* Posts by werdsmith

5111 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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Re: Efficiency?dre

"If my computer gets the work done in half the time using twice the power it is just as efficient providing that it is off when not in use."

What if that work is shoving more frames of raytraced rendering into 1 second so a bedroom nurd can feel he is actually in a firefight?

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Re: @45RPM

News flash... Rolls Royce are trying to build an electric plane to take a couple of passengers 100 miles... cross the Atlantic with a 747s load like that... not going to work too well is ut?

I don't think RR intend this to be a commercial product.

But this is a first step. The process of getting something working and then learning from it, developing and improving it. Applies to all EVs at the moment. There are EV cars now appearing that are way better than just 10 years ago. Need to take a first step, see what works and what needs to be improved. If we just listen to the whingers and do nothing, where would be be?

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Re: @45RPM

@codejunky

I was thinking about domestic hoovers where my new one makes light work of any job it faces.

I agree it wouldn't last 5 minutes in a commercial role, but its suction run rings around any other domestic one I've owned and its form factor makes life easier and therefore takes a fraction of the time.

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Re: @45RPM

Vacuums, for instance, are much better now since manufacturers were forced to adapt and innovate.

The problem with stuff like kettles though, is if you half the power available, then to do the same job you have to use the other thing that can't be restricted - time.

If it takes a kWh to do a job then it will, give or take, proportionally more time to do it with less Watts. You save nothing.

If we had stuck with the old fashioned hoovers but with weaker motors, it would take much longer to clean up and the no power would be saved. Luckily these devices were forced to improve and this is how it's supposed to work.

Of course screen refresh cannot go by this measure, so gaming PCs are a different story.

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Re: 6 states is not 50

Yep, Reno or Vegas for some things. Tijuana for others.

Coming back from Nevada you might get checked for having fruit in your lunchbox. (do they still do that?)

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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Re: Dignity

Yes, when I had a mortgage and young kids and silly debts I did used to put up with shit and worry about jobs. Once you've crossed the ocean and have the retirement option, you don't have to give a shit and it becomes a lot easier to pick and choose. I also think being free allows you to do your best work too.

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Re: My greatest weakness...

I had one twat of a bully nasty rantaing and aggressive bell end in my job. I dealt with it by refusing to take part in any meeting that he was involved in.

He's gone.

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5

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Re: I've just rolled over and gone with HP's Instant Ink

I've just rolled over and gone with HP's Instant Ink

And you'll find that miraculously your cartridges just seem to last forever.

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If you are on the instant ink scheme, where the printer phones home and for £1.99 a month they send out new cartridges when your old ones are nearly empty (subject to a page limit). Miraculously, the cartridges on this scheme go on forever, so 12 months of £1.99 a month and they are still going strong.

Funny that.

Russia's ISS Multipurpose Laboratory Module launches after years sitting on a shelf, immediately runs into issues

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This module has been delayed for 14 years, it was planned to go up in 2001, so probably fulfilling a contract.

Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Re: Stop the pandering!

The overwhelming majority of people I've met in my career are decent caring folk.

The bad eggs stand, generally get found out and then they move somewhere else to start again. Unless the problem is from the top and the culture seeps down to protect these slugs.

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch loses first stage in fight against extradition to US

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Re: Buyer beware

Head of HP in the US stands trial for going through with a company takeover without proper due diligence. Said nobody.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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If you take a specification, create a test to see if that specification is met and then write software to pass that test, you will miss loads of bugs. Users in production will find them. Cant' beat real world use.

Pipe down, Jeff. You've only gone where Gus Grissom went before, 60 years ago today

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I don't think doing something with the national effort of a wealthy nation and being motivated by paranoia about a competing ideology is the same as going to space by your own enterprise as a group of 4 having a laugh and wearing boiler suits and being able to reuse your steam-emitting booster which landed upright on a pad. Grissom didn't do that. Bezos acknowledges Shepard.

Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier

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Re: This is stupid

The point has already arrived when saddos have started to value picture quality over the quality of the actual content on the video they are viewing. I found if the video content is really interesting I'll put up with much lower image quality, I seem to forget about it.

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Re: if the size of the wave is smaller, you'd need a larger antenna

As a rule of thumb, an antenna will typically be about wavelength-sized

About half wavelength is a typical antenna design.

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Re: "as frequency goes up antenna size goes down"

If only I had the outdoor space for a top band dipole.

Compare a TV antenna (UHF) to a VHF beam some people still have for FM radio. Look at the spacing between their directors.

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Re: Avoidance

How is that going to change the fact they avoid paying tax and pay pittance to the workers?

Think it through yourself, don’t expect people to spoon feed you what is an obvious easy answer to that question that my cat could work out.

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Re: Avoidance

That's a bit playground level of argument. So if you don't like the government you have to leave the country?

Playground level? Wow, that’s seriously hypocritical. You come back with a Wetherspoons pub bore level straw man argument.

If you can’t see the difference in between choosing an alternative retailer and the upheaval of transplanting your life to another country then you’ve got no valid argument.

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Re: Avoidance

As long as people keep ordering their Prime deliveries and watching the Grand Tour they have no place whinging.

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The three stigmata of Palmer Eldritch?

Drug dealing? Don't think that's on the roadmap.

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Absolutely brilliant. A single stage boost over the top with MECO at mach 3. May this be the start of better things to come.

less than 50 years from Wright botherers to the sound barrier. What might 50 years bring in flight beyond the atmosphere?

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Re: Only Fools

Why didn't they have something like "#Bretagne libre" on them?

Do Breton separatists speak English?

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: Mr. Mackey

Why bring Milton Keynes into it?

Oh, because of the Cliff Richard Wired for Sound video?

Microsoft extends security updates for Windows and SQL Server 2012 and 2008

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It’s cheaper on Azure compared to on premise core licensing. Per seat CAL licenses can make it look cheaper on premise.

If you think SQL Server is expensive on Azure then check out the price of it on other cloudies.

The increasing Azure tie in for SQL Server has only pushed us to look for other RDB options. I’m sure we’re not alone. If you pay your bills by developing or admining on SQL Server, time to start adding Postgres and Maria strings to your bow.

Huh, it's as if something happened that made people not like CentOS so much

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Re: Too much choice?

Depends where you stand. If you are experienced with Linux, choice is great. But if you are trying to get into it then it’s a total pain. It hinders adoption.

It’s not just distros, it’s also the messing about across releases of the same distro.

Here boy! Making the Sample Fetch Rover that'll collect soil from the Red Planet

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Re: Dust

There will be a power budget for the mission that will take into account the dust on the solar panels and also the radiation damage that will cause the solar panel output to decline over time.

Euro space boffins hatch comms satellite hijack plan to save Earth from extinction

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Re: Well

If it happens again, then so be it. The Earth can be inherited by new custodians and they would likely treat it a lot better.

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Re: Am I missing something...

If the thing is deflected when it is far enough away, then the tiniest change in angle will be a huge change in trajectory by the time it reaches Earth.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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There is a cocktail that can add 5 years to your life.....

Statins, beta blockers, Metformin, blood thinners, ramipril, shaken not stirred.

As Europe hopes to double its share of global chip production, Intel comes along with $20bn, plans for fabs

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Re: "But not Brexit Britain"

Just put together a business case, and either get a loan from the bank, or run it up as a SPAC instead.

what planet ???

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Re: gimme gimme gimme

Hopefully the UK chose not to prop up Intel's shareholders.

UK can’t afford to prop up Intel’s shareholders because it spent all its prop up budget money on the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Stellantis shareholders.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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It's important to remember though, Sir Loin, that it's not all about you.

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Re: Curvature of the Earth

Curvature starts to become discernible about 34000 feet, if you can see enough of the horizon.

I think the curvature in the video is exaggerated by wide angle lenses, though I would expect to see it curve both ways depending on the position in the frame.

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It's the same with politics. I assume that most people go into politics because they genuinely want to do good,

I think it's more about being sociopathic and narcissistic.

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Re: Exaggerated hype

Orbital spaceflight is all about speed, and altitude for avoiding the drag that would deplete the energy and reduce that speed.

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Re: Was waiting for this in 2004

it will be reliably sub-orbital for passenger transfer to orbital shuttles or satellite launch and recovery.

That would be a laugh, the speed difference between orbital and sub-orbital spaceflight should make for some very interesting rendezvous, or impacts as the case may be.

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Re: Bring back Concorde - much more impressive.

My thought as well, Branson could have invested in R&D for a new supersonic passenger jet and would probably make a lot more out of it than space 'tourism'.

Branson has invested in R&D for a new supersonic passengar aircraft

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Re: Green?

If they manage a flight a month, that's 48 customers per year. That's not a good revenue and more than 10 years waiting for some of those 600.

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Re: Space Cadets

Being in "space" is going beyond the denser parts of the atmosphere. VG did that before falling back.

Sustaining an orbit is attaining a certain velocity and direction so your falling misses the atmosphere and there is minimal resistance to your movement to drain the energy, which is a function of your initial booster and fuel.

I'd say they were beyond the atmosphere. Being in space and in orbit are not the same.

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Re: Miserable and small minded

I'm personally not a fan of Branson's abrupt reshuffling of schedules in order for him "to be first", but I can at least understand it.

Sort of like the 60s when it was all about being first to orbit, first to spacewalk, first to the moon etc.

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Re: "Taking humans deep into that environment"

This is a plane flying beyond the atmosphere, it is not survivable for humans at airliner altitude. This flight was several times higher. My comment was about life supporting or not parts of our planet.

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Re: "Taking humans deep into that environment"

Yes, deep. What’s the problem? Weird.

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Burt Rutan retired in 2010 and Virgin Galactic stopped working with Scaled Composites around 2014.

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Re: All that way and all that money

You might get to see that Roadster in 2091 but it’s way out of the way on heliocentric travels for now.

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Re: Uses two planes...

And a fleet of Range Rovers.

The article states that the Eve plane climbed to over 50,000 feet, in fact 46,000 feet was the separation altitude.

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Re: Bring back Concorde - much more impressive.

The combined throwaway budgets of two nations against the entrepreneurial endeavour of an individual? Not really a valid comparison.

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Re: Space Cadets

Taking humans deep into that environment in normal attire (OK, jumpsuits but nothing special about them, made by Under Armour), in a vehicle carrying its own oxidant because there is insufficient at that altitude is brilliant.

And the astonishing view. What was out of reach is now starting to come into reach and as a beginning I think it’s an exciting first step, and it’s about where the will lead.

Lightweight VS Code is only getting heftier with addition of official web server extension

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Re: The capture

There's no need to have the web server up.

I see this like using Flask with python, which has a sandbox webserver for trying stuff.

But fully deployed Flask sites use gunicorn and nginx or something similar.

Oracle files $7m copyright claim against NEC's US limb over 'unreported royalties' from database distribution

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Re: Legacy product

Including their Java, their VirtualBox, their MySQL. Don't get any of the poison on your hands.

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