887 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 12:53 GMT
Re: Survivalist avec Aluminum Chapeau?
Being Swiss, then, there is a very real possibility that there are guns and ammo.
If it's not the case now, then the change only came recently, that all citizens in Switzerland must have access to a bunker capable of surviving nuclear holocaust, and all men must serve in the militia and have access to an assault rifle during that time.
I met a Swiss guy a few years ago who was incredibly patriotic.
Re: Does the expert witness have to get his facts right?
Actually, I didn't get the impression that the author thinks he's always right, more that he think he's better because he didn't play sports and has a different vocabulary from a 5-year-old.
I'm not going to justify all premier league footballers. Some act like thoroughly horrible people, but then there are thoroughly horrible people everywhere, not just in football. But let's remember Paul said that different people have different abilities. Not all are suited to football and not all are suited to in-depth technical analysis. 'Orses for courses, innit! Not all footballers are of limited academic ability and those that do not have much academic ability have likely spent as long as, or even longer training to play football than the author spent with his books. Some sportsmen seem to simply have innate ability, but the best really do properly discipline themselves to hone their skills.
Re: Uhhh... and even now he doesn't get it.
While Samsung _can_ make everything, they don't. They use a lot of Qualcomm CPUs and have even got into Atom-based tablets. They make (or at least made) Windows Phone handsets as well. Samsung's Galaxy SII just happened to be just right for a lot of people, who then went on to the SIII or their friends got an SIII because of the SII experience. HTC, while in early, never had quite the brand presence of Samsung who made a lot of other things people have around the house and LG has never had quite that je ne sais quoi that Samsung seemed to have.
Nokia could certainly have built a competing platform. They have a very mature maps infrastructure so there's no reason they couldn't have extended that into cloud storage or partnered with DropBox. But all these things are hard. Remember, Sony (as Sony Ericsson) was also a Symbian licensee and it had a few mis-steps until only now getting to a mature Android range.
Apple, while brilliant at many things has no divine right to do so well in the phone/tablet space. They don't yet make everything themselves. They rely on Samsung for CPU manufacture. Siri's functionality depends to a large degree on a partnership with Nuance.
Samsung has options if it ever falls out with Google, but they can't yet simply use Tizen and their S-branded services as a drop-in replacement.
Re: Don't worry!
"Of course I watch the documentaries and there are always a couple fragments that end up in the Eiffel tower and the Big Ben."
Leaving aside the naming of Elizabeth Tower (ne the Clock Tower*), are those the ones in Las Vegas or Europe?
* TIL the name St Stephen's Tower was erroneously applied to the Clock Tower at the Houses of Parliament
The last screenshoot looked awfully like Windows 95 with that wonderful desktop colour
Re: what to do with a giant fish?
Only 400 potatoes? Might not need a truck of salt unless you're planning to dry it and cure it. Table salt could be evaporated from the sea while you're cooking. More important would be the vinegar and tomato ketchup.
Re: Yeah, wasting money paying you too...
I tried to edit a Wikipedia article once and ran away, screaming in terror because of the horrific user interface.
I've read that some water sources in the US are naturally contaminated with methane, which sucks if you're not expecting it and you light a match below the faucet, but I expect it could be easily worked around with a bit of extra plumbing help disperse any gases leaking out.
Anyway, the geology of the UK is such that methane contamination of water supplies won't be such a concern as in the US.
Re: Oh, well...
To be honest, I hadn't thought about the fissures staying open after the fracturing has finished and allowing stuff to leak out. However, once the pressure is reduced, isn't leakage less likely? Regarding the water table: aren't UK aquifers that are used for drinking water at very different depths from where the fracking will occur? Plus, most UK fracking sites will be in the north, where there is much less pressure on water resources than the south and most drinking water can be obtained from surface collection.
Re: Make 'em pay
Well, it's China's own fault for using a writing system with an entropy that demands 3 bytes all on its own, without help from other scripts.
Teenage me revelled in his massive tomes containing glorious descriptions of (mostly) US derring do.
Adult me decided to read The Bear and The Dragon. Oh dear - a teen idol knocked from its totem pole. I mostly agree with Clancy on politics and economics, but 600 pages of glib neo-conservativism was too much for me and left a bad taste in the mouth even though the final 300 pages was a mostly terrific description of military logistics only let down by some poor writing about the actual fighting.
The US trojan program sent into the Chinese politburo's computers in The Bear And The Dragon was a rather low point, but at least in that book there was a reasonably good description of a rushed software upgrade to some rather critical aiming software in a rather critical defence system, and the upgrade introduced a bug, which although it was only one bug was pretty realistic nonetheless!
Re: Clancy and Dolby
overnight reads? I thought his shortest book was about 600 pages!
Re: Transmission is key
There is an energy-information equivalence. Entropy affects information just as much as it affects energy.
Anyway. QE doesn't really transmit anything, energy, information or otherwise. Well, it does, but it doesn't do so usefully: i.e. while the spooky action at a distance does happen instantaneously as far as our clocks can measure, it does not transfer any information other than that you suddenly know that the other person's photon has the opposite state of your photon.
Someone here will probably educate me further on this, but my understanding is that QE works by entangling two things together, currently mostly photons are entangled. In this state, both photons will have all possible states, a superposition, i.e. (for for simplicity's sake) both will be spinning left and right simultaneously, but as you know that's absurd, so you look to see which one is spinning left and which is spinning right and you discover that as is right and proper, one is spinning left and one is spinning right, but which is which is entirely random. The fun thing is that photons will maintain their entanglement even if they are far apart and that by observing one of the photons, you find out what spin it has and the other photon instantaneously turns out to be spinning the opposite way, even though it is spatially far apart from it's previously entangled mate.
BUT as far as transmitting information via QE is concerned, you can't use the collapse of the superposition as a signalling mechanism because a signal has to be observed to be useful and the mere act of observation collapses the superposition. Hence Bob cannot wait for Alice to signal to him via QE (by collapsing the superposition and imposing a state on Bob's photon) because until Bob observes his photon he won't know whether Alice has sent the signal or not - and if Bob peeks to see what the state of his photon is, he'll break the superposition whether or not Alice has already done so.
Oh, you meant Quantitative Easing! Well, sorry, no-one can really help you there.
Re: What Spacex got right and what they learned. (roghly)
Note that Spacex's approach of using (nearly) every launch to find out more and use that to drive improvement is one that any LV mfg could used if they cared about improving their product. But as everyone else seems to depend on the customer buying upgrades they don't bother.
Trying something new costs money, both for the manufacturer, and for the guys hitching a ride. I don't know what the insurance is like, but I'm guessing an experimental SpaceX launch could attract high premiums.
QNX = Unix?
I thought QNX was a Unix in the same way Windows NT was a Unix, by having POSIX compliance
Re: Have a BB for work
satnag! Good one, I haven't heard that before
I have no comment to make on how to fly a jet fighter plane, but the episode of Top Gear where Richard Hammond tried to drive a Formula 1 car was instructive. The aerodynamics meant you couldn't corner without going at what seemed like an insane speed and he couldn't wrap his brain around that.
Re: The Time we Should Use
The principle of the leap second is that it's preferable to have one inserted every few years rather than adjust the length of the second, which would seem to be an incredibly difficult undertaking.
I'm not saying the leap second system is perfect, but I would prefer it to adjusting civil time. Currently the general populace doesn't have to care and only people who write date and time handling libraries have to.
Humanity copes reasonably well with the extra day added every 4 years (but not in a century year unless it is divisible by 400) despite the fact, that over a person's lifetime they probably wouldn't really notice if everyone ignored the leap year system and always had 365 year days. However, because we've had leap years for centuries so everyone has grown up learning about them in primary school and you have to make a leap year algorithm in maths or computing at secondary school. Leap seconds are relatively new, but if we start teaching people about them in secondary school, the concept will soon catch on.
Re: The UK's position
If the second was still derived from the earth's rotation, we'd be ok! But it's now derived from the speed of light.
Re: Bollocks presentation
That's only if your date and time handling code doesn't account for leap seconds. The point of leap seconds is that the system goes 58, 59, 60, 00, 01, etc. instead of 58, 59, 00, 01 as normal.
Indeed, interesting history here
Seems Argonaut commissioned the SuperFX chip because, as impressive as Argonaut's software skills were, even the SNES hardware wasn't up to the task.
[As an aside, while we're talking about add-on chips: Personally I would have preferred Virtua Racing for my MegaDrive, but my parents had already got me the hugely expensive Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition which had huge, for the time, ROM.]
Hubble is a repurposed spy satellite, so there is a connection!
Bush II was partly motivated by revenge after Saddam tried to assassinate Bush I. So there.
Plus, southern Iraq (the bit that had been most hostile to the US) has much less challenging geography for warfighting than Iran has. Iran is a huge, populous country and was much richer than Iraq and hence far more difficult to conquer. My view is that the pentagon, after invading Afghanistan reckoned that invading Iraq would put Iran in a squeeze.
Arguably Bush II's failure was putting too much compassionate conservatism into the war effort. The US is still untouchable technologically, but the will to win a war seems to have left the US, and the rest of the West (France is an odd exception, having no qualms about aggressively policing its former colonies like Mali and Cote d'Ivoire, toppling Qadafi, and now sabre-rattling at Syria).
Re: @Tom Chiverton 1
Apple did charge for iOS updates on iPod Touches for a couple of years
Re: The first iPhone was a joke
There are many things I miss from SE k750i that my iPhone 3G should have, particularly BluePhone Elite compatibility (view and create SMS on my Mac! I suppose that's what Messages is for, but my iPhone 3G is too old for iOS5) and BlueTooth HID remote control for Macs. It was crazy that I could transfer photos from my dad's SLVR (ugh - probably worst phone ever) via BlueTooth, but not from my iPhone.
Browsing the web on my SE k750i was not the worst experience and it was handy in a pinch. I used to read my email in bed with it. Battery life was good, too.
But you're right, Safari was the iPhone's killer app, along with the screen, which was very large at the time.
Jobs even expected Safari to be the app delivery mechanism. All those web developers could have continued their php, but they actually demanded to be able to use obj-C!
Re: 8.3 inch 1080 screen
"Won't make any difference to your eyes as you won't be able to differentiate the difference anyway."
While I did upvote that comment, it may be the case (I don't know cos I haven't seen any in the wild yet) that downscaling can create unwanted artifacts. Though then again, unless you're watching at an insane bitrate, you would probably notice compression artifacts before noticing downscaling artifacts.
Re: This could be the best thing MS has done all year
My employer allows BYOD for remote working, but all remote work is supposed to happen on their Citrix virtualised desktop system that doesn't let you copy-paste to/from the host device. The company-supplied desktops and laptops are all supposedly full-disk-encrypted, so that information can get on, but never be readable when transferred off using mass storage. Dropbox and skydrive etc are all blocked.
Optima was far too bland a choice. To be fair I quite like the font and was very sad when Wimbledon dropped it from their scoreboards for the hideous-ness of Arial, but the lines are too thin and with all the detailing the new logo only looks good when it's very BIG. But the new logo it's being shoehorned in everywhere and they're making it small, hence you miss all the detailing and worse, it looks oddly blurred.
Re: The engine
Honest John's advice for all cars, turbo-charged or not, is to let them idle a bit after long journeys. The problem is not the cooling, since thermodynamics guarantees the engine will reach equilibrium with its surroundings at some point, the problem is the rate of cooling is too quick if the engine is turned off when it's very hot.
Re: Panel Arrangement
Acronyms, maybe not mixed up, no. Hubble is actually a repurposed spy satellite!
Very true. Chrome's internals have their roots in KDE (via Apple's Safari) but Chrome's look and feel is eerily similar to how I set up my Opera UI, which is strange that Chrome seemed to copy it, because I'd never seen anyone else set their Opera up like me, and Opera kept adding UI bloat every release that I had to remove.
Sadly Opera was displaced in my usage because it became very crashy, and Chrome was just good enough even without gestures and the ability to disable animation on a per-domain basis.
Re: @ Quxy: Why I'm Skeptical.
Indeed, tying Bibles with pr0n in this case is probably a ploy to discredit Christians as morally repugnant.
Re: Does it actually matter?
Apparently he spent 8 of those 9 hours waiting for his lawyer, not being questioned.
Won't somebody think of the TIDES!
By using the moon for a speedup this mission will alter the orbit of the moon around the earth, which will alter the very TIDES!
I'd love to traverse it in a kayak! I have been on a river with navigation locks in a kayak and it's pretty cool.
Re: Plumbing new depths
Of course, optical zoom is usually better than digital zoom, but Nokia's PureView is not your granddad's digital zoom. And optical zoom brings its own problems with distortion outside the comfort zone of the optics, which will likely be significant at this size. Better picture quality generally calls for a larger sensor, which is why Nokia probably ditched optical zoom because fixed optics for a large sensor would be large enough and zoom would only make things bigger. I know my Canon 18-55 kit lens is not the best example, but at 55mm the effective aperture is tiny and at 18mm the distortion round the edges can annoy me. Anyway, sometimes, I shoot wider when it's darker to get a bigger aperture and then crop to zoom after getting the photo off the camera, which is effectively what the PureView system does, only with a single button press instead of me faffing around.
Not to mention Facebook will probably mangle the photo anyway, and very few people will be taking photos that their mates will want to look at 1:1.
NB: No, I don't own a PureView phone, I'm an iFan, but I am very impressed with what Nokia achieved. If Samsung can produce good quality optical zoom that doesn't have mechanical issues, I'll be very impressed.
Re: phone vs email booking
It's good to have both. A B&B owner can't be in all the time and will have other things to do other than answer the phone when they are in. Having internet access also has other benefits for finding information that you would otherwise have had to drive to the library for, so now the B&B owner is actually more likely to be in and able to answer the phone to help with any customer queries.
Re: Wrong market?
It's probably an urban legend, but I heard Boeing, neighbours of Microsoft, was able to get Office for a nominal fee per user, forever.
Why fake the pictures?
BECUASE THE BAD GUYZ CAN READ THE DATAS FROM EVEN A F0TO 0F A HARD DRIVE!!!1!!
wake up sheeple!
Re: Frank Doberman character on Armstrong...
Parmitano: "Come in-a Wayne! Come in ISS control! Come in! Someone-a help-a me! Issa water in-a my 'elmet! I'm-a drowning"
Wayne at ISS Control: "Shaddap! I am 'aving a faaaag!"
Re: Frank Doberman character on Armstrong...
"You, don't wanna do it like tha-at.
"You don't wanna drink the water away! That gets it too close to your nose and you could breathe it in! An' drown!
"No, you wanna take yer 'elmet right off! Let the water escape and put yer 'elmet back on again!
"'Ere! I'll help!"
There's an easy answer: don't use audible alerts.
I really wanted to see Avatar because of the way James Cameron wanted to push forward the technology of cinema (and because I liked Abyss), but then I heard the plot revolved around a substance called Unobtanium and I vowed never to watch it. I had a near miss on New Year's Eve when some friends wanted to watch it, but thankfully sense prevailed and we watched Beethoven instead.
Re: Astronomical storage requirement.
Agreed, those numbers may not be trivial, but are workable with just-above-mainstream tech. Adding in versioning and all footage cut from the final edit will jack up the numbers significantly (and remember movies are often too long, at 2+hours, not 90 mins), but again, not crazy for a big-budget movie. 24 FPS is far too low, though. We need at least 48 FPS, which doubles the numbers.
The oil and gas industry probably laughs at these numbers.
Please see here: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=blackberry+fruit
They're delicious (but the blackcurrant makes the better jam and cordial)
Having just run down the battery on my heart rate monitor's chest strap, I am intrigued by the prospect of never having to change the battery on such a device.
I was driving south-east one morning a couple of years ago, downhill on a motorway into the city where I work and saw an incredibly bright metallic silvery light in the sky. I had never seen anything like it before. It was so bright and shiny metallic I genuinely thought for a moment it could be an alien craft like the one from Flight of the Navigator. The light didn't move much, but it did get slightly bigger as time passed, then it got closer and lower and after a couple of minutes I saw that it was not an alien space-craft, but an EasyJet 737 or 319 coming in to land that had caught the early morning sun. Reminds you just how seriously bright the sun is: even 8 light-minutes away, it can make white objects look like polished silver below a spotlight.