1293 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007
Re: We're going to need to breed some kind of Big Bird to take care of these spiders
Then we're going to need to genetically engineer some kind of enormous cats to take care of the birds...
Obligatory bit from the simpsons (via tvtropes):
Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply unleash wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner:No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
Wouldn't that involve messing with the number of protons and neutrons in the material, as in transmuting lead to gold? If "transmuting" isn't the right word to describe breaking of chemical bonds, I vote for "transmogrifying" in honour of Calvin & Hobbes.
Re: And Mr.Pirsig quietly puts the wrench back.
Is that good, or not good ?
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?
(excellent article title, guys)
Re: In my day
They just released an inflatable pig from a powerstation
So... still replacing the batteries in your copy of Pulse every few years, I guess?
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Re: Lactose larceny
Add green food dye to your milk. It tends to put the milk thieves off... :)
Nah... just write "milk experiment #339" on it and throw out the odd conversation about how fascinating various moulds and chemical reactions are. Bonus points for walking around in a white lab coat stained with ... something.
Green dye is just liable to get your milked flushed down the loo by housemates fearing an "it came from the fridge" scenario.
toasters and fridges and washing machines. Oh my!
All this IoT stuff always makes me think of Michael Marshall Smith... and smile.
Sounds an awful lot like
the time machine in "Primer". Resonant cavity and all that.
Re: Questions for rocket scientists:
The only thing that will need a bit of calculating is the turnover point for deceleration
Off the top of my head, use a Bussard collector to pick up ionised hydrogen along the way, store it somehow (a tokamak since you're generating a magnetic field anyway? an aerogel-like substance?) and then use it somehow (mixed with LOX?) for the "descent" stage to provide more thrust than could be achieved by the outbound engine.
Nothing wrong with hybrid systems I guess. If you can make a solar panel that doubles as a sail (like a parachute, or perhaps a neat origami structure) you could probably get useful thrust for part of the journey out of that. Maybe if you could get LCDs working, you could vary the albedo of the sail so that you can transition between converting solar power to electricity and direct propulsion, depending on what you need at any point along the journey.
Anyway, this sounds very interesting. Let's hope that they can continue to test and maybe one day get something up there that can be tried out for real, and not just in the realm of sci-fi or "possible, but not practical" systems...
Maybe his photos weren't very good?
By "his", I assume you meant Marx?
Which obviously reminds me of the classic Tommy Cooper joke...
“I was cleaning up the attic last week, with the wife--filthy, dirty, covered with cobwebs (but she's good with the kids). And I found this old violin. This old violin and this painting--oil painting. I took them to an expert and he said to me "what you've got there--you've got a Stradivarius, and a Rembrandt."
Unfortunately, Stradivarius was a terrible painter and Rembrandt made rotten violins “.
New Scientist did an interesting piece a couple of years ago on what might happen if a large CME hit the power grid. Let's just say it wouldn't be trivial to recover from. China would probably be hardest hit due to higher voltage used in the transmission grid, but multiple cascading failures would take quite a while to recover from since we don't tend to have many spare HT transformers lying around and pumping oil tends to need electricity ...
Re: And why...
...would I want my refrigerator talking to my sex toys?
You might be more convinced if your fridge had the silky-smooth voice of Pierce Brosnan.
(Mmmmm... unexplained bacon)
Re: to the pub
Yeah, sorry about that but I learnt what little latin I do have from the Asterix books which when I think about it might not have been the most accurate source.
In the same vein, how about "the sky will not fall today". A bit elliptic/tangential (being more Gaul than Roman), but it has a nice rousing feel, even if it's tinged with a sense of potential doom/failure. No idea what it is in Latin.
On second thoughts: "hic sunt Playmonaut!" (for a mix of Greek/Latin/Plastic)
Re: chav spotter
Kind of like only detecting tanks when it's rainy:
A network learns the easiest features it can. A classic (possibly apocryphal) illustration of this is a vision project designed to automatically recognize tanks. A network is trained on a hundred pictures including tanks, and a hundred not. It achieves a perfect 100% score. When tested on new data, it proves hopeless. The reason? The pictures of tanks are taken on dark, rainy days; the pictures without on sunny days. The network learns to distinguish the (trivial matter of) differences in overall light intensity. To work, the network would need training cases including all weather and lighting conditions under which it is expected to operate - not to mention all types of terrain, angles of shot, distances...
(from a random page I Googled about neural networks)
In practice, this sort of problem is well known, so it's unlikely to be a factor.
Separated at Birth
William Gibson had an interesting spin on the use of mugshots to identify people in one of his novels. Observing that people are bombarded by the faces of celebrities on a near-constant basis and that we develop really good recall of what they look like, his fictional facial recognition is based on matching faces based on similarity to known celebrities. It might work, but I guess that there might be unconscious bias based on the kinds of roles played by those actors. So if you look like Alan Rickman, say, you're probably more likely to be hauled in than if you look like Ben Kingsley (more people would think of Gandhi, I guess, though if you've seen it, it would be hard to forget his performance in Sexy Beast).
Anyway, it's definitely in the realm of fiction, but I still couldn't help wondering whether it could actually work in real life...
I didn't follow any links, but I hope that they also include some OpenWRT, DDWRT and Tomato firmware in their challenges. Why should only the OEMs get some free security testing?
So it's that Tesla. I'm disappointed. I thought he'd managed to get Nikola Tesla's wireless power transmission system working.
Then there's "mushi, mushi"
Eh, you mean "moshi, moshi". Mushi is an insect and mushimushi is an onomatopoeic word for hot and humid.
If you start a phone conversation with "mushimushi" instead of "moshimoshi", my bet is that you're a kappa.
Also, 'manko' really is a pretty crude word. I like 'manjuu' as a euphemism.
Re: "Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage"
Were they fish tacos? Inquiring minds want to know ...
Re: O tempora, o mores...
re: "outside of"
People having been using that for quite a while, viz.:
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" --- Groucho Marx
how about this for a solution?
A quite significant amount of space has to be devoted to lines for carrying the clock signal. Instead of etching lines to carry this signal on the silicon, what about using radio emissions in selected bands to keep individual parts in sync with each other? In fact, why stop there? Tiny directional antennae would give near-perfect fanout and it might open up new parallel processing capabilities. Throw in a few diffraction gratings (created by etching regular logic areas on the silicon) and you could claim to have some quantum-level processing available too.
Of course, I know next to nothing about these things, so this idea is almost definitely a crock of shit.
Anyway, for the real reason I wanted to post: thumbs up for "scrying". Take that, spell-checker!
Re: Impossible, I say
There's a relativistic time dilation effect going on when you first order the pint and you're watching it settle and waiting for the barman to get around to topping up the head and serving it to you. No matter what the true length of time taken by this, it always seems longer. This effect always occurs in close temporal proximity to the act of Guinness flowing through the pipes, so it will naturally occur when it's coming out the other end, too (even in diluted/semi-metabolised form).
Re: "... a long and wider urethra results in faster flow ..."
Re: A completely different Ass
It might be a different Ass., but it IS the same mindset.
OK, I'll have to climb down off my horse and agree with you ... it is an ass of the same colour.
Re: I guess the MPAA forgot.
Their mindset is still in the 'home taping is killing music' era.
That would be the RIAA. A completely different Ass. (as per official el Reg abbreviation standards).
Streisand Effect? Nah.
More like a flash in the pan. Quite like Hollywood "movies" (note: they're also "talkies"!) in that respect.
Re: If we are going to build a wall
Lets build one about 50 ft high at our southern border
A noble sentiment, but it's still not going to stop people from the US entering Canada.
Might I suggest a better way?
If mixing of two massive amounts of hot/cold air is the problem, then why not build big air ducts with pumping stations at appropriate locations? Obviously we can't expect to be able to mix huge weather fronts, but we might be able to "pre-mix" enough of it so that the larger twisters simply don't have a chance to develop.
As it is, if the solution is to build a wall, then surely it's just moving the problem somewhere else? Unless you build it long enough that the warm fronts will have dissipated by the time they get around, I guess...
Also, wasn't there a Russian who thought you could stop hurricanes by flying around them backwards?
have a look at insight3d
For a free system for stitching the photos together and producing the 3d point cloud. As far as I know it doesn't use telemetry data (such as location and angle of the camera when the shot was taken) to stitch together the various photos. Also doesn't come with drones.
Islands appearing as we look at the planet*
Isn't that what happened in Solaris?
(*well, ok, moon)
re: NOT ALL programs use gpu properly
Or all O/S's. My graphics card runs noticeably hotter when I boot to Linux than when I'm in Windows. So much so that I had to install an extra fan to keep the machine from freezing randomly (pretty sure the north bridge was failing because of extra heat rising off the graphics card into that general area). Of course, if AMD wanted to prioritise power savings, they could totally help out the guys making the free drivers by providing a patch (or sufficient documentation) to fix this.
re: Time to create an app called "Meh"
Complete with a "are you sure you want to send?" dialogue where the only options are "no" and "meh". Think of the bandwidth savings if neither option actually sends anything...
re: RE: Re: FUD
> >> >> > [...]
excellent commentary, chaps
For the first time in ages, I've been throwing out upvotes like they're confetti (and just as cheap---make of that what you will).
chroot as a concept
has an interesting history. There are many web pages describing how, basically, you shouldn't treat it as being a proper security measure, like, ever. I know that things have moved on from naively trusting chroot, and Docker totally isn't just chroot in another guise, but still, I'm not at all surprised that there would be bugs like this in it... (mind you, bugs crop up in vm systems too, from time to time...)
It was probably usability that spurred the development of the first chroot systems, and I'm sure that a similar process took place around the development of containers. Let's hope they can focus on security a bit more to squelch bugs like this so that it doesn't just end up as chroot v2.0.
Adapteva is busy fulfilling its Parallella pre-order backlog. Zynq 7010 (for the most part) combining dual ARM A9 and FPGA, also coupled with their 16-core Epiphany chips (reg link here). Looks to be a pretty well-balanced system and consumes minimal amounts of power (relative to XEON, naturally).
I'm not sure what the combination of Xeon + FPGA is supposed to achieve, but that's mainly because I don't understand exactly what Intel intends users to offload to the FPGA when they've already got super-beefy cores in the Xeon part. Maybe they're targeting some sort of FPGA-driven interconnect fabric? Still, wouldn't XEON + ASIC be a much better pairing for that particular niche/application?
Otherwise, I just don't know. Customers might "dig" the reconfigurable bit, but FPGA just strikes me as being more of a stop-gap measure until the "real" peripherals can be built... maybe Intel just wants their users to do some R&D for them on the cheap.
"So, where do the doughnuts come in?"
Damn. I was guessing (and hoping) they'd found some way to break free from the confines of Cartesian geometry for that customer and instead routed over a topology with one hole ...
Now where did I leave my coffee cup ... ?
Re: what is needed ...
I'm sold! How much do I owe you for mine?
Only your Atman. Mwhuhaha
what is needed ...
is some kind of fridge Shiva (or Ganesh). The key point is lots of arms for holding things. This would know what things are approaching their use-by date and would thrust it out at you as soon as you open the door. If you're really slow about getting to use things, it could start banging on the inside of fridge door to attract your attention. You'd soon get used to this disconcerting noise and any guests you have over who become alarmed can have their fears assuaged with a simple: "ignore it; it's just the fridge Shiva."
You might be tempted to give the fridge Shiva some other tasks, such as scrambling eggs or mixing ingredients for a cake. However, this would clearly be sacrilegious and should not be attempted under any circumstances.
Re: A troupe of boffins?
Undignified? But some of the best boffinry comes from monkeying around ...
Re: This has GOT to be ...
... the absolutely stupidest concept ElReg has ever reported on.
What, didn't you read this part:
it can tell the difference between [...] water and Budweiser
That's an absolutely amazing feat. The man deserves a Nobel prize for that part alone!
But will it get him out of the bath?
Unfortunately, the Internet has only 4 references to this, but with the aid of the appropriate Japanese chindogou (in this case, a ladder specifically designed for a spider to escape a slippery bath), the answer is "yes". (by themselves, the spider gloves, zey do nothing, though).
Let's say I have a dedicated server (or VPS?) somewhere that has IPv6:
* is it possible to set up a vpn (Linux-based) so that my local IPv6 traffic goes out over that link with a specific IPv6 address?
* would I be able to use the same tunnel and some config on the remote server to assign specific IPv6 addresses to, eg, my local toaster, fridge, etc.?
My local ISP doesn't support IPv6, so I'm trying to figure out how to dip my toe into IPv6 waters, so to speak...
Re: Easy solution
Just allow it to go higher than 255 in any Octet.
That's actually better than my idea, which was to add an extra 16 bits on the end, kind of like the new emergency phone number 0118 999 881 999 119 725 ... 3
The force of tax compels you
The force of tax compels you. The force of tax compels you. THE FORCE OF TAX COMPELS YOU!
(ok, wrong trope; never was a star trek fan)
Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'
Indeed. My point was, those were two examples where, for me, the money spent in trying to educate me on those topics was largely wasted.
I think I slightly misunderstood you, then. In the end, I think we both agree that not everyone will find formal teaching useful.
While not everyone will benefit from studying a particular subject, I think we should definitely looking to make sure that everyone at least has the option of studying these things (whether it be music, coding, woodwork, art, languages or whatever). In an ideal world, eh?
Many of my difficulties learning music have been due to it's totally moronic way of describing things: From notation, to note names, to scales, to time signatures there is not a single part which does not make a logical person tear there hair out with the fuckwittedness of it all.
I'm not totally sure about that. I didn't actually learn music in school (all I can remember is that we did singing and I vaguely remember some messing around with a recorder or tin whistle), so I taught myself about it later. Actually, pretty much my first intro to musical "theory" was from appendix E in the Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide. I must have had some other reference, too, as I discovered that each octave is double the frequency of the last one, and that each semitone is a fixed multiple of the last one too (the 12th root of 2, in fact).
Starting from that point, I found the whole topic much more accessible.
I do agree that notation is a problem, and no, I can't even sight-read very well or (quickly) figure out the scale from the key signature, or understand all time signatures, or even get my head around why A# isn't the same as B flat (the other commenter's explanation notwithstanding), or ...
I don't think that the notation for note lengths is too bad, though, since more "decoration" just means shorter notes. At least that's quite simple ...
Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'
Studying aspects of the culture was worthwhile, but not learning the language.
Ah, yes... I found the quote (and person who said it) that I was trying to remember to respond to your sentiment:
"To know another language is to live another life." -- T. G. Masaryk, President of the First Czechoslovak Republic
Who wouldn't want to live another life?
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait