40 posts • joined Tuesday 28th February 2012 10:18 GMT
Re: If only there was a way for computers to send data to each other...
The main problem is that GPS satellites don't do leap seconds, so GPS time is already 16 seconds out from UTC. Also you cannot predict when you will need leap seconds as it depends upon the weather on top of the mountains, which affects the amount of ice that accumulates in winter which affects how fast the earth rotates.
Re: Desktop monopoly
You must be a god, I couldn't even type 1K lines of lorum ipsum in 2 hours, let alone 1K lines of working debugged code!
I propose that you should add a 1/2 bottle of vodka to the evening glass, then not only do you save the time taken to prepare your evening meal, you also save 2 hours down the pub.
Maybe, but judging from the comments here, its gonna be a lot of effort for very little goo :P
Re: Let's just wait and see...
Probably no-one, better place only have 500 customers and that is less than clever which already has a nationwide network of fast-recharging stations in Denmark, and more customers too. And there will be no other cars using the battery shift technology apart from the renault fluence, so there will never be enough customers to make the station profitable.
Forgetting the technology, I find it hard to understand why anyone would want to go down the buy-the-car lease-the-battery route. When I get a car its either buy or lease, not buy a bit and lease a bit. I mean you wouldn't buy a petrol car and lease the engine. The "better place" way was that you buy a bloody expensive car, then you have to rent a bloody expensive battery. So you have all the disadvantages of buying (high up front costs) and all the disadvantages of leasing (e.g. maybe the administrators will take the batteries back from the customers and sell them in France). Similarly when you sell the car on, you have to sell the car, and sort out battery rental with the new owner.
So even if the technology worked really well, I think most people would avoid the complex ownership/lease model, because when you spend the amount of money that a car costs, you want to understand what you are buying.
Thank god I bought VHS
No drm on those suckers, can't watch them anyhow as the player is bust, but at least there is no DRM. (to be truthful most all of the tapes got f*cked when my basement flooded so it wouldn't matter at all). The books survived, kinda, but as they smelled of sh*t they got thrown out too. To be honest the tapes were more of a fire-hazard at the end than a useful library of data.
So its swings and roundabouts, and to be honest most movies/books only get watched or read once by me so I don't really care about DRM, just about how convenient it is to get the content. What I would like would be if I could access books or movies for about £2 for a 6-months or so, then I would be happy to rent them, but that seems unlikely to happen.
Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.
His daughter is married, so I guess the "kids" can make their own mind up. Old peoples kids get old too!
Re: Weird physics
No, heat is not light. Heat radiation is the same as light though, but you can transfer heat in other ways too e.g. conduction or convection.
But you don't have to transfer "heat", for example a single hydrogen molecule in a vacuum can be vibrationally excited or not, meaning it has more or less heat, but this doesn't involve any photons.
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
You can get 3 points on your licence in Britain for using a hand-held mobile phone, https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law
Only if the seller is being truthful, otherwise clocking second hand motors (moving the odometer backwards in a car for non-brits) would be perfectly ok.
"rival service iZettle and the much-hyped Square it uses only the magnetic stripe" I think this is not correct. IZettle used chip-and-signature, and this means that VISA didn't approve it because "it has to support mag-stripe too". Nothing to do with mastercard supporting IZettle ofc.
As far as I know they now have started a chip-and-pin solution, but they have never done mag-stripe
Re: Just had look at the "License"
Not sure about office, but if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM.
2013 windows bound to PC
According to danish website office 2013 license is tied to particular PC, so when your PC dies you have to cough up for a new license: http://epn.dk/teknologi2/computer/article5210229.ece
Maybe the reason is that e-readers are basically the same product as they always have been. I can updgrade my phone or tablet to something better, but if I buy a new e-reader it will just be exactly the same as the one I already have.
So I buy new phones every now and then, and have bought a tablet in the last year, but I still use the same kindle, and will continue to do so.
Maybe if they could get a real colour e-reader, or one with a bigger screen then I MIGHT be tempted, but why the hell should I shell out 100+ beer tokens to get a device that will just do and look exactly like the one I already have!
Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral
Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
"And they marvelled at him" I guess accountancy has not changed much in the last 2000 years
Re: Please use other sources to research the actual case before posting more idiocy
So "veti" he wasn't innocent? Are you saying that in America you are now guilty until proven innocent? I thought you still had to have a trial first! I think you have been reading too many Judge Dread comics.
unaware is not the same as non existet
Try googlinfg "amifostine" for papers in the us national library of medicine. There is a lot of "scientific" stuff to be found there.
Re: cultural and geographical limitations
Or its a case of a fairly dull book, that no-one much buys, getting a shit-load of free publicity in Denmark! Its easily available already as a epub (e.g.from saxo.com) (danish publisher), has been for yonks, and its funny how this happens JUST before christmas present buying time.
Re: Why don't they make the cable lockable?
I guess that its so the fire brigade can pull the cable out if the car catches fire, or there is any other sort of electrical fault requiring emergency services to disconnect the power in a hurry?
I think you will find that the light is actually in front of the display, otherwise you would not see the light.
Here is a clue in the amazon prodcut description:
"Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays".
Paying many times
Maybe the length of the validity of a patent should correspond somewhat to the replacement cycle time for said product. As a consumer who replaces a smart phone every 3 years or so, why should I pay 7 times to have bounce-back on my phone?
I can see that (maybe) I should pay to have this feature, but I don't think I should pay the inventor more than once. So my proposal would be that mobile / user / consumer software patents should be valid for about 5 years, then just about everyone will have paid to use the software once or maybe twice, and in my opinion that is plenty!
"It would take four-fold increase in in efficiency just to get even with our current cost of generation for all other methods. "
And so what, its completely irrelevant. If you get a 4 fold increase in efficiency but it costs 8 time as much to make and run, then you are worse off. You need to reduce the unit cost to make the stuff economically viable, no more no less. So half as efficient at 1% of the cost and you would be more than good to go for example.
Low interest rates will also help, as then the up-front capital costs become easier to absorb, otherwise after about 25 years net present cost of fuel for a coal station is effectively zero, just like solar.
Oh, wind turbines are limited by the Betz Law, not by any considerations of friction, and again the price of energy has sfa. to do with the efficiency of the machine, ih has to do with how much it costs to buy, how much it costs to run, how long the machine will last, and how expensive it is to borrow money. (and how much it costs to get rid of the stuff afterwards, but I believe it is normal to ignore this when you look at nuclear :P, or just build an extra reactor or two to cover the disposal costs if you live in Britain! ).
Not if it was a high-voltage DC network. HVDC is suitable for long distance transmission, but not short distance.
I guess they don't count at all then?
Maybe they don't want to dig up around the old box and risk breaking analog cables that are not placed exactly where they expect them?
Maybe they are being nice to the local dog population?
already use sh*t on normal farms
Human sewage is already used as fertiliser e.g. http://www.thereview.ca/story/concerns-over-sewage-sludge-being-spread-eastern-ontario-farmland , but not on organic farms though afaik (as it contains too many chemicals, and is also slightly radioactive).
In demark you can get organic potatoes from marocco, covered in soil. The funny thing is you cannot import dirty potatoes into the EU, so what happens is that they get a slight covering of Danish dirt put on them before they are put on the shelves. Because that makes them look more "organic". Its a strange planet we live on (not as strange as Lewis's brain, but bloody strange nonetheless)
Re: Problem for 3-D Secure?
Get a tin-foil hat
and keep the credit card there, next to your brain.
(I have lost more money to dodgy £1 coins given as change in pubs than to any electronic fraud).
Autoignition point of Sodium borohydride is 220C, and you are proposing to run around with a big lump of it at 350C. I don't think it is safer to construct a tank that is guaranteed to catch fire if it breaks, rather than one that might catch fire if you are unlucky!
Re: Off topic, facial recognition
If you are drunk in a public place in the UK, then people can take piccies/videos of you and sell them for profit. So unless the picture was taken in your house then its too bad for you.
Tagging in facebook is linking the image to your facebook account, so if you don't have an account you should not be tagged.
Re: The tyranny of "Every little helps"
Actually plastic bags are a fairly big percentage of landfill, enough so that it just might make sense to mine them from old landfill sites for energy use (http://www.machiels.com/company-detail.aspx?ID=885c55e0-f3b6-4fe6-aa25-1fa7bfc312dd). Which until recently was pretty well pure sci-fi!
However at the moment it probably would make more sense to burn plastic bags after they have been used and then use the heat for community warming (thereby curring out hte waste-dump middle man). Then the plastic bag is then just a step between the oil-well and the power-generation part. Of course if you want community warming then you need to build the power stations close to where people live, and that will not happen in Britain at the moment.
We need to invent light switches!
Then you won't have to disconnect the transformer to stop the transformer power drain for your ceiling lights Lewis!
Put a 230V on/off switch next to the door of the room and that would surely stop the transformer drawing watts out of the electricity supply.
Lager is already served metric in Britain
As far as I can determine when you order a pint, you get served 500ml of beer, and the rest consists of air, because you are supposed to like a head on your "pint".
Damnit I just insulated the house so according to this article I am poorer as I will use less heating in the winter.
At the same time we installed a window at the top of the roof that we can open in the summer to let the heat out of the house without using air-con so I will now be poorer all year round.
When the local "commune" installs regional-heating in 2 years time then I guess I will just have to accept that I am going to be on the bread-line, aa I will kinda feel obliged to use the cheaper (to me) heat source.
from the source you are quoting (national snow and ice data centre) analysis on April 4th http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
"Ice extent in the Barents Sea remained well below normal. In both the Barents and Kara seas, temperatures remained above normal by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius (7 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit)."
which in reg-speak becomes
"all-time record high levels last month"
Solar powered mobile phone chargers
that is scientific theory
You have just described almost exactly how science works, as opposed to un-science which is "just keep googling shit until we find stuff on the internet that fits your preconceived world-view"
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