2846 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Well, I am twice as likely to buy one now.
Do away with the aircraft altogether
Put each passenger in a gel-filled space suit, and fire them balistically to their destination, to be caught in some sort of spiral net-come-magnetic decellaration ramp thing. All the energy expenditure at launch, and much of it recovered on landing.
@Charles9 Re: Solar - oh FFS
>had better things to do than wait to get from point A to point B
I have spent over 20 years of my working life in the Merchant Navy, in one form or another: Bananna boats, Passenger liners, Research ships, Hydrography. One thing I am completely certain of. There is absolutely no "better thing to do" than to spend the last hour of the day leaning on the ship's rail watching the sun go down over the ocean, Or standing on the bridge watching the bow heave and pitch in a force 10 with mountainous seas.
Back when the Test Team went to Australia by ship they at least knew how far they had come, and by the time they got there the team bonding was pretty absolute. The whole of life is a journey, and it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
These days I jet all over the world commissioning giant things. The existance of jet travel at a moment's notice mean that our clients do not have to plan properly or be well organised. Compare that with the 18th century when "Mr Boulton's man" was sent out from Cornwall with a sack of gold coins to prepare for the arrival of the iron bits of a beam engine. That had to be properly planned and executed!
New York to San Francisco
...is the perfect route for a proper high speed or maglev train service.
The South Korean government is planning, when their re-unification eventually occurs, a line from Seoul to Moscow. I met the chap planning it.
on Jun 4, 1876 the "Transcontinental express" did NY to SF in 83 hours, coal fired and hand stoked. Today it takes over 140. Doesn't sound like progress to me. The rail distance is something like 3,400 miles. Were that all French TGV standard it would take around 17 hours. The technology to get that below 10 hours is either known or imminent. For heavens sake, the old British Rail 225 sets from the late 1980s could do it in 22 hours, at least a few times. Virgin's Pendolinos could do it in 27, although It might take longer as I think they might have to stop for a lube break at some point!
By the time fossil fuels expire we might be very pleased to take 24 hours for a journey that would take 4 to 6 months on foot.
I'll get me coat. It probably still has a 1968 combined volume in the pocket.
Re: My thoughts
Yes, Trains are another immensely civilised form of travel, and they very rarely hit the ground from thirty thousand feet. Truly, the future of travel is the past.
Re: Solar - oh FFS
I've been travelling around the world for around 5 decades, am old enough to have flown in a scheduled route in a Dakota and a DeHavilland Rapide.
And I'm about sick of it. My fervent hope is that we can't find a replacement for fossil fuels and have to go back to travelling by sailing ship, a genuinely civilised form of transport which doesn't involve being groped by security staff every 14 yards through the port.
Re: glide + landing = controlled crash on wheels, hopefully
Do you not remember the first ever episode of "Thunderbirds"?
The comet had many failings, but wings falling off wasn;t one.
I imagine the passion for suspended engines has more to do with maintenance access,
richersounds ... rather more helpful than Dix*ns..
When it comes to IT the oxfam shop is rather more helpful...
Secondly, what would they actually "give up"?
Well, British consumers have had to give up their analogue tuners, so that the TV broadcast specturm can be lopped and filled with digital multiplexes, and the rest flogged off - to whom exactly?
It's MF up to 3MHz, so you could say that the HF band is only 27MHz.
2.1GHz is part of of the 300MHz-3GHz UHF band according to the ITU
Traditionally microwaves start in the 3GHz to 30GHz SHF band.
(I am not responsible for the multiple plings, they did that all by themselves!)
Joke of an ultrabook
Quite. Had they mandated a decent screen and not tried to pitch it at 5 times netbook pricing I'd have bought one by now. And that would have added 1 to the sales...
Re: Never ever, EVER again
I had a 6340 as a replacement for my failed and much missed palm V. I grew to quite like the idea of a phone, PDA, camera, and music player all in one.
The problem was the damn thing didn't work. I had to reboot it several times a day, cold boot it a couple of times a week, and could not depend on it ringing when someone wanted to talk to me, or knowing where my contact list was when I wanted to talk to someone else. Even the idea of syncing with the supplied copy of outlook was beyond it.
So yes. Not ever again. Once bitten twice shy.
that hasn't mattered so far.
This is why manned spaceflight matters.
