64 posts • joined 15 Feb 2011
Re: Surprised by RC's statement!
The phrase was merely a shorthand for the impact of wind farms being less than natural variability, (the latter I included verbatim in the report), and was not intended to convey any political or scientific commentary.
Re: Jason Friend?
Regrettably, I can't blame spellcheck, but eyesight. Even with my glasses on, I honestly read it as "Friend".
Thank you for correcting me, friend commentard.
Thanks - missed a million there! Fixed.
As far as we are able to tell at this point, the relevant wording of the decree is this:
"O armazenamento e a recuperação de dados a que se refere o caput deverá ser realizada em centro de processamento de dados fornecido por órgãos e entidades da administração pública federal"
Roughly: the storage and retrieval of data referred to [in this legislation] should be held in data processing [facilities] provided by entities of the federal public administration.
Why, thank you! This will be noted in the article.
Re: Enough is enough
[Posted by the author on behalf of someone who's run into a Bad Internets Day]
Why would you cancel an order for the most technically advanced and awesome device on the planet at the moment? Because one headline-grabbing techie identified a flaw that could be fixed in minutes by any-old-coder?
I suspect it will be fixed quickly.
Oh, and apparently I'm a "coward" for not wrangling with the authentication things here. Meh.
Re: Marks deducted...
Typo corrected, thanks.
Re: sounds right to me
Chris - thanks for the catch! I have corrected it to "universe".
Re: Facts and figures
The 200mm aperture came from the source:
(Scroll down to "standard specifications")
"200 mm aperture, f/4 primary optic"
Re: Linky link
Thank you for drawing this to my attention. I've added the link to the article, and here it is: http://www.pozible.com/project/26539/
Amended and chastened.
Re: Re: Eh?
Thanks, all. I have corrected Microsoft's grammar now.
Re: Maybe I missed it...
Dr Mouse -
The list of patents is on the BT page linked in the story.
Note that they're not talking about distance as in "metres of copper / fibre whatever". Distance in the context of the paper is the topology - how many nodes between you and I, for example.
Re: Eye strain
A study, no. I asked Australia's ophthalmologists' professional body about this. Their answer was that since the "glasses" project their images "at infinite distance" there shouldn't be a problem.
Since optometry and ophthalmology instruments employ the same trick for some testing instruments, I decided to accept that answer.
Re: 18 billion km thats like saying
Or 708.66 billion cubits.
Re: Check maths.
You didn't miss. I missed a zero. Now fixed, with thanks!
Re: Certainement pas!
Thanks, ScissorHands, I have amended the copy accordingly.
Re: Three Strikes?
Thanks for this. I have added a paragraph at the end of the story to explain it. The "three strikes" refers to the process followed before a case can be brought to the tribunal - the customer has to be sent three warnings via their ISP.
Re: Forever eclipsed.
Thank you. I will correct this.
Re: Too good to be true.
"Rather like the bird that impersonates camers shutters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y (1:50). Come on Attenborough, you expect us to believe that ?"
Since I've heard birds imitate mobile phone ringtones, yes. I know of a Superb Lyrebird in Australia whose repertoire includes imitating a local dog!
Re: John Wheeler in 1955
Thanks both, John Wheeler - 1955 - added!
Re: Space Shuttle was an in-city delivery van
Thanks - I have deleted that reference. It was spurious anyway.
Good question! - Please note, here I am talking to the limit of my understanding.
Greater distance introduces greater noise. The entanglement may well exist over infinite distance, but our ability to observe it is eventually lost to the noise.
Re: 1974? Or 1794?
Fixed - thanks!
Thanks commentards for picking up the mistake in the original version. I've now correctly identified the molecule as nanographene - Richard Chirgwin
Thanks to the readers that caught the misplaced decimal point, which I have now corrected.
Re: Re: How much does it cost...
A couple of things to consider.
Late in the 1990s, Corning (I think) tested a 15-year-old fibre retrieved from the Seattle mountains after repeated sub-zero winters and regular flooding during the melt. Their conclusion, after destructive tests, was that the glass showed zero observable deterioration.
Today's glass could be presumed to be better than that.
Second: We're nowhere near the capacity of the physical medium yet. Single fibre capacities are still restricted by terminal equipment; the highest transmission I'm aware of was 100 petabits.kilometer (ie, longer distance, lower speed) by Alcatel a couple of years back.
Re: broken link :/
I will double check the link. The press release is working fine here:
Re: USB Malware ?
In my understanding, the "autorun" from USB can be disabled, yes.
However, Windows system-level messages - such as the notification that a removable device has been plugged in - are not the same thing. A message such as this is what the malware uses to decide that a USB key is present, and therefore available to be infected.
Re: Image questions
Since the images have cause some consternation, I have posted this addendum to the story:
Update: About the image: some commenters have had trouble working out what's going on. The top two images are UV, with more magnification on the right, showing the flare emerging. The bottom two are visual, showing the same sequence.
El Reg doesn't agree that they show different regions of space (although they're in slightly different field of view). What they do show, for example in object in the bottom-left corner, is that something quite faint in the visual spectrum can be quite loud in the UV.
aka The Guilty Party
Re: Re: Speaking from Oz....
I think the poster remembered the wrong brand name: not Mortein, which has nothing to do with the CSIRO, but Aerogard. The first licensed manufacturer of Aerogard was, however, Mortein.
Re: Re: It's easy to get hydrogen from seawater.
In the context of the robot itself, there's no prospect that any feasible number of these could exhaust the ocean's resource of hydrogen - IF the problem of harvesting was solved.
So I won't lose sleep over letting the qualified "self-fuelling" statements stand.
Re: Standards are falling at t'Reg
Acronyms explained. Thanks, Richard Chirgwin
Re: enquiring mind(s)...
> I didn't think the Higgs boson "created mass" at all? I
> thought that proving existence of the particle will prove
> existence of the field, and the field is responsible for
> mass. Have I mis-remembered or is the article using a
> popular misconception?
A "popular shorthand". I should know better. The Higgs boson, as I understand it, was the particle which in the very early universe mediated the interactions giving mass to matter (and please note that this is still greatly oversimplified and abbreviated).
Re: Thai, as in, Thai-wan?
Thanks all for the correction. As you can see, I have now revised the copy.
Aging nuts admired by scientists ...
I wish I'd said that!
Re: Re: 290 Light Years Distant?
Thanks everybody, the word "million" has been added.
Re: Re: Kinda shows the point
The error was the Associated Press rather than the we-outsource-subbing SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/russias-mars-probe-crashes-into-pacific-20120116-1q1ph.html
(It was 11 tonnes according to other articles).
Re: @Richard Chirgwin
Didn't miss number zero; it's an expensive option that still can't communicate without help (RS-232 to a computer, computer to comms, comms to me, plus programming).
Re: Bit confused here...
There are three reasons not to auto-start a petrol-powered backup generator:
1. Safety. The local council doesn't like a domestic generator being started without someone eyeballing it, and in a high-fire-risk area, I agree.
2. Petrol. A 20 liter tank only goes so far.
3. Modifying the manufacturer's remote key-start kit to take a command from a computer would be a pain in the neck.
I would have put this in the body of the article, but it would be a bit of a distraction. Richard Chirgwin
Two out of the three occurrences of the word "chemicals" appear as direct quotes. It's quite feasible that conversationally, Dr Webb is less strict than might be regarded as perfection. In any case, I'm not about to start revising direct quotes from an interviewee.
Re: UK companies
Quite true. It's like this: the Australian correspondent (me) can recognise Australian companies, but out of 760 names in the list, and in the time available, I couldn't guarantee getting other countries correct.
I don't usually interject into the comments so much, but another explanation is required. Regarding apartments, the NBN Co preference is to go all the way to individual apartments, as is outlined in this document.
If an installation goes according to the design requirements, then the network boundary is at the individual apartments' network termination units (NTUs).
However, as I understand things right now, NBN Co can't force its way past the entry point to the building, so cooperation is required.
That's worth noting. Even ignoring non-home premises, the EIU is wrong in the lifetime of the project; the Australian Bureau of Statistics projects around 10 million by 2020, for example.
Short answer: special relativity predicted stimulated emission, at least that's my understanding.
Re: @ Paul Turner
Actually, it indicates that I saw the first comment, realised my error, and made the correction. Thanks all,
Re: Major Omission
I agree that this is omitted. There's no good way to compare "20 GB per month" with "unlimited".
However: Australian Bureau of Statistics' published data suggests that most Australian users consume somewhat less than their allowances.
I should have noted the allowance question in the article, so thanks for identifying this.
Re: uh oh
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