79 posts • joined Monday 9th April 2007 07:46 GMT
10K still the trendy figure I see
Back at the tail end of the dot com era, Loudcloud, who had previously specialized in running big managed websites for third parties, decide to move downmarket by offering a "10K a month" option...just before EDS bought them :-)
She's worse than dumb
The primary reason companies like Google pay so little tax is that in the EU, companies only need to incorporate once, and it can be whereever in the EU it wants.
Has she says she wants to change this? No? Then shut up, you cowardly troll!
Re: Not sure this makes sense
I suspect an e-car might actually stack up very well against a bus for short journey's, and look really rubbish for longer ones, for two reasons. Firstly, because the longer the journey the greater the road use, impacting congestion (unless it's piled high with sharers), and secondly because the shorter the journey, the the wait to access public transport becomes as a proportion of the journey becomes "wasted time". E-Cars won't have the petrol/diesel issue of being less efficient while warming up either. In the long run, you could perhaps go the route of reducing bus frequency to take account of this.
I agree as to your idea of the target market. Again, not seeing much of a market yet, and until range improves to at least 150 miles, combined with a recharge possible in say 10-15 mins, I can't see anyone other than those with more money than sense wanting to buy one. E-car's fuel is cheap, but that puts an incentive on using them a lot...which is impractical. And the greenies will hate you anyway; their idea is more about insisting on enforcing their wishes as to how you live than "being green". If we're all on public transport, they have us where they want us :-(
PS I cycle. But that's because I like the exercise, plus it's still faster than the train :-)
Not sure this makes sense
So, like all electric cars, this is only good for shortish journeys, round trips of say 60-70 miles, commuting and all that. But aren't all the greenies insistent we should use public transport for those? I'll bet a diesel bus produces less CO2 than a fleet of commuters driving Zoe's, and even a train is probably superior.
Air Defence Radar museum is a fantastic find
Ran into it by accident during a cycling trip around the Norfolk Broads. I spent 4 hours there, but an entire day is probably required to do it justice. The experience is enhanced by some of the curators having worked there during it's operational use
Speaking as a cyclist, I think he's perfectly correct. If it's right to tax cars for emitting 271g /km, then it's just as reasonable to tax us cyclists too for emitting 21g. Of course, what the guys really doing is, as an earlier commenter mentioned, is bringing out how hypocritical the average greenie is :-)
Re: Point of fact
I might want to watch ITV, Sky, or all those other channels that don't insist on charging me the poll tax :-)
Cobblers. Businesses can make very good money out of climate change, and there are plenty around that do just that; how do you think Al Gore made a third of a billion dollars in the last 15 years? It's consumers who are stiffed if we impose a regulatory and tax environment which penalizes fossil fuels
Re: Point of fact
Well, as a "non-government agency", it appears to have the power to send me to jail if I refuse to pay its poll tax. That makes it "government enough", since the right to levy taxes is a key attribute of a government.
If they aren't sure how much fuel they have left, how can they predict how much delta V they will generate, and decide when and how fast they are going to crash? Or did the Mayans forsee this in advance?
I agree with the article, having worked on call during the Taiwan 2006 earthquake. Lots of people rapidly discovered an awful lot of Asia's infrastructure passed close to Taiwan, despite the logical wavelengths supposedly being diverse: it's a bit like CDO's, wavelengths are merrily resold all over the place. The company I work for requires fiber maps for just this reason now.
Another country that's a little under estimated is Ireland: just one transatlantic link landing in Londonderry, and three others crossing the Irish Sea
I could be cruel about the severely dyslexic users given free PC's in some asinine Government program, very few of which could read "Connect" on a button. Not their fault of course, it's the moronic politicians and civil servants who think such ailments can be banished by spending money on PC's :-(
I could marvel at the optimism of the Italian running the French version of Windows 95, who seemed to think schoolboy French involved fluency :-)
But I think the man who wins the prize has to be the one who double-clicked on "Connect to the Internet" and got nowhere. He called me, who, ever anxious to please, asked him if he could hear his modem dialling, imitating the sound to help. He said he couldn't hear anything, so I asked if his modem was turned on: he replied "I don't have a phone line" :-)
500m high...and two people survived it. So, we're obviously all just fine :-)
One of Bin Laden's son's has been living under "house arrest" in Iran for years, and Iran spent quite a lot of money on the nastier type of Sunni terrorist groups in Iraq, even the ones that enjoyed suicide bombing large groups of Shia pilgrims. No surprise to anyone who has been paying attention
I wonder if we are missing the point here
Why not use the surplus energy to produce methane to run in our existing CCGT power plants? They are already trying to produce jet fuel from seawater
Webex....is one applet use I can think of
Webex uses Java. Which is a bit of a pain given that it always seems to fail on 10.7...
"There’s no better place to gauge the economic viability of a new business sector than from the vantage point of a moving bicycle". Direct hit!
Must try cycling to work via Old Street, apparently things go zoom that way :-)
IRIS definitely worked
Given that normal queues were often long and slow moving, I was very glad to use IRIS, which worked fine for me. BTW, given the cost of pensions for the border agency ppl, 9m quid looks real cheap...
