681 posts • joined Monday 19th May 2008 14:40 GMT
@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...
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
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...
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 :)
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...
"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.
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.
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)
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...
Easier to spot kids at risk if they're the only ones there...
I mean if we're looking for this to be useful then police/protection agencies should be able to search/add details of people with whom they have contact.
We seem to do quite well in terms of bashing individual techs, which is why they aren't getting built.
The electric motor is a good way of putting power to the road, even Sir Clarkson will agree - getting power to it is interesting, there are various methods for generating electricity, so we should look at standard INTERFACES.
If we decide on a size and shape of "power source" and a nominal voltage then we can stick LiON in there now, and replace them with carbon based fast chargers, fuel cells, or magic pixie dust when they become commercially viable.
If cars had a few such "slots" then you could buy a car with just one battery pack (the wife only goes to the shops in it...) for relatively little cost, and add more, better capacity, power sources later - as required.
This allows us to have decent vehicles, with upgradable and replaceable power sources. No LiON is a killer tech for all car journeys - but it would make perfect sense for most second cars, and for quite alot of "first" cars.
Windows isn't an OS
It's an ecosystem - there is just no way to only use the OS section of Windows.
Canonical have a reasonable method of continuous upgrades, even my wife keeps her laptop fully up to date.
There are always dependencies within software ecosystems - letting the software behave in a defined fashion, and declaring those dependencies means that aptitude just handles what is needed. I imagine that various machines around here and work will get an upgrade to Jaunty fairly soon.
If I could use different window managers on Windows then I might look at it, but the "you will use the mouse for everything" interface is just unpleasant. The only reason I touch a windows machine is to update a pesky manglement spreadsheet.
The advantage of all that depth
Is that you can throw these things down the stairs and they survive.
Well I managed it with mine (slightly older Toshiba - but looks to be the same case)
Not a dead pixel or reallocated sector. But it did crack the case and bend the metal screen edges in two places - pliers and gaffer tape sorted that completely
Are what we really need to see with SSD's
For a more detailed look at why:
Most of the time we're writing small files, 4K or less, and we notice is the drive takes a while to do that...
£2k for rich people only
Seriously - a £2k subsidy for scrapping cars is one thing, but choose emissions MOT failures only, and give it to the poor sap who needs to replace their crap car, not someone struggling to decide between a 911 and a rangerover.
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