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If you can't put your finger on it, you're probably holding it wrong.
370 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
If you can't put your finger on it, you're probably holding it wrong.
"Hi! Is that Microsoft Support?"
"Yes, good day to you. How might I be of assistance?"
"Yeah, I think I've got a fault in my AE-35 unit. What could go wrong?"
"But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed."
What are they suggesting, a vatican postgres running in daemon mode?
It's not snappy and there's no logo. No-one's going to want to exploit that.
The response should be: if, as you say, this is so incredibly rare, you will not worry one second about paying to fumigate each and every time it happens.
I believe it stands for Never Twice the Same Color [sic]
What they really need, is a box
We never get news stories (or facebook posts) about the near-miss asteroids that no-one notices.
It /is/ peer reviewed. If their peers are other facebook users and the reviews are "Likes".
"Yes, because I do actually need assistive technology?"
the records show that he *practised*
Start Wreck: Nemesis seemed to ignore specific things that had happened in ST:TNG. But perhaps the odd numbered films and it don't count?
This has all happened before and will all happen again.
Actually, it can't possibly be in the same universe as the original. Richard Hatch.
There was the end of series^H^H^H^H^H^Hseason finale where they'd saved the Earth from the Xindi, but to have a cliff hanger into the next series they suddenly went back in time (can't remember why) to when aliens were posing as Nazis (I don't /think/ I'm making this up, or am I getting confused with Galactica 80s?). Anyway, there was a definite "going back in time" CGI effect after which I fully expected Captain Archer to say "Oh boy!" (he didn't).
A loss to the world, and especially to his family. Heartfelt condolences to them. El Reg, I'm sure at some point you could gather up all these comments to pass on to the family. They mostly read the same and individually they probably aren't much help, but the number of them might offer some comfort that Lester was considered a friend in the pub by so many of your readers.
They release /specifically/ (and only?) for Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and current 15.10. AS TARBALLS?
I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave.
It may have a name, but I won't believe it's a genuine threat until it gets a logo
But surely everyone uses the 5*10^307-th prime?
I mean, no-one would use the first prime (2) as that's too obvious. Similarly the largest prime less than 2^2048 would be too obvious. So then the next primes you would obviously not use are the 2nd prime (3) and the 2nd to last prime below 2^2048. etc. Everyone decides to use the middle prime.
I agree with the sentiment of the post, but can't help wondering:
"The need to define issues in black and white terms is surely the sign of a simple mind."
... is that meant to be ironic?
cat /dev/slurp | grep terraced
or will Google be slurping all your user added content too? Not necessarily to put out in a google search, but so you can't hide from them by not using gmail or google maps etc?
Ah yes, undoubtedly the ransomware followed the spirit of linux and made the source available. In fact all the researchers had to do was
sudo apt-get source linux-encoder-1-ransomware
to find out what it was doing ?????
And will we find out who it's from and to whom it's going before they discover there's something causing interference in the middle, and take steps to eradicate the interference?
on the big red brick ventilation tower. Failing that at the top of the Boddingtons chimney next door.
That's a red herring. Reducing by one doesn't change the that you're comparing a lower countable number of items (in this case, "Chromes", or presumably versions of Chrome). If there were 3 fewer Chromes instead of one fewer Chrome, you would quite definitely say "fewer" rather than "less" (even by your logic). It's just that it's misused even more when the quantity is reduced by just one (to you and lots of other people, although I'm hoping there might be one fewer people to convert ;) ).
On your side, however, you have the very erudite Alexander Armstrong continuing to say "can you score less points than ..." where the points are integers from 0 to 100 -- clearly countable. I've often wondered where the practical physical boundary between discrete and continuous occurs.
Of course the OED Usage statement (which should magically appear on the CLI whenever someone uses it incorrectly) is imprecise: Why "people or countable things"? Wouldn't just "countable things" suffice? And "things which cannot be counted ( less money)" clearly contradicts the well known fact that the King was in his counting house, counting out his money. Actually, we are never told if the King succeeds.
I think /you're/ wrong (not "your wrong" -- that should be "your bad").
As you say, to quote the Oxford English Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/few
scroll down to "Usage
Fewer versus less: strictly speaking, the rule is that fewer, the comparative form of few, is used with words denoting people or countable things ( fewer members; fewer books). Less, on the other hand, is used with mass nouns, denoting things which cannot be counted ( less money; less bother). It is regarded as incorrect in standard English to use less with count nouns, as in less people or less words, although this is one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers. It is not so obvious which word should be used with than. Less is normally used with numerals ( a score of less than 100) and with expressions of measurement or time ( less than two weeks; less than four miles away), but fewer is used if the things denoted by the number are seen as individual items or units ( there were fewer than ten contestants)."
Note the "strictly speaking" and "one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers".
Will wearing a tin foil hat make it harder or easier for them to detect you????
Is the slightly bright spot in the middle of the earth a reflection of the sun on the oceans? (yes yes I know all the light in the picture has come from the sun, but the yellowy bright spot in the middle)
I know you've used the original text, but I can't help thinking...
DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN! DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN!
I'm fairly sure a steam engine requires water to power the engine. It's in the name.
3000 x 2000?
What the heck ratio is that??? Oh wait, it'll be 3:2
That's actually very appealing to someone who works on their laptop as opposed to watches 1 and a half films before the battery runs out.
Yet more practical astrology adjustment! What are they trying to do to us? (by "us" I mean capricorns)
Anaqueta (sp?), or an actual buried stargate
Well, I'd say no. However, my wife says...
SPOILER (as if it hasn't been out for a while, or given away in the article)! From what I remember of the story, the monks had narrowed down the possibilities of the one true name to 9 billion (using a phonetic alphabet of their own devising) and had the software engineer write them something to go through all the possibilities one by one. Using a computer was much faster than their manual method and by the time he was leaving the monastery, it had found the right one and the stars had started to go out...
Very reminiscent of the "controversial" proof of the four-colour theorem in the ... 1970s?
Replace "Multivac" with "OK Google!" or "Siri!"... scary.
What's needed is a series of cross-planetary cables (maybe pooling effort in the capacitor in the centre of the earth?) so high usage at night can be powered by solar panels situated on the other side of the planet (where it's daylight).
Either that or geosynchronous orbital mirrors.
Don't you grieve --
they're on our side, I believe.
But what about the beta gate?
I always thought geology was specifically to do with the earth (because of the "geo" bit). As in geocentric, apogee, perigee ...
"Consider the distances involved. NASA threw a probe over three billion miles through the Solar System, using the gravity from our largest planet to get it up to speed, and has now slung it past Pluto so close that it's less than an Earth-width distance away. Its relatively puny thrusters have given fine tuning abilities, but the mechanics of such a feat are immensely complex."
Yeah yeah, we get it. It /is/ rocket science.
Also... "Pluto could harbor extraterrestrial surprises". Whereas a terrestrial surprise, well.. that really /would/ be a surprise!
> This is convenient as long as you have a horizontal USB port handy, such as those on a MacBook.
Not the new ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc
This happened first decades ago...
for practical reverse-astrology to change our future.