342 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
I hate my accent in Mandarin.
I sound like a cross between Mao and a Beijingren.
My missus thinks the fact I _cannot_ say a little without the rrrr at the end of dian is hilarious.
Completely apropos of nothing and not related to the article, but it got my rant out. Cathartic.
Spin 1/2 particles
I noted this earlier this year, USB plugs are clearly macro-quantum mechanical exhibitors of spin.
As spin half particles, they require 2 whole revolutions to be in the correct orientation.
This is why you can be wrong 75% of the time and it make perfect sense. It's also how you can rotate them through 180 degrees two or three times before getting it right.
Stand back! It's nearly real science!
Re: Installed ...
As a software tester, can I say that yes, yes there is. You can even get paid for it! I love my job.
I also can't get to comments on a nexus 4, JB 4.2.1
Took me a while to read that right
Kept reading Estonian as "Etonian".
Politics in the news must be warping my fragile little mind :p
Re: Some people wonder
David Attenborough is popular with everyone I know.
I'd vote for him, for pretty much anything he stood for, if I could.
Even the population limiting thing sounds like a good idea when he says it. Especially if there's a meerkat on his head.
Re: where it's going
Google was a verb there, the imperative.
Mirrorlink is from the ccc.
Re: where it's going
Google Mirrorlink, it's already there.
Well it's a standard to let you do that anyway, more mirroring display and piping sound. It's a VNC connection between a car and a phone.
Well very early memories at any rate.
My father used to write games to teach me to read and do maths on the Oric, It even survived being put in action man's dinghy once.
Cinnamon is all very good
But as we know in Britain, if you want to add anything to a cow, it's horse that you should be looking for.
Re: Doomsday eh?
Would you accept a snow crash epidemic as a modern substitute?
Which is probably why they need the fibre.
Re: Doomsday eh?
Wasn't that the Domesday book?
I'm pretty sure that this is the town where the end of the world will begin.
Mayan or Biblical?
How did they even hear of small Yorkshire settlements?
Or watch the video
On that obscure website, the BBC
Looks like the same phone to me.
That was it.
Honestly, I rarely watch TV so my memories of what programmes are called is... patchy to say the least.
Yes Horizon, I liked that episode. My girlfriend put it on iPlayer and for once I didn't spend the evening reading a book in front of the TV :)
Re: Penrose's explanation of the end...
Maximum entropy is indistinguishable from zero entropy, if my extremely rusty memory is correct.
So yeah, odd things happen at extremes.
Penrose's explanation of the end...
.. of the universe and the whole solution to heat death and the start of the universe* was on a... panorama I think? recently and as an astrophyicist by training I was just utterly gobsmacked.
It was so... elegant.
It's as close as I get to a religious experience and I am still getting tingles when I think about it. It's quite humbling when you realise the gap between intellects who can come up with these solutions and yourself.
Oh well, I just hope that the human race keeps churning out minds like his.
*as I understood it, and I could well be out of practice, the universe will eventually cool to absolute zero (or close enough that quantum fluctuations are the only accelerating things) at which point space and time will have no real meaning since there won't be anything to distinguish anything from anything else. At which point everywhere is basically nowhere and so could be treated as a singularity which could then explode.
I probably mangled that thoroughly after 10 years away from university and not doing physics, but I think that was the gist of it.
This, with the accompanying videos was how I learnt Python, and now I use it every day for my job. OK so it doesn't give you everything you'll ever need to know, but it definitely goes a long way beyond "hello world!"
The expanded universe has a plethora of great stories that would make good movies.
The NJA series alone would probably furnish us with a new trilogy of trilogies, and the later Yuuzhan Vong books would easily do the same.
The black hole as shield idea annoyed the helll out of me though.
on Linux too
I'm currently synching my music on my Ubuntu box, so it's not just Windows and Mac.
I say that being able to spell privilege should be the first criterion of this privilege.
Also I love the idea that in a society of pure geniuses, we'd have all the factories and production lines stocked with people who would rapidly become incredibly bored and frustrated. And of course, it's all genetics that lead to crime, not social factors or education. Why is the government not funding phrenology research in this most vital of times?
I have to admit when I was at university I was young and I thought that breeding should be limited to the intelligent. I made two assumptions, 1) That this would be good for the world, 2) that it'd mean I got more sex.
I now disbelieve the first one and I know the second is false.
Oh to be young and dumb again.
You can always make me an offal I can't refuse
And I will say it up front, the Souse has me drooling. I bet it's fair tasty.
Then again, I'm Chinese and as everyone knows, we'll eat _anything_.
I think the missus might have a few words to say to me if I started reducing offal in the kitchen though, she doesn't even let me have tripe steamed with ginger, honey and soy.
Bah! now I'm hungry!
(Also lamb's hearts are very easy to get in most super markets and roast up a treat)
Re: Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man @AC 08:53
Interestingly I don't like Marmite either, it's the anti-beer.
On that note, roll on beer o' clock
Now I hate Win 8 as much as the next man
But complaining that people can't open the start screen when you give them a keyboard which doesn't have an obvious windows key is silly.
I think the command key on a mac will act as a windows button but it's decidedly non-obvious.
Though as an ubuntu user, I feel the pain of the windows people, Unity is possibly worse than TIFKAM, I live in Gnome 2 still, and will do for as long as I can.
You mean something like
Singaporeans have exceptional English already lah, but the country itself is duller than a weekend in Bognor Regis.
Still, it's definitely worth a visit if you didn't spend most of your formative years hopping around SE Asia. (Malaysia,Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia: jungles Mountains, ruined temples, orangutans! Singapore... Oh look an electronics store.)
Re: $100 Nexus?
If there's a nexus 10, I would be sorely tempted.
So very sorely.
Re: Silly Question...
Nothing, you don't lose experience, gold or even get repair costs (beyond those you'd get for being in any fight and not dying) when you PvP in WoW.
All you need to do is run from the graveyard, back to your body and you're good to go again.
The word is
That someone found a way to get Martin Thunder ( http://www.wowwiki.com/Martin_Thunder ) on their character and used that to create the carnage.
They were epic, not legendary. Quite fun though.
@mark 63, not really, it's not like it's a long way to run from the graveyard. Death in WoW, especially in PvP has next to no drawbacks, aside from a couple of minutes running back to your body.
How long? Not long.
I saw a guy do it in about 12 minutes last week.
He was using recruit a friend though (bonus levelling).
Just normally? A month, maybe 2, playing pretty casually, (no more than an hour at a go, perhaps 3 sessions in a weekend). It's nothing like a grind now. Which is good in some ways, but I did kinda like it the old way.
Re: Too low rating for swissgear
You're not wrong!
Tar for me for a blind fool, but my nexus 7 will fit in that pocket I keep my phone in. My timbers be shivered! How could I have not seen it until now?
Re: challenge accepted
World Of Warcraft
you get the idea, Blizzard release everything on Mac and Windows. Which is great because on Mac it uses OpenGl rendering so it works a treat on Linux too.
Re: Sounds even worse than durian fruit
Durian is delicious, so delicious that I am actually scheduling my holiday next year to Malaysia to coincide with the Durian season.
God I love that fruit. The smell actually makes me hungry now.
Re: Bag Selection.
My Wenger bag has a chest strap but no waist strap.
It's not a great issue for me, though I appreciate the chest strap when I stop off to get some milk, beer, wine other heavy grocery on the way home.
My hiking rucksack has a waist strap, but it's a lot larger than my backpack.
Re: I love my Wenger Backpack
I just realised I'm a Wenger backpack fanboi. Oh well.
I love my Wenger Backpack
It does indeed only have one padded pocket, but it easily has room in the same space at the back for a laptop/tablet in a padded sleeve, kindle goes in the front, phone slips in the top pocket (some kind of ipod holder thing, just right for a phone and the rest of the pocket space is great for pens, leatherman etc). then there's the main compartment which easily has the space for a change of clothes and lunch, and my cables for my chargers handily stashed in the net pocket at the top. then there's another compartment with yet another phone pocket, pen space etc which handily holds my bike lock. And on top of all that I fit a bottle of water in the side. I still have a pocket at the very front free and another side pocket.
Love this bag so much. Used it on three continents for 6 years and while the rubber in the little bungee things on the side is dead, the rest of the bag is still working well if a little scuffed. Cost me £15 in Morgan years back and I can't replace it. Not even with the Wenger messenger back I picked up this year.
Meanwhile, at the Blizzard stand
Don't think it's working.
Re: New Meaningful Register Units of Battery Capacity Needed
Oh it's a fine normal measurement, but we need some kind of reg measurement.
So standard light up santa hours, for example, or perhaps an equivalent such as "That's as much energy as eating X fruit pastilles per minute for Y hours" or the like.
Actually fruit pastilles per minute for so many hours sounds like an excellent unit of measurement.
Re: Don't care.
Yeah, those fools being born in a country like that!
We should completely ignore their rights because they chose to be born in an islamic country. Clearly everyone in said country is 100% behind such actions.
Yup, gotta be the case, right?
Re: "And relieve stress"
Ah I missed the alu bit.
Spend too long working with steel pipes and look where it gets you.
Re: "the chair is baked slowly at a low temperature to purify it"
And relieve stress in the heat affected zone too.
Re: So what does American spelling of LASER stand for then
And size of course.
Re: Will every milk bottle
No, but the milk might well become wee.
It's not that you are lost, it's that the food you want to find is nowhere to be seen.
Sure you might think that the baking ingredients would be next to each other, but that would be foolish! Oh no, they'll move at least two or three of them to a completely different part of the store and hide them under a sign like "fish" when they are in fact hundreds and thousands (hyperbole comes as standard). Of course, simply working out where they now are is no guide to success, oh no. They move everything on a regular basis so you wander past as many "offers" as possible when you try and find anything.
And people ask me why I prefer to shop online.
*grumpy old man who dislikes super-markets*
Those signs mean nothing.
If I want to find oriental/indian food supplies in my local Tesco, I head to the aisle marked "Polish" ,"World foods" (can't remember the actual name, something on those lines) is only Fajitas and Mexican food.
If I want ingredients for a cake, flour is under "ingredients", caster sugar is under "Eggs" and baking powder is also under "Eggs", the flour is about 8 aisles from the sugar and baking powder.
If I want tapas, it's under "Sausages and Bacon"
The signs are not there to guide you, they're there to confuse. This is why people ignore them. They impart absolutely no useful information in the vast majority of cases.
I hate supermarket signs.
Re: Kings Cross
No, it's actually in the middle of the tracks.
Platforms 9 & 10 face each other, though the half cart has been shifted to the concourse.
Re: Oh FFS
Yup, (ex)astrophysicist here and I never heard a physicist ever call it the god particle.
It doesn't even make sense as a name. Might as well call photons the Lucifer particle, it makes more sense.
No need for medicinal reasons
Sichuan bullfrog soup is delicious, if cane toads were tasty, I'm sure we Chinese would be eating them already.
Damn, I want some frog now :(
Re: "Microsoft was always a much better hardware manufacturer than software developer."
Intellimouse Explorer 1.0, lasted through Diablo 2, World of Warcraft and still putting in solid service in Diablo 3.
One hell of a mouse.
Ah the bearodactyl
I will be renaming my media server tonight!
Re: Solar ignition!
I have no idea if that would work (can't see why it wouldn't), but that was such a beautifully simple solution that I have to say: genius.
You'd be above most of the clouds, you're highly unlikely to be moving faster than the Earth is rotating and best of all, you'll enjoy an amazing sunrise from the camera.
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Mounties get their man: Heartbleed hacker suspect, 19, CUFFED
- Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER