2514 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
A rare voice of sanity in that judgement: patenting should not be about the bleedin' obvious to a skilled team of designer or engineers.
I am not an Apple user (at the moment, their current hires display MacBook pro is tempting!), but I am quite happy to admit that Apple has done genuinely innovative stuff. However, this "invention" was a case of scraping the barrel. I feel it should. There are plenty of other players in the market scrapping the barrel in the same way. I do hope (vainly, no doubt) that this trends is brought to a halt.
Re: Observer effect?
Precisely. Whenever we find out what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.
Evidently, this has already happened
Mine is the one with cassettes of the original radio plays in the pocket. Douglas Adams, we miss you
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?
Re: Another warning sticker
But where will that end? A 190g smartphone weighted down by 1kg worth of stickers?
How would you like your smartphone?
Re: ""Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron."
Is there a Feegle in the house?
Now we cannot welcome any arsenic-loving alien overlords
but if he did, which one? Did he sound smoky, like an Islay malt, or smooth, like Speyside?
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.
This is just a practice run for the RotM
Next time they will do it using ICBMs!!!
We're doomed, DOOMED!!!!
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?
"area of outstanding natural stupidity"
Also known as Darwin Award country
Scientists ar eon the lookout
for one humongous hoover
Just a thought
I suddenly have this image of the touchscreen punching
when annoyed by the user
High leccy bill? Don't look at me!
I never use any powerful hair furtling devices!
Never have, never will.
Good for them!
I'll drink to that (but not Chinese rice wine)
But does it contain Narrativium?
That would be really surprising!
Am I the only one with the urge to say ARRRRH!!!!
Buried treasure, after all.
Fins do not like to be called Swedes
A page out of the PARIS/LOHAN book
Is there an El Reg special nautical bureau?
Must visit the centre next time I am over in England with the kids.
There I was getting worried about storage bottlenecks in terapixel image processing applications.
What wonderful times we live in.
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
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.
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
IBM is OK, but don't ever make it iBM
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)
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.
No it was a bring your own rock party
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.
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
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.
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)
Re: So do you think...
OK, so I need more memory
We are processing up to 4Gpixel images now, so I'd better polish up my act
Re: Dear Senator, Kettle meet Pot
Precisely! Don't spy on people, THAT"S OUR JOB!!
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.
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!
Don't be silly
Crysis is not available on BlueGene
Re: Cool space toy.
but it does get higher than LOHAN, which is an achievement in itself
And there I was waiting for the cattle prod
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.
Re: This is part of the Unicode standard
1F52F seems to stand for a Kosher atom ;)
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.
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.
So what is the tax rate for IE6?
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.
Now listen carefully!
It has a Pi-brain, not a pea-brain!
TVs get smarter as programmes get dumber?
There seems to be a correlation
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