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Murdoch ....the media mogul
Why did I read that as 'ghoul'?
That Wookieerotica magazine doesn't have any wookies in it. False advertising? (I'm glad I saw it via El Reg instead of ordering a copy in good faith.)
Re: Why kill Apple here
I think you mean 'fandroid faith' and 'Fandroid trolltards' (if you are referring to Android fans), since 'fanboi' (and fangurl) are generally reserved for Apple fans. Note:there is no feminine equivalent of 'fandroid', for obvious reasons.
Nicola's Dad ...
... exists in the same 'plane of reality' that my Dad did. His garden shed was so full of 'useful stuff' that it was dangerous to go in there and he had to get a second shed to keep his gardening tools in. I wish I'd taken a picture when I had the chance.
Re: Google Drive & Dropbox
There is a form of GDrive native client but it's an extension of Chrome, as I recall. I use it so I should know more about it. However, the 'files' stored locally are just links to the GCloud, so you need connection to the internet to do any work on them. There are download and store capabilities but these are limited.
This is, of course, Google's intention. They want you to be dependent on them for storage and use.
a possibility ...
If you e-mail them to yourself (which is not the file, but a link to it), then you could have multiple labels on the e-mail. It sounds messy but it would work maybe for archive/reference purposes, but maybe not for ongoing work ...?
"A little bird has ejected us from its 'warm spot', ..."; "..the raw twitter feed of more than 400 million tweets a day"
The words 'cloaca' and 'guano' would be useful here.
I understand your point, at a 'technical' level. However, if you drink his beer then you are really stealing it from him in that you deprive him of the monetary value and the ability to enjoy his own property. If you and a bunch of other strangers invade his house, then you deprive him of the right to quiet enjoyment of his own home.
If the composer of an opera, or the main singers have some strange idea that they never want their work to be enjoyed by the public again, then fair enough, the performance really does 'belong' to them and they would be rightly angry if their work was made available. I can't imagine any 'damage' to a record company if recordings that they refused to ever release (due to lack of projected profit) were made public property.
Yes, the record company own that recording and have the right to do as they wish with it, or not do anything if they so decide. But, I really can't see why you chose such an emotive analogy to express your disagreement.
" ... HAL turns fruit loop when ordered to lie to the astronauts in its care."
As I remember, in the book, the builders had put a remote controlled 'kill device' in HAL. This was some kind of mechanical cutter than would disconnect his main power feed. Somehow, he found out about this and that had consequences for his 'mental state'. Was that just one part of HAL's problem?
Have I got this right?
Big and complicated science made accessible.
" ... while our Milky Way galaxy has a relatively piddly black hole at its heart, the one found in quasar SDSS J1106+1939 is whopping."
That's why I read The Register.
Re: Interesting - "some other app"
So how would the scammers get your e-mail address and link it to a 'mark' in the area? (Wonders why many Android apps want access to my contacts list.) It actually sounds like one of those strange coincidences.
Re: Another good reason not to upgrade.
My copy of Office 2000 has kept on installing and working for many years. I've heard that some kind of new version is available, but I see no reason to change.
Office 2013's 'austere' windows look ...
... has similarities to the Google Docs look. Have Microsoft been 'inspired.?
Re: Pretty amatuerish...
I'm also wondering about permissions for internet access for that oh so helpful printer management software (which seems to be bundled with the driver, or vice versa), that keeps popping up and asking me if I want it to go check for driver updates or order supplies. Can I trust it? How do I know if I really can?
Note: My printer comments are based on my experience of my cheapo Dell laser colour printer, I wonder what amazing powers the expensive ones have. Ten years ago, I had an HP scanner (the bundled and necessary software actually) that tried three different ways to access the internet, so I blocked each one as Zone Alarm pointed the attempts out to me.
I block everything from accessing the internet, unless it stops it from working or stops the computer from working, and that includes some Microsoft Windows services and most application update services. Most people, especially home/SoHo users are not aware of the potential problems and feel they can trust something if they've paid money for it.
Re: Flattened gluons?
I thought gluons were the quantum expression of a field/force (in the way that photons are the quantum expression of a field) and so, as you say, had to be regarded as point-like particles. Maybe the gluons 'localise' on the flattened disc of 'proper matter'?
We need a serious physicist to talk us through this.
I'm wondering ...
... did the microbes originate/evolve in that location, or did they adapt when they found themselves in an environment that got colder and less hospitable?
The question could go some way to being answered by genome sequencing and comparison with existing 'normal' micro-organisms.
Re: What do they need a law for?
Assuming that Google's webcrawlers honour the request in robots.txt (I've no idea if they do.)
Even if they don't, then any webserver can be easily rigged to check the IP source of a data request and deliver different data depending on the source of the request: e.g. 'We don't let you suck at out teat' (or whatever) when known Google IPs come a'sucking.
If the newspapers want to stop Google, or anybody else, reading their content then they can. So why don't they?
Re: There's a plug in for Thunderbird called Lightning, that might be seen as vaguely computery
I'd forgotten about that, despite the fact that I use it every day. :)
"Company x made y profit internationally after all various local taxes were paid ..."
Working that out correctly would need an army of forensic accountants, each working for their own government, since governments would then be in competition with each other to claim as much of the pie as possible. Also, the 'target' company would develop sweetheart deals with sympathetic (bribeable) governments.
It's a mess :(
Re: Related issue?
I hope you took a dump on the living room carpet before you walked out of the door for the last time.
Re: Get some, already
What is it they say about people who 'protest too much'? :)
"With K-pop, we had a whole industry of extraordinarily high quality music ... "
Is it just me whose brain did a back-flip? (I may be getting too old; if so please forgive me.)
Re: The solution is ...
How about a small and powerful, remotely controlled cutting tool that is built around the main power feed to the intelligent machine? I can't see any problem with that.
When submitting a patent application ....
... is there a requirement that you use 1950's style artwork and diagrams? It seems to be a common theme.
I'm not saying it's 'wrong', just wondering why it always looks that way.
I'm having problems understanding this
"Photons interact poorly with matter – but they do interact. If the photon moves the block by more than the Planck distance (1.616199 × 10-35 meters), it will pass through."
If the photon passes through, surely it has not interacted with the matter of the block and so will not move the block?
If the photon is reflected or its path deviated by interaction with the block, resulting in movement of the block (which I assume is suspended and free to swing), how can such a small movement be detected? Does the detection rely on a build up, over time, of a 'classical' wave interference pattern? If so, surely the wavelength of any photon we can produce would be far too large to be effective in detecting such a small movement?
I'm lost here.
Re: I run a company....
You need to license your company name and logo from a Luxembourg head office and buy exquisitely priced computers, hard drives and blank DVDs from a specialist Swiss supplier. I'm sure the tax authorities would accept that way of working.
The again, they might jump up and down on you with hobnailed boots. Do you run a very, very big company?
Re: Tasmania !!!
The next development will be 'immersive telepresence'; so you don't need to travel to 'see' it.
They need to be careful out there
The last time I tried mining asteroids, I was jumped by suicide gankers on my way to a space station. It's a widespread problem.
The Reg looks forward to reading your comments ...
I've left my comment on your office voicemail. You'll probably want to deal with it quickly.
Re: Fundamentally distinct?
"... if humans picked up most objects with their mouth, ..."
Yes, puppies especially seem to explore the world by grabbing things with their mouths and licking them until them get bored. I've never tried it myself but I'm sure it would give me a different perspective on things.
More than good enough for me (and many others I suspect)
If I'm realistic about what I use my Android phone for, (a few phone calls, e-mail, calendar, Wi-Fi file transfer), then this would be more than good enough for me.
Crime often occurs in clusters
Did they also check to ensure that her Winne-The-Pooh laptop had proper licensing agreements from the estate of A.A. Milne and/or the Disney corporation? It would have been a real feather in their cap if they'd found any infringement there.
Re: and the music...
" ...it's a constant, an immovable fact ..."
There are variations depending on the region of space in which the sheep is travelling. The effects of dark matter entanglement in the wool can result in a significant reduction of maximum velocity. If you'd studied sheep as closely as I have, you'd know that dark matter entanglement is widespread and can be a problem.
(The woollen one with dark bits entangled in it.)
A much better Twitter handle for them?
Re: Just wondering
Yes, every MAC address I've ever seen has been in hex. However, it may be that some manufacturers have started using decimal notation; but that would be weird because surely MAC address entry fields all use hex?
Re: Do they
No, they are fembots. They have tastefully concealed machine guns.
The cold cottage
I'm thinking thermal rendering, double glazing (tastefully done of course) and loft insulation. I'm also thinking thermal underwear, easily ordered on e-bay.
If you get round to it, please post the pictures for us (but not of the thermal underwear; no, no).
The antiproton 'traps' were installed last June. I assume that these traps act to divert antiprotons towards a pathway that sends them to the detector, which will be placed away from the main ring and its tunnel. While the ring is running, people can still work in locations away from the main ring tunnel.
I'm wondering how they make antihydrogen from antiprotons. Does the proton 'pick up' an ordinary electron, which stays in orbit due to normal processes, or do they give it an antielectron?
Re: Looks like China will have some new rules to add to its firewall
They could connect to a randomly selected forwarding server, that is part of a randomly changing collection of forwarding servers. (Change pattern controlled by encrypted data of course). Sounds expensive though.
The Chinese version of Ofcom should allow the metro stations to switch to 5.8GHz (or whatever makes sense) and waive licensing fees but require a check for interference with any existing local users of that frequency.
It's a public safety risk and officialdom should respond by being flexible and sensible. Ah ........oh :(
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