387 posts • joined Thursday 12th April 2007 22:03 GMT
Adhesives and temperature extremes
I suspect the repeated exposure to the temperature extremes would probably fry it pretty quickly.
I was wondering if they use a different type of tie-wrap in space than I use at home? I find outdoor tie wraps tend to go opaque and brittle after a while...
For the sake of completeness, could El Reg please find out if the bolts are secured in any fashion other than torque (wires, cotter pins, nylon bushings, etc)?
Did you every try to fit a cotter pin while wearing spacesuit gloves? I mean, they're hard enough to get in with your bare hands!
Didn't the airline industry use to use pairs of counter-rotating bolts with a wire between so that if one loosened, the other tightened? What about using those?
I realise that this new-fangled iBolt rage makes my views on threads seem somewhat old hat, but I'd like to point out that traditionally, a number of very common threads are left handed.
For instance, a pair of bicycle pedals has opposing threads to avoid them falling off mid-ride. Although not the direction you'd expect, but why that is requires a swivelling bar stool and several pints to explain.
Anyway, I'd like to know if there will be an AppStore for the iBolt that restricts the permitted applications of NASA's iBolts? I could imagine the solar panel mounts are too Flashy and would require e.g. duct tape.
Man, I'm starting to feel like amanfrommars....
The other left handed thread
is used in light bulbs, typically those in public places.
The 'steel' you get with your knives isn't for sharpening them - it's for removing small burrs and making the cutting edge nice and straight again. All that flash swishing with knives & steels is just bollocks too - a nice, gentle motion and a few swipes is enough.
If you want your knives sharpened properly, go take them to a proper knife sharpener.
All right, I'll bite.
There are some very keen ebook readers out here in Reg Readerland. Most of us that own a 'real' ebook (e-ink) reader swear by it, decrying LCD as the quick road to eyestrain.
So why is it that "the iPad [is] the first digital device that strikes me as a genuinely attractive alternative to good old-fashioned books and newsprint."?
Support your arguments, man!
Not a chance
You're missing the point here.
The primary reason Apple is banning flash has nothing to do with performance or user experience (although I'll grant you it might be a bonus).
The primary reason is that flash & silverlight allow apps to be distributed via websites, rather than via the App$tore, which costs Apple money. So Silverlight won't be allowed either (aside from the fact that I haven't seen many silverlight-based apps yet)
I think Jobs is a complete Bastard, but I have to agree with the comments that Adobe Flash has seriously missed the boat on the mobile platform. The early Symbian implementations were so bad they were dropped from later phones.
"Sony has opted to put all three USB ports side-by-side on the right edge of the machine...[which] appeals to my sense of order."
Until you end up sitting somewhere where USB devices on the right side of the laptop are bound to be destroyed by passers-by, such as the edge of a desk or the 'C' seat on a 737. Headphone sockets on the front are not so very clever for similar reasons, but I usually have my USB headset adapter with me anyway.
e.g.: I like having USB ports in different places around the machine. It's practical.
I wonder - are these "real" book readers or occassional browsers?
I can't for the life of me think of a reason anyone that reads more than say 5 hours a week and preferably more than 1 hour at a time would want an iPad.
I think the commenters above have it right - "who're they calling an e-book buyer?"
The only solution here would be to charge a decent premium for jPhone coverage.
It works the same with cars, right? If you're 18 and have totalled your previous Golf/Astra/206/xr3i, then insuring the new one is going to be a little painful to say the least.
Oh - and insurance companies aren't authorised apple resellers, so Steve won't like that.
Presumably people do this all the time. Only with jPhones the numbers are big enough to be measurable, right?
As a parent, I actually like this.
As they say about locks: they keep honest people honest. If someone really wants to bypass the security, it's easy. But I don't think that's Youtube's point here.
While my kids are young enough, it will prevent them stumbling across naughty content by accident, and this is pretty laudable.
