Feeds

* Posts by Measurer

89 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012

Page:

SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

Measurer
Pint

Re: ... a mammoth 2,000 olfactory receptor genes, ..."

Not a football supporter. If you've ever noticed on news reports, it takes at least 100 football supporters in a tightly packed group before one of them has enough courage to throw the obligatory plastic chair at the police or opposing teams supporters. How they think their puny 3m (1 trunk) lob will reach its target when the 'enemy' are 100m away is anyones guess.

I'd love to see St Bernards replaced with elephants, with a rather large barrel of something slung under their chins to revive the avalanche victim!

0
0

YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

Measurer

'So what's getting in the way of landing the stars and stripes on another planet? It's the economy, stupid.'

No, as Elon Musk is proving, its the leaches who see the NASA budget as a gravy train.

6
0

Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

Measurer

I'm really Losing my Religion over this one! Where's Henry Rollins when you want some heads banging together (to Mike Watt playing a funky baseline in the background).

RIP D. Boon

0
0

Robins' inbuilt navigators pecked to bits by AM radio

Measurer
Joke

Robin, take me home....

So if I hang a Robin up by a piece of string, or float one, would it make a rudimentary compass? Does Bear Grylls know about this one?

Only joking, I love the little red breasted blighters!

2
0

MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

Measurer
Headmaster

Re: a yacht !

I find yachts to be quite quiet, and in no way 'aloud' (me hearties)!

3
0

Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

Measurer

Re: Funny thing is

I'm a Weymouth/Portland lad too, and back in the 90's my Nokia brick used to regularly connect to Orange Francais etc. when I was fishing off Portland Bill. Alas, stuck up in Bristol now to get a decent wage.

0
0

Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

Measurer

Re: What's In A Name...

Living in the U.K, the 'International Ignition Facility' could be a lot worse!

3
0

BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

Measurer

F1.....!!!!

Judging by the lap times and reliability from Jerez, the best way to watch F1 from now on (Jonathon 29 etc.), regardless of how you get it, is at 2 x SPEEDED UP! Seriously, are SKY etc. going to be able to charge so much for 'The Pinnacle of Motorsport', once people realise that half a dozen other racing series are now just as fast and probably more entertaining?

0
0

Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Measurer

I did this...

With industrial control system Eurocard PCB's (motor drives, motion controllers, I/O etc.) back in the 90's, had a nice floating backplane too, so the first pcb which went in lined up all the DIN41612 connectors on the backplane pcb to the card guides on the 19" rack. Was sweeet...

1
0

Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

Measurer

An OS function?

Is it getting to the point where a request to enable AV input devices (microphones, cameras, fingerprint readers etc.) by any application should be caught by the OS, and a confirm dialog be presented to the user followed by a system tray icon or more obvious visual indication that things are being recorded?

3
0

UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Measurer
Alert

Obscene Geography

Shitterton (Dorset), This is getting seriously draconian!

0
0

US can't get its hands on Navy hacker Victor Faur, aka SirVic

Measurer

Guantanamooooww.......!!!

Here he comes

0
0

Boffin benchmark battle after D-Wave quantum kit crawls in test

Measurer
Joke

class of problem....

“We're now trying to identify a class of problems for which the current quantum hardware might outperform all known classical solvers,”

LANDFILL?

1
0

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Measurer

Amateurs!

When I listen to stereo music, I bolt myself in to a seismically isolated frame with head clamp and automatic ear canal aperture amplitude calibration (or AECAAC! for short). One Direction sounds FANTASTIC!

0
0

Hubble 'scope snaps 600-LIGHT-YEAR-wide pic of star-spawning nebula

Measurer

Re: Stunning photo

I can't believe no one's done it already, so...

'MY GOD, ITS FULL OF STARS!'

0
0

Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

Measurer
Joke

Accretion disc

I had to loosen a few notches off of my accretion disk (belt) over christmas....

1
0

OMG, like, TOTES AMAZEBALLS: Facebook made me fall into SHARK INFESTED SEAS

Measurer

iOS7 update....

The very latest one turns phone INTO buoyancy aid, or so I've heard.

0
0

James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

Measurer

Jason Leonard would laugh in the face of James Bond's petty drinking efforts!

0
0

WATCH LIVE: Comet ISON DESTROYED by Sun, NASA brains fear

Measurer
Alien

Time travel?

Nothing to see as the enterprise has successfully jumped back in time (cue whale song etc.)

0
0

Adorable, much-loved SEAHORSES are VICIOUS SLURPING KILLERS

Measurer
Happy

Computer Game angle?

May I be the first to Patent: 'Splinter Cell - Cetacean Surprise!'

0
0

Small software firm wins $28.4m after lobbing sueball at LOCKHEED MARTIN

Measurer
Go

Ooo Err...

"tortiously interfered" - Illegal on the Galapagus Islands.

4
0

Rare AutoCAD malware rigs drafting machines for follow-up attacks

Measurer

Re: 2008 wants their autocad virus back ..

Totally agree, 2D drafting packages should die rather than become the bloated 'jack of all trades, crap at all trades' shite they are now (and AutoCAD is the worst). Unfortunately, it's often the LISP drivers of AutoCAD which are the CAD package decision makers in Engineering and Design companies. In 20 years of electrical design, I have only ever used vanilla AutoCAD (without elec. design addons) or similar to produce drawings, even though the discipline maps itself to a database driven model fantastically well (see Zuken E3).

2
0

Noisy qubits destroy data in order to save it

Measurer
Thumb Up

Err...

No, you're not

AND

Yes, you are, simultaneously.

5
0

SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

Measurer

Dyson patent....

The owlspinner portable.

2
0

Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

Measurer
Meh

Re: Obama strikes again

I always hold my breath when it comes to Uranus. Deadpan icon 'cos....

1
0

AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

Measurer

Dirty....

That review bordered on Technopron

4
2

Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Measurer

Re: neither plants nor animals?

More an indifferent mauve sludge

0
0

Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

Measurer
Facepalm

Let me be the first....

Sousa Fosters anyone??

3
0

HAD IT with Planet Earth? There are 12 alien worlds left to try out

Measurer

A planet supporting intelligent life.....

has yet to be found....

Oh sorry, I've been looking through the wrong end of my telescope.

0
0

Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

Measurer

Re: Ditch Windows, save the planet?

No, Power stations both Nuclear and other tech. have fail safe monitoring/shutdown and a lot of day to day control that is implemented in pure HARDWARE (big contactors, multi channel hardware interlocks with cross monitoring etc. etc.). Even normal control system elements with software (PLC's etc.) are EXTREMELY reliable if left to do their thing (although they may have crap security on external interfaces). A power station is not a P.C peripheral, so can all those scaremongers out there stop with the 'Sellafield is run by Windows 95 on a 486DX' crap.

0
0

Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

Measurer

Re: Time of Genesis?

Hold on, was Peter Gabriel really the angel Gabriel then, flying under a not very imaginitive pseudonym?

0
0

Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

Measurer

Inverse lottery?

Rather than a globally applied tax on all transactions, why not a tax lottery where companies which achieve a better than X yearly profit (plus any other metrics which may be relevant like Return on Investment ratio etc.), qualify to enter the lottery and therefore MAY have to pay a windfall tax. The proportion of the 'winning' companies profit which goes to tax, and the spread of 'winners' can be adjusted exactly like the regular lottery to achieve a target revenue. If the tax applied to a company in the previous year causes undue financial difficulties in the next, then there can be an appeals procedure.

1
0

German researchers claim 100 Gbps wireless transmission record

Measurer

Errr....

I've had an accident.....

0
0

ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

Measurer

Whoops, the yanks just ran out of wonga, the bailiffs have seized it.

0
0

Boffins demo on-chip entanglement at macro scale

Measurer

Ahhhh....Karnaugh.....

The days of logic minimisation, 'don't care' states and little rings around clusters of ones and zero's are long gone....

0
0

'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Measurer

Ha..............

Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha.......... Oohh Stop!.....Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........Ha, Ha, Ha..........

10
0

Never mind WinRT: Tiny Win8 slabs will ship with free Office, too

Measurer
Trollface

Re: Actually, LibreOffice sucks too.

Well, I suppose Notepad is good enough if what you're worried about is CONTENT and not COSMETICS!

1
0

Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

Measurer
Stop

???? Whot, no......

Carbon Nanotubes????

4
0

Entangled matter the next big thing in qubits

Measurer
WTF?

If....

You teleport the properties of an atom to another (e.g. spin), do you teleport the thing itself???

1
0

Veiny green 'scum' meteorite may be first visitor from Mercury

Measurer

NWA 7325??

A track by NWA (Nephelinite's with Attitude). It's a geologist thang...

1
1

Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

Measurer
WTF?

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 .....

0
2

Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Measurer
FAIL

Re: puerile TV

Watch it with the volume down.....

There, fixed it for you.

0
0

Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

Measurer
Happy

'And it's a *MEAL*. It' s basically a steak meal in a single device.'

If Apple ever move over here..... iPasty patent ALERT!

2
1

En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

Measurer

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.

0
0

Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

Measurer
Holmes

Re: Decisions decisions

...and Asparagus, so it smells funny (or is it artichoke?).

1
0

Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

Measurer
Thumb Up

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.

Happy daze......

2
0

British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

Measurer
Holmes

The answer....

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....

0
0

The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

Measurer

Re: Splutter

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.

0
0

Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

Measurer
WTF?

Derr...

It's called marketing, people!

0
2

Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

Measurer

Possible usage

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).

1
0

Page: