Re: Ða Heofenas Beacnian
When in Britain...
1056 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
When in Britain...
"Hello, IT. [pause] Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
Mine are getting an "Edible Arrangement" -- fruit and chocolate
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.
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
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
If you're not finished when I come back, I'll cut your coeli off....
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!
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!
"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:
Caricature Lindsay Lohan astride the El Reg vulture (ala Heavy Metal) with a caption of "Going my way, boys?"
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.
@nbauers: But my hovercraft...
You've made a wrong turn. You're in the "red light" district...
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.
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.
...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
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
Yeah, but the paintjob is far better than the human version.
No worries...the aircraft looks nothing like its namesake, and contains far fewer banned substances.
^^^ He's AC because his real name is Murphy.
// Capt. Murphy to you
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
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.
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
// Vito and Tony here would like a woid wit youse...
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.
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?
Isn't that why we have redundant infrastructure and switchover?
// must have been a VERY LARGE portion of their network infrastructure...
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?
Nah, but I've seen plenty on the ground, under trees.
// squirrels under telephone wires as well
^^^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.
As am I.
Now, maybe we can get something done about the USA PATRIOT Act...like getting it repealed.
He said, the sheriff is NEAR!!!
With the fire extinguisher guy.
Good luck...it would appear you're learning a lot in the process of getting LOHAN ready for her maiden voyage
// two words not normally seen together
...index the damages on the amount of income the patent-holder makes from selling objects that use said patent.
I like that. But average the income over the three (five, seven) years previous to the filing of the suit.
That way, they can't claim they were just about to make a profit...
As somebody once said: "why can't we all just get along?"
I realise there are tremendous egos involved at the management level, but wouldn't some kind of synergy be better than building walls? Can we, the nerds who support both institutions, work to cause a breakout of common sense?
Best history I can find...
Also of interest: the # symbol, above the "3" on my keyboard, is replaced by the "script-L pound" symbol on UK keyboards...
"Twitter is a social network platform which is available to most people who have a computer and therefore any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain."
So is Pirate Bay...
Lester and the rest of SPB are on the payroll (and on site, of course) as technical consultants.
// no surf baggies icon???
It's an honorary PhD...you know, like they give to politicians (pardon my French), who do a heck of a lot less to "earn" them.
to all my fellow road users would be "WAKE UP YOU DOZY B******S AND PUT THE BLOODY PHONE DOWN!!".
Sadly, they probably wouldn't see it
// unless you sent it by SMS...
The ones Massachusetts purchased rarely have all character positions operable (even when new!). The number of available characters is so low, that most messages require multiple screens. The time between screens has been set to 5 seconds or so, resulting in only being able to read half the message before passing the sign. They seem to have popped up everywhere, they all have defects and some company is congratulating themselves for having carted off a shedload of cash while unloading a bunch of obsolete and defective merchandise at full list price.
Thankfully, the signs very rarely display useful information, more often the message is something along the lines of:
SLOW DOWN OR MOVE OVER FOR STOPPED EMERG VEHICLES ITS THE LAW
(^^^ you see a random third of this message)
USE YAH BLINKAH!
DRIVE DRUNK GO TO JAIL
Why can't they just leave the damn things off, unless they have something important to say? Seriously, if they're always displaying unimportant messages (no, not driving drunk is very important, but by now, we should all know that) don't people tend to ignore them after a while?
How about a flying underwater car? And it must make that "Jetsons car" sound.
Musk is bright and has a track record of success. However, as they say in the stock market: "past performance does not guarantee future results."
Maybe he could take a short cut and team up with this guy, who has a lot of "valuable experience" in the field: http://moller.com/dev/ :-)