"similar to the one currently applied to diesel"
I'd love to overhear the conversation where a civil servant tries to explain to a treasury minister why it isn't possible to dye electrons red.
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I'd love to overhear the conversation where a civil servant tries to explain to a treasury minister why it isn't possible to dye electrons red.
"For example, there's a famous experiment where people are invited to taste jam in a supermarket. When there's 24 varieties everyone says “Oooh, yes, that's lovely!” but almost none of them buy any. When there's only six, then more people buy one or other of them."
Is this controlled for the fact that someone who's just tried 24 (even if they're using a tiny spoon) samples of jam is probably done with jam for that day?
On a more serious note, when I notice myself trying to eliminate options when making a decision, I'm now going to try and determine if some sort of "switch" happens when I get the options to <=6.
Yes - ISTR that the frequencies are close enough that the same chips/antennae can receive navstar/glonass/galileo/beidou signals, so it may just require the software (or firmware?) to be updated.
Certainly, I'd be very surprised if anyone making or selling phones in China hasn't been told to make them beidou compatible. The Russians used legal force to make all smartphones sold there glonass compatible, but in China it probably only requires a quiet word with the factory owners.
Given my interest as a connoisseur in financial "schemes" I can think of a couple of ways in which a small team (someone who actually understands the psychology of financial markets and a couple of tech heads) could wander off with a couple of $10s of millions by Christmas.
It would even, probably, be legal. And yet I can't see this being done, or at least we're not hearing about it. And I really cannot work out why.
Well, what are you waiting for?
There's a game based on that very scenario: http://www.emhsoft.com/singularity/
First they came for Flash, and I said nothing because it's an insecure irritation.
Then they came for Java, and I said nothing because I haven't had any reason to run Java code since writing my uni projects with it.
Then they came for C/C++, and I said nothing because pointer arithmetic is a pain in the brain.
Then they came for assembler, and I said nothing because that's the compiler's job innit?
Then I said nothing because I didn't have a working computer to post my protestations.
Sorry - I use the self-scans to get rid of all my 1ps and 2ps. They're a lot more accommodating than vending machines.
What puzzles me is that there's often someone using a change machine a few metres away, for the same purpose, who's happy to pay a percentage for the privilege.
Irritatingly, the last nightly for my phone was back in 2013.
Yes - ISTR that the Swedish prosecutors originally concluded he should be free to go, but then changed their minds (specifically, a more junior prosecutor got overruled). Whether this is uncommon enough to be suspicious, I don't know - someone familiar with the prosecution process in Sweden would need to comment here.
Another question of this sort that I'd be interested to hear answered by the hypothetical Swedish commentard, is whether the vigour with which Assange is being pursued is typical of cases where a suspected sexual offender is outside Sweden, and wanted there for questioning/charging. (I remember at least one organisation supporting victims of sexual offences stated that they cynically welcomed the exceptional efforts in this case.)
While knowing the answers to the above doesn't tell us whether or not he actually did it, it would go a long way to figuring out if there are some deeply sketchy reasons for him being pursued.
So, find a trustworthy non-middle-aged bloke who fancies a cross-Europe road trip and pay his fuel.
Yes, called "Ara".
It's certainly not "right now", and disappointingly, "very soon" probably means "Maybe in 2015".
It could finally be the antidote to the manufacturers locking batteries inside the phone, or leaving out SD card slots.
I just wish they'd hurry up, I've got a middle-aged HTC that, because of Ara, I've not replaced yet.
The day when Android devices get updates direct from Google, whether the retailer objects or not, just got a little closer.
(Although as said, Stagefright is a bigger issue.)
Plenty of kids lie about their age to use social media - will it only be people in Twitter's/Facebook's/Whatever's databases who were listed as <18 at the time of the now-regretted career-threatening idiocy who get the big red delete button?
Can I claim to have been <18 even though I put a DOB of 01/01/1900 in their form?
Seriously - make people learn the internet is in pen - either the kids will learn to keep a lid on it, or a dubious internet history will become so common that no-one cares.
<joke>Maybe people could even stand by their past actions and defend them (or admit all and ask for forgiveness).</joke>
The Greek government's problem is that it doesn't have enough euros. It also doesn't have the power to simply print more.
I've seen several claims that Greece (the central bank, as opposed to the government) has a €uro printing press.
Indeed, wikipedia says there's a 'Y' prefix for the banknote serial numbers printed in Greece.
So, what's to stop them just running this press until it melts? Using the local plod/squaddies to commandeer it and whisk it off to a Natanz-style fortress if necessary.
Just for lulz, they could print them with 'X' prefixes instead of 'Y'.
This may be a silly question - but how does Adobe benefit from the existence of Flash?
It's free to the end-users, but do people creating Flash content pay Adobe for the privilege?
Do Adobe get a cut whenever a server delivers a flash file?
Why do they bother when they could still make cash out of Photoshop and its siblings after killing Flash?
DoesDid Grant Shapps write for The Register?
