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Re: Sonoma, CA reporting in ... No need for tech when it comes to this kind of thing.
"I wonder if I can convince her to allow me to grind a 20" mirror ..."
Only one way to find out, mate!
I recently built a D=102mm F=1525mm refractor from a surplus objective achromat I bought online. When I got it finished, I called my wife out to see Saturn and its rings. She later said to me, "I can't believe you built a telescope that let me see Saturn's rings!"
Sometimes being a nerd is fun.
IrDA failed because
it was slow as molasses.
Worked with some guys who had tried this (data network over LED) in the early 90s. The worked at it for a good while but never managed to get it working. reliably or at speed. It's that pesky box in the diagram labeled "Signal Processing"...too much multipath, too many nanoseconds and picofarads to get a decent data rate. Not to mention all the optical interference.
Re: Very proud
"Made in the USA"
By Real Engineers. Designed to last a month or two, and still going strong. Now, *that* is good design, no matter what nationality.
...do they have a wire with lights on it going through their heads? Is this some new kind of Facebook thing?
Re: So this means...
Probably. Except during that extremely tricky phase of the flight, where the pilot is trying to avoid other planes, line up with the glideslope while fighting the up-, down- and side-drafts and gently ease the aircraft onto the runway, thereby saving you all from a nasty death.
I'll be turning all my stuff off as requested. No sense in tempting fate.
I was recently on a plane that still had those seat-back phones with the credit card slot. IIRC, the cost was in the high units of dollars ($5<cost<$10) per minute. Pretty much like international roaming rates. I never (well, maybe once) saw them being used either.
I wonder if the company that installed all those handets on all those planes even broke even? My guess would be "no".
Re: his engineers have found batteries that could power a flight for 100km (62 miles).
Attached to a Mr. Fusion...
Re: Parking on a skyscraper
You just push a button and it folds up into an attache case.
"The jury found Google to be unequivocally guilty of copyright infringement on the major charge, copying the "overall structure, sequence and organization" of Java for its mobile operating system Android. "
That's a true statement. However, the judge instructed the jury to assume that the APIs were copyrightable. The judge is going to rule on whether or not this is actually the case at a later time.
So, Google is guilty of copying the API, they never denied that. And the EU courts just decided that APIs are not copyrightable. So, the judge has yet to drop that other shoe...whether APIs are copyrightable in the US.
How long will he last?
Before he "Leaves to pursue other business interests" and SteveB "Wishes him success in his future endeavours"?
Real computers have switches and lights.
Our Motor Vehicle Dept changed my gender
I went to renew my driver's license. When I got home, I noticed that they'd changed me to an "F". Mustache and all. It's one of those data fields you wouldn't think would be changeable...but you'd be wrong. When I next renewed the license, I said nothing, to see if the would notice. Nope.
The third time, I mentioned it. I was a bit nervous that I might (as advised in the renewal notice) be required to show proof before they would make the change. Thankfully for all concerned, that wasn't required.
I should mention, that I had several encounters with the police during the years I was driving with an "F" license (during at least one of these encounters, the license was "run" through the computer). Nothing was said about it, and I didn't get ticketed, either!
Still have the license in a drawer somewhere...
I gave Alibaba a try
Figured I should give it a chance. I was looking for a cheap power transformer, the kind you find as part of a small DC power supply, 24 watts or so. In my query, I provided fairly detailed electrical and mechanical specifications.
What I got back was basically junk. Lots of spam from Alibaba itself, spam from freight forwarders, a couple of replies offering power transformers of the kind you find on concrete pads outside manufacturing plants...and one or two legitimate replies.
My conclusion? Far too much filtering required to find anything I need. And the communication barrier, of course. Bare minimum (and sometimes, not even that!) product information. Formulaic responses, repeated verbatim in response to my follow-up emails. English comprehension minimal (well, it *is* China, after all), but you'd expect better given that they were advertising their product in English.
Re: You've nailed it!
My objections (aside from lack of granular control over who gets to see which of my posts) are the "just for you" ads that appear on the right side, for things I would not, in my wildest dreams, be interested in.
//most annoying is "Free Pictures of Girls!"
//always there, can't get rid of it
Apple already does this
My daughter left her iPhone 3 in a cab. Of course, the driver didn't bother to turn it in. She tracked it, sent a couple of texts to it with her work phone # and a request to call and arrange a return, then it was switched off.
So, she went to the Apple store, they happily wiped and locked it. Next day she gets a call about returning it. She ended up getting it back (with a new bumper case on it) and took it to the Apple store again, where they happily un-bricked it for her. She then restored her backed-up content and was on her way...until one of the buttons dies and she needed to get a new phone!
technical difference: liner vs cruise ship
At the end of it all, you're still drowned, though.
All are good choices if you can find one used. The 95 and 100 add video. I have the 90 and paid US$400 for it. You can probably find it for half that now, and it would be a very good choice. Takes excellent low light shots and has good resolution. Very flexible settings including all-manual and will automatically take a 3-shot HDR sequence at user set exposure increments.
//not water/shock/bite proof, I'm afraid
Aren't the Norks international pariahs? As in, nobody in the Free World is supposed to be dealing with them? They ignore all international standards of behavior, so what on earth makes the WIPO folks think that they will respect others' intellectual property?
//of course, the patents on missiles and spacecraft will probably come in handy
Re: It's not about milking the parents of disabled kids.
"someone has infringed on the patent of someone else here."
In a fair world, "someone else" should have their patent invalidated for obviousness. I mean, honestly, a keyboard of symbols that get strung together to form a spoken sentence?
Low pressure only until ignintion, right?
As the motor fires, the pressure in the (formerly) evacuated vessel will rapidly rise (from the gasses produced). So you're just testing that the motor will ignite in a low pressure environment.
Or do you plan to continue sucking the hot discharge?
"Then there arrives a point where a product is mature, and the R&D runs out of new features it can add because all features that are useful to 95% of users have already been added. MS Office reached this state probably around Office 2007, Open Office would have caught up with that around 2010* and from then on it's a no-brainer to get the free version instead of the paid one."
Completely agree. Very annoying, however, to be "upgraded" to Office 2010 at work (due to that old bugaboo, incompatible file formats), and to discover that the R&D team at Microsoft, while looking hard for something to justify their continued existence, has decided it would be a Good Idea to completely change the UI. This does not make my life easier, and does not endear the R&D team to me. They are now First Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes.
PDF X-Change works well for me under XP. It's reported to also run under WINE, and that's on my list of experiments to try. I haven't found anything as good which is native Linux, though.
Re: false security theatre
When my son went to Iraq...they x-rayed his (carry-on) weapon.
When he came back...they confiscated his bottle of water.
Re: Cool story
"Won't the dingos die from eating cane toads?"
No, they'll become venomous dingoes!
//you clearly don't understand how Australia works....
Re: Effluent temperature
From the diagram in TFA, it appears that the water used in cooling goes through a treatment process before discharge into the Hooch. Perhaps it cools off a bit during processing?
Not as cut and dried as it seems
Public Radio in the US had an interview last night with one of the homeless guys ("Dusty", IIRC) who had been part of this. He said that he and the other guys had volunteered for this and had a good time doing it, enjoyed meeting and talking with the people who used the hotspots.. He was well spoken and said he had only been homeless for a few months. They were proud to have been part of the experiment and to have made money for their shelter. After the recent financial unpleasantness in the US, "homeless" no longer equates to unwashed and mentally ill.
The foreign decoder manufacturer had presumably paid for the right to decode the broadcast, no? Complete with logos, anthems, extras and commentary? Granted, they bought the rights to the broadcast for showing in Greece (or wherever she got the decoder from), but they did buy the rights to the *entire* broadcast, not just the action on the field.
Tablet UIs on work PCs...
This is going to be the Microsoft Bob of the new century. Someone in Marketing has decided that the UI should be the same across platforms. Someone in Apple Marketing has seen what Someone in MS Marketing has done (or vice-versa) and someone in Canonical Marketing has decided likewise.
What they have all missed, is that people do not use a Desktop/Laptop the same way they do a tablet or a smartphone. And they never will. Desktops (which may look like laptops or tablets with an attached keyboard and mouse) will always exist, because they offer more than a tablet can: more storage, more ergonomics and more CPU horsepower. The use of a Tablet/Smartphone UI on a desktop is just plain silly. It doesn't make you more efficient, it makes you LESS efficient.
The term is used in the first three paragraphs before it is defined. Perhaps a bit of an overview would be a good idea?
I consider myself fairly up on technology, and in the US, "White Space" has been used as a term to describe the spectrum (700-800 MHz) vacated by the TV broadcasters when they switched over to digital and moved lower in the UHF TV band . The level of the article is fairly low (not all that techy) so your readers probably aren't up on the nuances of WTF "White Space" actually is. A bit more of a definition would be nice, before you start getting excited about all the networking you might be able to do there...
An advertising agency has broken boundaries...
Actually, the first three words tell you all you need to know.
Well, you could probably find evidence that, like any large corporation, the Vatican acted first to bury the paedophile problem so as not to reflect poorly on the institution. When that didn't work, they profusely apologised but admitted no wrongdoing. Now, they periodically state that they're addressing the issue, but offer no specifics, and quickly change the subject.
Paedophilia is bad enough (!), but an organization claiming to be literally "holier than thou", should be held (and should hold itself) to the highest standards. Sadly, this doesn't appear to have been the case.
Re: Re: Re: A British solution - Timing the bells
This is beginning to sound far too similar to the proposals made to the Longitude Board before Mr. Harrison invented his Marine Chronometer.
//Longitude -- great book!
You mean those industrial-size floor polishers that are all motor? Those things must use kilowatts of power. Hard to understand how a mobile charger could bring down a whole station when a cleaning machine doesn't affect it in the least.
(aren't the ticket machines on a different breaker than the cleaning outlets? One would certainly hope so)
More like the station management being d*cks about people using their outlets. And perhaps a small safety concern about people tripping over folks huddled by the outlets during rush hour, I guess.
//Megaphone for station manager
*is* fair play, in this case, certainly!
In the US
Dick Cheney's right here, planning more mischief, not stalking the corridors of the Vatican
One hates to speculate on...
...just how much money those Brits might have left in the bars of LA, had they been allowed to execute their nefarious plot.
Thank GOD we have the intelligence and means to defeat them!
Thanks to US Border Patrol
Those two Brits could have spent a bunch of money in LA bars. But we were saved by our vigilant border protection agents from that terrible fate.
Don't these guys actually *think*? Or are they just on some crazy, "intelligence"-fuelled power trip?
Is pretty much in the middle of the day if you're in the UK, or after the sun's up on the east coast of the US, so neither of us will be seeing a lot of aurora, unless it hangs around until this evening...
One result of these two petitions
Will be the increase, within the next few days, of the signature threshold required for a White House response, from 50K to 500K.
That should keep the rabble from raising any more of these silly issues.
Yeah, the only thing they forgot
"In order to serve you better..."
...and then on about how they're not going to give you *all* your money back, or you need to travel to their "conveniently located" branch in Timbuktu to pick up your check.