205 posts • joined Wednesday 18th November 2009 12:23 GMT
we won't know until the inquiry into the inquiry has been completed
hadnt they done the exact opposite with the V1's?
thought they managed to leak that the bombs were short of london and over time manages to get it to the point that a lot of them were overshooting
I have plenty of respect for the older generation in computing (after all they taught the current generation what to do).
yes the younger generation may be able to bash out "code" at a rate of knots but few have a real understanding of how it all works behind the scenes, the older ones know exactly what's happening because they built what is behind the scenes and as a result know a lot of tricks that never made it into the documentation.
Re: This will be useful...
on a lot of call systems Zero is an unmentioned option, usually drops you straight to a human
I fell out with plusnet many years ago on dialup when they launched surftime - anytime
sold as a cost free dialup connection (cost free = no call charges) 24-7
they threw me off after a week because I had been connected almost 24/7
I moved from them to eclipse who offered the same package (at a slightly higher cost) and they gave me assurances that me being on 24/7 was no issue whatsoever
"IF it's sent from an american server"
there just happen to be hundreds of thousands of servers outside the US you know,
even if it is an american server and you unsubscribe then congratulations you removed yourself from one list "the does this email address get read list" and got yourself added to 20 more "lets sell these confirmed active email addresses" litst
Re: Hard to know where to start...
it doesn't have to be a seperate usb dac
pretty much anything apart from on-board audio will generally give a vast improvement (on-board is generally there for office usage error beeps and maybe a few video calls)
this was highlighted to me by doing like for like comparisons between my computer and my business partners
both in the same room
both with identical motherboards
identical speaker systems
the only difference between the systems is that mine has an obselete sound blaster audigy and his is using on-board audio, words do not describe the difference in audio quality (and I know the audigy is far from perfect)
Re: Amstrad Faux Hi-Fi
I used to do a roaring trade in modified amstrad stereos by turning them into slimline wall mountable units, people thought it was amazing that they could be slimmed down to 4 inches in depth (with the loss of the turntable) and still work perfectly, very few realised that the rest of the box was normally empty on un modified stereos.
my system at the time was various sony tape decks, a cd player unbolted from the bottom of a combined system (cant remember the make on the outside but it was sony innards) a pioneer sa-706 amp (still have it in the loft) and some sony APM-101 speakers.
this sounds to me like a few companies have got together and complained that someone else is selling similar products cheaper.
if someone can make a product that does everything they claim it does they can choose to sell it at whatever price they choose (even if that price represents a loss to try and establish a user base)
if they are selling at a loss then they must have some plan to recover that cost elsewhere just like every other company that sells products for a loss, Printers etc recoup the money on consumables, supermarkets (which did sell some product at a loss years ago) recoup the money by driving smaller competitors out of business.
if you don't like a manufacturers strategy don't buy their kit (of course your competitors can buy it and then undercut you due to lower overheads)
it's simple market forces at work, the value of a product is set by the lowest price somebody will sell it at, those that can't afford to match (or come close to) the price suffer
Re: Blocking access to Remote SMTP servers?
since I run my own smtp server I just told the server to listen for connections on an extra (non standard) port, using this port has successfully bypassed the smtp blocks imposed by every mobile operator I have come across
I wonder whether a fall in the number of road deaths in london would also correlate with a fall in average road speeds in london and an increase in traffic amounts (it's a bit harder to hit something hard enough to kill someone in a traffic jam)
because Sophos thought they had been out of the spotlight for a while and now we're into the new financial year (in the uk at least) corporates heads might have a little bit of budget available to protect themselves from this new threat that they have never seen yet (because the spam filter already takes care of it)
Re: So umm.. Who decided to lend the money?
