66 posts • joined Thursday 12th April 2007 12:14 GMT
Ever seen a chainsaw start first time? I haven't
Chainsaws also run outa gas
Axe for the win!
Re: Needs to be simple ...
This is just the fail-safe option right?
If the primary ignition fails for any reason then the SPB could make it's way back to base under auto pilot control for another attempt
Needs to be simple ...
How about rigging the parachute strings so that when the parachute opens, the truss is angled in the other direction. That way the SPB would simply slide down the greasy pole?
Fuck the miracle ... what's needed is every cancer researcher, replacement organ boffin & geneticist on the planet to get their shit together to solve this.
What I would like to see
Is Mr Fry provided an account here on the dear old Reg.
He would need to understand the the Reg is a hive of scum & villainy; That asbestos undergarments would be a requirement.
But the thought of the esteemed Mr Fry eviscerating the commentards here fills me with a feeling of delight and evil glee
Perhaps he would consider the post of moderatrix?
Old ARCnet jocky here
I kinda miss ARCnet sometimes
Most of the benefits of token-ring and most of the benefits of early Ethernet
Still remember soldering up 4-way passive hubs *sniff*
Everything old is new again
How long before the rack holding the main compute nodes in a data centre is called the "Main Frame" :)
Re: Antisocial much?
In fact it's the exact opposite.
In a city the size of London and given the number of people
You cannot say hello to everyone you meet; you would go mad & hoarse very quickly
Giving people a little privacy & personal space by "ignoring" them, is in fact a form of politeness.
A polite smile & nod to people I saw on my regular commute always seemed well received though
I love puppet, but it can at times be a little like playing high stakes kerplunk with your servers
First there was the abomination that is toffurkey, never was a big turkey fan; so I said nothing
But if Toffu-Bacon is the only thing left to me than the world is definitely coming to its end times
Where will I get my Bacon & Egg Pies from now?
We're doomed I tells ya, DOOOMED
Re: AT Powerswitches
I remember years ago showing my GF at the time how to build her very own PC
She looked me in the eyes & asked "there's nothing in here that can hurt me?"
I said no; Cue a very LOUD Zzzzattt and one very unhappy GF
She had managed to short the PWS switch in the front of the case to the case itself
The screwdriver took most of the damage
I took the rest as she tried to beat the living daylights outa me while was laughing my arse off
Ahhh, the good old days
Been using MythTV for a few years now
I find it hard to imagine having to work my schedule around TV viewing habits anymore
Would be to make the little darlings completely computer controlled
I'm thinking of the vids of the swarm of quad-rotors
Think of it; A swarm of Computer controlled roaches, all governed by a game AI
Make for a good AR game ;)
Re: Barbie says...
it's Vi & Meccano
I miss Meccano ... The set I got as a kid slowly evaporated into various project & ad-hoc repairs
Cars, Computers etc... all ended up with various Meccano hacks in them :)
Lets be honest
Most of us got into computers & engineering with the dream of building ourselves killer robots
I know I did :)
Igor! Pull the lever ....
In soviet Russia
The porn watches you
Browser assisted video/voice conferencing ... good
Browser based surveillance .... bad
Guess which option will be most popular with out ad wielding corporate overlords
Time for webcams to come with a physical on/off switch
red tide algal bloom
I wonder is the Ocean seeding projects are the cause of this?
Am I right in thinking that this is not the first study into iron seeding
I vaguely recall something similar in 2004-5
Why aren't we doing cool stuff like this anymore
Don't get me wrong I'm glad that someone at least is doing cool tech like this
But It makes me sad to think that in the west we have basically given up
Re: Questionable utility
Or advertising displays built into train and bus windows so the passengers can see the ads and still see outside.
Yup ... that's what this tech will be used for. All the great things it COULD do; Sadly however it WILL be used to shill shaving cream & cheap holidays
I weep for my species
Re: Illegal or not... The raid had the "desired" effect...
No. No black helicopters
Just a copper with a propeller beanie running around making phwup, phwup phwup noises
You sir are a genius
Alcubierre drive signature?
Perhaps the aliens from life of Brian came back :)
My 2 sense
How about this ....
You can copyright something or patent it, but not both
Copyright for software can only be granted on the original source code, binaries are also copyrighted but as a translation of the source
Software copyright is 20 years, everything else 50 years from application date
Copyrights have to be renewed every 10 years
To get/maintain a copyright, the source material but be published via a public forum (some sort of central library?)
As for Patents
Software & business process patents to be 10 years, everything else 20.
Basically same deal as for Copyrights above but....
All inventions must actually exist & be proven to work IE No working prototype? No patent
A patent must contain all the information required to replicate the invention
Can't replicate it? No patent
If companies don't like the above then they can keep their stuff as a trade secret,
but if the secret gets out ... tough shit
If the central authority is say UN based central repo; the registered the info is available worldwide & will receive world wide protection
That way ownership of & payment for use of patent/copyright material can be made easier
The fees gained from renewals etc should cover the cost of running the above
The library should keep track of material that has entered public domain & once in the public domain material can not be re-appropriated (Like Sony does with various e-books)
Puppeteer homeworld perhaps
Puppeteer are headed that way no?
Easy fix .... LinkedIn
If an emplyer or agent want contact through a SocialMedia type website
I usually tell em to contact me via LinkedIn
LinkedIn for work
Facebook for friends & family
Usually give em my e-mail addy too
But never ever give em your passwords, thats just retarded :)
A job for PARIS & LOHANs offspring?
The google X-Prize seems like a perfect fit for the SPB guys!
As for mining on Mars, wouldn't asteroid mining be easier? ... No need to lob dirty great chunks
of rock out of the Mars grav well?
It's not the montion of the LOHAN
It's the angle of the dangle.
1 or more balloons connected to a single a 20-30 meter tether
the truss should be balanced to that it dangles at a near vertical (5-10deg) angle
LOHAN can then ride a rail under the truss to allow a stable launch
It might be a nice touch to build some sort of bra arrangement of you are using two balloons
you could connect the teather to the bra-strap :)
Stainless steel rat
Or "The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton"
Either serias of books would make for a better SF series than a reboot of Space 1999.
I loved it as a kid; Seen some re-runs not so long ago...
I pity my poor parents who had to sit through that crap
Ahhh that brings back memories
I always amazed me that the gang could turn up, setup 8-10 machines & be playing in under 15min
If only the desktop support people at work could be as quick :)
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SimH Software kits for PDP/11 etc
The SimH project has many software kits available
not sure you you would go about transfering them to real tin
But it's a start at least :)
Yesterday I couldn't spell Enginear now I are one
I've been over the years; Code monkey, Network grunt, Sys Admin and a few more swear words besides. What I've learned is this ...
In IT if you've done your job right, you are invisible; If the people up the food chain know you exist it's because you've fucked up.
You are only as good as your last biggest fuckup; The powers that be never remember the 40 hours straight you put in, or the novel solution to whatever the problem of the day was
No they only remember you killed the e-mail server at 9:30 yesterday morning
Infrastructure is boring to most people, they don't care about the effort that goes into roads, water, sewage, ATM's etc; they only care when it doesn't work and when it doesn't work it's all your fault; never mind they would rather spend vast amounts of cash to big up their own glory but never on the infrastructure that keeps them safe happy & warm.
I think Neal Stephenson had it right, Engineers & Scientists are Dwarves and the media studies types are the Elves, they may prance & frolic in the forests & the sunshine; but if you want something done and done right, you hire a Dwarf
I may not have a degree that says engineer on it; I've just been doing it for 20+ years
Voice controlled TV
Great yet another thing in my house that won't do a thing I ask.
At least I'd have a legit reson to be yelling at the TV
If there are any IVR people out there , please, PLEASE! make sure there is another way of dealing with your thrice damned systems. They never ever understand a bloody word I say.
I end up screaming incohearently down the phone, Although one system; after I started cursing & swearing, did route me through to a human operator, in india, that I couldn't understand :(
voice recognition systems = Evil
Igor we need more Igor's
If CERN doesn't have an Igor on staff and a big red switch or lever I'm going to me very dissapointed.
Lets face it, these guys are doing mad^H^H^H MAD science.
Wild haired white-coated boffins are one thing
But if you don't have an Igor or two, you just ain't doing it right :)
May I humbly suggest
Dr Who = Archetypical Boffin
Clockwork Daleks .... FFS that Brilliant!
WRT the the Daleks always comming back, Isn't that always the problems with what is effectivly a cloned species?
Only takes one of the little buggers to be hiding under the stairs; next thing you know
Intergalactic battlefleet :)
Watching my mates kids, watch Dr Who brings back happy memories
They hide behind the sofa, pillows and/or mum & dad
but god help you if you suggest they don't watch or try to change the channel
It's good to have a hero on TV that wins through brains, gadgets & perseverance.
My first real machine was an MV/8000
AOS/VS was a kinda cool OS
Anyone know where I can find a system copy to crank up in an emulator?
200+ students on a machine with 8mb of ram and 512mb of disk
*sigh* the good/bad old days :)