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2362 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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My Windows 7 install has not shown BSODs yet, neither has my XP install on my decidedly aged laptop done so for years. Having said that, a smiley like that would not go far to improve my temper once it did happen. Seeing one in a demo of a product is perhaps not too odd, as it is probably still in beta. I will give MS the benefit of the doubt here. If the BSOD is not likely to pop up at all in the final product, I don't much care what it looks like.

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BOFH: I'll get my bonus even if it kills, well, someone

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Absolutely!

Reports like that are a clear case of write only memory

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Sixty-seven WIMPs spotted in the wild, maybe

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Fair enough

Several researchers have been looking to change our theory of gravity, and many more sense there is a paradigms shift coming up, given mismatches between theories and observation. Whether M-theory is the answer is another matter. However, if someone actually finds dark matter (or dark energy for that matter) it would be of great interest. Looking for something predicted by a theory sounds good science, provided you are open to an outcome which rejects your own most cherished theory.

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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So WIMPs may beat MACHOs yet?

MACHO = MAssive Cold Halo Object, an alternative source of dark matter

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Science, engineering PhDs to drop by a third

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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An ex PhD student of mine

and a very talented one at that, avoided applying for a job in the UK because the salary is a pittance compared to similar posts in many places in Europe. He is not in science for the money, but He does expect to make a decent living.

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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When you apply for PhD project funding

as I have done several times, you have to show what the impact will be in your own branch of science, in other fields of science, and preferably also in society (even in the distant future). If you cannot make a case for at least one of the latter two, it is much harder to get a grant. So instead of letting politicians decide which fields are deserving, why not let anyone apply who can make a good case for the usefulness of their research, whatever the field.

And please note that usefulness can include giving people better insight into sociology, history, art and literature as well. Not all "use" can be expressed in a currency which has an exchange rate with the euro/pound/US dollar you can look up on the net.

BTW, if anyone knows someone with a recent MSc in Computer Science, and is looking for a PhD position in Computer Vision, please direct them to

http://www.cs.rug.nl/~michael/HyperGAMMA

The position is still open.

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Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Alien

It's because we play cricket

Just that

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I forget who said it, but it is true

"If judges and professors were really that wise, they would need no gowns to prove it"

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I remember doing a project at school

about fusion. The said it was just a decade or two (three on the outside) away. That was 1978. Still, lets hope someone get fusion going (and not in an H-bomb, please).

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Early Earth’s ‘golden shower’

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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True, but

They might be persuaded by the dolphins

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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That was one from Magrathea too

mine is the one with a trilogy in 5 parts in the pocket

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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If you want a planet made of gold

just order one from Magrathea

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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but we need bodies, preferably heavenly ones

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Terminator

May do the kicking?

May I? May I? May I?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE?

Icon, because, well, obvious, innit?

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HP plucks webOS team out of departing PC division

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I do not think WebOS is a pile of junk

Maybe you are right that good people will leave, but WebOS is interesting. The big question is what to put it on. If HP can license it to hardware makers they could be on to something. Do not forget that there is a far bigger profit (margin) to be made on software than on hardware.

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Jeff Bezos' spaceship self-destructs in test flight

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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You mean

Playmobil, or it didn't happen

don't you?

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Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Or:

How not to be seen

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Teen tags disintegrating comet

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Scientists are usually enthusiasts as well

Rigour need not be questioned. And anyway, Twitter is not meant to be used exclusively for meaningless chatter, as far as I know.

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Samsung outs MacBook Pro lookalike laptop

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Coffee/keyboard

Oh Please!!!!

Now I have this image of Steve Balmer in turtle neck sweater (and BOY will it be sweaty) bouncing around yelling "Developer, developers, developers,......."

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Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Alien

That is not a moon!!

Having said that, why does the styling remind me of the cylons in the early Battlestar Galactica series?

Cool specs, but what a monster. Must start weightlifting to handle that beast

Alien, because well,....

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Acer claims first Core-i7 Ultrabook

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Acer running Windows?

Not when I have finished installing Linux.

Only I wouldn't because it seems to lack a good enough video board for my kind of OpenCL and CUDA code. Shame that.

Mine is the one with the OpenCL reference card in the pocket

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You like Flash, you like cache: Put 'em together to form ...

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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You like Flash, you like cache: Put 'em together to form ...

Clash ?

Mine is the one with the "London Calling" CD in the pocket

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Sharp shows off 8K4K hi-res prototype telly

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I saw a similar high res machine on display

It was a 6k3k demo AFAIK. The models on display on it did not really like the result, as it showed all kinds of blemishes on the skin ordinary HD does not. Make-up artists will have to go to new lengths to keep Hollywood stars looking picture perfect (silicone skin anyone?)

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Post-Jobs Apple: New research shows Cook will do fine

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I would have thought

a big mouth and loud voice would do.

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A Farewell to Oates: Adios, El Reg

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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So long and thanks for all the fish!

Raises glass

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'Devastating' Apache bug leaves servers exposed

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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So what is the name of this Apache bug?

Geronimo?

Mine is the one with the Karl May books in the pocket

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Woman in strop strip for Bermuda airport customs

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Playmobil?

Or it did not happen

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Nervous Samsung seeks Android Plan F. Or G, H ....

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Nah

There are plenty of Parks and Lees too.

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Argentina: home of Bavarian lager

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Yeast spores could potentially travel far

even by wind. So maybe this species of yeast is more widely spread than was thought.

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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That could be seen as an instance of evolution in action

but then they would not believe you

and anyway, by NOT allowing this atheists (often) do have a strong sense of ethics, and thus show that atheism != satanism. This confuses the hell out of the more mindless type believers (which are the ones "self-selected" by this channel).

Note that I have quite a number of Christians, Jews, Hindus and Muslims as friends, and none are mindless (mindless believers (or atheists) I tolerate, rather than befriend)

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Amateur balloonists hit record 40,575m above East Anglia

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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But they did get to the pub to finish their "work"

good planning, that

Beer icon, obviously

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Boffins build powerful yet 'table-top size' atom-smasher

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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So we could have sharks

with frikkin' particle beams instead?

sounds cool

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God particle back in hiding

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Just like quarks quirks have flavour

disappointment, in this case (also known as "rock bottom")

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Afghan coppers trained with Playmobil

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Brilliant

You just cannot make up this kind of stuff!

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LOHAN rival to inflate bulging orbs with hydrogen

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For added bang

fire the rocket payload straight up through the balloon.

I just like things that go WOOOMP

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BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

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Re: You need 3 screens

Play DOOM on 3 screens?

Don't be so modest, we have a set-up with a 3D immersive virtual reality system (like a CAVE)

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Brilliant episode

Really on form

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LOHAN spaceplane project starting to shape up nicely

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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or a donut-shaped balloon

for a really weird-looking solution. The rocket could fire straight through the centre hole. You might even be able to get sponsored by any well-known maker of donuts..

I know such a balloon will not be available off-the-shelf, but it would look cool.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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If I were needlessly nasty

I could suggest that Opera is so difficult to install and use, and thus requires more intelligence to use. As I have on occasion used it I know this is not true. It could be a small-number effect. If the number of Opera users in the survey is comparatively small, random fluctuation are more likely. It would have been nice to have error bars in the graphs, so we could judge whether or not the differences are significant.

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Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Coffee/keyboard

taxed too much?

Come over to the Netherlands, or most European countries. We seem to pay rather more.

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'Missing heat': Is global warmth vanishing into space?

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: Wha?

You should go to the parties with the finite improbability machines.

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Jupiter spacecraft mounted atop bloody big rocket

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Bloody big rocket?

Of course it's bloody big! Would you prefer a damp squib?

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Apple MacBook Air 13in Core i5 laptop

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Visa should be CUDA

Bloody autocorrection

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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I am looking for a new lightweight,

For a machine this expensive, I would like more graphics grunt. For people who do not need OpenCL or Visa it may not be a problem.

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Mega-colossal space raincloud found at moist black hole

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So

I'll get me raincoat, I suppose

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Nuclear Mars tank to roam imposing crater

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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How about using the lesser known virtues as names?

Tubso and Bissonomy spring to mind.

Mine is the one with "Going Postal" in the pocket.

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BOFH: Axe handles - occasionally quite slippery

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Cannot resist asking

which occurs more often?

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THAT!!

I'll get me coat

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AMD readies Bulldozers to ship next month

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Totally agree

The opteron machines here have been great. The old Xeons (pre-Quickpath) were not very good on shared memory parallel computing, because the front-side bus throttled the memory bandwidth. The opterons have given 75-80 % efficiency on 24 cores. Really neat.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Luddite that I am

I just read the books. Nothing about Gandalf's staff broken by the Witch-king in there (though only a purist would complain). I only got to see the Fellowship, and liked the more active role given to Arwen, so I will not say all changes are for the worse. I did feel the fighting was a bit much, compared to the more sedate pace of the book. However, if you kept to that pace, the film would have to become a (very long) series.

Regarding the increased length, Tolkien said in the preface to the book that the main criticism he agreed with is that it was too short.

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Cameron: Murdoch son of Murdoch needs another grilling

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Grilling again?

Roasting over a slow fire is better at his age, to achieve properly tender results.

Flame set to low/medium

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