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Alan Partridge gets flattened by a dead cow from a bridge by irate Norfolk farmers:
This is a fun article, about how Siri grew out of a DARPA project, was intended to do much more than she does now, and after Apple bought her (snatching her away from Verizon's Android handsets) they curbed her abilities and potty mouth. She seems to have plenty of cousins, though.
Re: Got both - dont care which is supposed to be best.
Personally, I'm not too fussed by a shiny screen, but specs without an anti-reflective coating do get on my nerves, especially at this time of the year when the sun is low in the sky.
I think that matte screens have a matte texture, but anti-reflective optics have several layers of films with different refractive indexes- as a side effect you see coloured reflections from an angle.
You could place tracing paper over a picture and see it clearly, but your could place tracing paper on your windscreen and expect to see where you're going.
Re: He makes Chilli Jam !
Jalepeno strawberry jam (and made with Bennets honey, according to the label) goes a treat with neck of lamb fillets.
Strange thing is, it just tastes like strawberry jam.
Are those identical twins in the kitchen?
Re: Cleaning Crew
As I have been lead to understand, the solar panels on Opportunity were subject to 'unexpected cleaning events' (wind) and provided more power over time than NASA expected. However, it is its li-ion batteries that limit its life.
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
>It could plateau by the same mechanism that has caused zero (and even decreasing) population growth of Western societies (excluding immigration). The more education and wealth the lower the birth rate, so the answer isn't to bring Western society down to the level of the 3rd world, it is to bring the 3rd world up to the level of Western society.
Correct. The problem is, however, that we don't have enough planet to give everyone the same quality of life as those of use in the West. For everyone on Earth were to use the same resources as European would require about three Earths.
If could provide healthcare, sanitation and education to all in a resource- efficient manner, then yeah, we're in with a chance- since if women are are confident that their children will survive, they generally choose to have fewer of them. It does pose some problems along the way, both in societies in which parent rely upon their children for care in old age, or societies in which this care is bought (one of the reasons Japan is researching robots).
Re: Keep up the good work Lewis!
Er... how is "we wipe ourselves out" not roughly the same as "we're doomed"? Surely the point of highlighting dangers is to avoid them, rather than let them be an inevitability?
This is always fun, an interview of a man who writes for a magazine that exists to prop up people's sense of entitlement to £20,00 wristwatches and Bentley automobiles (The Spectator), by the president of the Royal Society:
The hack has rings run round him and admits to being no more than "an interpreter of [cherry-picked] interpretations" and then whines in his column that the interview constituted "intellectual rape". Aw, diddums.
Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"
>But they do. Which is not science, it's politics.
Look at a graph of our population over time... it can either continue but this would require the population of new worlds and habitats- or it could plateau (but by what mechanism?) or it could crash, as the is pattern of organisms that outgrow their habitat. Or indeed, the majority of agricultural civilisations in the past.
What, exactly, makes this difficult to understand? I don't really give a shit if we starve because because crops yields suffer from climate change (by whatever mechanism), or if we starve because there are just too many of us.
Its notable that longest lasting civilisations have not based themselves on continued economic growth- China, for example, has for millennia has placed lower status on traders than it has farmers.
The lessons aren't just in the climate models, but are found in history and biology as well.
Re: Windows 8 FAIL
>Well the problem with Windows (and OSX too) is that the user interface is an integral part of the OS. Don't like it? You're out of luck, gotta live with it anyway.
It seems fairly straight forward to install a 3rd party Start Menu replacement.
> Then why has the market rejected Windows 8 on both mobile and desktop? Are you correct and the market somehow wrong?
Don't throw stones if you live a glass house, Eadon. There could be plenty of reasons for people not buying Win8 (waiting to see how the hardware plays out / comes down in cost being just one of them) just as there valid reason that not everyone uses Linux on their desktop- and that's free of charge.
