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Re: Wrong platform?
I don't think the Lockheed project is going to be small enough for a tank.
But Mach 7 is about twice the muzzle velocity of the M242 25mm cannot on the Bradley. The big question is what sort of power it will need.
There were a lot of kit-cars with the general Lotus 7 look, and of varying quality. Haynes even sold a book on making your own. But the mechanical style of cars has changed. There's not so many cars now with rear-wheel drive to use as donor vehicles. Though Wikipedia provides an impressive list.
I am not sure that a Caterham is quite like the Raspberry Pi. It's maybe a bit more like the FUZE. But they are certainly in the same territory.
There'll never be another...
She has huge experience, and if somebody wanted an election for a democratic President, I would vote for her. Though I would feel guilty about lumbering an old lady with the job.
Sometimes, I don't think we realise how lucky we are, and the monarchies of northern Europe seem to work out pretty well. Britain is part of a group of political solutions that work out pretty well in the modern world. And the next couple of generations look pretty solid. It's the politicians we need to worry about. Some of them deserve the turbulent priest treatment, though it's probably a good thing that those days are over.
There's also only one Royal Air Force.
Some people have strange ideas...
One concept that comes up in studies of human ancestry is exogamy, and it's at the root of all sorts of stories about travelling salesmen and such. There's a tendency to see strangers as sexually desirable. And that feeds into a lot of rather ugly male thinking about protecting women and what men are "entitled" to do.
There are also assumptions that women are somehow asexual, and shocked discoveries that they aren't.
And the lack of mitochondrial DNA only proves that it hasn't been found yet, and suggests that maybe somebody didn't have any daughters live to breeding age.
We don't know enough. We can make guesses based on different human cultures, not just groups such as the Bushmen of the Kalahari—would their society be unchanged if we moved them to prehistoric Europe—but much of this can only be a guess. What would some far-future archaeologist make of a modern sex toy. "It's a ritual object"?
Well, if you want a suggestive analogy, there are one or two stories amongst Star Trek fans concerning well-muscled young men costumed as Next Generation Klingons. And how the way green body-paint can rub off reveals certain late-night activities. There are even very bawdy songs.
That's modern humans for you, and maybe modern contraception, but be careful about gender assumptions in who shags whom.
Re: This proves one important thing...
I can imagine somebody saying, "I think I need new spectacles," which is a bit different. But Microsoft does seem to have been a bit of a foot-dragger on fonts and layouts as displays got bigger with more pixels. The timing feels about right, but why did Ballmer think he needed to go public?
As a counter-example, consider the interactions between Google Drive, Linux, and, er, Android
There might, I suppose, be OS-level features which need to be "right" for a particular cloud service.
I don't think there is an alternative to the ITU, perhaps with the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights involved in the transition.
Incidentally, while there are many good legal reasons for Corporations to be treated as individuals, I reckon they should be treated as children, not adults. For ICANN, that re-casts the question as "Who are the parents?" If ICANN, or its successor, does something stupid, who can send it to bed with no supper? And what's the point of self-punishing children?
"Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers won't drown,"
Drone operators might be under less stress than somebody flying a fast jet pver a battlefield, and that could pay off in effectiveness. They're not affected by high-g manouvers, vibration, or noise. And you have the chance to watch over them, have an experienced supervisor keep an eye on things amd take a wider look, much as in the Battle of Britain some people could fight the battle while the pilots could focus on the local details. But some of that is a leadership problem, and some of the bad aspects can be seen as the intrusion of managers. It's still a battle.
And that is where the lady has her experience.
The more assassination-like missions are a whole different set of problems, starting with just who decides on a target. It's not likely to be a forward air controller marking your target with a laser.
Crimestoppers is the worry
Crimestoppers, to me, suggests anonymous tip-offs.
It's a long time ago now, but I had a couple of experiences with a particular shotgun user that scared me. Not big time, but I wondered. You grow up, in the countryside, expecting certain standards, and seeing a bunch of guys out shooting on a foggy day... Can they see far enough to be safe? But you have to live in the same village. An anonymous tip-off would have been a temptation, but I am not sure how anonymous it would have turned out to be.
