154 posts • joined Thursday 9th October 2008 12:58 GMT
Re: looping elevators
Yeah, like I want a 30 minute ride on an enclosed claustrophobic Big Wheel when I get to work every morning.
Re: Any rope is the problem
We have that in our building, so it's well beyond "piloted".
Re: Any rope is the problem
You have an "UP" shaft and a "DOWN" shaft.
But lifts can still break, and one stuck lift could mean a whole series of lift cars behind it being blocked. This means you need a bypass mechanism - points, sidings, etc.
Effectly you turn (for example) 8 lift shafts with one car into two lift shafts up, two down, each with multiple cars. The space for the other shafts is used for "turbo" to high floors and bypass shafts. It would look like a vertical railway.
But the points would be interesting to implement ... maybe four up, four down and if a lift sticks, bad luck.
$399 -> A$440 -> A$484 including 10% sales tax.
+ Warrantly is probably longer (is it 2 years over there?)
+ Cost of doing business in Australia (and providing PS+ and PSN to users in Australia), including distribution in a sparsely populated vast landmass
+ Currency fluctuation buffer
+ Greed (including rounding up to nearest $50)
There's definitely a market for fine-tipped pen support on phones and tablets, so that you can write and draw at a fine resolution.
The handwriting demo in the photo in this story doesn't suggest to me any form of "fine resolution" however, whereas the Note series does support this.
Re: Where exactly is the warming happening?
Of course you can't use single data points as arguments for or against climate change. Just as a single record sea ice retreat can't be used, a single bad winter can't be used. However you can use multiple record sea ice retreats in a decade or two, and you could use multiple unusually cold winters (not explained by other things, e.g., volcanoes) as well.
In general, climate change is meant to make the UK wetter - not everywhere gets hotter. Indeed many places will get colder because of shifting climates.
I find the worst drivers on the road are middle aged men in Audis or BMWs, followed by old people tootling along in their pristine grannymobile at half the speed limit in otherwise good driving conditions.
But if you're being quoted thousands for insurance, and a device like this would cut the cost in half, any sane person would jump at it, unless they had enough money that it didn't matter to them one way or the other (and the number of people who can afford to give up thousands of pounds every year are very few and far between).
Are there any tools being written that will update the metadata on images on your internet accounts?
I.e., automatically download, add metadata (both alongside the image, and embedded in the image via steganography and similar techniques), reupload to overwrite.
This metadata would contain ownership information, image licensing details, etc.
And which sites disallow overwriting images that have been uploaded, as they need to be avoided. Facebook is a bit of code away from being a massive source of "orphaned" images (no metadata, despite the fact they'll be connected to an account on their system).
Also, digital cameras need the capability to set owner information on all images at the point of capture.
Re: Does this £1/day include energy costs ?
You could always burn your own dung for heat and cooking!
Re: What did you fry the eggs in?
How much did the pan cost, and what is the expected lifespan, and thus the contribution of your weekly budget that you put towards it?
Okay, okay, it's not meant to simulate living on the breadline quite so accurately!
Re: Dozen eggs for a euro?
Yeah, a dozen eggs is around £2 over here. Then again, he doesn't get cheap noodles or Tesco Value Sliced Foam, err, Bread. Also there's learning the time the supermarket puts out the damaged food for cheap and going there everyday to try and pick up a bargain. And lastly, for a long term plan, grow your own veg using cheap veg seeds (lidl, etc) - not that many UK people on the breadline seem to do this.
The bones are a good idea for flavour, but not easy to get in many places in the UK. Chick peas and Rice is a good idea, again he can't get vast bags of value pasta shapes it appears. Dried lentils? Dried beans?
Re: When my mother died
You are aware that these bills are never seen by a human being, they're created, printed and posted by an automated system.
That system applies fines for missing a payment automatically.
The system can only deal with what it knows. It hadn't been programmed to check direct debit refused due to death reasons - perhaps it's a new bank feature to include that text in the direct debit failure message. Integration of many many different systems run by different companies is not easy.
