Re: What's on the menu?
"More like pork. Don't ask How I know that...
I SAID DON'T ASK!"
Geez, no need to bite my head off!
3197 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007
"More like pork. Don't ask How I know that...
I SAID DON'T ASK!"
Geez, no need to bite my head off!
"Or am i missing some bafflingly-obvious distinction?"
British company makes autonomous aeroplane.
It immediately buggers off to Scotland.
The other, other factor was the polls were concerned with Democrat vs. Republican candidate.
This election was viewed by voters as insider vs outsider.
It boiled down to the perception that Hillary=more years of same old shit vs. Trump=brick through the window to show they're pissed.
Both Republican and Democratic parties should take this election as a shot across the bow.
Well, since the problem is due to the effects of tides caused by the Moon, take the military option and Nuke the Moon!
"We stand today on a great threshold of History. After this war with Luna, the lunanites will no longer be able to steal our precious Earth's rotation! >click<."
I look forward to Windows (N) finally getting it right.
Funny, people have been saying that for forty years now! ☺
(My, how time flies!)
Sounds like they're really committed, doesn't it?
How badly do these socks slow me down when I run?
"Was their real goal saving the planet? Or did they just hate people deriving pleasure and utility from the use of cars and cheap air travel?"
"I think the answer is most certainly yes to the latter. There is also a lot of free money in NGO work."
It's a mindset. I call'em PATs, People against things, They define themselves by what they're against. The more common and public the thing, the better.
"Ahhh... the Smoking Olympics. Whatever happened to that?"
Never really caught fire. It was just a pipe dream, after all. ☺
"And I can't help wondering about more obscure animal products."
Not obscure, but not obvious: At one time or another, almost all the water on this planet has been part of a living, breathing animal. ☺
If MS GUI twits were to design a construction toy, I get the feeling it'd involve a mix of oddly shaped Lego blocks, construction paper, erector set girders, Lincoln logs, and Tinkertoy sticks, packed with a blob of Bluetack and a roll of Duck tape, and call it Optimus Prime!*
And they'd hail it as, "The only toy for all your needs!"
*No scissors or tape for the paper, no nuts and bolts for the erector set parts, and no hubs for the tinker toy sticks unless you bought the "Factory production model" on a $10,000 a year (per family member) license.
"with most (closed source) software these release candidates would not be seen outside of the organisation that writes it."
If only that were true. Too many times, closed source software that'd barely qualify as a FOSS early Beta is shipped as "the latest and greatest".
Unfortunately, as AndrueC stated above:
"So we have to be pragmatic and choose a level of quality based upon the target market and what that market will tolerate."
And the Market's been trained to tolerate some pretty shitty quality software.
"Maybe no one in your offshoot cared about the customer, but many other parts do."
"In the videos I see what looks like a flame travelling from right to left."
I figure it's because of the decaying orbit.
Since the module is decelerating, the heavier, cooler air gets 'forced' to the front, pushing the lighter, hot gasses to the rear.
Just a guess.
"I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked."
So even the good boffin himself thinks it's most likely just the polls were wrong, but in the next breath:
" But I don’t believe that either one of these seemingly unlikely explanations is overwhelmingly more likely than the other,"
The "most likely explanation", suddenly becomes "one of these seemingly unlikely explanations"?
(I mean, it's not like polls were ever wrong in politics before, right?)
I think the good professor still can't wrap his head around the fact Trump actually won*, and is looking for any excuse.
*To be fair, I can't either!
A rather nice hack for those cheap keypads is to put two buttons in serial.
Combination 1-2-3-4*, 4 and 7 wired in series,
becomes 1-2-3-[4&7 pressed simultaneously].
Nobody expects pressing two buttons at the same time!
*Yes, yes, you have the same combination on your luggage.
