Who was it who first said "With computers you only get out what you've put in" ??
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Re: NC range
Not sure who started the "modular" production approach to motorcycles but BMW certainly used it with aplomb since the middle of the last century at least.
You could probably argue that NVT (Norton Villiers Triumph) did it too, but that was more a badge-engineering effort (ie produce one bike and slap different brand/model names on them at random).
Re: The Seven Ages of Rocketry, or something
I'm no rocket engineer but....
"It also puzzles me why the stuff needs to be weldable when its whole raison d'etre is to do away with a thousand frikkin' welds."
Because aluminium that is "weldable" is aluminium that can be heated up to a liquid state, allowed to flow together, then, when cooled, retains it's original strength (or thereabouts), and the structure is not weakened by the changes of state during that heating/flowing/cooling (ie welding) processes.
Basically it means you can heat it up, flow it through the print nozzle, and when it engages with the already printed material, it bonds properly at a molecular level (instead of just "resting" on top, or, possibly "keying" at a surface level context).
IE - it's possible to use it for 3d printing stuff like this, where non-weldable aluminium would not be as strong.
"Since Chrome 108, Google has been bringing back the prerendering of web pages that a Chrome user is deemed likely to visit. Much like speculative execution in CPU microarchitecture – the source of a few security issues – the idea is to fetch and load web resources before they're needed to save time."
Isn't this just a (blatant) method of increasing advertisement "link-through" stats?
Re: Hands Free..........
One "boss" (small* company director) I had expected his minions to listen to his calls; well, his half of his calls, said half comprising mostly of single word responses: "yes", "ok", "fine", "no" etc; and then be able to pick up a new project and start running with it, assuming they'd heard (how??) everything the other party had been yammering about.
He tried it with me twice: the first time I told him "I don't listen to other people's calls, it's rude and invasive", and he filled me in on the details with very bad grace **, and luckily I moved desk away from him very soon after.
The second time, (about 10 years later when I'd finally had enough of his utterly moronic bullshit) I quit.
* in both senses
** well - he was Australian too, which didn't help matters.
Re: Or the really annoying
"The best uncensored ( apocryphal? ) story I heard was a reply from an WW2 RAF ground crew sergeant to a Squadron Leader when asked why an aircraft had not been repaired for combat: " Fucking fucker's fucking fucked - Sir. " "
A good example of the adaptability of a great english swear-word.
Re: Did I get this right?
oh, boy you make me laugh.
I live in a postcode with 4 buildings.
We are never going to get FTTP.
By a cunning irony that only modern life could bring...
The Fibre backbone runs directly past the house and there's a junction box (or whatever it's called) less than 20 metres away.
I spoke to the (soon to be made redundant) operative working on it only a week or so ago, and he confirmed that the fibre upgrades going out were for 'yet-to-be-built' estates in the next village/town, but our place (despite being less than 20 metres away, as said), would be highly unlikely to ever get fibre.
Obviously you can't just run a hosepipe from said junction box to the house.... I get that it's more complex than that, but still galling as f***.
Re: Re Not many mice make it past their fifth birthday
Not sure I've ever replaced a mouse because it stopped working.... I tend to replace them because the next new/better/shinier one comes along.
(Having said that, I don't use mice, I prefer Trackballs, and there's a limited number on the market, but they tend to all be reasonably good)
"... the two craft still have around 300 years of traveling around a million miles a day to make it to the edge of the Oort cloud, the outermost limit of the Sun's gravitational influence.
The icy, comet-like objects that reside in the Oort Cloud will be the Voyagers' last impression of the Solar System as they coast for 30,000 years to reach its far side,....."
“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Re: The existing ones don't even meet the spec
"we actually taught/encouraged people to use them properly."
A laudable goal, the issue is that if you put mandatory motorway training into the driving test and syllabus, then how to people who live a long way from any motorway pass their test? EG residents of the Scottish Islands (which is the official example used).
That's not my argument.. that's the official stance.
Which belatedly impetuous non-entity coined that particular neologism?
We've only made it to one 'star' thus far in our existance as a (relatively) rational species capable of extra-planetary travel, and that's only by proxy.
If you call it 'StarCrete' now - what are you going to call the new stuff when actually make it to a different star and come up with something new?
StarCrete 2.0 ??
One problem with this argument....
They're 'not' a "decent pair of shoes". They're fashion sneakers that are made for lounging around in. Actually use them for any other purpose (eg this new fad of 'walking') and they'll fall apart in no time.
You could even argue that by withholding them, he's saving the refugees more anguish.
" whether it was good enough to publish was decided by an editor."
Given the sorry state of some of the "stories" I've read on local news websites: these 'editors' need to be rounded up and forcefully educated with basic language skills (including 'reading') because the standard of English (let alone the standard of 'journalism') in these 'websites' (read 'advertising canvases') is truly dire.
I did exactly that (drilled a hole directly above a socket), only a few months ago.
In my initial defense, there was obviously another hole pre-drilled just above mine, I assumed therefore that my hole would be safe.
Cue a bang, the lights go out and a lot of swearing.
I'm not really a leccy type, so we got an electrician in to fix it, and in diagnosing "my" mistake, ie cutting the cable out of the wall and inspecting it, we discovered that the OTHER hole ALSO went through the cable, but had been 'repaired' by the simple expedient of stuffing polyfilla into it! My hole was in one of the runs to the socket, the older hole was in the return run, and the drill bit had gone between the live and neutral cores (hence why the run still 'worked'), my drilling had gone completely through the live core (IIRC).
In some ways, I'm kinda glad I DID drill through the cable - we'd never have found other issue if I hadn't!
Re: You can't be to careful
My Godfather (RIP) was relatively high up in the RAF during the '80s and working at Boscombe Down (possibly even as the base CO), but quartered in one of the RAF's 'country houses' nearby, very very nice Georgian pile.
One morning the house received a small package from which there appeared to be a small wire poking out......
Cue controlled military panic, etc etc...
Eventually it was gingerly carried out into the formal, laid gardens, and 'detonated'.
God know what the bill was for the garden renovations...
But - the only thing found in the debris was a small stiff-bristle (guess what was poking out of the package...) wooden handled bootbrush!
They mounted the poor thing in a glass-fronted frame and it lived proudly on his office wall for many years!
what it is about concrete dust?
I might be talking bollocks here, but I 'think' that concrete dust is 'sharper' than most dust. That is, the tiny little individual items have sharper edges than most dust.
A bit like lunar regolith dust, which (again, I believe) is reputed to be one of the finest destructive (to things like seals and polished mating surfaces) materials known to man.
The argument put forward for the lunar dust is that because it never really gets 'moved around' much (due to no atmosphere), all the sharp edges and corners are never rubbed flat.
I'd would imagine that freshly produced concrete dust is similarly sharp edged, and thus more effective against smooth surfaces.
Imagine sliding down a hillside composed of fresh sharp-edge flint, compared to sliding down a hill of smoothly polished river-stones. The second will leave you bruised, but the former will also have you cut to shreds.