I am still happily using my Blackberry. It and it's predecessors have never failed me and the touch screen it doesn't have can be cleaned without making long distance phone calls or deleting all my notes and contacts - you really have to watch what you swipe on an iCrap! I also have a couple of hundred books loaded on it that I am working my way though - very easy to read on the high-enough definition screen. I also use a wonderful (free) app called Google Maps that unlike that fruity version actually seems to know where it is and how to get elsewhere accurately.
I use Tether or a USB to connect to the internet via my PC (Bluetooth definitely is switched OFF) or simply use my 4G through AT&T - which is VERY fast!
My plan gives me unlimited everything (grandfathered in) for one fixed fee.
I love my Blackberry and drink (imported) Ribena (at $12 per litre - concentrated though) to celebrate it every day!
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits.
- Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most.
- I vaguely remember having a good memory...
When I delete a file from within an application (say, Visual Studio) rather than from Explorer, wouldn't it make more sense for that file to be sent to the recycle bin (rather than be deleted forever)?
I'd say this should be the default behavior, but there are instances where that wouldn't be desired (e.g., an application that continuously creates temp files then deletes them when done with some processing... that'd fill up the recycle bin pretty fast). Maybe a second recycle bin for application-initiated deletes would work (one with its own capacity and "overflow" policy)?
I know we can explicitly code for files to be sent to the recycle bin, but it's almost never done, so I'm thinking doing this by default would be the ideal solution. Perhaps they'll add this to Windows 9 or .Net Framework 5.
Perhaps they'll add this to Windows 9 or .Net Framework 5.
And if they added this to .Net Framework 5, someone will post:
I know we can explicitly code for files to be deleted permanently, but it's almost never done, so I'm thinking doing this by default would be the ideal solution. Perhaps they'll add this to Windows 10 or .Net Framework 5.5.
So, I think it's the best idea if a programmer is required to pass a moveToRecycleBin boolean or something like that.
Whilst hanging innumerable Christmas lights at my lady's house this weekend (and last) it occurred to me that there is nothing stopping us from creating wire strings that contain individually-addressable lights LEDs, with a wireless controller at the power plug. IPv6 makes a virtually unlimited number of addresses available, so it's quite feasible from an addressing standpoint. Think of the fun you could have writing programs to animate the yard display, without having the deal with a bunch of electromechanical relays and such that are traditionally employed by the lunatics who make an annoying, animated display of their yards every year. Not only would it save electricity, but it would also open up a whole new field of application programming for you all!
So, why isn't it already being done? What's holding us back?
Cool! But still a bit pricey for everyday use... It's also rather clunky, what with a full circuit board and IC controller for each LED. I very much like the fact that the color is programmable, though. What I had in mind was a bit more mundane - a bundle of AWG28 or smaller wires, each terminating at a LED and connected to a common ground wire, with each driven by an addressable demultiplexer chip in the power block. Each strand would have its own dedicated network IP address and wireless interface, and the individual LEDs would respond to a subaddress in the network.
Very trivially - by running conductors from a control assembly to the LEDs. It wouldn't take a large wire, and a bundle of very tiny wires would handle a large number of LEDs per string. Address decoding would be handled in a controller located at the ac mains connection. The demultiplexing could be 1-of-n or possibly m-of-n for more simultaneous activations, all of which can be done very easily.
At this point it sounds like you've changed your design from one microcontroller per bulb to putting each bulb on a separate power loop. Replacing a 2/3 strand cable with an N strand (N= bulb count) will result in an unwieldy cable and just shift where the excess cost is.
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Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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I did find a lot of information on doing that with Arduino. There are some lights that have the 1-wire-per-LED feature, and just connecting one or more of those to an Arduino board would work quite nicely.
Sorta Off Topic, but my favorite website for electronic stuff has to be All Electronics[^]
Yup, it's a cool site! I think something along the lines of an Arduino would work nicely, using it to address a demultiplexer, or even a crosspoint switch configuration to pulse individual LEDs. I don't know what currents modern LEDs require, but even at the 20 mA level the originals consumed, each LED would be adequately served by a #28 to #32 conductor, and 50 of these would bundle into a very convenient cable size for stringing in trees.
Roger, I looked into this a while back as a project for my Arduino. It's basically cost that stopped me. I wanted to create programmable/controllable LED lightboxes (1000+ leds) for video and stage lighting in which each LED could be color programmed.
My own lack of capital prevented me, maybe kickstarter?
