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Didn't the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu reach America before the Vikings ?
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Didn't the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu reach America before the Vikings ?
The original Spectrum Vega has a Freescale i.MX23 SoC, so I guess it is safe to assume that the Vega+ will have the same hardware. And it does have an ARM9 core.
It would be awesome if you can write your own programs for the device. Spectum or Z80 BBC Basic anyone?
Is it known know what CPU / microcontroller the device is build around (irony of ironies if it is Acorn/ARM based 8-) ) ?
Why do SSDs still use disk drive interfaces such as SATA?
Surely a computer would be much faster if, like DRAM, these flash memory chips were wired directly to the CPU's data and address buses?
"Apollo could land (albeit quite bumpy) after losing a chute."
Apollo 15 did loose a chute :-
"But...but... they look cool."
But only in a 1970s retro-futuristic way.
Like SpaceX, let's build Apollo-shaped capsules that can go to Mars rather than space planes with heavy but superfluous wings and undercarriages.
NASA confined itself to low earth orbit for half a century when it foolishly scrapped Apollo style capsules in favour of the winged Space Shuttle. Winged spacecraft have lower reentry speeds and squander payload mass boosting both wings and the undercarriage into space, which is why the Russians (Soyuz) and SpaceX have stuck with capsules and parachutes for re-entry and landing.
Let's hope that there is an outbreak of common sense before NASA wastes too much more money on winged or lifting body space vehicles..
"some of the more fragile payloads that need returning from the ISS will be damaged or destroyed on landing"
Amazon solve that problem millions of times a day with bubble wrap.
So, lots of potential payload mass wasted carting the lifting body shape and the undercarriage into space each flight.
Honest to goodness Apollo style parachutes work just fine, are far lighter, and do not result in loss of vehicle if the glide approach to the runway is screwed up (No Buran-style jet engines for a go around).
Why is NASA wasting money on this frivolity?
Bio diesel is terrible stuff for the environment, especially when burnt in an old car. Bio fuels take farmland out of growing useful food, increasing fuel prices so the poor go hungry, whilst diesel engines degrade air quality with carcinogenic particulates. Fracked shale gas to power CNG vehicles is a better option; lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel and much cleaner exhaust emissions.
Your Norwegian arctic guy is stuffed if he wants to drive any distance in an ev with the heater on, better wrap up warm; brrrrrrr.
Well said Lewis.
The wind energy industry needs to go and put its collective thinking cap on and come up with a solution to how to keep the lights on when the wind does not blow, other than relying on the existing fossil fuel fired infrastructure that produces all the CO2 that the enviros are so exercised about. Until then, the UK should be building nukes.
Wasn't there a geo-engineering proposal to build a barrage across the Bering Strait to prevent warm water from the Pacific entering the Arctic and melting the ice cap? The same barrage would have a road and railway line running across it.
"What about the petunias?"
Did 'Oh no, not again' go through its mind?
There are at least 3 dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Pluto (Eris, Haumea, and Makemake).
Surely we do not want our ignorance of these worlds to remain intact?
The life of the Austin FX4 London taxi cab was extended by fitting it with a more modern Nissan diesel engine.
Why not something similar for the Landrover?
We switched from Comcast to phone company internet at the start of this year, ditching ad laden cable TV in the process.
We were concerned that Verizon internet would not be fast enough to stream video across, but its performance seems similar to what we were getting from Comcast cable at a fraction of the price, so we made a good move :-)
Blu-tack was Sir Clive's solution to 16kbyte RAM packs falling off the back of his ZX81 computers. Raspberry Pi Foundation are recreating the computing experience of those of us who were lucky enough to be around in the 1980s in more ways than one.
Beat three large eggs together with curry powder, fry in butter, and serve between two doorstep wedges of granary bread with liberal amounts Sharwoods lime pickle. Delicious.
When you look at the dark side, careful you must be... for the dark side looks back.
ESA, next time take some plutonium-238 with you, instead of relying on unreliable, intermittent solar panels.
""He was wrong, but could anybody have reliably predicted it at the time?"
Bollocks, it didn't take the brains of an Archbishop to see that Elop, Windows Phone and Nokia were a slow motion train wreck.
Re my El Reg comment of the 15th August 2012 :-
"Long shot The best thing that Nokia can now do is to fire Elop and switch to the Android platform.
It would be messy, but it would offer Nokia their best chance of survival as an independent company."
Excellent post, and no little wonder the green blob despises nuclear power.
If "Quam celerrime ad astra", or "speedily to the stars" is good enough for the Chilean Airforce, then it is good enough for anyone.
This project is more about keeping the remnants of the space shuttle program ticking over in southern states represented by powerful Senators and Congressmen than any path to a return to the Moon or Mars.
Elon Musk plans to launch his Falcon Heavy this year, instantly making the already obsolete SLS completely surplus to requirements.
I understand that the United States Marine Corps operates an excellent VSTOL aircraft called the "Harrier Jump Jet".
This aircraft would be ideal for operations from this new ship, the Royal Navy and RAF should investigate the purchase of this aircraft intermediately.
I told Nokia, via the comments section of the TheRegister, that they should release an Android Phone years ago, but would they listen ?
Go on Microsoft, choose Stephen Elop for CEO. What is the Finnish for Schadenfreude ?
Unfortunately we run SAP.
The user interface is a left over relic from the 1980's - does anybody who works there own or use a computer with a modern user interface?
SAP is so user hostile that it actually manages to make Lotus Notes look good.
Thank you for the tip - I will try it.
Now if there were a "Classic Shell" to replace the ribbon on MS Office....
My wife has been driven mad by Windows 8 and 8.1 on her new laptop.
A free copy of Windows 7 would be a good way for Microsoft to say "sorry" for the dogs breakfast that they made with the Windows 8 UI.
Makes you wonder why European Governments allow themselves to be ripped off by tech giants this way - especially the British, the Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory.
Interesting article, but our author could have included New Horizon's flyby of Jupiter on February 28, 2007.
New Horizon came within about 32 Jovian radii (3 Gm or 3M km) of Jupiter as it used the planet for a gravity assist to speed it's way to study the Pluto/Charon system.
The problem with "Surface" is that it seems to have the same interface as Windows 8. I hate Windows 8 on my home PC, and wish it could go back to Windows 7.
When my iPad needs replacing I will probably buy another iPad.
My class mates were taught how to program at school for computer science classes, the fact that we had BBC Micros did not mean that the lessons consisted of how to use Acornsoft View or open a spreadsheet in Viewsheet.
The chances of anyone dying of cancer as a result of the Fukushima accident are remote.
You are just scaremongering.
Fukushima’s doses tallied : Studies indicate minimal health risks from radiation in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear disaster.
MS should put RISC OS on it.
IBM Lotus Notes - It is better than chewing glass (Depending on the amount of glass).
That solves the annual dilemma of what to ask the Mrs to give me for Christmas.
Thank you, Register.
Unlike the BBC/ Electron the Spectrum had a CIRCLE command, if I remember correctly.
The BBC Master had PLOT144 to 151 to draw circles, as well as PLOT commands for ellipses, sectors and segments :
144-151 Draw a circle.
152-159 Plot and fill a disc.
160-167 Draw a circular arc.
168-175 Plot and fill a segment.
176-183 Plot and fill a sector.
After booting the machine to RISCOS, press <ALT> F12, giving you a prompt. Then type BASIC <RTN>, MODE 21 (or any other Mode such as 31) <RTN>, and you have a BBC Micro on steroids :-)
RISCOS, pre- installed on a SD-card, is available here :
I agree with the author that Linux (at least for the Raspberry Pi) is not the friendliest operating system for the casual user, it also rather slow on the RPi.
Fortunately RISCOS is simpler and much faster.
My experience with the Raspberry Pi so far is that BBC Basic on RISCOS is the closest to the ideal choice for the adolescent hobbyist.
If Windows 8.1 turns out to be a buggy piece of crap, is it possibleto revert to Windows 8.0?
" I have Windows on the PC (8.1) and a chromebook for the laptop. I have never felt the need to use Linux"
I thought that Chrome OS was forked from Ubuntu Linux.
Is it possible to revert machines back to Windows 8.0 if windows 8.1 turns out to be a buggy piece of crap ?
I am a nostalgic fortysomething, with a RaspberryPi ready and waiting to teach my daughter to program when she is old enough :-)
Paint the aircraft bright yellow with large RAF roundels.
IE rocks - at downloading Firefox.
Put Stephen Elop in charge of Microsoft :-) :-) :-)