No,no,no, keep the curly haired supercilious git well away from here!
43 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
Re: Just one question
Let's add a couple of misquotes to the mix
"I think there is a world market for about five computers"
"640 K ought to be enough for anybody"
Re: Can't be too hard
Did you miss the word "Mainframe"?
Re: What's the difference...
When did "Government" actually know anything useful about "technology"?
When will SSDs go native? At the moment they just emulate HDs, so could we get speed increases by getting rid of the emulation?
I gave up caring about Direct Access when I left ICL in 1979. Perhaps it's time to resurrect the concept.
Re: An odd one worth remembering
In the early 80's I had a house where live and neutral had been wired the wrong way round at the fuse board. Before removing, the expensive to run, electric hot air central heating unit I got a "sparky" friend round to check what I was about to do. He rectified the problem before I did any more work.
Which is best?
I've been in the business an awfully long time now and came to the conclusion years ago. The best language is one that you know well and does the job.
I first came across ObjectiveC in the mid '90s as it was the best at the time for developing cross platform software (Win3/95, NT, OS/2, Apple, Solaris and other Unix variations). A pain to test and the development team churned out software at a phenominal rate.
Re: I'd settle...
their, they're and there
your, you're, yaw (and yore)
Plus over 400 more examples at http://www.singularis.ltd.uk/bifroest/misc/homophones-list.html
Re: Could be useful
Fuel Cell cars are electric cars!
Re: Well that's just great news!
"The fact BT insist on charging me extra because I refuse to pay by direct debit when they won't give me a chance to see my bill before they take my money if I do."
If you pay by DD the vendor must tell you in advance what they are going to take. I get emails from a number of companies telling me a few days in advance what they are going to charge.
I'm confused! Their website states:
We are deeply sorry but Wuaki.tv is not available in your country.
What about the big stuff?
I thought the article would be about wireless power standards in general, not just pocket ephemera.
No need to plug in electric cars if they can be charged by induction. I believe there are some buses that can do this already (but is there a standard method).
What do Apple use? Apart from the £1999 15-inch MacBook Pro they use Intel integrated graphics.
Re: Substantial majority
To be called Superfast it must provide download speeds in excess of 24 Mbps.
Has anybody looked at the BT website recently? Select the Broadband option and there is a very large prompt to see what speed BT Infinity you can get. Enter Postcode and land line number and it returns the predicted speed range. For me it is 9Mb - 14Mb so not called BT Infinity (or Superfast) but I'm getting about 8.5Mb last time I checked, which is better than 3Mb ADSL I had before.
Mobile phone password issue
So you have a password based on a phrase, using simple number substitution, e.g. s becomes 5.
On a computer keyboard use Shift+5 for upper case S. Then you get a nice new phone and have to enter the password. What is the character you type for Shift+5?
Answer: It's % but how many people know the ten characters used on the numeric keys, and some are different depending on language and machine, " and @ are transposed on Macs compared to PCs in the UK
A another government sponsored project "done on the cheap" but costing a lot of money. The whole thing should have been tackled in the same way as setting up the National Grid. It should be considered a national asset not a BT goldmine.
"and thus bring his electro cars down from eye-watering to merely expensive"
Tesla Model S starts at about £50k, BMW M5 starts at about £73k
Re: is it just me...
The iPhone 5C colours look sort of Nokia Lumia 520/620 territory to me
Bluetooth has been a power hog, which is the main reason it is not incorporated in hearing aids.The batteries on my NHS supplied hearing aids last between 13 and 14 days, 4 to 5 would be a retrograde step.
I don't worry about losing them as they are usually hanging on my ears, unless I am washing or in bed.
iPhone5 and later all have a HAC rating of M4/T4 rating so no accessories required. My Nokia Lumia 620 works fine with aids in place.
Re: Really hardcore computer users don't use linux or windows
Who is old enough to remember the Singer/ICL System Ten? No operating system on that box.
The current crop of home 3D printers are the equivalent of 8pin dot matrix 2D printers. I believe some patents are coming to the end of their restrictive lives soon which should allow some more interesting devices coming on the market at more reasonable prices.
Re: Not that I know more than one person who's bought a Microsoft/Nokia
I've got a Lumia 620 and some of my colleagues have Microsoft/Nokia phones (one even has a Surface Pro).
Re: Sony Xperia E
Sony 320 x 480, Nokia 480 x 800
Sony 4GB (plus 32GB microSD), Nokia 8GB (plus 64GB microSD)
Sony ?, Nokia yes
Wake up at the back!
Yes is the answer. Micro SIMs are supplied as a press out component of full size SIMs
Re: for not much more...
A colleague bought a Nook HD 8GB for £119. Slipped in a microSD card with a £10 software hack. Ended up with a 7" tablet with full android (not the locked down B&N version) and a resolution of 1440x900.
Many years ago my father entered the job title of "Soap tank boiler attendant" on an immigration form when he was production manager of a soap facory in Nigeria. A few month later he came across of immigration statistics and was delighted to see "Soap tank boiler attendant - 1" in the figures.
Re: "The Lumia 620 has been well-received, and deservedly so"
I've got one, works well and not too large like Nexus 4 and all the rest.
Has Google taken over the "spawn of the Devil" mantle from Microsoft?
what's wrong with average?
By "pretty average" do you mean below average?
When is Infinity not Infinity?
I got a letter from BT telling me of the availability of their Infinity product. Went on their website to check expected speed.
"Great news! You can now get faster download speeds using our upgraded fibre optic network. Faster Total Broadband is only available on our Unlimited Broadband and Calls package."
Expected 5.3Mb download which is better than the 2.3Mb I get now.
So I can get FTTC but not at an Infinity speed so they insist I must have the most expensive ADSL package, that's £26/month plus line rental.
Re: Broadband = New British Rail?
I've said it before:
Early 21st century Broadband should equate to early 20th century National Grid.
Scrap HS rail London to Birmingham and use money to do broadband properly.
Re: Plusnet are owned by BT?
Why? It's a bit like saying I won't buy a Ferrari because they are part of the Fiat group
The style of "English" irritated me so much I stopped reading before the end of the first page.
What about "best used for bonking against tills"
Is it just me who reads the coarser British meaning first?
Re: Anyone else
"I was thinking the same thing and also wondering if it would play out the same way if it were in the UK."
My Kobo Touch has a resolution of 600x800 and the text isn't jagged. Perhaps the typeface used in your Sony is poorly designed. I have 8 typefaces to choose from with size varying from "too small to read" to "three words per line", all with smooth outlines.
Running Windows 8?
I hate to actually post a positive comment about this apple patent but if you look at all the pictures they are not specifying a ractangle with rounded corners. Thay are patenting the whole look of the item complete with the position and shape of buttons and sockets.
In much the same way Ferrari patent the shape of their cars.
Blue in the face
I have said it before and I will say it again. FTTP should be rolled out in the same way as the National Grid was in the 1930s.
If the government were really serious about broadband they would pay for it. If they scrapped the HS2 London to Birmingham line the maney saved would pay for HTTP many times over.
The broadband network should be treated like the National Grid in the 1930s. Unfortunately the government (past and present) want something for nothing, delivered before their next general election.
I read that NZ have decided to skip FTTC for most users, going straight to FTTP as it will be cheaper in the long term. They intend to have a "world-class broadband network ".
Things to come
if you consider the Makerbot to be the equivalent of an early 8 pin dot matrix printer think what the the equivalent of a current inkjet printer will do. The current range from Objet are interesting but the price is way beyond my budget.
Will iTunes still be around in thirty years time?
How many people bought their music on CD thirty years ago? None as they didn't hit the market until 1983.
Who knows what format audio and video will be in the future.
I didn't post as anonymous but do you wear hearing aids? I suspect not.
Hearing aid compatible usually means they don't cause the aid to whistle or buzz. Most phones are "Hearing aid compatible" but I still have to remove an aid to use them. The phone on my desk at work has an external amplifier, between phone and handset, which means no one else can use it as it is TOO LOUD for them.
I want to know what the phones are like to actually use with hearing aids, not what the spec says.
The cheap Kobo uses an older version of the e-ink display. The more expensive Kobo Touch uses the same display as the Kindle Touch and cheaper. E-books from British libraries are compatible with Kobo but not Kindle.