1520 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
An alternative unit of Force
I humbly put forward the Yoda as a unit of Force.
Now before you all start groaning at the lame-ass pun, hear me out. The little green guy is capable of quite a large amount of thrust, as we saw in Empire Strikes Back when he lifts the X-Wing out of the swamp. Randall Munroe does a considerably better job of explaining the details: http://what-if.xkcd.com/3/
However, Mr Munroe's calculations only give us the potential wattage produced by application, not the force output.
So, based on the supplied mass of an X-Wing as 5,600kg (5.6 metric tons) and acceleration of 0.39m/s2:
5600 x 0.39 = 2184 N
Quite a lot lower than a charging elephant but 20 times stronger than the Norris. Hmmm. More thought required with regards to scaling here.
Re: More than a B5 Ripoff
Oh man, all those guys have died? I feel sad now.
Sure, there are a lot of similarities between B5 and DS9 but both are definitely worthy of viewing. B5 takes the crown for me though as Season 2 on my iPod Touch got me through seven hours of purgatory at Dubai airport once.
The Fifty Thousand Volt Horizontal Foxtrot.
Re: Batttery on the HULC goes flat? One hour??
True but I'd suspect that you can't reverse engineer it in a cave with a box of scraps.
Still, look on the bright side
If the building thing doesn't work out for the chap, he could go into the rich, heady world of patent trolling, where you sue first and ask questions later.
This is vaguely irritating
Whenever someone talks about this OS, I feel a nagging urge to drink some fizzy red liquid with a billion additives and artificial colours in. =/
Re: Internal vs External vs ExtraTerrestrial
You know, a black box recorder for humans would be an extremely useful thing, from both a medical and crime investigation point of view.
Re: Memory is the second thing to go
It's a fascinating idea. Using hardware to store memories that can't be held by human memory due to conditions like Alzheimer's...the next step would be using processors to replaced damaged neural tissue but we're hundreds of years away from trying something that complicated.
Re: Which qualifications are worthwhile?
Yay! Thank you.
Which qualifications are worthwhile?
I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up through network admin jobs (i.e. a junior position and working upwards).
Most of my current IT skills are self taught; it's pretty basic stuff like building a PC, installing hardware and OSes and setting up very basic home networks - pretty much a "gamer's toolbox". I've read a fair number of articles on here saying this qualification is worthless, that degree is worthless....
So what qualifications *do* IT recruiters look for in a newcomer? A friend of mine suggested that the Comp TIA A+ or Linux might be a good stepping stone but I'm throwing this one out to the more experienced folks out there. How does one actually get started in IT?
Oh, one small caveat - a degree is out of the question. I can't afford to quit my job and study full time. I'd be looking for a course I can do as an evening class or weekend class. I'm based in London if that helps.
Thanks in advance!
Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”
Well, why not have both Linux and Windows in schools? That way kids an get experience with both OSes and encourages them to draw similarities between the two, which only help their understanding of how computers work?
Crazy talk I know.
I don't get the question
Why does it even matter if women are recruited into IT or not? You don't see women commenting about the lack of male midwives out there. A programmer is just a programmer and unless you're planning on typing with your 11th finger, genetalia doesn't really affect your ability to do the job.
Re: Perhaps none.
You'd also need to factor in the energy costs of the laser, unless sufficiently focused sunlight might do the trick (i.e. similar to a magnifying glass). It also depends on the type of magnet being used as well. If it's one of those super-cooled magnets, the amount of energy required to reach the necessary temp might be prohibative.
One other thought is that although they can heat only a specific section of the magnet, what stops the heat spreading through the rest of it? If the magnet reaches it's Curie point, it'll lose its magnetism. (I learned about that from one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books! ^_^).
Re: Left out...
Was "Z-cars" one of his or was it just from the same era?
Can somebody call the Mysterons please?
Got a little job for them. Hell, they brought back Captain Black, they should be cool with bringing back the creator of their universe.
Re: I read the headline as "Octonauts"
No, you're thinking of Japan. And hentai.
Re: Nice one!
Apple is the new Microsoft. Microsoft is the new RIM. RIM is the new Symbian. Symbian is the new plot in the graveyard.
"We respect that your photos are your photos..."
...but we're still going to use them and receive money for doing so anyway.
Should send it our way then
We commentards are pretty shit-hot when it comes to making acronyms. Sometimes they even make sense.
Re: More like rickrolling
Neat. I've never been rickrolled in purely text format before.
Fortunate for Mr Mckinnon that he wasn't extradited.
I understand there are currently ample supplies of both floury baps and cocker spaniels in America.
Yeah, this is the kind of thing I'd want except a) with actually *USEFUL* content, b) put together to a professional standard and most importantly c) not a gargantuan pile of arse.
If this is really about saving on the costs of textbooks, why wouldn't the considerably cheaper Nook, Kindle or Kodo be an option?
The things is, while technology for schools has advanced, the books themselves have not. Even in medical circles we have ponderous great tomes that students and professionals have to read through. Every once in a while a text book may stuff a cheap CD in the back with some low quality .avi files but it's a poor solution as you're still havibng to divide your attention between screen and page.
Perhaps rather than looking for new ways to display old content, we should be looking for truly interactive text books. Something openable on either a tablet or PC, with pages of text with embedded videos and an exam section at the end with immediate scoring.
HTML would be a good way to do such a thing as it has most of the right tools. The trick would be persuading people to put down Microsoft Word and thinking about how they can demonstrate, rather than talk.
Re: Looks like Pete Cooke
Man, if ever there was a game deserving of a high definition like-for-like remake, it'd be this one.
I always found it amusing when I was six that I could send a spaceship out by typing "lunch" as a command. =p
I sometimes go months in between drillings. =/
Being serious for a moment, I really hope the project doesn't have to be scrapped. If they can prove the existance of life down there (and hopefully take some photos of afforementioned subterranean world!), it might convince folks at NASA to send the next rover probe to Titan. That'd be freaking amazing.
Time out a second...
Did they just say a particle that gives *mass* to substances decays into massless photons? I'm not a scientist and my understanding of stuff like this is hazy at best but shouldn't this be impossible? oO
I don't think Gary McKinnon is likely to go alien-hunting again any time soon. At least the poor bastard can move on at last.
The only sensible thing to do
...is to abandon the whole thing and start over from scratch, with the project costing twice as much this time around.
Re: Thank God
As a Londoner, I often feel that the best way to improve upon my home city would be to burn it to the ground and sow the soil with salt.
Holy shit, really? oO
Have you got a source for that, because that's disgusting if they're really charging an extra £2.30 just to bonk.
Re: To Bonk or not to Bonk
Depends on the frequency of your bonkage, good sir and how well you treat the machine afterwards. If you merely bonk and disappear without a second glance backward, we shall know you to be a manwhore of the most shameless sort.
Pull the other one...
...it's got a gravity-powered-LED-light on.
Re: The obvious way to film this
There's probably an extremely obscure film in certain domains with a double feature of John McAfee and Kim Dotcom.
Well, there's plenty of background material a potential scriptwriter can draw on. A Bug's Life and The Blob spring immediately to mind.
As for a director, I think M Night Shyalaman could come up with some...interesting...ideas. Perhaps have some kind of otherworldly demon take control of John McAfee and the plucky heroine saves the day by showing him the source code for the latest version of McAfee AV. As his neurons absorb the logical structure of it, his creation battles the demon in McAfee's mindscape. The twist is it turns out the demon was actually McAfee AV 2014 released prematurely.
Don't be too quick...
It never bloody happened on my Motorola. >:(
I miss my 6210. The battery life on it was eternal and it was pretty decent at taking and receiving calls.
Re: Ultimate iDevice
The electronics are glued to your skull, so when you want an upgrade you have to see Apple Technician Robespierre.
Re: Gaming! All I wanna know is if you can game on this thing!
Hmmm. If I was coughing for such a grandiose desktop as this, I'd want a proper graphics card in it, not a half assed "Mobility" version. I find support in terms of drivers, etc for laptop versions of graphics cards to be extremely lacking.
An enjoyable game
But Earthworm Jim proved, as countless games before and after, that escort missions are the distilled essence of ball busting frustration. X_x
I'll miss him
I actually had the rare honour of being invited to his home when I was 10. He had been giving a presentation for a lunch at my dad's place of work. They started chatting and he invited us all over. I got to see Mars through the massive telescope in his back garden and he asked me to sketch what I saw. I think I still have the drawing in a signed book he gave me. Later that evening he brought out his wooden xylophone and taught my sister how to play a couple of songs.
The man was a true legend and leaves behind a fantastic legacy.
Fund a Kickstarter to get Max Headroom put on DVD.
Never, ever use the word "frenemies" again on this website.
This is pretty goddamn repulsive. A guy has to have a significant portion of his cranial matter removed and the company bungs him a handful of coppers and tells him to get lost? That's fucked up even by Chinese work ethics.
Are there any mobile manufacturers that don't use Foxconn? Because shit like this honestly does make me reconsider where I buy my stuff from
No, Miss Koh, you are not.
Groundhog Day was a fun and enjoyable experience.
Re: Going for the FHM demographic?
I find this behaviour shocking and disgraceful. I long for the days when hardware reviews were dignified and restrained, like in the days of the Asus EeePC 701.
Re: As a Child...
In fairness, if ever anyone was in need of asylum right now, it's Mr McAfee.
Errors in the article
"Whitman reminded everyone that HP is one of the largest companies in the world and also, on a cash flow basis, one of the most profitable – throwing --- away more cash than Coca Cola, FedEx, McDonalds, and others. "We are on a very ----- shaky financial foundation," she said."
Fear not, sweet commentards, for our Playmonaut's mission has not ended in failure. Suitably equipped for the task, he now explores the mysteries of the ocean deeps, his survival suit and plastic resolve allowing him to brave pressures and depths that mere humans cannot withstand. He gazes out across an inky void of abyssal mountains and chasms, seeing creatures unknown to science.
Godspeed, brave aquanaut.
He is so misinformed
Having an iPhone is not a sign of having wealthy parents. Maybe he traded a perfectly honest and respectable kidney for one.