662 posts • joined 22 Sep 2009
Re: BBC to balme
So you're saying that Dr. Who isn't an entertainment program, but a documentary?
Where can I subscribe to your newsletter?
Re: @ Def
>Better start planning now for a major move to another galaxy
A more local star system would be a better bet, and a slightly further away one should be sufficient unless FTL transport is deemed to exist in which case a galaxy would be another option.
Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram
Well there could be two differently lost socks or, potentially, the same sock at different points in it's existence (though the same point in ours) though of course that could be used to prove sock time travel, which would open up a whole new can of worms - or a whole new washing machine if using the sock-idiom.
Re: "teenagers hogging the phone line "
C20 for the lazy, CXX for the latin-trained
No idea, but maybe these servers will have liquid cooling as standard or something.
Which is about time to happen IMHO.
Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:
I use a speedview (http://www.speedview.co/) after market HUD, which just shows your speed - which I think is all you need, apart from voice navigation perhaps, else there will be too many distractions.
The idea of handling calls when driving is just wrong.
My suggestions so far
Safe Landing Under Trees System
High Altitude Rentry Detect Correct Or Reject Emergency Software EXample
Careful And Methodical Extraneous Local Tree Observation Engine
Re: Random factoid.
Well you could have started a discussion about the Buccaneer, or the TSR2 I suppose.
Re: Heck no...
My 990 is still going Ok, and I bought mine in the new year - I have found one location that doesn't allow either sim to work, but away from there it's normally fine - the tunnels out of Kings Cross can be troublesome though :-)
After all a quad-core (1.5Ghz), dual sim, dual camera, microSD (up to 64Gb) phoe with 2Gb RAM and 32Gb ROM for £200 from Amazon is worth a try isn't it?
Re: Even accounting...
A space elevator would be far more useful.
4.2.1 is SDK >=17 and vulnerable on my Zopo Captain S
My particular version wasn't listed on the website, but the call came up despite no permissions granted to do so.
Of course there is no OS update available from the manufacturer yet - and Cyanogenmod doesn't seem to be available for my phone yet :-(
Re: Why did we publish this?
And of course we are the ones paying for it.
Also the whole story behind it http://www.rockethub.com/42228 and more at NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/content/isee-3-an-old-friend-comes-to-visit-earth/ is well worth a read through.
Re: The tank used for the illustration ...
I was wondering if I were going to be the first to notice and post :-) not by a long shot,
Concurr - ISU122 sp assault gun
Thats why I read the Reg comments..
Re: American GPS stations
I think you have to be american for that to make sense: ie. the World series, MIss Universe, .com etc.
I think that more effort should be put into building space elevators, rockets are rather a dead-end as far as the future goes.
The LiftPort Group (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiftPort_Group) are trying, but more needs to be done.
With the development of usable graphene we are seeing the first of the real technical hurdles go down.
Re: Why bother with...
Hmm, you're taking my thought experiment seriously? that's just as odd don't you think?
Maybe I should have put a joke icon in there somewhere :-)
Re: Why bother with...
Ooh - that is an expansion on a previous thought of mine, and it sounds much fairer than my version.
Other rules might include 'accidental' injuries or death of referees (sniper is red-carded), linesmen (yellow) and people on your team (round(s) replaced and given a stern talking to), and the handling of ricochets (maybe ballistic helmets for people in the first three rows?)
Much kinder than mortar fire, siege engines or longbows (ah those were the days - those 'football' mathes with the French eh?).
Sadly I suspect that none of these improvements will be taken up.
Re: Why bother with...
Since I don't like football in the slightest I have long held the idea of an audience participation model where each person gets their moneys-worth by being able to select an area of the pitch with goes 'live', if a majority of the audience chose the same area the land-mines would activate and the players would then be earning their money.
Nothing necessarily deadly - just crippling would be interesting enough.
Re: Interesting, but
I have wondered whether our universe is actually closed and curved, so that though it is indeed very large (as per HHGTTG) it's as though we are looking around the curve of a sphere, our line of sight (so to speak) never ends, but just keeps on going around and around, with the same objects being seen multiple times at different wavelengths since they would be at different positions each time.
An idle thought anyway.
What's 10,000 light years across and smells of gamma radiation?
Sorry - I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.
Re: I've had an idea
Well look into space elevators and the materials that would be needed for one of those - graphene (or something similar) is the main step along that way.
As for patenting it there have been way too many prior publications - try Fountains of Paradise, Pillar to the Sky or any of the many othes.
That the surgeon wasn't washing his hands after and wondering where his watch had got to.
Wouldn't Libre Office make more sense, I understand it gets better support and updates?
Admin tools like Fing and advanced port scanner for networks, an ISO mount utility, a linux boot USB drive (and CD) for just in case a HD fails, Gpart, robocopy (does that come on 7?) or similar for backup tasks (will there be a NAS on the network?), printer & scanner drivers if necessary.
Re: Well, perhaps not all the tactics.
By definition if it's against the law then they are criminals - if it's legal then they aren't.
Wait - who are we talking about? governments, big business or criminals? it's so easy to get them confused.
The Drake equation is:
N = R* . fp . ne . fl . fi . fc . L
N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);
R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets
fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space
so fp seems to be 1,
ne seems to be what 1 in 10 maybe?
So hopefully N is non-zero - we're getting closer...
Depends on density and composition I would say - is it all rock, all gas, or somewhere in between, a 2.5x rocky planet is likely to have higher gravity, but a gassy one far less.
The bright light - just where the arrow is pointing in the lower left.
The moon isn't know for producing these on it's own (whereas the sun does it on a boringly consistent basis) so it's pretty noteworthy.
Not if everyone does it (the opting out of the filter - not porn (ab)use).
The most effective form of control is one that people do themselves.
Re: What type of star is it?
Wasn't Dave supposed to kick-start the next universe using jump leads from Red Dwarf?
OMG, we're living in Dave Listers universe...
Oh, actually it was from Starbug, nevermind, ignore this post and carry on :-(
Re: Post war operations
Apparantly the Russians were taking any enigmas, and presumably Lorenz, they found during and after the war as well, so no doubt they were very useful in getting a picture behind the curtain.
What is strange is that the Russians were being given some Ultra intelligence during the war, but never seemed to realise it was from the Enigma and Lorenz machines.
What is staggering is the total secrecy that BP worked under - even (or especially?) people that met there and married each other never let on what they did,
Re: A message from the target of these 'improvements'
There is no need to limit a letter to one person, Think your MP, Bletchley local councillors, local and national newspapers, the education board, BPT trustees - the list goes on.
Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.
The Register picks a saturday and published it to it's readership.
The Register designs a NMOC 'flag' for people to print
On said saturday the readership does it's damnest to attend TNMOC, not BPT, with printed flags,
When leaving the TNMOC people leave their flags with a personal note on the back.
There is no profit, aside from a point being made perhaps.
>you cant polish a turd?
Sounds like you haven't even tried:
Let us know how you get on :-)
Well done China.
And NASA of course.
Another country breaking into space exploration, maybe I should transfer my childhood dreams to China now, especially if the US is going to be spending more money on bailing out banks and less on space.
Well it's one thing to have a defined and definite enemy, as with the cold war and the IRA, but it's another to have a society systematically trawled for all it's information regardless of it's value.
I'm all for finding and thwarting terrorists - but the NSA and GCHQ have been busy intercepting internet traffic and, it is alleged, this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks.
I think that Snowden is right, has taken extreme risks in what he has done and it's instructive that the one place that he has been able to find asylum was, up until recently, the very worst of countries (we assumed) for monitoring it's citizens.
>BT, for example, has told us that it uses its system to block access to sites promoting proxies
So already it's being used for blocking other sites which have nothing to do with 'protecting the children' and I wonder how many other sites will be included.
I can't help but feel that they (the British Library) don't want this to go ahead, unless permission is assumed if the author doesn't get back to them to deny permission? then the default will be not many contributors getting back to them - let along giving permission.
Long term planning
20 years in the making and it's going to take 5 years to 'complete'*, producing a pentabyte of information for astronomers to trawl through.
Ok, so I'm not living in a hotel on the moon, nor do I have a flying car, anti-gravity belt or robot butler, but by gum in 20 to 30 years from now I'll be pretty sure of where I am in the galaxy! **
I'm glad to see that people with vision can still get projects like these off the ground.
*Yeah right - 5 years from now the controllers will be thinking 'how many more can we do before it packs in', I suspect it will be going for a long time.
** beware of the total perspective vortex - it might ruin your day.
Re: Complaint in Writing
Well that's YOUR story started then....
Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992
A friend and I had one each and I remember writing a program to work out starship specs (for Traveller - a D&D in space) which worked pretty well as I recall.
I also have a 2600 in the loft, but I also enjoy listening to Johnathon Coultons '2600' which is a tribute to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu1bRm7XXNo
Re: City of London Police
Ha Ha - you're funny....
Think - why is it called the 'City of London Police'? and exactly what sort of 'clients' are there in the City for the Police to look after?
Re: Yooof ?
Traditionally one way to deal with an over-population is to take someone elses' land- using any excess males to do so.
Bundle deliveries together and use the Amazon B52 delivery system - can target urban areas with the new 'package-let' technology.
High speed and precision deliveries by 'Ama-cruise' - only useful for high-g tolerance packages
Or the 'Blimp-Fling' (tm) which will catapult your package from our cruising blimp and be guided in by laser targeting - please remember to not look up at our blimp
Amazona - a re-commisioned USA WW2 battleship will deliver your package as long as it is not larger than 16" in diameter, and the delivery address is within 20 miles of the coast.
CAD has it covered
:-), now where's that joke icon....
Re: I can't find* the report a spelling mistake button so...
> Ducklin's post reflecting on tyher Morris Worm event
*Actually I can see it when I do a post, but my browser asks to set up my browsers email client, and I can't be bothered.
Re: Faggots? Yuck!
>Your IQ needs recharging
Hmm, reminds me of:
' Prime Minister of New Zealand Robert Muldoon was asked about the increasing exodus of New Zealanders leaving the country to work in Australia. His comment was that by doing so, they were raising the average IQ of both countries.'
Cop says "So for this gentleman to be as lucky as he is, it's a good day for us."
I would say a jolly good day for the clerk as well, the police save some paperwork and he gets to live.
No easy answers
Well the only 'easy answer' I can think of is:
We do not spy or collect information in a general manner on anyone.
We will use RIPA and other laws/ techniques to investigate any reported suspicious behaviour'
Please tell us if you see anything suspicious.
The hearts and minds approach to getting a population on your side is to ensure that the general population see that it's in their own interests to help.
Without the willingness of the people to help it's only a matter of time before there is anarchy/ revolution/ civil war.
Give people back the sense of the country actually being theirs and they need to help look after it.
(wishful thinking I know, but hey - Friday!)
Re: "netflix4k stealer"
Interesting - combine streams from a variety of sources, taking alternating frames from each source (hmm a BitTorrent/ BOINC cross-over?) and make a copy (sorry, create an idependant work) of the original.
Some effort, but would there be enough information in a single frame to identify the source? if so then would combing each frame from various sources sort that issue out?
I'm sure people much more cleverer than wot I am will find other ways around this - though as mentioned is it really worth the effort? just stick Fawlty Towers or Red Dwarf on.
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