987 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
"Customisable pop-ups that appear outside the browser"
Who the hell thought this was a good idea?
Or to put it another way
would you trust a coder who thought that bothering to use the static keyword was "splitting hairs". like programming the law is about getting the rules right at the start so everyone can follow them without getting any nasty surprises.
Re: Ye Gods, how many ways can a hair be split
You may call it splitting hairs. I call it the precise application of the law. It's what judges are paid to do. And in the end it protects us all.
Re: If only they could make a decent website
That's just tradition. Baen covers are notorious for their crappiness so the website has a lot to live down to.
Is it just me
or has El Reg's double entendre department taken a turn towards the kinky?
Any security system that relies on users acting like machines rather than humans is inherently flawed.
Wot no jokes
about RIM helping to finger it's own customers.
How soon we forget.
that was taxi drivers.
Re: And still no built in GPS
A camera adds nothing to the function of a navigation device while a GPS device adds to the function of a camera. It's why some of use carry GPS data loggers around with us when we're ou taking photos.
Re: Great News
Edison's problem was not that DC is inefficient but that given the absence of DC transformers he had no way to distribute it at high voltage.
Call me a philistine
but I prefer Faboy Slim's up tempo three minute twenty-two remix
I liked the singing
Pity there was some bloke wanking his organ all over it.
Nothing to see here?
Just River Song being overly dramatic again. Jeez, why can't she learn to use email?
I'm even older than that and I still can't remember when Tracey Ullman was funny.
Re: Mass of everything
The clue's in the name. Since WIMPS interact with ordinary matter only weakly you can't weigh them. (They'd pass right through any scale). Indeed so far we can't measure them in any way. Ergo they can't affect any measurements of mass. The only way we know of their existence is through their contribution to gravitational effects at very large scales. As to why their gravitational effect is not apparent at smaller scales - well you have to remember that that matter in the universe is near to non-existent. O.K. maybe not non-existent, but on average the universe approximates a pretty good vacuum. Assuming dark matter is not clumpy like ordinary matter (i.e. that WIMPS don't strongly interact with anything including themselves) space with WIMPS in it is effectively just space but very slightly less tenuous. It's net effect on anything on a human scale is going to be zero.
Of course, anything that anyone says about dark matter is ,of necessity, highly speculative but the basic idea is actually pretty straightforward.
"The smile detector is a neat feature, making that hanging off a cliff-face, or free-falling skydive shot that bit easier to achieve."
Is there a sheer terror detector setting that I can use?
Billions of years into the future
They promised me a matrioshka brain and all I got was a lousy 16 bits.
Do I at least get a hologram for company?
Re: Read the ANDs and ORs
So basically it's a law to ban ODFO.
What have you got
against footcare implements.
live in Iran.
I will be awaiting the rise of the machines - with a large bucket of water.
Re: Self-righteous hypocrisy
Are you seriously suggesting that protestants never feel that they're entitled to tell others what to do? Have you been paying any attention to what is happening in the US lately. Rick Santorum may be Catholic but I can assure you that his brand of self-righteous arrogance comes straight out of the fundamentalist protestant playbook.
Now I don't want to get into a Catholic versus protestant debate (the differences are far smaller than the similarities to my mind) but it strikes me that your comment is a good example of something I've frequently observed. When someone, religious or not (and these days, it seems, more often they are not), criticises atheists for lacking understanding of religion what they are really saying is "your criticisms don't apply to my experience of religion" as if the fact that there are some nice CoE vicars somehow cancels out the existence of the Taliban.
The thing is, critics of religion generally have taken the time to acquire at least a passing knowledge of the full range of religious practices. They're arguing from facts not personal experience. Questioning their "understanding of religion and their critical faculties" on the basis of unexamined anecdotal evidence is the rhetorical equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and chanting "I can't hear you".
As for the tired "critics of religion are like religious fanatics" canard - XKCD
It's like this. So many Father Ted Jokes. So little time.
would be more interesting. Does the resolution go down to individual house level?
Hey everybody, I've got a spy phone
Do they make one that fit's in a shoe? You can't afford to be too conspicuous in the spy game.
(Yes, I know - it's really targeted at the Ms rather than the Bonds but someone had to do the Maxwell Smart joke.)
Worked in telemarketing
Let her off. She's obviously working towards going straight.
Re: Couldn't they have given it a wipe
Shouldn't demo units have a porn blocker installed?
And what exactly
is the "understanding" of an anonymous person worth? If you have evidence, present it. Otherwise keep your slurs to yourself.
Burn After Reading
Just looked it up. How could you not like a film in which Brad Pitt gets shot point blank in the face?
but I have been known to reference the gentleman in question int terms of the Slakan vloskan.
Red matter is bullshit
Everyone knows you use trilithium to blow up stars.
<Neddy Seagoon voice>
"I don't wish to know that"
</Neddy Seagoon voice>
I'm not sure what a "spaff" is
but great headline (though it could do with more underground virgin penetration).
In the plane of the ecliptic points 93 million miles from Earth form a circle passing through the Sun and out beyond the orbit of the Earth. Since that circle intersects the orbit of Venus, at some time, Venus will be 93 million miles from Earth. It's just a a matter of waiting long enough.
Does this mean
we can have our Hitler parodies back?
No idea why you were voted down for stating simple facts. (Well, actually a few.) My netbook's never run Windows and I've never missed it. Next step: Linux + Arm so I can ditch the oversized extended battery and I will have a true notebook (the paper things, I mean) replacement.
LOTR should remain Legoless.
Sorry, but it had to be said.
Now all they have to do is scale it up one hundred times.
Japan: for all your (giant) robot needs.
At least you still have
*how the hell do you do links?
Off her tits?
She's lucky they're not off her.
Don't knock it
The Q is as they say in Japan "kawaii" (cute). It should sell bucket loads to the sort of people who post videos to Youtube in the wrong aspect ratio (i.e. clueless wannabee geeks). If that's what it takes to keep Pentax alive and producing brilliant, affordable cameras like the K-5, I'm all for it.
I saw that a while back
Not bad considering that everything by Lem that I've read would be pretty much unfilmable. (Solaris excluded - I haven't read the book and the Tarkovsky film is pretty much pure Tarkovsky - beautiful visuals combined with a dreary mysticism that hasn't much to do with Lem's sharp-minded satire.)
if they ditched the silly nuclear explosions thing and replaced it with say mysterious alien technology (black monolith anyone). The thing I loved (as a teenager) about the show was its sense of wonder about the universe (inherited no doubt form 2001). What I didn't like was the fact that it too often spilled over into mystical mumbo-jumbo and sometimes plain anti-science. If they had stuck to Clark's Third Law it could have been a great series instead of just an enjoyable one.
A demonstration that the Eagle is practical
Years ago, I created this slightly modified version of the Eagle for Orbiter* using only reasonably realistic assumptions about near future tech. If you dare you can try flying it into lunar orbit (difficult but not impossible). If you can land it, you're Alan Carter himself (or a computer). Hint: you use the underside engine to rotate to the correct orientation then fire up the big ones at the back which makes sense when you realise that the moon isn't exactly littered with vehicle assembly buildings.
Merlin Transporter for Orbiter : http://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=2234
(SpaceX ripped me off - I'd sue but I can't afford Apple's lawyers.)
*Orbiter Space Fight Simulator: orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/
Re: Re : there isn't much energy in a bullet
My laptop battery has an energy density of just over one half a megajoule per kilogram and it's not exactly military spec. So maybe 250 shots per kg assuming no losses. (Yes, there will be losses but on the other side battery tech is still improving rapidly) I don't exactly think a 1kg power pack would be a problem for Arnie. On the other hand I do have this image of a young Stallone with dozens of little phone batteries tucked into his bandolera.
No thanks. I've just finished the blancmanges
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* Indonesian train
That's just my back yard.
Admittedly there not as common as they were. Apparently birds have learned how to kill and eat them. What's a bit of poison when you're Australian wildlife.
is wrong with letterboxing. Is a black bar in your field of vision so much worse than a bezel? I'm looking to buy a new monitor but everything's bloody 16:9. Now the size is limited by the available space on my desk, so by going widescreen I'm actually losing screen real estate. Likewise with a tablet the limiting factor is primarily the larger dimension (and 16:9 is horrible vertically). Now, I hate to agree with the sainted Steve (check my posts if you like, you won't find any Apple love from me) but he got that one right.
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