74 posts • joined 10 May 2011
Re: Our National Dish
So did the Manx take that to Canada where it became "poutine"?
They may have made it their life's work to thoroughly understand their own subject, but many scientists in the field of climate change could really have done with spending a little less time on that and a little more time studying statistics.
I'm not a moon landing denier by any means, but I still ponder about how we got men to the moon and back over 40 years ago and yet these days even getting things up to a low Earth orbit is a problem.
And once a file has been encrypted, any automated cloud backup solution you may have will then immediately back up that encrypted version for you.
Re: Homebrew Computer Club
The Intel 8051 has got to be giving the 6502 a run for its money then, because there's one in every smart card, so that includes SIMs and Chip and PIN credit/debit cards, and also in many types of NFC tag such as the ones used in the Oyster card. The reason is simply its architecture - because it has separate busses for instructions and data, it's physically impossible to make it execute something that it shouldn't be.
Re: Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic
Skype is Microsoft's consumer VOIP offering, enterprises are supposed to use their Lync product instead. The company I work for uses Lync, and if anyone starts trying to use Skype, a man from IT will appear in their office a few minutes later and tell them off.
Special? Maybe in some ways
There's nothing particularly special about a particle being its own anti-particle. This is true of the photon and the Higgs boson, for example.
Airlines are a poor analogy
Sometimes I want a cheap flight so I fly EasyJet or Ryanair, other times I need a convenient flight so I go BA or whatever. The distinction here is that I am free to choose whichever airline I want for each flight, but with the typical UK ISP I am saddled with a one year or even two year minimum contract. Given that ISPs are utilities just as much as gas and electricity companies, when am I going to be able to switch whenever I want with no penalties?
Re: Political more than commercial
The real paradox is that the Windows Phone OS is free for many OEMs now, but you have to pay Microsoft protection money to use Android.
No, I'm a bitter old man on Australian Shiraz who likes to run highly multi-threaded loads and who is sick and tired of the Intel/AMD duopoly and their CPU designs that are heavily stacked in favour of little kids on drugs.
All they are doing is getting rid of that piece of junk they call a graphics processor, and replacing it with a copy/paste of the four existing CPU cores. Oh, and throttling back the clock speed too. Can someone outside of Intel marketing please explain to me exactly why this shouldn't cost less than half of what it does?
The length of the modern marathon was defined by the distance between the centre of Windsor and the former White City stadium rather than by anything Greek.
Feathers are nothing special
It's widely agreed now that all raptors (dromaeosaurids) had feathers, so finding yet another one with feathers is really not surprising. If the new microraptorine had NO feathers then that really would be newsworthy.
Finds all are extant animals?
No, that's not what the study says. It says that they were all extant EXCEPT the polar bear ones, which were closest to a Palaeolithic polar bear, not a modern-day one.
"The open source community has been criticized for failing to spot the flaw, but it lacks the resources of the NSA, which employs hundreds of code checkers to find flaws in common code."
I thought the whole point of open source was that countless numbers of NEETs were supposed to be sitting in their mommys' basements checking the code.
Just because a particular Directive has been invalidated, that doesn't also automatically invalidate the individual countries' laws that implement that Directive. Here's how it works:
1) European Union issues a Directive
2) Each individual EU country enacts a law to implement the Directive in some half-assed way, except for the UK, which implements every tiny bit of the Directive in obsessive detail and adds even more to it just for good measure
3) Each EU country then procedes to largely ignore that law, except for the UK, which scrupulously enforces every single last jot and tittle of it
If then the Directive is invalidated on human rights grounds then each individual country may or may not decide to repeal their own law that implemented the directive, except for the UK, which carries on regardless. If a country decides not to repeal the law then persons from that country could mount a challenge to the European Court of Human Rights, but that's a long and expensive journey.
Given the current power-to-weight ratios of electrically-powered 'copters, and despite the bottle clinking effects, I am pretty sure that the box was empty.
Re: Random thoughts
It is A-GPS, specifically the MSA variant. And it does reduce the amount of processing necessary on the device, but on the other hand you do have to transmit the raw GPS data over GPRS or some other service, which of itself uses some power. And really it's all snake oil anyway, because the reason battery life is poor when GPS apps are running is simply that those apps are keeping on running in the background instead of being suspended. MSA A-GPS will make virtually no difference to that.
Free space optics?
Damn, I read that and thought they were giving Hubble away until I realised the article was about free-space optics.
For those wanting to try this...
It's for Win7 64-bit and above (with at least 8GB RAM supposedly required), plus you need the VS 2012 Update 4 runtimes if you don't already have them:
And it's nothing to do with GIFs specifically, it's MPEG4 in and out from what I can see.
Re: she's wearing panties...I've checked the video (twice)
How old? By some cosmic coincidence, she was born the same day as the first release of Internet Explorer, so she's over 18. Just.
Those aren't her buttocks, they are just her zettai ryouiki.
Hidden in a truck?
Perhaps El Reg's correspondents should actually read the articles they are linking to. The particular one about miniaturised nukes states that North Korea's current weapons would need to be hidden in a truck, not the miniaturised ones. During the Cold War, Russia was widely believed to have constructed a number of nuclear devices that would fit in a briefcase.
Re: greenies are wrong about almost everything
And what exactly isn't green about nuclear power? It's carbon-neutral, and is also the safest practical form of power generation (no, wind isn't practical because it only works part of the time, we're too far north for solar, and hydro and tidal power wreck ecosystems). Forget the environmental impact of fossil fuels, they should be banned simply on the grounds that they kill millions every year from air pollution. BUT OH NOES, WITH NUCLEAR WE END UP WITH ALL THIS RADIOACTIVE WASTE!!!! The uranium was already in the ground being radioactive and contributing to the general background radiation level, all nuclear power does it put it away somewhere we can keep a much closer eye on it.
Why give equal voice to those who are acknowledged experts in their field and those that have no knowledge of the subject? Because although they might have no knowledge of paleoclimatology, they might actually know something about statistics.
And no, I don't work for Shell or BP or Exxon or...
Re: Yes but how goes the chip version?
You can't dispense with the exterior signals because it's only by measuring their time-of-flight that you can triangulate your position. Having a clock in the GPS receiver with that kind of accuracy just means you could get a 3D fix with 3 satellites minimum instead of 4, so unless you could make one for a few pence, there would be little point in having it.
Re: There sure as hell is a need for press regulation
There is an old legal maxim - "hard cases make bad law". Of course this was a tragic case, but if, in order to safeguard the rights of a few (be they transgendered or super-rich), we trample over the rights of the many, then that is a bad law. Have your press regulator if you want, but don't come crying to me in a decade's time when bribery and corruption in government have become rife and the Press are powerless to expose it.
Re: Not all fingerprint readers are the same
The last time I worked with fingerprint readers (admittedly very high-security ones), they would only operate if the finger was attached to a living human body. Given the environment they were used in, the worry was not so much that somebody would make fake silicone fingers, but that they would actually cut people's fingers off in order to gain unauthorised access.
Life on Mars?
Not any more if that baby hits it. Better get your skates on, Curiosity!
Meanwhile, back in the distant past
I was designing (as it happens, Toshiba) SRAM into battery-powered handheld mobile computers over 30 years ago, and was able to get the standby power consumption of the devices down to a few microamps by doing nothing more than reducing the RAM voltage and turning everything else off. But then, 2KB was a lot of memory back in those days...
Re: A security scanner that requires Java ! WTF?
The irony, the irony!
You beat me to it, there. A security scanner than requires you to install one of today's biggest security risks? Forget it. Better the devil you don't know than the devil you do, in this case. And open-source fanbois, check your facts rather than your navels before you start flaming.
