Still not fast enough
For uncompressed 4K... (I know, not many people use it)
But still impressive.
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Yes, but he may also have poor 3G/4G/5G where he lives.
Also bear in mind, many people (not necessarily this chap) actively like to be ignorant of technology and what it can do - they wear it as a badge or pride that they are not "geeky nerds" - they are useless in many ways but somehow get by in the World. I know many people will wait weeks for me to come along and sort something out for them rather than let me try and talk it through with them on the phone.
Developers will start to think it is 'normal' and write even sloppier code. It's the same as having a bigger work bench, you just fill it up with more junk - unless you are well disciplined.
This is not aimed at those developers who still believe in and strive to make lean, compact apps which manage and use resources efficiently.
I love it, but I always want a biscuit (or many) with it, so tea may shorten my life indirectly.
The thing is with these 'xxxxx extends your life' claims, is that longer lives are not always more enjoyable, you may suffer for longer at the end. It's a bit like when people/commentators/journalists/politicians say "we're all living longer - which is a good thing" - really?.....I can think of loads of downsides to people living longer.
I agree that people really ought to understand 'how to file (email) properly' but there are many people who are just plain messy, even without email their desks are a mound of paperwork - they know where everything is - even if it is not organised as such.
I cannot get my wife to use folders in email or on her computer - she refuses to try and understand and she has been using computers for at least 20 years.
It drives me mad and I'm not that tidy myself but I do try to have some semblance or organisation on my computer, at home, in the shed etc.
Analogue signal specs were relatively straightforward as they were designed so that the receiving kit could be cheap and simple.
Digital TV specs are far more complex and have loads of possible variations/options/choices - the MPEG2 spec I believe is over 800 pages and allows for improvements in coding when the technology comes along.
Sadly everyone - the online streamers and the broadcasters - are now in a race to keep 'improving stuff' and come out with new stuff - even though to many viewers they cannot tell the difference and really they'd just like to watch TV.
Snow Leopard is also my favourite from a usability POV, but as someone who still runs it on an old Macbook (it can't take any further updates), it can be annoying for internet stuff.
I wonder if Linux will be my next OS.
I agree that Lego usually gets handed down and never thrown out, but some of mine/ours is over 45 years old now and it has teeth marks and some is a little weakened or some bits are broken.
Can the plastic be melted down and re-cast/remoulded into new bricks? I know Lego has been made from different types of plastic over the years. I'm sure it could be sorted by colour (I'd be happy to do it, but then I'm weird....)
I remember overhearing many years ago from my electrical tutor at university, that synchronous motors are the most efficient. DC to AC conversion is very good these days. Maybe the efficiency of a synchronous motor with a DC to AC converter just wins the maths....?
(though I would also imagine that one speed props have their limitations unless they are variable pitch)
Physics is particle engineering (and other fundamental stuff)
Chemistry is atomic engineering
Biology is molecular engineering
And they all overlap one another - e.g. molecules feature in Chemistry and electrons feature in Biology, and physicists are predominantly biological (all the ones I've met)
I suspect your estimation is off. Good cyclists are everywhere but you don't notice them. "they are all the same is" is a dangerous assumption to make in many situations.
Yes, sounds like an idiot in the case of your sister's car, but it is not representative of all cyclists.
I do similarly.
When something seems like it is going to be a saga, I keep a written log of dates, times, who I spoke to, what they said, what I said etc, as when push comes to shove and the inevitable complaint letter is written, a clear history of events is difficult to argue with.
'i fyny eu hasesiadau'
That's what Google translate says English to Welsh - interestingly it comes out as 'up their assessments' - Welsh to English.
Any Welsh scholars out there able to shed any light? - not important, just curious.
If a computer plays something a trillion times, it can remember every detail of every game and then run the analysis on best strategy.
I suspect your tongue is in your cheek, but if not, please can I borrow your memory?
Now, what did I come here for?.....
I'm also confused. I thought in superconductivity there was no resistance? Maybe it is resistance outside the 'superconducting bit'
I've not worked in the field - in fact when I studied* superconductivity it was all fields round here.
(*OK 'came across',I've never done anything with it except be scanned in an MRI scanner)
By the number of bits per mm3 and we all know that the actual chips in these things are even smaller.
Years ago when domestic tape based video cameras were evolving into smaller and smaller packages, we all joked that the Japanese had a shrinking machine since there was no way they could fit that many rec/play heads onto such a tiny drum.
Maybe that Tardis technology has come on really well.
A friend of mine has been trying to renounce his US citizenship for years and it is painfully slow and difficult at least for him. From his POV, the US seem mostly obsessed with TAX. He has lived in the UK all of his life since a baby.
