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"It is possible some of the messages...
"...sent to the probe by radio hams here on Earth may have caused the original problems with the probe."
Did someone discover a buffer overflow error...?
... sorry, Sucker and his money soon are parted...!
Correct me if my recollection of o-level physics is wrong, but I thought a standing wave is one that oscillates in place, ie the peak of the wave remains in the location.
A Mexican Wave AIUI is a transverse wave where the oscillation is at 90 degrees to the direction of travel of the peak as it moves around the stadium...
"The business was built on copyright theft"
Yes, keep trotting out the Big Media Party Line...
Re: *Blue Danube starts playing*
Personally I always found the run between Qutiri and Isinor to be the best to start off with.
Reasonable tech levels so not too many pirates and you could run Computers one way and Liquor and Furs the other to start building up enough credit to get some decent equipment :-)
"an ancient African tradiation of animals"
Tradiation? What happened to the "send corrections" button? (Or weren't enough people using it??)
Re: Marsbarbrain Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Lol! Matt, I am well aware of the futility of trying to have a reasonable discussion with you. I will, occasionally, post a comment or two for the amusement of watching you doing your utmost to avoid conceding even the slightest point, but this is not one of those occasions.
As always, I'll leave the last word to you...
Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the Ad Hominem attack because he doesn't like being called out on his habit of redefining the argument to something else other than the subject in hand...
Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning
Oh look, the Matt Bryant Movable Goal Posts(tm) are back out again...
@DrXym - Re: The Spice must flow!
So the Silk Road sold "hard drugs, poison, malware, lists of credit cards, blackmail information, firearms, bomb making supplies, hit men, money laundering services and basically anything which was criminal in nature"
Many (in fact, most) of which are available from other sources (if they were actually available at all).
Of course that isn't going to stop calls from the "We must immediately ban this!" Brigade who think that passing even more laws is going to have any effect...
@AC - Well said!
I agree. Yes, the BBC produces some rubbish, but it also produces some excellent dramas too and documentaries as well.
How many "commercial" channels would dare to produce the sorts of fascinating documentaries and similar factual programming that appears on BBC 4?
Their attitude would be "oh no, too niche, too obscure, we wouldn't get enough people watching to cover the costs and get advertising in. A series on Australian art? Too boring. Medieval Lives? Who would want to watch that? "Pain, pus and poisons" Eww! No way!!
Or what about "Only Connect"? No whooping audience (hell, no audience at all!), no big prizes, no flashy graphics or flashing lights, just some seriously brain-teasing puzzles.
Sure, programmes like these aren't to everyone's taste, but at least such programming *is* available, rather than endless variations on Britain's Got Strictly Big Brother through a Hole in the Wall on Ice...
Re: The problem is
"Do you wear your underpants over your trousers?"
I thought he wore them on his head...
@Big_Boomer - Re: I have a name for the stone
Too late, see Arthur C Clarke's 2061 for details :-)
"What's going on with these apparent short circuits?"
NSA... busy doing other important stuff.
"it made an entire generation of youngsters want to play Jet Set Willy"
Yes, that's true.
But some of them, like me, learned 6502 Assembly Language after hacking Jet Set Willy (and Chuckie Egg and Monsters and...) for infinite lives.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
It seems to me that unless all consumer devices are also built to check/ verify these watermarks and thus refuse to play the content in the home, all this will do is (attempt) to stop re-broadcasting of the programmes by media companies who are using the requisite technology.
Even then it seems to me that it would be simple to circumvent by cracking the digital stream and then adding/ subtracting a small but significant random amount to the data for each pixel .which would negate the watermark whilst not visibly affecting the colour/ brightness of the image.
@Nuke - Re: @Graham Marsden - @AC - In summary..
"Why the sarcasm?"
Why the necessity for the original AC to post a snarky "Weren't *they* stupid" post? An opinion, it seems, that you appear to share without knowing much more than the AC did. As it says in the article testing “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.” but it's easy to make comments on such things with 20/20 hindsight.
@AC - Re: In summary..
If you're so clever, why aren't you out there?
... what does it Transform into?
Re: I can't get a twitter account.
"their BS system cannot (apparently) accept an email address that does not include my name."
Says "John Smith 19"?!
"The reality is that...
"...the men and women at the National Security Agency and across the Intelligence Community are abiding by the law, respecting the rights of citizens and doing everything they can to help keep our nation safe."
I wonder how he managed to say that with a straight face...?
"What kind of authority are they claiming that they can do this?"
"We're the Good ol' US of A!"
... a BoFH story that doesn't involve cattle prods or "accidental" deaths (or both).
(I have nothing against them, just that too many recent BoFH tales have used these devices.)
Re: Where do you shop?
I think he means St Andrew's Cross. And Ikea don't sell them.
They did, however, once sell a vaulting-horse style chest of drawers for kids' rooms which was a convenient height for someone to bend over *and* had lots of drawers for interesting "toys"...
... erm, allegedly...
@Yet Another Anonymous coward - Re: Outrageous
"everything the government does is legal by definition."
Even if that definition is retro-active...
... just another buried Shadow vessel like the one at Syria Planum...
A sad loss...
He did write some excellent books, but it's a shame that his latest ones mostly involved him franchising out his name to other writers.
For instance I'm currently reading (or, rather, struggling through) "Against All Enemies" which has TOM CLANCY in big letters all over the top of the cover and, below it the title. Sandwiched in the middle, in a comparatively tiny font, printed in grey on a crimson background it says "with Peter Telep" who clearly did most of the writing because it's certainly not a Clancy novel.
A bad case of Bait and Switch to end a glittering career :-(
@jpf - Re: @Brian Miller - Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.
No, they weren't. Note the words "scientific press" rather that "popular press":
"I should clarify that I’m talking about predictions in the scientific press. There were some regrettable things published in the popular press (e.g. Newsweek; though National Geographic did better). But we’re only responsible for the scientific press. If you want to look at an analysis of various papers that mention the subject, then try http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/."
@Brian Miller - Re: Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.
"Back in the 1970's, the scientists were screaming that we'd be under a sheet of ice by now"
No, they weren't. See http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/01/the-global-cooling-myth/ for facts.
Fine, but how about...
... putting a full Faraday Cage around the so-called "Quiet Carriages" so clueless, brainless or simply inconsiderate idiots can't ignore the signs saying "Please don't use Mobile Phones" and hold their equally mindless and irrelevant conversations in them whilst pissing off everyone else who wants a bit of peace and fucking quiet on their journey?!
And for their next trick...
.... Apple will patent the door...
"test how everyday objects will survive on Mars"
Well unless they're going to get run-over by Curiosity...
She didn't make it...
... it's just Bob the Dinosaur who's been hiding behind the furniture!
Let's get some perspective here...
Have a look at the figures cited by the Air Crashes Records Office here.
Note that, for instance, in 2012, there were 119 accidents and 794 deaths. That's the *GLOBAL* figure.
Now compare that with the approximately 1.23 *MILLION* road deaths last year
But aircraft crashes are big and spectacular and make for great TV news, so we keep worrying about the wrong thing because too many people can't see the bigger picture.
... Apple have failed in their attempt to patent the wheel...
... I saw someone saying something about The Waters of Mars recently.
Now Who was it?
@jake - Re: Pix or it didn't happen.
"The scary part is that the fucking moron is involved in policy & procedure decisions in a nuclear state ..."
FFS, exaggerating much? He was a Deputy Mayor, not someone who's got their finger on the Big Red Button...!
But how many...
... won't use it because it's the Spawn of Satan and a Sign of the Coming of the Anti-Christ and a Symbol of the Corruption and Decadence which their Once Great Nation has fallen prey to with all those Commie Left Wing Fags controlling all the News Media (apart from that Last Bastion of the Truth, Fox News) and Goddamn Pinko Democrats especially the one who sits in the White House...
... they didn't leave the engine running, otherwise some chav might take it for a joyride...
The only reason...
... they want a Civil Liberties Officer is to make sure that they have a "cut out" should anyone try to exercise their Civil Liberties and try to find out just how much inforamation the NSA are holding on their own citizens.
The job of the CLaP Officer will be to endlessly repeat variations on "I'm sorry, we cannot discuss that for National Security reasons..."
I had an e-mail recently...
... from a company I'd never heard of, thanking me for my custom and inviting me to put a review on their site.
The e-mail was sent to <company name>@mydomain, however the company name in the e-mail address was a different company (I use this to see if someone is selling my e-mail details), so I took great delight in giving them a one-star rating and a comment slagging off both the original company and the one who asked for my review whilst salting the review with plenty of keywords to help it appear if someone searches for either business!
Re: Just a drop in the ocean
I looked at doing some work over the summer via services like Textbroker.
However not only does it only pay a derisory 1p per word, some of the assignments were inviting you to write blog posts praising products you'd never used or, even worse, saying how you'd made loads of dosh through a Make Money Fast scheme!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Show me your tits,
Fancy a screw?
... the US hasn't demanded that this be banned because it lets whistle-blowers illicitly download files even quicker....
@Don Jefe - Re: Inferior
And, as the old joke has it, it was produced by unskilled labour :-)
This reminds me...
... of many years ago when a local computer shop had a Hangman demo program written in Basic.
It was dead easy to go in, edit the word list to include certain *other* words that appealed to my schoolboy sense of humour at the time, and then wander off to the other side of the shop whilst keeping an eye on the next person to give the game a go...
... Your iPhone has been infected with a virus. Send $500 to this anonymous e-mail address or we remotely wipe it...
@noominy.noom Re: Great Moral Compass, There
"He's just saying that people didn't care about FB privacy cock ups."
No, he's saying that Facebook doesn't care what people think about their privacy cock-ups.
Remember these are the people who change all
their your privacy settings on a whim and, when you complain, say "you can always leave Facebook..."
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