Despite being the most impressive thing in Grimsby I'm fairly sure that the accumulator tower isn't twice the height of the Humber Bridge.
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I'd agree with you that power line Ethernet works better than the vendor supplied WiFi in pretty much any house with an internal brick wall, but don't imagine that the signal is neatly contained in the copper wire. Power line setups splurge HF signal in all directions, probably propagating even farther than the WiFi. I've even heard stories of leakage of domestic traffic from neighboring lampposts.
These were giant, cigar-shaped, helium-filled airships that unleashed the first aerial bombing campaign to hit Britain and the civilian population.
Wasn't it all hydrogen until the US frees up their supply in the 30's?
As an aside my grandmother (b. 1914) used to tell me that her first memory was of a Zeppelin caught in searchlights over Margate.
The story I'd heard on that was that they used the classical pieces while filming to "set the mood" and the intension was that there would be music written later. But then they decided that the classical pieces really works and kept them.
Kubrick commissioned a score from Alex North (Spartacus, Cleopatra), who sweated to complete on time and only found that it had been dropped when he attended the premier. I believe it can be heard on Spotify or the like.
"But did we really need all that time of australopithecus hitting each other with clubs and making funny noises? Could we not just have a quick montage and a voiceover/explanation to tell us that the monolith was assessing/training them? And get it over with in a minute or two?"
It has to be paced like that to serve as the slow build to the best jump-cut in cinema history.
The Swiss have negotiated to pay €27m a year to be part of the development program but Swiss access to PRS (the mega-secure crypto infrastructure part) is AFAIK, after more than 10 years of negotiations, still just an aspiration. It's loss of access to PRS keys through the security treaties that will lapse when the UK leaves the EU that's preventing UK firms getting contracts.
Norway also contributes but doesn't get PRS.
I read last week that it's now possible to paste anyone's face onto video of anyone else's body, a technique that is (unsurprisingly) being exploited for porn.
This will soon create the problem of nobody believing the verisimilitude of any clip of video, unless the provenance of said piece of video can be traced back to its creation through something like a blockchain.
A modest proposal: One way to solve the golf clubs problem is to, like the very early days of motoring, split the body work from the drive train - in the early parts of the twentieth century you used to buy a chassis and get a coachbuilder to put something on top. Leave your bodywork up on bricks in your drive with your clubs in it and whistle up an autonomous drivetrain to slot itself underneath when you need it. The drives can do robot things when there's nobody aboard, when the coachworks's on top a driver's in control. On long journey's instead of waiting for charge you could just change the horses like on old coaching inn.
I bought a T41 second hand in 2007 which only finally gave up the ghost last year. At one point the motherboard blew so I bought a £25 replacement from eBay and replaced it myself using IBM's downloadable repair manual. It took about 40 minutes and I only had to use one screwdriver.
That was a proper ThinkPad.
"...handy for the Botanic Gardens at lunchtime but impossible to park."
The building that they're occupying has its own underground car park (for sufficiently high-status individuals, no doubt) and is literally 15 seconds walk from the train station.
It's around the corner from MS Research and rumour has it that a certain fruit-logoed company is going to be locating itself in the under-construction building across the road (they're currently renting an anonymous office next to the Botanics gate). I'd envisage a circulation of talent around this triangle.
Oh, and Google are building 45 minutes away at the other end of the Kings Cross line as well.
The assets are the workforce and you cannot easily move them.
This may, considering the number of non-UK national engineers currently working at ARM, ultimately depend on political decisions taken about the free-movement of labour and just how welcome people feel. I mean, where would you rather spend a wet Tuesday in February - The Fens or Sophia-Antipolis?
Yep, mine now sits tethered to an amp providing music streaming, at which it's just about usable. Anything much else, loading another app or even swiping the home screen, is painful.
I really don't know which of its background tasks are important enough to sabotage basic UI functions.
Providing a common kernel and Chrome browser application would have pretty much the same effect as merging the OSs - they've been doing some work towards this with Chrome Custom Tabs and the like already.
If they produce a desktop style launcher and overlapping window manager for Android then that could be their consumer laptop OS of choice, benefiting from the brand transfer from phones and tablets. ChromeOS could march on in the education sector as 'Google Schoolbook' or something similar.
I think it goes to show that the area of the Venn diagram containing techies that have managed to reproduce is still surprisingly small.
Video calling would have been a godsend when my kids were pre-schoolers. Sadly yet another thing for which I seem to have been born a decade or so too early.
Depends on the app but some of them may not be moving their cache out of main memory - some music streaming apps, for example, may not shift previously downloaded songs without manual intervention. Try clearing the cache in the system and app settings and re-starting everything. Failing that find out which apps are the main memory hogs in settings, delete and re-install from the store.
Windows 10 technical preview build 10074 installed smoothly
Build 10130, currently on the fast update loop, changes the menu and 'Metro' interfaces quite significantly from the one illustrated and is much more 8.1-like. Whether or not it's representative of the final release is anyone's guess though.
...and try to build a new one with LCD screens instead of old CRTs...
IIRC Apollo instruments were only electro-mechanical and Nixies. There must probably have been tubes in the cameras though.
You're right about Boeing though.
Allison Pearson complaining about the cliched language structure Pratchett used, missing the whole point that he was writing about a bunch of old heroes so would have been parodying fantasy prose...
To be fair the junction in the Venn diagram of Interesting Times and I Don't Know How She Does It readers is probably fairly slim.
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