Flexible and useful.
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Flexible and useful.
AFAIK it's main benefits are a) Eliminate human meter readers (because they still have to be paid, so short range systems won't cut it) b) Re-price your utility prices to consumers by the second c) ability to run fine grained
power cuts "demand management"
None of these have any benefit to actual consumers.
So later ones likely to grossly over budget and schedule.
But time will tell.
A free test vehicle for it's anti aircraft missile industrial base to practice on.
While they won't hit the 100 000 RPM+ of an enrichment centrifuge they can still store a fair bit of kinetic energy.
Back in the day the IBM test team were reputed to have found a pattern of start/stops that got a mainframe tape drive (reel to reel) hopping about the floor.
You wouldn't want it to start raining turbine blades (even small ones), would you.
Like Stuxnet for civilians.
Companies chasing organizations for revenue.
Seriously I think at some point a bunch of users are going to be bitten hard by all those unreadable old proprietary file formats that their current version can't read (why bother with such support ?) and naturally the only thing you didn't archive was a copy of the program, along with all the passwords for the password locked files.
But surely no one would be that stupid?
Tracking your every move for your safety.
I'm wondering if there's an argument for forcing single term administrations, so only stuff that all major parties agree on continues through multiple terms and the rest thrashes, like an OS trying to run too many jobs.
"Mine: None of the above!!"
That was me trying to give MS the benefit of the doubt.
I'm curious who down voted me though.
Looks like some one with a very thin skin.
Identify the failure.
Identify why your development process did not catch it in the first place.
Fix gap in development process
Identify the code pattern of the failure.
Scan code base for other examples.
I'm sure we all have our opinions which of these MS will actually do.
You can bet that situation will never improve.
You have to wonder what has persuaded the Judge of the validity of HP's arguments.
Keep in mind by deforming (slightly) on impact it absorbs some of that kinetic energy rather than letting it penetrate.
Such modules can change the whole basis for things like L2 habitats in Lunar orbit, Mars moon exploration or Mars missions in general.
You get a lot more volume for mass than with a solid wall design.
Someone on the naughty step again?
Britons are foreigners to the US.
US nationals (or at least comms originating from the US) are foreigners to the UK.
"Conflict" what conflict?
"I have said before that it's no good complaining about mass surveillance if we want to stop mass collection; the government will otherwise simply continue to say they don't do mass surveillance while continuing mass collection."
And while protestors continue to ignore this subtle (but critical) point the data fetishists can continue to indulge their unhealthy obsession with everyone's information
"They can observe selected people using time-honoured techniques: by bugging their phones, their computers and watching their houses. Modern technology means that none of these activities requires a 'spy' to sit in a car across the street for hours on end any more. And more to the point: modern technology means that none of these activities requires a vast, information slurping infrastructure that spans the globe, with everyone's communications being shared amongst the 5 eyes."
But that would require judgement of who is a real threat.
They prefer the view of Comrade Stalin "Better a 100 innocent men to to prison than one guilty man goes free."
"All this kit was designed when worries about security were supposedly reserved for the paranoid. If it is ever deployed it will be a hackers' paradise [PDF]- spoofing readings and remotely disconnecting supplies."
And note the first paragraph in the report.
"The European Parliament mandated the replacement of electricity meters with
new ‘smart’ meters by 2022, except in Member States who certify this year that it would be uneconomic. "
Which I think includes Germany.
Smart Meter Bitte?
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But the thing holding this back is not technical it's economic.
The drug mfg/regulatory eco system rewards safety and novelty not cheapness.
With predictable consequences.
Time to be gone.
A perfect definition of a data fetishist.
WTF would we pay anyone anyone else to do so either.
Quite a bit more than the average camera phone.
Seriously this is a terrific achievement
Although not for the account holders.
Like delivering the payloads and support equipment to the site.
Near term you're talking about sounding rockets, allowing UK universities to do what German and other Continental universities can do and give their students hands on experience of sending a paylod to space. Sounding rockets could let students do a launch as an end-of-course project.
The other near term option is for Virgin Galactics sub orbital space ride, as possibly XCOR's Lynx.
REL's Skylon is the big one of course.
Various groups will never stop looking for their access protocols and how to access it.
The point is it's guaranteed to be there.
How does this not end badly?
"I think he looks like a Harkonnen, personally."
It's that malevolent gleam in his eye that says "All your phone encryption and IP addresses belong to me"
Because it is.
Released documents of agencies concerned or company whose share price will go down the toilet if public trust in them is shattered.
Part of the justification for the mostly-solid A6 was its commonality with the SRB's on the Vega, which is already flying.
Part of the A5 problem is that the upper stage is not relightable. This means that when Ariane try to get 2 sats to launch together they have to close to the same part of the GEO orbit.
While I can sort of understand this for the LH2/LO2 US Astus propellants are hypergolic and ignite on contact.
The other issue is that sat weights have been creeping up and getting a heavy + medium weight pair together is getting harder. However the payload rise is not beyond the bounds of an upgrade starting with the Vehicle Equipment Bay . This thing is in carbon fibre and is less than 1/2 the diameter and no taller than the one on the Saturn V (whose computer weighted about 50Kg and whose gyros weighed another 50Kg without the GN2 to spin them up) yet it weighs the same (the Saturn one was built in Al honeycomb by IBM, not a company known for their light weight structures engineering). The Saturn V Instrument Unit was also designed to carry a 100 tonne Apollo stack on top.
IMHO there is something seriously wrong with this design.
Roughly "If I'd a time machine and a rifle I''d go back to Kill Devil Hill and shoot it down."
Although I think he was more thinking of all the airline operators that had gone down the pan over the years and taken billions of share holders dosh with them.
Trouble is that would drop investment bank profits down to "absurd" from "obscene"
And you can bet no management wants that.
I'd think anyone who's seen "Bitter Lake" will be thinking.
1) Get Saudia Arabia to stop funding the indoctrination of Wahhabism in foreign schools.
2) Get Saudia Arabia to stop exporting these nut jobs abroad and handle their own s**t.
3) Call up the CO of 617 Sqdr and tell him there's a bunch of dams that need demolishing.
If most of the 9/11/01 bombers were from Saudi Arabia, where should the states of the world be focusing their attention?
Bend over America.
If you tolerate this then your children will be next.
"If supporting the NSA helps prevent those pesky, uncomfortable questions about his family's close ties with the Saudi royal family from being asked, what's the problem?"
That's before they invited the House of Saud's good friends the Bin Laden's around for a "Get to know you" barbeque
Mind you their eldest (Osama I think) weren't much of a drinker, but he was partial to a nice piece of cooked beef.
If one of his brothers is the Governor of a key marginal state and the votes kind of slid toward his side.
"...to screw up so badly our gov cancels a contract and still demand termination charges."
Your forgetting that Raytheon is a US Govt con-tractor.
The USG (I think this is unique in the developed world) can unilaterally any contract with no notice and no payment.
Anyone who actually follows their contract is viewed as a soft touch relative to that.
I'm not sure my heart can stand the strain,
Perhaps they might do this more often.
Which I think is getting closer to "space elevator" grade materials.
"Because nothing else is based around the idea of building a light car with a turbo engine that runs at 15k rpm minimum.
And a energy recovery system on both the brakes and the turbo that generates 180hp.
And can withstand 190miles (Silverstone) continuously.
And roughly 800miles (rounded down - 4 races per engine) overall before something can be replaced.
And the g's of braking from 200mph multiple times a lap for 52 laps (Silverstone again).
And has to fit into a very small space.
You forgot. A cockpit/seat that can allow the drive to survive a 200mph crash without an airbag.
Well, you're trying to take them to court.
QED You are an extremist.
If your in a departments page you'd probably want to search that departments back pages, yes?
TBF some of this is the front end to mainframe systems that most of these little darlings know f**k all about and would not understand if it was explained to them.
What could possibly go wrong?
"Science is a model - all of it. So, you're saying that the whole of science is wrong?"
Given the context of the discussion that would be a General Circulation Model of the atmosphere and the oceans.
But for the more stupid I will make it explicit as well.
I was referring to GCM's. none of which report a temperature plateau and all predict higher CO2 --> higher temperature.
More data collection, less "extrapolation."
Perhaps this will explain why the temperature rise all models have AFAIK predicted is not, in fact, happening?
Beyond the obvious fact all models are wrong.
They'll analyse the development process and find why it wasn't picked up in development.
Build a tool to find all the other places the code does not match.
Verify there are reasons why they don't match or if not which (if either ) is the correct value
Update the system
Run the changed modules through regression testing (including the revised tests to find the new faults).
Will it happen.
A couple of points
Non matching numbers is not IT that's administration or source code control.
OTOH if that number can be updated by human input that should be most carefully controlled.
BTW is anyone thinking "Hmm, 193. Not 255 or 128?"
Just so random.
Which IIRC the HMRC took about £11m off him.
IE about 0.5 % of the total.
Nice deal if you can get it (and of course if you need, as perhaps he really doesn't own that much m'lord).