237 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011
put the bite on
With Nest products, we’re invited into the home, like a (vampire).
Yes, the CFLs have to warm up. But I pay 30p per bulb for 825 lumen 13 watt CFLs through a promotion from the power company. They sell LED bulbs too, but cost £5 for 830 lumen 11 watt LED. They claim 10,000 hour life on the CFLs vs 25,000 on the LEDs.
LED Bulb price
I think the cost of the LED bulbs is what kills it. That, and the low output of the more common bulbs. I can get CFLs cheap, that use about the same amount of power. Why should I spend a lot more for LED?
Re: Enclosure insulation
Regards heat, or lack of. Temp goes down to about 20km altitude, then it goes up again.
That google guy set a new parachute altitude record from Roswell NM. Hopefully you can get the LOHAN as high as he went. BTW, nothing really cool to see in Roswell, or at least there wasn't when I was in the area 25 years ago. Close to Alamogordo is Carslbad Caverns, which is great, and up the road from Roswell, around the sleepy town of Portales is where the original Clovis Man was found.
I just moved to a new town/job 3 months ago. One of the benefits is that I can ride a skateboard to work. 1 mile and about 7-8 minutes. Can't do it when wet though, so I'll need to fit one of my bikes with fenders. Old job was 18 miles with 15 of that on a busy highway. I save a ton of money on gas, and get a nice short workout now.
Problems with working at altitude
As I get older
As I get older, I find I spend less money and buy fewer "things". I am less driven by wants, and more by needs. That is allowing to me make up for lost time in putting funds away for retirement.
2 things to add..
Writer of article used the word "guvmint". It's actually gubmint, pronounced as if you had a wad of chaw stuffed in your lower lip.
The other is the fact that many local sheriff and police departments are acquiring surplus military gear because it is "cool".
I did an inplace update to Kubuntu 14.04 and it broke the sound on my wife's machine. I am going to have to do a from scratch install (except for \home) and see if that fixes it. None of the various things people posted online got it going. Also, if you try to sleep the system in linux, it kills the power switch. Only way to get it back is unplug the power supply from the wall. That problem goes back a few years and was never fixed. So, at least 14.04 is still buggy for me.
Re: Times ... changing
Down in the Park, with a friend called Five....
Re: One question
Last time I renewed my license, I purposely scowled. My pic looks like I murdered someone.
I thought you were talking about this. "A 500-page-plus transcript of the declassified mission log records tons of routine conversations among the mission's three astronauts: commander Tom Stafford, lunar module pilot Gene Cernan and command module pilot John Young. But six days into the eight-day mission, around page 414, an emergency pops up:
"Give me a napkin, quick," Stafford says. "There's a turd floating through the air."
"I didn't do it," Young says. "It ain't one of mine."
"I don't think it's one of mine," Cernan says.
"Mine was a little more sticky than that," Stafford replies. "Throw that away."
The astronauts discuss the finer points of waste disposal in space, and then move on to other business. But minutes later, it's "Houston, we have a problem" all over again.
"Here's another goddam turd," Cernan says. "What's the matter with you guys?""
Re: I'm a slob...
The hospital I worked at basically had a carpet Zamboni. http://www.windsorind.com/ViewCategories.aspx?Pid=1291
Where are the trees?
Looks like at the new location, no trees. Just short scrubby bushes. That being said, be sure to visit Alamogordo and go to www.nmspacemuseum.org and white sands. Both things I enjoyed when I was stationed in New Mexico.
Am I missing something, or hasn't the airframe had a flight test yet? Seems like a good idea to at least test a half scale foam and balsa under RC, just to see how it flies.
Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear
Are you enjoying the DARPA developed internet?
been on facebook 2 weeks
I got laid off at work after 11 years at the same job. I figured I needed to establish a "social presence", so I created a facebook and linkedin account the same day I lost my job. I don't think I have seen any ads anywhere since being on those sites. I have been blocking for years though.
He was not an employee.
At the time he put that on his blog, he was not a Facebook employee. Page was posted May 24th 2012. He started with them in July. Since he mentioned in the blog that he was starting Facebook then, I am guessing he had nothing untoward on the blog at the time he was hired. Obviously he is an idiot for posting using he real name, just like Facebook wants you to do.
Re: I have to ask...
"It seems that man is drawn to the challenge of making weird objects airborne"
A friend of mine made and flew this back in the 70s.
Every time I watch one of these videos, I feel ancient. However, I love the fact that I grew up through those times. I remember going over to a neighbor kid's house and playing with the apple they had. Ended up a mainframe operator in the military, and bought a black and white sinclair for my first computer.
Re: Boulby, UK
The wife and I visited the Soudan mine in Minnesota last year. Very cool. All the equipment had to be taken down the same mine elevator you use to get to the bottom. http://www.soudan.umn.edu/
Re: "Neil Barnes and missus Anita"
Don't forget the little monster that would wish people away on Twilight Zone.
Supposedly Snowden's revelations are a major reason why Brazil went with Saab on their jet $4.5b contract, and not Boeing.
I just logged into it for the first time last weekend. Still haven't figured out quite what to use it for. It seems to me if there is anything relevant that I need to know, I can find it with a search engine. If it's newsworthy, it will show up in news. If I want to let someone know something, I send them an email.
I suppose it's useful for publicly shaming companies, so if I have some issue that needs attention, that may be one avenue to pursue.
From what I understand, Mr Haines is living in rural Spain. With the economy the way it is in Spain right now, I would bet local farmers are the way to go.
Keep people upgrading and I will buy their "old" TVs for pennies. My first big screen was a SD 60" rear projector (3 tubes) that I got for free. The one I have now is a 52" 1080i DLP I paid $100 for.
What a Wookie!
Upgraydded my dads old Compaq laptop with Xubuntu from XP. He is 78, and he loves it.
I don't really get this. How many cars drive around with a gigantic camera array on the roof? Unless it specifically has to say Google on it, as Microsoft has their own cars now.
A gentleman who goes by the name Upgrayedd. Which he spells thusly, with two D's, as he says, "for a double dose of this pimping". You see, a pimp's love is very different from that of a square.
The sold a lot of 520s because you could buy one without contract for around $70 (less than 45£)
Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu
I am on 8 and have the 8 gadget pack installed. Security risk with gadgets probably is an issue, as I picked up an old, crusty, easily removable virus from one of the gadgets. I never get virii, so it was a surprise. I uninstalled all the gadgets, but once I figured out the offending gadget, I reinstalled them as I find them way more useful than live tiles.
8 has been just fine for me with Classic Shell installed. I only run it on desktop machines, so I don't know anything about wireless settings issues. My wife has been on linux (Kubuntu) for years, and when her old machine died, the new one came with Windows 7. I set her up dual boot, but she doesn't care for Windows. My father just had me replace XP on his own laptop with Xubuntu. He likes it a lot as his machine feels much faster now.
Second Life will be what Facebook ends up with after they have fully assimilated Oculus Rift.
Re: It depends on the distro...
I just switched my Dad's old laptop to Xubuntu. Pretty much all he did in XP was pictures, email, and web. He used Firefox, so it was trivial to move his profile over. The only issue he had was figuring out where to enter his wireless password. He loves that it boots faster, and that the machine "feels" faster than it did under XP.
Re: Trade not aid Hmm... aren't we missing the point here?
Hate to butt in, but I think the point of this article is pretty much getting lost and is....the following:
Give a (hu)man a fish and (s)he will eat for a day.
Teach a (hu)man how to fish and (s)he will eat for the rest of their lives.
A sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with.
Reminds me of Pratchett. "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
Re: Yet another Linux bore
Similar situation with my Dad's 10 year old laptop. He brought it up to me to install linux. I backed up all his data and settings to my NAS, and then wiped it and installed Xubuntu. It took me a bit longer than I thought due to problems getting broadcom drivers running. Once that was sorted, it went great. Mailed it back down to him. Took him an hour to figure out how to enter his wireless password, but once he did that, he liked it a lot. Runs smoother and faster than under XP, and since he was using Firefox before, all his browser stuff was just as it was before.
I used Air BnB
I used it a couple of years ago for a relatively cheap stay in Marin County for a week. I had a work related class in San Francisco, and I got them to wait on the return flight for a week, which I used for a vacation. Most hotels were north of $100 a night, and that might get you something with bedbugs. I stayed in Fairfax, California in a detached room with private bath at someone's house for $60 a night. They even supplied breakfast. I was able to spend a week hiking in the redwoods and on the beach a Pt Reyes.
I think the real problem is that people are using it to sublet apartments. For me though, it worked great.
Re: Why replace what works?
I have a 52" 1080i Mitsubishi that I bought for next to nothing used. Been using it two and a half years now and still haven't had to replace the bulb. If I ever decide to replace it, it will be with another cheap used one.
Re: Depending on how many data points they have...
I think that's the point. Not enough data points for enough confidence. Since Super-Kario only detects electron neutrinos, the speculation is that interaction with the earth is transmogrifying a few the other types as they go through. With enough data, I would guess there would be a bell curve. I guess that's why they want to make a Hyper-Kario.
Re: Yes, fear the wrath of Al Gore! Idiots
Sort of.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Performance_Computing_and_Communication_Act_of_1991
ARPANET was the real birth of IP communication, which preceded the internet. When I was in the military back around 1986, we had a node in our computer room. Periodically someone from BBN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBN_Technologies would call me to input some commands into the teletype. Later, when I was going to get out, the guy that I talked to wanted me to submit a resume and apply for a job. I didn't, and in retrospect, I wish I had.
The Atari Portfolio is what young John Connor used in Terminator to hack the ATM.
I wonder how many will be switching to Linux? My dad has an older laptop and he only uses it for email and web. He is sending it to me to back up his data and convert the machine to linux. Probably Kubuntu or some other Ubuntu variant since it is what I am familiar with. Should work fine for his needs, and he won't need to spend a penny.
I was hoping for dear leader to be immortalized this way.
I have a work provided blackberry, and have had for years. A few years ago, a few of us used BBM. However, a couple of years ago the standard cell at work became the iphone. Once that happened, no one used BBM anymore. I am still on blackberry as the cellular company my phone is through never carried the iphone. They do now, and I would guess when my current phone is replaced they will replace it with an iphone. I know they want to get rid of the BES at some point.
Re: Got to admire them ...
Is it safe?
I would assume that Microsoft has Wifi location info, just like Google, as they have their own streetview cars. Microsoft's streetview has pretty decent coverage, considering the head start Google has had. Also, if you have a Windows 8 box, check out the maps preview app. Lots of cool high res 3d models in select areas. (It's still a beta)
As far as I know, https://www.openstreetmap.org doesn't have ads.
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