Re: 'Standards can be revised'
87 posts • joined 19 Jan 2009
>its specifically data that describes another piece of data.
Except it's not in this case.
Metadata is: The duration is expressed in seconds.
Not: The call lasted for 57 seconds.
Metadata is: The IP addresses are in the IP V4 format.
Not: The visited website was 188.8.131.52.
Metadata is: The time is using a 24-hour clock.
Not: The call was made at 20:53.
Gimmicks like video pause on eye movement is not one of them.
Waterproofness is (thanks sony).
Screen usable in daylight (no useless 4K thank you very much)
Theft/loss prevention that works.
For car use, GPS navigation that works and dashcam feature would be great too,
A bluetooth standard that is standard (can't ne used in a VW system)
Better camera image stabilisation and low light performance.
Dual Xenon flash.
I love apple's "save the entire phone" backup.
Built-in DLNA for streaming
The self healing rubber of the Nokias
And the usual like better battery life ( I like the b&w screen on low battery) and of course keep removable battery and SD slot
No wonder French was the language of diplomacy.
"good practice aimed at enhancing transparency and consumer control".
"good practice aimed at enhancing transparency and control of the consumer ".
"good practice aimed at enhancing transparency and control by the consumer " ?
I buy stuff from itunes or wherever. What do I have?
Nothing: the stuff I bought has no economic value, as has been mentionned here before.
Supposing I am lucky to still have access to it in 20 years (ie. it is still playable, some DRM hasn't crapped out, my rights haven't been changed, I didn't lose my account or my licence, etc) - and that's a major assumption-, in the meantime it is still a pain to use on a variety of supports (in the car, the tube, etc), and I can't do anything with it but use it.
I can't give anything to my friends or kids, I can't sell; I have nothing.
So we have content that: is hard to freely use, is worth nothing, and has a fair chance of being lost. On top of being quite pricey.
Mmmm, I wonder why this online thing doesn't take off faster...
Tried buying a gigaset dect phone in NZ? Good luck.
Oz retailers might have a few but don't ship here.
UK retailers have lots to choose from, run specials and are cheaper than anything this side of the world to start with (US retailers are out, as their shipping prices are usually stupid, and their 110V power supplies suck).
The median income is a lot more useful to estimate what a population earns, or who really is "average".
The average is too skewed by high earners.
Average *is* interesting however when used together with the median: the gap between the 2 shows the inequality (The gini coefficient is a slightly better measure).
Median annual houselhold income is $50k in the US, average is $70k, which is a rather large gap (+40%).
A few ginis:
Controlling the hardware is one way to increase stability. Not nearly enough though. The underlying architecture must also be sound, which windows definitely isn't, being the broken spaghetti mess that is. And mostly the attitude must be right. Apple aims at small high-margin volume, but wants perfect experience, and is anally retentive about it. MS goes for volume rather than quality and doesn't give a s**t as the xbox (100% controlled by MS, never fixed) reliability fiasco shows.
You look like the clueless one now, Tom.
For example, last time I looked, the power lines and the phone lines here belong to a private monopoly that will never be challenged because the cash outlay to do so is too great.
Same for my city's airport, etc. You can't have two sets of wires running down a street, the return on the 2nd set will never cover the huge cost.
As for private companies doing a better job just because "the market knows best" look at the british railways and weep.
Trade Me is has many flaws for sure (like crap search), but is head and shoulder above ebay. Better GUI, better fees (no listing fee for general items for a start), better customer service (yeah I know, that doesn't say much, but nonetheless it is). I dread the day ebay buys them.
And Fairfax's ROI is almost 7% and steadily growing. I doubt they kick themselves.
The same non-sense was uttered by Vista proponents.
W7 is hardly better than XP, and struggles to justify the expense of buying the licence, deploying it, upgrading HW, training users, etc.
MS will still sell it because most IT depts are afraid to leave MS and can' t use an unsupported OS, but XP would still do fine without the politics.
Human rights come *after* corporate rights don't you know?
Even worse in the US in some respect [not the one mentionned in the article] where corporations, despite not being natural persons, are recognised by law to have rights and responsibilities like natural persons ("people"), and can exercise human rights against real individuals and the state.
Sick world indeed.
We didn't play much at home (like a few hours a week), but I had to resolder the wire under some drums, take the guitar apart to tweak its sensors and switches, and still the guitar would miss or add notes/clicks.
It was fun to start with, but frustrating when we got better. We never pretended to play the guitar (I was on the drums anyways, and sucked :), just to have a bit of good time ... till we stopped bothering because of the frustration.
I moved from Europe 10 years ago with my IT skills.
Yes NZ has got some good sides (hence why I moved, even though english is not my native language, and despite the crippling distance to family & friends).
Note that it is a lot easier to ski and scuba dive on the same day in Vancouver (which I love, but it's probably a good thing we didn't go there seeing BC's economy atm) than in NZ. It would be just as feasible in Nice or Ljubljana.
These good NZ sides are no reason not to be aware of the shortcomings, like very limited tech choice, ridiculously slow and capped and expensive so-called broadband, or totally crappy housing building quality.
Trevor, if one manages to find a US retailer willing to ship to NZ (good luck), one wiIl probably get charged USD30 or USD50 to ship something like a teeny weeny CPU. That's the kind of rorts we have to live with here. Again, no hard feelings, we made the choice, but grass is always greener etc.
You are right of course; ideally, the whole world would have the incredible choice and low prices the USians enjoy. But hey, better living here than living in the states imho. You lose some, you win some as they say. We made a choice, and alleviate the down sides as we can.
Sheesh, stop complaining, Canada still has easy access to all the US gadgets. Over here in forgotten New Zealand, if you want a 45W AMD CPU, you can choose a 235e or nothing. No other dual-core, no triple-core, not quad core. How's that for choice? And they'll cost an arm and a leg too. Sigh...
Really, w7 is a sp for vista. What worthwhile features does w7 have that vista doesn't? (well, I am shooting my own rethorical question in the foot, but he same could be asked for w7 vs XP, depending on what worthwhile is deemed to mean).
I'd hate to be a vista customer having paid for sh!t and having to pay again to get it fixed with w7.
Why no criticism? Since when an OS doing its most basic job should BSOD because of a driver? I suspect most windows fanbois have never used a proper corporate OS like Solaris or HP-UX or AIX or old VMS (let alone a mainframe).
These OSes wil never ever let a driver or an app get in the way of the OS. Ever. By design.
Windows falls over all the time, sometimes freezes for a sec or two when you insert a USB key or a CD, lets apps install crap in its system folders, etc. Wtf? Windows is not a good OS. At all. It is flawed. By design. As long as people accept mediocrity and say such things as "the box crashed because of the driver, not the OS", MS will get away with inferior OSes.
>will enterprises buy shingled HDDs if rewriting data takes seven or eight times longer than with today's drives? Of course they won't. SWR drives won't find a place in applications where fast write I/O is a requirement.
Bad generalisation. It is the re-write that is slow, not the write. Back-up and archive disks can benefit from this technology right now. I reckon we'll see more and more specialised disks: expensive and fast SSD for OLTP (fast access time), cheap and slower SSD for 24/7 low-load servers (no wear, no heat), shingled for one-off writes (huge capacity, fast first write), etc.
Marketers will love this.
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