1315 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009
Re: Sad for those who died but...
"my company's BC planning is better than theirs"
The company I referred to doesn't exist anymore, so it was hardly "mine's better". However, I do wonder whether Freescale has such a restriction in place and it was waived/ignored (for whatever reason), that they don't (which I find hard to believe), or that it was set to 20 instead of the five or so that was common 25 years ago, in light of increasing flight safety statistics. And/or that maybe different numbers exist for different employee levels?
Re: Sad for those who died but...
many companies limit the maximun number of staff that can use the same flight to well under 10. For my company, it is 5 and for this very reason.
At Digital, there definitely was a maximum of 5 (AFAICR) for the number of employees on any flight. Despite that, i remember flying to London for a training stint in Highfield with all but one of my newhire group (16), plus an instructor, in one plane. Apparently we weren't sufficiently valuable yet...
<voice="Humphrey Lyttelton">And here are Mr. and Mrs. Nonny-Mouse, with their lovely daughter Anne</voice>
Re: Farnsworth Fusor
RCA and EMI electron gin cameras
Must have been hard for RCA back then, or was research exempt from Prohibition?
Re: Very cool
P.S. try to be "creative" at work and see what your boss thinks about that.
He's perfectly fine with that. The one before him too, as well as several others before him. That's about projects needing to be done and problems needing to be solved, not drawing a moustache on some motivational poster or something. Ways of executing a physical system move so that an eventual rollback is as good as effortless, stuff like that. No one involved had thought of doing it that particular way, which in my book can be a defining aspect of creativity.
Re: Matrix Broad?
Thank you, Captain Obvious
Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)
Back around 1980 Rat Shack decided to
inflictintroduce their shops onto the Dutch electronics hobbyists. Which market didn't exactly have a gap urgently needing filling anyway, back then. Add to that the prices, apparently set by having each component handled individually every step of the way from manufacturing to shop shelf, and sent first class airmail from Taiwan via the US to Europe, the shop assistants' excruciating cluelessness, whose collective IQ would still be less than their smallest shoe size (in US unit), and the horrible ratio of usable stuff to unmitigated tat, made them last not even a year.
Re: INFRARED IMAGE USING HD SHOW A PACKAGE BEING DELIVERED
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Re: A Plutonium rock band from the Gagralaka mind zones
Didn't Disaster Area have a fully robotic drummer?
And here he is, auditioning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RBSkq-_St8
Re: Now that no-one is using Symbian...
Anyone interested it is just gathering dust?
Sure. Mail is stoneshop at hack42 dot nl
Re: Blue jellyfish-like tendrils?
speed of light M/s 186,000,000 *60 (seconds /hr)
You sure have very short hours where you live.
but figure you're looking at a fireworks display. Some piece goes up, explodes, and stuff fans out from that initial explosion with trajectories that (ignoring gravity and wind) won't intersect. But then those sparkly bits start to explode too, throwing stuff out in all directions from the point of those second-stage explosions. And debris trajectories from those explosions may well intersect.
Another option is that one of those galaxies was diverted because of the roadworks for a hyperspace bypass, and suddenly found itself in the path of another one who was ignorantly barging straight ahead at full speed.
Blue jellyfish-like tendrils?
They look an awful lot like noodles to me. And that brownish stuff must surely be tomato sauce.
And they've missed out the shark pen and the retractable floor in the lift.
You think those would show up on the declassified drawings?
They were holding it wrong
Praying Mantis, with some rounded corners.
Re: Paparazzi on a stick?
Those that were already aware of the possibilities of a broomstick/monopod/painter's pole (or any combination thereof) would most likely have shown to possess sufficient braincells to not become one in the first place.
 five or more
is a lot if you need it continuously. However, you only need it for the brief moment the source is connected to the thieving scrote. For that workload a pack of beefy-Li-Ions and something not unlike a Tesla coil will do just fine. Also, the current drawn will be dependent on the target body's resistance, and needs not be higher than 100mA.
A medium-sized laptop battery is 50Wh, roughly. Ignoring conversion losses it would be able to deliver 50kV at100mA for a little over half a minute.
Re: Damn thieves
you need just 100mA to kill. And as I=V/R, you want V sufficiently high to be sure you get I large enough over the R that is the resistance of the average body wearing rubber wellies and gloves.
Car batteries and welding rigs are well capable of delivering several hundreds of amps. They're not even close to lethal unless you're puncturing your skin and getting those electrons right into your soggy innards. In which case even a 9V battery will do.
The Royal Astronomical Society
needs to be introduced to Vulture Central's Approved Units.
Weight of the object was 95.2381 jubs, and speed was 0.8947% of the maximum speed of sheep in a vacuum.
Re: Was it made in France?
But with front-wheel drive there's additional traction because of more weight on the driving wheels. Also, on a loose surface you want to 'push' the vehicle uphill, so front-wheel drive means going in reverse.
Re: xenophobia maybe?
Nope. Friends in the hardware manufacturing industry find out the hard way that fake chips are still around. And not just complex chips; even with the silly low prices for bog-standard logic, apparently there's still money to be made by using dicky dies.
Your place for obitcoins
I'd like to apply for a patent for the use of magnets to attach clue to the USPTO. Their behavior will indeed be significantly different once I can get magnets strong enough to get the clue to stick.
Re: As big as three football fields??
1.952488 brontosauruses (1928.5714 linguini) across
Speed is 0.4021% of velocity of sheep in a vacuum
Risk of destroying the world
leave the planet “an inert hyperdense sphere about one hundred metres across.
What has already happened is that the cranial matter of these lawyers collapsed into an inert hyperdense sphere about one hundred nanometers across.
Just order two dozen from DealExtreme, with a shipping address of Mare $whatever, Luna. In separate orders, obviously, so that any shipping mishap doesn't hit the entire batch.
Sounds like something the tea party in US would say.
Won't. They don't know what they are.
Re: So, that would be
And chips: MSI - LSI - VLSI
So, that would be
the Quite A Bit Larger Hadron Collider?
the Larger Hadron Collider That Makes The Original Large Hadron Collider Look Rather Small By Comparison?
the Humongous Hadron Collider?
the Effing Big Hadron Collider?
Faster to do it by hand
Don’t knock the eMac either: I laid out a tabloid newspaper on one of those for almost a year
Reliable Sources have informed me that the eMac wasn't quite that slow.
Re: If a battery fails when there is no-one to see it ...
> a pair of LEDs to give a visual indication
That would be a visual indication to whom, exactly?
To the photo transistor you hooked up to a GPIO pin of another RasPi; of course you can't rely on the battery-powered one to send out a distress signal when its power source is failing.
Re: Where's the incentive
I'm not demanding anything nor am I desiring anything.When has a suggestion or opinion ever been a demand or desire. Please tell me what I have demanded.
In which case the only winners will be the 18/19 GBP early birds Now unless I'm making a donation to charity I want to see some return on an investment and with these kickstarter projects all the return goes to the developers.
You're clearly desiring being able to get a return on your "investment", and by stating you won't be backing them under the Kickstarter conditions, expressing a disagreement with their chosen funding model.
Judging from several reactions, I'm not alone in reading this as a desire, if not demand, that Things Be Different.
Re: connecting power BEFORE any other connection?
What it is trying to say: "Thou shalt not Apply Power to any hooked-up Device or Shield before you Apply Power to Galileo itself, lest you Fry it. Powering All from a single Supply is Fine and Dandy and Totally Okay though"
Sticking a shield on with the Arduino, Galileo or whatever is under power is not the nicest thing to do; there's a reason why devices actually designed for hot-plugging have connectors that make sure ground is connected first, then power, then everything else when plugging in.
Sorry, wrong market.
For simple stuff with bare chips you can sketch out a schematic in five minutes, calculates its values in another ten, and lay out a PCB in another fifteen -
You can, because you have the experience in doing so. I could, in maybe double that time. And yes, you can make the electrical and mechanical design exactly like you need it, and way cheaper than the readily available stuff. But a lot of people who want to dabble with embedded just to build a cat flap controller or something can't, because they lack the skills in hardware and/or PCB design. That's the market targeted by Arduino, and which Intel is now trying to enter with Galileo.
Re: No need
When it breaks: Depression
It won't be able to sense that as it's broken, so no need to put effort in getting sensing that part of the emotive spectrum right
@monkeygh Re: to widen the discussion...
They're printing knees and hip joints, and possibly other bones too, as they can make those fit exactly, so less recovery and revalidation time for the patient, less chance of a repeat operation being necessary, and less need to use a bigger hammer to get it all to fit in the first place. It's even being done occasionally in a sort of JIT fashion.
Old hands' tales
I've visited the Landschaftspark in Dusseldorf twice. It's a decomissioned steel plant, with its blast furnaces and such made accessible to the public (not all of it; its gasometer is now a diving tank and the generator hall is an auditorium, for instance). Entrance is free, day and night, but you can arrange for a tour guide, most of whom are guys who have worked there, at the coal face so to speak. Having one of them explain what they did, how they did it and what it was like, operating the drill to drain a load of molten iron from the furnace, then have it flow down a channel in the floor just meters away from you.
That's something no one else can convey.
Just so you know
Gathering Unicorn poo, separating it into the pigments required for CMY inks and preparing it so that it doesn't clog up the jet nozzles more often than every third sheet IS more expensive than drilling a hole in the earth, cooking the stuff that comes out and catching the fumes.
Printer Origami. For some reason none of the manufacturers ever mentions that capability.
Re: Sometimes, legacy tech is just legacy. Like Jake.
Ah, extrapolating from what has (not) happened, instead of preparing for what can happen.
Re: Sometimes, legacy tech is just legacy. Like Jake.
So, then one of those modem or muxes fails. Now what?
Sometimes, legacy tech is just legacy. Like Jake.
A serial terminal? My Psion 5MX does that too and is eminently more portable than a CRT-in-a-case-with-a-loose-keyboard that is a Wyse 50, or a Digital VT220, or any of their contemporaries. Try climbing a ladder with one of those to fix a misbehaving piece of network tech (which has lost its serial-to-IP connection as part of that) somewhere in the bowels of a production plant, and see how you manage. Even a laptop with a real serial port, or a qualified USB-serial or PCcard-serial adapter would be a better choice.
Re: The new renaissance
ITYM: OCR is pretty good with modem typefaces on dean documents, but is weak with old fashionecl typed docurnents.
Re: "Intellectual Ventures"? Really?!?
Actually, it's Intellectual Vultures (with apologies to El Reg and its mascot)
Re: This event that's happening now happened a long time ago
because we know of nothing that can signal the state of the star to us faster than light in a vacuum.
Well, a star blowing up should be bad news for the entities living on nearby planets, but apparently it's not sufficiently bad to have arrived here before we actually observed the explosion.
Re: "largest asteroid"
..where's the carbon coming from?
Carbon dioxide: from your breath.
Re: "largest asteroid"
Hydrogen, oxygen, water, all good, but space is nowhere to waste time without ethanol!
2 CO2 + 3 H2O + energy -> C2H5OH + 3 O2. There.
Re: I need new glasses
Well, they had the first half of the procedure down pat during the French Revolution already.
Re: My wireless thermostat is blocked at the firewall
The first thing I would look at for controlling home automation from a smartphone/tablet or actually just any phone is Bluetooth.Especially if it's for something simple like "I'm around the house, keep the thermostat at $preferred_temp". Couple of BT units to detect whether you're in the bedroom, living room or in the shed, and work off that. Arduino to tie it together, or a RaspPi or BB. For security-related stuff like unlocking or opening doors you might want something that has some kind of authentication in addition to simple BT address detection (which can be spoofed). But you would indeed want to write it yourself and lock down any net-connected central controller.
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