75 posts • joined Thursday 14th February 2008 16:18 GMT
Never an option
Even if we still had the shuttle that wouldn't be an option.
Kepler is in a Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit - as such it's not even in orbit around this lump of rock. It's orbit around the sun is slightly longer than the earths so that it slowly falls away from earth as time goes on.
The shuttle never left low earth orbit - in fact it couldn't go any higher than it did. IIRC the highest it got was the Hubble maintenance missions.
Re: £1580 ?!?!
Agreed. I'm actually working on a NAS for home right now & I'm also going down the HP Microserver route - already have one running a db & it's just ideal, & quiet!
It's working out at about £800 like you say, eg £150 for good 4TB drives - no Green ones - they are evil.
RIP Flash you won't be missed
The day when flash is no more is eagerly awaited. It's a cpu hog more so when some moron thinks having 20 swf's on a single page is a good idea because it's 'cool' but you can't do anything because you're standard spec machine cannot do anything else.
Ah the A930
I think I still have one in a drawer somewhere. The only phone I've ever had that actually had 2 batteries in the box (& chargers). Battery life was really bad.
Anyhow with 4G the costs are far too much & so little actually has 4G coverage. For me why pay 4G prices when I'm mostly going to get 3G?
I was a T-Mobile customer since before they were T-Mobile but since the merger the service just dropped so I'm in that list of people who have left
Apparently the CPU used in the PI has a hardware RNG. Back in February they added kernel support for it:
it sounds like it uses a thermal entropy source.
Teletext on the BBC Micro
Anyone remember the teletext modem the old BBC had which downloaded software broadcast over Ceefax?
Or the bulletin boards of the mid eighties which used teletext (Mode 7 on the Beeb) ?
Ah they were the days. Still miss them occasionally
it depends on what youre running the SD card on
Do you really think the Raspberry PI (which uses SD cards) use FAT?
The last time I played around with the partition table on one it was using ext4 - yes they can have partition tables as well.
When I wrote http://blog.retep.org/2012/06/19/using-the-full-space-on-your-sd-card/ I actually add an ext4 partition to an SD card.
Re: Canonical should have a care....
I'll probably be joining you soon. I've already swiched to Mint for the desktop - except it's using ubuntu as the base & sometimes these things do get through - whoopsie crash reporting on by default is one.
For server side well I'm already using debian on the raspberries so I'm probably going to look at debian on the next round of servers rather than ubuntu.
I'm just about having enough of canonical with this sort of thing & basically just want something that works without any baggage associated with it.
Maidstone didn't have queues
Carphone warehouse was open early this morning & had a few inside as I walked past to get the train - but no one queueing.
The funny thing was getting stopped outside & being asked why they were open - so Apples PR machine hasn't brainwashed everyone ;-)
Its not what it used to be
Things have changed since the early days on Slashdot, the quality of posts have changed for the worse IMHO. Originally they were more for the geek part of the spectrum but these days they seem to be more aimed at getting more eyes than quality.
Saying that, ads can't be the main reason, I do see the option to opt out of ads appear every so often even though I use Adblock when I can (can't on the tablet for example).
Still, Im puzzled on why a recruiter wants this type of site though.
#5613 & wondering how many on here have 4 or less digits in their uids - uid envy being one of the /. contributions people will remember ;)
Yet another Mapping service
I gave up trying to keep up with the various API's - especially when Google started charging so I've gone the other more extreme route, OpenStreetMap data on my own tile server & OpenLayers as the front end.
I don't need the whole world but the UK still needs 7Gb of disk space just for the PostgreSQL database - but it works & I can customise it to how I want not to how some advert farm wants it.
Similar to if the balloon bursts prematurely, when she lands (or just before as might not have clear view of the sky) sends the gps coordinates so she can be found easily.
Although the existing tracking is there, nothing like a backup
Orkney Dark Island + Bread
OK as Orkney Dark Island was mentioned in the article, years ago when I then had a bread machine I actually tried using beer as part of the recipe & Orkney Dark Island came up tops.
Simply use white bread mix but replace 1/2 the water with Dark Island.
It comes out brown but tasty. Could be a good one to try again with some decent bacon
& why not?
Although it might look useless & although using an eInk display for normal use is going to be horrendous, I can see some use cases for a low power display.
All he's done here is to use the kindle as a terminal so it's not that great a hack (& why using a USB keyboard with it is difficult). What would be great is if someone ame up with a true eInk display then you'll see lots of uses for it - think nagios or displaying the current weather etc.
Re: Prior art
If they were real sysadmins with a pub across the street I'd have thought they would have put a terminal in the pub.
Not quite the same thing but was told once that during power strikes of the 1970's there was a pub across the street from a certain uk news service of the time which was protected from power outages. Let's just say the pub never had a power cut due to a spurious cable running above the street, so I'd be surprised if no-one ever did that with a terminal ;-)
yes you are right - Java 6 and earlier are not affected by that one, only Java 7 is
So the only way to have it on OSX is to be running a build of Java 7 thats not from apple & tbh if you've got that installed then you'll most likely have got the patch on there as it's not a 'normal user' level thing to do
Radio on the pi
Ive got an am/fm/sw breakout board sitting next to my development pi waiting for me to find some time to hook it up.
The lack of audio in is a pain but understandable as not everyone using a pi wants it & it needs more circuitry - the audio out is done using the existing pwm outputs of the CPU.
Anyhow with that chip if I can fathom out the codec used by that chip I'll have digital in working anyhow.
Nothing OSS wise gets close...
I started using Postgres around 1995 (this is before PostgreSQL) & by 98 I was one of the developers so I'm a bit biased but whenever I need to do something serious then I always use it & the more recent versions are simply getting better.
Large DB's, no problem. My biggest currently runs around 7+Gig & yet it's lightning fast. I'd dread trying to do that in mysql.
Right now I'm setting up my own OpenStreetMap server covering the UK & guess what, they use Postgresql. From what I read a full earth DB is around 90-100Gb!
It's a pity I ran out of spare time 10 years ago to continue working on it personally but it's still weird that even now I get people emailing me with questions about large objects or JDBC :-(
I think you've not got the point - the pi isn't meant to be a general purpose machine. Maybe the MK802 has 1GB of ram etc will it run off AA batteries for example?
This board is targetting a specific niche which the board you are trying to push probably does not.
WiFi isn't everything - what use is WiFi if you've got the board attached to a high altitude weather balloon - in fact if you don't need it then why waste the power with one.
I've actually have had 2 now for some time & so far not needed wifi nor any more ram than the onboard 256. Someone else mentioned no flasg - erm what's SD then? Running fine with 4Gb & could put up to 32Gb if needed.
Re: tablets - whats the point
I was originally in the same spot as you 18 months ago, wondered what use a tablet would be.
Now I use an iPad (Mk1) and a Kindle Fire (rooted, ICS) daily. The iPad mainly for the web (what doesnt work is minimal) & the odd simple spreadsheet. The kindle is great for email handling (ok ICS crashes once in a while but I knew that when I reinstalled the machine).
The phone is android as well (gingerbread) so out & about email is on it as well but it's surprising what you endup using them for.
The downside is the odd weird look I get on the train when using all three at the same time.
Could it be simply because they don't know Lua?
I'm not surprised that Angry Birds uses lua as it's quite popular within gaming circles
It does depend on coverage
I always see people say XXX is crap or XXX is fine but it does all depend on where you are or where you use it the most, as always it's usually down to either coverage or too many users.
I use both T-Mobile & Giff Gaff for data & for where I use them they both work well.
T-Mobile works best at home as I get a good strong signal, all the other networks don't have good wall penetration.
Giff Gaff works well at home when used in an unlocked MiFi unit hung up high but I tend to use it more when on the train. On the routes I use I find that the O2 network tends to be better than T-Mobile (I had tried 3 PAYG on the routes as well). Each one has it's own set of 3G blackspots but you get to know where they are.
NB: I had used O2 for the train until recently, switching to Giff Gaff last month to try it out - actually finding it more responsive but that could be down to the APN not being as heavily used as O2's.
10" kindle might be better than 8.9"
As the original is a 7 incher it would make more sense for them to bring out a 10 inch & target apple.
I'd have to say that in the month since I've had my fire (rooted & rebuilt obviously) it's been pretty impressive.
PS: I couldn't wait for Amazon to release it over here & rooting was a doddle
Quit launching balloons?
I have a feeling what the payloads of weather balloons weigh a lot more than LOHAN would do & how many are launched around the world each day? In fact how many accidents have happened with something falling out of the sky let alone from a balloon?
Definitely a comical comment from a troll or typical scaremonger/nanny state type moron ;-)
yes & no
Yes the default version is based on Ubuntu & even shares some of the repos but the development version is more debian based than ubuntu.
I switched from Ubuntu to Mint just after 10.10 when the wifi drivers were unusable (usually with system hangs). Since then been using Mint on the desktop & not looked back, both wifi works out of the box & none of the Unity crap.
All because they are lazy
At the heart of this is where they say telecom equipment can't handle the odd leap second (most are added but they can be taken away as well), citing things like navigation - presumably GPS.
The thing is that GPS doesn't use UTC - it has it's own time system strangely called GPST which doesn't use leap seconds.
So since GPST started in 1980 it's now 15 seconds ahead of UTC
A good example of the various clocks & how far they are out: http://leapsecond.com/java/gpsclock.htm
I'm already lining up projects for these
I don't care if these have a case or not - there's plenty of uses for them as they are & I'm intending on getting a couple - one to play with & one to run my weather station.
At the moment the station is running off the back of an ancient itx linux box but one of these would be ideal to replace that box. Not much local storage is needed & the rest is pushed over the ethernet.
Mars vs Earth scores
There used to be a page carrying the current scores - i.e. point to Earth when we get a probe to Mars & a point to Mars when a probe fails - but I can't find it anymore (possibly gone).
