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Comment My prediction (Score 2) 223

It'll be called the iPhone 7S and 7S+. It'll have the same design as the iPhone 7/7S, same connectors, slightly faster processor, slightly better camera, slightly better battery life, slightly better video performance, slightly better network support and iOS 11.

You know, like they've been doing since about 2011 when they first introduced the 4S.

At which point, we'll see that people who have "knowledge of the matter" really don't have any at all.

Comment Re:Atari (Score 4, Informative) 25

Like all 8-bit home computer vendors, they made their own audio and graphics ASIC chips. Sound programming consisted of variants of ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) programming which was replaced with industry standard MIDI with the Atari ST. Graphics programming was based on different text and pixel video modes and player missile graphics/sprite programming. Text modes allowed characters of single/double/half character widths, and double/regular heights. Pixel modes were between 1, 2 and four bits per pixel. The added boost was with player-missile graphics which was an extension of the 2600 console and sprite programming (similar to the Commodore 64 and TI-99/4A). You programmed in little pixelmap images then set registers to position them. Add some extra code to automatically update their positions and you had animation with a very simply physics engine (velocity, acceleration, collision detection). Some video modes supported 16-colors (rainbow or various shades of a particular color). Some programmers developed an APAC mode (any pixel any color) where two video frames are used to pick two different standard colors for each pixel to make a new pixel color. - effectively 24-bit color).

De Re Atari was considered the holy book on programming.

They had their own trackball, light pen and graphics tablet controllers, but didn't include an RS232 interface - that came as an extra podule that plugged in through the serial bus. Other home computer systems had these as standard, so you could use generic dot-matrix printers, modems and frame grabbers.

This was a brief period of time in the industry where international standards/methods were too expensive silicon wise, so everyone tried clever hardware design techniques for IO, graphics and sound.

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 2) 91

Proves the worth of analysts. Gartner is just a Microsoft shill.

I'm assuming you're talking about Gartner's prediction that Windows Phone would overtake iPhone in 2015?

Whilst analysts have a tendency to get very little right, in fairness to Gartner, they probably weren't expecting Microsoft to reboot the platform twice and, in both times, leave all their previous users high and dry on the old OS.

Comment Re: Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Apple pay is innovation? Now I need $1000 device to pay for $15 bill instead of free credit card that is 1/100 of the weight and 1/4 of the size and merchant has to give Apple 30% for the privilege. Who do you think pays for that 30% in the end?

The merchant isn't charged anything beyond their usual card processing fees. Apple's fee comes from the card issuer which is a percentage of their interchange fee. The 30% you speak of is for apps in the App Store and isn't remotely related to the fees around Apple Pay.

You probably should have prefixed your rant with an admission that you don't have the remotest clue how Apple Pay works.

Comment Re:Wireless charging now? (Score 1) 79

Hmm, several years behind the opposition with sales of those products doing very well.

I don't have a problem with Apple being late to a game, provided that what they do bring is measurably better/useful/practical in some way.

Apple Pay did that, whereas Maps and Music did not. Where wireless charging sits on this spectrum remains to be seen.

Comment Re:Might be easier to fix bees (Score 1) 130

In the UK, they were used for rape seed fields - giant fields full of bright yellow flowers. Just driving along the road, and the air would smell oily/greasy. Even back in the 1990's, farmers noticed that these fields would make the large bees slow and dozy as they flew along. On a double decker bus, I would seen them being squished on the windows. Sometimes I see them crawling along the ground. Never sure whether it was just old age, exhaustion or something parasitic - their wings would seem to be dark brown rather than clear transparent.

Comment Re:An experiment, can we agree on criteria? (Score 1) 723

If you are unemployed because of a lack of skills, then a maintenance wage which simply covers food and rent would be enough. You need more money to buy equipment, take retraining courses. Or even relocate - which can sometimes involve weeks in a hotel while you look for somewhere to rent.

Comment Re: A more basic question (Score 1) 723

That's the same situation in many countries including the UK. That's not simply the fault of the unemployed - they would do whatever it takes to earn the maximum amount of money. With the farm industry, we've got international workers willing to live full-time on on-site dormitories. They earn £15/hour but pay half that for a bunk bed. A local worker with a family want their own house. That requires at least £25/hour to pay for a car, utiities and heating. Home owners also want to keep the value of their homes up, so don't want massive housing developments that will fill up with neighbors-from-hell. That keeps the cost of housing up, so that a minimum wage job won't cover the cost of home ownership.

Comment Re:Backup and Syncing (Score 1) 29

When you upgrade your Firefox web browser, the old cache directories still remain there in .mozilla/firefox/*.defaulted.

Law enforcement have always been pushing for Internet usage and browser histories to be archived. Remember the fuss over various Windows media players sending back lists of movies watched.

Comment Wireless (Score 1) 143

The biggest issue I have with wireless charging is that with a wired cable you're limited to plugging your phone into a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away. With wireless charging you're limited to putting your phone into a dock which has a cable which is plugged into a wall socket about 1-2m away.

As an added bonus, it charges much slower and costs about 12x more than a simple cable (even Lightning ones, provided you don't buy from Apple).

Unless someone can come up with a way to make electricity flow through the air (yeah, I know, physics) or some way for you enable full surface wireless charging on existing tables then I'm not convinced this is going to go anywhere beyond "nice, but not entirely essential, to have".

Comment Re:They're missing the point. (Score 2) 75

The problem is that there are so many commuters traveling by train into and out of London that they try and get the load spread through off-peak hours through pricing. And people are commuting from outside of London because of the problems of gang crime and that housing in safe areas is unaffordable - much of the brownfield sites are having huge apartment developments which are simply sold off to international investors in the Far East and Russia

So if you try and take a train from Liverpool (West Coast) at 8am to Folkestone (East Coast, through London) at 3pm, they figure "oh, you are going through London at peak hours, we better charge you". They tried to charge me around £800 because my journey was at peak times and went through London. I did a ticket split and reduced the price down to just over £200 (which is more than a return ticket to New York in the USA).

In other parts of the country like Portsmouth, the train station is actually partially over water as it is right next to a ferry terminal. If you take the ferry to the train station, then there is exactly one ticket machine between the platforms and the ferry terminal exits. Sometimes there are only minutes between getting up the exit ramps and your train departing. There simply isn't time to wait 10 in line in a queue to book a ticket. A monthly season pass is the best bet.

At other stations the biggest holdup is the ticket inspectors who close the barriers at rush hour and try and inspect each ticket individually. On the Isle of Wight you can pay for a ticket while on the train. On the mainland it's a criminal offense not to have paid for a ticket before getting on board a train.

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