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Re: Normal IT pricing applies.....
"It'll be $1 in the U.S., but one Pound in Britain and one Euro in Europe."
That pattern is why I think we should all adopt the LOLcatism of "moneys".
It's one moneys to send somebody a spam on Faecesbook.
The new iThing is 400 moneys.
Re: New unit please!
"what kind of spuds, though? Irish, Chinese, Chilean?"
Given that Boeing is in Washington, likely they got the spuds from their neighbors in Idaho.
Re: Why Oh Why Oh
Errrr, "voice" recognition?
I cannot wait to see what errors "voice" recognition might make....
"OK, I'll call you MPPPRRRBBBBTTTT!"
I want to register
I want to register
.'); DROP TABLE
Think of the children
Don't worry, kids know tech: "Hmmm. Google says Santa's over Santa Barbara, Bing says he's over Dallas... I may be 5, but I know who I don't trust."
Then there's Apple, who will have Santa over Tel Aviv. Or maybe Riyadh.
Re: How about Windows in English?
But think of all the wear and tear on your "u" key you are saving!
Re: Tut tut...
I don't know about that - I submitted that question to Wolfram Alpha, and it swears it's working on it, but it's still stuck at "INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER." Oh well, it'll get there eventually....
Reg Commentors, I am disappoint.
Where are all the jokes about which web server should be in the package?
Not *one* reference to the joke:
*nix like Teepee
Seriously? Not one?
Son, I am disappoint.
Re: Ping Time
The fastest probes we've built are going roughly .004%c. Assuming we could do 10 times better if we put our minds, backs, and bank accounts to it today, that's about 2500 years to get there.
Re: "Protest the funerals"?
Actually, YES, they literally are protesting the funeral itself - they believe that everybody they protest died due to God being pissed, and therefor the deceased are not deserving of a "proper" funeral.
Re: What I wish would happen to WBC
For doctors: yes, they should not refuse to care for any life threatening illness.
Like, say, colon cancer or prostate cancer.. Can't be too careful, Mr. Phelps, you need a screening, the sooner the better - Nurse, fetch the colonscopy camera and my gloves.... What, you were screened the last time you were in here? Well, y'know, it can develop rapidly, best to check again. Yesterday? well, it could be very rapidly developing....
Also, I need to check for hernia while I'm "in the neighborhood" - cough please. And have you been screened for testicular cancer?
Re: USB Dongle SDR?
First: Google "EME" and "moonbounce" - there are amateur radio operators doing that all the time. It's difficult: you have to have a significant antenna system on both the transmitting and receiving end (think of the largest TV aerial you've seen, one of the 10 foot long ones, then stack 4 in an array), the transmitting end is usually running the maximum allowed power (in the US, 1000 watts), and the receiving end has a very sensitive receiver (far more so than one of those USB dongles will have). The signals sent are designed to be easy to pick up - far easier than FM broadcast, let alone TV - and even then, are often undetectable.
Even with a very large antenna, a very low noise preamp, and the best SDR, there's simply not enough information in the signals reflected off the Moon to allow you to pull out one specific broadcast station from all the others on the same frequency. *IF* you had an enormous number of antenna and receivers all over the world, and you could then use spatial diversity, you *might* be able to get enough information, based upon different paths from the stations to the Moon to all your different antenna, to pull it out - but then again, you'd likely have an antenna right next to whatever station you wanted to listen to, and could listen to it directly.
With respect to a hypothetical listener Out There, the worst thing that has happened has been the transition to digital. Analog signals have enough information in them to work out what is going on - AM is trivial (The signal "looks like" the original audio), FM almost so, and even TV could be worked out reasonably well (the color aspect would be a bit hard to work out a priori, but the horizontal scan rate and vertical scan rates are obvious in the spectrum of the signal - getting black and white would be pretty easy).
But with digital: there's not enough information in the signal to work out the theory behind MPEG. You could infer the gross framing structure, you might be able to work out the part of the signal the provides EPG data, but the audio and video streams would be a total mystery. And that assumes no encryption, and also that you can see the signal - digital signals are designed to be very much like noise, with none of the spectral redundancy that makes AM, FM, PAL and NTSC easy to work out.
