47 posts • joined 1 Feb 2013
Re: I Think "Brexit" will sign the death warrant for the Pound
Oh shit, I never thought of that, but now that you say it yes.
I heard some guys cooled their chips with soda cans. It may have been something with probes being in the way for the cooler.
When the government has such a huge budget deficit it's almost impossible to not have trade deficit also. The money must come from somewhere. But its always convenient to blame someone else for your problems.
I had 2 students on a lab exercise once. It was about logic circuits. They had connected according to the schematics. But it did not work. They had no idea what could be wrong. I asked them if they had power. They just looked like question marks. After a while they reluctantly connected the 5V I pointed at. It still did not work. Ok well how about ground? They outright refused to do it. 0V was pointless to them. I had to connect it and show that now it worked. Electricity needs a return path. Thing is this was a masters of science in electrical engineering program. They should not have been there. They must have entered on som foreign students quota or something.
Re: "to defend against this"
They can be preprogrammed to run a route using GPS. But if you also yam the GPS they will probably get lost.
Best high tech solution is lasers ofcourse.
Re: That's funny
I got one for my 10 year son. Ordered it after he claimed he could not do his homework since the desk/chair was wrong height for him. I have no metrics on homework productivity before and after. The desk is quite solid though. If they figured out how to provide for the power and ethernet cords it would be perfect.
Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped
One theory to explain how gravity (gravitons if those exist) seemingly escapes the black hole is that it's space itself that holds and propagates (sort of remembers) the gravity field. It does not need to be connected to the mass inside. Within the space around the black hole there is then information about how much mass is inside the event horizon. But that is just one theory. It don't fully explains gravitons etc. there is a lot of phenomenas where quantum theory and general relativity don't play with each other.
That's up to the printer maker. I have never had a problem with my HP printers. All just work out of box. No need to search the Web for a driver that Windows used to need.
Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...
Yes, I have the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, it came with Ubuntu installed. I love it, even the Unity desktop (just weeks before Unity was announced abandoned I began liking it after so many years frowning at it).
Re: Cosmic palaeontologist?
The visible universe is much larger than its age. It explained by the expansion/inflation somehow.
Should work fine on drones, reasonable range. If the drone is out of range then you would have no case taking it down anyway.
It may be just a point of view
Speed of light is our reference since the formulas make out to be simpler that way. It is definitely possible to set up formulas where a changing light speed over history is used.
To explain big bang and inflation we could see it as light speed dropping while the universe stay att the same size. Inside the universe a reduction of light speed would look exactly same as inflation since that is what we use to measure distances.
For me that way of looking at it is useful to understand how big bang could happen everywhere. It did not happen in a single point from which it expanded.
Since It only changes the point of view, I can not imagine any experiments that could prove it one way or the other. What could happen though is that with more observations more complicated formulas are needed to explain them and some day using a variable light speed would make a less complicated model.
For now Ochams razor say light speed is constant.
Re: Letter to NASA
I read somewhere that skylon would not be able to compete with a reused falcon9. Probably because the payload on a single stage to orbit will be very small.
A two stage version seams more feasible and is indeed investigated:
Personally I would like to see something like bristol spaceplanes hope to make:
If ISPs had proper egress filtering DDoS should be possible to handle.
Any site should be able to send a message to the net saying block all traffic from that IP to me. The ISP closest to offending node then applies this filtering for an hour or so.
Even if attacked by a million nodes, sending out a million block messages should be doable.
No use to send Trump to Mars. Putin would fly over and get him back.
From the other side of things
Many years ago, before everybody had mobile phones. I needed something from IT department. They never answered. But then I dialed 0 then full number to make it look like an external call. The call was answered immediately. I do not remember the rest but think I got what I needed after some complaints about calling her "private" number. At that time calls from outside where likely not work related.
I only now realise what risk I took.
AMD is much needed
Nice, we need AMD, competition is good.
Re: @Pascal Monett
10 times the mass don't dictate 10 G. It depends on the density also. In the atmosphere of gas giants it is possible to find a spot with 1G (same as on earth).
If I have a 5m tube for exhaust air?
Could I then fool them to be out of range for visual and thermal sensors?
Oh no they forgot to consider the coriolis forces. It will show up in London today!
I think the real issue here was the EULA thing
I think the real issue here was the EULA thing. Yes its clear the laptop came with Windows but it was not clear that some additional agreement must be made to use it and above all not what to do if it is not agreed upon.
Analogies to google and Apple are halting, they do not enjoy a near monopoly as Microsoft used to have. This was a high court ruling so it must have been in process for some years. Today MS is a little less of a monopoly. I was happy to find the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition which come with Linux instead of Windows.
The most important thing governments and can do is stop assuming everybody have MS Office. Communication with authorities should be done with open document formats only. If government require people to use something sold only by one maker then that is a monopoly not just a near monopoly.
Re: USPTO liability?
What? If they don't charge anything for rejected applications. Not only would it provide an incentive to approve questionable patents. It will also encourage companies and people to send in piles of questionable patent applications. In Sweden I think sending the application in is free but if the fee of 3000 SEK (about $450) is not payed it will not be processed and never reach approval. No refund if its rejected. For approved patents there is a yearly fee, which increases dramatically after some years.
