70 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010
The Sthenurine Contingency
They sound like one of Dr. Who's crappier foes.
Entirely off topic
Anyone happen to know when the phrase "have your cake and eat it" came into common usage?
Re: Think about this
They don't need to. A four number code would be cracked in under a second with the right hardware. And they are likely to have the right hardware.
As you say this statement is just an attempt to reassure the less astute bad guys that they can go back to their iphones.
Interesting use of the word 'filament'
I've always associated it with long, thin things. Where 'thin' is on a human scale, not a solar scale.
Re: The worst thing
I suppose it's possible, being an avid consumer of space science fiction and fact at the time, I may have read about the paper, then forgotten. Depends on how well publicised it was.
The worst thing
When I was 10 or so, I had the idea that the moon could have been a giant alien spaceship which went into orbit millions of years ago.
Now, it looks like that plot line has been ruled out. Unless the universe gets another reboot, and what are the chances of that?
Re: There's something wrong with the gravity
Points are accepted re. lunar gravity vs budget, however, when they first appeared on the shuttle, it was not on the moon's surface. It was in free fall. In a vacuum.
If there was anything keeping their feet on the deck, it could only have been caused by the shuttle's own thrusters.
So the Doc was a wee bit premature jumping up and down complaining about the gravity.
There's something wrong with the gravity
Why can't writers get the whole concept of vehicles in free fall? It's really not complicated.
And don't even mention the intro of that 3rd star wars film.
Having said that, the character conflict was good, and I have an addition to my list of characters I'd like to return in future episodes....
I'm sold on this idea
And aim to be an non-consumer.
I don't suppose there's time to get a new iPad first?
sure I've seen this before
I'm sure I had a credit card that did something like this years ago - when you used it in online transactions, you could generate a unique number, start and end date.
Seemed a good idea, but then websites stopped accepting it.
That's all very nice
What's the chances of them trialling it on my cabinet - it must be one of the few left still on copper.
OK, they've promised it'll be upgraded in the near future, but they've been saying that for 2 years now.
Re: Reg unit acronym
Or perhaps give the unit a name that celebrates a significant point in the series (without giving anything away of course)
1GoT = 1MoD = 0.345 RW
There are other obvious choices, say around the 0.9GoT mark, or the 3.2GoT point, but the names would be serious spoilers.
I'd envisaged something more sophisticated involving a water pistol and targeting computer. But the only off-the-shelf targeting computers I could find were only keyed to hit womp rats. :(
This is great use of home brew tech though - simple but working does the trick every time.
Isn't it a bit late in the day for this bloke - no matter how good he is - to have any impact on the design of the thing?
You do remember that GCHQ can legally (according to them) track all calls to overseas servers, like facebook, twitter and ... google.
I don't think they mentioned any exclusions for DNS servers.
and, of course, the NSA are able to collect that data legally too.
The whole thrust of the move seems odd, given that Google beat its contemporary search engines to profitability by targeting small advertisers.
Or is this tack a replication of previous success? That is: provide the small guy the ability to advertise, but give the big boys big discounts?
Anyone able to state what rates big advertisers have compared to "indie" Adsense users?
Re: “you have to know how the brain works to program one of these”.
presumably they actually mean
“you have to know how WE THINK the brain works to program one of these”.
By my calculations $330,000 divided by 7548 players comes out at an average $43.72 per person. Come on guys, call that warfare?
Anyone know how much the missed payment was for? In real dollars?
Let's face it, it's exactly the kind of thing people have been spending all that time building BFO spaceships for.
I splashed out £50 (a load of money for me at the time) on an fx7000a, at the start of my first open university course. It'll be worth it, I thought, as I'll make a lot of use of it over next 6 years.
It was really good, and quite fun to play with too. I knew someone - a non-programmer - who wrote a game on it.
However, when I started my next course I discovered that I couldn't take it into any further OU exams because it was programmable. Thanks for that.
I ended up buying the cheapest scientific calculator I could find, for about £3. It did me fine, and was also far cheaper for batteries than the 7000.
If they're going to allow emailing or smsing, I strongly suggest that keybeeps should be banned. Some people just don't realise how annoying their constant keypresses are to other folks.