Not every legal shotgun or firearms owner is flawless, even if they never start shooting people. And neither are the Police. And then the politicians stick their oar in.
I don't know what I would have done if this Crimestoppers option had been available.
The Personal Factor
Whatever the vehicle, the style of driving can make a bigger difference than these mods. And that's something we can all do.
There's some things that seem a little counter-intuitive at first sight, such as final-drive ratios. But on some vehicles, such as a Land Rover, I'd wonder just what the ratio was optimised for. And any effect might be overwhelmed by the drag. But, on a pre-Defender type, replacing the 2.25 petrol by a later turbo-diesel made a pretty huge difference. Most of that is improved engine tech. On the other hand, that old 2.25 engine was very much a DIY engine. And there were a few problems that were fixable, if you watched for them, such as the carburettor gasket.
Re: More than the core
The nuclear submarine size suggests the USN will be putting some money in already, which is very Skunk-Works. And they do seem to be better than most at running fission reactors. But, while I wouldn't quite call it a stock-market scam, that's a very plausible angle too.
It might be real. There might be a limit on how much LM is willing to bet. It's something longer-term than the markets are comfortable with. But if you bought LM stock last week, you might have a nice profit next week.
This could be big. But is it a big invention, or just big compared to Enron?
Not just London?
Out here in Rural England, about a mile from the motorway, the coverage is pretty crap. And even the network coverage maps that the networks provide show horrible gaps in coverage along the main roads, even for voice phones.
The voice coverage does tend to be a little bit better than predicted, but I still suspect the maps are rather old, and take no account of the reality that trees grow.
I don't feel any great sympathy for you London guys, but we could all benefit from more honest phone companies.
Cats have some strange people.
Fascinating program, but I rather fancied that the cats would be happier if the humans were a little less urbanised. If you're a farmer, with livestock experience, you tend to notice things a little more. The cat isn't such a mystery. They're not like dogs, but the social cues are there.
This ain't rocket science
Sunday evening, I was watching Guy Martin struggling to put a wing on a Spitfire, because he'd held the bolt in his hot little hands for too long.
Liquid Helium is about a degree warmer than the cosmic background, which is still a tad frigid. I don't see any obvious reason why they're using it, but I don't design rockets. The fuel is reported as UDMH and N2O4 which is an old and well-understood combination.
What were the designers thinking?
It is all too apparent to me that Help-desk staff are semi-literate in English, and have too-frequently failed the "English as she is spoke" course at the Bangalore Technical College (Est 2013), on whose long experience they depend.
The standard fixes always involve an easily remedied fault with some other piece of software than that they are supporting, and require you to start some slow-running process that never seems to be resolved before a shift-change.
They will then tell you that they have detected a problem with your Windows installation, even when you are running Linux. Should they want to know your computer's IP address you may safely tell them "127.0.0.1" whereupon hijinks have been known to ensue.
Re: @ scatter
I have two LED lights as hall lights, and what makes the difference is that they have a motion sensor, so there's no groping for the light switch. They also take account of ambient light level. The usual pattern for electronics is a long life, with an initial risk of early failure.
I was already on fluorescents, and colour rendition isn't critical. But this sort of control seems to be quite new, and for a pretty obvious reason. Once you have the voltage for the LEDs, you have to power for the control electronics. The extra expense turns out to be quite small, compared to an ordinary LED. And the end result knocks down the time-domain element of total power consumption.
Re: block anything made by Apple
It's the sort of thing that makes me wonder just what they really know.
Is the Apple enviroment flawed, or is it that they don't understand it?
On this, I would want to know what they really said, and not have to worry what some reporter might have turned it into
Re: I like that sound placement tech
Stereo was never much good, though a binaural recording played back through headphones was better, if you had hearing loss. But we've had digital surround sound for a long time now, and that can pay off big. My late father had bad hearing problems, but just getting background noises coming from a different direction than the speech, and not the volume faking of most ordinary stereo, made a big difference for him.
But how do you fake it through headphones? And can people who can hear the results properly ever be able to afford the hardware?
Re: So why bother to send a letter of request to a foreign country...
Also there is the "legal attache" in the local US Embassy, usually an FBI Agent, with the job of handling cooperation, both ways, with the law enforcement systems of a foreign country. There are probably precedents over international financial crimes, and a warrant from a US court could be part of the process, evidence that a lawful investigation is taking place.
Where does this money come from? Where does it go to? If the piracy means that it doesn't go to a record company, where is it?
Re: the right to be forgotten has to stay as an exception.
Being forgotten implies that you have to be remembered first, and the potential for abuse—people using the right to hide evidence of wrong-doing—is an argument for some sort of balancing check. We know that laws such as the American DMCA, and particularly its notice system, are routinely abused and misapplied.
A lot of the controversy, around the world, comes from things being done without any limit. Doing something as an exception to the norm implies there are limits. Then all you have to do is make sure they are applied. Search warrants, anyone?
I see the same pattern for just about everything. "Have you rebooted" seems to be a standard helpdesk answer, possibly taught by a training college in Bangalore. It's not totally ridiculous a suggestion. And if you had the time to go to another town, you had the time to try a reboot.
But they still sound like they are not listening.
My latest little carry-on, I'm not sure anyone trying to answer has actually read my message, but it looks as though a special debug version of the server code gives vague and useless error messages and doesn't notice that the server-unit is overloading. But that's a totally unrelated business.
Re: Think of the Pig Filth as 'Chuck Yeager'
And Brutus is an honourable man.
The liars want us to trust them.
It's impossible for them to find anything in that mega-haystack, but it's why, for instance, they were collecting Angela Merkel's conversations. They had the access they needed, and they can spend billions on storing the data. Who cares whose side she is on?
They do use other info to find suspects. They do traffic analysis to find contacts of known criminals. That would be enough "reasonable cause" to satisfy the lawyers, but they don't bother with staying legal. All the encryption in the world wouldn't protect you from that—it depends on the information the system needs to deliver and bill the calls.
And then, when they tell the FBI and the DEA and your local Country Sheriff, the legal cops run an investigation whose only purpose is to provide a paper trail that will stand up in court. It's called "Parallel Construction". It's not an investigation, they're writing a CSI episode to present to the judge and jury.
It isn't all that new. The FBI was pulling the same trick with illegal wire taps in 1935.
US Law Enforcement is a system built on Perjury.
And, as the Moazzam Begg case has revealed, institutionalised perjury is becoming more obvious here.
Re: Defending against the government in the US
Another element of the "rural working class" is that an adequate rifle is a tool that can help feed the family. Hunting isn't just sport. I have heard a few myths around that, but you have some of the same thinking in England, around shotguns mostly, and my late father certainly had to do such stuff, even trying to line up for multiple rabbits with one shot from a 12-bore in the 1930s.
There's an ultra-short story called Nary Spell by Manly Wade Wellman that involves that sort of shooting.
Movie Executive marries Barrister
OK, so he acts, and pretty well, but look up George Clooney's career. He's a lot more than a pretty face.
You have a movie producer/director who can organise a complex situation, and you have a barrister who can keep a secret. This isn't just the celebrity business: they're advertising their business competence.
Good look to them.
Re: ability to tell the difference depends on 3 things
My experience is with "home cinema" situations. Most of the cheap rigs you can buy for that have small speakers for the directional channels—the surround sound—and a subwoofer. But you can hear when all the bass is coming from the front, rather than from the same direction as the high-frequency element.
My father's hearing was pretty bad, but having background noises coming from different directions than the character speech made a big difference. Even just putting the normal TV sound through a Dolby Analogue Surround decoder can help (It makes me wonder what some of the "bad" TV sound really is.)
Anyway, most stereo recordings position sound sources merely by relative volume. They don't bother with phase. It's a trick. You don't hear anything now of binaural stereo, which did try to capture the phase differences. The modern digital surround sound does stand a chance of using that data, but speaker design tends to ignore frequency-related phase shifts.
Your show-off hi-fi audiophile with the big speakers isn't exactly wasting money, not until he gets into exotic speaker cables, but he may be missing out on a lot by sticking with such an ancient sound recording standard. Stereo sound is still faking it. So might a 5:1 recording, but it doesn't have to throw away so much data
MP3 is a pretty smart piece of sound engineering, dropping sounds that most of us can't perceive, but it would be foolish to think there can't be better.
If I had something on a lossless file on my desktop machine, and something came along that would measure my hearing and compress in a way that took my personal limits into account, the result might be better for my ears, and compress better than MP3.
Fanciful? Well, the big problem is the measurement of the response of my ears, but they only get up to about 12kHz these days, and compression suited to J. Random Teenager could include a lot I cannot hear, so maybe a personal compression standard would work.
But if there's something like that, we're going to need a lossless source for the compression.
It sounds like a fair situation for a trial. Good safety, a demanding environment, and replacable payloads.
Guys, I depend on regular medication deliveries. I put my repeat orders in with time enough to fix things if something goes wrong. If I were a resident of Juist, I would know how much allowance to make for tide and weather.
This doesn't change anything, and if something went wrong with the flight it would hardly be a problem to replace a consignment. Though I have a suspicion that the my local Doctors/Pharmacy rely a little too much on a just-in-time supply chain. This is the pseudo-privatised NHS here, and they will do things differently in Germany.
Anyway, for those who didn't know, the DHL brand is the German Post Office. They're not some dodgy parcels company, or a subsidiary of Amazon, or whatever. They'll know where this might be useful. And, like the rocket mail between the wars, I bet the collectors will have some specially postmarked stuff to drool over.
It looks as though there were multiple layers of Hoax here. Does Rantic really exist? Apparently not. And how do you prove any name on the internet is real?
Oh, it's on one of those business-name websites, is it? Most of those sites don't check the data they show you, and don't update, and only care about the fees from ever more dodgy advertisers. Where I am able to check, most of the businesses are a couple of years dead.
If it exists on the Internet, there is porn of it. That's something I get told often enough. It's as easy to believe that if it exists on the Internet it is a lie intended to sell advertising.
(Incidentally, I don't feel any urge to view naked selfies of Emma Watson. I know she isn't Hermione Granger, but I feel as though I have watched her grow up. And if 4chan were taking on Hermione. I would pay for tickets. It'd be better than Quidditch.)
Re: Nvidea, did you also manage to explain
They used film in those days, didn't they?
Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards
Streaming is the way forward, of course.
With streaming, you're stuck waiting for your ISP to catch up. Some do. Some, often advertising their own streaming service, do not.
At least you have noticed the problems of large screens in the living room.
The commonplace domestic TV now is, by the standards of the CRT era, a huge.screen. But how does it compare to the screen sizes the professionals use? How big a screen do the 4K enthusiasts use?
Where did they come from?
So there is now some official way of making computer security announcements.
It'a odd how I never seem to have heard of them before. It's the sort of thing you'd expect to get mentioned by an ISP. Maybe I did miss it. Was the notice pinned to the notice board in the cellar, behind the door marked "Beware of the Egress!"
I agree, it's a pretty decent spec. It's a bit tight on system RAM but there are apps to let you store most of a program on the SD Card. No 4G? I don't get any trace of 4G out where I live.
It's not so different from the phone I use now, and the Google backing means that the hardware level will be useful for a while. It's a good enough smartphone to sell the idea, and cheap enough it's not wasted if used like a dumb-phone.
A micro SD slot in a cheap Google-backed phone as standard? What will the next general of Nexus 7 have?
Re: They arn't getting anything extra
It is a cipher, but with no more security than any other mono-alphabetic substitution. It's a little bit better than Julius Caesar is claimed to have used, because the dot-dash sequences are not all the same size, and you could argue that it's data-compression rather than a cipher, using a multi-dimensional binary straddling chequerboard.
In the end, saying Morse is a cipher is no more useful than saying written Greek or Hebrew, or written English, is an enciphered version of the spoken language.
Re: Burning man
That story is attributed to Posidonius. There is evidence for human sacrifice, not just by the Celts, but not of this method.
But it made a great film.
We're talking pre-WW1 thinking. And, for a while in the 19th century, it made sense. The French came up with the pas gymnastique. running rather than marching to attack the enemy. Bicycles were also popular in Europe, as a sort of mounted infantry, And the first British Army combat death of WW1, John Parr, was a military cyclist.
The British Army wasn't being so silly in those days, but the war and the fighting style shifted in an unexpected direction. Just running fast was no longer enough.
Well, I suppose they might come up with something useful in trying to make the things work. Like a way of stopping before you reach that brick wall.
Re: Well this is bollocks
It's not as if they planted it on any device
iStuff are not devices?
There are devices in Barad-dûr
Spitfires v. Daleks
And other flying machines...
Re: Not my GMail password
I'd agree that something might be at risk if you didn't know you were on the list.
I suspect some confusion between the actual Gmail account, and accounts on other sites which use email address and password as login credentials. You can expect a site username to be a little less open than an email address, but I know of some significant (if not hugely sensitive) accounts which require an email address. I have to use that for the repeat prescription service offered by my GP.
Bu I don't publish my Gmail address. I redirect email through my personal domain name, to read through Gmail, and so my public email addresses don't have an obvious link to Gmail.
I set this up a long time ago and, while I am certainly a little worried about this, I don't feel vulnerable. I do have the feeling that conclusions have been enthusiastically jumped to.
I am more worried about how easy it is to find the answers to common "security" questions.
Re: Server to server
Yes, that combination is tempting.
I don't have quite that much confidence in my own abilities.
I do keep some stuff on Google Drive, mostly stuff such as fiction texts I am working on.
It does bother me that Google Drive doesn't support Linux, you need a 3rd-party product. I have an old ASUS EEE that still runs Linux, and it could be a useful machine. A lot of the time I don't need to burrow in the Linux stuff, it just works.
I maybe should get something such as a Pi. But could I cope with it?
Re: It's a shame.
I suspect that there is a political motive behind many criticisms of The Guardian, and a hard core of truth, such as this article.
And there is also George Monbiot. The Register has one or two equivalents, I tend to be wary of what Andrew Orlowski writes on copyright issues. Some people don't notice such things, and some over-react to them.
Re: Search Results that Contain new Search Engines are crap
There are any number of bad business directory sites that show far too many dead businesses, but those entries get picked up by Google, perhaps because they show maps and images from Google sources such as Streetview.
And the sites show adverts which may have been provided through a Google advert service, from which Google skims off a percentage of what the advertisers pay, so they have a motive to show links to the crap data.
I have a suspicion that some of the crap data is either invented by careless searching: these business directories seem to grab business info from anywhere with no checks, or are copyright-theft evidence that nobody cares about. If there wasn't the Streetview picture, one business name would look like it came from a clumsy scan of a list of technical jargon, and it looks to have closed down several years ago.
But it's still a source of page-views to charge an advertiser for.
Re: It's not as bad as...
I'm not sure they were Logitech, and they didn't use SCSI, so I think you misremember.
But "Plug your Thrustmaster joystick into the game port at the back of the PC" is plausible, and more than bad enough.
I do find myself wondering just how much protection the usual security questions add to any website. My bank gave me a very narrow range of choices that were all on public records associated with me.
Would Miley Cyrus remember hers? Would she pick a dumb password? She might be ignorant, rather than stupid, on such things. She gives an answer that gets her mentioned in The Register.
If anyone asks you if you intend to vote Conservative in the next General election, tell them Yes.
And then vote to get a different set of bastards in. Maybe then we can get some of these legal work-arounds blocked.
In East London?
Never heard of it.
I was at a conference recently, in East London, where people were selling space ships and using telepresence robots, but I don't think we got any money from the government. Did we miss a chance there?
So this is the acme of combative memes?
But just think, you could have had the originals in this game: Burton, Eastwood, and a castle full of Nazis ready to die. How can you beat that? Sure, there are some awkward mistakes — check the range of a Ju52 — but everything that follows is just a shabby imitation.
OK, so it would be improved by Lt Schaffer teaming up with Ellen Ripley (You get Ellen Ripley and who needs Colonial Marines?). He deserves to get a girl of his own by the time the movie ends, after all the shenanigans he has had to put up with.
There is nothing new in this, other than how the miscalculation happened. And I wouldm't like to bet on historical assumed weights being all that reliable today. Could they put an automatic weighing machine under the passengers queuing for that security check?
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