Brilliant, nice end of the week story
2781 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: So encrypted files are forbidden?
Off course, if your encryption is REALLY good, they won't know it's there
Like the screen and format, but need CUDA
The older 13" Macbook were equipped with an nVidia graphics card, and as such offered support for code our students develop in CUDA, and had sufficient graphics grunt for 3D visualization code we develop. The later ones don't. Real shame, because I hate lugging a 15" along for conferences. As my code is OS agnostic, I was seriously considering the older MacBook, but I will have to pass this one for lack of video grunt.
I recently got a quote in the same price range from a Dutch company for a 13.3" at 2560x1600 resolution, Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, one 1TB HDD, + one 256GB SSD, and Geforce 860 (or so) graphics card. Weight 1.9 kg, so a bit heavier (and a bit bulkier to allow for cooling). The cost (with OS, you can also order it without) was just a shade under a MacBook pro 13.
Re: Can't resist a joke.
Alternatively, if the last dart hit Otto von Chriek as he was passing by it would be
"ONE UNDEAD AND EIGHTY!!!!"
Mine is the one with "The Truth" in the pocket
I wouldn't mind a box or two of those beasts. And, no, I will not run Crysis on it. Instead I will be processing giga to terapixel images on it
"New MARS record", or alternatively "new new-world record"
Great achievement, by any name
Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday
And of course, a Vogon constructor fleet is due coming Thursday (never could get the hang of Thursdays)
The UNIVERSE will end on Friday
To be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable
Re: Homing from Work
Such people are anti-Sams: You CANNOT read "Where's my cow?" like that! The hippopotamus sounds just don't sound right through the audio system. A propper HRUUGH should rattle the windows.
Mine's the one with "Thud" in the pocket
Interesting invention, which opens up many possibilities
Just add one BOFH or PFY, and for preference: Duck tape
The engineering solution to EVERYTHING
(OK, adding a beefed-up cattle prod could also add fun)
Re: It's not dead, it's resting!
Pushing up the daisies! Gone to meet its maker! it is an ex-glass!
As I read it it is a catalyst and electrode in one. The catalyst lowers the potential barrier for the electrolysis reaction, lowering the pwoer needed for the reaction
Here I am, brain the size of a planet and all they ask me is to drill a hole in a rock
Re: "Anthill inside"
Got that t-shirt, will wear it with more pride. It generally takes my CS students a little while to realise I am not wearing a T-shirt with an Intel ad.
What I will miss most about Terry Pratchett is the warmth and love of humanity with all its shortcomings that oozes from all his work. The one thing that really offended him is "treating people like things". He was a wonderful man with an unparallelled talent
I really hope the probe wakes up from its hybernation without issues. I cannot help wondering if, when it wakes up, Philae will say:
"I have worked out that if I stick my left arm in my right ear, I can electrocute myself ..., terminally"
"I think you ought to know I am feeling very depressed"
"It's c c cold"
No, that's not tea on the keyboard
Just some drool, that's all
The shallow end of the gene pool
Even by the standards of the general internet, this is an extreme load of vacuous twaddle. I would not want to spend any time in the presence of said Tawnie, let alone in the confined spaces of an elevator, where the stench of her (no doubt liberally applied) perfume would probably trigger an allergic attack. Besides, to paraphrase the immortal words of Marvin the Paranoid Android: "I get a headache trying to think down to their level"
It just struck me
No need for technology, I will just pass the caller to "my boss", and then do one of my celebrated Brian Blessed impersonations. Did one on holidays in the Alps recently, and had my kids in stitches.
ARE YE DEEEEEEAAAAAF!!!
Re: Just waiting
Very much like the "remark" tool the BOFH taught novice computer users about years back. Easily invoked using the usual UNIX abbreviation "rm"
I got one too, once or twice
I really, really really would like that remote BOFH-enhanced cattleprod functionality on the phone going.
Them: <indian accent> Hello mr. Wilkinson, I am calling from Microsoft Tech Support
Me: Hello, you may call me Simon
Them: <indian accent> Sir, your computer >>KZZEERT<<
Alternatively, I would like to wire a fax machine, enhanced to 120dB volume, to answer their questions
Re: They dared to defile the White City of the Monkey God?
Yeah, but don't forget the Monkey God's Mum (MGM). She is going to go ON and ON and ON to the poor Monkey God:
MGM: "See! I TOLD you to keep your forest tidy! You are ALWAYS losing things in it!"
Monkey God: "But, mum, I ..."
MGM: "I mean, HOW can you lose an entire CITY! This never would have happened to your cousin Kevin!"
Monkey God: "But mum, ..."
MGM: "Just think of what your dad will say when he comes home, and he hears humans have found it for you"
Monkey God: "Yes, but mum, ..."
MGM: "And I bet you haven't said thank you to those nice men from the SAS and National Geographic for finding your city again"
Monkey God: "But,..."
MGM: "Now go to your room and tidy THAT, or it's no human sacrifices for you for the next 500 years!"
Monkey God: "Yes, mum. Alright, mum"
Like my M8, will keep it for a while yet, but I like the fact that I can get something very much like it for a while yet,
Re: Getting OLD !!
I know the feeling. Take comfort in the fact that getting old means you are certainly succeeding in the first half of "Live long and prosper", so keep up the good work, and prosper
Re: BESSHHT GRAPH IN THE WORLD!!
I see! it is a descriptive graph rather than prescriptive. And exactly because the near terminally inebriated cannot read it, they will follow it
BESSHHT GRAPH IN THE WORLD!!
