442 posts • joined Friday 23rd March 2012 21:51 GMT
Or UPS... you can pretend it's arrived... (Still waiting, 2 days later :( )
That's ok, we have an atmosphere. Once another gets the tech and resources to send an asteroid, defending from such is a similar level of expertise. When the size of an asteroid makes a big difference in both effectiveness and time required to move it, things will hopefully balance out.
Bigger rocks are easier to see and take longer to reach us, giving time to respond, smaller ones might just burn up.
Re: The Wild-West days are here again
I'd blag my short story, but will refrain as it's my first and that would be unfair use of this thread, but that's exactly how I set it up.
Mining planet for fuel (as what else is the main cost up there), is kept in "control" by not being made self sufficient. Plus some other secret control measures. ;)
If I get to write another, it would also cover that possible lawless/breakaway effect of colonies. Though it'll cover the time after the "independence" wars.
Off topic a bit, but I'm looking for a company offering maps as extensive as Google, but in the format of Ordinance Survey Street names. Even the Michelin Maps you mention suffers from the smallest roads not being named on the map. Where as Google (possibly bing and Apple too) show almost 100% of names, but in too small a format (you can't zoom when printed! :P ).
Basically, I need to see the street names at all (or most) zoom levels. Ordinance Survey does a 100% street name map, but too far zoomed out, or not listed on the map (grid reference instead). Google maps (and others) do 100% street names but only if you zoom in too far. I'm in a in-between gap in the market. :P
Know of any?
The perfect example...
Is a car. Take a purely mechanical old fashioned car. One which is a motor, wheels and a form of steering.
We can say "it's faster than humans". But is it "better"? That's a hard metric to measure. A car without a person, well, crashes.
So, just as taking our hands off a mechanical car, causes it to crash into an obstacle in the road, taking the hands off of software can have the same result.
"But it's intelligent in this instance, not speed, that is better" is the argument. Then we can change the car for a horse. The result is the same, we loose control to some degree. Or we can make it the Google Car. With human input, it is the human in control, we've just extended the distance between the steering wheel and the road. It's when we take out the human control. There is no metric for machines/computers/tools to work separate from us. So anything they do, is from input from us (unlike a horse :P ).
So it's not "this is more intelligent", it's "this requires less hand holding than the previous model". There will always be some hand holding if we wish to avoid all obstacles.
Re: Not sure this is so impressive, and this is dangerous...
A mathematical modelling system notes statistical important numbers in an astronomically large sample size that a human could not.
Yep, we stuff up at big sample sizes and large workloads in short time spans. Give any of those humans the processing hours, and they will tell you how to build a shredder from dirt to shop shelf, and the vintage year for London Kent hand powered devices (yep, had to Google that one).
A human probably cannot tell you what colour range a cat's hair is. For searching millions of images, this could probably give you a 99% hit rate better than a human who uses shape recognition. That's just one example where the "intelligence" does not overlap, but each has their strengths and lacks.
Re: Show me pictures of my dog.....
A sunset can be easily described mathematically.
Show me a computer that can tell me what a sunset is. That can dynamically build, not just a word list (dictionary) but a mechanism of use (rule book) and use it to do stuff (program?).
The same was said about chat bots years ago. Yet to this day if I ask "what's the news" it will spit out BBCs website, but could I teach it how to understand what it reads in a news paper?
Re: Learn the value of Google+
If those 500 + and circles are anything like what I see on Youtube, they were all accidental clicks.
Sorry, but that's what they did with Youtube (and I've seen all the mistaken posts/clicks/likes/adds from the pros/businesses) and I'd not expect better else where.
Re: Hawking hijacked event - how?
I'd still prefer the "keep looking, that thing is just the start!" over the "oh, you found something, stop that, look here instead!" attitude. :P
Re: doth protest too much....
Actually it's more elegant than that. You get to know how much an Audi and a VW weigh if you collect all the pieces. That's all they ever did, but that's enough, because they only need to know how much it weighs.
The search for the Higgs is pure maths and hard physics. It seems proper science. It may be corrected, but only in the way we get better images of stars and planets, we get clearer, not "different" results.
Sadly, Hawkins is chasing his dreams, and not the observed facts. That he finds the Higgs boring, might suggest he does not have an interest in scientific fact (mathematical of physics), but in what he wishes to be true?
If I could give a greater mind some advice, it would be not to make the same mistake Einstein did. Give up on the progress because it risked putting his older theories, and possibly fame, into question (QM vs Relativity).
All along I pictured it like bar magnets, I did not consider dynamic and multiple systems, and how these can "move" the poles. I knew there was a process for it flipping, but did not realise one can flip without the other.
I guess it's like having a really long flexible magnet. You could bend it so each pole is closer or freely able to move relative to the other. Would that give a similar effect in a small scale?
Just a correction...
"Moon was warm enough to produce a thinner crust which allowed for larger impacts. "
"Moon was warm enough to produce a thinner crust which allowed for larger craters."
I'd mention cart before the horse, or some such but you get the idea. The thinner crust did not attract asteroids, thus did not attract larger impacts. It did allow for larger craters though, or for the effects to be move visibly prominent. I'd guess the original paper did not put it that way, and it's probably just an error in the type up.
Re: A quesiton
Your also assuming the management don't put all the documents under the share/public drive but in a folder called "mine, don't open" or "our department only".
I never had the heart to tell our boss (big enough company to know better) that their private employee meetings, such as dismissals, was saved on the share under a folder called "private" etc. :/
Re: Oh for pity's sakes First example?
Lapun Mankimasta, the question is, how does the sun impart rotational momentum. I do not question that it exists for objects orbiting the sun. The question is, how is an energy gradient setup so that the rock gains momentum in it's rotation?
As for the wind/pin wheel. Yep, that's down to the shape. So, have they observed the shape of this rock to confirm it? It's the difference between claiming "rocks spin because of solar wind" and "rocks spin because of collisions with other rocks".
As said, it's no doubt a correct theory, but it needs observation to support it first.
Re: First example?
Again, that's the theory, as yet without observation. Do uneven shapes rotate when solar radiation is applied? Or show that the sun "burns off the edges and makes them round" as the above quote seems to suggest.
Many other factors can play to why the rocks are round (structure, strength, gravity, impact) etc.
I'll not quote the astronomer, physicist and mathematician on a train gag. ;)
But I'm not suggesting it's wrong, just it's still very low in the plausibility until more observations are made. :)
Re: First example?
No idea if it's a fault of the article... but some unequal force is needed for spin. So something would need to be set up just right for this one rock to spin from solar forces only. I'd put such a theory below "hit by another rock" and "off-gassing of ice under the surface (thus the sudden event and surface having no ice) on the plausibility scale. But then which one get's more funding/headlines/papers published? The plausible one, or the crackpot... ahem, less likely and more convoluted explanation?
May I present 2 pieces of Evidence your Honor? 1) The existing Google App store 2) Metro App Store
What's up on those pages?
Re: Installer wrappers - just say no.
Not sure, as I'm no expert and have no way to test, but these sites seem to be ADDING wrappers to the downloads.
Or, an even trickier method, adding a download manager to access the link/download. To get GIMP from SF, you now have to go through 3-4 pages (of the download manager from SF) of adds/maleware/addware promotions (with misleading doublespeak/doublenegatives and tiny opt out boxes) before you even get the link for Gimp. :(
"Don't think it's always been like that, but I think you'd struggle to not figure out how to download something from Sourceforge these days."
Um, you sure those "download" buttons are actual buttons and not adds that take you to dating sites right? Or are you browsing with addblock?
PS, just checked, there are at least 2 adds on each download page, twice as big as the real download button, colourd/designed exactly the same that link to other (could be anything, I'm not clicking it) software/sites.
Re: FLOSS nutter
"It's possible that might happen, but I doubt many people would choose Linux because their favourite Windows app happens to be open source"
Your certain the £80 upgrade of Windows is not also an incentive?
If Photoshop was Linux compatible (not even FLOSS), if my games were cross platform I'd jump over now.
I can't think of a single program that actually prevents me right now, except for the games (I already use Gimp not PS). So yes, if the software works on Windows I'll migrate to Linus. Because I'd never have known Gimp was any good or Firefox (Linux has equivalents) or Blender or many others. :)
And every other dodgy Download site!
I'm not sure if it's switch and bait to the programmers, as most of the software I see is real honest hard work, and even if it has "add support" it's kept as a banner (webpage style). But as said, that's the software direct from the programmer, but the download sites add so much bloat/male/adware that it's criminal. As an example, Even Java wants to install stuff these days. Not to mention the Download sites that add "download here" adds, so you cannot tell which is an add, and which is the real download button (unless like me you have addblock).
My advice to others is don't use the sites. If you know how to circumvent these cons (imitation adds, multiple content installers, bundled packs etc) you would not have needed to ask me where to download from in the first place.
PS, I'm only talking about legal downloads too, as in hobby craft made, homebrew and CC/opensource stuff. That download sites treat kind minded people offering a free service that way is criminal!
Re: You are all fucking insane!
(Could not agree more)
Those that think they are not in the same boat as the others, are bound to go down with them.
Those that know they are in the same boat either work to bail out, or bail out into the life rafts.
Re: Size estimate based on single tooth
There is "SCIENCE" then there is "magical science (imaginations)". I'll leave the decision on which is which in this case and in what application to the reader.
PS JeffyPoooh beat me too it, and gave the 3 best sciences in the correct order, and shows that even Astrophysics is far from an "ideal" available in other fields... oh, wait... was that a pun?! :D
Re: I hadn't noticed Dominic's idiosyncratic habit before. (one of them anyway.)
Wow. Are they me?! Thought I was the only one poorly written enough to do that. :P
Re: "birds are dinosaurs"
"Especially the cassowaries."
I'm all for that Mr Mr Grumblefish. But first show, scientifically that it's Dinosaur -> Cassowarie (ancestor) -> (other) Bird. And not Dinosaur -> (other) Bird -> Cassowarie (ancestor).
That's the massive problem with our identification system. We identify by what we see, and not necessarily by what is scientifically sound. :(
PS, thanks for the Edit option Reg! I could come back to edit missing out that any reference to historic animals are of cause going to be ancestors of existing ones, not necessarily identical.
Re: screen went blotchy, bad hard drive, bad NVIDIA Geoforce graphics card
You beat me to it Ramazan!
A "great produce and service" that has failed at least 3 times in how many few years? That's amazing. I've had a driver problem on my home build PC, that was fixed by an update. I've had a FSB error that was fixed by changing a setting in the bios. I've had zero hardware faults. Not sure the same can be done with a mac? Same went for my HP laptop. That even got Ram upgrades. But my HP laptop had more replaceable parts, it's only I dropped it and cracked the one thing that's vital on a laptop, the motherboard. :P
If it breaks less to begin with and is serviceable, where is the problem?
One slight problem...
"This would mean that perhaps" is not theory or scientific "fact", it's a "hypothesis". I hate when either scientists or the articles about them get this wrong*. We can all theorize possible mechanisms, it's observing them, or confirming them scientifically that's important...
"...This seemed very far out, but we wanted to test it anyway.” And he saves! Nice one Prof Zakon!
*and it turns out this one did not. Colour me surprised Reg!
Try doing this kind of launch...
... yourself! It's not easy. In Kerbal Space Program you can build some rockets that are similar though. :)
Will Vulture Labs ever do similar?
Re: Hmmm..... Good for watching cat videos on the commute....
Wait, you need a VPN to be able to use your net? That... like... your ISP is not providing throughput on the link or something? I'm speechless. Does the VPN not have to go through their system? How on earth...
I was using BBC Micros, Acorns and Amstrads when I should have been using Windows 2000 at School.
I remember the big fanfair when we got 2 PCs for the libary, to be used for 1 hour a week (on average). :P
Re: Nice read
It is both a truth and an appropriate example that we all at times have pains in our legs, so can empathise with those who have constant pain in their legs. We all at times need assistance physically, so can empathise with those who need constant physical assistance.
We would be foolish to think we were the peak of mental ability. So we all at times or all the time, have a measure of success or failure in our mental faculties.
Basically, we are more alike then we realise. Though we should all respect and help each other with our differences.
Re: 5v 3A
Yeah. I'd see it as a non-mobile device competitor or even functional product if they could confirm Linux/Windows support. But for that I'd prefer ~1Ghz for performance.
