185 posts • joined 21 Jan 2008
"Computers? Beep beep beep. Does not compute! What use are they?"
Speaking as a kid (~13yo) who used to design processors (74LS181 FTW!), burn EPROMS with my home made device, and burn holes in the carpet while etching PCBs - Don't underestimate the kids. You show them the widest range of things in the hope of sparking an interest, and then let em' freely choose. Show them the wide open possibilities and not the soft bigotry of ignorance and presumption.
Title is what someone said to me as a kid. I've never forgotten it.
"...swapped a bunch of big guys – ... – for a hunch of other guys; small bug agile."
Am I getting bitrot or is Larry afraid of Igor the insect?
Shameless promotion: Want to meet the JPL geezer?
A free public lecture hosted by a space advocacy & STEM outreach (non-profit) org in the CA southland:
Saturday, Feb. 22, 3:30 pm
OASIS Lecture Series
10th Anniversary Landing of Mars Exploration Rovers
John Callas, Project Manager, JPL
Long Beach City College Planetarium
4901 East Carson Street
Long Beach CA 90808
Disclaimer: I'm a member of OASIS.
Decaying Mall Corners
Nothing like 'The Bluff', but not the least dangerous area to av' a lark in. Yep, very stupid: FALL FAIL.
Re: I am going to start a british web-based newspaper
The lawyer of unintended consequences has spoken! We will all be rich!
Pet Shop Boys
Look up that Americanism.
Eel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...
Would that be in UK asparagus units or the large white variety I've seen in Germany? The German stuff can be very... interesting looking. *cough*
Thumbs up there, because thats safer than an eel up there.
The pilots are going be lovin' it, flying sideways.
I imagine the next step is for the cockpit and engines both be at the centre and rotatable as one unit.
It was such a bad article...
...that all us commentards came out in force (~2 pages so far) to increase the hit count and load up adverts (for those without advert/pic blockers.) Nice.
The spiky rubberhead pic. Because I really dig the look.
So thats where they are dumping all those unsold Chevy Volts.
As my JPL bumper sticker says: "I love the smell of rocket fuel in the morning"
As a Brit ex-pat and member of the LA OASIS society I'm continuously in jaw dropped mode. I've been introduced to the Space-X CEO, know people who's lecturers worked with Wolfgang Pauli and other scientific luminaries. It goes on and on, including people I know who work for JPL. The UK efforts, sadly, make it look like WASA.
Its an utterly different world and those not familiar with it have no idea of the core of talent, commitment, money and opportunities. The UK is no slouch when it comes to talented scientists, but everything else seems so shoe-string in comparison.
PS: One space science meeting was at Northrop Grumman's cafeteria, the exterior of which is best known to Star Trek fans as the place where Spock was attacked by the fried egg monsters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation:_Annihilate!
Green Shield Stamps, by the barrowload
Coupons? Looks like everybody is wanting to get out of the dollar, fast.
Lots of good suggestions made y'all made
The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer
Dying Earth series
The Reproductive System (Sladek)
Naked came the robot
The diamond age
...and the site hosting the source of the automatic updates
...and each package source code
...and the developer with either a gun to their heads, or an agenda
End to end security for everything. Who do you trust?
I'm off for my Friday pint, not sure whats in the pint, it might be mind control drugs or GM water, you never know! *wibble*
The glass cellar
"women had no rights and were forced to stay at home with the children"
Yeah, it sure beats going down the mine and end up dying of pneumoconiosis while the coal board drags its feet on compensation that might have made my grandfather live longer, or in less pain. Or maybe it would have been more equal like my great-great grandmother and the kids down the mine along with the men? As to the company store - it was (economic) slavery. No wonder the miners had such a radical outlook after such exploitation (though it was transmuted into greed later by certain union leaders with political rather than humanitarian agendas).
Stop with the divide and conquer mentality promoting your own kind of sexism, we all live different lives, and the best thing we can do is to help others achieve, or at least try, whatever we want to do without getting caught in the traps of poverty and ignorance, or stomping on each other like rats in a trap.
Casting (typedef) structs to char* WTF!?
Utterly evil, never mind that it could be structs compiled (#pragma) packed or unpacked, or both options in different libs and the calling code (the horror, the horror...)
Its a big sign that someone is not paying attention to architecture and portability issues.
When dinosaurs roamed the earth
It is the age of shambling zombie corporations. Once lively and fleet of foot, they now roam the world to feast on those still living and productive. Brains and talent ripped out and devoured in greed, with nothing at the end of the day to show for it except more corpses and undigested great ideas, products and talent slowly decomposing within the putrid frame of the mega-corp as it shambles it way to a fresh victim.
Travel from time T2 toT1 obviously requires a T-800.
I'll get my coat.
So they've given on of the chair fetish then?
Product design is an incestuous field of luvvies contained within the M25. Artisan fail: Because you did not make it yourself.
...the first of many.
When I pointed a while back that this was the score, I got shot down here. LOL! That that server to app link - all it needs is a basic UDP/TCP over IP and whatever protocol some demented megalomaniac developer can think up over lunch.
The only reason HTML is still here for apps is developer laziness - its a done deal so we only plug in the component and point it at the same port 80 address.
...in the room.
Time for a cider my luvvers.
Phil Oakey a bit shiner on top nowadays. Still got it though, go see them if you get the chance.
Not a member of The Register?
The FUDy shills are out in force today. *sigh*
Premature optimization is the root of all evil
All this newbie code monkey jabbering, click-jerk down-voting and inter-generational cluebat swinging. I really, really, really, could do with a few pints about now to deaden the pain of it all.
Oh yes, I was going to say something about measuring bottlenecks, profiling and such. Too late, I've already got my coat on. Have a good weekend all.
"This is the warrant for your arrest Mr. Assange."
"What? Did you get permission to use my name? No? Remove my name from that document immediately! I'm gonna sue you!"
Thank you all. I've really enjoyed this flap in the peanut gallery.
Marrying the wrong person?
Working at your marriage is a lot art when the current environment encourages a lazy, entitled attitude with the ease of bailing out if it. Eat-prey-cheat and the rest of the divorce glamor industry don't help either, bashing from Kay Hymowitz telling us to "Man up" because we're not good enough (LOL!) The list is endless; various cultural bits of shiny-shiny worthless tinsel pulling couples apart or preventing them from trusting one another. I'm glad I'm not a young bloke in this horrid era. One major cluebat for y'all is: Men don't (often) commit because women are (often) bad at *keeping* commitments (look at the gender ratio for *who* files for divorce.)
"Secret History of Silicon Valley"
I'm a bit late here, but this insightful talk (~1hr) is worth a view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTC_RxWN_xo
Path of least resistance
1. Fill false preggers bump with Kg of the good stuff and walk on through (sans THz scanners).
2. Find an under 18 year old stupid enough to be a mule (not exactly hard, that one)
3. Either rohypnol & make a deposit in an unsuspecting lightweight thinker or a fake ID and take acting lessons in not firing on all thrusters.
Ways and means people, ways and means.
Moshpit or GTFO
I feel the evil need for a portable FM transmitter and the latest Beiberific or BrokeNCYDE abortion.
Yes, but did she spit or swallow the drink?
I know, this Mr Obvious is going to hell.
/coat, the shiny metallic asbestos lined one.
Like wot VMS and other OSs had yonks ago?
Would have got away with it, if it weren't for 400 of those pesky kids.
Microsoft and the version #3 rule.
Punting a WP7 on Nokia hardware should be simple - munge the existing drivers for the WP7 API and you could 'knock one out' (yes, I know) in a hurry. Its an engineering problem, one Nokia are good at (sans all the engineering teams walking out, err...)
I expect WP7 to advance quite a bit and catch up, as long as the consumer unit and BU don't go to war over features. The only thing that would work against that is lack of communication between, and commitment from, MS and Nokia engineering teams. The only thing that could _really_ bollox it all up are their respective bureaucracies, but we have already tread on that ground, around and around, like Marvin the paranoid android stuck in a hole.
