370 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007
Re: what flavours do they come in?
Lick them to find out
Re: Speaking of which,
The software I rely on thrashes the mousewheel/middle button.. bought a replacement after the middle button started bouncing/echoing, after a month or two the replacements wheel decided to intermittedly reverse direction (effectively, guessing its loose contacts)
Solution.. plug the original into a spare USB socket, and have one mouse for clicking and the other for scrolling..
I will eventually get to a place where I can get a third mouse, whereupon the two cripples will be put back into reserve.
How about some facts ?
Shirley the figurehead of the NBN would have some actual numbers to wave around, to prove he isnt a completely useless ignorant money sink?
I am aware that I personally know very little about networking and multiplayer coding, but I do believe there is a fair bit of work to keep the data at a minimum. The e-sports spectator TV mode may be shifting imagery rather than code, but even that would be trivial amounts compared to HD TV.
The obvious consumers of bandwidth are the video streamers, but for a political appointee to cast aspersions at mainstream public is completely taboo. Far more acceptable to blame some non-trendy minority.
Could be interesting to see what this does to my kindle library ..
Do I actually continue to 'own' the 'products' I have paid amazon for ?
Will it simply fork, and all future purchases only available from the piss-poor range that amazon.au carries - if that is the correct term for digital stock - ?
Will prices for ebooks jump up to match the dead tree book price we enjoy in Oz (very likely outcome)
On the bright side, this may scrape off most of the kindle "sponsored" and "prime" faeces that infest the main web shop... The modern equivalent of the discount bins of unsellable rubbish from the supermarket era.
real world considerations
Some industrial / mine sites have "no mobile phones" policies (actually "management mobile phones only"), due to truck drivers running into each other and similar incidents.
a robust dumb watch is necessary while at work, - and left on the dresser when I am not.
re: if it was mains powered
I am seeing both benefits and disadvantages to hooking up the external door(s) to mains power...
Re: I'll be dead first.
Technology thats come into fashion over the last few years are things called CORS.. Continually operating Reference Stations, which are GPS base stations .. continually operating, and sending their correction messages out via phone and internet. Its subscription based (that I am aware of), a bit slower and less precise than your own dedicated base station, but saves you from having to set up your base in urban areas where anything shiny and unattended has a lifespan under an hour.
These CORS networks are becoming more prevalent though still not everywhere, the biggest problem with satellite based driving would be obstructed views of the sky.
Re: Validation Vs verification
There was a writer churning out stories for amazon, apparently completing books in a couple of days - was entertaining for the first few but lost its appeal pretty quickly..
anyway, his vampiric elder could avoid all threats of harm by becoming "insolvent"
Never realised bankruptcy was that potent..
I think the program managers have achieved one objective
" in anticipation of a visit by Khosrowshahi. It had hoped to prove that the program was something he should get behind; ..."
Your life is worthless if you're in front ...
The only thing they could have done to make it worse
is include an obnoxious intrusive "assistant" ... unless there was one there but the reviewer couldnt get to it because of the user interface ?
Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is
You and I can say whatever we want
and the celebrities can say whatever their handlers tell them, but behind all the outrage and the posturing, the politicians and regulators will be hearing that FB or Google or the russians used this data to intervene in politics AND IT WORKED.
They are incapable of ignoring that, and the possibility that their opponents ( who are functionally indistinguishable from outside their own grubby little corner ) would use it and gain an advantage.
Re: Meter GPS no big deal?
When your bum is being kicked for 100 mm discrepancies that shouldnt be there, and your daily workload is increased with an extra half hour to an hour of quality assurance checks and verification
- I say crucifixion is too good for 'em.
Re: High tech for the sake of high tech
"I mean seriously, how often do people get killed by random strangers on a bus?"
Anyone else having flashbacks
to the "studies" declaring computer keyboards were less hygienic than toilet seats - sponsored by cleaning product manufacturers ?
all the so called improvements on the current generation flagships are actually negatives in my personal opinion.
My note 4 does what i want, but is old and sad, and after seeing what is currently on offer, I have searched out and acquired a successor ... note 4.
Failure to die earlier.
Keep that up and who knows where it will end.
How hot does it burn ?
