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Comment: Re:My Car integration is simple (Score 1) 208

by Anne Thwacks (#48084989) Attached to: Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers
Pretty hard to do that with a touch screen.

Its several years ago, I am sure, that we heard of touch screens with "pixels" that vibrated to give a touchable image. I believe one used piezo pixels, and the other had pulsating voltages, but I am not certain of either.

I believe Microsoft bought one of the (at least two) competing technologies. Given the potential for keyboards you can actually feel, and porn apps, I am surprised the technology is not already in high end phones.

More use in a touch screen than a lot of other junk we have - like "3D" you can't feel, that requires your eyes to be focussed at a different distance from your attention!

Comment: Re:Use AmigaOS then.... (Score 1) 132

by Anne Thwacks (#48083229) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone
My mum used to use an IBM709, which used valves, and ran Ibjob/Fortran2, but was later upgraded to a 7090 (transistors, but same instruction set) and Fortran4. It had 12 tape drives. AFAICR, no GPS and no 3G (not even 2G - in fact, no G's at all).

I used to support 12 users on a PDP11 wit 1MB of RAM (4 disk drives and two tape drives). Also no G's, nor GPS but not much chance of it moving anywhere - it filled an 18 ton truck, and used 415V at 20A, (provided you spun up the disks one at a time).

The spec of this phone is way better than the original IBM PC, and the build quality is probably better than a lot of the original clones. But it would be better to buy a second hand phone if you are spending under $100. You can by a Samsung Galaxy S2 for that. (A PDP11 would probably cost more, but it might also be more fun).

Meanwhile, my Samsung Note 3 does not even support tape drives! No scsi port, and no drivers for my USB DAT drives. I am still waiting for MT-ST to be ported to Android. Shame.

Comment: Re:Google just pissy (Score 0) 107

by Anne Thwacks (#48064775) Attached to: Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation
As long as a capitalist* exists, most of the world's population has a chance to eat. However, society needs to restrain capitalists in return for permitting them to continue.

Out of interest, how would you stop a man who invests his time in making and using tools from being more productive than one who sits on his ass all day drinking beer/vodka?

* Actually, it is monetary exchange that sustains the world's population at its present level. It is not the same as capitalisim, but nor is the American system of selling government to the highest bidder the same thing as capitalism - even if a lot of people think it is.

Comment: Re: No alternative system is available ? (Score 1) 145

by Anne Thwacks (#48046285) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure
I wanted to pay y standing order. The website said go to the post office. I did. There was an hour long queue because of people trying to pay roadtax. I could not do standing order - the staff said "we have the forms but dont know how to fill them in. Use the web site." I paid 6 months. However the new system is designed to "help the public" by making it hard to buy second hand cars legally and stealing their money when they do.

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.