* Posts by Mellipop

97 posts • joined 12 Nov 2014


Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


Let's face it. The reviewer was never going to *read* the whole spec. I did it for version 1 and it took 10 days of two hours a day. I remain deeply scarred by the experience.

As originally specified, Bluetooth was meant to be a point to point solution. It was only when the specification was merged with Motorola's "Piano" piconet protocol that the problems began. It adopted "big" networking and was only saved from implementing IBMs SNA by adopting OSI.

Actually removing some terminology might be useful for changing design thinking. In a nod to Mel Conway seminal article "How do committees invent?". If we can remove any reference to "master", "parent" or "manager" we could avoid command and control thinking pervading designa that should be as autonomous as possible.


Hahaha, actually it's pointless mentioning new and interesting use cases because the flabmasters that plonk themselves in front of desktops will always see bluetooth as a pointless technology.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Re: And another old name is discarded...

And many of us still have CIX mail accounts.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX


Chrome books?

I don’t care about Microsoft software.

And if business/dev needs are to get through a secure pipe to their services then they shouldn’t be bothered about Microsoft software either.

The 8CX will be great for chromebooks.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT


Re: Bits where it matters.

> clunky web interface with no simple export

There’s a reason for that. The suppliers know NHS IT procurement is naive so they only sell a web front. They can charge more for “integration” with other systems.

The main reason NHS IT is a mess is because patient data is under control of primary healthcare providers; the general practitioners. Until patient data is wholly owned and controlled by patients themselves we can never have multiple operating models, such as gp->consultant, independent service provision, hospital@home.

Anyway, hospitals are just hotels with attending physicians. Best to separate out the services.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


You need a mini

You had to be reasonable otherwise you would appear needy:

"you can only reasonably do so via an up-to-date XCode, which usually needs and up-to-date MacOS"

Macs are the only machines you can work on to develop software for any device.

Admit it, deep down, you would love to own a real Mac. Not a hackintosh.

Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter


Re: Who gives a shit anymore

Oh don't say that. I bought a new W10 tablet last week.

I'm gonna cry.

Stopped now. Just realised I ordered a Pi3b to use as a dev server with my Chromebook.

Anyone want to buy an Alcatel 12+2 with a known 0day hole?

Orchestral manoeuvres in the Docker: A noob's guide to microservices


It makes commercial sense. Instead of microservices, think of it as "billing by function". The bean counters will understand scaling then.

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on


Re: Usually a cover for more deep seated problems

I think the term for what you propose would be reincarnation, not transformation.

"adorning themselves with digital bolt-ons." Just like the cargo-cult followers they are.

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead


Re: What it needs would be a "secret" way to install your own applications

Erm, that would be http://webassembly.org/


Re: Dear Mister Simon Sharwood...

Hahaha, truly of a functional mindset.

Learn Haskell. Change the world with a true bare metal VM:


The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like




So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means


Re: The main issue are those who turned it into a sort of religion...

Look how much your well meaning comment has been voted down.

The commentards here wouldn't know what team working is. They are, by their own proud admission, the loner in the corner. Not wishing to pair up with less experienced developers to help them with insights. Not wishing to participate in model storming sessions with customers. Refusing to refactor other people's code. Hoarding code until they have crafted an over-engineered monolithic lump that only they can maintain.

Agile is a way to classify a number of development frameworks or methodologies that mostly exhibit the principles of the agile manifesto. They are usually founded on the theory of constraints and software is development using XP techniques.

There is not one specific Agile methodology.

Just like there is not one specific Waterfall methodology. Just a set of specific, clearly defined phases.

Unlike the Agile haters here, I know when waterfall phases are needed and when Scrum will be ambushed.

OpenAI uses cunning code to speed up GPU machine learning


Re: Deep Learning Is a Hindrance to Progress Toward True AI

And once we've solved "intelligence", what do we do about "consciousness"?

Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper


I don't suppose there are too many kangaroos in California.

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android


Fuschia is a container OS

There's a success story bubbling away with Fuschia.

Get a touchscreen Chromebook that runs android apps and you'll glimpse the future.

Android apps on Chromebook give you low footprint yet functional and offline capable improvements over browser based services like email, office apps etc.

If you look carefully at the Fuschia documentation you'll find an OS that is all about data flow.

Ledger allows data to be offline with sync.

Flutter, according to the Fuschia glossary:

"... is a functional-reactive user interface framework optimized for Fuchsia and is used by many system components. Flutter also runs on a variety of other platform, including Android and iOS. Fuchsia itself does not require you to use any particular language or user interface framework."

Fuschia, providing some simple Android porting tools, will replace Chromium.

Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic


Re: Why don't they make they make a separate Web-App plattform?

I agree. Eventually there will be one. Interactive add-ons are a disaster.

Each mobile platform has its own way of describing the page and then its own way of updating the current display when things change.

Eventually we'll recognise HTML/XML to be the descriptor equivalent of a programming language without sub-routines, functions, or even gotos. How insane are we? There are better descriptor languages, even now. YAML has the descriptor equivalent of functions.

This kludging HTML is just the last deathroes of an irrelevant UI framework.

You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?


Re: The code!

A crap implementation!

The light won't come on if the fridge is not up to temperature.

Most OS have a "Big loop". All the events get tested in that loop. Trust me, even interrupt driven systems use an event loop to dynamically change priorities.

This article is about UIs. They need high update rates so screen interactivity appears smooth. Sliders for example. Or how I'm writing on this tablet using a swiping keyboard.

With embedded stuff it's all about the non-functional or system qualities.

Here's a gentle guide to building JavaScript AI in web browsers. Totally not a scary thing


Re: RE: Well, it's Deep Learning, so it sends everything back to them.

It's not only easy to get into machine learning, it has been for years.

Even the name, the teachable machine, has been around for years.


Purr Puss could recognise you had put up two fingers to it, too.

ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard


ASIC anyone?

Why would anyone buy a traditional CPU/GPU system to mine cryptos?

Here's a list of hardware mining rigs and it tops out, at the moment, at 14TH with Ant miner S9.

This Asus motherboard is for researching stuff as it is general purpose.

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud


Need to open up the cartel

Sharing tyre burst data with only Toyota cars in the vicinity is not going to get this group far.

I can see the value in edge computing and not just for vehicle data. Gosh, we could even put it into the devices we humans use.

I know, let's use JavaScript.

'Other' may yet become the biggest and most useful cloud


BRICking it

no-one wants a SPOF.

So, the cloud equivalent of RAID is very likely to prevent any of the big players achieving dominance.


We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm


robbing peter to pay paul

Gemini is Peter in this case.


robbing peter to pay paul

I bet the cost of production for the Gemini is less than investment from use retro lovers.

Speccy lives again thanks to a Psion clone.

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles


Re: @Prst. V.Jeltz


Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive


Re: "Auto makers keep the CAN bus locked down"

it's security by obscurity. The proprietary codes that car makers use are usually made available for a huge fee and an onerous licence.

The codes you know are the standard ones.

TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews


They're both to blame

Big projects with up-front plans seldom succeed

When will they ever learn?

5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world


Re: WTF?

It's purposeful obfuscation.

The mobile networks want to maintain control of 5G when the distributed nature of nodes plopped on t'internet mean it can be controlled by anyone who groks OpenStack. So that'll be the cloud suppliers like Amazon.

To be honest, all these different network function virtualization 'nuances' introduced by the protagonists are unimportant. To people used to the internet we know the power of gateways to join dissimilar segments together.

There's only one thing important to everyone and that's billing. And no-one can stop the inevitable where money is concerned.

Yes, the blockchain is where all billing (rating records) will go. Monolithic network operators are going the same way as banks. Totally unnecessary.

Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says


Re: what could possibly go wrong?

That there are unintended consequences. Just like the Zika virus.

And before you complain, here's a quote from that article:

Those who warned about threats to the ecosystem were maliciously smeared and labeled "anti-science"

Downvote this.

Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually


Apple provides for developers

Obviously you lot only looked at the consumer end. For developers there is a lot.

Swift 4 is available. Yes, it's open source and that gives many eyes to make sure quality is high. Xcode 8.3 runs it now.

Latest iPads can run the Swift Playgrounds and there is a developer kit to create packaged playgrounds.

If you want to develop for future hardware, that's not a problem as you sling an external GPU via thunderbolt.

CoreML and ARKit on iOS point to a future outside, and heads up.

And what do you bitch about? That your old apple kit is not as shiny as a surface studio. Good luck lounging on your couches.

Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey



It's people from UK visiting jersey that will pay roaming charges.

WebAssembly fandom kills Google's Portable Native Client


Re: Why

Chromebooks are selling well. I trust Chrome OS more than any microsoft OS now.

Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced


Morlocks are us

I agree about physical keyboards. As this phone has a high speed connector I expect there'll be an add-on appearing. Otherwise pray the Gemini sees the light of day.

Speaking of which, I'm bemused about daylight readable screens. Some phones had transreflective screens that gave you monochrome or sometimes even colour display in bright ambient light.

It's probably dropped because most of humanity are living indoors. Perhaps some bean counter decided it wasn't worth putting into products.

Why not look at mobiles sold in a country which doesn't have mostly cloud cover?

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


We're doing the RCA

This is why I like reading the comment on the reg, we'll explore the problems and suggest changes.

If only some of those managers in the PMO carefully read these comments instead of 'socialising' requirements or 'managing expectations' then more of these chaotic and complex system evolutions would actually get better. Dare I say become antifragile?

My suggestion is an AI based system monitoring tool would have worked wonders.

https://www.moogsoft.com for example.

My two penny worth.

Professor slams digital efforts of 'website-obsessed' government


Re: What do I want..

And, as soon as that set of projects is given to a programme management office, it all goes to pot.

PMOs know nothing about culture change.

Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes


Re: Two more for the list

Sigh, get back to your delusion that you're a good architect for specifying jboss.

You're talking about unconscious ignorance. One of the four stages of competence.

Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed


Re: Good

It's not just the UI where convergence is wrong.

Innovation and divergence go hand in hand.

ETSI widens scope of mobile edge standard


Mobile Network Operators want to rate WiFi

This is a billing landgrab.

The MNOs tried this before with IP Multimedia Sub-system. Despite 3GPP claiming a success, WiFi did not end being billed by them, and remains a mostly indie operation worldwide.

Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money


Re: Crippled C++

Google already have the NDK that allows development of android components in C/C++.

IMHO Google wants to walk away from perennial battles with Oracle over implementing Java APIs.

As soon as they can, Java will become just another way to write apps on clients in just the same way Java is just one of several languages you can use server side on GAE.

Java and C# should join COBOL as museum pieces worthy only of morbid interest.

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer


What a negative bunch of comments

I read the article, went and ordered the 4G version. Then came and read the comments.

No wonder ingerland lost its motorbike, car, computer industries. What a load of nit-picking critical comments. And quite a lot fuelled by ignorance. All you had to do was read for a few minutes. But no, whip out your prejudices and save them around.

Back it. Help them succeed. The first versions may be delightfully deficient but they could become collectors items.

Google devs try to create new global namespace


I don't believe it

Mark my words. This plan will either go the way of wave and just into the sunset, or remove the personally identifying part of the unique address.

I'll show you an example in a different part of IT. Dropbox thought it had cloud file synchronisation tied up, until box introduced Application accounts.

No longer did applications using cloud storage need to be associated with an email account of someone.

Make the address unique, but not associated with a person.

Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'


Re: Intel, sigh

It wasn't mentioned in the review but Samsung Chromebook Plus __IS__ ARM and $100 cheaper than the Pro.

It also runs android Apps, mostly without problems.

Unless something else comes along it's what will replace my Nexus 10 and HP Chromebook.


Re: Also

How childish. Nearly every web site is collecting data on you and it goes to aggregators which you know as advertisers.

They probably know more about your habits than you do.

It's not just Google that collects data about your interests. Although society has put them in a good position by ignoring other search engines.

The point of the Chromebook has been explained to you in this discussion. It'll overtake PC usage anywhere where there are concerns about sensitive data being stored locally.

IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail


Were datapower network boxes being used?

Just asking.

Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies


Flaneur, eh?

You'll be wanting anti-fragile development next.

I heard an anecdote in a Scrum webinar. A customer asked for a process that would scale for a project that needed 800 developers. The Scrum people's response was to ask how they knew the project needed 800 developers.

Has Linux got OpenStack licked? The Vanilla 'Plus' strategy


Re: Canonical's JuJu charms...

Juju is canonical's orchestration software. It used to be called pipes because it was like plumbing; connecting outputs of some software to inputs of other software. Great for setting up systems with lots of nodes. https://www.ubuntu.com/cloud/juju

A good overview of what's happening with the various As a Service offers is an article about microservices.


Microservices breaks apps down into small chunks. Sometimes less than 100 lines of code. Almost to a single function, and that's the killer for cloud deployments; the I/O overhead becomes significant.

Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground


Re: I remember Acorn

Hahaha, I remember Acorn trying use one of their Series 4 computers as a business system. They had a btree based accounting program but it needed improvement.

Acorn, and in particular Chris Curry, were good to me. ..SofMac

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer


Re: I don't remember this weekend

Oh really? I learnt Scala at 65.

I think next is a toss up between Rust or Go.

All you do is keep learning.

Typed on my Nexus 10.


Re: @RIBrsiq "I remember a time when tablets were supposed to kill the PC"

Not just Maturing but saturating and stagnating. Consumers crave novelty and the current products in both tablet and laptop formats are just 'meh'.

Everyone who has a tablet sees no reason to upgrade.

Google will merge android tablets and Chromebooks in Andromeda; a next generation cloud terminal with consumer applications in containers that can migrate between nodes depending on network availability and processing needs/cost.

Devices will have two touch screens, one working as a soft keyboard and the other as a display. Or both can be used as a display.

Single screen tablets and laptop will then suffer a final extinction.


Re: Andromeda

I agree. You can run some Android apps on Chromebooks now. The number of apps and Chromebooks that can do it is increasing - go and look at chromium.org

I suspect Google see an infrastructure that is founded on a language that a litigenous sunset database company is not worth maintaining. Google have two languages that could be used for apps; Dart & Go.

Google also have the AI smarts to rebuild most existing apps, libraries and SDKs onto new runtimes; they did it moving from Dalvik to ART.

I suspect Andromeda is waiting for a migration toolset and then they can say to devs; "use whatever language you want"

Google will not exit the tablet market. 5-6" for phones, 7-10" for tablets. Most people do not need keyboards. Otherwise we'd have three rows of fingers.


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