67 posts • joined 12 May 2008
surely I can be the only one
who feels a bit of pride that good ol' Blighty can mix it with the best of them?
We've all seen this concept before in sci-fi, and every time it involved the trucks being hijacked and looted.
It's a perfectly cromulent word.
I think I've still got mine in a drawer somewhere - don't know if it still works though. I coded up a very simple drawing program to entertain myself in boring lessons, and the program function was excellent for cheating in exams, as the "program" slot could be used to store useful formulae instead :)
"Does this result make Dropbox a viable NAS substitute"?
given that my NAS box has 5TB of data on it, no ;)
what's the fuss?
If you have a passing familiarity with Asian culture, you'll know that in context this is completely unremarkable.
If there's anything here to laugh at, it's that "inori" means "prayer". Which I don't think they've got :)
This reminds me of kickstarter - the "we could go into production if only we had guaranteed orders" thing
I hated yahoo's tabs. My browser has tabs - tabs in tabs is redundant.
Because the bill that established the ACA included its own dedicated funding. Same with Medicare, same with Social Security - they are not affected by the shutdown.
The debt ceiling, on the other hand, is entirely another kettle of fish. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/08/a-very-simple-timeline-for-the-debt-ceiling-crisis/
I used Pine up until about 2005, when the company I worked for finally blocked outgoing ssh connections..
The major patents on selective laser sintering run out in 2014. Expect the price to drop considerably - maybe not enough to put it in the reach of a home user, but certainly a small business.
real life continues to imitate KSP
Anyone interested in this should read Ignition! by John D. Clark. It describes the early history of liquid rocket fules, and all their hilariously dangerous chemicals and experiments. It's out of copyright now so you can get a pdf.
Re: Number 4
As a lefty, I'm totally fine with UKIP being a "major political party". Split that right-wing vote, I dare you!
it sounds like a decent first step, but they really need to raise the bar on what's patentable or not - there are far too many "obvious" patents in the system.
free tethering is still a thing (although not for me, as I bought mine unlocked)
according to what I've read, Taranis is not designed for ground attack but for air superiority. I'm not qualified to know how well that works out, but it sounds like a whole different kettle of fish.
nice try, but no. There's a difference between cutting down the parameter space of a theory and testing the theory itself: there's no falsification going on; we're not approaching the "truth" in any meaningful sense.
Eh, chasing SUSY is like playing whack-a-mole. The parameter space is so vast that for every bit you rule out, the theorists can just move their models to a higher energy scale.
"It's one of the "difficult" bits of relativity: even if you and I are travelling in opposite directions at 55 percent of the speed of light, the sum is 100 percent, not 110 percent"
actually, .55c +.55c = .84c
see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velocity-addition_formula#Special_theory_of_relativity
Re: £6.99 ?
apple's mail client handles gmail very badly - doesn't do conversations or labels properly - both of which I can't manage my email without.
I'm pretty gutted by this, as it likely nixes the upcoming Sparrow ipad app.
Well to wheel efficiency
the well to wheel efficiency of an EV is something between 1.5 to 2x that of a petrol car. Even accounting for 20% losses, you still come out on top.
Maths. Use it.
Dropbox - mainly because I've got it already
And it's already integrated with a bunch of my other apps. (PDF reader, Browser for downloading files, Flashcard app, etc.)
Saying that, I rarely if ever use the actual Dropbox *app*, partly because the bundled reader is so bad.
any chance of a roundup of bluetooth headphones? (headphones, not headsets, or those poxy earpieces)
Re: Absinthe makes the farts blow longer
Apparently the BigBoss repro is being hammered and keep timing out. if you keep refreshing it'll download the packages eventually. My iPad required a factory reset the first time as well, but was fine second time round.
favourite JB tweaks:
- Springtomize: allows you to make a lot of little changes to the UI, hide undeletable app icons etc.
- browserchanger: change the default browser from Safari to whatever you want (Grazing, in my case)
- manual correct: no more DYAC!
- cardswitcher: new UI for app switching
- swipeselection: can move the cursor by swiping the keyboard. SO much easier than trying to tap between the right letters
- Retinapad: makes iphone apps look nice when zoomed.
- sparrow+: makes sparrow the default email client and enables push.
still wont play MKVs = still worthless
will it work with FeliCa?
Looks like a video game circa 1990
guys, this news is over a month old. The ICARUS study was published on the 17th October.
years too late
this is all very well, but... I've already got Google Apps and Dropbox. Everything I would want to sync via iCloud is already synched over those services.
If i was a new adopted this might be nice.
UFO: Enemy Unknown
your analogue media storage device has a surface defect causing the playback head to seek backwards and read out the same data segment in a repeated fashion.
you were funnier when talking about robot overlords
I know Lewis reckons we should just buy everything from the yanks, but I do think it's worth financing these projects to maintain a domestic technology base; no sense them having all the fun. 150 mil is small beans, in government terms.
enough with the concept cars
put something into production!
god, could they not at least have run it through photoshop to adjust the levels?!
schlub w. digital camera =/= photographer.
so what happens when missiles become obsolete?
all those expensive carriers with their plane-delivered ASMs suddenly look at bit silly...
I think you're an "ill wave"
"economically useful". And as demand rises, lo and behold what was un-useful becomes useful. Part of the reason lithium deposits are so unexploited is the current sources are so easily available; we've barely scratched the surface on the rest.
@Paul Naylor re: ringtones
your can't use uploaded ringtones for alert sounds such as text messages or email notification, only for the actual phone ring or for alarms etc.
i'm a big fan of electric vehicles, but this is rubbish. They're just trying to dress it up as a serial / range extended hybrid but it's really nothing of the kind. Come on Toyota, why aren't you developing the next generation of technology?!
But what of the Lithium?
you can bet that as demand goes up new sources will be found - like this:
score another vote for air-sourced heat pumps here. You've also be well advised to hook in solar hot water, which is much cheaper and more efficient that PV, and produces useful supplementary heat even in gloomy Blighty.
one hitch with both schemes it that they both require you to fasten boxes to the outside of your house; the planning laws need to be amended so you can do it without the nimbys whining.
FFS, do we have to have this argument debunked every time electric cars come up? go read up on "well to wheel efficiency".
Big in Japan
the article doesn't mention the real reason for Apple to implement this technology - Japan. RFID technology is already being used in phones there for transit and e-money (Mobile FeliCa / Suica / ICOCA etc), and its lack has been cited as a barrier to iPhone uptake.
how long are we talking about before this actually reaches my handset?
why these things look so wierd
there's a simple reason - these are the kinds of car the designers have always wanted to make! the jump to a new technology has just given them an excuse.
"pounds per acre"? what an unfriendly unit. I assume this is something like a pound weight of oil-substitute per acre per year, right? a pound-weight of petrol is roughly 0.6 liters. So, roughly, your acre of palm oil will produce ~360 liters or petrol a year, or ~900 litres per hectare. (for comparison above, that's ~0.1 W/m^2)
the UK uses ~50 billion litres or fuel a year, requiring ~50 million hectares, or twice the area of the UK.
biofuels do not add up. we will never produce then in sufficient quantities to do anything other than make food more expensive.
apologies - the value i gave for corn biofuel should be 0.2 W/m^2
algal fuel generation is another pointless distraction. we can't possibly grow enough of the stuff to be a significant contribution.
"In a sunny spot in America, in ponds fed with concentrated CO2 (concentrated to 10%), Ron Putt of Auburn University says that algae can grow at 30 g per square metre per day, producing 0.01 litres of biodiesel per square metre per day. This corresponds to a power per unit pond area of 4 W/m2 – similar to the Bavaria photovoltaic farm. If you wanted to drive a typical car (doing 12 km per litre) a distance of 50 km per day, then you’d need 420 square metres of algae-ponds just to power your car; for comparison, the area of the UK per person is 4000 square metres, of which 69 m2 is water (figure 6.8). Please don’t forget that it’s essential to feed these ponds with concentrated carbon dioxide. [...] And without the concentrated CO2, the productivity of algae drops 100-fold."
can you really see us covering over 10% of the countryside with slime? ridiculous.
'"So, is getting algae to produce hydrocarbons more efficient than just covering the same space in solar panels?"
I would bet so.'
you would bet wrong. domestic solar thermal heating - in Europe - delivers around 50 W/m^2. PV is between 2 and 5 W/m^2 (the former for cheap amorphous silicon panels - the latter for expensive panels or large-scale industrial facilities). Algal biofuel, as noted above delivers between 0.05 and 5 W/m^2 - the best alternative biofuel is sugar cane at 1.2 W/m^2 (but can't be grown in most countries) and the USA's darling corn weighs in at a whopping 0.02 W/m^2
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