98 posts • joined Sunday 14th June 2009 16:32 GMT
Re: business model wrong? No.
Tell me that you haven't seen this phenomenon in your self and family members. I have, and it's nothing related to class. On the negative side it's called the sunk cost fallacy, and the positive side we call it pride of ownership.
Re: What happened...
And your hands are immediately free other tasks. Food preparation, writing and study, holding cards, or whatever.
On a social/anthropological note: Many of the places where this light would be most needed are still strongly separated along gender lines. You *might* see an effect where the males of the household consider hand cranked torches to be "womens work" and refuse to participate, but be willing to lift the weight bags.
Waiting for much brighter LEDs
I keep buying halogens because I want the lumens, even though it's clear the LED path would pay off quite nicely.
Any tips on where to buy GU10 LEDs that are dimmer capable *and* of roughly similar light output to the halogens?
Data please -- and live popups
Yes, please make the data available.
For those of us that are only curious, a version where the name of the particular offering would pop up as you pointed at each data point would be nice.
Re: return trips
SpaceX is working aggressively towards getting a human certified capsule: http://sen.com/news/spacex-passes-safety-review-for-human-spaceflight
Once they do, then we have both Sputnick capsules and the SpaceX variant.
Re: Milk Drop dropped?
This looks interesting: http://www.vsxu.com/products/player. From the notes:
Select the sound source you want VSXU to react to:
Line-in or mic for an external audio signal - ensure you adjust your microphone boost to suit as external audio signals will vary on different cards.
AUX or 'what you hear' to react to music from your favourite audio player
I mostly agree, but everything is not available or it's been mucked with. There are are artist who have never been on Spotify, who only put on some of their albums, or who pull them off after they have been there for some time. Other times it seems that the albums are there, but they are remastered versions where the remastering has been done poorly -- or where a live version of the music has been substituted for the studio original...
There are also Spotify annoyances -- if you use Spotify in multiple devices, caching a single track to a fourth device doesn't give an error about exceeding the number of allowed devices. It just silently wipes (at random) the cache of one of the other devices where you have hundreds of tracks cached. A proper approach would be to warn you of the limit, and allow you to stop the caching or transfer the ability from one of the other devices.
Having said all that, Spotify does cover 90%+ of my music listening.
Touch/Pen on Windows 7
Microsoft is forgetting all the tablet PC users here. Not that there were ever that many of us...
Re: Not on the sodding pavements!
Was this just a knee jerk reply? I don't live in Milton Keynes, but if I am remembering the geography of the part of town they are talking about, there are some quite broad pavements. If that's the case, what's the problem?
> To the point where, if I'm giving a presentation, and someone is using a phone or tablet,
> I will stop the presentation, explain to everyone present that when we are all ready to
> continue, I will do so at their earliest convenience; and I will wait until anyone
> messing about with their gadgets has returned their attention to the meeting.
In doing this, you've made a number of assumptions:
0) That they aren't noting down an otherwise distracting thought that will keep them from paying attention later.
1) That they don't already know the details of what you are saying, or the details behind that.
2) That each part of the content being delivered is relevant for them, in what they need to do for the business.
3) That they can't follow your line of logic, and get to the conclusion more quickly than your slides.
4) That they haven't recognized the balderdash you're serving as coming directly from a Gartner report without taking into account local requirements.
5) That they are not aware of political considerations at work that mean your presentation is irrelevant even though you don't know it yet.
6) That they haven't spotted a logical flaw in your presentation that means the approach will not work.
For the last three cases that person intelligence that might help you, and you have guaranteed that they will not share that with you. You've also completely interrupted the others who had been focused, which shows a great disregard for the mass of your audience.
> It's basic human courtesy that when someone is talking to you, you pay attention to them.
I don't thinking "talking" is what you have in mind. Talking implies a bi-directional exchange. I think you meant speaking, directing, exhorting, or admonishing.
Re: A tad misleading
Try reading the article again. It's not about inability to roam (and pay your telco lots of roaming fees), it's about being able to swap in SIMs from other countries as you move from region to region in the world.
Re: I'm a Law Lecturer
> Now that would be proper customer service.
No, that would have been EasyJet or RyanAir service. There is a difference.
Re: Sexist numpty & Reg titles
Do you seriously think the authors of the articles get to pick the title and sub-heading for their articles?
I think you need to pay more attention to the how the headlines across a day refer indirectly to each other, even then the contents of the articles aren't aligned...
I don't see any whining. I see someone learning the reality of group dynamics, which is something different.
> Things like this give me homicidal urges.
Then see a psychologist - seriously. What you said isn't funny.
Re: Stupid -- and given an answer that has not been thought through
1) They already have keyboards, mice, and screens on the current PCs. They may not be USB, and they might be old enough screens (even CRTs) so that power costs would make it sensible to replace them over time. Put these old bits together a set of PIs, you might have something. The laptops would bring cameras, which might be very handy for teleconferencing, so that's a counter-balance.
2) They've already been running with a Windows installation. Their data is embedded in applications, or at least file compatibility with a new application. You seem to think that there aren't costs to data conversion.
3) A VDI solution can bring qualitative jump in the ability of the organisation to support remote working -- without the complexity of remote file syncronization. This is not mentioned as a requirement, but most organisations would consider this a plus.
Check out the non-profit licenses from Microsoft
I am not at a non-profit myself, but was chatting about a month ago with someone at a technical briefing. IF I remember correctly, he said something like "It's cool being a non-profit, because we can get a Windows 2012 Data Center license for £450, and that allows unlimited VMs of Windows 2012 inside it using HyperV."
This could be completely wrong, but it's worth a check -- because if it is, you may have a set of VDI instances for very little licensing cost, so long as your application software doesn't do something silly like refuse to install on Windows Server.
Re: @Ragarath Smart meter discussion good, then sudden turn into...
Your post was very good up until midway through the last paragraph, then someone appears to have grabbed the steering wheel of your argument and given it a sharp twist.
However, the first part was really good, so you're still getting a +1. :-)
Re: I'm torn -- everybody screws up from time to time
Sorry, a second point here: The person integrating your code, and the relevant email list and IRC channel for your particular area, would be there to help you not screw up, and to learn.
Re: I'm torn -- Ways to manage a FOSS project
It's one of the ways to manage a FOSS project -- a VERY large FOSS project. You're likely to find the vast majority more welcoming than what you're seeing from this discussion. And remember, you'll have many closer interactions with the lead of whichever area you're working on (even if you do go kernel) than the release notes and discussions from the top.
Re: @Peter - don't rub it too hard
You don't seem to be reading the same release notes I am.
To pick only the most recent 3.11 release notes, zswap *by itself* constitutes a significant feature at the kernel level. Yes, the end-user will never know it is there -- the system will just be faster when under memory pressure.
Re: the lifts take you up to the 350 metre high main deck in a 464.4 metre run
Do these elevators start underground?
Re: @John P re trying windows 8 before damning it
Why the downvotes? Everything he has said here is correct.
Yes, Metro GUI multi-tasking sucks, but it does work as described. And if I recall correctly, you can do that Metro GUI half-trick on main screen, and do real windows GUI multi-tasking on your other screens.
Just a big Start menu -- without functionality
No grouping by shipping vendor.
All icons at the top level.
This may not be a problem for you, but I have 34 folders for applications on my *work* laptop, plus 15 top level icons, with an unknown number of separate applications listed under those folders. This is far too many icons to search through effectively.
It may work at first, but the experience will progressively degrade as you install more software.
Snaking problems -- use pin to taskbar/start menu, recently used set to 20
If you're going through the cascading menus very often, you're not using the full set of features. Change the "recent programs" and "recent files" both to 20 (or 15 on a low res screen), pin some apps to the task bar, some to the start menu.
The use for cascading menus is to list *all* the software on your machine, so you don't have to go an wander around c:, d:, and q: looking to see what's there...
And so why the flooding in NYC?
> and almost all of Manhattan sits at around 15m
I think you should take a look at what happened during Hurricane Sandy again.
Even if 99% of Manhattan is at 15m or more (and it isn't, from a quick glance at topo marked in feet http://archive.org/details/usgs_drg_ny_40073_g8), taking out that 1% at the edges means your tunnels flood, your subway/metro floods, your buried high voltage switching systems get innundated, etc.
Freight on high speed -- at night
The number of high speed trains will fall dramatically at night. With a little bit of scheduling and a couple of side lines to allow passing, you could run hourly passenger services at 1,2,3,4, and 5 AM at 200mph, and slot in acargo traffic running 50mph.
"You can just count the PCs..."
> I think people who are "licencing experts" are either bullpoopers or wizards trained in the dark arts.
Or people who think they are wizards, but really don't understand the issues. I found this when I was offered help in sorting out OS licensing that was taking "a long time", and the person sent to help thought you could just count up the PCs.
I had been asked to reconcile a set of licenses to determine how many additional licenses would be required for upgrading to to Windows XP. The company was a merged entity of (if I remember correctly) three training companies, four consulting firms, and a small tin shifter. Each one of these had purchased PCs from multiple vendors, taken advantage of Microsoft partner agreements, and used MSDN collections to upgrade OS from the shipped OS -- with many multiple boot setups, and few instances of VMWare Workstation. The same OS version gained from different distribution channels came with different upgrade rights, and contracts (some missing) could have included the downgrade/upgrade right as a separate line on the original purchase order. There was (not surprisingly) no log of information related to each machine.
That was before the CALs, office applications, lab kit, and classroom builds (live and stored on backup media)...
Changing your Google Wallet location
may be enough to change which channels are available for you.
I'd try, but the unavailable channels aren't really that tempting yet. We'll see what's on offer in a few months.
She's 16. That makes her 4 at 9/11. She lives in a town I've never heard of in Florida, which is a long way from New York City. 7/7 was in London. Do you honestly think that requiring teenagers to act in accordance with things so remote to their experience is realistic or even fair?
Very nice article
Good successive breakdown of the Top 500, teased out industry connection, etc. Enjoyed it.
Maybe this sale to a foreign company provide could be the time for Intel (a US company) to break the Paragon out of storage and retake the market by storm? ;-)
Re: The underlying trend is cooling
Why did you mark that as a joke? It's more likely proper recognition of human nature when in huge aggregates.
Re: Just had an Asus Vivo delivered (#2 on the list)
Where did you find it? The 19houra and a Wacom stylus sounds like a good machine for running Microsoft OneNote. I was using my Toshiba M400 with OneNote, and it was quite a nice pairing, but you had to be willing to put up with pretty heavy device.
By any chance have you tried out OneNote? MS has a free trial download...
Take a look at Gordon's post at http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1777897. He was only getting started, there are many other reasons to prefer ZFS over BTRFS.
Re: Version 0.6.1 = Production?
You missed a memo. :-) Seriously, the ritual that your version number must align to some pre-determined value seems to be gradually falling away.
On the other side, you don't need to have significant changes to bump a major version number anymore, as Firefox is demonstrating.
Most of memory requirements come in support of deduplication hashes as I recall. I don't know the consequences of not having "enough" RAM -- if duplicate detection falls off gradually, it would be more of a performance issue than a correctness issue.
Re: A more important ZFS feature
Silent in that errors are noticed via checksum, the checksum indicates another copy of the data should be returned instead, bad blocks (and more) automatically marked as bad. All the things you want with alerting are also happening, otherwise no one would like ZFS.
Have you checked out SmartOS from Joyent?
@ mr. deadlift The SmartOS distribution that you can download from Joyent seems to take Illumnos and may address some of the hardware compatibility concerns you have. I've not yet had a chance to try it
Re: No wonder we're baffled
@Nickjx Global average approximately 0.02 degrees C above norm for the periond 1880 to 2012, per http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/enso-global-temp-anom/201213.png, in the context of http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2012/13.
Re: You don't appear to have read the linked research
@PatientOne The cleanup factor you've mentioned is not one I've come across before. Thanks for mentioning it, I'll have to add it the the reading topics around the climate change models. I'll be interested to see how the research accounts for high-altitude absorbtion (which is where some of the missing sunshine will have gone) versus a higher level of reflection of the solar input.
If you happen to remember any pointer to where you ran across the reference I'd appreciate a pointer.
Re: You don't appear to have read the linked research
Read it, *also* read a portion of the linked research. For instance, this bit
> 2012 marks the 36th consecutive year (since 1976) that the annual
> temperature was above the long-term average.
from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2012/13, under Global Temperatures
So that's 36 consecutive years above the "long term average", which appears to be from 1880 to 2012. That is a rising trend. If Lewis has chosen to go back only 20, perhaps he's chosen that period to fit a pre-deternined view. Try running the numbers for 25, 30, and 40 years -- what do they look like?
Take a look at this year's temperatures across the continental US:
> In 2012, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average annual temperature
> of 55.3°F was 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and was the warmest
> year in the 1895-2012 period of record for the nation. The 2012 annual
> temperature was 1.0°F warmer than the previous record warm year of 1998.
@Trevor_Pott re storage
> I honestly think MS pipped Linux on the storage front this go-round.
Check out zfs.
- iSCSI, NFS, CIFS
- thin provisioning of iSCSI volumes
- snapshots of iSCSI volumes
- resilvering (mor efficient RAID rebuilds)
- every read checksummed
Re: Anything but Unity
And I'd add this Android software to your list of hardware :-)
* AIDE -- Full Android IDE for on-tablet development
* Terminal IDE -- for a busy-box Linux implmentation
* DroidEdit -- for an editing GUI that can issue commands via SSH
Re: I don't want a smart TV.
Are you sure that your USB drive only holds media? Perhaps there's a backup from one of your PCs there. Or the online photo library. Or a more important drive that you've attached to the same TV temporarily to move downloaded movies from your PC.
You've also assumed that the compromise was limited to reading the USB. If the perp can get into the unSmartTV, then it might be with sufficient flexbility that they could read *any* Windows file shares visible on the network to which the unSmartTV is connected.
Re: Worth another look
You know, a book is pretty boring until you open it. Take a few minutes and personalize it.
Do a topic based search, and start from there. Try "https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/%22Space%20X%22" as an example. Read the post and comments. Then click the pictures of the most interesting commentators, and follow them. Pretty soon you you'll have an interesting feed.
If you're using a mobile device, try watching the "nearby" circle. In addition to learning that some of your neighbours are truly strange, you may find someone who works just short distance away that you'd never cross paths with otherwise that is an intesting person. I've found some fellow cyclists, and a gent with a 3d printer, and some people interested in the big planning application just down the road.