176 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008
Re: The fridge-sized, plucky probot
Yes, I heard The News Quiz too.
Re: No propulsion?
Fair enough Chris
Re: No propulsion?
I haven't sailed a boat, but I do know its keel is about as important as its sail. If you can come up with a space-keel, like a knife that slips through the butter of space, then yes it's like sailing a boat.
Boats work by exploiting the interface between two fluids that are flowing relative to one another. They have a 'foil' that interacts with each fluid and the resultant force pushes them where they want to go.
In the absence of that keel it is more like being a plastic bag carried along with no control in the current under the surface of the water. Where the currenty water is the solar wind.
Re: L stands for ?
Sounds to me like that bird might have had a problem landing after the fight. He didn't throttle it down until after the strike, and there was a prop jolt at that point. Ouch.
Re: Just to clarify....
It will quietly do its job whilst not hogging system resources, keeping telling you to get your wallet or getting in your way all the time?
The near side is denser, which means the centre of mass is towards the near side, which means the mountains on the far side are 'higher' to something that is orbiting the centre of (lumpy) mass.
Could be very wrong - just an idea.
teaching in the uk
Your perceived* success in teaching has litle to do with your subject knowledge, even in an area where there is a teacher skills gap.
If you have never seriously considered being a science teacher before, don't do it now.
'Good'* teachers are those who are good at the difficult job of wrangling a room full of kids. If you think you can teach existing teachers how to do this then fine - they might one day consider you an expert teacher.
*in the wisdom of the uk system
Re: 10 days late
They were going to put the chicken straight in the freezer, but now it'll just have to go out for the council.
A good opportunity to sell stock at cost and look big'n'caring
If their stuff weren't so damn expensive this problem wouldn't exist.
So I wonder when the day will come on which I can take in my cheap Android - that just could be somehow dangerous - that I chose to buy because i-things are overpriced - and swap it for The Real Thing for £100?
Re: " ... 300GB-worth of CGI wizardry ..."
We'll all be lucky if there's 4k of good acting etc to be found in among whatever gets released in this format.
They both heat up their environs and (ignoring the oven's thermostat) reach an equilibrium internal temperature due to heat transfer.
Only one of them has a space inside big enough for a chicken though - that's the giveaway.
Heat-sinks do function in enclosed boxes.
The role of a heat-sink is to (1) spread the heat from the small heat-generating devices over a larger area, in order that those devices and the things near them don't cook. And to (2) encourage that heat to go away somewhere and not build up to a damaging temperature.
It's nice if the heat all transfers straight into air that then flows out of the box through vents, not warming up the surface of the box itself, but that never happens. In many cases the surface of the plastic box gets pretty warm, very little air circulates through the vents and most of the heat generated is transferred out of the box due to conduction through the plastic skin of the box. In the case of e.g. a laptop PSU, all the heat goes through the plastic skin and none goes out through vents. But it still makes effective use of heat-sinking.
In the case of this google thing the metal can is there for two reasons: EM shielding, and also to spread the heat generated by the chips within the can over the entire area of the dongle. Chances are the SoC gets hotter than anything else in there, and without the can it would make a hot-spot on the plastic surface. In segregating the convection into an 'inside-the-can' loop and an 'outside the can' loop, the can might reduce the overall cooling effectiveness and probably result in slightly hotter chippery overall. But by spreading the heat over the dongle's entire area it will minimise the existence of hot-spots on the outer skin that seek to set fire to your curtains and of cold-spots on the outer skin that aren't pulling their weight in the tast of getting rid of all the waste heat.
But still: heat-sinks in closed boxes do work.
Someone probably left their rounded-cornered device plugged in and charging at their bed.
We all know how those things like to go up in flames.
film vs tv
There is a big difference between watching stuff that was made in a TV studio on a TV, and watching a movie, shot at 24fps on a TV. In the case of TV-studio material, it is footage that was truly created at 50 pictures per second, but with each picture having a lower vertical resolution than the display device. I'm not saying that when you stick them on the screen everything is magic and perfect, but it means that the motion experience for the viewer is very different, and it is much, much less bad than when you're watching a film-movie on TV.
The TV interlacing system was an engineering compromise - and I think a useful one at the time - not a con. TV wasn't originally created to show cinema movies.
Re: Even analogue still used
Hurrah for the 741!
exciting times we live in
Super cool - were I one of the Dirt People, I'd want to be working on this stuff.
Re: Scheduled to ship
Just been through all this with every possible cockup on their part.
They have now invited me to buy another product at several times the price.
Total total total crap. Not a chance I'll be going there again.
Re: Dirty Laundry and Empty Packaging?!
Bet they end up with a lot of used plastic bags though, all things considered.
obfuscation is not encryption
Hello, Mr. Dabbs?
It's Johnny's teacher here... yes, Mrs. Cuck. Hi.
I'm calling about the funts... yes.
yes, the cucking funts...
Re: OMG it never worked before, why still try?
They need to get away from the Wonky Look.
Fair enough the thing is asymmetric, but the guy wearing them in that image seems typical of many, many amusing and geeky traits and is doing a good job of achieving a jaunty angle.
Perhaps this would be solved by a big wodge of elastoplast or araldite on one of the hinges?
A small downward-pointed shaped charge might be quite effective against squaddies / cars / enemy UAVs / whatever. I'm guessing for a given amount of offensive power it would be a smaller and lighter payload to carry than anything that works like a gun or grenade.
Re: Never use a simple solution when an expensive high tech one will do.
Does something lead you to believe that a laser beam doesn't diverge?
Very good work. Well done to kids, teacher and school.
Obviously in an ideal world the teacher would just use his gun(s) to get it down out of the tree though...
...don't want to eat... ...may be toxic...
Might as well just use mercury and be done with it.
Re: Advertisements? In my social medias?
Surely e would come somewhere between ii and 3?
Some days I assume that one day I will join FB.
With this and the Instagram thing, this is not one of those days.
If this is a way of inspiring the rest of the world to give them aid... It's an odd way of asking for help.
Re: Why hasn't the US "brought democracy" to NK yet?
Yep, coordinated strike on everything from the air - we could call it 'shock and awe' - that'll sort 'em out and no mistake.
They'll be welcoming us in the streets just like the girls in paris welcomed the Sherman tanks in 1945.
looks like an elevation map
This looks so much like an elevation map that it would be interesting to see this data subtracted from elevation data. Then perhaps the cracks (and TMA etc) would just jump out at you.
None of this stuff is true
He's an intelligent guy, he's hardly going to be giving us a FACTUAL blow-by-blow account of what he's doing. That was clear from the outset.
Re: Do not evil
Altavista: those buggers swallowed up my favourite search engine, Infoseek.
Called it "Go".
And it did.
Re: Prior feline usage of the name
For anyone bored enough to read this, my last post (pointless, regarding cats) brough back my Bronze medal. Hurrah!
Re: Prior feline usage of the name
Strictky speaking it's 2+n
where n is the number of households that think they own the cat.
Re: Not all iBrats
A fair assumption, but not if you're writing for the Reg.
Yes, but that would turn instantly into a 3M microfibre cloth covered in snot.
Seems a waste of everything.
Can the reviewer tell us please:
Do you normally notice the rainbow effect with moving edges on DLP projectors?
What was it like on this one?
I usually find DLPs horrible for this reason so I have a (poor contrast) LCD.
Better make sure it doesn't have ROUNDED CORNERS!
Someone make an android phone case that incorporates an Uzi.
Just make sure the corners are good and sharp - that way not only do you not get sued - you can jab it at the attacker when you run out of 9mm leaden goodness.
Can't they see that thing is dead?
Re: Mix and Match
And those hifi systems took up a lot of space and cables. New audio gear, and laptops, have all their components squeezed and integrated into as small a space as possible.
Your modular plan would require you to accept a bit of wasted space - so if you really want to carry around an ATX-sized laptop, then that could probably be arranged.
What's the point?
If the experience is anything like using google docs or google mail, then no thanks - they'd have to be giving them away for nothing and even then...?
Great minds and all that. Even got my title too.
Seems like this was waiting until after the guy with the hook had been successfully got rid of.
Looks lovely and well done on the innovative use of a big sensor - however:
Why do all mobile devices, costing hundreds, and offering HD video resolution, all suffer from the wierd distortion that occurs whenever the camera is moved? I presume it's because the image is effectively being 'scanned' from the sensor, so that for any given frame the timing at the bottom of the sensor is different from that at the top, but it must be possible to do this better and dispense with the distortion?
As far as I know proper video cameras don't do this (I'm assuming as I rant) so why do expensive 'premium' mobile-type devices have to?
Re: Clippy dead
Re: It's a hoax, people.
Yes. Two microphones won't give enough location information to do what this appears to do.
Nice film though, good model and good marketing.
Re: @KJ re downvoting
So you float around, trying to say things that people will all agree with, never anything that could offend or provoke a click on the red button.
Lib Dem by any chance??
It's fine when people agree, but that's not really the point of these fora.
If you're the boss, yes it is.
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