* Posts by ThomH

2518 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Re: SAM Coupé beat them all by decades

It sounds like the Next's FPGA will be configurable as multiple targets; the FAQ explicitly says not the Sam from launch, but possibly later. So there's some hope.

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Re: Rick Dickinson

The Spectrum + and the original 128kb looked much like the Next does, taking cues from the QL. Though they were probably the least-seen Spectrums, sandwiched briefly between the original and the Amstrad versions.

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Re: Why?

Whether it's an emulator could get a bit semantic (it's clearly not a software emulator, but via software is not the only way to be an emulator). It's the same cause and effect though: a reimplementation of the derived specification, the accuracy of which depends more on the implementation than anything else. So it's how much you trust the creators.

That being said, it would technically be a better rendering than my computer because my computer runs at a fixed 60Hz, unlike the Spectrum's 50Hz. It could also technically beat a Raspberry Pi as usually configured if the inputs and outputs don't accrue USB latency.

But I'm not sensitive enough to notice the latter, and am not sure the former even bothers me all that much.

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Me Too! (?)

The HoloLens is a unique offering; it doesn't seek to replicate an existing competitor, and offers something of value for a variety of industrial applications. I guess the Magic Leap will be the main competitor but right now you can buy a HoloLens evaluation kit, you can't buy a Magic Leap anything.

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: STOP THE PRESSES!!!

As in:

Read my lips, no new taxes. I did not have sexual relations with that woman. There's no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

That's the last 30 years covered. Is everybody happy now?

Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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Maybe you just didn't hear the phone go because you had the music track from Side B of Confuzion turned up too loud?

H-1B applications down after Trump's 'American techies first' rhetoric

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It's not just the H-1B, it's all visitors

Per The Washington Post, "[t]he result [of a strong decline in interest in flight purchases] could be an estimated 4.3 million fewer people coming to the United States this year".

Given that, I think the factors causing a decline H-1B applications will not uniquely be potential changes to the H-1B programme.

Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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You think Apple's take on an autonomous car will be KITT?

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Re: Only one button on the dash...

Or, if it's anything like the one button on my iPhone, it fails to recognise your finger more than half the time, and then opens Siri when you try to summon the pass code screen. As obviously a swipe to unlock was too easy.

iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

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Re: Any indication

One of the activities that amounts to spyware per the article is merely monitoring location; that's permitted by the iOS SDK because it's useful, and if you were consuming the coarse updated only, wouldn't show the GPS activity icon because they're based on cell tower signal, not GPS. So there's no need to have rooted or hacked anything — you can be doing exactly what Apple intends to permit, quite possibly on purpose, and still be considered by Nokia's software to be suffering from spyware.

Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

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Re: Easy!

Although us Brits spend ours reversing around corners and parallel parking, the reversing portion of the Californian driving test is merely: reverse in a straight line. So you need to employ all of your spatial abilities and focus on remembering NOT to turn the wheel while also keeping your foot depressed.

I'd dare imagine those of us who have taken the Californian test would excel at the DDR version of 4'33".

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

The Apple II didn't just fail to see much international usage in education, it generally didn't succeed internationally. But its method of colour generation* doesn't map to the world beyond NTSC** so that's not so surprising.

* a pixel clock that is four times the NTSC colour clock, with the developer required to store a suitable pattern of pixels to create appropriate colours. So a hypothetical PAL version would need a clock rate around 20% faster, and developers would need to rewrite their software for a different aspect ratio display and to deal with the phase alternating part of PAL.

** although the Oric pulls a similar trick, outputting four discrete levels for per colour clock (assuming a solid colour; the clocks are asynchronous), it does it in hardware via a small colour ROM. The programmer just asks for colour N, and the rest is taken care of.

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Meh!

Maybe we should discuss in late December whether this really was " it for the year in terms of 'new' ... stuff from Cupertino"; I'd be highly surprised if the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone passed without Apple doing something interesting (for Apple's definition of 'interesting') to the design.

My primary problem with the iPad is that they're on the iOS deprecation curve. My computer is a 2011 MacBook Air. I am aware that it is a little slow and that RAM is constrained but it's running the latest OS and applications at a workable speed. I'll upgrade at some point because I'm still an active Mac user. The iPad we have is a year younger, being the third-generation model, but cannot run the latest version of the OS and is a dirge with the version of iOS 9 that represents its last gasp. As a result I'm unlikely to upgrade, because I essentially no longer use an iPad. So why buy a new one?

Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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The story is: someone set up an account with a name intended to deride a particular religion, then sent the message "You deserve a seizure" to a known epileptic along with a seizure-inducing image.

... so you've decided to blame the victim and add an extra paranoid dig at his religion. It's pretty easy to disagree with your assessment of this story.

The sad thing for the rest of us is that people with nothing to contribute to the world have a lot of spare time for Twitter.

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

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Re: This one amazing trick...

In the early noughties, David Bowman was a promising astronaut on his was to Jupiter. You won't believe what he looks like now!

Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Re: For the USB "Which side is up?" crowd...

Just look at the cable: the side with the USB logo is up. Problem solved unless your cable cleverly carries the logo as black plastic on black plastic and/or your port is vertical.

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Re: It was the software that made the Psions so great

This reflects my feelings; the Psion worked well because of the combination of hardware and software. Producing a modern version of the hardware alone isn't the main part of the task.

There's a System 3 emulator that escaped from Psion beach in the day for DOS compatibles; you could DOSBox away the problem if only needs hadn't changed. But now the first thing somebody is going to ask for is email, then the ability to edit those Word documents and Excel spreadsheets that he keeps getting by email, then why not throw a browser on, then please just show a normal desktop. So I don't really think you could recapture what the device was.

Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: Makes you wonder

It's not just Google that benefits from Android; Microsoft makes quite a lot of money too, via patent royalties.

Artificial intelligence 'will save wearables'!

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Re: You'd need a generation of early adopters first...

Isn't that what the Pebble was?

Omg, that is, like, sooo 2007... Retromania set to grip this year's MWC

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Says it all about smartwatches

The two use cases suggested — discreet step counting plus a buzz whenever I receive a message — are just about all I am interested in. But then why would I buy a smartwatch at all?

Elon Musk promises Tesla investors Trump won't send him to Mars

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Re: At Tesla forever?

With Jerry Van Dyke to star in the short-lived sitcom spin-off?

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: 3 1/2 inch floppy drive?

My understanding, from The Italian Job, is that only the country's topmost computer expert is sufficiently qualified to replace the reel-to-reel tape on a computer.

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Re: Snoop-proof

Sir, your Snake score is in the same range as those discovered on the handsets of previous national threats. Therefore we are detaining you as a national threat.

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Re: At 7 bytes per stored phone number

If there are only 13 options then you can store log13(2^56) digits, which is around 15.13.

Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

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Re: Git Submodules?

One suspects that the Windows repository has been ported from repository to repository going back to time immemorial and is not modular because an earlier system did not allow it to be modular, and it'd now be an unfathomable amount of work to refactor.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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I believe it's (i) a courtesy to the departing actor, who doesn't need to be coy about seeking work; and (ii) a convenient opportunity for marketing.

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He could finally clear up the average episode's ambiguity as to whether it is Christmas?

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Re: Absolutley Brilliant

Just do a Never Mind the Buzzcocks/etc and line up a series of single-episode guest Doctors?

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Re: Not that bothered..

Joseph is tied up with US-based time travel right now, alas.

Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

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I'm pretty sure they spun-off ClarisWorks

Didn't they? Suggested correction: "The Cupertino maker of HyperCard".

Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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Re: Windows RT

Google is also in the process of heading in the other direction. Per an announcement a couple of weeks ago, all Chromebooks launched in 2017 will run Android applications. How does the Universal Windows Application application library look next to Android's? Even if you keep only the applications that work well when scaled up and/or given a hardware keyboard?

God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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There is now a petition supporting the state visit; it's at 3,132 signatures having collected 2,136 in the last hour. So I assume it's a bit more than an hour old. Making any potential comparisons a little premature.

I signed the no-state-visit petition because it's a way to express sentiment that passes before the government's eyes. I'll have an infinitesimal effect, but it took a negligible amount of time. So the return on my time investment is acceptable.

Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

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Re: hold your phone upside down

WiFi was invented in Australia about as much as email was invented by Shiva Ayyadurai.

Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: More more more.... like Apple less less less @macjules

A top of the range 15" MacBook Pro is $2,799 **before tax**.

$2799 is £2269.89 today. The UK government then wants VAT. So that's 2269.89*1.2 = £2723.89.

Apple charges £2,699.

Therefore Apple charges **less** in the UK than in the US.

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Re: More more more.... like Apple less less less

99 cents = 80.26 pence. 80.26 pence + VAT = 96.312 pence. Assuming a completely stack less exchange rate, Apple is greedily overcharging by 2.688 pence! Clearly everything everybody has ever said about them has been right all along.

Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Sounds like incompetence then?

Some deceit, clearly, on the video, but to shut down with $25m+ now frozen in the bank suggests either a genuine intention to deliver thwarted by inability or a substantial fraud not quite completed.

Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: Inspirational messages should take account of region

"Bloody Nora that first step is a tad knackering, but don't be a numpty..."?

Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Yeah! The metric martyrs didn't give their lives for nothing!

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Re: it's easy to resolve...

Anybody? Anybody? Something-d-o-o economics. Anybody?

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

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Re: Calling BS

Surely if converting to Go and then compiling produces a faster result then the problem isn't Python the language, merely Python the implementation? In this use case Go is merely an intermediate code. Compiling Python directly into LLVM IR might have been the route less insistent on throwing Google's own language in _somewhere_?

Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Re: WTF is an App doing quering network time?

In a former life, working on an app that displayed time-dependent data, we found that some very negligible quantity of people had devices with the wrong time, most likely because they have their iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone without an international SIM, then when they land they adjust the time to wherever they are, not realising that it's much easier just to adjust the time zone. They've had to disable automatic time setting to get to that option. They end up with a device that says the same time on it as the clock on the wall so you try telling them they've done it incorrectly.

I guess somebody at SnapChat decided they don't trust users not to have disabled the built-in OS time synchronisation.

'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Re: I wonder about the devs

They tested KVM host but didn't test KVM guest. So it's not true to say there was no effort, merely that the attempt was incomplete — this cuts to testing for regressions elsewhere in addition to whatever your headline issue is, I think. Maybe you're all better at your jobs than I am at mine but I find that slightly easier to forgive; though shouldn't continuous integration have caught the thing prior to human inspection?

Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: Ahem...

I dare imagine people are voting on the conflation of minimum and minimal, and because as stated above, the HoloLens does all its processing on-unit, meaning that the PC really doesn't do much of anything at all. Almost certainly giving minimal requirements.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Depends on your needs, though.

I think it's meant to be an opinion piece. One person who made one decision writing it up because it's a site about that sort of area.

My experience is even more contrary than most, I think — no major performance hurdles or developing hardware issues with a 2011 Air and its 4gb of RAM, used primarily for native Mac app development — but the weight of evidence suggests I'm massively in the minority.

Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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Re: Speedy?

The iPhones are very speedy, especially for anything with 3D graphics. From owning a Nexus 5X and having briefly used a Pixel, both of those are also very good stuff. There may be a few microseconds between them in loading your favourite content, but I doubt you'll notice.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: And what does the surface run?

Apple doesn't use entirely off-the-shelf components even if the custom parts tend to be minor; a good recent example is the display controller in the 5k iMac. A more relevant example is that the touch bar MacBook Pros contain a small ARM processor running something derived from iOS to maintain the bar, which is a spin-off of the homegrown iPhone processors of recent years, which go quite a bit further than being mere respins of one of the reference cores.

It's not a huge amount of exclusive silicon, but it's not nothing.

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Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?

The BBC Micro had a little plastic pocket built into the keyboard above the F keys to house keyboard overlays.

But, no, it's not worth $300 extra. But it's also not the only additional thing you get for your $300. You also get a decent bump in baseline processing — from 2.0 Ghz to 2.9Ghz — and a couple of extra Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

Get that trash out of your cache

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It definitely seems to be devoid of content, and inexplicably assumes familiarity with Hazelcast and Striim (what? no, me neither). Based on the internal link to previous articles on Hazelcast (though, no, I still couldn't tell you) I guess there's an extended deal?

Google man drags Emacs into the 1990s

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Re: Already in the 1980s

You obviously weren't using modes 0–3.

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Re: Would this work over a simple telnet/ssh connection?

How could a terminal emulation double buffer? They're character oriented and half the character sets are control codes. After how many characters is that the end of the frame? How does the terminal know when to show its double buffer?

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