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Re: Inquiring minds...
Did Faraday make budgie cages?
(Don't downvote, AndrueC, I didn't mention the t-word)
If it's ethyl, book me on the next rocket!
They were good enough for the Bible.
(Sorry, just wandered over from the Paul Broun article)
So, when your car fuel efficiency suddenly falls, do you:
a) take it to be repaired
b) blame your government for increasing fuel tax
c) blame the European government
d) blame OPEC
e) get out and walk?
As an atheist, I'd like to apply to be a Bishop in the Liberty Baptist Church. Hey, I'm as qualified as Paul Broun is to sit on a Science committee!
It's the Metal Umlaut. Where have you been? See:
Re: Flesch Readability Score
You probably shouldn't include the code sections and references when using a formula meant for English sentences.
And nobody has mentioned...
Relocate London to Orkney? You get masses of power on cold, stormy nights, just when you need it.
Re: Malware copyright?
Malware is copyright, fine. So, the infringer has to pay the commercial value as compensation, right?
But what is the value of malware? Surely, it's NEGATIVE - it harms the legitimate users (normally called "victims") and the author would be legally liable for the damage caused.
So, get the identity of the author, admit the copyright infringement and take all their money by "paying" the negative compensation!
Warning: I am not a lawyer, this argument probably works best when the judge is drunk.
Ah! The picture explains it. They had to stop using the analogue design because of the rounded corner patent.
Re: Junked junk DNA junks ID junking?
"negative impact on the progress of science" - No! Because real scientists have never assumed the junk DNA is junk. If they had, then the Human Genome Project would have been a lot smaller - just sequence the exons. Junk DNA was always a bit of a problem for molecular biologists to explain, why would a highly-evolved organism carry around so much rubbish, so it was studied and there are competing theories.
<joke>I know! The junk is actually the Designer's source code comments, which proves the Designer wants us to re-engineer ourselves just as soon as we've learnt to read them!</joke>
If you start with a list of signs and symptoms, then dropping them into an expert system and getting a reasonable diagnosis is almost easy compared to starting with a patient, and compiling that list (including the ones the patient is embarrassed about).
Just put the seeds a carefully-measured distance from a reactor core.
Or, if the safety checks aren't enforced, from the cooling water outlet.
The lead-lined one, please.
Re: I once had to bring my own device....
"Other devices might be a decent screen, keyboard or mouse, but you hardly need worry about those."
What, even the ones with the built-in keylogger, network sniffer and transmitter?
Microsoft has been explaining how Windows Azure did NOT cause the total collapse of the Miss Hong Kong online and mobile voting system last Sunday:
Hmmpf, I'm annoyed that there are two people who are not only equally pedantic, but faster.
Alistair, turn left and you might find the land of slightly-damp disc drives and other exotic places.
Re: Not quite
cow, sheep, swine, table, coffer, arm breast, hand finger
Oh, sorry you wanted French words. If you're going to claim "mostly derived from French" I think you have to try both ways. Germanic-derived words are probably far more common in everyday speech, especially the swearwords.
days of week Re: Dubiety...
Good thing the medievals named the days before the rest were discovered... the week would be three days longer (and you can guess how long the weekend would be), and we'd be in the middle of an extended argument about cutting a day, since Pluto had been demoted.
Yes, that is an anachronisticly powerful telescope in my pocket.
But what if...
a Democrat politician told people to stop buying gas because the power companies donate to the Republicans?
I'm continually bemused the American politicians. Just when I think one of them has said something so completely insane that nothing out top it, another one does.
So, Graham Bartlett, why is the automotive engineering industry more likely to think about security than, for example, the ones who made rlogin, rsh and rcp transmit passwords in the clear, or the ones who made Macro Viruses viable by including auto-execute macros, or the ones who decided it would be a really cool idea to have your OS autorun stuff from any junk media you plug in, or the Siemens SCADA engineers who not only designed equipment with well-known default passwords, but made software that failed if you changed them?
I guess these must be different engineers, working for companies that value security highly. Good thing Siemens isn't building automotive systems... oh, wait!
Dieppe also led to the development of Hobart's Funnies, tanks modified for beach landings:
which were successfully used on the non-USA Normandy beaches - perhaps a "not invented here" attitude.
Re: Renouncing Witch-Hunts
JimC, a useful dictionary entry for your education:
witch-hunt n 2: the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views
But I thought Witch-Hunts were one of the traditional core-values of the USA, as seen in Salem and McCarthy.
A few corrections...
I have to agree that the Police here in HK are polite and generally effective. They probably racially profile, in 19 years I've never been stopped on the street and asked for ID.
However, there is an IPCC, but they merely review cases after an internal Police investigation. The ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) deals, like the label says, with corruption - anywhere in HK, and they are well known for pursuing anyone.
The video is of the Amina Bokhary incident, the woman is well-connected and the niece of a Judge and has assaulted Police officers on previous occasions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina_Bokhary_controversy
Perhaps the Police should take acting courses, if that is what it takes to remind the privileged classes that they are subject to the same laws as the rest of us.
Yes, my ID card is in my pocket.
Don't forget the additional steps...
3. heavy rainfall causes flooding, overflow of latrine pit, contamination of drinking water supply
4. Cholera outbreak keeps latrine pit overflowing
Repeat step 4 until the population dies.
You also need enough land to dig the pits in. Your average shanty town hovel does not have a large backyard.
Millions of people are living in desperately overcrowded conditions, and your solution is tried, tested, and failed.
OTOH, I'm not sure turning toilets into an investment opportunity so the rich can extract more pennies from the poor will have an outstanding effect on the problem.
Re: Biggest thing my cat ever brought in...?
Watching it drag an ostrich through the cat-flap was amusing, but we decided to get rid of it when it brought down the bull elephant.
Get the next round in, and I'll tell you about our croc...
Riskiest Moment Not the Landing...
That is when the vendor website fails to validate the software license and refuses to deliver the critical security updates because of the bogus mailing address.
Maths while ranting... Re: "deciding who gets to be anonymous" @Matt bryant
Come on, downvoting a Mea Culpa?
Matt Bryant, you sound rather full of yourself, flaunting your own independence and ignoring all the probable and possible reasons for a 35 yr old still living with their parents, but I was very taken with the image of a ragged Dickensian workhouse Matt, aged 10, eking out a meagre existence.
Icon - you didn't work for a guy called Fagin by any chance?
Re: In my opinion
I initially read Elbee as Ebola.
Hey, that's got a nice ring to it:
Windows Ebola - Giving Killer App a New Meaning!
(Hmph, no biohaz icon)
Re: So: Windows Marina then.
But Leyland's buses were (are, they are some still refusing to die) quite good, so how about:
(and wasn't the P76 a WWII fighter plane?)
The one with the return ticket. ding ding!
Re: 6,000 rounds is not the question
The body armour killed no-one. If you're going to allow that many weapons in a country, then perhaps innocent citizens should be wearing body armour routinely.
I'll take the kevlar one.
If you need to think outside of the box, doesn't that mean you over-compartmentalised the specification?
Re: Relax...@ Big Yin
Sure, no worries, my building is less than 50m from the waterfront, at the bottom of a steep slope... apparently a 13m rise would leave it dry. I think the low resolution of their data might lead to misleading results.
Anyway, on the 23rd floor, I'll be way above it.
(note to self:
1. Check foundation resistance to erosion
2. Check slope landslip risk
3. Buy a dinghy )
Re: "The new system is an upgraded version of the existing Kurs automated docking system"
Or the software vendor stopped supplying the security patches for such an old and obsolete OS...
"You don't really understand how something works until you can reproduce it yourself," and maybe not even then... most organisms, including most humans, reproduce without understanding, but with more work like this we'll get there in the end.
Re: Should do EXACTLY as the judge said
"a guy wearing a wig and stockings says"
well, Shagbag, it depends on the demographic they're going for - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is something of a cult classic.
Re: Sender ID / Open SPF / whatever?
Yep, I get those damn bounces too. If only the recipient servers checked my SPF record.
Also, if the recipient server checked it was deliverable (and acceptable) before responding 250 OK at the end of the DATA phase, they could tell the real sender (or tarpit them) instead of sending a useless rejection message to me.
Now that this hex number has been deemed inappropriate, the memory location 2976579765 will go unused on millions of computers worldwide, so...
1. Hijack location 2976579765 on all computers
2. Use it for extortion and blackmail
Law enforcement will be unable to respond because any investigation will get stopped because of "offensive behaviour".
There's a difference between the artists that actually perform, and the Music Labels that end up with lots of cash. The music labels aren't a creative industry, they are content distribution, and they failed to keep up with the killer technology, the internet. I doubt the issues can be really addressed until it is accepted that the Labels will die... obviously, they will fight every way they can (laws, DRM...) to prevent that.
Perhaps then we'll see mass-market "Superstars" disappearing, and a return to more participatory entertainment, lots of artists with small audiences.
Re: "Speak freind and enter"
A time of peace, trust and before the invention of passive IR motion detectors. (The design spec. said it was an automatic door)
If only there was a way to limit Morse transmissions to 140 characters, then it would really be popular!
Re: Last year
@LarsG - It could have been worse, it could have been your flight tickets in the package, and then the holiday your neighbour left on was yours!
Re: Did you hear this from a man in a pub?
Maybe there was a Roman equivalent of the Ground Nut Scandal... big investments in a project doomed to failure because the plant couldn't grow in the local conditions?
This is a better crop for the area.
Any observation of the fundamental laws of physics changes them.
Re: Nanny state...
@Mad Mike - I'm imagining a concussed and bleeding driver reaching up to press the flashing button from force of habit...
Re: Creepy robots
Not sure about that... anthropomorphic robots that mimic human gestures and emotions might be mildly creepy, but flying robots that kill people really freak me out.
Could, but shouldn't
Isn't interception of communications illegal? Law enforcement doing this under a court order for a minimum period with accountability in specific exceptional circumstances is acceptable, but giving carte blanch to thousands of ISPs is dangerous, and a lot more work.
Re: "Or do you prosecute a bank robber for one crime if they've hit ten banks?"
I thought that was an option, at the discretion of the judge. Often seen with, "pleaded guilty and asked for X other offences to be taken into consideration", used by the guilty to demonstrate their remorse and their determination to mend their ways. Conversely, a suitably outraged judge might opt for consecutive sentencing.
Re: starting from 1
So does the Circle Line stop at Platform Pi?
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- Analysis Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – on PCs, slabs and mobes