Things do change rapidly. I still have an 8" floppy (128 kB!!) with (supposing the magnetic layer hasn't degraded) CP/M 2.0 on it used in one of the first computers I used for image processing. I now think nothing of filling 80GB of disk space with solar data in the space of 10-15 minutes and then grumble the PC is taking a few hours to chug through that mass of data.
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IT-savvy US congressmen?
An endangered species, methinks. I propose a toast to this rare utterance of (at least a little) common sense in a sea of paranoia-driven gibberish.
"in a secret Google lab that may or may not be filled with roving robots, space elevators and talking refrigerators"
What? No chatty doors?
Re: Even worse
And now for something completely different:
I could imagine some online forms choking on Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch as a place of birth
Coat please! Mine is the one with the souvenir ruler from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in the pocket
Re: Spell it phonetically
Reminds me of the BOFH episode where Simon reminisced about the time he set the password expiry time to 24 hours and minimum required length to 32 characters, forcing people to use a password generator which produced results looking like "vaguely pronounceable line noise"
Re: Repeat after me:
I Just Thought It Was A Golem Speaking
Re: What a shame
As a kid I spotted these thundering over in Cornwall. I also spotted one while fossil hunting in Yorkshire. One of the most iconic British planes ever. Sad moment to see it grounded.
Re: Legal reasoning.
If you use those to commit a crime, according to that reasoning apparently: yes. Without wanting to go into the right or wrong of the current court decision, I would expect many countries have similar provisions. A home might be difficult to see as a tool in a crime, but if someone is a persistent drunk driver, and kills somebody whilst driving under influence, few would argue that confiscating car (and licence) would be excessive punishment. If someone uses his credit card to defraud people, confiscating it could be part of the punishment.
What is needed in most countries is a court order.
Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
Oh, wait, moon goat, not giant mutant star goat.
OK everyone, get off that B-ark, false alarm
Just what I needed
Re: Very interesting
Yes it is the extreme bursty nature of the data. I take mosaic shots like this twenty-three paner (do click on the image to see the full 3541x3451 res ;-)) and there is nothing more frustrating than to see the HDD suddenly throttle your speed from 100FPS to 4 or 5FPS just as cloud is approaching and you want to catch just one more pane. No doubt if acquisition was faster, I would catch more than "just" 80 GB per session.
In solar imaging I am SERIOUSLY limited by the HDD I/O speed, with a camera spitting out 1936x1216 16bit grey level images at a rate of 128FPS. I easily gather 60-80 GB per sunny day, so speed and endurance figures like this are comforting
I would have thought the advert read:
Come over to the Dark side!!
but most likely any advert is just a diversion to make us believe they don't already know who wants that job
Great thumbs up and glasses raised to the scientists and engineers who built this craft. Well done!! The only thing they do not seem to be good at is estimating how long their craft will last, but at least they tend to err on the (very) safe side ;-)
So in Russia ....
2015 will finally be the year of the Linux desktop?
Sorry, even as a long term Linux user, I just couldn't resist.
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana
Only a genius can come up with stuff like that. I just love his off-the-wall humour
It is of course possible to create your own custom universe in your office, so you can research stories in the daytime, and still go to parties in the evening.
Where I read that? Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of course
OK, so I would like one universe to go, with extra Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox, but hold the One Direction, Justin Bieber, and the entire Kardashian clan
I have to wonder
whether the old man wouldn't have preferred to have been presented with six erotic dancers before his death.
Every schoolboy's favourite dino?
Stegosaurus is OK, but I was much more a T. rex or Ankylosaurus fan as a kid (and I still haven't grown up according to my missus)
Ah, the old Olivetti's. My physical scars have healed by now. I would much more prefer to take an axe to them and "give them a reprogramming they will never forget" to paraphrase Ford Prefect's words to Eddy, the shipboard computer.
Re: I think that may invalidate his warranty...
When he fired his first shot, did he get a message:
Windows has detected new hardware:
9mm Hi-point compatibe bullet
Please wait until proper drivers have been installed
Sorry, just couldn't resist, I'll get me coat
"its final contribution to the scientific canon"
most fittingly will be
Sorry, couldn't resist.
When it goes, I will raise a glass to this plucky Messenger's contribution to science (and also to all those engineers and scientists who made it possible.
Yep, must agree there. I am quite pragmatic when it comes to software, we have some CUDA stuff running here so nVidia is needed. I used to download the nVidia propriatary drivers, but I have run into two instances where they borked the system. Scrapping the nVidia stuff and switching to nouveau sorted it, and let me keep some older hardware alive. If nVidia ships working stuff I will happily install it again, but not before I am sure it won't bork my system again.
Certainly worthy cause for a party. My son was really chuffed to hear the flyby is on his birthday. I will certainly raise a glass to both occasions
"Does the world want a president who is unaware of the passing of IDE and the ascent of SATA?"
Well, the more serious issue is: Does the world want a president who wants to be president, as it is a well-known and much lamented fact that those people who most want to rule people are ipso facto those least suited for the job.
The one with the cassette tapes of the Hitchikers Guide radio play in the pocket please
I just have to ask
It being India, is the pepper spray Vindaloo flavour?
I'll get my coat. The one with the menu of the Indian takeaway in the pocket, please
And slood? Have you taught them about slood yet?
Fusion? Why not skip fusion and get into bistromathics directly
Hey, did you also hitch a ride with a teaser?
I must say I will not use Windows as a service should it materialize. I was considering buying Photoshop, but the new CC versions with their rental model really don't appeal to me. I can understand renting storage space, paying monthly for a mobile phone subscription, but not my software. A key reason is that I want to decide when and indeed if I want to upgrade software. The "as a service" model will almost certainly foist stuff on me that I neither want nor need.
Others may of course have different ideas, but I like to have more control over the software on my machine than most, perhaps
Re: Everything I need to know about this subject came from The Flintstones...
I don't know, both have their merits. Whereas Brontosaurus burgers are perfect for your barbecue, Apatosaurus apetizers can be very tasty, especially with a strong wasabi dip.
Scans the skies for Vogon constructor fleets, just in case
put a smile on my face this special day. Muons used to penetrate concrete was pushing it, however. mu neutrinos combined with the (relatively nearby) Super Kamiokande neutrino detector might have been a nice touch.
Still, full points for a funny story
But what is missing in the picture of Earth is a little arrow saying "You are here" for that total perspective vortex effect. You would also need to extrapolate the current state of the entire universe from a small piece of fairy cake, for the full effect, of course.
Maybe these guys were desperate for an award
Darwin award, that is.
One at least deserves a nomination now
Hook up the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 submeson brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian motion generator (say a cup of hot tea), feed it the improbability for an infinite improbability drive, and away you go. No more mucking about in hyperspace.
Unless you want to deal with Bistromathics, of course
And if all that fails
just reverse the polarity of the neutron flux!
Re: While we're at it...
Superb idea: I see a new role for Brian Blessed giving masterclasses: ARE YE DEEEEEFFFF!!
Re: Headache eh?
It will get worse. They should take a paracetamol, and have a little lie down.
What I do not get is that they complain about encryption provided by technology firms, whereas I can happily send one-time-pad encrypted messages through open channels without anybody being able to crack them. The only problem is getting the pad to my intended receiver (not too hard really). The "algorithm" is extremely simple, all you need is to do bitwise XOR with a stream of random bits (easily obtained from any natural noise source).
There are many less strong ways of sending encrypted data through open channels in such a way that it isn't even readily visible (steganography). Thus, if bad guys want to encrypt stuff, they can already do that. Given that fact: what do they really lose if they are no longer able to view everybody's mail? The ability to leer at somebody's selfies?
Re: Well that does it. I'm not going to Indiana either.
I might have expressed that a bit more succinctly, but I do agree that allowing people to discriminate based on their religious beliefs is plain wrong. It could readily be argued that this is unconstitutional. After all, it didn't say: "all men are created equal, but some more equal than others" last time I looked
Nice one IKEA
Really good idea.
The only thing that could go wrong now is if they give it one of their silly names, like BØNK Shelter, or so ;-)
Brilliant, nice end of the week story
Re: So encrypted files are forbidden?
Off course, if your encryption is REALLY good, they won't know it's there
Like the screen and format, but need CUDA
The older 13" Macbook were equipped with an nVidia graphics card, and as such offered support for code our students develop in CUDA, and had sufficient graphics grunt for 3D visualization code we develop. The later ones don't. Real shame, because I hate lugging a 15" along for conferences. As my code is OS agnostic, I was seriously considering the older MacBook, but I will have to pass this one for lack of video grunt.
I recently got a quote in the same price range from a Dutch company for a 13.3" at 2560x1600 resolution, Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, one 1TB HDD, + one 256GB SSD, and Geforce 860 (or so) graphics card. Weight 1.9 kg, so a bit heavier (and a bit bulkier to allow for cooling). The cost (with OS, you can also order it without) was just a shade under a MacBook pro 13.
Re: Can't resist a joke.
Alternatively, if the last dart hit Otto von Chriek as he was passing by it would be
"ONE UNDEAD AND EIGHTY!!!!"
Mine is the one with "The Truth" in the pocket
I wouldn't mind a box or two of those beasts. And, no, I will not run Crysis on it. Instead I will be processing giga to terapixel images on it
"New MARS record", or alternatively "new new-world record"
Great achievement, by any name
Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday
And of course, a Vogon constructor fleet is due coming Thursday (never could get the hang of Thursdays)
The UNIVERSE will end on Friday
To be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable