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That's why it's now Emmerdale Farm^H^H^H^H
3276 = FARM (T9)
.. wow ... i remember that ...
... it was before you could google the answers!
... there doesn't seem to be a way to make these more lightweight interfaces return a whole block of 100 results at once. The size of 100 'obama' results is nearly 130KB and the links are about 94KB - so about 25% froth (see icon).
So you're looking at 40GB/day in and probably at least 30GB/day out at those sorts of volumes. That's a lot of bandwidth to be runing pro-bono.
Great to hear back from you here though, I think I speak for quite a few people in thanking you for making Scroogle available (again, see icon) - it was great while it lasted.
PS: I can't speak for perl, python or php - but I would have thought any decent language could cope with the proxy work - Smalltalk certainly could :-) - it's always going to be the bandwidth that's a problem - the HTML isn't as easy to parse as it should be - but it certainly isn't hard.
Steve Jobs ...
... the new Gerald Ratner
Instead of a hard limit at a round number of dollars or pounds, why not use a probabilistic algorithm so that transfers under a specified amount are less likely to be reported but there is no widely known amount that is guaranteed to be under the radar?
google scrapers - just don't say who you are ...
You can send a plain old HTTP GET to www.google.co.uk and get about 36KB of HTML back - *IF* you don't bother sending a user agent string (that's why you get a 403 Forbidden if you try to use wget).
Lose the ~15KB before the <ol> tag that starts the list and the ~12KB that follows the </ol> which finishes it.
That leaves you with 10KB containing your 10 line items from the original results page. Easy enough to parse, but I'm not sure you even need to - you can just pass it all back as a piece of fairly clean html.
I used a bit of Smalltalk (what else?) to test it. Sorry I don't have time to set up a webserver to demo it, I'm a bit pressed for time this w/e.
query := 'el+reg'.
rStream := (HttpClient get: 'http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=',query) value byteSource contents readStream.
rStream upToAll: '<ol>' asByteArray. "discard"
result := rStream upToAll: '</ol>' asByteArray.
Another vote for Hugin
This is amazing - a super piece of software with a lot of options than can still be used in a minute. All I have to do is put my camera on burst mode, and walk in a circle. Then it stitches them together - beautifully. Great for making skydAomes - this one took 10 seconds to photograph, and less than 10 minutes to process it into a 360 panorama: http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx263/jhwoods/skydome/BD2_crop_2.jpg.
(Suggestion - the Ubuntu articles are welcome - but maybe you should consider an 'eyecandy' one - people are usually blown away when they see my GUI - and it's only a few simple steps to create something fantastic - rotating desktop cube with skydome, transition effects, widgets and a nice dock)
Deception to get sex...
... is perfectly legal in the UK *unless* the sexual act is presented as a non-sexual act. So, it is not sexual assault if you get it by pretending to be a millionaire rock star - or even by offering to pay and then doing a runner. But it *is* sexual assualt if you pretend that the act has no sexual purpose - like medical treatment - as in this case.
A UK doctor therefore commits an offence if he inserts something during the course of an examination that is actually for his sexual gratification - but not if he gets consent by claiming to be a top plastic surgeon who is going to give his conquest a free tummy tuck.
So advice for geeks: "I'll fix your computer and give you free support for a year" is perfectly ok, even if you don't follow through; whereas "THIS will fix your computer" is a crime. HTH.
are you somehow ...
... married to *my* wife?
Received 2 mins after match by text ...
The England Team went to visit an orphanage in South Africa this morning. "It's so good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible" - said Jamal Omboto, aged 6.
Patents don't last forever* ...
... why should copyrights? Artistic work is more useful than scientific, technical and industrial work? I don't think so.
* forever = ages
My friends and family know what my ugly mug looks like but 'look what I'm looking at' is a real win. Probably not good enough for business docs and screenshots, but for personal use this is a great feature.
Child and Marriage 'benefits'
These so-called benefits exist because there are no tax allowances where, arguably, there should be some. If my salary were split 50:50 between me and my non-earning wife, we would be hundreds of pounds better off every month. If any reasonable allowance were made for the children, it would be much larger than 'child benefit'.
I don't mind paying the extra tax, but I do mind being told that the 'nuclear' family is supported, rather than taxed more heavily.
The joke about the pony groom was funny but, remember Tobias and Jocasta's benefit is only about 100 per month - less if they have an older sibling. That won't keep a pony in a stable for more than 2 weeks, let alone pay for a groom. In fact - it's just about enough to pay for school dinners at 2.50 a day. Ok, some people could do without it, but It would cost so much to make it means tested it would not be worth it.
I think a lot of bureaucratic waste goes into deciding who has what and managing overcomplex taxation and benefit systems. I'd be in favour of a radical approach - everyone gets a flat 'benefit' of x per week and every one pays tax of y percent on every single penny they earn. No poverty trap, no disincentive to earn - even just a few hours per week, no means testing, no benefits paid to non-citizens and best of all - hundreds of thousands of people moving from non-productive jobs - eventually - to ones which are worthwhile.
even if you were right ...
... I think you'd be wrong here. Your grassroots campaign could, perhaps, attempt to get the law changed. And then you could, perhaps, get that change to apply retrospectively. But are you really suggesting that we should just refrain from investigating possible breaches of existing laws because they are ones that we don't agree with?
... so I suppose you'd feel happy stealing my wine delivery whilst it is left outside my house? Or taking my horse, which is, let's face it - outside in a field?
Please, repeat after me - things do not magically become legal just because they are possible - even if they are easy to do. You are so fired up about poor old Google that here you are admitting to criminal behaviour on a public forum. But you seem to think that just because you don't respect the law, we shouldn't either.
"Plenty of idiots too leach off" --- honestly, I despair. You are basically saying, that this shouldn't be a crime because you do it. Sorry but it is. It is when you do it, and it is when Google do it. At least they are saying they did it accidentally.
Am I confused ...
... but isn't it incorrect to use 'pseudo' as the opposite of 'high-quality' when discussing random number generators? I thought there were such things as high-quality pseudo RNGs, and that the only RNGs that weren't 'pseudo' used a real source of randomness, like quantum effects (e.g. elecrical noise).
is he just doing ...
... one Lapp?
A lot of your spelling is our *old* spelling - for instance -ize endings. I also seem to recall that the unfortunate mm/dd/yy format is a 'throwback' as you put it. Having said that, I love the USA and its denizens and will be over there like a shot as soon as I get the chance :-)
That happened to me ...
... I soon snapped awake when they told me the price ... barely needed to drink the coffee itself
blue != red
... but it wasn't me who downvoted you
Remember the epidemic of the flesh eating bug?
A couple of years back UK papers got their knickers in a twist (US='panties in a bunch') about an epidemic of necrotizing fasciitis. Turned out, iirc, that there were actually fewer incidents of that very rare condition that year than normally occur on average.
Simple explanation - some journo hears about event 'x' and recalls hearing of a similar event 'x' in the tolerably recent past. So there's clearly an epidemic of 'x'. Each report then piles on top of the last in a vicious circle.
..... if only goods and services are taxed then that tax, and essentials like fuel are not exempt, such a system disproportionately taxes the poor. Of course, that may be what you want ...
In a country where the presence of certain material on your hard drive is (treated as) a strict liability offence, it IS a huge security problem.
Not sure you are qualified to comment on any science if you think that someone who disagrees with something using a similar argument to other people who disagree with it automatically renders their opinion worthless.
From my perspective - Genetics BSC, Biochem PhD - this is a technical tour-de-force but not very innovative. I remember the view of my PhD supervisor when Ventner first announced his intention to do stuff like this over 10 years ago - yes the DNA is amazing - but the biochemistry of the cell that translates it into life is the really amazing stuff. And we are nowhere near assembling that from scratch.
A decade or so ago Ventner said he wouldn't do this because it would be unethical - it would enable the creation of super-pathogens. Then and now this was sheer hyperbole.
Super pathogens are super because of highly evolved abilities to evade or combat host immune systems. Take a basic 'synthetic cell' and turn it into a pathogen and the immune system of any non-compromised host would rip it to shreds in seconds.
So the danger from super-pathogens STILL comes from finding, selecting and dispersing existing evolved pathogens, rather than assembling them from scratch.
Unless they are in big finance...
... then there's tonnes of them. People who think 'beating the market' is a big cause for Krug, expensive meals and trips to Gentlemen's clubs, because they have done 0.01% better than investing at random. People whose mathematical models - and their simplistic overreaching interpretation of them - are ridiculous, but whose stupid mistakes will always be bailed out by the unwilling taxpayer ... sigh
Whilst not condoning the actions of the illegal downloaders, I do feel the media industry's greed has been their downfall. They sold DVDs at more than the cost of VHS cassettes, when the latter cost more to manufacture. They sell BluRays at a huge and unjustifiable premium over DVDs.
So you are absolutely right. The PS3 video store seems to be approaching the right kind of price threshold - although even they are taking the Michael with their High Def premiums.
How about a useable risk rating? e.g. if there is a health effect of 'x' it is less than 0.1 cigarettes/month. Or 2 car-miles per year. This would stop all those idiots applying %ages to minute risks and getting silly sounding answers. Answers which not only discredit the scientists themselves, but also discredit science in the eyes of non-scientists, because the latter know, intuitively, that there is something wrong with the numbers, but are not able to determine what it is.
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