809 posts • joined 24 May 2007
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.
I'm sure there was another rapper who was involved in the headphones business, but I can't for the life of me recall who.
How does it feel?
It is clearly out on it's own, but that trail does provide a direction home and thanks to articles like this it is now relatively well known. From this we can conclude it is in fact unlike a rolling stone.
Re: Two factor ...
I have soul but I'm not a soldier.
Re: @ J.G.Harston Resets?
Twiiter was the same when I first signed up...
I'm sure Marcus was thinking that she comes from the region that pretty much invented mathematics, astronomy and laid the foundations for much of the knowledge of the classical world. Also the numerals we use, the decimal point, algebra and algorithm all originate with the same Persian scholar ( Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī - he didn't invent the digits, but they were introduced through his work ) among many other important developments through history. So there is a massive and deep history and culture of mathematical brilliance there and it makes sense that a woman from Iran would do well in that field.
Yup, almost certain that is what he was getting at.
Good job, Mitochondrial Eve!
It's an impressive achievement not only to have every living human descended from you, but then to still be around and doing good work in complex geometry.
I notice we haven't heard much from the first man lately.
Re: Good work, everyone!
I prefer the term "Bronze Badge"...
Good work, everyone!
Nothing to add except that I have learned some new things from both the article and the comments here. Exactly the kind of thing that makes The Register invaluable.
One of the weird beliefs that has political currency, which will seem as curious and antiquated to future generations as the imperial beliefs or radium healthcare of our predecessors are to us, is that markets make everything better, or that every political problem is a type of problem that can be solved by a market.
It is, of course, idiocy. But it is idiocy of the kind that is very fashionable around the world's politicians right now - and also commentards, I anticipate a flurry of downvotes here - so I suppose there will need to be some terrible disasters before anybody with any authority has the wit to question it.
Re: stab at classically-based joke
I work with a Greek guy and he speaks English, so I don't know where you got that idea from.
Re: Prior Art
In sane countries it is the method for making things work that gets patented. From what I can tell in the US you do just patent an idea, a thought or something you dreamed about and then you can go sue-crazy on anyone who actually implements something remotely like it even though the patent contains no detailed design information at all.
Would PARIS have even had that name if it wasn't for a strong relationship with wood? Perhaps some things are so utterly inevitable there is no point fighting them.
Collision Rerouting Autopilot System Heuristic
Ballocket Undercarriage Safety Harness
Nukes may not be the problem
As long as we don't create a Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network, I'm sure we'll be fine.
Re: In my experience...
The article "PHP: A fractal of bad design" that I linked above is the ideal guide to this issue. The opening metaphor is very accurate indeed and tells you most of what you need to know.
Re: PHP is like democracy
It is a fair point, but once you have used a real OO language like Ruby or Python ( or Java, C#, Smalltalk or whatever else attracts your whimsy ) the shortcomings of PHP's implementation start to become somewhat glaring - it may be no more tacked on than Perl's, but it also doesn't do a lot of things that an optimist might hope for.
That said, it's a few years since I have endeavoured to wrangle PHP's object system into something that resembled a thing a person might be able to use, so it has probably got a lot better than it used to be.
Re: PHP is like democracy
"relatively sane" and "OO" - I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.
For me, this is the definitive summary of PHP: http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/
Re: I want a driverless car!
I'm not ready to give up my horse now, but she's not tremendously practical as a way of getting from A to B and for some reason the office don't have any stabling or grazing arrangements.
Sounds like linux on the desktop is just around the corner...
Actually there may be several corners as the Linux office suite that packs with the latest Ubuntu is chaotically unreliable and gaspingly slow even on a new and powerful desktop. It's not a big part of my job, so it's fine for me, but I would hate to be having to work with it.
I suddenly understood the name "iPlayer" yesterday and awarded the BBC several points for coming up with a name that totally went past me for years.
I am super excited to have made the shortlist. Went on my lunchbreak with a false moustache and suglasses which must have worked as I didn't get papped.
Also, all this latin reminds me a of the execution scene in Top Secret, still one of the greatest movies ever made.
I am surprised to discover the romans had no word for ballockets.
Raises serious questions regarding what they have ever done for us.
Which provides another possible motto: Quid pro nobis Romanos?
( Google translated because I know nothing about latin beyond a bit of etymology. )
Actually the classic placeholder text would make a funny motto.
Re: Working 'out of'
They're certainly not uncromulent.
It's enough to make me wonder whether the place I was contracting at a couple of years ago still runs Windows 2000. Discovering that was a bit of a shock to the system.
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