134 posts • joined 10 May 2007
When I buy a waterproof gadget, the first thing I do is dunk test it. When a salesdroid came into work touting rugged tablets, I drop tested it right in front of him to a delightful squeak.
...now, iphones don't claim to be rugged, but they do claim to be phones, and we know how people handle phones. Vewwy woughly. If Apple want to launch the "dress phone", as pretty and delicate as a dress watch, they're welcome, but if it's a regular phone it oughta survive regular phone abuse.
Re: What's the towers are for.
They're water towers for the sound suppression system - those jets of water that spray over the flame trench, they come from here. By muffling the thunderous acoustic battering of the engine somewhat, they prevent damage to the rocket and the pad.
Also, they're lightning rods.
Re: Cashless Underground
It's not a cashless underground ... it's just a payment vendor trying to get you to use their product. Competing products will come, and the ticket machines will continue to take regular payment.
No Barclays bank account needed (that would reduce customer potential), just feed the account the way you'd feed any other PAYG. The Pride ones are available (and in black as well as pink, if you're funny about such things).
So, clip the chip out and attach to your fairy wand. :)
Re: just me ??
" the battery life just isn't acceptable. I wear a Basis, one of the fitness watches, and its battery lasts four or five days. That's already short enough to be a major hassle. "
Charging when you've noticed that it's run out of charge and gah, you wanted to go for a run -- that's a hassle.
Charging every day is ritual, and if it's easy enough (no connectors), it'll be ignored.
Hold your horses on the HRM until it's tested; I'm told by the nice folks at Runkeeper that these devices aren't doing continuous HRM with their optical sensors as it's a battery hog. Might be some trickery needed before they're ready for a lazy parkrun round El Reg Towers.
Re: Useful stuff
And in China, they've just done a vertebra. Invest in titanium sintering, say I.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the big orthopaedic centres getting their own fab facility for both practice parts and implantables.
Re: Goth friends
My own skull, topped and hollowed and made into a Byronic goblet, thank you very much.
Re: wait, what?
More the use of lots of freshly-created accounts. Hide that shadiness for maximum shade.
Nope, it'll just crack atmospheric CO2 into 2x CO and O2. As seen in Zubrin's Case For Mars, and in fiction in KSR's Red Mars and recently Weir's The Martian.
It's already decided; this just adds resolution to the picture. Knowing where natural sinks and seeps are means we can look at emulating them to scrub the extra out, for example.
Mod -1, flamebait.
Re: Superchargers Free!
How, I wonder, does the eebil government tell the difference between juice for a car and for a kettle?
Re: "The 125kW Superchargers work much more rapidly than the existing charging infrastructure.."
And that's why Tesla plan to release the Supercharger patents; as the best-in-breed, allowing non-Tesla-built compatible infrastructure will get the pumps in place.
If I were a betting man, I'd say he pranged his X4 (quadcopters being crashing machines that sometimes fly) and rather than faff with repairs, got wonderfully silly.
It's a pity cruciferous veg aren't more cruciform or we could crew up the Sprout Patrol...
Re: "such a significant development change"?
You're confusing activities with orientation. The debate has kinda moved past that now.
Also note how many have "this till closed for a technical fault" when they're just closed for any reason. Always blame IT. :(
Re: Quaint already
There are videos of simulations like that. From overhead they are absolutely beautiful algorithmic shoaling. From inside... I'd want blacked out windows. Yoy!
Re: But I wonder
Don't worry, little brother, that won't happen. It puts an unreasonable burden on the squishy, and you'd have to have some heavy upheavals in law to make it even halfway permissible.
Save your paranoia for the eyes, the always-on unblinking remorseless REPORTING TO GOOGLE EYES!
Re: 700,000 miles
Oncoming vehicle in your lane? Come on, that's not even exotic.
The loom was at least novel.
A cyclist taking the lane in front of it will be handled fine. It knows where the cyclists are and roughly what they're doing, and has sharp reflexes. It just needs to edge forward when clear.
A good use case for Ara
If it's not compatible, it's a fine use case for a modular device that can change the GPS module.
Re: Post-Death Updates
Well, the public sector just got a year of patches. A very reasonable £5.5m, too. Given the porosity of the internet, those updates will get public smartly. Getting updates from random sources of course opens the home user to the risk of fake XP updates... fun fun.
My Y2k-sense is tingling. I think more of a whimper than a bang, but I'm ever so glad for the extended support while we grunt through updating our zillion desktops.
Re: Occam's Razor
Aye. "Just dropping out of the sky" is a thing that quadcopters *do* - they're crashing machines that sometimes fly. Having it close over the racers might have made for some thrilling shots, but you have to leave enough clearance to be safe.
The "magic jib"-ness of a camera drone is sometimes too magical for the safety considerations to be remembered.
"OMG hax" ... sounds weak to me.
Re: HES Data
Various analyses and extracts are. I bet they'd look at you funny if you said "giz the lot".
Re: Which third parties?
If it were properly anonymised (with a route back in case of clinical need) and if it were restricted to real research organisations, I'd be gung-ho for it as a great case of Big Data doing useful things.
If it's sold to Experian or that bloody Meerkat, who jigsaw it back together to deny me a good credit rating or insurance premium because of my last peak flow or my old genetics tests -- that's incredibly sucky. That's a *gross* violation of patient-doctor confidentiality.
We expect the latter. If the intent was the former (Hanlon suggests it was), there's more than communication problems.
"What I don't understand is how can the government can avoid any Data Protection issues here? This secondary use of the data is not consistent with any (implied) consent a patient may have given a doctor."
I'm equally baffled. Here I am slaving in a hospital IT department surrounded by IT governance reminders, and the National bunch are hawking off weakly-anonymised data well in excess of its remit. How on *earth* is that legal?
The Helpline unhelpfully says "It's within the law, don't worry your pretty head". Eesh.
Re: What is the long term goal?
Ostensibly it's a rollercoaster.
It's also mostly a technology demonstrator - Scaled and Virgin have always been clear that they have an SS1 / SS2 / SS3 plan in mind, with each model proving stuff for the next step up. Sky-launched re-entering rocket rollercoaster is preamble for something with beefier engines and actual LEO capacity.
Re: What is Renewable about Renewables?
Are you serious? What's renewable is that the giant solar atomic furnace keeps on making wind and light for free. The prime mover is continuously being renewed instead of consumed.
Re: It's a question of trust
I'm a bit surprised that anyone savvy enough to torrent isn't savvy enough to adblock.
Re: We need more of this.
They certainly are. I voted with my wallet and went to one of the smaller ISPs that don't censor.
Re: If they are anything like ATOS
It's not stopping him from working.
Re: GP's Opening Hours
Email them. Most GP's surgeries have an email address.
Technology: not just for evil.
Re: "Web filtering is already the default on mobile phones."
It's worse than that: they KNOW it's ineffective and *they don't care* - Something Must Be Done and compliant masses are always good.
Re: They have to do something
We tackled that with the Clean Air act and its friends. Low-emmissions fuel and a big push to electrify (and gasify) domestic heating.
Should be relatively easy for a more centrally-controlled setup to reproduce. Wrap it in a 5 Year Smog Plan and Chang-e's your bunny.
Re: Aren't they breaking the law?
Computer Misuse Act, anyone?
" I had already been thinking of updating my firewall setup to stop devices like this initiating outbound connections."
...which would have to be done with a bit of finesse, as there's content-delivery services in among the spook-drops and advertising servers. Next thing you know, the baked-in Netflix stops working.
Re: not a galaxy killer at all
I would have thought no SD was a killer, but apparently I've only got 11 Gb on my 32 Gb card in this ol' stuck-at-Gingerbread Defy+, so maybe it's not such a big deal after all. The 16Gb versoin looks very tempting.
Re: not entirely fair
I've certainly seen "so what? you can't sack me" from some of my bigwigs in more than one job.
One rule for the plebs, another for the hoi polloi...
Say you have two infected computers, one on the network and one air-gapped. This allows them to communicate across the gap.
If the payload is stuxy-specific then it could be, say, "dude, have you found the file [checksum]?" "yep" "I'll phone home then". Not much communication is needed to be useful.
Re: I voted entirely plausible
My Polar F6 HRM communicates by sound: it chirps like a cricket and is very finicky. But most of the finick is with having to retry, and that doesn't annoy scripted processes. Making it chirp outside human hearing is a whole other matter.
Re: extra flame
It's the pump exhaust - new on the 1D. The previous engine incorporated it into the main burn, for a tad more power and a lots more engineering. The 1D is geared to mass production, so the complexity was dropped and you get that wiffly flame at low speeds as a result.
I'd be impressed if all their systems are AD-integrated that tightly. There's commonly lots of legacy stuff around (and lots of pixie dust).
If our experience with single-sign-on applications is anything to go by, I'd lay odds on that layer failing over AD. AD is pretty stable; SSO is pixie-dust, and after the first password change cycle, only it knows the passwords to linked systems. If it were to barf spectacularly, they'd be up a well-known creek.
Re: Rand Paul
Obongocare? None of that racist crap here, please.
Re: But slowly – over time @Kunari
I'm pretty sure Microsoft are in a cycle like Star Trek movies, with a good one followed by a horrible one followed by a good one.
We're replacing XP with 7 (about 1/4 done, eek) as PCs get replaced in tech refresh; cataloguing apps is herding cats ,the alternative is a pain but reconnaissance-by-fire is usually accurate.
Probably not, that would lock everyone out. My guess is the PAS (Patient Admin System - backbone of the whole dealio) interfaces are buggered in a not-easily-fixed way.
Atos? Atos would say the system was perfectly healthy even if it was dead.
Re: How about using your nose?
Even better... there's photos going round of a lady who set it up to use her nipple.
Re: Good point
The point is not that spuds like you and me can audit it.
The point is that boffins we trust can audit it.
Re: an instant, convenient large database of fingerprints
Well, you *shouldn't* store the fingerprint. That doesn't mean they don't - think of all the stories of supposedly professional services keeping plaintext passwords. And it doesn't mean the code is well-written - it could easily have a recent_scans cache that is more vulnerable than the identity data proper.
Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24
This! So very this. What people say about security and what actually happens aren't the same thing. Imagine:
1: They're plain lying and handing fingerprints to the NSA.
2: They hand a hash to their cloud (and thus the NSA) but it's a really weak one.
3: Their device security is weak and it's easy to get the fingerprints and/or their hashes off the device.
Plain-lying used to be the tinfoil brigade, but as we've seen, the weirdy beardies are kinda turning out to be correct.
- SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
- BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports
- eXpat Files 'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'
- NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
- WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?