Re: Wade Owen Watts
Cringely's name is the pen name of Mark Stephens.
738 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Cringely's name is the pen name of Mark Stephens.
But I always assume that cars will not stop when I cross the street, so I time it when there is a safe interval in the traffic.
When many people think of nudists they think of young fit attractive adults going naked. The reality is that most of them are old, overweight, and unattractive - like most people.
"So a bit like turning the device off? Are they going to sue for power buttons as well?"
It's more like the "mute" button on my TV's remote control. But it's ON A COMPUTER!!!
"I built my Saturn V out of standard bricks."
I built a Saturn 1 using the cardboard tubes from Christmas wrapping paper. The tanks on the first stage of the Saturn 1 are visible from the outside, and it took somewhere around 8 tubes to recreate the look. I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old.....
"No information was given about sharks accompanying the Lockheed Martin weapons."
That will be part of the $500M upgrade contract.
I see I got (so far) 9 thumbs down when I corrected someone who provided false statistics. Looks like there are quite a number of fake news fans here.
"On an average day in the USA, 90-100 people are killed by guns. A few are accidents, some are suicides, the vast majority are murders. "
Fact check: The U.S. Department of Justice reports that approximately 60% of all adult firearm deaths are suicides.
Murders are only about a third of the death rate.
"Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour."
If it gets to that point the airfields will be smoldering holes in the ground and the cities will be ashes. And few will be alive to care what happened to the carriers.
"The only difference between Verizon and the other major telecoms is that Verizon pretends like they're different."
And charges quite a bit more for it.
If I remember, at the press conference after the launch he said they would fire the second stage engine until it ran out of fuel. So it sounds like it had more fuel than they expected.
I remember a number of years ago that a $100 tablet was a terrible piece of crap, with only 4GB of storage, crap screen, slow processor, and ancient version of Android.
For $50 when it is on sale, you can get a Fire HD8 - maybe not fast enough to play some games, but more than fast enough for the web or watching video. And Amazon seems to be updating the OS - my 1 1/2 year old tablet just got the latest OS update two weeks ago.
Of course, all of the data that would have gone to Google now goes to Amazon.
"Well, Trump was never "elected", he was installed by the "electoral college" through a process called "gerrymandering",which is how republicans overthrow election results, and that is what the US calls "democracy"."
Gerrymandering could have only a tiny affect the electoral college - only Nebraska and Maine give out the electoral votes by congressional district; the other states are winner take all. Nebraska is solidly Republican and gerrymandering would have not had any impact; Maine state legislatures are mostly controlled by Democrats - the state legislatures are where the gerrymandering gets approved - so any gerrymandering would have been probably done by the Democrats.
For those outside the US, gerrymandering is when a voting district geography is reshaped in such a way that the included population will vote in a way the "designer" desires. The voting district can end up in with a strange distorted shape. Both parties are guilty of using it.
That's just a couple miles from my house. I'll have to keep my eyes open when I'm out for a walk.
"Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp."
He's draining the swamp - but replacing it with a sewer.
My two best (?) lucks - I had a transmission replaced at 35K miles under the 36K mile warranty, and a refrigerator compressor replaced at 4 years 11 months under the 5 year warranty. Of course, better luck would have been no repairs needed at all.
I guess Christian Wolmar has never driven a car in an urban environment. Pedestrians dart out into the road. Even if the driver isn't too busy on their smartphone, or listening to the radio, or talking to the passengers, it still takes 3/4 of a second at best to go from recognizing a danger to pressing the brake pedal. At 25mph that's almost 30 feet. An autonomous system would be able to respond much faster.
We've spent 100 years getting the roads to work for human drivers, and that is leveraging centuries of knowledge of horse drawn vehicle traffic. Just like we have signage for humans, roads will need signage for autonomous vehicles.
I live 1000 miles away from *Arkansas*, and even I know that the team is called the Razorbacks. And Arkansas ranks 24th in pig production.
Whenever the Brits start looking down on the USA, don't forget that the UK has far more cameras focused on their population than the US. And their politicians are just as capable of doing crazy/irresponsible things.
You mean like the Voyager episode "The_37's" where they find a 1936 Ford pickup truck floating in space?
"So, for centuries, your run-of-the-mill Muslims were quite happy worshipping their guy who had been shagging a nine or ten year old. "
Plenty of Christians were standing behind Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate, when it became known that he had chased after a 14 year old girl when he was in his 30's. And it wasn't entirely that they didn't believe the girl - some didn't have any problem with the age difference.
I've seen neighbors with fake security company stickers in their windows.
Controlled from the internet? You are assuming that anyone who would break in a house has some sort of technical expertise.
The FCC - A division of Comcast, Inc.
"We have introduced product that wasn’t on their site that once it proved to be be a good seller, Amazon started selling the same thing, bypassing us. Unethical gits."
I don't quite understand. You introduced a product - did you make it, or were you reselling it? And did Amazon start selling a knock off, or did they get it from the same supplier that you did? And was it Amazon, or a seller under the Amazon Marketplace?
I had to adjust the shaft packing gland in my boat several times this summer. I take two large (2 ft long) adjustable wrenches to do it - release the lock nut, tighten the packing gland, tighten the lock nut. Of course, the QE has a much more sophisticated packing gland otherwise they would need insanely long wrenches. :)
Phones like the Iphone X and the Galaxy S8 look like they are too fragile. Really nice to hold, though.
If there are backdoors put in, who will hold the backdoor keys? Even the NSA has leaks.
At least it's summertime there.
"... makes you wonder why our Govt and education experts are so hell bent on teaching our schoolkids ICT and coding, when so many IT jobs are going abroad, doesn't it? "
A glut pushes down the wages - businesses want cheap STEM/IT labor.
There are alot of really cheap Android phones. Some of them are fairly shoddy so it's not surprising if their reliabilty would be lower. If you wanted to compare Apple vs Android reliability similar priced handsets should be used.
Considering that the android handsets that do get updates (Nexus, Pixel) make up a very small percentage of overall android sales, consumers don't seem to really care. We (Reg readers) care, but we are tech savvy and good looking, too.
The problem with getting better faster broadband is that most Mericans only have one broadband provider available. Around a quarter have two, and onlty a few percent have more than two. Capitalism doesn't work with monopolies, and poorly with duopolies, so Pai's claims are pretty meaningless.
I switched from FF to PaleMoon a month ago. Much faster and much less memory hungry. Considering that FF will probably take a while to get their bugs out and the extensions modified for the new code base, I'll wait 6 months to a year and see how it turns out.
"But now, he's the official Offal Office resident."
Fixed it for you.
The MPAA and RIAA would be right there to ensure that copyright issues would be at the top of the pile.
CentOS users are far more likely to move to a fully supported RHEL system than those who use a Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE/MS system. Sure, they lose some sales to those who chose CentOS - but they would lose many of those to other systems anyway if CentOS died or became outdated.
I expected to read about a problem with massive goose droppings on the runway.
I also moved to Pale Moon - much faster and more stable. And uses half the memory - at least the way I use it.
"I have a Nexus 4 phone and a Nexus 7 tablet kicking around at home somewhere. They are both 1st party devices. Where are their monthly patches?"
While Apple does a much better job than Google on updates/patches, old iphones can be unsupported - try putting IOS11 on a Iphone 5.
Whenever I upload a picture, I first crop and resize it. At that point what good is a hash of the original image?
"I'll take your manual choke and raise you an odd lever to cut off the diesel supply to stop the engine."
Lever? I've just got a pull cable to cut off the diesel fuel. Sounds fancy.
""Yes, but we hear you changed it in your history books to make out it was due to you overthrowing British rule,"
I've never heard anything about Thanksgiving and overthrowing British rule, and I'm a Merican. Sounds like fake news......
Going out to shop? What a quaint idea.
I prefer to shop with a cup of coffee or tea nearby. And wearing slippers.
It's basically a jet aircraft with no wings so it can't take off. Or at least take off and do sustained flight.
Sorry, I should have been more specific - I mean big BALLASTED monohulls. Even if you minimize the ballast weight by using canting keels, you will end up with a much heavier boat than a foiling cat.
Moths are pretty cool. But their ballast is in a highly mobile person, and with the racks you get the leverage and the boat is light. The boat and rig is about 30Kg, and the crew is about 70Kg or so.
Sadly I'm not agile enough to sail a foiling Moth - the best I've been able to do is sail a 505 with a spinnaker up singlehanded.
The problem is that it will be harder (and maybe even impossible) to tack a foiling monohull and keep it foiling while you tack, compared to tacking a foiling multihull. So that means that tacking and possibly gybing will really kill your speed, making the boats even less tactical.
Whoever has the cup can change the rules. The Kiwis and their poodle have decided to go back to monohulls instead of catamarans. This change has caused some teams from the last cup to not go for the next one.
Larry was using the Americas Cup as leverage to build a world series of yacht racing. So it's not like he is doing it in revenge - he's just continuing what he had been doing before Team Oracle lost the cup.
And next year AMD will have their new laptop chips out. That will put pressure on Intel to reduce prices or improve performance, just like what's happening with Coffee Lake.
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