183 posts • joined 30 Dec 2011
@ Destroy all monsters
Which bit, the wasting money, or the 10 year egg on face?
If the latter think about a group of scientists in a room right now.
Scientist 1) "I think this new Mars project will last 6 months."
Scientist 2) "What would you know, your last estimate was out by a factor of 40!!!"
So I'm back to the first part. A whole lot of money was deemed to be acceptably wasted which I find a bit strange.
Unless the idea was "Hey we're struggling to find funds to keep us in a job, lets send an RC car to Mars, and we'll tell the government that it will only last 90 days, then don't forget to act surprised when it keeps on going, they'll have to fund us for decades!!!"
PS I'm not belittling the spectacular achievement that we have invaded a whole planet with robots. I'm just surprised that the best brains of the planet couldn't come up with a way to keep the robots working past 90 days in the first place, or that no-one figured out that the weather wasn't all that bad in the first place.
Re: Dust removal
Which to me still doesn't make sense. They expected to lose the rovers after 90 days due to dust build-up, so there was a planned multimillion $ write-off from the start. A few scratches are here nor there in the grand costs.
Unless the plan was to waste that money, so now someone at NASA has had a 10 year egg on their face :)
"For solar-powered planetary explorers, dust is a killer. "
What strikes me as odd, is that knowing this someone made the decision to send them up anyway and write off the rovers after 90 days, rather than fit a wiper-blade on the solar panels.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to, oh wait....
I often wonder if there was a lone scientist in the room at briefings that said "you know guys, if we were to fit a wiper blade, we could keep these things going for at least 10 years", at which point he'd be laughed out of the room.
Here's a thought. If those 25% got their act together, they could become a significant majority and use the democratic process to effect real change. It would probably be more effective than any act of terrorism with the way voting apathy has been going in Britain.
You're having a giraffe!
That's not a dragon, someone's drawn wings on a giraffe.
In other news...
...The BBC announced today it was dropping the requirement within the organisation to archive emails. A new system of emails older than 30 days being deleted automatically has been introduced. A BBC spokesman said "Removing the burden of long time email archive will free up support time, and reduce the excessive costs associated with unnecessarily storing years worth of emails in a readily searchable way".
Kind of reminds me of
Judge Chamberlain Haller:
Judge Chamberlain Haller:
"Mr. Gambini, that is a lucid, well thought-out, intelligent objection."
Judge Chamberlain Haller:
Re: One OS
You're remembering "Horse Drives Car"
First Men in the Moon
This article reminded me of a film I first watched in my primary school days, many many decades ago. Never seen it again since. Maybe I should download it.
Re: All in favour say Eye
A guy goes to the doctor. The doctor pokes and prods him, and then leaves the room. When he comes back, his face is grave. "Well?", the guy inquires.
The doctor responds, "Well, I have bad news and worse news."
The guy says, "Let's hear the worse news first."
The doctor says, "I'm sorry to say that you have cancer."
The guy shakes his head, and says, "Wow...what's the bad news?"
The doctor says, "The bad news is that you have Alzheimer's disease."
The guy says, "Ahh...well, at least I don't have cancer."
Show me the data!
And where geographically is the data belonging to our beloved electorate actually stored????
@Except pee while standing up.
Go download "The Full Monty" off Bit Torrent, then come back and say that!!!!!
Erm, they have a time machine, can't they just go back and delete the files before they are discovered?
Re: Is it because they are....
Or maybe, Microsoft have issued an ex-parte takeover of their DNS servers, got a judge to agree with it, and hit Virgin with a gagging order stopping them talking about it.....
Nah... that would be too far fetched to be credible
MS Dynamic DNS
Am I the only one thinking that any day now MS will be announcing a new dynamic DNS service powered by Azure, and they will probably cite the downtime from the failure of No-IP as a case study for using their service compared to other less reliable suppliers.
Does this mean future raid teams will be skilled in knife throwing????
The enemy can not push a button... if you disable his hand.
"...its first inclusion in a commercial satellite navigation app."
OSM has been used in Skobbler Sat Nav for years now.
would be “commercial suicide”.
Microsoft said something similar when asked if they broke Windows on DR Dos.
I'm now thinking, how long will it be before we spot a staged storyline in Street View like something out of a Dr Who episode, where you can see a series of events over varied locations, and through time. If you look at all the images chronalogically in the order they are recorded on the street mean nothing, but 10 years down the line, someone will spot the plot and will piece it together.
I remember that story...
This was it
And this one is a good read
All my crap is HP branded. Oh look, they deal with the warranty themselves!!!!
No, but for the first time ever, I've been given permission by a unanimous board today to buy what I need to fix the problem, and as a result I've now spent all of our Ebuyer.com credit limit, in one purchase!!!!
I might have squoze the odd network switch replacement, SSD, and RAM upgrade into next tuesdays delivery too :)
I had a similar conversation with my frothing-at-the-mouth FD this morning, after 10% of our PC base had died since yesterday, and users were sitting down twiddling their thumbs.
First I reminded him that the documented 2014 budget proposal that I submitted last year had covered replacing all XP machines by April, but that the expenditure was overruled because I was told that nothing bad would suddenly happen that could kill all of our XP machines at once.
Then I again reminded him that my justification when questioned before the board, over removing all XP machines was that once the official support date has passed, it would only take a single untested software update to kill all our identical machines (at which I used identical twins as an analogy, and how genetically an affliction that kills one twin, usually kills another twin unless the other twin seeks treatment straight away (I also discussed virus outbreaks at the same time)), I also pointed out that once the official support date had passed, it would be unlikely that software manufacturers would test new releases of software against XP, and that I joked that the cynical would suggest that MS would deliberatly build in obsolesence to XP so that it died shortly after support expired.
Luckily for me all said meetings are minuted and right now the board are pointing fingers at each other, rather than me.
Personally I believe that what happenned yesterday was a result of MS not testing against XP, or inadvertantly releasing a non-XP update for XP, because it's not MS policy to test anything against XP.
Considering that today has been a total arse for me and my department, I feel strangely liberated, smug and awesome!!!!
Here's hoping that iSEC Partners are not already subject to a gagging order preventing them from disclosing that Truecrypt is riddled with NSA backdoors!
Re: WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION....
No too far off the truth, Peter Mayhew has been unable to walk without the aid of, erm, walking aids for some years now. He might not be too bad if they film him from the waist up, but unfortunatly he isn't in a fit enough state to reprise walking chewie, never mind running.
Re: Aqua Marina
Ok, but if some diagnoses of "it will never get better" are wrong, can some diagnoses of "homeopathy never works" be equally wrong?
My opinion of this topic so far, is that science and doctors can do no wrong. But... when they do get it wrong, the response is, "meh everyone is human". But they don't apply the same "meh, shit happens" when casting judgement on anything that goes against the perceived wisdom, that they just decided could be infalliable in another circumstance.
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
By that reasoning why should modern science expel effort try to disprove it?
Don't get me wrong, I believe in modern science. But what do we do with the people for whom it would and does work? I'm here, and my mother is still alive despite the best doctors telling her she should be dead and they don't know why.
What would you have told me and my mum to do at the time?
Everyone else If you are going to downvote, at least have the guts to explain your reasoning.
What do we do for those for whom it works?
My mother was in a wheelchair caused by psoriatic arthritis. She was told after 20 years of failed treatments that she would never walk again, and she was literally left to waste away in a wheelchair and die. She turned to homeopathy, and now 10 years later, and double the weight she was in the wheelchair, walks several miles per day and is quite energetic and well known on the car-boot scene.
I was diagnosed at 13 with an undefined skin disease. From 13 to 21 I was passed from doctor to specialist to doctor. Was filled to the brim with antibiotics and the most expensive and powerful drugs I could be prescribed on the NHS. I even went private which cost my parents a fortune. At 22 I was told that there was nothing more that could be done. I turned to Homeopathy. I'm now 40, and the only sign of a skin disease left on my body is a 1 inch square spot of psoriasis on my thigh, and a white patch of hair, about an inch square on my head.
Now in these instances, I ask non-believers what they think people in my mother's and my case should do. Should we simply accept modern sciences proclamation that there nothing more that can be done, admit defeat and wait to die, or do we go out looking for alternatives. Please provide me with your insight on what your prescription should be. What should we have done?
To me it's simple. I'll start to believe modern science, when they perform alternative medicine research, using subjects for whom all other medical treatments have been exhausted.
It's just struck me that the Wii U might inadvertently be an ideal VR platform. It already has a portable controller with built in screen. I bet I could take it apart and convert it into a VR headset myself, coupled with the motion plus bits of the old controllers, and come up with something useable within a few hours.
Are nuclear powerstations controlled by manual technologies, so that in the event of electrical failure, an engineer can turn off the powerstation using his pliers and wrench set?
Just wondering what would have happenned if electrical control systems were fried.
Re: ISIS Security
Each year the royal mint produces coins and notes with Charles's head on them, just in case the queen dies. A couple of years ago some of these found their way into general circulation. They are now worth a fortune in coin collectors circles, because they have his head, and what was the current year on them, and they are legal tender.
Re: The hidden beauty of U.S. copyright law.
This explains it
Re: Who sued who?
It's exactly what happened. The toy makers preemptively sought "Injunctive Relief" to stop the Beastie Boys from sueing them for using their song. The Beastie Boys obligingly did follow up with a lawsuit.
Maybe they should ask the ancient Sumarians for directions!
@ TRT Re: They almost laughed him out of the boardroom...
Here have a thumbs up for the Thunderbirds quote. And boo to the 2 people who voted you down, clearly not fans.
They should paint the airship green and stick a big yellow "2" on it.
I remember the UK MS Marketing Director in the 90s saying in a magazine interview that MS would never break competitors products at a binary level, because to do so would be commercial suicide.
We all know how that turned out.
Don't believe a word MS say. They didn't become the worlds richest company by being ethical and honest.
It's getting hot in here
Opening a few windows cools down my caravan in the sun.
I agree, it would be sad if Ecclestone still maintains his distancing himself from the role that re-launched the most successful British Sci Fi export ever. Even McGann has made an appearance on a canon mini-webisode.
Funny thing is, in subsequent interviews, he regretted not appearing in The 5 Doctors properly, and carried on traversing the Dr Who appearances circuit. So not too sure why the article says that Baker is (was?) on a haitus.
A few years or so late!
This could easily be fixed by legislation that taxes the company as an individual at income tax rates until clear owners can be identified. As a UK LTD company it would be bound by such laws and profits would be taxed before they can leave the country. Simples.
Re: Only 11 actors?
or Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and even Joanna Lumley!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212887/ (and can easily be found on Youtube)
Re: Only 11 actors?
Cushing played a human called Doctor Who who invented a time machine called the Tardis. He didn't play the Gallifreyan Timelord called "Doctor" "The Doctor" or "John Smith".
A bit like Bob Holness played James Bond once, but rarely is he referred to as one of the actors that played James Bond.
Given Googles history of treating other people's IP content as an all you can eat buffet. Does this actually stop Google doing anything, or simply tell them to acquire what they want via other means less blatantly?
"May I remind all concerned...
... that criminal proceedings against Ben Ashford will now be commenced and that he has a right to a fair trial".
It's a pity the Sun didn't consider that in their witch-hunts of Robert Murat or Christopher Jefferies.
Re: Ask one back
Colour photocopiers know when you are trying to copy money. Every colour copier I've used in the last 20 years has stopped this. Technical solutions are readily available for specific instances.
Re: A coherent responsible answer
Would be just as easy to block "justin bieber never say never torrent".
Is it a very hostile environment???
... or is it a non-existant one?
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- Twitter declines to deny JLaw tweet scrubdown after alleged iCloud NAKED PHOTOS hack