266 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009
Obama and Putin on the telephone
Obama: "So as I was saying, we will not tolerate -"
Putin: "Hey, knock knock."
Obama: "... but... (sigh) Who's there?"
Obama: "Crimea who?"
Putin: "Crimea river!" [click]
Obama: "um... Vlad? Hello?"
OUT OF THE WAY!
MOVE ASIDE! IMPORTANT GALAXY, COMING THROUGH! etc...
Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here
It's only $15 million because some budget forecasting beancounter misread the last letter of the destination's name
If I peed my pants laughing at the tortured wording of your headline, does that make this yellow journalism?
Re: Speech recognition
try "Go go gadget GLASS!" but only if you are wearing a fedora and brown trench coat.
IIRC, a half-inch cube could hold about 4TB. Access time was a major issue, though. And that's about the time that prices for existing memory designs AND disk storage began to plummet. As a result, the 3D memory array became "interesting but economically impractical."
I ate an entire bag and dropped hash brown in the loo.
Re: Let's ban perfumes outright
Agreed. Speaking as someone with allergies, it's not the chemicals themselves nearly so much as it is the idiot users who insist on marinating in the stuff
3D Robotics digital airspeed sensor probe
Apart from one being digital and the other old skool analog, how is your airspeed sensor probe different from a bog-standard pitot tube?
Re: Stars do it trivially
Then perhaps we should just plug into the sun instead of reinventing the process. Way more efficient than converting only the visible light. All we need is a REALLY long extension cord. Or three.
inquiring former colonials want to know...
What, if anything, is the difference between a cottage pie and a shepherd's pie? My sister-in-law is from Scotland and her shepherd's pie is pretty awesome.
My FemBot was so good at household chores that I married her years ago. Odd thing is that she's recharged by using credit cards and by receiving shiny baubles. Bit of an "obedience" problem as well, but I suppose you can't have EVERYTHING... I at least DO get a crisply ironed shirt.
@ I ain't Spartacus
"My sister-in-law genuinely asked me what colour kettle I was going to get, and whether it would match the accent colour of my curtains. She may as well have been speaking Klingon."
No, because I could mostly understand Klingon - but otherwise agreed
what REALLY happened
GR1nkzorg and Ukthagorroth were playing a game of interplanetary paintball. GR1nkzorg fired, but missed when Ukthagorroth suddenly ducked behind some convenient inner-system cover.
@ coward - "Don't use gmail. Simple"
"500 million users who agreed to it in exchange for a service. Don't like it? Don't use gmail. Simple."
Not so simple. I don't want to use gmail at all. I am perfectly happy with the email service provided by my ISP. However, in order to use the app store for my Android device, I am force to login with a Google ID which automatically comes with a gmail acct - and that is their default method of contact.
To be sure, I began using my Android tablet without access to the GooglePlay app/store for as long as I could. Certain apps were unavailable any other way and I simply did without them for a while. When I decided I could no longer do without, I created the required Google ID/gmail acct so that I could get full use from my device.
My tablet choices are few: Android - and all the Googly crap that is entailed therewith, Apple - perish the thought, and Windows - outrageously expensive by comparison to Android and unable to run much of what "regular" Windows does.
The only reason I got a tablet at all was because my wife wanted one. As the inevitable de facto support person, it was my duty to select the device. I have no desire to own or operate an Apple product, much less support one. And while I have no problem for paying extra for a superior product (if it indeed IS superior), I cannot justify nearly double the price for a Windows tablet over Android, especially given the known limitations of Windows phone/tablet edition. So, as mentioned, not so simple.
Re: Only one thing missing
agreed! I was taken aback at the "cricketer" not being considered one of the "serious" Doctors. On the whole, I thought #5 was altogether more serious than many of the others (especially some who came after).
Re: Sir @ Fatman
dial-up won't necessarily solve anything. At least here in the US, many home and business users have moved from PSTN to IP Telephony. And even those who haven't still aren't fully protected from "the outside world." Many of the larger carriers have at least some of their traffic routed via cloudy bits so, even if you shun IPT you may still be at least minimally exposed to it.
Yes, most large (i.e. well staffed/trained) organizations have a measure of control over this, but your average small shop owner doesn't have that kind of expertise or access.
Re: Opportunity here
Nice theory. However, I strongly suspect you've never dealt with the American "legal" system. Unfortunately, common sense and "right" have absolutely nothing to do with that process...
NO! xkcd/695 is reserved for higher honors.
While we can and should applaud Jade Rabbit, this in no way matches the plucky perserverance of Spirit. If Jade Rabbit had lasted years beyond its planned mission before succumbing to the harsh lunar environment, then OK.
If we ever establish a long-term human presence on Mars, one of the early missions should be to retrieve Spirit and Opportunity so that they may be brought home to well deserved Heroes' Welcome.
Outgassing at the crack of Dawn
and I bet she was a might embarrassed about that.
Re: What's in a name?
Boffin-Improvised Goggled Gladiator, Lead aErialist Scout.
Surely, someone can improve upon that.
Re: serious question - not to be confused with earlier comments/screeds
@JLH. OK, thank you. I think I understood that. However, the larger question remains. Isn't it possible that there are entire galaxies or even galaxy clusters that are composed of antimatter and we presently lack the ability to tell the difference?
serious question - not to be confused with earlier comments/screeds
I have a legit question to which I have never gotten a satisfactory answer:
How can we be certain that some distant galaxies are not, themselves, composed entirely of antimatter? I mean, how can you tell by looking at something zillions of light years away? The point of the experiment in the article is to determine if hydrogen and antihydrogen truly are "equal opposites," is it not? This means we currently do not know the answer to that question. Therefore, we may not be able to know for certain that at least some distant galaxies are composed of antimatter.
Except for the rather important question of "why didn't all this matter/antimatter just annihilate each other shortly after the Big Bang when it was all so close together," this might otherwise answer the "antimatter mystery," i.e. where did it all go.
Perhaps some galaxies or galaxy clusters are antimatter and the balance between that and "regular" matter is much closer to parity. It's just a theory and I certainly lay no claim to the scientific credentials required to say one way or the other. Merely an inquiring mind interested in expansion.
Re: Rover droppings
Pretty sure Marvin the Martian's dog was named K-9*, not Rover.
And on a related note, if a (Martian) dog poops and no one is around to smell it, does it stink?
* Perhaps that's where the Doctor got the name for his robotic companion. Or vice-versa...
Re: "Dalek" Dave?
for insulting the intelligence level of the Daleks, you will be... EXTERMINATED!
no. Haven't you heard? The cake is a lie.
Re: Where General Relativity breaks down...
My own experiments indicate general relativity breaks down 2-4 hours after Christmas dinner. By that time, I've had quite enough of my relatives and want them out of my house.
It's still on Europa, right where Clarke said it would be.
Re: And now for
Bravo good sir and/or madam! One of my favorite WWII movies ever and featuring the best quote of any flying movie:
Harry Andrews as the Air Marshall: "You can't kill a squadron!"
Re: Reality TV
but the picture will crap out right when David Tennant shows up to save them
next step: scale it up a bit
I hope this is so enormously successful that the next logical step - scaling it up to "household" or "village" models comes next. If this can be sold for $10, imagine what a theoretical $1000 model could do. Stout triangular A-frame to hold the heavier duty gizmo, removable pulley system to assist in hoisting 100Kg or more. Add an optional battery storage system and you could theoretically power a largish array of efficient LEDs for several hours, possibly even overnight.
The cost could be subsidized by relief/charitable organizations working in the region and those of us fortunate to live move developed areas
Is it just me?
Or do those transparent blue slabs look suspiciously like they represent the dimensional ratio 1:4:9?
THAT might make it a bit more interesting, eh?
There are lots of cows on the planet. Seems to me there are far more PEOPLE - many of whom consume some level of vegetarian (i.e. methane producing) diet. The volume of an individual bovine belch or fart is greater than individual human output of the same sort. However, the TOTAL volume is probably higher for humans simply because there are more of us than them. Has any reputable* study attempted to factor that in? I've not seen one but would be interested to do so if someone could provide a link or three.
My own theory** is that the combined methane output of both humans AND animals, while significant, is dwarfed by that from various industry and nature/weather. Fracking, refining, landfill decomposition, combustion, and volcanic activity, just to name a few of the bigger categories.
I'm not saying these things are inherently evil. What I AM saying is if methane is problematic, let's identify AND QUANTIFY ALL sources and then RATIONALLY discuss mitigation - without the politically charged hyperbole. Sadly, that last bit will be hardest to achieve. The fervent zealots on BOTH ends of this must be sidelined and told to hold their tongues while more reasonable people identify the real problem(s) and sources of same, in order to craft the BEST solutions that balance the needs of the various interested parties. Only in that way can the problem be solved without reverting to extremist views. "Pre-industrial lifestyle or we all die!!!1!!" is just as counterproductive as "There is no problem here, move along."
* open access, open debate, peer-reviewed, etc.
** I am not a scientist. Just an interested observer willing to consider any reasonable possibility.
so VERY glad I missed this article when it ran last Friday. Seeing Tom Baker was a wonderful surprise. A fraction-of-a-second's "Hey, that voice sounds familiar" gives way to "HOLYSHITHOWCOOLISTHAT?!?"
Neither he nor Smith actually SAID Baker was the Doctor. It was inferred, but Smith's Doctor seemed somewhat unsure (to me, at least). I think to have said it outright would have cheapened the moment. For those of us who didn't know it was coming, it was absolutely brilliant. I had hoped we'd see other "classic" Doctors in there as well. I will definitely look up The Five(ish) Doctors reboot when I get home.
Re: huh (what's "nickle"?)
1/20th of a $US
or the act of giving someone's nipple a tickle.
Re: I want a Neptune orbiter
but I thought pictures of Uranus were generally available on teh Interwebs.
Oh, wait. You meant the planet. My mistake. Carry on.
"No, you idiot"
yes, yes. I know. Pertwee, not Baker. Failed to edit in time. -1000 for me.
Tom Baker wants to know
if this will reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.
one word is sufficient to describe this
so, Schrödinger's Car Keys?
Re: so what is the correct pronunciation?
were I in New Orleans, yes.
so what is the correct pronunciation?
Nee Ahn? Nye Ann? Inquiring minds need to know (what to ask for when visiting the Land of the Rising Sun)
BB10 less secure? Doesn't seem so.
"The model of using a container for applications cuts the risk of the data leakage associated with BYOD (bring your own device). A secure container is set up for corporate applications such as email, calendar, browser, storage clients and so on.
"Data downloaded from the enterprise, such as email attachments and files, cannot be accessed by applications outside that container."
That pretty much exactly describes how BB10 was explained to our team at unveiling. By far, the coolest feature of BB10 was the ability to have your corporate and personal stuff on the same device AND easily transition between the two AND satisfy corporate security types that there was no co-mingling of said stuff.
Re: Release valve
Legend has it that the same thing happened to the IBM engineers who developed the xerographic process for photocopying. IBM was reportedly "disinterested" and the engineers left to form Xerox.
Re: @Richard81 part 2
(forgot to add before hitting "submit"...)
* For example, one really cool feature which SHOULD be possible with a Steam device is to answer the question "do I prefer this game on a console or a PC?" without having to buy the game twice. I purchased and played through Diablo III on PC. I tried the demo on XBox360. I found that I prefer that particular game on PC, but had to wait over a year for the console version to be available to know this. If I had preferred the console version, I would have had to shell out another $60 over and above the $60 already spent for the PC version. With Steam and the Steam device, I can theoretically have my cake AND eat it, too. One title, one purchase, playable either way. In theory (and someone will, no doubt, be quick to correct if I'm wrong).
"I expect this to find a market in middle ground: people who own a fairly rubbish laptop and maybe a XBox 360 or PS3 (with no intention of upgrading), i.e. casual gamers."
DINGDINGDINGDING! Winner! I am a former PC gamer, currently a casual XB360 gamer, in my fifties. I am VERY interested in the Steam offering because this bridges the gap and will allow a bit of "the best of both worlds." Certain PC titles previously unavailable* on a console would now be available to me. I have no desire to rejoin, as a prior poster put it, "the [PC hardware spec] arms race." I, too, "just want to play when it's playtime" without faffing about. In all likelihood, I will have a Steam box alongside an Xbox/PS# in the family room and the (somewhat outdated) gaming PC will remain in the seldom used upstairs command center
Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...
major drawback to that idea is weight. That much saline isn't exactly light and the added weight will affect performance, moderately at the very least. Then, of course, there is the radical redesign of existing cockpits - frightfully expensive in a time of tightening budgets.
While I do not doubt your idea COULD/WOULD work, I seriously doubt it WILL be used due to expense. Until "broken" to one degree or another, RPVs and autonomous aircraft are the future.
Anyone worked out the Morse code? And is that wonderfully throaty engine zooming by from a Spitfire or a Hurricane?
"IFEZes are cool"
It PLAYS like Torchlight, but it LOOKS (to me, at least) exactly like it did on the PC.
I played all three Diablos on PC. I tried the Xbox port as the currently available demo. It's OK, but I really prefer a PC for that type of game. The control structure for the console version of D3 is surprisingly good, given the limitations of the controller vs. a full keyboard and multi-button mouse - but the reviewer is quite correct that precision ranged attacks in this game are difficult on console compared to PC version.