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110 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010
Errr... Just discovered?
It has been the detector of choice for hydrologists studying the flows of cave water for years. We drop the optical brighteners in a stream in a cave and have tampons at all the possible outlets. We replace the 'sensors' at regular periods to find out which is the outflow and how long it took for the water to flow through (an indication of how much of the route has air spaces). - so many puns!
Old CRV driver
I've been seriously looking at these to replace my old '07 CRV with 120K miles (and many of those towing a very large 6-berth caravan with 4 adults and child seat!) It's never missed a beat, which is why I've kept it so long.
However, this trend towards lighter cars with smaller engines is a real pain for people who have to tow. I'm not sure that even the technologically advanced 1.6 is going to pull as well as the old 2.3.
I once managed 49mpg on a 300+mile trip, but 42 was the average and only 24mpg when 5-up and towing (and this huge drop was why I always thought that the 2.3 was a little underpowered.)
Oh, and the older model had part time 4WD, which made it great for towing off a wet field (without tearing up the turf) or up a very steep incline (done a hill start towing on a 1in4 a few times!)
I don't need 4WD all the time, but with everything else on the market getting so light, I'm probably going to go for a nice, heavy Discovery for safety, and only 30mpg :-(
I'm not posting anonymously as I'm not the caravan you get stuck behind - I always travel at the maximum I'm allowed, due to the stability the old CRV gives.
Re: Code Powers
You still have to get a permit from the County Council. Our FTTP is held up because our supplier has to share a permit with another utility so that the roads are only dug up once - and the utility is just slightly warmer than glacial (in its speed and what it supplies!)
Re: About time councils put their foot down
You're talking universal entitlement.
There is no such thing for any of the utilities:
Most people have on-grid electricity
All towns and most of the countryside have mains water and sewerage
Most towns and some of the countryside has mains gas
The largest profit centres have descent broadband
Of course your local mileage may vary.
They do - there are many reports out there showing a significant decrease in property values if the broadband is crap.
The most asked question by potential house buyers is about schools - the second is about broadband!
1Gbps is available if you can club together and buy it.
I've just lead this project for 4 villages in rural Northamptonshire and a private company (Gigaclear) are just starting to lay the fibre to the premises. The base package is 50Mbps completely unrestricted, symmetrical, with phone at £44 p/m. A full 1Gbps symmetrical package costs about twice that.
Yes, I spent over a year trying to persuade BT (at regional manager level) to provide super fast broadband and the council twice offered them intervention money to do it, but they were just not interested. BT's projected costs for FTTC were over 3 times the other companies FTTP!
It's been a balls-ache getting enough people to sign up to make the numbers, but it's going to be worth it!
I charge my Samsung Galaxy 3S every second Friday, when it gets down to about 15% life left. 14 days rather than 4!
How? I use it as a phone and SMS device, and turn off all the other power hungry crud.
OK - I'm an atypical user for someone who frequents this site, but how much of the other stuff do you really need?
And the other way round
In a couple of months our local villages will be getting 1Gbps optical broadband (sub limited to provide differentiated packages). The shaping works at 55Mbps shaped for the 50Mbps service, 110Mbps shaped for the 100Mbps service, etc.
As it's all optical and the shaping is at quoted service + 10% levels we should always get more than what we are paying for. The small company (Gigaclear) supplying it was recently made to change all it's advertising material to say "up to" as OFCOM can't understand the technology at all and argued that the company might not be able to supply what it claims.
Re: Degrade the networks?
Nice idea, but no good if you are in a non-spot for all the carriers - which is a surprisingly large area of the county
Solution - NOT!
If you live in a NOT-SPOT you can always buy a Vodafone Sure Signal for £100.
Three problems with this:
. You may be on another network
. Why should you pay to fix Vodafone's problem
. You need good broadband to use for the backhaul
The other mobile conglomerate sells their offering for £450, but that's only a repeater and so no good if you are in a true NOT-SPOT
I did look at applying for Vodaphone Rural Open Sure Signal (a single booster for the whole village) but we are disallowed due to our lack of broadband speed!
Vodafone Sure Signal and other work-arounds for the mobile operators inadequate service should be free to those affected - OFCOM where are your teeth?
I know from current personal experience that in my rural (and aged) area about 60% of households have computers and of them less than 40% will pay a reasonable amount (£43 for unlimited 50Mbps including telephone) for a reliable service. (The local academy places homework on their servers. It often takes some children 20-30 minutes to download Powerpoint format questions and then 2 hours to upload the answers. Try doing that with 3 or 4 pieces of homework and get up for school the next day!)
A company is willing to provide us with FTTP if we can get 30% of premises to sign up to 12 month contracts, but we languish at 24%. (The take up rate of households with children in education is almost 100%!)
It's very frustrating for the 1/4 of the village getting less than 500Kbps, but the economics don't stack up without more subscriptions.
Shouldn't it be paid to the victims rather than to the government?
Re: Thats it?
Just to back up one of the previous recommendations:
When the cost of diesel started to reach dizzy heights in the UK, I worked out that it was worth £5 on the wax car wash every time I filled the tank. (However, of course, not filling the tank, but putting just enough in for a few days travelling, would have saved even more on the economy!)
2.5l Diesel 2006 Honda CRV: 53mpg on a motorway run on my own, and 24mpg when towing the 26' caravan with the family! Those and the round town figure of 39mph suggests that Honda slightly under power their vehicles for fuel economy. And they do use CAN bus and a lot of the other tricks. I make sure the tyres are fully inflated, the brakes are not binding and I put the PTFE additive in the engine after each oil change (not until it had done 100,000 miles though otherwise it could seize up).
Not all can opt out
As a Parish Councillor my details have to appear on the Open Register, and I guess that it's the same for anyone else in public office. Up until now, I've not been bothered with too much junk mail (I am signed up to both the Mail Preference Service and the Royal Mail door-to-door opt out), but this has me slightly concerned that I'll suddenly be inundated. If there's too much junk mail as a result of this, I'll just stop being a public minded individual and stop being a Parish Councillor so that I can come off the Open Register.
Re: They have to dump power in Europe
Hawaii has such a problem with this that they are refusing to connect up any more houses with solar panels
Re: not round here
If BT won't provide super fast broadband, then you have the option of rolling your own with a willing commercial friend. We are looking at 1Gbps FTTP for our cluster of rural villages, with the digging (hopefully) starting in the autumn and all finished before Christmas.
Or you can roll your own!
At least in the UK; when BT have decided it might cost them a bit of their own money to connect you - so they won't - then you can get together and pay a company to do it.
We've gone with a respectable small company, who can install all the fibre (yes FTTP!) much cheaper than any alternative, and connect up our group of small rural parishes.
We will be able to get 50Mbps for a similar price to similar BT and Virgin offerings, but can go anywhere up to 1000Mbps (1Gbps) for private residences and 10Gbps for businesses. (The £4 1Gbps for the weekend deal will definitely be used every time we have anyone to stay!)
I've had to do a lot of running around the parishes to get people on board, but it's going to be worth it! The main objection I've heard is to the solution being a monopoly, whereas BT have to share (nicely?).
Julie / Heston
In the photograph he appears to be unzipping her top - is this where the 'Red Top' papers would start their story?
Nothing new - move on
Most parts of the world have in the past, or still are, using "cow cakes" for cooking. It's certainly not uncommon for them to be 'cut' with other sorts of 'cake'.
Yet another case of more money than sense.
Sorry, but I couldn't resist the urge to use the "eat this" icon!
Err... "random sequence of 1 and -1 must have an offset" is the laymans simplification.
Emperical evidence is looking at a badly wired Ethernet link (i.e. one that is truly floating). Here the +1 and -1 charges should cancel if they are equal in number. (A day of general Ethernet traffic could be considered as a random sequence.) But you will find that the charge will float in one direction or the other over time, indicating a bias for +1 or -1 in the signal.
Or is this just too much of an over simplification?
We are the only people that care because ...
The readers of The Register are the only people who can actually understand how the Bombe works.
The management just walk in an say "Ah, that looks pretty!"
Re: A gap between policy and delivery
Disclaimer: I am trustee of a number of charities.
Trustees do not need to spend vast sums of money on consultants, they just need to have the conviction of their investigations, experience and gut feelings, and go for it. But that does require them to actually know about the organisation they are trustees for!
What we are seeing here are trustees who don't understand what is so special about the site, the museum collections, the human history, and the insight the volunteer's bring. Because they don't understand it they have no conviction of feeling, so they outsource that to consultants as an expensive insurance (if it goes tits-up, they can blame the consultants and escape Scott-free.)
Trustees have to ensure that a charity is run in the best interests of the charity (follow its mission statement if you will). That doesn't mean making lots of money, or hiving it all off to a few fat-cat employees - in fact by definition a charity shouldn't make a profit! And a charity can't just change its mission statement; for instance a dog's home suddenly changing to become a cat's home, or a site dedicated to the preservation of an important part of national history changing to become a theme park.
I often hear the term "professional management team". To me this just equates to people who have never worked on the shop floor, but instead went to the right school and have made a living lurching from disaster to disaster just before they are found out. They should never be allowed near any position of responsibility and certainly never near a charity! In one national charity that I’ve been involved in for over 30 years, (but I am not a trustee for), the CEO’s wage accounts for 1/8 of all spending and the head office staffing over 55% and yet the mission statement says “run by the members for the members”!
We had an automated office, with everything from voice controlled flourescent lighting, to DECT based control, to local radio networks linking lights, heating, curtains, music, video cameras, etc. all in the mid 1990's. Although in those days remote access was via IP or text messages on your phone. If you can find it on a way-back machine the company was CPSL (Creative Products and Systems Ltd, in Lutterworth UK) and the product range DSS (Distributed Smart System). The graphical user interface had all the knobs, LED's etc. that you would expect and was based on the earlier Signal Centre product (a fore runner of Lab View)
Who can claim any of this is new and patentable?
There seems to be an element of bull in this .....
Also worth mentioning that they are designed to swim a lot further than the human variety.
My coat's the one with a Young Farmers Mag in the pocket!
At least they won't fall asleep at work!
My personal experience from trying to sleep in caves is that absolute silence makes sleeping impossible. There are mud lined passages where you can't even hear your own breathing at rest. It is very disconcerting and disorienting.
Re: @Don Jefe
And many farmers have degrees anyway! (Agricultural degrees and others)
Young Farmer's rallies often have competitions such a trebuchet construction and accuracy in use (in large fields!) Or pumped water, or pumped air, or catapault launch systems! Or making fighting vehicles al la "Scrap Heap Challenge"
It's a good job they are the salt of the earth!
"Get orf my land" takes on a whole new threat level when you know about this.
380Z was the second computer at school (a South West Technical Projects box preceeded it) and I still continued to use it when the BBC's came along. I preferred Z80 to 6502 assembler in class, and it was a 'proper' computer to use when I ran the computer room (aged 12-18) and I let in others to play Chuckie Egg on the BBC's.
Enough said - or more usually not!
Re: Drowned in space...
There was a case of a Cave Rescue Voulenteer drowning part way up the big pitch in Rowten Pot Yorkshire whilst on a rescue.
RIP Dave Anderson
And many apologies if I've misremembered any of this.
Re: 15 to 16 Mb per lap
I did the first in car telemetry for Arrows (that ages it and me quite a bit!) in the days of Warwick and Cheever!
At 1200baud we could get 3 complete packets of data as the car passed on the old Silverstone pit straight - essentially the same data as the driver saw.
We also did timing beams and timing computers (Acteltime) and very naughtily used Yagi antenna’s to transmit remote speed trap data to the pits, but as the previous person mentioned trees and hills made it a little tricky (for Spa there was no point in taking any remote transmission, but just rely on end-of-day dumps of the data when the remote computers came in.)
[I took a proper IT course, digital and analogue electronics, assembler and high-level software, and telecommunications (nearly all analogue including antenna design!]
I was lucky enough to get a tour when it was still in use, but that meant climbing the stairs!
Until the advent of satelite imaging on the web, it was the best view of Northampton you could get from the ground.
Taste and other thing
What does badger taste like?
Rank, and that's if you can get over the smell !
They are a bloody menace on the roads - they wait in the hedge bottom until the last moment, apparently hypnotised by the lights, before running into your car. If you're not driving something with plenty of ground/bumper clearance it's always costly - and most of the time they shake their heads and run off to do it again later! Imagine hitting a medium sized pig, but with attitude!
On the science front, all the well done studies are indicative of a positive effect on bovine TB in areas of culls, but as in Eire there are nearly always other factors involved; better biosecurity and annual tests of cattle, for instance. IIRC in the past 30 years ROI bovine TB has dropped hugely whereas in the UK, with no similar controls, it has increased to similar levels from almost nothing.
From someone with a finger on the farming pulse, and a scientist I would want to see this current trial continue without hindrance from the protestors so that we can get good result from which proper conclusions can be taken - I fear this will not happen, as in all the other publicised trials – ruin the trial and the badgers will be culled without us getting useful data, either way. But, I would also like to see other trials taking place with better biosecurity for one, and secondly, annual TB testing in herds and testing before shipping. Yes, the second two will be more costly in monetary value, but will have a better publicity value – something that is important with farmers’ milk customers. A combination of the results of three trials like this will show how much each of them actually plays in the studies from Eire etc. where they have been combined into one study.
And for those of you who just blame farmers for bringing this on themselves through cost-cutting measures and general sloppiness, I can assure you that we have one of the most regulated farming industries in the world, with top welfare standards, unlike much of the cheap imports that fill the supermarket shelves. UK farmers have always known that contented, well fed animals produce the best meat or milk. (Different milking herds even have differing preferences over which radio station is playing in the milking parlour!) As with everything else, you have to pay a little more to get the quality product produced in the best way, and if you can’t find British on your supermarket shelf, please support your local butcher or shop.
Young Farmers Clubs (open to anyone aged 10-26 and with an interest in the future of the countryside, be that farming, conservation or communities) often debate such topics and ensure that both sides of any topic are well known to all members. Having well informed young people from a mix of town and country backgrounds has helped to provide a good framework for the evolution of the countryside for over 80 years. This type of background means that most farmers have a very good understanding of rural matters from all sides. Please don’t castigate them as gun toting eco terrorist; find out all that they really do to keep the countryside in as good health as people expect. Respect that they have to keep a balance between nature and nurture. Engage with them and allow them to continue evolving based on the results of well-run trials without ruining them.
It is not incongruous that I can work at the forefront of aerospace electronics and computing design, and still be Deputy President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. I am part of the future of the countryside, just the same as everyone else, and through Young Farmers we give young people from all backgrounds a voice in that future. Everyone has a voice, make it well informed, and let them have a choice.
This was my personal rant, and not necessarily representative of anyone else.
I thought that they did this?
18 years and 2 weeks ago I took my wife to Switzerland for a last holiday before children.
We flew with Swiss Air from the UK, and had a train and taxi journey to the hotel once in Switzerland, purchased as a whole from the airline. We left our baggage at check-in in the in the UK and it was in our hotel room when we arrived. When we left it was collected from the hotel and was on the baggage carrousel when we arrived back in the UK. Having not travelled by air for pleasure since, I had just assumed that this was the normal state of affairs. Obviously not!
Why do we need RFID, when the bags all have barcodes?
Why does end-to-end baggage transport not work?
The airline industry has not improved as a customer experience over the past 18 years!
Didn't get one
I recently had to have my meter replaced as the old one was genuinely faulty.
The engineer had to find an old style meter from the depths of his van to replace it with as we have no 2G telephone coverage in our area - result!
And as we have just had a new meter, I expect us to be last in the line for an 'upgrade' to a snooping/remote kill one. Hopefully they will be a little more secure by then.
I have a real-time usage monitor and report my meter reading every month to the supplier. What positive will a smart meter give me?
Crow scarer up the exhaust of an amorous couple - check
Contact explosives on the floor of the showers in the girls dorm at college - check
Fertiliser and diesel – check
Talking to from plod. “Show us how to do it. Wow! Now stop!” - check
Make things that go into space - check
It's simple evolution - but then most North American's don't believe in that either
How many times do people need to be told not to let Top Gear drive their cars?
"Rice in" very funny!
No-one in space, but what about all the tax payers, who have to fund this drivel!
The death is easy to explain
What this poor person had done to receive the wrath of the BOFH is harder to find out!
Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power
There are various military simulators where the floor is essentially made of roller balls that returns you to the centre of the simulation area as you walk around. Obviously doesn't work for multiple people walking to/from each other though.
Re: Sympathy for him but
The WW2 hand cranked generator/radio was my inspiration for a small, transistorised version as part of my early 1980's Craft, Design and Technology O Level. Power storage (really not more than smoothing of the cranking) was from a large capacitor, the rest of the circuit gleaned from wireless magazines. Being a spotty school boy, I wouldn't have dared to call anything other than the vacuum molded plastic box original.
Kft not Km
Pea-pod - IPod
Pee-pad - IPad
Hmm... I thought that it was a good joke on each occassion. Obviously my sense of humour is not as common as I thought!
The Galaxy I bought her is the envy of her firends at school who were bought other alternatives (including Ipads) as they found it to be the easiest to use (they've spent all afternoon with their teachers comparing their tablets). The only thing that she and her friends report not being able to do that their Ipad endowed friends can do is access some free OU books. Listening to music, watching videos, downloading homework and uploading the answers (in Microsoft and other formats), etc. she and her friends have been able to do on all the devices. (Although some devices needed paid for apps to achieve the required functionality.)
Of course the fanbois will claim that even though the tabs have similar capabilities, I've failed my daughter because I have not bought into the 'cult of Jobs'.
A few years ago my (then 9yo) daughter wanted an ipod for Christmas. Image the video of Christmas morning when she opened the correctly sized box to find a pea-pod inside and then the relief when the other present was an ipod.
Fast forward to this year when she wanted an ipad and got a neatly wrapped box with a Tenna Max inside it (pee-pad). Her other present was a Galaxy tab.
Am I the worst father out there?
"This is why Alexander Graham bell actually had to have a working phone before he could patent it."
As made by Antonio Meucci who had already patent letter for it!
So not a good example.
How gloriously simple!
I would be suprised if they gathered a full 3D image with a spring mount though.
I designed something a little similar in the 90's, but I had a couple of mirrors to bounce the beam around, and could never get over the magnetic effects of the stepper motors driving them, so in the end that (and babies) forced it to be dropped. (I had inclinometers and magnetometers to work our which way up and in which direction the box was pointing when the laser was spinning round)
I matched the current 3D readings to the last set I took, a second before, to work out if/where I had moved and so did not have to worry about the harshness of bumps that the kit would take. Where there were junctions in the passageways I used to note these on the UI, and when I returned to this spot to map the other exits at the junction, I used this to identify the spot (I just could not get an accurate match up automatically if I had turned off the box on the return from the first passage end which I had to do to preserve battery life)
I even had a website to catalogue caves across the world, but the search engines of the internet superceeded what I had achieved. <GRUMBLE> And when I closed down the site, the hosting organisation kept ignoring my requests to close my account (every month for over 2 years). AFAIK it (Fishnet) is still sending ever increasing bills to the defunct email addresses 8+ years on! </GRUMBLE>
I've only tried to correct something once. With citations to peer reviewed sources and reports from government bodies.
It was deleted within hours. I try not to rely on Lie-pedia for anything.