394 posts • joined 10 Aug 2012
Spend more or else
An alternative location could be in a multi-million Euro office block right in the middle of an area with stupendously high cost of living figures.
Data/internet business and government regulation offices can be anywhere with internet access. Why NOT put them in areas where the cost of living and office space aren't at a premium?
Before it's time.
It seems that all of these smart watches all have rubbish battery life. When I used to wear a watch, they would go for a year or more before needing a new battery. My watches sometimes didn't live as long as the battery if I forgot to take it off before playing drums.
I'd be happy with a stylish eWatch that displayed the caller ID when the phone rang or a test message came in. The screen is too small to do anything very useful beyond that. I DO NOT want the bloody thing to vibrate. I work on electrical kit and the vibration would feel like a shock.
Another product looking for a use more than anything.
Rise of the machines.
As the average wage increases for Chinese workers, the ROI on automation decreases. Engineers have been trained and pushed at thinking about (automated) manufacturability when they design new products. Between that and the shrinking of products to sizes that can't be assembled by human hands, manufacturing jobs in consumer electronics is dropping.
All of the fanbois and the elected officials that believe Elon is going to employ thousands of people in a battery factory should be paying attention to stories like this one. Robotic assembly is more efficient and has less liability than even moderately priced human workers. One harassment lawsuit might pay for several robots that don't crack dirty jokes. The benefit of locating a company in the US or Europe now is the reliability of electricity. Too bad the taxes and regulations knock that way back.
Wages in China have been increasing and are not the £1/day plus a bowl of rice that they used to be. Many jobs, especially in consumer electronics, are on par or nearly so with 1st world wages. The lure of Asia is the concentration of feed-in suppliers, the lower regulations and the often generous tax credit and land grants. In some areas, a government will grant the land, construct the factory and offer a multi-year tax exemption if a company will employ a certain number of workers. If all those workers need to do is fill bins and top up the oil in the robots, they don't need to be all that educated.
In the US there's a chain of tech incubators that developers can join at techshop.ws. They stock machine tools, 3D printer, waterjet machines and hold classes to learn how to use off of the kit they have. If you are just knocking out another time wasting bird game for mobile phones, you can do that at home. If you have an idea for a product, something like TechShop is idea. And!, it's a for profit company. The cost is low considering the value of the machines and workspace. If a Gubbamint wants to get in to the game, they could provide some properties for companies like this in areas like Detroit that could use a boost. Even if somebody doesn't have a new product in mind, they could come in and take classes on how to use modern machinery to update their skill set.
London isn't a good location for something like this. I envision that in a few years the project funding is going to get reallocated to something else and the building with a useless-for-business interior is going to be flogged off at auction, sit empty until vandalism and entropy make it a liability or a new "Greater London Farm Bureau" will be created to take over the space.
Hit the record button
Record the call and let a court and your attorney sort out whether it's a good idea to try to use it. You could still make a transcript from the recording and submit that. I've never heard that a written transcript is illegal. The judge could always compare the recording with the transcript without entering the recording into evidence.
That's where they had to go to get the two orbiting test habitats launched.
It might have been easier to just inform guests that a condition of attending the ceremony and reception is that they leave their phones at home (hotel, car, somewhere else). Maybe even provide lock boxes so guests could go to a room, retrieve their phone and check messages. In turn, the Clooney's could allow guests to download photos or receive a certain number of prints from a service at a later date that were taken by the photographer(s) hired to take pictures of the event. Cell phone pictures suck and they are even worse if taken from 50ft away. Just enjoy the event and get a few photos later of much higher quality.
Even though I am a photographer, I don't take my camera to weddings I get invited to. It's too much work and I can get all the photos I want later. I never shoot friend's weddings.
Just as I advocate for all of the spies working in the new NSA data collection center in Utah, a great display of community would be to not sell this billionaire anything.
