33 posts • joined 19 Mar 2010
Re: Is that a fingerprint on the lens...
To be fair, it's hard not to get shallow depth of field in macro shots like that. On a 100 mm lens, f/8 at a 30 centimeters from the sensor gives you less than 0.2 cm DOF. Drop it to f/22 and you get a whopping 0.52 cm in focus.
Re: That's odd
Was that irony? Sorry, I'm American, so I couldn't tell.
Impossible. One is readable, and the other doesn't generally exist until after the project is done. And then only as "not this".
Right, it's the "don't exterminate the meatbags" code that needs work.
Any self-respecting capsule control program isn't going to take kindly to being grappled and flung about the cosmos. Convincing it not to retaliate is obviously taking longer than anticipated.
<-- The reboot "gesture" for the EM tech in the linked article.
With this, we'd have to settle for "Bash head here to reboot." Depression in the wall indeed.
And "mother Earth" will be demanding tribute, right? Consider the moon's low escape velocity, and what Earth's gravity will do to any object lobbed in our direction.
"I got your taxes right here!" Cue many double-decker buses worth of moon rock going bloody fast.
@Wombling_Free: Well, yes.
His is the one with the oxygen in it.
Waiting for the left-pondian rollout.
If this is priced anything like software, 35USD / month for unlimited everything might be worth switching.
What's that, you say? Exchange rates? I don't think electronics companies have heard of them.
See, it's just like the Cold War.
By your spelling, this legal battle is obviously taking place in a "hard-to-pronounce country".
"one of their laws (that no one outside the USA voted for or had a say in)"
You'll find that precious few of us, the irrelevant masses (formerly, "We, the people"), inside the USA voted for or had a say in them either.
It's our sitcoms and reality shows!
Obviously "the mysterious dark energy that they posit is propelling matter outwards as a repulsive force". It's not that the universe is expanding. It's just that everything everywhere is trying to get away from us.
But if they save him now, they can continue to prepare for the coming biocide without the meatbags suspecting anything. Sounds plausible to me.
Well, you could intercept.
I'd suggest calling the probe "Plecia nearctica" for all the members of that species that I have to scrape off my car's windshield every spring. Granted, it might not be in terribly useful condition after the impact.
That's ok, because they did reverse the polarity; it "switches polarity when an electric field is applied to it." We'll have to wait and see if they change the intermix ratio, and where tachyon emissions fit into it.
It's not the weight.
It's the luggage. We need an entire SUV to carry our kit for a weekend trip to the beach, nevermind into space.
If the user is conditioned to accept all plug-in installation requests (or anything witha Yes/No dialog), the computer probably already has Chrome frame installed. So the penetration may be close to IE levels.
Of course, nobody ever targeted ActiveX when it meant their stuff only runs on IE. Right?
XML facilitates blame.
When you're trying to exchange data in the corporate world, where data = money, and your data exchange doesn't work, XML saves the day.
With JSON or binary data, you better have a solid, unambiguous document describing what elements and data types go where, capitalization and all. I've spent hours hunting down issues, even when I wrote both the sender and the recipient. Multi-language debugathons are a great way to spend an afternoon.
With XML, if the data validates against the agreed-upon schema, it's the recipient's fault. If it doesn't, it's the sender's fault.
And knowing [who to blame] is half the battle.
Once again, Google sets off scammer sense
First the "your computer appears to be infected" message, now "get something free, really, trust us."
Given their respective track records?
Did the developer have anything to do with Vista? Yes? Ok, give me a minute, I'm still trying to decide.
Summary: Thinking is unpleasant.
People who don't accept what abook or a preacher say, on the sole authority of said book or preacher, have to think for themselves. And spend most of their time dealing with people who don't think. Kind of like working on a help desk. Not good for one's sense of inner peace.
Speaking of which...
Apparently 2 bankers read El Reg
And I'm just as shocked as you are.
I think you shifted a zero in the wrong direction, particularly if going for hyperbole. I seriously doubt any US(-marketed) car gets upwards of 200 mpg, which is what your math implies.
Clueless or clever?
I'm trying to figure out whether you missed the irony, or are just playing along. I believe you'll find Amazon's service uses "American". But being an American, I doubt any of the English speakers here will be able to read this post.
In that case, definitely don't cross the streams.
Somehow a high-volume water discharge meeting a high-voltage electric field doesn't strike me as the safest plan for all involved.
Prevent the patenting of what?
Surely there's no prior art for common sense. But I think it's already impossible to patent. It'll never be a business method.
except that RAID-5 writes in parallel
If you're striping, you really want all the drives to be as close to identical as possible, so you're distribuitng the writes evenly. If one has a faster sustained write, but another has a faster seek time, but a third has the highest data density... I think my RAID controller just preemptively let out the magic smoke.
the blue... oh, it said bells. Nevermind.
You'd think with the budget, they could've made it a little less obvious that Avatar was all CGI.
I thought no El Reg staff objected to getting plastered, particularly when getting paid for it. I guess the beer might get too cold on the slopes, but I don't see what trees have to do with it.
But his statement is entirely truthful.
Improper personal gain is a problem. Improper corporate gain is SOP.
Not sure about that last part...
Forget legal battles. If a copyright's still in private ownership, "death for individuals" could be an incentive to... accelerate things.
"You see this knife? Look closely and you'll see the words 'public domain' etched in the blade. You should've entered your works into public domain, now public domain is going to enter you."
This cannot pass.
It actually encourages competition, instead of forcing everyone into the clutches of our corporate masters. Somebody obviously forgot to bri... er, explain the issue to the right politician.
Does not compute
"Lawyer" "telling the truth"?
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