Re: @Ledswinger -- Can we have some collection statistics?
What penalty for ignoring the 'ban' would work?
2399 posts • joined 28 Oct 2011
What penalty for ignoring the 'ban' would work?
A dose of 250ug is effective, but if a tablet was crushed to dissolve the drug that means about 6ml would be required, which doesn't sound very practical.
I am impressed by the research effort you've put into this.
So what's the format of this unique ID, and how much effort would be to develop a small background program that randomly changes it every 20 minutes?
we'll have to splash out on armoured cabling
Armoured cabling? How very passé. Surely the best solution would be armed guards in the basement to shoot the little buggers when they get in, a new listening post to detect any rodents in the area that might have a taste for PVC, and a major extermination offensive to bomb all rat nests within 20 miles?
A Black Cab can be flagged down in the street and instantly engaged.
Once you've hung around for 20 minutes looking for one that isn't already engaged.
What's the bet that if Uber agrees to a 5 minute wait it will gradually creep up to 15, 30, etc. ?
I'm sorry, but the term "Desktop PC" is already taken...
Something I suspect western banking systems may struggle to understand.
Except when prefixed by "New Year's" or "Queen's Birthday", of course.
it's in line with the overwhelming scientific consensus
There is one?
It's interesting that someone is recommending mucking around with the atmosphere to reflect 2% of solar radiation as having a positive benefit on climate change, yet most of the global warming advocates deny that solar variability has any significant impact and insist it's all down to greenhouse gases.
Bad laws can be written very quickly.
Indeed. I'd say that was almost a prerequisite.
That's why I said "credible". If the FN presented something to parliament they'd vote against it on principle, even if they agreed with it. Le Pen may be getting increasing support among ordinary people these days, and be less of a pariah than her father was, but the main French political class won't touch anything do do with her.
some right-wing totalitarian organisation
It's hard to think of any credible political party in France that meets that description, and certainly not the bunch of wet champagne socialists currently in power.
How did you train it to say "please" ?
I've not seen a DS5 up close but I've had a DS3 as a hire car a few times, and was impressed despite myself. Definitely a cut above the non-DS Citröen/Peugeot equivalents, in both quality and driving experience. It's no Audi, but as a Citröen++ it has a lot going for it.
one whiskey IN one coffee
Since saturated fats are also now supposed to be good for us, does this make Irish Coffee the perfect balanced meal?
What's needed to counter a 2 litre bottle of cider?
A good piss followed by a full english breakfast usually works.
Shirley depriving someone of El Reg when in prison must count as cruel and unusual punishment?
Quicktime? Or maybe just one with escape sequences in it?
Can @CM explain the build up of random movement comment a bit more...
I'm not CM, but...
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. If you divide that straight line into, say, 10 segments, and the end points for each segment as calculated by GPS are slightly off from the actual position, the resulting join-the-dots path will be a zigzag. That is always going to be longer than the simple straight line distance between the start and final endpoints.
GPS has a built-in error for civilian GPS
Not a built-in error, a built-in lack of precision, which isn't the same thing and would have little or no impact on the problem described here.
+ ( passengers * set estimate )
Ah yes, if your bag weighs 25kg instead of 23kg the airlines are happy to screw you for $100s of excess bagagge charges, yet the 400+ passengers are all assumed to weigh 75kg each. Accuracy is clearly so important.
The landing gear requires dampers to prevent bouncing when taxying or landing. These work by friction and thus affect any reading that may attempt to be taken.
That would surely affect dynamic measurements while the plane is taxiing, but a static measure of weight while the plane is sitting at the gate should not be affected by friction in moving parts. It may not be accurate to the kg, but I'd be surprised if it couldn't be sufficiently accurate to notice the difference between 66 and 76 tonnes.
I wonder if this has anything to do with flightpaths being changed so that there is far loess variation on their approach and departures than there used to be?
No, it's to do with high-powered lasers now being cheaply available online. Combine that with stupidity and poor education, and you get idiots who'll end up in court, crying "But I didn't think..."
some place where the "authorities" really don't want to go for a working vacation
I think Alcatraz is vacant these days, is that offshore enough? Still handy for a cappucino and decent broadband.
Never mind hypothetical rocks, just have a fleet of little underwater drones equipped with big hifi systems capable of emitting sound signatures of all kinds of submarines, enemy and otherwise. Send them out into the oceans with a drunkards-walk course and watch the sub-chaser drones running in circles. Naval Robot Wars :)
But I haven't had the slightest problem with Windows 10 since I installed it the day after it was released.
And I'm sure it's been regularly reporting that to Microsoft.
Er no... It was a free app therefore zero profit to both Apple and Google.
No such thing as a "free" app. At the very least Apple/Google will know you downloaded it, that information alone is something they can sell to advertisers. As always, if you're not paying for the product, you are the product.
SECAM was 625 lines like PAL (about 576 visible). NTSC 525 (about 480 visible)
There were various incompatible Secam systems eventually, surviving till Analogue switch off.
There isn't any necessary connection between NTSC/PAL/SECAM and resolution, the UK experimented with 405-line NTSC, and some S. American countries use 525-line PAL (PAL-M). NTSC just suffered from being first, and by the time other countries moved to colour, the minor shortcomings of NTSC had been noticed and PAL/SECAM invented to fix them. That coincided with 625-lines being the norm.
I don't think the broadcast SECAM signals were ever incompatible at a video level (the French system L used different values for sound/video, but SECAM is SECAM), but there was a strange hybrid for VCR recording called MESECAM (Middle East SECAM). It only ever showed up on VHS systems, AFAIK.
