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So black it hurts the eyes!
According to Zaphod Beeblebrox, at least
To put the resolution into perspective
resolving 4m at 300,000 km is an angular resolution of 0.00275 seconds of arc. My 8" telescope does just 0.57 seconds of arc.
So yeah, HD would be possible easily, if you pad the image with a sufficient number of black pixels
AH, A CLUE
If they have buttons which are labelled black on a black background which when pressed let a little black light up black to show that you have done it, it must be the HAGUNEMNONS!
Look out for horribly beweaponed, chameleoid death-flotillas!!
I for one had never heard of the Garamantes culture. It does sound like someone wants to enhance the idea of a Libyan cultural identity that transcends tribal differences. Might not be the worst thing to try, but let's hope that political aim does not bury the science, which might find that, rather than being a single, unified culture, the Garamantes were a loose association of tribes, who bickered as much as current tribes (or the Gauls for that matter).
Just look at the surface of the moon with a telescope
You will see it has been hit by FAR worse that a poxy little 300m pebble. There are several craters more than a hundred km in diameter (Bailly at 287 km for example).
That's not a moon !!
Had to be said
As life arose at least 3 billion years ago
I do not think anything is changing in a big hurry.
I just thought the Greeks were charging for the use of their letters, you know, just to start balancing the books
Or make patent duration variable?
In some sectors you can innovate quickly, and long duration patents can stifle innovation (potentially). In other sectors, innovation is slower, and patent duration might be longer.
Of course, you then end up with a question on how to judge the duration per domain, but it is worth a thought.
As others have said, the USPTO spends to little time evaluating patents. Things are a good deal better here in Europe, where investigation into prior art is generally quite thorough (as I noticed when I was (co-)inventor on a patent).
Re: Wouldn't it be simpler if patents were non-transferable?
This could actually harm inventors. If I invent something, I might be better off selling my patent to a company capable of producing and marketing it and policing for infringement of the patent, rather than doing all that myself. After all, many inventors do not have the capital and resources to police a patent properly, and fight legal battles against potentially very wealthy players. I could of course sell a unique, non-transferable license for production or marketing, but what of the policing bit, would the license holder do that?
It is a peak in the current cycle
But to date (as a sunspot observer for quite a while), I have seen far fewer sunspots now than in the maximum around 33 years ago when I started, even though I have a bigger scope than I had in those days. So while the 11 year cycle is more-or-less on course in terms of the period, the whole 11-year wiggle seems to be superimposed on a downward trend. The last minimum was amazing. Months might go by without a single spot. I never witnessed that in the first cycles I observed.
They don't make sunspots like they used to! ;)
Loved watching Tomorrow's World too
However, in a long piece about British Engineering and/or current lack thereof, can we let this pass: We mention ENIAC, but not Colossus? Especially following the brilliant bit on BBC last weekend on Bletchley Park's lost heroes (William Tutte and Tommy Flowers). Told me bits of computer science history I did not know, and I work in computer science.
The comment on ENIAC was logical in context (given women involved). It is surprising how hard it is to get girls into science and engineering over here in the West. I was at a conference on image processing last September and many women presented really good work (no surprise to me), and the vast majority were from India or China.
I think I will use this as an example of the awesome things computer science brings us when we have our next open day for potential students on coming Friday (apart from a host of other, more mundane examples)
In the Netherlands 5'6" is very short
At a shade under 5'11 (1.80m) I was the third shortest guy in my year
In the Netherlands 5'6" is very short
At 1.80m (just shy of 5'11") I was one of the shortest guys in my year when I left secondary school. In the US I gather my length fairly average. 5" shorter would be quite short then.
Dark Sky Station
Now there is a now to conjure up a super-villain image.
Where is that white Persian cat got to now!
An OS suitable for mad scientists!!!!
IGOR, DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT!!!!!
I can feel an extra exclamation mark coming on!!!!!!
It might work psychologically
but what about radiation issues?
Besides, the stresses involved are way higher on the real trip, because the chances of anything going wrong are higher in a real ship, and the chances of anyone from outside being able to help if something goes wrong are effectively zero.
Still good that someone is still working on manned missions.
What? No reference to L-space theory?
Mine is the one with "Small Gods" in the pocket.
Apple iPads? But we ordered a few kg of Granny Smiths!!
What I REALLY did not like in XP, as I had to move from 2000
was the lack of proper separation between admin and user.
At home, I had to prevent the missus from removing such unimportant items as command.com in earlier Windows incarnations, so quite early on I installed Windows NT 4.0. Later I moved to 2000 rather than going through 95, 98 and (shudder) Millennium. I did not like the level of privilege I had to give users on XP, when that became the next step (as MS throttled support for 2000).
Windows 7 is a good deal better than XP in many ways.
was that not on the xxxPad
Sorry, couldn't resist
Allowing patents for prior art is USPTO standard practice
This is how patent trolls work: scour the literature for interesting ideas, apply for a patent, and sue anybody using it EXCEPT the guy who came up with the idea in the first (he could too easily take you to the cleaners, if he works for a big company, if not sue him too).
USPTO: Fire the lot of them, and replace them by half the number of competent people
Many phones out there do just as described above
So it is still too flaming obvious.
Yes, and the other major type is II
"nearby" galaxy M101 is currently (well, millions of years ago, but now in out frame of reference) host to a type Ia supernova. It was visible in binoculars just a few weeks ago, but now is borderline in my 8" scope.
Which has happened before.
There are now indications that the ice sheets withdrew at a huge rate at the end of the last ice age. The same seems to happen at the start. Initially people thought ice ages centuries or even thousands of years to get started or to end, now people are looking at much shorter periods. It seems climate can flip faster than was thought before. Some mass extinctions might be linked to these rapid flips (in particular the megafauna extinction at the end of the ice age).
I for one think it is good to have better data. By research standards not a huge amount of money was spent (one PhD position in our neck of the woods), and if we have better data, we have a better chance of understanding.
Many people do:
My cooking range and central heating are gas-fired. Replacing all the incandescent bulbs by fluorescent lights saved us a significant portion of our energy bill.
I am somewhat puzzled how they predict this linear growth based as it seems on two data points: 2010 and 2011. OK mathematically that defines a line, but will markets not become saturated after a while? Some error bars might not be amiss.
As I recall
a law suit was threatened by Xerox, and Apple hastily withdrew its case against Microsoft on "look and feel"
The case was settled, making it legal in retrospect, I guess.
seems to spring to mind unbidden
Does anyone see similarity between iOS components listed above and my ancient Tungsten T3 (grid of icons, lack of buttons, soft keyboard when needed)? Apple may have put them together in a better sleeker way, but they did not invent that stuff. This fits in with earlier Apple history (Xerox work on GUIs anyone). Again, Apple may have combine elements better than others before, and that is to be applauded, but they also often stood on the shoulders of giants.
so they say
Rewriting compilers from C++ to Basic and C#??
Is this me, or does this remind others of Niklaus Wirth's (failed) attempt to write a Pascal compiler in FORTRAN?
Or are they just modifying the compiler to make interim listings available in C# and Visual Basic showing the transformations performed by the code optimizer (in much the same way as the Cray FORTRAN and C compilers I used in the 90s?
The claim that Steve Jobs may have had a good idea for a product the day before he died is still more believable than a similar claim about Steve Balmer on any arbitrary day.
More seriously, though I am not an Apple user in any form, I do not find the former claim beyond the realm of the possible. Though the story does have a strong ring of spin on it, it may well be true, and it may be a bit cynical to reject it off-hand (though cynics are right depressingly often). Trying to keep working may be a good way of keeping your thoughts off what must be scary to anyone. It can also take your mind off pain, or give you some positive feeling.
We are living in amazing times, aren't we. At some point you will hold the compute power and memory storage of a Cray Y-MP in your pocket.
At which point it becomes possible to run MS-Office 2010
Cheers to the lot of them
Glad to see the Dutch team on the podium (as me mum is Dutch), kudos to Tokai and Michigan too of course!
Balloon, buffoon, baboon, they all mix nicely to spell Balmer, don't they?
Balmer apparently needs to vent vast quantities of hot air from time to time, or else he might burst.
(Oh bleeding hell, now I cannot get that image out of my mind).
If he means what he says, Microsoft shareholders might be in for a rocky ride, if he stays at the helm.
They just look at the situation through rose-tinted rather than polarizing glasses
I'm on my way
"In the parallel universe where 1997 saw the end of Apple, I don't think anyone will be casting any blame for not sticking with it. Jobs pulled off a 1000:1 shot."
I think it was a million-to-one shot, and everybody knows you can always pull those off! Just ask Sergeant Colon
The real question is
Did he put the pizza or his brains in the blender.
By bet is on the latter
"... whereas if you open a normal car door six inches you couldnt get a sheet of paper out , never mind a person!"
Certainly not certain American persons
But will it do time travel?
Or can it not hit 88 mph?
there was a BOFH episode
C. Omputer (you mean Chaz!)
and many others, all receiving payment as consultants
stop this sketch
it's getting silly
The Rt Hon. Major Smyth-DeVere-Charteris, in a sauce of green herbs
Wasn't he a pet halibut?
What will be the next names?
Some modest proposals:
Maybe I should not get into marketing
exactly, the editors may expect a visit with a cattle prod.
or a modded security robot
Old men shouting at pigeons often make more sense
Millennium hand and shrimp, buggrit, buggrit. I told em, I told em, I told em, I told em. They'd only run out. Doorsteps!
Mine's the long trench coat.
And of course
WHY on earth would you bring a trailer full of cans of "Bud" to Australia when you can drink Aussie beer?
Mine's a James Boag's please.
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