2261 posts • joined Thursday 5th July 2007 09:47 GMT
Re: Nice idea
"Kerosene lamps are surprisingly bright... They also burn for ages, and they contribute significant heat to the room"
Not to say smell nice as well!
Reinvented cuckoo clock
And "a proprietary electricity-generating device"
Aka "dynamo" :-)
"Yes, we know in the movie he was at the Hubble Space telescope and nowhere near the exoplanets in question.."
But then he quickly departed without any visible means of propulsion in the general direction of stars. If he can defy gravity (ahem) in such a way, he might just as easily teleport himself to a distant exoplanet to have a drink or two while enjoying the view...
Re: What can I say...
O, hai! U Justin Bieber fan?
What can I say...
That others haven't already said better?
"While the comet spreads its tail across the sky
it nowhere near defines the course it flies,
nor does it find its own direction.
Though the path of the comet be sure,
its constitution is not
so its meaning is possibly more
than the tracing of a tail
in one brief shot at glory."
Re: Remeber "Hypocrisy is the vaseline of politcal intercourse"
"why can't we have an inquiry into the folks who wrecked whole economies five years ago?"
Agree - it's long overdue. Blair and Brown have a lot to answer for.
Re: This latest revelation from Snowden
"And the fact is, that Snowden is now helping Muslim extremists."
Hmmm, and how exactly is he doing that?
Re: Succour to the Real Enemy
@Harry Stottle: you have missed my point entirely. My post was not concerned with NSA internet surveillance at all. What I wanted to say was:
1) Do not be an anti-gay campaigner if you are gay, do not preach chastity if your favourite pass-time is an orgy, do not campaign for human rights if you are using a slave housemaid to clean your house.
2) The most effective counter-measure against an ideology is a debate that either debunks the ideology itself or reveals the ideologue to be a hypocrite. Therefore, for a state which is worried about effects of an ideology it fears, by far the best solution is to concentrate on that (if they truly want a solution, of course).
You are worried about abuse of power by secretive state organisations under the guise of secrecy and security - so am I. But that is a totally different subject.
Coming back to my 2 points - just imagine that the spooks got a legitimate court sanction to spy on their target, put a bug in his house, followed him to a brothel, dug out a porno mag from his rubbish bin - nothing to do with the internet snooping at all. Will they be justified in *publicly* using their findings against the target? I'd say - yes. Will it be immoral? No, IMHO - not.
Re: The "glamorous lifestyle." vulnerability
Vinegar? With crisps?? I can't believe it, such depth of depravity.....
"I think we all suspect the NSA would do this to anyone they find inconvenient."
Well, if you are a public person and your deeds do not match your words - you have only yourself to blame.
As much as I detest NSA and all the other spooky organisations around the world, but that is one of the sensible things to do if you want to counter any kind of "radicalisation". And I don't mean porn per se but any hypocrisy they can find and reveal.
That would be much wiser spending of public cash than invading far away countries and killing hapless guests at wedding parties with remotely controlled toys.
Why do we want the internet of things?
Well, easy to translate...
“We must proactively position ourselves to dominate that environment”
We need more money.
“Fully leverage internal and external partnerships to collaboratively discover targets”
Forbid clerks from different departments to piss into the other department's kettles. It's disgusting. Bloody nerds.
“a collaborative information space that mirrors how people interact in the information age”
We want free iPads.
“Drive an agile technology base mapped to the cognitive processes”
Our PCs need upgrading as don't run the latest COD very well.
“Integrate the SIGINT system into a national network of sensors which interactively sense, respond, and alert one another at machine speed”
The IT department wants more money and servers.
“Collectively foster an environment that encourages and rewards diversity, empowerment, innovation, risk-taking and agility”
Our head of department is a control freak and can you please give him a promotion, like soon.
“Enable better, more efficient management of the mission and business by establishing new, modifying current, and eliminating inefficient, business processes; by strengthening customer relationships; and by building necessary internal and external partnerships.”
Please increase our travel and entertainment allowance and make it easier to put lunches on the expense report. We also want an all-expense paid Xmas party this year.
“Align and standardize administrative business processes”
The accounting department also wants new machines as their mainframe cannot run Minecraft.
“Champion the development of a unified NSA/CSS U.S. customer engagement strategy”
As said before, the T&E budget needs an overhaul. And a couple of departmental "team building trips" to Hawaii would be welcome as well.
"Take water. A gallon of the stuff weighs about eight pounds"
Maybe. But 1 litre of it only weighs 1 kilogram... ;-P
How did the Register missed the whole midget porn aspect of the story???
Re: Child porn charges???
"So you are saying that distributing images of children is not child porn?"
Hear that siren? That's the copsmobile rushing to arrest your mother for sending a naked pic of you aged 2 to your grampa...
By declaring them criminals and branding them as paedophiles for the rest of their lives before they find out what the word means!
Why not? After all, it's a known fact that witches could be cured by drowning or burning at a stake.
Front punch+reverse punch+side kick+spinning kick+step back+change legs -> beats roundhouse kick all the time ;-)
Re: re: next disaster will be:
Was that a giant Firefox villain rising in the last chase scene?
I also noticed, she looked quite embarrassed in the end when she realised she was being filmed. What was she up to, chatting with that giant Firefox villain? Sending selfies?
I CALL HERESY! FOUR CORNERS??? THE POT IS ROUND!
Lightware as a service
People will still have to pay for electricity but will also have to separately subscribe for photons delivery.
To put spare ribs into? And look what happened....
Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov - @ Graham Marsden
"two-wheel users are a positive benefit because whilst they might take up the same sort of space as cars etc whilst traffic is moving, as soon as things slow down, they start filtering between the gaps, thus *reducing* the amount of road space used and thus the congestion caused."
They slow down the traffic and create empty gaps, which they then fill - what's positive about that? These gaps act exactly like air bubbles in water pipes - they block the flow. I am saying this not from any fancy and politically correct model but looking at the real life and real roads. I mostly walk around on foot but, oh, I hate the cyclists in London! They seem to believe that the highway code and common sense safety are not meant for them.
Stuff yo... Blair.
They should have put this announcement on:
"Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System. This automated train is provided for the security and convenience of the Black Mesa Research Facility personnel. The time is 8:47 AM....etc etc"
That would have been a real prank!
The perversity of this infuriates me. They way it is reported as some kind of a triumph of law enforcement. But is it?
Clearly the model is so obviously CGI that nobody could mistake it for a real person. I have seen the video of that model moving/blinking etc on the BBC last night - Alyx from Half-Life 2 has more believable facial expressions than that "Sweetie". Anyone interested in playing with that model would have clearly done that without any intent of harming any real person. This all is simply a fabricated thought crime.
Now, I dislike paedophiles as much as anyone but I said many times in the past and will repeat it again - a paedo wanking in front of a PC screen is a paedo safely off the streets. If you really care about children you must give those people some kind of a vent, otherwise they might as well go for the real thing.
If punishment for a fantasy is just as tough as punishment for the real crime - what incentives do they have to limit themselves to fantasies?
It's just unfortunate that he didn't even need to fake *good* music for it to work...
*) Listen to it if you haven't. Not all music is cr*p this days...
Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov - @ Graham Marsden
"And the fact that cars are about 30% energy efficient whilst bicycles are 98% efficient?"
These numbers don't sound right to me. Bicycle may seem efficient because it only needs to carry the weight of the engine and not much else. But the engine itself is not efficient, it requires expensive specialist doped fuel mix and the water system is open cycle, so it has to be topped up with water regularly, which it then loses as waste. It also produces powerful greenhouse gases as the exhaust.
However, above all, it is not powerful enough to carry any reasonable payload (for that you need to use much more powerful traction engine called "horse", which requires yet another type of fuel, produces even more waste and is difficult to maintain as you have to keep it running non-stop for its entire operational life). Also, the bicycle uses the roads highly inefficiently and aggravates traffic congestion in the cities.
"Yes, you can. It doesn't mean you *have* to or need to, though."
We may not have to do it but we will, if only we can :-)
Re: Feed Your People
Hmmm, URL typo? The Daily Fail website is that way --->
@ Graham Marsden
I don't mind efficiency. In fact, I, personally, strongly dislike inefficiency (like the inefficiency of the wind power generation, for example).
However, a) efficiency does not equate reduced energy consumption and b) is not cheap.
The (a) is because as your things become more and more efficient you can afford to run more of them at the same time.
The (b) is because making things better needs capital expenditure and upfront cost which, unless you are well off already, may not be affordable to you. Having said that, the nations that are following in the footsteps of Europe and America are already using more efficient things than those existing when the US and Europe were going through the same process - it is the investment made by the developed nations that allows the developing nations to skip over generations in technology. Like the proverbial "on the shoulders of giants"...
In any case, the total energy requirements of humanity are going to go up even as the efficiency of the consumption will continue to increase.
Re: Marketing Change?
Using "radiaishun" is not a bright PR idea, either.
How about "holistic luminance" and "kinetic life-force from the heart of matter"?
The problem with the hard-greens is that people living comfortably is not anywhere on their agenda. They like to see humans as an infestation which has to be reined in and put back into the caves where we will languish and eventually die out and return Gaia to its pristine, holistic, universally loving condition. Presumably, while this is taking place, the greens themselves will be afforded special privileges and live in relative comfort as someone has to monitor and supervise the process, you know...
Global Warming is a scarecrow for them in order to hammer the rest of us onto this "path of salvation" and anything that makes the scarecrow less scary or shows that there is, indeed, another way is an anathema.
It is nice to see that some of the greens have actually the good of the planet at heart and are prepared to speak out against the misanthropic dogma...
Re: Been to India, nearly caused a riot.
Yes, that Torrie must be a right bastard. And not at all a common name for an Indian, too...
Unfortunately, it is now becoming inevitable that in any discussion of a space program there will be someone decrying the waste of money in space, which otherwise could have been spent on "good causes" to eradicate poverty/disease/environmental pollution.
History however shows that governmental funding of such good causes never achieves the desired effect and results in the money being wasted through corruption, mismanagement and indifference of those who are supposed to be helped by these programs. Only, a bona fide economic pressure *and* growth capacity brings people out of poverty. And only when they are out of poverty they start to care about disease and environment.
On the other hand, to date no dollar, rupee or rouble has ever been spent in space - all that cash is spent on Earth and goes to the earthly economy, actually by-passing a lot of the corruption channels endemic in any government aid program.
Finally, space is one of the few remaining areas for possible economic expansion and those who will be able to explore it and exploit its resources, will be the future rulers of the human civilisation.
Re: Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...
Calm down, calm down, Shades...
The OP said: "So there is inherently nothing unsafe about using GSM in the plane."
I replied: "Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure... "
No need to get so hot under the collar.
Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...
"In October 2002, a set of avionic equipment was tested under controlled conditions in a test
chamber for susceptibility to cellphone interference. General aviation avionic equipment,
representative of earlier analogue and digital technologies, was used. The equipment,
comprising a VHF communication transceiver, a VOR/ILS navigation receiver and associated
indicators, together with a gyro-stabilised remote reading compass system, was assembled to
create an integrated system.
The tests covered the cellphone transmission frequencies of 412 (Tetra), 940 (GSM) and
1719MHz, including simultaneous exposure to 940 and 1719MHz. The applied interference
field strengths were up to 50 volts/metre for a single frequency, and 35 volts/metre for dual
The following anomalies were seen at interference levels above 30 volts/metre, a level that
can be produced by a cellphone operating at maximum power and located 30cms from the
victim equipment or its wiring harness.
