130 posts • joined 30 Apr 2008
The classic case here is American inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who thought that the telephone would be a method of listening to concerts remotely
Sooo, he was right then?
Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?
past tense: facilitated; past participle: facilitated
make (an action or process) easy or easier.
Re: That Ancillary Justice looks very interesting
Well worth reading. It's just won a Hugo as well.
That's what she said.
Dr Freeman would be proud*
... but I imagine he's getting more than a tad frustrated being held in limbo waiting to find out what happens next for 7 years!
*obligatory HL2 ep3 / HL3 whine.
"... which distracts from that can affect the value for money that taxpayers receive." - what no one wanted to admit was that efficiency increased when everyone was running around answering FoI requests rather than doing their jobs!
And, to be fair, the asteroid one (meteorite) possibly wasn't the most stupid question...
(via google translate rather than any proficiency in Latin whatsoever...)
Da Da Per Forcipem
(Give Me The Pliers)
Re: Why did it take them so long to start
And why are we still wasting millions on tying to find the aircraft. Most unlikely to succeed without the pinger. And what would we learn? That pilots are human?
You could argue that it's not really a waste of millions, rather a real-life training exercise (the best kind) - think how much the rescue teams and other organisations are learning from all of this. Also that's the reason for finding the plane (apart from closure for the families), finding out what went wrong (be it system failure or terrorism) is important so we can try and prevent it happening again. If all we learn is that the pilots were human it could be an argument for taking even more control away from the pilots...
Re: So Red Dwarf was right
So, how long before someone commits first degree vending-machine-icide?
Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.
Naughtyhorse - I think the huge failure of the later movies is not the way they stack up against the original 3, but the way they stack up against the movies the fans think they have, inside their heads.
IMO they all fail on that count. I remember being taken to see it at the cinema when I was about 4 or 5 (I remember the start but that's about it) and then the excitement when it was first shown on TV several years later and I got to see it again and actually take in the story, and then Empire and then Return of Jedi. Hell I even thought the Ewoks were cool back then. Problem was as I got older the plot holes became more obvious and the dialog got clunkier (don't even mention parsecs). But my overriding memory is that they were great films, it's only when I actually watch them that the illusion is shattered. I'd guess kids who saw episodes 1-3 when they came out genuinely thought they were great too, they probably even liked Jar Jar. I expect Abrams and Disney will do a reasonable job (can you imagine being the guy/company who killed off the star wars franchise!?) and I'll still watch them, but they're going to have to be bloody spectacular to win me over.
Did I read that right - that the system crashed because an operator entered a value that was outside limits that the system could handle and the system didn't flag this up? And, worse still because there was no altitude on the flight plan, the operator just 'guessed' what this value might be?!
It matters not how much is down there. It will still run out. Not if, just when.
This is (IMO) the main problem with fracking (environmental concerns aside) - the best estimate I've heard for the UK is 20-30 years supply. And then what? Yep right back where we are now. Fracking will just be a short term solution to our energy problems - we'd be better off coming up with long term solutions now, instead of all this usual political dicking about.
Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains
OK yes, I missed your point there about the millions years. But the last 20 (still more like 10/12) years of lack of warming is insignificant, there have been other flat periods over the last 100 years followed by periods of increase. If it continues flat for another 20 years or starts to continuously decrease then it might indicate something (assuming there are no other significant changes).
Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains
What happened a million years ago or even 100,000 years ago is more or less irrelevant now - the climate and environment changes all the time. It's the correlation* between the fairly rapid temperature increase and the increase in production of CO2 due to industrialisation that's significant here; there's a very real chance that we might be affecting the climate and so we might be able to prevent things getting 'worse' (obviously a matter of perspective). The last 20 years of stagnation isn't significant yet, the overall trend is still upwards.
Personally I think that trying to achieve some kind of political consensus is pointless now, and that it's probably easier for each region to try and mitigate their own problems - if they can do it in a way that doesn't screw neighbouring regions over, all the better.
*Yes, I know.
Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"
"No, still a chance as the USPO largely ignores publications and prior art."
"on a mobile device."
Re: Maybe more than $100
Yeah that's my impression too - that the $1500 is to ensure that only people (developers, journalists etc.) who are actually going to do something with them will try and buy a pair. For $1500 you're less likely to want to see how well they blend, and more likely to do something useful...
