2690 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 12:27 GMT
Re: Always carry a torch
Far too big - I've always got one of these on my keyring:
B&Q are flogging similar for a quid. Don't last ages, but are only a couple of cm long, about 0.7 in diameter.
Re: Power Generation
Why would you "reduce the mass temporarily" and still expect energy in vs energy out to match? And what would be the point?
"I thought the zoom had the layer of yoghurt-y stuff on the outside, with the hundreds-and-thousands. "
That lolly sounds fab...
"Siri, am I gangsta or what?"
No chance of Curiosity blasting "No More" into the surface of the planet?
Pumped-storage hydroeletric does pretty much what you say - they pump water up into a higher reservoir during low-demand periods, and release it on demand or during peak periods. There are at least two that I know of in the UK (one in Scotland, one in Wales) and act as Grid reserves
It's usually the bright, re-employable ones that jump ship.
Re: And number of D-Link routers updated?
True, but by the same token the same Joe's won't have enabled external access either. In fact they probably wouldn't have changed the default password and username either.
Re: Another offshored error?
It wasn't an "outsourced" issue last time. "outsource" <> "offshore"
Re: And the Eadon memorial award goes to. . .
"Didn't know that he had passed on."
Was apparently banned and all comment history erased. Not sure if there was a specific comment that triggered it.
Re: In Space, No-one Can Hear You Explode
"given the speed of sound in a near-total vacuum, I and my trusty walking stick can still beat Mach 1000 easily"
Except they're not referring to the speed of sound in a vacuum, they're referring to the speed of sound through the interstellar medium
"The console’s perpetual forward slant lends it an overtone of kinetic energy like a work of vorticist art."
Let me guess, you also do hi-fi reviews?
Geostationary - bloody tough
Serves as a good reminder at how astonishingly far out geostationary orbit is - ~22,000 miles. Consider Hubble, roughly the furthest a Shuttle ever got, is about 350 miles.
Re: Dr Hertz
I'd prefer Herz was his first name, Van Rental his surname.
"As I was reading this, an advert from BT appeared at the side"
Gotta love vaguely intelligent adverts that widely miss the mark!
Re: Cool vid
Pushing up or forward (or even sideways) gives risk of later collision with the ISS.
And as a bonus, the ISS will have gotten a tiny boost in orbit by pushing them out.. ;-)
Re: Does that include returned/failed units
You're assuming that they write off the returned/failed unit instead of a) refurbishing it (for other returns), b) use it for spares, c) repairing it.
Re: As any fule kno
By the same token we should be pronouncing CMOS as "Kih-moss" instead of "see-moss". As above, etymology doesn't define pronunciation.
Although it's definitely gif, not jif.
"Posted it above but the compatibility issue may be a HDCP issue."
Oh I've no doubt, but it's still an insane situation to be in that we've managed to create a cabling system that has incompatibilities.
"TV compatibility issues"
Re: Great f**king idea
"Option 2: Make it a "feature" of cell phones, implemented with the accelerometer/gyro/GPS/whatever. Circumvented in short time."
So goodbye to passengers using a phone, goodbye to streaming radio stations.
Re: This news has cheered me up this evening
"A 190 million GBP lump sum is just about enough to live an above average life for the next fifty years, certainly not luxury."
You've extrapolated up costs and inflation, but not calculated net present value of the £190M to balance it. Or considered what the money will be turned into - you use a house as an example, consider the house they buy will increase to the same level of worth. Not to mention how they invest the money.
Re: Turns down 3 billion?
" a billion seconds is 31 years"
Bugger. Wish someone had told me that on my 30th. I'd have quite liked to celebrate my billionth second birthday.
Roll on 62...
Re: They'll never learn
"I'd hazard a guess that its only detered the less technically minded"
Uploads will have dropped drastically. The less technically minded (exhibit A - my brother) found out about torrents, but didn't realise they kept seeding, or even what seeding was. By the time I visited him and investigated why his "internet was slow", the list of seeding content was huge (and a disturbing insight)
"A University of Washington team funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program is hoping to harness nuclear fusion in a system which could get astronauts to the Red Planet in just 90 days."
"Dear diary, started my research job today. My team-mates seem nice, and everyone is quite new too which is a relief. First day was rather quiet in the end, just figuring out email and accessing the shared drives. Then sat around waiting for nuclear fusion to be nailed so that I can start work on step 2"
I want that job!
Re: What's an order of magnitude in a joke?
Couple of things - first India has a much lower cost of labour. If we offshored the majority of our government spend to India to take advantage of this, I'm pretty sure the public would hit the roof. Secondly, I'm sure we could quite easily build a one-off rocket to Birmingham from London that carries zero passengers and doesn't have to return, but I'm not sure the benefits would stack up.
Re: Plane phone usage
" I once saw a Mexican "diputado" use it like a public payphone"
He urinated in it?
