117 posts • joined Wednesday 7th March 2012 12:49 GMT
Re: Answer is simple
Congratulations! You've just made every low-margin business bankrupt! Thanks for playing "politician", your score is 4 of a maximum 1000 and you have been awarded a level of "naive"
Re: ActionAid? Mind you...
ActionAid have been beating this drum for some time, and not just in the UK. They did a particularly good piece a few years ago on how uk.gov were actively enabling tax avoidance for large UK firms operating in developing countries.
Wife works in the sector and as a consequence I have a fairly low opinion of some of the larger Charities, but not ActionAid.
Re: No real surprise
Got a source for this? Sounds like an interesting story.
Shame on you
An article about CERN recreating conditions from the past and you DON"T use the phrase "moments after the big bang?" What kind of hackneyed, scientifically illiterate journalists are you?
This is excellent news
Julian is in desperate need of some new suits.
A register article on the environment I agree with - must be the end of days.
Biodiesal from used cooking oil isn't too bad I suspect, as it's already a waste product. However ethanol from crops is a shit idea, and there are plenty of environmentally-minded folk that know this. I know nuanced thinking is beyond most of the head-in-the-sand types, but for those that can manage shades other than black and white, it's pretty obvious that ethanol, at least in the US, has nothing to do with sustainable energy and everything to do with lobbying.
But the article doesn't cover whose behind it in Europe. In the US it's the corn lobby, but we don't grow that much here. Any idea which crops will be used?
I am outraged at the use of this word in it's historical sense, and outraged by the fact that as yet no-one else has loudly and repeatedly stated how outraged they are. The El Reg nomenclature politburo should be ashamed of themselves and I will be cancelling my subscription forthwith.
Re: IP Trolls @Eadon
I am; I doubt it, but whatever; And as me, my family, my employees and their families all rely on the continued income from the digital wares I developed and have been peddling for the last 12 years, I can assure you I have some interest in being able to enforce our license. This requires strong, internationally consistent Intellectual Property laws that protect digital property, and as I have had to invoke these in three different jurisdictions to date, I think you'll find I am exceptionally well qualified to have an opinion on this.
Congrats on your copyrighted works, that's super but sadly irrelevant - unless they're digital and you make a living from them, which you may notice was the point I made in my original post.
Only in America
Or you could just require the fixed line carriers to enforce the CallerID of any calls originating from their network, and then enforce legislation banning robocalls, with a regulator - say, like Ofcom but a bit less shit - to fine abuses.
Or would that upset the free market purists?
Re: IP Trolls
It's fairly obvious you don't produce anything digital for a living, otherwise you'd have a slightly less childish view on IP law.
Re: Playing devils advocate or just being bloody minded?
Signature? Oh please, how many times have you tried signing "M Mouse" to see if it works? Always, in my experience. Unless the girl behind the till has a degree in graphology signatures are a joke.
As for biometrics, I look forward to the day the queue at the cashpoint is moving as quickly as the queue at the Heathrow IRIS line.
Re: Phil Gordon Gordon AC Destroyed All Braincells Gordon BTRFS? You must...
Cheers Gordan for sticking through what has been a very informative piece of headbanging with Mr Bryant. The volume of data you guys are dealing with is well beyond my needs, but if I scale up I'm now better informed. How anyone who'es been in IT for more than a few years can deny bit-rot is beyond me... obtuse beyond belief.
Re: @Daniel Palmer
I have Java apps tested for 1.6_0_20 that won't run on 1.6_0_21. Write once debug everywhere has long since stopped being just a funny joke.
Do you really? 1.6.0_21 was a pretty minor changeset. Or are you picking revisions randomly to underline a general point?
(this message is not in any way intended to defend Oracles cackhanded performance in other areas of Java)
Re: Fuck adobe. @ Pet Peeve
Don't know how you managed to get downvoted, you're absolutely correct - although I'd also add that part of its problem was its audience: non-programmers faced with a programming task aren't going to think about optimizing, cleaning up resources and the impact on the system over all.
Re: Never travel direct; never use a credit card; never book a flight to eventual destination ...
"recording a martyrdom video in the departure lounge."
The visual for that one is priceless. I imagine everyone wandering into frame with "Hi Mom" signs would detract from the impact a bit
Re: Emotional Involvement...
It is a bit odd. If the article was describing a new type of engine that was 30% more efficient, they'd be singing the inventors praises. Tell them there's a solar collector plant that can reduce the amount of gas required to drive turbines by (back of the envelope) 60% or so, and they'll tell you it's shit and really, what's the point? It still uses gas and the Emir is probably another bloody hippy and it's all for PR anyway, and we should concentrate on SPACE FUSION.
@ goats in pajamas
"The climate is principally solar driven"
Why yes, yes it is. Without the sun this planet would be about -270°C, which I think you'll find most climate scientists are aware of. Is there anything else in your explanation of Eartth's climate, or is that it?
Re: can't deal with the idea of a motor vehicle not using gasoline
Power stations are about 40% efficient, transmission losses are about 7% and battery charge/discharge is about 85% (some efficiency is sacrificed to get faster charge rates). This gives an overall efficiency of 31% from fuel to car.
These numbers are obviously incorrect, as 30 seconds with google would tell you.
You think a modern gas-fired power station is only 10% more efficient than an internal combustion engine? Here's one in Wales that is 60% efficient, and of course - as is typical when someone raises this argument - you're completely ignoring electricity generated from hydro, nuclear, solar or anything other than fossil fuel.
Secondly, if I were losing 15% of the energy at the point of charge I would be very upset and more than a little worried, given that the loss is presumably as heat. Given the size of an EV battery pack that is a metric fuckton of heat. But fortunately for the millions of phone and laptop users that use LiOn batteries, this value is also incorrect - here is a link saying LiOn batteries charge at 95-97% efficiency, and we are not all at immediate risk of severe burns.
I do agree on the 7% in losses - it's close enough, although losses are lower on HVDC lines which I would expect we'll be seeing run to dedicated charging stations. But I'm calling bunk on the rest of your figures until you can back them up.
Oh and another one: avahi (which implements zeroconf)
Really. for small to mid size networks, avahi makes managing IP addresses a thing of the past. Just give the machine a name then "aptitude install avahi-utils", then you can "ssh newhost.local" without ever needing to know the IP address. I saw someone above mention dhcpd over static IP address - that's fixing exactly half the problem. Avahi fixes the other half.
Re: You have to wonder
Or taken him to a nice family restaurant, like, say, Hooters
Re: Old Android Phone + Arduino
Easier still, he could have bought a radio controlled car. Or easiest of all, he could have sat on his arse and done nothing.
Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?
The model of aircraft isn't the point - it's whether it's S/VTOL or not. In in 50 years the F-35B will be a relic - probably not even flying at airshows as the parts will be too expensive. However these carriers will still be there, and still unable to launch 95% of the worlds combat aircraft.
£543qn and operational by 2015
So that's a burn rate of.. £181qn a year. Well, if you can work a social media aspect into it I think we can fund that, sounds like a fine investment.
Sincerely yours, most Venture Capitalists.
350lb of self importance
Given your history with the Feds, Mr Kimble, breaking it from the outside isn't really the concen is it? They'll be all over you before you can spell subpoena.
As was covered adequately in your last appearance in the El Reg comments, you can have block deduplication (old news) or you can have unbreakable crypto (old news), but not both. If you've got a way of doing both then stump up with the algorithm. Or just carry on talking yourself up - who knows, maybe there are a few investors out there unaware of your track record with other people's money.
Thanks to JohnsonVonJohnson I have now seen the light and will be writing all my enterprise level applications in PHP.
Re: @Alfred 2 - Home Owners Defending themselves
That's your experience. We had a persistant drunk harrassing the woman over the road and the cops were pretty good, turning up every time I called (which was a lot) within a few minutes. LIkewise for a car break-in that happened one night. Clearly not your experience, but from my POV they seemed to do a pretty good job actually, I was pleasantly surprised and had to shelve some of my fuck-the-police hangups from my student days.
And just for the record, what size socks do you wear?
Re: dedupe hash-before-upload
You can't hash before encryption for dedupe. That will allow you to identify identical blocks, yes. But if your block is deleted as a dupe, you can't decrypt the other copy as it's encrypted with someone else's key.
Either there's no deduplication and it's in the license agreement just-in-case, or there's a per-block master key which is accessible to multiple users. And if that's the case, your data is no more secure than on dropbox.
Either way Mr Schmitz, convicted fraudster, is talking shit. Which shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Re: Two grains of salt to take with this data
It's fun to watch the hoops you have to jump through here.
1. America has record weather.
2. It's OK - they're because of <technical explanation of unusual weather patterns redacted/>. That's what caused it.
3. But what caused those unusual weather patterns?
They are a predicted consequence of increased global atmospheric temperature due to greenhouse gas emissions Nothing caused them. Luck caused them. It was the baby Jesus!
FW800 slower than USB2?
I'm not disputing your other results but that one looks pretty odd to me - certainly when I move mixed files to/from my Macbook via FW800 it's noticably faster than USB2, although I don't have any hard numbers to back that up.
As an aside, thanks for this - it's a very useful comparison to have, although apparently now the connector isn't the slowest link in the chain I'm going to have to pay a lot more attention when specifying external storage...
While I agree with the article (HTML5 is good, Sencha are smart, Facebook are dolts), that has to be one of the most useless infographics I've ever seen. Relative growth, huh? From where? Considering your graph starts in 2006 when HTML5 didn't exist, it's hardly going to show a downturn. With that kind of statistics abuse perhaps you should moonlight writing science articles for the Daily Mail...
The Severn has some of the strongest tides in the world, so while it may be viable there it's not typical - I would imagine investment would gravitate (ho ho) towards a scheme that was more universally applicable.
Also they also only generate for (at most) half the tidal flow, and salt water is a vicious environment on anything mechanical.
Re: Ummm... this is a MODELED finding? @Dodgy Geezer
I look forward to your other headlines based solely on the number of unworkable combinations of components - "Trillion to one chance of heavier than air flight", "Infinitely small chance of life evolving", "Five to one chance of using correct orifice when eating" and so on.
Re: Preprocessor hate?
Ironic, given C++ was originally a preprocessor...
Re: Macs and fileshares.
One catch with that: most third-party AFP servers are very slow when it comes to indexing files. If you have a large tree of (mostly) static content you're fine, but if you have - like we do - several thousand test case results generated each night, browsing these via AFP on any third-party hardware running Netatalk (which in practice is everything - ReadyNAS, Synology, anything Linux based) is impossible: think minutes to run your first "ls -l". As best as I can tell this is due to AFP requiring every file to have a unique CNID.
If you're in this situation I'd regretfully suggest NFS.
Another top tip, Apples have Bonjour (aka Zerconf) network baked in and this is fantastically useful for managing more than a few machines. Why it's not been embraced wholesale by every SME administrator I don't know, it's lightweight and no need to run local DNS - just "ssh myhostname.local", or advertise your LAN URLs to have them automatically picked up by Safari. Avahi is the LInux package for this.
Re: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Wise Investment is Tax Evasion
Have a +1 for that link - it's a good read.
If you spend more than you take in, you're in trouble - so taking in less or spending more can both contribute, no? More to the point, why should Stavros-in-the-street to pay his taxes if he knows that his betters(*) are not? Failures in leadership tend to start at the top.
Re: Yet more Uk Eco madness...
Wow, I would love to see your battery - stopping a 1500kg car once from 100km/h is about 40kj - that's a lot of energy to store, let along dump into a battery (via a rubber belt, no less) over the few seconds when you're braking. And what's the point of doing so? Without electric drive, the battery is only used for starting - there's no requirement for that energy. Maybe things are different on stop/start cars (or you live in a seriously hot climate!), but once running, a car's electrics run on the alternator. I have a feeling you're out on this one, the physics just don't stack up.
But whatever. Efficiency should be a concern anywhere the resource is limited, so if you believe oil is a limited resource (limited as in not made by pixies, not as in running out next month) then this stuff is worth pursuing. Batting it around here is pointless, there have been plenty of studies done on the whole cycle before and I'm not saying anything controversial or even new. Google "well to wheel efficiency", if you're genuininely interested in this stuff take a look.
Again, to reiterate, I'm just referring to efficiency (which is physics), not infrastructure (which is politics).
Re: Yet more Uk Eco madness...
Ben, I'm afraid you've missed most if not all of my points. Kinetic recovery on a modern car? Nope. On an electric hybrid yes, but not on a normal car - you need electric motors (=generators) on the wheels. And I'm not claiming fuel burned in an IC engine would be otherwise "wasted" - that's a daft argument, clearly we're going to be burning oil for many years to come. But doing so on a small scale will never be as efficient as doing so in a centralised plant.
You could conceivably make the case for internal combustion based on the existing infrastructure, on energy density, or on ease of storage, but you can't make it based on efficiency. It is a markedly inferior technology.
Never heard of Robert Llewellyn by the way. He sounds welsh.
Re: Yet more Uk Eco madness...
Regardless of the merits of this car, you really still think that the most energy efficient way to move a car around is the 120-year old internal combustion engine?
Even now it's 25% efficient at best. You're exploding hydrocarbons but using only the expansion energy, wasting the generated heat. The engines are small and relatively heavy, they are slow to power up which means you've got to leave them idling even when stationary. They can only power acceleration, which means an equal amount of energy required to stop the car is wasted. Finally, they're widely distributed and there are loads of them, which means improvement, or replacement with a better technology, is expensive and time-consuming - it's the classic "last mile problem" from telecoms.
None of this applies to electric, even if it's generated at a central station burning gas or oil - large plants are 60% efficient, and you can swap them out for renewables or nuclear as they come on line without modifying the car.
The only advantage internal combustion has is power-density, ease of storage and the existing distribution network for hydrocarbons, but that's a tick for convenience, not for efficiency. It's like claiming copper is better than fibre optic simply because it's already run to your house.
I was going to hook one up to an xbee and a moisture sensor to check nappies at one point, until it dawned on me I'd need to extract and reuse the sensors. That quickly put an end to that project...
I have to plug...
This. I've been using a few of Paul's earlier ATMEGA-based Teensy 2.0 boards and they are a joy to work with, and a much smaller form-factor than Arduino too - 3.5x1.8cm. I could never see the point in an embedded board that's bigger than it needs to be, particularly as smaller boards are cheaper.
That said, personally I don't want more power in my embedded systems - small, portable and less current draw for me please.
Re: Actually, as an American...
I tried that once and the girl said she thought the pint marks on the glass were in the wrong place. My raised eyebrow and stony silence eventually convinced her otherwise.
Needless to say I haven't been back to The Plough, Saint John's Hill, London SW11 since.
Re: HD failure
Three failures? Jesus, I've had a good half dozen over 15 years, out of maybe 30-odd I've had in use. Some 2.5", some 3.5".
Actually it's that sort of failure rate that pushed me towards SSD - I reasoned it can't be any worse, and because of it I'm already backing up religiously. My server is on RAID-1 SSD and my laptop has a beautiful, beautiful 640MB Intel SSD. My god, I could kiss it. Best IT purchase I've ever made.
Rubbish, Chemist! Your poopy-head facts are just a temporary hindrance to my sci-fi fueled optimism!
First the speed of light will be broken, and your "absolute" zero will be shown up as positively balmy - Einstein said everything was relative after all, and he had a fine moustache. Then we'll move on to sub-planck length transistors and proving both P and not-P simultaneously.
The human race is unstoppable! So stick that in your sciency-wiency-pipe, divide it by zero and smoke it.