Hey, did you also hitch a ride with a teaser?
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Hey, did you also hitch a ride with a teaser?
I must say I will not use Windows as a service should it materialize. I was considering buying Photoshop, but the new CC versions with their rental model really don't appeal to me. I can understand renting storage space, paying monthly for a mobile phone subscription, but not my software. A key reason is that I want to decide when and indeed if I want to upgrade software. The "as a service" model will almost certainly foist stuff on me that I neither want nor need.
Others may of course have different ideas, but I like to have more control over the software on my machine than most, perhaps
I don't know, both have their merits. Whereas Brontosaurus burgers are perfect for your barbecue, Apatosaurus apetizers can be very tasty, especially with a strong wasabi dip.
Scans the skies for Vogon constructor fleets, just in case
put a smile on my face this special day. Muons used to penetrate concrete was pushing it, however. mu neutrinos combined with the (relatively nearby) Super Kamiokande neutrino detector might have been a nice touch.
Still, full points for a funny story
But what is missing in the picture of Earth is a little arrow saying "You are here" for that total perspective vortex effect. You would also need to extrapolate the current state of the entire universe from a small piece of fairy cake, for the full effect, of course.
Darwin award, that is.
One at least deserves a nomination now
Hook up the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 submeson brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian motion generator (say a cup of hot tea), feed it the improbability for an infinite improbability drive, and away you go. No more mucking about in hyperspace.
Unless you want to deal with Bistromathics, of course
just reverse the polarity of the neutron flux!
Superb idea: I see a new role for Brian Blessed giving masterclasses: ARE YE DEEEEEFFFF!!
It will get worse. They should take a paracetamol, and have a little lie down.
What I do not get is that they complain about encryption provided by technology firms, whereas I can happily send one-time-pad encrypted messages through open channels without anybody being able to crack them. The only problem is getting the pad to my intended receiver (not too hard really). The "algorithm" is extremely simple, all you need is to do bitwise XOR with a stream of random bits (easily obtained from any natural noise source).
There are many less strong ways of sending encrypted data through open channels in such a way that it isn't even readily visible (steganography). Thus, if bad guys want to encrypt stuff, they can already do that. Given that fact: what do they really lose if they are no longer able to view everybody's mail? The ability to leer at somebody's selfies?
I might have expressed that a bit more succinctly, but I do agree that allowing people to discriminate based on their religious beliefs is plain wrong. It could readily be argued that this is unconstitutional. After all, it didn't say: "all men are created equal, but some more equal than others" last time I looked
Really good idea.
The only thing that could go wrong now is if they give it one of their silly names, like BØNK Shelter, or so ;-)
Brilliant, nice end of the week story
Off course, if your encryption is REALLY good, they won't know it's there
The older 13" Macbook were equipped with an nVidia graphics card, and as such offered support for code our students develop in CUDA, and had sufficient graphics grunt for 3D visualization code we develop. The later ones don't. Real shame, because I hate lugging a 15" along for conferences. As my code is OS agnostic, I was seriously considering the older MacBook, but I will have to pass this one for lack of video grunt.
I recently got a quote in the same price range from a Dutch company for a 13.3" at 2560x1600 resolution, Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, one 1TB HDD, + one 256GB SSD, and Geforce 860 (or so) graphics card. Weight 1.9 kg, so a bit heavier (and a bit bulkier to allow for cooling). The cost (with OS, you can also order it without) was just a shade under a MacBook pro 13.
Alternatively, if the last dart hit Otto von Chriek as he was passing by it would be
"ONE UNDEAD AND EIGHTY!!!!"
Mine is the one with "The Truth" in the pocket
I wouldn't mind a box or two of those beasts. And, no, I will not run Crysis on it. Instead I will be processing giga to terapixel images on it
"New MARS record", or alternatively "new new-world record"
Great achievement, by any name
And of course, a Vogon constructor fleet is due coming Thursday (never could get the hang of Thursdays)
To be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable
Such people are anti-Sams: You CANNOT read "Where's my cow?" like that! The hippopotamus sounds just don't sound right through the audio system. A propper HRUUGH should rattle the windows.
Mine's the one with "Thud" in the pocket
Just add one BOFH or PFY, and for preference: Duck tape
The engineering solution to EVERYTHING
(OK, adding a beefed-up cattle prod could also add fun)
Pushing up the daisies! Gone to meet its maker! it is an ex-glass!
As I read it it is a catalyst and electrode in one. The catalyst lowers the potential barrier for the electrolysis reaction, lowering the pwoer needed for the reaction
Here I am, brain the size of a planet and all they ask me is to drill a hole in a rock
Got that t-shirt, will wear it with more pride. It generally takes my CS students a little while to realise I am not wearing a T-shirt with an Intel ad.
What I will miss most about Terry Pratchett is the warmth and love of humanity with all its shortcomings that oozes from all his work. The one thing that really offended him is "treating people like things". He was a wonderful man with an unparallelled talent
I really hope the probe wakes up from its hybernation without issues. I cannot help wondering if, when it wakes up, Philae will say:
"I have worked out that if I stick my left arm in my right ear, I can electrocute myself ..., terminally"
"I think you ought to know I am feeling very depressed"
"It's c c cold"
Just some drool, that's all
Even by the standards of the general internet, this is an extreme load of vacuous twaddle. I would not want to spend any time in the presence of said Tawnie, let alone in the confined spaces of an elevator, where the stench of her (no doubt liberally applied) perfume would probably trigger an allergic attack. Besides, to paraphrase the immortal words of Marvin the Paranoid Android: "I get a headache trying to think down to their level"
No need for technology, I will just pass the caller to "my boss", and then do one of my celebrated Brian Blessed impersonations. Did one on holidays in the Alps recently, and had my kids in stitches.
ARE YE DEEEEEEAAAAAF!!!
Very much like the "remark" tool the BOFH taught novice computer users about years back. Easily invoked using the usual UNIX abbreviation "rm"
I really, really really would like that remote BOFH-enhanced cattleprod functionality on the phone going.
Them: <indian accent> Hello mr. Wilkinson, I am calling from Microsoft Tech Support
Me: Hello, you may call me Simon
Them: <indian accent> Sir, your computer >>KZZEERT<<
Alternatively, I would like to wire a fax machine, enhanced to 120dB volume, to answer their questions
Yeah, but don't forget the Monkey God's Mum (MGM). She is going to go ON and ON and ON to the poor Monkey God:
MGM: "See! I TOLD you to keep your forest tidy! You are ALWAYS losing things in it!"
Monkey God: "But, mum, I ..."
MGM: "I mean, HOW can you lose an entire CITY! This never would have happened to your cousin Kevin!"
Monkey God: "But mum, ..."
MGM: "Just think of what your dad will say when he comes home, and he hears humans have found it for you"
Monkey God: "Yes, but mum, ..."
MGM: "And I bet you haven't said thank you to those nice men from the SAS and National Geographic for finding your city again"
Monkey God: "But,..."
MGM: "Now go to your room and tidy THAT, or it's no human sacrifices for you for the next 500 years!"
Monkey God: "Yes, mum. Alright, mum"
Like my M8, will keep it for a while yet, but I like the fact that I can get something very much like it for a while yet,
I know the feeling. Take comfort in the fact that getting old means you are certainly succeeding in the first half of "Live long and prosper", so keep up the good work, and prosper
I see! it is a descriptive graph rather than prescriptive. And exactly because the near terminally inebriated cannot read it, they will follow it
The only downside is that the totally inebriated might not be in a fit state to follow the instructions
that will build a laptop to my specs for a very reasonable price AND you buy the OS separately. No bloatware, nothing you did not ask for.
Sounds sweeter every day.
I'll check the (older) Lenovo machine, in which I already deinstalled a load of stuff after buying it, for superfish
"and even those were considered void if "extremists" were involved."
And who exactly got to decide that somebody is an extremist? MI6? Any other spooks?
Is that a black helicopter I hear?
Maybe you could implement peril-sensitive sunglasses this way ;-)
I thought the Toba super-volcano eruption took care of that
That fact won't stop Hollywood/Discovery Channel/History Channel/BBC, etc making a new disaster movie/"documentary" along the lines of WHAT IF A RED DWARF CAME WITHIN 0.8 AU OF EARTH, WERE ALL DOOMED!!!
Hate to pour cold water over the nice idea that Neanderthals would have been startled by flares of Scholz's Star., but a little back of the envelope calculations shows this is unlikely:
The star would have been about magnitude 10.3 in the night sky at shortest distance to earth, apparently. This means that to be visible a flare would need to raise the brightness by 4.3 magnitudes to reach magnitude 6 (drop on the magnitude scale = increase in brightness). This is possible in the blue band, but in the visual band (roughly corresponding to the rods in the retina) it is more likely to observe just one or two magnitudes increase, keeping the star well hidden. Only a 6 or 7 magnitude increase would make the star noticable (but still rather mediocre), and something like 12 magnitudes would be needed to rival the planets. This is VERY unlikely
Still a very interesting report
We're doomed, DOOMED, DOOMED, I say!!!!
At ease, Fraser!
The sun almost always provides a lot of fireworks. It must have been difficult to select the best bits
You can actually sample the solar dynamics from down here: this shot was taken from the pavement across the road from my house (74 pane mosaic). However, whenever UK (or Dutch in my case) weather conspires against that (i.e. a lot of the time) it is lovely to visit NASAs sites which provide many such image (some like GONG H-alpha nearly at real time).
The transits seem to be Venus, judging by the size of the disk
Eala Earendel, Engla beorhtast
Ofer middangeard monnum sended
Alien's receiving the webgasm will conclude that this could not possibly come from a sentient life form, and start looking for errors in their analysis software, or check they weren't getting stray signals from some passing Teaser. You know, rich kids with nothing better to do than finding planets like ours, landing next to some poor guy who nobody is ever going to believe and strut around wearing silly antennae making bepp-beep noises (childish really)
Very big displays of very big data (actually, many images I work on are a lot bigger: 40kx40k). Having a powerful machine with massive GPU grunt and a big screen, that resolution would be very nice. On my tablet, not so much, on my laptop, a more modest improvement in resolution would be better
I love the way these guys keep pushing forward. It does bring back fond childhood memories of the Apollo era.
Keep at it SpaceX!
How can people vote if the are kept in the dark not so much about what a government does (because some things need to be kept secret), but about the very reasons for the secrecy. Another important issue is that justice must be meted out in public so that it can be seen to be done, and scrutinized. Secret courts are anathema to democracy.