355 posts • joined Wednesday 6th February 2008 22:04 GMT
Humans have only 1-4% of Neanderthal DNA? Don't we have 97% of a chimpanzee DNA? And 20% of a potato or something? These must be using different ways to calculate the percentage but it's not clear what.
If it helps, I am able to stop my restless legs by getting my feet very cold. Stick them on ice (or in my case the garage floor) for 5-10 minutes and it completely goes away.
Re: I was thinking this was bogus
Aircraft GPS typically output in ARINC 429 words. A429 is unidirectional. Very little room for anything weird at all, at worst you'd invalidate the signal and the aircraft would ignore it, and that's assuming that your device is hooked up to the same transmitter as an aircraft system.
I help run a specialist forum. CAPTCHAs weren't stopping the spammer, neither were the questions such as "Which of these is not a colour? Blue, red, or car". As soon as we switched the questions to being basic things about the specialist subject, we got rid of 99% of potential spammers. You have to put a contact address in there too, because there is always the odd person who wants to join but knows little about the subject yet.
Sounds like a slightly more advanced version of the Android app called Tasker.
Re: Why not?
Wurstiality nearly the same thing, except the pig has been processed.
Now we can't name an actual habitable planet as Vulcan! You've ruined it for the generation of interstellar tourists.
Re: Never mind Lego
Yep, just about every police Lego set has a stripey robber in it.
Here's a good one:
But even better is this one that shows kids the usage of a crowbar to get into an ATM:
Now if only they could stop the speed of my PC from turning to sludge when I watch a flash video on it. Started doing it a few weeks ago.
Re: Tie the Personality to the Voice
"Siri, phone Gordon"
Mapquest did something similar to me back in the 90s. I put in a shop address, which turned out to be wrong (shop website was wrong). Since the address couldn't be found (I'm guessing, it didn't tell me so at the time), it gave me directions to the centre of zipcode, which happened to be a warehouse that got a few similar people like me in the past.
"Hi , I'm looking for this shop..."
"Used Mapquest? It's wrong. There's no shops anywhere near here."
I found the shop in a more traditional way - found a payphone, phoned them up, and got directions.
The cable companies make it sound as if they want to keep the specialist channels part of a bundle so that you have access to them them. What they really want is for you to pay for the complete bundle that includes a particular channel, even if you don't watch the rest. The psychological aspect is that you are getting more for your money, even if you aren't going to use any of the extras. And because these silly mind tricks work on so many people, the rest of us are stuck with it.
My DVR keeps track of the channels I watch the most. Taking out local news channels, I watch six channels about 95% of the viewing time. The other 5% are from movies on random channels that I don't see otherwise. I expect that most people are roughly similar although with different channels. If I paid $10 per channel then I'd still save money, although even in that case I think I'd probably only go for 3-4 channels and use the saved money for Netflix for the programmes on the channels I drop.
We just need a few brave channels to start livestreaming, but I'm sure that the cable companies forbid them from doing so in their contract.
Gotta love those "trojans" I can avoid by
not clicking on a link in a dodgy message
not downloading an unknown app
not ignoring the strange permissions it requests
It'll be beyond the return date by the time I get it.
I'm not too bothered, I'm sure it will be fine for 95% of what I want , but I was hoping an article on a decent tech site would tell me the best way to achieve things I hadn't even thought about.
Okay, so this is a review of all the things you can't do with a Kindle, now can we have one that tells you all the things you can do?
I've been lumbered with one for xmas (got an early heads-up) which I can't return (wanted the Nexus 7), so I was hoping this article would tell me the easiest options for sideloading and the risks of rooting since the rest of the web is pretty light on details (Looks like I am best off downloading an app onto my phone, then extracting the apk using airdroid, copying onto the Kindle and installing it using the file explorer - but that's just my best guess).
Even better, I could be the awesome uncle who turns up on xmas and makes my neice's sucky tablet into something much more capable, but it looks like I'll have to wait until I get my own hands on it
Want an endless supply of free porn? Make an app that encourages people to send naked photos of themselves to each other, and save all the sent photos.
That would be the store where they charged your data plan just for viewing the apps, even when on wifi. Was it ever going to succeed with such a stupid plan?
Re: still seems funny to me
Presumably they already had smaller versions that they calibrated over the years and then built a big one that aligned with them. Not beyond reason that they also added up the days it took to do a full cycle and used that for every day planning. Some people seem to think that the huge Stonehenge was their only way of knowing the calendar, which would be absurdly awkward.
It's just that conservative women tend to fit into the stereotype that women must be caked in make-up and have big hair, whereas liberal women don't. You should also notice that half of the attacks on Democrat women by conservative talkshow hosts concentrate on their physical appearance rather than policies.
A bacon sarnie can _only_ contain bread, bacon, and condiments.
Anything other than bread is an immediate disqualification and it becomes a roll, bap, etc. Toast gets in under a technicality, but is not in the spirit of things.
Adding X as a secondary ingredient would make it a "bacon and X sarnie". Not the same.
Condiments can be any sauces, and include butter or margarine, but they must not overwhelm the bacon in any way.
