935 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
@James Hughes 1
Actually that is a stupid question:
Both of the people crossing the road have right of way over all vehicles (including pedal cycles) except in a handful of cases, which we can safely ignore.
Therefore, and decent driverless car will _need_ to be programmed to be aware of pedestrians, and to only drive at a speed such that it can safely stop if necessary. It will therefore NEVER be inevitable that _either_ pedestrian gets hit, never mind both.
Re: The faulty car should sacrifice itself!
Surely it is far more likely that the oncoming vehicle (the "high value" one) is erroneously signaling an unavoidable collision, than that an actual 100% certain to be fatal collision is imminent. Who in their right mind would chuck themselves off a cliff on the basis of a signal that logically we must presume is incorrect?
Yes, it is a village in the Netherlands - the OP clearly meant TINSTAAFL
Surely they should use S&M instead?
Re: Pocket Billiards
Why would your wastecoat have a pocket in the nipple region?
"You wait until Apple bring out a version"
They already have, its called Siri.
Google already have, and even Microsoft has one that works reasonably well.
All three have the additional advantage of being inside your phone, and therefore not snooping on you 24 hours a day, if only because no modern phone battery lasts long enough.
Re: Foolproof gun!
That reminds me of a wonderful truism about the pistol supplied to officers in the British Army in the 70's, 80's and 90's - lethal range: 25m
Handgrenade: lethal range:35m, so if you really want to kill the enemy best to just hold a pineapple and walk towards them...
Re: If you don't know the ins & outs of ANY language + compiler + OS ...
"It's not exactly rocket science."
But that is very much the point: it _is_ rocket science, in some cases.
Re: Security questions...
"Probably a tissue-paper thin defence against SQL injection."
More likely an indication that they were _vulnerable_ to SQL injection.
Re: On a personal note.
For me, at least, there is nothing worse than hollow "supportive" messages from people who simply don't understand. As Mitoo says, nothing cuts it other than honesty.
Re: " only about two tenths of a mile"
Surely everyone knows that miles, inches and the like can _only_ be divided into eights and sixteenths, nothing good will come out of one-fifth of a mile. (I can't even bring myself to repeat the original abomination.)
Re: About that self-professed rational liberalism
"the economy isn't zero sum."
Positing that as a fact shows that the sums that make up "the economy" _must_ be wrong.
Re: This whole terry wrist thing is backwards
To be fair, even the Police don't know how to spell Terorism [sic] let alone deal with it - probably not the only mistake in that letter, of course...
Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women?
I'm sure it's more complex than that; probably a lot closer to a mass:cross-sectional-area ratio.
"ENIAC is considered the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer."
Only by Yanks.
Re: Your stuff is crap but it's free so I'll take it.
Not to mention that you need to know MORE or LESS or something more or less the same, before you can even read a MAN page...
Re: Your stuff is crap but it's free so I'll take it.
I've never understood - if you are a newbie (however intelligent) how the fuck do you read the man page for a command you have never heard of?
For example, I want to find something, so I look up GREP ... ?
Re: the local Police Officer won't have to call round
Trouble is, this bloke clearly went looking for this archive.
And quite clearly, he _expected_ there to be nudity; and he _expected_ there to be under-age subjects, so the "purely for research" defence is distinctly shaky, unless he has a note from his boss not only asking him to do this research, but also making it quite clear that it was the idea of his boss...
And under those circumstances, if he _had_ come across this accidentally, with the above knowledge he really should have deleted it _without_ opening it.
Re: Antactica is melting too
Quick question - if Antarctica is getting bigger, why is the Arctic still getting smaller?
Re: "news publishers have had links to their stories blocked"
"We merkins can learn."
Prove it. (Pictures or it didn't happen...)
Re: Missing the point of the article, most commentards are.
"A gun, on the other hand, is only useful for one thing..."
The butt of a handgun is usually fairly useful as a hammer, if you have a nail that needs it; some models can be used to open a bottle of beer, the barrel is good for poking things that you don't want to touch...
Re: (Way past) Time for an ordered priority list
I quite agree - coal is only useful for two things that I am aware of: smelting iron and burning for heat. Oil, on the other hand, is an essential input for massive numbers of chemical processes, and should be reserved for that use.
Natural gas is great for pumping round to people's homes, and is totally wasted on leccy production.
Re: While they could end up behind bars for several reasons,
Blackmail doesn't have to involve money, merely an inducement to do/not do something.
So MAVEN spent months getting there, and _now_ has to spend six weeks warming up for action?
Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose
People using religion as anything other than "an opiate for the masses" is inherently bad. It is also, unfortunately, completely normal, and cannot and must not be seen as a merely some sort of aberration that can be safely ignored.
I certainly don't recall that WW1 was fought over the value of Pi,
nor WW2 having anything to do with string theory.
Possibly, but at least this one _looked_ like a paper plane, even if it really wasn't any more of a paper plane than PARIS was.
While we are at it, perhaps we can persuade Ford (et al) to charge the same price for a 6l engine as for a 1.25l engine - after all it has the exact same number of components...
Re: Replacement cycle....
@Martin: a whole 8 hours a day! Why, that's nearly as much as every office PC monitor in the land, it's like, a _third_ of what many monitors do 24/7 (literally)
Re: Knee Jerk Off
So somehow, the advanced training that Police officers receive makes them better drivers than highly paid F1 drivers, or World Rally Drivers? Both groups make use of radio communication, but it has to be VERY well managed; one pace note out of order and there's a big crash; one call to change an engine mode when entering a corner and someone's pit crew is getting sacked.
Re: Knee Jerk Off
Actually it's not an offence _yet_ - no cases have gone to court, so no magistrates have had a chance to set a precedent either way, so all that plod can actually say is that they intend to treat it as such. They are also wrong in saying that it is the same a using a mobile phone - which is a fixed penalty offence these days, quite unlike "due care and attention".
Not that plod would ever give out inaccurate advice...
Surely the simplest explanation is that this galaxy _isn't_ able to contain the black hole as such, and most of it has already been eaten from the inside?
IT shouldn't be too hard to measure the current draw of the servo's (and the other loads), measure the internal resistance of the batteries, and therefore calculate the power "lost" ie used to heat up the batteries from inside.
From there, it is a fairly simple experiment/calculation to determine heat loss / specific heat, etc.
Re: Who funds these trials?
How does he cut and run from a Fraud trial?
In any case, if he is able to win, then that nicely counters the original verdict, where his case was thrown out due to fraudulent evidence...
Re: If they say yes...
Do you mean BoS or RBS either way, they are both English in all but name.
Re: If they say yes...
Like you say, the "Central Belt" is relatively densely populated, and far easier to serve than most of England, so I call BS on this - the reality is that BT know that an independent Scotland wouldn't let them get away with the shenanigans that Westminster let them get away, with, due to the "Old School" network.
Re: What’s in a name?
Why would Betty get Booted?
Her only British line of succession is via King James IV
Even if we do all reduce our leccy usage by 2%, or even 5%, it won't make a blind bit of difference to our bills, since the providers costs won't drop by a penny.
Re: SCSI port...
Was it self-terminating, or did you need a dongle?
Re: They're not the worst offenders
" Does anyone know a good US lawyer?"
No, all the ones I have met so far have been evil...
Not significantly faster than the water would.
Re: there have been reports...
Well now, Nessie is real enough; just ask George Michael about a.p.; and alien abduct.... <whoosh>
Re: /dev/null for auditors
I will never forget the fun and games we went through when closing down a particular army unit. You see, there were two categories of "stuff" - either assets or expendables. There was absolutely no way to return the latter up the chain, so rope, batteries, rucksacks etc all had to be unofficially "donated" to other units. On the flip side, may of the "assets" were easily lost or damaged, and therefore simply didn't exist. Not to mention the stuff that we should have been issued with, but never were, but had been signed for by a predecessor for whatever reason...
Re: Missing link
Def. not - the water should be a few degrees BELOW boiling point to avoid burning the leaves.
Boil the kettle, count to ten, or maybe twelve depending on the variety, and only then start pouring.
I currently use "New Tab Pro 0.3.2"
I hate that they just added a Google search bar to it, but presumably that will prevent this abomination.
So, name me a good 80' (that's "Eighty Shilling") that's available in the US
It's also nothing to do with IT, merely a facet of under-representation of the female gender.
Re: Recent news on Page 2
To my mind, the number one question should always be: "whose camera was it?" If I own the camera, then I own what's inside it, unless I was specifically hired to take those photo's.
This quite neatly covers the "wildlife camera trap" issue,
it covers the "photographer's assistant" issue,
it covers the "random stranger taking a photo - at my request - of me in front of a tourist landmark"
That may not be how the law does the test, but fundamentally, Wiki is wrong to steal the work of a professional, and doubly wrong to make a big deal over it.
The clue is in the name - "Copyright" is all about "Copying" - nothing to do with theft.
Re: It depends
I've never seen a cop on the pitch at Murrayfield - especially not at a Wales match, sure you aren't thinking of a football match?
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