* Posts by TedF

41 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

CEO of self-driving cab outfit Cruise parks his career


Not going to happen.

The real problem is not technical, but legal / ethical. With 99.99% reliability you will still have incidents when the autonomous vehicle has a dead body under its front wheels. The passengers in the vehicle and society in general must consider that to be acceptable and not look for fault or compensation.

Florida folks dragged out of bed by false emergency texts


Re: For some reason - possibly pathological

But it could be a Red Herring...

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist


Re: Green screens were great!

"made by a company called Mira?"

Mira are a complete Shower to work for...

This data center will be Europe’s first with hydrogen backup power


Re: A Step In The Right Direction

That's a problem that is being tackled by a number of start-ups. Kubagen for example, uses a molecular 'sieve' that increases capacity and reduces storage pressure.

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash


Autoplilot Dream

This story confirms my suspicions on the chances of ever arriving at a completely autonomous car; the technology could get 99% there but until fatal autonomous car crashes result in a shrug from the occupants and a hefty bill to the car manufacturer, it's not going to happen.

The James Webb Space Telescope has only gone and deployed its primary mirror


Dystopian Daydream

I have this uncomfortable daydream that Webb picks up unmistakable signals from an advanced civilization but that, being a Billion light years away, they will be long gone...

You've stolen the antiglare shield on that monitor you've fixed – they say the screen is completely unreadable now


Nicotine 'Plating'

Had a gold anodised pair of sliding Aluminium doors with bronzed tinted glass in a house occupied previously by chain smokers. Dated now but looked in good shape. After a few years use and prior to selling, I was giving it a thorough clean with neat 'Flash' - Silver anodising and clear glass apparently. No hint of the disgusting coating previously as it was so uniform...

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review


Car DAB misunderstanding

It's a common misunderstanding that people see 'DAB' on their car radios and assume that it works fine, they don't realise that many will automatically switch to FM if they lose a DAB connection - and stay there.

Vaccine dreams: A trip to Oxford to see a biscuit tin, some bed pans and ChAdOx1 nCov-19


Re: Journalistic sarcasm

AKA Phosgene. (Try spraying a CFC propelled aerosol through a flame...)

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter cleared for further, farther, flying after landing on 117-second fourth flight


Fast re-charging

I'm impressed that the footling solar panel stuck on top (like an after-thought) can actually recharge its batteries fairly quickly.

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal



I find it rather depressing that the common sense question "Why do think that suddenly scores of Post Masters have become criminals" was succesfully countered with the declaration fron Fujitsu that this was proof that their software was really working , by exposing decades of fraud.

Surprise: Automated driving biz finds automated driving safer than letting you get behind the wheel


The problem with people

I'm sure systems will eventually be good enough to cope with the vagaries of a wide range of roads.

It would mean you could remove all pedestian crossings in towns; want to cross the road? - Simply step out into traffic and watch it safely stop for you. Got a few hundred people crossing and re-crossing the road? You can see where this is going.

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough


Greener Natural Gas

Interesting that our Government (not known for forward planning) have passed Legislation to allow up to 15% Hydrogen to be added to existing Natural Gas supplies...

Made in China? Not for much longer, reckons Foxconn boss


Global Equilibrium

In the grand scheme of things, China becomes more and more wealthy and is obliged to pay its workers more.

Meanwhile, Europe and the West continue to collapse and degenerate so that our pay and lifestyle eventually matches Chinas...

Aussie engineer accuses 'serial farter' supervisor of bullying, seeks $1.8m redress


Re: Farts are Omnidirectional

Flatulence at grand banquet;

"I say, you farted in front of my wife!"

"I'm terribly sorry, I didn't realise it was her turn!"

Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars


Sleeping feet...

A change over from automatic driving to human driving will always be traumatic. Am I the only person who feels disorientated after being on cruise control for hours and having to wake up their feet as you leave the motorway?

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI


No warning at all?

