Re: Eric Braithewaite
Indeed I do, thanks!
(It was a long time ago...)
2789 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007
Indeed I do, thanks!
(It was a long time ago...)
I'm sure I remember the good professor demonstrating this in the sixties... and Q decapitating a dummy with a levitated tea tray.
They've been pushing 3-d every twenty or thirty years since 1840 or so... it's never caught on yet.
Exactly; particularly if your skills are in closely related but not exactly what are asked for. If you can get contact with the person who needs the job filling, rather than the HR drones, you have a much better chance of convincing them to hire you.
HR is the blight of modern employment. While there *may* be jobs for which one person is a plug-in replacement for another, interchangeable at a moment's notice, I'm struggling to think of many... HR assumes that what works for a low-skill repetitive job also works for a high-skill job being performed by someone approaching retirement. It ain't necessarily so.
At least 'Personnel' kept the pretence that you were a person and not a hot-swappable part.
to Flieschman and Pons? They seem to have the whole fusion thing nicely sewn up...
--> what has it got in its pocketses, Preciousss? Why, yes! Platinum!
Whether it's cheaper to buy this system, or just eat at Michellin starred restaurants on a full time basis?
Not that I'd do either; I'm one of those old fashioned people that prefer the food un-deconstructed, un-in-a-small-pile-on-an-interesting-plate, and most particularly, in quantities large enough to provide nourishment. With chips.
To avoid these 'moral difficulties'...
There's a multi-level thing going on here, I think...
First level, you're driving watching what's in front of you and adjusting your speed and direction to avoid bumping into anything. Most of what's there is either stationary objects, objects doing much the same direction and speed (or the reverse vector).
Second level, you're considering what might be making changes to this situation: is that object that just stopped likely to open a door and emit a fleshy thing? Will the stationary object pull out in front of you? Will the objects coming down the slip road twenty miles an hour accelerate to your speed or wait for you to pass, or pull out in front of you moving more slowly than you?
Third level, you're considering potential hazards that should not but might cause changes to your surroundings. If you're passing a school at the end of the school day, you're going to be cautious; at 2 a.m. perhaps less so. But at 2 a.m. on the saturday morning past the club...
And so on. There's always one more layer of introspection regarding external conditions, many of which - but not all - are known locations at known times and can be mapped, and many which are completely random: the busload of nuns with a failed braking system vs. a tree struck by lightning and unsure which direction to fall in vs. a paraglider landing in the road in front of you.
Where do you stop? This is what meatbags do supremely well - even the ones who can't read the Sun without moving their lips seem to career around the streets for years without causing major mayhem. I'm not convinced, though, that in a serious incident either the said mouth-breather or the professional ethicist who is also an expert driver is thinking anything more than stercus stercus stercus moriturus sum
The most common Lithium AA primary cells appear to be the Energizer Lithium. Terminal voltage is in excess of 1.8V despite labelling, and at low currents remains so for many weeks.
Turns out that's not always a good idea - most alkaline cells have an open circuit (and very low current, such as you'd see in something designed to work for months or years) voltage of around 6.4v in a four-pack; a similar lithium 4-pack will start in excess of 7.8v... bit of an embuggeration if the designer hasn't paid attention to the Vin(max) on the power supply chip. Or indeed if he's just sticking cmos logic across the unregulated cells and hasn't picked the right family...
It's distinguished maturity.
" smoking, smouldering, slagged pile of molten glass"
Seems a bit harsh. Just nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
and it has round corners? They're doomed...
On the other hand, if you want a phone to make phone calls, y'know, talk to people, and simply don't *need* to have e.g. GPS on all the time, then it makes a lot of sense to turn them off.
Your mileage may vary.
And less than a day's life for a charge is worse than ridiculous; it's broken.
Time to get some popcorn, perhaps.
"good news; you're not an axe murderer"
Nope, never murdered an axe in my life!
*You* feel old. I *had* a Rex...
Perhaps a slight misunderstanding: DAB radio is predicated on the basis that the receiver *will* be moving, and that there will be multiple low-powered transmitters on the same frequency coded such that interference is constructive.
Trouble is that it's been (a) built as large transmitters co-sited with the FM transmitters and subject to similar fading and noise, and (b) sold as a stationary receiver technology. Since digital bitstreams *can't* fail gracefully (analogue gets noisier but remains generally intelligible, while digits just stop or, at best, burble) this is a recipe for disaster.
Where DAB works it works excellently, on the move and occasionally at a stationary site, but where it doesn't, you need FM.
Both W1A 1AA and W12 8QT - I worked at both of them...
I think you mis-spelt 'moronically'...
Aha! An IT link!
One of the big US carriers - Yahoo perhaps? - saved data by compressing all images on a web page significantly. In those days of dial-up, it saved a lot of time, and you could generally still see what the image was, if you squinted... there was the option to turn it off if you wanted to see more detail in the image, but I suspect many never did.
Equally I doubt many will disable this. It's like the old VHS formats: they quality of the image was *terrible* particularly with regard to colour resolution but people would cheerfully watch it even though better systems - even better domestic tape systems - were available.
Place television in a selection of homes.
Add energy measuring box.
Leave for a week.
so it can pretend to be me?
Can't see that ending well...
So many posts and no mention of Jibbers Crabst?
(the appropriate segment starts around five minutes in. Watch the translator...)
Whereby all applications have access to everything automatically, whether there is a logical reason for them having access or not?
Upvoted for the Sector General reference!
Something is decelerating really hard from relativistic speeds, and it thinks it's hiding from us behind Pluto...
that my ancient Brother laser printer keeps on chugging away, printing its few dozen sheets a month on a generic replacement toner unit (the first lasted about five years) - and running an HP driver.
Meanwhile, my venerable - mid eighties - HP11C calculator is still cheerfully doing the business.
HP used to be the go-to company if you wanted reliability and longevity; it seems this has changed.
Nonetheless, one might not be terribly happy getting into a car which comes with the sort of licence most software seems to: "This XXX is not guaranteed to operate correctly or even at all..."
It seems to me that cars are suffering the same feeping creaturism that software products do; no-one actually *uses* a particular feature, but it ticks a box for a reviewer, so we'll stick it in. And then another, and another...
What you need in a car is some suspension, steering, engine, and a chassis/body. All mature technologies which can be implemented without *any* electronics (I ignore engine control systems for the sake of argument; they're not essential except by legislation). But then someone comes along and things a cruise control would be nice, and someone else thinks it would be nice if it matched speed to the car in front, and then a system that knows the speed limit, and then one that can take avoiding action if the car in front does something silly, and then, and then, and then... before you know it you've somehow acquired an autopilot - which may or may not work quite as intended.
Tesla needs to decide whether it's in the car making business or the autopilot business. They're not the same, and I hope they decide for the former - electric cars with a decent range are an excellent idea if only because the pollution they cause is probably easier to deal with in bulk. But if I don't want to drive myself, there's still taxis, trains, buses, professional chauffeurs... I don't think that the autopilot is finished until it can do a drive through a city centre at rush hour *and* a trip through the mountains. Until then, hands on the wheel please.
But recall the last three sad lines of that poem:
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
We might prefer the slightly more up-beat ending of Horace Smith's version:
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.
Hmm. I wonder what the exif shows on a mobile phone image with location services turned off?
"Location services must be turned on in high resolution" <-- bets?
I'm just wondering if the chainsaw will have an IPv6 address...
As others have said, there seems no rational reason why a domestic - or indeed a commercial - firewall can't be v6 on the outside and NAT v4 on the inside. There seems to my admittedly self-centred privacy-minded viewpoint exactly no advantages to v6 end-to-endness other than endpoint availability - which is a largely solved problem by NAT as far as I can see.
One might even postulate a v4 DMZ and a v6 DMZ sticking out of the same box, for those amazingly rare occasions when we might want to run an internet facing service.
Or indeed the number of them... life would be a *lot* simpler if so many of the retail sites didn't decide we needed a password and login for *everything*.
I'm going to buy something, right? So you need - short term - my name and postal address, and a credit card number. But once the stuff is posted to me, or you receive confirmation from your shippers, you can securely delete that stuff. If I want to buy something else, hey, I still know my address; I don't need you to remember it for me... and that way we don't end up in the ridiculous situation that I'm trying to buy something years later, can't recall the original password, and can't change log in again because 'that username already exists'.
Well, I was wondering... if it were prone to exploding at random times, then yes, it should be fixed ASAP, but an airbag that doesn't go off is just the same as not having one.
1) the airbag was introduced because large populations of drivers were apparently unable to use an existing well-tested solution: the seat belt.
2) airbags go off in a front impact. How often have you had one of those? How often have your airbags gone off? If someone drives into you, they're almost certainly going to do it at a combined speed which would render the passenger cell useless anyway, and if you drive into someone else you should have been paying better attention.
A technological solution for idiocy? It merely allows idiots to breed better idiots!
--> the flameproof one...
Incoming spaceship propelled by remote lasers? The view from Alpha Centauri is going to be spectactular, for a few minutes...
Just watch out for Moties.
would be to buy the opposition's part once it's available and then take it to bits to see how it ticks.
In my job, most of what happens in the additive printing shops is SLS and SLA prototypes, to see if the 3-d software knew what it was talking about. The manufacture is in a plastics factory in the far east.
I think it was Stan Schmidt at Analog who basically defined it as 'if you take the science away, and it still works as a story, it wasn't science fiction'.
But I would have liked to have seen some of the Lensman series on film...
I wouldn't even go that far.
If I want something, I will research it. If I'm not looking for anything, why on earth would I want to see the adverts? And in particular: I've just bought a fridge - why on earth would I want another? I've just bought a set of shock absorbers for my car - why would I want (a) more shocks for my car or (b) shocks for any other car?
I hate to break it to the advertisers, but my browsing habits are a guide to neither my purchasing desires or purchasing intents. In spite of what their robots might thing.
For all the reasons listed above, but mostly because the value of a single viewer to a site is some generally unknown but tiny amount.
E.g Facebook: 1.7B users, $18B - ten bucks a body. And how many site visits is that? Might we guess (observing colleagues) ten or more views a day? Three cents a day, a third of a cent a view, and probably much much less.
People seem happy to put up with all the disadvantages of advertising, particularly when a site has the utility that FB offers to some - are they really going to go through the further hassle of calculating and paying what it actually costs? And what about the clickbait sites? They have no practical use at all... what would you pay for them?
As for the number of pay sites that want a few quid a week... nah, it isn't going to work.
(I'd be interested to know what El Reg's income/users is.)
Saw an advert, in the days of post-cards in the newsagents' windows: For sale, wedding cake, unused at the last minute. Two tiers...
Never did work out whether the pun was intentional.
You have moved the mouse. Windows must now restart.
There's a reason I'm friends with the penguin.
Indeed. I do the same with my classic car.
It's not an ad-supported business model. It's an ad-selling business model. The social networky bits are merely the mechanism Zuckerberg has chosen to get rich. It's no different from soap companies making TV soap opera in the forties and fifties.
One driver to push the big red button in case of a (very slow) emergency; one dog to bite the driver if he tries to do anything else; and one man to feed the dog.
IT may be a legitimate feature, but none-the-less, verbing wierds nouns.
@ Trevor - They're taking them to the moon, right? And the moon is, of course, a harsh mistress?
"Mike: But we can throw rocks at Earth, Man. We will."
The part that says 'but then we'd have no money, and Zuckerberg would have to eat bread and jam like the rest of us."
Somehow, the advertisers have brainwashed huge chunks of the internet industry into the weird idea that the only way to fund anything is through advertising. They manage to peddle this bizarre concept *even though* what they are selling is end users who, on the whole, actually make things, and sell them. Y'know, for cash.
The argument might be made that people won't pay for services - to which the response is: the service is either not good enough, or too expensive.
Isn't it curious that the vast majority of adverts come from clickbait sites? You don't see adverts on the retailer's sites (apart from 'people who bought this also bought); they're up front and they want to sell you *stuff* - their stuff. Not random tat...
It's not that FB *needs* money. It's just that they've decided the way to *get* money is by selling advertising space (and your viewing habits). They're not in the business of enabling communication between people; they're in the business of making money and enabling communication is the way they've decided to do it.
A moment's googling reveals FB has 1.7 billion users and a profit last year of 15 billion dollars - a user is worth, on average, just under ten bucks to FB.
Is an advert-free FB worth ten bucks a year to you? Then hassle FB to pay for it directly.
Much as I dislike advertising (and I'm not an FB user; it's not worth ten bucks to me) I can't criticise FB for using it to fund themselves. I *can* criticise the way the advertisers in general behave... but the thing to remember is that FB is a way to make Zuckerberg rich, not a way to let granny know what you're up to. If he finds a better way, he'll use it. Using advertising blockers is a good way to suggest to him that he might want to start looking.