* Posts by Mage

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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Re: If only ....

Also fix the broken and too flat GUI, default services and stop slurping on an otherwise internally decent enough OS.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: simply OUTRAGEOUS

But true. Also in USA sterilisation after a first birth (without consent) simply because you are poor.

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Bonkers

It never ceases to amaze me how bigoted people can be and blind to it. Like the Colour problem in N.I. that is now much worse than in 1980s and 1990s. The Orange and Green. Why are people electing SF and DUP?

The differences between individuals is greater than between men and women or Scandinavians and Bushmen. We are all humans.

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It's true most people are not programmers, but:

"But then again, he is also a software engineer who is not even 30 years old. Damore's CV reveals an extremely privileged existence: a chess champion with a degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s in systems biology from Harvard, an intern at Princeton, a researcher at MIT and then a software engineer at Google. It is a veritable list of elite US establishments.

That life, that existence, has never had to deal first-hand with the inequities that exist for the vast majority of people. He has never had to build an objective, evidence-based argument for something other than programming a logic machine. His understanding of computer code is greater than the vast majority of people on the planet but it has come at a price"

Actually, is there any evidence that he's even a good programmer? The percentage of programmers that are good is low and maybe falling as universities concentrate on teaching a language rather than programming.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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SEO/Domain Registration scams.

Fake SEO invoices using WhoIs suggesting your Domain is going to expire.

It's time that WhoIs info is only available by warrant and not to random members of the public.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Parallel data lines

Did you re-read Catt lately or try to design an motherboard?

The issue isn't on chip (Catt wasn't espousing the F100L, which was rubbish) but BETWEEN chips. PCB design of CPU to RAM is a horror story at high clocks and wide buses.

ICL was moribund long before Inmos. The UK was first with commercial computing, but by 1960s along with consumer electronics was destroying it. Read "The Setmakers".

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Re: power doesn't scale with clock speed.

Yes. power consumption is non-linear with clock, a square law. Higher speeds have been achieved by lower operating voltage and also smaller (related) gate area to reduce capacitance. That's partly why 14nm isn't 14nm in the sense that 90nm is 90nm. Not all aspects have been scaled down.

That's why in the last 15 years number of cores and architecture rather than actual clock is the biggest change.

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Re: guy who wrote Occam

Did Tony Hoare write Occam, or design it or just write papers about it?

If Inmos was going nowhere it was due to fixation on Intel and lack of investment in Tech in UK, where companies relied on Military or BT spending and increasingly owned / controlled by asset strippers or bean counters with no vision.

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Re: Nobody needs more than 640K of RAM.

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

... Thomas Watson, IBM, 1943 and it isn't apocryphal.

"I think there is a world market for maybe five Clouds"

Which is worrying. 19th C. potato famine comes to mind.

By the late 1970s it was evident that there would be a clock speed limit and more performance would need a network of CPUs. Except the bottle neck is RAM and I/O. Not enough L1 Cache per core. Also the transputer was inherently a better architecture with local RAM per CPU. Serial interconnect needs to go 32 or 64 times faster than parallel, but at high speed the the interconnect is far easier to design (parallel traces need the same delay) and uses less chip area and pins than parallel. So I/O to slots, RAM, peripherals and additional CPU slots should all be serial except on chip. Even then if there are many cores with shared I/O using serial might be same speed per word and use less chip area.

Ivor Catt did some good articles in the 1980s on this.

Pity that Thatcher sold off Inmos.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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intentionally re-identify individuals

What about Security researchers and Privacy campaigners that are out to prove the data ISN'T anonymised? The people doing for gain will be

a) Secretive

b) Outside jurisdiction

c) Probably very large companies already well known for exploiting and directly harvesting personal data.

I have a better idea. No company should pass ANY data to a third party, except in the normal individual case (people making a purchase and company getting paid by 3rd party).

NHS, HM Revenue (Road tax etc), Big retailers are already giving data they shouldn't basically to anyone "big" that offers something shiny.

Actually abolish tolls and Road tax. Tax Electricity, LPG, Diesel, Petrol etc for vehicle use. Fairer as it's then based on road usage and resource consumption, not vehicle size or power which is unfair. Fuel use is anonymous, unless a fuel card is used.

