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it is Microsoft trying to persuade users not to use IE at all
Not likely, I must admit, but it is an alternative explanation.
But the question we ask ourselves
How many femtobarns in a nano-wales?
"They couldn't hit the broadside of a barn at this dist ..."
Here we modified that to:
"They couldn't hit a barn if they were standing inside it."
With a femtobarn, this would create difficulties of course.
a whole new meaning of "bipolar" springs to mind watching that video.
Or is it just me thinking that
Nice looking girls, but why
do both front and rear of the dress show the front of the skeleton?
Mine is the one with the anatomical atlas in the pocket
My thoughts exactly
The 16" guns used shells in the order of a ton in weight, which left the barrel at supersonic speed (820 m/s) yielding some 688 MJ of kinetic energy.
Of course, this is just a prototype being tested.
Just splice in some frog DNA?
Why are you assuming the Denisovans were related to the French?
Monsieur, you offend me, we French are related to the tall, graceful Cro-Magnon!
Re: Not medieval
And anyway, as Pratchett and Gaiman (1990) have stated, bishop Ussher was off by at least 15 minutes
was on my mind more, but then I am that old
Thinner != better
6mm might still be OK, but I would start to worry at some point that the thing would break, and given where I carry my phone, that would leave gorilla-glass shards in my groinal area.
The eyes water at the thought
Coat, for that is where I should keep an overly thin phone.
The surface of the moon is not covered in a couple of miles of water.
Just over half of the moon's surface is visible from my back garden with my telescope (given enough time, and the various wobbles that allow us to see a bit more than half). Using bigger kit, and the odd lunar orbiter, you can see a lot more. It is also a lot easier to walk on the moon's surface (ask Neil), than on the bottom of the oceans, thousands of meters below (ask any scuba diver). Getting to the bottom of the ocean is relatively simple, of course. Getting there alive is quite a different matter.
I hope they did not bite of more than they could chew
runs for cover
Don't you just
plug the iron into the shirt
Mine is the one with "Danger, High Voltage" on the back
did it taste like chicken?
Mine is the one with the "cooking with crocodiles" book in the pocket
Re: Regulation of banks...
Really amusing. Brilliant touches of surrealism. Hysterically funny, and sad at the same time. A sort of accidental literary genius.
I aten't dead!!.
I will be happy if they first go to the moon. That will supply plenty of cool things to look forward to, and no, I wont be saying things like:
"Call that a moon rocket? When I was a kid they made proper moon rocket, none of this luxury stuff with 64 bit computers and touch screens, why when I was small we had 8 bits, and we were happy with that!
Grumble, mutter, ....
A round of applause for SpaceX, please!
Brilliant stuff. These guys are putting the excitement back in space research and space travel. It really reminds me of the heady Apollo days, when I sat glued to the (black and white) TV for every launch. At age seven I badgered my parents to let me see the first lunar landing (they allowed it, bless them!, and yes, I am that old).
Now let's go to Mars. SpaceX is the odds-on favourite in my books.
I am about to get a 64 core Opteron-based machine (4x 16 Bulldozer cores and 512 GB RAM (memory hungry, our applications?) ), and have funding for another machine somewhere down the line. Might well have a good look at the Piledrivers at that time.
Ah, so the blancmanges were really jellyfish in disguise?
Mine is the one with "Angus Podgorny Fan Club" on the back
But I am building them a mini-Dobsonian telescope (and they are helping me build it). I somehow do not think keeping them interested is going to be that hard, because they are showing promising signs of nerdiness already. Nerds are interested in things for their own sake, not just because other people think it is cool.
Why did my old school not have such cool projects? Really nice way to get kids into science, or rather keep kids in science, as from a young age they seem interested in anything, and only later, when the "snobbery of indifference" sets in in puberty, do many seem to lose interest.
Nice one, NASA!
So does Karotz say
"What's up doc?"
multi-tasking anti-ageing moisturiser?
But was it preemptive multi-tasking, cooperative multitasking, or did tasks genuinely run in parallel on 10 cores?
Making CMOS and CCD chips for digital cameras still does
Chemical magic is still needed, but not the way Arthur C. Clarke knew it.
I will still raise a pint to him. He has more imagination than most of us.
Wasn't that the sneeze of the Great Green Arkleseizure?
Mine is the one with the H2G2 radio plays in the pocket
Precisely. I have no problems with people playing proper R&B (Ray Charles and the like)
I remember several cartoons containing bullets, which skidded round corners (maybe in a roadrunner cartoon). Should Warner Bros. or MGM claim prior art?
will it run Crysis?
I'll get my coat
Did they mean Italian Lira?
Bit behind the times or shape of things to come?
They should have used large, friendly letters in the headline.
On a more serious note, climate debate is fine, it is what science is about. If proof is incontrovertible, then the global warming advocates need not resort to strong-arm tactics. If it is not, the skeptics have every right (if not duty) to challenge it.
Saving fuel seems a good idea whichever way you look at it. Oil has uses beyond keeping hummers on the road.
It's "one, two, many, lots"
Troll, because, well, this is Sgt. Detritus
Love thissh kind of reshearsh. Love it. Bessht kind of shtuff. Really nishe. Really.
The term is "injellititis" (C. Northcote parkinson)
A dangerous combination of a high degree of incompetence and a high degree of jealousy, which react to form injellitance. Injellitant individuals in an organization prefer "sound" character over true ability. Creativity is anathema to such people. An organization infected with such people in management has contracted injellititis. A reverse competition results, in which everybody in management tries to hide his or her ability in order to secure promotion. Third rate people are promoted because they are no threat to the second rate management.
See "Parkinson's Law" byt C. Northcote Parkinson. He said it all.
The addition of 64bit and floating point is key. I would like to see how these perform on our gigapixel image processing workloads.
If you want to publish in practically any traditional journal, you have to sign a copyright transfer. The main concern for the publisher is that they cover their backsides by having you sign a declaration that you own the copyright initially, and that you transfer it to them. This means that they can show that they acted in good faith should you have committed plagiary.
The conditions vary, but many publishers do allow you to reproduce part or the whole of your work for non-commercial purposes. If you want to reproduce your own or other peoples' graphs in a scientific work (with due reference) it is unheard of that this is refused. IEEE allows you to put entire preprints online, provided it is accompanied by a copyright statement. Springer allows the same for their Lecture Notes in Computer Science, but ask (not demand) that you wait for a year after publication. As they ask nicely, I tend to comply.
What is most peculiar is not copyright transfer, but the pricing. At one stage Elseviers raised subscription prices by 33% in a single year, to compensate for higher printing and e-publishing costs. This is patently nonsense, as the printing costs have been going down, year by year (we know this from the printing costs of PhD theses), and e-publishing is way cheaper than hardcopy publishing.
The journal publishers get all the content for free: authors, reviewers, and editors get nothing (either that or I am editor in the wrong journal). By raising prices they are driving scientists to an alternative publishing model (like PLoS), where the author pays to publish, and subscription is free.
The problem is that as a scientist you do want to publish in good journals, and not just for reasons of prestige. Good journals are read by more people. This means my ideas get a bigger audience. Just like many performer would like to play for a big crowd at some time, I would like my ideas to be read by people. Otherwise articles become my write-only memory.
Good journals generally (not always) give me a better (stricter) class of review. When reviewing, I myself tend to be stricter about a submission to a lower ranking journal than to say IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, in particular in terms of novelty (real errors get flagged anyway!). Stricter reviews are a sterner test of my ideas. If they pass that kind of scrutiny, they may be worthwhile. PLoS and similar journals will take time to gain acceptance. A quicker change would be for existing journals to adopt the new publishing format. IEEE is looking at that.
Canadians take page out of PARIS book?I could not help noticing the similarities between this Canadian space effort and PARIS. Note the replacement of Playmobil by LEGO http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16759220
Should one submit this
For an Ig Nobel prize in engineering?
I thought they stored comms gear in their helmets
OK, it's Friday, innit?
Finally a note book which can just about handle one of our smaller satellite images (1.0 GIGApixel). Now I want one.
Not at all!
Lord Sutch made good sense (occasionally). And he had a better dress sense
I made an invisible shed once
I sent MIT some photographs but they wouldn't believe me.
What about the Bismarck, HMS Hood, or Yamato.
Full scale might mean refilling printer cartridges from time to time, of course.
I thought that involved chaotic computing involved students making arbitrary changes to code to see if it works now,
or is that chaotic programming?
Maybe they wanted to play dice at 2 million K
Man that game is hot
X-ray does not penetrate many metal surfaces well (which is why old amalgam fillings wreak havoc with older CT reconstruction algorithms). Tank armor could absorb a hell of a lot before melting. A picosecond blast might be a tad short to do damage.
Neat, because every cosmetic has only temporary effects
because most people die well before the sun becomes a red giant.
the speed limit may be 0.0003 mph
(how much is that in furlongs per fortnight?)
As a guest to planet, it should stick to the local traffic rules
Nobody has welcomed our Frankenmalware chimeric worm-virus overlords?
I am astonished!!
Again, there may be something important in there, I have yet to study the paper in detail. However, there is a ton of literature on removing low energy components (we have a few papers on other compression techniques, so I have been keeping up with much of it), so that in itself is not new. I also question whether the global sine/cosine basis used by Fourier is ideal for this work. More localized basis functions (local DCT/ wavelets/curvelets/insert your favourite over-complete dictionary of functions here) are often used. This is why the MIT paper uses a local transform, rather than global, as I understand it from the Reg report.
So again, it is not really an FFT, but it may be another kind of lossy compression technique. If they compress or analyse better than others kudos to them!
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