1103 posts • joined Wednesday 21st May 2008 17:09 GMT
Is the pod air tight?
Is the pod air tight?
If not, can we make it air tight?
I'm just trying to help the Greenpeace-ers here - I'm sure they don't want to pollute the atmosphere with their horrible greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 and CH4.
Nuke, because were they serious about the environment they'd be for it.
Rather, it should be "Flash doesn't support tablets"
Adobe has announced that they will not be providing any updates for Flash on Android, preferring "other technologies" such as HTML5.
So while Android tablets support Flash today, in the foreseeable future they will not.
Patrollled by large weather balloons....
The riff-raff will be kept (out|in) by large patrolling weather balloons.
The one with the large #3 on the back.
Sure: How many times did you put your socks down where-ever they are: likely, once.
How many times did you play Wolfenstein? Likely, many more times than that.
How much attention did you pay putting your socks down last night? Likely, not much: you had bigger things to think about.
How much attention to playing Wolfenstein did you pay? Likely, a lot.
The Reg needs to add the "You Don't Say" meme picture as an icon.
OK, if they are that sure of themselves, let the start a Kickstarter project!
(a battery driven helo making 100km - pull the other one, my ass is crooked.
And assuming this is true - why not use smaller batteries and something like a Capstone turbine generator - batteries for take-off power, turbine to make electricity for cruise. This is an aircraft: every kilo's sacred, every kilo's great, if a kilo's wasted, God get quite irate!)
Re: PIN not PIN Number
It is NOT a tautology, because it's not a tautology (that, by the way, is a tautology).
It is RAS syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome syndrome).
And I hope Simon disciplines his PFY appropriately - 40 joules per utterance from the BOFH cattleprod should do nicely.
And 20 for himself, for letting The Boss grow this much of a clue before "resetting" him.
Unfortunately, very few laptop's sound systems will be able to generate a frequency that high - most computer audio cards have the reconstruction filters' corner frequency at 20kHz.
But I agree: For those of us who wear hearing protection when we (attend concerts|mow the yard|fly|shoot) and still can hear up there, this would be, shall we say, less than desirable.
His and hers pr0n
There was a short story I read a long time ago: movies were projected using polarized light, with his and hers tracks: so when the steamy luuuurve scene came on, the guys would see the camera zooming on on the hot starlet's longing face, and the girls would see the camera zooming in on the studly leading man's mug.
A reporter was at the screening of the newest flick, starring the current male icon of studlyness and the current female icon of hawtness, both of whom were in attendance for the premier. Everybody gets their gender-color coded glasses (blue for boys, pink for girls, natch). The lights dim, the movie starts - and the reporter sees the Stud and the Babe switching glasses.
Obviously, this TV, like all new tech, is being driven by that driving, pulsating engine of all innovation, porn: this allows his and hers viewing.
Teaching Angry Birds is a bad idea
Orangs are smart - smart enough to build a catapult from the ropes and trees in their enclosure.
Do we really want to be planting that idea in their head?
(could be worse: chimps. Catapult. Poo. 'nuf said.)
"Right Turn, Clyde!"
Re: Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)
Dang it - miscopied from my terminal session on the height.
6.99*10^34 Planck lengths.
But still only 5 billion Planck masses - for a quantum quantity, Planck mass is huge.
Re: Paging David Banner
I think you mean "Bruce Banner".
And that's DOCTOR Bruce Banner to you - he gets angry when people forget the Doctor!
(For some reason, when they did the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno TV show, they decided "Bruce" wasn't butch enough, and went with David - don't ask me why)
Re: Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)
Or 6.99*10^4 Planck lengths and 5.97*10^9 Planck masses.
If we are going to complain about using random, arbitrary units, let's REALLY use something fundamental!
(cue somebody complaining about me using base 10 rather than base 2...)
Re: dum dum dum
I have visions of the homeless descending upon this city, like Borrowers on the model railroad town.
(and before certain types blow a gasket - obviously it would be the homeless, because the not-homeless already have homes)
A while back I was in the market for a new laptop/desktop replacement. I looked at Dell, and their Linux offerings.
I was not amused.
Then I looked at System76: https://www.system76.com/
Much better machines, much better support for Linux (as in, that's ALL they do), and I am much happier with my choice.
The biggest single problem with IPv6 is what I call the 90% problem: until 90% of the world is using it, it provides no benefit. Since it provides no benefit, there is no reason to adopt it until it hits 90% - so it never hits 90%.
This is NOT to say that IPv6 doesn't have benefits - with RSVP, better flow control, better multicasting and anycasting and so on - it could make streaming video services finally "work" with no more "buffering" messages (and conversely, no more "buffer bloat"). It could greatly improve cellular data (cell phones could get routable IPv6 addresses and hand out routable addresses to devices served by hot spot mode), and it could greatly improve security (since encryption is much more built-in to IPv6).
However, NONE of those benefits have been communicated to J. Random User. And since JRU is not aware of why he should be demanding IPv6 support from (his ISP|his OS vendor|his equipment vendor), he DOESN'T demand it - and so ISPs, Microsoft, and equipment vendors are not strongly motivated to make it happen.
Re: A bad bill
"the President - a professor of constitutional law - is likely to veto it. "
Obama studied the Constitution, yes - but he did not study the Constitution like an art lover studies the Mona Lisa, but rather as an exterminator studies a cockroach - to better find ways to defeat it.
Moreover, considering the other acts, Executive orders, and laws that Obama has supported that increase the power of the federal government over the states and over the people, I doubt very much he will hesitate to sign this bill into law given the chance. The ONLY factor that might slow his hand would be the concern that this is too close to November, and that it might cost him votes. Then he will think about the sort of people that would hold his passage of this bill against him, and he will consider what "alternative" they have to him, and he will realize that they have no meaningful alternative (thanks to the idiocy that is the Republican Party leadership) and will sign the bill with a glad hand and heart.
Moreover, given that the main owners of the timeshare that is Obama are the *AA, and that this will be abused to enable them to continue to persecute anybody who is not being a good little consumerprole, the odds of him actually vetoing this are such that unless you happen to have a sub-meson brain, an atomic vector plotter, and a cup of really hot tea, you aren't going to see it happen.
Re: I see we still haven't learnt
"What we really need are per-user UI choices to be selectable at login time."
BLASPHEMER! HERETIC! UNBELIEVER! Do you not know The One True Way Of User Interface Design What Was In A Book I Read! That The One True Path shall be followed by all users! The Gods Of Interface Design hath Decreed that user preferences are The Tool Of The Evil One and shall not be permitted! All user must have the same, holy One True User Experience! So It Has Been Written, So It Shall Be Done!
(of course, it is perfectly fine to bury user choices twelve levels deep in the Registry, err, I mean Gconf.)
Re: I've started evaluating 12.4
Sad to say, but I may just have to do it that way - I *wanted* to save bandwidth by downloading the CD via Bittorrent, and using that, but there seems to be no way to keep the CD installer from flat-out deleting whatever directories it feels it has the right to (e.g. /etc, /lib, and any other "system" directory, nevermind that I set things up the way I wanted them because damn it is is MY MACHINE).
This is the really silly thing - I can understand "dummy mode" for most people, I can even understand the installer foretelling grave misfortune if I don't let it lobotomise my machine as it sees fit, but damn it I do NOT want my system directories DESTROYED WILLY-NILLY just because they are too damn lazy to get their installer correct.
And I don't understand why Canonical doesn't make 4.6G and 9.2G DVD images available via Bittorrent, to save more downloading from their servers. Let me have as close to a full image, with all the .deb's I can get, on ONE transfer, and save their servers from being hammered.
TRS-80's in high school
I wrote a bouncing ball program on the TRS-80's back in high school.
In assembly. In the timer interrupt.
I had a basic program that would poke it into high mem (and adjust high mem to protect it).
So here was the bouncing ball on the screen. People would hit BREAK, expecting it to stop - and it wouldn't.
To be fair
To be fair, under later versions of Windows, the results of a ctrl-alt-del are not irreversable - just dismiss the dialog and carry on.
The results of ctrl-alt-backspace on your desktop session are very irreversable.
Enigma is nice, but...
Having an Enigma emulator on my phone is nice, but I want the code breaker engine on my phone - that, and a port of Maple. That, the ballistics app I have, and a time machine, and I am ready for my trip back to 1939!
But it reproduced whalesong perfectly!
This must truly be an amazing device: it has such purity of reproduction, I could hear the whalesong from the review all the way from Kansas!