There is enough cash floating around for them, I think, to do it the X-Box way and chuck it around until something sticks, all gooey and cheaply, to whatever demographic is unfortunate enough to be in the way. As with any MS product, I would wait for version #3 though (I'm joking, really!) before it hits its stride and the money sucking starts in earnest.
PS: Nokia, please get an industrial designer that did not work on chunky Casio watches for orienteering bods. Thanks, much appreciated.
Give it up on the ancient feuding people, I'm all for multiculturalism! For instance I'm *just* starting to get uses to all those Roman/Frenchy/Viking sorts hanging around these Isles. It does add a bit of colour to the place you know.
PS: I really don't mind them but hey do often reek of garlic and drink that awful alcoholic red stuff made from some some bizarre small squishy fruit clumps. As for not believing in lots of gods that you can actually see (sun,rock,plant,animal,sky) and only in one invisible one, Well, It might impact the hut prices around here (its already at two goats and a hen!) Thats all I'm saying, you know.
/ tongue, cheek, coat.
His name is Robert...
/coat, as I'm already late to this party.
I just thought the perp was just a grade 'A' sick twat and deserving of a good metaphorical kicking from the law, not a sinister agent of "Teh Patriarchy". El Regtards pride themselves on telling sick jokes (while actually acknowledging the wrongness), whatever the sex of the offender or victim. I'm all for equality - nobody is above the great British tradition of 'the taking of the piss'.
This in fact has been a great experiment. We now know cold semen tastes the same or similar to freshly squeezed. We need a control though, may I suggest: http://www.geekychef.com/2009/01/sea-salt-ice-cream.html ?
Never mind, its Friday.
+1 GothPoint for this.
...abandoning the consumerist tat shop and other Feb 14th specific wanky shit and concentrating on oooh, I dunno... the relationship? You know, taking time out for each other. Its love baby!
The most important thing I share with my g/f is *time* and she feels the same way. We can and do treat each other, but its about *us* and not throwing material goods at each other as a bad proxy for showing some genuine affection and caring (all year round).
"routinely edited for international transmission"
So no Clarkson on US TV then? :-P
I fear Microsoft coming from behind...
...to stuff you face with enough pies causes death. Failing to breath also found to be dangerous.
Being a teenage girl causes all kinds of disorders in parents as well, tell me about it! I'm praying for a boy next time, at least he will only paint his room black and hibernate in there during those years (please, please let him steal my Heavy Metal/Indie/Goth CD collection and not listen to Justin Beeper type crud). BTW, any word on the real big number self inflicted kiddy killer and not "hurted feeellinz": Suicide. (~21 per 100K in the USA) No? I wonder why...
If you have to leave something behind, remember to knacker it totally; bend it, break it and give it a good thrashing. "If it can be used or is regarded as a weapon then its the responsible thing to do; to de-weaponize it!" Don't take no for an answer - its still your property remember. No more freebie toys for the spawn of Mr or Ms Hitler.
cringe -> how much? -> smile! -> $$$$$$
Only a large bureaucracy ridden corporation knows how to do a proper PR fail.
The HDD is doomed, doomed I say!
Teh internets data is all in a mercury delay line going around the planets equator. Its why they won't give out any of the precious silvery fluid to museums.
/coat, but only after I finish my Friday pint.
The Saturn V first stage F1 engines burned kerosene (RP-1). The second and third LOX & hydrogen. Yes, I bought the three DVD Saturn V rocket pr0n (for £2).
...the data will soon be gone.
/I'll get me cynical coat (http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/gaena/cabinet/jacket/cy94058-3.jpg)
Cars Cars Cars
We've spent so much on adapting our society to the car that vast amounts of cash and fundamental changes to the way we live are required to wean us off them. The car is not going away unless there is some drastic change (that peak oil thingy or whatever), then things will get 'interesting' for a while.
The future: Cars, cars and yet more cars.
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
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- Bargain basement iPhone shoppers BEWARE! eBay exposes users to phishing vuln
- Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst