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"Nice Earth you have there. It would be a shame if an asteroid fell on it..."
I'm not saying I have a kernel driver that does this for real, but I did once pick up my coat before the computer crashed; it's was almost as if the computer read my mind...
The best spider sighting was in my local rag: it had a picture of a "false window" sitting in the middle of a perfectly respectable orb web. *cough*
Like other posters, I suspect Nicola wasn't bitten by a spider. My mum got bitten by an "insect" on holiday in the Isle of Wight and her leg all but exploded. It took over a week and lots of antibiotics to put her straight; if the blood suckers have been feeding on shit then you're in trouble. So, Nicola, what you need to do is start breeding false windows in order to keep the mosquitoes under control.
Re: Me too
But until they all disappear, those that remain will appreciate in value. Which makes bitcoin a very interesting game: part of it's value will be a bet on the number of coins that are now irretrievable. I can't think of any existing currency or commodity that functions like that; it's the ultimate game of poker. We may have created a monster.
Re: Me too
@btrower "Its great power is its theoretical ability to be an incorruptible store of value."
It's "value" is what people will exchange for it. Today that's a ~$1000, or equivalent in goods and services. A few months ago it was ~$300. Tomorrow everybody could get bored of it or a flaw could turn up in the crypto algorithms, and it's value could drop to $0. Value is an idea in your head (cf the early exchanges between indigenous peoples and European traders, where each side gave away something worthless and got something valuable) and you can't store an idea "incorruptibly".
Re: Imisaninja could knit for me any day she likes!
Before she does either, she needs to learn the difference between "inferring" and "implying".
Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.
The eternal BBC conundrum: give the plebs what they want and the snobs complain Auntie is dumbing down and the commercial channels squeal about their revenues and the Beeb's unfair competition. But don't give viewers telly they enjoy, and nobody sees the point of paying the licence fee.
Your choice of degree is an example of lateral thinking
@Electric Panda - you've nailed it. If your imagination was so limited that you could only conceive of becoming a programmer by getting a CS degree, then your imagination is too limited for you to also ever be a decent
problem solver coder.
Hartnell probably got that one right: when time is a dimension you can indeed be cut off by eons and, if string theory is correct, universes as well.
Re: "lacks plat techtonics" @John Smith19
"OTOH that would also seem to kill any sort of magnetic field...but Mars does have one."
According to the usual source, "Mars has no evidence of a current structured global magnetic field, observations show that parts of the planet's crust have been magnetized, and that alternating polarity reversals of its dipole field have occurred in the past"
I can see a gap in the market for a new book: Manual Writing For Dummies.
Re: Hey El Reg, here's a better source of some of those tasty Twitted comments
Brilliant! A good troll doesn't need to swear.
If it's as "friendly" as cows round our way: QUICK! RUN FOR THE STILE!
Re: Fixes? @thesykes
In principle: yes.
In practice: the carrier would deploy lawyers and consultants to show how disproportionate the cost of adapting the upgrade would be in comparison to your losses.
Re: Not convinced...
Let me quote the article, "A big issue with most e-crime units is the fact that they do not have enough resources to deal with all of the cases they are asked to investigate."
So they are under-resourced even for dealing with "paedophiles and terrorists".
Re: @Vladimir Plouzhnikov - @ Graham Marsden
"(in the mean time we can wait until we sort out Fusion which I have been reliably informed is only 30 years away...)"
Actually, we've had a fusion reactor running reliably for several billion years. We just need to figure out how to hook it up to the grid.
Re: grammar nazi in action @Chemist
"Hi, I've come for the fish. Some mates said you do killer sardines."
Re: Who will protect us?
Try wearing a pair of old tights over your head. You'll find this works well to protect your privacy.
Re: 100 million years ago! @Don
But El Reg Standard Units are mandatory for the Church of El Reg.
Where are El Reg going to get a wireless correspondent with a name as good as yours? Seriously "Ray" and "Bill"?
But I will also miss the articles. As AC 101 says, the analysis always felt solid. And what are we left with? A right bunch of jaspers!
Re: Men are from Mars ...
Surely holding the map upside down would just land you in the wrong hemisphere? Inquiring minds want to know.
Quoting Wikipedia "....cipher suites based on RC4 in SSL and TLS were considered secure because of how the cipher was used in these protocols. In 2011 RC4 suite was actually recommended as a work around for the BEAST attack."
