2465 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007
Your attempt to find programming resources has been forwarded to another division. All resources previously dedicated to programming have been reassigned to the FUD department, since this is how we now preserve our market monopoly.
Quite entertaining actually
A real Twitter fan in our office was outraged... and could not tweet about it.
Had to resort to spilling his vitriol on Facebook!
Good thing it isn't used for anything serious
Nothing the narcissists can't fix with an extra week of therapy.
Re: None of these is really measured
It is broken in the sense it is not working.
Good old Newtonian physics works fine at normal day-to-day scales, but it breaks down when you go very fast, very small or very heavy. Then some of Einstein's magic, or quantum physics, step in.
The same happens here: those galactic distance models (eg. red shift) probably work fine over (relatively) short distances etc and with various assumptions, but when you're probing the boundaries and violate the assumptions they don't work any more.
So when you find a galaxy is older than the universe you need to find something to fiddle with until it all makes sense again.
Sun damage cause premature aging. Moisturiser helps.
None of these is really measured
The distances are not measured using a tape measure, trigonometry, or something that everyone else would do in a real world distance measurement.
These galactic "measurements" are spat out of mathematical models. When the numbers don't stack up, it is worth thinking about whether the models are broken, or are used outside their application.
Re: Your power supply already adapts
Now that would make Siri sound like a horrible old crone as "she" ages.
Applying different threshold voltages also exists
These days many NAND flash parts have a re-read feature to try different read threshold voltages to find one that generates the least ECC errors.
This is a bollocks patent.
"dinosaurs didn't have a space program" - look what happened to them
Indeed, look what happened to them.
According to Wonkapedia, the dinosaurs lasted 135 million years as the dominant vertebrates.
So far we've lasted around 200,000 years and making just 1 million years seems like long odds right now.
Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...
Ok, so the only real value in an exchange is to overcome the useless transaction time of a wallet to wallet transfer?
If so, surely it would make sense to only keep a few $ worth there (eg. if you're pub crawling on bitcoins then a few quid's worth).
From what you say that is now an issue that litecoin addresses, so there would be no reason to keep litecoin in an exchange. Correct?
In this day and age, where even swiping a credit card takes too long, and NFC payment has emerged, any "currency" that requires multi-second, let alone multi-minute, transactions is doomed for day to day usage.
When bitcoin was, or was at least perceived by many to be, the One True cryptocurrency, it had some value. Now there are lots of them and there seems no reason why Mike down the road can't start Mike'sCoin in his mom's basement. This must surely undermine any "scarcity" value and erode confidence in bitcoin as a medium of transferring value.
Perhaps someone can explain to me...
I don't have bitcoins, and never intend to, but this whole shebang makes me curious.
The bit I don't understand is this:
If I own some bitcoins, then surely all I need to do is store the bitpatterns somewhere. It might be a laptop, it might be in drop box or printed out and stored in a hole in the ground.
This is supposed to be a liberating financial instrument. Something like gold or whatever, but without the problems of physical existence and hassles moving it around.
Why would anyone want to park bitcoins in an institution like a bank, exchange or Mt Gox? It would be stupid to park, say, gold in a bank where they could slam the doors shut and loot the deposit boxes (or if I was a crim, shut down access). Surely parking bitcoin in an account defeats the whole purpose?
This one *is* different
Unlike phone projectors that have gone before, this one works by changing the phase angle between the emitted electrons.
In many ways this replicates what a phase array radar does, just at a much smaller scale (light wavelength instead of microwaves). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phased_array
Re: This lack of colaboration is a disgrace
Napoleons or Napoleonesses, not much difference.
More specifically... White, straight men.
Sorry, it is our fault.
How is it that you can say "we need more women for job x because they think differently", but you cannot say "we don't need women for job y because they think differently"?
If, as a generalisation, women do think differently from men then "women think" is surely suited to some functions and "bloke think" to other.
For example, the massive gender imbalances in programming might just favour "bloke think" and no matter how hard we try paint programming pink, it just won't appeal to women in general.
Now of course gender should not be used as a selection criterion. We should just select people on their individual merit. We should not assume that a bloke is going to be a good programmer (there are thousands of counter-examples) and nor should we assume that women won't be. However artificially moving the needle to seek some ideological balance is surely broken.
