465 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011
Thank you for reading the book so that we don't have to.
Then there are the terms hardware/firmware/software. My wife still giggles when I say I'm writing firmware. Even after 12 years.
Re: Climate change
Sarcasm, not irony.
Curiosity is not looking for anthropogenic climate change so therefore is not a proper science mission. Just going there and looking for stuff and making up theories from the stuff that is found is not proper science. To do proper science you have to come up with a theory first, model it and then adjust the data from real measurements to match your models.
Re: What about a man in a female dominated environment
Yep, it is usually more nuanced than I put in my first comment.
What about a man in a female dominated environment
I've known a few women who worked in a primarily female dominated environment and the tales they told me of the innuendo they threw at the odd male would shock many. In any environment what ever group dominates will always pick on the weak or odd one out. If it's male dominated IT, women will be picked on. In a female dominated production line in textiles, the male will be picked on. In manual workforce with low education requirements, the brainy one will be picked on. In an environment full of scientists, the low paid techs will be picked on. Not nice in any environment, but if you think that you can get rid of it easily you don't know human psychology.
Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless
Try this link instead - http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/8/25/kelly-on-the-engineering-challenge.html
Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless
Good luck with trying to save the world. Read this presentation and think again about the point of your project.
Re: HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media bad.
#1. No you don't need two hands on the steering wheel all the time to drive. It depends on the situation. A lot of the time you can use one hand unless the road is windy or there is a lot of traffic - in which case don't gesture. The driver can make intelligent decisions.
#2 Better ban passengers too then as they can cause a distraction to drive with their incessant back seat driving instructions. Better ban radios and music systems as they can distract the driver. Why not just ban everything that could be a distraction - how you're going to police it I don't know because an ban that is unenforceable is a joke.
#3 Not a problem if it doesn't work in bright sunlight, it's an aid not something that is required to drive like a speedometer. That issue is only a problem with Navdy if people don't buy it because it doesn't work in the sun.
ASA still useless
So wow, the ASA actually reads some scientific studies. Don't know why they ignore it for many other cases such as e-cigs.
Even if the magic undies are useless why should the ASA try and effectively become our parents and look after us and protect all of us just because a few people believe in silly things. The views of those in the ASA are a bit silly. Why aren't they banning ads for pro-biotic yoghurt and useless cosmetics but ban ads that show cars going a bit fast.
The best way of getting rid of such stuff is to allow the public to make their personal mistakes and find out that such products are a pile of shite and not buy them ever again. To have the ads hidden means that the few that get past the censor have the cachet of being seemingly validated. It doesn't matter that they are pulled after being shown, the lie has been gone around the world before the truth has a chance to catch up.
Left wing tactics - Ends justify the means
Sounds very similar to the case where a greenie environmental protester issued a fake PR in OZ.
Usual left wing tactics where the ends justify the means, even if the means mean committing criminal acts like fraud. And it is still fraud even if the "protester" didn't benefit directly themselves.
Re: UK still leads the way in ripping off the taxpayer
The UK is densely populated but we mainly live in towns & cities. Over 90% of the UK is rural, park, or undeveloped.
"I can see the bureaucrat writing it down wrong..."
Yep, transcription errors can occur, but they don't typically get it wrong by one day. A 7 could look like a 1 in bad handwriting, but a 4 or 5 are very different.
"and I can see the parents lying in order to comply with a time-limit dictat."
If that was the case, then her real birthday was over 6 weeks prior.
Pankhurst herself was there at her own birth but the one person who has the least knowledge of the event. If her parents had said that she was born on the 14th then why has she not said that. Instead Pankhurst says it should have been Bastille day, not because the 15th was wrong but because the 14th is more right for her cause.
Law doesn't enable, it recognises ownership
Blame a badly written article. There is no law stopping anyone from mining asteroids at the moment. And this new law doesn't enable people to mine asteroids. What it does do is recognise the legality of the ownership of the mined materials when they are brought to earth. Without the law material could be taken from the miners and there wouldn't be any law that said it was theft as no country would have recognised the ownership.
So Tim, and by extension El Reg, was right over a year ago about Apple using sapphire for their screens.
Range dependent on radio quality
The range of a quadcopter is dependent on its radio signals. If FPV is used, then distance is a lot shorter than without as the video return signal needs better quality than just the control signals. Building also affect radio reception. So a boosted signal with high quality aerials in the open will have a better range than a standard radio in an urban heavily built up area.
Upvoted for fanstasic trolling
Does "Joe" know how twitter works? Users can't delete tweets they've received, only the sender can delete tweets. Does he mean block? In which case the customer won't get any further help from BG.
"Her" Art Matters series? So she produced it, directed it, scripted it. No, she is the pretty face fronting it. She might like art which is good for a presenter to be interested in the subject they present (like Attenborough), but she hasn't scripted it, or directed it, or produced it - so it's not her.
Re: And who will not be happy
Look up the meaning of the word "fascist" in a dictionary - "a person who is dictatorial"
Re: And who will not be happy
They didn't change their policies when the facts changed, the facts have always been constant. What caused them to change their policies is the realisation that they were causing problems. So they quickly buried the fact that they were for it.
Re: And who will not be happy
FoE are worse that Greenpeace, if that's possible. They are both fascist organisations that want to control how we get our energy and think they know best about how to run the world.
Look at bio-diesel. They were all for it initially. Now that it's been shown to be a pile of poo, they are against it.
Everything GP and FoE touch is eventually seen to be a lie.
Look at the debacle with the oil rigs in the North Sea where GP campaigned to not have them sunk but rather dismantled at shore. Turns out that GP lied and that it would not have been a problem to sink the oil rig. In fact it would have created a nice reef for the fishes.
Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe
Methane is a tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny amount of the atmosphere. 0.00017%. CO2 is a bit more but still less than 1% at 0.039%.
So the hippies are up in arms about tiny little things. No wonder they are against drilling for gas. The fractures created are tiny micrometer sized cracks. But I don't see the hippies protesting outside coal mines clamouring for the huge multi-meter sized holes to be closed down.
And how many percent of the actual land usage would that cover? Millons of acres set aside for producing bio-fuel - yep that went well in the US and elsewhere. Not!
Incredible Edible Todmorden
As someone who lives in the place (I know someone has to), I can state that Incredible Edible is not all it's cracked up to be. It is not a great advert for people getting up and doing their thing without permission. Its an abuse of tax payers' money. It gets grants, freebies, and loads of help from the council using tax payers' money. Its message of getting the town to feed it self is laughable - a couple of small patches of land do not feed a town of over 10,000.
In persian dog bollocks is "toock-me saq" (or something sounding like that). However it's not a term used for praise as its one of the most offensive swear words possible - dogs not being seen as clean animals in the Muslim country.
...Antarctic sea ice has expanded to record levels for April, increasing by more than 110,000sq km a day last month to nine million square kilometres.
Re: If it's really 2015 we're stuffed no matter what happens...
What will ensure blackouts in 2015 is the dependancy on renewables. Wind turbines and solar don't work in the UK.
The wind blows somewhere in the UK - yes, but does that wind in that part of the UK blow hard enough to supply all the energy needs of the UK? No. Solar doesn't work in the UK purely because we are too high a latitude to make the solar efficiency worthwhile. Getting a few hundred watts from a solar or a few mega from turbines just doesn't keep the UK going.
And renewables can't keep gas boilers going. And gas cookers. Greenies have this simplistic view that all energy is electricity and switching to renewables in a few years is possible. Both so wrong that they obviously have their heads in the clouds. It'll take decades to turn all the gas boilers back into immersion heaters and replace all the gas cookers with electric. And then with the extra demand of electricity where will the renewables be? They have enough problem supplying a few percent of the electrical needs of the UK at the moment, how the hell can renewables supply 100%.
I've hacked a traffic light
Well to be more correct, I've fixed broken temporary traffic lights by switching them off and/or turning them away from the road so drivers understand that the road works aren't under any control and will proceed at their own risk (which they do though the council officials seem to think us plebs have no common sense).
More traffic problems are caused by broken or misconfigured lights than could ever be caused by hackers.
Re: Safe havwn
And how many drones with petrol engines are there? Only the ones flown by the military. Quadcopters flown by the general public are electric powered by batteries that last only a few minutes (or half hour and more if you spend $10k and above).
Cost of development
So the hardware might only cost <$100, but what about the cost of development? That'll be very expensive.
Still not as much as $1500/unit, but if you want to quibble about prices of items look at perfume and fashion products. All goods are priced at the value which the buyer is happy with, be it a cheap tin of tomatoes from Lidl or a Gucci hand bag.
I would prefer it to have travelled 700,000,000 miles in 700,000 different situations before I call the software anywhere near complete. Real life has many many many unusual situations. It's how the sw can cope with the very unusual situations which is a clear signal as to it being complete.
Re: Relatively cheap, was Re: Flash in the pan
£30 for something that can take dronies - maybe, £300 not so maybe, for what is effectively a toy. Loads of people will be spending that amount on something which has questionable enjoyment value. Not.
Those who will be paying that amount (and more) will be those who can make money from it or can afford to splurge nearly £1k (when you factor in the cost of a good camera, good R/C, etc) on a hobby. It won't be the general public in the same way that smartphones are used for selfies.
Flash in the pan
Like many fads, many will attempt to follow it, but few will actually be able to do anything with it. Have actually tried flying a drone. Even the smallest indoor only ones take quite a bit of skill and practise to use before they can take stable dronies. Expect to see lots of 2nd hand mashed up drones on ebay next year as people realise that flying a drone is not that easy.
Learn from your mistakes
Look at it as a learning experience. You're all the better because of it for next time.
If they don't know when it'll crash how can they guarantee that it'll crash on the dark side of the moon.
Tyranny of the minority
The shouty minority wins by being shouty.
I always wonder how people can say that they are only using green energy. Can they decide which electrons to use that come down via the national grid? Are the green energy companies doing some special filtering to extract just the electrons from wind farms and solar fields and piping them down to their customers.
All green energy companies are is a way for middle class guilt ridden twits to feel all good about themselves.
It's like companies saying that they plant trees to replace the ones they use. Bollocks to that as well. All they do is pay some money to a company that does some work with numbers and CO2 tax credits and then tell the original company what that it is numbers of trees equivalent.
The Malthusian catastrophe is another scare story which is being disproved by emprical evidence.
Yes, the world's population has been rising very fast but that is because third world countries are now developing along with medical and health benefits. This means instead of having large numbers of babies to cope with the fact that a majority of them do not survive, they only need a few babies like us in the west as 99% of children survive. But it takes a generation or two for this to happen.
As families find out that their children are able to survive they also realise that in a developing country children are a cost, not a benefit. In an agricultural society you need lots of people to do grunt work, and children are very useful for this kind of thing. In a developing society children get education and this costs. Even with free education this is still paid for via their taxes.
The emperical evidence is showing that the rate of growth in the population is flattening out as India and China develop into 1st world countries. So us humans are naturually limiting ourselves to the world's abilities. And the world's abilities to keep us fed can still grow. Compared to modern times, 1800s agricultural production was very inefficient. A diary cow now produces many times more milk than an 1800s cow. Crops now produce many more tons per acre than in the 1800s. All through the benefit of modern technology and practises.
Greenpeace and their ilk such as Friends of the Earth are wanting to take us back to the middle ages. They want to throw away all the work our ancestors did in getting us here. Our ancestors died to get us here (like the thousands who died in coal mines) and GP and FoE are basically saying that they died in vain.
They should make it a bit cheaper and remove the graphics output connectors. They're very expensive.
All governments waste money, that's why it's stupid to keep on paying taxes when its spent so inefficiently. Better to give direct to business that will provide a similar service or proper charities. I say proper ones, not fake charties that are basically extensions of the government. Many of these fake charities also lobby the governemnt behind their smoke screen of "charity".
So pirate bay might be down, but are others up? And what's happening to legit music sales. Are they going down because people don't get the chance to try the music before buying or are they going up because people are forced to buy?
Trade not aid
We need to trade with third world countries and take advantage of their cheap labour. It's only by doing this that they will earn money, start demanding higher wages and become self sufficient and rich enough to be like us in the west. Keeping on giving them aid forces them to stay suckling of the teats of the west, it doesn't allow them to become self sufficient and independent. Yes it will take many years but in the long term its better than giving them charity money year after year. We've been giving charity to Africa for decades now and there has been no real sign of progress. It's all given to keep them on subsistence farms. What we need to be doing is what China is doing. Building roads and infrastructure, not giving them charity money. We took advantage of Chinese cheap labour and pretty soon they were having pay rises of 25% every year. They are now doing the same in Africa. It will be China that brings Africa up to first world levels, not the west.
Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range
"I still don't understand why they had enough time to turn the jet but not enough to radio a distress. Mostly this makes more sense, however, than anything else I've heard so far."
Because pilots are trained to sort out the problem first and then communicate with ATC last. Aviate, navigate, communicate - in that order. So if there was a fire the pilots would have diverted to the nearest airport immediately then start trying to sort out the problem. Unfortunately the problem probably meant that the communication facilities stopped working as they turned around. So that's why there was no message from the pilots. They couldn't communicate.
Sensors in internet of things
The public can only just cope with spiders in IR sensors for house alarms, how can they cope with all the other potential faults.
Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle
"Who to trust? Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump ... or skilled climate scientists?"
I don't trust politicians, celebs and I definitely don't trust scientists who create theories on the basis that they get more money. Most "climate science" is done in order to get more grants and keep a job. Even the most obscure areas of science attempt to have a "global warming" aspect. Why? Because public money goes towards those who keep up the climate weirdness meme. Being anti climate change doesn't pay salaries so scientists don't investigate that side of the science. And no science is ever settled. Not even the science of gravity.
The hubris of politicians who think that by creating a law some crime will be stopped. Politicians are powerful but not that powerful. Most of the time politicians are useless.
Epic battle and no deaths?
What I want to know is how many people were killed. It is called an epic battle so people, even imaginary ones, must have died. Well all such video games are violent and turn the players into violent criminals so I must have a reason to ban them. /sarc
Re: "... a spacecraft flying over the Moon ..."
Does space needs it own language? Words have been appropriated from one industry to another without problem. Look at the word cockpit. Originally used in a naval sense and transplanted to aviation without any problem.
Flying doesn't always mean with aerodynamic control, it can be used to describe an object that has been thrown. And spacecraft have been "thrown" into orbit. So flying is a valid word.
Why not a proper keyboard with the coffee spray already printed on it?
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