311 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Re: It's bad procedure to take off using your backup systems
I thought it did. At the very least, taking two readings a few milliseconds apart should give you the speed.
BTW, when that B2 crashed because of condensation in the pitot tube, could that have been prevented by a proper cover? There, of course, the problem was fly-by-wire, plus the fact that they were taking off. No time to recover when the computers went crazy.
Please can we stop with the "people in the 1400s thought that the earth was flat" trope? You'd have been hard-pressed to find an educated person back then who wouldn't laugh at you for suggesting a flat-Earth model.
And if you were asking uneducated peasants for help in generating your dataset, then you deserved to encounter the difficulties of updating your anachronistic thinking machine.
My understanding is that there is no "cure for cancer" because cancer is not a single disease. There are thousands of different forms, all with very different treatments. And there are no "cures" in the sense of "take these pills and call me in the morning", but instead a variety of approaches with varying probabilities of sending cancer into remission, and these probabilities vary from person to person.
So what may have happened is that Watson came up with some slightly-improved versions of existing treatments; or it made some interesting observations into the mechanisms of cancer that are not in themselves treatments, but were handed on to other researchers who might be able to use them to create new treatments somewhere down the line.
So, Watson did not find a magic bullet, not because they didn't run it for long enough, but because there is no magic bullet and never will be. But it probably made some useful, incremental discoveries nonetheless.
It's not that simple.
1) AFAIK, the blueprints for Apollo are not public domain. Some are available, some aren't. Others have been lost forever.
2) Even with the blueprints, you'd need the original engineers if you want to re-create something so complex. That's part of the reason that NASA was working on a whole new launch system rather than just making a copy of Apollo with some improvements
3) Even once you have a complete and perfect design, you still need the industrial base to create the parts. And since practically every nut and bolt will need to be a custom piece, you'll need a lot of new factories to build everything.
4) Space is nasty and dangerous. Accidents will happen. Stuff will break. Lessons will be learned.
In short, this was still a major achievement by the Chinese. Calling this set-back a capitalised-FAIL is hyperbole.
Re: Dear Article Author
people who adopt the point-and-spray method for taking down targets
Not anymore, I believe. They've actually deleted the full-auto mode on the M16, leaving just the semi-auto and 3-round burst modes. And they've trained their soldiers accordingly, so that they're now more deadly with 3-round bursts than they used to be with full-auto (not hard, because full-auto just wasted bullets, as you noted.)
And what about spread-spectrum radars that vary their frequency rapidly, in a pseudo-random basis? How will they cancel that out?
Of course, the problem with visible light is orders of magnitude harder. There you have an infinite range of frequencies simultaneously impinging on your device, coming from every angle at once.
Re: Ummmm...ECM, anyone?
"Move along, move along, nothing to see here"
I see what you did there...
Re: One word
Ok, now I get it.
And when you have to train the trainers, each trainee-trainee would have one VM which in turn holds one VM per simulated student, which in turn holds several VMs representing all the machines in a simulated client's physical network, and some of these machines will have VMs in them, just as a client would have VMs...
"We must go deeper"
Actually, one letter.
At least by then the Samsung lawyers will have had lots of practice at swatting them back.
Still, sueballs suck donkey-balls, and retard innovation, regardless of lawyerly competence. The process is inevitable drawn-out and generates FUD faster than an elephant with diarrhoea generates poop.
Bashing the liberal arts
Now that's an interesting observation, and it's made me think a bit:
If you think that science degrees are all about rote learning, then you're clearly ignorant of the courses in question. But of course, that's because you never did them.
And by the same token, having never done a psych, history or language course, I'm not really in a position to pass meaningful critique on your efforts, either.
Natural aptitude also comes into it. Even if there was some "objective" measure of the effort needed for a particular course, it would still depend on the individual student. I'd probably have to work much harder than you if I wanted to do a history course, and you'd probably suffer horrendously doing mathematics at university level.
But one measure I did use at 'varsity (way back last millennium) was "membership of the Student Representative Council" (which I detested, for reasons too long-winded to go into here.) None of them were STEM students. You may argue that politics is a natural extra-curricular activity for many classes of liberal arts student, I argued that "real" students didn't have the time to muck about sticking their noses into everyone else's affairs! (Tongue firmly in cheek, there.)
Re: Social work
The (admittedly very sarky) article is talking about the amount of effort put into getting the degree, not the amount of work done in the relevant job, so your first observation is irrelevant.
And while I've always acknowledged that engineering students work a hell of a lot harder than IT students, your second claim needs some backing up. I did maths, physics and chemistry in addition to my CS degree, and while I found the former three tougher, the latter was hardly a cake-walk. Calling it "soft science" is just laughable.
And finally, the methodology employed by these "researchers" is disingenous, bordering on the outright dishonest. If that's typical of what's produced in the "soft-sciences", well, 'nuff said.
Re: So bloody predictable.....
I must concede, you are right. These anti-MS rants are boring and predictable. Problem is, MS keeps giving people new reasons to rant!
And aside from aimlessly ranting, some people are actually giving specific arguments as to why this is a bad thing. It's not like everyone's simply screaming "it's from MS, so it must be bad" over and over again.
So how about coming up with actualy arguments as to why the complaints are unjustified, as opposed to just decrying their unoriginality?
For example, you still haven't addressed the issue of Windows being unavoidable in certain circumstances, and thus switching to Linux is not a universal panacea.
Re: No ISO?
Yes, it was a typo. And if you read again, you'll see that, as I usually get around 50KB/s, it would take me 20 hours. And if both I and my housemate want to update our machines on our shared line, that's 40 hours. And as I only have a 3GB/m cap, I'm screwed. And yes, this is a "last-decade" connection, but that's also all I can get in my country (which is not the US/UK/SK). And 99% of users are not single-PC-only users in the US/UK/SK.
I'm sorry, but your feigned lack of comprehension skills has just landed you firmly in the shill/troll camp, as far as I'm concerned.
Re: So bloody predictable.....
Good point! After all, none of us need to use Windows for our jobs, none of use ever play PC games, and there are absolutely no PC-only programs that anyone ever uses.
BTW, didn't you say you weren't going to visit the forums again?
Re: No ISO?
You know, I constantly see USAsians acting as if the USA was the whole world. But it's most unusual to see a Brit with the same parochial attitude.
There are a lot of places, and an overwhelming majority of the world's PC users, who are not in the US, UK or South Korea, and who have to get by with vastly slower download rates and teensy monthly caps. For example, I couldn't download even a single install of the update within my cap, and the best download speed I've ever had at home was 200MB/s, and a quarter that is more common.
I really can't understand why you're so determined to claim this is not a big deal, when clearly
1) It is a big deal
2) It could so easily be alleviated by Microsoft not being such big dicks.
Re: Don't fret
Please look up "Fallacy of the Golden Mean".
Simply aserting that the best position is in the middle of two extremes does not make it so.
this is not a feasible or practical solution for the internet as a whole
I don't know about that: Just look how quickly DNSSec and IPv6 have been implemented.
Oh, wait, I think I see your point...
(I remember attending seminars on IPv6 when I was at 'varsity, way back in the previous millennium, and it's still years away from being ubiquitous.)
The point of a scramjet is that it's a jet. It uses atmospheric oxygen instead of stored oxidiser that it would have had to carry with it, thus making for a much lighter vehicle with greater range/payload.
Yes, it does need to be accelerated to a ludicrous speed before it works, but here's one (non-military) scenario where it can really help:
Three-stage orbital rocket:
First stage: Traditional rocket. Fuel and oxidiser stored in rocket. Gets whole vehicle up to scramjet speeds.
Second stage: Scramjet. Only needs fuel, saves weight on oxidiser.
Third stage: Ok, we're out of the atmosphere now, so we have to go back to rockets. But we have still saved the weight of the oxidiser in the second stage, and that effectively allows an equivalent increase in the payload.
I'm guessing it's because it's a professional tribunal, not a court of law. Thus, they can do whatever the rules of the appropriate professional body allow.
These doctors aren't facing jail-time, at worst they're going to be un-doctored.
Don't stop me if I've made this asinine suggestion before, but...
They should appeal to the Bürgermeister of Berlin for a major contribution. Because without Bletchley Park, there might not be a Berlin for him to be mayor of!
Bletchley Park/Ultra probably didn't win WWII for the Allies, but it did shorten it. And if the war had dragged on a few months longer, Little Boy might well have hit Berlin instead of Hiroshima.
Germany had been the prime target for The Bomb right from the inception of the Manhattan Project, and the only thing that saved it was that the Third Reich collapsed before the bomb was ready. Unfortunately for the Japanese, their leaders were a bit too stubborn to read the writing on the wall in time.
Re: The world
No, recently an asteroid passed Earth within the orbit of our geosynchrous satellites. That's a lot closer than the moon.
Re: Sold out?
Artificial scarcity makes anything look more enticing.
But I'm guessing it's the fact that these first customers represent an intial burst of capital but exactly zero recurring revenue that inspired the cap on sales.
Re: open source Paparazzi project
No, no, no, no, no! You're looking at it all wrong. Don't think of it as a problem, think of it as an opportunity ... for a whole new market!
Fully-automated home-defence micro-AA guns! Maybe even lasers! (Shark optional.)
Not much of a fix...
As others have already pointed out, the real problem is that a simple QR code can reconfigure Glass in the first place.
So now you have to acknowledge that you want to access a QR code before it is scanned. How will you be able to know when you can or cannot trust a given code?
Ok, so they probably will have something like the "permissions" on App Store: "This QR Code wants access to your firmware, friends list, bank details, and sexual history. Proceed?" Once (if) Glass goes mainstream, it's going to end up in the hands (or on the temples) of the same class of user who just clicks on "Ok" whenever any dialogue box pops up.
This is going to be fun...
Re: Getting Diagnosed
I'm not in the US. :-)
I had a 24-hour EEG test run. I spent an entire day with a bunch of electrodes stuck to my head, and then an expert combed through the results. This was two years ago, so maybe the technology has improved, allowing positive tests rather than just eliminating all the other possibilities.
Certainly I don't know of too many possible causes for grand mal seizures other than epilepsy, but the other expressions of epilepsy can be harder to spot, as mine fly under the radar for 38 years.
Re: Getting Diagnosed
Petit Mal - Type of epileptic seizure, lesser-cousin of the more well-known grand mal seizure. I used to think these two were the only types of epilepsy, and congratulated myself because I knew of one more type than most people. (I don’t know if arrogance is a symptom of Aspergers, or if it’s just me. If Sheldon Cooper is a 10, I’m a 6 or 7).
Turns out there are dozens of different types of epilepsy. I have one of those, on top of my mild Aspergers. My epilepsy manifests as violent temper-tantrums, which are easy to ascribe to me being a stroppy, undisciplined man-child, rather than to an electrical storm inside my brain.
It's a dangerous combination: The Aspergers cause me to be easily frustrated, which in turn causes stress that can trigger the seizures. From the outside it just looks like I couldn't handle not having my way, and threw a shit-fit.
Now I take anti-epileptic drugs that have improved my quality of life 10,000%. I no longer have the tantrums, which makes my life easier; it makes the people around me less scared of me, whichobviously improves my interactions with them, which makes my life easier still; I no longer get in trouble at work for scaring away customers (I had to go through a disciplinary, back before I was diagnosed); and the meds greatly alleviated the depression that had dogged me since childhood. (Depression, both unipolar and bipolar, are linked with epilepsy in some way, such that one can be confused for the other, and drugs for one can have the side-effect of alleviating the other.)
Moral of my story: If you think there is something "wrong" with you, your child, or a loved one, get a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Do not, like I did, wait till you're 38 and your life is already a mess. Proper therapy (drugs and/or psychiatric) can make all the difference.
Re: So how would one request you to cease speaking on a topic?
I had an interesting variant of that problem. As a student I was a high-achiever, so as long as I got good marks I was excused as just being "high-strung" and "eccentric" instead of "a troublesome brat".
It might have been better if someone had paid more attention, because then they might have spotted the Apergers, or even the epilepsy that was the root cause of the violent temper-tantrums. Or not. 30 years ago, in a backwards country like South Africa, I doubt anyone would have spotted it anyway.
Today it seems schools have swung the other way, by over-diagnosing and prescribing Ritalin at the drop of a hat. But if you can achieve a proper balance, the correct administration of medication, coupled with cognitive and/or occupational therapy, can improve the lives of so many children.
Re: Good article
Lucky you. In my job it has always been nigh-on impossible to avoid users and managers completely. Fortunately my case is quite mild(1) so I very rarely tell people to their faces just how bloody stupid they are. (And that's just one way that an Aspie can screw up a social interaction.)
But I have to admit, IT is the best you can hope for if you have high-functioning autism, because you can get to spent the majority of your time working with hardware and software not "wetware".
(1) Mixed blessing, that mildness. I am very high-functioning, which makes my life easier. But that very mildness makes it difficult to spot, so I went 38 years without a diagnosis(2), when early diagnosis would have improved my life significantly.
(2) As mentioned up-thread, a proper medical diagnosis is vital. Without it, you may only be suffering from "Assburgers", which is a condition where a self-diagnosis of Aspergers is used as an excuse for otherwise-unacceptable behaviour.
(3) Can I petition the Forum Management Gods to allow superscripts in postings. Footnotes are more fun with them! (Or is there a way and I'm just missing it? <sup>1</sup> doesn't work, as you can see.)
Re: Possible bio-hazard?
The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.
But still, they come...
Downside of retro-rockets
Just an observation: It seems so obvious to use rockets here that one might wonder why they aren't used more extensively.
Well, besides additional complexity and risk (over-and-above the already complex and risky 'chutes) is weight: Using parachutes gives you a "free" slow-down by using the atmosphere, whereas the additional rocket-fuel is extra weight you have to take up with you in the first place, and thus reducing your useful payload.
Of course, on the Moon you have no significant atmosphere, but the reduced gravity-well allows you to use smaller retro-rockets. Mars is a problem: There's a bit of atmosphere, but much less than Earth's, but a much higher gravity than the Moon.
Which just makes the whole NUCLEAR-POWERED, LASER-ARMED TANK ON MARS project so much more awesome. That landing system used a complex arrangement of both rockets and parachutes, and it worked flawlessly.
"It's not illegal when the President does it."
- Richard M. Nixon
Re: Radiation sources
Well put, sir, well put.
I've read that about 1 in 4 people will die of cancer, a vastly increased proportion compared to previous generations. And statistics like this are what make alarmists proclaim that "our modern lifestyle is killing us!" and "all the pollution is giving us cancer!"
The truth is, our "modern lifestyle" is helping us live longer than ever before, thus increasing our chances of getting cancer. Every single day we run a infinitesimal-but-real chance of contracting cancer, and the longer we live, the more times we roll the dice. Eventually they will come up snakes-eyes.
Which is not to say that we shouldn't be concerned with the hazards of our current lifestyle (e.g. sedentary jobs, high stress with no outlet) , or that urban and rural pollution is non-existent. Just that we must keep it in perspective, and focus on the real dangers (e.g. cigarette smoke, carbon monoxide), not the bogey-men like "cell-phone radiation".
Re: Can I suggest we send a microsecond coil....
And no cross-compilers, you cheaters! You have to code, compile and test on the orginal hardware!
TBH, over the last few years I've learned to to relax the "efficiency over all else" mindset I developed during my formative programming years. A shell script or Python program is plenty fine for most jobs on modern hardware. But there will always be certain cases where performance trounces all other considerations.
Re: Feminism was created to destabilize society
And what would monsieur like for dinner tonight? Billy goat?
Re: not again....
Because socialism is bad, and anything that has any connections to socialism is bad, and anything that any socialist anywhere has ever done is bad.
And vegetarianism is ultra-evil because [Godwin]
(Where's the Facepalm^x icon when you need it?)
Re: not again....
Inflammatory troll is inflammatory
Could everyone here stop saying that attractiveness is subjective? That's pretty well known
Actually, some people seem to disagree. See the post by ACx a little higher, who seems to think that it's entirely objective and biological.
Re: So many factors..
Of course a lot of it is biological. But a lot is also cultural and thus subjective. We're a damn long way from our animal roots, so attributing *all* the blame on "nature" and discounting "nurture" entirely is naive*.
Unfortunately "studies" like this shed very little light on the subject, as they provide no breakdown on the balance between biological and cultural influences, and don't actually tell us anything that we don't already bloody know! (Within the context of Western norms, anyway.)
*) Also, there is a high correlation between calling political correctness "bullshit" and being an asshole. Just sayin'
Re: looking at our medal haul at the Olympics
Well, maybe snarking on Sports Science is probably unfair. But Evo-Psych has become a cesspit of sexism, self-reinforcement, and just-so-stories.
It may once have had some respect as a "soft-science" but it lost every last shred of that a long time ago, largely due to "research" such as this.
Why am I all in "defend LP mode" today? Maybe it's because lame arguments annoy me. Or maybe I'm just a lame fanboi/sycophant myself. :-)
Anyway, I didn't read the article as suggesting that you Limeys sink all your non-carrier assets, just that without a carrier to defend, frigates and destroyers have only limited utility.
Not going to be sued?
That's naive. All this means is that you won't be sued by the people who released the specification. Given the insanity of the current worldwide patent systems, you're still vulnerable to some patent troll who might claim that the spec originator (un)wittingly infringed the troll's patent, and who will then sue you, too!
I think you're confusing *design* age with *aircraft* age. The design of the Blackhawk may be old, but the examples the army would be buying would be new-build. Whereas the Pumas, apparently, really are 30yo flying accidents-waiting-to-happen.
Odd, it seems straightforward to me, but this is the second time I've seen someone make this same error. Perhaps Lewis can word things a bit more clearly in future?
No appropriate laws
The problem here is that there ARE no existing laws. They tried everything to convict Lori Drew and all they came up with was a a shockingly lame "breaking the terms of service of Facebook" pseudo-offense.
If there had been existing laws that could have been applied, Drew would already be turning big rocks into little rocks.
I just noticed: Chris W already said the same thing, but it seems some people didn't notice that.
"What's the saying.... ahh, yes.... "F_ck you if you can't take a joke!" - says the anonymous man. Irony much?
@ Useful research please
The moon and the Earth were seperated at birth. Things we learn about the Moon's geology mmight give us clues to unlock some of the secrets of Earth's geology. And maybe not. And the only way we'll know is to go there and try! That's what exploration and research are all about: Finding stuff you never knew existed.
Also, please remember that, despite the eye-wateringly high price-tags on NASA missions, the _entire_ NASA budget, including Earth observation missions, terrestrial aeronautical research, and unmanned missions, is still only about 1% of the US Federal budget.
When politicians slash NASA budgets they're really just grand-standing for the public. The actual influence on the budget is negligible.
Alien rock on alien planet
@By Steen Hive
"Something "Alien" managed to hit the martian surface without leaving a great big bloody hole?"
Actually, small meteorites don't make holes on earth. If they're small enough they get slowed down to mere "terminal velocity" before they hit the ground.
Of course, that's on Earth. The definition for "small enough" is much, err, smaller on Mars, given that the tenuous atmosphere would slow down an incoming meteor much, much less. So you may still have a point.
Anybody else got any ideas how this rock could have got there without making a mess of the surrounding surface?
So you figure a fit human is less attractive to EATR than a mouse-potato like myself? That's not good!
But it is like a shark: Apparently sharks only eat humies by mistake, as we taste absolutely horrible: Stringy and sinewy compared to the blubber-insulated seals and fish they prefer. Not enough energy in a human to balance the energy used in catching the things!
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