• Compass froze or overshot actual magnetic bearing.
• Instability of indicators.
• Digital VOR navigation bearing display errors up to 5 degrees.
• VOR navigation To/From indicator reversal.
• VOR and ILS course deviation indicator errors with and without a failure flag.
• Reduced sensitivity of the ILS Localiser receiver.
• Background noise on audio outputs.
Most anomalies were observed at 1719MHz.
The project was managed by UK CAA and assisted with loaned equipment and personnel from
Vodafone PLC, CSE Aviation (Oxford), and BAE SYSTEMS (Woodford)."
Of the problems above, those that affect ILS (Instrument Landing System) are the ones you really don't want to have while landing in bad weather, only just above the minima...
Nah, I bet they don't even have Aero, like Vista...
"We can imagine a particle Po (for Particle Outside) that is just outside of our light cone. There is material inside our light cone Pi (Particle Inside), where Po & Pi can interact.
Pi can/does interact with us as it is inside our light cone.
Po affects Pi.
Po affect us 'by proxy' through Pi."
Assume O is the observer's coordinates, T is the time lapsed since the beginning of the universe, c is c.
|Po,Pi| + |Pi,O| >= |Po,O|
If |Po,O| / c > T (which it is by your definition of Po), the signal from Pi, after it had been affected by Po, will not have enough time to reach O by the time of the observation.
How do you
Throw a feast for an entire solar system? You BBQ a whole planet, that's how.
Re: Don't be afraid of the dark
We'll see about that.
Re: Don't be afraid of the dark
You have a problem with IQ? ;-)
Re: Why not treat us like China then?
Why won't you start with explaining how is region coding *not* a cartel arrangement and how is that *not* an anti-competitive practice?
You may find the following helpful as a guide:
"A cartel is a formal (explicit) "agreement" among competing firms. It is a formal organization of producers and manufacturers that agree to fix prices, marketing, and production. Cartels usually occur in an oligopolistic industry, where the number of sellers is small (usually because barriers to entry, most notably startup costs, are high) and the products being traded are usually homogeneous. Cartel members may agree on such matters as price fixing, total industry output, market shares, allocation of customers, allocation of territories, bid rigging, establishment of common sales agencies, and the division of profits or combination of these. The aim of such collusion (also called the cartel agreement) is to increase individual members' profits by reducing competition."
You will have noticed, AC, that the alleged "piracy" is the sale of legitimately produced DVDs, only outside of their arbitrarily determined, restrictive "regions". As the DVDs in question are originally sourced from their licensed manufacturers, the IP owners should have no grounds for complaints - they are getting paid anyway.
Re: Why not treat us like China then?
"Cartel - check
Gangster reference - check
Anti-competitive - check
Questionable trading practices - check
Lobbying conspiracy - check"
Well, you got it pretty much spot on. Except the last one. There is no conspiracy, that's just how it works.
Re: Don't defend her...
You are confused. She has not got her pinafore crumpled and smeared with strawberry juice - she got raped.
Whether or not she was drunk is irrelevant. The piece of shit who took advantage of her situation is the only one to blame and if you don't understand that, you belong on the sex offender register together with him.
Wait. I see envelopes. They are made of paper. They are brown. Oh, and they are changing hands! Mwahahahaha!
Re: Why not treat us like China then?
"Piracy distorts the market an the price."
Your chutzpa is admirable, AC, but it sounds very much like Al Capone moaning about legal sales of alcohol distorting his speakeasy market and prices.
In reality, it is your cartel's anti-competitive behaviour (of which region-coding is one of the most blatant) that is distorting the market, which is naturally seeking to correct itself.
Your industry's questionable trading practices are only considered legal because of it's even more questionable "lobbying" practices...
A use for that "Internet of Things" which, supposedly, is going to put us all on the way to stratospheric economic growth...
- Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL
- Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes
- Cache in the Attic El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more
- Pix Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong
- Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass