117 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010
Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against
If you bond the hydrogen to carbon atoms, it's much easier to handle - and much denser too.
those are called hydro-carbons, like alcohol or .... petrol. Next time you'll invent cars with wheels ?
Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?
I were to move away from Kubuntu, it would probably be to Debian Testing.
Good choice. I'm running Debian stable with KDE from testing (4.11), because "stable" uses an old KMail, not the 4.8 branch which introduced some very interesting features.
"unfiltered Bloomberg news feed - new headlines there appear so fast, the old ones are scrolled off the screen"
you should try to live a real life. You might be pleasantly surprised, it's actually fun. And nothing happens at the millisecond time-scale.
Re: Tobin Tax
in other words:
- can I, from at home, trade on the markets ? yes, but I need a financial intermediary who will execute my orders.
- can the intermediary trade on the markets ? yes, directly, at any speed, in my name or for his own profit.
- can I, from at home, do HFT ? no. because the delay between the time I place an order and said order is executed is several seconds/minutes. And during this time the intermediary knows what I'm going to sell/buy, and he can contra-buy/sell to outmanoeuvre me. If I make a smart move, he even can do it before me, even if I thought about it first.
HFT trading was already known by the very capitalist and free-market economist James Tobin, and he said that HFT trading actually screws real investors, by making profits on tiny margins in the noise of all the transactions. That's why he propose his famous Tobin Tax on all financial transactions, so only real investors make money and not the parasites doing HFT.
As for, technically, how HFT is bad: very simple ! Who can actually DO trading at the highest speed ? Those with direct access to the market's computers, in other words the financial intermediaries ... but if those intermediaries do also trading in their own name, they have an insider advantage by knowing in advance what their clients are trading and can front-run them by making decisions based on information they have only because they are the intermediaries.
Re: for those of us of an age with changeing eyesight
It's not only the reading bit that's difficult on small screens, but also the typing part : it's soooooooo much easier to type on a 5 incher !!! I don't have the same finger-size as a lady or a kid, FFS.
Re: A few simple tests of usefulness
"Can it offset costs in other materials such as regular books?"
exactly my thought. I'd also add the weight to carry all those books, as seeing from my kids' backpacks: 5 kg could be replaced by a 300g tablet. Considering that this tablet could also do other stuff - like displaying animations - and whose content could be updated regularly - as opposed to every 5 years - it would actually be cheaper and better than all those schoolbooks. And save some trees.
Only make sure it doesn't use Android or iOS, or any other commercial OS. Some pure Debian probably the best.
But one thing not to replace: regular paper for writing.
they copied my workstation
I wanted a Windows workstation for 3D CAD, but I wanted it silent. So I got a Silverstone Fortress FT03 housing, with passive PSU (actually, hybrid but the fan never switches on), and an AMD FirePro v5800 with passive heatsink, all of this cooled via a large vertical fan at the bottom that increases the convective vertical flux of the case. The mini-ATX motherboard is turned 90°, the PCI ports facing upwards.
It's so silent that I can hear the neons and the halogen lamps in my office.
OK, it's not as powerful as this MacPro, but Apple could have gone the same way and build a traditional case but turned vertically, allowing easy upgrading and commercial parts. A real Pro machine, not this toy that will go into history's trashcan like the Cube did.
Re: My smartphone emulates my beloved HP41
I prefer the HP-15c, and it has it's Android andro11c emulator also (the HP-11C actually, but they're nearly identical)
Then there is also the HP-15C emulator for computers.
These have put my real HP-15C to rest, even though it still works perfectly (aaahh, those keys were a pleasure to type on)
Re: Using your cash to buy back your shares already sends a bad signal to the investors
Errr ... you do know that Apple has $145bn in cash in tax-heavens, don't you ? Therefore, taking a credit of $150bn to buy back it's own shares leaves Apple naked, without any disposable money anymore. There was an article here yesterday about what Apple should do for it's future, and some argued that there is nothing to worry for a company having $145bn in cash, but this is a sure way of blowing it all up at once, and leave absolutely nothing in return.
Apart for those "investors" who profited from the buyback.
That money in tax-heavens is not really available, if Apple now repatriated this money and paid taxes on it and paid dividend with part of the remaining, and invested the rest in new developments, that would be a bold move.
This iCahn looks to be for Apple what Elop was for Nokia.
Re: Now @zolko
@AC: right, the sentence is bad english : Samsung makes the Galaxy Note with a pen, and because of the lawsuit where Apple accuses Samsung to only copy and not innovate, Apple can't now make an iNote with a pen because that would invalidate the Samsung-are-copying-us argument (imagine how silly they would look in the court). Even though Apple did the Newton 15 years ago, and even though many people would buy it.
"Develop a plethora of barely indistinguishable products? That didn't help them either."
it did with the iPod: from the Nano to the Shuffle, the Touch, the Classic ... why wouldn't that work for tablets ? Especially as a 5 inch iNote with a pen would be very popular with business-men, and would go pack to the original Newton. Except that Samsung did it first, and they couldn't paint themselves as "innovators" with that.
Re: @ Wibble - iPads are expensive? @Lusty
"if I am somewhere that doesn't have wireless coverage"
"But seriously, how often do you actually visit the 80s?
in my building, there is no WiFi because some people are concerned about the electromagnetic waves. Also, for security reasons, we're encouraged by the admins to use wired ethernet. Those people with MacBook Airs need the extra USB<=>ETH dongle, that they regularly forget.
Re: Asymetric Speculation
"FTT assumes that *all* trading is speculative and therefore punishable."
no, quite the opposite: FTT says that long-term investments won't feel the pain of a 0.1% tax, as they are in the business for at least 10% or 20% return, but high-frequency short-term speculations which are in for every fraction of % will loose if their margin is less than that. An FTT wants to limit transactions with tiny margins, that's all.
Re: I have a related question
What are the costs and benefits of putting sand into the engine oil as a way of slowing a car down?
Actually, that's exactly the reason Mr Tobin has proposed this tax: to create friction, to slow down speculation, which has a tendency to overshoot in corrections (because of the sheep-like behaviour of speculators).
Such a tax has the same effect as oil in the dampers: to take away some energy from a system, to allow it to be closer to it's equilibrium at all times, instead of oscillating all the time : boom and bust.
So can you please answer now the following question: what are the cost and benefits of dampers in a car ?
Re: And so it begins
The Blerch: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running
that's bloody freakin genius, thank-you
Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.
They *can't* put a back door in, because it would be quickly spotted by everyone who audits the kernel source
ah ... except for the binary drivers then, that run also in kernel space.
And who provide binary drivers ? Network card suppliers like Broadcom for example. Now, you have a system connected to a network, and the first-line device is a black box supplied by a company subjected to NSA authority !
Call me paranoid.
Re: Perspective, please
@ Kristian Walsh: "Tesco in that example would have every right to ask you to leave if you've been caught stealing from them on repeated occasions"
You confuse things: Pirate-Bay doesn't steal anything from Visa or MasterCard, they offer a service independent of them, but some people accuse PB's customers to use that service for stuff that is illegal in the US (but may-be legal in Sweden !). If anything, some of the customers steal from Hollywood, and some use it for perfectly reasonable and legal purposes.
In this Tesco example, it's as if Visa forbid payment to Tesco because they accused some of the customers to use some of the products purchased there for activities that they disapprove.
Re: Perspective, please
if I go in the local TESCO, it's private property, private company they have every right to refuse to me service
no. you have obviously no clue. If Tesco refused to serve you because you're black arguing that they're privat and can choose their customers, would you understand your error ? Said otherwise, if a company advertises a product or service, and they do deliver that product or service to some customers, they can't refuse you that same service without judicial justification.
In Europe, that is. Visa and MasterCard ar US companies, where the rule of law doesn't apply, the one with the bigger purse writes the rules. BTW, is there a European credit card company ?
@ Mike Dimmick
"The fact is, fixed currency standards don't work; they cannot scale to the level of growth in the economy"
and what if the economy doesn't grow ?