Both systems can be tested for functionality in a deep freezer or over a bath of liquid nitrogen. I'll wager, however, that a solenoid+battery triggered by a barometerwill provide more consistent results than a system relying on the amount of air in a syringe.
That's because the syringe system depends on friction and pressure, and friction is also dependent on things like moisture (is the glass wet or is there frost on it, etc).
Barometers can be bought ready for outdoor use, something that doesn't factor into syringe manufacture...
Hmmm... That's a lot of cash, particularly since part of the appeal of stumping up for a new book is the nice hard cover and expensive paper.
Now, if the publishers were to give me a hardback for the bookcase PLUS an ebook license, I'd be interested.
As an aside: I'd love to get rid of the 15 boxes of books in storage if the publishers will give me ebooks...
Hmmmm - syringes may be susceptible to the somewhat more dramatic temperatures you get up there...
What about an electromechanical release triggered by the needle of an aneroid barometer closing a circuit?
Did we not do our research?
There's some detail missing here that suggests this story is bogus.
Such as is this "real" full price (e.g. 15x what any sane person would pay) or 75% of the purchased fare?
In addition - if you show up at checkin (or boarding presumably) and they have a seat to sell you, then presumably the seats are available anyway.
Finally - in addition to the spokesdroid denying the story, KLM's FAQ also denies that corpulent passengers buy a second seat.
That having been said: I think airlines ought to come up with a solution for large pax. I hate it when my neighbour spills into my seat.
Bleeding age again
I discovered Avast when I discovered my ISP's licensed AV didn't support 64bit Vista (McAfee). Avast was one of the few AV scanners to support Vista properly early on, and it was the only free one.
I find the number of hours a bit silly when determining battery life for an ebook reader.
Page turns makes more sense (e.g. 8000 page turns on a charge) but I guess the interweb connection makes that a little more challenging.
What about a hybrid like we have for phones? E.g. 8000 page turns/122 hours standby?
At the screen tilt commenters...
I humbly submit that if you would consider buying this if it could tilt your iPhone, then your view of what constitutes 'sensible' or 'practical' or even 'a good idea' is skewed to the point that no amount of tilt will fix it...
I think recommending against windows for online banking goes a little far.
Two-factor authentication should be mandatory for online banking, a practice I believe US banks still don't all follow.
Granted, this leaves the door open for man-in-the-middle attacks, but I suspect these are much, much harder to perpetrate.
You know, you'd make life a lot easier for yourselves (and for those of us who travel to the UK now and again) if you'd just sign Schengen :)
Not that new
...I have an old Samsung 741MP in the MBR as a telly, but it used to work as monitor/TV for when we had an au pair. Power savings by kids not being able to run 2 devices at once were enormous.
Though nowhere near as nice as this pretty thing, it's very functional, easy to use and can still be seen quite often in e.g. shops.
Oh yes - it's missing the annoying chime, which is a good thing :)
Now, set up the pairs so that each receiver will work with any transmitter and vice versa, and then a 'hand over' function in the software to transfer control between transmitters, and we can do away with the stupid long VGA cables in our meeting rooms.
Cost you a fortune in chemicals though...
Defnitely the coolest storage system ever. Better even than the paper WORMS of a GIGABYTE of about 20 years ago...
Amusingly, our merkin friends are resurrecting the technology for SOX compliance...
because as long as consumers happily keep buying iPhones by the iMillion, Apple doesn't have to (and indeed - won't) care what developers think.
Especially if the application upgrade introduces bugs - because consumers will blame the developer for a buggy app, rather than blame Apple for a iDiot software model.
Sad, but ultimately very true, and one key reason I won't by an iPhone (not that I imagine this upsets Apple in any way)
'cause the fallout would have been far worse if he *had* happened to be a lone lunatic, released and blew up a bunch of kids at a station.
Until we're collectively willing to accept that risk, there will always be borderline cases like this.
There are worse scum
...the SMS subscription weasels.
I once followed through on a complaint to our local ASA-equivalent, and was extremely gratified that the company in question was told to behave.
That said, they are con artists through and through, selling animated images of maps as 'friend GPS locators' to unsuspecting kids.
"Play take no responsibility for late delivery due to ... failure on the part of the delivery partner."
I can't think of many countries where that statement would stand up, especially if they GUARANTEE delivery on a specific date.
If the party to whom Play subcontracts fails to make good, then that's Play's problem. Not the customers'
I think all Sony readers from the 505 onwards have Vizplex - only the Librie and the 500 didn't. That would explain why you didn't see a difference.
I agree with Jeff 3, and will take it a step further: I prefer my 500 over the 505 because of the side-mounted page turning button (like the Cybook Opus).
Don't want a touchscreen, but do want to keep the screen size, so not sure what I'd buy now.
Bugger that - shoot the beam into space!
Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!
What utter tripe
All of this malware relied on THREE points of failure:
- An insecure windows install
- An idiot user
- Banks with weak authentication
I've been using online banking, antivirus AND windows together for nearly 10 years, and the only place this seems to happen is the US with usernames and passwords for account holders.
Dutch banks use two-factor authentication, and I have yet to hear of a real-life case where this was hacked, despite many scare stories from security twits.
Dan - I'm disappointed.
Cade, you're seriously jaded.
I think Dell is as useless as the next guy, but Michael's right - this is *exactly* the response most people have to a netbook if they're used to a normal lappy.
Netbooks are nice as a second "check the internet quick" machine, or for some specialist applications, or maybe as a primary machine if you're on an extreme budget, but for many applications, a second-hand laptop is probably a better bet.
maybe they can get these guys in to run stairs instead of tapdance?
Funny that the touchscreen is seen as the geek feature.
Personally, I use my Sony only for books (not RSS or whatnot) and since a book will last me a few days, I don't mind hooking it up to my PC via a wire to add or remove content.
For me, it's the wirelessness that's the geek feature.
My money's on Sony. I ran into a Kindlista recently and was appalled at teh loss of real estate to the buttons, but all he could go on about was a quarter of a million books, which I believe I can beat on my PRS-500.
If only Sony can get the advertising right.
neither comprehensive nor international?
That's rich, coming from the country that wouldn't sign Kyoto.
For years, we have known that compiling your own kernel is cool and results in a faster kernel.
For years, we have complained that ordinary users won't use Linux.
For years, ordinary users have feared Linux because it's not easy to install or use.
More recent distros are much more user friendly precisely because the kernel is so bloated.
So what do we want - a universal kernel that will run on pretty much anything, or some form of hideous hardware scanning autocompilers that recompile the kernel as soon as you plug in a new USB device?
It's a little like Apple's iPhone business model: it sucks, but 90% of the planet likes it, so we happy few will have to live with it.
Is it not possible that they see a way to compensate for the 'inevitable decline in property values' that the recession has brought the US?
More amusingly: if they're suing their local governemnt, who do they think they're hurting?
Listening to the umptieth yoof pedal by with crap music blaring from their mobe, I wonder if increasing the sound quality and the volume at the same time would change my annoyance level any.
Probably not. However, it does look like you could give it a good swing either into the middle distance or the offending twits' head, so there is that to be said for it...
When M$ releases a new OS and a bunch of things don't work, then Windows is crap, billg/monkeyboy are the root of all evil etc etc etc
When Apple releases something new which is stupidly and confusingly named just like a previous incarnation, and a bunch of stuff doesn't work, the fanbois go on about how great it is that things do work.
I guess Jobs is better at expectation management, no?
Could be interesting...
to see who wins.
Mind, for me - I'll have the Sony sans touchscreen but with WiFi so that I can have e.g. RSS updates when abroad and the non-reflective screen.
Or lose the WiFi and the touchscreen and give me a nice discount instead.
In any case, how about selling the bloody thing in more countries?