Re: don't ever require a phone number?
I think they do if creating a new account on a tablet. They send SMS message key for next step!
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I think they do if creating a new account on a tablet. They send SMS message key for next step!
When are governments going to wake up and protect their citizens? After all if you are a more invasive regime you should be upset about the usurper moving in.
Even email would do that. I've had email on my phone, without even using a web page, since 2002.
Madness to use anything Google that has a private alternative. I only use Google services I absolutely need where there is no alternative.
I can't decide if Facebook or Google are worse, though there is the choice to never use Facebook, unfortunately people one knows use it and post private info about one and one's conversations etc on it.
Technically Primary cells are chemically fuelled and unless Zinc Air, the "oxidizer" aspect is built in.
There was experimentation of Butane rather than Hydrogen fuel cell for laptops, but then Lithium replaced NiCd. By volume, the NiMH is now about x5 capacity of NiCd and after 100 cycles, perhaps similar volumetric capacity to LiIon, but much heavier. Interestingly if you "turbo charge" NiMH to get them charged in a hour rather than 10 hours and get it wrong, they go on fire too! I know because I've done it developing a turbo charger (the CPU was 486 SoC, replacing the charge control function with an extra 16 pin PIC solved the reliability issue, the 486 SoC was still used for main GUI and Wireless network monitoring features).
Any fuel cell, in theory, can be higher density than a battery always, because it uses air and could vent the water and CO2 produced. I'm not sure that LiPoly and NiMH are not both higher volumetric capacity than current fuel cells. The cost though of "recharging" a laptop fuel canister from butane, I'd think would be higher than mains electricity and Lithium batteries. Maybe a use case in isolated places with no mains?
"Shearing advises users to stick to the chargers provided with their mobile phones to avoid generating current or voltage levels that are incompatible with the battery."
In theory most phones have a single cell, 3.7V to 4.2V and a USB charger is 5V -/+ whatever allowed spec. The phone electronics, a little SMPSU controlled by firmware, decides the charge rate. A 5V 200A PSU will STILL only charge at 500mA, 1A, 2A etc, whatever the phone was designed to do.
Only older non-USB connector chargers were other voltages and then you had to use the maker's charger.
Verilog and VHDL are NOT programming languages, they are Hardware description languages that are then translated into an FPGA configuration file or an ASIC specification. The same source can produce either and optionally include a CPU design (even if the FPGA has no CPU core), which is then separately provided with microcode, firmware, programs etc. The ASIC version would have a real CPU core, if one was defined.
FPGA is used for low volume or where per unit cost or power consumption is irrelevant. ASICs are almost always modelled as an FPGA first.
Your Verilog / VHDL can be run as a simulation with monitoring on a PC/Workstation before downloading to the actual FPGA. You describe FPGA, you are not having a software defined Hardware, but re-configurable hardware modules and look up tables to implement a hardware design. So of course it's massively parallel, it's not a CPU unless that's in your HW description/Design.
I've only used the Xilinx FPGAs and tools though, not Altera.
CPUs and FPGA/ASICs are complementary. Some things only need hardware, no CPU. Some things are more easily realised as programs on a CPU, hence CPU plus FPGA. A Port or shared RAM can be used, or hardware CPU core on FPGA, or FPGA defined to create a simple CPU (6502, Z80, PIC), or an SoC with CPU cores, an FPGA area and conventional SoC i/o GPU. This allows field upgrades, wereas the ASIC or conventional SoC can only have the CPU / GPU firmware/programs changed.
Which is totally bizarre.
Chorus and NTL (NTL was what Branson bought in UK and turned into Virgin and the original company lives on as Arqiva, running transmitters and sat links) were terrible. UPC only spent millions rebranding to UPC using their Dutch logo* AFTER fixing the Irish cable companies they bought. UPC developed a good reputation (compared to Sky for TV or Eir/Eircom for Broadband). Then they throw that away by rebranding as a UK company with a poor reputation that they don't even own the brand for?
