Let it die
AMP needs to be retired.
136 posts • joined 16 Aug 2011
I have the echo dot plugged into my Jambox in the kitchen for one reason.. to talk to Spotify and TuneIn. If I say Alexa play foo fighters. It goes to Spotify and plays the foo fighters. If I say Alexa play BBC radio 4 .. it goes to tunein and plays radio 4..
Awesome and worth £50 just for that.
There's this Google thingy, brought me here.. http://uk.netflixable.com/2015/11/complete-alphabetical-list-wed-nov-18.html
Not advocating Netflix over other offerings, but access to complete box sets , tv , movies , documentaries , kids, music all with no ads on any device on multiple simultaneous devices all in HD for less than a tenner requires more thought effort than, 'I looked a bit and couldn't be bothered'.
Unless you like 10 min long advert breaks for tatt you don't need.
"Replicating the success of Azure"
Have you ever had to battle with Azure.. It makes windows 10 look like a finished product. AWS and Google Compute are vastly superior in terms of actually building a supportable cloud platform. A little off topic but those five little letters get my Friday morning blood boiling.
After all the 'All-in' , one price , comes the snippet , $80 excludes taxes and surcharges. Streaming video capped at 600kb/sec, no roaming , no international calls, no premium services, $36 Activation fee.
Throughput reduction ( Throttling ) and restrictions apply.*
So the ad's just bullshit.
16nm A72 has about twice the performance of a 20nm Cortex-A57, and consumes about half the power.
"We have a strict power budget; this is a fanless design,"
And this is the thinking that caught Intel napping after a very large meal. Do much much more, with much much less.
ARM is the British tech success version of Apple, not the richest company in the world by virtue it doesn't manufacture anything but almost everyone in the world owns an ARM designed component. Announcements should be made from Blighty first and then pop over the water to say the same thing but with slightly more fan fare and cheerleaders.
@Sleepy you're kind of missing the whole point .
Apple is a lifestyle brand, always has been , they do a lot of things really well, I'm a Mac Book user myself, love the thing, but they present themselves as a purveyor of aspirational premium products. When the masses buy their new Apple product, they don't think that it's made in a sweatshop and utilises materials where people are literally dying during the extraction process.. No , they think of hipster types thinking different and everything being rosey.
The point is that with the Cash pile of $165 Billion Apple can and should do better.
If Apple didn't talk down to it's customers with that patronising "We're better than you" Jonny Ive bullshit mantra condensing claptrap then to be perfectly honest no one would bother their arse about where the tin came from or if the drones in the sweat shops needed to take a nap due to exhaustion and poor working conditions..
No one asks these questions of Sony , HTC or other manufacturers of the latest shiny tech.. why ?? because the Apple reality distortion field dictates that Apple are better , just better and that you should follow and aspire to be more 'Apple'
Well, as the world's most profitable and potentially influential corporations its just that the public expect Apple to lead by example.... which they clearly don't, no matter what the PR spin says otherwise.
There will be another program or article like this in 18-14 months and some Apple exec will spew out some random metrics to bamboozal the uninformed stating that in fact , everything is tickityfrikkinboo.
Nothing changes, but hey , productivity is up by 3.9% .. winner.
( Written on a MacBook Pro )
"The problem is the batteries. Make them smaller and they carry less charge, there's no way around that."
There is ... Use less power, you're assuming that technology will stand still... when you should be thinking to make the frames photovoltaic, make the frame a battery ( using graphine-esque type materials that haven't been invented yet ), further reduce the power consumption of the chipset and displays... all quite possible in v.near future.
My point was that, these are early prototypes , when the technology catches up, which it invariably will and it doesn't look like I'm wearing Google Glass.. I'll wear Google Glass.
People are too hung up writing off this technology simply because the folks wearing them look incredibly stupid. Personally, I'd never wear one as for some unexplained reason I just want to push the wearers of these things under a moving vehicle.
This isn't to say I don't like the technology and where it could go..As a person of a certain age who's eyes are steadily deteriorating, I'd welcome augmented reality functions built into my specs , just needs to look like my current glasses. So just like the mobile phone, in the beginning it wasn't so mobile as luggable. Once the tech and batteries can be reduced in size to the point where it doesn't look like your wearing a giant neon sign saying 'punch me' then I'm all in ( without the camera , that's just creepy )
It was a Scientific. http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/scientific___giant_scientific.html
To be honest, all this easter egg hiding classic tech within Dr Who episodes is ruining it for me as I now spend the entire episode looking for really old props. Last week they had an ORIC-1.
Should get out more.
Wait.... Servers can get Ebola now ??? Man, when did this happen. I've been busy the last couple of days, doing actual work.. when I pop my head up for ten mins the entire internet is getting splatted with an STD and Ebola has made the LabMonkey-human-laptop jump.
Thinking about the devices within my remit that have /bin/bash and a web server attached being in the tens of lots of numbers,...It's probably too late and as we'll all be dead by the weekend anyway, I'm going to get very very pissed.
I'm a little surprised that you think not upgrading the retina display is a demonstration of Apple missing a trick. Got to ask you , have you actually used a retina 13" macbook pro ? well I can tell you that 2560x1600 pixels on a 13" inch screen is plenty, I have mine dialled back to 1920x1200 using SwitchResX . I'm not much fussed about the font smoothness, just wanted the real estate on a small device. The brightness and colours are perfect , if they changed a thing on the MBP display I'd be suspicious.
This is the fundamental issue that the Pro Independence lot tend to skirt over. It's all emotional pulling at the heart strings , oh look how wonderful Sweden are , we'll do that , we'll join the euro , no , we'll use the pound or bitcoin , we'll have the bits of the BBC we fancy, ohh look oil , that'll last forever... it'll be great and death to Westminster...
The Independence folk would win the argument hands down if they just presented clear facts and a solid road map to its people. However, no plan appears to be in place besides hope in the future.
Hope is not enough.
What they are proposing requires some proper grown up thinking, something sadly lacking. The people of Scotland deserve better and should call off this vote until it is thought through.
I'll agree with you here. I just bought 6x Toshiba A6 Quad core laptops with touch screen for my son's school, these are running 8.1 and have all the nonsense removed and they are not a smooth experience by any stretch of the imagination, so I hate to think what 8.1 runs like on v.low cost hardware like say a Netbook...
Chromebooks maintain a super low price as the OS is little more than an X window running the Chrome browser and little or no storage - my mother has one and loves it , perfect for her use.
Maybe Microsoft have something up their sleeve .. but I doubt it.
Specs for one of the listed low cost notebooks. ( ES-1 )
Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - Intel® Celeron® N2830 processor (2.16GHz/2.41GHz w/ Intel® Burst) - 4GB DDR3L memory - 500GB hard drive - 15.6" HD widescreen CineCrystal™ display (1366 x 768) - Intel® HD graphics - stereo speakers - HD audio - webcam - multi-gesture touchpad - Wireless - Bluetooth® 4.0 - HDMI® - USB 3.0 - card reader - 3-cell battery - 1-year limited warranty. Color: Diamond Black
Most noteworthy change here ( for me ) is the removal of that pesky resistor that limited power in to 5v 1A. Now supporting 2A which makes the requirement for the external usb hub evaporate. Would have liked a little more RAM but.. the changes to power without having to pop out the soldering iron are welcomed.
As excited as I am about having an internet embedded heads up display in my glasses.. and .. considered buying the first tranche of devices once formally released in Europe, I saw a chap wearing a set yesterday at the train station and initial thoughts were 'what a complete tw@t'. Ironically, he was staring at his mobile for 20 mins through his glass, which appears to defeat the object of the exercise.
Miniaturization and total concealment are required before I put a set on my head in public.
These things illicit the same emotions of pity as wearers of bluetooth headsets.. that bad.
Bodge solution yes.. put sticky tape over the web cam on the television. However, if you happen to be an electronics engineer, appreciate your house looking nice and tidy, then its best to not make it blindly obvious to the people who visit know that you've got a tin foil hat in the closet.
The elegant solution is the one you can't see.
If the NSA/GCHQ want to listen to me fart and slurp my coffee in the morning whilst watching the very early morning news, or my kids running around and shouting louder and louder on top of each other then good luck.
That said, If I bought a TV with a camera on it.. I would immediately void the warranty and disconnect it. The microphone I'm not so bothered about , quite like the idea of being able to talk to the TV. 'TV OFF PLEASE'. Conversations in our house are beyond mundane, all the secret stuff happens in the shed and office ;-)
The wind does appear to have made a rather swift dispersal out of the downward vortex Ballmer was sinking the company with, morphing into friendly fluffy clouds ( Awful analogy but I've yet to finish my coffee ).
I've been negative on Microsoft for the last few years with all the hostility toward other platforms and lawsuits but do like the noises coming out of the company since Nadella took the helm have been on the whole ... encouraging. Appreciate this may be heresy to some but I make my living out of FOSS and quite welcome a Microsoft that wants to embrace without all that extend and extinguish malarkey.
We've a room full of .Net devs here all using Visual Studio as their primary IDE, making it capable of true cross platform development would be a real boon. However the proof will be in the pudding ..
Who knows, maybe they will release an enterprise version of 8 and Server 2012 without a trace of that toy town fisher price interface. ( maybe asking a bit much here )
Actually what happened was that they gave the commandment to a junior to go and get the source code to iOS. After being laughed out of the room by both Apple and Cisco, the junior, using his initiative, got the closest thing he could... cOS . Not realizing that this is in fact the Chinese state funded Linux mobile OS. It was free after all and they gave him the source code wrapped up in a nice auto-loading USB key.
The Chinese now have a fleet of remote controlled Death Machines sat on US soil ready for activation as an incentive for the good people of USA to pay back all that money they borrowed.
I for one welcome our Chinese................
It's about time the unit of a dozen was introduced into hardware terminology. All this counting in units of 8 or 10 has simply got out of control.
"Dude.. Love your new (Brand X) mobile - how many cores is it rocking ?"
-- "Goes like stink and it's got half-a-dozen cores of ARM in it running at four dozen bit mode"
"Also, check out my new LAMP server, two dozen cores and 8 dozen Ryan Giggs of RAM"
-- "Amazing, what does that equate to in brontosauruses"
"Don't be a dunce.. A quarter of a dozen Brontosaurus is a unit of length"
Note : AMD used to employ the half-a-dozen core methodology in their Opteron chips, sadly it was more of a case that they simply couldn't get eight to operate than any desire to use that quite frankly superior Dozen system of measurement.
Never really give ATM's much thought besides the usual look for dodgy face plates / skimmers and only ones on the side of the bank protected by a camera.
After having my memory refreshed about OS/2 running on these things I never thought for a moment that anyone in their right mind would use XP for something that needed to run 24/7.
So for all the MS bashing above, I'll say this.. 99.9% of the time I go to use an ATM it's working , no error messages and the best technology is the stuff you don't notice, so for that , well done NCR and Microsoft.. Who would have thought...
I have no bias as to what OS they use, just as long as I can get my beer tokens on the way to the pub.
For peace to work all you need is one side with a bigger gun.
These patent press releases are hilarious.. Legal staff for Company X and Company Y sat around a table and after many courtroom drama's at a cost of $$$ Company Y has decided to give Company X a few SUV's full of cold hard cash. In return Company X will stop attempting to extort assets from Company Y now that Company Y has willingly handed over a lot of money. Company Y can now protect itself from future litigation by using Company X's patent war chest. Freeing up Company X to make litigation proceedings against Companies A,B & C now that precedence has been set.
Everyone at Company X is rather quite pleased with themselves. Staff at Company Y are wondering why they feel cheap , dirty and violated.
Not too dissimilar from 'Mob' protection money , just done in a court and with 'we're all great friends' press releases. Isn't modern business just lovely.
Wonder if MS will drag MicroNokia to court for infringing its patents, so all the other Android vendors don't feel left out. Then.. and just because this is all make believe , The Moto-Goog-Sung alliance leap to Micro-Nokia's defense with it's patent portfolio protection. Chanting 'we look after our own'.
Meanwhile - Tim Cook sits in the corner, lonely, talking to himself wishing an idea might present itself so those wild promises of 'something great is coming.. sometime in the future .. honest...' don't look so silly when he announces the iPhone 5ds.
Nintendo takes Apple to court for trademark infringement, wins, acquires Apple in the settlement and launches a dual screen gaming console with an integrated phone that's unashamedly plastic and captures the yoof market. Mario becomes self aware and get's a job with the Department of Defense.
Microsoft, after biding it's time, demolishes Nintendo in court for stealing it's dual screen Courier designs and acquires Nintend-apple, using the Johnnie Cochran Chewbacca defense that so successfully got O.J.Simpson off those nasty murder charges.
Steve Ballmer chucks a couple of cats at some chairs in celebration, rubs his hands and yells 'mission complete mother f£$ker... hell yeah !!!!!!' for it was Steve-o's plan all along to assimilate NokIntendApple and replace every device on the planet with the ever-so-successful Metro/Notro/Rubbish interface.
In a none too surprising move, Google gets rather miffed and launches it's little known attack dog department the Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate Ballmer and re-instate the puppet dictator .. Agent Satya Nadella.
Google gets back to 'monitoring' our activities after the little distraction. The news reports that Steve Ballmer, the computing visionary was lost at sea and the search has been called off due to no one caring.
I should go and do some work now.
You could lose 50-98% of your investment or 1 BTC could go to 40k. No one knows. Its all just speculation. Play with money you can afford to lose and wait. If adoption rates continue to rise and .. the big if... there isn't a massive US clampdown like there was in china mid December. . It 'could' be worth buying a bit and waiting. Best time to buy is immediately after some bad news. Proceed with caution.
I work in VC and the current thinking is that between 0.5-1% of your investment should be in BTC. However. . If you have credit card debt.. pay that off first.. there is no easy money
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