2511 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: Wot no checksums?
Even the best error correcting codes fail in practice when the signal is drowned out by MASSIVE random noise output by the sun. It would be like trying to shout at somebody on the other side of a football pitch while Motörhead are doing a gig in between. I think you will find that quite tricky (this is why people text each other in the disco, instead of talking).
Now make the football pitch a few hundred million km across, and replace Motörhead's few ten's of kilowatts of power by 3.9x10^26 Watts, and you get the picture.
Re: "... Fondleslab: Jus' say 'AarrghaarrghpleeassennononoUGH'"
And of course, when a troll fondles a slab the fingers go through the screen
Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?
My kids much prefer to get their hands (and everything else in a 5 furlong radius) dirty with REAL paint, or real clay, rather than using a screen (they also like that, but the real deal is more fun).
I also totally agree that a device on which you cannot programme, and which is not sergeant-Detritus-proof, is not a good tool for IT in the classroom.
Re: Can you spare me the trip, too?
I thought the shortest possible time was the New-York second: the time between the traffic light turning green in front of you and the yellow cab behind you honking its horn.
Mine is the one with "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" in the pocket
None are so clearly upset ...
as those who repeatedly claim not to be upset.
Cool, seriously cool!
We live in such exciting times. I several algorithms which could benefit from much faster global access (and just more processing grunt, but that goes without saying). I do worry how to harness the power embedded in your typical GPU architecture. They do not seem to like data-driven processing order much. Scientifically, that is a challenge of course, not a problem.
I will join
Even if, living in the Netherlands, I might not reap the full benefits. This is an important institution which is very worthy of my support
Re: What is this article supposed to be?
You are all misunderstanding it. It a very cunning advert for LaTeX. If you adjust your monitor settings properly, the message "LaTeX RULES!!" can be made out in the background.
Re: How about a "BIGGER HAMMER" variant of flaming
Good point. Maybe coat it with potassium perchlorate, for that extra oomph.
I just love things that go BANG
How about a "BIGGER HAMMER" variant of flaming
Use a strip of magnesium as a conductor. In the path of the rocket exhaust it should burn up readily (brightly).
There might be a delay, but it does not rely on melting
And then I just love the extra fireworks display
Icon, because, ..... well guess
Long, Dark Teatime of the Seoul
It could be the South Koreans doing it to fellow South Koreans they happen to dislike, and give them a excuse to attack North Korea with similar means. This suggests they are in the third stage of warfare according to Douglas Adams:
1. Retribution: I am going to kill you because you killed my brother
2. Anticipation: I am going to kill you because I killed your brother
3. Diplomacy: I am going to kill my brother and then kill you on the pretext that your brother did it.
Re: The cold spots...
Could be worse, it could be the Azgoths of Kria
"Ode to a small lump of green putty I found under my left armpit one midsummer morning" anyone?
I remember seeing the Voyager launches on the news. I followed all the planetary fly-bys. That thing is really going places. Almost makes me feel lonesome (and certainly small)
A toast to all engineers and scientists involved!
Originally they wanted to call the service "Monty" ...
I'll get me coat
She should have brought dried frog pills instead
so she could hallucinate she was sane.
but then she would probably be able fly without needing a plane
I am surprised
nobody has suggested duck tape yet
How does it report bugs:
Houston, we have a problem
Re: It is, ... absolutely awful
"On BBC News this morning they showed "her" in angry mode shouting "You're late! Where on earth are you?" in a way that I found really quite unnerving. I suspect anyone feeling a little harassed would not want one of these."
And anyway, isn't shouting at you that way the privilege the missus?
It is, ... absolutely awful
I do wonder if it would not be simpler to, you know, insert a camera into the phone, and, like, image or film the actual expression of the sender rather than simulate it, but perhaps that technology must first be developed
Can the software please add a sarcastic expression to the above statement?
It is of course handy if you want to send an insincere emotion, but that would of course be unethical, so nobody would do that
^ Same emotion again, please
That might actually make me join in
For me fishing always seemed boring, unless when using the "nutting the salmon" technique proposed by Billy Connolly (it involves a crash helmet).
There is just no way of escaping them
The speed of sound increases with the stiffness of the medium, and decreases with density. For an ideal gas stiffness depends on pressure, which depends of density and temperature. The net result is that the speed of sound increases with temperature. So low temperature leads to low speed of sound. High in the atmosphere, the temperature is low. However, at the altitude of satellites, things are probably more complicated, as ionizing radiation of the sun may heat molecules to 2,000 K or more (and ionize them, changing the properties of the dilute gas), depending on solar activity.
Some advanced reader (claim to) use IR light and the Doppler to detect moving blood under the skin. Those scanners are not fooled by these fake fingers. I gather some scanners even OKed photocopies of fingerprints
Re: NASA has found.....
Some sediments are actually deposited by wind. Plenty of that on Mars. Hydrocarbons would be interesting. Await yells of "There's oil in them there hills!!!", followed by a rush to get to the oil first
(and once found, wondering how on earth (Mars) they can ship it back to the nearest refinery)
I am given to wonder whether the odd results are real, or artefact of this new method. It would be really very cool if it works as flawlessly as claimed in this article. I will go and have a look at the actual paper to make up my mind.
"Grasshopper" does instantly remind me of the Kung Fu series with David Carradine, however.
That says a lot about my age, I suppose
Nope! No blood on the floor here.
I just suggested it here, and various beverages got sprayed on the floor. A few tears of laughter were added shortly afterwards.
If our students want to learn COBOL, we point them to the library where there are a few books on COBOL. When they look blank, we tell them the library is the place with all the books and stuff.
Re: you devil you
Re: Proper programming language
Good points. This is one reason we went back from Java (still used by us for teaching OO) to C for our initial programming course. We find the students learn to understand what is going on better. Having to do your own malloc and free can be a pain, but learning what memory management actually is about is useful.
More importantly, I think it is important to teach the students programming rather than teaching them a programming language. The first is a way to think about solving problems, the second is a tool to achieve a result. You need to learn both of course. In terms of programming languages, the most important skill is to learn how to teach yourself a new one.
Another point is that there are two reasons to learn a new programming language:
1) because you want to work on a project written in that language
2) because you want to learn new ways of thinking about programming
If you have learnt to program in Pascal, learning C does not give you a fundamentally different way of approaching programming problems, but Haskell or Erlang will. A thoughtful discussion on this is found here.
It is also about pattern recognition
Indiscriminate adding of data makes finding any information hard. There is a real risk of drowning interesting patterns in noise. Data != Information
As I like to tell students (over and over again): Adding hay does not make finding needles easier
We do do some work on really big data (vast amount of image data from astronomy and remote sensing), but that data has lots of internal structure which helps finding stuff.
Like the definition of IDEs
I now understand why I avoid them for a lot of tasks
Verity is informative as aver
Re: Emacs: Rejected
Lisp is not a really a problem provided you have sufficient parentheses installed.
Now with that add in W8 might be OK at home
I dread the idea of "upgrading" at home, simply because the missus will freak out with things being in different places (or simply having a different icon/colour/name). You would not believe the level of complaints I got when I installed Office 2010 at her insistence to be compatible with her work environment (Office 2007), and it was not pixel-compatible with her machine at work. Before that I drew flak about having LibreOffice to handle docx files (which always mess files up, according to her). I was somewhat amused that MS-Office 2010 made a similar pig's breakfast out of the same Office 2007 docx files from her work.
Thank God I use LaTeX!!!
Sorry, end of rant, I needed to get that off my chest
With workarounds to make it look like W7 I might be spared quite some pain.
The kids will have no problems with the transition, I would guess.
Nah, ya wee scunner!
It's the Nac Mac Feegle that want those!
They won't buy them of course, not if they can steal them
SEP = Someone Else's Problem
as is SEP-fields to render spacecraft invisible
Venison steak served with a red wine and blackberry sauce is too good to miss. I cooked that while camping in the New Forest.
And I got the venison steak from the local butcher, honest!!
As I stated before
Twinings Prince of Wales tea or the Keemun Congou I can get here in the Netherlands
Recommended infusing time:
3min - ∞
The latter occurs when I am busy coding. This tea does not turn bitter ever (does turn cold however)
Assam is a good alternative, infusing time 3-5 min
Yep, Navaho "wind-talkers"
There was even a movie about that
I wonder if I could confuse would be code breakers by using Welsh (encrypted that is, although places like the above look like crypto to the uninitiated eye).
Re: Fine, but......
Quite a bit of research around here gets funded by Europe.
I will post a link for our students in the history of computing section of our Orientation in Computer Science course.
Re: Ironic? No
Convoluted? Let's compile a ZX-Spectrum emulator using this old C-compiler to use the PDP emulator, running a ZX Spectrum emulator, running a basic interpreter to run a computer game.
Re: "blood flowing through"
If the hand is severed two changes occur either of which might be detected: (i) the blood stops flowing, leading to a change in the Doppler signal (can be integrated into fingerprint scanners as well), and (ii) the blood in the arteries also becomes deoxygenated, leading to those showing up as well. I do not know which is used.
I suddenly have this mental image of the device shouting MURDERER at 100dB when it detects a severed hand of a client. Could be a neat addition.
Sounds like Corsican cheese
It blew up a ship in Asterix on Corsica.
Reported to be rather "pungent" as well
Re: Only windows lets you upgrade...
OpenSUSE upgraded seamlessly from 10.X to 11.X to 12.X for me. It work fine even to the point that between 10.X and 11.X the system partition was upped from ext3 to ext4, but it left the user partition untouched.
I work with a Debian-based distro at work. As long as my compiler/matlab/LaTeX work (oh, and a browser) I am happy with essentially any OS. Multi-media (sound in particular) can be a pain now and then under Linux. On the other hand, I like it when my computer SHUTS UP.
I have used OS-X when visiting other institutes and had no problems with it. The only problem for me is that the current crop of MacBooks in the size I want don't have nVidia graphics (me use CUDA).
I would tax the politicians first, they seem to be producing far more hot air than anybody else, and heating that air must be fuelled by burning carbon-based stuff, so they are producing excess CO2.
As the late sir Patrick said
Whenever there is a comet all the crackpots come out of the woodwork
- Review Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3
- Game Theory The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
- Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
- Worstall on Wednesday Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers
- Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media