Re: He's lucky
And there are some where you'd go on to win the London marathon.
610 posts • joined 28 Sep 2007
And there are some where you'd go on to win the London marathon.
1) Trains would never work as you'd die from asphyxia
2) Cars would never replace the horse and cart
3) Man would never fly
4) That polywater was an illusion
5) That N-rays didn't exist
6) That cold fusion was somewhere between scam and delusion
7) That homeopathic treatments don't work for AIDS
8) That Tesla's wireless power distribution system was too lossy to be practical
And so on. Remember, they also laughed at Bozo the clown.
Actually, it's the shape it is. The EGM96 coefficients are only an approximation which, for example, miss out both Snowdon and the Thames Estuary.
Cold fusion produced plenty of reproducible effects, all of which turned out to be bogus. The effects of the EmDrive are not reproducible: every group to try it gets different ones, mostly within experimental error, and effects within experimental error aren't affects at all.
Have you done any experimental physics? If so, you'll know that measuring anything at the very limits of detection is problematic and prone to unexpected errors. In my case, by the way, it was trying to detect milliwatts by liquid helium calorimetry.
That's fine, if you're supplying machine for battery hens in call centres to use. Completely useless in a professional setting, like a school.
Translation: the FBI know they are going to lose, so they are trying to scare people away from Apple and onto more crackable platforms.
There are no significant compressibllity effects until you reach M0.5 and even then they are slight. At the speed of a falling water column air is, for all practical purposes, incompressible.
Your explanation of the Bernouilli effect is complete cobblers. Why on earth would fluid not want to be separated? Symmetrical aerofoils are often used, and they have exactly the same bath lengths above and below them.
My Czech friends are most insistent that their country is in Central Europe (civilised), not Eastern Europe (barbaric).
I believe the original Mrs Merton question was "So, Debbie McGee, what first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?"
Many materials have more than one solid phase.
How are these things suppose to deal with wind? Do they launch a succession of them and let them drift?
Golly. something even naffer looking than Google Glass. They said it couldn't be done. Mind you, they also said that a VR headset couldn't be done, and they were right. Two head mounted screens and a PC to drive them isn't quite the same thing.
Did we ever find out what happened to the Tesla customer service representative who advised a journalist to give hid battery a quick charge to warm it up after the car spent a freezing night outside? He duly ran out of charge, reported this and Musk went batshit.
Wouldn't that require a processor running at some significant multiple of 90GHz? Not bad for $80.
Is the underlying message here that they have given up trying to make a proper VR headset, and instead have cobbled together a couple of displays and few accelerometers, with a Windows programme to do all the actual work?
Sounds like a desperate attempt to keep a bit of momentum as far bigger and better funded competitors move rapidly towards launching products.
There are other suppliers of li-on batteries. Mastervolt, for example, do 2.5kWh (12V) and 5kWh (12V & 24V) batteries at broadly similar prices per kWh.
Is this another blow to the twitching near-corpse of the Oculus Rift?
He fixed the ethernet cable?
The solution to that problem seems obvious. Design an iron equipped with Bluetooth LE, linked to a smartphone, running an app that uses its camera to scan a QR code printed on a fabric care tags. This QR code contains all of the care information for that article of clothing, so every time that dress or dress shirt goes under the iron, the app adjusts the iron to the ideal temperature.
Neither "obvious" nor "solution" seems quite the right word here. At the moment you look inside the garment (the labels are not outside, obviously), see whether it's one, two or three dots and set the iron accordingly. A slight improvement might be to have a finer scale, with degrees rather than dots.
Finding the tag, finding the smartphone, starting the app, scanning the QR code and getting Bluetooth working is not an improvement in any conceivable way. It simply adds stages for no benefit at all.
This is why people laugh and point at those who promote the internet of things.
Spot on, but you forgot the prototype "left" in a bar to be "found" by a friendly tech blogger and retrieved by Apple after bloodcurdling "threats" of legal action which curiously don't seem to come to anything.
Maxwell's real breakthrough in electromagnetic theory was positing the displacement current, which is the rate of change of electric flux density , dD/dt. There was no empirical reason to expect this, but it made the equations nicely balanced by adding a term analogous to dB/dt. Everything else in the equations predated Maxwell, but he unified them and, by adding displacement current, git EM radiation to pop neatly out. It has - rightly, I think- be described as one of the greatest intellectual leaps ever made.
Incidentally, Maxwell's own house, Glenlair in Galloway, is regularly open to visitors. The main part of the house was destroyed by fire years ago, but the surviving bit is under restoration. While in the area you can also visit Maxwell's grave in Parton kirk yard and see a memorial window in Corsock kirk, for which (the building) he paid. It's claimed to have the only stained glass representation of Maxwell's equations in the world.
I strongly suspect that article to have been written by the editors of Social Theory, getting their own back on Alan Sokal.
Excellent find, and directional too:
IMPORTANT: Please observe the correct cable orientation during installation. The cable is marked with an arrow "→" which indicates signal direction. e.g. Bluray/DVD → AV Receiver→ TV/Projector
To force-click on an item, you simply click on it once as normal, but then maintain the pressure with your finger until you feel a second click.
It has only taken Apple five years to catch up with Android, then? How nice.
Odin is, or perhaps now was, also the port of wine to OS/2.
Or when he goes of on a screaming rant about "big oil shills" at the slightest criticism.
LibreOffice Draw edits pdfs surprisingly well.
Five hundred quid for a tiny secondary display for your iPhone? What a bargain.
...the same people are behind the Graun's recent web disaster, which converted a reasonably useable news web site into a ghastly disorganised mashup of blogs spouting cack, reposting of "news" from fourth rate journalistic sources, confusion over what counted as opinion and what as news, confusion over when material was originally published, etc etc.
Trying to recreate the spirit of the printed paper online, then?
Very entertaining. I don't know which bit I like best, the claim that every single HSBC customer who owed taxes has paid or the claim that call-me-Dave's meeting with Vodafone didn't happen, and that everything was settled through a curiously unreported court case.
If it's good, and since it's open source, why doesn't someone else take it over?
I think the phrase you're looking for is "It opens up the sound stage".
If a single scientist enters the room with the box in it, opens up, looks inside and then dies of a heart attack before telling anyone how the cat was, what happens? Does the cat's state uncollapse itself until someone else has a shufti?
It really is depressing how bad most educational research is. The Clackmannanshire farce is a prime example: all it proved was that when you give a fairly small number of children intensive coaching their scores improve. Well whoop-de-flipping-doo.
Meanwhile in the real world, as synthetic phonics becomes mandatory and the publishers laugh all the way to their banks, reading ability at the end of primary school is deteriorating measurably. So much for the "all children will be three or four years ahead" guff the Clackmannanshire enthusiasts sell us.
Brain Gym is discredited. Can someone please do Mindfulness next?
The Guardian? You mean that bunch of trust-funded, nepotistic private school alumni who have form for revealing their sources without a qualm if the alternative is any sort of personal inconvenience?
What precisely is the Google plan for dealing with the wind where their balloons are? Blimps are fun, by I doubt many of them can do the 100kt+ which would be required to maintain station in many places.
Feeling a bit hormonal today, are we?
Be nice to people, full stop.
It's a long time since I did customer support, but I do remember going out of the way to look after the people who treated me decently.
Did you spot the inconsistency there?
That is the professional advice and best practices of REAL network admins and directors. Not snake oil salesmen.
Nah, it's appropriate advice for a very small number of companies and paranoid, will-nobody-think-of-the-child job-preserving bullshit for most. The average university has upwards of ten thousand privately owned devices connected daily, and nobody dies as a result.
Before getting too sneerily superior about 1960s Russian rocket technology, it might be worth remembering where and when the only spacecraft currently capable of taking people to the ISS was designed.
As little as that?
There is no excuse for not listening on channel 16
Marine VHF is very limited in range, both by power and by curvature of the earth. There is no reason at all to have a VHF set switched on forty miles offshore - it's for inshore and intership use only.
Not terribly effective for temperatures under several thousands degrees. You need to make the bloody thing glow to radiate heat.
Care to guess why the surface of the moon, and indeed the Sahara, get so cold at night?
Various inland lines that could have been put into service had been closed and taken up by people who were unable to assess risk
No, they were closed and taken up by people who realised that there was no sense in keeping a railway line open in order to provide a diversionary route which has been closed once, for a few weeks in fifty years.
According to some of the paper's sources, Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a "one-handed mode" that can be switched on and off, for those with short fingers but who still like the idea of a phone with a larger screen.
Wow. What a stunning, ground breaking idea. Only Apple could ever come up with such a stunning breakthrough. Well, not counting Samsung, who had a one-handed mode on the original Galaxy Note three years ago.
My original Galaxy S does everything I want it to do, as fast as I want it to do it. Much as I would like some new shiny, I haven't been able to find any semi-rational reason for splashing out a few hundred quid on upgrading.
But I do wish they'd get round to dealing with that whole "being a bloated cycle-sucking RAM vampire" thing as well.