513 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd February 2010 12:15 GMT
Nothing to do with the MP for West Bromwich (east) I assume?
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
"Or could be even more fun trying to make the R/C aircraft tough enough to keep flying after the collision"
No need to make it tougher, just add a ram made out of sacrificial material such as cardboard or polystyrene, which should be tough enough to jam rotor blades, but cheap and easy to replace.
Re: where the cost of delivering heavy equipment and maintaining it is minimal
Moondust is just as bad as desert sand, but it's still a lot easier to maintain in a desert.
I've not listened for a while, but the late night programs (ie during the day UK time) used to be pretty good, and very varied.
Mind you, I like electronic music.
It's one thing smelling something, it's another thing finding which bit of equipment is producing the smell.
Last week we started to get a strong smell of magic smoke, which turned out to be coming from or server room.
Cue all of us standing behind the rack, carefully sniffing each piece of equipment, and using the laser thermometer, until we found the culprit.
It turned out to be one of the UPS batteries. Good thing it started on a Thursday morning, if it had happened on friday night it probably would have caught fire...
So changing the packaging that an addictive drug comes in doesn't make people any less addicted to it?
Blimey, never saw that one coming.
Re: Patchy Android
Odd, I've not had any of those problems at all, The only dodgy android phone I've had is when I was trying to run CM9 on my HTC Desire (which it's really not cut out to do).
That said, I've always used cyanogenmod rather than whatever the manufacturer installs, and I've certainly not had problems with email widgets, wifi disconnections or app closures.
Re: Ebook Price Fixing
The production costs of an ebook are about 95% of the cost of the dead tree version. That 5% covers killing some trees, putting ink on them, and shipping them to a building somewhere.
The other 95% covers paying the author, the editor(s), the proofers, the typesetters, the publicist, all the other people at the publishing company (eg sysadmins, accountants etc).
Charlie Stross has a good series of articles about how publishing works from the inside here:
tl:dr ebooks aren't overpriced.
Re: No GPS?
I'm assuming you're joking, but combining with the view from a rear mounted camera, you could overlay the GPS directions on the view from the camera.
I'm not sure why that would be useful, but I'd like to see it.
Re: Good God, that's depressing
Any rack of servers should keep you nice and toasty on it's hot side. I regularly used to have a little kip behind the server racks in my old job, the fan noise is basically a white noise generator.
Re: Deterance, not theatre.
The lockable cabin doors that have been installed since 11/9 are the biggest barrier to the would-be hijacker.
You might want to go read the OSI model again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model
TCP is the transport layer, ie it's responsible for moving data between computers. That data can be encrypted, depending on what it is. The rest of the TCP packet can't really be encrypted, because it's necessary for getting the data to where it's supposed to go, for example the address has to be readable. Otherwise it would be the equivalent of enciphering the address of a letter, it would make it impossible for the postman to deliver. However, you could still encrypt the *content* of your letter to keep it safe from prying eyes.
TCPIP was invented for Arpanet, the forerunner of the internet. IPX was developed by Novell in the 80s and is more designed for LANs as it doesn't scale well to internet sizes. It is also in plain text.
VLC is great for video, but for managing tens of Gb of MP3s (and FLAC, OGG etc) I need something with a decent media library.
Obviously, because I've been using Winamp since I was at school, my idea of a decent media library is identical to Winamp's (never overlook the importance of familiarity!).
Re: 2008 wants their autocad virus back ..
It would be interesting to know what the malware was pretending to be. Presumably an addon so useful that end users were happy to click on it, rather than listening to their IT policies.
Not the first flying robot to fly like and be shaped as a jelly fish:
Although much smaller than the Festo one.
Re: You know why its 6000 and not ~50.
But at least those 6000 companies only have to check the 50 something companies they might be buying processed Ta from.
Re: A sample of NSA feed seed designed to tell all in the manner of its handling ....
Came for amanfrmomars comment.
(also glad to see that he's still getting replied to by humans)
It could be used for, I dunno, gaming perhaps?
You may not have heard of the hobby before, but it's enjoyed by one or two people, who occasionally spend the odd bit of money on it.
If only the XBOne/PS4 had a practical application, then they might sell more than a handful right?
Re: Excited to see what Capaldi brings
He does occasionally have a bit of a twinkle to his eye, when he's making fun of something, which I fully expect to be deployed as the Doctor.
> Then HOW OLD are Ford and Zaphod???
Well, it's all relative...
Re: They have some serious uses
There's 'subtractive printers' aka milling machines which are designed for that job:
But apparently everything in the dental market is triple the price, because that's what the market will bear.
It's worth noting that the artificial limit of commercial GPS 1,900 km/h AND over 18,000m.
Of course, you can get round those limits either by constructing your own receiver, or asking a supplier very nicely, like the Copenhaagen Suborbital guys did:
It would be interesting to know if GLONASS also shares those limits.
Because Amazon would drop the PirateBay in a heartbeat.
There's a difference between something which is entirely legal in the US, where Amazon are based, (which presumably GreatFire are), and something which is illegal AND directly hurts Amazon's bottom line (they'd rather you paid to download/buy stuff from them, rather than do it for free).
Couple of notes about the Pebble, cost was something like £90, but racked up another £25 on the way through customs, and the battery life on mine is at least 7 days.
Re: Biased reporting...
To actually answer your trolling question;
Because el Reg is a British publication, the cost to the taxpayer is exactly zero. Some foreigners might be paying a tiny fraction of their income for it but who cares about them?
Re: so i can look at my watch
A weather FOREcast implies that it's predicting what the weather will be like in the future.
Quite handy if you want to know if you need to wear a coat etc.
That said, the larger display of a phone or computer allows one to see if it's going to rain all day, or just at the times when one will be walking outside, a bit more useful than a single icon on a watch.
If you're going to make up a good story, you might as well steal the best bits from HP Lovecraft.
Ask the Russians
The Russians have enough Pu238 knocking around to sell some to the Chinese for their lunar program*, why not buy it from them?
Oh yeah, national pride. As my mum always says, pride always comes before a fall.
Re: No chucking!
MOM is really using a Hohmann transfer orbit, which is a German 'invention', but really it's just doing the maths based on the work done by Newton and Huygens and others.
I'm not sure anybody can claim that they invented certain low energy orbital transfers, it's more about discovering what was already dictated by the laws of physics.
Unfourtunately 1.44Mb is still > 128k
Re: Something I can afford please....
Aren't laptops with Windows on usually cheaper due to microsoft subsidies?
I did use to work with a credit card processing system from Commidea which stored all the credit card details (except the CVV, this was about 10 years ago, so CVV wasn't in wide use then) in plain text. It would then upload the transaction details via FTP (not SFTP) over it's own private ISDN line.
One of my jobs was to pop into the server room in the morning, open up the processing software, and print out the last days transactions, so our accounts team could verify they'd all gone through correctly. Of course, the full card number and expiry date were on the print out.
Funnily enough Commidea pulled the product after a while.
Re: not a galaxy killer at all
Not everyone knows, why don't they have an SD card slot?
I'd guess cost myself, which might be the case with this phone, but that wouldn't explain the Nexus 5 not having one.
I'd guess the iPhone doesn't have one because Apple prefer to keep things as simple as possible, after all, selling smartphones that the average person could use is how they got such a big chunk of the market in the first place.
RAID 5 is not "RAID".
I assume you mean "RAID5 is not the only kind of RAID". Otherwise I have to agree, if your RAID array is unresponsive during a rebuild, then you have a crap RAID controller.
Re: Is there a market for this?
The default camera app in Android 4.3 (and 4.2?) does this as, for free. Plus you can download the images as jpgs, or view them online in their full, clicky-draggy glory.
Shame it looks like any extension to Cassini will put it up against Curiosity for money, which is not a compromise I'd like to have to make.
Re: So will this 7% rise be in addition to the 11.5% rise BB only subs got gouged with?
You can put the (not-really-very-) superhub into modem mode, and use your own router. I hear that makes it much easier to live with. We don't use wifi much in our house so it's shortcomings aren't so apparent.
Maybe Korolev was right in his arguments with Chelomey , non hypergolic fuels are a better choice...
Re: Where did the subtleties go?
If they'd had the budget or the technical capabilities then the original series would have had just as many special effects. At least the days of sets wobbling when people slam doors is behind us.
Re: So many truths in there...
Plus you'll probably have learnt something along the way, and if you're canny, you'll have saved your code/scripts/macro ready for re-use when you next come across a similar problem.
Re: What is Wayback digitising, and why?
Not content with archiving ALL the internet*, they also store pretty much any data they can get their hands on, including in this case books, which they digitise with rather funky book scanning machines.
From a mention of "our library partners" in their press release/blog post I suspect they were helping a library scan old books.
More info here: http://archive.org/scanning
* all the internet their spiders can reach anyway
Level one also includes the sort of thing that might crop up in a collection of stock images which you downloaded, found the one image you needed, and then deleted.
Not much of a problem unless your computer is searched, then things start to get complicated for you...
Re: If proof were needed that police are theives [lying and bribery proof currently in the courts]
The chances of your harddrive getting destroyed by the police is pretty low. The chance of it randomly failing i much higher.
Either way, use off site backups!
No news about Bluetooth Low Energy for Android yet then? (Android 4.3 supports it)
Mind you, I only got mine last week, so I've got no idea what the battery life is like yet, at least 7 days on one charge so far.
Re: Still not "secure"
Increasing the length of the key by one bit, will double the time needed to perform a brute-force attack.
So, in your example a 513 bit key would require 11 months to crack.
A 514 bit key would require 22 months to crack and so on, a 522 bit key would require 5632 months (over 450 years).
I'll leave it up to you to work out how much more secure a 1024 bit key is, assuming that the cypher can only be attacked using brute force, but one starts hitting 'end-of-the-universe' type timespans quite quickly.
And remember, I'm not the FBI, and I'm not asking you for a budget.
"the name of the firm who submitted the tender [to perform the audit] is being withheld pending evaluation of its offer and those from potential rival bids"
Reading comprehension is a useful skill.
Re: @AC 11:59
At least turn up to the polling station and spoil your ballot, otherwise you're no different from everyone sat on their arses at home who are too lazy to vote.
I can't be the only person wanting a smaller screen can I?
A smaller screen means a smaller phone, so it would fit in my pocket easier, and drain a little less battery (although a smaller phone would have a smaller battery).
I don't need more than a 4" screen on my phone personally.
Oh, and whatever the make, it needs to be supported by Cyanogenmod.
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