2362 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
What will the revenge be?
I am not too surprised you got a response
because doing it allows them to show off their system again. And Big Blue does have a lot of smart people, AND allows them to talk to the outside world.
I am about to start looking a new machine (looking for something like a 48-core 256 GB RAM job), even if the bulldozers arrive too late, prices of older machine might drop.
Actually, some "facts" are routinely manipulated
Like the output of weather stations in the USA to "correct for changes in the station's environment." This is not a good idea, it is better to let the raw data out, and explain any trends later. Anyway, the debate is not so much about climate change per se, but about the underlying causes. As we cannot see the causes, only correlations, it makes perfect sense to argue about that. It might well be argued that the Earth is unusually cold (starting in the Pleistocene), or that we are in an interglacial era.
Whatever the outcome of the debate, we still should not be wasting energy and other resources.
Some very good questions indeed
I have read one report that the ice caps of Mars are receding, but the mechanism is not fully understood. We also don't have temperature readings over anything like the period we have for Earth. Venus is even more difficult, because it really is a runaway greenhouse, and surface probes do not tend to survive for any length of time (the Russians hold the record, I think). I remember reading a letter in Science in about 1989, that some Danish astronomers (IIRC) had found a 98% correlation between sunspot activity and temperature on Earth, over a period of some 150 years. That is quite a coincidence supposing there is no causal link.
Again, it is definitely wise to move towards more sustainable energy sources, but I am certainly not sure the solar cycle is not involved in some way.
Say not: I will believe
say: I will understand
I live in the Netherlands
but still watch Beeb more than most other channels
As if science should be based on consensus?
Science makes progress whenever there is a lack of consensus. When everybody agrees, and we therefore think we are right (for a given value of right), and there is little incentive to refine our knowledge.
By contrast, whenever we disagree we work hard to prove the other guy/girl wrong. In the best cases, we do that indirectly, by trying to prove ourselves wrong. If we fail to prove our theory wrong, it may be right.
As an example, astronomy progressed a great deal simply from being annoyed by Fred Hoyle, who proposed preposterous (they thought) theories which were consistent both internally, and with observations (at the time), and very hard to prove wrong. They often were proved wrong, but the proof taught us a great deal.
If all scientists vote on an issue, say global warming, the outcome has no effect on the truth of the matter. Suggesting global warning has been proven beyond all doubt is not very scientific.
Why does nobody ask
if it will run Crysis?
I'll get me coat
and of course he is feeling that cold and lonely
so thumbs up to that name
P4 stands for Pentium 4
Imagine the overclocking you could do at -240 ambient temperature
On the other hand, imagine the overclocking you would NEED to do to stay warm enough
Plutonian Ice and Molases
New flavour of icecream? At -240 deg centigrade, it may be a bit cold in the mouth.
Still sounds better than the tunafish flavour favoured by Kzinti in one Larry Niven story
Thumbs up to Ousama Abushagur
So the pythons showed
the full Monty?
Mine is the one with the Holy Grail DVD in the pocket
End of an era indeed
I remember I was just painting the my first ever student room when the first shuttle was launched. I will raise a glass to the guys at NASA, who despite many flaws and problems, still gave us a lot to cheer about
They may have meant
the biggest space telescope, not the biggest satellite
Many satellites other than the Mentors can be seen by stargazers (even with the naked eye). With my 15x70 binoculars, I start to resolve structure in the ISS and similar sized satellites, but many others are readily visible.
Not necessarily better, but differnt
In astronomy, things get really exciting when you can line up different instruments on the same target, to see what it is doing at different wavelengths. Another important difference is that by itself, Spektr-R's images will be much poorer than any radio telescope on the surface of the globe. However, by combining its signals with ground-based scopes we synthetically make large dish, much in the way the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, or the Very Large Array, or more recently LOFAR build up an image using multiple antennae to simulate a very large one.
Doesn't being in tune to disease mean
dying horribly of causes we can now not only cure but often prevent?
Science and engineering are the main reason human beings have FAR more heartbeats during their lives than other mammals.
Astronomy actually came into being because we needed to predict when to sow and harvest.
A lot of good science is happening right now, despite cuts
Perhaps you should follow real scientific literature now and then and not rely on newspaper articles (which I know can be seriously disjoint from what the scientist actually said). The very science you deride has brought you all the improvements in computing power, and many real cures as well. The work I do as a scientist (computer vision) has ranged from determining whether a drug attacks a specific cancer before administering it, through detection of malformations in blood vessels, and automatically scanning through terapixels of astronomical images for peculiar objects, to supporting post-disaster rescue efforts by automatically analyzing remote-sensing images for collapsed buildings. In the latest case we brought down the compute time from 104 days (=useless) to 8 hours (=useful). I also know cancer deaths have been reduced for certain types, in particular in the case of certain early cancers (no work of mine).
