Sorry - GMT wasn't recognised as *the* prime meridian until 1884
So it's only 130 years old...
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Sorry - GMT wasn't recognised as *the* prime meridian until 1884
So it's only 130 years old...
We are having a discussion to decide whether to keep a time standard that has only existed for a fairly short time (1765 - so less than the 600 years we are worried about into the future).
Yes, I'd like Greenwich to continue to be the centre of time, but it is just an arbitrary point on this roughly spherical planet. It isn't even at 0 degrees according to the shperoid used by GPS (no idea what shperoid is used by GLONASS/GALILEO etc)
Given that we can measure the variation in day length caused by the wind on the mountains - is "high Noon" really important? Cornwall is already 15 minutes "out", so we're talking about "High Noon" moving by ~600 miles in ~600 years (at our latitude)
I'd do away with BST as well, we could all agree to get up an hour earlier or later during some months if we really want to... Office hours are 9-5 in the Winter and 8-4 in the Summer. There, how hard was that?
You leave the tethering on by default?
This - the toggle should be at the TOP - with all the other monile data options.
Why would it be so far "below the fold"?
It's an idiotic design decision...
@Charles Manning - It's really no more stupid than $150/metre gold speaker cables with $4000 speakers on the ends. The sound isn't any better than speakers and wire a tenth of that price.
That really depends on how much you've spent on the acoustics of the room (well, it does for the speakers, if not the cable)
And it is a single speaker - it just has more than one driver.
In the same way a battery is usually composed of multiple cells.
A disc is made of many platters.
A single driver cannot be coaxial - because it has nothing to be coaxial with....
Of course it would also be a massive compromise in terms of frequency response - a decent multiple driver coaxial mono speaker with good crossovers is a nice bit of kit though ;)
It only has access to the root servers, they have access to the root zone, and tell me the "next step" DNS server to contact.
I don't use the root zone *file* at all - that's the job of the root servers, which are accessed via the root hints file (which is very rarely updated - and usually changes have at least a six month lead time, so you can reasonably update once every six months.)
...file is even smaller and more useful - although the root key is also useful at that point.
I've *never* had to use the root zone file - because root hints gets me to that information without having to update it any time elbonia decide to update something...
So aroudn a dwarf star a dwarf planet is called a planet, not a dwarf planet?
description of rally driving I've heard in a while, and an excellent piece of research - I can't wait for autonomous vehicles to start drifting round mountain hairpins that currently take a three point turn for most people...
...that the rubber feet on the keyboard melted into the top of one of the PC cases.
Only occasionally the CPU temp alarms went off (set to 85) despite all CPUs being maxed out by SET@Home, and the loftspace was seriously toasty!
It doesn't stop - because the bad guys don't stop either...
Surely the only way premiums wouldn't drop is by cartel?
The record will become longer than a typical human will ever manage within months, maybe faster.
A typical human might drive for 70 years...
So if you sell 12*70 cars = 840 cars...
Then they'll take 4 weeks to accumulate a lifetime's experience - in fact the test program has probably already gained more than a lifetime's experience!
Added to that is the fact that the early adopters won't be the elderly ladies who run them down to the shops once a week, but the salespeople who do 35-50k miles/year, and want to make phone calls on the journey - the time taken to get HUGE experience will be trivial.
They are MUCH better at doing so, pedal cyclist, pedestrians and other cars as well.
Horses, concrete bollards, ambulances with Blues and Twos going - all more likely to be spotted by a self driving car than a meatbag
How do you tell? You edge round iff safe and stop if not.
Of course with more driverless cars the one that is stopped, defending a collapsed person, it can tell the car behind...
They know what their cars are doing - and can therefore insure against that.
Their first insurance policy will be quite pricey - but it will rapidly come down in price...
As for theft - how do you steal a car that will drive itself back home?
Meh - There'll be a cambridge there as well - co.ms.us - or whatever the mass 2nd level domain is.
com isn't appropriate for a huge number of the domains therein.
Why should one random Cambridge in the US get the "commercial" domain - why should the UK cambridge have a company domain?
Surely there is a .co.us for the larger Cambridge in the US (although again - why is it considered a company), and maybe there should be a reversion to type for domains - there is no reason that everything has to be a ".com", not everything is commercial.
Does the key marked "1" produce the number "4" when pressed - that's the only excuse I can see for this score...
I sometimes try to build one of the "official" designs of lego that we have, but it never lasts long... about 5-6 pieces is a good run (excluding when *I* get bought lego, in which case it gets completed at least once before being distributed into the kids lego box...
"He was excited when he recieved it and *I* spent all weekend putting it together"
Surely that should be a "we" spent half an hour putting it together and the rest of the weekend playing with it?
Completely impractical for a phone, and with the projector and all those motors I'm reckoning a 3 hour battery, but how much fun.
