2362 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Answer me these questions three, before your passport you will see!
1. What is your name?
2. What is your quest?
3. What is your favourite colour?
3. What is the capitol of Assyria
3. What is the average airspeed of an unladen swallow?
I know, I know! The one with Monty's Encylopythonia in the pocket, please
Re: Quite impressive in term of size but am I alone in wondering.
Dead right. Getting a million cores running effectively is very hard!! It is not just Amdahl's law that can get in the way (i.e. the max speed-up is limited by a section of the code that is sequential), it is communication overhead. We are working on a problem that, if implemented naively, would required O(N log N) communication, with N the number of pixels, which in practice means that the largest data set we have to work on (1.5 Tpixel) requires in the order of 120TB of data traffic. We are trying to get that down to O(G √N log N), with G the number of grey levels, which boils down to in the order of 240 GB of traffic in our case. Still a lot, but it should bring the algorithm into the realms of the possible.
I do not see compilers take over this sort of redesign of the code automatically any time soon
And stop calling me Shirley!
Mine is the one with the Naked Gun DVD in the pocket
More likely it will crush the blender!
But I thought it was OK as long as there are urns, or cherubs in the picture?
Shows it must be art, dunnit?
That's what Sgt Colon told me
"Guns are granted by the constitution, tits - no so much.
The sheer truth is that porn lobby is just too weak."
Should the porn lobby give stiffer opposition?
Sorry couldn't resist
Nice to hear about a company that tries to do good and not just "not do evil". If you can pull it off, not taking venture capital and going public is a very good way to keep control of a company, and staying true to your goals. It is not easy of course.
Well done to Liferay
Re: I had almost expected
I see the Firefox headline flaw has fortuitously been fixed
I had almost expected
Firefox to feature in the fantastically fanciful headline
I think it is called unobtanium (or was it narrativium?)
I mean, I haven't seen the sun for MONTHS and it is still not that cold! How could a ball of hot plasma 110 times the diameter of the earth affect us at a distance of 149 MILLION kilometres?
Regarding the "liquid output"
doesn't that depend heavily on the liquid input?
How many rings to rule them all?
One for each board member
So, that is the LOTR joke settled
Sorry, couldn't resist
Mine is the one with the three volume edition
Re: Am I bothered?
That or the "Scientists Now Know" section of Annals of Improbable Research
I should send them my paper on Creativity - Bureaucracy Decay Studied by Pasta - Antipasta Collision Experiments, but I haven't yet got round to making up some data to put in the plots
It is equally typical for non-engineers not to get these jokes
Engineers and non-engineers are simply two nations separated by a common language
"Please express the force of your facepalm in kilopascals."
I think Norrises per nanoWales is the accepted unit here
Not that I care
The NRA clearly need no lessons in shooting themselves in the foot
Next they will complain about restrictions on weapons like those on the left
"I know a troll when they sue us."
That almost cost me a keyboard
Just taking a dust bath to remove ticks
Did the presence of the google operatives give the creature the impression of being infested with bloodsucking parasites?
Intelligent creature, in that case
Whatever the product, this will not entice me
either to buy Facebook stocks, or to join Facebook
Re: Death by X-Ray?
That, or you just reverse the polarity of the neutron flow (seems to work for Scotty and Geordi La Forge, and Dr. Who (or was that the flux))
Re: Lasers in space
Yes, indeed, once you see the light of a weapon-class laser, you can't any more (ever again!)
Re: not just the old..
I have this image of these two confused (and for some reason blond) women asking directions from a bemused Billy Connolly or Rab C. Nesbit lookalike.
"Ach nea! Ye've come a wee bit too far north, ya stupid cows!"
Simply typing in the wrong name of the city will not cause this in general. On all satnavs I have used (Garmin and (long ago) ViaMichelin) you must first actively select another country. Otherwise Frenchmen would be sent to Paris, Texas by accident. ;-)
Remaining question: Is there a Brussels, Croatia? ;-)
And people wonder why the Dutch make jokes about Belgians
Quite besides being distracted, having to refuel a few times on an 80km trip should be a give-away that something is rotten in the state of Belgium.
Software re-use often has these side effects.
Re: installation disc?
So he did not make the "recovery discs" most laptops ask you to make? That is much safer than a recovery partition (in case the hard drive goes titsup). Machines with windows pre-installed often come with a product code on the underside of the machine. Could this be used to get a reinstallation disk from MS (not likely I guess, but perhaps worth a shot)?
And the problem with kids today is that if you tell em they don't believe a word you are saying!
MS-DOS? Posh bastards! We would give our right arm to be able to use MS-DOS, we would!!
We are forced to run old CP/M machines (the very lucky bastards get CP/M 68K!!)
We have to compile our browsers, then store them on 42 floppy disks, and like it!!
Why does this debate remind me of a Monty Python sketch?
I came here for an argument, this is just plain contradiction
No, it isn't!
Yes, it is!
No, it isn't!
Yes, it is!
Whether you consider him guilty or not, the point is the man took his own life under a situation that anybody would find very stressful.
That is a tragedy.
Re: Market share drop not surprising
I must say I still like my new Desire X (Android of course, not WinPho), a lot. I used to have an HTC Desire, but unfortunately put my foot on it at night during an observing session with the telescope in France, so maybe the UI appealed to me more than the Samsung offerings. I cannot comment on battery life, however. The Desire X is definitely a much better phone than the cruddy little replacement phone (cheapest non-sim-locked android phone available in that French town at that time) I got (though to its credit it did have a dual SIM capability). The same holds for the Samsungs I had a look at recently: touch screen much better to look at and in terms of responsiveness than the cheapo phone I got.
Holy Moses! How commandments fit onto that tablet!
sorry, could not resist,
Re: Seems like this would be a teaching opportunity
"Fuck" most likely derives from the same root as Dutch "fokken" meaning to breed. This is Germanic.
Re: Immature is as immature does
Profane? Nah, it was just amateur fane
Deary me, coat time again, I am afraid
So, our 1.5 Terapixel image (aerial image of entire (undisclosed) country) will not fit on that usb-stick?
Mine is the one with the 2TB disk in the pocket
Re: Go right ahead...
Like, they wouldn't want to sell stuff in the UK any more?
If stiffer taxes are introduced, they will not take their business elsewhere, I would guess they will rip customers off more than they already do. A bit like tax on fuel here in the Netherlands, where taxes are higher than in Germany, and the oil companies happily pass 150% or more of that difference on to the customer.
Re: Scene from the Hitatchi factory canteen
I just thought all your MP3s would go up in pitch.
Yep, me too. And it makes me wonder: were these thieves out for profit, or did they really want to salt into some people's wounds.
I can think of an application: Dynamic posters for CS Conferences
I would love to have one of these in A0 size that I can put into a standard roll for posters, so I can show off my image and 3D medical volume processing and visualization algorithms on the poster itself. That would be seriously cool. All I would need is to hook it up to the laptop (for the required computational oomph) as a huge external screen. You could even support touch-based interaction.
I could even remove any typos I left, or let viewers supply their own images
But I always glare at my windows box
Doesn't achieve much, I must say.
It does rather remind me of the nickname of LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) used during D-day: Large Slow Target
Re: Nothing heroic or disaterous
Besides, Operation Market Garden was not a complete failure. It did not achieve all the objectives, and Arnhem was indeed a bridge too far. The bridges over the Waal and Maas rivers were captured intact, by paratroops. The southern half of the Netherlands (including me mum and her family, who lived in Nijmegen at the time) were liberated much earlier than the rest of the Netherlands, thanks to Market Garden.
In academia, students get to see PLENTY of bad code
They write quite a bit of it themselves!
Not all the code they see is in books. A lot of it is ill-documented scientific code written on the spur of the moment to check out a new idea. If it works, write a little MatLab wrapper and release into the wild. FUN!!
Yes, we teach our students how to gather requirements, write documentation, carefully craft the code. However, quite a bit of our own code is written quickly, and the scientific paper serves as the documentation. One reason we get away with it, is that many of our programmes are really rather small snippets reading data, applying the new algorithm to it, and writing some output. In many cases, the code does not get released as production code. Only in larger scale efforts do we apply any thorough software engineering skills.
So, us academics often don't abide by our own rules.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
Whatever the outcome
New options mean new material for BOFH episodes
Another application not available for Linux, or Mac!!! I feel left out!
"Like when atheists point at parasitic wasps as 'proof' there is no God? Equally weak arguments."
Agreed, I never said there is no God.
You would need a babelfish to prove that ;-)
Now let's hope the creationists don't start using this as "proof" that evolution does not work
Does it have a button "Old Faithful"?
If so, look for the Bergholt Stutley Johnson label
Frightened by del *.*?
wait till they see
rm -rf /
(= F1 on BOFH keyboard)
shutdown -h now
(=F2 on BOFH keyboard)
And there is the even more powerful command for HEX:
+++ reinstall universe +++
+++ redo from start +++
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