We need more exposés like this.
3581 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
We need more exposés like this.
I was stopped by Highway Patrol in USA outside Wooster Ohio.
They were very thrown by a UK British Driving Licence and a newish Irish Passport. Explaining I'd never had an Irish Licence or British Passport confused him more.
He had to radio someone but let me go. Fortunately I had a Indefinite Stay, Multiple Entry perpetual visa stamped in the Passport. I don't think too common then.
I lived and drove (legally) in Ireland for 8 years before I had to hand in my British Licence (renewed) and get an Irish one in exchange.
I went to a meeting for a grant application in a Country whose name I'd rather not mention to random strangers on the Internet. I'm sure various agencies know exactly where and when.
They asked a lot of questions about my boss.
They knew everything. Every trip by everyone.
The Interviewer was only prepared to admit he was NOT with the Commerce people.
It was interesting what he claimed they suspected us of. It seemed plausible even to me. In the end he told me and my colleague that either my boss was very clever or very stupid. By implication us too.
We voted for "Stupid".
My colleague was "taken away" from home that night and questioned more. He wouldn't tell us what the questions were and couldn't say where he was taken.
You only hear about stupid stuff!
The place I wandered to they claimed didn't have "white guys". One Black dude wanted to buy my brown jeans that had leather edging on the pockets etc. On Monday back at office (elsewhere in Ohio) they were amazed that:
1) I wasn't injured or had anything stolen
2) Car was intact when I when I returned to it.
I was last in USA in 1989. I've no desire to return as I hate long haul flights, security and can't afford to visit the more interesting to me bits such as Mountains and National Parks. Four long business trips has stated my curiosity for US Cities.
Keep up the good work Dabbs.
There is no BBC Licence. There is a UK tax collected by BBC that partially funds BBC. They refuse to collect it outside UK.
Of course some countries there is a TV tax applicable even if you can't get local reception.
The BBC may be partially funded from UK TV tax. It's not a BBC tax though. It's a tax for being able to receive UK TV in the UK.
I don't give a fig about iPlayer*.
But iPlayer and normal web content should not be the same servers.
(* I don't have enough Cap for ANYONES video, not YouTube or Netflix (So I buy DVDs) and most of iPlayer doesn't work outside UK, which is where I happen to be. I get all the Broadcast UK content live fine though none via DAB platform and my media PC can record 2x DTT, 2 x Satellite (from four satellite positions) and 1 x Analogue Radio simultaneously (100kHz to 1300MHz, Analogue includes up to 8kHz bandwidth narrow band data such as PSK or FSK Weatherfax) UHF Digital reception, Motorised Sat Dish and 28 + 19 + 13 + 9 E sat reception with 16 outlets).
It's the USA protection authority for American companies to implement Protectionism. It should be illegal. The UN and WTC should demand
1) USA respect other countries laws
2) USA respect non-USA IP
3) USA fined for each attempt at protectionism and attempt to disrupt international trade.
The USA copying of IP or Books started to get endemic in 19th Century. The only protection Europeans had was to have a US company and US registrations.
Then in early twentieth century foreign owners forced to sell out to Americans. E.G. RCA formed from forced sell out of Marconi America.
The USA still doesn't handle Broadcast Music copyright royalties properly.
The Canadians fed up with USA companies and copyright violations took a leaf from USA and passed at law that any book NOT offered in Canada by USA publishers within a certain period could be published without payments to the US.
The USA also double taxes US citizens abroad. Refuses to acknowledge that US citizens, solders and corporations abroad should be subject to the local laws and also passes internationally invalid extra-territorial laws.
They need to stop trying to export their concept of Democracy and foisting their culture and laws on the rest of us. The USA isn't divinely created by God or appointed to by them to run the rest of us. They need to stop trying to out do the Russians in Arrogance. Russia is terrible. USA is a different more insidious kind of world cancer.
Those are months of course.
Apple still refuses to believe in 2 year SOGA.
Sign up in O2: All iPhones are 1 year Warranty.
I had a pre-Apple Sagem clamshell almost dumb phone with RGB notification indicator for call, SMS txts, alarm etc.
There is no VB after 6.0
Madness for .net to use vb.net instead of C#
VB.NET is C# dressed to look like VB
A decent sinewave and no RFI makes it hard.
It's trivial to do for sort of rubbish pseudo near square wave converters typically sold.
Good design and quite old power MosFETs can do this easily for pseudo near square wave converters. I'm baffled as to why it's a competition though.
Perhaps the real purpose is Google publicity.
Tablets are in the Mobile or PC category?
Intel is 85% down on Mobile and 5% to 6% up on PC/Server
Intel got kicked out of Routers, Set-boxes, TVs etc. Intel are irrelevant to tablets. Actually there will be a Mac Book Air based on ARM. Apple goes for what gives them the best revenue. They have used 68000, Power and x86.
