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[16:50] <jcoxon> hey edmoore
[16:50] <edmoore> later
[16:51] <jcoxon> ?
[16:58] <edmoore> sorry, was on phone and typing what I was meant to be saying to the guy
[16:59] <edmoore> multitasking is not my thing
[17:05] <jcoxon> haha
[17:05] <jcoxon> hows tricks?
[17:18] <edmoore> sorry, spaces makes answering stuff confusing
[17:18] <edmoore> alright
[17:18] <edmoore> got home today
[17:19] <edmoore> gonna have a fairly gentle weekend, then go to oxford
[17:19] <edmoore> you?
[17:21] <jcoxon> went to catz may ball
[17:21] <jcoxon> am very tired
[17:21] <jcoxon> hehe
[17:21] <jcoxon> but gernerally good
[17:24] <jcoxon> hows badger?
[17:31] <edmoore> not really done anything over may week
[17:31] <edmoore> just boozed
[17:31] <jcoxon> haha
[17:31] <edmoore> though fergus just phones me to say usb end points are now working
[17:31] <edmoore> i'm going to get annoyed being stuck at a distance over summer
[17:31] <jcoxon> cool cool
[17:32] <jcoxon> how long are you way for?
[17:32] <jcoxon> away*
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[17:54] <edmoore> 10 weeks in ox
[17:54] <jcoxon> cool
[17:55] <edmoore> this spaces thing is rubbish
[17:55] <edmoore> I keep forgetting about irc
[17:55] <jcoxon> haha
[17:56] <edmoore> anyhoo, bbl
[17:56] <jcoxon> cya
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[18:40] <edmoore> akawaka: what is wickerwaka ?
[18:41] <edmoore> jcoxon: back
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[19:01] <mc-> hi natrium42
[19:02] <mc-> can I get something shipped to you please?
[19:03] <jcoxon> edmoore, i'm back now :-)
[19:05] <edmoore> jcoxon: cool
[19:06] <jcoxon> just had to get my car from my grandparents as i can't park outside my house till after 6.30
[19:07] <jcoxon> ordered the stuff to work on my wireless cutdown system
[19:07] <mc-> that sounds interesting, what frequency?
[19:08] <jcoxon> oh in the 434 realm
[19:08] <jcoxon> its from the payload to the the cutdown
[19:08] <jcoxon> should make it easier to set up in the field
[19:08] <jcoxon> and means we can run longer lines
[19:09] <jcoxon> its just a cheapy receiver and keyfob transmitter
[19:09] <mc-> I've got some old 418MHz receivers that would work, if you don't want to risk a new system.
[19:10] <edmoore> I've been doing some monte carlo sims
[19:10] <edmoore> or at least trying to educate myself in the ways of them
[19:10] <jcoxon> oh i'm sure this will be fine, cutdowns aren't vital on a good day, just helpful
[19:10] <edmoore> bad choice
[19:10] <jcoxon> yuk
[19:11] <jcoxon> i was hoping it was some mod for Sim City
[19:11] <jcoxon> :-p
[19:11] <edmoore> they're just running tonnes of simms with random variables on all the inputs to try and give say 2000 potential landing sites for a mars lander
[19:11] <edmoore> and they should distribute themselves like a gaussian, typically. just with discrete points
[19:12] <edmoore> much easier computationally than actually trying to calculate a proability curve/surface
[19:12] <jcoxon> bbiab
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[20:17] <jcoxon> hey edmoore, i got mobile broadband so google maps in the field :-)
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[20:25] <Laurenceb> hi all
[20:25] <jcoxon> hey Laurenceb
[20:27] <Laurenceb> I've been very busy lately, building work
[20:27] <jcoxon> nonstop fun then
[20:27] <Laurenceb> might take some photos tomorrow
[20:27] <Laurenceb> its very annoying
[20:27] <Laurenceb> no time for balloon related stuff
[20:28] <jcoxon> thats a shame!
[20:29] <jcoxon> my balloon stuff is slowly ticking over
[20:30] <Laurenceb> we might have finished plastering by the end of next week, then its just radiators, 2nd fix electrics, scirting boards and decorating
[20:30] <jcoxon> working towards a deadline?
