I believe those "lethal lightning guillotine doors" were actually relatively slow and sped up in post-production. This is why everyone seems to hesitate awkwardly while the doors open and close.
601 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007
Far Too Common
This sort of coding mistake is quite common in the school of app/website development known as "Hey Dave, doesn't your kid do some programming at school... surely he can knock this up for us"
Is it just me that sees there being four parts to the BT Group?
* BT Retail
* BT Wholesale
* BT Openreach
* BT Ofcom
So, the Space Shuttle program (135 launches over 30 years, average of 4.5 per year) was a success. But Falcon 9 (24 launches over 6 years, average of 4 per year and increasing rapidly) is a failure. But one of your main gripes about SpaceX is they haven't yet has 500 launches?!
>>"There are other electric cars available, you know, at similar price points, with similar performance?"
>>Really?? Care to name a couple? Or just one?
>Chevrolet Bolt? And let's bear in mind that we're talking about products that you can try & buy
>now, not promises of what will hopefully be available a year and half in the future.
Only the Bolt is not available now, may never come to the UK, is more expensive, has a lower range, is much slower, is considerably smaller, charges at about a third of the speed and has nothing like the desirability factor.
Re: Sedan (definition?)
"Not a hatchback IIRC; this thing has a traditional boot."
Yet you can load a 7 foot surfboard inside... perhaps it is the other meaning of "sedan" which is a 5-door saloon-style hatchback. Like the current Model S.
"There are other electric cars available, you know, at similar price points, with similar performance?"
Really?? Care to name a couple? Or just one?
May's written justification just in:
"We need these extra sweeping powers because... because... reasons. OK?"
Re: Is this POE?
Nah - this is Power Over Technician
"You can't blame him, obviously. If it's raining free money, then why not collect some? But it is possible to have a vague feeling that this isn't quite how red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism is supposed to work."
Why are we assuming Musk is a "red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalist"?
Re: Phone Safety...
I looked up some of these "studies" a while back and they were hilarious!
For example, one of them tested the distraction level of speaking on a phone, not by "speaking on a phone" but by giving drivers in a simulator lists of place-names and requiring them to repeat them back in alphabetical order in a minimal time. It turned out that the distraction of this task was similar for those being given the list of names by a "hands-free speaker" and a "hand-held speaker". Strangely they never tested having the person giving the list of place-names and badgering them to sort them into order sitting in the passenger seat as that would have been unrealistic.
What a waste
My eyesight is not bad enough that I need a 24" monitor to see 1920x1080, but I do want a (couple of) 24" monitors with a proper resolution so I can fit more work on them!
Bored of Battery "Breakthroughs"
Every week we have at least one battery "breakthrough" that is at too early a stage to publish any results but which will totally revolutionise everything electrically powered. A year or so on if you try and track them down you find they were abandoned because of some flaw, or they are still "really close to publishing the data".
I'm pretty much convinced that the majority of these are just ways to inflate stock prices to make a quick buck, or to win a research grant or two.
I wonder why?
"Strangely, Tesla hasn't responded to our requests for clarification as to how the self-driving system will work."
Maybe that was related to you recently describing their car as "crap".
It's not the big friendly buttons, or time limits, or even parental controls...
What we need is a way for our kids to be able to watch some videos, but be guaranteed that what they see is kid-safe. At the moment my son has no access to YouTube on any devices he uses, but requires me to look up any videos that he wants. That can be fine, but he is getting a bit older and there is an increasing amount that it would be fine for him to be watching like walk-throughs for games or Minecraft tips and tricks.
So, why not just turn up the built-in YouTube filtering and let him use that? Because it is rubbish!! If you lock down YouTube on a computer to be "safe" then search for a safe video and click around for a while you will very soon find serious porn or videos of teens playing a game while effing blinding and m-f-ing all the time!
> "Give a pair of under-eights a camera to play with and you're bound to find a few Moon Shots in the mix."
Strangely my camera seems to end up with close-up shots of a cats bottom on it. I really hope these are caused by my 9-year-old!
Ah - I must try this. I have discovered that sometimes it doesn't even ask if you want to series link when something is clearly marked as "1 of n" etc.
Re: I'd think they're ready to come down on land
> Didn't they have one rocket break up at the hypersonic stage, sometime early last year?
Nope - the first three Falcon 1 launches failed (they were basically test launches), and the forth Falcon 9 launch had one of the 9 engines shut down early meaning that the primary payload reached the ISS, but the secondary one could not be put into its orbit without getting too close to the ISS on the way (so ended up in a short-lived orbit). All the other launches have worked fine.
Simple antidote to all this...
Spend some time looking into recording studios. They don't use any of this rubbish and they make the stuff you are listening to. That means that a) people that really know what they are doing don't buy into this, and b) if not having this stuff ruins the music... it was already ruined before you bought it!
Re: a choice
Oh yes this definitely!
This triggered an unpleasant flashback to a lunchtime lift I accepted from a work colleague that would have been fine except that a level crossing closed as we were approaching and he swerved across and back to go through the as-yet unclosed "exit side" gates. Until that day I had always thought that public information films showing the dangers of people doing this were just silly.
I stopped using eBuyer after they charged me about £10 for "next day delivery" and took 4 days to deliver. They refused to offer a refund of the delivery so have lost me as a customer for ever.
Actually, modern movie "prints" are actually a collection of MXF files with JPEG2000 images inside them.
Question: If you were a fireman, would you like to know before approaching it that the mangled vehicle has an LPG tank? Or compressed hydrogen?
Yeah - I'm fed up of forever replacing my air-bags having hit speed bumps too hard. Not.
This system is linked to the air-bag system and triggers when the air-bags fire. It also has a hands-free phone built in (or at least the one in my car does) so you can speak to the operator and let them know what state you are in and more details about the crash (assuming you are conscious).
The faulty car should sacrifice itself!
For two driverless cars to get into a situation where they are on a single-track road (otherwise they could just switch lanes) with an unsurvivable drop on one side and an unmountable slope or wall on the other, yet be travelling fast enough that a head-on collision would be fatal even with full brakes applied by both vehicles from the moment they entered each others field of view - at least one car has to be seriously broken!
> "Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources..."
And there we have the whole story summed up in the first line. Buying prescription meds under the counter from a guy at a gas station? You're going to end up in a bad way! Downloading apps from an unofficial site? Ditto!
Hydrogen is generally made from natural gas - so the power source for this car is natural gas. There is no significant natural source of hydrogen.
Re: And If...
In fact that option exists...
Re: Charging issues? Range?
Interestingly the guy responsible for managing the National Grid disagrees - I wonder who is right?
Not to worry...
The ASA will ensure that six months after this campaign is over the companies will be sent a letter telling them that the misleading adverts must no longer be used!
Re: Since the Tesla S P85
"How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day?"
Well, Keswick to Birmingham and back is 382 miles. A P85 should do 300 of those on one charge without major problems, meaning that at some point you will need to grab about 85 miles of extra charge. Using a free-to-use Tesla Supercharger would add that in less than the time it would take to go to the loo and buy a latte (not counting drinking it).
Does not match!
If the film is like the trailer, and my recollections of the project are right, this is not accurate! Anyone else get the same feeling?
Re: Go Japan Go
"I truly hope that they succeed on several levels :
* That they really do manage to produce a mass production Hydrogen Engine.
* That they succeed in breaking the Oil cartels by doing so."
Oh dear, oh dear!
Have you any idea where commercial hydrogen comes from? It does not come from electrolysis as that is far too inefficient. It is made from natural gas, by companies such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil. Guess which companies are pouring vast quantities of money into lobbying for a future based on hydrogen?
Of all the awful things that the BOFH and his PFY sidekick have ever done, this has to be the worst! Introducing someone to Access!?!?!?
Maybe you should read the highway code:
==== QUOTE =====
If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and
be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light
keep close to the side of the road.
Re: "The 125kW Superchargers work much more rapidly than the existing charging infrastructure.."
"Well if a Tesla charges to full in an hour, and a leaf takes 8 to 12 hours then I would say much more rapidly."
Unfortunately these are not the facts (unless you opt to slow charge the Leaf and rapid charge the Tesla). Both take about the same time to charge, but you get more range in the Tesla.
Re: Still waiting to see where the power's coming from
"Would love to see automated hot swappable batteries in cars."
Re: Rapid Charging
"While it takes seven hours to charge a Nissan Leaf or Citroën C-Zero on the three-pin plug systems they use, a Tesla S will charge from empty to full in an hour with a Supercharger."
Erm... I can fully charge my C-Zero in an hour too. Please don't write electric vehicle articles if you don't understand how they work - your level of knowledge is reminiscent of Stephen Fry trying to explain how GPS works by your car sending messages to satellites.
Judging by that transcript it is no more than Eliza with a larger list of stock phrases. It even tripped up on a common Eliza fault with "do you like to eat $food" where $food="at home"
What's the point!?
I don't really understand why this story is here - it could just as well have been on the BBC website or in the Daily Mail.
If I read a story about IT failure on an IT news website I expect it to actually tell us something about the IT failure rather than just the "human stories". If you don't know the tech details, leave the fluffy bunny stuff to the BBC and the tabloids! Give us a story when you can make it a tech story!
Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches
My understanding is that the SpaceX rockets are already basically man-rated, but the capsule isn't yet. The main thing it needs is proof that the new side-mounted thrusters can be used to abort a take-off by lifting the capsule off a failing rocket.
Re: Obviously differnt in the US!
And unlimited caps are not THAT expensive in the UK, way better priced than the USA...
Try finding one in what is quaintly called "Market 1" where there are no unbundled services!
Obviously differnt in the US!
"To avoid crappy connections, Bezos expounded on said Amazon's Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) software, which automatically downloads requested material when it becomes available, and shows you may like based on what you've watched and Amazon's huge store of users' buying habits, which the Fire will add to significantly. That downloaded video will be ready and waiting for you to watch straight away, if you so choose."
Broadband must be different in the USA - many in the UK have usage caps and this is not cap-friendly!
The middle of nowhere?
Strange idea of "the middle of nowhere" - all of those places seem to be right next to major cities (mainly regional capital cities) and/or next to major motorways.
Does not add up!
One in five teenage boys under 18 going online were clicking on porn websites from PCs, and one adult site [Pornhub.com, in case you were curious] – which offers free, unrestricted access to thousands of hardcore porn videos – attracted 112,000 of the teenagers.
She added: "Key among them is legislation to make it possible for the UK payments industry to prevent funds flowing from this country to websites which allow children to access hardcore pornography.”
Something is not right here!
It's like being told by an Eton toff that I don't have a right to complain about being hungry because these modern food banks are really rather spiffing!
300Mbps link, and a 500MB monthly allowance (2GB if you are willing to pay £95 per month on a 10 year lock-in)
Re: Domestic Grid
"No country has a Domestic Grid that can take even 20% of people using Electric cars."
I wonder who can validate this comment? I know, let's ask the guy that controls the UK power grid:
Please read up on hydrogen, and then return with an answer to this question "where will the hydrogen come from?". Note, if your answer is from electrolysis you need to also explain how you will make it more efficient than simply using the same electricity to charge a battery (and I mean explain rather than just "it will be better - fool!")