50 posts • joined Thursday 19th July 2007 08:50 GMT
Re: 'Phone battery spark is an urban myth?
Now kind of recall something about this thing, but you can all correct me if I'm wrong.
The issue with mobile phone use at gas stations was a bit more complicated. Don't want to sound like a male chauvinist pig here, but it was mostly women causing fires at gas stations, when the pump had the clip-lock on the handle so it would fuel up "hands-free", and people (mostly women there) would go back to the front seat to ruffle through bags, get the phone (men are not excluded here you see) and make a call, then go back to take out the nozzle after building up a healthy doze of static electricity by their movements (and clothes), and creating a nice spark on contact with nozzle, igniting the fumes coming out of the tank.
It was one of the reasons, at least in Holland, to remove the nozzle locks, so you have to keep in contact with it at all times while refueling.
Not the fault of the mobile phone there directly you see. You need to look at the entire chain there..
I think the biggest objection was (I could be wrong) that you don't want all those phones switching between cell towers at the rate a plane is flying, multiplied be the number of phones and passengers cruising through the airspace. You can imagine the number and what it does to base stations and networks.
Hey, when I was doing ppl we'd used to call home to say we were just about to go overhead. The only annoying thing you would get is the same you get on your home/car stereo with the weee-blip-blip-wonk-wak-wak sound over your headset. Then again... 300 pax might make it a tat more annoying.
Easiest way to kill that is to put micro cells in aircraft though. Same as they do when you stay in a hotel on a floor above 30m or so. Don't even have to switch it through to a network just so to keep the phones not broadcasting all the time. Or do and charge a gazillion dollars in roaming for the self important pricks that want to call home in the middle of a 16 hour flight.
Laptops and all that stuff don't do anything, but maybe it's a bit more important to pay attention to safety and not having to fold up/pack your "electronic device" when going for a "water landing", while you are below 10.000ft. Just saying
Cheers all. Enjoy the weekend. I'll raise another beer for the Reg
Re: Split screen
Hi Andrew, talking about "power" (the word triggered me). My last two bb phones and my current one has absolute shite batteries which die every 5 months, but I heard rumours that the bb10 hardware uses solar backpanel and kinetic charching as well.
Is there any possible way to have a (pre-) hardware review on the handsets? My current 9900 is going to make a vertical drop very soon if they don't fix the battery issue and I'm doubting between waiting for Jan 31 or just switch to S3, which I used a lot as well at customer sites...
Bb10 software reviews are plenty about.
(Send from my bb ;-). )
Re: good days
Hell yeah I am in touch man. Glad to see you are up there too. These days I live in Indonesia and its harder to get stuff her. Soldering is called duct-taping here :-)
My soldering iron is on my desk. Same as my 40/60. It smells good. Taking my coat as my ham radio blew it's tube...AS44 I think
I still remember back in '98 going to Akihabara from my office, a 1 hour commute, to buy SMC resistors, capacitors, etc, then come back and solder them to our circuit boards to fix a filter... Then going back to buy some (what was it 74H244?) stuff to build a test circuit I designed.
Who still builds his own circuit boards these days now... Or knows how to solder anything properly :-(
Showing my age much?
Re: Re: Hmmm
< s > strikethrough < /s >
Methinks. Without the spaces.. obviously
I knew both the creators of Endemol (Joop van den Ende, and John de Mol) personally (when I still lived in the Netherlands, and they were really great guys with an even better bussiness sense, but I still curse the for creating big brother, and all the shows that spawned off them.
Luckily I escaped to Japan so I "missed" the entire first episode in NL. Not that I enjoyed the silly slapstick of Japanese TV that much, but I prefer to stuff a cactus up my rear-end to watching these faux "reality" shows.
Last stint in the US the Karblablikans took precedence over the "situation" in Libya, and so did college "football" over the worldcup Rugby (hell, at least I won the sweepstakes with New-Zealand behind my name... That would be the island south-east of Australia, and an actual tough sport with non-padded men for you middle-earthers)
That was a bit, ehm, crude I suppose. I think Zuppero got it a bit closer with his nuclear-powered steam driven rocket (we just need water).
The pdf is quite entertaining (albeit long, 450+ pages) read.
About a couple hundred years ago. Then when visited a couple of years ago, and they all shook my hand and said "hey mate, how you doin? Take a beer from the esky and there's a steak on the barbie for ya"
Only the article says "send data at no less than 12 megabytes a second".
In my humble experience that would be 96Mbps....
Either the article is wrong, or I am.. And I didn't watch the video..
After reading through the article I never thought it could have been an iPhone. If it was close to his butt, the signal would probably have crapped out...
Obligatory xkcd entry
is all :-)
It was an Aussie radio presenter a while back who said (I probably don't have to quote all right): "driving around and seeing all these vanity plates made me realize there's hundreds of different ways to spell WANKER!"
Good one ;-)
Well put my man! Why the down votes though? Some people don't know the meaning of sarcasm anymore I guess.
