Whilst we're listing rock stars dodging the Grim Reaper, Iggy Pop was 69 this week.
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Whilst we're listing rock stars dodging the Grim Reaper, Iggy Pop was 69 this week.
This is an interesting technical paper IMHO, covering type approval tests versus more 'real world' tests:-
"The intention is that it's used purely as a relative comparator, not an absolute, so that you know that a car with an official consumption figure of 70 mpg will be more efficient than one with a 60 mpg figure, and not that either will actually deliver the quoted consumption figure"
That would work if they all cheated in the same ways, but it seems they don't, judging by the differences between real world figures found on the 'net and the official ones - some cars with some drivers are pretty close to official figures, others way off.
It would help if cheating was made more difficult - measure a vehicle's emissions whilst it achieves its stated 0-62 time for example.
Oh hang on, they didn't get that either.
I assume Ballmer wanted to buy a mobile phone company, Nutella doesn't want one.
A problem I've seen at several employers / clients is that there is no 'expert user' or whatever for applications, so people turn to IT support. I use Word pretty much every working day, but there are many many functions within it I've seldom/never used. So, when I want to use one of these functions it's just me and Google to try and find out how to do it. Microsoft's major league dicking around with the GUI over the years doesn't help either.
"If a Google car gets confused, it can simply pull over and wait for a towtruck."
Maybe not, if there's 40 tons or more of HGV a few feet behind it at 59.99 mph.....
..and 'Cloud Enabled'
Spot on, don't know how on earth you've attracted a downvote???????
This is what ingesting a crow at the wrong moment does to a jet engine:-
The longer version of the video is an object lesson on how to deal with serious doo-doo happening to the plane you're driving IMHO:-
I agree with other commentards, a drone would make more of a mess.
"But you don't need a smart meter to do this. Fit a clamp and display and you can get all this for a few quid. Nothing like the money required for smart metering. Lots of them can even work out the pounds as well as giving an energy figure."
Many local libraries will lend you one for free for a month, by which time the novelty of saving the cost of half a Mars bar a year by turning the loo light off more promptly will have worn off, job done,
"Humans are terrible drivers on the whole."
Well we're not that terrible, or 99.99% (estimate based on my own driving, don't have time to Google at the moment) of journeys wouldn't be completed without accident.
"Trouble is, that sort of utopia only really works if *ALL* cars are autonomous"
Make that 'vehicles' rather than 'cars' and I agree.
CE does not require testing, manufacturers can self certify based on their own judgment call on whether testing is necessary or not; although they still need to present information relevant to the product to a Notified Body.
Pretty much all cellular radio technologies vary the amplitude of the radio signal itself at a frequency within the audio range, so there is a finite possibility that audio equipment (particularly equipment with high gain and relatively poor screening) will be sensitive to this modulation and produce an audio output from it. Particularly so with GSM IMX.
Post WW2 the UK and USA, at least, had more obsolete nearly new propeller aircraft then they knew what to do with (many were just pushed over the side of carriers), so nuking a few was hardly a great loss.
"One of the reasons I've never (and will never) give MS my credit card for my xbox live account. Pre-paid vouchers all the way."
Same here ..now. Around 40 quid's worth of transactions appeared on my PayPal account from Microsoft for XBox related stuff I hadn't bought, PayPal said not our problem, so gift cards it is from now on.
"The only way I see this working (in all honesty) is for it to be universal, and immediate. IE: December 31st 20XX - any driver worth his salt heads out on their last chance power drive on the road to nowhere"
Agreed - but this would be logistically and financially impossible, hence I really don't see how it can be made workable.
Average drivers have to drive with lots of other traffic and pedestrians, and don't tend to drive the same few miles over and over again (well OK, apart from the daily commute)
I'm particularly looking forward to that one occurring whilst I've got 44ton of lorry bearing down on my car-bot at 56mph!
Not sure about the EE ones, but the Vodafone ones need to be registered on their website. I get text messages from Vodafone every so often informing me my femtocell has been moved, please register your new postcode blah blah, even though the thing hasn't been moved.
"If you watched Magpie, you probably went to a comprehensive."
Yes and yes :-) I think Susan Stranks was the first woman I had 'feelings' for :-))
My late father regarded the BBC as a hotbed of communism (despite the fact he worked on the track at Vauxhall), so obtaining permission to watch anything on the beeb took considerable negotiation.
Speaking as an RF Hardware engineer who often ends up working on system debug, you wouldn't believe the number of misunderstandings this still causes. SW group enumerate the first physical transmitter in a radio system as TX0, HW group refer to it as TX1, and so on.
I've yet to meet a human being who starts counting on their fingers at zero!
Whilst we're doing forgotten heroes of wireless communication, J. C. Bose remains top of my list:-
Me too, they probably made the same speech about DAB.
Like they said; surely it would have to apply to all road users, not just cars.
Mixing driven and driverless cars on the public highway would surely be a recipe for disaster.
An overnight switchover by everybody is logistically and financially impossible IMHO.
So what's the roadmap?
Mediterranean tourist areas and er.. Brockenhurst!
I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for technophobes
Spot on - Nokia threw billions into the share buyback furnace in the 2000s, achieving diddly in the process.
"...but this whole article read like an advert."
Indeed, I would expect an article to have some mention of alternative products / solutions at least: this just reads like a PR release from the company in question.
I'm baffled as to why Toshiba have decided to keeping using the OCZ brand when it was well and truly devalued by the ~50% failure rates on some products.
Upvote for the first Stroudley reference on The Reg
Judging by photos of the scene at my local one they're now operating a "Kick n'collect" service
You mean development as opposed to research? Design of new products was considered development in the various companies in the field I've worked for (including Nokia & Huawei.)
"Nokia has partnered with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to build and distribute the N1"
So, presumably a Nokia design built by Foxconn then; NOT a rebadged Foxconn product.
"The N1 is foxconn rebranded kit"
I've still seen no factual evidence that this is the case, is there any?
Is there any actual evidence that this is a Foxconn design rebadged for Nokia? Sure, it's manufactured by Foxconn, but then they've been making stuff for Nokia for a decade or more, that's a whole different kettle of fish do doing the original design work.
Well a similar strategy doesn't seem to have done BMW any harm.
I've had this feeling for a while, now that OLEDs are just about becoming mainstream, they will be sidelined by 4K - apart from anything else the latter is always going to be easier to sell to Currys punters on the basis 4K is a bigger number than 1080.
I produced a feasibility study on doing just that for an infrastructure manufacturer back in 2008, and I've seen it done in Holland, so no reason why not. Don't mount the antennas behind the area blades though!
Much the same here; having used MS Office most working days since '96 it took me a couple of years to get my MSO 2010 proficiency up to MSO 2003 levels. The only small advantage I can think of to 2010 is the live preview of the potential results of a copy/paste action. Frickin' ribbon crammed with dumb ass templates / styles that seems designed to make my boring data analysis look like a Disney storyboard...and for some bizarre reason the ribbon defaults to the top of the screen, reducing the working area on widescreen monitors, which seem to be the only choice these days.
Well, meaningless big numbers provide good material for press releases, whereas "our indoor coverage is a bit less shit than the others" doesn't :-/
Personally the only way I can get reliable indoor coverage is a femtocell, and I'm not particularly out in the sticks (Hampshire coast).
" In your correspondent's opinion, to have regressed to the two-decades-old sound quality of EHR as a matter of course is penny-pinching of the highest order "
Really?. Don't think I've ever heard anyone moan about the actual sound quality of a mobile call in those two decades; dropped calls yes, lousy headsets yes, all sorts of other factors, but not the speech codec quality.
Nope;until now there has been no legal right in the UK to create a backup copy of a music CD you own, unlike computer software on CD-ROM.
Indeed, "concentric" is surely the wrong word; "centric" and "concentric" aren't synonyms!
The only place I ever saw Rabbit phones used in anger was the Hutchison/Orange office in Bristol, and they probably had no choice in the matter!
yep, having seen it from the inside that was pretty much the point where the plot was lost and the ambitious idiots had taken over.
Batteries and electric motors have both been under development for over a century, we're way way past the 'easy win' phase of development hence it's difficult to see electric cars in anything like their current form making much progress.
When I worked for them a few years back the Chinese Overlords pronounced it how-whey in a slightly Geordie fashion. Going back to the mid 90s many Americans I met pronounced Nokia Noe-kee-ah in an attempt (presumably) to make it sound like Ikea.