231 posts • joined Thursday 9th September 2010 12:53 GMT
Another tip of the cap to Mr. Musk and SpaceX, well done lads!
Re: Speaking of rudeness...
I try to offer to reschedule so that they can attend in a place without being a danger on the road, can view the web conference, etc, noting that screams, crunches, and dead air/disconnects tend to disrupt the meetings. Once I do that two or or three times they tend to get the idea. If they don't, I get with them privately to explain more explicitly. Fairly good results with that approach so far, though there's a couple knuckleheads that I've gone to plan B with - inviting their boss instead of them.
Re: Real names optional
Or do what I do, and just slightly misspell your real last name (along with an email address devoted purely to facebook). Real friends hardly notice, and still a decent evasion of search engines.
The general common sense about not saying anything on a social site that you wouldn't publish in a newspaper still applies, of course.
Re: And so it begins
No, seriously, "bloody freakin genius" is a bit of an understatement. Wow.
I almost wish I resided in London, but it's too far of a commute from Boston, and I'm not sure I'm snarky enough to measure up to El Reg's inimitable editorial style.
Re: Not enough info
So more correctly, "which isn't currently road-worthy" (until it gets retrofitted with Back-To-The-Future style hoverboard technology)...
You apparently have not talked to me.
One wonders whether the apology would still have been forthcoming had someone else not been recording and thus making the incident public news.
It's all irrelevant anyway, it's not like their morale could get any worse as they're already facing a flip-a-coin round of layoffs.
Re: "they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`
You're painting with a brush broader than... um what's the official Reg unit of length again? Pretty damned broad, anyway. So I confess to being a little bit curious as to what your opinion of US Democrats is.
What they very likely mean is no identifying information being transmitted alongside the usage - just a customer ID of some sort that they can match to your account with actual identification in their database at home. At least, that is how such services traditionally work (like with personal medical device monitoring).
And yeah - radiation, really? Do they have a problem with the cellphone in their house, or wifi, or bluetooth, or cordless phone, or... *sigh*
There are good reasons to oppose this, but 'radiation' certainly is not one of them. Security of the data may be, but that's entirely dependent upon the architecture of the implementation.
Re: Powered by ARM
I'd hope that they wouldn't use GPS, as that'd take away the option of using it on the moon or Mars. Rather, I'd figure they'd use laser rangefinders and a handful of inertial sensors for the necessary precision, and utility in places where we don't have GPS satellites overhead.
Am I the only one that thinks we'll never actually see Snowden again, that sometime in the last few days he was carted (or crated) out of Sheremetyevo to some underground facility a few hours away, where Putin's people could extract everything they want out of him (notably, a few encryption keys) rather than waiting till he decided to leak some more? Snowden's defenses would be set up to deal with US thug tactics, not Russian thug tactics, and let's face it - Putin is much more experienced in that arena than Obama.
Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"
Except we're talking about Congress?
You may have unintentionally highlighted the problem - we hardly know our Rep/Senators' names (I'd bet 20% can name both their Senators, and 10% can name their Rep), so only hardcore political fetishists and party loyalists show up for primary elections and in November it's an R/D lesser-of-two-evils or party-line vote for the vast majority. Then we wonder why our Congress is completely dysfunctional.
Re: MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says
Beat me to the related "In Soviet Russia, your thoughts control the black helicopters!"
Cadence sucks, bad internet meme, I deserve the downvotes anyway. *sob*
And here's to the engineers and support team for a their decade of success.
Re: you can't see me
Nowhere was in Oklahoma until recently, when an F5 tornado did some ad hoc relocation.
"Existing smart meters are using the cellular networks, generally 2G, which isn't ideal. The signalling overheads required by a GSM connection can easily be bigger than the actual data being harvested from an electricity meter, and there's considerable overheads in maintaining a GSM even when it's not being used."
Exactly correct, and completely misleading. The overhead (TCP/IP wrapping and such) can be more than the actual data being harvested, but you're hardly overloading tower/backhaul facilities even at double the number of bytes going across, and if you pool your cellular usage plans with the operator and make sure the rounding is legit, there's no real issue there. There's GGSN/SGSN overhead in maintaining a GSM's PDP session even when it's not being used, but there's worthwhile ways around it, like piggybacking updates when the meter connects to the home server, or for unusual circumstances waking it up and getting it to establish a new PDP via sending an appropriately-crafted SMS to it.
There's really good reasons to oppose smart meters having remote-disabling of utilities in households (and I for one do oppose them), but security of GSM and technical opposition to 2G modem connections (assuming no public IPs of course) aren't good reasons. It's just the best tool for a job that doesn't need doing.
Re: Way to miss the point...
"Should I want to put a bullet in David Cameron, dont tempt me, with this I can make it myself, disguise it if I want to, and all I need to do is find the guy (probably when he's daughter hunting again), walk past, jam in in his gut and pull the trigger."
I'm right up with you up until I wonder why a knife wouldn't be at least as effective. You could print it from your 3D printer, if that's what suits you. Actually evade the metal detectors that way, too. Oh, and no loud bang, to boot.
"I take it The Reg haven't seen the automatic model they've built that's already been taken off their site then..."
"Automatic" model? With apologies to William Goldman, I don't think that word means what you think it means.
Re: OK the *simple* numbers.
"It also help that it's unlikely they system will be designed to allow you to open the doors in hover and rappel to the ground, or offer covering fire while remaining in hover mode."
So a non-starter in the US consumer market, then?
Re: Parachute - from the article...
In some cases that non steerable chute will STILL be preferable to a human pilot, which may also crash you in to the side of tall buildings, mountains, trees or lakes depending on which way the wind is blowing, except with propellers still spinning at cruising speed.
I'm surprised AT&T isn't eyeing Sprint's seat, I heard they're on the rebound from a rejected proposal.
"a few thousand 'leccy meters" plus ATMs, credit-card transaction processors, vending machines, parking meters, vehicle tracking modules, home medical monitoring devices, pipeline and similar utility monitoring, and whatever other uses clever people figure out for what amounts to a mobile copper-pair POTS line modem, which while requiring some spectrum and old kit doesn't use a figurative drop in the bucket of bandwidth.
I have a few friends that don't seem to get the irony (or is it just hypocrisy?) when they call me while they're driving their cars that have "watch out for bikers" stickers plastered on them.
Re: I can be paranoid.
For the US military academies at least, they likely aren't going to be looking for a job for another 6-10 years, because they're going to be employed as officers in the military. These aren't kids gathered from the local internet cafe, they've been vetted and they signed up for four years of school and another 5-8 of service already. Individuals vary, but these are the least likely group of people to be using their training for malicious purposes of just about any teenagers you could find.
Re: ICANN need a good slapping
Your (and my, and everyone else's) definition of "wasted" and ICANN's definition of "wasted" are likely entirely different, given that the wasted money ends up in ICANN's bank account.
It is Israel. They pay a fair bit more attention to their borders than Schengen Area governments.
Applause for the general approach, but it seems to me that many people would make a point of increasing their driving during the "normal driving evaluation" during the first six months, so as to enhance their rewards later on. Given how obvious this is, I suspect the Israelis have already figured out a counter to it.
Re: Are they serious?
I know, if they were thinking they would have at least renamed the ship USS Shark first.
And instead of LaWS, they could have backronymed it as Forced Recalculation of Intended Kinetic Navigation or something.
Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives
The Egyptian Navy probably apprehended the divers by virtue of stationing a patrol boat within a few hundred meters of the dinghy and waiting for them to surface. The divers, surfacing and seeing authorities (patrol boats look much bigger when viewed from two inches above sea level through a divers mask, trust me), deliberately or in panic disconnected/dropped whatever they might have been using back down to the seabed.
The Navy is presumably getting their own divers to search the local seabed for whatever evidence is actually there, or whatever they need to plant to convict these divers of whatever crime they're charging them with.
The point being, the current lack of evidence really isn't indicative either way.
Re: Towards codifying the ElReg Law of banjaxed units
"Let's see, if a mW is a thousandth of a watt, then wot or whatt is a Mw ??"
That'd be a Megawit, and it is the average output of a standup comedy show routine, or a night with a thousand people that think they're funny.
Re: Natural gas burner
I'm working from long-buried memories of naval ship steam plants, but if I recall correctly it's not just a matter of the water being in its gaseous phase, but rather getting it very hot and "dry" (also called superheated steam) in order to #1 maximize turbine efficiency, and #2 reduce wear and tear on the turbine blades.
The article may just be deficient in not referring to the natural gas burner as a proper superheater.
Too much Welsh, how about Hawaiian?
4G (once they uncap it) is going to be good for mobiles, but the disruptiveness is going to stem from the hammering of DSL/cable/T1 usage across urban and suburban homes and businesses. Businesses are slowly but steadily waking up to the fact that they no longer have to depend on wire carriers and their 8-week "we cannot commit to an install date, but we'll try moderately hard" install/move schedules.
Re: Unfortunate that...
Of course, he'd proxy all the PHB's internet traffic through it.
Re: Variable Relays
They had a regular pro (American) football game there a few weeks prior, and also IIRC a college bowl game. From a Super Bowl standpoint, they would have functioned perfectly well as very realistic rehearsals.
Re: Couldn't Samsung...
It sounds like if Steve Jobs had been running Samsung, he would have stopped supplying Apple long ago.
Setting a low bar, aren't we? A gorilla jumping up and down on a laptop is still better than installing McAfee on it.
Re: It's this bit that worries me the most:
I disagree. They're not incompetent, on the contrary they're very competent, they simply do not have the taxpayers' best interests at heart and are effectively playing for the other side. When called out for it, they feign incompetence because the average voter is more likely to forgive (or at any rate ignore) that than deliberate betrayal.
Or at least, that's what every bit of evidence seems to suggest.
What sort of quantity of water are you getting the hydrogen from? Because while New Mexico has loads of sunlight (for some portion of each day at least), water is relatively scarce. Using clean air as a storage medium is probably better if significant quantities are needed, as everyplace has that except for certain big cities such as Beijing and Los Angeles.
Re: I would assume the reason they did not DDOS YouTube…
Either that, or because while the DDOSers most certainly aren't using the various online banking resources, they didn't want to disrupt their regular viewing of those cat videos themselves.
Okay, no matter what side of the gun debate you're on, that was frikkin funny.
I've never felt so old... I think I'll pull down a book to my ol' Nook tonight and read for a while to cheer myself up.
Re: "Guns don’t kill people"
"I'm intrigued that Matt has to cast around to 1927 to find someone using a method other than a gun to conduct a mass killing of any notable scale in the US and even that was carried out with a series of explosive devices (and those were carried out with dynamite and pyrotol which are now controlled explosives)."
I'm intrigued too - the notable 1995 fertilizer/solvent bombing of a federal building killed 168, including 19 preschoolers, maybe he forgot about that one.
Re: X prize ver 2.0
I was thinking DARPA challenges, but yeah, ditto here.
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