120 posts • joined 18 May 2010
operation ivy Bells ?
it was possible in 1970,
tap at the repeater, where things have to go back to electrical, not optical.
To tap a fiber is also easy, just bend it and put another fiber along side it,
you only need a few photons, but more difficult underwater !
A modified repeater would also be nice. use the dark fibers in the bundle to take a copy of another ,
its all too easy , and the gains too high for it not to happen.
Re: Hang on...
dont think so.
They spent a long time using cat crawlers to pull out as much loose metal work as possible,
then they used the explosives to stave the fire of the air, and blow it out.
they did not want loose metal flying around and re starting the fire, let alone hitting some one.
add water ?
worry was , at the end of the vid, one could see the flame from the det cord.
that could well re ignite the fire, with all that lovely wind blown fuel around,,,,
wounder if that would be like this , lots of loose flying fuel , and a flame.
Could one use this to shoot out flame suppressant ?
that red stuff they use on forest fires,
then yo have the combined effect of flame retardant, cooling of the water, and speed of the shoot blowing the flame out ?
We all know this , but
2 years ago http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19842401
5 years ago http://www.economist.com/node/14167834
11 years ago on oil http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=0423
Sad the reason we HAVE to go for the fraking is because we have not invested over the decades in new generation capacity, and the only thing that can now be built in time is gas fired turbines !
30 years ago we were predicting in the 2020's we'd run out of electricity
now its happened, whats the answer !
just sad, and what have we learnt from this ?
dont trust commercial companies to invest in our future only the bottom line for them !
basic for today
once upon a time,
no mater what computer I was on, I could knock up a basic bit of basic to do something I wanted done,
then the 80's came along, and basic was BAD
so now I have to know and use, TCL, Python, VBasic, C in all its forms, Jscript, and a few more,
and I'm a hardware developer just trying to use the computer..
Yes I have a fond heart for Basic, like all languages , it can be used worng,
one place I worked at, used a fortran 77 program they had written to word process !
and another has a cobol based spread sheet like program,
but basic, its still in my heart and soul,
youngsters today just don't learn to program, but then, neither did we, we just had fun making things bleep and pixels flash, that doesn't do it for the kids now days.
multi level storage optoins
what we need is an automatic multi level storage system, lets call it a cache.
where data that has been accessed a lot is in say DDR SDRAM, data less accessed is in single level flash, down to tri level or quad level write once flash.
A lot of the stuff on my discs, is write once , read many,
very little is write multiple / read multiple,
so 'just' need some gear that can move data around as needed !
now that could be fun,
where to get all the Xp patches
on assumption some one round here is going to need a XP machine in the future for testing something,
where do I get a disc / download of the last / best patched XP
And will my Sony TV's be able to read the new iPlayer interface ?
the FinLux TV has enough problems with the last iPlayer update,
Pondering the pines for the Psion
Also a Psion owner form the Psion 1, red led display I seem to remember, but stooped at the 3MX, the 5 never appealed to me, too big..
I can remeber spending something like 100 quid on an expansion memory for the 3, might have been 2 MB,
Is this a klickstart job ?
I'd still use the 3MX if it had an interface to windows,
why one solution
Out of interest,
the 'problem' I found one time was that one particular security package had a hole, and all the kids pc's got infected at once. Try to fix that one,
so I now put different anti systems on different machines,
for instance I currently use avast and avg for anti virus at home,
it was surprising what one will find that the other won't ,
same with anti male ware,
Add to that the android tablets, the Nintendo's and tv;s with web access et all, and security is interesting.
as for parent control,
if my kids are anything like I was at 12, then I will not be able to control what they do
so I 'just' have a snooper on the gateway, makes log of all sites visited,
lets hope they don't find vpn too soon,
how can it be stealthy and supersonic ?
TV and DLNA
A slight concern
Sony TV's are notorious for their ability / lack of to interface to DLNA servers,
Last I looked, Sony TV only approve the DLNA server supplied on their vaio computers,
you have to purchase their computer to get the software,
Wonder what they will approve as a server now ?
if only virgin would fix the rest of the network,
it seems to be going down over time
In-browser editing is preferred across the board, and “To avoid lock-in to a particular provider, it must be possible for documents being created or worked on in a cloud environment to be exported in at least one of the editable document formats proposed.”
SO : If the in browser is a spread sheet, and its savable in a txt format, then thats OK ?
what about all the formulas ? Dahh.
What about a document with formatting in it, be that a spread sheet or a document for publishing, then save that in a txt file is ok by these rules !
I guess they mean a spreadsheet can be saved as cvs, and a 'graphics' document as an odf , and a [ure txt file as a txt file, but
Or have I got this wrong.
Uk Sugar beet harvest has another use,
but are the batteries re chargeable, or primary cells,
Altitude auto pilot
could you just let the thing 'fall'
till it got into an atmosphere that it had a chance of working in,
then turn on the auto pilot.
SR71 was a flop
the SR71 NEVER flew in anger,
Its a fantastic 'plane' , I tremble when I touched the A12 on the carrier in NewYork, its that sort of a plane,
but for the reconnaissance job it was intended, over the USSR ,it never flew.
By the time it got into the air, it was to slow and low.
The U2 , just kept on going,
humans out the loop
the plane is probably better than when it was manned
the plane had to be limited as to what it could do because the human could not survive the G forces,
try holding a minimum radius turn, the pilot becomes a passenger,
the remote pilot is still drinking his coffee and working out how to kill you
it would have taken 10 years to design , so thats technology from almost 50 years ago .
I bet many of the managers get congratulated on this,
but the real engineers, Nahh,
Well done , compare to current designs that have a life measured in 10's of months not 10's of years.
I can imagine the management response," Hay you over engineered it, you should have saved cost / weight",
god bless the guys, with their slide rulers and pen protectors in their shit pocket,
they will all dead now, as they smoked 100 a day, and worked 100 hour weeks,
but I'm envious.
as a student
TDK cassette tapes were THE standard for good quality recording
Good being relative to the time and money,
the "metal" audio tapes were amazing, but just about impossible to erase on early cassette recorders.
this and the 50th anniversary of the cassette , oh how life moves on,
1 is oops. 2 is coincident, three is a trend
So Amazon cloud went do , and back
and Google cloud has gone down, and back
now apple cloud has gone down,,,
three points make a trend,
whats going on !!!!
missed the point ?
I though the point was that this should not have happened, should have been spotted earlier, and should have been reported,
none of which happened,
when it comes to nuclear, are we happy with that situation,
wasnt this amount about the same as the "too expensive" and "waste of money" cost of wiring ( or should that be fibering ? ) the UK with FTTP.
Know what I'd rather spend on,
So thats constructive dismissal then ?
It does have a certain interesting side,
what would you do with a paid 8 hours a day unlimited internet access and time to do what you want.
In google they only have '20 %' creative time,
or is that management spin on things,,
whats it doing now
this reads like the thing is doing nothing whilst we work out what to do with it,
is that really whats happening ?
all that gear just sitting in space, waiting,
please tell me I'm wrong.
why would you NOT have an active roof
Why would one not want to have a PV roof, if its cost effective,
Cost is the measure we use as an economy in the supply demand economy we live in,
As an extreme, if every available and usefull roof and desert were covered in generation plant,
and the world connected up, then sun in one place could be exported to power some where else.
may be PV is not the best option in the dessert, may be the solar towers like in Spain are the way forward, but.
A few pump storage schemes in the mountains of the world, a few convert water to Hydrogen in other places,
its not that hard.
lets leave the gas, oil, coal as a chemical resource we can use, not 'just' oxidise them to carbon dioxide.
what goes around
I seem to remeber,
the original disc drives, all 10 M of them,
plugged into the Apple II bus directly,
what is the surprise
you can make a cannon out of 'duct tape' ,
so why are we surprised that one can make a riffle out of hard plastic.
so how do i change the frequency to receive different bands ? multiple ribbons ?
and its going to take them 12 weeks to turn them off ?
what is that all about,
fantastic flight and pictures.
from 35 Km up,
if you can make the glider glide at 4:1 ,
the glider could cover most the width of the UK,
you could gps it back to any landing place you wanted to ?
have a chat with James May ?
ok at altitude you would not not 4:1
but at lower altitude you should get better than 4:1
so average of 4:1 could be a good average ?
interesting that most / all flights are now days done 99 % by the auto pilot, yet we still have two people in the front to fly.
would we ever allow a fully automatic flight system ?
are we ever going to allow an automatic car to take over ?
I doubt it,
if nothing else, the insurance will still say its the drivers fault, even if they were asleep and car / jet was on auto pilot.
you cant sue a machine,
Re: Virgin media modems also ?
re its Virgins, so they can do what they want,
actually a good point,
I still think of the thing as a modem, with MY router, which it has not been since the 'upgrade' to the superhub.
so now I need a firewall / router that can handle the 100 Mb connection speed,
now thats another problem
Virgin media modems also ?
Been talking with virgin media support,
they have told me what mac and IP address's I have on my network, how long the modem has been connected and lots of other stuff.
wonder what other back doors there are in the "super hub "
how can this NOT be national news
a public body uses computer records to put people in prison
and 'some' records are found to be at fault,
Ok, I can understand a c up happening, but
we need to compensate BIG time all those that it happened to and fast.
Lets get the Quality of the broadcast up to where it can be first,
give the channels more bandwidth to minimize those annoying MPEG effects.
BBC in patticular, the HD channels, when their is a local cutaway,
don't just broadcast a 'please re tune' message.
Either fix it so we get HD local TV ( even if its up sampled )
or put on say the London or something channel,
lets have it such that if there is a HD version of the program available we can automatically jump to it,
( and back when there is no HD version )
put this on a stealth boat,
now that would be a game changer.
Whilst the gas in in the ground,
its an asset.
as technology gets better, it becomes more of an asset, as we can recover more of it for less,
once its gone its gone.
Now what will the politicians decide,
short term or long term ?
I'd look at using of the shelf D type batteries,
by far and away the best amp per Kg density.
try Lithium-Thionyl Chloride type.
or even Streight Ultra Caps ,
ropes do seem a little old hat
Railways were ropes with static engines,
but they moved to engines on the cars a long time ago.
does seem like its time to move to a vertical rail based system,
with all the safety interlocks naturally,
and as said above, it does mean the lift cage does not need to only go up / down, they can switch tracks with points, and can go horizontal as well as vertical,
just needs some one to do it,
wonder if its already patented ?
I KNOW that its 99.999999% probable that the mars rat picture is a fluke,
if it isnt ?
cant curiosity follow its tracks back to have a close look,
Just in case,
if it was something that looked like water, would they follow that up ?
just because its very unlikely does not mean its not true.
the sulphur batteries in one time 'stuff' , ie you dont expect it to come nack,
use a pyro charge to heat them up,
now they are scary when they go wrong,
Netbooks are just right for me.
most of what I need is text based, so by the time yo put a keyboard on a screen of a 'pad' then you are down to a very small screen.
yes, I have a laptop, but its too big and power hungry to do a full flight across the pond,
yes I have a pad, used for games and tv / internet film watching,
yes I have smart phone, lots of apps,
but typing / general most things,
, give us the key board of the netbook,
it does everything in a small package that just works
must admit I'm confused
So what are we to do ?
Insulation is good, or have I got that wrong: take out insulation, purchase more energy, keep more people in work.
Why has most to the Uk gone to flat screen TV's, why are most office computers now flat screens.
why did we switch almost over night to un leaded petrol,
why is it that cars now can do 50 mpg, where as only a few generations ago they could only do 20 mpg.
is it that most to the things I mention above are on a short turn over, 10 years or so,
whilst buildings are 10 times that slower at turn over.
energy wise it would be great to knock all the existing buildings in the uk down, and build much better insulated ones, it would even solve the job mountain,
what are we to do, can we go digging out old carbon deposits and burning it at the rate, or higher than we already are.
Nuc, why not
Strikes me that its not the Nuc thing thats the worry, its the shocking in competence of the operators and managers that's the killer.
did any one else see the bbc 2 Challenger program the other night ?
could be re titled, Nasa ups and downs Apollo 1 to Challenger.
So laser to a geo stationed sat then seems a good idea,
it is sad, to me anyway,
that I already have MS documents that are no longer even readable in MS programs.
its back to paper records me thinks,
Now were the US putting up a mil shuttle as well,
he will be missed ,
I once as a kid in the 60's was at the London planetarium,
he gave a special presentation to the school kids.
he had us all wanting to be scientists.
BTW: re " Young Moore was present in NASA ground control for the Apollo landing"
was he not in the BBC studios in the UK ? I seem to remember him crying at the landing. bu tit wa sa long time ago..
the world is a better place because of him.
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
- Crawling from the Wreckage THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models
- +Comment EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia