I guess I shouldn't have downloaded all 37GB of Doom Eternal...
259 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009
So it's going to be half the length of HS2 (HS2 ~ 230 km), exclusively in a tunnel, and cost a fraction of the amount.
Could we get them to build HS2 (and Crossrail 2) once they've finished?
Alternatively, get them to build the accelerator as the path of HS2, and share the tunnel with the trains. That would cut down on journey times!
They might also be being careful to avoid flight paths to use the defence, if caught, that they were not endangering aircraft.
In my mind, some sort of acoustic triangulation similar to that used to locate gunshots in cities could be effective at tracking the drones as it may not need line of sight.
It might take a while to write the software to pick out a quadcopter from the other noise, however.
Is better coverage.
I've been with Orange, then EE all my working life, as the coverage had been pretty good, and I'm just uncertain about anybody else.
I guess I'd never believe the coverage maps provided by operators, so there is no effective way of assessing the competition without the hassle and expense of another phone and sim, then the hassle of moving.
Puts me off far more than cost. :-/
Having just had 30 daily treatments in one of these, I'm interested in the treatment machine's security:
I was dosed with over 50 Gray of radiation over that time, albeit concentrated on an area the size of a golf ball. These machines can easily provide that dosage to large areas as well as small.
Incorrectly programmed, it could easily kill you in one sitting.
But this is done with the intention of keeping everything running right until the point of a possible CME hit.
If the NOK launched, how quickly could the US disconnect all power stations and open all EHV circuit breakers? Would that help?
Yes, it would be damn inconvenient not to have power, but much better if you could then restart everything with minimal damage sustained.
This seems to me to be a consequence of modern design practice. As things get bigger (RAM, processor speed, bandwidth), there's a decreasing need to optimise and thus no pressure to develop an understanding of the architecture.
I used to design FPGAs back when they were small and expensive, and spent lots of time tweaking designs to get them to fit at all. This often meant moving logic around the chip as there were not enough interconnections between the sub blocks.
Nowadays, they're all programmed via VHDL with each manufacturer's compilation tool doing voodoo magic to program the chip. It's not surprising that performance is sacrificed.
I think the problem is not the vendors, it's the beancounters.
Microsoft: Here's a licence for your software. We're going to support it till 2015.
NHS Beancounters: Ok, it's a bit pricy, but fine.
> Forward to 2016 >
Beancounters: Well, the computers still all work ok, and licensing Windows 10 will cost lots, especially as we'll have to buy new computers to replace the ones that are not powerful enough! We didn't plan for that. Lets keep on running Windows XP till the hardware breaks. What's the worst that can happen?
It took me years, and finally a promise that for every email they sent me regarding a ex-clients phone account that I was no longer acting for, I would charge them £200 plus vat for consultacy fees to let them know that I was not the person they should be contacting.
I bet you are still collecting on that little money spinner!
So what happens when you have to address BOTH security AND efficiency at the same time? Say a high-security communique in an area or environment where power and/or bandwidth is at a premium?
You can't. If you are being efficient, you will be giving away information. Your decision is the balance between efficiency and security.
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