Under these perfectly normal restrictions, my favourite is white bread with butter and ketchup.
I was thinking this vote would be more about white vs granary vs brown, or brown vs ketchup, not just showing a large selection of breakfast rolls - many of which look tasty in their own right but really aren't bacon sarnies.
In the case of my dad, old men who use computers are also more likely to forward you chain emails and post racist things on facebook.
Re: Toasted marshmellow
"(though for Spectrum gamers (and possibly others - I haven't checked), there was a glitch/easter egg which could save you some cash during the initial game: entering "0" as the car-type gave you a solid black rectangle which was cheaper than the rest of the options!)"
The problem with that was that you couldn't suck up any ghosts!
Re: Bent but not broken
""But the armchair "patent system is broken beyond repair" position doesn't stand up. ""
Beyond repair? I don't think that a single comment on here has said that, and those out on the internet who have done so are minor in all ways. Broken, yes. Beyond repair, certainly not.
""You have to quantify the damage ("cost to society") and then demonstrate that this is greater than the innovation the IP system produces, and the value it unlocks. Will our kids be better off? How?
I am keen to hear alternatives that fulfill those criteria - but I'm sorry, but all I hear is whining.""
So in order to complain about something at all, you must produce a detailed description of the faults, how to change them and detailed analysis on how those changes will affect society hereafter? Such a shame you don't follow your own advice. You still seem hung up on current system vs no system at all.
So many people have effectively said "The US system is broken, the European system is better", which does pretty much everything you ask in a single comparison from its own evidence.
About time they flattened out their nonsensical flag logo, which evolved from a Dali-esque curved window. I'm surprised they didn't do it earlier, when they first unveiled the Metro interface on Windows phones, since it is pretty much the same as that.
Always amused me how so many logos demonstrate how people can't decide whether green or yellow is the third primary colour so they include both.
How did they measure it?
They don't know how or why this is happening, so how did they work out it was happening at all? Are they simply using the amount pumped into the atmosphere and then measuring the amount left in the air?
Kitsap county used to be part of the same county as Seattle - until they tried to ban alcohol and were quickly separated off.
The number of "Proud to be a redneck" stickers on rusty trucks I see in Kitsap pretty much cements its status as an honorary member of the US southern states.
Sharper Image is more of a gadget store, they don't sell resistors and parts like Maplins, just weirdly expensive cameras and beeping keychains.
I thought they had gone out of business, all the shops near me closed down a few years ago. Glad they are still around since I got to see that pic.
I didn't think that any scientist subscribed to his Gaia theory anyway.
Why are there no "they all look the same" racist jokes? Or were they the ones that got deleted?
In the US there are "As seen on tv" shops that sell all the tat that is advertised on tv that you can otherwise only buy mail-order with absurdly inefficient shipping and handling departments (does it really cost them $8 each time to put it in a cardboard box and write an address on it?)
I'm not so sure that you can judge a whole ecosystem just by measuring water run off.
"Kudos to the IPCC - they have gotten the issue just about right, where 'right' means that the report accurately reflects the academic literature on this topic."
I was expecting him to say
"where 'right' means that the report agrees with my opinion on this topic."
I like the use of Lagrange points, but the way that gravity suddenly stops working at a certain distance is a bit too unscientific. I wonder if I can get a bird into a sustainable orbit...
Now kids won't be able to buy anything from any supermarket, convenience store, newsagents, petrol station, etc, because they all sell beer and cigarettes. Good job cash exists.
I've done that for years.
Especially good if you make two of the numbers easy to read as other numbers: 6/0 and 1/7.
They'll blow through the combinations before they spend a penny.
I'm betting that this is more a case of "Woman with no sex drive assumes everyone is the same as her"
I didn't think I was ready for that jelly
And sure enough, I was.
It's been marked on paper maps as "River Lea or Lee" for decades. IIRC it changes name from Lee to Lea somewhere along the way.
I've noticed issues with Google maps where it seems to think some sections of road are one-way for some reason, which causes the weird routing. It's most noticeable when the only alternative route is very long, like those shown in the article.
Let me get this straight
They were trying to appeal to young men to not put their phones in their pocket because it means they won't get a girl pregnant? Wouldn't it actually encourage them to do so?
How about instead of treating lawn mowing as a once-per-week or so activity, treat it as a constant thing. As soon as a blade of grass gets to a certain length, zap the top off with a laser. Constant scanning as a specific height means one or so shots per minute, with some software to avoid shooting larger objects such as children.
>Because any OS that requires a heap of tools to manage it is, IMHO, borked.
It's a good job that they aren't required then. Next to no one has all of those apps, and everyone else seems to get by without them. Most of those functions are accessible to me without having to install an app, they are just buried in the settings menu (at least in froyo and gb).
You seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that they are needed to have Android running well. They aren't.
If it's unlimited, then by definition they can't charge you for going over your limit.
Warn them, lower their speed, kick them off for going over a particular amount too much, but charging them as soon as they go over the number hidden in the small print is going too far.
"They" even downvoted my joke, which was nothing to do with the politician(s) and was just a play on the ship name!
Clearly it's one person with two accounts, who is sad enough that they think most people give a crap about those things.