178 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 11:52 GMT
Re: FREE MONEY.
It's likely to be self defeating, though, as they'll set the amount so high that they'll never have a hope in hell of recovering it. It's merely adding "...and forced bankruptcy for extra punishment" to whatever jail time these guys get.
Re: 3 are great...
The funny thing is, my rellies live in a rural village and 3 is the only reliable network there. If you sit on the roof and hold the phone juuuust right, Vodafone will offer you two bars of signal for about 0.7 seconds. O2 and EE give you nothing, not even the vaguest sniff of hope of signal. On 3 sat comfortably inside (same handset) I get very good signal and loverly HSDPA data connection.
In fact I couldn't get Vodafone signal worth a damn in my home and at work, both in London. 3 is perfect in both locations.
Please note: These anecdotes are not valid north of Luton or west of Reading.
Economies of scale
I'm going to assume that the device turns the dynamo at a set speed within the given mass tolerances and it is this that determines the power output. This means the height the weight is lifted to, given a set speed, directly relates to the time that the power output can be sustained for.
That output is not going to light a home or charge a mobile phone and it's priced fairly equivalently to a Dyson Fan which is a premium lifestyle product. It needs to have more pooerrr (read in a Jimmy Doohan accent).
How about a large frame, maybe 30 feet high, with several of the dynamo/weight arrays along it with block-and-tackle as has been suggested by other commentards, giving (trusting my old schoolboy physics) a total power output if we link the dynamo arrays, Ptotal=(P1xn) where P1= power of one unit and n is the number of units, then we can provide 2.5 hours of useful Ptotal from not a lot more human effort (assuming more than one person helps with the lifting).
export my search history
No! Hell no. Especially the searches from my laptop late at night. No. Not on yours or anyone else's nelly!
They're welcome to keep that and use it to sell me Justin Bieber MP3s just don't let me remember it!
Job preservation vs curiosity
You know when a young child finds out some new, interesting fact and asks "Why, Daddy?" And so you find a way to answer that question in a satisfying way but in doing so, of course, you are introducing yet another new fact to the child and, once again, "Why, Daddy?" comes round again. The child isn't trying to justify the right to be allowed to ask more questions but simply that the new facts need explaining also.
That's natural curiosity which is at the absolute heart of science. The field of Anthropology, being All About Us, adds a narcissistic boost to that curiosity so we're even more likely to ask that one last "Why?"
I don't think they're deliberately not investigating fully in order to come back and do it again on another field research grant.
The question is, once these UN recon drones have located The Dodginess happening on the ground could they then share that info with a nation-state's (peacekeeping force*) fully armed (and operational *ahem*) Reaper fleet to attend and blow the everliving shit out of The Dodginess?
In fact isn't that kind of the point of this?
Am I the only one who had Blues Brothers flashbacks: "Yeah but you drank $183,000 worth of beer".
Re: what the hell is he driving these days?
His team only need to hit on a few new ways of doing something that's already being done but the Google Way is better, faster, more efficient, cheaper etc... and there's a large market to sell into.
If they hit on new ideas and new solutions that enable GoogleBot3000* to do stuff that can't currently be done then they will create their own market. That's print-your-own-money territory.
Having an HQ in Japan is a very good decision.
*No I'm not suggesting they'll only build one model I'm just being flippant for brevity. A classic technique taught in all the best schools, I'm sure.
Re: It can be switched off, but most users won't.
They won't because often they don't know about it and don't know how even if they did. Many home users and small businesses don't even know they can log onto the router to change the settings after the install man leaves and, even if they did and did know how to logon they have the fear of buggering the whole thing sideways and taking down their home/office network or customer wifi and having to pay a pro a "reasonable hourly rate" to fix what they've knackered that was otherwise "just working".
Remote admin should be disabled as factory default. This is my new armchair crusade!
Re: A year off work...
A very difficult choice that I (and I suspect the majority of Reg readers) don't have the dosh to make.
If I did, though, I'm tempted to the blaster as I can run around the house pretending to be Han Solo like I was back in the school playground with his actual weapon! Pew pew!
Yes I am single, why do you ask?
Re: Ok, Tom.
Yes. Excerpts or something after it's been graded. Then we can compare to our favourite Reg Journos unfairly from the safety of AC- dom
LTO 1 & 2
I can only assume that's being used by masochists who won't upgrade the ancient libraries because they love carrying a suitcase full of tapes when it's swap time.
Like, erm, a friend, yeah, that's it, I have a ... friend whose workplace still does that! *cough*
Re: Just a small nit...
I'm pretty sure the article thoroughly detailed exactly what percentage of fuck all Bates has achieved in order to be linked with the job apart from already be there and be "different". I still have no idea what "to engage" actually means but maybe he's qualified to do it whatever it is.
Oh wait, run the world's biggest software company? The ground counts, yes?
Re: "Climate Change"
Mr Chirgwin has not asserted that Typhoon Haiyan or any other natural disaster has been caused by Climate Change.
It was Mr Dosch that Mr Chirgwin has reported as making that suggestion. Don't shoot the messenger.
Actually if you are seeking medical treatment for Steatodism it does help to bring the, doubtless now squished, spider with you to prove that you're not suffering from something else that can cause a severe allergic reaction.
The venom of a Steatoda is a neurotoxin not a necrotic agent. Seeing a spider that was in a different part of the house at the time of the bite/sting is not sufficient to identify the symptoms as being from a Steatoda bite.
As has been said, these guys usually bite once as a defensive measure and certainly S.Nobilis doesn't hang around in tight groups because they tend to kill each other if they get too close to each other's territory.
The most common house centipede, S.coleoptrata, stings with it's legs so you're likely to get more than one sting from one of these guys. Their venom also causes more localised pain and swelling without the neurotoxic effects of the Steatodae.
So, yes, unless you see the spider that bit you it's usually guesswork.
I honestly didn't know Evil Furbys were an actual thing. Now I've googled it and am very glad that the Child Process is too old to want one. Jesus fucking christ, kids toys with severe personality disorders as a USP! Fuck that!
Re: Your design is the same as any other phone.
Except it's not. The "other half" concept is the most innovative idea in smartphone design in a long, long time!
Even if Jolla and Sailfish OS don't come near the unit sales of WinPho or BlackBerry they will still have that design (oh god I'm going to have to use one of *those* words) paradigm behind them and, worst case, they can flog/licence the IP on that.
I want this to be a great phone and I would love to have one when they eventually release over here. More importantly I want these guys to succeed just to show what could they could have achieved if Nokia's management hadn't imploded.
Summary: stop being such a bloody wet blanket.
Re: calling anything Newkia is asking for trouble
Especially if they release a "brown" variant.
Re: the difference between Steatoda bipunctata and the false widow spider.
I'll take a stab at this.
The False Widow Spider is not a species of spider but an entire genus: Steatoda.
Within that genus there are something like 120 different species of which in the UK we care about three:
nobilis (probably the most common form), grossa and bipunctata (the aforementioned rabbit hutch spider, named after the two indents in the back) all of which live in habitats close to humans.
So one can say that any of these three species could be called "A False Widow Spider" but not "The False Widow Spider".
Weak link in the chain
Whether or not the picker took 33 or 35 seconds to pick the item you ordered and get it to distribution is completely irrelevant because Yodel will fuck it up and you'll still be waiting for days while the delivery man insists your house doesn't exist and you watch the tracking website play Depot Tennis. It's left the depot! It's on the van! It's on it's way! It's back at the depot!
Re: I was top of my classes
>Don't assume I'm stupid. Yes, there are a lot of simple people working in supermarkets, bit I also work along side guys who have multiple degrees. Are they stupid aswell?
That'll be "but", "alongside" and "as well"
>Fuck you and your elitest ideology.
It's OK, I won't assume you are stupid.
Conversion to London Buses
The cost for the New Bus for London, over the course of a lifetime is £354,500, apparently.
At current exchange rates (froom a well known online currency conversion company) that's $575,063
so $122m is 212.15 London Buses.
tangientially related to standard programming systems
Like learning Fortran77 at Uni rather than Perl or C.
No wonder I'm an infrastructure monkey and not a code hero.
Rented building anyway
I thought that Nokia flogged this building a couple of years ago and are renting it back. I assume this just means Microsoft will pay the lease now rather than Nokia losing a bricks and mortar asset.
Itsa gidgit innit
So I want one. Only problem is I'm not sure what I'd want it to do. Maybe check emails/SMS messages at a glance. See who is calling me without reaching for my phone and getting it out of the case. Some Twitbook integration so I can see notifications like I do now on my phone. Hey, make a phone call with it either over loudspeaker or headset. So far so pretty generic, just about every smartwatch out there can do this to some extent but beyond that I don't have much ambition about what else I want it to do (and I'm the target market in just about every way) so the manufacturers are going to struggle to work it out as well.
Oh, hang on, why can't it be like a complete extension of my phone on my wrist, able to run (or stream from the phone anyway) any app I have on my phone? Open multimedia messages in lovely retina-or-better resolution? Why can't I have a watch that means I rarely have to get my phone out of my pocket? And a Pony? A Smart Pony that I can use to update Faceitter? And I want it right now! Unfortunately the tech isn't there yet and won't be for ages, if ever, because we're used to wonderful, mature Smartpony er, phone technology and won't accept another "Smart" device that only does the things that I said I'd want it to do in the first paragraph.
TL;DR: We tech users are spoiled brats and today's shiniest Smartwatches aren't shiny enough compared to what we're pairing them with.
Can I be 6 again please?
That looks like just the right balance between being exciting to build and do stuff with and being simple enough to not send me ... I mean a child ... scurrying back to the Lego because it's too much like scary learning work.
Years ago I worked for a company whose Big Thing was some heavy duty image crunching done in a big Data Centre. We ran a demo in Excel one year and had to do the processing on normal laptops locally which took a hell of a lot longer than the real world scenario of doing it online in the Server Farm which kind of took a bit of the gloss off our otherwise well received offering. Something like this would have been perfect in that scenario. It would also work brilliantly for client site demos or proof of concept work.
Also it'd make a banging gaming rig!
Hmmm. I must have an enormous amount of lean muscle mass then 'cos my conk is huge
Re: WTF is an "insecure male Apple lover
It's a bloke that sticks his cock in a pomaceous fruit because he's too scared to talk to girls.
It might technically be a very small acoustic bass guitar with very strange tuning?
Re: that guy who picked on Luke in the Mos Eisley bar
Apologies and warning as the character's name is in the title of this link but it's exactly what you've asked for.
Ah, the Internet.
Re: Talks eh ...?
@ Dr Who
Mark Hamill, as has been mentioned already, has done a metric shitload (approx 1.6 imperial fucktons) of voice acting work as well as some TV appearances. He has also eaten 2.3 imperial fucktons of pies so lots of brown Jedi robes required.
Harrison Ford might take it on because it was arguably Star Wars that launched him towards being a top star, though as it's Disney and not Lucas running it I can see him wanting lots of dosh. The issue with Harrison Ford coming back to Star Wars is that he's visually recognisable as "Holy Shit, that's Harrison Ford!" (or Indiana Jones or Rick Deckard if you like, but mostly as the actor.) I know that didn't stop Peter Cushing or Alec Guinness from appearing in Episode IV but at the time I was too young to know who they were so didn't get that Actor Shock. I just think that, in order to recognise him in character you'd have to do some clunky shit like "Have you seen Han Solo recently? Oh look, there's Han Solo over there! Hey Han!" "Hey Luke! Look at you! You look fat enough to have eaten an entire gundark"
Partial Nudity as point of law
But I thought they had the right to bare arms over there?
MS has not already bought Nokia as I think there's a shareholders meeting coming up later this month to decide whether or not to give it the OK.
Then there may be regulatory and legal stuff to do so I wouldn't think anything would be done and dusted before Easter.
Split the line?
It seems to me that there is a split between Business and Consumer users when it comes to the Microsoft brand for devices. Bluntly, Business feels comfortable with the familiarity and Consumers are just meh about it. "Microsoft" is that thing that runs on the computer. The one device that MS has made a huge success is known as "X-Box" not "Microsoft X-Box" by the consumer.
So, here's a great opportunity to do a Steve Jobs on the MS mobile device line. Dump the Surface RT, split the line into Business and Consumer. Business = Miscrosoft branded Surface Pro tablets, Consumer = Nokia branded RT tablets. Split the phones into Windows Phone Pro and Nokia Windows phone devices.
It just seems logical to me. Not that I'm in any way a marketing genius so I could be totally wrong!
Re: Solar Rally
>a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course
Which is exactly what is happening in this event, is it not? See who gets to each checkpoint first and, in the event that the course isn't completed, classifying the non-finishers by qualifying distance covered.
It's an endurance race not a flat out sprint but it's being classified like a race.
Re: What makes them reliable before 1950 in your eyes?
Not sure about the impact on Dendrochronology but radiocarbon dating certainly needs to take into account pre or post 1950.
See icon for why.
Company that have the most prolific mobile device system, pushing wearable technology, looking to use technology to eliminate disease and aging, company name begins with "C"...
"IOS IS INCOMPATIBLE. YOUR ANDROID WILL BE UPGRADED! DELETE! DELETE! DELEEEETE!"
Re: No need for revolution
While I agree with you that small improvements to a mature product is a sensible development approach the fact of the matter is that, in tech circles, especially the smart device market, purchase cycles are fairly short lived (as opposed to the cycle of buying a new performance car). Generally the duration of an airtime contract. This generates an artificial obsolesence cycle for otherwise perfectly good product and Apple have been the masters at exploiting this. Sell on a 2 year contract and release a new shiny each year so that you are always only ever a year ahead of your peers and then a year behind, driving you to get the latest again come contract time.
Apple, under Jobs, were great at bringing out something every year that they could at least sell to the press and the faithful as "revolutionary". They have set the expectations on launch day very high and (as you point out, quite naturally) are simply not hitting those highs any more. Now *that* has become the story.
It's all looking a bit real now, innit?
Pint for the Southampton Uni and 3T chaps!
"Did anyone check with the MoD to see what they think of this project?"
Given that this has been fully registered with the relevant authorities in Spain where it will be assembled and launched and landed and, given that this project has been slathered all over El-Reg for a couple of years now with full disclosure of the contents of the payload on the Truss and Vulture 2 aircraft as well as details of the rocket motor, anticipated launch altitude and respective motor control and cut-down mechanisms all combined with the fact that no black helicopters or blokes with sharp suits and regulation sunglasses have appeared at either Lester's gaff or any of the well advertised co-conspirator organisations I'd say the MoD don't give a flying fuck in a high wind about it.
Re: The core solidifying removed the magnetic field
The core needs to spin in order to generate a magnetic field. Specifically in relation to the solid/liquid core boundary.
'Tis the Dynamo Effect wot does it.
Re: Model aircraft?
I don't think they were talking about sticking these on RC aircraft and having people fly them around (a literal mobile network) but using long range radio parts as used in RC planes to achieve long distance line-of-site radio comms.
Re: you're trying to DESTROY data, with no margin for error.
Actually you're not. You're trying to ensure that you are following the best practise procedures with sufficient paper trail for audit purposes so that, when the inevitable fuckup happens, you can show the powers that be that your organisation (and, specifically, you) are Not At Fault.
Once we get that certificate from the expensive secure disk destructo-bods saying this disk has been (lies. They mean it will be) subject to secure disk destructo then secure disk destructo-bods can take the contents and spray it all over WikiLeaks if they wish and we're safe from the ICO.
Information Governance is about reducing the potential for leaks and ensuring that, when some data inevitably slips through the cracks, your arse is covered.
It should be said that, it seems, NHS Surrey did neither, heard the word "Free" and then probably moaned at the bloke who set up the original, approved solution, for wasting money.
Now, to us geeks that's distasteful politics and we know the only good retired disk is one that's been verifiably smashed into powder, preferably by us with our own disk smashing equipment whilst drinking whisky and exclaiming to the obsolete hardware that you knew you'd win in the end.
In reality a note from another company promising to do it for you is the best we're likely to be offered by the beancounters.
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