By the argument you've just given ("the market knows best") then Linux on desktops must be absolutely awful. Since it isn't, then your argument must be faulty.
Re: Re I always wanted a Zune
When the Zune came out, there weren't many HDD-based players to choose from... the iPod Classic, Cowon maybe, Archos were still being shabby about their codec support, iRiver had discontinued their H3xx series... I've only ever met one person who has owned one, though.
Re: You're missing the obvious
My unsubstantiated gut feeling was that MS reckoned not everyone would bother with Win8 anyway, so they got a little experimental with Win8 and intend to use the user's feedback in the development of Win9.
The 'under the bonnet' features of Win8 aren't enough to make everyone move on from Win7- but maybe hardware will have changed /advanced enough by the time Win 9 is due for it to be worthwhile. By that time, enough real users will have formed their own views about touch-screens and touch-less input.
So I agree with Wardy, more or less.
>I can get a Core i7, 16GB, 128GB SSD ultrabook with Win8 for less that £700. Why do I want his Surface Pro bollocks?
With 1920 x 1080 resolution? Where where where?!
(I'm not saying that justifies the extra cash, but just saying)
There is another manufacturer's laptop-cum-tablet that tickles my fancy, but I've already mentioned it enough, and The Reg has already reviewed its WinRT baby brother)
Re: Universe is suffering a heat-death like fate
>Jeez, you're annoying. Your attitude makes me consider dumping Linux from some servers.
That's his intention, I think:
50% chance Eadon is an agent provocateur- claiming to be a a Linux support but actually aiming to discredit it. An age old strategy, akin to governments placing thugs amongst peaceful opposition protests.
35% chance Eadon has learning difficulties. "Linux is so easy that even Eadon can use it".
10% chance - troll
5% chance - agent of El Reg as a click-baiter.
The other day he derailed a thread about 3D-printing by spouting off about WinPho 8, and then accused others of "plaguing these forums".
Go forth and multiply >> Go away and procreate >> Fuck off.
thus demonstrating the danger of the meaning of a message getting confused if it is translated and rewritten- or passed down the ages.
Some OT scholars believe the original text, as far as they can tell, is "go forth and procreate responsibly".
It amuses me that the first person to research the role of fertilisation in vertebrates made little trousers for male frogs, and found the frog-spawn didn't develop into tadpoles. Not only that, but he was a Roman Catholic priest!
Re: Again, sort of want
Nah, that wasn't what I said.
In this Surface Pro device - which is not being sold as games machine or CAD workstation- the HD4000 is fit for purpose. It plays most games well enough though, is fairly frugal, and can transcode feature-length 1080 movies with hardly any CPU load in 15 minutes.
It might not be fantastic, but it isn't shitty.
The reason I picked up on your comment is that it appeared to be based on your experience with earlier Intel GPUs- which were shit. However, the benchmarking sites reckon the HD4000 is a significant move forwards from the previous generation- though obviously not perfect. .
I've used it in a passively cooled 100% silent machine, and it's good. I'm not saying its suitable for all machines and users (and it isn't ideal for me), since of course they may have greater demands, both in terms of raw power and driver support.
Well said. I don't like MS's past naughtiness any more than the next man, or the thousand little annoyances I've encountered when using Windows. I wish desktop Linux well whilst looking on with interest with Valve/Steam Linux developments, since it might blaze a trail for commercial software to follow.
But I am very tired of the simplistic "Linux is great, Windows sucks" type posts, and the automatic knocking of Windows 8 by people who should easily be able to find a workaround to any UI-related hiccups.
Still, when this article headline mentioned new accessories for this Surface Pro, I did think a set of skateboard trucks and wheels would be cute : D
Re: I dunno....
2GB suggests a 32bit Atom chip... wait n see I guess!
The most appealing of this new breed is the Lenovo Yoga.
Re: Good luck Microsoft...
>It'll be interesting to see if their vision becomes a reality; merging the fondle tablet and keyboad/mouse desktop genres. Time will tell weather it flops or flies.
Throw in the wildcard of touchless human input- MS have researched this, LeapMotion are gathering interest (and have just signed a deal with Asus to incorporate it into laptops).
I say wildcard, cos it might be that people don't want to wave their hands in the air. Time will tell, as you say.
'Strewth DestroyAM, that's pretty dense. You seemed to have compressed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Enquiry into Values into the first paragraph, and it's follow-up Lila: An Enquiry into Morals into the second.
Re: Again, sort of want
Compared to the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in Sandy Bridge CPUs, the HD 4000 card was completely redesigned and offers improved DirectX 11 capable shaders, Hardware Tessellation, a dedicated level 3 cache... ...In the slower i7-3610QM and a dual core i5 it was on a similar level as the Radeon 6620G. Therefore, casual gamers that wont mind reducing the quality settings in high end games, may be happy with the performance of the HD Graphics 4000.
The integrated video decoder called Multi Format Codec Engine (MFX) was also improved and should allow even simultaneus 4K video decoding.
Another new feature is the support for up to 3 independent displays (depends on how the HD 4000 is used in the laptop - maybe only with a DisplayPort / eDP).
Due to the 22nm 3D Tri-Gate production process, the power consumption should be relatively low (the development was focused on performance per Watt).
Things do change, you know.
Re: Too fookin' heavy
The HD4000 integrated graphics allows most games at lower settings, decode 4K video and run up to three monitors... should be fine for most people other than gamers, modellers and CUDA-abusers, no?
Re: It won't happen
The micro-spheres are the consumables. You make money by producing, transporting and selling them... and probably some water-purifying kit or system cleaning stuff as well.
Cheers Badvok, for some positive thinking.
Well, once yo make one solar furnace, you can use that to melt glass for mirrors to make further furnaces. You could create other glass parts, perhaps those moisture-recycling enclosures that have been tested in arid deserts for growing food.
It doesn't just have to be the Sahara, there are other deserts to choose from.
Re: Fuel Cells
>Get this technology out in to the real world, or shut up about it...
Fuel Cells are already in widespread use.
Re: Doesn't this defeat the purpose ...?
> But if it generates so much hydrogen when in contact with water, that doesn't sound like the sort of thing that I let the average user handle.
Nor do you let the user introduce a whole tank of petrol to oxygen and fire... the carburetter and the cylinder do that.
It's still safer than having a tank of highly compressed hydrogen in your car.
Re: Good thing this is the Reg,
Uses, including but not limited to:
"partially prevent femoral bone loss in the aged ovariectomized rat model, increase collagen concentration in calves..."
I don't know how your ovariectomized rats are doing, fellow readers, but mine are doing just fine.
So Psy can now buy a real horse?
Re: 50+ posts ..
He does need his own icon.
The other solution is to get your enemies to wear sunglasses that turn opaque at the first time of danger.
Re: Dave 126 / three small bushes
>... Mr E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestry ["has presented us with a poser:"]
Re: Um, yeah, but...
>So how is this any better than a picture of a tree, or conventional camouflage?
Because you don't need a tree. The human eye is well trained to pick out the human form... anything that breaks up your shape will help hide you. If a soldier using this kit were stood against a bare skyline (something they are trained not to do, obviously) then it might make them look like three small bushes- each too slim to hide a human, so not a threat.
Re: I can make 2 ghost immages ...
Well, intoxicating your enemy has been considered by various forces. There was that CIA video of soldiers falling around an obstacle course whilst on LSD, and the Afghans giving the occupying Soviet troops cannabis (probably not great for fighting morale if they have seen the remains of their comrades left at the roadside bundled in their own skins)...
Re: More R+D in China
>History shows every superpower rise starts with economy which provides the means to build a large military then the muscle flexing begins, which results in wars.
