Bring out your dead!
"I'm not dead yet!"
"I don't want to go on that cart"
3223 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
"I'm not dead yet!"
"I don't want to go on that cart"
Maybe they need artificial intelligence to make up for the lack of the natural type (in government in particular)
I'll raise a pint to this success. I have always loved space exploration, as I grew up in the Apollo era. After that programme ended, some of the excitement went out of it (although the Shuttle brought back some of that). The current competitive climate in space flight is great. May the best engineering team win
That actually made more sense than many other posts (on the Reg or elsewhere) on the vote (whether on Brexit or on who gets their fingers on the big red button). Not sure if that was intentional ;-)
Google, thy name is Hubris
MAssive Cold Halo Objects were also once a contender for dark matter. MACHOs vs WIMPs was such a nice name for a scientific controversy.
Euclid's axions? Never took those lightly myself.
OK, OK, I'll get me coat. The one with the book on geometry in the pocket please
It is hard to overestimate the importance of EU funding. The UK are not the only country where national funding has been squeezed, and researchers (like myself, here in the Netherlands) increasingly have to turn to EU funding. The UK has been exceptionally successful at obtaining EU grants (like the highly prestigious ERC grants), and rightly so, I should add. The UK still has a lot of first class research going on. I have colleagues in the UK who are understandably worried about what will happen after brexit. Unless some way is found to compensate UK researchers (like e.g. the Swiss model), many scientists may consider moving elsewhere. Really sad.
would be a top choice for me. It can pull stunts few others can. Dearly love that plane
"affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile"
This is clearly some strange new usage of the word "affordable" I was not previously aware of
Doffs hat (black fedora again) to the late, great Douglas Adams
One major difference: One of them changed its name; it's FSB nowadays. KGB sounds so last century
But then a spook bureau by any other name would smell as fishy
At least if you sentence someone to 12x life you can deduct a life or two for good behaviour and still not let him out
Not sure blowing an asteroid into smithereens is going to be a solution. Nudging them to a safer orbit takes rather a lot of time, and five days is almost certainly not enough. Assuming bigger, planet-killer asteroids will be spotted long before these much smaller, 25m objects, we might still be able to calculate where the latter are going to land, and see if we can evacuate people. A 25m object is going to cause huge damage (especially if it lands in the see, causing a tsunami), but I do not think it is a planet killer.
I might have to replace our ageing 64-core Opteron compute server (still running smoothly though) at some point in the near future. Will certainly give these Zen chips a look. Regarding the 1024-core chips, these are certainly interesting too, but my impression is they might be less suitable for the kind of workloads I have. One worry would be getting enough data from memory to each of the cores. Still worth a look see. We do indeed live in interesting times.
They are pointing laser at us because of cricket. Bad form, that game, very bad form. Brings back some very bad memories for most alien races out there
I have always had a soft spot for the A-10. I managed to make some pretty decent snaps of one doing mock runs on a castle ruin I was visiting in England when I was a student (must have been early '80s). Really impressive aircraft. Bit like the Il-2 Sturmovik, not pretty, but terribly tough, and lethal to tanks.
"Here's another of those self-satisfied doors. I can tell it is about to open by the intolerable air of smugness it suddenly generates."
Doffs hat (black fedora again) to the late, great Douglas Adams
Of course he also gave insights into how to deal with annoying GPP features, as Ford Prefect said to Eddy's emergency back-up personality: "If you don't open that hatch this minute I am going to your main memory banks with a big axe and give you a reprogramming you will never forget"
I thought inflicting Polka music on your enemy was banned by the Geneva Convention? Or was that the infinite loop of Eurovision Song Contest Winners?
Looking forward to the results. Nice to see these collaboration between scientists originally (i.e. when I was a teenager) in rival programmes.
I fear that if I am ever forced to live in a smart house I will end up with a load of self-satisfied and chatty doors, an elevator sulking in the basement, and a nutrimatic machine insisting I want a cup filled with a liquid, which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
Doffs hat (black fedora today) to the late, great Douglas Adams
The smaller black hole may have been catapulted out of its galaxy by a gravitational slingshot effect, perhaps. There are hints of double super-massive black holes in certain blazars (OJ-287 being one, the most distant object I have been able to see in my humble 8" scope, at 3.5 billion ly). The heavier one might catapult the lighter right out of the galaxy, possibly during a merger of galaxies
Cool stuff, anyway (actually, rather hot)
"Jackie Fisher's weirder intellectual offspring met with a similar reception from the Fleet when they were commissioned during WW1. HMS Courageous and HMS Glorious were immediately and universally known as "HMS Outrageous" and "HMS Uproarious"."
And the similar "light battle cruiser" HMS Furious became HMS Spurious in the same way
To take a page out of Douglas Adams' book:
HMS Suicidal Insanity
sound like a suitable name for an "S" class boat
after all, there's a "Daring", and an "Audacious"
Another "S" class boat might be named HMS Suppository (for obvious reasons)
"... conspiracy theorists going nuts on this one for a while" ???
Conspiracy theorists are nuts, and they never, ever stop, in my experience
Just look at all "the moon-landing hoax" theorists. I mean, it was nearly 5 decades ago, and still these idiots go on. Love Buzz Aldrin's response seen here
Interesting, but adding perturbations from other orbiting stuff might make it more realistic. I might set this (extended) problem as a project in the course Modelling and Simulation next year
Curiosity Catches Curious Noble Gas Curios
Sorry, couldn't resist, it's definitely Friday
Perhaps I should get me coat already
More seriously: awesome stuff from the rover
You think they have finally crumbled into dust, and then some idiot spills a drop of blood (or spends some cash in this case), and
LOOK WHO'S BACK!!
Odd belief indeed. I have inspected the grades of several courses I teach (as part of the evaluation), and I rarely see any bimodality. In my computer vision course I sometimes do see bimodality, but this often relates to the students background (those with a BSc in CS vs others)
Interest (even enthusiasm), aptitude, and a lot of hard work all go into making a good student at anything, I would say (is there an Ig Nobel prize for stating the bleeding obvious?). Which of these factors is most important is almost impossible to determine because they are interlinked. Did I become good at maths because I worked hard? Perhaps, but it didn't feel like work at the time, I just enjoyed playing around with mathematics. On the other hand, maybe I enjoyed playing around with mathematics because I was getting good results. Being good at something can really stimulate you to do more of it, and doing more really makes you better.
some of the sheep are safe
OK, time to go. Mine is the one with "The Last Continent" in the pocket
Or then again, maybe someone seriously ripped you off for your Scotch.
I like the odd classy single malt (simply love Talisker Port Ruighe, or some of the Ardbeg offerings), and I have seen some eyewateringly high prices on bottles (always wonder if they could possibly be worth it), but if you pay more per tot than the cost of flying a jet for a minute, I feel you may well have been ripped off, and bought the bottle for some false prestige, rather than having superior taste buds. Might be wrong of course, but I suspect not
That prize for chemistry is well deserved
I actually gave a lecture on the topic of improbable research for PhD students last week (entitled "And Now For Something Completely Different, or, On The Importance of Not (Always) Being Earnest"), including my own work on a quantum-mechanical interpretation of homeopathy (it might work if you don't look), zero-tolerance maths, and the Craske-Trumpe theorem. I also discussed various Ig winner, including the team from our university who investigated what goes on during sex with an MRI scanner. Iwould have loved to have been able to include some of the latest crop of Igs!
ID10T error, most definitely
It can give the top 200 universities another 60 PhD students each, or thereabouts, without equipment, consumables, travel expenses (conferences are not cheap), or compute power. This is rather less than the total of PhD students in these universities at this point in time, even if we only count those in medical sciences and AI research (our university medical centre has a few hundred PhD students, alone). If he expects the 3 billion investment to solve the problem of all disease, he must apparently think we are already halfway there. I (and my colleagues in the medical centre) beg to differ. This isn't to say the extra money isn't welcome. It is just that the money provided can hardly be expected to attain the stated goals
and will raise a glass to the engineers and scientists involved. We do live in interesting times (and not always in a bad way)
was written some 60 years ago, but the problems he described persist
Alternatively, we find out he was the ship's engineer, who repeatedly told the captain "Ye cannae change the laws of physics!"
Great stuff. We might well let our students practice data mining on this set. Much nicer than giving them toy sets to play with
that whether any statement containing the phrase
"so updating your <insert device of choice here> will work as expected."
provides any comfort depends on you expectations.
If your device has just been bricked by a faulty update, your expectations may be lower than expected
I expect I should now get my coat. The one with "Great Expectations" in the pocket please
So I take it you do not drive a 1972 Pinto
Whatever the final outcome, I'll raise a glass to its success (Affligem Tripel, today)
Memory bandwidth and latency often kill performance in many applications, particularly the bottleneck between GPU memory and main memory. This kind of boost would really help
But 8kg says it stays put. I do wonder if with some added rubber skirts, it would float across your desk like a hovercraft.
A mandatory question remains: will it play Cr...
never mind, I'll get met coat
The Farce is strong in this one.
If the FBI wants a back door, so will every other national bureau of spooks. I cannot imagine the FSB wanting to share a back door with the FBI or NSA. As the number of available back doors rises, the chances of blackhats getting in would asymptotically approach 100% rapidly. Even then criminals could roll their own encryption quite readily (one time pad anyone? I have said it before, will keep on saying it).
Of course if he is really honest (yeah right) about having an adult conversation, he should then also actually listen to what experts have to say. I am not holding my breath
but then what are three zeroes between friends ;-)
Sorry, I'll get me coat. The one with the HHGTTG radio play on cassette tapes in the pocket, please
Warning: Do not use ring in traffic, invisibility increases the risk of collisions with cars
Warning: Prolonged use may cause user to fade
Warning: May attract Nazgul
Warning: Casting ring into Crack of Doom may cause volcanic eruptions, and damage to property
Sorry, couldn't resist. Mine is the one with the trilogy in the pocket
Bread actually also contains alcohol. Not much, but more than various "zero-alcohol lagers" (the Bavaria breweries (in the Netherlands) actually make a pretty decent one).
I do not mind the government giving out this kind of advice. I will take it in, consider it, and decide for myself what to do with the guideline.
In thins case, I think I will have a wee dram this evening. I think it will be a Talisker Port Ruighe, just to treat myself, and celebrate life.
We are now well into the fourth day of a heatwave (30+ Celsius), with girls sitting in the sweltering sunshine outside of an air-conditioned cafetaria, wearing thick black jeans and woollen jumpers complaining it is too hot. It seems some people decide what to wear by looking at their wardrobe (and various fashion magazines), and then expect the weather to accommodation their whims. Worse, some think I am weird coming to work in t-shirt, shorts and sandals (and, yes, I am weird in wearing just a t-shirt and jeans in midwinter, but you will never hear me complain about the cold) .