I especially loved the down to earth: "I'm not judging it – well, I am obviously."
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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.
Some very useful things can come out of Europe!
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.
That is one cool piece of astrophotography! Outstanding!
I will raise a glass to that
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.
Brilliant work. They may be amateurs, but they are of an Olympic stature!
That is not a core!
I've got a bad feeling about this!
Use an Antonov 225
always referred to as "two-chairs".
Mine is the one with the Unseen University logo.
by the Trojan which no doubt hitchhiked along with this horrendous guff-blast?
After all, if SF movies are to be believed, all spaceships can be hacked using a Win-XP based laptop or MacBook.
WIMPs vs MACHOs
Weakly Interacting Massive Particles vs MAssive Cold Halo Objects
You cannot get a better pair of names for a scientific dispute.
Maybe it thought the the Red Centre was Mars
Good going by the Aussies! hopefully something can be salvaged from the mission
Tight cloud integration is fine, until you are abroad, and data roaming charges apply (arm+leg, generally), even assuming you have connectivity at all (try mountain tops in Indonesia, or Uganda, or even in many national parks in the US). I want something that works really well locally, without internet connectivity, AND has good cloud integration for when internet is available. Other offers at the same price point just make more sense.
If successful, it could far outstrip Spirit and Opportunity
Should this not have been posted under "Open.... and shut"?
The casing of my (aging) VAIO SZ series machine is made of carbon fibre, and has withstood severe bashing around for years. Not perhaps as elegant as Apple, but if you want a tough, lightweight case, carbon fibre takes a lot of beating.
The MacBooks do look good in their simple cases, but I chose my machine mainly on combined merits of compute power, gpu power, and light weight. As we had just got extra funding price was not an issue. Looks did not come into it.
Collaboration was possible in space even then
We make small steps, some forward, some backwards. Hopefully our random walk shows net progress.
Would be appropriate to have him looking for water (though deep down he just wants a drink)
Any cat can always appear at the other side of a closed door, even when you just observed it on THIS side.
Will it run Crysis?
Mine's the one with the MPI manual in the pocket
where's my tinfoil hat!!
Some BOFH style additives should provide some more OOMPH!
Or should that be WHOOOOOOMP!!!
Here, et me install a new switch for you.
As Terry Pratchett put it:
"The IQ of a mob is equal to the IQ of the dimmest member divided by the number of mobsters"
See, simple math explains it.
A chip that can get completely spaced out!
I'll drink to that.
13 years should be enough to get some original ideas. I will look forward to seeing it.
Blessedly, it is not me!
Extracting energy from the tides could theoretically increase the tidal friction which is drawing rotational energy away from the Earth-Moon system. This would make the moon recede faster and the earth's rotation slow down more quickly. The process stops when 1 day = 1 month = 50x24 hours (if I recall correctly).
So black it hurts the eyes!
According to Zaphod Beeblebrox, at least
resolving 4m at 300,000 km is an angular resolution of 0.00275 seconds of arc. My 8" telescope does just 0.57 seconds of arc.
So yeah, HD would be possible easily, if you pad the image with a sufficient number of black pixels
If they have buttons which are labelled black on a black background which when pressed let a little black light up black to show that you have done it, it must be the HAGUNEMNONS!
Look out for horribly beweaponed, chameleoid death-flotillas!!
I for one had never heard of the Garamantes culture. It does sound like someone wants to enhance the idea of a Libyan cultural identity that transcends tribal differences. Might not be the worst thing to try, but let's hope that political aim does not bury the science, which might find that, rather than being a single, unified culture, the Garamantes were a loose association of tribes, who bickered as much as current tribes (or the Gauls for that matter).
You will see it has been hit by FAR worse that a poxy little 300m pebble. There are several craters more than a hundred km in diameter (Bailly at 287 km for example).
Had to be said
I do not think anything is changing in a big hurry.
I just thought the Greeks were charging for the use of their letters, you know, just to start balancing the books
In some sectors you can innovate quickly, and long duration patents can stifle innovation (potentially). In other sectors, innovation is slower, and patent duration might be longer.
Of course, you then end up with a question on how to judge the duration per domain, but it is worth a thought.
As others have said, the USPTO spends to little time evaluating patents. Things are a good deal better here in Europe, where investigation into prior art is generally quite thorough (as I noticed when I was (co-)inventor on a patent).
This could actually harm inventors. If I invent something, I might be better off selling my patent to a company capable of producing and marketing it and policing for infringement of the patent, rather than doing all that myself. After all, many inventors do not have the capital and resources to police a patent properly, and fight legal battles against potentially very wealthy players. I could of course sell a unique, non-transferable license for production or marketing, but what of the policing bit, would the license holder do that?
But to date (as a sunspot observer for quite a while), I have seen far fewer sunspots now than in the maximum around 33 years ago when I started, even though I have a bigger scope than I had in those days. So while the 11 year cycle is more-or-less on course in terms of the period, the whole 11-year wiggle seems to be superimposed on a downward trend. The last minimum was amazing. Months might go by without a single spot. I never witnessed that in the first cycles I observed.
They don't make sunspots like they used to! ;)
However, in a long piece about British Engineering and/or current lack thereof, can we let this pass: We mention ENIAC, but not Colossus? Especially following the brilliant bit on BBC last weekend on Bletchley Park's lost heroes (William Tutte and Tommy Flowers). Told me bits of computer science history I did not know, and I work in computer science.
The comment on ENIAC was logical in context (given women involved). It is surprising how hard it is to get girls into science and engineering over here in the West. I was at a conference on image processing last September and many women presented really good work (no surprise to me), and the vast majority were from India or China.
I think I will use this as an example of the awesome things computer science brings us when we have our next open day for potential students on coming Friday (apart from a host of other, more mundane examples)
At a shade under 5'11 (1.80m) I was the third shortest guy in my year
At 1.80m (just shy of 5'11") I was one of the shortest guys in my year when I left secondary school. In the US I gather my length fairly average. 5" shorter would be quite short then.
Now there is a now to conjure up a super-villain image.
Where is that white Persian cat got to now!
An OS suitable for mad scientists!!!!
IGOR, DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT!!!!!
I can feel an extra exclamation mark coming on!!!!!!
but what about radiation issues?
Besides, the stresses involved are way higher on the real trip, because the chances of anything going wrong are higher in a real ship, and the chances of anyone from outside being able to help if something goes wrong are effectively zero.
Still good that someone is still working on manned missions.
Mine is the one with "Small Gods" in the pocket.