ESA maybe has a faint sense of humour. Perhaps some other people have less. It's probably better than a pastel coloured bare wall.
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It's only really good at Broadcast. It's wonderful at broadcast. But any conceivable wireless tech would need EVERY street lamp to be a basestation even to compete with DOCSIS on coax. Even that wouldn't come close to FTTP in performance and would guzzle a huge lot more power.
Wireless is complementary to FTTP. Not ever going to replace it. Nor can fibre replace Wireless used for broadcast, especially in a disaster scenario.
Mate rather than Cinnamon too, on Mint.
Why are linux desktops copying all that's worst in Apple, Android, MS and Web GUIs?
They should study NN/g articles on UX and GUIs,
Or maybe go back to copying NT4 and Win98 GUI, but with less shiny bits.
Things on web sites or GUIs that are not obvious till you mouse hover is a FAIL!
Skeumorphic is over the top and distracting, but clicky things that look like buttons or traditional hyperlinks should be mandatory. Like this web page. Really IT DOESN'T HURT aesthetics or CPU performance to add two bright lines and two dark lines on every button!
Well, it wasn't instant. It takes time to suck the value out of an economy, or for the effects to ripple through. I don't see how the French asset stripping (railway rolling stock) and punitive reparations wasn't the root of it. Obviously other stupidities compounded it. Today global interactions are faster. After WWII there was a different approach.
Certainly Germany / Austria / USA involved more than one issue. It's supposed to have started in USA 1929, but people seem to have many reasons / explanations as to why it happened.
Monetarists claim caused by the banking crisis that caused 1/3 of all banks to vanish, starting with failure of the "New York Bank of the United States" Why did these banks fail? Was any factor bad debts in Europe? Was the Gold Standard the reason the Feds didn't intervene?
Was the "free market" believers (esp Austrians) position really that intervention was evil and the "depression" would be good for the market?
Or were the debts that caused the initial banks in USA to fail purely domestic? (nearly 1000 USA banks failed in first 18 months?).
Certainly 2008 in Ireland was a mix of unsustainable property speculation, the Anglo Irish Bank, a Ponzi scheme getting nod from Regulator and thus other banks copying their unsustainable lending, I don't know how much USA Sub prime debt reselling was involved. Irish Nationwide was worst offender after Anglo Irish. It seems incredible that the Irish Government at first was only going to guarantee the Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide, that would have destroyed all the "better" banks. As it was it should have been the other way round, rather than including them.
Bitcoin isn't money or cash. It's tulips. It's used too for transactions, but IBAN does that better with a chance of getting it back if there is fraud. Unlike cash, IBAN (or plastic debit card) isn't anonymous, but I suspect some flaw will be found in Bitcoin to allow tracing of buyer and seller. But really Bitcoin is a ponzi scheme / speculation system. It also unlike IBAN or plastic card doesn't scale. Even with hardly anyone using it it barely works (in terms of latency).
Gold is only an exchange token ultimately, just like bank notes, if it's working, when it doesn't work it's a tulip and gets hoarded. Hoarding money is bad.
As soon as you have agriculture, you have villages and towns. Trading between farmers. You then have specialisation (potters, bakers, millers, fletchers, butchers, weavers, cordwainers, whatever and later smiths. The weaver, (or prostitute) may not want to be paid in goat and what would the change be? So money and then writing and book keepers are invented as soon as you have villages and towns. No surprise the oldest surviving clay tablets are accounts. Unlike later papyrus, parchment or paper the air dried tablets become preserved when the town is inevitably burn down (by bandits, stupidity/accident or due to insurance?)
Thanks for another good article, Tim.
even a 4 bit adder would be a huge amount of technic.
But interesting. In theory a 6502 can be made from cogs, pegs and levers and program run from Lego sheets with dots to indicate punched holes.
A babbage machine like lego toy with Ada and Charles minifigs is at least a tribute. A working lego mechanical computer might fill a room.
Forget the word Cloud, even Co-location.
This is shared hosting. Real Co-location is your own physical server in a provider's data centre.
Any shared hosting, no matter what you are allowed to run (even if only PHP + SQL) has security risks compared with real co-location of your own server.
Allegedly the decision of Grundig boss when shown prototypes of new radios and had to pick one, in 1950s.
I mean USA, under 12% of world's population, rich, world's leading super power consuming nearly 75% of many resources and they can only do ONE cheap quick project?
I think more than that. Or else once. Which phone was the first windows CE PDA with a phone built in. People made smart phones (with various OS, not just CE and Symbian) long before they were called smart phones and MS had CE in phones long before they messed up Danger/Sidekick.
It's only the second time they bought a phone division.
" Apple logo was based on the symbolic apple from Genesis "
Nice idea, but wrong.
It was because they were Beatles fans. Beatles had Apple Corp
There is no symbolic apple in Genesis. It's comparatively recent idea to describe it as an apple, (Abraham is in Genesis and that at least is drawing on nearly 4000 year old oral tradition maybe written 3,500 years ago (biblical inscriptions have been found on jewellery that old).
At least in EU and many other countries.
There must be INFORMED consent ...
"So if you buy a bike and give the store your email address, and the store gives that information to Google, the internet billboard giant can find the Google account associated with that address and tag you as a cyclist."
maybe, but what is the point of streaming services with no long tail, and removal of content they did have.
