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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Nighttime Re:I know what users could do! (664 comments)

A lot of gearboxes on modern cars are "fly-by-wire", so selecting N may not work. How about some way to mechanically disengage the engine from the driving wheels? You could make it foot-operated and install it to the left of the brake pedal.

about 5 months ago

Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

Nighttime If discovered in the US... (652 comments)

... they would have patented it then sued everyone for having mass.

about 2 years ago

Google and Mozilla: Partners, Not Competitors

Nighttime Re:Google and Mozilla (151 comments)

It's British vs American English usage. We Brits treat companies as plurals.

more than 2 years ago

Study Shows Many Sites Still Failing Basic Security Measures

Nighttime ObXKCD (103 comments)

Let's get Bobby Tables out of the way.

more than 2 years ago

13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough

Nighttime Re:He just used more solar cells (410 comments)

As someone pointed out, what if you have all 20 flat cells rotation to point at the sun 24/7.

Then it would be a pretty damned good trick (without constantly changing its geographical location).

more than 2 years ago

UK Hacker Ryan Cleary Has Asperger's Syndrome, Court Told

Nighttime Asperger's, the Get Out of Jail Free card? (279 comments)

I can see it now, every low-life scrote using that as an excuse for their actions.

"Yeah, I couldn't help meself from robbin' those cars. I've got me that Assburger's, ain't I?"

more than 3 years ago

Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

Nighttime Re:So What? (615 comments)

Doesn't matter how strong a password is, xkcd have it covered.

more than 3 years ago

ATM Repairman Accused of Taking (and Faking) Cash

Nighttime Re:Photocopied? (258 comments)

For shits and giggles, I tried photocopying a £20 note on our new colour copier in the office. I ended up with an A4 sheet of black toner.

more than 3 years ago

Man Demonstrates His New Bionic Hand

Nighttime Yes, but... (124 comments)

Can he use his new robotic hand to deploy and build mini-sentries?

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years

Nighttime Re:Well, they screwed up with 11 (441 comments)

(I'd be moving to Fedora but RPM is a known ingredient in software of mass destruction...)

The 1990s called. They'd like their preconceptions about RPM back.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Launches Third WoW Expansion, Cataclysm

Nighttime Re:WoW Subscriptions (218 comments)

How much would you be willing to pay per game hour?

Good question. According to this blog, "30 yuan will buy you 4000 minutes of gametime and 15 yuan will buy you 2000 minutes of gametime. That's $0.06 per hour played."

That works out at US$4 for 4000 minutes, which would be about £3. Obviously, Chinese pricing reflects the local economy. 4000 minutes is 66h 40m, so say that's 2 hours a night for a month. Lowest UK monthly subscription is £7.69, so if I could get 4000 minutes for £7-£8 that expired after 90 days, I'd probably go for it.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Launches Third WoW Expansion, Cataclysm

Nighttime WoW Subscriptions (218 comments)

What prevents me from getting into playing WoW are the payment options available to European (and US) players. It's either a monthly subscription or a 60-day timecard. With either option I'd feel obliged to play nearly every day to ensure I was getting my money's worth. I don't always have the time to do so every evening. In China, they buy game hours, which is a model that would suit me better.

more than 3 years ago

OpenSUSE To Offer a Rolling Release Repository

Nighttime Tumbleweed is for ghost towns (72 comments)

Fedora has a rolling, rolling, rolling release called rawhide.

more than 3 years ago

Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

Nighttime Re:A dramatic actor (167 comments)

I hope you kept away from the fish.

more than 3 years ago

Elo Chess Rating System Topped By Proposed Replacements

Nighttime Re:Ole! (102 comments)

With milk?

more than 3 years ago

'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

Nighttime Re:Ridiculous (426 comments)

The early BBC Model A machines shipped with OS version 0.9 and would have had BBC BASIC I. The Model B came with OS 1.2 (IIRC) and BASIC II. You could buy replacement ROMs for the older machines to upgrade to this version. Heh, swapping ROMs as a way of upgrading your computer's OS.

more than 3 years ago

'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

Nighttime Re:Ridiculous (426 comments)

(and IIRC, you didn't have functions, so had to endure the horror of GOSUB/RETURN).

BBC BASIC II had PROCedures and FunctioNs. It was one of the better 8-bit BASICs.

more than 3 years ago



Take Your Home Internet With You

Nighttime Nighttime writes  |  about three weeks ago

Nighttime (231023) writes "How do you use the Internet when you're in an area with no 3G or wi-fi signal. Well, a start-up on Indiegogo appears to have the answer, the WiFiEx. It's a USB device you plug into your home computer and charge it up with Internet. When you're out and about you can then use the Internet charge stored on the device; the more you've charged it, the longer you get. So far they've raised over US$2000 and the project has 9 days left to part fools from their money."




Nighttime Nighttime writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Currently sitting here listening to the rain beat down on the conservatory roof and the rumble of thunder in the distance.

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