303 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd June 2009 07:50 GMT
Re: "the chair is baked slowly at a low temperature to purify it"
And relieve stress in the heat affected zone too.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
I would say year 9 (that's 14 right?) is a lot too late to get children to start using laptops in lessons, by about 9 years.
Probably at the wrong stage in development too, when I was 14 I regularly used my pens to doodle instead of write, or play battleships with the boy I sat next to. I don't think teenagers are generally much good at concentrating anyway.
Probably going to sound like a new age person here
but really I am not.
The point is that the world children are being born into today is not the world you and I grew up in. In large swathes of the world people are nearly constantly connected to the web, younger people especially. We have to learn different things and in different ways, than we did 30 years ago.
I think kids should be allowed laptops in exams, tablets too, but that the exams should take this into account. How often do you find yourself completely isolated from the raw computing power of the web and the masses of information it holds? If you are isolated from the web, how often is that without a computer of some kind (a laptop, a phone, a tablet, whatever) that has literally thousands of text books worth of storage on it?
If you're under 20, the answer's probably very rarely.
I'm pretty sure lots of commenters will disagree with me here, saying how they spend twelve hours a day in a mill, in a field making sprockets, uphill in the snow both ways. Or that they have many friends who never go online or the like.
Probably true for the older generations.
But for children, the web is the encyclopaedia, the television, the local social club and their penpal and their games console all in one. And it fits in their pocket.
So while laptops in the school seems like a bad idea when you think of a world like we grew up in, is it really so bad that they might not know who Harold defeated at the battle of Stamford Bridge?
I'm not saying they should rely on machines for everything, maths, basic language skills and the knowledge we all gathered as children is important. But how you gather it is really not as important. Sure I had the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but it was slow and it was hard to get the relevant detail out of the morass of information I was presented with. Then my school got Encarta and life became ever so slightly easier, now we have university sites, the dreaded wikipedia and whole hosts of specialist sites accessible at our fingertips.
Learning something from a web page is just as valuable as learning it from a book.
For subjects like history, I can see a strong case for multimedia, interviews with people and so on. Proper first hand evidence.
Oh no, computers in the classroom are definitely a strong part of how children should be taught, nostalgia to the contrary.
I did study astronomy,
Here I am, writing scripts.
So yeah, it's much of a muchness.
M Night Shylalllalalalalalalalaman's work about the forces of evil and how they relate to lift maintenance.
I couldn't stop watching because I had finally found a film worse than Highlander Source. If you have not seen this film, do not. you gain nothing by doing so.
At least the icon is appropriate.
Have you used cable?
Aside from throttling (A sin in and of itself), I've never had it not run at the stated speed, within a couple of hundred Kb/s and I've been on Virgin/Telewest since 1999 or so. Generally it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Full disclosure, I used to work for Virgin, in a call centre (which would make me hate them you'd think.)
It doesn't matter that they are uninhabitable at all.
What matters is that we have detected a planet of a size similar to our own, instead of the much larger ones we've been seeing until now. This means that we could start to detect planets of the right size and composition in the goldilocks zone of other stars.
That's when the fun begins.
Well now I'll be humming all day.
Duel of the Fates stuck in my head.
I assume he used the force to cause the taser to fail the first time. Wise is he in the ways of the force. Much anger there is in him.
I would guess it's from facebook coins and their gaming networks.
Facebook take a nice slice of every transaction in a game now (much to the chagrin of my dev friends), so there's a lot of money falling into their laps from games and apps. While I don't much like Facebook, I can happily admit that they know how to make a couple of quid.
Close but no cigar.
It was arsenical DNA where arsenic replaced (some of?) the phosphorus that is normally present. Carbon would still be needed.
If they don't use carbon to make their long chains, they would need to live on a world with a massively different chemistry, and temperature, to ours. We look for life like us because it's most likely that we would be able to understand, interact with and recognise such life. If there were life that was completely alien, how would we know it was alive?
If you can effectively answer that question a lot of people would be very interested to hear that answer.
Sod the nay sayers, if I win it, I am going sub-orbital!
Space damn it! Is this not why we sat in our rooms reading sci-fi stories whille the Speccy beeped and booped its little loading song?
Is this not why we sat agog as Kirk slept his way across the Alpha quadrant?
Is this not why we became nerds?
Seriously, I cannot say how much I'd rather be able to say "I went to space!" than "I paid off my mortgage!"
Language is everything
I've been swearing in German for when I stub my toe and the like for fifteen years now, normally I just swear in English.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what the meaning of the word is as much as the sound of it. Which is why "Oh fornication!" isn't a phrase you'll hear every day. By adopting this bi-lingual strategy you can have your kuchen and eat it.
I am technically a scientist, so I'm calling this one science!
That was "I, robot", god that book was so much better than the awful film.
Hur hur hur, you said "hard on gags".
Sadly that was funnier than season 7&8 combined. ( I actually enjoyed the three parter, mainly because I called the despair/hope squid thing after five minutes and then had smug mode after I was proven right. And I like Blade Runner homages)
Not just technology. This is clearly science, biology probably, might be some sub-genre of the smellier sciences. (What do I know about squishy things? I'm a physicist.)
So while this might be short on microprocessors and the like, it's still well within the remit of the site, even without Bootnotes.
Starship Troopers far predates any and all modern anime.
It's not my favourite book, being rather heavy on the military procedure and light on the story, but it's definitely worth a read.
I actually do get Lovefilm to post me DVDs now and then, but by and large it's far too slow and cumbersome for me. Requiring a detour on my way to work to return the films is more effort than I want to give, especially when watching TV series where you're lucky to get 5 episodes on one disk.
A streaming only service with a wider selection would definitely make me sit up and take notice. If netflix had a PS3 service and a wider range than Lovefilm, I'd switch quite happily.
Best RPG ever?
It's bloody close if it's not the one.
This and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion cost me a lot of hours of my life, I played it through so many times I am trained to rage at the sound of "Heya, it's me! Imoen!".
I still remember when I found out you could unparty 4 people surrounding Drizzt and then stand back and shoot him until he died and loot his corpse for frankly amazing items.
Silly Drow, your place is in the underdark!
Yup, it's a royal decree or somesuch.
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