I teach in a Coderdojo, Python on a Pi. We currently have Pis on wheels zooming around. We connect things directly to the Pis using jumper leads. Cost is very little.
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Every child should be taught to solder. And type.
Re: The burn
Been three times, enjoyed it immensely each time. There's always glitches, problems and other interesting things with events of this scale. The spirit is wonderful.
Can you actually order a Doner Kebab for delivery?
I am trying to improve my German and so signed up for a Premium account with Busuu. Unfortunately I could not access their content; I discovered it was because I was using Ghostery on Firefox. I looked at what Ghostery was blocking and discovered that they were trying to send data from the Premium web page I was trying to access to, amongst others, Doubleclick, Criteo, Google, AdRoll, KissMetrics, Facebook, New Relics, Quantcast, Twitter and Saithru Horizon. This was not a free service. This company wants it both ways and I objected and received a refund. If it was a free service I wouldn't mind so much.
Communication is the problem to the answer
I've given up on my Withings scale, can't be bothered to go through the whole setup faffle every bloody time I use it. I lost the Pulse thing somewhere too.
Now I use Runkeeper as it just uses the sensors on my iPhone 6 and doesn't need anything else (to connect to or lose).
Re: why all the dreary cars ?
BMW R nineT here. Man I'm having fun! The car (Mazda 323) is for taking the family places.
All cars are dreary when a) looking for somewhere to park or b) driving or waiting in traffic.
Re: IT angle. Provided.
Shouldn't that be tissues?
Re: Prints .... emails?
Those twats that use Word as an e-mail client.....
Essential Contractor's Kit
1988, Philips PRC30. I was contracting in Cambridge at Philips Radio Communications and living in a caravan in Over (a small village). This £600 handheld mobile telephone kept me in touch with the world and agents.
Single and "Normal"
I think these devices are developed for a single person living in a simple flat, as it seems are a lot of things. That is the only way in which the simplistic algorithms can work. We are a long way away from machines that can interact with a family or even a couple. We have many rooms in our house and are a couple with a small child. There is no pattern to our activities apart from me going to work and as I often work early and late shifts (NOC support) then this isn't a routine either. There is no chance of accurately programming this and any device would have to track whether any of us are in any of the rooms if it wants to turn the heating down or off. Ideally we would want the bedroom temperatures turned right down during the day and then warmed up a bit before we go to bed, whatever time that is. We want the heating in the kitchen-diner turned up when we eat but down otherwise, unless we are cooking, unless we get too hot from the cooking. Ditto for the bedroom if we want to go there for something other than sleeping, if the child is asleep, etc. It's all so complicated!
I bought a Google Nest but it doesn't control the heating and the installation instructions don't seem to cover our Honeywell installation and the Nest support people aren't interested. I will most likely return it.
What you/we really need is a system that can control the individual radiators individually, in other words remote-controlled radiator valves with room thermostats, not a central monitor and control.
Meccano and Raspberry Pi
I am a mentor at our local Coderdojo. I bought some of those dirt-cheap Chinese stepper motors and controllers that work beautifully off the Pi's GPIO. I had to spend some satisfactory time in the shed making up adapters to fit the stepper motor output shafts to Meccano. Now that was good fun. Got to use my pillar drill, Ikea cordless drill (the most powerful model of course), my bench grinder, hacksaw and tap-and-die set. We built a robo-Santa with a moving arm, moving jaw and beard, flashing eyes, talking (Ho-ho-ho) and all triggered from an ultrasound distance sensor. Several of the kids asked their parents for Meccano for Christmas. We programmed it all in Python.
Re: You left out flying models
I'm doing it all over again with my Parrot Drone 2. It has lost a number of parts, broken others and has been adapted and customised a bit. I spend half the time, at least, trying to find it after it goes off on an unscheduled autonymous flight. Wellies are good in the winter for trekking across waterlogged fields and meadows looking for the damn thing. I must be making up for not having an RC aeroplane in my childhood.
Re: iOS, Android - popularising other browsers.
Browsers supported for Web Console:
Web browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, Silverlight 5.0
We were going to use Raspberry Pis running Raspbian with Ice Weasel for Xymon monitoring but we have a requirement to do SCOM monitoring too unfortunately. Pah!
Is it as good as Hotel Chocolat?
The Polo shirt needs a pocket for the On-Call mobile and company badge.
thinking of the children?!
I used to own a Garrard Zero 100SB deck with a parallel arm that turned the cartridge to align with the record - ace! I currently own an SP25, from from Freecycle, for the few records I play nowadays. In the day I hated the hissing and scratches and dust pops but it is nice to occasionally listen to some of my remaining albums - Joni Mitchell Blue, Joan Baez, Bob Marley, Sade, AC/DC, etc - hisses and pops and all. The Swindon Garrard factory is long gone of course although I believe the name survives for some specialist DJ decks built in a nearby village. www.garrard501.com/history.html
Re: Why I use SSD #2
My missus strapped her work's laptop to the rack of her (non-suspension) bicycle and rode to work and back for at least a week before it failed.
The Apps' title is "DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF OF THE DEVILISH 1860s SENSATION"
Hmmm... Taking a devil of of of a long time to download too.
Re: The simple way to avoid this.. @Beau
Definitely! I used to live in Brussels until recently.
In a way they lose out both ways, the mobiles are expensive and the contracts aren't as cheap as they should be.
Solaris 9 Bash Patch Bollox
Oracle refused to give us the Solaris 9 bash patch, despite releasing the Solaris 11, 10 AND 8 patches! The Solaris 9 Bash patch depended on another patch which they deemed a Vintage Systems patch and of course we did not have that support...!
Eventually they relented; I guess they received so many requests and complaints (like mine and I also opened level 1 SRs with them for this) that they felt bad about it and gave in, but who knows how these people work...
Mac flac cack wack
Apple does not forbid flac on Mac or any other format! You can download any program or audio file you want!
What a load of rubbish!
These people and companies need to find something useful to do.
Re: > Isis please.
From the Telegraph:
"Elida Dayse, who organises visits to the area, said: “It looks as if the majority of the population are women, but it’s partly because the men leave during the week to work in the city.” However, some of the town’s women fear that an influx of men could destroy their distinctive way of life."
So basically there are a lot of single women but not exclusively, no work, it's poor and it's miles from anywhere. Surely there are better prospects elsewhere for a young man?
Re: the hyperlapse
yeah but will it run on my iPhone?
I upgraded from a 3 to an Air and it was wonderful! Smaller, lighter, faster, more capacity and the new connector too. It was definitely a win win for me. I love my Air. (I didn't see the point to go from a 3 to a 4 though.) I gave my 3 to my musician son who is making very good use of it, even if most of his stuff gives me a headache.
Do we get a Page Three too?
I always ask for a normal coffee, with milk. It always works. As for the rest of the drinks they offer - who knows? I once tried a drinking chocolate but it was too sweet.
WiFi needs to be available to all, not dependent on individual businesses/people. It is a basic requirement of modern life.
Re: Coding is a fundamental skill that’s going to be a part of almost everything
"@dan 1980 I think you are mistaken. In the same way that everyday people use a spreadsheet instead of calculating the figures manually"
I don't meet many people who use spreadsheets to calculate figures - most use them to write table-form documents. If any calculations were needed they would do them by hand. Most people haven't a flippin' clue what a spreadsheet is for!
QNAP TS210 -> Mac Mini (OS X + iTunes) -> Apple TV (all wired GB Ethernet)
Canon Powershot SX260 HS
I love my Canon Powershot SX260 HS camera, it was reasonably priced, is easy to use, small, light, has a good battery life, a small charger, a wonderful optical zoom and, best of all, comes in green!
I had no idea the El Reg staff were in the pay of the Illuminati.
I will say no more. (Believe your eyes, that's all...)
Re: Amazon aren't bad
I have been impressed with Apple many times. The first thing they do is take your number and an alternate one so that they can call you back if the call is interrupted. It carries on from there in the same vein.
Amazon have never let me down, not once. They may not pay honest taxes but they get my vote. I also am impressed with PayPal and eBay who have always sorted out my problems with either them or customers. If I want something nowadays, I rarely buy it if I can't get it via Amazon or eBay because they can be relied upon.
Re: Do I have to talk to someone
Frakkin' BT Mobile had two call centres, one in NI and one in Newcastle. Gawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The trouble with the Lightning socket on my iPhone 5 is that it is a little narrow deep hole that filled up with the detritus of my pockets and then stopped working after a year.
For pocket use it needs either a flap, a cover or, to be really funky, designed like a vagina that is closed until something is inserted (and self-cleans).
Still, I got a free replacement iPhone 5 from Apple because of this so I shouldn't complain too loudly.
Re: I wonder
I set mine to vibrate during sex.
We called our new daughter Ivy Frances, for medical reasons.
In Limerick at the police station
Theres a "shortage of pens" situation
When cons turn up to sign on
They're told the pens are all gone
(It's a sign of the state of the nation.)
Re: iPhone 4S
Most of his "reasons" are just bunk.
I can't imagine how asking people to fill in a form can add up to 4bn of any currency!
Care to enlighten us?
Re: The picture ..
Don't you mean Hoover over it?
Where's the Raspberry Pi download image?
It's not the hardware, it's the users. Had an identical experience here with our own hardware (large Jap company that makes their own laptops and projectors). Amusing.
Enhanced Reality! Think of it - you're shagging the mister/missus and yet it appears you are shagging a star/starlet(/sheep/robot/pumpkin/whatever). Of course you'd both be needing to wear them - fair's fair. Sign me (and my partner) up at once!
Re: Non-Anglii sed Hispanici
South America was already a place for Germans, long before WW2, hence it was an easy place to run to for those able - they had large communities to blend into.
My Shine came out of the wrist strap and has not been seen again.
I am using a Withings Pulse now but the clip bent open so it no longer clips - I keep it in my pocket.
Must go for a walk....
I have a couple of QNAP TS212 boxes and they are OK.
One box I use as an iSCSI JBOD for my Sun T2000, I created a ZFS mirror.
The other one is in standard use but one of the 2TB (Green) drives has failed. There is a USB socket on the back and I have connected a USB mirror device (Icy Box, 2x3TB disks) as I wanted to do a full backup in order to convert the QNAP to 2x3TB disks. Unfortunately there is no facility in the fancy software for that! I ssh'd in remotely and uses rsync instead. I think that the NAS software should support an easy way of upgrading the disks. There is a backup application but it is limited to specified folders, a certain number of folders (five I think) and they must already exist on the target. Ridiculous! I think QNAP technical support were embarassed when they told me this.
Does anyone know if Synology are any better?
Also, can you connect the Synology as a USB drive directly to one computer as well as a network drive to others?