There is a lot of excellent science being done, though I agree more could and should be done. Funding cuts are not just undermining scientific progress, but also the status it has in society (or more particularly bureaucrats). I also agree school science can and should be improved.
I would invite every capable worker in science/technology to get involved in doing just that, by spending time at schools getting children involved in science. I taught some basic science/engineering lessons at my boy's school (they are 7 and 9) and it is great fun. We also organize outreach programs to secondary schools close to our uni, and that too is really nice. Too bad that that funding cuts are threatening even that.
Sounds like a machine from a Bond movie
but great instrument once it gets operational. Very Long Base Line Interferometry (VLBI) is about to become ULBI (Ultra Long Base Line Interferometry), fitting, given ULTRA was a British (counter)-espionage unit involved in radio snooping and code breaking: Ultra meets Spektr-R.
In the words of Niklaus Wirth:
"Software is getting slower faster than hardware is getting faster"
Is it Apple's implementation you have a problem with
or bluetooth in general? I have few problems with my bluetooth kit (under Linux and Windows)
Given Apple's attitude to Java
that is no surprise, at least as far as computer science students or any others that need to use Java code (bioinformatics anyone?).
I will do it
if they give me enough to drink.
I'll dirnk to having a scientific symposium on this topic
After all, "symposium" means get together for the purpose of drinking (literally).
"One aspect absent from the call for submissions is the close relationship between the academic community and policy makers."
I am all for closer links between scientists and pubs
Well, at least he is old enough
to make the Ronald Reagan defense ( (I do not recall)^N ) plausible.
However, if he really does not recall, through whatever dementia, he should retire. If he does not retire, he cannot rely on dementia as an excuse.
What a beautiful example
We collected quite a few on our trip to Japan, but this must be the best.
Thumbs up, because, well, where else would it point
or all three at once?
or am I being obstructively cynical?
Why is it obvious
we tapped their phones, obvious, init?
My scope only shows a speck, moving slowly between the stars
The century of the fruitbat
is nearly over
try to keep up
that's a nasty thought, cannot get the image you just conjured up out of my head.
B u t i f I s l o w d o w n
to reach a high age, will that not be very boring?
Though you never know if NASA is not interested in geese
goose-powered space ship, anyone?
Mine is the the space suit
Can I patent pitching a brick
as a means and method for permanently switching off any television, or any audiovisual playback or recording device, or any other device controlled by IR remote control, or any other electromagnetic or ultrasonic means, without any learning involved?
Just a thought
I always thought
People in chaos theory were paranoid due to the shadowing lemma right behind them
Maybe Stephen Fry's explanation of GPS was used
One in a million chances
always crop up, well known fact
Just ask Sergeant Colon
He said hello on the wrong hailing frequency
as an amateur astronomer, with a long log of sunspot counts, I am seeing a very quiet sun in the last few years. The last minimum was very deep, and much too long, the current maximum is occasionally throwing up fireworks, but I have also seen some very quiet periods, unlike anything I got in the late 1970s, early 1980s when I started observing.
The current low activity may be a glitch, but it seems to be part of a trend. We may well be in for a prolonged period of low activity, which could be similar to the Maunder minimum.
Pity for those who invest heavily in a hydrogen alpha filter for their scope if it is true, because the fireworks they will get to see with this expensive kit may be less than hoped for.
Sounds very interesting
I can almost fit my entire image (1.5 terapixel remote sensing stuff) into main memory
seriously, really interesting machine given the performance and power draw
Remarkable guy, this Rutan
for an encore, he will make this flying car go into space?
then all he has to do is invent slood for us.
Shame about the delays, I liked the look of WebOS
but settled for an android phone nonetheless (to replace both a regular phone and my good old Tungsten T3).
Just a bit of advice
Both Balmer and the Windows OS need to go on a diet. Balmer for continued health, and the OS for this plan to succeed.
EMACS is the one true editor!!!
vi is venom incarnate
Sounds like mr Creosote would like these
Put it all in a bucket, and have another bucket on stand by.
Nah, the colour is all wrong
for vindaloo. It looks more like some dreadful, congealed concoction made from whale blubber. Nutritious, no doubt, but it rest on the stomach like a lead bowling ball.
Beer, because, well, in goes down well with vindaloo.
In true GNU style recursive acronyms should be prefered.
As opposed to adding a really fat goally
as in the case of anti-virus software in the MS world
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
- AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip