That old story about microsoft and apple cars was a joke, tim.
1625 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
Labour held a far larger majority and they couldn't push this shit through when they tried.
Pfft, they "tried". If they'd actually stuck with one platform instead of fundamentally changing it with every iteration and if they'd actually marketed it properly, and maybe if they'd not let the Symbian team murder it in the cradle... they tried with the N900 and N9 the same way Microsoft tried with Xenix.
The leading conclusions I expect to be drawn from the worm experiment are
a) that there are previously unaccounted effects of microgravity leading to a loss of muscle mass and tone
b) that the body's reaction to microgravity leads to unpredictable changes in metabolism that result in poor uptake of essential minerals
c) further that a certain amount of reduction in physical size may occur
d) that regular exercise along a general line of squeezing, bending and stretching may assist in staving of the effects, and
e) that the most viable long-term solution to the physiological effects of human habitation in space is to fill the entire cabin with high grade loam and require astronauts to burrow through it, thus mitigating the concerns of (a) and (b), negating the effects of (c) and fulfilling the requirements of (d).
Haha, fancy that...
Likely tweaking with the form.
Lets see if this works...
Re: Memory for names
I suspect they invented the title of Sergeant Major just to troll people like him.
Bad example. Zirconia is a much prettier rock than diamond and isn't tainted by the dubious moral decisions of a monopoly supplier forcing an artificially high price through artificial supply restriction. So it's not a "cheap knockoff", it's an arguably superior product at a much more reasonable price.
Re: So this article is basically saying the traditional print media in this country is crap?
That doesn't really explain the graun though. Or the independent. Or the... well you get the idea. Most media in this country isn't run by Murdoch and still somehow manages to be a complete shower.
Re: Not really equivalent
"Someone hasn't read their Larry Niven..."
I plead guilty m'lud, and throw myself on the mercy of the court.
"The logical conclusion, therefore, being that the first colonists on Mars would have to be Clangers - right…?"
No. Mars has no blue string. They'd never survive.
Re: Not really equivalent
What in heaven's name are you talking about?
Re: Not really equivalent
The Apollo 14 astronauts were apparently exposed to 1400mrem over 4 days, which seems to be even less than skylab. There's a lot to account for there though. They were on the moon for a good portion of the mission and likely shielded from a fair amount of radiation by its sheer bulk.
All of which leads me to the only sane conclusion: in order to get to mars safely, we need to use the moon as a spaceship.
Re: Not really equivalent
Well... the issue is that they gave them the dose all at once, and a quick check around the numbers makes me think it's a lot higher than anyone would expect to be exposed to in space.
Skylab 4 was an 84 day mission. The astronauts were exposed to about 17 rems cumulative over that time, or 0.17 Grays. That's for 84 days, or a rate of 0.0000082 Gy/minute (Assuming I can indeed count and am not ballsing up the conversion between rems and Grays, and I'd appreciate if someone checked the maths). This test exposed the mice to between 0.5 and 1 Gy per minute for a short but sustained period. If the skylab astronauts had suffered that sort of radiation absorption for the entire mission then they would have take on board 120,000 Grays of radiation. They'd be dead. In fact they'd probably have cooked right through.
This experiment suffers the same issue that a lot of mouse experiments suffer - they expose the mice to an unrealistically high dose of whatever is being tested and assume a linear relationship between dose and effect, and assume that a single large dose is equivalent to a chronic low dose. They don't examine whether there's an effect from low-level cumulative radiation exposure. They just blast them in the brain with what would be a fatal dose of radiation if it was sustained for more than a minute, and then act surprised when they turn out brain damaged.
Thing is, even assuming there is a cumulative effect from radiation, you have to account for the body's ability to absorb and adapt to radiation over a sustained period. If you expose someone to a cumulatively high dose of radiation over a period of a few years they will likely not suffer any effects from it, beyond an increased risk of particular cancers. Expose them to the same high dose of radiation over a second and their organs will melt and dribble out of their behind.
tl;dr the experiment assumes a linear relationship between dose and effect. The experiment posited an unrealistic environment and did not test what would happen in reality.
(and an assumption that the 1:1 rad/rem relationship holds in the particular situation described)
That's a funny way of spelling "Windows"
Re: On mirrors on the left and the right
Don't forget India, most of south east asia, a third of africa...