Why yes he
The reason why, is that that allows users to do things like remove ads (which is the main reason I installed a firewall in the first place...).
The German for "motherfucker", is, in practice "motherfucker".
Something like "mutterficker" would probably be taken in a literal sense as someone who has sex with a mother.
English seems to be the preferred language for obscenity in Germany (and the Netherlands too, apparently).
(I'd like to sit a German down with a copy of the profanisaurus one day, and see how seriously they take it.)
Obligatory link to the only* article on El Reg written by Mr. Shapps: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/06/tory_tech_savvy/
"So it will have to be possible to drive the car manually with all the remote stuff switched off. In the case of systems/network failure, as well as when you are in a remote region."
No, I would expect the robot cars will be required to operate autonomously if there's a loss of communications - they just won't be able to co-operate with other vehicles or traffic management systems (which is less of an issue in the areas with poor connectivity).
Does KDE still have the little yellow turd (I know, I know, but that was the first impression and it stuck) in the upper right corner of the desktop that can't be removed?
I'd assume Amazon (being careful not to actually say so) is planning on potential drones neglecting to consider that point.
Amazon is happy - delivery gets made for cheap.
Customer is happy - delivery gets made for cheap.
Insurance company is happy - when the drone's car hugs a lamppost, no payout!
Drone is unhappy - no worries, plenty more where that came from.
That's a thoroughly depressing thought - would there be any way for Lastpass to prove otherwise?
So Hola might be getting its act together.
Never did I imagine that the "This man is your friend, he fights for FREEDOM!" pictures of Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennan (and all the associated exaggerations) would start to become reality.
The internet hero of the moment being a crippled dwarf operating from the Philippines is fitting somehow; Neal Stephenson could be imagined writing something like it.
"would the lower gravity and negligible atmosphere cause the water underneath to sublime and blast the drilling probe into space?"
Probably not. The hole would have to be several km deep, and there would be an unfeasibly long piece of drilling equipment in the way.
Don't drill the ice, melt it. Google "melt probe".
"what would happen if it was struck by a large asteroid and the ice shell melted/was destroyed over a large area"
"would you end up with a floating ball of water (like the earth)?"
Yes, if the impact was severe enough.
"would it just freeze again immediately?"
"would it go shooting off into space like a deflating balloon resulting in an ice shell with a bit of rock rattling around inside?"
"At which point it matters whether you're borrowing in your own currency (whether from foreigners or not) or borrowing in another currency. Because if it's your own you can just print more. If someone else owns the printing press you can't."
Given that North Korea may be doing exactly that ("super"dollars), what's to stop Greece printing "supereuros"?
If they didn't get too crazy with it, would we even find out?
"You could always upgrade to Mr Bean type locks."
Not really, the Bean car security system requires another action to work as designed, and steering wheels are too heavy these days to carry around with you.
As an alternative to bail-outs, how about making it illegal for a limited liability company to hold a banking licence?
It would certainly increase the scrutiny of management by shareholders, although I'd consider the main benefit to be the comedy value of bank share prices occasionally going negative. (Are the exchanges even set up to do that?)
Also, "ATM machines". Don't do that.
Police presence at the embassy, their salaries, overtime, NI, other employment costs.
Yes, they'd get paid anyway, but the assumption is that other police would be needed to do what the new embassy guards were doing before.
I'd assume the designers thought of that - either the clearance is enough that it won't, or it should detach in a non-dangerous (but probably expensive) manner.
edit: just had a look at some photos - it seems to be located in the middle of the fuselage (on the bottom) and doesn't appear to be longer than the main gear.
New readers may not be aware, but Mr. Shapps once decided to try his hand at writing for El Reg:
Equivalents from catering, when the new kitchen porter gets sent to the supplier for:
1lb bell-end cheddar
20 salmon legs
Any predictions about the Next Big Thing associated with bitcoin?
It does sound very much like Sweden is preparing the ground for a "hey guys - not our problem any more" statement. It would be extremely easy to revert to the original decision of the other prosecutor.
What this would mean for the extradition is unclear though - if the reason for the extradition is retrospectively done away with, is the extradition itself is no longer valid (or considered never valid)?
Probably not, but it could easily be enough for the (future Labour?) government to justify washing their hands of it all and telling him to bugger off to Ecuador.
Probably not. If the applicant simply refuses to supply the information, they won't get the job offer and there's nothing for them to reject.
"If you watch live TV over iplayer or on a website, you still need a license though. I'd imagine if you have a TV with a tuner in it capable of picking up telly signals the effort in convincing the TV licensing bods you don't watch any live TV is probably more effort than the £145 saving. Pointing out you don't watch live telly to the bailiffs or the chaps in the court when the summons arrives is probably a lot of aggro too?"
Thing is, I don't actually bother convincing them of anything; thanks to the presumption of innocence, it's THEIR job to prove their case through some sort of judicial process, not mine. I probably could make their lives easier by being a bit more open, but I like the idea of wasting the time of an organisation of which I disapprove.
