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I'm just curious.
Hobby level lipo cells have a tendency to expand alarmingly if you let them go completely flat then try to charge them. Bearing in mind how many cells are sandwiched into an e-car battery, how much of the $40,000 is jigging the car back into shape?
Re: Why does this matter?
But watch out, you'll get accused of being a left-wing, librul, money-hating, anti-american communist freetarded pig-dog in a minute.
Re: Re: Re: It might be unethical
DrXym, you're right, they will. Good on them.
Craigness, you'll be told you need to download something quite regularly, probably every time the current DRM system gets broken.
Re: Try that at a theater sometimes....
"Intellectual Property" is why. One of the most insidious terms I've ever heard. Sorry, I bought the DVD, it's mine. You might own the performance and distribution rights, but if I decide to copy that DVD to to my computer's hard drive, a VHS tape, laserdisk or reams and reams of punched card, it's absolutely none of your business. So long as I am not selling cargo containers full of your movie stacked 9-side down, what the hell is the problem?
Oh yeah, you want me to buy one thing twice. Sorry, no can do.
Re: Re: THE WEB AS WE KNOW IT WILL DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE
Mmm, those evil private companies eh? This would be called "putting words into mouth".
Tell me how you are going to implement your DRM solution and show everybody the code and the keys so they can make their own version please.
If not, keep it in a plugin.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unethical Vs Reality
"That's why Chrome is on version 1294 and Firefox has gone from version 3 to version 947 in less than four months*."
Exactly, and MicroGooflix (I like that portmanteau) want yet another round of updates on top of that. To finish it off, knowing Microsoft this'll be a tentacle in their Palladium plan, so there'll be a hardware and probably firmware component too, if you want to view MicroGooflix-protected videos or any other MicroGooflix-protected content. Browser codebases are huge enough without having yet more headaches to deal with, and if the purveyors of DRM wish to peddle their wares, then they are quite capable of creating their own encryption layer and dealing with the headaches themselves.
Oh yeah, Microsoft and Google make browsers, don't they? Shame about all the others.
Re: Re: The "problem" are open source browsers.
"What Media Cos need is a system that's easy to use and doesnt get in your face! That way, even a leaky system is *good enough*"
They already have it, so no need to require it in every web browser. There's no need to require DRM to be baked into anything and everything that uses html5, or even for it to be part of the spec. After all, is a message telling you "this machine does not have Panopticon Technology DRM so you cannot view this content" any more or less annoying than "This web page cannot find Panopticon Technology's DRM plugin"?
What surprises me most is Google's part of the tag team. With Microsoft? And Netflix? I'm guessing that somehow the three of them have figured if they can push this through now they can control the deal. That'd certainly be enough to set aside any other arguments for now. Bottom line, and all that.
(Also, it figures that there is a real Panopticon Software, based in Sweden. Ho hum.)
Re: Unfortunate reality
The unfortunate reality is that the DRM component would work only on the platforms that it has been compiled for. Sort of like Flash, but baked into the spec so you can't get rid of it.
Like I've said above, keep the DRM in some kind of external plugin. It has no business on an open Web. You know, the sort that the W3C is all about promoting?
Again, for the benefit of anyone who didn't see the link above: http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission
DRM takes that mission, stamps on it, takes it out back, shoots it with a 50 cal, dumps the whole lot in a barrel, shits on the remains and then sets fire to it. I'm not surprised the W3C are opposed.
Re: Re: Re: Unethical Vs Reality
Don't you mean.. commercial video sites with as many crappy codecs and plug-ins as there are now? Personally I would rather that, than bake DRM into the HTML spec. See, the DRM will have to be revised every few months/weeks/days/hours to play catch-up with the crackers. That means everyone's browser will have to download the latest, potentially bug-ridden, hastily-programmed-to-get-it-out-on-time DRM scheme, every few months/weeks/days/hours.
How is that any better? Thanks but I'd rather have the choice to tell Silverlight and its DRM component to GTFO my system.
Re: It might be unethical
Probably, and they are welcome to.
And I'm quite happy to not download it.
THE WEB AS WE KNOW IT WILL DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE
Because nobody ever streamed video over the web before. Leave DRM to the proprietary plug-in bullshit mongers. The rest of us can view the Web on any machine we like, without having to worry about whether MicroGooflix DRM v3.4 has been released for the platform yet.
Re: Unethical Vs Reality
Or even better, the W3C can tell the DRM-mongers to fuck off and come up with their own solution, as they will not be used by the media industry to turn an open platform for communication and information dissemination into a locked down nightmare that only works if you jump through the right hoops while holding chicken entrails in the air and reciting a prayer to Saint Ballmer.
Read that, and you might be able to understand just how wrong baking DRM into the html spec is.
DRM is not "aka copy protection".
