No sign of Go for AIX yet, which is a pain.
63 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007
Re: I guess I am going to budget for a few more years on my current fleet
That's the wrong question, I think.
Sure, computers make mistakes, always have, always will.
But once the self-driving car makes significantly less mistakes than a human it should be accepted and used, no ?
Re: I used to love technology
Car technology really sucks and its getting worse. So many options, the integration is awful. I have a Renault, I can't turn off the radio without turning off the GPS, and the "mute" function on the radio also mutes the GPS. On another car I've played with you just can't turn off the radio/media player at all, and there's no mute button.
I really want my self-driving car, but I know its going to suck too.
Re: Keybord passwords
I do that in work, since Active Directory insists that a password goes stale after a few months. Unfortunately my office keyboard and my mobile device keyboard don't have the same layout - it can be difficult logging back into my work email to get me hotel reservation number on the rare occasions I have to travel....
Nuclear Power Stations
There are project fails in the realm of civil engineering too. From bridges being built before the road that never appears to cost overruns and leaks on chemical or nuclear plants. The ITER project is currently exceeding its budget, the US F35 is a laughing stock, etc.. The software industry shouldn't be singled out.
Eventually the insurance costs will go to zero..
Eventually everyone involved - insurance companies, governments, manufacturers and users - will understand that on average there are less accidents and less costs with driverless cars. Eventually there will be a big cost incentive to buy a car without a steering wheel. At that point the insurance companies might well have a problem if the government decides to just levy a tax to cover liabilities...
When was he was unaware of the "defeat device"?
Surely the question is not "if", its "when"? Obviously he knew before he resigned. The question would be if he knew, for example, before the car was commercialised in the US.
Bond, will you please pay attention!
Re: The email dilemma
In France if you ban webmail then the work mail becomes "private", you're not allowed to monitor it.
Webmail is good, it helps enforce the separation between work and play.
Also, for email addresses, doesn't everyone use Trashmail?
Not good for NVMe then?
Only 16 PCIe lanes from the chip itself. So the NVMe drive has to go on the chipset. So its not good for my new high performance machine that I'm looking to build. Next!
Re: Radeon Fury
Yes, plus a NVMe SSD sitting directly on the CPUs PCIe lines - so that's going to be an i7 5960X. More money than I've ever spen on a PC..
Re: on target
Casualties do not come from inaccurate wepons - at least not any more.
Today casualties are almost always from incorrect information - firing on the wedding party because you've assumed that only terrorists would group together at that place and time.
Incidentally, that's not supposed to happen according to the Geneva conventions, which makes each mistake a war crime...
Missing the standard quote...
"This level of sophistication is normally associated with a state sponsored cyber attack"...
The Sony attack was a state operation but this was a gang of criminals? Somebody's jerking us around.
Every engine the same, but different
I saw in a different forum what the installation problem was.
Its a problem with the motors. Depending on where they're attached to the wing they have to behave differently. You have to first install the software and then add the settings. If you mix them up its very difficult to detect it on the ground. Once in the air its difficult not to notice.
Re: Good news / Bad news
I read it as even worse - current users of iPhones are staying away in droves.
Or perhaps the group "users of smartphones" can be broken down into "15% iPhone, 85% android", of which they all have an equal propensity to refresh their hardware and have no brand loyalty?
Lawyers in the US already had a hard time getting work
The US overproduces Lawyers in abundance - that's why so many end up "ambulance chasing". So this is going to make student debt harder to pay off. On the up side in-house lawyers for big companies may feel empowered to not use "outside council". If the big lawyers loose out it might make the US a more livable society...
I don't have any dollars
So if you think it'd help I'll agree ;)
If there was a way I'd give all my tax money to SpaceX.
The Airane 5 is a bit boring. The new "Vega" launch vehicle is a bit exciting. Nothing in Europe has an exciting vision for space, and there's no money going that way either. The Kourou launch site is excellent, SpaceX should ask for a launch pad there...
Who actually told Kim about the film?
I'd never heard of "The Interview" before the attack. If you were a quaking servant to Kim, and you'd found out about an upcoming file by secretly surfing IMBD, would you tell him? So who did? Maybe Sony sent a personal invite to the premier ? Bullshit on max, I agree.
Self declaration is the basic principle of taxation since the beginning.
Then you get audited and if your declarations are incorrect, you're screwed.
Personally I think tax auditors should be freelance and they should get a percentage of any extra revenue they extract from their targets. They would target the big fat estates and leave us little buggers mostly alone.
Israel has the resoureces
If Israel wanted peace, they would have made it happen. They have complete logistic and economic control of the Palestinian proto-state. On the Palestinian side they have no reserves, no way to move back on one axe and move forward on another. However the Palestinians have tried, and each time Israel has taken what they've given up but returned nothing.
Specifically Israel doesn't want peace because they would have to give Palestinian the fair share of the fresh water the Israel is currently using for farming.
Hamas is the elected government of the Gaza strip. Therefore they are a state militia, not a terrorist organization. Any media blandly declaring them to be terrorists are accepting the Israel worldview as the only one possible.
Politicians are corrupt - by definition
We live in a capitalist society. Our society believes that each individual benefiting themselves will benefit society. And then we vote for a politician and expect them to work selflessly for the good of the whole without benefiting themselves? Really?
The whole article is rubbish
The author starts by saying that rent limits, an economic term, is bad. Then he generalizes from there to any sort of rent limit. A rent contract does contain limits - is that bad? In Ireland around the time of the famine they discovered that letting owners jack up the rent whenever they wanted was bad. So laws controlling rent increased and eviction were passed. Is that a limit? In France when you build 100 high-price buildings you also have to build a percentage of rent-controlled accommodation, does that break the free market?
As for housing, the author is looking for some sort of building anarchy - if I can build it I should be allowed to build it. No planning for roads, sewage, emergency services. That planning is necessary is obvious, that a town plans in little bits is common sense. If economics says something that is the opposite of an obvious common sense approach, then its broken.
Free mobile doesn't use WiFi
I live in france. I use Free for both my home ADSL and for my mobile phone. Its true that Free offers a FemtoCell for the ADSL line which boosts the mobile phone reception inside the house. However the idea that the pre-existing ADSL deployment was a major part of the Free Mobile deployment is completely wrong. Free stared in the ADSL business by giving a highly automated service that was better and cheaper than the existing operators. They had a one-price-fits-all strategy, but they gave little or no assistance if you had a problem. When they became a mobile operator they promised that they would halve average prices, and registered a competitor's price list to prove it.
The problem with most asteroid defense schemes is that the person in control could turn around and threaten the earth with the system that they're supposed to use on the asteroid.
My proposition is to use a beam of anti-particles - because that would be cool, but also because an antiparticle would never be able to penetrate the atmosphere.
Apparently there are pockets of antiparticles generated by the sun and captured by the earths magnetic field... just saying !
Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear
Well we already have precision guided wepons. Funny thing, if a precision guided wepon hits a civilain, you can't say it was a mistake - you deliberetly aimed at an objective and then killed a civilian. That's a war crime. So maybe a sniper is happy to have the excuse of saying "I was aiming at something in fromt of the civilian and the shot veered off...", which is not a war crime...
Re: span port or inline will be needed
Ntop is great. Span port can suck as configuration goes, and I would't want to configure one remotely. Inline configuration is good - particurlarly combined with the NAT and a Firewall. An ethernet tap is great, but I've never tried it with Ntop. An ethernet tap is a small hardware contraption that seperately splices into the "in" and "out" stream of an ethernet link. So you need a box with 2 ethernet ports to record the trafic from each direction. Plus a third to actually communicate.
What about the smell
Generally they test anything they send to space to make sure it has no smell. Which generally means it has no taste either. Half the attraction of express is the aroma. Nice in the morning, but you probably wouldn't want it to hang around all day.
Hey, is he putting Ireland into "internal communications" ?
I'm Irish. I learned in school that "British Isles" is a geographical term that includes the island of Ireland. So he's NOT spying on the Irish? Ridiculous, the nearest source of seasoned ex-terrorists being ignored !
It only exists to let BAe be a player
The UK and French have agreed to work on a new combat drone. BAe wants a big slice of the cake, and rolls out the advertisement. On the other hand the French worked on a similar drone called the nEUROn (with crazy spelling). For the first flight they simply invited the press. Much more credible.
almost tempts me to lean a new language
But my normal language is Perl, and my trade is mostly quick-and-dirty...
CO2 vs dust!
In your notes you mention CO2, which is a variable that is monitored and that could have a greenhouse effect. I think that atmospheric dust has also been identified as a variable of similar importance to the greenhouse effect. Many sources of man-made dust have been massively reduced over the last 20 years as oil has become more expensive and as clean air laws have come into force. More could be done quire cheaply. So I really don't get the general obsession about CO2.
Its like when you have proof that a politician is lying...
Everybody thinks that politicians lie about anything they think they can get away with. But when you catch one making an outright lie, should they be punished ?
I think they should. And in the same logic I think the US should be punished for having a spy agency that's out of control.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
Why not use a vacuum? Or a partial vacuum.
Holding a vacuum is only a materiel science problem, its not difficult.
Mostly seems a good set of reccomendations
I live in France, so I read the 3 pages in French.
Passwords: they didn't say "use a separate password for each application". Changing every month is stupid, that's been debunked many times. Changing every 6 months is probably about right.
The papers distinguish between secret and confidential. Secret get its own treatment. For confidential, use a landline. You don't need to encrypt on a desktop PC - its not mobile. But you must encrypt on anything that can be lost or stolen. Lots of organizations should have that rule !
Don't plug anything mobile into your desktop box, even just to charge it. Says a lot about the chaos you can do to a PC if you can corrupt someone's smartphone...
Generally I would say that the memo is basic common sense.
Buzz on a frech forum about a secret video
There's a lot of huffing and puffing on a french aeronautic forum about a video showing the Rafale doing a "gun kill" on a F-22. Apparently someone is looking for a way to publish without leaving any fingerprints. Might be some connection to whatever the Register has gotten their sticky hands on...
I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!
I currently have an older iMac all-in-one, 27 inch I think. I was expecting to buy a new one soon, until the silly-slim iMacs appeared without an optical drive.
I don't want touch, I don't want Windows 8, I do want a "suspend" that works as well as the current iMac.
I searched for All-in-ones on the Ubuntu compatibility list, the only one had a restriction on power management.
So I'm stuck :(
This reminds me of "Box" from Star Cops?
I think Star Cops is still very technologically accurate. Apart from the space bits ;)
Star Cops had a digital assistant called "Box". Apparently the original idea for Box was that it would use the voice of the owner, although that was dumped during filming.
So the original Box idea was that it should ring someone and basically impersonate their owner.
So this looks like Nylon ?
Nylon started the plastics revolution. It was the first easy to produce long-chain polymer, from what I remember.
If this can be industrialized it certainly will be a game-changer. But is there a risk of it becoming the next Asbestos ? Its built of individual microscopic fibers, if they became disaggregated and then airborne it would be bad for the lungs... So it might be reserved to special uses until the safety aspects are verified...
So should I endorse back?
I've also seen endorsements arriving, and I've ignored them like I ignore everything from Linkedin (why can't I stop it sending me emails?).
But if someone endorses you, should I endorse them back? By ignoring the endorsement, am I ignoring the person? If they're looking for an endorsement, are they looking for a job? So many stupid questions from a worthless feature!
Re: True Cost/Efficiency
I agree, Hydrogen is a way of storing energy, and a poor one compared to petrol. What we need is an energy store that's as easy to use as petrol but that's easy to produce. I vote for Ethanol.
Biofuel is an Enery-Storage technology
We use fossil fuels for 3 things
- General Energy source
- Mobile energy source
- Raw materials
Biofuel lets you store (solar) energy in a transportable format. So we can set up an algae farm in a desert or the middle of the ocean, but probably not as a regional project near where people live. So its like the dreams of the Hydrogen economy, with the advantage of conserving current infrastructure.
How come we don't use space mirrors to perform urban street lighting?
Obviously its better to have Rafales
Who cares to bet that the F35 will be abandoned and the US will buy the french multi-role fighter, Rafale?
I gave money!
My new year's resolution was to give some money to free software that I use. So I gave 50 euros to VLC. I wanted to give money to "Handbrake", that I use to rip my son's DVDs to put them on a mobile video player, but they don't accept donations.
Can we have more pranksters
Those tweets were good, can't help chuckling. Makes me want to go and look at twitter! Nah ;)
One is enough!
The UK will never not be able to rely on an ally to loan them a bit of international cooperation if needed. And if there is another falklands then a 2 week wait will solve the problem of getting your single carrier seaworthy again. Like, they had time to transform a cruise shop into a troop transporter. I think France only has one, think of the new entente cordiale that could be born!
What's wrong with a chopper carrier?
Hi Lewis, what's your take on the french Mistral Helicopter Carrier? I stumbled onto the concept recently while reading about the french trying to sell them to the russians. Personally I like the concept, except maybe for airborne radar options. I don't think you'd launch a Hawkeye from it. But it'd be perfect for a Falklands-style regional conflict, no?
The Mistral-class ships carry amphibious landing boats, tanks and helicopters. They have a hospital deck, and a command-center. Almost no wepons to speak of, that's the support flotilla's job.
Headphones for TV?
Any chance of an article on wireless headphones for home use with a TV?
I've ended up using the ones from LIDIL which have poor quality but otherwise do what I need
- 3.5mm jack
- multiple headphones so several people can listen to the TV
- but separate channels so I can use a separate transmitter for the PC to watch a DVD...
Since bluetooth does pairing, you can't have 2 headphones listening to the same transmitter, right?
For that matter I have friends who want to have wireless loudspeakers...
Eco is easy
Its easy to be environmentally friendly. There's only one rule. "Do not waste." And the corollary, don't waste your time worrying about waste that's so small as to ignore. You know it when your wasting, or you'll recognize it when someone points it out. Its not about carbon emissions, its not about methane or farts or global warming or saving the whales. Just don't waste. Use what you need, leave the rest for the others. Profit when someone finds a way to use less. Do recycle, it reduces waste. Buy the glass container instead of the plastic one because its easier to recycle, unless you want the screw-top that comes with the plastic one. Enjoy it!