The EU *proposed* these plans...
Dream on if you think the ECHR is going to circle wagons for your privacy. It is legally required to support EU integration, and hasn't yet said boo to the Euro arrest warrant specifying "xenophobia" as a valid reason for extradition
Cannot improve interconnect speeds until April?
What complete cobblers. Be, O2 and Akamai are all on LINX, just turn up some peers!
Just a data point to add
I spent an hour chatting up a very attractive Chinese PA in Chengdu back in Dec 1999. She spoke very good English, and we shared some details of our lives for comparison. She *said* she was paid 3000RMB per month, which was around £250 by the then official exchange rate. On the other hand, Foxconn provide food and accomodation, which can be very steep in places like Shezhen
And there's the issue of bandwidth
Predators/ Reapers need 1-10mbit/sec. There's not that much available via satellite, and it's very expensive
IMU understanding incomplete
Yes, it is a bunch of accelerometers only...from which you can derive your displacement from an initial location. It doesn't need GPS to "tell it where it is". However, GPS can be used to improve it's accuracy because all IMU's "drift" as time goes by.
Miaow! But very funny :-)
It's remarkable how many ppl really have no idea what's inside their iPhone, or who think it doesn't matter :-(
What a twit
He drove off wearing nothing much, on an expedition in winter, to "see how far a road winding to the north would take him". I think he probably drank several crates of beer before he set off....
I think those graphics will stay with me forever :-(
There's loads not to like, from the environmental activist point of view. The biggest advantage to global warming was it's ability to justify endless interference in everyone else's business. If it didn't exist, it would have to be invented...and when it's "gone", something else will suddenly emerge
Purpose of trial
Obviously, this was started as an LMG prototype because the thermodynamic and physical issues are hardest to solve for an LMG: sustained fire plus the requirement to be as light and compact as possible. I can't see the point of buying it until we change the calibre from 5.56 to something larger, eg 6.5, 6.8, 7mm, and hence restore some more commonality to ammunition load within a section at least. I suspect plastic cased ammunition will be more robust and less environmentally sensitive than caseless...it still looks like a massive improvement on what we have now
Actually, not always the case
The US Army is now buying an M4A1 variant with a heavier barrel amongst other changes, in order to improve performance when troops have to "go cyclic" and fire automatic just about all the time. This occurred particularly in Wanat in 2008, where M4 barrels reportedly warped with the heat, causing the rifles to irretrievably jam
Good to see consideration of out of band management there: interesting use for a fax line. The emphasis on lab verification of changes is useful too. That being said, this sounds more of a wish list by someone who hasn't had to deal with either a) hard business realities or b) very complex network failures. I would hesitate to describe myself as any sort of network "guru", but I do build out and support data centres, offices, and WAN links of various sorts, including metro rings, and the biggest causes of long outages are usually poor design (usually too complex), poor software (Brocade gets a special mention here!), and carriers (no comment!): in that order. Doubling and tripling up redundancy can improve failure rates (although I should mention that most vendors won't load balance links properly with IGP's or port channels unless they can be divided by 2), but that ain't necessarily so. My worst outage involved a stray OSPF default screwing up a multi-homed site without out of band management: a single homed site would have had higher reliability over the same calendar year.
Chongqing was one chinese city I really liked; it just seemed less doctrinaire than most of the others. First, the telly there starts showing non-stop "Red" agitprop, and now this...<sigh>
Who needs to worry about introducing hardware to exploit this? I've dealt with virus's introduced via email in a v4 environment that act as rogue DHCP servers, making themselves the default gateway for clients so they get to see outgoing traffic from affected clients. Not really news because v6 is hardly more affected than v4
Tanks for nothing, Lewis
You're at it again, Lewis, ensuring your many sensible opinions are tainted with way too much raving over hobby horses. Please explain to Register readers how the 5 (shortly to be 3) tank regiments and 8 armoured infantry battalions, equipped with kit bought 20 years ago, supposedly suck up all the money from the other 32 non-armoured battalions when the biggest expense in the Army is personnel?
You could try familiarising yourself with British operations in Basra, Al-Amarah, and Afghanistan, where tanks from the British and Danish armies remarkably proved and are proving remarkably useful, despite their opponents not having any. Indeed, the US Army has upgraded hundreds of tanks for fighting in built up areas against insurgents precisely because of long experience in Iraq (see TUSK).
It's strange how our "light infantry" war in Afghanistan seems to rely on infantry riding large, heavily armoured vehicles, that are hard to transport. Of course, they are called Mastiff's and Ridgebacks, so they are, like, so totally different, and much better. Until, of course, the Taliban accquire Kornet missles, whereupon those tanks will be seen in a different light; if there are any left
I was working a largely ATT outage yesterday in the US, in which developed quite large packet loss and latency. Some US ATT home customers were being routed (with a lot of packet loss) via China Telecom US addresses (accessible via whois, CT don't believe in DNS records). Other traceroutes went via what looked like ATT addresses. Must revisit some of those traceroutes.....
