691 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
...and my original question has also been downvoted.
To the moderators - could you please investigate? It seems a bit odd...
Out of curiousity....
...why has EVERY post on this thread (including all replies) been downvoted at least once?
...so that's a "no", then?
Nothing in science is ever proved.
But the evidence for evolution is overwhelming - to the extent that it might as well be called a fact.
The main theory for the MECHANISM for evolution is modified descent by natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, modified by our knowledge of genetics, and supported by DNA and fossils. It's a good theory, and makes predictions which can be tested - google Tiktaalik for one excellent example.
The alternative theory for the mechanism is Intelligent Design, as proposed by Behe, supported by handwaving and the argument from incredulity (I don't understand how this can happen, so goddidit). It's a bad theory, which makes no testable predictions.
Well, that music sharing system of a few years ago might have looked good on paper, and with a few test users - but, if their current Backup and Storage system is anything to go by, as soon as any reasonable number of people got onto it, it would have collapsed and died.
There's more to engineering than just producing a good system - it needs to be robust and resilient too.
It's a nice idea....
...but that would not hurt Assange (who has had half a million pounds in royalty advances), it would hurt Canongate (who are currently half-a-million out of pocket).
Just a couple of points.
"What fool decided that more CO2 in the atmosphere is dangerous (hint - CO2 is vital to the existance of plants - and without plants life itself doesnt exist - therefore CO2 is not a pollutant)? What is all that based on?"
Google Greenhouse Effect. Then, bear in mind that we (yes, the human race) are decreasing the number of plants (Google deforestation), which is only going to increase the amount of C02 in the atmosphere. That's what it's all based on.
You are entitled to disagree with the science (or even the "science", if you prefer). But if you don't even understand why the increase in CO2 might well be a bad thing, then you have shown no evidence that you even understand the science - which is really pretty important to be able to refute it.
Your assessment of the IPCC as "a huge bureaucracy of non scientists designed to keep 10's of 1000's of people in fancy hotels and nice holidays" is also a little wide of the mark.
"The IPCC is not, as many people seem to think, a large organization. In fact, it has only 10 full-time staff in its secretariat at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, plus a few staff in four technical support units that help the chairs of the three IPCC working groups and the national greenhouse gas inventories group. The actual work of the IPCC is done by unpaid volunteers – thousands of scientists at universities and research institutes around the world who contribute as authors or reviewers to the completion of the IPCC reports. A large fraction of the relevant scientific community is thus involved in the effort."
Finally - you won't convince anyone that your view is correct by telling them that they are "a complete moron" or that they are "so dumb you must struggle to stand and breathe".
So, the asteroid broke up 80 million years ago...
...the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago....
So fifteen million years isn't long enough for a bit of broken up asteroid to reach the earth?
Obviously, it's a bit more complicated than that - but I'd like a bit more explanation myself.
...make another joke like that, and you'll be told to buck off.
I'll pick up your coat too, shall I?
...just make stupid generalizations.
I learnt to program at school, because we had a maths teacher who taught us Algol. Had to prepare our programs on paper tape and take a minibus to the local polytechnic to run them once a fortnight. Still remember the hilarity when someone wrote the following.
IF A<10 THEN GOTO HELL ;
Make it fun, and you'll remember it !
No skin off my nose - doesn't bother me
Missed by the skin of my teeth - damn close.
Twelve Angry Men...
"You don't want to find the defendant guilty...."
"We don't want to find the defendant guilty."
...she has two days to realize that she has better things to do with her life than live it with someone whose idea of something good to do on a Saturday is watch all six Star Wars movies back to back?
I mean, OCR? Surely no modern book does not already exist at the publishers in some form of electronic format?
I think the worst example of that particular issue I came about was a book about the demise of Bear Stearns - throughout the book, it was called Bear Steams.
7.2? SEVEN speakers around your room, and TWO subwoofers?
God help us.
Why would you want two subwoofers?
Interesting that in the hi-fi world, even at the absolute top end, people are satisfied with two speakers. But put people in front of a screen, and suddenly you've got to have surround sound from all possible directions.
I'm going to patent my 184.108.40.206 system, with seven speakers around the room, three on the ceiling, two subwoofers and one extra subwoofer under the sofa.
Hmmm....pretty old-fashioned attitudes there
"...useful for sole traders who are out on the road most of the time with no family..."
What if both spouses work?
Daft idea of secure boxes?
Why is it daft? It works like a dream for me.
But I think Amazon's idea is excellent.
Invisible scrolling - URGH.
For me, the major annoyance introduced at 11.04 wasn't Unity (I tried it, didn't like it and switched back to Classic). It was those damn invisible scroll bars. To scroll a window up and down, you hover over where you think a scroll bar should be and it appears. Sometimes. And on at least two applications I know, you try to click on it to scroll down - and it promptly vanished.
And they are there in XFCE, Gnome or Unity.
Yes, I found out how to revert to normal ones. You have to do a command line hack.
FFS. Scroll bars have worked for twenty years or more. Why change them just for the sake of it?
I don't know before I leave the house exactly what I may want to listen to. Especially when going away for a few days.
Second hand iPad?
For about the same price as one of these nasty plastic toys? Where, exactly?
iPad 1 second-hand is normally not less than three hundred quid - a bit higher than the £100-£230 this lot go for. I saw an iPad 1 with a broken screen shift for £200 on eBay.
(To be fair - that is one good reason to pay the extra - the second-hand market in iPads is pretty good.)
It works like this....
HTC Desire S - over 18 months.
Cost on contract for more-or-less unlimited everything - £25 - total cost is £450
Cost for phone £335 plus £7.50 per month over 18 months - £335 + £135 = £470.
So, I reckon I'm paying a premium of - er - minus twenty quid for the benefit.
And I don't have to find £335 up front.
I always said they'd fall flat.
Or good machines at LOW prices....
...witness the speed with which the £89 HP Touchpad sold out !
@Danny 5 - you'll be lucky....
...there are none left at the sub-bargain price. Most of them are now on eBay and seem to be selling for about £200.
Real men don't even use Windows...
...and if they must, they use the command line.
...and what happens...?
Doesn't work on Firefox, whatever it is....
Nice piece of history rewriting there, Reg
When I read the article, the headline said:-
"Groundbreaking" attack breaks AES crypto.
When I read the comments (most of which said "No it didn't!" or words to that effect), I returned to the article to discover:-
AES crypto compromised by "groundbreaking" attack
"But add it all up and the amounts become quite staggering..."
Mine's the one with the copy of "The Drunkard's Walk" in the pocket.
I refer you to the original document that El Reg got this from.
My Dutch isn't up to mutch, but they've carefully done a diagram annotated in English, which shows that the aspect ratio of a Galaxy Tab is 1.46:1, and the alleged Galaxy Tab is 1.36:1.
No further comment is really required.
Reminds me of the old Marty Feldman sketch...
...which starts with two bored airline pilots flying a plane; suddenly one of the reaches for the intercom and says "Ladies and Gentlemen - this is your captain speaking. There is absolutely nothing to worry about."
"...it's really akin to leaving the front door propped open with your 50" plasma screen..."
Have you TRIED moving a 50" plasma screen? I've got one - they weigh about 50kg. Even with two of you, you don't just pick it up and run away with it.
But I agree with you in general.
...if this is a machine better aimed at work - then what, exactly, is the average work user actually doing with all this power?
...it's the gold-plated DIRECTIONAL audio phono cables that really make the difference between audiophile hi-fi and ordinary hi-fi.
Just one interesting little item....
The Squeezeboxserver software has just officially gone to v7.6. In the nightly beta downloads, there is a directory version 7.7-lms (though it's got no software in it yet)...and the 7.6.1 versions of the software, though they are still CALLED squeezeboxserver are labelled as Logitech Media Server...
They obviously haven't given up on this yet.
But it's that little word "Apple...."
Apple have managed to persuade people that there are no alternatives. You want to look cool? You have to have an iPhone, or an iTouch, and/or an iPad. Your lappy is a Mac. Nothing else matters. Even if it's better, it isn't - it hasn't got the magic logo on it. And they catch kids early too. Kids have ipod minis, they don't generally have other mp3 players.
I'm trying to think of another brand that has succeeded so well with that "Essential" feel. It's technology as fashion. No-one else has ever really succeeded with that. And I have to, reluctantly, admire them for it.
