Just how much power can an HDMI port provide?
Multiple USB ports, WiFi, SD and the CPU/GPU...
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Not any more - early ones used to have a physical shutter, and a big bright green LED when it was in operation.
I note that the RPi camera module can have that led disabled (by software), which is good for a security camera, but bad in terms of covertly placed "security" cameras.
And replace them just before Christmas each year (when you often have extra people around anyway, to use the extra knives you have for a month).
At £1 for a knife that will hold an edge for a year (dishwashed as normal, sharpened as required) an "expensive" knife is probably going to have to outlast me to be an economic decision - and that is ignoring any time I take looking after it "properly".
Nice knives are nice, no doubt, but with the effort some people are going to above?!!
For a chef, then yes - buy decent knives.
For a home kitchen - go for ease and replace the cheap knives just before Christmas.
And that's where the "community" was meant to magically step in.
There are some pi magazines, although I've not read any of them so can't comment on their content cf+ the BBC Micro fest of our youths...
We need to get out there and write educational programmes - or are all the "people skilled" programmers of the appropriate age bringing up families now?
No SD card in the nexus, but at least you can use a USB stick, or 20, or a USB microSD card reader if you like...
OK, they're not internal - but it works rather well - you can even plug in a TB or two of HDD without issue (will probably require power from either the desk or car...
One of the ways to do it - but this tech sounds like quick charging is a good option.
Due to increased "spread" of the battery it won't have the same problems dissipating any "charging heat", and so should be inherently safer than a monolithic battery.
Of course there is an issue with the aging of cells, but that is a discussion for another day - maybe they'll make doors reasonably easy to change...
At the OS level.
You want to know where I am - Fine, I am always at the north pole, or halfway across the atlantic.
You want to know my contacts - Fine, this is my wife's number (see dashcam above) or "I know noone"
You want internet access - Just no - mabye WiFi only, maybe specific IP?
Frankly I'd really like to see an "ad server" on the device, so IT can go and get "relevant" ads for me, and then server them locally, so I don't need an internet connection to open daft games...
"The nice thing about human-driven cars of course, is that there's a fleshy meat sack behind the wheel who assumes (nearly) all legal responsibility for its use."
Our judicial system doesn't agree with you:
It’s not your fault. It may be your vehicle, it may be the weather, but it’s not you that’s ultimately in control of your vehicle. Nor, thus, are you responsible for it destroying the lives of others either within or without it.
Vauxhall <-> Mercedes comparison is entirely fair.
Since both are limited to the same 30/40/50/60/70mph depending on the road they actually provide the same function.
You're paying how many more tens of thousands of pounds for a badge with three spikes...
You're paying how much more for a badge with a bite taken out of it...
Is WiFi on roads....
Trains I can understand, lots of people doing nothing safety critical - plenty of time to fire up a tablet/laptop/phone and use some data.
On the A14 the vast majority of cars (certainly in rush hour a few years ago) are single occupant - i.e. everyone is driving, and should be taking responsibility for each other.
"I long ago gave up on doing backups. I have actively moved to a model where I use replaceable machines instead. I've got the stuff I care about generally on a couple of different machines, and then keys etc backed up on a separate encrypted USB key.
So it's inconvenient. Mainly from a timing standpoint. But nothing more."
Basically he lost the work he was actively doing.
That's pretty much inevitable...
He archives emails (off the mail server) as he works, maybe he should review that method - but he's been doing this for a while, so there is a good chance that the event is sufficiently rare that the occasional "can you resend merge emails for this branch" email is a good compromise.
Works fine for me on a first generation N7 - regularly plug in either a USB drive or a mouse (use a BT keyboard)
I think I have "Nexus Media Importer" to make the import of data easier, I can't recall if it was essential - but if it was it was about the same as the cost of the USB OTG cable (the trial version is time limited, to confirm operation IIRC - although it's a while since I've installed it)
The mouse comes in really handy for remote/virtual desktop style operations - the USB drive allows me to take a TB drive in the car, and play any video the kids want in the car - or to take a USB stick and be a bit careful about loading it.
"I think that in 3 to 5 years SSD will replace disks on NAS as well in terms of affordability, however, rapid access is not as important on a NAS as it is on a laptop / desktop of course.
My biggest worry with spinning disks on a hard drive is reliability and file errors and every few months having to do a scandisk /f and crossing my fingers hoping for the best."
If Zuckerberg has his way then I agree - he is looking for low power, low rewrite, low speed (for flash) CHEAP storage for pictures of cats from more than a few hours ago...
That's basically the function 90% of my NAS space needs.
I can then just drop 2 bits of rust (or "proper" SSDs) in for the last few percent, which is actually being changed by people
"Currently, only private cars can take you from any point A to point B, without changing conveyances."
Really - my pedal cycle does the same.
In fact a friends motorbike does the same as well...
As a cyclist I'd far rather see automated cars than driven ones - machines tend to be far more patient and predictable, as well as getting tired/distracted far less often.
As a motorist I'd rather see automated cars than driven ones - it would make life cheaper and far less stressful on the roads of today.
As a motorists who quite enjoys driving I'd therefore also want a "driver" option on my vehicle - which is available for use in appropriate locations (i.e. tracks).
Of course an automated vehicle has no inherent objection to an electric drive (and the low noise level would be appreciated by many) allowing redistribution of emissions to more appropriate locations (and preferably to nuclear/geothermal/??? plants). Infrastructure involving on-the-move charging on motorways would become much easier to justify as well.
There are many, many benefits to this technology, and as for objections about driving at night in the rain. They don't exactly use HD cameras - they use all sorts of different sensors, which allow the software to have a good, all round, picture of the surrounding area - and more importantly to know where it doesn't have a view and drive accordingly....
"The Japanese are moving away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima incident, using solar power to fill the gaps and allay a population spooked by the dangers of atomic energy."
So they're moving away from atomic energy to... atomic energy with a really poor delivery system (to electrickity)
My nexus (with BT keyboard and USB mouse when needed) does basically everything I want. My parents have a transformer, and it does extremely well.
My wife, an author, wrote her last book (collaborating with another author) entirely on her iPad - because it's nice, light, portable, usable and with a decent editor for £9.
They are productivity devices, when you have appropriate peripherals (much like a PC needs peripherals). That they are also convenient to use without peripherals is just a bonus....
PS - for old games try DOSbox
With 3G/WiFi optional (but it would replace my phone if it did that and bridging to wireless)
I don't need colour on a watch - I *do* want battery life (although frankly another daily charge isn't going to kill me), and that's where e-ink comes in.
But almost more important than anything else is that I want a device which is discreet. Even the garmin watches don't manage that...
>> people want to be "productive at work, to be able to print and have a keyboard".
>Sounds like they've just reinvented the laptop. If you want a keyboard, the absolute worst place to put it is
>on the screen - the small, expensive and in entirely the wrong place for typing - screen.
That's what bluetooth is for...
I sit down with a tablet on a stand, pull out the BT keyboard and type away quite happily.
I can even plug in a mouse for the odd occasion I need one (think remote desktop etc).
So my "laptop" has an excellent screen, a 90% sized keyboard (that folds up nice and small) and the two aren't tied together to the point that my screen is too low and too close for comfort.
It also has an 8-12 hour battery life without the excessive cost associated with "ultra book" labels... With modern network printers there is no problem there either...
My wife, an author, has used her iPad exclusively for 6-9 months. They really are usable as productivity devices - assuming you add the correct peripherals.
"Check this out.... Windows 8.0 still has Windows 3.1 crude code built in. You can see it easily.
Go to Drive Properties from the desktop... the ugly blue and purple drive pie-chart... zero difference from Windows95 and a bit updated from Win3.x.
Microsoft has little talent."
Hang on - we're berating them for changing the UI and for keeping it consistent...
Last time I was in a mixed environment OO handled the (then) latest MS Office formats better then the versions of MS Office we had on the mac or windows systems - even after installing the filters.
And I've converted a number of macro based spread sheets to libreoffice, it "just work"ed.
I don't doubt that there are some dodgy bits of VBA that won't transfer, but in most cases it's all happy.
"Now who will buy an iPhone4 when they can get 4S or a 5?
Who buys the iPad or iPad2 when they can get a iPad(3)/retina ?"
Me on both counts, in the last few months. It helps that the price of the iPad2 and iPhone4 are significantly lower than the newer versions - yet they still do the job that my wife and I require.
The iPad is a primary computing device, no laptop/PC for the last 6 months (just bought a mac mini because the iPad can't configure an older iPod Classic.
Why would I pay significnatly more for an iPad3/retina or a 4S/5 when the 2 and 4 do the job just fine.
Similarly I'll not be throwing any more money to HTC for a while, because my >2 year old phone works just fine...
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