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I bet Richard Ayoade is on the list.
Re: Over excitement much?
> If my maths is correct, it would take Voyager 1 just shy of 300 YEARS to travel the distance of just
> 1 Light Year, assuming it stayed at a constant 60,000km/hour.
60000km/hour is 60000 * 1000 / 3600 = 16667m/s
The speed of light is 300000000m/s.
So it would take Voyager 1 3e8 / 16667 = 18000 years to travel one light year, or 216000 years to travel 12 light years.
And anyway there are only 22 star systems within 12 light years.
Epsilon Eridani has featured in some sci-fi as harbouring aliens but we'd need some good ultraviolet shielding to live there.
So we'll have to very likely have to look further afield.
Not all publishers demand Word
O'Reilly prefer you to write in AsciiDoc (or Markdown for short pieces). They have a very nice toolchain that tracks changes using git, and manages collaborators. Definitely the way writing should be done.
those combination car/boat vehicles
I think you mean "hovercraft".
Of course it didn't sell well...
Everyone knows that you need to wait for version 3 before Microsoft make something useable. I'm sure the third gen Surface will be fine.
> I think the best thing Nokia could do is resurrect their brilliant Debian-based phone OS Maemo.
Nokia are in investor in Jolla, which use Maemo's spiritual successor, Sailfish. If it does well, there is always a chance that Nokia will just completely buy Jolla.
The numbers are wrong
When increasing the length from 500m to 800m, the mass of the rope must increase at least linearly (in practise it increases faster than that because you need a thicker rope to hold its own weight).
So if a 500m UltraRope weighs 12800kg, then an 800m UltraRope must weigh at least 12800 * 800 / 500 = 20480kg. That makes the value 13900kg from the article way too low.
Re: Eat PETA
> A world where bacon is replaced by insects is not to be tolerated.
Can't be that hard to genetically engineer bacon flavour insects.
Or, more practically, a good start to the insect market might be insect protein shake for bodybuilders. They're always on the lookout for cheap protein sources, and by the time you've powdered them and added a load of chocolate flavouring, the disgust factor should be lower.
Re: Yahoo! Groups!
> have also had several occasions where I was able to pull information out of my email program (certainly not Outlook) while not online to get an important phone number.
Um, sync your webmail contacts with your phone so you have a local copy.
Where you store your licen[cs]e
> 28 per cent only announced their licenses in a README file, as opposed to recommended filenames
> such as LICENSE or COPYING.
R packages allow many standard licences to be described in the DESCRIPTION file. A separate LICENSE file is only included for non-standard licences.
Next week's news
Opera to switch their rendering engine to Servo.
Re: Proof of the of the pudding...
> If Professor Simon Chapman,had actually gone and lived next to a wind farm his conclusions would have
> more credibility.
I think you may have missed the point of data analysis.
Isn't this the plot of Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder?
Isn't this what Tim Ferriss makes a living telling people to do?
The main message behind "The 4 hour work week" (fourhourworkweek.com) is basically, "outsource everything in your life that you can't be bothered to do yourself".
Just like buses
You wait years for an open source mobile stack and then five come along at once!
All one of the five players has to do is get a non-sucky handset into actual shops and not drop support for the OS within days of release. Simple (I think).
C++ made me appreciate other languages
C++ was the first language that I learnt. Rather than putting me off programming (as others have commented), it just made every other language seem easy.
I love C# for being C++ without the hard bits, and pretty much every scripting language I've tried seems like flying by comparison.
That said, now I'm no longer a code-newbie, it would be really interesting to revisit C++ and see if it's as tricky as I remember it to be.
Re: Seems unlikely
"If you look at koalas, they eat food which is nutrient poor so have evolved with a smaller brain so it requires less energy to run. Stupidity is their survival trick."
Or do they eat nutrient poor food _because_ they are stupid? Maybe one day we'll see a koala say "sod this eucalyptus, I'm having a steak", and it'll start a while new line of superintelligent carnivorous killer dropbears.
Re: leave the /&%ç formatting behind and just paste as text
> Indeed, the pasting of formatted text is even more stupid than the caps lock key.
AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO THINKS THAT THE CAPS LOCK KEY IS A REALLY GREAT IDEA?
Pretty isn't everything
I have a recent HP Probook and while it is a little brickish, the extra thickness gives room for more ports. It's also got a great screen and runs like stink for something that cost less than half the price of the Apple equivalent.
Uncool => better value for consumers.
Are there any smaller high-end phones?
It seems that all the high-end Android phones have a screen size of 4.3" or more. Are there any well-specced phones with a screen size of 4" or less? (Other than the iPhones, natch.)
Parmos are the best thing about Teesside
I grew up there, and they are pretty much the only thing I miss about the place.
The Air/Ultrabook/Ultrathin laptops have less pixels because it means that they can get away with a smaller and lighter graphics card.
<- Beer, because I'm drinking to a future where we get thin and light laptops with a decent screen.
Re: Surprisingly thirsty?
> You are comparing apples with pears.
Agreed, though it is possible to convert between the two. Diesel has about 12% more energy than the same volume of petrol, and correspondingly releases about 12% more CO2. (See, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_fuel#Fuel_value_and_price)
For a diesel car to have the same CO2 emissions as a petrol car that does 52mpg, it would need to do 52 * 1.12 = 58mpg.
> The sweet spot for fuel consumption, if you're fuel-agnostic, is the Focus size.
It depends on the type of driving. There are three main things that cause you to use fuel. Changing momentum, overcoming air resistance, and overcoming friction with the road.
For city driving, changing momentum is the dominant cause of fuel usage, since you spend a lot of time accelerating and decelerating, and you are going slowly enough for air resistance to not matter. The way to reduce this fuel usage is to reduce the weight of the car, hence city cars are small and lightweight. Since air resistance is neglible at low speeds, they don't need to be as aerodynamic.
For motorway driving, air resistance is dominant, since the force is proportional to the speed of the car cubed* but you don't change speed much. Here, reducing the car's weight doesn't have much of an effect, but making the car more aerodynamic does. This is why bigger cars can achieve high fuel economy for motorway driving.
Friction of tyres on the road is usually smaller than the other two causes of fuel usage, but chunky off road tyres are less efficient than slicker road tyres (unless you actually are off road, in which cases having the wheels spin road without you moving anywhere is infinitely inefficient).
*ignoring wind for simplicity
Re: Really AMD?
> My only caveat is that they should ensure they don't skimp on the screens.
This is my big wish too, but I think we may be disappointed. In order to save weight and space, the ultra[book|thin]s have had to ditch the discrete graphics card, and it's the limitations of the integrated graphics chips that force the low resolution screens.
AMD integrated graphics are generally better than Intel's, but I haven't seen any benchmarks on the new Brazos 2 and Trinity chips yet. Still, don't hold your breath for resolutions higher than 1400 * 900.
The thing that I'm really waiting for is the weight savings to be passed on to the larger models. A 17" 1080P screen in a laptop that's actually portable (under 3kg) would be worthy of my cash.
Re: International waters?
> > YOUR KIDS MIGHT BE SMOKING MARIHUANA IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW
> Nonsense. You posted at 17:47 GMT. School's out for the day.
Also, everyone knows you don't start smoking until 4:20.
What about dam building?
Nearly 100 years ago, the Netherlands built the Zuiderzee Works (a big dam) and turned a salty sea into a giant freshwater lake. The UK could easily build something similar, from Margate up to Harwich, say and Londoners would have all the freshwater they could ever want, no desalination required.
A bigger upfront cost for sure, but there are other benefits. In the Netherlands, they reclaimed some land, for new towns and farming. If we could replicate that, it would be really useful for densely populated SE England.
<span onmouseover="alert(‘you suck‘)">what a lovely article</span>
Re: Re: Elop wrong?
> Elops a fucking idiot.
He's actually doing the smart thing here, given his situation. Microsoft needed to get an OS with a decent user interface out the door quickly, so they didn't bother supporting multicore in WinPho7.
Elop needs to sell a lot of WinPho7 devices, so he's using a standard sales FUD technique. Sheer nonsense of course, but if it drives sales Nokia does better, which is what Elop wants.
If the rumours are true and WinPho8 does support multicore (see, e.g., http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Windows-Phone-8-Windows-8-Apollo-NFC-phones,news-14074.html) then Elop will change his argument and declare that multicore technology has improved sufficiently over the last few months to warrant their inclusion in the latest Nokia device.
All articles about node.js should link to
Ex-Reg-columnist Ted Dziuba's article
Re: What do we use it for?
Consoles only have to shift enough pixels for a telly. (Not even an HD in the case of the Wii.) PC games need to push round enough for a monitor (or two or three), which can be more than that.
Also, the main point of AMDs architecture reworking is so you can offload more general computing tasks to the GPU (which is especially important if you have a Bulldozer CPU!). I expect that this sort of card will be lapped up by OpenCL users.
What's the repacement?
I suppose the intention is that eventually HTML5 (video and canvas) will replace Silverlight, but in the meantime I wonder what Microsoft expect existing Silverlight users to use. I can't imagine they want them to recode everything in Flash.
Also, is Moonlight (the open source clone) still being developed?
Oh wait, there's more
On first reading, I didn't realise that there was more than the picure in the article. Having now seen the full graphic, it's clear that there are more (fixable) problems.
It isn't obvious which order to look at things. An infographic this complex needs to guide the readers, in order to tell a story with the data. I started at the top and clicked one of the bubbles, which took me away from the graphic to an article about Windows 7. Since linking to other documents isn't data-related and is easy enough in a regular article, you can probably remove this from the graphic. At the very least, change the behaviour so it forces the document opening in a new tab.
The same issue applies to the signpost links below the bubbles.
The barcharts are cleanly drawn (not much chartjunk) which is a good sign. It would be better to reorder the categories from largest bar down to smallest, to make it easy to see which categories are most important. Also, there are small gaps between the two colours of bars, whose meaning is unclear. I presume that they shouldn't be there.
I don't understand what the desktop virtualisation model roundabout is trying to tell me. Maybe some contextual text would help; otherwise, cut it.
With the barchart at the bottom, again, the categories should be sorted largest to smallest for ease of comparison. I found the road underneath the bars distracting, especially since the road lines were at a different angle to the bars.
I couldn't get the videos to play.
Well done for linking to the data sources.
Hope the feedback is constructive and useful.
Room for improvement with the infographic
I don't agree with Neil Charles that all infographics are bad. It's just that a large proportion of them choose styling over data communication. Unfortunately, you seem to have fallen into the same trap.
As it stands, the cars don't add any information (and it took me a while to work out what the connecion was between virtualisation and cars). Distorting the text with perspective just makes it hard to read. Finally, it's difficult to quickly compare which benefits apply to which types without reading each list and performing a mental setdiff.
This data would be more clearly communicated as a table. Virtualisation type in columns, potential benefits in row, and a checkmark where each combination applies.
In future, when creating infographics, first think about what questions the readers might want to answer from your data, then think about the way to present that data most clearly, and only then think about ways to stylise it.
Putting PV in a desert is a great idea. The DESERTEC is trying to do exactly that.
Technology that will be ready in 15 years
A handy translation here: xkcd.com/678/
I agree that synthetic biofuels have the potential to be awesome and revolutionary, but this article is a little premature. (Of course in 15 years time this article will have been forgotten, or Andrew gets to claim fantastic foresight.)
The big unanswered question seems to be how well the process scales, and at what price. A process that works in a small tank may not be appropriate for the trillions of barrels that we currently consume each day.
The RequestPolicy extension for FireFox. (https://www.requestpolicy.com/)
It stops cross-site scripting requests.
Advanced parmo eating
Try a bolognese parmo (basically a standard parmo with a load of bologense sauce on top), or a hotshot parmo (standard parmo + pepperoni and a sh*tload of jalapenos).
They are best consumed with the cheapest white cider that you can find.
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