32 posts • joined Thursday 3rd November 2011 15:37 GMT
Re: Parking Rant
My daughter did a survey while at primary school. They spent an hour at the local Tesco counting the number of people who didn't return their trolley. In that case it turned out that 82% of those who left them at their arse rather than return them were women.
Fired up my old Acorm Atom recently, built from a kit in 1980. Wouldn't start until I removed the Floating Point Eprom then up it came. Probably asking a bit much for an EPROM to hold it's data for 33 years, even when stored in the dark.
Is the UK now just England, Wales, and Scotland ?
If you are going to complain about the use of the term "UK" you might want to learn what it actually represents first. Last time I checked those folks in N. Ireland were part of the UK also.
A working brain?
They may want to apply that research to some of the current US Republican politicians. My bet is the megacheiran scores higher on brain capacity.
It's still just a Skoda
Not that there is anything at all wrong with Skoda's. In fact I'm sure Skoda drivers, like the rest of us non Audi types, can't resist laughing at those who pay way over the odds for the same car with an Audi badge.
But then you have to be a particular type of tw*t to drive an Audi anyway
Carl Sagan will be chuffed
I still remember his RI Christmas lectures in 1977. Voyager had been lauched a few months earlier and featured quite a bit in those lectures.
Re: Acorn Atom
Part of the first 1K was used as "Zero Page". This was used in the Atom & BBC Micro as an extra set of 256 fast registers as the 6502 could address this area using a single byte. The rest was buffers etc IIRC.
I concur that the BBC OS 1.2 was a superb piece of work. I disassembled and dumped the whole thing on a dot matrix printer, the printout was about 20cm thick. There were all sorts of gems in there, the whole thing was so elegant and well thought out.
That's what happens when you are nothing more than a glorified technology reseller.
Why are we paying attention to these people any more. The modern equivalent of Snake Oil salesmen.
Re: Cunning plan
Provided you can find a VPN provider who isn't going to pass on your connection history at the drop of a hat/brown envelope/court order.
Re: How does he pass his time...
Lots of leaks at the same time should do that ... Ok I'm going
How does he pass his time...
.. I wonder how the tunnel is doing?
Call me a cynic but......
The constant drive from government to ensure everyone has "fast" internet just encourages more and more of us to use the internet as our primary form of communication. As "citizens" do their communication, purchasing, and even social interaction through one "pipe" it makes life so much easier for the state to keep tabs on us and also to restrict what information we have access to. The cynic in me says that this is exactly why governments are so intent on rolling out fast connections to everyone.
Re: Smoke and mirrors
Indeed, I'd bet that Sky have included employee PAYE & NI contributions in that. Correct me if I'm wrong once a salary is paid that money belongs to the individual so the individual pays that tax.
Re: I predict
I knew that Android Profanisaurus app would come in handy. It's not just for giggling to yourself on the train after all!
Ah but then..
.. they couldn't cover theor own arses. I've done plenty of work in the Public Sector, work they are more than capable of doing themselves. I've also been told that the only reason I'm there is so that they can cover their own backsides, "after all the consultant said .... so how can it be my fault"
Not fiddling emmisions rules
It's nothing to do with 'Government fiddling the emissions rules', diesel carries a higher weighted VED because it is more polluting. Whilst CO2 emissions may be lower for the moment, levels of local pollution are much higher for diesel engines than petrol. The extra VED costs reflect the extra damage that diesel engines do to the local environment over petrol - see http://www.environmental-protection.org.uk/transport/car-pollution/.
For example diesel has much higher NOx emissions than any recent petrol engine which can affect those with illnesses such as Asthma. In fact a modern petrol engine vehicle with an active CAT following a diesel vehicle is actually cleaning up some of the diesel emissions. With modern petrol engines, e.g. Alfa/Fiat Multiair and VW TSi, producing CO2 levels similar to diesel, the differentiating factor is that diesel engines are more damaging and therefore are taxed more.
Wot .. no RBS ????
While lots of the happenings in this article make good tech headlines, surely the single biggest tech foul up in terms of its impact on ordinary people was the RBS computer "glitch". When companies are threatened with going to the wall due to cash flow issues and when ordinary people are denied access to their own money, for 10 weeks in N Ireland I believe, then nothing else comes close!
Re: Core blimey...
PS What's that cable running from the open console panel in picture 2? And is that a bit of tape bandaging it halfway along? Surely not.
.. yes it is .. the Google Maps feed.
If Apple can patent round corners
Alfa Romeo must regret not patenting the hidden rear door handles on the old 156. They are appearing everywhere.
"We think that women are heroes"
FFS! The've lowered the bar a bit. You used to have to do something extraordinary to be a hero now you just need two X chromosomes.
Pass the sick bucket
Kit Kat wrappers
Re: Sounds great...
I second that, great PVR and very decent Humax support.
Re: Republic of Ireland ...
OK I'll bite.
I assume you are referring to the fact that some UK channels will be available in ROI? Part of the reason for the synchronised switch over North and South is that ROI channels will be available in N.Ireland and broadcast from N.Ireland after the switchover and vice versa. Each side of the border will get most of the other's channels, all part of their peace agreement I believe, sharing culture and all that.
What's the problem?
I think you'll find that's Whiskey
"Whisky" is poor Scottish imitation of the real thing.
Dragon can't perform any sort of automated docking at all. The capsule is manouvered manually from the ground until it is close enough to be grabbed by the arm on the ISS. The ISS crew then dock the craft using the arm. Progress can dock automatically when it is manouvered close to the ISS whilst ESA's ATV is completely autonomous in that from the moment it launches it's on it's own. It steers it's own way to the ISS and once close enough performs it's own docking. No outside intervention required. Whilst Dragon is a wonderful achievement it has a long way to go before matching the automated Progress and ATV vehicles navigation and docking capabilities.
strict safeguards to protect the public...
"It added that safeguards such as imposing a 12-month limit on the length of time such private data could be retained by communication service providers would be proposed"
Of course that would never be extended would it.... !
Not strictly Samsung's fault but ...
Why can't they implement Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Protocol) yet in Android. All those new cars with the facility to read out incoming texts via speech synthesis and no phones to support it. Not since my old Sony Ericsson ELM anyway!
Not reall docking
Dragon and the HTV can't dock themselves. They obviously have the "plumbing" to connect but they don't have the systems to dock. They rely on getting close enough to the ISS to be grabbed and manually docked by the crew on the ISS using the arm to make the connection. ATV however is completley autonomous. Once launched it finds the ISS, catches up and matches orbit with ISS, and lines itself up for docking. It then performs all the required manouvers itself to complete docking including lining up the ports and making the connection. ISS crew are only required as a failsafe. ATV includes much more than software to achieve this, GPS, laser guidance etc. plus a multitude of redundant safety systems.
Leave GMT alone
BST in winter? Positive outcome my arse.
I remember the trial from '68 to '71 when they dumped GMT. It's wasn't just the Scots who had problems, in N.Ireland (further North and West) it was 10:00 before it was bright. At least we are all used to the current setup.
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