Re: They kinda do and kinda don't
"Level 4 means the car does all the driving, takes all the decisions and you can doze off, surf pornhub, or whatever you like. They are expected to hit the market in 4 years. The level 4 autonomous cars, that is."
And level 5 is the finger of God..
Re: I know
"Which leads me to the question: When did we become so rich that splunking even £500 on a phone for virtually no benefit over something far, far cheaper became sensible?"
Since microsoft poisoned the well with 8 and 10, so spending money on a new PC is something to be avoided..
The missus has a long standing competition with her best friend - who can find the most useless kitchen accessory - which is used as a gift to the other.
As for sprouts, they taste the same as urine smells, and any attempt to make them palatable can be simplified and improved by not including them in the first place.
Also referred to as "budgie heads" and "little green balls of death"
Re: The best of both worlds
The deeper the canyon you run your GPS in, the worse its accuracy. While satellite cannot be the sole source of positional data (and useless for mobile object detection), it is a cornerstone for vehicle navigation.
Instead of burying the vehicle roads, perhaps we should elevate them, which solves a lot of the segregation issues, and produces sheltered paths to mitigate climate issues for human powered transport. This would have a massive construction cost plus drawbacks such as on/off ramps landuse requirements, degraded GNSS and other signals for anyone underneath one, and many more that I cant be bothered to think up right now.
Economics - the real reason
Gloves would have to be replaced if damaged, but students fingers will probably heal...
Re: "Strategic Services Group (SSG)"
Another atrocity to be laid at Ubers door...
Besmirching the good name of SSG.
Strategic Studies Group where, and possibly still are, an Australian computer game writing/publishing company, responsible for Battlefront, Europe Ablaze, Carriers at War, and I think Warlords and Reach for the Stars - before those thieving bastards at mcdonalds stole the name for a marketing/charity ploy.
Re: I'd happily own a phone
I have found the selfie camera occasionally useful in a sort of "under-vehicle bomb inspection" role, ie. to read text on pipes etc, that is facing the ground or otherwise obstructed such that I cant see it directly.
If I can fit the phone in, and hunt around til I see the information I am looking for, its job done, otherwise I have to try and get the engineers to pick an appropriate value...
Of course, the glossy face of the phone serves almost as well as a mirror, so sometimes I dont bother activating the camera....
Re: Britishese to Americanese
Derogatory phrases about women are built into our language, from the common or vulgar references to genitalia, to things like "hysterical" which means something like emotionally berserk/unstable, but translates/derives from "having ovaries"
Re: Expect better than this from the reg
I encountered a rancid camel in the course of my duties, several years ago. Wasnt easily identifiable, dogs had been at it, but the smell was really really bad.
We subsequently established our site office in that same location.
This has changed my understanding of the universe.
Not the irrelevant trivia about air pressure blowing meteors apart, but the realization that in the absence of planetary rock-forming factors - heat, pressure, a cementing medium, or solidification and crystallization from a molten fluid - space rocks are not giant flying hammers of global extinction, but just a bunch of particles hanging around together for lack of anything better to do...
Its rocks Jim, but not as we know it.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more
Specialist processor for fingerprint and facial security
.. something that gets left all over fridges, desks, glasses, or posted onto facebook etc...
its the old "10 inch steel bank vault door on the front of a soggy cardboard box" security strategy. Again.
Can we get a youtube of this ?
Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...
There are people or jobs which have a legitimate requirement for gun ownership/use.
Defense forces - to shoot invaders/threats to national security
Offensive forces - to shoot people in order to further political/strategic goals
Police forces - to shoot dangerous criminals (not including unarmed non resisting non threatening confused people, or women in pajamas, to pick an example at random)
Shooting sports competitors - for the glory of whoever they may be representing
Agricultural and pest controllers - to shoot vermin
Private citizens - to shoot corrupt or incompetent elected or public officials.
Sadly the last group are failing dismally in the performance of their duties
Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions
Linus would probably get upset (I know it doesnt sound like him..) to be associated with that, so possibly safer to call the mongrel creation Windix or windux.
Re: There's a work-around - use a 3rd-party tool to copy a file!!
People would consider file management to be a pretty fundamental part of the operating system - so you are saying windows OS is unfit for purpose..
Couldnt agree more
resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground
I am continually confused at what meets official interpretation as "obscene". If it was accurate in its depiction, then some theoretic conspiracy group determined to keep some other group ignorant of basic human anatomy might have grounds for opposing public displays - but the generic nature of the image indicates its the first group who have achieved ignorance. Perhaps that is what they are trying to keep.
"they dont know what a dick looks like, but they heard on TV it looks like that..."
Dick pics have been part of human culture for as far back as we have art, these days the behaviour seems most common amongst juveniles of whatever age..
As far is I am concerned, the action was childish - which may be a useful trait for people you want to fly into possible death, and the obscenity charge is a reponse from senior officers more concerned about being embarrassed.
This implementation stretches the bounds of stupid
Yet the converging juggernauts of online shopping replacing 'high street', and impending decrepitude, mean some kind of solution should be found.
The idea I currently favour is having a security antechamber, with the external door using a programmable keypad, and the interior door somewhat similar to a bank vault. Furnish with secure containers including insulated ones for groceries, salt liberally with cameras, add electrified floors/rotating blades/spiked pits as taste and architecture allow, and relax.
Being an engineering solution it would cost real money, as opposed to the few hundred bucks amazon would be flogging their lock/camera/software (guessing, not going to look).
There will probably be a market for ugly cages people can bolt onto their front doors to achieve this effect.
bring back crucifixion
If we could make a suitable example of these 'disruptive' stoats - or whatever vermin is weaselly in nature but with extra helpings of vicious.. - maybe they wouldnt appear so attractive to investors.
Laws need to be in place to protect users - and actually be enforced.
Users need to be aware of these issues - attacks, lack of insurance, failure of screening, and decide if its really worth calling a Uber.
Investors and advertisers need to be aware of the damage associating with Uber is doing to their own reputation.
Microsoft Vs Trump administration
Can we make this a gladiatorial cage match ?
2 sides enter.... no one gets out !
The cats name was Guacamole
Why is there a problem?
Oceania together forever with its eternal brother Eastasia/Eurasia against its implacable archenemy Eurasia/Eastasia...
Re: Not only birds
Going back a few decades, indigenous Australian Aborigines used to like telegraph/power pole insulators to chip blades and tools from, taking down the line in the process.
Smart maintenance crews would just leave some spare/broken insulators at the base of the poles.
Australian bird calls are generally the opposite of melodious
So "tweeting" is right up there with "white christmas" as something those drongoes from the northern hemisphere think is a thing.
Some few birds are pleasant to listen to - so long as you can hear them over the flies. The game 'Gaints: Citizen Kabuto' used Australian wildlife calls as part of its background ambiance, supposedly to create the sense of an alien world... personally I found it comforting and familiar.
I missed it
I must have blinked
murdering your audience before testing is frowned upon,. and skews the results
Call it what it is....
... or would be - if it worked ...
World Wide extends all the way from the American west coast to Europe. Presumably in an easterly direction, otherwise it wont include actual inland USA.
I guess that will be a shock to all those USA-ian "World Champions", but unlikely to ruffle their equanimity for long as they have border protection agencies to keep out the rabble.
For those of us apparently living outside the world, if only we really were outside the reach of culturally inappropriate blatant mass marketing exercises pretending to be seasonal festivals...
I must admit
..its a pleasant change to see the tax office told to "bend over"
So its completely silent...
but every cheap magnetic compass for miles around points directly at it ?
bare bones "PHA" protection
because they dont want to miss out on selling the full featured version
Re: How is it different
1. There is no learning incentive to other geese from acting against the offending goose.
2. There is no financial incentive to the regulatory authorities / legal industry for acting against wildlife.
Against drone operators, there is both the potential of a positive outcome, and a financial reward,..
How is this not obvious ?
"On a dangerous note, if a car is controlled by a computer, and a computer can be hacked, and nothing is 100% secure, what's stopping a hacker in the future from using your own car as a weapon against you?"
The hacker wont have a job and wont be able to afford a computer...
I really dont like replying into my own posts
this is exactly what I meant about sense of proportion.
Instead of a response appropriate to the situation, its straight to DEFCON 5, crucifixions all round, midnight renditions and spitttle all over the keyboard.
As for reviewing my life history, I am old enough that when I WAS young, physical punishment was one of the consequences of excessive stupidity. Most of the voices in my head tell me I'm sane, even if some of them are compulsive liars...