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Almost hits the trifecta
This *almost* hits the trifecta - they just need to make it either a plug-in hybrid or a full-on electric vehicle, and the hisptergasm will be planet-wide.
As South Park put it - this will be the ultimate source of smug.
Network enabled: SNMP?
It's network enabled: that's good.
It requires specialized software to get it on the network: that's not good. My WiFi thermostat does this the right way IMHO: If it cannot find your network (it's down, or the unit's not set up) it creates its own network that you connect to and configure it.
It takes specialized software to use: that's not good. How about giving me a nice set of SNMP traps?, and/or a nice RESTful interface I can hook into?
Not sponge, logging chain
Your sponge is OK, but in Kansas we use a logging chain to get a few extra readings:
* If the chain is hanging straight down, it's not windy.
* if the chain is hanging at a 45 degree angle, there's a mild breeze.
* if the chain is hanging straight out, it's windy.
* if links are snapping off, it's a high wind.
* If the chain is spinning around, it's a tornado - get your camera and go outside!
* If ice is bouncing off the links, it's hailing.
* If the chain is suddenly white hot and melting, it's a lightning storm.
Forgot the footnote
 Forbes, WSJ, Money, etc. - the sorts of magazines CEOs and CEO-wannabes spank off to in the executive bathrooms.
(and I didn't catch that I'd forgotten until after the edit window closed).
Why business hate architects: architects block bullshit
I think the reason many businesses don't properly use architects is that architects have a nasty habit of blocking bullshit (or at least calling enough attention to it).
Some upper level PHB will say something like:
"I read in an execuporn magazine that we should gather as much information as we can on people visiting our site as we can: name, DOB, address, sex, etc. My golf buddies and I talked about it at the 19th hole and I think we can make lots of money. Make It So - CHOP CHOP!"
The architect, upon doing any analysis, will come back:
"OK, here's the requirements you laid out. Notice that since our web site targets children, most of what you want to do is illegal. Also, you never specified how we would actually use that data to make money."
BOOM! There goes PHB's lovely bullshit fantasy of making lots of money off some ill-conceived plan.
PHB: "Here's this wonderful new product I want to have shipping in 6 months. Make It So - CHOP CHOP!"
Architect: "Here's the analysis. Here's all the risk factors. Here's the research cost to mitigate them. Here's the staffing needed to do that. Here's the time. Assuming we CAN mitigate all the risks, here is the staffing to produce that product, and here's the needed staffing. Note that it exceeds our current staffing by a factor of 5."
BOOM! Again, PHB is inconvenienced by facts.
So when it comes time to "right-size", who do you think the PHB will be looking to axe first?
What I don't understand...
Is that many of the same people who do not trust their government with the ability to tap all their communications (fearing they will use that to oppress the people) trust their government to be the only ones with weapons.
Jump start a car
OK, let's do the math.
Typical starting current for a car - somewhere between 100 and 500 amps. Let's assume 100A to make it easy.
Nominal voltage: 12V
Power to start a car: 1200W
Volume of this battery needed: 16 cm^3
So for once, the claim of a battery a few millimeters in size is almost believable (granted, it would be a few millimeters in thickness, and centimeters in width and height).
You have: 1200W / (7.4mW/cm*cm*um)
You want: cm^3
I cannot decide if the best fit to Nokia is:
1) "I'm not dead yet!"
2) "It's just pinin' for the fjords"
3) "It's just a flesh wound!"
Re: You want to believe? Check the user numbers!
No, it's just that Google has moved onto "The Internet Of Things", and counts my phone, my tablet, my TV, and my router as "users".
Next up, my glasses, my watch, and my car.
Then, my shoes (2 users!) and socks (2 more!).
Re: Oh noes
"All those crowbar makers better watch out."
I interviewed a famous scientist about that.
He said, and I quote:
(and then proceeded to beat Archimedes with the crowbar)
Rats don't drink?
@Don Jefe: "Non modified rats will not drink alcohol."
Source? After all, so many animals will drink (elephants getting their buzz on with fermented fruit, etc.) that it seems odd rats won't drink.
"Wot are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
"The same thing we do every night, Pinky: I'll get totally morose and drunk over my repeated failure to take over the world, while you sing karaoke."
"But I don't have $5 - how will I afford Don't Stop Believing?"
Re: Several points
Re: Tom 7:
Agreed: this might allow organs that were otherwise unsuitable to be used as scaffolding - but what I would NOT want to see happen is people saying "Well, if they can do that, then they don't need ME to be a donor!".
So we are in violent agreement on that: "We still need more kidneys!"
Re: Good to see a UK IT success story
"Or are you just riding the Thatcher bandwagon for the sake of riding it?"
Welcome to the Internet. We Netizens are very liberal, open-minded, non-prejudiced, and tolerant, which is why we must attack any conservative with the fury of a thousand suns, those bigoted, closed-minded, intolerant a[ss|rse]holes.
(tongue firmly in cheek)
1) I would think a rat with a drinking problem would be more in need of a liver than a kidney.
2) This still requires you to have a kidney to provide the scaffolding. Thus, it won't stop the need for donors - only reduce the need for recipients to be on immunosuppressant drugs.
3) If we could figure out how to print the needed scaffolding, rather than needing an organ, THEN this would be great, unless....
4) Since this uses the patient's own cells, if the reason their organs are failing is a genetic issue, they will be getting an organ with the same failure, unless we can work out how to treat the cells beforehand to remove the genetic flaw.
I really wish Logitech would work with the Concordance guys to provide the needed drivers so that I could program my Logitech Harmony with my Linux machine.
The bulk of the programming interface is via a web site on Logitech - all the driver does is allow the remote to be accessed by the web site (as I understand it, all the driver does for the Harmony One is make a USB network connection - the actual programming is then done by the web site doing requests to the remote over that connection). The Concordance guys have most of the work done, but Logitech won't give them that last couple of bits of information they need to provide the driver.
Re: That's a real site?
"[...] calling a site "cops.com" would imply it's run by criminals."
Unfortunately, many cynical people would assert that very thing - of late, at least over here, the police are not maintaining a very clean reputation.
I keep coming back to the same thing....
I keep coming back to the same thing, which is:
IF those advocating all these cuts truly feel catastrophic change is coming unless we reduce atmospheric CO2
GIVEN that they seem to use that as a justification to do "anything, no matter how harmful" to correct the issue (destroying the economy, restricting the ability of the Third World to improve their lot via industrialization, dramatic reductions in the standard of living of the First World, dramatic reductions in the human population, etc.)
Why aren't those people demanding the suspension of the treaties against already nuclear nations (e.g. the US) using advanced nuclear power generation (breeder reactors, etc.) to create a large number of plants to convert CO2 into easily sequesterable carbon and free oxygen, and into motor fuels to quickly convert the existing motor fleet into carbon-neutral systems. It's not like the US building breeder reactors is going to increase the size of the US nuclear arsenal, and that route clearly can lead to CO2 reductions in very short order.
Federal vs. state
HOWEVER: one advantage of a federal/state system like the US has is that the laws about what the IRS can and cannot do don't apply to the state revenue services, so the Kansas Dept. of Revenue can quite happily offer a web site I log in to, fill in a few lines, and file my taxes, without any need for a third party like Intuit.
So when you are complaining about how the US seems to be a hodge-podge of laws - that can often be a GOOD thing!
Or they could use Alternic....
I suppose TPB could always get themselves the .pirate domain on Alternic....
I want to register ht
I want to register "ht", and serve subdomains off it, so I can have:
Just to keep it away from the phishers, who I am sure will be able to use such a domain to fool stupid people.
"GPS-jamming detection, meanwhile, is offered by a range of firms including the UK’s Chronos Technology."
And LightSpeed Communications.....
Surprised no-one's using KSD ...
... 'cause it's one up on LTE.
Either that or MUF.
(but yes, considering LTE-A is still being worked on in the standards bodies, it's pure marketing to talk about anything beyond it. But then again, I'm surprised no-one's pull a Dilbert and started talking about 5G, 6G, or 7G).
How it always works
Politician: "You want free stuff?"
RandomPerson: "YES! Gimme free stuff - but how will you pay for it?"
Politician: "Why, I'll just tax TheyThemThoseOverThere - they deserve it, don't they?"
RandomPerson: "Damn straight they do, those bastards! Tax they hell out of them and give me free stuff!"
Politician: "Sure will - just vote for me next election!"
TaxMan: "RandomPerson, give me money."
RandomPerson: "Wha? Why?"
TaxMan: "You see TheyThemThoseOverThere? Well, Politician promised them free stuff if they voted for him, paid for by you."
Remember: YOU are somebody else's TheyThemThoseOverThere.
WIKI-fying the Bible?
Can you imagine if somebody were to link the hymns and such to a WIKI?
"The Lord is my Shepard 
I Shall Not Want [NPOV_VIO]"
Missing the point: SOLID STATE!
Many of you seem to miss the point: this isn't a chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL), or a fluorine laser, or any of the other chemical lasers that have been used in the past for this sort of thing, all of which have limits on the amount of ammunition you can carry, and all of which make some really NASTY exhausts.
This is a solid state laser at weapon-grade power levels. That is significant! That means that a nuclear powered ship can basically fire this for YEARS - the limiting factor being any wear-and-tear on the laser itself. Certainly a ship could operate for a great deal of time without resupply.
This also means that defense systems like you would want in, oh, I don't know, picking a place at random, say, South Korea against artillery barrage is just that much closer to being reality.
Re: UEFI lockdown, and phonetics?
After re-reading more carefully, I saw the bit about attempting to boot Linux - so this looks like it is a case of "we didn't actually prohibit you from booting anything else, we just made it so it wouldn't actually work."
UEFI lockdown, and phonetics?
First question: how locked down is this unit, given that it is an X86 not an ARM - can other OSes be installed? (and to the WinShills - note I didn't ask if any other OS would be good to use here.)
Second question on the voice recognition: can you configure it to work with a proper phonetic alphabet when needed? Maybe something like the standard radio operator "floobydust I SPELL floobydust FOXTROT LIMA OSCAR OSCAR YANKEE DELTA UNIFORM SIERRA TANGO"
I am disappoint....
What - no "FREEBIRD!" posts? Reg posters, I am disappoint.
Re: Ever wondered if...
"The chance of it is not zero!"
Actually, it pretty much is.
The light from a supernova travels at the speed of light (obviously), while the matter from such a supernova travels at a great deal less than the speed of light. The light from the supernova that created the iron in your blood has long since gone far away from our solar system, and the iron forged in any supernova that we are just seeing now would have to have traveled faster than the speed of light to have reached the dust cloud that became our solar system several billion years ago.
I think the thing to keep in mind here is the concept of saving face - quite important in that culture.
Un has put his ass on the line - he CANNOT back down without losing face. In times past, NK has pulled this sort of thing, and been thrown a bone that they could use to save face - even if that bone was along the lines of "We could have kicked your ass, but our buddy China asked us not to - you'd better be thankful for China stopping us from kicking your ass!"
But this time China isn't trying to pull them back.
I think Un is in the situation of having walked into the biker bar, proclaiming his intention to chew bubblegum and kick ass with his buddy, and finding himself alone. A rational person would realize he as ALREADY lost face, and slink out of there post haste before losing real body parts, but Un cannot do that: he loses face, he loses his cushy job as Ultimate Supreme Leader Of All Things, and he is just bright enough to know that ends at best with him hiding in anonymity and worst dancing at the end of a rope. So he will go down swinging - better dead than disgraced.
Consider the Japanese at the end of WWII - they sent their top-of-the-line battleship out, without adequate support, knowing it would be destroyed, because in their world view that was better than letting it be captured without firing a shot.