At £60 1ghz Intel (windows compatible) pc on a board could have it's place in the market. As a "different" programmable board to the pi. Not mobile, but still flexible.
But the pi seems to do so many things better (chip speed, ram, connectivity) and cheaper, and on a lower power requirement. So I see little this intel offering can... offer!
Re: Please please PLEASE ...
What? A [desktop] PC is the same as a raspberry Pi now? I'd be interested in Andriod on both. I'd use it in a VM (and can/did a while back) on the PC, or native (if possible) on the pi. I'd not use it native on a PC, because I can run full Linux distros on it. I tend not to be able to on the Pi though.
Re: Build your own!?
Create an OS, I can't get past (or to) creating drivers!
I know the response is either "it's easy" or "but check the hardware first". But this is a Linux compatible usb wifi stick. It's just I've no idea how to get it to work on any other machine than the Linux machine it came with. :/
Re: Ask one back
The do. Not the paper, but the photo copiers. Strange but true fact: The world is stranger than you realize!
(LMGTFY link) http://bit.ly/15wAhF9
Re: OpenGL is now reportedly faster than DirectX
As long as they are not fake improvements. Seen companies "manage" and "massage" figures and systems to give the desired, though not practical, results.
True. If it does not have native support for games, I have little interest. Though the "playing games away from home" or "playing my PC in the other room without moving it about" might be interesting if I can get linux on a really cheap pc/notebook.
I stop buying from Steam. So far, Steam has not gone Mac only, or Linux only. I doubt they will go Steam OS only. For example, people can use their system for delivery only (mods and games) with zero DRM or Steam exclusivity. I would assume, if Steam wanted to make their OS/gaming exclusive, they would have done it already (other delivery platforms have).
No doubt, if they are chasing the money, and possibly also not getting their head screwed on, they may close down the OS. At the least I'd expect others to dual boot Linux/Windows in that case. At the most, people would leave it to fail (in the same way the PS4/Xbone fail, as in "make billions, but loose me/us as a customer". Failure is sometimes relative, not absolute. ;) ).
Yes. I've seen people use pure determination to pull out Windows drivers themselves for obsolete or unique hardware if it's still popular.
How much more so with drivers and support spring up when people see Linux as popular?
Am I the first...
to think of something green going into space and then the word "Kerbal"?
Re: No@ jb99
It's not the things it does that make it a "computer", it's the things the user can do. Can you program on an iPhone/Tab/Android? I doubt it. It's a consumer device until it adds functionality the user can use to do "work".
Re: Problems Problems
Basically reduce the problem and design down to the basic level.
Have one "block" as the phone (CPU possibly some ram). Then add everything else as USB style interface. With the main case/base being like a hub. The only part that needs really fast response times is the memory, which could be restricted to a single port, or could sacrifice speed for putting it else where (Even my PC can use a ReadyBoost USB flash card for system like memory access).
The final product, if ever developed would not look like this. They would probably keep the CPU/RAM/Antenna in a single block/part and the cameras, screen and battery would be interchangeable.
Aiming for the sky is fine if you realize you have to come back down to earth. ;)
Love the idea.
The raspberry Pi is not far off from this. You can add screens and batteries (I've got it running off an external phone battery nicely) and usb wifi etc.
Had a similar idea years ago for doing this with Lego style blocks, but alas it's implementation that's key, not the ideas. :(
Pic is here (though it was based on PC/Palmpads back then. :P ) http://fav.me/d6lz7sz
"which is now owned by Intel."
I'm never buying another Intel product until they get rid of that McAfee, no, the software not the person! (As at least the person does less damage to the PCs I see!)
Modular designs you say? Oh, like all those sci-fi ideas wrapped up into one? Great! :D
It's the look I go for in most of my sci-fi works/hobbies now. :)
Re: Side question
I have seen Barclays', and it does a lot under the hood. Natwest's is the cleanest and simplest to some degree.
The Barclays now also has a pie chart to show spending with... wait for it... FULL customization. I dreamed of a pie/bar chart as soon as I heard internet banking existed. But never saw one till recently (15 years late?) when Barclays added it.
Using computer power and the internet for what it can do and what the customer wants? Now that's a turn for the books. ;)
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