2745 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Hubble excels itself
Either Hubble's far more impressive than I'd ever realised or you forgot to tag that picture as an artist's impression :-)
Launched next year?
They're more compliant than me - I'd have probably thought "4 months?? That's ages yet, I'll do it tomorrow..."
Re: Too much willy-waving all around
In short, the answers to points 2, 3 and 5 are:
Because legal systems don't comment on hypotheticals. Any extradition attempt, if it existed, would be heard on its own merits and not whatever Assange thinks it might say. And as pointed out, any US attempt at extradition would be requested through Sweden and subsequently the UK.
If it were all about getting him to the US, why on earth would they not have just asked the UK while Assange was in custody?
"My NAS drive isn't compatible with Windows 7"
I'd advise getting an actual NAS then. Whatever you've got isn't a NAS if it fails to do such a simple thing as present an SMB share.
Re: Poor workman blames his cables.
Power Monkey was my choice, and that's to power a variety of devices (PSP, iPhone, external battery pack) with one charger and a choice of plugs to front it + a tiny USB 12v car adapter.
Re: Legal basis?
In very very short terms, "diplomatic passport" <> "diplomatic immunity". Ecuador can give him a certificate declaring him a God for all it matters, as soon as he walks out of the embassy he's on UK soil and they can do what they like to him. So he's effectively in prison.
Plan B is the UK let him go to the airport, effectively barring him from ever entering Europe again as he's now a wanted criminal (bail dodging, suspicion of sexual assault etc), Jemima Khan loses her bail bond.
Unfortunately, what will likely happen is the Plan C will happen - the UK will challenge Assange's right to political asylym (as I understand it, the right only applies if your own or host country is persecuting you - the US is neither) in international court, thus dragging it out another 12+ months meaning we never hear the end of it.
I'm all for Wikileaks, but this is very little to do with them, and all about a man scared to face up to his accusers.
Re: I may be wrong but here goes ......
I'm failing to see that this is nothing but expanding the key-depth though. In the case of 100 sub-boxes (say 128 to make it easer), you could get away with having a 6-bit key instead.
It's good, I'll grant you, but I don't think the killer app is crypto. They've just created a very expensive 1-time pad.
Re: That is to say,
"In any case, mixing caffine with alcohol makes the more destructive drink more addictive. For that reason alone, it should be illegal or heavily regulated."
We must ban Kahlua immediately! And vodka & cokes!
And the accused wasn't the type who would do that regardless?
I read the article involving "Apple" and "cable" and though "hmm, probably be a proprietary overpriced one that has a standards adapter for £30"
Then realised it was about cable services, and not Apple coming up with a new cable.
Re: @ Annihilator
Show me the link for your "deal" then on buymobilephones.net then?
http://www.buymobilephones.net/mobile-phones/Samsung/Samsung-Galaxy-S3/Vodafone/Vodafone-Choice-300-(18mths)-Internet/13732577 is all I can find. As for "upgrades" on existing networks, they take into account your mug-factor, i.e. how much you've (over)spent to date (compared with how much you actually got).
Even if all that were true, you can equally go into a shop and TALK to someone on a SIM-only deal to get cheaper than what you're quoting.
Mobile companies aren't charities, they're giving you nothing for "free".
Re: "buy phone... almost always cheaper"
"Galaxy S3 on contract, better tariff £31 * 18 months = £558"
And where are you getting a free Galaxy S3 for £31 per month? I see O2 doing a £31 18 month contract, but they want £299 for the phone upfront. Three do a £31 contract, but for 24 months, and still want £99 for the phone.
So yeah, your way is cheaper if you ignore some of the costs.
Re: Misleading is wrong but...
Potential increases are prevalent in most mobile contracts, but only to the rate of inflation (and capped at 10%). To sample O2s:
"5.3 You can end this Agreement without having to pay the Monthly Subscription Charges up to the end of any Minimum Period you have left, if:
(a) we increase your Monthly Subscription Charges by more than the Retail Price Index (RPI) annual inflation rate at the date we notify you of the applicable price increase; or
(b) we increase any of our Charges (apart from for Additional Services) in such a way that would have increased your total bill for the immediately previous month by more than 10% (if the increase(s) had applied for the whole of that month)."
"I've learnt, from now on, I'll the buy the phone myself and get a 30 day rolling contract, I am not getting stung like this again"
Almost always the cheapest option regardless.
Re: Streisand effect?
"Looks like their epetition just got some free publicity"
You spell it "optician". Unless you're south african, in which case your phonetic spelling of "epetition" may be correct. ;-)
Well all surgery comes with risks, even elective surgery like this one.
But yes, I wouldn't be giving it a go, particularly as a friend of mine was refused the surgery due to only having one eye - they apparently considered the risk to the remaining eye as too high. I'd be suspicious of anyone who thinks having two eyes is a contingency plan. I use extended-wear contact lenses which more than suit my needs.
Re: I actually LIKE aero
They had to get their performance improvements somehow... I suspect disabling Aero probably had something to do with it.
"That's fine, but was it written round these here parts?"
Yes, Brian May wrote it B-)
"Need we say more?"
Yes, we spell it "saviour" round these here parts ;-)
Re: HDTV at 8k! Just wow!
Dude, a new TV coming out doesn't mean your 1080p TV stops working, much in the same way you kept your last TV for 12 years and didn't bail out in 2008 for a 1080p TV then.
"No other game I can remember had different reactions like that depending on where you hit people."
Not sure if you're saying that no other game did this (as it was probably a first) but Soldier of Fortune was the first I saw to do it really well, about 3 years after Goldeneye. Think SoF was the first implementation of the GHOUL damage model.
Re: Usual performance
Your point? It would be incredibly stupid if it were one big system, so of course some services would still be available.
I notice their mobile network was still processing calls during the outage. Suspicious!
"I don't know about the US, but in Europe software can be resold, google "oracle software license resale" for info on a previous failed attempt by Oracle to stop this."
It's likely that whoever got their hands on this kit from MS had to sign a pretty hefty NDA to get it, so while you're right in that you can re-sell software licences, this won't have been a purchase from MS.
Re: Durango Durango
Was disappointed they didn't hand over the torch to Rio last night with that performance...
Software houses not in a cosy relationship with MS - doesn't take much of an imagination stretch.
Given Sony have such an architecture difference and know what specs are achievable, I doubt they give much of a f...
Depends I guess - some dev companies won't have the opportunity to start exploring the early dev-kit and would value that opportunity at £20K
Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"
@harmony "to the best of my knowledge no-one has been billing that feature being a selling point."
Except the person who started this thread in the first place?..
"Works exactly the same but with extra functionality imo. ie, click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"
In summary they said "I like Metro, because it's like a big start screen except it's better because I can have links and type the name of a programme" - not much of a selling point...
Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"
"And it is still the same in W8, Windows Key -> start typing... except you get better search functionality."
Erm, yes, that's the point. The OP sold it as "additional functionality" of a start menu, when it's existed since Vista. It's not new, and it's not a benefit of Metro.
Plenty of us have tried Win 8, and I don't think we're wrong if we think it's got potential for being a good tablet OS, but not for touch-free machines.
Re: Tracing Rumors ..
Not hard to find out the cause of that, even Wikipedia punts you in the right direction.
Re: Is that fudge I smell cooking?
Reminds me of the military programme that "taught" a computer to recognise a tank, but trained it by showing it pictures with tanks in it, and pictures without tanks. Unfortunately all the pictures with tanks in them were taken on a cloudy day and all the pics without tanks were taken on a sunny day - so the system learnt to recognise clouds...
Similarly to this, they've put a load of conversations of bad guys and a known outcome, and lo, the system recognises they're bad guys.
Next they'll be finding ley lines on Woolworths sites..
Re: Big Deal
"Why single out Apple for selling computers with DVD drives that fail? Of course Apple doesn't make their own optical drives--they use the same drives as any PC manufacturer. Typically the DVD drive is the first thing to fail in my PCs too."
True, the main reason being is the stress they can be subjected to. IIRC optical drives can spin at up to 10,000 RPM, more than a consumer hard disk and without the guarantee of a balanced disc that's rigidly bolted to the axle. Plus the laser is guided on a screw that can wear over time and the "laser" itself is nothing more than a cheap diode behind a piece of moulded plastic.
There's some days I'm amazed they work at all!
It's also the case that (net connection aside) the only way to even purchase Lion or Mountain Lion is on a USB key...
Re: Clearly Fake
@JDX - indeed, our planet feels less and less special with every scientific discovery.
Where's your messiah now, Flanders?
Re: Transmission data rate
Less than 1Mb/s I believe, or "up to 24Mb" in BT parlance
@Vince - fairly sure it only took 8 or 9 months to get there, but the point is still valid
Re: Head above parapet
"2 Vege Sausages (meat sausages if you swing that way)"
See, I've never got that. If you're vegetarian, why eat something masquerading as meat? If you want sausages, eat sausages.
Re: Make do with what one has...
Baguette changes everything. As soon as you move into baguette territory you have truly strayed from the bacon sarnie herd and have wandered into brie territory.
In this instance, you much immediately layer the bottom of the baguette with bacon, add slices of brie and a healthy dose of relish. Warming the baguette first allows for gooey brie goodness.
Not quite accurate
For that entire situation to be accurate, the Excel charts would have had to be copied and pasted into a Powerpoint slide for boss-level-consumption. They're an easily startled creature and raw Excel sheets can send them into a blind panic.
Now, if I could build a macro that takes an MS Project file and translates it into a tarted up Gantt chart in a Poweroint slide, my working day would be reduced to about 40 minutes.
Indeed, the ability to boot from a USB flash drive doesn't preclude an optical drive from co-existing from such a system. I reckon all my PCs for the past 5+ years have supported booting from USB, so this seems like a slow news day...
Re: Oh great...
Yes. We should have stuck with the 1FF version of the SIM card, the one the size of a credit card.
Who are you angry with here? Apple? Nokia? Or the ETSI who standardised it?
Re: I do like Three.
"Yes I do want the tethering that I paid for when I bought the phone"
And you're getting it. New/non-existing customers aren't getting it, but they have the square root of fuck all reason to complain about - it's a service not being sold anymore, but existing customers are more than free to carry on using it.
If they were removing it from existing customers while still in the contract period, I could understand the steam coming from people's ears, but they're not. And if they did then you'll be more than able to exit the contract.
Re: Sensible decision
"Bittorrent is so much quicker and faster for the user than the usual solution"
Quicker *and* faster? Impressive ;-)
"<sob> my phone's been stolen" is quite a common place to start...
Light (visible) and radio waves are all electromagnetic radiation, and all travel at the same speed (max 3x10^8m/s)
@MarsCuriosity tweeted about 30 mins ago, it's deployed its mast now!
" The Mars-trekking Curiosity rover has beamed back the first 3D image of the dusty terrain it's trundling across"
Is it trundling yet?
I wondered that - pretty sure that the FBI would be rather far from their jurisdiction in New Zealand. Also thought their mandate was for "crimes against the US", not "infringements against copyright of US companies"
If my job were working on space programmes, I think I'd be motivated to 80 hour weeks too :-)
"At a press conference today, NASA suggested the latter is about to get a workout, with panellists saying the Rover's flight computer needs an upgrade before it can start to perform sophisticated experiments."
Is it still a flight computer? Or is that the point of the upgrade, they're changing it from a flight computer to a drive/rover computer?
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