570 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
Re: Are electric cars really usefull?
"And take a look at its price tag of around £34k for a car the size of an Astra. You've got to be a rich eco-warrior to be able to afford one."
You need to offset the price against the potential fuel savings.
You can get a used one for about £20k
They are a bit bigger than an Astra, more like an Insignia
Re: Ironic though...
Its called research
Re: A hearty well-done to NASA and Cassini.
"maybe a fly-through the rings?"
Which would certainly mean the destruction of the space craft.
After its given so much I'm not sure I would have the heart to do that!
Re: Why 3000mAh?
Standardisation of measurement units through convention.
if you were measuring the dimensions several objects, e.g. furniture you would not want to keep switching between mm, cm and m. It would just be confusing.
Batteries of this ilk are normally measured in mAh, the question is what compelling reason is there to break from convention?
Personally I don't need the gratitude.
I enjoy developing stuff like that for its own sake and feel that the world is a better place when the drudgery is automated.
Agree about the reasons for the medal!
Re: Planned obsolescence @ Annihilator
"The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only."
As the owner of a car with a 7 year warranty (which is due to expire soon)
Wear and tear is NOT included in the warranty, however servicing can be done at any reputable garage not just authorised dealers.
Having said that the only warranty work I've had to get done is to get the stereo replaced.
The clutch on mine still works fine but then I don't ride the clutch. Clutch plates (like brake pads) by their nature are going to wear out faster if misused and it won't be difficult for the garage to check for excessive wear.
As an IT contractor
I welcome changes in Government with open arms
"Memex Technology Ltd (Memex), did not make up for this shortfall in terms of managing the risk to delivery."
vampiresconsultancies willfully neglect the risk management. Its how they make their money!
Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???
HP DL580 G7
up to 2TB Ram
The Only Real Fix
Root and install alternative (hopefully malware free) firmware
Some info at good ole XDA:
Re: You can dial on a tone line...
You can "Tone Dial" by simply playing the tones through the mouth piece. There used to be available devices which would do that for you giving the phone "automatic" dialing capability
You're probably thinking of pulse dialing
Re: A troupe of boffins?
A Toupée of boffins?
Re: In other news
Only 4 years after Windows :D :D
Hardly a reason to celebrate is it! Lack of games (that I want to actually play) on Linux is the only reason I need to run GRUB and Windows
Re: MS Word is not immune to this either
"or stops working with some add-on from a third party reference manager.
MS Word is not perfect."
I think the add-on might be the culprit here
Re: WTF is this "article"?
It's aimed at contractors
Re: I'll do it for free
Guaranteed to be correct 99.9999999% of the time
with a 0.0000000001% error rate
Re: Headline, about a year from now
"US Secret Service seeks double entendre-spotter for Twitter"
Entrants must pass an oral exam
I personally hate it when filthy do gooders stop me sweating on the bible.
I'll sweat where I goddamn want to
If you're googling for solutions then make sure you check out Ubuntu fixes. What works on Ubuntu usually works on Mint too
Re: Sounds mint
Having upgraded recently I can assure you that you have made a sensible decision (for now at least). There aren't any "must have" features in the new release and if everything is working for you then you might as well stick with it.
FWIW: The only reason I upgraded was that I had broken the blue tooth components and could not get it working again. Serves me right for trying to install and then uninstall some shady software without backing up first.
Re: @ Acerimmer Why does
"no danger of seeing 'mine is better than yours' arguments"
Indeed, they actually descend into my not caring is bigger than your not caring!
Re: Why does
Everyone who posted in here that's who!
After all they cared enough to click the article link, then click comments, then make a comment thus giving El Reg and all who advertise in her lots of reasons to carry on publishing this crap.
If you truly don't care (and I'm sure that most of you who commented on here wanted a good view of ol' Kim's arse) then DON'T FUCKING CLICK on it
Re: Highway neutrality
"Want to drive, do a track day."
Scenic routes where manual control is allowed would be preferable to a track.
I don't really fancy power sliding with a vomiting 2 year old in the back
Middle Laners Anyone?
"So you’re driving along at 60mph and come across a slower platoon of some twenty vehicles moving at 55mph. You overtake them, noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in, and then you come up to the exit ramp you need to take but can’t get onto it because the platoon prevents you passing though it."
Already happens in the UK all the time. just change the speeds to 70mph and 55mph and "platoon" to "Middle Lane Morons"
Anyway if you're idiot enough to start over taking when your exit is coming up then you deserve to drive a few extra miles.
Re: Weather conditions
" how do they cope with snow, of for that matter bright sunshine reflecting off a wet road?"
How do you cope with it? Have you got some sort of special x-ray vision which these robot cars won't have?
The driver-less cars will cope the same as everyone else... slow down, increase the safety margins and use a different reference point.
As for the bright sunshine reflecting off the road. The cars will probably have a few advances over the human eye when it comes to disadvantageous sun and rain positions.
