682 posts • joined Monday 19th May 2008 14:40 GMT
I didn't have vertigo....
But there is a quick way down if a storm blows through - base jumping!!!
And if I were there I'd check on the storm conditions BEFORE climbing that thing!
Still - respect for those guys.
Now to develop stratellites so these guys can do their job in somewhat more comfort...
Tigers (stripy, but orange)
"GM feels that "range anxiety" is a major reason why its original EV-1 battery car of the 1990s failed"
It failed because you refused to sell it to your customers - who (at least a large proportion) wanted to buy them at the end of the lease period.
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Um - so how on earth do I know what is legal anywhere when councils can just make things up without recourse to central Gubbinment.
At least they had to be bothered before, and the Gubbinment officials had to think it was a good idea.
That meant that I could go about my life without worrying too much, however much we berate them MPs have shown some intelligence and sticking power to get where they are (and then paradoxically displayed a complete lack of both)
I know local solutions are required for some problems, but not that many...
An answer to the "too many laws" issue is to require that all legislation has to have a sunset clause. Max 25 years (for things like murder) down to 6 months (default if not otherwise specified) for things like carrying horses through Fulham.
Then all we need to do is ignore a law and will fall out of use. Important laws will get re-discussed periodically (important) and the total legislation is limited by the time available in parliament (a good thing).
Almost as if
ten year old photographs are always a perfect likeness of the current individual.
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Schools aren't likely to scan for bugs, so a simple FM transmitter was the bug of choice when I was at school - even got to make them with school facilities when I were a lad...
But teachers were able to do interesting things which increased my understanding of a subject, rather than boring stuff I could regurgitate in an exam.
Rain stopped, cloud cleared ...
... and we saw a good number last night, didn't stand out too long as I'd assumed cloud cover and didn't have a sun lounger available.
A couple of beautiful sights of pieces of Swift-Tuttle, loads of satellites, a couple of planes and some ghostly seagulls as well...
Didn't see any non Perseids though, even though that's always a fun possibility.
Don't rip out
Just run alongside...
Then the fibre is protected by all that copper ;)
I've not had much fibre failure, but then I use it in protected settings - of course toslink *style* connectors for the last metre would probably be acceptable (do we need 1Tb/s to the desktop?).
"A home licence covers users for any watching on a wireless device. If that device is plugged into the mains electricity then the premises must have a licence"
So if I have a portable telly then I'm covered by my home licence, until I plug it in at work to charge it?
Mine runs xubuntu just fine - always has done (from not long after it was first openned)
Never had an issue upgrading, or using. It starts in ~15-20 seconds, and runs everything I need it to. Even run full screen video from the SD card when I need it...
Now the battery life has degraded somewhat but it's no longer a new machine...
statute of limitations
this is why it should apply...
I got othello to crash, sort of....
On my 6310i I managed to get two moves in othello, before the phone moved - so I ended up winning with a bunch of 6 blobs in the middle...
Road tax was abolished in 1936
When Winston Churchill said:
"it will be only a step from this for them (motorists) to claim in a few years the moral ownership of the roads"
See The Motor Car and Politics in Britain by Willam Plowden for more information
This is a return to the thought that road tax should only be spent on the roads, which the same great man derided as follows:
"Entertainments may be taxed; public houses may be taxed; racehorses may be taxed; the possession of armorial bearings and man-servants may be taxed - and the yield devoted to the general revenue. But motorists are to be privileged for all time to have the whole yield of the tax on motors devoted to roads. Obviously this is a nonsense. Whoever said that, whatever the yield of these taxes, and whatever the poverty of the country, we were to build roads, and nothing but roads, for this yield? We might have to cripple our Trade by increased taxation of income, we might even be unable to pay for the upkeep of our Fleet. But never mind, whatever happens, the whole yield of the taxes on motors must be spent on roads! Such contentions are absurd and constitute at once an outrage upon the sovereignty of Parliament and upon common sense."
There's nothing Apple nor anyone else can do to get around physics, plain and simple
They need to hire Scotty...
"you canna break the laws of physics"
"she canna take it"
2Kx4K standard (4096-by-2160)
is it just me - or is that name the wrong way round?
