22 posts • joined 24 Feb 2009
Re: she's right, of course.
I've got tickets to see KB and wouldn't even bother taking photos with my phone, let alone get in everyone's way and record a video on it.
But I wouldn't mind taking a few snaps with my decent camera. The ticket conditions (as pretty much standard) forbid photography and I don't want to risk getting it confiscated on entry so I won't bother.
But it pisses me off that photography is generally forbidden (even if largely unenforceable now that just about everyone carries a camera with them) but crowds of numpties gather at the front to hold their phones aloft without being challenged by venue staff.
Apple == BMW - well built, recognisable, performant, quite stylish, mass-upmarket, but neither as
exclusive, nor as powerful, nor as good looking as their owners think.
And like BMWs, owned by wankers.
My FX-7000G is still going strong, I think I got in 1986 or 1987. There was a depressing point a couple of years ago when a colleague pointed out that he was younger than my calculator though.
Could've Been Worse
Just think of the hullabaloo if he'd said he eats faggots!
Re: Good advice except that it's impossible
Set a random 20 char password, buy yourself a Yubikey and configure that to send the password for you, assuming you're not using a service that works with the OTP functionality. Works on any machine as it's basically a USB keyboard as far as the OS knows.
Yep, something like LastPass will work across all major browsers and devices. Use two-factor where possible with a Yubikey or Google Authenticator - LastPass, Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Evernote accounts at least can all be made more secure this way.
I use LastPass and have it automatically generate 20 character random passwords for every site I need to log into. I don't even know the passwords myself in most cases so even hammer decryption won't work on me.
Nonetheless although we can do everything possible to be secure we'll always be at the mercy of the likes of Adobe clowns who are able to get my credit card details hacked. Changing my password for my Adobe account is no big deal, but changing my card is a PITA.
Never any danger
This apparent danger has always been cobblers. If it was a serious risk then the airlines are putting their passengers' lives at risk by not confiscating all such devices on boarding. They don't let us on with guns, pneumatic drills or welding gear for obvious reasons but for these deadly electronic devices they're happy to stick with the honour system.
Re: Was it colder then?
> I think pill-boxes were/are a rural thing - I only started to notice them when I moved out of the city, and there are plenty left, particularly at spots where roads cross rivers or canals. They were, after all, built to last.
I was playing in pill boxes, gun emplacements and acoustic mirrors while living in Kent in the 1980's. I think many of them are still there around Hythe, Folkestone and Dover. And there were some awesome (though somewhat dangerously dilapidated) martello towers from the Napoleonic era to be explored around there too.
Ah-ha, at least one of the acoustic mirrors is still there: http://goo.gl/maps/XFyMA
"and for an appalled moment I thought he was directing the patient to heave his bristling pink mansack onto his own flatbed scanner."
Now why did this make me think of Mick Hucknall...?
Really cool demo but...
It's not clear from the article but I'm sure these drones aren't autonomous, there must be a motion capture system out-of-band which is doing all the processing and drone control, hence the white sheets to give good contrast for the system's cameras.
Being able to do the same thing with autonomous drones must be much harder just due to their viewpoints, even if the processing and drone comms could all be done on-board. I guess that'll all be do-able in the near future though.
Still very impressive nonetheless.
For added fun get the Playmobil digger for extracting that ATM:
Re: Have they ...
Mouse-follows-focus for Win7:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ActiveWndTrkTimeout=dword:25 (value in ms)
No idea if this works for Win 8 but I expect it would.
Re: And another????
I think that may have been The Consultant with Hywel Bennett.
As for £125 for the Bird of Prey DVD... I'll have to think about flogging mine, comes with the sequel series too.
PS3 Cold Turkey
Bah, this probably explains why it's been impossible to play Starhawk for the last few days.
Ridiculous miserable sods. UKNova probably did a huge amount of good for rights owners as free market research in what old content people were willing to pay for. Certainly they played by the spirit of the law (if not the letter of it) and did everything to ensure that the only content available wasn't commercially available elsewhere.
UKNova will be greatly missed, it's really a model for what the broadcast companies ought to be doing themselves.
Rolling shutter problems?
I'd like to have known how bad the rolling shutter issue is with these. As Jan 0 says, some sample video from each camera would have been useful.
For what it's worth I've got a Kodak PlaySport Zx5, it's completely bomb-proof, no discernible rolling shutter problem, standard tripod mount. I'd replace it with something similar with better low-light performance though.
Their PlaySport cameras are absolutely brilliant. I'll have to get myself a Zx5 before they disappear or become collectors' items.
ESA pay scales
ESA pay scales here:
I used to be a contractor for ESA, their facility in the Netherlands is a fantastic place to work.
At least it's not vomit
Is it possible to dust for shit?
As I understand it GPS is supposed to be treated as a secondary navigation aid for exactly this reason - the military reserves the right to degrade or switch it off at any time, anywhere.
In practice mariners obviously aren't doing this, but perhaps they ought to dig out their sextants and Harrison chronometers and practice without GPS occasionally.
I'm all for an expensive state funeral for Thatch, as long as we don't have to wait for her to die first!
FTP vs 'FTP'
I think the author's got the FTP protocol (RFC959) as was used by some Blogger sites confused with a generic file transfer mechanism for the chat clients.
No problems with IMAP
Though the Gmail website isn't responding, I've got no problems accessing my Gmail account via IMAP. No bloody ads either!
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