Anyone remember that page & got a link to it?
Reg must drink in the most expensive pub in the UK
£4.59 for half a pint! The most expensive full pint I've come across is in Soho & even that was about £6.50 - I won't be drinking in there again I can tell you :-(
Launched in 1972?
Strange as I always thought they were launched in 1977, Voyager 2 first in August then Voyager 1 in September?
My mac prompted me yesterday morning to upgrade so it's already been running 6 for over a day now. Somehow at one point the update servers must have had it up.
Saying that this has now broken most of the plugins as they are now reporting incompatible etc :-(
I'm not sure what this fad about releasing major versions every time is but it's not going to end well at the rate
Thats what I'm planning this year
First I'm going to try what you've already said, tune in to the bottom of Band II. Don't be tempted to try the upper part of that band, meteor's work better the lower the frequency and the burts last longer.
I've also picked up a cheap £15 radio which supports Band I (50-88Mhz) so might try that - there are some stations actually broadcasting around the 69MHz range (BBC R2 strangely) so trying to figure out a good spot might be tricky.
Another alternative is online: http://www.meteorscan.com/meteor-live.html has a 24hr display of radio meteor detections
I'll wait a bit longer
I'll wait a bit longer but I've found the iPhone app works perfectly fine on my 1st gen iPad - in fact even when not using a headset the hands free side works better than most purpose built phones do.
The only down side is that it does look like an enlarged iPhone - hopefully the app will work fine
Welcome to the club
I've been BT less for over 2 1/2 years now and have not regretted it.
Ok I'm still using Mobile broadband but thats actually performing better than when I did have BT so I'm not worried.
Saying that I am thinking about Satellite broadband as Mobile is becoming a bit flakey recently
They compete with no one
However the Government always use that excuse with either Network Rail or any rail company as a get out clause of releasing any useful information.
Believe me, I've tried.
As for not affecting trains, may be not - but coincidentally the Southeastern rail network failed at about the same time - coincidence? may be but it didn't help.
Thats part of the problem
Agreed you must be certifiable.
I use cloud storage for backups, but it's for offsite stuff, usually for stuff I don't want lost when there is a problem with a fire or a dead HD etc.
The problem is that a lot of these services make them selves out as being the ideal place for storing backups but most people then don't think what would happen if they go tits up.
TBH I'd be inconvenienced if say DropBox or Google trashes anything but then I've got the data stored elsewere.
Beer icon as thats where I'll be in about 10 mins...
VAT on eBooks
I actually had a, albeit brief, conversion with Duncan Bannatyne (of Dragons Den if you don't know who he is) when the VAT increase happened, which is when I first found out that eBooks include VAT.
I think it's primarily due to being a service, i.e. buy from Amazon and it's a service as it's delivered over the kindle etc.
I'd like to know however what if it's a one-off payment? Then it's not a service? Might be an interesting argument for VAT or no-VAT
Been done before
This was done in South Africa a few years ago for exactly the same reasons - and the Pidgeon won that time as well.
As for the RFC (IP over Avian carriers) that was done by some Norwegians a few years ago as well - the only difference was they didn't use duct tape (which everyone agreed was over the top). These two instances used flash instead of paper but then it's the right size - I think the RFC needs a third update to allow flash.
I'll stick with what I've already got
I've had my EOS D30 for 9 years now, it's still going strong and I'm happy with it. I'll only replace it when it finally dies - when ever that happens.
Gone through a few batteries - but the original Canon original is the one that's still perfectly fine.
It's only 3MP and can't handle CompactFlash cards over 1Gb but the old adage 'if its not broke don't fix it' applies - plus the fact it cost me £2K in 2001 may be a factor, that a lot of the newer versions now cost a lot less does piss me off when I see them..
Blackberries & other phones
Don't know of an automatic method (yet), but take the photograph on the phone (using the media card) but have the phone upload to a remote service when you take it- twitpic comes to mind as I can do that manually.
So as long as you have signal, they take the copy on the phone but it's still out there...
Beer icon as I've just come back from lunch ;-)
iTouch 1st gen
Like yourself my 1st gen touch is still going strong and I'm not tempted to replace it for some time yet.
I rarely put any apps on it, rarely connect it to wifi so I'm not missing out on much there - tend to use it for audio and the occasional movie and thats about it.
For everything else there's the blackberry... yep, I'm one of those who still doesn't like the idea of mixing phone and media into one device...
Obviously Linux & OSX are vulnerable
its just that 99% of Linux & the majority of OSX users (can't really say 99% here) have the common sense not to enter their password whenever it just prompts for it, hence where this old misconception tends to come from.
It's simply a different demographic of the users.
Disclaimer: I use both Linux & OSX, but I couldn't say 99% OSX because a lot of OSX users are not of the same expertise as those who tend to use Linux - but even then, the do tend to have more knowledge than those using that other evil OS :-)
Now where's my flame proof underwear ;-)
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