Because software that runs 10 times faster than it did before, will run 10 times faster on the new faster computer too.
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Rotors "powered by the wind"
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".
Re: succesful standard
Aaaand... 1.44MB 3.5in floppy disks, which were around for a while too.
Re: Phew, bullet dodged.
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...
Re: Usable Life
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...
Re: several pages of pi
JPod was just a self-parody of Microserfs, which was a much better story.
Re: Back in the mid-1990s. . . .
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?
Re: Airblade, airfield, airware
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.
Re: "network designed to survive nuclear attack"
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.
Re: DECs funny numbering sytem
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.
Re: Linus Torvalds
I thought that was Theo de Raadt?
Re: Biased poll.
But the last Alpha Jets were built in the mid-80s, so not much newer than a Hawk T1 really.
" a self-flying helicopter from Leonardo, nee Westland..."
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.
Re: " Alpha was sold to Intel, which snuffed it."
Nope, Compaq killed Alpha in June 2001, HP announce the Compaq acquisition in September 2001, and completed in 2002.
" Alpha was sold to Intel, which snuffed it."
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.
Re: There is lots of BUG_ON() all over the place
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?
Re: adapted ARM core or 8051 and increased clock speed
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?
For the true Sinclair aficionado...
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.
Another "not a BSOD, but..."
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....
On the other hand...
NetBSD 7 still claims to support various VAXen (as a Tier II platform) *and* Linux emulation (though probably not Linux emulation *on* VAX...)
"Selex ES, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica..."
Actually, Selex ES is no more - all Finmeccanica subsidiaries (such as AgustaWestland and Alenia Aermacchi) were folded back into the parent company, shortly before it renamed itself after the chap from Vinci.
Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...
Actually I think a BSD-derived TCP/IP stack first appeared in NT 3.5.
Get with the program....
It hasn't been "Mac OS X" since Mountain Lion. These days, it's "OS X".
In the words of the Four Lads Who Shook The Wirral...
Someone get a message through to Captain Snort
That they’d better start assembling the boys from the fort
And keep Mrs Honeyman right out of sight
‘Cos there’s gonna be a riot down in Trumpton tonight!
Re: At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'
Well, I'd hope most other organisation don't use "Agile" as an excuse for not have a sound business case for a project...
Re: Not a 'thermal' printer...
Yep, that's what I read too - Timex couldn't sell the ZX Printer in the US, so they got Alphacom in California to design the TS2040 (aka Alphacom 32). As previously noted, this was a thermal printer, unlike the ZX Printer's peculiar spark-erosion technique, but the interface was the same and was software-compatible. I used to have an Alphacom 32 for my Spectrum - think I flogged it on eBay years ago.
Re: Support cycles
Did they also mention the infamous Nest Revolv IoT hub, all due to be rendered useless on 15 May?
Re: 1+1 = 3
"The Typhoon is designed as a air superiority dogfighter, with a recent addition of an 'austere' strike package."
Going a bit off-topic, but the RAF's interest in what became the Typhoon started with the AST.414 requirement, which was intended to replace both Jaguar (another single-seat design) in the mud-moving role and Phantom (a two-seat aircraft) in the air-to-air role. The latter took priority (although the Phantoms were actually replaced by Tornado F3 in the meantime), which is why it took about a decade after entering RAF service for the Typhoon to start receiving some air-to-ground capabilities. And, due to a lack of funding for anything else, it's now also partially taking over from the Tornado GR4 (two-seat) bomber.
What this has got to do with pair programming though, I'm not sure...
...to see that you didn't take the obvious opportunity to photoshop your stock photo so that the button read STOB instead of STOP....
"For personal machines, if M$ decided to release a stripped down version of their OS just supportign DX<x> so people could run it for games, I might be tempted."
Isn't that basically XBox?
Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.
What's a "psychophant"? - a psychopathic sycophant?
The casing was impossible to keep in one piece. It was made from a plastic which turned out to be unglueable, so the parts were designed to clip together. The clips didn't work either and the problem was turned over to a subcontractor. Sinclair later (much later) received a small box on which was written, "We've solved the problem of the Black Watch!". Inside was a Black Watch with a half-inch bolt driven though it.
Re: Let me guess, that last one was an academic?
I once worked on a complex Fortran-77 "code" (hard scientists always use the word "code" as a singular noun, not a mass noun) where all the important data was held in one giant 1-dimensional array. Some of it was integers, some floating-point, some elements were "pointers" into other parts of the array...
And then there was the module that was written by a mathematician who never added comments to his code because they would slow down the execution...
Re: when was the bug created
This bug is said to have first appeared in glibc 2.9 in 2008.
Meiko never built any SIMD machines, AFAIR. Their first generation Computing Surface was based around transputers, later supplemented by SPARC and i860 processors using the transputers as an interprocessor network. They then binned the transputers in their CS-2 architecture, which used SuperSPARC/hyperSPARC processors connected via their home-grown Elite/Elan comms fabric chips instead. When Meiko fizzled out, Elite/Elan was bought by Quadrics and became QsNet. None of this was directly related to Myrinet AFAIK, apart from being a competing technology at around the same time.
Re: Personal parachute
"I've never been offered a parachute in any GA aircraft, not even in a Tiger Moth"
In an RAF Chipmunk, parachutes were mandatory, not least because the parachute strapped to your backside formed the upholstery of the cockpit seat.