The iPad also seems expensive.
In N.I. anyway.
They should just ban ALL flags there.
Packet is legal on 10m Amateur.
Not on CB 11m in most of Europe. I'm sceptical that Ofcom allows it.
CB != Amateur
I mean no PMR433, not PMR443 (well that doesn't exist either)
Only in USA.
USA FRS and Europe PMR446 are not compatible.
There is no PMR443, In Europe there is SRD433 and SRD864, SRD = Short Range Device, i.e. about 30m range, a few mW for lower power "toy" walkie talkies, video sender reverse remote links, Wireless door bells, wireless Weather sensors etc. Similar short range for 49MHz CE and so called "iTrip" VHF 88-108 FM Stereo transmitters. CB is legal in most of Europe (but not all on same bands/modes) and can be SSB, 4W or 5W, I think. Decent very large Whip aerials are needed for range, but can seriously beat PMR446. But a special new regulation would be needed for Data use like this. You could just talk on a legal licence free CE marked hand held CB (8ft whip is good!) or a PMR446.
This GoTenna is mostly marketing hype. Also in Europe a PMR446 version would need a new derogation from the regulators for text data use. Do-able though. There may be some short range (1km to 5km) application for the idea on Moorland, mountainsides or water where there is no cellular coverage.
What are these guy smoking?
This leaves the user totally vulnerable
Adds massive processing overhead to ISP
Means you don't actually have a broadband Internet connection, but a LAN connection to an ISP data centre
Probably removes much user flexibilty
You can't get back original functionality of ordinary connection by adding your own router.
go addthis.com (any page)
now on Noscript you can block addthis.com permanently
Bottom feeding scum?
Almost everything in Star Trek is either nonsensical (Energy > Matter to make a cup of tea?) or not valid physics. Don't let me get started on Transporter Beams. Even if you solved the Information content issue, the energy needed, who wants to be killed and replaced with a replica every time?
I wouldn't worry about Star Wars. It was long ago and far away. Maybe a passing space dragon grabbed Luke's Sabre. Or a micro-worm hole in space. Or it caught on a TV aerial and the cable guy took it and dropped it later.
I may watch it and then decide. I wasn't hospitalised on after watching the last three (though I thought Lucas and some of the Actors needed treatment).
They now serve different news content to UK and outside UK. Often exchanged links won't work. Sometimes the bbc.com/news and bbc.co.uk/news links do automagically change domain when used across the national GeoIP border other times you get nothing. BBC future is unavailable in UK. They claim for commercial reasons of charter & Adverts. The real reason is that it seems to be recycled from other websites.
bbc.com/news working all weekend but very slow apart from the Clown Error page once.
Also too much damm video and flash rather than text and photos. Also outside UK EVERY video is poisoned with a prepended unskippable long advert. I do not wish to use up my Cap downloading stupid advert video.
They, ITV and C4 seem to stopped making much decent TV too (Five never did). I've gone back to Radio. I have no wish to watch soaps, Fry, reality TV, quizzes, crap rude comedy and US imports or franchises.
I'm still baffled why people want Google Spyware instead of an alternate browser.
Having written programs that do mysterious things, I'd be annoyed if I couldn't do what Chrome is misusing. There is a problem though with Animation, Real Time I/O (even slowly) etc on all desktop OS. This why "serious" Industrial controllers don't run OSX, Windows or even normal Linux (a special version of Kernel is used).
But I wouldn't want it connected to the Internet ...
Or would I if my 'friend' had one and we connected via peer to peer VPN.
So what other exp-skeleton body enhancements can we think of?
Both intuitively operated by existing body bits and perhaps by a remote 'friend'?
Why stop at a pair of fingers, what about a 3rd (or extra pair) of Arm(s) or Leg(s)?
These existing body parts control?
There are lot of possibilities cheaper than an entire remote avatar mimicking your movements.
Over 800 metres diameter I think.
I'd call that huge.
Not sure how deep. Don't knock the bucket in, just in case!
Fortunately I missed it. Thanks for the warning.
Nokia started to lose the plot around 2002
He'd love one of these.
The Falcon for Emperors :-D
Kindle DX is your friend.
Also a Ghostscript powered PDF virtual printer to change margins etc.
Assuming you can't export the PDF as text and use Mobi Creator or Calibre to make a real eBook that works on little eBook readers and phones.
Despite the commercial axe to grind the Android model is COMPLETELY wrong.
Each aspect should be denied by default.
Only asked for activation when the Application needs to access it and then either:
Denied this time.
Allowed every time unless user changes it later (Choice of notification or not)
Denied every time unless user changes it later (Choice of notification or not)
All settings to be accessible without launching the App.
