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[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 18:35:59 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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sweet... this is going to make late-night prank calls so much more fun!

[#] Tue Dec 14 2010 09:58:28 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Oneline servies worry me, I like that kind of stuff to be local, if the computer needs to talk to you it's probably better that it not have to wait for network or even rely on it, but that's me.
Playing with my g1 and reading some articles about it they're getting big into tts and voice recognition, the idea being you can just interact with your device.
The only reason it even half works well is because the sound recorder program is real snappy about getting the data to google. Google can of course churn on it within a second or two and only has to send back a few bytes of text.
Certainly it takes a lot of horsepower, but still would rather do it on my PC which has plenty of horses itself.

[#] Tue Dec 14 2010 10:36:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Right. It doesn't take a lot of computing power to do text-to-speech, which is why the phone does that on its own. Speech-to-text, however, is a big task, and one whose usability can be improved by having a large and growing corpus of data to work with, so they send that out to the cloud.

Having used my G1 in the car for navigation, I have to say that it's really nice to be able to talk to it instead of having to stop the car and type in a destination.

[#] Tue Dec 14 2010 15:34:59 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I never saw a g1 with android 1.5. Also I have a magic not a dream, so I have the less snappy of the two, but I find the response a bit too laggy to not be annoying.
Was it snappier with 1.5?
Makes me wanna go get the latest or at least a faster model, but I'd feel bad taking a brand new machine and hacking it up right away. And that would blow out my $50 budget. :-) So I'll keep playing with my slightly laggy magic.
I'm awaiting a 2gig sd card from my homeys in china and I'll try the swapper on it and see if it makes it worse or better.
I found the JIT made overall response worse, took me a while to realize I was better off without it.
If I could cache all that compiled stuff I'd be better off, but there's no memory on this thing, so it's worse than not having it.

[#] Wed Dec 15 2010 07:43:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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My G1 had Android 1.6 when I got it, so I can't say how 1.5 performed. It was definitely snappier under 1.6 than it was under 2.2. It's a little sluggish under 2.2 but not so much that it's a problem.

[#] Fri Jan 21 2011 10:20:46 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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so... austria has an engine making this sound while starting off:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Taurus_anfahrgeraeusch.ogg

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_ES64U2

seems as if its due to the power regulators.



[#] Sun Jan 23 2011 23:19:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's cool. Is this a typical hybrid locomotive?

[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 02:13:44 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hybrid? between what?

its purely electric.

it probably might be able to cope with the different AC-frequencies, like 15 2/3 Hz in .de and probably 50 Hz in other european countries like .fr if you like to call that hybrid...

since its using wave cutting to control the amount of energy the engines get; thats what makes them howl that melody...



[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 02:16:20 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Does anyone here know anything about infrared motion detectors?  As in, do they wear out?  I just got back from another false alarm.  I can't find anything that would have set them off yet again.



[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 04:21:49 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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most probably the lenses can become pale / dirty?

maybe you've got a cat hanging about? ;-)



[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 14:42:39 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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No cats around here..I'd start sneezing if there were.  As for the dirty lens...that should make the sensor less sensitive.  I am wondering about transient voltage spikes or breakdown of the semi-conductors in the sensor.

 

Trust me, there is nothing more fun than getting up in the middle of the night to investigate an alarm at a remote location.



[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 22:22:59 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Does anyone here know anything about infrared motion detectors?  As
in, do they wear out?  I just got back from another false alarm.  I
can't find anything that would have set them off yet again.

The cable company 'fixes' their routers overnight so if you have a voip phone that you're running your alarm service over, it will appear to be cut every once in a while.
this happens all the time over here, though I'm sure that's not what you're talking about.

[#] Wed Jan 26 2011 11:18:38 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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hybrid? between what?

its purely electric.

Like a hybrid automobile. The typical design for a "diesel" locomotive is actually a diesel generator plus a bunch of electric motors, one on each wheel.

[#] Wed Jan 26 2011 18:25:11 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Mi Jan 26 2011 11:18:38 EST von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored Betreff: Re:
hybrid? between what?

its purely electric.

Like a hybrid automobile. The typical design for a "diesel" locomotive is actually a diesel generator plus a bunch of electric motors, one on each wheel.

ah. these are rather unusual in germany / europe. most tracks have overhead contact lines. just some rather rural lanes or where there are tunnels with not enough space are operated with these diesel electric trains:

http://www.google.com/images?q=talent+db&hl=de&client=iceweasel-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:unofficial&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbs=isch:1&ei=zapATaz0B4aKlweQ5OWoAw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA4Q_AUoAQ&biw=1020&bih=471

they replaced systems with heavy pure diesel engines with big torque converters (better hold your ears when they start off next to you...) in the late 90'ies.

btw, there are even diesel ones with direct shifting transmissions in the trains on the pictures above...

so... since current frequency, ac/dc, or the legal issues which color the needle of the tachometer or its background has to have in .de/.fr/.at its rather usual to call these hybrid if they may pass the border legally plus are still operational with the current...

so... it might happen that the rider has to switch the display over to .at mode when he passes the border, though the operator is still the same ;-)



[#] Wed Jan 26 2011 18:30:25 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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this is that pure diesel with the torque converter:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB-Baureihe_218

it was most common in .de in the 80'ies, is replaced by the lighter 'talent's on that google images link...

the 218 was known for destructing the tracks to quick because of its weight...



[#] Wed Jan 26 2011 18:41:14 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Mi Jan 26 2011 18:30:25 EST von dothebart @ Uncensored Betreff: Re:

this is that pure diesel with the torque converter:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB-Baureihe_218

it was most common in .de in the 80'ies, is replaced by the lighter 'talent's on that google images link...

the 218 was known for destructing the tracks to quick because of its weight...



heh, for the weight of the 218 (80t) (without trailers) you get a whole talent: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Desiro_Classic (69t) and two times 300 kw in comparison to 1800 kw...

Today you also see them carying castor trailers with nuke-garbage...



[#] Thu Jan 27 2011 03:14:28 EST from saltine @ Uncensored

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Does the room get any outside light? if so the IR filter on the detector might be fading making it trigger on other wavelengths.

[#] Fri Jan 28 2011 12:25:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Our commuter railroads have either overhead power lines or a third rail. We use diesel for long distance rail, especially freight rail. Remember, we have much longer distances.

[#] Fri Jan 28 2011 20:28:47 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Thu Jan 27 2011 03:14:28 AM EST from saltine @ Uncensored
Does the room get any outside light? if so the IR filter on the detector might be fading making it trigger on other wavelengths.

Yes, lots of light in the morning.  More likely, it's the overhead radiant heater.  The room is an entryway at the store where I work.  I think the radiant heater is creating a hot spot on the metal in the room.  When it's cold enough, it interpets the hot spot as motion....I think.  Nobody agrees with me, but they have no better answer.



[#] Sun Jan 30 2011 08:09:10 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Fr Jan 28 2011 12:25:36 EST von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored Betreff: Re:
Our commuter railroads have either overhead power lines or a third rail. We use diesel for long distance rail, especially freight rail. Remember, we have much longer distances.

yea I know; since distances are shorter over here, there is less space so there isn't much dedicated freigt-rail in europe.

I guess the new highspeeed lanes are the first ones to make this distinction, next to the commuter rail systems in berlin that also have the 3rd rail power system..

unless you need to have something failsafe like the castor transport there is no need to have diesel freight lines...

most lines that have frequent traffic have overhead lines, so most freight railtraffic is also done with electric engines.



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