646 posts • joined 22 Sep 2009
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.
US Gov shutdown
Hmm I wonder if todays US Gov shutdown (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24302508) will affect the NSA at all?
I assume that the NSA will declare themselves indispensible.
I can't find the 'submit spelling corrections' button but:
'so that analysts can pore over it' the 'pore' should be 'pour' since a pore is in your skin, not under it where the NSA want to be.
So does that mean
I'll be able to pick up a Z10 in a fire-sale?
Just the thing to go with a playbook.
It's a shame
Well yes... I guess
I convert mine to FLAC first and then MP3 when required, since I don't necessarily want to listen to every CD I own, but on the commute I would like to have a good selection, and MP3 is fine for that.
At home I can 'party mode' my FLACs, or MP3s come to that, or choose to spend 5 mins trying to find that one CD I really want to listen to (or 20 seconds to find it in my collection).
Having just moved at least my CD collection is back into order on my bookshelves - which I prefer to use rather than a CD a rack because it's a lot less hassle to insert a new CD if I should ever buy one.
Michael Laine and Liftport
I am surprised that Liftport (http://liftport.com/IPS/page/index.html) are not mentioned - Ok they don't have rockets but if they are successful then their legacy is likely to be more far-reaching.
Won't somebody think of the children!
What sort of world are they going to inherit? one where free speech is seen as 'the enemy'?
Ok, so some people use TOR for bad things, but cars aren't banned because some drivers have accidents, (or even 'deliberates'), it's the people that are 'bad', not the technology.
And those cursed muesliamists - eating their muesli with no regard to TLotF security (Amerika - f@~k yeh!) and you know muesli has Brazil nuts in? that's what I'm talking about.
Re: Hah something Science can't explain
>It must have been put there by some unknowable and strange force possibly an invisible pink unicorn,
>try and explain this one scientists!
What you see is above is off-the-scale levels of sarcasm I suspect.
Nice one - love the mug of tea (I presume).
Re: Why bother
Try FLAC - much higher quality than MP3 and said to be the equivalent of CD. Obviously file size is higher, but a large harddrive is the cure for that.
I use FLAC at home and convert to MP3 for my tablet which I use for commuting.
Let anyone onto a forum, but if more than n number of current forum members mark a users post as spam their account is locked and their posts deleted.
Send an SMS message? gets to be expensive but if there is a service where the reciever pays rather than the sender then any spammer will end up broke.
Forums have a voting system for other forum users to score a user - any unworthy poster gets blocked.
err - magic?
Re: Haha ha ha
Ha, yes I did mean education - hoist by my own petard :-)
Haha ha ha
I'm probably going to hell for this but...
How can they take themselves seriously?
What does it take for the poor deluded souls to admit that all religion is nothing more than a means for some people to control others?
There should be an inverse relationship between religion and science - and by now the religion side of the scale should be at zero - what went wrong*?
* I'm guessing the word eduction will be in the answer
And this from the land of suing? I would imagine that once the dust has settled there should be a lot to claim back for.
Ridiculous - what's next using comic sans is seen as slanderous or the sign of a socio-path?
Do TNMOC sell Raspberry Pi's? if not then they might consider having a few (and accessories) for sale since once a child has tried their hand at programming it would be a good way to get started.
Aside from that I also recommend visiting the BP site - there is just so much, and if you read the notices and ask questions you'll uncover the story of the 21st century.
And to think that all this could have been lost.
Phew - looks like the cat is alive.
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