Haven't they done this the wrong way round?
First they install a super-sensitive seismometer, then they start drilling a 5-metre-deep hole one metre away...
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He brought just about everything else. At one time it was reckoned that the best tutorial guide to writing a device driver for NT was the VAX/VMS Device Driver manual.
VAX FORTRAN may have been standard, but the VAX floating-point representation was decidedly strange. There were four different formats and all of them had the exponent in the middle of the word with the mantissa wrapped around it. I believe the aim was some level of compatibility with earlier generations of DEC hardware.
https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nssdc/formats/VAXFloatingPoint.htm for the gory details.
Satellites don't all traipse round in neat circular equatorial orbits. Most are inclined to the equator and many have elliptical orbits, some very elliptical indeed. Imagine a three-dimensional motorway with traffic continally swapping lanes; sooner or later someone's going to get side-swiped.
"As mobile phone mast are NOT transmitting the same signal (as they are talking to different phones), why do they need the precision timing ?"
Presumably to allow triangulation of the mobile's location. Maybe also so that base stations on the same frequency which overlap in coverage area can interleave their transmissions.
I use this on a Raspberry Pi:
It has blacklists and whitelists, which can include regular expressions. For blacklisted calls it can play a recording or emulate a fax machine. Best of all, in the UK it will seize the call before the first ring, so you are never interrupted by the spammers. It's a simple matter to parse the log file to create a web report.
(No connection other than as a user).
Goody Market UK made an application to strike the company off the register on January 2nd. On the 10th an objection was received by Companies House and the process suspended.
Barrington Claims were about to be struck-off for non-compliance but that is now suspended.
TFLI filed for strike-off on 4th Jan; ICO hasn't stopped that yet.
Having also been 'done over' twice in 35 years I agree it is better to not make yourself a target rather than try to deal with the consequences.
It's a shame the security companies don't come up with products to make a house less attractive as a target. For example I would like some kind of motorised letter-box, so that junk mail and free newspapers don't get left hanging out for days on end if no-one is at home.
"The globe has cooled and warmed many times and by now man should be able to use technology to keep himself alive but unfortunately the greens do not want us to use technology, they want us back in some bohemian utopia which has never existed."
Agreed. During the last few million years while homo sapiens has been climbing to the top rung of the evolutionary ladder there have been many changes in our environment, and doubtless there are many more to come. As a species we must meet these future challenges, but turning the clock back is only one of many possible options to consider.
* Thanks to "The Peter Principle" by Peter & Hull.
"Surely there's a 'grace period' of about a thirty seconds (or whatever) before any new speed limit violations will trigger a recorded offence? If not, why not?"
According to a friend* who was invited to a 'naughty step' course in lieu of a speeding ticket the cameras are armed 12 seconds after the signs are changed.
Niven and Pournelle describe this exact scenario in "The Mote In God's Eye" (1974). In their story a ship is accelerated to about 0.7c by lasers fired from their home planet. To decelerate the ship is aimed directly at the star in the destination system, tacking away at the very last moment using the light sail.
That's because the Post Code database is not 'free' in any sense of the word. OSM would not want to have to pay many thousands of pounds per year for the right to use it, and could not accept the restrictions on use of the data which would doubtless be required.
Well I'm one of the "happy amateur surveyors and mapmakers" and all my cycling around local housing estates with a GPS is entirely my own work. The project does have the right to use some other sources; Bing maps and the OS OpenData products can be used as a backdrop to get road alignment correct.
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