The only downside is that the totally inebriated might not be in a fit state to follow the instructions
I recently found a company nearby
that will build a laptop to my specs for a very reasonable price AND you buy the OS separately. No bloatware, nothing you did not ask for.
Sounds sweeter every day.
I'll check the (older) Lenovo machine, in which I already deinstalled a load of stuff after buying it, for superfish
"and even those were considered void if "extremists" were involved."
And who exactly got to decide that somebody is an extremist? MI6? Any other spooks?
Is that a black helicopter I hear?
Maybe you could implement peril-sensitive sunglasses this way ;-)
I thought the Toba super-volcano eruption took care of that
That fact won't stop Hollywood/Discovery Channel/History Channel/BBC, etc making a new disaster movie/"documentary" along the lines of WHAT IF A RED DWARF CAME WITHIN 0.8 AU OF EARTH, WERE ALL DOOMED!!!
Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals
Hate to pour cold water over the nice idea that Neanderthals would have been startled by flares of Scholz's Star., but a little back of the envelope calculations shows this is unlikely:
The star would have been about magnitude 10.3 in the night sky at shortest distance to earth, apparently. This means that to be visible a flare would need to raise the brightness by 4.3 magnitudes to reach magnitude 6 (drop on the magnitude scale = increase in brightness). This is possible in the blue band, but in the visual band (roughly corresponding to the rods in the retina) it is more likely to observe just one or two magnitudes increase, keeping the star well hidden. Only a 6 or 7 magnitude increase would make the star noticable (but still rather mediocre), and something like 12 magnitudes would be needed to rival the planets. This is VERY unlikely
Still a very interesting report
We're doomed, DOOMED, DOOMED, I say!!!!
At ease, Fraser!
The sun almost always provides a lot of fireworks. It must have been difficult to select the best bits
You can actually sample the solar dynamics from down here: this shot was taken from the pavement across the road from my house (74 pane mosaic). However, whenever UK (or Dutch in my case) weather conspires against that (i.e. a lot of the time) it is lovely to visit NASAs sites which provide many such image (some like GONG H-alpha nearly at real time).
The transits seem to be Venus, judging by the size of the disk
Unavoidable Cynewulf / Tolkien link
Eala Earendel, Engla beorhtast
Ofer middangeard monnum sended
Nah, we're safe
Alien's receiving the webgasm will conclude that this could not possibly come from a sentient life form, and start looking for errors in their analysis software, or check they weren't getting stray signals from some passing Teaser. You know, rich kids with nothing better to do than finding planets like ours, landing next to some poor guy who nobody is ever going to believe and strut around wearing silly antennae making bepp-beep noises (childish really)
It might well be useful for some specialists
Very big displays of very big data (actually, many images I work on are a lot bigger: 40kx40k). Having a powerful machine with massive GPU grunt and a big screen, that resolution would be very nice. On my tablet, not so much, on my laptop, a more modest improvement in resolution would be better
Love the work they are doing
I love the way these guys keep pushing forward. It does bring back fond childhood memories of the Apollo era.
Keep at it SpaceX!
Bad day for democracy
How can people vote if the are kept in the dark not so much about what a government does (because some things need to be kept secret), but about the very reasons for the secrecy. Another important issue is that justice must be meted out in public so that it can be seen to be done, and scrutinized. Secret courts are anathema to democracy.
Re: Does not compute...
Rich people need not have made their fortune, someone else could have made it for them. For example, they could simply inherit it. No intelligence, or indeed any other talent, is needed.
The selected icon is a "shining" example of this
(note: Paris might not be as stupid as she apparently likes to appear, but her wealth does not stem from any talent she may or may not have)
It's a good thing these are dogs
Dogs have a master
Cats (unadulterated ones, at least) have personel
I'll raise a glass to that ---> should be filled with wine, I know
Wadyamean, you need a different glass for wine?
Re: Ah yes...
Isn't that robo reader of yours simply an electronic monk? Remember not to cross link it to a video recorder programmed to watch 17 boring channels simultaneously. Can cause trouble
Re: Listen and understand
I thought Fox News already employed robots programmed to disagree with EVERYTHING the Democrats propose
Sounds like a step in the rigt direction
Some sense being brought to (a part of) the US patent system, that is a pleasant surprise. The fact that it comes from IEEE rather than USPTO is not much of a surprise
When philae wakes up
we might hear
"I appear to be lying at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. That seems a familiar concept, what does it remind me of?... Ah, yes! ...Life. Maybe if I lie still and ignore it, it will go away again"
Alternatively, we might just receive a message:
"I think you ought to know I am feeling very depressed"
OK, I'm going. The one with the cassette tapes of the HHGTTG radio play in the pocket please
Re: Is ifyoulikealotofchocolateonyourbiscuitjoina.club still available?
what about iamdetritusanddisismy.club?
OK, time to go, the one with Thud in the pocket please
Very nice exercise in minimalist programming
especially in an age where a word processing package has minimum requirements in terms of memory and compute power equivalent to a Cray Y-MP. Hats of (the black fedora again) to the programmer.
The art of compact programming is not totally dead, of course. People working on embedded systems can do some really neat work. We also let student program Arduino boards, which also requires a fair degree of discipline in terms of memory use.
Re: Not so close, really
True, but then we might think it's a long way to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. Listen....
Nice to see more data come from Rosetta. It will be interestig to see if and how the composition of dust particles changes as the comet becomes more active near the sun. Also looking forward to Philae waking up again as it approaches the sun.
Re: Not Again
Gentlemen: Please do not feed the troll
Good to see progress being made. I don't care muc for all the political grand-standing, but applaud the engineering efforts that with get more people into space at lower (if still eye-watering) cost.