81 posts • joined 14 Dec 2010
Made me think of
The "Homer" from Logan's Run
Made me think of
Heavy Time by C J Cherryh. Just like the Gold Rush, the ones that supply the miners really make the money.
Re: No Noise...???
oooh, me wants the sound of a RR Merlin, with a touch of the Avro Vulcan howl for the overtake button, and speakers that go up 11!
Re: All too familiar
Been through this too, last time I spent 10min talking them through installing TeamViewer, and 2-3hrs scanning for & cleaning all the malware toolbars and other crap off their system. The good part is I'll be in their country soon and collecting on the promised beer.
Neutrinos are less flamboyant than Photons, perhaps they don't slow down for every paparazzi opportunity or stop to take selfies, hence the difference in arrival time. ;)_
Re: "quis custodiet ipsos custodes"
Since the days of Genesis, why does it always seem to be me looking at you,
you looking at me. Its' always the same, it's just a shame, that's all.
you forgot that it all runs over dark-fibre.
How about this, keep your current fridge :-
ASDA already have a record of what you bought - the unique till receipt no. links to a list that itemises your purchases, you can even use this yourself for their price guarantee, and I suppose other retailers must have the same data capabilities for their own stock control purposes, we just need access to this data ourselves.
Most supermarket produce has a barcode/qr/rfid tag.
I propose a standalone tablet style display-multiscanner (bar+qr+rfid+scales+imaging camera) that you can quickly book-in stock by entering the till receipt id, the shop has already scanned the items anyway.
Also, the ability to :-
1) enter items bought elsewhere by either scanning in or manually entering them by text or image.
2) define a storage location i.e storecupboard, fridge, freezer etc. (when I buy butter 1 goes in the fridge, the rest go in the freezer, same with bread).
3) set a re-order preference for a particular brand or generic/own brand i.e Fairy or any washing-up liquid.
4) record/set a date of entry - can be used to alert expiry date/age of produce.
On usage the items can be easily scanned or weighed to deduct them from the stock inventory, allowing for either unit or partial pack deduction i.e. 1 apple, 1 box of dishwasher salt, 87g frozen of peas from a 1kg bag, or 2 OXO cubes from a box of 12.
If you can set max/min & over time the mean stock levels for items then eventually you should be able to predict daily, weekly and monthly shopping lists, as well as getting reminders that you might want to transfer butter from the freezer to the fridge so it's defrosted before the current pack runs out, and that you've still got that tin of chickpeas in the cupboard from 5 years ago (do not re-order flag set!) :)
For an IoT angle, the ability to link to a price comparison site could give you a preferred supplier & estimated budget planner, with the ability to generate a tailored shopping list that could be placed for collection or delivery if required. You could even have a meal planner and get the system to suggest ideas based on the available ingredients, it could even calorie count your meals.
Shouldn't be too difficult to use current information processing & hardware technology to put this in a domestic setting at the sub-£100 mark, at the end of the day it's really just an epos type till entry system without the cash handling and small database stock management system, you could even have some of it "in the cloud", I'm sure that Google or Facebook etc. would love to have more information about you.
Ok, I'll start you off..
nimda or 64632, the admin password for the PBX system where I used to work, at least they changed it from the default 23646. ;)
Re: Re: Policies
Thanks for the randomly generated new Ebay password, but are the 14th and 34th characters I's or l's ?
You know it's damned hard to read the invisible ink on these post-it notes that I use for keeping track of all the different passwords. ;)
Re: Conductive Grease
Try these :- http://www.electrolube.com
Available from CPC and much cheaper than cool-amp by the looks of it.
What is the voltage + current
expected to go through these connectors? You don't want hot-spots welding them together, low temperature conductive grease sounds like a good idea.
Re: "Burn Notice" was a documentary series
And so is "Person of Interest".
Re: A thing of beauty
Well they've got the skill set & technology to do a "Carlsberg" of a BBQ, cryonics for the beer chiller & rocket thrusters for the grill.
But seriously, well done to them for what's been achieved so far, and good luck for the future.
Cheap(er) launch costs and fast turn-around of re-useable launch vehicles was what the Shuttle was supposed to be about, but with no real aim or ability to go above low earth orbit it didn't really have much of a use once the ISS was finished and the supply & ferry duties could be done by the Russians.
Elon has the aim of Mars, and being a private company isn't subject to the whims of politicians and the pork-barrel price gouging of the military-industrial complex, a man with vision and the resources to see it made real.
Re: New Uncrackable Crypto
1) Put plaintext through Google Translate into Klingon.
2) Create "Klingon plaintext" document in Word95 and then add lots of formatting, different fonts and text sizes.
3) Open with Office2013/365
4) "Save as" .docx
5) Rename file type to .doc
Instant double encryption including an obscure proprietary method, unfortunately you'll probably never be able to unscramble it. ;-)
Re: Intriguing device.
Another small step from Sci-Fi to reality, I refer to the body-knitting scene from The Fifth Element.
However the future medical possibilities are interesting - improved healing with less scar tissue, nerve repair, retinal repair, how about bio-mechanical/bio-electronic implants assembled in the lab with no chance of tissue rejection, coupled with nano-tech and stem-cells the myriad uses could do so much for human well-being.
Why don't they use some of the guests from the Jeremy Kyle show - cheap & dense !
Re: Organic Chobham
Is that known as "Chubby-Ham"?
Why do I always read it as
Re: Vintage planes
Probably for the same reasons the RAF isn't flying TSR2's -
politics, stupidity and money troubles.
Err..first car in space?
4 wheels - check
steering - check
seats - check
chassis - check
motor - check
sounds like a general description for a car?
I think the honour of 1st (+ 2nd & 3rd) car in space goes to GM & NASA with the LRV aka the Moon Buggy.
8 is above 5 on a numeric keypad, fat finger syndrome strikes again!
Re: Guess I won't be seeing this then
If you're running Firefox + NoScript, just allow jwpcdn.com and reload the page - works fine for me now.
I do wish The Reg would also put up a link to the video embeds in their stories, as not all browsers (esp. mobile) have the required plug-ins.
Uncle Sam sings Samsung
But will Apple have to pay tax on this? Flipside of the coin, is this a tax deductible amount for Samsung?
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No more Ford product placement...
in those high speed Hollywood action movies, or Zombie apocalypse stories unless the sensors can tell living from living-dead and will let you plough them down.
On serious note - will the parking sensors leave enough gap between parked cars so that you don't box others in?
Re: I'd be happy with ...
LED lamp technology has advanced very rapidly, what you bought a couple of years ago is "old".
The new COB sources have improved thermal management and hence higher lm/w output.
For retro-fit applications try the Megaman GU10's (( http://www.megamanuk.com/products/led-lamps/professional-series/reflector/gu10/ ) for dimming I recommend http://www.varilight.co.uk/products/vpro.html ), and the Crompton GLS style lamps ( http://www.cromptonlamps.com/cat2.asp?cat1=15&cat2=115 ) . For new downlight installations the Ansell Titan has a 7 year registration-free warranty ( http://www.anselluk.com/products/Titan-LED-9W-LED-White/p1045 ) and for around £40+vat will more than pay for itself in 50W lamps that you don't have to replace over its rated life, let alone the 80% reduction in 'leccy used.
Just my tuppence-worth, from personal usage. YMMV.
Re: Once something become possible
http://nuclearweaponarchive.org - nearly all you need to know about basic weapon design and construction, it's fairly easy to make a nuke. Weaponising it takes a bit more effort, harder still to get it to fit the pointy end of a missile. However it is not like you want it to come back and land for reuse once you've lit the blue touch paper.
Making a reusable & reliable rocket/space plane takes mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, computing etc. AND more political desire than for using these to make bombs.
A lesson from history -
“ All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR-2 simply got the first three right. ”
— Sir Sydney Camm
Re: So if the autodestruct doesn't happen.
At that speed impacting water is not much different to concrete, I personally know it hurts at 30mph, so at M1+ all you are likely to get is something like a mosquito hitting your windscreen.
Full disclosure method
Why don't Google, Microsoft and the others use the proper "Government Approved"©®™ method.
i) Put all the information that they have in a PowerPoint presentation for the legal teams/courts.
ii) Burn a passworded zip file to CD/DVD.
iii) Put post-it note with password in with disk, clearly labeled with the contents.
iv) Lose in public area frequented by journalists.
Re: Poisoning the well
I'm not sure that I would want back or trust any of the hardware after the secret police had their mitts on it. Who knows what "little helpers" they might leave you with?
So how much Lead do you need to make a Zeppelin resistant to "Dark Lightning"?
colour me suspicious but..
"A specially equipped nuclear submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter, carries cutting, tapping and interception systems to lie on the sea bed. The submarine has been in active service since 2005" - and how many undersea cables have suffered "anchor" damage at the times she has been in the area?
What's the tog rating?
←the winter one with the hollow fibre filling please.
Zaphod, I think this would be a more appropriate picture for use on El Reg...
Why do we need to collide Lettuce, Ham & Cheese with Layers of Extra Pickle and Squeezy Mustard ?
Title says it all !
Just had look at the "License"
Now I'm confused, can I or can't I install the software on a VM. The MSLA appears to contradict itself, and if so does it then invalidate the MSLA?
As long as it's a 74-Z speeder bike :-)
Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'
I supply lighting for a living, and IMHO most customers don't have a clue as to what different light sources are available & to what use they are best suited. Most new houses have halogen downlights 'cos the "designer" thinks they look good, but the latest generation of LED sources are much better suited and although the initial cost is higher, more cost effective over their expected lifetime. Megaman GU10 retrofit at 4W and 6W dimmable (£12) & 50000hr life, or Aurora AU-FRL series @ 9W & 75000hr are viable candidates to replace 50W halogens.
However the main benefits of LED's are in commercial premises, where reduced maintainance costs will often pay for the initial outlay over the expected life of the installation, and then some.
I wonder how well this would work on Selene or Mars?
Meh! Call that a "Denial of Service"?
HSBC unavailable for only a few hours - Anon DDOS = Fail.
The other banks appear to be able to do this much more successfully to their own customers - just put RBS into the search box for El Reg and see the list returned!
"Send All" is great for "Happy New Year" messages, but as this case shows, dangerous beyond belief.
Other hypotheticals - you leave your phone unlocked & unattended or it gets stolen - somebody else sends a compromising text or picture from your phone to everyone in your contacts list - you end up in gaol and on the SOR.
Was the message sent from your phone? - undeniably yes(*).
Was the message sent by you, the accused? - prove it beyond a "reasonable doubt", but I don't think "It wasn't me!" will go down well with the Judge and Jury.
(*)_ and don't even think of accepting the plea offer from the CPS to make it easy, 'cos they might offer you a "slap on the wrist", but you'll get the maximum instead!
Re: The end of anonymity
" I assume govt has something in the pipeline for that." - finger-tip ID chip implants for everyone & NFC scanners on all internet enabled computer kit, means you have to digitally (geddit) sign all posts.
Re: None with Ketchup 'n' mustard?
Sorry, I kept eating it before remembering to take a piccy & submit it, but here's the text only version :-
2 x Rind-on Middle Back Unsmoked (best of both worlds back & streaky) , White Bread, Welsh Butter, Colman's Savora Mustard (or French's Classic Yellow) & either Heinz TK or, if available 1x fresh tomato.
i) Open kitchen window/turn on extract fan & close door - unless you want the smoke alarm going off !
ii) Trim rind from bacon & start to fry in a hot non-stick pan with a dash of oil, the fat from the rind will render down & you get excellent "Fried Crispy Worms" to crunch on.
iii) Add sliced tomato (4 slices) to pan & remove "Worms" before they burn & eat while cooking bacon.
iv) Add bacon, after 1-2 minutes turn over tomato & bacon.
v) Butter the bread and add mustard to lower slice.
vi) Arrange bacon on bread and layer with tomato then top slice of bread.
vii) Eat & Enjoy!
viii) Buggrit, forgot the camera again! ;)
Units & scales
If your not going to use El Reg units i.e. Norris - No & linguine - lg, etc. then please remember that the 1930's Richter Scale is not the same as the now used 1970's MMS Mw, especially for large magnitude quakes.
Nevertheless, that was one big mutha of a quake - guess the bod's at HAARP got a bit too carried away!
Re: Mantis Shrimp
Yes they can crack tanks, some Mantis Shrimp can "punch" with the equivalent force of a .22 caliber pistol round.
I can remember tales of a sudden spate of unexplained tank failures when I managed an aquatics shop around 20yr ago. They were later attributed to a batch of imported "living rock" that contained baby Mantis Shrimp which grew in to angry adults!
Flashback to Flashforward
So how many times were episodes of Flashforward or Heroes downloaded in the UK ? I would guess very few times compared to Stargate, Dexter, Eureka or Warehouse 13. Not because they weren't popular, but because they were aired so shortly after their US showing that there wasn't much point in using p2p.
I can understand that TV companies can be wary of buying shows with no track record of viewing figures, or as is the case with many programmes, no second series because the Nielsen ratings were poor - but as a viewer/consumer/customer, I don't want to wait for a year or more.
Oracle ... did not respond when contacted for comment by The Reg.
Oracle PR Dept. outgoing voicemail announcement :- "La la lah! We can't hear you!"
One of my personal heroes, a man who truly had courage running through his veins.
I am sorry that we have not built upon the great foundations he and his ilk laid for us,
Mankind appears to have stumbled upon taking the giant leap, and is now scrabbling around in the dust instead of striding confidently toward the stars.
It's a shame that we're now so dumbed-down that raising generations inspired by "X-Factor" instead of "The Right Stuff" is the future.
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- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account