* Posts by David 77

7 posts • joined 11 Jan 2013

Skype for Web arrives to bring the world together. As long as the world is on Chrome and... Edge?

David 77

Still better than the skype for business "web app" which takes you to the download page for a windows installer. I think that skype and I have very different definitions of "web app".

Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

David 77

Re: I actually like the chosen name, but...

It's the same solution they used for the ISS Tranquility module.


Predictable name goes on the real thing and the internet's choice gets a consolation prize which I think is a decent compromise. Come on, they were never going to call the ship Boaty McBoatface.

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

David 77

Are they going to change their slogan to "It's good to talk, it's better to do the absolute minimum"?

A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

David 77


I can't help thinking that you could build a version of this yourself with a bottom of the barrel android phone and a copy of tasker for about half the price.

Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

David 77

Re: If you can't create

My understanding is that the cars can localise themselves within the track, not just bounce off the walls. Presumably using a hidden dot pattern on the track similar to the paper dot patterns used by things like the LiveScribe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livescribe).

Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

David 77

Re: Missing something?

That is exactly the reason, multiple groups have been working for years trying to figure out a new measure which can be reproduced.

Current attempts include. perfect silicon spheres with a precise radius and current required to lift a mass using an electromagnet but no one has come up with a reproducible one just yet.

David 77

Re: Post vanished into the ether.

Temperate, atmospheric pressure and containments in the water for starters.


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