2130 posts • joined Tuesday 24th April 2007 14:31 GMT
Brings back memories
We also used several PDP11s at the university. My master's project involved running thermal simulations on a VAX, until I realized my then new PC (80386 at 25MHz with Cyrix math co-processor) outperformed it.
Back on form
and no cattle prod in sight
It is good
I had it in Japan. Really nice.
but at the same time: why does flickr not have a roll-back system in place to cope with such mishaps?
Before opening doors to higher dimensions
should we not work out how to fire missiles at right angles to reality?
And neither did the Japanese need to tie up Dutch soldiers who had already surrendered in wicker cages weighted down with stones, and throw them in the sea. Hatred begets hatred, atrocity begets atrocity. QI did not imply the bombs were a good idea, nor do most posts in the forum. Japan can however not solely be portrayed as the victim in this case.
The embassy represents the goverment
does it not?
I have been in Japan twice, like many of the people I met there, found them courteous and helpful, but I do feel many of their official positions on the events in the war are very biased indeed, as I explained above. There are many Japanese individuals who distance themselves (politely) from the official line, but the official line does seem to be very much "don't mention the war!" This is a pity, as Japan would gain a great deal of respect if they owned up to the wrongs that were committed in the past.
As should every imperial(ist) power.
The comment was on being unlucky
or lucky, depending how you look on it. If you saw the actual program as I did, you would at most smile at the wry irony of fate in this man's past. In my opinion, they did not make light of the war or the bomb, they just pointed out an extremely unlikely (and unfortunate) series of events.
I have been in Japan twice
but that this caused offense baffles me. Especially when at the ground-zero museum in Hiroshima there is precious little mention whatsoever of Japan starting the war against the US, or any of the atrocities committed by the Imperial Army. The anti-war attitude of the museum is fine, but the overall picture is rather unbalanced.
not quite correct
You can rely on entropy reduction in the out put of your decryption to be informative as well. The cracking of the Enigma code resulted from knowing the coding mechanisms (it was after all patented) and knowing what letter combinations occur with which frequency in the plain text (assuming it was German). Knowing actual words is a great boon, but not strictly necessary.
If you really need provably uncrackable security on a document: use a properly randomized one-time-pad, i.e. an unguessable password of the same length as the plain text, and doing e.g. a bit-wise XOR. You cannot brute force this, because you need to generate all character sequences of the same length as the document, which leaves you to select which of the 27^N (assuming no caps, digits, or punctuation, with N the number of characters) outputs is the correct one. Apart from all nonsensical N character texts, only one of the sensible N character texts is the right one.
for that matter
Agreed, up to a point, good sir!
If I should accidentally come across child pornography, I would report it instantly, as would many people, so yes, blocking might be counterproductive. However, I trust the perpetrators of this kind of crime protect their content anyway, so you would need passwords to get at that kind of smut. Stumbling across it may be unlikely.
Check your physics
1: The object brought from the house into a cold car will have been warm
2: Air in a cold car is dry
3: If the temperature of an object is higher than ambient, no condensation forms, even at 100% relative humidity.
4: If you heat up a (cold) car the air becomes dryer.
And even IF condensation forms, electronic circuitry can easily be made robust against that, in particular low-voltage stuff. Actually, just a bit of insulating coating does the trick.
Can they supply me
with a new keyboard!
We haf veyz of making you use our product!!
(use Dr. Strangelove voice)
or just three
I have an HTC Desire (and like it very much), but the one thing I miss from the old Palm Tungsten T3 is the stylus which allowed me to write (OK Graffiti, but it was easy to learn). Real handwriting recognition is the key to fast input.
When needing something portable to do some writing for a project proposal (during the family holidays) I got myself a new notepad (A4, hardcover, EUR 4.95). Startup-time: zero, battery life infinity, all math fonts available ;-), not nearly as invasive into the holiday atmosphere as the 13.3" laptop, storage space: limited but sufficient. Writing is so much faster than typing. I did have to copy it all over to my desktop machine manually, but I could do that at my leisure on return from vacation.
Agreed. Stallman making sense does come as a shock to many. I am quite happy to keep some data (mailbox) on a mail server from company X (G actually). However, putting all my hard work (papers, code, etc) on a server I do not control is insane (unless I use it solely as off-site backup). I can already work "anywhere" by using rsync. Yes, this leads to data duplication, but then in my view data duplication is good because it enhances safety. My data are not (that) sensitive, so the loss of a laptop would not be an issue in terms of a security breach, at most a bit of data loss (no more than a day) due to data duplication.
Cloud-based solutions are great for "on demand computing" where you have irregular peaks of highly distributable computationally intensive loads, interspersed with long periods of relative inactivity. I think they are wrong for many personal computing problems.
Computers without any real storage?
I have this tremendous feeling of deja vu
(all over again)
as many have noted
An efficient suction pump in search for your wallet.
That is brilliant!!
I am afraid that pun just does not work
if you know how to pronounce Gouda (G as the ch in Loch, ou as in ouch, that hurts)
But the cheese should have been
THEY USE COMPUTERS!!!!
and I patented that!!!!!!!!! YEARS AGO!!!!
So is he going to sell
this cheese from space? No doubt there are those who would pay a premium for such a special cheese (fools, money, easily parted, etc).
not ALL of them
As I noted yesterday
arsenic is rare compared to phosphorus. Why does life use the elements it uses: in part due to chemical properties, in part due to availability. Given two similar elements, organisms which use the commoner of the two will thrive at the expense of those that require the rarer. Technically speaking, the carrying capacity of the ecosystem for the former species is larger than that of the latter. Given that phosphorus is in the order of 1000 times more abundant than arsenic, guess what life ends up using.
Given that phosphorus is more abundant than arsenic
I do not see how this expands the range of places. What would really be interesting is if the bacteria have different chemistry in terms of DNA. Do they use a different code, do they replace phosphorus with arsenic in their DNA? More likely, they replace phosphorus with arsenic in their energy management (ATP->ADP conversion, etc).
Very interesting, but again, given that phosphorus is more abundant than arsenic (due to the processes of stellar evolution, everything beyond iron in atom number is very rare, comparatively speaking) biochemistry using phosphorus would be favoured over the alternative using arsenic.
dr Strangelove quote.
The guy probably thinks we're all "preverts"
Don't be silly
our politicians are just DIFFERENT whack jobs. Nut-cases rule!!
I'll get me coat.