Re: Best comedy of all time?
He is serious — and don’t call him Shirley.
98 posts • joined 12 Jul 2011
He is serious — and don’t call him Shirley.
obviously I don't know them all as there's a limit to how much someone talking about themselves you can take.
How do you know when a fast jet pilot comes into the bar?
He tells you.
There are different sizes of infinity I'm afraid - for instance there are more real numbers than positive whole numbers, but both sets are infinite.
See: the work of Georg Cantor
This isn't going to work that well (other than as a first pass) as many flowers are very similar, and a large number of plants require you to look at more than the flower to separate them.
Portable DNA sequencing is the future, and it will probably reveal all sorts of interesting data about plant sub-species and population relationships.
You can already mow a meadow, whizz up the cuttings, and identify all the plants from the juice. Great Crested Newt surveys can already be done by taking a water sample and sending it off to check for environmental newt DNA instead of (much more expensive) trapping and night-time searches.
It surely won't be that long before your smartphone (or a similar sized machine) will able to do sequencing in the field.
Peugeot made good bikes long before it started making rubbish cars.
Looks like Ford now want to make rubbish bikes long after it started making average cars.
There are plenty of better options if you really wanted something like this for nefarious use. 550g is quite a low payload as far as some UAVs / multicopters / model aircraft go.
However, the most recent incidents seem to involve people with no regard for their own safety, so why go to all that trouble?
Besides, almost everything can be used for ill. You can deliver a lot more than 550g with a car or a truck (ask the IRA) but we haven't banned them yet. Mobile phones make excellent triggers but we haven't banned those either.
I'm more interested in doing useful things with new technology than worrying about what anyone else might do with it.
He [Yossarian] had decided to live forever or die in the attempt *
* Joseph Heller - Catch 22
The problem with pork is a parasite, Taenia solium:
Best avoided if you can't cook it properly and/or the farming environment isn't controlled.
This is the main reason for several religions banning it. Probably sensible at the time...
Ah, but if all the cars are automatic, there won't be anyone jumping the red light.
In fact, there probably won't be a need for a red light either, but that's level 2.
It will be illegal - except for those above the law, eh?
Who lobbied the bureaucrats? They don't usually come up with this kind of thing on their own.
It is definitely inclined at some angle. Possibly as much as 30 degrees.
You can see one of the antennas resting on the surface in the bottom right of the image.
Perhaps it bounced along until it hit a rock?
Worry is that the solar panels won't get enough power. Maybe they'll try and bounce it again with the harpoons, the drill, or the flywheel after they've done some science.
I'd expect them to make no profit at all in the UK if their accountants have done their sums correctly.
The question you need to ask is:
How much profit does the entire organisation make?
(I think it was US$1.5 billion last year)
It is still mine and you can prise it out of etc etc etc...
News for Jake:
We are all going to die, I'm afraid.
I just can't tell you when.
It is for me.
The less entertainment, the better!
Anyway, flying things around is not new - RC has been around for 80 years. Things flying themselves around - that's different.
At spiffy prices!
Good if you've got a Hollywood budget and you are replacing an even more expensive helicopter.
For software, I'm suprised the article doesn't mention ArduPilot (and developments thereof) given LOHAN.
I put together a hexacopter from various chinese bits and pieces for less than £200, loaded up Ardupilot, and now have a fully autonomous (automatic take off and landing) UAV.
I generally use it to take panoramic photographs by allowing it to take off straight up, hover at 50m or 100m, point at 8 compass points for 15 seconds each, and then land. I use a compact camera on auto (using CHDK). Works pretty well.
More complex flight patterns work fine but the simpler they are the easier it is to avoid flyaways.
This one can also be pre-programmed without carrying a laptop into the field.
No licence yet though - volunteering 'for amusement only'. I do adhere to the flight rules - insurance won't cover stupidity.
**much soldering and manual reading required**
Yes - Rule 5!
An olde-fashioned touring bike or a modern but strangely very similar cross bike would be rather less than £2000.
If I get to 70 something, then maybe...
Still, I don't ride that far on a commute, so its easy for me to say.
I'd be even more shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, if there were unpatched vulnerabilities in these home network devices which left them vulnerable to attack even without the default passwords...
Judging by the local council recycling skip, no.
Yup, another Neato here. Dyson marketing off on another planet again.
One day I might take the lidar out and re-purpose it. Its the cheapest way to acquire one!
No, it isn't.
The one in London has no immediate utility value in Lincoln.
The PA was there to discover the booby trap. A security guard should know that.
A crisis caused by your competitors would come and suddenly etc
In such circumstances you'd have to find somewhere else for the money, whence you end up down the investment or commercial bank road, or charge customers.
Alternatively, some of your shareholders might get a bit greedy and decide they want to do something else with the depositors money, so that they can get better returns.
Nice idea in theory though.
Trust, but verify.
I will live forever, or die in the attempt
Most vegetables are trying to kill pests in one way or another, so they all contain various poisons. OK, we've bred some down to lower levels, but they are still there.
So when you eat your super-organic broccoli, you are consuming a cocktail of nasties, organic or not.
Anyway, sometimes those pesticides are good.
**Reaches for cup of tea**
The environmental benefits aren't entirely clear either. It may well be better for the local environment to produce organically, but if the productivity is lower, it means we have to have more land in agriculture. Which is better - less land farmed, or more land farmed at a lower intensity? Not that simple.
"Google Groups" are mostly just a wrapper around Usenet.
Posting on Usenet using unobscured email addresses has never really been a good idea - and 'never' goes back well before Google or even the WWW.
I get the same - funnily enough, it is also someone in Florida, who I managed to track down to an actual address based on the email content.
Unfortunately I can't find their real email address, which they obviously have a habit of getting wrong.
The dot has no meaning in Gmail.
I have definitely not received any leaflet in the post, combined with junk mail or not. Nor has anyone else I know in the local area.
"Very tiny" according to Ms Hodge. I'm not sure I'd call a couple of million shares 'tiny' if they are worth over £1m. That's just those in her name, as opposed to trust funds.
She may have no say in how the company is run, but she could always give away the shares if she doesn't want to benefit.
Anyway, the Islington children's care business was far worse.
Not just you.
Hodge and her family own a multimillion pound business called Stemcor (founded by her father) that indulges in just the same kind of tax avoidance that she criticises ("Transfer Pricing"). I believe her personal share is worth well north of £1m, although a lot more than that is held in trust funds (wonder why).
There isn't anything illegal about any of this, it is just a bit hypocritical when she goes off on one.
A golf club, like any 'club' anywhere, no matter what the premise for it, is a place to avoid.
A golf course is something different (and some manicured US style horror is not a golf course).
I'd like to seem them use that thing on the dunes of a links course in a good westerly.
Come for a jaunt round Machrihanish if you don't think it can be good exercise.
I'm from the government and I'm here to help...
Or, for the really adventurous.
It isn't infallible - our local area has tree loss in an arable field which has always been an arable field, so perhaps a change in crop has fooled the algorithm.
It doesn't seem to have coped very well with the moorland vegetation in the UK, either.
However, as a broad brush to spot the major problems - pretty good!
Sounds more like Wotan/Odin in his earthly disguise as the Wanderer.
He was also supposed not to meddle, but of course, did. Not that it always had the intended consequences...
Perhaps all those Norse Gods are really Time Lords?
Ah but the Vulcan wasn't originally camo-coloured. Nuclear flash white, please!
I'd go for the all-over metallic silver look, though does the weight of the paint need to be taken into account?
Surely to draw the middle of the pack you should be using some sort of non-parametric estimation for the density of the points and then calculating a 50% contour...?
You could then draw the axes through the centroid of this and turn it into the crosshairs of doom.
Of course, however you present it, it is still nonsense (tm).
I still use one. Why not?
I also have an N900. Great and terrible, at the same time. A reminder what could have been...
All these government project cock-ups have a single common factor.
Paris, because she knows all about the cause of cock-ups.
It may still be Google but at least they don't know who you are (in theory).
Thanks for the link - yes, that's the one.
Even some of Williams' arrangement is similar, although of course it isn't an exact copy.
Of course, Korngold was inspired by Sibelius (part of Finlandia) for some of that...
All art is 'borrowed' to some extent.
I think Williams acknowledged Korngold, and he can hardly do otherwise of Steiner (an early film composer) and ultimately Wagner for the leitmotif idea. The rest (Prokofiev, Walton, Holst, Dvorak, etc) aren't around to complain...
Brahms was told that he'd ripped off Beethoven in his 1st Symphony and his only response was "Any ass can see that". That doesn't mean it isn't worth listening to.
Almost all of John Williams scores are derived from classical or earlier works.
That isn't unusual for composers though, and as long as you do it well, nobody really cares. I'm getting downvoted below for suggesting he "steals", which of course he does, but in a good way.
For instance, listen to the "Cloud City" theme in Empire Strikes Back, then the opening violin solo in the Sibelius Violin Concerto. You'll find Holst, Stravinsky and Walton in the original film, too.
Composer of the main theme? Well, arranger, maybe...
See if you can find the main title to King's Row (1942), music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
...though to be fair, he does steal them quite well. :-)
I'll stick with the Wagner Leitmotifs though (where do you think the idea of associating characters and actions with themes came from?)
sudo killall -9 Autopilot