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Tranquillityite: Love the name
Can we also find narrativium in the same deposits?
Why not go for the Ankylosaurus wrecking ball. Just for the extra oomph!
Sirius Cybernetics anyone?
"All the doors in this space ship have a happy and sunny disposition, it is their pleasure to open for you, and their satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done!"
I do not want chatty doors, intelligent elevators, and a computer who will get "one hell of a kick out of any program you choose to run through it." I want my machines to do my bidding, and not guess what I want, and then do it without my say so. Smart phones should look smart, but not try to be too clever for their own good.
I would rather have a chat with Marvin the Paranoid Android than have robots and computer like me.
RIP Douglas Adams
PTFE spray on your windows?
might be a countermeasure. Best simply not mess with the black ops guys.
New excuse for kids: the virus ate my homework!
So they did not back up properly, and they did not have adequate anti-virus protection. Methinks Ms Cowart is not the only one who might be fired.
Monumental cock-up indeed.
inimitable, that man!
We had a website for a conference we were organizing, when people mentioned they could not read certain bits. We checked and rechecked our HTML (which we had run through various validators etc). We then asked what browser they were using: answer IE6. I forget which W3C standard made IE6 bork, but we could not be arsed to change it.
We simply added a statement stating that our site was optimized for Firefox/Opera/Safari/IE7 and left it at that. As it was a conference for computer scientists, we assumed they would be able to install a decent browser.
What the sharks really want is
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I am actually allergic to the smoke of frankincense (a good reason to avoid certain churches and temples), but that does not mean I would like to see it disappear.
If you can afford that kind of kit, fine! Still, seeing a supernova with my own eyes beats googling for images of it (making your own images is a thrill, I know).
Alternatively, you move to southern France, where skies are clearer and frost is rarer (a man can dream).
A good remark I heard on stargazerslounge.com:
"There are people whose sleeping patterns are profoundly disturbed by the positions of moon and planets. Such people are called astronomers."
Wishing on a star is astronomically stupid!
Lovely reading from the ofcom PDF:
“Advertisements for personalised and live services that rely on belief in astrology,
horoscopes, tarot and derivative practices are acceptable only on channels that are
licensed for the purpose of the promotion of such services and are appropriately
labelled: both the advertisement and the product or service itself must state that the
product or service is for entertainment purposes only”.
As an astronomer, I thoroughly endorse the notion that astrology is suitable for entertainment purposes only. Astronomy is better entertainment still, in my opinion, but I understand that not everyone wants to freeze their nadgers off while looking through a telescope.
So zey are uzink ze dark quantum state, are zey?
Next, zey will be uzink ze dark light itself!!!!!!! (cue roll of thunder)
It vill all end in tears!!!
Otto von Chriek
And so it ends
not with a grunt but with 30 or so bangs.
I observed this supernova for weeks
I got it with my 8" scope when it was at magnitude 11 (100x fainter than what the eye can see) and climbing, followed it through its maximum at mag 10 (visible in binoculars), and back down to just mag 13 (630 fainter than the naked eye kan see). It was amazing. The kids also had a peak and did their best to wake the neighbours with their shouts of "We've seen a supernova! We've seen a supernova! We've seen a supernova!"
Really neat to see such a bright one. It is odd to think all heavier atoms in your body were forged in the furnace of the core of a star, and that everyone is a supernova remnant.
Woz said: "let people wear what they like" he did not say: " everybody must wear T-shirts". If you feel good in a suit, wear it! If you don't, no worries. That is pretty much the attitude in our research school. I only wear a suit at BSc, MSc and PhD graduation ceremonies. Suits are to warm and stifling for me, others like them.
Authority is obtained through force of personality, prior achievements, and (most importantly!!) through the quality of arguments given, but not through suit and tie. Again, this is a research setting. Quite a few businesses work differently. They should make up their own minds whether an informal dress code would suit them.
And only call off the lawyers when they promise to call it
Elon Musk has the better Bond-villainesque name however.
Now where has that white Persian cat gone?
Good for Google
Given the importance to code-breaking history, should MI5/6/insert number here not contribute. Or maybe they did but want to keep that secret (force of habit, presumably)
They did not have to do that, but they did. Well done.
And the Windows brand is the first name that comes to mind when "security" is mentioned.
I wonder why?
Wikipedia on strike?
Why does this remind me of the national philosophers' strike proposed by Vroomfondel and Majikthise. Deep Thought's answer is memorable:
"And, pray, who will that inconvenience?"
In this case the answer must be school kids and students who now have to look for original sources themselves (tip: try the library, you know, the place with all them books ;-) ).
Maybe it was RIM's equivalent of the BOFH and PFY
they hacked into the navigation system before they were completely pissed out of their skulls. They would also go on junkets for the express reason to become plastered
Because many of us can handle it
I have regularly had a beer or wine with a meal, or a little night cap before sleeping on a plane, and never thrown any kind of tantrum on board. Why should I be denied that because some goons in suits get plastered?
Reg Hardware Award Candidate?
But, couldn't they just ask the doctor?
What!? You mean it's not real?
Looks like a candidate
to replace my aging Vaio SZ. Quite compact but with a decent (NVidia) graphics card. Could do some CUDA/OpenCL stuff on that.
as I comment, I am write about you writing about .......... turtles all the way down
recursion: see recursion
"And one WTF?? - Voyager 1 launched September 1977, Voyager 2 launched August 1977 - why did they invert the numbering / launch out of sequence?"
There was an accident with a time machine, but that was all hushed up!
I remember the excitement of each planetary visit
These probes have done so much more than can ever be expressed in terms of money!
A toast to all those involved in making all that possible!
Or then again
May the great green Arkleseizure sneezed just a little bit
Better get a B-ark ready and put all the lawyers, stockbrokers, and bank managers in it this time.
Whatever you do DO NOT put the telephone sanitisers in there
Or then again
maybe the Great Green Arkleseizure had a little hick-up.
Ready a B-Ark, and put all lawyers and bank managers in, but NOT the telephone sanitizers, this time round.
Clearly the astroboffins
got quite a present last Xmas.
Windows will no longer be out of touch?
Sorry, I'll get me coat
BTW what is a "flay-away iPad"? Some SM fondleslab?
How long can SETI milk the military for funding?
Best of luck to them
Are you suggesting
they should have put AMERICAN guns on the Victory?
in any other article this comment might have been funny, in an obituary it is somewhat misplaced.
is only palatable when you have run out of all other options.
Here's to real beer, mine is a Westmalle Tripel
but then Malta is somewhat short on permafrost, last time I looked.
There were pygmy mammoths on certain Siberian islands as well, maybe that is the better option.
sorry, I'll get me coat
re: no enforcement = optionality
Maybe this would work?
maybe he has less sense than the average toad.
A hypothesis that seems to fit all available data
I especially loved the down to earth: "I'm not judging it – well, I am obviously."
Maybe the set-up we are getting (48 core opteron machine with 256 GB RAM) , and parallel code we are developing for 1.2 and 2.4 GB satellite images (moving later to 1.5 terapixel) would find applications in that domain as well.
A patent is not for any idea, it is for an invention of a (feature of a) product or a process to create a product. So at the time of its invention you can patent a camera and assorted printing kit both as products in their own right, and as a means to create a picture. The idea to create a picture in itself is not patentable (at that point in time). Pure, abstract ideas such as scientific theories or mathematical equations are not patentable.
A nice paper in IEEE Computer argued that as all software can be expressed in an expression in lambda calculus (would you not hate to do that for say an OS kernel), all software is just a collection of mathematical equations, and therefore not patentable.
You can see I have been talking to IP lawyer too much.
Thumbs up to Mr Bot!
Some very useful things can come out of Europe!
Now that brings back memories
Mainly of the Acorn Atom and Electron, which were used throughout the 80s and well into the 90s in various labs here. Two key aspects were that you had the complete schematic, and that all external buses were buffered. It is quite hard to blow up buffered TTL buses, and believe me, various klutzes in the lab did their best.
Causing the marmite love/hate balance to tip in the direction of hate, I suppose.
Just needs a truck load of toast.
Hang the font!
That is one cool piece of astrophotography! Outstanding!
I will raise a glass to that
More plausible theory:
The shipboard computer of Phobos-Grunt has the all new GPP feature (genuine people personality) and is offended about being given such a silly name, and is moping in orbit. Meanwhile the telemetry system is angry about what the mission control computer said about its software, and is no longer on speaking terms with mission control. Mission control is offended that Phobos-Grunt did want to talk to the Aussies, but not to mother Russia. None want to work before someone else has apologised.
The lesson we learn from this is that the last thing you want is computers with human-like intelligence.
I'll drink to that!
Brilliant work. They may be amateurs, but they are of an Olympic stature!
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