83 though - a good innings.
for a human anyway.
for a vulcan - he died long before his time. :-(
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83 though - a good innings.
for a human anyway.
for a vulcan - he died long before his time. :-(
the whole idea of IOT is to have small, cheap devices.
Every single one doesn't need to have a full network stack and talk to the cloud FFS - it makes far far more sense to have a central home hub type devices to do that - all talk to the cheap minions.
arduino is the ideal tool for the minions - I can build a wireless connected arduino controlling [enter your requirement here] for less than a fiver (2 quid arduino pro mini, 2 quid 2.4ghz transciever, 1 quid left for lights, battery, relay or whatever you need).
Hell, you can even use 433mhz and have them ape X10.
If I'm supposed to have (and I still fail to see the real applications for most of this) 10 or 20 IOT things in my house - and they all have to connect to the fucking internet through the one hub I have anyway - the modem that connects me to the fecking internet - then that's the place to put the small cloud pish, not in 20 odd devices all over the house.
One of my all time favourite programmes that - I loved watching it when it was on (and I was still at school!).
I remember writing to them and asking what the theme music was (pre- WWW)
I watched them all again 5 or 6 years or so ago - still stand up to time, though of course kids nowadays would wonder what the hell a video recorder or a fax machine actually were..
It was years later when I worked at BT laboratories that I found out they were local lads - Rex coming on site a few times to show off his robot wars jobs.
I wish there was something like that on the tv today for kids. A kind of UK version of myth busters, but with more of the science and less of the bullshit.
lately you are the one reason I keep reading El Reg - I can't say I ilke it's tabloid bollocks story feel over the last year or so, but articles like this (and Lewis's even though I think he's talking bollocks) are the reasons I keep reading daily.
Sometimes my work has me in places where I can't have a..let us say 'peer level' conversation face to face with my colleagues - and only meet my 'real mates' every couple of weeks.... And that's irrespective of whether right wing, left wing, veggie or meat eater.. it's just nice to be involved in a reasoned argument.
Maybe this is should be the new ElReg's raison d'être - expand beyond tech - and become 'the voice of reason' - and I mean that in the true meaning of the phrase - comments by authors, ground in facts, presenting evidence and leaving the interpretation in a greater or lesser extend, to the reader,
It's like a 70s rock band who keep on bringing new stuff out in the hope of recapturing the glory days - but have left all their talent in the past.
It was only 15 years ago that Sony were leading the world with tech innovation - I've still got a house full of it - stuff like the Vaio picturebook, and later the quirky but tiny (by the then standards) UX180 PC, and what about the UX50 handheld - amazingly ahead of it's time.
Then there wasGlasstron VR specs done right with great optics, and the combined tiny PC and video camera combined, etc. They were on a roll.
But by 2003 or so, there were already signs they'd lost it - the first to deliver solid state 'mp3' players - BADGED as 'mp3 compatible' but actually atrac players - and you had to convert all your mp3 to atrac via sonys crap software...
There started the demise of sony..
They continued the memory stick nonsense, totally lost the consumer audio market, stopped innovating with PCs, and even managed to start installing boot-kits.
Only a company truly and completely broken could have let a product like these glasses get to production - the video is so utterly utterly terrible it's hard to watch. How bad can management be when not one can stand up on seeing that and say 'you're joking right - that is the worse piece of shit in my life'
Christ on a bike who the fuck designed that website ? How broken can requirements gathering get, when that is the acceptable output of it.
The annoying thing - is it looks like a mine of awesome data, if it wasn't designed by a blind albanian…
tick a layer to show all subitems - oh no… just does fuckall..you need to individually tick every single subitem…..argggggg.
Now there's an oxymoron.
Thanks for the laser Charles - but religion has no place in science.
Scientists that are religious are simply shit scientists.
I get them quite a lot, when I use garageband to write my own music for some of my videos (some of the more popular flying ones so I can monetize em and make a bit of cash).
I almost always get some claim to copyright more or less immediately and have to respond back with that it was done with garageband loops all of which have the proper rights for commercial use.