"2 of the most core tenants of physics coming together"
I think you mean tenets. Unless someone is renting physics to the laws of thermodynamics.
I was entirely with you until you mentioned that irritating so-and-so.
This is a bit misleading....
The point about Good is it allows you to use your OWN kit to safely access work emails and calendars.
Hence, all it demonstrates is that there are more people who want to use their own iPhones and iPads to look at corporate mail than want to use their Android phones. It says NOTHING about what the IT departments want, use or support.
Good is supported on iOS and Android where I work. It's up to you what you use.
I don't dispute that the Unions had their teeth kicked in. But unfortunately, the by-product of that tooth-kicking was indeed to destroy the manufacturing industry, and lost many people their jobs, most of whom were moderate people who just wanted to do a good job for reasonable money.
And to call me a communist because I think that it actually makes sense to rent when you're younger (so that you can be more flexible, and get other jobs elsewhere, and so you don't have a huge millstone round your neck) - well, words fail me.
Oh, and the Tories also sold off all the decent council housing stock too. So there's no decent rental market any more - particularly in London.
Good post, apart from the knee-jerk Labour bash....
Remember it was the Tories in the eighties who shut down most of the manufacturing in the UK and starting this obsession with owning property.
The Harmony does more than just replaying IR
Push a button once, and it cleverly does everything in the right order so that the correct items are switch onto the correct settings.
Don't know if this is anything to do with the patents, but it's definitely something a bit more than just replaying IR
"It cannot land on Vesta itself because its engine thrust (10 grams at 1g) is much less than its weight on the surface (27.5kg)."
Actually, there's no problem at all about landing on Vesta. It just wouldn't be possible to take off again.
On a more serious note - it is quite jaw-dropping that in a year's time, we'll have some pretty serious maps of Vesta - a small lump of rock less than a third of the diameter of the Moon, a hundred and seventeen million miles away.
I wonder if there will be any sign of the Silver Queen?
Do you want your books to look like old Geocities web-sites?
NomNomNom, you're either a troll or an idiot...
...so I'm not sure why I'm responding to you.
But let's give it a try.
If paedophiles are driven underground, this is not a good thing.
The whole point of paedophiles going underground is that once they are underground, the police no longer know where they are, and can't keep an eye on them
If there is a paedophile in my town, I'd like to be sure the police know where he is. And if he leaves the town, it's a good thing that they know where he's gone.
If paedophiles are driven underground, so that the police no longer know where they are, the world is actually a more DANGEROUS place for kids....
But you're clearly too stupid to understand this.
"...scientifically proven that men are better..."
Check out "The Myth of Mars and Venus" by Deborah Cameron before you make statements like this.
The vast majority of the so-called "better" performance is to do with early conditioning and education. Would you assert that it can be scientifically proved that men are better software engineers than women?
...actually owned the wonderful FU 2
She may also have owned PEN15, but I suspect you've just got your numberplates mixed.
Oh, come on....
...just because it's Greenpeace, doesn't mean it's wrong by definition.
Greenpeace, without doubt, have an agenda.
But that doesn't detract from the fact that one of the leading scientists on the denier side is being paid by the coal and oil industry.
And it also indicates that El Reg is being their usual selective self by ignoring the stories that don't appeal to THEIR agenda.
And with a response like that - you're telling ME to grow up?
It's not at all too much to ask...
....it's just that, on the "denier" side, the vast majority is in the business of spreading FUD, and not in the business of actual science.
It's a lot like the way the tobacco companies attempted to hide or discredit the facts about the health issues of cigarettes (and still do, come to that), or the way the Christian Right is trying to "teach the controversy" about Intelligent Design.
There are very many scientists trying to do actual proper transparent science. The vast majority of them have been convinced - by the science - that we really are likely to have a problem in the fairly near future. They can't ALL be deliberately misleading us. On the other hand, there are a lot of non-scientists (and a few scientists, to be fair) who do not believe the science is convincing. And there are a large number of corporations who have a vested interest in persuading people that it's not really happening. And the science is hard, and not by any means exact.
Hence, it's very easy to spread FUD, and El Reg ought, frankly, to be ashamed of the help that it gives the deniers.
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