292 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009
We are Dyslexic of Borg
Your ass will be laminated.
What's (also) in a name...
I accept the origin of the foundation's name as mentioned in the article.
However, I find it an interesting coincidence that an organization which correlates asteroid incidents with nuclear bombs is also (sort of) named the same as the workhorse of the US Air Force's nuclear bomb arsenal - the venerable B61 which has been, in several variants, in inventory for decades.
what isn't clear from the article
is how much of the biz is Ariba and how much is legacy SAP - important since both have on-premise and cloudy options. The integration between the Ariba and legacy SAP is rapidly improving and, as a customer of both product lines, that's good for my company - especially as HANA gets ported to the Ariba product lines. Interesting times ahead.
more kitchen counter than garden shed
but clever non-standard boffinry nonetheless. Tip o' the hat.
Re: Pac-Man Pinball
Yes, Baby PacMan was a MOST interesting variant and darned hard to find in working condition. I know of only two publicly available units - one in Austin, TX and one in Las Vegas, NV. There are doubtless several in the hands of private collectors unbeknownst to me.
Re: Play on emulator
but only if you have a FOUR-way joystick available. I made the same mistake as many in building mine with two eight-way sticks. Playing PacMan and Donkey Kong with eight-way joysticks is an exercise in extreme frustration.
Ultimately, I removed the second eight-way stick and replaced it with a four-way, wired in parallel with the first so that I could use either as needed. Most of the games played on my box aren't "two players simultaneously" anyway so the loss of the second stick is unnoticed. The only thing I can't do now with this arrangement is play the wonderful Atari classic Battlezone.
Re: Idiocy of the first water.
That's quite all right, Mr. Scrooge. You go back to counting your pennies by candlelight while we celebrate this clever innovation.
"so this is it...
... we're all going to die." - Arthur
"I DO wish you would stop saying that." - Ford
Re: Here's what to do if you're stuck with it
For your specific example, the simplest approach is "disconnect from outside world." Isolate the machine and import customer design files on very-carefully-screened-by-up-to-date-PCs USB sticks. Oh, and don't forget to introduce Fear of $Deity for anyone who uses a NOT-carefully-screened USB device. That, plus a good backup regimen and you're set. There's no reason why examples of THIS type can't run XP in perfect safety until the hardware fails.
Re: How to avoid getting soaked in a storm
"Stand under a tree. And then die when it gets struck by lightning." FTFY
Re: Sad face
go through the site listing. Some of the items are more reasonably priced. I saw a few that caught my eye for as "little" as $400. I say "little" but that definition varies greatly, so...
Re: a pity... ERP systems
"A pity this study did not include experiments involving people interacting with a typical corporate ERP system, most of which are works of great evil, involving sluggish, ancient code and ghastly counter-intuitive UI, zero help facilities (certainly in most users' languages). That would have show exactly the same findings."
so you are an SAP user then? Most in my company are firmly convinced that SAP is an acronym for a German phrase that translates to 'THIS will thoroughly fuck with their heads! Who is laughing NOW, "Allies"? '
Re: Frustration makes people angry
Re: Missing a trick
No, it isn't/won't. At least not according to their current FAQ.
Q: Is MinnowBoard MAX a PC?
A: No, MinnowBoard MAX is an open hardware embedded platform. MinnowBoard MAX is for embedded applications or product development where interfacing with custom hardware (whether I2C sensors, custom FPGAs through PCIe, etc.) is needed.
I HOPE they will add some Windows functionality. Bolting this into/onto a drive enclosure would make a kick-ass ultra-small footprint WHS
Wishing you good weather and spectacular success
onward, upward, etc.
Might these (and other bits of Oort) been flung outward by the initial flick of old Sol's nuclear match? The shockwave of nuclear ignition should have been sufficient to blast lots of smaller bits a ways out without actually losing them, should it not? And then over a few billion years some of those tiny bits clump together to form larger ones, occasionally reaching dwarf planet* status.
* because, after all, "That's no moon."©®™
I was thinking from front on it looks a bit like a Sontaran
Re: In your dreams, and never so long as pussy is a cat
well said. I even understood it. And that, in and of itself, is a bit scary...
Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?
No, but there is a pertinent corollary to Murphy's Law. To wit:
"Any dropped tool will roll to the most inaccessible corner of the shop - often striking your toes on the way down."
someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired
Unfortunately, it probably WON'T be the most correct person, who is probably far enough up the corporate ladder to be "protected" from such disciplinary measures. Some poor middle manager who did his job and passed the warnings up the food chain will wind up taking the fall "for inadequately identifying the potential danger" or similar BS. And the REAL problem will remain unsolved.
beware the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief.
didn't Microsoft already do this?
I've subscribed to Microsoft's Zune service (now XBox Music or somesuch) for years. $15/month for all you can download, for up to three users. All those downloads are good ONLY as long as you continue to pay the $15/month. Once you discontinue the service, the files cease to function. The biggest drawback is that you have to use their device to play the music. However, that's not a problem for me as I am apparently one of those rare few who actually LIKE the Zune interface.
The value FOR ME is that you can download 10 single tracks per month that you "keep forever." Since single tracks average $0.99, that makes the service effectively $5/month for the whole family. What I find advantageous about this model over others is that I can "try before I buy." My son and I both have used this effectively to find bands we otherwise might never hear. "Are they any good? Don't know, let's find out. Nah, who's next?/Hey, that's a winner. Buy it." No buyer's remorse because I only "buy" what I already know I like.
The value of this model FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY is that it is priced such that I am not tempted to become a freetard. All my music is legitimately licensed, whether "owned" or rented.
My progeny are grown now
with less-common-but-traditional naming, but my next canine pseudo-child will be officially registered with the American Kennel Club as "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?"
Just calling him (or her) Whiskey will elicit deeply satisfying shock from my neighbors when I stand outside and call "Whiskey! Whiskey! Come here Whiskey!"
blessed, blissful SILENCE...
This is NOT a bad thing.
Re: that man-made dot in space
You can sign up for text alerts when it will pass overhead near your location. Visible to naked eye as a dim*, moving "star" before dawn or after sunset.
* relative brightness affected heavily by the amount of light pollution near you. I live on the outskirts of a medium-sized city with substantial light pollution and can easily make out the moving dot.
Re: I can't even think of a word to do justice to its size
and yet, if I calculated correctly, that's only about 15/1000 of a light year.
obligatory Douglas Adams quote: "Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."
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...
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