71 posts • joined Thursday 8th September 2011 11:07 GMT
Recheck your numbers. It'll go red giant far sooner. Fade to black about the same time.
The Sun is very slowly increasing in brightness over the very long term (but far too slowly to be responsible for global warming that we are supposedly seeing) and will indeed make the Earth more and more inhospitable for life over the next billion years or so. It will be far from being a red giant then though, from memory 4 or 5 billion years is a realistic estimate for that.
As for the resulting white dwarf fading to black, that will take much, much longer than a few billion years. There are thought to be no black dwarfs in existence yet, simply because the universe is not old enough for any white dwarfs to have cooled enough to no longer emit any light.
He always did get a bit tetchy without his security blanket.
Re: People have no self respect
If a manager yelled at me I would quit on the spot.
I wouldn't quit. But what I would do is have a quiet little word with him to tell him that under no circumstances will I tolerate being spoken to like that by anyone, and if it happens again I'll be having a little chat with his manager!
No, you're quite wrong. The BNP's policies are primarily left wing. Their policies on housing, protectionism, health etc are considerably to the left of both Labour and the Lib Dems. Yes, they are authoritarian, but that has nothing to do with left/right. Most of their voters are also disaffected ex Labour voters.
By voting me down you've simply shown that you know little about politics.
For example, they can ask "people who like BNP [British National Party] and The Police" and discover that fewer than 100 Facebookers are fans of extreme right wing politics and Sting's band.
Not that it's massively relevant to the article, but the BNP is a party of the far LEFT, not the right.
Re: Fuck them.
all of those who pushed for this braindead, greedy scheme should have been punished by economic failure and bankruptcy. That would send a pretty strong message to anyone even trying to pull this off that its just not worth it.
I agree with everything you have said, except for this last bit. Having worked in the games industry in the past for a number of years, it's the devs and independent studios that would suffer here, not the directors in EA's boardroom.
Re: Sit back and let the comments roll in
I distinctly remember a few years ago going into the massive Dixons in the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham (so we're not talking about a tiddly little store here) enquiring about KVM switches. The assistant showed me the product they had, which didn't come with leads. I asked him about those and he said that they didn't stock them! I pointed out that the product was completely useless without the leads and he was completely disinterested. I've never gone into a Dixons/Currys or whatever they're calling themselves this week, since.
They were called podules on the original Archimedes machines, but Acorn deprecated the term in favour of "expansion cards" long before the Risc PC and A7000 came out.
Re: Bill Nighy gets the William Hartnell vote
I agree. In fact I suggested him on the Reg ages ago :)
People are being rather silly here
I can't help but feel a lot of people are cutting off their nose to spite their face here. Sky's BB service is actually pretty good, especially for the money. In the last four years I have had exactly zero problems with it.
Also, just because people state on a poll like that that they are going to jump ship does NOT mean that they actually will, after all, what's more British than moaning about something but not actually doing anything about it?
scratching your balls!
...or "playing pocket billiards" as my ex used to call it!
Re: Not paying for patents
"If the patents were any good Microsoft would publish them; what they've done is blackmail Foxconn by threatening to tie them up for years in litigation for years."
It seems to me that whether the particular patents in question are any good is moot. If MS were silly enough (or were forced to) disclose them it would be game over since someone at Google would simply remove the offending code from the Linux kernel.
Re: Who'd have guessed...
"The 68000s didn't have an MMU unlike the 80286."
The ARM in the Acorn Archimedes did though :)
Who'd have guessed...
...in 1981 that those two would go on to do so much damage to the computer industry?
I run Linux on a variety of machines both at home and at work and have rarely come across any problems of hardware not working and I don't recall ever having to recompile my kernel (not that doing so is remotely hard.)
I'm always sceptical when I hear things like "the poor can't afford Internet access." My estranged wife keeps pleading poverty, and yet she still seems to be able to afford things like a brand new iPhone+data on contract...
Re: How does this work for upgrades... what's the dentition of a computer...
"So, if I keep everything but buy a new motherboard... is that a new computer? Then a while later. I drop in a new CPU - new computer yet?. a new case the following year? Raid HD fails, so I replace it..."
This is an interesting question, as it's a philosophical one, and is a well known paradox:
Interestingly the commonly held answer can be different depending on the local culture. In Japan for instance, a building is considered the same one even if it has been completely destroyed by fire and rebuilt.
The more you tighten your grip, Microsoft...
...the more customers will slip through your fingers.
Re: Tidally locked?
I think there's also the issue that plant life (as we know it) would not be able to survive on a red dwarf planet, due to the star's lack of output in the violet/UV end of the spectrum. (Try growing plants under nothing but halogen lights, which approximate a red dwarf's light quite well.)
Re: "full 20Mb"
Yes, I mean 20Mbps. I know ADSL2+ has a maximum of 24Mbps, but for whatever reason Sky doesn't offer that.
But it doesn't matter anyway because all I am really trying to say is that I'm happy with the performance/price ratio of my Sky broadband service, and is more than fast enough for my purposes.
Re: another reason
"Worst ISP in the country by a long way!"
Sorry, but this simply is not true. I realise that people don't like Murdoch, and therefore Sky-bashing is the in thing at the moment, but I'm nothing other than extremely pleased with my Sky broadband. It's cheap, reliable, and I get the full 20Mb pretty much all the time. No, they are not perfect. but their BB service is much better on all counts than Virgin Media's was, and that includes their customer service!
"Hopefully Sony will have learned their lesson"
Judging by just about every previous example of Sony's behaviour in these matters that I can think of, I wouldn't bet on it!
Re: They've always been OK for me
"Where does line length come into this story?"
I only mentioned line length at the end of my main comment because it's the reason why my ADSL modem syncs (or whatever the process is called) at 20Mb, whereas people that are a long way from the exchange, who are paying for Sky's 20Mb "unlimited" service are going to get maximum speeds much lower than that even if their exchange is running way below capacity. That's all I was saying. I'm not saying that Sky haven't screwed up, mind, they have. But I've always been very happy with their broadband and phone service.
They've always been OK for me
Am I the only person who, in the main, has been satisfied with Sky's broadband? It's dirt cheap, the customer service is reasonable (and in the UK) and I've always got pretty much the full 20Mb with them. It's a LOT more reliable and cheaper than the Virgin service I used to have.
(Yes, I do live next door to the exchange, but issues with distance from the exchange are to do with the length of the wires and are beyond Sky's control, surely?)
Re: The filters cost a shitload more than the bags did
I should add that they have the same DC02 that they bought in the mid 1990s and is still going strong...
The filters cost a shitload more than the bags did
This hasn't been the case for many many years. The filters in mine (which are there mainly to protect to motor and not to actually collect the dirt) are hand washable in the sink. It's actually the cyclone which does the actual filtering of the dirt. Besides, even the oldest models can be retrofitted with the newer washable filters. My parents have done it with their ancient DC02.
Re: It does make sense
Are you deliberately trolling, AC?
The article *clearly* says:
Tau Ceti, which is just 12 light years away and can be seen with the naked eye in the night sky, has five planets in orbit around it, with one lying in the habitable zone.
The potentially life-supporting world has a mass around five times the size of Earth, making it the smallest planet found in the habitable zone of *any* Sun-like star.
Re: Considering the distances from Earth for the *other* candidates this is pretty close.
"Earth engineering has a long way to go before a probe has any serious shot of being launched."
That's not actually true. Nuclear propulsion is feasible with today's technology. We could start building such a craft right now, given enough money:
Re: Attracting mosquitoes
Is there a difference?
Re: Attracting mosquitoes
"insects can't see red"
I wouldn't necessarily say that, when I disturbed a wasps' nest in my attic a couple of years ago its occupants certainly did! :)
> Sony explicitly barred pr0n from being ontheir Beta platform. Having learnt from history, they deliberately inferred that the would raise no such objection to 'adult content' studios releasing their content on Blu-Ray, during that Blu-Ray / HDDVD skirmish.
Sony learning from history? That doesn't happen often!
Re: VCD's (@ThomH)
"Despite the laser and its usual connotations, [LaserDisc] is an analogue format — the video is always analogue and the sound was originally analogue but later could be digital, in exactly the same format as a CD."
This isn't really true. LaserDiscs were every bit as digital as the CD is. Unlike DVD or Video CDs though, they simply stored a digitised SVHS signal. When played back, the laser still reads the video data as 1s and 0s and then feeds that bitstream though a couple of DACs to recreate the original SVHS chrominance and luminance signals.
Likewise, the audio was always an LPCM digital bitstream, just like on a CD, but later they supported a Dolby Digital 5.1 bitstream in place of the LPCM one.
If Jupiter is almost too massive to be a planet, why isn't this one a young star?
Because neither this planet not Jupiter are anywhere near massive enough to be a star. I think even the most feeble stars are over 80 times Jupiter's mass.
Re: most likely a lot.
"You've not worked in the civil service then I take it?"
I was going to say that, except that in my experience it also applies to the private sector. In just about every company I have worked, while I wouldn't say being a total cock is an absolute prerequisite for a management position, I don't think being one has done any of my past managers' career prospects much harm.
Overwriting with zero's is, well, overwriting.
I'm sure I've read before that under laboratory conditions, it is sometimes possible to retrieve information from a hard disc even if it has been later overwritten with zeroes, or even random bytes.
I've a slight issue with one of the points made here. Reference level for movie playback is 115dB not 105dB. The main speakers only have to manage 105dB but the LFE (low frequency effects) channel, which would typically be handled with a subwoofer is 10dB higher.
It's also worth noting that there are plenty of pretty affordable subwoofers available these days that will play at, or close to, 115dB in a typical living room. Mine I believe is capable of getting pretty close and cost less than £600.
I'm also fairly confident that a DIY IB subwoofer system would wipe the floor with this kit (at least in bass performance) for a couple of grand all in.
'Foreigners' cannot get a fair trial in the U.S.
Really? You think?
Before I even clicked on this link I predicted that many of the comments on here would consist of hysterical nonsense. I was right.
Re: i agree
Well, I *hope* it's sarcasm!
Re: The Shitty Programming Language From Bell Labs Called
And have you actually SEEN the code that implements STL and the even worse Boost, Brewster? I have and it's not pleasant. That's why it's extremely easy to write bug ridden, flaky code in C++, because the standard libraries and the way you interact with them are so flaky.
Sean who posted earlier is absolutely right. C++ is an abomination and should be avoided wherever possible.
Re: Russians tried a 1MV delivery system nearly 20 years ago
I remember that. In fact as soon as I started reading this article I thought, "didn't the Russians build a 1MV power line quite some years ago?"
Re: JG Ballard and tilting at windmills.
"Here's a greener scenario. If you ran the desalination plants at night to top up storage, you could use some of that wind generated energy which doesn't have much of a market at 3am in the morning."
That would work nicely for nuclear as well.
Are you on drugs?
Re: Are you sure about that? Any references?
In fact there's some working out here: http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/36560-1-lightyear-distance-from-the-sun?p=641829#post641829
According to this it's magnitude -2.69, which would be rather brighter than Jupiter and is still bright enough to cast shadows.
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