2130 posts • joined Tuesday 24th April 2007 14:31 GMT
Re: am I a luddite ?
I think it is quite an irony that Unity is so divisive. Clearly people either like it or hate it.
I have never used it (we use KDE at work, and therefore I use it at home just to have the same environment), so have no opinion on its merits (or lack thereof).
Re: As one DNA strand...
Nice one, wanted to get a new keyboard anyway
Really awesome images and video. There was a load of activity on September 1 and 2, as seen through my little H-alpha scope (our first-year students had a look and were very impressed). It is of course typical that the best fireworks took place when it was clouded over over here.
I do not see it as a problem that Linux has made it to roughly 1% of the desktop. One percent of all desktops is still a huge number of machines, and apparently many people are happy with it. Transit vans are are a minute proportion of all cars sold, but that does not mean the Transit van is not considered a roaring success. The same could be said about Porsches and Ferraris. Seen like this there is no need to blame anyone.
It does of course pay to see if you can do better. In my book that means: Do not break APIs! If you need to change something, do it in the form of new functionality, but do not change old system calls, unless you are absolutely certain that there is no legacy code that needs it out there (not much chance of that, is there?). That at least is what we try to teach our students.
Linux is very good at certain things, for certain people. These people are neither superior or inferior to others, they just need, or like to use a different toolbox. End of story as far as I am concerned.
Re: Reverse the polarity of the Neutron flow.
Beware what you wish form, you might get it.
I have this image of an ageing, degenerating brain, and a mind bereft of all joy, in a perfectly healthy body, which stubbornly refuses to die. As brain cells tend not to divide, and are typically not replenished (which may or may not be an adaptation linked to our long memory, and intellectual abilities), I doubt whether it would benefit from the same rejuvenation treatment as the rest of the body.
Scary thought that.
Re: Burn the heretics!!
In Quebec you should not just try the beer. I have VERY fond memories of the food in Quebec City when I was there. Really, really, really very good indeed. I'll toast to the thought of returning there and having an 'Assiette du Pecheur"
Re: Burn the heretics!!
Actually, I find that a properly made galette (buckwheat pancake, Bretonne style) with crispy fried bacon and maple syrup works very well. It is a culinary version of the Dutch "spekpannenkoek" (bacon pancake) which is usually served with treacle. Despite the reputation of Dutch "cuisine" in general, the spekpannenkoek can be really nice.
Love the audacity and vision of this guy. Exciting stuff combined with a good business sense.
I'll have another carton
Re: Is that the sound....
"Besides, what child actually wants to be able to listen to their parents' music collection?"
It is all a matter of indoctrination: I've got my kids headbanging to "Smoke on the Water", so now they are looking up other Deep Purple stuff on the web.
I agree very much (as I did in my post to the previous article) that the patent system needs repair, and the key is proper examination of patents. I know a patent (US patent 5,533,051, an analysis is given here) was awarded for a means and method to compress any string of bits without loss of information (even it's own output). Anyone with half a brain can see that this is (ahem) patently false, as repeated application of the method to any finite bit string would result in a zero bit string, which mysteriously should still contain all the information of the original. I remember commenting at the time that the process might be correct for certain types of music, because they contain no discernible information anyway (the precise type of music for which this holds may differ between people).
Had this patent been examined properly, it would never have been awarded. The same holds for quite a few others (though fortunately very few are as stupid as the one abive). Having said that, there are plenty of inventions that thoroughly deserve protection, and the patent system, if properly implemented can provide that.
Ultimate app for the viligante?
or for those with a "disproportionate response" sign in their front yard
I liked the look of WebOS when it came out (as a long time Tungsten T3 user, I liked many things Palm). I did not rush in and get a Pre or TouchPad, but I still like many of the ideas behind WebOS. I fear that this latest release may be too little, too late for WebOS however. I hope I am wrong.
do they turn green when angry?
At least they do not have David Banner's clothing bill
Mine is the one with the Marvel comics in the pocket
Re: optional & untitled
20$ for the servers? Doesn't it cost more to dump them these days?
If the former, does I hope it doesn't develop a pain in all the diodes down its left side.
Re: Why so slow?
"Because the mighty nuclear power plant produces a whole 100W of power, so it isn't rushing anywhere. And the rocket blast might have uncovered something interesting."
Precisely, no need to overclock the on-board computer
Simple explanation for non-windows focus:
The authors of this malware have all the complete set of passwords for windows boxes
I for one would much rather have the A stand for Arts rather than Accountancy.
Just my 2p
Free Beer License
I prefer to release under the Free Beer License, or my preferred derivative, the more lenient Free Beverage License, which allows the licensee to specify his or her preferred beverage (12 year old or older single malt will do nicely)
Patents are valuable if they protect something truly innovative. In the US, the USPTO does a particularly bad job of sifting out the duds, that is the core problem. The USPTO lets past many patently false claims, or things for which prior art clearly exists. They then assume that the patent holders will fight over it in court. In Europe, the situation is very different, and the investigation into prior art is much more thorough (as it should be). This prevents the need for fighting over the validity of the patent in court. That also means such well-researched patent offer better protection to inventors with smaller pockets to pay legal fees.
