Better landing than Topper Harley
Sorry, time for me coat
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Sorry, time for me coat
"Now if the UN decided to give the sites protected status, that is a different matter..."
Maybe they could be voted UNESCO (Out of this) World Heritage Sites
That would make a lot of sense (and is not at odds with the National Park idea), as these sites are a monument to one of mankind's greatest achievements.
Images have been made of the Apollo landing sites, not just by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO, from NASA, so "suspect"), but by the Chinese Chang'e-2 probe (1.3m resolution, so good enough). Some of the LRO images show the LEM base, its shadow, and tracks from astronauts and rovers.
"Someone saw a way to get all their ancient PCs replaced with brand new ones."
Someone who is called Simon, maybe
Pass me the sledgehammer and the cattle prod please
What, no BOFH icon? OK, off to the pub then
I think in the case of serious fast bowlers you would get some serious motion blur as well
Neat device, nonetheless
Eduroam is very nice indeed. It is very handy for me to have internet access in the universities I visit.
People bring their own devices because those provided are not up to scratch.
How dare they attack us with missiles without transponders! It's not fair!!!!
Well, it's quantum, innit?
saying how nice it was of them to decrease roaming charges.
I smiled and thought how nice it was that somebody (Steely Neelie, I think) in the EU is forcing to do so.
The thumbs up it to the EU (this time), not Vodaphone
Beware of Geeks bearing gifts
Sorry, couldn't resist
Or are these researchers just begging for an Ig Nobel Prize?
Absolutely! I grew up in the Apollo era, and as a seven-year-old nagged my parent's (successfully) to see the first moon landing in the middle of the night. Astronauts and cosmonauts were heroes that transcended national boundaries. They showed us we could reach beyond Earth. Almost every boy in my class wanted to follow Gagarin and Armstrong. I consider that a rather better aim in life than to become filthy rich in finance. If astronauts inspire a next generation of kids to reset their ambitions and aim for the stars (literally, not in the X-factor sense) it is money well spent.
Isn't getting thrown off the Register for making irrelevant remarks is a bit like being thrown out of the Pogues for excessive unruly behaviour
You mean the Extremely Annoying Dude On Narcotics? That's news to me!
The primary gets up my nose quickly. I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer remembering where I left things, and simply moving directly to the right location (cd under linux, or multiple clicks in windows explorer). If I forget, I just use find/grep in linux, and search when on windows (after berating myself for forgetting ;-) ).
I find hiding the "complexity" of a file system from me just annoys me. Others may like it of course.
Please note that the opinion expressed above is solely the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of those with other opinions
and the trip past the planets. Wonderful spacecraft, still going strong after all these years.
I will raise a glass to all those who made this feat possible.
Reminds me of a comment by Rich Hall:
"Good things come to those who wait, shit shows up instantly"
If we cannot find an ideal planet, maybe the Magratheans can build one to our spec?
Just using a different fixed font encoding is identical to using using the oldest cypher in the book: simple substitution. You can easily simulate the enigma machine on your PC, and that is much better than the proposed solution. However, note that fairly old computer machinery could already crack that (with the help of some nifty linguistic trickery and a few coding blunders of the Germans)
One-time pads do a rather better job, and are easily accessible (though harder to distribute).
Sorry, couldn't resist
If you can get your hands on a good one-time pad (least significant pits of camera noise will do) you have a provably safe encryption, because the (truly random) key is as long as the message. Quantum computing does not help one jot. Trying all keys gives you (apart from a load of rubbish) all possible plain-text messages of the given length, and all possible zip/rar/tgz/bz2/... files of the same length, exploding the possible space of intelligible solutions further. Somewhere in that humongous space of solutions is the right one, but you have no way of telling which one is correct.
The only problem is transmitting the key over a secure channel. That is not that difficult: store these random bits steganographically on a DVD or Blu-Ray disc containing footage of the kids playing, and take them personally to the intended person when visiting them on holidays.
Any image (large) might contain some subtly hidden message (just replace the least significant bits of the image with bits from a compressed, encrypted file). Even this crude method can be very hard to detect, as a compressed file is already close to noise in its bit patterns (high entropy signal). Any high entropy signal can be considered suspect for that reason (photon-noise-limited astronomical images spring to mind)
The NSA are of course aware of steganography, and could use this to suggest any media file is suspect. The only problem they then face is tracking all such data.
I still bear scars on my very soul from the pain of having to remove Symantec's crudware from my machine. I think nuking the disk from space did it
You cannot punish us, or everybody will suffer was a message the bankers used successfully.
Did not do much for their popularity, did it?
Not necessarily, I am afraid.
The part where Hitler loses is not in Mein Kampf, that part is found in books on history, but I doubt any self-respecting loony dictator would allow mere historical facts to get in the way of a megalomaniacal plan. It is more likely he will be thinking (word used without prejudice) along the lines of "If only good old Adolf had waited till he had the bomb, like I have done".
Evidently, they did not read C. Northcote Parkinson's chapter "The Short List" in Parkinson's Law. It tells you exactly how to weed out unsuitable candidates, and he presents an algorithm which gets you just one applicant (the right one) obviating the need for an interview.
I find it odd they did not find that paper, as it must have been scanned by them, and a quick google got me this.
At Google, unlike the X-Files, the truth is in there.
In both cases, it is a matter of finding things
Even the conjugate gradient benchmark, while very useful, does not say it all. Conjugate gradient problems are present in many optimization methods, but not in combinatorial optimization. Maybe an additional benchmark is needed for that. Some image and signal processing problems are not easily cast into an optimization framework at all, for these we would love to have a better benchmark.
If I have to use tea bags I go for this one, because the Keemun black tea it contains does not turn bitter when you forget to remove it from the mug.
I tend not to use milk, ever since my student days, when the question "how many lumps" could accurately be used for the amount of milk, from time to time.
"Look at the size of these little buggers!
Isn't it AMAZIN' !"!
Or Les Hiddins, the bush tucker man:
"These bugs mighn't look very appetizin', but they're full of minerals, particularly titanium"
I cannot yet print my LaTeX in 3D, but perhaps somebody is writing some useful class files, style files and drivers
Tungsten boots? Do you have an infestation of Feegles?
DIBOL, short for DIABOLIC ?
Much as I like cats, you really do not want a robot to be cat-like. Consider the difference with dogs when you throw a stick. The dog runs after it and collects it. The cat looks at you as if to say: "Hey, you threw it, you go get it." I consider this a clear indication of the more advanced intelligence of cats, as compared to dogs.
A simple rule of thumb is:
A dog has a master
A cat has house-mates
A Siamese cat has grooming staff
Enter the Heisenberg/Schrödinger elevator. It tunnels to the correct destination, and allows an arbitrary (but uncertain) number of elevators per shaft. Add defocused temporal perception and they will be there before you know you want them.
The only downside is their tendency to sulk in basements.
And there I was thinking that producing better, more competitive products was what capitalism was about!
Deary me, how naive of me.
Is their legal team run by Mr Slant?
Alternatively, SCO might really be a vampire outfit. Somebody spilled blood in the wrong place.
Sorry, too obvious, really
SKA does not really work with steerable dishes, it uses synthetic aperture based on many small antennae. By combining the signals from many sources with the right delays, you can form a vast number of beam shapes with a vast number of different side-lobes. This in principle allows you to let a telescope be blind in the direction of fixed radio sources. If you know terrestrial sources are a problem, you can in theory create a null-sensitivity for things on the horizon, or (more easily) in the specific direction of a particular source.
Source above the antennae which drift around and are difficult to predict are a pain, and a cause of many ruined pieces of data.
Well measured response. but I would like to add one more tiem:
8. Beware of injelititis: managers who have a combination of a large degree of incompetence and a similarly large degree of jealousy, a combination known as injelitance. Injelitant people in managerial roles cause a disease called injelitis. These people actually prefer to have a third-rate team, because they know deep down in their hearts they themselves are second-rate at best. Do not think you can single-handedly change the course of such a department (key words to watch: "Yes, mr. X is brilliant, but mr. Y is more sound"). Abandon such departments at warp speed.
See: C. Northcote Parkinson: Parkinson's Law, or the Pursuit of Progress.
Or Billy Conolly would get my vote
and of course the inimitable Tom Baker.
But probably, like bankers, they are considered too important to jail by the DoJ!
And of course Iran can now gleefully point a finger (rightly or wrongly) at the US if the US makes a fuss of these activities on human rights grounds.
People in glass houses
Sad world indeed
Finally!!!! Ve vill haf proof of ze existence off ze DARK LIGHT!!!! Efen in ze roundworld!
Perhaps, but I doubt she would be significantly worse than many currently in the senate.
You can have multiple faces if you are a master of disguise, just like inspector Clouseau
The classic random walk is exemplified by a person (typically male) who is so drunk that at each step he cannot remember which direction the last one was going.
By saturating the senses with loud noise, combined with the usual quantities of alcohol involved, I would expect that those involved in mosh pits have a similar level of randomness in their motion, especially when adding collisions with other "particles."
I will submit the paper to Annals of Improbable Research for their Scientists now know corner.
Weren't www.beautifulpeople.com previously listed as www.narcissism.com ?