I tend to see a lot of "scientific" code, and I am typically too far over the moon if there are comments in there AT ALL that I am quite tolerant about the format, especially if the comments actually make sense.
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Re: Drowning Dalek?
Apparently I can also understand drowning Dalek. Odd that. I never felt like exterminating the doctor. I was always quite fond of him (certainly as played by Tom Baker, the only version I remember seeing on Dutch TV).
There may be worse to come: IoT desks with the GPP feature!
To paraphrase Marvin: "Here's another of those self-satisfied desks. I can tell it is going to want me to stand up shortly by the intolerable air of smugness it suddenly generates."
Doffs hat (roo leather Barmah today, it's pissing down again) to the late, great Douglas Adams
So is this a true SmartArse (tm)?
This must be a candidate for the Ig Nobel prize in medicine. After all, it is certainly research to first make you laugh, and then make you think. Good work!
Interesting stuff. Speculative on the one hand, but if they make first testable predictions we can certainly make progress. It would be absolutely great if JAXA pulled this mission off.
Handy link, thanks
Re: balloon develops fear of heights
Or it got cold feet?
I can only assume that mr. Slant would say: "That is an interesting grey area" which is legalese for: "That will be expensive". Legalese has many phrases that boil down to that.
Re: Advantages to Windows 10
The only reason this laptop still runs a windows version (8.1 + GWX Control Panel to keep Win 10 out) is that FireCapture (astro-imaging software) and AutoStakkert! 2.0 are windows only. The latter runs with varying degrees of success under WINE, but doing capture from planetary cameras under WINE seems risky. The Linux alternative oaCapture is not quite as mature, so I will work with windows until I find a Linux software suite that lets me mae these kinds of images
An orthogonal dimension?
Yes, that would do, the UK is at right angles to reality
Doffs hat (roo leather Barmah today, its been pissing down) to to Douglas Adams, one of the very few authors who got the mathematical meaning of beings occupying higher dimensions
I do however note that Juno will descend into the magnetosphere of Jupiter on July 4, not into Jupiter itself. Nice to see lots of activity as it is about to arrive.
Re: Would I be accused of lying if I said I didn't have any?
The onus of proof is wherever they feel like putting it.
So guess .....
Re: What a load of cobblers
Simply use the "cunning plan" (doffs hat to Baldric) of opening an account with next to nothing on it.
The proposal is really, really stupid, the usual practice of adding more hay in order to find more needles, instead of getting a bigger magnet.
Newsflash: Nebuchadnezzar cliams prior art on rounded corners!!
I am really baffled why anyone would want to bang on about the rounded corners bit. Functionality and general form-factor (easily hand-held/pocketable) make sense, but the rounded corners bit is already ancient. Clay tablets could be used to record things (OK, cuneiform rather than mp3), and certainly had rounded corners. Playback is a little cumbersome, granted, but the rounded corners bit is not the bit I would personally focus on when claiming novelty.
...or what OS the IRS should run when they try to modernize their operations.
I thought everybody knew they were upgrading to CP/M 2.0
Sorry, couldn't resist
Re: Has it been six months already?
Nuke'em from space, it's the only way to be sure!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Nice work by the Curiosity team!
Very interesting project
Will follow this with interest, as Jupiter is receding from view in my 8" scope. No doubt a lot will be learned. A pint to all the engineers and scientists who have made this possible
Re: Hydraulic valves, I trust?
Not thermionic. The world needs a CPU that doesn't rely on this new fangled electricity.
Real valves? Just ask Hubert.
And Igor, of course
Bag of chips?
So would the dog be able to tell the difference between a bag full of assorted logic chips, cpus etc, and a working USB drive?
Did they train the dog on legacy storage devices (for "vintage porn"?) such as the old 8" floppy disk still somewhere in my office (granted, not much you can store in the way of smut on 128 kB and still store CP/M 2.0 on it).
Can it detect bubble memory? Magnetic tapes? Punched cards?
Enquiring minds need to know
As an aside, my estimate is that you would need 228 metric tonnes of punched cards to store a DVD (smut-filled or otherwise) full of data, so that might be a tad inefficient.
Re: Happy days
Great fan of OS maps too. Whenever I am on holidays in a part of Britain I haven't been before, the first course of action is to get a good set of local OS maps (Exlporer or Landranger, as a rule).Wouldn't go hiking without one
This sounds very similar to what astronomers experience when they look at the moon. One eye is exposed to a sunlit moonscape, the other is in relative darkness. When you turn away from the eyepiece, the eye that was just exposed to moonlight seems practically blind. The effect is especially strong when using large telescopes at relatively low magnification. It wears off, of course.
One minor point: tidal disruption (objects being ripped apart by a black hole) also occurs outside the event horizon (which is why we can observe it), due to the huge differential in gravitational pull between parts of an object closest to, and furthest from the black hole. It may well occur inside the event horizon, but we have no way of knowing it.
Given we only know 29 magnetars, I am not too surprised one of them behaves oddly. That doesn't mean we shouldn't find out why, of course.
As long as you don't claim to see four elephants as well, I am not too worried
Re: Air gapping won't help you because.....a non airgapped system is insecure
So how do you control a complex power network fully automatically, without connecting SCADA systems to the internet, at least indirectly? This is near impossible, especially considering there will be rapidly varying demand, wildly fluctuating supply from solar panels in various homes, wind turbines on various hills, and a host of power stations needing to adapt their output on the fly, and loads of smart meters trying to get the best deal on that energy market. Do you have people furiously tapping in commands and SCADA control stations all day and all night? However much you wish to isolate critical systems, these critical systems must get data from the real world to control their behaviour. Entering the data in real time can really only be done through some network connection.
I have no easy answer on the security side (security is hard, so pay for it), but a layered approach of some sort seems a likely way to go. I get that Lakhani is a salesman, but that in itself does not mean he is wrong.
May well give this a spin
Sounds like a distro worth looking into. Ubuntu had a sad tendency to lock my older laptop so frequently that I reverted to OpenSUSE, but Fedora's astro spin in particular seems interesting
Still in the cloud only?
Then count me out. I would have happily paid for a good piece of software (which PS certainly is) to own (OK, own the license), and upgrade when I feel the need. I do not like walking around, somewhere out of internet reach (try quite large bits of Uganda), and have my software tell me:
"Sorry, I can't do that for you Dave."
Because it cannot reach the Adobe servers to verify I have paid my subscription
And I am not even called Dave.
Mine is the one with the developer stains in it
Mutters retreating to the proper dark room to develop some proper prints
'I think the real answer where food in tins and cats are concerned, is that cats are telepathic and this is what they should have been testing, rather than whether gravity is affected by electromagnets. Our cat can be sound asleep in the most distant part of the house, and you only have to have the passing thought of "should I open the beef terrine or the fish in jelly for his next meal" and you find he has instantly teleported himself to his bowl and is making the special meow that means "give me my food now, and don't make those puny excuses about having to open the tin first"'
Alternatively, this is a quantum effect (all cats are Schrödinger cats, after all), and the cat tunnels to a convenient location, often right under your feet (convenient as in convenient for the cat), once the wave-function describing its brain has picked up the wave-function of the contents of the tin/whatever container the food is in. Maybe I could get some ERC funding for that
Just a few thoughts
suppose I encrypt some message with a one-time pad, or just as a form of "conceptual art" pack a load of noise bits into a PNG file (probably more aesthetically pleasing than some things I have seen being passed of as art). I then send this through an end-to-end encrypted messenger app. If the FSB wants the author of the app to encrypt it, and noise comes out, wouldn't that land the author in a load of hot water?
Alternatively, I would expect Putin has the power to veto a law he doesn't like (cannot imagine him NOT having that power). He sets up some people with porridge for brains to put in an unreasonable amendment, so he can veto it and appear as at least one of the more reasonable people in Russia, with which we can do business.