I think he might find it hard living if grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants found his money no good in their shops. Businesses in California do not have to sell to everybody that walks in the door. While it might be possible to order groceries in via online purchases, having to drive out of the area to fill up the gas tank might be an issue.
If this guy has kids in local schools, parents can tell their children they aren't allowed to play with them. It's harsh, but effective.
Australia must be hard hit indeed. My spam trap is chock full of Special offers, requirements to re-verify my banking information, Viagra, Cialis, etc, Mail order brides, weight loss secrets, business opportunities, extra chances at salvation, lost lost relatives leaving me piles of cash, and on and on.
If Aussies get more, they must be drowning innit.
Maybe there will be a market for flights that are voice free.
Too many self-important oxygen thieves will want to talk away the entire flight. They already won't let me watch the un-cut version of "Fast cars, Big boobs and Guns" on my laptop (too many people would take offense).
Re: Great...just what the world needs...
It might actually be the other way around. Free on the budget airlines and an extra charge for the rest of the carriers.
I've noticed that internet is free at motels and and extra charge at hotels. The more posh the hotel, the higher the charge.
Re: Given the amount of effort required in that video
Search through the Materion (Brush-Wellman) site for their paper on Beryllium health issues. It's only a factor during the machining process where it can become airborne and thus inhaled. Once Beryllium is in a finished form, there isn't a health issue.
The expense is huge since it has to be machined/formed with specially modified machines that extract any chips/dust durning the process and capture it. There are only a few companies that are certified to do that work, Materion being one of the largest. It shouldn't be a problem to do it in Mexico, China or some other country with no/lax regulations other than getting the raw stock shipped there. Be is used in nuclear weapons and the men in suits take notice of people and companies that buy it.
Too bad there aren't many mechanical engineers in the world that can tell these companies that there are issues with making things too thin and expecting them to survive very long.
Re: What? A Naked iPhone???
I know several people that left their iPhone naked.
They're called repeat customers.
You will only have issues with Be if you insist on sanding some off and bunging it up your nose. Sans an airborne vector, you will be just fine.
A better analogy would be having to pay a higher rate to ship a package based on what's in the box (content) instead of weight (file size).
Sounds like Oz hasn't figured out where they want to install their data aggregation facility yet.
Re: I don't get it
Microsoft keeps trying to play catch up instead of innovating.
Why try to get into the tablet market with Surface when tablets are pouring out of China as commodity tat?
Why try to make a dent in the mobile phone market when Apple and Google/Android are so entrenched?
Bing? Good grief!
Instead, maybe M$ needs to build a non-Fisher Price looking OS. An office suite that is slimmer and snappier instead of bloated with "features" that seem custom crafted for script kiddies. A secure Skype like application that isn't back-doored to the NSA/GCHQ for a reasonable monthly fee.
I know that M$'s server software has more features than Apple's, but for SOHO installations, the ease of use of Apple Server is hard to beat. Why doesn't M$ put more development into usability? Are they scared that if it's too easy, people won't take it seriously?
He-2 isn't long lasting either. It's a smaller atom than H since H wants to put its arm around another H to make H2. He is a real bastard to seal up and it is used to as a leak detection gas when testing systems that need to be as gas tight as possible.
I'm going to hold out on investing in any drives that need to be run in a He atmosphere until there is some feedback on how well they hold up.
Randal Munroe sums up
Chris Miller - If your power source is solar, turn over is going to be much less than half the distance as insolation will be dropping off as the square of the distance. Your estimated mass is also low. It's a much longer duration, more food, water, air and other consumables to bring along. More fuel for a lander. I would also expect that the mission would be more than flag planting, so there will be more supplies to do research with.
If the acceleration is only 0.1G, it's not going to be all that useful for astronaut health. A big problem is that we do not know how the human body reacts to different gravitational fields. The only data we have is 1G and 0G. This is why I advocate a return to the moon with stays long enough to get data on how the human body might adjust. It might be a big problem to find that after 2 years on Mars astronauts could not return to Earth. Then what? Continue to send them care packages indefinitely or apologize for abandoning them on another planet to die.
I'm having a bit of a problem with people that think 1kW or even 2.5kW is sufficient to complete a trip from Earth to Mars in a couple of weeks. Regardless of the method of propulsion, it takes a certain amount of energy a certain amount of time to accelerate a given mass to a specified velocity. I'll leave the math as an exercise for the student since I need to get to the post office before they close.
The Transport Evolved website reported previously about a site rumored to be being prepared for the Tesla-Panasonic(-US Government) Gigafactory. The report also stated that the construction company had been sacked after several weeks of running 24/7. Elon trying to be as mercurial as the late Steve Jobs?
The above link also states that Tesla's current production shut down to retool for the Model X should help boost annual projected shipments over the currently predicted 35,000 units. For reference, Ford builds ~35,000 F150 trucks every 36 hours.
Given that Tesla has situated their production facility in an area with one of the highest cost of living indexes, finding employees that can afford to work for reasonable wages might be a bigger stumbling block than the claimed limitations in battery supplies.
"we'd still need near-line generators that can be rapidly brought on line to meed transient demand or to fill in when there's little wind, this can be done with hydro or gas both of which can go from idle to generating in a few minutes,"
Many hydro installations can go from off to generating in 20-30 seconds. NG combustion plants take about 20 minutes and combined cycle natural gas turbines can take 40+ minutes to come online.
Whoops, the drive failed.
ISP's can just follow the American Internal Revenue Service and claim that the drive/tape/alien storage device containing the metadata failed and was disposed of. You know? that sort of thing happens quite frequently with consumer grade drives used in an enterprise application. Ask the experts. Since The Man® isn't shifting cash to the ISP's to buy these drives, there isn't any way they can afford more robust kit.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
Most failed lawyers, err, I mean politicians, have no concept of what it takes to run a competitive business when their brain spasms get drafted into laws. Using the same logic, why not start requiring the post office to open, photocopy and store a copy of every piece of mail they handle in case the information is useful on the next witch hunt? Never mind the cost, just pass a law.
Pardon me for reading
I haven't read the Verizon T&C's but I have read them from several other companies which leads me to use the phrase "unlimited, for a certain value of unlimited." Every T&C I HAVE read has a clause that allows the provider to throttle the bandwidth of any users they feel are using more than an average amount of data services. The exact wording I'd have to look up, but it's always very nebulous so the provider doesn't have to commit to a fixed number. I don't have any doubt that the top 5% of the users on any data service use a disproportionately large amount of total bandwidth.
No crime, nothing to see here. It's all written down and the user signed the form at the bottom.
Re: How will this work?
"The card needs to be about a centimetre away from the yellow card reader before it will pick it up,"
That's just the software/firmware looking at signal strength. Cards can be read from further away less reliably, but the crooks aren't too chuffed if it coks up 50% of the time.
Mind your budget
If you are handing your teenagers $600 smartphones, that's your poor judgement. If they just "have" to have the latest model or "they'll just die of embarrassment" maybe it's time they got a job or start thinking of how behind they would be with no phone at all.
Phones are a commodity item now. The factories that stamp out the iPhones and Galaxies are probably the same ones producing the off-brand stuff. I picked up a Blu Advance for $99 and it's given me good service for the last bunch of months. It also has dual sims that I use to have a personal and business line. Not going to get that with Samsung or Apple. I also have replaceable batteries (hello Apple!). At the end of the year I bet that I will be able to find another phone in the same price range with 2x the performance I have now and I can upgrade. I'll flog off the old phone if it's still alive and have an amortized capital outlay of $10-12/month instead of $60/month.
I started off unlocked and contract free with the Blu. I can swap between AT$T and T-mobile or one of several service resellers and keep my phone number to boot. Right now I'm with Net10 for $50 month, unlimited everything (for a certain value of unlimited).
I could get insurance, but it will likely be faster to just order up a replacement phone and pay for it myself rather than go through the hassle of dealing with the insurance provider. For me, time without the phone would be a bigger factor than spending the extra $10-$20 over what I would have paid into the insurance.
Re: SF (San Jose) to LA (Pasadena) nonstop??
Gotta have the 3x3 protein style!
Re: Mobile first, cloud first
Executive bonuses first.
Re: "unregistered prepaid cards"
It would be handy to get an unregistered PP card when traveling to Europe from the US that uses a C&P system. Just something that will work for walking around money.
Re: That's because
Altium and Solidworks both work ok under VMware Fusion on a Mac Pro, but if you are using them all of the time, a PC (win7) custom built for SW is the way to go. At my last job I had both a Mac and a PC for SW and Eagle. The PC was not allowed on the internet and stayed and clean the whole 3 years I was there. For all of my other work, I much preferred my Mac.
I had SW on VMware on the Mac so I could grab stuff from Content Central. I was laughed at for being paranoid at first, but that faded as everybody else spent far more time than I did on bug hunts.
Re: That's because
Sorry irongut, Mac's tend to live a longer life than PC's that get replaced every couple of years (maybe they go longer now since XP isn't an option for new models).
If you think that only stupid people buy a Mac, the next time you see a program on NASA, check out what the prevalent brand of laptop is around the conference tables. Yep, they're predominately Mac's.
Re: Good thing
It won't matter where you are in the world if the FCC gets pwnd by the ISP's. If any connection to content you want routes through the US, you may get shunted to the slow lane if the creator can't/won't pay the squeeze.
Re: And where is your warehouse?
Exactly right. Moving and hour or two outside of a major city often means warehouses that are considerably cheaper. That still provides for next day service and the possibility of same day pick up if one wants to drive over or have a private courier make the delivery. There are times when getting something the same day can be far cheaper than waiting for the next day. Large manufacturers will sometimes charter a corporate jet to get a parts delivery within hours. A automobile assembly line might cost a company over £100k/hour to have idled over a missing part.
Target rich enviroment
Cracked's story has the clear ring of possibility to it. UAS delivery is going to be expensive and that means that the only things worth shipping with it will also be very expensive. Knocking one out of the air to nick the contents of the bin is likely to be very profitable.
Another dodge is using the service to get items delivery quickly and within a specified time frame. If somebody is going to use a stolen credit card number to make a few purchases, they can have the bounty shipped to the already listed address within a narrow time frame instead of having to wait around for the delivery truck to come around and pose as the purchaser. One could even go a step further if they know the routes the UAV's typically follow. Order what you want with the stolen credit card, wait for the UAS to fly over using the instant GPS online tracking I'm sure the marketeers will insist on, and knock it down.
It must be MBA's freshly recovered from their required lobotomies that are pushing this project. As an engineer, I can come up with a dozen ways to "acquire" a delivery UAS without expending too many ergs thinking about it. An express courier service traveling by car (or bicycle) would be far less expensive and more secure than any UAS could ever be. The insurance would be cheaper as well.
Quite aside from the value of the kit being delivered, parts from the UAS will fetch a few quid too.
Re: There are always trade-offs
dan1980, you should also point out that if you were unavailable, another IT professional could be brought in to troubleshoot the system and get it back working.
Re: cant this be solved
There exists a phone copying device that doesn't need for a phone to be unlocked. Maybe somebody can remember the post and link back. This kit was/is being sold to law enforcement and it contains an assortment of cables to connect to nearly every phone. A couple of keystrokes and they have a dump of everything on your phone. While you think you have nothing to hide, it might be discovered from your GPS track that you were in the area of a crime at just the right time. While that had nothing to do with you, keep thinking happy thoughts about that while you are sat on the curb in handcuffs for a hour while the doughnut patrol "does their best" to figure out that you aren't involved.
