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Comment Re: Explain to me like I'm 5 (Score 1) 257

Personally I don't rate Brian Cox as much as some. I've read his book on quantum stuff. Can't even remember what it was called.

He's analogies for waves to clocks was confused and did nothing to explain interference properley.

Feynmans qed, is the one to read. Trying to rewrite it is a mistake that keeps getting made.

The bbc have a love affair with Brian because he is popular and mums think he is sweet.

Playing with salt shakers and drawing in the sand does not explain angular momentum. Standing a kid on a wheelychair and spinning them with weights in the hand does. (or observing a ballerina).

Watching him rolling balls on a rubber sheet trying to explain space time makes me weep. And it uses the phenomena you trying to explain in the description of how it works. Wtf?

Stop dumbing down my science...! It's hard enough as it is, without floppy haired musicians on an ego trip brushing over the complicated stuff.

Comment Epson have been doing this for years. (Score 1) 223

In the early 2000's almost all epson inkjet printers just had cartridges that had no head on them. Which meant that changing a cartridge still used the the same head, which if blocked still didn't work.
Kodak tried the same since it reduced the cartridge cost. I used a kodak aio for a while but it stopped printing reliably even after multiple head cleans and a new cartridge and they don't make it easy on buying a new head either. Waste of time and money.

In a cartridge with a head you get a new head every cartridge change and if recycled the head gets industrially cleaned
Toner cartridges also last a lot longer. As long as the pcm holds up (whatever that is). I salvaged a laserjet 5si in 2005 and used the remaining toner in that till 2009, then had that cartridge refurbished and refilled and still using it in 2015. Less than 1p a page and it keeps my shed warm in the winter if I leave it on. (If i turn it off it complains of low temperature a few hours after first turn on in the winter).

Comment UK rules (Score 1) 528

Some guidance to keep owners of remote aircraft etc from breaking the law. The Drone was within 50 metres of a person/building/vehicle not also in the pilots control or the operator had lost site of it then I would deem it out of control and brought it down on safety grounds.(I think the distance may be reduced to 30m if the drone has a camera to aid it however it then must comply with Data protection act and privacy regulations). I looked this up a couple of months ago when a drone was hovering (about 30ft) over my max kids (one toddler, one at primary school) in a trampoline in my back garden, it flew off pretty quick when I came outside to see what the noise was. I would loved to have had something to have dragged it out of the sky and put notes up in the area reminding every body of the law and allowing the owner to come and retrieve his possibly very broken property. I don't see any difference between flying one of these things over other peoples property and peeking over their fence. Both will be met with the same response, illegal or not.

Comment Re: Yes, you ARE stupid (Score 2) 176

Unless of course the money that has been scammed away was always been earmarked for long term care. Now it is gone the children will have to make a decision about whether to let their parents have a much lower quality of care than expected or completely change their living arrangements to accommodate them under there supervision. Now Base all this on the lack of trust going forward and you have serious emotional issues for all involved.

I suggest that it is those who have not been involved in this kind of shitstorm that are also naive.

Comment Re:Still don't trust SSDs (Score 1) 144

I remember buying ssd's in 2004 for some of our field machines whose early 90's hard rives had failed (possibly related to a power surge / lightining strike at the customers site). Being a install and forget (until it breaks) system I found some ssd's with 128Mb for 300 GBP they came with an 8 year guarantee.

Being a DOS based system these things booted from post to prompt in a blink of an eye, 486 industrial pc's over ide, the latency figure is what made all the difference, not the throughput.

I still don't get why ide ssd's never took off enough to become cheap, they wouldn't need to be large. Those early 2000 laptops covered in dust would fly compared to the spinning discs in them. (I have even heard of people using the sata to ide adapters to get a ssd into an old laptop, some hacksawing required to make room in the chassis though I am dubious of the success rate with old bios's etc ). When this is brought up on forums people often say that the ata bus won't see an improvement, however the latency saving makes a dramatic improvement even if the throughput doesn't increase at all. But now XP is dead and windows 8 requires the exec bit in the processor the old processors can't be used (unless someone is willing to correct me) so unless the user is willing to accept linux there is little point in reviving them for desktop use.

I chose the crucial 128gb m4 in 2009 for my pc because the reliability indicators were so much higher than other cheaper faster bigger drives. And it is still ticking along (though I made sure swap was turned off and tmp was on a hard disk).

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 2) 364

My Dad who used to work in the London Stock Exchange in th 70's and 80's said that he first heard that quote when he was brokering. At the time he thinks the phrase "May you live in interesting times" was used alone and only later was it affiliated with "a chinese curse". He has never found a source or translation for it I would be interested if a source could be found just to let him know where it came from.

