49 posts • joined 11 Jul 2012
Some points about using balloons
Getting anything heavy around the third world is a nightmare. THis is where the sweet spot is IMHO i.e. getting equipment to third world minerals.
Also getting the minerals out is a nightmare too. Taking High value low wieght minerals such as Tantalum, Gemstones...
Steam has an attomic weight of 18 so converting water to steam would add bouyancy nicely, and its much lighter to keep it warm, rather than holding helium at pressure.
Why not keep the thing tethered to the ground and just use it to lower the axle weight. I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track. (But not on a windiy day!
Fence will need planning consent
As a Heritage site, it is almost certainly listed, surely they can't put up a fence.!
When did patents protect SMEs?
Patents protect patent portfolio companies from small innovators.
UK Cell Cos got caught misleading the minister on this years ago
I was at a meeting of children's charities and Cell Cos at the UK Telecoms ministry. The Cell CO's said to the minister they couldn't kill mobiles. I was there and pointed out that every mobile broadcasts the IMEI every time it moved cell, and that it would be a trivial task to kill mobiles on IEN.
The minister was SO angry that the senior Cell CO execs were prepared to lie when children were being mugged, that he made the Cell Cos do this is a few weeks, rather than the usual prevarication
Sue ball approaching
So Cisco et al won't protect their numerous and essential patents Not
What happened to...
There is a well funded conspiracy to topple the current US government. It is obvious that the tools of state should be used to neutralise this threat!
So Obama is now justified to spy on the Republican party!
Wealth follows small families not leads!
Please stop repeating the great myth that education and wealth leads to smaller families.
It is, and has always been the reverse. That is why the landed gentry carry on enjoying priviledge, How China has transforming its wealth demographic, and why Nigeria isn't
There is another lighter than air gas... steam. Just need to keep enough of it >100C tripple glased cells would do.
Surely the threat to our security is the fact that there is no NSA back-door into NTC kit. Spying through Back-doors are essential to our governments to identify threats to their rule. Err like Watergate!
Universal service, or Subsidising others life choices
Hmm, Do I want to pay taxes for people who CHOOSE to live in the middle of no-where.
I know plenty of people who move to accessible places to enjoy the benefits.
Next thing these people will be asking for subsidised petrol to help fund their unsustainable life styles
Re: Like I said a million times.
... People who have no problem with being spied on by law enforcement agencies are obviously ultra-right wing and need to be locked-up for our safety.
And why post as Anonymous Coward, if they have nothing to fear!!!
We know who you are
They've realised tracking these payments is a great way of identifying the awkward squad!
You too can be a "domestic extremist!"
Cambridge Red TV
I ran Cambridge Red TV for several years and we had no trouble making 15 hr a week watchable local content. And we lost money slow enough that the BBC funding would put it into profit!
But its too late to apply, as you had to register interest 3 months ago to be eligable to apply.
If anyone local to Cambridge wants to volunteer.... email@example.com
IWF check complaints from the public against a checklist of ILLEGAL material and if they judge it ILLEGAL, they simply advise ISPs, Phone cos and Web sites that their is in-their-judgement, illegal material at a site. It is up to the service provider if they take it down or not.
IWF may inform the police if a service provider does not take it down.
It is neither a censer, nor a court room!
It allows the public a single clearing house for complaints regarding ILLEGAL material and provides the service providers with a simgle filter for getting ILLEGAL material off their sites. Thus keeping the CEO out of court!
This is an eligant solution to ONE problem, but then I designed it and got an OBE for the trouble!
Apple didn't invent those
"features like menu bars or buttons on window title-bars at all – Apple invented most of that stuff with the Lisa and later Macintosh projects."
Er, Not Apple, Xerox maybe, but most of these innovations had parentage elsewhere.
(EEK am I the oldest still reading this stuff?)
Prediction :- Google wins over Amazon
If you look at hte history of computing the architecture of choice is a (simple) function of the cost of use and utility of :- CPU, Storage, Bandwidth ( Bus, LAN, WAN) and a I/O, skill base plus the curved ball of applicable laws and taxes..
Mainframe - Mini- Micro - LAN mini - LAN Micrtos - Distributef WAN mini - Distributed WAN micro - Cloud...
Historically the price of moving the data has been the biggest factor. Putting all data into one place and just moving the I/O is currently best.
Note that if this is the case, then the BIG DATA farms where everyone can access the "global data flows" will win.
I.e. Google will win as they collect the most
Amazon's only defence is to put in a DATA sharing collective into their model. Though Google doesn't have the "privicy" problem as they "own" most of the data in their cloud, so don't fall foul of privicy laws
BTW. This doesn't just apply to computing, physical sales have followed the same function. with corner shops - super markets- hypermarkets- On-line - off-shore...
Exercise, do the line for virtual sales such as games and predict the future for yourself!
Pay tax, get protection
If a corporation fails to pay reasonable local taxes, surely they should enjoy the protection of the local law!!!
No representation without taxation!!!! to reverse the original Revolutionary rallying call
Shame if he dies without verification though. And his claims do make him a target.
I remember the Thermal insulation paint demonstrated on Tomorrows World that is lost to the world as he kept the secret and then died on us!
Android on the Desk
We put the VOIP service straght to the employees mobile when they are in the office.
Linphone or the native voip app does fine. Though there is an accasional unacceptable delay!
With £90 androids, phones a 7in tabs, <£100. Why would anyone use anything else!!!!!
Eventually everyone becomes right wing, its just a question or age!
The siren voices of "centralised control makes things more efficient" have proved wrong for every system.
Central control always leads to corruption!
Right target Wrong headline
Is the EU's policy on bio-fuels sh*tty YES.
Are Bio-fuels bad? Not all!
Using crop residues for fuel is a GOOD idea. Straw in particular has half the calorific value of coal by weight.
On world markets Feed Wheat sells at £190 tonne and Coal costs £250 for the same number of Calories.
go figure ...
Fire Lewis, - Selective quotations error
"If we could look back at this region of Antarctica in the 1940s and 1830s we would find that the regional climate would look a lot like it does today, and I think we also would find the glaciers retreating much as they are today," said lead author Prof Eric Steig, from the University of Washington.
He said the same was not true for the Antarctic peninsula, the part of the continent closer to South America. Here, more dramatic changes were "almost certainly" a result of human-induced global warming.
1) A hi-jacker will ignore the instruction to turn off!!!!!!
Corallary, give the flight attendants a sniffer to identify powered on devices ( UNPOPULAR!!!)
2) The report said the remote positioning stuff isn't encrypted, so the spoofing hack could
be done on land too. - If the Iranians can steal a UAV,,,,
Stay at home and save the planet ( And yourself)
Not so spooky
Surely the fault in the experiment is the assumption that the decay of the entangled pair isn't predetermined at entanglement!
Face the Facts, get over it
A) All the fossil fuel we can economically dig out of the ground we'll burn. Regardless
B) Global oscilations in crop productivity per capita happens.
C) Distribution of valuables are "grossly unfair" ( A view held by you poor people in particular)
1) Build resilience in your (food) system or you or your descendants starve.
2) Party while you can
Fraud = profits
The banks justify their high margins by the level of risk they "bear". Reducing risk means that they can't justify gouging their customers .
That is why they rarely implement best practice. e.g.:-
Advance notification of transactions with STOP processes
Scanning a notification of spoof sites
Declaring security breaches
Escow to allow reversal of fraudulent transactions
Photos and other biometric on cards/online ( How can they say this is too expensive when they allow me to upload my own artwork for my card!!!)
Please add your own!!
If the banks reduce fraud, they cannot justify their high margin( Yes some do!)
What Lewis didnt find the perverse mis-read?
Another reason to sack Lewis, he can't even be relied on to write sceptic spin on every story
Re: So they've not patented...
Windows then? ;-) ... No Microsoft trademarked/stole that years ago!
So Lewis, is there no human induced warming, your usual stance, or is it just over stated?
Editor: Please get him off the Register, its tedious to respond to idiots who have a megaphone
THE ICE IN MY G&T HAS NEARLY GONE....
Surface temperature is only one factor in the heat capacity of the world. With the high levels of Arctic Ice melt, I'm not totally surprised that sea temperatures are stable. Now when all the ice goes... There's something nasty lurking in the temperature of deep sea too BTW
Only 1 in 250,000!!!!
Er "Tiny risk" = 1 in 250,000 on a once every 15 year risk....
Many people insure their homes for the risk of burning down on a lower risk that that.
Please be proportionate with risk * cost.
