Re: "Babylon 5's a big pile of shit!"
Me too :)
135 posts • joined 7 Jul 2009
Me too :)
If you are going to insist on bunging a bloody great picture at the top of each article, at least put the bit of the picture that the article is talking about there! I spent a lot of time wondering where this plume was, and wasn't until I saw the much smaller picture at the bottom of the article that I realised that the bit I was looking at in the main picture was probably the polar (dry) ice cap.
This is great, for the simple reason that it allows one to justify _any_ other expense.
"Yes, love, I did just spend £5,000 on a new bicycle, but look! I could have spent even more on some stupid cables - this bike has loads of cables on it - it's good value!"
Are also XKCD/806 compliant, which is nice.
Brilliant comment! :)
Quite prescient too - 2001 is being re-released this month in cinemas. Yey!
Thank you sir, for giving me the opportunity to post a link to an excellent XKCD :-)
Somehow I had always had the impression that comets were just amorphous blobs, almost sponge-like, but these pictures really show just how interesting they can be. How did those "mountains" form? Where have they been?
Science - it rocks!
Pedant's corner, I know, but it's actually spelled "Dictionary"; I'm sure there's a book you can use to look up the correct spellings of things, but I can't remember what it's called.
God, that website makes me want to vomit diamond cutting-wire harvested crystals.
They have finally reached the point where they are a parody of themselves. It's incredible.
There's something odd going on here - on that support page, they infer that the packet capturing interface is innocent and secure and what-have-you. They then link to a developer page that has the following text in the iOS section:
"iOS Packet Tracing
iOS does not support packet tracing directly. However, if you're developing for iOS you can take a packet trace of your app in a number of different ways:
If the problem you're trying to debug occurs on Wi-Fi, you can put your iOS device on a test Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi Capture for details.
If your app uses HTTP, you can configure your iOS device to use a debugging HTTP proxy (such as Charles HTTP Proxy).
In iOS 5 and later you can use the remote virtual interface facility."
Which makes no mention of this innocent, secure feature.
Are they trying to retcon something here? Or am I just being paranoid?
Does anyone know why it will take 9 months for the full data download to occur? It can't be the distance (the report says that the light RTT will be about 8 hours at that distance). Is it bandwidth-related? Or can't they get enough time on the Deep Space Network?
For a long time I thought she was singing "honestly, I want to see if it breaks" which struck me as an odd marketing message. Bit of a wishful thinking mondegreen methinks.
I totally agree with you - my colleagues are a threat to any unlocked phone in the vicinity. It is lots of fun though ;-)
And I think you're right about that statistic, I'm sure I caught the guy in the keynote say something along the lines of "if you're one of the 12-15% percent of people who enforce security then..." so the stat might be even worse than that!
The article isn't very clear here, but after watching the keynote, here is what I think happens:
The phone doesn't "auto-unlock" in the sense of becoming active, but it suppress any PIN-code or pattern-unlock requirements that may otherwise be enabled on the phone, allowing the user to just to slide to unlock (in the same way that you can if there are no security settings enforced)
Oh I was there when it was still cool and now it's just a commercial borefest and blah blah blah blah blah
That is a great question, and one I'd like to know the answer to, too.
The clearest answer I can find is this:
Which seems to say that it's not these ancient galaxies that we are observing in UV, but closer, younger ones. But this doesn't either answer your question into why we see this UV at all, unless - like you say - the radiation was originally in the form of X-rays or gamma radiation, nor explain why this is being discussed with relation to the HDF image (which by definition is of old, far away galaxies).
Can any astro-boffins help?
Let's just call this a day. Hopefully you have satisfied your need demonstrate how much better you are than others through the medium of internet posts.
I'm quite proud to have elicited such a response. Proud, but also a little bit scared. Trevor, old bean, you seem slightly upset by this whole thing - opinions, buddy - that's all they are - opinions on a website. The fact that a euphemism has been in place for ages doesn't mean I can't criticise its use does it?
Also, thanks for giving me the phrase - but it's probably not much of a sacrifice - after all, you seem to have another 49,997+ words to keep you company. I'm really impressed by that, by the way.
Yours, the ferro-magnetic princess.
If ever I start a band I will steal this for the name - once I have wiped off the flecks of spittle, of course.
Seriously, why all the keyboard rage? All I was after is a modicum of accuracy. I have no affiliation to mechanical nor to solid-state drives - they each have their uses.
Please, for the love of god, stop with this "spinning rust" bullshit. It's not rust. I know you're trying to look knowledgeable and all, but a man of your otherwise demonstrable intelligence doesn't need to.
Sorry for the rant,but that geek.com website has an awful layout. Why, in this age of relatively low-res widescreen laptop and desktop screens would they take up nearly 1/4 of the available horizontal space with those borders? I don't really care how many people have shared the story!
Now I'm off to chase those kids of my lawn.
Oh, hi Eadon!
I'd like to propose an amendment to Godwin's Law - all IT discussions will eventually end up with a motoring analogy. :-)
Perhaps issued in a rush (and understandably so!), this article is not of the usual quality found here - full of typos and Citrix is mentioned twice as being in trouble when the linked article says only one of the nine products are affected. The affected product needs sorting, sure, but it's not as bad as the article makes out...
It just works!
Seriously though, I like the part about "your data is still available at your home or your office" - that's very generous of them, but it worries me that people may start to think of local access as being a feature of "The Cloud".
How on earth does this idiotic post garner 8 upvotes? Are people so quick to hate that they'll agree with any old nonsense?
I think you mean no "u" :-)
Much as I hate to belittle a frankly excellent series of articles, was that a link to a... a Wikipedia article I saw??? That must have hurt :-)
I hope this is OK, but I'm reposting "thesykes" fantastic comment on the original story. I think this is one of the best comments ever made on this forum and probably as equally appropriate here:
To me, there are two trains of thought that exist in management.
Train A goes something like: We employ 1,000 IT staff and, because of this, all our systems run smoothly.
Train B, however, goes: All our systems run smoothly, why do we need 1,000 IT staff?
Unfortunately, it's standing room only on Train B, whereas Train A has been cancelled due to lack of demand and a bus replacement service is now in operation.
So much of the debate on this, including the article upon which we are commenting on takes the form:
Journo: "Hmm, some new science has appeared which contradicts my inviolable belief that something is/isn't happening to our climate" [delete as appropriate]. "I must immediately discover some other science that I can put all my faith in, so that I can be reassured that my position is safe".
This abuse of the scientific method in order to back up or deny a fervently held, almost religious, belief saddens me.
Yes. A web browser. For browsing the web. Not for running applications. I know "browsers" have become considerably more advanced these days but I can't help thinking this is a double-edged sword - a sizeanle fraction of browser exploits are most probably due to this massive increase. Give me a lightweight client application any day of the week.
Damn straight! The modern Horizon format makes me weep - a better example of style over substance it isn't possible to find.
Informative article, but gads! Did anyone actually proof-read it beforehand?
I had thought that we were in the middle of a protracted solar minimum, with all the associated dire warnings about mini-Ice Ages etc... how come we're now heading for a maximum? I'm confuzzled.
The thing is, for the longest time when people have purchased a "boxed product", they haven't actually purchased the product, but rather a license to use said product, so to claim that subscription plans are wrong because you never own the product is missing the point, because you never owned the product in the first place.
HOWEVER, the concept of paying the same amount of money over a period of time as purchasing the license outright, and then losing access to the software if one stops paying is certainly a step backwards.
It's heading into winter in the promised land right now, you insensitive clod! :-)
That is just one of many stories about people losing access to their wallet.dat files through lack of backups, incompetence, or any other human failing...
C'mon then, Mr Smartypants - why don't you enlighten us as to quite why he is so wrong?
If not, all you're doing is proving that criticising is far easier than educating...
Voyager - never was a spacecraft so aptly named.
Indeed, it is very entertaining reading his posts.
Mind you, I'm glad that I don't employ him (or contract his services for that matter), 18 Register comments today and counting...
Thanks for the explanation, Tony. :-)
Strange review this one - acomes across that the review has made up his mind that he wasn't going to like it, then filtered the review through that decision. Also, why no score?
Otherwise we're going to have all sorts of SSID issues if we ever meet up.
Please can we stop with this whole "spinning rust" thing? It's infecting Trevor Pott's articles too, and is a little bit too smug for my liking ("ooh, look at me - I know how things work"), not to mention completely incorrect - these days most magnetic medium on the platters of HDDs is a cobalt alloy, most definately not iron oxide...
Agreed - it would be good to know if the mission goal was reached or not.
I'd always thought that there was a little bit of give-and-take in all of these things. The software vendors just assume that your average Joe (and I include myself in this definition) will just tick the box, and your average Joe just assumes that he won't get taken to court should he fail to remove all copies of Flash from his mountain of backups once he's sold his old PC.
These agreements are mainly in place to stop massive abuses of software theft and copyright abuse, rather than impinge on what the other 99.9% of users are doing with their computers.
The most incredible thing about this, is that during the segments when he is cracking the eggs and drinking a beer, he just looks like a bloke cracking an egg and drinking a beer - the prosthesis is so well designed and (more importantly) operated that it disappears into the background and we can just concentrate on what the guy is doing, not how he is doing it.
Excellent mate! I love it :-)