95 posts • joined 25 Jan 2007
" It's a bit like saying you can have a steak for the price of a hamburger and choosing a hamburger anyway. That's dumb."
On the other hand, given the choice between tough steak and moist, juicy hamburger I would chose the latter.
Source components matter less than final presentation.
Cost of the components does not always reflect the quality of the finished product.
Re: Big boxen big bucks
I bought a cheap Tripath for a low-fi solution (ceiling speakers in the kitchen area).
I still don't have it connected up to the ceiling speakers, but I did try it out with some hi-fi speakers just for fun.
The results were surprisingly good.
I can hear a difference between the Tripath and my Marantz amplifier but it isn't much compared to the cost difference.
On the subject of subjective hearing - isn't one of the key areas the DAC?
I suspect that the DAC in say a mobile phone (or even a PC motherboard or sound card) isn't designed for the highest fidelity sound reproduction, but more for cheapness, size and power use.
However good the digital, it does have to be converted at some point to analogue and I suspect that a poor conversion may negate any significant differences between the digital formats.
I bought a stand alone DAC to test this and I can convince myself that I can hear a significant improvement in the sound when playing through my PC and USB to the DAC.instead of using the on-board DAC.
Haven't tested it with phone or tablet yet, though.
I only have one main credit card for shopping, plus a debit card for Aldi/Lidl.
So no major hassle in carrying them around and using them.
I have so many store loyalty cards that I need a second wallet just to carry them all around.
Now wouldn't it be nice if I could just bonk my phone to collect loyalty points and ditch all the plastic?
No security issues because who would want to add to my loyalty points?
O.K. someone might like to hack my phone to substitute their loyalty card details but this isn't going to bankrupt me.
Be nice if loyalty cards could be linked to payment cards as well.
Ummm.....scan the bar code and have the till scan the phone screen?
Might just try that........
Having problems with copy and paste with Dolphin, so can't post the text, but the malware seems to share the chatacteristics of nearly every Android app.
Are we sure this isn't just people using Google as a search engine?
Numbers would be much higher.
Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?
What caused TCP/IP and SMTP to take over was the complete lack of security which made it trivial to implement and trivial to join and extend networks.
With X.25 and X.400 you had point to point connections where both ends had to authenticate then agree what features they would use before you could get anything working. You had complex routing and charging arrangements because everything routed via PRMDs and ADMDs.
TCP/IP and (optionally) a router plus the address of a DNS server and you could talk to anyone in the world almost instantly. Almost directly, as well - no going up and down hierarchies.
As usual OSI looked off into the future and ignored the current day.
Much of what was in the original OSI standards has crept in piecemeal via RFCs as the vision of the future proved to be correct (not that all of OSI was prophetic).
If we did have a managed network where every messaging system had to be authenticated by and vouched for by an ISP then we might get rid of the massive SPAM and phishing email traffic.
Field day for the bureaucrats and government spies, though.
Also, the entry level cost would have kept home users off the networks.
Re: Might this be the DAP of networking?
As far as I remember DAP was/is alive and kicking.
DAP was just too heavyweight (at the time) for client PCs (sound familiar? It is a recurring theme throughout OSI - complex design beyond the capability of budget equipment at the time of design).
LDAP ran on PCs and connected to an LDAP server which then used DAP as a back end for all the heavy lifting.
Re: Rampant, It was convincing until 'Strong IP'
Cure for T2 diabetes?
What is it and where can I buy it???
Build council houses
Looked at new cars recently?
You can have the slug, the cruiser and the road burner.
All the same engine size, strangely.
Oh, and what is this ECU thing?
Some kind of computer?
The golden screwdriver is alive and well in the auto industry.
So much so that modern cars have protection schemes to prevent the ECU being modified by third parties for a low cost performance upgrade.
Integrate a phone and PC???
What a novel idea!!
Skype (other products are available) gives you a 'soft phone' on your PC with integrated telephony, messaging, contacts, hands free with a headset, incoming calls (if you pay).
So all the bits of the interface are there in clear view and windowed with your other desktop applications.
Phones integrate with PCs over IR, bluetooth, USB, WiFi....
Some phone suppliers even used to offer PC suites to manage your contacts and send SMS messages.
So what is so hard about having a Skype-style interface interact with your phone so that you can make and receive calls from your desk top?
Treat the phone as just another peripheral?
You can tether smart phones to use them as 'modems' to access the Internet.
So - sit down at your PC, put your phone in the cradle and your phone is integrated into your desktop.
The integration is so obvious that I have reluctantly concluded that there is some kind of deliberate suppression of what would be a really useful integration tool.
Oh, and wouldn't it be nice to integrate your tablet and phone in the same way so that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg extra if you want a SIM card in your tablet?
It is all a dastardly plot, I tell you.
Birthday present sorted :-)
I have asked for a Pi anyway - so this is excellent timing!
Just need to decide on the case.
Early adopters prices?
I got two copies of W8 64bit to replace Vista 32bit at the promotion price and for Windows that still seems a pretty good deal.
No big issues using W.8.1.1 with Classic Shell and there is even a useable email client.
So if they offer really cheap copies of W9 I would be interested for older boxes to become part of the network. W8 and W7 sem to play nicely together.
I'm currently locked into Windows because of essential third party applications.
Which is an intersting area which hasn't really been explored here, as far as I can tell.
Most companies still seem to write for Windows (as the major consumer plarform) with possible an IOS version as well.
Linux is still well off the radar.
Android still doesn't have consistent support for USB peripherals - that is you don't get a master port as standard, you need an adapter and hope the particular build supports your third party peripheral.
So until there is plug and play for a wide range of devices (one of mine is a blood glucose monitor) there will always be a tie in to Windows.
So I suspect most of the grumbling about W8 will gradually go away as market forces push people to newer hardware.
Until Android migrates upwards to the x86 desktop/laptop and brings the Play Store with it (the reverse of what MS are trying to do) then Windows will remain the only game in town for most users.
Mines the one with the Android phone and tablet in.
Blame the security guards and staff?
Just to be clear, the proposal is to charge staff if there is any loss?
So if a store suffers shoplifting you charge the counter staff and security guards with the crime?
Bank guards are guilty if there is a robbery?
You are guilty of a crime if your house is broken into?
Other way round?
Tuck your phone into your underwear to go "off grid" and stop the spooks tracking you?
Stealth boxers could have a big market.
Are you stealthed?
No, just pleased to see you.
Sad but true
I just bought a brand new Buffalo home router.
The administrator user ID seems to be hard wired to "admin" and the maximum password length is eight characters.
When alligator time reverts to swamp draining it is getting DD-WRT or similar.
Not the most secure set up I have ever seen.
Difference from a Netbook?
My little EEEPC (recently retired) has about 16GB local storage.
Much smaller form factor than the 13" plus devices discussed here.
So what is the difference (demise of the netbook) - is it just a full sized PC with limited storage?
I am locked into Windows because of some specialised software (a lot of people probably are) but if I was not I do wonder what a Chromebook offers over a similar sized laptop running any Linux variant.
Cheaper entry cost, because they skimped on the local storage, but then CB defenders point out ypu can by external storage. In which case what are you gaining exactly?
Look like an excellent marketing strategy to get a non Windows OS out there but technically nothing special.
Carbs are the killers
A full English breakfast may well help you live longer - if you hold back on the bread and potatoes.
Weight loss diets based on fats and protein (look up LCHF) are surprisingly effective so a fried breakfast can turn you from lard back to slim.
It is the cheap bulk carbohydrate that generate the profits for the food industry and go straight into your fat cells.
Strangely, contrary to popular mythology, eating fat does not necessarily make you fat.
I'm looking at you Ancel Keys!
Pi a red herring?
Seen this reported elswhere as well.
As far as I can see they built a blue tooth receiver using bits and pieces.
Nearly all mobile phones have bluetooth and smart mobiles can support scripting and you can write apps for them.
Or use a laptop with optional dongle if the BT chip isn't modern.
So what was the point of using a Pi?
Just to make the point that you didn't need masses of sophisticated spying equipment?
Or just because building something using a Pi sounds geekier and sexier than saying you wrote a Perl script for your Linux laptop? Or wrote an app for your Android phone or tablet?
Which devices are using resources?
A smart meter won't be able to tell you which appliance is using gas or electricity without either a massive infrastructure upgrade or intelligence associated with each device.
Obvious example - your gas meter just measures bulk flow and doesn't know if it is the cooker or the boiler using it.
So if you require intelligence at each device then once you know what each device is doing and you don't need intelligence at the meter.
Presumably all the fluff is just to conceal the fact that this is an installation of automated meter reading to put meter readers out of a job.
There is of course the issue of people who don't have an internet connection or a smart phone to enable one of the simple DIY home reading schemes, but this surely doesn't justify replacing every meter in the land.
Granted that it would be nice to include instant reading at the point of switching between suppliers, but simple add on devices could do that much more cheaply, as suggested in the article.
So time for a re think.
Just thinking - there was a time when water was mainly supplied by gravity from water towers.
Now AFAIK these have been mainly replaced by electric pumps.
So there is no longer a short term reserve if the grid goes out.
Re: Maths failure?
You appear to be assuming one bot per service
Another money earning scheme
Promoted by Registrars.
Most people use Gogle to find web addresses and only see the text extension to an email address so how important is the domain?
Unless, of course, you are protecting a valuable trade name in which case you are being held to ransom.
Looking at this the wrong way round?
Second attempt - damn Android pad ate my first post.
Everyone seems to be focussing on the 'push' model of delivery where you have to be home at the right time for a van/car driver to deliver.
Now if you order from Amazon you probably already have an Internet connection at home.
You may well have used a local store to hold your delivery for you until you are ready to collect.
Alternatively you may want to take a delivery in your lunch hour when around your work place.
So how about a local store with a drone deck?
You arrive home (prepare to leave work) and check your email and you have a delivery waiting.
You click on the 'send now' option, and go outside, turning on your Amazon Delivery Wand with your unique ID without which the drone will not release the package to you.
Urban dwellers can also go out into the back garden or yard.
City dwellers in multi-storey properties can go out onto the balcony or open a very large window.
Drone arrives, wand used, package delivered.
Better still, you have a Portable Amazon Drone Deck with built in ID which removes the risk of you getting too close to whirling bits.
This can be hung out of a suitable window if you don't have access to a garden. patio, yard, whatever.
Or permanently mounted on a wall like a Sky dish.
Or carried (rolled up?) under your arm if you are taking a delivery during the working day.
So now you have an on-demand delivery system which can do the final few miles at whatever time of day or night you are ready to accept the package.
Especially good with urban high rises where it cuts out all the stairs/doors/lifts to be negotiated.
Also wonderful, of course, for the illicit delivery of high value packages such as drugs and weapons.....
This assumes really good collision avoidance software in the drone which will allow it to land on a clear spot in a city park without slicing up passers by.
This also assumes reliable automation to load the drone, or the exploitation of minimum wage workers on zero hours contracts to load the darn things at unsocial hours.
Helicopter for cool technology and red triangle for associated risks from spinning stuff.
Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option
Just to check.......
I am looking at Bluetooth ODBII adapters on Amazon and eBay.
They claim to be for reading and resetting diagnostic codes.
Useful, but I would also like to see other information such as fuel flow, throttle setting and speed (to calculate MPG and work out an economical driving mode).
Do all adapters provide all the available information, or are some limited to problem codes?
An in car computer (Android phone, tablet or Windows laptop) with more functionality than built in displays (if the vehicle has one) could be very useful.
I note that Torque warn against cheap eBay Bluetooth adapters - anyone recommend a good one?
Show me the money
Just a bunch of chancers putting some buzz words together in the hope of getting some funding.
If they are lucky then they will be presenting to finance and marketing who aren't taking detailed technical advice.
Once they have the funding, just crib the answers from this thread and beers all round.
W8.1 is gaining share
Nobody so far has mentioned that new laptops can ship with 8.1.
I know because I helped a friend migrate from ax XP tower PC to a laptop recently.
I was all geared up for a painfully slow update from 8 to 8.1 but it wasn't required.
I installed Classic Shell and she seems perfectly happy.
I am running 8.1 on an old Dell laptop because the initial offer made it a cheap option to replace Vista.
At the moment it boots faster than Vista did but then Vista booted quickly when we first got the PC.
The laptop has been running Ubuntu but Windows wins when you need/want to use applications which only run on Windows.
I also found Samba counter intuitive and a general pain when trying to network with Windows machines. I could fix it if I dedicated a chunk of time to the task but hey - it should just work!
I see nothing special in W8.x to justify an upgrade from W7 (which I run on one of the PCs) but again I see nothing terrible enough to justify installing W7 instead.
On the gripping hand..
...nobody seems to be considering the possible case that
climate change is happening (as it has many times in the past)
it is being driven by changes in CO2 levels
these changes are NOT man made
we still need to develope strategies to deal with them.
Hopefully the measurements will cover this also.
Re: Sacrificial screen? - possible alternative?
In nearly all cases you can buy a separate piece of kit to replace each of the functions on a modern smart phone.
However after a while you end up having an awful lot of separate bits of kit.
Smartphones are replacing hand held and car mounted GPS units, timepieces, PDAs, mp3 players, dictation machines, cameras, portable games consoles...........
So I would view a "smartphone" as a portable sophisticated little computer which happeba to also do phone calls.
An extended choice of peripherals would be nice.
For cycling I would like a GPS display for navigation, plus track recording and upload to MapMyRun or similar.
I would also like to be able to chane or upgrade the navigation software supplier without replacing the hardware.
I would also like to be able to add new peripherals when they become available again from competing hardware and software vendors.
I am looking for a secure waterproof mount for my phone on my bike so I can use GPS functionality.
For each mount there is at least one review where the mount has failed and the phone has gone under a car.
So a remote display at say £50ukp would be much more practical and less financial risk than putting a £500ukp phone in harms way.
I could even carry it around on my wrist when I am not on the bike.
So far I can't see any must have function as a wrist mounted device, although a remote screen for GPS navigation might be nice but not essential.
Just to check.
If the issue is that a previous Government decided to mandate broadband for all at a price which does not reflect the cost of provision, and decided that rather than subsidise it directly they will allow the Telco to redistribute revenue from "cheap to provide" areas, this might be a workable model.
Popular with rural areas, not popular with cities, but might avoid the traditional padding of costs where government subsidies are involved.
So on the face of it the current government removing the monopoly on the revenue generating part seems to scupper the whole idea.
Is this the intention, to remove an unpopular agreement made by a previous government?
Re: Beware of dog
Or the operator could sit in the truck and deliverpackages to several households at once.
Phone call - can you come to the door please our drone has arrived.
CPU the only risk?
All this talk about back doors in ARM code - are they also going to manufacture their own motherboards, graphics chips, network cards disc controllers etc both on and off board?
Plenty of scope for back doors and logging software apart from the CPU.
Just get yourself a very large tomcat to maintain a cat and crap free zone around your property.
In the interests of communications security, of course.
I wonder how many people who do backup their files also keep the backup medium disconnected apart from during the backup?
It just doesn't fit with any automated backup manager and overnight backup strategy.
It doesn't fit with any strategy using NAS.
In the "good old days" when you could fit your backup onto tape or CD you could have your rack of media and even an off site backup if you were really paranoid.
Now disc storage is so huge that old style backup strategies don't really work and I would guess that most people who back up regularly are still at risk.
Small businesses especially so where you probably don't get backups unless someone has automated the whole thing. Manual backup procedures are unlikely to be correctly followed until after the first big disaster.
Finally, if you improve your backup strategy the malware will just wait a bit longer before attacking to ensure that it has had time to infect all your backups, or at least infect enough crucial current data that you have to pay.
Should have said his boyfriend
Then nobody would have dared complain.
Personally I think this sucks.
All the information seems to be about removing Zeus.
If you have a Cryptolocker infection does this mean you have to wait two weeks before you can ransom your system?
What I think I am reading is that the problem is a partial implementation of the standards coupled with weak physical security.
Upgrading and or changing the standard isn't going to solve this.
Security standards have to be coupled with robust implementations and strong physical security to work.
Of course, this takes time and effort and money.
As far as I know most mobile devices do not easily support Flash content.
However thr BBC seems determined to ignore this.
Could this be one reason the under 25s largely ignore the BBC?
As for dumbing down, most news media these days seem to have realised that it is cheaper to surf Facebook and Twitter for trivia than employ investigative journalists.
Have you noticed how much news at online sites for newspapers and in print is a rehash of another newspaper's story, with a credit?
At least we now know that the dark side of the moon is covered in LADEE bits.
Acting in the public good?
Perhaps he should try the white hat defence?
I was sending a 64K heartbeat full of zeroes and only asking for 2 bytes back so I was minimising network traffic whilst sanitising your memory buffers for you.
O.K. - oops - rookie coding error........
New feature - thermometer?
On the subject of new features - the S3 is generally great outdoors for GPS, mapping etc. but although I can find out how high I am above sea level I can't tell what the ambient temperature is.
Granted that much of the time a thermometer would be recording the temperature inside your pocket, it would still be nice to have a digital thermometer built in.
Even nicer to have an IR thermometer for spot readings :-)
Oh, laser tape measure? Hmmm...possibly need a bigger handset :-(
That is what you get for using Windows
Well, someone had to say it :-)
I've just bought an old Cisco router to try and get away from the bulk Soho consumer routers because Virgin Media won't fix bugs in their supplied product.
Now I have to go back to school to learn how to configure the blasted thing.
Oh, and given that it runs IOS how come Apple haven't sued Cisco yet?
Mine's the one with the infinite pockets to hold all the CLI manuals.
Re: The first clones...
Beat me to it with the RCA reference.
In fact the first few System 4 systems were RCA Spectras because the System 4 production line wasn't up to speed.
First mainframe I ever saw when I started out as a Cobol programmer.
On the microcode emulation - I think you will find that it was DME (Direct Machine Environment iirc) not DMA.
Emulators for ICL 1900 and LEO 326 were also produced and allegedly the 1900 emulation had to be slugged because it was faster that VME/B on the 2900 series for a long time, which was seen as a disincentive to upgrade to the new systems (does this have a familiar ring?).
So these VMWare people were late to the game :-).
Oh, and can we have a Modified Godwin for anyone who mentions XP end of life when not directly relevant?
I wonder who did the 'due diligence' prior to the purchase and where they are working now?
Not good to buy a company only to be told by the USSS that your brand new acquisition has been flogging data to an offshore person with criminal tendencies.
Difficult to beleive that this only came to light straight after the purchase of Court Ventures.
"However, Munich-based technology law specialist Christian Knorst of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that an 'IT Airbus' in Europe could cause competition issues and that the best way to challenge more established US rivals in the market was to improve funding for small businesses to help them compete on privacy."
Given the Patriot Act et. al. surely the only way to keep the data out of the immediate grasp of the US is to host it on EU located servers run by EU firms with as little US involvement as possible (given that AFAIK any US owned firm can be made to hand over any non-US data to Da Guvmint by law).
Which will not be done by "small businesses" but would require companies the size of BT to build and run the data centres.
Implementing the router infrastructure to avoid any data tromboning through the US is kinda minor in comparison. Light up some dark fibre and go for it.
"Only a handful of countries, including Argentina, Canada and Switzerland, but not including the US, are deemed by the European Commission to provide adequate protection."
Strangely no mention of India and other major hosters of call centres for the UK financial and telecoms industry.
Anyway, relying on promises today and then giving the US all your data in no way protects you from a (nominal) change in government and in government policy.
Stable door is flapping, horse already long gone, EU government as a whole addicted to Facebook and especially Twitter. Data privacy??
Oh, and at some point the various EU policy makers will realise that any EU-centric infrastructure is going to cost far more than the ever competing cloud providers in the US.
Re: Better use for CCTV at work
Surely this could be a chace to develope a camera which you could use via a Web page to see if the coffee machine or vending machine was empty before you set off on the long walk.
Then everyone could use it?
Yeah - you could call it a Web Cam, perhaps?
Mine is the one with the Web history book in the pockrt.
Lifetime free support?
Not that I'm a massive MS fan but everyone seems to be asuming that a one off payment years back entitles you to lifetime free support.
How does that work, then?
Where does the money come from to maintain XP?
Run XP at risk for free.
To work with all that unsupported hardware and software you bought back in the day.
Just accept that if something goes wrong you have to fix it or pay someone.
Your choice your risk.
I assume that MS discounted a serious paid support option because of the ease of one person buying updates then redistributing them.
Or more likely corporate religion issues.
Then again if MS offered a $£€10 a year "relicensing" fee for each copy of XP for continuing support on your existing hardware would you pay to keep XP?
It would fit the business model of selling a new version every few years to keep revenue flowing.
10 coins a year isn't a major hit.
When the hardware dies you move on.
If you want a free operating system with long term support then go to Linux or similar and join the "Freetards" (I include myself in there).
Just don't keep whingeing about not getting free support for life for a commercial product.
Turn them upside down and shake them
Then see what else falls out of their pockets.
[Looked for suitable Biblical lost+found quotes but gave up.]
Oh, how about:
"King James Bible
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Having been told that I was barking up the wrong tree (or words to that effect) in previous MH370 comments when I suggested that someone should have found signs by now using the much vaunted spy satellite technology, all I can say now is:
(2) Hope that they have really found the wreckage if the plane has gone down. At least the relatives will get some kind of closure.
Beer just because it is Friday.
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