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Re: This might be a stupid comment, but...
I don't understand why you would want all your internal systems to have to talk to one another using a label that you use for external things (e.g. TMs / brands). If I do this, does my internal mail server or file server have to respond on all of the domains we have?
When my company does a complete re-branding, do I have to go around and change everything internally because the marketing department now sells things under a different name?
Should I change things so that the old names no longer resolve too, or should I keep a cname record for every different name/brand that the company has used for the last 20 years?
<sarc>On a related point if I have to use FQDNs for everything internal, should I also dump 10.1 ? Can I still buy 20,000 public IP addresses anywhere?</sarc>
The way it seems to me is that the F9 would facilitate China or India having a satellite in orbit. In the case of the Thales bird, it seems obvious that some in the US do not want China to have any satellites, so they get upset even when a European company manufactures a satellite for them, without using any "special sauce" ITAR components.
You also have to consider that the only reason Europe developed their own launcher was because of the conditions that the US put on launching anything for someone other than the US - and this was for it's best friends of the UK and France!
Re: Shortage scaremongering
I read a report that said mining the old rubbish dumps in the US was now a cost-effective way of getting Aluminium. The report said that the weight of aluminium that could be extracted per tonne/volume of waste dug up was comparable or more than the volume extraced from bauxite mining. What's more, the cost/energy to separate and re-cycle the aluminium was less than that needed to reduce bauxite to aluminium.
I don't think that will ever be the case with these other elements because of the tiny quantities involved compared to the volume of rubbish we make, and it would be nice to think that we actually recycled everything rather than burying it.
Re: How about a little perspective here?
"Well, he could always offer to loft birds for India or China."I'm not sure that he could. Apart from the fact that India and China want to build their domestic capabilities, there are problems with trying to sell services to China (India I'm not sure). A certain senator would have a fit if he even read your comment.
The F9 would certainly be blocked for export, even if it used not a single component that was previously declaired ITAR (International Trade in Arms Regulations). Also talking to the Chinese (and possibly Indians) so that they knew enough to fly their bird on one would probably get you locked-up. As far as actually putting something in space for China goes, well just look at what happened to Thales. They developed a satellite that didn't use any American ITAR parts, specifically so that they could export it without ITAR issues. Even after they proved that it didn't use any ITAR restricted parts, the US still wouldn't leave them alone. It was as if China should not be able to have satellites.
I think that the F9 will get enough customers from the US and maybe Europe without having to worry about chasing orders in China and upsetting the big bad Wolf.
Re: so that was you?
Did they start along the lines of "Hi I'm Dave from AT&T, how am I helping you?"
Re: A solution in search of a problem
Ledswinger; you also forgot to mention that putting a turbine on the rooftop tends to propagate all sorts of nasty vibrations into the structure of the building, which then tends to fail with parts crumbling away and cracks appearing. For me that is a more serious problem than low efficiency.
Re: Blinded by the light
The systems I've seen proposed using light, use lasers. That means a very, very narrow band and very easy to filter (like filtering out low pressure sodium lamps). They also have quite a low power density to make them eye-safe, including for binocular users (viewing a very large telescope by eye, I don't know).
The systems are done to get 24hour power (except 70 minutes during the equinoxes), and use lasers rather than huge mirrors because the conversion efficiency in space is better than on Earth, and the final conversion efficiency on Earth with a very narrow wavelegth range can be quite good.
Re: Energy though the atmosphere...
"It is not feasible to beam energy through the atmosphere"My solar powered calculator begs to differ.
I'd agree with you to a point (although back in the day, Demon actually required people to run their own SMTP servers and supplied a dos app to do it for them). However, I think that now, most ISPs shut down anything that looks like an open mail relay, and SPAMHaus blocks pretty much the rest of them (including whole blocks of dynamic IP addresses just in case).
I would guess that nowadays most spam either comes from cooperative ISPs, or trojen installed applets that either send the mail directly, send it via your email provider, or log in to someone else's webmail and sends it from there.
AFAIK it is already illegal (criminal act) or unlawful (can't remember which) to remove identifying or copyright information from digital media. Unfortunately I can't remember the details, and have no way to search for them from here. I seem to remember that somewhere in the huge ???.gov.uk pile of websites, that there is an introduction to copyright and does spell it out.
The Note 3 has an option that even if reset "completely" to manufacturer defaults, it won't work unless logged in to the original Samsung account. No idea if it works if someone just flashes it with cyanogenmod though.
Re: I must admit to having wondered
I'd also add that in the beginning, a lot of protocols were debugged by hand - you'd use telnet to connect to a deamon running FTP HTTP or whatever, and talk to it, trying different possibilities to break it or find out why it just plain didn't work.
That's probably a good reason for most stuff being in clear text and English/nmenonics.
No, sorry "Tasking" in this context is correct, and it is a technical term. You upload a series of tasks for the craft to do, and so you use the gerund of the word to say "tasking". Whether the use of the word in the more general sense is correct or not (along with gems like "nominal") I leave as an exercise for the grammar
Re: Recycling - More bits of crud in orbit
It's more like about 25% of it will come down as pieces. The rest will turn into dust in the atmosphere (e.g. vaporise and then condense). None will be left in orbit.
Also as far as dust in the atmosphere goes, the amount of it will be insignificant compared to the natural space dust that lands in the atmosphere every day.
In other news
"Apparently" Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
Despite having acess to everyone's email and phone calls, I wouldn't rely on them knowing anything.
Re: So when they say dropping support..
To be honest it really pisses me off when they go and change a perfectly good, working site. If using IE9 forced you to a static version of the page, at least you always know where you are, and you know it will alwasy work the way you want it to (Bloody hell, where is the button to launch the calendar today?)
The problem is; they will just say FK you and either serve you up a dog's dinner, rendered badly, or refuse to work.
'level the playing field'
"level the playing field"
The best way to be sure is to take off and nuke it from orbit. Or is that a bit over the top?
When you say nobody, I assume that you mean except all of us - with our contributions to JET (Joint European Torus) and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor )
Oh, and that's just a couple of them - there are other tori as well, plus a few smatterings of high-power laser pulses being used to ignite small pellets.
Re: Quite right too....
Don't forget that government debt is MUCH cheaper than corporate debt too, so the long-term costs would be lower. The problem is that they don't want that much debt to show up on their books, because it looks bad.
Re: Wouldn't a vacuum be better?
No. It's very hard to hold a vacuum. lots of things start to evaporate at very low pressures, including things that you thought were solid.
For example in CRTs, you need a reactive element (called a getter) that reacts with an trace gasses in the tube as they are emitted from the various parts of the tube, just to keep the vacuum. Apart from the problem of it not staying a vacuum, you may also start to have problems with some of your components evaporating away causing failure.
You missed off making the rooms air-tight. They just need to ensure that they can open the doors each time there is an election to change over the MPs
Re: Why didn't they...
Because it would've needed several times more fuel than it was actually launched with, plus an extra rocket system, comprising at least 2 nozzles, plus various extra tanks, valves, pipework, control systems...
It's a bit like asking why a car doesn't have a built-in recycling system for when it reaches the end of it's life - and having to carry it around with itself everywhere. By that point, it would no longer work as a car.
However, the new polar MetOp sats are just going through a re-quote to have enough fuel to do this. In their case, they already have the rocket motors and the rest of the stuff for their mission, however the fuel to control de-orbit is still 2x what is needed for the entire 7 year mission. So it's a major upgrade in tank size and associated changes to the platform, but should allow the left over bits to land in the Pacific.
Re: as an aside...
You can already offset your legitamate costs of earning your salary against your tax liability. For example as a Chartered Engineer, I have to pay certain sums of money every year to various groups. I can declare these payments to avoid paying tax on the money I earned to make those payments. Exactly like a company.
However the physical and mental pain of doing so hurts more than the money I would make through the tax saving, so I don't.
That sounds like harassment to me. If there happens to be someone sensitive in your household, who gets easily worried by this (happened to an ex) - you should report the calls as a crime to your telco. Number withheld will not help them; they can be traced and told to stop it.
I agree with the original poster. At the moment, if you buy a subsidised handset on 1 year contract, at the end of the year, your monthly payment stays the same. So you have 2 options: Carry on paying the same with your 1 year old handset, or take out a new contract, for the same money and have a new handset.
Result --> 1 year old handset goes in landfill, or if the environment is lucky, it gets sold-on.
A far better solution is people buy their phones (sure allow them a credit agreement if you want), and then have all airtime contracts independant from phone credit agreements.
Re: “talking through her hat” @Mayhem
Something similar is happening in the UK, but with flooding. People are saying that the increased flooding is because of man-made climate change, but it seems that the flooding is exactly the same as it always was; it's just that there are loads of houses now built on the flood plains that flood. (It's also true that replacing grassland with ashfelt roads, houses and concrete patio tiles and doesn't help!)
A couple of years ago (or 5) there was a big flood in Gloucester, that they said was "unprecedented", however there is a childs' nursary rhyme that has been around for years exactly about a "Dr. Foster" who went to Gloucester in a shower of rain. He stood in a puddle up to his middle and was never seen again.
Re: And with no fanfare... @AC good riddance
It used to be a very common mod to remove the DVD drive, put a flash disk in place of the old HD and put the HD, or even bigger one into the DVD bay. Gives you a very nice fast responsive machine, but that you can still fit Gigs of photos onto. (e.g. a days shooting with 2 photographers will get you >100GB of RAWs, so by the time you want to process them for previews, you've run out of storage)
Before you say look; The Apple site decides I'm on a mobile device here so I can't see it.
Do the new retina Pro15" models have an option of anti-glare screen? It's the one feature on the old 15" that I couldn't ever do without. (It's a shame not being able to fit 2 drives in the new ones though).
Re: And with no fanfare a Macbook Pro was removed from the line-up
"Or buy a Apple DVD drive or 3rd party USB drive for £20-30."I'm sorry your post came in a bit garbled there. Did you say I could buy an Apple DVD drive for £2030 or a 3rd party drive for £20? I'll have the 3rd party drive, thanks :)
Re: The "One bad apple." Of course. A favorite of police forces everywhere.
Since you started talking about redundancy, we also have to carry that on to the A4 / A5 example. In this case, the legacy code caused a problem that was spotted (overflow storing an int16 in an int8 or similar), so the nominal computer was effectively sidelined, to allow the redundant to take over.
The problem was that since the failure was inherent in the design, rather than the failure of a part, the redundant computer made the same error, and was also shut-down.
Pleople often forget what redundancy protects against.
Re: Not really impressed
"CostI'm not sure. If you take the example of the Utah data centre, and say you want 4 of those; is there enough flash in the marketplace to be able to actually buy enough to make them?
Pure and simple"
I remember seeing an HP badged 3D printer a few years ago (I can't remember what they called it 3DJet probably). It used the Stratasys FDM system - don't know if it was just badged, semi-custom or a complete HP design.
As far a jams; no what the Stratasys FDM system does is it suddenly goes ape shit, and produces what looks like a birdsnest made out of extruded plastic goo.
One problem is that after moving on from Stratasys using extruded goo (0.3mm), to SLA using monomer resins and laser polymerisation (0.016mm), all the new desktop systems look like trying to make an Airfix kit using lego bricks.
Re: Remember folks, the atmosphere acknoledges *no* borders.
Not in the UK. The permanantly operating air washing system will rain that stuff out of the atmosphere. Shame that it interferes with solar panels & Sunday barbeques though.
Re: I purchase and pirate the same movies @Wize
It gets better. Most of my recent purchases, including eye-wateringly costly Blurays also try to get me to buy Mars bars and such :(
(That reminds me - got to buy one of those firmware hackers for my Panasonic to disable region locks and enable skipping of adverts)
Re: Data mules
Actuallly, in the UK, they could claim that it was some encypted information (terrorists or somesuch). If you don't hand over the "decryption key" then you're guilty. Go directly to gaol, do not collect £200.
Re: I'm waiting for MacBook Pro updates and the new Mac Pro to come out
I've been waiting for the new Mac Pro for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting. All I've seen is almost a Mac Mini shapped like a coke can :(
I already have a rather nice MBP for the machine that has to be compact and I don't mind that I can't upgrade it much. What I want now is a monster machine that can be upgraded to make it even more monstery.
Re: A planet?
It wasn't a cresent moon; it was a fully moon. That's all that's left of it; the rest is shooting off through the galaxy somewhere.
Re: I applaud this approach @Don Paul
"BTW, Do you go out of your way to tell YOUR clients you fucked up? I thought not."Hold on. You thought that before this nobody thought that there were bugs in MS software? You forgot the joke icon :)
However, I gave you an up vote for the rest of your post. One bugbear of mine is the people who compare the number of tablets bought vs. laptops. They might as well say that there were more skateboards bought than cars (after all, they're both used to go from one place to another)
Re: "...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."
Wouldn't it just be simpler to make the manufacturers make the things 'A' rated?Yes, and indeed that law is coming next year:
● All TVs must consume less than 3W (The biggest screen anyone has made that complies so far is 2". Sony have plans for a jumbo sized 2.3")
● All fridges must consume less than 100Wh a year. (You will need a separate fridge per bottle of milk, any bigger and the fridges consume too much)
● All vehicles must travel 200 miles to the gallon (So far there is a choice of 2 mopeds, and yes they have pedals to go up hills again, just like in the old days)
Ah yes, one size fits all.
Re: Control Data had it right
I remember some very old ICL and Digital machines with 6-bit bytes (being a pedant I am using Byte as the number of bits to represent a character). One guy here still cannot type in lower-case, and I'm pretty sure he'd have a stroke if you sent him a document without a single upper-case letter in it.
But I also remember at least one of those Dec machines had a machine-code square-root instruction (although seem to remember it being split into 2 to allow time slicing).
It now makes me smile a bit that we have huge monstor machines running bare-metal hypervisors, with each user having a virtual machine running its own a virtual copy of Windows, loading its own virtual copy of Excel. In the past, a single machine loaded one copy of 2020, and all the users shared it. No need to load 150 copies of the same thing, all repeating the same houskeeping tasks.
Re: Shock @danR2
NO NO NO NO!
There are plenty of alternatives to Reader; even to the full fat Acrobat Pro. What's more, almost all of them are better! I'd be happy for Adobe to drop it like a hot potato.
What they should carry on with is CS which doesn't have an equivalent, but unfortanely they dropped like a hot potato :(
"Science is about facts, not opinions."And that's your opinion. Sorry couldn't resist. Couldn't help myself. Also sorry to Sheldon's mun for stealing her line.
"We have become East Germany, but without a West Germany to escape to."Does Sealand still have room?
Ah the Gender axis. I remember a sketch a very long time ago (Smith & Jones era?) where someone asked if they had any kids, said "Yes, three - one of each; boy, girl & hairdresser".
However your point about axes is spot on.
Re: And people say that Samsung is a copycat
Well actually, I have to defend Apple on this one (sorry). Bought a Mac, and can swap the language and regional settings between any option my iPos Touch too (don't know about the phone version of the iPod). Bought a PC with MS windows. The language is fixed - to change it you have to buy a new copy of MS Windows.
Re: Typical waste of money @Alex Rose
I don't know if they have changed it recently, but last time I used the A3 to get to the M25 coming from the west, the signs seemed to suggest that the M25 only goes to Heathrow and Gatwick. There was nothing suggesting that the M25 goes anywhere else, nor anything saying North/South or Clockwise/Counterclockwise. If you didn't know where you were going relative to the airports, you were fucked.
Re: High energy - no, moderate
No, not really a problem at all. I have no problem with electrons (even the younglings of Don Jefe). What I have problems with is the nasty particles with >80MeV. I am not looking forward to next year's work on new stuff for Jupiter - makes the Van Allen belts look like kindergarten.
Re: Unlike the Reg
Still got me Gold badge too, but the carriage clock stopped working ages ago.