Of course most economists seem to be as smart as barrel of drunk monkeys. Most of the things they thought were good resulted in the 2008 crash.
(The 1930s crash was probably due to punitive post WWI sanctions on Germany insisted on by France. Which UK and USA knew was a bad idea but didn't prevent. The resultant collapse of German banks caused the 1930s depression.)
I can't see this paper being of any value to programmers, managers or economists except as a warning that someone has "lost the plot".
I have been using OpenWRT on a "home brewed" router based on a Geode based industrial x86 cpu board with two ethernet ports, usb and two connectors for Laptop type WiFi modules or other gadgets for about seven years! It's so reliable I'm loath to upgrade! Unlike the various commercial routers I've used before (and since on other sites) it rarely needs a reboot.
I also have an older openWRT on an old Linksys box with PCMCIA slot that was adapted to have NiMH inside. It was a demo "proof of concept" Mobile WiFi hot spot in 2006 to 2008 with easy swap of off the shelf 3G PCMCIA modem and a pre-production 4G modem. The 4 +1 ethernet ports could be configure as simply a 5 port switch to "router" connected to PCMCIA card or partitioned networks or a router & firewall on a separate Broadband modem (DSL, Cable, Fixed Wiireless, Fibre etc).
Sadly the later OpenWRT wasn't compatible with it as it was an old product only purchased because it had a PCMCIA slot.
Intel swallow pride and use the ARM licence they already have since forever. They didn't flog ALL their ARM to Marvell either. They have an ARM based comms SoC.
2) Connecting ANY Gadget to be accessed via Public Internet. You need at least a 2 layer model. A hardened secured SINGLE "firewall like device" is Internet connected. Then ONLY one device needs security updates and can have all kinds of intrusion detection. It's daft to try and include this in every light bulb and plug top. Possibly the Gadgets should in fact use a non-routeable network protocol.
Really I can't trust any gadget maker for Security or Privacy, especially not Google. I'm sure some suitable plugin SW even HW can be used with OpenWRT and similar projects.
Atheists and Religion are irrelevant to this, both groups have people that think we are alone or there are Aliens.
We have not been looking very long and have poor tools so far. At the minute it's impossible to confirm or deny.
Waste gas from our Fusion power stations?
I agree viruses are likely not a worry.
Bacteria, Fungus and Yeasts could be. Maybe even Algae could be dangerous. Some of them are not species specific and others are.
There is no reason to suppose that Plant life elsewhere is all inedible. It will have Starches /Carbohydrates/sugars/minerals. Some may have poisonous chemicals (like oxalic acid). Vitamins may be an issue. We can of course plant our own seeds and roots etc. But better be careful.
Why not variable 1024 x 1520 to 2800 x 1520? for 19"? (Portrait, to 4:3 to Widescreen)
My 12 year old 4:3 15" screen is 1600 x 1200. Why aim for such low resolution?
I want my A4 display area pocket sized phone/tablet.
With display NOT transparent at all, when on.
Solar panel under the screen on a Tablet though?
Not without a specific warrant
To get a better deal vs PVR which is no part of a regular licence
I got loads of down votes a few days ago for suggesting they are just a Cable Co. Aereo seems to agree with me.
On that basis if they crawl nicely to TV companies they'll get their licence. The Aereo customers will have to pay a little more, but they are after all getting a Cable DVR service via IP they can use anywhere with good enough broadband rather than physical cable tied to the box outside the house..
Speaker wire for 6 speakers is easier to install than the mains power. Only two really at the back, the centre and sub Woofer channel are easy.
All the wireless speakers and sound bars I've seen are junk anyway. No way round having a big sealed box yet for a speaker.
Then it would be wonderful.
But it's 30m (or 70m of slower) under good conditions. So only from the cabinet. Problem is lots of cables from cabinet is more than 900m which means ADSL2+. If you have 30m to 100m then today's FTTC + VDSL is already better than 95% non fibre.
Also how much RF interference from those copper wires on the pole to the 1MHz to 106MHz band?
This is interesting. But I'd hate to see it used by politicians and bean counters to justify FTTC/FTTK rather than FTTP/FTTH. If it's only 30m to 70 then in most cases the existing cable can be used to pull in a fibre.
The best value for it may be apartment blocks? Fibre to each floor and then existing copper.
The Sahara was 1/2 the size I think 2000 years ago. I think they blame goat keepers.
Not sure about Australia.
Ireland used to be forest. Now look at the Burren. Manmade.
'vampire' tap in at your wrist to power them.
Also used to measure Iron, Insulin, Blood Sugar, etc and means no wrist strap spoiling the clean lines of the design.
"I am NOT your father"
adds more TLDs to make fraud easier and push up domain costs for everyone