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Cisco loses customer data in Meraki cloud muckup

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Re: Well, I don't like to say...

Only use cloud for copies of stuff for the public (to have capacity), or for temporary loads.

Have a tested backup and disaster recovery plan, with off site storage (even if for small companies it's only a USB HDD the boss takes home). You backup the Cloud, never TO the Cloud as it's a 3rd party with unknown security, privacy and reliability. If you believe Cloud Marketing specs, with no independent audit, I have some bridges for sale, really cheap.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: They are bonkers

Mine was set to nearly black and light amber, or vice versa, I forget, like the nice Amber CRTs that superseded Green CRTs. I stopped using it last November 2016. Quite happy with customisation of Mate on Linux Mint.

The only thing ever that was a problem was some sorts of CGA cards stuck on Slug Death colors (black, cyan, magenta, white). There was a nicer alternate (black, red, yellow, green). It was horrid going to shiny CGA from a matte ACT Sirius 1 (800 x 400?) mono (Victor 9000). The Sirius 1 arrived marginally before the IBM PC, with its Text only or CGA. Hercules mono (720x350) was later and still inferior to ACT Sirius 1/Victor 9000 (as was entire IBM PC), but better than CGA Mono 640 x 200.

Why don't they simply fix their broken & totally flat GUI to one suitable for a laptop or desktop? Which is ALSO better for 10" tablet with keyboard than their stupid GUI for a 4" phone.

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They are bonkers

“The legacy default scheme was not built for modern displays and does not render as well on newer high-contrast LCD displays.”

This is complete gibberish.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: Actually, Word For Windows 1.x does exist

But possibly wasn't really sold as Windows wasn't good enough?

I have a load of licences + manuals of Word 2.0a, and it's pretty good. I copied one set of floppies to a CD. I remember the other wordprocessors on Win 3.0 were poor compared with Word.

Prior to Word 2.0 for Windows, I'd only seen the MS DOS version of Word and the Word 1.0 on Mac.

I didn't know they actually hired Xerox people to write it (OTOH, MS DOS, Visio and MS SQL bought in and original MS Basic was a clone/port of Dartmouth BASIC, a cut down ForTran).

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Re: GIU was developed by Apple

You mean GUI.

No, a myth. They implemented their version of the Xerox GUI that was on a REAL product.

MS was a bit slower, so Excel 1.x and Word 1.x was on Apple, and first Windows versions were 2.0.

Apple and MS not the only GUIs in town then either.

Later MS actually bailed out Apple.

Apple lost the GUI court case (except maybe later MS had to change the wastebasket/recycle bin?).

Apple spend more on lawyers and patent applications. Less than 1% of profits on R&D at one stage. They recently had to pay Nokia 1.6 Billion (a company that had rubbish management but did do R&D) and agree to stock Nokia owned Health Gadgets.

If the USPTO was any good, Apple would have hardly any patents. The iTunes made iPod and later iPhone a success. The giant cap data plans when iPhone came out, when almost all other phones on per second / minute/ Megabyte billing revolutionised smart phone use. The iPhone CPU was Samsung and GUI from Fingerworks. Capacitive screens from 1980s, but not used due to 1) Emphasis on handwriting and annotation and 2) stupid copying of desktop GUI by MS. By 2003, Nokia had lost the plot due to management politics.

The iOS was a cut down OSX, which was derived from NextStep (and there from BSD), to replace the creaking Mac OS9 in about 2001 (?),

Apple's biggest successes are not patentable, but due to clever marketing on iPod and iPhone.

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Re: Macbook Air replacement my arse

Mac OS at least is usable. You'd buy a Mac Book Air to run current Mac OS.

Most people just want Win XP or Win 7, not a schizophrenic OS that can't decide if it's for a phone (lock screen, tiles) or Keyboard/Mouse WIMP GUI. Excessively flat, no cues as to what is clickable, inconsistent GUIs on OS components, settings messed everywhere, almost total lack of customisation. Privacy slurp at maximum by default. The problem is that on new computers with Windows there are only choices of bad to worse variations of Win 10. Their attempt to merge Android, Chrome books, Apple, tablets and phones as GUI to run existing windows programs is a failure. What sane person would buy Win10 ONLY to run MS Cloud and Metro/UWP/Modern/Fluid tablet apps from the MS store?

