Digital is just very fast analogue with switching thresholds
162 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012
...Or all of you did it!
Re: Please tell me it doesn't have a dependency on WINE
Wonder how many Gnome developers know what that is...
Won't be that hard to find him/her, tied up alongside for most of the time I expect due to lack of operating funds.
Just don't wanna meet the spider that made them. You'd need one hell of a glass and bit of cardboard.
Re: Social Media?
I'd love to upvote you, but will that count against me?
I think it was a USMC pilot who first used it in combat, rather than the RAF (Gulf War 1 maybe). Remember seeing a documentary on it a while back.
Re: Turkey? - Dinner at the Out Laws
Could we maybe be Brothers in Law, what's ur real name?
Re: Interesting posibilities
Only for problems that can be solved using parallel processing techniques, and then the softies still have to learn to code in parallel (good luck with that)!
Why don't you
Suggest it to Linus Torvalds, see how well that goes?
You can keep both hands on the keyboard
Re: Who Needs Programmers When You Need Hardware Designers?
Totally agree. Running machine control hardware, but with a flashy GUI and machine vision etc. usually requires a P.C AND a motion controller / PLC (maybe with FPGA in) to deal with the hard real time processing (100uS servo loop processing etc.). But even when shown the hardware, most softies cannot grasp the concept that code is being executed asynchronously and in parallel on both the P.C and the PLC, sometimes using the same inputs. Quite often there is a choice on where to run a given algorithm, and quite often the wrong decision is made because there is no appreciation of the 'best' or 'fastest' hardware to execute the algorithm you are trying to code. Much more needs to be done in these days of OpenCL and even 'just' multi cored processors to educate, it's a massive untapped resource.
Just the chap...
Oh god, please don't let it be James Corden!
Re: We've come a long way...
Going back to my mid 90's HNC in electronics....
ECL = Emitter Coupled Logic?
Re: Firmware - Driver relation
Alright, irony detected....
Re: Firmware - Driver relation
People need to look up the form, fit, function rule which is considered best practice for all engineering change control. If one part of an assembly breaks its internal interfaces (i.e. between two software blobs, two mechanical parts, an electrical plug pinout), then that part needs to be given a new 'part' number, not just up-revised. As the mating part will have to fundamentally change too (the electrical socket needs to mate with the new plug pinout), and will not be backwards compatible, then that will need a new part number as well. The parent assembly (firmware + driver) will definitely need to be up-revised as its child parts have changed, but may need a new 'part' number if, due to the internal changes of the 'parts', its interface to the outside world changes. In this case, it makes absolute sense to always supply firmware and driver as a controlled 'assembly' of parts rather than independent parts.
Re: Nose out
So he can smell the PECVD plasma!
and give it a Win7 desktop, winner!
Obiwan Hawkings: "That's no star. It's a space station." Alan Guth: "It's too big to be a space station." Michio Kaku: "I have a very bad feeling about this."
'Cross said he would like to study this behaviour further to see if he could make a 2nd round of funding.'
there, fixed for u.
Boris Johnson trying to set up a trade agreement, post Brexit, for instance...
Heathens! Shouldn't that be:
"once a bottle of alcohol is open, you are not allowed to leave without finishing it”
No big deal..
Manufacturing standards are aligning throughout the World these days, and those countries, geographic areas etc. who don't have their own usually specify either EU or American (UL) standards. See UL 61010-1 as an example of the yanks adopting BS EN IEC 61010-1 (measurement and process control electrical safety) so that it becomes a truly harmonised worldwide standard.
There are standards out there....
As I've said before on El Reg, European Standards such as EN 62061, 61508 etc. do attempt to formalize the requirements for safety critical software, but there has to be a realization within the software industry in general that what they code (whether that be IoT based remote control stuff or not) may have a real world hazardous effect, and therefore these standards have to be applied. I have worked in the industrial control industry for over 20 years and it really scares me that layers of abstraction between P.C side code (GUI, Vision processing etc.), and the lower level real time systems for controlling motion or I/O, keep the average coder completely ignorant of how a given system works. Yes, abstraction, libraries etc. etc. are vital, but the coder MUST understand at least in some detail, how a control stack works, when the end result of moving a slider GUI element could result in a toaster going into meltdown, be that toaster in the kitchen local to you, or on the other side of the world.
Re: Isn't, like everything on Earth, including Earth..
Found some 'primordial makeup' in the wife's sock drawer last night....
I think the boat should be called 'and this is why everyone thinks students are wankers'.
Re: @AC - It's gonna be difficult...
I do.... (the poor Machinery electrical engineer whimpers from under the weighty tomes of EN 13849-1, EN 62061 and EN 61508).
Wouldn't that be 'the wobble in the orbit of Uranus is caused by the approach of Mirod, once every 10,000 years'.
Will 2018 be the year of Linux on the headset?
Re: face it.
Gasp... You mean the world of Google!
We're already there, it's just if Google know your dirty little online secrets, they'll just try to sell more of it to you, until heart failure or friction burns kill you. They won't be holier than thou about it.
Re: Best cockwomble definition I've seen
Everyone knows that the opposite of a womble is a flump, therefore...
Re: Flaphammock wins my vote!
and of course Flangebasket, or Gunt.
It's not very nice, but
I can't claim credit for this one, that honour lies with a certain landlord of westcountry pubs I know (and rugby player), but I cannot but bow to the incredible talent which invented...
To describe those ladies, who for whatever reason, have blurred the physical boundary between their tummies and what lies beneath, into one amorphous blob.
The brevity and yet extreme adjectivity(?) of this four letter word has left many a seasoned drinker, rugby player, bon viveur etc. stunned by its elegance. Hats off to you Mr G.
Was gonna call my band 'bollard' years ago. Nice word.
Re: From Aunty Beeb
Would Uniquench be better?
Anyway although its another compound word, 'FLANGEBASKET'!
Re: More words
Let me guess..
Defenestration = Army lumberjacks?
Transmogrification = Making a cat happier through dubious means?
Flaphammock was invented by a friend of mine years ago, upon me finding a pair of ladies undies in the corner of his lounge.
Re: Free lunch
Ooh, free lunch for the Indians? Make it an 'English' with a side order of buttered rolls.
Whither Briny liquid?
If the Martians are anything like I used to be, copious amounts of 'briny liquid' were produced on a Monday morning after a heavy weekend. Maybe its just bad sewerage?
Re: QUESTION: If you were in charge of the country,
Re: QUESTION: If you were in charge of the country,
EMP over Cheltenham.
Curiosity has discovered that Simon Cowell is there doing 'Space X Factor' (geddit?). Elvis didn't get through the first round.
In space, no-one can hear you giggle uncontrollably and fall down (or in my case on whisky, get a bit punchy)...
Re: The usual definition of "observable Universe" includes being observable.
Is my oil filler cap down there as well, frickin black holes!
Re: IoT crazy
Ooohhh.... Windows calls it the 'Recycle Bin'. Never do a restore!
Re: IoT crazy
The man from Del-Monte may have found that usefule
Most of us can only dream of being able to say, in all seriousness, in a room full of our peers, and I'm sure while staring into the middle distance whilst assuming a hands on hip stance....
"That paradigm has been overthrown."
Who said boffins can't do drama
Re: I suggest
I'm an instantiated object...
Re: Re. NSA
Never leave an input floating! Either pull it to a defined voltage via a suitable resistor, or KNOW that internally its been done.
Back in the dim and distant, when I was messing with Z80 CPU dev kits with PIO's for my HNC, the PIO control registers (to generate NMI's on particular input combinations etc.), were at fixed addresses and not mapped (or remappable) to memory locations. I realise I'm comparing a dingy to a supertanker, but why on a Pentium class CPU is the APIC control register mapped to memory and not at some hard coded address which is off limits to anything other than the SMM?
AT a previous employer, the CAD engineers were upgrading to hefty (Dell I think) certified laptops back in 2006 ish. The ability to actually model on the fly (as opposed to just review lightweight cad models) when at a customers / suppliers site, or when on the shop floor and engineers are looking at how prototype assemblies are going together is a massive benefit to any company.
You don't need the internet to do truly effective 'collaborative' development, if you have the tools at your fingertips and are prepared to travel and sit down with stakeholders to get the job done effectively.