1599 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007
There are a lot more Indian English speakers than there are English English speakers.
Already in use?
What about the explosive-sniffing wands that get poked into handbags etc already at airport security points? How does this new thing do anything that the existing wands don't already do???
They want to make it fold away into a small wrist-worn container, which sounds nice. But you'll still need to either wear a big heavy backpack for the power supply, or plug into the mains every time you want to use it.
Power supply is always the biggest issue with personal robots.
Re: It doesn't take a rocket scientist...
It looks like something of alien origin burst out of the ground. What we need to do next is search the opposite side of the planet for the entry wound.
It was either this icon or Joke Alert, take your pick.
Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out @ Don Jefe
A pomegranate cut in half looks like disease ridden female genitalia. It's OK to have second thoughts if you see a vagina that looks like that. Now a sheep on the other hand, that's a dead ringer for an Eskimo with her pants half down.
Re: I seriously want one of those canoes
*something about Budweiser*
"Other related units are the outhouse (1 μb, or 10−34 m2), the shed (10−24 b (1 yb), or 10−52 m2) and the "skilodge" (1 mb, or 10−31 m2)"
I'd like to take this opportunity to table a motion that Barns be added to the Official El Reg Units of Measurement.
Yes, the Barn should be one of the El Reg staple units. A Barnstaple.
Re: I'll go pedantic
Transistor as a switch yes, transistor as an amplifier no. So it's a switch.
Re: 13 month old son?
It's odd that people use the phrase "sleeping like a baby" to indicate sleeping well. When an adult says "I slept like a baby last night" I usually reply "so you woke up every couple of hours crying because you shat yourself again?". The look on their face is priceless.
Re: Yes a stein
Witbier is a Belgian wheat beer, usually lightly spiced and slightly sour. Linus is more likely to drink a German wheat beer i.e. Weizenbier/Weissbier, which is not spiced but instead has delicious banana and/or clove aromatics produced by the particular local yeast strain. My personal preference (among wheat beers) is for dark wheat beers i.e. Dunkelweizen, keep an eye out for Franziskaner Dunkel which is especially good.
Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland
Sorry but Ascension Island was recently purchased by
Elon Musk a secret buyer, who was apparently quite taken with the island's volcano.
Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland
Why choose the bit of mainland UK which is furthest from the equator? Cornwall would make more sense.
If they reduce the contrast on the display and make the fonts harder to read, I'll be distracted from effective problem-solving. I work best when comfortable.
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
A wedgie eating roadkill can ruin your whole day. You come over a crest at 100km/h, the wedgie takes off but it's big so it doesn't rise fast enough, and the next thing you know the massive eagle has smashed through your windscreen and into your face.
Re: We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy...
Humans eat meat. Usually. ;-)
Thanks for including the word "usually". I choose not to, along with half a billion other people :-)
Re: A quote from Hawking
Park a telescope out around >550AU
As interesting as that sounds, it seems... tricky.
Firstly, keep in mind that Voyager 2 is still only a bit more than 100AU away, so we'd need to get the telescope a *very* long way. Of course we could use clever planetary slingshots to speed it up enough to knock a decade or two off the travel time, even so it's a very long-term project.
Secondly, how do we "park" the telescope when it reaches 550AU? Remember that it will be travelling very fast! There isn't any way to slow it down, so it will just keep on keeping on, zooming further out into the void, to be lost forever.
Re: Only thing live for now.
God is not that cruel.
Re: @ jake
Curry is hardly important in this discussion.
Did you RTFA?
Re: Soon to be (unfortunately)...
If something is patented it can't be locked away, since a fundamental purpose of the patent process is publication.
Try telling that to Intellectual Ventures.
I can't tell if D-Wave are certain to succeed or certain to fail or something in-between.
Re: "Traditional" unicorn colors
African or European invisible pink unicorn?
someone's gotta do it
If the Office of Fair Trading (or similar) don't bother monitoring & enforcing free-range labelling laws, is it really surprising that others are taking matters into their own hands?
Re: Nominative determinism?
I saw that joke coming a mile off.
Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear @ Mikey
If a single round can be used to pick off a strategic target with little chance of missing, then that one round is all that may be needed to bring about a cessation of conflict
OTOH, remember how the First World War started?
Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs
I prefer my dinosaur eggs in an omelette with mushrooms and goats cheese and fresh truffles, but you go ahead and poach yours if you really want.
Icon: Should go nicely with a Flanders Red Ale, thanks very much :-)
"tasted a bit muddy"
Did it by any chance land in a ditch?
I like this Elon bloke.
It is possible that you might get your phone back. You may even just have time to call someone and tell them "Help I'm stuck inmmmmmffffarghk". But yeah, the dying bit will ruin your whole day.
Twatters-fear? (The entirely rational feeling of dread experienced when encountering a wayward hashtag roaming unfettered in the real world)
I still want my NBN to be FTTH: fibre will *always* beat copper.
Meanwhile, the whole tech industry is built around the promise that chips regularly get faster and more capable. Unless someone solves the post-7nm challenge, the IT wagon could jump the tracks.
It might actually be a good thing if the focus has to shift to trimming the fat from bloatware.
Re: Déjà vu?
Maybe they forgot.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will catch up to $US2.5 million to create an actual “implantable neural device” – if the inter-disciplinary skunk-works' the universities put together manage to come up with an actual design.
They should go ahead with this part anyway: the brain-to-chip interface is the most important part of the entire thing. If you can get an interface working properly, you can then develop all kinds of different chips to plug into that interface: it doesn't have to be just memory functions, it could be wifi communication, knowledge databases, all manner of stuff.
The mind boggles! (sorry, couldn't resist).
This is good news.
We should know how our votes are counted. It's our AEC, after all.
What was his response to the judge?
I hope he said "As you wish".
Re: Asymmetric laws and asymmetric justice
#9 seems quite reasonable to me.
Re: Do you drink coffee? @ chivo243
It's not the coffee grounds working, it's your own cat.
Cats prefer to poo away from their own home, so your cat is not pooing in your own backyard. Cats are territorial, so your cat is preventing other cats from entering (and pooing) in your own backyard.
Your coffee grounds are as effective as elephant powder.
Re: I love a video...
But, as this was in Blighty, it's not a hot wet pussy.
Re: Perhaps we need to consider the Frigate Bird as an example?
You are right, frigate birds do soar over water for a long time, snatch fish from the surface while still in flight (they can't take off from the surface of the water), and also obtain food by stealing from other birds such as masked boobies. All in all a very good comparison.
Icon: this comment includes both "snatch" and "boobies".
The BIOS is messy as hell for the first couple of years...
Nowhere in the list of demands do they mention that members of the panel must include either Sarah or John Connor.
lost buoyancy aid
Why was his buoyancy aid in a barrel outside the pod, and not with him in case he needed it if the worst happened? Seems like a very strange place to keep it to me.
I wonder how many takes they did before they got a shot of the lander missing the rocks?
(Just kidding, hence the icon. Well done ESA!)
Re: @Steve Evans
If a UAV takes a hit from a firework and goes down, odds are it crashes harmlessly, but those odds are far from 100%.
This firework display was over a huge area of water, so the odds of any quadcopter crash being harmless on this occasion were very close to 100%.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great