332 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
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.
Re: Who will buy them?
I was actually looking at one of them, packed to the gunwales with music, as a travel phone with a cheap PAYG SIM in.
My travel phone (nokia E65) is getting somewhat long in the tooth, and I expect the battery life to be better on a new phone with a lower spec.
Re: Darwin rules
As a cyclist, I quite agree that there's a lot of awful cyclists out there. Last Friday I had no fewer than three of them cut me up or pull out without warning when I was cycling home.
I tried to explain to my missus that the fine for pulling into traffic without looking should be a limb, but she thought that was harsh.
We're not great at converting our massively important research breakthroughs into profits sadly.
Oh well, it'll keep the kebabs cheap.
I would have thought
That the author being "Lee Kuh" would have given the game away.
Re: I still don't know
Hmm, I'd probably just use my phone for that, (well I have Spotify premium).
At work so far the results have been "as a remote control" and "to read comics on."
Honestly, the comic book argument is the one I've found most compelling so far. I just need to work out how to hold one for more than 30 minutes without it hurting.
I still don't know
Exactly what it is that tablets are good for. I've had to use a few at work, because we support them, but they're just a bad compromise between phones and laptops as far as I can tell.
I personally find them uncomfortable to use, badly limited and generally just an annoyance.
I actually really want to want them. They're shiny and cool, but... when I have one in my hands, all I want to do is get back to my keyboard and mouse.
I assume I'm holding them all wrong because it either hurts my neck or my shoulders to use them. I also can't work out what I could do on one.
This is an honest question, because I would LOVE to have a reason to pick up that 13" Toshiba tablet, which looks all types of awesome. What is a tablet good for and how do you use it so it doesn't hurt?
That wandered off the point somewhat, but that's essentially why I've not got a tablet yet.
Re: How did they spot two worlds orbiting each other without a star?
If the planets pass between us and any star we're looking at, there's a chance we can see them. Doesn't necessarily have to be their own star, they could just pass in front of us like ET in front of the moon.
That's the actual automation article, this article is just the victim of an incorrect link.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
True, computers make us dependant, which is why I said that the basics should remain in place.
But is the dependancy really any greater when it's to a computer than to a book?
I use google, wikipedia and the like extensively in my everyday life. I regard the knowledge of how to intelligently and accurately use these tools as a skill in and of itself. Yes, I grew up having to look in books to find out what I needed to know, did it make it stay in my head better? I honestly couldn't say.
What I can say is that I have a much broader knowledge of things I learnt since I left formal study and started just looking into things that interested me on the web. True, it mightn't be as detailed but largely I would say that's my fault rather than the medium from which I learn.
We have so much knowledge now, so much data in existence, that aside from your specialist area(s) a broad and shallow knowing is about all you can expect. With that I have to say that the internet has massively increased the scope and depth available to anyone connected to it (who reads the appropriate language)
By all means keep teaching arithmetic, literacy and the basic sciences as we've done for years, these methods work. But when it comes to humanities and to a lesser extent higher sciences (though I can see a tablet being extremely useful when learning physics, part of the reason I hated using a laptop in lectures was because I couldn't lob a quick diagram in), take advantage of the fact that we have much better technology and better resources available to us now.
I have a rose-tinted dream of history projects about the second world war being created with interviews from survivors, video of the events and the like interspersed between the text. Of lots of young children thinking of tablets and PCs the way I think about pens and paper. Your school work would be stored on the school servers, so the actual machine you used to access it would be nearly irrelevant. Though the kids could be encouraged to personalise their machines so they have a proper link to their achievements, a better link than covering a book in leftover wallpaper like I used to! Almost makes me wish I was back at school again now.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
Actually now I think about it, I was writing and playing Space Invaders on my ti-83 at 14, so technology misuse was already in force!
Didn't do me any harm etc.
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