That would be ambitious, certainly. But costs are going down, and it's only a matter of time before your idea will be affordable, I think. Some of the color-programmable solutions mentioned in this thread take the approach of allowing 8-bit color values to each LED, with each having its own controller chip. Another approach is to use a group of 3 LEDs - R-G-B - and apply varying pulse widths to each in order to create different colors. Persistence in human optical perception makes a number of shortcuts possible.
Start out small - maybe a couple hundred cells - and build your idea from there. My first digital alarm clock was built from TTL flip-flops and discrete LEDs because I couldn't afford fancy clock ICs that cost an arm and a leg. In the end, mine turned out to be much cooler, because the display was straight binary, not the mundane, boring decimal digits everyone has now. Heck, I think mine was even more effective, simply because it took mental effort just to decode what time it was when the thing fired off in the morning.
I thought of this a couple of xmases ago - but don't have the skillz required
I wanted to have the individually addressable lights connected up - you then throw them over trees or your house or whatever. then, using a usb camera pointed at the whole set up, software switches each light on and off individually so it knows where each light is as a 2d map from that viewpoint. (you could repeat from several viewpoints I guess).
so then you could program pictures, messages, patterns etc. to display across the whole area, without ever having to worry about positioning individual lights in the 'right' place.
So, as we all know, the nurse who was involved in the Duchess of Cambridge prank call died last week. And now there's a witch hunt in place from the UK press for the 2 DJs who played the prank. I've listened to the call, and it wasn't a bad one - certainly nothing that should have caused the kerfuffle that it did.
So, I want to say publicly that the DJs have my support. They do not deserve the ordeal that they are being put through.
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i found their interview less than convincing - their responses practiced and manufactured (and personally i think they lacked authentic personality). Clearly these two have been busy this weekend.
On the other hand we have the fallout from the levison inquiry - so theres a rampant amount of british press calling the kettle black at the moment.
and lets not forget - we all like a good old fashioned witch hunt whipped up by the tabloids.
we'll see what happens next i suppose.
To paraphrase Fred Dagg - the views expressed in this post are bloody good ones.
I think that the nurse had a lot more problems / issues that led to this than one call from the DJs
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Given the number of these that have been done over the last few years and the furore and upset they have caused, I think they were pretty irresponsible, and so was the station management. They knew nothing about this nurse and lied to her in order to get information that they knew was not supposed to be made public.
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They do not deserve the ordeal that they are being put through.
I tend to agree, they are being humiliated almost as much.
One of these days I'm going to think of a really clever signature.
I haven't heard it myself, but from what I understand (which may be incorrect), the thing which distressed the nurse was that she publicly revealed personal information about some royal official, not the prank call itself.
Like Simon said, however, it was the nurse who had issues.
I haven't heard it myself, but from what I understand (which may be incorrect),
the thing which distressed the nurse was that she publicly revealed personal
information about some royal official, not the prank call itself.
That's not correct. She transferred the call to the duty nurse who then revealed private medical info.
Indeed. In that case, I wouldn't place any blame on the DJ's. I wouldn't have according to my previous understanding either, but this really makes it plainly obvious that they just happened to call a suicidal woman (i.e., they didn't drive her to be suicidal).
I have to agree. What if she hadn't killed herself, but had been fired (or struck off if that's possible for a nurse) for breaking patient confidentiality. There wouldn't be the same media screams, but the affects on her and her family would still be terrible.
Prank calls are bullying, and nothing more.
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What if she hadn't killed herself, but had been fired
Well if she wasn't doing her job, that makes sense. For example, if she neglected to confirm the identity of the individuals calling, then in any situation she did that would be grounds for being fired.
On the other hand, any prank calls should be made to be anonymous (e.g., names bleeped out). A call such as this where the hospital is known is not a good setup, as the person being pranked can be publicly identified.
Don't forget the overlooked fact and that she was a nurse. When Mrs. Wifey worked for the NHS she often remarked that nurses were the bottom-feeders in the NHS and that management were very quick to pass the blame onto nursing staff as they did many times on the wards she worked on.
I believe the management at the hospital that nurse worked at have refuted any suggestion she was facing disciplinary action. Now, that might be true of a private hospital, I don't know, but it's more than possible the hospital is lying. Maybe that nurse had other issues in her life as well but she deserved better than what those two pricks in Sydney did to her. Maybe they're not responsible one iota and maybe what they did was the final catalyst. The radio station has probably made some decent money selling the rights of the interview which'll compensate them for a weekend's loss of revenue not advertising on-air.
I agree to an extent that the DJs don't deserve the ordeal they're going through but it was their doing and they take responsibility for it. It's a total mindf**k for sure but maybe it'll teach them to keep their mouths shut. Maybe if they spent more time laughing with people than they do laughing at them they'd be better for it.
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