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I was thinking exactly the same thing... Autogyros have had the ability to engage drive to the top rotor for many many years.
@Andus McCoatover I don't really get your point, are you saying that they are dangerous or not... He walked away from in unscathed didn't he? Take off and landing are the most dangerous times for any aircraft, you just don't have the height or time to make any kind of recovery. The engine cut and drops gently to the ground theory works only for helicopters and gyros when they have the height or momentum. If you are hovering 20 feet above the ground with no forward momentum, altitude or time to use to generate some downward momentum and the engine dies, then you and gravity are going to be having a disagreement very shortly!
If you have the height you use the drop to get the blades spinning, very much how the original article describes the vertical jump, get the energy into the rotors, then just before you meet the ground in a very intimate way, you pitch the blades so their rotation provides a lift and slows your decent.
Just like this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phaWRjAVnes
At least in the UK the helicopter pilot licence requires you to be able to perform a controlled landing without power.
So you need turn by turn navigation to walk from A to B in a city built on a grid system?
Hell guys, you should be able to do that yourself with nothing more than long/lat!
Come test it in London, whilst driving, and could you avoid the congestion charge area too.
This example is no justification for logging and retaining the information.
It's only a justification for using it real time as it occurs, and with the callers permission.
For many years this has happened with mobile calls to the emergency services. Last time I rang 999 from my mobile I spoke initially to an emergency operator on the mobile network, then I heard them hand me over to the "real" emergency operator and give my number and approximate position before dropping out of the call and connecting me through. So that when I said the name of the road I was reporting the incident in, the operator didn't need to know the postcode or town name (which if you were a bit lost in strange parts you may not actually know reliably) as they were already on the correct page of the map thanks to the location info the mobile operator had passed over.
I thought it was rather cool use of technology at the time and didn't feel at all intruded upon or spied on. Although why they couldn't send that information in digital data form instead of spoken words is a little more concern to those of us familiar with Heath Robinson!
I'm sure that any day now the "think about the children" line will be thrown in, saying that missing children could be traced by this system (because everyone is a paedo, rapist or murdered these days don't-you-know). Which of course will be instantly defeated by the villain in question when he checks his victim for a mobile phone (which I'm sure they would do anyway) and throws it out of the car window.
How about we set up a test study group... Like say all the MPs. Then we will study the movement log information and decide if it is of any use... Who knows, it might detect fraud, dubious meetings, or where they go instead of attending parliament and representing the views of the people. That is their job isn't it?
Only 15 minutes...
So if all 200 turn up it will take over 6 working man weeks to clear the queue?
I mean all 2000
Isn't it nice...
Our govt are trying to legally push to have our ISPs monitor our every move when they really should be encourage them to actively contact and help disinfect people on their network who are spewing spam.
So the Torygraph is in touch with mainstream modern life is it?
That might be why I'd never heard of cougar being used in that way either... Maybe you should try picking on Ford too whilst you're at it. They've named a car cougar, and that was after having a series of models named after your magazine collection you hide under the bed.
As for the team, well okay, they might not be miss world, but they're not that bad, it's nice to see females in good physical shape and without a gut hanging out over their jogging bottoms these days!
I guess the fact you could actually have an intelligent conversation with them counts for nothing in your books (the ones hidden under the bed).
First thing I did...
Skip forward to find the info on the flash...
Why kit a phone out as a camera and then giving it the flash illumination of a candle? I really don't understand Nokia sometimes, they have previous experience with xenon flashes, and it worked great!
I'm going to fetch my pitchfork.
All these politicians, Euro our ours need to remember one thing.
They are supposed to be public servants... They are supposed to be serving the public good... We aren't supposed to be ruled by them.
I think we need to polish up madam guillotine and give them a reminder... Actually on second thoughts, leave it rusty!
If this doesn't prove the sheer volume of dross on the app store, nothing will.
Come on, there aren't 100,000 application requirements for a phone! Where am I is useful. So is a map (which the iPhone gets straight from google, so just an http interface there). And locating local things, oh google again or yell.co.uk.
How many of these apps are either just a front end for, or could be replaced with a RSS feed? An RSS enabled phone and/or the ability to use a google search would wipe out most of them.
Actually the original N95 works perfectly well with later firmware. I have V31 on mine and it's as stable as a rock. I'm always using Opera mini on it. I agree with you it's far better than the dedicated symbian versions!
Pity Orange UK didn't bother approving firmware releases past V12 so if I hadn't used NSS to change the ID code to generic Euro model I would have never known... The wouldn't have been trying to make me upgrade to another phone would they? Hmmmm...
Be nice if there was some indication on the front page of the cost of the software...
Freeware, Nag, Crippleware, 30 day full, £30... You get the idea
I believe the "support" referred to is the fact that pretty much every other mobile manufacturer has licensed these patents, in the same way as it was offered to Apple.
Apple opted to not license.
I would have to say that given all the others have paid, Nokia must have a strong hand.
If Apple has it's way I foresee many lawyers will be kept in many BMWs for many many years.
But does he have a duck house?
At least they are only destroying American and not English.
Imagine a powercut... Halfway through a journey...
Since when has HM Govt policy ever been stopped by a lack of evidence?
Take ID cards for example. There is no proof it will help the fight against terrorism (or even work at all). In fact given that Spain has had ID cards for years, and still suffered from a terrorist attack kind of sinks this whole argument.
The conservatives have promised (politicians promise, so this is open to a complete U turn if the right hands are crossed with silver).
Yet they still press ahead regardless.
This coming from a man who live 25 mins from Liverpool street by train, in commuter land, but still required a second home in London because he has to be in meetings for 9:30am (sometimes).
I trust all of them about as far as I can throw Mr Pickles.
So I really am a secret agent from Mars?
Shoot self in foot.
When the iPhone first appeared and was locked down tight I thought that's typical Apple. You pay, but never own.
Then the jailbreaks appeared, and continued to work, so I thought maybe Apple had learnt something, and had implemented the lock to control features that keep the networks happy (like Nokia did with things like VOIP via wifi on the N95), but left the backdoor slightly ajar so they don't really alienate techie customers who can easily free things up (on Nokia you change the model code to that of a generic Nokia instead of a carrier supplied one, also useful for getting generic firmware which your network hasn't bothered to authorise/release).
Unfortunately Apple have proved they were just inept, and not actually being rather smart. All your iPhone does not belong to us. It belong to them. Just be grateful they let you use it at all.
Accents can be evil, completely new words and phrases are worse!
I have a friend who is from somewhere up the East coast of Scotland, and he's been down here near London for 12 years, we can just about understand him these days, but even so he still manages to throw in the odd word to confuse us. Only this weekend it was a word for chewing gum, which we all chuckled about and promptly all forgot.
His family up north take the piss and say he talks like a Londoner... yeah right! Give him a few beers and he's completely incomprehensible to us!
Luckily he's a man of few words (probably given up trying to communicate with us!)
I wonder how the lady in the story would handle a drunk Geordie? Probably like the rest of us, safely, from a distance with a cattle prod!
Yes, of course all parts of the British establishment encrypt all sensitive data all the time don't they!
Although it's a bit unfair that they discounted he could not have wiped the data as he didn't have the skill given the plethora of bootable linux based drive wiping self contained CD images there are available, not to mention the online guides and how-tos explaining how to securely wipe drives.
I hope his lawyer was cheap, because letting the prosecution sneak in a paranoia fuelled "sensitive data was sold on ebay!!" slur without an adequate defence is pretty pathetic.
He not know how HM govt works...
<quote>he added, concluding, "what I would like to know is which scientists told them to do this!".</quote>
HM Govt doesn't speak to anyone with any expertise in any field they are about to make a huge cash injection into.
They say "We want this", sales person says "yes yes yes, show me the money"... Money is handed over, project runs over budget and time, more money is handed over, project fails. No money is handed back.
Minister involved in handing out the contract quietly leaves post and appears on the board of the company he gave the huge contract too only a few years before.
Sure the UI isn't as polished as the iPhone, but it's also nowhere near as expensive! Free on a £35 a month tarrif with 1200 mins and unlimited text/data. Try and get a 32gig iPhone for that!
I've been using symbian phones for years, so for me the UI was a doddle. Everything was where I expected it. It's nice to not have a huge learning curve. Multitasking is something I've had on my phones for over 5 years.
The killer thing for me is that I can install what I like, from wherever I like onto the phone *I* own. Flash works, java apps work. I currently have 3 browsers (nokia's own, opera mini 4.2 and opera mini 5 beta), two instant messenger clients, 3 twitter clients and a wordpress admin app. The wordpress app is actually written in python, so I installed python too. Grand total for all these useful apps £0.
It's nowhere near as bad as the reviews make out. The current V12 firmware has ironed out some quirks and V20 is just round the corner which will bring some polish... I believe V20 is the firmware Nokia intended to release the phone with, but were forced to push it out early by market forces.
Unfortunately everyone will remember the reviews and early firmware (V10) experience, and the N97 will forever be slated. The N95 had a similar birth (I was a first week adopter), but as anyone still using one with the later V31 firmware will tell you, it's a stunning little phone. Yet the only thing anyone remembers about the N95 is "crap battery life", which was a fault with the early firmware and fixed within a couple of months.
I know it's probably my fault for distracting everyone with talk of pennies and ice-lollies, but I'm astonished nobody had made any reference to Batman's car...
... "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed" ...
Well I guess after two months they can't be accused of a knee-jerk reaction... Or any kind of effective policing either!
I apologise... I didn't mean to completely turn this comments page into discussions about pennies, dollars (and their etymology) and ice-lollies (Popsicles).
Although it does give me a sense of perverse pride that I have the disruptive abilities of an EMP at google central.
The author did say "Penny", and not being an authority on embossed dead US presidents I let him lead me astray!
Okay, you can have the name penny for your one cent, please look after it carefully... We won't be needing it when our glorious leaders (sorry, I mean representatives of the people) finish selling us up the river (The Seine or Rhine probably) and inflict the Euro on us.
Silly Americans, that's a one cent, not a penny... Does it have the word penny or pence written on it? No... Now go and find your own names for things and stop nicking ours!
You know you can do it... You managed it with popsickle (*sniggers*)
I just tried something...
If you look at this picture laid flat on the table, from about a 5 degree angle, it actually looks right.
So all I can assume is the advertising jerk responsible looked at the preview from this same perspective when he approved it.
Now what could he have been doing with his nose right against the top of his desk? :-/
You should see the restrictions Barclays put on their online system before introducing their annoying pin-sentry thing...
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Personally my big worry is social networking sites. You know the main one I mean, the one that offers to add all your messenger friends by taking your messenger username and password when you sign up... I declined their kind offer, but given the number of people who turn up on my friends suggestions, many of my messenger contacts jump at the chance.
I assume you've had extended experience of the N97 then?
Strange, as mine works fine with V12 firmware, and I'm looking forward to what V20 has to offer later this month.
Don't believe everything you read in online reviews, unless you want your nose inserted up the rear passage of Mr jobs by proxy.
How can enough people that need instructions on how to retune their freeview box manage to operate a webbrowser?! Press "menu", select something like "setup", oh look, there's tuning.
I just wish there was a way of making that bl**dy info box go away once and for all. I get sick of seeing it every time I switch to ITV/C4/Five.
It's not like I even need telling. I have to retune frequently anyway to get channels back, or find alternative copies of them I can hop between when the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.
So someone who can't type an email address accurately is sending commercially sensitive data over an unencrypted communication medium...
Why on earth was there even a flat-file containing all this information laying about for this employee to accidentally send?!
I agree with A/C 02:45, Google should quarantine the email whilst waiting for confirmation, but I don't blame them for being careful, I'm sure there are 101 laws in the US about interfering with with the postal service which some lawyer or other would love to try to apply to email systems.
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