966 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
According to wikipedia, that always correct fount of knowledge, in the UK, they're referred to as "Kelvin's balls".
Re: I wore a pair
You're holding it wrong (tm)
These good folks
Carry a complete line of EMF shielding clothing. Including a shielded baseball cap...because tinfoil is so "yesterday" (and immediately marks you as a nutter...you wouldn't want that, would you?)
// I wish I were kidding
// No tinfoil hat icon?
Karma remains balanced
Someone else invented AdBlock.
One of our routers is broken...
...or we stuffed up a firmware update.
But we can't tell you more, because we disabled remote access to all our routers as a security measure.
// or some such tale
Re: Grandad built Lancs, Dad did Vulcans
Have the same problem with Mum. She did crypto work at Nebraska Ave (either German or Japanese codebreaking or support of same). We have a lovely photo of her and her coworkers, posed in front of the chapel on the gorunds, in their dress uniforms, with (of course) nothing written on the back. I went poking around, found a museum in Florida that has a bunch of the Naval Security Group records, and sent them the photo. Their reply?
"We have one just like it. Can you identify anyone for us?"
All the OP-20-G stuff came out after she died, and now that I know more, I have a whole bunch of questions I would love to ask her. Greatest Generation, without a doubt.
As long as we're talking about planes overhead
Spent the last two weeks on Martha's Vineyard. There are two biplanes with big old radial engines that run sightseeing trips over the beaches daily. You don't even need to look up when you hear them to know what they are.
Also overhead twice last week: a C-17, three V-22 Ospreys and two helicopters with fancy paint jobs, as the Obamas came in for their summer holidays. Those Ospreys sound strange, and you can hear them coming a mile away. They don't look like they should be able to fly. One of them came over with its engine pods in transition between forward and hover modes.
It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day...sounds like *somebody* in State didn't sufficiently appreciate their sysadmin.
Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!
Last minute business trip -- problems with the testing of a controller PCB I had designed by our Israeli subsidiary -- getting in was no problem. Getting out, however, had me spending an hour with a nice officer, explaining who I was, what I did and why I had only spent 40 hours in their wonderful country.
Luckily, I had a lab notebook, schematics and a wealth of detail to bore the nice officer with. Turns out, if I had had a written letter of invitation from the subsidiary, it would have been "have a nice day and enjoy your flight"
I played it straight, they let me leave. On a Lufthansa flight, through Frankfurt, which I thought was a bit surreal.
// Oh yeah, I had to pay import duty (a couple hundred dollars IIRC) on the replacement board I brought with me.
Re: Don't generalize
Yeah, with our drivers, you take your life in your hands every time you cross the road...at a crosswalk, or otherwise, so jaywalking really doesn't have any significance.
// watch the cabs -- most drive like they're still in the old country
Re: Pay no taxes post no profits
You forgot...and ship nothing during the month of August.
Re: Withholding information
Erm, isn't that what three letter agencies (are supposed to) do ?
You're probably confusing NSA with SSA
Re: Ða Heofenas Beacnian
When in Britain...
Thanks for all the help this year
"Hello, IT. [pause] Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
Mine are getting an "Edible Arrangement" -- fruit and chocolate
Omnia Gallia in partes tres divisa est
And frankly, that's all I remember. Except that my Latin teacher confirmed the stereotype: of advanced age, extremely well educated, deadly boring and barely tolerant of we young whippersnappers who couldn't see the use of learning such a beautiful languiage.
Two years...wasted. Oh well, not much Latin required in Electrical Engineering, thank God.
// This has been a memorably good thread.
// The one with the Cassell's in the pocket, please
Now write it out a hundred times
If you're not finished when I come back, I'll cut your coeli off....
Re: re. recording calls
That's an interesting (and completely valid) interpretation of that sentence. It actually gives permission for you to record the call.
Have a cold one!
Re: Red X
Heh. We have you beat by a mile (or is that a month) here in Massachusetts. They're called "phantom work zones".
They have work zone signs, "Fines Doubled in Work Zone" signs, cones, barrels, etc....but no work.
Oh, maybe once a month, you'll actually see workers doing something, but the rest of the time, nothing at all. The best ones last for multiple years. Six, in the case of a bridge which was "under construction" on my commuting route.
// Stop sign, because there wasn't a "Work Zone" one...
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute vessel Knorr
We see it when it's in port, every time we take the state ferry to Martha's Vineyard.
...they set off a barrage of fireworks in my honour from their rear deck...
All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts (hah!)...so they must have stopped at a port at which it was legal to buy them (any southern state), right? Kidding...it's important to celebrate an achievement like this and I commend the crew of Knorr for being prepared to do so!
Well done that man...or was it just an excuse to remove himself from modern life for a month and a half? Either way...Thoreau would be proud!
Re: Sad, but hardly surprising
"And it has just occured to me that the absence of actual fans might be the problem that Microsoft has."
At some point, the idea might occur to someone at Microsoft!
The problem with being the default operating system on every computer shipped.
// have an upvote
It appears there may be an off (*very* off!) chance of having the lovely lady herself at the launch.
She'll be in the area this year:
Re: Some thoughtful(?) submissions from marketing...
Caricature Lindsay Lohan astride the El Reg vulture (ala Heavy Metal) with a caption of "Going my way, boys?"
Re: Why, we might as well have been buying AIR
The whole thing was stupid from the start.
The whole thing was a scheme thought up by sharp businessmen (aka "job creators"), who thought they could get rich by pulling a bait-and-switch on the FCC.
They got called on it.