"There's much discussion about "impartiality" this week, and how it can be measured..."
I wonder what the official unit of impartiality at The Register is? The cricket umpire, maybe?
Re: Just a few errors...
The "Twiglet Zone"? Sounds horrifying!
Thankfully, the Higgs boson is its own antiparticle, so no need to worry about that. Unless of course this means that God is also Satan...
You answered your own question - "miniscule" being the operative word. I've worked at a large computer centre (still a fraction of the size of Amazon of course) and there they had a big room full of batteries to last for the few seconds it took to run up the secondary generators. These only lasted for a minute or so before they were getting really overloaded, but that gave the primary generators time to run up and stabilise. Now scale that up for an Amazon-sized server farm and see what kind of monstrous UPS plant that would need.
Basically, cloud computing is supposed to be sufficiently resilient that you don't need a UPS. Well, that's clearly more the theory than the practice.
Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)
"...'science' never claimed to have 'power' in dealing with moral and existential questions..."
Oh dear, your copy of "My First History of Science" seems to have several chapters missing.
As a premillennial dispensationalist myself, I thank the Lord that I am too old to be proved wrong in my own lifetime!
(Escape, because that's what the Rapture is all about)
So, how many grapes of force will be exerted on the asteroid by landing a probe on it, collecting a sample, and blasting off back to Earth? Wouldn't it be ironic if the orbital perturbation were just enough to change it from Earth-crossing to Earth-colliding.
Pretty well, actually. This kind of image is easy to explain - have you never heard of fisheye lenses?
No precedent for programming language copyright?
Anyone sufficiently long in the tooth to have programmed Intel and Zilog 8-bit microprocessors in assembly language will remember that Zilog were forbidden from using the same instruction mnemonics as Intel because Intel had claimed copyright on theirs. By extension, it should be possible to copyright a programming language, but maybe only as long as the reserved words it used were original inventions and not taken from a pre-existing language.
Extinction Level Events
OK, so if the dinosaurs hadn't been wiped out they might still rule the Earth. But mass extinctions happened quite regularly, so surely the dinosaurs themselves only got a look in because the previous apex species (amphibians?) got eliminated. Perhaps the galaxy is really run by newts and axolotls...
Re: Finally! Some serious scientific research.
The requirement for the liquid to be able to circulate during the maturation process is precisely why some Norwegian aquavits spend part of their time on board ships, travelling to Australia and back before being bottled. No movement, no maturation.
Obviously El Reg's correspondent didn't actually bother checking the story out before posting it. According to an article in the Phoenix New Times, the bill was never transferred to the governor for signing, contrary to the numerous media reports saying it had been. It was amended before it passed the Senate, meaning it was returned to the House where it's apparently been stopped.
Obviously I didn't check my ambiguometer before posting! What I meant was that the possibility that under-monitoring might allow an atrocity is the price of freedom. You can't have freedom and security, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.
Re: What have you missed ...
This is what we call "the price of freedom".
Offshoring jobs to help the unemployed? Such delicious irony...
I suspect that should be "7-8 minutes" and not "78 minutes"!
Somebody once asked me if I thought it would be OK for their children to use the Internet unsupervised. I replied that it would be fine as long as they'd be happy to let them walk naked through a red light district at midnight.
Yet another reason for the nuclear option. The annual death toll from fossil fuels runs into the millions (WHO figures, not enviroloonies). The total death toll in the entire history of the nuclear industry is a fraction of that, even if you take a ridiculously-inflated view of the Chernobyl mortality figures.
And despite this there was some totally stupid program on the TV saying that a small earthquake centuries ago may have caused a storm surge on the River Severn and therefore it was unsafe to site nuclear power stations there. "Friends of the Earth"? You may love the Earth, but you clearly hate the people who live on it.
Let's just hope this new chip isn't such a disaster as the over-hyped and under-performing Bulldozer architecture. The industry needs real competition for the sake of everyone.
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