I was taught from a young age to always allow 30% of any income as the cost of keeping a roof over my head.
luckily I ended up in a situation where my wages were far bigger than the cost of where I was living (10% cost not 30%), rather than do what most of my colleagues did and spend the extra / buy a bigger house etc I carried on paying my usual amount and dumped the extra difference into a savings account (20% of my wages).
after a few years the dot com crash happened and we all lost our jobs and there were no quick prospects for new work. I switched over to running from savings. those savings kept me afloat with no income for just under 2 years, bills got paid as they should and I still had my house etc etc, without exception all of my colleagues lost their homes.
fast forward to now... my housing expenses are around £1000 per month with an income that averages 9000 per month... 2000 per month still gets piled into savings and I am back at the point where I have a 2 - 3 year safety buffer, anything over the 3 year safety buffer gets pulled out and used to pay down the mortgage earlier.
as in the article a lot of the problems were caused by lending to people that it should have been obvious couldn't afford to pay it back (I liken some of the lending decisions to lending money to a drunk on a park bench)
Re: next step - outsourcing
thin air... just like a lot of the figures quoted from that address
Re: next step - outsourcing
Hmmm crowd sourced target selection for a drone could be an interesting proposition....
10,000,000 people seem to think that a particular house in central London (Black door with No 10 on it) is a prime target.
ok it would cost a lot to set up the first CSGD (Crowd Sourced Government Drone) but it would streamline the removal of members who insist on the most unpopular policies, but over time I am sure that savings could be made from reduced pension payouts
Re: I upvoted you
in my current location there not even edge available let alone 3G (tested O2, Voda, Three, Tmob and Orange)
Mobile for games that require always on connections is a joke
still better than 3g on vodafone
I just tried loading the el reg homepage via vodafone (5 bars / 3g so it should be ok) I am in a rural area so not heavy loading on the tower.
3 minutes 46 seconds (& 2% of my battery) to load the homepage
Re: Same goes for the high street. Why do they open at 9am and close at 5.30pm?
one slight downfall with this plan...
if the majority of business switched to a 2 - 8pm opening times then where would the majority of people be between 2 - 8pm?
I would imagine the camera needs to be on the same side as the display so that the camera gets as close as possible to the same vision as the eye seeing the display.
Re: No brakes? - Range Rover
Older range rovers have an inertia switch under the back of the passenger seat, its designed to shut the fuel pump off if the vehicle is in an accident, well within reach of the driver and can be tripped by pulling or pushing the plunger on the top (cant remember which) of flicking it with a finger.
unfortunately a lot of people found it can also be hit by children's feet from the back seat, it was quite common to see them "broken down" on the side of the road because a child had been waggling feet in the gap under the passenger seat
wouldn't there also be an increased drag imposed on the vehicle as a result of the induction based charging
Re: Maybe these should be in Base Stations
I will admit that I didn't look into the costs of atomic clocks (I just used the previous comments costing) but even if you allow for the cost having dropped by a third from the price you quoted to $1000 it's still hard to weigh that cost against a $10 part that gives the same accuracy under most conditions
"Hell, you can buy your own 1-second-in-1,000-years atomic clock for about $6k USD. Not cheap, but you don't need many"
Errrr you would need one for every cell tower so that's roughly 23,000 atomic clocks needed for the uk alone (and that's assuming the 23000 towers figure is current) or a $638,000,000 investment compared to a $230,000 investment using off the shelf gps based time receivers.
given the situation where there is enough em radiation around to knock out gps time (which only needs a single sat in view) it's likely that the radio side of the cell tower is likely to be swamped with RF anyway, so the loss of timing is unlikely to be an issue because the tower would probably be unable to receive a phone anyway.
Re: The horror, the horror
from memory the connect everything approach is the plan in the UK, although part of the reason the uk is in a good position to weather an event like this is because the electricity supply is truly a national grid in that power fed in at any point can be consumed at any other point (in theory). also by having a large grid the odds are that where you have a large peak on one part of the grid you also have a large trough elsewhere and plenty of links between the two areas to allow them to equalise.
other countries with multiple smaller power networks would not do so well because they simply do not cover a large enough area to be able to dissipate the effects.
Re: I hope they catch all of the perps...
religion is like a penis...
It's nice to have and can give you a great deal of pleasure, just don't start waving it around in public
I would think that the highest figure quoted is below the fastest connection speed because akamai measured speed of traffic through their network, as a result it will be slowed down by factors like rate limiting on the source server or other traffic on the users connection.
with regard to contention issues and you suggestion being to switch ISP this ignores the exchanges where it makes no difference which isp you are with you are still going over Openreaches connections, if that is over subscribed (fairly common) you are screwed no matter what you do.
my experience of this was moving from a location where a single adsl connection would sync at 8mb but struggle to deliver 1mb (it was the same for the whole area) to a location where a single connection with the same isp (under the same contract) sync's at 7mb and never delivers under 6.5
both locations are served only through openreach, the only difference between them is the quality of the connection from the exchange to the backbone
their biggest mistake was putting the agreement in writing. generally when you have 2 people providing the same service in different areas they will naturally avoid each others areas working on the "Don't stand on my toes and I won't stand on yours" rule.
Re: Um, yeah, but...
light bending (in its perfect form) you could hide while standing in front of the tree (or anything else) anyone looking at you would see what is behind you.
if done perfectly you should appear to be 100% transparent and non distorting from any angle, if the tech ever reaches that level I would think that the only way of detecting it would be laser range finders (since bending the light around an object or person would affect the length of the beam as they moved giving a useful doppler shift)
another easy way to make all your details public...
start your own company,
as a company director the gov't very kindly releases your details
Name, Address, Telephone No, Date of birth
as a business user I have to say that faster broadband would be a massive boost.
in general a connection speed of <1Mb would be perfectly usable and would happily support most of our usage however there are numerous times when a much faster connection speed would be useful and would reduce the time spent on bandwidth intensive jobs by an immense amount.
written while waiting for 300 x 50mb files to upload on the fastest connection available here (6mb down 468k up)
Guess I'll go and make another coffee now
for those suggesting the re-use of UPS systems watch out if you are using to go between on and off grid.
I use several smaller UPS systems here to keep systems running during the frequent power cuts (joys of overhead power lines in the middle of nowhere)
the ups systems handle the loss of grid fine, they also quite happily accept the diesel generator starting up and switching in to replace the grid even though the mains frequency is all over the place as loads change.
what they don't handle very well is switching back from generator to grid, 1 time in three they will shut down.
the sequence is this...
generator off (ups systems kick back in)
10 second delay
grid on (ups systems shut down, lots of beeping and flashing lights and no power to the systems the ups was meant to keep running)
I can only assume that they don't like the supply coming back on completely out of phase
I would think that the time is ripe for a new rule regarding broadband upgrades...
for every area that they upgrade that is already served with high speed broadband through another provider (like cable) they also have to upgrade the closest area where there is no other provider.
that should ensure a better spread of services rather than one street having multiple choices for high speed access while the next street over has no option at all.
while it's not an ideal solution it would mean that areas where they currently have a monopoly (no other provider to switch to) should get an upgrade where they have no incentive to provide an upgrade currently, as it stands right now they have no incentive to upgrade areas with no competition since those customers cannot take their business elsewhere.
Re: Am I the only one..
I view most technology as a tool, I use it, treat it with some respect but am not overly protective of it.
a good example is my laptop which is covered in scrapes (9 inch scrape across the back of the screen) however after 4 years it is still working perfectly and has no damage to the keyboard or screen, if I was overly protective of it then it would be in pristine condition but wouldn't have done 75% of the jobs it has.
as I said.. it's a tool I will use it till it falls apart and then repair or replace it but I won't avoid using it because it might pick up some damage.
Re: How are they controlled?
I would imagine that they could be programmed along the lines of this...
fly to location 1
drop bomb & record results
fly to location 2
drop bomb & record results
fly to location 3
drop bomb & record results
fly to location 4
drop bomb & record results
return to base.
real-time two way communications are noce to have on a drone but they are not essential
similar rules apply to the uk companies too, since company directors (whether a large or small company) must always act in the best interests of the company
if an accountant says to a director "if you do this you can avoid £££ in tax and it's legal" then it would not be in the companies best interests for the directors to follow a different route
HMRC are probably sensible enough to work out that that it's easier to concentrate their efforts on 3 / 4 big companies than it is to try and go after 1000's of smaller companies when the amounts of money involved are equal.
put it another way...
if you have 2 people that owe you £500 each and another 1000 people that owe you £1 each which ones are you going to chase first for the cash?
as Brits we would struggle to copy winnie the pooh, since the character was created by the english author Alan Alexander Milne in the 1920's and was only licensed to disney in the early 60's by his wife after Milnes death in the 50's
Re: LED displays
from memory DMX is just an RS485 bus, normally supporting 512 channels each with 255 levels
an intelligent light (like a moving head) will use several channels, usually 2 for pan (coarse and fine), 2 for Tilt (same) one for shutter, one for colour, 2 for gobo's (patterns in the light beam) another 2 for gobo rotation or shake and a final one for prisms (split a single beam into multiple beams) so you can easily end up with one light using 11 channels
Re: Cheaper to buy it outright
It's not that they don't want to accept it in cash, it's they cant legally accept it in cash in case you are money laundering,
I think the limits on cash are 10k for property purchases (land / houses) or 5k for anything else, anything over those limits is meant to be sourced from a bank account so it's traceable.
Re: UK law and pen-testing?
pen testing your clients network etc is fine since you have their consent to attempt to gain access, getting bored and pen testing their competitors however would not be ok.
google will never shine in the corporate world while their domestic offerings have no visible support infrastructure and seems to change what's available and how things work on a seemingly daily basis.
Add to this googles habit of withdrawing products with little to no warning and you can understand why companies are more than a little wary of relying on their products for day to day business.
what the industry never seem to understand is that no matter what they do there will always be a proportion of people that would rather steal something than buy it (this goes for any product or service).
obviously it is in their best interests to keep this number as low as possible, as I see it there are 2 possible approaches (both of which have the objective of making it not worth the trouble of stealing)
Ever Increasing Security
in retail this would be seen as things like more cctv in store, more security tags etc, in digital media it would be more DRM, better copy protection etc
Convert People Stealing to People Buying
the simplest way of doing this would be to reduce the prices to the end customer, by reducing the price you bring the product within the affordable range of more people (leading to increased sales) the odds are that a good proportion of the people buying at the new lower price are the same ones who would have stolen it at the higher price.
with either option you still have to play whack a mole with whoever seems to be the current biggest offender, however with option 1 there will be a larger pool of people making use of the illegal methods, option 2 means that the pool is smaller.
the only downside to option 2 that I can think of off-hand is ongoing support, it's easier / cheaper to support 20,000 legit users of a game purchased at £40 per copy than it is to support 40,000 legit users at £20 per copy or 80,000 users at £10.
I do wonder how many of the big game producers are looking very carefully at the smartphone game pricing, if millions of people will pay £1.99 for a mobile game that an experienced dev could knock up in a couple of days would those same millions be willing to pay £9.99 for a decent pc / console game
Re: Keeping white-hat info unpolluted?
if you get enough users checking each others work (i.e. set the same task to 10 people and compare their results) then you instantly have a fairly good method for getting the right answer, of course the more users you have the more likely this system is to work reliably (if 99% of your users are truly black-hat then you're screwed)
over time you can use past performance to apply a weighting to each users result, i.e. fred bloggs has reported 85% of his tasks wrongly but john smith has reported 85% correctly, simplest method would be to say that before a decision is made there needs to be 1000 votes, John's vote counts as 85 but Fred's vote only counts as 15.
in this way it becomes quite hard to game the system because the more somebody goes against the majority the less significant their vote becomes.