175 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007
Re: Hope the super weapon
You just had to do it, didn't you?
Make me cry and remember how I longed for a couple of good movies made of the (early) Humanx universe novels?
Nor Crystal Tears is still one of my personal favourite First Contact novels. Or The End of the Matter - before Flinx became annoyingg.
Re: I've seen this one already...
Ah yes, the one Star Wars feature so bad that even Lucas wanted to destroy it...
Significantly fewer now reported
As of this morning (Aus time), it seems that significantly fewer specialists were on that specific flight. Number mentioned now is around 7, including a former chariman of the HIV/AIDS organisation.
Source: The Guardian, Australian edition
Let's see the catalog first...
If they manage to add the top technical and science publishers, I would be quite interested. That means, from O'Reilly and Apress to Addison-Wesley and Springer. I'm increasingly moving my tech library to ebooks, once I found how convenient it is to have them always with me on a tablet on client site (even though I will always remain a dead-tree fan - just something about having solid paper in your hands to flick through).
You can keep the Hunger Games, 40 grayscales etc etc. Even LOTR - that one I will always enjoy with my much-loved dog-eared now-30+ year old hardcopies!
Nothing else to say
... but raise this icon to your health!
Re: No bricks will survive category 5
It didn't work in Pacific Rim either! A category 5 kaiju won't be bothered by such a wall.
What? Isn't that what we're talking about?
Just who is surprised by this?
Having been "IT security manager" at one such organisation, I can only laugh bitterly:
<bitter laugh>Ha!</bitter laugh>
Didn't last long because existence as a fig leaf for auditors wasn't my idea of a dream job.
Procedure went something like this:
- develop policy and procedure according to best practise and common sense
- get buy in from the people who actually have to deal with the stuff (ops)
- get audit tickbox
- have CIO overrule it/ignore it
When this finally happened with something as simple as the password policy (CIO decrees 6(!) character length, no special characters, probably because the fucking moron's password was 123456) I threw in the towel and walked.
Yet, they were declared standard compliant by the auditors (the usual gaggle of smartly dressed boys and girls from Ernst&KPwC led by a senior partner who mostly was thinking about what vineyard or yacht he was going to add to his collection from the billables).
Re: Bad news for a lot of physicists
I would overall completely agree. My concern is that we have had 30-40 years of *mainstream* theoretical physics apparently rambling through the wilderness. When you have decades of grant money flowing into theories that even their adherent admit can't even be proven one way or the other, I can't but call that a "discipline in crisis". I'd barely call it science, seeing how they've left the scientific model behind.
Reading the books by Lee Smolin and Peter Woit was depressing.
Bad news for a lot of physicists
Apart from the mildly amusing snark comments (and a few trolls), I'm surprised that nobody has commented on the fact that this is very bad news for a lot of physicists. If you hang about physics sites like Not Even Wrong, Of Particular Significance, Resonaances, etc, a lot of the posts and discussions there are/were about the fact that a lot of the "pop science" - string theory, multiple dimensions, supersymmetry, multiverse - depended on a "non-standard Higgs".
Some people had built careers and tenure on that. Even quite lucrative media presences (Michio Kaku, I'm looking at you). The more standard the Higgs becomes the more it's ripping to shreds a lot of the fashionable physics of the last 30-40 years (which is probably why theoretical and experimental physicists aren't on speaking terms anymore ;-) - and some people may be asking themselves just what the hell they've been doing all that time.
There's quite a lot of agonising over it: where does physics go now? who's going to fund it?
Obviously "if only we had even bigger accelerators" isn't going to fly.
I'm no physicist, just very scientifically interested, and following those blogs can be a bit disheartening.
Oh, come now...
... surely I can't be the only one who thinks that of all the idiotic social networks out there, at least LinkedIn has (or had) some claim to utility, namely professional in kind.
I *have* gotten jobs through LinkedIn, as recruiters down here all use it quite intensively (and arguably make up the majority of my connections). My current one in fact: both through recruiters finding me and getting me interviews, as well as potential employers checking out your profile. One before that, too, come to think of it.
Otherwise my connections are old colleagues across the world who I stay in touch with through LI, as a don't use Farcebook or Twatter.
That said, I joined LI when it was still fewer than 100K people - now they're what? 280 million?! What used to be fairly qualified connection requests has turned into an endless stream of, it has to be said, Indians/Pakistanis/SriLankans randomly spamming you, desperately hoping to snag a job and a visa out of you.
One minor problem...
As recent article in Business Weekly, Forbes, as well as ongoing blogs by people like Bob Cringely have pointed out: IBM can't afford a cloud price war.
They have 13 layers of management and Roadkill 2015 to feed. They need margins and they've already cut to the bone in terms of people who do the actual work or have any sort of clue (and by plenty of accounts have already gone below that).
I expect that SoftLayer will undergo the blueification soon, if they haven't started already. *Nothing* but absolutely NOTHING must come between Ginni and EPS20!
Re: Focus, George, focus!
Thank you and a spiritual thousand upvotes for mentioning Robert Jordan!
I have friends and acquaintances telling me I'm cutting off my nose to spite my face for refusing to read the books and watching the TV series, but back then I made a vow that I will never go through the Wheel Of Time experience again.
It seems Martin fans are already going through the same "milking it for every typed word" stage and looking at the author, he is a walking cardio-vascular disaster waiting to happen. I wouldn't wish the same end on any fan: the series being finished by a second rate hack (sorry, Sanderson fans, that's my opinion). It may be even worse: the series is finished "made for TV" by studio committee!
I suppose he knows which side his bread is buttered on, hmm?
Should learn from Queensland Health about how to *really* blow billions. Guess IBM does Fail&Corruption better than Oracle.
Re: I would love to be able to pay
That guy lost me when he went on a "5mbps should be the priority, not 25" and "100mbps is pointless".
Quote: "There are zero internet applications, real or imagined, that would require more than 5 megabits other than ultra high definition TV."
Words fail me...
Alternate article title
"Good on you, Apple, says rest of the world" ?
Russia disconnects from Internet
Idly wondering what would happen if Putin decides to cut all of Russia from the Internet.
Rapid decrease in spam, hacks, malware, botnets, once the master command&control centres become unavailable
Rapid decrease in pr0n, "dating" (read: prostitution) sites, and Russian mail order brides.
Leading to brains of hordes of nerds overdriving like Scotty's warp drives trying to go warp 9001. Leading to another scenario of "paradigm shift" and "this time it's different" which will make the insanity of the dot-com and web2.0 bubbles look like lost change behind the couch cushions.
Hmm, now I know what Civilization: Beyond Earth uses as its "Big Mistake" background...
And only today even The Age (*) is commenting about brain drain in Australia:
They blame it on lack of VC, but gee, I wonder if utter lack of support for technology in terms of infrastructure might also be to blame.
(*) Paywall or Greasemonkey, take your pick
I'd been using Rackspace for years. It was problem-free and the price difference was small enough that I saw no reason to shift.
Now, however, it's significant. I wonder if this could doom Rackspace, who just can't keep up with a destructive price war.
Should I make the switch? (yeah, yeah, never ask El Reg for advice for they shalt say both yay or nay...)
Re: Thin Star Stuff
Which makes me wonder whether, once it starts shedding layers as they frequently do, enough mass will remain above the Chandrasekhar limit to go neutron star or black hole.
It may end with a whimper, not a bang...
What if I *was* a US resident at that time, but no longer am?
I better start a lawsuit to get my $10!
Re: Caveat emptor
Seems to work just fine. 4 links, two with epic burn, plus two with PP slides for evidence.
Never thought I'd see something that raises Oracle in my esteem!
Confused about time frames
If he went to jail in 2007 with a 72 month (6 year) sentence, then why was he scheduled for release in 2015? Were there other sequential sentences involved?
Asking because when I started reading I was halfway expecting a "dumbest criminal" story where the perp escapes despite only having a couple of weeks left anyway.