What I wish would happen to WBC
What I wish would happen to WBC is both consistent with Free Speech, and with the Bible which they ever-so-love to thump.
Every business should say "Sorry, we reserve the right to refuse to serve anybody, and we refuse to serve you. You are not welcome on our property, you are trespassing, you have been formally notified of the same, if you remain I will call the cops and have you arrested for trespass on private property, if you want to sue here's my lawyer, and I'll file counter-charges of barratry and request the Bar association disbar your attorney. BEGONE."
Perfectly legal. Doesn't violate their rights of freedom of speech. Has precedent in the Bible. Let's see how long they can go without any support from society - no groceries, no health care, no service on their vehicles or homes, nothing.
Re: I remember spreading the legs of a BC107 .....
"432 mhz might have been 144mhz with those early RF four wire FETs."
Actually, I doubt it was either 432mhz or 144mhz - those old parts weren't stable enough to hold an oscillation at a half hertz. It was likely 432MHz or 144MHz.
(Yes, pedantic, but "m" is the abbreviation for milli, and M is the abbreviation for Mega, and it's Hz, not hz, as it is a proper name.)
Re: This is what I don't understand...
And so we have more police - and so we can create a bigger dogpile, with more chances for the poor stupid person to get hurt, and this is different how?
The police still need some option to respond to a lawbreaker other than "STOP! or I shall say STOP again."
So what is that option?
This is what I don't understand...
OK, let's look at the generic scenario that seems to play out over and over, because there is something I just don't understand:
Stupid person goes somewhere and does stupid, antisocial things.
Normal person: "Please stop doing that."
Stupid person: "FU!" [continues doing stupid antisocial thing]
Normal person: "Stop that or I call the cops!"
Stupid person: "FU!" [continues doing stupid antisocial thing]
Cop: "Stop doing that antisocial thing or I will have to arrest you."
Stupid person: "FU!" [continues doing stupid antisocial thing]
Cop: "OK, you are under arrest."
Stupid person: "FU!" [resists arrest]
Cop: "YOU ARE UNDER ARREST. STOP RESISTING."
Stupid person: "FU!" [resists arrest]
Alternate path 1:
[Cop and many other cops dogpile on stupid person, who continues to resist. Stupid person picks up the inevitable bruises and possible injures.]
Typical Internet Poster: "WAAAA! Stupid person got hurt! Those meany cops didn't have to dogpile him - they should have done something else."
Alternate path 2:
[Cop tases stupid person and completes arrest.]
Typical Internet Poster: "WAAAA! Stupid person got hurt! That meany cop didn't have to taze him - he should have done something else."
Alternate path 3:
[Cop shoots stupid person and completes arrest.]
Typical Internet Poster: "WAAAA! Stupid person got hurt! That meany cop didn't have to shot him - he should have done something else."
Alternate path 4:
[Cop sprays stupid person and completes arrest.]
Typical Internet Poster: "WAAAA! Stupid person got hurt! That meany cop didn't have to spray him - he should have done something else."
Alternate path 5:
[Cop shrugs and says "Sorry, that's all I'm allowed to do" and walks off.]
[Stupid person continues antisocial behavior.]
Typical Internet Poster: "WAAAA! The cops aren't doing anything!"
So, all you armchair quarterbacks who think you can do better - what is Alternative path 6, that prevents stupid people from continuing their antisocial ways while simultaneously meeting with your approval?
I hate exchange - no procmail
At home, I have a proper email setup up, with procmail dutifully sorting the various mailing lists I follow into folders, so that when I am pressed for time, I can check just the critical items and dump the rest.
At work, I am forced to use Exchange, so instead of that all-too-valuable presort happening on the server where it belongs, it has to happen on my workstation. I can always tell when we've had a power outage that took down my workstation, even when out of office, due to all the messages piling up in my inbox.
Re: Rebuilding a Speccy...
With modern components behind it, you could likely put the entire thing in a single FPGA, with the only signal lines coming out being the cassette interface line, the video, and the keyboard scan - and in today's designs, those would all be 3.3V rather than 5V, reducing the RF even more.
Back in the day...
Back in the days of the ZX81 here in the US, the requirements for computers were the less rigorous Part 15A, intended for office work (since nobody would have a computer in the home where Part 15B ruled).
There was one computer of which I am aware that would stand any chance in the modern regulatory environment, and that would be the old Atari 400 and Atari 800 - all the guts were in a potmetal shell weighing more than the entire ZX81. It would be fun to try one of them out in an RF chamber.
Then there was the good old TRS-80 Model 1 - a machine so RF noisy that several games did sound effects by instructing you to tune an AM radio between stations and place near (within 2m) of the machine. A machine so noisy it "passed" TEMPEST because it put out SO MUCH hash you couldn't recover what was on the screen.
484M? in what time frame?
The article says Brits consumed 484MB of data - it's unclear if that is just in December or for the whole year.
But even if that is just in December - that seems rather small. I burn through about 300MB a month on my phone here in the US - more if I am traveling. Granted, I am likely not at the median of usage (having a grandfathered unlimited data plan) but if all it takes is 484MB to be "the champ", then mobile data consumption must be pretty slim.
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (which is very near to me in both senses of the expression) has a whole section on the V1 and V2 bombs, including a map of V1 strikes against England. To me, this is just a part of history - the first room of the whole Hall of Space section of the museum, leading from the first rockets to the modern space program.
I had a coworker from our Stevenage facility in town, and took him there. He spent a great deal of time in that room, looking at the V1, the V2, and the map, and it drove home to me that while this was history to me, it was History to him - personally relevant.
Re: The obvious way to film this
Then you add Julian Assange in the sequel.
Then, a 4 way reality show - a real "Big Brother" with the lot of them + Han Reiser, in one cell.
Re: Reproduce the McAfee experience....
... Whereupon the player with flash a "Your player may be at risk" message constantly.
And so, Dr. Hawking dictates an email
Dr. Stephen Hawking
Subject: RFQ: modifications to my wheelchair
Do you follow every random URL you encounter?
This is no different than following every random URL (e.g. http://littlelamb.example.org) you see on the http://street.example.com, If http://you.follow.example.uk every http://url.example.hk you are http://going.to.have.a.bad.time.example.local.
It's just a bit easier.
OK, raising the money is easy:
Kickstarter: Send Beiber and one other annoying "reality" personality to the Moon:
$100 level: We put your name on the scroll we send with them
$500 level: You get to suggest who to send (for each $500 you get one vote).
$10000 level: You get to personally help "verify" the return rockets....
All well and good
It's all well and good, until the thing decides to start pulling more G's than the pilot can take and he passes out, hitting the off switch in the process.
Word of advice: don't fit this to a Hughes 500 Defender - or at least make sure the AI knows when it's outclassed.
(the one with the Wolf in Sheep's clothing patch).
Re: Still capable but lazy :)
It's the difference between what I call "smart lazy" and "dumb lazy".
"Smart lazy" minimizes total work, potentially at the expense of increased work in the short term.
"Dumb lazy" minimizes immediate work, but often created more work in the long run.
A smart lazy person will get up early to swing by the garage and get that tire with a slow leak fixed, thus eliminating the need to keep filling it. Dumb lazy won't fix the tire, preferring to quickly air it up every day.
Re: Dances with wolves pffft hardly.
It's "Ferngully/Pokeherhaunches: Dances with Smurfs"
No need for lots of base stations - leaky coax
Providing RF comms underground doesn't have to have lots of base stations. Google "leaky coax".
You run a length of coaxial cable down the line. At intervals on the coax the shield is removed, allowing signals in and out. Voila - service all along the length of the cable.
Halogens don't like dimmers
If you are running a halogen at anything other than full tilt boogie, you are shortening its life.
The whole idea of the halogen is that the envelope has to get HOT. The tungsten evaporates from the filament, and reacts with the halogen gas filling the bulb to form a tungsten halide. If the envelope is hot, the halide won't deposit on it, and the interior of the bulb will reach an equilibrium wherein just as fast as the tungsten evaporates from the filament, it will be redeposited by the tungsten halide decomposing from the heat of the filament.
