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Re: There are many ways to skin a cat...
I think the fact that the common point around which they orbit is inside one of them makes the other one a 'moon'.
If the point was even fractionally outside the Earth then I'd formally accept the 'double planet' description.
Regardless of that, the Moon certainly has a greater influence on this planet than most satellites on their planets - the tides and consequent evolution of land-based life being the most notable.
Re: Reg Standard Units
googol is 10^100 (googolplex is 10^10^100).
Is there anything inbetween googol and yotta?
We used to dream of finding old newspapers...
...so we could sell them for clothes to richer kids.
We used to tie twigs round our waist then roll in mud and let it dry - brilliant clothes.
Now, if we could find good mud...
Re: Standard form - SI standards
SI prefixes with:short scale / long scale names
10^6 - mega - Million / Million
10^9 - giga - Billion / Milliard
10-12 - tera - Trillion / Billion
10^15 - peta - Quadrillion / Billiard
10^18 - exa - Quintillion / Trillion
10^21 - xetta - Sextillion / Trilliard
10^24 - yotta - Septillion / Quadrillion
Note that the short form bears little relation to the power of 10, e.g. Septillion is 10^24 but 24 isn't 7 times any integer, whereas 24 is 6 (million) times 4 - hence Quadrillion. Simples.
However the short form is more universally used as the world isn't run by techies but by Marketing and PR (e.g. D.Cameron).
This also explains a lot about the world today...
Y'know why don't you have two accounts? One for your nefarious activities, online stalking, flaming etc; and one with your real name for your friends and family....
I have one of the latter (and one more for business use).
I may need one of the first kind when I turn into a grumpy old git in a few years (every time I think I already am one, I just read a few pages of comments on TheRegister and I realise I'm still relatively a cheerful positive bloke).
> Well you're a large collection of neurons and you seem to simulate intelligence quite well.
It's all that's is needed....
> So the question is are you a smart machine?
We are all complex machines - but not very smart.
The only proper ending for the Terminator series of films is the future AIs make one that's much smarter than humans instead of just as smart but faster. It would end the war rapidly and the remaining humans would be contented pets.
You do realise that they no longer like to admit that Dr Who is Science Fiction? (*)
All the emo stuff is to satisfy the critics who want to see a more 'real' story.
(*) The critic's criterion is "If I happened to read/watch it and liked it then it can't be SF, but I'll make up some other excuse". (**)
(**) See http://news.ansible.co.uk/a283.html#12 - there are many other examples.
small internet stations ...
The £200 doesn't seem like much to me - how much is it to belong to OfCom?
Or they could always get together and do one for internet radio - this should do well as it needn't just be limited to the UK. I'd definitely be interested in finding foreign stations easily.
Yayy! A comment about cartoons!
Yes, the Japanese use comics to tell a story much more than in the West.
Also, I think the article title is an insult - it's a decent cartoon. Should change it to "kids' cartoon" instead of "crap cartoon".
this is not a title
I've been to that hell-hole called LA - that's roughly 200 miles long N-S and 100 miles W-E
Of course, most of that is empty wasteland or freeway.
And there's a constant haze in the air, and every breath feels like you're in a smoke-filled room.
No, but I wear a scarf when I watch them play football with their teams.
They don't have a Wii, or an Xbox. Got them a 2nd hand PS2 a few years ago - but they don't play computer games much.
The Buzz Lightyear ride is good, but we don't have a competition - it's not much fun me beating my wife or my teenagers beating the younger ones is it? We just have fun.
Small World is still the one ride I'd buy to have in my back garden if I was rich enough.
The Wonderful Thing About Standards .....
is that there are so many of them. ;-)
Best Ride Ever!
You're mad! Small World is the best ride in Disney with usually a small queue - the mesmeric music means you can doze while the kids are entranced and quiet for a few minutes. Once took the kids round three times for a long rest. Also good at the end to calm them down so can rush them past the shops and into the car.
Ah. I understand why you don't like it now. You go to Disney for yourself?
How many other works by John Cage have you heard?
At the RNCM on Monday, one of the encores was a nocturne by John Cage - it was excellent!
(Violin/Piano - Faust/Melnikov)
> No. The Crusades were staged (initially, at least) in an effort to roll
> back Islamic military conquests in the Levant, which had subjected
> the population to Islamic rule (where non-Muslims had the choice
> to convert or pay heavy 'infidel' taxes.)
Read a real history book, dimwit.
Four hundred years is a long time to wait to 'roll back' conquests.
The Crusaders were a lot less tolerant of other religions than the Muslims.
And the tax is the equivalent of the 2.5% Muslims have to pay for the poor - so it evens the field rather than discriminates against non-Muslims.
Doesn't work unless they're dumb people who just learnt the moves. Someone did this in the Maths coffee bar in 1982 and everyone recognised what had been done while solving the cube.
David Singmaster wrote an interesting note about the Cube and Group Theory about that time.
If you're bored of just solving it then get someone to randomly make 5 or so moves and then try and get in back in the same number of moves.
The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.
There wouldn't be any "normal" crowd noise anyway at most world cups - especially the later rounds. Maybe the rustling of notes in wallets and the ching of jewellery... Like at Arsenal games ;-)
Re Someone lied to you...
It was probably the Local Authority that forced the deal. Most (state) primary schools have little or no IT expertise and depend on help. This is also true for a lot of secondary schools even though they teach IT - the teachers are employed to teach not set up or maintain the system.
<quote>"Law is an important invention missed in the list."
Whose law, Kemosabe?
Just the concept of rules that apply to everyone.
The details of who draws them up and who applies them - well that's where the problems occur....
I agree with you about the flint knife - but it was not mostly used for peaceful purposes as our teeth aren't sharp enough to cut hide.
Guns and grenades definitely had an impact on history - but I wouldn't count them as important or useful inventions. I can live without them.
Law is an important invention missed in the list.
More seriously, the basic set of languages should be:
Algol (60 first, 68 optional extra)
Learn these and you can pick up most others pretty quickly
Maths starts from defining en empty set, so software design should start from ....
What best replaces the PDA-ness of a Palm now...
So does the Hero fully sync with multiple computers?
I've been using Palms since '98 - it very effectively replaced my bulging filofax with it's scribbled notes/appointments and out-of-date addresses. What I really liked was that it would sync everything with both my home and work PC so if it was nicked I could recover all the data.
I was very tempted by the iPhone but I discovered it wouldn't sync notes at the time. Now I believe you can only sync with one PC. Has it got better as a PDA Palm replacement? I don't give a shit about the games or beer&fart applications...
Anyone got any real experience with any of the other smartphones - do they work well as PDAs with full sync with multiple PCs?
When Orange started selling the Pre in the UK, I tried to look at one at four or five orange stores. Only one had a working one to try out. Recently I tried again - none had it on display.
With friends like these...
Re: I like Chrome → #
You like chrome because it upgrades itself without telling you?
And you don't like it for not just growing and growing in its use of memory?
Are you the anti-me from the other Earth on the opposite side of the sun?
@ Michael H.F. Wilkinson RE: After all, they allow cross-breeding
There was an ST episode where they discovered that the humanoid races (Humans, Klingons, Vulcans,...) had a common ancestor - so the DNA would be nearly the same, with much less than a hundred thousand years of genetic drift.
As for appearances being so different within such a relatively small time - note that dogs have amazing variability in appearance despite being virtually identical in DNA (hence being able to cross-breed).
They never followed up that episode unfortunately....
I once read a short story where the preponderance of humanoid races in this section of the galaxy (in the story!) is because a very intelligent race visited all the planets nearby and left behind their equivalent of cockroaches - which became humans.
re: Apparently a title is required
Only a mile?!!?!?! That makes me a "non-local" and I regularly walk to OT for matches!
What half-wit devised that survey?
@Monty Burns: Standards of reporting
> " Short sighted and ignorant comments like that do you no favours."
I, on the other hand, like a little leavening of sarcasm.
If I am needed by work when I am off work they can ring or text me as an exceptional circumstance. I do not want the mindless prattling of HR and management taking up my valuable time.
And I have taken a person's phone from them when they were about to look at a text or email while I was talking to them. I was tempted to chuck it in the bin.
I may have to join facelessbook but only because my old school group is posting pics there and to check up on my kids.
Nowadays, it seems the post-modern pre-dates the modern. Have we stopped reversing into the future?
He was one of my favourite authors. 'Nuff said.
P.S. Are you a singular "Luther Blissett" or a plurality?
re which camera is quick?
Well Sir Runcible, you've hit the nail on the head - the one number missing in almost all reviews is the shutter lag. This is because most of the reviewers are techie nerds who don't buy cameras for their girlfriends or wives (or boyfriends) .... ;-)
I, however, had to buy my wife a digital camera recently(ish) when her 35mm compact finally crapped out. First I bought her a fancy one that got good marks in all reviews. She hated it. Almost all her pics came out blurred or with the kids heading out-of-frame. And she doesn't like to have to piss around with dials and buttons - she'd have been using my ancient SLR otherwise.
She wanted a new film camera. I couldn't find one (you try it - the alien conspiracy has got rid of yet another useful working device in favour of a harder to use one). While looking I managed to buy an 2nd hand fisher-price 35mm binocular viewfinder kids camera for our children - excellent value, much better than their new digital one, even 4 year-olds can take good pics with it.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I found the URL below:
And ended up buying a Canon Powershot which she likes. Her old bells-and-whistles digital camera will be on ebay soon.
taking pics of kids
It's not the start-up time I care about - it's how long it takes for the camera to take the pic once I've pressed the button. They should always quote this number.
Some very fancy digital cameras are crap at this, which is why I always try a camera out at a shop first.
Does what it says on the tin ....
In 1998, after years of messing with filofaxes and swapping pages in them and rewriting addresses when a page got too many scribbles on it, I was at a conference where my diary had many many rescheduled appoitments and little notes about papers. There had to be something better ....
Then someone showed me the Palm III and demoed that it could do appointments like "the third thursday of every month", and on the way back to the hotel I saw a new CompUSA had opened on Market St offering $50 off a Palm .... so I bought one.
Since then I've had a IIIx, a m505 and a Clie. After the Clie went dead recently (bought it in 2002!) I dallied with using one of them "smartphones" - hah! "Stupidphone" would be nearer the mark - it was hard to input memos, appointments, update addresses and the synchronisation software was very dodgy. So I moved back to a "phone phone" (OK the Nokia 6300 is a bit more but it doesn't annoy like the N73) and bought the base Palm Z22 while I think of good excuses why I'd want the TX (I can read maps and have a good memory so don't need a GPS+map, I have a laptop so don't need to edit docs or spread sheets on a titchy screen, my phone already plays MP3sa, ...)
The Z22 does all I need it to do.
Quote:you really need to brush up on your history. Nero most assuredly did NOT try to SAVE Rome from the conflagration.
Zzzz. Yes he did. So there.
P.S. BTW there were frequent large fires in Rome, this one was a bit bigger. Nero was away at the time and came back to try and organise fighting the fire. The report by Tacitus is not credible as he was a boy at the time of the fire and he wrote his account much later under another Emperor so dissing an earlier one was a popular move. Nero used the aftermath of the fire to replan Rome and deflected any criticism by blaming the Christians for the fire (and feeding them to the lions) - but that doesn't mean he set Rome on fire.
RE: Stupid villain names
Quote: Well, the lad burned Rome to ashes... dunno what that makes him to you, but 'villain' sure comes to mind for me.
As far as I know, he didn't. He tried to save it from the conflagration.
Also, I'm sure many of the people subjugated by Rome, e.g. the Jews, would have thought that Rome merited a good burning or two - whatever it did for civilisation in general.
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