* Posts by karma mechanic

16 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2009

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

karma mechanic

Re: Installed and joined Team El_Reg

Same here, machine is far too powerful for just pr0n so this gets the cobwebs out of the fans.

Might get the old Dell laptop to do its bit shortly. Can sit around it and toast marshmallows later.

Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

karma mechanic

Measuring the weight distribution on the tarmac

Three points should make it easy.

Except that any amount of wind is going to alter the readings considerably. Turbulent wind like you'd get near the airport buildings would probably give wildly oscillating readings, and a steady wind would give significant amounts of lift and/or other pressures over the tail.

Assuming you have control over where the fuel and hold baggage is then you could have seat sensors that can distinguish between empty, child, adult and lard-arse, and work out from that whether anything has gone awry. At great expense.

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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The original images taken by the monkey would most likely have been RAW files.

Slater then went through these discarding all the junk, noticed one or more that looked promising, and he would then have used Lightroom (or whatever) to work with that RAW file to create the final image. That final step probably involved cropping, sharpening, setting the colour balance exactly right, and probably some minor cloning to get rid of sensor dust spots, monkey spit etc.

The monkey pressed the button, but Slater made that image.

Botch Tuesday: Redmond frags video codec

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The etsting is getting worse

In the previous month's collection we had KB2821895, which made a complete mess of things.

See: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_update/kb2821895-windows-8-x64-update-06112013-problem/eed54c3d-37c2-4965-8974-3f323b4e8e24

Title intentional BTW.

Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

karma mechanic

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

The propulsion is steerable, so it can move the bottom end a bit to keep the top end pointing up. Just like balancing a broomstick on your hand - if you get it right then you can stand the broomstick there and move your hand to keep it straight. Until you get it wrong of course. That's what the computer is for.

karma mechanic

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

"a bit bigger"

Yes, Lunar Descent Stage had a mass of about ten tonnes, in Lunar gravity a weight of less than two.

A ten-story rocket is definitely a bit bigger and a lot less stable when balanced on the blunt end.

Entire internet credits snapper for taking great pic while actually dead

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Finding and correcting - new sport?

I felt compelled to go and see what sites are using this picture with the incorrect attribution, and already quite a few have had comments added from readers of this article. Some by Andrej too, although I'm not sure he is being assertive enough - if I was the true author I'd probably be using stronger language.

Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

karma mechanic

Re: Perhaps a minus sign has escaped somewhere.

I'm still puzzled. From their own instructions:

5) Let the phone inside a -15 degree Celsius freezer for about 60 minutes.

6) After an hour, the phone temperature should be below 10 degree.

Yes, I'd expect a frozen frosticle after an hour.

But then they show a thermometer with a reading of 8 degrees...

karma mechanic

Chilling it all the way down to 10 degrees C?

Perhaps a minus sign has escaped somewhere.

Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

karma mechanic

Some of it is an improvement

I've only seen the Start screen after boot, and then I click on the desktop tile and forget about it - I haven't even been back to tidy up all the junk on the Start screen. If I sleep or hibernate with the desktop open then that's where it wakes up to.

My laptop screen and separate monitor have different backgrounds and both desktops have a task bar, which I like. Another laptop syncs to the same settings, which is kind of potentially useful but I'm not sure about that yet.

Keyboard shortcuts like Win-X for a bunch of important stuff like Control Panel, Task Manager, Event Viewer and even an administrator version of Command Prompt is handy. In fact the Windows key gets much more use now for a variety of shortcuts.

Overall I'm finding it an improvement over 7, except for the stupid TIFKAM screen which I just don't use. Neither am I interested in the new full-screen apps, I use real hairy-chested programs like Photoshop, Hugin, AfterShot Pro and so on. So 7 did all that, but 8 seems faster and seems to have done away with a few glitches.

Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

karma mechanic

Very strange

Very strange seeing this discussion - it had never ever occurred to me that it could be pronounced 'jif'. Having worked as a software developer since 1979 (UK multinational) I have never heard the 'j' version. Not once - I'd remember if someone had said that, because, well, it's wrong... :)

'Huge airships to carry freight starting 10 years from now'

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What happens when it offloads the freight ?

Big new airship carrying many tons of HTC Desires and iPads arrives at the cargo depot. Lots of pallets unloaded. Airship (now considerably lighter) shoots up to 10 thousand feet.

Or will they swap ballast ? What could we send back to the Far East ?

This issue could be a problem with the previously-mentioned military variant - a tank drives off the ramp and the thing heads for the sky...

Or do they re-compress some gas from the flotation bags to lose some of the lift ?

Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

karma mechanic

Minutes ?

'period of minutes' ?

Pulsar 1748-2446ad rotates 716 times a second. Now that's a lighthouse for some serious aliens...

NASA's Spirit rover stuck for good

karma mechanic

That last sentence about the wind...

...was really sad.

Pig plague alert: Avoid missionary position

karma mechanic

hermitically ?

If that was intentional that was quite clever...

India plots 1.2bn user biometric ID cards project

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Hmmm, I know the guy's name is Singh (types it into browser...)

...lights in the data centre start to go dim, sound of hard-drives thrashing...