2556 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
A QR-code for "42"
is what would like to stick on every QR-code I find.
Mine is the one with the cassette tapes of the Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy radio plays in the pocket
Re: Free stuff
We use Linux (and OS-X and Windows) at our research institute. My own work is mainly on Linux systems (but I am at writing code that is cross-platform portable). I do not consider my work a hobby.
The description of the box is spot on, as many have said.
I still have an old 8" floppy somewhere (staggering 128kB capacity). It's got (or at least had) a legit copy of CP/M 2.0 on it. I sometimes fancy lashing up an old 8" drive with a USB interface (where is that soldering iron), and see if I can "upgrade" someone to CP/M 2.0 running on some Z80 emulation software. Unfortunately, I doubt the drivers will be available.
Still, a man can dream.
In more ways than one.
Re: Even worse
For some brands of beer, that might be fine, in other cases (fill in your least favourite here) it is cruel and unusual punishment
Ye cannae break the laws of physics, capt'n!
As Scotty would say. He might well add:
"Powerrr, we need more powerrrr!!"
page 478, Concise Oxford Dictionary, 6th Edition (and showing its age)
Gullable, I agree is not in that dictionary, though it may be in Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary of Every Language Ever"
Spotted this on March 19!!
Quite easy through an 8" scope. My fourth supernova to date (seen, not discovered). There is another one in the constellation of Virgo, which I am still hoping to catch.
Re: Don't see why the fuss
It's written in Murphy's Laws:
a) The chance of a demo crashing is an increasing function of the number of people watching
b) The chances of a demo running flawlessly is proportional to the inverse of the importance
I doubt this simulation will be the last word, but for now it explains the data quite well. Of course, the observational bias will also be there, but that does not mean the effects simulated do not exist. It does make the "habitable moon scenario" seen in star wars more likely. Whether they are inhabited by bear-like creature who using stone-age technology defeat an army equipped with technology as advanced as faster than light travel is another matter entirely (although the movie did show the physical disadvantages of walking tanks with a comparatively narrow spacing between the legs compared to the height of its centre of mass)
Did the guy miss paparazzi.xxx?
I want to nominate a film 571 times
Re: Why bother with steganography?
Amanfrommars, is that you?
Re: Yeah, who could possibly tell that a random-appearing string of characters .....?
And besides, a random appearing string of characters might be a program in Perl
I just had this mental image of a supersonic Swordfish hurtling towards Bismarck
Which would be "interesting" for the crew in their open cockpit.
Is LOHAN going to make a playmobil re-enactment of this?
It is exciting when people go after such a long-standing record.
I am surprised.
Worst film nominations and nobody mentioned U571?
Most bad film I can ignore, and they will go away again. U571 is such an insult to what really happened in cracking enigma that it just gets my blood pressure up (and many others).
And if they do not pay, they will be clamped?
Look out for big yellow triangular thingies (technical term) in space.
If iPads had been available when "Yes, minister" was produced
I wonder how sir Humphrey would have managed to subvert it. Could have made for some interesting episodes.
The situation is a bit different from that of planets, as the notion of dwarf planet was introduced to cover cases like Pluto and the larger Kuiper-belt objects. The notion of a dwarf galaxy has been around much longer. Proper definitions help to avoid confusion.
Great, could be used to develop nan-playmobil!
for nano re-enactments.
Would find use on El Reg, I suppose
Re: This is not a type N post
Yes, but do use El Reg approved units
Re: How do you count Type N?
More importantly, how do you submit a type N post?
I really want to, but on second thoughts, I cannot be bothered
Re: "Study shows soap operas trigger aggression in women"
" personally think that watching that shit would wind anybody up, male or female. I only have to hear the theme tune from A Certain Famous Soap to feel my blood pressure rising."
Absolutely! My wife frequently wonders why I leave the room when certain shows are on TV (not just soaps, "talent" (word used without prejudice) shows have an even more pronounced effect). I tend not to say I am looking for more fun things to do, like stapling my ears to a wall, or putting my hand in a meat grinder. Somehow, remarks like that do not go down well.
By improvements in (time) management?
Re: "Region 1429"
Active regions on the sun (groups of sun spots) are numbered. This one happens to be 1429.
I had a look north of the city
No aurora to see. Moonlight may have been the culprit, or maybe there was just nothing to see (apart from the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mars)
Pity I did not hear this yesterday.
I was accosted by evangelical Christians yesterday evening and was asked what I believed in. I pointed to Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the sky stating that my Goddess of Love, Father of Gods, and God of war were all now visible in the sky, so who was I to doubt. They were genuinely shocked.
On the other hand, if I started out about the FSM they would probably know immediately I was pulling their leg (which I was of course), so suggesting belief in ancient gods is probably the better ploy.
I will test the 64 core 512GB single box (4U rack server) we are getting shortly (for processing large astronomical and remote sensing images rapidly). I will compare the cents per MFLOP/s to the figures here. We already know it will kick the backside of the 32 processor Cray SV1e we used to have performance wise, at less that 1% of the cost. I am really curious what the figures will be. Linpack has its limits of course, but it is still nice to know where you stand, even roughly.
Is it just me?
But whenever I hear the name of these orbiters, I have an image of John Cleese as "Tim the Enchanter" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The way he bawled "GRRRAIL!!" in a Scottish accent at Graham Chapman as King Arthur is forever etched in my memory.
I just hope we get some clear skies
Maybe there will be some aurora activity.
Re: Mexico again
Maybe they like enchiladas?
Mine is the one with the sombrero
The perfect gift for fashionable protozoans?
Re: if this is what you have for the 7th of march
Isn't that when they release the iFool?
Sorry, couldn't resist
"The Jobsian legacy calls for a new product thrust into every niche in your life."
Re: or maybe laying on the chaise longue
Diesel-electric? Should it not be called U3008?
I'll get me coat.
Re: Foreign lorries @Matthew 3
But then I do not live in Blighty
Re: picture sizes?
I just got me a 2 Terabyte disk for picture backup, which should keep me in business for a while. I might put some stuff in cloud storage for cloud processing, or access when not at home, but I will certainly keep local backups.
Given the price of a NAS, you can store shed-loads at home for very little.
Men were real men in those days
This is proven by the fact that the Delilah speech scrambler shown in the picture was called "portable".
By implication, we assume women were real women, and small furry creatures from alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from alpha Centauri.
How many of us want that app?
Could get messy if everyone could fire a minister, but I know we have all wanted to at times.
Perhaps we should equip them
with FRICKIN' LASERS.
That'll show the rats!
Re: Somethings wrong here...
Glare can cause a non-circular object to appear round quite easily.
Re: Spectral Analysis
Usually the brightest fireballs show up red and green N2 and O2 lines. A very bright one may show other traces, but it might have been difficult to get spectral readings on such a fast moving object.
Kudos to these guys!
The lot of them. Really interesting stuff is being made out there.
One caveat: Igors disapprove of near threshold computing:
"Tethting the printhiple? Thtick a bolt of lighting through it! Igorth alwayth make thythtemth that need more power!"
Re: Re: Perfectly plausible
Ah, now you are talking. Proper Bond movie with no fewer than 7 James Bonds (well, 6 and one Jimmy Bond).
"Who is this le Chifre?"
"Nobody knows. Not even le Chifre."
UNIX has a card in its hand:
I ATEN'T DEAD!!
Where they using procrastinators to get the filming done quickly?
Mine is the one with "Thief of Time" in the pocket
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