The arrival of the Vogons is nigh!!!!
As some ape-descended life forms apparently STILL think digital watches are a good idea.
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As some ape-descended life forms apparently STILL think digital watches are a good idea.
It is amazing what can be done with "cheap" HPC systems. I do note that this kind of architecture is not that good at the type of compute load I tend to work on: heavily data-driven processing order. GPUs still prefer SIMD-like problems of "lots of the same" type seen in many physics problem. Alternatively, I need to rethink my algorithms, but at the moment the fastest kit we use for our problems is a 2U rack server with 64 AMD cores and 512 GB RAM.
As you might guess from the above, 12GB is also too small for most of my data sets, and we still haven't quite worked out how to do our work in distributed-memory machines. It would be great if we could find a way to harness these beasts for our kind of work, however
I thought that it was mandatory that every item used during Earth Hour must be reusable.
hmm, condoms? Reuse?
Sorry, couldn't resist
I got the disk for HFL 4,- (less than 2 euro) and my wife wrote her MSc thesis on it. Simple, but it worked. I was more of a Wordstar user, as my documents (text data files from our image processing system) exceeded 64kB frequently. The column-mode editing in Wordstar was ideal for certain tricky manipulations with columns of data. I did like the first Word for Windows editions, but have switched to LaTeX since. I only ever use Word or Open/LibreOffice if I get documents from our management.
"I don't know about impossible but it's very, very improbable."
In fact, it is so improbable I think they must have hooked up the logic circuitry of a Bambleweeny 57 sub-meson brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian motion generator to get this far.
I'm of to get a really hot cup of tea
Or the more extravagant ones of Elton John or Dame Edna
I now have this mental image of Jake's jilted fiance in the film aiming her rocket launcher using a google glass
And people wonder why I use LaTeX. Not for everybody, I know, but it works for me.
Paris Texas, Paris Utah, or the real deal?
OK, geo-tagging and time zone info can help, but an effin' big Eiffel Tower in the picture should give us a hint.
Garçon, l'addition s'il vous plait!
the terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side
We need a Marvin icon
For goodness sake, get on with providing service and stop this pointless bickering! If they prove incapable of sorting out their differences, could somebody get the lot of them fired, and replaced by people with more IQ than ego.
And there I was thinking IT solutions were designed for semi-evolved simians.
Or nematode worms.
Darn, need to redesign my UI
call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't!
Sorry, couldn't resist. Mine's the one with the radio plays in the pocket
It's area should be in nanoWales, but the linear size might be in double-decker buses. Or will the humble linguine (unboiled, sea level) suffice?
I assume the construction is mainly metal, creating a good Faraday cage. That should withstand being zapped. Any sensors outside the cage would be in serious trouble, however.
I moved to XP from 2000 after at least SP1 (and dual booted it with SUSE Linux). I manually tweaked security settings (and was fairly paranoid in setting router firewall settings). I found XP useful, but actually prefer Windows 7. For me, Windows 7 is the best version I have used, but then I have little or no experience with the 98, ME, and Vista incarnations (my loss, I know ;-) ).
Win 8 on a new laptop is much less to my liking and I must still get round to setting up the machine to dual boot with Linux. A single try getting round the effing EFI boot loader failed.
I will try upgrading one ancient laptop from XP to Win 7 and failing that make it a full Linux machine.
Regarding the "unclassified" classification, all satellite images gathered by DigitalGlobe and the like must be screened by a government agency before release to the public (by law). Nothing surprising there. I have processed many satellite images (all previously cleared) and in terms of resolution this looks like many commercial images I have seen. I have no clearance (nor feel an urgent need to get one) for military work.
The only higher-resolution remote sensing images I have seen were aerial (not satellite) images taken after the Haiti earthquake. These were 15cm in resolution. More is probably possible, but not needed in most applications, as it only leads to an explosion in data size. For commercial images, this is an important consideration. Many, if not most applications only really need a resolution in the order of 1m which already leads to roughly 150 terapixels of data to cover just the earth's land mass. Moving to 0.25cm you have a 16-fold increase in data size (and processing time if your processing algorithms are O(N), otherwise it is worse). You need a very good business case to justify that.
"Sending money to Uganda" has a nice ring to it
As a veiled threat for those in the know
A fixed component + a DON'T WASTE OUR TIME fine (DWOT-fine) if prior art is found
The latter could be expressed as
DWOT_fine = base_fine * num_hits * age_oldest / rank_first_hit;
num_hits = number of hits on prior art in relevant search engines;
rank_first_hit = the rank of the first hit on prior art in a relevant query
age_oldest = age (in years) of first mention of prior art
base_fine = a figure in the order of 1,000,000 $
Alternatively, crowd-source this: publish the application, and have a contest who can find the oldest prior art. The DWOT-fine (computed based on age of oldest prior art, number of valid responses, and speed of first response) is split between the person finding the oldest prior art, and the person giving the first valid response.
THAT would cut back frivolous patent applications
Indispensable, I would say
We still do not know.
