* Posts by Xiox

5 posts • joined 13 Jan 2017

Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value!


Sounds like the sub-ether radio in Hitchiker's Guide, where you had to sit infuriatingly slowly not to change channels: http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=1329

A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program.

Zaphod waved a hand and the channel switched again

Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage


Re: add a proper string type in C

No - don't use wstring unless you have to, as it's mostly broken. You'd either need 32 bit characters for the whole of unicode (on linux), wasting enormous amounts of space, or encode things into 16 bit characters (on windows). For example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11107608/whats-wrong-with-c-wchar-t-and-wstrings-what-are-some-alternatives-to-wide

Instead, the best approach is to use std::string, and encode everything as UTF-8.

All change at NASA while Proton launches and India's Moon dream suffers a snag


Re: Question

I'm actually involved with this project (on the science rather than hardware side). It's actually quite hard to keep cool in space due to the lack of air and convection. One side of the telescope will always be heated by the sun and the detector electronics produce heat. One of the big efforts of design for eROSITA was the heat pipe system which cools the cameras passively (search for a PhD thesis if you're interested). There are radiators on the side of the telescope away from the sun to radiate the heat into space. The CCD cameras are kept cool to prevent degradation by high energy particles.

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz


Re: last bank visit

We won't even need to go in for cheques soon. They're bringing in a service to pay in cheques by photo in the next year.

Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse


Re: halifax not working

You're lucky - it usually takes 2 to 3 days here for a transfer here in Germany. This is for a country who prefers using bank transfers to using credit and debit cards online. I've experienced that for an internal bank transfer too. It's not only the UK who has terrible banks.


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