We can all do something...
I, for one, won't be playing Russian roulette any more.
I'll still drink vodka but say it with a hard V, ie not "wodka".
It is easy to tell if they are legitimate
If they are buying their weapons from us, they are the good guys.
If they are getting them from elsewhere, or using the stuff we sold them ten years ago, then they are not.
We haven't had Playmobil for a long time. Need it Now!
Re: The headline is rather misleading...
Rather confusing old chap...
In cricket and baseball it means catching and handling a ball hit by the opposing team.
Since baseball is probably bigger than the military in Japan we can probably use this meaning.
"You mean he might not be dead by then?"
Woosh.... It is a sad day when you have to explain a joke....
Osborne was the "inventor" of the Osborne Effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect whereby people don't buy the current product because the pre-announcements make the next one sound more appealing.
Get the joke yet?
If not, let me continue... Since I expect the 76th birthday to be better than the 75th, I an going to apply the Osborne Effect and ignore the 75th and wait for the 76th.
Get it now???
If not, I want my typing back.
I'm going to ignore this birthday because his 76th birthday will be better
Re: Open your fucking eyes.
See, that's the problem...
Blokes never see all these male nursing/kindergarten/whatever websites because they don't know they are there.
The terachers at schools, and society in general, does not push them. We don't have bloke nurses sponsored to go to schools and talk about how cool nursing is.
You managed to find 5 with Google.
The females in IT/engineering barrow is pushed MUCH harder: newspapers, govt media blitz,...
For instance, here in NZ a woman can get free engineering training at polytech. Blokes can't. There are huge billboards promoting girls in IT. Nothing about nursing for the boys.
" something people find of value,"
There's nothing like a good old fashion witch hunt to bring in the crowds.
Not all people find BC "of value" particularly those who remortgaged their houses and bought in at $1200 because their thinking was that BC must go up by another order of magnitude or such.
Like the people caught out by the sub-prime mortgage bubble, they were already surfing Bayliner.com looking at boats but now they have a huge hole in their finances. They cannot face the truth: that their greed wiped them out. No, they want someone to blame.
It was a swarm of them
They were flying in a stealth formation.... Us meatsasks thought there was just one out there until they went into attack formation.
Even the best tennis players whack some into the net.
Apple have had some brilliant marketing results, but this time they missed.
If they are intelligent, which they are, this is going to help them understand their buyers, and the market, better.
As paleoflatus says, the bling is part of the Apple attraction and buying a blingless Apple product - to save some money - will look cheap in front of your mates. If you're tight for money, then buying an Android will save face.
Many pundits pegged this one to flop. Apple still probably did the right thing though; unless you experiment and try different strategies you will never find the bounds of the market.
Not one mention of latent heat
Warming means adding heat. It does not mean raising temperatures.
The biggest problem I see with any of the models I have looked at closely is the omission of latent heat.
The leaked models from CRU, and enverything else I have looked at, try to directly model temperature change from inputs.
The earth has ice, water and water vapour - like a pot of water with ice in it. Put the pot on the stove and start heating. The water does not increase in temperature by much because the heat is being used to mealt the ice. Thus, there is very little commection between heat absorbed by the system and its temperature. Once all the ice is gone though, or it becomes so small as to have very little effect, the temperature will start to rise. The same happens again as water changes to water vapour.
In other words, modelling temperature is broken, we need to model heat then figure out temperature as a secondary effect.
We have a lot of ice and water vapour on this planet and unless these are factored into any modelling
the models are just broken. People will get "results", but they will just be the output of tweakery to reflect the modeller's bias.
Re: Fuck a duck...
Blame Al Gore. That covers Apple and Climate Change in one hit.
No wonder we need such a big hockey stick - to protect us from these asteriods.
It is a new Reg unit - like swimming pool, London bus etc - just smaller.
Like feet vary until we standardise on one person's foot, meter will vary depending on whether we're using a light meter, gas meter, dial or digital, etc etc.
In order that we standardise this more rigorously, I decree that we use a meter close to the Greenwich Meridian. The width of the electricity meter in the Royal Observatory at Greenwich will do fine.
Beer (honourary) to the first comentard that gets down there and reports back the metric equivalent.
What is this interesting thing called work that you speak of?
n the knitting trading forum
Vendor: Hello I have some knitting needles for sale.
Buyer: What size, make etc?
V: It is 9 mm thick. Made by Glocken-knit. In good shape.
B: Do you also sell yarn with it?
V: Yes I have 200 feet of yarn for extra $1 per foot.
Facebook are just trying to be seen to be doing the right thing.
just take pics of skinny cats?
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"laughing off the IPhone"
In his mind MS already "owned" that space and once MS owned a space they had it forever. At that point in history, Microsoft had never really been beaten back on anything.
I worked on many WinCE projects (from the drivers up) starting in the 1990s. Microsoft completely under resourced the effort and did not take it seriously. The market uptake was poor, mainly because MS did not listen to the market, but instead tried to tell the market what to do.
They put a lot of effort into marketing, but insufficient into development: net result was something that never lived up to its potential. THis disrupted the space, without providing a solution - all highly destructive.
The only reason this is news worthy...
Generally the many eyes principle works. This time it did not. Tha is the only reason it is news.
Normally a bug like this would not last a month.
The attemt to inject a back door into Linux in 2003 was rooted out in less than a day, admittedly partially due to tools detecting the issues rather than eyes.
Your numbers are gone
Not your money.
Your money was gone when you bought the bitcoins. You might, or might not get the money back with or without a profit when you sell the stuff.
But the stuff that got stolen were just bit patterns, they were not money at the time of theft.
Really bad idea actually...
I see you're trying to help and do recognise that many, if not most, prisoners are not exactly skilled and that giving them any skill is surely a step in the right direction.
But call centre work? It sounds ideal for con men who are by their very nature excellent salesmen - but not really for anyone else.
Are they going to handle credit card info? Are they going to handle personal details? That sounds like a recipe for a disaster.
Your violent type crim got there mainly because he (mostly, seldom she) has a really short fuse and anger management issues. Dealing with frustrated customers just does not sound like a good career choice.
What's wrong with the old lag trades such as labouring (digging ditches) and gardening?
"Prepare them for a better life"
I think I'd punch a guard and get banged up for another 3 years rather than do call centre work.
I was going to make a joke about trending graphs, but MS beat me to it!
MS have really struggled with their collaborative work stuff forever:
Sharepoint: Not even as good as using drop box or ftp.
Visual Source Safe. Worst damn source control system ever.
Like a lot of these "add X to Y make it shiny" projects, this is icing a turd again. The bling only adds value if the underpinnings are solid, otherwise they will just grate. This is all going to suck badly unless they've done the hard bit - fix the underlying document sharing technology..
If it was a bit smaller....
They could make it into a $10 PEZ dispenser. Sell millions of them at Apple Stores.
Re: Hello French polishers?
Trying to put BC on the same footing as a fiat currency is broken. In theory you are right, but for all practical reasons you are wrong.
Maybe an analogy will help: Two masses attract one another with a mutual gravitational field. It does not matter whether we're talking about planets or electrons, the theory still applies. However, for the electrons, the gravity is so weak, it can be discounted in the presence of other forces.
Sure all money is "just a number". The difference with the fiat currency is that it has a history and we perform so many transactions in it that we have a vague handle on what it is worth. I know that my pay will buy me x loaves of bread and y % of it will pay my rent. If bread doubled in price tomorrow we'd think something was very wrong.
At some level, the USD, say, is linked to the value of the US GDP. It is a tiny slice of the US economy. When the value of the US economy goes down, so does the USD. The rate of change is, however, relatively small.
New fiat currencies cannot just be added at will. They have to be tied to some economy. eg. If someone started up a USquid, also claiming to be a slice of the US economy you would have a problem. Either the one would replace the other, or they would have to split into different regions.
So, although a fiat currency has no actual tangible value, it is still backed by an economy which does have value.
BC has nothing to peg it to. It is a slice of nothing. Should a BC be worth $1, $10, or $1M? There really is nothing to say what is a fair price at all.
Then there is nothing stopping anyone from making up their own crypto-currency (there at least 8 already). What value do they have? Do they dilute BC?
