2529 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Well deserving of an Ig Nobel prize!
Not only does it work, but it smells nice and therefore is also good for the appetite
I mean, I am getting hungry just reading about it. Hmm, a Vimes Special BLT sandwich with a pint of Winkles Old Peculiar, just the ticket
Very interesting read. The unknown source might be something other than dark matter, but whatever it is, it is new (unless it is Dr Who reversing the polarity of the neutron flow)
Re: Pedantry alert
Given that "Panzer" (short for "Panzer Kampfwagen") is German for tank, Panzer tank sounds a bit over the top. I bit like river Avon, actually.
Has anybody worked out
the spectral characteristics of superintelligent shades of the colour blue yet?
I'll get me coat. The one with the HHGTTG radio play casette tapes in the pocket (yes I am that old)
Might get some aurora activity here. Will be watching for it.
Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...
"I thought the thing looks remarkably like a Galaxy."
Nah, most galaxies are more elliptical or sport nice spiral arms, you rarely see any remotely rectangular ones (although the Small Magellanic Cloud is a bit rectangular).
I'll get me coat. The one with "Turn Left at Orion" in the pocket please
However coral trout != trout. They are hardly related (OK, both are fish), and I would certainly not prepare them in the same way. Both are delicous, however.
Re: It was fun while it lasted.
It's death knell (as in bells ringing to announce death), not death nail. I think you are confused with a nail in the coffin.
Actually, you need to calculate the relative velocity of 2014 RC with respect to Earth. According to NASA this figure is 10.95 km/s. Assuming the mystery object was traveling in the same orbit, it would be a "mere" 512,460 km behind 2014 RC. They could be related of course (if they share the same orbit, they almost certainly share the same origin).
I think the most telling bit is that nobody spotted the lights in the sky. An impact like this comes from a very bright meteor, so if somebody was sitting on their veranda and heard the explosion, they would have seen it with their eyes closed.
Let's raise a glass to his raising of a glass to the stratosphere
Not that an excuse is needed on Friday
Re: Weigh the customers
Were these Americans perhaps asked to sit on the wings? That might explain it
Re: With incredible uptake of IPv6
Given the vitriolic comments I have seen about the design of IPv6 (don't ask me about the validity, I do not know enough about networks), I am not sure if there aren't people who would embrace NDN because it isn't IPv6 and we need something better than IPv4 at some point.
Re: just one guy created all this in six days, 6000 years ago ...
HERETICS!!! We are all just the result of a sneeze of the Great Green Arkleseizure!!
Repent sinners, the Great White Handkerchief approacheth!!
Didn't they also do live organ transplants?
And where had my quicklime gone?
"Are you a ninja? Or a ninjaaarrrgh! ?"
How dare you call my wife a big hippo!!
Send in Cohen the Barbarian, and the Silver Horde!
I trust all the vampires will be black ribboners
Nope: te IAU has a standard naming scheme for comets: Fairly boring C/ for non-periodic comet P/ for periodic, followed by year of discovery, a letter indicating the half-month in which it was discovered, followed by a number indicating the order of discovery. Prefix X/ is used for comets without reliable orbits, and D/ indicates a comet that has broken up. This boring designation is followed by the names of the discoverer(s) (usually no more than two or three.
Well done Terry!!
I spotted one of his previous finds through binoculars, very nice one, which keot us amateurs entertained for weeks and even months. I see from the data it is too far south for us northern observers to spot it yet (and too faint to be visible in my scope), but as it swings round the sun it may become visible here
Good on ya, mate!!
Re: "should certainly bolster sales in time for the new school term"
A maths teacher worth his salt can pose question in such a way that a regular scientific calculator is as useful as a paperweight of the same dimensions and weight during the exam. It can actually be fun to do this. In my exams I try to keep the answers fairly simple numerically, but tough in terms of algebra and insight required.
Calculators with symbolic equation solving pose more of a challenge to ensure you are testing for insight rather than skill at entering the equations and pressing "solve". The symbolic calculators are most certainly banned at maths exams at our uni.
Re: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP)
One tea-soaked keyboard at reading that acronym
Will include this as mandatory vocabulary in my upcoming "Introduction to Computing Science" course (along with classics like BOFH, PFY, and PEBCAK)
I thought this had been answered by Terry Prattchet
Just read "Hollywood Chickens"
Cogito ergo cluck
Re: I'd call it "Spinal Tap"
"Aren't spinal taps very, very painful and unpleasant?"
And you point is?
I just renamed it "Internet Exploder" on our desktop. It took ages for anybody to notice. Once they did notice, they did not know how and/or didn't bother to change it back
Reminds me of the hitchhiker's guide episode:
Arthur Dent: "You mean you have a solution"
Ford Prefect: "No, I just knocked the bottle of wine over. But I do have a new name for our problem!!"
Quite a common marketing ploy of course. Re-brand your product once you have realised the brand name has become a liability rather than an asset.
Re: HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media bad.
Might I suggest:
HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media mad.
Re: Revealing answer no 1 ...
One mod many might want to make is adapting which gesture to use to get rid of a call. Swipe of the hand might be OK for most contacts, but I guess a few special gestures might be liked for "special categories" of contacts (bosses, inlaws, etc).
What gesture would you like to make to get rid of a text from your boss (especially in the weekend)?
Answers on a postcard as well, please ...
Murdoch is a bit jealous (of both NSA and Google).
Re: holy Belgium man!
Another motorised rock
Sorry, it must be all the filthy elderflower wine my friend Ford has been making. Mine is the one with the radio play of the original series in the pocket
The stone ended upright? Just a menhir slung over-enthusiastically by Obelix, I'll wager.
No real surprise, really
Whenever I let my laptop, tablet, or phone look for WIFI networks I am amazed at the sheer number of peoplpe who still have Linksys or some similar default as their network name. You just know that the majority of these will still have the default password on them.
I never try to enter, however tempted I am, not really because I am virtuous (yeah, right), but more because I cannot be bothered, and besides, who knows whether these people have not been infected by some horrible malware which might bite my system.
I think you are being overly harsh, suggesting the American government can be trusted less with our data than our own dear government. I always use a non-discriminatory approach. I do not trust any government
(I am wondering why I put that joke icon there, in retrospect, it is not funny at all)
IT interest does seem to be on the rise
We are attracting WAY more students in the last few years in our CS programme. I haven't got the latest figures, but it looks we will be getting about 60% more student than last year, and last year was about 25% above the year before. About 30% of our new students are from abroad, which has also meant more girls enroll, which is a good thing too, not just because we then have more role-models which could attract more Dutch girls (who traditionally do not choose science, and certainly not CS), but also because many of them are highly motivated and perform well.
Re: Something I don't get here
As I gather from the article, they favour pushing it away by some means, but worry that that might break it up. Pushing a solid piece of rock is predictable, pushing a spinning pile of rubble close to breaking point is not.
Piles of rubble are notoriously unstable, as I notice whenever I tidy my office
Re: She a genius 'cos she's a genius
True, it shouldn't matter. However, given the relatively small number of female scientists (certainly outside life sciences) that hit the headlines, it is good to have a new role model for aspiring female scientists. I have a feeling that many girls (certainly here in the Netherlands) are turned away from certain fields of science exactly because there are prejudices in society as a whole about what areas are suitable for women. Extra role models can help change those ideas. I do not mean to say more women must enter science, but rather that they should not be deterred by old-fashioned ideas about what they should be doing.
To paraphrase Heinrich Heine
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Very sad to hear
Bitter inrony that a man who could make so many laugh suffered such depression. A loss to all, but most to his family.
"Performance equivalent to some CPUs found in PCs."
I like that kind of precise statement of performance, a.k.a. markerting speak: It sounds nice, but then some PCs might be construed to include our old 80286 processor running at 12 MHz. We even did image processing on that PC. Still use some of that code today, and it runs like the clappers on new kit. Somehwere in the corner of my office lurks a 80486 at 60MHz. I do not think anybody would like that kind of performance in their tablet or phone.
It would sound better if they had used the phrase "some current PCs, or actually stated which processor they meant.
Still, chips with better performance at lower power are always welcome.
Re: Sysadmin huh?
Cattle-prod proof? He wields one, more likely
I'll raise a Hefe Weizen as well
Re: Just a couple of thoughts from a complete non-expert in this area
The same number could well occur in a random sequence, but not the same sequence of numbers. In the old (and often still (ab)used) linear congruential PRNGs finding the same number would mean the exact same sequence would be generated again, because the entire state of the linear congruential generator is the last number generated. Modern PRNGs have states with much larger bit counts than the pseudo-random numbers they generate.
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
"At least use the correct name - it is from the Counterweight continent. Now that really makes sense (provided that you do not ask the library for a list of all the dangerous animals in there)."
Fourecks, methinks. Some of the sheep are safe, however.
Still: no worries!
Is she that aerodynamic?
Re: Arrg The Falconer
You means Hodgesaargh, whose birds dreamed of eating his other ear?
And so freedom is eroded, not by a torrent, but
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP
I'll get me coat
In the unlikely event I ever get to meet this guy
I just HAVE to say: "Finally we meet, mr. Musk"
But he will probably be tired of that joke by then. You just have to love his attitude (witness the wry humour "AKA KABOOM") and results
Re: Password Entropy
The problem is so many people now use "correct horse battery staple" as their password that it is the first thing tried after "password"
Re: Plastic cases
Agreed, people are never sensitive to all natural substances, like pollen
Not entirely limited to Apple products I would guess. Any metal casing containing nickel would set off the allergy. Designing products with allergies in mind is something easily overlooked by those who have none.
I have worked with Mac Pros and MacBooks when I visited a university in Paris, and found them perfectly usable. After all, when you write your own code, all you need is a usable editor/compiler or IDE, oh and MatLab for rapid prototyping and testing if you do image and signal processing. Phone and tablet-wise I stick with Android (because I am/they are cheap). Seriously love my ASUS Transformer Pad, and would not readily swap it for anything else.
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