56 posts • joined Friday 31st July 2009 10:25 GMT
By my calculations, a gold bar weighs 0.8oz, assuming a pack of 9 is about 204g net weight...
Re: Isn't the question really...
"Why did this class A type Senior Wilson go supernova 10bn years ago? What or who made him?"
Never mind Carl Sagan, someone's channelling Calvin in his Tracer Bullet alter ego.
Re: Very dangerous indeed
"Simply by viewing the images, you are immediately made into a criminal worthy of registration on the sex offenders register."
Not the case. The acts involved in this do specify that intent is a necessary component for it to be a criminal act. If a virus flashes up indecent pictures on your screen without your input, that is not a criminal offence. In fact that's the very core of the so called 'Trojan defence'. I know of one case where that defence was proved to be valid (and many others where it was complete bull).
Now if you meant the Daily Wail's hysterical attitude to child protection, I'll go along with that.
Re: No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times
I've been wearing glasses since I was 7. I still hate the necessity. I can't wear contacts because my eyes are physically too small (combined with high prescription = constant discomfort), I can't get laser surgery because my corneas are to thin, and I can't have corneal implants because my pupils are too large.
Second nature it may be, but I guarantee you that almost none of us would hesitate if offered natural 20/20 vision again.
On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't pay $1,500 for a portable horse porn viewing system.
Beautiful. I salute you sir. A beer, because please have one on me.
"Actually thats not strictly true, once the complaint has been escalated to the scottish call center and you manage to get an engineer sent out(usually the next day) the customer service aint too bad"
Beg to differ. I got an engineer sent out for my installation. Took over 3 months from that point to get ANY service, they kept stringing me along, and then when I left they had the nerve to try to bill me for early exit. Bloody cheek. They backed down when I wrote to the watchdog.
Never, ever, EVER again will I touch Virgin Media with a barge pole.
Re: ...And this is yet another example...
Technically true, although I feel that it's worth pointing out that no litigation system should ever have anyone EXCEPT lawyers profiting; the whole point of the system is for a plaintiff to be restored to the position they should have been in, NOT to allow them to profit.
Whether the lawyers are charging excessively, and whether the system is being used excessively, are different things entirely. If person A profits by suing person B, the system's fundamentally wrong.
You couldn't make this shit up.
Oh wait, he is.
I've worked for a couple of tech support places, and two stories stand out:
While working for Apple support, we would occasionally get calls that related to trojans - not often, but it happened. One particular one was a bug that messed with the user's DNS settings. A security firm released a fix and the word came down from on high that we should just assist customers in reaching the site the fix could be downloaded from. Underneath the download link was the following description (paraphrased somewhat, I can't remember the exact wording):
This tool will remove the DNS changer trojan from your system and restore normal operation. This malware is most commonly encountered purporting to be a video codec required to view content on pornography sites.
You could hear, in the customer's tone of voice, the moment of comprehension.
"Has the website loaded sir? You will find some information about the malware and a link to download the tool to fix it."
"Oh that's great, thank you so much! Let's see now. Uh huh. Mhm.
... ah. Thanks a lot, goodbye!" *click*
The other was in a similar role supporting the Xbox and Xbox 360. One guy phoned up saying his 360 wouldn't turn on at all, no lights, nothing. That's usually a power supply problem, so I got him to check the power supply was plugged in. He'd already done that - fair enough. I asked him how it was connected to the mains - he was using one of those multi-socket extension cords. At this point I found out that the lamp also connected to this extension wasn't working either. He went on a mission to find where the extension lead was plugged in, and came back to tell me he'd found the problem.
What was it? The extension cord went around the back of his armchair in a nice big loop... and plugged back into itself!
As a mobile phone forensic analyst [pun coincidental, I promise!] I have had to examine more than one 'bumphone' as they are known in the biz. Latex gloves are a godsend in my job.
It's a particular thing with drug dealers, I've found. Other forms of crime, not so much.
Re: After the conjunction, Venus and Saturn will part ways
I got the F&S reference, even if nobody else did.
Re: It pays to be nice
That's correct to an extent, we were certainly expected to note if a customer was being abusive. Noting particularly obliging behaviour less so, but I did see that once or twice.
I expect you were talking to 2nd line support at that point, us 1st line peons weren't allowed to make that kind of decision (even when we -really- knew it was warranted).
I used to be one of the Apple support techs. It's probably not that the system doesn't pass the info on to the agent - although that's possible - it's more likely that their phone software like ours did, displays the information in a small and very easy-to-ignore line of text at the bottom of the call control panel.
When I worked there, I don't remember anyone coming through to me frustrated about the phone navigation, but plenty of people who came through frustrated about the previous agent. Usually in the Bangalore or Athens call centres. We weren't allowed to say bad things about them.
I left back in 09 to start my degree so I could get paid proper money :P
Excuse me, but 3G frequency? Doesn't 3G end at 2100MHz (with some potential future uses at 2600MHz)? So which 3G frequency, exactly, is interfering with a wireless standard that starts at 2412MHz and ends at 2484MHz?
You mean the way it's both dead and alive at the same time, depending on who you speak to?
Very tempted by Connery, but in the end I had to vote Craig, based on how well he delivered one of his very first lines -
"Don't worry, the second is -"
Even Pierce Brosnan had his moments though.
2 months down the line this will turn out to have been a viral marketing campaign for Die Hard 5.
This is clearly not the end of the world; the recent tsunamis haven't even topped 20m high. Wake me when they reach 1.5km high.
Re: Apparaent distance-time anomaly explanation required here
The distance between galaxies can be increasing without the galaxies themselves moving at all. Imagine spacetime as a balloon, and the galaxies as dots drawn on the balloon. Blow the balloon up and the distances between the dots increases without the dots' position on the balloon having changed at all.
At least, that's how Brian Greene explained it to me. Go read The Fabric of the Cosmos.
People seem to be misunderstanding the reason that there is such a large police presence. It's not because he's a bail-skipper or because of the seriousness of the charges he's facing; any other criminal would still have police time devoted but not nearly to this extent. It's because not ONLY has he skipped bail, he's done so in a way that has created diplomatic tension, and that's pissed off the people the police answer to - the politicians. This bumps him up the priority list several notches.
Re: Smartphone CPU
Do you need me to explain why that's an absurdly stupid idea?
OK, I will. Samsung are not defending this case primarily because they think Apple are wrong - even if they thought Apple were right they'd still be fighting it tooth and nail. They're defending because it could take a very hefty chunk out of their profit margin.
And where does that profit come from?
It doesn't say how big a slice of this is profit, but $7.8 billion of Samsung sales to Apple in 2011 a pretty large pie.
Re: Ugh - God particle
Hopefully that will answer your question.
Also, the LHC isn't all ABOUT large, expensive circles, it IS a large, expensive circle.
Much as it is a disappointment that liftoff did not occur, I am genuinely pleased by this outcome - because it sounds like the alternative would be pretty dire. I applaud SpaceX for their justified and effective caution. Humanity needs commercial space enterprise.
Isn't this a pretty obvious conclusion? The very definition of prejudice is making a judgement without rational justification. Therefore, people who are less skilled at reason and logic (i.e. those of below-average IQ) will be more prone to prejudiced views because their mental capacity makes it more difficult for them to recognise an opinion that isn't well-founded.
NEWSFLASH: Scientists prove that a word means what the dictionary says it means.
"Er, I think you'll find that Symbian is a smartphone operating system with a lot of features that iOS lacks even today."
I think you'll find that Symbian is a family of operating systems that includes S60 (smartphone OS), S^3 (less common smartphone OS) and the incredibly popular S40 (feature phone OS). Cheap and cheerful Nokia? It'll be running Symbian series 40 OS unless it's really old. And there are millions upon millions of those in circulation.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that the $1 salary is a tax evasion ploy. It enables them to be compensated through methods that they get taxed far less on. Many execs have used this including Steve Jobs.
I don't know whether it would get anyone killed, but I'm quite sure this kind of thing could derail prosecutions, resulting in murderers, paedophiles, rapists and plenty more similarly upstanding citizens going free.
"it probably explains the previous reg story about mobiles covered in poo"
Working in digital forensics teaches me that this is actually due to all the criminals who decide that the rear exit is a good place to hide something that would incriminate them.
Massive energy absorption and high elasticity... I wonder how well this would function as ballistic armour?
"The longest and most expensive assassination in history"
Weren't there two ground wars in Iraq plus an ongoing occupation? I don't think some airstrikes and a naval blocade will really compare to those. Oh, maybe that wasn't an assassination mission. My bad.
A while back I was doing some modules on an MCSA course and the tutor said he'd been speaking to one of Intel's engineers back when AMD was wiping the floor with them using the new Athlon line. Apparently this engineer wouldn't go into specifics, but just said with a sort of smug confidence, "Wait two years."
That was in 04. Less than two years later, the Core series came out and Conroe was selling like hot cakes. That's one hell of a skunkworks team!
What I want to know is, how the hell do they expect us to remember what we have on the card? If I put £50 on one of these things and then go on a bender, my balance in the morning could be anywhere between £0 and £20, and I wouldn't have the foggiest. I'd have to go outside and walk a block or so just fo find out how much cash I have as opposed to simply emptying out my pockets?
What I find most interesting is that the UK release is first... makes a nice change from things like the Space Marine game where we got it last despite WH40K being a thoroughly British phenomenon, among many other examples.
Yay for us being first for once.
When I first saw this article
I only read the first line on the Reg's front page, so I thought Intel were dipping into cryogenics. This isn't nearly so exciting. Bah.
Good science != learning everything from one mistake
"If your experiment is that unpredictable, then it's probably not very good science."
Make a 0.1% adjustment involving aerodynamics at 13,000km/h, and your results get unpredictable very fast. Good science doesn't mean that failing the first time tells you everything you need to know to succeed the second time.
He has a point here...
For a while I've been thinking something very similar to the point Matt makes in the last couple of paragraphs, but with music rather than text - I find it quite disruptive when I arrive home and take out my earphones, that I then have to instruct my computer to play. It surprised me greatly during my iPhone-owning period that a company so focused on seamless user-experience as Apple should not already have integreated this into iTunes.
To those people so fixated on renewables...
Stick this in your pipe and smoke it. Nuclear IS our best option right now. Tidal/wave generation has its own limitations that make it unfeasible to produce more than a small percentage of our power, and this report confirms my suspicions about wind - its economic 'viability' is completely artificial and in a free market it would be a dismal failure. The greenies would have us suffer brownouts galore to stave off an eventuality that nuclear plants don't contribute to in the slightest.
Snow Leopard price...
The reason Snow Leopard cost so little is because it was a largely behind-the-scenes update for performance. Apple was concerned its main user base wouldn't be willing to pay normal OS upgrade price for something that didn't add many visible features. Previous incarnations such as Tiger and Leopard were about £79 ($99) if I recall correctly. I expect Lion to be priced around this level.
Start 'em young
Speaking from the student side of this debate, I think one of the best points being made here is how poorly the pre-university education system prepares people (damn that's a lot of ps) for actual computing work. My school was billed as a "technology college" and yet the number of computing-specific courses was zero. The closest A-level equivalents were in Electronics, which did involve the basis of digital theory but little more, and Business. Now there's an appealing title, especially to geeks [/sarcasm]. Not only this, but the careers advisors were useless, I doubt any of the students who were enthusiastic about the paths they chose derived any benefit from the careers staff.
I am curious however about the numbers here, and wonder whether the OP is referring only to courses specifically labelled "Computer Science" or whether he has investigated other computing courses. I'm currently studying Forensic Computing at the University of Central Lancashire; in our first year we were required to do basic C++, PHP and a little SQL and could choose either C# or further C++ for the second semester. In the second we could choose between OO-based C++ (until that point it had been entirely procedural) or SQL (Oracle based). Furthermore the networking module has covered well beyond the understanding of the difference between switches and routers already and this module is required for quite a few of the courses.
Granted, the majority of the students chose SQL because it was seen as the easy option, and not because they were more interested; but the general outline of skills learnt does not match up with the poor understanding displayed by the graduates he has spoken to.
On the other hand, the fact that I achieved the second highest mark in the year for both the C++ and PHP/SQL modules in the first year when I didn't even enjoy C++, and had never previously touched either at all does seem to suggest that whilst being taught more broadly than the examples that have been the despair of the OP, my coursemates may not be a shining example of all that is best and brightest in British universities.
Cloud computing - the next water supply?
Is it just me or does anyone else see a future where cloud computing is simply another public utility, like water, electricity and gas? Billed by the number of processing cycles used, or data throughput or some other more obscure measurement? Google is already moving its way into the utility market in a slightly different manner. Maybe we'll see some kind of merging of our broadband service where our connection package includes time on the cloud, like mobile phone minutes.
That's the reason the future might look dull, folks - because it's cloudy.
And my friends wonder why I don't trust Google anymore...
So, let me get this straight - where they've been ordered to do so by the relevant authority, they've deleted the data, and everywhere else, they haven't. Furthermore, although they "want to" delete the rest of it, the only apparent difference between places where they have and haven't is whether they've been ordered to do it.
Seems Google requires my services as a translator, so to summarise:
"We want people to think we're going to delete the data without having our arm twisted"
What are the odds that they'll find a way to keep some of the data they've promised to erase?
384+29+6+5=424. Were two of the sites actually legal then?