* Posts by Essuu

22 posts • joined 5 Nov 2009

Hasta la vista, Ola: TfL bans ridesharing startup, claiming unlicensed drivers picked up passengers


Parallel delivery

Pub/club kicks out, several vehicles turn up, drunk folk fall in, it's only later they realise they're in the wrong vehicle. See it happen a lot, driver asks if you're $accountholder, "yeah mate" and jump in.

I suspect the token is supposed to work the other way around, the passenger gives the driver the code, so the latter knows he has the right dribbling mess on board.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Re: The great, the good, and the ugly

Yes it could, all member states are free to set 3rd Country immigration rules as they see fit. There was nothing stopping the UK making any arrangement it wished with India.

All bets are Hoff: DXC exec is standing for Brexit Party in UK General Election


Re: Swivel-Eyed Loon alert

You can write what you like as long as you're not identifiable and your actual voting intention is clear.

47 (3) A ballot paper on which the vote is marked—

(a) elsewhere than in the proper place, or

(b) otherwise than by means of a cross, or

(c) by more than one mark,

shall not for such reason be deemed to be void (either wholly or as respects that vote) if an intention that the vote shall be for one or other of the candidates clearly appears, and the way the paper is marked does not itself identify the voter and it is not shown that he can be identified by it.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/3304/pdfs/uksi_20063304_en.pdf [The Local Elections (PrincipalAreas) (England and Wales)Rules 2006]

Bloodhound rocket car target of 550mph put on ice after engine overheat


Re: what's the big deal about 1000 mph?

Although it is somewhat arbitrary, it also happens to be around where the laws of physics come into play to define a theoretical maximum based on our current technologies. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_(physics)#Power for why we can't generate enough power to overcome the drag within a buildable vehicle. At least, safely. It might be possible to put a rocket on its side with some wheels but going fast is only half the equation. Staying on the ground and stopping safely is just as important !


Re: serious computer based stability control

Actually, there isn't. They spent three years developing the aerodynamic shape so that it didn't need any active control. That's something you definitely wouldn't want to go wrong at those kind of speeds !

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin


I'm surprised the editor didn't Spike the story.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Well if it's a starship

...they'd better play Magic Carpet Ride as it takes off !

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow


Re: Bah!

It combines a solid fuel with a liquid oxidiser. It's very controllable compared to a traditional firework^Wsolid rocket and not as difficult to work with a dual liquid motors.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on


Re: What's the revenue angle?

Except that IPv4 clients can't talk to an IPv6 only server, so I'll always need an IPv4 address on my server unless I want to exclude a vast proportion of clients.

IT supplier? Got a customer who won't pay? Dob them in to the Insolvency Service


Read all about it !

Strange of El Reg not to link to the gory details - here they are - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111128992

My reading, and I am not a lawyer, is that non-payment clauses still have effect so you can terminate them for not paying. You just can't terminate the contract just because they've gone into administration.

Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval


Never the facts get in the way of a good story

Well he wasn't part of the project in the film, he was involved in breaking the Lorenz ciphers so no reason to include him. That said, there was absolutely no reason at all for them to have included John Cairncross, since there's no evidence that he ever met Turing, let alone the other ludicrous plot elements so it wouldn't have hurt to include Flowers in the highly inaccurate plot of the Imitation Game :)

UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC


Re: Reboot?

It's a replica - http://www.tnmoc.org/special-projects/edsac/recreating-edsac

Rackspace chases the channel with hands-on 'managed cloud'


Re: Odd units

GB hours of the servers deployed in the Rackspace Cloud. The bigger the machines the higher the cost. Interesting choice of pricing model as running 8 x 1GB servers is probably more work than 1 x 8GB server.

Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

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Re: I'm not sure what the point it.

Bloodhound is "an international education initiative focused on a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt" (to quote from their press release at http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/news/rolls-royce-backs-bloodhound)

They're learning a lot about material behaviours at high speeds which will bring practical application in the future but the real goal is to inspire a new generation of engineers. They've already signed up over 5,000 schools reaching 2.5m children. Hopefully some of these will be encouraged to follow a science and engineering path.

That alone is worth the attempt.

Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

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Not something I'd pay for

It's quite convenient to be able to access my email whilst at stations (my IMAP email on my iPhone seems to work even without viewing the Virgin ad screen) but it's not so useful or necessary that I would actually pay for it.

Now if you could make it work when the train has unexpectedly stopped in the tunnel for 20 mins and I'm going to be late for my meeting, well that might be worth something.

Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster


Re: Hard as I try

The BBC article omits the second part of the Bloodhound SSC goals - namely education. We're running out of engineers as they get old and retire and we're not replacing them fast enough.

The mission statement for Bloodhound SSC states " To confront and overcome the impossible using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To motivate the next generation to deal with global 21st century challenges"

Inspiring a generation to take up science and engineering is why they're doing it. Read http://bloodhoundssc.com/education.cfm

Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat


You speak of value ?

Based on the price quoted here http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/93461, with pricing starting from £31/mth or somesuch, £150p.a. for F1 is actually pretty good value compared to £372+ p.a. with Sky.

Power out again at Telecity


Get what you pay for

It's a tier 3 datacentre so there are some common power components. Typically a single bank of UPS's will carry the building load in an N+1 configuration. A failure of the output side of the UPS banks, as seen at Blue Square recently iirc, will take out everything with no option to run on generator power.

If you want fully redundant N+N power, co-lo in a tier 4 datacentre.

ID card astroturf - No2ID beats the truth out of IPS



Pavlov was right.

Photographers rue Mandy's copyright landgrab


Not Simple

If someone else posts your work and strips the watermarks or other information then it's instantly orphaned and under the proposed legislation fair game.

Don't want your photos copied ? Don't let anyone, anywhere, have a copy of them.

Rather defeats the purpose though

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack


It's just business

Google does what's best for Google. This has nothing to do with ethics or morality, it's just a business decision. I assume that they're not making the profits they expected so it's no longer a viable business opportunity. It's just a better PR angle to claim some sort of ethical standpoint.

Pirates get extra seat in Euro Parliament


patents protect production

Patents were developed to allow the inventer of something to obtain a reward for the effort required to invent it. Historically there was little point in inventing something if it was immediately ripped off by a larger outfit.

The only reform that is really required is to require evidence of application. If you patent an invention and then do nothing with it, you lose the right to reward when someone else does. This would have to include licensing others to use the invention, sometimes that is the sensible way to exploit your invention but it would put a stop to IPR licensing shells that exist merely to borg up patents and charge other people for their use.


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