So the patent system itself is not broken in my opinion. The the current implementation is bug ridden and badly in need of updates.
I remember well
that in the queen's birthday parade in my home town in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1970, so many boys were dressed as astronauts. I was one of them. Nothing trumped astronaut for cool as a kid. I am glad my kids got a glimmer of that excitement as they followed the exploits of Andre Kuipers in the ISS. They are now also considering astronaut as a career.
May there forever be nerdy engineers to follow in those famous footsteps on the moon, and beyond. Let's raise a glass to that.
Patriot Scientific Corporation?
How can the US government fail to heed their "throaty call"? That would be unpatriotic, wouldn't it?
Their case may well have merit, but it does seem their name is chosen with future litigation in mind, especially against foreign firms, rather than with any "patriot science" (whatever that may be) being carried out.
Re: He would
I have never had the privilege to meet the man, but aged seven I did successfully nag my parents to let me see the fuzzy image of Neil Armstrong stepping off that ladder. It was one of the things that set me off in a career of science (first astronomy, now computer science). I have seen many interviews with the man, and always appreciated his modesty. I will not miss Neil Armstrong at a personal level, because we never met. The personal loss is that of his family and friends. However, at this point it is fitting to express what a role model he was, both professionally, and as a human being. As his family stated to the press:
"The next time you look up and see the Moon smiling down at you,give it a wink and think of Neil".
That is the best monument to a modest, but great man.
Is it just me, or is than not the most sensible way to codename a police unit?
I trust it does not stand for Schutz-Staffel 20, but it is a codename like that is bound to cause comment, post WW-II, and certainly in these times when people accuse the government of setting up a police state.
Just my 2p
Re: Correlation and Causation?
Yes there are: low sunspot activity means a weaker solar magnetic field, which leads to more cosmic rays penetrating the atmosphere, which leads to more ionized particles, which leads to more clouds (as ionized particles are condensation kernels which seed clouds), which leads to higher reflectance of the earth, which leads to lower temperatures. Quite a series of steps, but there is supporting evidence.
Statistically there have been many studies linking the Maunder Minimum to a "little ice age". I read a paper by Danish astronomers in about 1990, showing a 98% correlation between sunspot activity and temperature on earth over a period of about 150 years. Of course, this is correlation, not causation, but it is a very strong correlation indeed. Besides, I would hesitate yo suggest that temperatures on earth cause an increase in solar activity ;-).
Assuming the changes on the sun do not affect climate in any way is saying the main energy source of all earthly weather has no effect on the weather. However, saying the sun is the only cause behind climate change, and pollution has no effect at all is over-simplification as well.
Great artery-clogging food
Now for some clootie dumplings with slumpie
and extra butter of course
You can't fence that merchandise, it's too hot!
Sorry, couldn't resist. Flames, well, obvious, init?
I will stick to my home-made sambal setan (devil sauce) made from Madame Jeanette peppers, some vegetable oil, a bit of salt and vinegar, and a dash of sesame oil.
Nice and fruity
I was in Akibahara in 2001, and it was very much geek paradise then. Did not buy any electronics, I was too busy not losing 25 science students in the maze that was then Akibahara. I did get an eyepiece for my scope at the time. I also remember the "German Beer Cellar" they had in Ginza street, with waitresses in German dirndl dress. Weird (but they had good beer).
Someone print me a burger
Cannot be worse than the alleged burgers sold in some dives
Could be an ammonite
And they are extinct. Not just six foot under and pushing up the daisies, but many, many strata below.
Makes as much sense as the other explanations
Re: African or a European Brontosaurus?
And do they migrate?
Mine is the one with the Holy Grail DVD in the pocket
Re: Interesting spectrographic output...
Calcium is a relatively common element in space (as are most even elements before iron).
Hmm, seismic stuff
Tremble, ye Martians
Sorry, couldn't resist
Igor! Pull the lever ...
I was very sorry to hear this news. She was an inspiration for many women to join in in the fun that is science and technology.
I will raise a glass to her memory this evening
Looks more like a Celtic Triskelon. No wories
You are right about Northern Siberia: nothing to see except blizzards
"Actually yes, but thats besides the point. No reason kids can't eat French cuisine. I'm fairly sure French kids do. I'd take steak tartare over a mc horse scrotum burger. I'm no fan of frogs legs, but escargot is awesome."
Agreed, my kids (8 and 10) love to try exotic stuff like snails, or eyes and brains of fish (they learnt that from a Croatian friend (I passed on those myself)). It gets them huge bragging rights at school.