Re: Tepid storage for home users
Perhaps you should write it up as an Instructor or a Github repository.
134 posts • joined 14 Aug 2010
Perhaps you should write it up as an Instructor or a Github repository.
Temperature variation will probably kill those drives. Lofts are bad places to keep anything temperature sensitive.
Asking the questions doesn't help. In my stint as Unix sysadmin about 20 years ago I pointed out that we couldn't really tell if our plans would really work and asked for funding to run a disaster recovery exercise. The request wasn't denied, just ignored.
That's why I switched to Basic from Fortran at Exeter Uni in 1974. Shortened the length of the debug cycle by nearly 24 hours.
Forty years ago I was a test technician at Emerson Electric in Swindon. When I discovered a fault in the UPS or variable speed drive that I was testing I immediately padlocked off the main supply breaker and called the foreman of the department that would fix the problem. He padlocked the breaker. When the wireman came to fix the wiring fault he padlocked the breaker.
To power up the machine again all three of us had to agree that it was safe and unlock the breaker.
Surely the same rules apply today?
How often do you check your email and how long is the grace period? I would have to make a special effort to check my personal email more than twice a week by which time the order would surely have been dispatched.
Isn't a chimp some kind of monkey?
I think you've just insulted The Librarian. Better run.
All a school really needs is teachers. Unfortunately such a school would not be capable of doing what the authorities say they must do.
Just think on this: Pythagoras taught geometry with a sharp stick in the sand, Euclid's Elements were taught without computers, without even proper pencils and certainly without a ready supply of paper.
That'll have to do can't type fast enough on this touch screen to rant properly.
I assume you are in the UK where SMS is indeed very unreliable. Here in Norway it is rare for me to have to wait more than ten seconds for the text to arrive from my bank.
The mobile phone system in the UK is astonishingly bad. I visited Selby in Yorkshire a few weeks ago and had a really hard time making calls in the villages nearby. And it wasn't just one network that was bad either, family members with UK subscriptions on different networks were just as poorly served.
I think people are getting a bit carried away here.
I've had one interaction with the US police while on a business trip to the US, a traffic policeman in Cary, North Carolina, after I was rear ended by a newly qualified driver. It was one of the most professionally handled situations I have ever encountered. I had three children in the back of my car and my wife in the passenger seat. The 19 year old girl who rear ended me was in shock but that was because she had made a mess of the front end of her father's Volvo not because of anything that the unfailingly polite and professional policeman did. I have colleagues who were also involved in traffic incidents (like me also the innocent parties) and they had no concerns at all about how events unfolded.
So let's calm down a bit and stop claiming that the sky is falling. I'm not denying that there is a problem but we won't get any help from the police to fix it if we all simply assume that all police officers are murderous bastards.
Surely their value is zero. I thought Apple could remotely kill them. Certainly they can blacklist the IMEI number so that even if they work at all it will only be in a few third world countries.
So Apple has lost the cost of replacement but no one has gained the dollar value mentioned.
VLC is in the play store.
And even if she has she doesn't have any way or not giving the permission other than not installing the app. I have a lot of apps that require more privileges than I like to give but I can't revoke them. For instance Kitchen Timer needs rwd access to my SD card and a Latin English dictionary demand the right to read phone status (it's on a tablet without phone capability and still works so it plainly isn't a necessity).
"me" is not a single value concept. I have several online me s and I want them to remain separate but if Android logs me in always as the physical me that isn't going to work very well.
>This is why, for example, that MeeGo (which is the abomination that replaced Nokia's Maemo OS) went with RPM instead of DPKG (deb/apt) for package-management, because RPM is specified by the LSB.
My N9 runs Meego and applications are installed from .deb files. Have I missed something fundamental about RPM and dpkg?
A quick scan of the linked article suggests to me that the incorrect information was itself and was inserted in articles that were of little consequence, who cares if the Buddha turned someone into a goldfish or whether or not a legend exists saying he did.
This seems to be the core quote:
Had I not attempted to unravel my deliberate mistakes, I am quite sure that Wikipedia would still say that the Sagami Railway in Japan was initially set up in 1917 to transport corn and fresh spicy shrimp (can you imagine the odor?) along the Sagami River valley. Likewise, a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Edwin Stanton would still be falsely directed to Albert E. H. Johnson. And the legend of Bodhidharma turning a bridegroom into a goldfish would still be Wikipedia’s version of truth.
Is that it? No attempt appears to have been made to vandalise a page that contains information that actually matters to anyone in the modern world, that is, information that would affect their livelihood, income, or health.
So, while I agree that misinformation can persist, it is still unproven that important misinformation will persist for very long.
And as for your point about finding a more reputable source; that is surely one of the things that Wikipedia helps you to do.
If my company wants me to use a device for work they will have to provide it, pay for it, and maintain it.
That's just incompetence.
> Why spend more than you have to?
Because the money gets spent in the local community you get a lot of it back.
Anything that requires the Home Secretary to personally evaluate and decide anything more than a couple of times a year is plainly nonsense because there simply cannot be enough time for him or her to do it. Enshrining such nonsense in the law simply confirms my belief that such laws are not intended to be enforced but are merely intended to give the state the freedom to do as it wishes without any meaningful democratic control. And as for requiring a judge to be involved as well, well that's just another smokescreen as such things will inevitably happen behind closed doors.
But we all know that we won't be exempt even if they are. Perhaps we should just embrace the technology, learn to love the bomb so to speak, and go for the inadvertent solution described in Clarke and Baxter's the Light Of Other Days and just make everything available to everyone.
It's plural, I presume; MS = manuscript, MSS manuscripts.
I very much doubt that anyone did any kind of risk analysis when the kettle was invented.
At last a comment that actually has an interesting and relatively uncommon point. Pretty sure i don't like the idea but have point on me for bringing it up.
If the requirements had been in the contract he would have known not to shut down the pumps until everything had stopped. Too many domain experts think that too much is obvious. I spend a substantial amount of time asking the domain experts to clarify their requirements so that they say what they really mean. It helps that I started by getting a physics degree, then hardware design, then embedded controller design and programming so I understand a lot of the physics, electronics, mathematics, or chemistry behind what my clients want and can read between the lines well enough to see that a lot of lines are missing; but many of my CS educated colleagues simply have to take the domain expert's word as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
My two Acer netbooks are doing quite nicely thank you (Aspire One ZG5 from 2008 and Aspire One 725 from 2012).
On the other hand I've had Thinkpads fail (especially fans), IBM desktop machines with dodgy power supplies. And have you tried using the trackpad and trackpoint on the Lenovo thinkpad W540?
If they reserve the right to transcode then encrypted files can't be stored there and there is no guarantee that the file you get back is even usable on the system that create it. Surely they really mean that media files can be transcoded on the fly to support different screen resolutions and bandwidth.
I know what you mean by modern (I think), but really things are not modern simply because they are current or new.
Many of my colleagues describe C# as modern; I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Unfortunately the BS is contagious and our current government here in Norway is hell bent on selling all sorts of strategic assets like StatOil, the wildly successful airport express trains and anything else that doesn't currently make a loss. They are also keen to reduce employee power by making it easier to hire and fire and to employ people part time ostensibly to reduce unemployment in a country which hardly has any (3.5% in 2013 according to the World Bank http://bit.ly/1JDKzqB).
I could understand selling state owned companies that weren't working properly but they never seem to do that they just sell the ones that are bringing in plenty of revenue. Even the bloke who runs the magazine Kapital (a very pro business monthly) and who is as free market as they come is alarmed that well run natural monopoly companies are in the sights of the right wing privatisation fanatics.
> we now refuse support for Debian, and may soon refuse them permission to use our trademarks
We who? Who's trademarks? If things are as bad as you say it seems a little churlish to withhold that information.
I think the Plutarch quote makes a good point; but did Plutarch actually say it? See https://codeandculture.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/fake-plutarch/
But the US does have debtor's prisons. They just don't call them that. See https://news.vice.com/article/debtors-prisons-are-taking-the-us-back-to-the-19th-century, and also our own darling Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529281/Comeback-debtors-prisons-U-S-courts-revive-Dickensian-practice-jailing-people-failing-pay-legal-fees.html
If it's after information that can be found in the user's files why would it need root privileges? I don't care if the miscreant can own the system if he already owns my data.
> Although those same animals don't have abusive, exploitative, over-seers policing their every action and increasingly suppressing behaviour that falls outside a narrowing definition of "normal"
Of course they do. Social animals are generally ruled by the top dog, the naked mole rat matriarch, the bee queen, etc. Of course they don't do it consciously and generally the ultimate puppetmasters are the genes (which are carried by ruller and ruled) but behaviour is nonetheless policed and abnormal behavour is certainly suppressed. Let's not let ourselves be misled by invalid analogies.
A bit more detail would be welcome.
Saved me the trouble of typing that. Also my N9 was about half the price.
Just thought I should second this.
I live in Norway and flew to Heathrow less than two weeks after Utøya. The first intemperate remark I heard on the subject came not from a Norwegian but from the woman at the car hire counter at Heathrow who's first words to me when she saw my Norwegian driving licence were "I hope he hangs". Public discussion on the subject in Norway, with few exceptions, has been measured and rational while discussion outside has been often hysterical. Almost no one in Norway is untouched by this atrocity, almost everyone either knows someone who was there or has a friend or close relative who does, yet calls for savage retribution were few and widely condemned in favour of upholding the law and constitution. The then prime minister made it clear that Breivik was to be treated as the criminal that he is and that no laws would be changed in response, that he would not be treated as a special case but merely as an extreme one.
He bought a retail copy of the OS? And the film revolves around just the two of them? What about all the other copies? Don't they talk to each other? It all sounds a bit pre-Internet.
My Rover 75 has three separate busses: CAN for critical engine and transmission stuff, K for chassis (karosserie) mounted stuff like entertainment systems and non-critical items, and a lower speed one that handles the security system. I suspect this is true also of BMWs of the same era.
Except that that comment was merely an aside and the case was decided on the grounds that guilt could not be proven.
Here is what it said in http://www.thelocal.se/20140110/man-beats-drink-driving-charge-by-being-asian
"The 63-year-old denied the charges, and the court took into account the fact that it could not be proven that he had actually driven while under the influence of alcohol. "
This feature is very convenient, it lets me unclutter the home screen and categorize the rarely used applications.
Not going to happen, middle England and Mumsnet probably don't even know what most of those strange jargon words mean so they won't be agitating to have anything done about them which means that there is nothing in it for any politician.
The big boys do not care one fig for your freedom. They are only interested in revenue. If it turns out that they will make more money by censoring their search results than by not censoring them then that is what will happen.
Hedy Lamarr comes to mind.
Paraffin is 9kWhr per litre
So at 25% efficiency we get roughly 2500Wh for a dollar or 25000 for the USD 10 this thing is expected to cost.
So at a deciwatt we are talking about a quarter of a million hours before it pays back.
Will it last that long?
Aplogies in advance if I have dropped/added a few powers of ten again.
Here in Norway paraffin costs about a US dollar a litre and delivers about 9kWh per litre so if we can assume very roughly 25% conversion efficiency in some sort of thermoelectric converter and round a bit we get 2.5kWh per dollar so the device is worth 25kWh if it sells for USD10. At one deciwatt that is 250 hours before it breaks even. The question is: is 0.1W of light worth having.
For a bit more you could buy a 1.5W @ 12V solar charger and a few nicads (source Maplin's website). Assuming we are talking about a warm country we can rely on say 5 hours of sunshine giving 7.5Wh per day, if the battries convert this at 25% we have roughly 2Wh per day for zero mechanical effort. If it is used for four hours in the evening that is 0.5W, five times the output for twice the price using off the shelf components that are getting steadily cheaper and are easily obtained all over the world and are maintanable by people who have only simple tools.
Actually what bothers me most about the Deciwatt is the website and its utter lack of numerical information.
Has the US ceased to be a common law country? US courts take account of precedent as well.
To say that they ignore everything except the argument and the law better descirbes Roman law countries (except that precedent does have a role in those even if it is less important than in common law jusrisdictions).
I suspect that the higher courts are also well aware of legal developments in other legal systems and may well use knowledge of them to inform decisions in their own jurisdictions.
IANAL etc. (and I suspect you are not either).
I have a vague memory of a story about a parachute drop that starts as though one of the characters is a peacenik conscript and he is objecting to the dropping of bombs or agent orange but it turns out that what they are dropping is toilets and the hardbitten professional marine is the good guy; Robert Heinlein I think.
I had Debian running on a bunch of DEC Alphas. Not really any problem at all, certainly no assumption that Windows would be used. Brilliant machines used to run ProE on DEC OSF that were thrown out when the company decided that an all Wintel system was the way to go. Then they had to buy Intel hardware that was nominally twice as fast with twice as much ram to ProE to work as well as it did on the Alpha's.
I got four of them for nothing.
It was a bad day when DEC went under.
Don't you think it possible that you missed an attempt at lightening the atmosphere here with a little humour?
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