1077 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
Well, that was fairly pointless
The video that is, not the actual research. "This stuff here - it's as stretchy AS RUBBER. Oh and it does some other stuff which we won't show you or attempt to explain in any way." Conclusion: Stanford uni PR unit is run by a bunch of balloon fetishists.
It's good that forest loss has been reduced to less than one percent per year.
It's not good that forest loss is almost one percent per year.
Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving...distracted humans
Any self drive system that ever dumps control back to the human would clearly be unfit for purpose and would never pass legal muster. (On the road when we're dealing in response times measured in, not seconds, but milliseconds there's simply no time to hand over control.) Clearly automated driving is a much harder problem than automated flying but the evidence is that has been solved or will be solved in the near future. (By 'solved' I mean 'demonstrably as safe as a good human driver'.)
But at least the zombies will be fun
There will be zombies, won't there?
I'll get my coat. I'm off to do a bit more work on my Jane Austen versus the Daleks script.
A sensible decision perhaps
but nonetheless a dangerous one. Deciding that copying entire books is now fair use because it's in the public good looks like legal sleight of hand. If anyone is to be given an exemption from existing copyright restrictions which is, in reality, what this decisions does, that should be decided by the lawmakers not the courts.
Re: Cerenkov Radiation
Faster than light in that medium, not faster than c.
Space-time: don't get kinky without it.
A Cunning Plan
A 3D 2D printer?
Re: Emporers new cloaking device
Of course I can see the tank in the picture - it's the invisible one just to the left I can't see. </Eccles mode>
Crosses several boxes for me
iOS only, air, Facebook, low resolution, limited controls but it might be a hit with the target market. Might, given it's relatively expensive and really needs a tripod. Plus automatic connectivity will be fine for some but if you can't share your work with just anyone it won't take off. My prediction: Apple will do this right in two year's time while claiming they invented it.
Now, what I had hoped this was is a small camera with a built-in motorised pan and tilt head. Do that for the same price (alright probably a little bit less) and I'm in.
I hope self driving cars will be well marked
so I can just ignore them and concentrate on avoiding the idiots "who are really good drivers and don't need a computer to tell them what to do".
The rest of us have learnt to expect to be disappointed.
Re: Save me from kitchen table budget thinking.
It was Marcia from accounts
She printed out the internet some time in 1997 and took it home. Now the Elders of the Internet want it back.
It will be Ewoks as as the eye can see from now on.
Re: Lack of imagination is the problem
Spending a million years as downloads doesn't seem much fun, I mean I spent a month as a pirated copy of the Beatles White album and I absolutely hated it.
And yes, I've been waiting since 2007 to use that one.
Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay
My understanding is that in the later years of its life (and before 9/11) BA made Concorde pay by the simple expedient of charging what it cost to provide the service. It turns out that when your company's paying or you're just obscenely wealthy price is relatively elastic. Of course, that was in the context of development costs having been covered by the taxpayer and obviously wasn't viable in the long term. But it does suggest that you shouldn't be too cautious in charging what might seem to be outrageous prices from day one.
Re: Modular = Large?
Phones have been getting larger for years. This wouldn't have work five years ago but now, provided the standard modules are thin enough I don't see size as being a problem.
Re: Woodland Creature?
I took it as a reference to inter-arboreal defaecation but are creatures of ursine persuasion moronic? I get the feeling that treating one as such might be a little bit of a mistake.
Education in the richest country in the world is better than in one of the poorest.
I don't think your arguments get any better from there.
Paging Dunning and Kruger
"There's enough material here for a whole conference."
Re: Fast horizontal elevator?
Trains have windows - technologically unnecessary - but psychologically important to the people who will be paying the bills. I seem to recall it was the lack of windows that doomed the blended wing airliner.
Indeed, you can't tell people what to think
but you can tell them not to use specified trade secrets just as you can forbid them to use any other specified IP. In general, it might be more difficult to demonstrate unlawful use of a trade secret, but in this case the facts seem to have been pretty clear cut (and faking evidence obviously didn't help).
I thought that looked odd
But the article does suggest that the parafoil is already deployed during the freefall. (If you've got a capsule full of tanked up rich people it's probably advisable to end the freefall as gently as possible.) And since there's probably insufficient air density at the release altitude to reliably inflate the parafoil (correct me if I'm wrong) I suspect the idea is to use some sort of lightweight frame attached to the balloon. (Or maybe, heaven forbid, a truss.) The animation shows a fan of cables attached to the centre of parafoil and the capsule itself supported by parafoil lines which doesn't seem practical but is probably a lot prettier than the reality.
The explanation's simple
grasshopper mouse just don't give a shit.
With all this talk about 'living' plastic
I'm starting to wonder if el Reg has been taken over by the Autons and Lester is desperately trying to get the word out before he's replaced by something disturbingly shiny and emotionless.
Re: @lunatik95 - The subject was rape NOT grammar
One of the pleasures of this site is the entertaining and informative byways that discussions here often wander down but I can't help thinking that, in this case, there is a certain amount of, no doubt unconscious, derailing is going on. This is an utterly horrible case, and I can understand people wanting to look away, but maybe the best way to do that would be to keep quiet and leave the thread to people who are prepared to treat the subject with the seriousness it deserves.
Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir
Just don't try thatin the US. There, by convention, it signifies an 'attorney'. There has been at least one prosecution, albeit malicious, of a person who dared used the title in a state where they were not registered to practise law.
You may call it Z8_GND_5296
but to me it's home.
- Grynklefyvth III
Re: Free from what, exactly?
Exactly. The (hidden) premise seems to be an evolution of the wobbly old idea that quantum indeterminacy can somehow provide a physical basis for free will (as if being driven by a random number generator in the brain looks anything like freedom).
The thing is, I'm most free when I can act in ways that are meaningful to me and those ways tend to be easily predictable by anyone who knows me. Of course, maybe free will isn't the same thing as personal freedom but if it isn't I don't know what it is bar a meaningless theological concept.
Welcome to the wonderful
post racial utopia that is the USA. </sarcasm>
And of course the only reason a women would complain about harassment is that she want the attention. (Sorry, I lied about stopping the sarcasm. Sometimes, faced with a certain sort of bone-headedness nothing else will do.)
I don't believe that Elron even at his most drug addled ever believed the guff he peddled. This guy, on the other hand, I suspect is just a common loony who we'll never hear about again. (or he's a prankster in which case "well played".
It's been a while
but I seem to remember textbooks tend to be very heavy. Maybe they should go with octacopters. Even then I'm not sure I'd want to be underneath one when something goes wrong.
Well, telling me what toilet paper to use
is just the sort of thing my mum would do so nothing's changed there but yes a good* headline.
*By definition not the best since it doesn't contain the words "FOUND ON THE MOON".
Only if you're
Re: What is the point...
I'm not sure what elementary grade 1 is but I'm guessing these kids are around five so they're not about to tap out The Great Thai novel any time soon. This is education for the 100%. Get everyone into the habit of reading as early as possible and everyone benefits including the 1%.
Ah, his scumbag is
a leftist thug. You know, I was confused. I thought this guy was just another jerk looking to get rich off the misery of others. But that's just the American dream and how can that possibly be bad? But now you've explained that he's a leftist and a thug to boot it all makes sense. Obviously it's all part of Obama's plan to destroy the US and annoy old white guys. Thanks for explaining it.
What you don't understand
is the Register. And, you don't appreciate a good "ON THE MOON" headline. So what the hell are you doing here?
A computer game reprogrammed my brain
Unfortunately it reprogrammed it to kill Stroggs which so far hasn't proved to be a terribly useful life skill.
Non flippant version: "reprogramming the brain" is otherwise called learning - if you claim it means something else you're talking nonsense. (Susan Greenfield, I'm looking at you.)
I have a problem with the ninja outfit. My personal army would be required to wear something more flattering.
There's a thought.
Yes, there's a size limit to concrete vessels before wave motion starts to produce uncontrollable cracking but you're not going to mount your wind turbine on a replica of the Titanic are you? I'm not saying corrosion isn't an issue but I'm not convinced that with sensible choice of materials it is insurmountable.
And, yes let's get cracking with thorium.
And we know where he is
The scoundrel is hiding in Westminster Abbey. Dispatch the plod immediately!
OK, he might be a little bit dead but dig him up anyway and charge him forthwith. They did it to a pope* why not a poet. Can't have dead people making a mockery of the law.
*Pope Formosus for those who might care.
of the cosmonauts who came down far off course and had to spend the night fighting off wolves with a pistol. Are there wolves in Spain? Did anyone think to equip the playmonaut with a sidearm?
So the revheads get a seat but those of us who prefer to keep our recreational activities indoors are left out in the cold.
Re: "to build an exact replica of the Titanic"
Not really. Diesel engines and a full complement of lifeboats is pushing the definition of 'exact'. I think 'loose replica' is more correct.
"without the pricey active cables"
and without the Intel control.
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