1511 posts • joined Monday 24th December 2007 19:20 GMT
Re: 100 percent efficiency?
So give it lots of edges? Slice it up lengthways into multiple extremely thin strips. Keep going till it's just wires.
100 percent efficiency?
What exactly do they mean by 100 percent efficiency? If they are seriously claiming to have a room temperature superconductor then the improvement of micro-circuitry will be trivial compared to the other applications.
Room temperature superconductors would be game-changing in all sorts of different fields.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
A couple of rockets dragging a very light net up in front of the drone. Or possibly use firework mortars?
It might almost make you think that getting rid of all your most experienced (and therefore most expensive) IT staff is a bad idea!
Re: sounds like our legendary white tailed spider
"I heard a rumour, -it may have been an urban legend- that there was an animal in Australia that wasn't incredibly scary and likely to enslave humanity"
"Some of the Sheep" (Pterry)
"Customers must comply with several criteria set by Leonardo Corporation"
1: Customer must be a loony
"6,000 new computers would be installed in dole offices across the country so that claimants can apply for jobs online."
Fine. Super. Terrific. Now how about arranging that there are some jobs available for them to apply for.
Genuine jobs, not the rubbish and fakes that turn up on those dole office lists.
The jobs that even if they existed wouldn't appear on those lists because the companies looking for workers aren't interested in the many thousands of applicants who only apply for a job for which they know very well they are not suited because they have to apply for a fixed number of jobs a week or lose benefit.
Real jobs that pay money, not forced unpaid workfare that lets companies avoid employing actual paid workers because they get the forced labour for free. The unpaid work that goes on much longer than the community work people would get as punishment for committing a crime.
How about actually doing something to help people rather than endless meaningless headline grabbing nonsense that does nothing about the problem?
"London Underground said the five busiest lines would start running 24-hour services on weekends"
Sod running night-time services at weekends, how about they try running day-time services at weekends?
" timely interventions that keep young people who look like they're headed for jail into education or work."
So to get help into education or work you should first commit a crime?
How about helping all young people into education or work?
(Rather than the current UK policy of helping out-of-work young people into starvation and suicide.)
Name for a science fiction Toupée
Re: Who to truly believe
Your message is in itself extremely strong evidence that the laws of Physics are substantially correct.
Not by its content but by its existence.
If the Universe did not work in accordance with the laws of Physics then modern electronics would be utterly impossible in many different ways.
That includes the computer you typed your message on, the server which holds it, and the network that distributes it.
Re: Good, Good.
Consequences - yes, you might get taken to the, err, 'cleaners'
Any relevant biological research would be better done in LEO. So what scientific or engineering constraint requires that the married couple be mixed gender?
And now there are no living double Nobel Laureates
I do have one hesitation about backing that. You get one of the very early kits.
I'd rather have one of the later kits after they've fixed the inevitable early problems!
"But it doesn't believe a software kill switch is the way to go."
"We will use any anti-theft measures at all, as long as they don't work" ?
Worst by far are the Drop Bears
pointed out that one of the movement's mottos is “United as one, divided by zero.”
Anon vs. Anon is therefore impossible, they suggested
You what? Did they really claim that something is impossible because their motto says it doesn't happen?
Maybe they should be called Anonymous Upton Park. Two stops short of Barking.
"Criminalisation of copyright infringement by all signatories"
Does it say how they will wangle this so that it will NOT apply to big companies stealing copyright material from individuals?
He got off easy
"Dzamko soon found himself under scrutiny by his police force's internal affairs investigators"
If he'd been an ordinary citizen in the UK the police would have arrested him, destroyed his marriage, career and friendships, and then when he was finally proved innocent (possibly years later) have given him a vague management-speak apology and tuppence compensation.
If they hadn't managed to drive him to suicide of course.
"But the NSA abused that trust"
But the bears promised not to shit in the woods! And the pope swore he wasn't catholic! How was I to know? (sobs pitifully)
Re: not entirely fair
But how many of those senior management would and have come down like a ton of bricks on hapless underlings who get caught doing exactly the same as that boss did?
The wau iu lya woou ?
Haas has also suggested that car headlights could be used for vehicle-to-vehicle data transmission.
Drive-by hacking? Having your car talking to every other car on the road sounds a good idea in theory, but could get extremely messy once the first security holes are found.
"The safe mode did not impact the spacecraft’s trajectory one smidgeon."
With the accuracy that they need for navigation in this type of manoeuvre, I'm surprised that they weren't measuring the trajectory in milli-smidgeons.
Presumably we're OK as long as we stay within what is generally acceptable in other fields?
For instance if we can be as offensive, abusive, defamatory and insulting as a government minister talking about the disabled and unemployed then that gives us a pretty wide field. It would be very difficult to be any worse than that!
Obviously the US should keep the Chinese out
The US has a clear interest in keeping knowledge of newly discovered planets from the Chinese.
If the Chinese find out about them, they'll get there first!
A one day war game - and how many weeks for the banks to get their systems working again after they crash because some trifling detail got missed?
"respecting the rights of citizens"
In the US, they guarantees the rights of US citizens.
In Europe, they guarantee the rights of human beings.
Not that either side's intelligence pays a blind bit of notice to the laws of course. And the ConDems want to abolish the Human Rights act because it stops the government doing things it wants to do (which is of course the WHOLE BLOODY POINT).
Here, let me fix that for you
That will involved data migration from the old expired XP boxes to whatever newer Windows system might be chosen.
That will involved data migration from the old expired XP boxes to whatever new Operating System might be chosen.
Keeping with Windows might be easier in the short term, but the same problem will keep happening over and over. For some companies this is a very good time to look at making the switch to Linux.
I want it to feel like it's sturdy; some extra millimetres will help in that regard.
If you double or triple the size of the sensor, you double or triple the dimensions of the lens system. So the camera is 8 to 27 times bigger, not just a few millimetres.
Re: Why bother with megapixels?
As I understand it, the problem is that with tiny pixels you get less photons per pixel. So you get lower signal to noise, and much less sensitivity to low-light conditions.However much later processing you add, you've degraded the original signal.
Why bother with megapixels?
Most of the pictures will never show up anywhere but on a screen. Very very few will ever get printed. So why bother with more megapixels than a screen will hold?
Keep the megapixels down and the pixel size up, and you get better pictures, less noise, and better low-light sensitivity.
The top-end cameras have ludicrous resolution unless you are printing in a glossy magazine.
If the sensor is bigger, the lens system has to be bigger as well. That's why DSLRs are much bigger than smartphone cameras.
Re: (Almost) lost for words.
I don't see what there is to complain about?
That more than half of the buggers make even more? While the poorest in the land have their benefits cut because the benefits office have a quota of how many they must cut regardless of circumstances?
Re: Democracy by Mumsnet
I wonder how loudly Mumsnet will scream when they find that br**st cancer help sites are blocked?
The biggest problem of all is that an innocent family member or friend might get accused of being the one who must have downloaded porn. This could in some cases have some really nasty results. This is not a trivial crime.
Where are the markings?
I can't see the bits marked "Tab A" and "Slot B"
How big can they go?
Sod the practical applications - can they build Castle Wulfenbach?
Nice business you've got here, guv
Be a shame if some criminal types started using the name of the business as a code word and got your domain banned.
Re: Innocent until ...
Because if you are a shop owner and someone comes in whose face appears to match one on a list of "suspicious" individuals, you might keep an eye on them a bit more rather than adjusting the goods on the shelves.
So if your face happens to resemble a poor quality image of someone who one shop keeper was suspicious of, all the local shopkeepers are going to be treating you as suspicious and keeping an eye on you every time you go out shopping. Every shop you go into is gong to be making it clear they are watching you. Every time.
They spent most of the afternoon in the garden discussing the best way to "fix the social"
Yes, young people tend to be irresponsible. Hardly news. If you had been next to the house of someone very rich you could have heard the children and their friends discussing which restaurant they were next going to visit as members of the Bullingdon Club with the deliberate intention of getting stinking drunk and smashing the place up for 'a bit of fun' .
Now try considering the now vast numbers of people who are not trying to fiddle anything, they are trying to feed themselves and their children. But simply by being thrown out of work through no fault of their own they are somehow instantly transformed into useless workshy scroungers who can be kicked and sneered at without limit, and made to wade through ever increasing amounts of bureaucracy simply to feed their families.
Remember when huge numbers of MPs were found to be fiddling their expenses? When some very simply controls were put in place to reduce the fiddling they squealed like stuck pigs at this terrible imposition. And then went back and voted for more and more and more oppressive controls on benefits to reduce the fiddling. Which is now known to be far, far less prevalent than that expense fiddling was.
changing people's behaviour by ensuring there is always an incentive to be in work.
And exactly how will this change the behaviour of people who are desperately trying to find work when THERE AREN'T ANY JOBS.
It doesn't matter how much pressure you put on them, how much you fiddle the rules so you can cut their benefits to fund tax cuts for the rich, how much you make their life a living hell while sneering at them as 'scroungers'. The only way to get more people into jobs is to have more jobs available for them.
The only 'success' of such a scheme is that it has reduced the number of people out of work - by the number driven to suicide.
It needs a new name
The future television will have myriad extra functions, and it looks like these will all end up under the control of the advertisers rather than the viewers. Those advertisers will be able to grab any information they like about what the viewer is doing.
At this point it isn't really just a television any more, so it ought to have a new name.
How about 'Telescreen'?
If you pay up they will keep coming back for more
the number of companies that settle dubious claims because the cost of fighting them greatly outweighs any fee they might have to pay.
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
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