2576 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Basic work version:
1. Take one wire-mesh tea-strainer spoon, and insert one good teaspoon of Keemun Black tea (Twinings Prince of Wales at a pinch).
2. Nuke water in big mug in industrial-strength microwave oven until it really boils
3. Add tea-strainer spoon.
4. Infuse as long as desired, or alternatively forget about it whilst coding and drink arbitrarily strong
4b) add milk and sugar if you must
Keemun black tea is very dark by nature, and never turns bitter, so forgetting to remove the tea only makes it stronger, but never renders it undrinkable.
On the road version:
replace tea strainer egg by Twinings Prince of Wales tea bags
Working in region with hard water:
Replace Keemun Black by good quality Assam and keep infusion time down. Assam takes hard water better than most
The horror, the horror
of not being able to use twitter, facebook, ......
Oh, wait. I don't have accounts there.
but wait. No REG!!!!
AAAARGH, WE ARE DOOMED!!!!
Re: If there is life out there, they're keeping quiet
Cricket, they do not like cricket at all. They find it very offensive, and are ignoring us for the barbarians we are
Re: Dear God
And they have added frickin' lasers to the sharks
Re: I love programmer snobbery.
I have written well-structured programmes in assembler.
Whether either of the above is what I would want to do is another matter entirely. This is not a matter of snobbery, it is a matter of practicality. Scripting-based languages are very valuable for quick prototyping, or for portability, when top performance is not required (and JIT compilers go quite a long way to address performance issues). However, C and C++ are still my preferred tools, for development of high-performance code and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
or a chartered accountant
isn't the official phrase "sexecution" ?
Re: Ah UEFI.
Remind me, does UEFI stand for Users Expect a Fuck-up Instantly?
Re: If your names not down your not coming in..
"I'd much rather we had green energy from nuclear powerplants"
Precisely, you cannot beat nuclear for that nice green glow
Sounds a bit too much like model data being presented as facts, not that I doubt that (feral and domestic) cats cause a lot of damage.
In my own modelling of (microbial) ecosystems I always was suspicious if my algorithm gave surprising results. Almost always I had found something new. In most cases it was a new bug in the code. In rare cases there was something interesting to report. In all those cases I went and checked the literature to corroborate my findings with observational data (or failing that, suggest how biologists could falsify my findings)
Re: Amazing to think ...
"that each pixel in the picture is a sun!"
M31 contains some 1,000,000,000,000 stars. You would need terapixel images to make the above be true.
The universe never ceases to amaze.
Maybe I should get some students to build one.
Re: Maybe, maybe not
The towel tricks works by calming the wifi chip by protecting it from the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
Mine is the one with the towel
Re: Answer me these questions three, before your passport you will see!
I don't know that
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
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