[20:31] <Laurenceb> well we need to have it let by the end of july or we'll be out of cash
[20:32] <jcoxon> is this at home?
[20:32] <Laurenceb> no
[20:33] <Laurenceb> my mum rents out a couple of places
[20:33] <jcoxon> but near home i meant
[20:34] <Laurenceb> sure, a few miles away
[20:34] <jcoxon> thats what i orginally meant
[20:34] <Laurenceb> :P
[20:35] <Laurenceb> I need a decent soldering iron, what do you use?
[20:35] <jcoxon> oh mine is crap
[20:35] <Laurenceb> antex?
[20:35] Action: jcoxon is ashamed
[20:35] <jcoxon> indeed
[20:35] <Laurenceb> they aren't bad
[20:35] <jcoxon> edmoore is the man to talk to about soldering irons
[20:35] <Laurenceb> CUED use antex irons
[20:36] <edmoore> um, no
[20:36] <Laurenceb> hence why I got one
[20:36] <Laurenceb> they were when I was last there ;D
[20:36] <Laurenceb> all the lab irons were antex
[20:37] <edmoore> they use metcal mx-500s
[20:37] <edmoore> in the electronics lab
[20:37] <edmoore> and we've used that for the last year and a bit, though we use my one now
[20:44] <Laurenceb> I see
[20:45] <Laurenceb> edmoore, can I ask you about the lassen iq, when you want to send a packet and leave a variable unchanged, you write 0xFF for a byte
[20:45] <Laurenceb> but what about a float?
[20:45] <Laurenceb> the datasheet is ambiguous, I read it as -1
[20:46] <edmoore> let me have a look in a sec - about to eat
[20:46] <Laurenceb> which is 0xF6800000 or something IIRC
[20:46] <Laurenceb> k
[20:46] <edmoore> also, I actually quite want to send you some money
[20:46] <edmoore> for the telit board
[20:46] <edmoore> so if you could mail me an address, I'll get a cheque off
[20:56] <Laurenceb> doh yes
[20:57] <Laurenceb> anyone would think I owed you money :P
[21:02] <edmoore> lol
[21:02] <edmoore> Just watched charlie wilson's war
[21:02] <edmoore> it's pretty good
[21:05] <Laurenceb> hows the secret project coming on?
[21:07] <Laurenceb> ooh I like this, ubuntu now has varying screen brightness - goes brighter if you type faster
[21:07] <edmoore> haha
[21:07] <edmoore> wierd
[21:07] <edmoore> it's ok. been buying secret stuff for it
[21:07] <Laurenceb> :P
[21:07] <Laurenceb> well its not quite that bizzare
[21:07] <edmoore> secretly got some secret serial bus stuff working today on the secret2148
[21:07] <edmoore> well, secretnoble did
[21:07] <edmoore> I was driving
[21:08] <Laurenceb> if you leave it for 30s +brightness starts to decrease
[21:08] <Laurenceb> ok enough secrets
[21:08] <edmoore> that's really nice power management
[21:08] <edmoore> I like linear things
[21:08] <edmoore> if you minimise a window it should shrink and fold up
[21:08] <edmoore> not just dissappear
[21:08] <Laurenceb> lovely linearity
[21:08] <edmoore> the physical world does not to dissappearence, thus the brain doesn't like it so much
[21:09] <edmoore> brightnesses should fade, windows should minimise in a flowey way, etc etc
[21:10] <Laurenceb> pity ubuntu eats so much ram
[21:10] <Laurenceb> I need so get my 2GB cards from ebuyer
[21:11] <Laurenceb> it seems to use 300MB so with 512 theres not much spare
[21:12] <Laurenceb> firefox is enough to make it freeze
[21:15] <Laurenceb> bbl, food
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[22:38] <edmoore> LEA-5H
[22:38] <edmoore> $38 ea if we buy 10
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[23:01] <Laurenceb> yo
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[23:05] <Laurenceb> hello edmoore
[23:06] <Laurenceb> so, any ideas on tsip protocol packets?
[23:06] <edmoore> didn't look it up....
[23:06] <edmoore> gimme a sec
[23:06] <Laurenceb> have you tried it?
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