1912 posts • joined 30 Jan 2009
"That's possibly enough to get a conviction."
Yeah but in Spain, all that happens is that they grant a pardon to the person convicted. There is a tug of war between the judges on one hand saying that new laws are unworkable or unconstitutional, or convicting people of crimes, and the politicos on the other hand passing "illegal" laws, or pardoning their amigos so they don't suffer.
Given that this guy is in the PP club, chances are that nothing will happen. He might even get voted in again at the next election, because he may still be see as less bad than the other guy!
Re: "Merely...make money"
"It's actually a breach of copyright as you are creating a derivative work of the page "
At last we can get IE6 banned because it does not render pages properly, and is therefore unlawfully infringing copyright.
"Good luck suing the US Government for money."What's the problem? They'll just pass another act allowing them to borrow even more money to pay it and forget about it.
Oh they do have a plan though; when the economy has improved and is growing at 10000% per anum, then the tax receipts will pay off all the past debt.
Re: I hope he
"...he's sunk money and time and money and more money into making a cheaper space launch system, even if it does'nt work, at least he has tried."There is an apt saying here that goes something like:
"To make a millionare rocketlauncher businessman, first you start with a billionaire"The business has very few customers, and it is hard to amortise anything with the low quantity of launches and the extreme cost of doing anything, analysed to the nth degree.
I hope to see this succeed, even though that will initially negatively affect some of my customers (and therefore also potentially me). However as a whole, I expect to see it positively affect all of them in the long term.
Sounds like same again
They are only just finishing the last round of this. They passed a ruling saying that everything had to be supplied with verifiable DNA on it. The problem was that it was a lot of bother for quite a few suppliers, so they said no; the business isn't worth it.
The end result was that the army had to buy the parts through the grey-market, via another company who added the DNA to say that the part was OK - end result was acutally the opposite of what they wanted because they just went ahead with it, even though the suppliers said that they weren't playing ball.
The other thing is we are still using things like op-amps/comparitors/diodes/transistors designed in 1970 or before. Add a die containing a processor and encryption to a diode?! That's even more fucked up than DNA.
Re: Once again the EU makes a good call. @MrXavia
"...block us from kicking out terrorists..."Ah, but that isn't the EU. That's the European Convention of Human Rights. It was put in place to try and prevent another world war and the abuses that lead to and resulted from the last ones. Also a good part of it was written by us, a conservative MP, I believe. The European Convention of Human Rights is just about the only thing that has stopped the UK getting so bad that 1984 and V for Vendetta look like a fairy tale by comparison.
Re: Lose face never lose rabbit OK
The original report I saw came from SAST and said that they would not be able to return the rabbit to 100% functionality. I assumed that this meant that they still couldn't open/close the solar panels properly, maybe something suffered from the cold, and maybe there was less power available.
When I saw lots of headlines reporting it dead, I wondered if it was pessimism or exageration (my own body doesn't work 100% but that doesn't class me as dead!). In the end, I think that each site picked up the story from another site, changing the words a bit along the way, and it went from <100% eventually to =0%. Could you call it Chinese whispers? (ok, I'll get me coat.)
Re: Wow...so intriguing...
I'd also mention that vacuum is much, much thinner than helium, so if you can't make something that can keep helium in, you certainly can't keep a vacuum in. Also as soon as you put anything consumer grade in a vacuum, almost everything outgasses, meaning you end up with no vacuum.
I suppose that they could always fit a turbomolecular pump to every drive, but it might cancel out the capacity density improvements .
Re: GPS in smartphones
I have a dedicated GPS that shows me a map. When I turn it on, and tell it to keep the map on the screen the whole time, the batteries only last 30 minutes. My smartphone does much better than that (and does other things too).
Now, if you are talking about a GPS that just displays Lat/Long as 7-segment digits on a monochrome LCD display, then you may be right, but if that is all your GPS does, then it is a design FAIL. Climbing over the local moutains I need something more than Lat/Long - and paper maps don't survive the weather (particularly driven rain/snow) up there.
"NASA (and others) have successfully sent rovers, China is coping their work."I have it on good authority that the NASA programs were largely developed on paper - invented by the Chinese, so obvious copying there. Also there are some rumours that the rockets were actually based on German technology - again more copying.
Sorry; I've got lost somewhere. What exactly was your point? (Where's the twat icon?)
Re: what about over discharge ?
What over-discharge does, is it causes the copper electrode to dissolve (Below about 2V for normal Li-Ion tech). If you then recharge the cell, the copper is re-deposited. However the copper is not re-deposited evenly - it tends to grow dendrites because the surface charge is higher at the peak of the dendrite, causing more copper to be deposited there than elsewhere.
Over subsequent charge-discharge cycles, the dendrite(s) tend to puncture the insulation between the positive and negative electrodes and cause a leakage path for current. If the dendrite heats up too much, it may start off a chain reaction. Most Li-Ion cells use a cobalt based chemistry, which enters thermal runaway above about 150°C, or about 100°C if the cell has been abused. IMHO if the electrolyte is inflammable or not doesn’t make much difference if the cell electrodes are thermally degrading at approx. 2000°C
Re: android upgrade debate
It seems to be less and less relevant now. Google seems to stick most of the required stuff in some Google supplied "apps" that automagically update in the background, regardless of what actual firmware you have. The actual firmware of the phone now doesn't seem to do very much that affects apps, so it doesn't seem to be so critical that it is always updated.
It also suggests that their simulation is perfect and therefore the planets must come from somewhere else.
Even though the simulations say that all asteroids close-in are the "warm-born" type, and all those far out are the "cold-born" type, even though a sample of asteroids in our solar system shows a fair number in the wrong place. Once again, showing that something is wrong in the simulations. (Also possibly supporting the idea of Jupiter type planets moving inward and outward).
Re: This is a big problem for LinkedIn too
I don't follow how this solves anything. Imagine that NSA hacks a real person. The NSA then use that person's account to post a link to their chosen honeypot. How does the real person having a public key change anything?
Re: I'm surprised that in 2014...
I think Britain is a bit northern for most efficient launches to orbit (France happens to still own a bit of land near the equator, and is friendly). In addition, the laws here are so awful, that people who could launch here go somewhere else to do it instead. The UK gov used to have quite a nice small rocket; I think there's still one in Leicester (along with the only Soyez outside of the former USSR), but they gave up on it after disasterous attempts of work sharing a 3-stage rocket with European partners.
However, some very, very nice CCDs for space use come out of Britain, including almost 1 billion pixels worth launched very recently. Also you can easily get the rest of the kit in Britain, and cheaply too, if you are happy with the cutsy little birds that come from Surry Satellites. Look up Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC)
Re: reading required @Naughtyhorse
"prolly dont count cos it's downhill all the way there!I tend to think that everything is uphill from the surface of the Earth; it's just in the opposite direction. For example do you think that pushing a car from stationary to 30MPH is harder than stopping one that is driving towards you at 30MPH?
Re: Capita SIMS
"SQL escape character but you'd think a big, well established team would have a library of utility methods to handle this."But someone isn't typing the surname into a SQL query are they?; they're typing it into a form (god I hope!)
What the hell happens when Robert '); DROP TABLE students; joins the school??
Re: The real issue with the Dodd-Frank Method @wEASELnO7
As I read it, instead of certifying every worker and their dog, you do the analysis, and if that says it comes from somewhere else, then you stop. Only if it says it comes from a conflict area, do you go looking for certificates showing that it is conflict free.
Of course those certificates could still be fakes, in just the same way that they could doing what the NGOs propose, but what it means is that you don't go chasing certificates for every gramme of the stuff irrespective of whether it comes from a conflict region or not.
Re: > if they can't guarantee that ephemeral really is ephemeral
I think I've seem something similar...
First law of NSA:
If you know it, the NSA knows it.
Second law of NSA:
Even if you don't know it, chances are that the NSA knows it
The problems in Spain are: Very few people have access to parking that can see the sky. Normally you are all shoe-horned into a skyscraper with underground parking. There are some people living in villages that still have individual housing, but normally their disposable income prohibits buying cars like this.
If you do have above-ground parking, it has a shade, because otherwise the paint on the car doesn't last 5 years, and your hands melt on the steering wheel. You could possibly remove the sunshade for this car, but then you'd use a lot of your 8*300w of "free eleccy" running the aircon to cool-down the car. (Sunpower claim that their best panels are 21.5% efficient, so in Spain you are looking at 8kw*0.885 = 7kw of heating!! a fair amount of that will probably end up inside the car)
You pay through the nose to have an electrical supply to your dwelling that can push more than 3kW. If you actaully have more than 10kW available, you are effectively non-domestic and can't get a tarrif which is limited by the government, so the leccy companies can charge you whatever they want. Also you probably don't have any way of getting your electrical supply down to your parking space in the garage. I hope that the charger is intelligent to only consume as much power as you have available at any moment in time.
I think the examples given need expanding. For example I am exempt as a private person storing the contact details of my friends a family. Surely as soon as a company accesses that data for their puposes, they ought to declare it and be registered (e.g. drop box needing access to your contacts - why? What do they do with info?)
You have missed the point. The Mac Air has impressive packaging, and so makes for a better portable.
However, this is a desktop. To get close to a normal Mac Pro, you have to add an external HDD enclose, complete with a straggly cable. For the 2nd Ethernet port you'll also need another adaptor (the Mac Pro will easily saturate a Gbit port and normally uses 2 bonded). For video or audio work, you'll also need an external PCIe enclosure for your pro capture cards. Also despite waiting years for it, it can only tke 64GB of ram? The old ones have that! A standard 16GB max is also poor showing, our laptops have that much!
The old Mac Pro is better in every way except the processors. Very, very disappointed.
Re: No Christmas presents for astronauts
But what if the othrr astronauts didn't like you, and stuck a fake alian outside your window to scare you when you woke up?
Re: Yeah ... right....
from univertsities and ISPs you say? I seem to remember reading something about state sponsored hackers breaking into a university in order to then break into the major comms links in China. I think the wistle-blower was Snowdon or somesuch. Can remember if he said who was actually doing the nasty.
Re: Not that I buy into this US-led paranoia about Huawei kit...
I think that System-X by GPT predates Thatherism by quite a bit (complete with parallel routing to copy all your packets to Cheltenham). GPT wss certainly a very private company.
Re: SAP=[S]tops [A]ll [P]rogress
My last company replaced their old systems with SAP. The old front-end was web based and in-house. The backend ran on AS400 and was creaky but ok.
The new SAP system was so expensive, there was 1 license per 50 users, and the users went back to submitting paper forms to the person with the license. It also didn't help that in the SAP UI you had to raise an order against a fixed cost centre, and then go back and amend the order to add an auxilliary field with the cost-centre in it, because for some reason if you didn't, it couldn't assign costs properly, and sometimes went ahead with orders before they had even been reviewed, let alone authorised. A simple mistake in the UI caused all sorts of pain that took hours to resolve.
I'm very glad to be somewhere else now.
The next line goes?
SaviourFailure of the universe
Re: "Best" is just not a word
No news on the new Mac Pro, no.
But there is a new model due soon - the Mac minipro. However this one needs a Thunderbolt to Ethernet cable, a collection of Thunderbolt to Sata cables, and a Thunderbolt to PCI enclose to come close to a Mac Pro, but still won't even support the amount of RAM that a Mac pro from years ago supports :(
Re: Unfortunately, he will probably be constrained
But haven't BT just dissolved that very contract?
Re: A simple suggestion
"...if the cable is more than a mile long, they actually make more money from the selling of the copper than it costs to replace the copper with fibre."Is that so? And they tell me that to dig up the mile long cable from the exchange to my house, and put in a fibre router at each end will cost HOW MUCH?? Tell you what. For the 2nd-hand price of the copper wire, I'd gladly pay for fibre to my house.
Re: Human Error
The Human error was when a human ended their sentence with "...and they'll never know."
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: 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: 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: 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.
So which media scanner should they use? The one installed here and updated daily by those good people at McAfee certaiy doesn't detect everything that's out there in the wild from day 1.
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?
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