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.
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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.
Nuclear RTG Battery
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."
Re: Enery is the secret
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.
Re: I have better idea
Thank you for the tip - I will try it.
Now if there were a "Classic Shell" to replace the ribbon on MS Office....
Re: I have better idea
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.
Re: "And yet how many are in schools being used by kids to learn how to code?"
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.
Re: Oh dear...
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.
Re: Back in the real old days
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.
Re: About the cost.
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 :-) :-) :-)
Is every other episode going to be a piece of crap?
Does it come in Android?
Great phone. Does it come in Android?
It is kind of a dumb list then isn't it?
Why can I not vote for Dirk Benedict ?
Re: Windows phones built to Microsoft's hardware recipe
"Except that Nokia *have* managed to differentiate themselves from Android."
Yes, but not in a way that will sell many phones.
With Android, Samsung is capturing 43 percent of the handset industry’s profits — the other 57 percent going to Apple. Meanwhile, with Windows Phone, Nokia is capturing nothing. Given that vast disparity in performance, isn’t it about time Nokia and its leadership reassess the company’s commitment to Windows Phone and take a good hard look at Android? 
"meaty nourishment such as guts, eyes, tendons, cartilage, other connective tissue of various kinds, brains, hooves, genitals etc etc all tend to go to waste."
I thought that this is what sausages are made of.
Any colour as long as it is black.
Nice phone, but does it come in Android ?
Re: Bussiness.. No I'd rather.
I was not aware that they had internet North of Watford.
On a train
"Anyone who has actually been on a train recently will know that most of the people on those trains are indeed working."
I spend my time on a train day dreaming out of the window watching the countryside pass by.
No way would I waste this quality time doing work.
The problem with the shuttle was that Apollo, even without Saturn V rockets, was so much more capable.
Now either die in the black vacuum of space... or tell me how good you thought my song was.
Re: ...picks up his leaving card (Wafer?–Ed)...
Caches in his chips ?
Re: They haven't yet..
Arn't almonds radioactive ?
My sister and I had a pet rabbit called Acorn when we were young, named after our computer.
I despise Lotus Notes
WTF is the meaning of these LN error messages :
The remote server is not a known TCP/IP host ?
The repeating instance document corresponding to this notice cannot be repeated ?
No HeadlessDBID specified ?
Attempt to execute nested form events ?