Given some the shoddy and downright dangerous driving I see on the roads every day, these cars can only be an improvement on the average driver. (and if you think otherwise you're probably a below average driver in denial)
I can run the game on my serious machine, and play it on the much much bigger TV screen using the TV PC as a guest
Newer sat nav and sat nav apps give you live traffic information allowing you to reroute as appropriate.
Although from my experience the information about the delays tends to come when I'm already stuck in the tailback its warning me about.
At least it saves me some effort
Now instead of ignoring Carphone Warehouse AND Dixons I have only 1 company to avoid.
Now if they can merge with PCWorld, Vodafone and Halfords the consolidation of shit would be complete
The problem he seems to have had is that modern word processors are not built or at least not aimed at people who are trying to write a novel.
There are specialist authoring tools out there which are much more suited towards writing a 600+ page epic.
Re: Dear Prof.
I can accept that - appropriate thumbs up applied
Can I ask why the addition to the length of the river is a function of the length of the river?
Then we extend the river several times, each extension being a random per cent figure of the length of the river in question.
i.e why are we using
Xn+1 = Xn + f(Xn)
Xn+1 = Xn + f(R)
Where R is a random length factor added to the river independent to the length of the river
If I added a rock to the path of my river and it extended the river length by 5 meters it shouldn't matter if my river is 5 or 5000KM long
Re: Reducing CO2 emissions?
"The biggest 15 supercargo ships put out the same crap as all the world's cars *put together*."
For the record - 15 super container ships do not emit the same CO2 as all the worlds cars put together,
However, due to the low grade fuel they use they do emit the same pollutants (mainly sulpher based compounds) as all the worlds cars.
just add a webcam and voila.... You have a telescreen
"Around 6,400 IT and operations staffers are being chopped by Barclays Group - employees who'd worked across the retail and investment banks."
They'll be replaced by an even greater number of contractors before the year is out
"Did Scotty dismantle this prior to stage sep before de-orbiting, and then carry an extra, unplanned object of unknown mass back in the CM to Earth?
It CAN'T be the one from the LEM, even if it is an original NASA controller."
And thus the greatest hoax ever carried out was slowly unraveled
"Financial chicken is what I call it."
A game with only "Win/Win" and "Lose/Lose" outcomes!
@Boltar Re: It's not about the money
Clustering SQL Server databases does NOT improve performance, only the active node is handling actual user requests. The other nodes are simply sat there keeping themselves "current" in case of a fail over
Secondly, no one runs a single CPU environment. Minimum CPU spec is a quad core for a very small barely used database box. Most enterprise level SQL Server installations are on 8 to 128 core servers.
Re: Boo. Hoo..
Someones bought a time machine!
Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Part III, it is an offence to withhold passwords and the teenager was convicted last month of failing to disclose his key.
Read more: Teenager jailed for refusing to reveal encryption keys | News | PC Pro
Did you read the article or have you just woken up from a 5 year coma?
Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:
Add to this list
Super Bomberman (SNES)
and the game pad wrecking International Track and Field (PSX)
Brings back fond memories of student life in the late 90's
Not to sound bigoted here
Do you also find yourself starting sentences with "I'm not racist but..."
Re: Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?
Who the hell cares?
You, clearly, hence your post
What's the point?
The world record? Simple one-upmanship which has been going on since the dawn of time
The Article? Entertainment and ad revenue
Your post? There is none apart from stoking your own ego
Is there any worth to this?
Again - you need to be more specific
The world record? In itself no but it does confirm that input methods into mobile computing devices is getting better
The Article? It will contribute to someones income
Your post? No
As someone who has worked with computers for a number of years I know the value of being clear and specific in my writing.
Maybe you should try the same
Not that great a win
The class action included some 64,000 engineers
The "win" was for $300,000,000
Average payout will be under $5,000
Companies escape after only losing a bit of pocket change
"But your warranty will be invalidated and the SOGA won't help you."
Dell don't (or at least didn't) invalidate your warranty for opening your own equipment and swapping components.
Of course if its the new component that causes the problem then you're on your own.
They even supply manuals on how to take your stuff apart. Here's the OWNERS manual for mine direct from Dell, notice the emphasis on owner not engineer.
Some of it is quite good - like my Dell XPS 15 - L421x... or my old Precision M65 laptop which after 6 years of on the road contractor misuse has been re-purposed as a media center for the living room TV
Most of Dells image problem stem from clients purchasing the cheapest kit possible even if it isn't fit for purpose.
Written from a very very crappy Lenovo "ThinkCentre" that barely manages to run Visual Studio and Excel at the same time.
"presumably for use by the rich execs who work at the top of it"
More likely the top floors will be a bar or a restaurant (or both!) with a express high speed elevators.
Re: So let's see if I understand this...
Its called click-baiting
and you clicked
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