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Re: re. Performance
The data requirements for this are minute -153 x 3 bytes per frame, 459 bytes. 24fps is plenty, so the necessary data rate is less then 90kbps.
This prank is almost trivially easy to design and can be built quite cheaply.
It'll cost you a £40 LED parcan or LED strip with driver per window, and for a building this size with openable windows, a drum of Cat5 cable and a £10 USB DMX adapter. (This is less than one DMX universe.)
Then you just need a suitable version of the game application, and the basic Tetris is pretty trivial.
The reason it's not done more often is politics - it's hard to get permission to do this kind of thing to office buildings that are big enough for it to be any fun, and unlike projection, you can't tear down fast enough to escape if you try it without permission.
>> Nokia destroyed themselves by focusing on Symbian.
> No. Nokia destroyed themselves by focusing on Windows.
No, Nokia killed themselves by changing their minds every few months.
Symbian is the future, develop this, no that, no the other way!
Meamo/Meego is the future, develop with Qt!
Symbian and Meamo/Meego are the future, develop both with Qt! (sigh of relief)
Actually, no, **** you all. Windows Phone is the future, develop with Silverlight.
Now bend over again, the next version of Windows Phone will need WinRT! (If you're lucky it'll still run your Silverlight but you won't have access to anything new.)
Telling their third party developers to throw away their codebases every few months is what killed Nokia, and part of the reason Windows Phone is flatlined.
No third party developers want to waste paid man hours on Windows Phone. Tiny userbase and they already know that it's all getting thrown away - so the only things worth doing are "coffeeshop fart apps", and things Microsoft or Nokia have paid you directly to write.
Re: Since when were sentences supposed to be a deterrent?
Killing someone doesn't really manage much in the way of rehabilitation, so it can only be a deterrent or revenge.
Re: Mind numbingly simple
Ninjas, that's not a valid comparison.
The contractual relationship between you and HMRC is essentially you paying the Government to supply you with the various useful stuff of a nation - education, healthcare, law and order, defence etc.
If you don't want to accept that contract then you do technically have the option to leave the country and move somewhere where some or all of the above is not provided and therefore doesn't need paying for.
You probably don't want to do that though.
Most states do sanction killing in self-defence, however I fail to see how killing someone who's already locked up can ever be considered that.
Re: Go arounds
I offer the evidence that "The Day Britain Stopped" is a drama based on the premise of a disaster occuring, and therefore contains a similar amount of truth as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "The Day Of the Triffids".
If they did their research and found that the disaster they based the programme or film on was either impossible or extremely improbable, they'd have no entertainment. Thus either no research is done, or the research is ignored when inconvenient.
In this case I'd guess the former, given the statement from NATS.
"This programme presents itself as dramatised documentary. However, it is not only based on a highly unlikely scenario, but deliberately ignores - or misrepresents - almost every standard safety system or procedure currently in use."
iPod chargers were weird.
They used to actually communicate with the charger to determine the charge rate, presumably so Apple could charge more for their chargers.
They now follow the standard - shorted data pins means no data, so eat as much power as you want.
That multi cable looks great - captive adapters are a great idea, usually the tip you need gets lost.
A Tumi is a Peruvian knife used for human sacrifices, so it might put ideas into peoples' heads when stuck in the back of beyond...
What they mean is that a gas giant-type planet would have been spotted by now on account of it being huge (thus occluding stars) and massive (notably affect the orbits of stuff we know about).
Something small, like Earth/Venus or smaller might not have been.
Re: Can't have it both ways
They are accused of abusing the near-monopoly they have on tablets to gain their current position and profit margin in the eBook market.
It would be fundamentally stupid to wait until a company have actually gained a second monopoly by abusive methods, that's how IE6 happened.
The abusive methods must be challenged in the courts before irreparable damage can be done, swhich means going after them when they start tto use them, not dependent on results.
Once again, prejudicial
Even if we accept without proof that the website was actually hacked in the first place - ssomething that legally must be proven at trial first - this specific individual is only a suspect, you legally cannot say that he did it unless he has been found guilty.
Otherwise you are being prejudicial, may be in contempt and may cause a mistrial.
You would expect a police spokesperson to know that.
It is alleged that this guy hacked the site. That is all.
Re: Workable form of mass electricity storage
No nemo, it hasn't, you can tell because almost nobody is buying it. That's the "workable" part, you see?
"Workable" means that it's feasible, economic to build and run, and consumers will accept it.
Electric cars at the required scale are none of the above.
Secondly, in this context, smart meters are only a method of remote disconnection at times of high demand. This is not a solution in the first place, and of course consumers will never accept it.
"At the end of EastEnders you will suffer a blackout to prevent you from making a cup of tea."
Re: Sounds reasonable.
Which valleys are volunteering for flooding then?
We've already built pretty much all the pumped-storage that people will accept - there are plenty of places where it could be built, but people either live there or it's an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Or there are newts.
This is the thing - hydro-electric is incredibly destructive. It's not green, it's only low-CO2.
Hang on, if I'm reading this right
Then all traffic is bouncing off your own servers going through two VPN connections, inbound and outbound to Amazon.
If that is the case what exactly is the benefit?
Running a Sharepoint server can't be that much of a load that swapping it for doubled VPN traffic is a significant saving, can it?
Oh dear, you confused theory with hypothesis.
Gravity is only a theory, yet you wouldn't jump out of a high building naked.
In science, a theory is something that fits all known observations better than anything else.
Quantum theory fits our observations of really tiny stuff incredibly well.
Re: Is that even a problem?
For a start, it's cooler.
Secondly, the oscillator technique is psuedo-random - that's a chaotic system, not a random one.
Thermal noise can be affected by external sources as it varies by temperature, so not properly random.
Until now the only really high quality self-contained RNGs are based on radioactive decay events, so produce bits fairly slowly and are hard to buy.
This apparently makes high quality randomness really quickly.
Re: Any more on the delivery mechanism?
My guess would be that it takes a quick look through an infected system and drops itself into a Dropbox folder, getting itself automatically spread to everyone sharing that folder.
Going via email or browser relies on either unpatched holes or user error, while Dropbox will spread it by design.
Re: Amen on vertical screenspace.
My work laptop HDD is about 80% full, because it's what I use for development and customer support, in the office and in the field.
So I have most of the version history for several products and a few SDKs.
Those add up fast.
Though I suppose I don't need the local copies of 5 year old software installers anymore...
Re: Wise article
The reason there are no stick-up USB ports by Esc is you'd probably smash your screen.
How long do you think it would be before you accidentally close the lid (or someone shove by and do it) without removing the USB device?
It's bad enough the number that get ripped off the sides when putting into bags, but at least those usually only break the USB stick.
Re: Or I could stick with my diesel
In London with the latest diesel prices I pay just under £70 for about 7 weeks commute, and mine's an older diesel in a relatively big car.
So my big car has only a little bit higher running costs (and cost me less to buy) than this quadbike - which nearly fits in the boot. (I think it's probably too tall, would have to cut the roof off and slip it in beside it.)
When comparing things of a similar size with newer engines do quite a bit better.
The baby Fiats, Toyotas and Citroens have similar 'up front' cost, are considerably cheaper to run, have windows, some of them aren't ugly*, and perhaps most importantly they can be charged in two minutes.
That said, this kind of golf cart runabout might suit a small Caribbean or Mediterranean island, or evil volanic lair.
* What is it with 'eco' models? Almost all of them look hideous, and there's no need for that.
Excellent question, and one to which I don't know the answer.
When I was doing these tests there weren't any "CE" EMC standards for PLTs, so we used the standards for normal PC equipment and looked at the complete point-to-point link over twin & Earth as being the "device under test".
- This also meant that every PLT shipped at the time was completely untested, the manufacturers claiming that as there was no "PLT" EMC standard they didn't need to meet anything.
We also looked at blocking PLT domains from each other - it needed seriously big blocking filters, and coupling between adjacent wiring easily bypassed it so we came to the conclusion it simply couldn't be blocked in any cost-effective way. This was before encryption as standard in PLT devices, so it's clear the manufacturers have realised this as well.
I gather that there are now standards for PLT, however I haven't read them - standards being very boring and PLT is not my day job.
I think it was the doctor who had the gambling debt.
The teenager just wanted an iPad and has no idea of the consequences - like most teenagers.
- When I was that age I built a zipline down a ravine with a couple of friends, and one of us swept through a holly bush when the brakeline snapped. So we tied the brakeline back together, tightened the zipline and had another few goes!
Re: Blame your tools. not your ipad
If you do it as PDF, then you've got to licence any embedded fonts. Let's say you do that and it doesn't cost much.
Now the text looks better as it's rasterised on demand to fit the display - although by some accounts the original iPad couldn't manage that fast enough anyway.
What about your pictures and diagrams?
Most of those images are not going to be available as vectors, and even those that are may not be in usable formats so you've got to rasterise those anyway.
So you still have to rasterise some of each page.
Yet in all magazines there are full-page images on many of the pages, so you still have to handle full-page images either way.
So why bother?
Re: This lot almost make m$ look good
And that's why "big bang" implementations on this kind of scale are stupid and should never, ever be attempted under any circumstances whatsoever*.
You only find out that it's an abject failure once all the money has been spent with nothing to show for it, and either the customer pays huge cash for nothing or the supplier goes bankrupt.
Instead, if you do the project as a series of small changes, implementing each part of the system in a limited area (not the whole country) and expand it slowly, not only do you get a system that works (and is useful at each step) but there are many more companies that could bid for it because there's money at each stage so crazy credit isn't required.
As a bonus, when the credit requirements are smaller at shorter periods it's much cheaper to build, with less risk to all parties, and more of the cash goes towards the actual project rather than the banks that loaned the money.
As a bonus to the bonus, you can pause or even stop the project at almost any stage and still have something useful, and usually change the requirements of the next stage without penalties in time or money.
Yes, I just more or less described the Agile methodology.
It does work, unlike Waterfall which always fails.
*(C) Department of Redundancy Dept.
Did similar tests a few years back when the standard was being worked out.
By using a radial spur, blocking filter and appropriately terminating* the mains wiring at both ends we managed to get a conducted emissions pass, and radiated didn't fail by much so could plausibly be sorted out.
However, the moment we used a ring final circuit (ring main) it failed quite spectacularly as this turns it into a loop antenna.
Notches work fine for avoiding radiated interference with specific other users, but you can't notch out everything so they will always squash somebody.
Put another way, it may be workable in much of mainland Europe because they mostly use radials, but it cannot work in the UK because we mostly use rings.
*Although the termination network drew more than half a Watt...
Re: Really a fix?
I would expect that Browsium are now the ones providing support for the "IE6 Frame" and all the associated components that aren't part of Windows 7, as that would all need to be rolled into their plugin for this to work under Windows 7.
It sounds like a very good way to escape from IE6 - that was always a tricky problem as most large corporates dare not go for a "Big Bang" approach to that migration, even if they could afford it.
Re: Wot George Said
Erm, he didn't treat her as a speedboat. The whole "let's go really fast" idea was an invention of later movies and never actually happened - Titanic was never in the running for the Blue Riband.
Olympic's stern collided with HMS Hawke, and the incident was blamed on the suction from the turning Olympic - though it could have really been caused by Hawke getting too close in the first place.
The real problem with modern ships is the quality of officer and crew training. Many bridge officers are basically incompetent, keeping their jobs because modern cruise liners navigate themselves and the few really good officers cover for them.
Possibly the most frightening thing about modern cruise liners is the fact that in many (most?) sinkings it was the entertainment staff (dancers, activities, theatre technicians and musicians) who saved the lives of the
passengers guests, and not the officers or crew.
Moller is the definition of vapourware
They've been promising that their one is going to be available "really soon" for the last twenty years, and still have no solution to any of the tricky problems of a flying car.
Re: We don't want driving planes,
Quadcopters and other multi-rotor designs are already quite capable of flying themselves* on complex courses using only GPS-assisted inertial navigation.
Collision avoidance remains an unsolved problem but that will come as processing power and camera technology gets smaller, cheaper and less power-hungry.
Scaled up, they just might work - a Y6 or X8 design even has built-in redundancy, able to lose at least one rotor without significantly affecting stability - though you'd still want to land anyway as it would be burning more juice to stay up.
*For the 20 min to half an hour until the batteries run out. Skynet they ain't.
That's not the point.
The real danger of this kind of thing is that having arrested someone on suspicion of $crime$, they want to be able to trawl though everything that person has done online in order to find something, anything to pin on them. Regardless of what it is.
Thank God for that, we'd be utterly screwed if they were competent.
My phone line has had more downtime than my ADSL
Over the last five years I've lost ADSL for a few hours at most, and so far not at a time of day when I really noticed it.
I've lost my phone line for two days - while the ADSL was still working. I still don't quite understand how BT performed that trick.
Re: distract from the dullness of the content
Yes, I suppose it does, given that I haven't used the built-in speakers of my main telly for two years.
I suspect that nobody who buys this kind of TV wants the speakers - why would you want 3D picture with 2D sound?
-Especially as 5.1 and 7.1 sound doesn't leave you feeling sick and dizzy.
@ Anon: NFC is RFID
Also, it's a shame to see someone so taken in by marketing.
These are in fact the same technology.
Have a Wikipedia article (it's not outright wrong)
NFC is simply the branding of a set of RFID standards aimed at this kind of 'cash' and 'ID' usage.
Re: Anybody heard of TRACK1...?
Yup. I assume you're of the opinion that this simply doesn't matter in the slightest? Mastercard and Visa appear to disagree enough to try to keep it vewwy qwiet.
Name and CCN is enough to make a transaction in many countries around the world, and even in the EU it's still often enough to make an online or phone transaction.
10-20cm is more than enough in any kind of busy environment.
That's further away than pickpockets work, with the added bonus of not having to actually touch the mark.
It's quite normal for someone to come that close on a bus or train, even a nearly empty one (eg aisle seats) and normal for people to be that close on the high street, in a shopping centre etc.
Here's a game for you to play:
Next time you go out shopping in somewhere busy (New York in Lincolnshire doesn't count), try to count the number of people who come within 20cm of your wallet or handbag during the journey there and back and the actual shopping experience.
So, given that you could clone the name and card numbers of all those people, you've got rather a lot of data you could sell to overseas criminal gangs - or use on any online retailers that's not checking CVV!
In a single day you could get hundreds if not thousands of valid name/CCN pairs with no risk of being detected whatsoever. Flog 'em to some gan to use, and you've got yourself a pretty penny with no risk.
I can see this kind of fraud becoming rather popular over the next few years. Well done banks, you've only gone and broken it again!
Re: Too expensive.
£40 for the interface hardware and casing sounds about right, especially as it's a rapid-prototyped case and very low volume interface PCB.
You can pay over £20 for low volume bare PCBs in that kind of size, so it's not exactly extortionate.
Re: Prior art?
The Wii one for making Miis is 3D and practically identical, even down to the icons used!
The only discernable difference is that the Wii one puts the user interface elements above and to the sides of the screen rather than below.
If this actually got approved then it really should be the final nail in the USPTO office. It's way past time for it to be totally closed down for being utterly incapable of doing their job.
Re: NOT Visa failing - It's AMAZON failing.
I disagree to some extent.
I really want to be able to have the goods sent to my work address, because that is where I will be during the 9-5 time period when couriers and Royal Mail deign to deliver physical goods.
If I don't do that, then I won't get my goods until the following weekend when I am able to go to the 'local' depot or sorting office and queue for a couple of hours.
Even if I was at home that day, half the time couriers just shove the 'You weren't in' card through the letterbox and run away. Presumably because the box was never loaded on the van.
They don't all do that as often with corporate premises.
I would however much prefer it if the invoice were to be posted separately to the cardholder address, as Amazon imply, rather than stuffed in with the goods.
Re: I have a genuine ITVDigital monkey :-)
I got one of those too - I gave it to my sister, and now you tell me it was worth something?
I signed up because I was in a rented student flat so dishes and cable were both out.
Then spent a year cleaning up the direct debit mess after they went titsup...
Re: re: efficient performance, while consuming the least possible energy
A large and slow fan is much quieter than a small and fast one even if they move the same mass of air.
So you want a big fan if you can.
In my desktop the GPU fan is the only audible one, and it's by far the smallest.
At some point I will have to sort that out.
True, those stupendously fat margins make up most of it.
That is what the argument is about - making excessively large margins. Especially galling becuase the vast majority of the work is done for free - the only thing the publisher is actually doing is collating, printing and distribution.
The prices they charge don't match up with what they do. Compare with other low-volume printers, eg Lulu, and the various University presses.
WTF are you smoking jacobbe? It's £12.13 a month!
The licence fee is £145.50 a year from April, and is fixed until 2016.
To put it another way, it's approximately half what the very cheapest Sky TV pack costs.
The monthly cost is less than a 20 pack of cheap beer from Tesco, or a meal for two from KFC.
It's even less than taking two people to the cinema. (In London that's even before you buy any popcorn!)
I'm sure you can come up with other comparisons.
If (as an extreme example) you really did only watch and listen to an average of one hour of BBC TV and radio a day, that's 40p an hour - less than iTunes.
Are you really saying that nothing the BBC makes is worth that to you?
Re: Can see the analogy.
I repeat, supremely disingenuous. (That means true but phrased in a way intended to give the entirely the wrong impression, in case you were previously unaware of the word.)
Perhaps I could rephrase that precise statement you quoted:
H.264 and other MPEG-like encoders are better at screwing up the source material in the way that MPEG-like encoders screw up the source material.
Or perhaps another example would be clearer:
The Pope is better at being a Catholic than at being a Muslim.
Re: Can see the analogy.
Rather disingenuous statement there, ath0
All lossy codecs show demonstrable loss of quality when re-encoding something that's already been compressed using another lossy compression method.
That's true of MPEG2, of VP8 and of H.264.
Even the original CCDs (or film negatives!) are lossy compared to the original light.
It's a fundamental of information theory - once the data is gone, you cannot get it back.
Re: "Confidential Inform,ation is to be protected"
It is used in hospitals. And airports.
In hospitals it's even running life-critical functions.
The main point of that famous clause is to indemnify Microsoft, not to improve safety.
- You find that clause in the spec. literature of damn near everything, from PCB material on upwards, so what do you do?