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You do wonder
whether really thick blocks of cooled, highly polished, solid aluminium would do (can reach 95% reflectivity, going up to 99% in infrared). They might last long enough to do serious damage.
Now that would be a cool set-up.
Having said that, scattering by dust and vapour droplets (clouds, steam) hinder lasers, though infrared is much less affected.
Re: and it's rubbish
this is why the Blue-Gene here really hasn't much of an OS at all (on the compute nodes that is, the front-end does have an OS). This does generate a new set of problems (OK, challenges) for programmers.
Re: *nix is almost as silly with its messages
Never got that one. I did see someone so irate at Cyber-NOS that he typed in the command
> F**k off
which got the reply:
Task not in system
I have said it before and will say it again
Adding hay does not make finding needles easier. Indiscriminately adding data (especially when including fingerprints) concerning ALL passengers to a database which is intended for analysis of crimes will lead to a disproportionate number of false positives, as anyone with any knowledge of pattern recognition should know.
I suggest we follow Brazil, and take the finger prints of ALL US passengers visiting our shores (and not with fancy scanners, use ink!!)
BTW, HOLLAND is not an EU member; The Netherlands is. Calling Groningen where I live Holland is like saying Glasgow is in England.
So we can get mobile guru meditation errors?
thumbs up to a system that can make you smile at a system error message
Share and enjoy!
This stuff always reminds me of Sirius Cybernetics' GPP feature (Genuine People Personality, thank you, Douglas Adams). As I told one "ambient intelligence" guru at a conference, I don't want chatty (and smug) doors, fridges that order beer for me (and thus have access to my bank account!!) and least of all a Nutrimatic Machine (which, despite its intelligence, only makes cups filled with a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea). A system that automatically puts on "my favourite" music when I get home is likely to get a reprogramming it will never forget (with a very large ax) if it gets it wrong (yet again).
Spam books could be called
Mine's the one with the hardback Terry Pratchett
My first PC (386 @ 25MHz with a (then) staggering 4MB of RAM, 1MB of video RAM, 88MB SCSI hard disk cost something like 5000 euros in todays money.
Will still be going for a PC upgrade rather than a Mac now. For that price I can get a compute beast with latest NVidia board and HUGE memory and a pretty serious 27" monitor. Not for gaming, but GPU accelerated volume rendering and analysis. We are getting more and more macs in our institute though. A lot of people like them.
Calling the VVD liberal
is like calling Margaret Thatcher a moderate conservative. On the other hand, they are probably as liberal in practice as Nick Clegg is today.
But the highest paid academics are
software architects and engineers.
Tell this to potential students and you suddenly have their attention.
And for the kids
an inflatable bouncy castle?
Seriously though, nice idea!
What is the price of goodwill?
For any company, being seen to be a "good guy" in the (often simplistic) public image is worth a lot,even if it cannot be expressed in money. Ethics and corporate responsibility are becoming more and more important in shaping that public image, if nothing else. This too may be seen as selfish, but it is not expressed either in terms of money or contractual obligations.
Monastery of the Holy Crotch
rather than Holy Cross.
Easy mistake to make
what an Iranian court would mete out in punishment? Hand cut off for using the phones? Knees cut of for being used in steering? Cut the whole lot of just to be sure?
If he had plastered himself against a wall
he would be clear Darwin Award material. Room temperature IQ apparently.
give the eight bottles of wine to the boxer. He would then miss, or simply fall over (and claim "You're the bessshht palllll I've EVER had !!!")
But there are voluntary organizations
on most planets to help you rehabilitate from drinking a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.
So my virus scanner
no longer needs to scan for this?
Standradization of whinges: a valid point
Indeed, if you shout it's not a whinge, it's a complaint. A mega-whinge is either a whinge that that has high temporal extent, or one that is just extremely annoying, despite being brief. A standardization committee is required to make this more precise: the words kilo-, mega-, giga- and tera-whinge should not be used frivolously!!
I'll get me coat
May I be the first to
Welcome or Skylon overlords
As I know well,
I even met a guy who worked a while as a driver for a couple of cheap green biros.
Alien, because, well, pens are aliens.
even prettier to me as I have just recently seen the host galaxy through big binoculars during a visit down-under. Awesome stuff!
I did lose a pen last Saturday
maybe it has gone to heaven?
And then they wonder
why so many use the word "plod" to describe policemen (no disrespect to the better policemen out there intended).
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