1165 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007
Am I the only one...
Am I the only one who things testing a vacuum cleaner in a dust free environment is like testing a chainsaw by cutting through Jello? Ok you might get a result, but I hardly think its telling you anything useful...
Re: Open Kepler conference?
Oi now, dont be trying to bring your dirty "common sense" into this argument. That guff has absolutely no place in government or bureaucratic thinking...
Re: Just move it.
Ahh but you cant have it in China, because the same law also states that US citizens whose research is funded by the US government are not allowed to present said work in China. A large number of US researchers couldnt attend this years IAC in Beijing for this very reason.
The only way to have it would be to have it somewhere outside of the US AND China...
Re: FIVE years?
"These spolied kids and their fancy networks. Back in my day, we didn't have any of these fancy inter-networking cables... we had to carry our packets by hand. Uphill, in the snow, and compute the checksums by hand before we died of hypothermia."
Computing a checksum? We would have killed to only have to compute a checksum! We had to carry our packets by hand, uphill both ways, in the snow, computer the checksum AND read out the entire packet in binary. And if we got even one number wrong we would wish we had died of hyperthermia because our Dad would murder us!
But you tell kids that these days and they just dont believe you...
I have to disagree with the premise of the article
The premise of this article is that higher resolution of 4K will lead to higer piracy. I call bollocks on that!
The vast majority of torrents out there have the movies available in around 1GB sizes. Thats only slightly up from the good ol' days of the burnt CD 600-700MB movie which we had back in the late 90's. This is despite the fact that Blu Ray files when ripped properly come in at around 4GB.
The vast majority of users (which is an assumption I make based on the vast majority of torrents being 1GB) dont care about or want the larger size files to watch. They are more then happy to stick with the usual DVD rip of 1GB quality. People are HIGHLY unlikely to download a 4K torrent (20-odd GB if my memory serves correctly) in order to watch just a film.
This is little more then an attempt by the security providers to try and force the studios and 4K set manufacturers into forking out cash for something which will have no use in the real world.
Re: "capable of brining home a week's worth of groceries"
"Fun to play with, but hardly useful in TheRealWorld[tm]."
Funny, but I would bet all of my cash that the exact same sentiment was expressed when the Steam Engine was first shown off. Hell I would bet the same sentiment came out when the Wheel was invented.
Just because its not real world applicable right now (and there getting damn close to real world capable if they can crack 130km/h and have 4 seats and a stereo!) doesnt mean they wont be applicable in the future...
You mean the regular Ethiopian people didnt get television until 1973. Those in charge always seem to get things that little bit earlier, no? ;)
Actually a quick look on Wikipedia shows that Ethipoian TV was established in 1964, so I doubt your figure of 1973 is accurate...
Re: I have never understood the English system for unmamnned tills
I think the thing that you are missing is that England has a lovely culture involving a significant percentage of the population, which we collectively like to call "chavs". A self service system tied to people being honest about their purchasing would quickly lead to corporate bankruptcy for any supermarket trying that system out.
I guess you're just a bit more honest in the Netherlands...
Re: Waitrose FTW
Really? That seems a great way to get three weeks shopping done for the price of one!
"Oh sorry. I dont know why it only scanned one of the packets, I swear I tried to scan all 3 packets! Modern technology, eh?!"
Maybe I'm missing something here...
This is how the premise sounds to me. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
So your in a store shopping. You find something you want, you pick it up, you look on an app on your phone, go I'll buy that now thanks, bang you pay your dosh via the phone, and take your goodie and walk out of the store. URGHH! You try walking out of the store with that bit of kit you just purchased WITHOUT going to the checkout and security hit you with the tazers for being a dirty little thief.
How does the shop assistant know you paid for it? you could have just been playing with your phone at the time. And what happens when the app crashes, and you lose the docket for the purchase? I dont think the store will take your word that you did pay for it.
So many problems with this idea. So many ways I see failure!
The real question I would like the answer to...
Does anyone think that there is ANY chance that this will change the way Americans will vote i the future?
Will Americans now begin to show some common sense and start voting out all of these idiots or am I being ridicuously optimistic?
For those commentators above (and I'm sure many more coming below) who are spouting Linux as the be all saviour of the world. Please stop the evangelicizing now. Your average worker knows Windows, they have used it in the office, they use it at home. If you ask them to learn something else, you will need training courses, extra helldesk, continuous IT support, etc. just to keep the lusers happy. You give them Windows they know it, they use it, you can keep IT support costs down. This is what comapnies want. So companies will not move away from Windows for that very reason.
This is also the same reason why, as mentioned in the article, that companies are staying away from Windows 8, because with its new and different (read: scary for the luser) interface, engenders the exact same additional support costs as moving away from Windows. In a few years if Windows 8 takes off for private users then maybe companies will move to it because then they dont need to train people as much, but personally I dont see that happening for at least 2-3 years.
I'm sure some clever bunny will mention that you can create a linux distro that looks and operates just like Windows, but the first thing that the luser spots that is different (the missing windows icon for a start) will cause all that lovely (read: annoying) anxiety to come out instantly and you're back to the high support costs.
The only options for most companies with a bigger workforce then 10 people is to stick with XP, move to Win 7, or be prepared to fork out massive costs to bludgeon the workforce over to a completely different option (Win 8 or Linux). Guess which 2 options are most popular?
A $10million (100%) increase in pay for the CEO. Which would mean there would be similar percentage level increases across the board of directors and other top execs, so we can probably say somewhere in the region of $100 million in pay rises for the board, top execs, their secrateries, marketing departments, etc.
Now lets assume that each of those people being sacked are on $50,000 a year income (probably a ridicuoulsy high average I know for the poor shlobs getting sacked, but it makes the calcs easy), so $100 million divided by that $50,000 equals 2000 workers who could keep their jobs and contribute to the company, if the upper management werent a bunch of greedy scumf%&ks.
Someone really needs to take to CISCO management with the "Clue Bat" (i.e. a piece of 2"x4")
Re: What's the big deal?
Right. I'm sure that's a much easier way of finding out whats going on, then to just you know ASK your partner who the number is for. But then I suppose that would mean she had to admit that she was spying on her husbands phone bill in the beginning. There's a little thing called trust and without it you may as well not bother with the whole marriage thing...
I wonder if Cook will have the balls...
... to pull a Jobs and reply to all the people complaining with "you're just looking at wrong!"
I guess I'm going to get downvoted here...
Honestly people are always whinging about Easyjet and Ryanair, but you get what you bloody well pay for! For example, it's cheaper for me to get from Bremen to London with Ryanair than it is for me to get from Bremen to Berlin by train, which in my opinion is brilliant.
But I dont expect good service with Ryanair, I dont expect good seats, and frankly I dont expect to get their on time, because if I want those things I'll pay extra and fly with one of the expensive airlines (Lufthansa, etc.), and then if the service is bad, the seats uncomfortable or the plane delayed, THEN i have a right to bitch and moan and complain.
The people complaining about Ryanair and Easyjet service would also be the first ones complaining if the prices of those airlines went up, which is what would need to happen if you want the good service, comfortable seats and ontime flights. You cant have it both ways.
Oh and as for the sailor boy who by being delayed 90mins on a flight would miss his ship sailing from Portsmouth. What the hell is he doing leaving it to that late stage to get back in time (and using an airline like Easyjet when time is so critical!). If I was his CO, whether he made it or not, he'd be copping one hell of an earful. When you have something as important as a sailing to catch, you do not fly in with minutes to spare BECAUSE you will ALWAYS get delays...
Let the downvotes commence...
Re: But that's only slightly better than my book!
"It's like saying in 2030, a £20 toaster will have 256GB of RAM and an 80-core processor."
Yeah, but I bet the toast is perfect everytime... :P
Re: Likely Cause
I'm interested El Reg, was February 2013 a parliametary recess month (i.e. no politicians means no wankers in the house), or was this a busy parliametary time with all hands to the pumps (i.e. the parliametary aides were too busy (i.e. the boss was in) to be watching porn?).
Enquiring minds and all that...
Re: Knee Jerk
Really? I can only assume that you're delibrately trolling, as anyone who's followed news coming out of Vietnam for a while has seen this coming for at least 2 years.
Re: "The local council has voted to make sure the island is carpeted with bland housing estates"
"bland housing estates"? Is there any other type?
Re: Propaganda @Dr?
There was a coment further up the comments asking for someone to name one time when an intervention actually accomplished good things. So here"s a short few that spring immediately to my mind:
East Timor - Pro Indonesian Militias (reportedly backed by Indonesian military), killing and maiming East Timorese for voting for independence, ended very quickly by Australian led UN force.
Solomon Islands - Intevention of Aussie and NZ troops has quelled decades of intertribal violence, and the government is finally moving forward
Korean War - Prevented the South from ending up as part of the North (if that wasnt a success I dont know what was)
Thats a start. So just because not all interventions work out how we want, doesnt mean that they all fail.
Actually, one has the complete support of China (the Worlds second superpower), who has already demonstarted that they will step in on their side in order to avoid having a completely western inclined Korean pensinsula. And one has the tepid support from Russia (the World's third superpower) who is willling to throw hurdles in the way of any action but would not get involved to stop the action if it actually went ahead.
Thats's a pretty big difference when it comes to making the choice of whether you can intervene in one or the other...
On a side note, for those commentators talking about not trusting all of the reports coming out of North Korea, whilst its true we are only hearing from the defectors who have a natural bias against the North, you should not forget to look back at history. Whilst there was rumours of the atrocities of the Nazi Concentration Camps, the sheer horror of those camps only came to light after their liberation. Even the Germans living close by never realised how bad things were in the camps. So whilst believing everything you hear about the Nork labour camps may not be the right path, disregarding the stories completely is also not the right thing to do.
This is why I love Science!
Scientific research - constantly suprising, innovative and just damn amazing for the imagination!
Re: Wouldn't have happened...
A very quick look online revealed multiple sources, stating that the Ozone Hole is decreasing in size.
Try wikipedia or perhaps the one below, its in nice and easy to understand language.
Although it appears I was optimistic on the closing date which appears to have moved out to 2050 now. But all the sources I just quickly googled say that it is on the mend.
Would you mind showing your sources?
Re: Wouldn't have happened...
I dont know where your pulling that from mate, but since the CFC's have been banned in all developed countries (they are still used in some developing countries but even they are fazing them out) the Ozone Layer has been repairing itself, and the hole is getting smaller.
I think the last projection I saw said 2025 for complete closure of the hole which is amazing considering that at its peak in the 90's the hole was larger than the size of Antartica and was even affecting South America and Tasmania on occasion.
So unless you want to provide evidence to attribute that level of increase in atmospheric ozone to the banning of something else, I think you're talking out your ass...
Re: I'm not an investor but...
Funny I was thinking the exact same thing...
Re: NASA kit is built to last....
Ahhh just blame the foreign made parts.... ;)
Re: If you think Unions are somehow undemocratic and bad for the economy
You are all making some big assumptions that the workers knew the pay and conditions when they started and are now being greedy.
I personally have experienced in other companies, where you are promised on starting that payrises would be between 3-5% each year, and that certain other expenses would be paid. A year down the line, those promises are reneged on, and so after a couple of years, your down 10% on where you should have been.
Now depending on your industry, you can do one of 3 things, you can quit and try to find another job (but I imagine Radio Antenna Maintenance Engineer is not high on the list of available jobs out there), you can suck it up and do nothing, or you can, in co-ordination with your union, go on strike demanding the conditions you were promised at the start.
Without having the full details of the situation, people really shouldnt comment one way or another.
Re: None of the above/Mandatory voting
We have that option. It's called a Donkey Vote. Donkey Voting involves delibrately spoiling your ballet by for example putting a 0 in every box, placing a blank form in the ballot box, or, as some friends of mine do, go the artistic route and draw a donkey pissing on a politician on your ballot. The numbers of donkey votes is counted for each seat, with the number released at the same time as the votes for the politcal parties. This can lead to some very high numbers of donkey votes, although I've yet to hear of it affecting the outcome in a seat.
Re: Lovely Movie
From the text in the video, they only had 41 frames, so running it for 55 seconds means more than a second per frame. Not quite so movie like, more a picture slideshow...
I assume the plod are looking into this...
Since their has been some very loud media ranting about people on twitter threatening murder and rape and how such people deserve to be chased down and arrested t by the police, I assume Scotland Yard's finest are chasing down these 1 Diuretic tossers and bringing them before the courts?
Whilst its "probably" safe to assume that there are no real threats in that lot, how can you be sure one isnt real? At the very least it might begin to get the yoof of today to realise that what you do online CAN be taken into account in the REAL world!
Or do we only chase after the twitter "trolls" when they are abusing women now?
One thing I could never understand
How could anyone think that an agreement which basically said "You are not allowed to give this price or better to a competitor" could EVER be anything but a price fixing arrangement...
As that particular clause came from Apple, I say puncish the hell out of them. Every person who bought an ebook off them for that period gets half the cost of the book refunded in CASH. Plus maybe a little bit extra for the government (they get sulky when they dont get any money out of a deal). That should about cover it right?
I'm waiting for the first time the company get sued by some daft American git who gets caught out by his wife/girlfriend after rating the sex he was having with his mistress/random slapper from the bar.
Re: rating system?
It's a program written by software engineers... I doubt there's much expert knowledge going into it...
Re: Backpeddle, backpeddle, backpeddle...
But why then would they make it such an ugly box?
Hmmm just thought about it a bit and I think your right. Maybe it should be just 1/sqrt(N).
I think I need a univeristy grant to study this and determine the formula to determine the exact intelligence of a crowd... ;)
"The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it."
-- Terry Pratchett
Re: Good luck
James, I think you would find that the 7,4 million passengers was the passengers expected in the first year, they would expect ever increasing numbers of passengers each year, hence how they can get to their US$6 billion.
However, coming from the aerospace industry I can tell you that the majority of costs dont come from actually designing and building the aircraft. The costs come from testing, certifying and qualifying everything so that you get the certification to fly the damn thing. OK the costs for the rail and road industries along this line are much lower, but can you really expect this system to get away with road levels of qualification? I certainly dont. US$6 billion seems a ridicuosly low value to me, double it and I might begin to think its maybe possible if you dont nind cutting some corners, but I would be shocked beyond belief if it can be made for under US$20 billion..
The rationale is actually quite simple - the plan is to protect other planets so that future science missions have as pristine an environment to work on as possible.
Planetary Protection is not designed to be a tree hugging greenie ideal that were protecting the other planets from us nasty humans or any of that bollocks - it is purely down to protecting the potential of future science missions.
If for example, the early missions to Mars hadnt been kept as clean as possible. They wouldnt have been able to detect the life they brought to Mars, but a later mission coming along might have found those microbes and we would have thought that was proof of life and got our theories very wrong. But because they were very clean we can now say with some certainty that if we discover life on Mars, we are actually discovering Martian life and not transported Earth life.
I hope that explains things a bit... =)
It's a nice idea, but you normally dont want to send any sort of rover to a place until you know what the surface is going to be like (if its all deep gullys and trenches, a rover is pretty much useless). I would have thought first call is a dedicated orbiter with a high definition stereo camera, so you can pick a good landing spot.
THEN something like Curiosity would be a good idea. But usually landers are easier and lighter (and cheaper to build) than rovers, and so for a first touchdown a stationary lander is probably not a bad idea.
Oh and I have some insight into the problems involved in the planetary protection of this sort of mission (im working on a different Mars mission right now) and probably about 20% of the entire costs of the program are on avoiding contaminating your hardware. And thats at the lower level of a Class 4a project (landing on another planet in an area not deemed a high risk for contamination from earth lifeforms). Europa is considered a very high risk location (liquid water interior, may be at "nice temperatures for spore forming microbes"), so you're looking at a ridiculous level of cleanliness (probably 4c). To give you an idea of what those levels mean - 4a means you cannot have more then 300 spores per m² of surface on your hardware and 300,000 spores total on the entire spacecraft (whichever value is lower). To put that in context, right now you have 300,000,000 bacteria on your finger tip. I dont want to even think about what spore count level you need for a 4c mission (probably no more than 3 spores per m²!)
Re: Duck test = fish test!
"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
-- Douglas Adams
Re: Orbits shmorbits
I was actually thinking this as well, but I would like to believe that the scientists did think of that and after a bit more investigation (calculating how big an impact would be required to move that monster, etc.) they decided that option wasnt really on the cards.
But then again maybe I'm being too generous...
I disagree Sandpit . I come to El Reg (in part) for the witty titles and double entendres.
Keep up the good work chaps!
Re: Consider this
And in my longish life, I have noticed an increase in rudeness, crudeness and coraseness whilst seeing a steady decline in the number of hours that politicians work!
I therefore declare that in order to improve mankind for the better, all politicians must be forced to work 80hr weeks, and not be allowed outside of parliament unless they are dead (either actually or politically I'm not too concerned which...).
(Two little things called Causation and Correlation, you know?)
Meet the flintstones...
Bugger me! Are you saying Fred Flintstone was Jesus??? So i guess that makes Wilma Mary Magdelene. Hmm is Barney, Peter or Judas?
Re: what is the surprise
I'm interested to know what a riffle is.... ?
Someone searching for UFO's and who exposed the weaknesses in the US military systems, versus someone who delibrately created a trojan to steal money from millions of people around the world.
I can see how they are close together cant you?
I dont know. Most people know to ignore the bollocks thats spewed on the internet, but if someone anonymously wrote to me saying that they had placed a bomb outside my house, I think I would be ringing the cops too...
This guy is a muppet...
I'm not even going to go into his arguments (I couldnt care either way), but who launches a legal case based on a law that they havent actually read! Surely the first thing you would do, is to obtain a copy of the document in question (and there not hard toget a hold of), read it, make notes of the areas that you believe are being breached and THEN if you think you still have a case, then raise a complaint.
You dont raise a case based upon the writings of some intenet bloggers who havent read the document either, but heard from their brother's girlfriend's uncle's best mate down the pub that something's not right.
Re: Where are the jobs? Where are fair taxes for the rich and corporations?
What? So the Department for Transportation should focus on taxation now? Or creating jobs? Not on the things of which it is actually competent in, i.e. road laws?
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