Re: Niven has this one covered
Not comedy; satire. The very best satire is nearly indistinguishable from the thing it is satirising.
1625 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
Not comedy; satire. The very best satire is nearly indistinguishable from the thing it is satirising.
I have plenty of negative things to say about electric cars. Their silence, however, is not something I would complain about.
Besides, an IC car travelling under 30 is virtually silent from the front until it gets quite close. You'll hear the road noise before the engine. Maybe all cars should have some sort of artificial noise-maker fitted to them? Perhaps something that can be activated by the driver...
That's because the new Mini countryman shares a platform with the BMW X1, which is indeed bigger than most jeeps.
Obviously he just put the wrong spin on it.
Of course learning Latin in particular sets a pretty good foundation for learning most of the Romance languages. My wife studied Latin to the Swedish equivalent of sixth-form level, and now she tells me that her perception of the Romance languages is as essentially dialects of Latin, which makes it pretty easy for her to switch between them in conversations. It's quite scary when she does.
It also sets a very solid foundation for general language skills, even if does sometimes lead to needless pedantry about the splitting of infinitives...
Or, to look at it another way, your objection to learning programming to GCSE level could also easily apply to the other core subjects. Not everyone needs to learn French. Not everyone needs to learn chemistry. Not everyone needs to learn physics. They do anyway, because it's a general education. Specialisation happens afterwards.
So you pay a fortune to enjoy the same fate as nearly every single character in his books? At the rate he's killing them off, there won't be anyone left to kill the winner.
Given the average is about 1 to 2 times a week, 4 times would be loads, yes.
Or maybe No, Stop Asking.
The wording of that is a little spongy. Are they calculating the fare based on the predicted distance at the start of the journey, or are they calculating it based on how far the car travels?
The latter would be a taximeter. The former wouldn't.
Based on what I've read, Uber drivers do the former.
As long as he buys shares in more than one basket maker it's all fine.
Android tablets are all over the place in "computer shops" now. And what does Android run on? Oh, is it something Finnish and open-saucy?
Well that isn't going to happen. If they want to be bought out they should develop a simple messenger app backed on to, I don't know, a website where you can make playmobil reconstructions, and market it as the next big thing to 15 year-olds wanting to send pictures of their naughty bits to one another.
They'll never get there experimenting with novel technologies. It just gets in the way, you know?
Shortly afterwards they dived through the ceiling of a marketroid meeting and were nearly crushed under the weight of complete and utter advertising.
More to the point, isn't chlorine a poison? And there's far, far more of that in the water than of this chap's pizzle.
It's all a communist plot I tell you, Mandrake!
There's a lot of fascinating stuff in those books. I shouldn't be surprised really - Bringing two of writing's greatest minds and smashing them together between a single hardcover was bound to produce something spectacular.
Ah but the thing is, when you're writing you don't want to be distracted by petty things like spelling and grammar. That's something you worry about when you're editing afterwards (before you send it to the editor for ritual dismemberment).
Writing and editing are fundamentally different modes of thought. When you're writing you don't want to be interrupted, and the squiggly red lines and things are all distractions that interrupt the flow of your thoughts.
In four years SpaceX will be well into the general commercial market anyway. They're using the ISS trips to test Dragon for eventual use in their own plans for Mars - the government money is just gravy.
The difference there was that Microsoft licensed the java trademarks and IP to create their own VM with the Java name attached to it. They were contractually obliged to implement the full spec. When they didn't implement the spec properly and left it broken, they were in breach of that contract, and Sun sued over improper use of trademarks and copyrights for the actual substance of the machine.
Not the API.
Google didn't enter a license agreement with Sun/Oracle. Instead they created their own Virtual Machine called Dalvik, which implements a subset of the Java API. They don't use the Java trademarks.
In Microsoft's case, they breached contract. In Google's case there was no contract to breach. The situation isn't even remotely comparable.
They did, and in the end the settled out of court, presumably because Spotify realised it couldn't afford to match MoS's legal budget.
What subtleties? An API is a list of function names. It's a set of ingredients for making application soup.
Lists aren't granted copyright protection.
That's Muphry's Law: if you correct someone else's spelling or comment on it in any way, you will make a typo yourself.
Watch it while listening to the Thunderbirds theme.
In fact here's a convenient mashup! http://youtubedoubler.com/ckCG
I rarely listen to the radio these days - since Wogan quit the morning show I've really not had much interest (which says plenty about me, I suppose) but sometimes, just sometimes, I end up listening to the Jeremy Vine show and I always regret it. You can usually work out what the BBC's editorial line is on a subject by which of his guests he decides to argue with.
Ok, so all these cars with built-in mobile telephony for their nav and streaming media and whatnot, all those people using properly secure phones or tablets as GPS, or hands-free, or passengers using their devices, or all those GPS devices that use the same frequencies to provide live updates for traffic information...
These are all just collateral damage, I suppose.
Firefox has had one-click bookmarking (through a star no less) for ages. I realise there's a lot of chrome-like things going on here, but try not to get over-excited.
UK billion vs US billion (which is a milliard, or short billion).
We even speak mathematics differently...
The lb, the kilo, and all such things are measures of mass first and foremost. Weight is the meadurement of the force gravity applies to mass.
That's rather tempting.
The reason the space shuttle cost so much was because it was operationally crippled by requirements imposed on it by the US military. They wanted cross-range capability and cargo return abilities that the shuttle never actually ended up using.
Basically, government meddling and "big bang" project implementation. The entire thing was an experimental vehicle that wasn't expected to stay in use for as long as it did.
Musk's plan is to introduce re-usability incrementally, which is a much more sensible option. He's already brought the cost of space flight down significantly. Being able to return and re-use the stage engines will bring that cost down even further.
No no no no, you miss the point entirely. Those legs are to hold on to the sky hooks so they can reduce the amount of fuel they need to get into orbit.
I have an N810 lying around, but there's no support for the thing. At all. Even the community support has gone up in smoke.
Neither nor. He's in the business of destroying things for personal gain.
From the spec itself*:
"A user agent may allow the user to override an element's autofill field name, e.g. to change it from "off" to "on" to allow values to be remembered and prefilled despite the page author's objections, or to always "off", never remembering values. However, user agents should not allow users to trivially override the autofill field name from "off" to "on" or other values, as there are significant security implications for the user if all values are always remembered, regardless of the site's preferences."
In other words, google are following the spec to the letter on this one.
Should systemd be filing the kernel debug log with garbage? No.
Are Linux and co discussing a rate limiter on the kernel debug log? Yes! And even with the very draconian limits they tested, only one program actually hit them. Guess which.
Go read the full thread. It's enlightening - it's also clear that, far from simply shouting, Linus was very restrained and entirely justified in every statement he made.
It's putting the kernel in debug mode, not the entire system.
I suppose I could run away and pretend I never said it.
I admit, I derped. Hard.
Roll on the weekend...
Yes. Your current phone charger is also capable of delivering 100 watts.
It's a meaningless statement without a time component.
Absolutely. My xperia pro is still serving well, despite the aged OS. I've been considering dropping jellybean on it but I have no idea how well it would perform.
Th Soyuz carries crew. IISS supplies are taken up in separate, dedicated craft.
Certainly a pain for poor William...
So you have an objection to being viewed through a lens attached to a memory store and a set of mechanisms capable of transmitting the information stored there received to third parties?
So should we ban people from locker rooms, or just surgically remove their eyes?
You keep going on about these "rich landowners", as if all rental properties in the entire country are owned by some old-world duke on horseback waving a riding crop at everyone who dares look him in the eye.
You have absolutely no idea of the economics of the rental market. I was going to wheel out a big pile of statistics of who owns most of the rental properties in the country (a hint: they are not rich) and explain just how little money renting actually brings in, but frankly it's not worth the effort. You'd either ignore it or resort to knocking down another legion of strawmen in your response.
Upon which can be found a disc, containing a city in which there is a university, home to the Disc's first computer and a tiny globe enclosing an entire universe...
Cron I have never used you before. I have no commands for it. No-one, not even you, will grep if we were good users or bad, why we hacked, or why we logged out. All that matters is that two sysadmins stood against the lusers, that's what's important. Consistency pleases you, cron, so grant me one request. Grant me file integrity! And if you do not listen, then to /dev/null with you!
Excellent! Just one small question. Do you own a guitar?
Sony Ericsson xperia pro. :) Though I've yet to find a phone that will be able to replace it when it dies.
A curious game...
The foot was not based on anyone's actual foot. It's a silly myth made sillier by the fact that the measurement has been near-constant since minoan times. It's only the French that ever changed it (leading to the myth that Napoleon was short).
You can derive the foot from the motion of the stars: