Re: Can't believe you guys missed it !
3 holes in the ground?
Well, well, well!
1174 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011
3 holes in the ground?
Well, well, well!
Only rational thing is a cradle to grave state pension based on whatever the country can afford. And then tax luxury, not labour not essentials..
And cut back on public services as deliverables, just deliver the money.
Is the cat an observer?
No, an observation.
Remember Descartes, If you dont think rationally you dont exist.
Felix non cogitaris ergo felix non est
..that the universe as she is perceived doesn't exist unless it is perceived by someone?
The only silly part is the belief that the universe in itself is in fact anything like one's perception of it.
"Of course I know how a computer works: You just push the on switch, and wiggle the mouse and stuff happens in an orderly way on the screen"
"So what's inside all the chips?"
"Smaller pictures and sound things of course".
"So what do you make of all this theory about 'software'?"
Rather a model I think. Its a very popular subject. Flies well unlike a camel which is hard to get balanced.
More likely they could use the technology to get even MORE from already installed copper..
....any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place. ...c f 'An inconvenient truth', which turned out to be a very convenient lie, after all.
Barbarella was so bad it was genius. Imagine two teenage kids rolling around the floor laughing the whole way through...
I believe Plan 9 from outer space is generally reckoned to be the worst scifi of all time.
Odd. I used to keep mint running months sat a time. These days I power it down at night to save leccy a little.
Never NEEDED a reboot. except after kernel upgrades
..converge with a mobile interface ...
seems about as useful as equipping the space shuttle with a steering wheel and hand brake.
'A Computer' covers as many bases as 'A Vehicle' does.
FFS let's have the interface appropriate to the user and the intended function.
Linux/Unix the kernel is the result of years of development and is now a stable versatile and ubiquitous beast. No reaosn not to use it.
Linux the user interface simply doesn't actually exist.
Instead we3 have various mobile and desktop UIs competing for space on a variety of devices.
Frankly, Microsoft should port the windows UI to linux as well.
In the end there will be power users on desktops doing things one way, and consumers who need to consume content and communicate and very rarely generate new code or content, on a completely different class of device altogether.
Despite witterings by clueless politicians, routine encryption of nearly all IP packets between nodes with keys known only to those nodes is probably something that with IPV6, will slowly happen in time
IPV4 was built with resilience in mind. We need a new net built with security in mind.
What would it matter if the same end user tools ran over a layer than no one had to make a decision to install, but which provided a secure end to end link? As a matter of course?
Well you would have to move your intel to the end points instead of hoping for a free lunch as a MITM.
Technology cannot manufacture oil from nothing: the oil has to be there. Or the energy to synthesise it.
Technology can and has delayed peak oil, but it won't prevent it,
And all the information I have read is that fracking/tight oil is unprofitable at much less than $120/barrel oil price...remind me what we are now at?
Saudi pumps oil to crash the market to drive fracking out of existence.
Then the oil price will go up again?
...or being able to spell the words we already have in common usage, and use them correctly,
I was about to make the exact same point...
it was repeated twice, so not likely a typo.
You can if you dont mind being unkind charge a NicD fully in 5-10 minutes
You can discharge on in under a minute
..the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed...
..there wouldn't be a single IC car left on the roads.
Sadly the Tesla here is as good as it gets and the battery is stupendously expensive, heavy and of dubious life.
And there is no better technology on the horizon at all.
I spent several weeks once, analysing electric cars. Its plus all the way until you get to that battery.
I then spent time analysing all possible forms of known battery.
Not one was good enough really. Maybe in time lithium air might be good enough, but there are huge practical issues.
And none would be cheap enough.
but giving up on it is not the way forward.
Neither is hydrogen.
If you want a synthetic fuel why not synth diesel/gasoline.?
Leverage the whole supply chain infrastructure and installed base of vehicles.
Id be unsurprised in the overall efficiency of leccy to fuel to wheel wasn't at least as good with syndiesel in a modern TD as electrolytic hydrogen in a fuel cell.
On many (labour) council provided transport services, the subsidies of one sort or another comprise so much of the income that the companies involved really dont care whether anyone rides them or not.
I had that from a senior executive at a major rail company some years ago.
You misunderstand. The HS2 is designed to solve a far different problem. What an EU central transport planning department is going to do with the billions its been given to develop a pan European transport system, without actually spending any of it on someone intelligent enough to provide cost effective solutions to real needs rather than high profile initiatives that end up in the majority of the cash being spent with the large businesses who support the EU and lobbies.
It has to be understood that it cots a lot less to bribe and lobby a bureaucrat to get your product defined as the only product to be sold, than it does to develop and market a truly better mousetrap.
Like many other rent seeking subsidised BS, buses are something that exist because councils and governments decree that they should.
Not because they are the most efficient.
The way to fix it is bring the work to the people.
It's almost at the stage where a huge amount of manual and clerical work doesn't need a real office at all or a real factory.
Remote robots and virtual offices are the answer.
Buses certainly are not.
BTW the free for all minicab solution exists for real in Soweto/Johannesburg. The trains are simply too unsafe to ride. Mind yuou, competition between minicab drivers goes as far as shooting the opposition...
A parasol is a sunshade. You mean umbrella.
Is shanks pony.
When I lived in London, I was constantly amazed at how little extra time it took to walk the whole way than walk to the tube/bus, spend money to be exposed to filth dirt and disease, and walk the other end.