"Orbital mechanics is a particularly nasty branch of math"
Oof! No kidding. Just a simple one-tangent transfer orbit formula set as an example:
Calculate the eccentricity of the transfer orbit:
et = pt(DU) / r1(DU) - 1 (for an outbound transfer)
et = 1 - pt(DU) / r2(DU) (for an inbound transfer)
Calculate the semi-major axis of the transfer orbit:
at(DU) = r1(DU) / (1 - et) (for an outbound transfer)
at(DU) = r2(DU) / (1 + et) (for an inbound transfer)
Calculate the spacecraft's initial velocity (which is the same as the orbital velocity of its initial orbit):
vorb1(DU/TU) = Sqrt[mu(DU^3/TU^2) / r1(DU)]
Calculate the velocity of the transfer orbit at insertion:
v1(DU/TU) = Sqrt[mu(DU^3/TU^2) * (2 / r1(DU) - 1 / at(DU))]
Calculate the insertion burn:
DeltaV1(DU/TU) = v1(DU/TU) - vorb1(DU/TU)
Calculate the orbital velocity of the destination orbit:
vorb2(DU/TU) = Sqrt[mu(DU^3/TU^2) / r2(DU)]
Calculate the velocity of the transfer orbit at the destination:
v2(DU/TU) = Sqrt[mu(DU^3/TU^2) * (2 / r2(DU) - 1 / at(DU))]
Calculate the arrival burn:
DeltaV2(DU/TU)^2 = v2(DU/TU)^2 + vorb2(DU/TU)^2 - 2 * vorb2(DU/TU) * Sqrt[mu(DU^3/TU^2) *pt(DU)] / r2(DU)
Calculate the total DeltaV required for the transfer:
DeltaV(DU/TU) = DeltaV1(DU/TU) + DeltaV2(DU/TU)
Calculate the true anomaly at the interception point:
Cos[nu2(radians)] = (pt(DU) / r2(DU) - 1) / et (for an outbound transfer)
Cos[nu2(radians)] = (pt(DU) / r1(DU) - 1) / et (for an inbound transfer)
Calculate the eccentric anomaly at the interception point:
E(radians) = ArcCos[(et + Cos[nu(radians)]) / (1 + et * Cos[nu(radians)])] (for an outbound transfer)
E(radians) = 2 * pi - ArcCos[(et + Cos[nu(radians)]) / (1 + et * Cos[nu(radians)])] (for an inbound transfer)
Calculate the time required for the transfer:
TOF(TU) = Sqrt[at(DU)^3 / mu(DU^3/TU^2)] * (E(radians) - et * Sin[E(radians)]) (for an outbound transfer)
TOF(TU) = Sqrt[at(DU)^3 / mu(DU^3/TU^2)] * (E(radians) - et * Sin[E(radians)] - pi) (for an inbound transfer)
And yet... Toss a frisbee and your dog takes off after it, jumps and catches it perfectly, his brain doing essentially the same formula.
And this from an animal that can barely be taught to count to three!
"It pre-caches all of the Google based ads during quiet times."
Dah-yum! How many yottabytes of storage does that little box have?
"Who's going to write the code for this AI?"
Self modifying code, no humans needed.
Of course, two months after the last human is eliminated, the whole system goes quiet...
Except in a small, heavily fortified room some where, a terminal continually beeps with this message on the screen:
An unexpected error has occurred.
Press 'Enter' to continue,
any other key to quit.
"I've seen Fox news, and that stuff is a loooooooooooooong way from Objective!"
You do know that Fox News sued for, and won the right to lie and distort news, didn't you?
"During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. After the appeal verdict WTVT general manager Bob Linger commented, “It’s vindication for WTVT, and we’re very pleased… It’s the case we’ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.”"
"I imagine it will improve fast if it's being actively developed."
Or exposing an AI to this could result in...
"Eww! Humans are disgusting! Release the terminators!"
"That's if we can find the light switch."
It's right here, somewhere in the Home lighting Control App's menu on my Pixel... >scroll< ... >scroll< ... >scroll< ... >scroll<...>scroll< ... Ah! Here it is, "My Office Light" >tap<
"Some people need toilet paper bearing instructions in large print..."
Page one: How To Find Your Arse With Both Hands.
"Now, if before testifying Schneier and Co. had hired DDoS R' Us to take down U.S. political fundraising websites, THAT would have engendered a sufficient sense of urgency."
True, a similar campaign worked before, even if it wasn't the intended effect.
I always used anti-virus (mostly Clam) malware guard, and Startup Guard.
If the AV didn't catch something, the malware guard usually would.
if all else failed, SG would usually stop it from running.
The one time I was pwned and had to install and restore from scratch?
My sister sent me a CD of Trappist hymns she thought I'd like.
Put it in, hit play, system collapsed like a house of cards.
Seems the CD had a rootkit on it... Thanks Sony! >:P
We watch everything you do to ensure your privacy.
"If you ever find the truth, post it."
Well, I heard some guy named Diogenes was looking for it... until someone stole his lamp. :(
"Voice calls? What's a voice call?
I don't understand."
It's an undocumented iPhone feature.
In case of emergency, an iPhone can actually be used as a makeshift phone!
Is there nothing Apple can't do!?
My desktop, mp3 player, netbook, phone, and game systems are all different devices with different ecosystems, filling different needs.
Info that's relevant to one is useless on another, since I only do work on one, play different games, and web surf different sites due to what I do on each.
When there's a need to crossover, a simple USB cord, SD card or USB stick supplies all the interconnect I need, no cloud needed.
Of course each user's needs are different, YMMV, etc., etc.
Would make for a surreal scene in a monster movie:
Angry crowd with torches and pitch forks storm Frankenstein's castle because his monster has wreaked havoc.
Baron Frankenstein then appears on the parapet and announces:
"Good News! I've arranged anger management counseling classes for all!"
"It's nothing of the sort. It's not anonymous at all, being tied to your network traffic and location."
So you're saying that:
"XXXX XXXXX who owns an iPhone 7, mac address 00:1a:c2:7b:00:47 takes the 7:15 commuter bus from Tally Ho subdivision station to downtown Abes and Stalping junction station near the Cremel Building weekdays.
Normally sending emails related to business with Cremel industry's IT dept., or surfing theregister.co.uk under the username "Boo-dah" in route.
Then normally uses the same station to return to the Tally Ho subdivision at 21:15 mon-thur, normally texting Mrs. XXXXX at 121 Foxing St.
On Fridays the 23:00 from Kipling station is used to return to Tally Ho Subdivision station after receiving two or more texts from Mrs. XXXX at 121 Foxing St.
Might actually be used to figure out XXXX XXXXX's real identity?
Yeah, but a pink slip is a lousy Christmas present. :(
"I expect to see copies adorning coffee tables in the reception areas of design agencies, Silicon Roundabout startups, etc etc."
OH! I get it now! Presence of the book is a secret sign and a warning: "Here Be Pretentious Wankers".
OK, in that case, the book is worth every penny!
"CA bought Nimsoft in 2010 to get its hands on the “single pane of glass” monitoring system, covering servers, networks, storage, and databases."
Then someone, chucked a brick through the pane.
If you have to ask... ☺
"Obligatory xkcd is obligatory."
A bit like the joke about the old comedians home: I didn't even need to mouse over the link to know it was number 705.
Am I too far gone to the nerd side to be helped?
Geez, doesn't Cleese think The UK has suffered enough after Brexit?
This is like throwing a posh dinner party and insisting the neighboring hooligans attend!
"and the floor was squishy and slightly annoying to walk on, a bit like wet sand."
And there's the big gap between marketing and reality right there.
After having to slog over an energy sapping sidewalk just once, how many are going to avoid it by taking another route, or just saying "Fuck it, it's only two blocks, but we'll drive, it's easier!"
'Shazam takes user privacy very seriously'
"Funny how this term is abused so frequently."
Seems plain enough to me; They take your privacy away and are very serious about it.
Why not? Nixon got one.
"pillocks that think 'reply to all' is a good idea because they're soooo important they feel the rest of the NHS absolutely MUST know how irritated they are at receiving an email that says 'test'."
"Test" as the message was (and is) a bad idea for testing emails.
Should have used "Only idiots reply to this message."
These days the correct response is to post the offending email on twitter with the hashtag: #pleasedonotreplyalltothisemail!
(He said with tongue firmly in cheek)
And now, a few pearls of wisdom from Fats Waller:
"Never give em your real name...NO NO NO""
"One never knows, do one?"
"If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."
"... more than 99% of what people see is authentic"
And look up this word "authentic" to see what Zuck means.
Ah! Definition 2b:
b : conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features <an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse>
So Facebook's news is crafted to look right the real thing then?
The 1% he's complaining about must be actual news that slipped through then.