People buy Windows because they have been using it for years or need Sage, Payroll, Adobe, etc, not because they want to join MS Cloud /Tablet experimental unfinished GUI and MS Store Apps designed for phone/tablet/touch rather than keyboard and mouse. Touch on screen is REALLY exhausting when using a real keyboard and also slow / inaccurate compared to mouse.

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Re: prefer a 14/15-inch laptop with a 4:3

" I much prefer a 14/15-inch laptop with a 4:3 screen to the 'standard' modern 15-inch laptop with a 16:9 screen."

Me too. But the extra cost and Win 10 Shackled edition (though Win 10 pro is a disaster) is deal breaker.

I'd be happier with 1600 x1200 than ANY 1920 x 1080 screen.

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Re: Too Expensive

I'd need to schlep my Win10 gear to someone in the city on cable to get the so "Crater Uptake".

Probably.

I can find WiFi metering, except you have to connect to a particular WiFi first. The equivalent place when ethernet cable is connected doesn't exist on any of the W10 I have.

Can't leave the ethernet connected.

If you select "Metered", you have to go somewhere else to give driver downloads an exemption. The settings are all over the place and different GUI styles. It's obviously a work in progress transitioning from Win 7 human GUI to Win X-files Alien GUI designed by Cardassians to torture us.

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Too Expensive

A Lenovo E460 at reasonable configuration is about 1/3rd the price. In November 2016 it offered Win10 and optionally Win 7. Linux runs just fine.

The Surface laptop is let down by MS worst OS since ME and x3 too high price. At least with the Apple tax you get a reasonably decent OS (though not as good as it used to be).

All those evil privacy and bandwidth stealing features by default. Almost zero customisation of GUI. So integrated to cloud that you get "complaints" in Notifications if no internet.

I have Win 10 desktop and x86 Keyboard Tablet for test purposes. All that Iot, peer to peer, cloud, phone and telemetry garbage on by default in "Services". "Quiet Hours" can't be more than 12, cabled ethernet can't be set to metered, though WiFi can. I'm rural with a capped fixed wireless modem/router connected to my wired 1Gbps ethernet. Some areas of property have unusable WiFi.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Re: The spam problem: older than you might think.

Spam started in UK when telegraph terminals could be installed outside of post offices. In the Victorian era.

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Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

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I'm baffled

Why are they at least x2 overpriced. Apple must be getting nearly 70% margin. Both of those just on the $300+ model.

Why are people buying these? Is it deluded schools insisting on them?

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Big Brother

Re: I don't buy it

The fact that their system (Amazon, EBay, Google, Facebook) is rubbish at serving appropriate adverts is irrelevant. I agree their algorithms are poor.

The issues are privacy and someone making money out of my personal information. Not how expert they are at serving the correct adverts.

Edit see also

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/01/data-browsing-habits-brokers

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Touching, contactless

"And it came to pass that noone could buy or sell without registering all the details with the beast"

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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application windows just show up like normal in your Windows session

Just like we had in 1999.

Meanwhile Windows has moved backwards and Linux forwards.

You've be also able to dual boot NT & Linux since those days. A 64bit EFI is well supported, Debian does work with 32 bit EFI (some 64bit Atom Win 10 tablets only have 32 bit EFI and 32 bit Win10 as the CPUs are crippled to only support 2G of real RAM). If you copy the 32 EFI files to Linux Mint installer, it works too).

Most decent Windows machines use 64bit EFI.

The only advantage I see for this is weird corporate places not allowed to install Linux. If WINE can't run the handful of wiindows programs, a VM can. This might have made sense for XP or Win 7 to replace MS SFU, but it's over TEN years too late. MS has missed the bus on this.

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Re: Has anyone commenting actually tried it?

Have you tried Linux with WINE and also safer Windows in a VM on Linux?

Have you tried MS SFU on NT4.0?

