Be interesting to see how the power grid copes with the sudden drop of solar followed by its sudden reappearance (sudden in generation timescales).
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If there's a part of your environment that everybody's afraid to fix in case it breaks, that's the first bit you should be fixing.
Re: I'm not a BA Customer or Shareholder
"...issues have been addressed to make sure this can never happen again until next time"
Still a couple of releases before adjustment layers are on the roadmap: at the previous rate of development that's half a decade.
I'm more than happy using Darktable for photo processing, but GIMP doesn't cut it for the final furlong - I want to edit on lots of layers and there are too many essential actions that aren't easily switch-on-and-offable using layers (e.g. healing tool).
Re: Asking the wrong question
One of the more helpful comments I've read on the subject. To paraphrase, if you don't have to consider storage performance, you can do more and new stuff.
"It is not the intention of this act to ..."
"This legislation sends a clear message to ..."
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.
The *only* thing relevant in any piece of legislation passed is the powers it gives and the offences it creates or removes. Whenever I hear either of the phrases above, I know that the legislation being referred to is bad legislation.
Re: NOT a pizza box
When they brought out the Netra t1 105 (1U server), we always referred to it as a "flapjack".
Clearly a "bigger fool" valuation, based on being able to sell later at a higher price to an even bigger fool.
Re: Word rejected by Collins' dictionary
Parsons Green - I think that's allowed isn't it?
Re: Who made what now?
There's nowhere near enough handsets in the supply chain for a marketing campaign. The second production run has created what would be a tiny amount of stock for any sales drive. What they have achieved could almost be called a proof-of concept exercise, making a small number of phones with traceable raw materials and better (though not Western) practices in the assembly plants: to make a profit at a price that's within 50% of massive scale production counts as a success.
Oh, and the Co-op are selling them. http://www.thephone.coop/fairphone/
I don't use OSX, I'm on Linux but there is an OSX installable of Darktable for those who prefer using Free (Libre) software. I tried Lightroom on windows but Darktable has all I need.
Re: "Completeness of Vision"
Do the products do all you'd want them to, and do they keep bringing out new stuff.
Most of these offerings are fulfilling the same needs (though in very different ways) which is why there is a vertical line on the right. Teradata is a niche product that's not going to tread on the toes of IBM's Pure, so probably shouldn't be among this lot.
Silly walks could be a new fitness craze too. You'd burn far more calories in the morning schlep to StarNeroCosta doing a silly walk. Maybe not on the way back, though, or you'd spill the precious fluid.
Any discussion about surveillance powers should be conducted with the participants sitting above a shark pool, and anyone who uses the words "it is not our intention to..." should be tipped in. It was not the intention of RIPA that councils would snoop on domestic bin usage, but it granted them those powers.
Sorry, didn't see you coming mate
Amen to that. Having your employers go bust on you is like crashing into a car that "came from nowhere".
No more SRPMs
Looking down the referenced FAQ in the article, it seems Red Hat are going to stop distributing SRPMs, and meet their GPL obligations by offering git access to the CentOS codebase.
I had a HP 33E at Uni. I dropped it crossing the road and, before I could retrieve it, it had been run over by a car. Apart from a crack in the bottom corner of the case, it was unscathed.
Re: *Headlines to which the answer is no.
Next thing is the tabloids will pick up on this trick. Imagine a world in which the newstands have endless made up stories about Diana/Madeleine/Shergar/Lord Lucan with lurid headlines ending in question marks.
Pretending to work
You can't be effective in any of the situations listed. So people aren't working, they're pretending to work. I'm blessed to be in a job where I work effectively when it's needed and don't have to pretend to work when it's not needed.
First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you...
A bit depressing el Reg getting this wrong. Still, at least the USPTO haven't renamed themselves "Intellectual Property Office" like our own.
Going slightly off topic... This weekend thebox.bz went offline. One of the projects they'd undertaken was to assemble a library of classic Horizon programmes, some from quite old VHS tapes, content that was available nowhere else. That endeavour has, alas, just been snuffed out.
El-Reg proves that less is more. A well researched interviewed talking to the right person, I suspect this interview has had very little editing, if any. Thank you.
Both sides knew it was a pointless act, with copies in other places held by other organisations.
But some manager somewhere will have been able to put a tick in a box.
"Cocoon spun by techno-libertarians...
'Mozilla, Rothenberg wrote, exists "inside a cocoon spun by techno-libertarians and academic elites who believe in liberty and freedom for all, as long as they get to decide the definitions of liberty and freedom."'
If you don't like our cocoon, stay out of it and advertise elsewhere.
He's just grandstanding for effect, these places are designed to get warm. The building being warm to the touch probably shows that the heat is being removed effectively from the transformer.
Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...
Because making rockets is hard to do in any age, We understand the physics, but making the many components all work together properly so the rocket flies is hard.
The same goes for making atom bombs. That's why I'm not unduly worried about Iran's programme.
Mosaic *was* the killer app for the WWW. Running on SunOS with X and a colour monitor, all the ingredients for the modern browser were there:
- Text and Images displayed together for a page
- Coloured highlighting of hyperlinks
- Forward and backward buttons, for a good sesh browsing the web
- Rendered presentation of other protocols (ftp, gopher and IIRC news)
Lynx allowed you to read from the web, but Mosaic allowed you to browse.
Its accompanying page "What's new with NCSA Mosaic" was the de facto chronicle of the expansion of the WWW over its first few years. Heady times, and the importance of NCSA in building on Cern's work was pivotal: Mosaic on the client side, NCSA server, and "What's New" in disseminating information.
We will not be enslaved through coercion, but by the lure of convenience.
Re: Who mentioned solar? A knob, that's who.
Wind turbines are pretty good at reducing chronic CO2 emissions, they're just rubbish at providing reliable power exactly when needed: they should be built and operated, but kept outside the "generating capacity" figures, as they can't be relied on.
Still, if the problem is with peak demands then surely there is scope for demand management? For decades the very biggest energy users (such as the steel and aluminium industries) have had load-shedding arrangements. Surely this could be run back into medium sized users, even if it won't work for domestic users? But even in a domestic setting, if you could incentivise people to put their washing and tumble driers on overnight instead of at 6pm, you'd be a lot of the way there.
Because you can. That is all.
That's one of the most saddening articles I've read in a long time, because I think the analysis may well be right.
Beer can shares
In some states there is a 5c deposit on beer sold in aluminium cans. In the dotcom bubble there were beer can shares: if you'd "invested" in canned beer with 5c deposit per can instead of shares, the returned deposit would have been worth more than the shares 12 months later.
I predict that over 12-24 months, Facebook will be a beer can investment.
Running a museum is a long term project which needs a lot of planning and fund raising and all that. The focus of very specific campaign was to prevent the historic site coming to market and being flogged off to the highest bidder for redevelopment. For this limited objective, it is very much Mission Accomplished.
It is, in the very truest sense, a Land Grab.
The tyranny of "Every little helps"
I wholly agree with Lewis. Trying to modify human behaviour to make an insignificant difference in overall consumption is counter-productive. Basing that on shoddy fieldwork is inexcusable.
It's the same with plastic carrier bags: they get all over the place and cause harm to wildlife, but in terms of the mass of stuff in a family dustbin they are negligible - it probably takes as much material and energy to produce 100 carrier bags as one free MacDonalds toy with a happy meal.
And as for mercury filled energy saving lightbulbs, the whole case for them is based on the heat being wasted: whereas for much of the year in Northern Europe the energy will be consumed in your central heating boiler rather than the lightbulb.
Methinks the whole appliance-on-standby conceit was constructed as a straw man by the energy companies---by focussing attention there, people's energy consumption in other areas continues unabated, ensuring their profits.
The intention of legislation
The purpose, or the intention of legislation, or the assurances of the lawmakers count for naught. The *only* thing that matters is what the legislation itself says. If it permits something undesirable, it should be changed before it reaches the statute book.
It was not the intention of RIPA to allow councils to tag individuals applying for school places. Jack Straw said "it is not our intention to ..." lots of times during its passage.
Re: This is what happens when you focus on being big instead of good
I had a brilliant HP calculator when I was at university in the 1980s. I once dropped it while crossing the road and it was run over by a car - the only sign was a small crack in one corner of the case. And although they were presumably completely separate businesses, having the Hewlett Packard name on top quality laboratory and medical instruments was fantastic for the brand: there would be a rush to bags the HP oscilloscope for practical sessions.
A very different HP to today's.
Can we please shun the term "IP"?
Call me a Stallmanite grouch, but I still find the term "IP" unhelpful, preferring the more specific terms: patents; trademarks; copyrights; trade secrets.
This story is about patents and patent applications.
Re: Not really thinking, are they?
A good explanation of the phenomenon you describe is shown in this slideshow
So is it like this?
So does it work like this?
a) There are loads of naturally occurring bacteria, some of which are susceptible to antibiotics, others are resistant
b) These bacteria have reproduced for millennia, using humans and other species as breeding grounds
c) The antibiotic susceptible ones have been by far the more widespread, outcompeting the resistant ones
d) 70 years ago we waded in with antibiotics, and started hitting out at the susceptible ones in their key breeding grounds (firstly humans, then other species)
e) The anti-biotic resistant ones have found their competitors' population falling, and have started to spread out into the extra space.
Re: "Can you smell the anti-trust lawyers starting to circle?"
I don't like Google's lawyers
But I also don't like Apple's lawyers
But which is worse? There's only one way to find out...
They've stated that PoE is on the wish list for later models, if it can be provided at the right price.
So is every outage for a locally hosted solution an indictment of the locally hosted approach?
That's all very well, doctor^H^H^H^H^H^Hfireman, but shouldn't you be at work?
Let's hope the frogmen don't run into any escaped crocodiles.
Thou shalt not put the Lord to the test
Of course, it was the Lord who created double blind testing, so He can present whatever results He chooseth. Experience shows that He's not going to give short cuts which remove the need for faith. http://goo.gl/Sxb0G
Gartner Adoption Curves
If you think about it, the dollar value of Bitcoins has almost exactly followed the Gartner Hype cycle, and it's now in the "trough of disillusionment". ( http://goo.gl/4Bxvp ).
What will be interesting is whether, as with many technologies, it disappears at this part of the cycle, or whether it finds its way to a plateau of productivity as a niche form of tokens for exchange.
Everything causing cancer will cause house prices to rise/fall
This is an awesome public service, making one of history's most significant finds publicly available together with authentic interpretation. Long may Google perform this sort of service.