My first thought was: So THAT'S why HAL went wrong ;-)
(2001: A Space Oddity, if one needed the reference)
Seems like Arthur C Clarke was ahead of the game...again !!
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My first thought was: So THAT'S why HAL went wrong ;-)
(2001: A Space Oddity, if one needed the reference)
Seems like Arthur C Clarke was ahead of the game...again !!
Do all the HQ's PC's have to log into this "compromised" server, to then allow them access to the outside world?
I'd have thought they would just be able to start up their PC's, find that a "network server" isn't available (because <hopefully> it's been quarantined and taken offline) and they'd still be able to access the 'net.
Or is simple me, missing something that happens in "big corporate/charity land"? Maybe this server was also their firewall/access point/etc etc?
I'm simply reminded of the laser weapon that was bedecked with diamonds and was put into space and started destroying various weapons....shame Blofeld was put out of business...he could have won this contract !!
"collecting and sharing such information on users under the age of 13 is a violation of COPPA."
So, collecting the data is illegal ?
"Under the terms of the settlements, the companies will all agree to place additional oversight on their third-party advertisers, including regular scans to monitor how advertisers are collecting data and background checks for ad partners.
The sites will also be required to keep detailed accounts of how data is collected and provide that information to parents upon request."
and apart from a small fine, they are going to be allowed to continue "collecting data" - though they need to document what they collect.
So, having been found guilty of collecting data illegally, they are allowed to carry on ? If it was me, I'd have shut down the servers collecting the data as well as banning the sale of the "toys" that were "collecting data". That'll teach 'em !!
They've been in transit 39 yrs (give or take) since launch in 1977 - and are between 15 and 18.5 light hours away...so, not very far !!
I hope I get my calculations right THIS time !!
So, if humans were travelling at the same speed as Voyager, my back of a fag packet calculation is that it'd take 91,104 years to get to Proxima b
4 LYrs = 35,040 LHrs
35,040 / 15 LHrs = 2336
2336 * 39 years = 91,104 !!
Space is VERY BIG !!
PS 16,667,718,000 km in 39 yrs (or 341,640 hrs) is (approx) 48,787 km / hr - hardly "slow", but nowhere near "warp speed" !!
PPS This doesn't take into account that both Voyagers were sling-shotted around the Solar System, prior to their final trajectory...so some of the above calculations are very inaccurate !!
I still remember Microsoft Bob !! (We're talking Window 3.x here)...
Ahhhh......and it seemed to offer so much too...
PS: By coincidence, I found a link on Facebook to this article...
Pricey idea but not totally daft !!
"The chain is only as strong as it's weakest link - a fancy power lead won't change your house wiring or the distribution grid. In some cases the meat bag's own sensors are the limiting aspect."
Actually, many "fancy power leads" are shielded...which does two things:
It prevents the magnetic/electrical field that is around the power lead (when actually providing voltage and current) from having an effect on OTHER speaker, power and interconnect cables in/around the back panels of the hi-fi system...esp if higher currents are being drawn, which leads to higher levels of induced signals in other nearby cables...and esp those that are not well shielded (if at all).
And it prevents other cables from inducing "noise" into the "fancy power lead" too...
Of course, there are all manner of ways in which interference can be induced into other nearby products...but there are ways of reducing/minimising this by careful product design.
The trouble is that some brands do seem to have marketing depts who have Ph.D's in snake oil theories...which then makes it look like EVERY "upgrade" solution is "suspect", when in fact some very simple (and not expensive) products can bring about noticeable improvements.
"The iPhone accounts..."blah-blah-blah"...40.4 million (units) ..."blah-blah-blah"...51.2m units..."blah-blah-blah"..."
I'm still quite amazed at human kinds ability to actually manufacture such significant numbers of a highly technical product, in such a short space of time (the above numbers relate to fiscal quarters...
I can understand it with "simple items" say Mars bars, or packets of corn flakes, etc...but it's indeed a "good business" for anyone when they make 50 million of anything in just a few months !!
"Send em up one at a time and just lego them together into a big sphere and eventually it will be safe to live in the middle."
On a similar vein, why not re-design the 2nd stage boosters (which normally just burn up in the atmos once they are "used") and collect them together in orbit, join them up and re-use them/recycle them.
It might take a bit of re-imagining how these boosters are designed so they could be "dual use" (ir as boosters and then as storage/habitats/raw materials but they could be re-used post-launch, and it would be a start.
"So detector vans do not exist and haven't for decades. Instead there is a team of people sending out letters and knocking on doors."
I would tend to agree with you...
BUT, there are surely enough El Reg members who have smart phones and who live in the UK to able to grab a photo of one of these vans...after all, it wasn't that long ago, that some people took to taking pics of Google's Streetview Opel Astra's driving around.
So, why not see if we can spot some TVL vans - esp as I'd love to see the twigs on it !!
(Twigs = antenna's / aerials / bits of string )
Would Heart Internet have anything to do with Fasthosts?, as they too suffered a major outage on their email platform on the same day...and that also took about the same time to fix.
Given this news, I think we should start a campaign and get NASA/whoever to rename the GRS to "Scorchio", in fitting tribute to the late, great Caroline Aherne.
"but surely Mr Musk has got deep enough pockets to buy a bit of ground somewhere ?"
I'm not sure why I got 2 thumbs down for this...as according to a story in ElReg, Mr Musk is planning on doing just what I suggested..almost exactly 6 months after my suggestion ;-)
"Maybe trying to land on a floating deck which is moving about all over the place - despite thrusters and stabilizers etc - is just a step too far."
Why can't they just rent a bit of land somewhere remote-ish, paint a nice target ring on it and land it on terra firma.
I know some govt depts don't like the idea of space rockets, partly filled with rocket fuel, landing in peoples back yards, but surely Mr Musk has got deep enough pockets to buy a bit of ground somewhere ?
"Well there's always Starship Titanic"
Not quite one of Douglas Adams' best, but still seeing this reference, brought back a few memories...
Wiki for those who want it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Titanic
"I wouln't mind a 24 day year so long as it's not Patch Tuesday on 12 of them."
OTOH, would it be great if it was a combined payday and POETS day on the other 12 "days" ;-)
As long as the company producing the End of Lifed IoT device is forced (by legislation) to make their server software Open Source, then this surely would help prevent said devices ending up in landfill, or on a boat to Asia to be "recycled" (or put in landfill "out of sight over there !!).
A few years ago, Cobalt made some nice little 1U webservers, which worked really well...then they got bought by Sun and then said servers were discontinued...but at least Sun released to Open Source, the code for the servers and hence StrongBolt and Blue Quartz (and others) came about which extended the life of these products considerably. :-)
I wonder what's going on in the politics world.
Cameron supported Remain and when Leave won the referendum, so he quit.
And now we will have another Remain supporter as PM who surely should have resigned as well...along with all the other Govt Remain supporters.
Then, the opposition party members who supported Remain should have quit and then we could have had a nice General Election and fill the Houses of Parliament with people who want to Leave.
(Unless of course the electorate have changed their mind in the meantime).
This would then have been fair and everyone would then have had a say in who was the new PM...not some crazy scheme where a limited number of Tories supported one candidate and everyone else either got a handful of votes or else they stood down.
"Obviously this excludes the comedy items like £79 HDMI leads , and optical speaker cables with gold connectors for "conductivity"."
I've yet to see a "speaker cable" that uses optical technology to deliver sound from a stereo or AV system.
Admittedly, gold-plating the tips of audio based (ie SPDIF) TosLink cables doesn't make sense...
"Yeah really. The correct call is to buy a Windows Phone or Blackberry as an investment."
I did something like once - I bought an Apple Newton.
Trouble is: I don't know how much of a return I'll get on it now. Probably about -100% ;-(
So, how do they collect the data?
One assumes they'll start the fire before re-entry and monitor it until it hits the atmos at which point all comms are usually lost.
And by the time comms are possible, it'll have burnt up over the pacific :(
So, just a few minutes of data collection I expect?
OK, so an OWL Stereoscopic viewer is £15 + £4.50 p&p.
But an OWL Virtual Reality Kit, which is the above viewer plus what looks like a thin flat magnetic sheet (aka "Holding Plate") and a thin piece of metal with double sided tape you stick to the back of your phone is £25 + £7 p&p...
Oh, and one is in grey and the other is in red...maybe that's the reason !!
There's a link on El Reg which talks about the Queens Speech from 2009, where Gordon Brown was talking about ensuring 2Mbps being the minimum for broadband...and now, 7 years later, they are talking about 10Mbps by 2020....jeez.
I think some of these politicians and civil servants need to be dragged into the 21st century, as in some countries, 100Mb is the norm NOW (and has been for a while). God help us when they get Gb connectivity and we are still reliant on tins cans and wet string to make a connection. BT/Openreach needs to be given the boot and let's have some upto date technology providers to rejig the system.
"Shedding the panels should result in fuel savings as well, right? No clue how much mass we're talking about, or how much fuel savings. I'd imagine that the vast majority is spent in the early stages of a launch, but still..."
One can't shed the panels too soon, as they are used to help the initial launch phase where the "air wall" in front of the rocket is very large.
Rockets go from 0-400 km/h within 30 secs and reach 1000 km/h within 60 secs, 2000 km/h after 90s and by 2 mins are at 4000 km/h. After 150 sec, 7000 km/h would be reached and at approx 3 mins, the fairings are dispensed with, by which time 8500 km/h would have been reached.
Without the fairings all that "air wall" pressure would damage the payload section* of the rocket.
* = which tends to be at the top (front) of the rocket.
Easy to stop too - the wheels have spokes so a broomhandle through one wheel and it'll just keeping going around in circles...
I wonder how it copes going up a slight incline ? 78 kg is pretty heavy so, it'll slow to a crawl, if it can make progress at all...
The design reminds me of the oval shape salt and pepper pots, though this is bigger.
Looks like they've packed it all away again :(
Webcam now just shows some grass and the rear of a helicopter. :(
"Plus several round the clock guards, as the statue would be worth around $60 million!"
Raw materials "worth" maybe...but get Damien Hirst to design it, Banksy to paint it, Tracey Emin to add some decorative features and Ai Weiwei to give it his approval and we might be talking a whole lot more...
Do it right and you can stop selling idevices and instead sell replica SJ "statuettes"...you could even approach A.M.P.A.S and sponsor the Oscars by providing "Steves" instead...in fact sponsor EVERY major awards ceremony for "luvvies" and they can all have "Steves"... :)
"The accelerating-expanding universe is explained (galaxies are expanding out at an accelerating rate, faster than the speed of light and out-run their own light to become invisible)..."
I've heard this idea before, but what I don't understand is this:
a) I thought that "nothing can travel faster than light" is a basic rule of science ? Even if it's only the "edge" of the galaxy, that would still have mass ? Or are we talking about the "galaxy" as having a theoretical "volume" and it's this volume that is expanding (while the stars within the galaxy are expanding outwards, but not at quite the same rate ?)
And b) if an entire galaxy is accelerating out, where is it getting it's energy from to do this ?
Lastly, c) if the galaxies that are expanding outwards so quickly, since the Big Bang, and they are moving away from us, there must be huge numbers of them that we cannot see or detect, as light and other tell-tale signs that travel at the speed of light (or less), will never reach us. So how do we know they are there ?
"We'll be able to get a lot closer look in about four billion years' time, at which point the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our Milky Way and merge into a new super-galaxy."
Is this a coincidence?, as in approx 4 billions years time, our Sun will apparently swallow up Earth and then collapse and ruminate on what's it's consumed. Maybe merging with Andromeda will provide Sol with some dessert to feast on ;-)
Haven't you seen the Tom Swift Jr adventures ?
This might help :)
If you watch the video at the end of the article, I just love the sound from Michele Bannister, just after she is introduced (about 45 seconds in), when she does a quite loud "mmmmmmmmmm" before her presentation - maybe she fancies the chap who introduced her ??
"Should have made it an SSD then."
TBH, a quick look on fleabay will reveal plenty of small-ish (8Gb or so) capacity SATA SSD's for around 2 cups of Costa's finest coffee - I got a couple a few days ago and they are doing very nicely :)
For the "tinkerer" in me, these are much nicer than SD cards.
Linux boots up very quickly and low power draw too. Win Win :)
"You missed the hints."
Shame El Reg was late to press with this news story !!
It was announced on Pi-day too....how many hints does one need ??
"But remember the Pure Bug radio? It was, to my knowledge, the only one that came close to the promises with ability to record. I don't know why."
Not quite - PURE also made the Evoke-3 which, like the Bug, paused or recorded live radio DAB (or it would allow "time-shifting", via it's built in timer) to an SD card.
Evoke-3 had a lot going for it - big display, mains/battery operation, DAB/FM operation, stereo speakers with good audio, plus aux input and Toslink output....plus it didn't look like a ugly plastic lump. PS The Bug was designed by one Wayne Hemmingway :(
I doubt record execs would have an issue with recordings made off DAB, given the low data rates and in some cases, mono output of some stations....so, a 64kb or 80kb mono MP2 recording of the latest and greatest "popular" record is hardly going to cause issues, when so much is available on Youtube, which given the right piece of software on your PC can easily be downloaded onto PC.
"How about DRM cd's dvd etc."
I think this only covers music and CD's....
As far as DVD goes, there's a different "set" of media companies' interests at stake, namely Hollywood and the film studios.
Most (music) albums might only cost a small number (or even fractions) of millions to create, market and produce - so their "losses" to "home taping" are relatively minor. However, studios can spend hundreds of millions of dollars/pounds etc to do a similar job, so "copying" said movies causes a lot more consternation and as such, it's less likely that they will be appeased by said ruling(s).
The technology does exist for individuals to "copy" DVD's and convert said files into MKV (or similar) files that can be watched on various devices (and without needing the original media)....so, at some point some scheme needs to be thought of, to ensure that film companies can be reimbursed with some form of compensation.....but don't hold your breath !!
"Why would musicians need compensating for format shifting in the first place... what's the original reason for that? "
I think that the original reason comes from "way back when", when there were two sources of music - LP's and tape (either reel to reel, cassette, or even 8-track).
As such, the musicians and record companies expected people to buy TWO copies of any specific song or album, assuming you wanted to play said music at home or in the car and you didn't want to buy a record player for the car or a tape deck for home...
For most people it was never an issue as pre-recorded cassette and 8-tracks sounded dire.
But then higher quality hardware came along and you could then record the LP you bought onto a high quality blank take (which usually sounded better that the fast-duplicated tapes available for sale). Or you record certain favorite songs and make up a mix-tape you could share with friends...so they then didn't have to buy said music at all.
The music industry didn't like this and hence campaigned for blank media to be taxed somehow and for musicians to be given this extra money.
The "battle" has been raging since the mid-1970s....and it would be nice if it came to an conclusion now.
"It's still my phone, and I'll never upgrade until it breaks down."
Ditto.....my only gripe about my S 11 is that it works so well that I'm scared of bricking it, by getting it rooted and updated with a more recent version of Android or one of the other versions (eg: CyanogenMod).
But the good news is that you can pick up "looked after" s/h S 11's for not a lot...I got a 16Mb in White for £35 so, I have a spare "just in case" (and I back up my usual phone so I can restore onto the spare if I need to).
"Doesn't it make you feel humanity is so very small...?."
Without getting too religious....
oh, alright then....
At the risk of upsetting some people...you'd have thought if God was really THAT great, he'd have created a bigger world for us to reside on, with far more raw materials than we could ever need, in a "Solar System" populated with a bigger Sun and more planets...
Instead, we've got a Sun which always seems to be smaller and less bright than any other "interesting star" that astronomers find. And we don't seem to have too many "interesting bodies" nearby either, aside for (probably) a Black Hole at the centre of our Galaxy.
Some nice binary pulsars nearby would have been good....Stargazing Live announced a new one tonight, spinning at 30 times a second, weighing (approx) a thousand, million, million, million tons (IIRC)...but it's a long, long, long way away (in the constellation of Cygnus, apparently).
"We can expect Seagate to spread this helium-based technology across its portfolio of 3.4-inch and 2.5-inch disk drives and so regain basic capacity parity with WDC"
I know that computers have been getting smaller and faster...but shaving 0.1" off a hard drive isn't going to win friends, I'd have thought !!
"Currently, ASDA have the rights to the Polaroid brand in the UK for audiovisual equipment. Don't know how long *that* deal will last, but it puts it on the level of Technika and Matsui."
I bought a quite cheap Polaroid branded Bluetooth external speaker from ASDA, as I was interested on something portable that I could use as a hands-free kit. I'd seen Jawbone products, but they were more expensive than I wanted to pay.
I didn't know Polaroid was a licensed brand so I guess I was a little "hoodwinked" into thinking it was a quality brand...hence why they want to sell the Memorex brand - as some people will recognise the brand name and make a purchase as a result. Having said that, the item I got works as well as I need so, no problems there.
And let's be honest - it's a lot cheaper (in marketing terms) to buy an "off the shelf" brand name, than to come up with a NEW name and get it "recognised" around the world.
LCD type panel meters that read one's electricity use, have been around for a while....so, if one wanted to monitor one's energy use, making such a meter "smart" won't make more people change their energy habits.
Of course, linking a smart meter to your broadband and an app, could be useful....but you'll be able to do that with various other solutions, if you wanted to....and there's the rub.
Having this system "foisted" onto consumers (who will end up have to pay for it, in their bills) really doesn't make any sense to me, esp if every consumer is "forced" to have it installed and the device(s) then just sit there, consuming energy themselves (paid for by consumers) and people take no notice of them.
And supposing people don't have broadband - how will they work then? And for people who are "renters" (nor home owners) how will said metering link in to the irregular placement of one's broadband router - by wifi perhaps?
And how long before these individual "smart meter" devices are hacked by 3rd parties?
I can think of better, more sensible ways to spend £19bn....
Looks like a campaign has been started in support of naming one of the new elements "Lemmium"
in view of some recent "heavy metal" rock icons departing this mortal coil, I propose:
Lynottium (as it's 30 years to day that he died)
(for non-rock fans, these relate to 3 now deceased MotorHead band members: Phil "Philthy" Taylor, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Michael "Wurzel" Burston and the late lamented Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy).
"Business Banking services are currently running at a significantly reduced capacity and running slower than normal, said the bank in a statement this morning."
All I get when I try BIB is:
"This web page is not available"
"The server at www.business.hsbc.co.uk can't be found because the DNS look-up failed."
oh dear !!
"Lotus 123 wasn't a suite, it was a single application. "
I couldn't afford Lotus 1-2-3, so I ended up using "As-Easy-As", a shareware spreadsheet that could read/write various wk* files.
When, eventually, I got hold of 1-2-3, I found I still preferred A-E-A !!
Just my 2c :)
...that none of the lead Japanese admins and techs on this project didn't commit "seppuku" at the time of the initial failure...as they really would have been up a creek without a paddle.
Good for them that their perseverance paid off. Hope they can get some data from it - they've waited long enough !!
"Intel provide a cheap solution that works. Use it."
err....I did do as you suggest and used an Intel-solution, but it didn't work so well, resulting in a bent pcb. (see other reply I made).
I would suggest that in some cases, 3rd party solutions can sometimes be a better option, simply because they overcome limitations in stock designs, which might not have been foreseen, when the product was originally designed.
sudo killall -9 Autopilot