Grossly overhyped and to do properly needs expensive aerial arrays, multiple transmitters and multiple receivers.
Shannon's law is based on Thermodynamics. There is no free lunch.
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Real Computer Scientists knew the future was parallel, even in late 1970s.
In the 1980s
We had the Transputer.
Co-routines et al. built in to Modula-2.
Despite James Reinders, CAR "Tony" Hoare and others we have not made much progress since 1980s with "modern" multicore CPUs depending too much on OS level multithreading and bottlenecked by shared I/O and shared external RAM.
A beer for James Reinders.
Such structures should have multiple water tanks as part of outer skin, be wheel shaped and have the docking ports on outer skin opposite the spokes. PSU, Communications platform, gyroscopes etc at hub.
Water is additional shielding, also a source of oxygen and hydrogen if you have fission power, fusion power or a lot of solar power.
"isn't this more of a money transfer system rather than a full-fat cryptocurrency?"
Yes, I think so.
Cryptocurrencies are a speculation vehicle anyway.
Anonymous payment systems or cryptocurrencies are an invitation for criminals and other neer do wells to do money laundering, accept ransom payments etc. I'm dubious about the claim of anonymous + taxable.
I'll stick to IBAN and PayPal.
Good user practices & turn off all services not needed.
Use a separate firewall
Use safe browser with NoScript, no Java and no Flash
No media player or PDF plugins in browser
No remote HTML etc in a safe email client
use a VPN away from home.
Don't use Adobe for PDF, Apple quicktime etc
dual boot to Mint + Mate + WINE + Redmond theme :D
" Microsoft have given us a succession of complete fusterclucks from Windows 8 onwards."
Actually since XP and Server 2003. (NT 5.1 & NT 5.2?)
Windows 7 was after all not a new OS, simply a fix up of disastrous Vista, should have been free to Vista users.
The release of Vista (NT 6.0 I think) and Win 7 (NT 6.1?) left out almost all the "interesting" new features promised after Win2K/XP/Server 2003. Bugs in Explorer and other parts of windows since NT4.0 still are not fixed.
The GUI has become more inconsistent and each version of windows since NT4.0 has gratuitously moved were admin / set up settings accessed from GUI.
Mostly the default install is STILL based on a Server not a workstation with too many server type services and other stupid services running.
We are seeing the result of bad management over the last 15 years coming home to roost. It's like what Nokia did since 2002 (Killed S80 and touch GUI development back then, high point was the the first few Nokia Communicators). Where will MS be in 2020?
XP is safe from Win 10 Nagware.
If not connected to the Internet it's fine. ATM didn't use to connect to the Internet, if i was connecting an ATM using ANY OS, I'd use a properly setup VPN to my ATM's Server. What sort of idiot would have a cash dispensing machine or it's transaction server over the Internet without a proper VPN?
If XP set-up and used "properly" by an IT expert, there isn't as much risk as W7, W8 or W10 used badly. (i.e. by typical user that auto clicks on OK, adds browser tool bars, uses Outlook and MS browser, has no script blocking, Java, Adobe PDF, Media Player , Flash etc all work in browser by default. Not your typical El Reg commentard)
Budget isn't Apple vocabulary.
They DO have an ARM ultra air laptop, disguised as a tablet, with detachable keyboard and stylus/pen.
I've said for years that the Mac OS is niche product. Someone here said it's so that workstations at One Infinite Loop have Apple logos and not Dell badges.
Only about 1% I think.
Most "good" stuff bought in
How much of Apple R&D is cost of their patents and "Design patents" and general R&D overheads in USA?
How many Apple patents and products are real R&D?
How much Apple R&D is Research and how much simply product development of fairly generic industry parts?
Considering Huawei accounting methods, much greater range of products (not just consumer phones/tablets) and their overhead / localities, I expect they are getting better value for money too.
Even people with iPhones are not automatically updating as the Job's Reality distortion field decays.
It won't help if they really are ditching the headphone socket. They'd do better to add a Micro SD socket and only make one size of memory, but the no external storage, different memory sizes and iTunes control of content instead of USB storage is part of strategy to have 25% to 40% profit margin and more people upgrading (to get more memory) rather than 10% to 15% margin.
Impossible often to get less than a man's UK 6.5 (40 or 41 possibly) and many shops start at UK 7 for men (41 or 42). Adult men's feet go from 5 to 12 I think.
It's worse for women. Almost nothing above a UK 7. Women with 7 and larger feet often have to wear men's trainers, or "ugg style" boots (these are often a size larger than marked and wide), or hiking boots etc. Plenty of women have broader feet too.
