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Randy Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon had that on his laptop in 1999!
Re: As in "Mathmatica, the monster resources hog" Mathmatica?
I remember Mathematica ran just fine on a NeXT pizza box or cube, those had similar memory and computing power to a Rpi. sure you can use lots of resources but you don't have to.
the full-zoom shot of the Hilton tower (hence the Paris angle -> ) shows that 20MP is a simple waste of storage, it's useless at that size. A _good_ 8MP camera is enough for a phone, all the Lumia 41MP trickery nonwithstanding (there it's mostly a basis for noise-reducing oversampling)
Maybe most-rendered pixels. But at some low-level hardware layer in my visual cortex there is content filter that removes that information from the input stream. I suspect I'm not the only one with that function.
Maybe they're trying to circumvent that filter with their redesign, but the hardware architecture has been honed for millions of years to adapt to new challenges quickly.
Zuck on that, bitch!
they had to sign a document at the start, promising not to say "gee thanks I can always flog it on eBay" when they receive their wannabe-iTat as prizes.
Ok, I made that up.
Linux fans should applaud Billy G
Microsoft DOS and later windows paved the way for cheap commodity computer hardware, which made Linux possible. Even Windows-haters (me included) know that we have Bill to thank for that, not just for GORILLAS.BAS
I expect "fully-automatic home-brewed" beer to be at best mediocre like "automatic breadmaker" bread. Not a patch on the real crafted product (be it liquid or solid bread).
I advocate a better system: mains distruibution from your friendly round-the-corner microbrewery, taps "hot", "cold" and "beer" at the kitchen sink.
I keep on hoping that some old mates of the Jolla team have not Elop'd from Nokia and can leak the odd private key and hardware secret so that Sailfish can run on Nokia's rather neat phones! Of course that may incur flying chairs from Redmond.
Would punters break any laws if they bought a Windows phone just to root out Windows and run other software on it?
please. I know it's strange for the British how the Germans use 'ie' where English would put 'ei', but it enhances the effect of the language-based fun to get it right.
You are wery velcome.
Disclaimer: I am a Kraut, yes.
"gift" as a verb: well it's horrible but maybe it's in your dictionary. Thank you for stating between the lines that you had to check. "gifter" and "giftee", though, that's a whole other level of ugliness. Maybe it's the fact that the patant drawing is not horribly distorted this time that made someone think that, at least, the language had better be terrible.
Some sort of statistical argument on how likely a patent is to stand up against legal scutiny, depending on how much it's actually scrutinised, which in turn depends on how stomach-turning the content is.
Claims of "North Korea stuck in Middle Age" greatly exaggerated
It's always fun to have a larf at the expense of the Norks, and it's somewhat of a Vulture tradition.
But the sentiment expressed in many of these comments and in recent media brouhaha RE: NK documentary disregards the fact that many of the actual people there aren't dumb (just like elsewhere).
There is a huge underground economy powering much of the country, feeding people (you can't just eat imaginary peaches grown on an imaginary farm) etc, and owning/operating all the latest tech kit from China within the reach of the northern border.
And the party leaders quietly accept that, too, so that people don't fall over dead in the street all the time.
You can't just promise them a bowl of kim-chee and have 500,000 soldiers turn up for a military parade, you have to give it to them as well, so you have to go to the black market to buy a few heads of cabbage and such beforehand.
No one would have believed in the early years years of the twenty-first century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable.
I call "bollocks"
>do not take your sports car
I cycled to and from the clinic for my vasectomy, amd I do use a hard seat on my bicycle.
And yes it does hurt but nothing terrible, at all.
All sorts of complications can happen but by and large, it's rare. And nothing compared to the kinds of complications non-vasectomies can cause, mostly but not exclusively on the other half of the beast-with-two-backs, if I may say so.
Re: @ murph - Scheissturm
Scheißsturm. Even in the "reformed spelling" it's still spelled with the sharp s, also known as "that funny beta letter" in these parts.
Interesting question also whether you'd get a triple consonant in the compound (Scheisssturm) if you translate the ß into ss, as the Swiss do, for example, or where you write capitalised.
Schönes Wochenende, zusammen.
Fed Up metamorphosis shocker
The new upgrade Tool, sef-deprecatingly named "fedup", is also coming good now.
For the first time in many years of "upgrading a linux distro", in Suse, Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora (that's what I used, in order, since 1997) It went absolutely without a hitch, even though there are a fair number of customisations deviating from the default on my system.
Fedora's approach is a bit different from Debian/XXbuntu, the updater is a shell command that downloads all packages and installs a special "upgrader" boot image.
The updater feeds for many hours downloading the new versions for all my packages, including from 3rd party repositories. It's like a caterpillar eating and growing, but of course you can go on working until it's time to re-boot.
When you boot the FedUp image, the computer goes into the "chrysalis" stage where the system performs the updates, and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
On Granny's Ubuntu box the update takes place with a pretty GUI and while the old system is still running, but it interrupts the work several times through the run with debconf asking questions, so you can't have it run while you're out.
Well done Fedora.
Out on a limb
I'm going out on a limb here but my hunch is that deforestation has a lot to do with this, and it _is_ something we can do something about.
It's scary shit that's going down in Sumatra and the Amazon, all fuelled by our demand for Palmolive and biofuels and beefburgers, that's really fucking us up.
And when there are no more limbs to go out on we will learn that Lewis was on the wrong Page and he was writing like his namesake Carrol, only not so artful or funny.
I'm unfamiliar with Instagram
>ran official North Korean propaganda images through Instagram
Do you have to do the "over-saturate the colours and apply really dark vignetting" bit yourself or does Instagram do that for you?
Thanks to the intrepid Reg reporter..
.. for conducting this brave experiment.
Does this stuff have enough fibre to not mess up your digestive system entirely?
Please give detailed reports from the other end.
All I read on the Torygraph site is the Matt and Alex cartoons, the actual articles are all lies anyway.
And if Alex or Matt disappear behind a paywall, hmm I can live without it.
If the Matt cartoon is particularly good (which happens quite frequently) they quote it on Radio4's Today Programme anyway.
what's so great?
we used to do team meetings (rest of team is mostly in US) via skype and a google-docs presentation.
Now we have OCS, and sharepoint for the agenda. And it falls over all the time. And the "shared" document has to be checked out and back in.
Maybe it's the administrator who didn't set it up well but hey, google/skype always worked.
But at least OCS costs money so it must be good.
"number of partners" is a bad metric. I (have a company WinMobile device, that should score negative in sexiness) have only a small number of partners on the scale of the plots (2 in fact).
But i get laid lots. Why waste time flashing your sexy smartphone around in the search of new partners? Why waste time playing with a smartphone's touchscreen where you could be playing with your partner's touch-sensitive areas?
not an example of best practise
HP and IBM probably quoted twice the price because they didn't want their reputation tarnished by an airline that shuts down its website for hours of "planned maintenance" while operating a stiff price penalty for not checking in on-line.
off to dixons, gullible
All the early adopters have to dump their 1-year old super-duper HDTV sets and get a 3D one.
Glad we don't have a telly at all.
Ok, mine's the one with a pile of reminder letters from TV-Licensing in the pocket.
is Jobs going to allow me selling organic peas (in pods!) from my garden on iTunes? no? Ahh, they don't do groceries (yet). But Surely that's a whole new can of Apple-store-police-worms waiting to be opened. Oh, and we grow apples as well, shock horror.
heavy goods vehicles have higher tyre pressures than that: in the 100psi/7bar range. In other words, about the same as my pushbike.
thanks to the reviewer for doing actual sceen shots. They give a good impression of the capabilities (or lack thereof) of the screen. Could do that as a rule for revieewing handhelds, please? Same with printers, btw, post some close-ups of the output.
"We don’t know where in the world the plane will land, but it would be nice to send a message to whoever finds it."
hope it doesn't fly all the way to Singapore, or you might earn yourself a hefty littering charge.
Ein Pils bitte
"lager" is frothy piss.
But us Germans from north of Frankfurt (i.e in the British zone of old, so maybe familiar to some of you old fart Brits) drink Pilsner, which is quite strong in the nops department.
And perfectly capable to remedy any match-induced stress for us krauts.
It does have a certain gassiness but when pourd/drawn properly (takes 7 minutes) it's not so bad because the gas is used up to form the beautiful head.
Bavarian Bier is a bit like Fosters & ct/
Can't please all the people all the time
Quote from review of Buokeen Cybook:
"I for one like a little music with my literature and I'd prefer to get them both off the same device."
Quote from review of VEB620:
"OK, does have the additional feature over the Cybook of playing music, but frankly I’d use a separate player every time"
a la carte software model
what they mean is, people enjoy the convenience of one (and only one) app store that has a unified installer model, is "safe", and is billed centrally.
They could have the same thing from Ubuntu or Debian, or others, well, minus the "centrally billed" bit, since it's all free. You can see straighht away that it's a non0-starter because people need to pay something before they believe they have got anything good.
> I'm impressed with the chamber though. 8,000 to 65,000 feet in 0.1 seconds?
> Makes my ears hurt just thinking about it.
I cringe when I think about these things because the Nazis put actual living people (well before anyway) in these things.
Makes me ashamed to be a German.
BB icon because he looks a bit like Hitler.
for those who remember the above equation: are you sure that you can take temperature into account properly? Can be really low up there or rather high if you get a bit of sunlight.
Anyway, what'as wrong with a membrane-type manometer? Engineers have optimised devices for the application 200 years ago. A sliding design is obviously plagued by stiction(*) problems and so, said engineering forefathers used a rotating design. You amateur approach to this buys you no geek points.
I'm really interested in the actual craft! When are we being treated to drafts of the paper Aeroplane, please?
P.S. Yes I'm taking this way to seriously: but we all want to see this thing work.
P.P.S Paris icon because <insert pressure-related sexual double-entendre here>
(*) that word rolls off the tounge quite easily if you've heard it before
ENF database a secret?
if someone had the data they could tamper with a tampered audio clip to match a specific point in time!
Also, I could modify a recorder and wobble the quartz a bit with a 50Hz signal not derived from the mains, and add "plausible deniability".
Fraunhofer are a master at 2 things: (a) sucking in taxpayer's money to develop new stuff, and (b) selling the IP back to the same taxpayers.
@peter ford: (2.) no, wind turbine blades don't need drag. They work pretty much like aeroplane wings.
in other news
an ex-employee of Sheffield NHS IT deprtment has just cancelled his upcoming vasectomy appointment after it was suggested by senior executives the new cost-cutting measure was to execute the procedure with two bricks on certain patients.
Shame the beer in Munich is like that Australian lager: frothy piss.
Being native German (as opposed to Bavarian) I think they should have sent him to one of so many other places which offer a good "Pils".
@Neil -- CO2?
you can't navigate in space with just a gyroscope. you need to blow matter out to give your craft momentum one way or another, because overall momentum is conserved you have to emit stuff one way to propel yourself in the opposite direction. personally I blame Isaac Newton for this miserable circumstance.
Well obviously Google offered to drop a few more pennies in Canonical's piggy bank. Mission accomplished.