Re: Kirin will become Karen
"...the next by Karen Corp, with the customer as some other chip company."
I can't help but read "Kraken" instead of "Karen".
Much better marketing too: "Release the Kraken!" sounds so much better...
373 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007
"I would not trust Boing on that, surely they could out-source some components of the software. After all, if you're developing some top-secret military aircraft, an engine is an engine; and the sub-contractor is none the wiser."
Tell that to the SR-71 and the Mig31. Both used unique developed engines. Or the GAU-8, that used the A-10 (yes, the cannon used the aircraft, not the other way around). By the way, it's engines where unique too: made to run continuously at 100% thrust at sea level, as required to close ground support.
One could outsource the commodity part of a military project, but even this must be done with extreme care - sometimes the most innocent piece of hardware can give a secret away.
"If anyone signed up to Sky on the basis of these ads, wouldn't that be actual fraud then? So those customers should get an automatic discount to match an equivalent price/quality service. To save Sky the costs of investigating each case, anyone who signed up during the time the ads were running should get a discount. Sorted."
Almost there. I think they should get the subscription for free, as punitive fines. It only stops if it hurts. And it only hurts if the beancounters are left crying on a corner, in a fetal position.
"It's a genuine question, I'm not an aero engineer but I struggle to see the benefits of electrical propulsion beyond the "look how clever my engine is" bragging rights."
There is ONE thing in which that a theoretical electric plane would be superior than a normal one: noise.
One big problem to airports is the noise of the planes. A quieter plane could operate closer to the city - or with far less restrictions.
"To be fair you had to press 2 buttons which then initiated the shut sequence on the front panel. Didn't stop one idiot managing to shove his arm in while the door was closing."
Never, EVER, underestimate the ability of the stupid/lazy.
Case in point: huge machine, with huge hydraulic press. The operator must press (and keep pressed) both buttons, in order to operate the machine. The buttons are locate so your hands are well out of the dangerous area - and it isn't possible to press both buttons with a single hand.
Comes the lazy idiot. Get one toothpick, and jam it on one of the buttons - so he doesn't need both hands to operate the machine.
Yes, it is quite usual to people like this to loose hands or fingers. Darwin at work and all.
"My all time favourite: 'Where is the "any" key?' when presented with 'Hit any key to continue'. A colleague of mine at the time did engrave "any key" on a couple of space bars."
Samsung did this on a remote for some DVD recorders. No, really!
Take a look at this picture:
Third button, from down to up, at the left.
Beer icon, because... do I need a reason to beer?
"From work on a recent project, I learned that Brazil does this as well. Apparently, the sockets are sometimes color coded as to voltage.
Seems like auto switching supplies would be a good idea there."
Usually they are. Here the old 110 or 220v usually belongs to the electric motors: fans, hair dryers, refrigerators...
The rest, usually, is bivolt. It is wise to check, though.
"We have a very boring product - we give you a live UNIX filesystem"
I love boring. The more, the better. Screams and frights belong to a roller coaster, on an amusement park.
I want my data safe, and ad bored ass possible.
Just like my refrigerator: 15 years, not a glitch, and I don't even remmember the brand.
Boring is good.
"Mark the sockets? Bah. If your going to that sort of effort go the whole hog and buy a different type of socket entirely."
"2. Saves $$$ on Internet access costs
3. More secure (as the incident here shows).
I really, really don't understand why isn't it standard practice. Can anybody give pointers?"
Because point #2 is false. It is much cheaper to use internet/vpn than to build a national private network.
No arguments about security - but costs are the main reason.
"Others have booms with weights extending down to make use of the differential gravity to keep the satellite pointed in the right direction"
Why not put the boom up? All in all, it's just the same. Isn't it?
Call the dead weight satelite and call the satelite boom. So to speak.
Altouth would be harder to point the camera at the right direction
1) The phone rings. I pick it up. Silence on the other side (caller bot). -> Blacklist
2) The phone rings. No Id. -> The phone doesn't ring. I disabled calls without ID.
3) The phone rings. I pick it up. You try to sell me something. -> Blacklist.
4) The phone rings. I pick it up. Telemarketing. -> Black list.
5) The phone rings. I pick it up. I don't like you. -> Blacklist.
Yes, the blacklist is getting quite fat, thanks for asking.
"The Cloud Core Router range appears to. Most of the RouterBoard products as well as the CRS line are on MIPS chips though."
Yes, the CCRs are all Tile jobs. They are using some ARM too, on some new products. If I remember correctly, they use a 3.6 kernel, in all product line.
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