692 posts • joined 19 May 2008
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
Long time? Two weeks was it?
Ever since the last outage
Without any understanding of the issues they will legislate that we need to use friendly electrons...
And they monitor volume by what mechanism?
After all I can switch the headphones for a pair of active PA speakers at 500W each..
100db (or dbA even) is useless without mentioning some distance...
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.
Re: Oh, come on
"This little scam's been going as long as there have been paper banknotes."
But in Oz they are plastic ;)
Don't fall apart when you suf with notes in your pockets you see ;)
"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...
No plans for productions.
So why say anything.
Here's a car we though of over toast this morning...
Just build something, then tell us about it
Oh great ****ing install process.
"Slightly irritatingly for some, you need a Windows PC to install the ROM - Linux and Macs are a no-go"
It means I cannot install it.
That's more than slightly annoying for a device I chose because with WiFi and Mass Storage support it should never require a Windows OS to do anything.
Looks like a clear confession of dangerous driving to me...
Get him arrested and banned
That's a nice machine...
@Steve Loughran - NHS Car parks are optional
"You are free to not drive to a NHS hospital, you can therefore opt out of paying. If the hospitals did offer free parking, all that would happen is the car parks would be full all the time. Patients receiving long-term out-patient care that requires daily visits (dialysis, cancer treatments) can usually get rebates on all parking charges."
Yes - and while my daughter was in special care I cycled to the hospital every day. My wife however had just had major abdominal surgery (an emergency cesarean).
The 4 (I think) bus journey would have been slow, and been very uncomfortable (especially waiting for each bus) in the circumstances.
Yes we can get a rebate on the parking (at our "local" hospital ~12 miles from home):
- Anything over £150 in 6 months
- If you keep ALL car park receipts (which isn't displayed anywhere)
- With a letter from the appropriate ward matron (or equivalent)
- By cycling I managed to keep our bill to ~£160 - still ALOT* in ~4 weeks
- I'm paranoid about receipts, but most people aren't. Why not simply have swipe machines or tokens dispensed in the wards?
- Ward seniors have better things to do than write letters confirming each of the 4 wards we'd passed through in the 4 weeks in hospital (assuming the stages of special care are all considered one, else 6 wards)
- Had we not visited each day, it would have been noted...
- Anyone requiring long term (i.e. inpatient) hospital care needs visitors for their recovery. Granting a free parking ticket to each patient, valid for the duration of their stay, is hardly rocket science.
* Without the cycling it could easily have been double or triple that...
Surgery phone systems are generally shocking, but there is no competition available, you get a doctor where you can...
Down - -
flicking between 50 and 100% packet loss much of the morning, our house seems to be back now though...
And out again...
Performance is fine, what about efficiency
I know we're not used to kWh/gallon yet, but we should get used to it...
Or at least come up with an elReg unit, look at a few old cars and work out their engines performance...
@ Mr. Omega
I could charge any device multiple times for that much leccy.
BUT leccy isn't available when out and about on a long ride. On my commute this morning my GPS cycle computer shutdown from low battery :(
I must have accidentally left it on after my weekend jaunt (yes it should have an auto shutoff if it doesn't move for 10 minutes, but that's not my fault)
I actually like this idea, although one that would run off my existing battery packs already on the bike would be good (8*AA pack runs my lights, must be able to get 5v regulated out of that...)
My password should never be recoverable, hashes -yes, password no
Didn't tell them to bring other request routers online at top speed???
I'd have thought that would have been automated..
Larger screen (lid fitting) would be nice, but it would drain the battery faster - this machine could be used all day if the figures are to be believed...
There's USB for 3g, what more do you want??
Sensibly limited at the top end, replaceable battery packs - yes please.
4k Random IO is the most important IO you do on most machines.
The MAXIMUM, not average latency of these operations is critical - remember the original non intel drives? Really fast, then stalled for a second, then really fast...
That seriously illustrated that the relevant benchmarks are not throughput for almost anyone...
A good few visible last night
But I fear that the clouds that have rolled in will still be around tonight...
Had mine for a few days now...
Really like it - the chin is unobtrusive (thank goodness), and the interface pretty slick.
Yes it pauses occasionally, but it's a mobile device, not a quad core PC. I'm really very happy, but would like to be able to use multiple google accounts (at last count I had 4 apps accounts and a personal one).
I'd also like a decent agenda applet - which can hide various calendars on request, but those are minor niggles.
Major thumbs up from me (especially as it cost me rather less than £400 :)
Ah, the joy...
Spent a while on this this morning. Fortunately the company for which I work implements DNS architectures which are not vulnerable.
Got to go and patch my own servers though ;)
And bikes are the best format for such a vehicle, much more efficient than a big steel box.
Really hope they manage to do this properly, although I'm unlikely to buy one as a pedal cycle seems quite capable of getting me pretty much as far as I need to go...
Had a flip system which provided the same function.
Of course that's too old to be prior art, or is swinging different from flipping?
"Schneier now backs an approach taken by BlackBerry devices and iPhones, which display each character briefly before masking it. "That seems like an excellent compromise," he said."
And a fairly obvious compromise given that they are the devices on which the keystrokes are hardest to judge. They've always been the most likely to have thought about this issue before.
I can normally tell on a "proper" keyboard when I've made a tpyo <sic>. So I need some other way on a "non-proper" keyboard...
What they should be saying is that you should never have to enter visible text twice - i.e. email addresses should only be entered once - the reason for entering passwords twice is that you can't read them back.
Doesn't say they'll go out of business within 24 hours, just that they'll go out of business.
I confidently predict that 100% of businesses will go out of business. Without a timescale I can't be proved wrong.
Are useful for automated messages.
Incoming mails can be usefully labelled and "skip inbox".
To be fair I don't need to see each "this server has exceeded the normal traffic" message in the inbox.
Don't do much more than that though...
Fraser - Labels are tags for emails, there are no directories in Gmail, only tags.
They already pay
At the data centre the BBC are already charged for their share of the bandwidth
The ISP has simply sold futures in bandwidth to their customers and lost the bet...
At least I presume that's how it's pronounced
Only three short
Of an April 1st worthy error
Small SSD (£100) (or a no HDD option - netboot?)
and I'll take two...
Nice pieces of kit, pity about the weird port layout, but I'll get over it.
OTOH if they supply mini keyboards I'll take one of those - why does noone make small keyboards for kids? With USB you can easily have a couple of keyboards plugged in to the family computer..
Teach them how to touch type nice and young - more important than writing nowadays, but their hands are too small to do so on a full sized keyboard.
shoudl ened to have the flaps open to rotate the pins, but otherwise brilliant. I like the multiway adapter using them in the folded configuration.
Now can we please NOT have wall warts, and standardise on either the figure8, the clover leaf or the "kettle" style leads for transformers.
And pretty cool - I mean, I'm still at the "look, isn't it pretty" stage - to notice a new dot takes some serious interest and work, never mind how old (or young) the astronomer in question.
Elements are indivisible
by chemical means.
Physicists have no such limitations.
We're currently limited to quarks and leptons - although they are just the smallest things we know of at the moment ;)
But they're willing
And that makes a difference - they are trying,
OK they're a bit naive to claim absolute security, but challenges like this can't do anything but help their security...
Ascent Propulsion system
Had no maintenance requirements - it couldn't even be tested, the first firing for each ascent rocket was on/near the moon (think 10 and 13)
The propellants were so corrosive that they basically destroyed the rocket bell when fired - one shot rockets don't have much call for maintenance...
About bloomin' time - they've been announcing this for years now
Why would any court not say - "see those dots... they mean that this isn't a complete sentence, but two fragments. Case dismissed"
(Now hopefully this comment will show up when "google" and "bankrupt" are used as a search terms)
That's one short video
Cut together repeatedly...
And then put in a loop after you press play...
MS / Asus:
Familiar != better
Trusted != Good (we used to trust the banks)
Compatible isn't your game, never has been.
- Try reading my ext3 formatted SD cards on Windows...
- Try looking through just ubuntu's package management to see what "proprietary" devices are supported - and that's ignoring RedHat, SuSE et al.
I was hoping that the proliferation of netbooks would encourage the definition of some communications standards, and provide device manufacturers (e.g. nokia, garmin etc) to publish their interfaces (it's not as if I'm going to buy a device I can't talk to, or that talking to the device is useful without the physical device)
Might help here - and I'm sure some sports bra manufacturer could come up with something better than she is wearing there, and get advertising out of it!
We're really good
at seeing faces in things aren't we.
Just one of the optimisations in the human brain - dedicated facial recognition circuits mean that often we get a "face" signal for really weak images.
I'm not going to hail our new yeast based overlords...
Single point emissions are easier to control / manage
And improve societal health through cleaner air in cities.
When (not if) we do manage to get fusion running in a stable and productive fashion on the planet we'll be bale to run 'leccy cars with very low CO2 emissions (because no other pollutants count)
Lektricty is a good choice of power for a vehicle - zero burn while stationery - maximum torque at zero revs (i.e. when you're likely to need it).
Unfortunately we can't go and dig up Lektricity, we have to make it.
At the moment we use much the same tech as we have for many years - but centralising this energy production makes it easier to monitor and control. CSS (for example, not a definitive solution) isn't practical for liquid fuelled cars, it's relatively simple at a large power plant.
Solar and wind are poor choices for many things, but for charging a UPS (i.e. my car plugged into my house) they're actually quite reasonable.
"@" is not a title apparently?
"I know all of my personal computers sync to one of my GPS units every now and then, just to keep them honest."
I assume you're accounting for the leap seconds introduced since the start of GPS time - they are not applied to GPS time, only earthbound time uses them...
And I want GPS to continue - It's nice being able to log my bike rides accurately... Fortunately for me I imagine I will be able to for a good long while, there are plenty of sats, and I'm sure sufficient will be replaced...
The right maths is what he did - a recharge cycle is generally not "any topup" it's generally a full discharge equivalent.
So if I use and recharge 10% each day then in ten days I'll use 1 charge cycle...
Mind you - I reckon I'm becoming clairvoyant: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/19/lithium_oxygen_stair_battery/
Batteries are the upgrades
Just define a shape, voltage and socket.
Then sell a car with mostly empty slots for round town, and battery upgrades whenever. In a couple of years when some newfangled technology "batteries" take in air, output roses and power we can simply* slot them in to our existing cars.
* Simply might involve a trip to the garage - but that's not a huge problem...
ICO is an independent body"
So why does it have a .gov.uk domain?
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