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Comment Ebay is a bit of an odd one. (Score 2) 68

I live in Ireland and my natural Ebay site is ebay.ie but I can also use ebay.co.uk and presumably other ebay sites as well. The price is the same regardless of site pretty much.
(You do get venders that sell a product for a price but in different currencies e.g $10 or euro 10) Australian Dollars is almost always cheapest.

Where there is a big difference is on which Ebay Site you pay for the items on. If I pay on ebay.co.uk then i get buyer protection and a right to return within 14 days while if I buy on ebay.ie I don't. Sometimes that matters.

Ever since I bought an old macbook which died 3 days after receiving it and getting told by ebay to take it up with paypal who sided with the seller I now use the ebay.co.uk checkout rather than the ebay.ie one (if i had done that with that mac which came from the uk I would have got my money back from the seller).

It also pays to shop around with amazon too, there is .co.uk .de .es .fr and often there is a price difference between sites for the same item from the same seller and if it's fulfilled by amazon tends to ship from the same warehouse! Generally it's a better move for me to buy from a euro using amazon site than the uk site since the amazon checkout will give me a lousy exchange rate buying in euro's for something priced in sterling. Spain tends to have the best prices, Germany the best stock levels. My German and Spanish language skills pretty much zero but google translate handles that problem.

The best place to ship from is Germany best priced shipping. Brexit has made a pretty big difference too. UK prices had got pretty poor over the last few years but the devaluing of Sterling now makes buying from the UK pretty competitive. It's kind of like they have an ongoing 20% off sale. Guess better enjoy that while I can because when the actual exit comes. They are likely to get expensive to buy from with Customs adding Duty and VAT...
   

Comment Re:No brainer (Score 5, Insightful) 174

One problem i run into is with owner manuals for old film camera's a lot of the time they disappear from the company website when they get taken over by another company. Sometimes archive.org can come to the rescue if I can find where they used to be. Fair enough the new company may only be interested in the digital models and has no interest in the historical product made by the company they acquired but when they make boneheaded choices like erasing the historical information the original company put out for their customers..

Worst still is when a domain name is lapsed and bought by another company who had zero access to the content of the former site they bought a name not a right to control the history of the former site.

The other thing which bugs me is the white washing of old news articles how often that trick gets pulled, I might personally remember an event but find the contemporary records are missing that happens a lot especially in Politics when a past stance becomes embarrassing and then you get told black was white...

At the very least when a website changes hands the new owner should not be able to erase the history of the site under the previous owner.

Comment Re:So even worse than before? (Score 1) 139

To be fair the screenshot was pretty clear where the limits of the application are, with less dead screen area. Something that i'm finding increasingly annoying.

Take PDF files for example, why are they Portrait when most screens are landscape? The font sizes are designed for a page size typically 50% taller than your screen. So getting a page on screen means the fonts are uncomfortably small. The next issue is margins typically an inch round the page is white space! For a bit of paper that is fine we don't want to be reading into the spine of a book and we don't want ink transferring to our fingers. But on a screen it already has a bezel margins are just doubling up on margins and making the content smaller and harder to read.

The real failure is when you just give up and print out the page ...

So Yeah i'm in favour of making better use of screens and you don't need to draw borders round things a small difference in tone or texture is enough. maybe not even that usually if you need to write in a text area the cursor goes to the top left position any way.

I detest the downward scroll that we seem obsessed with if there isn't enough space on the first page make a second page. it's simple.

Comment Re:Why yes, let's ban them (Score 2) 899

If you have to go to Stormfront to get your daily news stories, maybe its you.

If you give cretins like this a platform their idea's starts to become acceptable.

e.g maybe the holocaust was a necessary evil, argue you against that all you want and someones going to be nodding their head saying maybe it was.

See giving these idiots a platform legitimises them, maybe creationists are right maybe the earth is flat.

Ok cousin Bart believes all this bat shit insane stuff but he's a loon he is on storm front everyday. best to keep the lunatic fringe on the fringe not in your living room.

mix the crazy with the normal and crazy becomes the new normal.

There is some hope though, naturally there has been democrat reaction against Trump and his policies, over the last few days i've seen republican dislike of some of his policies and actions.

steve bannon is trumps weak spot a lot of republicans despise the man and feel Donald Trump is getting bad advice from this man, they like trump but feel he is being misled.

If Trump want's to keep republican support he has to ditch Bannon, if he doesn't he may be finding he is getting defeated by republicans.

Republicans see themselves as decent people not racist dicks and its Bannons policies which are making them look bad.

Comment Re: Probably should have focused more (Score 1) 319

Thats a fair point, he says typing into chrome. I still have firefox i actually have firefox nightly builds too.

