814 posts • joined Friday 28th October 2011 15:39 GMT
Re: Windows 8 computers are safe
What handy grey "ignore" button??
Re: Whoever thought security through proximity was a good idea.
> make life simpler for the retailer?
Or make life cheaper for the retailer. Like plastic bags, instead of getting free ones that you can use for your rubbish bin at home, you now have to buy plastic binbags from the shop, which is just "helping the environment", of course.
NFC cards have two chips. One for the standard chip&PIN, and a separate one at the other side of the card for the NFC contactless payment. A stripe reader will indeed refuse to read the strip on a chip&PIN card, it's a security measure to minimize fraud due to card copying. It has nothing to do with the NFC pay-by-bonk functionality.
If you "fried the chip" by zapping it in a microwave or something similar you probably fried both chips. All you really needed to do was cut the antenna strip for the NFC chip, leaving the chip&PIN one intact.
Re: Thought this might happen...
> Only if one is a racist.
Curious, I didn't realise that Albanians and Romanians were racially distinct peoples.
I think you may have meant 'xenophobe", but of course that isn't as damning an indictment, nor illegal.
Re: Reg cruelty
Texan pounds are 3x as big as everyone else's.
Well, Bluray sets a minimum of around 7MBytes/sec, so if these disks really can do the 180MB/s claimed, that is > 16 channels at Bluray definition.
I'd be more concerned with the "initial 0.55 per cent chance of drive failure per year.". Out of every 1000 drives they ship, more than 5 will fail in the first year? That's worrying.
As for the price, $175 seems more likely, looking at other 4TB drives on sale.
> intercontinental, underground maglev in vacuum tubes, anyone?
A transatlantic tunnel, hurrah!
Moore's law acts against it
Intelligence may emerge, but by the time someone has spent 18 years "raising" it to adulthood, other more advanced intelligences will have been created. Who's going to want to spend the time raising an iRobot20 when they can get a new iRobot21 a year later for the same price?
Re: Vote with your conscience
Already got the pre-recorded stuff lined up.
The ESC hasn't been any fun since they got the scoreboard & voting working properly. Bloody modern technology.
Re: why not
> version number readers that crap out on the slightest mishap.
Ah yes, the ones that think 5.10 is < 5.9 :(
Re: I can see the future...
> slide the lid off a box containing a turd.
Doesn't fit their "razor blade business model", which relies on people having to pay for refills, though.
Re: I can see the future...
Hmm. "Custom mingtones" anyone?
Wait till they get together with Kimberly Clark
"Was that you, dear?" "No, must be the baby alarm again"
Re: My two cents
The Sun name is still there, all the Oracle hardware is badged with Oracle and Sun.
Re: The other
That's on Page 3 of the other Sun...
Freetards can steal content, but they still have to buy the media?
> Looks like s big win for WWW.amazon.Lu
Yep. Just one tablet sale moved abroad to save that 1% tax costs Hollande & co. almost 20% in lost VAT. If 5% of sales go abroad, it's a net loss.
You'd think he'd have learned the "look at the net picture" lesson from the way Depardieu & other big earners left to avoid the 75% "rich tax", yet despite the courts ruling the first implementation of that tax as unconsitutitional they're still trying to bring it in. The iShiny tax will have the same negative effect. No wonder the French schools in London are being overwhelmed by demand from expats.
Come on guys, you can't tax yourselves out of a recession! Where's la Madame Thatcher when you need one?
What makes a burger succulent and juicy is the exercise the cow's muscles got while the animal was romping around the field, building up all that tasty fat. I would expect that a testtube burger will probably have all the succulence and flavour of pureed Spam.
Re: "she emailed over copies of them... and then immediately began panicking"
> certain that at the very least - the email was going to *someone* at Apple.
Well, you can be certain that one of the recipients is someone at Apple. Since email is generally not encrypted or secured against any form of interception or copying, your ID details could have been intercepted by anyone at any of the ISPs it crossed, not to mention anyone the anonymous Apple employee forwarded it to, deliberately or accidentally.
Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"
Its absolutely forbidden for the card to leave the customer's sight, I've seen waitresses at Heathrow having to insist (to American customers) that they must bring the machine to the table, and cannot take the card away.
One is a drawn ingot, the other is a deposited coating.
Although a Humvee decorated with candles would certainly give one pause for thought.
Re: Never mind the quality - feel the width !
Hmm, it wasn't really the image I wanted to accompany my morning coffee, though.
> Bear in mind that most continental hotels will require a photocopy of your passport
Really? In my experience European hotels just want a credit card, it's only US hotels that ask for photo ID as well.
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....@Tom Walsh
> And also when the gas central heating kicks in, and the electric pump starts drawing 7-800W of power itself
You might want to invest in a better meter, one that can correctly measure reactive power. A central heating water pump will never draw anything like 800W, 150-200W is more like it. What does the rating plate on the pump say?
"Put your mass-transit ticket card, or your building's door-access card, in front of it - or another NFC-enabled credit or debit card, for that matter.. The remote NFC snooper that everyone's so afraid of .. . will trigger both cards and be unable to read from either."
I have three such cards in a badge wallet, for access to three diferent sites. Some of the badge readers can happily find the right card when I wave the wallet at them, others require me to extract the card concerned. It seems to depend on the sophistication of the card reader,.
Too costly to fix?
So no doubt the government response to this will be to define hacking smart meters as a terrorist offence with a 10-year minimum term, thus firmly securing the stable doors long after all equine inhabitants have departed.
Re: Getting the gender terminology correct
I doubt it. Look at France where terminology is gender-specific, we get "blogueurs" and "blogueuses" but the land of M. Chauvin doesn't seem notably better-supplied with female geek(e)s.
Re: Common sense !!
I agree, and it would be interesting to hear the views of any female commentards. I think that there is a big difference between "not choosing" to enter the tech sector, and "choosing not" to enter it. In my first job I'd have said that the number of women was >> 16%, but that was in a city wirh a large university CS department and lots of female students. My current employer does anecdotally seem to be around that 16% figure, for a much older workforce. Have the percentages been studied with age in mind?
There is clearly no physical or mental reason why the sexes shouldn't be equally represented (unlike building sites, for example), so there must be other causes. I see no sex-related difference in the quality of engineering or design work among my colleagues, although I have found female QA engineers to be better than their male counterparts. Whether they are more conscientious, or just better at delivering criticism I'm not sure!
It is clear that around age 30-40 women do take a larger share of child-raising tasks, and whether that is cultural pressure or personal choice is a sensitive subject for debate. It can result in a career stalling, someone getting a reputation for "never wanting to travel" etc. That may not be a problem for someone with the drive & money of a Marissa Mayer but not everyone feels like her.
It isn't unusual for someone to make a life/career balance choice in early life and regret it later, and the usual double-standards raise their heads. The man who neglects family to forge a career, and later regrets his poor relationship with his children, is a staple of popular drama and it's fashionable to criticise him for his decision. If a women puts family first, and later bemoans her lack of career advancement, it gets blamed on "society" or "industry" causing problems for the women. Criticising the woman is slammed as being sexist, or playing to stereotypes. Equality by the numbers isn't the solution.
> But Play.com will be on the hook for any fraudulent activity on the card..
Which Play factors into their prices, so that all Play's customers end up paying for it. That's how all businesses handle theft, by adding it in as a "business cost".
It does not mean that it can be ignored because there's apparently no important victim...
Re: And lo, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth
Re: Reference position?
> I wonder how they get an accurate position in the first place?
They don't need one, all they need is an accurate relative position for the target.
Re: Inertial? no way -"Still, it would be WAY better to have that for a grenade launcher."
> If you must develop these things, make it so only governments can afford them.
Nice idea in theory, but the reality of modern technology is that anything a government can afford today will probably be feasible in a well-equipped garage in 10 years time. At least by having the big guns (pun intended) research & make these things there's some chance that they'll be able to keep such measures (and countermeasures) ahead of the amateurs.
> humans are still much better at context than computers.
I can see some semi-literate minimum-wage type looking at and and thinking:
"payment - late
customer - late.
looks OK to me."
I see an opportunity
But it wouldn't be called Facebook
Re: apple v the French
The French know exactly what to do with an apple. It's hard to beat a good Tarte Tatin.
> So you can pay premium rate for your electrciity rather than economy7 or economy-super where you let the power company turn down your AC at certain times in return for a 50% discount
So what's different aboiut how it works today? They'll tell you that you can surrender control in order to get cheaper prices, and a year in you'll find that it isn't that much cheaper anyway.
Re: Anything you didn't know?
> now at risk of higher life insurance premiums
But can probably qualify for a better retirement annuity rate.
There's always a silver lining...
Hard to describe without a picture, but...
There are two cables running from the truss, meeting in an inverted V with the cable to the balloon connected at the apex. While the truss is suspended from an inflated balloon, those two cables will remain taut. When the balloon bursts they'll go slack.
What if you redesign your cylindrical spring-loaded switch so that the contacts are held well apart, not by a pin but by tension from a cord at each end. That is, as long as the cords are kept pulled, the contacts remain open.
Attach those two cords between the legs of the inverted V part way along (think of the crossbar in an uppercase letter "A"). While the balloon is inflated, the legs of the A remain taut, and the crossbar (with switch) is kept under tension. As soon as the balloon bursts the cables go slack, the spring in the switch pulls the contacts closed, and we have ignition.
It would need some experimentation/calculation to get the spring tension right. Enough to ensure a good contact, not so much that turbulence could cause premature release. As a safety measure you could perhaps retain the pin as a lock, linked to ~100m or so of cable fastened to the ground, so that the system wouldn't become live until it was well into flight? Alternatively the electronic timer safety might be enough to protect against that, assuming that the rocket won't be armed until, maybe, 30 minutes into the flight?
> Plus he got caught so his prospects as a criminal aren't too bright.
Funny how those two always seem to go together...
Re: I know who the fuck Neil Gaiman is...
> when trying to raise $300,000 on Kickstarter for a new album raised $1.2 million and then tried to enlist pickup musicians to play live with her for "hugs, high fives, and beer" (or some such insulting shite.)
Everyone loves a trier... More fool those who handed over the $1.2m...
Re: Stop Press
Everyone? Now that would be news. Bad news.
If any of you are members of the IET it's worth giving the guys in the Swiss branch a call, they organize CERN visits from time to time, but numbers are limited.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
> EPUB. You can use readers and content providers interchangeably
Funny, I can use my Kindle just like that, too. Only perhaps 10% of the stuff on it was bought from Amazon, and that was because it was the cheapest/most convenient place to buy at the time.
The Kindle is probably the easiest device to use with Amazon, but not at all difficult to use with other sources. Maybe you need to broaden the material you're reading on your non-KoboKindle?
> They don't allow porn on those things.
That's only because to the fanbois an iPad is porn, nothing else is required.
Not "ouch" enough, by a long chalk. I get 3 of these calls a day, every day, weekends included. £1000/call, given to the victim, would be a good start.