4480 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Most teachers, school executives and local education authorities - "just want a cruisy ICT course to get easy credits"
Re: Where in the world is there lots of sunshine?
You are allowed to develop technology that isn't used domestically.
In many countries making things that you can sell to other countries is considered a good thing (tm)
If you had a high tech manufacturing base you might be looking for new things to do with it - rather than just slush-funding it a new defence contract.
Re: Follow the money
It's a pilot plant - it's not supposed to be profitable.
It's use it to avoid having to run gas turbine peak plants during the hot weather when everyone turns on their AC.
Now, imagine other places with lots of hot weather, desert and masses of AC - like Texas, California, Australia.
When they run out of places with oil to invade - who are they going to buy solar power stations from?
Who has made the investment in developing these plants - hint it isn't Britain
Re: Not the usual suspects!
It's got nothing to do with Mazda (the car company) it's masdar (the UAE's venture capital arm)
Remember the author is american so they often get things confused, especially in the middle east
Re: Its a fair sentence.
No he didn't break anything, he didn't damage anything, he didn't deprive the owners of anything and didn't cost any of the owners of the data anything in lost sales.
What he did was the equivalent of the USPS selling an envelope that was transparent if you held it upto the light - he held some envelopes of senior US govt figures upto the light, pointing out that the Russians/Chinese/n Koreans/Iranians/Milk marketing board - could do the same, and was slapped for it.
Re: Well that might work.
>search against thousands of blacklisted faces
I think that's a bit old fashioned
Today, wouldn't it be comparing them against 1000s of brown listed faces before deciding they are all automatically terrrorists and excluding them
Re: tech apprenticeships are quite a brilliant way to learn and contribute to society
Since when were we against terror?
Terror is great, if it wasn't for terror we wouldn't get all these laws through so easily, or all this funding, or all these cool toys.
Terrorism - if it didn't exist you would have to create it.
Re: Bad photos
That was my attitude to driving lessons. It was cheaper to just buy a train ticket and the train was much faster than a car - so I would be much better trained for my test than all those people who had driven at 20mph in an old donated car.
Re: What, no photo?
It's exactly half as thick as the typical new graduate
Re: Guilty, until proven dead.
Can't they just put the fraternity on "double-secret probation"?
See that's the problem with having a constitution.
Here in the mother of the land of the free you simply introduce an administrative order without requiring a vote in parliament for our own RIP act and make the provisions secret.
Of course if you don't like it you can always complain to the same police that enforce it - it's a pity we don't have any judges that are independant
Re: NSL's Hells's Bells?
That was tried and lost 50years by the AA
When speed traps were first introduced it was illegal to warn people about them (we didn't need anti-terrorist rules then) . So the AA came up with the idea that they would not salute if there a trap ahead - it was ruled that a passive signal was signalling the presence of a speed trap
Re: Seems plausible
Yes, we no longer have to worry about them exploding
Now that we know they only ever safely vent the corrosive contents into your face - for their own safety
Not an explosion - just a "prompt exothermic disassembly"
Re: Brings a new consideration to the phrase
I would imagine the other players are now suing the casino and in a reasonable country it would have lost its licence
Re: Ah, the Microdrive...
My first proper job in the late 80s was on OPDs - they were used in bingo halls to run a national synced bingo game
re: 98% of the population on 3Mb+
That's easy, just check the other reg story - Offcom can double the speed of ADSL overnight with just a minor edit to a report. All it needs to do is repeat this a few times and we have all the bandwidth we need.
Re: IPTV is complementary.
If Amount BBC prepared to pay for xMHz bandwidth < Amount cell phone company prepared to pay:
Bandwidth will be given (sold) to cell phone company
/* screw the listeners/viewers */
Re: Quality versus Quantity
>s it more the quality of what is taught in the academic route?
The good places teach "computer science", the graduates wonder why they aren't earning the same as all the people who did other technical degrees (never mind the ones that did PPE or law)
The employers want to know why their new Oxbridge First doesn't know the install procedure for Exchange-Server 2013 off by heart - and blame the universities.
The crap universities who are "sympathetic to the needs of industry" churn out people who can just about manage to click on the right button in whatever Microsoft where pushing that year.
The employers complain that they aren't able to independently master new skills on their own - and blame the universities.
Re: Why bother
Funnily enough surveyor is suffering the opposite problem.
With fancy GPS and robotic theodolites many jobs are done either completely automatically by the plant or can be done by an unskilled worker. So except in a few high end projects you only need a surveyor in to sign off on something - rather than needing teams of them following every machine.
Re: UK Companies are getting exactly what they desrerve
The problem is that cheap overseas contractors are being brought in too late in the project.
If we have a generation of youngsters un-interested in computer science, as the falling A-Level results suggest, then we should outsource them.
In today's highly dynamic, cloud, mobile parenting environment 0 having permanent children on the payroll for 18years or so just doesn't offer the sort of flexibility that modern parental managers demand.
We should follow the role model of people like Madonna + that actress with the tits and the lips, and outsource the children. Many SE asian economies can supply well qualified suitably cute children at a fraction of UK rates.
Unfortunately government regulation and red tape has limited the international transfer market in this sector but we are sure people like the current leadership can look back to the example shown by their C18 ancestors and Britain will once more be a leader in the global human cargo supply business.
Re: Ummm Isn't there supposed to be another data centre
They said there was a manual intervention required.
In this case that was sending somebody down to bestbuy to buy a new Packard Bell, install windows and hope they could pull the drives out of the original servers
A big pool of fail - all over the floor
Re: What a good design
One of the PSU for a camera on the Hubble space telescope had a fuse.
The fuse was required by aerospace regs to safegaurd the instrument and so prevent loss of service. It was pointed out at the design review that manual intervention to reset the fuse probably wasn't an optimal solution.
Re: Interesting? Well, yeah but 'cheap' is a better word for what SpaceX is doing...
>Make it cheap enough, and everyone'll do it...
One question is how elastic is the space market?
Apart from dreams of asteroid mining or exploration how many satelite launches does the world need?
Telecoms satelites haven't been competitive with fibre for nearly 2 decades, we have 4 separate sat-nav systems and geostationary is pretty much full - and becoming irrelevant in the Netflix era.
Re: Strange comment
No - a plane with the engines off still lands, rather than crashes, even with a thrust to weight ratio of 0.
This was actively hovering - not just a slowed descent.
Fuel is cheap, but it's heavy. Then you need extra fuel to lift that extra bit of fuel, then you need more fuel to lift that fuel ......
The real trick here isn't the balancing, that's just having a computer faster than a zx81 and engines that can tilt faster than the pendulum frequency of the stack. The trick is managing the fuel down to the last drop especially tricky when one of the fuels is cryogenic.
Re: And this shit
Can you patent something that you have revealed to Amazon by running on AWS?
Do you have an NDA with them, what's the contract with all their partners?
Do you feel like going up against Amazon's lawyers in East Texas court to be the test case?
Ridiculous parochial attitude
France should ban Skype from being used by anybody outside France, and arrest anybody who works for Skype if they fly over France and sue banks that sell Skype minutes
Or do they not do gambling?
Re: Follow the money?
Suppose you got rid of your home phone because you had skype
You dial 999/211/911 and get told "tough - it looks like a phone, works like a phone but we can't be bothered providing non-revenue services".
Re: @Dodgy Geezer
Isn't this the same rule as cars?
If you steal a car and remove the number plates - in theory that's illegal
If you find a car that somebody else has already removed the number plate, or if the plates fell off - then you can take it for free
Seems reasonable, now wheres that screwdriver
That's the nice thing about Barnsley - the chance that you are going to be stuck behind some poser taking photos of the latte art on his iPhone while waiting in the bus station is still pretty low.
What if you are a user on the web?
Do you have to obtain permission before downloading them from a website?
It's going to make the http a bit complex if every image tag has to go and negotiate permission before displaying it
The only company in Britian
That actually made a profit (unlike Microsoft, Google, Starbucks, Amazon, Rolls Royce etc) and the SFO investigate?
Well paying tax is obviosly suspicous
Re: Do new tld's really matter?
Who decides who gets a .bank?
Just the Americans - so you would allow Lehman Brothers but no banks in the middle east
The swiss, Jersey, the Caymen islands?
Or do you let every country authorize .bank ? So liberia or somalia would happily hand out "h-s-b-c.bank" for $50
But it is a good match for the set of things that you can make with a 3d printer
Re: The other half of the puzzle is now available.
It's the first turnkey CMS, there are lots of free to $500 laser scanner or structured light scanner software but they all involve lots of home made calibration and sticky tape
Re: @ Connor - Revisionist B*llocks
In Britain she couldn't have attended the two main universities for another half-century so would never have got the access to teaching, libraries, colleagues, collaboration that somebody like Turing benefited from
kindergartens have to learn Windows8 so that when they leave college in 16 years time they will have the skills for the workplace.
Of course if we taught them MVS, CICS and OS360 that would actually be true
A sady day for Britains in europe
As our manufacturing dissapeared and our schools fell behind the academic standards of Uzbekistan at least we could be proud of the uniquely British export of "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells"
Although the americans could mass produce raving right wing religious nutters cheaper and in larger numbers - for pure idiocy you couldn;'t match the hand crafted quality of a classic British idiot.
Now it seems that even the faceless bureaucrats of Brussels are able to out-idiot us.
Re: A tenth of that?
Or 114 aircraft flying for one year
Re: Stooring something digitally
There was a Nasa study on how you would store digitized glass photographic plates where you need the data to be available in a few hundred years - we use 100 year old plates to measure star movement.
The best two options they came up with was to print the data back to photographic glass plates - as a bit pattern which seemed a bit redundant. Or to print it onto silver nitrate black-white cinefilem
Re: 150MB per page!?
Can't quite read this, looks like "blessed are the cheesemakers"?
Re: It's called experience, not age!
and his acting muscles were badly strained in a script accident on the 4th Indianna Jones movie
Somehow I don't think the remakes are going to feature a robe wearing desert dwelling religous faction of "freedom fighters" flying an aircraft into an official senate approved death star and blowing it up.
Re: Not for profit??
No the accountants billed the cost of construction for an actual death star to the movie - so it's still a bazillion $ in debt.
Re: It's lean, rich and lower in fat than the main meat groups.
Just like most vegetarians - that's why I like vegetarian sausages, you know you are getting real meat (although with the occasional bit of beard)
>totally erasing the human imprint on the landscape or just that particular bit?
It's mostly a problem in the home counties and new forest ?
I don't see any problem in eradicating the human population south of say Nottingham.
Unleash the rapid laser beam equipped wippets of the north