Re: Am I missing something?
Clearly I did. Missed the article on Amazon and their toying around....
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Clearly I did. Missed the article on Amazon and their toying around....
...with all the hype and supposed development around drones and product delivery...
As far as I can see they are severely lacking in payload capacity/range with no likely mid term solution.
Even if that were resolved there is the not insignificant matter of and glacial progress surrounding managing airspace, ask Lester!
And finally there is the matter of transfer of ownership. Would the shipper transfer anything of value to something they couldn't positively identify as secure, to someone they couldn't identify, or transport it via something which could easily be intercepted, knocked or blown out of the sky with relative ease or generally be forcibly disabled and robbed. Equally, Would the development and infrastructure economics work for low value items?
It strikes me as a solution to a problem which doesn't really exist.....
Yes ,back on my re read list as I have just had a battle of wills and stare down with our cat which reminded me of uncle Rogi's companion Marcel, a very perceptive writer indeed.
This one is about 330 mly away apparently.
Full agreement on the Exiles and Milieu book series, maybe it's your age! Possibly more in the fantasy genre than sci fi but still a cracking read and not a weak volume in either series. Particularly liked the 'Jack the Bodiless' character.
He's the effeminate one...
Re: Worst of all the 'eighties revival' has lasted longer than the bloody decade did originally!
That's because the premise "A decade best forgotten" is complete bollocks!
Late Punk, Ska, New Romantics, NWBHM, Rockabilly, Red Wedge (politically motivated), Electropop and onto Club, to go along with the mainstream 'pop' which was influenced by it all.
All diverse music genres which came on the scene in that decade, name another decade with such musical diversity.... no you won't...
Got to agree. its strange how popular musicians tends to be looked back upon with a certain ridicule yet bands which were not as popular at the time but with a substantial fanbase (e.g.The Clash, presumably that's your 'nod') are retrospectively held up as uber cool.
Re: WTF is a "nibble-serial CPU"??
As I recall a nibble is four bits (half a byte) and given that all I have read suggests that the processor is probably a 'bit splice' design, i.e. entirely custom and created from discrete logic IC's, its not inconceivable that the data is shuttled between memory and accumulator in a serial fashion as opposed to a parallel bus. No doubt error checking and reliability being a major driver behind the design.
Its a long long time since I have been involved in that stuff but its not a complete punt more an educated guess.
In reality, they are making it up as they go along. It is all they can do.
They don't know where the boundary is, Voyager is the first man made object to reach that distance, what we are hearing is the 'debate'.
get taken in by this bollocks.
At best they are a mediocre engineering company with an excessive marketing budget paid for by the high price point. A colleague of mine recently recounted how his 90 year old mother was talked into a £20/month warranty/service contract on a vacuum by a Dyson 'Engineer' (had the van and everything!).
Anybody seen 'The Blade' ? Please...... what's wrong with a paper towel or a conventional fan?
I hear he is reinventing the wheel next week, they will probably call it the Circumvolution or some other crap once his bright young things get hold of it. He wants to sell you the concept and lifestyle by repackaging the mundane....
@ M Bargo
I agree, pints for all but the rest of you post is complete nonsense.
If it were a case of distance and transmission power we would still be using 60KW Marconi transmitters with single figure bit rates to communicate across the Atlantic.
It would be interesting to know how the NH data rate in relation to distance compares with older technologies such as that used on Voyager.
Voyager 1 is roughly four times the distance from us and still calling home. That investigation and comparison alone should warrant some funding to extend the mission.
"Separately, the nuclear deal with China was criticised by a group of 21 British scientists and academics who have written to The Times to accuse the government of embarking on a “slash and burn” policy towards renewable energy in order to fund nuclear power stations"
Who knows? Perhaps the esteemed group missed the 'gravy train' that is the PV generation and feed in tariffs and it's just sour grapes.
Both technologies are CO2 lite and we as the end users are financing both. The differentiating factor being that you have, and have had an opportunity of a 10% tax free ROI with PV but nothing when your money goes to finance nukes. The change will make no impact on the running of existing power plants, only the energy market will do that.
Article Correction - the big tariff reduction is coming on Jan 1st not last August, there's still time before it leaves the station.....
OK, I can see why you see it like that, I actually meant the proportion of the decision attributed to luck would be more given less supporting information, however these decisions are very soft there are no hard and fast rules.
I don't doubt the online tools appear useful, they would need to if the goal of the developer is to introduce a trojan as per the article subject.
Regarding hand tracking programs though, I genuinely don't see the advantage. I personally don't play the same two hole cards the same way with any consistency. Not to labour the point but it depends on the information. In a live gave that is all received in the first person, there is no intermediary and least risk of modification.