But it cannot be any good - it doesn't have Genuine Oxygen Free Copper, nor 24k Gold plating, nor Extra-Virgin Yak Wool insulation, nor $5k/ft sooper-grade USB cables, nor a harmonic-neutralizing rock pad to sit on, nor was it properly "trained" by 20 hours of Tibetan Throat-singing monks! And not a single fire-bottle in sight! - don't you know you simply MUST have tubes in the outputs!
I've started evaluating 12.4
and I immediately ran into several WTF moments right from the start:
On an already working and configured Ubuntu 11.4 system, running the "upgrade" option from the install CD
1) Informed me that it would wipe all my system wide settings!?!
2) Asked me to set up the time zone (which was already set)
3) Asked me to set up my user account (which was already set up. Indeed, under NIS, no less).
4) Formatted some file system (which one I don't know as the formatting message went by too quickly, so it wasn't / or /home - maybe /boot?)
5) Died immediately thereafter, telling me only that "something" went wrong and that it was dropping me to a desktop to work it out myself (with no option of "and here's the log messages as to what went wrong").
So far, not impressive.
Of course, since cadmium is such a harmless element
And this is going to go over very well with the various environmental protection entities and organizations, since cadmium is such a harmless element.
Oh wait, I forgot: cadmium isn't harmless at all (despite what some Chinese toy manufacturers think) - it is very carcinogenic, which was one reason behind NiCad batteries being largely removed from the market.
Call the cops. On the parents
IMHO the correct answer is:
1) restrain the child from kicking anybody. This may require a degree of physical contact (grabbing and lifting the child clear of the ground). Ideally a quick swat to the backside with an open hand as well, to deliver the "short, sharp shock" to bring the child back into contact with reality. Then you place the kid in a room with as little to destroy as possible, and don't let them act out.
2) You call the parents and inform them that they are to pick the kid up and take him home - he is suspended for a week. If the parents give you any guff about "I'm at work and I cannot/will not come get the kid" - you send the police around to their place of employment and have them informed that they are either going to pick the kid up or be picked up themselves for child abandonment.
3) You tell the parents that until the child can be controlled the child is not allowed to come back to school, AND that the parents are responsible for seeing the child is properly supervised during the day (either one of the parents, or a responsible adult), and that this WILL be checked up on by social services.
4) You inform the parents that a requirement of the child being allowed back in school is that the parents agree, in legally binding writing, that the school may use needed force to prevent the child from hurting itself or anybody else. NOTE: needed force for a 6 year old is physical restraint by an adults hands, a swat to the backside by an adults hands - NOT tasering, Mace-ing, straps, etc.
In short, you do that most horrible of things: you make people TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. The parents have primary responsibility for teaching their feral fonication-fruit how to live in this world we find ourselves in, and if they will NOT do that willingly, society WILL make them.
Creamy rice pudding and income tax
But when it says "42", how do you know that's the right answer? Especially when you weren't very clear on the question...
Could somebody hand me that cage with my pet mice?
Re: Indeed it looks great, but will it compete against Sony Playstation 3 at that price?
"it has a better DAC"
Unless you are using component video or 6 channel discrete audio, there is no "DAC" in the commonly used sense - HDMI and SPDIF are all digital - the DACs are in the TV and Stereo.
Anybody want this garbage
1: Given how so many countries see fit to complain about how other countries handle their internal affairs (and I will admit the US is right up there in doing so), how about saying "Here we have a grade-A bona fide serial killer named Dennis Rader a.k.a. BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) - admitted his guilt, plead guilty, victims' belongings in his shed as souvenirs, said he was going to start working out to get back in shape so he could kill more people - Does any country want to take responsibility for him for the rest of his days? No? OK then, shut up about what we do with this garbage."
2: Some people (e.g. BTK) are going to be a clear, present, and continuing threat to society for as long as they shall live. Since we do not yet have the ability to re-wire their brains to fix that, all we can do is lock them away from society for the rest of their lives. So the question is "how long is the rest of their life?" - 50 years or 50 minutes? Sorry, but in this case I have no problem with putting them down like the rabid vermin they are.
3: Other people may not have such a clear cut case against them: they may be maintaining their innocence. But then, very few people will get up on the stand and say "I did it, I'll do it again given the chance, so what?".
Many people assert that "We cannot put them to death, because that is not reversible." I have some bad news for you sunshine: neither is locking them up for 10 years before you find they are not guilty - you can release them, but you cannot give them those 10 years back. That's why a cornerstone of American jurisprudence is "If you have reasonable doubt about their guilt, you MUST find them not guilty." Whether the penalty is death or imprisonment *shouldn't* make a difference in deciding guilty or not guilty.
4: If somebody ISN'T a clear (as in "no question about it"), present (as in "this isn't just a theoretical risk"), and continuing (as in "sure he's whacked now - but get him off the drugs and he'll be right as rain") risk to society, they should NOT be executed (and likely not imprisoned, either.)
I am NOT in favor of executing somebody save in cases of out-and-out premeditated murder. In cases of premeditated murder, you have to examine if the person can be salvaged. If not, then life in prison - and that should be 50 minutes.
Asteroid mining is silly if you are planning on bringing the material to Earth. Even if you find a rock that's 10% platinum, 10% uranium, 10% thorium, 10% Helium 3, and the rest is "only" stuff like iron and titanium, the cost to get it, drag it to Earth's atmosphere, and de-orbit in in a controlled fashion greatly exceeds the sale price. And as noted in the article, while platinum is expensive now, bring in that much and the price plummets.
The only way asteroid mining makes sense is if you are using it in situ, to make space based "stuff" cheaper than making it on Earth and launching it. But the demand for space based stuff is pretty small right now.
The only way I could see this making sense in my projected lifespan would be to make solar sats beaming power down - but since the first thing you'd have to do would be to get all the BANANAs (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything) out in the middle of a desert and have an "accident" with the power beam, I don't see this happening.
More's the pity.
Gets a bit iffy at the end
It seems to get a bit iffy there at the end of the video.
They need to get some 8 inch drives, some 3.5 inch drives, and maybe an old dot matrix printer, so they can get a better range.
Maybe even an old daisy wheel, or better still, an old band printer.
I've always wanted
I've always wanted to get 2 acoustic couplers, 2 300 baud modems, 4 cans, 2 strings, and set up a PPP connection across the modems using the cans and string to connect them.
Then put the helpless system on the far end up on the Internet, and post it to the appropriate sites.
No Soylent green jokes yet?
No Soylent green jokes yet?
What is the world coming to?
What is the use case for this?
If you want to hide data, carry a standard micro-SD to USB adapter, with a card in it full of innocuous data.
Place microSD with interesting stuff under a fake fingernail.
Having done a bit of work on touch screen inputs before, I wonder about the resolution of the screens. Generally, capacitive screens don't have the spatial resolution that resistive screens have, so while this may "work" in that it may trigger the screen, is the screen really going to have enough resolution to do handwriting recognition?
The systems that I have seen that support both capacitive touch and stylus use a second inductive system to sense the stylus, just to provide the resolution needed for handwriting or drawing.
Bling? I GOT YOUR BLING RIGHT HERE!
I want somebody to make a phone with a vapor-deposition diamond case. Great thermal conductivity, Insanity-Wolf level scratch resistance, you can see the guts.
So what if it would be insanely expensive - isn't that what bling is all about, showing you have more money than sense?
Cool - but scary!
On its own, this is a very cool technology. Combine this with high dynamic range, throw enough resolution and field-of-view, and you might get a camera that can do things like the Grand Canyon justice.
But think of this: cameras like this, coupled with the sound field big-array-of-microphones, and you get a tech to make Big Brother cream his pants: a system that could watch over a large public space, recording everything, and allowing a Ministry of Privacy officer to, after the fact, select anybody in the crowd, and have clear video and audio of that person.
Re: Boot from USB?
"[...]a revolutionary system of booting off an IIS server."
Fix that for you.
They'd never let you use a vanilla HTTP server.
How long until it breaks itself?
Any bets on how long this is out before Sony rams a "Upgrade to this version or else - and you know that feature you liked? Sucks for you, it's gone" down everybody's throat?
Or how long until it turns out this is reporting your every move to Sony?
I say 18 months.
Sorry Sony - never again.
If you see a set of planets
If you happen to see a set of 5 worlds orbiting a 6th in a Klemperer Rosette, it can be worth a lot of cash.
The one with the fat check from General Products in the pocket - I'm a bit forgetful recently for some reason....