Unfortunately, I don't see a way that NK can be given a face-saving way out of this situation, save for the same face-saving way we supplied Hirohito (it is not a loss of face to surrender to an enemy that can make a whole city disappear with one plane and one bomb.).
And I can all-to-easily see Un thinking "I will go down, but I will go down as the man who nuked Honolulu!"
Oooo that smell
An' brand new phones
Winphone you're a fail
There's too much hype
And too much fud
Look what's going on around you
Ooo that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooo that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
No angel investors' fund you
Stick a Windows on your ARM
(you fool you)
So tank another phone
Take a blow to your stores
One more fail fool will drown you
Ooo that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooo that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
So they hired you, Elop
Can't speak the truth when you're full of lies
Say you'll be profitable tomorrow
might not be here for you
Ooo that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooo that smell
The smell of death surrounds you
Re: Why so long?
@Ragarath: I think you misunderstand a key aspect of these challenges: they have no special "visibility" into the internal game state. They don't get to read the internal structures that the game maintains, they only get to look at the screen, just like you and I.
I suppose you could try to make a "player" that would inspect the screen, apply image recognition, build up its own model of the various objects internally, run internal simulations, and get it "right" the first try, but then that would break the first time the game logic changed the slightest bit.
It sounds to me like a good thing
"Yet today, small investors barely get any interest at all, while the huge banks charge 9% minimum - to
lend OUR MONEYkite checks based upon treating other loans as being the same as money in the bank."
So, will the new JS interpreter....
So, will the new JS interpreter be called
Re: You can see it now, Ives and Cook, in the boardroom ...
"One rap for no, two for yes."
In other words, single click or double-click.
200 moneys? Where is the active noise cancelling?
For 200 moneys(1) I would expect the headphones to have active noise canceling.
Also: I don't know about any body else, but on-the-ear headphones get quite uncomfortable for me - give me in-the-ear or over the ear, not on-the ear.
(1) Since these are likely to follow the standard pattern of being US$200, or UK£200, or €200, depending upon where you are, so 200 moneys. 400 moneys for the poor folks in Australia.
And the idiocy begings once again
And once again, the idiocy begins, as people with little clue try to make something "funny" for the first, and fail, miserably.
Poor April: between the first and the 15th, it just cannot catch a break.
"The Haircut Song" by Ray Stevens
Whenever this sort of thing comes up, remember the lines from Ray Stevens' "The Haircut song"
It was a macho barber shop.
Hair dryers were mounted on a rifle rack.
Wasn't no mirrors.
The barber chair was a Peterbilt...
Barber walked in;
He was huge, seven feet tall,
three hundred pounds of spring steel and rawhide.
Wearin' a hard hat, chewin' a cigar,
had a t-Shirt on -- said,
"I hate musicians."
Threw me in the chair, sneered and said,
"What'll it Be pal?"
Now a lot of people would be intimidated in a situation like this...
I was not. I am what I am, play my piano, and sing my little songs.
I looked him right in the eye and I said,:
"'m a logger - just up from Coos Bay, Oregon. Been toppin' trees - quite
Possibly the toughest man in the entire world."
So remember: when asked what you do, you say "I'm a logger."
Or an insurance actuarial adjuster.
Reading comprehension and retention: do you practice it?
"These lights will likely never have anything but a link-local address, not a routable address."
Unless your "other person" is on your local network, they are not going to be able to control a device that only has a link local address.
Ah, an almost perfect Web 2.0 idea
Ah, an almost perfect Web 2.0 idea. It has the core right" "ME! It's all about my favorite subject, ME! I'm measuring everything about ME, so I can tell everyone around ME about ME! Aren't I wonderful?"
But it lacks the most important feature of a Web 2.0 ideas - how do you sell advertising, and how do you sucker other people into it? If they cannot work that out, it will never fly. They need to have a QS social web site, with achievements, games, competition between members, and of course targeted ads based upon all that lovely data QS people are gathering about themselves and sharing free of charge.
All the previous posters.
These bulbs are not about The EEEEVIIILL 'LECTRIC COMPANY TURNING OFF R LIGHTS! These are LED bulbs; they don't use enough power to be a blip on the scope at the power company.
This is about YOU controlling the lights in your house - dimming the lights before you start a movie on TV, or having your bedroom lights slowly ramp up in the morning when you should be getting up, or fading to hot pink when it detects you start your Barry White on the bedroom media player.
This is about having a standard protocol to control them, rather than some custom BS.
The odds that you would be controlling your lights across this Internet at large is almost nil. These lights will likely never have anything but a link-local address, not a routable address. This is about not having to screw around with fiddly things like DHCP and 192.168 addresses for these things - or rather, the average user not having to screw around with those things (because as a Reg reader YOU might be able to set that up, but do you really want your parents/neighbor/PHB worrying about it (read: worrying YOU about it)?)
Has Microsoft's PR firm been working for NK on the side?
Has Microsoft's PR firm been working for North Korea on the side? Recent releases from both have been equally bizarre.
Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites
"Spamhaus is the reason I can't use a desktop email server"
Bull. You can most certainly run your own server to accept mail for your domain - I don't think there is anybody using ANY DNS RBL to filter where they send mail TO.
And for sending outbound email - if you cannot configure your email server to use a smart relay to another server, such as your ISP's server, then you probably aren't going to configure your mail server correctly in other areas, such as relaying spam.
Does anybody else wonder if, once the (hopefully non-radioactive) dust settles, if we will find that all the North Korean food supplies have been contaminated with ergot fungus, and this nonsensical North Korean behavior all was the product of an unintentional acid trip?
Re: Yeah but..
Assume they were thicker - the particles outside the equatorial plane would have to cross it twice an orbit; they cannot just stay on one side. As a result, such particles would pass through the thicker bits twice an orbit, and drag from gasses and dust (and collisions with larger than dust sized objects) would eventually remove the "up and down" part of their orbital velocity, leaving them in the equatorial plane.
Put it in reverse when forward fails
OK, the complaint is they take up too much room. So, rather than trying to make them smaller, make 'em bigger: Add a roof and some walls, a couple of vending machines, a bench or two, and call it a bus stop!
Or add a bathroom (which is also convenient for the service guy when he gets there).
You could even use the waste heat from the equipment to take the chill off.
Heck, go Texas-sized: make it straddle the walkway, with a passage through the middle for the pedestrians. Sell advertising - maybe put some LED screens behind Lexan (you have power, you have data....)
Re: "Professional Driver" is a rather less than specific term...
"[...]but can you really say the same about an Eastern European rig and driver?"
Or over here, the barely-trained moron behind the wheel of the semi who wants to ride 2ft off your rear bumper, who uses his Jakes (exhaust brakes) to come to a stop at a stop sign but rides his regular brakes going down a 10 mile long 10% grade, and who will pull out into the passing lane just before you get to him, and SIT THERE NOT PASSING the other truck (which is against the law in many states, not that I've ever seen it enforced).
Truck drivers will often sing the "We are professional drivers and safer than you car drivers" - I assert that is bull. Most accidents happen in the cities, not on the highways. Car drivers tend to do most of their driving in the city, not the highway, while truck drivers do most of their driving on the highway, not the cities.
Doing the Baysian:
Assume the same probability of an accident for both drivers, given the same circumstances:
P of accident given city and car = P of accident given city and semi
P of accident given highway and car = P of accident given highway and semi
P of accident given city >> P of accident given highway
P of accident given semi := P of accident given city and semi * F of time on city given semi + P of accident given highway and semi * F of time on highway given semi.
P of accident given car := P of accident given city and car * F of time on city given car + P of accident given highway and car * F of time on highway given car.
Since F of time on highway given semi >> F of time on highway given car, and P of accident given highway << P of accident given city
P of accident given semi << P of accident given car
Even though the semi and the car have the same likelihood of accident in the same circumstances.
And I also assert that P of accident given semi is actually > P of accident given car for equal cases. It's just that the semis drive in safer places more that makes it look otherwise.
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