86 posts • joined 20 May 2009
Re: They predicted there WOULDN'T be an earthquake
I upvoted theSkipper because his description matches my memory of the event. You say that people failed to interpret the statement correctly. The Nature article has this quote from the official: “the scientific community tells me there is no danger because there is an ongoing discharge of energy”. I can't imagine any official announcement in Japan using the words "no danger", and especially not following a series of tremors. That quote doesn't come from the mouths of the scientists, and so I don't know exactly what they said to the official. Their lawyer said this, "...the scientists could not be held accountable for De Bernardinis's reassuring statements, and that the scientific opinions given by seismologists during the meeting were ultimately correct." It seems the judges may have accepted this, which is why the official's conviction still remains.
Re: English teaching business mostly collapsed
I also did well out of the eikawa business for 15 years. But that was in the 80s and early 90s. I was in the "corporate" end of the business, teaching company employees, mostly engineers. If you don't mind staying in company training centres for up to two weeks at a time, it can be rewarding. As most courses involved the students explaining aspects of their jobs and business in English, I got to learn about things as diverse as cable making, desalination plant construction and the production of lenses for compact cameras. It was also during this time I got to work with computers, at first producing training materials, then later online interactive training systems. I'm still involved in producing educationally-related software.
Like Shannon, my Japanese is pretty feeble. My in-laws can tolerate talking to me for perhaps an hour, before they get another family member to suffer in their place. (The time varies with the amount of drink consumed.) But my experience of travelling around Japan for work has made me the person the family come to for advice on whether Shimonoseki is the dump it is made out to be, and whether it's best to drive to Niihama from Osaka, or take the ferry.
What was it about the original form that bugged you? It read fine to me. Most usage guides say that either "who" or "that" are used to refer to human subjects. Some note that "that" is more commonly used when denoting a class of people, e.g. "those that prescribe grammar" versus "one who prescribes grammar. But there is no exclusive rule.
It's different with non-restrictive relative clauses, where "which" and "who" are the normally preferred options, and where "which" is not generally used with people. "Now someone who really annoys me is Albaleo, who bores us to death with his thoughts on grammar." "I know what you mean. He talks all the time about relative clauses, which no one in their right mind gives a fuck about."
Re: a study from Canadian health researchers
"a statistically quite small group of people"
It looks quite large to me. An increased sample, using the same sampling methodology, would probably just continue to show any built-in biases that might exist. Unfortunately, the study isn't free to access, so we can't say much about the methodology. I'll assume it was done sensibly. (But I smiled when imagining that the group with diagnosed cancer had an average age of 70 while the control group had an average age of 25 and were to be asked about their sex lives. I'm reminded of Kevin Bridges, "Who me? Put me down for 30.")
For speculation on the difference between straight and gay results, could it be that the vision of a face faking orgasm has previously unknown effects. That would kill the wanking theory. Darn!
I used to like Apple and The Register
"Apple is no longer just a tech firm, remember, it's a fashion brand."
And The Register is no longer just an IT news outlet, remember, it's a clickbait site.
I think you can do better.
Re: Can't quite put my finger on why...
It reminds me of something, but I can't remember what exactly.
Re: Easy to make
It's not meant to taste like real coffee. If, like me, you require a constant infusion of caffeine and hot liquid during the working day, "real" coffee isn't an option anyway. Recently I've got into the art of instant coffee blending. My current favourite is equal parts Carte Noir (when available on offer) and Tesco Gold.
"He has been given those assurances"
Really. I don't recall seeing that reported in The Register where they generally like to report on his arrogant behavior.
"a seriously slippery slope "
Why? However much of an arse he is, his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state. He has voiced a fear that he would be extradited to the US should he return to Sweden. Sweden seems to have done nothing to allay those fears. They could interview him in London, or issue an assurance that he wouldn't be extradited after being interviewed in Sweden. Surely that's not such a big deal. And then it would fall to Assange to show how much honour he has.
Re: I really, really, hate that word
I'm not sure I agree.
A boffin is always potentially dangerous. They are not motivated by altruism of any kind such as doing social good or saving the planet. Seeking knowledge and finding out if something is possible are all that count. So on climate science, and the question of whether increased CO2 will warm the atmosphere, a run of the mill climate scientist will warn us to reduce CO2 emissions. Our climate boffin on the other hand is more likely to start pumping CO2 into the atmosphere to see if it is true or not.
A useful boffin will always have a kind and sensible spouse who makes sure things don't get out of hand.
Re: Don't blame the Americans
"They are some of the nicest people you will meet."
"It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to deny evolution, or a lack of decent education standards."
Or perhaps it's passive coercion of thought - believe what your peers believe. I'm interested in what "decent education standards" might mean in relation to evolution. Should it be taught as a fact (the truth) or should students be presented with a range of ideas and evidence and be allowed to make up their own minds?
"I see - you don't find it even slightly worrying that these individuals are trying to have their surreal delusions taught as fact in science classes"
I was commenting on whacky beliefs. There was no question in the survey asking whether creationism should be taught in science classes. I understand that as many people worldwide believe in ghosts as believe in gods. I view both ideas in the same way.
"or how about something weighing the risk of vaccination against the risk of contracting the condition it should prevent"
Sure, but it would be a slightly different question. "Vaccination is generally safe and effective." versus "The benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks." The first is more in line with the survey's theme - the second is more a comment on policy than scientific understanding. Someone might agree that vaccines are generally safe but not always accept that the benefits outweigh the risks - for example, the chickenpox vaccine.
I probably have more respect for those who are very confident that the world is 6000 years old than those who are confident that vaccines are "safe and effective". The former group's beliefs are based on fantasy. Weird, but not so worrying. The latter group seem to be straight out of some Brave New World where we believe what we're told. If they'd asked if they were "generally safe and effective", I might have felt able to answer the question. But surely anyone with any respect for science is not going to accept any absolute claim about anything.
Anyone labelling me an antivaxer will make 100113.1537's point.
Re: Methane breaks down faster than CO2...
"I'd think they would mine that stuff"
It seems some are trying.
"basically, their alphabet has the R consonant, but not the L"
Kind of, but a Japanese "r" is not the same as an English "r" and in some ways is similar to a "d". An English "r" usually involves no contact between the tongue and palette (except when rolling like a true Scotsman). A Japanese 'r' usually involves a short touch, but not as firm as with a "d".
Some things should be left until big school
I'm not sure primary school is the right place for learning to code or learning other difficult things. At primary school in the 60s, I didn't learn any 'science' except for a single lesson in the final year (more about that below). Yet I often wondered about things in the natural world. For example, I would often wonder whether a ball bearing could be cut in half, or whether it was some indivisible thing. More perversely, I sometimes wondered what I would see if I cut my thumb off. At my first science lesson at secondary, I was told everything was made from atoms. It explained so much of what I didn't know and wondered about. And more importantly, it made sense to me. I don't think I would have appreciated that lesson as much if I'd been told at age 7 that everything was made from atoms.
The single 'science' lesson we had at primary didn't actually teach or explain anything. Rather, it let us explore some interesting things (which is heavier, water or sand, etc.) The killer thing was being asked whether water could flow uphill, and then being shown how to syphon water from one bucket to another. That sealed things for me, science was more magical than Jesus. :-)
Rather than being taught how to code, are there not better activities for primary school that would make learning to code at secondary much more understandable and rewarding?
Re: So the user doesn't notice anything happening
But the code embedded in the png doesn't appear malicious in itself. I'm assuming the malicious code is at the url pointed too by the iFrame src attribute. Is security based merely on scanning urls in the original web page?
So the user doesn't notice anything happening
Naive questions... (gentle answers please)
I don't see what's so special about this form of attack. (perhaps not enough coffee yet) The code to execute is embedded in a png. But presumably it could be embedded anywhere, for example in the text of a hidden element. Or perhaps not hidden at all. Creating an iFrame and setting a src for it is apparently a legitimate practice. Is there any reason the user should notice, whether done in a sneaky fashion or otherwise?