If the envelope is not hot enough, that tungsten halide will deposit out on the envelope, the interior won't reach equilibrium, and eventually enough tungsten will evaporate from part of the filament to make it break.
Contact your carrier
Contact your carrier, and put a block on all SMS to your phone - I did (on Verizon). They don't like to admit its an option, they will try to wiggle out of it and sell you their premium "filtering" options or a (more expensive) plan with unlimited SMS, but just say
"I want a total block on all SMS - no sending, no receiving, no exceptions, no fooling. Either give that to me or I will terminate the contract."
At least on Verizon, it's free.
(I have a smart phone and unlimited data - I use IM so that it not only goes to the phone but to my computers as well.)
"So, is Curiosity its first or last name?"
It's full name is
Curiosity Patience Rodriguez.
Re: Quote from Benjamin Franklyn
Right! Up against the wall, Magister! Quoting a known terrorist like that! With them, treated like them, I say! Against the Crown, the whole lot of ye!
(considering that, from the Crown's perspective of the time, Dr. Franklin was indeed a traitor, and would doubtless be branded a TERRRRRRRROOOOORRRRIIIISTT<fnord!> in today's world, by quoting him you would be proving yourself to be a "Person Of Interest" yourself.)
And many of you wonder why we Americans are so mistrusting of Government....
Re: Why Bother?@AceRimmer
Also, Google Nav doesn't do multiple waypoints in a route. Try navigating Route 66 for example: there is no way to put in all the needed waypoints to correctly follow the route. You can specify Chicago and Santa Monica, and it will happily route you on the interstates. Oh, you wanted to go to Peach Springs and Oatman? Well, you should have set up a route for part of the trip, driven it, stopped (you DO stop when fiddling with your sat-nav, don't you?), set the next segment up, lather/rinse/repeat.
,Apatosaurus not Brontosaurus.
Apatosaurus, not Brontosaurus. "Brontosaurus" refers to the incorrectly assembled skeleton (wrong head on the body).
And as all this state level legalization occurs,
"What is it, Stoner-wan?"
"II felt a great disturbance in the Weed, as if millions of Twinkies suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
(not to speak of the negative impact on parapsychologies everywhere, as they are left without a proper reference for PKE levels.)
Re: Praising British trains?
Hey, at least the British HAVE TRAINS.
Hell, Amtrak is considering re-routing the Southwest Chief because BNSF won't maintain the damn track in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, and they can't run the train fast enough to keep up with the schedule - and THAT'S saying something (namely, that they cannot even run the train at 60MPH).
I'm guessing all the towns that will be losing service will now insist that the government give them air service.
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Re: blast the devil with your laser canons!
Laser cannons? Gee, all I every had was Rocket Launchers. And the BGF, of course.
(I loved the fundies getting excited about Doom - YOU ARE KILLING THE DEMONS YOU TWITS!)
Re: No fair
As I understand it, UK power sockets are wired in a loop, with both ends of the loop terminating at the breaker panel. This was done to save copper - each outlet is, in effect, fed by 2 sets of wires, and so you have double the copper free of charge (no pun intended). However, that means that opening a fuse on one end of the loop will NOT disconnect the rest of the loop - only the breaker popping will do that.
Also, the decision to use 220V rather than 110V was for the same reason - reduce copper usage by reducing the current needed to provide the same power levels. Of course, the higher voltage being more dangerous was the reason all the outlets needed their own fuses and switches.
But I could be wrong, as I am not an electrician, and especially I am not a UK electrician.
Elop is not a "Trojan Horse"...
... he is a Trojan Jackass, so technically his answer was truthful.
As for Sinofsky - I think we need the perspective of history on this one: either he's bailing because he's seen the seawater in the bilge and knows Win8 is going to be a shipwreck, or he's been kicked out because MonkeyBoy thinks he is a threat, or he is being fitted for his own Wooden Equine Armor of Infiltration.