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> Yes, but that was Fox news which is basically Sesame Street minus the facts and with worse maths.
And minus the writing, wit, humor, entertainment and production value. For all that Fox News substitues ranting deluded old white guys. Fox News: it's sort of entertaining until you realize they're _serious_. Then it's just frightening.
Investigate the victim?
"indicted for interfering with the investigation of a teenager who was raped in Steubenville last year,"
Hopefully it was the crime that was investigated, not the victim. But, in a small town in Ohio, one would have to give the author's the benefit of the doubt.
Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)
The VMS wombat help article was actually pretty extensive, and if you had smart enough terminal (e.g. VT240) even included a half-way decent picture of a wombat. I don't know if all of that was available from the command-line or if the more extensive wombat info and graphics was only available from withing some specific subsystem...
Re: IPV4 best for the general public
> I am behind a NAT router, my ISP gives me a dynamic
> IP address, and I wish to stay like this thanks very much.
Why can't you can do exactly the same thing with IPv6?
I second the endorsement of openwrt -- on whatever hardware you can find that will run it. For the past handful of years, I've been running it on Netgear and Buffalo WAP/routers. Before that I ran it on Linksys hardware for several years.
What's GoAhead got to do with it?
> Source code for the GoAhead web server used in Tenda products has been made available on GitHub.
I'm not claiming that statement isn't true (a lot of embedded products use GoAhead web server code). What I don't see is what it has to do with the rest of the story. Was the backdoor inserted in the GoAhead code? Was that back door present in the source code on GitHub?
It's not that it's "new"...
It's that is so incredibly sad somebody is asking for VC money to help enable people that have such a serious addiction that it interferes with their ability to feed themselves. Perhaps they should get psychological help instead of buying some sort of gloop that prevents them from having to log out of WoW for a few minutes per day in order to eat.
Eating (or even _preparing_) real food just isn't that difficult or time consuming...
Re: From my neck of the woods
> "It's Comcast"
> Oh, fuck me.
If you're one of their customers, you don't have to ask.
Is it "Christ" or "Crist"?
It would be appropriate if the guy that brought us the "Jesus Phone" grew up on Christ Drive...
Re: How many?
Jen was socially inept?
Re: Explanation for the explosion
Google fuel-air-explosive (FAE) or thermobaric weapon.
Also known as a poor man's tactical nuclear weapon:
> They are, weight-for-weight, significantly more energetic than conventional
> condensed explosives. Their reliance on atmospheric oxygen makes them
> unsuitable for use underwater, at high altitude, and in adverse weather.
> Thermobaric explosives, however, cause considerably more destruction
> when used inside confined environments such as tunnels, caves, and
I worked on fire-control SW for an FAE weapons system years ago. It was basically a large morter shell what was little other than a can of propane/butane with a parachute that you 1) pop open, 2) let mix with air [this is the important part] and 3) ignite. Does all sorts of nasty things to people, buildings, and vehicles but doesn't kill the grass (or so I was told, I never witnessed a live-firing).
Yea, it's a shame you can't kill a few poor people these days without having
to talk to the police about it afterwards. Next thing you know, they're going to outlaw chattel slavery as well.
Southhampton is not in "the city"
The restaurant was in Southhamption, which is a town about 60 miles east of New York City. It may be posh, but it's not a disctrict in the city. It's not even close to the city.
It's probably safe to assume his lawyers get about 50% of what's awarded.
Re: Oscar, what are you doing?
I loved that book as a kid. My teacher (Mrs. Saxon, IIRC) read it to the class 40+ years ago (I was 11). About 1/4 of the way through, I checked a copy out of the library and finished it in a couple days. I even re-read it a couple times since then.
"much" of the energy turned into heat?
"And you also need to be able to cool the room after your machines have turned much of the generated energy into heat."
"Much" of the energy is turned into heat? What happens to the rest of it? Hint: for all practical purposes, _all_ of the energy is turned into heat. There is a utterly negligible amount that leaves the room via network cables, but for the purposes of specing an HVAC system, all energy is turned into heat.
Why do people get upset at Apple for this?
Do you give the government more tax money than the law says you owe?
Why would anybody expect Apple to do so?
If you invested in Apple, do you want them to give more of your money to the government that the government says they have to?
If you don't like the tax rules, you should bitch at congress, parliament, the IRS, or whoever makes the rules...
This particular American has never been under any illusion that he's much of a drinker. A few years back, I got to travel to England and attend my employer's UK office Christmas party. It was quite a do compared to the snooze-fests we have in the US. To quote Roy from IT:
"You people drink like you don't want to live!"
Back in the early 80's I did hardware and software design for AMPS
cellular mobile and base station stuff, and remember ilstening to a lot of that data (it was particularly useful to listen to the unmuted data bursts on the voice channels). It did sound a lot like cicadas. :)
IIRC, it was manchester encoded with a 5KHz clock....
I worked on the firmware for a competitor (almost a clone) of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000 shown on that page...
Re: Glass is a solid - simple experiment
There are obsidian (a naturally formed glass) arrow-heads 5K-10K years old that are still sharp enough to slice off a finger-tip if you're not careful handling them.
Razor-sharp bits of 10,000 year old "liquid"...
What's with the "nuclear" and "radiocative" crap?
WTF? There's nothing nuclear or radiactive involved in cesium "atomic" clocks.
I hesistate to take cheap shots at authors, but that stuff was blatently made up from whole cloth. Perhaps we should take up a collection so the author can take a class on how to use Google and Wikepedia.
"Failsafe" doesn't mean what you think it means.
The word "failsafe" doesn't mean what the author of the headline thinks it means.
"Failsafe" refers to a design that causes no damage/harm when it fails.
A lump of clay is a failsafe rocket ignitor. When it fails, it does so in a manner that doesn't cause harm. Unfortunately, it fails 100% of the time -- but something doesn't have to be reliable to be failsafe.
Re: I find it interesting...
Firstly, in the US, "ponce" doesn't mean anything in particular. Secondly, the US Navy probably doesn't really worry about about a handful of sniggering Brits. [Did I use the word "sniggering" correcly?]
Actually, I'm not sure if it's the Navy that picks names for ships or if Congress has it's finger in that pie. I wouldn't be surprised if letting a key US Senator pick a ship's name was a nice bit of pork to be doled out come appropriations time. The Navy would probably name a ship the USS Mangrove-Throatwarbler if it meant they'd get enough extra money to build another ship. [Yes, I know that's not how it's spelled.] But that doesn't really explain "Ponce" since the congressional delgation from Puerto Rico don't actually get to vote. Maybe it was in reparation for that one Puerto Rican island that the USN likes to pound the shit out of for practice.
That is all.
Re: Are they serious?
> "They named a ship for a *pimp*?!"
> No I think it's named after some famous military Merkin.
The USS Ponce is named after the city in Puerto Rico (I've been there, it's very nice -- they have a very impressive art museum). The city was named after the the Spaniard who "discovered" Florida: Ponce de Leone.
"Playing catch-up" is pretty generous...
Saying that MS is playing catch-up with Android, iPad mini seems like a pretty generous metaphore. I'd have said something like "MS still steaming full speed in circles as Android and iOS sail away over the horizon."
Read novels for advertisements?
> I'm proud to have done so, and I'm proud to have done so for advertisements.
Maybe it's because I'm a USian, maybe it's because I'm just dim, maybe you think those two statements are redundant -- but what does it mean to read novels "for advertisements"?
In exchange for reading the novels he got to place free ads somewhere?
Re: Your science is rubbish
> Actually, the slug is the Imperial unit of mass, and the pound is a unit of force.
I worked on fire-control SW for the USN a couple-three decades back, and in the ballistic calculations the units for air density were slugs per cubic meter. Well, _I_ found that amusing.
Re: Do my eyes deceive me?
> It's the Supreme Court - the name is a hint. There can be no appeals, this is
> over and decided.
While this particular case cannot be appealed, the USSC can reverse its previous decisions (though they are rather averse to doing so). It's well within the law for a publisher (even the same publisher) to file a similar (or even identical) case next week. It will undoubtedly lose. They can then appeal _that_ case all the way up to the Supreme Court. [Here comes the tricky bit.] The SC can then agree to hear that case (even though it's identical to the one they just decided) and issue a decision that's the complete opposite of the one they just handed down.
The odds of that last tricky bit actually happening are vanishingly small, but if you've got the money and the sheer bloody-mindedness you can make it happen all the way up to the point where the SC declines to hear your appeal.
The more usual process is to donate large amounts of money to presidential and senatorial campains in hopes that any supreme count seats that become empty in the future get filled with judges more amenable to your arugments. After that
happens, _then_ you try again.
Re: I wonder
> Look into it and have a look at how many NASA/NRO
> missions have totally failed before being too keen to
> write this project off. After all: It *is* rocket science.
No, rocket science is pretty simple (it's basically F = ma
combined with some freshman-level calculus). It's rocket
_engineering_ that's difficult.
Re: @AC 02:46
> What kind of defence is that exactly? If they can't
> get it to work on the world's >main OS then it IS shit. If
> they want FF to be a mainstream browser than a Linux
> one, it's kind of important they prioritise the Windows
I thought the Windows Experience(TM) was _supposed_ to be "shit"...
I think "midwifery" is a funny word.
Don't know why...
MS burgler only took Apple gear
> Microsoft commented, 'luckily we don't suffer these kind of
> smash and grab raids'.