Have you compared the increasing stupidity of ME, Vista, Win8.1, Win 10 with

1) WFW 3.11(with all 32bit extensions and TCP/IP), Win95x, Win98, Win98SE Versus Win ME

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2) NT3.5, NT3.51, NT4.0, Win2k, XP (aka NT 5.1), Win7 Versus Win10 (or Win8)

I've also looked at Win2.x, Win286, Win3.0 (all rubbish, Win3.1 was first workable version).

I've used CP/M (on S100, Apple II Z80 card and Amstrad PCW) , CP/M86, PCDOS original, MSDOS 2.11 to 6.22, OS/2, VMS, Cromix, MS Xenix, Minix, DRMultiDos, DRDOS, Gem, Mac OS9, earlier Mac OS X versions, Linux since 1999. I've used MS SFU, Cygwin.

Win10 is pointless garbage, so why would I bother with a less functional MS Linux subsystem than OS/2 text mode on NT4.0 or MS SFU?

I used to support, sell and install MS products. No longer.

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Re: Standardisation is always welcome

I'm nearly sure computers simply used the teletype terminals to start with as keyboard + printer combo. Those didn't have the \, so they used /, (1950s to 1970s, note while TTY33ASR is 1963, electric keyboards produced Morse tape at least in early 1930s and the TTY and Telex non-morse Telegraph type services started in 1932, with even RTTY before 1945. Originally Teleprinters used the ordinary phone lines!

The TTY33ASR was used on computers, like a typewriter, it had / but not \ (Zoom in on the image, you can read all the keys).

I don't know how | (pipe, was ¦ only an IBM thing?) was typed.

(also interesting, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit-paired_keyboard )

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Re: slash the right way round

Oddly on DOS 2.x SWITCHAR=- let commands use - instead of /

DOS 2.0 was first version to have paths and used \ because / was the option character. I used CP/M mostly till DOS 2.11 (when I started using UNIX too), then used DOS 3.3.

I can't remember if the path separator changed from \ to /

MS never seems to think ahead. The very first instant I saw Autorun, I knew they were headed on a path of destruction. Later I was appalled to discover it wasn't just CD drives, but USB sticks, and EVEN network shares! Idiots.

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Comments on DOS 2.0 and 2.1

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“NO current plans to support X/GUI apps, desktops, servers, etc. at this time.”

So worse than the MS Services For Unix, (if you added a 3rd party X Server, many Linux applications did work). I think like MS SQL, Visio etc, that was bought in.

I'll stick to combo of WINE and a VM with XP (for trickier stuff) on my Linux Mint.

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Just imagine

A suitably massive and timed flare could extinguish all life except in the eclipse shadow path. I wonder how that would work as backstory for an apocalyptic story?

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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PC Games

Glad Dabbsy is sceptical.

I had the SCUMM engine (Symbian version) on my Nokia E65 (Early 2007), and managed to run PC "Beneath a Steel Sky". Just as "broken" on it as on PC. I think I had DosBox too. Main issue was no mouse and no QWERTY keyboard.

Big companies too are into vapourware launches.

Famously Project Xanadu, long before the replacement for GP2X (still not really out), or Duke Nukem (was it Forever waiting).

Then there was the "new" Osborne that killed existing sales, except it didn't exist!

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

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Re: At the time, most PCs did not yet have USB 2

STILL rewriting history,

The early iPods used Firewire and USB2.0 didn't really exist on ANY PC.

Using iPod with Win98 was a nightmare install originally.

" I repaired my iRiver by giving it a hard disk from a dead iPod"

Certainly Apple implemented some sort of DRM, so an Apple HDD couldn't be used in say an Aspire One (both use the ZIF interface).

I've no idea which revision of HDD you used.

There was nothing innovative or clever or cheap at all about the iPod. It was the iTunes and marketing that made it a success. Anything else is Apple propaganda. It wasn't the only player to use an HDD to get round the high cost of flash (then).

DRM is what killed the Sony Net MD, and lack of any legitimate online source for content hampered all non-Apple players, not everyone was using illegal MP3 downloads, nor did many people know (at the start) how to rip Tape, Cassette, vinyl and CD to MP3.

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Rewriting history again, Like iPhone

"Pod launched in 2001 the state of the art for music lovers who wanted variety on the run was a portable CD player and a wallet "

Um NO! Apple was late to market, but the iTunes and selling track at a time from albums (hurting artists) was what made it a success.

