* Posts by Ben Bonsall

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Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

Ben Bonsall

Re: Savagery?

charcoal fired and ~450C on the stone, not sure about the air temperature to be honest as the air thermometer doesn't go high enough, but the stone is measured with one of those laser things.

Takes maybe 90 seconds- 2 minutes, the dryer mozzarella is melted and nicely browned in that time, and pulls extremely well, but the wet stuff is gooey and browning round the corners but certainly not stringy.

We normally make 5-6 20cm pizzas in a row as the last one is cooked by the time the first one is finished...

Also, cooks bacon from raw to crispy in 90 seconds.

Ben Bonsall

Re: Savagery?

You aren't supposed to use the wet mozzarella on pizza, it should be the grated dryer stuff. The wet stuff takes too long to melt compared to the cooking time of the rest of the ingredients...

The wet stuff is for eating raw. Preferably with a sprinking of fresh basil. But straight out of the packet is fine.

(could be a lie, I was told it by a Neapolitan though, so you never know.)

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour

Ben Bonsall

Re: Uh-oh.

A terrible attempt to spell Rama.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

Ben Bonsall

Re: What's the difference?

indeed, but when you go past the end they tend towards 1 sized again but in a different dimension. Egg shaped is actually a kind of infinite hyperbolic surface where the front and back sides of the surface are not connected to each other, and only close to the origin is the back side actually behind the front side.

Microservices guru warns devs that trendy architecture shouldn't be the default for every app, but 'a last resort'

Ben Bonsall

Re: Quality hip-techy speak

It's a measure of how quickly they can release bugs into production.

Spacecraft that told us 'you're screwed' finally gives up the ghost after doubling its shelf life

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Re: I can think of one.

I did :) I read the documentation from NASA and MIT about mechanical counterpressure suits, which work pretty much as described, the pressure on the body is provided by foam that wants to expand but can't due to a non-stretchy layer over it, this provides enough inward pressure on the body to allow humans to breath air at a much lower pressure than normal atmospheric pressure, and also not explode. It also contains a bladder inside the suit to provide back pressure on the breathing gear to stop all the gas escaping in one go.

I suggest you provide a recommendation for a useful alternative to the breathing apparatus to enable such an unpressurized suit to work instead of saying 'that won't work', because that's how science works.

Ben Bonsall

Re: I can think of one.

10 meters depth is double atmospheric pressure, 20 meters treble, etc. 40 meters for a deep dive is 5 bar, which is pretty high pressure. (for me anyway, it's enough to drive some pretty serious air tools. it's not high pressure like in the tank though) So, as mentioned, the breathing gear would be scuba gear that delivered lower than atmospheric pressure. The pressure in a pressurized space suit is about 1/3 atmospheric pressure, and they do breath pure oxygen at this pressure.

I'm wondering if you could have an elastic suit that compressed your chest cavity to 1/3 atmospheric pressure to provide the ambient pressure, probably that can be tightened and loosened in the airlock so it's possible to breath once the air pressure raises again.

Ben Bonsall

Re: I can think of one.

Ususally scuba gear has to be quite high pressure to balance the much higher water pressure outside your body, so you'd need much lower pressure scuba gear, enough to balance whatever inward pressure could be generated by the elastic suit mentioned below but not enough to inflate the astronaut?

Ben Bonsall

Re: Boiling point / pressure

Sublimation of the gel would only occur if the material is directly exposed to a vacuum though, so some kind of insulated sealed elastic outer suit will be required then, to prevent heat loss to space, evaporation and maintain some pressure on the gel inside by squeezing against the astronaut? Something like a cross between a wet suit and a dry suit. Maybe an air tight inner elastic layer like neoprene, then the gel, then an air tight outer layer squeezing the gel. Quilted in such a way to prevent the gel from moving about to much, no point squeezing it all into the gloves every time you move.

Basically, if you put one of those air free foil pouches of cat food into a vacuum chamber, how long would it take for the cat food inside to freeze dry?

Ben Bonsall

Fill the new spacesuits with gel, then they don't need to be pressurized, which makes them much easier to move in :)

But much more messy to get out of. Showers being a bit of a luxury, if you make the gel from that powder that turns into a gel when wet, then turns back into a powder when dried, you should be able to get clean with a hair dryer and a vacuum cleaner.

Apparently it keeps quite cool too. And the volume of water involved might make a pretty useful radiation shield too, but would probably be quite heavy.

There's probably a million reasons why this won't work in reality, but it's fun to speculate :)

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts

Ben Bonsall

Re: Buy a boat

Dunno, you could own a boat on a canal, the you only really need to know how to wade. Although swimming is preferable as you really don't want to touch the bottom.

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web

Ben Bonsall

Re: Time passes...

Now there's a variant of rock-paper-scissors Id like to play

Only one Huawei? We pitted the P30 Pro against Samsung and Apple's best – and this is what we found

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100% agree :) I have an old FinePix S200EXR which lives in my bag, It's not to heavy for carting about everywhere (800 grams) but its zoom and low light performance are amazing, for something that cost me 100 euros 5 years or so ago. I'm not saying everyone should carry around a big camera, but if you want to take good pictures in all conditions, then take a camera because your phone will just disappoint. If you don't, then take a phone, it'll do what you want.

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

Ben Bonsall

Re: If so...

Exam Markers - Tic Tax?

Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'

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Surely this should be in Bootnotes?

Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Train multiple CNNs on different things. One on texture, one on sihloetes, one on shape, one on edges. Train them all with a dataset that has multiple views on the same object, so a cat from the front and a cat from the back and from the side and above looking down when the cat is looking up etc.

Same image processed multiple ways each time.