Children's shoes are narrower and often stop at UK 5 (about a 38?), though I think there is an Irish VAT thing where kids shoes have no VAT and Adults do.
Almost everyone I know (women and men) find that while an Adult shoe is proportionally wider and wider at UK 5 and UK 6 than a kids shoe, they are too skinny and wrong shape.
Feet wider near toes and very short toes are common. Shoes do not seem to be designed for Europeans.
A lot of marketing speak there.
1) Simple deterministic compression will compress certain kinds of uncompressed data. It won't compress anything already compressed, especially JPEG, MPEGx, MP3 etc.
2) Conventional disks do waste space for smaller files, if they use a fixed block size (which is commonly the case). Perhaps it's got a clever file system than FAT, which wouldn't be hard!
No doubt they are doing "something" but not likely saving anything on large files of already compressed file formats.
That would be all the sales to countries on the UK's OWN list of evil regimes.
Most of the non-military Aerospace is European contracts, government "pork barrel" support of UK companies involved in Electronics from 1950s onwards helped destroy the UK consumer Electronics industry and make UK electronics and semiconductors uncompetitive.
Steel and coal production weren't profitable probably from before 1914, but became strategic. There is a good reason why they were nationalised.
Take out Oil, dishonest Financial Services, immoral arms sales what is left?
Germany has more real economy, While it's true that Nigeria and Afghanistan have a corruption issue, the UK is the most corrupt in the world courtesy of The City Of London / Financial services who are parasites. Too much of Britain's GDP comes from their money laundering and speculation and currency manipulation, so successive UK governments of all hues never interfere.
Take out so called "Financial Services" and Scottish oil, then what has UK got compared to Germany?
So that's bizarre. Even when Nokia got out of phones they only licensed IP to Microsoft. They didn't sell a single patent.
Exactly why would ANY tech company actually sell off IP unless they were in a Kodak or Polariod Ch11 or otherwise seriously strapped for cash? MS are not short of money.
Surely MS would ONLY sell IP that it determines is non-Core and will never be needed to defend its own product.
Makes no sense!
Arianespace (Over 50% of launches and nearly 60% of sats in orbit) is reducing prices due to SpaceX and others. Though some of these "entrepreneurs" are partially subsidised and all pricing to get business rather than be profitable.
The Russians have added a terminal at the European Spaceport and opened a new spaceport in Russia.
So yes there is competition for sat launches and to an extent for ISS supply. Overall Arianespace is still #1.
There will be a later consolidation stage were newcomers get bought out or go bust or both. I don't too much expect an Nokia / Apple /Android scenario in this industry.
More "Dual Use" than for transfer.
I use a €2 "Micro USB plug to regular USB host socket" to connect phone USB2go to a USB memory stick or keyboard or hub or USB 1T byte HDD, the regular charging cable works to connect phone direct to laptop.
A dual use Flash stick in Tesco (for Micro USB & USB A rather than USB C) and it's very much more expensive than my extra adapter.
The USA wants strong controls over what they export and no controls over what we export, though if it's anything physical they reserve right to apply their laws and ban import, or tax it or fine foreign entity for infringing their totally broken Patent and "Design Patent" (Registered Design) registrations / approvals.
Can we have a chip with GPU, 128G RAM and 32G Flash, dedicated SDIO for SDcard, and 2 x USB2go, as well anything else useful for interfacing to wired and wifi and a bunch of other stuff for any random application other than a phone?
2) Cut down I/O in 80 pin SMT leaded package (no external memory or parallel bus interfaces) for easy DIY designs. You can solder those by reflow using a regular soldering iron. Can be same chip with simply a different package.
JTAG obviously, but a simple standardised "BIOS" option to overwrite even a "bricked" Flash via USB or SDIO/Micro SD would be nice.
Five pins to five onboard DAC optionally routed to GPU would allow any driver selected option of:
1) 3 high speed DAC (Software defined RF) and 2 x DAC up to 192kHz sample rate
2) Composite, RGB SCART, Y/C, Component or VGA (PAL, NTSC, HD up to 1600 x 1200)
Really at this stage the only useful additions would be:
2)USB storage mode instead of dreadful iTunes or iCloud to access files
Instead they are going to mess "inventing" a proprietary headphone connection no-one wants.
Probably they'll change the dock every three years. They've lost the plot.
CRTs gradually acquire helium, degrading performance. However if the pressure is slightly lower than air pressure, then as air can't get in, why would the helium leave?
Still I'd maybe rather have one of these than a helium filled drive and certainly more than a shingled one.
Note an HDD won't work without gas in it, vacuum won't work, as the heads actually "fly". Bernoulli principle or something?
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