There were various pre-existng MP3 players and the Minidisk.

Portable CD players were never that popular compared to cassettes.

The most mourned iPod player is the one with an HDD. Stupidly customised, so it you bought a small ZIF ribbon interface drive for something it might turn out to be for an iPod, and NEVER work. :(

Let's stop lauding Apple for entering tested markets.

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Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

You mean Win10 didn't before?

I'm sure I could in XP and Win7.

I can on Linux too (if you add a some stuff from the distro repository you can link iPhone too, without hated iTunes).

Maybe the big feature is opening a page you used on the phone/tablet in Edge. I'd not want to ever do that.

If I *DID* want to lose privacy and sync web use, I could use Firefox sync.

Baffling.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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FAIL

Flash isn't just video

It includes actionscript, (a little like javascript). The ONLY way to run programs (by others or your self) on some older gadgets, is to write an actionscript program, It need not have any animation or video. It could be that's what some of these projects use.

Such a program will run in a web page and was HUGELY more secure (and cross platform) than the alternative at the time, Active X.

The idea of ActionScript and Flash (unlike Active X in a browser) isn't evil, the problem has been Adobe's crap implementation. Also the problem of newer versions being incompatible with older browsers on TVs, Setboxes, Personal Media Players etc that can't be updated (the problem of closed source and monolithic usually non-existent upgrades for a gadget less than a year from launch, contravenes SOGA, should be 2 to 6 support depending on product).

So problem is more Adobe than the concept of flash and ActionScript.

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Confessions of an ebook eater

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Re: Lenovo T60 with the 1400x1050

My laptop from Jan 2000 to April 2002 was 1400 x 1050. Not tall enough for a PDF. My next model had 1600 x 1200 @ 15", excellent. Current model since Nov 2016 is a decent laptop, but a less useful 1920 x 1080 at slightly higher DPI. Not as non-glare either, though not shiny.

It seems the widespread use of WS TV has crippled Desktops and Laptops. Yes there are so called "retina screens", but less than 16.5" WS is too small to have the advantage, and more than 18" is far too wide for desktop use at normal reading glasses distance. Are 21" WS monitors / All-in-ones that are only WS HD for people that need reading glasses and won't wear them?

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Re: 16:9 issue

Any larger than about 17" landscape and the sides of 16:9 landscape are useless for users of reading glasses. The 5:4 (11.25:9), 4:3 (12:9) and DIN format (about 5.66 :4 or 12.7:9) are better. Now there is a trend to 3:1 (27:9), which is only any use for cinema widescreen. The 16:9 (WS) seems to work less well in portrait mode. At least in landscape you can put tool windows or notes to the side.

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Verity Stob really wrote this?

Who is this imposter, it reads like an imitation?

Also an LCD is rubbish to read on. Larger eInk Options:

Note the cheap 6" Kindle might be only 167 DPI, the latest PaperWhite is close to 300DPI?

1) 6.8" Kobo

2) Kobo One 7.8"

3) Second hand Kindle DXG 9.7

4) If you are rich ... (second hand) Sony Digital Paper DPTS1, about $700 just before it was ended at the end of 2016.

PDFs are ghastly to read, unless your screen is 1200 pixels high or more. No re-flow,

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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"faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values"

Were those values so good?

I only know that NTL Ireland was poor, Chorus was rubbish. Liberty Global only rebranded to UPC (the name used elsewhere in Europe) once they had made massive improvements, a few years after takeover. People are baffled as to why UPC Ireland has been rebranded Virgin Media. Though it was before Brexit.

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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Re: paranoid about is brand and reputation damage

But not actually real customer support, honestly advertised products, decent products, mis-selling and pressuring people to buy useless or incorrectly described services.

Even AFTER Irish Analogue Switch off in Ireland, every Currys/Dixons/PCWorld STILL had NO MPEG4 TVs, all MPEG2 only tuners (Ireland is MPEG4 for SD and doesn't need DVB-T2 even for HD).

No mention on DAB sets that most transmitters are RTE only and the few with extra services are DAB+. Or that the service is only 43% geographic coverage.

