1662 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007
Re: Ban knives
Folding knifes with a blade under 3" in length are technically legal, but if you have one in public and the police ask, if you can't justify it to a reasonable degree you might get taken down the station for a chat.
Re: Now, with paddles for extra spin
Pretty sure I've seen these grid type affairs on smaller missiles (IE smaller than a cruise missile size) because they give more control for the same surface area, require less torque to turn, and other such reasons.
Edit: I probably recognise them from the MOAB - AKA the bomb you don't want dropped on you any time soon. Dunno about smaller things, maybe my imagination?
Looks cool in action though, dunnit?
Re: Political Bias? - "rich and porky Tory MPs"
"In fact Cyril Smith looked like he had eaten Eric Pickles whole."
I've just snorted my horlicks on my PJs (hey, it's 11pm).
Have an upvote.
Re: Secret mode?
IDKFA, you amateur.
So how long before the major religions update their spiel to include how complex organic molecules got onto comets?
Putting your phone down, in the open, in a McDonalds?
Are you asking for it to be nicked?
And I'm not being a twat - I had similar comments RE pay by bonk on London buses!
Re: You do know that?
Hey, I make the atrocious car puns/analogies around here...
Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?
Me dad had an XM hatch, and the amount of space in that thing was crazy.
Two litre turbo petrol IIRC, which gave it a reasonable amount of performance, hydraulic suspension for the magic carpet ride with zero roll.
Just never, *ever* buy the 24valve petrol second hand - it's almost guaranteed to eat it's camshafts; they had a similar problem getting oil up there as the ford Pinto engines (although the pinto had issues if you didn't change the oil and filter as it cloggged up the spray bar for the cams, I never learned what the Citroens problem was) and they should be avoided at all costs these days.
Ironically the hydraulic suspension is the most reliable part, presuming the electrics that control it these days don't go kaput (it was never a problem on the BX but I hear horror stories about XMs and Xantia Activas)
I saw a Mk1 Citroen C5 the other day, all the dealer stamps, full history, 11 months MOT, £595 - I was sorely tempted just to see what it was like....
Big Citroens. Gotta love the crazy they had - and with the C6, still have. They're heading down to £5k these days at seven years old....a more *interesting* choice than an older 530i/d at the same price...
Re: Product placement aside
Terry, a C4?
I'm so very sorry. Has the auxilliary control unit (that controls the central locking, leccy windows, tailgate solenoid etc) shat itself yet?
Re: Meh! say the multirotor community
Not on craner at Donnington. It's the long, sweeping one that leads down to the complex.
Getting sideways on there normally leads to reversing up the infield at high speed, as a mate in an S1 Exige found out once!
Luckily, he dipped the clutch...no new engine required!
Re: Meh! say the multirotor community
The sort of person who buys an Exige likes little nicities like a roof, and functional aero for taking Craner at 115mph. Not something I'd be too keen trying in an Atom.
I'd have a BAC Mono meself...
Re: Meh! say the multirotor community
Oddly, I showed this to a colleague who messes in these things (and built his own quadcopter) and his response was exactly the same.
I suppose it's the difference between someone who buys a Lotus Exige, and someone who builds a bike engined Caterfield kit car - both are fun, but one involves a shitload more knowledge to set up and fully exploit.
Sod all wrong with an Exige for the average person who wants something fun though IMHO :-)
Re: Awesome Toy
Autorotation only works when the blades have adjustable pitch and enough momentum to keep on spinning when power is removed.
So you can autorotate a real chopper (or even an RC one if you're good) by letting it fall, then adjusting pitch as you get close to the ground - it'll slow the blades more but the thrust generated by them will offset that and give you a softer landing.
You can't autorotate a plastic blade attached directly to an electric motor with no power and no pitch control though - you just, as Matt notes, fly like a brick. A very expensive one. If the batteries go dead, unless there is some kind of backup power device to give, say, thirty seconds of prop spin, you're FUBAR AFAIK.
...of yet another piece of sci-fi being turned into reality.