Wikipedia goes on to suggest that only in 2013 did RC4 become vulnerable in TLS/SSL.
Re: Ugg, grocer's apostrophe in that sample
I recommend Clitic Bang: bang, and the clitic is gone!
But, from the advertisers' PoV, blocking Adblock users is a good thing. (Yes, you could disable it and then reenable it. But you'd have to be really dedicated. Perhaps the Adblock guy will come up with a fix )
Re: Time for some damping
It's a classic. If a needle on a dial is overdamped, it won't reach the correct value before the value changes. If it's underdamped, it reacts to every bit of noise and oscillates wildly, preventing you taking a reading.
I'm sold on the problem with the housing market. But the fact that the dial on the housing market can only swing in one direction, doesn't mean the stock market has the same problem.
"The whole video is clearly CGI."
And when the rocket touches down, it's not touching its shadow and the shadow has to keep on moving for a second.
Re: Ceres is 26% water? Hmmm...
I got out the fag packet:
Wikipedia says Venus's atmosphere has a mass of 5×1016 kg and is 20ppm water, giving 1016kg of water.
It then handly gives volume of water on Earth as 109 km3, which at standard density is 1021kg. I'm not sure variations in density are going to account for 5 orders of magnitude (I can't be arsed to figure it out) so Earth probably has more water.
That could be down to atmospheric loss, but the upper atmospheres are pretty similar on both. OTOH if water arrived from comets in the outer solar system, then you would expect Earth to catch more of them and end up with more water.
But, as I say, back of the fag packet.
Re: New Development. Where do we go?
It's HTML5. A Chrome Packaged App for the desktop. Cordova (phonegap) on mobile. There are plenty of holes but new APIs every month. You can always spin your own plugins. (Node.js would deserved a mention but it can't compile plugins on windows using the mingw toolchain - which limits it.)
I had a cat called Puke once. You can guess why.
That would take away the satisfaction of watching the container go from empty to full. I want to be able to see all the dirt I've removed from the house, rather than feel I've wasted another forty minutes losing the battle with the second law of thermodynamics.
PS, unlike the downvoters, I think you're joking. (Or maybe they're downvoting the sarcasm and they do hoover every day.)
Re: Dyson have a point.
I second the cat hair. It needs to have been trodden down for several days, too.
Re: @Don Jefe
The difference between a public body and a private entity is that when Google fuck me over, there is nothing I can do about it as I'm not a shareholder; but when my intelligence service fuck me over I can complain - because I am a "stakeholder". (This is why government is a good thing, IMO.) And all Don is asking is that the government deliver on their promises: if you're gonna build a unnecessary intrusion into my civil liberties, at least get the electrics right.
Re: Aspergers Test
"If you don't score high, you may well be in the wrong job as a reader here."
*cough* 18 *cough*
I think quite a lot of the recommendations in this article would produce good mental health in all of us. Any condition is exacerbated by stress, and much of it seems to be about stress reduction. Hopefully in a 100 years time people will look back in horror at 21st century mental hygiene.
Let's face it: "the Silk Road" was a brilliant name. Sheep? Meh, would you like mint sauce with that.
Re: Identity FAIL
"He probably had a post-it with the server admin's email & phone number stuck to his monitor..."
Or sneak in when he's out and add a key logger.
"Wow. Class act all the way there."
Well "class" is what differentiates humans from animals. Given his view, we wouldn't expect to find him having any.
At least they're trying to make an event of it.
Re: "'Due to a lapse in intelligence, the US federal government has shut down"
It would only count as a "lapse" if they normally displayed intelligence and had just had a momentary aberration.
Let me be the first to say...
"Those are no clouds."
Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death...
"...Unless, of course, you happen to be the pilot"
No, the pilot needs a mobe that randomly sounds a klaxon and shouts "Wake up! Wake up! No kipping now, you moron; you're flying a bloody plane!"
(I left my cope in the departure lounge. If I lend you a parachute, could you get it for me?)
Re: Solar must be reaching some level of profitability
"...until the current incumbents in the industry can no longer obtain money for old rope and taxpayers money to subsidise their bonuses and their scare-mongering and lobbying."
We have a "societal failure" here. The investment and return horizons are much longer than the political cycle so the politicians don't want to involve themselves. And it's always cheaper to skim money off consumers than gamble on R&D making a breakthrough.
Actually, there's another article for Tim: find something good in Milliband's proposal.
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