Not a "debut"
Planes have had telephones on them for years. As for mobile service, the last Virgin Atlantic flight I took over a year ago had its own picocell which wasn't even particularly expensive - as I recall it was the same as normal roaming charges to the country you were flying to.
I connected to it out of curiosity. Didn't make any calls through it though, just a couple of texts out of interest.
"They can use symmetrical encryption and lock up the keys"
Quite - asymmetrical encryption would also be computationally huge in comparison and rather a waste of resource for a 1:2:1 link. Even asymmetrical 1:2:1 connections only usually use this to establish a shared key and switch to symmetrical
"Google wasn't encrypting traffic on dedicated leased lines running between its data centres. It's easy to be wise in hindsight, but this looks like a serious shortcoming."
It's easy to be wise with foresight too - there's no such as a private leased line. One assumes it all came down to a risk assessment.
Quite. Why he thinks that he's exempt from NSA/GCHQ monitoring is beyond me.
Although by the same measure, I'm surprised it's taken them this long to twig that if they're doing things like this to other governments, it's fairly likely the same is happening to them.
Is the whine from the disk a few kHz higher than normal?
Does "talking like Donald Duck" now appear as one of the troubleshooting steps for signs of an imminently failing drive?
"It's a £500 A4 colour proofer. Not sure I want to throw it away just yet."
What's your day-rate and how much time have you spent?
Besides, flog it on Ebay as "slightly used" to get some dosh back.
Re: If a bit lands in my garden ....
"GOCE has no nuclear pile"
That's just what *they* want you to think. We're all doomed... Still, my tin-foil hat will protect me just nicely thanks.
"Please can we not turn this guy into Assange 2.0 where he lingers like a bad smell, dreaming up new allegations every time the media focus moves elsewhere?"
You know that Snowden has leaked all he's going to leak, right? It's the newspapers (well, the Guardian) that are staggering the release of what he leaked.
"Just wondering when Germany became part of the USA"
Probably the same time that France, Italy and Spain did. Remember when they refused entry to their airspace to the Bolivian president due to suspicions Snowden was on the flight, forcing it to land in Austria?
Re: As if I needed yet another reason...
I doubt that people purchasing an iPhone care where they're getting it from?
Re: Analsysis flawed?
Because there's Apple the retailer, and Apple the wholesaler. Resellers don't just pop into the Apple store, buy some and re-sell them. They get them wholesale from Apple, only in this instance, Apple refuse to supply them wholesale to their re-sellers, unless it's tied with a network contract (in which case, it's more likely the reseller is getting them wholesale from the network providers, not Apple).
Re: mangled english....
"50:1 in the uk maybe (where you paid for local calls.)
In more enlightened countries if you didn't run at least 12:1 people would bitch like mad about regularly busy signals. The "unlimited" ISPs back in those dialup days ended up having to run around 5:1"
I'm talking about the first DSL products, not DUN. I was also talking about bandwidth contention ratios.
Re: mangled english....
You've just described what a contention ratio is though. Regardless of where the bottleneck is, the company *should* have a target contention ratio that it shouldn't breach. FTTC is the same (and bear in mind, VM *is* FTTC). If the backhaul out of the cab is 100Mb, you can sell 25 x 100Mb connections, or 50 x 50Mb connections without breaching your 25:1 ratio. They sell an additional 100Mb on that cab, they have to update the backhaul to 101Mb.
"Virgin Media was told by the regulator that the ads must not appear again in their current form and to no longer make claims that its service was "unlimited" and with "no caps" if its imposes more than moderate traffic controls to its broadband network."
Why doesn't the ASA force them to provide the product they advertised? At a minimum, to the people who signed up during that period the ad ran? They'd change their tune pretty sharpish if that was the punishment.
Re: mangled english....
Contention ratios used to be published, but they were usually 50:1 for "normal" domestic services, 25:1 for good ones.
Re: HDMI not compulsory
"Or, of course, you add your RPi 'B' to your home LAN with an ethernet cable, install one of the free X-server packages (VcXsrv or XWinLogon) on your PC and run the RPi headless - and all for the cost of the ethernet cable. My RPi has been run headless since I bought it: the only difference is that my PC runs Fedora rather than Windows+Xserver."
Yes but all this plays rather nicely into the "you've clearly already got a PC, so use it" argument in the article.
Re: USA != the world.
"How comes that they dare to refer to the world when in fact the study was carried out only within to limits of the USA?"
You've never seen the World Series then?
Re: Another bug fix ....
"It's not a bug fix, it is a new preference option so people can switch off animations they don't want."
In fairness, it's a new preference option included within a bug fix (the lock screen by-pass and the accelerometer calibration)
Fair thee well
I missed the O2 article at the time, brilliant! :-)
All the best, will hope to see you back if only to carry on the tale of the not-spot.
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