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Comment Re:Article by Apple?? (Score 1) 52

I wouldn't say that they're great. Great would mean people queue up outside stores days in advance to get one. These products aren't that great. They may be good products, but I don't think very many people will go out and ditch their existing tech to replace it with MS's offerings. However, with that said, their surface line appears to finally be making some momentum.

Comment Re:Haven't Windows Phone users learned by now? (Score 1) 52

I'm a windows phone user, and I can admit that it's dead. W10M is DOA, and it's quite sad, as having come to WP from android, it was great to use at the start, while missing a lot of features which were added in WP8.1, the best aspects of the OS got dumped. It's quite clear that the OS is on life support, they'll try with W10M, but it will go nowhere, it won't get the market share it needs for critical mass. What MS will do with it, I can't predict, but they bought a phone business, so I guess they'll keep on going with it.

Comment I think I'll pass... (Score 1) 326

If this becomes the norm, I think I'll find the last decent car which doesn't have any of this data mining crap masquerading as an infotainment system, buy a few of them, and rotate among them as cars, hopefully to last until I can't drive anymore. It's good to see that Porsche didn't get suckered in, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous with the amount of data they want to know.

As for the connected car, well, I think the concept of a car has worked reasonably well for the last 100 years, maybe people can make apps for cars or something which is google's excuse for the data, but seriously, this 'innovation' is the google equivalent of razor blades; add more blades. I can't see much of an advantage just throwing 'smarts' into everything.

Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 1) 235

What about when the hab airlock blows open, and then he seals it up with plastic and duct tape... While my calculations suggest that it's doable (if it's a 2m diameter opening, it would have a 30kg load over its area, if 2.5m diameter, then 47kg load all equally on its area) , with the violent weather depicted in the film, it would easily perforate, and I really doubt that airlock would have blown apart like it was shown. So, I can't say whether it's impossible or not, but definitely marginal.

Comment Re:Nerdgasm (Score 1) 235

My question is; is going to mars really a challenge?

Reason I'm asking this is because it's my opinion that when compared to the moon landing, where many challenges had to be overcome and a lot of learning had to take place, I'm of the opinion that the real challenge in a mars mission would be getting the money, whereas the difficulty of the science and engineering wouldn't be that immense.

Comment Re:alternative browsers, Opera? (Score 1) 113

I use opera, as it's my least hated browser. When I ditched FF due to Australis, the newest version of Opera was missing quite a few features. Still annoyed at the bookmarks handling, it's not good at all, can't export them to a file (for easy backups). Also, a few right click commands were missing, however I can't remember what they were now, I think it was opening a link in a new tab, but looks like it's there now.

Comment Re:Physics and economics don't care (Score 1) 179

Well, I probably shouldn't have spoken about incandescent bulbs (although the phoebus cartel does seem a little suspect), but I worked at a heating element manufacturer, and we made elements with no consideration to limiting life at all. As a result, we had elements in processes that were lasting well beyond 30 years. This couldn't be compared with competitors elements, who we were continually replacing. Heating elements essentially work in a very similar manner to an incandescent light bulb.

Then you consider planned obsolescence in many other devices. If you ever compare electric motors for domestic applications, to proper commercial applications (and I'm not talking about something with a label saying 'Heavy Duty'), you'll know what I mean, they're chalk and cheese between the two.

Comment Re:Physics and economics don't care (Score 1) 179

Economics only matter when they factor in planned obsolescence. The reality is, the cost to make the design that little bit better than the specifications call for, is usually not that big a factor because, invariably it's just a material cost. Yes there will be exceptions, but for a lot of electronic devices, like say an incandescent light bulb, well, they could make the filament better rated, but, if they did that, then light bulbs wouldn't have failed, and people wouldn't keep having to replace them.

Comment Re:And this would be a good deal for a partner how (Score 1) 111

There's a heap of manufacturers in China who are making no-name devices. I'm sure one of them would be more than happy to attach themselves to the Nokia name, as it would pull them out of the pit of insignificance, pretty much immediately.

As to your later part of your comment, Nokia really dropped the ball at the start of the smartphone era. They were in a great position, with some solid offerings for the time, but realistically had nothing to offer when the market moved to the 'slate' form factor. Nokia's first slate phone was about 4 years after they were introduced by competitors. Then couple that with some really dud offerings, plagued with hardware issues, by the time their lumia series was released, it was much too late. Their lumia phones, in terms of hardware, have been nothing short of excellent. Windows Phone, has been quite good, but for too long as well, it lacked basic functionality, meanwhile, the great features have gradually been dropped because they were too difficult to maintain, when integrated with the OS.

My gripe with the phone industry now is that flagship phones are going to absurd levels of specmanship. At some point, makers should realise that 1440p displays on a phone is just getting silly. I'd much prefer a ~720p display, for purposes of; it's good enough, and it should use less power, in terms of the display and processing requirements.

Submission Microsoft silently explains Windows 10's supported lifetime of the device->

An anonymous reader writes: When Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 would be offered as a free upgrade, the company also said that Windows 10 users will get free upgrades for the supported lifetime of the device. What Microsoft has failed to do at the time was to define what that "supported lifetime of the device" actually means. This has caused some confusion and not even MVPs seem to know what Microsoft is trying to say, even with Windows 10 launching in a matter of weeks.

However, a recently-published PowerPoint presentation from Microsoft sheds some light on the matter, revealing that Windows 10 users can expect to get free upgrades for two to four years, depending on "customer type" — yet another variable.

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Submission IBM doubles chip performance with 7-nano breakthrough->

An anonymous reader writes: IBM Research has announced a semiconductor chip breakthrough, introducing the world’s first 7-nanometer chip which will enable a 50% increase in processing speeds. The technology is the product of research carried out by IBM Research, GlobalFoundries and the State University of New York. The joint project has so far cost in the region of $3bn and hopes to establish a greater standard of superfast, compact processors and extend Moore’s law, signalling a steady progress in the computer industry over the next few years. IBM’s prototype processor cuts the size of the transistors housed inside the chip to measure just three times wider than a strand of human DNA.
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Submission IBM develops first 7nm chip ->

dcblogs writes: IBM says it has produced the world's first 7nm (nanometer) chip, arriving well ahead of competitors, thanks to advances in its chip technology. Chip makers are now producing 14nm processors, and the next big project for Intel and other chip makers has been the 10nm chip. IBM, in its announcement today, has upended the chip industry's development path. A 7nm chip will hold about four times as many transistors in the same area as a 14nm chip, which are now on the market. "For IBM to conquer 7nm without stopping at the 10nm that Intel is supposedly tackling, means that IBM has secured the future two steps out," said Richard Doherty, research director of Envisioneering. A big advance in creating the 7nm chip was the use of extreme ultraviolet lithography. Optical lithography, which is now used in building chips, has a wavelength of 193nm, but extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) has a wavelength of 13.5 nanometers, which carves much sharper patterns on silicon.
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