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2362 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage

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Memristive spintronic memory?

Brilliant! The BOFH gets more ammo to apply Management Stack Theory

And of course spell checkers go bananas!

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.

Mo reimportantly, are they peril sensitive? will they black out the moment you might see something that could disturb you?

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Re: Another warning sticker

But where will that end? A 190g smartphone weighted down by 1kg worth of stickers?

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How would you like your smartphone?

Rare

Medium

Well-done

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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Re: ""Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron."

Is there a Feegle in the house?

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NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

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Alien

Darn!!

Now we cannot welcome any arsenic-loving alien overlords

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

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Re: Scotch?

but if he did, which one? Did he sound smoky, like an Islay malt, or smooth, like Speyside?

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Re: My line with the boss...

I never had to work in the financial sector, but I did work at the University hospital. Whenever one particular senior staff member (non-computer science) tried to meddle in my work and ask what was going on (with an implication that things weren't going fast enough), I tended to explain in detail what I was doing, with as much mathematical jargon as I could muster (which is a lot when you are doing image analysis), in a friendly, fellow-scientist-to-fellow-scientist tone (i.e., I do not have to explain every concept in detail, do I).

The first mention of "fast Fourier transform" or "optimal convolution kernel" was generally enough to make them run for cover.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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This is just a practice run for the RotM

Next time they will do it using ICBMs!!!

We're doomed, DOOMED!!!!

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Re: Repeat after me

The programmer OR the user fucked up.

(not XOR, btw)

My bet would be on the user. But, as I write programs, it would be, wouldn't it?

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Rifle-waving Yank's premature detonation ruins city's big bang

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"area of outstanding natural stupidity"

Also known as Darwin Award country

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Scientists ar eon the lookout

for one humongous hoover

Just a thought

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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I suddenly have this image of the touchscreen punching

when annoyed by the user

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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High leccy bill? Don't look at me!

I never use any powerful hair furtling devices!

Never have, never will.

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First lady taikonaut and pals plunge into the dirt after space mating

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Good for them!

I'll drink to that (but not Chinese rice wine)

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Exotic proto-mineral 'panguite' from before the planets found in meteor

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But does it contain Narrativium?

That would be really surprising!

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Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

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Am I the only one with the urge to say ARRRRH!!!!

Buried treasure, after all.

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Microsoft loses appeal against EU antitrust smackdown

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Fins do not like to be called Swedes

see title

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

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A page out of the PARIS/LOHAN book

Is there an El Reg special nautical bureau?

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Bletchley Park gets £7.4m to tart up WWII code-breaking huts

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Well done!

Must visit the centre next time I am over in England with the kids.

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I'm the world's fastest! No, I am! And I'm staggering, too!

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Oh, Goody!!

There I was getting worried about storage bottlenecks in terapixel image processing applications.

What wonderful times we live in.

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Pity they cannot land near Spirit or Opportunity, so they could film the descent.

Awesome project, I will have my fingers crossed those 7 minutes of terror

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Net publishing happens in the server AND the eyeball, says EU Bot

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Is it me, or is the opinion really an assessment of what current law exists on the subject, not so much what he thought was best (that is not for him to decide). In the absence of laws dealing explicitly with all the complications brought by the internet (and Bot discusses this to some extent), it is then useful to see what existing laws might apply. Broadcast and database use are reasonable areas to look. If the consequences of applying the existing law to the internet case are problematic (as pointed out by the other posters), new laws should be formulated.

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Stephen Hawking to demonstrate speech via brain scan

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Re: Science is cool

Sorry about the accidental down-vote, mouse misbehaving, I am afraid. Add the up-vote too

The "D'oh! icon applies to me, not your post, as the science is indeed very, very cool

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Re: i

IBM is OK, but don't ever make it iBM

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Stonehenge WASN'T built by ALIENS - Boffins' shock claim

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Re: "Ritual significance"

"I actually used that argument in an archaeology essay - got good marks for it too :-)"

Shows there are good teachers around (and with a sense of humour too, one would wager)

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"Ritual significance"

It is a catch phrase (probably often correct, maybe wrong as often).

I once had a tour of the "Cave of the Shaman" in southern France. It is named after a VERY male figure scratched in the rock, complete with a huge erection. There were also scratched drawings of women with exaggerated "features". There was a lengthy explanation of fertility rites etc. My suggestion these might simply be stone-age variants of scribbles found on doors of modern day toilets frequented by adolescent males of all ages did not go down well.

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Re: Sir

No it was a bring your own rock party

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Screen idols: higher resolution means better laptops

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Would dearly like one of those displays

Both for general use and better 3D display of visualization of MRI/CT scans and the like. OK, so chugging out more pixels requires more processor grunt, and that does affect battery life, but I want a powerful nVidia card anyway to chug through the CUDA stuff we do, so I am used to having to charge the laptop more often.

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'We've got $6m and we will use it to REVOLUTIONISE storage'

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Re: Not sure if they're doing this right.

Who are investors going to back:

Start-up A says: We will put existing technology in a shiny box, and add a huge markup.

Start-up A does: Put existing technology in a shiny box, and add a huge markup

or

Start-up B says: We are going to REVOLUTIONIZE storage

Start-up B does: Put existing technology in a shiny box, and add a huge markup

The first gets full marks for honesty, the second gets the investment, I would bet.

Me, cynical?

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Assange: Australian neglect made me flee to Ecuador embassy

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Ditching him in his hour of need?

There might be a few (non-mutually exclusive) reasons for this:

a) Oz do not want to tick off the USA

b) Oz find him tiresome

Whining does not win many people over I am afraid.

Mine is the one with the Barmah hat (not an ozzie myself, though)

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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Re: So do you think...

Praise Be!!

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Gigapixel camera heralds new world of snoopery

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OK, so I need more memory

We are processing up to 4Gpixel images now, so I'd better polish up my act

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Re: Dear Senator, Kettle meet Pot

Precisely! Don't spy on people, THAT"S OUR JOB!!

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When buying an air ticket on your mobe - what makes you give up?

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For long haul flights I tend first to check which airline is cheapest through budgetair/cheaptickets/any other comparison site. Once found I check out the websites of the two cheapest airlines found, often to find they have an even cheaper offer if you order directly from them.

Cheapskate, perhaps, but hey, it works.

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UV 2: RETURN of the 'Big Brain'. This time, it's affordable

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WANT ONE!

Seeing how our shiny new 64-core machine is chugging through HUGE image data, a 4096 core shared memory device would be a dream come true!

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IBM US nuke-lab beast 'Sequoia' is top of the flops (petaflops, that is)

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Don't be silly

Crysis is not available on BlueGene

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

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Re: Cool space toy.

but it does get higher than LOHAN, which is an achievement in itself

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PFY vs Bearded 80s Netscape Bore: BOFH

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And there I was waiting for the cattle prod

Nice one

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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

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A 13" notebook with retina display would be great

I do not care who makes it, but if I can get my hands on a good 13" notebook with hi-res display, and nVidia GPU (recent one (for CUDA)) I will be very happy indeed (especially as the boss should pay). A machine like that is really great as a portable workstation and demo machine for hi-res image processing. I know our code runs on OS-X, so I am completely agnostic about the manufacturer. I do suspect that the usual suspects (ASUS, please make one) will follow suit, and produce competitors. Then it will be all about price/performance and build quality.

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Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

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Re: This is part of the Unicode standard

1F52F seems to stand for a Kosher atom ;)

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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Re: Not At All

Mileage varies, as ever. Don't forget, even if all the men treat the women with the respect they deserve, women may still be put off by a very much "male" atmosphere if you are one of very few women in an otherwise all male organization.

We have some outstanding female students (but far too few), and the general attitude of our male students is one of respect (though quite a percentage shows signs of the usual nerdy awkward behaviour towards the opposite sex, but that is par for the course). Strikingly, most of our female students are from abroad. This shows that not all women (by quite a long way) aren't interested in IT. In international conferences in image processing I would guess that about 25-30% of delegates are female (mainly Asian). It seems to be a thing in western culture to keep women out of technology (a long-standing tradition, as women were banned from most guilds in the distant past). I do see a gentle upward trend in the number of Dutch girls enrolling in our course, but we have a long way to go.

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I call it the snobbery of indifference: it's cool to be cool in the sense of not really caring about anything, and certainly not about learning. I am not sure it is a world-wide thing, I see many more people in the east doing computer science (or indeed any science or engineering course), and that includes a lot of women. I have seen a similar pattern in Uganda, where many girls do Computer Science. I think people in many non-western countries have way more respect of science and engineering, because they are all too aware of the huge benefits they bring. Many westerners are all too complacent in that respect. Many kids just want to get rich quick or be famous (often willing to debase themselves on TV for such purposes).

Teach them the fun and excitement of science and technology early on (before puberty) and you stand a much better chance of winning them over.

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Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users

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So what is the tax rate for IE6?

I wonder

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Asus Transformer Pad TF300

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Sounds like an interesting device to me

I like the hybrid concept much more than a pure tablet, and yes, I do see uses next to my laptop.

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

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Now listen carefully!

It has a Pi-brain, not a pea-brain!

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Volkswagen Up!

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Re: Very tempted

"He said he was 5'11" (aka 1.83m - or more correctly 13.1 linguine)."

More precisely 180.3338 cm (1.8033m) or 12.881 linguine courtesy of the Reg Online Standards Converter

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World smart TV sales surge

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TVs get smarter as programmes get dumber?

There seems to be a correlation

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Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft

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Re: Windows is the OS of the Cloud

Windows is the OS of the Cloud in Cloud-Cuckoo Land

There, corrected that for them.

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Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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Rotten thing to happen.

I have not been to Buenos Aires, but I have been to other places so riddled with pickpockets that I was tempted to put a live mousetrap in my coat pockets or bag. In one place whenever some little kid asked me the time, I told them whilst swiping my hand over my back pocket rapidly. I always connected.

They didn't get anything (except a slap on the wrist).

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