Copy protection tries to prevent you making copies of something, end of purpose. DRM is far, far more evil.
And yes, I will use that word. Correctly.
Re: Re: Re: How about
See here's the problem: You have a system that is relying on gravity to tell it where "down" is. WHile LOHAN is resting nicely on the launch platform, this system will be fairly, if not entirely accurate. As soon as the rockets kick in however, the aircraft will get a massive kick in the pants which will make any gravity-based system think that "down" is toward the rear of the aircraft, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in.
Try it yourself with a bucket half full of water on a string. Swing it around your head. The water is being pressed into the bucket through centrifugal force, basically an accelerative force trying to push the water out of the bottom of the bucket. The bucket thinks "down" is straight up when it's above your head, so long as you keep that acceleration going.
More than one pilot has died in a crash due to instrument failure in bad weather, because a human's built-in, gravity-derived senses cannot accurately tell where "down" is, and the pilot might well flop an aircraft upside down into a lake, believing themselves to be in level flight right up until the last moment.
Re: Lohan's thrust may snap the member
So long as LOHAN has left the platform, who cares what happens? If the whole thing comes down on parachute looking like it just picked a fight with a polar bear, that's just awesome footage!
I I recall correctly, the SPB team have decided that the wimpy little E class thing they were testing is far below the power levels required, and could well be going for M class and above. Those things don't provide a ridiculous little spurt. More like a ridiculously powerful kick in the pants and several thousand feet of altitude in about five seconds from ground level. From 80,000 feet with little atmosphere in the way, who knows how high it'll go?
Re: How about
Unfortunately, in a tight loop, you will feel the right way up even when you're upside down. Nothing that relies on weights, balances, or anything that will stop working properly if gravity doesn't act like it should, will work on an aeroplane. This is why autopilot systems are a little more complex than attaching a pendulum to the ailerons.
Re: Equalise pressure?
What would happen is that as soon as you connect the hose, the balloon with the greatest surface tension (ie: the smaller one) will squeeze air into the balloon with the weaker surface tension, which would be the larger balloon. Sounds counterintuitive until you think about it.
Re: probably unfeasible
I believe the existing plans are to use a readily available open source autopilot system and hack it to fit. That probably includes gyroes and accelerometers, and the solid state ones are tiny these days too.
Some kind of compressed gas nozzles on the aircraft. It's more controllable than solid fuel, and it only needs to last long enough to lift the craft from the launch vehicle and guide it upward while the main motor kicks in. Better if the whole lot can be jettisonned or be made as a sled that the aircraft rides on for the first 50 feet.
I posted a stupendously badly drawn design to the SPB team a while back that called for balloon triplets tied to a central line at very long intervals. I know people have had success with the design, and the clusters can be positioned far enough apart on the line that as each cluster explodes it diesn't take the rest with it. Shouldn't be too hard to fill either, just make sure each cluster is tied down before filling and that you release the top ones first!
Re: Re: Re: Posting in an epic thread
>>"If artists stop making their art because of a lack of financial remuneration then that's just fine by >>me, because they're the ones producing vapid, empty shit anyway. "
>Would you work for free? Thought not.
I think that's his point. Without backing him or arguing against him, I'll just point out that I think he WANTS the "vapid shit" as he puts it, to go away. To stop being produced, you know?
If they won't work for free, they won't produce said vapid shit.
Re: Re: Debatable?
Destroys vast numbers job jobs and whole industries? Post proof or retract.
No, the demise of the Amiga due to the rise of 3D-capable cheap PCs, over-priced Amiga parts and a complete lack of development after the CD32 is not an example, though people do love to say "Piracy Killed The Amiga" a lot.
They certainly don't have an underactive imagination.
Maybe as a nice fast, and very much non-essential cache to the spinning disk platters, as it is used already. Maybe for small computers that don't have much storage and are meant more as fat clients. For Flash to beat HDD for me, it has to:
(a) be as reliable as a HDD
(b) be at least as cheap per unit of storage as a HDD
Neither of those are currently true, and unless all spinning-disk manufacturers conspire together to wreck their own market, HDDs are a moving target too.
Oh, and I have plenty of use for multiple terabytes or more. So does anybody that stores video.
Re: Re: Er, you nay-sayers do realise that...
Unfortunately, while "slippery slope" is in theory a fallacy, in practice it all too often turns out to be true. Apple wouldn't just turn their Macs into toy games consoles like the iWotsits, but little bit by little bit?
I'll just say I'm watching to see what happens.
Re: Re: Dont do it!
Linux already flies with the average punter when they buy home routers or TV set top boxes, or these days, more than half of all smartphones purchased. Thing is, Linux is a success wherever it isn't sold as Linux, and more as "TomTom" or "TiVo" or "Linksys" or "Android".
People don't need to know about Linux when they know that Ubuntu and Mint are good on netbooks.
