59 posts • joined Friday 27th May 2011 09:57 GMT
Working out how much this will cost in electricity per hour, and factoring the cost of the hardware is easy enough. Unfortunately, the value of bitcoin is so volatile, and the algorithms to mine new coins gets increasingly difficult (though I believe the latter is reactionary to the evolution of technology, and the number of people employed in mining, so it's not possible to predict). Therefore, there's no way of estimating, or guaranteeing when, or indeed if you'll ever get your money back.
I could see bitcoin mining installed in place of electrical heating (radiators, swimming pools, etc), then you could argue that the energy is being put to better use than heating a resistive element....
A great article. I can only dream as I was at the beginning of IT becoming an MS word subject. There are 2 points you make that I would argue with however:
"pointless subject like French"
Modern languages are considered one of the hardest humanities subjects to learn, and are probably one of the more useful "soft" skills to someone pursuing an unrelated career. The few British employees that speak fluent foreign languages as a side skill are generally well respected for this in companies, especially those dealing with international trade. Modern languages are probably the only formal training kids get in grammar these days as my English was entirely dominated by poetry and Shakespeare.
"The current ICT syllabus is designed on the basis of inclusiveness, dumbed down so that any child can learn it and so that ICT can be taught by someone with no qualification in the subject."
All school subjects seem to teach to mediocrity, and I've been taught many other subjects by teachers that hadn't studied that subject past gcse, but they were bright people and could pick up what they needed to know to teach. I feel that kids are streamed into abilites to late, and should be allowed to specialise into subjects that interest them more at an earlier age. I think they should bring back the 11+ system to bring back vocational schools and subjects. There may even be an argument for permanently. The amount of teaching time I had wasted on disruptive kids because the lessons were too easy/hard/not interesting to a 14 year old was pretty shocking.
Again, other than that, thanks for a great article!
There was one terrible puzzle in Alone in the Dark which I can't believe was left in. Spoiler alert...
You have to remove the wedge from some beer barrels in the cellar to uncover a secret passage to the caves under the mansion. If you go into this passage from the cellar, you get eaten by a zombie worm. However, when escaping the caves at the very end of the game, you have to do it through this passageway. If you didn't clear the barrels half way through the game, you get stuck on the final "run" out of the mansion and have to play half the game again to put it right.
That aside, what an epic game. Tres bien fait!
I know you're in Spain for Lohan
But what's the IT angle on this?
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
I paid £90 for a Das Keyboard. But then, I spend eight hours per day, 5 days a week using it, and hope it will last for quite some time. I don't want this to come across as preachy, but it's so much nicer to use than a £5 budget keyboard, and I feel the amount of (ab)use it gets more than justifies the cost.
Just because it's not as popular as a £15 mouse doesn't mean that there isn't a market for it (I spent £25 on a laser gaming mouse, but £265 seems a bit of a stretch for my needs).
Well thank god the Register's forums are here to take up the slack!
Your car automatically avoids that plastic bag that just blew in from your peripheral vision and steers into a concrete bollard instead....
My major fear
Is that very small quantities of our GDP are being put into science and engineering research to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. I fear the social disorder from sky high energy prices (gas, electricity, diesel, petrol) than I do any of the environmental concerns of fracking.
Fracking, tax cuts, drilling the arctic: it's only postponing the shortages, not addressing the root cause.
Re: XP? Pah!
I have a hammer and chisel
This is where I think the Wii U got it wrong: a massive screen on one controller only. By putting a small cheap(ish) screen on each controller, you can have a private window for sociable strategy games played competitively around one big screen. I can see this being a real plus for bringing many popular board games to the television where you don't spend forever faffing about with little pieces.
Regarding the trackpads, I suspect Valve has put a lot of testing, polish and thought into this, and dismissed many other possibilities that they were researching in favour of them. Finally, regarding cost, because this is all open source hardware, you can bring your own controller round to a mate's for a gaming session on a PC, or any number of steam consoles that will be released next year.
He made such a long lasting cultural impact.
aka Micky Mouse edition...
What happens if the premises floods or burns down taking all your data with it?
Re: Frakking Skylons
More affordable delivery systems makes launching systems to de-orbit junk more affordable. We just need to work out the space law as to who pays for this service...
Why isn't there a $DOLLAR icon?
Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier
Instead of bailing out banks and the financial ponzi moneylenders. Here's a way to leave a lasting impact on science, engineering and technology.
God, I feel like a BBC commentard sometimes!
Re: Genuine question...
Do you suffer from a sado-masochistic split personality disorder?
Fortunately, these muppets are too impulsive to consider any need to cover their tracks. A pint for the police for acting on this & taking it seriously.
Re: A little off topic, but...
Wow, thanks for clearing me up on that. Only on the Register can you get comments from people with so much knowledge in tech subjects.
Re: A little off topic, but...
I can't speak for the Spanish system, but in the uk, an Automatic Warning System (AWS) activates before a sign which gives advance warning of a major drop in the speed limit. The driver has to push a button to acknowledge this warning and then look out for the signal/sign that pertains to it. If the AWS is not acknowledged in a set time, the brakes are automatically applied to bring the train to a stop. Of course, you could end up in a situation where a driver just pushes a button every time the AWS triggers, and eventually misses the hazard it's supposed to warn you about. There is nothing to "force" a uk train to obey the speed limit.
On the other hand, at almost 200 kph, it'll take at least a mile for a train to stop on emergency brakes. the crash happened 2.2 km from the end station. Imagine how much worse this disaster could have been had the train not derailed where it did and smashed into a station instead.
A little off topic, but...
That video is so tragic. It really brings home the responsibilities involved with big heavy things full of people that travel at over 200 kph. I'm sure lessons will be learned around the world from this incident.
"[or]else new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet."
Like many potential customers already do with the industry already.
little of this going to the artists
128 kbit/s mp3 downloads
"Wrestling back a Microsoft splitter is "incredibly painful"
Indeed, it is painful for the (ex)customer.
I always used to wonder why the French used the same word for "electronic chip" as for "fleas".
[The grammar Nazi is also interested in etymology....]
We know it's finally out when we hear it shout:
Re: If car manufacturers were to do the same...
I'm not a luddite, I just think that standardisation, rational thinking and designing things with the end user in mind are good principles to engineer by. Let's try some rational thinking to why replacing the crank shaft is a good idea, and swapping pedals around isn't.
Replace Crank shaft with starter motor
You don't run the risk of your engine backfiring and smashing bones in your hand.
You can start the car quickly if you stall in busy traffic: try having to get out and crank your car in rush hour.
You can use the starter to nudge your car forwards in an emergency when the engine won't start (stuck on a level crossing for example)
Disabled or plain not strong people can start their cars.
You no longer impale people on the starter handle (was quite a problem, I think)
You'll need to replace your starter motor with a refurbished one ever decade or so (depending on use case)
Swapping the order of the pedals around
It's more aesthetically pleasing, and makes you more hip and trendy
Anyone else that drives your car will likely crash it
Once you get used to this standard, you'll probably crash any other standard car you drive
Re: I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....
I can see why they've waited for Friday afternoon before publishing this article....
If car manufacturers were to do the same...
Wouldn't it be fun to change the order of accelerator, brake and clutch on cars every ten years' or so to "move with the times". I think that boring layout is long overdue for an aesthetic overhaul.
I, for one, am waiting to see what Valve do with the Steam Box. I think it's a pretty good platform on the PC, though I rarely pay over £10 for a game. On the plus side, they'll probably have a lot of support for alternative games from indie developers rather than the overdone fps, racing and sport games. I've bought quite a few of these and have often gone over to friends' houses, logged into my account, download a 150 Mbyte game and have a good multiplayer session.
If the PC Steam client is anything to go by, the Steam Box will be download only, no trading and the same sort of DRM on Steam. A lot of people (myself included) accept this on their PCs, so this is how it will likely break out into the console market.
I expect Valve are watching the Xbox180 quite closely.
Just to expand on this, take London as case in point. Businesses could make huge savings by moving up to the north or out to Wales through lower wages and cheaper office space. By being reasonably close to an airport and mainline rail station, they can still get good links to London, and failing that, there're the interwebs.
It will be interesting to see if HS2 indeed moves more businesses out of London, or simply turns Bimingham into another commuter belt. I, for one, sadly fear that it will be the latter.
Perhaps, like homebrew, the content of these games will mature with age and we will all be pleasantly surprised....
"Sky said at the time it was buying Acetrax for its experience and expertise in streaming."
Oh the irony....
Re: New Zealand Insurance
You're right. I had a drunken conversation about it a couple of weeks ago with some friends that had spent a few years out there, and they put me right after talking to them about it last night. When you mention "medical insurance", injury claims (both genuine and bogus) make up the lion's share of the cost of insurance in the uk. In NZ, you're only liable for damage to property should you choose to drive uninsured. However, because car insurance is not mandatory, my friends said that buying private insurance was really cheap compared to the UK.
There's no dunce's hat icon here, so I guess face palming at my own original post is the closest I can get!
Car insurance is such a racket in the UK now. I wonder what the overheads of private insurers in the UK are, having to advertise, pay shareholders, and subscribe to comparison sites which feature irritating opera "singers". In New Zealand, a car's road tax also gives it 3rd party insurance for anyone to drive, covered for by the government.
"So what we have here is not, as everyone is saying, proof that 3D printers can be used to make guns. It's proof that they can't, and that 3D printing at the moment is basically pretty useless."
I don't think you should write off 3D printing as useless, just because it can't meet the material requirements to manufacture a firearm. Perhaps in a few decades time, when prices come down, and material technology applications improve then some more lethal weapons could be produced. All of this is for nothing if you can't get hold of a bullet:
Most of the other things you've said; I agree with, however.
Will desktops still have the confusion between desktop programs and Metro "Apps"? Will we still be peddled software through the Microsoft store?
This is just the "start" of a lot of back paddling...
they should simply call each console the Xbox, and then retrospectively rename each generation of the old consoles as ex-box, ex-ex-box, and my favourite; the ex-ex-ex-box!
Paris, because she's third generation ex-ex-ex....
Open source isn't always free.
But investing in getting an open source solution to meet your needs and training staff to use it will save you a whole world of pain in the long run when compared to locking yourself into the vice of proprietary closed source alternatives that can withdraw support any time they fancy.
This is good news indeed.
I love the big Office 365 advert bars either side of the "Linux and open source is all you need" article. Shouty Shouty....
$385k per occupant?
Is that what they pay to keep the in-house engineers, or patent lawyers?
I bike 4 miles to work every day. I generally have to shower when I get into work, and then again when I get back from work. I suspect a 4 minute shower is of far more note than the rest of my commute. Society has higher expectations of personal hygiene than they might have done 50 years ago. Tramp symbol, because that's my girlfriend's opinion of / reaction to me every evening I get home.
Unfortunate that my taxes and student loan get taken straight out of my salary before I can ever get the chance to withold them based on my strict Mayan religious beliefts.....
Re: My Vauxhall (Opel)..
I guess I should clarify that my post was not a criticism of Land Rover Defender security. It was more the fact that there were criminal gangs operating around a regular destination for me that were stealing these vehicles to order that put me off the £5k to £10k Landy decision. The solution shouldn't be a race to the bottom of the
food car chain; but on the other hand, I suspect the police have quite a job on their hands dealing with such crime.
Piracy flag because you wouldn't steal a car.....
Re: My Vauxhall (Opel)..
I was considering buying a Land Rover Defender last year, and am glad I did some research on the landyzone forums. Turns out there's a whole section on stolen Landrovers with a huge amount of those in the Sheffield/Derbyshire area where my parents live. Thieves were using flatbeds to lift the Landys over walls and other cars that owners thought would block them in ok.
Needless to say, I decided to buy another £500 Punto Mk1 to replace my broken Punto Mk1. A full fuel tank constitutes 10% of the vehicle's value. I can park it up anywhere and have few worries about it. Same goes for the old bike I've had for the last 15 years. Don't drive something you can't afford to lose.
I want an iPhone 5 powered by a wind turbine! Then I'll never need to carry a spare battery....
Re: NASA - missing a trick here !
Something along the lines of:
"This planet is patented by Apple"
I know, I know it's Friday, I'm tired and I'll get my coat.
'Grats to NASA for a genuine technological advancement!
Re: Really dull comment re synchrotrons.
Synchrotron light sources, such as used in this study, are not atom smashers. However, atom smashers can be synchrotrons in the case of LHC and Tevatron, for example. Apart from that, I was going to post exactly the same thing, hence the upvote.
The big atom smashers grab all the headlines and news whilst synchrotron light sources (also called radiation facilities) can often be overlooked. The amazing thing about these installations is how you can have well over 50 beamlines tangential to the ring all conducting their own experiments around the one light source. It really is a fantastic tool for science and engineering and well worth a visit to see the wide range of research conducted with it.
Re: Lunar Lander
While we're talking about such games, you should give Lunar Flight a go. It's the spiritual successor to Lunar Lander brought into 3d land with nice graphics and avionics.
I bought it for a couple of quid in a steam sale and it's great fun.
- Xmas Round-up Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear
- Special Report How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up
- Analysis Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination
- Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!
- Bring it on, stream biz Aereo tells TV barons – see you in Supreme Court