Mrs Trellis wants to know...
If it can win at Mornington Crescent?
188 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011
If it can win at Mornington Crescent?
The problem with external battery packs is that they are limited in current capability, you can only stuff so many amps through a piece of copper wire and those tiny connectors before it becomes possible to light a cig on it.
An internal, removeable or otherwise, battery and holder can be designed to provide many amps of current and, if it's removeable, it can be replaced when it goes flat offering effectively instant recharge.
I used to carry about a spare battery for my phones, it's amazing how often it got used in the early hours of the morning in data centres or remote sites where it was inconvenient to recharge the phone.
Then I got a HTC One, I love the phone but miss the removeable battery and SD card as it goes flat at the most inconvenient times and I'd really make good use of a large capacity SD card in it.
What you should really be worried about is the 16 million allocated to the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK.
One for everyone soon to be unemployed?
Better to burn out than to fade away!
I've had similar, an apartment block with Ethernet and CCTV cabling done with eight core alarm wire back to a central control room.
Some of it joined with screw terminal choc block connectors because it was longer than the 100M rolls the 'installer' had bought.
Amazingly it sort of worked, the main reason I was called in was because the pictures on the CCTV were terrible and he'd not installed the required number of cameras, instead he'd taken the money and run, the job had been 'quality inspected' and signed off by his mate who had taken a brown envelope filled with pound notes.
Took me a week and a half to sort it all out but it did pay for a couple of nice holidays.
It is entirely possible to detect TV usage from the local oscillator, it's possible to determine which channel is being watched and even watch along on some of the poorer tuners.
It's also entirely possible to pinpoint said signal down to a very small area, if you don't believe me all you have to do is go look for EMC compliance testing equipment and see how it can be used to pinpoint a single misbehaving component on a densely packed circuit board.
Do I believe it was done to detect licence evasion?
On balance, probably not, at least not on a regular basis, as others have said, it's far cheaper and easier to knock on the doors of houses that don't have a registered TV license.
I suspect there was an element of truth in it at some point in history, someone came up with the idea of course and knowing the BBC research departments it's highly likely there was a project to prove feasibility, it probably even got trialled and used a few times but after that, it was just a PR exercise to scare people, driving around with vans that are fitted with antennae that were just for show.
Beat the end of level boss to get cash out?
I can't, you're absolutely right but would I want the drone doing video processing while it was using the same board to fly?
The Drone board?
It's kind of 'wow' expensive, when you consider it can be done with a £1.50 Arduino and a few plug in extras.
Nice feature set but not necessarily something I'd want to lose up a tree or, in the case of the DJI I saw recently, wedged in the central reservation crash barriers of a motorway.
Facebook as a tool for finding people is pretty good but there's no reason to keep feeding the machine by not swapping phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Skype details etc.
There truly is very little reason to use Facebook as a sole means of communication, expecially if the communication is 'private' and not on the timeline other than laziness.
And the other advantage of Facebook is that you can cure cancer, defeat terrorism, stop child abuse etc. just by giving it a thumbs up.
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I'm trying to give you credit but am failing miserably because I can think of no way for someone to have facebook without an internet conenction that would support a multitude of other ways to be contactable.
So, your argument is null and void.
Indeed, like the Seagate drives which just upped and died a few years ago but were recoverable with a firmware flash.
Bugs happen and it's a damn good idea to occasionally check for firmware updates.
My preference would be for a firmware write protect jumper next to the SATA connector or a small toggle switch somewhere, said write protect should also stop the drive being used until it's 'locked' in read only for firmware.
Of copurse that'd not stop a TLA from corrupting the original firmware but at least it'd need to be someone with that sort of clout and not some extortion oriented criminal hacker gang
It's not just Honda, I've had a Ford Focus infotainment system crash a few weeks ago, complete with filesystem check messages on restart and that appeared to be Win CE based.
Give me an office filled with HP42x0 or 43x0 mono printers.
Bombproof and dirt cheap to run and good for *checks page count on the one I'm resting my feet on* just shy of 480,000 pages so far. .
Magentic solution will destroy the drive as it'll wipe the all important servo data (which may or may not be desired), physical which destroys the platters is preferred and, weirdly, thermite isn't actually that effective (there are videos showng the residue being wiped off the platters) unless you're lucky/careful to place it right.
By far the best way is shredding.
But the IT dept trainee can't supplement his income if you make the disks unsaleable
I'm guessing you voted leave?
Why would I want a Pi to run Android?
Never had one overheat either, even without cooling, they just run and run.
