2575 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
I'm not dead yet! I don't want to go on that cart!!
I remember thinking "Isn't that a security risk?" when I first heard about VBA. We did not have to wait long for confirmation. It is worrying that they still haven't put a sufficiently tight sandbox around VBA. I can see reasons to use macros within a document (I have used for loops and while loops in LaTeX at times), but I see no reason why code within a document should ever be allowed to alter template files or indeed any other file on disk (except the printed, postscript, or pdf output) which outweighs the security risks involved.
To stay with the Hitchhikers' Guide: Maybe he is a masochist on a diet (but then he would have made a nutrimatic machine)
Re: Just imagine
We once had a grey heron drop a load dead centre on a tea table outside. Only amusing well after the event. One of these Pelagornithids could take out an entire village fair with one salvo. One dreads to think what a flock might have been able to do.
Re: The BBC reckons it's the largest bird ever....
Bones of flying birds are thin. Last time I looked at an ostrich it flew about as well as a brick. Tasty, however, very tasty
Now that is REALLY raising a glass
Mine never reach the stratosphere, but on the way back, they always reach my mouth
Never got the hang of quaffing, it seems
Re: there's klingons on the starboard bow
And in th emean time, nobody is looking for super-intelligent shades of the colour blue
Re: Splitting California
Just wait long enough and California will be split. Along the San Andreas fault line, possibly.
Sadly, this is not entirely a joke, and certainly not for people in California
Title totalled by trying too much
Accept my ample apologies for an appalling attempt
Somehow, all these yellow capsules make me go
Beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo beedo
Seriously, though, thumbs up to this project
Top boffinry by the sound of it
Time will tell what will become of the technology, of course, but having thumb drives that are faster, have larger capacity, and do not wear out is something I would love to see
Superb piece of engineering!
Excellent stuff by NASA (and ESA, Cassini-Huygens was a joint mission). Great example of international collaboration as well.
And of course it gives us yet another reason to raise a glass
Re: Cruelest Ending!
Cruel and unusual punishment. Love the neat and understated style
Re: I beg your pardon...
No, the only two spreadsheets I maintain for personal use are one to log the deep sky objects I have seen through my scopes or binoculars, listing catalogue/number,alternative names, type, constellation, date observed etc, and one in which I list the number of species of fish and seafood my kids have eaten (79 for the youngest (10), 80 for the eldest (12)), listing English and Dutch common names and who ate them. The first helps me select new objects to tackle, the second encourages the kids to try more different kinds of food.
Very interesting stuff
Direct evidence of dark matter would be great. Not quite there yet of course.
Re: Rebekah Brooks innocent?
Much as I would like, "incompetence" is not on the statute books as a crime. The legislative bodies probably omitted it for several reasons:
1) Prisons could not handle the volume of offenders
2) Incompetence was considered a given for anybody in high office (Peter Principle and all that)
3) Sir Humphreys actually prefer incompetent ministers
I was considering a "joke" icon, but then reread the post and thought the better of it. Now I will get my coat
Re: Why fibreglass cows?
Darn, fibreglass. I was hoping for a whole new meaning of "roaming internet", and "roaming (dis)charges"
Re: Always practice safe sex.
I jutht thought you were couthin Igor
Yeth, marthter, I'll get my coat marthter
Let's call it Leshp!
That immediately explains the way it appeared too, and nothing to do with Kraken (but a curious squiddy connection remains)
Mine is the one with Jingo! in the pocket
Re: The Kraken wakes.
No, those aren't Kraken wakes, they have a distinct V shape
Sorry, couldn't resist
Interesting stuff, once more
Bit borderline magnitude for my scope, but I should try to hunt it down if I get a chance. As Seyfert galaxy, it should have a bright core (they are not JUST bright in X-ray and UV).
Couldn't resist adding "Improbable Research" to my list of skills. Well, I do have 3 papers in Annals of Improbable Research to my "credit"
Jack Daniels? Was there no whisky available? (sorry, couldnae resist!!)
Of course, after a couple few people appreciate the difference, but mine's a single malt whisky any time (Islay or Speyside, depending on my mood), but that may be my Scottish forebears whispering in my ears (or just random voices in my head, of course)
Fancy connecting over drinks, anyone? Loads more fun than LinkedIn
Which might still happen on the last leg of the descent
Mission control to LOHAN: DUCK!!
Teflon is just wonderful stuff
I have used it so often in building telescope mounts, and it just gives a thrill to see things suddenly move smoothly, without wobble or stiction. Not surprised it got the canards sorted. Smoke from servos and sticky canards don't mix, unlike smoke from apple wood and marinated magret de canard.
Darn, hunrgy now
Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?
Sorry, couldn't resist
Has he got a white Persian cat?
Kudos to Elon, though, he has the balls, and business mind to do stuff I dreamed of as a kid watching the Apollo programme unfold. I got my kids very excited when I pointed to Mars in the sky, and told them two robot cars made on earth were trundling around there. I do hope at some point I can point there and say there are people on that red dot in the sky.
"That's a nice independent label you've got there, it would be such a shame if something happened to it"
Monopolies are OK according to the law in most places provided you do not abuse that position. I would say the indie labels have a case
Re: Where are the Register's servers located?
Can GCHQ spy on Register posts? Well, I can see them, so at a wild guess, they can.
I therefore do not see any reason for them not to have a look see
Corollary: Do not mention "plans for the revolution" on the Register
Re: Interesting stuff
Maybe SIMD is not the best turn of phrase. As I see it, FPGAs could work well if the processing steps are fairly predetermined. I do not see FPGAs working on the data-driven processing order required for my kind of image and volume filtering work, but then I haven't got much experience with FPGAs, so maybe I am wrong
Re: Here's a Lesson Learned (from SDR) for anyone going down this road...
Absolutely true. Reprogramming FPGAs is a bottleneck to many. A software platform which could ease that pain would help, but I trust that might be as difficult as compilers which "automatically" recognize how to parallellise code. I have seen examples of the latter which handled quite a few situations admirably, but feed them e.g. a queue based algorithm and they are stuck. Many challenging problem require real originality.
FPGAs do offer interesting ways to extend the power of computers, especially for SIMD type situations (and there are loads of these). I will see if our library has that paper available.
I thought Moore's law was not so much an assertion as an observation. I gather he observed a trend in the data so far, and suggested the exponential growth might go on for a while yet. I do not think he envisaged it to last as long as it has.
I do tire of people who still suggest Moore's Law will come to the rescue of their pathetically slow algorithms. I always like to point out that even if Moore's Law continues unabated, the amount of data their quadratic, cubic, or even exponential complexity algorithms algorithms can handle will not grow in the same way. Instead, the amount of data will grow by the square or cube root of two for each doubling, and in the exponential case you can add one data item per doubling of speed.
The end of Moore's Law might put an end to this form of sloppy thinking
No playmobil available?
I must use that. The rest was brilliant too
Our IT department (originally computer centre) was rebranded CIT (Communication add Information Technology). Some people bacronymed that to Communication Is Taboo.
These weren't pointing at us
I spotted one of the two through my solar scope, and caught the aftermath of one on camera (it is the bright spot on the left on the linked image). The active region shown here has produced quite a bit of fireworks, lately.
As can clearly be seen, these were not pointing anywhere nearly in our direction (even accounting for the rotation of the sun. Even an X20+ would be highly unlikely to harm us in that case. The headline is therefore the equivalent of "Bullet aimed elsewhere fails to kill man"
An Ig Nobel prize might be on the cards, however
Weren't the Boffins related to the Bagginses?
Or was that the Bulgers?
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Boffins really, really need a sense of humour. If you cannot poke fun at life, the universe, and everything, you might end up starting to take yourself and (worse) your ideas way to seriously. You might even end up believing in them, which totally scuppers your critical attitude. A good capacity for self-deprecation or even self mockery is important in science.
This is why I like writing the odd paper for Annals of Improbable Research. Must get that paper on pasta-antipasta collision experiments finished.
Dallas, we have a problem
Sorry, couldn't resist
if they will be raising a glass at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute here in Groningen.
I sure will (as if I need such an excuse)
hUMA is very interesting
For many problems, getting things to work efficiently on a GPU is limited by the small working memory of the stream processors, and the costs of transferring data to and from this working memory. Besides, certain tasks have parts best performed on the CPU, and other parts better suited to the GPU, be removing the need to pump data from one memory partition to another, speeds could increase dramatically.
Re: I remember the old leather footballs
Concrete AND nails?! That's, posh, that is
We would have just LOVED to have concrete. We had a ball of depleted uranium (IF we were lucky), and died of radiation poisoning after EVERY game, and our dad would come and dance on our grave and sing "Hallelujah!"
And if you tell kids they never believe a word of what you are saying
Going Postal ...
springs to mind. As does "Making Money"
Although in this case one wonders if the "angel" was bought. After all, I would hesitate to equate Havelock Vetinari to Vladimir Putin. Someone might raise an eyebrow at that
Great video at stunning resolution
The sun has been very active over the weekend too, some massive prominences visible. I imaged one which was still active this morning. Hugely fascinating object, that sun of ours
That device is perfect ...
to freak out my missus. While she is working in windows mode, and slips out to make a cup of coffee, slip in the phone (which is behind the screen and therefore not visible), tap the screen, and sit back to observe the ensuing panic. As my wife panics whenever a button or menu is shifted in software she demanded me to install, I cannot imagine the degree of panic caused by an "inexplicable" change in OS.
Tempting, very tempting
the mention of the cattleprod
but then I love the sound of KZZZEEERT in the morning
Or you plot the data or residuals at check out if the linear trend you are assuming is evident.
Not just government officials, but many others in big data. Too often they assume that arbitrary aggregation will result in better statistics (e.g., because the standard error in the mean is reduced), whereas all too often piling up data from different sources in fact obscures certain effects.
Well-written article again.
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