I remember reading and re-reading the instructions about removing the flywheel and how you had to use a special tool and it might come off with a bang. We had the engine out so it should have been easy but after 3 hours and my dad on the end of a 3 foot pole and me bracing the engine I re-read and noticed a rather incidental line 'remove the drive washer' - a comparatively small part which was holding everything together..... Once removed the flywheel then came off with a proper bang - my dad thought it had shattered at first.
Like many here I had 2 mini manuals - a clean one for reading indoors in the evening and the oily one for use in the workshop. I got others for later cars and I'd get one for my current car but they don't do one for my model...
This sounds like the human condition where we want to do as little as possible to get by. It starts young when children ask something like "what is 12 times 3?" - you try to tell them how to work it out but all they want to know is the answer. Later on in their school careers - "will this be in the exam?" - if the answer is no then no need to learn it. 'Grown ups' are similar.
I met a chap who only could use his computer by following a list of steps - I have no idea how he coped if he clicked on the wrong thing in error. I hope he did not drive.
Several years ago I wanted to try selling some old unwanted stuff on ebay for the first time, I decided to see if anyone wanted a non-working NewBrain computer I had had sitting around for many years . I was expecting maybe £5 to £10 so was quite surprised when it sold for nearly £190.
Sadly I don't think I have any more good old tech which will get that much - eMac anyone?.....
"And Mrs Page wonders why I wait months before I'll update her iPad."
My wife is the opposite - never wants anything updated, prefers the old ways of doing things, thinks updates breaks things (which is often how it seems). She used to work with journalists and they all much preferred using Xywrite (IIRC) - with visible control characters and text only clunky non-wisiwyg display - over having Word forced upon them.
I've recently been using Waze, I tired it originally on a 3G phone and found it to be useless but with a 4G phone much better (YMMV - a friend who recommended it said he had not trouble with it on 3G)
I've not been able to contribute much back though as I don't like touching the screen while driving - too distracting. I guess it is monitoring my speed, location and progress though.
I wonder when and how it is going to be monetized. Quite like it though so far.
A pal of mine who used to lecture on international politics used Life of Brian to illustrate many aspects of political theory to his students.
As a youngster (slightly underage) I went to see it when it was first released and loved it. When I saw it when I was older, the socio-politcial jokes made far more sense meaning that I got more out of it later.
Still love the "You're all individuals....." etc bit - best joke ever IMHO in so many ways.
I'd love to think that one day there will be no difference between storage and memory and programmes will run from where they are and merely be added to the 'stack' or running applications - rather than having to write them from one place to another in RAM et*c, but I am not sure if computer architecture and OSes are ready for this yet.
I mean, how much technology is every really ready and finished when you buy it these days?
*Having said that, I wonder if having storage ('HDD/Flash: a bit more permanent') versus RAM (dynamic, expect it to change, easy to flush out etc) is maybe a good architecture which serves us well.
A bunch of my colleagues/friends went to Brooklands a few years ago and were lucky enough to be there on a day when the chief test pilot (IIRC - or at least a very knowledgeable and experienced Concorde pilot) was there. Being a weekday and it was fairly quiet, apparently they had him to themselves for ages and he was more than happy to talk - and all being engineers - they more than happy to ask questions. Wish I'd gone along.
What are the end results of the breaking down by this wonder enzyme? (Sorry if this is obvious to some of you, I switched off when we did organic chemistry, not sure why)
I'm all for it if it is as good as suggested, but also wonder if the enzyme 'gets out' that plastics will no longer be useful for what we really liked them for - longevity, hygiene etc.
Having said all this, we humans probably just need to consume a heel of a lot less or just say "fuck the planet, let's party!!!!"
Although I concur with nearly all of your comment, I wonder if people shove their phones in your face as it might be easier than trying to shout/say "have you got xxxxxxx by zzzzzzz" and have the ensuring discussion above the sound of your loud music (presuming it is loud - I've never come across a quiet 'sound system')
I'd love this. I once did a full nightshift followed by a 9 hour flight thinking - "great I'll finally sleep on a plane!" - but nope - the following week was just weird....
I sleep well lying down but find sleeping in a chair does not work for me and they are funny about you lying down in the aisles for some reason....
I'd be happy to waive any safety nonsense - if we're going to crash so be it. In fact don't bother with security - I'll take that risk as well if it means I don't have to be treated like a terrorist in the airport.
Danger Air - we'll get you on your way without fuss and (hopefully to your destination alive)
I've flown one of those - including over the centre of Reading once at 1500 ft - and it was surprisingly safe and easy to fly - I was a bit lonely up there.
Bigger balloons with baskets took longer to deflate (on landing) and it was harder to pull the vent at the top, so they would drag along the ground for longer in high winds - not that we flew in what most people would count as high winds.
I never felt unsafe flying balloons, the basket edge is quite high. I have felt more uneasy on high ground based objects e.g. buildings.
It's an enjoyable (IMHO) but daft form of transport, though not quite as daft as a gas balloon where you have a lot less control of height.
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