275 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
Re: we know it has happened at least once
"There are those who believe...that life here began out there"
so All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again
Re: Secret mode?
I thought it was 6031769
I'm waiting for them to conclude that
"Philae ended up in shadow wedged in between a cliff and a double decker bus"
+1 for John Lewis Customer Service
I got a price match for John Lewis online and a quick delivery (in fact they reduced the price in general by the time I ordered) of a new telly. It turned out the analogue input had dreadful motion blur (and it was in a second room where only analogue input is available). I emailed the customer services about it and after making some settings suggestions (which worked to a certain extent, but still some faces were not keeping up with turning heads!) and checking for firmware upgrade (none), were very happy to arrange a collection at my convenience for a full refund (this is after about two weeks of use). I don't think you can beat that for customer service. On paper the model (Samsung UE22H5000) should have been perfect, but it's good to know that if in practice it doesn't turn out to be JL will happily take it back. I would have gladly exchanged it for another model but alas they don't have anything else that quite fits the bill. There are other occasions I've had unquestioning excellent service from them with regard to electronics and clothes.
Now, can anyone recommend a good 22" or 24" 1080p television with 2 HDMI inputs, good analogue picture and a stand that doesn't reach the whole width of the 22" screen (the stand it'll sit on is about 18" wide)?
All it needs
is more of that watch band hinge and they could sell it as a smart-sleeve
Is this the real outcome of
the sex space geckos?
Wouldn't it be even easier
to fake the nvidia video?
Every little helps
Open source maths packages
It's been a long time since I was actively researching maths, but even then there was (and still is) a fantastically fast number-theory based CLI environment called PARI/GP (sudo apt-get install pari-gp) http://pari.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ and a massively comprehensive algebra package called GAP [Groups Algorithms and Programming] (sudo apt-get install gap) http://www.gap-system.org/ . Both still being actively developed.
They didn't have the GUI or comprehensive coverage that Mathematica or Maple had then but they covered their own fields pretty damn well. I daresay there are other packages for other areas of maths.
Having said that, not really very school-pupil friendly unless you're already a programmer.
I guess the problem, in the field of pure maths at least, is that once it is known a solution exists the researcher loses interest in actually finding it, so once there's a CLI, they lose interest in actually building a GUI on top (that's just /bookwork/)! ;)
> they didnt create that *gramme* nazi icon for nothing! use it!
> hmm *ill* go and give myself a good talking to
they didn't create that troll icon for nothing! use it!
> names that reflect local culture.
umm, given the scale of this thing -- that's pretty darn localised! ;)
Re: "Happily no one was hurt"
"Happily no one was hurt"
Did anyone else read that in a Liverpudlian Ringo Starr accent?
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.
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