Billions and billions
Was I the only one who mentally read the "billions and billions" in a Carl Sagan voice? Or even more so, in a Johnny Carson Does Carl Sagan voice?
I feel old...
This is the guy I think of...
... when I tell people that longevity or "immortality" advances in science and medicine would be a Really Bad Idea.
Never mind overpopulation and all that! The simple fact that it's people like this who would benefit, preventing planet Earth and the rest of us plebs from at least getting natural relief of their ilk after around 4 score years, is what would make it the most irresponsible invention ever made.
Re: "An artist's rendition of..."
Am I missing something? Image processing (to normalise the massive redshift) isn't the same as "artist's rendition". Where did it say that first photo is merely created by some "artist"?
Worth it for patent trolls?
In the vein of your post, and possibly a sign of the times, my first thought when I saw the announcement was whether a patent troll syndicate would spend $4.7 billion in the hope of raking in far more through (threat of) lawsuits and settlements.
If the plan is to get some of the cash back then make more by going on a suing spree it would possibly be the biggest gamble the PTs have ever undertaken. Of course, anybody buying up pieces would want to gain some of that IP with it. So, could the consortium make all their $4.7b back by selling smallish IP chunks to the PT maggots descending on the carcass that was BB?
Re: No wonder
I swear there was a Wikipedia article on this, but google gave me:
(yeah yeah, Wikibooks is almost like Wikipedia)
Re: That's not a "hound".
What's wrong with dogs being a "conversation piece"?
Our conversations generally go like this:
Me: "Dear, <any random dog of our pack> just threw up what looks like pieces of possum again and smells like he rolled in cow pats."
She: "Bath time *again*?! And YOU clean the carpet this time!"
Country dogs make great conversation pieces!
Though I agree with the sentiment on the type of dog the object of the icon tends to have.
Having worked on projects up there myself and having no intention to defend the Ibmentureitsu style conglomerates, the "natives", i.e. Darwinites, frequently aren't a help either.
Not sure I can blame 'em. After a week something up there, the heat, the humidity, the beer, just saps the life out of you. I wondered how they can get anything done - and maybe the locals have given up wondering and just drink beer.
I like heat and sun, but not when it involved putting in major IT systems.
A thought occurred to me: how do the Canadians deal with their remote, isolated, sparsely populated areas? Does Ottawa take care of all of their IT projects?
I might have to read the Arxiv article but from the Reg article it's not clear how this Galactic Positioning System would work once you move quite a ways out of the solar system.
IIUC, Pulsars are not omni-directions, in that they have quite narrow beams out of their poles. Move "aside" a bit and you are no longer swept by the beams, making the pulsar effectively invisible.
Other would "appear", of course, as you move around space, but how would map them into an all-encompassing galactic navigation chart?
This may be just general knowledge for those familiar with mapping techniques, which I'm sadly not.
Re: Governments and interest in science.
I can highly recommend his books. Especially "This Is The Way The World Will End" is enjoyable and fascinating. He makes a small reference to its topic in the interview when mentioning that "astronomy can kill".
Wouldn't that be...
*EX* boy friend, in these circumstances?
Re: ECC Patents
Why does this keep popping up?
Quick check on Wikipedia, then follow the links for further research on the actual patent situation around ECC. In short, it's pretty much specific implementations that are held by former Certicom (now RSA) that are patented.
The NSA itself is a licensee nowadays.
Problem is more that *ignorance* about the patent situation is holding ECC back.
Re: Sounds Familiar...
Wasn't petty, because this hyped up press release immediately brought "power breakthroughs" (a la uber batteries or micro fuel cells that will power an Alienware latop for a week at full load blablabla) to mind.
Wake me when I can buy one for <$500/TB and I'll jump on the early adopter bandwagon.
Icon says it all! :-D
Could someone in the know explain the naming to me? It makes no sense: what if the ISON discovers another comet? Will that be ISON2? ISON The Sequel? Return of the ISON?
Don't comets normally get named after their discoverers, as in the actual *people? Hence, shouldn't this be Nevski-Novichonok, just like Levy-Shoemaker or Halley or what-not?
I'm confused that even NASA calls it "comet ISON".
How does the official naming system work?
Man/dolphin/chimp the Streaker
And here I was hoping they'd determine the dolphins speak in Trinary and I could get my job app in for the Uplift Institute.
"A humpback whale's mouth measures up to 15 feet across, but its esophagus is only about 6 to 10 inches wide."
Never mind humpbacks are baleen whales.
Cool vid though.
Shoulda charged a fee!
I do think he would have been in his rights to charge PayPal a "administrative and transaction fee" - or what PayPal itself calls their charges - in the reversal of this.
As a generous person he could have left it at a low, low 0.001% of the total amount. Piddly, really!
Re: That's because men are men in Russia
Actually the pony-tailed drama queens and hipsters I see on Melbourne public transport are also going Android, going by the S3s and S4s. You know, because they all used Android before it was famous. ;)
Admittedly, I just switched to an S4 myself, although sans pony-tail. It's only been a few months and there's some adjustment. Do have to say I'm not quite convinced - Android feels rougher around the edges, not as well integrated. Very hard to put my finger on it - again, may just be de-programming my brain.
I don't do the zealotry thing - who knows in a couple of years I'll be back on Apple. Or brain implants (iBrain).
Some issues I have actually seem to stem from the S4 itself and not Android: I have hands with long fingers and I'm constantly hitting the wrong buttons, and the unit just feels somewhat awkward to me. Something I never encountered with ye old iPhone. YMMV.
Beat me to it...
... indeed, just what *does* IBM make anymore? Apart from mainframes and Lotus Notes?
So, this is like a certain ill-fated Mars Probe, but this time you poms get to say "we mean to do that!" ?
(downvoters ahoy: you're already going to pwn us 5:0 in the Ashes, so you can take one little jibe from your Antepodean cousins, mkay?)
Re: Email is still the number 1 collaboration tool
I'm probably naive in saying that I had high hopes in Google Wave showing us what future communication could look like. RIP.
Re: It's a real shame.
Note I am in no way involved with the company, just a content (as in happy) user of the software: give Communigate Pro a look.
Years ago I was a paying user, running it on Solaris in a SOHO environment. If you ran it without paying, the worst they did was a attach a little "you are running this on a free version of CGP" into emails. Nowadays, it's free with full functionality for up to 5 users with quite fair support pricing for higher numbers.
It's a full enterprise communication suite, with email, IM, scheduling, VoIP(!), and a host of others that I don't even use in my little SOHO setup. Runs happily on any Linux distro I've thrown it on, also available on WIndows, IIRC. Very kind in its use of resources.
Works like a charm with Outlook clients, if you need to, as it comes with MAPI adapters.
I was going to use Zimbra but I had many of the concerns voices here, such as expected life of the product that was being bounced around like a hot potato. In addition the free version was crippled. Not the case with CGP.
An excellent justification for both. Which means that the ideal GUI tool would always offer the option to show the actual CLI commands being issued. Is that the case with these tools?
With that you'd follow Martin 71's example of "getting it right" via the GUI on one machine, then take the CLI output, parametrise it and copy&paste it into a CLI wrapper - for, while, whatever loops for N machines, M disks, and X files (har!).
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind
Off to found the Mentat School now...
Been there, done that, seen the movie
Or it comes back on its own accord. "Slightly" modified.
Re: Mass of NEXT and power source ?
You're not the only one. I was idly wondering how many of these you would need to produce 1g of thrust. I expect some insanely large number, but just wanted to know to see what it would take to get "artificial gravity" along the axis of acceleration once in space.
I'd venture the guess that you'll find a close genetic relationship between Przewalski's Horses and Tarpans. In fact, some quick research on some of the "horsey" sites I frequent (so yeah, I'm a geek who rides and owns horses, what of it?), indicate that horses evolved in the Americas and only survived because they migrated westward into Asia.
Interesting link here. Well interesting for those who are into horses.
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