If you'd have told me fifteen years ago we'd be whipping a probe through space, prepping to punch a hole in a fucking comet for science, I'd have laughed like a drain.
Cool stuff. Keep it up, boffins.
Re: Update FAIL (?)
Swiss, if it's a recent version of Windows there's probably a version called 'Internet Explorer (No AddOns)'.
Can't remember exactly where it lives on all versions, but in Win7 it's Accessories, System Tools.
That aught to do it.
Hugs and kisses,
John Simm with better sexual chemistry, I thought, but each to their own.
I'll freely admit I do like a bit of Michelle Gomez, though - if you aren't into that kind of performance, I suppose it might grate a bit.
There's definitely a fair dollop of that, but the question is, do you think that's a good thing?
Since when have cyberman caused their victims to disintegrate? Pretty sure they leave bodies so they can be reprocessed into, er, more cybermen....
She was magicked away. Better have been, that's been the most fun enemy I've seen in the new series since, well, John Simm. And as I reckoned, made Simm look subtle and subdued.
More Michelle Gomez, please.
Or maybe they get the pre-broadcast versions for review purposes, such as Den of Geek got on the 4th of November on the 'no spoilers' caveat.
Little thing called an embargo. Fairly common in review land.
Re: So has KDE been waylandified?
I'm really rather hoping we get a tit for tat war between Mir and Wayland in some respect, sort how it took OS X's aqua-desktop-thingy before Microsoft started adding visual polish (or at least attempts at it) to Windows.
Might have to have a fart about with Wayland see what the fuss is all about, although I'm a deb chap really....
Re: I hate product placement...
@AC Re evasive driving - if you're not drifing out of a j-turn with your LSD locking up to leave two thick black lines and I've run out of car stuff, then you're doing it wrong.
It was on the tellybox, don't take it too seriously.
Re: I hate product placement...
Product placement done right, or at least not offensively, can be quite good (and effective) - as I recall, Burn Notice had a bit of a thing for the Hyundai Genesis coupe thing (US market V8 coupe thingy - think of it as the UK market Hyundai Coupes bigger, louder brother) where they explained why having a good wodge of torque and rear wheel drive were useful in evasive driving.
It was obvious product placement, but in context it wasn't out of place/clunky as the actual information can apply to any pokey RWD car.
I suppose the litmus test is, would that line have been out of place had it been any other car and not the sponsored one, and does it break the suspension of disbelief etc?
No, not really - it'd still work if it was a tuned early 90s Mustang or a used ex-police Crown Vic they were talking about. That said, it made me take notice of the Genesis, and I've since learned it's apparently not a bad wee motor at all - so the product placement did it's job, and didn't make me want to stab the telly.
That's about the last time I saw product placement and didn't think 'gah' though.
No, no, no - you're doing it wrong.
Buy an SSD for it, all your problems will go away.
I have a 2008 Macbook with 2.0ghz C2D, 8gb RAM and Samsung SSD830 running Yosemite and it's fine. It'll give you a serious performance boost overall. Get a USB 3.0 HDD caddy and throw your old disk in there, bosh, job jobbed.
Still cheaper than replacing the whole machine, and will likely give you a couple of years more use out of it.
Steven "never passes up an opportunity to justify an upgrade" R
Re: i don't want to sound unfeeling, but..
I agree Kernel - they don't strike me as a lumenary on these matters.
Steven "I see what you did there" R.
Except your argument falls down in that satisfaction is subjective.
Someone editing 4k or using a high res camera would have a rather different view to you.
Re: Att unwarranted triumphalism
I'm pretty sure someone buying a serious 4k gaming machine isn't considering an iMac for about fourteen entirely different reasons, cost being just one of them. You can build a pretty good 4k gaming machine for around £1200 these days, including monitor.
I know a few folks who are moving towards 4k film shooting - their interests are seriously piqued*.
It doesn't matter if it only sells 10,000 units a year - if Apple are making a return on them, and they're the only game in town (as they currently are for full-scale 4k editing on a normal sized desk) then they've done the job they were tasked with by their product managers.
Me? I'm happy enough at 1080p, although this talk fo £400 4k monitors is intriguing....
Steven 'stuck in the past' R.
*also, it's champing at the bit. Not chomping. Champing. Champing, champing champing CHAMPING CHAMPING CHAMPING
Re: good idea
50% of the security tools don't come with a half hour explanation of why they were built, and how they work.
Good grief, I'm not sure if you're being deliberately obtuse or you're just a bit dim.
Re: This thing's getting rotten
Another quick asspull in Dr Who to cover up poor writing - Classic Moffat!
Sorry, let me correct that - Classic New Who!
Everyone does it. It's acceptable defacto, and the regs are mainly there to prevent the defeat of ANPR.
Cleverly spaced numbers are OK with ANPR, italics and other fonts are not.
Hence, plod are pretty chilled about it.
Unless you're being a dick, in which case, one more for the charge sheet!
Re: Got to agree
Would I be right in thinking the VR6 is for packaging reasons as opposed to power? It's well known that the VR6 has poor power for it's capacity, and drinks like a fish too.
Which isn't to say I wouldn't mind a ride in it ;-)
From what I understand, those plate regs are usually used as a totting up thing - IE if someone is taking the piss and gets pulled for doing 90mph on an A-road and is arsey about it (as opposed to 'sorry officer, won't happen again' and let off with a warning) then they'll use the plates, a worn tyre, etc to throw the book at you.
I've never heard of anyone being pulled specifically for the plate unless it was genuinely hard to read (IE italic, etc) - even the 'german' plates that are popular with the VW lot - unless you're in a position to be in trouble anyway, like if you're with a load of mates in MacDonalds car park being a nuisance. On the motorway doing 75-80 generally behaving yourself?
Not really a problem.
It's either Pistonheads, or one of those places that hate Pistonheads, like the Evo (care in the) Community forum, where 'powerfully built company director' is used to describe a certain kind of PH user - brogues, rugger shirt, chinos, unwarranted selfimportance knobber - who seem to flourish over there.
Troy queef last time, PH this time, blimey, it's like having someone who knows about cars reviewing cars!
How unusual for a tech site...!
Re: Westfield SEight
The advantage of the factory built small engined option though is that it's warrantied and approved; although I agree that if you're a bit more happy with it a as a second/third car, the power to weight (and revs to weight...) you can get from a 'Busa or 'Blade engined Caterham are greater than this, but then this isn't meant to be a screamer track-day weapon - it's an everyday car that can go on track without being too intimidating or unreliable.
I like it.
Re: Absolutely True.
"The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance’.
We access the internet at scale so as to dissect it with surgical precision."
More like throwing machetes into a crowd, IMHO....
To be fair though, Nolans stuff has generally been eminently watchable thus far - I won't call his work cinematic classics, but you've gotta admit, he has some fun and interesting ideas on what makes a film.
Probably worth a punt, I'd say.
Bunged it on an Elitebook today
Folio 1401 or something, I think. Everything worked bar the trackpad on/off shortcut button, but the actual trackpad system settings works perfectly. Was up and running in 20 minutes, all updates installed, propietary bits installed, dual monitors over Displayport working perfectly - happy happy.
I could have gone with Debian (and I do for servers) but years of using Unity at home mean I'm used to it's layout and have a decent workflow sorted with it, so Umbongo it is for the works lappy. AS someone noted further up, I want something that works, and credit where credits due, if you aren't too fussed about being fully FOSS (the proprietary stuff sticks in some OSS peoples craw a bit - which is fair enough) then Ubuntu generally works better on more hardware than most other distros IME.
Anyway, seems like a solid release. Carry on.
Re: So how long....
Big John - it's all about the fruit 'n' fibre. Hint - it's the raisins.
Steven 'typo' R
So how long....
...before some very large POPs and routing outfits appear just over the border offering dark fibre at (comparably) reasonable prices to the ISPs?
Re: Wow so many cynics here
Construct the building out of batteries, rebuild it every three years with new batteries?
solved made ten times more complicated.
Dan, like anyone needs more reasons not to use Safari.
*fires up Chrome, realises irony, sets fire to self*
Will.i.am - cuff?
I dunno about that, but he can gladly 'koff as far as I'm concerned.
Re: Channelling Troy Queef?
Good lad. I look forward to seeing your next used car ad.
Channelling Troy Queef?
"I’ve neither the balls nor the ability for the odd dab of oppo, so took the one hint of lightness as a warning not to try again."
Apparently not. He'd never back down from a bit of oppo.
The Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.2 DIG-T 115 is a bitch. And I spanked it."
Re: Stupid idea
On the flipside, I'll find myself not touching it for a few hours at a time, too.
If you spark up a fag, you *have* to finish it. If you take a few puffs on an e-cig, you don't have to do any more. I needn't explain why that's very handy in the car! No more fiddling with lighters at the lights...
I have considered getting one of those logging batteries to see what my usage is actually like, but TBH, I don't care enough. I tend to go by how many batteries I go through in a day.
Re: Doing your business in the long grass
I don't see why you need three disks in RAID 0 to get >800mbps; I can happily get >800mbps off the Syno box in RAID1.
It'll also do snapshot backups too if you want, although I'm not sure if it'll do them to a network location. Pretty sure it'll rsync to another box, although with RAID1 that's less of a concern (I'm well aware RAID isn't backup...). With three disks in RAID0, you'll *need* that backup.
The savings you got, I'd have had to put into learning OI and NappIt, and ZFS pool allocation.
Swings and roudabouts, though - if you were already fluent in that stuff and it was a doddle/fun to set up, all power to you.
These days I'm spending 12 hours a day out of the house for work, so my free time is better spent doing other things, like sleeping ;-)
Re: Is that all?
Except with a NAS, you don't have to teach yourself how each of these services works to prevent them from being a massive security problem on your network (because you'd also need to know how iptables works).
Consumer NAS's have all this stuff set up to be (at least moderately) secure out of the box, with zero learning time required.
I'm not all that up on iptables, but my Syno NAS is locked down pretty well. At least until Synolocker came about, whereupon I made it only available through a VPN on my router....
As I say, simplicity and convenience.
Simplicity and convenience, maybe. Unless you can spin up a FreeNAS instance with iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and options for apache, MySQL, LDAP, BitTorrent client working fully, with a decent interface within, ooh, twenty minutes? ;-)
I'm not being facetious, by the way - I was looking at doing similar, but was busy at work so dropped a few hundred on a DS214+ and a pair of WD Reds. It hammers along at 100MB/sec, everything just works, and upgrades to fix security holes etc are a piece of piss and fully tested before release.
So it genuinely is simplicity and convenience - I could probably have built something comparable for about the same price, but had I put my hourly rate on it (not much, I might add) then the cost goes up.
Also, I'm seriously fucking lazy.
It used to be that building your own server was the only way to get decent performance and features at a reasonable cost - these days that isn't true any more.
Would you rather have a kit car or a BAC Mono? Would you rather buy a scrapper 7-series and fix it up or get one with tax and test on it? It's always about money vs convenience, and I'm getting too old for that shit now.
Well, almost....*taps fingers impatiently waiting for courier with an alternator*...
Re: Olivetti and Time Travel @_RCH_
"I don't use Linux now for a number of reasons"
Too much danger of meeting yourself and dividing by zero?
Re: Well spotted
I'm using the commenTARDIS to post this.
Re: Pointless Reviews
It's the Weekend Edition - basically a few bootnotes-esque articles that may or may not be related to IT, but are related to our general shared interests. If you missed the announcement, it's here:
I don't mind it at all, it gives me something interesting to read on a Sunday morning with a hangover and some more opportunities for expanded commentard interaction (as we aren't posting when we're meant to be working - I know I certainly find I can't dedicate as much time to spouting crap when I'm supposed to be doing something else I'm getting paid for) so it's all good as far as I'm concerned.
- Product round-up Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play
- Review We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best
- Vid Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
- 'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
- You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes