190 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
Re: Why compress helium...
Presumably compressing air is just off setting the lift from the helium.
So ballast is increased. But the lift being generated is the same, but does produce an overall loss in buoyancy.
Whereas compressing the helium does the above plus also removes the lift it was providing in the first place. So a double effect.
So ballast is increased again. But the lift being generated is also reduced, so a greater overall loss in buoyancy.
Re: Paint it green
Glad I wasn't the only one who thought the same on first look! :-D
Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.
I could see smaller ones being used to replace viewing flights by helicopters, assuming the price can be competitive of course, or even longer trips.
Image doing a run through the Grand Canyon, or a photo safari in Africa (this one could last days if the ship was big enough for the supplies)..
* Noisy (have to speak via a headset)
* Cramped seats wearing a harness.
* Massive vibrations.
* No facilities (have to land somewhere).
* Quiet, can talk at a normal levels.
* Free to get up an move around, possibly with proper viewing galleries, or even external balconies.
* Stable platform
* Could have things like a restaurant, toilets on board etc.
* Could stay in the air for days as long as your not burning fuel quickly, i.e. a leisurely pace to view, rather than rushing from A to B.
Even if it was expensive, I can imagine there would be a lot of rich people in the world that would like to float effortlessly above the African savannah for a few days irrespective of price.
Not really the same thing. For the iPad that's just buying a piece of hardware to plug in to get it to work, which is a given, and the cost is simply Apples standard inflated pricing model.
I've already bought the hardware, It should plug into the N7 and just work, just like the iPad device. I shouldn't then need to buy extra software to get it to work, and don't need to do on other Android devices.
If the comparison was to work with the iPad, after you'd bought and installed the card reader, you'd then have to purchase an App download before it would start working.
Whilst Apple users may be more inclined to part with their money that the typical Android user (based on stats, not personal judgement) , I doubt they'd be happy to be asked to pay again for the software, when they'd just spent money on the hardware!
But you have to pay for "Nexus Media Importer" for a function that should just work without extra software.
Presumably Samsung added this 'extra software', themselves, as OTG works out of the box on my S3.
I had assumes, as it was mentioned with the S7, that it would also work out of the box.
Installation of additional software, to get a specific part of your existing hardware to work = fail
It's like providing a camera, but then not bothering to include a camera app.
Re: Still (?) doesn't support On-The-Go USB
I've got a v1, and OTG doesn't work for me.
The comments above all seem to indicate you either have to root the device, and/or install 3rd party (paid for) software to get OTG to work.
All of these mean this is a Google failure. OTG should be supported natively in the OS. I should be able to just plug in the OTG adaptor, and then a mouse, keyboard, USB pen drive etc. and they should just work.
My S3 works fine with the same OTG adaptor, tested with several mice, a couple of keyboards, and assorted USB pen drives, and SD card readers, all worked fine without the need to launch or set anything. Presumably Samsung added this themselves?
Plug the same devices into the v1 N7, and not one thing works. This is a fail to me.
Other than that, the v1 has been a very nice and good bit of kit.
Re: A large TV with that resolution might have a use other than High Res TV
I already hate the twitter stuff they stick on at the add breaks, and that lasts just a few seconds! I really don't care if <Someone I don't know> thought <insert actors name here's> was <some meaningless dribble>.
Even worse are the chat channels they seem to be setting up to discuss the program in real time with other viewers while the episode is airing. (Syfy channel I'm looking at you).
FFS, if the program is good, you should be glued to the TV, not chatting with complete strangers and missing half the show. If the show is so bad that chatting is preferable, then watch something else, or better yet get out of the house and have a pint or something with real friends!
I can just imaging people having to set up firewalls to block specific feed addresses in order to 'clean up' their TV streams!
I predict 4k TVs with constant ticker feeds from Facebook updates, Twitter etc. etc. Announcing what you're watching to the world, and targeted adverts running along the bottom trying to sell you the box set of the TVseries or movie your watching. I expect unauthorised downloading of 'clean' rips will become more and more common.
Re: 4k benifits?
As a business user of a 1366x768 laptop (Lenovo T420) I feel the pain! So glad I'm mostly at the office or at home where I have external monitors I can plug in (1600 x 1200 or larger).
Only thing I leave (dual screen extended mode) on the 1366x768 is usually my web browser.
They really should ban the use of lower than 1920 x 1080 on laptops.
Although I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, 16:10 so much nicer for PC use than 16:9.
Issue I guess is so many people (i.e. non tech budget buyers, i.e. most people) don't even consider the resolution of the screen when looking at laptops. Just cost!
Re: What the hell? Samsung is talking such bollocks, world's largest my arse.
Quote: "world’s biggest Ultra HD TV"
Ultra HD is defined as being 3840 x 2160
The Samsung is 3840 x 2160 and therefore is a Utra HD TV.
The Panasonic is not 3840 x 2160, therefore is not a Ultra HD TV (it's got more pixels in width).
Therefore the quote above is accurate, as the Panasonic is not a Ultra HD TV there isn't being compared against in the comment above.
But it's still Samsung mincing words.
Yes it may be the largest 'Ultra HD' TV in the world, but it's not the largest 4K TV * in the world. A case of the letter of the law, rather than the spirit I think.
The Panasonic is actually better than Ultra HD TV resolution (slightly wider), so is not only a larger TV, but higher definition too!
* There are quite a few 4K resolutions, for example CinemaScope etc.
SATA 600 is the current de facto standard for SSDs, but there are faster interfaces around, such as PCIe.
USB 3.0 = 5 Gbps = 640 MBps
USB 3.1 = 10 Gbps = 1250 MBps
A current individual SATA SSD is limited to 600MBps due to the SATA 600 interface. So yes doesn't really need USB 3.1.
But an PCIe SSD is a lot faster, as an example, the OCZ RevoDrive 3, hits 1,000MB/s read, and 925MB/s write. So that type of speed fits nicely within USB 3.1.
So we just need someone to make a USB 3.1 to PCIe caddy :-)
Exactly my thoughts.
I don't watch channels, I watch programmes. What channel a programme is on is irrelevant to me.
I usually find the programme by searching, (tablet or on-line rather than via the EPG).
So then it's just criteria: Where does it air first, is it HD or not. Pick programme to record, series link if applicable.
Only watch pre-recorded, skip all adverts, (I already pay for the TV, which should I watch the ads as well!?).
Not a mistake, it's incompetence
Not having something as simple and obvious to implement as a domain name filter (i.e. do any of the take down requests include domain names that microsoft own), is not a mistake, it's incompetence on a grand scale.
Re: Does it block adverts
I doubt you'll be able to specifically block Ads themselves with this, although you ought to be able to stop Network access, which would stop the Ads.
But of course that might also break the App itself, depending on if it needs Network access for it's main functions. i.e. something like Rain Alarm needs Network access to be able to download the rain maps, which of course automatically means it can download it's Ads.
Also authors would probably be able to add code to detect if you've disabled Network access* , and so could disable or otherwise cripple the app in someway.
* Direct, for example 'ping' an Internet address and see if it responds, or indirect, i.e. have my Ad banners downloaded okay since the app launched?
Re: Huh @ AC 13:12
That would make sense (almost) if ithere was a direct way to access your friends list with the Facebook app, or it was made more central to it.
Currently the 'Friends' button in the Facebook app doesn't actually list your friends! Instead it takes to the 'Find Friends' page (same on the web site).
I don't know about anyone else, but this just seems to be brain dead. Surely one of the main purposes of facebook is to keep in touch with existing friends, and to a much lesser degree, to find new friends on FB.
Therefore why would an option rarely used in comparison, 'Find Friends' , have a main shortcut button in the front page of the app, and the main 'Friends' list, that is used far more often, is almost hidden away under the 'Apps' list!
Why an app, why not on install?
Rather than using a separate app, wouldn't it be better if the current permissions list on install (or updating if permissions change), just had a tick box next to each option?
i.e. Install app, it lists x number of permissions as it does now, but each has a tick box, selected by default. Just untick the ones you don't like and continue with the install.
To change settings afterwards, use the app manger. It already lists the permissions, just add a tick box by each one. Tick on/off as needed.
Permission control for applications has been there since year dot. This is just a more granular method.
At the moment (unless using 3rd party tools on a rooted device) it's basically a case of granting access to everything the app asks for, or not installing it if you don't like the permissions it asks for.
The new process allows you to say yes to all, and then go in and turn off access to specific items.
For example, why does the Facebook app need to be able to make phone calls, or be listed as a System Tool which gives it a lot of potential control over your phone. The point being of course it doesn't, not unless you use those features that rely on these permissions, So if you don't use those features, you should be able to switch of access to those areas.
Re: great idea
I'm guessing you were also one of the people that said "Tablets, what's the point in one of them?".
Just because you don't want to use one, or don't have the imagination to work out what could be useful on them, doesn't mean other people have that same limited outlook.
Re: there's just a little niggle, MS
You might not wear one, but a quick glance around the office, and I'd say you're in the minority.
