765 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 14:36 GMT
Re: Reality check
Bang on. I live in the UK, which is allegedly part of the first world, yet I don't even have double glazing. Why on Earth would I need an networked light switch, oven, fish tank, toilet brush etc???
No reported standard deviation though. I know of a few very prolific individuals who'll no doubt push the mean up.
I keep reading its name as JSON.
Re: I'll be opening...
An EM noise generator on a plane. What could possibly go wrong?
I hate paying taxes as much as the next man, but if people are going to use it as currency it needs to be legally established as such. That means it's taxable, as well as falling under all the other laws regarding money.
Re: "how laughably partisan gamers still are"
Quite true, although gamers seem to more frequently say things like "I hope [game X] doesn't come out on [platform I don't use]" for obvious reason beyond than spite. It may be because, other than the games that are exclusive to each platform, there really isn't much of a difference between them.
If you play your games on the PC (like me) you get rather used to this nonsense.
"Too much time spent texting, gaming and surfing the web can lead to a degeneration of the right side of the brain, affecting memory and attention span, the medics said."
Bollocks. Well maybe if we're talking about stupidly excessive use.
Spend all day on your phone, never doing anything active outside and not sleeping properly, and you'll probably start to see some negative effects on your health. Such negative effects will manifest in all sorts of ways, up to and including unwanted droopiness.
"What do they think will happen, some socialist system where all are paid equally?"
Perhaps they'll just be paid based on their seniority within the company, moderated by what the market usually pays for someone of their specialisation. Or is that too socialist for you?
"They made it clear that there are no changes to the overall compensation budget and that managers have to manage salaries within their budgets. How does anyone think this will happen without some kind of ranking going on, explicit or implicit."
That's true, there will be a sort of ranking that goes on in the managers head. He/she will reward his/her team based on their contribution to the team's goals. If everyone does well, they'll share it equally. Of course this means that teams working under different managers will have different rewards. All they have to do is have a system in place whereby action can be taken if they think they're being treated unfairly.
Re: Backups ?
So can you ever actually turn it into real money? The kind you can actually buy a pint with?
Just because you're using Bitcoins for "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging", doesn't mean you're exempt from the laws regarding "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging". Your local law enforcement agencies will pretty soon want a word with you.
I should feel sorry for the poor fools who've lost money in this, but mostly I feel they've got what they deserve for buying into a bloody stupid idea.
Re: Part of his point is the *serious* damage alcohol does to a brain.
I don't disagree that alcohol can have some pretty nasty side effects, if abused, and I don't believe that criminalisation of drugs works, but are you seriously putting heroin alongside a pint of bitter in terms of danger?
Re: Why bother at all ?
It means the scientific conferences Prof. Nutt attends are going to be just as fun in the evening, but without the otherwise inevitably sparse audience for the poor sod giving his talk at 9:00 the next morning.
Unable to watch as at work, but...
Is that ship supposed to be captained by Thin Lizzy?
My little brother farted on that submarine once.
A good laugh was had by all.
"Google has also said that the new hardware will support "future lines of shades and prescription frames," making them more accessible for users who already use other eyewear."
I really don't see how.
Re: Milton wrote about a vision of Hell....
Since it's in Buckinghamshire it's in the South East region*. Yes it's also in the Home Counties, but then big parts of the Midlands, South East and East of England are too.
*Our regional definitions are silly.
...and if they're using their phone, tablet, phablet etc. to take notes, or look up something that you're talking about to make sure they're on the same page?
Pretty much all of them, I think.
Re: Secure? D'oh!
"Why is Java even enabled by default? Java can be disabled 99% of the time, and enabled for that one special occasion when you need it."
Unless you're in certain lines of work (e.g. medicinal chemistry), in which case that "one special occasion" is all day, every day.
I'd like answers to many of the questions that others have posted, but still, Volvo aren't stupid. They won't commercialise if it isn't viable.
Re: @fandom - 18/10/13 10:42
...and then there are those who evolved directly from reptiles into an entirely separate, cold-blooded, species; the most prominent examples being Mr Cameron and Me Osborne.
Re: Ugg, grocer's apostrophe in that sample
Centroid of course.
Re: Less annoying than mangled text?
"Less annoying than mangled text?" Yes.
It's still bloody annoying and I certainly don't approve, but it is slightly less annoying than having to click next image a hundred times before finding one CAPTCHA that doesn't have r merged with n to look like m etc.
Re: Numbers, Big numbers, and Random numbers
Just look at predicted LogD; it's usually way off experimental results because almost no one predicts it in 3D and accounts for solvent accessibility. But meh, good enough for government work.
Re: Don't fret
Just make sure it's as close as possible to a primary target.
...or super far away and start building fortifications.
Re: " Wonder what kind of application photon matter would have"
"Read the link might be an idea?"
That's not really fair to say to someone when the article is behind a paywall, now is it? OK, so in this case an example did happen to be in the abstract, but still not everyone has a subscription to every journal. Of course, the authors could have gone open access, as we all should these days.
Re: per cent
A horrible Americanism, maybe, but sadly it seems to be the international standard these days.
Like spelling sulphur with an f.
"it's more likely to appeal to people who are currently PC gamers than it is to attract console gamers"
Not quite. If you're a PC gamer you've probably got a decent PC, so why not move your PC to the TV rather than buy a new machine? On the other hand, a hardcore console gamer is probably going to avoid this in favour of an XBox One or PS4. I expect this to find a market in middle ground: people who own a fairly rubbish laptop and maybe a XBox 360 or PS3 (with no intention of upgrading), i.e. casual gamers.
...of course success in that market relies somewhat on the price.
This isn't a medieval menagerie, they have plenty of space.
OK, it's not their natural habitats, but it beats being a stuffed head on a wall.
There are location-based apps that do the same sort of thing, but who the hell walks around with their GPS on all the time?
Re: Police Involvement
They should have told him off for wasting their time.
Question 1: Why the hell do we have premium numbers anyway?
Question 2: Why can BT et al. not simply block numbers for us?
Re: Probably didn't look too hard
I ordered mine from B+N too. No hassle processing the order... but it took nearly a month to be dispatched, which was several weeks after the dispatch date it continued to display.
Still, happy now.
Re: Four Toes
More Kit Kats are probably sold in the 2-finger format in multi-packs than the full four.
...and it's ultimately the consumer that suffers. As always.
Re: Unexpected item in channel area
Free? Don't you believe it!
Remember that "free" network upgrade? I fully expect all of our bills to go up very soon to pay for this.
Re: Off Switch ????
Not if you want to keep playing the xBox. No Eye of Sauron connected, no playing your games.
"Happy holidays to ya!"
Re: what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps
"Would you expect all the people in a shared house to use only one car, or phone, or bed..."
Yes. Yes. Well maybe 150 years ago.
The one car question depends on where you live, but 20 years ago most people I knew only had one phone.
Re: If you want the benefits of city living...
"Can you show me the person holding a gun to your head forcing you to be a farmer?"
There may not be one now, but when all the farmers give up and go to the city to... be unemployed I suppose... then there'll probably be one or two gun wielding persons who want to know where all the food has gone.
Re: not quite
You know we've had this thing called "money" for a while and have built up quite a lot of legislature regarding how it may be acquired, traded and used. Just because some folks think the world started with the internet, does not make it so.
Re: and a word in support of oneliner ifs
When I were a lad we'd get the cane for writing "goto" on anything.
Re: @Robert Long 1
Code style, shmode style. I vote "grokked" or "grok" or whatever be banned for ever.
Worst. Insult. Ever.
So if you're a fanboi, you're a Republican? Ouch.
I've seen "what colour is the text?"*, or "what is this a picture of?". Ridiculously easy for a human. Not impossible for a computer, but difficult if you change the image and wording of the question each time.
*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.
Re: @ ElReg!comments!Pierre - We stand to have access restricted to 3D by spooked bureaucrats.
Speaking as a chemist, Cronin may have been pushing his ideas a bit far. Essentially what that paper is about is building tiny reactors with reagents inside, i.e. "lab on a chip" technology. Now that's pretty cool, but it's no where near (or even moving vaguely towards) playing around with DNA or actually printing a drug.
As for "tailoring drugs to your DNA", we have enough trouble tailoring drugs to particular proteins.