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* Posts by Martin-R

10 posts • joined 21 Jun 2010

CERN: Build terabit networks or the Higgs gets it!

Martin-R

Fibre has its own problems in high radiation environments - basically it goes cloudy

See eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_effects_on_optical_fibers

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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Modern cars already have all this info floating around on the internal network so you'd think it wouldn't be hard; the problem is that beyond the basic emissions related stuff available through the OBD-II port it's all highly specfic to each vehicle and encrypted to boot. I've seen a lot of work done on the Discovery 3 that had to be completely redone for the not-obviously-radically different D4; a cynic might suggest the manufacturers do this deliberately so each garage has to buy that manufacturer's own diagnostics kit for each model :-(

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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

Martin-R
WTF?

Surely someone at the Grauniad hit publish too early (late?!) on an April Fool article? This can't be for real, can it...?!

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EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

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Re: Define "crash"

I *think* the existing BMW version defines crash as "airbags deployed", which seems like a pretty good starting point. Even if the car is still drive-able, I imagine the shock of being inside when they go off probably means you're not in a fit state to do so for a little while!

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Oh what memories this brought back - especially that random crash when exiting a subroutine. I was working on Person to Person for OS/2 as IBM were working on a point release (1.3 I think?). Fortnightly drops of the OS had to be installed from floppies - what fun! The desktop video conferencing element was probably a bit ahead of its time - 4Mbit token ring in the office was bearable, but ISDN down to Hursley was a tad painful Mind you, if you know where to look, you can still see some of that code running in today's descendants of P2P, so it can't have been too bad :-)

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Army to deploy jumping robots in Afghanistan

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Fallable?

Watch the whole vid! It does snow, ice, being kicked, mud, piles of blocks... very impressive bit of kit. If you poke around their site, it's one of a number of designs; this one's obviously intended to be a modern take on the mule, to carry extra kit for a squad - though it'll need to be a bit quieter before it goes on any special ops missions

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Mac Lion's breath causes Celerra NAS storage to die

Martin-R
FAIL

Not a bug

but a deliberate upgrade with no obvious back compatibility options. Time Machine backups to most NASs and WHS shares now fail, which is, to be blunt, bl**dy annoying!

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Virgin and Spotify: A step forward for digital music

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Well done VM (for twice)

What with this, and the rebate on the Tivo box for early adopters, I'm really starting to wonder what's going on at VM - they're in danger of becoming positively customer friendly!

But what's still missing is the ability to play back content recorded on the tivo elsewhere in the house. On one of the two V+ boxes in the house would be a good start, but on any device in the house (PC, mac, iPad, Android phone...) would be even better!

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Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service

Martin-R
FAIL

Actually getting 20Mb would be nice first...

4Mb was about tops over the weekend, apart from when it was down altogether :-( When it's good, it can be very good (18.5 on speedtest.net) but it'll have days at a time where it's up and down - is upgrading to 30MB going to help that?

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iPhone mag-stripe reader stalled

Martin-R
WTF?

But why?

About all you could do is hook up a PED that does all the encryption on the device and then just use the iPhone as a modem back to the authorising software - but by then you're lugging around half a brick, plus its power supply, which rather cuts down on the portability aspect! I rather feel this falls into the solution looking for a problem category...

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