Re: Free ride available
He can make broom-broom noises all the way.
Hoping for no boom though.
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My brother looked at buying a motorbike in India, but anything over 180cc (I think) was hit by such staggering tax (import, registration, whatever else) that it nearly doubled in cost. Which is why everyone is on a 125 in India. Over here we look on 125s as toys...
(Behold my snob-power!)
But yes, importing into India can be a bit expensive...
Sad that this should end like this.
I'll take that as "sad that RCL should fuck things up so consistently and so completely" rather than "sad that somebody should take them to court over it".
I mean, by now they've screwed the pooch so comprehensively that they could write the definitive book on the subject...
I'll play the "I'm alright, Jack" card here, and say that EV would be ideal for me. I generally clock <50 miles a day, and I park in my own driveway overnight. On the odd occasions I'm going further, I'm generally on a motorbike or somebody is paying me to be there (and can pay for my transport then).
I reckon once a year I need a car that'll do >100 miles in a day.
However, I was in one of the dormitory towns outside London last week, and there was not a parking space to be had. No driveways. Cars nose-to-tail on the streets. Narrow pavements. EV just isn't going to work there (even if the power supply were adequate) unless people can plug in at the station or the office all day. Or they all invest in armoured extension cords.
Draytek have released updated firmware
That's great, but I think the router is just broken. Not often a Draytek breaks, but it's not the first time either. I don't have Chromecast or similar in the house, and it was dropping out multiple times a day when I was the only person in the house and I was sitting running a Citrix session. Nothing taxing.
Anyway, Mikrotik is doing nicely for now, although the learning curve to set it up was steeped than Draytek :)
Long time Draytek user, but after a number of issues I'll be shopping elsewhere when I upgrade.
I've had a few problems with various Drayteks over the past six months too. It's got to the point where I flung VMware on an old(ish) PC and slapped Mikrotik CHR into a VM. Use the BT Openreach VDSL modem and it's cracking now.
Draytek still does the wireless, so it was no great surprise (although a little disappointing) that Squeezer on my Android handset kept choking whilst trying to connect to Squeezebox Server last week. I guess I'll be in for a new access point soon too...
Until it gets broken.
Let's be honest - the amount of CPU you're able to carry about with you is very different to that when I first played with a wireless network in 1999. If there's a little hole, it's far easier to exploit nowadays. So the holes are made smaller, but the CPUs are made bigger...
That sounds familiar. Data centre in Victoria, Aus?
Nope. Teeny one-rack cupboard-with-a-window in Edinburgh. Come to think of it, it might have been over the weekend. I had MRTG / Cacti monitoring the servers, and I think the serge started on Saturday night.
Ended up running with the door closed and window open during the day, and door open, window closed at night until I could convince management to replace the (stretched) portable aircon with a decent fixed unit.
Did the same, but I managed to sneak network cards into the UPSs. Meant I could monitor the power to see if it went down (and if it stayed off for 3 mins I could suspend all VMs and power down), and also temperature (same thing if the temperature spiked).
This was after the AC failed in that teeny room, and the Proliants ended up rebooting constantly overnight one night. They were so hot that you couldn't hold onto them, but bless them they were trying.
Only lost one hard disc. The rest recovered with no apparent ill-effects (although I suspect that lifespans were shortened).
Oddly, the Scottish and Newcastle Brewing Company has no breweries in Scotland or Newcastle.
That's why they changed to Scottish Courage / Scottish Courage Brands when they closed the Newcastle brewery. Then SCB sold out to Heineken.
However, they still own the Caledonian brewery in Edinburgh. It's small compared to the old McEwan brewery, but then most Caley beers are brewed in Tadcaster these days. Must be a laugh softening up the water first of all, because around those parts it comes out of the taps in pucks it's so bloody hard...
Like this (didn't even know you could get patch cable this short til I saw it when in the shop yesterday!)
Perfect for patching from switch to PoE injector. I'll grant you, that's a bit of a fringe case. I have a handful around the house from when I was self-employed and doing a lot of that, though.
It would be nice to see it finally make it to market, but I think that ship has long sailed. They just seem to be a bunch of greedy vermin fighting over an ever-decreasing pool of money. I mean, are they actually operating a company with these funds? Because half a mill won't get you all that far when you start factoring in staff salaries and premises for 18 months.
Shame really. I'll maybe dig out my GBA for some emulated Quazatron instead...
Personally, HDMI ARC has been absolutely fine. Samsung telly with an Onkyo amp, just works. Very occasionally the picture will drop out for a couple of seconds whilst it renegotiates or shovels more coal in or whatever, but that's maybe once every few weeks.
ARC has had zero issues on my kit.
CEC has one issue. The telly sleeps very lightly and sometimes screams a "yoohoo!" down the cable, firing up the amp. That said, I've had the same issue with a Raspberry Pi and a Panasonic telly in the bedroom, leading to much broken sleep.
Computers, eh? Still, if they all just worked, most of us would be out of a job.
Back in in the days when "multimedia" was the cool new kid, I worked for PC World. We had a consignment of monitors delivered set to 110V. Many customers called in with shaky voices from that episode.
We ended up cutting a hole in the side of the boxes and flipping them across without opening them, but we did test one to see how big a bang it made.
Big. That's accurate enough! :)
When I see KVM I think of all those benchmarks where it was outperformed by Hyper-V!
There's something to be said for licensing costs, you know. Take it from somebody migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for that very reason.
If I could get Veeam on KVM then there's every chance I'd go that way...
Ouch - I bet you had sweaty palms.
Let's be honest, we're not human if we've not made some stupid mistake at some point. Like installing an Exchange Server 5.5 patch in the sure and certain knowledge that it'll tell you when it's finished and leave you with a restart button for the evening. Then it closes. Then all the other windows close. Then the taskbar disappears. Then you're sitting there feeling clammy, staring at the screen, mouth agape, and gradually going paler and paler. Then the phone rings...
Still, you learn. And when the junior guy suggests just cracking that patch on just now instead of having to waste so much more time in the evening, you can cut him off and tell him you war stories. :)
Option 3. Long battery life running thinks at an OK speed.
Well, that's fine, but Intel have come on leaps and bounds on power consumption these past few years (spurred / scared on, I expect by ARM). Surely a small, native implementation of x86 (looking at you, Atom) could be created more efficiently than ARM running an emulator (albeit on in hardware).
Or course, my understanding it that the current x86/x64 chips decode the instructions into smaller chunks, and that the native silicon actually runs a simplified instruction set. I could well be wrong on that (CPU design is not my thing), but that would suggest to me that even Xeons are running "emulated" x86.
And yes, that was a fair few brackets I used there - not even sorry. :P
+1 purely because I have also fought the good fight in the PC World tech department. Wasn't it fun when a family brought the computer in for repair and you could see how sheepish the eldest son looked because he knew there were lots of pictures of naked girlies in a hidden folder? And he knew that you knew.
Packard Bell - that's a name I've not heard in a long time... A long time.
One of the comments above send my mind down a rabbithole. How feasible would it be, with metal 3D printing, to set the device up in a vacuum, and print (say) a sphere with internal bracing against collapse? Then, could you flood the chamber with air and keep a balloon full of vacuum which would float?
And then what use would it be? I guess you could add buoyancy to all sorts of things, but would *lots* of buoyancy be better than just using a lightweight gas?
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