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It's and very old sort of problem, the different TV standards, and, a decade ago, you could expect to feed an NTSC signal into a SCART socket and get a picture out of your TV from a video. The old analogue electronics were able to handle the different standards, once you got past the tuner modules.
DVD changed that a little, expecially with the region locks, but it was still analogue between the player and the TV.
Want to bet that there's not some sort of region lock entangled with this one?
Re: Couple of points
That's the pattern I recall.
And the teachers responsible also taught other subjects. I failed History O-level. The History teacher was one of the Sports teachers.
Anecdotal evidence, but it supports the thesis that bad teachers can't teach anything.
While a century ago the word "barge" covered a range from canal boats to self-propelled coastal vessels, and both Europe and the USA have some quite ship-like objects on their big rivers, it is a word which suggests something of rather limited seagoing capability.
You would need good weather to take such a vessel outside San Francisco Bay. The US East Coast does have a coastal waterway.
If they want a barge in Europe they will have to build it here.
As for what it can do, there are quite a few Exhibition Centres by big rivers and docks. It's been a shift in the use of land as the traditional ports have been redeveloped. I have my doubts about access to such places as Canary Wharf in London, but it could be moored withing walking distance of some pretty big Trade Shows. And then maybe the metal structure makes sense. Instead of Google sharing an exhibition hall with thousands of people wanting to use mobile tech, phone and networks, they can provide their own space, with the clean radio bandwidth they need, and a very fast connection to the rest of the Internet.
It wouldn't hurt for a training course either.
There's a history of technology companies running training courses as promotions for their products. It goes back a long way. Singer did it for sewing machines. John Deere does it for tractors and combine harvesters. And please don't try to tell me these things are not technology. What do you know about how such machines work?
How Much Does It Matter
I am assured, on the best authority, that no episode has ever been filmed on another planet.
The Doctor doesn't meet humans. He meets humanoid robots who think they are human.
If it were a showroom, I rather think the construction process would be different. Welding shipping containers together doesn't sound quite right.
Re: New World Order prediction...
James Bond is doing chocolate delvery?
It looks as if Dr. Richard Gatling's patent toenail clipper has been bought by another customer.
The missing question
I would consider a cheap Android tablet for some sorts of use, rather than risk my Nexus 7. I could use a big MicroSD card and, back home, connect it to my TV as a media player streaming over wifi.
No Bluetooth or 3G, but what do you want to do? And a cheap 7-inch might have the edge on an iPad for slipping into a pocket, though a Kindle is a better ebook reader. But is an eBook all you want?
What do you want to do today? That is the question the surveys don't ask.
It is worrying that ISPs seem to be ignoring IPv6, and, the last time I was looking, IPv6 support wasn't even mentioned on the retail packaging of router/modem hardware.
The sudden invocation of privacy concerns is not unexpected, but sticking with IPv4 is not going to stop NSA and GCHQ and their like. They're snooping on us already. My "dynamic" IPv4 address hasn't changed for over a week. It's not like the days of dial-up when the dynamic address was an accident of which ISP modem you were connected to. Should I switch off my broadband connection every half-hour?
My hardware is getting old enough that I am thinking about replacement, chiefly for better wi-fi, but why should I replace it with something that cannot support IPv6? Why should locked into an obsolete system?
In the past, the courts have challenged the excesses of those who police us.
I am not so confident that will happen today. As Leveson said, the non-enforcement of laws against phone-hacking is used to justify new laws, not enforcement of laws. Jr ner abg nyybjrq cevinpl nal zber,
Android can help
A quick search on Google Play will reveal several free Wifi scanner Apps. It is dead easy to check the frequency space around you for the best channel.
Streaming depends on having enough connection capacity when you want to watch the material. Round here, on my line, that's not certain during evenings and weekends.
Downloads can come in overnight.
I'm currently struggling to download an ebook which depends on an Intel experimental viewer, and comes in at over 600MB. The whole system seems to assume a high-speed internet connection.
The future is unevenly distributed. So, it seems, is the present.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
I think you misunderstand the difference between not swearing by a God and swearing against a God.
In any case, as disputes over infant and adult baptism show, one might question whether a particular child understands an oath or affirmation, without challenging the existence of a God.
What I see is something God-neutral. The new phrase for Guiding is "To be true to myself and develop my beliefs," and I just cannot see how that can be claimed to be a denial of any God. It covers those who believe in a God and, coupled with the rest of the Promise, covers both what and why somebody makes the choices they do.
