Re: Online retailers
@Terry 6: somehow I don't think you buy much stuff online. Normality != Sanity
518 posts • joined 14 Dec 2009
@Terry 6: somehow I don't think you buy much stuff online. Normality != Sanity
Hmm, so you didn't like Naples? If you'd visited Herculaneum you'd realise that modern Napoli is just an endlessly repatched antique city, with the new merging imperceptibly with the old. Notice how many of the roads are constructed from the same stone squares as the 2000 year old ones! You also have to gawp in amazement at the autostrada on stilts that lurks high above the tower blocks, but don't gawp too long as you may find yourself run down by a funeral carriage that seems to be about 300 years too late for the funeral. If you want to feel truly alive, try plunging into the traffic on a nippy motorbike. Oh, did you also notice that it's still possible to buy a real pizza there? A circle of dough with just the minimum of topping to enrapture your mouth.
Naples always makes me go wow! Visiting Naples is like being in a pacy thriller.
Whoa, $1,200 for 40 GG FC drives, is the antiques market that bullish? I have some 450 GB FC drives that are pretty long in the tooth, but when were 40 GB FC drives last sold?
The delays might be the killer, but this article doesn't have anything to say about resolution - which has been underwhelming so far. I find the low resolution far more irritating than the delays.
If you think that pillows need to be soft, I suggest that you need to watch "Seven Samurai".
Back in the '90s Interop and CeBit were the dream exhibitions, needing days to attend, that I always wanted to go to. Is Interop still cutting edge, or is it just more corporate bollocks like IP Expo?
What does he see when he looks in a mirror?
Is he the antithesis of anorexia? (Totally unaware of his true size.)
Does he see himself as a healthy human being?
No matter how noxious the NZ spies may be, how is it inappropriate to call a morbidly obese individual a fatty?
Right now EU MPs and MEPs are plotting to foist TTIP on the EU. Today Veolia is only suing the Egyptian government for changing a national law, tomorrow it could be your government. Suddenly "The Syndic" is getting less fictional.
> "and baths - oh come on. My bath, and I'd guess a lot of reader's baths have a hole at the bottom and one or two taps (single or mixer). The only wire in sight? The required earth wire..."
No wires? How do you stop your bath overfilling while you go and make breakfast? Does your mixer tap fill your bath at exactly the temperature you enjoy? Aren't we all geeks or boffins here?
A tad bigger than 27" as well, to really float my boat!
Isn't your bicycle the ultimate mobile device?
You don't need to tax it, fuel it, charge it or wind it up.
You can fix it yourself, or get anyone you want to fix it. You can replace all the parts using components from any manufacturer you choose (including washing manufacturers if your Graeme Obree), or make them yourself with basic machine tools.
You can take it as normal baggage on a 'plane or pedal it from Lisboa to Lavrentia if the fancy takes you.
What could be better?
Why's nobody mentioning Casper?
Take a look at JAMFsoftware.
Excuse me, s/co-worker/cow-orker/
> "Power steering - if that fails, you're back to heavy steering of old but still maintain control."
Sorry, no. Most old cars had light steering. Lorries gave you big biceps, but cars could be steered with a light touch. For example, when the power steering on my Panda fails, it makes my Series II Landrover feel agile.
> Is there any truth to the idea that fast flowing air can cause enough static to fry components?
Maybe. I used to have a powerful LG vacuum cleaner. When I held the steel suction tube and hoovered the polypropylene carpet, I could shoot half inch sparks from my knuckles to the radiators. (Ouch). However, it's replacement (an aluminium tube Dyson) never did the same. Perhaps there's an earth path in the Dyson. I know that just walking over synthetic carpets, with the wrong shoes, can have a similar effect, but I've never seen sparks that big without an LG in my hand.
You must be one of those whippersnappers who's never patched a running kernel!
Nowadays you can do it with ksplice/kpatch, we greybeards just used a debugger, for example adb* with a SunOS kernel.
*adb - the one started by Stephen Bourne, not the TLA now recycled by Android.
Just how long will an aircraft carrier survive in a automated war?
Large warships are already vulnerable to attack by small boats.
What chance will they have against swarms of high speed autonomous surface or submarine craft?
Somewhere in my singles store I've got a 9" single (from Nine Inch Nails, of course) that would fool it. I've only got a few 12" singles that are 33 rpm.
I'm fairly sure I've got an 8" 45 as well, but I really can't summon the energy to go on a dedicated search at this hour*.
Anyway, I jealously salute your Dansette!
* I'd like an automated disc library that would pop out and return any 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12 inch record and index them using OCR. Bonus if it could handle flexi-singles and handle the record sleeves!
Well actually "x 7", Re: "Victorian spelling"
There's nothing Victorian about the long 's'.
I learned to write them when I copied from Arrighi's 1524 "La Operina" ("da imparare di scriuere littera cancellarescha") in the V & A as a schoolboy. Wikipedia suggests that they originate with the Romans.
Mind you, it seems that Vincent Ballard used an 'f' with a full crossbar rather than an "ſ" (HTML not working for me in preview). (If used, the crossbar should not protrude on the right hand side of the riser.)
I'd always thought that el Reg readers were like me. They'd have el Reg bookmarked and visit it when they had some spare time, or needed to search it directy. However, this article says: "At The Register, looking over the past 30 days, Google brought in about 47 per cent of our readers, with Google News making up a further 12 per cent; more than half, in other words." If 59% arrive from Google, presumably a lot of other traffic comes indirectly too.
Gone is the hope of a truly advertisement free el Reg by subscription. We regulars truly can't be that important. The fact that we use ad. blockers is doubly unimportant. The Google driven masses don't know about blockers.
Thank you, you lovely el Reg subs.
Why do we have to wait for 15 years from demonstration to product? Instead of tinkering away and producing tiny improvements in mass manufacture, why not concentrate on introducing LTO12 in 2 or 3 years time? I want a 220TB tape cartridge and I want it now! Is everything held back by marketing departments? How about a drive using 8 x 16 Gb/s heads to fill the tape in about 2 hours? Many of us could go back to feeding the drive every day instead of using a tape library. Even better, let's have a longer tape in a bigger cartridge, which we change weekly or monthly.
To put it another way, what makes "Moore's law" perform so badly?
Errm, it's not lack of content that killed 3D TV. It's cheesy content, clumsy eyewear, headaches and stereo != 3D.
Spirit has already discovered high purity silica. I see a future for agriculture in locally made glass houses on Mars. The carbon dioxide atmosphere should keep the plants happy. The ambient pressure in the glass houses would need to be boosted with argon and nitrogen from the atmosphere. Glass houses will have the advantage of absorbing ultraviolet light before it kills the plants. The lack of atmosphere means that a similar amount of solar energy would be available, to the plants, as is available at our surface. Plenty of solar energy to bootstrap the production of silicon substrate for photovoltaic panels too. Solar furnaces ...
Hey, I've got my bag of seeds, where do I sign up? Beer, from Martian barley, of course.
Carpet Zamboni? Well, Zamboni was famous for his pile*.
*an extra high tension battery. I first came upon one in a WWII, Government Surplus, Image Intensifier.
> Just as the extra HD channels on Freeview are intended to encourage take-up of kit that has T2 and H.264, eventually allowing the DVB-T and MPEG2 muxes to be converted or switched off in the name of efficiency.
C'mon Elgato, how long are we going to wait before you bring out a DVB-T2 tuner??? JFDI!
Oh noes! Now we'll all be arrested for carrying plans for making fuel/air exposives in our brains.
With a little more carelessness you could have blown up the house in the same way that many flour mills have been self demolished.
> "Organic cat litter I get can be flushed down the loo"
> The local sewerage people absolutely HATE people who do that.
> Seriously, if you can put it in a bin then do so.
It seems that organic cat litter is equivalent to powerline ethernet. Just say no!
JetSetJim typed > Organic cat litter I get can be flushed down the loo
Can some cat* lover explain to us all why they don't fit pet karzies in their houses? Why not cut out the middleman^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcat litter and go directly into the sewerage?
*also apples to dog lovers. Why interpose a pavement beween the dog's arse and the drains?
Flame, for obvious reasons.
> However there are no third party upgrades as of yet.
Curious - I must have dreamed that I installed 1 TB of storage in my 11" Air. Do you mean that I have to give up my other dream of putting new batteries in it?
To be fair, I know of no simple way to add memory or upgrade the CPU, let alone improve the graphics processor. So the answer is to buy an AIr with maximum memory and best CPU power in the first place. Let's face it, we've long left those heady times when CPU speeds leapt ahead every year. I expect I'll be able to install 2 or more TB of storage next year.
but how do we arrange to sue Google at low cost to ourselves, given that we're only each going to get a few pence or a couple of quid out of Google?
It so does leave a vacuum* behind!
A sealed, air filled, hard disc drive will always have approximately the same pressure as the ambient air because the rate of inward diffusion matches the outward rate.
In the case of a sealed, helium filled, drive there is almost no helium outside, but the helium atoms inside will move at a velocity determined by the ambient temperature and their random walks will lead some helium atoms outside. (See: Kinetic Theory of Gases). Far more Helium atoms will move out, than air molecules move in, because the air molecules are larger and are less likely to 'find' paths through the seal. I wouldn't expect a spectacular drop in pressure in 5 years, but I bet you could measure it with an unsophisticated manometer.
*partial vacuum - to be precise. It's never going to reach a high vacuum!
Mine's the one with the 'diffusion pump' in the long pocket.
I presume that you don't live in a Passivhaus, or anything close.
BTW, s/math/arithmetic/ it's all you need.
Ah, I knew this wasn't the first time I'd seen this idea. Why didn't el Reg report this: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/this-company-will-heat-your-house-for-free-if-you-have-room-for-its-servers-9859054.html last year? Is it because we could find even earlier examples? Well there's Microsoft's 2011(?) paper: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/150265/heating.pdf can anyone top this?
Suricou Raven wrote: "As electronics enthusiasts have been increasingly grumbling every year for the last two decades, modern electronics just aren't made to be repaired."
Oh, no, not just two decades, at least six. In the days before transistor radios, there was always a mysterious block of pitch with several wires snaking out to the posts on the baseboard above it. Who knew what was in the block of pitch? All the other components were standard resistors, condensers, coils, valves, lamps, transformers and switches that you could pick up in Lisle Street/<your local radio shop>, but where could you get the proprietary pitch block from? To this day, I still don't know what was in there.
<nostalgia>Where have all the mains energised loudspeakers gone?</nostalgia>
Phew! Just checked and the Micra isn't discontinued. I still have the one I was given at a SANE conference. To stop it rubbing holes in your pocket or dangling keys interfering with delicate tasks, you can get a nice leather, keyring case for it from DavidsonLeather on Etsy.
It's an excellent idea, but I won't buy this for the same reasons I never bought a Microwriter. It needs to be able to work with all the devices I use. I need to be confident that I'll still be able to use it, or a replacement, for the rest of my life. Until then I'll stick with the crummy keyboards that I can connect with all my devices. (Yes I need wireless and wired keyboards, but at least they all have, more or less, the same key layout.)
Well, for example, as anyone who's ever owned a Zanussi washing machine will attest, they're well made and long lasting. However, Italian water must have magical powers, because Zanussis fail to rinse thoroughly in the UK. Nowadays they come with a "super rinse" button to add extra rinse cycles, but it's hardly fine tuning. I want a fully consumer programmable washing machine, so that I choose exactly which stages are run and for how long. I want far more than 22 wash programs, I want an infinitely variable wash program. I'd like to discover for myself whether it's possible to devise a washing program for mucky cycle shoes that doesn't wreck them.
Dyeing fabrics would become much more convenient with a programmable washing machine. Although you can dye some items in a washing machine, the cycle lengths aren't suitable for many combinations of dye and fabric types. (If you've ever done home dyeing in open containers, you'll appreciate having the whole process confined in a self cleaning apparatus.)
Other fabric treatments, such as "wash in" water repellent treatments could also be improved - the treatment manufacturer might provide a downloadable program.
With the ability to turn off churning and precise temperature selection, you might even use your washing machine for water bath cooking.
So you tell us about a Canadian, being stopped on entry to Canada, by Canadian Border Agency personnel. Why then is the bulk of the article about USA law? I know the poor Kanadyjczycy have to put up with living next to the USA, but they still have their own laws don't they?
Recent ONTAP releases support NFS 4.1 with pNFS, which works nicely with Hadoop, although I agree that the 100TB volume limit is a bit puny.
Your comments would be spot on for NFS3.
>Change tracking by use of diff? Or is that just too complicated?
Well it worked for the House of Lords back in the '80s. (They bought a Sun 4 purely to use 'diff'. I prefer 'sdiff' - it's designed for humans.)
> "Semolina is the hard bit"
Errm, not quite. In the UK, semolina is just a stage on the way to flour. The first, wide spaced, rollers generate a coarse product which is screened to separate the semolina from the bran. Semolina is milled again to produce flour. It's the particle size that distinguishes semolina from flour.
Where's the pedant's pedant icon when you need it?
Re: "my new word of the day": AH, so you want to be a manager?
Oh, you don't? You think you're human being? Then 'appear' or 'happen' will do nicely.
It's probably someone who thinks they can cook on a barbeque.*
Mind you, some of us wonder about the spelling of your name. Since nemato- is the prefix, what does the -ad signify?
*Why don't the spelling simpletons just use 'cue' everywhere?
Just make sure the paper is kept in an ULT freezer to stop it all going black. Personally, I'd use a daisy wheel printer.
> "This basically means that we not only need to keep all your .doc files on a reliable storage medium"
Is there any useful data in .doc files?
Besides, I hope that I'll be able to face backwards in my driverless car, just as I do in trains. Also I'm not sure that I want any permanently clear windows in my driverless car. I may want to watch a film or pleasure my passenger(s) without distractions.
Launch the IPv6 Lifeboats now!
> "It wouldn't stop someone with a tow truck from being able to just pick it up and drive away if it had no alarm."
I see you've never been to East London, where you'll hear plenty of alarms from vehicles being towed or on low loaders. Nobody takes any notice.
I have a vague memory of using* or maybe seeing a demonstration of the use of Kerr Cells to measure the speed of light when Iwas a sixth former. (So long ago that it wasn't clear that the 'speed of light' was a constant regardless of frequency.)
*Well, we did alll kinds of things in school science labs back then that today's students will only see as a video, if they're lucky.