Re: input device
Mash the pad for a dialling wand....
502 posts • joined 22 Nov 2011
But by the time you pay off your cutting edge gaming rig in 24 months it is obsolete.....and you need to get another. If you are paying, let's say, $20 a month for the gaming service then you spend less than $500 over the 24 month period on your "gaming rig" and it's always up to spec for whatever game you want to play. This would also cover the cost of the games themselves too. Hard price to beat with the "own your own" model....
I am a nurse and we have many devices that are network connected, mainly to allow data from the various devices and monitors to be automatically populated into the patient electronic record.
They also serve to parrot alarms from the bedside device to the central station monitoring computer so we can ignore them from the comfort of the nice chairs rather than the small bed side stools....
"The indictment against him also claims that he "provided a document… knowing such document was false and fraudulent." It's not clear what that is in reference to and it may be a further check run by mobile operators before approving location data, but it is not clear at this stage since neither law enforcement nor mobile operators want their verification processes to become public knowledge."
of the article tells the rest of the story.
He didn't just call up and ask for it, he called up, the Telco asked for whatever secret documentary proof they normally ask for to allow such information to be released and he sent them a fake one.
So the Telco may have been insufficiently diligent in checking the proof he sent but if the accusation is true they were intentionally defrauded by the accused and are also victims of his malfeasance, they didn't just hand out the information on the basis of a phone call alone.
I think the only reason people tend to label this as a characteristic of American companies is that ironically they are far more "honest" about doing it.
Exactly the same thing happens elsewhere but the techniques are usually more subtle e.g. US lobbyists can give money directly to politicians in real time to influence their decisions whereas in the UK they have to promise them juicy directorships after they have ended their career in politics.
I think people miss out on the good side of this.
If I forget my password for some web site that I haven't been on in months and can't remember what the stupid combination of security theater garbage they required for the password all I have to do is phone some guy in Russia who has already stolen my details from one of the numerous security breaches that happen daily and ask him what my password is.
Much quicker than jumping through all the password reset hoops trying to remember who I said my favourite cousin was or whatever.....
The easy answer is to just have essentially 3 passwords - one for personal stuff I actually want to keep secret (banks, email, porn sites etc.), one for work and one for all the other bumfrippery that I don't give a crap about (social media, logins for every other stupid site that needs an account (looking at you, el reg) etc..).
There seems to be a misapprehension among the commentariat about what "Ethics" are....Ethics are a set of beliefs determined by the individual or society, not rules set in stone.
Something is regarded as "ethical" if it fits in with whatever you or your society deem acceptable within their own ethical framework but - and here's the important bit - that ethical framework is determined by the individual or members of the society.
In other words, when you have an ethics committee their task is to decide whether the behaviour under consideration should be regarded as ethical by determining what they wish their ethics to be, not comparing the behaviour to a pre-decided set of ethics and saying whether it fits the mould. An ethics committee should be choosing the shape of the mould, any cretin can decide if a behaviour fits in a mould after the mould's parameters have been determined.
As such, any ethics committee should contain as wide a variety of contributors as are available, in representative proportions, so that they can shape the mould to reflect the society that is being asked to accept it not just trot out a pre-determined outcome predicated by pre-selected membership.
I would go so far as to say that members of the organisation for which the ethics committee is being asked to police ethics should have very little say in who is on the committee otherwise they will just choose a committee that will agree with everything they want to do anyway - not real oversight by any means, just a rubber stamping committee giving the appearance of propriety with no actual effect on the organisation at all.
I think this privacy thing is being looked at in the wrong way....
I find it much more convenient when I have forgotten my password for a website (probably because I have forgotten all the random rules that it needed 2 caps, 4 numbers, a special character and half of it had to be in a different character set than my keyboard or whatever other bullshit masquerading as security requirements it had) to just call up some guy in Moscow to remind me what it was than have to jump through the agonising 75 step password recovery process instead....
...and that thirtyquidness pretty much trumps any degree of crapness it may have against the rivals. If it was £60 and crapper than an £80 tablet, then it would be pointless but because it costs less than even a second hand version of the nearest competition, it surely wins out as long as it's operational and lasts more than 12 months ( I haven't seen any evidence that it is unreliable or poorly made, just that it is restricted in performance by low cost parts).
For £30 you still get a widget that lets you check your e-mail, facebook etc., read eBooks and play videos, music and minecraft / candy crush / <insert skinner box of choice here> - OK, it does all this slower and lower resolution than more expensive kit but the truth is that for these sorts of applications (especially on a 7" screen) slowness and low resness are far from deal breakers.
As a device to give your 3 year old, it's still a good call as it's also less than half the price of similar things designed to be kid-proof (like the innotab or leap pad things), so you can sustain a moderate break-rate and still be ahead of the game (especially if you tell them you won't replace it if they break it - my 3 year old is quite able to deal with that level of care when motivated by potentially losing his toy).
@Tim99 "Er, no." - No to what ? Your post agrees with what I said - the convection current you mention is directly caused by the lower density of the warm gas from the incendiary source which is the reason for installing detectors in the ceiling - nothing to do with the relative densities of the gases, everything to do with the temperature of the combustion products.
The mixing of the room air with the combustion gases (of whatever kind) does occur but this still takes time - not much but enough that the detector has long since activated and you have the opportunity to escape. Try it - light the bin on fire on your room now, watch as the smoke fills the room from the top down - granted the room fills completely with smoke in a few minutes but you will easily have time to walk out before it does.
As an aside, I did not refer to CO2 in any of my posts (probably because the whole thread is about carbon monoxide detection) nor at any point have I been confused between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. I am well aware of the reduction in density of any ideal gas relative to the temperature*, unfortunately your assertion that the height of the fire above the floor is the reason why a floor based escape plan is best is only true if you disregard your own argument relating to the mixing of the convection current into the room rapidly (which you should, because it's wrong - the height of the fire above the floor in no significant way alters the mixing effect of the convection currents, the combustion gases arrival at floor level is not significantly different for a couch 2 feet off the floor than it is for a fire on the floor itself).
To cut to the chase - detectors are ceiling mounted because hot gas rises. Doesn't matter what gas or how dense it is relative to other gases at room temperature, the density reduction due to temperature differentials is far greater than the difference in density of any plausible combustion product against the prevailing room air.
*Although I note as a further side point that you have failed to take into account the changes in pressure that would accompany a fire in an enclosed space, so the density only halves with a doubled temperature if the pressure remains constant, a situation that only occurs in a wide open space - inside a building the restricted air flow out of doors and windows would lead to a rise in pressure and concommitant rise in density along with the rise in temperature until the pressure was able to equalise with the outside world -this change in pressure and so density would, of course, be the same for all the gas products in the room, though.
Relative vapour densities only apply to gases at the same temperature and pressure - as the CO in this scenario is at a higher temperature than the air in the room (by virtue of having originated in some type of fire) its density is lower than would be suggested by a straight vapour density comparison. The same is true of the carbon dioxide, which, whilst it is denser than room air at the same temperature/pressure, is significantly less dense when a product of exothermic reactions - that's why smoke detectors are ceiling mounted and you have to crawl out of a room if there is a fire.
When did 'basic web browsing' suddenly need a computer that scores 2000+ on PC Mark 7 ? I don't know what the reviewer regards as 'basic web browsing' but I can pretty much get by with my work PC that I suspect scores about 3 or 4 on PC Mark 7.......
The truth is that the market for this type of fairly expensive (especially the £1k+ devices) is extremely limited as if all you do is web browsing, e-mail and office apps then you can quite happily get on with a much cheaper device (or, as is the case more and more, not need to upgrade your still operational 3 year old one). Sure, for people who need a genuinely powerful device for their work or play may want one, how many of them need one that weighs less and are willing to pay extra for the 1kg weight saving ?
The only real benefit I can see from these devices is the improved screen resolution but whilst 1900x1080 certainly looks better than 1366x768, I'm not sure that it's £1k better.
Clearly the researcher is not married then..........
I thought "4.9 times a month ! Where do they fit in the other 3.9 times that I don't get ?"
(Also, is the 0.9 when you start but then pull out and bap spaff ?)
On the issue of the US civil war and slavery, would it be pertinent to point out that the emancipation proclamation (the executive order Lincoln passed to free the slaves) only applied to slaves held in the southern states - it did not in any way free slaves held in the actual states of the union (some union states were emancipated, others were not at the time of the proclamation) - it's purpose was not to free all slaves but to fill a big hole in the recruitment drive for the Union armies (specifically provided for in the proclamation).....
The 'freed' slaves, of course, were not granted actual citizenship or given the right to vote or anything like that, either.
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