Will they rebrand back to their native UPC brand in Ireland after Brexit?
Since successfully rebranding as UPC, Sky had to resell Eir broadband (probably at a loss to sell a bundle with Sky Satellite, which makes a huge profit), UPC also bought TV3 and UTV Ireland in Ireland, Sky bought UTV's Sport/talk station in UK so now also owns all the previously owned by UTV local Radio stations.
TV and Radio stations take overs should not be allowed by pay TV platform operators, especially FTA ones.
Pay TV channels should not be exclusive to a Pay Platform.
Content should not be exclusive to any Pay TV channel.
The Consumer is getting abused!
Comreg, Ofcom, BCI, Etc are all asleep. UK has shown unwillingness to regulate Sky or their crazy EPG charges, which result in Freesat being overpriced for EPG too.
[*Though UPC is owned by US Liberty and thus is no more Dutch than I am]
A web browser ought to be like a sandbox, yet it's now the most common infection vector.
A host can be compromised via a program on a VM, it's hard, but not impossible.
The whole mentality of this GUI project is more suited to a phone or tablet, not a laptop or workstation where the main use is content creation and manipulation rather than content consumption and navigation.
I'll stick with Mate, it's why I'm not migrating to Win 10, but to Linux.
Ubuntu and Gnome need to realise that they are NOT going to out do MS and displace 82% Android on mobile devices. Their user base is content creation on laptops, workstations etc, yet they want to destroy that for a market that they have less chance in than MS, who in 15 years has gone from 20%+ to < 2% on Mobile gadgets!
Idiotic! Can't they see MS has alienated people with Win8 and Win10? Even Apple is iOSing MacOS, Why are they copying all the worst ideas of Apple and MS and Google?
A better alternate to Android (privacy, being able to disable evil in Kindle eReader and other Apps) would be nice. But it won't be Ubuntu/Gnome! I have Lollipop on a 7" tablet and most apps can't access external SD card or print or do SMB access on LAN, though some can. OTH why should Kindle App have access to creating user accounts, passwords and almost every other feature and be putting adverts in Notifications? (That can be turned off, but I can't disable permissions of any app)
"Do it like Computer Antivirus" MS said.
Except that doesn't work even for computers and often "kills" vital system files.
This is just PR and the bulk of the money going to San Francisco lab. There will be too much Silicon Valley input and too much emphasis on developing gadgets rather than real medical research.
Another Theranos in the making?
Who will have oversight of the research?
WiFi is bad enough without and extra COMMERCIAL exploitation.
Search "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome" to see why the idea of spectrum sharing doesn't work. WiFi already has this problem and greedy companies want to make it worse.
Is ALL spectrum above 400MHz to end up being used (badly) for Mobile? They don't even re-use their own licensed spectrum properly because base station building is based on maximising ROI for minimal investment rather than sensibly mandated coverage and capacity by regulators. More spectrum is cheaper than more base stactions
Search how cellular channel reuse works.
Apple did one, except unlike the £30 Chinese smart watches, the Apple one is only a bluetooth remote. You can get a far cheaper than Apple Chinese "smart watch" that controls your phone AND is a standalone phone too!
Spelling and Grammar checkers are not much better than late 1980s. Why can't I get an AI to proof read a computer stored text?
After 40 years of programming, courses on AI and studying it, it seems unrelated to Intelligence and more clever ways of making and accessing databases, plus a load of marketing.
We don't even have a sensible definition of biological intelligence.
Fake marketing promo?
Ha ha ha ha!
Very possible for a GENUINE marketing promo to be distributing malware laden USB sticks. Possibly even unmarked!
Obviously even if you are innocent:
1) You need a decoy account as well as the important ons, and why are you on SM anyway?
2) You need to create a decoy account and post made up drivel occasionally if you have no SM accounts. (I've been doing this for years).
This ought to be illegal under some sort of international convention, along with much else done without a Court order due to believable cause.
I'd not carry the passwords for anything important while travelling. I only memorise two.
It's more incentive for developers to create alternates.
It's more incentive for users to switch.
MS is making this same short term mistake. Lots of people in the long term can't afford this rental (extortion) model. The original licences were over priced too.
This will explode eventually.
I don't trust ANY maker to do software without bugs.
Any system with any wireless connectivity may from time to time be vulnerable. The vast bulk of managements and many programmers are not good enough.
If it's happened once, it will happen again.
Well, C was invented as a sort of portable macro assembler to make it easy to port UNIX. It's still too dependant on macros. In that sense, C isn't a modern high level language in the sense that C++ is, though it suffered from imposed C compatibility.
Still, 40 years later we are getting vulnerabilities due to array bound violations (often strings) and bugs due to unexpected side effects of macro expansion. So often C++ programs use C style strings which are insecure.
ARM was inspired by 6502.
Actually smaller people and women particularly handle excess G better and less likely to black-out.
Many Brother and Epson do use separate print heads and ink-only cartridges, sometimes fixed in the body. Long life piezo heads, the HP and others use shorter life thermal heads that make gas bubbles from alcohol to force out the droplets.
Most A4 inkjets were cost reduced to uselessness over 15 years ago.
A set of Brother cartridges costs more than a new Colour Laser. The 3rd party cartridges seem to be just as good. It's not that old of a model, Duplex too, though only A4. A3 Plus would be nice. However even the Brother laser cartridges work out about 1/4 price per page of running inkjet. Unless you need "photo" quality, I think now that ink jet is too slow and expensive.
Too much or too little compared with partner?
1) Reputation-based security systems;
2) Address geolocation; and
3) Network troubleshooting.
Reputation-based security systems; Basing that on URL, IP address (IP4 or IP6) is madness, doesn't really work. You need a handshake and private tokens + public key encryption.
Address geolocation; Go piss off. That ought to be illegal. Besides it's notoriously unreliable.
Network troubleshooting: Whose Network? Makes no difference to your own and irrelevant to the public network or do you want to peer inside OTHER people's networks?
Sorry, none of these reasons are arguments against IP4 and NAT. There may be good reasons to go all IP6, but these three reasons don't apply.
I certainly don't want anyone to know how many things are on my LAN and what their addresses are. If all was IP6, for privacy and security, I'd still have a firewall / router and hide all my network.
There are only BAD reasons why a 3rd party would want me to have everything using public IP6.
I've always said a cheap laptop/tablet/phone plus a dumb TV and a long HDMI cable is better value than a "Smart TV". No TV maker will produce new codecs and apps. No matter who owned Skype or what apps are installed, apps on a TV other than simplest USB stick media browser are doomed. Even with the USB stick / HDD, eventually you'll have AV formats not supported by TV, but at least you'd be able to re-encode for it on a PC etc.
Just change the default settings. Works better on Windows and Linux for me than MS Office. I use now the "native" file formats and only "save as" in an MS Format to send to MS Office users or publishers.
I've had LESS bugs with format of manuscripts for publishers.
I tried Tencent's QQ, it wasn't bad on Windows and Android, but seems to be Chinese only on Linux. I figured how to turn off the adverts (unlike Skype, it's a simple user setting!). It also used much less resource and offers groups and Webcast mode.
I'd still be using it if I could figure how to set up English Linux version. I had to go back to Skype for Text & File transfer (with very occasional voice and extremely occasional video). QQ features and GUI on Windows is far better.
However I've abandoned Windows unless they bring out a Classic version with best aspects of NT3.5, NT4.0 and XP. Now Linux Mint + Mate Desktop + WINE + Redmond theme. More like NT Windows 1996-2003 than Windows 8 or Windows 10. Works well on Acer Netbook with 32G CF card instead of original flash as well as the 8G RAM tower workstation.
Perhaps Word & Excel 1.0 for Mac (Windows got ver 2.0 I think). Visio, PowerPoint, MS SQL, DOS all bought in. MS Basic for CP/M etc based on porting Dartmouth BASIC, a cut down ForTran. NT3.1 was first version of Win10 and seems to have been on the back of MS 1989 OS/2 which started as a joint project with IBM, mostly IBM stuff? GUI on original NT, copied of Win 3.0 shell for DOS, inspired by Xerox, though they may have used bits of OS/2 Presentation Manager as Win2 and Win286 were horrible compared to DR Gem.
Perhaps embedded Win CE? Though it was a sort of cut down NT with a static limit to processes etc.
But you can make similar accusations against Apple, Google, Oracle etc?
Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport.
That's equivalent to Ebay, Twitter and Facebook running Public Transport.
Not one of those are Technology companies. They are companies using the Internet for delivery of Marketing, Social Media and Services.
What are VW/Audi smoking
Sounds like a good idea.
Except it's probably really easy to make a fake ATM, that has "run out of funds" and put a burner SIM and mobile into it connecting to a burner IP address to capture PINs and other infos.
Much LESS likely from Sweden.
Why was he in the UK at all, if he was worried about USA?
Game over if an evil entity has physical machine access. I stopped reading after that. I used to have linux OS CD with a program that could change the password on an NT account. It was amazing how often I had to legitimately use it for clients.
Once I was called to "fix" a dead class room. The RAM and HDD had been stolen from every PC!
Also at the end of that you have a string of text. Then a completely different AI problem to parse that and decide what is wanted.
To have really good speech recognition you need context and meaning unless it's very simple list of commands for a car radio or dialling a phone.
Since most people have difficulty using search well with a keyboard, I don't think adding speech on top is going to result in successful queries or searches except for expert users.
Crazy low fine. 50p per violation!
Fine them £100 per violation! That would be still only £6M, though.
Mobile towers (2G, 3G, 4G) only work with backhaul links and a complex back end set of computer systems. The "billing" permits the call to be initiated and could even be outsourced to the so called "cloud". If someone forgets to pay a bill or there is an accounting mistake, no calls. Then a second "computer" system manages handing over between masts/sectors (though calls easily dropped then). Specialist voice switches are gateways to other voice systems, edge routers for data.
It's not designed to be reliable or resilient or suit anything other than commercial non-critical calls, other than as a marketing afterthought.
You can always save money by sacrificing security, resilience, reliability etc.
Using commercial 4G on commercial sSpectrum will certainly save money, but it's not fit for purpose, either day to day or in a disaster scenario.
Handsets and terminals also need a peer to peer mode (walkie talkie mode). You need additional security. Thus the savings will not be as much as claimed. All handsets and vehicle terminals will be x3 to x10 price of regular 4G handsets.
You need low latency push to tall so that "Don't Shoot" doesn't become "Shoot."
It might greatly improve data, but it's a rubbish voice solution. Perhaps data could use 4G and voice the existing system? There wasn't even voice in the original 4G release. It's higher latency than GSM, uses more capacity than 3G and is less robust as it's basically VOIP, rather than a native on air codec.
The only reason at all actually for digital voice codecs on mobile radio is easily encrypt it.
Seems like a runtime system support feature. Good languages only have such things via library support?
I can't see how this can be described as an intrinsic feature of ANY programming language.
They would say that. They claimed their deliberate WiFi slurp while making Street view was a mistake too (that's replaced by Android, Chrome Browser, (and even Google Analytics Etc), ChromeOS.
Small change fine
Also why are they allowed to do it to ANYONE?
That may or may not be true, however it and node.js are NOTHING to do with Java, a cross platform programming language used in many things nothing to do with Web.
Node.js isn't a programming language at all, it's a 3rd party function library!
It's got lots of cross platform application, both with and without GUI, outside of Browsers or even "apps" for mobile (Though Android Apps are a sort of fork).
It can't get worse?
It's not the same scenario as Open Office, and if it was, well, I've switched from:
Wordstar + Supercalc (CP/M)
New word + Cracker (CP/M and MS DOS)
MS Office (Win 3.1)
MS Office + Star Office
MS Office + Open Office
Even with No Script, due to stupidity of web design and services it's now very hard to avoid Google on a regular PC.
