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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I don't understand the hatred for state owned enterprises. Many countries have a bunch of successful ones. Norway would be a prime example. It doesn't mean it's run by the government directly, you create a private company to run it...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oh I know. Martin was wondering why they don't get updated like everything should. Basically it's a combination of ignorance, an expectation that these systems are not exposed to hostile networks, and a tremendous amount of inertia when it comes...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Individual PLCs are relatively easy to modify - you traditionally need some proprietary software to talk to them, but that can be reverse engineered, and the ports and protocols used are well known. They only tend to get updated if...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    So based on my experiences recently. The imaging department is in the basement. The controlling machine talks to the scanner and gets a picture. The user imports that picture from the controller PC into the hospital central xray repository, and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just to chime in on the main topic with regards building management systems and the SCADA side of things. There are a lot of legacy machines out there on the process engineering side, I know of two running windows 95...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Oh that was a new series? I thought it was a repeat of the one in the leadup to the Olympics. Will have to check it out....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't notice the air pollution and car emissions most of the time in central London, but my flatmate gets a hacking cough regularly from the particulates in the Tube, and I definitely notice the buildup in my hair over...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Agreed. Cloud cover makes a huge difference - near sources of light pollution they reflect the light back downwards, away from them they make things darker. Ditto for tree cover - you can easily follow wide open modern trails, because...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My biggest problem with politics in the UK is that the only really professional politicians appear to be in Scotland - Sturgeon, Salmond, Davidson, even Dugdale seem more on to it than most of the mob down south. I may...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I presume wind generators work differently to airscrews in this respect then It's always a tradeoff, and dependent on design requirements. A major factor behind extra blades on an airscrew or submarine prop today is noise reduction. Modern airscrew design...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think JC is supposed to be the Popular Front ... he's over there. SPLITTER!...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I would dearly love for the Labour Party to stand up in Parliament tomorrow and say that "We cannot in good conscience vote for an election at this point while our opposition members are facing prosecution" and completely F up...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    It depends. I expect if the UK was to throw the Tories out, and the new government was to turn to the EU and say "we're really sorry, it was all a terrible mistake" and forfeit their special exemptions, then...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I'm seeing two threads emerging from among my friends - one is Vote for anyone not Tory and evil, and the other is don't vote, and that'll break the whole system. Both sides are of course, idiots. I can see...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    You should avoid looking into the Rum world. We have youngest age minimum (Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados), oldest age maximum (Central America), solera - a blend of many years (Central and South America) and vague age statements of at least that...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Everything we've done has crashed and burned at some point, but looking back at the historical record, Empires have done fairly well for their people once they stabilised at the point that the actual person in charge is less important...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Yeah the UK market is rapidly shifting across the board to B format paperbacks - 130x198mm. The main argument I've had from publishers is status based. Basically the standard small A format is seen as a cheap disposible paperback. The...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    GCU Do Not Look Into Laser With Remaining Visual Receptor (D)ROU Lacking In Superlatives GSV Kardashev Was A Pessimist GSV Constants Are Relative...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    So what do you think of the latest scandal, quietly disappearing behind the noise of the nutter with a car. It would appear that the Tories overspent significantly and didn't declare it, which is a criminal offence that has at...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I've gone down head first a few times on a bike in the past, but only when flung off sideways when the wheels caught on something like a tram track or a grass edging. Worst was being thrown into a...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It would be interesting to see how inherent risks (severity and probability) affected the outcome when it came to wearing of hard hats on building sites, or ski helmets on the slopes... I will happily anecdata that the wearing of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    When you look at most commercial "high-visibility" kit for use on building sites and roads, it's yellow Actually for anything transport related it is orange. Commercial is usually yellow, delivery guys get a yellow vest, but if you do anything...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I know I've had four or five close calls up the road from home where I've nearly been taken out as a pedestrian crossing a road by a motorbike rapidly filtering up past stopped traffic. Mostly it would be my...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Of course you can. It's just that generally the good systems use an app that talks via wifi to a local controller, which sets the preprogrammed scenes, rather than any direct contact. A sample scene might be "close curtains, lower...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm pushed to think of any household gadget for which the concept of a maintenance engineer "connecting" makes sense Proper home automation systems definitely need engineering access to configure properly. Lighting, blinds, AV switching, heating etc, particularly in terms of...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Keyword in that sentence was *almost*, but yes I was exaggerating for effect. I imagine today though that between Google, Amazon and Tesco you probably could have a pretty good strike rate for someone who regularly used your services. And...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Your purchase record is valuable info. Is it worth more than the 5% rebate is a different question. But Target was doing sophisticated analysis back in 2002 on this sort of data, to the point of knowing when someone was...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    It works great for solid concrete uk basement flats, or anywhere you are renting, average speed plummets over any distance if your wiring is dodgy - I get around 40mbps over 40m or so, and up to 200mbps either side...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Ah, fair enough then. I know a similar bunch of guys on the kiwi side :). Yeah, termites are definitely a problem all over the show, good driving hazard in the top end too, though even they have issues with...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    A lot of the push for wireless in the UK has been driven by the difficulty of retrofitting a legacy housing stock with suitable cables. Loxone for example has two ranges, a wired normal one for new builds and a...
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