If they haven't got one already, that could be the first article in a new 'WTFLA' spin-off collection of all the double-facepalm stories.
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If they haven't got one already, that could be the first article in a new 'WTFLA' spin-off collection of all the double-facepalm stories.
'd' extends towards infinity by an exponential rate based on 'a' (where 'a' is the device age in months [unlocked handsets] or days [locked handsets]), inversely reducing 'm' so pretty much all anyone ends up with is 'f' and 'u', a big ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and a link to buy the latest yet-to-be-abandoned handset.
... absolutely agree there, but now the Nomad has been released there's another option - a way to avoid the autoroute toll booths, or even the tarmac altogether (green-laning from Nice to UK...? :-D ). I'm not so sure if it'd get parked up on show in the same way as the Atom though. More extreme eye-candy for front-of-Casino would be the older limited run bewinged 500 V8.
... on that basis my old SGS3 is running the latest version ;-)
...ad-libbing with a duck - sorry, Argentinian racing pigeon.
Definitely, and what's more, we did have a girl called Debbie in my class, and calculators with a memory function too...
...problem solved by putting two calculators side by side...
...the S can do it, can't it? They even make a big deal of the latest ones letting themselves out of a garage and pulling out onto the driveway, all cosy and whatnot, ready to go to the first appointment in your calendar at a time that takes into account the traffic en route. If that's possible, just get out where everyone can see, then have the car tuck itself away. They could even fit the robosnake charging arm to the car and adapt it to pick tickets from the entrance barrier so you can get out before going anywhere near the inside of the car park.
It'd be nice if they enabled the configuration option for the X on the website so we can all spec up and dream on.
This is the company that fitted insecure vehicle security to save a tiny amount per car, then fought for two years after that was discovered to cover it up. The urea tank system costs a lot more than $1, so it's even more money saved/in profit/in bonus payments and share dividends.
Rich Hall — 'Good things come to those who wait, but sh*t pretty much shows up right away, doesn't it?'
Remap fans beware - get one like the BSR boxes or the old MINI Oneclick jobs that can be reverted to factory maps for the MoT emissions test, then reinstated afterwards. Call me cynical, but if this action against VW sticks then one outcome might be that EMS firmware is checked, approved and sealed, and any aftermarket mods forced off the road.
The same basic underlying need for the engine management system not to get itself in a knot exists when a petrol engine is on test - driven wheels spinning, non- driven wheels static, engine under a lot less stress for the given speed through lack of aero drag, ABS getting confused, ESP wondering why there are no inputs from pitch, yaw, steering and braking sensors, etc. What's under scrutiny isn't that the cars 'know' they are on an emissions test rig, but what they do with that information.
As for whether the fiddle exists in other engines, consider the 4.0 twin-turbo petrol V8 in the Audi RS6 Avant puts out 560bhp and only 223g/km CO2, (way less than, for example, the 2.8T 4x4 Vauxhall Insignia VXR estate with 320bhp and 259g/km). The Audi manages supercar-bothering sub-4sec 0-60mph 189mph top speed performance (with ceramic brake option) and because they shaved 6g off the emissions for the latest model, the RS6 is in a tax band that's merely painful rather than eye-wateringly expensive. The EMS probably recognised the test situation and never let the engine get out of the light-load V4 cylinder shutdown mode, hence 29mpg. So it certainly looks like some of the VAG petrol units are having their cake and eating it, just like the diesels.
So many unintentional URLs out there...
La Drape, Les Bocages, Speed of Art and America's Pan King also made that mistake. I'm not sure whether the Turbomachinery Institute of Technology & Sciences (an academic institute in Hyderabad, India) isn't just a clever ruse to use tits.ac.in... maybe the Swissbit and Choose Spain people know the truth...?
Dear (cough) Ad Age, listen to your 'Friends' (cough cough) at WaPo, then look at Mike's post above and ^^^learn from that^^^.
Well said, sir.
...brought this to mind:
Fozziwig: My speech! Here's my Christmas speech. Ahem. "Thank you all, and Merry Christmas."
Jacob Marley: That was the speech?
Robert Marley: It was dumb!
Jacob Marley: It was obvious!
Robert Marley: It was pointless!
Jacob Marley: It was... short!
Together: I loved it!
"...just enough to mean that all the opt-opts already made will be invalidated because of some minor changes to the required wording. Everyone who has already opted out will be back in the list, and to prevent any stress or worry we won't tell them. Thanks to our old school friends at SmaxoGlythkline for lending us their legal teams to sort that one out."
Call me cynical...
...what's the sound system like?
Current heliocentric speed 14.49km/s
1km/s is roughly 2237mph (data from Johns Hopkins University APL)
1 billion miles in 1220 or so days is 34,153mph. Depends on how close to 1 billion miles it has to travel, but delta-V for exactly 1 billin is around another 1,700mph max. At current speed it'll cover 949 million miles, which is 'nearly' enough at zero delta-V.
That old saying reminded me of one of Sir Ken Robinson's well known presentations about creativity in education, especially the bit about the 200ft high paperclip.
There seem to be a lot of other relevant clips on The RSA's YouTube channel as well, but the SKR one popped up in my mind first.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." I suspect that Newton would have liked the Internet too.
Not strictly "boy", but "Out in the Fields" could be rewritten to fit...
"Stored in the fields,
the data's just begun.
Out on the disks,
Records build one by one.
Wait! Back it up!
A thousand files could die each day.
Murphy's just a heartbeat away."
With apologies to Gary Moore and Phil Lynott, obviously
...I've only ever had one PC setup where it overclocked by default (an old AMD Athlon setup, unlocked CPU and IIRC an Abit mobo) - TBH the board didn't really understand the CPU, which should have been 100MHz FSB x18, and set it to x20 without asking, which is about +11%. It never batted an eyelid for about 5yrs or so before I needed to save space and retired it in favour of laptops.
...a guy from the US says what use is USIS. Ah, US, you sez you use USIS for uses to vet forces and that use is not useless vis-a-vis crises with groups like ISIS.
But now, the US says it must assess this use of assessors like USIS for assessment of assistants, and seize this role back and cease this, what's more to see fit to do this at no cost if US can assess USIS as useless.
With a huge nod to Charlie Brooker
...meets Amazon Fire - don't leave it there too long, could have unwanted results.
Give in early and save the stress.
I bought myself some LEGO about 30 years ago, because I liked the look of it ("Spaceship! SPACESHIP!!!") and when I went to pay the woman on the till said something like "Birthday time, eh? I love buying presents for the kids...".
Just buy it. No excuses. \m/
A friend has a Garmin on his bike and, whilst the ride profile graphs are interesting, it is always putting 'corrections' in. We rode over 70 miles one day, and the height at some points was around 200' above the OS map. The correction applied was a 200' cliff/shear in the profile, with a couple of 50' drops elsewhere en route. It was also about 1.5 miles shorter over the whole trip than my on-wheel sensor. It could be that neither is right, of course, though I set mine by riding on it to measure 5 wheel revs of a mark on the rim to counter the tyre squash. Another friend rode using Strava on an iPhone and he got somewhere in between, with no cliffs. The route had about 10 miles under rain-soaked trees and we reckoned that these interfered with the signal enough to give the Garmin problems.
I've also noticed an in-car Garmin nuvi vary the current speed by 4-5mph passing bridges and other obstructions when compared with 0-2mph on a more expensive Becker unit at the same point. YMMV but in my experience with admittedly their lower-cost units, Garmin satnavs have worse reception - it may be different with their £200+ in-car units. I'd like to think all satnav devices are as good as each other, but there are differences in design that make them sensitive to positioning and orientation so the same unit can give varying results depending what's around it.
Worth doing. We rebuilt a bunch of RM Ones a year back by gutting them and fitting new mobo, CPU, RAM and a 120GB SSD in each. Just kept the box and monitor, but did the lot for about half the cost of a full refresh - about £190 each, and not much more time to complete (maybe a day). The room went from being unbearable to usable.
I've just dropped a 1TB MX200 SSD into an old Dell laptop (unfortunately now revealed to be susceptible to the Intel CPU cockup), plus a couple of 250GBs in two Toshibas, one on AMD Turion TL60 and another on a much newer Celeron 1000M. All are much better off for the switch from spinning disks - something like 16-25 seconds to login and then another 5-10 seconds to desktop, plus noise levels near silent as the fans don't spin up that often.
Fortunately, the Micron/Crucial Storage Executive firmware upgrade tool is a joke (web application, ships with outdated version of Java) and won't run on any of them, so hopefully I'll not experience the failure by firmware update that affected the Samsung SSDs a few months back. However, just imagine having 15-16TB go west instead of something that is more easily backed up...
It could start all jolly, like a Gilbert and Sullivan theme:-
"I am the very model of what modern venture capital
Can achieve when combined with fervour most maniacal,
I know the heads of companies, and quote ideas graphical
From my man Woz to PARC Xerox, in order categorical." etc...
It could move through the electro-pop back catalogue with a sub-theme based on Ultravox's "Vienna" (especially for the years when Gil Amelio was running Apple), then moving into Something more like Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" (so many levels of possibility there), which moves into a reprise of "Vienna" as the health issues become apparent ("It means nothing to me..."), before switching to something that could sound like the Fast Show's "Boris ton Bastardo" opera parody, before rounding off with the Four Tops "I'll be there".
The audience can all take part via an iPhoneiPad app that will link their iDevices together (like the sort of thing that Dan Deacon does) to project a giant image of Steve/the changing Apple logo/a black turtleneck, etc across the auditorium, before "One more thing" scrolls across followed by a giant question mark to finish off.
Or nothing like that (apart from maybe the app thing)...
How about a rewording of the mug to "After I finish this coffee I'm going to move a 'backup' in the cloud..."?
... the update advisor tool was being a bit cautious. The old A300D is currently running Windows 10 just fine on the old December 2008 ATI driver. I had to force the update to load, and then pointed the display adapter to the Windows.old folder to find the Win7 driver. I also had to remove a small collection of utilities to stop some instability, such as Toshiba's toolkits/updaters, the ATI Catalyst stuff and, oddly, all of the Freemake media downloader/converter titles, but in the end it works nicely.
The issue with the Dell laptop was down to me ages ago setting DEP to apply only to essential Windows files and services - once I'd dug that nugget from memory and reset it to all files, the Win8.1 and Win10 upgrade advisors found that the CPU was fine. And there was me thinking it was the Dell firmware blocking the XD setting... hopefully that will be a reasonably smooth process as well, but there is a lot more legacy on that system than on the old Toshiba.
This sort of thing will affect more than a few laptops as well. For example, I've an old Toshiba 2008 model A300D which has been upgraded over the years to 4GB RAM and a 250GB MX200 SSD, currently running Win7 Pro 64. Alongside the AMD Turion X2 CPU it has a Radeon X1200 graphics card, which ATI/AMD stopped supporting as a discrete GPU a year or two ago, but like so many laptops it's dependant on the manufacturer releasing custom graphics drivers. It's a bit like the issue with Android phones, where Google might issue a patch, but the handset manufacturer can't be bothered to rebuild their custom firmware. I've also got a Dell with add-on nVidia GPU - this is stuck at an old driver release for the same reason.
The old A300D went from 'OK' to 'Nope' in the Win10 upgrade doohickey about 2 weeks before launch day, so it won't even try to download the update. It was possible to force Win8/8.1 to run the older Win7 WMMD 1.0 drivers - not sure yet if that's still an option in Win10, but currently the graphics driver is the only thing preventing the laptop from running Win10. The Dell has just been told 'No go'... but not for the GPU - apparently the Intel T7200 CPU isn't supported...
... that article had me smiling. ElReg upholding the standards of boffinry, as expected.
Get thee to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle - the place is currently stuffed full of retro gaming gear for the Game On 2.0 exhibit (runs until 03 Jan 2016).
Can't remember everything, but did play a maze game on the ZX81, 3D Deathchase on a ZX Spectrum with a natty little CompactFlash card drive fitted to the back, and a bunch of other good things. Can't remember what the Amiga was running. Their Beeb was busted, though, just showing static on screen (blown capacitor?) :-( ...
Sorry this sounds like an advert, but I've just spent the afternoon wandering about the place with a big grin on my face.
That truly will be a bum call.
OTOH, what if the voice activation was triggered by a thunderous Bronx cheer?
Reading about the Apollo 13 mission, process failure happened then as well. By all accounts, the O2 tank failure was due to a combination of the tank being dropped slightly during a test five years before the mission flew, plus the tank thermostat manufacturer not getting the memo about the shift from using 28 volts to 65 volts as part of the response to the Apollo 1 fire.
Space.com has a writeup about the incident.
Universe Today has an excellent series of articles about the incident. By curious twist of fate, the damaged vent pipe probably saved the crew from death as the tank stirring procedures had been accelerated to try to deal with the issue - it failed on the fifth stir, but whilst still in space with the lunar module docked, instead of on day 5 as scheduled, with the mission already on the lunar surface.
It seems the tank passed all tests as an item, but the combination of parts made a small bomb. The workarounds were accepted instead of triggering a concern, but then the timescale and complexity of the endeavour pushed the issue down the scale.
SpaceX is a lot smaller and responsive than the Apollo programme, and is data-rich. Some suggest bringing it all in house is a way forward, but they haven't the capacity for this. Keeping everyone communicating is more important - this rocket science thing is no place for folk to hide substandard work, for example. That they can pin down the cause is testament to SpaceX setting up systems to let them learn from every launch, not just the failures.
