1190 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
Re: So having
Having a vasectomy doesn't stop semen production - just means there's no sperm in it.
Re: A pedant gets grumpy
Absolutely agree. They only say 'refute' because it sounds stronger than 'deny'. Which it is, when used correctly.
As for shielded mains cable that is in the new generation of British housing with larger rooms and modern insulation spec ... oh, wait...
Re: Mars Rover bollox
I thought he just missed the Joke Alert icon. Either it's a joke or he is.
Re: That rock was a red ...
I think you mean a total of 0.15J. It's the energy that's not so strong with this one, rather than the force!
Re: Yep, NASA's getting sexy, alright.
Actually that's a seriously good funding idea. After all, pornography has been a driving force behind many of our other technologies - printing, video and the internet.
Re: Ageism much?
Yes I think "10 phones for the elderly" might have been better. 'senior" is just an age boundary - the one at which the previous generation could afford to stop working, whilst "elderly" is when one has to.
Another couple of generations (max) and they'll be the same thing.
surely there are already rules...
about what the domain name can be? Can't the same rules be used to determine what the gTLD can be?
Re: Expletive off, you expletive money-grubbing expletive
Point of order - the 'v' in Arkell v Pressdram or other British case is not 'versus' but 'and'. In a criminal case it is pronounced 'against'.
Re: Should have gone to Specsavers
"C'mon, why can't I see someone already using that line"
Maybe because you should have? Crisp used it almost 24 hours before you did!
Re: @Nigel 11
We all believe in healthy active living, and I totally agree that your natural remedies may well be good for colds - for which there is no effective medication. But your rejection of all conventional medicine as 'for whimps' makes your argument worthless. Sorry.
Annihilator: "they apparently considered the risk to the remaining eye as too high"
... and they strongly disparaged my idea of having my eyes done separately, one year apart. Those two positions seem internally contradictory to me.
Upvote for extended wear lenses - get a good fit and high quality lenses and you can wear them for a month.
Re: @ Tom Welsh
Bollocks to 5%. 60% of UK rape cases result in a conviction. 5% is the ratio of complaints to convictions. If theft clear-up was reported the same way it would be under 1%
I suspect not. I use a 3 PAYG SIM and pay 15/month for AYCE, 300min, 3000 SMS.
I use 3-4GB per month (I stream a lot of audio) and the speed seems purely based on my location. At the moment, in my house I'm getting 3.0 Mbps up and 1.6 down, with a ping of 90msec. In fact the connection is usually so good that when the facebook peak hits during school term (between 15:00 and 19:00) I switch from landline to mobile.
I watched Mo Farrah win the 5000m on my phone in smooth video from a field. When my wife was in hospital I was able to tether my work laptop to the phone and continue doing my job from her bedside without a glitch. In fact the only reason I hesitate to recommend 3 to people is because I worry if I convert too many people I'll get less bandwidth!
I absolutely love this - it's a bit like StumbleUpon for music. You either pick a genre or choose an artist, and in the latter case you hear music that other fans of the artist also like. You can vote those tracks up or down to hear more of the same.
There are adverts, but it's fairly light, and there are new artists whose exposure you can vote up or down. The only time I listen to radio is when I have no data connection, and fortunately that's becoming increasingly rare.
The price per month should have an asterisk and on the price ticket it should say '* operator may increase costs during the term'. Or it should just say "30ppm variable" or similar. Anything less visible, especially burying it deep in the contract legalese should not be considered fair - and therefore should not be binding.
Let's face it, to really understand most of the contracts we sign, we would probably need to pay a lawyer 500 quid or so to read it. When one is arranging a mortgage, that's reasonable. When purchasing a 500 quid phone it is completely out of the question.
and my PC of course.
Now can we have an edit button? Please?
I have Jango (Music / Artist Discovery) on all my Androids. Absolutely love it.
I haven't tried Pulse, but I love the Taptu newsreader and its widgets - anybody else a fan of this?
Also my favourite launcher is GO - has some very nice effects. In fact you could probably do a whole article just on visual customization and eye-candy. The power of the Nexus 7 makes a lot of this quite impressive.
I would have thought it was well worth having iPlayer (and Sky Player as well if you have an account). And TED, of course.
Re: Tunein Radio file size....
Charlie Clark: "Size might be the database."
With 60k stations that's 2.8k per station. But I love it - although, like you, I find the free version perfectly satisfactory
Re: "Trumped up?" Nah
Dave 126 "My education was not to bad.."
But I share your bafflement about 'excessive taking of property' Especially as a quick Google of it just turns up this same story, on the Reg and in other organs.
Re: There are times...
I agree. And how much more would we have achieved if we hadn't lost 1000 years or so to the transmissable disease meme of religion?
Edit button, guys? Even Farcebook has one.
Whilst you're wrong, you're in company. Very many of my friends didn't realise that there were 24 full channels, between them covering every single event.
[A lot less fuss was made of this than the digital switchover - that had the stupidity of a multi-million pound campaign on almost endless repeat, with posters everywhere, when a quite superimposed graphic on the corner of each analogue channel would have done nicely. In any case, you notice when a telly goes blank - it's not quite so obvious when more channels crop up.]
Re: Google favours its own services shock story.....
@Big_Ted, BBC is not permitted to advertise any other services, so that's why they don't - completely different situation.
Re: Jolly good
More importantly - every major media outlet
Re: @Cabroni: Given that it was obvious that I had used the term ad hominem ....
Calling someone a 'muppet' is definitely ad hominem.
Maybe he's hiding in case your nom-de-plume refers to something you could see him through.
I've been thinking about that and I don't quite agree (although it wasn't me that downvoted you). Every time you get in the box you run a 50% risk of dying. As you survive more and more times, it appears obvious that *something* is defeating the risk. That something could be (if the equipment isn't broken) that you find yourself in a particular universe where the history is of, say 20 successful survivals, and not in one of the 2^20-1 universes where you died.
This actually gives you a counter-argument to the God people - that there are gazillions of universes out there where nothing has happened at all. We live in the one where we developed like this. But the difference between that argument and my strategy is that (if the equipment works) you can exactly quantify the chance that you would have survived, whereas we have no realistic measurements for the chance of abiogenesis.
Emmanuel Goldstein: "the observer is in fact discovering which of these universes he/she is in. no faster than light propagating required."
In fact you can prove this (but only to yourself) by becoming Shroedinger's cat yourself. You get in the box, subject yourself to a 50% quantum risk of death, get out, rinse, repeat. After you have survived 22 times you've hit 5 sigma (I think, maybe someone can check my maths) certainty.
Of course, there are now something over 4 million universes where people are tutting to themselves as they get a dead physicist out of a box.
Re: You wouldn't steal a car?!?
To make it clear, my open WiFi network has the word "OPEN" in it. Feel free to use it if you are passing. I feel that running an open network (firewalled and throttled to 1.1 Mbps) as well as a secured one is protective - I'm pretty sure the majority of people who'd try to break into the secure one are looking for free internet access rather than targetting my own network.
Re: Sample size?
A sample size of 1000 would be perfectly satisfactory to get some sensible results IFF the samples are chosen at random. The smaller the sample size, the more important it is that it is a truly random selection of the population. That is probably not the case in this survey, as others have pointed out, but if you can ensure perfect sample selection you'd be surprised how reliable it can be.
For instance, if you found that 50% of a truly random 1k sample liked apple pie, then you would have about 95% confidence that the true value in a population of 250k was within 47-53% and only a 1% chance that the real population's liking for apple pie was outside the 46-54% range. However, asking customers of the Pie Factory, or the residents of the Olympic Village, might render one's results MUCH less reliable.
Re: Wrong advice
For a while one of my (female) bosses had:
Q: "There's no way you're going out dressed like that young lady"
A: "I'll dress how I like and you're not even my real dad!"
Re: Bull excrement
"Have you tried your Blackberry on Orange?"
yeah but it was a lemon
All health risks ...
... should be measured in cigarettes/day or car miles or something people can understand. Not bollocks such as %age of a minute risk. Three car journeys triple a minute risk - buying three lotto tickets triples your chance of winning. In both cases there is no practical difference.
Until we have worked out how to stop ageing, there is almost no point worrying about any risk that is less than around 2-5cigs /day or 5-10,000 miles of driving a year.
A quick image search for Psion MX origina box reveals boxes with - a picture on the lid.
Re: People talk about the inaccuracy of Wpedia...
Sorry Euchrid, I may not have been clear. I don't think Dimmock's norks or even Wisdom's compositions are really 'encyclopedic' content.
As well as 'uncontroversial' I should have said 'important'. For instance, what mineral is usually refined to get elemental arsenic? What is VxWorks, or for that matter, what is a Real Time O/S? What is the median of an exponential distribution? How do you calculate an exponentially weighted moving average? How much does MSL Curiosity weigh a) on earth b) on mars?
I'm am sure that the accuracy of the Wpedia articles that cover stuff that you would never see in a regular encyclopedia are frequently inaccurate. You should thank your lucky stars that anyone has even tried to gather this information for you. But what I'm talking about are Wpedia pages that cover stuff you would see in a regular encyclopedia. These, in general, tend to be fairly bloody reliable.
People talk about the inaccuracy of Wpedia...
... as if print media was 100% accurate. I challenge those who have claimed above that Wpedia is effectively worthless to provide a link to a Wpage on an uncontroversial subject that really is downright wrong. I have a lot of problems with Wpedia - the douchebaggery of Wales, the egotistic posturing of admins, etc but it really isn't bad enough to consider it to be mainly, or even significantly, "rubbish".
When my kids' teachers complain that Wpedia isn't always right I agree - but it is *good* to teach them not to rely on any single 'authority'. Check your sources, and apply critical thinking. Even when reading El Reg.
Re: I'm in the UK.... the sun is shining....
... and we got our first gold in the showjumping for 6 decades!
I always put my origin as "African". Because it's true for everybody.
... not going to happen
Empirically - nothing like it has evolved in 3.5Gy. Why do more complex organisims exist?
Genetically - if it ever did, organisms would evolve resistance. Even if they did not, by the time everything was grey goo, some nanobots would get a replication advantage by organising themselves into more complex structures. So you would have a grey goo phase, but then it would go away again
Thermodynamically - you can only get stuck with an interminable grey goo future if there is no more energy to go into the system. In which case it is game over anyway, goo or not.
bluetooth or speakerphone, surely...
... but upvoted for the first LOL of the week.
Sorry, I read that as Transmission Vector rather than TeleVision - probably because I regard religion as a communicable disease,
Re: "The length of a password is less important than its strength"
Wow, I can see you didn't read my post before hitting the downvote button. It actually agrees that 5000^5 is still better than 64^8. It's just a note of caution that the xkcd 'correct horse battery staple' entropy is often overestimated. I'd normally be interested to know why you think my 'argument fails even on it's own rather suspect numbers' but the fact you couldn't even read and comprehend this short post tells me all I need to know.
Re: "The length of a password is less important than its strength"
"Clearly long passwords using just dictionary words are vastly more memorable and secure than 8 letter passwords composed of random characters."
Might be true but most people don't know what many of the 200k words in the English dictionary mean. Most people have a working vocabulary of about 5000 words. I'm pretty much prepared to bet that if you asked most people for 5 random words you would get 5000^5 ~= 10^18 bits of entropy at most. So I reckon you're out by a factor of 100 million or so in you estimate.
You're still better off with this than 8 characters though.
The debunked field of sociology ...
There may be a lot in that field that has been debunked but I'm pretty sure that not all sensible people have entirely discarded the idea that at least some social behaviour has genetic foundations.
Re: Palm Pilot
I can still Graffiti faster than I can swype or type on a virtual keyboard...
Me too - hence I downloaded Graffiti Pro from the Android Market and use it as my input device. It is almost perfect - just needs configurable shortcuts and a way to switch to speech recognition quickly (rather than switch the input device back to keyboard and press the mic button on that)
Should see people's faces when I am texting :-)
How about TVs vs projector review?
You can get a very decent 100" projector setup (including a decent screen) for under a grand. Some of the new ones have fairly bright pictures, and a side by side comparison with TVs might be useful.
To me, over 2k pounds is clearly into home cinema territory - the only way I would have a TV of this value is if I won one in a competition. YMMV, of course, but I'm a projector enthusiast so even if I just had 500 to spend on a new "telly" I'd get a projector.
Quantitative Specification required...
... or the specification is worthless. If you manage some class of traffic down to 1 Byte per second, you have effectively blocked it.
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