In space, distance isn't measured in km, it's measured in km/s.
It's all about the delta-V.
Though a ion engine probably is the way to go, and I'd love to see it happen.
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In space, distance isn't measured in km, it's measured in km/s.
It's all about the delta-V.
Though a ion engine probably is the way to go, and I'd love to see it happen.
The total is based on counting the same coins multiple times as well as counting stuff that cannot possibly be considered a "subsidy". (Which is also counted at least twice, though I'm not a tax accountant so it might be more than twice)
However, several of the numbers they added up are simply completely wrong - based on false premises.
Anyone can get really big numbers that way, but the result is always meaningless.
I got a tax allowance of £10k and a NIC threshold of £8k so I got £18k subsidy from the government!
You get, at a very minimum, £8060 absolutely tax-free. (NIC primary threshold)
Then the next £2k at 12% (NIC only)
Mine didn't bounce (yet) either.
The best way to point out the idiocy is to ask permission.
Everyone on the Internet, individually.
That way, they drown in emails and nobody at all can use the brand, whether a sponsor or not.
School designs are total copy-paste.
I've had to meet many specifications for new-build schools that called out multiple systems and products (both specific and general types) that were obsolete before I went to school, and these days can only be found in specialist museums.
PFI was interesting.
The "standard" INI format has only two levels - section and key/value pair.
If your configuration needs a third level then you have to "fake" it, either by adding subsection start/finish (and sub-subsection) or by adding a different type of formatting to indicate a subsection.
Which essentially means turning it into a really bad copy of XML.
Might as well use XML or JSON to start with.
So how do you talk to MS to get the password that you need in order to connect to the network to talk to MS?
In order for this to work at all, then your Windows 10 machine already has a copy of all the WiFi passwords from all your "friends", ripe for an offline attack.
- That wasn't necessarily true on the phone as they may be assuming cellular data, but laptops do not have cellular data.
Actually, no, there isn't.
If the installation media doesn't contain drivers that run your motherboard, graphics adapter, USB (multiple filesystems), SATA, PCI-E Flash, CD/DVD drive, NIC/WiFi, keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, as well as a browser, then you cannot go to the Internet and get it.
The core installation media has to support every single one of the above that Microsoft have ever heard of, as well as every combination thereof.
I've been sat with a Windows machine that didn't support its network card, and boy are you stuffed at that point if you don't have another computer and some way of transferring files.
It's a very different API, that can only be used for Windows Store apps on Windows Phone 8, Win 8 and Win 10.
You can only write applications using it on Windows 8 (and presumably 10 but nobody uses a beta OS for serious work.)
It was also originally expensive and difficult to get the SDK, and no cross-platform toolkits could target it at all until the last months.
The target market of Windows Phone and TIFKAM users is tiny and zero respectively.
Thus, very few apps.
With the latest news, nobody is likely to make the investment if they haven't already.
Thus, no new apps.
You've missed the point - but to be fair, so did the OP.
Finding exploits doesn't require the source code, but fixing exploits does.
It's also much easier to fix an exploit than to find one. Eg a use-after-free
Once an exploit is found, there are two scenarios:
A) Closed-source software. Only the organisation that owns the software can choose to spend the resources to fix it.
B) Open-source software. Any entity can choose to spend the resources needed to fix it.
If you depend on that software, then under (A) you can request that the owner fixes it. If they do not, then you can either stop using the software or live with the consequences of the exploit.
Under (B), you can request that the organisation that made it fixes it. If they do not, then you can arrange for somebody else to fix it.
Under (A), if the entity that owns it has lost the source code or closed down, you are done for.
Because the politicians and their advisers have no incentives to do it right.
It happens with almost every Government contract - all the risk gets heaped on the taxpayer, all the reward is handed to the supplier.
A small amount of competence on the part of the Government would solve the issue, but while there remain no personal consequences they will continue to fail.
In a company, if you lose huge amounts of money the company goes bankrupt, and everyone loses their jobs. Thus you usually have incentives to avoid doing that, as do both your bosses and underlings.
In a Government, if you lose huge amounts of money then there's a public report saying how rubbish the government are, but there are rarely any personal consequences to anyone. Occasionally a figurehead resigns, but that's it.
It's even worse for long contracts, as the (elected or otherwise) official who signed off on it is usually long gone by the time the problem is discovered. Often straight into one of the companies who benefited...
Look at Greece. It's effectively bankrupt, and has been for years (it's unclear how long, but probably from before the Euro), yet there have still been no consequences at all for those in the government who put it into that situation, and there probably never will.
You mean "occasionally".
