I would let them listen to an endless tape with Marvin's autobiography
That should do it.
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That should do it.
NUKE THE FIRE FROM ORBIT
It's the only way to be sure
Sorry, couldn't resist. Mine is the one with the Aliens DVD in the pocket
Really interesting stuff.
I nice one.
And not to expensive!
sorry, couldn't resist, mine is the one with the Holy Grail DVD in the pocket
I actually rather like my 13" laptop (16:10 ratio, rather than 16:9). I am looking to replace it by a 13-14", no bigger. I am also very happy with my 10" ASUS transformer pad. That seems to be a MUCH better format for a tablet/laptoplet(or notebooklet) than this offering from MS, and gives me 15-16 hours of use (with less grunt, but I get that from my laptop. I do not mind having two or three devices, but maybe I am weird (i.e. not the category the marketeers are interested in)
Had not heard of this one. Very interesting read. Looking forward to the rest of the series
Maybe a beancounter worked out that the cost in lawyers' fees was outstripping the amount of cash to be gained from a victory
ArXiv is an example. Some journals do not allow you to publish with them if it has been released previously (even some bone-headed reviewers have difficulty with it), but many just see it as an "author accepted" form that is OK.
When you publish with any scientific publisher you almost always have to sign a copyright transfer agreement. Many publishers simply use this as a means to clear themselves of copyright infringement charges, because you have to declare that the material is your own, and you have the right to sign over the copyright to them. Any extraneous material must be covered with a separate permission from the holders (which is never a problem, because the holders are only too happy that their material is being used, and that therefore they are cited).
Some publishers also want exclusive rights to publication, although all I know allow you to use your own work freely in non-commercial publications like e.g. a PhD thesis. Springer in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science requests you not to put your material on-line until one year after publication. It is not a prohibition, but since they ask nicely I tend to comply. IEEE allows you to post your material provided you show a clear copyright statement and state that the material is only provided for quick dissemination of scientific results for research and educational purposes, but not for any commercial use. This is entirely reasonable.
What the ASCE is doing seems a bit harsh, but the authors must read what they are signing. A colleague of mine crosses out any condition he does not like, initials the changes, signs the forms, and sends it in. He has never been challenged on these changes. I suggest all authors in ASCE publications follow that example.
Alternatively, you can publish in open access journals (or use the open access scheme of some journals with hybrid publishing format). Somewhat more expensive, but compared to the cost of doing the research itself it is nothing. You then simply link to the version on the journal's website and everybody can access it.
The only downside of a replicator based on this mechanism is the formation of an anti-hamburger together with your hamburger. It may be a balanced diet, in a manner of speaking, but could lead to explosive indigestion to which the phrase "blast radius" would seem to small (swamp dragons would be jealous)
I trust it spells something else when abbreviated in Korean
Deary me, is it that time already?
Packs a punch (or two)
Coffee went everywhere when I read this "In quantum parlance, the "wave function" of the particle is said to "collapse" into a specific state (or flask) due to the act of observing. Incidentally, this is why cats resent people staring at them: the constant collapse of their wave function is a strain on their delicate senses". Worthy of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.
WAY too much honour, you are making me blush
I might have a spare keyboard somewhere that I could send you
I wonder whether believers in homeopathy ever worry about the "memory of water" theory. It would certainly worry me, if I believed in it, because one of water's persistent memories must be being piss at many times during its existence.
I once wrote a paper on a quantum mechanical theory homeopathy. It got accepted in Annals of Improbable research. A preprint is here.
As HAL would say, or as Sirius Cybernetics would have it "Share and Enjoy!!", which does sound better than "Go stick your head in a pig!" but amounts to much the same.
This is my problem with several LaTeX offerings available for Android. All the ones I know require you to be online to actually compile the LaTeX source. Not easy (or affordable if available) somewhere outback in Uganda or the like.
We use Benford's Law in some assignments. I'll point students towards this nice informal introduction. Looking forward to the rest of the articles
Nah, he's into sumo. Perfectly Japanese
Even if the system was designed with a limited altitude range in mind, it still should be able to cope with input outside that range, e.g. by flagging an error in the input. My very first job as a programmer was to write a (half) decent UI for a DOS image processing package written mostly in Pascal. The previous programmer's effort used READ and READLN to get floating point values from the (mainly Dutch) users, which resulted in frequent crashes when users entered 0,23 instead of 0.23. I wrote a simple parser that only assumed it was getting a string of characters, tried to parse it, and flagged syntax and other errors to the user. Not rocket science, but simply going back to basics: does the string of characters entered as input meet the preconditions of the code that is going to use that data, if so, use it, if not, flag an error. This very basic approach ensured that medics could use the program without swearing at the computer several times each day.
"No it isn't"
"Yes it is!"
"No it isn't"
"Yes it is!"
"No it isn't"
"Yes it is!"