Creating wealth through trade (and and raining taxes for courts so that traders resolve disputes rather than stab each other) makes your fledgling city city state an attractive target for the hordes outside the gates. So the second thing taxes pay for is defence.
But yeah, China isn't daft and is investing in R&D and the mechanisms to support it.
Re: But I thought it was OK as long as there are urns, or cherubs in the picture?
>All it needed was a title that made a reference to the classical world
The Rape of the Sabine Women by Rubens?
(Okayokay, I know that in this context 'rape' means 'abduction', as in the word 'rapacious'. )
Re: The American dilemma
"We're all naked underneath our clothes"
Granny Wheatherwax: "I'm not- I've got three vests on!"
>Apples T&C's mean you can't use your phone for any kind of fun, unless you think facebook updating, twattering or downloading 1000's of fart app is fun.
It's never occurred to me to look at pron - or tasteful erotica - on my Android phone. A tablet, possibly, but it ain't a 'deal breaker'.
Re: Only in a Well-regulated militia - 1792 Militia Act defines that
Actually, it's conditional on America not having a standing army- which now they do. And then some.
Re: Yawn. Bored with 'Mega' now.
>it a shit name
You must have been a SNES owner : D
Re: A or B?
>Shome mishtake shurely?
>>Wow, Sean Connery reads the Reg!
It's a reference to a magazine called Private Eye, that engages in investigative journalism and a level of piss-taking and cynicism that makes El Reg look tame, and was started long before liquid lunches (and thus afternoon slurring by the editor, on his way to being 'tired and emotional') went out of fashion.
Or it might be a pastiche of Private Eye. Pastiche: n. What Sean Connery eats in Cornwall.
Re: Sounds familiar
What, if the Pope and the Dalai Lama poach Tom Cruise they'll open a patent suite against them?
It wasn't just Apple who were up to this. You need more than one company playing ball in order for them all to keep their staff costs down.
I guess that's why he went into tech and didn't run a hotel in Torquay.
Re: "no-poaching" agreements
Well, the phrase 'head-hunting' sounds like companies are pygmies in a Rider Haggard book, and "Brain Drain" sounds like torment inflicted by school bullies. I think you might be reading too much into it.
Re: Bye bye...
> I've been wandering round Princes Street and the environs today looking for shirts
Yeah, I find this: If I want a plain coloured T-shirt, all the high street shops have the same sickly yet fashionable colours. They all stock casual trousers of the same ill-fitting fashionable cut.
> but DSR makes returning things far easier
I had a mate who was in the market for a very high res 27" monitor... if he went to the shop that day and later discovered it had one dead pixel he wouldn't be able to return it- since just one dead pixel isn't considered a fault. If he bought it online from the same shop and had it delivered, he would be able to return for any reason he chose.
Waterstones have also lost out on my custom. They had a new hardback book at an introductory price of £15 whioch I would have paid, but that had ended, and their store now wanted £19 for it. Their website only wanted £15, but since they'd encouraged me to go online I got it for £12 from somebody else.
Faster broadband in Devon? Good news for those live sex-cam ladies that Ilfracombe is so famous for.
Re: Whatever happened to...
They seem to be researching the building blocks of chips, rather than optimising chip layout and scheduling- which appears to be the focus of most recent papers on GA for chip design.
Re: Is it just me......
D'Oh! I knew I missed an important one!
Re: Is it just me......
What, things like Tyrell Corp, Weylan Yutani, Ono Sendai, Omni Consumer Products, Cyberdyne Systems Corporation, General Forge and Foundry, General Products...
Re: What does the title even mean?
So you're commenting on a title without actually listening to the podcast, just because it contains the words 'open source'?
How does that make you look like someone worth listening to? Still, at least you're consistent.
Just looking at the list of topics - "Fighting over OpenStack" and "Open Compute vs OpenStack" - tells anyone with a brain that they are discussing storage vendors and hosting solutions. There is more to storage than just software- I'm pretty sure there's hardware involved somehow.
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