15 posts • joined 23 Jul 2011
Re: Measuring the wrong thing
Agreed, the article claims to be measuring efficiency, but simply reports power consumption without the performance part.
Give us total energy, performance/power (for games for example, where workload changes with performance, it makes more sense to report fps/W), or EDP, then we'll have some metric of "efficiency" to talk about.
If it's anything like meego on the n9 the UI is actually really intuitive after a couple of hours. After a day or two you'll be wondering why your friend's phone doesn't close the app when you swipe down from the top, or go to the switch app screen when you swipe from the right. I know I have this problem any time I pick up my girlfriend's or mum's phone. It's a shame Jolla can't get a Swype keyboard by the sounds of it though, because Swype on the n9 is really good, and I would miss it moving to Jolla.
Re: maemo anyone?
Full fat* obviously. Can we please have an edit function?
Any other n900 users out there wishing that nokia hadn't thrown maemo out the window? I'm still clinging to my n900 as long as possible. I think it's a great example of full at linux on the mobile done right.
Re: Didn't SUN try this?
Unless I'm mistaken the Edinburgh University "Eddie" cluster, for those of us that can run isolated parallel work, rather than heavily communicating work, uses the Sun GRID Engine or something similar for scheduling jobs, so the Sun GRID work wasn't useless.
Re: No Eth, No HDMI, No sale
displayport -> hdmi/dvi/vga adapters are cheap enough, in the order of £10-15. If you're spending £1000 on a laptop you can afford £10 for a display adapter, and yes displayport -> hdmi will support the audio component also, so no need to get your panties in a twist over the laptop being no good for media.
Similarly a usb->ethernet adapter is ~£5-15 if you need it. Personally I'm a big fan of wired ethernet too, but ti's not the end of the world to have to use a usb one, at least both the ports are usb 3.0.
Re: Voice and Handwriting - again
Almost 3 years on and my N900 still has it's stylus. When the stylus clicks neatly into the body of the device it's quite easy to not lose it. I do prefer my physical keyboard over touchscreen typing or handwriting though, which is one reason why I'm hanging onto my N900 as long as possible.
If the Note2 had Maemo5 quality multitasking and Android wasn't quite so restrictive I'd be a lot more interested.
You are missing the point a bit there. The core still executes x86 code, so runs the legacy ISA and can be targeted by the current compilers. The 2% refers to how much die area is used to specifically decode the x86 ISA into a processor internal representation of the opcodes. The remaining 98% of the core would look very similar if the core was executing ARM or any other ISA, that was the point of the comment. That still doesn't mean that x86 can shrink as small as a RISC ISA specifically designed for small cores, but at least the x86 ISA is not really a limiting factor in the size of _this_ core design (which is admittedly fairly small).
The lights don't have to be "on", or flicker
Late to the party, but I've seen the tech first hand. The flicker is a non issue - I am quite sensitive to flickering lights and don't notice anything when looking at them working, and the light is not modulated on-off, it's a much more complicated modulation scheme than that.
Also the light can still transmit data while it is not perceptibly on, the data rate might be lower but it can cope with quite high noise to signal ratios.
The people worried about moving from room to room: I think the lights will operate somewhat like mobile phone towers, on a more localised scale, where your connection should automatically switch to the most visible light source. This is just speculation on my part however.
Disclaimer, I'm loosely related to the Edinburgh project.
Re: If these wavelengths can hardly penetrate anything...
Have a look at VLC - Visible Light Communication http://visiblelightcomm.com , there's a research group at Edinburgh doing clever modulation of while LED lights to perform the same function as WiFi (the term LiFi seems to have been adopted at some point).
One of the professors responsible did a TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/harald_haas_wireless_data_from_every_light_bulb.html
It's not 1.5GB/s but it can stream video already, one of the current projects is a tiny ultra low power modem to accompany the light in it's fitting (with an ethernet connection probably), rather than the bulky prototype they have just now.
Nokia used to
"How hard is it for companies in the phone manufacturing business to release well designed, solidly built and well spec'd phones?!? Is Apple the only one that can do it?"
Like my n900, I can't fault it except for the gps, which only ever seems to work with the help of the "agps" cell tower triangulation as a starting point, and this requires internet (not a problem if your contract has 3g, I decided to do the internet as pay on the days I need it).
The phone itself is solid, has a good keyboard, screen and ui, and is well spec'd for it's time (and I will probably be using it indefinitely, since they aren't releasing a maego successor with a keyboard)
But a distro not supporting a desktop environment you really like _is_ a reason to leave a distro.
I am another that was saddened by the loss of gnome2, and am still running Fedora14 on my work desktop and my laptop. When it comes to upgrade I'll give gnome3 and XFCE a spin anyway, and will probably stick with Fedora, but I'm only resigning myself to losing gnome2 because other distros eventually will too.
Never heard of Synergy? (or synergy+ as it is now called iirc).
It lets you share a mouse, keyboard and copy buffer between multiple computers, you just define a "server" with the mouse and keyboard attached, and where the various screen borders link to (for me it might be "laptop is left of desktop 1" "desktop 1 is right of laptop" "desktop 2 is right of desktop 1" "desktop 1 is left of desktop 2".
The only limitation is that you can't drag applications across.
Not to mention the esata-p adapter
I have a goflex drive too and I love it because my laptop has esata-p but not usb3, and my desktop has usb3 but not esata-p (it has esata but the goflex only provides an esata-p adapter); and as you said I can use all 3 adapters (usb2, esata-p and usb3) for my goflex on any other 2.5" hard disk :)
Interface flexibility is underrated.
And your reasoning being?
I agree about performance disparities between different capacities, but I would expect the denser platters of the 1TB to provide higher performance than the less dense 250GB, rather than the other way around.
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