Still room for comedy.
Obvious comment is obvious.
SPB, LOHAN, I can see the synergy here.
Oh go on, get in touch. Even if they say no it's worth the chance to sling that bad boy under a balloon with a laser sintered airframe parked atop it.
Maybe a month or so after release...
...when I can get the version that doesn't require a Steam account or activation for a single player game.
Just to make sure... Det cord? That'd work.
Also can we tie the two balloons to one string (at differing heights) and inflate the lowest one the most, have the upper just inflated enough to lift for a staged burst? Removes the stability issue, adds extra coolness in the video, and cures AIDS (may be a lie).
Yougov polled -163 people?
Doesn't surprise me.
I mean Microsoft are only going to provide a similar experience if everything you own runs Microsoft Windows. I'm not about to go out and buy an Xbox when I like Nintendo's current offerings far more. I've already got a reasonable tablet and a decent phone, and I'll replace them when they break. Possibly before if technology progresses so far that the app supply dries up. The replacement will probably be something that can continue to run the old apps, so likely not a Windows 8, 9 or 10 tablet.
That and I don't like Microsoft very much and I'm wondering if Microsoft's utter failure in the mobile space is the first chance in 30 years for a common platform that's as ubiquitous as Windows but doesn't involve an entire industry dancing to one company's tune and paying through the nose for it. Android's about the best bet so far, even with Google running the "main" branch as it were.
That aside though, as you can see, Microsoft are asking tall if they think everyone's going to go out and buy a new Microsoft Everything just to have Metro Everything. It's something of a Marmite interface anyway.
So if I buy a Windows 8 tablet...
...I'll get a similar experience across my Arc S, Nintendo 3DS, Mandriva-loaded laptop, Ubuntu-loaded desktop AND the singular Windows 7 installation that will probably live with me for longer than the undead Windows XP? Now that really would be a neat trick.
Or do you mean a unified experience across one single company's products, which is something many companies do?
Problem is it's up against things like this...
£300 from the local Phones4u, oleophobic gorilla glass screen, supermodel design and I can attest to it going, as the reviewer put it, "like greased lightning". £300 really isn't budget though. Get something into the sub-£100 range and we'll start calling it a "budget" smartphone.
...they'll sell like lightning.
This is interesting.
If you're publishing FOSS, you're not selling software. You're selling service and support, usually.
Linux exempt? Could be entertaining, and quite damn right too given how it's made and published.
Usually under the Toy Unix...
If you have the source, you don't need no steenking binaries. GCC is pre-installed or available on just about every distribution and if the disk or package is nicely arranged, installation is a quick "./install.sh" or something.
Of course your granny still can't read it, but others can and they'll make a loud enough noise if anything is wrong. Whether always delivering software as source would help defend against malware or give Microsoft the ability to sue anybody they like with the excuse "everyone has our software, you must have read our source and violated our intellectual property with subsequent works" is another debate though.
Also can be read as...
"We want to tax the ability to create software and make it look like we're doing something even though we'd probably fuck it up completely and leave you no choice but to go along with it anyway."
Really sure a Kitemark is necessary, or do you think Microsoft are going to give you malware, WGA notwithstanding? They and other established firms are the only people who will be able to afford the certification process, and how far do you think the requirements will go once the Daily Mail gets involved?
The whole industry run like Apple's App Store but even more expensively does not leave a good taste in my mouth.
Testing the obvious.
Drat, doesn't work.
Launcher 7 is an Android Market download away, if you want the tiled look. It'll even fit the wider widgets on 2x1 tiles for you and has an application list that is easier to navigate than the Android default due to having the very basic addition of alphabetical tabs. There's a free (ad supported?) and a "donate" version, which if I remember right off-hand I paid 62p for.
I have to say it lays dormant except for the occasional "I can make it look like a Windows Phone" brag though. Those "tiles" are basically massive icons, you can't fit much on a screen and the swishy graphical touches and web page preview tiles don't mitigate the fact that I find the stock-like ADW Launcher just easier to deal with.
Still, if tiles are your bag, Android has 'em.
Tried a good (or even average) set of canalphones?
They're anything but shit. Granted you can get noise from the lead moving, but you also don't look like you have two tin cans strapped to your head.
Says me on the bus with the Sennheiser HD428s.
I know precisely one person with a Winphone.
...well, it started as a Windows phone. He's flashed Ice Cream Sandwich onto it now. Keeps telling me I should root my Arc S. I keep telling him I'm happy with 2.3.4, and I'll root my phone at the same time that I ram-raid Tescos for my weekly shopping.
Maybe in a year or so when the Galaxy Tab 7 is out of warranty, eh?
I've seen Wikipedia articles blocked...
...and some very interesting facdn.net images allowed through.
As you can see, automated babysitters work really well!
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