Bikes are OK, but they still need to be parked somewhere
...what the man said.. You cant make money out of it.
Or can you?
Free software, paid for support?
yeah. a first for me was that a usb scanner Just Worked, for the first time ever...
May the lord preserve us from 'interaction and usability pros'.
The main attraction of linux is its been designed by people who use computers a LOT for real stuff.
Not graphic designers and other redundant burger-flippers.
Spot on. Content consumption moves to the BYODS but content and design creation will stay with a desktop.
However there is probably a 100:1 ratio between the two. So the desktop will be abandoned to all but Linux, whereas the mobile arena will be full of overpriced chrome-and-tailfins 'user experience'
I use linux daily, but I dont randomly mount filesystems from the gui,
I hard mount the home server and have scripts to mount my cloud server and they mount the systems in defined places.
USB mediais mounted by the OS as well,. Its not under gui control.
i suppose they could shut down the satellites overhead as well..
I remember well a (now deceased) acquaintance who maintained a postal address in the UK to support his Sky subscription whereas the actual receiving dish was located in Tuscany.
Get a S Korean satellite link and move it to Nork..
the Iraq attack on Kurdistan where numerous different CB agents were used.
Which was years before the second gulf war and sanctions and UN inspectors..
...from the real thing.
So without donning any tinfoil hats, if one government wants to pick a fight with another there is a real problem as to who started it.
When I were doing some work on submarine cable back in the 80's, they had only JUST started using silicon..."we field tested germanium and we know it lasts 25 years, that data isn't available on silicon'....
...I asked a similar question of my oncologist 'what's the long term effect of this chemotherapy'? Answer 'when we get to long term, we will let you know, but 25 years on,. its seems to be OK...'
Trued and tested if it good enough, is good enough.
make that a useless component or supplement
If you have the nukes already why spend money on wind farms - to save uranium? Purlease!
Actually it is sustainable.
Materials - elements - dont vanish: they are infinitely recyclable. With energy.
Energy is the critical path item. And energy is not recyclable. Entropy sees to that.
The Green fallacy is that there is a 'balance' to Nature, and that man is not natural.
The reality is that since the big bang, existence has changed over the aeons to reflect the entropy and in earth terms, the ecosphere has been characterised by the rise and fall of millions of species, the majority of which are now extinct. That is not 'balance'.
The latest most successful species on the planet is homo sapiens. If he fails to harness nuclear energy, he will fade out. If he succeeds in harnessing nuclear energy, he may survive and propagate beyond this planet.
Nothing is guaranteed of course. But if we fail to take up the challenge, and fall into a new dark age, there will be no fossil fuel to bootstrap us back into a technological civilisation again.
Of big gas, wind and solar power manufacturers.
Greenpeace has nothing to do with saving the planet, or its people.
It is a money making organisation that sold out years ago to the highest bidder.
..one gets 'dysfunctioval' hardware gifted on one.
The proportion of intermittently flaky netgear routers is out of all proportion to market share.
They may use the same chips...but I suspect they dont use the same input transformer - they seem to die or get crippled too many times after lightning storms..
You mean they don't already?
The number of tomes I have googled a search term only to find myself in entirely unrelated areas of (complete non) interest.
All the pattern tells me is who is paying google.
the climate stays broadly the same, which is pretty much where the smart money is right now...
Its cheaper than an e-reader
I am sorry, anyone who thinks Donald in anyway resembled a real duck has never encountered a real duck.
Where was the crispy skin and Hoi Sin Sauce?
in a total vacuum it has to be a reaction type engine and there you are trading off safety with energy density...
below that a scramjet type arrangement may work to get to serious suborbital speeds.
I have to agree. It took me several days to work out why a particular expression evaluated to a string in IE6 and an integer number in firefox.
Strong typing would at least have thrown an error.
I agree. you don't have to download huge amounts of data and pay huge amounts of tax. Its not a tax on working, its a tax on spending, which is good too.
more to the point, 16Pflops of GIGO, both in terms of data and the models used to simulate the atmosphere, ain't gonna produce anything except EXPENSIVE garbage.
How long will it take?
Before they do...
its more complex than even that.
WW1 saw a continuous evolution of aircraft with tactics changing as aircraft capability changed.
Its not really meaningful to talk about the 'best' aircraft.
Camels were for a time there best there was on the allied side, although the Nieuport wasn't bad, then SE5a, SPAD and the Bristol fighter came in with more power and easier flight characteristics and the rotary engine died the death.
Monoplanes were distrusted - the thick wing needed for structural integrity was reckoned to be aerodynamically unsound, and indeed at lower speeds a thin curved wing does work better, but as speeds grew so the Schneider trophy races lead to the sort of monoplane design that culminated in the Spitfire.
Oddly while the hurricane owed a lot to earlier biplanes in terms of 'frame and canvas' construction, the spitfire owed a lot to biplane thinking in terms of a large wing area of slender dimension. That gave it the excellent turn it had, but made it a poor gun platform as the wing was not stiff enough to preserve the orientation of the machine guns under recoil over any sort of range.
Ultimately the Tempest was the peak of Hawkers WWII efforts, tough, murderously fast, heavily armed and able to withstand punishment - although the engine problems were never really solved.
Post war, you have to say that the Hunter was the best and most successful aircraft Hawker ever produced. The Harrier was good, but ultimately its role has been replaced by the attack helicopter.