'cos I'd run that for a community station if I could - the FM license is stupidly expensive.
1412 posts • joined 19 May 2008
'cos I'd run that for a community station if I could - the FM license is stupidly expensive.
@moiety - it won't be safe to wear in public.
But this is designed as a workplace tool, so it doesn't really matter.
What was wrong with the red LED indication which camera was live?
Have people forgotten that every buttonhole might be a concealed camera?
No they're not.
I am reasonable techy - certainly more techy than your average person on the street.
My iPad is my primary computing device, as was the Nexus7 before it.
I have a bluetooth keyboard, which I use on occasion - mostly when I'm sat at my desk - occasionally I'll grab the mac keyboard for longer use at home.
The on screen keyboard does most of what I need though, most things I type are relatively short, with the irritation of an occasional autoscrewup comedy moment.
It is quite capable of holding a VPN to my wider network, as well as SSH sessions and a VNC/VPN option to my VPS (mostly used for game playing actually).
Virtually everything I do is perfectly well catered for, and its battery lasts all day
The iPad fits in my pocket (as did the N7), so I always have it around. The keyboard folds up and sits with my "normal" kit that gets carried around, so that's normally close by as needed.
Maturing market sees smaller niche markets emerge as viable segments.
Smaller providers make suitable specialised devices and reap rewards.
I'm not sure how often this headline can be considered news?
If a woman's work is never done... why start?
Given the current (reported) state of W10...
Tax isn't the issue - you've just pissed off the mob...
My password is horsebatterycorrectstaple - I'll have my chocolate bar please....
720p is good enough for most things - I have various things on bluray - which *do* look better, but if the content is good then 720p is just fine.
Most stuff is exDVD anyway, so it never was 1080p...
I'd quite possibly subscribe to a BBC Store - there is a huge amount of decent material there.
I *do* subscribe to some OTT media provision, but have no live TV capability - I just don't value it enough
The middle operator wasn't offering the deal I *thought* I had read...
But it took very little time. Yes, a unified SMS number (maybe 722 (or PAC)) to get a PAC by return would be good...
They really don't
see the renaming of NMR to MRI as evidence...
@jake - "Intake of nicotine, fat, alcohol, salt and sugar is far worse when it comes to mortality ... Do you want those banned in your lifetime, too?"
Nicotine doesn't - it's the asscociated tar I think...
But the big difference is that (except for certain aspects of alcohol consumption and smoking, which are already legislated against) these items don't kill other people.
But there are already plans to levy taxes on salt/sugar rich foods, and I support those.
"Electricity will never kill off feeding horses"
Huh - deliberate misreading?
"Horses & other manually driven vehicles are here to stay"
No doubt - but neither will be used as a mode of transport. They will both be sport/hobby instead. Which is fine. I have no desire to stop people having their fun - but they can do so in an environment which doesn't threaten the lives of others...
There is some overlap for other forms of transport - Walking and cycling are used both for sport and transport, but they pose very limited external risk.
"He refused to listen to me when I pointed out the leaking fluid ... and then told the engine control system to stop complaining."
You know what - I don't think anyone can blame that on the gearbox. That's user failure.
I've driven a mix of manual and automatic, petrol and deisel cars for longer than I care to think about. If you ignore the warnings then anything will break. One big advantage of electric drive is that there are far fewer things to go wrong (potentially down to one moving part per wheel) - and I think that the electric motor will kill the gearbox.
"Shirley you are discussing fast-so-called-food rather than automobiles in the above sentence?"
Don't call me Shirley. And no - people (including myself) are by far and away the weakest link in the system. Even the current generation of autonomous vehicles are better than humans (including me).
Even if they did ignore the odd defect - that would still leave these vehicles far safer than the current generation of control systems.
I strongly suspect that the legislative framework would react fairly strongly in these (by definition rare) events.
The current control systems don't pay attention at all times, they don't look all around them, they do get tired and distracted. They generally overestimate their own ability (last survey I saw said that something like 85% of drivers considered themselves 'better than average').
In fact the current control systems kill multiple thousands of people each and every year - more than 5 people EVERY DAY in the UK alone.
Proper legal controls would help, like a willingness to revoke licences (even fairly short bans would be effective if they were regularly issued), but the majority of deaths aren't caused by malice.
The driverless car is coming, and coming soon - and we'll all be better off for it. Those who enjoy the act of driving can go and play on a track*, where you can *really* enjoy your driving.
* Race or off road.
@Jake - None of mine [change gear for me]. Nor will any of them, ever.
Hopefully the act of changing gear will be as old as feeding horses anyway - the electric motor will kill it off. But seriously - when did you last see an automatic gearbox fail?
@Jake - what will happen the first time a self-driving car kills somebody?
It will be an event which will be analysed thoroughly and the lesson(s) learnt will be taken on board by all other vehicles on the road, and *never* repeated.
The possibilities for carnage are *far* higher if you put tired, distracted, fallible, meatsacks in control of a lethal weapon.
Yes - because there are no cars which can do this at the moment.
OK, they can't yet do it in all weathers, but the GCar regime has shown it is well within our capabilities - and there are others out there.
I don't think this will take decades - I'm hoping that my kids will never have to learn to drive (they may well choose to though)
@irmoko - (perhaps it'd be collecting license fees if those phones would be Android).
I've wondered for a while whether Google isn't powerful enough to write a decent ext driver for MSWindows (and macOS?) and ditch the FAT system on Android - it would also allow dedicated cameras/media players to do the same, since the FS driver seems to be the main reason that people stick with FAT.
Surely 3-128 is a "band" of 125...
QI has been a well known "2 letter scrabble word" for a long while - certainly more than a decade, probably longer.
Don't think I've used a monitor or TV anything other than VESA mounted to a pole or the wall for about 5 years...
But I can't see all that much advantage over a dealer version.
When you update the car firmware you also program the version number into the entertainment system - then it can notify you that there is new firmware available from your garage.
Were the robots provided?
So it was an AI test, rather than a robotics one?
"Noon can hack my mind"
Really? Has noone seen Derren Brown (other such tricksters exist)
The human brain is fairly predictable...
Because that would mean they needed to implement multicast properly - and their techs haven't heard about it yet...
Their network is pretty much the perfect environment for testing this kind of solution - but since the existing system works (sort-of) they stick with it
Clearly means something different in the US:
"Intelsat isn't waiting around for SpaceX or the FCC to voluntarily release the information, either. It has simultaneously filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that would compel the FCC to release SpaceX's confidential documents."
@icesenshi - No way to challenge a warrant's legality or defectiveness until it's it's executed. Then the government can say 'oops' but by that point it's too late. Only in America.
I *think* that the point is that all such evidence gets thrown out in court, and that is meant to be the guard against overly broad warrants.
Of course the data has still leaked, and we don't trust the police to deal with is sensitively :(
With it being geotagged are there particularly dense areas where speciality foods are mentioned alot, but mostly by tourists?
Or is it drowned in the narcissistic ramblings of the general populace?
The Gubbinment can provide a fund totalling one pund per annum.
The music companies can then go to court to argue over how it gets split....
@AC - Why arn't dividends taxed at the same rate as any other income?
Because politicians get them?
The concept is that the income has already been taxed (when it was company profit) so to tax it again would be double taxation (or triple if you include the VAT you'll inevitably pay on anything you buy with the income).
It's to encourage people to make sucessful businesses - but from the IT contractor market it gives an advantage to the small firm - one or two people who work together and share the profits - over the huge conglomerates.
@Grumpy Fellow - The point is to figure out how their processes allowed a defective critical strut to be assembled into the spacecraft in the first place.
You say that as if there are only a few *critical* struts.
They're all critical - and they have now started an additional testing regime on all the strruts they are using (hopefully not just in this location), which they have also redesigned somewhat.
I expect my tablets to last a fair while, my phones to last longer and don't use a laptop.
The iPad (moved to apple for specific audio control applications) will do me for a good while, it's not going to get replaced quickly, much to Apple's displeasure.
OTOH, after using Android until this iPad I'll be getting another when it does die...
My phones don't seem to die quickly either. Currently my Desire S is running with about a 10 day battery life (it complained this morning about low battery, with 10 days and some hours reported by the battery usage meter) - amazing how well these things last if you leave them in a pocket - it gets WiFi every month or so to update the contacts from the Goo machine.
In the western worldd the market is both saturated and mature.
There are no killer features, there is no obligation to replace products that work - so people don't.
Shock results indeed.
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).
@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...