In any retail park environment they are often outclassed and undercut by the pound shops, Home Bargains etc. for the same products at lower prices.
Maplin, to hobbyists, appear to be a spent force now, their component offering is not even a shadow of its former self (I know, a 2p resistor is not a profit item) and their website, just, yeah, let's not talk about the website.
I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that nothing is that desperate I can't wait an extra day if it means I don't have to visit Maplin.
The staff, they've no clue, I was told in no uncertain terms that ICs don't need to be stored or jandled with any special antistatic precautions, this was after I'd refused to buy a 4000 series CMOS chip that had been taken from a plain plastic drawer, carried in the assistant's hand and then pushed across the counter top for me to 'check' it was the right one.
Good luck bullying your suppliers into supporting whatever crackpot scheme your management consultants have told you is necessary.
I shall break a habit and raise a glass to the man for the many laughs and smiles he raised.
Given that the original 'thing' only ran at 1MHz I'd consider a couple of hundred KHz an impressive achievement but I have a sneaky suspicion it could be possible to persuade it to run full pelt, if they've given the layout some thought it may well work.
You sure about that?
I remember accessing a shell using dialup with a company calling itself 'The Direct Connection' before Pipex.
Well you can't beat a nice cup of tea and a good scone.
I like Woz.
Definitely my favourite Steve of the two.
Picture shows a USB3.0 connector ion the drive but the WD cable for it looks like it's got a power passthrough, so you'd plug your wall wart PSU into that first and then into the Pi.
Unless of course all the toasters are conected to a wired network won't this lead them into illegality following the recent FCC ruling that firmware in wireless capable devices cannot be modifiable?
Well duh, of course, it's your flexible friend
no, you can't fast forward on a PC ether, it almost makes Sky+ look like value for money.
I've been bumping into sites that complain and block access unless you disable ad blockers for a few months now.
Given the number of sites that serve up objectionable ad content and offer little to no value I cannot find elsewhere I just close the tab that they're in.
Same follows for news sites behind paywalls, I don't bother.
While it may leave me uninformed about the latest inmates of I'm a Celebrity, Look at Me, I think that in the grand scheme of things my life is actually a little better for their being hidden to me.
Pretty much that, it's the fear of being caught and punished that stops more crime happening.
I think most people weigh the chances of being caught against the benefit and make value judgements.
Exactly what I have planned for next Monday.
"Bad drivers are bad drivers, it doesn't matter the mode of transportation."
Precisely that, dangerous driving is dangerous driving no matter what the machine being driven.
Having seen people on pedestrian crossings mown down by idiots on pushbikes who think pedestrian crossing lights don't apply to them, cyclists hopping on and off pavements to avoid traffic congestion, cycling the wrong way down one way streets, cutting between moving lanes of traffic and causing other road users to swerve, brake etc. the only conclusion I can come to is that they have already been banned from driving anything with an engine for sheer incompetence.
The stock answer from these morons for their behaviour seems to be along the lines of 'bigger boys did it first' which makes me think a scheme to have them display a compulsory registration plate on their machines is necessary so they can be prosecuted like any other dangerous driver.
I'm happy to have cycle lanes, exclusion zones etc. and I cycle for leisure with my kids and to keep fit so anything that makes it safer works for me.
Well, sort of.
My first thought was that whoever designed the DS would be generating enough rotational energy to power several plug in hybrids, if only we could find a way to extract said energy from their grave.
From the back, it looks like they've attempted to ape an early Porsche with those louvre covers and perhaps one of the sporting Jags with the arse end up in the air.
All in, it's got lots of beautiful, classic design touchs but sadly they've managed to pick all the ones that look ridiculous when stuck together with araldite and tofu.
If he wants a mobile phone up there, I think he should be allowed, nay, forced to.
So Apple provide a back door, which I think they've previously denied is possible, and the TLA's demand it all the time, indeed, they demand it built in.
Apple cannot provide a back door and the TLAs howl all the way up to the highest levels about how unfair and downright dangerous it is to allow the population to have secure crypto and demand/get a ban on secure crypto.
Don't ever forget, this is happening in a seriously fucked up country that has past history on attempting to force backdoored crypto and restricted the sale of encryption technologies as 'munitions'.
You deactivated your account, you need the difficult to find 'delete my account' page.
Aftyer 90 days they only retain log data and things that are held external to your account, all your personal pics, etc. are deleted.
Your recollection may be that 5.25" floppies were long dead but that's not mine, I recollect my 486 machine had a 5.25, a 3.5 and a SCSI CD-ROM along with a couple of Maxtor XT4380S drives along with 32MB RAM, a real power house of a machine which ended up being a Netware server for a household name manufacturer of sporting footware for a period of time.
'Enter credit card details'
So the user forced their card into the 3.5" floppy drive. They only called us because they couldn't get it back out.
Not because the drive's heads were mangled beyond repair.
Every decent chippy, restaurant etc. should par fry chips.
Every decent cook book recommends par frying and every deep fat fryer I have ever bought (OK, all three of them) recommends it too.
I can only assume that those to whom the art of par frying is a surprise has never made chips properly.
Sadly Beef Dripping for chips is a long lost practice in many places that claim to be 'traditional' chippies but there are still a few enlightened masters of the delicacy still out there.
And anyone who doesn't put mint sauce in mushy peas is a heathen.
Fair play to FTDI, they've got every right to refuse to allow their drivers to work with the fakes but the way they do it sucks.
if they'd approached this differently, lots of publicity, lots of user interaction, handy utilities that verify genuine chips, guides to spotting fakes etc. then it could have been so much better for them, even a publicity win, I'd certainly respect them a lot more.
Instead they went about it in a very underhand way, bricking hardware with no warning, sending wrong data in the second.
Hells, even the Chinese gangs who made 'homebrew' cards for games consoles managed to do better than FTDI when their products were being forged, they offered utilities to verify your homebrew cartridge was genuine, pictures of real vs fake etc. (researched for legitimate reasons BTW)
Trust me, I know how difficult it can be to get changes made in some industries (40 year old control computers still in use and actively maintained) but by the same token, those industries also have incredibly stringent QC and supply chain management which I and many others can't hope to emulate.
So, in my personal life, I avoid FTDI, as I said, I can't guarantee the parts built into products I might buy are genuine and there are perfectly acceptable alternatives. While I could easily replace dodgy parts with genuine (I have the skills and tools) it's just as easy to buy something that doesn't use them in the first place.
If I were still designing products for sale (I designed a few that were moderately successful in the automotive diagnostics market) I would be avoiding FTDI like the plague, purely because I don't need to find out in six months time that I can't get hold of genuine parts as they have no stock and need to rely on brokers who may or may not have bought dodgy counterfeit parts.
Yes, I appreciate that might happen with other brands too but FTDI have form, bricking embedded designs, rendering them useless and generally causing mayhem.
I suspect FTDI's own beligerant approach to the fakes has cost them more sales than the fakes ever did.
I don't buy 'stuff' I can see has FTDI named in the spec or that I can see on the board, it's not that FTDI are bad devices, they're good, it's not even that they're pissed off by the pirates (they've every right to be) but it's that they have pulled stunts like this which mean that I, as a consumer, have to be able to verify the provenance of the FTDI device before I buy the gadget or I run the very real risk of it being a useless lump of crap when it arrives.
So, I don't buy it.
While that doesn't directly cost FTDI sales of any significant numbers, it does mean that if other people realise buying 'FTDI' is a gamble too, FTDI will lose design in for new products and that will eventually hurt them an awful lot.
Thank you, I've just ordered an amazingly cheap hardback dead tree copy of that to read.
In an other ten years we'll have neergy too cheap to meter?
I may be wrong here but my understanding of the situation is that particular FS is a part of the flash chip which holds the UEFI BIOS, sloppy coding by the BIOS authors and also by the Linux team(s) allows it to be erased, thus 'bricking' your system.
However, this sound like exactly the kind of thing a recovery flash should be able to fix, you don't need a functioning BIOS to be able to perform one on many (all?) systems, it just relies on the bootblock in the flash chip being intact (and if the system powers on and stays on it's likely to be intact)
The OBD port within a specified distance from the steering wheel isn't the only place you can get onto the CAN bus *NETWORK*, that's just the 'official' way, if you've a mind to, you can find CAN bus wiring in all sorts of places that are easily accessible from outside the car with no visible damage (or no damage at all), some of them are also 'official' manufacturer access points designed for technician use.
So, that's like having your servers in an unlocked cabinet on the outside of your building, open to the public.
But, Occam's razor here, if I were stealing high value cars for profit, I'd haul them into a covered truck/van marked up as something innocuous like 'specialist vehicle logistics' or with dealership/manufacturer logo and hack away at the systems in the privacy of my own Faraday caged premises
"the firm's financial servers are being pored over byte by byte to find the culprits."
"We haven't a clue how they got in .."
Said a company spokesperson before leaving in the last Bugatti Veyron off the production line.
Good job I sold my Landrover...
Well if we're heading down the mythological/deity route, with an orbit like that surely it should be named Bilious?