Saying this after boarding a plane in China, sitting 2 hours on the tarmac and then being released to the terminal again after about 20 passengers trying to start a mutiny, and then 2 hours more in the terminal, followed by a 2 hour flight. Sigh.
I cannot recommend just boarding a plane to have "lunch" to then debark again, to go back boarding 2 hours later and have "dinner", by the way.
Also much worse things were said than: "Are we going to have food on this flight", trust me, and nobody got arrested.
On a unrelated note: Why do I start feeling homicidal on 5 hour flights that depart at 1am when they first serve "dinner", then duty-free, have an over-zealous captain talk in 2 languages telling how high up you are, and how fast you are flying,, and which part of the world you are passing over (it's freakin' dark at 2am) and how accurately close within 5 minutes you will be landing (at 5am including timezone), then 1 hour later "breakfast"? Is it normal to have multiple meails and buying expensive merchandise for no reason at all and yabbering in your ear all night long after 12 midnight?
Would that be this one?
What, the patent for playing Bingo (20060017227 Bingo-like and trivia televison game show ), or the actual: 20090144195 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY REPLENISHING AN ELECTRONIC PAYMENT ACCOUNT
Sheez, this guy has some wild variations in his patent applications...
Up to my last physical at age 34 I had a cut-off at around 22Khz. I can still hear the older CRT TVs when the fire up. They would only work for me (apparently) at around 8Khz when I close my left ear... Thanks to standing next to a monitor at a Camel concert (am I showing my age here?)
Mine's the one with the earplugs in the pocket....
Gb or GB? I know I can look it up somewhere, but 2Gb DDR, or 2GB DDR2 is a big difference, and so is 64Gb or 64GB...
There... That's the pedant in me.
google pulled over
And sometimes the police (in the Netherlands in this case) don't like google taking pictures everywhere :-)
Like this maybe... ?
Ok, I searched for it:
decade = substring( my_YYDDD_DateString, 1,1 ) ;
--return a YYYYDDD date string.
if( decade = 0 ) then
return "20" || my_YYDDD_DateString ;
return "19" || my_YYDDD_DateString ;
Thanks for that. I was too worried about getting flack for it to say it first....
Can we change the song in this bar now? MJ is making my beer go stale
@Steve Davies 3
No worries. Darwinian law will take care of this. In the future the ladies will only pick the guys who can handle cool gadgets without holding them upside-down, leaving more and more lefties without partners, eventually eliminating all.
ahhrrr crap. Fell for the male-chauvinist trap. Ofcourse I meant that all -fill in gender--s will select partners who can handle gadgets without holding them upside-down, thus eliminating lefties, etc. Stop flame, there, fixed.Even added the appropriate icon.
@But will wireless work out of the box?
Running 8.10 here on my brand new Pavillion dv4.
The broadcom 4322AG wireless straight after installation without doing anything extra.
Also, when I plugged in my Huawei E220 modem it was detected instantly, asked me which provider I used (and country), and ran perfect after that.
The only correction I had to make was an extra sound driver to solve stuttering sound output, but this took about 10 minutes to find and install.
I expect 9.04 to be great!
I believe the consensus on this is that C# is supposed to refer to the musical note...:-s
C-Sharp (as in See Sharp).
I'm not dismissing the technology, but can someone tell me what the fuel efficiency of a plug-in electrical car is in a country running (mostly) on fosil-fuel powerplants?
Fosil fuel (coal, LNG, etc) to electricity (AC), losses in transportation through the grid, into your AC/DC converter in your car, efficiency of turning electrical energy into chemical energy (your battery), then, when driving, efficiency of chemical to electrical energy again, efficiency of turning this electrical energy to mechanical energy (the electric motor under the bonnet)...
In the entire chain, how much is the total efficiency of the entire chain, as in how far does a liter (or gallon, whichever you prefer) burned in the power plant get you?
I know, to be fair, if you take all this into consideration, you should do the same for conventional internal combustion engines, and include fuel burning by the trucks transporting your diesel/LPG/whatever to the gas station, but this would also mean adding transportation losses of bringing fuel to the power-plants...
Plug-in type cars would be a good idea ofcourse (if reducing CO2 emissions is the goal) if you pull your electricity from things like solar panels or wind farms. (Do you know the enormous amount of CO2 emissions are caused by creating a hydro-power dam? It takes a long time to "compensate" this).
@jake - average IQ
minor correction... average IQ is always 100, which oddly enough means that if a person with an IQ lower than 100 leaves your area, and you are above 100, your IQ will actually come DOWN.
So you can thank Paris for handing you a lower IQ..
If you have 2 persons, person A with an IQ of 80, and person B with an IQ of 120 (to make the average IQ of 100), and person A is removed, person B will now have an IQ of 100.
Hope that brightened up your day :-)
Really think this will be used by buisiness travellers? Really?
I foresee the lines being taken full time by 6 people calling "their loved ones" to tell them they love them, every time the plane hits a bump, or makes a "funny noise", and annoying first-time travellers giving a detailed account on where they are located now ("hey, look up, I'm flying over your house now").
Not to mention the people who keep updating their itinerary to the people waiting for them at the arrival hall.
I also don't know if, or how I will tolerate all the latest "crazy frog", "diddle dees" and Nokia morse-codes on full volume during the course of the flight.
(mine's the one with the GSM blocker in the pocket)
Nah, it was the B-webdesigner-FH
BWDFH: "Boss, my 15 year old keyboard seems to have some problems, can you order me a new one [preferably the one with the gaming and internet shortcut keys]?"
Boss: "Nah, we are in a credit crunch, the beancounters wouldn't approve it, just try the best you can do until we have money to get you what you need in about 5 year's time."
BWDFH: "yah, ok, no problem". Clicke y-clicke y-click. "Ok Boss, the new web portal is up and running. See you Monday!"
Good to know tomorrow will be succesful too..
They are safe tomorrow as well and will appear 12 seconds ahead of schedule to the tracking ships...
Nice forward thinking going on in the Chinese space program :-)
I can't stop laughing after seeing this one :-) My girlfriend doesn't see the humour at all but she's laughing too (because of me I'm afraid).
This is meant seriously? Really.... forgive me for any typos right now, I can't see clearly anymore.
Didn't LOL that much since the last BOFH.
Thanks for the fun. I needed that.
no way this is serious.. Is it?
and I thought it was normal...
To walk into a club in Rome while on assignment there and in the end of the night, instead of walking out with a girl, ending up fixing their phone system so they could call the taxi for me.
Ah well, at least I'm a member of that club now.
nobody mentions Mel Brooks?
I immediately thought back to "men in tights"
King Richard: [taking Prince John's crown] You are no longer worthy to wear this sacred symbol of authority.
Prince John: Oh please have mercy on me, brother. It wasn't my fault. I got some really bad advice from Rottingham.
Crowd: [coughs] Bullshit! Bullshit!
King Richard: Brother, you have surrounded your given name with a foul stench!
[to the crowd]
King Richard: From this day forth, all the toilets in the kingdom shall be known as... johns!
Prince John: NOOOOOOOOOOO!
King Richard: Take him away! Put him in the Tower of London! Make him part of the tour.
yes.... And there was beer in those Japanese vending machines too... And hot coffee when waiting the full 1 minute for the next train to arrive. Good times indeed. :-)
Re: The bitter truth of being a Mac user
Number of times I chose the hardware to run on: many
Number of times I chose the OS I wanted to run on it: many
Number of times I didn't pay too much for a half-eaten fruit logo: just as many
Number of times I had to listen to "but it's much better in graphics" drivel: too many
No, I'm not an MS fanboy, and not a Linux fanboy per-se, I run both actually, MS mostly because buisiness requires me to use Outlook (*sigh*). Once somebody in Linuxland solves that, yes, I might step away from MS altogether. Not because I hate MS, just because I like free stuff... that works too.
And please, quit the "you need sys-admin knowledge to install Linux, and command prompt to do any kind of configuration" rethoric. I have "converted" a couple of friend's laptops to Ubuntu (from Vista) and my PC support time for said friends have dropped to virtually 0 hours, and none of them have complained (after I guaranteed them I would roll them back to XP -not Vista- if they would so desire, at my cost).
Oh, yes, I know a bunch of people with Macs too. Great if you want "a great looking machine", "cool, crisp screen", etc., but there's no compelling reason for me to empty my wallet for one of these.
Re: About that wind tunnel
Phones dialling in pockets....
Most phones (don't know if this is common on all phones) will allow emergency numbers to by dialled even when the keypad of the phone is locked.
In my phones, when I type 911, or 112 (US and NL emergency numbers) it will "unlock" the keyboard at typing the last digit.
I have woken up in the morning (technically for me, it was morning), checking my keypad-locked phone for dialled numbers to find out I called emergency somewhere the preceding night unknowingly.
@all you claiming this is a victory over the metric system...
I'm not sure I still follow what a pound is anymore...
In Texas.. US...
I think in "Bad boys" and many other similar cop propaganda they say something like "he's dangerously going over 80 miles an hour in this pursuit" or something in that flavour. 80 Mph? That's an easy commute home after rush.
Of course, I would only drive that "fast" on an almost empty freeway, until I hit the border with Germany, where I would go 120Mph max, because any faster than that I'd be at my destination too soon.
Over 25Mph+ over a felony? What will they come up with next? Releasing blather pressure on a cactus indecent exposure?
"Hey Bill, nice truck"
"Yeah, it idles really cool Joe"
"Does it run fast too Bill?"
"Heck I don't know Joe, I can only go 55Mph cause any faster, the cops will pull me over and I get the death penalty"
"Shame of that Hemi big block you got in there"
"Yeah, but the commercial for it is really cool isn't it?"
Ok, I know, it's a bit late to respond, but I have an excuse. I was doing a practice round for Friday night on Thursday, and suddenly it was Sunday.
"Alright brain. I don't like you and you don't like me, so just get me through this exam so I can go back to kiling you slowly with beer" - Homer Simpson
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer" - Frank Zappa