2050 posts • joined Friday 8th February 2008 14:02 GMT
A parasol worked for Skylab.... except that it didn't.
" It behaves in the exact opposite way than almost every other metal and it's extraordinarily dirty"
Apart from the chemistry mentioned (and the radioactivity) it's a hellaciously nasty toxic heavy metal. It''s very appropriately named and the best place for it is in a GenIV Molten Salt nuclear reactor.
Are still powering the Dockland light Railway.
I'd shit myself if I thought they were using embeded NT.
Re: Are you sure you want to do that?
After which, the robots will declare that they shall be known as "Boppers" and use dance as a effective method of cybernetic evolution.
Re: Humanoid robots are fine for domestic use...
" Instead of having a humanoid robot drive the forklift, make the forklift autonomous."
And for safety's sake, have the forks fold up and out of the way unless actually in use.
Human-piloted forklifts kill more people in warehousing setups than everything else put together. Robotic ones might well be a significant safety step forward.
Re: Nasty Blackmail @ rm -rf/
"That's a bit harsh. People take photos. People expect privacy, possibly based on what IT companies tell them. "
Yes it's harsh, but privacy on the net is a lie. That genie has long escape the bottle and no matter how much we try to shove it back in the bottle (I'm one of the people trying), it will never fully return.
The Internet MUST be treated as hostile to privacy - but we the same time shitbags like this need to be stomped into a bloody jelly on the sidewalk, or the problem will get much _much_ worse.
I'm not trying to blame victims here. People do stupid things all the time and mostly don't deserve to have their faces rubbed in it. What the blackmail victims are mostly guilty of, is falling for the lies peddled by outfits like Facebook, etc that they _do_ have privacy, should they entrust their data to any third party.
"We" really need ot make sure that people are aware that there's no such thing as privacy on the net, despite what hudnreds of companies say - and that people should be aware that most of those companies have a vested interest in breaching your provacy without you being aware of it, if only to sell you targetted advertising.
Re: They used to be free...
"So the mobile company would have to pay all the costs of the infrastructure and call routing and not get any money for the call."
In a word - BULLSHIT
You have zero idea whatsoever how INWATS systems work. The telco not only got paid for routing to an 0800, it actually got a slight premium.
Next you'll be telling us that international call-back systems result in the telco getting no income, when all the contracts between telcos result in the terminating party getting between 1/5 and 1/3 of the call fees.
Re: About time
A data plan which drops intrusive ads in web use every 5 minutes and forbids the use of VPNs/adblockers?
I think not. For starters it'd kill use of most navigation programs whilst on the move.
Truth in advertising
The picture of the doggy is because Andrex is made from ground up puppies. (And you really don't want to know what's in jars of baby food)
539 feet of cable run to my cabinet - but somehow I doubt I'll see this before 2017
Re: Don't forget the Lemonade
Such a DNSBL would be trivial to setup - the problem would be keeping it up.
Re: Timely reminder that...
For those of us in the business of putting passengers on the things, they're TOO reliable.
Budgets are still based on the premise that 1 in 10 would be launch failures and we'd get to pocket the project budget without having to run the project. Now that everything has to be fully accounted for, there's resistance to increasing project budgets to cover the real costs.
Re: Isn't CM11 the main nightly platform now?
Only a few platforms are CM11 at the moment. The vast majority of CM hardwar is only up to CM10
Re: From the inside ---
The main reason for those forms is to discourage access requests and ensure telco arses are fully covered.
It means that stuff couldn't be called up "at whim" in an era when most of the pen records were on paper and only held in accessible electronic form for a few days because being committed to archive tapes.
There's a lot to argue for going back to requiring all that paperwork before getting access.
"Before you were a suspect in a specific crime. Now you are a suspect, they just don't know if there has been a crime. "
The term you're looking for is "fishing expedition"
Re: We need a 4th amendment for the 21st century
"Constitution can't stop legislators from building dangerous, ramshackle laws on top of it."
Thankfully such laws usually collapse under their own weight (sooner or later).
Re: P=Partner, not Parent.
Funny how Obama is considered centrist. By European standards he's still somewhat to the right of Maggie Thatcher.
Re: Good on Australia
with britain being the 51st?
The problem has been around for a while
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Dust says that similar events have been recorded as far back as AD174, but these smogs are becoming more frequent/deadly and it's fairly clear there's a human component to them
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud
It would be nice to think that eastern countries might look at the gross mistakes of western ones wrt pollution and use the lessons learned to avoid generating simliar catastrophes, but so far it seems that they're just using them as a set of instructions to make matters worse.
Re: They have to do something
Enhanced automobile emission standards won't help much - most of the smog is due to coalburning in private dwellings or apartment blocks.
"El Chan has often asked government to detail the ways in which it breaks down the savings from SMEs, but have never been given an answer."
You could try making the question an explicit FOI request.
"The other thing I'd do: if I were the airline, I'd hand out complaints forms to every passenger, "
Any airline which did that would mysteriously find that their passengers take forever to get through the system and miss connecting flights.
Airlines have to pay for that kind of delay, NOT the UKBA.
"Why cant government ever get IT projects completed on time/within budget/that work properly?"
Actually, it can. Those don't hit the headlines.
Unfortunately it requires having competent people writing solid specs and selecting companies on their merits, vs having an incompetent political appointment writig a spec whcih is broken from the outset and then basing contractor selection on handshakes on the Golf Course and then moving the goalposts to try and make it work, plus accomodate al lthe stuff which got missed the first time round.
Contractors love the latter setup. They can produce what's originall required on time/under budget - knowing that it's broken by design - and then charge through the nose for on-the-fly modifications which may or may not make it go.
From the sound of it the current system more-or-less works but needs updating. Staffing levels causing lack of inspections or empty immigration desks during peak flight hours have nothing to do with software and soemone in the media ought to be pointing this out every time it's used as an excuse
Re: Still using the WI?
> Remember some headlines talking about the project being a "Resounding success"
Everytime I see that kind of statement it rings alarm bells.
I've been involved with a number of clusterfucks and that term has been the common factor in media releases associated with them. The more strident the annoucement, the higher the liklihood that it's the exact opposite.
The Australians (and Kiwis) have a strong interest in making sure unwanted items don't get in and play havoc with their agricultural industries.
Everything else just rides along on the coat tails of that.
Re: Title is too long.
"And there was no backup? Sounds like a criminal level of negligence. Destroying evidence etc etc."
I believe what's meant is that the database was creaking so badly they had to delete shit or it would stop.
Whilst I've seen this happen (mysql has a 4 billion entry table limit by default) the fact that block-deletions had to happen is a damning indictement of the quality of service that's been sold as well as what the database is being used for (If the Intel truely is _low quality_ then it doesn't belong on the border control system database)
As for blaming lack of lorry/aircraft inspections on the software, sorry but somone's telling porkies to cover up for lack of staff on the ground to do the job.
Re: 3d printers are the mutts
For that kind of use it's much cheaper to go down to your local makerspace and hire a printer to do it.
It'll stay that way for a decade too.
Coming up with a multitude of things to do with your printer != it's more economic to do so than simply buying the part you need.
Re: The scarecest resource of all
"I don't think it will be too long before someone finds a 'killer app' for these things regardless of initial costs and difficulties"
AIUI the US military has been using 3d metal printers in war theatres for the bast part of a decade to print basic automtive parts, up to and including truck driveshafts.
Re: solar power will be the limiting factor on what humans can do in the long run
"Allowing 10% for harvesting efficiency and a factor of two for dark night-times. "
Ah, so doubling the area of the collector station in the Sahara will allow it to work at night?
More seriously: The single buggest problem with wind, tidal flow and PV solar is that you either use the energgy generated or lose it - and this nobbles the economics of stations which have to be built and used to back up these non-constant energy sources (Renewables pros will say that it's always blowing in some areas of the country but the national grid power curves show that's plainly not true and wind power runs up/down reglarly.) On top of that the power distribution grid has to be substantially overbuilt to allow for flows going in more-or-less random directions and that's _expensive_, plus runs into legions of NIMBYs opposed to more power towers walking across the countryside.
One can only build so many pumped-storage hydro stations, so unless ways are found to _economically_ store and release the collected energy from renewable plants the whole power distribution system as we look at it now becomes almost impossible to control and/or so expensive to run that the cost of the energy itself is simply a minor component of the whole equation.
The "green taxes" are a big hint that the latter is already coming to pass.
Putting that money into decent nuke plants (molten salts) and research into same would be more productive than building more windmills and having National Grid PAY operators to keep them offline. (The going ransom rate for keeping a large windmill off grid is between £12-21k/year. You can do what you lke with the energy as long as National Grid doesn't have to deal with it)
Re: This is not "post scarcity"
"When you consider the resources you need to employ just to get that one washer you need from the DIY store though, things change markedly."
No, they don't.
All those factors you mention (plus a healthy profit) have already been factored into price you paid for the box of 1000 washers and if you dont' take the cost of running the car into account then you're not even going to think about the overheads of printing a single washer.
3d printing is good for prototyping, very low volume production runs and uber-complicated shapes. Everything else is (currently) best done with tradtional techniques - and I doubt that 3d kit will ever compete with the economics of stamping out washers from sheet steel.
Re: M Blowhard Now this is more like it.
"A gun made out of commercial piping and bits from B&Q is not going to be as safe or as useful as a proper commercial weapon."
Nor is a "liberator" but the fact that they exist is generating calls for 3d printers to be carefully licensed and/or banned.
It's pretty easy to make a zip gun using stuff in a home or high school workshop. It used to be somewhat of a fad at my school until someone accidentally got shot in the arm.
Has ben doing this for years, but it's Proprietary and Oracle want a fortune for it.
I've just had 3 different vendors pitch more-or-less the same ideas at me (I've been looking for a decent hierarchical storage system for years)
All 3 of them have gaping implementation flaws and are almost as pricey as SAM-QFS
First rule for data integrity: Everything goes to tape at least twice - the higher levels are simply there for caching (read - or write in the case of delayed commits to tape) . If you "move" or "migrate" data between levels you're putting it at risk.
Second rule: proprietary filesystem formats need not apply. BTDT, cleaned up the mess.
"HP have always been bad for providing updated drivers when a new OS comes along "
HP have been bad on printer support, full stop (and generally the most expensive to run)
Thankfully $okrplace has listened and theyr'e no longer on the allowable purchase list.
Re: Hate to say it but
"Surely ISPs could cooperate and just block all affected machines from "phoning home" ?"
If you know the IPs in used AND the domains in use, you can try.
Otherwise you may as well be playing whack-a-mole with 10-moles and 1000 holes.
"Then mommy came to work with said laptop, plugged it into the network, and did some work."
I hope you pointed out pretty forcefully to her and the CEO how lucky you were that the central fileservers didn't end up encrypted?
In some companies she'd have been escorted to the door by security with the personal content of her desk belongings only following a few days later by courier delivery.
Re: backups and...
"If you use copy on write AKA Continuous Data Protection types of backups,"
Backups which are online are merely file copies which haven't been deleted yet.
IN 1997, New Zealand's largest ISP (IHUG) had a young (13yo) script kiddie break into the webserver containing customer websites. He deleted the lot AND the "backups" on mounted drives AND the backups which were on accessable (non-mounted) filesystems. Needless to say a lot of customers didn't have backup copies on their own systems.
He then had the lack of foresight to appear on national TV boasting about it. This was before NZ had laws against such things. His family required police protection for some considerable time afterwards,.
THAT is one of the reasons why I like tape.
Re: backups and...
"Yes, even though bitlocker doesnot affect myself (Linux user)"
If you have a CIFS share and IF a windows machine on the network gets infected, you may not feel so unaffected.
$orkplace (another department) has had exactly that kind of experience recently.
Statistically, americans are the nicest people on the planet andrated #1 at helping strangers.
This probably has a lot to do with the way their gvernments (local/reagional/national) will happily shaft any/everyone at the slightest opportunity - they're more likely to attack USA citizens over something than the damned furriners.
Re: education issue.
"I don't imagine that even in Mexico, in even the smallest hospital, that the radiologist packing it up wouldn't make sure that label was in place."
If you'd read the linked Thai accident article in the comments, you'd have noticed that noone in that incident knew what the symbol actually meant.
A large percentage of criminals can't read and are poorly educated....
Re: Introduce some damping
"From an engineer's perspective, this looks a lot like an undamped system,"
It is - and economists are NOT engineers.
The whole HFT setup is simply a fancy name for high-stakes gambling - which would be alright if there haven't been so many attempt to socialise the losses and privatise the gains.
Granted, stockmarket rading is all a form of gambling, but HFT in particualar is the kind of thing which - if the exchanges were run like real casinos - would result in the gamblers concerned being permanetly banned from Vegas/
Re: Linux support... well, who can say?
Yeah, but what does the "driver" do?
Did you try plugging it into a linuix box (or live distro) for shits'n'giggles?
dmesg is often a useful tool for these kind of things, as is lsscsi
The exchanges _deliberately_ introduce jitter into the switches to make life harder for the racing traders?
Re: @Johan Bastiaansen..
"If random IT guy would come up and tell you that his program doesn't work because there is not enough Microsoft licensing in this company, he would rightly have an accident with the tape safe."
My tape safe is more than large enough to hide the evidence (Several Phoenix 4622s) and I have been highly tempted at times.
CASH and MONEY are two different hings.
Supposedly the amount circulating in the UK cash economy is abnout 2-5% of the total money circulating in the UK.
Bitcoin is a CASH device. You can't make more out of thin air as banks and moneylenders do.
Re: 3 are great...
"Despite there being antennas very visible all over the crappy town, you cant get a signal."
Antennas don't mean there is equipment attached on the end.
Re: 3 are great...
As someone who lives in the North Downs, I will claim yours is rubbish.
3s own maps show that any county with hills in it has spotty coverage in the hollows at best - and roads tend ot run in hlllows, not , not hilltops.
"But I don't want your pebbles, I don't care what their equivalent cash value is. I want cash, so it's on you to convert them to cash, not me. You want my thing, I want your cash, not your pebbles, your pebbles have no value to me."
Some women seem to have a hell of an attraction to faceted and polished ones....
Re: The voice of reason
"Fiat currency is not the same - it is backed by the faith in the government, the GDP behind that government and the government's ability to pay back loans made using that fiat currency."
See my comment about the roman empire. All the government backing in the world has little value if noone will accept it. There are persistent rumours that the real reason for the second Iraq invasion was that Saddam was trading oil in Euros rather than dollars - which if true would make sense, as that kind of step change would severaly undermine confidence in the USD as a trading currency.
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