125 posts • joined Friday 14th November 2008 08:30 GMT
A robotic cross-range resuable spacecraft? They already had one. Perhaps they should've looked after it whilst they had it? :)
No, you need a keel or centreboard to counteract the force of the wind, otherwise you'd just get pushed sideways with the wind. It's like when you squeeze a wet bar of soap between your fingers.
Have they managed to get these units to set their time and date automatically yet? This was always a problem with the previous units.
I understand how hard it can be for the coders to find a source for the date and time, given that the units are receiving data from several clocks simultaneously and occasionally have a data connection.
Daylight savings changes sorted? How about timezones - it's not like the use tells the unit what mapset they want to use, or that the units have any way of knowing where they are on the Earth's surface.
Joshing aside, the first few generations of Tomtom were great - head and shoulders above the rest. As the line's worn on i've been less and less impressed.
For example, my most recent unit when calculating a route from Gloucester to Leeds took a minute or so to bring up an initial route. It then took over TWENTY MINUTES to process the HD Traffic info and re-route. By which time I was already halfway up the Fosse, so to speak. Downgrading my unit to the previous major release of the OS helped somewhat, but you shouldn't expect an end-user to have to consider that.
Tomtom were great five years ago and their UI is gorgeous but their development decisions have left me looking for something better considered and supported.
can do this already...?
I'm sure that you can do this already; Duty-Free is inside the controlled zone, after the x-rays and the frisking.
Other-half bought half a ton of perfume at duty-free with her leftover dollars on the way back from the USA last month. Carried it on with no problem as we'd already been scanned, and i'm assuming the bottles had also been checked somehow before they were sold to us.
They might already be...
Gizmodo (the new Slashdot) think they could be: http://gizmodo.com/5586256/is-apple-silently-recalling-the-iphone-4-now
It's based on one single report but they sound like likely fixes...
Who cares? 3G broadband is absolutely useless anyway.
From my house I can *see* an Orange mast and a Three mast. They're in the field adjoining the next street over.
Sounds like the perfect distance to me - easily close enough, but not so close that the phone's overwhelmed.
With both operators I have full signal but only get ~40kB/s down. Even at 2am. My housemate gets the same with a USB dongle on Orange.
The maximum i've ever seen was 100kB/s down. In one memorable event my housemate managed to watch a show on iPlayer when the wind was blowing the right direction.
What's the bloomin' point?
I loved jodrell bank. I used to badger my mum to take me there every summer. The highlights were:
1. swarming over the decomissioned control panel
2. playing with the gyroscopic precession holding-a-bike-wheel-on-a-chair thing
3. shouting across the park with the big-ears parabolas
4. the planetarium with its voting buttons
5. boggling at the laser holograms
6. playing with the broken steerable dish
Many good memories - I can trace nerdishness back to that place, and to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Top stuff :)
put out an £0.99 updated keypad membrane which has the required legends on it, and covers over the "unneeded" buttons.
Nooo! Where will Adam and Joe go? :(
UK United Kingdom or UK Ukraine? I've been caught out by that one before...
This sounds awesome. Where's the video of it in action?!
That's a very pretty bit of kit.
Wonder how much the paint weighs?
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