Watched the 3d version on iplayer, complete with one-eyed logo.
It WAS a bit annoying, but I was able to tune it out after a while. More annoying was the flicker - there was a lot more than I'm used to with blu-rays. Don't know if the refresh rate was lower or something.
I struggled to actually watch the thing in 3D, despite having all the required tech. I was out at the weekend. I eventually found an obscure blog posted on the Friday suggesting how to record from Sky using the red button channel. Not useful to me as was away by then.
For some reason my (not as smart as they'd like to think) TV wasn't able to work out that it's own built in iPlayer app was trying to display some 3D content. Luckily my Blu-ray player also can talk to the internet, and I'd got iPlayer fired up on that I was able to get properly cross-eyed.
Perhaps all these things might suggest why few people have been watching BBC in 3D?
Oh yes, and the whole helicopter over London sequence. That was a bit pointless. I've since watched the episode in 2D, and can confirm that the helicopter shots looked better in 3D. But it didn't add anything to the plot, and wasn't really all that funny.
The paintings worked much better in 3D than 2D, and they were intrinsic to the plot, so thumbs up for them. As did the battle scenes, despite the non-movie-budget FX.
wonderful derogatory term
all we need are some real time travellers to use it on in a disparaging manner.
should really be on this list.
A wee cracker it was, especially if you ever had a younger sibling realise how annoying it is to repeat everything you say.
Yes, I can remember the Ringstone Round song, even now.
I'll need to see if I can find this series on some internet thing...
bit of a coincidence really
I find it amazing that with that HUGE revenue, their expenditures match to within a couple of percent. It could have gone a billion either way... I guess it must be pure luck.
re:They're avoiding double taxation
Except no company pays VAT - it's always the customer.
Entirely appropriate memorial
Beats the hell out of a wee blue plaque.
Seems the asteroid is probably big enough too. I'm not sure you could hide a GCU in there. Maybe some ROUs.
I propose the next steps are:
2. send robot spacecraft
3. hollow out a nice big cylinder
4. get it spinning to simulate gravity
5. err did I miss out the bit about inventing a way of sourcing free energy from the vacuum?
" As Rob himself says, I may enjoy beer, but I don't want to drink it twenty-one times a week"
between this and the untested frying status of this gloop, it's clear their research team need to come to Scotland for a couple of months.
Really like the idea of being able to set levels of music, fx and dialogue. The standard mix is not suitable for all circumstances. For instance turning the volume down so neighbours are not awoken by explosions can mean that dialog is inaudible.
But having seen how surprisingly complicated it is to mix surround sound properly, it may not be as easy as turning the fx down a bit.
Vaguely interesting idea, but we've seen from the world of web development the difficulties involved in getting of content to work across multiple browser - especially where high quality presentation is expected.
What's the problem? Simply use the previously tried and tested method.
Here's the development process:
1. Take a normal graphite pencil, and a roll of sellotape.
2. Apply the sellotape to the pencil "lead".
3. Remove the sellotape.
Voila! A perfect sheet of graphene.
4. scale up the above process to pachydermic scales, and repeat.
This methodology may result in the devastation of the worlds remaining Sequoia forests as we attempt to make pencils large enough. It may be prudent to decide up-front whether this is a wise thing to do.
look ma, no hidden variables
I never totally understood why these spooky action at a distance interactions couldn't be explained by simple hidden variables. I've always just gone with the flow on it. If Einstein couldn't prove it was wrong, what chance have I got.
However, this experiment does show - without possibility of confusion - that something weird is going on, and that time is not a one way-trip.
It also gives me a few ideas... now where's my "Hong Kong Book of Patent Applications for Things I Know Nothing About?"
I'm sure one of the many-cited reasons for using cannabis was that it eases the symptoms of M.S.
I'm sure I can get a strangulated witticism out of that if I really try hard. Hang on a couple of minutes...
re Veering off topic a bit
I have the same thing re SF/SciFi.
It was probably a foreword by someone like Harlan Ellison to a book of (SF!) short stories that did it.
