Re: The worst customers...
Or more pithily, "Afraid not, ask your mother whether she knows"
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Or more pithily, "Afraid not, ask your mother whether she knows"
Indeed: a person crueller than I might consider the whole piece innumerate tosh. Thoughts do of course have "physical weight" (what other sort is there? Spiritual, literary I guess). The firing of a neuron occurs through passage of many neurotransmitter molecules across a synaptic gap, and they have a finite molecular weight.
Why not put wheels on it and call it the Airport Bus? Seriously though, the chances of it detaching by mistake must surely approach the same as chance of an incident where it would help.
Absolutely right - Rosling was one of a *very* small group of experts who knew what's going on, cared about it, and was tremendously effective at conveying it to others. I just heard Jeffrey Sachs talk at UCL this morning, and he's another, still with us.
Pivoting while Leaning In is likely to twist your ankle
Love all the pink and mauve there - just like a big tube of Smarties
Not quite. Microsoft has a large-but-finite amount of money to burn, therefore in a finite time.
"The Tesla P100 supports up to four 40GB/s bidirectional links which can be used to read and write to memory."
I've always wondered how long it would take for the Americans to reinvent the Transputer. Answer: 30 years
As long as people eat cornflakes we'll always need small plastic objects to go in the packet
I once wrote that developing a new operating system was the modern equivalent (in terms of effort) of building a Gothic cathedral. And they eventually stopped building Gothic cathedrals.
"I'd say Google is doing a pretty decent job"
You might say that, but El Reg can't because it believes Google to be the spawn of Satan and bends its knee towards Cupertino
Good article, both parts. As for this this half, about defending individual rights against the "plantations" of Google and Facebook, I'd say that we already have the perfect model in the public road network. A neutral state builds and maintains the infrastructure, paid for by taxation, which individuals are then more or less free (within certain safety regs) to use their cars, cycles, motorbikes, lorries, busses on. The railways, since privatisation show the pitfalls of the other model, where private interests monopolise sections of the infrastructure.
I'm in the habit of using "Bollox!" instead of "Hello World!" as my first program example when reviewing a new system (blame my upbringing). Back in PCW days, around 1983, was given Tandy's Model 100, an early handheld computer to review, and time being short had to take it straight to the photographer's studio. Regrettable it still showed "Bollox!" clearly on its small LCD screen, but no-one noticed till after it was printed. Reprinting is surprisingly expensive.
Camel-case makes for more readable naming conventions in large programs - eg. significant lower-case prefixes like eFoo, eBar, eZot, sFoo, sBar, sZot. That's a separate issue from whether or not to enforce such distinctions with case-sensitive compilation: there are strong arguments for and against. Either way, a smart IDE ought to warn about variable accesses that differ only in case.
Oh, I thought it was Wi-Fi waves being repelled by a tinfoil hat
The Last One. Again.
They say there are no atheists in a foxhole: I'll bet there are about as many Musk fanboiz on the space station
Sounds pretty sane to me, and the bit about foreign public utilities behaving more efficiently abroad is really interesting. Perhaps every nation should run some *other* nation's utilities, like an economic secret santa...
Austerity does work, for what it's really intended to do, which is to demolish the welfare state and employment rights. It's just that you thought it was about "balancing the budget", which indeed doesn't need to be done.
Charge them extra for the snakes - good for keeping away pedants
"I tells" you, please
Just did a count-up of how many apps I'm using in Windows 8.1 and it's *zero*. Lots of luck in reducing that Microsoft.
If the whole thing is wired to the mains then perhaps a relay could be added to electrocute unwelcome callers?
May I be the first to use and copyright the name "The God Cluster" for this phenomenon, ready for when the tabloids latch onto it
If we nuke it from orbit it's very likely we'll miss and hit Belgium. Better a selective campaign from 1000 feet that carefully avoids Camden Town...
The Olympus microscope has a lovely smile though
Google beat you all to the punch by releasing Lollipop a full six months before April Fools' Day
I assume you meant "tink"
Photo #1: "Damn it! This is Pentax fit and I *told* them I have a Nikon-fit mouth"
Seconded. Who wants to wait a day and spend a fortune developing rolls of film that only have one worthwhile pic on them, again? Just take your digital SLR (or probably buy an old Sony Alpha as cheap as a film camera), set its P mode to Black & White, then like Novatone says, think about your composition as if you only have three tries.
Carver Mead is the analogue man and he's still alive, but getting on a bit so I'm not sure how active he is in chip design any more. He also did original work on "collective electrodynamics" which has some bearing on the topic of this article.
All the smartphone companies are losing it - I just had the famous Lollipop problem with a Nexus 7 2012, and Apple had a similar debacle a few years back. The complexity of the hardware is running ahead of ability of QR to keep up and breaking the previously friendly remote update model. Only real solution is to provide equally friendly roll-back to stable version (on Android it's a techies-only image download and manual install).
None of them want to do it, because secretly they don't mind these bork-fests, which scare people into buying next gen hardware and thus prevent Windows XP-style log-jams.
The only reason we have all the digital gadgets we do is the benign scaling behaviours of CMOS and lithographic fab techniques. Until something equally benign found for graphene, silicene, quantum dots or whatever they won't happen - and it's never certain such methods will exist.
Walking out of the cinema is the acid test: I've only walked three times in the last 30 years, from "Absolute Beginners", "City of Lost Children" and "Romance and Cigarettes". All from directors I'd loved who crossed a line into the twee...
This has inspired me to launch my unicorn milking machine Kickstart, and I've got The CornedBeef on board!
So El Reg finally got a KKK subeditor - no big surprise
Or indeed about any firm that opts not to spend a decade writing its own proprietary operating system (or for that matter any citizen who fails to build their own subway or sewage system). Let's all "disrupt" those smelly old common goods!
Pattern, plattern, platter? Try "platen" or "platten"? A little known hazard of 3D printing is its damaging effect on verbal skills: "Tech isn't where we'd hoped, but if you want it now, it's waiting for you."
It's clearly a secure box to store all your old redundant Rolexes in
I'm saving the headline to this article as a test piece for my natural language parsing code efforts: it defeated me so how can a poor computer cope?
And one of the Hoo Haas has a most unsightly hydrocele too. The show is a urologists nightmare...
I think this a ruse to get us all to stump up for a new pin-head
Indeed it has. I've been doing it for a couple of years. You used to go to the Friends pulldown and untick "Show in Newsfeed": more recently you do it from top right corner arrow. So why is this news?
Can we blame Steven Fry? Please?
This "xxxx anomaly" trope is now likely to enter the language I'm afraid: the Krakatoa Vulcanism Anomaly, the Hiroshima U235 Anomaly and the Sept 11th Trade Center Anomaly.
Trichlorethylene worked a treat when my Wacom Bamboo stylus went the sticky way. It smells delightful, gives you cancer and destroys the ozone layer. I bought mine in Italy where it's still permitted...
More like cat v sabretooth tiger I fear
That's it then, no more boring analog sex for me!
DTraceunder the GPL
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