84 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
Re: I wonder
<blockquote>The chances of two stars colliding during a galaxy merger are very small as galaxies are mostly empty space.</blockquote>
Stars may be unlikely to collide but they do risk being slung out of the galaxy and losing the protection against cosmic rays which the galaxy's magnetic field provides. There's also the problem of stars passing nearby which trigger the infall of comets, threatening a system's planets with bombardment.
Anyway, when Andromeda hits the Milky Way it won't matter to us. The Earth will have been swallowed up by our expanding sun before then; in fact we've only got about 800 million years left before our oceans start to boil away.
Re: Speech Recognition
"OMG, I was like, Glass?"
I think even Google Glass would be embarrassed to respond to that.
Re: No wonder Americans are scared
On a side note, I propose that the El Reg Standards Soviet adopt the BED (Banana Equivalent Dose) as their unit of radioactive exposure.
A banana a day keeps the doctor away.
They're certain you could. After all, they know what you eat.
Re: 238 YEARS OF HISTORY
<blockquote>The USA Founding Fathers would be considered terrorist commies these by the very country they founded.</blockquote>
They wouldn't be considered True Christians, either. And that's only the ones who actually were Christians, rather than agnostics or deists.
Re: Tin Foil Hats
<blockquote>"a 5 euro muffin would be nice about now..."</blockquote>
I had a 5 euro muffin once. She was worth every cent.
Just to rub Gove's nose in it.
Re: Ha ha ha
Robots like that would sell well in Downing Street.
Re: In the UK?!
They're not hearing anything from me. I line my digestive system with the tinfoil Cadbury's so kindly provide.
Um, don't the Yanks still use the Fahrenheit scale?
I wouldn't inflict low-alcohol beer even on a robot.
And to terrorists who have been successfully prosecuted and jailed, rather than put under some half-arsed control order (or if not British-born, have their citizenship revoked merely on suspicion, as Theresa May now wants) because they couldn't gather enough evidence even with all the spying.
Re: "pretty much all the IT people in the land and then some"
Not to mention different browsers on each device, along with various tracker blocking mechanisms (probably more likely to be used by IT folks than non-IT).
Re: Tell me another..
You'd really like that to happen, wouldn't you, Mr Obama?
Re: A license to do what they please and no oversight - perfect combination
what would be your MO?
Explain things to him very slowly and carefully, monosyllablically if necessary. He's earned that right because at least he's had the sense to hire me.
Anyway, your analogy doesn't hold up. A country's population isn't all composed of really stupid people -- only half of them are of less than average intelligence, and a significant percentage are going to be more intelligent than half of the people making up the government.
It isn't the likes of us on this forum who will be taken in, but more the proverbial 'little old lady'.
True, though even my mum, at the age of 79, has recognised these callers for what they are and told them what they can go do with themselves.
I suppose it helps that she doesn't own a computer.
with the black hole only getting a few sips of the gas while the star passes by, dense enough to escape the event horizon
"Dense enough"? Don't you mean "having sufficient momentum"?
My fx-550 finally gave up the ghost six or seven years ago. The modern calculator I bought to replace it just doesn't seem as intuitive.
I've still got my log tables, though. I used to be able to make good approximations purely with mental arithmetic, having memorised the logs of 2, 3 and 5, working by interpolation between those and their multiples (but I can only remember log 2 now). I've also got my dad's slide rule tucked away in a box somewhere, although I never really taught myself to use it properly.
"This Mail Online story"
You could have stopped right there; we'd have guessed the rest.
Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"
I agree, except for the bit about him meaning well.
Rejoin its herd? Don't you know that there's only one electron in the universe? ;-)
...I want to know how close the Norks are to perfecting the hafnium bomb.
Re: Dear Mr Mammoth
That's quite enough from both of you.
Re: How could one check
How could you be sure that either your request or the server's response hadn't also been interfered with?
I keep GCHQ out of my computer by using an American OS, a Russian firewall product and Chinese hardware. Safe as houses...
Re: Nothing creepy about the term "Information Dominance Center"....
At least we can be confident that the UK-equivalent won't have been built at great expense by a Hollywood set designer. The Tardis console under GCHQ will have been bodged together by a couple of blokes in a shed one weekend.
Re: Detection issues
Yup. KB2760411 is doing this on two of my five SharePoint dev servers. The live environment can wait for a proper fix.
"We are currently living in an interglacial period which has lasted since the the end of the Pleistocene Era, the era when modern humans started to use tools."
Modern humans have always used tools, as have our ancestral (and related) species going back over three million years.
Re: Big earner
Re: As Sir Terry said...
Unlikely. Dolphins would know the Fishguard train runs from Paddington, not King's Cross.
> Some 30 million Brits see the screens every week, we're told.
We might see them, but that doesn't mean we actually look at them, nor that we remember what's on them or that they affect our buying habits. Surely the best (and cheapest and easiest to measure) marker is whether sales go up in an area where a campaign is run?
"Doing a better job than England where prisoners get an Xbox, 3 square meals and sky tv etc!!"
Which is what happens in private prisons, not state-run ones. The private companies save money by locking people in their cells for most of the day so that they can employ fewer guards -- the entertainment is provided to stop the prisoners rioting. This is what happens when all that matters is the bottom line, and naturally the Daily Mail readers get the wrong end of the stick and complain about it.
Unlicensed particle accelerators
"It generally takes a decent-sized particle accelerator to produce antimatter"
Or a banana. But I suppose it depends on how much useable antimatter you want.
> The reason neither party can tackle this is that both understand the value of communities
Although the Tories are doing their very best to break up communities of people who earn very little (who rely much more on friends and family than do those with money to spare).
Re: Why the hell would they do that?
Do you have something against creoles too?
Re: Nothing to hide
"what's the weather like in Cheltenham?"
Overcast and a bit breezy. Chance of showers.
Re: "I've received penalty points for speeding in Watford and Hull within 15 minutes of each other"
<blockquote>Dear God, man, how fast were you going?</blockquote>
About <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=distance+between+watford+and+hull&meta=">800mph</a>.
Re: This could work, scope is sane
Re: Seems counterproductive...
"There are so many books I bought / borrowed from the library at uni which I never would have known about had google not indexed them."
Or you could just have asked your subject librarian...
Re: Why would the police ask you for your expert opinion
Because they were taking their lead from the politicians?
For atheists it would be Ø.
Re: Quality of Teaching
I was taught Pythagoras' Theorem exactly the same way, back when I was nine or ten. I can still see it in my mind's eye; it stuck with me because it was such a perfect illustration of the idea. The other one which stands out (from secondary school) is the use of integration to derive the formulae for areas and volumes from first principles instead of just having to memorise the bloody things.
"While 154,763 students signed up for the first Circuits and Electronics course at MITx, a number Agarwal proudly pointed out is more than all of MIT's alumni for the last 100 years, just 26,349 took on the course's first problem set. 10,547 made it to the mid-term exam and 9,318 passed that test. 8,240 took the final exam, 7,157 of whom won the certificate on offer."
I took a Coursera course, Introduction to Astronomy, to which 55,000 people signed up. All but about 10,000 dropped out by the second week (when the maths kicked in), and 8,000 went on to view all the video sets for the course. About 3,000 completed all the assignments and 2,200 received a certificate. It's interesting to see the proportions are roughly the same between the two sets of figures.
Re: What did Sir Henry request ...
I would have thought the Vatican would be quoting Matthew 24:36 and not doing anything as heretical as suggesting we'll all have to wait for the heat death of the universe.
No, the government are expecting people to use the computers in their local library...
Convection normally takes away much more heat energy than a small device can manage by radiation or conduction, so a heat sink at higher altitudes will definitely help.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000-ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad