1077 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
well, judged on the basis of the current example
the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to machine intelligence is a minor annoyance.
I still have no idea how big this thing is
Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?
Re: It shows many things
The fact that the real scammers have to hire dupes* like this is evidence that the banks are asking questions. I'm no friend of banks in general but wanting them to ask more questions looks to me like a case of "beware, your wish might just come true".
*unscrupulous, greedy and probably not to bright but dupes nonetheless.
I hear they're getting
Anthony Weiner to endorse this.
You know it makes sense.
Re: EM radiation?
As a (lapsed) physicist I can confirm that it is indeed the twangy-wangy stuff that's the problem.
I know for a fact that the mer-people hunted megaladon to extinction. They want you to believe that the mer-people were cute and cuddly and friendly (I'm looking at you Disney) but really they were viscous bastards.
DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES1!!!!!!!!!!!!11
“looking up the answer in the back of the book”
That would be a valid criticism if the researcher were describing the technique as mind-reading which, as far as I can tell, they aren't. I suspect the real usefulness of the technique is likely to be in mind control (by, not of!) since I seem to recall that thinking about something is neurologically similar to looking at it.
Of course, it is a valid criticism of all those "OMG Mind Reading is Coming" headlines. I'll leave it to my fellow readers to decide if El Reg is guilty of that.
No, they just use a rebranded version of the Silly Car Name Generator.
Don't count on it
The resident silicon based lifeforms would ban your "instruments of terrible freezing death". Of course if they're anything like humans you could still make your zillions.
I suspect it's neither exactly
but a combination of political correctness and pedantry*. 'Aborigine' is reductive. So we should say 'aboriginal person'. But people are lazy so we end up with 'Aboriginal'.
Now there shouldn't be anything wrong with 'Aborigine' but the fact is the word has a history - all those old well-meaning but cringeworthy references to "the Aborigine". Frankly, it's easier just to go with the tide and say 'indigenous Australian'.
*Assuming you don't just define political correctness as pedantry which I don't.
I'll tell you why I like the show
And it's nothing to do with wanting to be a "Bad Boy".
It's the ultimate deconstruction of American exceptionalism - the idea that people who are white and middle class can do terrible things and still be the good guys - the "I am not a criminal" thing.
OK I get that some people won't get that the show is essentially a morality tale - there's always people who end up identifying with the bad guys if the presented as anything more than cardboard cutouts. But you get that Walter White isn't a good guy. Try giving the fans of the show credit for realising that too.
And yes, the geek appeal of the show comes from the protagonist been one of us. But so are the Master and Lex Luthor - doesn't mean we don't get that they're villains.
Oh and while the underground meth lab is nice and super-villainy I think I'll wait for the Hot Wheels RV version.
Re: Meph-head Johnnie Thicko Or for added catiness let's not forget
I used to buy the jealousy explanation - then I discovered how utterly misogynist some gay men can be. These days I just think of it as pure irrational bigotry. Some people just need to dump on others and sadly, in some quarters, women are still seen as acceptable targets.
Nice room you have here
Pity if something were to happen to it. Or to the entire neighbourhood. Seriously, it's a nice bit of ad hoc engineering but I think there's a reason NASA keeps its centrifuges in concrete bunkers.
Shorter "The Dude"
I'm entitled to threaten to rape and murder any women because some women said some stuff I don't like.
I was ready to complain
that this is just the web 2.0 filter bubble ramped up to 11 and then I was offered the delicious prospect of never having to read about the doings of the Windsor clan again. Add to the list anyone who's ever appeared on reality tv and I'm sold.
They were actually SPACESHIPS! They just had a remarkable similarity to McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms.
But with those goofy eyes I'm betting on it ending up looking like Bender.
Re: No expandable storage
Because it's not a bit of flash memory - it's ten thousand million bits. In other words, you get what you pay for.
"Catchily named HD 189733b"
But that's how you can be sure that it's home to some terrifying alien abomination.
