159 posts • joined Thursday 6th September 2007 16:36 GMT
Re: "I think BT tower would fit in with any of our major cities."
Buy it? Hmm, might be out of my price range, but tell you what. I'm willing to trade you one of our bridges in Brooklyn for the tower. Toss in a couple jars of Marmite and you've got a deal.
Re: Z80 ?
Yup, and as AndrueC said, "they" (in my experience assembly language instructors) would warn against using them. There was a certain "I know the secret code!" thrill about knowing them, but I'm not a teenager anymore, and getting code -- especially assembly code -- to work everywhere soon hammered any idea of using them out of my coding practice.
Lifetime ban from Amazon (was Re: alternatively...)
Ooh, there's a threat.
I already get most of my books from non-Amazon sources (Calibre itself will find sources for you, and there are still these things called "bookstores" out in the real world). My e-reader is not a Kindle, and just in general there is no reason to yoke oneself to Amazon anyway.
Re: Weebles Wobble But Energy Has to Go Somewhere
Some of those problems were solved in the seventies -- a flywheel doesn't have to have the same stability as a hard drive, although you're right that there will be energy loss.
Indeed, even the "flexible" aspect was done in the seventies, although the designs I saw had the fibers spinning radially out from the axis, rather than wrapped around the circumference. Bearings, vacuum containers, yes, this is old technology probably re-written with modern materials.
So probably most of your questions have been dealt with. The main questions are whether, even after all that, will the energy density still be good enough to make this worthwhile.
Re: Or you could consider a simpler explanation, TRADE
Didn't read the article, did you.
"First, there are no records among the historical, archaeological, or linguistic literature of exchange among the Gilbert Islands and people in the Solomon Islands (the nearest location for C. sorrah) or Fiji (for C. obscurus). Second, the Gilbertese had a well-developed shark fishery using a variety of techniques and exploiting a variety of habitats , reducing the need to import a locally obtainable resource."
Re: At least they're getting fibre
SO IS INDY!!
“the fourier transform, the parallel-serial conversion, cyclic prefix insertion – we do all this in optics”
Okay, the light fiber transmission is impressive, but the final paragraph is the real news. Operations that were formerly done in electrons were done with optical (and off-the-shelf) equipment.
I'm looking forward to what else will be replaced by optical computing (caveat: link to Wikipedia article with lots of "citation needed" sentences)
Excellent Footage and Narration
It's also interesting to see how quickly the horizon adopts its curvature at high altitude.
Thanks for the link.
Congrats on the new job
WSJ does some stellar work in the news. Pity the editorial page is run by the insane.
Oh... of course. It'll be like you never changed jobs.
Re: Someone doesn't know their history of astronomy
Beat me to it. Yes, this is another reason why Vulcan isn't a good choice. The book listed in the Wikipedia article, In Search of Planet Vulcan, by Richard Baum and William Sheehan, is very good, particularly in describing the expeditions to observe Vulcan's supposed transits.
Yeah, never mind. I re-read the article and it's there in paragraph five. Still good to know.
If Opera starts contributing to WebKit, is it possible that bits of Presto might find it's way into the source tree?
Re: Could be worse
I guess none of you morons see the "Joke Alert" icon?
Yes, we saw it. It was therefore incumbent on him to follow up with an actual joke. That he tried to shoehorn yet another MS screed into an article on blackmail shows more than just insensitivity, it's perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny.
That you were dumb enough to write one of the more idiotic responses in defense of eadon says it all about you.
Re: @ Matt Byrant
No, obviously no one is saying that. Nice try moving the goalposts though.
Re: Here say?
Prosecutors and judges do occasionally get put on trial, but it's a high bar. The presumption is that they are operating in good faith, and it's hard to prove otherwise. No one involved in the Rolando Cruz debacle (the case that started the suffered any lasting consequences.
And just to make this properly international, this is hardly an exclusively American phenomenon, e.g.:
"It is better that some innocent men remain in jail than the integrity of the English judicial system be impugned."
Lord Denning, 1988
Perfection is, after all, anything with an apple logo on it.
Well said. I am going to use this every chance I get.
Yes, ironically of course.
This... Is Genius
I particularly liked the "Minnie the Moocher" variant verse.
I eagerly await the Next Thirty Years explained in such engrossing detail. Surely it didn't all end at 1980? I understand there was an impressive commercial released in 1984, for example.
Re: C++ put me off programming
I used Stroustrups book to write a very simple program in 1996, and we still use it today, unmodified.
Okay, that startled me. I'm sure his writing has improved since then, but his first book was a miracle of obfuscation and a love of jargon. I suspect part of that may have stemmed from the fact that he wanted to show all the really cool stuff he'd created (multiple inheritance, for example, was not considered practical in a compiled language before C++; B.S. even said that he implemented it early because he was told he wouldn't be able to do it), but the end result was a book that was useless as a teaching tool and could only be used as a reference on a good day.
It sounds like fifteen years of experience has given him some perspective though. I'll be interested to see what his next book is like.
Re: Advice please.
Ah, this turns my usual advice upside-down.
I normally recommend the e-ink devices, but in her case the ability to easily increase font size plus lighting the screen trumps portability and long battery charge. (Yes quibblers, I know one can increase font size on an e-reader, but it's a bit more easy and effective on a tablet.)
Since there are Kindle, Kobo, and Nook apps for Android devices, she's covered there.
Huh, I just checked, and Calibre has an app too, although it uses the books stored on a local wi-fi network.
(I would be pushing Calibre as a dedicated option too -- it's the best e-book program out there -- except you said that the laptop option wasn't really for her.)
Re: No surprise
Hmm, my experience exactly opposite of yours. E-ink is vastly superior to the LCD screen, "modern" or otherwise. Don't dismiss the sunlight (or bright indoor lighting) aspect out-of-hand.
Plus, as has been mentioned before, the device's ability to hold a charge for weeks is a significant plus.
Re: how many do people need ?
Yup, I was going to make the same post until I saw yours.
I like my e-ink device. The fact that I don't need to constantly re-charge is a huge plus. But I bought it a couple of years ago, and the features they're advertising now still haven't spurred me to upgrade. Color e-ink might do it, even if it was a simple four-color palette.
Re: Palm Pilot never tried to be anything more than a digital diary and contacts list.
Not to mention a limited DBA app for off-site Sybase monitoring. I owned three Palm Pilots all told, and never regretted it.
(There was also a bridge [the card game] and a rogue app, which of course I never used on company time.)
"...body hairs that produce silk..."
Okay, the promised spider silk production hasn't happened yet, maybe we can raise these for their silk production.
I'm expecting a call from a venture capitalist now.
This Study Is Biased
... to the animal kingdom!
Potatoes have eyes. When did they first appear?
Re: They lie!
"Try telling that to Creationists and they'll burn you as a witch and heretic!"
That is so four centuries ago. Now they'll just talk to you and hand you pamphlets. Incessantly. Makes one long for the burning.
Re: Is there any truth
Nah. The closest I came to invoking that rumor was with my first CD player, a Technics SLP-1 (this was in the 1980s), and I found after a couple of years that some of my CDs weren't playing. But they were all Arista CDs (Alan Parsons Project), and they had played before, and I deduced that the Technics was getting old enough that it was missing some encoding that Arista had failed to do correctly.
A new CD player found me able to play all my discs again.
Yeah. As a member of both Sourceforge and Github, that line struck me as a little odd.
Meanwhile, it'll be interesting to see if Dice allows OpenID-like logging between its sites.
Re: Some games not mentioned that I have on my Nexus 7
Osmos HD got listed back in February (see <http://www.reghardware.com/2012/02/28/mobile_gaming_week_ten_android_games/>).
I downloaded Osmos HD, Babel Rising, and Refraction thanks to that article. I'll probably be checking out Oscura thanks to this article.
(Meanwhile I'll check out Droidfish. Thanks. Chess and chess-style games are of interest to me, and I've already got a Shogi app and a Laser Chess).
Re: I DEMAND
Does a subscription to New Boffin include a complementary (and apparently child-friendly) pipe? If so, I'm in for a 3-year subscription.
Re: Most excellent!
(Movie) Jame Bond would disagree with you about cufflinks in general.
These cufflinks in particular -- I see that they're open source, with the CAD and software files hosted on github.
Just how did you miss that opportunity for ironic commentarding?
Re: Firmware features
Hmm. I'm using a Buffalo (older G300N) and am experiencing solid reliability.
On the other hand, the signal's distance is, as the review stated, on the low side. I like Buffalo, but I'm going to do some comparison shopping when the next generation of wifi standards emerges.
Re: Does anyone actually do this?
You've actually got multiple questions there.
1) Do I buy books even though I own an e-reader? Yes.
Personally I think the mass market paperback format is dead, but the hardcover format is still alive for me, and when I want a good edition of a book that I like, it's going to be in hardcover.
(Books that I do buy in e-format tend to be technical books that will become obsolete, or the equivalent of airplane novels.)
2) So do I buy those books in a bookstore? Yes.
Someday I'll unleash my rant on an unsuspecting world about the difference between browsing and searching, but for now, yes, a bookstore experience is still superior to the on-line experience, even with the "people who bought 'A Novel' also bought 'B Novel' suggestions.
Supporting my local bookstore over Amonopolyzon is important.
3) Does that mean I will always buy a book I see in a bookstore over the e-book format? No.
See 1) above. Not all books really need (or deserve) to be in physical format.
Re: Does It Run Linux
Snark aside, this is a question I wish the reviewers would answer more often, along with the related question "Does it run BSD?"
I realize it's not the easiest question, since I imagine you have to return the machine in more-or-less the same state that you got it, but it is a question you could start asking the manufacturers. Even a "don't know" response would be revealing.
Re: So what about those of us that got locked out?
You're pretty much S.O.L.
The previous wave of Hotmail break-ins had the side-effect of killing off community forums because the forum owner couldn't connect with his or her hotmail account. No help from Microsoft then, either.
Yet Another Site For Randomness
For most of us though, this just isn't critical. The "truly random" sources are usually slow enough that they're main purpose is to seed our cryptographically secure pseudo-random number generators, not to be our cryptographically secure pseudo-random number generators.
And even then, they're more used for the "coolness factor" (as Richard 12 points out) than for practical reasons.
Other sites that have done this: Lavarnd (<http://www.lavarnd.org/>, yes, randomness from a lava lamp), Hotbits (<http://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbits/>, "Genuine random numbers, generated by radioactive decay"), and Random.org (<http://www.random.org/>, which uses atmospheric noise).
Re: I'm happy enough using HTML but...
It was a demo by Verity Stob, who used Delphi to do the work. I've no idea why she signed her rights over to El Reg.
Similar to Another Kickstarter Project
This is similar, though not identical, to another Kickstarter Project, Twine:
It will be interesting to compare and contrast. I backed Twine, I think I may back this one too just to see the differences and similarities.
Re: At last someone's twigged
Not only that, but it's back looks like it would make an excellent cheese-cutting board.
And the people who work at the Pentagon hate the design -- going to opposite ends of the building is a pain (or at least was, it's been a couple of decades since I've read anything about it).
Surely they won't make that same mistake at Apple. They'll have a way to easily cut across. Right?