Perhaps you see, real quality VOD needs a huge number of distributed servers at various nodes of each ISP or it doesn't scale. This problem (solved by Netflix insisting major ISPs install their servers) was identified over 15 years ago for IPTV / VOD. Storage costs thus go up linearly with the number of customers, as the number of servers has to rise as they get more customers.
So only the current popular stuff. Netflix and all the other streaming services only replace physical video libraries in the high street, ultimately they can't replace DVD sales or BD sales. Apart from the fact than nearly 90% of people don't have bandwidth for even decent DVD quality. What too if the kids, the teens and mum and dad (or sharing students) want to watch different content?
So for a long time to come, streaming, physical disks and broadcast are complementary. Netflix and similar really most appeals to the regular video library customer.
I made an effort with a fake ID to do this facebook thing. But obviously I'm not an addict as they sent me emails today informing me that they unpublished two pages due to lacking updates for a month.
I've websites I don't pay for either that haven't been updated for about 14 years, working perfectly.
I tend to only put content on my own hosting, that I actually pay for, though it's not expensive.
Yes, I do. Badly, wastefully, insecurely and stupidly. For between sites they should only be using VPNs with 1 public IP per site.
I changed a small college from over 600 public IPs to 5. With a decent edge router it could have been one.
Very many USA institutions and businesses have crazy big allocations. when they only need dozens of public IP.
In reality the USA IP 4s are nowhere near exhausted.
The ONLY really good thing about IP6 is that we won't run out. It's a terrible design, that's why adoption is so slow.
The licences should be nominal cost and for a single infrastructure company that resells to Retail Operators. This will more than double efficiency because the spectrum is so limited.
Income from the VAT of the end users.
Taxing spectrum and splitting limited spectrum between companies is just greed and stupidity.
You can't actually send information at all, whatsover, purely by having two separated particles at each end that are quantum entangled. It may be the effect of reshuffling the pack is instant, but you have no way at the receiver of knowing, thus no method to send a signal. This is about sending photons (a little slower than light speed as it's in a fibre). It's about security, not speed.
No. It's not that Quantum Teleportation, Quantum entanglement is like two identical packs of randomly shuffled cards, you don't know the state till you look. You can't actually send information that way. This does nothing whatsoever for speed (still light speed) or bandwidth. It's about encryption and security, knowing if the message has been tampered with.
Tencent might be as big as Facebook.
They do have QQ International, an English version client of QQ
It does all that Skype does and more and better. QQ even lets you open multiple copies of client with different identities at the same time!
However I can't get it to run on Linux, either the Chinese Native interface, nor the English version on Wine. But I've seen it running on Android (in English) and Windows Phone, though those versions lack many features in the Windows desktop version. You can even turn off the adverts.
Skype seems to have a tendency to use 90% + CPU on some netbooks/notebooks, though this may be related to camera, Ironically the MS Linux Skype version is fine on same machine and has no adverts!
Also why those sort of core features not in original version?
So the impression is low quality rushed software with too much effort into appearance. Thus the current version will also be full of bugs and exploits. You don't patch in or test in quality, it's designed in then carefully implemented. Sounds like they need a careful redo from scratch.
"On 10 February 2011, Dialog semiconductor announced that it had completed a transaction to acquire SiTel Semiconductor"
They indeed are not very British
Dialog Semiconductor originated from the European operations of International Microelectronic Products, Inc. – a Silicon Valley company founded in 1981. Then 1989 Dialog Semiconductor formed as part of Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (part of Daimler-Benz).
According to Wikipedia, which doesn't entirely make sense.
September 2009 – Relocates to new Swindon facility (from Germany?), hence the "UK" connection.
December 2012 – New Design Centers in Livorno, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey
July 2013 – Acquires iWatt Inc.
They seem to have an Edinburgh centre since 2007.
I guess the Ardunio folks will be nervous for a while.
I use QQ now on Windows, I'm more comfortable being spied on by China than NSA and GCHQ as I'm not Chinese. Sadly doesn't work on Linux (ironically Skype works better on Linux than Windows!). There is always email and IRC if it's just text chat rather than voice or video. QQ video has better features too.
Worstall does sort of believe in a minimum wage.
But not one that will interfere (much) with the market, so difference between that and a "living" wage has to be made up by welfare payments. Welfare payments have to ultimately come from Taxation. Any other Governmental income will be minuscule?
You need means testing.
Obviously this sort of scheme also ultimately applies using same means testing to actually unemployed, no matter if traditionally, or due to a Robot Apocalypse. While most people made unemployed (or their children) by Robotics/Automation find other activities, perhaps the underlying trend will be upwards.
Royalty income from Copyright for people deciding to be creative (IMO less likely to be replaced by AI than most AI enthusiasts think) is important. So the push by Google and friends to have only their Intellectual Property count has to be squashed.
It's important to see the big picture.
EDIT: PS: to Tim Worstall
Keep doing these good thoughtful articles. It didn't seem long at all. Even if we don't all agree with all of it. What's the point anyway of posting stuff everyone agrees with, that would be stuff like "rain is wet"?
I like your engaging comments in the comments.
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