1947 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008
"It doesn't sound like Atari has the slightest idea what it's doing"
A fine candidate for understatement of the year.
Unfortunately they're not the only company promising a retro-computing experience which deserves such negative accolades.
I'm getting tempted to start a whole slew of nostalgic home computer revivals on Kickstarter so I can retire to the Bahamas and avoid the impact of brexit.
Re: What about the Winter sun
I was driving home one summer's day with the sun behind me when I was completely blinded by the sun reflecting off the back windscreen of the car in front. I couldn't see anything and, as approaching a roundabout with a car in front, all I could do is a near emergency stop. From the blaring horns I doubt the cars behind had any clue why I had 'slammed my brakes on' or why I was now 'parked' yards from a roundabout while my retinas recovered.
As to the Uber fatality - While the police say there appears to be no fault on the part of Uber I cannot agree and think that call is premature. I believe an attentive driver would have seen the victim and at least have braked hard before the collision. The Uber doesn't seem to have done anything and supposedly has eyes which can see in the dark better than any human.
As to the attentiveness of the 'driver' in an autonomous Uber - While they should be ready to act instantly; I think we all have to accept that it's not realistic to expect that at all times. They certainly should not be used as defacto scapegoats. The demonisation and character assassination from the Daily Mail and elsewhere I find quite disgusting.
Re: @AC via Vorlands Right Hand
The evidence suggests that it was probably the Russian state
What evidence? We have all seen what we have been shown, have heard what we have been told, but I don't see any actual "evidence" so far.
Heck, I haven't even seen any proof Skripal was attacked, is in hospital with his daughter.
I am not saying it is all lies, entirely fabricated, but, if it were, it would be hard to tell the difference.
Sticky rubber bodywork
It seems to me we have metal vehicle bodywork to protect those inside from harm, mostly from impact with other metal clad vehicles. With autonomous vehicles it seems those outside the vehicle are more in need of protection.
So bodywork which is soft and squidgy but doesn't bounce impactees across the road may be where we need to invest next.
"unlimited write endurance"
Does that include filling the drive up, repeatedly rewriting just a single block in an attempt to wear that out?
In the UK there is a difference between "procedure" and "surgery". The former may be carried out in theatre but is mostly carried out in a room of a clinic. Like visiting a dentist or chiropodist where there will probably only be only one or two people in attendance.
It is surprising that no patients had complained but perhaps those who did were compensated and silenced with an NDA.
For any staff who knew it is perhaps a case of 'not worth losing my job over'.
Re: "Project Fear"
there comes a point where some people want to "stick it to the man"
I absolutely agree, and there was plenty of legitimacy in calls to change how things are, but blaming the EU for all the woes inflicted by our own governments and the society we all allowed to envelop us was like burning down the hospitals because the council charges too much for waste collection.
Brexiteers have not fixed anything, are even making things worse, and could have irretrievable ruined Britain.
Mine's the one with the chlorinated chicken sandwich and a bill from the hospital in the pocket ->
Re: Oink, oink, flap, flap.
A myriad detailed topics to be negotiated, and so far all we've done so far is establish that we could always have had blue passports anyway.
Not entirely true - The EU has agreed to divvy-up tariff-free quotas post-brexit exactly how we wanted.
It's America, commonwealth countries, others, mostly those we intend to seek 'deep and meaningful free trade agreements with', who are opposing and protesting that agreement.
You have to laugh or you'd cry.
Re: Theory and in practice?
Hz needs an El Reg alternative to avoid all this confusion.
I propose the "Ouch".
I took an ancient discarded APC 300W UPS ... soldered in some heavy wire to connect a deep cycle marine battery
When heatsinks and other hardware have been designed only to support the limited backup time the recommended battery gives, extending the backup time with a higher capacity battery may cause problems with that hardware, overheating, fire, or other failures.
The same too for charging circuits. If designed only to bring a smaller battery back to full charge they may overheat or fail when charging for a much longer time which a larger capacity battery will require.
Make sure you know what you are doing and have done a risk assessment in case you need to talk to an insurance assessor later.
SLAs for SLA
One of the advantages of Sealed Lead Acid batteries I suspect may be their robustness should the electronics be blown out by an adverse condition on the mains side; it takes a lot more to destruct an SLA in a devastating way than a LiPo.
There are good reasons most UPS are designed with KISS in mind.
I don't have a problem with people wanting an open source UPS but I do worry they have simply embarked on a 'build a better mousetrap' journey.
Re: Guns do not kill people
Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people. People with bread knives kill people. People with baseball bats kill people. People with Typhoon fighter jets kill people.
At the end of the day any use, any good or harm done, comes from people choosing to use the tool in the way they do.
How much blame and responsibility toolmakers have is something which is going to be debated forever and there is no single or simple answer.
Re: Mains powered clock
Using mains frequency is much more accurate long term than even a good crystal oscillator.
It also allows the frequency to be slowed down during the working day then sped up overnight so the state can have people working for longer than they are being paid for.
Re: Actually (effectively) incredibly secure then...
Unless somebody involved shared the link in a public forum, then it's actually extremely secure. At least effectively so.
Agreed and I suspect any information leaked is not that useful though it should not have happened.
But El Reg knew the link, so how many more were provided with it?
Re: Have you solved a problem with a lie?
A lie by omission - or massaging the meaning of a word. "I did not have sex with...." being a famous example.
I presume that's the case of a certain Clinton and his interactions with a certain Lewinsky.
The beauty of that was Starr accused Clinton of lying about not having had "sexual relations". Starr was forced to define precisely what "sexual relations" were and, when Starr fucked that up, Clinton could quite rightly say, 'by that definition, I did not have "sexual relations". Lewinsky did, but not me'.
With Clinton having not had "sexual relations" by his opponent's own definition of that, he could hardly have lied when he said he hadn't had "sexual relations". It was Clinton's alleged lying which were grounds for impeachment. No lie, no impeachment. Starr blew his own case.
We can also keep a look out for those screeching "Yeeha!" as they crash rockets and satellites into their own moons and passing rocks just to watch the dust settle, or recklessly launching things out of their own galaxy with no idea of where they'll end up.
Re: Going back in time to modify history
No one is being asked to change history.
Respecting convictions having been spent means the CRB won't reveal what convictions have been deemed spent. They don't seek to deny those convictions, they just won't reveal them. I don't see that it's unreasonable to ask Google and others to do exactly the same.
In fact, doing otherwise would seem to be putting Google above the law which applies to the CRB and everyone else.
Re: All I want is the ability to make the lights go green when I'm approaching the intersection.
Which is exactly what this system is hoping to deliver as best as it can. The trouble is that everyone wants their light to be green so it has to juggle those desires. And I think most would agree that it's a good idea to grant emergency vehicles priority.
And then we have to deal with those pretending to be emergency vehicles, or pretending to be emergency vehicles which don't even exist.
Re: Spoof traffic entering the Intelligent Traffic Signal System
Have they ever considered designing a system that doesn't rely on any user generated data.
It's not really user generated data; it's data generated by the vehicle system, and there's no reasonable presumption such a system would wilfully lie if working as intended.
All data comes from somewhere and any somewhere can be hacked or replaced to provide false data. The problem is that it's hard to tell if it is correct or false data, being user generated or through a fault or error.
It's a simple trick, effectively standing in the lift lobby shouting "hold the doors!" but never boarding, radioing air traffic control that you are coming in for an emergency landing when you don't have a plane, calling in false reports to an emergency service, causing yourself to be prioritised to the detriment of others.
I'd argue that if you don't pay any bills you're either here illegally, squatting or not mature enough to cast a vote.
Or, like me, have a name which only exists on the electoral roll.
That's perfectly legal in the UK, for anyone, providing it's not done for criminal or fraudulent purposes.
Given that name doesn't exist anywhere other than on the electoral roll I am intrigued how I am expected to present any proof of identity at a polling station when I go to vote. I guess it would involve a sworn affidavit along the lines of "I am who I am; my own special creation".
It's a wind-up
I always thought the radio was clever but not overly original. Why he invented it often seemed to get lost in the applause for his technical achievement.
I was more impressed by the 'universal glasses' he developed. I believe they initially had liquid filled or squishy lenses so their optical characteristics could be altered by adjusting pressure around the edge.Those have evolved into something which have a two-piece plastic lens which can rotate to adjust strength.
I wouldn't necessarily call him a great inventor; more a great developer. But he's another well meaning person with his heart and mind in the right place who will be missed.
My understanding is that the questionnaire was presented in terms of; if YOU could set the rules, what would they be?
That doesn't demand any consideration of what real world laws are, should be, or what the rest of society may think.
To me it isn't much different to asking if people think euthanasia should be legal in places where it currently isn't, asking whether drivers should be allowed to drive at 100 MPH when the current limit it 70, should be allowed gun ownership when presently banned.
We only have societal norms by collectively agreeing what those norms should be and set laws against those. Once set we expect everyone to abide by them. But that doesn't preclude anyone from disagreeing with them.
The one with the Voltaire first edition in the pocket ->
Re: It is safer to presume
As much as I agree; you want to be posting that to mumsnet and places where readers don't understand that, not here where most people do.
Re: Good Value
The licence fee is about £3 a week which I find is pretty good value even if I do watch only a few hours of what I consider good BBC entertainment per week.
Re: This comment section should be good.
I expect it will simply be a re-run of all the arguments we have already heard before.
On one side those who think the BBC overall does a reasonable job for what it costs and, on the other side, those who believe the future is streaming and they should only have to pay for what they want to pay for.
And there will be some Freetards saying people are stupid if they are paying anything at all.
How convenient that when we are being told "we must stop China getting her hands on western tech and semiconductor companies" there is an article which purports to provide compelling evidence why we must.
If there weren't so many people who believed such piss-poor propaganda I guess they wouldn't even bother with it.
Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions
But it's not just semantic irrelevance. It has relevance for quality of service, variance of quality of service, and the extent of future potential.
When genuine fibre could go up to many Gbps; selling 'fake fibre' which never can but leaving the buyer with the false impression it could, is giving an unfair advantage to the 'fake fibre' pushers.
I have been expecting this issue to blow up ever since the ASA allowed non-fibre to be called fibre. It isn't.
I gave up the drink
I wasn't intending to. It was just that, as life and circumstances changed, I drifted out of going for a beer then found I hadn't consumed any alcohol for a number of years. Which surprised me as, not so long ago, I could have been a contender if drinking were an Olympic sport.
I am now on the other side of the fence, thinking I really should get some decent ale inside myself once in a while, that I'm probably doing more harm than good by not drinking.
I have become that statistical anomaly who needs encouragement to drink rather than discouragement!
What does "in parallel" mean?
I assumed it meant side-by-side; one stack for handling IPv4 and another for IPv6, incoming packets handed off to the appropriate stack as they arrive. Dealt with by one team proficient in IPv4 another trying to be in IPv6.
500,000 packets of sugar means nothing to me.
Thinking of it as carrying 25,000 Tesco carrier bags with ten 1kg packs of sugar in each may help.
The one with the long receipt hanging out the pocket ->
Re: Well at least
Same thing for me every time. It's like they think you are planning a shoplift rather than browsing or working out if it's worth paying for. It doesn't help when having asked if they can help they don't have a clue when asked about something.
Re: Fag packet calculation time...
more and more people are charging at home using energy they have produced themselves.
That may be true but it's still only a small minority. I'm not against solar power but I live in an old house which doesn't have the roof timbers to support solar panels without a lot of expense, and if fitted would face the wrong way.
I don't have a driveway or garage so can't get a cable to a vehicle. I'm not even guaranteed a parking space outside my house. Many people live in flats, apartments, tower blocks, often with no close parking, so have it even worse than I do.
And when the inevitable happens, one forgets to charge or thought there was more charge than there is, it's not simply a case of getting a lift to the nearest petrol station, filling the can, and being on your way ten minutes later.
As far as I can see it's just not practical for the majority of people in the UK even if they love the idea.
I imagine the "WTF?" moment could compromise the landing of a less experienced pilot or one who had not been previously aware of the drone.
I guess it's not quite so extreme as the emergency stop one may automatically do in a car when something jumps out unexpectedly, but it's going to cause some reaction and be distracting at least.
Re: Missing the point..
The Second Amendment isn't sacrosanct, and self-evidently the Constitution can be amended. It does indeed rest upon the Will Of The People supporting change but, if they do, then those resisting will be a minority and the majority mostly won't care how they get their way, or how the Enemies Of The People resisting change are dealt with. If putting people up against the wall is what it takes, then that is what it takes.
In fact it can even be argued that the Second Amendment itself exists to facilitate the removal of the tyranny of unrestricted gun ownership :-)
Think of it as democratically mandated revolution. As I said; it won't be pretty, but can be done.
Re: Missing the point..
You're never going to be able to eliminate guns in the US. There are just too many in circulation.
You can never eliminate them entirely anywhere. Even in places with strict gun controls there will be those who have them hidden in drawers and a criminal element which will get their hands on them.
But you can go a long way to eliminating most of them. It only requires the will and, for America, the willingness to use force to ensure compliance. It won't be pretty but could be done if the Will Of The People (TM) were behind it.
Make unauthorised gun ownership illegal. Have a gun surrender programme for a while then shoot dead anyone who is found with an unauthorised gun. Treat it like brutally disarming an enemy in conflict. The message will soon get out, and those resisting will soon not be part of the problem.
It gets harder every day
So, when I am breaking into a property to beat the living crap out of someone, I have to remember to cut the fibre as well as the telephone lines. Thanks for the heads-up.
Breath in, breath out
Maybe the problem isn't so much with the maths, calculations or determination, but with calling it a "constant".
Perhaps it's as simple as the bigger it gets the less there's holding it back.
There; I said it. You know where to send the Nobel Prize to.
Ever had to explain that, "no, electricity doesn't leak out of the wall socket when there's nothing plugged in", while also trying to explain why a charged battery pack loses charge over time?
Ah, the potential joys of keeping cold-call scammers on the line while getting enough voice data to set them up for a damned hard swatting.
Translation " we need to work out how we can tax cryptocurrencies, and if we can't how we can stifle it's use"...
Did anyone think that wouldn't be the reaction to something intended to bypass the 'official and approved means and ways of doing things'?
The probe into crypto-currencies should be fairly short. It funds terrorism, it aid paedos, drug dealers, ne'er do wells, it enables money laundering other than by the rich and elite, and it keeps transactions away from our prying eyes and money-grabbing hands.
Unless they can come up with 'it's what we need to make post-brexit Britain great' I think we can all guess what the conclusion will be; 'It's okay so long as it's regulated, so long as we have a back door into the blockchain, have the right hashtags'.
Re: Friendly atmosphere?
there can only be ONE EXPLANATION
Two if you wish to consider local Martians giving it a regular service.
Re: @ Halcin
If a business wants to trade with a client in another country the product/service must meet the regs of the country. FFS this is easy. Doesnt matter if the country is US, India, China, Small island in the middle of nowhere or even the freakin EU. To trade the business must be compliant. The Business not the whole freakin country.
You are right, but if my business has to trade with the EU and incurs regulatory and tariff costs in doing that I am at a commercial disadvantage to competing businesses who have less costs in only having to meet local regulations.
I can't afford to lose the EU half of my business and I can't compete with the local competition for my other half. Fuck it. I'll close the business down, retire early. Let brexiteers and the dole office worry about all the people that puts out work.
Better out than in
Having spent the weekend visiting a friend in hospital, who is on a ward where many patients don't have full control over their bodily functions, I can confidently say those who started this fight haven't even come close to knowing what an offensive smell in a confined space is.
I was left humbled by what nursing staff put up with all day every day, not only in medically caring for patients, but having respect and bolstering lost dignity.
Hunt and anyone else who doesn't appreciate the work nurses do should spend a day in their shoes or perhaps an hour in a cesspit.
I guess we'll be changing the definition or introducing a new higher category post-brexit when all the shit that Americans eat starts making its way here.
Re: Cynical budgets
And we are apparently setting sail to rattle some sabres with China. It seems to me Williamson is just another playground bully spoiling for a fight. Which probably makes him the darling of NATO which has been angling for a conflict with Russia for a while now.
Re: This is way too late.
But yeah I don't know why they're bothering now ... There's absolutely nothing that can be done
If someone were going round scrawling some nasty lie about yourself all over the walls of the town you lived in would you say "c'est la vie" and let it continue, or would you take steps to get it removed where you could, even if you could never eradicate it entirely?
And if you don't do anything about it are we to take it that you are in fact happy for that to be put about and persist in the public domain, don't have a problem with that?
At the proverbial end of the day it is an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole but that doesn't mean one shouldn't put up the best fight one can if one chooses to.
If one doesn't do anything it will exist forever. If one does the best one can the damage can potentially be reduced, and the rest may fade away over time. It's try or give-in, and I don't see much wrong with trying.
The police must be getting better
In the old days they just pretended you had drugs. No dicking around.
Re: Class Libel Suit anyone ?
there is some measure of reassurance that a website owner has put some thought into security if they do have a certificate
Not necessarily. Many will only have a certificate because they were told they needed one; to look more legit, to stop browsers blocking their sites, to avoid users phoning up or complaining, or even because others have them.
No thought about security there.
"it does have a strange mouth-watering effect"
I get that. Mostly when my body is warning me there's a bout of projectile vomiting on its way.
I love a 'bucket of Yorkshire' but tend to stick to filled with casserole, roast meat, sausages, vegetables, in some combination. This one doesn't appeal.