Now we cannot welcome any arsenic-loving alien overlords
2658 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
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?
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.
Next time they will do it using ICBMs!!!
We're doomed, DOOMED!!!!
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?
Also known as Darwin Award country
for one humongous hoover
Just a thought
when annoyed by the user
I never use any powerful hair furtling devices!
Never have, never will.
I'll drink to that (but not Chinese rice wine)
That would be really surprising!
Buried treasure, after all.
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.
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
"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
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.
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.
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)
We are processing up to 4Gpixel images now, so I'd better polish up my act
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!
Crysis is not available on BlueGene
but it does get higher than LOHAN, which is an achievement in itself
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.
1F52F seems to stand for a Kosher atom ;)
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.
I like the hybrid concept much more than a pure tablet, and yes, I do see uses next to my laptop.
It has a Pi-brain, not a pea-brain!
There seems to be a correlation
Windows is the OS of the Cloud in Cloud-Cuckoo Land
There, corrected that for them.
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).
I bet they feel smug at NASA (and with good reason!) whenever they mention the 90 expected survival of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on Mars, especially with Opportunity rolling again after 8 years on Mars.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for Curiosity.
You lot still using a three wheel system?
thrwt wyndr plctb fvwhl
Who will be the first to build a cute little cluster of these (just because we can). Could fit quite a number in a cupboard.