Re: Spelling Police
Catenation is also a term in linguistics. It's less frequently used than concatenation, but nevertheless you can catenate words.
Sadly the wikipedia article about the word doesn't include that definition, which is presumably why this isn't so widely known today.
And, for the record, I'm still waiting for you to back up that accusation of plagiarism you made against me. But then I've noticed something of a pattern in your posting recently. Accuse someone of something, declare yourself superior in some way and then bugger off when you're called on it.
Wow. Did he piss in your cereal and steal your dog too?
"Vile". Try looking in a mirror.
She's called the first programmer because she did in fact write an actual algorithm based on the specifications of the analytical engine. It was never tested on hardware, but its existence can't be denied.
Here's the thing: they very nearly did it. The craft suffered a sticky throttle valve, which caused the guidance computer to overcompensate. On only their second attempt they got it down to the barge and very nearly landed it, but that throttle problem scuppered it at the last moment.
Frankly your initial post was correct. You know fuck.
The divert video is even better for demonstrating it. They can take the falcon through some pretty extreme manoeuvres already and they've advanced their capabilities quite a bit from that test. The technology is there and it works in ideal conditions, so they just need to figure out how to deal with the less-than-ideal. They've already demonstrated that they can get it to the barge and set it down in one piece. Of course it fell over, exploded and sank in the swa- er, sea, but the next one will surely stand firm.
Landing on a barge is harder than landing on land anyway. For one thing, the ground doesn't generally wobble up and down (unless you're having a really bad day).
"Obviously I know fuck"
Re: Baldly go?
Well I'll cop to it, but in my defence he did falsely accuse me of plagiarism without evidence and then never backed it up.
And I may have been a little tipsy.
And... yeah. Shutting up now.
Re: Baldly go?
Yep, that's what I thought.
Re: Baldly go?
Right. Show me where I allegedly copied it from.
Re: Baldly go?
Cut and pasted? Which part?
Re: Baldly go?
The entire concept of the split infinitive is derived from languages in which tenses are conjugated with suffixes and prefixes and the infinitive form is a single word. By contrast, the English infinitive includes the particle "to", a separate word.
The concept of a split infinitive is nonsense in most languages - you can't split a single word. The application of the split infinitive prohibition to English originally rested on the belief that because Latin - seen as the ideal language at the time the rule was invented - did not split infinitives, therefore no language should do so.
The problem arises, however: English is not Latin. Its grammatical rules are very different. The split infinitive does not apply and has not applied for perhaps a thousand years. To boldly go is grammatically as valid as to go boldly. Avoidance of the so-called split infinitive leads to clunky and occasionally confusing language structures, similarly to the prohibition of ending a sentence with preposition - it is unnatural to our language and needlessly pedantic. To so loftily and haughtily proscribe a linguistic form, merely because a latinist a couple of centuries ago decided such a form was inferior to the pure language of his study, is something we should no longer be required to put up with.
Re: Don't away with BST, don't blame farmers
Daylight savings time wasn't invented for farmers, but as a way to save energy (by shifting work hours to times of day when less artificial light would be required) and to give office and factory workers more access to daylight in the evening. It was first proposed by a new zealander and first implemented in germany and austria-hungary during world war 1.
It is entirely a myth that it was created for the farmers. That's an excuse politicians use to justify its continued existence.
Re: Going Home
The Largo from Dvorak's symphony no 9 isn't about death. Going Home was based on it, but that was written by one of Dvorak's pupils.
Re: bbc + digital = fail
Because internet radio appliances are known to have a built-in web browser...
Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…
... and I think I'll just nuke the lot of you and drive over the crumbling remains in me jeep.
Re: Primeval rain forest?
" In Australia, eucalypt trees rarely exceed 350 years of age due to frequent fire disturbance."
By which they mean "exploded due to bright sunlight".
Australia. So deadly even the trees are bombs.
The prophecy has come true!
Thing is, Lars, she calls herself a socialist - though in practice she's much more of the social democrat that is the norm in Sweden. In fact she out-capitalists me sometimes... :D
But she calls herself a socialist and she knows all the talking points. I'm not going to argue with her about that, not unless I want to have my half of the bed redistributed between the cats.
No, he's pretty much right. Marxism is a pile of sophomoric rubbish thought up by a man who sponged off his rich parents and only got jobs to show "solidarity" with the working classes. Marx, the affecter of poverty who spent most of his working life as a piss-poor "journalist", would fit right in at the Guardian. He's even got the racism disguised as paternalistic "concern" for the poor oppressed foreign sorts down pat.
Socialism is a different matter, though as a righty I'm reflexively against the idea anyway (which leads to lots of interesting debate with the swedish socialist I find myself married to). And before you argue that socialism and marxism are the same: They aren't.
Compose + e + ' produces é, compose + e + ` produces è. Simple. I don't think I've encountered a keyboard yet that doesn't have the ` key on it somewhere.
You can also, if you're wondering, get a ´ by typing compose + ' + ' which is... well it's `interesting´ I suppose.
At least that's how it is on debian. I'm going to assume it's the same on OSX.
Re: Look at the plus side....
Custom linux with buildroot, approximately 3 seconds to desktop. Well... xorg. Loading any DE on top of that would double the time at least.
Everyone always seems to forget that Schrödinger's Cat was a thought experiment he devised to demonstrate what he believed to be the absurdity of the conscious observer effect, which holds that a particle is in a superposition of states until "observed" by some mysterious "observer", which has led to the silly idea that the universe doesn't exist until someone looks at it.
They do if you wrap them in a suitable cable armour, which likely wouldn't be much different to the armour used for conventional twisted pair.
By and large, the hereditaries werent' all that wealthy - yes, I know, they often had a lot of land, but they didn't have much income from it. They also didn't receive a wage for attending parliament. Most of them had jobs of some sort, and a fair number even worked in industries relevant to the legislation they were scrutinising, or were hobbyists or passionately involved in some other way.
It wasn't perfect of course - you had your usual collection of imbeciles and wastrels that you'd expect in any hereditary system, but for the most part they only attended for as long as it took to get to the various bars and private dining rooms in Westminster Palace.
The end result was that the Lords tended to act as a brake on the profligate excesses of the executive and forced Parliament to pay attention to the detail of proposals before sending them for scrutiny, even after attempts to stuff it with appointed life peers. Naturally it had to go.
Nobody can legitimately argue that what we have now is in any way better than what we had before. I'd even go as far as to argue that very few alternatives would be better given they all rely on political patronage of some sort. An elected upper house, which has been proposed a few times, would probably be the worst solution of all. The only real alternative is to take the original principle of the Lords, which was essentially a sort of severely restricted jury service based on property and title, and generalise it to to the entire population. Appoint members to the Upper House by lot, have them attend for a fix period with suitable compensation. That way you can avoid the problem of appointed patsies, perpetual election campaigners and party-political ideologues (though you do potentially risk replacing it with a different set of ideologues) and instead you get a relatively reasonable cross-section of the population, with a higher chance that someone proposing or scrutinising legislation has some idea of what they're talking about.
He means in terms of visible user interface, not the blobs of code behind it.
It could work. An x-files sequel with the lead played by a. actual cannibal? What's not to like?
Re: Pure Genius
The difference between HS2 and the california thing is that HS2 has an extra political dimension to it. Viewed purely in terms of Great Britain it's entirely pointless, replicating lines that already exist and that travel at almost the same speed, but it was never meant to be merely a line between London and Edinburgh. It's part of the European high-speed rail network. Viewed from that perspective it makes sense - at least politically, if not economically.
Of course the fact that the perps were well known to the authorities and had a prior history of crime and violence will be conveniently ignored.
The benefit is in allowing reliable refurbishing of the engines at low cost instead of hoping that the engines survive immersion in sea water, which in turns cuts the cost of launches, as the engines can be re-used reliably instead of having to be built fresh for each launch.
On the capsule side, having it land at a designated landing site instead of splashing down would slash the recovery costs to a fraction of their current level. Instead of having to keep a bunch of ships and aircraft on standby to find the capsule, you can just walk up to it and open the door. And you can refurb and re-use it without much effort too.
Re: Frankly ...
It was his smile.
Re: Another reason to skip secret santa
How about having it very clearly explained that being a temp doesn't excuse you from taking part and then being let go right before Christmas - and right before the gifts are handed out.
If I knew then what I know now, that place would have stunk for weeks afterwards.