Is the issue not more about the code that is eventually loaded into the iFrame. If it is allowed to perform some mischief, are we not already potentially doomed by any web page?
Re: blend o' skills...
"Am I the only one that thinks you can just "get" computing"
I've found it requires tremendous amounts of constructive cursing. If you didn't learn to swear like a good'un at school, you may be at a disadvantage.
I think the Japanese company is called Shimizu, not Shimzu. (Although they seem to be using 'Shimz' as their logo.)
50 years ago, I wasn't allowed to watch the first episode. (Something else on, Dr. Finlay's Casebook or some other crap, I don't remember but I'm sure some fellow abused child will inform me). And today, the family won't let me watch because X-Factor is on. Fuck, I've spent my whole life as a wimp.
Re: The numbers don't add up
Oops, a bit early in the week for mental arithmetic. Should be about $2,750,000 dollars.
Re: The numbers don't add up
Figures at the link below show exports in 2010 were worth 276,950,000 yen, which is approximately $275,000 (at today's rates). So yes, it looks like they may be making shit up, and then some.
Re: @Gives a whole new image
And would that image be a picture of George Clooney or Brad Pitt or whoever she's thinking of?
Re: Sounds like sour grapes to me
Those who can, do
Those who can't, teach
For those who can't teach, there's always journalism
"love is a stative verb"
I'm not sure we can say that English grammar has the concept of stative verbs. The distinction between stative and dynamic verbs is just a matter of semantics and logic. They conjugate in the same way. This is probably why we have verbs that can have both a stative and dynamic sense. For example, "I have a plate." and "I'm having a plate of chips."
"I'm loving the discussion." seems more economic than "I'm enjoying the discussion so much that I have stained my underpants." McDonalds apparently came to the same conclusion.
Painting agnostics as wishy-washy
'Don't forget that agnosticism is honest because it says "we don't know if there is a God or if there isn't".'
That's a wishy-washy interpretation of agnosticism. A better interpretation of agnosticism would be, 'I see no solid evidence for a god so I don't believe in one.'
The 'don't know' part of agnosticism doesn't mean it's a 50-50 thing. I don't know for sure that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but evidence and reason tells me it will.
Re: The "experience" experience
"It's results that count."
Except when they come in a Powerpoint presentation.
Re: Unicode needs to be taken out back and shot
"the full width "A" should not be U+FF21, it should be decimal 65 with the renderer deciding if it should be full width or not."
I'm not sure I agree. How does the renderer decide? For example, in the following (if it displays), where English and Japanese are mixed, and the second upper-case A is part of a Japanese name.
A great future at Ａテック.
Make 'em pay
Isn't utf-8 just a new form of the Flanders imperialism? One-byte characters for us chaps, and some other variable number for the funny writing people. It's just a plot to rule the world by keeping their bandwidth costs high.
Re: Clueless Analysts
Point taken about the status thing. But for the man with everything, assuming he has five mistresses too, a 5c in each colour might be appealing.
Is it really wasted energy?
"all from energy that would otherwise be wasted"
Genuine question. For example, does the leaked energy have no effect in heating the house, or curing acne, or whatever?
Boring you all to death (and you too El Reg)
It's all about the apps . Do you El Reg guys really fondle hardware. I thought you were jesting.
I don't understand the strong emotions displayed here. Most of us have been fortunate to live in times when companies were built on the passion of the founders for the products they delivered. HP, Bill Gates, SteveJobs, Larry Ellison, etc., even the Facebook guy. When they go, the company faces problems. What should drive the company now? This is nothing new - look at Ford, Sony, Panasonic, and many more. Hate Balmer if you want, but putting 'the blame' on him makes no sense. Just be thankful we got to witness these weird and wonderful companies in their beginnings.
This syllable thing doesn't really work in English. Japanese is a syllable-timed language with each syllable using more or less the same time. In contrast, English is a stress-timed language. A more interesting task would be to make haiku in English using only stressed syllables. Like this:
"This red rock place holds
Five more clues where free dogs roam
Round dark light space walks"
With luck, that should put a stop to this haiku craze.
Re: What's the problem?
I notice that part wasn't quoted (i.e. no quote marks) in the article. Any reason for that?
Re: It only applies to women - apparently
'The ridiculous "political correctness" approach of constantly using he/she...'
As opposed to some other form of correctness by using 'he' when gender is unspecified? I tend to use 'he/she' in more formal writing, not for its elegance or its political correctness, but because I find it more accurate. I use 'they' in less formal writing and probably in speech. Perhaps I should use it all the time. It was good enough for Shakespeare. And if it pisses off those who believe there are 'correct' and 'incorrect' forms of grammar, all the better.
We know who Apple are...
....but 'Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster'
Have you ever tried tracking the ownership of these publishing companies? Not today, but at the time of the 'incident' in question in 2010. Example: About Macmillan from Wikipedia:
"Pearson acquired the Macmillan name in America in 1998, following its purchase of the Simon & Schuster educational and professional group (which included various Macmillan properties). Holtzbrinck purchased it from them in 2001. McGraw-Hill continues to market its pre-kindergarten through elementary school titles under its Macmillan/McGraw-Hill brand. U.S. operations of Georg von Holtzbrinck are now known as Macmillan."
With so much attention to Japanese companies, why no mention of NEC and its 9801 models. From the early 80s, this series completely dominated the Japanese PC market, and probably accounts for Japan's later weakness in the global computer business. I guess I'm missing something. But I know who Matsuda Seiko is.
Re: climate an weather
"it was cold this winter..."
Isn't a whole season's weather some kind of indicator of climate? And of course everyone confuses climate and weather. It's confusing. If climate is a long term average of weather, climate can only change if the weather changes. So all those climate change scientists are really looking at things that change the weather. Perhaps they should be called "things that change the weather and therefore change the climate" scientists.
Re: Trivia @Stuart Longland, @Don Jefe
"Here in the States it is a light tan color: Like the color of a middle managers slacks :)"
Yeah, OK. But what color is khaki in the States?
More specs on the screens, please. You mention the IPS screen on the iMac but not for the others. I'd have thought that if buying an all-in-one, screen quality is important. I'm probably out of touch with recent screen technology, but I work with an old model Dell IPS monitor and a newer ViewSonic non-IPS monitor. While the ViewSonic does a pretty good job with video and flashy stuff, looking at it for more than a few minutes when working with text is horrible compared to the Dell.
I've probably read Excession and The Player of Games more times than is good for you. In some ways like Superman comics for adults without the red kryptonite. The comfort of a ship's mind is hard to beat.
Thanks Iain for making my life that bit more enjoyable.
Why are the elderly and disabled lumped together?
I'm often surprised by how many of the elderly people I meet use the internet a lot. And an older-than-me neighbour has a fairly incisive view that sums up what it's all about. (paraphrasing) " When you're having a discussion with friends about how old Cilla Black is, we can settle the argument in seconds."
But "the disabled" is a whole something else. I know one disabled person who has never used the internet. She has also never used a telephone, or shopped by herself in Tesco. The old argument doesn't change. Don't fret about what the disabled can't do. If you are really concerned, increase the number of things they can do.
Re: I'm all for it
"I'd rather die young and happy than old with dementia "
In the modern state, you will be able to do both.
"The community has long desired independence from Chinese rule."
Any kind of evidence to back that up?
"At the beginning of the last century you could still stand up to a government"
Great times indeed, unless you were a woman, or Irish, or poor, or a subject of Her Majesty's colonial administration.
The sounds like the voice of an ad agency. Clever, funny, cool, and so on. But I don't get the feeling this is a message from Samsung. It's disappointing. Say what you like about Apple, they're not slow to give an opinion or take action to support their 'beliefs'. (sorry, can't think of a better word right now) Apple says it's right to protect their designs and other IP. They persuade media companies to drop the drm on their products that are sold through the iTunes store because they say it helps everybody. Apple has an opinion. I haven't a clue about Samsung.
Some guys from Samsung in Korea saying what they think of Apple would have been much more powerful.
Yeah, I know. It's TV. It's the USA. But still...
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