156 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?
The distinction you're after is "natural selection" vs "unnatural/artificial/directed selection".
Trying to coopt "GMO" as a homonym for artificial selection is either disingenuous or naive.
Re: Faraday Cages
No, we couldn't.
Faraday Cages are a static/low frequency concept; as you get higher in frequency, the doors/windows/riveted seams let through more and more energy.
EM screened/anechoic chambers (which do block mobile phone/wifi/etc signals) are really hard to make, and really quite expensive (5 to 6-figure sums) because of it. They're also easy to compromise, either deliberately or accidentally*.
* Yesterday, I had breakthrough into my chamber at 1.8 GHz; it transpired that one of the (sodding expensive) coax cables had degraded.
Shouldn't need the charger
I'd take the charger too (just in case it turns out that the battery is nearing the end of its life), but my last two "feature" phones (a candy-bar Motorola and a slide-to-open Samsung) would last 2 weeks between charges.
Re: Sorry to be grumpy, as usual
The OED describes "imposter" as a customs agent who classifies imported goods according to the rates of duty payable (ie "one who imposts").
The Bible in a tweet
OK, here goes:
"Creation myths, rules and stories which we say are from our God"
"All important material is directed automatically to a Spam folder where it festers indefinitely." Thank you Mr Dabbs!
Anyway, I have Too Many™, even if you discount the unlimited aliases you get with your own domain name.
One wonders why the hackers are waiting until April. Why don't they just do their hacking now?
Well, if you were a nefarious type, with an unpatched drive-by exploit ready and waiting, do you
- release it now, and risk MS releasing a patch for it in a few weeks' time, or
- wait until mid April, and surf the long-tail of never-going-to-be-fixed boxes.
And how much would such an exploit be worth?
Re: the Moto G
My Moto G (SIM-free from phones4u) is still on 4.3.
4.4 has allegedly been promised for January, though.
Re: I am one of the people affected/complaining
...Their Data Protection Officer wasn't having anything to do with me (FFS, What is their purpose!)
This is Yes, Minister 101 - get the tricky bit dealt with in the title.
The purpose of any Data Protection Officer is (obviously) to minimise the blame which can be attached to the company in any Data Protection issue.
Re: Why bring up guns?
Also, I thought the whole hoo-haa about 3D-printed plastic guns was the fact that they were made of plastic, and so weren't detected by metal detectors which protected "secure" areas...
I thought that Rosenkranz and Guildernstern were dead.
(My coat's the one with the Compleat Works of Shakespear in the pocket.)
Re: BTW am I right in thinking UK DAB <> Europe DAB?
Another point is that here in the UK we use Band III (200 to 230 MHz ish) for DAB transmissions, while over on the continent they also use Band L (1450 to 1480 MHz, Wikipedia assures me).
Very few UK DAB receivers are able to tune into Band L transmissions.
Re: radio 5 live
Well, R5L's only analogue broadcasting is through AM (693 and 909 kHz). I remember having to listen to that in the car, and it was frequently dire in audio quality, with fading and other interference.
A 64 kbps DAB stream is at least as good as that.
Re: Here is my proper review
I too have just upgraded from a SF to a Moto G (16GB version), and I'd like to echo the "it's bloody great".
IMO the camera is better than adequate - yes it lacks any real controls (image size, white balance, ISO), but it's quick and the auto-HDR feature provides very nice pictures (I was out at the weekend and got some surprisingly good landscape + skyscape shots).
The GPS gets a fix indoors, which my old SF couldn't do.
And it's built solidly too, which you couldn't say about the SF (I ended up using a case to stop the back coming loose).
As for the downsides, the lack of SD and user-removable battery may be an issue, but I had a 4GB card before and didn't run out of space (well, I did but only for apps, thanks to the ridiculous partitioning of the internal memory), and the battery got removed only when it hung. Also, I miss a couple of tweaks from the CM build I ran on it - gesture support in the SMS app, and the auto-silent-mode you could set overnight.
Re: Bad Parma
What? Ham from northern Italy is bad for you?
Not yet mandatory
I'm assuming that I have a g+ account, since I had to create a google account in order to use Google Play.
It depends on when you joined and how vigilant you were. I got my Google (non-plus) account over 2 years ago, and don't have a G+ account linked to it.
However, my mum got an Android phone last month, and when she created her account, she automagically got a G+ account along with it (which she immediately deleted).
As and when you connect your account to a new phone or tablet, you will be cajoled (Mrs Doyle-like) into "upgrading" to a G+ account.
Re: HERE says it's only recording the GPS locations of open Wi-Fi hotspots
Why do they record them at all? Is it for use as fixed reference points?
A GPS fix takes time to acquire - maybe up to 2 minutes - and can fail altogether if the receiver can't see enough sky.
(Phone) base station info is virtually immediate, but low resolution: usually +/- a kilometre or two. With a corpus of wifi hotspots, an intermediate Location Service can triangulate the receiver's position really quite well, and gets better in the sorts of locations where GPS performance fares less well (cities with buildings blocking the sky, but full of hotspots).
Re: Finally an electric car I may want...
Agreed, it's just about there (as a 2nd car in our case).
But... it's ~£8k too much. By my calculations, it'd start to be cheaper than our Splash in about 14 years' time (which would probably be 4 years after we'll scrap it).
Even if you compare it to more luxurious competition, the TCO balances towards the i3 only after 6-8 years - just as the battery runs out of warranty.
Why would you standardise on *one* AV solution?
As the news item proves, if you have an AV monoculture, everything's fine until your entire network gets b0rked by the fuck-up.
Perhaps the bloke who suggested this could talk to a health professional about analogues in the medical world (MRSA springs to mind), and see what they think about a single defence vector.
Re: Is there actually any evidence...
That web users actually *want* adverts?
Bit of a straw man?
It seems that ads are the only current reasonable compromise, given that tip-jars and micro-payments as a whole are few and far-between. So I applaud making ads less objectionable, less invasive, and the creation of tools which can express fine-grained user desires more fully.
Adblock plus and "non-intrusive" ads
"Maybe the ad-block writers could have a 'block some' option where adverts that behave don't get blocked. It could train the others to start behaving if others are getting their ads served up."
Adblock Plus does this nowadays, and by default allows what it calls "non-intrusive" ads. There was a storm about them selling out at the time, but it's arguably a reasonable option to have.
Why the hell is it possible to buy IP and then sue people for products which the previous IP owner did not object to. Surely the lack of legal action is an implied permission?
If the patent holder waits too long, there is a defence of "laches" available. Quite how this plays out when you get a change in holder, I don't know. I guess we'll find out.
IANAL, though I used to read Groklaw.
'advanced knowledge': "the LinkedIn endorsements from people they barely know"
no but yes but no
POE (power over ethernet) isn't the issue - that simply allows you to easily stick network equipment somewhere where there's no mains power.
Ethernet over mains wiring is an abomination, though, and yes, mandating wired network cables in new builds would be marvellous, but (a) that would take years to solve the problem, (b) requirements are still evolving (who wants to say "
640kB 100Mb/s is enough for anyone"?, and (c) it doesn't help with existing houses, or (d) with the growing number of phones, tablets and laptops lacking a network port.
Re: Honest politicians are rare
[...] please let's not descend to personal attacks - let's reserve those for Call-me-dave and the other evil money-grubbing, power-crazed, baby-eating, devil-worshiping scum who form the present UK government and opposition.
I see what you did there.
could it be...
Perhaps it's curved so that when you put it face down on the desk (Touchwiz has an option that this action mutes the phone - ideal for meetings), it's not going to get scratched
and there's less muffling of the microphone for the covert tapping app installed by the security services.
no "context-menu button"
Disappointing that Samsung couldn't fit a context-menu button into the keyboard (on full-size keyboards it's just to the right of the right Windows key).
On laptops I often find that, working without a mouse, it's far easier to bring up the context menu with a dedicated button, rather than [find cursor], [drag cursor to correct part of screen], [click right trackpad button].
But other than that, meh. Wrong OS, too pricey, unwanted touchiness, two weird ports too many.
Re: Nintendo - Done for,.
I got that for my son (£80 from Ebuyer after casback) last month. When some friends came over recently, we were rewarded with the sight of three of them, sat side-by-side on the sofa, playing in a shared Minecraft world together, a tablet apiece. The previous DSs are completely forgotten about now.
The Iconia is a bargain. It's also only £80 now at Argos.
Re: EM radiation?
The EM radiation which is emitted by the sun at the same time as the CME takes 8 minutes to reach us - this is why there can be a warning.
The (charged) particles then (eventually) hit the Earth's atmosphere, and twang about (technical term[TM]) in our magnetosphere. It's this twanging about which causes EM disturbances, which can interfere with ground-based systems.
Re: a largish river
Just think, you could name your data centre after the river that cools it.
I can't think of a single problem with that.
Re: Horrible inefficient? - Freeview vs cable
Inefficient in what way?
Well, in the whole "losing more than 99.9% of the energy between source and sink". It's one of those situations:
RF transmission is one of the worst methods of broadcasting, apart from all the other methods ever tried.
Freeview vs cable
<blockquote>It is legitimate to question whether fixed devices warrant the use of terrestrial radio transmission when a cable or fibre can be used.</blockquote>
True, but you also need to compare the power requirements between, say, Crystal Palace (1.2 MW ERP over the 6 multiplexes), and the multitude of cable
broadnarrow-cast boxes required to match the coverage of CP. Hint: terrestrial broadcasting is horribly inefficient, but still miles better than pushing the signal down copper.
Re: An idea...
Presumably because they'd rather be making more music (which, you know, they've got a track record for doing well enough to be paid for) rather than starting up Yet Another Fair-trade Music Site.
'Cos we all know how stonkingly well eg Magnatune are doing, for all their good intentions.
Re: I don't see this as an advantage.
"Right now Smart Meters, which have been mandated by the UK government, have to use cellular networks which is both expensive and inefficient, so alternatives are eagerly sought."
Of course they don't have to use the cellular network. They could use low data-rate PLT (it's only the high bandwidth type that has the radio hams up in arms), or something else which already exists. (What's that you say, Skippy? Lots of people have broadband connections that could be used to transfer a few kB a month?)
The thing is, if the utilities have to develop an alternative, they can probably get government funding for it. Using existing solutions (GSM or PLT, or...) won't attract that cash.
Re: The days of Sort Codes and Numbers
There are (either UK or Europe-wide, I forget) proposals to make your bank account number portable between different banks, just like mobile phone numbers are already. This theoretically means that the 101 different people you have to tell if you move your current account (well, payroll and Direct Debits anyway) don't need to know.
And given that sort codes are currently bank and branch specific, they would cease to have that meaning.
Re: Free market? (@ Sean O'Connor 1)
I got "In Rainbows"; I paid $0.00 for it, downloaded and listened to it.
On thinking "this is worth a few quid", I went back to pay something, only to find that their system wouldn't let you do that.
I wonder if I was alone in wanting to "try before you buy". It may be the details, rather than the general principle.
application scale, meh.
Never mind if it's "application scale", we want to know if it's WEB SCALE.
Re: Will somone think of the children!!
If you want the Internet to be your darling little ones' playground, then *you* pay for the [electronic equivalent of] rubberised tarmac, fences and "no dogs" signs. *I* quite like the rugged splendour of the untamed wilds and occasionally go mountaineering.
The Faraday Cage
I would think the primary purpose of the Faraday Cage would be to protect the bunker from the nuclear EMP blast.
Post-apocalypse, who's going to be getting close enough to snoop on you?
Re: @frank ly
The use of 'gender' to refer to social/cultural differences is an affectation used by academics who don't want people to giggle when they talk about their work.
Well, not all academics. My wife read linguistics, and one of her lecturers was fond of reminding his students that "words have gender, people have sex". And $OH_DEITY_FAR_TOO_MANY years later on, this point is still remembered.
The other option is to, erm, "unlock" your DRM-encumbered files from Amazon, and convert them using Calibre into ePUB.
Quite where you would find the "DRM removal tools" required to do this is left as an exercise for the search-engine-equipped reader.
Of course, this brings the added benefit that you won't be subject to any 1984-esque moments, too; but you wouldn't get all the automagic synchronisation of books and bookmarks over wifi.
Your presumption may well be false.
Cameras on phones, many compacts, and any other cameras loaded with eye-fi SD cards will upload to "the cloud"^W^W a server somewhere online without requiring PC-based intermediation.
the slightly longer answer is that because 4G is pinching old TV channels, proper antennas, splitters and (possibly most importantly) amplifiers should be covering the frequency range which the 4G signal is now sitting. That is, by design, they shouldn't be filtering it out. Add in a cheap receiving stage which can't deal with co-channel interference, and there's your potential for interference.
And you might say that everything should work properly, but here's the thing about technical standards - they're (usually) designed with a reasonable level of robustness. Add the 4G signal next door, and the level of robustness is degraded - to the point that, say, 1 in 1000 households might start seeing interference when before they didn't.
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