It just happens to sound like something Confucius might say.As does this one:
"Man who go to bed with itchy bottom. Wake up with smelly finger."
Which I use in very tenuous ways.

Comment Re: Systemd is tearing apart the Linux community. (Score 1) 44

As I said in my post that you managed to misinterpret.
I was TESTING the dist upgrade to Jessie since jessie had been frozen.

Since the VPS was not booting I was unable to get a console up to do any investigation. This was on XEN by the way. So perhaps the particular config had an issue.

I have in the past used dist upgrade as a test to testing squeeze and testing wheezy when appropriate to spot problems that might arise, and report if not seen in the wild already. This is how open source type software gets developed and kinda works...

There seems to have been a definite change in attitude across Debian and probably other distro's.
When issues get raised responses are often "your doing it wrong" or "you can configure it to get the old behaviour back" rather than the more helpful response of "check out this bug and it's temporary solution, this should be fixed by the time the release candidate comes out..."
I can expect this attitude from the authors of software since I can choose not to use it, however packagers and distributions seem to be taking this stance as well, which means potentially accept the new package and the new way of doing things or become a second class citizen of the distribution or leave.

Perhaps it will all get sorted and perhaps I'll try jessie again and see if I can get it to boot and do some investigation as to how much change there has been, perhaps I can live with systemd. However I am not about to decide that this is the future without testing it...

In the mean time it is wheezy until security support stops and keep testing in the mean time.

Comment Re: Systemd is tearing apart the Linux community. (Score 2) 44

I suggest most sysadmins not wanting systemd haven't upgraded their distribution to the systemd one. So there's a fair chance that your wrong.

Most sensible sysadmins will be testing their systems to either use systemd and cope with the change or attempting to coerce their distribution to operate without it, before they role out the upgrade.

Systemd may have won with the sheep, blindly following.

I tried a dist upgrade from Wheezy to jessie on a VPS and it failed (would not boot). I had to roll back the image.

Plenty of people looking for a reliable upgrade path like Debian used to have but are wary of what trouble this adoption could cause.

The exodus probably hasn't even begun. However systemd could prove to be reliable in the long term and the majority might end up using it on desktops and servers, but that hasn't happened yet.

Comment Re:So is he a replicant, or not? (Score 1) 222

I think it works both ways.

Deckard at the end of any version of the movie might not know if he is a replicant or not.


Because we know that memories can be implanted. By implication memories can be copied.

In the directors cut Deckard gets told by Gaf via the origami unicorn "I know your memories/dreams..." If Deckard is a replicant, he is running for his life, if he isn't a replicant he is running to protect Rachael, the difference doesn't change his actions. The original release doesn't really rule this out (at least I don't remember it ruling it out) since it is narrated by Deckard himself...
The point is, in the directors cut at least Deckard no longer knows if he is a replicant or a human who has had his memories copied and shared on the police departments facebook page.
I also remember seeing some story boards of Roy after killing who he thinks is tyrell finding a room with the originals tyrells tomb since he died years ago and has cloned himself. In my mind the whole point of any of the cuts is that humanity itself is being replicated opening up the question of "immortality".
Deckard acts like a cold hearted killer, pretty much assaults/takes advantage of Racael, seems like he himself is pretty immature having self control issues and acting on urges. Also some of the cut scenes like when he goes to see Holden (you can find it on youtube i think), holden seems to look at him funny when he doesn't understand why he has been asked to press the button "for the pain asshole".
Much like a certain Roy Batty who is willing to kill to protect his friends but hasn't learned to control his anger... Seems like both are willing to protect some people whilst not care about others. The lines between human/replicant are very blurred in any case...I have always held sympathy with Roy because of this. Yes he is a psychopath, but not without reason. And kind of thought he showed more humanity than Deckard, precisely because he is fighting for his friends, whereas Deckard is willing to kill because he is told to. But also once it has become pointless to kill Deckard once all his friends are dead and he will die too anyway he saves Deckard, he didn't need to, showing compassion for his enemies.

There re so many questions that there is plenty of room for a sequel.Perhaps the original Deckard is indeed living off world after retiring...Seeing as he is "the best" perhaps he will be hired to hunt himself down. Maybe there is an aged human Roy running around blowing away replicants with a shotgun.... Quite frankly I'd wet myself if that happened...Even if the film turned out to pants, I'd put it in my Rutger Hauer collection right next to Split Second.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.