2713 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007
Re: My town has it's own brewery
So does mine - the Dancing Man brewery.
I think their beers are gorgeous, but they tend towards the hoppy, so probably not to everyone's taste.
Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...
> I've not heard of butchers hook
It's only just opened. I went there last night and was suitably impressed by the beers.
SO18 1NN, if you're interested.
London's a pain in the arse to get to...
How about a set of regional Commentard's Balls?
My current venue of choice in Southampton is called the Butcher's Hook. It does Proper Beer, so don't expect lager or anything of that ilk. I'll be buying the first 10 pints on the same evening as the London meet (i.e. next Wednesday). And I don't want to flog your details to any "partners"...
Get there early - they shut at 10pm. And the place is *tiny*...
> I suspect you'll be told it's not possible because they're not worth anything
It's possible to insuire anything. You just might not like the premium.
I'll make an offer right here, right now - I'll insure any Bitcoin holding. You can even calculate the annual premium yourself - just multiply the value by three...
N.B. No, I don't do instalments.
> On the other hand, how many of us need crypto comms?
All of us.
> I don't.... I mean my calls consist of "get a loaf of bread"
Sure - and most of us are in exactly the same boat.
But what happens on that one particular occasion where you *do* want to send something privately? Pick your own reason - nefarious or not - sometimes, we do want privacy. If you only ever send cleartext messages, that one encrypted one sticks out like a sore thumb, so if anyone is watching, that's the message that says something is afoot.
On the other hand, if every "loaf of bread" message is as heavily encrypted as that secret one, the difference in nature is hidden so long as the encryption method does actually work...
Re: I bet most discussions between
I am given to understand by a 'reputable' source that when they picked up one significant terrorist he was on his webcam
An anecdote from an AC on the Internet?
Well, that's me convinced.
Re: It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems @vic
> you'd be happy to take off with a failed pitot system?
No, and I've never said I would be. I said that there is GPS to fall back on should the pitots fail. THat doesn't mean I'd commence a flight with a failed system - just that there are backups should they be necessary.
> All current jets have a GPS system that displays altitude and ground speed
I have not surveyed every single jet in the world, but it would surprise me greatly if you could find an example of a jet in service without GPS. It's been there a long time.
> You can fly an aircraft visually to landing, even if you're in or above 8/8 cloud?
And if you'd bothered to read my post rather than just flame away, you'd see I specifically and explicitly mentioned VMC.
> you're failing to recognise
I'm not. You're simply failing to read the words that are there.
Re: It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems
> GPS does not indicate airspeed
No, it indicates groundspeed.
> it's airspeed that generaties the lift to keep the aircraft in the air.
This is true.
But there's a fairly simple delta between groundspeed and airspeed, and that is W/V. And if you're landing anywhere with A/G or better - as you would be in a jet - you'll be given that on final, if not before. ATSU is always helpful...
> If airspeed indication is unreliable pilots fall back to flying on known pitch and power settings
Not on final, we don't. PAPIs, VSI, eyeballs are all good. Trying to land on pitch/power leads to a crash, a bounce or a "CFIT".
[Yes, I have passed now]
 Without the "C"...
Re: Mark 85 What? No pitot covers?
<blockqoute>This led to many accidents, a common one being the captain touching the pitot tube. How would that harm him? They were electrically heated to avoid icing up in flight
All the pitot tubes I've used are electrically heated. There's a switch to turn the heater on. I use it on the second walk-round because it drains the battery.
It's part of the check to grab the pitot and check the heater is working. Some days, it's hard to tell if it is...
Re: It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems
What happens if they fail in flight?
Instrument Ratings require the pilot to be trained for various types of instrument failure. There is a fair bit of redundancy in the system.
Certain systems that aren't critical you can get away with, but the pitot and static air systems can and do cause crashes when they fail.
On a modern aircraft, you've always got GPS to fall back on. But a reasonably experienced captain could land an airliner entirely visually in the right conditions (i.e. VMC from a few miles out).
That said, there are clearly some remarkably inexperienced ATPL pilots around. Just look at AF447...
Aren't these the guys who are responsible for looking after our care.data-slurped records?
> I wonder if that number is all that bad
Yeah, it is.
> Actually, it was 1605.
And I thought I was a late starter...
> ALWAYS add braces around blocks of code
They haven't got you writing python yet, then?
Re: Administrating a domain is a black art...
> Can't burn all of them
I believe the pertinent phrase is "Every Little Helps"...
Re: Reliant Robin?
> yes it bloody hurt when you slid off that long slippery seat.
Taught you to look out for potholes, though, with that tiny front wheel...
Re: @NumptyScrub When Big Brother Is After You
> It's on again at 20:00 this evening, and I'll probably watch it now
Best not to.
It is an exceedingly disappointing attempt to bridge the brand over to another, younger actor...
Re: Special offer, country for sale, going cheap...
