At last a comment that actually has an interesting and relatively uncommon point. Pretty sure i don't like the idea but have point on me for bringing it up.
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If the requirements had been in the contract he would have known not to shut down the pumps until everything had stopped. Too many domain experts think that too much is obvious. I spend a substantial amount of time asking the domain experts to clarify their requirements so that they say what they really mean. It helps that I started by getting a physics degree, then hardware design, then embedded controller design and programming so I understand a lot of the physics, electronics, mathematics, or chemistry behind what my clients want and can read between the lines well enough to see that a lot of lines are missing; but many of my CS educated colleagues simply have to take the domain expert's word as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Re: ew Acer.
My two Acer netbooks are doing quite nicely thank you (Aspire One ZG5 from 2008 and Aspire One 725 from 2012).
On the other hand I've had Thinkpads fail (especially fans), IBM desktop machines with dodgy power supplies. And have you tried using the trackpad and trackpoint on the Lenovo thinkpad W540?
So encrypted files are forbidden?
If they reserve the right to transcode then encrypted files can't be stored there and there is no guarantee that the file you get back is even usable on the system that create it. Surely they really mean that media files can be transcoded on the fly to support different screen resolutions and bandwidth.
Count this as a footnote
I know what you mean by modern (I think), but really things are not modern simply because they are current or new.
Many of my colleagues describe C# as modern; I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Re: Its all about selling your labour
Unfortunately the BS is contagious and our current government here in Norway is hell bent on selling all sorts of strategic assets like StatOil, the wildly successful airport express trains and anything else that doesn't currently make a loss. They are also keen to reduce employee power by making it easier to hire and fire and to employ people part time ostensibly to reduce unemployment in a country which hardly has any (3.5% in 2013 according to the World Bank http://bit.ly/1JDKzqB).
I could understand selling state owned companies that weren't working properly but they never seem to do that they just sell the ones that are bringing in plenty of revenue. Even the bloke who runs the magazine Kapital (a very pro business monthly) and who is as free market as they come is alarmed that well run natural monopoly companies are in the sights of the right wing privatisation fanatics.
Re: What a complete joke
> we now refuse support for Debian, and may soon refuse them permission to use our trademarks
We who? Who's trademarks? If things are as bad as you say it seems a little churlish to withhold that information.
Re: Thank You
I think the Plutarch quote makes a good point; but did Plutarch actually say it? See https://codeandculture.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/fake-plutarch/
Re: But the elephant in the room...
But the US does have debtor's prisons. They just don't call them that. See https://news.vice.com/article/debtors-prisons-are-taking-the-us-back-to-the-19th-century, and also our own darling Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529281/Comeback-debtors-prisons-U-S-courts-revive-Dickensian-practice-jailing-people-failing-pay-legal-fees.html
Re: Missing information
If it's after information that can be found in the user's files why would it need root privileges? I don't care if the miscreant can own the system if he already owns my data.
Re: He talks a good talk
> Although those same animals don't have abusive, exploitative, over-seers policing their every action and increasingly suppressing behaviour that falls outside a narrowing definition of "normal"
Of course they do. Social animals are generally ruled by the top dog, the naked mole rat matriarch, the bee queen, etc. Of course they don't do it consciously and generally the ultimate puppetmasters are the genes (which are carried by ruller and ruled) but behaviour is nonetheless policed and abnormal behavour is certainly suppressed. Let's not let ourselves be misled by invalid analogies.
Re: Or without any additional hardware at all
A bit more detail would be welcome.
Re: Double-tap to wake
Saved me the trouble of typing that. Also my N9 was about half the price.
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
Just thought I should second this.
I live in Norway and flew to Heathrow less than two weeks after Utøya. The first intemperate remark I heard on the subject came not from a Norwegian but from the woman at the car hire counter at Heathrow who's first words to me when she saw my Norwegian driving licence were "I hope he hangs". Public discussion on the subject in Norway, with few exceptions, has been measured and rational while discussion outside has been often hysterical. Almost no one in Norway is untouched by this atrocity, almost everyone either knows someone who was there or has a friend or close relative who does, yet calls for savage retribution were few and widely condemned in favour of upholding the law and constitution. The then prime minister made it clear that Breivik was to be treated as the criminal that he is and that no laws would be changed in response, that he would not be treated as a special case but merely as an extreme one.
He bought a retail copy of the OS? And the film revolves around just the two of them? What about all the other copies? Don't they talk to each other? It all sounds a bit pre-Internet.
My Rover 75 has three separate busses: CAN for critical engine and transmission stuff, K for chassis (karosserie) mounted stuff like entertainment systems and non-critical items, and a lower speed one that handles the security system. I suspect this is true also of BMWs of the same era.
Are you trying to wind us up?
Except that that comment was merely an aside and the case was decided on the grounds that guilt could not be proven.
Here is what it said in http://www.thelocal.se/20140110/man-beats-drink-driving-charge-by-being-asian
"The 63-year-old denied the charges, and the court took into account the fact that it could not be proven that he had actually driven while under the influence of alcohol. "
Folders like this were on the N9 from the start.
This feature is very convenient, it lets me unclutter the home screen and categorize the rarely used applications.
Re: I want web sites blocking
Not going to happen, middle England and Mumsnet probably don't even know what most of those strange jargon words mean so they won't be agitating to have anything done about them which means that there is nothing in it for any politician.
Re: Get the big boys involved
The big boys do not care one fig for your freedom. They are only interested in revenue. If it turns out that they will make more money by censoring their search results than by not censoring them then that is what will happen.
Re: Women In Technology
Hedy Lamarr comes to mind.
Oops, must stop posting late at night when tired, etc.
Paraffin is 9kWhr per litre
So at 25% efficiency we get roughly 2500Wh for a dollar or 25000 for the USD 10 this thing is expected to cost.
So at a deciwatt we are talking about a quarter of a million hours before it pays back.
Will it last that long?
Aplogies in advance if I have dropped/added a few powers of ten again.
Sounds like another 'designer' not living in the real world.
Here in Norway paraffin costs about a US dollar a litre and delivers about 9kWh per litre so if we can assume very roughly 25% conversion efficiency in some sort of thermoelectric converter and round a bit we get 2.5kWh per dollar so the device is worth 25kWh if it sells for USD10. At one deciwatt that is 250 hours before it breaks even. The question is: is 0.1W of light worth having.
For a bit more you could buy a 1.5W @ 12V solar charger and a few nicads (source Maplin's website). Assuming we are talking about a warm country we can rely on say 5 hours of sunshine giving 7.5Wh per day, if the battries convert this at 25% we have roughly 2Wh per day for zero mechanical effort. If it is used for four hours in the evening that is 0.5W, five times the output for twice the price using off the shelf components that are getting steadily cheaper and are easily obtained all over the world and are maintanable by people who have only simple tools.
Actually what bothers me most about the Deciwatt is the website and its utter lack of numerical information.
Re: If they allow copyright on APIs ...
Has the US ceased to be a common law country? US courts take account of precedent as well.
To say that they ignore everything except the argument and the law better descirbes Roman law countries (except that precedent does have a role in those even if it is less important than in common law jusrisdictions).
I suspect that the higher courts are also well aware of legal developments in other legal systems and may well use knowledge of them to inform decisions in their own jurisdictions.
IANAL etc. (and I suspect you are not either).
Re: Bedtime stories
I have a vague memory of a story about a parachute drop that starts as though one of the characters is a peacenik conscript and he is objecting to the dropping of bombs or agent orange but it turns out that what they are dropping is toilets and the hardbitten professional marine is the good guy; Robert Heinlein I think.
That's odd, I vaguely remember having almost no trouble.
I had Debian running on a bunch of DEC Alphas. Not really any problem at all, certainly no assumption that Windows would be used. Brilliant machines used to run ProE on DEC OSF that were thrown out when the company decided that an all Wintel system was the way to go. Then they had to buy Intel hardware that was nominally twice as fast with twice as much ram to ProE to work as well as it did on the Alpha's.
I got four of them for nothing.
It was a bad day when DEC went under.
Re: How to fix a MacBook
Don't you think it possible that you missed an attempt at lightening the atmosphere here with a little humour?
Where did you stay?
You should give the hotel some publicity by telling us where it is and what it's called.
Have a beer on me.
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Warranty is usually not important. Assuming you are in, and bought the device in, the EU or Scandinavia, especially the UK or Norway you should stand on your Sale of Goods Act rights and demand a repair or replacement on the grounds that goods of this class are expiected to have (in Norway at least) at least a five year lifetime. Of course after the first year or so you can't expect the seller to bear the whole cost unless you can demonstrate that the good were not of merchantable quality but you certainly should not have to pay the full cost of replacement or repair. Perhaps I'm just lucky to live in a country (Norway) where the law is on my side and suppliers take their responsibilities seriously. For example I bought an high end AUS motherboard, AMD 64 bit CPU and a good chunk of RAM from Komplett in Norway, Three years later it failed and I couldn't figure out what was wrong, Komplett have all my order history on line so I simply logged in, found the order and submitted a failure report and asked what, if anything they could do.
After a couple of emails to clarify what might or might not be wrong they said send it back. A week later I had an email saying they had sent the full purchase price to my bank account.
Needless to say I a good chunk of it at Komplett buying a replacement.
And of course here is the usual disclaimer: I am only affiliated with Komplett as a satisfied customer.
Re: Looks like the family is lying about the LOL jk
As an American friend of mine is wont to say: And your point is?
Re: Unit of data
>but who charges that much in the UK?
I was wondering the same. Here in Norway on my PAYG (Chilimobil) I pay the equivalent of about 12p per MB. And that is expensive per MB here but my data traffic isn't enough to warrant an all in contract. For what he paid I could download a TB but I would have to be downloading for 12 hours a day at about at the maximum rate a 3G connection can manage.
So it seems to me there are other questions to ask Orange beyond the obvious ones about mis-configured handsets.
Re: Bad ideas never die...
Scandinavia is not a monolithic block you know. Which bit of it do you hail from? As far as I am aware Norway has no identity card even if you want one. I've lived here for over 25 years now and never heard of such a thing except occasionally as something that some politicians would like to introduce.
Re: I guess that it's back to using Google then.
Can El Reg provide a feature that hides AC comments?
Re: What an arsehole...
For me the principal problem with the article and a lot of the comments is the lack of context. Too much of both seems to rely on the reader possessing a lot of background information.
For instance "choosing to do it my email" suggests that it would have been practical; is it?
I suspect not as Carvalho Chahab lives in Brazil and Torvalds in Oregon but I had to consult a couple of web sites to find out (https://www.linux.com/news/special-feature/linux-developers/636068-30-linux-kernel-developers-in-30-weeks-mauro-carvalho-chehab, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds).
For what it's worth (not much) I think that it is rarely worth swearing in public, it tends to distract observers from the point that is being made.
And, off topic, why the fuck does El Reg not turn properly formed URLs into hyperlinks in comments? Swearing included because I doubt that any attention will be paid to the point so I might as well let off steam.
Re: Red keys? Nah. Get yerself one o' these...
That reminds me of my Nascom-2 which had the best keyboard I've ever used. No crappy mechanical switches in it, it had Hall effect switches if I remember right. Probably still have it somewhere, I wonder if I could get it hooked up to a PC?
Re: User Rights and Facts
You wrote a very long piece but didn't give us the most important information which would be a link to a resource that backs up your assertion that "all rights reserved" has the meaning you attribute to it.
Your name isn't Max is it?
Sounds like Max's autonomous corporations in Charlie Stross' Accelerando.
Only five books is a major problem. On my Nokia N9 I have pretty much all of Sherlock Holmes, the BASH Beginners Guide, On Lisp, Alice in Wonderland, The Origin of Species, loads of Wodehouse, Frederick Pohl, Montaigne, Dante's Divine Comedy, Treasure Island, etc., etc. It gives me something for every occasion.
Can't see it working out unless they have some magical way of getting the hardware cost down so that the 10EUR is actually a substantial fraction of the cost.
Plus it only has a five inch screen so I don't see that it is enough better than the 3,9 inch N9 to warrant carrying another device.
Re: Why should a key fob be a problem?
I'm not that well informed on the specifics but as a onetime designer of hardware I would certainly include some kind of control channel so that it would only broadcast when a suitable receiver were in range. Otherwise it will be very wasteful.
Why should a key fob be a problem?
Are they seriously saying that this thing pumps out energy without any kind of handshake to make sure that what goes out is actually being delivered to a suitable sink?
Or is it that it generates so much interference to keyfob transponders that the car will suddenly think that they key has disappeared and disable the car while belting down the autobahn at 200kph?
A couple of extra lines in the article would have made it a lot more informative for those of us who haven't been close following developments in wireless charging.
I suppose I'll have to go and read the pdf.
Well, now I've read it. It looks to me as though it is going to interfere with pretty much everything in the car even when installed correctly. I'll make do with USB.
Are you using it for ploughing?
Re: Use the standard units as internationally agreed....
I wonder if SpaceX using SI has anything to do with Elon MusK not being American? South Africa was officially metric by 1971.
Are you trying to wind us up?
I tried to compromise but El reg wouldn't let me give half and up and half a down vote.
Re: SI señor
All the Americans I know say Imperial units but what they really mean is US Customary.
The volume measures differ even when they have the same name.
And a message to our hosts: why don't URLs turn into links?
Perhaps you could enlighten us then.
Tesla beat Edison not because he used AC but because the use of AC meant that he could use higher voltage and therefore lower current. Until a few decades ago conversion to and from HVDC was difficult and expensive. Now, comparatively, it is neither. When Tesla was at the peak of his abilities there were no controllable high voltage valves, even when they did become available they were bulky, expensive, and fragile. ASEA started development in the 1930s but real systems weren't up and running (as far as I know) until the 1950s.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-voltage_direct_current for an overview. This shows a lot of DC interconnects in Europe and points out that the longest in the world is in China, just over 2000km.
I suppose at this point I should reveal that I work for ABB which makes these things (althoughin a related division). Of course I speak for myself not ABB, etc.
Re: Penny wise, pound foolish.
Perhaps you could explain why we have high power DC interconnects between France and England, Norway and Denmark, etc. if the laws of physics make it unworkable. Yes transmission losses in low voltage high current AC lines are high which is why the electricity transmission industry has been building ever higher voltage transmission lines. Now that we have effective high voltage semiconductor switches we can use DC instead which dramatically reduces the losses and also enables networks of differing phase, frequency and impedance to be connected together.
Interconnecting national grids allows, for instance, solar power to be sold to areas where it is dark. And yes I am aware that all this needs a large investment and a higher degree of political stability than obtains in some areas but it requires no new technology, it can be implemented now. The technology involved is scalable and much of it can be built incrementally.