US Anti-trust Laws
DO they not apply to Apple, Google, Microsoft?
Bet they would if Samsung, Sony and HTC had got together!!
Imperialism - A sweet Mint
Come on guys, Get LOHAN done, then just scale it by a few orders of magnitude. ... Job done.
BTW Glad to see you use H2 rather than He
Not quite 100%
HP salesmen are STILL selling Autonomy competitors!!!
Its the US Patent Office not Apple that is to blame
The US patent office does no serious discovery when awarding patents. As a result they keep awarding dodgy patents.
From the US perspective this is great, as they get lots of international-lawyer-dollars into their economy. And due to the various treaties, extend technological colonialism.
Now where the documentation for my idea of putting a circular disk pivoted on a solid bar to counter-act rolling friction....
Regardless of science, we all know the politicians are going to do f***-all anyway.
So there are two rational behaviours.
1) Prepare for the worse
2) Party while you can!
We burn everything we can get out of the ground and get it out of the ground as fast as we can. Absolutely no point in doing anything unilaterally, some-else will consume it.
EDITOR, please take Mr Lewis off, it is seriously damaging the Register's cred!
Believe in Facts not models!!!
The latest research, published on Wednesday in Environmental Research Letters, found global sea-levels rising at a rate of 3.2mm a year, compared to the best estimates by the IPCC of 2mm a year, or 60% faster.
Could you do the same analysis on the costs if the project?
Assuming the objective is profit, (not my preferred metric), one has to do the sums on the cost of production as well as value of product. Space costs keep coming down, having an economic reason for R&D could accelerate this.
In-space micro-gravity vacuum processing is likely to allow novel alloys to be produced
And of course the value of the material with all that potential energy. ... Space bombs anyone?
Hydrogen not helium
Why not replace the helium with hydrogen and then burn some of the hydrogen for heat
The advantage of hydrogen increases as you get higher.
The fire risk is exaggerated
Hydrogen is cheaper
Hydrogen isn't a limited resource
BTW, Put the electronics inside the balloon, nice and dry, lower heat loss and any heat loss increases the performance of the balloon
More bad reporting from Lewis
Yet again highly selective and misleading editing by Lewis. How does he keep his job at the Register?
This isn;t about climate change, its about BAD REPORTING!!
THis is affecting by veiw of the Register
Lewis' reporting is even more misleading, in that, the paper predicts peatlands growth IF THE CLIMATE GETS WARMER. Lewis please look up ISOTHERM in a dictionary.
It IS some good news, in that the "GAIA" will provide some negative feedback
Can we have a "abuse" button on Register reporters too please
How to neutralised a potential competitor 101
Step 1: Do a thought experiment of how someone might make an Intel mobile
Step 2: Identify problems
Step 3: Identify solutions
Step 4: Patent the solutions
Step 5: Refuse to licence the solutions at reasonable rates
Step 6: Tie them up in court of years
Climate Change is History
The Ash Die-back, Mediteranian fish in North sea, changes in global ecology, arctic ice extend, glacier retreat, crazy weather,....
What I don;t get is the use of future tense in reporting. We're living it!
Hands off Futurama
The giant Icecube has been keeping the world cooler for the last 20 years, shame the north one is nearly all gone. We can start on the south one next year! not nice for the penguin though
If Facebook UK makes no money, then their patents and copyright have no value, so damages would be negligible!
I.e link damages to the tax they pay!
Mr Osborne are you listening?
I guess Andrew has never worked for a small technology company that has been SCREWED by big patent portfolio companies who use their portfolio to blackmail the small company to "cross-licence"
Or who have seen a large company write lots of patents "extending" your patent into use their patent technology so that the inventor can't exploit their own innovations.
Or find that a technology you have been using for years is suddenly "patented" and you can't afford to sue the patent.
Patents are a protection racket for major corporations used against small innovators.
The Apple-Samsung spat is unusual as it was between two large corporations so it did actually go to court. Usually small innovators shut their doors.
... Yes I DO have scars!
This only became a problem when the US started issuing "software patents" and "Bloody obvious" patents like confetti.
Now the likes of certain gadget producers use these to stop competative products, while benefiting from the patents of other gadget producers who were fool enough to put their IPR into FRAND.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Updated + vids WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH
- 10 years of Facebook Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES
- Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic
- Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base