1325 posts • joined 28 Oct 2011
Re: Closed captions?
Quebecóis language requirements.
You mean there's a French Letter quota?
Re: The Barge is...
Is microwave fast as fiber?
Faster. Propagation speed in fibre is ~ 66% of that in free space. Bandwidth is a different matter.
Re: What It Looks Like.
As much as I would like to see Radtke's death tied to Bitcoin
That's harsh. No matter how crazy the bitcoin business is, it's sad when a 28-year old apparently kills herself when depressed, for any reason.
Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)
So who will be next when Maplins disappears? Rapid?
Re: "In conjunction with Electronics Today International. "
Before Maplin there was Home Radio. Who else remembers them?
And Watford Electronics. And Henry's.
Still, if you can't leave Maplin without buying something, you should try Fry's in the US: http://www.frys.com/
"2020 Cloud Computing will be the dominant IT trend"
2030 the Personal Computer will be reinvented by several independent start-ups who dislike the lack of independence they get from a centralized processing net with dumb tablets connected to it. They will point out the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness gained when every user has their own computer on their desk.
2031 Apple will sue them.
Re: Almost certainly a stupid question...
£3000 for a small reactor vs several more for solar panals on your roof.
Maybe the school could apply for an alternative energy subsidy?
that the UK once made machine tools.
Still does, the MTA (trade association) estimates for 2012 were "output of machine tools, cutting tools and tool/work-holding equipment gives a total of around £960 million, of which £835 million was exported" and "UK machine tool manufacturing businesses employed 6,100 people at the end of 2012; this compares with 5,800 at the same point in 2011."
Not huge, but growing.
The only good thing about escargots is the garlic butter they are served in. Just serve that with a nice fresh baguette straight from the oven, and a glass of wine. Who needs the brown rubbery bits?
Re: How much does..
tripe like Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice, Eastenders, Dr Who cost to make?
A lot less than they earn by selling them abroad.
If there's some distant version of NASA trying to figure out how to deflect asteroids, when one day someone spots this whole galaxy heading their way.
Re: Colour me dubious
incompatible schemas between legacy system 1..N and the destination system
True, which is why the single most important thing is to define the interfaces. Get that right, and everything else falls out OK. All too often this sort of rollout starts at the wrong end, picking systems & software, then trying to work out how to plug them together.
I actually have quite a lot of faith that JL can do this, it's a business that works because it knows its customers, and what they expect. Hopefully that will translate into being on the other side of the deal, but time will tell.
Welcome to Europe, the only place where you compromise between English and French by inventing something that is equally wrong in both languages.
Must have been quite a test-tube if they could get a laptop and a rat into it.
So, the LEMV may be resuscitated yet
It does give a whole new meaning to "the charge of the Light Brigade"
Mr Rice Davies
She wasn't a Mr, which was rather the point...
Re: Typically ignorant management response
"Bad news, Sir, our main finance data centre has burnt down"
"Don't worry, it's insured, we'll just build another one"
Yes, I can see that working.
hasn't really ever had a proper position anywhere. His "company" Tibanne Ltd is apparently him + a website.
Worked for Zuckerberg...
Someone should tell Google
They could pitch it as a positive aspect of being a Glasshole...
Re: Inspired by the classics
It's a Herma.
An iHerma ?
Re: One Thing Leads to Another
send them some more coal so they can make power for those grow lights
Let them eat coke?
That's the way to do it
I'm surprised the Spanish are confused about Punch & Judy, don't they also have the tradition of "Guiñol", based on the French Guignol?
Good luck on Saturday 5th. I'll be on a 747 heading into Heathrow around them, nothing personal but I do hope your "west of England" launch is well west...
The problem is that many of these sites aren't fradulent, they're just opportunists. If you've ever applied for a business visa you'll know that for some countries it's a complex and expensive process. There are perfecty legitimate companies offering "concierge" type of services to help, and they can be really useful at checking documents and forms, and generally saving time. Their fee of £50 or so is well worth it when you're paying £500 for a visa.
It's not easy to distinguish between them, and the chancers who'll charge £25 "commission" to get you an EHIC card, or an ESTA, both of which are easy to do online and cost far less than £25. Such companies aren't illegal, though, so censoring their position in search results must be a grey area.
Re: Was it made in France?
Reverse is a lower ratio than first in pretty much every car, French or not.
And when *every* suplier has a "preferential" contract
We all go back to square one, but with higher prices all round.
Re: Mandatory potato famine notice.
Anyone who posts that this spud...or it's patented mates.. would have prevented the Irish Potato Famine is a muppet. The problem then was a sociological/political one.
The potato famine was real, and deprived large sections of the poorest Irish people of their fundamental foodstuff. It is true that the response to the famine was a sociological/political disaster, largely because the absentee landlords simply couldn't imagine that potatoes were the only thing that many people had to eat, but to claim that the base problem was sociological/political is incorrect. Had the potato crop not failed for several successive years the problem would have been far less serious. Far fewer people would have died, or emigrated.
Re: The loss of efficiency for hydrogen is huge
Exchangeable battery packs will work out much cheaper and more efficient.
Not when you do the maths. Work out how many cars a busy petrol station refuels each day, then look at how many battery packs they need to store, and how much electricity they need to recharge them. It is completely unfeasible, even if you could persaude manufacturers to standardise on a battery form factor.
Re: Please NO
What's the problem. You want a red, shiny thing that occasionally catches fire, they'll offer you a white shiny thing that occasionally catches fire. No big difference.
Why hydrogen? There are certainly better things to do with dwindling oil reserves than just burn them, and the cost, charge time and environmental nastiness of batteries aren't likely to improve as much as required, but H2 isn't much better. It's hard to make, hard to store and requires a whole new fuelling infrastructure. Some form of liquid fuel, such as biodiesel from algae or alcohol, in an Ampera-style series hybrid, seems far more practical all round.
The original post asserted that playing the national anthem on TV is government propaganda. It isn't. Closing each day's TV with a party political broadcast by the prime minister would be government propaganda. Broadcasting the national anthem at closedown, although perhaps archaic these days, is not, any more than a US TV station that broadcasts the President's "State of the Union" address would be a "propaganda mouthpiece". The Queen represents the permanent state, not the transient government.
The BBC should be split into two halves.
You mean like a licence-funded BBC for home use, and a commercial arm called BBC Worldwide that sells BBC programmes abroad to raise money? It is.
The Queen is not a member of the Government.
Re: Vastly Overdue
The BBC could fund itself from advertising revenues like any other television network, rather than denying children in poor families a vital source of entertainment.
Are you aware that the average household pays far more for the advertising-funded channels through their weekly shop than they do for the TV licence? How much would you be willing to see prices go up at Asda or Lidl to pay for an advertising-funded BBC? Or are you assuming that existing advertising budgets would just be spread more thinly, so that all the TV stations would have less money to make programmes?
BBC4 is one of the best channels that came out on freeview. Especially when you compare it to the trash that's on BBC3...
Very true, but this is exactly where we used to be with BBC2 v BBC1. BBC3 and 4 were created as "digital" channels, to persuade people to get digital services. New programmes aired first on BBC3/4, as an incentive.
Why not just close BBC3 and BBC4 now, they've done their job. Put the BBC2+BBC4 programmes on BBC2 again, and the BBC3+BBC1 programmes on BBC1. They each repeat so much of their own and the other's programming that there won't be anything that can't be fitted in. Use the money to improve BBC1/2 programming.
And the question which comes to mind after watching the video is "so, what is the blast radius of an on-the-pad Saturn V explosion?"
Pop-Up Pi Day
On the subject of playing with Pi's, anyone with early-teen kids in the general area of Silicon Valley might find this interesting: http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#popup-pi-day-make-learn
pity I'm several thousand km too far away (and don't have kids!) :(
Oh dear, 3D selfies...
I hate to think what's going to happen at office parties now. Sitting on the photocopier and scanning your arse was bad enough...
Do you often find all your preferences, history and bookmarks are deleted when upgrading Firefox?
No, but I do find a bunch of stuff labelled "no longer supported" or plain ignored. Just because there's a value in the prefs.js file doesn't require the browser to pay any heed to it.
Not upgrading a browser must be one of the most idiotic things to do, given each new release - from any of the big three browsers - is awash with security updates.
Blindly upgrading any piece of software just because there's a new one is idiotic. New releases may have security fixes that I care about, but they may also have performance issues, bugs, and functional regressions that I care about more. I've lost track of the number of times I've upgraded FF or Thunderbird, only to have a "why the fsck did they do that" moment, followed by a downgrade & restore of all configuration. I'm generally several versions of FF behind the bleeding edge.
I have the browser.newtabpage.enabled config value set to false, so that I don't get that annoying tiles screen. I hope that adding ads to this doesn't mean that they will remove that option.
Yes another reason not to "upgrade" Firefox :(
If such a base station were in the prison there's a good chance that there would be screened areas where the outside main-network base stations had stronger signals and were preferred by the phone. You could probably bulld some suitable screening equipment to create such areas. Making the fake base station signal strong enough to guarantee that all phones inside used it, while preventing phones from outside seeing it, would be challenging, so say the least.
Re: Dark water?
Ir would be truly amazing if they found a pint of the Dark on Mars! They'd never get a decent head on it, though.
Sky's is astonishingly good especially since it runs at about 800kb/s - way better decoders?
Sky has the great advantage that they download to disk, and play out locally from there, so maybe they can avoid some of the forward error correction that real-time streaming needs for reliability? If a Sky box gets a corrupt packet it can just ask for a retransmission, no problem if that means a few seconds delay, they don't need all the overhead of data to do "live" correction..
Just a guess, though.
Twenty-five years later, the reason I and millions of others avoid exercise and sport like the plague is that we were taught to at school.
I wish I could upvote you more than once.
Re: You just can't stop progress
Citizen,!! .,,, you have ten seconds to comply
Or, if they're running Windows
9 seconds remaining
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Re: Is this really even a real test?
The office conversation probably went like this:
Marketer: "How can I get my iShiny replaced with this year's model?"
BOFH-alike: "I suppose you could drop it, 'accidentally'-like"
Marketer: "Mmm, no, might be a bit obvious"
"BOFH-alike: I know. Let's do a survey, we can put it on the marketing budget, send it to The Register"
Marketers: "That's Brilliant!" <CRASHTINKLE>
Re: @Ian Bush -- Let's get the nomenclature correct. Eh?
Nice rant, but no matter what you learned 25+ years ago, the official Fortran 90 standard redefined the name of the language to have only an initial capital, so FORTRAN as a name has been obsolete for 24 years.
a couple of decades worth ... of tat and crap.
Should have sold it to this place: http://www.weirdstuff.com/
they even have a webcam.
A true nostalgia-fest, well worth a vist if you're in the Sunnyvale area anytime.
Re: re. chat(s)
And to add to the fun, I think the reference to "having other cats to whip" in the French refers to the "cat o' nine tails", and not a feline.
Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?
anomalies and gravitational distortions
They have bigger problems with trains. A pre-LHC system at CERN used to display regular but slight variations that no-one could explain, until one day they stopped. Some bright spark realised that there was a train strike in France, and the the cause of the disturbances was the magnetic field created by the earth return currents from the passing 6MW TGV power sets.
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