Then train another one to use the output of the others to weight the responses. This supervisor is trained by giving it the set of processed images as one example, and the rotations and viewpoints as sets that are related, so it's tagged as this set and these sets are all the same thing, not these images are all of related things. If one quickly comes up banana and two come up toaster then it's more likely to be a toaster. you could even feedback from the supervisor to say try again, no one else thinks it's a banana and see what I says then.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

Ben Bonsall

Re: How to leave an embassy

[1] bitten, too.

A Møøse once bit my sister... No realli!

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

Ben Bonsall

As long as they upgrade the Ball to a Sphere.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

Ben Bonsall

Re: Hipsters Nipple

Total Inability To Support Upended Pint.

Ben Bonsall

GreyBeerd

Produces a deep state of depression at the faddishness of javascript frameworks.

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ArgumentNotFound 0.2%

Self explanatory.

3 ó (that should be an Atari st bomb symbol but close enough) 14%

Thick, golden and heavy, you'll find the reason for the name of this barley wine when you get into the taxi at the end of the night.

Science! Luminescent nanocrystals could lead to multi-PB optical discs

Ben Bonsall

"But then the disc's rotation speed has to be super-constant and the read:write head movement super-precise so that the positioning, depth and timing of head laser firing can match the nanocrystal sizing and layering."

Why spin the disc? Have a flat square that the head can move across, or better, have the head mounted so the read/write point is scanned by adjusting the optics, rather then move the disc or the head. Or am I missing something?

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

Ben Bonsall

Re: So for 20 hours . . .

Do you have the one about Nelson, or Doctor Y and the Thing?

I have only really terrible recordings ogf those...

Ben Bonsall

Re: So for 20 hours . . .

If you remember that gag from I'm sorry i'll read that again then you're probably older :)

Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

Ben Bonsall

Re: Coming soon to github

"I see you are using git merge, would you like me to smash it all together and hope for the best?"

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

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Re: @Christoph

CRC is for checking that noise hasn't changed the signal, it's not intended as security.

Like double entry bookkeeping, it is intended to prevent errors, not someone adding a fraudulent transaction...

International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

Ben Bonsall

Re: Tortuga bound

"Just box it in at the bow with 2 reasonably sized vessels and it'll have to slow down or stop for safety reasons"

A big containership or bulk carrier can take an hour or so to slow down*... don't park too close in front.

An hours warning for the ship's owners to know that something is deliberately slowing the ship. Given that pirates will probably be closish to shore, that's probably enough time to scramble a couple of planes loaded with parachute and gun toting security personnel.

*I learned this from Ship Simulator, may not be accurate :)

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

Ben Bonsall

The thing about lasers is they go straight, well, refraction diffraction etc aside.

This makes it quite easy to trace them back to the origin, indeed, that's the basis of laser guided missiles after all... So location and punishment in one device is certainly possible.

The steaks have never been higher: Swiss Lidl is selling local cannabis

Ben Bonsall

Hopefully all phones are phosgene free, it's a registered chemical weapon...

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

Ben Bonsall

Re: Surprisingly, perhaps, I can't ever recall a piece of software that was a waste of time.

I still have the CD for that, I once spent a few days trying to convert it to run on win 95. That was a waste of time too.

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

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Surely gloating is an irish lightbulb?

What is your favourite cider?

Ben Bonsall

Do you need a license for applejack in the US? In northern europe, it's normally made using an eisbock method instead of distilling, so no license is needed...

Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

Ben Bonsall

Re: Nova GSi?

Depends on whether you're a whelk or not.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

Ben Bonsall

Re: What job will last forever

Accountants were automated out of a job years ago, but they are really good a lobbying the government to keep the tax and accounting rules changing often enough to ensure that the people who write the automation are always several steps behind and so need a trained lobbist to make sure it's doing it's job...

Ben Bonsall

Re: Rotary dials

The contact list is stored in a little black box next to the phone that looks a lot like an iphone with a simulation of a card index running on it..

Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

Ben Bonsall

Duvel glasses are designed so you get about 5-6 cm of head. The tradition was that you had to finish the beer before the head was gone. Before they added a head keeper to the glass, this was about 15 minutes. Now it's about 40 which is much easier for an 8.5% beer.

Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

Ben Bonsall

No, we will, don't worry.

It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

Ben Bonsall

Re: He didn't do it

not true, if done in public it may be a crime if anyone finds it offensive. almost certainly if done near a school

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

Ben Bonsall

Why does it not have a latch that closes as soon as the door is opened, you know, like pretty much every normal outside door?

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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As long as they don't change Buckfast.

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

Ben Bonsall

Re: "Cannot be traced back to the source"

Not necessarily. Some stuff comes from OUTSIDE the Earth, you know, as in extraterrestrial stuff. Meteorites, for example, don't come from Earth, so Mother Earth isn't everything's mother like you think.

So you're saying mother earth is getting stoned with some extraterrestrial rock?

Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

Ben Bonsall

Re: Cue My Marilyn Monrobot

The neighbours' Aibo digging holes.

Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

Ben Bonsall

yes. repeaters.

Ben Bonsall

dd-wrt builds from yesterday already have the patch. :)

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

Ben Bonsall

Re: Silly Valley

Orac? I want Masaq'.

Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

Ben Bonsall

Re: Metric please

How long is a pieces of string?

one metric stringlength.

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Really? I thought they must have been pissed when they came up with HS2...

Ben Bonsall

What's the probablility of being fired after being caught drunk the first time?

ITU-T wants video sizes to halve again by 2020

Ben Bonsall

Re: Is this even possible?

Thern gets eaten by a gru

Easy.

Former Swedish National Football captain's head on a plate, Cartoon villain holding knife and fork.

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