77 posts • joined 23 Jan 2011
Just add a small wind turbine to keep the battery topped up!
Re: Solution in search of a problem
"The European Union wants a system that automatically calls for help in the event of a crash to be fitted to all new vehicles by 2015." It says here:
Life imitating art...
Has anyone read Le Carré's latest, A Delicate Truth? Deals with all this kind of stuff very well. Spot on.
Re: One more off the list...
150 years doesn't exactly make it a fad...
Re: One more off the list...
There is a simple, cheap fix: Low Carb, High Fat. Answers the 'French Paradox' too.
I reckon someone just asked the computer to make a really nice cup of tea...
Re: Read this man's website
That's where I heard about the X100S. He loves it!
Worth a look. Pro: DSLR sensor, HDR mode that works well, fully auto or fully manual and everything in between, huge aperture and high ISO (black cats in coalmines no prob), small and discrete. Con: Probably not beer-proof, fixed lens (but you get so many pixels cropping is fine), pricey (but good value).
"Last year Google tantalized Map aficionados with the prospect of live traffic results" - Google Maps has had live traffic for years! I can see Waze notifications on the desktop browser version of Maps also, but that might be because I'm a Waze user.
The Pulse from Withings sounds better; measures altitude gain and has a heart rate monitor, but doesn't do swimming or cycling.
There's a great app called Sleep As Android that does a similar thing, only wakes you from light sleep unless you tell it there's a 'drop dead' time you absolutely must be awake. The alarm starts very quietly and gradually gets louder, so you can turn it off before it wakes your neighbour. After a while your subconscious is programmed to recognise the sound at very low levels. And no sliding gestures required to turn it off, just jab at the big red square.
I thought the term was toy-boy, not boy-toy.
On yer bike!
This will solve a lot of commuting problems for the unemployed...
Re: 45Kwh ? Battery tech just jumped a couple of orders of magnitude.
Might be thinking of this:
On my machine, which works perfectly for everything else, it reboots my PC within ten minutes of starting to play. Even in the Getting Started Tutorial it reboots the PC at the same point every time.
WIll auto update succede where manual failed?
I've spent days trying to get SP1 installed on a couple of computers without success. Just keep getting 'unknown error has occurred'. Ran all the trouble-shooters they suggested, but nothing, nada, rien.
Re: Brewing Time
I think brewing time is more a function of specific surface area, so the more finely-chopped tea ('dust' or 'sweepings') will need far less time than pukka brands. Same is true of ground (not instant) coffee. The finer it is the less time you leave it in contact with the water. (E.g. espresso is much finer than cafetière or percolator grounds.)
If you have a computer with secrets on it, don't connect it to the public internet. Bletchley Park demonstrated decades ago that any mechanically generated (or electronic for that matter) code can be cracked given enough resources.
How is it my fault? I've just had to repair the C: drive after CHKDSK trashed it by replacing all the security IDs with default ones, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing, unlike Microsoft.
I've tried many times to upgrade from IE8 to IE9 on a Win 7 x64 platform but it stubbornly refuses, just giving vague error codes. Utterly hopeless.
US solution to crime
Brush it under the carpet (= Hide it in the prison system and throw away the key)
From SEWTHA we have energy density of wind as 2W/m^2 and solar as 22W/m^2. Average electricity demand in the UK is around 45GW. That's over 2,000km^2 of solar or 22,000km^2 of wind. Total land area of the UK is 241,930km^2.
Think I'd rather have nuclear.
"Born in Sussex"
No, he was born in Pinner, Middlesex, near where I used to deliver newspapers as a lad.
"Firefox users tend to be the worst for keeping up to date"
My installation never seems to tell me when an update is available unless I go and look on Help > About. I don't recall turning off any notification, just an out-of-the-box installation. Before I upgraded from XP to 7 the update always failed as a Limited User, often completely screwing up the installation in the process.
"equivalent to holding a large family car on the palm of your hand,"
I recall the quote being several cars on his hand. 600psi is 42kgf/cm^2 and he said his hand was 1/100th of a sq metre, so 100cm^2 = 4.2t. Or roughly one elephant.
Re: The pilots are going be lovin' it, flying sideways.
I was thinking the whole 'root' with passengers, pilots and engines would be circular in plan and the 'wings' rotate around the outside.
In 2005 the first driverless vehicle to win the challenge covered 132 miles in just under 7hrs, about 20mph. So surely Curiosity could manage a bit more than 0.06mph?
Better than the BBC's 'cousin of the laser'. Good grief...
All new technologies, with the possible exception of digital watches, have been met by fear and loathing by those who managed to avoid the sciences at school because they were 'boring'. The loom, steam engines, electricity, nuclear power, mobile phones...
Re: Moon vs really big asteroid
According to New Scientist, "Pluto may not be a planet any more, but the discovery of its fifth moon means it can boast more satellites than the inner four planets combined."
I agree it should be a planet, but that doesn't make it one.
Re: Moon vs really big asteroid
> If it's orbiting a planet then might be moon.
But Pluto isn't a planet, so none of them are moons!
I'd happily pay double or even triple if it meant there were no ads interrupting the content. When my street was first cabled I naively signed up thinking, as it was a paid-for service, there'd be fewer ads. Very quickly cancelled the subscription! Sadly, it seems the more you pay for a broadcast service the more your enjoyment of the content is spoiled by annoying shouty people telling you what to buy. Thank god for PVRs and LoveFilm to rent box-sets.
Everything has to be turned into a talent or popularity contest.
Around half a grand, knocks spots off any LED/LCD I've ever seen. Plasma, silky blacks, 4 HDMI, network enabled, what's not to like?
Re: "kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."
> Shouldn't that be one (or a half) square kilometre per pixel?
Spacial resolution - linear rather than areal.
Re: "some guys into space with a hassleblad medium format camera."
Blimey! I didn't know MODIS was some blokes with cameras!
"kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."
That was the resolution of the original NASA Blue Marble imagery. The BM Next Generation is half a kilometre per pixel.
"huge range of potential applications"
Boom boom! Basil Brush would have been proud...
Re: TiVo Ad skip
HUMAX boxes have a 2 minute skip button. A couple of presses of that and you're done.
Re: Someone has to pay...
Spot on! If you're watching Free To Air then it has to be paid for somehow, licence fee and advertising are the current solutions. If you're paying for content then it shouldn't be interrupted every couple of minutes by idiots telling you what to spend your money on. I've already chosen to spend my money on the content so go away and let me enjoy it!
Same goes for the annoying shouty people who tell you what you should watch next as soon as the credits start to roll. I can make my own mind up, thank you, I do know how to use the EPG! And I'd rather savour the content and see who made it, rather than have it squeezed to a microdot while you force-feed me the tat no-one really wants to watch.
Mine's a bit rusty, but I recall the angle of repose of dry sand is dependent on g, so presumably the dunes on Mars will be a lot steeper.
"...while searching for the neutrinos that are believed to be linked with cosmic ray generation, and found none."
Did they remember to turn it on?
According to the Telegraph...
"NASA has said that options include deflecting the asteroid by attaching a probe to it and using the extra gravity this would create to steer it away from Earth over the course of millions of light years."
Re: Self balancing strings
Ah, now why didn't I think of using dots!
| \ / |
| \ / |
| X |
| / \ |
| / \ |
Might lose something in formatting, but essentially connect both ends of the truss to both balloons. If one starts to rise faster than the other it will take more of the weight and slow down, keeping them in balance.
Re: Re: "they want to tidy up the Earth's atmosphere"
If there was enough of an atmosphere to slow stuff down then there would be no need for the Swiss de-orbiter. The stuff they're targeting is too high for the atmospheric drag effects to be useful.
"they want to tidy up the Earth's atmosphere"
Just how many satellites are there in the Earth's atmosphere?
Methane is fine...
You just need a reformer to use it.
In the 'Real World'...
it'll go three and a half times round the Top Gear test track...
- SMASH the Bash bug! Red Hat, Apple scramble for patch batches
- A BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports
- eXpat Files 'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'
- CoTW Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
- Vulture at the Wheel Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER