332 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
Re: SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY
I'd say from clay is more accurate than made from clay in this context.
Humans are manifestly not made from various alumina or silicates, but are largely made of water and carbon and squidgy bits (technical term).
Like a farmer may be of the land but not made from actual cow shit (whether they talk it is a per farmer decision), life may be of clay but not made of it.
Re: Occam's Razor
Attenborough is the secret mastermind of the global elite. Which is why he's spent so much of his life travelling.
It all makes sense now!
For reasons unknown to my conscious mind, I put anon on my last comment.
Still that looks very interesting, I've bookmarked it for christmas wish list perusal, thanks! :)
I would definitely like a remotely controlled house.
Re: @ Schultz (was: Total, complete & utter bullshit.)
Mainly people like to read scientific evidence, not anecdotes which are a sentence of unverfiable data.
If you actually want people to listen to you, tell us what you did, how you did it, what your results were and how many times you did it. Then you can also explain why other people might observe something different to you, or why your methodology is better than theirs.
I can blithely say whatever I want, but unless I can back it up with some data, people are free to deride me as much as they want. They probably should.
For what it's worth I've seen this effect with water in ice cube trays, but I'm not willing to say it's evidence of anything because the trays are different materials and shapes. Though the cubes themselves are approximately the same size. Then again, anecdotes do not an experimental dataset make.
Re: Haiku's well worth looking at...
Linux has been bootable from USB for a good long while now, I think Windows even manages it now.
No clue about OSX, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had that option for reinstalls.
I might try this haiku, I just got everything working on 13.10 last night so I need something to occupy me.
Re: change the world and toss off the devil.
I can only hope that my subconscious doesn't latch onto that image, or pizza will forever spell a night of terror.
Re: What a bunch...
People with badges clearly have too much time on their hands.
Re: Maybe it's me...
I'd probably root it.
I do with all my other Google devices.
Re: Maybe it's me...
No downvote here, but I can see a lot of use for a HUD that ties into my calendar, GPS and so on.
I wouldn't exactly want to take photos of everything, but I wouldn't say no to some overlays on streets and the like.
Perhaps a facial recognition program, some kind of stealth mode and stalker mode enabled on my friends in a paintball game...
Actually yes, Glass has the potential to make paintball _much_ more fun.
I gave it a quick go
On my Ubuntu 12.04 machine, which isn't exactly a graphical workhorse and I had a few issues with the graphics lagging and tearing in a way that Mate doesn't at the moment.
Keyboard shortcuts refused to work too, which was the main reason I quickly logged back out and into Mate.
I do like the edge snapping though, it's one of the better features in Win 7 (using meta+arrow is quite nice) and while I'm sure KDE had it first, I've never been much of a fan of KDE. Still I like it enough that I think it'll go on my 13.10 install at home, where I've got the graphics card to power it.
Re: "$10 all you can drink beer"
I'd not be hopeful that it'd be really beer.
Carbonated yellow fluid possibly.
Do bulls count as sentient
I honestly can't remember what the definition is any more. I thought it was recognising yourself in a mirror, but that could be something different.
I might even have to google it.
I would pay money to watch that.
I mean I already have netflix, but if I didn't, this'd get me to get it:P
Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?
In all fairness, you can start a sentence however you like, whether you like the style is up to you, but it's not unusual in less formal writing to start with "But", "However" or the like.
I'm quite partial to the Oxford comma too, it's certainly an established and accepted bit of punctuation.
My post probably fails to live up to so many of the rules we were taught as children too, but I rebut those rules thus: sod it.
Re: Really hoping that this is a good comet
Hmm, if there was any chance of clear skies, I'd have a look tonight.
I have been meaning to try my new camera out.
Really hoping that this is a good comet
And as stated above that the weather will cooperate. I really want to have a good reason to stand out in the cold with my telescope and look at it.
Her indoors can't object if it's a once in a lifetime comet instead of just Mars, which admittedly is always kicking around, or about to be. I still like looking at it though.
Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading
I have Cygwin, but it feels clunky when I use it.
It's not integrated into the OS in the same way, not sure if you can even get vim for it (You probably can, I don't know, I've never looked.
I'm not anti-windows, but it doesn't feel as nice as linux for me. So while there probably _is_ a way to do these things that I want to do while staying entirely in Windows, I don't really want to stay in Windows. As it is, I only use it for gaming anyway.
Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading
Windows 8 might be faster, I don't know, I tried it during the beta, sorry preview, and couldn't get on with it. It was too much effort to learn the new UI and there was no real pay off for me over 7.
I currently run Windows 7 for gaming, which does what it needs to admirably and I honestly have few real complaints about it. Just when I want to do something code related, I want to be in Linux for the tools I like there and so I need a reboot.
I'd like to not have to restart my machine just to have a command line where ls and grep work and I can use GCC and so on.
Mind you I was looking at a Lenovo yoga laptop, the touch screen might make 8 OK there. Probably still put Linux on it though.
The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading
It's the kernel.
3.11 is supposedly much better for my AMD graphics card than earlier kernels, so I am hoping that this weekend will see me finally oust Windows from my PC and rely entirely on Linux for gaming.
Sadly for Canonical, I'll be running Mate, most likely. Still can't use Unity without getting annoyed by it.
Re: Too much realism is not a good thing
Couldn't agree more.
Heavy Rain became a chore within a couple of hours and was never played again. If I put a game in a machine, I expect to play a game. I don't expect to watch the computer play it.
Re: Whoever devised quick time events
If they want to get off the stairs they need to press circle, circle, wait two beats, triangle, square, wait three beats, circle, wait a beat, cross.
If they get it wrong the stairs will sprout manacles and hold them down while they fade to black, then they'll respawn on the same stairs, except three QTEs ago.
George Lukas eh?
I assume he looked at the encryption, remembered the PRISM mess and shouted "It's a trap!"
Re: so... surely there must also be the opposite ?
Like "A Boy named Sue"?
Cash, ahead of the game as always.
Quite, this reply is written in elinks, which I use just about every day.
I actually prefer the lack of adverts, (most) photos and videos distracting from the content of the sites I read.
Though for LOHAN articles, of course I open Firefox for the full experience, if you know what I mean.
In uni we worked out that the "Light" and the crystal were probably a laser which supplied the energy to create the plasma and keep it hot.
The trigger activates the magnetic bottle, releases enough matter to become plasma which is then excited by the laser, electrons are diverted to one end of the bottle and possibly allowed to escape, where they interact with the atmosphere (creating the hiss-crackle as the blade is extended). The energy and mass lost when the blade interacts with the environment is why the laser has to be kept on and the blade continues to crackle as it's used.
Might have been a sad git at uni. Probably still am.
For all the chilli jokes
Sichuan peppers are more like small peppercorns than chillies, they are not capsicum based and don't produce the burning sensation of chillies.
They've got a sensation described in Mandarin as "mah", as opposed to chillies which are "lah". You often mix the two in Sichuan food.
Oh and they're not phallic in any way, they're small, slightly spiky red/brown spheres about 1-2 mm across. You can happily use them and then touch any other part of your body you care to mention, they're used dried and don't produce much oil.
I just wonder if it'll ever make it over the pond.
I'm still waiting to be able to lend my kindle books and maybe get some of that lovefilm like prime movies with my prime account.
Still, here's hoping.
Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet
I disagree, hotel chocolat is definitely up there, and British to boot.
*stares patriotically into the distance while eating a 100% cocoa single plantation bar slowly.*
Re: For an American... (@ Thecowking)
I don't hate bread, just bread with royals.
Bread's best with the proletariat and a nice chablis.
Of course for middle classes you have to change that to couscous and a pinot grigio.
(The correct wine for royalty is buckfast.)
Re: For an American...
I prefer my royals over rice.
I'm not a huge fan of bread and monarchy.
I would pay good money to see Ellison, Ballmer, Brin and Page on the Mrs Merton show, having a heated debate.
Re: The Skype android client (MS funding)
I didn't mean Skype would lose funding, only that its Linux client would.
At which point I'll probably move to finch as my client and abandon all pretense at using GUIs.
Re: The Skype android client
Actually the Linux client is really quite nice.
They've done the minimum of work on it, so it's got a small, functional GUI and it has been running on my desktop for about 3 weeks now without a break.
I assume MS cut all funding for it so it'll eventually die due to some protocol change, but for now it's actually the best IM client I've got.
The Windows one is pretty dire though. Lots of cruft like glueing chat windows to the online list (which you can disable thankfully) and hiding who's online in group chats in some awful little hidden panel, which only holds 4 names per page and you can't order them.
Still better than the Android client though.
The Skype android client
Is marginally worse than just shouting and hoping someone will hear you.
It likes to randomly disconnect, without changing its status in the notifications. It likes to not send messages, keeping them for a while so as to better make you look like a prat when the same message fills the screen three times.
It likes to display other peoples' messages to you only when you actually check, defeating the whole point of notifications.
Trying to leave a conversation to go back to your list of conversations doesn't work. So you hit the back button, which does work, but that also can drop you to the homescreen, so you need to re-enter the application to enter any other conversation.
The new "tablet mode" is unusable on a tablet, assuming you like seeing what other people write to you. Or what you've written.
Not totally germane to the subject, but that application fills me with rage.
Re: "in the next several weeks,"
Closely followed by "Up to several weeks."
So somewhere between zero and an indeterminate number?
A Nook's a cheap android e-ink touchscreen with a micro SD card slot.
You can even put the play store on there with a little tinkering.
Me, buy toys like that just to muck around with?
Re: voice of reason
I mean it basically is a browser, and any "apps" for it should run on pretty much anything that can handle HTML 5.
Sort of going in the right direction for you.
Personally I often prefer applications when they go beyond what the browser alone does, like notifications or a different UI more suited for the mobile (like an RSS reader with slide out lists from the side and so on).
So when they fix this...
Will it be throne clear of attack?
Mine's the one with the book of shamefully bad puns.
"It's almost like these rich geeks feel it is their purpose in life to make bad sci-fi concepts reality."
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Shadowrun implants next please.
Re: Crowley's Bentley
Good Omens reference, but at least it's not Dick Turpin.
Re: Sounds like fun
America's Army gets its own knock off, nice.
11 years later, but still, it's definitely flattering.
Re: "unless someone has their phone out"
Here in Cambridge, I don't see any.
Though I still see a fair number of old Blackberries around too. In the pubs it's all android here, the odd iphone. Reverse that for the coffee shops and locations closer to the uni.
Re: "unless someone has their phone out"
It seems people have issues with sarcasm on the internet.
I even typed the wrinkle in the paper above the m.
Yet to see one in the wild
I work with phones, I habitually check what phone people are using when I see one and I've yet to see a windows phone in the wild.
So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.
Anecdotal evidence is still evidence, it even says it right in the name.
Mind you, if they're as hard to get as a Surface RT with the uni deal (still no sign of it, started the process as soon a I saw it was announed), I'm not surprised.
Re: Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?
I stream video over 3g nearly every day (Well HSDPA or whatever the random abbreviation is).
I don't have any problems with it.
I've been using Ubuntu Touch on and off since it announced
And, I just can't love it.
It's got naff gestures, a lack of buttons (it's a lot like Meego in that respect, if you liked meego, you'll love Ubuntu touch. If like me you hated meego, ubuntu touch is painful.)
I really, really want a proper Linux phone, and if I could get one with a better interface and less of the Unity, I'd be all over it..
I would point out though that anyone giving it a try now really should be aware of the limitations that it has as a work in progress. On a Nexus 7, for example - it's one of their reference devices, a lot of remarkably basic things don't work, like landscape orientation.
I want to love it, I keep going back, but the basic design just keeps putting me off. I hope they have an awesomely good product to bring to market, but at the moment, the implementation is leaving me cold.
Re: Cameron's looking pretty stupid on this one. But he wants all Britains to feel like this->
That aside I agree with your argument, opt in is the only sensible route.
Astronomers are physicists.
And we're more awesome than the other types of physicist, the only reason you can be in a room with an Astronomer and not instantly worship them is that our awesomeness is _very far away_.
Think about it; "Oh I discovered a new kind of sub atomic particle that exists for a zillionth of a second." "Really? I watched the birth of a galactic civilisation and the death of another in a fiery nova. Also there were lasers."
Re: I had Sky Go once...
If you use something like Super SU, you can tick a box to "temporarily unroot" your device.
I do it all the time when I want to watch Flixster or the like on my Nexus 7. It's a bit of a bugger, but it works.
That is what they based the name on, according to various blog posts from them.
For my money it sounds like a Scouser's little brother. Our Kid.
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