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The meaning of "Theory"
My father used to say of evolution "After all, it's only a theory".
To many people theory does not even mean "hypothesis", more "wild guess".
The best reply I've found to people who pick on "theory" is "So music probably doesn't exist does it? We study the theory of music!"
The original story
I am old enough to remember when this started. (That's not a brag, more of a rueful comment.)
New Scientist carried the story in the early 70's following a letter from the teacher involved.
Mpemba was late to class, when they were making ice cream. The process involved boiling the milk. After the cooling down period Mpemba's batch was noticably hotter than that of his classmates but it got put in the freezer anyway.
To everybody's surprise it was the first to harden. The beauty of this phenomenon is that every time the subject is raised the reactions are similar to these. My mother's comment when I mentioned the Mpemba effect was "Everybody knows that it happens that way"
Sadly I have never got around the testing the phenomenon in practice.
Shurley not Sho!
Obviously rubbish. This does not contrbute to "Global Warming" hysteria and must therefore be wrong. Don't these people know that science works by stating unfounded opinions and not by careful measurement and study?
This announcement comes on the same day that the German govt announced that Windows 8 devices have Trusted Computing backdoor.
So MS or the NSA can change my order of coffee to tea and record my subversive eating habits.
I may be naive but would appreciate a PRACTICAL reason for going to cloud data storage.
Are the cost savings that great? And is the security risk that trivial?
I would have thought that most potential cloud customers could "get away" with a decently specced server, thereby retaining control of their data.
The article mentions "at 60 deg C". If that is a requirement, not "extreme" conditions then there could be a problem commercialising the beast.
Do you really want to insulate your phone, MP3 player etc?
No icons available. Please imagine "Doubting Thomas"
Please remember that Debian comes in Stable, Testing and Unstable flavours. Frankly I have fewer problems with Unstable than I used to have with any version of Windows.
There is also "Experimental" but i would recommend safety clothing before playing with it :-)
The way Debian works, Unstable is cutting edge (for Debian anyway). Packages then drift down to Testing and finally to Stable. With Unstable you always have the latest and greatest - at a slight risk of course. Version numbers are irrelevant here. I installed debian once, over six years ago, and have had a relatively pain-free (almost boring) experience ever since.
Interestingly, I twice unsuccessfully tried to install Ubuntu on clean machines - Crap! Now I won't touch it - it has gone "commercial"
Excellent article. I suppose how interesting one finds it depends on ones kind of work. Have you ever tried to find a buyer for one million obsolete bottles (the product failed) or wanted 4 RS232 cables for an HP95, 20 years down its lifetime?
Obviously a Pak breeder...:-)
If you haven't read Larry Niven just move on.
How does this affect the PARIS (retroactively) and LOHAN projects? Will the Reg have to ensure that LOHAN does not pass over Guernsey? I can imagine Guernsey scrambling fighter planes to intercept LOHAN :-)
@AC: Geostationary - Geosynchronous
AFAIK Geostationary is a special case of Geosynchronous and can only happen if the orbit is exactly over the equator. In other cases the satellite returns to the same spot once a day.
How come nobody has claimed anthropogenity for this phenomenon?
Only a first step.
OK, so this "proves" that the earth has warmed up by 1 degree since 1950. Now the following questions need to be answered, just as rigorously:
1. Will this trend continue and haw far will it go?
2. Is the warming athropogenic? Or, possibly, what proportion of it is athropogenic?
This is NOT a victory for the climate sensationalists, just a conclusion that the earth is, indeed, warming up.
A Couple more points
1. Bouquets or Brickbats (can't decide which) to the author for avoiding "global warming" and "climate change" in the article.
2. If we send out spaceships, which direction should they go? Frying pan -> fire anybody?
Will History Repeat Itself?
Many years ago Larry Ellison promised to show Microsoft up for the "purveyor of second rate software that it really is" (or words to that effect).
So having acquired the tools to do so with (OpenOffice, MySQL) he proceeded to destroy his side of things!
Even money says he'll now do the same with hardware.
I don't know if it applies to all Baptists, but the few I know reject Evolutionary theory. Is the name of the asteroid just a coincidence?
Another Aspect of this Case
Most commenters seem to be assuming that the US legal system actually works.
Going by what we read about IT and Patent related litigation this seems an unjustified assumption.
Personally I consider that any system where judges are elected is flawed. Think about it. You have judges elected by Americans trying a case between an American (electing) company and an overseas (non voting) one.
I can only speak about KDE. 3.5 was a small step down. 4 is insane. It has massaged the developers' egos at the expense of the users' experience.
Don't developers talk to their users any more? I am waiting for when I have enough free time and inclination to try something else.
"It remains unclear if the News Corp boss can be forced to testify at the inquiry as he is a US citizen."
Why not? He's doing business in the UK. Of course he could elect never to enter Britain again.
Could this be summarised as:
The globe should be warming up, but it isn't, but it should be.
Therefore we'll assume that it is, that way we get to keep our research grants.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle seem to have seen this coming a few years ago.
Earth is in an ice age (real, not mini) but burning fossil fuels is not permitted. A good (fictional) read for those who haven't read it.
So why does the Reg deposit a flash cookie every time I visit?
To all those worried about CPU cycles and RAM usage.
On my relatively modest 2 core AMD + 2GB RAM I have to work hard to max out my resources. Surely it's easier to have enough resources and then concentrate on the work, rather than the engine's rpm?
Debian for ever.
Addressing a couple of points made by different people:
1. Installation. I installed Debian once, six years (maybe more) ago, on 2 PCs. I hardly notice that I'm running a new version when it happens. Incidentally it even copes with a motherboard change, the only problem being that, for some weird reason, it bumps up the eth<x> number and I have to painfully edit the networks file by hand. :-)
2. Ubuntu.. I have tried installing Ubuntu 3 times in the past 3 years. Each time I end up with a non-working system.
This is a little bit fishy.
I recall reading that the Swedes stated that they will subordinate their claims to any that the US may make.
If so Assange's rendition will be almost assured.
In the meantime the Swedes are attempting to extradite him first and charge him later. Does anybody smell a rat?
MS Fanboy Fun
The MS fanboys can pass the time commenting on this while waiting for the latest BOFH episode to be posted (we hope).
Unfortunately Siemens only produce Windows based software. The PLCs themselves run their own OS but you have to create the software with Windows PCs and then use Windows PCs as the operator interfaces to the plant.
Security then depends on what operations are permitted to the logged-in user.
Maybe now Siemens may have a change of heart.
Anybody care to count the number of Linux and Windows problems? And then count the number of successful exploits?
Hint: set a high width for the Windows column if you use a spreadsheet. :-)
Model Aeroplane materials
In my distant youth I used to build balsa wood planes skinned with tissue. The tissue was somewhat stronger than the stuff you buy at the newsagent and there was a special solvent based dope for it.
You skinned the plane, sprinkled a little water on the tissue to shrink it and then doped the skin. The result (most times) was a tight, tough, wrinkle free skin. The dope added a lot of toughness.
The problem with BBC News was that it was excellently laid out, easy to navigate and comfortable to use.
Can't have that lads, can we?
How can this be considered a victory for Spamhaus? They are still being penalised for protecting world+dog from these bottom feeders.
Victory would have been e360 to pay all costs.
"One can "do business" with The Register?"
Well, yes, sort of. They have in the past published their rates for posting good reviews of a product .
Or I suppose one could buy advertising (which could then be filtered out by adblock).
Have I got time to get my coat? Please note: green icon)
But for how long?
"But we're cool, right Cisco? Totally a productive website."
Only for as long as you say nice things about them. :-)
Not quite. The appeals court decided that the issue should not have been decided by summary judgement. This was expected. Read the Groklaw article more carefully.
@ Kevin Pollock
Are you sure that your victims want the effects? Personally I find that my nod-off time is dependent on the darkness of the room and the amount of time I have to wait while the screen updates with all sorts of "fancy" manouvers.
Problem is that nobody ever asks "Do you want the facts or the effects?"
Memories of a Morrow.
My first "real" as opposed to "home" computer was a Morrow II bought in 1983. Also was the first computer at work. It cost £1999.40 with a Dot Matrix printer.
Within 2 months, finalising the departmental monthly accounts was taking 2 hours instead of the 2 weeks we were allowed. Suddenly everybody wanted one!
Incidentally the machine had 64K of RAM and 2 180K floppy drives. A 5MB Hard Drive would have cost another £1000.
I fully agree that it is a step in the right direction. However, I question whose right direction it is.
It may be Open Source but is incompatible with the GPL and still, essentially, a lock-in licence.
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