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12 posts • joined 9 Apr 2012

HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch ... THE MACHINE

Philius

Title change

I've been ranting about this for ages - it's not a memristor, it's a FLUX CAPACITOR!

One point thirty two gigawatts?

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The 'third era' of app development will be fast, simple, and compact

Philius
Facepalm

Metaphorical abstraction, anyone?

It sounds like they're aiming at a system that allows declarative programming, as each system has its own procedural approaches.

I thought about how I could use OpenGL to rotate the bits in an array of bytes recently (swap rows and columns) to speed up some code - it made my head hurt.

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

Philius

iPad bashing

As fond of iPad bashing as I am due to their lack of openness, some of the comments point out how software (even open source software) present themselves as homogeneous blobs, written in inscrutable C++/Java/whatever incantations.

It can be argued that such is the state of the art - we've moved on from punched cards, at least.

But neither hardware nor software particularly lends itself to education, it's all about getting it done, protecting your interests (complexity brings obfuscation, a form of encryption) and waiting for fashion to move along so you can do it again in another language/paradigm/form-factor.

To really make a difference in education, fashion would need to make an unexpected turn - favoring the users, which won't happen as long as they're consumers, in whatever form.

Two things would make this happen

1. Tin of beans guarantee - it contains what it says on the tin

So an iPad would have "consumer appliance" on it, which is what it is, not for IT education

A Raspberry Pi would have "IT kit" on it

2. Be amenable to tweaking/tinkering/reprogramming/developing-software-on

Ordinary PCs go some of the way, the Raspberry Pi goes further, and with OpenCL it would go all the way.

Ultimately only open software on open hardware can seriously claim to earn the badge "an IT educators must-have".

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Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

Philius

I wrote a blog about the "big bang" - http://philipashmore.blogspot.ie/2012/08/the-condensing-universe.html

I don't know why they're still calling it a "bang".

If we're still receiving emissions from the birth of the universe then it must mean that the bang took as long as we've been able to measure the radiation - more than 50 years isn't a bang, not even a thud.

At the "start" of the universe I'm in a room the size of an atom where the walls are covered in lights and I have to race away fast enough so that the room's big enough and the light from the walls is only reaching me now.

No, no, men in white coats - I'm a physicist! A physicist!

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Georgia Tech proposes terabit NFC antenna

Philius

Additional references

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July12/TeraHertzRing.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/05/terahertz_receiver/

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/416066/how-terahertz-waves-tear-apart-dna/

http://www.siliconradar.com/

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Euro boffins plan supercomputer to SIMULATE HUMAN BRAIN

Philius

Could it teach us, or make better ones?

Just because your conciousness runs on a super-computer doesn't make you smarter.

It might turn out like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Gumble (Barney Gumble) and ask for a beer.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

Philius

Modules?

Hmm...

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

Philius
Facepalm

Netflix, did you say?

If you go to "ways to watch" at the bottom of the page, it takes you to

http://account.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices

In Ireland, I'm getting a site error.

Time was when the blu-ray player I bought, an LG BD660, was listed there.

Now Netflix and LG are doing a co-ordinated back-pedal.

And guess what, the wayback machine

http://archive.org/web/web.php

isn't of much use either in this regard.

Not only does Netflix require cookies, but it checks your IP address to see where you're visiting from, even for the page that shows what devices support Netflix.

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Russian tech baron shocks physicists with £3m cash wad

Philius
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unless they all nominate each other

What a great testament this is about physics, science and the educational system in general!

Even if the board members were above reproach, the lack of links to the works of the winning researchers does mean that joe public can't expect any dosh for an ephiphany while on the throne.

I wish someone would explain to me how this "closed shop" attitude works towards the advancement of any field of interest.

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'Don't break the internet': How an idiot's slogan stole your privacy...

Philius
Facepalm

Re: robots.txt? Seriously?

"it was Google that had insisted on ACAP being in robots.txt"

So Googles own robots.txt would have to declare that it didn't own its own web pages.

This comment was made in relation to the article.

Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

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Philius
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robots.txt? Seriously?

What would the robots.txt file look like for googles own web site?

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