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dating techniques, @Alister
Welllll... to be honest.. Us poor lab-bound nerds had to do some significant and thorough research into "dating techniques" to come up with the notion that this could be something other than a temporal reference frame... ;)
ummm nope... The most compelling reason is that the evidence so far points to mixing *after* the exodus from the african continent. Before that the particular Neanderthal genes were not present in our genetic makeup. (Points to lack of those specific genes in the genetic makeup of the part of humanity that stayed in africa, and developed their own specific and unique mutations.)
A Theory is all good and nice, but if it ignores basic facts....
Actually, no... It's easy to use hindsight to reverse history, but it's taken over 100 years, and some really big advances in science, especially regarding the molecular sciences and dating techniques to get from isolated finds that proved there were actually predececcors to us modern humans ( which in and of itself was a bit of a shock, and is still not believed in some mental backwaters of humanity ) to the point where we can reasonably accurately tell who bonked who. And shows us that (modern) humanity went through some really tight squeezes regarding extinction that do not show up in the fossil record, but do in our genetic record.
Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women? @ Dave 126
Social life? Probably a lot, or not. Menopause is a population control mechanism that can be switched on. The mammals that do exhibit menopause naturally expect their young to *survive* , and have an extremely long infancy phase. It prevents an older animal to give birth to offspring that will most likely not survive because the parent will most likely die of old age before the child gets out of infancy.
Given that you can turn it on in mice and rats ( which have a version of it where the older females et infertile with high population pressure... Or you just introduce the right hormone in a lab.) it's expected the same mechanism is pretty much universally present in most mammals. It's simply not triggered under normal circumstances.
Re: Founding fathers?
well, with all their pro's and cons as seen from a modern point of view, they sure would have had a very simple answer for people who wanted to snoop into their yards whenever they pleased..
Oh wait.. they did...
You can't take it with you...
they said to the Hero.
"We'll see about that..." he replied, and dropped the torch with his final breath .
Re: Apple invented nothing @DougS
Wellll.... Making the film prop into reality has been a neat feat of engineering and technical design. As for the actual look of the thing... Well yes, I think you could credit Roddenbury ( or whoever came up with it in the prop department) for that.
But it sure as hell wasn't Apple that came out with the first flip-phone.. I think it was Nokia or Ericsson who came up with that one.
We did start to light up more stuff immedeately, and as soon as the technology was (cheaply) available :
Quite a lot of light produced by LED is not for interior lighting.. It's for lighting screens.. TV , any number of mobile gadget, billboards... It's all done by LED nowadays, and quite bright as well.
I think if you take all those lumens into your equations you'd get quite a different figure.
You have refrained from calling them "The Mob"...
Such a good headline wasted , while surely your average desk is more dangerous to your kneecaps.
Blaming Thorvalds is easy...
The whole Linux/open source scene has been rife with Fanbois from day 1. These are notoriously ...difficult.. to deal with.
It's one of the many reasons why I personally never bothered with Linux-flavoured stuff. It's not that the whole OS/ideology is without merits. It's simply that the loudmouths killed off any semblance of proper adaptation and acception in the 90's, and in some respects still do.
it's not just one person, it's a whole bloody religion you have to deal with sometimes. And no, the Few Good Men do not compensate for the hordes of cellardwellers** you had/have to contend with if you're even just looking for information on whether or not a partcular flavour is suitable/adaptable for something you're working on.
** granted... nowadays it's Fashionistas *and* the cellardwellers.
the number makes sense, actually...
Given that win8 is a complete turd, especially on the user-end, but that at the same time the hardware is once again changing rapidly, requiring a number of structural changes in the interface, they *could* have kept going with win9. They could have *tried* to rebrand, but the stigma, well to be honest: shitstain, of Win8 would keep haunting them either way.
The reason for "10" is already hinted at in the "Joke": MS considers this their first truly multi-platform OS, and as such the start of a new generation of their product line.
So they'll probably want us to read it as 1dot0. Plenty of headroom for Marketing to play with there...
Re: nice surface
dear James, I think I'll leave you to your assumptions...
Re: nice surface
The engineers at both companies would have looked funny at them..
at the temperatures and (lack of) atmospheric pressure involved any "protective" material would have either been shattered, have been abraded, or simply disintegrated.
that's a mom picture.. slightly out of focus and streaky-blurry of something she *insists* you should recognise immedeately... ;)
@ Robert Long 1
Nope. Company law.... A company is a *distinct* natural entity, just like a real person, that happens to be able to be "owned" by other natural persons or entities.
In this case the judge expects an american owner to force an irish "citizen" to break local and EU law, thereby breaking US and EU law, and quite a few international laws, customs and treaties.
The Judge requires Microsoft US to become an international criminal simply because (s)he knows (s)he hasn't got a paper gnat's chance in hell of getting done what (s)he wants through international legal channels.
So yeah.. Microsoft is in the right there, as the whole concept is ridiculous.
Re: Whats wrong with catching real crooks
Sorry...Vimes is notorious because he goes after the real criminals. It's why "He's not a diplomat. He's the reason diplomats exist."
request for "clarity" ....
equates to : "we've been approached by well-paying lobbyists to attempt to get this be made illegal by law."
Re: How do you 'Carbon-Offset' a Volcano?
I think it's more "customer-image friendly" they're worried about.
Even though the whole AGW thing is still very much debatable scientifically, the Activists, Politicos, and Tabloïds have taken it to their sweet little larcenous hearts, and are creating a lot of hot air about it. Which is what Joe Average really encounters, since the Intarwebs and Media are not about who has the correct answer, but about who shouts loudest.
Children of the Night...
I think that one is meant as a prime example on the correlation <--> causation pitfall.
At least..... I do hope they're not actually serious about that one..
There's a couple of places....
I'd keep any putative nude selfies of me.. Or any other sensitive private information for that matter.
"the Cloud" most definitely isn't one of them.
Given the sheer amount of planets with origins similar to ours in the entire universe, and considering current theories on how life came to be, you're probably right. Getting to the point where we are takes quite a few other hurdles that are less well-determined.
Mind.. this is a pretty important find, since it extends the buildup time of "natural organics" needed to actually make up "life" by quite a margin. It certainly debunks the "not enough time" apologists in the whole, ancient discussion.
Re: The region lies at the top of the comet
you pick the longest end in cross-section, then flip a coin.
"since it seemed to embody technology which used to be considered far beyond the roughly 60 BC societies that created it." FTFY
According to the post-19th C Spinners-of-Tales that classed themselves as "historians". There's plenty of surviving sources and artifacts that clearly show knowledge of what we would class as "machinery" including gear systems, and a level of technological ability that rivalled if not surpassed our own in some ( now "obsolete" ) areas.
Most of that stuff would have been trade secrets, and would not have been widely known, but you can see the *results* in the existing archaeology and whatever has been preserved. No tinfoil hat needed.
But I do hope they manage to find more pieces. It's an elegant thing, judging from the recreations I've spotted around, and a really nice piece of brainsweat.
curioser and curiositier
Very excited about this one. :)
Even if curiosity does not find any (direct) evidence of extraterrestrial life as such, a decent slice of extraterrestrial planetary history is basically priceless already for so many scientific disciplines.
Drive on, brave chariot!
only if you live down south..
over here between the Dikes it would be "W8chtw00rd" ..
come to think of it.. "Y0uSh4llN0tP4ss" would be a nice one ;)
AH, but you're forgetting the pecking order of showbusiness... IT is just about the lowest form of life as seen from the Floor, hell they're not even directly associated with it, and they can probably not even comprehend the fact that there just may be people around that actually know Stuff.
Even if someone does, the mere thought of giving someone that low on the Ladder actual airtime will probably cause a couple of heart attacks and aneurisms.
Re: Art or Design?
Nope. You don't sharpen a stone tool in a way that leaves marks like that. In fact, you'd only blunt it.
Re: "Coding" may not result... @ boltar
" Its not teenagers per-se that are the problem but the current moronic dumbed down celebrity culture where the only qualification that seems to be needed to get on in life is a look-at-me haircut and the ability to hold a mic and not fall over for 3 minutes."
Which was different in the '70's until now exactly how? The only difference since roughly the '90's may be that there's the addition of the powergrrrls that adorn teenage girls' rooms.
And seriously... Learning to program (and associated activities good for Preparing for your Future ) has never been conductive to get a bit of snogging in, between, say, age 14 and 18. And certainly never from the girls you (hopefully somewhat discreetly) hoped to get it from at that age..
"Coding" may not result...
Especially since the age group you really want to enthuse turn into raging balls of hormones (girls first, then boys) with primarily only the other gender** on the mind, at a time when you ordinarily would be able to show them why learning certain things may be a good idea for the future ( which presumably involves a lot more of the other gender, in hopefully a more practical sense.) This had always been a hurdle for any teacher, but programming or "coding" requires a dollop or two of several other subjects outside of strict programming, like maths, physics, "logic" in various forms, and electronics to make the subject actually stick. Neither of which are in any way or shape "cool"or "comfortable" for teenagers, since they require to Engage Brain, which detracts time and energy from chasing the Other Subject, making life double hard for teachers in those subjects.
I can see where they're aiming, and you can definitely use kiddie programs to familiarise children and pre-teens with certain aspects of technology, possibly even in a Fun Way. But in the end you always hit the rocks on actual interest when it comes to choosing subjects when the kids come at an age where the System dictates they have to. Simple human biology practically ensures that any amount of pre-preparing and propaganda goes straight out the window. Unless you adopt the Asian approach, which revolves not around Teaching, but drilling and a rather gruesome internal competition, you simply won't get anywhere.
The best you'll get out of this, within the current flavour of education in western europe, is a slightly more tech-savvy teenager, who may be better hardened against life online. But it will not increase interest in "coding".
** I know.. there's same-sex interest.. But even at the most inflated occurrence of some 5%, this still means that >95% will chase the other gender. Which is Significant enough by trick-cyclist rules to generalise.
Re: "hard core of folks"
Sticking to XP may have various, sometimes even valid reasons...
But what on earth must people be on to still use bloody Vista?!!
Have we missed clowns?
They only seem harmless, but hand them a ladder and a bucket of whitewash.... *shudder*
The UK has privacy laws? Coulda fooled me, given the spate of articles proving quite the contrary the past couple of years.
Re: Reminds me of ...
or a certain Glass Clock...
Now where did I stash my procrastinator...
It always finds a way to one-up even the worst worst-case scenario.
Worst thing is... These clowns will simply stay wherever they are, will not get any sanctions against them, and will happily and "innocently" mess things up again..
Re: The wake?
That's the point isn't it? For all current detection purposes, a sub using this will be so noisy you can pick it up 100's of miles away. If it ever gets built it would be more of a "Warning! We cracked the secret of this little trick..." type of grandstanding as opposed to having any actual military tactical value.
Like a mace in the face..
And yes, dear AC's ... It's funny as hell, if a bit dark.
Re: great news for the exchanges that got knocked off
"A proper exchange will most likely know where its virtcoins are, and who they belong to."
Nope.... They will know exactly which coins are in which wallets. Who those wallets belong to not so much, especially in the cases where peeps set things up to work the Dark Side™...
Yup, reads a bit like Twurp's Peerage... Nearly all the Who's who is there in that list.
Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means
"I bet we could find someone who denies the climate exists."
Not that hard, since the concept of "climate" as most people understand it is a Lie To Children, and as such does , indeed, not exist.
Re: Explosives factory
It Has To Be Done!
Also. Doesn't this particular example of officious buffoonery have a superior who may be a little more inclined to recognise that it's not really good PR to snub a project of a rather well-known if not (in)famous online IT news outlet?
Holland: 50% water, rest is either 'leccy tower, highway, dense urban jungle, all sided, fronted, and accompanied by trees. Plus it's rather densely populated in the skies, and the Officials *really* don't like anything to do with potential explosives. LOHAN's combined package would not get permission to lift off, and one test package has already met a probably watery end in one of North Hollands' semipermanently flooded meadows or the IJsselmeer.
Oh, and the weather over here is ..welll... good luck picking a launch window...
Germany: too. many. damned. trees. Often in places with a distinct lack of roads, or near-vertical geography. Or if you're unlucky, and the jetstream has a "good day", you'll be picking up the plane far into eastern Europe..
France: "Ze english, zey vant to do vat?!!!!!" Also trees, vinyards, and the not-so-slight chance of LOHAN ending up somewhere in the Pyrenees or the Alps (trees optional)
As much as I would have loved a Euro lanch, New Mexico is in a pure technical sense a better option.
Re: 2 billion US dollars?
He needed a good excuse to bow out gracefully after borking just about everything under his rule...
He set the course for the cliffs, now he can watch from the sideline and play backseat driver as Nadella tries to veer away from disaster. Fun, innit?
Re: Hardness of aluminium
Of course they are, given that pure aluminium is too soft and plyable to be used outright in anything structural.
Exactly *which* alloy they used is a lot harder to find though.
Re: Josef Schmid's personal opinion
well yes.. it's at least partly political..
Then again, the issues raised in the article are valid, and all too common when working with open source in a microsoft-dominated habitat. The biggest problem is the insular nature of the implementation, as pointed out in the article, which is neither efficient nor wise when you're part of a larger government structure. And even if other government bodies would have made the switch, the Public still has not, and will not switch to open source on a scale sufficient to alleviate the problems encountered.
They're running into the "problem" that for all practical purposes Microsoft simply still has a virtual monopoly in the OS/Office space, and that there are no useable "turnkey" solutions on the scale they need in the open source sector that compensates for the rather well-known issues between WinOffice and open source.
And forking/developing is simply too impractical, too expensive, and too risky for the situation we have here.
Re: I pay my council tax, so answer the damn question already!
Given the scarcity of british virgins nowadays.... not as often as it used to..
Re: For one , I got to agree with Rupert
"However, the NSA is completely unavoidable unless you don't use a computer, Telephone, Fax machine, Mobile phone, or any device capable of remote communication."
By which time they would be very interested in you , since you must have something to hide if you....etc...
Re: But this has four!! @ irongut
I think you'll find that for a work computer the art is in throttling the capabilities of the OS ( and the software allowed to run on it) to the minimum necessary to make User [x] perform his/her job.
So yes, a work computer is more or less like a single function tool, if you do it right. You do not want users to get...creative..
Re: Clouds don't last forever
"Then we are basically back to the 1970's/80's environment that looks a lot like the good old mainframe with dumb terminals."
ssstt..... You're not supposed to remind people that the whole Cloud setup is a fancy version of the old server-side model.. It's New! It's Exciting!!!! It's for people with Smarts!!!
I am aware of the possibilities, and worked with the first-gen versions of the technique some 20 years ago. It's very nice, but hardly "cheap".
There is, of course, the teensiest caveat regarding using heavily modified bacteria outside of a laboratory as well. the Hippies** et.al would probably have an objection or two...
** insert the usual El Reg Hippie disclaimer here.
What were the actual concentrations found?
From the article it seems to me that most of the stuff they found is trace leftover degreaser, possibly due to production pressure and insufficient airing times.
This would be measureable, but hardly noticeable, especially with n-hexane, which gets you stoned when you hit the (EU) legal limit of 25 ppm (prolongued-exposure toxicity (associated with the nervous disorders) for n-hexane is lowest-value 500 ppm, 20 times over that limit..) I can't imagine those facories working with peeps working in fumes thick enough to have a measureable physical effect. There'd be a recall or two each week if you let your cheap labour get stoned on the job, and such...
Benzene itself is not as nasty as people will have it, actually. The problem is mostly with its metabolites in the human body ( which also occur naturally) which are rather nasty. Flooding your system with that stuff through benzene inhalation is definitely a bad idea, although you really still need to inhale quite a bit of the stuff to have serious effects. The MAC value for benzene is very low (<1 ppm), but you hit that value with a bit of splash of gasoline, or for that matter a nice walk in a pinewood.
Both substances can be nasty long-term if misused/applied, but other than the bruhaha about "Dangerous Suffz" from environmentalists they rate pretty low on the scale of "Stuff you don't want to be around in/with". Especially as far as benzene is concerned there's even chance the air in the factory is cleaner than outside, given the rather notorious smog problem.
I'm not one to jump to the defense of megacorps/factories, but this one comes across as a kneejerk reaction, without properly investigating the cause.
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