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So basically there is no practical use for this discovery
depends, the number of calculations for this kind of thing are huge. so i suspect, the scientific drive to find these number does, in part, fund the research into making faster and faster computer systems. and eventually, that research filters down into the graphics cards that allow us to play such great looking games on our PCs and watching stunning CG fx in movies.
an i7 ?
When i was a young'un in the 80s my pa was working for Cray at the time they found the 32nd Mersenne prime.
That was a Cray 2 - the liquid cooled the size of a large fridge.
And now they're finding these exponentially larger numbers on core 2 duos and i7's like we have in our desktop machines.... which we use for reading email and playing farmville????
Re: poor FX
Can NASA make it look better? Yes, for barrels and barrels of money
while my original comment was made somewhat tongue in cheek, what i meant was, couldn't they run the video through a filter to remove all the noise and speckles? that wouldn't cost barrels and barrels of money, i'm sure something as simple and free as iMovie can both remove camera shake and despeckle the video image.
it's like they left all that in, to purposely make it look like it was a poor video sent from the middle of space.
that looks like a scene from the worst of cheap B-Movies from the 40s!!!!
surely NASA can do better than that, at least some kind of post-processing to clear up the noise on the images.
Or are they afraid that presenting a too-clean image will incite everyone to claim it's as fake as the moon landings?
Re: I just hope...
Kevin Smith and his pool toy would be far more effective!
The inverse mullet for the fashionably adventurous?
Suit trousers and a hoodie?
Sure, people will scoff, but that's only because you're at the cutting edge of business fashion. Plus, hoodies always have those big pockets on the belly, the perfect size for carrying around your tablet of choice.
Re: Saints Row 2 vs GTA 4
did you play the Episodes From expansions to GTA4? they seemed a lot more fun.
the characters and the missions were a bit more outrageous than those in the main game.
my favourite tea
best tea i've ever had is at my grandparent's house (this might be biased slightly by childhood memories of cups of tea and my Nanna's home made chocolate cake or lemon cake etc, but regardless).
i recently found out that they buy loose tea, English Breakfast and Earl Grey. And then, in an ancient square tin, my grandfather blends the two together, one part Earl Grey to 3 parts English Breakfast.
they live miles away, and after the long drive to see them, that cuppa tea is the most curative and restorative drink ever (again, an opinion perhaps influenced because of it's close association in my mind with my nanna's home baking).
wasn't there a bit on QI where they explained that 666 isn't actually the right number and that technically it's something like 616 or something that's the real number of the beast, according to the original texts?
so not only is this guy a doofus, he's also completely wrong in his facts
Death Star UK
One interesting side effect of the Death Star kickstarter is that the guy raising it is from Leicester. This means that, should he raise the required money of the stretch goal to actually build it, it'll be a UK production, and so under our control and not under that of the sceptics.
Whether or not that makes them more or less likely to view the Earth as an Alderaan substitute depends, i guess, on your nationality.
Re: Aren't you forgetting something?
you got the wrong icon, you should have used the Thumbs Up one :)
really? Amazon are selling the Hitachi 4tb Desk for £150 and the 4tb Pro for £175
those prices don't seem astronomically high to me. i remember when an 80gb drive would cost that much!
i'm not sure i'd class a Thinkpad as a workstation though. it's a laptop isn't it?
the OP didn't say the Mac Pro was the most recognisable computer in the world, he's talking about the kind that people normally hide out of the way under the desk, not sit on the train with it on their laps.
Re: Sad lack of hip-hop knowledge
yes, that's what they _want_ you to think
but it's cunning the way that the silver top of the microphone, round like an eye, sits in the middle of the pyramid shape
and lets not forget, Destiny's Child was originally 3 people, then Beyonce left, leaving 2 behind. and 2 plus 3 = 5
and what did this superbowl performance take place in? 2013. 2 0 1 3. or 2 + 1 = 3 or "the other two" plus "Beyonce" = "Destiny's Child"
there's no escaping the numerology of it, numbers do not lie.
time to face facts: the eschaton is about to be immanentized whether we like it or not
</another afternoon of consuming too much sugar to keep me awake until going home time/>
Re: I'm worried...
apparently tv execs are convinced that kids have no attention span.
this is probably because no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes so they're not used to the idea of paying attention to a developing plot.
with any luck...
Fuzzbox will reform and re-release their sublime International Rescue single to go along with the show! :)
Re: nice idea but..
Well then watch it on mobile phone or tablet or PS3 or Smart telly.
Re: Depends on the game
like i say, you're playing the wrong games then :)
(j/k i do love a bit of SSX)
Is this the reason why the GTA5 release date slipped from Spring 2013 to September 17th 2013??
(i doubt it, i guess GTA5 just isn't as near finished as they'd hoped it to be, or they've their sights set on Xmas sales, or trying to avoid the media fallout from all the shootings in the US)
Re: Will buy when
Is the Last Guardian still a concern? I was really really looking forward to playing that.... LAST YEAR :(
at the very least, i hope they bring out a 4K version of Shadow of the Colossus!
really? does anyone use the d-pad these days to do more than just select items? if you're using it to walk or drive around, you're doing it wrong, or your playing the wrong games!
it's only the first of February and we have a firm favourite for Best Alliterative Headline of 2013 !!!
Re: Why the obsession with market share
because Anna has an axe to grind and market share is the only stat available that fits her agenda.
Re: Black Ops 2? Really?
Well, "awards" such as this are no more than popularity contests. Were the award based on the merits of the software itself, then there's no way that Dishonored would have come below a rail shooter like Black Ops2.
Re: The Apple what?
I suspect it's more likely that 12,000 of the 17,000 respondents where all from Anna Leach hitting the submit button over and over and over and over while laughing maniacally and stroking a white cat....
where's George Taylor when you need him?
"It's a mad house! A mad house!"
"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"
"You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
etc etc etc
Re: NFC Lock
NFC for phones seems to be like 3D for TV. Not really as useful for the general public as the manufacturers would like to think.
And in a few years, we'll all wonder what all the fuss was about.
Re: That really is a massive fail
but is it? is it REALLY?
Anna states that "One thread has 2,700 replies"
We'll be generous and allow that every reply is from a seperate affected person, no one posted more than once to comment on whether or not they had any success with different suggestions.
During the last quarter (i.e. since iOS6 has been preinstalled on all new iPhones) Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones
So a quick bit of maths shows that at most only 0.005649% of iPhone iOS6 users are impacted by this and are so upset by it that they've found their to the Apple website forum to complain about it.
That's not really a massive fail, it's a 0.005649% of a fail, really.
that was the last iPhone i bought
yep, that's probably very true.
but will it be the last one that you buy?
are you complaining about the time travelling aspect of the reboot? because, i seem to recall there was a TOS film where they came back to the 1980s and stole some fish, wasn't there?
also, you know that Abrams just directed it. he didn't write the script. if you have such a problem with the plot of the film then you should take that up with Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
...will have a field day with this on Twitter. He seems to really enjoy trolling the pope's account.
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
Words of wisdom from Swiss Toni
Providing fast access to the internet is very much like making love to a beautiful woman...
First, you've gotta get the lie of the land, map out the potential hot spots and make a mental note to pay them special attention later on. Then, you get your hardware out and make connection with the right sockets, and test everything is flowing in the right directions Once everything seems to be working fine, you open the doors and charge the man on the street a monthly fee to come and have a go.
print to go?
does it let you view all these different documents then?
because, i suspect for most people, my printer is nearer to my computer than it is to my phone. even at work the effort required to print a document directly from my computer is far less than emailing it to my phone and then printing it from there.
but i can see where it would be useful if the blackberry would appear on the network as a printer device. and then you could print anything to it, and it'd store the "printed" item so that you can view it later while at the airport, or hotel check-in desk or something. kinda like the Passbook idea on iOS except they haven't made it too easy to set up your own passbook items in iOS. If PrintToGo works like that, it'd be very useful.
Re: OI! Random Fanboi!
i wasn't suggesting this was a problem for an existing Android user, i'm talking about switching from non-Android OS to Android.
i'm sure calendar, pictures, software, etc are painlessly sync'd for you, when you already have an Android device. My point is, i'm already within the Apple walled garden and happy with it, i've spent time and money over the past 5 years setting it all up and buying all the apps i want. all my home devices are Apple.
My point to El Presidente was that, if i suddenly switched to an HTC, it'd be a massive PITA to have to do all that over again because i have no existing Android apps or configuration. So, if he presents me with the option of replacing my iPhone 5 with either an HTC or an iPhone5s, OF COURSE i'm going to choose the iPhone5s because i'd be up and running in seconds. If i were to switch OS, it's gonna take time before i get the phone up to a comparable state as my current phone.
Re: Apple and Android email problems?
Re: OI! Random Fanboi!
iPhone 5s please
because, when i bring it home and unwrap it, all i need to do is punch in my icloud.com account name and password, and it'll sync up all my music, apps, ringtones, videos, podcasts, pictures, contacts, reminders, alarms, email accounts, safari bookmarks, etc, etc
if i get a android device, i'll have to set up most of that from scratch and buy all the apps all over again. and then have to find out how to get it to sync with all my media in iTunes
thnx - when can you deliver the 5s?
Some more detail that Anna left out, presumably to allow her to spin this story in her own way:
Samsung has held onto the number one spot in Britain, claiming 35% of smartphone sales, although Apple is now biting at its heels with 32%
So that's Samsung and Apple taking up 67% of the UK market.
Just over 6% belongs to Nokia, so that's a remaining 27% that's split up amongst all the other Android manufacturers.
First, If you are spending 40k on a car then you cannot buy the BMW it's costs more you see.
First, if I'm splashing 40k on a brand new car, then I almost certainly have enough cash around to be able to stretch it to 45k. If 40k is all I've got to spare in the bank, then I'm not spending all of it on a new car. At the most, I'd buy a second hand car for much less to leave a few k in the bank for emergencies like the central heating packing up in the middle of Snow Week.
if i'm spending 40k on a car, i'd rather spend the extra 5k and get a beamer.
but in fact, i'd rather get the car 3 years later after it's depreciated a bit, and then i guess the cost difference between the two will be greater as i imagine the Infiniti will depreciate much faster than the beamer will.
Re: Scorched device policy...?
but can RIM actually afford to spend time and money on R&D of new Playbook hardware? they're best served focusing on the new phones and if those save the company, then maybe, maybe, they can return to the Playbook and try and put out hardware that appeals to more than a tiny proportion of the world. Also, margins on tablets at the price they'd have to pitch a new Playbook at are too small to be of use to RIM at this moment. So a scorched device policy would only result in even LESS people using Playbooks than there is currently.
But the phone will be different and they'll want to keep people buying new phones so that they can keep a healthy income stream.
The first new RIMs are likely to be successful, there's plenty of people that would like to try them, or are still using their old BBs and are dying for something modern. But it's getting people to keep on buying the hardware for the rest of the year and next year that might be tricky. And to encourage that, it's not inconceivable that some features of the OS upgrades will... encourage... a hardware upgrade as well.
Re: I loved this bit
oh no, my entire life philosophy can be boiled down to that. once you accept the reality distortion field, life becomes so much simpler and just works
Re: I loved this bit
i always maintained that if you needed a second mouse button to do something, then it wasn't worth doing it.
that was, of course, until Apple implemented a right-click action on their buttonless mice...
setting a worrying precedent?
yes, it is perhaps poor taste, in light of the recent findings, but it's an episode made over 10 years ago. it's a tv show, aimed a small kids who, even 10 years ago, wouldn't have known who Jimmy Savile was, so at the time it could have only have been intended for the benefit of the parents watching the show.
what's next? do we need a Records of Department to eradicate any mention of Jimmy Savile from any tv show ever? should we have a Black List maintained to ensure Gary Glitter is never ever mentioned? or shall we be content which just giving such items an Emotional Content rating and leave it at that?
smug + massively rich = not a nice combination
Right, that's it!!
From now on I'm going to buy all my electricals from Comet... ah....
Well i'm going to get my music from HMV then.... oh....
Well damnit, at least i can get my DVDs from Blockbusters.....
more scientific study about our members’ products. We welcome more evidence-based research...
Because scientific study and evidence based research has such a great track record with American's, doesn't it? Afterall, it put those Intelligent Design people in their place.... oh wait...
>"widely criticized for lacking the technical background to understand what made Apple's products tick"
So has this changed in the last 20 years and he's suddenly the know it all of the tech industry? Or does he still not have a clue?
I'd think that being best known as the idiot that almost ran the company into the ground, that the only advice to take from this interview is to do the exact opposite of whatever he suggests
Re: What irks me about their argument
I just wonder what it'll actually take for culture to change
I doubt the culture is capable of change.
This happens over and over again and each time, there's outrage and shock and horror for a short while, and then they get distracted by something else and forget about it until the next atrocity is committed.
America, as a culture, just seems to accept that the cost of having their lax gun laws is that every now and again, a school full of kids or teenagers has to be wiped out. And the powers that be in America seem to be perfectly happy with that concept.
do they vet the developers?
Wasn't there a story last week about Android devs discovering that someone else had already ported their 'droid app to BB without their knowledge?
Are RIM checking that the devs submitting these ported apps are the real ownsers of the Android versions?
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