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Re: Interface (Verb)
The thing about those Olympus variants is that they are/were all different from each other.
I particularly like the Olympus 593 Mk 610B as used on Concorde. At some point in the development process Bristol and SNECMA decided that they needed a contingency mode to add some thrust in the event of an engine failure on take off, the remaining engines would power up a bit by speeding up the core engine.
There was a snag. The flame holder for the reheat flame was a bit too small, the extra thrust snuffed out the flame and there was an immediate 15-20% thrust reduction on *all* remaining engines on top of the missing 25% from the failed engine. Ooops!
The fix was applied by SNECMA who were responsible for the reheat assembly, they added 7 welded-on sections of flame holder pointing inwards towards the engine central axis, these were just enough to prevent the snuff out and allow the extra thrust to be developed.
You are making the assumption that the government's aim is to draw up legislation that is sensible, balanced and uses best practices to identify suspects to a high degree of accuracy.
What they usually do is to make a believable mechanism that looks just careful enough to identify people they are interested in due to other information that has been gathered already.
As an example, do some Googling on the subject of Elms House, Anthony Blunt's pardon etc. and see why the establishment is going out of its way not to look too closely at evidence of deep depravity among the ruling classes. It doesn't matter who has been abused and the aim is not to find and prosecute the guilty nor to belatedly give justice to those that deserve it. It's to ensure that the guilt of the great and the good (cough splutter!) doesn't make it into the public consciousness.
The people that want to be in charge are interested in having power over others, it's hardly surprising that many of them also have interests in using that power on the weak and the vulnerable.
Re: Age restricted sales = ID card preparation
If you're a decrepit old white-haired/bearded old git like me no one ever asks you for ID.
Well, except banks. Recently they asked me for photo ID. I don't have a passport and my driving licence is pre photo-licence as I haven't moved house in a long time. This presented them with a knotty problem, but apparently since I've been a customer of the same bank for almost 40 years that was good enough in the end.
I really must go and try and open a new account without any photo ID. That will be fun!
Re: The sad thing about ID cards
Because you'll be the one saying very loudly "I saw my good man, please stop trifling with me or I shall be forced to punch you on the nose."
Re: just like the phone numbers
No, it was worse than that. 01 became 071/081, then those became 0171/0181 followed by a further change to 020 7 and 020 8.
Forward thinking? I believe they might have heard of it, but probably didn't feel it applied to them.
Re: Existing legislation
Actions liable to lead to a breach of the peace. Nice all purpose legislation for when the copper can't find you instantly guilty of some terrorism-based charge.
...but a shame that the location has been inaccurately described.
Clue: it's in Churchill House.
Re: not as bad as they could have been
My daughter, who has been using a Blackberry Torch for some years, wanted to upgrade to the Z10 (in fact the Torch expired a few months early, it got a hell of a hammering). I did a bit of reading about BBOS 10, a bit of looking around and in the end decided that buying one on an upgrade contract deal was cheaper than buying SIM free and then continuing the existing rolling contract. She has now had it for a little over 2 weeks and you would have to pry it from her cold dead hands, she thinks it is wonderful and many of her friends are seriously impressed with it too. Many of them have a mix of older Blackberries, iPhones and Android-based phones.
I've played with it too, and I have to say that in the main it is a well made, nice-looking device with a very nice fluid UI and that most things work pretty well. I'm sure that it will improve with new updates and that it will gain more apps as well. Naturally it's a new OS and some of the supporting tools are a little glitchy but again I expect Blackberry to get that sorted out in the near term. The first OS update happened entirely painlessly, in fact I didn't even know until I checked the version. It had installed after the prompt to do so was OK'd by my daughter and the Z10 never missed a beat. A few more apps have appeared in Blackberry World and she's happy about that too.
I knew about the changes to Blackberry non-BES email and wasn't at all worried, she has it working with my home mail servers and her GMail-based email for her college. It simply works and the hub is a neat way of tying it all together in one place.
On this basis I think that Blackberry deserve to claw their way back but whether they are able to close on the top two platforms I don't know, maybe a little, maybe not. But once they've worked through the early teething troubles I think it will be a good stable and reliable phone and OS.
It will be interesting to see what the other phones Blackberry release will be like. The Q10 isn't really my cup of tea, but the on-screen keyboard and typing prediction/correction on the Z10 is very good (I'm a long-time Swiftkey user on Android, I gather it's a version of that) and makes writing and texting on it very rapid and easy.
I wish them well, they have clearly put a lot of effort into BBOS 10 and done that while undergoing a big management shake-up at the same time which is not a fun combination for the troops in the trenches.
Odd, I've always referred to the Telegraph as the Gleephart.
And it's the Countess of Brendagh...
Re: Sort of..
The potential problem is that Microsoft owns the key used to sign the shim/bootloader for other OSes and can, should it have a mind to, revoke that key.
Let's suppose that once booted, the Linux installation you have just added in doesn't force driver signing. That means that it could be possible for the Windows installation to be manipulated to run unsecure components despite still having secure boot enabled. Microsoft could decide that this is a security risk they won't accept and go into the procedure for notifying the Linux bootloader writers that they are giving notice of revocation unless the vulnerability is fixed.
Now, since Linus, among others, is pretty unhappy with some proposals to put extra stuff into the kernel to reduce or remove this attack method, it could end up that it isn't possible to fix the problem in a way that Microsoft can accept.
At that point, people with SB enabled UEFI dual boot Win8/Linux systems are no longer able to boot their Linux installations because Windows has updated the valid keys in the UEFI storage and the shim bootloader no longer has a valid signature.
I'm not saying that this will happen, but since the Linux community is beholden to MS/Verisign for the key(s) it needs then it could happen.
What would be a big improvement...
...is if the network didn't have to jump through hoops to get the phone set up for their own requirements.
If you have an iPhone 4 or later on giffgaff then you don't get voicemail or APN set to the correct settings or WiFI hotspot at all. All because Apple won't sign the .ipcc file because giffgaff don't sell phones and so can't meet Apple's conditions for getting that file provided.
Frankly, it stinks!
Soup, from the microwave?
It's really simple, the cold spot is in the middle of the bowl where the heat from the microwave energy penetrates last.. Someone took the universe out before it was ready and didn't stir it up much before trying to eat it.
Re: iOS security creaking at the seams.
What you mean is that now it's much harder to tell which map is correct under which circumstances.
If you pull MS's chestnuts out of the fire then I won't be able to feel good about your rescuing WPS and OS/2 back in the day.
Actually, it isn't about banning porn...
...it's about removing sexual stereotypes in the mainstream media, so in effect banning page 3 in The Sun and much of what is in the Daily Star.
Still barking mad of course, but a little less so than the article title might suggest...
Kingsley Amis, I believe he mentioned Weston-super-Mare as being the location of said nursing home.
Too bloody right, bollocks to long life, my plan is to expire just when the government steals my pension fund from me.
I had a card payment failure this morning....
...at about 01.03am which should have paid for my next month's mobile phone usage. I repeated it using the same card as before mid-morning and it went through.
Since my card is not associated with RBS I can only assume that my mobile provider were affected by this, in 18 months or so I've never seen a payment failure before when paying them.
Fortunately it doesn't seem to have cost me much additional money in the few hours I was using data without it being covered under my allowance.
The icon is for RBS, someone needs to hose them down with a flamethrower.
Probably find that the local competition has been seen off so BT can put off their investment for a while.
Re: For those of us less technical.....
Eh? There is lots of badly-researched, knee-jerk rubbish posted on Slashdot already, so no reason to pollute El Reg with the same.
Re: It isn't even unlimited...
You can bet that, come the day that the other operators have 4G coverage and launch their services, offering the ability to stream high bandwidth video will be *exactly* what they encourage their customers to do in their advertising.
I mean what else is that high-speed connectivity for? Most other uses are at most a bit bursty but only video and file transfers will actually max out the connection available.
Re: Where angels fear to tread ... ?
We seem to have a terminology problem. The word used should be 'aerial', meaning of the air.
But if you called it an antenna then it would be clear what it is...
Re: How many olympic-sized swimming pools...
...and how many Roger Daltrey dolls would you need to sit in them with their loofah's?
Mine's the one with meaty, bouncy things in the pockets, and no they're not made of horse!
Re: too complex for us mere mortals to understand
More importantly, how many of these ships would be required to drown the financial industry in their own waste products?
I think not, they are working on the basis that they already have lots of 2.1GHz transmitters spread around, 2.6GHz is sufficiently similar that it won't help them achieve higher reuse, they just need to turn down the 2.1GHz power a little.
800MHz will be useful to help them fill in the areas where they currently don't have coverage and rely on Orange (or EE now) for roaming agreements.
New phones are going to be all band/mode capable (or enough combinations of the two to cover the allocated spectrum) so they should change seamlessly between the different spectrum and in fact managing that will be easier with fewer frequencies than with more.
Re: Bricked mine...
Updated a 4S from 6.1->6.1.1->6.1.2 and it's fine, but of course the fix for the lock screen bug means another update and another re-enter of the cellular data setup (giffgaff). That's what bugs me about Apple, you can't have an unsigned .ipcc file :(
Re: Sod this...
Would you like built in electrocution for when you mis-type something too?
Re: Not typing. Fondling.
It knows it after just one entry, you can retype it by simply starting the first word and then tapping the space bar or centre suggestion repeatedly until it's complete.
Re: Good time for a retraction...
The really excellent thing about Swiftkey 4 is that the 'flow' swiping and the tap tap tap typing both work together seamlessly so you can switch between them in mid sentence or even mid word in some cases.
I started using the beta a few weeks ago having been using Swiftkey since it first came out, then after a couple of days tried the flow method and haven't looked back. For some reason I couldn't get on with Swype, but this is just magic.
Re: Hacked my arse...
Are you Sir Hugh Jampton's german cousin?
Re: Ridiculous comparison is ridiculous
No, but it would make a great name for a band...
...this usable on the Winter Queen?
Re: Poor Apple.
Utterly incredible that all of this critical low-level code has been crap from back in the mists of time.
