401 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009
Re: Milankovitch and the Galactic Year
"the collision that formed the solar system"
What the blazers?
The explosion that happens behind the progress bar.
Re: Man and machine in perfect dis-harmony
I did a degree in AI in the 90s and my professor shared a cute story with us about Marvin Minski going to view his colleagues table tennis playing robot. The claim is that when Minski walked into the lab, the robot immediately started doing it's best to smack him on his shiny, bald noggin.
I have no idea if there's any truth in it, but it still makes me happy.
Re: Some tricks up his sleeve?!
I'd show up in a polkadot shirt.
Re: "It’s hard to comprehend...
It's even harder to overstate it.
I hope that they'll look more closely than just at the name. Otherwise when I come to release my 1920s themed, point and click adventure following a young woman as she explores the fashion and dances of the speakeasies it may turn out I've wasted a whole morning and most of an afternoon developing Flapper Bird. :(
Google's Big Dog retaliatory strike imminent.
Surely he can patch it.
Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!
It's worse than that. He's come in and kicked all this off now, but in a couple of years he'll either be in opposition or he'll have been moved into health or sport or something else he's shit at instead.
While schools are trying to train up teachers to be good at teaching programming to five year olds, he'll be off being an arse biscuit somewhere else and he won't have to deal with any of the difficulties everyone in education is having with the whole scheme.
Re: Ten pound note of pressure
But did they mean a £10 note or a 10lb note?
Yeah, but so would he once you had his notes.
No, sorry, your favourite type of plague is now 'pneumonic'.
Re: Why does anyone expect people to remember?
That's great until you find yourself on holiday without your PC and your laptop and phone get stolen.
"That's ok, I'll go to an internet cafe!" you think. So in you go, pay for an hour and sit at a computer.
Oh come on, mate. Ofn't you ever written anything that makes you look dim?
It seems that it is more profitable for them to plug them in and use them themselves, but only for a period of time. After that period, they start to be too slow to be profitable, so then they're sitting there with piles of stock that's making them no money and for which there is no demand.
That means they need to sell stock on while it's still considered fast enough that other people can see profit in buying it for mining. The people making them must find the right time where they can give up any future profits from mining and balance that by selling the device.
Anyone buying from them must therefore automatically be looking at a thinner profit margin than the people making them, but then I guess that's just how life works.
At least when everyone was doing this with graphics cards, there was still some inherent value in the kit once it was no longer profitable to mine with it. Well, I hope so anyway. I wouldn't mind picking up a bargain graphics card just for gaming.
Question: Is there any use at all for these ASICs once they're retire from mining?
It sounds like some of the hardware manufacturers are quietly or openly developing and using their own chips to mine for themselves and only selling the hardware on when it becomes more profitable to sell it than to use it. I suppose there's a small window where there's still demand for the hardware - that being where the public can run it profitably before it comes obsolete.
My question is whether this will ever be attractive to the big chip development companies, like Intel. Being as they have the facilities to fabricate large quantities of chips quickly, is there any point in them making themselves a large number fo mining chips, even if it's still only a small percentage of their chip output. Another way of phrasing it may be to ask if the economies of scale available to them mean there's be profit in using some of their capacity purely to speculate on bitcoin mining at the cost of reduced output of chips that they normally sell.
The whole thing's fascinating, but it feels like we're well past the stage where it's worth getting involved in buying hardware - as a hobbyist anyway. Just buying some kit that's a month too old could completely kill any chance of profit, by the sound of it.
Discoverability is the problem
As pointed out in the article, now there are over a million apps in these stores, it's really hard for anyone to find anything worth bothering with.
I think the best solution would be for the store managers to drop apps that are unpopular after a while. No downloads in a month? Delist the app. It sounds harsh, but it would be easy for any developer who cared to make sure they downloaded the app now and then to keep it listed and you'd probably find many don't bother to do that for apps that aren't performing at all anyway.
Maybe peopel would react better to this kind of thing if Google didn't turn it on by default, but instead made it available and then tried to explain to people why they might want to turn it on.
That or they'd realise they couldn't persuade anyone to turn it on because it's so obviously going to be far more trouble than it's worth.
"Smartwatches and wearable devices have proved the key theme of the show, with lots of folk jumping on the bandwagon to try and get a piece of the action early, now well-known birds like Fitbit and Pebble have been enjoying."
"Smartwatches and wearable devices have proved the key theme of the show, with lots of folk jumping on the bandwagon to try and get a piece of the action [that] early, now well-known birds like Fitbit and Pebble have been enjoying."
Re: 147 inch eh?
Even knowing that, it was more fun to say 148.
Re: 147 inch eh?
Yeah, but you have to position it EXACTLY the right distance from the wall.
Otherwise you risk ending up with a 148, which is clearly cheating.
Re: Simple sounding and clever
That's fine. Just use a mains adaptor.
If I worked at Twitter
I'd be quite tempted to insert one or two of those messages into the historical database.
No, more like a cliff.
Looking forward to reading all about it in this month's Cryptogram.
Re: Nope they have to
Maybe they've already successfully created an artificial intelligence and it's now making the business level purchasing decisions. The few remainging staff are all like, "We should buy more post it notes and hard drives." But then they get an email from "management" saying, "Nope, we're buying robotics companies in this phase."
Re: To spend 10½ hours a day picking items off the shelves...
Funny how sentences make less sense when you only look at half of them, eh?
"To spend 10½ hours a day picking items off the shelves is to contemplate the darkest recesses of our consumerist desires," In the context of working in an Amazon warehouse she'd have been picking all sorts of random stuff off the shelves. She was remarking on how the Amazon picker gets an insight into all the dark corners of the customers' minds through their purchasing decisions. She's not just moaning about working long hours in a boring job.
Still, it's probably easier to just read the first half of her sentence, sneer at her choice of a career in journalism and then sneer at her while projecting your own ideas onto her.
We should be archiving it on the moon, so it survives any Earth based disaster that's small enough to leave the moon's surface unharmed. eg. climate change, many levels of asteroid impact, supervolcano, gamma ray burst, etc. Even if all life on Earth is wiped out, the sum of our knowledge will remain available for any life that comes along later, either from elsewhere or starting from scratch locally.
I propose a system that starts with extremely large scale symbols, visible to the naked eye from the surface of the Earth - enough to inspire curiosity, so as to encourage further investigation. Then smaller symbols, still large enough to be seen with primitive optics, which explain some basic science. As concepts get more advanced, the symbols can be smaller, as they'll have already explained how to develop better telescopes. Smaller symbols can be duplicated over more of the moon's surface to allow for redundancy. At the stage where rocketry, orbital mechanics, etc. are sufficiently explained, everything else can be stored in a bunch of duplicated vaults - readily available for direct physical examination.
Large symbols can be written with nuclear weapons and smaller ones with orbital lasers and rovers.
It's fantastic what we could do if we just ignored physics, reality and all that other nonsense. :)
Not even close to useful yet.
I don't need to print a washer, shower curtain ring, action figure , circuit board or anything else so trivial.
I'll buy my first 3D printer when I can print Kelly LeBrock.
Was briefly enthused...
At first, I thought I could buy one of these and stick it on my home network and then be able to use my PC or Raspberry Pi to graph the sensor data over time.
Did they just roll back to the previous day's data?
It's shocking that people have seen money go missing. I mean, being unable to use your credit card or withdraw cash is obviously bad, but you can get around that by keeping credit cards from more than one provider. Seeing your wages vanish is another thing entirely.
Re: Don't stand too close
I suppose that is true if you ignore solar PV, hydro-electric power plants, wind turbines, diesel generators, etc...
What about keeping XP?
I've got an NC10 that I still use for programming during my commute. It came with XP and I run Visual Studio on it, which sounds absolutely horrific, but works well enough. Building is slow, but just writing code is fine, so I can upload it and do my builds/debugging on my desktop when I'm at home.
So what about sticking with XP? As I understand it, the idea is that Microsoft will stop supporting it, so there will be no further security patches and that's the main concern. Is there more to it than that? Can the netbook be kept secure enough to continue working on it and include some minor web access in that or is it really curtains?
In other words...
Owls are quiet. If we can copy their methods then our machines can be quiet too.
My passenger took the photo, your honour.
Because otherwise, companies could just pick out an employee and force/bribe them take the blame even if many more people were involved in the crime.
Re: As any fule kno
But 'graphics' comes from the word 'giraffics' as the first image on a computer screen looked a bit like a horse with a very long neck.
'employee representatives may want to take legal advice: “If they don’t have the benefit of that, they are left probably for the first time in their lives with a set of issues they haven’t faced before..."'
PS2 introduced DVD to the masses when dedicated players cost more than the games machine. PS3 did similar with Blu-ray and also introduced a platform that could be updated with new apps, adding things like iPlayer and Netflix over time. PS4 offers a hardware upgrade that will make the games look better (and potentially run smoother), but adds nothing as obvious beyond that as the previous two generations.
I hope it does well, but I think it might see a more gradual uptake than the PS2 and PS3, despite Sony having managed to reign in the cost compared to the last iteration, which had a huge launch price.
The day one sales are impressive, but possibly more indicative of efficient logistics than mid to long term demand for the machine. I'm just saying it's early days and probably too early to draw any conclusions.
Re: 20/20 vision
I believe the dev-kits came with some optional lenses you could swap in and out to adjust for basic sight problems.
Re: First example?
The force coming from the sun hits the sunward facing side of the asteroid fairly evenly. So if the asteroid is asymettrical, there will be a greater force to one side of its centre of mass than the other. This will cause it to spin.
Re: Am I misunderstanding?
From the way this article's written it sounds more like the edges are just rounded off a bit. Maybe this isn't even part of the visible display, but just the glass bevel bending around the sides of the phone. I'm not sure what would be so innovative about curved glass, though. I mean, drinking glasses have managed to have curved edges for hundreds of years.
Re: East coast of the US
What? It's November.
Re: Fast horizontal elevator?
The Channel Tunnel seems to work fairly well, though. You're underground for about half an hour (roughly!) and there are windows, but there's noting to see through them.
Just stick a TV in the capsule and blast the passengers with adverts for half an hour and you'll be fine. :)
Re: That's not the only thing that doesn't make any sense
Is it because when you get that much dust and put it really close together it's combined mass exerts a large enough gravitational force to melt it into a big lump?
Re: Too soon.
If only someone had told them..
...horses have four legs.
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