1765 posts • joined Friday 30th January 2009 10:36 GMT
Re: Document Lock Out
They aren't locking you out of the files, per sé, insomuch as not letting you open them using a prgram that you used to rent. For example, Lightroom can be told to create "side-car" files next to your RAW files, and you are at liberty to use another program to read those. Also PS nowadays stores everything in a heavyweight .TIF file, and again you can use software from someone else to open those files.
However for me, the question is mute, because I will be keeping boxed and paid for LR/PS and so will always be able to open the files in LR/PS.
Re: "Can Adobe justify shifting its Creative Suite to a contentious new licensing model?2
I guess that you are an Adobe shareholder. To me, as an Adobe user, I very much doubt that they could justify the change.
Well, well, well
Punchline: 3 holes in the ground.
I don't remember seeing the original instalment, but this is what I've got just north of Madrid: 2 official wells; both built from brick; the type with 6 round, through holes instead of a frog on top. These are laid side-on to allow the water through. The wells are 4 m deep; one is 2m in diameter, the other is approx 4m x 10m rectangular. The lowest I've ever seen the water table is 2m below ground; the highest is just above ground. God knows how they built them, or how many people died in the progress. I have a 2hp pump from the wells, and the water level in the wells doesn't even change after pumping out 40m³ of water.
The 3rd "well" is the original plant room for the swimming pool. It is half underground, and in the winter it fills up to the level of the water table due to small pin-holes in the concrete.
On the subject of H&S, you should've seen how they emptied the propane tank of 800L this week to take it away. Admitedly, they did manage to get most of it in the lorry; some just made the nieghbourhood smell funny, and the rest created the largest flame and loudest roar I've ever experienced.
Re: Killjoy statistician Nazi here
One thing about those stats. From the moment you leave your front door, until you get back to it, any accidents you have in Spain are "Work related" (if it wasn't for work you'd still be in the house, watching "fisica o quimica"!)
Also bare in mind that each weekend they publish how many lemmings were killed on the roads that week, and for things like bank holidays, they celebrate afterwards that there were 10,000 less deaths on the roads this weekend, compared to last year's mad rush to celebrate the extra day of weekend.
Re: @powerpoint monkey
Try to ensure that the bride always looks up slightly; it tends to make the double-chin disappear.
However, the stupid *^*$%·s that think that photoshop just does exposure and colour balance know as much about real-life usage as my gardener knows about the pros and cons of string theory vs. loop quantum gravity.
Re: Solar sail? Ion drive?
The other problem with solar sails in LEO is that the atmospheric drag from the sail would probably do more than you hoped to get from sunlight. Nope; for now orbital corrections are likely to use thrusters. Ion drives are ok, and most new comms sats use them, but you are talking about at least a kilowatt of power, which is more than a lot of LEO sats have, and you are talking about it being fired up for maybe hours at a time.
I think that it is generally accepted that "space" starts at 100km. This is about the point where you can't gain enough aerodynamic lift from the atmosphere to fly, but it all depends on the weather, temperatures sun activity, etc.
However, I remember them trying to sell me a ticket, saying that I could ride their plane out of the atmosphere. I said I would be very keen; it would be cool to look down on the ISS which orbits in the atmosphere, but alas no, it doesn't go that high.
I assume that what you call "disintegrators" are what I know as plasma cutters, which just melt the metal where you point the torch, allowing you to cut things out (and of very think metal too!) If so, yes, cool.
However, if you melt the metal in space, it's still there, just as molten metal, still travelling in the same direction with the same speed. Then it re-solidifies, so it's still there. Maybe instead on a big piece (that you can esily track), it becomes a rain-shower of thousands of smaller pieces. Think about a system that turns 1 ton of car into 1 ton of little bullets to protect pedestrians...
As I understand it, what the BBC does is already illegal/unlawful (I think illegal), under the terms of some new digital copyright something act (think DMCA watered down a bit). ISTR that there is specific language in the act making it illegal/unlawful to strip out the ownership details from a file.
The BBC says that they can't help it; it's their systems that do it, however the EXIF ownership info comes from the system that was put in place for photographic pictures for journalism, about the time that fax was invented. The BBC’s systems must just be a bit behind :/
Someone with a proper internet connection could probably find the relevant deatils on the UK Gov copyright pages.
The Chip-n-pin certainly gives up the same details on the card (number, name, etc.), but not the CVC. As for the NFC, don't know. If the NFC is the same, all it takes is a shoulder surfer / cam near an ATM and and NFC reader and you could clone the mag-stripe on the card, with no suspicious add-on bulges on the machine.
ISTR that the reason that Amazon don't tend to ask for the CVC is because the rules say that they must use the CVC instantly, and may not store in on their systems. Amazon only charge the card when they ship, and therefore cannot use the CVC on the order.
What I don't know is where other sellers stand on the consumer credit act, which AFAIK does not allow them to charge credit for something until you have it (but e.g. booking a holiday is not the same because you have actually paid for the booking, not the actual going).
I suppose that sites that store your credit card to re-use later (e.g. iTunes) must obviously use the numbers sans CVC for the later transactions.
Re: Tap Water.
In Madrid, the tap water is generally excellent (although a little pricy). In fact up in the mountains, you can drink the well water too, passes all the European tests without even boiling it first, although I wouldn't recommend that unless you get the tests repeated every week; you never know when things might change.
Elsewhere things may be different, and some zones & islands use desalinated water and it's not quite as nice to drink.
Re: January 2012?
And indeed the results are finally published 15 months later? Was it done by the same people that the government use?
Re: So we know who the replacement for Anna Leach is
Which part was inaccurate? Apple maps having teething problems? The amount Apple spent on R&D? The amount that Microsoft spent on R&D? If it was the share price, then I suspect there are some pension funds who'd love to sell you some shares assuming that their price has not dropped :)
But doesn't the startup normally begin with the innovative idea, and then starts up?
By starting out without the innovative idea, aren't they just emulating all the people who don't have the innovative idea? and what percentage of them suddenly have an innovative idea?
You missed a bit from the end of your article about American jobs; Isn't the tin can (MPLM) that Orbital intend to launch at the ISS made in Italy? (Actually didn't the Italians manufacture a fair amount of the ISS?)
Re: Thank you, FAA...
The thing is that the rules allow things to fail in aircraft. The design of the systems says that the failure must be contained, there must be redundancy in the case of critical items (think flight control computer), and that the failure must not proagate to the redundant systems (and often requires it to not propagate to other sub-systems. There are often failures that might even be traced to a single component, but even then the root cause of that component failure is never known. As long as the failure is graceful (contained with no side-effects) then OK. Change the LRU (Line Replaceable Unit) and the aircraft goes back in service.
In this case, the solution seems to be to ensure that the failure in one cell is much less likely to propagate to another cell. What's more, the new enclosure is supposed to contain any failure to within the battery. In my book that's OK.
The problem is that we really just don't know. ISTR it was a Dutch scientist a while ago who worked out that CO2 in the atmosphere allows the Earth to hold on to heat energy from the sun. It was other people who said that there was a massive positive feedback mechanism, and quoted all sorts of things that would cause temperature to spiral to Venus like levels and perhaps lead would melt on the surface on the planet, like at Venus.
However, people have done scientific studies on the individual statements of how the positive feedback works, and found that not all of them were positive. The problem is that we really have no idea. If the Earth has had a climate with global temperatures with 1°C for 10,000 years, then perhaps we should wonder if there are a number of negative fedbacks.
For me, I think the climate models are like a drunken walk home. Heading generally in the right direction, with corrections added every few months as more knowledge about affects on the climate are known. Generally we are heading towards a more accurate model, but it seems at any particular time we might be heading away from the correct route. As long as people recognise this, and devote energy into improving our knowledge that is OK. But to put e.g. 95% on a model based on guesswork because we don't know yet, which then gets presented as 95% fact in the press or to politicians without stating what it assumes/ignores is dangerous IMHO.
Re: REminds me of a report in the 1970's "Coal Bridge to the Future."
" I do expect it to burn a lot less coal for the same leccy that such a station built in say the 1970's would have."Well, it's not just for the sake of being efficient. The Chinese need a lot of power (to cover all our off-shoring), and their production of coal can't really keep up.
The last presentation I saw said that they were heating the water to ~600°C at ~600 bar to increase the efficiency of the plant. They then flash convert to steam at the point they generate the electricity. And this presentation was a fair time ago, comparing generation technologies before the final site of ITAR was chosen. The suggestion was that Chinese projects were leading the world in efficiency (out of necessity), and that some of that tech was going to come back to Europe later (A number of Euro companies were involved in the projects).
I would also say that the android system is well connected. Even using my Galaxy Note, I can plug in USB devices (flash sticks, HDDs, usb hubs, keyboards, oh and HDMI projectors).
I can even plug it into my camera (Canon 7D, 5DIII), control all settings, see the live-view display and take photos with it. By contrast, the Apple camera connection kit can't read from CF cards (used to but a firmware update a while back turns off the power when you try), and the "camera connection" just about manages to read a JPG file from the camera, but nothing else. With Android, I can happily copy the photos (JPG or RAW)onto the phone, the phones SD card, or upload by FTP / SMB to the web or my local server and use them in any application I want. Oh, and the android cost? £1 for USB host cable, £2.50 for the very nice remote control app.
I'm sorry, but I'm a bit lost by your post. Yes, it may be the case that a Samsung user needs a Samsung type headset, or an HTC owner needs the HTC type, but how the FK does that change whether FB can completely change the UI of the phone?
(On an aside, my home has 2 ipod touches. Acording to Apple, they are not an ipod touch 1 and an ipod touch mk5, but both are an "iPod Touch". But the video lead for one of them doesn't work with the other, and another iPod Touch video lead we have doesn't work with either. Sorry what was that you were saying)
Re: Nokia fan
I was a Nokia fan, until I got the E90, which they called a Communicator. To be honest I think it did less than the 9110; OK it had a colour screen, but apart from that it was the pants. I am extremely unlikely to get another Nokia. Ever. Oh and the fact that they returned my 2 month old N770 internet tablet, saying yes the WiFi is faulty but it's not covered by the warrantee just sealed it. Nokia RIP
No I think a better analogy is:
"Meteors have been entering the earth atmosphere for billions of years." Therefore it is a difficult argument to convince us that the reason a meteor caused so much destruction recently is because little Jimmy didn't say his prayers one night before bed.
No-one is saying that the ice isn't melting (except in the Himalayas), nor are they saying that the meltwater could well cause a problem. What they are saying is that this does not appear to be an "unprecedented" situation.
You can actually buy UPSs that use this tech. The tend to have much lower running costs than battery which always tend to have a small leakage current. Also there are no annual maintenance and battery swap-out issues.
The ones I've seen are multi kWh, but are normally specified to operate in the deadtime that it takes a diesel generator to spin-up and get to temperature (~1 min). They too run the flywheel in a vacuum, and use a SR motor/generator combo. I saw them put in in a remote location because maintenance was going to be an issue (but as the primary back-up without generator). Another remote location had the same type of set-up, but fuel-cell. THe fuel-cell was very nice in that it jsut sat there doing nothing until needed. The down-side was a life of about 1000 hours on the membrane.
Paid for apps
Well I used to be happy to pay for apps, but that has changed. When you go into a shop, you get to look at what you want to buy to know if it is any good. Not so with "apps".
I bought a Spanish-English dictionary app. It seemed OK looking at the screen shots, and there were loads of comments that it was great. Except; in Spanish, nouns have gender. The dictionary failed to show this. Also it failed miserably as a dictionary, not actually having the meanings of words, and was more akin the list of words in a spell checker.
Fool me, I then went and bought another one, and found that it had similar problems and missed quite a few common words. Could I get my money back, no! Is it possible to see before you buy? No. Where was Apple's customer service? "So you did actually buy the app?" "In that case I'm sorry, but there is nothing I can do"
Result: No more paid-for apps on the ipod.
I susoect that no one mentioned Android because that wasn't a question asked, or an accepted answer. As for me, I like my note, thanks and it's only about 6 months old. My next phone would probably be Samsung, but could also be HTC if I am convinced that it wouldn't be crap like my missus old one.
So I don't know what my next phone will be. The article suggests that means I have no platform lock-in, but I can tell you with>95% certainty that it will be Android.
"...increase the cost of downloads at certain times of day...it would be a significant challenge to the concept of net neutrality, which suggests carriers should carry all traffic without prejudice"
How does that have anything to do with net neutraility? AFAIAC net neutrality means that packets are considered equal indepedenly of their type/origin/destination. If your network has peak times and you want to allow people to pay less for avoiding those times, no problem for me. If you can't give 100Mbit/s to all your customers at once, but share out the bandwidth available between the active users, OK too. Maybe you even allow some users to pay for higher quality of service/bandwidth, and they get more of the pie, that's OK in my book too.
However, if you decide that VOIP packets get dropped or SIP connections blocked, then that is BAD (Vodafone). Giving priority to time critical packets is okish up to a point. When you start dropping (rather than queuing/delaying) all my browsing packets because someone else has a web-chat open, that is not OK. Especially given the positive feedback; if you don't drop the web chat packets as well, it will ramp-up it's data-rate, assuming that there is loads of bandwidth available.
I'll assume that was a serious question. So I'd have to say that in the northern hemispere, when BT were forced to allow the other telcos to carry long-distance and international traffic, then the BT costs came down to stop the customer hemerage. Then when other networks coud also use their networks for internet, the costs came down a lot. Although to be fair to your question, this kind of regulation sounds more like the opposite.
"side-stepping licensing rules"
I'm not surprised, given that you need to be a lawyer with a few hours spare to wade through, comprehend and understand the implications of all the shrink-wrap licesnses.
My previous employer did just that (they have a specific IP legal team), and found out that the license that came with a certain piece of MS software gave MS the copyright in anything produced using the software. Funnily enough, the director of IP & patents was not impressed and actually managed to get the standard license changed. Does that count as side-stepping?
Re: Unlike your cousins on the PC, you won’t be getting OneNote, Access or Publisher.....
So Office for Mac Home & Student comes with Outlook? That's good to know. I'm half way towards a Mac/Win setup so Office on Mac is an alternative to Office on Win. Outlook may not be great, but if you've been using it since it was called exchange & schedule, it's handy to stick with it.
MS dropped outlook from the Home & Student PC version from 2007 onwards. Then they went and published a blog about how Outlook was so useful to Students (although you could by a copy of Outlook 2007 to go with your Student Office for an extra £163, which was just over twice the price of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access combined.)
Re: Chrome starting to fall behind
And as I read this, I am reminded again how Firefox on Android renders each individual post in a different font size, and even manages to mix 10 point text with 26 point text on the same line, so that the words end up on top of each other. Ok I'll admit that it's trying to re-render a page that some nazi set as fixed width, but the fact is that my screen has more horizontal pixels than the HTML asks for, so for the love of his noodlyness, WHY?
Ok, but why the picture of Solar Orbiter? You can't talk to that anyway, we haven't finished building it yet.
Re: Exciting times
I'm not sure where the final magnet was made, but one of the links I just clicked still said that AMS-2 uses a super-cooled, superconducting magnet and it will be tested in 2010 by the ESA at ESTEC.
Well, it was tested at ESTEC, at CERN and other places and was very nice. In reality, that magnet didn't fly because the cooling helium would've only lasted for about 3 years, and the ISS is now set to stay up for a long time. Instead it has a permanant magnet, which while lasting longer doesn't help separate the really high-energy particles, which is a shame.
Re: well yes
From what I've seen of her on TV, I'd say that she's very common. (I don't know which one of the 7 new social classes counts as common)
"so Ofcom will be pushing out a consultation on the question in the summer."
Here's an idea. You find another provider. You sign-up with them online. You click "Move my ADSL to the new provider I like the look of more". You wait 5 minutes, restart your router and then access Skype all you want. (OK, I'll allow up to 30 mins to make the change). Oh and how about a minimum contract period of 30 days.
No having to write it out 3 times, sending by signed-for delivery and having to speak to 2 different retention teams. If an ISP doesn't like the idea of people switching at the drop of a hat, don't fk them about.
"It isn't very difficult to copy a duplicate of the mp3 to a usb stick, sell the original mp3 and then once it's been deleted by ReDigi's software, copy the duplicate from the usb stick back to your hard-drive."
Similarly it isn't that difficult to rip a CD to MP3 and then sell the CD, keeping the MP3, but that doesn't make it illegal to sell second-hand CDs.
Re: Certainly not acceptable@Ledswinger
"it is the specific function of the power industry to meet demand, not to produce power when it suits them"
That's funny, because I thought that it was the job of the power industry to make money for their shareholders. If the country has enough power at the right times is not important to them. If power plants become old and more expensive to run they are turned off, because turning them off gives better shareholder returns, regardless of power availability. This is the system that was put in place at the privatisation of the power industry.
IMHO that is the root of the reason why there will be insufficient power, not because people are using more. If everyone's consuption had been different and we were now using 1/4 the power, we would probably be in almost the same boat; it wouldn't have been cost-effective to have all the generation that we have now, so much would have been shut down. Then when the remaining ones got old, they probably would've been shut down too, just like is happening now. (Yes, demand leveling certainly helps, but there is only so much you can do; turning on the lights, TV and oven during the day instead of the evening may level things, but since I'm at work then, doesn't help me because then I'd be sitting in the dark going hungry and unable watch celebrities in the jungle and such.)
Add / Remove disks?
I looked at ZFS a fair while ago, but ISTR that there was no option to add and remove disks from the pool. Is this still the case? If I have a raid setup and want to add disks, can I? If I then want to remove some older disks can I? My main FS is currently running ext4, but I would like some of the ZFS features.
Isn't the problem...
...that the Alliance for Wireless Power doesn't actually have product yet? For example, TI have ICs for QI and is adding support for PWA, but until a manufacturer can actually make a handset that works with the A4WP standard, there won't be any that work with the A4WP standard!
Re: Morons at Vodaphone
"Really? Why can't they simply fix the price of pay-numbers in to a standard table and make any sex lines, etc, change their number prefix if they want to change the cost?"
Hang on. So if I have a pay number, say starting with 0845, and Vodafone want to change how much THEY charge their users to call it, I have to change my number? (even if BT et al. don't change how much they charge their users?)
Isn't the idea that when operators change how much they charge for a number (service, etc.), they have to tell their users first.
Re: re: Just out of curiosity
Nano wires used in quite a few places. Particularly silver nano-wires are found to have good anti-biological (and other) properties. Buy yourself some silver nano-wire socks and wear them all week without smelling of cheese :)
Re: VP8, for those who don't know
"Google still controls it. No single player in the technology world should have such an advantage over their rivals."
It doesn't matter who owns the technology and patent rights, if they have given a free, perpetual use license to the world. After that, it doesn't matter what else they do, VP8 would be free forever.
Oh, and the comment about h264 licenses meaning I have to pay a license for any video I shoot on my mobile unless it is only for "personal use"... Does YouTube count as "personal use"? (Bare in mind that showing a video to your collegues at work, in a school, youth club or oilrig does not count as "personal use", yet is a relatively small number of people that you know).
Re: The worst thing, by a mile...
"...are those functions that remain invisible until you hover over them "
Oh yes. remembered that with a brand-new install of Office 2010. You go to something and right-click to bring up the context menu (it's the only way you can do some things in Visio), and just after you click, Office decides to unhide a mobile tool pallet, and registers your click as menaing change the font or some such. Then it decides that every time you approach that object in the future, the pallet should pop-up again, so you can't even select said object because there is a tool pallet in front of it :(
"I use hover menus all the time via the stylus on my Note 2. It is exceedingly useful."
Same here on a Galaxy Note 1. I also sometimes use it with a bluetooth mouse, which gets you a normal style mouse-pointer on the screen, and hover works with that too. It also works in Firefox, not just the built-in browser. I just assumed that it was the same on all Androids.
That reminds me, I still have half a roll of unfinished film in my EOS 3. Yes, I love the auto eye-tracking focus, but the EOS 3 didn't have enough focus points. Would realy love it on the EOS 5DIII (would be even better if they could move some of the focus points a bit nearer the edges too.
To be slightly on-topic, the screen stay in the Galaxy Note 1 works very, very nicely. (except sometimes in the dark or if you are looking at a large angle from normal.)
Re: Look on the bright side.
I know a few people in Madrid City. Their fibre connection requires no bolt-ins. Telephone, TV, etc. are separate (at least one of them only has data, using VOIP and terrestrial TV for everything else.)
Tell me how much a data only connection in the UK costs, and where you can get one.
Re: Daily defence spending...
I watched Ross Kemp in Afganistan last night. They were walking through a village, throwing granades into all the windows / doorways without knowing who was hiding inside first, meanwhile complaining that the locals were shooting at them. And I just had to wonder again; why are we there, doing that?
I am all for having a defence force, but I think of that for defence. Think of the money we'd have for productive purposes if we weren't using it for distructive ones.
@Fred Flintstone Re: This was really stupid
".. which is why you'd simply push it wireless to an Apple TV. Works. Using AirParrot we do the same with Windows laptops.."
Hold on, so instead of carrying around my Galaxy note and HDMI adaptor (£5 on Amazon), I have to carry around an Apple TV as well as an ipad?
Well I've been using VOIP on my mobile since 2008 (Nokias E series used to have SIP client built-in). Using SIPgate, you also have several devices registered and ringing at the same time.
However, I was told that you are not allowed to port mobile numbers to VOIP because mobile numbers have a higher termination cost because of the cost of the mobile network. So how do O2 justify charging the mobile termination rate, but not routing the call over the mobile network? IMHO it's time to do away with the mobile termination rate (or the mobile termination rate rules) and flatten everything.
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