can't spend too much time in meetings. Don't let them out, they might try to enforce decisions...
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can't spend too much time in meetings. Don't let them out, they might try to enforce decisions...
"As scientific experiments go, the Trinity test wasn't even remotely rigorous – the scientists had little idea what the strength of the explosion would be and ran a sweepstake on the final result. Some thought it would be a fizzle, while others had more dire predictions."
Aren't most good experiments the ones where you don't know what's going to happen. What's wrong with a sweepstake (I particularly like Fermi's plan...).
@AC - As nobody was injured I couldn't call the police
Yes you can - property damage.
@The McV -I don't expect them to be safe until sometime next century......
Which is still millenia ahead of people...
They are going to be *safer than people*, which is the only sane first target, very soon indeed.
Indeed for most purposes (in the climate of california) they probably already are...
@AC - Have the google cars done anything equally challenging ?
Can't quite work out if you think the M25 is challenging, or if you haven't seen any of the Google Car videos. They are tackling the fairly hard problem of city street driving, although they can do freeways those are pretty easy targets, very limited vehicle types and decisions to be made.
In *this* case the car stopped (as would anyone else) because the vehicle in front had stopped... OK I rescind my "anyone else", because the driver behind didn't stop, or even slow...
These cars are being tested in simulators, and presumably on test tracks, but they are also being tested in rush hour on a busy junction (sufficiently busy that the far side of the junction is blocked, so the correct response is to wait (as demonstrated by the human two cars ahead).
Not sure they are - it was a few years ago that the google mobiles had covered more than the average driver does in their lifetime (well, assuming they drive from 17-87)
There has been much more driving since then, so quite possibly two lifetimes so far? (pure guess) and they've been rear ended 11 times (and three other collisions). In this case it wasn't even the GCar that was the first to stop - the GCar had two vehicles ahead of it which had stopped!
I think we have to accept that occasionally these errors will creep through, yes they should be looking at why it wasn't caught and applying sensible approaches to minimise repeats.
I'm interested to know why it wasn't copied digitally - presumably a form that has to be filled out with a quill?
I did also suggest that it was important that the apology was accepted - for me that would include repairs to the house, and damages.
@ Doctor Syntax
Gah - I shall go and give myself 60 lashes with the birch.
But yes, it is slightly ironic (especially as my boss came and checked whether or not there should be an apostrophe in "Best Man's Speech" yesterday).
Yes we should be double checking, and have a second set of eyeballs on everything.
But one typo in how many pieces of Police work? That's not unacceptable.
What's MUCH more important is how they responded *after* realising the error. Did they go back and return the PCs with an apology, was said apology accepted?
Pretty sure it's used when ads contain driveby downloads or other malicious payloads rather than being ads per se.
@Druck - Working in Cambridge you take your life in to your hands crossing the road, and not because of the motorised traffic.
Out of interest how many pedestrians have been killed by cyclists in the last decade?
It's less than 5, across the whole of the UK - as opposed to how many pedestrians killed by motor vehicles?
It might give you a shock - and it's stupid of any cyclist who does just blast through - but it's really not threatening your life...
Well, my bikes all have mirrors, and they aren't actually rare any more.
They're not always as obvious as mine either, indeed there are some which fit inside cycling glasses...
The noise of a vehicle is almost always useless - yes you can tell whether they've put a baked bean can on their exhaust - but you can tell that from one ear as easily as two.
I don't think I've ever had to make any sort of manoeuvre based on hearing a vehicle - and I have been cycle commuting for about 9 years now. I don't wear earphones normally, but have been on the odd conference call whilst cycling home, and one earbud in makes absolutely no odds to my awareness of other road users - a buff is useful to keep the earbud in whilst cycling though, and reduces wind noise (which is a much bigger issue for some cyclists than you think - a 25mph wind over your ears makes it fairly hard to hear anything).
I have cringed at least once - hearing the squeal of tyres and a car in a clear loss of control line astern is an unpleasant sound - but there was nothing I could reasonably do about their problem (I put some more power in, and they stopped (in a cloud of blue smoke) before hitting me).
When I'm in stop start traffic I'm normally watching for the attention of the driver of the vehicle I'm about to pass - you know making sure they're not about to just randomly pull right without indicating, other things like that. I'm not exclusively staring at their mirror, but it has the majority of my attention.
Motorists tend to fall into two camps: Those who have seen me coming from a way back and pull left as I approach, and those who wouldn't see a fire engine.
From my ears (which are reasonably good, as attested by an audiologist, and I do occasional tests on higher frequency stuff) I can't tell which lane a vehicle is in - I can tell that I want to look in my mirror, or make eye contact with the driver. I also can't do anything with the information - so what there's a car coming up behind me - I can't teleport (or I'd have teleported to somewhere prettier to do my riding). My only reasonable choice is to continue doing what I'm doing.
In a city environment this is even more so - there is so much traffic noise coming from all around, and bouncing off so many buildings, that there is almost no information left in it. There are also lots of close junctions, and an audio queue that tells you what road name you want makes far better use of one ear's attention than "there's still traffic around"
@AC - Depending on which shoulder the cyclist looks over
Unless of course the cyclist is using their mirrors. Far more useful than ears IMHO.
Motor vehicle noise doesn't actually tell you much - certainly not in a city where the plethora of junctions would make an audio queue for navigation much more important.
As for motor vehicle drivers, how many of them actually use their mirrors? I frequently sit just behind the offside of cars, watching the drivers face in the wing mirror - In stop start traffic they are generally completely hypnotised by the vehicle in front, absolutely no awareness of anythign around them at all (note I said generally - some do, but more don't than do).
Easy enough to misread ;)
I've no idea what order posts arrive in, or what the time delay is, it seems somewhat variable.
Legislative change - hooray, so it'll be screwed up whatever it is...
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But your "yes" doesn't really help with regard to the iPlayer or everything question.
Other posts (may be yours, I can't see them now that I'm replying) imply that it's iPlayer only.
Oh well. I'll just drop iPlayer from my NowTV box(es).
It has been on computers for a long while - anything watched live is subject to the Licence fee.
Or are they now trying to claim it for on demand content - just iPlayer or anything?
@AC - renouncing American citizenship has a variety of negative consequences.
Whilst I agree that most USians didn't have a choice about where they were born (not many people do) I'm intruiged why renouncing US citizenship has negative consequences? I mean I'm assuming that you are taking up citizenship of some other country, not just renouncing all citizenship...
Nationalism: The belief that your country is the best because you were born there...
@djack - running an updated custom firmware that my bank deems to be insecure.
Your bank doesn't deem it insecure, they just haven't checked.
And why should they, care I mean. It's the OS - that's the user's responsibility isn't it?
I probably agree with you with regard to actively used characters/universes - but there is a huge catalogue of very old material which is no longer developed, most of the relevant creatives are long dead. But full copyright protection still applies.
Of course if you try to define that then you end up with disney releasing pointless and garbage prequels with "characters" like Jar Jar....
But overall I don't see why the creative work in designing a character should be more protected than the billions of pounds of research which go into the development of drugs, or any other technology...
You'll not that that was a rival, using their name in their own business field.
Rather than this, which is a reseller using the name of the company whose good they are selling - with an obvious redirect to their own site when you select any item.
There is no chance of confusion here...
Because copyright was instantiated to protect creative works for a certain time - much the same as patents.
After a time the copyright protection is rescinded, and others can make derivative works. Of course the mouse company then lobbied for extension after extension such that copyright is now for a few centruries after the owners death. Then they register a corporation (which cannot die) as the owner, so that copyright is eternal.
That was not the intention of copyright law.
Is that to prevent accidental updates for the cautious, but more to the point, don't they have virtual packages whci point to the most recent version?
designing this to be a hyperloop, if that tech is also being considered elsewhere...
That makes it 1800mph, rather than 200, which rather changes the travel times...
Then strip the audio from the HDMI - probaby cheaper to get a telly...
First google link was to amazon:
But I only have one hand...
With Linux server support I could reasonably think about citrix server to the iPad.
It would be ironic really - running citrix reciever on an iPad to connect to a headless Linux box, running a W95 app under Wine...
The X1 mouse would be really nice in that environment...
@MrXavia - The law change was not needed
I didn't say it was..
The level of gun control in the UK is significantly tighter than in the US, and we have far fewer mass shootings.
We also have fewer mass shootings which get stopped early by a concealed carrier in the crowd, but that's probably a compromise worth making.
Dunblane was 20 years ago now. So that's three mass shootings in 30 years (including Cumbria, which IIRC didn't involve a school)?
There are separate wikipedia pages for school shootings and rampage killings in the US (and they exclude things like hate crimes, terrorism, familicide). I'm genuinely shocked at the count
20 Rampage killings in the US since 2000 (i.e. just 15 years)
112 School shootings in the US since 2010 (i.e. just 5 years)
Good to know liberal gun laws are serving you well over there, now about those back taxes... ;)
@DJO - imaginary statistics peddled by the NRA
There are two questions to ask the NRA...
How many school shootings have there been in the US since Colombine?
How many school shootings have there been in the UK since Dunblane?
To be fair to farmers etc, there's often noone else around, so it's not exactly "in public"
I've been known to cut timber to 2m6" before now...
I don't mind mixing units, but elReg has standardised units for a reason...
Pints are, however, the only valid measure for most liquids
There are alot more features on the man rated rockets, including things like escape pods for launch anomolies, and extra backup systesm (because we tend to think that losing a person is worse than losing their lunch).
Additionally you have a meatsack on board who can try changing things...
@OzBob - "koha"
That'd be "tax" then...
Come on - what are these pounds - just a cheap shop?
@Lost all faith...
TO be fair the article did mention one of the main devices - and also mentioned that the rest are likely devices that have been sat in a home or small office for many years, just doing their job, needing* no attention.
* From the viewpoint of the user.
@1980s_coder - can it run Crysis?
No, but it can tell you who will have won... maybe
Actually - that's true, there are a number of TV's on at work - mostly news channels though...
That live TV is that high still...
But without the random murder for transplant parts....
Might need a little bit of design work on the wall wart so it doesn't overhang adjacent plug sockets.
I hate to say this, but the Apple charger format looks pretty good - an inverter/regulator which clips onto the relevant country plug (or at the end of a standard figure8 cable). There must be room in that body to fit a stick form factor, and still have a USB port for charging and/or peripherals.
"However, the question has to be asked: why did Google release such a half-baked app for showtime in the first place?"
That's not a question - they needed test subjects...
The reasons for higher rate sampling and higher bit depths is for the recording studio, and for the post processing work.
For final playback - no point at all. For the steps before (and during) the thousands of processing steps which are applied to each track, before those tracks are grouped, down mixed, then processed, grouped and downmixed again, and again, and again....
After all of that you are grateful for the extra bit depth you used initially, the noise floor is still inaudible.
The higher sample rates are primarily used to reduce the cost of analogue filters (required to produce the bandlimited signal for encoding) by allowing a secondary application of a digital filter before downsampling (these filters are *much* cheaper). I imagine there is a minor lower latency benefit for digital processing internally in a live mixer as well...
Archive away - but you still don't need to archive more sound than is audible. CSI "enhance" will still only be possible in hollywood.
The fundamental difference between audio and video is that we can change the spatial resolution of an image (moving or static) by moving it relative to our eyeballs.
When I buy/download/stream music why should I transfer many times more data than I need?
@ Neil Barnes
The reason we run at -18dBFS as our "new zero" is for recording headroom - there is no reason to leave it there when we export the finished article.
So that's 12 bits you can add back on.
The 11 bits for dither noise - I rather suspect that is not true.
On the basis that a guassian dither will allow you to hear a tone at well underneath a single bit of amplitude, albeit with some noise, I struggle to believe that a sane dither would *lose* 11dB of resolution.
There are *extremely* good reasons to oversample as part of the DAC (it makes the analogue side filters much easier for instance) and very good reasons to use higher bit depths (it provides an excellent noise floor and headroom when recording) - but for the product, CD quality is way past most of our hearing capacity...
@John Geek - "at the nyquist limit (sample rate/2) there's ZERO phase information"
That's simply not true - all the phase information is perfectly preserved by sampling - right up to Nyquist.
There is exactly one band limited signal which passes through all the sample points.
A bandwidth limited wave is not necessarily periodic - we show periodic functions (whether sine waves or square waves) as they are easy to demonstrate (you don't need to do time synced overlays).
But a bandwidth limited waveform is purely represented by an appropriate sample rate. Whether it is finite in time or not. The FFT of the waveform would be harder to generate, but we're not trying to.
@Sebby - Personally I'm of the belief that you can never have too much information.
Can I interest you in my new TV standard - it doesn't just deal with the visible spectrum, but goes all the way to X-Rays...
There is a point at which information is sufficient. At the point where I can perfectly reproduce the full spectrum of visible/audio frequencies with a dynamic range to span 'barely detectable' to 'painful' then I can only add:
- Information that is instantly discarded, since the receiver (the eyeball or ear) simply can not deal with it
@TheOtherHobbs - And I know from experience that the difference between a 24-bit master and a downsampled 16-bit master is absolutely and reliably audible.
There are only two ways for this to be the case:
- You are a bat.
- You're not doing it properly double blind.
OK, that's not fair - there is a third way - the 16bit master was mucked around with too much - adding dither noise at each step - that's why we record (ok, also to allow us to be cautious with gain settings) and master at 24bit.
Once mastered there is no reason not to down-sample to 16bit/44k, and every reason *to* do so.
To make it double blind you really need to make sure that your audio signals are at the same level to a ridiculous accuracy - because as salespeople know "louder is better". No really - even stupidly low differences (like 0.2dB, which is not consciously audible btw) show a distinct preference for the louder source.
It is possible of course that the Vinyl and CD versions were from different masters, so they will sound different, because they are different performances.
Tape and vinyl both have (and have always had) inherent limitations, which are far more noticeable than a 16 bit limit or a 22 kHz limit ever will be - so yes, I agree, they will sound different.
Now which you prefer is probably based partly on what format you *first* or "most significantly" heard the music from - or even which master you heard most...
This is all that needs to be said, and said much better than I ever could:
Oversample for the DAC, have 24bit depth in the studio before 10,000 rounds of autotune (other, useful, effects are available) but the human ear can't deal with more than CD quality - that's why it was defined.
The biggest issue is that all this high def audio will still be overdriven through 30p headphones (even if they are in a £300 case).
Mine can - and I've always had *one* plugged in that can, even when I basically only used DECT phones.
Mic pack for an audience of 8.
If even one of them is Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing and uses a T loop then yes
If you want the video to be usable then yes
If you want to produce an easy transcript then yes
If you are pushing the video/audio to another room for the other attendees, then yes.
I don't see any reinforcement speakers, so I think we can assume that the mic is there for good pickup for other systems - rather than to assist with his vocal projection
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