25 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd October 2012 14:39 GMT
Aaaah, this is 'football'. The one that doesn't involve feet.
AC, hats off to you. Coffee-monitor interaction. +1, and I'm considering blagging another account purely to upvote you again.
Re: Reg ongoing feature?
There's plenty of focus on the 'problems that don't exist', like controlling your curtains and turning lights on in a room you're already in (seriously, how big do footballers' rooms get?), but there's a handful of stuff I'd love to have working reliably and cleanly:
- movement sensitive cameras for security (mostly front porch, back garden, but indoors for when I'm on holiday would also be good), recording footage for when it's useful, and alerting me when I want it to. (chime? picture-in-picture on the TV? email when I'm on holiday?)
- music distribution
- 'Holiday mode' to realistically do the lights (and the aforementioned recording of movement indoors)
All the while:
- i want the delay from any of the interfaces to be negligible.
- I don't want to be plugging 4 inch monstrosities into light-sockets.
- I want the controllers to be easily replaceable (Pi!)
- I want to be able to secrete bits wherever I want, easily. I reckon I can hide a Pi in a few ceilings/walls without heat being a problem?
- Web interface that works well. Hosted at home (firewall locked down) and a decent, simple, login mechanism that means I don't have to fret about The Reds.
- Will respond to voice commands, and has a scarily movie-esque flat female voice. Also a name that's a backronym.
- Ooh, what if it could recognise my face and say 'welcome home' to me. *geekgasm*
So, apart from the bit at the end, it's all stuff that Makes Sense (tm).
Reg ongoing feature?
I'm constantly trying to work out whether it's time to dip my toes into the world of home automation, but there's always the impression lurking of it not being 'quite' ready.
It would be fantastic if there were an ongoing El Reg feature about trying to do usable home automation on a budget. Using as much open-source and cheap hardware as possible, while aiming for something that has minimal delays, is highly usable and low maintenance.
Sounds like something that a journo could use to kit out their home on the company's expenses... Just saying...
Crikey. I'm glad I'm not trapped on a submarine with you lot.
Re: Laudable but...
The trick is to nod and exchange knowing looks with everyone around you.
I felt like I'd lost 20 pounds
You probably did.
Mine's the one that comes with spare trousers
I recently changed company, to be greeted by the horrible realisation that they use Notes. Do people actually opt to use this disgusting software? Or are all users in the middle of a plan for replacing it? It's just unusable!
My favourite Notesism so far: F5 to logout. *facepalm*
I find it interesting...
It's interesting that the fashion in weaponry is mov...
I think everyone's leaping to conclusions here. With good reason, because it's intuitively true. However...
What if being at risk of cardiovascular disease means that people are more drawn to processed/salty meats? Some kind of genetic mutation that kills you slowly but makes you crave meat and alcohol. Or a parasite p'raps.
Causation, blah blah. You feel me?
Re: <probably mistaken pedant>
Aha, gotcha. Needs a little 'm' though. Crikey, that article is a tragedy of units.
<probably mistaken pedant>
500NM as a force? The N is a force (Newtons), no idea what the M is. perhaps they mean it's a pressure and measured in Nm^-2 ?
And 50kg of pressure? That's just a mass, right? It's not a pressure until it becomes a force (add gravity?) and you say how much it is concentrated over an area?
However, every day is a school day, there's probably some internationally-recognised shorthand going on here. The kind that I'm kept out of the loop on. On purpose. Bastards.
OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
So what's the considered opinion of the community now? How do our two favourite free suites compare now that this new Libre version is out?
May I be the first...
... to welcome our carrion-eating ale-swilling overlords.
It would probably avoid confusion if the article concentrated on this being an 'innovative use of an existing tomcat/other servlet container on an already compromised server to allow ne'er-do-wells to have easy web access to server content'.
Strictly speaking, is this a Java exploit? I might be reading this wrong, but it seems to me the server needs to be previously compromised so that a file is deployed. Only then is tomcat/other told to install a web portal to give easy access to the server for miscreants.
I'm guessing the ease of installing WARs is what's being used as an easy way of giving access, but apart from that, it's hardly a Java exploit?
I could certainly be wrong, not many details in that article.
God damnit! I was going to do this from 3D ultrasounds, but it turned out that GE ultrasound machines keep the model in a proprietary format.
And yes, I did get some strange looks from people when I told them. "Really? wouldn't that freak people out?" "Yes, yes it would"
I agree with the sentiment, outsourcing doesn't usually work (or at least we only hear about the failures and frustrations).
Outsourcing theoretically can be cheaper for the same service, because of economies of scale (they've probably done the same job elsewhere, so can shortcut straight to the good stuff) and no wasted resources (if an employee isn't on your work, they can transition onto other work, as opposed to them sitting there doing nothing or making up work).
That's the theory anyway. So, yeah. Explained.
Do you expect me to walk?
Noooo mister Bond, I expect you to fly!
"around a hundred times bigger than the Milky Way"
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