And the DD would have failed after his death, and the contract ends at the point of death, the fine would have been reversed anyway, coming after the date of death. One phone call and it's resolved unless the customer service agent is inept.
Re: A debt is still a debt.
I believe the debt can come from the deceased's estate, but it can't go any further than that.
So if you sold someone who died something, then you get the payment from their estate, or maybe you get the thing back.
I guess that for rolling contracts the company will get the phone/tablet/whatever back, as death is a reasonable reason for contract termination at any point (or the company should suck up the loss due to their subsidised device sales model). But I can believe that scummy companies will still try to apply termination fees in such a case. However the internet says: "I can confirm that upon receipt of the death certificate the contract is terminated immediately and all charges credited from the date of death."
Re: What are they sorry for?
It appears so.
For all we know the entity at fault is the bank for changing what they respond with when a direct debit is cancelled. So any prior checks that were in place, e.g. "if decline_reason contains 'dead' then escalate_to_bereavement_team" were flummoxed because the bank using "deceased" all of a sudden, rather than "dead". I wouldn't be surprised with the IT cowboys working in banks if these systems didn't include an infallible error code so string matching could be avoided.
You can't blame an automated system doing what it was programmed to do, when something not under its control changes. OTOH I would presume the bank would have notified its clients of the API change well in advance, so it's a management failure within Virgin Media that failed to get their processing systems updated at the correct time.
This article is lies, isn't it?
This is a very different interpretation of the research than what I've read elsewhere, which said that the melting was a real problem. Here we go "Ice melt on Antarctica fastest for 1000 years" (they didn't look any further back) and "rate has intensified since the mid-20th century", and "current rate ten times higher than 600 years ago". Two different research teams found this as well. Ten times higher is a massive problem that cannot be denied - but Mr Page will try his darndest to misreport research like this in the hope that people believe him.
(and btw, increased Antarctic sea ice extent (not thickness) during winter is another indicator that there is increased land ice melt - the cold non-salty water from the land ice melt freezes easier).
I wouldn't be surprised if most developers using Cassandra are coding direct to the metal via the native Thrift API, or via the Hector or Astanyax APIs (and the non-Java equivalents), rather than using the newer, but far more limiting, CQL.
CQL simplifies some common use cases (think of it as SQL where the raw datatypes include collections as well as scalars). CQL 2 and CQL 3 don't sit well together, and in my testing they couldn't see data the other had inserted due to how they interpreted the database structure. IMO, avoid unless it handles your use case perfectly.
However people are interested in the replication and redundancy features of Cassandra despite having SQL-style problems, and maybe this solution will meet their requirements. It's got to be better than MySQL master-slave replication :-)
They're also doing it at home before going out - so-called "pre-loading". This means they get well tanked up in an unsupervised environment, rather than in public where some of these people would behave in a more moderate manner - especially if publicans and bouncers did their job. As you can see from this - higher prices for alcohol have actually made the problem worse. As a second proof of this, look at Finland's alcohol problems - alcohol is very expensive there.
Re: This was really stupid
Yeah, but it quite clearly isn't 10gbps if it can't even stream 1080p HDMI, which is under 5gbps.
Indeed it looks like it can't even stream 1080p H.264 (although this might be an issue with the iDevice's video encoder rather than Lightning itself).
Clearly Apple's use case is iDevice -> TV via an AppleTV over AirPlay. How dare you deviate from that.
"If she's found guilty of "knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child younger than 17", she could face a maximum of 12 months in county jail."
I'm sure the child will be more mentally affected by having his mother go to jail (and indeed by going through this entire case) than seeing two strippers dance.
Re: What a shame! What a fraud!
I actually have to reply again to what is possibly the stupidest comment I've seen on the internet in at least an hour.
Do you really think that a games console would use a $286.99 CPU? Which would require a discrete GPU?
I like that you compare it to a $123.79 APU that gets twice the performance in GPU benchmarks.
In addition the Playstation APU uses eight Jaguar cores, not 2 Piledriver modules. And to be honest, we don't know how it will perform at all.
Re: What a shame! What a fraud!
And your point is?
The main workload of a games console is graphics rendering. How good will that Intel CPU do that?
The next main important thing is that the CPU in the console doesn't cost Sony a metric buttload. Intel don't like selling their CPUs for cheap. In addition there's no way to create an Intel based SoC with AMD graphics.
In short, quit moaning, it can't happen, and in the real world of gaming there isn't a massive difference in CPU performance.
I believe that some manufacturers are looking to include a petrol engine as an electric generator within their cars, for when the batteries get low. Better than coming to a complete stop!
And shouldn't the Tesla have a back up battery for essential things like electrically controlled handbrakes, etc, in case the main battery pack runs out?
I think I'd rather than 20 SD music channels - at least with that at least one will be playing music at any given time, and one or two might stray from the top 100 music tracks into better stuff.
When you start mandating a "one true language" for your library, you are dooming yourself to oblivion because your idea of a brilliant language is somebody else's idea of a steaming pile of horsemess. The Gnome developers should be wary, Gnome 3 is very unpopular as it is.
It used to be that desktop environments and UI toolkits would provide complete and comprehensive APIs for multiple languages to hook in and use them. Now it seems the opposite is true.
Re: Graphics memory
Yes, most likely. We're talking the early 80s here, colour graphics meant "not monochrome". And back then, monochrome meant "black and white, nothing inbetween".
And you were lucky if you got to specify colour on a per-pixel basis. The Spectrum could only do it on a per-8x8 basis, the underlying image was still monochrome, the attributes colourised that. Saves a lot of memory.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Tiger's graphics, even via the NEC chip, were monochrome at 512x512, and colour only comes into the equation at 256x256.
Hmm, 8 months for that, really?
The guy should have run his boss over in his car - he'd have got a shorter sentence, and a far more satisfactory revenge.
Re: I don't expect this to change anything
"As for what the Eemian interstadial tells us, it is that no ecological catastrophe ensued from warmer temperatures. "
I'm sure that it was all dandy for animals back then. I bet nothing went extinct as a result, nor did entire species have to relocate to deal with the effects of the warmer temperatures (i.e., their foodstuffs growing further north).
Who knows how many humans and other human species died during that time? Clearly it wasn't conducive conditions to getting beyond the stone age however.
Re: Hockey stick?
You don't understand the hockey stick graph then. That graph is to show how the rate of temperature change increased vastly at the time of the industrial revolution. It has nothing to do with temperatures 100k years ago.
What this study says is that the localised warmer temperatures around Greenland led to significant melting, that contributed around 2m to sea level rise.
In the Eemian sea levels were 6m higher than they are today. The warming was closer to the poles - the tropics were cooler than today.
So, hotter temperatures lead to significantly increased melting which leads to higher sea levels. In addition if interglacials can get so much warmer, then we can expect the same from the current interglacial, except faster because of the human contribution to climate change. But still over periods of hundreds of years.
Hey, at least it works...
2mbps? That's about 2mbps more than I get from my 60mbps Virgin Cable broadband service.
And as for the person losing wages - if it's that important, they buy a business DSL package, don't cheap out.
Re: Nikolai Markus - Bushes (Norman Cook Remix / 1999)
Surely the more recent, albeit less dancey, Amanda Palmer - Map of Tasmania?
"720p vids at 30 frames per second and less than half a megabit a second: that's the promise of the H.265 video compression tech"
Might give Virgin Media's 60mbps "service" a chance to actually stream some video without stuttering or pausing.
Re: Quad-core, not dual-core.
Doesn't explain the marketing diagram showing four squares, or cores. Previous diagrams clearly show two cores where there are two.
On a 28nm node you might as well do all four cores. Maybe two of the cores are HP, and two are LP, and that's how it works.
Quad-core, not dual-core.
Just going out on a limb here, but I hazard a random guess that a CPU cluster called "eQUAD" would have FOUR CPU cores, not two. Also their diagram shows four cores.
Ah, a "Wall of Fail" - all good fun isn't it?
Until it becomes workplace bullying. Such a thing would automatically make the company lose any employment tribunal an (ex) employee pulled.
You must point out these failures in person, quietly, and reasonably.
A company I know of has an internal IRC server. It has a "rape" plugin, for lolz when someone does something wrong (!rape username with a jackhammer for introducing bug). All very good, until a person joins the company that has gone through such a thing, and sues the company. And wins. In this case, it's bullying, it's intimidation, it's misogyny. It had been reported as such before, as well.
The only time a review should be taken down is if a court says so.
Otherwise the removal of reviews (and they will all be negative reviews) is merely a tool to make businesses (paying the review system provider, e.g., Yelp) look better. The ultimate result is that all the reviews are useless.
Best to have a user based moderation of reviews to see if they helpful or not (e.g., Amazon). Someone bitching about 5p of screws and hence giving a 1 star review would get moderated down until their review didn't affect the overall score. Someone pointing out genuine flaws/issues/etc with a product will get moderated up, and thus affect the overall score.
Generally when I look at a product to buy, I want several reviews at least, and for them to be good useful reviews (usually filling in the inadequate product descriptions most websites have), with negative reviews clearly being user failure rather than product failure.
As for negative reviews of your business - a review site should offer a right to reply feature, and you should use it to engage with the customer, set the record straight, or just apologise. All of these will make you look better, and it's certainly a better option than Streisanding yourself in the court system.
That's a lot of money...
Maybe we should pay footballers in share options instead of vast wages, cars and expensive call girls, might make them concentrate a bit more on playing well, not getting red carded, having an investment in the club they play for and doing a good job overall.
Hmm, not that share options have done much of any of the above for CEOs and the like in businesses.
I'm trying to work out how someone is worth over $60m a year. Not that I'd say no myself, but it does seem a bit OTT. Spread those share options a bit more liberally around the company Apple.
A far better experience than previous Android attempts
Instead of being clever and wring a comment dissing Facebook for not having a native Android app before now, and for having hoped that HTML5 would be a good solution for a mobile, often poorly connected, device... you try designing and implementing a software platform that has 1 billion users, hundreds of millions of which are very active.
I decided to download it to my SGS2. First run: Long wait watching a progress "circle", then the app appeared to hang.
Second run:, it did log in, and it is a far far faster and better experience than the old facebook webapp. Hopefully the first login was a one-off.
Re: Is this an Autobot or Decepticon Transgender
Sex and gender are different things.
You may physically be male (male sex), but your gender can be different.
If you are a female in the head, and you have the male bits chopped off to become female on the outside, what does that make you?
People who have gone through this very stressful, traumatic reassignment don't do it for giggles. They do it to become physically what they are mentally.
Good article, a story of doers, talkers and neggers. The BBC News website is one of the BBC's crown jewels, and that's because it's remained simple, consistent and reliable since it was launched.
I would hazard a guess that this lady might have been born physically a man, but was totally female gender, hence the sex swap op. It was probably a very distressing thing for the person to go through, and the eventual aim is to physically become what you feel you are.
The bloke should just get on with the divorce for the cheating, and remember that he had quite a few happy years with her and that her birth sex is irrelevant - unless he had expressed a wish to have more children - and even then she could simply say that she was infertile rather than go into details of the past.
I also note that the bloke was violent, so let's not all start feeling sorry for a perpetrator of domestic abuse, eh?
Re: What are they on?
And in terms of free relational databases, e.g., MySQL, the clustering and replication issues are terrible, especially when you require ACID across the full set of databases (in a master-master setup). Modern users of databases are beyond using them in a single point of data access mode, they need massive geographical scaling, they need data in many places at once, and often they need that data to be globally consistent.
Of course Facebook don't require global consistency, hence Cassandra is good at ensuring data is eventually written to all cluster members, but doesn't guarantee consistency or offer transactions.
