44 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008
Actually that's what the orbiter (Rosetta) will do, still doing very nicely flying around the comet and watching (and listening in case the lander does wake up as it comes closer to the sun).
The lander Philae was designed to have a primary mission of around 60 hours, and includes a hammer, drill, and instruments to analyse the comet's surface. Not to "film" the outgassing, which I imagine would be best done from slightly further away anyway, as Rosetta is.
it ought to be impossible to recover the original information.
It still is impossible, and this exercise demonstrates that. Given the hash in question, there's no way to know whether it came from Barry White or James Brown.
Re: Time Shifting
Just to add weight to the arguments.
Like many others who have commented here, I time-shift radio programmes for listening in the car or while on a train - something the BBC still doesn't offer.
Unfortunately, the 'obsolete' service is not so obsolete when both my panasonic TV and sony bravia bluray player have lost iPlayer in this debacle.
both apply to me also. I really can't understand why they can't or won't offer downloads for radio programmes. My Android iPlayer Radio app is pretty redundant given that I have an FM radio on my phone and I don't fancy streaming on the move anyway.
"I love the way astrophysicians get excited"
Isn't it less a case of copyright re. old ROMS and so on, more a case that they don't want you running a VM, eg. Java, or game emulators, etc. that could open the way to non app store-approved software.
That's not agile. Agile is about short development iterations, and frequent delivery, true, but not about shipping untested or unfinished product, or about leaving testing to the consumers.
In any case one delivery a year can't be classed as agile. It's just same old same old - delivery date trumped QA, corners were cut and/or testing insufficient.
No computer/device is secure given physical access. As others have said, this is not a vulnerability, it's standard functionality like a Windows boot disk, or booting Linux into single-user mode.
A true vulnerability would be via remote access, either via the net or some remotely-attached device.
Has anyone done a comparative review of these various options, LastPass, KeePass, 1Password etc. and evaluated them for various use cases?
If not, how about it, Reg?
the BBC went through a period of saying "social media" instead of Twitter, Facebook etc. recently, at least on R2. They seemed to have changed their mind though and gone back to mentioning the names of the services. TBH it did seem a bit pointless when everyone knew what they wanted to say.
what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't?
Although as mentioned, the general non-photo-specific cloud providers would support that.
How do they know you're tethering? Isn't it all just IP traffic?
Re: Good Thing (TM)
Re. lifetime of cardboard season tickets with mag strip. Mine died several times in a couple of months, and then the man in the ticket office pointed out that I had it next to my Oyster card (which gets occasional use since I don't need my season ticket to include tube travel normally). Using the Oyster killed the mag strip on the train ticket.
Since I put the Oyster in its own separate wallet I haven't had the problem at all.
YMMV and you don't say you are travelling to London but I guess any similar contactless card reader might cause the same problem.
Re. She obviously doesn't have to pay her own phone bill
That's what occurred to me when I first read this story. She's shocked that people avoid roaming because hers is probably all inclusive courtesy of the European Commission and she's probably unaware of the charges.
By the way, to those who say "use free wifi" it's not as ubiquitous or reliable as we'd like, and you shouldn't have to go to a particular location to use your phone, which is called mobile after all.
I installed it on Saturday morning to fill the time on a train ride. Just in time it seems. Noticable was that it was small enough (a few hundred K IIRC) to do so over a mobile internet connection, and also that it required very few permissions. One I think, I forget which, probably internet connectivity for ads.
Having said that there appear to be no ads in the Android version.
It is damn hard though, I will probably uninstall it if I can't beat my score of 5 by the end of the week!
Re. Not a bad idea
They do have repair facilities, and while I am an Android user and have very little time at all for Apple and their (what I consider) unwarranted lawsuits aimed at Samsung, I was in the Samsung store in Westfield Stratford yesterday, and I have to admit it struck me as extremely reminiscent of the Apple Stores
Possibly they are hot pixels in the camera. The line shows the relative movement of the camera/satellite between each exposure that was combined to make this image.
I have my own version of this, based around my family holiday from the UK to China a few years ago to coincide with the solar eclipse....poured with rain most of the day. Got some nice photos of everyone on the beach in the dark though!
Made up for it in Cairns a couple of years later though!
Re: And landline? What's that for?
@Station Grey, That's for when the mobile signal is unreliable due to the building structure, or the cell is saturated, or just plain poor quality, and to have a guaranteed way of making an emergency call.
Anyway didn't you include that in what you called "Line Rental"?
Re: Better publicity
I agree totally. They say there is not enough demand but I have never seen a bbc promo for 3d content (well maybe the olympics, I can't remember). I had to search online to find out what channel they were using for the Doctor Who 3D (now that BBC HD has been renamed to BBC2 HD. Aside: Can we have BBC4 HD please?)
I watched wimbledon a year ago in 3d after hearing about it by word of mouth.
How do they know people don't want it if they don't publicise it properly? The olympics and wimbledon were great in 3D. I would love more BBC 3D content.
My Z is great
So there !
Screen is good and there are no problems with the viewing angle. I wouldn't mind a headphone socket with no flappy cover though.
"Weird BNC Network" - that will be Ethernet then!
Our school had a couple of 380Z machines in the early 80s which were owned by the maths dept I think. We then became part of some government pilot IT scheme (1983?) and were supplied with a network of 480Zs that shared one vast "Winchester" disk, probably 5Mb! Initially they were on a bus that traveled from school to school but the following year we got our own, on which we wrote games and otherwise messed around (yes also Wordstar dot commands, nostalgia....sigh)
pointless subject like French
In the author's defence, I read that as a humourous comment and representing the student's perspective. As in, computer science (or whatever they called it in the school at the time) was interesting, whereas the struggling student saw conjugating French verbs as pointless.
I think most people can appreciate the value of learning foreign languages now.
Green because of Photoshop?
Not at all, long exposures show colour in comets, usually green, just like all those pretty red or blue nebulae which are also monochrome to our insensitive eyes.
There will have been some photoshopping or other processing to increase the contrast but not to add colour.
Re: Amazon's way of doing it
Ooh yes it's doing that for me too. Who knew?
Thanks for the tip, when it runs out I shall know why.
Actually I don't know why it apparently randomly requires re-logins to Amazon apps from time to time anyway.
That batc.tv video feed never works for me, maybe its the corporate firewall. I could see the chat though.
It was nice to follow the track on the map but no live video for me.
Re: Carl Sagan will be chuffed
*would have been* chuffed.
Shame he never lived long enough to see this.
...it's a NAS? In a funny shaped box? Using the "Cloud" word grab attention (aside from the funny shaped box).
Or have I misunderstood?
Re: So like Spanish....
In Spanish the question mark appears at the beginning AND at the end.
Although the one at the beginning is upside down.
Re: Parenting? It's not as simple as that.
What on earth would cause you to surmise that I would do that (loose on XBL etc), given what I already posted? But you ignored most of what I posted anyway.
Kids these days have ipods and many other devices that can access the web. They do homework online. Browsers have multi-tabbed windows and the ability to surf in secret. Even if they are in the living room, are you saying I have to be looking over their shoulder, constantly?
Nothing is as simple as it first seems.
And there's no need to shout. Jeez I am glad you're not a parent, talk about volatile! Of course if you were one you might appreciate the position of others rather than shouting from the sidelines on something you clearly have no experience of.
Great that the link at the end of the article offers me a white paper on "Planning a move to the cloud"!
Re: Optional PIN Authentication?
Can't believe it took nearly 2 hours before someone pointed this out. So I lose my phone and some dodgy type finds it and goes to buy something. The phone number is submitted in payment automatically as per the article, and the system sends a message back to the phone via the app - this is acceptable security?
Not just search engines
What about news websites where the apparently blank column each side of the news story turns out to be a link to an advertiser's web page (ie. an extension of the banner above)?
I've been caught by that on El Reg before, not paying attention when I click in the "whitespace" to bring a window to focus and suddenly I seem to have clicked on a Microsoft ad.
@Andrew Jones 2 Re. Updates
"Where you got the idea that you would be notified about Android updates from - I don't know "
Maybe because in the screenshot the Updates tab has "Google Play" as a less-emboldened subtitle. Looks very much like it's going to be telling me about updates to Android apps obtained from the Google Play store.
Harder to see in the daytime
Sometimes it crosses the sun or moon, here's one I did in Spain a couple of years ago:
BTW being so (relatively) high, it looks like a slow plane not a fast one.
I use Listen nearly every day. It's nicely short on features I don't need, unlike most of the recommended alternatives.
If I can still subscribe to things via a URL found using other means then it's not so bad. The app was virtually never updated anyway.
I just got the Haynes Workshop Manual for Apollo 11 (yes!). Of course it doesn't really give you instructions for fixing the hardware ( "..first remove the [rocket] engine...") but it does have what looks like an original Boeing (I think) drawing of the Saturn V with lots of measurements on it. Every single one of them is listed in both Metric AND "English".
Who says Nasa can't do Metric? They apparently could back then.
And by the way, someone above compared Newtons unfavourably with Foot Pounds. They are different units for different purposes. Foot Pounds measures turning force around a fulcrum (as you said), the equivalent metric is Newton Meters not Newtons, which are just force, like pounds.
Their FAQ says...
Now I'm as paranoid as the next man when it comes to giving out my details (and getting p'd off when people ring up my number which they got "off a list" and claiming to be doing a survey when it's clear they are selling etc. etc.) but... the FAQ says the following:
"If you don’t give out numbers, how does 118800 put me in touch with the person I want to contact?
When you search on 118800.co.uk, we’ll send an SMS message to the person you’re seeking givng them your contact details so they can call you back.
Why can’t I have the number, rather than being put in touch?
Some people don’t like the idea of their mobile number being given out to anyone who asks. So having worked closely with the regulatory authorities to provide a service that protects this right but also provides a successful directory service, we have developed simple ways of connecting you without ever giving out a mobile number."
Now this sounds to me like it would be quite easy to reject any calls from people using this service, and your number will not be given out.
Re: Street lights
Actually all astronomers are asking is for the lights to point downwards. Light that leaks into the sky is simply a waste of energy, and so-called "security lights" help intruders find their way!
More info at:
What's wrong with it?
Mamod wasn't it?
Those were the days. Whatever happened to them?
Ah, nothing: http://www.mamod.co.uk/
Plurals of abbreviations
I always thought I knew all the apostrophe rules - and used them properly . But I've learned something today: Abbreviations like "PC" need an apostrophe, meaning that "PC's" is correct? I have been guilty of correcting people over that one!
But what about "P.C." with the dots? Does the dot remove the need for the apostrophe? ie. "P.C.s"? Shouldn't "PC" be "P.C." anyway, meaning that "PCs" or "PC's" are just wrong?
Unhappy icon because it seems I was wrong. Or should I have chosen the happy one because I've learned something?
"click a button and the dialog is right there"
Sounds like what any user interface should do!
@Fair Usage - 8Mb everywhere?
In my village, just outside a medium sized town (2-3 miles from the exchange), I typically get <1Mb from Pipex. I just went to their website to do an "availability check" and got the following message:
Your line can receive up to...
Congratulations indeed! Think again AC, before accusing people of an "outright lie". Why lie about what broadband speed you get?
A mile away (other side of the A1 duel carriageway) they get cable. If this initiative improves the postcode lottery for broadband speeds they I'm all for it, provided "protecting BT's investment" doesn't mean we pay through the nose for it.
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