Get on with it lads!
can't get accused of copying the iPhone design with those colours
The lawyer from Balamory is getting excited though
Engineers make something wonderful like PureView, and marketers think it is the name that makes it special!
I thought the world was supposed to be creaming itself over arm based servers by now?
Re: They're OK...
I suspect James Blunt was a better soldier.
They don't need to be PhDs.
They just need to be smarter than Plod
as a 62-year-old my immediate reaction is: Why did I come here? what?
I wonder if Lenovo have the money to buy them back?
If not, it would be in China's interests to repatriate them somehow.
Re: "Stylophone" Love it! Now there is a blast from the past.
That remark alone made me upvote the article
Hello, this is 1980
We had this idea back then. "Expert systems" would be created to encapsulate the best practice of the finest [Doctors|Surgeons|Engineers|Financiers] to assist the less able. Died a death then, I suggest it will again.
of trying to work in gloves
not waving, but drowning
I think Meg knows HP did something foolish with WebOS, but is not sure what, and has no idea at all what to do about it.
It would be interesting to see a revival, but I'm not holding my breath.
I think it is genius.
It can fall over sideways, or nose plant, in twice as many ways!
I'm kind of flaky on this 'legitimate spyware' idea
any onscreen controls for touchscreen games will be automatically ported to the device's buttons
That's some meaty automation!
Re: Everyone must have seen this by now, surely -
Not sure you could accurately order the groceries from Ocado by waving yer limbs about.
@HMB Re: I especially liked....
Very short half-life. Decays rapidly. the marital bed, I mean.
Re: RE: Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
Indeed. Exactly so.
Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
Foxconn & China
Welcome to capitalism, lads. Enjoying it so far?
LVM - it works
I'm beginning to wonder if all printer manufacturers aren't facing the profit crapper.
I can see a future where no-one wants to make them. We could end up with the paperless office after all.
Not to mention
Lack of Unix support, pathetic drivers, and dreadful after-sales support
@ThomH Re: Betrayed by your management
Bit difficult to find a vendor who isn't chasing the bottom of the market
Re: "Single use" pieces?
The Palm Tree fronds from the PotC sets will pretty much only do palm tree fronds, though the can sprout from odd places
"a potentially significant security lapse."
"pinpointing the location of royal relatives in near real-time, a potentially significant security lapse."
only for an assassin with a time machine
Re: If only the US had access to US technology.
Aye. I came to say "arpanet" and "survive nuclear attack" but you beat me to it.
Dumb as a box of chocolate hairpins
Re: Outdated phones
What? oh, probably. Something in the review distracted me.
I only came here 'cos you said FREE BEER
On that basis
Why not 'Bodestone'?
#Old McDonald had a farm, e, i.
Some suggestions, and one silly one.
Masters (they erect masts)
Us (join us! be happy with us!)
Better (you can't beat us, we are better!)
The Spheres (music of...)
Gridsquares (implying coverage)
"no data caps, speed limits or bill shock"
... For a month or two.
Once users start to use it, the game is up.
Re: value alignment
I would say that it is perfectly possible to design machines to automate the traditional cheese making methods, or pasturise cream, without producing cheese triangles from dairy waste.
The production of flour has been mechanised for millenia, it doesn't have to be assosciated with pop tarts.
Not always fortunate - there were dead periods where I was reduced to doing red&blue tape PCB artworks on the kitchen table. Or plugging new cash register printers in at Tesco after midnight.
I'm just saying that people should make their own choices. Maybe if I had been different I'd still be in charge of an R&D department instead of using a screwdriver and a torque wrench on a daily basis. Maybe I'd have earned more. But I earned enough, and can live with having designed control systems in the food and printing industry.
I'm not sure that people do work on weapons systems without a certain amount of introspection: I know a few who did exactly that. I rather think this chap's advice is null. I think that most designers and developers know very well what they are doing. it would all get smelly very quickly if they didn't.
I've walked out of 3 jobs because I didn't want to work on military hardware, and skipped a thousand or so job adverts.
I still managed to pay off the mortgage, bring up 2 wonderful girls and design 3 things that are in the science museum.
And now $MEGACORP pays me to travel the world and commission things the size of a house that do good stuff.
I've paid at the pump with chip-and-pin in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Pakistan, UAE, Philippines, and even France. Same card, same PIN.
Oh, and Peterborough.
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