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""Where an individual is unable to record a full set of ten fingerprints (eg due to an amputation), they will be able to register as many fingerprints as it is possible for them to record". Excellent news."
Maybe I should soak my fingers in vinegar for a few hours before registering ;)
Capital Depreciation Periods are the problem
OfCom is assuming 3-5 years, churches generally have lightly used mics and therefore expect them to last 15+ years.
It's a case of all cars must be scrapped, we reckon on replacing our car every year, so we'll recompense everyone (who has bought and registered a car within the last year)
compensation for users
Churches in particular tend to have 15+ year replacement cycles for this kind of kit - even the theatre I work with reckons that our wireless mics will last 10-15 years.
OfCom are proposing compensation based on a 3-5 year depreciation cycle, which is probably appropriate for a hire company (where the mics are in continuous (not particularly careful) use, but is woefully inadequate for many amateur societies / churches etc.
What's the state of play in the states? Who is compensating all those users who have bought kit in the last n years?
PS - bullhorns on stage don't look good.
"Let's evaluate this based on the test of "seeing it in action for the first time"
OK - not a perfect metric, but I'll run with it...
"it looks like any other airplane. An oddly shaped one, but not that different."
No, it really doesn't - Massive delta wings, no tailplane, dipping nose, afterburners. I used to live under Heathrow flight path, Concorde never ceased to fascinate and impress.
Nothing that size had gone anywhere near mach2 before - remember that this was also 40 years ago!
If you think that a gliding return capsule is innovative then VTOL is certainly innovative - the idea was French, but the invention was British.
On seeing a plane hovering you think "WTF is going on - how does it do that!" When you think about it you get even more confused and impressed.
Reusable - don't make me laugh, the three largest sections are jettisoned early in flight and are recovered; That's no better than adding a parachute to the Saturn stages, certainly derivative.
The actual shuttle is a reusable capsule - it lands on wheels rather than splashdown (Apollo style) or bumping to land (Soyuz style), but the innovation is that the heat shield can withstand multiple entries and be repaired.
Otherwise to draw an analogy with your dismissal of Concorde: It's just a space capsule crossed with a glider.
That's just daft - I think I'll take a cheque book ;)
Mind you I'm glad that there'll be no mobile coverage underground, although I can't see how issuing "free" oyster cards can be *more* expensive than other options...
why no corners
why not fit a decent height screen and have corners on the thing - there is a massive amount of waste at the top.
Otherwise it's a nice looking product idea - assuming 10 hours includes wifi/3g being on and possibly btooth for a keyboard
Bandwidth will be....
6.8GHz, as stated in the article.
Or are you asking about data transfer rate - a different beast entirely ;)
For that you need to check modulation etc, but it should be pretty high, even if you assume you can only use one frequency, and can cram no more than one bit per cycle into the data stream then 60Gbps.
Of course you actually have 6.8GHz to play with, if you can use 1000 different wavelengths without interference then 60Tbps is the basic assumption.
I've been thinking about an e-commuter with a similar layout for a while, but it doesn't need to be the ugliest thing on the road.
I'm no Bertone, but that means I stick with a classic design, like the mini, in my head...
Still works at that altitude - the issue is that they are in freefall.
But actually someone else has pointed out that it's not "up" that is needed, but acceleration of the fingers. If you are just doing acceleration based measurements then you need to be pretty sophisticated, I'd go for some sort of visual tracking hybrid else the haptics will trigger the motion detectors, triggering the haptics....
PS - Yes I know you specified orbit, indicating more understanding than most of the population
That's the least of the issues - it's everything else which uses DNS that's really screwed up by these things. In a browser you get to see the crapy html they've decided to send you, if you are running any sort of a script then there's no telling what you'll get, or give, them..
By which time
you'll be out of business and they can ignore you...
Oh what a surprise...
have these guys heard of it?
"Music-listeners were able to navigate traffic as well as the average unencumbered pedestrian"
"Talking on a cell was in fact a distraction, while trying to cross the street but that listening to an iPod was not."
Err, not around here - especially not if that traffic is quiet (yes I cycle alot)
Clearly this isn't an effective technological barrier - so the mod chip can't be breaking that law...
I know how the harrier can balance, it has 4 exhausts, so can vary the trust to each of them to deal with the problem of balancing.
From what I can see this thing has one fan (possible vectored) and one jet (certainly vectored)
Balancing on two points is generally considered more difficult that doing the same on 3 or 4 points isn't it?
How can he vouch for the "fact" that it's secure?
Does he know where his data is now?
What are they?
Never needed them before in politics...
To be fair
The 40k was an estimate of what they expected, the 5 is what they could confirm.
I expect the truth lies somewhere between these values (I expect that criminals are vaguely competent at trafficking), but to try and categorically state any figure is just moronic.
Are cr*p, but you can carry on with one.
Attitude, rather than the lack of hope, is the key here. The others could quite easily have got on with their "bagged" lives until such a time as they might have the reconnection.
"The council was losing over £100,000 a week because the machines were targeted by Cool Hand Luke-style thieves. The gangs used power saws and angle grinders to cut them in half and helped themselves to the coins inside."
That's not fraud - it's plain theft.
It's also quite funny...
Playground != Nursery
If they are offering child care then thats one thing...
If it's a play facility then parents are kind of essential part of play - or are we aiming for automons nowadays rather than people...
"Isn't this the sort of thing that Microsoft used to get into trouble for? Giving away apps free with an OS"
Well, Microsoft were actually done for abusing a monopoly in one market (PC OS) to prevent competition in another (Browsers)
Since I don't think google has a monopoly position on the OS, bundling things is merely a differentiator...
Not for profit
Just to see the look on Balmers face - that's priceless!
But only as an indicator - last girl I had to call an ambulanbce for (would have survived for a good while, but that's not relevant) was finding breathing sufficiently difficlut that she couldn't phone.
The "this isn't the patient" button on the operators screen would be useful.
Sex and violence in the OT...
Wow, seems on a par with "dog bites man"
The bible does have quite alot of behaviour illustrated*, not condoned. But read the bible if you want to read about some pretty poor behaviour.
It's not necessary to be so graphic* in your descriptions, if I need an image my brain is capable of providing one...
* Puns deliberatly left in place (A good pun is it's own reword)
I imagine the sky might get quite interesting, assuming of course that we haven't drowned it out with streetlights...
Although "high speed" wrt galactic collisions is still a pretty slow collision in our timescales.
The paper on the ESA website indicates (after a very brief skim) that many of the "new, young" stars are between 1 and 100 million years old...
For reference our galaxy is ~100,000 light years across, so a pair of milky way's colliding at .9c would still take 60 thousand years to have a "midpoint" collision...
Bet that door
is heavy to shut - As my wife can't manage the boot very easily, that door'll be difficult from inside - unless of course it's motorised.
Then yuo'll get 30mile range (unless you shut the doors, which takes 10 miles of battery power)
Netbooks are brilliant
But they aren't primary machines - I use them in server rooms, around the home and on the train.
My issue isn't the screen though, it's the keyboard, just fractionally too small. The psion5 was SO compact that the keyboard was a good compromise, the netbook needs a bag, so I kind of expect to be able to type.
Maybe a fold out extension of some sort?
or should I just grab one of these? http://www.gadgets.co.uk/item/USBRK/USB-Flexible-Portable-Rubber-Keyboard.html
Have they at least managed to increment the firmware version this time?
We faced a similar WD bug with their RAID edition drives, which would drop out of a RAID array when they decided to run a self test.
WD eventually fixed it, but failed to increment the version number of the firmware. Took a long time to try and convince them that:
1) DOS only firmware updates were bad (especially in globally distributed data centres)
2) Firmware version numbers had to be incremented, else we can't tell which drives we've updated...
Are useful for organisations - it's good for the boss of a nursery to have some check on the staff they employ.
Are pointless for individuals - I'd be happy leaving my daughter with any number of friends from church, I don't see any benefit in a CRB check.
"We've asked the anonymous spinner when the end of the process is likely to be, and whether the people concerned will still be young. They've not got back to us yet. We'll get back to you when they do..."
You'll have retired, it'll be your successors who have to get back to us in our graves...
"Not too shabby - although no one in the right mind would ever connect to such a speedy hard drive using USB 2.0."
I would - not as a permanent fixture, but recovery from a dead machine is generally a USB function if you have the required cables...
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