Re: electrical buss
> At least the asbestos laden water wasn't going to catch fire.
Oh, I dunno, try adding a little Chlorine trifluoride?
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> At least the asbestos laden water wasn't going to catch fire.
Oh, I dunno, try adding a little Chlorine trifluoride?
> is there ever going to be a sequel to The Matrix?
Errm, I knew there was one, but a quick surf shows there are two. However, I'm sure you can guess why you've never heard of them:). How come you haven't come to dread the prospect of sequels, do you long for disappointment that badly?
Note: a well thought out series is not a set of sequels in the Hollywood sense.
Let's hope that the temperature profile from the impact and explosion was sufficient to sterilise the probe. However, we've already dumped enough microbes on Mars to make it certain that we're going to find life somewhere on Mars.
I know that great care is taken to try and build the landers aseptically, but since they're not prepared to actually sterilise them*, it's inevitable that Mars is being inoculated with Terrestrial microbes. Maybe we shouldn't be dropping landers on Mars until we've thoroughly thought through the consequences? Well, we're just human, so I don't think that's going to happen.
*Okeh, it's a hard call to build a working lander that would allow you to sterilise the whole caboodle, no matter how inaccessible the interior. For example, you could use steam for 15 minutes at 121 C, dry heat for 3 hours at 160 C, a high concentration of ozone or ethylene oxide for a couple of hours, or tens of kGy of gamma radiation.
> It's like they think this is normal.
What do they think is normal? Parents attending a job interview without the interviewee, or that parents should be there at all?
Are you telling us about advertised jobs where you have invited candidates, speculative interviews at job fairs, or something else?
It seems that Riccardo Betti is unable to distinguish physics from chemistry. As he's the "the Robert L McCrory Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester", maybe that's also relevant to the parlous state of US science?
> We now have a huge array of micro-payment platforms
If we have such a huge array, how come I can't browse an online tabloid without being deluged with advertisements?
(OK, adblockers are available, but won't keep El Reg afloat.)
> What's your view on the pedestrianisation of Norwich city centre?
As Mahatma Gandhi said: " I think it might be a good idea". However, we've been waiting for its completion for over 50 years. (We have three streets that claim to be pedestrianised, but strangely manage to have cars and delivery vehicles on them all through the day.) If Venice can manage without cars, why not Norwich? Oh, is there really a shortage of handcarts in Norwich? Why not try load carrying bicycles?
I think that Kodak could make more money by bringing back Kodachrome 25. (Admittedly not much money, but I'm probably not the only digital camera user who'd love to carry an additional camera with K25.)
I guess you're not drinking Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout at those prices.
Where's the dark beer icon when you need it?
Vic Reeves made it all very clear last Wednesday: BBC 4 "Gaga for Dada"
> This is just the first bit of proof that there may be water there
No, this is the second bit of proof that there are water volcanoes. The existence of water has been known for a long time.
The A14 existed, but was still called the A45. It can't be much more than 10 years since the "formerly the A45" signposts disappeared from the A14.
Ahem, if they're trolling Ms. Clinton then they're either Clinton Trolls or Trump's Trolls, not Trump Trolls.
Frankly I'd hope that the Communist Party of the USA has a good candidate for this demented election.
While they're at it, maybe they could change into a ball gown as well.
(Yes, I know, it's only a missing apostrophe:)
> "Altitude" ..."I'm a former door gunner, Vietnam era."
More like 'Attitude': you must have been either extremely brave, or totally reckless. To the FNL* on the ground YOU, yes that body in the doorframe, were the TARGET.
* aka NLF
> "It can never be 100% reflective"
So how does the mirror in the LASER survive?
I suspect that none of the, so far, commentards have experienced the ridiculously over engineered plastic gym bags that they try to wrap your stuff in. All their small items fit straight into my shoulder bag, bigger items come in cardboard boxes with a carrying handle. Now, if you take it, all their packaging can go in the recycling bin rather than landfill. What's so bad about that? (Well they could have been doing it since 2001:)
Sent by wrangling recycled electrons on an Apple thingy.
Just because they've changed the name from Employment Exchange to Job Centre (note the capitals) doesn't mean that it isn't still an employment exchange.
How did illustrious names like Aermacchi and Agusta get associated with Luton*? Where's John Hegley when you need an explanation?
*The Petaluma of the Home Counties.
