240 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd January 2008 11:34 GMT
Re: 140 laptops onboard
"Just as mass is an issue, so is space."
So send up some Rasberry Pis! (or beagleboards, or pandaboards).
OK, you have to get the screens and keyboards up there to go with them, but with that ratio of machines to people, I guess quite a few of the machines will be running control functions that don't usually need screen and keyboard. In fact, one screen and keyboard per astronaut, plus a few spares, is probably enough.
What would she have got if she had thrown a triangular flapjack at someone?
What would she have got if she had thrown a triangular flapjack at someone? Death row?
Perhaps Bartow High School and Castle View School should set up a twinning arrangement.
Re: 6 foot?!
Perhaps they're bigger on the inside.
Re: Broken Tools
There used to be a story about a Swiss Army Knife being used in space, on Victorinox's site, but the page google returns for that doesn't have the content any more. And duct tape was used on the moon (to attach extensions to the wheelarches of a moon buggy)... so spannering in space is probably much like spannering elsewhere, apart from largely missing gravity and air.
Re: Publishing bank vault combinations and armoured car schedules
That's not analagous to an API definition, which is more like the instructions "turn the dial fully clockwise to reset, then enter your combination, then pull the lever".
Re: And people wonder why the Dutch make jokes about Belgians
If cars can do that much further on paper, shouldn't all our roads be surfaced with paper, for economy? Oh no, the government would miss out of fuel duty, that must be why they're still using tarmac.
Won't miss either
Already avoiding Sony because of the rootkits, and Panasonic for trying to lock you into buying their camera batteries! When I replace my current camera (which is Panasonic) I'll specifically look around for a manufacturer that doesn't try that one.
Re: Inline with the new, darker Bond films, might not a more realistic villain be appropriate...
With Blair as the evil sub-contractor!
One thing that will never change
One thing that will never change is idiots leaving USB drives on trains, in skips, etc.
One detail that might change over the next few years is that they may be USB3 (the drives, not the idiots) thus allowing faster upload of their unencrypted contents.
Apple? Ale? It's called cider.
Fortunately, sousveillance drones can broadcast unencrypted video, rather than sending back a stream for exclusive use of their operators, which should make it harder to trace them back to an individual to prosecute for using them.
So you reckon the rogue-secret-military-special-operations-organisation communities are planning to use super-mice to take on duties formerly performed by human personnel? Do you have inside information?
Yes, that puzzled me too. Perhaps routing changes have to be approved by corporate bean-counters?
Or maybe "the authorities" need some warning so they can set up wiretaps on new routes, but I would expect that to be automatic too.
So that tells us all something about the buildings
Without needing to read the plans, we can assume, from the government's concern, that the buildings' security design is weak enough to depend on the plans being unknown.
Ironic, for the country in which Kerckhoff's principle was first stated.
Best viewed second-hand
It's a series I would have liked to see in the cinema, but after the way SZC treated Southampton's Hobbit Pub, I'll wait until I can get it on second-hand DVDs, and not contribute to SZC's profits!
Re: Where UKBA can go for advice...
No, the Stasi had a database on people who were legally there but wanted to get out. But maybe I'm being picky.
Re: $281.87 from 72,000 plays
So how does that compare with busking?
Perhaps more interesting for geeks is technical speculation about how it was built, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvx5gSnfW4
Re: Oh for god's sake
Honesty and openness have been known to succeed in the past --- that's why businesses run by Quakers did so well.
Re: Catalona, Spain
Well above the Pyrenees, in fact: OLAF (the EU's anti-corruption office) is under suspicion: see for example http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3464034/Now-the-European-Unions-own-anti-fraud-watchdog-Olaf-is-under-investigation.html
What happened to miniaturization, micro-electronics, etc?
What kind of processor do they have in these things --- ENIAC?
Considering the amount of computing power you could squeeze into, say, the base of a lamp-post, it seems strange that they're still using cabinets large enough for people to notice.
Or maybe it is a huge solidly-packed mass of throbbing solid-state circuitry, because of all the MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ tap technology that has to be included?
If they only want to question him, couldn't the Swedish investigators have travelled to the UK to do so? Or even, if rumours of the existence of telecommunications technology are actually true, have questioned him remotely?
Mine's the one without a morse key in the pocket.
Seems to work OK in Éire; a pleasant surprise when I moved there (and a nasty shock when I moved back to the UK).
Re: All these questions about following the wrong lorry
"The vehicle that's there to be followed."? I'd been wondering what the car train would do if it spots one of those airport cars with a big "FOLLOW ME" sign on top!
Implicate the whole country
Just get "The Phone Disc" from BT, which has 15 million number entries on it, and download the lot onto your phone! And it shouldn't be too difficult to rig the log files.
now you come to mention it...
Google won't find me any pictures of mediaeval musicians eating, instruments at the ready. I must therefore stand corrected, and assume they all starved to death.
However, the players for the El Reg Commentards pubmeet shown at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._011b.jpg/1280px-Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._011b.jpg don't look like they're on the point of death.
Re: Economic harm?
I'm pretty sure that musicians ate before the recording industry existed, and will continue to do so if the music industry disappeared.
I think I may even have seen old (possibly mediaeval) paintings showing musicians eating even before there were any recording technologies, although of course those might have been posed by models, and not real musicians.
Re: "Plus, there's no reason why cars can't safely tail off the gas themselves"
As do all HGVs!
A minor irritation with the numbers
Wandering slightly off the main topic: I wish online transaction sites would let you enter the spaces between the groups of digits --- it makes it so much easier to check you've typed it correctly!
Or are e-shop programmers really incapable of writing code to skip the spaces in the number you've entered?
My first non-toy machine was an Epson PX-8 CP/M laptop, which had two auxiliary processors as well as the main Z80, and another Z80 in the bolt-on wedge-shaped 120K RamDisk that fitted nicely under the machine. The build quality was wonderful, the keyboard was good and solid, and it even had a pull-out carry handle. Unfortunately, the screen was only 8 lines (of 8 columns). I can't remember what the battery life was.
I knew a few other users of these; the only one who didn't have difficulty soldering the mini-DIN 8-pin serial connectors was a surgeon who specialized in re-connecting nerves in childrens' hands.
Re: "In English"?
Agreed --- the imperial units were devised because they were useful units, whereas metric is based on an inaccurate attempt at measuring the world's circumference, attached to one of the less useful number bases (OK, ten's a bit better than eleven, but not nearly as useful as twelve, which divides up much more conveniently).
I'm glad the French Revolutionaries failed in imposing a decimal calendar and decimal clock, although I can't help suspecting that someone in the European Commission has a long-term plan to re-introduce them, as they seem so keen on forcing powers-of-ten based measures throughout their vassal domains.
You beat me to it... but I was thinking of it as nationality-level biometrics.
I suspect the aim is not the declared one
I doubt the idea is really to get the pub to change its name --- it sounds more like a shakedown to me: "Pay us all your money".
Or alternatively, perhaps SZC are planning to open a chain of plastic middle-earth themed hostelries themselves?
Re: Fuck Saul Zentz
I would have gone to see the movie if it weren't for this, and probably bought the DVD new too; but I'll wait until second-hand DVDs are available, and get one of those. Legal AFAIK (or will there be a shrink-wrap EULA on the DVDs to say they can't be resold?) and still giving SZ no income from me.
(Likewise, I completed my James Bond DVD collection without any money going to Sony by buying them second-hand --- if it weren't for the rootkit incident I probably would have bought them new.)
I wish they had been more aggressive, and not returned any results in .be, adding a note to search results "There are also results in the .be domain, but we are not displaying them until the application of Belgian copyright law has been clarified."
That would have brought Copiepresse's action to the attention of the rest of the country, and probably a lot of pressure onto Copiepresse (perhaps a boycott of their members).
Germans show NASA how it's done? Germans?
The German contribution was to have less bureaucracy concerning flight permissions than Romania --- the article linked from the YouTube page shows that the constructor is Romanian!
Re: Re: Something else MS will really hate
Perhaps I should have put "non-MS" rather than "open", my main point being that people who start on the Raspberry Pi won't be locked in to MS from the start; it's a nice extra (or, for MS, salt into the wound) that they'll grow up expecting source code to be available.
Something else MS will really hate
MS must be really unhappy about the prospect of the Raspberry Pi producing a generation of programmers who've learnt from the start on an open system. I wonder whether they'll either come up with a board of their own to run some Windows variant, or port Windows to the rPi?
So what's going to stop someone who's jamming GPS from jamming eLORAN too?
Evidently they'll have to propose some taxpayer-funded counter-counter-counter-measures.
Won't somebody think of the children?
But that might be realistic for a spy, as I realized when QoS came out.
"The name's Putin, Vlad Putin".
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