'bout 20 years ago I spent six months writing F1 pitlane software. I never saw a racing car. I never even saw F1 data: our data set was from some lesser formula and well out-of-date. And it didn't take me long to realise that I *didn't* want to be one of the guys going on race weekends.
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Re: Not a new concept
What's new is doing it *computationally*. I can identify code as mine / not-mine long after I've forgotten anything about it.
Re: I bow to the master
Portgual now, eh?
I trust that you are still a miscreant at heart.
English language version?
WTF are you talking about?
An apt moniker. In 25 years of being paid to code  that's the first I've ever heard someone come out with that particular idea.
 Including C, C++, various flavours of assembler, on embedded systems, desktop applications, etc... you get the picture.
Attn El Reg
The guy's an irrelevant tosser. Please stop wasting my screen pixels with non-stories based on whatever his latest self-aggrandising press release is. Or give me some kind of opt out. And if you're stuck for tech resources, I could code it for you: I wonder whether Mr. Schmitz could?
Funnily enough QNX crossed my mind last night for no good reason. The QNX demo floppy is still one of the most impressive demos I've ever seen. On one single 1.44MB floppy they squeezed an OS, a web server, a browser, a text editor, and some other widgets. And the graphical demos would continue to run glitch-free whatever else you did:
This was really quite impressive in '99.
Yuri Gagarin was 5 feet 2 inches tall (that's 157cm) and weighed 153 pounds (69kg). From: http://www.brighthub.com/science/space/articles/74867.aspx
Most of the early astronauts were quite short.
On the other hand when they started doing space walks they discovered that a very high level of physical fitness and strength was required. Basically (until they come up with a redesign of the suits) a pressure suit is a big balloon and doing anything in it requires bending the balloon out of shape - it's hard work.
So, errr, women to stay in the cave, I mean Martian lander, and look after it, and men to go out hunting for food, I mean rocks.
Always get a bit narked when I see a small stake in a company extrapolated into a massive valuation. That 20MBuck investment probably has a number of components, of which the actual share-holding is the least valuable from Yahoo's POV. E.g. a look at the source code and internal roadmap, influence over same, direct dial numbers for engineers, blah.
"The Americans have sided with the Americans" - quite. If the claimant had been a US corporation rather than a foreign individual, I think we all know how it would have gone.
I have yet to find a web-hosting company or domain registrar that gives a stuff when informed that they have criminals using their services.
A11 landed with plenty of fuel left.
http://www.aiaahouston.org/Horizons/Horizons_2013_05_and_06.pdf covers it nicely.
They had more than they thought - but they still thought they were good for another 40 seconds or so.
http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4029/Apollo_18-28a_LM_Descent_Stage_Propellant_Status.htm has numbers.
Re: sign of times ?
"The US *only* went to the moon because the Russians put a rover there that did *extremely* well."
WTF? is it *that* hard to check facts before posting here? Lunokhod 1 landed in November 1970.
They're regular A4 in size and feels like 80gsm to me.
Re: I harbor some darknet myself
I've tried this myself. And no, Google never spidered my "googletrap" page.
"Learning Latin teaches you Latin. that's it" - that'll be "I have not done X, therefore X has no value".
Re: The man is correct
Triangle's bloody hard, 'acksherly.
None. But it is no longer needed, at least in the (apparent) opinion of the authors:
"Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms".
Re: I would argue the situation was even worse
If you are a non-voter, you ensure that the political parties will continue to ignore you. If you do vote, they *might* do something to try and *get* your vote.
Re: No tablets before 2008?
J. O. K. E.
For the hard of thinking, they put this in - "[Copy-editors, check this – ed]" but for many of us, it wasn't really needed.
Re: Why does this need two Rovers?
"the engineers and scientists involved have considered these issues and come up with quite an elegant solution". Quite. It's like the sky-crane landing system for Curiosity. Seems utterly bonkers at first glance but is, of course, a logical solution.
Re: Something's Wrong
Of course there are "'wrong choices"! If they land somewhere where there is no geological evidence of liquid water, it's a balls-up.
Re: Something's Wrong
I think you miss the point. The "correctness" at stake here is not what the scientific answers are, it's choosing an interesting destination. Trying to avoid landing in the Martian equivalent of the Sahara.
The first was communion wine drunk by Buzz Aldrin just before the first moonwalk:
I disagree that it was "effectively unbreakable by the technology of the time".
The crucial flaw was that a letter could not be encoded as itself.
Even the much more sophisticated Lorentz cipher had a statistical flaw that allowed the space-age technology of Colossus to attack it.
@ Michael Hawkes - the difference between then and now is that we have the maths:
@ NoneSuch - no idea where you get your information from. "Enigma" was the name of the machine, as given to it by the manufacturers. The main problem with U-boat traffic was the introduction of the fourth rotor. I've never heard it referred to as "Oyster". Wikipedia is over there -->.
"the misguided notion that teens getting married was the norm in days gone by".
How do you figure that? There's still plenty of places on the planet where it is *still* the norm. I was staying in such a place in 2005. There was some disapproval of a wedding going on in the next village. Because the bride was twelve, IIRC. They felt that was too young. But fifteen would have been seen as perfectly normal. Eighteen probably counted as "stuck on the shelf". Meanwhile I think that boys were expected to become working adults at about sixteen, the Big Men of the village were in their late thirties, and anybody over about fifty was past it.
In short, everything happens much much sooner. Maybe it's because of the low life-expectancy alone, or perhaps the subsistence agriculture and low levels of education come into it too.
Re: They have't built a copy of teh Concord because the idea is crap
BA ran their Concorde fleet at an operating profit despite being hampered by the short range (which meant the only feasible route was across the North Atlantic) and the tiny fleet which meant no economies of scale on training, maintenance, etc.
An SST which had the range to get across the Pacific could piobably sell quite well.
Ban hand tools!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darra_Adam_Khel is an interesting place. They don't need 3D printers to churn out Lee Enfields.
It's the foam.
That is all
That is all.
Re: celebratory full English breakfast with extra black pudding
And where do you get proper bacon from, south of the Pyrenees?
Re: ... "just to generate some data with no real (rather than arbitary) value "
"Even then paper money can still be used as toilet paper or burnt for fuel if the banks ever collapse completely." This has been tested, in Somalia. The value of the note drops until it is more or less what it costs to print and distribute it. Because everybody and their dog is free to try their hand at making their own.
Re: Try harder!
When I lived south of the Pyrenees, I'd see people out collecting snails. Also wild asparagus, when in season. Here in blighty, as a kid we'd sometimes eat boiled stinging nettles when camping, but I think it was to prove that we could, rather than for any good reason.
I liked my ex-corporate Latitude ultra-portable that I bought another - now 5.5 years old, still going strong with Linux Mint. Another year or so I expect I'll get another.
My Mumsnet password
is really terribly advanced for its age.
Re: a patent on a bayonet fitting?
We're commenting on the story, not the patent application. We shouldn't have to read the comments section (let alone the patent itself) to find out what the supposed novel feature is.
The cents in the article refers to Kenyan cents. 50 cents is about 0.006USD, so much the same as bitcoin.
Re: Not sure I can see this working well
Must be like Ethernet then - works much better in practice than it does in theory.
VR: Real Big, Real Soon Now, since 1989
Mind you, pads were the other Hot New Thing in 1989, so maybe the time really has come.
Re: Tread carefully
I thought it was already.
"NASA is retiring its current spacesuit, the Z-1"... the Z1 is an unflown prototype. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_series_%28space_suits%29
The current NASA suit is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extravehicular_Mobility_Unit
ISTR the young lady got sent off to the Amazon and in an interview afterwards said summat like "I never realised that rubber comes from trees".
Re: Not the least of "their" capabilities.
"1500 METERS below the water taken from another helicopter hovering 50 meters above the surface THROUGH THE PROPWASH. The helicopter under the water was upside down... and you could clearly read the aircraft identification painted on the bottom."
April issue by any chance? According to WP at a depth of "100 m (330 ft) the light present from the sun is normally about 0.5% of that at the surface." At 15 times that depth it is pitch black.
Re: So why not
Boeing also won a government-funded contract to build an American SST. Before it got cancelled they'd chewed up more money than was spent developing Concorde, and they'd got as far as a plywood mockup of the cockpit (more or less). At the time of cancellation Concorde had 74 orders lined up.
Call *me* a cynic...
but I suspect the main reason that large companies are reluctant to release their source code is the amount of work involved in making them fit for public consumption, starting with removing all the comments that say things like "//Fred is an idjit, look at this crap!" and then ensuring that something embarassingly piss-poor hasn't slipped through the net.
Oh, and management thinking that "this cost us 300K to develop, therefore it is *worth* 300K"...
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
I have a Vodafone Spain SIM and a GiffGaff UK one. When in Spain it costs roughly twice as much to send a text to a Spanish mobile - even another Vodafone - using the Spanish SIM than it does using the UK SIM.
Re: Welcome to Toyland!
It would appear to me that on the contrary, there's been a large cultural shift in MS's engineering since BG took his hand off the tiller. Whereas BG famously argued against code modularity:
by the time of IIS 7, MS were trumpeting that very same modularity and replace-ability that Gates had argued against:
Similarly you just have to look at the download size of the browser testing VMs that MS have made available to realise that they have put a lot of effort into modularising the OS.
Gates's point of course is that there's no *commercial* value in allowing other companies to release components that can replace your software - quite the opposite in fact.
Technically impressive and utterly pointless.
The reg's SPB should send them a commendation or something.