Probably the one that's missing from the list for me (and hasn't been mentioned) is "Never Let Me Go." And not a special effect in sight.
Maintenance scheduled for this morning
Don't know if it's related or not, but Plusnet were "performing some software upgrades on one of our RADIUS authentication servers." this morning, according to their customer service site. It was expected to be a 5 minute task.
Given that other ISPs were affected, I'd guess it's unlikely to have been the cause of today's problem.
They post warnings about future work like this all the time, and rarely are there any probs.
Plusnet are owned by BT?
I've been with Plusnet long before they were bought over. I have been surprised - and pleased - that their customer service has remained as good as it always was.
Also their product still has all the stuff BT users don't care about, like fixed IP addresses, php webspace etc.
Having said that, my wife is at home without no internets this morning.
nah, that wouldn't get past the TM police.
Re: “Click here for additional assets”
What about some simplification : "Click for more"
Re: It was a great game
Boba was one of the bosses, I don't think you could avoid him.
He was the flying one who attacked you with rockets, like the mark 2 robots but without a plasma gun.
I'm sure you kill him, which since the story takes place before TESB is a bit wrong. But it's possible he was just having a kip or something..
Being unable to save games mid level really upped the ante on this game.
The last one was particularly nasty, as you'd expect.. The adrenalin was really pumping as you got locked in the hangar with a bucketload of robo death and only a couple of lives left. You knew if you died, you'd have to go all the way back to the start, to face all those rocket-wielding, plasma-blasting goons again.
The very end was a bit of a revelation - never thought I'd feel sorry for an inattentive imperial officer, but there you go.
he could have been working
Perhaps this poor bloke wasn't addicted to gaming and didn't "play" himself to death.
Maybe he was just trying to earn some money via the real money auctions in Diabo III.
I've got a couple of the 500 AV plus and a 500 AVtriple.
They work well: a pc previously connected via wifi now has a solid, reliable connection, while another which had previous been directly connected to the modem/router hasn't had any degradation at all.
I got the 500mbps version for futureproofing: our exchange is due to get fibre broadband this year.
OK it won't use all the bandwidth available to the 200mbps kit, but stick in a NAS, and a bit of interference* as neighbours start using the same kind of kit, and you might be hitting your head on that ceiling.
*I have no idea if your neighbours powerline network really will affect yours. I'd just be very surprised if it didn't, at least slightly.
a nice, comfy cushion.
Is this how the handy "Enhance" feature applied to digital photos in detective tv series works? I always wondered.
What a rubbish film the Wraith was. A total waste of an evening. Neither the topless girl nor the single funny line made up for how bad it was.
The most annoying thing was that the excellent "Bad Taste" was in the next screen, a film which i didn't see until years later.
Don't suppose that was the guy who used to rant for pages about psychosis -inducing "Acoustic Bullets", mind reading government agents and stuff?
I started to read one of his posts, but managed to stop before it was too late.
Interesting article ( though no mention of either a ZX Spectrum, or computers used for Moon landings.)
I think your homebrew hardware is showing where some of the price differentials are coming in: cooling and infrastructure.
I'll bet supercomputers being used today need a bit more cooling that a couple of noisy fans, and more infrastructure than a domestic power socket.
Scale up that Generic PC to even Roadrunner speeds, via an imaginary beowulf array, and you will have a shed full of quarter of a million grey boxes. Going to be hot in there, and you'll need a few 4-way adapters too.
If you're using this to record video, that big sensor might help with anti-shake, as well as post-production cropping.
It does do video, doesn't it?
That 3fps for low res doesn't bode well, i suppose...
all they'll see is 3 different signals (or is there another one for B&W).
they can translate that into whichever frequencies they want.
We'll do the same, It'll be interesting how many different signals they'll send - will they be like dogs and see with fewer receptors? Or squid with far, far more?
The good news is that they'll have been watching our TV for the last 40-50 years.
Currently such delights as Bergerac and the Crystal Maze will be hitting their screens, as well as, conincidentally, Red Dwarf. Lucky them.
Presumably they've not been sending us their telly? How selfish! I reckon they could do a good line in "Dark Humour".
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