"This is not an argument, this is plain contradiction"
"No it isn't"
"Yes it is!"
Sorry, couldn't resist
Mine is the one with Monty's Encylco Pythonia in the pocket
Still haven't invented slood, however
I'll give HD 162826 a wave next time the clouds part and I can do some stargazing
Stellarium is a great (free) tool for finding the star (and much more besides)
If the heroic playmonaut has a sense of history he will say "Pojechali"
Also used when raising a glass in Russia
Really nice to see such generosity
Still got an 8" floppy lying around somewhere; one from Digital with CP/M 2.0 on it. 128kB capacity, WOW!
And yes, I still have an Iomega Zip drive somewhere.
One might well argue the USPTO has negative credibility.
I have yet to see patents so patently absurd awarded in the Netherlands or indeed the EU. I have one patent to my name, and the process appeared to be quite thorough. There may certainly be the odd one that slipped through (would love to see one), but not the spate of silliness coming out of the USPTO.
Note that the USPTO gets funded based on how many patents it awards not how many it processes. That is a perverse incentive if ever there was one.
That's not force feedback, proper force feedback is when the button punches you in the face when it thinks you have punched the wrong button! That'll teach ya!
or even a wizzard
The one with Interesting Times in the pocket please
Sure, no worries! I have had alligator on pizza (seriously) in Quebec City which was very nice, and sheep's brain (rarely used, always fresh) in Indonesia, so bollock pie sounds fine to me
Great read over breakfast
that quite a bit of global warming is clearly anthropogenic. It is all the hot air emanating from politicians and commentards alike. Most models fail to take that into account
On a serious note, I do not know (i.e. with 100.0000% scientific certainty) whether global warming or climate change is anthropogenic or not. Climate has changed a lot over earth's history, and CO2 levels are quite low at the moment, as compared to the mesozoic era AFAIK. It is also rather cold compared to e.g. the Jurassic. That suited a bunch of big lizards (OK, not really lizards), but not our current society, which has adapted to the current climate. Climate change may therefore disrupt our cosy lifestyle. To me it does not matter so much whether we are to blame. It is more important to see how we can get by, using fewer non-renewable resources, and how we can deal with a potential crisis, preferably without bloodshed. Mankind's performance in the latter case is not stellar, I agree, but maybe we can work things out this time.
Just my tuppence
Still haven't ....
I'll get me coat
That's a relief, I thought it might be "the one that must not be named"
I think it is wrong to hack pages (freedom of speech and all that), and linking the LGBT community to this honourable gentleman (phrase used without prejudice) might seriously offend members of said LGBT community.
Besides, the honourable gentleman (phrase used without prejudice) is much better at making a fool of himself than any parody could ever manage.
But they don't have the resumé that was hidden in a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard", and that might (or might not be) the correct one.
Besides, if they know so much about everybody, they already know who is perfect for the job, don't they?
I think my tinfoil hat is on too tight
do I send in my resume encrypted with a one time pad?
Ooh, that bring back memories. Tuscan food (all I tried last summer) takes a lot of beating. Having said that, I had some really nice Shiraz/Syrah wines last time I was in California. Some excellent food too. Not all food in the US is fast or fattening.
Darn, hungry now!
And they do not go an complain to the Watch
Better still, replace the head beancounter's phone by such a device modified to give the holder a shock (remotely operated?)
But only if you actually live there, and then have all the greedy fat-cats see how they like clouds of sulfuric acid. As a side effect, that might encourage them into terraforming Venus very quickly
Were they ever good for anything?
"Oh, you mean the law forbidding gnomes to become curators? Of course we know about that one..."
Don't be ridiculous, next you will suggest Feegles become lawyers!
Ya wee scunner!!! Bigjobs!
Here is a complete list of troll patents:
Two: Hit other troll over head wid der club
Many: Hit man over head wid der club
Lots: Hit dwarf over head wid der club
Infringements currently policed by sgt. Detritus
Just like every living organism today! After all, we are all the product of an unbroken line (or actually, massive numbers of twisting interwoven lines *) of survivors reaching back until the first organisms.
Comforting thought, I always find
* Makes a squadron of Arcturan stunt apples look tame
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get me coat. The one with "Get thee to a punnery!" in the pocket
But unlike squirrels, we never forget where they are
Amazing what cool stuff is available these days
Please note the sarcasm I intended with "quite a bit of sense". ;-)
I do not buy into his anarchistic ideal. I do not like over-intrusive government either, the best we can manage in the sublunary is some compromise.
Lower crime rates might also depend on what you consider crime. If you do not consider shooting somebody who appears to be threatening a crime, then guns are not a problem I suppose. I do see shooting people because they appear to be threatening as a crime.
Gun availability in itself need not even be the core of the issue. The core of the issue on the astronomical gun related killings may have something to do with a culture that has less problems with violence in movies than with sex.