There's a huge hint that BC has no value: anyone can make up a cryptocurrency in their basement and it is equally valid as BC.
Libertarians != anarchists
Anarchists don't believe there is a need for any rules. The theory being that you just let people get on with it and they will figure things out as they go. In part they are right: people figure it out by.... making rules.
Libertarians do, in general, see the need for rules. But they think rules should be constrained to only those needed to prevent one person from harming another and to allow society to function. Libertarians generally do not want business licenses, home ownership associations etc. They are willing to accept the need for law and order. but not "nanny state" laws.
Too many crypro currencies
Part of the percieved value in BC was the apparent scarcity value. The BC number space only has 21 million coins and once those are all mined there are none more.
That lured in the speculators, particularly the over ideological people. For instance, I saw some person post that BC would be the future of all transactions, therefore all the world's assets would have to be expressed as bitcoins and that mean each bitcoin would become worth 1/(21 million) of the worlds assets - ie. millions of dollars each.
But now we have at least 8 different crypocurrencies out there. Each vying to express a slice of the world's value. It seems anyone can literally set up a cryptocurrency in mom's basement. It really comes down to whether or not you can find enough numpties to believe you.
Yes, underlying all currencies - crypto or national - there is trust. At some level they are all pretty much the same. But the difference is that, say, USD have both a track record and a psychological momentum. We get paid in national currencies and we pay rent and buy bread in them. We know how much they are worth (and that they will likely slowly erode due to inflation).
BC (or any other crypto currency for that matter) is not pegged in value. There is no reason why it should be worth 1c, $1, $10, $1000 or $1M.
"you can't quibble with "biggest""
It depends on your definition of "biggest".
Most widgets moved? Nope.
Most employees? Nope.
Biggest offices? Nope.
The following spring to mind:
Biggest users of hyperbole. Certainly.
Biggest patent numpties. Maybe.
Biggest mark up? Doubt it.
Most profitable? Perhaps.
All Apple's fault
Apple should have patented turbulence then nobody else would experience it!
- or -
Maybe it's because flight mode isn't working properly....
These agencies are pretty stupid. Anything to get in the news.... Briefcase/duty free bottles fall out of compartment is not news, but iPads are...
So why did you stop wearing bell-bottoms and platform shoes then?
They still work as clothing items, but they're not trendy any more so you threw them out an bought whatever the other kids buy.
WTF is popular because it's popular. Gotta be in with the cool kids (or whatever the new cool word for cool is).
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
The critical bit is "out-of-court".
If it had been an in-court settlement, then the terms would have been public record.
With an out of court settlement, all we know is the action stopped. We don't know if that was because they paid him or he had a change of heart.
Any system that expect people to be perfect is broken
When you design a system of any sort, you design in all the environment in which that system operates.
In many cases, particularly computer systems, the environment includes people. The person is designed into the system.
If your computer system depends on power - which it probably does - you don't depend on it being perfect. You expect it to fail occasionally and therefore install UPSs etc.
Same deal with the people: you're designing people into the system. People fail. Design for that.
"The monopoly is under attack"
Dumb move boyo.
It is one thing to be accused of being a monopoly, but publicly claiming to be a monopoly is another thing. There are laws against such things.
Attack is a word suggesting the problem is due to outside hostiles that need to be repulsed.
That is surely wrong.
MS primarily has interal problem, not external ones. Microsoft is rotting from inside.
Prime the canon to do batlle will not stop water seeping through the the woodworm holes.
Re: Why are there so many Luddites on the Reg forums?
Having played with this stuff, people want their real Planet Earth lives back.
In the past, for the most part, our technology was limited and that prevented it from interfering in our real lives. Now the technological limitations are either gone or are going at a remarkable rate. Society has to develop etiquet to deal with technology, and that takes time.
After a few months of Facebook, many people realise this is cutting into their real socialising - a few mates in a pub having a couple of beers and a bit of banter. Even that is not what it used to be with constant texting and any decent discussion being wrecked by people looking up what Wikipedia has to say on the subject.
Re: "throwing wet bar towels at her"
Now, now, that would have been quite upsetting.
The bar towel wasn't even made from organic cotton!
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