591 posts • joined Friday 1st October 2010 12:21 GMT
Re: Note if you wanted to deployed an aircraft in the atmosphere of Mars this is the tech you need
I think the main thing need to deploy an aircraft in the atmosphere of Mars is rather more atmosphere. Wings don't get a lot of lift in an atmospheric pressure equivalent to an altitude of about 150,000 feet on Earth.
Could it be adapted to have a small amount of battery storage so that instead of having to lift the weight every half hour the owner could just pull hard/turn a handle for five minutes to generate enough power to run several LEDs for several hours at a time? Would that increase the cost too much? And tack on a small solar panel to charge the battery during the day?
Or is that all getting too complicated?
Re: So NSA officials say it's not illegal?
...and the guys who went into the local bank with a shotgun and demanded all the cash said that wasn't illegal either. And Tony Bliar said invading Iraq wasn't illegal.
Is anything illegal these days?
Re: An opportunity for the Reg.
Garden shed boffinry does not need a reason, real-world commercial or otherwise. It is boffinry in its purest sense, boffinry for boffinry's sake.
Re: not rocket science
I think you'll find that solar PV IS viable on earth, or very close to it, when in the right place. Even without the massive feed-in subsidies it's getting close on a domestic scale in the cloudy UK. And covering a few hundred square miles of desert/mountain/tundra with panels will be extremely economically viable within a few years, and a whole lot cheaper, simpler, safer, more secure, more maneagable etc than lasers in space.
Current solar cells in a clear sunny location near the equator can generate at least a kWh per square metre per day. A square kilometres of panels can generate a terawatt hour per day. Global electricity consumption is about 20,000 TWh per year. So 60 square kilometres of PV cells could match the entire global electricity needs, and 500 square kilometres (25 milliWales or a couple of Liverpools) would match total global energy needs.
A massive job to set it all up, very expensive, but still cheaper than beaming that much energy down to ground stations.
Loss of tax revenue?
Potentially that's a good thing if people are smoking less. But if they're just buying bootleg packs instead, the revenue can be made up by having a £200/packet fine for anyone found in possesion of said bootlegs. (£500/packet for second offence) - and possibly a generous reward for anyone tipping off HMRC to anyone selling them
Pix of Brazilian pussies is what the internet is all about.
I know it's not Windows/Linux, but I've just acquired a new Asus TF701T Transformer - 10.1 inch touch screen with clip on keyboard - £430. Lightweight, excellent battery (17 hrs?), and a real keyboard so it can be used for real work.
I was after a replacement for the old AA1 netbook, and something that was a bit more than the Nexus 7. It's not a full laptop replacement (I wouldn't like to use it all day), but I can easily take it out and about and, with a combination of basic apps for editing, FTP etc and Teamviewer to connect to the system at home, I can do just about do anything I want to do with it while I'm away from my desk.
Horses for courses, though. It works for my particular needs, maybe not yours.
Re: Can we have this NOW?
You should have tried living on an operational Vulcan base!
Chopper noise - the Sound of Freedom...
A flinty-hearted bastard writes...
Just checked the larger map and it's about 3000km from Sulawesi, where my favourite coffee comes from, so no need to worry.
"China, North Korea, Syria ... are you listening?"
don't forget Cameron...
I'm not a keen twitterer so don't really understand the details. Does twitter know your geographical location? If not, surely it's pretty pointless for folks in Aberdeen to get an alert about a lost cat in godalming or a nerve gas attack in Westminster. If they can't focus then there will rapidly be a 'boy who cried wolf' situation.
It gets worse...
Extract from another report about the berg "UK and US teams are monitoring the progress of the iceberg, which at 270 square miles in size is bigger than the Isle of Man."
What sort of meaningless comparison is that? Australia is bigger than the Isle of Man as well, and an Australia-sized iceberg would be really worrying. It's as much use as saying 'bigger than Rockall', which is equally true, but doesn't really help.
I think we need legislation to enforce the El Reg units of comparison.
How many extracts make a book?
The principle of publishing extracts under fair use is fine, and there are definitions of 'extract', but what is the cumulative effect of multiple extracts? If I include some extracts from a copyright work in a new work or a review, then that's one thing, but if every reader of my book saw a different extract what happens then? Because that is what Google do. They don't scan the whole book and then publish a few selected extracts - different searchers will see different extracts based on their search term. Do enough searc hes and you can see a fair proportion of the book. Okay, pretty pointless for a novel, but for non-fiction/reference that may be all that is needed. A student writing an essay can get plenty of quotes without even going to look at a copy in the Library, let alone buying the book.
It's all very complicated...
Re: Islands only
Fair point, so for consistency should islands be measured in Angleseys (Ynys Môn)? 1 Môn = 34.36 mCy (milli-Wales)
Announced on the day I get a letter from BT to say their putting up the charge for my land line. Could the two events be connected?
Dear BT: please stick to providing a phone/broadband service and leave the content to other people
I assumed .uno was for United Nations Organisation sites
"If you've been polygraphed"?
Wouldn't security screening be more reliable if they just got them to drink a cup of tea and got an expert to read the tea leaves? Or read the bumps on their head?
Re: More ill-thought out government 'bright ideas'
Possession of a birth certificate is not proof of identity. If it is then I'm going to rent a flat as Florence Butterworth, born 17th March 1868 in Manchester - obviously a British subject!
But perhaps it simply needs a cap on the maximum amount - a few million tax-free dollars/pounds should be more than enough to reward staff for their faith in the early years - beyond that they can pay taxes like the rest of us.
Re: re: hate for ID
But the point is that all these people asking for ID frequently have no right or justification for doing so. This is the 21st century, but the basic principles of the law are still the same.
re: hate for ID
it's simple - this is Britain. The basic principle is that everyone is free to do what they want, without interference by the state, so long as they are not actually breaking the law. If I want to buy X (unless it's a gun) and I have legal tender to pay for it, it's no-ones business but my own what my name is.
Providing there is no intent to defraud then I can legally call myself anything I want, so what is the point of ID? The concept of 'fake' ID is an interesting one once you realise that - if I have an ID card that says my name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and my date of birth is 3 days after my actual DOB, then that IS a valid ID providing that I'm calling myself Zaphod when I use it, providing I'm not using it to claim that today is my birthday and I'm entitled to a free pizza (which would be fraudulent).
More ill-thought out government 'bright ideas'
As always, there is a wee loophole. All a prospective tenant has to say is 'Civis Britannicus sum' then the landlord can't do any more checks, as there is no requirement for a British subject to have a passport, which is the only official document that proves nationality and right of abode. Are the government saying that British subjects must take a foreign holiday before they're allowed to rent a flat?
And they're now thinking of requiring GPs to do the same checks before they treat you.
Simples - check documents at the border, after that it doesn't matter. And if the Home Secretary/Daily Mail really, really think the foriners need to be easily identifiable then rivet a dayglo 'DANGER: ALIEN' steel collar round their neck with a flashing red light on it and built in GPS and siren that sounds continuously.
and out of the 100+ lavabit clone services, how many will be operated by the NSA? (undercover, obviously)
Under what obscure circumstance would someone write code to process an image that allows it to treat the image as executable code? Is this some wierd NSA backdoor that they're owning up to?
I'm not a fan of 'social media' generally, but I'm willing to concede that they may be useful for some people, nay that some people even live their lives through them. But floods of adverts will really piss people off. If Twitter is that important to people then how much would they be willing to pay for an ad-free stream? They claim 150 million active users, so even $10 a year from half of them would raise $750million. Advertising income is currently about $500m a year, losses are running at about $250m a year, so even if they lost half their advertising income by offering 'premium' they'd still be $250m a year in the black, all without having to go public.
I'd have thought it was worth a try, but then the owners wouldn't get a mega-payout.
Re: There is a difference...
@h3 - China has been a state for about 3500 years, their 200 year grace period is long over! ANd after 237 years really the USA should have learned civilised behaviour.
Re: South Park to the rescue
<Real english grammar nazi mode on>
Completely off topic, and I know it's an extract from South Park, and I appreciate that it's just yet another example of the normal weirdness that is the American dialect, but when will Americans learn that the verb 'to protest' normally needs to be followed by a preposition like 'against' or 'about' before the object. To say 'some will protest the war' has a similar effect on my spine as fingernails on a blackboard. It's protest AGAINST the war or protest ABOUT the war, or even "I protest!" Please will they learn to speak proper...
Hey, no worries!
Some governments spy on their friends, some individuals plant webcams in the neighbours' kids' bedroom and bathroom - get over it. It's all perfectly normal and above board.
Does senior executive stock replenishment specialist at Tesco count as a good job?
Re: Just wondering
a factlette is a female fact? - or would that be factette? or factess?
More transmitters might help
Try building some more transmitters to cover all the dead spots first - see the map:
and anyway, my 2-year-old car has a built-in non-DAB radio. Does the government expect me to scrap it and buy one with a DAB radio?
I'm sure some form of system could be devised to mechanically convert a keypress to move the levers to write on an etch-a-sketch screen. Perhaps use two (or three or four screens) that change position so that you can do 'pages' and then erase the oldest page as it moves back to be the 'current' page
If I read the graph right, then the storage capacity of most of these things is about 5Wh per kg. i.e. 200kg are needed per kWh. So, to store enough leccy to power my house for one average day (about 20kWh) I'd need 4 tonnes of the things, which would occupy about 1.5 cubic metres. If I wanted say 4 days capacity for emergencies it's 16 tonnes and 6 cubic metres.
I can't see these being used for storage in the average house or flat, and I really can't see how they'd be used in grid storage other than for small amounts of short-term demand load balancing. Storing a few days worth of wind/solar/tidal is definitely out.
Have I completely misunderstood the numbers? (Ot's more than likely...)
I tried it for a while - great idea - not sure if it's been updated for a while though.
I thought it was just me!
First time I've posted anything to FB in many months (just a plug for a client - honest) and I got the error - thought it was something I'd done (like use a photo of Zuck for my profile)
Re: What really pisses me off
Exactly - logic would say that when resources are scarce you have to prioritise on getting best value for money, and having 8 plods on duty 24/7 waiting to pounce on a bail-jumper is probably not the best value.
To provide that cordon the Met must be tying up at least 40 officers - and for comparison CEOP (which is arguably performing a rather more important function) only has about 120 staff.
The Met commissioner really should be very, very embarassed and ashamed about this.
What really pisses me off
is the continuing waste of millions of quid of public money supporting a 24/7 police cordon in case he sneaks out.
Okay, he seems to be a mildly unpleasant plonker, but he doesn't seem to present any particular danger to British residents, even if he did a runner.
Why are the Met willing to spend millions trying to get this one particular fugitive rather than tracking down other, rather more dangerous, criminals? I thought they had budget problems?
People have identified a number of situations where there may be problems - rural areas, limited functionality on phones. But that's no reason not to press on with a solution (I like the swiss echo112 idea) - just because you can't handle 100% of the situations, doesn't mean you shouldn't implement something that improves things 80% of the time. After all, the basic 999 doesn't work a lot of the time - if a phone isn't available, if the person has collapsed and is alone, outside mobile range etc. - and that isn't seen as a reason not to offer a 999 service.
"China’s National University of Defense Technology"
I'm amazed they managed to get a visa...
Re: Oh, fuck you Mr Z...
Personally, for $19 beeeelion I'd be more than happy to live next door to Zuckerboig. Hell, for that money I'd live in his bathroom.
Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here
It doesn't require the consent of both parties to dissolve a Union - check out the divorce courts!
But the analogy is interesting in respect of Scottish independence and membership of the EU etc.
The break-up (if it happens) could take two forms: a formal divorce, in which case the assets are divided between the two parties, i.e. Scotland takes on a fair share of the assets and liabilities (National debt etc) of the former partnership, but that means the two parties are equal, and so both Scotland and RumpUK have EU/NATO/Eurovision membership etc or neither does.
Alternatively it ends up with the equivalent of Scotland abandoning the other half by packing a few belongings into a suitcase and doing a runner while RumpUK is down the boozer, and abandons any claim to the assets and benefits (Eurovision membership etc) BUT also walks away from any liabilities, so starts up as a country with NO national debt (and quite a lot of oil...) - sounds like the sort of country the EU would like to admit anyway.
The No camp can't have it both ways - if they want Scotland to take on some of the national debt, then they get a divorce and both countries can stay in the EU (if they want) - or both countries end up having to re-apply.
Honest politicians are rare
and Alec Salmond is one of those rare ones. True, he may be a bit lax about following procedures from time to time, but his aims are clear: putting Scotland and the Scottish people first, and doing the best he can for them. He believes that that is best achieved by ending the Union of 1707, and so he is doing what he can to bring about independence.
If he was the sort of person who wanted power and money, he wouldn't be in the SNP. This isn't some opportunistic attempt to gain personal power: I sat in my room in St Andrews in the late 1970s with him discussing all this, and no-one then really dreamed he'd ever succeed. This is a long-held belief for him, not short-term opportunism. If he'd wanted to be rich and powerful he'd have joined the Tories or Labour and headed south. And you must admit, he's the most canny politician Scotland has produced in many years!
So please feel free to argue for or against the case for constitutional change, but please let's not descend to personal attacks - let's reserve those for Call-me-dave and the other evil money-grubbing, power-crazed, baby-eating, devil-worshiping scum who form the present UK government and opposition.
A witch! A witch!
Once we used (quite rightly) to burn witches - this smells strongly of witchcraft - prepare the stake and faggots before it's too late...
Please speak English (or Scots)...
"Although 709 patient episodes have had to be postponed..."
WTF is a 'patient episode'? Something to do with Holby City?
I use UTF-8 for everything (some Welsh characters aren't supported in the usual European sets) - but could someone please give Microsoft a good slapping - just wasted ages trying to get data containing Welsh characters (ŵ and ŷ - see, el Reg can handle them) from an Excel spreadsheet via csv into a mySQL DB - nightmare! Excel output to csv can't do UTF-8. I ended up pasting into OpenOffice, then exporting.
it should be British Racing Green, all over. But on a practical level it needs to stand out against the sky and the ground (and the trees) so one of the naff dayglo combinations sadly makes sense - but give the heroic playmonaut some cool peril-sensitive shades so he doesn't have to look at it.
unfortunately it's a Sony, so no sale I'm afraid.
Yeah, I've always been amazed that those commies/socialists/marxists offering car and house insurance are allowed to peddle their commie/socialist/marxist wares in the US. It's the land of the free and the independent - it's so unamerican to spread the risk and costs.
3D printing may well have an interesting future, but £1195 buys an awful lot of tacky plastic toys in your local toyshop.
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