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Re: From an end user's perspective
Going higher also means no weather
The SR71 (at 80,000ft) navigated mostly by dead reckoning - with no weather you can decide to flay at x knots and arrive exactly y hours later.
Re: anyone read Wikinomics?
The outsourcing on the 7E7 seems to have been a disaster both financially and technically
Instead of the normal partnership model where BAe do the wings, Dassualt do the tail, etc they outsourced to outsourcers who outsourced to outscourcers.... until you literally had no idea which one man in a garage was building vital bits of your plane.
Come the downturn Boeing lawyers were flying around the country desperately buying up sub-sub-contractors who had gone bust before delivering some subsystem.
The other problem in aviation is the "when the document weighs more than the plane it is ready to fly" but Boeing subcontracted the design of the component to the maker bidding on it - for flexibility. Try writing an FAA FMEA for kit that you didn't design and have no idea how or why it was designed like that - assuming the maker is still in business and supplied you with any design documentation at all.
Re: Could care less / couldn't care less
How did I miss that? (well because I never go to youtube and I'm not on facebook)
That just wasted an hour
For individuals they will spy on your data without a warrant and prosecute you - as they did wiyth the hotmail account of someone who was selling stolen license keys
Re: Seems like there's a better cash crop...
Insanely clean - when a single atom can ruin a crystal you tend to have pretty good air filteration
And heavy metals tend not to leap out of Silicon wafers
Re: You can recycle energy as well
Paper recycling is about feeling like you are doing something and a little about landfill volume.
The trees you are saving are farmed pine forests, more trees are planted for every one that is harvested - "saving them" is like recycling flour to save the wheat.
It's horribly energy inefficient to collect and recycle paper and involves lots of nasty chemicals - but it is also expensive to bury large amounts of paper that never rots.
Re: Tech is the easy part
Exactly the same arguments were put forward against electronic engine management, ABS, etc
What will happen is that autonomous cars will have much fewer accidents, the insurance premiums for these will fall to the level that the manufacturers will self-insure as one of the benefits. Meanwhile the cost of all the drunk drivers, teenagers and general idiots will fall on the manually driven car owners - so their premiums will increase to the point that nobody could afford to drive a car manually
Researches first had to engineer a car that could talk on two cellphones while drinking a coffee
Re: Gullible Twat Dribbles into Beard
It will edit saved documents locally.
>Sofa surfing - it makes a better (and cheaper) tablet than a tablet
And it runs netflix, which my HP netbook can't
Plus I got it on a trip to the US open-box at BestBuy for $180
Re: Airports are becoming luna parks - allowing customers to travel is not their main aim
At least they had payphones and a postbox - luxury
Re: Airports are becoming luna parks - allowing customers to travel is not their main aim
To be fair Heathrow was never intended as an airport - it was just that the world's biggest perpetual building site attracted so many visitors that they had to put in some transport links and the only practical way to reach central Heathrow from London was to fly.
Re: Beware of awkward associations
>Rather that than the other way around.
You obviously haven't visited Southampton !
Not sure why Samsung would want to be associated with T5 anyway. What's their next move "Samsung sponsors the Auschwitz experience" ?
Whose idea was it to build a terminal at the worlds busiest international airport, specifically for the worlds favourite airline (!) and have no transit passenger connection to the other terminals?
We nearly missed a flight because it took an hour for my non-Eu colleague to get through immigration.
Hint to UK border agency, 40 year old Canadian engineers with a Canadian passport and a business class ticket on an Air Canada flight to Canada leaving in 2hours are unlikely to be secret asylum seekers.
Named after would suggest it was some sort of monument in their memory - named for means they plonked down the money and we did it for them.
It's the difference between Trafalgar Square and the new Thales square
Re: Just a terrible idea
The effects are slightly more asymmetric.
NSA employees not allowed visas to visit China - big fat meh
Employees of Chinese companies with government links (ie all of them) not allowed US visas, so difficultto visit South American countries or Canada.
US citizens not allowed to do business with these companies, US companies not allowed to do business with companies that do business with these companies etc etc.
Re: Star Trek Replicators
That's why you need pasta and anti-pasta
Re: Here's another one I prepared earlier
A large proportion of the satellite build is test and verification - that still costs 2x as much for 2 units.
Most of the commercial satellite bus is pretty much pick and mix, compared to the R&D effort in a science payload.
So if you built a spare it would probably cost 75% of the first item and unless it is one of a constellation like GPS/Iridium you wouldn't have a market for it unless there was an oops, it's cheaper to buy insurance.
Yes but you aren't allowed to launch on them if your payload contains any significant American technology, or you want any US government work in future.
A clever bit of protectionism/nationalism that has led to china developing (or at least copying) a lot of the technology themselves.
Re: Front facing camera
Possibly a market for an attachment with two small mirrors that allow you to video conference using the rear camera?
Re: Why do the cable companies
That was before it started affecting the big boys.
Demanding money from apple for access to iTunes is going to be like asking a Mr Putin to pay a parking ticket. A certain telco is going to end up in the corporate equivalent of a shallow hole in the desert
Why do the cable companies
Think that they can charge Apple/Google/Microsoft/Netflix extra to ship their packets?
Don't cable companies normally pay for content?
Presumably when this goes through Apple/Microsoft etc will charge the Comcast the same as Fox/HBO/etc do for allowing them to show their content.
Re: Words vs Actions
Because you would still have to trust Cisco themselves - a US corporation subject o national security letters, that relies on US government contracts for a lot of its INCOME.