As you say - its guilty until proven innocent and really winds you up the wrong way.
stu (shameless plug: youtube.com/powerlord69)
I still use ebay as a buyer, but over the last few years more and more of my purchases are made from amazon, bang good, goodluckbuy, dx extreme.
The ebay sellers, I find are great, but I feel their pain.
1566 rating - as as I say that's me as a buyer only - so you can see I buy a lot of gadgets. Been with ebay since the beginning.
As a seller I have up 10 years ago, after getting stung for a 200 quid cash back or whatever it's called and basically getting told to FO from ebay. That and countless other arseholes complaining about stuff that was just taking the piss.
That and the front to charge paypal fees AND ebay fees from the same f^cking company.
It's a shame nothing has stepped into the gap though for private folk wanting to easily sell their tat - I must have 10 old digital cameras, and countless gadgets that I'd love to punt - but no real internet way of selling em all.
35K folk… jesuz christ - WTF to they all do ? I mean … WTFity F ???
I hope to hell they go titsup - if only to get a good gloat at the 200 quid they shafted me out of. c&nts.
El Reg - I known it's anonymous, but I'm sure you know who posted this…
please please offer them a weekly column,
yup - I have had a flashforge dual which is basically the same for over a year now and it's great.
I print ABS mainly, but it also prints nylon (taulman bridge) which is incredibly strong.
This doesn't seem to be any better afaics.
There doesn't seem to be a picture of this one ?
at least if there is I can't see it...
Had one. put on at 5am. flat at 10am.
sent it back.
and that was not using it for anything much at all - hell you can't unless you want to look like a google glass dick and 'talk to the watch' as thats the only interface.
utter piece of crap.
Never seen the point of sound bars for main tv.
I mean most folk now will buy a 2k LED tv which promising amazing picture quality and then either not get any external sound system or burden it with a shitey sound bar - and they are ALL shitey.
onyo amp : 100 quid
4 x floor standing missions (rears on pedestals) : 200 quid.
powered sub: 100 quid.
400 quid, and sound that will shit all over any soundbar out there.
sound in a movie is as, if not more important than the picture. they've spent millions putting 5.1 DTS together then folk spew it through a sound bar.
I refuse to believe anyone is so fuckwitted. have a think and get back to me.
Oh, absolutely no doubt about it.
Unfortunately it's also one of the few countries to EVER not offer help to any country (or its fleeing citizens) being 'conquered'….
Taking a gamble at your nationality as US.. I'd hardly call taxing things a bit highly as oppression… many would make the case that the British empire (being founded fundamentally on trade rather than conquest for gold/etc (i.e. spain) ) did far far more good for its colonies than bad on the whole…. frankly if mad george had seen sense with international trade the way we eventually worked out a few years later the chances are we'd still own your arse.
Though superficially a nice place, I've always found it a bit 'creepy'.
You can almost feel the foundations of dead jew's bones that make up the cities' wealth.
It is a country that exists only through preying on the rest of the EU/World - never giving, always taking.
It's never somewhere I could comfortably live - I'd feel immoral.
Only the Pope and CA pilots seem to have it.
For any other branch of common sense or the law, one person's eye witness statement is taken with a pinch of salt.
In CA - the pilot's word is taken as gospel.
Nearly blinded at 40,000 feet with a 5mw laser pointer in deference to the law of physics ? If you say so Captain.
'Drone' seen over the starboard bow ? Ok Captain.
I'm not saying it didn't happen - hell it probably did - I've been flying (for real, and with drones) for years, and there are as many fuckwits flying drones as there are any other branch of aviation.
I AM however, saying that airprox can be very very one sided reports with ZERO collaborating evidence - as is the case here.
Pfft.. if they had any balls they'd have went with the Quran… no worse or better than the Bible of course, but would have DEFINITELY got em more press coverage.
looks interesting - a bit more poke than a pi.
don't understand why people insist on bigging-up the XBMC angle though - if you want XBMC, get a 30 quid USB HDMI stick running android. job done.
But for real hardware development, this could be an interesting little thing - especially with it running android - I've found more and more of my projects lately have involved a cheap android smartphone (usually interfaced via BT, etc to an android based project for connectivity). This would let me do everything on the one platform.
Elementary Season 3, episode 4….
AND the killer was a professor in a wheelchair.
WTF is this - life imitates art or has hawkins been watching too much tv ?
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@dam dunno why you'd think that ?
I'm drawn to cars which have been designed by engineers to do a job purely. Whether it's the amazing 3.2 straight six of the M, or the work of genius that is the SLK folding roof. Or the mental 400hp tractor engine in a Tupperware box that was my Tuscan.
I don't see any evidence that more 'management types' by interesting performance cars personally.
I've got a Ducati Monster too, a Blade before that and have been riding for 20 years. And again, if anything would say I've came across more than the average techy geeks that ride.
I'd like to think us El Reg readers are just as diverse a section of the population as any other.
Yet every single car review so far has been for either leccy cars, economy city cars, or people carriers.
What's with that ? I make no dispersions to people interested in those cars types at all, but it does seem that you are somewhat pigeon holing your readership into those categories ??
And now the come clean/get me down voted bit:
Personally they don't interest me in the slightest.
But I've been in IT for 20 years. I drive rear wheel drive sports cars. I started back in the early 90s with an MR2, then 300ZX, TVR Tuscan, M roadster, and then (last week) an SLK AMG 55.
I'm surely not the only one out there am I ?
If El Reg is going to cover cars (for an as yet unspecified reason) at least cover the market ? Or base your coverage on some sort of analysis of your readership ?
I admit, it's the old 'can't prove the general from the particular' here - but none the less - it's all I have to go on: the people I know in IT who read the Reg, have a healthy interest in fast cars… how about covering those a bit more ?
I like the way that you suggest the 'moderates' are less deranged and misguided and DONT'T lack the ability for logical thought....
Frankly, if you believe in magical invisible fairies creating the universe, I fail to see whether the fairy doing things quickly or doing things slowly is particularly relevant....
Frankly, to anyone who's ever had the misfortune of having stayed in Blackpool, this can come as no surprise.... the place is full of utter shit holes (in the crap hole which is Blackpool itself).
I imagine it will make no difference to their business - 200 odd reviews on trip advisor already says it's a shit hole, but that'll make no difference to the bus loads of poor old dears that get shipped in daily thanks to the undoubted kickbacks they give to the tour operators.
I'd love to see people like these owners taken down a peg or two though.
that is all
I wonder when the last time TBL coded was....has he still got is NeXT cube ?
Still, it's a decent sentiment.
was watching the early 1990s steve jobs interview in full on netflix last week, and he made the same comment - everyone should be taught how to code - because it teaches you how to think.
Which last time I tried to post similar sentiments got me downvoted to hell... but hey ho.
For what it's worth - I agree with both of em - but since when has an MP had to know anything about the thing they are talking about ? Even when they end up being a minister of a department, there's no connection at all between their background and the department (unlike certain other european countries for example)
i hate windows - but wtf… it's 60 quid.
for 60 quid, you get a tablet with an HD screen 16gb of storage and a free 16gb sdcard.
wtf is your problem ?
If you have more than 60 quid, get something else. If you don't - then surely this is a great 'hudl equivalent' for the great unwashed of the USA.
I really don't get the attitude ??
we don't all earn 100k a year. Walmart knows it's market.
I'm sitting here at work with everyone running around like headless chickens trying to get a few SOA services talking to each other in a major airline...
This kinda makes it all pale into insignificance!
Can't wait for the piccies!
I find the BA prices always accurate on the comparison sites. I've used them a number of times this year alone ?
I would have thought however frequent the calculations are done, provided there is only a matter of minutes between the comparison data being captured, and a purchase being made they are very unlikely to be different (i.e. unlikely to have been other ticket sales for that flight in the interval) ?
Just finishing 'The Right Stuff' by Tom Wolfe just now, and last night was Cooper's flight.
Well worth reading (or watching - the film was also excellent).
trying to squish the Internet down a wee wire. I mean that's just stupid.
why don't we all just get a copy of it in our home.
I've seen the IT Crowd - it's only about the size of a shoe box.
I could fit it under the stairs.
Maybe the postie could deliver me an updated one once a week.
You say yourself - some work some don't.
Well what are the reasons for why some work some don't ?
- ability to mass manufacture for buttons
We've had aircraft now for over 100 years. We all want our flying cars a damn site more than a 5 minute trip on a rocket ship.... but we don't have em. why ?
Because they can't be mass manufactured for buttons.
I think it's great what Branson is doing. I think it's great what Audi did with the Veyron.
But it's got FA to do with trickle down economics imho....
1/2 of that article was moaning about fixed memory FFS.
Now, ok it means you have to decide at the start and pay 'apple tax' on it (which is no different from the 'dell tax' or the 'hp tax'...
But it's hardly a deal breaker. I have 3 mac minis - my very first one (core duo), needed more memory (and I actually stuck a new CPU in it too) when it's role changed (from web surfer to media centre in my house), the rest I just bought with sufficient memory.
You surely KNOW what memory you need when you buy it - why do you suddenly need more later except for when a machine gets re-purposed like mine ? certainly OSX upgrades never need it.
That leave the 'apple tax'.
well... if it DID have 4bg socketed memory it would be 2x2GB... 'cause that's the way of the world with every manufacturer under the sun...
so, you'd have to buy an 8gb kit (2x4), which would cost you about 60 quid.
or you could get a single 8gb, keep one of the 2s in there for about 70 quid.
and apple charge 80 quid.
it's hardly a frecking massive gap is it ???
I keep getting the two confused.
"And they're using what to power the thing? Sarium Krellide? Because a LiPo battery would last about as long as it takes your average mammal to pee."
what makes you say that ?
there are already similar sized FPV 'drones' out there.
The Hubsan 107D for instance - I have one.
You get about 6 minutes flight time.
Seem to me, this is the beeb's next step down the road to access control.
At present, anyone in UK can access BBC content via iplayer irrespective of whether they have a licence or not.
It seems pretty clear to me, that by the bbc phasing out open browser support and tying APIs into propriety approved clients (they have to give you the API key), they can control the client devices.
Next step is to provide a similar API to check the user has a valid tv licence before viewing ?
Another 'media company' that just doesn't get it....
I'll continue to pay my licence fee -it's just about worth it for the 3 or 4 BBC shows I watch (I don't have a tv reciever), but I'll also continue to get BBC content via alternative outlets rather than their shit streams.
"“This app monitors tweets,” continued Baines, “processes them with an automated algorithm, which selects tweets if they contain the right keywords, pushes this information to a third party, and then retains the tweet and may match it with others from the same person. All without the subject of this being aware."
yeh -so just like google does with every fucking search and every fucking email!!
But samaritans try to something with that data more beneficial than selling you targeted shite to buy and SAVE LIVES!!!!
get the fuck back on your hobby horse and fuck right off - if you use twitter you are already effectively broadcasting your (inane) thoughts to everyone* - you have not a leg to stand on by then complaining that someone tries to make use of that public data.
utterly pathetic article.
*hell I'd argue that any twatter (or facepuke) user has mental health problems… but that's neither here nor there...
I agree he gave Gus a hard time. However, it may have been justified - it may not. we will never truly know - but he was wrong to not make it clear that there was no evidence either way.
Chuck wise - I think the author was right: the book is about the pilots. it's about the 'right stuff', and even among those pilots, Chuck was a demigod.
So I think he was spot on to portray him that way imho.
If the chucks/armstrongs/etc had continued to hold the lime light - and the X15/X20/etc projects had got the money through the 60s instead of nasa… who knows where we'd be today. Instead - it's taken us 50 years to get back to making spacecraft rather than ballistic capsules.
One of my favourite films.
And reading the book Just now (by Tom Wolfe).
If you've not seen/read it - it's well worth it.
1985 on holiday in spain, aged 14.
On previous holidays I had discovered that the 2p was an exact match for the 25 peseta….
So here I was on holiday, having brought with me my bag of 100s of 2ps…
and the machine the hotel pub had was GnGs…
I must have played it for hours and hours over 2 weeks, and I remember actually finishing it - it's the only arcade game I've EVER finished to this day.
poor bastard owner who came back, picked out the full heavy coin box thinking 'awesome' only to discover it was full of british 2p…. but hey ho.
Thats the real USP - for still photos, etc there's no real need to see every pixel 1-to-1 for your work, but with video editing there is - shifting about a zoomed window just doesn't cut it.
We've already got the first of the true consumer 4k cameras out with the go pro 4 black, more will undoubtedly follow.
For now, my workflows are all 1080p which my current retina MBP and iMac 27 both allow space to view 100% within FCPX with room for the interface, but even the go pro 3+ shoots in 2.7K - which can't be viewed in FCPX full size as its about the same resolution as the whole display.
So they'll be a quick pick up from pros shooting 4k now, and over the next year as more consumer 4k cameras come on the market, it's going to become more and more attractive to these folk.
Lots of things are hard.
But they were a shit lot harder when you were trying to do them with a slide rule…
which was how these antiques where made.
you can refurbish all you want, but micro-fractures, etc in metals and alloys are bound to form and be undetectable after 50 fecking years !
And is it so 'hard' now ?
Now we have computers to do the grunt work and 75+ years of experience ? The success of space X says - NO it isn't. It's a piece of fucking piss. It needs good people and lots of cash - but its not more difficult than engineering the latest retina iMac.
the 'its not rocket science' line is 75 years old and it's passed its sell date.
Using stuff that was knocked out before we'd even invented transistors and that's been designed on A2 paper draft boards is fucking mental.
Space X must be gloating away. And maybe NASA is thinking whether their 'we'll take the lowest bidder' approach is maybe a bit fuckwitted after all...
That in 2014... they felt they had to (or could) use 55 year old engines...
I mean WTF....
I do. I cycle around 1000 miles a year.
the cars for for grocery runs, long trips, etc, etc
I get 17/18 on little 3 mile trips to the station and back, but on longer motorway driving 25 is the norm.
But again, its an irrelevance unless looked at within the whole 'pence per mile' idea.
I do 4k a year - so 4-500 quid difference a year between 25mpg vs 50.
then factor in the fact my depreciation is about 1000 a year.
that's 1500 quid a year without servicing, etc)
your brand new pugget will have cost you 5-8k the first year alone. But... ooo you've saved 400 quid on fuel. yippee doo.
So there's yer problem....
I'm a wee fish on youtube - but I've had about 480,000 views so far - will probably hit 500,000 by xmas.
Most of my videos are 'monetized' where I've been bothered enough to not use copyright music.*
It makes me about 50 quid a year.
It obviously makes youtube/google a lot more, when they are prepared to give me 50 quid - at 1%, maybe they make 5000 quid a year out of me advertising wise.
that's a pretty good deal for them - which is why google have billions and I have 50 quid....
However, if they now say 'you get FA now if a viewer pays us the advertising revenue we are losing... then I want 1% of that too... basically I should still get my amazingly generous 50 quid.
If I don't - f&ck of youtube, hello Vimeo.
(safe for work)
*which I don't get either - so basically here I've still created 90% of the content, just not the music, but google take this as sufficient reason to keep all the ad revenue there... wtf is that about. makes no sense. If the music companies weren't so much up there own arse they would actually REWARD me for using one of their tracks in my video. fuckwits.
So they are saying they died out BEFORE big whales, which could then become big ?
Or that they died out at the same time as whales were already big (and could then propogate over the world).
I mean... what are the theories for why they died out ?
1. climate ?
2. lack of food (but surely even medium sized defensless whales would be pretty easy eating).
3. dislike of whale meat ?
4. only eat fish, and all the fish eaten by the whales ?
5. left earth before first vogon fleet ?
6. shark-ebola ?