As much as I enjoy the game I have always been wary of online.
As it is essentially a game heavily reliant on multiple sources of information relating to your opponents, online play cuts this information stream down,increases the variables and therefore the luck element.
This creates a market for the support programs mentioned to compensate, resulting in an attack vector external to the game to really gain an edge....
Yeah, that canned statement sounds as if it has been lifted straight out of a corporate motivational seminar. To my mind it lacks authenticity to say the least. Sad that certain types cannot drop out of character even for a moment to demonstrate that they share emotions like the rest of us.
Just found what AB appears to be referring to. Small spinning bodies which are a conglomeration of loose material as opposed to a solid object. In that case you wouldn't be hollowing the body out.
"Nuclear rockets were designed, developed and built over 50 years ago"
Tested and validated? No...therefore they don't exist.
You may be surprised but I do have a handle on the physics.
The 'hollowing out' bit? I don't know of any technology which is state of the art, let alone 10,000 years old which has hollowed out a void in rock approaching 10 km across. Perhaps you mean tunneling but that is wildly different to "hollowing out a rock 10km across".
The fact that you consider Alan Brown's point "a more effective objection" speaks volumes about your grasp on the subject.
I think AB may be confusing spinning supermassive objects such as neutron stars in the uncertainty of how they hold together.
There are enough small rotating bodies rotating at reasonable speeds in the local vicinity of the Earth for the physics on that one to be pretty much nailed.
"That's easy enough; Use nuclear rockets to increase the spin of small bodies.....hollowing the things out and living on the inside"
Easy??? Don't think so, relies on technologies which don't exist.
Terraforming, despite its massive obstacles is the easier route in the view of the general consensus. Either by violent or slow change of the atmosphere.
We have the technology and a track record on that......
'We would be settling the Moon and asteroids first'
Unfortunately we need gravity or else our bodies start falling apart. Not much living being done when a large proportion of your time is spent trying to fend off the debilitating effects of the micro gravity environment.
Come up with a technology to counteract that and then you can then consider settling the smaller bodies.
Shania then segued into a cover of 'I Feel The Earth Move' ?
I visited there a number of years ago and it wasn't as 'hippy commune' as I had imagined or as maybe it comes across, definitely full of ideas.
It's worth a visit if you are in that area and if energy is your bag, checkout Electric Mountain (Dynorwig), that's Big Engineering and not too far away.
Yeah, but if you don't know the background you see a buffoon and Chris Eubank is anything but.
And, for the record, as Eubank is and always was a counter puncher he only stepped up when he was taking punishment and getting hurt. You are entitled to your opinion but Benn V Eubank 1 and sadly Eubank v Watson, enough said...
Due to his fighting style you are unlikely to see a tougher boxer than Chris Eubank and that punishment seems to have helped shape a truly unique character clearly not afraid to send himself up and have a little fun.
It's difficult to see how a younger audience without direct knowledge of Chris' past would get the joke and therefore how much mileage they get out of this premise remains to be seen....
Privacy for business is kind of a big deal...
I fully agree, as much a big deal for them as an individual user. Not all businesses keep hosting and services in-house though, do they. Even if they do, there is still the possibility of a rogue, criminal or spiteful employee causing all kinds of grief within the organisation's systems, same as a third party provider.
Undertake an informed assessment of the risks and make your choice. Review your decision periodically based on an understanding of the current technologies and offerings. Keep doing that until you die...That's life, gotta keep learning and moving.
You see, I ask that same question of a PC or a Mac. Who in their right mind would pay that amount when the upgrade cycle being forced on the user is shortening on an increasing scale. Unfortunately that is the type of money you would pay for a functional PC/entry level Mac, in the Chromebook world that is top of the range where you are out to impress others or spoil yourself. You don’t need to spend it just to get onboard.
I won’t get into the debate over what functionality is available to the Chromebook user apart from saying that perhaps your view of what software people use 'to do work' and the vast majority of users differs somewhat. In three years of using a CB I can count on the fingers of one hand when I felt that I missed some specific function. This soon passed however as I found a ready solution.
I don’t have to get bogged down in maintaining the tool, I can just get on with the work and leisure pursuits the tool is there to provide, confident my data and work will be there when I want it. The privacy argument (which is something that invariably gets thrown up), I am currently comfortable with, if and when I feel uncomfortable, I will find another solution.
Precisely my requirement from any tool I use.
Re: Do people still send faxes?
Sadly yes, though I have as little to do with them as possible.
We have one in a murky corner which springs to life and disgorges what appear to be adverts every now and again, I think it's kept more for sentimental reasons really.
No one turn up for his next press conference, nobody phone him or his legal team to get the lowdown on his sad little drama. No one print the dissembling, dishonest and sanctimonious drivel that spews from him and his paid lackeys.
Light a match under the faxes as they come into the various press offices he no doubt bombards with his self-serving crap and set a filter on incoming emails related to this subject straight to junk.
Starve his ego of the ‘oxygen’ he requires to convince himself that he is relevant to this decade.
Let the Ecuadorian's be his sole audience, them wanted him, let them listen to his BS, serves them right. They will either have tossed him out on the street or he will walk out like a lamb within twelve months…
I know that this is unlikely in the UK but El Reg, why not set a precedent and lead by example? Be big for us....please?
@RDK ....Right on sister!
Having said that, bit of a leap from a couple of scantily dressed girls on a beach to proposing images showing homosexual displays of affection as the alternate? Surely the logical juxtaposition would be a couple of ripped lads kicking the surf in their speedos?
Yeah, and another thing. In the ‘Buffoon in 999 call’ story there is a gratuitous image of a pussy! Come on El Reg, sort yourselves out and stop making us feel uncomfortable….
‘The Impact Team claim its pwnage of ALM was motivated by an attempt to undermine "false claims" that users could purge their Ashley Madison membership info for a $19 fee.’
The claimed motivation for the intrusion being because the inherently deceitful are being deceived strikes me as rather contrived.
The Impact Team should fess up and admit their true drivers. I doubt it would make a difference to anybody’s opinion of their actions.
I get and applaud the irony of it without the faux morality justifying it.
I get that the tone of the article is pitched to provoke a response and true to form, like Pavlov's dog, the early responders act obligingly, however it is a fact and a reality of a 'quality' management system that 'corrective' and 'preventative' actions are taken.
It is a reality for products over a certain price point and complexity from any organisation which conforms to a quality system. It's clear that all the manufacturers mentioned are taking steps rather than burying their heads in the sand.
Better a recall at your convenience than finding yourself actually affected by an issue.
This is a site with an IT and engineering bias, do the respondents work for organisations which produce perfect products or have systems in place which don't fail? No they don't.
Come on, catch up with the real world!
NH is a million km plus past the Pluto system already. It's now on to the Kuiper belt and beyond, No reason why the data won't get back, now that the potential debris field has been cleared. There is more to see with working instruments and a big fat RTG on board.
From my early boyhood to my (now) late,late late boyhood, space discovery events like these have been an undiminished source of anticipation and fascination. Long may it continue into my old boyhood.
Congratulations to everyone involve.
P.S there is a Sky at Night special on Monday apparently
Errr.. my understanding is that it was "expected to work for three months" due to predicted dust buildup on the solar panels deminishing it's power harvesting capability. Presumably based on Sojourner and past missions. Nothing to do with the overall engineering design.
Fortunately the environment worked in its favor in this respect.
This being the case, yes we are reliant on the engineering design which is bloody good to keep going for 10 years in a hostile environment however many millions of miles from the nearest engineer or technician.
The same fundamentals will have underpinned Curiosity's design but despite this, unforeseen issues will still occur.
I thoroughly agree. These rovers are an absolute marvel of engineering and its incredible they are still operating after all this time, given what Mars has historically done to kit.
Notwithstanding the physical conditions they have probably exceeded the warranty on the flash memory by some margin.
OK, Spirit got bogged down but that is an environmental issue rather than an equipment issue.
Curiosity can only hope to emulate its little brothers in the longevity stakes which sadly appears unlikely, given the issues it is experiencing with its wheels.
Its not just 'out there' but 'out when'. A couple of star system generations to evolve the precursor biological processes, interspersed with periods of stasis while the next system is formed and 'colonized'. This give's far more time and scope for the initial processes to establish.
The more we understand about extremophiles in our own enviroment and the spread of organic molecules through the local system and beyond, gives weight that it's a feasible extension of the evolution theory.
Organic compounds are turning up every where we look. What's the odds that New Horizons picks up some indications as it piles through the Pluto system in the next few weeks.
Shai-Hulud and water? nooo.... I don't think so
Thought the same until I actually found a use for it. Using Google Sheets for a leader and stats table tracking a regular card game I play in. been using and refining for a couple of years.
Report Editor to generate the leaderboard, Forms to do the data entry. Works quite well if you take a little time to format the displayed data area of the Spreadsheet and Form to the size of phone screen you are using. Would work for a number of similar interests.
Cheap mashup with the facility to share with others, commercial apps have a lot of extraneous functionality and from what I have seen no means to share.
Again, he tries to take the moral high ground and is full of his own self-importance.
The Swedish Prosecutor clearly isn’t paying him the respect he deserves…
What a self-righteous moron.
Meh...it should have been....
I notice no attempt to represent a broad Scots mangled sentence, by way of context!
Regular Friday night viewing for me at one time, with its Ford Capri's, Granada's and even the odd Triumph PI if I remember correctly... .....but not since
"I will buy a virtual beer for anyone who can name the programme, and character for this next quote"
House..... and House!
Like the idea but keeping my password vault in my drive account… not sure about that, eggs and baskets etc. If you are ‘connected’ you have to be prepared to trust someone (accounts, data, personal details etc) there is no getting away from it.
Have looked around for solutions which meet my requirements and Lastpass were (and still are quite frankly) providing a professional solution for a more than reasonable fee.
They detect an intrusion (not really huge news these days), they investigate, assess the impact and advise me accordingly, within a reasonable timeframe, given the protection already provided to me by
A. the encryption and B. ‘the protection of the herd’ ( my vault is one of thousands).
Changed my password, job done with no drama………
Strange….the unit has only just got up there, given the environment you would think they would have considered using error correcting memory, it’s been around long enough.
If it reboots due to cosmic rays with this potential frequency it would be pretty useless.
Thought that myself. Nicki Minaji? Vaguely recall someone obviously dressed to draw attention but with a backside that reminded me of a Neil Hannon lyric. Absolutely no recollection of their contribution to music though…..
I agree he needs to face justice, however I don't believe he is a threat. Due to his theatrics his credibility is completely blown. His self promoted relevance has long faded.
Ninety five percent there.......
Four years...four years...and counting....
I have had highs,lows,travelled, partied, a fair balance of excitement and the mundane...hell I have even had a marriage in past years which lasted less time than that.
I like to think I have lived in that time whereas St Julian has sulked around the same building....
No matter what happens with the Swedish investigation, it's still going to end the same way. He skipped bail in the UK and will have to answer to the UK courts.
Given this evidence, I am supposed to believe that these are the actions of a rational man whose opinion and intellect should lead me to believe in his personal cause and beliefs.
Nope, I will continue living my life until the inevitable day when he leaves and faces the music. I suspect however that by that time I will have completely given up caring.
I am ninety percent there already..
"Re putting 'em in reverse <joke alert> / syncing them to the grid. Aren't these beasts dc with some fancy electronics interfacing to 50 Hz?"
Yep, got the point that you weren't being serious but if you are exporting to an AC grid no matter how you get there you have to interface at an AC voltage (fancy power electronics or not) and independent protection is in place. Rotor speed depends on gearing and No of generator poles in place. If no gearbox,2 pole and synchronous generator, max revs = 3000 (50hz). 4 poles= 1500, 8 poles = 750 and so on. Once you are synced, the revs will not increase as the grid frequency will resist any acceleration of the generator. A single few MW generator is no match for the multi GW of the grid. High wind speed v the grid will produce the huge torques which knacker this kit.
Not a particular proponent of this form of generation, just making the point that adequate systems are in place to provide protection over and above some deficiency in what essentially is a remote monitoring system.
“if only it were possible to connect 'em in reverse to the grid as motors....”
You don’t need to connect them in reverse. Synch to the grid at a lower voltage or frequency and the grid will drive the generator as opposed to the generator trying to drive power into the grid.
However, the totally isolated, independent, probably redundant generator protection ‘relay’ would open the breaker on the first indication (a few milliseconds) of reverse power.
Just because these remote interfaces to largely view only monitoring systems have vulnerabilities, doesn’t mean the whole system can be compromised. There are multiple independent systems overseeing power generation kit, and long may it continue. It keeps the amateurs out!
Seriously? …… Do the commentards here really believe that an industry as mature as industrial electrical and control would not have processes in place which circumvented any possibility of remote access to a piece of kit presenting a hazard to the operators or maintenance guys ?
Even more so, designs which could somehow via remote manipulation deliberately endanger members of the public? Overspeed protection is either mechanical and failsafe or electrical/electronic,isolated, redundant and failsafe. This is then backed up by remote siting and restricted access.
Windmills have been around for centuries, they haven’t suddenly become these terrifying monsters just one step away from slicing and dicing the nearest unwary citizen.
Come on, drop the FUD…..
Got to agree with your assessment here, the nonsense which is continually being recycled on this subject along with the power market debate is laughable.
I am no fan of this particular metering 'initiative' however I will go out on a limb and state categorically that the prospect of remote domestic supply isolation by this project and technology whether 'smart' or 'advanced' is a big fat zero.
The idea is complete bollocks.
There is regulation and legislation in place which protects the consumer from being cut off for whatever reason, and rightly so.
Just a small amount of research would separate the 'spin', rhetoric and facts in this matter. At least that would make a valid contribution.