* Posts by Thing

64 posts • joined 9 Nov 2011


'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones


Re: Sticking Windows where it's not easy to get at.

Actually, if you lock down both the hardware and software configuration (as you would in an embedded system) Windows is perfectly stable.

I've seen it used in both safety critical applications (air traffic control, military radar control, in an x-ray imaging system system for use in key-hole surgery) and in remote infrastructure (as supervisors in wireless base stations). In the latter configurations the average 'tech' might not know anything about the O.S. They just get told by email that a board in location X has failed, they drive out, pull out the module with the red light, put in a replacement and wait for the light to go green.

It's only when you throw in a bunch of cheap RAM from PC-world, some dodgy drivers for some no-name hardware and allow the user to install crapware from web that Windows turns to shit.

That said, this kind of stuff is all very much at the top end of embedded systems in terms of performance. In terms of volume it is dwarfed by the number of ARM and myriad lesser embedded systems out there. As has been said elsewhere, any high end system will probably have a few low end micro-controllers running independent sub-systems.

Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe


Re: Dirty linen

You don't have to post pictures of drunken binges. I usually only post random stuff which I come across which I think my friends might also like to see e.g 'Celebrities Who Look Like Mattresses'.

Not much help to any potential employers I'm afraid.

Solar storm arrives, nobody notices


Re: I just went ouside, looked up

If it makes you feel better, I've been living in Finland (65 degrees north) for over 2 years and have seen eff all for that time. When the sun is active it is cloudy, when it is not cloudy it is a full moon, when it is not a full moon it is sodding midnight sun.

41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers


Re: BBC Article was scathing

So a BBC Article was rubbish... and your are surprised by this why? :-)

Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

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agree and disagree

As a consumer, the only power over the corporations who supply you is the power NOT to buy. If you buy, they really have no incentive to give a shit when you complain.

Where I disagree is that I am prepared to pay more to buy ethically.

Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty


You can also vote...

... and I will not be voting for a government that ratifies this next time around.


I don't remember surrendering control of the the streets to Tescos...

.... to combat shoplifting, so I certainly am not going to surrender control of the internet to combat piracy. Nor do I remember giving customs agents the right to confiscate/destroy any goods that I might carry through the border 'just in case' they have been shoplifted.

It's amazing what laws you can get passed if throw enough hookers at the right people.

UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling


Not being tried for something, doesn't make you not guilty of it

... but with respect to being found guilty, having the CPS decide that there isn't a reasonable chance of a conviction isn't exactly a stellar start.


Why don't we extradite all U.S. owners of assault rifles?

If the U.S. can extradite for something which is illegal in their jurisdiction but legal here than why can't we do likewise?


I'm pretty sure that's illegal in the UK, too.

Nope... it is not

And the courts have said so on several occasions.

Reg hack cops a licking from the bosun's cat



There's your mistake right there! As a .co.uk site I think we have the right to insist on the Oxford English.

... bloody colonials

Lost cities found beneath sands of Sahara by satellites


Apart from the ancient history the Rome itself ...

... along with the works of Aristotle, Plato, Homer and everything else which they maintained while we were too busy burning it or just getting seven shades of s**t kicked out of us by the vikings.


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