I was wondering why anyone with an Internet Connection would need to use Fax, then I realised it's so that the third world scammers can send you fake invoices and bank payment details from their PSTN 'phone lines.
Carry on, while I doze again.
> "Sentient Ascend uses the same concepts to “breed” together the individual changes in a design layout in a “million potential combinations across multiple pages” to determine which is best."
Ok, so they're using genetic algorithms. Been there, done that - the easy bit.
> "Poor combinations don’t make it through the selection process."
Ah, now there's the hard bit. Imagine you're using a genetic algorithm to generate a system to control the velocity and course of a payload so that it docks with the ISS in a specified time. It's a finite problem, you can exactly specify the starting conditions* and you can build a simulator that the selected programs can be tested on. After a lot of iterations, you'll start seeing programs emerge that can control the docking procedure. Given long enough, you may find that the selected programs can deal with a larger range of starting conditions, than the human generated programs that the ISS collaboration uses.
However, in the case of website design, we don't know the right answer. There probably isn't one correct solution and we certainly don't know how to specify it and select for it. I'd guess that they've just coded a system that uses expert recommendations to generate the selection rules. As long as the experts are HCI experts rather than pointy haired bosses, the resulting website may be an improvement.
So my guess is genetic algorithms selected by an expert system.
The pointy haired boss will, of course love it, use it to generate a website, then use a team of developers to tweak it so that it "looks and feels right". Oh well, at least we keep our jobs until AI can replace the pointy haired bosses.
*Newtonian physics and engineering data will suffice.
Icon: let's leave sex to the experts.
This isn't news. Of course they're going to be flying from our ships. After 71 years we automatically gloss over the fact that we live in Occupied Europe. We accept the lies that we have RAF airbases even though they're staffed and run by the USAAF. It's no more of a surprise that USMC jets will be flying from "our" aircraft carriers, than to find Italian seaports stuffed with USA navy ships. The EU will remain a sham as long as its members "invite" USA occupation. The USSR has relinquished some of its satellite states, but the USA hangs on.
NATO - just say NO!.
Considering the ludicrously low rate of new builds in the UK, isn't that another spanner?
Also before we get too carried away with fibre to the home, how quick and cheap are repairs to accidentally cut fibres? (When a scaffolder snags my "wire" to the pole down the road, a repair is easy.)
Oh No! Not the Molemen. Where's Captain Marvel when you need him?
> it hasn't got torpedoes.
Not torpedos, but I presume that the helicopter might carry an atomic depth charge (assuming we only lost one in the Falklands)
If you shape the pool carefully enough, a thimbleful of water would be sufficient to float it in*. I guess that a thimble is about 0.0043 Bulgarian Airbags or approximately 0.000000001 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
If you really wanted to push the boat out, you could easily manage to float it in the volume of a British Standard Egg Cup (a defunct official British measure that predated elReg standards by a few decades).
*I assumed that I could use a massive, but precise, 3D printer to create a boat shaped pool around it.
If it pops its prow into the sea, how well will this perform against a man, in an inflatable boat, with a shoulder mount anti-ship missile or an Iranian style air swarm? Come in Lewis, over...
Yet another Not Invented Here tragedy. Why can't all those Google Geeks innovate? This is just copying Liftshare.
Besides, instead of cludging this into Waze, their efforts would be better spent on getting Waze to work reliably. For example, why doesn't Waze know about roadworks, road closures and diversions? It's all available via the WWW where I live. Why doesn't Waze incorporate Google's live traffic data to give better predictions of journey times instead of relying on the tiny proportion of drivers sending updates to Waze? Oh, and how about actually recording the routes that real cars take, to avoid silly mistakes like trying to send cars the wrong way at side entrances to dual carriage ways? There's plenty more examples, but I'm getting a long way from the Liftshare hijack.
> Simply because all our characters fit nicely into 7 bit ASCII (or 8 bit EBDCIC if you prefer).
Nicely? Errm, only for small values of "English". Where are the diphthongs, superscripts, fractions, etc? Also, haven't you noticed that we use diereses in English? Naïve?
Please give us 'phones that last twice as long, not 'phones that are (nearly) twice as thin.
That's like the remote controlled light switch! All the vauum cleaners I can remember using have a simple button on the handle that opens a valve to allow air in at that point. I have always thought of them as the device that allows you to retrieve socks or twenty pound notes from the head before they disappear into the dust collector. Loose ruge are best beaten on a washing line.
"the coordinates 38.0000,-97.0000 if no location was defined. That's rounded up from 39.8333333,-98.585522"
What is this "rounding" that you speak of? How does it work and what is it used for?
Back in the days when my eyes could still focus on infinity, I could always see about 1 meteor per minute if I lay on my back on any cloudless night without light pollution. (Three examples out of many: on a Norfolk beach, up in the Pyrenees, on a boat in the Ionian sea.) Nowadays I always seem to be in the wrong place and haven't seen much Perseid activity. If somebody with good vision and a dark site does get a good view this week, please do some counting for us and see if you can't comfortably exceed 200 per hour.
The difference is indeed due to the lower pressure of Io's atmosphere. Have you never seen water boil at room temperature in a partial vacuum?
Well, of course, "trump" is synonymous with "fart" in my part of the UK.
I see a trend here. While we in the UK are busily contracting words, the US has also replaced the simple word "start" with "get go". (How long before they're talking about the "ready, get set, go"?:)
No this isn't prior art. As described they want to push a new kernel across the hardware. Ksplice is hot patching the running kernel and adjusting the filesystem to match, so Ksplice is prior art.
I remember patching a running SunOS kernel on a Sun 4 back in the 90s to allow a WAN application to continue running without interrupting the flow on the WAN. It was a bit hairy as I did it from the command line using adb, rather than by running a patching program. It was only a modest set of kernel changes and I could hardly have altered all the (450KB?) kernel by hand in a reasonable time, but a suitable program could have. I imagine that people did similar things with mainframes in the 1960s, to avoid downtime.
There will be limits to what you can alter in a running kernel, on current hardware architecture. This is a different way to approach the problem, but will also have practical limits.
Isn't the icon the 707 which set the style for this kind of passenger aeroplane with 4 pylon mounted jet engines?
Why the moons keep popping in and out of view? Are they being obscured by external parts of Juno, by other astronomical objects, is the camera faulty, or what?
> "So what if you have a bad brain, a poor memory, and a tendency to lose things (including your wallet, IN the supermarket)?"
In that case, you can't keep a job and your ESA isn't of much interest to fraudsters?
You've forgotten Metrum drives that used a VHS style cartridge. I used them for high bandwidth data transfers (air courier) in the '90s because the transatlantic ISDN line wasn't up to the task. There were also Ampex and Sony digital drives, also in the '90s, that used 1" tape cartridges. What else have el Reg readers come across?
I now understand why governments and banks are so keen on digital currency. When interest rates go negative, sensible people will keep their money as cash under the mattress/<name your favourite hiding place>. If money becomes entirely digital, alternatives such as gold under the mattress will be used but don't have a fixed relationship with money.
iPlayer: BBC Radio 4 Thursday the 21st of July: "How Low Can Rates Go?"
"netting me more adoring fans"
> "Vacuum tubes are not entirely resistant to EMP."
But they don't matter once the EMP has fused the coils (inductors) and condensers (capacitors).
"windowless room" suggests that it's deep in a building. Are there ducts, or can you drill through to the outside? Without an external heat exchanger, you won't achieve very much.
As an aside, to Jake, I'd call an air conditioning company to avoid having embarassing conversations with High Voltage or High Vacuum engineers. The FLA "HVAC" is Highly Ambiguous.
Recording the show, then editing out the adverts before you watch is the way to go.
Even skipping the adverts diverts your attention too much when you're watching something interesting.
Thanks for the chart and history. However I wonder what, in the meantime, has happened to its complement: Content Addressable Memory? Back in the 80s, I remember it being used in support of some CPU operations. There was also academic research into its use in bulk. What's the state of the art today? (Yes I've just had a squiz at Wikipedia, but I doubt that it represents the current status.)
You don't for a moment think that an accountant might exaggerate to pile the pressure on? Oh wait, are _you_ an accountant?
I imagine that Jean has prospered. I too have found myself unbending pins in the middle of the night while the administrators with no hardware nous were reading logs and rerunning diagnostics. Understanding how the kit works from mechanical, optical and electrical viewpoints will always give you an edge. Nowadays, for example: scratched faces on fibre interconnects? Been there, because I used to work, in the 90s, in a company where they used to cut and terminate their own fibres for ATM and Fibre Channel. Do you have a microscope and polishing kit to hand?