Stop funding most "cooperative" projects
The really big overspenders are usually "political" projects (A400, Eurofighter) where the programme objective is not biggest bang for buck, but "promoting euro-cooperation" or industrial policy. They usually result in the wrong subcontractors being chosen, and these cannot be "fired"
Not the case for Chemistry?
I personally know one inorganic Chemistry PHd working in NY state for a drugs company who got canned. Sadly, there are exceptions...he knows a few :-(
Juniper tend to ship routers internationally *without* SSH in their installed software, which can be a bit of a pain in the arse. If you're in a *bare* DC/office and your corporate laptop has a restrictive personal firewall that prevents FTP, using SCP is much preferable to upgrade software.....a minor point, but I've run into it before :-)
Shouldn't be a problem for him...
If memory serves, every morning they blare military music and annoucements from loudspeakers in the streets, at least in the part of Shigatse I was staying in. Surely a "one imperialist communist is feeling lonely, apply at main gate for screening" would be easy enough to slip in :-)
Not the "tank is obselete" canard again...
1) Tanks are essential; still. Read up on Basra, Al-Amara, or even the Danish contribution in Helmand today, let alone their primary purpose in high intensity combat. The British Army prefers to avoid such vulgar brawn, but it's still required
2) Mastiff's are already half the wieght of a Challenger 2. Since they are wheeled, they will be largely restricted to roads. Still finding it hard to see why tanks are "obselete". Please look into the actual
3) Absolutely agree we cannot afford a UK-first attitude to armoured vehicles. If it exists already, buy it off the shelf. The same could be said about the Type 45 (should have bought Aegis like the Spanish, Japanese, Australians etc), A400 (massive disaster, C17/C130).
When I rolled out my company's Munich office 4 years ago, I was informed that most DE companies used shielded Cat7 office ethernet cabling due to very severe RFI compliance requirements. Sorta surprised that the cable operators didn't deploy the same shielded stuff...
Define those items which you want manufactured in the UK
Issues would seem to be:-
1) poor definition of what the UK needs to retain design and production capability for (eg, nukes, nuclear subs, ships, some aircraft, some missiles, small arms and ammunition ). Having decided on this, ensure that we maintain numbers large enough to ensure production is ticking over at least; rebuilding capabilities after they have atrophied is difficult (see Astute).
2) make decisions and stick to them. We have repeatedly bought penny packets of aircraft rather than deciding to replace an entire class, eg C130J/C130K, EH101/Puma/Chinook. This has caused large additional costs
3) buy off the shelf by default if the class of equipment if it exists already, license produce only if the numbers are large enough. Examples of silly decisions; MRA4 Nimrod
4) avoid european collaboration as much as possible because of the political interference. if the governent is signing the teaming agreement, it's probably already poorly specified. If it already exists, see point 3. If it doesn't, take a leaf out of the Swedes and pay a contractor from where ever to do the work for you. BAE designed the Gripen's wings for example
FADEC hardly the issue
Why were two experienced pilots flying at low level in fog, rather than just flying above all known terrain? There's hardly a small arms or SAM threat in Scotland.
Company taxes are an exclusive "European competence", and the ability to pay your tax in any EU country is a feature of European law. Frankly, Mr Cable should STFU since he's merrily advocating further European integration including single currency membership, or has he suddenly decided that Libdem policy is now to leave?
Oh dear, the "tank is obselete" shtick again...
Lets see, we agree that heavily armoured vehicles are necessary, even for those "light" wars which are supposedly the only ones we will have to fight. The current MRAP's weigh a minimum of 10-12 tons (eg the US M-ATV), with the bigger ones like the the Ridgeback and the Mastiff at 24-30 tonnes, which is about the same as a Warrior IFV. However, off road these vehicles have very limited mobility, which is why the Army uses tracked Vikings for the Helmand "green zone". Now we have to improve their mobility, the logical solution is to mount them on tracks. The Canadian army (after retiring all their tanks after the Cold War) has just bought 100 Leopard 2's from Germany after their wheeled LAV's failed to cope with much of the terrain in Afghanistan. Once you have a heavily armoured vehicle, on tracks, and doubtless mounted with some sort of stabilised weapon, you have a "tank"; something that was supposedly obselete! As for the supposed replacements for "tanks", apart from the vastly increased cost, fuel and maintenance requirements of helicopters, they are about as much use as a telephone directory in the Amazon when they are on the ground. A vehicle can be an excellent fighting platform even when stationary.
As to the merits or otherwise of the CV90, I would aver it's too big and heavy, although a good replacement for the Warrior, and something in the CVR(T) weight class would make more sense, with an up-armoured German Wiesel being a good example. As for the disaster that is the Jackal, the designers have come up with a non-mine protected deathtrap that weighs as much as a CVR(T), but without the 360 degree armour and a 30 mm cannon.
If memory serves...
Most brothels seem to operate out of hairdressers in China, hence the large numbers of the same open at 3am, with bored looking women slouching around behind the blue smoked glass inside. Hairdressing often comes with a head massage too, so it's a great stress buster without the "extras" :-)
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