1499 posts • joined 28 Oct 2011
Re: "Red X on tunnel"
Of course, because using the Lane Closed sign for "Queue Ahead" is so obvious!
Oh, those signs are there as well, further back, but the Craigies of this world don't read them.
Closing the outside lane and funneling the traffic into two lanes before the tunnel moves the queue to the input side of the tunnel, where it's easily seen, away from the long curve through and after the tunnel where it then flows more freely.
@Cragie Re: Red X
They put a red X on one lane of a tunnel round here when there's a major slowdown after the tunnel, to avoid people sailing through the tunnel at 50MPH & smacking into the back of the queue they didn't know was there. People still ignore it, since the tumnel looks clear. They learn the hard way, as you will. Hope you don't kill anyone else when you do.
Re: I'm not sure
But honestly officer, it said "Green Light" on the display, right there.
Re: Genuine reason.
PS. Don't try to open your car doors at speed. The wind blast could slam it back on you. Another stupid driver proved it.
There's a reason why rear-hinged doors used to be called "suicide doors"
Re: I think...
you have to compare the US ticket price with the UK ex VAT price
Exactly. The figures given in the article are exaggerated, and seemingly chosen to give the worst impression
The UK Kindle Fire that costs £329 in the UK is the entry-level HDX 8.9" (including special offers). Before VAT that works out to £274, or $468 at current rates.
The current US price is $379, so the UK price is 23% more, not 39.5% as claimed.
If, instead, you compare the top-end 64GB/4G one, the prices are $625 (UK) versus $594 (US), which is only a 5% difference.
Do we have any consumer tech exports?
Even if we do, they're probably made in the same Chinese factories as the US "exports".
Re: Reg unit?
5 DVD's at 4.7GB each
Sure they aren't dual-layer?
Re: Orac in a box
A perspex box with fairy lights and a bad attitude.
I didn't realize Windows Phone was that old.
Re: To be fair....
Greengrocers' apostrophes with initialisms like USB are often tolerated, as they are with dates like "70's"
Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient.
Royal Mail has enough trouble telling you where your parcel is today, the chance of it knowing where a parcel was three weeks ago is pretty close to nil.
Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...
I wish The Register had some kind of ignore list so I didn't have to come across you again
Classic. You can't be bothered to read comments that don't fit with your preconceived opinions, and just want to pretend that the people who disagree with you aren't there.
That's a pretty clear definition of "bigot".
Re: for some definition of paedophile...
the bit about catching people before they cross the line, it has a delicious Minority Report to it
Except that it didn't say catching, it said influencing, i.e. "think before you click, we may be watching you".
Re: Resiliency Model
What appears to be a resilient server looks like it relies quite heavily on the application configuration (i.e. Oracle RAC etc.) to achieve resiliency, rather than making sure the server can take failures.
Why does that matter? For most users the important thing is the resilience of the system as a whole. Whether an appropriate level of resilience is achieved in hardware alone, or with co-operating hardware and software, is just an implementation detail.
Certainly you can make very resilient hardware like Tandem & its ilk, at a substantial cost in redundant subsystems. Do you always need that? Statitstically, very little system downtime is due to hardware faults, most is human error and software problems. Few applications need bleeding-edge resilience-at-any-price hardware, for a given application youi'll need a certain level of resilience, and what's important is to provide that at an appropriate price point.
Never been much of a golfer, but I could learn.
If you lose your balls in the rough, do you get a free stroke?
Re: Soon to be (unfortunately)...
If something is patented it can't be locked away, since a fundamental purpose of the patent process is publication.
txting hasn't hurt my writing
But 30-odd years of primarily using a keyboard has played merry hell with my handwriting. I can hardly read what I've written myself, these days.
Mandatory roaming would reward operators who invested the least in their own rural networks, and increase intra-company haggling.
Not necessarily. It's called "National Roaming" and works in France, where the regulator has designated certain sparsely-populated rural areas as "zones blanches". The operators effectively agreed to share these areas out among themselves, rather than all incurring the expense of installing competing networks. The cell ID shows up as "F-CONTACT" instead of "F-SFR" or "F-Orange", etc. Outside the zone blanches cross-operating roaming does not apply.
Re: Industrial use.
Companies like Boeing already use this technology for their service techs, they have heads-up displays that can superimpose wiring diagrams over cable looms during aircraft maintenance.
Re: No symetrical frames
Or you could integrate a Wicked Lasers Arctic 2W laser in to the side and burn a hole in anyone who dares to laught.
You mean like http://www.dilbert.com/fast/2014-06-21/ ?
Can't see it catching on widely enough
As the article says, to directly control these sorts of appliances you would need to mess about with holes in your firewall, static addresses or dynamic DNS, etc. Most ordinary folks won't want anything which needs that much hassle. The alternative, as described, is to buy gadgets that are configured via a third-party website, where the devices poll for instructions. That immediately locks you in to one supplier, who may change a fee either now, or in the future, assuming they're still there in the future.
Sure, Google probably won't go bust in the next 10 years, but we've all seen home music devices that relied on external servers to get streaming data, and when the service went titsup you were left with a fancy paperweight. Not to mention what happens when the service gets hacked & some script kiddie in China has fun playing with your central heating while you're away, so you come home to a flooded house from burst pipes in winter, or crispy pot plants and a sauna in August.
In essence, to get a level of convenience that works for an ordinary user, you're not buying Home Automation devices, but "Home-Automation-as-a-Service", and look how well the Smart Meter concept is going down.
That to me, and I suspect to the public at large, is not an interesting or cost-effective use case. Personally I'm tempted to do something myself with Raspberry Pis or Arduinos, but that's not a mass-market model. Maybe the folks buying £10m houses will be willing to pay a monthly fee for a "home management" service, but I reckon most ordinary folks will stick with a thermostat and a timer.
I really should register gTLDs ... .bullshit...
The Bahamas already got there with .bs
Re: Im confused, ,
Well, if he sits under that tree long enough...
Re: What puzzles me ...
They represent about a day's work when you have to mow the bloody field.
Isn't that what sheep were invented for?
Must be my mind
but when I read the headline I assumed that:
a) he was drunk
b) it wasn't his leg that had got stuck.
Re: I have a query
Trivially easy, but there would be no income stream for the phone companies...
Marvin would be happy
Always good to see an earth-shattering kaboom as part of telescope construction.
Re: I estimate that...
Why would they go anywhere near the swill that Starbucks laughingly call coffee?
They'll be using recycled piss, so they're already halfway therel
Be glad they arrive at all. I've had to stop using suppliers who ship by UPS, they can never find my house, or don't bother to try. Tracking one recent, correctly-addressed, parcel showed that it left the depot at 7am, and was returned at 8am as undeliverable, despite the fact that it would take at least an hour to get from that depot to chez moi, never mind there and back.
Pluto's MOON CRACKS must be PROBED
Mickey and Donald seen looking very worried.
Re: More privileges?
I see *awful*, dangerous, hideous driving every single day. I would like to see people stopped for such behaviour, and their driving privilege revoked. It doesn't need to be for long - a week's ban would be effective - but it needs to be enforced.
It would be enforced until the next election, when those responsible would find themselves looking for new work.
Much as I'd like to see poor driving punished, I don't agree that it would push people to public transport, not over a 1-week ban. More likely the banned driver would find another family member to drive them for a week, and that person would probably be less used to driving in heavy rush-hour traffic, and the overall standard would go down.
I'd prefer to ban all the gadgets which make it possible to drive without thinking. Ban parking aids, hill-start aids, automatic lights/wipers, lane followers, sign cameras. If people want to drive make them actually drive, if they want the car to drive them by itself, they should get the bus.
Re: More privileges?
The problem is that the service sucks, is hugely intermittent and is grossly over-priced.
I'd quite like to see bus lanes around here getting used more than once an hour
I wouldn't disagree, bus lanes take over 33%-50% of road space, but only take a few % of road users away from cars, hence making the jams worse because the cars are forced into less space.
The only way to get them used more than once an hour would be to make the buses smaller, so that you don't have huge vehicles with 90% of the seats empty (which is why they're so expensive even when subsidised). The logical endpoint of that, of course, is 5-seater buses with flexible destination parameters,otherwise known as "cars".
Re: Dead end.
The vast majority of trips taken in cars are less than 40 miles so range is much less of an issue than people's perception of range.
That's a spurious argument. Even if 95% of your journeys are < 40 miles, you're screwed for the other 5%, unless you're flush enough to have two cars, which is even less environmentally friendly.
Classic response, of course, is "just rent an ICE car for the 5%" but that only works because the overwhelming majority of cars are ICE. If most cars were electric then ICE cars would only be required for rental, and there would be huge demand at bank holiday weekends and little for the rest of the time. That's not a viable business model for any rental agency, they can't afford to have fleets of tens of thousands of cars sittting idle, even if anyone was willing to make such cars at a reasonable price.
Re: More privileges?
Are you saying that leccy cars can't overtake cyclists?
Not while remaining in the lane, unless they crowd the cyclist up the kerb. To overtake requires that there be enough space in the adjoining lane to pull out, in which case the leccy car could be using that lane just like an ICE one.
Mix the technologies
Use a mobile phone network for the User->Internet, with satellite only for the return path. In theory you could send a URL via an SMS message, and get GB of download over the return path. OK, latency is shit, but so what? It's not an issue for most things.
Re: Just to muddy the waters further...
I remember BT calling it a gate, when they made the move to keypad phones with * and # in the early 80s. They used US practice for several things, but wouldn't copy the "pound sign" terminology in the UK to avoid confusion. It was widely known that the "proper" name was octothorpe but no-one wanted to put that in customer documentation.
Which I read at first as ringworldite. Rereading it was a disappointment.
I am surprised they have not just had him assassinated alread
That would only fuel their critics. Much better to have Snowden as a fugitive, he's already fallen off the edge of most newspapers' short-term-memory and been forgotten by the general public, but the NSA can always warm the hunt up again if they need more gung-ho publicity or a bargaining chip with Putin.
Getting caught up in exercises designed to "enhance the workplace experience" is always a painful time for me.
I've always enjoyed the ones that started around 3pm on a Friday.
Allegedly the original name for what became Grampian TV was to be Scottish Highlands and Islands Television until someone was doodling a logo...
Re: Design Envelope?
What about a suitably-printed pint glass? I got one at our last company internal event, definitely a useful addition to the very large selection of mugs I already have.
Re: First modem
110 baud acoustic coupler
Ah, the days when a 1200/75 Prestel modem seemed like an amazing leap upwards. It displayed text almost as fast as you could read it!
I suppose that might explain...
...the attraction of shark fin soup?
Re: Meanwhile the french are enjoying an SNCF strike
And a taxi strike, the drivers with the the official medallions are protesting about Uber in Paris as well. Uber reckons business this evening was 9x normal. How will the licensed drivers cope, it's hard to drive when you've shot yourself in both feet.
Re: Not a suitable model...
Of course, if some cheap plan that allowed a few KB of data per day for pennies were available I can see gadget manufacturers creating devices to use it for SMS and/or twitter, thus upsetting the phone companies who rely on selling unnecessarily expensive data plans to smartphone users...
Re: Will it scale?
you'd need to pick a different addressing scheme than phone numbers
Not necessarily. E.164 defines a 15-digit numbering scheme for worldwide phone numbers, with a max of 14 digits for national numbers. Even allowing for "illegal" numbers such as ones that begin 000 or 999 there's still likely to be some 46 bits of address available, which is about the same as the MAC address range. Most devices wouldn't need to be individually addressible anyway, so some number sharing would be possible.
Re: They can tell that so quickly?
Can phones blush?
I'm sure Apple have a patent in the works.
Is the author sure that that 5-year-old car with 42km on the clock isn't dealer shorthand for 42K miles, which makes the depreciation closer to 60p/mile? Still nasty, but somewhat more realistic.
The 'Internet of Things' indeed. Fucking nightmare waiting to happen if you ask me.
The only possible saving grace is than when TVs get infected due to poor security, the resultant class action suit could have millions of adherents. At even $100/head that should make the suppliers take notice.
Re: Overpower broadcast signal?
You wouldn't have to overpower an existing signal, most digital TV systems are watching for new channels, and will pop up a "new channels found" box when they see one. You can usually turn it off, but by default it's on. Call it "free porn" or "lottery channel" and there'll always be someone who'll switch to it, just to see what it is. That would be enough to download & run an embedded app. Cable systems would require injection into a head-end somewhere, but that's unlikley to be too difficult.
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