Re: Why is there a choice?
It was the heaviest key, so made sense to the bean counters.
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Estimated NAND production revenue lost: half of one third of global quarterly supply (ca. US$10B), so about US$1.6B. (1)
Battery to generator fail-over for several 100MW for all semi-critical processes: $500 million (10 year lifetime) and $50 million annual support, so about $100 million per year. (2)
Expected frequency of power cut forcing fail-over to generators: once per 10 years (3).
Effective break-even point: $1B revenue loss per power cut. Can afford more due to follow-on NAND price increases; can afford less due to contract and reputation losses. Call it even.
Handwaving and crudely based on relevant figures, but within a factor of 2. I bet Toshiba have better actuaries than me.
(1) Trendforce figures, via Anandtech article on this power cut
(2) Based on US EIA 2016 estimate of liquid fuel generator installation cost of $1,600 per KW and doubling for the rapid start and other non-trivial requirements.
(3) Haven't heard of this happening to these fabs before, but with likely exception of Kobe earthquake. Multiple power stations and likely suppliers, multiple interconnects, high-level system hardening, very tightly specified contracts.
One of my local supermarkets switched to fully electronic price tags on all their shelves a few years ago. It means you can't lift or slide the special price tag and check what the normal retail price is. They are also more expensive generally.
My response is (1) don't shop there unless necessary, and (2) assume I'm always being shown a lie.
Yes, for a bigger drone. Economically, probably not. 40 mph in a car covers a lot of 400 m sections in the course of an hour. Drones would be good to fill in a few spots to get adequate coverage of a few nearby blocks, but not for general data gathering. And not for tens of thousands of blocks.
This is a classic case of making required evidence nearly unobtainable, in order to prevent questioning of the current truth.
Disabling the API's is completely legal and likely reasonable, given the security concerns.
However, it also makes for really bad PR among a small but important part of their customer base.
The lost sales to the niche group over the next 5-10 years is probably dwarfed by the litigation potential.
It looks like the problem starts with drawing one's weapon. When your really really southern not-really-neighbours get to this point, they start by drawing their key, going to the boot of the car, unlocking the safe inside it, and then drawing their weapon. If it got that far. Otherwise they just pull back and call in the specialists. Most of the bollocks gets solved well before then.
Confrontations don't typically escalate to drawn weapons, because almost no-one - crims or police - goes into them with the expectation of having a gun drawn immediately.
You're not quite there with your analysis. As in miles off.
This isn't about better/worse products and competing with them. This is about Google holding a near-monopoly on a licenceable, practical phone operating system and a monopoly on services AND a range of apps. A manufacturer cannot chose Android, Play store, Google location services, Firefox, Here Maps and Bing as their default configuration on any device they sell, because then NO device they sell may use Google location services or any other component of the Play store. By contract.
No potential competing company can reasonably make many services or apps and distribute them as default installs on new phones, since the phone manufacturers then cannot use any of the Play store services and bits on any phone they make.
Because of Google's monopoly position and the barrier to entry*, the contract is anti-competitive and illegal under EU rules (and probably NZ, AU, CA and a great many other jurisdictions).
* The barriers to entry require replacing the Play store, all associated services (huge task), funding the back-end delivery of all services and seeding the new store with critical apps (i.e. pay for app ports and ongoing updates). There's probably stuff missing from that short list. And doing this while maintaining a revenue stream WITHOUT phones until it is up and running properly.
But with events, anyone interested can get on with what they are doing, as they know they will get notified when the collision happens.
Everyone else spends far too much of their time running around with hands in the air asking "Did something just happen?!", instead of getting on with things.
> Had this been in Europe it would be a massive breach of GDPR and all the sellers from landlord onwards would be in breach. The original company could claim 'force majeure' as an excuse because the equipment was seized, presumably at zero notice.
Of course, it is also **absolutely forseeable** that the company's servers might not be completely secure, given the regular data breaches, so slightly more security surrounding those databases might be considered a good thing.
Yup. My main work account's iterator is up to 30-mumble, and our lab group password rolls based on seasons. Anything else is generally considered "too hard" and will end up with post-its by every PC.
At home almost everything is on a password manager, but that doesn't cut it for unlocking a PC 20-30 times a day.
They probably need to go to The Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too.
You can easily spend $1,200 NZD on a base model iPhone 7 (~$800 USD), OR you can spend $120 a month on your contract for 2 years. Reference: www.vodafone.co.nz
And at least as likely is someone else finding rubidium atoms being kicked out the other end, generating an opposing force. But that will fall in the 'Hmm, that's interesting' department, rather than 'Lose weight with this one, weird, 0.1K frozen (let it go!), laser-blasting, physics-defying-gravity trick.
Might it be that what they really want is not your current account, though that would be nice, but instead to see if you have given what they determine to be your current account or a false one? With the latter being a rather large red flag.
Also that it gives them one more "you lied" reason to deport someone they don't like?
Re: general rule that UI element can't be clicked when it just appeared.
Eh, what? Do you realise that is going to piss nearly everyone off nearly every day to fix an infrequent problem of the few?
How about a blanket OS rule that shit apps can't grab focus unless the last user command was to launch that app? How about shit devs go die in large holes rather than allowing elements to move after display, unless user directed?
NB: last coffee was three hours ago and ive got kids inside on a rainy day. It is possible my tolerance is lower than normal.
Nope. Not the same principle.
Marriott's were spanked for mis-using the spectrum by deliberately making it unusable. Right up FCC's alley and very cane-worthy.
Here they were asking people not to use other WiFi. Private property and entry by agreement with T&Cs only. It is likely within their rights to do this.
I still think they are greedy unprintables, though.
I'm guessing the glass wall isn't as stupid as you think.
First, the helium will boil off quickly if dumped on the ground, but that's nowhere near as rapid an expansion as an explosion. Most over-pressure will have a decent chance to vent through the air ducting system.
Second, the helium that evaporates is coming off at -260ish degrees celsius, so it isn't going to get to anywhere close to ATP volume initially. With the venting, that should prevent a pressure blow-out of the glass. (Atmospheric Temperature & Pressure, if you asked. Ideal gas law and some heat capacity calculations should suffice for modelling scenarios)
Thirdly, the glass wall will likely contain much of that helium in the NMR room for sufficient time, protecting the atmosphere of the adjoining space so that people can evacuate. The system only has to prevent a dilution of >10% for time required to evacuate that space.
NB: That doesn't mean RUD of your cooling system is a 'good thing'. It's not.
"Advertising only works when the advertiser can prove to the client that the client is no making more money than they spent..."
Not quite. Advertising can be shown to work when it meets certain metrics. However, much advertising is done to increase brand exposure, and while that can be measured, it often is over time-scales that make attributing revenue increases to advertising expenditure next to impossible. But it still works, at least sometimes.
Getting your ad through the ABP filter makes that kind of exposure more valuable.
I have an Excel sheet at work controlling serial-connected equipment for mixing compressed gases. I chose Excel VBA for bodging it, as I could put the solution together quickly and didn't have to deal with IT to get a dev environment installed. It does the job I need.
However... it is stupidly difficult to modify thanks to my shonky programming skills, as I found out when I wanted to blend different gases. I've tried twice to re-write it using C# to be more useful (as a learning exercise), but couldn't be bothered finishing it. Could be there is a different learning in that.
"If Spacecom is whining about it in a press conference, I'm guessing they don't have a legal leg to stand on."
Agree, but publicly whinging about the service might bring about a free flight none-the-less, because it looks good to keep clients happy. Even if they guess a 10% chance of that happening, when the flight is $50M, that's a $5M statement right there.
Of course, this is Elon Musk sitting opposite, who has more successful or trending-successful start-ups than 99.99% of the rest of us. Re-negotiated flight cost for repeat business - can see that. Free flight - not bloody likely.
I wonder what the chances are that this links to the proton radius puzzle?
Here they are talking about a force-carrying boson that interacts primarily with electrons. It doesn't sound too far fetched that it would interact with muons in an unexpected way, and the paper highlights a possibility. That might shine some light on the proton radius measurements, which are unexpectedly inconsistent when measured with muons c.f. electrons.
Too bad my particle physics and math aren't of the required standard.
They've got the right concept, but completely backwards focus. This open app rubbish is to make it easy to switch apps, but doesn't help bank mobility much, which is the problem needing a solution. Make it easy for people to switch banks (opening and closing accounts) and improve the back-end service capabilities (e.g. 24hr inter-bank transactions), toughen up on anticompetitive behaviour, and the banks will start competing or lose business.
I'm just happy that the banks round here are competitive. You know: where they improve service, tech and options, waive fees, cut mortgage rates. In other words, the exact opposite of the British system.
Set group policy to disable them but allow override.
I have two macros that are used several times a day. They both turn 2-3 minute click-fest, multi-workbook jobs into alt-f8, tab, enter.
Estimate 10 minutes a day, 150 days per year with more consistency and fewer errors. 25 hours a year over three years and counting. That's worth a lot to me and my group.
If you want to make sweeping generalisations, go join a retentive H&S team.
That's because NZ set up EFT-POS systems back in the 80's left, right and centre. A fairly unified banking system helped, as did having only two processing groups for the banks.
The only time I've used cash in the last two months, other than as a tooth fairy, was at a big field day for our local rescue chopper. The sausage sizzle and donations in a bucket still work better with cash. Normally, my wallet has no cash.
If they wanted to kill it, they would just do it instead of pouring millions after millions into it. The problem they have got is they stopped pouring millions into it for too long, left things to rot, and are now trying to to a massive re-architecture and integration of >50% of their product portfolio.
It will probably work out in 2-3 years. In their typical half-arsed, full of the compromises no-one wants, way. That should see them to about 3% market share. Winners.
LOX density at -183°C is about 1.15, at -207°C it is about 1.25, so they are getting a little more than 8% more oxidiser into their tank for essentially no weight increase other than the propellant. Add to that no increase in drag from larger components and no manufacturing changes.
The cooler temperatures probably don't require any rocket redesign, other some kind of liquid relief valve to allow for the LOX to expand as it warms up on the platform (fueling lines, most likely). Cold LOX can't take advantage of evaporative cooling to stay at that temperature, so it has a short fuelling-to-launch window.
It all adds up to quite a few extra Joules of energy delivered to the payload (faster/higher/heavier) with no significant cost increase. Unless you scrub lots of launches, that is.
"Who do you think is going to pay for the extra testing?"
The people buying the cheap crap. Once they've bought 4 different versions, none of which can do proper serial communcation, they'll either give up or, if they are lucky, ask. Then they'll get pointed in the direction of a reputable supplier of FTDI chip converters and automagically their equipment will start talking again.
Well, that's what happened to the research organisation across the road from us. They finally asked if they could borrow one of mine, since our equipment didn't seem to have a problem. Job done shortly after. Cost them 4 weeks and more than the price of a proper one.
Using nitrogen eliminates water vapour because it's coming from compressed gas cylinders. The nitrogen is generated by liquifying air at silly cold temperatures and then progressively boiling off the different components. The water is completely removed as part of this process.
Normal petrol/gas/servo station air is compressed on site and doesn't have the water scrubbed out. Get enough of this water in your tyres and there will be condensation at cooler temperatures and therefore big pressure changes when things heat back up.
How much of a difference does it really make? Uh, dunno. Can't say if it is worth paying someone to pump up your tyres with 'special air' for you or not.
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