3117 posts • joined Sunday 22nd April 2007 18:21 GMT
Re: Tour de France
This is what I'm thinking.
If you actually set the bike computer/speedo/whatever to the CORRECT WHEEL SIZE, you will find it surprisingly hard to maintain (or even achieve) 30mph on a pushbike, regardless of how light the frame or how well oiled the bearings. As someone who really has done 60+ MPH on bicycles, I can tell you that speeds like that on a bog standard diamond frame are scary. Especially going down an 80 degree incline on the side of a slagheap. Half the reason I did it, really.
And car speedos are always a bit shit. Compare what your dash says to what a GPS speedo says and be prepared to be amazed.
Re: How to lose customers and annoy people...
Refund your money? Haha, no.
If your Xbox gets banned from XBL, the general response is "tough shit, sucks to be you."
Of course you can then sell your banned Xbox to an innocent third party and they get told "tough shit, sucks to be you."
Ain't the games industry just fucking wonderful?
Swearing at the boss.
Not always a sackable offense.
I used to work for Tuffnells Parcels Express as a porter/sorter/general dogsbody. It was the only place I've known where I could tell the depot manager to STFU and stop being so fat and bald, and still have my job. Then I got given the Jesus nickname by an Iraqi refugee who was probably one of the best workers in the place. So he instantly got called either "Mohammed" or "Aladdin" depending on what mood I was in. The night manager was similarly rotund and hairless so ended up being called "Buddha". So I'd walk in, he'd shout "JESUS!" - I'd shout back with "ALREET BUDDHA, WHERE'S MOHAMMED?" Three gods working in one depot, no wonder we managed to work miracles every night!
Of course this doesn't compare to the depot manager shouting at me while unloading "ARE YOU SWEATING YET?"
So I raise my arm, point right at the stained and sweaty T shirt, "LICK THIS AND TELL ME."
His response? "Get this wagon done in the next ten minutes and I'll lick your fucking balls, pal."
Yeah, so tl;dr: How you treat your boss depends entirely on the type of workplace you are in.
So does someone want to tell me how I'm wrong...
...or are they going to hit the thumbs-down because I'm telling the truth and they don't like it?
Knock off non-androids make people buy iPads. By "people" I mean normal people who want to buy something and use it, not buy something and spend all night trying to make it work properly.
3 12V alarm batteries and a 750W motor?
Okay let's assume you're going for some real porkers of alarm batteries at 10Ah each and you're wiring them in series. That's 36V * 10A = 360Wh.
So basically you get about half an hour of juice and then you're fuckered? Still, at 750W that must be a hell of a half hour.
If by a "certain company" you mean Microsoft...
...then I'm afraid they haven't changed at all. If anything their attitude to FOSS has become more schizophrenic of late, but they do still seem determined to destroy it.
And they're still failing hard at that.
Still, shows you the truth behind Microsoft's bleating about TCO. "Get The Facts", indeed. And damn, they've taken the whole "Get The Facts" sub-site down. Well that could have been handy.
Re: no comment
Same way you regulate idiots putting race grade octane enhancers in their petrol: They tend to drive like idiots most of the time.
Of course if you happen to like the extra juice and the occasional sideways drive around a roundabout, t'ain't my place to complain.
Re: Don't believe it....
Not too difficult if you don't mind rooting things and have a propellor for a head.
Seriously, I know we're mostly all techie here, but the rest of the entire world is NOT. People will not root their devices. They will go "oh, it's shit, there's no apps", take it back and get an iPad.
That's your Android tablet problem right there, and it is the only problem. Just a shame Google can't be a bit more proactive about bollocking people who sell unofficial tablets as "Android."
Android based? Yep. Android? No.
Unfortunately the PC is just as shite and getting worse.
If it has Steam, I'm not interested. If it's by EA, Ubisoft or Valve, I'm not interested. If it demands online "activation", I'm not interested. Basically I can walk into a shop and see absolutely NO games that are worth getting now, due to them all coming with a free helping of malware.
Fuck the lot of them and buy only games that don't pull this shit. If everyone did that the devs would change their tune. They won't though, because too many people are addicted to the shiny.