There are different use cases for databases other than very traditional uses.
I do take issue with the guy's assertion that software developers can't handle relational data however.
Re: What the flying fuck Ofcom?!?!
Most likely there will still be DVB-T multiplexes (~24mbps each - QAM64) after 2018, as well as three or four DVB-T2 multiplexes (~40mbps each, QAM256). Your old TV that you haven't replaced by 2018 will still work, and it isn't like a DVB-T2 receiver won't be available for a tenner by then either.
Of course soon after that I would hope the DVB-T would be dead, simply so that we are making more efficient use of the limited terrestrial spectrum for multiple shopping channels trying to sell cranky looking exercise machines and knives.
Two new multiplexes for Freeview. Nice. Can we put useful channels on them please?
One suggestion - please make these DVB-T2 only, to encourage uptake of Freeview HD and eventual removal of all DVB multiplexes by 2020, moving to a mostly HD terrestrial service (I'll allow for SD shopping/music channels still, I might grant them at least 1mbit each over DVB-T2).
Maybe those businesses should be registered as Not For Profit entities then...
Fact is, Starbucks, globally, is making a massive profit once it reconciles all the money that it has moved around the globe avoiding tax.
Problem is, all that money is in bank accounts in the final resting place of that moving, e.g., Bermuda. They can't move it back without incurring corporation tax on it! This is why Apple is trying to press for a reduced rate for repatriation of money into the US!
Re: A tax on a sale...
I think his point is that you can drop corporation tax (maybe for certain classes of businesses - let's argue that Coffee Shops is a class of UK business) and introduce a final sale tax (fixed percentage of final sale price, e.g., 10%, in addition to VAT) to all business -> consumer transactions.
Starbucks: Doesn't benefit from the drop in corporation tax, has to raise price of coffee to compensate for additional sales tax, because they are tied to paying 20% over market price for coffee from their profit-offshoring subsidiary.
£3.00 ("zero profit") -> £3.00 -> £3.30 customer price
Costa, Nero, Nanny Tea Shoppe, etc: Benefits from drop in corporation tax (24% -> 10%), and can use that drop to reduce their pre-sales-tax price of their coffees.
£3.00 (100p profit, 24p of which goes in corporation tax = 76p net) -> £2.85 (85p profit, 8.5p corporation tax, 76.5p net) -> £3.14 customer price
Therefore making the tax avoiding scummy immoral company less competitive compared to the moral companies...
RIM can still recover, Nokia ... not so much
RIM has to ensure that their products are still the best at their own particular niche - data security, enterprise integration, lack of games to distract users - and RIM will be okay in the long run, if not quite as big as it once was. And BB10 at least will be interesting to geeky people due to its QNX unixy base, and native apps a la iOS, which bypasses the VM drawbacks of Android. However they need to ensure they have no major newsworthy faults with BB10, and they need more software on the store (although the Android compatability layer will negate many issues potential users will have).
Nokia however is doomed. Threw it all away.
Inevitable when you keep shafting your supplier...
Let's say the A6 is costing Apple $20 each, and the A6X $30. Not unreasonable for a slightly larger than usual SoC on a 32nm process.
In that case, an extra 20% would bring in $4 per iPhone class device, and $6 per iPad class device. I can see this bringing in an extra $billion before Apple can move away to TSMC, etc.
Of course there is the chance that it is actually a cost issue for Samsung (due to yields, etc), and the overall additional profit from each sale isn't overly increased...
Your Raspberry Pi isn't highly available though, is it. Writes to a reliable distributed database unfortunately take a lot longer to complete because you have to write to the quorum of databases rather than just one to be sure that the write has succeeded.
Also I am sure that twitter's read requirements are several orders of magnitude worse than the write requirements.
£12.1m pounds for under 9000 laptops, what are they, MacBook Pros?
I bet they're naff HP laptops costing aroudn £500 each, the other £700 per laptop went on "consultancy fees" and disappeared into the hundreds of meetings arranged to discuss getting them, distributing them, etc.
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