What alternatives are there to an Android phone that isn't (A) overpriced, (B) dead, (C) someone you never heard of, or (M,N) a dead zombie platform?
Many cheap "feature phones" are GSM only, which (in Ireland) operators can turn off with no 2 year retail warning implied by SOGA, but only needing to give a 6 month notice to Comreg (the Irish version of Ofcom or FCC).
Actually I have data disabled on my Android phone, I've only enabled wIfi to download an ePub reader app and a text editor (which complains on every load that that it can't access internet). I removed Amazon's Kindle eReader App because it would pop up warnings about being unable to connect, even when it wasn't listed as running and hadn't been used (I use Calibre and my real Kindle's serial number to convert DRM'ed Amazon to ePub).
I use the media player, camera, FM Radio, SMS, regular voice.
I transfer eBooks and photos and video via USB storage mode.
Something similar with my tablet.
Google, you stink. There should be a special hell for companies like you and Facebook, destroying people's privacy. So called "Social Media" (Google+, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) etc is worse because they are more exploitive and encourage people to share information that can't be automatically gathered and also OTHER people's information!
Now MS is stupidly destroying their lucrative automatic repeat sale software business by trying to be like Google.
They don't need to make fake negative reviews. They will happen anyway to even the best run most excellent businesses.
They should be in trouble for offering to remove them in exchange for money.
A serial bit stream could be any desired number of bits. So called 1 bit DACs are really 16 bit at least and the 48kHz or 44.1KHz parallel sample rate is unchanged, but the clock frequency becomes much higher.
1 bit on/off with 1:32 variation of mark/space ratio isn't one bit. It's five bits quantisation.
Tape can have a poorer dynamic range than 8 bit quantisation on cheap machines using a magnet to erase rather than AC erasing. Speech recognition was working with cassette tape replay in 1990s.
Depends if it's carrier grade QOS managed VOIP or VOIP over random public Internet.
My own phone service (real geo numbers) is using VOIP on a fixed wireless link, but only as far as my ISP's voice switch. So Fax and analog modems usually work. Your mileage with a 3rd party VOIP supplier over the ordinary public internet will vary with your connection jitter and packet loss. Unlike gaming, or person to person chat, latency isn't an issue.
Actually AM radio is rather better than linear 8bit, and the "goodness" of it depends on the bandwdith and interference. It was MUCH better in the 1930s! Even ordinary AM can be better than ISDN phone quality (8bit u or A law).
Also u-Law or A-Law 8 bit audio is perfectly good for speech recognition, that's the method used to improve on linear 8 bit for the majority of the worlds digital fixed line phones. GSM codecs are lower quality. 3G can use similar or better than GSM, but it's rarely better than 8bit ISDN. Similarly, VOIP connections can rarely support Fax or Analogue Modems, though 8 bit ISDN can.
I suspect that if the sound level is ideal, even 8 bit linear audio will work for speech recognition.
Humans can recognise 5 bit encoded speech, done using 1:32 variable PWM on a PC on/off loudspeaker.
"Up to speeds" should be the expected peak time speeds for 67% of users. "An Average" speed can be skewed by off peak time and a small percentage of users getting 10x speed or more.
Free delivery is about a week
Premium delivery is about 3 to 4 days
Where do you live to get same day delivery from Amazon?
I think same day delivery for letters in Ireland and UK existed up till Edwardian era. The Victorians had it. Now with "airmail only" even a letter can be 3 days UK to Ireland.
Local shops and Online are complementary. Buying online for China is 1/3rd to 1/10th of cost of same thing in Maplin. Sometimes though getting it from Maplin inside an hour is handy, though increasingly unlikely to be in stock.
I prefer to buy fitted clothes, shoes, boots, very large items and food locally. Obviously Amazon plan to compete with Tesco and Pennys?
I was amazed to discover though that people order books from the local bookshop rather than Amazon, but then about about 1/3rd of people in some areas don't have internet and about 10% can't actually get broadband.
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