263 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
Re: Well my cousin will be happy
It may seem boring now, but wait until Assange actually exits the embassy and starts talking to him.
> This is science and not chidren playing
I get the feeling this is science AND children playing! (and nothing wrong with that)
Re: Guessing game:
Can it be calibrated so that it will let me know when the tea has cooled to 72 degrees C?
Re: Hang on a minute ...
> My son (who left home a few months ago) called me up a few days ago, asking for the passcode I had set on his TV, when he was younger. No way could I remember, despite going through all the obvious ones I use. And this is just a 4 digit number. Imagine a randomly generated password ...
Next time your son's home, hold on to your credit cards... ;)
It's a decoy!
> Let's see how that works out in practice...
Oldie but a goodie:
What's the difference between theory and practice?
Well, in theory there is no difference, but...
Re: Interior Feed
interior camera... we'll look into it... just me?
Re: Gas powered?
Re: When do we see the eBay phone and Walmart phone then?
Why would eBay and Walmart link their phones to Amazon's store?
> "How the flippin' heck does that work?"
It's odd how actual moving parts seems more complicated than the "magic" of a touchscreen to the younger generation!
Subtitle brought back great memories!
Haven't read the article, but can't help saying
"Send out the AJAX to brrwing back his <body>"
Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!
I used to love James Burke's programmes. Oddly though he was an English graduate and lecturer (I think) before getting into TV presenting. I suspect he got into science presentation from being on Tomorrow's World. However this was long before the autocue and probably script-writers so he definitely seemed to understand his stuff. Ideally that's what you want on telly for the masses -- someone who understands what they're saying and can string some words together not inelegantly;)
Re: Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?
Decimal expansion is just one way of representing numbers. We're familiar with others, e.g. fractions, but there are deficiencies, e.g. can't represent sqrt(2). Also we would quite happily realise that 1/2 and 2/4 actually represent the same number. It's not just that they're equal -- they're just different representations of the /same/ number.
Well decimal expansion is just another way of representing numbers. It has its own deficiencies, e.g. you can't concisely represent 1/3 (without a recurring symbol), or sqrt(2). It also has multiple ways of representing the SAME number, e.g. 1.0 and 0.999... It's not that they're equal numbers, they're the same number written down different ways.
> And don't even get me started on infinitesimal.
I want to get you started on infinitesimal.
But not very much.
What's the uptake
in Scotland like at the moment?
Re: "equivalent to
I reckon it's equivalent to some very high tech and expensive equipment "holding" a laser pointer and training it on the end of a very predictably positioned human hair whilst travelling smoothly in a predictable direction.
a person aiming a laser pointer at the end of a human hair 30 feet away and keeping it there while walking"
It's not really equivalent to that, because if it was it wouldn't actually have worked.
"You work with computers don't you?"
"Do you know how to work the microwave in the kitchen?"
Trouble is, of course I do, it's a microwave!
"You win and you die"
is not exluded by "You win or you die."
However "You win xor you die" is not so snappy.
List of software affected would be useful
There's a bug! Sounds serious! Am I affected? ... dunno.
Which software is actually affected? sshd? Apache/SSL? Psi/SSL? I don't know.
FTA: "Users of other affected software will have to sit tight until their developers incorporate the fix. Until then, they'll remain open to malware attacks."
Well, no, they could turn off the affected systems until a patch makes it downstream to their distro repositories, or even patch the affected library themselves, but since you're not reporting the affected software I have no idea if I should be bothered! For "I" read "lots of your readers" ;)
I read(/scanned) up to
Let's see if they can get cyanogenmod on it
Re: Ruh Roh
I nearly used it to find a scam train that I would have boarded and paid the scam conductor my fake money.
@John Young 1
+1 for using "bored with"
I assume it isn't illegal to answer them with a random number. There's no oath or purgery involved and it's not like you asked them to ask you! Remember Benford's law applies!
Re: Oh FFS
> I fail to see how you can attach any financial significance to it in anywhere but America.
This is in America so there's no problem.
> it therefore retains the power to make us all feel utterly inconsequential
We've got a close up photo of it. That's not inconsequential!
Re: If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....
I do hope the bad guy is called Darth Rambaldi
Re: Does anyone else invent their own words for t'theme?
You mean, like this?:
I'm only passingly interested in this subject (I enjoy listening to music, not necessarily the reproduction of music, and I don't mean live I mean just hearing the notes and interactions of instruments), but this article was a compelling read all the way through.
It also contains my favourite sentence of this week: "If you think the quality is going to be maintained, then you have redefined thinking."
Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.
To my mind this isn't a pastel colour -- looks like pure cyan to me (no I haven't been bothered to colour pick it!), which is a secondary colour (or primary colour of inks, no matter what your art teacher says)! Fully saturated. This would make it similar to the new styles of iOS7 and Windows 8, but the whole cyan circle is definitely cyanogenmod!
Re: Finally catching up?
We can now all be as cool and paradigm busting as the British Library! How did they get bl.uk ?
Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.
s'funny. It screamed CYANOGENMOD booting up to me!
silently is fine. It's when you can hear them that you /really/ need to worry
Re: Smart consumers
Well as an O2 migrator I was ready to switch when it was first announced over a year ago. However, offered a year's free broadband I stuck with it, resisted Sky's sly attempts to get me to switch early (before the legal transfer), and stayed on the O2 hardware for a year getting excellent service.
The actual switch to Sky servers (or perhaps the renaming/domains of the O2/BE servers, except that I needed to adjust some configuration in the router so I suspect a hardware change) only happened a month or so ago. Very importantly I have said no to switching my phone line to Sky so now have Sky broadband without having to have them kill my phone line (which is still with BT, with Primus as CPS and an Orchid Dialler rerouting some calls). So far so good, although with BT Openreach FTTC arriving at my exchange at the end of the month I might just go back to Plus.net who gave me excellent service before I switched to O2 (who had LLU equipment at the time and thus faster speeds).
Re: "There is no question of HMRC selling data."
The way I interpret that is that it's a no-brainer they are going to.
Right I'd better go back and read the rest of the article now to find out.
> So, is Toby's stomach going to be half empty or half full?
It's going to be twice as big as it needs to be
True, but any human encountering those things for the first time don't handle them well either!
Once it's been taught what you do there it would be okay.
Re: Huzzah! A victory for common sense!
Agree it's good the register article got someone to do something sensible... but... the thought of the reg with power -- shudders.
Remember Reg, great power great yada yada yada
> fairy dust to make it better
It won't just be better, it'll be ... magical
> have less samples
Not disagreeing with your sentiment but it's fewer samples
Re: having to take a teapot to work
You can't use teapots at my work. Every time someone tries they get a 418 error
Re: Laptop resolutions...
Agree entirely -- laptop screens are useless at affordable prices.
However, what are you waiting for? I'm going to get one of these and see if I can set it up as a second monitor.
> I got a life!
I heard you get an extra life at 500. Thought it was a myth.
"instant after that moment", "grapefruit sized", "mere moments"
Are these measurements going in the El Reg official units of measurement?
> I'm rather glumly looking at a box of paper-clips as we speak.
I think you're writing a letter!
Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.
If you define Pi to be the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (which many people do) then all you need to do is significantly warp space-time (a singularity would do it) to alter the value of Pi (in the vicinity of the warp). Perhaps this is what they're aiming for in Indiana?
If the universe is a hypersphere (debatable, the hyper torus looks more yummy) and you draw a circle big enough (imagine you're standing at the north pole and draw a circle around the equator) then Pi is equal to 2. Make the circle bigger (you standing at north pole and drawing a circle round the south pole) and Pi becomes less than 1 (the diameter is longer than the circumference), shrinking down to 0.
Yep, you heard it here first -- Pi is variable and depends on the size of the circle and your locality.
Oh wait, Euclidean geometry? balls.
Re: that man-made dot in space
I remember going out in 2000 to see it go overhead with my mum (I mean I was with my mum, she wasn't on board). She'd seen the original Sputnik go overhead in the late (19)50s, but seemed oddly unimpressed by the dim ISS that went across (BUT THERE'S PEOPLE ON THAT ONE MUM!!!)!
14 years on and it has a tonne more solar panels and so can be VERY reflective (and I love it when it just disappears mid flight as it enters the Earth's shadow) outshining Jupiter at even positive magnitudes. Well worth a look. The http://www.heavens-above.com/ site has magnitude estimates as well as the info on the NASA site so you can see if it's worth staying up to watch :)
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