272 posts • joined 28 Jun 2013
Re: Growing like Topsy
Re: The Chinese have the "...world by the bollocks..."
If you owe the bank $10,000, then you have a problem.
If you owe the bank $17,000,000,000,000, then it's the bank that has the problem.
"At some point they will run out of disk space and collection will stop."
Nope. The growth curve of storage capacity is exponential. Capacity is still accelerating away from content creation.
Re: is it so hard to add an optical clogging sensor there?
"...within the travel time matching twice the length of the pitot tube... ...Can't be so hard."
Other than the tens-of-GHz counters required to measure the time of laser returns over the not-quite-enough-inches scale, yes - easy peasy.
Yet another concept would be your suggestion, but acoustic measurement. Sweep an audio signal and monitor the peak resonance as a function of unobstructed length.
There are already redundant pitot tubes. Unfortunately, there are also redundant mud dauber wasps, or redundant masking tape left after painting.
Inventions - "Dime a dozen, cheapers in bales of twelve..."
Given the ongoing problems with blocked pitot tubes, I hereby place these novel (?) inventions into the public domain.
Using valves, high pressure air, and appropriate pressure senders, periodically blast some high pressure air out the pitot tubes. Monitor the resulting pressure signal for irregularities. Integrate this novel Pitot Tube (itself!) Built In Test (BIT) feature with the Air Data system so that it can be done periodically during flight.
The blast of high pressure air will simultaneously clean and test the actual tubes themselves. Any blockages would be fired out.
Use photosensors to monitor ambient light entering the pitot tube itself. Compare it against other references. Use LEDs to add light if required. Darker than expected means blocked.
These concepts would provide the ability to actually test the Air Data system, including the Pitot Tubes themselves. They'll require very clever implementation to avoid increasing the overall failure rate. The photosensor concept is probably more harmless in this regard. But I like the blast cleaning concept.
Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physcology, Socialogy, Economics...
Physics, Chemistry, Biology
In order of increasing importance to the climate models.
In order of increasing difficulty to include in the climate model.
Re: Sending and receiving on the same frequency?
This "new" (?) tech is already a relatively common feature on satcom modems; the sort of modem that fits into a 19-inch rack and is ultimately connected to the big silly dish outside. In that application, the EIRP needs to be adjusted down a bit to account for the fact that the two transmitters are aimed at the exact same transponder at the exact same time. Each modem cancels out what it transmitted (Y) from what it receives (Y+X), revealing the desired signal from the other guy (X). So the transponder can be used in both directions at once, in almost exactly the same manner as a single twisted pair can carry telephone conversations in both directions at once.
Real men use just a single NAND gate and a handful of delay lines.
If bitcoins were made illegal...
How do I make mine go away? They're kinda sticky, in a legal sense.
Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"
"There [are] about 1.25 trillion dollars in currency."
Many types of money supply. 'M0' is just one.
"There are no serviceable parts on Boeing's Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product. ..."
So, essentially, exactly like an iPhone then.
"To combat [battery quality control issues, possibly contributing to battery fires in their cars], Musk is planning an American battery factory that will make batteries from raw materials instead of components, [reducing the long term risk to his brand, negative press caused by the occasional car fire]."
There, I fixed it for you.
Why was it melting 8000 years ago? There doesn't have to be only one single root cause of glacial melting.
(*Root* cause, because all possible causes of melting eventually flow through the intermediate cause of temperatures above 0°C.)
Re: Crucial difference
"Also, insects have antennae; televisions have antennas."
And Aereo (I believe) has non-functional, fake little "antennas" that fulfill a pure legal-decoration function.
If wee little paperclip antennas installed in racks in the basement data centers actually worked, then why does everyone else spend so much time up on the roof struggling to get an OTA HD signal? Why doesn't Aereo drop this service model and start selling these amazing "antennas" to the public? Perhaps the same technology can be applied to directly detect signals from deep space missions using nothing more than a slightly larger paperclip?
Re: Help! My radio signal is being stolen!!
"...renting out an antenna?"
I suspect that their racked and stacked paperclip size "antennas", typically installed in a data center, are completely fake.
I've poisoned my phone book
I don't use my Android for actual phoning (I've an iPhone for that), so I've laced my Android phone book with all sorts of hilarious contacts and dangerous telephone numbers.
Sometimes they're also cheaper
Just as with physical books (delivered) sometimes being cheaper than $10+ e-books, physical CDs (delivered, or store-bought) are sometimes cheaper than buying sometimes DRM-infested MP3s.
622 Mbps and they didn't bother including a tiny hi-res camera?
Seems like a missed opportunity.
"Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests"
Simple; just submit twice as many applications. Problem solved.
And in related news...
The BBC World Service top-of-the-hour 'pips' arrive at my house about 15 seconds late (referenced to a variety of reliable time sources). I suspect that SiriusXM satellite radio is fed through the Interweb, and the latencies here and there, not to mention the trip to and from the satellites, and some buffering in the radio itself, it all adds up to about 15 seconds. Sometimes 18. Making it all kinda pointless in a charming sort of way.
I expect that the 'High Frequency' Traders will eventually move to neutrino communications, shooting neutrinos straight through the Earth's core. Shorter path.
"... officers can scan a room ... other stats in an instant."
So facial recognition now works reliably? Last I heard it still needed a few more years of false promises and false positives.
Remember when 'they' promised to pan a camera across the Superbowl crowd and ID known criminals?
Well, it's a good thing that Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays don't exist...
Uh, but they do.
GPS in smartphones
Not ready for prime time. Turn on GPS and the high capacity Li-Ion battery goes flat in about two hours (YMMV). Amusingly, a dedicated handheld GPS works on two low capacity AA cells for many, many hours; thus proving that the people that design smartphones have made a FAIL. They need to fix that.
Re: Does this mean
General Motors' OnStar system not only broadcasts positioning and communications signals to the GPS satellites, it also commands these satellites to actually follow your vehicle around, hovering nearby.
At least according to the TV ad.
Instead of laying it flat, underground...
...tip it up on edge, vertically.
Then Beardy Branson and Elon Musk will participate in the project.
Beware, Musk will want to run the whole thing on batteries, recharged by solar power. And Branson will one day bring Justin Bieber along, leading to all sorts of trouble.
Re: Data retention, it's all the rage
If they run out of disk space (LOL), they could use a hash. Obviously.
Another option might be to include some unprintable characters as a type of 'Google Translate wuz here' watermark. If people are cutting and pasting, then they might not notice the watermark.
Meanwhile, how come nobody has seeded the 'net with Monty Python style nipple-fondling mistranslations?
Buy an e-Book?
e-book = often $10, sometimes outrageously higher.
Used Hardcover Book - Very Good or Like New = often $0.01 + S&H = $6.50 (YMMV)
$10 price class gets you into the 'Signed By Author' category of used books - Collectible.
Yes, I have a Kobo, and Kindle Apps on several types of tablets and smartphones. No, I'm not paying $10 for an e-book. The e-readers are loaded up with lots of free classics that need to be read, pdfs, etc.
Maybe those making this proposal...
Maybe they should look up 'Pathloss' on Wikipedia.
"Wifi" (<- this) from LEO from a tiny, power-starved satellite? Yeah right.
Wzrd1: "...they'll claim that the sea swells with heat..."
El Reg: "...melting land-based ice adds to sea-level rise as it dumps its chilly self into the ocean."
Ocean heat expansion problem solved. The world's oceans 'on the rocks'.
So D-wave are not bothering to apply for any patents?
Or are they 'secret patents'? LOL
WAN .NE. LAN
Not really trying very hard, are they?
More Woofer than subWoofer.
Sekurity! through endless crashing
As far as I can see, you could achieve the same result by filling your PC with old staples, shorting things out and causing random crashes. It's difficult for the malware to install itself when your PC doesn't work at all.
Thank you. Saved me the typing.
Should be a channel or two on satellite TV
I'd pay an additional $0.10 per month to get it.
Hmmm... I'm already boycotting HP due to their string of annoying CEOs, and anti-consumer policies.
This makes it a dual-redundant boycott of HP printers.
Re: to widen the discussion...
Perhaps 3D Printing could be used to print out springs under tension?
How about cables under tension?
A vacuum canister with the vacuum printed inside?
I saw one B.S. article where they claimed to 3D Print out a concrete house in 24 hours. First of all they falsely implied it was a "house" as opposed to an empty shell requiring another month of fitting out. But, more critically, it was a bit fuzzy about how the 3D Printed concrete lintels over the doors and windows stayed in place while the concrete cured. The article was misleading on this detail.
3D Printing seems to generate a lack of Critical Thinking skills.
You spelled "plastics" incorrectly.
(Yes, I know. There are some 3D printers than can print metal. This isn't one of them.)
3D printing is a wonderful niche technology, but the over-hype is deafening (to the point of being stupid). i.e. Please pass the Cartridge of 'Mobile Phone Paste'.
Re: Here's the problem
Nah. It's for the children; think of the children.
Why don't the NSA just put out their own App?
I'd install it.
But not because I'm one of those ding-dongs that believes "If you've got nuttin' to hide..." etc. It's more subtle than that.
@John Brown (no body)
Good point. Based on what I can see of British TV from here (Canada), I'd rather have British TV than the ~300 channels we have now. My PVR is set to capture what it can of quality TV. I have satellite radio twice over just to have BBC WS on tap (literallly FM modulated throughout the house). Maybe I should just move to England when I retire. Do you have donairs there?
BBC TV would have a world wide (!) audience if they'd put (all) their TV channels on NetFlix for another 'Whatever is Fair' dollars per month. Netflix is $8 per month, BBC TV might be worth another $10 to some people. I'd be tempted.
Extending the net to 6 hops is actually optimum
That'll rope in just about everyone, including Kevin Bacon and Paul Erdős.
That large red Jelly Bean looks familiar...
Same as the Android version screen Easter egg.
And in related news...
Aircraft are increasingly flying Polar routes waay up north, above the latitudes where geostationary satellites are still visible above the horizon.
My personal best is 87° 35' 24" N - within line of sight of the friggen North Pole !!!! There's no giant barbershop pole, I would have seen it poking through the clouds.
Re: Quart into a pint pot?
There are typically two polarities (RHCP, LHCP) available that can effectively double the bandwidth (*), but I doubt that's the reason for the obvious discrepancy.
(* an advantage of spaaaaace... over cables in some comparisons.)
"Ich bin ein Berliner."
Yes, I know.
Re: I somehow don't believe it's just about thermostats
Crikey! My thermostat has been spamming my refrigerator.
"...firewall the damn thing..."
You simply need to omit the step of telling it your wifi password. Done. Backup plan is to adjust your router settings in any of a half-dozen ways to prevent it from connecting (MAC filtering, IP filtering, etc.).
Or, just buy any of the other programmable thermostats for $40 that do basically the same thing, sans Internet.
Re: Dangerous information
"...pool cleaning services..."
A recurring plot theme in a certain genre of videos.
- 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