359 posts • joined Tuesday 26th August 2008 09:41 GMT
Re: Im going to be rich!
only if you stick a BT label on it!
A thought experiment
1.Buy a 1 l bottle of duty free or even a gift 6 pack of beers for you and your mates.
2. Wait a bit then get your bottles.
3. smash against seat, instant knife
Now i can take trolling of co-workers even further:
Someone whines about low battery life on an iFruit or sealed android, i can pop the back off mine and swap a battery with ease. Someone bitching about lack of storage on their hard wired flash, pop the back cover point to the micro sd and go "can't you just swap that bit out for a bigger one"
Are they fully registered as a money transmitter?
What usually happens is an exchange is set up, operates for a while then is forced to shut down.
The tin foil brigade scream about "teh evil banks" but it is usually that the companies operating the exchange has not set themselves up as a money transmitter which means following a lot more regulation. At least they are doing AML/KYC but again many in the cult will see this as interference.
The starter of that thread was also claiming the arrest was fake and that it is all a big scam orchestrated by the silk road admins. Chances are he also believes they used the money to pull of 9/11 using there time portal !
His ID was known as he ordered fake ID's that were stopped at the Canadian border in a "random" search. He was even interviewed by homeland security and continued running silkroad and giving interviews to Forbes after words.
Of course now they had fake ID's being imported they had the probable cause to do whatever tapping they like. He made lots of silly mistakes early on that allowed him to be tracked but what was especially stupid is that he ramped up his public image AFTER being questioned on a different charge.
Thing is with these things the keyboard was the computer. So you would have a serious branding issue if you used a standalone keyboard like we do today.
The key covering on a chiclet type keyboard sounds like a nifty workaround for cheapness though!
Meh its better than giving Steve Bong and co a load of money to piss away on cloning instagram.
The whole Silicon Roundabout really shows how stupid and narrow minded the politico's are about the world outside of London (AKA Here Be Dragons). Lets start a new Silicon Valley, now where to put the funding:
* The F1 belt and its associated tech businesses?
* Wokingham and others
* Somewhere not normally tapped for this sort of thing (Cornwall, Wales?)
Because if there is surely one place in the uk that will never get redeveloped unless there is some incentive it is London, not like the place is super expensive and short of space or anything ( which usually guarantee's some form of private redevelopment)
Re: The guy is one of the few Legends in IT
yeah screw that hippie. Look at that cloth wearing Gandhi guy, look how silly he looks non violent resistance must be stupid because he looks silly.
You are going to have a pretty limited life if you judge people purely by looks alone. Good luck with that.
Nuclear Anti Flash White
It looks like a V-Force designers wet dream, why not paint it up like one!
If you are not paying a fee for a service
...then you are the fee or alternatively TANSTAAFL
Don't like it, don't use it. Targeted ad's are there so that facebook et all can run their DC's etc. Doesn't make them right but you (currently) have a choice to avoid using these services, it's not mandatory to post your every action live using whatever wifi is available.
With apologies to Mr Fry
Right then lets get recruiting! Send in the new meat Darling.
Too Fat! Next
Too Spotty! Next
Good god he must be in his 40's! Next
Hmmm this one seem's ok, no wait he has a police caution for drunk and disorder, can't have that on our security clearence what what! Next
Look Darling i know we have to be 21st century but is this post open to women as well? whats that boy? Well we certainly won't have any of that in my unit bloody hippies with their long hair. Next
Ah Beufort-Smith i havn't seen you since we beat those poncy etonions, says here you once used a computer come in! Sit down i am sure we have a command position for you
Is an Ex-Hacker a script kiddie that got caught and had their 15 minutes of fame or is it someone who was smart enough to learn things and imaginative enough to either use a lab or not get caught?
It's not like saying "We want ex-soldiers" for security work, you can go ask the Army to prove their CV. This is like saying "We want ex-assassins"
Sorry Mr Smith we know you single handily broke AES using only a toaster, a zx80 and a toothpick but we have are going to hire $uckMy84$$51992 as he ran L.O.I.C against paypal and did 3 months community service.
Re: Watching with interest
The dumbing down happens not because of the platform but because of the market economics. It costs a shed load to get a game certified by Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo and you have to jump through many hoops every time you do an update.
In contrast anyone can write and distribute a PC game. This means that it is commercially viable to make "Hammond Organ Simulator 2013" on PC as you can make a profit on 1000 sales but for a console game to even break even against the costs of certification and dev kit you need an established market.
Comparing consoles to PC's in terms of intelligence is like comparing film to a book. Any wingnut with a pen and paper can write a book but you need more kit to make a film. Now the intelligence of the average user on the other hand is a completely different matter.
Re: Fixed it
Can we amend Godwin's law to say NSA as well as Nazi? Since Snowden (because before then the NSA did not exist obviously) not a single thread in anything IT related can happen without someone mentioning the NSA.
Re: The science behind Doctor Who?
Not to mention:
Spitfires IN SPAAACCCEEEE (complete with spinning prop's no less)
Titanic IN SPAAAAACCCEEEE
Victorian's IN SPAAAAAACCEEEE
Sharks IN SPAAAA.....wait, IN THE SKY
Gave up on it a long time ago, if its not stupid stuff like the above its "timey-wimey" nonsense. Dr Who has been turned into purely a kids show.
P.S Empty Cassandra frame action figure!
They tried that, didn't work, look up Esperanto. The future will be dominated by the most common language used by business AKA English.
PinYin is the main simplification and its what the kids start with. It's not uncommon for mandarin speakers to not know all of the 3000 odd common characters. Also the tones are not quite as essential people think, its contextual as well.
Re: The least of its problems
25GBP was their problem.
Ethernet is super cheap, Wifi not so much. Also Ethernet is universal worldwide Wifi has different power levels/channels depending on region so it would have been a real pain having to produce more and get appropriate certification approval (they had approval issues with the current model)
Re: Insufficient USB power
There are loads of options available. Best for a desktop machine is to buy a powered USB 3 hub (they are backwards compatible). Those have 12 v input and often have better equipped power supply's. Anker (pricy) or Orica (Anker in generic clothing) have 10 port ones with 5 amp supplies. Unfortunately the Pi does not see these but el cheapo generic ones are available on ebay
Most hubs assume you will never take full power which is why there are 7 port ones with 1.5 amp PSU's as they assume devices plugged in will be lower powered (keyboard/mice) or self powered (external HDD). Also you can check your motherboard's USB panel connector specs, my old gigabyte board has an internal port that supplies extra power "for rapid device charging" and front panel ports are dirt cheap.
Finally something sensible
Lets see how long it takes the big publishing houses to bitch and whinge about it.
Whilst producing an ebook costs about the same as dead tree (head fo to charles stross's "common misconceptions about publishing" if you doubt that". If one already exists and you buy the paper copy then it is extremely cheap for publishers to do this.
Re: XP versus Windows 7 versus Vista
Xp was pretty stable when Vista was released. Vista needed much more ram and cpu horsepower then microsoft said. This lead to a load of low end pc's sold as vista ready when they were not. VIsta was buggy and a resource hog for a long time so most people skipped it and stuck at xp.
When 7 came out it took the good bits of vista and xp and ended up with a decent version of windows. MS seem to alternate:
Windows ME (kill with fire)
Windows xp (good)
Windows vista (crap)
Windows 7 (good)
Windows 8 (fuck you this is a PC not a tablet)
Re: I was just about to don my tinfoil hat when I saw your post
You guys do realize the NSA has been doing this for years right?
Every thread about anything has a mention of the NSA since PRISM was leaked. You realize the Army shoot people? and that what a politician says is not always true right?
If the NSA/CIA/Mutant Lizard people want a distributed computer system they will just buy one. When the EFF were fighting to say DES (The U.S government approved crypto cipher) was insecure it was the intelligence community saying it was fine.
The EFF then made custom ASICs for $250k and the DESchall did it with a distributed net of home machines. Do you think that was news to the spooks? They probably had whole DC's full of stuff to break DES, similar things were seen with the Clipper chip.
Why would they need to risk being found out by hijacking machines that they do not control (would you want Bunnie Huang to find your NSA back door). They can either get them built themselves (ASICS would be far more useful then standard CPU's) or create a botnet on the millions of US Gov owned P.Cs.
Suprised it took this long
The Microsoft response to MP3 players when the market was obviously Apple vs Small brands ? Lets take on Apple, unleash the Zune!
The Microsoft response to tablets which again is Apple versus the small brands? Lets delay until Apple are firmly entrenched and then create a premium device to get the premium users (most of who are now Apple acolytes on there 2nd or 3rd iPad)
The Microsoft response to phones which was Apple vs Android? Create a separate OS, bolt it on to the phones of a dying company (Nokia) and wonder why people are not buying it. No consideration to the $$'s people have tied up in Apple/Android apps and again tarket the premium market (in which Samsung and Apple are fighting trench warfare)
On the desktop where they have no real competitor (although Macs have gained some ground it is minuscule in the world wide desktop population). They create an OS fit for a Tablet, call anyone that does not like it a luddite and instructs everyone to get a touch screen. HIlarity ensues as the world does a Vista 2.0 and hangs on to 7 (or even xp)!
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
Bristol = South West and skews the figures.
Cornwall job wise is screwed as the connectivity is crap (might change with the EU projects), The road system is ok at best for commutes and the trains are an absolute joke (i think they are limited to 30mph or something similar). Even as someone who works from home most of the time it would be impossible to work for any large company as the travel would be ridiculous (you would probably have to drive to Bristol/Swindon and get the train to London)
Its a shame because it is an area that could use the investment into non tourist dependent economy but between the stuff above and the cost of living (buying a place) it ain't going to happen. Cornwall and some of the northern regions could benefit from the governments tech city bollocks but as usual the money goes to London.
The Olympics is a prime example, we have x billions to regenerate an area lets see:
Birmingham (slap bank in the middle of england with major transport links)
Manchester (further up but still good links etc)
Bristol (transport links, "artsy"place, think Austin TX)
Nah stuff that do it in London because no one wants to buy land there to build on or anything.
Re: Dragooned by Greenery
Probably has something to do with being on the front line of a potential nuclear war for 50 years. Also West Berlin served as an incubator for many different ideologies & world views.
I love the Green's. NUKES BAD during cold war era, fair enough if thats your view. Now with rising energy costs, more people to feed (and keep at a higher standard of living) and less resources to do it with nuclear power is now a greener alternative in most of the west.
However 40 odd years of "NUKES BAD" means the Greens will not listen no matter what argument (less co2,price etc) is put forward. Simply put if it ain't renewable they won't back it. Even if renewable means panels, shipped from China, that only produce energy 50% of the time and struggle to pay back the energy cost to make them. Oh and that Chinese energy used to make them? Comes from coal with no scrubbers and not just normal coal i imagine the Chinese still use the crap coal the DDR used to use which is even worse.
Germany could go for Greenpeaces ex-founders solution of wood burning (with replanting behind) but the Greens will protest that despite it being carbon negative (burn 1, plant 2) as you cannot cut tree's down EVER!
I wonder how that Green MP got from Brighton to the fracking site? must of been a long ass bike ride!
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
For anyone interested in the U2/A12/SR-71/Nuclear program the book in the title is a good read. The author interviewed many ex pilots and ground crew. From Area-51 as a load of tents to the base it grew into as well as the tests in the other Area's
Then completely shoots herself in the foot with the last chapter that goes on about mysterious no named engineers who told her there were "things in tanks" etc (to the point that a lot of the people she had interview before said if they had known that was going to be in there they would have not done the interviews)
and then there is what is possible in a ballistic trajectory.
The Canberra's were almost as high as the U2's, which is why the U.S bought the license and why they were only retired recently (cheaper to drone/sat image)
Re: English Electric Lightning ????
A lightning buzzed a U2 (Empire of the Clouds-Patterson).
Re: A pipeline?
Isn't the signaling system kind of simple though? what i mean is that it does not have sidings/branch lines etc all it needs to do is take them off at one end and put them on at the other, or did i miss something?
Quite funny how they mention the larger distance version is not as suitable as shorter distance version due to supersonic aircraft being more viable for the long haul. So that would be which supersonic passenger aircraft? Even when one is built it would not be allowed to go supersonic over U.S land (which was a major contributor to Concorde's lack of take up), so why even mention it?
Mind you he might have a supersonic ex mil jet somewhere and they did fire Bond down a pipeline before and he owns space launchers. Maybe Musk is just seeing how far money,brains and wanting to be james bond will get him!
Nice idea, would be really cool (especially the car carrier version) but like the segway lots of hype but nothing changes.
The CCNP builds on what you did at CCNA and really gets you prepped up for networks (except multicast/mpls). The jump to CCIE is huge though and really requires in depth knowledge of the protocols and loads of lab time. However if you get it then it makes it much easier to find work
Here we go again
It is not that phones have/can cause crashes, it is that they have not been categorically proved not to. Same thing with cell phones at petrol stations.
To prove otherwise you would need to test a large number of phones against a large number of airframes across a large number of countries.
Much easier to tell people to turn them off
Re: Of course
You are joking right? even if they have to pay tax it still works out cheaper due to labor cost differences between nations.
In the UK you have to provide an employee a wage(and there is a minimum), an NI contribution and a pension contribution.
For your employee's in outer mongolia you have to provide squat. so you pay an extra 30% on their 1GBP/hour salary, big whoop at 1.30GBP an hour they are still cheaper than EU based worker by a country mile
Raising taxes or clamping down on loopholes would have the opposite effect of what you claim as companies would just move to tax convenient locations like Luxembourg....
Re: If the US government did this...
Not sure what it is like where you are but the state pension here does not promise "your money back" it promises X amount per week from age Y until death. The amount can go up and down as the state see's fit.
A private pension takes your money, plays the stock/bond/whatever market to grow you investment. When you cash out you take the amount of money (what you paid in+ employer paid in + what pension company maid/lost with your money) and buy an annuity which pays X amount for Y years.
Neither of these promise to pay you back what you put in. They are both getting top heavy as people live longer. There is also the issue in the UK that people think the state should provide everything rather than state pension/NHS being the safety net "i paid for it so i want it" and not putting money into private pensions/health care IF they can afford it.
Good Luck With That
So many legal and safety issues with this:
1) Bullets come down and can be fatal. This might not be the most populous area but still something most people do not consider
2) Bubba and Ray Ray will open fire on any GA aircraft leading to 1
3) Destruction of federal property
4) Interfering with Police/Military operations
Enjoy your prison time drone hunters
Re: Related information
Usually training bombs are filled with cement to make them the same weight as the live variety. The link you posted was from 1999 so probably a similar situation happened during one of the many Balkans conflicts.
The Harrier sucks in hot weather enviroments as it just does not have the power to land loaded. This is relevant when you consider future F-35's will have the exact same problem and will end up having to drop expensive weaponry if not used. I assume they are ok landing with a pair of sidewinders else stand carrier CAP is going to be really costly!
Re: Cool and all ...
Night won't affect it as it is not as dependent on visuals as a human would be. Looking at this thread i think most commentards do not seem to get that this is not meant to belittle naval pilots skill (its fscking hard to do even in simulators let alone when your neck is on the line) but more that the robotics/coders/aviation engineers have increased their skills.
Sure it might not be able to save itself if battle damaged beyond a certain point but who cares? Navy pilots that land severely damaged kit in barely flying condition are doing it to save themselves (the plane is often a write off at that point anyway). Ejection seats save your life but they often break legs and can cause your back to compress and end a military pilots career.
Re: There are many LED matrices
"SOMETHING is going on."
Not really. Think of it on the flip side, if you buy peanut butter m&m's in the states they are under a dollarish right? so ~60-70 pence. They are not sold in the UK if you look on amazon they are from £1.60 ($2.41) to £4.34 ($6.56). A USPS envelope rate for a single pack is $2.to the UK (assuming 2 ounce/56g package weight). Going the other way though a single envelope is £2.48 ($3.75). That is comparing two comparable western countries and you have a large price difference and i would wager that some of it is down to RM's labor cost per envelope being higher then USPS' who in turn will have a higher cost then China Post (things like jet fuel etc will be roughly the same all over)
So you have two options you can get someone to buy them in America (for much cheaper )and ship to the UK and come out around the same price as buying in the UK(for small amounts, larger amounts will attract a customs charge) or you can buy them in the UK from a distributor who has already done all of the above + paid import tax and pay slightly more.
There is no great Chinese conspiracy here it is a simple case of economics. It is also important to remember that p&p is postage AND packaging which not only includes the box but the labor involved.
Although the earth re-entry ones will "attempt" to re-enter. I guess with no form of shielding they will burn up? they do not seem to mention that, otherwise good luck to them!
Also Laser Tag in space i think the Dr Who writers are pissed now as that was on there episode list (sharks in space, victorians in space, spitfires in space etc)
Re: $1.5m is *ashonishingly* cheap for a satellite *especially* doing optical work.
Because the price relies on Virgin being able to launch it off of the SpaceShipOne platform. This is an unproven/experimental launch system that the kind of hid in the small print.
Re: Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden
He could take a lesson from the JFK playbook: " The USAF won't intercept Snowden. The CIA with their ex cuban/whoever pilots on the other hand...."
Did Datawind forget the big brown envelope this time?
This thing is a joke. Cheap Chinese fondleslabs can be acquired for not much more.
If they were serious about building an indian tablet they should have thrown money at engineers to create an Indian electronics industry that designs and builds. They have the knowledge and they have the money and the legacy is that you now have a home grown industry that relies on smart workers.
Then again this is India where millions starve but the military gets nukes(they had no issue bootstrapping that industry).
Until it breaks in half!
Likely an F16. Between $5k- 27k /hour on those so a bargain!
These the same Korean Doctors who think that fans are lethal?
they cause suffocation don't you know
No fly list's exist and can be a real ball ache if your name is similar to a known terrorist
Pot meet Kettle
"while firms like Starbucks, Amazon and Google haven’t illegally evaded tax, they’ve behaved "immorally" by employing tactics designed to see their profits end up in countries and regions with low tax rates."
I look forward to this being applied by the government everywhere:
* Whilst not technically guilty of fraud, Party X have not kept their election promises so should be jailed (bye Clegg!)
* Blair being banged up for conspiracy to commit (mass)murder and fraud. Sure technically it was a police action against WMD but it was "immoral"
* Various politico's who got busted on expenses claiming they have done nothing wrong, guess we can nab them now?
Or is it a token PR move to get the facebook boycotter's to come back which should not be too hard as most people can't seem to function without a large paper cup in hand!
It's a Garage 56 Car
That means it runs in its own class and as such it does not matter how long it takes to go around the track.
Pitstops will be interesting as Le Mans rules only allow two mechanics to service the car whilst in the pitlane. What they can do instead is stick it on casters and garage it every stop which will allow them to do tires, battery and driver changes with as many people as they can fit around the car. It would take longer but as much as people think as le mans stops are nothing like F1 stops.
A for top gear vs tesla, remember a tesla is not a designed track car but was being hooned, most IC car's get crap mileage in similar situations. This thing is designed for one purpose only and will have things such as KERS (possibly mechanical) to assist with getting out of corners which is where the battery would be sapped and why 55mpg mway figures are not a good comparison. Once the car is up to speed it will not need as much power to keep it moving as it did to get there.The deltawing design is very slick aerodynamically. Chuck in regenerative/KERS capture braking and you can extend the battery life even further.
It's not going to win overall, it is not designed to. The IC deltawing was nowhere near the front before ite got hit off. It will be interesting though and more power to them!
Not likely on either count:
If WMD was a real reason to go to war then the NORKs would have been attacked years ago. After all they have atomic weaponry, the delivery system is academic. Syria is exactly the same situation with chemical weaponry and yet there is no appetite for something as easy as a no fly zone. The reason? too hard North Korea is hilly and sits right next to China, When UN forces pushed up to the border last time the Chinese flipped out and joined in en masse. They would not accept a US friendly state so close to the borders so will politely tell anyone contemplating an attack to back off.
On the NORK side the various Kim Jongs have shown that they do not give a flying fsck about anyone but themselves. They are unlikely to pick a fight they know they will lose as it will cut off there Courvoiser/Cavier/Head. Instead they can just continue down the line of "Glorious leader scoffs at the lies of the imperialists" and "reeducate" anyone who disagrees.
TLDR: Don't Panic
Re: Birmingham commuter belt wouldn't be bad
In most country's it would work by allowing people who can not afford London prices to live in the midlands. In the UK it will not work as the train ticket prices will still be over 160GBP a day to get into London before 9am and out any earlier then 7pm.
I used to live on the mainline and could get into london in around an hour so even with existing infrastructure it is doable. However at the price they want (even for a season ticket) i could either buy a car and drive in (and have change) or rent in London as the cost of transport outweighed the cheaper rent.
The Rwandan violence was helped along by the Belgians who made one tribe superior to the other based on flawed anthropological studies. This led to the Hutu's being the favored ethnic group at the time the Belgian's left but with out the colonial armies to protect them the Tutsi's went nuts and so the genocide started.
The problem now is instead of wanting to move forward together the african leaders have all adopted the "ME FIRST" attitude. So instead of using mineral/oil wealth to drive mass education/industry they outsource it to the Chinese, pocket the nice brown envelope and buy themselves a few Ferrari's (and maybe from some money at the armed forces so they do not get overthrown).
Not much different to the Gulf states except they import the workers from India but do not seem interested in building much else other than Oil industries. Whilst Dubai has built up on little oil income other major players like Saudi Arabia could have bootstrapped themselves into a a major aviation (brazil), electronics or space based economy. instead the various crown princes got new lambo's
Re: Cars are so boring... Why even buy one..... OK, maybe one exception.....
They would go out of business if they just made it as people now want Audi's as the "must have" brand (outside of the exotics) that all look the same. The major car companies are all making very similar car's with a couple of differences across the board (small car/exec/family etc) and then wondering why they are struggling to sell to 18-35 bracket. Fiat are managing it with the 500 but they are cashing in their retro card on that one (MINI have worn theirs out). other then that a lot of the badges could be interchangeable, it would still be a bland pudding mold thing.
So far the solution has been to add touch screens and iWotsits because "kids like gadgets". Toyota are about the only company to try something a bit different with the GT86 but even the old stalwarts like the Golf continue to get rounder and heavier. Then you have the whole "built for the nurburgring" syndrome making everything further identical. Mazda still shift loads of MX5's as it allows a lot of driving experience for not much money, who cares if it can not lap the ring in under 9 minutes?
One day car companies will learn that you buy a car either to get from A to B, enjoy driving or a bit of both. Most people do not buy car's to view facebook or tweet their location whilst compiling a playlist of what Brand X thinks you like.
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