634 posts • joined 10 Feb 2012
Re: Just add silicon nano-spheres too
I dunno, now they've got a proven concept the "big money" has the potential to bring a lot of resources to bear on making the spheres cheaply. When you think about it, it's nuts that you can buy a knock-off tablet when for under £100, considering the technology hidden within, not to mention assembly and distribution costs.
Silicon is also marvelously abundant - no danger of it becoming a costly material in its own right.
"In her speech, she will say that there's something wrong with "padded bras, thongs and high-heeled shoes" being marketed to younger children and although she has a point, it is uncomfortably close to the argument that the way women dress invites aggressive sexual attention."
No, I'm not having that. Dressing a per-pubescent girl with no sex drive whatsoever in clothes mimicking those of post-pubescent girls and women with a definite sex drive is a twisted concept from the get-go. Actively marketing these clothes to the former group is as ethical as marketing cigarettes to the same age group.
Conflating sexual attention (which few would argue is the purpose of padded bras and low-cut tops) with *aggressive* sexual attention is also a pretty cheap trick to pull.
Re: Play hard to get
"Laid head-to-toe" is also about 0.75m out of the optimum position, which of course involves a 50% overlap...
Re: Lo-tech alternative
I'm guessing you just used paint during Movember, thinking nobody would know the difference. (Hint: they did)
They might catch on, but they are useless. This is clearly shown by the perfectly clear picture of the boffin in his operational Buck Rogers glasses. Mmmm, Wilma....
Doomed from the start
I give it 3 months before the fridge is sending the cooker pictures of
kittens milk cartons saying "can i haz cream". The cooker wont notice, as it's spending all it's time looking at utensil porn.
And thus the internet's remaining bandwidth will shrivel and die.
"So, a laptop with a fingerprint scanner is less secure than one with just a password. The attacher can choose which method to attack, there is no protection from a poor password AND there is the opportunity to try a gummy finger cast or other false fingerprint method."
1. Less secure - I don't think so. The typed password should be a back-up, only used in the event of a hardware failure. As it's a backup then usability constraints can be dumped in favour of security: a 30-character random string which you keep on a bit of paper in a locked drawer (or under your mattress if you like). Hopefully you'll never have to use it for the life of the laptop. String length and complexity of backup should IMO be mandatory (again, usability is secondary), to stop the password morons doing their usual thing. Financial losses by password morons hit everyone - you don't think the banks just suck up the loss, do you?
2. Gummy finger casts don't work with the new vein scanners, thankfully, leaving bolt-cutters as the only realistic alternative for a crook. This is still better than a Minority Report or Demolition Man style eye removal.
Re: Oh good, can I have a couple of neighbours arrested.
Re: Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people
"desalinization to violence"
That's why gamers love Pringles.
Re: Anyone Seen Thank You For Smoking ?
+1 for reminding me of a great film
So, those new airships...
It's all starting to make sense now. Next up, EMP-resistant clockwork battle-droids.
The icon is wearing aviator goggles, natch.
Re: Does it affect the Foxit standalone reader?
Thought I'd switch from Foxit to Sumatra, but the fugly 1998-style website didn't fill me with confidence. All looked a bit two-bit for my taste, although Sumatra's focus on simplicity was good, avoiding all the security pitfalls of over-complication. Hmmm, on second thoughts, there may be a theme here that bears further inspection. To be continued...
In any case, props to Krzysztof Kowalczyk, Sumatra's author, for his vowel-aversion.
Some confusion here
I think a lot of the comments here are confusing "geek cool" with "fashion cool". Yeah, there's some overlap, as we saw with the iPhone in it's earlier incarnations, but on the whole they are very different things.
Now, personally, I would view a detailed 1:72 scale model of Serenity as pretty darn cool. However, 95% of the population would strongly disagree. It should come as no surprise that the 5% are disproportionately represented here.
Re: Let's face it...
Congrats, you win a shiny new tinfoil hat.
[by which I mean, i really, really, really hope you're wrong]
Why, they didn't upset the important people, of course.
Re: More like...
Er, did you not read the article's title. It's the bit in the big font.
Working fine for me too.
Apple are going to walk away with the laptop of the year, as the voting for the rest of the field will not so much be split as splintered.
Wireless charging the easy way
1. Fit a small, fold-out wind turbine to every phone.
2. Blow (or switch on the desk fan).
Oh, bugger, I can't patent that now, can I :(
Re: Correlation != causation
Indeed. I also note the research was suspiciously paid for by Kenco.
Ok, I made that last bit up.
All seems very sensible
Hurray for the EU!
Oh my, did I just write that?
Re: Adversity breeds ingenuity
"Cheaper to have the meter moved"
Only if you don't put the genny back on ebay at the end, surely.
Hydrogen would be fine
They fill the electrical generators at power stations up with hydrogen which acts as a coolant, and reduces drag. This has been done for decades. 'Course there they have a slight over-pressure, a shed-load of monitoring, and decent extraction systems to prevent a bang, but it goes to show that with a bit of thought and design effort, hydrogen could be a viable alternative.
Peaks and Troughs
Apple is riding high - and deservedly so after pretty much convincing the general public to buy touchscreen phones and tablets single-handedly. The problem is that, though Apple products are still fabulous quality devices, they are losing their cachet amongst the hip and trendy. No longer is a new product a "must have", as the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini demonstrated.
The sheer number of iPhones and iPads out there mean they no longer carry the mystique and coolness they once did. People no longer look on in envy, and may even be subject to an eye-rolling and sarcastic "my, how original you are". Whip out a Nexus 7 or a S3, on the other hand, and friends and bystanders are genuinely intrigued. [Yup, this is all anecdotal. Over the past couple of years I've had an Galaxy S2, a iPhone 4S, and Nexus 7. I've had unsolicited comments from strangers on both the non-Apple products, but not the iPhone.]
Back to the article: I don't think killing Apple is going to happen in the next decade, they have a colossal market of happy customers who will continue to buy Apple products. But I don't think they are ever going to scale the heights they've reached over the past 5 years again.
You're doing it wrong. They're meant to dispense money, not pleasure. Although to be fair, the former is often a nice way to get the latter...
Alert! Brain Virus!
"Hydrogen has twice the lifting capability"
Nope, by that logic a vacuum chamber would have an infinite lifting capacity.
The lifting capability if the difference between gas density and air density. The molecular weights are:
i) Air: 29 (approx)
ii) Hydrogen: 2
iii) Helium: 4
So the hydrogen has an advantage of 27/29 to 25/29 (or 8% more). Hydrogen is lovely because it's dirt cheap, not super-floaty.
Look at footage of the Hindenburg: it burns, sure, but there was no explosion. Hydrogen will only explode if mixed with an oxidiser (air or oxygen, usually) in the right proportion. Without the dodgy paint on the Hindenburg, I reckon than the fire and crash would have been much, much slower and more survivable. A healthy fraction of the passengers and crew survived anyway, albeit somewhat charred in most cases.
Some sort of metallic mesh...
...shaped in the form of a brassiere would seem to be the order of the day. I think Madonna has one.
For mugs only
I also liked their return policy (and remember, you've just forked out $3.5k for 3 feet of cable):
Any custom Locus Design cable may be returned within 30 days for a refund, if for some odd reason it does not perform as expected in your system. A 20% restocking fee (of the the total price) will be charged and any shipping charges incurred will be the responsibility of the buyer.
Hurray for rich nerds!!
See also SpaceX, SpaceShipOne, Tesla Motors, and Bill's vaccination efforts.
And Steve Jobs, of course, gave us Finding Nemo.
most ppl now days don't use hibernate
What do you base that on?
Anecdotally, I'd say a hell of a lot of people still use hibernate, certainly enough to make this a big deal.
"I wonder how they resolved it"
Their HQ is now in Bermuda, on a large yacht anchored just off the beach.
"so why does it keep pestering you"
As far as I can make out, anyone of importance on Wikipedia is either a d*ck or an ar*ehole.
I'm sorry to be so crude, but my limited interaction there (and any perusal of the admin boards) bears this out in spades. It one of the few places a sociopath or other dysfunctional soul can get their hands on power and influence just by being who they are.
Re: I thought I was smart till I read this
Jet packs, JET PACKS, JET PACKS!! Why do people always forget about the *'#?ing jet packs!
Priority. Number. ONE.
Ahem. I think I need to get our more.
...how to take a shower very, very quickly.
<<< His face after taking a shower too slowly.
"Dog and pony show" ... "Steak pie arrived without any meat in it"
Probably for the best, given the likely source of the meat.
"Thus the IPCC appears to be designed for a bygone age."
And yet my energy bill and flight costs make me want to weep, and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future.
It's all Nick Clegg's fault (this is a facetious comment, so calm down, lentil-eating sandalistas).
So ... you're a loyal customer then?
New Government Site is Shit Shocker
Is it Groundhog Day already?
(although it's the first new site in a while not to fall over 5 minutes after going live - which is a pretty piss-poor measure of success)
F*ck me. Who said crime didn't pay.
And I bet they only recover a teeny weeny proportion of the cash. Someone, somewhere, probably on a private island with a volcano and a diminutive manservant, is very happy indeed.
'bid to wrestle control of internet' stalled by asterisk
Good old Getafix and his magic potion.
'Course it's not "real science". No airships, no robots, no doomsday devices, no jet packs.
Hawking is of no use whatsoever in the field of
mad real science.
Any sensible company would be at Google's gate, cap in hand, asking for those nice maps back, pretty please. However, I think Tim Cook would rather burn the company to the ground before doing that.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall of the chocolate factory's mapping department. They must be loving this.
1) Consulting the world? I was unaware the moon sported a thriving ecosystem, or that the rocket would be chock full of diamonds on the return journey. I thought it was a boring dusty place. It's not like the mission is setting up a mining colony (although that would be cool).
2) Financial issues/technical issues? Fair enough.
3) Not safe? Please sign this waiver after signing your cheque. Or sign them the other way around, we're pretty relaxed about that.
4) Political issues? Given the mess the Chinese and Russians make of their own back yard, I can't see them giving a rat's ass about some dusty footprints on the moon. If they manage to get your Russian billionaire that close to the Apollo 11 landing site, then fair play, but by then it's much too late for the 'merkins to get all huffy.
5) Things will go wrong? No sh*t Sherlock. You pays your money and you takes your chance.
"I've tried turning the computer screen to face the printer, but the computer can't see the printer."
That one's been around since god was a teenager.
Re: Ok, that shows that
The unwashed masses are clearly less discerning that your good self.
Personally, I'd rather watch Thor than The Artist any day of the week, pleb that I am.
My fuzzy 80's memory tells me that Gibson used (coined?) the term 'black ice' for illegal software that could KILL YOU. It caused some sort of lethal neural feedback through your head jack.
This is no more black ice than a spud gun is a howitzer.
- Asteroid's SHOCK DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck - boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad