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Another thumbs up for a badge.
Agreed, just about the last thing I want to watch when I do have time to watch a film is something like "Transformers". Each to his own, of course, I just do not seem to get the hang of films with more explosions than dialogue (not that I mind the odd explosion, hence the icon)
Neat technology, nicely reviewed. Given my living room (and other expensive technological hobbies) not for me, alas, but interesting from the point of audio technology nonetheless. After working on phased-array data from radio astronomy for whole-sky imaging, I cannot help thinking that the ultimate solution must be a phased array of tiny speakers all around you, and the recording must be done by a similar phased array of microphones. That could record and recreate the sound field (similar to light-field recording by certain advanced cameras). Totally over the top of course, but a man can dream.
I get this feeling that somebody out there has got themselves a white Persian cat.
Re: When archeologists aren't quite sure
Very true. In the "Cave of the Shaman" in southern France there are many carvings on the wall depicting women with exagerated figures (T & A), and a man (definitely a man, no chance to mistake him for a woman, especially in braille, as Terry Pratchett might put it) with a HUGE erection. The local guide explaied this probably had to do with fertility rituals. She was not amused by my alternative theory that this might have been the local communal men's room, and these were just the usual graffiti you might expect from adolescent men (of all ages).
The burnt chariot might have belonged to a much hated landlord
Re: Religion or Extortion
Maybe they are Yen Buddhists, the ones who recognise that money is the root of all evil, and so want to save us all from its seductive effects by selflessly hoarding as much of it as possible, at great personal risk to their own salvation.
Doffs hat to Terry Pratchett
The announcement makes me wonder
Will it blend?
OK, OK, I am leaving
Re: Here we go again..
A life-support system running windows gives a whole new dimension to the term blue screen of death.
Sorry, couldn't resist, shooting fish in a barrel time again, it seems
Permission to drool, please?
Lovely computerssss, my preciousssss.
Sorry, sorry, I have taken my little pills, won't happen again. Now where was that advice form to send to our HPC centre for suggestions what to buy as the next big supercomputer.
It will be very hard to promote any paid-for service now users are so used to have their social network for "free" (free as in beer, not free as in not-having-everything-you do-or-click-on-analysed-and-sold). Any "free" item will have to be paid for either from ad income or from selling analytic results, or both.
Don't let anybody in Hollywood get the idea of 3D printed archeosaurs living in a park.
I can see plenty of jobs for 32 x 32 cores with masses of RAM (just mopped up some drool after reading the specs), but unfortunately not all in DB territory. DB acceleration has much the same pros and cons as any specialist accelerator (like a GPU). Great for some tasks, suck big time on others. I must wait and see how these processors would perform on the tasks we have in mind.
Re: it makes sense
Is this why I have often felt like saying
THERE'S BEER IN THEM THERE HILLS!!!!
when in Belgium?
"Since most politicians talk out of their arse, I would expect their "hot air" to have a high methane content."
But only in such quantities that it cannot be extracted usefully, I fear
It can be both, althoug most politicians produce more hot air than methane
Well done MOM!
Great work from that team, great effort for very little cost (comparatively speaking, of course, I gather it boils down to less than a cup of tea for each person in India).
I'll raise a glass to them this evening (and it won't be tea)
Interesting point. They clearly don't have enough room for a playmonaut, although they may have had place for a legomonaut (does not look like they had, however)
I thought I had come to the right place for an argument
but I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I went to a Jesuit school, and had frankly exhilarating discussions on life, the universe and everything with the (very few) priests who taught religious education. They greatly encouraged our setting up an astronomy club, and I was in my turn honoured to be invited to a (voluntary) extra class on "religious and philosophical matters" as one Jesuit put it. He said he knew I was an atheist, and that I had very good arguments, so wanted me on board "because I like people to think about their beliefs," as he put it. Hats off to the attitude of respectfully differing in opinion of those particular priests.
Hats off too to the scientists behind both BICEP2 and the follow up. Science is about presenting your findings, warts and all, and to encourage others to scrutinize your work. You should not fear losing face because you might be found out to be wrong. Most of the time, all you produce is not the next piece of the puzzle, but a glimpse of what the next piece might look like.
Re: The Russians are still the best evidence...
Given the spate of downvotes I see on even the most innocuous comments, I can only conclude:
Houston, we have a conspiracy theorist!
Re: about that International "Space" Station...
The ISS is real, I have seen it with my binoculars (solar panels visible), but then maybe I am part of the conspiracy too (wish NASA would pay me, in that case).
Good effort but alas
nVidia will not convince the conspiracy theorists, because none are so deaf as those who do not want to hear.
Re: Am I the only one...
I have started to use it in moderation, and found it quite OK. There are some useful groups on it, and I do not get bombarded with loads of idiocy. I also like to post the odd solar image on it. Not a Facebook or Twitter user, but I find G+ tolerable.
To make it more geeky, they should have called it Google++, of course, but that plan might have offended g++ users.
Re: Well deserving of an Ig Nobel prize!
Isn't that a BLT without the L and T? Very relevant in the context, nobody has tried lettuce to stop nosebleeds. Or tomatoes.
Roughly. It is a Blt sandwich. the subliminal lt are a vain attempt to keep Sybil happy
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.
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