Removed the image
It's the text that's stupid. Not the image.
It's true that part of Co. Clare overlooks Galway bay (Ballyvaughan), but the Cliffs shown are on the Atlantic coast.
Mines the one with real maps in the pocket.
6241 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
It's the text that's stupid. Not the image.
It's true that part of Co. Clare overlooks Galway bay (Ballyvaughan), but the Cliffs shown are on the Atlantic coast.
Mines the one with real maps in the pocket.
Cool effects and animations have a place in Cinema. TV etc. They are pretty in a demo or showroom, but 100% stupid and damaging to usability and productivity on a GUI.
As are totally flat interfaces. Clickable stuff needs a minimal 3D highlight and shadow (not a HUGE Aero blur). Icons need to be obvious and neither skeumorphic, nor abstracted to the point of being meaningless black glyphs.
Hyperlinks should look like hyperlinks.
Text should not be light grey on white or dark grey on black etc.
Yes, it's pretty sad marketing.
I'd be surprised if it was, because how a human sees a scene and then reacts (partially unconsciously) is completely different to how a computer program drives a car. A computer relies much more on inputs that a human doesn't use (except maybe in a submarine, aircraft out of sight of ground or spaceship).
No computer program can drive adequately by simply having a video feed (one eyed humans can drive better than any autonomous car, if concentrating, experienced and not over tired).
Computers doing driving monitor all the wheels, multiple LIDAR, speed, steering angle, etc., dead reckoning of position updated with GP and only very rudimentary processing of video. Computer programs don't use the same inputs as people.
Because it's an artificial environment. It's nothing like the real world and it's Simulated Characters, not classical genuine AI. The "cars" in GTA have none of the inputs that real world vehicles have. The program in a game/driving simulation knows EXACTLY where the road and every object is and what it is.
Game companies have nothing relevant to sell autonomous vehicle developers. It's a completely unrelated programming environment.
I can't see how this has a huge relevance to real world autonomous vehicles. Now why don't developers pick a doable target first like the Tube and rails? On Southern they can't agree about staffing doors vs "driving".
It's for distributed anonymous transactions.
Regular security systems are more use for this. This is just IBM buzzword marketing.
Maybe it's a Broadcom chip set. The only WiFi I've ever had problem with in last 10 years of Linux. Always solved by using Synaptic Package Manager GUI to add broadcom stuff.
Also very rarely need to reboot (mainly on version changes too entire OS, such as 17.3 to 18.0 which went fine on three machines, now running 18.1).
I prefer to disable log in screen slide show (plain GTK) and have Mate with NT4.0/Win98 style clean theme (roughly XP classic without the "Fisher Price" stuff.
I change a few other defaults such as Caps Lock = Compose Key.
The default Linux AltGr doing something on almost every key rather than just á é í ó ú € is nice too.
I've never switched as many people from XP and Win7 and Win 10 as the last couple of months.
NoScript on Firefox instead of Antivirus and disable Autorun / Autoplay on inserted media (Easier on Linux) is a good idea on Windows or Linux.
Windows Programs running on Linux:
I have Digiguide, Kindle eReader (use a UserAgent switcher plugin on browser to tell Amazon you run windows or there is no download link!), Orbitron, Duncan Valves, Coil Maestro etc on WINE. I have a copy of XP in OpenBox (but don't need it). WINE seems to run older programs better than Win7 64 bit (which won't run 16 bit ones and many Win98 / NT /XP for me).
Gqrx and a USB DTT stick as SDR is easier to setup in Mint+Mate+Redmond than the equivalent on Windows.
copying a profile for multiple new users is simpler than Windows (you need TWO working accounts on Window) by copying the appropriate .files in your own home to /etc/skel
No mobile tech at all should be "integrated" to cars. RF transponders for anti-collision don't need mobile. GPS or better Galileo for navigation don't need mobile. Mobile integrated to car is a security/safety disaster and only facilitates personal data theft by corporations. Apps can use BT or WiFi (thought other than diagnostics are security fail).
Local traffic data can use even FM (and/or) DAB more efficiently than Mobile with better coverage, though they can't even do the security properly on that.
I mean the FBI ought to be the good guys, not an evil Goliath being fought off by David CloudFlare.
I thought the USA Government was fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way?
Spying without court orders, (on Americans or anyone else private), extra-judicial executions (drones in Pakistan), Police shooting unarmed people (their skin tint may make it more likely but actually is irrelevant to the issue, all lives matter), TSA seizing electronic items / data without court order (and claiming they can do it outside USA!). DMCA and DRM contravenes international law on copyright. Stupid patents, Trademarks and Design Patents. Stupid no choice race for President.
Winter is coming.
Glad to hear that. Maybe the Ad guys will stop "stealing" my bandwidth, privacy and take more care and stop occasionally serving malware.
Keep whitelisting using Noscript on fully qualified domain and block all third party cookies anyway.
"although still not fully developed it is likely that 5G will provide revolutionary new technologies to manage a seamless evolution in network, mobile and wireless services".
What is needed is smaller cells, thus more masts, and even a single wholesale RAN would double performance.
There is no incentive for operators to improve performance as it costs more and brings in almost no extra customers. See ROI. Because people are on PAYG or bill pay, there is almost no extra income from PAYG for better performance, and no extra income but higher operational costs for bill pay, unless you charge by Mbyte.
Also they have massive web site, comments etc and yet promote Twitter and Facebook. Idiots.
I'd bet that Netflix realises linear broadcast is complementary and MUCH cheaper to deliver to 10M viewers at the same time in the same country. They will open cable & satellite Pay TV channels as well as VOD.
Also doesn't the Beeb need to actually stop outsourcing, build quality in house production teams & writers to have good content? Like they used to have when they were x10 better than USA garbage. Funny Netflix, Sky, Amazon etc are growing their own production teams and facilities?
Also c4 did great films, programs and commisioned animation and then decided Reality TV was a thing (which was simply voyeurism and cheap production and exploitation), shuttered all their production.
UK TV is now piss poor compared to 1970s.
What exactly other than ancient shows are they going to put on iPlayer?
Apple servers are still a thing?
Presumably it involves buying someone's basic rack mount unit, adding RAM, adding HDD / SSD etc, adding switches, adding OS (Linux?) etc. Not actually really building servers. Just assembling the final configuration.
It's not really to do with labour, but supply chains and out sourcing.
Geocities, that was Yahoo and the cost to them was insignificant.
It wasn't even really an invention.
The BBC frequently "invents" tech history. They probably think MS and IBM created personal computing, when in fact they held it back for 10 years and destroyed innovating companies then.
The only significant part was the touch interface by Fingerworks.
I was reading a BBC news web article and it was wrong too. It missed out emphasising that the real reason for success in 2007 was the deals with operators, cheap high cap data packages, often bundled with iPhone from the Mobile Operator.
This is nonsense:
"Those were the days, by the way, when phones were for making calls but all that was about to change."
Actually if you had a corporate account, you had a phone already with email, Apps, ability to read MS Office docs, web browser and even real Fax send/receive maybe 5 or 6 years before the iPhone. Apart from an easier touch interface, the pre-existing phones had more features like copy/paste, voice control and recording calls.
The revolution was ordinary consumers being able to have a smart phone AND afford the data. The actual HW was commodity stuff. I had the dev system for the SC6400 Samsung ARM cpu used it.
Why did other phones use resistive + stylus instead of capacitive finger touch?
1) Apple Newton and Palm: Handwriting & annotation. Needs high resolution.
2) Dominance of MS CE interface (only usable with with a high resolution stylus.
The capacitive touch existed in the late 1980s, but "holy grail" was handwriting recognition, not gesture control, though Xerox and IIS both had worked on it and guestures were defined before the 1990s. So the UK guy didn't invent anything.
Mines the one with a N9110 and later N9210 in the pocket. The first commercial smart phone was 1998 and crippled by high per MByte or per second (or both!) charging. Also in 2002, max speed was often 28K, but then in 2005 my landline was still 19.2K till I got Broadband, though I had 128K in 1990s in the city (ISDN) before I moved.
Yes, uBlock and others work, I'd rather have noScript on Mobile. I don't quite understand why it's not available.
So I rarely use tablet for Internet, and never phone, TV & BD player not connected (I might add them to LAN and block mac at router). So limit myself to laptop.
Software that "clicks ads" is simply fraud and not really ad blocking at all, as obviously the script must be run to have a link to click.
If I never click how is it hurting to go a step further and block ads?
Actually I don't that much care about static small images/text. I DO care about 3rd party scripts, 3rd party tracking, animated, video or audio adverts, or adverts that delay access to content (evil BBC.com news). All of those I will block. They may in any case be illegal.
I think Sony & Google have broken EU law. New TV, you can't install/tune it without agreeing to totally unacceptable Google Terms and Conditions.
It wouldn't surprise me if the Playstore is illegal in EU. Certainly it's immoral as are Google's popup multipage T&C or one sign in for all Google services (which are quite unrelated, such as Google Groups for programming support, You Tube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search, Translate).
Google are evil and arrogant.
Maybe Tim Cook will get a visit from guys in a white van.
Or a B&D brochure in the post.
Indeed a bitter sweet article
I'm starting to feel very mortal. Maybe I need to write a book of instructions about my "junk".
There is nothing special about the boxes, they probably run Kodi.
It's probably subscription keys and /or special plugins that allows the copyright infringement. You can do the same on a laptop.
"technology might be adapted and used for unlawful purposes should not necessarily mean the technology itself is unlawful."
Mostly it isn't. Actually very often you can use tech illegally without modification:
Kitchen knives, copiers, computers, cars, JCB diggers.
It's far away.
I'd hate to be living in the same neighbourhood, except I'd be dead.
I was around then.
I asked the NIDA why they were getting money for something that was a pretty turkey.
100Mbps to a phone can't be achieved by ANY new standard.
Even bonded 3G or 4G CAN do it, but only if every other street light is a femto base station.
The xG standard is almost irrelevant. It's having smaller cells, very many more masts that gives extra speed.
Oh and having fixed users on fibre would maybe double speeds for those actually mobile
Then double speed again by having a single wholesale network (load balancing is impossible with spectrum split between companies)
But the real solution is better utilisation of 900 / 1800 / 2100 /2500 by very many more masts and thus smaller cells.
1800/ 2100 /2500 are massively underutilised.
You can't increase mast density (decrease cell size) so much on 900, much less on 800 and 700 is only useful for GSM voice, the cell sizes are too large and uncontrollable.
Smaller cells mean much higher speed (fewer users), lower latency and more reliable operation. The only "technology" needed is a single wholesale RAN with phones able to bond channels on different bands.
No new spectrum is needed.
5G as such delivers no extra speed at all. New spectrum above 2500 is progressively useless due to line of sight. New spectrum below 900MHz is progressively very poor capacity BECAUSE the range is more. Twice range is less than 1/4 speed. Progressively below 900 the cell range is affected by weather and as range grows in certain weather some areas stop working due to interference from far off masts on same channel.
That's why UHF TV (470MHz to 862MHz) was designed on reuse of 8MHz channnels for only 4 unique signals and fitting in a 5th was really awkward.
Yet ANOTHER drive by router attack, the Gazzilioneth in the last 15 years because STUPIDLY routers work out of the box with out a mandatory new user name and non-dictionary password, easily guessed. Or the same on every box
Or based on the MAC.
Idiotic making it TOO simple to use the router. Even moronic Windows you have to create a new user and password to be able to connect to the internet.
As it's tulips bubble /pyramid scheme and secondarily a vehicle for money laundering, of course it will keep going up till it implodes.
It's a totally impractical system for the mass market. Look at time now to process the block chain. Imagine if it had even a tiny fraction of IBAN transactions.
The idea of a non-government currency isn't entirely stupid. The actual implementation of Bitcoin is stupid.
We have had automation since 1880s and pretty clever stuff by 1930s. You want to see old movies of almost entirely automated valve production (tubes in USA). Not computerised, but automated machines winding the grids, melting and sealing the button base etc.
Anything high volume and repetitive was automated nearly 80 years ago. The difference is than now (apart from ASICs) that production runs can be very small. The FPGA (a mass produced IC) for runs too small for custom chip.
3D printing isn't replacing mass production, and won't, it's making prototyping, mould making, concept work all faster and cheaper.
The last major industry to be much affected by automation was maybe newspaper production? I'm not sure. It's small changes now. It may impact publishing if a bookshop can do in house POD of one copy for $3, but the mass market would still be volume 25 cent per copy printing.
Great to see a significant outlet state that the "AI" stuff, whatever it is (and in reality very little) isn't actually AI.
Don't look behind the curtain.
Ignore the fact that the Young Lady's Primer is relying on real time human curation and a real actress.
We used to call them "Expert Systems" in 1980s. It wasn't AI then either.
I tried Classic Start Menu. It's not even polishing a turd.
Win 10 is STILL like Win2.0 and inferior to Win95, XP, Win7 (with no Aero) with it. Why bother when win7 is still supported and Linux Mint with Mate & Redmond theme is better?
I think EFF's position is extreme.
John Deere are wrong too.
However while I don't think companies should be compelled to supply source (unless it's entirely a FOSS), copyright law is inappropriate.
Also the DMCA shouldn't exist at all. It's plain wrong.
People do need to be able to run diagnostics (that should be available for free), for safety reasons!
VBA etc in Office is evil and a huge source of problems. Solutions without it are more robust, easier maintained and more secure.
VMware and other VM solutions run on Linux.
PC games are now a niche compared to phone/tablet and Console, esp. PS4.
Adobe is pricing themselves out of the market due to rental model except for rich corporates. They are no longer the only solution for photo/video, except for a small niche of professionals with well paid IT support.
Even MS is porting their SQL to Linux. I abandoned MS SQL in 2004.
Still garbage reminiscent of Win2.0
Less customisable than any Windows from 3.0 /NT3.1 onwards.
Ghastly. I really tried hard. Even 1999 Red hat Linux was better.
I've wiped XP, Win7 and Win 10 from multiple laptops for people in last few weeks. Replaced with Linux Mint, Mate + Redmond Theme, Firefox (Classic Theme & Noscript).
Two are setup up dual boot win 7 & Linux. One, the Win7 no longer used
Three new laptops ordered Lenovo with Win7 pro not Win10 since Oct (one now used only in Linux).
In last 21 years of installing Linux, Windows etc, I've never seen such a big switch to Linux as this year. IMO Linux Mint, Mate + Redmond Theme, Firefox (Classic Theme & Noscript), LibreOffice, Thunderbird email is now actually better and as usable as XP. It's more like Win9x / NT / 2K / XP experience than Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 is. LibreOffice is as good as Office 2003, i.e. more usable than Ribbon!
Thunderbird, Firefox, FileZila, Calibre, Audacity, Eagle, Inkscape, Gimp (actually usable now PSP10 is a mess compared to PSP7 and Adobe is rental), Putty, Skype and many more on Windows and Linux now.
Is Sage and Outlook the only reason left to run Windows?
Most people only using Browser, basic Office features, Email, Skype anyway.
It's a big difference even to five years ago,
Or automatic issue of NFC debit cards by your bank (they are insecure, in reality no faster). Bank "But you'll lose features and security using the old card"
"What features? Also my old card doesn't let passing strangers read my banking details or take up to €20 without asking"
So why STILL by default almost every service on?
I can see no genuine real world improvement.
Making sure Autorun is off, that a VM client (the default in Win7's XPmode is atrocious) has no WAN and only one data only or no host directories, that a browser has Noscript or alternative, external firewall (use a 3G/4G dongle via WiFi with firewall or via router with firewall), firewall/router has no uPNP, all are more important than any MS security feature.
MS seem to be clueless.
Oh and WINE (a security flaw, I know) on Linux Mint + Mate (redmond theme) works with more of my old programs than Win7 or Win10 does and XP in VM with no network for test gear (/dev/ttyUSB0 mapped to COM1:) is a better user experience than Win10 or even Win7.
Office gone downhill since 2003.
MS has lost the plot on UX and GUI and privacy.
Win7 is a fix of Vista.
MS themselves now admit Aero was a mistake.
For years they tried to put Windows GUI on small Gadgets. Then after Zune / Phone 6.5 tried to to put the Zune inspired GUI on everything.
So in 35 years they got the GUI shell almost right (Explorer File manager should have had a two window mode and Win7 adaptive non-customisable panel is nasty).
Win10 is like Win2.0 on Hercules or CGA, but with less GUI customisation. I can't believe how unusable it is compared to Win3.x, Win9x, NT3.x, NT4.0, Win2K, XP, Win7 (with classic theme).
First workable Windows 3.1, first stable decent WFWG 3.11 with all the 32bit parts. First real GUI 32bit Windows, decently supported, NT3.5
Low points / junk= Win1.x Win2.x Win3.0, WinME, Vista, Win8.x Win10
Win2K was an unfinished rushed out version of XP, but not too bad.
USB deliberately withheld from NT4.0 (I had and tested MS USB for NT4.0 and it was fine).
NT4.0 less stable than NT3.51, which did have the win95 style explorer as tech preview, which was better than NT4.0 release.
MS experts at making money.
Idiotic at everything else.
The GUI of '95 was good. The rest of it was garbage compared to their own NT3.5 and less stable than a properly installed WFWG3.11
For over 20 years I've heard that the HW spec was too high for NT vs 95, maybe in 1993 it was, but not in 1995. In reality win95 needed as much RAM as NT to have Excel, Word, TCP/IP and Browser at the same time without paging massively.
Well, that's a delusion.
Off topic really...
But WHY do people have WiFi sharing / hotspot functionality turned on by default, esp in an aircraft. It's daft, wasting battery (on portable things) and an extra vulnerability.
I see an iPad appear regularly here at my home office. Why is that on by default? Idiotic Vendor programming and daft users?
It's about x2 overpriced. So how can it be "recommended"? Nice screens.
Also a product sector that Apple has no commitment to.
ANY test of anything with Lithium tech rechargables needs to be cycled about 20 times to get an idea of both running time and eventual battery life. You'd need a decent number of samples too. One isn't enough.
Laptops and Tablets are secondary to good Educators.
Chromebooks are about the least useful sort of computer, as they are more limited than any other kind.
Exactly how does a Chromebook help education compared to smaller class sizes and better teachers? While computers can be a useful resource, in most cases primary and secondary pupils learn less if there is an emphasis on tablets/laptops. Apple iPads are daft too. Study after study with no connection to Apple, MS, Amazon, Google etc proves it.
What a waste.
Google deserve a bash, but in fairness here I'd be very suspicious of "DonorsChoose".
Still mostly 16bit, just all the 32bit extensions in WFWG3.11 rolled up. Real 32bit NT was two years old. Properly configured Win For Workgroups had poor "Program Manager", but had 32bit disk driver, same 32bit TCP/IP, Video For Windows/ Multimedia, Win32s to run NT programs.Win95 was less stable than properly installed WFWG 3.11 with all extras. Rubbish compared to NT3.5
Plus: The new desktop instead of Program Manager.
* Explorer File Mangler, single window and buggy.
* Autrorun added, even though already proven bad on Amiga
* Fake Win APIs added so mostly 16 bit Office 95 wouldn't run on Win3.x, even with Win32s, which meant that that NT 3.5 couldn't run Office 95, they had to release NT3.51
* No named pipe creation (just like Win3.x)
* Barely more than WFWG 3.11 with new shell.
* No process isolation
* No Security. The Log-in only affected what LOCAL Network resources you could connect to!
* Poisoned development of NT4.0, Win2K, XP and led to Vista.
* Led to Win ME, the Win98SE was best version.
* Only later OEM Version b had USB
* Encouraged bad practices on Program Application development.
* Direct X, nothing more than a Kludge to port DOS games with direct access to Graphics HW, leading to stupidity of Graphics and Printer Drivers in Kernel in NT4.0.
* Held back deployment of NT in business for about 7 years.
* As damaging to progress of Security & decent OS adoption as DOS was in 1980/1981.
Win95 should ONLY have been on a games console. Instead something intended only for home users was mis-sold to most small bushiness and many larger ones.
In reality to run Excel, Web Browser, Word and TCP/IP, without paging, you needed as much RAM as NT 3.5x anyway.
Oh, and a Shell only version of Explorer desktop / Explorer File manager as "Tech preview" worked fine on NT3.51. Instead they broke NT4.0 by kernel changes and Direct X (and it still couldn't run most Win9x games anyway, so they broke it without achieving anything for business users).
It's been downhill since 1995 for MS, accelerating in 2002/2004 with Vista development. Too late, Aero is officially a mistake. Vista = NT 6.0, Win9x on Ecstasy.
Win7 is really Win 6.x
Win 2000, XP and Win 2003 are NT 5.x
Win 8 and Win 10 are pointless.
MS already had a decent 32bit OS for over two years when they released Win95.
Heck, they even had their own versions of UNIX(Xenix in 1987?) and MS OS/2+LanManager (1989 after ending IBM deal).
All they needed was to put the new shell on NT3.5 and have a game console with Win95. Idiots.
I think it's good news.
Newton was an Alchemist.
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