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Re: What could go wrong?
I recognise sarcasm when I see it (as well as many other things). Do they have a map of every lamp post and flagpole and overhead cable? Will students never run behind a newly installed crane (or whatever) so they can get a YouTube worthy video of a drone fragmenting itself? Will students order a book and then drive around in cars or on bikes for the fun of seeing the drone trying to keep up with them? I know I would, but maybe that's just me.
What could go wrong?
The hexacopter drone homes in on the customer's location based on the customer phone's GPS (either continous or as recorded at the time of the order). Does the hexacopter control centre know about power pylons, telephone poles, high buildings, etc? Does it know how to open doors, etc? This could be the start of some hilarious You Tube videos.
It took three tweets and still didn't say much
She should use a proper news and notices website, with an RSS feed.
re. the observing video camera
I just watched the video (I had to disable AdBlock .....shudders). Is that one of the arms of a quadracopter, or similar remote controlled device, that you can see towards the peak of the climb? I suppose it would be cheaper than using a helicopter.
Re: *scratching head*
I think there's some nominative determinism at work in your comment. (It's a good question too.)
A small detail is missing
What is the form of the data storage? The article mentions light and electron beams passing through the protective coating. Is it some energy induced phase change of the tungsten structure? Is the data carved onto the tungsten surface and then the protective coating applied afterwards? Because of the picture used in the title, I'll assume that its carvings on the surface, followed by a protective coating.
In another area of life
If my bank received a fax , with my name at the bottom, asking to transfer a large amount of money to a certain Nigerian bank account, I wonder what they'd do.
Equal footing with Uncle Sam
If the Brazilian government had the same amount of money to spend as the US government, and the same internal expertise at running a long term, major technology project; they too would have a super-duper secret internet spying system. This argument applies to every government in the world and many governments would be a lot better at keeping things secret than the US seems to be.
This could get interesting
I noticed the statement at the bottom of the page stating that a valid UK TV licence is required to watch this service. I wonder if the UK TV Licensing 'enforcers' will demand customer's IP addresses to track them down and take action against them if they are not recorded as having a valid licence.
Are pointer dogs 'natural pointers' or do they have to be trained to do it? If you consider a dog's/wolf's front legs, they could use them for pointing quite easily, if they really wanted to.
I'm a cheapskate
I got an old NSLU2 on e-bay for 15 pounds, plugged a 16GB USB stick into it, connected it to my router then set up an FTP user account on it. I use an FTP transfer app on my Android phone to send batches of photos home, or use Filezilla on a PC for anything else. It's all solid state and has been working continuously for 4 years now. Apart from one glitch when Virgin Media fell over then gave me a new IP address when they recovered, it's been perfect for my needs.
There may be some people out there who really need remote access to a TB or more of storage, but I can't imagine there are many.
unpaid “NCA specials”
I'd love to have that job; how do I apply? Do I get to wear the cool NCA jacket and baseball cap while I'm off-duty? My friends and family all tell me that I'm 'special'.
A better idea would be to hide somewhere upstairs. At least that was the old advice, I'm not sure if it's the case anymore.
A few details
London (UK) has two police forces. The Metropolitan Police (The Met) that is responsible for most of London and the City of London Police (CoLP) which is an older and separate force that is responsible for the ancient 'square mile' centre of London. I'm wondering which police force it is.
The CoLP have close contacts with wealthy and infuential organisations that have headquarters and offices in the centre of London and have specialist fraud and economic crime units that work closely with major organisations.
If it is the CoLP, I'm sure they would not be influenced by any large dinners or invitations to international conferences from entertainment industry executives. Throughout their history, the CoLP have never been associated with corruption or dubious practices. The Met have a similar history of absolute probity, as everybody knows.
They are preparing for something big
No one would have believed in the early years of the twenty-first century that the internet was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences more powereful than ours and yet even more devious, paranoid and self-serving than our own; that as people busied themselves with internet shopping and watching cat videos, they were being scrutinised and studied and classified according to percieved threat level.
I prefer 'Bose-on!' (I do obscure physics jokes, everyone needs a hobby.)
Re: Where exactly is he too young to drink?
I thought that the law applies to the retail sale of beer with the intended final recipient being an 'underage person'. Surely he can brew his own beer and drink it if he wants to? It's a basic freedom and human right, damn it!
I've just got back from a local industrial estate
I've bought a large amount of iron filings and steel swarf, to spread around the boundary of my property.
Re: The sad thing is..
Try NoLED. It puts notification symbols on your screen that tell you what kind of notification it is (e.g. e-mail arriving for a particular account, txt message, etc). These are customisable for colour and symbol set. You can set it to supress the screen display if the case cover is closed and set 'quiet times'.
re. "...perhaps coincidentally, is a PCSO ..."
No, that's the laughing hand of fate.
(Thank you for the sub-heading!)
Re: How bizarre!
I assume that 'racing' on public roads requires that rule since they haven't been formally closed and isolated from public traffic. Does anyone know if that is the case? I wonder why they didn't have a speed limiter as part of the control system.
Apart from the 'hobbyist' production values of the early episodes, something that I always notice is that the body language and vocal delivery of the actors was notable 'stagey', probably because the actors had more experience of theatre productions than television. They were used to delivering a performance that had to satisfy the audience on the back row. Also, they probably had it in mind that it was 'only children's entertainment'.
Nowadays it's cool to be a guest actor on Doctor Who and the agents are making discrete phone calls to let the BBC know that their clients would be very interested.
I knew it - it IS a religion!
"... we apply significant judgement ...."
It would be better if they applied sensible and honest judgement.
I've started making my own shotguns for the same reason. I'm learning a lot about the strength of materials and all sorts of useful stuff.
Thank you for using 'one' as a pronoun. One doesn't get to see it often nowadays, if at all.
"Just short of a criminal act"
So, it wasn't criminal act, was it? He closed down his organisation so that they couldn't force him to work for them as their secret snitch-bitch. The 'authorities' would love to make that illegal and are probably working on secret laws to give them that power.
'The land of the free'. Where is that place?
So, at the weekend it reall will be a crap day. Enjoy!
Re: Even if you needed that accuracy...
My first questioning thought was about the analogue display, but that is about resolution of the output, not accuracy. The point of the atomic clock is the long term accuracy. Having said that, I still think it's silly.
It looks like ....
... the first stage of an evil plan to capture the heart/soul of a TARDIS.
Just wondering .....
If I manage to forge a GCHQ IT security competence certificate (and associated records), does it automatically become valid because I've demonstrated competence in IT security?
re. persian rugs
I'd like to see a link for this. Was one intended?
Re: Are they splitting hairs?
" ... would have to be funded by subscription fees ...."
I wonder if anyone has done some kind of usage analysis of how people use Google services, what convenience and benefit the services give to the user and how much those services are actually worth to the average user. (Note: Watching cat videos does not have a high, if any, value to a sane user, no matter how much it costs to host the videos or deliver them.)
My use of free online newspapers means that I save enough money every month to pay for my cable internet connection, an easily calculated benefit. What does Google do for me (or Josephine Average) and how much _should_ I/we be willing to pay for it?
Re: Lies and obfuscation!
'Laurence' perhaps? Needs more research.
Re: I think you'll find...
So called because dogs keep licking them, so they must be good.
Also, I think he might have meant 'dog's breakfast', i.e a mess.
@Tim99 Re: It's all to hard for some people
Is the Linux user so scary that you don't want to write about his/her use of a computer and the internet?
...he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, ...
I categorically refute these allegations.
As I understand it (if i can read properly, etc) ....
... the photons are not so much 'bound together' but are constrained to act in a certain way due to some fundamental requirement involving allowed energy levels in what is some kind of quantum solid (the ultra cold rubidium). The overall effect is that they have to hold hands inside the rubidium 'crystal' I think a similar thing happens with Cooper pairs of elecrons in a superconductor. Life is never simple is it?
... the animals are upset about the obvious ripoff of their IP and indigenous artwork.
Re: Thats strange...
It's an Airbus.
Elop apparently negotiated a more lucrative golden goodbye
How on earth do you negotiate a goodbye payment? Unless you threaten to tell secrets or break legs? I'd really like to know because it might be useful to me in the future.
Nipples are "like snowflakes",
Beautifully defined when they're cold, but ...... - I've lost my poetic inspiration now....
Knowing which house my phone is at each night is a very private issue.
I'm sure the regular short bursts of exercise are good for the staff.
How about .....
... an outside thermometer/display in the form of a 2 inch square sheet that is stuck to the outside surface of the window and uses e-ink display that is updated every 15 minutes (or whatever). If the internal battery runs low then it can put up a 'please use the microwave' symbol.
Re: I do like how...
"... Joseph Braybrook, used the Ordnance's OS OpenData products ..."
"To build the model, Braybrook and his supervisors at the Ordnance took ..."
I think the organisation itself and everybody involved deserves credit and admiration.
From the linked article
"Frank from across the street is an alternative operating systems hobbyist ...."
Jim Stone has been spying on me! How do I disable the phantom power supply?
@Duncan Macdonald Re: I'd be happy with ...
Can't they fool the human eyes by using an array of Red, Blue, Green LEDs (in the right mixture) behind a diffusing screen? It wouldn't be a smooth spectrum but it's the visual effect that matters.
Lamps 'R' Us
Re: Diatoms, its full of diatoms!
It's a fragment of a babelfish. (I'm good at jumping to conclusions.)
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