Re: Is she really a "boffin"?
She must be at least an honorary boffin
2803 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
She must be at least an honorary boffin
You are right, that was Nereid.
You won't be saying that as you get dragged screaming towards CERN one day!
Simple conservation of mass (or equivalently energy) will tell you that the black holes formed have no more mass than the particles from which they formed. The black holes do not exert more gravitational attraction than those selfsame particles. Only if they live long enough (which they shouldn't) and have time enough to accrete more mass could they pose any danger. The very same theory that predicts their formation suggests they should decay before this happens. A scenario like in Larry Niven's "The Hole Man" is perhaps not impossible, but very, very, improbable.
What you should not do is work out the exact improbability, and feed that into an infinite improbability drive, of course.
I just love these missions, they put me in mind of the excitement of the Viking, Pioneer, and Voyager missions to planets in my youth (not to mention the Apollo program I followed avidly as a kid). These blurry-but-best-yet images of Pluto are really thrilling. Cannot wait to see the results of the flyby
I remember pointing out Mars to my kids a few years back, and they were reasonably impressed at the red appearance. I then told them that two robot cars from earth were trundling about on that red dot in the sky (Curiosity had not yet landed). That lit up their imagination. For that alone I am very thankful to the engineers at NASA.
Kids! The beer is for dad, and for the engineers, not for you two!!
We need an Igor icon. We really do
For performance in the snow, I would want a Russian T34 rather than a German tank of that era
Relax, he just forgot to add "each"
Unless he is in Sweden
I thought Rule 1 was "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man"
Important as your rule 1 is, I think you may have to find another number for it (certainly if there is a sweeper nearby)
Maybe number 42 is vacant
I'll skip the espresso, but then to me all coffee tastes like it was individually tailored to my personal requirements of nutrition and enjoyment by a Sirius Cybernetics Nutrimatic machine
(and, no, I am not a masochist on a diet)
Maybe he is initially being conservative. I bet there is some room for overclocking this BRILLIANT piece of work that I am certainly going to feature in next year's "Introduction to Computing Science" course that I teach.
I always find it interesting that people who see copyright only as a barrier are those who have created little themselves. Many people (like me) own copyright to stuff and explicitly state that anyone can use it freely, often through variants of the BSD, GPL, CC, or my favourite, the Free Beverage License (You can use it, but you owe me a drink next time). Alternatively, educational or other non-profit use is allowed. However, it is my choice.
People that create something very many people want to copy, are special in a way. Anybody else might have made it, but they didn't. Special or not, they are within their rights to say others cannot use it without my permission. The fact that it is much easier now to copy works than it has ever been before does not change that right per se. Let us not forget that that same ease of copying has lead to unprecedented generosity as well, as witnessed by the load of free stuff available today.
In the unlikely case the above is of use, please feel free to use any of the above, and you don't even have to buy e a drink ;-)
Or for curious invoices for large quantities of quicklime
Actually, no. It is very hard work to engineer it to the precise tolerances needed for that exact 1,000,000 to one chance
A tip of the hat (the Tilley today) and a raising of the glass to the engineers once again
I raised a glass or two of the distilled version of the drink shown in the icon (Ardbeg Uigeadail) to celebrate
I have had one or two beers from American microbreweries, and (very much unlike most of the alleged beer from big US breweries) they were quite good. Still prefer a Westmalle Tripel or a Duvel, but that is a matter of taste
in my home-made sambal setan (Malay for "devil sauce"). Its bright orange colour gives fair warning of the heat (and it has a nice fruitiness I rather like)
Icon, well,... obvious, innit?
or the attendant app to broadcast "This girl is HOT" including temperature data to boys nearby (just so they can then gallantly offer to apply the suntan lotion, of course).
because million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.
Sorry, couldn't resist. Fingers crossed for a perfect Pratchett project performance!
it might commit hara-kiri on seeing some of the code I have had to grade, and, to be brutally honest, have written at some points in time. Scientific code is often VERY ugly (but, hey, the article is documentation enough, isn't it? ;-) )
*GPP: Genuine People Personality is a registered trademark of Sirius Cybernetics. Please only use after clearance with the Sirius Cybernetics Complaints Division. Share and Enjoy!!
OK, just to freak out the Vegans (or is it Vogons):
Can they guarantee that all the fossil bits in fossil fuel needed to make plastic is purely plant derived. I bet there are quite some hydrocarbons of animal origin in there; animals who quite likely (given the nature of natural death) suffered a horrible death, were crushed under tonnes and tonnes of rock for eons, their bodies slowly liquifying, only to be recycled as toys for a bunch of arrogant bipedal semi-hairless apes! The horrror, the HORROR!!!!!!
I can see space pirates with black sails, preparing to board this craft. SHIVER ME TIMBERS!!!!!
True, progress is often made by eliminating most of the ways of getting it wrong. I tend to get an uneasy feeling when something I have built (or programmed for that matter) works perfectly at the first test. You are left with the awkward feeling that things might blow up in your face later.
Hence the icon
Perhaps. More likely, they might laugh more at the fact that some still feel digital watches are a pretty neat idea
Let's hope it doesn't say "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle", and ends up in the hands of the Vl'hurgs (although a small dog might once again come to the rescue)
OK, time to go, the one with the cassette tapes of the radio play in the pocket, please
Quarantine barrier? You mean the one they errected because they took offence at the fact that we (or at least some of us) play cricket?
Fingers crossed for a full recovery
Or indeed that being a "red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalist" is a good thing per se?
Things do change rapidly. I still have an 8" floppy (128 kB!!) with (supposing the magnetic layer hasn't degraded) CP/M 2.0 on it used in one of the first computers I used for image processing. I now think nothing of filling 80GB of disk space with solar data in the space of 10-15 minutes and then grumble the PC is taking a few hours to chug through that mass of data.
An endangered species, methinks. I propose a toast to this rare utterance of (at least a little) common sense in a sea of paranoia-driven gibberish.
"in a secret Google lab that may or may not be filled with roving robots, space elevators and talking refrigerators"
What? No chatty doors?
And now for something completely different:
I could imagine some online forms choking on Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch as a place of birth
Coat please! Mine is the one with the souvenir ruler from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in the pocket
Reminds me of the BOFH episode where Simon reminisced about the time he set the password expiry time to 24 hours and minimum required length to 32 characters, forcing people to use a password generator which produced results looking like "vaguely pronounceable line noise"
I Just Thought It Was A Golem Speaking
As a kid I spotted these thundering over in Cornwall. I also spotted one while fossil hunting in Yorkshire. One of the most iconic British planes ever. Sad moment to see it grounded.
If you use those to commit a crime, according to that reasoning apparently: yes. Without wanting to go into the right or wrong of the current court decision, I would expect many countries have similar provisions. A home might be difficult to see as a tool in a crime, but if someone is a persistent drunk driver, and kills somebody whilst driving under influence, few would argue that confiscating car (and licence) would be excessive punishment. If someone uses his credit card to defraud people, confiscating it could be part of the punishment.
What is needed in most countries is a court order.
Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
Oh, wait, moon goat, not giant mutant star goat.
OK everyone, get off that B-ark, false alarm
Yes it is the extreme bursty nature of the data. I take mosaic shots like this twenty-three paner (do click on the image to see the full 3541x3451 res ;-)) and there is nothing more frustrating than to see the HDD suddenly throttle your speed from 100FPS to 4 or 5FPS just as cloud is approaching and you want to catch just one more pane. No doubt if acquisition was faster, I would catch more than "just" 80 GB per session.
In solar imaging I am SERIOUSLY limited by the HDD I/O speed, with a camera spitting out 1936x1216 16bit grey level images at a rate of 128FPS. I easily gather 60-80 GB per sunny day, so speed and endurance figures like this are comforting
I would have thought the advert read:
Come over to the Dark side!!
but most likely any advert is just a diversion to make us believe they don't already know who wants that job
Great thumbs up and glasses raised to the scientists and engineers who built this craft. Well done!! The only thing they do not seem to be good at is estimating how long their craft will last, but at least they tend to err on the (very) safe side ;-)
2015 will finally be the year of the Linux desktop?
Sorry, even as a long term Linux user, I just couldn't resist.
Only a genius can come up with stuff like that. I just love his off-the-wall humour
It is of course possible to create your own custom universe in your office, so you can research stories in the daytime, and still go to parties in the evening.
Where I read that? Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of course
OK, so I would like one universe to go, with extra Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox, but hold the One Direction, Justin Bieber, and the entire Kardashian clan
whether the old man wouldn't have preferred to have been presented with six erotic dancers before his death.
Stegosaurus is OK, but I was much more a T. rex or Ankylosaurus fan as a kid (and I still haven't grown up according to my missus)