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On Wakefield 2008 details confirmed:

"... Wakefield Campanile (budget flat pack clone hotels located on scenic industrial estates throughout Europe) ...".

I believe that regulars refer to them as "Camp-in-hell".

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 31/1/08 5:18PM
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On South East 2007 show preview:

"I'd also point out the ROOL license precludes use of its sources on emulated ARM platforms (which is fair enough it's bad enough one RISC OS developer supporting emulation having both support emulation would - in effect - truly mean the end of the RISC OS as a computing platform IMHO)."

No it doesn't. The licence states "... PROVIDED THAT such work is only intended to be used in conjunction with an embodiment (whether physical or emulated) of one or more versions of the ARM processor architecture."

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/10/07 1:57PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

"I've always used Eagle for small stuff, and Mentor Graphics for complex - both of which are C/C++. (In fact, Mentor's got a bundle of Perl and TCL in there, too)"

I've got news for you. The next generation Mentor ECAD system that is supposed to replace the existing Boardstation and Design View/Expedition flows is claimed (by Mentor) to be 100% Java based. I believe it is scheduled for release in about two years.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/9/07 7:16PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

Ignore previous comment - I guess the 'Show help' button really should read 'Post message'!

rjek - I think I can safely assume you are not an Electronics Engineer. Java is very much the language of choice these days for electronic design tools such as schematic entry, PCB layout and programmable logic design. Indeed, in many cases, vendors are rewriting existing C/C++/Assembler/whatever applications to be Java-based.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/9/07 5:05PM
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On Java and RISC OS:


 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/9/07 4:57PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

Look at places like Russia, the Philippines and Argentina if you want good, cheap, programmers and engineers. India is considered too expensive by many these days.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 27/04/07 2:19PM
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On Multimedia-friendly 1GHz XScale launched:

As a guess, this device is intented to be a direct competitor to the MIPS-based Broadcom BCM7038 ([link]) which is used in many set top boxes and DVRs.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 24/4/07 12:18PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

Out of interest, what is the real underlying problem with Firefox installation, and why is Paul Vigay's fix considered a temporary workaround?

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 20/3/07 5:24PM
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On ROS Open awaiting licensing wording agreement:

Don't forget that Mach Technology also promised a Modulo 2 compiler and a hypertext browser. The latter would have been way ahead of its time had it actually existed.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 1/12/06 3:50PM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

OK - the information in the link I just posted may be wrong, because although it does talk about dual 512MB L2 caches, it then talks about 1MB of on-chip memory. This may be the original source of confusion.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/8/06 5:44PM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

If you look at the details here [link],1876,RID%253D0%2526CID%253D30175%2526CCD%253DUSA%2526SID%253D32214%2526DID%253DDF2%2526LID%253D32235%2526BID%253DDF2%2526CTP%253DTRV,00.html, not only does it confirm that the L2 cache is 512 MB (not 512 kB) as some have speculated, but this is per core. In other words, there is 1 GB of on-chip RAM. It also explicitly mentions the possibility of using this in place of external RAM in some applications.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 23/8/06 5:41PM
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On New Iyonixes shipping with Nvidia FX52 cards:

Doh! Make that "man years", not "months years".

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 20/8/06 4:46PM
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On New Iyonixes shipping with Nvidia FX52 cards:

"I wonder how worthwhile it will be to redesign the motherboard simply to stick with the existing Iyonix." Because a redesign to change one package is probably a day's work for a design engineer plus a week for a CAD person and another week to test out the revised design. A complete new motherboard design would likely be at least two or three months years and take at least six months.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 20/8/06 4:44PM
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On New Iyonixes shipping with Nvidia FX52 cards:

I’m intrigued how the use of an intermediary company helps comply with the RoHS regulations. As was discussed in the earlier thread, to sell a non-compliant product it must have been placed in the market prior to the compliance deadline. The industry-wide interpretation of “placed on the market” is that the item is made available for sale in its final form. An Iyonix motherboard is not the final form of an Iyonix computer. I’m not saying that Castle are wrong, but I will comment that if they aren’t, I’m surprised that no large companies I’m aware of (including the one I work for) have used this apparently simple workaround.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 20/8/06 12:24AM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

If Castle’s finances are so bad that not only have they got into the position of owing back-pay, but are also looking at having to pay it ‘in kind’, then the discussion may be academic since they may not last long enough to open-source anything.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 17/08/06 8:58PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

"Castle have stockpiled enough motherboards to last for at least a couple of years, since you're allowed to sell things that you already had in stock...."

Unfortunately, it's not that clear-cut. The ruling states that a non-compliant product may not be "placed on the market" after 1/7/06. The general interpretation of this is that a product is placed on the market when it is in its final form and ready for sell. Therefore, an assembled Iyonix in stock can still be sold, but it would now be illegal to use an existing non-compliant motherboard to build a computer and then sell it. Of course, a creative work-around could be to sell the system components separately and then charge an integration fee to assemble it. This may even be why Castle started selling the motherboards separately.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 1/8/06 4:20PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

"So it's a level playing field - all equipment on the EU market is covered including imported goods."

And, it's not just the EU. Almost every developed country either has existing similar regulations, or is actively working on them. Rightfully so too, since the banned substances are neither nice nor essential.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 1/8/06 3:18PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

It isn't just the type of solder used. The RoHS regulations ban six substances - lead, cadmium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexavalent compound of chromium. PBBs and PBDEs are additive flame retardents used in many electronic components. This means that a lot of the components will need to be upgraded to RoHS-compliant versions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cases where manufacturers are not upgrading older components, or versions in less used pacakges.

Bottom line - the need for an expensive redesign isn't surprising at all. Many companies are going through the same pain, and many have just discontinued vast numbers of older products.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 1/8/06 12:59PM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

I too can see the point that 'Jwoody' is making about NetSurf. Look at it from a generic user's point to view (i.e someone with no experience of RISC OS). They expect a browser on a desktop computer to display every single page they access without problem. If it doesn't then it's not a good browser. Furthermore, they don't care about the internal structure (core features vs. plugins etc.), or how much effort went into developing it. Whilst NetSurf may be a big achievement in the niche RISC OS world, Peter Wild's original statement was talking about RISC OS in a wider context.

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 20/7/06 9:37AM
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On News in brief:

Am I the only one who thinks that the sad death of someone who arguably played a big role in shaping RISC OS and hence the post-Acorn market is being trivialized by combining it in a thread with some jumped-up nobody who is going the wrong way about proving a point?

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 25/3/06 3:07PM
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