Does the UK still have a warning system? I do remember sirens being tested in the sixties and despite warnings in the local press of the test, many getting very upset.

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles


Stainless Hero?

Is it just me, or has Elon Musk started to look like John DeLorean?

Fully working U-Boat Enigma machine sells for $365,000


Big Risk

Taking a bit of a risk aren't you? If GCHQ decodes this, you are TOAST...

WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?




(How embarrassing would that be?)

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor


The Fellow is a fraud! Commercially made transistors? Pah! Get some Silicon and get doping...

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy


Re: @ TedF

The western world's capitalist system is steadily increasing the gap between the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. My comment was a simple reductio ad absurdem argument. You though, seem to be one of the believers who will chant "There is no alternative!" as the world slides down the crapper..


The real problem seems to be that Global Capitalism will end with a few Trillionaires and everyone else crawling around in the mud convincing themselves that "there is no alternative!"

Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth


Yes -No - Yes - No

In typical UK MOD bungling style, it was going to have steam catapults, then it wasn't, then some fancy electro-magnetic linear motor catapult, then nothing. Multiply this sort of faffing about for every system aboard and I wonder it hasn't cost ten times its already staggering cost. Still six years to finish it, so plenty of opportunities to add / delete / add again countless bits of technology. . . .

You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464


Sorcery Plus

Happy memories of covering the patio doors with 'Post-it' notes as we kept a record of how to go from room to room - Creak!


Great intro to computing

I bought 30 - odd Amstrads for my school at a time when CUB monitors and BBC masters were the norm. They proved amazingly tough and reliable whereas the BBCs were a nightmare. We used PCW's as upgrades from typewriters and CPC 6128s to introduce computing. At some point we built (kit?) mice interfaces and used DMP printers. 'Protext' was a fabulous word processor and simple 'coding' done via LOGO. Happy memories.

Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP


Quite; there's nothing like high speed Porn...

Cheap 3D printer works with steel


Re: M Blowhard Now this is more like it.

Today I learnt a gun can be 'safe' and 'useful'.

Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER


Working Sonic Screwdriver - Pozidrive screwdriver with a whistle built in to the handle.


NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover


Re: Technoluddites

"Embrace the change. With more people listening, it can only get better."

No it won't.

DAB is an old system abandoned by the rest of the World. We need the Government to acknowledge their mistake and adopt DAB+ with more thought of firmware updates in the future.

Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it


It's Silicon. (You may however have a radio polishing fetish - who am I to judge.)

Cyber jihad as Indonesia and Bangladesh hack each other off the web


Modern cyber-war is one thing; why illustrate it with a picture of a Bristol Bloodhound missile from the 1950s?

Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge


Re: Luckily the

Those pron films are the best!

Look out! Peak wind is coming, warns top Harvard physicist


Re: I'm shocked, shocked...

or connected even...

Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model


Very reasonable

$17.8 million seems very reasonable; have they taken inflation into account?

The Beatles Yellow Submarine restored


Graphics - trippy Audio - Overwhelming

A distinct improvement on my DVD copy with pin-sharp graphics (though the 'dodgy' artwork in Bulldog scene still grates.) Audio seems over cooked though with alarming surges and stereo image leaping about at times. A colourful, one-off featuring the Fab Four.

Attention swingbellies: Pizza sauce is a healthy vegetable


Fast food Government

The U.S. government is run by and for big corporations; they will do anything in their considerable power to keep the population hooked on their products.

Amoral and jaw - droppingly ignorant - the tomato is a fruit!

Mars trips could blind astronauts


Or even space odyssey . . .

Pure Contour DAB/FM and Internet radio



FM / Internet radio - fine; but DAB+?

Is this PURE's attempt to push the UK government into adopting a half-way sensible digital system?

James Bond's autogyro revived by Brit spec-ops pilots

Thumb Up

Other autogyros are available. .

Other Companies have been developing Autogyros (Gyroplanes?) for some time -


Celier have Rotax powered Gyros that are being assessed by Police forces.