image doing a run through the Grand Canyon, or a photo safari in Africa (this one could last days if the ship was big enough for the supplies)..
* Noisy (have to speak via a headset)
* Cramped seats wearing a harness.
* Massive vibrations.
* No facilities (have to land somewhere).
* Quiet, can talk at a normal levels.
* Free to get up an move around, possibly with proper viewing galleries, or even external balconies.
* Stable platform
* Could have things like a restaurant, toilets on board etc.
* Could stay in the air for days as long as your not burning fuel quickly, i.e. a leisurely pace to view, rather than rushing from A to B.
Even if it was expensive, I can imagine there would be a lot of rich people in the world that would like to float effortlessly above the African savannah for a few days irrespective of price.
Not really the same thing. For the iPad that's just buying a piece of hardware to plug in to get it to work, which is a given, and the cost is simply Apples standard inflated pricing model.
I've already bought the hardware, It should plug into the N7 and just work, just like the iPad device. I shouldn't then need to buy extra software to get it to work, and don't need to do on other Android devices.
If the comparison was to work with the iPad, after you'd bought and installed the card reader, you'd then have to purchase an App download before it would start working.
Whilst Apple users may be more inclined to part with their money that the typical Android user (based on stats, not personal judgement) , I doubt they'd be happy to be asked to pay again for the software, when they'd just spent money on the hardware!
But you have to pay for "Nexus Media Importer" for a function that should just work without extra software.
Presumably Samsung added this 'extra software', themselves, as OTG works out of the box on my S3.
I had assumes, as it was mentioned with the S7, that it would also work out of the box.
Installation of additional software, to get a specific part of your existing hardware to work = fail
It's like providing a camera, but then not bothering to include a camera app.
Re: Still (?) doesn't support On-The-Go USB
I've got a v1, and OTG doesn't work for me.
The comments above all seem to indicate you either have to root the device, and/or install 3rd party (paid for) software to get OTG to work.
All of these mean this is a Google failure. OTG should be supported natively in the OS. I should be able to just plug in the OTG adaptor, and then a mouse, keyboard, USB pen drive etc. and they should just work.
My S3 works fine with the same OTG adaptor, tested with several mice, a couple of keyboards, and assorted USB pen drives, and SD card readers, all worked fine without the need to launch or set anything. Presumably Samsung added this themselves?
Plug the same devices into the v1 N7, and not one thing works. This is a fail to me.
Other than that, the v1 has been a very nice and good bit of kit.
Re: A large TV with that resolution might have a use other than High Res TV
I already hate the twitter stuff they stick on at the add breaks, and that lasts just a few seconds! I really don't care if <Someone I don't know> thought <insert actors name here's> was <some meaningless dribble>.
Even worse are the chat channels they seem to be setting up to discuss the program in real time with other viewers while the episode is airing. (Syfy channel I'm looking at you).
FFS, if the program is good, you should be glued to the TV, not chatting with complete strangers and missing half the show. If the show is so bad that chatting is preferable, then watch something else, or better yet get out of the house and have a pint or something with real friends!
I can just imaging people having to set up firewalls to block specific feed addresses in order to 'clean up' their TV streams!
I predict 4k TVs with constant ticker feeds from Facebook updates, Twitter etc. etc. Announcing what you're watching to the world, and targeted adverts running along the bottom trying to sell you the box set of the TVseries or movie your watching. I expect unauthorised downloading of 'clean' rips will become more and more common.
Re: 4k benifits?
As a business user of a 1366x768 laptop (Lenovo T420) I feel the pain! So glad I'm mostly at the office or at home where I have external monitors I can plug in (1600 x 1200 or larger).
Only thing I leave (dual screen extended mode) on the 1366x768 is usually my web browser.
They really should ban the use of lower than 1920 x 1080 on laptops.
Although I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, 16:10 so much nicer for PC use than 16:9.
Issue I guess is so many people (i.e. non tech budget buyers, i.e. most people) don't even consider the resolution of the screen when looking at laptops. Just cost!
Re: What the hell? Samsung is talking such bollocks, world's largest my arse.
Quote: "world’s biggest Ultra HD TV"
Ultra HD is defined as being 3840 x 2160
The Samsung is 3840 x 2160 and therefore is a Utra HD TV.
The Panasonic is not 3840 x 2160, therefore is not a Ultra HD TV (it's got more pixels in width).
Therefore the quote above is accurate, as the Panasonic is not a Ultra HD TV there isn't being compared against in the comment above.
But it's still Samsung mincing words.
Yes it may be the largest 'Ultra HD' TV in the world, but it's not the largest 4K TV * in the world. A case of the letter of the law, rather than the spirit I think.
The Panasonic is actually better than Ultra HD TV resolution (slightly wider), so is not only a larger TV, but higher definition too!
* There are quite a few 4K resolutions, for example CinemaScope etc.
SATA 600 is the current de facto standard for SSDs, but there are faster interfaces around, such as PCIe.
USB 3.0 = 5 Gbps = 640 MBps
USB 3.1 = 10 Gbps = 1250 MBps
A current individual SATA SSD is limited to 600MBps due to the SATA 600 interface. So yes doesn't really need USB 3.1.
But an PCIe SSD is a lot faster, as an example, the OCZ RevoDrive 3, hits 1,000MB/s read, and 925MB/s write. So that type of speed fits nicely within USB 3.1.
So we just need someone to make a USB 3.1 to PCIe caddy :-)
Exactly my thoughts.
I don't watch channels, I watch programmes. What channel a programme is on is irrelevant to me.
I usually find the programme by searching, (tablet or on-line rather than via the EPG).
So then it's just criteria: Where does it air first, is it HD or not. Pick programme to record, series link if applicable.
Only watch pre-recorded, skip all adverts, (I already pay for the TV, which should I watch the ads as well!?).
Not a mistake, it's incompetence
Not having something as simple and obvious to implement as a domain name filter (i.e. do any of the take down requests include domain names that microsoft own), is not a mistake, it's incompetence on a grand scale.
Re: Does it block adverts
I doubt you'll be able to specifically block Ads themselves with this, although you ought to be able to stop Network access, which would stop the Ads.
But of course that might also break the App itself, depending on if it needs Network access for it's main functions. i.e. something like Rain Alarm needs Network access to be able to download the rain maps, which of course automatically means it can download it's Ads.
Also authors would probably be able to add code to detect if you've disabled Network access* , and so could disable or otherwise cripple the app in someway.
* Direct, for example 'ping' an Internet address and see if it responds, or indirect, i.e. have my Ad banners downloaded okay since the app launched?
Re: Huh @ AC 13:12
That would make sense (almost) if ithere was a direct way to access your friends list with the Facebook app, or it was made more central to it.
Currently the 'Friends' button in the Facebook app doesn't actually list your friends! Instead it takes to the 'Find Friends' page (same on the web site).
I don't know about anyone else, but this just seems to be brain dead. Surely one of the main purposes of facebook is to keep in touch with existing friends, and to a much lesser degree, to find new friends on FB.
Therefore why would an option rarely used in comparison, 'Find Friends' , have a main shortcut button in the front page of the app, and the main 'Friends' list, that is used far more often, is almost hidden away under the 'Apps' list!
Why an app, why not on install?
Rather than using a separate app, wouldn't it be better if the current permissions list on install (or updating if permissions change), just had a tick box next to each option?
i.e. Install app, it lists x number of permissions as it does now, but each has a tick box, selected by default. Just untick the ones you don't like and continue with the install.
To change settings afterwards, use the app manger. It already lists the permissions, just add a tick box by each one. Tick on/off as needed.
Permission control for applications has been there since year dot. This is just a more granular method.
At the moment (unless using 3rd party tools on a rooted device) it's basically a case of granting access to everything the app asks for, or not installing it if you don't like the permissions it asks for.
The new process allows you to say yes to all, and then go in and turn off access to specific items.
For example, why does the Facebook app need to be able to make phone calls, or be listed as a System Tool which gives it a lot of potential control over your phone. The point being of course it doesn't, not unless you use those features that rely on these permissions, So if you don't use those features, you should be able to switch of access to those areas.
Re: great idea
I'm guessing you were also one of the people that said "Tablets, what's the point in one of them?".
Just because you don't want to use one, or don't have the imagination to work out what could be useful on them, doesn't mean other people have that same limited outlook.
Re: there's just a little niggle, MS
You might not wear one, but a quick glance around the office, and I'd say you're in the minority.
Initial look shows about a 4 to 1 ratio of wearers to none wearers around here.
Re: another way of looking at it...
Even if the loophole was valid, the land still has to be claimed before they could sell it.
You can't just say, "I own the Moon", and start selling plots to people and it be valid.
Claiming land normally involves someone going there in person (or on someone's behalf) and most laws also require occupancy of the land for the claim to be valid. i.e. build a mine etc.
Now if someone privately funds a trip to the moon, builds a base there, and then claims that patch is theirs, then that could be a different matter.
Yup, should have kept the momentum going...
Should have been a permanent base set up a few years latter, say mid 80s,
By the mid 90s this should have been fully self sufficient, with hydroponics, fuel processing, solar panels etc. Plus the ability to produce building materials from the local environment, so no further need to ship anything bulky from Earth.
By the mid 00s we should have had private enterprises there, side shoots to the main base. Doing drug research, investigating mining, the beginnings of a high cost tourist trade. By then regular trips to and from the moon should have been in place, say monthly.
And by the mid 10s, the tourist costs for a visit should have been down to say a few 10k.
Hmm, I want my £20,000 trip to the moon, and I want it now :-/
Re: @ Don Jefe - Pass
Quote: 'Of course, and the moonrovers will have to be retrofitted with these reversing bleepers.'
And how exactly are they going to hear the bleepers on the Moon?
Remember, in Space; no one can hear you reversing.....
Re: WTF? @ Maharg
You do realise that's just a novelty deed?
Not actually legal in anyway, shape or form.
Re: Flogging is too good for 'em
Re: Dennis Hope
How can it incur any legal action from someone who sells novelty deeds? Deeds that have no legal standing, and are just framed and stuck on the wall as a conversation piece over dinner.
Dennis Hope, (just like everyone else) has no legal claim to any of the land on the Moon (or anywhere else in space) in the first place, therefore he cannot sell what he doesn't own.
Re: Erm, curvature of the earth, anyone?
Kind of the point, fire at them while you are still out of sight. Using spotters to identify the targets (Spy sats, aircraft, drones, grunts on the ground etc.). Just like an arti barrage.
Bear in mind these are ballistic, so you'll be aiming the gun above the horizon, not through it.direct at the target.
It might be going quickly, but it's still not going to beat the pull of good ol gravity.
Re: Revolutionise what?
Useful for ship to ship, but more likely to replace trying to drop bunker busters from carrier borne aircraft and ship launched cruise missiles. Very useful for taking out enemy radar and SAM installation etc. Without risking your pilots. Or costing you too much,
Faster, cheaper, no effective means to intercept (yet) etc.
Anyone know what the effective accuracy is over 200 miles? Taking into account wind etc.
Re: Ubisoft... Grrr.
Accounts should be based on a user name, not an email address.
email addresses as a login/user name should be banned.
It's not like they can't still add an email address to the account during registration, or even force you to confirm it as they do now by sending a link to the address, but please don't make me have to use the email addresses itself to log in!
(Same goes for MS and Win 8, let me use a username, and add my live account/s to the user. Don't force me to log in with my Live account to get the Live integrations!)
It's about time that if your contract, (full contract, rolling or PAYG), that includes a data allowance, then that allowance should be used when roaming as well as at home.
I've already paid for data thank you, why should I have to pay again? Perhaps use at twice the rate when roaming?
I find it ridiculous that I've basically got 1GB monthly allowance, of which about 300-400MB is used per month for all my data, (I never switch data off, and only use wifi if 3G is weak/slow, or I've got a large app (i.e. game) to update). Which means even at double rate, I've still got allowance left to cover holidays etc.
Re: Custom Pinball Machine
Quote: "and a PC keyboard with analogue WASD keys for gaming".
I'd buy one of those :-)
analogue Q & E as well for leaning round corners....
Re: Nice idea but doesnt work
erm, tracking is easy, stick an RFID tag on it and link to your customer DB. Tells you when it was build, who owns it, how many miles it's done, what the current max range/charge is, if it's close to needing replacement etc etc. Bear in mind these types of cards do phone home, so send stats back to home base.
Value will probably be a simple formula based the max charge (ergo range) it can hold and the age.
I'd also suspect the cars already monitor the batteries for efficiency (i.e. we expect 300 miles range, but only got 280 this time, 270, 260... ...180: Recall notice on dash board "Your battery needs replacing, please make an appointment with your local dealer, or simply call into one of our Swap stations and request to keep the newly exchanged battery." Charge $50 plus the value of your battery deducted from the value of the exchanged battery, here's you bill.
Re: PS3 exit?
Indeed, even original Xbox is likely to be around for a while after the XBone is out.
XBox 360 was launched in 2005, last XBox game came out in August 2008.
@ Pascal Monett
Yes, especially when you know games are usually developed on a PC based dev kit, then effectively converted to the console format to run.
When you think that a current mid range PC with a £120 GFX card is around the same as a PS4/XBone, would be interesting to see what a game like this would look like on a current high end PC, assuming the engine has the capability of taking advantage of it of course.
Just fine them £150,000 a month for every month until they confirm they have either encrypted all the laptops, or wiped them securely and taken them out of circulation.
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