52 posts • joined Friday 27th January 2012 08:11 GMT
???? Whot, no......
A track by NWA (Nephelinite's with Attitude). It's a geologist thang...
Clicking both mouse buttons simultaneously brings up a start menu wherever the pointer is, so you don't even have to move the mouse cursor before selection.
Is it really that hard to come up with a new way to do these things, or is 'double buttons clicking once' a patented UI feature or something???
Royalties to .....
'And it's a *MEAL*. It' s basically a steak meal in a single device.'
If Apple ever move over here..... iPasty patent ALERT!
Furthest distance from operators origin country
My old Nokia brick used to connect to Orange France network underneath the cliffs on Portland (no... I wasn't smuggling Brandy), approx 80 miles from Cherbourg as the barrel floats. circa 2000 ish.
Re: GPIB?!?! AHHHHHHHH!!!!
Careful, it sounds suspiciously like you know what your talking about..... I used to nurse an old 486dx 33MHz with ISA GPIB card along until about 2004, when it finally gave up the ghost. Only thing that would talk to a spectrum analyser for testing EMC emissions. Looked for a USB to GPIB interface widget back after P.C failed, but don't remember finding one.
I've read at least two stories in the last couple of months on this site, about improving TCP/IP latency and bandwidth, so is this just another scheme to avoid a patent encumbered solution? Alternatively, there's CSMA/BA, just decide what traffic is bloody important and what's not.
If Subject == 'Kitten Pron" then Priority = 1
There, fixed it....
No, but we don't even have 12 destroyers, each to take 1 F35 jump jet (the standard pitiful compliment), if the carrier was sunk, assuming of course that the jets could be landed on the back of destroyers (they're slightly larger than a merlin or lynx I suspect). Fundamentally you can fly both types of F35 (STOVL may require straight through longer runway, so risk of being run over by carrier, but could do it just like harriers used to from land) + AEW + helo's + drones + transports + kites on a sunny day from cat and trap carriers. Let the yanks have the cutting edge stuff, we'll have the F18's or Rafale's and still probably beat them in a straight fight.
These things are going to be great for displaying relatively simple sets of data on top of curved surfaces, which may or may not move periodically. When these screens were first talked about, around 10 years ago, I worked as an industrial design engineer. The industrial machines I was working on had just had a 'sexy', curved cover revamp, and we seriously looked at the maturity of the tech. in order to put a simple HMI readout directly on the curved front cover, rather than having a permanently mounted monitor arm etc.
Repetitive strain and min. bend radius definitely an issue though where the panels are manually handled.
F1 teams could sell the same piece of car advertising space, multiple times, on a time share basis (weight of system allowing).
Possible military use??
Naval early warning aircraft for those 'this week it's vertical takeoff only' QE class aircraft carriers? Like a 'copter, but can go higher and has massively greater endurance.
If the baddies can shoot it down if its 10,000ft above the carrier, then your CAP's failed and the carrier is then not going to be a lot safer, is it?
Carbon nanotubes rolled on the legs of Cuban virgins......
Re: I think they're trying to paint
I remember a little VB script thing that ran in excel, and changed the position of the 'Yes' button when a mouseover event occured on the button, so you could never exit from a spreadsheet displaying a dirty pic. How long 'till the ISP's start doing that to opt out of filtering (obviously not the dirty pic displaying)?
Re: Something not quite right here...
It's something to do with Einstein's 'frames of reference', and is one of the major reasons why Newtonian physics breaks down at these scales. Regardless of the relative trajectories of two moving objects, the maximum differential speed that can be measured is C (speed of light). Even if the two objects are travelling in opposing directions, both at the speed of light, since the big bang (13.7 bil years), the red shift will indicate that the objects are 13.7 bil light years away from each other.
Disclaimer: I could be completely wrong about this, or in a different universe, spot on.
Oh yes, that old perpetual motion machine
Unfortunately the universe likes to nick power out of everything, in this case through friction (which ends up as heat). What you are describing is a unity power system, which seems to be impossible.
Re: Well gosh
Now then, you may be on to something! Replace hamster with your own local livestock of choice e.g. live near the Serengeti? Replace hamster with Cheetah (scale wheel to suit, but how much power?). Maybe not much torque but pretty good speed. When will they harness the power of the annual Wildebeast migration (I'm thinking travelators along all those crocodile infested rivers they have to cross, but you would have to react the force applied by Wildebeat running from croc. into the travelator some how). Scoobee Doo springs to mind....
If optical memory interrconnects (sorry, from the West Country) will effectively do away with memory latency and speed bottlenecks, what kind of overall improvements will be seen with existing processor clock speeds and architectures? Will the need for 'on die' cache SRAM etc. be negated (freeing die real estate for more cores etc.)?
Re: Needs more work
Isn't this to just transfer the 'key' securely though? If so, then the optical connection can be throttled back to transfer keys, and then ran again at full speed until a new key needs to be sent.
Getting down to practicalities
Excuse my ignorance, not a networking expert, but does anyone actually produce a tool that queries a systems services and applications so that only the ports required are open and the rest firewalled (even if you just get a report and have to firewall manually on P.C and router)? If ports for opportunistic attacks are open (MS RDP), then ask the question of the user whether they actually use the service.
ICS Hardware Vendors/standards agencies partly to blame
Speaking as a hardware ICS engineer, it's the headlong rush of a lot of control system vendors to embrace commodity technology such as ethernet that has led to a lot of these problems. I've recently been looking at a PLC spec where the vendor has boasted that with the latest firmware upgrade, the Powerlink ethernet port (realtime scheduled ethernet so there are no packet collisions, for comms with field devices), can be used simultaneously as a general purpose ethernet port! Presumably if used as such, anything can dial into a field device(all of which will have IP addresses) without going through the PLC at all (or any non existant security features running on it)!
Re: Inquiring minds...
Yeah, but haven't wifi signals been proved to reduce a Cod's wallop? Hence inflated fish supper prices! WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE FISH!
Not just stop pain....
But ABOLISH PAIN, (AND THE CAUSES OF PAIN.....).
Re: Language, language!
Prof is right?
According to one of the technical descriptions I've read of how stuxnet infected target PLC's, it replaced certain elements of Siemens compiler on the infected P.C so that what was compiled and sent to the PLC was not what the source code (ladder logic etc.) actually specified. The 'modified' compiler would only inject/change anything if it detected certain high speed motor drives on the PLC's fieldbus (or detected source code for those devices when compilation was started). Therefore the prof is right to assert that the method of delivery, or even the 'payload' of stuxnet never resided on the PLC, it just got a modified control program downloaded to it from a compromised compiler.
Re: what the
Yes, the mass exiting the exhaust is tiny (allowing for longer 'burns' with less propellant) but going at a much higher velocity than a chemical rocket so allowing the ion drive to continue to accelerate to a higher speed
Back a bit.......Back a bit.....oops!
Call me a cynic, but with the potential loss of revenue to the manufacturers of the existing, disposable resupply capsules, I hope Mr Musk is logging every pip and whistle from external remote control units. One prang and they're out of the game.
Ooh, it's sooo difficult!
"The cost, ambition, complexity and risk of major government projects have increased hugely over the past decade"
No, cos we've never built an aircraft carrier before, or had civil service administrative processes which at one time were capable of running the largest empire the world has ever seen (feel free to wax lyrical at any point)....
Re: Less skill, more policy
No, ask the technically skilled people to distill their wisdom into bullet points or whatever to train those administrators and give them an appreciation as to why things are done certain ways. If those administrators fail to implement agreed best practice, then the technically skilled people should be able to kick them into touch (i.e. a partnership).
These aren't the gasses you are looking for.
Yes, but no
Quite agree that we need a stronger engineering presence in the corridors of power, but not from the Civil Service or Government Contractor usual suspects. There may be x thousand Chartered engineers working in or for the Civil Service, but if all they have done is left Uni. and then worked towards getting their Chartership, rather than actually engineer anything successful, then they will still have no idea what things cost or how to design/implement engineering solutions (an electrical engineer colleague of mine was once asked by a mechanical engineer going for his Chartership, what exactly were the benefits of Aluminium over Steel)! A few Fred Dibnah's and Dyson's mixed in would bring the ivory towers down to earth a bit.
Re: How to teach programming to kids
Very good point.
As an electrical/electronic engineer, I reckon that getting kids to understand the basics of Boolean logic, looping, value testing etc. could best be done in a science lesson (wire up two switches in parallel which can both drive an LED, use a comparator to test input voltage against a preset). These skills could then be transferred to CS lessons with the analogies pointed out
i.e. those two parallel switches = a logical OR function, the comparator can be thought of as looping through an IF ... THEN statement until a value exceeds a preset.
Software specific concepts could then grow out of these fundamental principles.
I once had a problem where I had to illustrate the function of hardware interlocks preventing a lift from operating. Rather than take the management through the circuits, where the mysteries of safety relays and Probability of Failure on Demand calculations would hopelessly confuse their poor minds; as I knew the logic which the hardware implemented, I coded up an App in VBA, moving some graphics about on a form. Hey presto cue 2001 Space Odyssey start scene as they grasped it!
I'm no expert at software, but having a logical model of the functionality got me 2/3rds of the way to coding it up and being able to communicate the concepts to the customer.
Re: In standard Government units -
Let's get the aircraft carrier bill first (just the one), before we go and make silly comparisons!
Re: At last the truth?
Damn, beat me to it! If it's anything like government engineering projects then the £100M will be spent writing reports on how a keyboard and mouse actually works.
Certificate of Incorporation
They could have probably argued that as this is not 'Finished Equipment' but a component, they could cover CE requirements with a Certificate of Incorporation, rather than conformance?? (is a graphics card conformant to I.T radiated emissions levels if it is run outside of a nice metal grounded case)?
What we need is a device which connects to a smartphone, which can actually be carried about in an average pocket with no bother and provides basic services (phone + text), you know, like those things from yesteryear.....a mobile phone!
Re: Interference can be an issue
Yep, the best cables are usually mylar/aluminium(?) foil + a tinned braided screen. The mylar insulates the two screens, thus you can connect the braid at both ends to counter lower frequency noise which is inductively coupled to ground and the foil screen is grounded only at one end to capacitively couple high frequency noise. The high quality cable you received may even have had individually screened twisted pairs and overall screens(!).
As the screens affect the characteristic impedance of the cores (among other things), it may have been that rather than all those screens, it was a cable with better impedance matching to your tuner box (source impedance) and T.V (load impedance) which gave you better signal to noise ratio and sorted things for you.
Dimly remembered transmission line theory lesson over!!
Re: Like all those Toslink cables you see listed..
Linking tossers kit together
Mylar is a common backing tape for foil screening in data cables, but is pretty damn useless on its own.
Ah yes, but we can measure the lateness of said trains with unprecedented accuracy and thus employ 'Atomic Timing Train Advisory Consultants' (ATTAC's), to burn through a few billion advising the clueless as to how they could reduce said lateness by one orbit of a Neutron.