2575 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?
I have recently had to edit some docx forms in both LibreOffice and OpenOffice. It almost made me scream! Actually, the almost in that sentence is wrong. Things kept changing position in unpredictable ways, bits of text in tables became invisible. I have had similar hassles with MS-Office for that matter. Exporting stuff to PDF is colourful as well (words stuck together, layout shot to pieces).
Ultimately I just hacked together a LaTeX style file to generate the same forms (as they wanted PDF sent in). End of (my) problem.
Re: "The landing was very intense."
Best ever euphemism for a crash, I would say.
Re: Patent Nationalism?
Not just recently: try looking at the Philips Philishave patent spat with (IFAIK) Remmington.
They should have claimed it was radiation damage
More plausible, but might be considered shooting yourself in the foot
In congratulation I would like to say
JFADF IUKHK JUYKL HLKHH DBXUW NWXPG HJDSG UYQWJ BXXXM
ZOPQW KSXWQ SLWHF AAGHF THEOPS GHFML QWEBN IITHQ
The people who need to know will get it
Re: Hooray! New Textbooks on the Way!
"Clovis? It's just the name of a Town in Southern New Mexico again, where some people passing through dropped some arrow heads and forgot to pick them up."
And they weren't even fined for littering!
Holiest tablet since Moses was gifted by a burning bush
That made my Friday! Need to clean the keyboard now
All ur comms are belong to us!
sorry, couldn't resist
Aurora alerts always coincide with heavy clouds
I would have liked to have seen some of the fireworks on the sun in my little H-alpha scope when the flare went off, but alas, cloudy again.
Ministry of Administrative Affairs, anyone
"Yes, Minister" was so right at so many levels
Might get a student to try something like that with the 320GB Fusio-IO cards in two of our compute servers.
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
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