The only way you could trust them would be if they moved to Switzerland, fired all their US citizen employees, banned all American shareholding, refused to sell to any US government customer..
Even then it would be prudent to assume it was all a front.
Re: Victim mentality
It did occur to them - but with the current level of US manufacturing the NSA had to outsource the innards to Huawei
Re: Basically No!
And of course, never had any problems with the police, never even seen a drug and apparently not being tattooed.
Re: When in doubt about regulations and origins of same,
Or unless the losers decide to fight back.
So Comcast want $M from Netflix to make sure that Netflix's packets don't get 'broken'
Then Apple decide that Comcast users don't get iTunes, Microsoft decide that they don't get updates and Google is suddenly 404.
There are lots of rules about telcos and common carriers, there aren't many saying that a computer company can't choose who its customers are.
Re: money and such...
Tech follows the money.
The reason disabled tech is so bad is that the customer is government health schemes/insurance companies. once there are more old people and they have more money than teenagers then Apple/Nike/etc are going to focus on them
From people in the community I've talked to I believe the self-encoding flaw wasn't that serious in itself. It was opsec failures that led to it's downfall, especially sending the same message in different codes and using long stock phrases and greetings.
Ironically the major break in the 4 rotor U boat system was due to attempts to tighten security. Rules requiring that all rotors be changed every day and no rotor be re-used within a certain time etc greatly reduced the keyspace - especially if you had broken a recent setting.
Worth bearing in mind when you create password rules the word must be a certain length, must have a capital, can't have two numbers next to each other etc etc....
The enigma was effectively unbreakable by the technology of the time.
It was broken because of poor security procedures. Choosing weak keys (the famous AfrikaKorp signaller who used "HIT" "LER" as the code group everyday for the entire war) retransmitting the same message with incremented code settings, or sending identical daily weather reports in enigma and weak civilian code.
The British navy had a less complex but reasonably secure book cypher. Unfortunately they also had an admiral in Halifax who sent the same message "nothing to report" with a long long florid greeting and sign off signature every morning using that days code.
Re: The West is daft?
It is a very complicated question with a long history of religous, cultural and historical issues which must ultimately be judged by the only appropriate measure in these cases.
Do they have oil ?
Re: Return of Hermes
>Time to, you know, re-fund NASA? ...might well prove faster and cheaper.
2014 version of Kennedy's speech:
"We choose this decade to convene a focus group to work on a powerpoint presentation to engage k12 students and stakeholders in creating a new Nasa mission statement - to go to the moon"
>the guys who wrote the textbooks on how to do it might well prove faster and cheaper.
I think all the Nazi rocket scientists are dead
Return of Hermes
The USA could just do what it historically did when faced with a threat from an overwhelmingly superior foreign empire - turn to the French for help.
Ariane5 was originally intended to carry the Hermes spaceplane as part of the Eu's "Frogs in Space" project. Shoudl be easy enough to reinstate it
Re: "Android solutions"
Presumably the solution to Android is iOS - in the same way that Imodium is "Diarrhea Solutions"
Double edged sword
So any individual, company or government agency in the world should now assume the phone and its manufacturer are fully cooperating with GCHQ and their masters at Fort Meade.
Might not be the global sales boost that Samsung were expecting
Worth more than Fiat
You could just buy Fiat, give everybody their own Fiat 500 and keep the Ferraris for yourself
Re: Meanwhile . . .
Wait until they privatise it.
Press one if you are a premium member, press to to hear about other NHS services, press 3 to check your account balance
SMS messages will often get through in poor reception areas and the phone will keep trying until it sends it. There have been lots of cases of people lost at sea / in mountains etc - texting friends to call emergency services.
The local mountain rescue here posts a number to SMS because 911 doesn't support it.
There was one case where somebody in the Caribbean texted the pub in the UK to call 999 to get them to call the local coast guard because he couldn't get a voice signal
So the KGB not as good as the NSA
Until SpaceX's court case the Russians didn't know that ULA were planning to use the launches for military payloads ? Really?
I traded my Nokia for a ridiculously expensive smart phone.
It's great except in winter when I can't use the screen wearing gloves - so I miss calls while trying to get the gloves off.
It would be great in summer - except you can't see the retina-esque pixel count colour screen in sunlight.
For the other 11 months of the year when it rains here in the Pacific North West - you can't work the screen because of the water on it
Re: Can someone explain to me...
It is "proportionate" to the total number of !Yahoo! webcam sessions - in this case the constant of proportionality being 1.0
>I am still digesting the concept of a Readers Digest digest.
I only read the summary
> I would still have expected 9 to have a higher incidence than 8 if the numbers are about money
It only apples to the incidence of the first digit.
Re: The board don't want?
Percentage of Goolge owned by activist investors 0.000001%
Percentage owned by hedge funds/billionaires etc who don't pay tax themselves 99.9999999%
Chance of pink tutus - zero
It would be legal for Disney to find a country where the age of consent was 12 and run special peado adventure holidays - but it is unlikely to have a net positive benefit to their profitability.
Re: Delicately put
>The best speaker cable I had was 10 metre runs of 16mm2 2-core power cable.
But was it directional ?
Re: Why do they need permission?
It needs to broadcast a correction signal - typically either over the GSM phone network or a pager band - which needs a license from the hosting government.
Since you need these systems to get high accuracy a lot of next-gen GNSS systems are just using a single geostationary satelite and a bunch of ground stations - to give cheap higher accuracy coverage over their own territory.
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