BIOS, UEFI, it seems to make no difference, it's nasty buggy stuff that is only just good enough to boot the hardware to the point where more capable software can rescue everything out of the cesspit.
A massive FAIL going back 30+ years...
El Reg missing an opportunity to blame an O2 problem on giffgaff's kit?
Are you slipping?
Re: Battery life
The only way to get that is either to have higher energy density batteries (Li-ion already a small potential bomb in your pocket) or to make the screen/backlight/processor take less current.
The real problem is if you use a phone with a large screen to do what it's intended for, viewing videos, looking at photos, reading Twitter/Facebook etc then the screen becomes a major user of power.
I can't see much chance of things improving rapidly, so carrying a spare battery or an external juice pod for recharging will become essential. It's not ideal, but with increasing core-count/clock-rate processors and bigger screens it is inevitable.
Re: Ha Nice one.
You're brave to write that at all, even as an AC.
There is no question that what is coming will be down to an imbalance between the haves and the have-nots. We ignore that at our peril.
Re: TV Advert
Liberty...isn't that some sort of sanitary wear products brand?
Re: Crud generators.
The amateur bands are provided via international treaties, new allocations are made on a fairly frequent basis, it isn't just about saving lives (although that has happened quite frequently) it's about encouraging people to learn about technology in a way that benefits the whole human race.
There are alternatives for high speed networking, eventually this will be wired into every property from the time its built. Spewing unwanted hash across the RF spectrum is not an acceptable method of bridging the gap until PLC is no longer needed, if the density of the devices goes up then it will become apparent that it isn't just the HF bands that are badly affected.
By Sylvia Anderson I believe, she thought it sounded cool and so decided that Lady P would say it, so it stuck.
All I can say...
...is that in another year or so both of my children will be officially adult and can then do whatever they want without needing to ask me for permission, not that they really ask now.
I'm quite glad that the smartphone/online bullying thing is only now coming to prominence now that they're older, but interestingly both of them have for some years now set passwords on their phone which makes it difficult for other people to post anything purporting to be from them. From discussion with them, most of the really problematic spats and arguments come from misuse of other people's phones whether it is abusive texts, signing people up for something that costs money or the risk that someone will deliberately visit an illegal site and download dodgy images onto someone else's phone.
As a society we have a lot to learn, I am trying to impart tolerance in my children and convince them that it is often compassionless competition where many of the ills begin. Where we really have it wrong is the way that irrelevant misdeeds from one's youth can be stored in one's records for decades. Being able to forget things long past is an essential, we've all been hotheaded youth at one time or another.
But what inquiring minds want to know...
...is will there be Bulgin panel lamps flashing merrily away to tell us that the reactor has gone sub-critical because the ship is floating over a large quantity of dog-food ingredient?
The Range Safety system is essential for a vehicle with Solid Rocket Boosters, as otherwise these cannot be shut down once lit before burn-out. Shaped-charge explosives are used to split the casing and snuff out the flame front in the fuel segments.
A similar thing happens in the external tank, on opposite sides to try to avoid fuel/oxidiser mixing, if it is jettisoned while still containing significant amounts of propellants, but in the Challenger case it had already disintegrated after the initial explosion caused when the SRB ruptured the LOX tank.
This is why most laptop BIOS updaters insist on high battery charge and AC supply to perform an update, they are doing everything they can to avoid a power glitch at an inappropriate moment.
Old Intel PC motherboards used to come with a jumper that could put you into BIOS recovery mode with an 8K read-only part of the flash chip that could boot to the point where it could reload the BIOS image from a floppy. Not sure why there isn't some emergency mode available to allow a reflash of Samsung's laptop firmware.
Re: @Pookietoo if the OS is *that* destructive
Of course there would, a latent problem which could just as easily bite a Windows user the reboot after running Windows Update...
Re: Well actually
Yes, but it's a Vaio, did you expect it to work properly? I've seen plenty of Vaios that couldn't even install Windows properly from the Sony-supplied recovery disks...
Couple of hundred years....?
So you won't be around to worry about it then...
Re: @DN4 (was: "readers will be shocked to find that only the Scots rated price as more important")
As a Yorkshire-born friend of mine says "Scotsman... That's the name given to a generous Yorkshireman!"
...you might say that, I wouldn't.
Yes, there have been some problems, but with careful thought it is easy to work round most of them. Had a couple of short outages in 18 months plus almost a day out of service when the flooded data centre occurred.
But I wouldn't recommend them to people that don't understand phones/networks/web/internet fairly well.
Re: "putting the responsibility on teenage girls"
As I keep telling my wife and daughter "Men don't grow up, they just get older".
I think they both knew that without my explanation though...
Re: On Radio 5 Today ....
But haven't pubic lice been heavily reduced because of Brazilian waxing? So there can't be that much pubic hair left to be disgusted by...
Re: Don't wear your seat belt!
Now BBC 3 and 4 are going to have to stop showing the programmes about the Inter-City modernisation in the 1970s which includes lots of Savile and the advertising campaign.
Whatever are all these digital channels going to show now that their stocks of old programmes and series are being contaminated by the unwanted?
- Analysis Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?
- Analysis Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?
- Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2
- NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid
- Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming