632 posts • joined Wednesday 17th June 2009 14:20 GMT
Yoof oriented radio?
Playing SKA? I remember SKA, and I'm a doddering old bugger.
"the satellites are performing beyond expectation"
What? They had low expectations? Then why launch the blooming things? If the satellites did not meet expectations, then there seems to be a quality control problem.
But seriously, well done ESA!
Re: Hoping for a good show
Comets are like cats. They have tails and do whatever they want.
Re: Did they all bug her seperatly...
With all the hoovering up of the signal, I'm surprised she was able to use her mobe at all.
I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. The one where leaked documents describe how the Germans bug other world leader's communications.
Red faces all around.
Another faulty valve?
Who supplies these? The Fawlty Valve Company? And not the first time.
Remind me when next I have plumbing problems at chez moi.
Re: Maybe now that the pollution is affecting machines the communist government will take action
Action? Perhaps the application of elephant ivory, or internal organs of endangered species will help.
Bloody Reds always rewriting history, why Stalin... Eh? This is about Mars?
Sorry, never mind.
Re: cold southern comfort
Surely the Yanks can complain about (aboot) Canadians (cif: www.tedcruz.org/ )!
Not to mention those Telly personalities taking jobs from loyal hard-working Americans.
Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?
I suspect electric automobile battery recycling will become an industry, much as lead-acid automobile battery recycling is already. It's not as if the silicon is transmuted into lead, after all. Per the article, it simply goes to pieces.
Re: Come on, tell us the truth
NASA should offshore themselves?
Mine's the one with tickets to Delhi.
Made in the USA? In Texas? Of course!
When will this technology be used to produce pornography?
Re: I'm all for advances in technology
See the opening sequence of the movie "lord of war".
Re: Man in the Moon. Pfffft.
I see a lady clad in shiny black vinyl clutching a whip. With fishnet stockings. And spike heels.
"the right to bomb and/or invade the nation(s) responsible for them..."
True, however it isn't always wise to assert that right, innit.
Re: Really really basic computers
Start'em off the right way, learn'em order codes. But BASIC? Move to objects right off and avoid the dead-end of procedural languages.
My moggie must be psychopathic if torturing small animals and insects is the standard. Will kitty progress to torturing ME?
Re: A third Tesla went up in flames this week
Exactly, all 3 were caused by unusual accidents. In response to Phil, please google "FORD Focus Recall". It seems Focuses (Foci?) had fire problems if driven on salted roads- a not unusual condition in many northern latitudes.
@Don: are both Sorks and Norks mental? Or do Sorks libel Norks and spread ugly rumors about them? I ask only because I recall hearing batty things coming from Norkland.
A new vision of 'The Matrix'
Think rows and rows of catheterized humans. The Matrix: taking the piss since 2013.
However a PIC is not adequate for the washing machine's HD bit mapped display, is it. Not to mentioned the 1000Mb HTTPS server (wouldn't want your tightie whiteies hacked, would you), and the client used by your electric company to control your power demand...
Thinking about it, I'm certain corporations the world over would love to reach a tentacle into every device in your home. To measure your usage by time of day, to control your usage, to display any messages they might find desirable. And then there are our friends NSA, GCHQ, etc.
Given the Internet of things, what need of black helicopters? God,where are my meds?
Re: A third Tesla went up in flames this week
@Phil: Three of 21000? Your point being?
Re: Misunderstanding Peer Review
Sadly, "peer-reviewed" may have little meaning. Some research is so expensive or time-consuming that a reviewer can do little but check the sums. A recent study found more than 50% of peer-reviewed articles (and I can't be arsed to find a link to the study) are utter bollocks, a product of the "publish or perish" system currently in place.
Re: No jokes about offshoring
If I read the article correctly, the Indians are off shoring call centre operations to NASA!
Is it too early to speculate? I predict the supernova will lead us to the new Apple headquarters building where we will find something new and shiny. I further predict we will hand over all our gold, frankincense and myrrh for it.
Re: There is a difference...
Civilised behaviour? Given that all the best nations do it, spying on friends* is clearly endorsed by civilisation.
*"nations have no friends, only interests", Winston Churchill, one time British PM.
Why did I need to wonder...
... if this happened in the USA?
Of course it did!
After all the OS wars, there is a serious irony deficiency in all of the armies. I remember the language wars: FORTRAN is superior to COBOL! No! PL1 is the bomb you bastards! Etc. Etc.
Who gives a damn now? Who uses FORTRAN, RPG, COBOL? In a few years all of the energy expended arguing about OSX/Windows/Linux will dissipate and the world will move on to some new (and equally pointless) concern.
A little perspective is a good thing.
Coding in the 'zone'
I've written code like that before. Do you shift gears in your brain into 'machine mode'? I do, and all the world seems to vanish and all that is left is problem space. Some code I then generate seems straightforward but I can't understand it when I try to analyse it. Upon exiting the 'zone' I felt exhausted, much as oracles of ancient times were reported to have been when the god released them from their trance.
The 'zone' ultimately became a frightening place for me.
Hippies use to say "information wants to be free." But now we see information is a slavish thing, prepared to prostitute itself to the one with the biggest firewall.
Given the (mis-) use of the Internet for espionage and cyber warfare as a result of early disinterest in security, perhaps Balkanization is for the best. To paraphrase an old adage, good firewalls make good neighbors.
Re: Wink Wink
Nudge nudge. She's a goer isn't she?
That fine will reduce Samsung profits for about.... perhaps 10 seconds.
Re: Ghost-shaped IBS treatment
Colder than a witch's tit? Not colder than a well-digger's arse? Never having measured either, I wouldn't have the foggiest.
It sounds lovely (for the most part)
However after a lifetime as a Microsoftie, I became an Apple fanster upon becoming an OAP. Adieu Redmond, I have been assimilated. Resistance is futile...
In the cloud? Meh.
My data is stored on the MOON!
Re: Far from nominally
Only anti-semantic bastards use nouns as verbs or vice-versa.
Re: " it is the fastest Man-made thing - and heading to Jupiter at 12,000kph"
Smidgeons? Yet another unit. What conversion factor to use for metric equivalents?
Re: Made in the U.S. of A. = Made to Burn?
Spot on! Chuck Norris' cars ALWAYS burn. However as a counter example, cars rarely burn in Bugs Bunny cartoons.
Vehicle doused? <cough> insurance fraud <cough>
Re: I don't think it's fair...
Really needs a fire suppression unit in the battery compartment(s). Halon? CO2?
Plus firefighter training and firefighter aids as are being discussed, providing warnings and schematics of alt-fuel vehicles. It wouldn't do to apply the jaws of life to the 500 volt mains.
Re: Squirrelling away.....
Perhaps his real name is Jeff, but only tells you it is Jeff to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt.
Thank you, Success Case. I'll try leaving home (and my wifi hotspot) whilst listening to Internet radio. Prior to IOS7, I disabled wifi as I left home to avoid annoying drop-outs as my iphone attempted to reconnect, and then switched to LTE.
Flaming in space
Difficult though it may be, the Russians did manage to set their Mir space station alight using Solid Fuel Oxygen Generators (SFOG). The fire lasted 90 seconds according to official sources at the TsUP (pronounced 'titsup'?); astronaut Jerry Linenger, however, insists the fire burned for around 14 minutes.
Flames icon just because.
Re: Title is too long.
Do you think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture?
When does the alcoholiday begin?
Re: Credit card vs. charge card
Another reason for suing Oracle is the well-tested legal principle of "in conspectu omnis petendam" (sue everyone in sight).
Which would you prefer to sue, a poverty-stricken git or a wealthy corporation? Can't squeeze blood from a turnip, you know.
Re: It's the 'cup and pea' game..
Do you mean Rocky Mountain Oysters?
And I've always suspected George W Bush mistook Iraq for Iran. The names are rather similar... Especially to a simian.
Re: well both are "national"
"Americans"? Bit of a broad brush to claim they are all responsible. Much like claiming all Muslims are responsible for the 11September atrocity.
Assuming you are correct, are all British subjects responsible for GCHQ's activities, or Blair's for that matter?
Re: Roll on...
Don't know where,don't know when, / But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.