165 posts • joined 7 Jun 2010
I had a 550Ti that caused BSODs on my Win7 system (while web browsing, didn't matter if it was Firefox or Chrome) with any drivers newer than March 2013, so crap drivers abound on both sides. Saying that I'm happy with my current ATI card & drivers (or AMD as I guess I should call it these days).
Re: Using someone else's hardware and electricity?
If there's enough slow devices submitting shares (proof of work) to a mining pool*, then they will be earning tiny fractions of a Bitcoin, infect enough machines and it goes from being a pittance to a few dollars or even more per day/week/month.
*Mining pools (for those not into the mining scene) basically let a load of people collaborate their mining power and share out the rewards of mining a block amongst themselves, this allows those taking part to have smaller but much more regular payouts, rather than solo-mining for one big payout which may come every month or even further apart (if you're unlucky, you could go quite a while even with significant hashing power).
MtGox isn't the be all and end all of Bitcoin, yes the value has dropped as a result of the shenanigans, but it was also dropping after the speculation bubble resulting from the US Senate hearings in early December. Bitcoin is still (for now) worth more than the peak this time last year from people trying to get their money out of Cyprus. Re:Next, there's probably in excess of 200 cryptocurrencies that have launched now, and around 50-60 are quite active (in terms of trading and mining), using half a dozen different algorithms, mainly to try and restrict the processing power arms race that Bitcoin (SHA-256) and scrypt-based coins are inspiring.
Other exchanges are available(TM), and you can get cash in or out of them in USD, roubles, euros and a few other currencies. Getting GBP out of Bitcoin is still a PITA though, if you've got serious money to move then you can afford the fees (€100+) and make a SEPA transaction to a UK bank (if you can find one that knows what SEPA is), otherwise you're better off finding a UK/EU merchant that takes BitPay or another PayPal-esque service, and buying physical goods with the currency.
Alternatively just hold onto your funds and see where it goes later in the year and into next year. Once a true use for one or another cryptocurrency is found, beyond the current limited market of speculation and mining for profit, then it may take off in a very real manner. Google and Facebook were non-entities 15 years ago, what will we say about cryptocurrencies in another 15 years.
Downloaded programs also need subtitles, which are strangely lacking given that they're available if you stream it instead (Sky's On Demand BBC content also completely lacks subtitles).
The T-X had an outer layer of this stuff as I recall, but underlying that was a regular robot, hence the ability to do particle/energy weapons rather than just blades and spikes.
Re: 'criminals don't trust Bitcoin'
Criminals don't tend to trade stocks and shares either, they'd be called Bankers if they did...
Re: Summer home replaces pet name.
You'd have to trace some key features around your target area (so if a tree, trace either it's foliage or a set of trees that surround it), which is fine until the satellite picture updates and there are changes that muck things up (two trees down in the storms, or the satellite has a different perspective so tall objects appear to shift).
Can they fix their battery fires OTA too?
There's already an alternative cryptocurrency (out of the 100+ that are out there) called Bottlecaps, which is accepted on several exchanges :)
The real investment of the moment is Dogecoin, the value is up 80% in a week, and 750% over the past month or so. In terms of market capitalisation, it is currently in 3rd place behind Litecoin, and may catch it in the coming month or two. The average block reward (the amount of new coins given out when a block containing transaction data is successfully 'mined') is due to be halved by around the weekend, so the supply of new coins will fall, possibly driving the price up further - it depends how much of the current rise is driven by speculators expecting the price to double at the weekend, which it likely won't, IMO the bigger change will be in the mining difficulty falling in response as people switch to other coins. *
* None of the above constitutes financial advice in any shape or form whatsoever, etc. etc.
Re: So the BTC unique selling point has evaporated...
This loophole was fixed in the standard wallet client in 2011, it's down to MtGox using their own custom coded wallet software that they didn't bother to check it for this issue.
The angle of impact is a much bigger factor than the Martian wind, given the average atmospheric pressure of 0.6kPa (versus Earth at 101kPa), and debris will be travelling at a significant proportion of the impact velocity (20km/s for a ballpark figure on the original meteorite, barely slowed down by the atmosphere). On Earth ejecta would be slowed to subsonic speeds fairly rapidly.
Re: Wifi? No way
The other *teensy* problem is making it so that it fries car electronics behind a few sheets of metal, without frying someone's pacemaker.
A car-taser perhaps, if the Faraday effect works in that situation to protect the flesh-bags while the delivered current fries any grounded (to the chassis/body) electrical systems? You'd have to be sure to hit something metal on the back or side of the car though, not the lights or plastic bumper (or 4x4's spare wheel). Perhaps some variant of the Finnish car harpoon ( http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/27/video-finnish-him-nordic-authorities-harpoon-chase-ender-amaz/ ) that contains batteries/capacitors - instead of tear gas! - and doesn't remain attached to the car that fires it, that should penetrate through to the chassis (or the bloke tied up in the boot).
There seems to be a debate as to whether a galactic collision can result in a spiral galaxy, or it always leads to an elliptical galaxy. Give it a hundred million years or so for any of the currently observable galaxies in collision to sort themselves out and we'll have a definitive answer.
Re: The stone moved....
Now we've looked at the recorded image of it on our screens, does that mean we'll start weeping bits of stone too? (never did work out why it was only with the recorded image, and not looking at the regular ones directly)
2hrs for 20...
Depends if she was unable to leave whatever she was doing (eg. job, dog walk, supermarket, any number of other things) right away, hence the attempt to contact others to make the pickup.
Re: I'm amazed people use premium rate numbers
Even if you do have the regular phone directory handy, it only covers the nearest two towns these days anyway, long gone are the county-wide phone directories - probably to encourage people to dial 118!
Also Re: "The Occupier", the regular Electoral Register mailings are addressed this way, as are Census forms.
It was more the giving away of Left 4 Dead 2 as a Xmas Day freebie that wasted their servers, though only the ones serving up the store pages, the rest of the Steam platform didn't appear affected.
China has banned banks and other financial institutions from handling bitcoin, but private individuals can still trade amongst themselves, the setback is with no banks willing to be involved, it becomes much harder to change between bitcoin/yuan, which stymies the involvement of speculators and businesses.
Re: Haven't you seen Fringe ?
Avoid the explosive route and go with thermite, it may not burn for long at that size, but it could be long enough to burn through the floor of the cabin and enter a luggage compartment (assuming it misses any wiring or hydraulic lines) - or just start in the overhead lockers, plenty of clothes/duty free gin there.
Re: How does the choice work?
Actually with Sky you have to turn it on in order to see the option to completely disable it, suggesting that "18" isn't unfiltered.
Re: Micro Transactions
You can purchase in game credits with real money, but the in-game earnings are unaltered from GT5, so you can build up your cash without too much bother once you get into the later races.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Maybe 'rescue' an 88mm German anti-tank/anti-aircraft gun from a museum, along with some flak rounds, see if you can take the drone down that way... Of course, the FBI/ATF may have something to say about that.
Alternatively, wait for a heavy rainshower to soak the cardboard packaging, such that it is now too heavy for the drone to fly at a safe altitude, and have at it with the duck hunting guns.
Re: It's not as if...
Indeed, there was a saying at the time, if you wanted a Starfighter, all you had to do was buy a big enough plot of land, and one would crash there sooner or later.
It's been a bit odd in the UK watching the hotmail (sorry, outlook) adverts that big it up as being private vs gmail's web interface which has targeted ads... except I use the pop3 servers on both, so miss the ads. The hotmail one has crap spam filters too, doesn't block the spammers using hotmail or academic domains among others.
Not the voltage...
It's not the voltage that kills you, it's the amps. Going by a site with info on PAT testing, and it quotes 60mA AC and 300mA DC as sufficient to induce ventricular fibrillation, passing through the chest (direct to the heart is as little as 1mA).
As for concrete providing an earth for the current, it does have a resistance of about 120 Ohms, but it will still conduct (concrete also corrodes through a process of electrolysis, which progressively lowers the resistance to below 80 Ohms).
Re: Age limits?
As far as I'm aware, the videos can be viewed by anyone on the Live service, not just those with the game, and since Microsoft are utter bellends regarding child accounts, everyone generally just makes an adult account anyway. It took about 5 years for them to make an option available to upgrade from a child to adult account keeping your tag & gamerscore (after all, kids do grow up eventually), and the upgraded accounts still don't work properly at everything a regular adult account can do.
Shame they didn't bother to remaster the graphics for the recent PS3 release, though perhaps they should use the team converting the games to mobile for their GTAV iFruit app, which despite being pretty simple (apart from a tamagotchi style interaction with the dog, the rest is all menus), requires a dual core 1.4GHz, which rules out even some brand new devices...
Tellies can handle 60Hz input
After all, 60Hz is what the PS3 and 360 have been feeding UK tellies for years over HDMI. It seems to be more the case that the Xbox isn't handling the frame conversion from the 50Hz it's getting from the TV box to the 60Hz it outputs very well. Simple solution is to not use it as a leccy-guzzling passthrough, and get a HDMI hub if you've not got enough HDMI sockets on your telly (the well-made ones will switch signals automatically with devices being turned on and off too).
PCs aren't invulnerable, new parts can arrive dead and need replacement, though generally the home builder involved already has a working PC to continue with while they wait (and system building companies just reach for the next part on the shelf).
Waiting for a replacement console if you can't exchange it in the shop will be a pain, but judging by the volume of posts on sites I frequent, it's no worse for either the One or PS4, the claimed failure rate of below 1% for PS4s is believable, and the disc drive failure seems to be a bigger issue than the green screen for the One.
Now it's more a case of whether further failures will unveil themselves over time, the 360s RROD was a delayed failure in most cases, whether from bad thermal paste or solder failures (or any other cause that's been attributed over the years).
My money's going on a PC upgrade next year anyway, will bide my time before getting a new console, and finish off some of the games I've not even started first!
I did get a 'Some Xbox Live services are unavailable' message on my 360 console a couple of hours ago, but just assumed that was down to the GMT+1/2 Europeans downloading the 1.3GB day one patch for the XOne...
If Sony can keep up the supply of PS4s they'll probably steal an early march in sales, if only because it sounds like Microsoft can't make XOnes as fast as they'd like. Mind you, this was probably more of a problem last gen, when only 300k of each console were available per region (NA/EU) at launch.
Re: No Technical Details?
There's no confirmation link to be clicked in the email at least, so you can just ignore it, it just informs you you've turned broadband shield on or off (doesn't even say the age setting), and gives you a link to My Sky if you want to change it again, plus a link to their help section on the Shield.
Re: "the fast lane"
"There is no such thing as a "fast lane". The speed limit in all lanes is the same."
This is true in the technical sense, but in practice on a 3+ lane road you'll find the speed restricted vehicles (HGVs doing 58-59mph, commercial vans with limiters fitted, highways maintenance etc) are nearly always in lanes 1 & 2; additionally where the law says you may only overtake cars by passing them on the driver's side, you'll naturally be going faster in lanes nearer the central reservation than traffic in the other lanes in order to overtake.
Any T&C will be in regard to the warranty and use of the Live service, not the actual use of the basic console. There was already a post by one of Microsoft's PR guys (Major Nelson) regarding consoles being received early, basically they wouldn't be allowed onto Live until release day or thereabouts (as it wouldn't be turned on for the general public until then anyway), and apart from that nothing would be done.
The only person in trouble is the retailer for shipping it early, and that won't see any legal cases, Microsoft may just be a bit more awkward when it comes to giving them more stock of consoles or games (and even then only if they believe it was deliberate, they all want sold products in the end).
If I get a DVD 5 days before any shops are told to sell it, am I not allowed to play it?
"How do we make ready-built PC sales figures look like they're increasing when people are buying tablets instead?"
"Let's combine tablet sales with PC sales!"
To be fair though, a lot more people are savvy with building their own home desktops these days, perhaps they should count system sales by total motherboards sold in the country, which would take in both home built machines and those sold at PC World/Dell/etc.
Presumably this is the filter known elsewhere as unsharp mask, available in pretty much every graphics application (except paint)...
It would be nice if every telco blocked the obviously spoofed caller-IDs, get loads of calls from '0', '00' and non-existent area codes like '0356'...
2500 megaton is not that huge, you'd easily survive just a hundred km away. Try some of the asteroid impact calculators (eg. http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/ ), the megatonage does vary a lot depending on impact velocity and what it hits, but I'd suggest less than 15km/s with a density of 3000kg/m^3 to get near the 2500 megaton figure.
On American pronunciations, there's also Craig pronounced as Greg (ignoring the i for some reason), and Jaguar pronounced as Jag-wire (I have no idea how they manage that).
Re: Author has never watched F1...
Yep, Alonso is the only true master of this art (disclaimer: not a fan of him or Vettel mind!), though Grosjean did pull a nifty move at Suzuka. This is however more down to traction off the start than braking for corners.
Will be skipping this year's F1 game anyway, not a lot of point when there's the big sea change in engines/hybrid systems for next year, plus at least one (Sochi) and possibly up to 3 new circuits (Mexico & Austria, can't see New Jersey happening).
I'm sure a few will want their RBT to be an engaged tone, the dial tone, that 1571 new message tone, or perhaps that lady saying "Sorry, the number you have dialled is not in service", just to throw a few spanners into the works.
This does make me wonder if it would result in frying pan into the fire incidents, like taking avoiding action by going into oncoming traffic (or in some cities, a tram)... Just so long as it doesn't encourage people to let their guard down by not paying as close attention to the road around them, thinking the car will save them.
Re: Dear Dyson
"Just hold in bin, push button, drop all dust goes into bin... tap a few times to ensure its all out, then close and your clean, no bag needed"
We ended up emptying each load from our Dyson (now departed to the council tip) into a carrier bag, as the dust and dog hair would just stick to the sides of the bin, and not end up in the lorry when it was emptied.
Re: How about a voice alert to remind Audi drivers-
Not forgetting the use of the mirrors or brakes (give way lines are there for a reason)!
Re: Phantom Power
FAA - Fleet Air Arm
Re: Phantom Power
It was more an issue that for the 20% extra power generated by the RR Spey engine, the extra weight pretty much negated it. However, there is a fun story from when a FAA bird visited a US aircraft carrier, and melted the deck behind it when taking off, because that was only designed to resist the heat of US Phantoms.
The first server was doing all the sending (and resending), it had received the entire mail from the user's computer/terminal.
With all the chaos generated by users, who needs email worms like "I love you" to bring down a system!
Re: WE'RE ALL DOOMED!!!
Life survived the last dinosaur killer, and over time (at least on this billion year scale) there will be fewer asteroids of that size becoming a danger, as they've either been perturbed by Jupiter and ejected from the solar system, or already hit something and broken up.
The Kai Tak airport with the famous approach over the city closed in 1998, the new Hong Kong International Airport is 30km away from the old one and on an island. Though to be fair, the accidents that did happen (at least in the instrument flying age) were mainly due to extreme weather conditions or mechanical failures.
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