Re: Sea Hornets
Sea Hornets would, I'm sure, be much cheaper, but who builds aircraft out of balsa and plywood these days...?
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Why? Because F-35As can fly further, carry more ordnance, and are about $28m cheaper than an F-35B, since they don't have a lift fan and associated impedimenta. Given that F-35s of some description will be the de facto replacement for the RAF's Tornado GR.4s, in addition to their original task of replacing Joint Force Harrier (now just a distant memory), the F-35A is probably the most appropriate variant to do that, since no Tornado squadron has ever been expected to fly off an aircraft carrier.
Oh and in the good old days of the Sea Harrier, the RN only had three squadrons (and one of those was a land-based HQ/training squadron) for their fleet of three aircraft carriers...
Nah, the original Dirk Gently, Michael Bywater, was closer to the one I imagined....
Don't recall an NT port to PA-RISC, at least not one that was publicly announced. OTOH there were Itanic releases of XP and Server 2003/2008.
This isn't just "ARM". In order to compete with Wintel in the server space, ARM have now defined (and are in fact still working on) various specs (SBSA, SBBR), which describe a common 64-bit ARM server system architecture in (hopefully) enough detail that OSs such as RHELSA will Just Work on a variety of different hardware vendors' offerings.
Unfortunately, this means the dreaded ACPI has now spread to ARM systems, but if that's what it takes, then...
I think we need more than just hope here. What if it doesn't? Will it slam on the brakes wherever the car might be, say, in the outside lane of a busy motorway? Then what? Wait for someone to turn it off and turn it on again?
"I've had a Leaf for two years....... but it does what it says on the tin."
It leaves, surely?
Yes, but it's how much electricity that's the problem. If you want to fully charge an electric car with a a range comparable to an ICE-powered car in, say, half an hour, (so, a power requirement on the order of 200kW) then that's equivalent to about 8 substantial houses all on the point of popping the master fuse on their mains supply. For one car.
The only emissions tests in an MoT test are for CO and hydrocarbons, there's nothing about CO2 or NOx.
...until you can trust a self-driving car not to say "you have control", when it decides it has no idea what is going on and you're 2 seconds away from colliding with something. And if you can't trust it not to do that, then you might as well drive the damn thing yourself.
If you look at the release history of iOS, patch releases a matter of days or weeks after a major feature release is very much par for the course. It's an Apple tradition now.
TBH, I can't imagine any smartphone marketing person getting very enthusiastic these days about a new feature that turns your super-retina displaying, 3D-face-recognizing, animoji-capable, machine-learning, augmented-reality-projecting smartphone into a pocket tranny from the 1950s.
could they not cram the metadata* into the RDS part of the signal? (I really ought to know the correct terminology here)
[*station name, frequency, programme, song title - what else do I need - I'll watch TV if I want pictures]
Actually, that is exactly what they do nowadays - it's called the RDS RT (radio text) field. A fairly recent car radio with a big enough screen will show you it. No need for DAB to get that metadata!
I'm not sure that QNX is required for the infotainment system - which doesn't need the levels of reliability one would demand of the car's driving aids, sensors, drivetrain and autonomous functions.
All software should be reliable. There is no excuse for unreliable software. Just because a software bug isn't going ram your car into the back of a truck doesn't mean you should put up with it. Even if the consequences of a flaky piece of software is that your radio goes off, or touch-screen goes blank, or your satnav forgets where you are or where you want to go, that's still a distraction and an annoyance you could really do without when you're driving.
It's probably related to the way that alien planets in Doctor Who all used to look suspiciously like a quarry in Whales
Of course, nowadays, excavating cetaceans is banned by international treaty, so they have to use CGI instead.
Australian Personal Computer magazine was first published in May 1980. It's my understanding that IBM released their PC on 12 August 1981. It's also my understanding that PCs had been around for some time prior to Australian Personal Computer magazine's debut.
Not to mention the British magazine Personal Computer World, which started in 1978.
Anyway, the IBM MT72 didn't really fall into any of these categorizations; it seems it was basically an electric typewriter connected to a tape drive with a bunch of electrical relays.
I take your point, but giving your PCs essentially random numbers of the form AN548690249032 doesn't seem great either....
Until you changed to different tape deck and found the tape counter counted at a different speed on the new one....
+1 for the late great Sandy... one of the more frequently listened-to artists on the small but perfectly formed music collection on my phone. Check out her exquisite cover of Knockin' on Heaven's Door if you haven't already.
Who? Most of those sound like planets out of Elite to me....
Because software that runs 10 times faster than it did before, will run 10 times faster on the new faster computer too.
Actually, that's pretty much how a gyroplane/autogyro works.
To quote Wikipedia...
"An autogyro is characterized by a free-spinning rotor that turns because of the passage of air through the rotor from below. The vertical (downward) component of the total aerodynamic reaction of the rotor gives lift for the vehicle, and sustains the autogyro in the air. A separate propeller provides forward thrust".
Aaaand... 1.44MB 3.5in floppy disks, which were around for a while too.
Not just one type, they can launch Harriers too.
Just a bit awkward that all the Harrier squadrons have now been disbanded.
The RN still have 9 Sea Harriers in taxiable condition for flight deck operations training though...
The RAF is still flying Puma helicopters that were delivered in 1971, and are planning to keep them until 2025, maybe even 2035, so the Chinook HC5 could be around for a while yet...
JPod was just a self-parody of Microserfs, which was a much better story.
I thought the padding on Cray-1s and X-MPs was there because the technicians working on the rat's nest of wiring inside the chassis had to kneel on them?
Interestingly, the XFV-12 (sic), never actually get off the ground (literally) due to incorrect calculation of internal thrust losses. I hope Dyson are better at doing hard sums.
You don't still believe that old myth, do you? ARPANET was designed to allow researchers working on ARPA-funded projects to use each other's computers remotely, back in the day when computers were literally few and far between.That is all.
DEC's PDP models were numbered in chronological order, with no indication of the different architectural families. So the PDP-1, 4, 7, 9 and 15 were 18-bit machines, the PDP-5, 8, 12 and 14 were 12-bit, and the PDP-3, 6 and 10 were 36-bit. The PDP-11 was something of an oddity being 16-bit.
"If anything the future looks to be full of more abstractions, more pointless UI rewrites, more frameworks that break backwards compatibility, and more cancer-like growth."
Makes you wonder how on earth air forces managed to keep their fleets of old-school fighters - such as the original (BAC) Lightning - flying for decades, without Toughbooks, Internet Explorer, or any of that stuff.
I thought that was Theo de Raadt?
But the last Alpha Jets were built in the mid-80s, so not much newer than a Hawk T1 really.
Actually, in the case of the SW-4, it's Leonardo, nee PZL-Świdnik.
Pages 4.0 is great, and you can still get it if you know where to look. Just don't update it. Still seems to work on 10.11, haven't tried 10.12 yet.
Nope, Compaq killed Alpha in June 2001, HP announce the Compaq acquisition in September 2001, and completed in 2002.
Not quite.... Alpha was snuffed by Compaq, who were persuaded by Intel that there was no point trying to compete with Itanium. As a result, Intel bought the Alpha IP (and engineering team) from Compaq, but only to assimilate into the Itanium project.
Itanium might have been a colossal flop as a product, but it served the purpose of killing off the Alpha (and high-end MIPS) processor architectures.
In other Unices, it's called a kernel panic (or a conditional kernel panic to be precise in this case).
Is this some El Reg in-joke I missed?
Modern 8051-compatible soft cores run a lot faster than real 8051s - around 400MHz or so.
Anyway, wasn't the previous poster talking about the SDCard's Flash controller, not whatever is actually doing the Spectrum emulation?
There's also the Cambridge Computer office at Bridge House, 10 Bridge Street (behind the mock-Tudor shopfront).
And (unrelated to Sir Clive) the Xerox EuroPARC office was at 61 Regent Street.
I think it's no coincidence that RMS did, in fact, suffer from severe RSI.
Just today I was queuing to use one of the ticket machines for a hospital car park, when the one with the "Cards Only" sign taped to the front flashed this message up on its 15-inch colour LCD screen in giant screen-filling letters:
That's right, someone missed the 'n' out of ''\r\n", and nobody noticed before they shipped it...
And I won't even go into how execrably badly designed the user interface is, even when it is working....
NetBSD 7 still claims to support various VAXen (as a Tier II platform) *and* Linux emulation (though probably not Linux emulation *on* VAX...)
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