Initial look shows about a 4 to 1 ratio of wearers to none wearers around here.
Re: another way of looking at it...
Even if the loophole was valid, the land still has to be claimed before they could sell it.
You can't just say, "I own the Moon", and start selling plots to people and it be valid.
Claiming land normally involves someone going there in person (or on someone's behalf) and most laws also require occupancy of the land for the claim to be valid. i.e. build a mine etc.
Now if someone privately funds a trip to the moon, builds a base there, and then claims that patch is theirs, then that could be a different matter.
Yup, should have kept the momentum going...
Should have been a permanent base set up a few years latter, say mid 80s,
By the mid 90s this should have been fully self sufficient, with hydroponics, fuel processing, solar panels etc. Plus the ability to produce building materials from the local environment, so no further need to ship anything bulky from Earth.
By the mid 00s we should have had private enterprises there, side shoots to the main base. Doing drug research, investigating mining, the beginnings of a high cost tourist trade. By then regular trips to and from the moon should have been in place, say monthly.
And by the mid 10s, the tourist costs for a visit should have been down to say a few 10k.
Hmm, I want my £20,000 trip to the moon, and I want it now :-/
Re: @ Don Jefe - Pass
Quote: 'Of course, and the moonrovers will have to be retrofitted with these reversing bleepers.'
And how exactly are they going to hear the bleepers on the Moon?
Remember, in Space; no one can hear you reversing.....
Re: WTF? @ Maharg
You do realise that's just a novelty deed?
Not actually legal in anyway, shape or form.
Re: Flogging is too good for 'em
Re: Dennis Hope
How can it incur any legal action from someone who sells novelty deeds? Deeds that have no legal standing, and are just framed and stuck on the wall as a conversation piece over dinner.
Dennis Hope, (just like everyone else) has no legal claim to any of the land on the Moon (or anywhere else in space) in the first place, therefore he cannot sell what he doesn't own.
Re: Erm, curvature of the earth, anyone?
Kind of the point, fire at them while you are still out of sight. Using spotters to identify the targets (Spy sats, aircraft, drones, grunts on the ground etc.). Just like an arti barrage.
Bear in mind these are ballistic, so you'll be aiming the gun above the horizon, not through it.direct at the target.
It might be going quickly, but it's still not going to beat the pull of good ol gravity.
Re: Revolutionise what?
Useful for ship to ship, but more likely to replace trying to drop bunker busters from carrier borne aircraft and ship launched cruise missiles. Very useful for taking out enemy radar and SAM installation etc. Without risking your pilots. Or costing you too much,
Faster, cheaper, no effective means to intercept (yet) etc.
Anyone know what the effective accuracy is over 200 miles? Taking into account wind etc.
Re: Ubisoft... Grrr.
Accounts should be based on a user name, not an email address.
email addresses as a login/user name should be banned.
It's not like they can't still add an email address to the account during registration, or even force you to confirm it as they do now by sending a link to the address, but please don't make me have to use the email addresses itself to log in!
(Same goes for MS and Win 8, let me use a username, and add my live account/s to the user. Don't force me to log in with my Live account to get the Live integrations!)
It's about time that if your contract, (full contract, rolling or PAYG), that includes a data allowance, then that allowance should be used when roaming as well as at home.
I've already paid for data thank you, why should I have to pay again? Perhaps use at twice the rate when roaming?
I find it ridiculous that I've basically got 1GB monthly allowance, of which about 300-400MB is used per month for all my data, (I never switch data off, and only use wifi if 3G is weak/slow, or I've got a large app (i.e. game) to update). Which means even at double rate, I've still got allowance left to cover holidays etc.
Re: Custom Pinball Machine
Quote: "and a PC keyboard with analogue WASD keys for gaming".
I'd buy one of those :-)
analogue Q & E as well for leaning round corners....
Re: Nice idea but doesnt work
erm, tracking is easy, stick an RFID tag on it and link to your customer DB. Tells you when it was build, who owns it, how many miles it's done, what the current max range/charge is, if it's close to needing replacement etc etc. Bear in mind these types of cards do phone home, so send stats back to home base.
Value will probably be a simple formula based the max charge (ergo range) it can hold and the age.
I'd also suspect the cars already monitor the batteries for efficiency (i.e. we expect 300 miles range, but only got 280 this time, 270, 260... ...180: Recall notice on dash board "Your battery needs replacing, please make an appointment with your local dealer, or simply call into one of our Swap stations and request to keep the newly exchanged battery." Charge $50 plus the value of your battery deducted from the value of the exchanged battery, here's you bill.
Re: PS3 exit?
Indeed, even original Xbox is likely to be around for a while after the XBone is out.
XBox 360 was launched in 2005, last XBox game came out in August 2008.
@ Pascal Monett
Yes, especially when you know games are usually developed on a PC based dev kit, then effectively converted to the console format to run.
When you think that a current mid range PC with a £120 GFX card is around the same as a PS4/XBone, would be interesting to see what a game like this would look like on a current high end PC, assuming the engine has the capability of taking advantage of it of course.
Just fine them £150,000 a month for every month until they confirm they have either encrypted all the laptops, or wiped them securely and taken them out of circulation.
Re: The council issued unencrypted laptops to staff when it had problems with its encryption sof..
I doubt it was related to training etc. Full disk encryption is essentially transparent to the end user, the only differences a user see's is likely to be an extra icon in the notification area, and depending on the vendor of the software, sometimes additional log in prompt during initial boot.
I would suspect that it was probably more to do with a bad install image, or some clash between existing applications or something else in their SOE build. (Assuming they have a proper Standard Operating Environment of course!).
But saying that, irrespective of issues, they still shouldn't have sent out unencrypted laptops to anyone accessing sensitive data.
Install some desktop in a secure area, if you want to work on banks details, you need to come into the office and use the PCs in the secure room for the day, not your laptop.
Then once the issues are resolved, roll out full disk encryption. Also update your domain login process to make sure each device accessing the network has encryption enabled, if not, deny access and tell them to phone the help desk.
Just happened to be in NYC at the time, was a case of, "WTF! That wasn't there yesterday?!" initially, till you realised what was going on.
Looked quite cool, although shame it kept raining :-/
I use the same, and you have the added benefit that it's an absolute time, rather than just a 'ticker', so the watch/clocks set themselves correctly as soon as they are switched on, and notice automatically summer/winter clock changes. (Mine is also solar powered, so batteries not needed either).
Also it's not in Rugby, it's in Anthorn, Cumbria, has been for years.
Re: Where is the market for an accurate watch?
I wear a watch for convenience, not fasion, my other devices, such as my phone have to be removed from pocket and activated to show the time, my watch is just there, all the time, instant access (looks at wrist) and more accurate than any smart phone that syncs with NTP or the local cell network.
Re: It may be the most accurate watch in the world...
Quote "And it will need to be reset twice each year to accommodate summertime/dst."
I would hope at that price it would do that itself!
Back in the early 90's I only had access to an Amiga 500 (and a Spectrum 128K ;-)
So my first use of Mosaic was the Amiga port, AMosaic, in 1993.
Just getting a TCP/IP stack onto the Amiga was a challenge, I'd only accessed bulletin boards with my 14.4 modem up till then, and those didn't need a network stack.
I'd had so much trouble getting the TCP/IP stack and dialer to run properly, (lack of available support information at the time) that I decided to create a web page dedicated to getting an Amiga online, installing the stack, getting a dialer to work, and specific settings for various ISPs such a Demon. Was a popular site for a while, even getting mentioned in a few Amiga print mags back in the day.
I was a regular on newgroup demon.ip.support.amiga, and IRC chat channel #DISA, helping people out, and just general chat
I also used an Amiga port of Linx, just because it was fast, especially over dial-up.
Beer: Well it is the start of the weekend :-)
Re: Logitech's crap products are hurting sales
+1 for most comments above.
Used their products for years, good build, good spec, maybe a little pricey, but you got a quality product for the money. But unfortunately that all seems to be past tense now :-/
To me they were a premium price, but for a premium product. But now they just seem meh.
Still got a couple of their older products, a Harmony One remote from about 6-7 years back, still going strong.
Plus a G7 wireless mouse, which I've wanted to upgrade for years, (wanting a mouse with additional thumb buttons but can never find one like the G7). Logitech never seemed to produced a replacement or upgrade path for the G7!
Main selling point for me on the G7 was two battery packs with a separate charger, so you don't loose your mouse when you need to charge it by having to stick it in a cradle, or plug a USB cable in, just eject the flat battery, stick the charged one in the mouse, and the flat one in the charger (2-3 secs to swap round). Ideal for LAN parties (back in the day...). Plus no noticeable lag, something many wireless ones do suffer from, and as a fan of FPS games (bigger fan of strategy games though), lag is important (or rather the lack of it).
Shame they seem to be heading down the pan, too many bad decisions over the last few years me thinks....
Re: @Tom 13 (was: @Neil Barnes)
LCDs are perfectly capably of displaying information as an analog display, doesn;t need to be numeric, and most things I would suspect would be displayed that way anyway.
What would be nice would be things like fuel capacity, not just Full, Half, Empty like most cards, but specific amounts of fuel, i.e. 22Ltrs left, and expected milage on the remaining fuel. (i.e will I make it home/to the petrol station etc.).
Also regarding trend info, with a fully digital system like this, you could have information such as expected engine temperature in the current situation, not just the actual temperature (for example taking into account outside temp, driving mode etc.), and so the display could easily show that the car was running hotter or colder than expected, or that it was using fuel faster than it should be, and so help identify issues.
Yes this can be found now, but requires the driver to actually pay attention to what dials are telling them, and notice the difference at other times, which I would suspect for most drivers won't happen. (I'm talking about the sort of people who let their raidiator run dry, or never check things like oil levels or tire pressures).
Also this might help bring to an end the ridiculous prices some companies charge for items like sat nav. i.e. BMW charging £2,500 to add factory fitted sat nav, despite the processing power and screen already existing in the base model cars. So all it needs is the GPS receiver (£10?) and the software installing. Give me Google Navigate anyday.
My first broadband connection was 128kbs, which at the time seemed massively faster than the dial-up I used to use, which typically capped out at a somewhat unstable 30-35kbs or so.
Just because new broadband connections are faster than that, doesn't stop the definition still fitting the older/slower connections.
As long as it's always on, and I'd say arguably faster than dial-up, it's broadband.
And I suggest you change phone or network provider if your data keeps failing on your phone. mine with only rare exception, always has a data connection. Plus 3G and of course now 4G, is still faster than many current cheaper fixed line broadband options, so yes, I'd consider 3G and 4 as broadband as well these days.
Re: And if I already wear normal glasses?
Bear in mind this is just the first version, for early adopters and developers. i.e. what about people that can't use their right eye?
I expect later there will be more versions, smaller, that could then potentially either hold prescription lenses, or be clip on.
Play store: This item cannot be installed in your device's country!
I hope no one in the UK bought these glasses, as Google seem to have restricted access to the UK, and presumably other countries!
Presumably US users only then :-(
Re: Yes the solid state part is important. Yes it will hurt some targets, but how narrow band is it?
Best come fitted with a frequency re-modulator then!
Re: Missing the point: SOLID STATE!
Whilst this currently can't take down missiles and real sized aircraft due to lack of power, what would stop them from installing 10 of these on a suitably sized and powered ship?
Then you could point all 10, or however many was needed, onto the same point on the same target.
And cooling shouldn't be an issue, it's a ship. plenty of cold water under it.
The resurgence of the battleship is already predicted due to rail gun tech.
A battleship with lasers and rail guns would again rule the waves as it could sink anything, including other aircraft carriers well before the aircraft carrier could launch and try to sink the battleship, and it could down any aircraft or missiles that came into range. (Small rail guns for anti aircraft use, larger rail guns for anti ship and land bombardment).
Additionally you need to check your stats, me thinks they are out of date.
XP usage hasn't been at 38% since back in 2011, and currently stands around 23% (with Win 7 around 53%).
hmm, and how many of that 38% of the world are still using an out of date version of IE?
It's not Google that is excluding you, you're doing that to yourself by consciously choosing to use an old out of date web browser rather than installing something newer.
Expect to get blocked by more than just Google in the future. For example my bank has a similar policy for logging into their online banking service. "Using an old out of date web browser! Nope, you're not coming in."
If you want to blame anyone, blame Microsoft for choosing not to release their newer browsers on XP.
Re: Four systems
@ Fred Flintstone
You'd not heard of GLONASS? Where have you been, the stone age or something?
Re: It's not bitching, it's reality.
Quote: "I beg to differ. Until electric cars can go a decent distance then they are completely useless beyond a few niche users."
Erm, you are aware the 'niche users' are the ones that need to do 'a decent distance', this car is aimed at normal people, not the niche high mileage crowd?
Most users have the common sense to have home and work within a reasonable distance, i.e < 10 or so miles and most other journeys will be even less (supermarket, cinema etc.).
So a 70 mile range in a car would probably be enough for the vast majority of most car users.
It's the people doing the 50+ miles commutes every day that are the odd ones here, and it'll be some time before an EV car can cope with that type of journey.
But we have to start somewhere. so aim for the majority low mileage users first, then deal with the niche high mileage users later when the technology has matured some more and economies of scale start to improve costs etc.
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