The simpler nature of a SECAM colour signal meant that SECAM-only VCRs could use simple circuitry, PAL was more complex to process. The Middle East was a mix of PAL and SECAM (depended on who the ex-colonial masters were!) so for simplicity they just used PAL-type VCR circuitry everywhere, which was cheaper than a true dual-standard machine. The result was an MESECAM recording that wouldn't play back on a true SECAM VCR.
I remember using an old PAL VCR to record French SECAM TV, it played back fine on a SECAM TV set.
All the schools in the UK seemed to have V2000.
After my time. I remember the Philips N1500 in my school that were occasionally used to play some BBC "schools" programmes recorded by the teacher.
Both systems needed fancy computers to convert encoded video signals that were at different resolutions between tape and TV.
I don't remember the resolutions being different, both recorded the visible part of the 625-line picture, one strip per field, with the head switching done in the frame sync interval. The horizontal resolution was bandwidth-limited down to the equivalent of (for PAL VHS) about 240 lines, but there was no need for standards-conversion type of analogue circuitry.
They all use a spinning head to write in diagonal stripes aross the tape, it was the only way to get the high head-to-tape speed needed for video without the monstrous Ampex-type systems of the early pioneers.
Betamax writes at 6.6m/s, and VHS at 4.8m/s, one reason for the better Betamax quality. V2000 is somewhere in-between.
You're quite correct, though, that the heads on the V2000 drum were mounted on a piezoelectric plate, and some clever signal processing allowed that plate to' 'tilt' the heads slightly to one side or another, so that they still scanned the striped tracks correctly even when the tape was running fast, slow, or stopped for freeze-frame.
I'm not sure if that was the cause, but they did have a reputation for wearing heads out more quickly than the other systems, so there are very few left in working order. The only one I ever had a chance to play with had badly worn heads, and wasn't at its best
I never got the multiple access working, though.
when a machine actually points out the specifics it's more likely to change behaviour.
How so? I put the dishwasher on when it's full, the washing machine when my clothes are dirty, etc. Knowing precisely, instead of approximately, how much power one of those appliances uses won't make the slightest difference to my usage pattern.
and of course if the power's off there'll be a nice fire roaring up the chimney...
The good news is we can still buy energy (expensive) from the French who at least have a reliable supply.
Don't bet on it. The French goverment is trying to reduce it's nuclear park, and invest in renewables, and its plan for meeting a shortfall is ... to buy from the Germans. The Germans probably assume they can buy cheap wind power from the Danes, and so on. We're at real risk of a circular dependency loop where each government underinvests and assumes that they can cover any shortfall by buying surplus from the neighbours. Won't work if those neighbours have no surplus and are also trying to buy from next door. Worst case is we have to buy gas from Putin at huge cost and risk.
How long do we need to wait before someone at NSA/GCHQ/KGB/etc. figures out that tracking this scum down and releasing the keys would actually get them some good publicity for a change?
Anyway, hanging's too good for them, I'd suggest public "stoning" with the encrypted, bricked, 3.5" disk drives. We could charge $5/throw, money to go to the victims..
Somehow Lego always seems better when you can make something like this out of standard bricks. Having specialsed moulded pieces for every part takes away from the creative aspects, and they can't always be reused for other ideas from kids' imaginations.
Still, I voted for this.
Who makes whitespace part of a programming control syntax?
You can't win, though. Fortran pays no heed to whitespace, hence the notorious space program bug where a line like:
DO 20 I = 1,10
(loop to statement 20, 10 times, incrementing I each time) was mistyped as
DO 20 I = 1.10
so instead of a loop the compiler obediently created a variable named "DO20I" and assigned it the value of 1.1, then did the loop code once with some indeterminate value of I.
SCART (Peritel to the French) was invented as a way to easily connect a Canal+ decoder to a TV, and mandated on all TVs as state-aid to Canal+. The tarif-wall advantages only appeared later.
SECAM was a French invention, and in post-1950s Gaullist France there was no way in hell that they were going to pick a German system like PAL to replace it, even though PAL was better and, at the time, cheaper to implement.
I question that cats are intelligent. Who did they choose for servants?
Hey, you have to work with what you've got.
"Battery Charging Spec V1.2" from December 2010 raised the limit to 5A.
a Type-C gadget could attempt to draw 3A from a USB 2.0 host or charger
A USB 2.0 device could attempt to draw 3A as well, it's up to the charger to limit the current drawn to whatever it can safely supply, either by a fuse or something more sophisticated. The real problem here is the device manufacturers who just connect the USB power pins to the raw 5v and assume that the conected device will 'play nice'.
OMG, the CO2 in beer might be fixed.
Careful, if governments get the idea that beer contributes to global warming, we're all in the shit.
VW fibbed about their gas mileage figures too.
Doesn't every manufacturer? The EU tests are so unrealistic, surely nobody believes the actual manufacturers' figures? I didn't even look at them last time I changed my car, I just guessed what I should get based on size, weight & engine power. I was right.
Clearly a cosy Galician spot.
a rogue backhoe operator
What next, radicalized bulldozer drivers? Will drones have JCB-targeting algorithms installed?
Turning the other cheek?
Nothing terribly new about it, it's seaweed and has been sold (together with Yellow Man, a type of very dense honeycomb) at the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, for centuries. See Lammas Fair. I've never heard it being described as tasting like bacon, though. Frankly it tastes like seaweed :)