4853 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Easy answer.
Most of downtown Toronto's AC now uses a big pipe of cold deep lake water from whichever great Lake is next to the city.
re: GCHQ circumvented UK legislation
That is true they didn't - because they didn't have to. The existing legislation lets them do anything they want.
They may have allowed the NSA to circumvent US legislation, but that's because the US doesn't have as much control over it's subjects as we do.
Would anyone bother spying on a Hipster?
Odd strategy from God really.
You let the Jews get it wrong for 1300 years, then send the kid along to tell them how to do it but they are wrong for 1500 years until a monk comes along to say they were doing it wrong ...
A bit like patch-Tuesdays
I feel sorry for Richard Nixon
If only he had thought to have a secret court declare what he was doing perfectly legal there wouldn't have been a problem
Business friendly solution
Mozilla should charge him the same rate for his ads appearing in their internets as Fox charge for advertising on their network.
Re: Why is regulation a bad thing?
Because there won't be an official regulated government list created by sane (or at least accountable ) people - that would be Big Brother.
There will be an order to "use a list" but the ISPs are free to pick any "unaccountable opaque censorship restriction" list they choose.
Re: Is it a national blocklist ?
I'm sure the government will leave it open for the ISP's to choose a list and they will choose the list that they are already using "to protect the children".
It doesn't cost them anything, everyone else is doing it and if you object you are obviously a peado
Re: Is it a national blocklist ?
The "Internet Watch Foundation" produce the list, they are a charity so they are independant of government (snigger) but also don't have any official oversight - they ban what they want and you have no appeal.
you also have no idea who their backers are, who is funding them or what their political/economic/religious motives are - but you can't possibly have a problem with this because they are protecting the children
Not any more - unless you want the reg on the banned list
Alarms are fine - you can set the time that it reboots to install updates everyday
Re: Typical knee jerk reaction
Burger kings attempt at in flight "flame grilled whoppers" not a success
It is too easy to pick on benchmarks.
Would this be from the same processor maker whose performance library and compiler famously "improves" benchmarks when run on it's own "genuine" processor family and disables optimizations when run on competing CPUs with the same instruction set ?
Re: Some extra points
You need to backup the working environment not just the data.
Our data is totally backed up and we can restore it instantly to our server farm which is currently;
a, underwater after we were flooded
b, in the middle of an area of the city that is cordoned off because of the bomb threat
c, working perfectly but inaccesible to all of our staff because of the above
Re: I wonder
An arrest warrant was issued for an Israeli general flying through Heathrow
The police (definitely not acting under instructions from number 10) declared that they had no authority to board a civil commercial airliner parked at Heathrow and let him depart.
Re: dedicated button for dualbooting
You don't even need to reboot. Since Chrome is running a Linux kernel you can also run "real" Linux at the same time and just hot key between the two.
So they were less use than a phone at being a phone?
Would a $3000 alienware, multi-core i7 with a TB disk and Windows8 been any better?
Re: Better than windows 8 for a laptop?
I have one and it's fantastic for $200 - superlight, battery lasts all day, instant on and zero maintenance.
For web browsing on the sofa or travel it's perfect. It replaced an HP netbook I had for travelling and a tablet for web browsing.
For web stuff, like ranting on el'reg, a keybaord and a full size screen beat a tablet.
I did install Ubuntu on it side:side but that's pretty pointless. If i need a Linux laptop I have a real Linux laptop. Compared to a $300 bottom of the range Wintel machine then for the stuff it's good at ( web/ email) there is no contest.
This could have the biggest effect:
The FEDS are going to go to DEFCON this year, they are going to be sitting outside photographing everyone
Next year they are going to "suggest" that anyone who goes to DEFCON is a terrorist.
Major companies are going to stop sending their people to an event associated with terrorist criminals
Then anyone who has been to DEFCON is not going to get approval to work for the government / defense contractor / bank.
So in a few years we are going to be protecting our vital infrastructure from criminal gangs / foreign intelligence agencies with civil servant programmers who have no idea about hacking.
Re: What we learned
In the words of the philosopher:
"give them Rule Britannia / gassy beer / page 3, three weeks in Espania and sunday striptease"
It does seem unfair that Americans only get the gassy beer
Re: Secret laws
> It goes against all sense of what we have been told our country is all about.
You country was founded by a bunch of religous nutjobs who wanted to persecute others and execute dangerous radical Quakers.
It then turned terrorist to overthrow the legitimate government
It then started a program of genocide against the indigenous population
It then built it's wealth on slavery
Exactly what were you told your country was all about ?
Re: How are they using the data?
Do they pass it on to companies vital to the US national interest ?
Do they assist other federal departments ?
Is there scope creep so that the Arkansas office of fishing licenses eventually get access ?
Do large ursine mammals defecate in a the siviculture ?
Re: OT - Assange
Remember when the Met had their special "shoot a Brazilian" away-day?
And within hours the news was full of stories of how he was wearing a big coat (false), had jumped the barriers (false) had resisted arrest (false) and had an expired student visa (true)
It's almost as if there was some police operation to feed false information to the media, and a media ready to cooperate in getting the "party line" out.
Re: Risky Stretegy
So is doing the opposite. How is the English Electric Valve company EEV doing these days?
Re: The good news is...
Leaving Apple / Google / Facebook ?
I predict that in 10years we will be doing nostalgia pieces about the times when any kid in their bedroom could write an application and run it or sell it on any computer without having to have a deal with a publisher that is approved by one of the 2 companies that control access to all the computers and take 40% cut
Ironic that we have thrown off record companies, book publishers and movie studios and the same technology that allowed that is going to be locked up tighter than any robber baron ever dreamed of.
Re: Mir, where did I hear that name before...
The Space station that went at 17,000mph non-stop for 15 years without crashing ?
Because fscking customers over with high prices is perfectly legal.
If the UK telco had done a secret deal with a foreign telco where they detected you had put in a local SIM and still charged you international prices - that would be anti-competative and get them raided.
Re: harmonizing of corporate tax
If Germany were to decide that there was no VAT payable on cars and setup a scheme so German cars anywhere in europe could be officially "bought" in Germany - I imagine some British politicians with a car plant in their back yard might object.
Re: How do salvage laws work in space?
The Apollo 11 lunar module crashed into the moon so would be difficult to salvage - the lander stage remains US property in the same way that sunk warships remain the property of their governments.
Re: Not a bad idea...
The last time the US politicians had a tantrum and shut down government - they actually hired people to go out onto remote hiking trails in unmanned parks to declare them closed and stop visitors
So if the US stopped Nasa's budget under another tantrum they might be forced to launch another Apollo program by the same legislation!
Presumably the USSR would then claim low earth orbit as theirs - which might have bigger commercial implications
Re: Directional Arrows
Or if you are designing a component where orientation matters - don't put a symmetrical set of mounting holes.
Re: Give the poor guy a break!
Simply change the marketing material to "new automated mining system in trial of Russia - Australia direct tunnel" and you have a success.
Re: Typical Management.
> Did the test plan check for the error?
It did - the Russian test plan is generally to fire the thing and see if it blows up.
For bonus points make sure you test it near Germans - in which case it doesn't matter if it worked or failed.
Re: Send P&P packing
Dealextreme and the like manage to surface mail cheap crap for free by regular post, so either RM is doing them a great deal on the final delivery or they have really really good margins
Re: Send P&P packing
If you are just sending out a few boards then you need to:
Send kid down to staples to buy padded envelopes
Get kid to put them in envelopes,
Make sure correct label is stuck on envelope
Take to post office
Weigh them, pay postage
Compared to sending out 1000s of items with a production line of kids paid Chinese minimum wage and a container full of padded envelopes bought at Chinese prices from the company next door. And then a bulk deal with China post.
We used to charge 25quid for a replacement serial cable for one of our industrial products. Our customers probably hated us for ripping them off - but by the time we had bought them from RS, dealt with all the stocking, taking orders, packaging, posting etc - all to ISO9001 - we were losing money.
Re: Full spectrum cominance
>Want to make an phone call from the middle of the ocean (any ocean) or a ship or plane and you're not a member of the US govt?
Then you use a LEO relay system like Iridium or inmarsat.
You don't use a 3m dish accurately pointing at a GSO satelite 20,000 miles away
Re: Full spectrum cominance
I thought Arianes' big selling point twas that although it wasn't the biggest mass to orbit launcher it's third stage was so precise you didn't need to waste mass/cost/time on putting a lot of booster technology in your payload?
ps Is there actually a market for GSO communications satellites anymore? I thought their capacity was so laughably behind fiber there was no point for phone calls and everybody was now watching ESPN and FOX over cable?
Also Arianes' cost estimates are based on actually doing this for decades, SpaceXs are marketing projections of what they hope to achieve.
Both lying like weasels of course but with different standard deviations
Re: There are other issues
Ariane5 is liquid fueled because the bottom half is a French SLBM
A clever way to get industry and other governments to fund development of your military toys
Cutting the price to kill Texas Instruments is perfectly fair
Agreeing with Texas Instruments that you will both add $10 to the price of all your games isn't
re: worldwide revenues
Fortunately "Apple Earth inc" makes a loss because of the royalty payments it has to make to "Apple Omicron Persei 8"
Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options
GPS is very useful for knowing where your submarine is when you fired the missile - in order to set the INS.
That was the original reason for GPS, and the preceding US Navy satelite system. Having your sub sit on the surface for hours while people try and make enough sextant readings to get a fix was not condusive to health when there were Russian bombers overhead.
Not sure how much use GPS would be for a re-entering missile surrounded by highly heated and partly ionised atmosphere
Re: @John Smith 19 - Encrypted service has nothing to do with freedom loving
But they have to set the price low enough that you can't do better with SBAS and beacons so will never make back the cost of billing for the service - never mind the billions for actually launching the things
It's the general opinion of most actual scientists in the field ( as opposed to educational psychologists and Ritalin salesmen) that the DSM is about as sceintifically accurate as the Malleus Maleficarum and about as clinically useful
Excel ran out of rows
Who would have thought there were places with more than 16,376 unemployed?
Arguably this one is "fit for purpose" if the purpose is to reduce the number of benefits paid out
I would say ...
"Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure"
But with the DHS involved you never know .....
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