Re: For extra bonus points...
@nbauers: But my hovercraft...
Re: Hang on..
You've made a wrong turn. You're in the "red light" district...
Re: Whatever next?
The lack of any demonstated experience by the technical lead, the sketchy, unverifiable bios provided and the "identity theft" excuse (a full Linkedin profile can't be used to steal your identity, because those folks want home address, national number and DOB, at a minimum, none of which I have ever seen on Linkedin).
If *I* was asking for $250k from Kickstarter, you'd better believe I'd have a Linkedin profile and some information that would lead potential investors to believe that the gadget I was basing my company on would actually work (like a list of similar projects and pointers to papers on them)
Energy harvesting is real, and you can power devices from harvested energy. But physics is also real, and it *always* trumps wishful thinking and marketing optimism.
Re: NOT A SCAM!!!
Methinks they doth protest too much.
Just show us the working prototype, with independently verified numbers, and we'll decide if it's a scam or not.
Re: I have no opinion on this project, but
...and would be considered energy theft by both the power company and the law.
Shouldn't the Chinese government be watching out for this kind of thing? Unless, of course, the appropriate "campaign donations" have been made, I guess.
Isn't capitalism wonderful?
// the one with the thick envelope in the pocket
Re: Violating the laws of other legislatures
Surely the fault lies with the authorities in the country where whatever you have posted is regarded as a violation.
The authorities only act when political pressure requires them to. They are an instrument, not the problem. Well, they are the problem, but only because they are a blunt instrument without any sense of judgement.
The problem, to poorly paraphrase the Bard, is not in the authorities, but in ourselves. We need to get a grip on reality before it's too late. Surely there are bad people in this world, but they can be dealt with appropriately, without penalizing the vast majority of us, who want nothing more than the chance to let our kids run around without clothes on and not go to jail for it.
...the NSA doesn't care what _American_ politicians...
That's because they know whatever happens, *they* have jobs -- important ones, like defending the free world against the forces of evil, and stuff like that.
Unlike the poiliticians, who drift in and out of the government at the whim of the voters -- along with their investigations and reforms.
I'm contacting my MP and MEP....American criminal gang...
Right - you're on the list!
// "When the President does it, that means it is not illegal."
-- Richard M. Nixon, TV interview with David Frost, May 20, 1977
Re: Well then-
Yeah, but the paintjob is far better than the human version.
Re: Well then-
No worries...the aircraft looks nothing like its namesake, and contains far fewer banned substances.
Re: I told you so...
^^^ He's AC because his real name is Murphy.
// Capt. Murphy to you
I lie to them
at every opportunity. My DOB, place of birth, age, university and place of residence are all false.
If they're going to mine my data, I see it as my duty to pollute their database as much as possible.
Why yes, I am over 50. But you're welcome on my lawn -- as long as you bring refreshments.
not all none of these third-party providers acted responsibly
// I'm sure there were one or two legit companies in there somewhere
Re: A fat finger...
Right. And when the company called and asked for an explanation of why the account had been frozen, they were told, on two different occasions, that they needed "permission from the US government" to offer their product
That doesn't sound like fat-fingering, that sounds like a long arm getting caught in the act.
boffin of the highest order
It sometimes amazed me he could walk and talk at the same time.
Why would it amaze you?
He's a boss.
// "I'm in Management. I don't actually do anything." - Dilbert
Pizza Restaurants as extortion targets?
// Vito and Tony here would like a woid wit youse...
Re: Very, very fishy
Strike 1 - No demonstrable prototype
Strike 2 - Back of envelope calculations conflict with claims
Strike 3 - Principles are reluctant to disclose qualifications and verifiable backgrounds
Also: size of device is unreasonable, given that they claim RF energy harvesting on multiple bands. It can be done, but antenna size is key. I'll give them the storage medium but the device shown would need to be all antenna and energy storage to work.
Re: Dr Paul McArthur
He does seem to be a bit of a non-person. Claims to have taught at Univ of Utah, worked in management at Freescale and Philips, but of him there seem to be few traces on the net. Claims to have had his identity stolen and that's why he doesn't have a Linkedin page. One would expect such a high flier to have left more of a footprint.
Perhaps he is not all that he claims to be?
"a portion of the networking infrastructure entered into a degraded state"
Isn't that why we have redundant infrastructure and switchover?
// must have been a VERY LARGE portion of their network infrastructure...
quadcopter, not Reaper?
Barrage balloons? Acoustic sensor and pneumatic chaff dispenser? PTZ camera and image processing software? This could be a lot of fun. Short range guided missiles would probably be overkill, huh?
Re: Reminds me of the "Cat stuck in a tree" call.
Nah, but I've seen plenty on the ground, under trees.
// squirrels under telephone wires as well
Re: A *very* small step on a very long road.
^^^thank you for posting this.
9/11 did far less damage to the US than the legislative reaction to it did. In the aftermath of 9/11, the security and law enforcement agencies reacted quickly...to get everything they'd ever wished for enshrined in the USA PATRIOT Act. The great thing about the US, used to be that there were limits on police power. No more...the excuse for any overreaction is "It's all different after 9/11".
The 9/11 terrorists got exactly what they wanted...a US afraid of its own shadow, and seeing terrorists under every bed. The best way to fight these people is to refuse to be terrorized, while taking prudent measures to catch them.
Re: I am delighted to see this...
As am I.
Now, maybe we can get something done about the USA PATRIOT Act...like getting it repealed.
Re: Where's a WASP when you need one?
He said, the sheriff is NEAR!!!