833 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Re: Making a qbit at home
Of course the important thing about making quantum computer components is that you must not observe them in any way either during or after the process.
It seems likely these evolved as part of an evolutionary arms race.
Re: Am I a criminal?
"And this year's Nobel prize for hairdressing goes to..."
Why is everyone so down on Google Plus these days?
It's great to log in to G+ when you want some peace and quiet. Just you and the tumbleweed rolling past in the howling wind, that bell tolling in the distance...
Actually the more I see of the kind of bullshit that goes down on Twitter with all the hate groups and whathaveyou, the more I start to think that Google may just have to wait until other social networks shoot themselves in the foot once too often and it's community-of-communities approach may just win out.
Re: Pebble still seems the best
Unusual to see a comment on the Reg advocating windows.
I haven't read outside the Malazan series, but I don't think his intention with those was to create a cohesive narrative- it was a tapestry of stories that pretty much managed to keep me interested throughout. Very much ideas-fiction, rather than story oriented, though. Perhaps like some sci-fi in that respect.
Although I enjoyed them, I haven't been driven to pick up any of his other work. Given that this one seems to be a distillation of his most irritating qualities, I guess I won't be getting this either.
I think I remember the film
Now every day they can enjoy breakfast at Tiffany's.
A little like me walking past the busker with the severely limited repertoire on my way into the office.
It may be a new office tool, but it's not exactly a Wave is it?
Hopefully it will prove to have a shorter shelf life.
The thing about everything over IP is that it anticipates that you have strong IP connectivity at all times, which cannot be assumed among us yokels. Everything Everywhere does not include phone signal in my phone. They should probably rebrand to "some things in some places" if they care about accuracy for anybody more than six miles outside London.
Of course, DAB isn't great for anybody on the move but I had a phone with an FM receiver which I used a lot, I will certainly keep an eye out for that as a feature next time I'm shopping for one.
The important thing with a Tim Worstall article is to see how long it takes for any given topic to find its way to metals from the more obscure corners of the periodic table. Extra points if they are Rare Earth elements.
"Old Woman killed by little glass planet."
As a sunday-evening family drama goes it's fine. Better than most other things.
I am enjoying Capaldi's more cantankerous persona, it's a refreshing change. Also contrary to some of the article I feel like Clara is finally getting some character in this series. That said, she always comes across as a bit too playschool presenter for my liking, which is ironic because everyone knows that the best companion started out as a playschool presenter.
Mr Moffatt has some very bad habits as a writer but he does seem quite conscious of them and maybe one of these days he'll stop walking into the same annoying traps or trying to wring our emotions with a consequence-free and ultimately trivialised fatalities. Also the "flagshipness" of the show seems to make it harder for him to be allowed any subtlety ( "our studies show that the C1 through D4 demographic won't get it" ) so I suspect there is a certain amount of limitation on what he is able to do.
Oh come now, it's not that scary.
I have 8.1 on my laptop and the major improvement the 8.1 update brought was that the drivers for my wireless card stopped working ( my fault I guess for having bought a system with card from a no-name brand like Intel ) and consequently it's all Linux all the time as far as I'm concerned now. Aside from occasionally wishing I had a working office suite - and Google Docs gives me most of that - I can't say I miss Windows at all.
Re: THE FIRST BITE IS WITH THE EYE
I fairness, given that you're called "i like crisps" it may be that you're not target market for Soylent.
Cementing their reputation
To stay in keeping with the books, there should be an entire episode about concrete.
A TV Adaptation of Hamilton could keep his beginnings and middles and then maybe have in-house writers to provide an end. That would redeem the Night's Dawn a whole lot...
In one way, since the technology became sufficient many of the stories that can be told with the current generation of gaming tools have now been told, so many things are effectively remakes.
However the other side of that is that people with a big-money franchise are inherently conservative because they are terribly and intensely afraid of killing off the goose that lays the golden egg for them. So they can't take risks or do anything new.
New games will come predominantly out of small and independent development houses. Once something becomes a safe bet ( moderately recent example might be Dark Souls ) then a big publisher may pick it up and start making sequels, but those will be more of the same.
Ultimately companies investing large amounts of money in games expect to see ROI, so they end up producing games designed by market segmentation research rather than by people who care about making games fun, original or interesting. This is a place where Kickstarter is proving to be somewhat disruptive, which is good news for people who like good games.
Re: sign of the times
I predict a time will come, not so very far in the future, when men and women can purchase clothing that changes colour according to the wearer's body temperature.
Re: Depends on the context of the incitement, surely?
So what you're suggesting is that in this case maybe the bell-ends justify the means?
Re: Free Speech?
Perhaps they felt it might be more effective for the poster to discover that in the judgement of the vast majority of their peers they are a ridiculous scrotewit clinging with slithy tenacity to repugnant opinions that bring nothing of worth to any discussion and serve no purpose beyond making them look like a tiresome, self-entitled, plank-faced tosswizard.
Re: Oh so true...
This solution is quite genre specific- the average NAS believes hip hop is dead and refuses to store it.
Now I like the Guardian and I read it from time to time but their movie reviews are almost always diametrically wrong, on movies where there is any question of non-terribleness at least. They're the cinematic equivalent of a compass that points south.
Re: Liverpool underground nightclubs!
Where Mersey the sacred river ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Re: I read the first paragraph as "creepy football" data
It is a matter of record that the way someone walks can indicate that they are a ladies man and that they have no time to talk. This is basically a straight extrapolation on that information.
We learn that Samsung have "a synthetic material for work surfaces called Staron that can be shaped and used in similar way to Corian."
That is pretty great, because I knew nothing about Staron, but hearing it can be used in a similar way to Corian has made everything completely clear thanks to my in-depth knowledge of furniture-related materials.
Better alternatives ahead
Given that Microsoft own all the fancy kinect stuff, I for one hope that we will see a move to computers controlled by dance.
That would make for healthier office workers and substantially more hilarious offices.
Re: night time
It definitely increases productivity for both those professions, so I guess they could be either.
The rumour I heard was that in order to cast your vote you have to draw a Scottish flag on a piece of paper.
Quite a coup for the "Yes" campaign there, I think.
Re: What are your predictions?
I think it will be a disaster for the rest of the UK if they do vote yes, but probably the smartest choice for them. In the interests of trying to create a win-win scenario, I have put a tenner on "yes" just in case.
The impression I have always had of Notch is that he has pretty high geek skills. Give him several hundred million to use on things like yachts and women and I would not be at all surprised to find him still sat in a corner hacking out some new game ideas.
At least we're not losing touch with serious science.
Often new technology is quickly twisted by our obsessive minds towards some sexual outcome, so it's good to see that NASA avoid this by having sent a robot to Mars to drill some buttes.
I was thinking about this just the other day, specifically the excellent bonus level that only appeared on a full moon. That was pretty neat - it didn't occur to me to change my computer's date ( I was young and kind of a chump ) so I remember being pleased to realise it was a full moon and I could explore that level.
Still haven't figured it out
I'm really not sure about the whole Twitter business model. I mean, how do they get from where they are now to where money comes to them from their user base, without alienating that user base who use the service on a daily basis.
I like Twitter and I use it a whole lot, but I only use it for reading tweets, sending tweets and sometimes to join in conversations, which is basically what the service offers. I don't see how those things can be monetised unless they wanted to start charging me for them, which would probably lead to other free competitors who aren't yet on the "need to make a profit" part of the curve overtaking them.
Re: It's a shame.
I'd say Monbiot is accurate way more than the time and is endlessly less deliberately contrarian than certain locals whose surnames begin with O. He's one of the few journalists in the area who is putting a decent effort into understanding the science he is talking about and who suggests solutions rather than just writing reams of "we're doomed" which is a common trait amongst environmental writers.
I'm probably biased - I like the environment so much that I live there - but maybe reading some of his work would allow you to have an informed opinion. Hating someone because Jeremy Clarkson told you to is a little embarrassing.
Re: Special Circumstances?
I had non-humanoid robots doing well on the grounds I was assuming they were working for Special Circumstances.
Luckily if they hit on you really hard, your helmet will be able to call for assistance. Although if it calls your wife out that may not be a viable risk mitigation strategy.
Not an expert in talented celebrities but...
If the chances of a safe landing rely on LOHAN's PANTS staying up, I am a little concerned for the playmonaut.
It was easy for them because it was a long time ago so they were even older than nans.
Re: Crude scrawl?
"What is it Ug?"
"Ug have vision. Ug see great camp of many caves. This picture is map of camp."
"Who has camp?"
"Ug not know. But it bigger than all the camps in the world. It guarded by great bison made of stone."
"Do you think was future, Ug?"
"Ug says it was a true seeing."
"Perhaps we choose extinction instead, Ug."
Re: Yay, usable maps again
Also the new maps doesn't work at all on Chrome for Linux for quite a lot of users. Or at least it just shows a completely black screen, so I guess maybe it's just forecasting our imminent vanishing into a cunningly hidden singularity or something. But it's quite annoying if you want to look at a map.
But is reality really real?
Questioning whether reality is real is one of those things that, although appealing to a stoned undergrad, doesn't really make much sense. It's reality, what else is it going to be?
What it is made of is undeniably an interesting question, but whatever the form of the structure is ( a holographic sheen on the surface of an n-dimensional super--bubble perhaps ) it won't change how real it is.
I thought it was good but... not quite as good as I wanted it to be and I can't put my finger on why.
Following other laws of physics
If we are considering ninjas, surely the Law Of Conservation Of Ninjutsu suggests that there should only be one ninja.
I would link TVTropes on the subject, but it's not the end of the work day yet and I don't want to entirely destroy everyone's productivity.
Diaspora*? More like Hegira* AMIRITE????
*looking forward to being amply and vigorously corrected over the difference between the terms...
Re: Open council web sites. Secret bin collections
One does not simply walk into Basingstoke and find when the bins are going to be collected.
Is it not a surname? How do Scandinavian names work?
Spectating is easy
Long years ago when I was a student we collectively played the Occarina Of Time on the house N64. Wow, that looks like a euphemism now I see it in writing. Hmmm.
Anyway, one thing we noticed was that whoever had the controller immediately became a total idiot- everyone else could easily accomplish whatever strategy we had just come up with but they kept crashing into walls, falling into lava or getting arbitrarily killed by bats. It was infuriating. The only thing more frustrating was when you got hold of the controller and suddenly it turned out you were the chump.
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