And too many people will buy the PoS 4.
Re: Don't believe it....
See now, I have never had a problem getting droid tablet apps, with the exception of shitty devs who only code to one screen size, and that crapware is quite rare these days.
But then I am on about Android tablets, not cheap knock offs with no Android Market^WGoogle Play.
Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft
Never mind, it's all over Google with a quick search.
All I can say to that is: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA....
Probably not a representative sample, but the people I know with iDevices either use them as dumbphones, or wait until the apps are on 10p offers or some kind of "free for 24 hours" thing before getting them.
In contrast I have quite a number of Android apps I paid full price for, and only a few that I got during the 10p apps offer a few months back. It's worth it to not be bombarded with "personalised" sales pitches all the time.
Annoying to have to get prepaid Mastercards because Google had a dummy-spitting moment with Maestro though.
Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft
Could be a fun read.
Re: Things are not quite what you think
Indeed. Hence why I'll not buy one, thanks.
If I end up with a wildly popular web site, it'll be because it's a popular website, not because it has ".com" on the end of it. The squatters can have .com, they'll only get the fools who don't know how to type ".co.uk" into an address bar, and I'm not interested in them.
I know someone with a .co.uk address that I made the site for. He can't get the .com version because the last people he tried to get to make a site for him basically bought the domain name then did little else, letting it expire and be grabbed up by a squatter. Funny how he's struggling to make enough stuff to meet demand, and all without the .com "cachet".
Re: I would have thought the simple answer is...
Possible, even probable grounds for dismissal?
Perhaps. However, around here, unless you're working for some fly-by-night shysters, that tends to involve tribunals. You can bring witnesses to tribunals.
My witness will be a journalist from the local rag.
(and no, I don't have a Facebonk account either)
Re: Private Cloud? Buzzword for Accountants!
I believe Eucalyptus is supposed to be compatible with Amazon EC2 and S3 services.
Whether you can use Amazon to just expand your private cloud into when overloaded, I'm not sure.
With Microsoft on the other side? Kidding, right?
They've never forgiven the Chocolate Factory for doing what they never could with a mobile platform based on an OS that they are actively failing to destroy.
Not like I'll ever buy a dotcom.
I would have thought the simple answer is...
..."I don't have a Facebook account."
Doesn't have to be the true answer.
Mostly it's DJs who go for it. Much, much easier to line beats up with two spinning vinyl platters than try to nudge waveforms together on a screen or hope that some auto beat matching thingumajigger gets it right.
Also time-coded vinyl is stupidly expensive and so is the equipment and software that reads it.
Re: Well at least it's an add-on pack
Believe it or not a friend of mine actually likes that. He deliberately keeps the voice announcements on so he knows his kids haven't been arsing about and disabling things to make some "ooh free stuff" malware site work.
Though granted, I find it annoying as all hell.
Re: If they are not idiots
Well see this is what I was thinking. Most people won't need the "we'll hand-deliver it to your house, chained to our CEO's wrist in a stainless steel and adamantium suitcase" security, but being able to scramble calls might be nice. Both parties have the app and pick a common key (or do a question/answer session like OTR does). Press the "scramble" button and poof, there you go. Bonus point for making it work when you wire a phone ot a CB or walkie talkie.
Re: Good for MS
If you're in *any* country that where the government has been successfully lobbied to whack a "pirate tax" on blank media and similar items (there are quite a few countries like this), then why the hell shouldn't you download what you like? You're paying for it, right?
The other gorillas.bas copies that Rovio do all have had major permissions creep, blamed on "the advertisers". Funny, since plenty of other app developers release ad-supported apps without asking for the moon on a stick.
I just don't know if I trust Rovio NOT to creep the permission requirements up once they have a few captive^Wpaying customers. It's thanks to the actions of developers like this that I get more and more tempted to root my phone and install a selective permission blocker.
I have bought...
...a total of ONE digital music album.
CDs are just better all round. Right there in the shop, usually nicely priced, and turning it into the compressed file format of your choice is as easy as bunging the disk in the drive and clicking a few icons.
Oh, and no crapware or DRM required, Sony notwithstanding.
