736 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
Aye, beer goggles are less spendy and more fun.
Re: About time...
Speaking of skewed demographics, what is the incidence of luekaemia in the general population? Does the lovely air quality in the region not affect it? I suspect a bit of hexane in the factory air is not the worst of their problems.
Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!
Yanks destroyed Iraq, now they want to destroy Ebola. Destroy, destroy, destroy. It's all they know...
@inventor of the ML (TLDW)
Upvote for the Philip K. Dick reference.
Re: siri et al
You must learn Klingon. I've found Klingon is 100% compatible with Siri AND whatever the other "voice recognition" system is called.
One major problem is translating between Klingon and English. "Release" is most closely translated as "software has battled its way to tactical supremacy". Etc. Perhaps not the most convenient use of voice recog.
Re: Living Computer Museum- Seattle
No punched card, I've seen more than enough of them. However I was surprised to see someone still produces them, the last of the buggy-whip makers. Who uses punched cards now?
Living Computer Museum- Seattle
I spent a nostalgia-filled afternoon at the museum in Seattle recently. Many working computers Kaypro, Macintosh, and similar. Even an IBM System 360/91 console, its many lights operated by a hidden microcomputer tucked away out of sight. I was struck by how primitive they all were. Utter crap, but how I lusted after them back in the day.
The museum has a fully functional "computer room" with raised floor and vast AC. The cold, the smell, the disc packs, the huge lumbering mainframes (CDC Cyber Series machine, DECSystem 10s and 20s, even a Xerox Sigma 9), all functional. Took me back to old times.
If ever you visit Seattle, visit the Living Computer Museum.
Re: Must be nice to not pay taxes
Please Mister Musk, may I have another? (Tugs forelock, assumes subservient pose).
Re: I'd buy that for a Dollar!
The video seems to indicate a loose connexion, possibly indicating fragile, gaudy tat.
Sorry, I'll continue to use my completely non-autonomous Miele.
Bulldust? Don't you mean "drone droppings"?
Re: Bad code, or bad setup?
Nah, neither. The computer fooked up.
Bloody lazy computers, sit on their arses all day eating chips and reading trashy computer-matched romances.
At least that's what we used to tell customers.
Re: Sock gnomes
@Mycho: due to conservation of mass, the socks become hangers. No need for alternate universes. Occam's Razor shaves clean.
Mars vehicle recalled for defective tyres
"Simply bring it in to your local JPL dealership and we'll fix it for free"
Re: Only a complete idiot...
Symptomatic of all that has befallen Detroit.
American automotive industry went all penny wise/pound foolish and built cars designed to fail. When the Japanese began selling quality, Detroit was doomed. Now this.
The local populace know who the plod is. It seems he's constantly bashing heads (black ones).
More interesting are the heavy weapons being deployed against anyone who objects to being abused by the police. Armoured vehicles? Sniper rifles? Automatic weapons? When will they bring out the F16s with "Ferguson Police Department" emblazoned on them?
"Israel needs to go back to the borders of 1947, end of discussion. "
While I think these sorts of flame wars are pointless, and I'm amazed the secular left supports medieval obscurantist religious nutters, I do have to ask: the Palestinians rejected the 1947 borders as designated by UN at the time. Why do you think they will accept them now? It does appear that ship has sailed.
I think I've just crossed the event horizon.....
It's the Duck of Death if it collides with Earth!
Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire
"Imagine a bipedal robot or other system capable of covering rough terrain that can fight it's way into a power plant, secure bunker or target of your choice and then blow itself up."
That exists now. It's called a 'suicide bomber'.
What is ....
Re: Laser eavesdropping
I think we should use the cone of silence.
Get smart, man.
Re: Speed trap.
Measure to human scale is irrelevant?
I was taught (and sincerely believe) Man is the measure of all things.
If you disagree, take it up with Protagoras.
Re: it's own space shuttle and can go get it
Yes, that would be XH558. Give generously to the Vulcan To The Sky Club, hourly cost to fly Vulcan is £3500, if I remember correctly.
So the corrected name is ICANN'T?
Re: A fine idea
I seem to recall a treaty giving diplomatic personnel "immunity", it being immunity from traffic fines, prosecution for any number of felonies, etc. So yes, the British embassy need not pay traffic fines, as the American embassy need not.
In other news, the taking of diplomats hostage as Iran did, is considered bad form, even an act of war.
You have been taken in by the Heliocentric Conspiracy! You can clearly see the sun rise in the East and set in the West. It is intuitively obvious the Sun moves and we are still! All else (moon landings, satellites, et al) is dross and falsehood.
Mines the one with the tinfoil hat in the glove box.
Re: who more anal, the analyst or the analyst who analyses him?
Do two analysts who don't know what they are talking about know less than a single analyst who doesn't know what he's talking about?
Experience (and anecdotes) have shown that is in fact the case. Two clueless analysts will encourage one another to go out on a limb that a single analyst would be too cautious to attempt.
Re: Evolution knows what it's doing.
I bathe every 6 months whether I need it or not.
Re: @Graham Marsden Cipher - In the 1970s...
Irongut, surely you know most of the populace are mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed shite.
If you get your 'scientific opinion' from popular media consider the fact most writers have no scientific knowledge whatsoever, but do know FUD sells.
Chinese chest puffing?
Seems more like wang waving.
Re: So sad
Mandatory KAL007 reference: The Russians do have some experience shooting down airliners.
Re: Lovable Hippos
Hippos are not only in Africa. A now deceased (he is no more, dead, passed on, etc.) drug lord imported several for his estate in Colombia. After said drug lord met his end, the hippos were left to their own devices, one of which is reproducing. There are now almost 100 of these demonic beasts, and they continue to multiply as no one has the temerity to challenge them.
It's this sort of knowledge has made me the success I am today (for some value of 'success').
Re: They (and really everyone else) don't get it
Hamas will agree to a truce only after they've killed enough Palestinians.
Re: Trailblazer or also ran
A decade later? Have you seen film of our "rocket ships" bombarding beaches on D-Day? Impressive, that.
Re: It's all very wonderful
Pain? You don't know pain. But you will.
Airbus has just patented bicycle seating for its aircraft. Sorry, no handlebars unless you upgrade to steerage. Now imagine an 8-hour flight on one of those.
Re: My hopes are dashed
Re Hiram Maxim:
I suspect Hiram knew exactly how his machine gun would be used and to what ends. He was advised by a friend that the Europeans wanted to slaughter one another, and they would love to buy his gun.
And so it came to pass.
What are those plaques in the piccy?
Commeration of The Vulture's occupation of the Rock? Does one say "Property of Her Brittanic Majesty"? Or perhaps "gid orf moi Rock"?
Re: re: I still have my old Casio FX
I still have my Pickett log-log slide rule from the mid-1960s. Still works, although the lubricant needs replenishing.
They don't build'em like that anymore. In fact, they don't build'em at all!
Re: Oh did you think there was some kind of "due process" involved.
Are you saying the Constitution is not a suicide pact?
I've heard that somewhere...
Re: "Now Hancock's been deprived of food, it's not clear is how long he can survive"
"Didn't a Mexican live on that diet for how long?"
And Japanese, apparently. With a bit of rice, he could have some lovely sushi to break the monotony.
Yes, give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Give him a fishing vessel and he'll be bankrupt in a month. Or similar...
If you've the £100000 to purchase a Tesla S, I'd expect £12000 to replace the battery would not be a stretch.
Very likely you'd simply replace the car for another one at £100000 a go.
Re: Off topic
I agree, everything you say is true- to a point. Yes, electricity can easily become more expensive, but it is starting at a lower price than petrol, so for now it is the better choice.
Electricity generated by burning fossil fuels? Depends on your location. Recently, renewables provided Germany with 74% of its power. Granted it was temporary, but it points the way.
Re: Off topic
Where does the 5-year datum come from? All electrocars I've read of guarantee the battery for 8 years. At the end of the battery's life there is still some value in it, so not a total loss.
A holistic accounting of any electric car must include the satisfaction in knowing the petroleum-pushers and their horrible tin pot dictator employees have taken a small kick in the cods. Not to mention the avoided costs from ever rising prices of petrol.
Re: Must be my mind
He wanted to get his end off, but he chose the wrong end by the looks of things.
Re: Not only the US mate
Good Queen Bess (Elizabeth 1) had walsingham reading people's letters and torturing them a bit when more data were required.
Meh. Nothing to see here. Move along.
When I read "10 minutes using traditional downlink methods", I realized I must be getting old. I'd not realized the Space Age was so far along that anything about it could be considered traditional.
It's "ye olde downlink method".
Highest order? We should try for excellence in all things!
Quantum of betrayal?
Hmm! That sounds like it would be a great movie title!
Both a traitor and patriot, but only from your frame of reference one or the other.
But, but, but, we're the good'uns!
Re: Down with this sort of thing
More ladies for the rest of us! More than you know want actual children.
Yeah even unto Paris.
More vehicles? Horrors!
So expanding markets is a bad thing? If you are a libertarian, you must be a rather bad one.
In any case, the straw men you present (how platoons will interact, for example) are easily knocked down. Your concern that Granny will achieve some semblance of independence is touching, however I suspect you've never spoken with Granny and heard her frustration and resentment at having her mobility curtailed.
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