1109 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007
charge iPlayer-only viewers the full fee
Yes, as an American, I'd pay for decent commercial-free TV. We sure as hell don't get it over here!
Jesus, I was shocked at the quality MotoGP coverage from BBC Sport the first time I saw it. My jaw was rattling around on the floor. It even surpasses the stuff Americans do for NASCAR and the "bag of skittles swirling down a toilet" is supposed to be "the premier motorsport" over here.
Too bad Dorna's turned MotoGP itself into boring crap with the fuel/engine/tire rules, but that's got nothing to do with the excellent BBC coverage & commentators.
My home box is a nice quiet watercooled 8-thread 32GB beast with SSD. I spent only about a grand at NewEgg for the bitsnpieces because I was willing to accept the i7-3770 CPU that is slightly behind the enthusiast curve.
My work box? Some 6yo Dell with only one SATA port. Yeah. However that's kind of my fault, as I haven't bitched for an upgrade because I work at home on the beast. If I needed an upgrade, they're good about them.
I also have a crap HP laptop, but that's also my fault because I was stupid enough to buy an HP. I did however spray-paint over the damn dinner-plate-size BEATS logo on the thing.
I run Debian and 2 official copies of Windows 7 that insist they're pirated, so I installed cracks for them.
I want a couple more monitors, but no one sells 1920x1200 at a reasonable price any more.
Re: Waiting for the Fed-Ex/Kinko's of 3D Printing
Stratasys is probably the Microsoft of 3D printing, or at least their business methods are similar.
Re: Good lad!
Shoot, he doesn't even need that... just eat a poptart into a gun shape, or point your finger and say "bang" and you get suspended and/or go to jail.
Re: How much does..
Well, when BBC America shows things, they cram in 20% ads, so things like Top Gear lose entire segments. As a result I torrent it anyway.
 People started *seriously* bitching and they started showing Top Gear in its entirety, plus ads, and so it ran an hour and 20 minutes.
Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here
Yup, NASA just gave the finger to Germany by defunding SOFIA.
This is behavior that goes all the way back to the International Solar Polar Mission in '83 where the joint NASA/ESA mission suddenly became the ESA Ulysses mission.
One of the reasons that Ariane has so many payloads is because of the US ITAR crap. People don't want their satellites anywhere near the US because the paperwork becomes bigger than the rocket.
It also reneges on the promise to Germany to fund SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy which flies aboard a 747. This budget totally shuts that down.
And we wonder why nobody trusts us on joint projects.
FYI, on my 3rd Moto G
The touch screen keeps on dying. The first was along the left edge, where about 1/3" was non-responsive or wildly erratic. The second was occasionally non-responsive on the whole screen. And I didn't drop either one.
So there may be a reason they're cheap.
Hm. If I was on that jury, I'd give Sprint a free pass, to encourage this sort of thing.
"Build 100 of 'em and fail 90 in testing."
So these are being built in Austin, TX right? Why is that apparently so much more difficult than Taiwan? Serious question here.
We're holding China and Thailand up as examples to follow? Really? No wonder the US is f*cked.
Is El Reg running out of e-ink?
The articles are awfully light and hard to read.
DisplayHTML instead of DisplayPostscript?
"Every Atom window is essentially a locally-rendered web page"
The '80s called and Sun wants their idea back.
I must be getting old...
The article & comment text sure looks really light and almost unreadable these days...
Read the damn report before blowing off
Don Jefe's post is complete and 100% bullshit.
If you had actually read the actual report (which is very interesting reading)
then you discover that they tracked down all the variables and determined the many things that went into the problem. It's nothing statistical. It's "this happened, that happened, someone did this, and boom" and we have the records of it all.
NASA does this sort of fault analysis all the time. Heck, they do fault analysis BEFORE they build/launch anything to get a grip on the scope of possible problems and how difficult the solutions would be. It's originally borrowed from the processes the USAF used to discover why they now have a smoking crater instead of an airplane.
You'll also discover that the investigators check how many times the drink bags have leaked, and the number has been zero, except for minor droplets when the mouth valve is bumped. As a matter of fact, they get a little annoyed at the number of times they were told this (many) and the number of times they were able to back it up (zero)
They did take the drink bag out afterward and squeeze it, and it didn't leak. You can't do that on an EVA though, because it's inside the suit.
The 1st problem is the suits are not designed for ISS. They were designed to go up in the Shuttle, do a couple EVAs, come back down and get cleaned up & maintained. They weren't designed to go more than 3 weeks w/o work.
How did they get approved for 6mo stays on ISS? "We don't have anything better" - wrong answer.
As a result, the ISS crew does what it can without the specialty tools & knowledge to really do a good job.
The next Dragon flight this month is carrying the first new suit to go up since the Shuttle.
Why was opening the purge valve a last resort? "We think it might damage the suit, we don't know, we've never actually tested it" - wrong answer.
Why was the CO2 sensor dying (because of the water, but they didn't know it) OK? "oh they do that all the time! it's not a problem!" - wrong answer.
The 2nd problem is that nobody knew what the water would do in zero-gee. They thought it would get blown by the fan onto the visor looking like rain on a windshield. They also thought the fan/sep would stall out because that's what it did on the ground. They thought it'd be a visibility problem, and that'd be it.
Instead, in zero-gee, the water collects at the outlet behind the head, then when you get enough, it capillaries onto his head and into his scalp, ears, eyes, nose, etc as it happened. This was a completely different outcome and threw the troubleshooting process out the window.
Mission control dicked around trying to do troubleshooting for too long, but they did finally realize "we don't know WTF is going on, we need to bring him back in"
The rest of the problems are mostly people, like nobody ever talks to the EVA office, therefore the EVA office doesn't talk to anybody else, and the normal organizational issues. One of the issues of course is that there's no funding for improved suits, and since the Shuttle ended, they've lost at least half their suit-experienced personnel. Another issue is you no longer train with flight hardware, so the training isn't completely realistic. People used to work with real suits, but now they only see flight hardware at a distance through a layer of bubblewrap.
I'd be surprised he can use an indoor toilet, much less understand anything to do with a computer.
Borrowed technology from the Dreamliner batteries??
"There are no serviceable parts on Boeing's Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product"
Re: Danger Will Robinson
Fortunately Musk doesn't listen to people like you.
Unfortunately, NASA does, which is why he's having to do all the original space R&D nowadays.
People can do strong crypto, but can they do it *well*?
I think the recent rash of SSL idiocy answers that question.
This is why Intel makes the big bucks on chips
Because they're willing to SPEND the big bucks on R&D, unlike most American companies.
It does suck though, when your R doesn't D.
ESA ATV not the only one
ESA ATV, Russian Progress, Japanese HTV, and American Cygnus all burn up after use.
SpaceX Dragon is the only thing that can return payloads larger than a briefcase. Pretty sad.
Somebody's gotta do the space R&D
NASA sure as f*ck not doing it. Not really their fault though, because any time they suggest anything remotely interesting (asteroid capture, anyone?) Congress defunds 'em.
Man, EVERYBODY on this forum plays Kerbal Space Program... sheesh.
I don't know about the situation over there, but when scrap disappears in the US, the scrap dealers are indeed in on it.
They're stealing A/C units since they have a lot of copper coil, and it got so bad the Florida cops did do the "shop some copper coil around" sting, and netted no fewer than 17 no-questions-asked scrap dealers. Unfortunately the link to the story in the local fishwrap no longer works. One guy's in the slammer for 4 years because they also discovered a couple TONS of MARKED muni piping.
The '90s called
And they want their "internet superhighway" slogan back.
Is it going to follow Intel's standard practice and be priced above the stratosphere?
Is this why Google is doing gigabit ISPing?
So if Comcast et al try the "you owe us for Youtube" then Google can say "we'll compete directly as ISPs in your biggest markets!" ?
No, it's a sign that security & encryption is hard
Security is the one spot where you have to be not just good but perfect, because people will jump on the tiniest mistake (like this one) to crack your things. Security has to be tight all the time and the crackers just need to get lucky once.
It's also the hardest to test, because the testers in your company won't be 1/10th as motivated or ingenious as the crackers.
I won't even get into how completely undocumented SSL is, and how hard it is to use. I've ranted on that before.
F*cking lying sacks of sh*t
I just want to smash them in the face. All of them.
What *REALLY* sucks is this means TW will the *4th* gigabit provider in Austin! (Except AT&T is still only 250mb and "will be gigabit Real Soon Now" according to customers)
How about Time Warner making it's subsidiary Brighthouse Cable here in Orlando:
A) Get its service over 4mb
B) Build a working billing website
C) Get Youtube working. I have a VPN account so I can tunnel to Miami and get Youtube videos that don't constantly halt and stutter. They're obviously throttling it.
I love how Verizon FIOS built out their fiber anywhere in the NE they had competition... then stopped.
Baseball bats. The entire lot. And toenails pulled out with pliers.
This is probably not an SSL weakness, per se. You can do all the SSL in the world, and not bother to actually verify that the certificates are trusted. That's not SSL's fault if you can't code.
Christ. Does anyone bother to actually verify a damned SSL certificate these days? Or do they all roll with the StackOverflow "accept all certificates, it's the only way, young jedi" philosophy?
So will the stamps be a 15% premium over other stamps?
Will we have people camping out in front of the post office?
A copy of Kerbal Space Program?
Re: Guess they didn't learn from Metro
Guess they didn't learn from *Windows* which probably would be a non-starter brand name in today's legal environment.
Obviously they have a long history of crap names.
Austin gigabit service availability
The Roosterteeth guys talk about it on their podcast since they're tech guys based there.
There are 3 companies providing gigabit (AT&T, Google, and some local outfit) and they don't overlap in the service areas. One guy has AT&T because that's the area he's in, one has Google because that's the area *he's* in, and one doesn't have gigabit because of the usual "I'm 2 streets outside everybody's service area" so as usual it's not real competition.
1 - AT&T isn't providing gigabit *yet* - it's 250Mbit and should be gigabit "real soon now" (not that I would mind!)
Re: And the Liberals think.....
I'd give both kneecaps for 25Mbit, buckwheat! I get *4MBit* on a good day here in metro Orlando, and usually only 2.
It's even more shit. A long time ago, it would start off with the area around what I defined as home, so I could go straight to searching for things. Then it moved to showing the entire county, so I had to spend a little time zooming on.
Now it shows literally the entire goddamned state, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Cuba, and some of the Yucatan peninsula, and the area I'm interested in is about 5 pixels wide.
"shift its focus away from the One line of premium devices"
So business is not doing well, and their response is to start making shite? I didn't think HTC was an American company...?
This is about as clearly a "political speech" case as it gets. Public Citizen couldn't do better than that?
Poor show, old chaps.
Don't piss on your customers
So I get a lot of my gaming info from the net, with lets-plays, podcasts, and reviews. Most of the manufacturers are glad to have the free advertising.
Not Nintendo. You show 5 seconds of playing one of their games and they have an absolute shit-fit. They hit you with DMCA takedowns, cease&desist letters, and demand all of the monetization from the video.
This means the most I've seen of Wii games are the pictures in this article. I can't name a single Wii game except to guess and say "Mario Kart??" OTOH, I can pretty instantly name a dozen Xbox & PS4 games despite not owning either console. I honestly don't even know what a Wii looks like.
If they treat people like this, then I sit here and wonder what my "customer experience" would be like, and decide I don't want any part of it.
To out dickhead both Sony & Microsoft is quite the accomplishment!
Re: Basic physics
Did you miss paragraph 0 ?
Re: Sounds like a great conspiracy theory, but...
I know people that can code in both Microsoft Word *and* Netscape!
Most of the people I know "needing coders and STEM skills" want them for US$20K/year.
It's not a "skill shortage" - it's a "*cheap* skill shortage"
Android SSL docs are nonexistant
I just wrote an app to control my garage door (with my Raspberry Pi) and I didn't want any skr1pt k1dd13 to be able to open it, so I figured I'd add SSL mutual authentication. I don't know anything about SSL, so I had to figure it out from scratch.
I spent six days searching Google and Bing, and I found only *one* answer that showed how to implement mutual authentication properly, and more importantly, showed how to generate the certificates. Even this answer doesn't explain how it works, it just shows a couple blocks of code and OpenSSL commands.
*Every* *single* *one* of the StackOverflow answers were "here's how to accept every certificate". Worse, the responses indicated the coder was going to use it without question, in production code, and without realizing that it was no security at all. They said "Great! Thanks for the wonderful answer. Now my code can connect. I'm done!"
So I can easily see how this happens.
Actually, no, it's back!
They've heard signals again.
Have never ever heard of the "Pippin"
That is one I'd missed. Hats off for digging that one up.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
Actually, it's a hell of a lot simpler to diagnose my modern motorcycles than my older ones.
If I had a cracked coil, as you say, I'd just get intermittently stranded when the motor warmed up enough to expand the crack. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Today, the computer notices that the plug is wonky and logs it, giving me somewhere to start troubleshooting.
Also, I just left my bike sit for 3 weeks while it was cold as hell. If I did that with an older bike with carbs instead of fuel injection, I'd be disassembling and cleaning carburetors all weekend.
It's still weird as hell plugging a USB cable into my motorcycle though.
My main problem is the monkey 'tards at the dealership. I had my car complain an ABS sensor was broken and it was like dragging my balls through broken glass to get the dealer 'tard to change it out.
It's also awash with mozilla developer stupidity
I am still on FF 22.0 since the new version forces you to have a tab bar, even for one single useless tab. Yes, I know you can get an addon for that, but I can also just skip upgrading.
I think that the real Firefox developers have left the house. The only "developers" left are the resume-padding "look ma! imma firefox developer!!" losers. They remove features because it's beyond their ability to add new ones. How do you explain things like removing working useful features like the tabs preferences for absolutely no reason?
Or do you mean "inflection"? Or am I missing an in-joke?
Re: Australis as default?
Yup. I'm staying on FF 22.0 because after that YOU MUST HAVE TABS, YOUNG JEDI!
They dropped the preference to remove the tab bar if you have only one useless tab open. I saw an actual Mozilla Support response that this was to "keep the user from damaging his firefox". Seriously.
I think that the real developers have left the house, and the only ones left are the resume-padding "look ma! imma firefox developer!!" losers. They remove features because it's beyond their ability to add new ones.
Re: "The wireless industry must take action to end the victimization of its customers."
That's because there is no competition in North America. There is no real reason to choose between Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T other than whether they have coverage in your particular area. The customer service and pricing is no different between them.
T-Mobile is the only one to wake up and realize it can upset the apple-cart by not doing business as usual. That's why they're currently the target of takeovers, and for once, the government has gotten off its ass and done its job and not allowed it.
Replacing a lost/broken SIM at T-Mobile is $3. Verizon costs $30. AT&T sells you a replacement SIM for $5... plus a $25 "reactivation fee" Hm. I wonder how T-Mobile determined their price...?
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