2546 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
You guys really know haw to build up excitement!
Go LOHAN, GO!
I have spotted ISON a week or so ago, not much to look at through my 15x70 binoculars, but nice to have seen. Solid grey cloud ever since, so any brightening or fragmentation well hidden here in the Netherlands. I did spot comet Lovejoy in Leo, and it is very nice indeed through binoculars. Comet C/2012 X1 was visible too, but only just in my big binoculars,but alas I missed Encke. Still three out of four reasonably bright comets in one (early) morning session is great.
Now we hear Comet Nevski (also in Leo) has brightened and should be visible in small telescopes or big binoculars, but of course, clouds block the view (the Netherlands is every bit as bad as the UK).
I only ever got to see Tom Baker as a kid in the Netherlands. That is probably why he is my favourite. For the same reason, the original Star Trek is my favourite. Mr Spock was my favourite character, but that is of course logical.
I thought cats domesticated us
See "The Unadulterated Cat" by T. Pratchett
You people do not understand the suffering
caused by a pain in all the diodes down its left side
Re; Yes well... + Statistics 101
"4: Fix the roads. 80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends."
If 80% of deaths occur on 80% of the roads, that strongly suggests the remaining 20% has 20% of the deaths, and therefore are no safer that the 80% referred to previously.
Bends are likely to be more dangerous, but the "statistics" cited don't show it
Just my tuppence
Very interesting read!!
Thanks for that
What we really need
is an invisibility cloak to bring new bits of kit into the house under the missus' radar. Very difficult as the missus' radar is sensitive to non-electromagnetic guilt waves given off by any man who has just bought yet another tech toy.
A modest proposal for correction
Perhaps the sentence
"47 per cent have worked while on vacation (either they or their employers have an inadequate grasp of the definition of “vacation”. Hint: “if you call me about work on December 25, I will hang up”)."
Should be amended to
"47 per cent have worked while on vacation (either they or their employers have an inadequate grasp of the definition of “vacation”. Hint: “if you call me about work on December 25, I will hang you from the highest gallows”)."
"boffinry bitchslap brouhaha"
Well done, sir(s) well done!
How long did the Reg hacks wait for a suitable situation to use this phrase?
Re: No Photosphere ?
Photosphere? I just observed the photosphere, and it was full of spots, by contrast, the chromosphere showed lots of prominences.
Coat please, and hand me the backpack with the solar H-alpha telescope
It is good to see movement towards better tooling to deal with the complexity of coding on complex platforms such as GP-GPU/CPU hybrids/clusters you name it. At the same time I sometimes doubt that I will always get an efficient solution if hardware details are hidden from the coder. Some code optimizers to a sterling job on a variety of tasks, but sometimes you need to tailor your approach to the underlying architecture. Of course, if a tool works well in a large percentage of cases that is still a bonus, so long as the tools do not get in the way of people needing to access the machine at a lower level of abstraction, for those instances not properly covered by the tools.
One real fear is that people will assume that the code optimizer (or smart virtual machine in the case of Java) will do the work for them, and solve all their problems. I do not so much fear that real coders of parallel systems will walk blindly into that trap, but things might be different in higher management layers of an organization. I can just hear them say "Why do we need these expensive experts, when the code optimizer can automatically parallelize your code?"
Re: The good old boring standard model
Who is running the simulations?
Easy: White mice!!
Re: Nice display
Waddyamean pointless! it has far more little points than the old one!!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Best exit fast before Bad Punnery Enforcement Squad arrives
Re: Really really basic computers
It is important that we still teach machine coding at some level. I have included coding very simple programs on a simulated microprocessor in our course "Introduction to Computing Science". It helps people understand what goes on "under the hood" when coding in C (in the course "Imperative Programming" running in parallel). These simulators can run on the Pi or Arduino controllers, I suppose. In particular, simulators can show what is going on graphically, and that helps understanding as well.
Ah, what a trip down nostalgia lane, but with the processing grunt of a million pound (or more) machine from the 70s and 80s.
I must get myself one of these things (with the excuse of getting it for educational purposes for the kids, to make it fly under the missus' radar)
As Blackadder said to lord Melchett.
Brilliant episode (both this BOFH and that edition of Blackadder)
No 42 in there, so no worries (unless a Vogon constructor fleet appears (it's Thursday, after all))
Right in the centre of London!
Re: Are you sure they didnt mean to say
But don't they always say that? Hyperbole, thy name is Fox
I thought Fox News WAS a production error?
Or was that mass producer of errors?
Or the product of a deranged imagination?
Wait! That was the galactic banking sector!
Know I know
why the design reminded me of the Vickers Wellington model I built as a kid.
Lets raise a glass to the memory of the great Barnes Wallis
You mean, superman isn't real?????????????
Re: Maybe they're hiding from us.
Of course they are. We play cricket. Bad form, that, very bad form
OK, OK!! I'll get me coat
Won't they just take to sulking in basements?
I'll get me coat. The one with the cassette tapes of the Hitchhiker's Guide radio plays please
I would suggest WFoG or WFOG, as it is semi-pronounceable, and the FOG component chimes nicely with the mental fog that often accompanies WFoG posts
Re: No three & no kings
3 is odd indeed, in this case I would have expected the number to be perfect, so 6 or 28 would be more appropriate.