I don't have a TV (not really relevant anyway), but they don't know that. I've had them come to the door, and the response is "No thank you, I don't need one.", before turning off the intercom, which takes seconds. Hardly worthy of the term "effort".
The threatening letters (full of "could"s, "may"s, "up to"s, etc., nothing formal like a court summons) get filed in the recycling. They can't be bothered taking anything further when there are easy victims who actually invite the inspectors in, or answer their questions.
Coming up on 5 years without a TV licence here, and I certainly don't regret it.
If this type of thing bothers you, take some time to figure out whether you need a licence. It's only required if you watch or record TV transmissions as they are being broadcast.
Merely owning a TV or recording device doesn't require a licence.
Watching catch-up services (e.g. iplayer) doesn't require a licence.
You do not have to let TV licence inspectors into your home, or even answer their questions (they need to get the police for that - and rarely bother).
Isn't there something on which you'd rather spend the £145.50?
As opposed to doing what?
Expecting the SNP, in particular, to renounce its core policy / wither up and die would be laughable.
The main reasons it's doing well, therefore "carrying on as if they won"? Pick any of the following:
45% loses a referendum, but in almost anything other than a pure two-party system, it landslides a first-past-the-post election - like the rest of the UK, the big thing in politics at the moment is the May general election which looks to be shaping up very well indeed for the SNP - some of the wilder polls predict a constituency map looking like Bart Simpson with a couple of plooks (spots, for the English-speakers) - i.e. most of Scotland going SNP (yellow) with two (red) bits holding out for Labour.
Speaking of Labour, its support appears to have withered spectacularly. Some of this is probably due to the referendum - Labour and the Tories shared a platform, and it should not be underestimated how much some voters in Scotland still hate the Tories. Considering it was the Labour areas that, on the whole, voted "Yes", it's not difficult to see how this political realignment happened. The Lib-Dems are still suffering from being in coalition with the Tories who will be lucky to keep their one Scottish seat.
However, the most sensible reason is probably that a large enough percentage of voters see Lib/Lab/Con as predominantly English parties, focussed (understandably, considering England's far greater population, number of seats, etc.) on delivering what English voters want with little regard for Scotland. The SNP can make a good case for being the only party that will try to get the best deal for Scotland in Westminster, especially if they become the third largest party and either Labour or the Conservatives are unable to govern alone or with the other parties. Lots of Scots find the idea of Ed or Dave being impotent unless conforming to Scottish interests extremely appealing. (Having said that, there is the nightmare option of a Labour/Conservative coalition...)
Superfluity, we're all on them already because the knowledge that David Cameron and his accomplices are deeply and blithely IT-illiterate is considered sufficiently dangerous.
'cos then anyone with an inconvenient person in a British embassy on their territory would have justification (in their opinion) to do the same.
Screwing around with other countries' embassies sets a dangerous precedent, if they don't force entry when the occupants start taking pot shots at police officers (see Yvonne Fletcher), they're not going to do it to put a stop to Assange's couch surfing.
Can't be bothered doing the sums, but as well as wages, there's going to be NI, presumably someone in charge back at the station, they've probably got a van parked nearby which is practically useless for anything else now.
Still seems high though.
I preferred the option of the embassy shipping out a few hundred packing crates labelled "not Julian Assange", while a ghetto blaster on their balcony plays Yakety Sax.
I expect it's also good for the other residents/businesses in the area. Shouldn't they be able to get discounts on their insurance due to the increased plod levels?
"seals degrade and would erode performance"
If they're tubes, the sections could perhaps be friction welded together as they're laid down (which would be quite impressive to watch/hear).
It's, AFAIK, possible to sue anyone for anything. Whether or not it gets thrown out within seconds of hitting the court is another matter.
It may be a coincidence, but I saw an Asus GTX 750ti graphics card for £23.99 on Amazon at the weekend and realistically I'd expect there to be a 1 in front of that price.
It's meant to ship today, so hoping it goes through without someone picking up on it.
If it wasn't for camelcamelcamel I'd have missed it.
Digging up the moles is hard/expensive work.
I've had mine for ~8 years, and it still works as intended.
Do you realise that he's probably given the worst ("worst" defined by the resultant damage to the USA) stuff to a trusted associate who is under instructions to release the whole lot if he disappears/dies under any kind of remotely suspicious circumstances?
It's obviously a tricky area, but I can't imagine that anything other than a driverless car doing "its best" to protect its passengers would be acceptable to the customer.
Would anyone ride in a vehicle they knew/suspected would go into "sacrifice" mode if came off worse in a costs/benefit analysis when compared with a packed school bus?
The outcome will probably be that, taking the example given, no vehicle swerves to certain doom and both end up colliding. That's if the algorithms decide a head-on is slightly-less-certain doom.
The person shouting "My car tried to kill me!" will probably receive more attention than the person shouting "Their car didn't try to sacrifice them to save my life!" and I'd bet on a judge and jury being more likely to favour the former.