54 posts • joined 14 Sep 2012
When can I get one?
Swype clone plus Nokia maps. I'm sold.
If you take a close look at the Loki specification it's basically an MSX2 with a Spectrum compatibility mode. Perhaps Sinclair could have condensed some of the design onto a ULA and cut production costs to deliver a sub £200 machine, if they hadn't already been in deep financial trouble.
The BBC didn't have an AY chip. It had the similar Texas Instruments SN76489.
Awful to type on
But the original worked quite well as an oversized game pad.
Would have been the guy to get to write the article if he was still alive. If memory serves he was the UK's first Mac owner. He was friends with Fry, and so Fry got one as well.
A mention for Jef Raskin would have been nice
Given that the Mac was his idea.
Re: Floppy Eject
As I understand it Jobs actually had a phobia of buttons (koumpounophobia).
Sounds like a cushy job ...
... compared to doing night shifts in a UK supermarket warehouse. I expect the pay is better too. I did all kinds of jobs between graduating and getting a job in my chosen profession. If Amazon had been around at the time I'd have been happy to work for them.
Because he's John Hurt.
D cell batteries?
I thought you were supposed to wire it up to a streetlight.
I've noticed corrosion on my V-Sabatier knives since my wife has been putting them in the dishwasher. I can't say if they are getting dulled by the process as she also sharpens them regularly with a grinder. I'm willing to believe stainless is more hygienic, but it won't hold as keen an edge as non-stainless. After sharpening with a pocket whetstone, my sailmaker's knife will cut through eight layers of flax sail cloth without much effort. I can't get the same edge on my rig knife, but then it has to deal with salt water.
Choose your own job title
Janitor. Because I'm always cleaning up other people's messes.
I assume that if the universe is non-deterministic at the quantum level, then we have free will. Probably just not very much.
I don't wear suits to interviews as it filters out employers I don't want to work for. Alfresco was one of them. Which is a shame, because it's a good product.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
In the US patents could be applied for within 12-months of disclosure. In the rest of the world the patent must be applied for before disclosure. Once you've told the world about your great idea it cannot be patented. As I understand it, the US patent system now works this way as well for new patents.
I'm an Apple owner ... and to be honest the laptop keyboards aren't as robust as they used to be. I've had this one for less than three years and the mylar is already wearing off a couple of keys.
Re: iOS-based laptops?
I agree. Most MacBook Air users probably aren't running a virtual Windows desktop and wouldn't care what CPU they were using as long as their apps all worked (although that would noble anything running on Cider). Switching from x86-64 to ARM64 would probably mean higher margins for Apple.
I love my Nokia 700
I know Symbian is dead but my phone does at least one thing the other main smart phone don't. Swype (missing from Windows Phone and iOS) or offline HERE maps (missing from Android and iOS). As MS is not acquiring HERE, I hope the offline version makes it to Android, or that Apple or MS adds Swype to their OS.
I've been using mail.ru as my primary email account since 1999 and even after they ditched English language support I sill don't have a compelling reason to change provider. If you can navigate Cyrillic, it's a really great service.
During a sojourn in New Zealand I worked at the Ministry of Youth Development (http://www.myd.govt.nz), a sub-ministry of the MSD. I was impressed by the concerted effort to engage with young people and provide them with a better future. Other nations could learn a thing or two from New Zealand. The privacy concerns are reasonable, but if relecant data sharing can improve people's lives then it's hard to argue against it.
the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...
...so they've cast a white bloke again. Capaldi's a fantastic actor but they could have been braver in their choice. It's the 14th time (if you count Hurt and Cushing).
Re: Eventually, they became the Microsoft they hated
There are many criticisms you can level at Jobs, but Woz did fine out of Apple. Now compare and contrast that with how Gates tried to dilute Paul Allen's stock when he got cancer.
... off its own *bat*
Please get your cricketing cliches right.
Probably TAILS (https://tails.boum.org). However, the weak link isn't the OS, it's the user.
Oddly enough the alleged specification of the Loki 'Super Spectrum' looks pretty similar on paper to the MSX2.
or you could do a degree in meeja
I did an A-level in comp sci back in the early 1990s. We were using Xenix on a network of 386s and as there was no Pascal compiler installed on the system our tutor reluctantly taught us C. We did our editing in vi. We did a little bit of assembly coding. I remember covering CISC CPU architecture, networks and databases (I think we had an Oracle 5 site license) in a fair amount of detail. With this knowledge of UNIX, a real-world programming language and relational databases I went on to do a degree in journalism.
Although he's probably too busy.
Giraffe or Jiraffe?
There is no "correct" pronunciation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation
Re: nah mate
> In America, Jif refers to peanut butter. End of story.
Not quite. GIF files are named after Jif. If you accept any pronunciation other than the one intended by the author that makes you a post-modernist. If you're ok with that, then that's ok.
Everyone loves a bargain
I'm told it's really trivial to torrent movies in HD before they are released. People I know who do this think I'm mad for waiting until the DVD is massively discounted and paying £3 for a film. I'm no saint though. I'll hold my hands up to using a VPN to watch region-restricted content like iPlayer (when I'm out of the UK) and Hulu (when I'm out of the US).
They've been doing this since at least 2006
I remember them asking for some private information they didn't have any reasonable reason to ask for when I ordered a MacBook through the online store. I cancelled the order and went through a reseller instead.
Over 100 posts and no-one has asked...
when are they going to do a 3D-printed light saber?
"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age."--Kenobi
Re: "with a few notable exceptions"
As a rights owner I have also given WoS permission to distribute most of my Spectrum stuff. I just think they should stay on the right side of the law. Of course that opinion doesn't go down well with the "something for nothing" crowd and their cronies.
Re: "with a few notable exceptions"
This list includes the publishers who gave permission:
Given the number of titles in the archive and the relatively small number for which permission has been granted by the copyright owner I don't think "with a few notable exceptions" is a disproportionately unfair term.
Developer permissions are worthless unless the developer owns the copyright, which in the majority of cases they do not. These permissions are being accrued but the publisher list has been around the 250 mark for a long time now.
Archiving all that stuff is a worthwhile cause, but the legal thing to do would be to only distribute software for which explicit distribution permission has been granted. In fairness to WoS, The Internet Archive doesn't even bother to try to get permission for the software it distributes.
"I remember Codemasters putting out a CD... that was basically [a] recording of a load of their games... so it still took just as long to load."
Well no. It used a much higher data rate than cassette and came with a special adapter that had to be plugged into a joystick interface. Unsurprisingly they didn't sell many.
Raspberry Pi dooms all such projects
There's a lot to be said for a computer in a keyboard that plugs into a television that can run all your old 8-bit software. So when is someone going to build a Raspberry Pi into a Happy Hacking Lite2 keyboard?
Great for legacy systems
My desktop computer is a G4 Mac mini. It's been nearly four years since Apple released an OS update for it (10.5.8). I've been dual-booting Debian 6 and modified version of MacOS 10.3.9 (which I use for running GarageBand 2) for a while now. I managed to upgrade the system to Debian 7 without too much trouble. I appreciate that Debian still counts 32-bit PPC as a tier-one supported architecture. Gnome 3 was a bit of a shock though.
Re: Better left to the authorities
They screw up all the time, but unlike vigilantes they are accountable for their actions.
Wasn't Amazon supposed to democratize publishing?
You can get self-published crud on Kindle but you can't get Welsh language books from an established publisher? The size of the market is irrelevant. I can understand a small independent bookseller being reluctant to keep a lot of Welsh stock, but these are eBooks and Amazon has plenty of server space. The default view that everyone should just speak English is anti-free trade. If people want to buy Welsh books on Kindle (and plainly they do as they bought them last year) then they should be permitted to do so.
I like Stephen Fry. But I'd rather take IT advice from Alan Davies.
Don't forget radio
The TV licence also pays for BBC radio, and on that basis I don't mind paying it. However, there's very little on BBC TV that's of any interest to me. About the only thing I'm looking forward to this year is the new series of Luther.
As a Mac user I'm grateful for Linux
I'm still using an 8-year-old Mac mini. Although it will run MacOS 10.5 I've stuck with 10.3 because it's not such a resource hog. However, I dual boot Debian. Most Linux distros seem to have downgraded PPC support, but Debian has not. Having Debian installed enables me to run modern software without having to buy new hardware.
Re: Good ol'SIM
The SIM may be secure but GSM communications used to be trivial to intercept. When I lived in Australia I had a CDMA phone which did not have a SIM and was seriously non-trivial to listen in on (being packet based). Also got much better reception on the outback than GSM. However it was less popular and I think Telstra ended up dismantling the CDMA network.
You can do a degree in London at night at Birkbeck
Also if you're considering a change of career I'd recommend professional career counseling.
This isn't news.
When Timex were looking to sell a US version of the ZX Spectrum they put it through the FCC tests, which it failed in 1983. That's the main reason they ultimately came up with the TS2068.
one time pad
So does anyone know if the British Army were using one-time pads for pigeon couriered messages at this time? Could save a lot of people a lot of time trying to break the code if it could be said for certain that it's unbreakable.
Re: Never a good sign
There's certainly an adage in the valley that you should always move into someone else's vacant building rather than building your own. Maybe Apple is hoping to avoid that fate by building on an old HP site. Only time will tell.
That's an A2 army type flight jacket he's sporting in that pic. USN pilots wear the G1 type which are easy to distinguish by their shearling collars.
It's a good thing I didn't mention the dirty fork.
All this fuss over the pronunciation. It doesn't matter how you pronounce words so long as you are understood. Pronunciations change over time. If you want a proper argument, let's talk about punctuation. Don't you just hate people who leave the apostrophe out of let's?
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- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?