Refinement for sure, and some nice modelling, but no shocking news
We have known about the statistics of supernova explosions from watching similar galaxies to ours (spiral or barred spiral, not lenticular BTW) for a long time. I myself have seen half a dozen in the last three years in various "nearby" galaxies with my humble 8" scope (none discovered by me, I just watch the ones others have found), so the statistics that have been gathered with big scopes are pretty good. We know that a naked eye supernova is long overdue, but that does not alter the probabilities of having one going off now, or in the next few decades.
The authors do provide nice estimates of the brightness distributions expected, however, I do not want to knock their work.
I do not usually get installer questions during installation of Windows, except when it does not recognize hardware. One case I remember is Windows 2000 refusing to talk to a bog-standard S3-based super VGA card from Diamond, just a year old, so hardly obsolete. It did like the older Matrox Millennium board I had lying around. On most bog-standard machines you do not have trouble, but if you have anything remotely fancy, the Windows installer can throw a fit.
The same Windows 2000 install refused to boot the moment I attached a Quantum Viking II UW-SCSI disk to the Adaptec 2942 UW controller (which it did recognize). Attach a disk -> no boot; remove disk, all hunky-dory! AARGH! As the main disk was a mere 20GB, I really liked the idea of having a second 9GB disk available, especially because all the old data was on it. It was not to be. Put the thing in an external case and attach as external SCSI drive? That did work. Why? To this day I do not know.
A Linux install on the same machine was WAY faster.
Never mind the caps lock, it shows you are really getting into the spirit of things, in a tap-dancing-along-the-disaster-curve kind of way. Have a beer!
Simon is on form
"... or the slow crawl of a progress bar across the screen as a windows boot prepares to fail..."
Having struggled with a series of installs lately, I can relate to that. Really I can.
Time for some percussive maintenance!!
Where is that cricket bat?
Just, hilarious! He probably was inspired by all the daemons in his system
I feel an urge to install a couple to make our new home machine not just dual boot, but triple, quadruple, quintuple boot, if only to freak out the missus
Must resist, must resist
Let's have a beer to calm the shaken nerves.
Note to self
IF I ever log on to facebook, remember to make rapid random cursor movements to confuse system
Better yet: do not log on to facebook (resisted so far, not tempted yet)
Maybe it should be branded LEGOrola?
And it isn't even a ruggedized phone
sorry, time for me coat already
Re: Here we go again...
One troll well and truly fed, I am afraid
Ah, Memory Lane, 128kB of it
I had the Enterprise 128, and had a lot of fun with it. Hooked it up to a Brother electronic typewriter and could then print stuff with the ear-splitting sound of a daisy-wheel printer running at full clip. We even got the word processor to print things in cheapskate boldface by hammering down the letter twice with a tiny shift. The BASIC was very slow, as I remember. I programmed an FFT on it, which took quite a while on a 256 entry 1-D array. Quite a pointless exercise, but I just did it because I could.
Re: Rulers obsolete
"It will make a great (if rather expensive) desktop catapult."
Note to self: Mustn't read this kind of thing when sipping tea behind the keyboard
Re: The N in DNT is NOT
Which bit of DO NOT TRACK don't you ad-monkeys understand?
The word "NOT", apparently (or at least not in this context)
None are so deaf as those who do not want to hear
Interesting to see the separation from Gnome
Might give it a shot on my Linux machines
Re: Also Don't forget!
I (like many men nowadays) take quite a big share in housework, getting the kids to school, helping them with homework, cooking, besides working full time. My wife also works nearly full time so it can become a rat race for both of us. At some point you simply need to say: there are 24 hours in a day, and not all of them should be filled with duties. I have learned to say: "Hang this, I have done as much as could humanly be expected or more, I am now taking time off for my own hobbies" (stargazing: superbly relaxing, it really puts things in perspective). What helps is to focus on what you have accomplished, not on the list of chores that still has to be done.
Not always easy.
they might be encouraging evolution in different directions such as
- the ability to dodge bullets
- better armour plating
- the ability to stalk Texans with guns and trample them before they had a chance to turn around
- better camouflage
- the ability to play dead, wait until some bastard tries to take a snap with his foot on your head, and then POUNCE
Texans propose solution involving guns
If you had told this story as a joke people would say (quite rightly) you were stereotyping Texans. It just goes to show, truth is at times stranger (and more stereotypical) than fiction.
I have seen an interview with the proposers on the Colbert Report. The interviewer didn't have to ridicule the interviewee, as the interviewee was doing such a sterling job of making a fool of himself already.
Sorry, could you repeat that story?
I wasn't paying attention
I am wondering if the humble gurnard might be to blame. Their Dutch nickname "knorhaan" (grunting cock (seriously!)) refers to their habit of making quite loud noises under water.
Quite tasty, and excellent in bouillabaisse.
That guy doesn't even know what an ID10T error is
I even teach coding, if you must
I actually teach programming, which only needs coding the way a car designer needs to know the best shape for a wheel. Coding is a tool to turn algorithms into programs, or put differently, to turn your thoughts into actions. The real hard work is to crack a problem, to define exactly what must be done to solve it. This is a skill that everybody needs at some level. Turning the result of that analysis into code is comparatively easy (but also teaches a high degree of discipline in execution, which isn't a bad lesson either).
Regarding the idea of being an exceptionally boring weirdo:
I have been called exceptionally loud/weird/funny/smart/tiresome and a whole lot of other things
But never boring, never boring
I tip my hat to the little felt-tip prodigy who came up with it (it's the roo leather Barmah again (the hat, that is))
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