Re: There is no such thing as "free" TV
See my other posts: businessess don't get into loss-making ventures deliberately, and would not advertise if it were losing them money.
Commercial telly is not a tax on your food supply for fuxache.
Re: What's wrong with a licence fee then?
A business will only advertise if it stands to profit from the arrangement. That is, the extra products or services sold due to the advert will outstrip the money spent on the advert.
Suddenly the FUD about commercial telly being a tax on food or some other bullshit is exposed as just that: Thick, stinky bullshit.
The license fee is still extortion and threats though, however you slice it.
Fired on the basis of a Google name search?
What employer would be so cretinous, and would.you want to work for them?
JUST LIKE A DRIVING LICENSE
BECAUSE I MIGHT KILL SOMEONE WITH 100MPH OF BIG HEAVY TELEVISION.
Really, what the fucking fuck?
Re: What about commercial TV?
I call shenanigans.
Those companies have an advertising budget. TV or no TV, that money would be spent on trying to persuade people to buy more of their produce. If it works, it brings in more than it cost, so that "hidden tax" that isn't, is SAVING you money, if you want to play that way.
The BBC and Crapita on the other hand, survive on extortion and threats.
That was fun.
"You have new mail"
Followed by the email client squealing and complaining about the gutbustingly-huge content. Not sure how many lines were in it, but I know my main account's elreg-specific email address was in it.
Ho hum. Be interesting to see how many spammers/scammers actually use it. Haven't spotted any yet that have made it past my friend Mr Bayes.
If you're all for the license fee...
...you pay it. Don't go pretending that the rest of us should finance your particular tastes in goggle-box programming.
But no SD card install?
This isn't an iPhone ffs. If it can't install to SD then I might as well not bother. That half gig or so of internal storage in an Arc S runs out fast when you get idiot developers who think Android is still stuck at version 1.6.
Still, it is a beta after all.
Yup. I remember finding this out myself. Basically TTL chips like to run between 4.8 and 5.2v. I remember the tutor saying how wonderful CMOS technology was because you can run some of the chips on damn near anything from less than 3v up to 18v or so.
That said, I wouldn't want to take the chance on the phone's built-in power management being so smart. Regulator ICs are cheap and pretty efficient, and the phones are probably built in the same place as the chargers, after all!
Well, you might only need two if the beacons are just acting as locators, so long as the robot can't get to the other side of the line between them and confuse itself. I'm wondering how doable it is to have each beacon mark out the vertices of a polygon that describes the boundary of the lawn though. Stick a light on top and make them look like solar garden decorations.
If each beacon can talk to the others and they can triangulate their positions relative to each other, then they can chat with whatever system is aboard the lawnbot. Maybe even in real-time, so you can move the beacons around mid-mow and define areas where you can sit and enjoy your G&T while watching the mechanized underling beavering away in its half of the garden.
Like I said though, however you design the positioning system of this thing, I think it would be prudent to have a SONAR or RADAR system on the lawnbot itself for detecting obstacles. Nothing fancy, just a kit or COTS box that you point at something and it gives you a varying signal depending on whether it's pointing at anything and how close it is. Stick it on a stepper motor for 360 degree detection, and possibly hack it up with an MP3 player to provide random BOFHisms and threats toward whatever ankles, cats or plant pots get in the way.
About as reliable as it is in the parking alarm sensor sat next to a chugging exhaust system. Or, in an old TV remote competing with the din coming out of the loudspeaker.
I can't see why it wouldn't work, myself. Couple of locator beacons on the lawn boundaries effectively broadcasting small signatures to say "I am boundary vertex number 0x0001", and some transducers (or a single rotating transducer pair) on the mower sending out a simple ping every 20ms or so and listening for the reply. The former lets the mower know where it is, the latter lets it avoid unexpected pets, toys and test engineers. So long as they are taller than the grass, of course.
Of course for extra propellorheadedness, make the whole system self-setting. Plonk the boundary beacons in, they talk to each other, find out their relative positions automatically, and feed that to the mower's onboard computer to tell it what part of the mowing boundary each beacon represents.
Then patent the lot and become the next Dyson. Muahahaha, etc.
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