Don't carry IT around
It's about time the ancient board of inquiry… errr, the Supreme Court did a little catching up and at the same time, the right thing.
Beyond this one sane action of the US's highest court, it's not a good idea to be walking the streets with all of your important information on a device that can be easily lost or taken from you. Look at what you are storing on your mobe and ask yourself if it might incriminate you in some way. It doesn't matter if it's pictures of something that was completely innocent, what might it look like to a cop. Do you really need one-click access to your bank account? Do you really need to keep billing statements and sensitive emails in your pocket? Convenient to you is also convenient for The Man® or a thief.
Re: What does Andrew Paterson think Glass does?
Strangely enough in the US, only one person in a conversation needs to be aware that it's being recorded. I think it was written this way to outlaw illegal wire taps (except in the case of permission from a secret court with no accountability) by third parties. Anything that you can photograph from a publicly accessible place is fair game. If you are on your own private property, you can take pictures of anything that can see from it. That can include women sunbathing, kids, pets or over a garden fence if the fence is easily seen over without using a ladder or stepping stool. There was a case in New York where a photographer was taking pictures of people in the high rise across the street and selling limited edition prints. The people were furious when they found out, but the judge ruled that it was ok. The judge stated "if they wanted privacy, they could have closed the blinds." A embarrassing look into the quality of judges in the US.
My concern with Glass is that if there is a unquestioned universal acceptance without limitations, lots of bad things can happen. Would you want to hand your credit card and ID to a clerk wearing Glass? Would you be comfortable if the man at the next urinal was recording? Somebody using a phone or dedicated camera to take pictures/video is pretty obvious. It also takes more effort to get the device out and take the images which leaves a few seconds for both brain cells to consider if it's proper.
Kharkov, the supplemental oxygen story works to illustrate your point only so far. We had data on people living at altitude and a quick trip up a mountain for some medical tests might point to how much oxygen would need to be supplied to the pilots. To figure out the least amount of spin that would be needed for a long journey spacecraft, we need at least one more datum. The moon looks like the best place to do that.
I'm pretty sure the two inflatable test habitats that Bigelow has launched are still up there. It's been a while since I have seen any mention of them. I should have seen something if they have been deorbited or destroyed.
Yes, I have built a business from the ground up. Got clobbered by the Chinese on cost of manufacture.
I've worked in the aerospace business on some pretty wild projects. I know many people that work for and have worked for SpaceX. This is why I would never take a job with them. I am privy to some exceptionally damning information on Elon that I will not repeat.
Elon is very good at blowing smoke up people's, ahh well, you know. There is so much work left to be done to send a crewed mission to Mars that even a guess at when it could happen is premature. I will qualify that by defining a successful manned mission as one where the crew arrives living and either returns to Earth alive and in good health or are able to live a full life on Mars. At present there isn't a commercially viable argument to go to Mars, so any mission will have to be by a government or funded by a group of wealthy individuals. Mr. Musk, according to some, has far fewer liquid assets than many assume. Just a few years ago he was said to have to borrow money from friends to meet his monthly bills. Banks prefer cash for mortgage payments and not stock options. Strangely enough, so does the electric company.
Whoops, I erred.
--- Unveiled a reusable, crewed, powered landing space craft;
Crewed? Not actually even designed for a crew yet and others have been there already--
I was thinking of Grasshopper and not the capsule mock up.
Re: What Mister Musk needs...
There is the small problem of oxidation rates between petrol and chocolate chip cookies. My waistline provides some evidence of that.
- Sent his in house designed space ship to the ISS, twice;
Against how many Soyuz flights? Orbital is sending up supplies on their rockets too.
- Announced plans for a gigafactory for Li batteries;
Yeah well, let's see if it happens. Hasn't Panasonic backed out?
- Completed a trans continent charging infrastructure for his electric cars (which isfree to use);
Free to use if you own a Tesla. It's a strange route too.
- Soft landed, for the first time a first stage rocket booster;
It's still left to see if it will be worth the effort.
- Unveiled a reusable, crewed, powered landing space craft;
Crewed? Not actually even designed for a crew yet and others have been there already.
- Announced plans for the worlds largest solar panel factory.
Please hold your applause until the final act….. building it and shipping product.
So if he thinks they can land people on mars in 10-12 years it would be a fool who would bet against it.
If I casino in Las Vegas wants to make book on that prediction, I'll happily bet against Elon.
Why aren't a couple of Mounties sent over to the company premises that are selling this kit in violation of the court orders against them and put a seal on the doors? Maybe even arrest a few people. Google is stuck out on the periphery. Google can't have human eyeballs on all of the data they index, it just isn't possible to offer the services they do without a big caldron of automation. What would happen if Google did de-index the site and the operators shifted to another very similar domain name a couple of hours later and showed up on Google again shortly thereafter? Back to court again for another judgement? The out-of-juristiction aspects are as presumptuous as what US courts do. FACTA anyone?
This all has the tang of the DCMA notices that get sent to Google and not to the admins of the accused web sites. Google doesn't own the internet, they're just a big company that sells services. They're aren't anybody's mother either.
I need to get this to my client right away.
I can knock this out in 1/2 hour and be a hero by meeting my customer's deadline.
Log into cloudy tethered software.
Hey! What's this? "Please wait for your update to download"
Please restart your computer to complete the update.
Log into cloudy tethered software again.
Hey! What's this?
Completely revamped user interface.
Where did that button go?
Oh crap, all of my custom keyboard shortcuts have be reset to factory default.
Oh great, the drop down menu's have been reworked.
… 2 hours later I have figured out where enough things are in the new UI to finish the document.
F**K, it won't print correctly on my printer.
Welcome to the Push model of software. You're getting updated whether you want to or not.
Re: wait a minute
It's the new way of doing business.
Everybody is doing it.
If you aren't in the cloud, you falling behind.
Why not outsource your data and computing to the cloud and save some money?
Tape is dead.
All of your data is being backed up in multiple data centers around the world. You're covered.
It's more secure to keep your data in the cloud.
Stop me when you haven't heard one.
Now that you've discovered your company assets are being held for ransom and might be trashed, it's a great time to enjoy a few hours of music and new product announcements while you are on hold with (insert your cloud provider here). There is always the chance that the person that finally answers the phone will speak your language without a horrendously thick accent.
Re: @Jan 0
Just remember you can't say "c*nt" in Canada.
At least that's what they told Rodney Rude. Saying something like that to a comedian is like handing a loaded shotgun to a drunk redneck.
Re: @Jan 0
"I'm strictly egalitarian. I hate everyone equally, regardless of gender, race or so forth. Bunch of gonadgremlins, the lot of 'em!"
…. and their newts.
Re: RE: background checks
There are lots of inappropriate backgrounds checks as well. Many companies do them because everybody else is doing it and it's fashionable. I owned a small company for many years and employed dozens of people. I never ran any background checks and only sacked one employee for being a bad apple. I had suspicions about a couple of employees, but they did good work so what the hell?
I just told a company that was to hire me as an independent contractor to FO when they insisted on signed permission to do a full background check. I wan't going to be handling money in any way other than cashing the checks they paid me with, so why do they need my credit report? They weren't going to supply a company car or auto insurance, so why do they need my driving record? Their decision to use me was not based on having a degree, so why do they need my college transcripts? I wonder if they asked the plumber to sign those forms before doing any work or did they let him get on with unblocking the loo.
Aside from lying on his application, was the offense this bloke got sent up for in any way relevant to his employment with the company? I've never been handed an job application that asked about a name change. In the US, I think that one only has to fess up to felony convictions if asked.
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