425 posts • joined 9 Feb 2012
Re: Wot, no pix
The text is in dutch, but the pics prove the utter Fuglyness of the device...:
Re: mutant beef forests
Ah yes... But that doesn't look as good in the Papers.
Nevermind that the Amazon *as a fully mature rain forest* is rather insignificant in the global carbon cycle, as it's total input/output is next to even. ( and before peeps start howling... that one is scientific FACT.. Get over it. There are plenty of other reasons why it's a Bad Idea to indiscriminately destroy a mature rainforest on the scale that happens now, but CO2 balance is not among them.)
Now the (semi)permafrost steppe plains.. There's a true carbon sink for you, especially if it keeps thawing out. Grasses and herbiferous plants building layer upon layer of eventually-to-be peat.
But it's a lot less Glamorous than a rainforest...
Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
except that biology on this level is nothing but applied chemistry and physics.
But hey.. Biology is still counting bugs in the night, just like it was ... oh wait.. it wasn't even that a century ago...
From the Bureau that brought us the Bacon Sarnie, and the Ultimate Cuppa this sort of disappoints.
Mead is made from Honey, Water, and Yeast. Period. And yes.... pure-honey mead is notoriously difficult to ferment, which is why there are various strategies possible in the form of pre-ferments ( either beer- or wine-based).
This concoction, while providing a beverage that will most assuredly fortify the festivities after a indubitably successful set of playmonaut heroïsm, relates to proper mead as Ankh-Morpork to...well... chocolate.
While not an utter Blasphemy like some of the suggestions seen in the Cuppa and Sarnie battlefields, since it at least contains sort-of-actual-honey, I would suggest to strike the "mead" monniker off the label.
Re: It's amazing
Or the usual suspects in the comments who can't resist lashing out at either end of the spectrum of this old and tired discussion.
It evens out....
Re: Environmental Research
While most of your results seem at first glance to be plausible, and obviously well-researched, I have to wonder at the extremely high rate of "impersonating of a clown" , since previous research by Blagsky and Bent has proven that this particular act of heinousness can only be performed by a true sadist with unresolved masochistic tendencies, at gunpoint. At least in public.
Re: Intriguing. @ destroy all monsters
Wouldn't work, I'm afraid.
It's a well-known fact that direct observation of any part of government will make that part cease to function, thus defeating the purpose of getting any useful information out of it.
One could try indirect observation, by measuring the effect of government interference on normal processes, but a buttered-toast/carpet test to validate those results invariably indicates Malevolence. You'd first have to apply Deja-Fu to make those results useable.
Edit: Or leave it overnight to Soak.
(Had to squeeze that one in...)
Re: groupon is still a thing?
Well Fancy Accounting needs credible loss-leaders..
Re: Whilst I enjoyed the science behind this...
The specific variety they used is thoroughly confirmed as superior fry and mash material, and quite a hit with small-scale/private growers.
So yes.. Unless they b*ll*cked up it should give good chips.
Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?
There is a LARGE difference between introducing naturally occurring resistance genes in a species to fortify it against disease, and introducing "resistance" genes to quite unnaturally occuring herbicides/pesticides so that the species can cope with the goo you spray on it to keep your monoculture viable.
All that's been done here is fast-track the "natural" crossbreeding practice with genes which *can* be crossbred into the plant, eventually, over years. Which to my mind is a proper application of the technique. In the end the new breed woudl *still* have to go through the usual tests for suitability for consumption.
As for anything not GMO... I guess you could scour the last bits of the great wilds for wild barley and spelt. And even then there's no guarantee those plants are not "touched" by our early ancestors, since early farming methods pretty much ensured cross-pollination between whatever people grew in their farm patches and the environment right nextdoor.
Re: @Graham Dawson
Yeeeesss... And given the readiness with which carbon and oxicen combine tells you how easy it will be to separate the two again..
Good thing a nuclear reactor is assumed to be present, may as well scale it up a bit to pull that one off...
I think it's done to prevent people glossing over the article..
It *is* decypherable, sort of. But someone's been asleep at the helm here.. ;)
Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...
"I wonder what those people would do if they would meet in the streets wearing their war colors..."
Probably to your big surprise: Have a couple of cold ones at whichever conveniently positioned pub and reminisce about the dastardly deeds of high treason and other shenanigans people pull off on both sides. This in fact happens officially and regularly, as the leaders of the large coalitions tend to end up in the advisory player comittee that CCP runs to keep tabs on their player base.
The real Ärger is usually found in the smaller skirmishes and some bottomfeeding practices by "EVElitists". Engagements at this scale result from a careful political and diplomatic dance that plays out over months, if not years. When stuff blows up like this, it's reason for celebration for most people. It doesn't happen that often, even in EVE, and just to be a part in it is a thrill.
Re: Hi handsome
Only if you take as the "proverbial ugly" the image people have with this particular species, who actually looked very much like us, to the point of being well into racial variance within H. Sap. Sap. ( aka: us ourselves) in looks and build.
The infertility issue makes it even more interesting: The article states that male offspring would most likely have been infertile. Females, however, obviously were not, else the gene lines would not have merged.
The fact that those lines have survived in such abundance tells us that not only were those females genetically "fitter" , they were actually more desireable and "beautiful" to at least the eyes of our species' males, because else those gene combo's would never have propagated in the gene pool.
Is that if you can engage in crystal ball gazing/tealeaf reading and get away with it while being quoted as a "credible source", you are definitely the go-to compay to fluff your numbers for the Shareholders/Taxmen/Accounting Probe.
Re: It is curious..
Hmmmyes... And the spectrometric and microscopic data which they publicly announced about its composition and make-up shows they haven't examined the object at all....
Re: So what is the exact problem?
Could be anything. The moon is a harsh mistress after all. My 50 cents are on the moondust having done its job on the little rabbit. That stuff is nasty..
Re: This event that's happening now happened a long time ago @ AC 13:24
hmmm yeah... And applying quantum principles to the macro world goes well for you?
This sort of...
reminds me of the dawn of computing, when the machines were arguably slower than trained human calculators. However, the machines needed no sleep or lunch/pub/loo breaks, rendering the discussion of "speed of calculation" pretty much moot, especially as they got faster as tech progressed.
Here we have something similar, with a new tech at the dawn of its practical application, up against established tech in a "performance match". I can't help but note that the new tech already requires the established tech to step up it's game and requires custom built hardware to beat the new tech.
Quantum-effect tech is still in its' toddler years, and from the article it's clear that the chip itself is more or less hampered in reaching its full potential, and needs some work. Yet it can already chug along with some of the best we can put together.
Maybe I'm an optimist, but that's still not bad.
Indeed, which is why I stopped considering buying it as soon as it said "Internet Connection Needed".
The old versions I have are properly solo-timewasting enough, no need for "Online Content".
Re: Lewis isn't evil
Nah , Lewis is Evil Incarnate..
He's skeptic about the Doom Scenario of the Hockey Stick, in favour of nuclear power as a solution to our currently unsustainable energy needs, highly critical of the Politics surrounding the climate issue(s) and the resultant choices effectively bankrupting his country, and various other offenses of Loitering with Intent.
Worst of all, he expects people to actually Think, instead of blindly following the Party Line.
So there's nothing left but to sacrifice a virginal beer to his Name this Sabbath, as his Ascent will be inevitable. (also he doesn't get paid nearly enough and should get a raise, and a custom-made playmonaut to his likeness.)
Mine's the one with the "101 ways"in the pocket.
Re: In short:
"Q: Is Facebook doing something which is on the margins of creepiness?
It's not even remotely on the margins of creepyness, really. I can think of several ways to abuse URLs in a variety of nefarious schemes off the top of my head if FB would not parse hyperlinks embedded in PMs.
It's actually simply part of the functionality of FB, and quite clearly visible for even the biggest yahoo, since typing in a URL in a PM gives you the usual "thumbnail view" you also get in a public FB entry. Nothing stealthy about it at all. It's right there for anyone to see.
If FB also uses the same data to (rather sanely) check against a couple of blacklists for obvious reasons and a couple of whitelists of paying customers for the other obvious reasons, including their targeted marketing, I'd simply call it good old-fashioned business sense. Nothing "creepy" about it, and it is way easier to do and less invasive than parsing the entire text of the message for keywords and/or intent. A URL is clear and machine-readable. Text, between languages, alphabets, and dialects?.... Now there's a challenge....
If you want to keep stuff "private", you would ordinarily start by not using a "free" service of a company which stated mission is to monetise your input through targeted advertising. If you do so and expect "privacy" the third part: "you must be bonkers" applies in full force.
Good luck finding it...
The part of Holland it landed in is classic polder, which means a lot of water hazards, (in fact, at this time of year, especially with the current weather, it's one large water hazard), if it hasn't been blown out to the IJsselmeer alltogether.
I've given a shout-out to some peeps I know that live thereabouts to see if anyone saw something pink landing/lying around, and ask around, so maybe you get lucky.
Meanwhile b33r is in order for a fine attempt :)
Govt does not get technology?
Oh, "the Government" is actually quite aware of the possibilities of the internet, and the technology involved. Especially the bits they do not like. Its' only problem is that now the cat is out of the bag, they cannot ban parts of it outright, so they need mission creep from Noble Causes to get their censorship accomplished.
Mind.. the "toddler filter" is insane.. Googles' standard filtering already takes care of most smut ( and other tomfoolery) in ordinary web searches. The strict filter may or may not take out even the "educational" sector here and there. The extra filter is really not necessary.
Besides.. The percentage of toddlers being able to read/write and operate a keyboard is, at least by my rather empyrical experience, extremely low.
Re: Now consider... @hollyhopdrive
Will you please stop insulting the Keen Amateurs.... We simply code because we need to/for fun/for lulz/personal growth/stuff.
We never pretend to be "Pro"...
Re: Just asking
Proper protocol demands whacking with a hammer or other suitable heavy object first....
Re: Consumer protection
How would that work?
The way to brick an Xbox in this way requires a whopping three sequences of user input, not just some random buttonmashing. It's relatively easy to do , but only if you ignore the fact that the advice comes from 4Chan (which is a Red Flag in and of itself...).
You cannot legislate against greed and stupidity.....
In it's kind it is not dissimilar to the very old "joke" that urged people to overclock their PC's by flipping the voltage selector on the PSU... ( And yes... people actually did this..with predictable results...)
Re: One possibility
Ah... but that would mean that our Neanderthal cousins must have had Trade. To make that possible, a sense of relative worth, a language (or more languages even) that made it possible to communicate that worth, regular hangouts so that people could actually *find* each other to trade are needed, which means a rather extensive knowledge about the world outside the Cave.... Which would mean they and their culture were much more sophisticated than even the most romantic views are giving them credit for. This, of course, cannot be because Everyone Knows Neanderthals were grunting brutes with the intellectual capacity of someone with Down Syndrome, at best.**
It's really not surprising, given that some of the flint artifacts found in Neanderthal deposits come from a long way away, in just that general Siberian direction. And unless flint in that day and age had the magical property of travelling upriver and crossing dry plains and mountain ranges, someone must have carried it from A to B.
And of course, having travelled countless miles to get to B, presented with something warm and cuddly and the eye of Daddy on his new special rocks, chastity was preserved with pristine precision... Oh wait.. that hasn't worked since we and the chimps shared a common ancestor...
** The 19th C. Romantics have a lot to answer for....
On the Origin of Species was nothing more than a collection of hypotheses, which together form what was later accepted as the Theory of Evolution.
I love people who try to bash Darwin and his masterpiece.... It's like saying Newton was wrong simply because he didn't think of Relativity along with his basic theories. Darwin, as well as Newton, worked within the framework of existing knowledge of their time, and any evaluation of worth and/or "correctness" of their discoveries should always take that into account. And as it is, both their discoveries required some really fancy brainfarting to get things right, they simply lacked the body of elemental knowledge we have nowadays. But then again "science" as we understand the process nowadays did not exist in their days. People who have actually read the Origin will have noticed Darwin still worked within the framework of Natural Philosophy, not "Science" to write his book. His "proof" for his hypothesis at the time still existed of empyrical observation of parallel processes ( nature versus human breeding pactices, and how they align in form and result ) and how those aligned with the newfangled and highly contentious hypothesis of a guy named Mendel* (and others who've fallen in obscurity nowadays).
Evolution has become a Theory (in the modern sense) because the basic tenets have been proven through all the way down, after each new breakthrough in biology. From comparative morphology (started by Linnaeus way back when) up to the most modern understanding of molecular genetics, the principles of inheritance and selection have been proven true again and again, even though our understanding of how those two processes actually work have radically altered as our knowledge of them increases over time. In that respect it's become more than just a theory, we only need to find any evidence of extraterrestrial life that follows the same molecular basis as us, and it will become a Law of Nature.
Darwin may have started with a hypothesis, but by now it's clear that he was the first to recognise and formalise a part of universal truth. That some nutters, waving a book about the exploits of $Deity, fail to grok the beauty and simplicity of it is a shame. There's just no pleasing some people.
* Mendel , being a statistician, "fudged his numbers" by ignoring a statistically insignificant fraction of daisies that did not comply with his rules of inheritance. While mathematically correct, this remained on of the major criticisms of his work, until some smart cookies figured out this discrepancy might well mean that that weird substance called "DNA" could fit the bill for carrying our inheritable traits.
It took a couple of decades to prove it, but the rest is, as they say, History.
Re: Excel and finance pros
Why would we be surprised? I've used it, and still use it for any number of transfer/conversion stuff I have to do. Peeps may not have your flavour of DB, but they will damn well have Office running somewhere. Whether it's oodles of money, or stock, or $data, there's a ton of things you can do with Excel (or any other decent spreadsheet) to make a visual check of the data easy on the eyes, convert whatever you get in to the $format you need to feed it to your own setup and make pretty graphs for the higher-ups who are not interested in how things work, as long as the numbers fall within their expectations. All in one go.
Disparage them all you want, decently set up (and locked!) spreadsheets can save you a lot of headaches.
Well... That is probably the embarrasing bit..
The whole treaty is just one page, with the text "Bend Over!" in bold print..
name sez it all really...
OK, let's replace it with "goo" then..
Why the negativity?
You get to see the death of a comet live every day don't you?
There's plenty of data to munch on, and coming from the Oort cloud it may well teach us something about what is out there. It's hardly as if we're able to go out there and have a look ourselves, don't we?
Just because we're losing out on a bit of fireworks in the sky people are getting all down and out? Now that's a fail...
Wrong choice of words....
Judge Koh could have Immortalised herself in the eyes of the Intarwebs by stating that they "were holding it wrong."
Lack of carbon
Given the extreme early age of the observed phenomenon, couldn't it just simply be that there simply hadn't been time enough for enough carbon to form to detect with our current equipment? Or simplistically put: There hasn't been time enough time yet for sufficient enough stars to blow up to seed the environment with the carbon in their shells.
Because the Japanese made the same "racist" assumption the US americans did in outsourcing to Japan: "Those foreign bastards are technologically less developed, so must be stupid, and never able to actually do anything with our precious technology."
"Racist" is not exactly the correct term here. "Colonial mindset" would be more accurate, since the US uses economic colonialism rather than the more physical old-style colonialism of pre-WW II europe. Nevertheless the mistake is the same... The perceived inferiority of the colonies precludes the very realisation that those colonies might actually learn something, adapt it for their own purposes, and gods forbit, bite back.
It's only a matter of time before the asians will start complaining that the africans have nicked their Preciouses, and use them to make things cheaper, infringing on.... If the idorts on the african continent ever stop bashing each others' heads in over trivialities the world in general is going to be in for a rather big surprise..
Re: right vs privilege error again
It's actually both.. IP is a privilege that's elevated to an internationally recognised privilege by various treaties. Might as well call it a right then in the places where those treaties are actually acknowledged and enacted.
The *biggest* mistake the British gov made in this is that they've treated "stuff on the internet" as if it was physically present in their sovereign territory, like a physical commodity. Not just stuff that can be proven to live on servers in the UK, but ALL of the internet. Which is a bit of a tall claim.
Re: Right now I can see only specialist application
Well not too long ago, you went to a "copyshop" , where as a student you could type out your presentations on a "computer" using a "word processor" , which then allowed you to "print" said documents, and then whip them through a photocopier for the required number of copies.
Was sort of expensive, but well worth it for the more important stuff, like the things that determined your course grades, and in the end cheaper than plodding along on a typewriter, having to go through a revision or two, or three, or....
The technology does allow for relatively easy small-run/one-off manufacturing, and there certainly is a market for "printing shops" if you can get the starting capital ( a whole different proposition nowadays...) It's a nifty tool for quite a lot of purposes, and it certainly has potential. A lot will depend on the availability (and price) of suitable polymers that have the desired characteristics for certain applications, and that's where there's a lot left to develop.
But 10 years from now? Who knows.
And Big_D.. you do realise that the actual cost of an injection mould is rather steep? Along with the machine you need to make it work.. Mass production is all good and nice, but the process of injection moulding is *only* economically feasible because it is used for mass-production. It's wholly unsuited for the applications, production numbers, and versatility expected from 3D printing...
Re: re: Wolves have been tamed?
"Came across a pack of wolves" ? You must have been extremely lucky, because the buggers are really wary of humans, and can detect them from miles away. They're also really good at making themselves pretty much invisible when they want to.
Re: nickel-56, amirite?
Same as any other ion that jets out from there.. Magnetism, Baby!
Re: And what did that interbreeding give us?
Not sure about that one , mr Manning...
The african continent, with it's occupants missing the Neanderthal genes, is decidedly non-peaceful and rather rife with various forms of agression, and has been as long as recorded history can prove.
Hell, the slave trade is practically an african invention, since it has proven to be more profitable to sell off your captured prizes, than to go through the trouble to domesticating them yourself. This has been the way since the egyptians. The Arabs and later the europeans simply jumped onto an existing wagon that was already rolling..
as far as maori are concerned.. Last time I checked the tribes in any area of that part of the world were quite accomplished, if not outright vicious, at warfare..
H. Sap. Sap was already agressive before they ever met their Neabderthal cousins. It's what made them successful in taking over the world as a species to begin with. What interbreeding *could* have accomplished is a rapid adaption to the rather frigid environment up north, since Neanderthals were ultimately perfectly adapted to the climate of the clacial period.
a sceptical mind says....
That a species of insect that is perfectly able, and even famously known for it, to communicate the presence of a food source, its'abundance, its' distance, and its' direction relative to the position of the sun at that time to others of their hive through *DANCE* , would be utterly flummoxed by a bit of NOx , which also occurs naturally is....well.... less than likely.
To put it politely.
Re: what about the one we're exploring?
well, you're talking about a sequence of ïf"s, but...
The caldera of that volcano, once cooled down a bit, would make a lovely depression where water would collect. It would also keep that water at quite a nice temperature and environment for a number of "extremophiles" that are quite typical for life in earth's early development. In fact, as long as liquid water was present, the ecological conditions would be close to indistinguishable from early-biotic earth, even while the rest of the planets' climate would be going to hell in a handbasket, and would stay that way for a long time.
If any form of life was already present, it would have concentrated there. If it (still) was not, the conditions there would have been ideal for the final stages of formation. Either way, if there is *any* chance of finding evidence for past life on Mars, that caldera would be a prime spot to look for evidence of it.
Re: I call dibs on the Swedish chainmail speedo concession!!
You can have your dibs...
Chainmail is flexible.....
Fish Tank Kings....
Now we know what happens with the fish after the owners get tired of them...
Re: It's all gone a bit Princess Di
Jobs and Edison are indeed comparable. After all, it was Edison who perfected the modern labaratory setup, so he could get his hands on their ideas, patent, and market them. Jobs merely copied that, applied to modern tech.
The german secret service has the standard "european" mandate.. Believe me that they can still read your mail if there's a need.
But at least there still needs to be a court order, or "reasonable suspicion" before they can get away with it.
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