2514 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Cheers to them
Now there is a game worth playing! Excellent manners to give the gamers full credit.
We used a metal thermos-flask from a department store to transport liquid nitrogen quite safely (when we were running a test for an infrared spectrograph. Never encountered any problems
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.
Reports like that are a clear case of write only memory
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.
So WIMPs may beat MACHOs yet?
MACHO = MAssive Cold Halo Object, an alternative source of dark matter
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.
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
The position is still open.
It's because we play cricket
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"
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).
They might be persuaded by the dolphins
That was one from Magrathea too
mine is the one with a trilogy in 5 parts in the pocket
If you want a planet made of gold
just order one from Magrathea
but we need bodies, preferably heavenly ones
May do the kicking?
May I? May I? May I?
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE?
Icon, because, well, obvious, innit?
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.
Playmobil, or it didn't happen
How not to be seen
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.
Now I have this image of Steve Balmer in turtle neck sweater (and BOY will it be sweaty) bouncing around yelling "Developer, developers, developers,......."
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,....
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
You like Flash, you like cache: Put 'em together to form ...
Mine is the one with the "London Calling" CD in the pocket
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?)
I would have thought
a big mouth and loud voice would do.
So long and thanks for all the fish!
So what is the name of this Apache bug?
Mine is the one with the Karl May books in the pocket
Or it did not happen
There are plenty of Parks and Lees too.
Yeast spores could potentially travel far
even by wind. So maybe this species of yeast is more widely spread than was thought.
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)
But they did get to the pub to finish their "work"
good planning, that
Beer icon, obviously
So we could have sharks
with frikkin' particle beams instead?
Just like quarks quirks have flavour
disappointment, in this case (also known as "rock bottom")
You just cannot make up this kind of stuff!
For added bang
fire the rocket payload straight up through the balloon.
I just like things that go WOOOMP
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)
Really on form
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.
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.
taxed too much?
Come over to the Netherlands, or most European countries. We seem to pay rather more.
You should go to the parties with the finite improbability machines.
Bloody big rocket?
Of course it's bloody big! Would you prefer a damp squib?
Visa should be CUDA
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.
I'll get me raincoat, I suppose
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.
Cannot resist asking
which occurs more often?
PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THAT!!
I'll get me coat
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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