Pointless insurance (like Argos) and attempt to ignore 2 year SOGA warranty (like Argos).

Gas Cookers with Metric fitting (Water & Gas here is Imperial).

I don't know what Currys is like in UK. Here they are really bad. Tesco, Argos and others are similar. Unfortunately Irish consumer protection enforcement is rubbish and Advertising Standards only cares about a "level playing field" not lies to consumer. They only take seller's explanation and don't seek 3rd party experts.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Outsourcing

The outsourcing of program production doesn't save money, it's political and hides salaries,

IT, Engineering and other outsourcing is killing the BBC's ability to support program production, distribution etc.

The idea that the BBC should be "merely" a platform, a marketing entity is the end point. Even Amazon, Netflix and Sky etc realise to compete, other than by showing sport and made for cinema and TV re-runs that they need to do production.

Moronic.

I have simpler solutions:

1) Don't buy in material that's over priced due to so called talent being overpaid.

2) Set a cap on salaries. Note that so called presenters and comedians and "celebrities" should be paid less than real actors. Totally crazy what the "top" men are paid. Almost none have any talent, just "famous".

The issue isn't so much underpaid high profile women presenters, but overpaid men, overpaid managers and underpaid support staff.

If the BBC think they can outsource IT and have proper IT support and save money, then they are delusional, or internal Management is rubbish (actually it is!).

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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PSU Safety!

Well, UK and Ireland is rife with phone chargers, TV SMPSUs, vape chargers, SMPSU bricks, Christmas tree lights etc, that either have fake CE, or cost reduced later. Risk of shock, RF interference, fires.

The Kodi stuff with illegal SW plugins shouldn't be singled out. That's a tiny proportion of the Wallwart/SMPSU/Plugtop PSU issue.

Also PSUs (double insulated or not) supplied with Euro plugs. OK if it's double insulated and fitted with a UK type 3 pin fused adaptor of the locking type. Even worse is 90V to 240V SMPSUs with USA two pin blades. Yet they have a CE mark! (Even an Amazon branded one ordered with an Amazon Kindle from Amazon). Surely that is neither safe anywhere on 220V to 240V, nor legal to retail?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Firefox's decline is not an engineering problem

Dear Mozilla,

It *IS* on the GUI. You have made it crap.

Print selection STILL throws a page printed with header and footer for every page before the selection.

In trying to be like Chrome you make FF irrelevant.

You also have practically abandoned the logical companion, Thunderbird, apart from making GUI worse.

You've wasted effort on a Mobile OS.

You've taken on creepy "Pocket Service".

You've got stupid defaults on privacy, third party cookies, new tab, URL bar "guessing" and Search drop down. Most people can't be bothered to install Classic Theme Restorer. It should not be needed.

Why do I need to add User agent switcher, cookie / identity manager and NoScript?

Yes, Google's marketing of Chrome is despicable, but IMO Mozilla HAS got an engineering and management problem. They are "fixing" the wrong things.

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What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

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Sad

I thought someone had finally figured how to build an artificial brain.

I struggle to see any AI in the article, or anything new. Just cost reduction due to process technology advancing.

I remember in 1980s someone told me that future more powerful CPUs would allow us to have AI.

I asked why wasn't there simply very slow, perhaps limited AI, maybe very expensive? "If you know how to do it, then a Z80 and external HDD could do it, slowly," I said.

In 1979, Cromemco released CROMIX, the first Unix-like operating system for microcomputers on a Z80. They updated it to 68000 during the 1980s. An early 1979 product was a digital camera for Altair S100 computer.

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DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

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Re: the NHS uses a program called Streams

"the NHS uses a program called Streams that analyses blood test results in conjunction with patient history to spot imminent kidney failure. "

I hope it's better than the blood testing the USA company did.

Is this project actually delivering?

Has it been audited?

What does Google ACTUALLY do (verified by independent audit) with the patient data on the Streams program?

Is it really AI or simply a curated database + pattern matching?

Why is Google doing it? They are not a medical company, purely a company leveraging internet services and Android to get info to better sell Adverts.

Morally, should people be using Google Analytics or recommending Google DNS, or setting Google as DNS source on a shared router.

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Hype

Exactly what of substance has DeepMind delivered other than more private information to aid Google's main business, advertising. Google isn't a suitable company to receive ANYONE's medical information, even with informed consent.

"A human player, thus, would be well advised to plan moves ahead of time. The DeepMind agent, because it's capable of such planning too, is also well suited for this game, the researchers suggest."

That applies to Chess, or Go too. No creativity or AI needed.

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Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

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Re: Qualcom

Irrelevant, though as Intel seems to have lost mojo (Atom embedded bricking, Cable Modem chips that don't work properly, killing off Atoms and wearables, Itanium, 64 bit Atoms that can ONLY have 2G RAM), probably true.

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" ...is Qualcomm's only remaining competitor in the merchant market for premium LTE baseband processor modems "

Forget a moment about relative quality, or Intel's dubious practices. Qualcomm lobbied to have an inferior 3G (too much based on CDMA because of their patents) bought companies such as Flarion and buried them purely to try and control all the 4G IP. The LTE is an international standard and patents to do with it should be under FRAND. There should be no "double dipping", Qualcomm essentially making chip, not as the business, but as a means to control the royalties and charge a percentage on the complete product. That should be illegal everywhere.

Qualcomm only make chips to strengthen their main activity, Patent Trolls.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: HDTV

"HD Ready TV" = Won't ever receive it on the aerial, but MIGHT down sample it (as low as 480 lines on on Plasma set I saw) via a base band connector (Component, DVI, HDMI without HDCP or HDMI with HDCP versions. Only the HDMI + HDCP can actually use a typical HD source).

Also a 32" (even) 1920 x 1080 so called HD, is only a digital version of NHK hybrid satellite 1125 line enhanced TV. Computers had MUCH higher resolution on CAD in 1990s and many laptops by 2002 were 1600 x 1200 @ 15", which is only exceeded in visual terms by "4K TV", or "retina resolution" screens.

1920 x 1080 @ 17" is also crap compared with 1600 x 1200 for working with documents. Also 16:9 on larger screens @ 1080 lines is too wide for reading glasses compared with same dot resolution @ 1200 lines on reading glasses.

The move to 1366 x 768 and 1920 x 1080 laptop & desktop 16:9 screens instead of 4:3 1600 x 1200 or better is crap. I use a 42" TV to watch video, not my laptop.

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Re: For that you need (new term) OLED

OLED are really diode like Electroluminescent dots, not true LED. Most people have only seen very large discrete (possibly) 2mm to 6mm LEDs on billboard sized panels, so Sony called their proof of concept real LED TV a Crystal TV.

What about 3D displays? Almost all are stereoscopic.

Or Laser (or worse Lazer) used in a description of something that's only LED?

Or HiFi (most can't meet 1970s DIN standards)

Or Enhanced Bass sound bars and Bluetooth speakers with loudspeakers inside similar to a 1960s pocket transistor set.

Digital TV aerials. (The signal is coded "analogue" unless Morse code and there is no such thing as a "Digital" aerial for anything),

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A 14nm device is not 14nm in sense a 90nm device was 90nm.

Internet Radio. It's NOT a radio, not even in the sense of DAB. No broadcast transmission (even WiFi is not really broadcast, 10 clients can't use the SAME transmission, you'll get a little less than 1/10th of the bandwidth each).

Apple TV: It's got no cable/satellite/terrestrial tuner and it's got no screen.

At least Amazon removed "Kindle" from the Fire (it's a crippled Android LCD tablet, not a long battery life eInk screened eReader).

Stuff being advertised in supermarkets etc with no mention at all that you need Internet and probably uncapped broadband to use it AT ALL.

I looked at Wacom note taking gadget, it DID indicate it uses Cloud & Broadband. The box seemed to suggest it couldn't download to my laptop WITHOUT "the cloud". Maybe you can just use a USB cable like a Kindle or Kobo or my phone, but it didn't seem so.

Marketing of tech is totally broken. Much of the actual SW & HW seems stupid now too in reality.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Bye bye Virgin

Global/Liberty/UPC are renting the name from Branson.

They have legacy issues.

Likely the only solution for these is to replace with a non-Intel solution. It seems like a design flaw in the chip.

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