Make the screen detachable. Connect it to the camera by wifi/bluetooth and provide an app that can control all camera functions and you might have something. (And remove the viewfinder. As much as I hate not having a viewfinder this is a case where it can reasonably be dispensed with - there's not much use for a viewfinder when your camera's up a pole.)
all NASA have been in accordance with the the relevant laws. Doesn't Congress/the President have ultimate oversight of all US activities in space? But what we're talking about here is discarded equipment. Does a non-functioning spacecraft sitting on the lunar surface somehow constitute an activity? In any case the requirement to make a law is not an authorization of any law. Specifically, if the law violates other articles of the treaty as this one does, it's dead in the water.
On another point, how could there be a world heritage site on the moon? isn't the Moon by definition out of this world.
You can't fool me
That's Dr John Watson on the left - I recognise him from that documentary series. Good move, though. I seem to remember his partner was rather good at solving mysteries. With him on the case you'll have your playmonaut back in no time.
Thought the description was a bit perfunctory myself
Clearly demands further research.
Re: Did Datawind forget the big brown envelope this time?
Cheap Chinese tablets are horribly built toys. I had two - neither lasted more than a few weeks in ordinary use before the screen was destroyed by a minor bump that any decent device would have taken in its stride. For educational use you can afford to save money by using last generation tech. Build quality on the other hand is not negotiable.
He's been trying to get funding
for a film based on his artwork for years. Then Avatar comes along and steals his thunder. I think he has a good case that he's been damaged.
There must be some mistake
You used the joke icon.
What is the guarantee of an AC worth in the open market?
Standard 8 ran at 16 fps. Super 8 ran at 18 fps (when silent - the sound version ran at 24 fps). But pre talkies 35mm ran at pretty much whatever speed the camera operator (and the projectionist) cared to crank it at. I'm simplifying of course - if you want the detail read Kevin Brownlow on the matter.
An over-complex infrastructure
designed to pump shit around? I'd run with the metaphor but I fear I'd be stepping on someone's toes.
But it'd be worth it
for the scene where Ballmer climbs on a chair and announces "I am your führer".
but I fear you're right about the manufacturing. The real breakthroughs these days are in fab techniques.
Spelling mistakes, gramatical errors.
Anything by amanfrommars.
We're all doomed!
I remember seeing an documentary a while back
I rememer seeing an documentary a while back
that made the point that in 1940 RAF fighter command was one of the most efficient, (self)disciplined organisations to have ever existed. The Luftwaffe on the other hand was a bunch of egomaniacal cowboys.
Who's who in the current context is left as an exercise for the reader.
I find you're pour grammer* deeply offensive.
Well it's not like
Europe has a history of tribal violence. Viking, Goths, Spartans, they all have an undeserved reputation for violence. And of course with the coming of the Nation State Europe got busy civilising the rest of the world not engaging in a series of increasingly bloody continent wide wars.
Seriously, you don't have to blame colonialism for all of the continent's woes to find the "violence - it's just the African way/the problem is the Africans"* sort of thinking deeply disturbing.
*As expressed upthread not in the comment above. I consider guilt-based history to be stupid and unproductive.
Cutting-edge stuff, folks.
talked to HP?. I think they need tips on how to do this properly.
And folks it's happened
We've finally found the one true anti-Eadon.
Anything for a hook
Two NAS product have names beginning in "NAS' - it must be the work of lizard aliens or at least the Bilderberg Group.
Beat me by "that" much*
Have an upvote.**
*Where's the Maxwell smart icon?
**Have another for the username.
There trusted all right
That's the problem. . .
Say what you like about "Metro"
and most of the things I would like to say about it are not appropriate even here, the flat style is not the problem. (The implementation on the other hand. . .)
A strange little secret
in the sense that nobody ever mentions it, is that the Nexus 7 actually does fairly decent pressure sensitivity. I only know of one app that supports it which is a pity because it is otherwise rather primitive. Now if only Adobe or Autodesk would pull their
finger stylus out.
Re: Yum Yum
Just proves people will eat everything if it reminds them of boobs.
More seriously, nail on the head.
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