Shouldn't they be subject to noise regulations.
That's a dangerous volume for any significant amount of time. So anyone who works anywhere near one should get ear defenders etc.
TinyCore linux is my choice.
<10MB - lways runs from RAM.
Easy to add software - it just get's loaded into RAM, replacing an required files, so it's trviail to uninstall as well (just delete the file, and it isn't loaded over the base system).
MicroCore is the same but without X
I use these as rescue systems all over the place, and would recommend a customised version for a nice netboot based school/office layout.
Alive and well
Dynamos are alive and well. Just because you stopped cycling when you were ten doesn't mean everyone else did.
Alot of dynamos now are built into wheel hubs, and the drag is equivalent to cycling up ~5 feet per mile. That's not enough to be called a slope, even if you live in Norfolk.
Bottle dynamos are less efficient, about 10-15 feet per mile (boo hoo)
Reelights and similar use non contact dynamos - a loop of wire on the frame and a magnet on the wheel - pure induction, no mechanical drag. Yes they also take energy, but at less than 5 feet/mile you'll not notice.
"The blog adds that Facebook is on track to reach 600 million users and $1bn in revenue by the end of 2010. The social networking site had less than a third that number of users - around 15 million - just 12 months ago."
600m /3 != 15m
Left hand threads are useful
For instance ~half of all bicycle pedals have left hand threads - else precession would tend to uscrew them...
Only 'cos I can't go there...
Two open bowls on the surface of the moon. One (filled with mercury) on a table 1m above the other.
Coil a hose in the top bowl, put a bung in the end and lift that end out
- On earth it would stay full of mercury, even when put upright
- On the moon I'm not so sure. I think it would stay level.
On earth the height difference is the basis of a barometer / manometer, with zero pressure acting on the main surface of the liquid why would it object to zero pressure inside the tube?
If you pumped the mercury up the tube and put the blocked end in the lower bowl...
Then I expect that it would split at the top and each half would fall in the obvious direction. Liquids are not known for their tensile strength, and that is all (I can see) that would prevent this.
Can we please ask the Myth Busters to visit NASA and have a play in one of their really big vacuum chambers?
- Atmospheric pressure
- Tube diameter (capillary effect?)
I think that height difference is not relevant to the discussion.
Are they all publishing posters of each other?
Do they not have any policies they'd like to tell me about?
That'd be BRAKING.
Breaking is what you do when you fail to brake!
And stability is easier with wheels side by side - a bike is naturally unstable - in motion you can make continuous corrections which keep you upright, but if you watch carefully you'll never go in a straight line (the back wheel never rolls along the front wheel track).
At least this has instability in the direction it can control (forwards & backwards)
So - like running aptitude, or yum, or emerge, or any of the other various tools that keep linux distros up to date.
Seems like a good idea to me - they just need to work out a sensible format and get it adopted. Of course they can't take the obvious approach and repackage other peoples patches because no doubt that would make some lawyers rich.
No good for houses but...
could be excellent for electric vehicles...
Surely this is a UK article
Don't necessarily mind US articles using American selling, but really...
"a tag which bleeps if your handset is more than a few meters away,"
How do you measure how many measuring devices there are between you and a handset I wonder?
Does a multimeter count for several?
"The best thing that we could do is go exclusively pin only auth and do away with signatures altogether. After all, how secure is an authorisation system that displays the supposed secret part of the auth on the back of a card?"
And for those who can't use C&P?
Not that I'm particularly convinced that people can't remember a four digit number...
The iPad is so small it nee....
Hold on that's not right is it. The iPad is HUGE cf+ modern phones, so it could easily take the cc sized model, although they're basically obsolete nowadays.
The "normal" SIM size doesn't seem excessive, but I can't recall if they found space for an SD card either?
The only thing Apple do let you multitask on an iTouch or an iPhone?
And tbh - it's about the only thing I can see wanting to multitask, the iP* do sufficiently fast task switching that I couldn't care less.
Of course I like having skype in the background, but if I look at the task manager on my HTC hero it's mostly stuff I'd be happy to have hibernated in some fashion.
So long as it checks for mail every few minutes I'm fine and dandy...