Is anyone telling the truth?
It's generally know that drugs sold "on the street" contain many impurities, some of them safe dilutants, some not. That white powder is unlikely to be pure.
While I have seen recent reports in news media, where a drug was bought through the Silk Road, and was going to be analysed to check it was what it was claimed to be, I don't recall any follow-up reporting of the lab results. The stories were of how easy it all was.
It might have been worth the dealers supplying a more consistent product. They might have been at a different level in the normal distribution chain, Did the Silk Road have features that allowed them to gain a reputation?
I don't entirely trust what I have heard, about any of the parties involved. They all have reasons to lie, and we know just how often the NSA and the DEA and the FBI collaborate in lies about how evidence was gathered. It's possible that the NSA found a way of identifying DPR by illicit means, not usable in court, and, once they were pointed in the right direction, the FBI have discovered a valid chain of evidence. We know this happens.
Did the Silk Road hurt anyone as much as the armed drug dealer on a street corner? How much damage does it do to us all to know that the security of the internet is illusory. Never mind the Silk Road and Bitcoin, can we trust ebay and PayPal?
I am a little sceptical about whether this will be useful, but I can see how it stands a better chance with Tesco than with Apple Stores.
You can see how it might look better with Apple's fingerprint sensor.
I am not sure I would want to use such systems, but Tesco has the retail footprint to set the standards.
It's not the program, it's the anniversary
This could be a naff episode, and it won't matter much. There are a few shows that last, a few ideas that endure, and Doctor Who is one of them. Fifty years, still picking up new fans, sometimes bad, and sometimes more than good, and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't last another fifty years.
It won't even be the first Doctor Who story broadcast in 3D... And there is all of space and time to tell stories in.
The reasoning behind the choice of Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot the system is pretty good.
All it does now is call up a special menu screen, and for that it may be excessive. So why did Microsoft adopt Ctrl-Alt-Del for that particular purpose? Calling up Task Manager isn't a bad option in modern Windows, not so wildly different from a reboot, but it's a longer, more complicated, process. The need for the original protections has faded. It's no longer a single step that you don't want to accidentally trigger.
But either Bill Gates was being silly, all those years ago, or somehow it's been misunderstood just which part of the history he was referring to. The original Ctrl-Alt-Del is different from today's. Which is the mistake?
I( am not 100% sure that the TPS are adequately maintaining their database.
The problem with a ninja outfit is that everyone knows you are a ninja. (I once had a girlfriend who claimed to be studying ninjutsu: the outfit is apparently from Japanese theatre.)
There's enough there for a tropical island, but, even with the internet, there are so many more options with a London flat.
Re: Greedy Bastards
It's all about the "grey" market, which has been going on the high-tech gear for as long as I can remember. I first saw it with cameras, where there were different model numbers in the USA and UK for the same camera, and different prices.
But at least the film was the same size, and used the same photons.
If you import a phone from the USA, does it use the same frequencies? Is it lawful to sell it in Europe?
This might not be just corporate greed. But if you were in Europe, and bought one of these phones in the belief you could use it in the USA when you visited, it looks as though you have a chance of getting your money back.
Re: Probably a *lot* simpler if they stopped all this *extra* rubbish and just tracked 1 thing.
The old "get on your bike" meme from the Eighties can screw up resource planning in the UK.
Re: How's it supposed to work anyway?
A part of the problem is that the EU system requires national parliament to put EU Directives into National Law. There are enough differences in such things as the organisation of courts that details need to be local.
So every one of the bad European Laws our press rails against has been passed by the UK parliament. The detailed text has been prepared by the British Civil Service. Getting out of the EU will not change who is responsible for the laws well will have to follow. There is no guarantee it will change any of the Bad Laws.
I do know of things which have been difficult in the UK partly because we don't have structures which the rest of Europe has. For instance, an identity card system which evolved in the Victorian era to support a conscript army. Those armies are obsolete, but the ID cards are a normal part of life, and support Schengen. Similarly, when the system of EU support for agriculture changed in 1992, Britain had to start from scratch with recording land areas and who farmed them. Some of the design choices of the system our glorious leaders set out were difficult to implement.
So be careful what you ask for. Please.
I am sure that rebuilding Hadrian's Wall will be popular in Newcastle.
Re: the 20p scale
A British 20p coin and an American nickel are both very slightly more than 21mm in diameter.
A ruler would be better, but surely the official Register unit of measurement should be the Cricket Pitch.
So I went and bought one.
This is the first USB hub I have ever bought which doesn't run warm to the touch. And it has the feel of a quality product, from the first moment you plug into one of its sockets.
Re: (Mail, Maps, Currents, Google+ etc)
I flashed the ROM on my old phone a few weeks ago. Somehow you need to get the code on the phone to do that, and going through Google Play seems to be the easiest way. The utility I used has other uses.
It has made a big difference to what my phone can do.
There's a lot of grey area hacking in these revised ROMs. Cyanogen going corporate might give them the respectability needed to make money, but they will have to pay for access to the Play store. I don't feel I have cheated anyone upgrading my Play-store-enabled phone to get a Play-store-enabled phone, but a lawyer can disagree.
There are a couple of very useful utilities I have which need root access. Making them part of the OS toolset might be a better answer. For instance, there is nothing obviously wrong with an ntp-app having the clocksetting permissions needed for sub-second time-setting precision but a user-app doesn't have those permissions available.
So going through Play looks a good option, and there are extras that could be added to Cyanogen which might be worth paying for.
Luvvie-choice? Too soon to say.
This makes sense.
Whether the V&A is the most appropriate choice can be questioned. Where would you put LOHAN, for instance? Apple computers, of all sorts and ages, have a strong design element, but they are more than just a design.
Whether it is so good a choice in ten years, I wouldn't like to guess. But I would point at the Royal Armouries as an alternative to the V&A for this. Are you looking at it as a weapon, or as a piece of design with big implications for the history of 3D printing? Print it with spun sugar and it could be a desert-topping too.
What else does the NSA do?
The NSA is supposed to protect US communications security. If they have weakened NIST Standards, are they traitors?
short range is good, but...
There have been reports of longer than expected ranges in payment card situation. Something to be wary of.
In the case of that mobile phone holder on a car, I would think of where I put the phone when I left the car. Maybe a card with NFC and useful written details slipped into whatever pocket I use.
But my mobile doesn't use NFC.
I can imagine uses for the tech in hospitals, but they are not yet electronic enough. If staff used tablets for record keeping, tagging the patient could work well. And it could be more awkward if you have to wave a gadget near a patient's wrist when now you just have to ask for the name.
But it isn't a flat pack and you cannot store books on it.
New Materials since 1939
We can use a lot of new materials developed since the last rigids. Carbon fibre composites replacing aluminium alloys, synthetics replacing cow intestines in gasbags, kevlar replacing steel wires; there are so many better choices.
And sometimes the engineers of that era just got it right. What might Barnes Wallis have done with our tools?
Re: Don't believe the hype
Amazon doesn't just sell ebooks, but the screensize on smartphones is a bit small for books and videos, at least for my eyes. I could see this working for something Kindle-sized, they have stuff they can sell, and keep selling.
As an occasional author, I am not sure that it is worth the hassle of selling though Amazon. I would have to sign up with the American taxman before I could self-publish through Amazon. For the sort of sales people get, I might as well give things away through Gutenberg. (Amazon play a statistical trick with "average" sales and the long tail.)
Does this depend on Amazon attaining a monopoly on cat videos?
What do you really need from a phone?
I bought one of those cheap Chinese Android phones a few weeks ago. I have a Nokia not-dumb phone which is getting tired, and since it is pre-Android it isn't really much more than a phone with a camera.
Out of the box, it's limited by the amount of RAM. It's also running an old Android version.
After a couple of weeks, I took a deep breath, and rooted it: flashed the ROM and installed a utility that let me use the microSD card as if it were internal memory. Suddenly I have room for more than a minimum of apps.
I think we're likely to be unusual. How many people on the internet would be willing to do things like that? Make the product good enough, and why bother? I don't feel a need to do anything like that to my Nexus 7. In the long run, a low percentage of that sort of hackery is likely to be a good thing. It's a form of competition, a challenge to the official developers.
And, if you don't want to trust a modified ROM image, you still have to trust the NSA.
Re: The name's already taken.
That still doesn't invalidate the relative merits of GM and Ford.
And I am sure you heard about how the most recent episode of Top Gear ended. If there is a pattern, it's of failure of the top-level management of large companies: the people we call "The City" and "Wall Street".
I think any large car company is going to have design problems for the next generation. The hybrid designs have a place, but they're a bit of a stopgap. How do you move away from liquid hydrocarbons? That's going to be the big test. And what is the lifespan of the battery-pack. hybrid or pure electric, going to do to the economics of vehicle use?
It's not unlike how we buy our smartphones, electricity and battery-packs instead of airtime and hardware.
Amazon lies with statistics
If you're in the long tail, you get bugger all from self-publishing through Amazon. They tell you the "average" which is hugely inflated by 50 Shades of Grey. What you can expect is a few quid a month, and the hassles of dealing with US tax.
But it you are buying, it looks good.
I almost bought a MIPS machine
It was one of those Chinese sub-netbooks, a bit too sub to be useful, too tight on RAM. It's assembly cost that strangles the low end of GP computing. A new chip won't change that.
Re: damage limitation
I was sceptical when the Chelsea Manning story came out, because that is really a good way to get political support for clemency, if you're in the USA. Then various people I knew, with a less sheltered life than I have had, started pointing out the clues which supported it.
But it would be rather unprofessional not to have stopped David Miranda, even though I seriously doubt anyone would be silly enough to have had him carrying Snowden data. Are the Moscow Rules fiction or not? They are at least an echo of truth, and anyone working with Snowden should be assuming they are in enemy territory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Rules
That doesn't stop anyone being stupid, on either side, and the Miranda affair does fit with a hope of stupidity.
Re: Am I missing something here...?
I don't know why anyone thinks Snowden data is passing from the film-maker to the reporter. There might be conversations about Snowden data, but she's already on a watch-list. It doesn't make sense to put her in the pathway from Snowden to Greenwald.
How is Google's attitude going to affect the way the EU regards the USA as a place where protected data can be stored and handled. There seems to be an implicit expectation of privacy as a result of that, but it could be part of the growing pattern of "You though we meant it" on privacy of data in the USA.
Legally, they might be in the clear, but saying there is no expectation of privacy may being going a bit to far. Google haven't hidden what they do, and it's the US government that is the elephant in this room.
Re: Stop mucking abaat...
I was a fan back in the day. There were good bits, but I can see the flaws you mention. Some were typical of the time, such as the wobbly sets and poor graphics. Maybe, in those ancient days of no repeats, and home video still being new, TV pacing was different.
A "reboot" makes more sense than for Star Trek. The Trek franchise is full of new starships and new captains. There's nothing in B7 that could support a Next Generation, but the basic plot of a dissident, framed for a horrible crime, who escapes and fights back, it could work.
Would it be worth the effort? That's the same question you can ask of any new TV series.
How to restart Blake's Seven
Avon walked out of the shower, bare skin glistening with droplets of water, and reached for his hair-dryer...
(The one with the teleport bracelet in the pocket
Electricity or hot water
A solar hot water system may be better than photovoltaic.
Either way, it might be worth building houses differently to provide a large area of roof at the right angle, azimuth and elevation. The roof structure would have to be a bit different, not just because of the weight of the panels, but the standard symmetric roof doesn't feel right.
There's a lot of detail in house design we should be applying science and engineering to. There are times when trapping solar heat is a bad idea. That's where a wide verandah could help. But the design depends on our climate. This country does need to build new houses, and they need to be designed right.
And then we need to get the design past the planning system.
What has it got in its pocketsess?
The guidance I have seen is that phone numbers should be handled as if it were personal data, because you don't know how many people are associated with the phone number.
And a phone number has to be known to the network in order to deliver calls.
So an MAC doesn't sound so different to a phone number.
You might be able to claim that some always-visible MAC is a fixed piece of hardware but that means that all the rest is associated with an individual. I can't see how you can get away with not being careful.
IT is not what a business makes money out of, unless IT is the business.
IT innovation can reduce costs. But if you're a buggy whip manufacturer expecting IT innovation to save the say, if it works out you are very likely now an IT company.
I am seeing CAPTCHAs which are being used to run an advertising video before any test text is presented.
That doesn't change the bad points of the test. But it does substantially increase the annoyance.
The same duck test is used by FinCEN in America, and on March 18th 2013 they issued guidelines on virtual currency. They're looking at stuff such as money-laundering and the record-keeping requirements. BitCoin was maybe a blackbox, money going in via recordable transactions and coming back out, but no imformation on what was happening, and they don't like that.
It seems to have badly affected the virtual currency used in Second Life: a lot of people use it. A few in the game make enough profit to want to get USD out, and that process has become more difficult.
This news isn't really a surprise.
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