It's got a cleaner 32 bit instruction set too, AFAIK.
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It's got a cleaner 32 bit instruction set too, AFAIK.
'Why would BCD help you "represent billions of dollars to the nearest cent without rounding errors for simple addition and subtraction"?'
I'm not sure that it does. But it does make it a damn sight easier to print out the resulting numbers on a display because many CPUs of the time didn't have a divide instruction. It's trivial to divide by 10 in BCD.
"Anyone can tell the difference between looking through a window and looking at a TV displaying the same scene. This should tell you that there is clearly room for improvement, especially in the area of dynamic range.
Most people couldn't tell the difference between a reasonably good stereo system and a stupidly expensive one with cables made from the fleece that Jason and the Argonauts retrieved."
I think you're being a little unfair there. I could equally say,
"Anyone can tell the difference between sitting in an auditorium listening to a concert and listening to the same concert on their home stereo. This should tell you that there is clearly room for improvement, especially in the area of dynamic range.
Most people couldn't tell the difference between a reasonably good TV and a stupidly expensive one with cables made from the fleece that Jason and the Argonauts retrieved."
Why's it always audio that gets the bashing?
i love that song :)
That's what I was going to say. It's actually looking fairly commonplace! Liquid water is also hypothesised to exist underneath Charon's crust as well (but not Pluto for some reason I can't remember.)
She's saucy! :D
I remember quite a few years ago having some problems with funny colours on a widescreen CRT I owned. The (independent) TV repair man who came round to have a look at it brought a degaussing wand with him. This, he decided, wasn't powerful enough so he went back to his van and brought out a big black toroidal thing which appeared to be wrapped in insulation tape, about the diameter of a frisbee.
He told me that it was a more powerful one which he'd made himself, and yes, it plugged directly into the mains. He had me man the switch on the mains socket while he waved it in front of the TV because it got rather hot rather quickly when in use! I remember that it visibly affected the screen from about six feet away, and when brought closer you could hear it rattling the shadow mask!
"When I joined [the BBC], the enrollment paperwork included a long section: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? How about your parents? Your grandparents?"
That's a prerequisite for working for the BBC, isn't it?
The only dating website/app I would consider is Plenty of Fish, not to be confused with Plenty More Fish.
It's completely free, although there is a small optional monthly fee which gives you some extra goodies, you don't need to pay it. It has the look and feel of NOT being run by some big corporation.
Having said that, I know someone close to my own (middle) age who has met a very nice lady on Tinder, so it can work.
"If the big bang was a fast ejection of matter from a black hole that was many trillions the size of this one, and the rate of ejection is in some way proportional to its size, isn't it feasible that this black hole would still exist today, and just be a hell of a lot smaller?"
Nice idea, but no. In actual fact, the energy radiated by a black hole is inversely proportional to its size. While a black hole of the mass of, say, a mountain would probably shine brightly (if such primordial black holes even exist,) a huge one such as the one in this article would hardly emit any energy at all. I haven't done the sums (and the maths is probably beyond me) but I'm pretty sure that even a stellar-mass black hole that has existed for the entire age of the universe would not have shrunk appreciably. In fact it'll have grown due to swallowing up various particles that have come its way.
[WordGrinder] runs on Windows, OSX (but you'll have to build it yourself), and Linux (it's in Debian).
FYI it's in the Ubuntu repositories as well.
"the cheese reserves turned out not to be there"
It certainly didn't taste like Wensleydale.
"Maybe because it rankles a bit to be doing for free what the editors are paid to (supposedly) do?"
The correct phrase here is "doing for nothing." The term "for free" is grammatically incorrect rubbish. The AC should probably make sure he's correct himself before pulling up other people on their mistakes!
"Is any Windows PC safe to buy or are they all riddled with poorly written bloatware?"
Since a Windows PC is, by definition, running Windows, the answer to your second question is of course yes.
"I notice El Reg has remembered the comments from the other day about a red star shining white light on a planet"
I don't know to which comment this is referring, so forgive me if I am preaching to the converted, but this is a common misconception. There is no such thing as a red star. Even the coolest stars have a colour temperature of nearly 3000K or so. This is still whiter than a halogen light bulb, and so while most of its output is in the infra red it would still illuminate any nearby planets with a whitish light.
Serious question: does the current train WiFi come over the mobile phone network or do the train companies have their own radio spectrum for it?
I believe they have their own infrastructure, it's the same one with which the drivers can keep in contact with the controllers I think.
Don't quote me on this though.
Only if newer technology is better. DAB is newer than FM but much, much worse.
While that's true as things stand now, DAB sounds bad only because there's too many stations crammed into the available bandwidth.
I suppose it's analogous to the fact that most FM stations sound poor themselves because of the aggressive dynamic range compression the broadcasters apply to their transmissions. This issue could have easily been addressed with DAB in such a way that everyone would have been happy, but no...
Switched-mode power supplies in audio equipment? Never!
Actually, Linn use switch mode power supplies in some of their amps, that's how they can make them so small. They've apparently solved the problems that have previously made such power supplies unsuitable for audio.
[Pluto is] exactly where it should be according to the titus-bodes law.
No it isn't, and neither is Neptune.
I still haven't found a decent replacement for Impression Publisher on Linux.
Or !Draw for that matter.
"Bulldyke." Such an infamous and hateful word, I'd never even heard of it until I read this article!
Ah yes, my T-Mobile 3G service (I don't own a new-fangled 4G phone) was conspicuous by its absence in the Northampton/MK area this morning. It wasn't just a lack of an Internet connection though: the 3G signal itself was down, there was simply no service.
To be honest, ~20Mb is more than enough for nearly everyone. Yes I could get fibre but at a cost of about 4 times I am paying now, I'm not even remotely tempted, although I guess I'm one of the lucky ones because I'm paying for 20Mb and that's pretty much what I get.
Riiiiggght. Because insurance companies give us lower prices out of the goodness of their hearts... ;)
Not anymore they don't, the EU banned that a couple of years back. Apparently it's sexist.
In the scheme of things, 1100 light years is still in our close neighbourhood. Our galaxy is over 100,000 light years across. The closest proper galaxy to our own is over 2,000,000 light years away. The most distant are thousands of times further than that! Such phrases used in this article and others like it are, in my opinion, fine.
...470 light years ago, the planet existed...
You mean 470 YEARS ago the planet existed. The year is a unit of time, the light year is a unit of distance.
But as the previous poster said, planets are pretty permanent and it's not very likely anything so catastrophic as to destroy it would happen to one in the space of a few hundred years!
why, e.g., would flying insects need larger wingspans in a more dense atmosphere?
They wouldn't, and anyway I'm not aware that the Earth did have a denser atmosphere then. Arthropods (and not just flying insects) back then did grow much larger than today but this was because the atmosphere contained a much larger proportion of oxygen.
What company made them?
"Do your mother in law a favour, buy a Lance and Ferman military laser!"
Why do the guards need cellphones whilst on duty?
It's a moot point because it's illegal for anyone to take a mobile phone onto prison property, not just for prisoners.
You can't have a CCFL that looks like this:
That's what persuaded me to order a couple to see how they perform!
*Other online retailers are available :)
The other, rather more exciting reason, was that they decided to test the idea of using the residual steam to power the pumps during a simulated failure, and they ran out of water...or that's how I think I understand the film that was made.
Yes, I think that's right. But if the reactor had had a negative void coefficient, the lack of coolant would have caused the nuclear reactions to cease, not spiral out of control - in such a design the presence of coolant actually *increases* the nuclear reactions, and similarly its absence causes the reactions to slow down which is obviously is a lot safer. With the Chernobyl design, the opposite is true.
Possibly just as well that the Germans have decided to close down their nuclear power plants if they can't keep critical control systems safe from hackers. Although I would hope that things would at least fail safely, even if not cheaply.
As I understand it, and I am *not* a nuclear scientist, most sensible nuclear reactors are supposed to fail safely. One of the reasons Chernobyl went wrong so spectacularly is that it had a positive void coefficient, e.g. it needed constant intervention to stop it going out of control, rather than negative void coefficient where it'll just shut down under the same conditions.
I'm not sure why I've been down voted for sharing a link to an article stating that one of the founders of Greenpeace is now strongly pro-nuclear. It's simply a fact.
Some greens are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Moore_%28environmentalist%29
It means the mid range is too loud, and they've screwed around with the audio signal phase to make it seem like the TV is wider than it really is.
I do wish people wouldn't come on forums like this one and take the piss out of things they clearly don't understand.
Some stereo speakers driven from a bog-standard CD player and stereo amplifier will sound "wider" than others due to the dispersion characteristics of the drivers used amongst many other factors. The sound from the stereo speakers in my living room appears considerably wider than the distance between them, without any "screwing around with the phase" as you put it. I'm not saying that sound bar manufacturers don't use techniques such as this, often they do, but it's not necessarily the case here.
Pretty much the same goes for the dialogue sounding "sharp." Many cheaper tweeters have this characteristic, metal and ceramic domes are particularly prone to it. It has nothing to do with anything being too loud and it does not necessarily mean that anyone has equalised the signal to boost the midrange.
TBH this would be something for the government to ban - on screen channel logos.
There was a "Campaign for Logo Free TV" that I was involved with some years ago which actually persuaded Channel 5 at the time to remove their original DOG. It's back now, but the channel was logo-free for quite a few years.
I think the guy who ran it didn't help himself though, I recall that he could be difficult and he alienated many of the TV execs who were otherwise sympathetic to the cause.
He also had health problems and I believe he subsequently passed away and as far as I can tell, no-one carried on the campaign.
YouTube never worked properly for me when I had VM broadband. It's quite shocking to read that they are still having these problems nearly a decade later.
After dumping them and going to Sky, I've never had any Internet problems since.
Remmina is indeed useful, I use it myself, but it loses a star for being chock-full of bugs!
FWIW I use Geany every day as my main editor at work. I haven't found a text editor I like better, with the possible exception of !Zap on RISC OS, but that's another story :)
who on earth still has a telly handy that will work on then?
I haven't seen a TV for long time that doesn't have a composite video input!
That's fighting talk, Oakley!
What's more, most ariel filters that have currently been fitted and are being sold right now, reject anything over 800mhz. So essentially we will all need new filters too!
Most *aerials*, even many wideband types, reject everything much above 800 MHz, never mind any filters you may have fitted.
as a Linux user I held off from taking part. Getting E:D to run under Linux was probably going to be a bit of a job, so I was going to wait until it was released and then see if it was possible to get Wine to get it to run.
I used to own a Citroen BX and many body panels on that were plastic, including the bonnet. I think the whole car weighed only about 800 Kg. Mine was a 60 bhp diesel, was very good on MPG and was quite nippy. I never drove one of the 160 bhp 16v ones but they must have gone like stink!
I've been commuting on the train between Northampton and Watford for several years now. I own a non-4G Moto G, and while my T-Mobile/EE 3G signal was patchy in places such as Tring*, up until the last few months it was usable for most of the journey. However now it's almost completely useless and as a consequence I've given up browsing and I now read a newspaper instead. Even at a major station such as Milton Keynes, I get nothing. I presume that this deterioration in 3G reception coincided with their 4G rollout.
I've tried to phone up EE to complain on more than one occasion but surprise surprise, I've never been able to get through to speak to someone.
*Oddly enough, Tring station, the one place that there was never any signal at all, is now one of the few places on my journey where I can, briefly as the train passes by, actually download a web page.
It'd look pretty much the same, because it's a completely uniform sphere.
maybe Webb or the one that follows us will be able to produce images like that.
Sadly not, it's much too far away for that, and even then there would very likely be dust clouds in the way. We can't even see into the centre of our own galaxy at visual wavelengths because of those.
And believe it or not, they'll pay through the nose for anything with a Union Jack on it.