Ignoring the Daily Wail, the EU Commission have regularly screwed the pooch, legislating on things that they do not understand - sometimes in a way that is actively hazardous to life.
Harmonised conductor colours for example. That black wire can be 400V relative to that other black wire.
It's not randomness.
A Chaotic system is one that is very sensitive to initial conditions.
For example, if a moon is 1m away from where you think it is, in a few orbits it'll be many km away from your prediction.
Productivity is way down, that's the spare capacity.
Fortunately, this time around most employers have realised that
sacking the workforce cost-saving measures actually have an extremely high price, and often severely damage the business as the skilled workers leave.
So they're mostly holding onto their employees.
As far as I recall, none of them knew and some of them thought the photos had been erased for a long time.
The "cloud" is dangerous - take a photo with many smartphones while on WiFi and it's instantly uploaded by default.
Delete it from the phone, and it's not deleted.
I mean, almost nobody uses Safari and this change will simply remove the "almost" from this state of affairs.
I quite like them.
Bip, bip, bip, bip, touch touch tappity tap and I'm off, lunch is done.
For anything larger than lunch, I use the zap guns.
Would have been great, but patents and Apple are a bad combination.
Headers? I have to include the headers.
Windows and Mac Installers? I have to include the actual library binaries, or the customer cannot use the product.
Embedded systems? I have to statically link as there is no filesystem.
All of these things mean that I cannot use GPL3 code, because it opens us up to potential legal action.
Even if we 'win' said action, it costs us a lot and wastes time that could have been used to make products - this has already happened to us with invalid patents.
And if we lose, we are forced to give away our product, perhaps breaching other licences.
It's not worth the risk - get it wrong and you lose the farm.
BSD, Apache, LGPL, MIT and GPL2 are ok. GPL3 is not.
You can't use a GPL3 library, because if you do, it makes your entire project GPL3.
Even in a free project, you often can't do that because it breaks the license for other parts of the project.
In a commercial project, you can't consider that. Releasing the code is a commercial decision that the developer cannot make.
Thus, you cannot use any GPL3 code for any commercial project, or for any non-GPL3 FOSS project, or for any project which uses any parts that are not GPL3.
Thus you cannot improve said code.
Thus said code will die.
This comes from Stallman's insistence that no software developer should be paid for developing software, which is a position that I am fundamentally opposed to as I want to have somewhere to live and to be able to eat and give things to my friends and family.
Tory mates or Labour mates, it's the same thing either way.
What's needed is to break that cycle.
Suggestions on a postcard please!
Yes, and a little bleeding doesn't matter, but losing too much blood will kill you.
It makes sense to run a deficit in a recession - it's a way to get out of it - but you must run a surplus during the boom, or the debt will become too high to pay.
5 sec behind would be good.
10 sec behind would be reasonable.
Utterly wrong on the other hand...
Heat of collision could do it.
Smack two ice cubes together and they can stick together.
Planes don't even use Ethernet as it is generally understood.
They have a set of switches that have hardcoded (from factory) routing tables and paranoid behaviour.
One of the things they do is to blackhole a packet (and if necessary, shut down the port) coming in a physical port that is addressed to an unexpected destination, is malformed or comes more often than expected, because it would indicate a malfunctioning or damaged device.
Obviously that's also reported to the pilot, who can take the appropriate action (reset or ignore the bad kit)
Because this did not happen. At all. It is impossible.
He may have hacked into the inflight entertainment system. That's probably fairly easy as I doubt it's particularly hardened.
But there is not, has not and never will be a backchannel that is physically capable of sending anything from the passenger cabin data systems into the flight control systems.
The FBI are talking utter bollocks.
LED is a narrow band emitter.
"White" LEDs use a Blue LED to pump a yellow phosphor.
Thus, no Red and very little Green - and so pigments look strange, especially ones involving red, like skin for example.
They are a couple of UV-pumped ones that are excellent, but £££££
There have been experimental RGB, RLB and RLW mixes, but I've not seen them on the market yet.
All domestic dimmer switches cut the power completely.
Professional SCR/Triac dimmers go down to zero but have a small leakage current through the suppression caps, however you would not be putting these lamps on a 3kW rated dimmer.
I'll give you those
IoT is simply a buzzword, with no meaning and no genuine products.
The companies making the genuinely useful "Internet of Things" hardware and software don't use the buzzword.
They are lighting and HVAC control systems, integrated alarm systems and the like. The real product is called a "building management system".
Serial numbers are predictable, thus useless as passwords.
Heck, with a little thought you can probably work out the serial number from the public MAC, as the two will be directly related in most high-volume products.
The default password simply has to be truly random, with a good source of genuine entropy.
The majority of home users will never change the password, many won't even realise they can.
I quite like it.
Hard to find in UK restaurants though, can't imagine why.
FPTP is fundamentally flawed, in that it forces a two-party system to come into being, due to the effect of the "split vote".
I'd love STV with something like 3-4 member constituencies.
Then I'd be able to take my issue to whichever of the members I thought was most likely to help on that particular thing.
The current One-Member system has the fundamental problem that if my Member is a Minister, or even worse, the Speaker, I'm stuffed.
The Minister must back the Cabinet due to Collective Responsibility, and the Speaker isn't allowed to express their opinion.
No. It is much easier to lose or change the contents of an electronic ballot box than the contents of a physical one.
While it is relatively easy to 'lose' a physical ballot box, it leaves a physical trail that must also be hidden - 3rd party observers saw it, and every individual ballot paper has to be accounted for.
An electronic 'ballot box' has a no physical trail, only a small amount of data describes its existence - all one would need is the signature, and poof, the entire box is gone or rewritten for the Lizard Party.
The 3rd party observers would have no way of seeing this, and no evidence would exist outside the system itself to indicate that a large-scale fraud had occurred.
Don't forget installation costs, and the VAT, which adds 20% to all the above.
So what you're saying is that it is uneconomic to use these because they will not pay back within their warranty period, unless you steal from the poor.
The 14.45p/kWh comes directly from everyone else's electricity bills.
Everyone who does not have the system is paying you for all the electricity you use.
Who can install these systems? Those who own their property and have either large enough savings to buy outright, or a good enough credit rating that a bank will loan them the upfront cost. In other words, the well-off.
Who pays for the systems? The poor and lower-middle class.
Isn't that simply evil?
It's simply a 120V version with different relay and MOVs.
While the circuit and component selection look fairly sound, the PCB design looks extra-low-voltage, and may not be suitable for EU mains voltage supplies. It's quite hard to get mains voltage thru-hole PCB design right.
Can't be sure without a sample, and there's no hint as to the backside of the board on any of their published docs, however the topside creepage looks like ~1.5mm, when the standard requires at least 2.4mm*. You don't run tracks down the isolation gap - those pins are that far apart for a reason - and Protective Earth looks really close to LN.
I don't think El Reg should mention any mains voltage kits for the EU unless they've got good reason (CE mark etc) to believe that it complies with the basic safety regs in the EU. These set of devices look like they meet most US codes, but not EU ones.
* Assuming 'normal' PCB material and that it's not hermetically sealed.
Indeed - though to be fair, the Surface Pro is actually a decent laptop.
As long as you can manage with 1 (one) USB port and no hardwired Ethernet.
A timer overflow is so obvious and predictable that you can even work out exactly when it will occur to the individual tick.
A mistake in a flight control algorithm that gives unwanted results when fed by a particular mix of wrong and right values is an incredibly hard thing to predict.
One is a failure to count.
The other is an inability to allow for and test all possible circumstances.
It has to come down fast because it can't hover.
The throttle only goes as low as ~1.8G, so the least it can do is roughly maximum braking of a high-performance car. (0.8G)
Lower throttle isn't possible because turbopumps don't do slow, among other things.
According to Scott Manley, it's trying to drive at a brick wall at 120mph, then slam on the brakes and come to a halt just touching the wall.
This time it slammed on the brakes ever so slightly too late.
Would they have shot him first instead if the cop hadn't got a Taser on him?
They can and do kill. It's not a magic stun-phaser like in Star Trek, and somebody high on drugs is at higher than usual risk of death if Tasered.
I wonder what would have happened if the policemen did nothing? Would he have quietly passed out after sexing the tree?
Eeewww! That's a hideous image...
Press release != science.
Then the reporting of the press releases gets even further from the actual results.
It's primarily shoddy journalists, who simply don't understand science at all, but pretend that it's just like the arts or humanities.
So that's equally 'predatory', yes?
Class action isn't really a thing in Europe.
That said, it's a wonderful own-goal by Sony.
The only possible legal results from this are that they cancel the alleged debt, or that they cancel the alleged debt and pay a fine.
The PR result is already clear.
No, that's known as an 'abusive contract' clause, which has no power whatsoever in any European country.
Dear Sony, you will lose. Trading Standards will rip you a new one.
I read it when I was young and foolish enough to consider making some of the recipes.
Fortunately, I was never quite foolish enough.
Not that load of bollocks again.
You can find somebody claiming anything if you search hard enough.
I pity you. It must be so difficult to maintain such a flawed and bigoted worldview.
Your right to throw a punch ends before it hits another's face.
I think that explains it.
Straw man - it doesn't matter how big a religion is.