2233 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
World class attraction
That phrase immediately sets of alarms. If you have a world class historical site, WHY do so many idiots feel the need to foist their vision of "a world-class attraction" on it. Sure, you can add meaningful entertainment to historical sites without spoiling it (I remember a castle in France which had installed a series of games in the courtyard, all either old, or meaningfully linked to the history of the place (like a simple game with toy crossbows, or an old variant of skittles). Really good sites allow at least a degree of exploration, allowing you to make up your own mind, and don't force one particular vision and one particular style down a visitor's throat. Why should Bletchley Park have problems with the different approach and attitude of the museum.
Someones ego needs deflation
Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...
Is Stephen Fry an AI?
He is, if AI stands for Amiable Idiot
(at least when it comes to many things technical)
So can they print rainbow ice-hockey helmets
In time for the Winter Olympics?
Re: In the words of Arnold J. Rimmer
I ATEN'T DEAD!
Yutu might recover, lets keep our fingers crossed. A few comments to those trashing the Chinese effort:
1. I personally have yet to put anything on the moon, so therefore, I feel I am in no position to criticise their effort.
2. If you have achieved anything similar, and you know what the reason for the failure is, then I am sure you have something interesting to contribute, please do so!
3. "Simply copying" technology is rather harder than people think. Many think it is as easy as the copy-paste method of writing essays many students try (and all too frequently get away with).
4. Lunar dust is very, very nasty stuff. I have seen how very fine desert sand can get into anything and foul up even very well-built camera equipment. Lunar dust is worse.
5. The mission has been a pretty decent success so far: they landed successfully, they managed to get the lander working well in a very hostile environment, and they got good data and some nice images to boot. I'll drink to that any time
I feel like banging some heads together to make them see sense. Stop squabbling, stop acting like 5-year-old kids in a playground, and be of service to the community. Colossus and the H-blocks are an essential part of world history. They should be open to the public, they should be part and parcel of computing history as well.
Re: This one will run and run....
Tulip? Where's mister Pin then?
Where's my -ing coat, the one with "The Truth" in the pocket?
Warp and cloak?
I prefer SEP field and bistromathics alternatives
Mine is the one with "Life, the Universe, and Everything" in the pocket
Precisely. If the method of a scientific paper is shown to be wrong, the paper is wrong, i.e. its conclusions are flawed or unfounded. Once you have shown a conclusion is unfounded, you can safely ignore it, because it has been demoted from conclusion based on scientific method to opinion. The opinion could be right, of course, but without scientific backing it is just that, an opinion.
Attacking poor methodology is good practice in science. Much as I hate to come to the defence of anything Facebook, the data scientists are correct in attacking the method
@ Charles Manning
I always tell my students when they have to do pattern recognition that adding hay does not make finding needles easier. Instead, use a magnet.
In almost all machine learning (or data mining if you will) good features that give a good (wide margin) boundary in the first place are what you should aim for. A few good (targeted) features in a simple machine learning tool generally give far superior results to poor features combined with more advanced machine learning methods. One key problem in this particular case is that you do not want (m)any false positives, (i.e. false accusations or suspicions), not just because of the risk of jailing or at least harassing innocent people, but also to prevent loads of unnecessary work for people following up on these false leads.
Thus any way in which you can reduce the probability of false positives is welcome. The simplest is to reduce the number of people under investigation in the first place. Using methods equivalent to the much reviled "wall-of-death" fishing methods, the risk of "collateral damage" as they might euphemistically call this is very real indeed.
Poor dusty rover
But what a tough little fella!! Next solar powered rover should be equipped with a shower (or blower or vacuum cleaner).
I'll celebrate its tenth anniversary in style this evening
They should simply have called the fashion police
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get me coat
No not the Armani one, the cheap one next to it please
Re: If it moves again....
Moving would not necessarily be mysterious. If something took a bite out of it that would have people running for the hills (or rather, have Opportunity slowly trundling up the nearest slope).
10 years ...
Out of a planned 3 months. Hats off to the engineers!
(the Barmah again)
Re: Antimatter information that is newsworthy:
True, but you MUST reverse the polarity of the neutron flux!! Otherwise the described method is dangerous, and could lead to the end of the universe (again, sigh)
Überprüfen ist sehr einfach!
Ich hab es schon gemacht. Alles ist klar. *
But then I was taught German at school (mandatory subject here in the Netherlands).
The fact that the German government encourages use of PGP does not surprise me. Sceptics (or realists if you like) might argue this just means they can crack that, but the German government's attitude to privacy appears to be better than some others.
*= Checking is very easy. I have done it. All is clear.
Re: I'll wait for Windows 9
Could I have a dry keyboard please?
Re: Taken for a Ride?
Not if they're large enough to bake.
I prefer poaching in white wine or a good fish stock
Mine is the one with Rick Stein's "Seafood" in the pocket
Nice idea indeed. I still get by nicely on my Transformer pad with 1280x800. Higher res is nice, but not essential for most of my needs. I would miss the keyboard of the ASUS if I switched to this tablet, however.
The money spent here is WAY less than on, say, a single B2 bomber.
Re: It's not just about websites though is it?
Reminds me of the BOFH episode in which he recalls setting the minimum required password length to 32 and required users of said VMS system choose a new one each day (which meant they really had to use the password generator which gave results described as "vaguely pronounceable line noise". Now that's trying!.
Extremely Embarrassing also fits
Re: nice comment
Peruvian Operating System would have lead to a completely different comment of course
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Re: Harpoons, eh?
Yes and the person who designed the harpoon was called Ahab
Is it me?
I have this feeling that the safest way to make money out of bitcoins is to sell mining gear. Bit like selling mining gear during the gold rush of 1849. Sure, some miners struck it rich, but the people selling gear were profiting from all mining attempts, successful ones and flops alike.
One Parakeet Fajita coming up
It might be best for that bird to disguise itself
They may be distant, but I'll give them a wave
The next time I look at M67 in binoculars (or through the scope).
It's the thought that counts
Very interesting read!!
Thanks for that
To quote the king of the swamp in the Holy Grail
"Let's not bicker about who killed who"
Good guys or bad guys? I counsel impartiality: Do not trust any politician
With it's capital Ajaccio? Lovely seafood there
Sorry, mine is the one with the tourist guide to Corsica in the pocket
Love the idea of having a wooden case. I have some birch plywood lying around which should be great for such a casing. Now to find a CNC router.
Re: Open question
It's called an alarm clock, made in China (just like the one next to my bed)
Sorry, couldn't resist. They could simply detect the end of the lunar night by the increased power of the solar panels. No clouds to get in the way.
Re: More important drink in the UK - Italian coffee?
Come and say that to my Italian PhD student (or my missus for that matter), you might get a response as depicted in the icon. ;-)
Curiously, people say I make very good coffee, but I will still opt for my tea (Keemun black for preference, or a good Assam or Darjeeling).
Re: More important drink in the UK
Can't be too bad, given that tea also contains caffeine. I do not drink coffee, unless the alternatives are on a par with the poetry of the Azgoths of Kria (i.e. to me coffee is worse than Vogon poetry). Last time I drank coffee was 1986, around Xmas. It was Italian coffee, which according to all others present was excellent coffee, so apparently coffee is just NOT my thing. I do drink gallons of tea (Olympic swimming pools?) and apparently have very good memory (anecdotal evidence of course, I know).
The positive memory effects of tea and coffee can of course be negated by that other favourite drink, depicted above
It is really the scale that makes the Tarantula unique
An absolutely awesome image from Hubble again. The Tarantula Nebula (seen quite easily with binoculars from the southern hemisphere) is spectacular in its scale, but several other star-forming regions in our galaxy are of course much closer (the Orion Nebula, for example).
Like the fact it sports Windows 7
and the fact is is so light. Other than that I much prefer the (beefier) Sony Vaio S series (the ones with nVidia graphics and 1600x900 res (CUDA user, and all that)).
Re: Never Mind The Bollocks
That sir, is a classic remark!
I am tempted
to strip out the win 8 and install a full-blown Linux on such a hybrid. My experiences to date with my transformer pad have been great, but a full LaTeX install and C(++) compiler would be nice on the road. My experiences to date with the Win 8 laptop have been less than stellar.
Worst. Year. Ever.
For a given value of "ever". PC were pretty tough in the late iron age. To paraphrase Terry Pratchett: Try getting a druid to upgrade his 33 MegaLith system
Also good to see the old Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope still going strong after so many years (first light was in 1970). It has undergone some major upgrades, of course.
As for quantum gravity, I am always a bit uncertain about that
Sorry, I'll get me coat
We live in wonderful times. I will lift a glass (or two) of Caol Ila malt whisky to that team tonight
Re: Worst software on the planet?
Ah, yes, should of thought of the various thermite variants (though a blow torch or lump-hammer are also choice stalwarts).
Worst software on the planet?
And there I was thinking that was the Symantec Norton mess (just try removing it). Early versions were OK, but as of about 2006 it brought a powerful quad core machine with MASSES of RAM (6GB, well, it was big in those days) to a crawl. After a lengthy uninstall process (I cannot count the times I must have said "Die, Symantec!! DIE!!!!"), and install of a competing (free) product, the same machine was back to it's responsive self again.
I am happy to take McAfee's word for it, but other contenders for the title of worst software abound, I suppose.
Should the reg introduce IT Razzies?
Will it blend?
If it's homogenized, it sounds like it has been blended already.
Sorry, couldn't resist, last Friday at work before Xmas and all that.
That's another place I should take the kids to. The Mosquito has always been one of my favourite planes of all time. I had the privilege of seeing one fly near Bude some time around 1990. Awesome sight.. My other favourite was the Hurricane IID: A tank-buster variant which showed just how amazingly versatile and rugged the Hurricane was.
Men do not wear enough hats!
Indeed!! This is why I wear at least one every day (the roo leather Barmah today). Essential!!! The only way to fully appreciate the meaning of life!!!! Ask any wizard or witch about the importance of hats!!!!!!
Yes I'll have the kippers today! Hooray!! How do we do it? VOLUME!!!
Mine is the one with the dried frog pills in the pocket (left one, the right has a miniature universe in it)
Re: Douglass Adams was right, once again.
I thought Rimwards, Hubwards, Turnwise, and Widdershins were the principal directions in a disc.
Mine is the one with "Raising Steam" in the pocket
Re: Bit sexist really
'I think the collective term for men is "barfull".'
Good suggestion. However, in this case the word "basket" could also be used, given that men who send threats to people campaigning for an image of a famous female author to be put on a banknote, should be treated as basket cases. If people make serious threats of violence in any media (or indeed verbally). simply because they disagree with them, prosecution should certainly be considered.
One down, which is good....
It is good to see somebody getting jail time for financial shenanigans. However, I do somehow wonder whether this was because he cheated (rich?) investors. Swindling poor people out of their homes by selling them mortgages you know they cannot afford, or breaking the financial system leading to untold hardship for many poorer people does not seem to carry any penalty. For the LIBOR scandal financial penalties have been handed out to the banks, but the responsible bankers seem to get off scot free, to name just a single instance.
But let's take a balanced view: One down, many more to go .....
- The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung
- The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)
- Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp
- 20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
- Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for
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