Don't I recall a report from a few months back of a burgler who broke in to Microsofts R&D offices and stole nothing but Apple gear?
> Part of a ""Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" ?????''
> Wait for the "Ka-Boooom"!
Where's the ka-boom?
There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering ka-boom!
> "Quantum theory makes more sense than Scientology."
> That's because it's provable...
True, (well I'd say verifiable or demonstrable rather than provable)
but it it still makes no sense. To parapharse Neils Bohr: anybody who
thinks quantum theory makes sense doesn't really understand it.
Re: @Rich 2 IMAP IDLE?
> Big fat 'yes' from me. [...] no polling.
Any decent IMAP client has supported "PUSH" notification via IDLE for _years_.
The IMAP protocol has it's ugly bits, but it's well documented, widely implemented and just plain works. Even the MS Exchange IMAP server supports push notification via IDLE [they do a rather shabby job of it compared to other servers, but it works well enough to be usable]. The GTK-based notification widget I wrote uses IMAP IDLE to get push notification from Exchange, GMail, and Dovecot all day every day, and it works fine.]
A 24" monitor with 1920x1080 pixels is rather crappy resolution (90dpi). IMHO, anything less than 100dpi is simply unacceptable, and I'd really like at least 120dpi for something I'm going to use more than a few minutes a day. Maybe other people like being able to see individual pixels, but I'd rather not. (Sorry about the imperial units.)
> a while ago* I was given the task of tossing a bunch of non-functional
> CRTs into the local skip. Those things can take one hell of a beating-
> I never got any of the tubes to blow.
The weak point in a CRT is the neck at the back. The front part
that's normally exposed can take a phenominal amount of abuse...
GIF is not Graphics Interchange Format...
Everybody knows that GIF stands for "Girls In Files".
25000 is nothing
The US is a big country with it's fair share of idiots and nutjobs. There's nothing so stupid, embarassing, or far-fetched that there won't be at least 25000 people willing to sign their names to it.
In some countries you'd be rounded up and shot or imprisoned for signing such a petition. Actually that seems to the sort of country the people signing those petitions want -- as long as _they're_ the ones decided who to round up...
Turn woman into gorilla: it's been done
Over here in the US, "woman turning into a gorilla" used to be a pretty standard carnival/fair side-show attraction (dunno if they still do it). There's a line of patter about a scientist doing research in Africa and accidental discovery of a serum that causes a person to change back and forth between human and gorilla. There's an attactive woman (in a bikini of course) standing in a large cage. After the build-up, she gradually transforms into a "gorilla", and starts shaking the bars of the cage, which of course, come undone and she escapes -- roaring and threatening the audience. When properly staged and presented, it's actually quite entertaining.
Hint: they do it with a partially silvered mirror and some dimmable lights...
Too bad you can't have multiple browser windows/tabs
You wouldn't need this feature if browsers allowed multiple
windows or tabs to be opened...
Re: But what happens
If you add "kittens", then you could break the internet.
Re: And thinness matters in this space WHY?
Once it's thinner that maybe 5cm, who cares?
I guess if you're buying merely it as room decoration, maybe it matters. But, compared to the amount of clutter and garbage on an actual working desktop,
a display thats 1cm thick instead of 5cm thick just doesn't matter.
IMO, the same thing goes for TVs. I'd much rather my "thin" TV were an inch or two thicker and had speakers that didn't make you want to push sharp objects into your brain through your earholes.
iPod Touch 4g --> Nexus Galaxy
I loved my iPod touch 4g, and carried it everywhere for a couple years. But, I absolutely hated the iTunes program (I have neither a Windows nor OS-X machine) and dreaded the chore of copying music/video files to my iTouch since it involved trying to get Windows booted on one of my test-boxes at the office, and then trying to keep iTunes from crashing/locking up.
When I finally decided to try updating iOS, I had to replace the hard drive in that computer, since iTunes is too f(*&ing stupid to allow you to backup the iPod do anything other than the C: drive. I had hundreds of GB of free disk space, but not on C:.
So, when my old-school dumb, no-camera, flip-phone finally wore out, I moved up to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Copying files to/from it is a breeze, and I'm free of iTunes forever!!!
And the Galaxy Nexus can also make phone calls (though it's not as good a phone as the old, dumb Motorola I had). I'm on a cheap pre-paid plan, so I don't even use the mobile data connection -- just WiFi and plain old GSM voice/SMS.
Better than the crap music...
It's probably better than the crap music one often hears in the US while on hold.
A couple weeks ago, I was on on my T-Mobile phone on hold waiting to talk to T-Mobile customer service and their PBX was attempting to play crappy music
that would have been annoying in the best conditions. But, the spectral content of
the "music" was apparently beyond the ability of the CODEC T-Mobile choses to use on their GSM network in the 'States. Half of the time the music was just bursts of buzzy noise.
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