Frustrating for us commentards, but agonizing for the relatives of those on board. Fingers crossed for more information. The sooner the better.
Nothing specific to Microsoft. Many if not most businesses when faced with the choice of conforming to local laws or not doing business don't chose the "not doing business" option.
Nothing personal, it's just business, they say.
Sad, perhaps, but true.
I think the monkey in question would as easily lose interest in "War and Peace", which to many humans is absolutely riveting.
I asked, the only simian I know who appreciates books, and he said "OOK" so there!
I'll break open those bars off extra-dark chocolate my kids gave me for my birthday to celebrate in style
Neelie deserved the "Steelie". Maybe she should have clung on to the competition portfolio. I always felt the "digital agenda" portfolio had "FAD" printed over it in large friendly letters
I must have an old threepence lying around somewhere, along with a few ha'pence.
It's a bit nippy for surfing, I would say, at −179.2 °C.
What about the power draw? Important constraint for a mobile device
"I love it when a plan comes together!"
Great work, and well-deserved bottle of bubbly
I'll raise a glass to him tonight, most likely a more distilled versio
there is a giant star turtle, with four elephants on its back, ....
What about all the microcode in most, if not all CISC processors (not sure about modern RISC machines)? In principle it could be doing all sorts of things beyond performing the instruction requested by the given op-code.
Opening up the code for inspection might work, but then you would still need to check the actual product shipped to ensure it adheres to the open specifications.
The problem with paranoia is choosing an appropriate point to stop suspicions, and start trusting. I have no easy answer for that.
This kind of project is great to get kids enthusiastic for computer science at an early age.
Light beer indeed, maybe with Helium as replacement for CO2
Nah, it read: "We apologise for the inconvenience"
They still have not read "Pornography and Obscenity" by D.H. Lawrence, which he wrote as a response to the outrage he had caused with Lady Chatterley's Lover. Lawrence would never classify the "offending" (to Apple) image as pornography. In his words
"Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it",
which this image, curiously juxtaposing the female body with a knife blade clearly does not do.
The USA apparently have some catching up to do on these issues.
I would use the Mersenne Twister now, in particular because loads of implementations exist (R, matlab, PHP, Python, GNU Scientific Library, etc). When I implemented the additive (or subtractive) generator (1989) it did not exist, and most if not all languages used the LCG. Knuth's one is a variant of the Lagged Fibonacci generator. Apart from being a better generator than the LCG, if initialized properly, it is much faster, because I only have to do one subtraction, and a conditional addition (if the result of the subtraction is negative, which is a cheap test), as opposed to a multiplication, modulus, and addition for the LCG. Numerical Recipes in C has an implementation (ugly code, but it works). The speed difference on an 8 MHz 80286 (used for image processing) was massive.
That's one solution. I also like the least significant bits of the output of a covered webcam with gain at maximum. Really random bits are easily obtained from noise in the outside world if your device has inputs like cameras and microphones.
For quick and dirty work NOT involving security (but e.g. for Monte-Carlo simulations) I used to use the additive PRNG from Knuth (with 2^55-1 period). This needs 55 seeds in my case, and webcam noise or similar is fine for that. With the development of the Mersenne Twister this subtractive generator is a bit out of date. I gather it is faster (and also faster than the LCG), however.
Sorry, time to go home, it appears. Mine is the one with "Turn Left at Orion" in the pocket
Or was it really a Boeing 666
The horror, the horror,....
If "death spiral" had been present in the Middle English, I shudder to think what sort of instrument of torture it might have been
Will there be an XP version later
Sorry, couldn't resist
Oh, deary me, looks like it's time to go home already
One of the better whatif.xkcd pages. Thanks for that
"There must be a way to keep CPU and GPU load up during idle periods even in this day and age."
There are many indeed. Many have the general form of *@home
Like the idea of the reflections in the toaster too.
Nice one, really nice one.
Put me in mind of a fellow student living in the same student house as I did, and he was into punk musing of the type in which it sounded like somebody was vomiting violently into a microphone, and somebody else had hung a fireproof mike in an operational afterburner of a jet fighter.
He used to study quietly and conscientiously till midnight, and then put his music on at roughly 120 dB. As he did not hear our complaints I yanked out the appropriate fuse. He complained that that could damage his records; I retorted that that was peanuts to the damage my 5 lb sledgehammer would do next time. I suggested he had a perfectly serviceable set of headphones so he could listen to his music any time without disturbing us. He said the sound quality would suffer. He did not understand why we howled with laughter at that.
Instead of the piranha pool, you could simply get one of those shoes with the built-in poisoned dagger also favoured by SPECTRE (in From Russia with Love, as I recall).
it was just a place that is very, very, ..... well, ... Australian, except that it had few snakes because they were almost all killed by the spiders (according to Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita, Volume 29c, Part III).
Nice bar though in Didjabringabeeralong, and I like the way they jailed every prime minister the moment he got himself elected (saves time).
Still, no worries, she'll be right!