1036 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Re: Seems overcomplicated
So Wile E Coyote has a very low spring constant?
It has a "resemblance to the river Nile"? Sure, but if they turn the photo 90° clockwise, it's the spitting image of the Amazon.
But the gravity version is more portable than the spring version. You don't have to carry the weight around, you fill up the bag with soil, gravel, shrapnel or whatever else is around when you use it. The two are both useful in different circumstances.
The choice is...
running round like a blue-arsed fly, fielding calls from your users and trying to get answers from your outsourcer about what happened and when it will be fixed
running round like a blue-arsed fly, fielding calls from your users and trying to identify what died and fix it.
Re: All we need are some inbred cannibals living at down that road and we've got a B-movie!
What a coincidence, so am I. If you come to these coordinates, I'm sure you can make a contribution. The cast tells me they are looking forward to having you for dinner.
You didn't start on the 4040, like me? To be fair, mine was a plastic DIP package, but the IO chip was ceramic.
I never tried running a *nix on it, and, IIRC, Linux never supported the 286 or earlier.
I only switched off my last 386SX in 2010, though that was running DOS.
Re: The Google DeLorean hits 88mph to visit Jamestown, NZ
It's a sad day... nothing but a marker on a featureless shore when I looked.
Does Google monitor the Reg. forum for urgent map updates?
Re: I'm sorry
No, I don't think the deceased need, or would use, 999 texts...
Or did you mean deaf?
Do I detect a hint of hyperbole and sarcasm?
0.8 million years... that's a relief. Someone else can worry about the USA taking "friendly fire" to a whole new level.
New Reg unit?
So what is the life expectancy of a snowflake in a blast furnace?
And, as a civvie, I'd like clarification of why is 40 knots at low altitude on a battlefield so dangerous? Is it that fleshy pilots hit the hills, or because enemy squaddies complain that their target practice is too easy?
A true genius.
post a picture of said car/bike/moped on FB. Or your brother does...
hum from the fluorescent tubes?
So either the researcher hasn't noticed the electronic high-frequency ballasts (standard in T5 fluorescents) that have been available at retail for a decade or he's a bat. They're more efficient, and don't produce sound a human can hear.
The choice of fluorescent colour-temperatures available has increased as well. Complaints about 'light X' bothering people's eyes is very subjective. I suspect that some of it is due to poor installation design. A bright light at the edge of my field of view bothers me. I was in a theatre recently which had LED lights high above the stage, angled slightly towards the audience - very annoying.
Any research team announcing a radical new way of doing something will always compare it to the worst features of the old way, even when incremental improvements have eliminated them.
Yes, I'll take the shades.
Bloody OS designers...
calling everything "Personal" this and "My" that! Giving the users some strange idea that they have control, that it's theirs!! Making every support conversation even more confusing, or terribly long-winded and confusing!!! I'm the BOFH and all these are mine, mine, MINE, I TELL YOU, MINE!!!!
Sign... I feel a little better now.
Re: Wrong picture
Anakin, you beat me to it, the Qilin or Kirin only slightly resembles the western unicorn. But you could have mentioned the most likely place for this crowd to find one - on a bottle of beer:
Yes, illiad, very like a deer or antelope, if flames crawling over the body are normal for those species.
Can I borrow it?
For those, you know, baaaaad mornings.
Re: Ah, dirty dishes...
The essential first step of every recipe in student digs is to locate precisely the utensils you require in the pile of dirty stuff, and wash ONLY THEM. At the end of the meal, the kitchen has been returned to the base state, and, most importantly, you haven't done an unfair amount os washing up.
I don't have an overwhelming urge to accumulate junk...
It accumulates quite effortlessly.
Anyone need a drawer-full of mice, trackballs and other pointing devices? Almost all nearly working?
What I don't understand is where all the power strips go. I've bought enough to circle the globe, but can never find one when I need it.
Interspecies hybrids are generally sterile (that's pretty much the definition of a species), so either the hybrids are incredibly long-lived, or hybridisation events are continuing (to put it politely)!
The pre-emptive multitasking encouraged me to choose OS/2 Warp over Win95. The ability to open a DOS box and make a new connection to your Novell server was also very handy when an admin task [i.e. user needs a password reset] cropped up while you had lots of stuff open.
Eventually moved to NT4 when the ability to read incoming Office documents and handle Chinese forced the move.
Re: and no more secure then than today
Fabric ribbons didn't take a clear imprint, and were reused. It was the film ribbons that were use-once and a problem. I never saw a pre-electronic film ribbon, so I doubt your (a). (b) still stands.
But, they were more secure than today: no internet connection! If you wanted to eavesdrop, you had to BE there... in the office pilfering the ribbon, or in the bins, separating the carbon paper from someone's lunch wrapper.
In other news...
Chengdu cloud computing company goes bankrupt due to, "unexpectedly high staff bonuses and understaffing". The CFO said, "First it was stiff, then long. I would have noticed sooner, but I've been under a lot of pressure, handling personnel. Uh... that's stiff payments, long leave and personnel issues!".
Is that an employee handbook in your pocket or...
Proto-humans used special crossbows to fire stone-tipped spears into dead springboks... why?
Great technological development, but doesn't seem like a useful result.
Re: Prior art
The name was given by the human colonists, who knew something of their literary history.
Re: One word in 8?
Parsing might be easier, but recognising the words would be a different problem. Chinese is a tonal language, Mandarin uses four tones, Cantonese more. The same sound said in a different tone is a different word. There's a Mandarin tounge-twister, "Shea shea shea shea shea shea shea", said with the right tones, it means "Forty-four stone lions".
Obviously a lot more important than a few pointy things. You can collect more food, store and share it when you get back to your camp. Unfortunately, the evidence disappears quickly, so we tend to think about the aggressive Stone Age, not the Basketweaving age.
Also leads to the making of clay pots, storing liquids and... see the icon!
Re: Weapon of War???
Are you talking about the ancient spears, or the guns and US constitution?
Re: Nuke them
The judge should convict them of contempt of court, fine them whatever they would pay their web designers for the duration the apology should appear, and have the Clerk of the court do the web design for that period. "If you won't do it properly, we-ll do it!"
That's not a coat, it's the scales of justice.
Re: I think the following link is relevant here
OK, but I found this one funnier http://www.dilbert.com/2012-11-08/
And it might be more relevant.
OK, I'll get my coat, but I don't want the free sample.
Re: It is our duty to donate :-)
There's a word for someone who insists on using the wrong tool for the job. It only begins with E when said with a fake Mexican accent.
Re: It is our duty to donate :-)
Spacestation docking is easy with non-self-centring analog joystick, but remember to hum the Blue Danube.
A slight logical flaw...
The major criticism of these electronic voting machines is that they do not provide a proper audit trail that would reveal voting anomalies. So how is, "a history of thousands of anomaly-free elections" any evidence against the criticism? It is exactly the result you would expect if the criticism was true.
back to the real world...
Although the "trojan-stole-my-porn-collection" scenarios are amusing, have you thought about how many business documents are stored as images? With images of a company letterhead, director's signature and a fax-modem (why do people still use fax?), you could do some quite lucrative fraud. Or merely search the images for company "secrets".
OK, I'll get my coat. A final thought, who's stupid enough to write a trojan to steal porn when there's an internet full of free stuff?
I found the quiz really hard...
I couldn't get past the first question. Then I turned NoScript off.
That would be one country with initials an anagram of S A U?
Re: Chinese superstitions
And in HK there are plenty of examples of block or floor 13a, to avoid the unlucky 14.
Can we set up a profitable international trade? You send over the 13th floors, we'll ship back the 14th floors?
The exact translation of gweilo changes according to the translator, how much they think you know, and whether they think you will be offended.
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).
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