Re: Not met a demon
I ran a SPARC 2 as a desktop for several years. Lovely machine for the time, stayed with SunOS 4 though. Eventually though I persuaded the boss's boss to spring for a PC, that then ran Linux.
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How do you pick 'National Champions' though? Benn wasn't very good at it, and would you trust any of the current lot? All those govt support for industry things just became boondoggles for smart grifters. I give you DeLorean and Strathearn.
I vaguely remember going to a lecture on Skynet-1 in the 70s. I think it used spread spectrum to multiplex the users of the transponder. Each user got 2400 bits/sec. At the time we were using 300bits/sec dial-up to our data centre for software development so that sounded like a really good deal!
Yup. And having gone the PPL route decades ago, part of training is how to manage the engine - magnetos, revs, mixture, carb heat etc. None of this on an electric trainer so type conversion is going to be more than just a quick trip up with an instructor in the small Cessna or Piper.
I will continue to laugh at electric aircraft, until battery tech gets much better. The concept makes range & payload figures look stupid.
Still is short on registers. The register-ful architectures all have 32 now. However x86 and _64 are so embedded in the computing space now that that argument is pretty futile. I really liked the DEC Alpha architecture when it first came out, and some heavy hardware built on it really served us well many moons ago, in winning one of the Elliptic Curve crypto challenges from that time. Sadly it went the way of all silicon, as did DEC ☹️
I used Mac, SunOs (not Solaris) and Linux in that order as a desktop at work since the 80s, though I did have a Win3.1 laptop for a while until I could put Linux on the HP one I then got. My colleagues were a mix of Linux and Windows to taste. It's true we were techs so 'office productivity' was secondary to tech productivity and we often built our own tools. Linux is still my main desktop/laptop and Win (XP) runs in a VM if I really need it. I don't pretend I'm mainstream but I doubt I'm really niche.
There are end-to-end encrypted communications platforms. There are communications platforms with easily deployable security. There are enterprise-scale communications platforms. We believe that no current platform offers all of these. This is what Zoom plans to build
So how do you do that without the N^2 problem? I believe these multi-picture conference services do the video mixing in the central server to avoid that problem & make the video data feed to each participant just one picture. That requires the server to see the video (and audio), ergo no end-to-end security.
Trying to do it in each client would be 'interesting'.
Yes, it's probably a necessary PR thing.
PS Unicode superscript 2 (² in html) doesn't work.
That sounds like sarcasm, which I endorse. Nothing like a bit of snark towards Brexit while he was at it.
I'll suspend judgement on the app until I see some independent analysis of its operation. It might be a technical failure, in which case it'll be useless and all the paranoid ranting will have been for nothing. If it does work reasonably like it's supposed to then the key to acceptance is going to be the political & legal constraints on its use. Personally I would like to see a solid legal control excluding mission-creep with infractors, including ministers, going to jail. But sadly I can't see that happening, and a lot of commenters here wouldn't trust it anyway.
Barclays original ATM used cheque-like paper things with a series of holes in them. They gave you a few at a time & one went back for more when they were gone One time I used one but it didn't let me have any cash. A bank employee was just leaving & asked what the problem was. He was about to give me a tenner & sort the problem on the morrow. Then he realised one of the holes wasn't quite empty, removed the offending chad & it worked perfectly.
If you added mass to it, especially off-centre like that, the moment of inertia would change drastically, requiring a complete recalibration to get back to the pointing accuracy needed, if that were even possible. Nowadays, given the capabilities just demonstrated by Intelsat to navigate and mate to a comms sat, it might be worth engineering mounting points and fuel connectors on sats like this so they can be refuelled in flight.
Yes, but you have the mental capacity, learning and experience to do that. We forget, in our tech environments like here, that a significant fraction of the populace actually can't do that. It's not ignorance per se, they haven't the capacity to learn enough not to be ignorant. And there are the shysters who prey on them if course.
DAB is useless where I live. I did re-cut an old Band III antenna which is up in the loft & connected into the house distribution system. It feeds just the bedside clock radio. On the road, FM is fine except along bits of the A303 in Wiltshire. The DAB on my wife's car is useless mostly.
Agree with other commenters here about OFCOM. Their remit seems to be to do the government's bidding rather than representing spectrum users.
You do know the driver runs with kernel privileges, and full BSODicity. And in Windoze, the driver is often written (cheaply) by some arm of the hardware maker. Linux drivers for rubbish serial dongles have been written by someone who understands this stuff, with a ton of fixups for hardware deficiencies. Just try perusing one and see how bad this can often be.
Hmm. 'Simulations'. Let's see some wafers first and measurements thereon.
There are far too many "Look! We've just made this amazing breakthrough in speed, power consumption, energy density, carbon reduction, etc." articles which never get anywhere. Perhaps you should produce a working model & characterise it before publishing?
I do exactly that with Thunderbird on Linux. My server uses dovecot/maildir. Some emails get filtered by the server into folders on receipt (mailing list stuff usually). Others I copy manually from inbox or delete to the trash folder. Then every year I archive a whole year out of inbox into an archive folder for that year, and occasionally I trim the trash back. Works great and I have archives going back 10 years or more if necessary, including the 'sent' folder (most essential!).
Er, no. You forgot the backhaul. That's much bigger pipes that also have to be paid for. So although your bit of fibre might do several Gb/sec on a good day, the backhaul investment will limit everyone to the 30 Mb/sec target figure (except for the Nomenklatura) because, after all, we are all equal under the new régime, aren't we?
Not necessarily. The knowledge of the spent conviction and its nature may well influence anyone wanting to deal with him as to his trustworthiness even if the transaction wasn't part of a criminal enterprise. In any case he's either an obsessive or his new enterprise is crucially dependent on personal probity, probably the former.
Many moons ago, with small children on a foreign trip we stayed one night at the Ibis near Heathrow. We were woken up three times by people unlocking the door and barging in. On the third one I just roared FUCK OFF!, and that seemed to do the business. When I complained the following morning, to the French duty manager, he didn't seem very concerned, and only offered us a free breakfast, which we couldn't take as we needed to get to the airport. Needless to say I've never stayed in an Ibis ever again.
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