421 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011
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?
Re: ASA - still a waste of space - Scrap it.
The ASA is an useless organisation, but it should be scrapped. If the public can't work out that unlimited is a marketing gimmick and that there is no such thing as a free lunch, the attitude and actions just perpetuate the problem. The ASA should be exterminated and the public allowed to learn from their mistakes that adverts are always lies.
So someone buys a 2nd hand hard drive and then complains when the drive is more 2nd hand than he first thought. Well boo-hoo, its a used hard drive. It could have been hammered for a few days or just spinning for 5 years. Which is better?
Your personal experience of the ASA clashes with mine. They come across as a wasteful useless organisation more interested in pushing a progressive liberal campaign than actually responding to complainants.
So he told the police what the password was and he still got jailed for refusing to tell them. I'm confused.
Is it me, or does the photo show what looks like a cash register's keyboard (along with swipe card slot and manager/cashier security keys) rather than a Spectrum keyboard.
Re: Ways around censorship
To AC @ 14:41
So you say that kids won't be able to find a way to get around blocks, but then prove your self wrong when you show that your kids can bypass the block by working from home. Isn't that working out a way round the block.
Re: I think the problem is the working culture
And it was shown by Tim Worstall that the rate of death at FoxConn is lower than the US national rate. I know it's not quite fair to compare a single company with a country, but FoxConn is doing more than many other companies in China to look after their worker's health.
Not Apple's fault underage kid lied to get job
No one is mentioning the underage aspect because the kid used a fake ID to get the job. So the company did all the right things in checking, but if someone lies, then all bets are off. There is a limit to what you can check for.
iPad vs plastic trinkets
So what's the difference between an iPad and a row of plastic trinkets held on a string, both inches in front of a child's face.
YouTube down too
youtube is down as well. Did Al Gore forget to keep up the payments on his invention?
Fitting the bell curve
The Human Remains staff who thought the stack ranking system was a brilliant idea are some of the most stupid people around. The bell curve is a *result* of looking at a large population, it it not something you work to. They are doing it the wrong way round and it doesn't work for small teams. The bell curve will be a result of looking at the whole company, not teams.
This thought process that experimenting with animals leads to kids becoming psychopaths is based on the research that many psychopaths progressed from torturing animals to torturing humans. But many kids torture animals, especially bugs, at a young age, if allowed to play in the great outdoors. But it doesn't mean that they all become psychopaths. In fact very few do.
Thinking that because of something that a few people do means that it all people should be stopped from doing it is what those of limited intelligence profess as normal. When in reality the extreme and unconventional is that of the progressives who ban everything on the slightest whim.
Re: Yup. That's me.
I'm multitasking. I'm waiting for a test to finish and reading about stuff in the IT world and keeping abreast of it. I've put down reading El Reg in my training folder as proof.
Helium is a finite resource
No its not. Helium is created as a product of radiation from Uranium deep in the earth. It's common to find it in natural gas because it collects the same way gas collectes.
It's nice to know that our money that is being flung at India by DfID is being put to good use.
Digital is dead, long live digital
So FM is killed off by the stillborn DAB. But will digital still win out? I think it will with more and more listening to radio via the smartphones. So digital will still win out in the end, just not the way government planned. But then when has government planning ever worked?
Global warming - another cause
OMG! Think of all that extra carbon landing in Earth's atmosphere when it passes through the remains of the tail. The world will heat up to temperatures of 1000°C. /sarc
Re: Forget global warming
Yep, they need to move from the fossil fuel coal to the fossil fuel gas.
This is why we in the UK don't need to do anything to counter global warming. China produces a quarter of the world's CO2, we in the UK create 1%. Even if we shut down the whole country today the world's temperature wouldn't change.
So lots of touching actions but nothing using the power of the wrist itself? I'm sure certain wrist actions could be made to do something useful.
Greenpeace doom mongering
I'm just waiting for when Greenpeace claim that human activity will cause the Earth's atmosphere to dissipate. Tbey seem to blame everything on us pesky humans and would probably like humans to go extinct.
And it's a problem why?
If you don't like the DM's you can still block the person sending them.
Re: Credibility: Zero
And it shows that you haven't read the article on PRISM beyond the headline or understood the point.
Actually he's very "with-it"
What's the point in deleting a tweet when everyone has seen it and screen grabbed it.
Re: The modern day Clearance
Scotland should celebrate the clearances. It allowed all those people to go off and do wonderful things such as build America. If it wasn't for the clearances Scots would still be living by subsistence farming and looking for more handouts from the EU because they had not got off their arses.
Re: News from the trenches
It's still the right question to ask. Why should the whole country sub your lifestyle choices. If you want to live out in the sticks and want to work in IT then you have to make a choice, move or pay more for your broadband. If that means your local community pays more for it's broadband because its out in the sticks, then so be it. If a company thinks its worthwhile to put in the infrastructure and thinks it can recover its costs over the long term, then let it - don't get the tax payer to subsidize such risky investments.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
Well rant off to the writer of the article. He thinks he has a disability. He's even gone and got government help for it and that must mean its a proper disability.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
As someone who used it to describe himself in a sarcastic tone I don't give two hoots about upsetting you. If you want to go around being offended at everything that's your problem.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
You don't force the world to change to you in the first place.
The best managers are those who know their staff's strengths and weaknesses and work with that. The worst ones are those that try and squeeze every member of their staff through the same square hole even though some are round. If the manager can't cope with you, it's not your fault - its theirs. If it doesn't work for you, move to a job where it does work. You aren't entitled to the perfect job, you have to look for it and work for it.
As someone who has certain Aspergers syndromes in my personality so could be classified as mentally disabled as I appear somewhere along the spectrum of the disorder I find the whole article puerile.
So what if someone has Aspergers. Other people have a squint. Yet others might have a problematic home life. Others might have a physical disability. Some people look and act totally normal but are psychopaths. Everyone is different. Work with that fact and work with that the person's abilities. So some people need close supervision, others can be told to get on with it. Some might need detailed lists, others can work with vague concepts and are in tune with their manager's thoughts. Everyone is different.
As for getting government help. No No No No No No No No and NO!
It's not a disease. It's who you are. You don't need to adjust, others do.
Will the manual be read by competitors? Lawyers will say no.
I don't think it will it. I'm sure that engineers will be told to stay well clear of it. Companies do not want any hint, even the slightest, that they used a competitors information as it would provide ammunition in court cases. They will reverse engineer stuff that the public can get hold of, but they can't short cut the design by using the manual - the lawyers will be saying no.
Re: Hydrogen Cycle
Why not? Because you don't want lots of H2 stored around your house. You think a gas leak is dangerous. What's a H2 leak going to be like. Kabooooom! big style. H&S would not allow it.
Re: Run As Administrator
Have you tried running Win8 as a normal user. Not nice. You need to be admin level (or at least be able to access the admin account) to do anything other than just browse the web or write documents/spreadsheets/adjust photos.
Or 1) Skylon, 2) Skylon, 3) Skylon.
Still got mine
Mine's buried away in the loft but I do remember it working till the last drops of power in its PP3 battery died. Should try and dig it out. Probably worth, ooh, 99p now?
Good that it was privatised.
And if the the prisoner transfer hadn't been privatised and this practise was found to be going on what is the most likely thing to have happened? Nothing. At least with a privatised system you can kick some arses. With the civil service you can't sack anyone.
That the system encouraged people to overstate the KPIs is not a fault of the privatisation per se, it's a fault of the MoJ to not oversee the activities of its outsourced contract.
Re: 10p per megabyte ?
0.00000001p per MB to transmit over the airways but 5p to maintain the equipment to allow the transmission over the airways plus other costs. Allow some profit.
100m electric cars by 2035
The claim was 100m electric cars by 2035. Now it's self driving cars. Then it'll be flying cars. Can we just accept that its just pie in the sky numbers with no basis on fact.
Another crap decision by the ASA based on a single person who doesn't understand how adverts work.
Well jokes only work when a human laughs. So they should feed all these computer generated jokes to lots of humans (crowd sourcing) and people should indicate if they laughed. Those that got lots of laughs should be feed back into the system to train it to produce better ones. It won't take many iterations before it's beating (insert your opinion of the crappiest comedian here).
How many times does this kind of thing have to happen before people realise that once something is on the internet they have no control what happens to it. The whole world gets to see your words or photos or video and that means you get the whole world's varying viewpoints. You think you're talking to a select group like in a pub but you're not. You're shouting out your message in a huge stadium. Most of the time no one is listening, but if someone does catch it, it could go round the whole stadium/world.
And this shows why regulation and nannying control by the state doesn't work. Every time technology or society changes it has to come out with a new rule. And until then the dim witted people who have been brought up to only trust the state are at risk of causing themselves some serious harm.
It's like raising a child. The nannying state is like a parent that hovers over their kids checking everything and making sure they are bubble wrapped at all times. This is hard work for a parent, but for the state which lives and breathes on the taxes taken from its citizens it just makes its existence more meaningful and it grows.
A more responsible parent would teach their kid about the dangers in the real world and then let them learn about it from their mistakes. All the parent would do is teach them the really important stuff. This only needs to be done once and not require the parent to hover over their kid 24/7.
You get a down vote for "and thereby making the UK taxpayer pay for the shipping anyway, albeit indirectly."
The tax payer doesn't pay for shipping indirectly or even going all round the galaxy. If the company avoids tax, then it means you pay less for the product and it's P&P and you can then spend the money you didn't pay in tax on something else, maybe an even bigger LED matrix. But that was your choice. If the really big company paid loads of tax then you don't get a choice, the state would spend it on welfare and many other useless projects such as HS2.
And the really big company is following all the legal rules and regulations. Blame the politicians for setting up the complex tax laws, not the companies for following them to the letter.
Re: Japan? @Matt21
This is the commission organising this research. The commission is not overseen by MEPs.
Re: Search as primary means of navigation?
It's about the only thing I like in Win8, being able to type the start of a program's name and to go straight to it. A lot quicker typing a few characters than clicking, moving mouse, clicking, moving mouse, clicking, moving mouse.
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