Really great work by the New Horizons team
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Really great work by the New Horizons team
I grew up worshipping the astronauts (and cosmonauts, when we did get the news of them) as heroes. I successfully nagged at my parents to allow me to stay up late to see the first moon landing live on our old B&W tele.
Send all the politicians, they tend to generate LOTS of hot air. Pulling together they should be able to regenerate an atmosphere in no time. It might be a nasty atmosphere, given the source, but at least it's an atmosphere
Bit like the B-Ark idea, only without the telephone sanitizers
One .... Time ... Pad
To explain to the apparently hard of hearing (i.e. those in government): If people REALLY want to encrypt, they can, and NOBODY can even tell it is an encrypted message, not just a load of digitized line noise. Hide the line noise in a cat video and only those who know which one it is, and what pad to use can decrypt. GCHQ knows this, the NSA knows this.
I remember Alexei Sayle stating German scientists had discovered the gene that turns you off pop music at the precise age of 37.5
Still like some modern music, but I do sound more like me mum these days
Come on you guys, give goto a break
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get my coat. The one with that Kernighan and Ritchie book in the pocket please
Confusion can be a real problem. Confusing the order "loose the dogs" with "lose the dogs" could have bad consequences for the canine companions, especially in certain shady circles
Nah, all the Druids know it is far easier to build a new 64 MegaLith computer than upgrading the old one
Doffs hat to the late great Terry Prattchet
I am not impressed. Can't think why
"I am sorry, Dave, I am afraid I can't tell you that."
Where is that HAL9000 icon when you need it?
Oh well, black chopper then
Nah, I have plenty of experience
now where did that one-time pad go?
Trotting out the security excuse is getting tiresome. You fundamentally cannot be free without an element of risk being present, just as a democracy cannot function if there is no guarantee of privacy at some level (the election booth at minimum).
but the grunts to the moving
Brian Blessed can move things with sound, especially people, many of whom move away with alacrity.
Joking aside, this is a very interesting development, and well done to the acousto-boffins! This might also be an interesting project to simulate for our students. I'll give the paper a thorough read
are simply bacteria that are harmless under most circumstances, and happily coexist with us on our skin or in our bowels. Only when there is serious suppression of the immune system can they become a problem (i.e. when there is an opportunity). It should come as no surprise that these creatures were found, and I would go along with the advice on the cover of the book
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
"Oh, that hack rag"
and we will find in our inboxes the message:
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Makes you wonder what fireworks would go of if the planet (or its remains) finally nosedive into the white dwarf
need to invent slood!
This reminds me of the pistol crossbow from The Fifth Elephant: the one shot nobody expects. Given the short barrel you would almost need to press it against somebody to be sure of hitting him. At zero mm range, almost any ammo can cause severe damage. As such you might go along with Vimes' conclusion that it is a weapon designed to kill, not to deter, as a more fire-arm shaped object might. No doubt, if he found it, he would insert it where the sun doesn't shine.
No doubt various secret services who might find such an object useful have more Q-esque versions readily available
I thought they were Holy Hand Grenades? Those should be booked under clerical supplies, shouldn't they
Ah, the old Faraday cage ploy!
Silver or copper would shield just that little bit better than lead (better conductivity), unless Indian Telcos use X-rays or gamma rays for communication, which would explain dropped calls: people dropping dead at the other end
Which does sound like a village in Dorset
I also rather like Terry Pratchett's use of the word "preventative" for a condom. So much better than "preservative" (which I still don't get)
Don't get me started. Windows 2000 didn't support a bog-standard S3-based graphics card from a well-known vendor made in 1999(!). In did support my considerably older Matrox Millenium card, fortunately.
I thought I had blocked the Win10 nagware on our main home desktop PC, but it has started nagging again. I will see what I can do about that
Can it be put on a frickin' shark?
Sorry, couldn't resist
Alternatively, when disposing of larger quantities, use a flame thrower, and say:"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" for the sake of style.
these heavily armed people used coercion to obtain these vehicles
"Nice showroom you have there, would be such a shame if someone blew it up" (hence icon)
certainly an option worth considering
is a superposition of success and failure
Until observed consciously, of course!
More seriously: well done to the Ozzy boffins!
Don't look at me, I never get a cut of that money
Wile E. was a coyote, not a werewolf
I'll get me coat. The one with the Roadrunner cartoons in the pocket please
We STILL need to invent slood before we can make any headway
Same here. My first programming was on a CDC 7600 and much later did loads more serious work on the J932 and SV1e. Cray didn't just provide good hardware, but also cracking good compilers. They could recognize just about the most obfusticated bunch of for-loops as a matrix multiplication and replace the code by some optimized routine from their library. What I really liked about both the SV1e and J932 is how these shared-memory machines managed to attain an average performance of roughly 2/3rds of the theoretical peak. Some really nifty scheduling going on, which is VERY hard to accomplish on clusters.
Simon is on form
Maybe their coffins were just not quite long enough
Sorry, I'll get me coat
After all, that's just binary. Send enough bits, and you can encode anything. OK, bitrate might be a tad low, but hey, just overclock the brain!
why I do not do Facebook.
Brilliant case of doing something "just because". More of this kind of harmless weirdness can make the world a better place (in a small way), simply by putting a smile on peoples' faces.
I wonder if he has photographs of the increase as a function of time. Could be publishable in Annals of Improbable Research. Might even be a candidate for an Ig Nobel Prize.
There is a subtle distinction between infinite and unbounded, ask any mathematician. I certainly do not want an infinite number of items, but I might not want to set a rigid bound. This is the subtle distinction between implementing a list as a static array or a dynamic data structure like a linked list. More than a decade ago one PhD student here scorned LaTeX, and wrote his thesis in MS Word, calling us LaTeX users old-fashioned, stuck-in-the-mud, conservative, etc. There were one or two sniggers when his equation editor stopped working after 128 equation objects were in the file. He phoned the helpline, and they simply told him to split the thesis into smaller chunks, each containing no more than 128 equation objects. Now this was an old version of MS-Word, and the problem may since have bee sorted, but having the limit in the first place is odd, especially given the phrase "Object Link Embedding" used for the implementation method. The phrase suggests an underlying dynamic structure, which clearly wasn't there.
Of course, I might not want infinitely many equations, but I would hesitate to set a fixed upper limit.
In principle, SPICE should work. However, to work accurately SPICE needs an accurate model of the gravitational field around the planet. For Earth, decades of data gathering have yielded a good model, but it is still being refined. For Mars, the data are far more sparse, I would assume, so the model is not nearly as good, I would assume. It might be good enough, of course
A toast to the 3000th Soho Sun-grazer and Worachate Boonplod!
(and yes, that does sound a bit like a History Monk's name to me, but goodness knows what my name means in Thai)
The UX305 I have does support multi-touch and swipes on the touchpad, and that is a definite step up from my older laptops. I haven't compared it directly to the MacBook, so cannot say which is better. I have worked on earlier MacBooks and got on perfectly well (give me bash, emacs, LaTeX and a compiler and I am quite happy ;-)). OS-wars are SO last century ;-)
My UX305 model has 4GB which actually is enough for my work on the laptop (8GB would be nicer, of course, but that model, with 256GB SSD was beyond my budget). I have a 16GB desktop for heavier lifting, and a 512GB compute server at work for more serious stuff. Replacing the disk is something I may well consider. I was thinking that if I clone the windows disk image and it doesn't work, I could put back the original disk, and put the bigger SSD in my desktop (which has only HDD). If it does work, I would wipe the 128GB one and install that in the desktop.
I have bought one some weeks back and really like it. Excellent travel laptop. Haven't put Linux on it just yet. Apart from work, I use mine to capture solar H-alpha mosaic images, and the SSD keeps up with the full-HD 128FPS camera I use for that. It is also really fast processing the 60-odd GB of data I collect for each mosaic. Much faster than a Core i5 HDD machine I have. I will put Linux on when I get that external USB3 SSD to stream the captured data onto, so I can split the 128GB disk into a Linux and Windows partition.
"Lets just hope Hollywood never depicts a car bomb, we'd all get arrested driving to work."
Only if you look Arabic (to a cop, that is)
Regarding the poor kid: Appalling behaviour by the police and the school principal, but alas not unexpected. The principal is rather unprincipled, methinks
Could be interesting. I will watch (this) space with interest
I think you should draw the line when they implement the GPP-feature. Not necessarily for ethical reasons, but just because Sirius Cybernetics is bound to get something HORRIBLY wrong in "your plastic pal who's fun to be with".
That, and inevitably the genuine people personality will be thoroughly annoying in some way
BTW, I thought rule 1 was:
"Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men"