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How cool is that ... An article on excited atoms has it's own Lewis notation.
It's Rumoured ...
Regina does three or four soldiers at a time.
Dead Steve Jobs
Oh no ... another metaphorical grave for Reg writers to dance upon.
Re: Recent news on Page 2 - the Knowledge Economy
Not really the same thing. In your example, The engineer is only paid once for exercising his talent. Copyright means that for the rest of his life the engineer gets paid every time someone else chalks a cross on a faulty part.
I remember that game ...
... the only time Gary managed to dribble past an entire defence. Impressive.
Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science
Just because the reviewer is unfamiliar with science, it doesn't follow that the novel is 'exclusionary'.
A Policeman's Lot
When a writer's not engaged in his employment
Or maturing journalistic little plans
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is just as great as any honest man
> 1. Order a refurbished one from the US site to your or a relatives hotel in the US.
If ever there was a comment that deserved the Paris treatment ...
Re: 1000 quid!
> As for the price: you get what you pay for and, as I tend to keep my kit for several years, skimping to save three or four hundred now makes no sense.
It's important consider total cost of ownership. The estimated resale value is just as important as the purchase price, and Apple products retain their value well. I've recently sold my Late 2011 Macbook Air for £100 less than it's original cost and 33 beer tokens per annum for a laptop is pretty hard to beat!
> Fink, you are a dick.
> Lionel Baden was responding to the attention seeking Mole's completely spurious response to a question about GIF's.
If doubting that El Reg benefits by self-appointed forum police making pronouncements on the motives behind other's posts makes me a dick, then so be it.
Like Luis Suarez, your excuses just don't ring true ...
> my reply actually had something to do with the previous post
It looks to me like you prefaced your off-topic reply with a throw away comment in an attempt to cover yourself in case of criticism. I would suggest that pointing out an internet site which contains funny GIFs hardly contributes to the discussion.
> I wasn't replying just to try and grab the second spot on the page
Funny, I get exactly the opposite impression.
If you felt strongly about perceived attention seeking in others, then the proper thing to do would be to start a newly titled comment. If your motive was draw attention to yourself by criticising a fellow Commentard, then you've succeeded. Unfortunately, calling another's motivation into question attracts the wrong kind of attention.
You've been here long enough to know better. The Register's message boards are thankfully free of the pettiness you exhibited and I, for one, would like them to remain that way.
not sure why your replying to Mr Hill's comment as you talked about something completely unrelated , if were cynical about the whole thing my presumption would be you want ed to have your comment read at the top of the page instead of being 4 comments down ....
Pot, meet Kettle.
> So how is this different from BMW incorporating a HUD in their latest models?
The BMW has undergone all the relevant safety certification. There's no indication that this product will even be submitted to the safety authorities.
If you were involved in a collision (even as the innocent party) with this gizmo fitted, the other party's insurance company could and would claim that you had wilfully obscured your view of the road ahead. Not only that, but your own insurance company would probably jump at the chance to refuse payment on the same grounds too.
Re: Ten Summoner’s Tales
> The one thing that a pun is supposed to do is sound like another word. Sting's pun doesn't even have the same number of syllables.
Sorry to be a Yoda about this, but ... the original Canterbury Tales contains both 'Somonour' and 'Somnour' so there is precedence for pronouncing Summoner with two syllables and a silent 'o'. Mind you, Chaucer was a 'slogardie tuwel' when it came to spelling.
Re: *every* IT post?
> After that time they begin to realise that they don't know it all and then start learning.
That's been our experience with graduates too. On the other hand, school leavers have the 50% pass mark syndrome - it takes them a while to realise that in the real world anything less than 100% effort is unacceptable.
@S4qFBxkFFg: Did you realise you put your password into the "Name" box? ;)
@S4qFBxkFFg's password is probably 'password' ...
"So you don't like US citizens because of policies the US government "?
That's just not true. We don't like the United States as a country because of the policies of the US government. We don't like US citizens because - as the original poster pointed out - they are loud, boisterous, obnoxious and uninformed of the local culture.
"Assuming a proportionate share, then Scottish licence fee payers own around 10% of BBC Worldwide, and 10% of future revenue streams on current productions, because they paid for it."
Doesn't it follow that non-Scottish licence fee payers own around 90% of BBC Scotland - or am I missing something?
Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous
> a driver *can* cause a massive amount of damage to themselves and innocent bystanders, even at a low speed
That's why instances of unlawful mobile use should be punished with a weekend of community service in an A&E department.
Re: Ban? What ban?
> I specifically stated the camera was to be fitted to the rear of your car, which would record both the drivers face and the number plate.
If you are going to operate a surveillance camera system from the back of your car, you'd need to be in compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code Of Practice. The code contains twelve guiding principles and, as far as I can tell, you'd be hard pressed to conform with any of them.
Apart from anything else, operating a vehicle fitted with surveillance equipment with the expressed intent of capturing traffic offences (even a fully automated system) is likely to be just as unsafe as using a mobile phone while driving. I'd report YOU in an instant ...
> smugly reject anything new
What's new about a mechanical arm that pops out of a hat? Inspector Gadget has had one for years.
The Russians have found out how to grow Mandelbrot sets.
Re: Someone with a firm grasp of Latin grammar
Does he go around saying 'hujus, hujus, hujus' as if he were proud of it?
> Citation needed.
I sense hostility.
This stuff is basic physical cosmology, so I suggest you check out a current cosmology text. Failing that Parallel Universes Max Tegmark, Scientific American - May, 2003.
> There's a finite number of decimal digits, therefore the decimal expansion of pi must start repeating at some point. Oh, wait.
Not a good analogy. Nevertheless, pi is a normal number, so it it is conjectured that it will contain any a finite sequences of digits. One possible finite sequence is the coordinates of every particle in the observable universe ... and, if it contains one copy, it can contain an infinity of copies.
> Sometimes there seems to be an infinite number of people making sophomoric arguments that don't stand up to a moment's scrutiny, but I'm sure that's just an illusion.
True, that is just an illusion on your part. Physical cosmology is a branch of physics that is concerned with the scientific study of the universe at the largest scales. As Richard Dawkins remarked, “science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.” I'm also reminded of another Dawkins' quotes “Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off."
> It's better to argue with laymen with measured facts we know than seemingly fantastical theories.
"Eppur si muove"
Re: A quote from Hawking
> Resources on a planet can for the most part never actually be used up.
It's posited that a Dyson sphere could require more material than all the planets in a solar system could provide.
> The idea of there being duplicate Earths in the same dimension requires a few assumptions that it's not yet fair to make.
To be fair, the OP stated "the limitless vastness of the universe" as a given.
Nevertheless, there is some strong physical evidence in support of an infinite universe / duplicate earth scenario:
The WMAP mission measured the microwave background; and by mapping the hot and cold spots, was able to determine the topology of space. NASA's conclusion was "that the universe is flat with only a 0.4% margin of error." This suggests that the universe is either infinite or very, very large.
Similarly, three-dimensional galaxy distribution studies have shown that, on extremely large scales, the visible universe is monotonously uniform. This isotropy / homogeneity argues against the finite matter / island universe model. Indeed recent background radiation data gathered by Planck telescope seems to indicate the gravitational pull of matter outside our Hubble volume.
Even if there were huge fluctuations in the distribution of matter, there would still be an infinite number of Hubble volumes identical to ours in the universe - they would just be further apart.
> Show me the maths.
Space-time is infinite. There's a finite number of ways particles can be arranged in space-time. Space-time must therefore start repeating at some point.
An infinite universe is thus guaranteed to contain multiple versions of you. The distance you need to travel to find a duplicate earth is a simple calculation.
There are 10^118 sub atomic particles in Hubble space. The number of possible arrangements of these particles is thus 2^10^118. Multiplying the number of arrangements by the diameter of the known universe - 8x10^26 meters - gives an average distance to the nearest duplicate earth of roughly 10^10^118 meters.
Re: A quote from Hawking
I suspect Hawkins quote predates the discovery that telluric planets are relatively commonplace. What possible resources could we offer intelligent life that could not be found on any of the many rocky exoplanets we've detected nearby - McDonald's?
Re: That's not a rock...
... it's a holy Martian relic.
It is a gift from the Gods that fell from heaven on a column of fire. It has been worn smooth by the adoring mandibles and tentacles of untold millions of Martian worshipers.
Re: The Register = quite wrong here
> As are all other pedants who think mediocre Google skills makes them feel a bit like god almighty.
Don't lean on me, man, coz you can't afford the ticket.
> Where is the 'A' in "SPICE GIRLS"?
> the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster.
There was no eco-disaster because pre-Columbian agriculture was associated with intentional soil improvement (see terra preta). This is in stark contrast to 'modern' slash and burn agricultural practices which are highly destructive.
Re: But, but, but...
> a large sign outside saying "Tony Bliar Lives here"
Tony Blair lives in one of a row of homes with identical frontages in Connaught Square. Blurring his particular house just makes it more conspicuous.
Wireless charging pads will, no doubt, present ample opportunities for antisocial behaviour - especially as your e-car will be left unattended for extended periods. For example, what's to stop someone interposing their own charging pad between your car and the ground pad?
A knowledge of insects always comes in handy ...
"a Mercedes Benz which notices when you're driving home"
I have a Nest, and it's certainly an improvement on the old thermostat which was not family friendly in the least. However, I don't think I'd be able to convince 'her inside' that we need a £30,000 update to the thermostat ...
Re: Fifty quid?
Not only do you have the initial purchase price, but if Acronis follows the same pricing model as Parallels, there'll be a hefty upgrade fee with every OS X point release.
"the team from the CMS Collaboration, which includes boffins from Imperial College London, Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the University of Wisconsin, fired protons at each other in a six metre diameter solenoid"
It'd be a tight squeeze, but it sounds like they had fun.
Did they use modified paintball guns?
Fjords are difficult to get right ... they do give a planet a baroque feel, but it's easy to overdo 'em.
Re: The key..
> experience and insight on the part of the dispatcher
Sadly, such old-fashioned industrial 'craft' often isn't valued.
What never fails to blow my mind are those old-time analog gadgets that solve computationally hard problems. I've used a planimiter to 'automagically' find the area of irregular solids, and there's the classic example of the soap bubble Steiner tree.
> You may not like it but the Army Act 1955 was superseded by the Armed Forces Act 2006 which has no such provision.
I apologise for my initial comment.
You are indeed correct. Since the repeal of the Army Act 1955 anyone is free to wear their relative's medals.
> It is highly unlikely that an organisation such as The Royal British Legion would actively promote breaking the law by encouraging you to wear a relatives decorations. I suspect that the authority to allow a person to wear another’s medals has been delegated to the Royal British Legion.
I believe the BL rules to be consistent with the special case of posthumous medal presented to next-of-kin. I suggest that the British Legion FAQ supports this reading.
>But it does conform with the letter of the law. It is not breaking any act of Parliament or any local ordinance.
You may not like it, but the law is unequivocal. Wearing a decoration without authority contravenes 197(1)(a) of the Army Act of 1955.
> Aren't you a joyous individual. The man is proudly displaying and honouring his father's achievements and heroism. Not passing off as your sick suggestion would make him out to be.
I did not imply that he was passing off his father's medals as his own. I am aware of the custom of wearing a family member's medals on the right breast on Remembrance Day and, as a number of commentards have pointed out, provision for this is made in the Ceremonial Rules of the Royal British Legion. Nevertheless, although the practice is generally accepted I believe it is not officially sanctioned.
The point of my previous post was that an analogy can be drawn:
It's unlikely the photographer would be aware that wearing his dad's medals does not conform with the letter of the law. Similarly, it is unlikely that Tom Hanks (or more likely a staffer) was aware that posting the image would fall foul of copyright law.
Also, just as wearing his father's medals is not an attempt by the photographer to claim them as his own, it is equally improbable that Tom Hanks intended to pass off the images as his own.
As the OP noted, this is more than likely a case of 'casual ignorance'; to claim that attribution has been stolen is unnecessary hyperbole.
I note that Tim Martingdale stated on his website that he'd be wearing his dad's medals on Remembrance Sunday.
The official position is that you should not wear medals other than your own.
I suppose the moral niceties of attribution and rights only apply to your own works when you're a commercial photographer.
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