OK, where is that tinfoil hat
So is Venus
the ultimate BOFH planet? After all, its atmosphere is acidic enough and hot enough to dispose of bodies, and it seems like a planetary cattle prod: >KZZEERRT<
More seriously, excellent astro-boffinry!
Re: Engines and SSTO
Basically the more people we can get up in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, the closer we get to sending a FlatEarther up sufficiently high that they go 'Shit, there isn't a domelike firmament' and 'I can see a curve' and we quash those conspiracy nuts and literal scripture types back into to a tiny part of the internet where even birthers and 9/11 truthers laugh at them.
The problem is that flat-earthers simply won't believe their eyes, and claim it is just an optical illusion caused by the spherical nature of the lenses in their eyes. I have literally heard them use that argument. I was tempted to explain the difference between illusions and delusions, but ultimately found it a waste of time. None are so deaf as those who do not want to hear.
Has this guild been recognized by Lord Vetinari?
Inquiring minds need to know
We need a Discworld icon, we really do...
Mine is the one with "The Fifth Elephant" in the pocket
Reminds me of some "academic leadership" courses ...
foisted upon some (senior) staff members here. These guys also want us to use "SMART" goals in our agreements with PhD students, as if you can design a conveyor belt for production of scientific papers. I swear I will come up with a backronym for DUMB one day. They also insist on a good PDCA cycle. They did not like my version:
Can't think why
Not sure about Switzerland, but in Krautistan "großer Käse" is slang for "this is crap".
The more I learn, the more appropriate the phrase sounds :D
Zürich is an expensive place to be, I have found earlier this year, but no doubt Google should be able to afford it.
I do note that given the language most used in Zürich, "großer Käse" would be more appropriate than "gros fromage" in the subtitle.
Very sad news indeed
Way too young indeed! I always thoroughly enjoyed his writing, and all the special projects he was involved in. My condolences to all his loved ones and colleagues. Will raise a glass of my best whisky this evening. I suggest the first new crazy balloon launched missile or plane be dubbed the "Lester Haines" in his honour, better still, name the SPB after him (assuming it will carry on his good work).
More likely a million to one.
Re: Does Satya Nadella know about...
I rather prefer:
Embrace, Extend, <Dalek voice>EXTERMINATE</Dalek voice>
Just because I am a fan of the Doctor
The Register speculates “aggressively leveraging” the vendor's capabilities conceivably covers things like yelling at various veeps, using lots of capital letters in e-mails, and sending copies of contracts off to lawyers.
You forgot big sticks with nails in it, and, if a BOFH is involved, "augmented" cattle prods.
Ten million galaxies is nice, but it is all about spectra
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey release 12 has far more objects: 208,478,448 galaxies to be precise. It only contains spectra for 2,401,952 galaxies and 477,161 quasars, so DESI becomes particularly interesting because it captures spectra of so many objects.
Pointing an optical fibre directly at the sky is of course pointless, as the aperture is pathetically small. The trick is to get a big mirror (4 m in this case), which gathers a lot of photons, and use fibre optics to guide the light to (multiple) spectroscopes. The more usual trick is to use a slit, which captures spectra from a little stripe across the image plane. By using carefully placed fibre optics, the project (as I read it) wants to tap into more of the optical plane, to record spectra of far more objects simultaneously. The robots pick out the right bits of the image from which to obtain spectra. Sounds very interesting
On the resemblance between court cases and vampires
Both can seem to have eternal (un)life. You might think they are long dead, and all that is left is dust along the wayside or in the courtroom as the case may be, but all it takes is a drop of blood (or money) in the right place, and...
LOOK WHO'S BACK!!
I really wonder when we will see a stake driven home properly
A white Persian cat, no doubt
But then Yuri Gagarin's smile is famous, so it is possible for a Russian cosmonaut to smile
Very interesting development
Many problems in image analysis (and physics) can be cast into sparse matrix form, so I will certainly take a look, especially for the gigapixel and terapixel images we are getting. I also wonder whether many graph-based methods could benefit, especially if the average number of edges per vertex is low. Many of those algorithms may well be suitable for this sparse-matrix architecture.