Somethings do work better in firefox than chrome and thats when i swop. Somehow Mozilla needs to make Firefox my default, the reason for nightly is because of new CSS features If I can get the latest CSS features and develop in firefox. I would probably switch. Currently its works in chrome also works in firefox. If web developers can deploy sites with the latest CSS standards and have them work in firefox and mostly work in chrome. Then mozilla becomes king again.

I don't write for internet explorer, I don't want to do work arounds and fall backs currently chrome is slightly better than firefox it seems. get the new standards out in the wild first and firefox will take the lead.

     

Comment Re:10 cloud might have a place (Score 2) 183

The best and safest way to make money from software is to be a gatekeeper

Google Apple MicroSoft Steam Facebook Amazon all gate keepers. Have you got an idea for some software a song to release a book to write? If you are successful these leeches will take 30% if not that is your loss. There is no downside being a gatekeeper.

Microsoft wants to muscle out Steam that is bad for us at least with 2 of them there may be competition. Better still when both are optional.

     

Comment Re:Don't upgrade your hardware, and... (Score 1) 228

Same here 16GB on a 2010 13" Macbook Pro, Apple is really doing a number on it's customers as far as I can tell the last upgradable Macbook Pro came out in 2012.

If they want me as a customer then i want upgradable and repairable hardware. Not this soldered in crap they are putting out. I don't give a damn about thin or the stupid bar.
Oh and I like Magsafe too.
Chances are my next laptop will be a hackintosh.

A decent graphics card and cpu and max ram and they have a machine I want to buy.

Comment Re:stress, either way (Score 4, Informative) 79

To be honest I don't think anyone is expected to buy it and use it!

If you look on Amazon they have a 512 GB version and a 1TB Version

512 GB = $296
1TB = $2700
2TB = ????

You can by a mac mini with 16gb ram a 2 TB fusion drive and i7 cpu for about â1700 why would you spend $1000 more on a flash drive.

Comment Re: If true, it's because Macs are starting to suc (Score 3, Interesting) 376

Apple is losing it, stupid hardware decisions solder in the ram, solder in the ssd getting rid of the escape key. They do good things too but seriously they are making things worse not better and picking the right mac even used is pretty tricky after the gpu problems they have had over the years. They need to make them repairable and serviceable. At least some of them.

Software wise they made that disaster of a program ibooks, that rips your books and pdf's out of itunes and buries them in a useless format in a hidden directory.

On a plus side you can get rid of it use app cleaner to remove ibooks and itunes use pacifist to reinstall itunes 11.4 then upgrade to itunes 12.5.3 then its nearly back to being good again. True to actually read an ebook on the mac you need to use drag and drop but i've still been able to make a central collection on my Nas that I can pull what I want when I want it and happily delete it from phones laptops ect when I don't.

Apple refuses to play nice with machines that are not made by apple android phone no way apple will sync with that. and why icloud for syncing why not let me do it on my lan

i'd love iTunes to handle my docs but so far I have only found iDocument for doing that. when you get used to filing by database and associations its a much cleaner way of doing things and gets rid of clutter and old dead files.

Comment Re: No (Score 2) 278

I've been inside one automated greenhouse that produces potted herbs. there is a machine which fills the pots with compost and adds seeds thats relatively simple. The pots go onto a tray that sits on two tubular rails and they get automatically watered. there is a robot which works beween the rails which lifts up the tray and moves it forward. Essentially pots with seeds at one end and ready to sell herbs at the other . with the robots doing the heavy lifting no need for walkways between the rows so maximizes the use of the space. It tends to be uncomfortably warm and humid in there. I think it was a dutch company that owned the factory which was in south lincolnshire this was around the late 90's. I think the loading and unloading at each end was manual.

A crisp or chip factory has pretty good automation. A trailer loaded with potato's has a small conveyor in the bottom of it. This is plugged in at one end of the line the potatos drop into a flume which is full of water which pumps them through a pipe up to a 3 stage peeler. It is essentially 3 sets of rollers with a coarse medium and fine grit this removes the skins.

Onto the grader halver big potato's get cut in half and then onto an elevator. it carries the potatoes up to the cutters, it has a sensor monitoring the weight and adjusts the feed speed and the overall production rate,

This feeds the cutters these are like a cauldron which spins, potatoes drop in there and the potatoes get sliced with razor blades set in the side. These blades need changing on a regular basis (human needed). There were 3 of them so 1 would get changed while the other 2 keep working.

Next step is a bath which removes starch which is harvested. Then the chips hits the fryer, this is a bus size fryer the chips are kept submerged under the oil and a PID maintains the temperature adjusting the burners that heat the oil. There is like a chain conveyor which keeps them moving along the fryer.

Coming out the oil they go on to a fast moving conveyor, at the end of which there is a small conveyor which the chips jump over. Here there is a camera system which is looking for burnt chips. If it spots any it directs air jets to blast them into the small conveyor, the rest passing through to a bucket elevator. the ones that get diverted onto the cross feed conveyor go through the camera system again because the first pass will take out some good chips as well as burnt ones.

The bucket elevator feeds a storevayor which can hold up to about 10 tons of chips, sensors show were there is space for more chips and the belt feeds out to a system of vibrating stainless steel conveyors which feed the flavor stations.

When the flavor station needs more product they call for more product and a side ways vibration is used to divert to the flavor station. the storevayor gives some flexibility to the system and feeds back to the earlier stages.

flavor stations are fairly simple there is some thing like a galvanized dustbin ,which the chips feed into, on its side which rotates and a screw feed which feeds the flavoring through a small pipe the rotation of the drum mixes the flavor with the chips.

This feeds a check head weigher the chips land on a central cone and around that are little hoppers which weigh the product. each will have some random quantity of product and will release a combination that meets the minimum weight requirement e.g 12g and 13g to make a 25g packet.

The packet is actually a sheet of film which is wrapped into a bag and sealed when the chips start falling there is no bag and its formed as they are falling. the top of one bag when it is sealed makes the bottom of the next. these then hit another small conveyor with a section that weighs the bags any that are out of tolerance get rejected.

The packing in boxes can be manual but there is a robot system which takes a flat box opens it and then a lifter picks up 8 packets it has a sucker for each packet if it doesnt sense a packet it rejects the 7 and has another go it puts 8 in a layer repeats till it has 48 packets and closes and seals the carton which gets stacked onto a pallet. these get shrink wrapped ready for distribution.

Pretty much just 2 people work on the cooker side on the flavor stations there are more operators they load flavors clean down the machines there are either a couple of people mostly packing or a robot doing the job. That robots pretty expensive but it works 24 hours a day.

It is way harder to automate the farms though. Take a potato harvester it does a fairly good job of picking up potatoes but it also picks up mud and rocks there is usually a team of around 4 people riding on the back pulling off mud and rocks to avoid carrying half the field back to the sheds then the crates filled on the field go on to a grader which sizes the potatos and again there is a team of people removing more mud and rocks. you can't automate that.

Even easier crops to harvest automatically can have problems sometimes weeds grow. Very hard for a machine to identify a nettle from a lettuce someones got to pick that out. As my old mam used to say the cheapest robot is the human being.

Comment There will be less jobs (Score 5, Insightful) 540

I've automated a few production lines and the reasons for the automation was to reduce the number of people running the lines. What does happen is a skilled maintenance engineer is required to fix problems on that line and generally a few other similar lines. That can result in the loss of 100 jobs and the creation of 1.

Some processes can result in totally unmanned sites and people only are needed on site when the equipment reports a fault actually often not even then since a backup system tends to come online.

It's not a bad thing to automate jobs but there is a cost to communities when the jobs go.

Comment Re:Desperate users (Score 2) 141

So it seems that the issue in this case was a server with a security vulnerability that the then current version of filezilla wouldn't work with

2solutions

fix the server
use an older version of filezilla

3rd solution make the current version of filezilla compatible with the broken server.
Does it need spelling out why the 3rd solution is not a solution?

Basically the server provider gets complaints that the clients can't connect with the current client builds. Either they are too lazy to fix the server or were unaware of the issue. In the latter case they are now informed in the former case they pretty much have to admit to the client they are too lazy or incompetent to fix the server. The client has the choice to use the old version of filezilla or find a more responsible host. The client may also be unaware of the security issue till filezilla stops working. However they know now.

I am 100% with the developers of filezilla on this one, because getting my site compromised is not acceptable. Especially if I will rebuild and the vulnerability is still there. The only people who should be disappointed by the vulnerability being fixed are the people who wish to exploit it.

Comment Re:Texas (Score 1) 1028

unless you are in Texas or near Texas, which also could be loosely defined as on the same planet as Texas.

In some ways this changes nothing MAD ensures that the launch of the Satan2 would result in a counter strike which even with smaller Warheads would do just as much damage. I won't say harder to defend against because there is no defence, against nuclear weapons only retaliation and the threat of retaliation works.

Maybe Donald Trump might get a clue as to the answer to his question why can't we use nuclear weapons? serously thou the Russans are equally as crazy building this thing as if their existing missiles were not sufficient to effectively end life on this planet anyway.

   

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