242 posts • joined 7 Sep 2010
Re: Broadcast vs. Mobile network.
Does multicast work over the final hop to the phone with 3G/4G/LTE/Whatever? Or is the mobile tower the final node in the multicast path and then it's individual data links to each mobile device?
Re: Back in the day
So how do those "three shells" things work?
It wouldn't have occured to me that bank details might be at risk from a simple reply-all/spam/email storm. But, <engage tinfoil hat> why would he feel the need to specifically mention that?
Reminds me a bit of this xkcd: http://xkcd.com/463/
Re: Putting the Mars into Marxist
Well, you're nearly in luck then. OMW The Movie didn't pan out but OMW The TV Series seems to be progressing:
Re: Putting the Mars into Marxist
Guess you skipped all the bits with the <spoilers!> rioting, murdering, politically motivated attacks, assinations and, oh what was that bit again, ah yes - the violent revolution in which the planet is nearly destroyed by a falling space elevator, then?
I'd hate to hear what you thought was a dystopian future! :-)
I get the feeling AO has had that one ready for some time and so has been awaiting the vaguest hint of good news from BB even more eagerly than the staff, management and shareholders have been!
Re: Bureaucracy till the last
I'm just trying to get my head around the idea that in time it takes them to jump through this wood related hoop presumably (tens of?) thousands of shipping containers are going to land in the US from all over the world and, oh yes, every single one of them is going to be sterile and, oh yes, honestly, every single one is going to have a totally genuine stamp and certificate to say so.
Re: "Sea-Me-We"... seriously?
Well, I worked on the first Sea-Me-We project in the early 90s (in a very minor capacity) and I can assure you we were making all the same comments and sniggering like 12 year olds then too.
Might be time to break out the Apollo 13 (mis)quotes: "... you're telling me what you need. I'm telling you what we have ..."
Re: @inventor of the ML (TLDW)
I'm also getting (literary) flashbacks to some of Walter Jon Williams stuff - "Voice of the Whirlwind" perhaps? The back story is that corporate mercenaries have been fighting on space stations and underground tunnels in other planets and it all goes (even more) pear shaped when the bio-weapons and cybernetic wolves are deployed...
Re: He said no to the Darth Vader part in Star Wars
Well, the name "David Prowse" was associated with three huge films but you wouldn't know what he looked like or what he sounded like - that's got to be a bit annoying for an actor! Especially as I vaguely recall that the re-dubbing by James Earl Jones was an afterthought.
Jaws may not have said much, but when he did it was his own voice ...
When this choice ultimately wins and "lawndart" and myself get showered with gold coins (or whatever it is that we win) let's hope they can tell the difference between "AdamT" and "Adam T" ...
Re: This attempt by Apple to continue to pursue the issue over phones that are......
Well, nothing has changed in the last two years given that I commented thusly in Aug 2012 (but it would be equally applicable today):
.... [a hung jury] would be about the only way for the "lay person" to say: "We are fed up with you corporate titans using the legal system as the latest blunt instrument to attack each other when you could both be getting on with competing fairly and developing the next products because, yes, some of us like iThings and some of us don't but we'd like them _both_ to be available, please. Oh, and while we're on the subject of tech companies wasting time and money, WHERE'S OUR DAMN FLYING CAR?"
Re: "teenagers hogging the phone line "
I think you mean "That's so TwenCen" ...
Saying or writing it in full, like, just, like, takes too long, dontcha know?
Mr @AC - you are correct. I did indulge in a bit of googling after my post and found it eventually - surprisingly hard when you can't remember the name of the series, the titles of any of the books nor the author!
I remember reading an "aimed at teenagers" sci-fi series where some teens made themselves a space ship out of a hollowed asteroid and went off and had adventures, etc. Kind of "Enid Blyton in Space" I guess. But one of the books had them meeting up with an apparently abandoned space ship that turned out to be full of nuclear waste and heading for the Sun...
Can't remember what the series was called or who it was by though.
Re: “There had not been a single case of a shark biting one of the old cables”.
I've got a genuine chunk of used PTAT-1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTAT-1) cable at home. About 18inches that I sawed off the end of one of the branching units when it got hauled back up for the repair of an intermittent fault. Wiped out three hacksaw blades doing it - the high tensile steel in the middle is tough stuff! Doesn't look like it would ever bend but, yes, once you've been to the factory you can see it does...
Re: I was amazed at how SMALL these aircraft were
That's because it _is_ one of the test planes. The passenger seats, etc. were added at the museum to show ordinary mortals what the commercial version was like.
But, yes, I did look at those chutes and think "how bad would it have to get before _that_ starts looking like a good idea" !
+1 for (The) LARCH
Lohan Arborial Repulsion Coded Heuristic
and of course it has to have a function called HowToRecogniseATreeFromQuiteALongWayAway(...)
Hmm. I used to be a little put out by the implied irony:
"Why Don't You Turn Off The Television And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead .....
.... After You Have Watched This Television Programme Telling You What That Should Be"
(but, yes, it was still good)
Was that the one with Doctor What - a fairly transparent but more educational rip off of Doctor Who?
"The sci-fi author is clearly a favourite for ... Hollywood fodder in general."
Who can forget "A Scanner Darkly" ? Hmmm, most people, it would seem.
(I liked it)
Re: Solid boosters?
Actually, this cropped up in the comments on a previous article. Apparently there _are_ options for aborting a solid rocket after ignition. Basically you fit a shaped charge ring around the top and bottom and cut both ends off. Once you've lost the nozzle and are venting at both ends there won't be any thrust - you just (!) have to handle the two minutes of fire coming out...
I don't know if this was implemented on the shuttle or not but I do know that they had a multiply redundant booster ignition system to ensure that they _both_ lit. Just one lighting was one of the nightmare scenarios...
Also, for a stack based system (i.e. Apollo, SLS, SpaceX) rather than Shuttle style, any crew compartment has to have an escape rocket system that allows it to separate and fly up to parachute height.
So there are options to work with solid boosters. Not sure they are good ones but they do exist.
Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option
I've got this combo too. Torque is very good. Problem is the ODB socket in my car is just above my feet so I'd worry about kicking the ridiculously big plug out if I left it in all the time ...
Re: A very lonely birthday party
unless, of course, the cake was a lie...
Re: @Adam T
@Ledswinger - thanks for the further useful info. I'm approaching this not just from a money saving point of view but also the challenge of how it could be done ideally. Hence my starting point would be to try and monitor everything and control everything and see what could be achieved. I take your point about the boiler over-provision though. I guess this could be partially remediated by having multiple thresholds around the temperate settings so that you delayed the switch on in one room until another room or two also wanted heat, provided the first room didn't breach some second threshold, etc. etc.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions/recommendations (watchforstock, circusmole, Nigel Whitfield, et al). Looks like things have moved on a bit since I last looked in to this.
I did note that the nCube use the danfoss wireless controllable and thermostatic valve but I do really want the valve and the thermometer to be separate units. Having the temperature measured right next to the heat source is always going to be second best. I think you can disable that function of the valve in favour of an external control signal but then you are paying for a bit of electronics on each radiator that you are not using...
Yes - they all basically just seem to be adding a bit of automation to the "turning the temperature of the whole house up and down a bit" control on a standard thermostat. What I really want (and what I suspect could really make savings) would be individual control of each room and each radiator. The use profile of bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, spare rooms, hallways, junk rooms and kitchens is very different (my house isn't that big, I'm just trying to be complete!) and a single thermostat, no matter how smart, just isn't going to be able to do a better job than individual room control.
The only one that seems to offer a bit of a nod in that direction is nCube (as they at least have radiator controls) but I still don't think they are quite there (certainly their website is a bit sparse on details).
Are there any systems where you can get: wireless, battery operated radiator valves without thermostats; wireless battery operated thermometer (for each room); wireless on/off control for the boiler; one smart controller (with webapp and/or mobile app) and; maybe a handful of basic room controls for simple overrides ?
Re: this probably sounds stupid.
well, there are two key questions here: what is the extent of your judicial reach and what is the extent of your physical reach? The US (*), for example, seems quite happy to extend its judicial reach well beyond it's physical boundaries, so why would "servers in space" be any different, especially when there will need to be ground control stations, etc. all over the place? And, secondly, the US and China have both been quite happy to demonstrate that their physical reach extends into space too as they have both deliberately downed satellites in circumstances that suggest that "showing that they could" was the primary purpose ...
(*) - not just picking on the US. The UK seems quite happy to attempt to export its libel laws across the world too...
Well, just from a practical point of view they must surely have to maintain a list of what was removed simply so that when that site gets re-indexed the "offending" links don't just get added straight back into the Big Database? So the key questions are to what extent partially exposing that list (by reference to chillingeffects, etc.) complies with the court judgment and, as mentioned in the article, to what extent they should/shouldn't keep details with the list of removed urls pertaining to the removal request.
Re: Biolite stove..
I'm probably being a bit dense here but, why didn't you want to charge your phone from it?
with the eerie green glow provided by "half life wife" ?
Re: GCHQ wants to know what NSA hasn't a clue about and isn't being recorded for reporting in leaks
I think I've finally worked out what this reminds me of. In Iain M Banks "Feersum Endjinn" there's an AI, or some such, in a tower, maybe on the Plain of Sliding stones? (don't have an e-copy with me that I can check). But I'm pretty sure it was producing messages like this ...
Based on appearance?
If it's based on appearance, then the Pierce Brosnan character from Mars Attacks! must be a pretty good archetype:
Re: Are we here because of Theia?
I vaguely recall a related theory that the presence of the moon (not just the impact that created it) also influenced the composition of the crust and that it has more of the heavier elements in it that it would otherwise. Hence us having access to metals/minerals/isotopes and all the other things that we need for "technology"...
Re: Great Article.
It's not always about science but I find "More or Less" on BBC Radio 4/World Service (and podcasts) is still happy to have a go at debunking dodgy statistics on almost any subject from any source. I thought they had done one on "peak oil", "reserves vs. resources", etc. - although I can't find it - but, for example, they did cover "peak population" and they don't mind quizzing politicians or charities about claims that are arguably or provably false. i.e. they are all about the facts and the reasoning rather than worrying about whether the claims are being made to support something that is considered "broadly good" or not.
I suspect their audience isn't really big enough to be making a difference though.
Re: Nice one again
You may also enjoy "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson. Part of the plot follows a slightly fictionalised/alternate-history version of the allied code breakers (Bletchley Park, etc.) as they deal with exactly this kind of problem.
And also worry about the reverse issue of trying to counteract their own possible revelations of information back the other way. e.g. having worked out how many tanks per week the enemy is building, what if you inadvertently change your behavior in such a way that the enemy can work out what you have done? Then they might start deliberately messing with the serial numbers to spoil your analysis whilst suddenly increasing production...
... is there anything it can't do?!
Well, actually, yeah there are a few things. But it still never ceases to amaze me especially when you see it coming up with things like this...
(and, of course, I am referring to the thing they are trying to copy rather than the - admittedly also very clever - thing that the researchers came up with)
if they do it right then they will only need another computer once ...
duh duh duh ... duh duh
duh duh duh ... duh duh
Edit: hmmm, not sure that's really worked with the "duh"s. I'm going for the Terminator theme, if that's not clear...
"There's no room for men like you in my force, Whitaker. I'm transferring you to the SPG"
Re: Wait! The GOVERNMENT did this?
It _did_ happen in the UK: http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=minecraft+britain
Don't recall that there was too much seething, given that an intern at Ordnance Survey did it.
Re: This is great!
yes it did: http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=minecraft+britain
Ah yes, the days when parents let their young teens read the first book and prepared themselves for the awkward questions afterwards. (*)
"Mum? What are ..."
<what's she going to ask? what's she going to ask!?>
" ... Tunisian Baggage Handlers?"
(genuinely happened to some family friends)
(*) As the article alludes, these were probably the first (or at least the first, successful) Young Adult/Aimed at Teens books that frankly discussed a number of topics that were formerly "behind the bike sheds"/"unsubstantiated gossip"/"things the older kids told you (or lied to you) about" areas!
I may have slightly lost track of the latest plan but I though Helium was very much the SPB lift gas of choice (for lots of good reasons involving proximity of rockets, ignitors, etc.).
But those tanks are bright red, which I thought was the tank colour of Hydrogen?
Bit like this perhaps? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cray_X-MP.jpg
Re: Microsoft missed an opportunity here...
It's almost as if you read Trev's previous post :-)
He reckoned about $65 per year should hit the mark as an amount businesses would pay and enough to directly fund the necesary staff at MS. With the added bonus to MS of getting lots of people used to the idea of paying for an OS by annual subscription...
No way was the "eye-wateringly high" line an innocent and coincidental choice of phrasing!
... now you're just showing off.
That carbon rod ...
... is it inanimate?
It's a nice idea but I don't think our technology is up to it. Firstly you'd need an imaging system on it that could spot these objects from many AU away and secondly you'd need a pretty awesome propulsion system to get out of the earth's orbit around the sun and into a new perpendicular one.
More or Less ...
... on Radio 4 covered this, I thought, pretty completely: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01p8bs2
But, having just listened again, I don't hear them mention "pole" though ....
Interestingly the Romans seemed to like the idea of "metricated" multiples as there was a Roman mile of 60,000 inches (as opposed to the normal mile of 63,360 inches, obviously).
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