> don't be surprised if your visa application acceptance rate drops
Well, George Bush did make a big fuss about his "War on Tourism"...
Re: That's not actually possible...
> Show me a .gov.uk site with the full text of the "British Constitution" that you claim exists, or you have FAILED
The UK not having a single written constitution, that's clearly an impossible task. But if you take a look at this judiciary.gov.uk page, you'll see the following text :-
The United Kingdom, famously and almost uniquely, does not have a constitution that is contained in a written constitutional instrument. Its constitution is to be found in the statutes passed by Parliament and in the common law, the law developed over the centuries in the decisions of the courts.
So it's clear from the above that the UK *does* have a constitution - just not a single docuemt we can call "the constitution document".
> So what? Those people deserve it.
They might well deserve it - but the *rest* of society doesn't deserve having its rights trampled upon to achieve that end.
Not clearing up your dog shit should be unlawful. But it isn't terrorism, and so anti-terrorist legislation - which, IIRC we were specifically assured would not be used for other purposes - is not the mechanism to be used.
Re: >"fake up a bitmapped screen by making use of a character-based display"
> An idea they undoubtedly got from the VIC-20, where it had been SOP for a couple of years.
It predates that; I had it on a UK101...
> Some elements of Abrams Trek seem more sophisticated and thought out
...And then he covers the whole lot in shitloads of lens flare :-(
Raise a complaint with the ICO.
Clearly the company are completely inept and need a good thrashing.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
Nowadays: Car's msfiring. It's a coil pack. No you have to buy the whole bank. No, you can't get to it without stripping the whole intake off. That's 6 hours labour please.
If only it were that simple...
It's a Mass Air Flow sensor. OK, so that didn't fix it, it's a coolant temperature sensor.
No joy? OK, it's a lambda sensor.
Still not running? Must be the throttle body. Or the ECU.
Yes, a main VW dealer did try all that on, and offer £1000 trade-in for the car against a new model on the grounds that, at 8 years old, it was at the end of its life.
I fixed the car. Took me half an hour. It was an interconnect fault, as you'd expect with symptoms like that. But VW still charged my missus nearly a grand for the work they did, and were quoting £2.5K for what they wanted to do...
Re: Oh really?
> Knowing a subject doesn't mean you are capable of teaching it.
I once had a week's skiing lessons with a member of the Italian Olympic ski team.
She is undoubtedly the best skier I've ever had the privilege to ski with.
But she was a totally useless teacher. She just didn't get that making us stand still in the cold for 5mins meant the single corner we then made wasn't going to be superb...
> and leave promptly via the catflap
Deliberately? Or otherwise ?
Re: Thanks for the great idea JMJ!
But he can dodge your tax by switching to a Theremin - not a line of software inside!
Irrelevant. He's demanding that phone users pay a levy when they've got no music in their phones, so we should insist that professional musicians should pay a levy for the software in some instruments, without which said instruments would be unusable.
That many instruments contain no such software makes no difference, if we use Jarre's logic.
Re: Patently Insane Insanity
> what is the collective for a pack of lawyers ?
A "mendacium" ?
Re: pip pip pip pip...
We had original Prestel terminals at college. They were just BBC Micro's in a box with different ROMs.
They weren't original Prestel terminals, then. Prestel predates the BBC micro...
We were playing with it in the '70s. The potential was immediately obvious - but the product was doomed to failure on account of BT's pricing.
France did viewdata rather better with its Minitel system - it was affordable for yer average types. It is rumoured that Minitel's success was one of the main reasons for slow Internet uptake in the country...
> You might be able to use the ANPR box in conjunction with a pressure strip embedded in the road
Such pressure hoses are used for measuring vehicle weight - but IME, this is purely for census gathering, not enforcement of any kind...
Re: Well, I figured that the canuck sigint spooks would get outed before too long
> I change my IMEI weekly
Probably not good advice, as it's frequently illegal to do so.
There will doubtless be similar laws in other jurisdictions, but someone else can look those up.
>> I really don't think I'd have had much trouble kicking it in with both feet.
> Try it, then come and tell us.
Older cars with a rubber sealing strip aren't so bad - you put your feet in the corner of the screen and push against the seat, and the glass pops out.
Newer cars with bonded screens - i.e. pretty much everything on the road at the moment - will likely be very much harder...
>> " when you have anti-lock brakes you don't leave as much braking distance."
> Sorry, Bad driving technique, full stop.
There are many, many bad drivers.
When ABS first started to become available on mass-produced cars, I spoke to a friend in the Insurance trade about it.
ABS cars were heavily loaded because they featured far more highly in front-end-damage collision statistics. Apparently, owners had failed to understand the difference between "anti-lock" and "magical"...
Re: Once upon a time....
> If the handle wire gets pulled during the accident (distinct possibility
Like I said, you've never worked in the automotive industry, have you?
This basically disagrees with your premise. For example, from the (small) section on Door Locks :-
"We are proposing to retain the existing requirements for door locks largely as is"
"All exterior door locks must be capable of being unlocked from the interior of the vehicle"
If you go through the article, you'll notice that it pertains to specifications for the "door latch". This si what I previously referred to as a "door catch" - feel free to substitute the US term for mine fi you like.
What you should note, however, is that the proposal is to ensure the correct operation of door latches/catches - *not* door locks. Your "supporting" material is arguing with you...
Re: Dangerous, because you have to move your eyes upwards, and refocus.
> Cancer links have already been reported for mobile phones
*Claims* have been made. All they need is substantiation.
Re: Once upon a time....
> Which can engage in the twisted metal of an accident.
> See my point?
No. You appear to be claiming magical properties for a door lock that it simply does not have. It's a lock - no more, no less.
You've not worked in the car industry, have you?
> Plenty of people have had their unlocked doors open and then get thrown out and killed as a result.
[ Citation needed ]
If the catch fails - leading to the door opening in a collision - the lock would have done precisely *nothing* to have prevented that failure. It is the catch that holds the door closed, not the lock.
Re: Once upon a time....
a locked door makes the door part of the car frame in the event of a crash, making the side sturdier and better able to absorb impact:
This is not true.
The *door catch* does all the above, and is essential for bodyshell stability for the reasons you have outlined.
The *lock* merely prevents the handle from opening the door. It thus makes the frame no stronger in an impact, but does prevent rescuers from getting to casualties.
Re: "I don't see the problem..."
One of the exercises was to come down a snowy hill and avoid a trafic cone placed in the middle of the road. Without exception, everyone hit it the first time.
I did some skidpan training. Our instructor had a natty piece of advice - "Don't go looking for problems. You've already got enough of those. Look for solutions".
The slightly-less flippant point he was making was that if you look at a particular piece of scenery, you're likely to put the car there. If you're looking at an obstruction / crash / other monumentally dangerous situation, you're likely to hit it. If you're looking at the only gap through the field of destruction, you've got a good chance of making it...
> ukip seems to be the right way to go
UKIP is very much the wrong way to go.
It just might be better than all the others...
Re: Poles do and Die
> Plenty of Poles decorated for their service in RAF
The BNP had an advert made up a few years with a Spitfire in the background to try to the whole "national pride" thing.
They picked an image of a squadron that was staffed entirely of Polish pilots...
Laugh? I nearly paid my Poll Tax.
I'd suggest that if the opportunity arises to do a skidpan/car control day, grab it with both hands, it'll transform your behaviour behind the wheel.
I forget the exact stats, but an enormous percentage - almost all, in fact - of road accidents are preceded by an uncontrolled skid. But the first time most people get to experience a total loss of control is when it happens for real...
Stu - Fancy renting me the prototype?
I'm just booking up a fairly significant flight, and I'd kinda like a way to video it. Should happen next month, with a bit of luck.
How well does this handle high-G situations? :-)
Re: Lost the plot
> CMOS silicon is very tolerant of high temperatures.
Yeah, after a fashion...
The problem of high Tj isn't instant catastrophic failure, it's a reduction in device longevity; the chip simply doesn't last as long as it otherwise would.
In some markets, that makes no difference - devices are obsoleted long before they fail. Other markets would simply not accept that sort of lifespan...
Juels' new “Honey Encryption” proposal
... isn't new at all.
The idea of "duress" passwords goes back a very long way...
Re: @bazza I shouldn't laugh, but...
> I've never seen the things I buy advertised on Google.
If I'm not using AdBlock or similar, I *always* see the things I buy advertisied on Google.
*After* I've bought them.
I cannot be alone in this...
Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender
> In SPF there are two flags ~all or -all
There's also ?all, meaning "everything else should be treated as if we hadn't said anything at all". There's also "+all", which is there for orthogonality, but entirely harmful in practice.
> it was highly reasonable of us to adhere to their SPF records
Yes. If the domain owner says "this is forged", it's correct to believe it be forged...
Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender
> Their ISP has most to blame
> as SPF is just a way to score an email as possible spam
No it isn't.
SPF has no intentions of being anything to do with spam. SPF is a way for domain owners to make statements about how their mail servers will behave.
If a domain owner says "those servers *there* send mail for me; anything else is a forgery", it is appropriate for any receiving MTA to believe that domain owner, and deal with such stated forgeries as if they were - well, forgeries.
> as someone who runs a hosting company myself
Please tell us which one. I always like to know how much any prospective supplier knows about their field of endeavour.
Re: What's the problem? Linux cloned Unix, Android cloned Java.
> If Paterson just copied the CP/M API - and didn't copied CP/M code
The story is that QDOS was a copy of far more than just the API, it was a simple rip of the codebase.
It's many years since I've seen anything approaching evidence, though. It looked quite compelling at the time, but I wasn't interested enough to save it away, nor even to check too carefully.
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