...no-one wanted to work with "Damp Pete" for any length of time, let alone long enough to do some writing...
It sounds backwards, but start with the premise that many artists don't get paid all their royalties, plus the big labels can take upwards of 2 years between sale/play to paying the artists. This article is a few years old but explains something of what is going on.
WiReD has had older news posts about Kobalt, but the article from this month is not yet online. There was an example from Eminem's manager where he tested different payment systems on one of the rapper's songs. Each of the three writers went with a different company for payments, which should have been identical since they were for the same song. Kobalt came in far sooner, and the traditional companies were well over a year to pay. No artist can afford that delay, unless already well-off, so they will go to their company and ask for an advance on sales, maybe not realising their money is already there. The company then uses this advance to maybe secure a new contract with the artist.
It relies on lack of transparency in where the money comes from and where it is in the system. The aricle was more about how Kobalt made use of data to open up that information to artists. I'm not in the music industry so have nothing more to go on than articles and what others say (though my brother-in-law is a singer/songwriter) - it probably doesn't work that way for big names, and there may be many different ways to earn a crust, such as mentioned earlier in this thread. It just seems unfair on the artists, especially anyone trying to start out.
... wasn't that one of the reasons Kobalt was set up? An alternative to major labels and the way Sony/Warner/etc shackle artists by holding onto royalties already earned and using 'advances' as leverage for new contracts. I hadn't heard of it until I read this month's WiReD (*ducks for cover behind the Wikipedia users*). There's no need to reinvent the streaming model, but there is a need to reduce the hold that big labels have on the business side and to make sure royalties reach the artist in something like a reasonable time. This Tidal thing might do that, but it sounds more like a pension club for people wanting another yacht.
Haha! Has the handle "The spectacularly refined chap" been taken? Most decent of you for asking, old sport - upvoted ;-)
On another note, not sure why my first post went down as 'AC' - I don't recall choosing that, (I don't use it), and IIRC it was originally non-AC when first posted - unless that was in memory bank 7 overnight and I've got it Asp about Thrace...
The headline is a play on one of their song titles. The watch is less interesting... ;-)
HARRIS: High Altitude Reconnaissance Received by Iridium Satellites
LEADER: Last Effort At Determining Exact Requirements
"Two were retained by the peace-time descendant of Bletchley Park, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)... The last Colossus is believed to have stopped running in 1960." B Jack Copeland, page 2 of his introduction to the excellent book Colossus, 2006, which includes chapters by Tutte, Flowers and plenty of others who where involved. There's one reference to post-war reprogramming on p139 (attributed to Geoffrey Timms). Colossus 2 was much more flexible in that respect than Mk1, although they were all basically development machines, with the last one being different from the one built before it, and so on.
Agreed - great photos; Phil Strongman has captured a mood - they're much more than just snapshots.
I like this sort of observational commentary style of photography - a friend of mine does it as a hobby (which I'm sure he finds any excuse to be away from the day job). His work is here on Flickr. I know there are plenty of folk who don't like street photography, but when it's done well it captures more than just light...
The first two sound well worth looking out for.
I grew up in 60s/70s Yorkshire, in old West Riding bits that flipped into North Yorkshire when the boundaries changed. After later spending a few years in Liverpool I moved back to Leeds for about a dozen years. The Ripper was a shadow over the whole region in the 70s, and the effects were still being felt into the 80s, even out into the Dales and beyond. I remember friends in Ripon whose families hailed from the North East having visits from the police to interview anyone with a Geordie-ish accent following one of the more believable hoaxes. It'll be interesting to see if Blood Relatives brings back the sense of the shift in the way people behaved as a result.
Overall, the book review column is a welcome addition to ElReg.
Is this near the Horsehead Nebula? I thought I spotted the twin suns Soulianis and Rahm in the top-left of the picture...
...the optional third row of seats, fitment of a couple of child-sized hamster wheels and dynamos. And there are three seats in the second row that could have pedals fitted - a good backup in the old Sinclair C5.
Not possible OTA though, so it's probably just a change to the range calculations... unless it's a pop-up advisory to return to the dealer for free fitment of child-sized hamster wheels etc.
My new IoT washing machine has one of those. It can download any number of custom cycles depending on the bar code, material, colour, etc., but whenever my stuff goes in on that option it just says "No" and offers to order pricey replacements for anything labelled 'Tu', 'Matalan', or that are from shops that no longer exist, or have washed to 'old sock grey'...