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Re: 2.8 million square foot?
Shurely 2.8million * 4/pi = 3.56e6 round foot
I like the S'bury's ones: they even have the STFU button!
Morrisons' have a problem in the Note acceptor mostly - I find myself shouting "just take my tenner already, B***"
I rather like the machines because it means I don't have to relate to a human being. bliss.
Mr Starck should go and donate the full amount he received for this monstrosity to some charitable cause, then sink the ugly vessel in pursuit of another good cause: taste.
>I think I need to go see the doc to get some meds :/
you can't make that appointment in Outlook any more, only if you see your new improved docx
Molecular beam epitaxy
the MBE bit is the REALLY expensive step here - the wafers are so pricey it's just laughable.
Really fast transistors have been made with similar methods for a while (though production people avoid MBE because of the cost and use faster processes like MOCVD by preference). You can find one of those in your sky dish.
Nice that they can make small ones now but hey, I wouldn't bank on the silicon era ending just yet.
When I was in semiconductor physics at university ~15 years ago it was like that and it still is.
@ru, and lester: thermal conductivity of air
Actually it's worse than that: at 100000ft you still have about 1% of the pressure at ground level and that means heat transport by the surrounding gas is hardly reduced!
estimate the cooling power with some formula (using temperature differential and time and materials and dimensions as input) and work out if your few watts will hope to make the blindest bit of difference.
Or put it in the freezer "with" and "without" heat blanket and measure how much difference it makes!
I love the photos in your camera reviews: Catherine Monfils' pictures are always an inspiration. Howevwer, in addition to those i'd like to see some sort of boring "comparable" test screens that make it possible to compare the capabilities, or lack thereof, particularly of phones & such, real cameras these days all take bloddy good pictures anyway.
For things like printers and phone screens, you could do close-ups of a standard image's reproduction (no doubt a vulture).
Perhaps that's asking too much, but even the tinny (that's a horrible word!) -ness of phone or laptop speakers could be exposed by recording them through a quality microphone?
In summary, a (brief) set of "standard tests" that allows people to compare seperate reviews' results.
Oh and thanks for the reviews in general.
what makes you think that some "Jamie Oliver Kitchen scales" are more accurate than the one in Apple's lab?
Consumer digital scales are not calibrated and they may have 20g resolution but the linearity is typically much worse.
Use a mass-comparison balance with weights like 50 years ago for accurate results.
OK i'll take my coat, it's the one with "Metrology for the anally retentive" hardback in the pocket.
is it just me...
I was reminded of good old goatse when i saw a recent EverythingEverywhere billboard, bearing some text with a fain resemblance... just goes to show that what I saw in 1999 can't be unseen!
Does windows 8 imply the lappy has a touchscreen? That'd be crap because i couldn't chastise people any more for putting their grubby mitts on the clean screen.
/. frst psot was....
made me laugh... and it wraps it up in one word.
snub at el-reg?
I noticed that in their coverage of the PARIS project they offer 3 links, one to the BBC, one to the Daily Mail and one to the Telegraph. "The Register" doesn't get a mention, you're just a team of "space enthusiasts".
For that affront I think you should consider shooting the plane down with LOHAN.
Have a good weekend everyone.
> 88 per cent of self-generated, sexually explicit online images .. uploaded onto other websites.
that means the other 12% are a significant market opportunity for 4chan
Integrating popular websites into the desktop is hardly a new idea
"Active Desktop" anyone? That was singularly useless as well. Hmm something's not right, things can't be "singular" and "as well".
@john smith 19
if they don't specifically brag about the high temperature: i.e. "room temperature" or "77K" or "4.2K", you can bet that it's done in millikelvin temperatures. Single electron devices pretty much always need a He3 dilution refrigerator or some such gadget.
i think this bit of obvious-to-everybody-but-the-most-deluded parody has more merit than most of the rest of Fox's output (The only thing that's better are Chocolate Creams). On a par with yesterday's register piece about iphone5 delays (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/17/apple_iphone_5_shortage/).
maybe i could find out on the site but it's WebSense'd here. Can anyone enlightem me about the suitable choice of handset for throwing?
as far as theocracies go, Saudi Arabia is certainly not third rate!
..so no actual unwrapping.
@AC 2012-08-02 12:31
> More than actual human accounts. .. it's got to be in the 30 to 40% mark.
So what else is there (other than "actual humans" and "fakes") if fakes are more than humans but less than 50%?
Zinc oxide again
>The boffins heated the zinc oxide up to 900°C
Indeed, where would we be without it!
..how many tablets or phones one could power with the energy equivalent to the air conditioning and commuting caused by this institute in Tennessee?
Just coming back from a trip to the southern united states, the vast amount of energy consumed there is still foremost in my mind.
in 2009 there were still people paying £2.50 for a 0:30 clip of some pop tune as a ringtone!
Now there's a surprise: the Daily Mail is full of shit. Who'd have guessed.
I expect it can only be about, say, 20 years before Greater Manchester Public Transport Authority (whatever their rebranded name du jour is) have something similar going.
How hard can it be, really. Oh and by the way, the "one bus journey one price" isn't that great, you could factor in the distance travelled, and allow for changing buses within one journey.
Oh, and have a 2-line 7-segment display above each Oyster pad saying "remaining balance" and "charge for this journey" can't cost the earth either.
4x the performance of Exadata and half the cost, which equates to a 16x cost/benefit advantage
can someone explain the math to me please?
it's running ChromeOS
just showing a JPG of the windows splash screen, that's all
@JetSetJim; @Ministry Of Truth
The volume of a mol of gas at "normal conditions" (btw what sort of bisquit tin hold 22.4 litres?) is not at stake here: what's the reg unit for the count of particles in a mol, also known as Avogadro's number. And it's a large number: 6.023*10^23 if I remember correctly.
So in reg units, that's roughly covering the area of wales densely with herpes viruses, and then counting them.
Or, take apples market cap, in dollar coins, and lie them flat in a row (that takes you over 9 times to the sun by the way)
Then lay out another row just the same, but perpendicular to that, and then fill in the square with many more dollars. And they you've got nearly half as many as Avogadro's number.
Hydrogen is not explosive. It's flammable, as the newsreader on the Pathe newsreel rightly states.
See how the airship fails to explode? That should be another hint.
>Some are blaming the technical problems for the poor performance of FB shares
others however are asserting that the glitches prevented the stock from going under water on the first day already, which might have dampened the mood on the Zuck's wedding party.
superfine loose wire 'round balloon
Use the "target diameter" of the balloon.. you don't want to go all the way to "POP" but pretty close. You could loosely sellotape a single strand from a high-flex copper wire all the way around the balloon, and some kind of relay that closes when the wire snaps. That way you can actually get really close to the maximum height your balloon allows.
This is delightfully "shed-engineering", and reminds me of using similar strands wound round fireworks' fuses, as electric ignites, during my misspent childhood.
could any one of the estweemed technical experts comment on the relative technical merits of the rivalling sat nav systems?
Here's how Harrods' target audience discusses the merits of Beats audio:
- "Tinny. Tin Tin Tin."
- "Don't say Tin. It upsets her."
- "Sorry, old horse. Goooorne. Now ther's a good word. Got a sort of woody quality."
The question has been raised before, but not answered: Why do you plan to use Helium as opposed to the more conventional Hydrogen used in weather balloons (8%more lift, cheaper)?
The consequences of a potential hydrogen explosion would be relatively benign, I bet the Playmonaut would survive.
<- Flame icon not because i'm pissed off, just a polite technical question.
Fond memories of working for a stint at the High magnetic field lab in Grenoble during PHD.
Once I forgot to chain the 200l Nitrogen vessel to the wall... and when I ramped up the field to 30T (all alone in a huge lab, in the middle of the night when the leccy is cheaper) the thing started moving on its coasters and crashed into the apparatus, while my back was turned studying the instrument rack. Fright of my life, but thankfully nothing broke so my supervisors never heard about it...
Verbing weirds language
isn't this waht maxwell's demon is all about?
My Psion 3 not only has an IDE, it shipped with all the programming manuals. Cool stuff it was.
Ötzi - what nationality?
This has been disputed for a while: The Italians say he was Italian: he was found on their soil. Same for the Austrians.
The Swiss said he must be from Berne: early results showed he was overtaken by a glacier.
But really he must have been German: Walking the high Alps wearing sandals only.
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