Re: why .london instead of...
Surely .nodnol would be for a Bulgarian site?
Re: Was it a MITM or what?
Agree, this seems odd, they even know when it was supposed to have happened - "The theft reportedly happened during a six-hour period after the security flaw was discovered..."
Maybe they just tried the exploit themselves, realised what could have been acquired and just said they were to cover their backs.
Re: Unit police
I wonder whether they should also publish max, min & typical current flow for these things - I'm sure they (manufacturers) must measure it, and it would be of interest to a few people. That way we could actually put the 2300mAh figure to some use. Let's face it as people have said, on their own they're pretty much just numbers...
Re: Nice suit
They could always ask the Russians or the Chinese...!
It's just a bigger version of the chickens KFC use.
You mean like a tiger?!
Re: Not original
A domestic pussy cat would be terrifying if it was scaled up to 500 lb...
You mean like a tiger?!
How does an air defence system prevent hijacking? We don't even know if it was hijacked.
It doesn't but at least you'd know where the plane was. I agree with the original point, since Sept-11, I'd've thought that any airliner being detected as inexplicably going off course would have as much available tracking gear pointed at as possible, even to the point of scrambling an interceptor or two to see what it was up to. Even if it turned out to be nothing it would be a good 'live' exercise.
The PAVA ... has three antennas, which are actually guitar strings.
"G" strings, I assume?!
(someone had to say it!)
Yeah, I'm not sure what you do with products that don't yet exist other than develop them... but as others have said the MoJ not paying for this development and then keeping any IP they come up with as a result, seems a good a reason as any to let some one else do the development.
Re: Just goes to show ...
Er, if they weren't making a profit they wouldn't be tax "cheats". The tax they're avoiding is the tax on their profits... gets a bit circular.
I couldn't really give a shit about people that look at pictures as long as they keep their hands to themselves.
The problem is that the pictures are only taken (and hence children abused) because people want to look at them. It's not a smokescreen for the real problem, it's the cause of the real problem - in much the same way that the demand for ivory or tiger bones is the cause of the poaching. If there was no demand it wouldn't make any money, and so wouldn't happen. But, yes it's a global problem and more local laws aren't really going to make much difference...
....a misinformation-peddling tard.
Or "journalist", to use the vernacular.
Re: Yes we know you...
>Perfectly said. If I may sum up: "Dear NSA: Work for it, bitch!"
Or more likely - Ask your buddies in GCHQ etc.
Yeah, BitCoin seems like a good way of transferring funds around, but not as something you'd want to actually hold those funds in - not for long anyway. The value seems to fluctuate wildly and worse this seems to be due to unpredictable events; at least regular currencies have their value based on the economies backing them. Bitcoin appears to be valued purely on demand.
Yes, the temperature has risen and fallen many times. At the moment though it's rising again, and this will become a problem for the survival of the human race. I'm not sure it will mean extinction, but it won't be nice. The argument is really down to whether it's down to something we've done - e.g. pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, or whether it really is just natural variation. If it's down to us we can try and reverse it, I say try because I honestly don't think we'd have a hope in hell even if someone offered 100% certain proof tomorrow. I think the best we can do is try and predict what may happen as worse case scenarios and try and plan contingencies. The problem here is that the wet period we've experienced in the UK actually had a higher probability of being a dry period, OK that just means the models/calculations were screwed, but you see the problem...
but yeah, "she'll survive us all perfectly well when we're all long buried and dead".
We have a nuclear deterrent for two reasons:
It makes us seem important.
point and click
Looks like one of those '90s point and click adventure games, but less responsive. An awful lot of effort and waiting for a couple of paragraphs of bland text and a few links to other websites.
Still, a bargain for only 4 million...
Re: “his”, “her” or “their” the three options.
It's really simple - just two options required:
I learnt to write BASIC on a Vic20, not because my school forced it on me but because I found out about it and was curious.
Isn't that (hardware differences aside) pretty much how everyone learnt about programming? Certainly pretty much everyone I know who's into programming.
Re: Why not space?
For a start there's all that solar radiation to worry about, and don't forget making it easier for aliens to fiddle the results to prevent us from discovering how to achieve FTL travel...
Personally I think they should build it on the moon, mostly for the challenge.
So what did the (D?)DOS actually achieve then? I'm not really au fait with this sort of thing but is it possible to get useful information from it? Or is this just the cyber* equivalent of roughing up a suspect?
*(sorry, couldn't think of a better word)
I doubt Facebook makes people conform, it's just a glorified email/IM chimera. It more likely highlights the fact that everyone already conforms in some way or other - even the crowd mocking from the sidelines!
Re: In other news Benedict Arnold hailed as a true patriot and idol
To be fair, it's foreign spies doing the spying here. I don't imagine they're supposed to be protecting Belgians except maybe down to whatever agreements there are to share information between these countries. This seems to be more diplomatically embarrassing than illegal, much like the bugging of Chancellor Merkel's phone.
Re: This is based upon the premise that...
The way I read it was that if a hacker obtained access to a system and managed to retrieve password table (even if it's just username & hash), the table would contain many instances of the username with different passwords (or hashes of passwords...). The hacker would then have to work through many variations, and using the wrong one could be detected as a deliberate intrusion and appropriate action taken.You'd just need a good hamming distance between the dummy passwords to mitigate against the user mistyping the correct one.
A user mistyping would get the same message he would anyway, but a hacker using the wrong password could be locked out or served up fake data etc. There wouldn't be much additional overhead on the system, it would just have to handle much larger username/password(hash) tables or whatever identification was being used.
deus ex machina
When your law needs divine intervention, even from the tiniest god (nano FSM - may you be touched by his tiny noodley appendage) you know it's got problems.
Seriously though, nice tech but what is this obsession with Moore's "Law"?
Re: Quart into a pint pot?
I wondered that too, looks like they missed a bit:
(from the linked report)
Ofcom is making available 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum in the following bands:
27.5 – 27.8185 GHz (transmit); 28.4545 – 28.8265 GHz (transmit); 29.4625 – 30 GHz (transmit); and 17.3 – 20.2 GHz (receive).
"Will it be as entertaining?"
No, but it will likely end as badly.
So ONE of the filter options is to block sex education. The option above it blocks search engines - no one seems especially bothered by that!
Although I've not had to use it (yet... I'm with BT) this seems like a reasonable way of implementing the political ass-hattery thrown at them. At least it's not an all or nothing filter. It gives parents the option to filter what their children see; there are often calls for parents to take more responsibility for their children's safety on the internet, this gives them that control. Everyone else will just turn the filters off.
OK I don't believe that this is in anyway foolproof, or that some sites won't get unintentionally blocked, maybe even intentionally blocked but given the number of people who will be watching this now and of course "Streisand" effect etc. I don't see this being much of a problem.
Re: Did I miss the NSFW tag?
Yeah a moment of frantic scrolling there. Spiders? Phew yep spiders are safe.
Though to be fair i really should be doing some work so everything is NSFW at the moment ... bah it's monday...
Re: I remember playing TR 2 and enjoying it.
I don't know - wasn't TR2 mockingly called Doom Raider at the time for the amount of shooting involved?
Later games Legend & Underworld manged to have good puzzles and game-play as well as having glitzy graphics. I'd agree the latest is a bit easy, but is very well done.
Re: re: hate for ID
Rights & justification - lol. Rights can easily* be changed & justification is whatever they say it is.
*except on rare occasions when some politicians act like they've actually got principles...
It's all very well saying this is Britain and you can do what you like within in the law, but let's face it these days that isn't very much.
Then they try to switch it off.
Re: what happens....
"What happens when everyone who wants an ipad ... HAS one?"
You could equally ask the same about android or anything.
The thing is we currently live in a consumer
hellsociety, stuff is manufactured and sold (or people invest in the manufacturers or sell them services or fries or whatever) and 'we' have to keep making stuff - faster, shinier, more desirable stuff. If everyone got what they 'wanted' or made do with what they had there'd be a problem.
"I swear we never asked for any of this."
Re: Whip it out in a bar and all your friends are certain to go: “Oooh...”
I think you'd be OK, up to the point you tried to use it as a phone. I suppose a bluetooth headset could reduce the embarrassment. Heh, maybe someone will combine a bluetooth headset & stylus - maybe standing in a bar talking to a pencil would look less ridiculous. Then again.
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