Don't forget 50/60Hz and how 'strong' the local supply networks are. Any handy person can swap a line socket. I've heard of people simply hooking their cable over a local supply cable. That works.
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I am not an expert but:
Just tried out a 4B 64Mb with a big Dreamcolour on max res. Very nice but then I wanted to have CUPS which is large. Had problems as you write here.
I upped the graphics resource memory to 128 M. Made a vastly better PC. I have not investigated further.
Was Using Raspberry OS. 64 bit.
Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it
Be careful with this kit. I worked on a contract quite some years ago using terra waves for a product inspection control function. I sat in a room with two instruments putting out high power terra waves. After two months my brain was wrecked. It took almost six months to get back to normal function. It wasn't fun at all but at the time I did not notice the effect because my mental acuity became so low.
In general I do have problems with EM and have learned how to avoid or reduce their intensity to my personal tolerance levels. Unfortunately these waves, at least on the system that I worked on, needed a lot of power for useful penetration and that was for medical pill's physical QC.
Please do not delete this post. It is real information.
Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat
In my now, long life one thing I have learned is that Ring products are shoddy crap. I won't buy them and if any one in my family brings them into the house I check them very thoroughly and PAT test them as well. I know their owner will loose interest in them after a few weeks or they will break. Either way they will them vanish into our waste bins. Sorry to be so harsh.
Re: "80 per cent calmer"
I was there. Wonderful Labour. Had to take my passport to a bank and get it stamped to have foreign country for overseas work. Wife and I used to use credit cards to buy ahead for household items we could not afford. With the constant pay rises buy now pay later saved a lot of cash even with the high interest. The 18% was only for a few weeks until the banks got hold of the politicians and made it clear they were going to screw their heads off. That is not an exaggeration, it was that serious. I didn't vote for Corbyn et al and this memory was why. I won't rant on.
Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data
Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap
Bad news from science land: Fast-charging li-ion batteries may be quick to top up, but they're also quick to die
Will someone think of the taxpayer? UK.gov needs to stop burning billions on shoddy procurement, says Reform
You can never specify a technical project these days. Science and engineering is evolving too fast.
What you can do is specify what you want to achieve and when. There may be an rider such as made in UK only.
By doing this the whole procurement is on the shoulders of the supplier. BUT what it does mean is that the functionality required has to be right and remain unchanged. This is always a problem for an admin civil servant because they are way out of their depth with technology. In the halcyon days of yore our civil service did have scientific groups of an extremely high technical standard. Instead of paying these people properly they were outsourced as companies and sold to private concerns who failed to maintain these centres of excellence.
Go To the top of my comment and start again you are in a never ending loop.
If you have pressed the escape key I can say that I have had to sort out some scientific instrument and contracts and concentrating on functionality really does sharpen up the supplier very quickly in a way that is beyond your own staff.
Re: "Which hasn't struck me as particularly advanced either"
I read that too. It is possible because China has developed rail construction methods for building and running on frozen tundra. They are doing that now into Mongolia. The report also said that the Bearing Straight tunnel is nothing special for a railway tunnel.
Re: "US train makers have a long experience in such kind of transport"
truism; Every rail freight journey generates two truck journeys.
Here in the UK we gave up on rail freight for that very reason. OK distances in the US are far greater but I suspect even there saving one of the two truck journeys has a break even point.
Openreach's cunning plan to 'turbocharge' the post-Brexit economy: Getting everyone on full-fibre broadband by 2025
Business may be. For my house, 1 TV a lot of the time and a couple of PCs; copper is very fine indeed. We get everything we want and at a good speed. (We are near an exchange and ARM's HQ so that may help.) Absoletly no need whatsoever for it.
As an aside, some end user devices which don't continually update would be great. Yes I know why they do it but it is never ending and a huge time waster.
A Baker friend, many years ago had a three phase supply. Two meters duly record electricity use and the third ran backwards and generated a refund. The supplier was told many times. "Don't be daft sir!". We could see the meter was clearly marked substandard. Again, "Don't be daft sir. The inevitable happened and the meter recorded past zero to however many nines. Even then it took them a while to understand what they could clearly see but they did admit such a bill was impossible.
Most workers don't want to be IT techs. It is not what they get paid for and importantly, judged on at review time. If the boss is not an IT geek looking for IT skill your performance grade can head southwards at speed for time wasting or being a slow worker. Workers also get very fed up with constant upgrades and system changes. I know most of that is for security etc. but? Civil services the world over are an out of world experience when compared to normal business. When I started working in R&D the techs there were only allowed to have computers with less power than a manager had for his email.
Glad I am retired. I had more than enough of being used as an IT support guy when I had a massive amount of work to do with large image files. The concept was beyond the company managers.
I am an old techie. Do you know that means working on electronic things and writing computer code? I hope you do because I had forgotten until I read the article. Nobody has trusted me to work for them for twenty years now and who can blame them? I saw this coming and put my cash where it could earn a profit for me without a lot of work. I doubt that I could even do that now but I don't care. I covered my posterior before it was too late. At my age it is downright inhuman to expect cutting edge productivity. Only a politician or a prat, same thing I suppose, could expect an older person to be as sharp as a younger person. I do know some exceptions but they were professors in their halcyon days and even they have slowed down a bit.
The UK government expects people to work skilfully until they are over sixty. What was it I said about politicians in the previous paragraph? I have forgotten already.
Get real people. Plan your life for your own future realistically. By the time you reach thirty you will know your natural level in the world and by the time you are forty you will be sure you know hoe fat your mental abilities are declining. Unless you are an NHS manager you will need to adapt.
Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same
In general I believe we all do this already. It starts at school when you are surrounded by pears who are being marked and tested every day and you are living close together for many hours at a time. You become "trained" by constant reference to the data set performance in which you live and where you exist within it. When I was among young people I could quickly estimate their intelligence. Where I fall down is with levels of intelligence vastly more so than mine. That is outside my data set . Old people give me the same problem but that is probably because I am heading for my four score years and live in a village with a fair number of professors down to dole scroungers.
From my distant memories when I used to work: I saw a lot of new computer and science technology coming in and easily understood it. I saw old technology managers deliberately plan to stop young, pain in the rear, types like me. I would be discredited, behind my back, at every opportunity such that I would never be promoted and as such senior managers would never get to hear of what I was doing. This tactic prevented middle managers loosing their jobs or having to learn new things to keep up to date.Of course. It all collapsed soon enough but a fine company is now just a memory. Latterly I worked with a company who knew they had to have A1 security for many real, real security reasons. Their techies got on with it and did it well.
(I have heard it said that I have a persecution complex!! It is difficult to disagree.)
I would like to see a cost centre app which times and rports every users non productive windows time. I have been around since dos 2 and i have probably used a year of my life fighting their ++++++ OS. I am no ludddite. I worked mainly with scientific instruments and windows has been a fantastic resource BUT the time wasted is ublelievable.
Many years ago I worked with a laboratory integrator for analysing HPLC traces.
Too frequently for financial comfort we used to get a failure of the main PCB. This never happened in the factory, only with customers.
One day one of the engineers noted that customers were very often ladies. There were no ladies in our instrument production facility. He looked at the matter more closely and eventually deduced the cause was ladies wearing nylon knickers. In practice and with some very discrete questioning we found this to be reliably true. After this discovery we warned new customers about the static problem with nylon clothes and never had the problem again.
Re: 64bit AMD x2 in full use - before this MS patch
This is far more serious than a few old pcs being knackered. There are big financial costs, time costs and all the rest of it.
Old AMD machines have a habit of working very well and the are not constantly obsoleted by new wintel software. Mine were running Linux with a windows 10 disc in them for the hell of it and because it was licensed after being brutally updated from XP or W7. Now those old computers are completely useless for anything because I ran W10 to find out something about this problem. Too late, I now understand.
I can not back update the processors because they will not run. I have seen comprehensive diatribes on how to remove those windows patches. That is as much use as a chocolate tea pot if you can not run windows 10 on your bricked computer.
This is a disaster. What I need now is a list of old AMD cpus which will replace my bricked ones and are Wintel proof. Hopefully I can buy these second hand for almost nothing and get some work done.
'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway
Re: It's almost like...
Please don't forget the great British customer. They really know how to find a bargain even if they are clueless about what they are buying.
I once worked for a company that bought a dedicated word processor for the price of half a dozen houses just as the first versions of MS office were hitting our desks. It was switched on once after the initialisation and very expensive training. (I did say told you so but was promptly told to shut up)
Sorry, off subject but that is what you have to cope with when it comes to computer use.
When you have a patent it doesn't mean that you always have the basis for something technically wonderful. Often it means that you can block someone else's new ideas and protect your old business. If you are lucky enough to get a key patent then you can effectively own a whole new business without doing little more than collecting royalties. Patent trolls love these.
Patents are a wonderful area for people to search for new ideas and avoid recent ones which they would have to license to use even if their own thoughts were independent. This of course raises the question as to whether the original patent should have been allowed in the first place.
Patents vary in quality. American patents are often blindingly obvious. Apple's rounded corners is a modern notable case. I was taught to form rounded corners in technical drawing classes c. 1964 yet Apple got a patent! I think I remember someone patenting a wheel barrow.?
Poor patents are a liability for everyone concerned because of the cost of overturning them. On the other hand that cost can be weaponised - Apple Again. This basically rules out innovative start up companies. Note: To British politicians continually eulogising start up companies as the way forward. Most UK start ups sell out immediately they get a good patent and take the cash while the value is there.
There is far more to patents than just, "The Patent!"
I worked in high tech science and visited all sorts of odd parts of the world working with advanced scientific equipment.
There are Qualifications, qualifications and fake qualifications. Some countries are not even able to teach to the standard of a US/European/Japanese and similar universities. Countries like China and Russia could theoretically train some fabulous scientists but they had little technical experience (1970s). When somebody turns up at the border you just do not know. You don't even know if the company making the job offer is suitably qualified to ask for skilled foreign people or they are just a front for getting friends and family into the UK. It is often of little use asking UK government border staff to make a sound judgment because their scientific nous is abysmal. Science is not their job after all.
Blocking a high proportion of applicants is a good thing. Only really good people and good UK companies asking for them will persevere.
I worked in high tech long enough to know that there is a huge variability in educational exam qualifications - even in the UK let alone who knows where. It would be crass to just believe what is written on a visa application form. The NHS have gone some way with this problem by re-examining medical doctors before supporting them. I have come across many personnel staff who try to employ people for tech roles when their own qualifications are totally lacking in the required field. That even goes for managers who have created the vacancy. In many fields key workers know each other and communicate. They know which jobs are not worth having!
Re: "our politicians actually followed our instructions"
Yes, I have one like that as well. It is so old its positional accuray is about 3 meters out so somtimes it can not tell you how to navigate road junctions. To really help the manufacturers have stopped supporting the thing which was very good.
If I was not so tight with money......................
So, Google manages to photograph everything that has ever been printed of any use and OCR'd and indexed all of it along with photo recognition in just a few years and our plod can not do whatever for asmall number of photos for a small country.
I have heard from a reliable source that just turning on a windows computer at plod base can take over an hour. This makes report filing and so on a very time intensive task and economically not worth the bother. 'ugger the public.
I am sure things are getting better, yes that must be true of course?
Interesting but as always these analyses count wages as spendable income. That is just not true. All sorts of taxes are taken from income to feed the gaping maw of, "THE STATE". What is left is barely pocket money for most workers and the companies that employ them.
President Trump has put into place a very good idea. It is to cut tax on companies so that they can function properly . This has had an immediate effect on the USA. Employment is falling and people are able to work for real incomes as opposed to pocket money. Of course the EU thinks trump has opened the doors of hell. Maybe but what he has done is pushed all sorts of ideas for the state to spend other peoples money into hell where the perpetrators and their ideas must surely have escaped from.
( I am just moralising using flowery language)
I had dealings with Macs in labs years ago. They got their 'in' by virtually giving computers to education people. This was especially so in the USA and Japan. As I was working with projects that used Macs in industry we were 'screwed' blind by their prices and totally indifferent support in the UK. We did have people using Spark stations but that was far too complex for general use. Sadly, Windows worked well enough back in those days. (Linux or OS2 were jokes sorry to say.)
Re: Innovative, effective and affordable solutions
Before my time but I was told the trick was to jump out of a truck and accidentally hit the but on the ground. This would knock out the safety pin and prime the mechanism to fire a bullet upwards though your chin.
The secret of these guns was that they could be made by village blacksmiths. Now there is a tip for our defense procurement costings! OOps, village blacksmiths are long gone.