132 posts • joined 14 Nov 2008
Re: IR retroreflectors?
IR beacons won't work so well on a lovely sunny day.
Two lasers mounted on a simple servo platform, one each in the bottom two corners of the garden.
A sensor on the bot.
First laser starts a sweep, bot reports when it sees a laser flash. This gives you tangent from one laser scanner.
Second laser does the same. This lets you triangulate the bot's position.
Run a grid of wire under the lawn.
Have a low-powered transmitter on the bot.
You can then sense where the bot is by seeing which horizontal and which vertical wires have the strongest signal on them.
You could reverse it and have slightly different frequencies transmitted down each horizontal and vertical wire... might get a bit noisy though!
Re: Re: reticulating splines
Strange, the app never did that on mine until the most recent update.
Re: Aesthetics not part of the review?
It's a printer. Shove it in the attic or pantry and you'll only see it to retrieve prints.
Re: Well, we'll see...
I've got a HL-2250DN, it's been really solid so far. The web interface lets you chuff about with a lot of settings too - on mine you can tell it to ignore the built-in "toner low" counter.
So they're not a search engine and they're not a social network. Tell you what Yahoo!, call us back when you've decided what you *are*.
Re: Excuse me?
...you'll have fun trying to replace Safari with IE9 on a Mac too.
Re: Re: extra 10%
I guess it's because at the price the PC Ultrabooks are going for, I might as well spend the extra 10% and get the Mac. The PCs just aren't cheap enough.
Colin - it was a joke.
You need a satnav on a track? Who are you, James May?
I had pretty much the same experience.
The point of the high street is that it satisfies an instant need. If I was willing to wait a few weeks for a delivery I would've ordered something from the internet!
° not <sup>0</sup>!
It shouldn't be up to the user to care about where the internals are hinged; it's a sign of poor design that it's more difficult to press down in some areas.
I found out what's going on:
It's because this attitude is pervasive throughout the OS. It's not just the WM baby they threw out with the bathwater, it's now the menu system they're tinkering with.
Every time they touch something, they throw out n*10 years of work and bugfixes and smoothed rough edges.
The last improvement I found was that init scripts have been moved to Upstart, a dependency-based bootup system. It's done nothing for usability, it's now not immediately obvious what will start up on a system and it's different to everything else for zero gain (I mean, who /cares/ about bootup times any more?).
Maybe i'm getting old, but I find myself agreeing with jwz a lot of the time.
"But that's what happens when there is no incentive for people to do the parts of programming that aren't fun. Fixing bugs isn't fun; going through the bug list isn't fun; but rewriting everything from scratch is fun (because "this time it will be done right", ha ha) and so that's what happens, over and over again. "
What "how to make a link" code?
The comment box says "plain text only", we've all been posting plain-text links for years...
The only people who have something together and vaguely ready for production are VMware, XEN, and MS.
Everything else that sits on top is a jumbled mass of buzzwords and loose ends.
Aaaa! How did you do that link?
the moon is *not* infinite!
The glaringly obvious point you've missed is that it shouldn't be /law/.
"ALMOST 30 years after fining NASA for littering the local area with debris from abandoned space station Skylab, the Shire of Esperance has received a $US400 cheque.
American radio station Highway Radio paid the fine on NASA’s behalf, raising the funds on variety breakfast program Barker and Barley in the Morning. "
If so, it'll be the ePad
Like the eMac. Remember them?
I know the place - it's Moog Instrumentation. Founded by two cousins of Robert Moog, the synth guy.
You write like Cory Doctorow.
Fix. The bloomin'. Superhub.
Still not bad for what it is
...has it got a resistive or capacitive screen?
You are not Google's customer.
Does it have the Android Marketplace?
> You wouldn't accept that level of inaccuracy on the touch interface;
> imagine clearly pressing the icon for Weather and getting Angry
> Birds instead because the interface made a 'mistake'. People would
> be up in arms!
Sounds like my Nexus' back/menu/home keys...
I couldn't see anything in the site FAQ that said The Register needs to have an editorial preference towards one type of smartphone?
That '.....feeeeeeeeeEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee.....' sound wasn't an electric car overhead.
Ah, spaghetti. How times haven't changed :)
did you think that one up all by yourself?
Security by obscurity is false protection :)
I've had a load of problems with mine, and i've just about managed to make it stable by turning everything other than the basic NAT off (stateful firewall and wireless spring to mind) and hooking up an AP to a network port.
I don't want to be another post-beta tester; is there any way to stop VM from pushing this latest update?
Does it also cover 'p3t3r'?
Let me know when you can have custom POIs again.
I think if the internet connection between you and "duh internet" was down, you'd have problems accessing UCAS's normal website as well...
Need to serve simple database content to very bursty levels of users? Sorry for the buzzword, but this should've been a prime candidate for hosting "in the cloud".
I recently went to an exhibition put on the the University of Sheffield's engineering department.
Each exhibit's card had a QR code in the corner that took you to a web page with video and further URLs to departments or companies involved, journals talking about the work etc.
It was quite useful, and more relevantly, it was open to any smartphone with a camera and probably didn't cost much to do.
Such a shame; the BBC's coverage over the last two years at least has been absolutely fantastic.
It's going to be very difficult to keep that going. I'm certain that Sky Sports won't be able to generate the same feeling.
I'll be watching on BBC, and I guess i'll have to find a motorsports-friendly pub somewhere that my friends and I can adopt on Sky-only weekends.
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