Re: Ashamed to say
Open a window. Make sure there is nothing under it. Grab Windows8.x computer at right corner. Drag it thrue window. Release!
Re: Paid support still available
When you switch a company to next OS a lot of applications needs to be updated also. Make sure to favour applications that are multi platform! That way they will last you much longer and you avoid the lock in in case Win9 gets even worse than Win8.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
If someone could instead come up with a better way to store hydrogene as fuel. The pure water exhaust would be heavier than the hydrogen alone thanks to the oxygene taken up from the air.
Re: Simple solution
And air fueling to reduce takeoff weight.
Re: Headline Misleading
Windows TCO is worst of all for the HOME user. Even OSX will cost less in the long run, much less.
To have a useful Windows machine you will spend a day installing all application programs. Find a start menu replacement. Then pay a yearly fee for AV. After time your kids get viruses on it anyway. So start all over installing again. Time is money.
Companies make clones so reinstalling is not a big issue for them, They don't let kids in and don't mind paying yearly fees. So for them Windows is probably fine (just don't put company secrets on them).
With Linux I install all those 10+ apps I use with one command line, take a cup of tea while computer does the work and its done. That is TCO for me!
Re: The dancing dad of IT
I think they try to be Apple more than Google here.
Re: People may dislike Windows 8...
So when will Elop go? Nokia shares would jump 20%.
That is I too read it as if they used charger when they could but now I see that figure was after having used up all charge and not charging more. The figure is quite impressive then.
I read it that way too.
There are others
There should be more than 2 players on a healthy market. Be it phone OSes or desktop OSes.
MS already have near monopoly on the desktop. Remember how MS have abused their position in the past.
And what is Windows 8? Did they make it to improve the experience of their existing customers who pay for it? Or did they do it that way so that it would help them sell their tablet and phone OS? I say the later.
So I do hope someone else than MS will fill that third spot, Blackberry or Ubuntu phone would be better. Someone mentioned Firefox OS that would be great.
Re: If Google were stiffing their competitors...
Only because they can't get away with it for now. If Windows RT and Phone dominated the market they would play it even worse than they did in the old days.
Re: Microsoft do stupid things
Microsoft wanted to make money like Apple does. So they decided that Windows RT users shall only get SW via the MS app store. They could have just ported old windows to ARM but that had no potential for increased revenue.
Re: Crowd sourcing...
I think its a great idea. Much better than some overly rich company wasting 900 million $ on something nobody wanted.
I think if I don't help in this then who will.
All of us who don't want NSA snooping in our pockets should help projects like this. I have contributed but I doubt target will be reached. Anyway if target is not reached and the money returned, then at least I did put my money where my mouth is during the 30 days.
Cyanogenmod is rather open source Android but still needs some binary drivers as far as I know?
I think perhaps Replicant is fully open source variant of Android?
Then there is Firefox OS. They have some phone out in Spain if I am correct.
Today Canonical presented the edge crowd funding campaign. I hope enough open source fans will contribute to it to make it happen. Go to www.ubuntu.com" or "http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/x/4068054"
I did contribute to it. Or rather promised to contribute, if the target is not reached there will not be any edge phone and contributions will be returned.
Megafon have the best coverage as far as I know and they have plenty of stores where you can get the SIM card. I payed 200 roubles for a month with internet + 200 so I could making some calls too. Remember to bring your passport when you go to buy the SIM card.
dedicated button for dualbooting
I would like to see more/easier dualbooting.
For quick virusfree surfing boot chrome. For more advanced use boot Linux or Windows.
How about putting two powerbuttons on all laptops? One chrome button and one other os button? Chrome would not waste disk space if it could be used for factoryresetting that other os also. Oh and make the chromeos button bigger than the other os button. People who are not computer savy should not boot the other os by miatake.
Re: OK, not great but...
Yes, well as long as there are no back doors in your routers too.
removable battery YES!
"thanks to the increasingly rare features of a removable battery and a micro SD slot, it will be the default choice for many canny smartphone users"
I have had many phones. If left unused say half a year the battery goes swollen, must be replaced. But not only that some phones crack when this happens, others just pop their back lid off.
A good ifixit score is nice, like replacing the micro USB connector if worn out. Only thing missing here is watertight, thats probably easier with a non replacable battery.
I have since learned that li-Ion batterys must NEVER be stored fully charged! They shall be 40% charged and stored at +4 Celsius, but still.
Re: Not sure I agree here..
Absolutely. For someone used to XP migrating to Mint (mate) will be way easier getting used to than Win8. So if you must reinstall your dads or moms PC then give them Mint. They will complain the first few days but much less than with Win8. Office tools and multimedia players etc will be included with the initial install so much less work for you too.
If he can afford the trip then why not. The trips to the moon was not for science either, it was about who would be there first. And I would love it if an old man could do it, show the world you can do things after 70, that could inspire people. I hope its not his ashes he is planing to send there though, that would be like polluting the place.
Hopefully he has a plan
For most cases a company shall stick to its core business. Start new companies to go into new markets. But if you have a great new idea and enough money. Then buying an existing company can make it a lot easier to reach your goal. So I hope for him that he has ideas. Milking an existing market is perfectly compatible with stock market.
Re: Licence agreements
Luckily Sumsung don't seem to refuse waranty in this case.