The bigger problem:
"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?
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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.
@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)
"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...
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...
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.
@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.
"Astronomers are comparing these new images to ones taken by Hubble in 1997. This comparison allows scientists to study how the nebula has expanded since it was photographed over 18 years ago."
That's the killer sentence for me. There are a myriad of beautiful things that Hubble has shown us, but it was launched in 1990, and had it's "glasses" fitted in '93 - that's more than twenty years of breathtaking science...
@pompurin - Why couldn't they have used commas or semi-colon instead of the colon?
And why move to hex?
The number pad is a really nice way to type in addresses, only takes one hand.
A-F are all left handed, so that's kind of OK, until that pesky colon, which moves the right hand back again - and it leaves you tracking the address with eyes only, not a finger.
Of course the idea is to DNS everything, so we never need to type an IPv6 address - which is fine, how do I log in to fix the DNS server?
@PM - In your example, you would have only provided for growth of ~65000x, but there's more addresses than that already in use worldwide based on the massive oversubscription associated with RFC-1918 private addresses. The much larger, 128-bit address space of IPv6 guarantees centuries of address growth without another redesign of network addressing.
Well - no. He's actually defined a system for extension that could be reworked in a few years as well - just add another pair of octets up front with a "if not present assume 00.00".
I thought the intent was to allocate everyone a /64 subnet - so the IPV6 space is only 64 bits in terms of public facing addresses anyway (internal networks should be fine, reducing the oversubscription factor, but we are only doubling the length of public end points).
It's probably fine, but who saw the growth in mobile devices - what is next? I don't know, you don't know.
Solve the problem you have now...
Every time I've looked to try and do IPv6 I've been hindered by the complete lack of useful things to interact with - to the extent that I can't be bothered any more.
They're either too small to properly browse or too large to use as a phone.
I'm pondering a Pebble to go with the iPad mini (similar sized Android devices exist, but I need iOS for remote control of certain audio hardware), and a "feature" phone*.
Nexus7/iPad Mini sized tablets hit that sweetspot - for me - of being pocketable (easier for the N7 than the iMini due to aspect ratios) and yet large enough to be properly useful.
* It's a phone - that's the "feature" I need... Currently using a 'smart'phone as a feature phone - until it dies anyway.
@Chris 17 - Should cyclists need some training to give vehicles a wide berth before driving on Londons roads?
Maybe drivers should get some training to give vehicles (which includes cycles) a wide berth.
Construction lorries (and other similar vehicles, but they are the massively over represented vehicle type) should be required to have a banksman, and should be banned during peak commuter traffic.
Or maybe we could actually build sensible infrastructure to keep the big metal boxes away from people, without ridiculously impeding the flow of those people.
@jake - "The concept WILL kill people. Honestly, the mind boggles ..."
Erm - are you saying that meatbag controlled vehicles don't?
I suggest that there will be far fewer fatalities (evidenced by the reduction in minor incidents that the current crop of cars are experiencing) with something that doesn't get tired or angry at the controls of the lethal weapons we seem content to let rule our lives.
Combine it with the PoE LED lighting suggested a couple of days ago...
Run Cat6 to your light fittings - use PoE for the LED fixture and an array of antenna.
Many rooms have a centrally located, elevated, lamp - or a set of elevated lamps at intervals along the walls - They would be ideal locations.
Of course I still can't quite work out why I need more wireless bandwidth - specialised cases (HDMI replacement) will be static and not subject to people walking in their beam path...
@a_yank_lurker - Apple uipgrades
From what i can tell apple give you a nice big splashscreen with a "Yosemite is out, do you want to upgrade" question.
If you say "Yes, do it now" (as opposed to "ask again later" or "no") then it goes and downloads many, many files.
It doesn't download them, and then ask...
Of course many of the minor fixes are vague as well, although I don't know if that is just to consumers and IT depts (with paid up support) get more detailed descriptions.
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