"Banks create money when they create loans, and they now create the vast majority of money (...) Fiat currency allows the supply of money to approximately match the aggregate demand of the economy"
Correct, except that you are missing here the interests : when a bank creates money by making a loan, the amount of money created is equal to the amount of principal of said loan, but the amount of money corresponding to the interests is not created. So how are you supposed to pay something that hasn't been created ?
Therefore, in such - our - monetary system, the amount of money must always grow, but when the economy cannot grow (because of the physical limits of resources for example), the system gets out of control. The interest should then become negative, but it cannot because then all investors take their money out of the banks and keep cash, and the fractional reserve banking collapses for lack of deposits.
This is the root of what we are witnessing today: a giant (150 years old !) Ponzi scheme unraveling.
I am AVunit
there, said it, feels a lot better.
oops, did I forget to post as AC ?
I don't understand
What's the purpose of having 145 billion dollars if you can't use them ? What good is there having 145 billion ins a bank account if you have to borrow money whenever you need 17 billions ?
Re: KDE 4
you think I can use Linux on a Mac and not know the difference between KDE and Linux ?
"tabbed Finder windows"
"different working area, which Apple calls Spaces, or a full-screen app on a second display"
holy crap !!! my KDE 4.5 does this since 3 years ago. Admittedly, it runs on a MacBook Pro 13, but did they catch up with Linux only now ? What's next ?
- right-click to create a folder here ? (shit, no right click on iMouse)
- drag'n-drop asking if I want to move or copy or link ?
- clickable and editable file path ?
- a button for "open terminal here" in the finder ?
Re: Let's see how this plays out.
Iceland has also plenty of free and easy energy, and therefore plenty of industries necessitating tremendous amounts of energy, like turning alumina into aluminium. Or forgeries, and this sort of stuff.
@Steve Evans : "(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted)"
funny how things go: what I've heard is that the Somali where fishermen, but since the BIG Chinese and Japanese and European fisherboat-factories are fishing in their waters, they don't get to eat, and use their waters to intercept some boats.
In other words, if you want to get rid of Somali pirates, clear their waters from GIANT fisherboat-factories.
probably negative yield. Like shale-gas, solar-cells, electric-cars, and many other newly invented energy "sources".
Invest in bicycles, that's the future.
Re: Why not run the exhaust through a large greenhouse?
actually, that's what biomass is: make carbo-hydrates through photosynthesis by turning CO2 + H2O into O2 and CHx, and then burn that CHx with O2 into CO2 + H2O. It's a closed circle, no need to invent fancy words (although, admittedly, Flüssigmetallblasensäulenreaktor is pretty cool).
Re: Fortunately I live <2km away from a 100MW hydroelectric power plant
there might be more to Russian money than that: what if the Russian money in Cypruss was actually that of oligarch opposed to Putin ? In that case, the Eurozone is helping Putin (by getting rid of his opponents) and thus assuring the future gas supplies.
It wouldn't help "democracy" but since when does the EU care about such annoyances ?
Re: Not according to Beddington.
What I've read is that a global warming would cause the Gulf-stream to weaken, thus causing locally in Atlantic-Europe a cooling. Therefore, the cool winter in Europe is not at odds with global warming.
actually, the Libre-Office Draw program is bay far far far away superior to anything M$-Office. It does actually basic 2D scale drawing, when the 3D CAD is too long to launch.
@ The BigYin : "why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear?"
yes, exactly my question. If it is acceptable to consider the French Rafale as an option (which is probably one of the best carrier-grade aircrafts flying today), why not consider the French nuclear drive of the Charles-de-Gaulle as an option, that would make long missions possible, and would also give steam catapults for free ?
I mean, Waterloo, Trafalgar and Austerlitz are forgiven today, aren't they ?
The best keyboard available on Android: has arrows, and good looking.
What, you don't have UltraKeyboard on iOS ? Tough !
Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!
@ Naughtyhorse : "I got about 2 sentences in before looking at the by line ... Matt Bryant"
yup. Interesting how predictable some writers are. It's the same with Tim Worstal or Lewis Page articles (although Lewis Page's are at least funny)
not to mention "abeeback" and "astalavistababy"
Re: Harbinger of Doom
in 2014, the USA will be even more broke than today, and even less capable of launching an attack on Iran.
in 2014, the petro-dollar empire will be history, and Iran will sell all it's oil for gold, to Turkey, India and China.
Re: What about the no-names?
Onda V712, Ainol Novo 7 Fire, are Chinese-made (but so are all the others) 7'' with 1280x800 IPS screen, 1Gb RAM, dual-core A9, HDMI-out ... for 125€ ... asked for one for Xmas, wondering if Santa-Klaus will have it for me.
"Is it wrong to penalize a person for the phone he/she is carrying?"
well, that depends *how* they carry it: since the recruiter knew right from the beginning that the guy had an iPhone, the bloke probably put his phone very ostensibly (and proudly) on the table looking like : "ha, there, see how cool I am !" ... and that's probably the *real* reason - looking like a fanboï - rather than the phone itself. Had he done the same with an SIII, the sentence would have been the same.
"if our theory of the universe relies on 73% of the universe being something we cannot observe or understand"
actually, no: in order to explain our observations with the theories we have, we need to introduce an arbitrary number that has the same dimension as "mass" (as in energy = mass, E=mc2) and represents 73% of the known mass (dark+normal). There can be many explanations to that, "dark energy" being only one of them. This more-or-less translates into: "we bloody don't understand what's going on, let's call it dark energy, it sounds much more professional than to justify this by some giant goat."
Another explanation is that the universe wasn't created at t=0, but was created already aged and we try to explain something that never was (anyone having programmed the game of life knows what I mean)
Another explanation is that speed of light has changed during the times, therefore the expansion of the universe is not accelerating at all.
"it's perhaps not a very good theory"
well, it works pretty well close to us, it only fails when looking far away. May-be the theory is good, but our observations are poor.
This race is rigged: the guy in the inner track has an awful lot of advantage.
Re: Or you could do what I did...
do you have a link, or a name of such a device ?
stone house throw
Am I correct ?
"I'm unable to avoid the adverts everywhere"
There is a Firefox plug-in for that: ghostery. You'll be surprised by the number of trackers on all sites (2 on el Reg). And Big-Brother won't be watching you anymore.
Re: Original numbers?
in continental Europe, small propeller aircraft measure height and ascending speed in feet and feet/minute, while gliders measure them in meters and meters/seconds.
My kid just got a Samsung Galaxy Y: 3'' QVGA screen, Android 2.3. Of course, it's too small for big hands, but for occasional SMS-ing, music and photos, and call the Mum when he gets home, it's the obvious choice.
Why the heck didn't Apple do with the iPhone what they did with the iPod: do a mini-iPhone (3''), an iPhone (4'') and an iNewton (5'' with stylus).
Re: Apple TV
yeah, makes more sense. Because aluminium ALSO conducts heat very well, and carbon doesn't, so it would be a very bad material for a laptop casing (my MacBook Pro 13'' (*) gets quite warm)
(*) running Linux, no worry.
Not sure if it has been written here by others, but if this study only limits to the consumer's health, it forgets about it's descendants. I've read (somewhere) that fertility has decreased very strongly in the past 50 years, especially male fertility, that the spermatozoa are fewer and weaker now, and that this could be caused by pesticides. Which, come to think of it, is very plausible since life extermination is the very objective of those pesticides.
Which, if true, means that people eating organic food will reproduce more than those eating industrial food. Darwinian selection.
Which, in turn, makes me think I shouldn't write this and let the idiots eat their crap; we're already too many on this planet.
Actually, I do care
because batteries loose 50% of their capacity after 2-3 years, you'll want to replace it. And you don't want to leave it for 2 weeks in a repair service, but you want to have it done in 10 minutes.
Intel based Macs can usually run a linux
Yup: Mepis 11.0 on my MacBook Pro 13 from 2010 (or 2009, don't remember). 8gb RAM, replaced the HDD with SSD (not Apple, but Linux doesn't care), and it flies like a charm. Could use a new battery though.
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