I'm not surprised they haven't decided on a sales channel yet - it looks like a proper "10% time project"
Where is it?
I've got a couple of things I'd like ot print off, I'd happily pay for a timeslice/materials at the local library, or a shop/stall in town.
But there doesn't seem to be the market?
Actually - I think I've answered my own question - there isn't a market - because I can only think of a couple of things I'd like to print...
My issue with the online versions is that postage is invariably multiple times the value of the item being printed - whereas I could go into a shop and be fairly happy to have a rough print after I'd finished my shopping/jobs in town.
@ Woodgie - now I have to raise a meelion dollars?
Easy - Kick Starter
@AC - Cars also kill birds and bats. Would you suggest taking up a bicycle as an alternative?
Why yes I would - although not because of the birds and bats - but because for the vast majority of car journeys in the UK a bike makes a more sustainable, and far healthier, form of transport - as well as reducing externalised risk and being significantly quicker, much cheaper, and alot more fun.
Yes I have a car - but I tend not to use it for short, single person journeys - which make up the majority of the journeys made by car.
I'd like to take the train to visit family 300 miles away - but it costs more than 5 times as much (and my car is NOT efficient), and takes longer - even if I ignore getting us to the station, parking whilst there and the same at the other end...
The car also gets used for most "multiple person" journeys of significant length (for a child), or journeys with significant load (a half tonne trailer load to the tip, or a full PA setup for a gig)
No - but their construction and maintenance aren't exactly death toll free are they...
Maye a touch premature - but I notice in the next ElReg article on the matter:
"No matter how much Brussels bureaucrats want their latest Safe Harbour fudge to work - the cat's out of the bag. US companies that export data are fundamentally illegal in Europe."
No - they cannot, see Dr Mouse's respone.
US law directly contravenes EU law in this area - you cannot comply with both.
MS are in court at the moment for trying to comply...
What has the world come to - I'm supporting MS business practices?!
Simply can't deal with multiple sets of legislation...
When was that a surprise?
Motorbikes or pedal bikes...
Or more realistically - just insist that they do the multistorey car park at the same time
Always means that testing ans security get given as much time as they need... right...
He's there to fill the tank and drive between the depot and the motorway slip road. Then from the slip road to the destination...
Even the trees have ears in VR
Yes - but there is a serious chance they won't even launch (and I don't mean failure at aunch, I mean they won't get to the launchpad....
"Chris added: "I said right at the start of this project, if we take other people's money to do this, it's probably OK if we fail, as long as we genuinely try to do it and show people that we're trying properly along the way and not just coming up with a lot of waffle.""
You also need to have said up front that there is a real chance of failure, which you just did I suppose...
They had it so right - no physcial connection (and therefore no battery boost), no USB ports/SD cards in the keyboard? No touchpad?
Oh well, another device I won't buy.
Like the dolphins - So long and thanks for all the fish...
@MacGyver - Pressurise the cargo hold with an inert gas...
There is often live cargo in the hold, so this might not be a great plan...
You don't - you hotswap the server
What door handles...
Well, it does have door handles, although given that the door just opens as you approach (how much of a pain might that be on a drive - "no I just wanted to walk to the corner shop") and the falcon doors appear to be touchscreen controlled, I'm not sure why they bother with handles at all...
Hmm - this is another reason IPv6 is a PITA - configuring DNS servers in the first place...
At least the addresses are reasonably abbreviated, but 126.96.36.199 is far easier to remember, and type
Works well, I often answer the desk phone as such.
It's not a helpdesk phone though, and the number of people who call me on it is rather limited.
Unfortunately I have to credit it to the jokers who did all the glass blowing at university - I needed a couple of bespoke flasks for an experiment, and that response is really offputting - even when you know you dialled an internal number.
That's rhyme/rythym, not alliteration
Indeed, although I think the politrikians might be shouting "errorist" more loudly even than the greens could shout, whatever it is they would shout...
@AC - Shipping
Maersk large ships (they have 8) take 15,200 containers
Engines produce well over 115k bhp (including heat recovery etc)
burning 16 tons/hour
travelling at 29.3mph
For crude: 1 ton is 307.86 gallons
So: 29.3/(16*307.86) = 0.006mpg
But that's spread across 15,200 containers: 90mpg/container
A standard container will take between 3 and 5 cars, so that's going up to 360mpg per car. The fuel isn't particularly clean (understatement of the millenium) but it is a single journey for each car, with a pretty good fuel efficiency.
Of course if they transitioned to nuclear powered container ship we'd be in a much nicer place - but the panic would be hilarious.
@petur - Give me any good reason why you need such software in testing?
For testing purposes. Although I'd expect the "IF" to be a hardware switch, not an "if steering isn't used, and we go full throttle"
I stand corrected - seems like a slip of corporate imaging somewhere...
I suspect that this error message isn't quite right - I don't think the Jobians ever use the definite article.
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