1633 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007
No it isn't immaterial:- If there were any intelligible signals received from a star system, our reply would need to be aimed at where that system would be at the time our reply reached it.
...upon how far away it is. If it's say 1,000 light years away, then all we would hear is any radio noise emitted from where it was 1,000 years ago. We would only see its star as it was - and where it was - 1,000 years ago.
We would have to study it for some time and - if possible, calculate where it is now and point a radio telescope all along the track from its observed position (where it was 1,000 years ago) to where it is calculated to be and hope that in the intervening time any inhabitants had developed the technology to send radio signals in a recognisable way, and they would still be 1,000 years advanced from when they transmitted. Any reply would give an effective response time of 2,000 years between transmit & receive response assuming we pointed our response in the right direction.
Of course, if it's a near neighbour, say 20 - 30 light years away, then the signal/response time might be only 40 - 60 years...
112 days off what will probably be a 545 year sentence. Chin up, that's only 544 years and 253 days to serve...
How lucky it is to be a citizen of the Home of the brave and the Land of the Free.
Half-busty perhaps - I believe Amazons were reputed to have removed the right one, as it apparently impeded the drawing of the bow-string...
Probably better (and safer) sticking with wenches who are less war-like...
Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars
"...speculate about intelligent dinosaurs..."
I wouldn't say John Prescott was acutally 'intelligent'...
Buy a dedicated slide scanner from eBay. If its software is missing/out of date etc., use VueScan (versions for Mac, Windoiws and Linux) which supports most scanners - new & old!.
I use VueScan with my Nikon Coolscan and it's superior to the Nikon software the scanner came with. - I have no connection, other than a very satisfied user.
I've been using Macs & Photoshop for over 20 years now, but I STILL shoot on Fujichrome with my two Nikon F4s bodies and the F801s I picked up for £20 a few months ago...
I bought my Coolscan V new some years ago, and wouldn't part with it.
Re: Gotta get that maps dig in, right?
El Reg aka Trollfests'R'Us, innit?
"...an OS cloned off an almost 50 year-old OS..."
In much the same way that next year's offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley & Rolls-Royce are powered by a clone of a 129 year-old power plant?**
Pure sophistry^ old lad - and you (should) know it.
**1884: British engineer Edward Butler constructed the first petrol (gasoline) internal combustion engine. Butler invented the spark plug, magneto, coil ignition and spray jet carburetor, and was the first to use the word petrol.
^Pure sophistry:- a more polite and restrained way of saying "Utter bollocks"
Re: "le Plod"?
Pas excitement, mon brave...
Le Plod would be an affectionate-ish commonly used name.
Les Flics is (or at least, was) rather more insulting, more like the old "The Pigs" or "The Filth".
i was advised this some years ago by a delightful young lady from Aix-en-Provence who was very shocked to hear me use the aforementioned froggie colloquialism...
Re: Strange but amazing
LarsG, you're a very naughty boy.
But I forgive you, 'cos it did brighten up an otherwise dull back-to-work day.
So I'm sending you a (virtual) beer.
Re: "fully fight the special battle against self-immolations"
You missed out "Fascist hyena".
Collected thoughts of Chairman Mao - circa 1966
Re: Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.
"...the US is a christian state, or Egypt is a muslim state, and they VERY MUCH want to encroach upon everyone..."
As I said earlier, that's the ORGANISED religious authorities - who all too frequently have about as much to do with true religion as Blair & Mandelson & Co. have to do with socialism.
I am no adherent to any specific creed - neither could I claim in all honesty to be a follower of any of the three main parties in our parliament.
I can't really think offhand of any authoritative body - in almost any field - which hasn't become self-serving and corrupt.
Re: My karma just ran over my dogma
Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.
In (too) many cases, the religious authorities have become every bit as megalomanic, venal and hypocritical as the secular authorities - and frequently in cahoots with them - preservation of self and self's status being their primary concern, usually achieved through the subjugation of their adherents or followers.
Looking at religion itself, a doctrine which basically exhorts care for your fellow man and praises lack of selfishness does not seem to deserve the diatribes of invective heaped upon it by many of the anti-God brigade. Certainly, complaint against the entrenched organisations is both acceptable and unfortunately, frequently valid. I still cannot see why some commenters are so violent in both their manner of speech and their suggested eradication of what to many, is a deeply personal, private and even altruistic way of life.
If you don't believe, fine: that's your choice. Is it really necessary though to insult and denigrate those who do believe, but do not encroach upon you in any way?
I have nothing like the complete picture, but I can't help having a nagging feeling that HP are indulging in a bit of mud-flinging to deflect interest from their less-than-sparkling performance.
If Autonomy's alleged shenanigans were a) real and b) on such a massive scale, then surely a little due diligence on the part of HP prior to purchase would at least have raised a suspicion or two.
Re: I just don't see the butt hurt? @ Darryl
"..Maybe some people just don't like it. Ever thought about that?.."
Yup:- there are lots of things I don't like - but I don't lapse into a diatribe of spittle-laden invective in the manner of a 10yr old...
Re: I just don't see the butt hurt?
That's because most of the spittle-flecked invective is little more than the Pavlovian rantings of the pre-pubescent Leach Fan Club...
"...To a large extent, social networks (especially Facebook) are about creating and reinforcing friendships rather than getting into deep philosophical discussions,..."
But to a much larger extent, social networks (especially Facebook) are about selling you to the targeted advertising industry, and making the founders (especially Zuckerberg) exceedingly rich people.
Re: Ooooh metro or apple... so close.
"...a small apple symbol on the back of a chinese made phone with appalling employee H&S records..."
As opposed to the small 'Samsung' symbol on the back of a chinese made phone with appalling employee H&S records.
Re: For a second, I thought this was one of those antique code articles!!
I think you mean "fewer happy people"...
"less happy people" would suggest they've had bits removed.
Oh! Hang on - it's PyongYang. Maybe you're right after all...
Re: I'm going to register...
Nice one, Sir.
But shouldn't they be compulsory as well as free for the aforementioned parasites?
...that the delightful Ms Leach is waiting for .TROLL
"McDonalds fried for serving spam"
One of the best Reg headlines ever. Gotta be worth a pint or three...
"...it's an American site, they are obsessed with nudity."
There, that's closer.
The Gov't raise megadosh from the carriers who increase their costs to cover it so yet AGAIN we end up paying over the odds to fund the failures and fantasies of the ruling élite.
God give me strength!
(and maybe a guillotine, and an AK, and some nooses...)
Re: Apples reality distortion field in action @derp 17/12/12 18:20
"...Heavily subsidized carrier deals helped Apple set its new Chinese sales record, it’s been suggested, with strong demand for discounted iPhone 5 handsets offsetting low traffic in the company’s own stores..."
Q. And how does this differ from the UK where the vast majority of upmarket phones are carrier subsidised on 2-yr deals?
A. It doesn't at all.
It is a mere "suggestion" - (note: suggestion, not confirmed as fact, possibly merely an idea in the author's mind) which the troll here implies is factual.
Meanwhile, in the UK, it's been suggested that acting as a Leach acolyte will get you out of short trousers more quickly and make doing your homework less of a chore...
@JaitcH 17/12/12 22:25
"..they obviously recognise who the competition is, especially since Samsung outsold Apple..."
Proton outsold Aston Martin last year.
Proving what, exactly?
Re: Police preform proper investigation shocker!
I would agree totally, but I must add the rider that it's BAD work to publicise your methods and explain where the ungodly goofed, 'cos that means 2013's ungodly probably won't make the same slip...
Re: Why the subtitle? @AC 14/12 17:35
Spot-on. One of this Christmas's wise men.
Re: Why would anyone in China want an Apple ...
"...iThingies ... as common as dirt..."
So are Leach acolytes. trolls & anti-apple moaners.
...and they duly oblige.
Re: Sir Runcible Spoon
What he said!
Re: What's with the Apple fixation? @AC 15:20
"...while Google is not perfect at least it does not try to pretend it is..."
Is that why it's still pushing the "Don't be evil" crap, and denying deliberate harvesting of private network data, inter alia?
The plural which escapes you is "companies".
"Just a few sub editors who probably deserve it, I'd guess."..
Undoubtedly, but I'm sure there are other equally (at least) deserving cases within El Reg's hallowed portals...
It's fairly clear...
"thought" didn't come into it.
Q. "Are these Politicians and Lawyers really as stupid as that?"
A. Yes. Also mendacious, controlling, hypocritical, devious, cynical, untrustworthy, selfish and thoroughly reprehensible and nasty.
Next question, please.
Re: Good alternative
Security through obscurity?
@AC 9/12/12 10:53
"So.... why do you need a backup and have to restore things? Hmm.. that leaves user error."
There are two kinds of computer user:
Those who have lost data
Those who will
Re: You must be new here @Steve Davies 3
RM writes:-"The UK prices for the same two models are £1,099 and £1,249, respectively, reflecting the traditionally higher prices paid in Blighty for Apple kit. At Friday's exchange rate, those UK prices work out to $2,400 and $2,725."
That's crap. That would be a dollar exchange rate of $2.1838 to the £.
On Sunday 9 December at 1809:-
£1099 = $1762.63 and £1249 = $2003.21
Re: Surely you mean:
Upvoted 'cos you got it right (according to my Mac's translator widget).
Re: Why is the first post about Apple?
They're just following the Reg's pet Trollmeisters: trained like Pavlov's dogs to rant about Apple if the words Samsung, Foxconn etc. etc. are used - or even alluded to.
Re: I bought
I presume it burned your fingers...
Re: Some comparison...
Sure - but that doesn't avoid the fact that that is totally out of Apple's hands and is nothing whatsoever to do with them. Yes we could buy from overseas, but then HMRC would screw you for VAT, import duty et. etc.
US tax can be legally avoided, UK tax can't*.
*Unless you're Google, or Starbucks, or Vodafone etc. etc.
US web prices DON'T include sales tax. It varies from state to state.
UK prices include VAT at 20% so your $848 would equate to $1,018.00 in the UK.
Add to that the other costs borne by business in the EU/UK which US businesses DON'T have to bear, and maybe "the cost of being a British fanboi is a high one" but nowhere near as high as that which Leach unsurprisingly claims in her little exercise in sophistry - encore une fois!
Re: You can prove anything with statistics/graphs etc etc
Could it be that your wife has better taste?
Re: Wrong. @AC 12:41
All overlooking the obvious:- Warble gloaming has been hammered ad infinutum ad nauseam by our wonderful, altruistic, deeply caring ruling élite, so they have oodles of our money (which we earned) so they can save us from our own follies as they, naturally know best.
They're a bunch of self-seeking shysters, gleefully jumping on any excuse to misappropriate more of our hard-earned to their own pockets and/or for their own benefit, and the day when I accept that Balls, Harman, Cameron OR Cleggover know better than I about anything, is the day when my brain will have ceased to be.
Nice knowing you, Bill...
...The fatwah's in the post, I should imagine.
...I'll patent the word "patent".
Then it's patently obvious I can sue all the bastards...
Re: 10 years per indictment would be good
And also about bloody mindedness.
No, I would NOT let self-appointed 'authorities' nose through my hard drives.
I confirm to you good people that there is nothing more secret on it than my monthly budget and Christmas shopping list. But why the hell should any government - local, national or plod - decide they have the right to see it?
They don't - they can sod off. And to their acolytes I say "No I've got nothing to hide, but my private affairs are just that". "Private!" "Now kindly Foxtrot Oscar".
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