I checked the original paper and it is indeed 450 light years. It is quite easy to see further into the past. Even naked eye you can see the Andromeda Galaxy at 2.5 million light years, and Edwin Hubble could already study individual stars in it from earth. Furthest I have managed so far with my 8" scope is 3.5 billion light years (blazar OJ-287). Odd to think those photons exciting my retina (and brain) left the source 3/4 of the age of Earth ago.
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Newspeak from Nadella?
I do not seem to be able to understand his use of the words "privacy" and "trust", given the way Windows 10 works
I am consequently looking hard for replacements for those few programs I still have to run under Windows (8.1, 10 will not be installed). I have used both Windows and Linux for a long time, and never liked the "OS wars" because I just want an OS that works, and I can trust. It seems I am now forced to make a choice for just one OS.
Maybe the balance he was talking about his bank balance.
Sorry, couldn't resist, I'd better be going
Re: Perhaps time for a change of format?
"Putting the laser where the sun doesn't shine" is the phrase that somehow springs to mind. Can't think why. Of course, it is the perpetrator's minds in need of illumination, not their lower intestines
I will be looking forward to the last stages
of this epic project.
Well done those boffins!
Re: This might be useful
Some banks don't seem to know what century it is
So what if you encrypt in such a way that password A gives access to some innocuous data (maybe embarrassing enough, or personal enough to want to encrypt, but nothing illegal), and password B (possibly in combination with A) gives access to the real deal. If you hand over password A, could law enforcement know about the extra payload, especially if the payload has a limited number of bits compared to the other content?
The above scheme is hardly rocket science (or even computer science for that matter, more like a simple form of steganography). If I can think of a way of circumventing a law requiring me to hand over passwords in 60 seconds, so can many others. This does make me feel that laws like that are either simply ill though through, or just a matter of lots of sound and fury to show people the government is taking ACTION!!!!! whilst signifying nothing in real terms. Could be both, of course.
"Rasputin, bring hither the skindiving suit with the bottom cut out and unleash the rampant Wildebeest"!
Shouldn't that be Igor?
Re: Radii confusion
Actually, the Doppler tomograph shows the velocities of the materials in different directions. Faster things (further away from centre) are objects in a tighter orbit. Hence the remark of an "inside out" image.
Thumbs up to the astroboffins for capturing all this detail
Really great work by the New Horizons team
Count me in!
I grew up worshipping the astronauts (and cosmonauts, when we did get the news of them) as heroes. I successfully nagged at my parents to allow me to stay up late to see the first moon landing live on our old B&W tele.
Send all the politicians, they tend to generate LOTS of hot air. Pulling together they should be able to regenerate an atmosphere in no time. It might be a nasty atmosphere, given the source, but at least it's an atmosphere
Bit like the B-Ark idea, only without the telephone sanitizers
I have said it once, I will say it AGAIN
One .... Time ... Pad
To explain to the apparently hard of hearing (i.e. those in government): If people REALLY want to encrypt, they can, and NOBODY can even tell it is an encrypted message, not just a load of digitized line noise. Hide the line noise in a cat video and only those who know which one it is, and what pad to use can decrypt. GCHQ knows this, the NSA knows this.
Re: Not my music but ...
I remember Alexei Sayle stating German scientists had discovered the gene that turns you off pop music at the precise age of 37.5
Still like some modern music, but I do sound more like me mum these days
Re: Goto vs Break
Come on you guys, give goto a break
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get my coat. The one with that Kernighan and Ritchie book in the pocket please
Confusion can be a real problem. Confusing the order "loose the dogs" with "lose the dogs" could have bad consequences for the canine companions, especially in certain shady circles
Nah, all the Druids know it is far easier to build a new 64 MegaLith computer than upgrading the old one
Doffs hat to the late great Terry Prattchet
I am not impressed. Can't think why
"I am sorry, Dave, I am afraid I can't tell you that."
Where is that HAL9000 icon when you need it?
Oh well, black chopper then
Re: It looks like you're trying to get pissed...
Nah, I have plenty of experience
So how do you distinguish REALLY good encryption from noise?
now where did that one-time pad go?
Trotting out the security excuse is getting tiresome. You fundamentally cannot be free without an element of risk being present, just as a democracy cannot function if there is no guarantee of privacy at some level (the election booth at minimum).
well obviously the sargent shouts
but the grunts to the moving
There is some prior art for single sided emitters moving things
Brian Blessed can move things with sound, especially people, many of whom move away with alacrity.
Joking aside, this is a very interesting development, and well done to the acousto-boffins! This might also be an interesting project to simulate for our students. I'll give the paper a thorough read
are simply bacteria that are harmless under most circumstances, and happily coexist with us on our skin or in our bowels. Only when there is serious suppression of the immune system can they become a problem (i.e. when there is an opportunity). It should come as no surprise that these creatures were found, and I would go along with the advice on the cover of the book
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
"Oh, that hack rag"
At some point the dolphins will just be gone
and we will find in our inboxes the message:
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Makes you wonder what fireworks would go of if the planet (or its remains) finally nosedive into the white dwarf
We really, really
need to invent slood!
Vimes is going to go spare!!
This reminds me of the pistol crossbow from The Fifth Elephant: the one shot nobody expects. Given the short barrel you would almost need to press it against somebody to be sure of hitting him. At zero mm range, almost any ammo can cause severe damage. As such you might go along with Vimes' conclusion that it is a weapon designed to kill, not to deter, as a more fire-arm shaped object might. No doubt, if he found it, he would insert it where the sun doesn't shine.
No doubt various secret services who might find such an object useful have more Q-esque versions readily available
Re: Second Time's A Charm?
I thought they were Holy Hand Grenades? Those should be booked under clerical supplies, shouldn't they
Re: The old microwave trick
Ah, the old Faraday cage ploy!
Silver or copper would shield just that little bit better than lead (better conductivity), unless Indian Telcos use X-rays or gamma rays for communication, which would explain dropped calls: people dropping dead at the other end
Which does sound like a village in Dorset
I also rather like Terry Pratchett's use of the word "preventative" for a condom. So much better than "preservative" (which I still don't get)
Re: Hardware support/drivers
Don't get me started. Windows 2000 didn't support a bog-standard S3-based graphics card from a well-known vendor made in 1999(!). In did support my considerably older Matrox Millenium card, fortunately.
I thought I had blocked the Win10 nagware on our main home desktop PC, but it has started nagging again. I will see what I can do about that
Given that this laser system is so compact
Can it be put on a frickin' shark?
Sorry, couldn't resist
Clearly from the shallow end of the gene pool
Re: Re. Microwave
Alternatively, when disposing of larger quantities, use a flame thrower, and say:"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" for the sake of style.
Maybe, just maybe
these heavily armed people used coercion to obtain these vehicles
"Nice showroom you have there, would be such a shame if someone blew it up" (hence icon)
certainly an option worth considering
So a quantum breakthrough
is a superposition of success and failure
Until observed consciously, of course!
More seriously: well done to the Ozzy boffins!
Re: Shaved my beard yesterday.
Don't look at me, I never get a cut of that money
I always thought
Wile E. was a coyote, not a werewolf
I'll get me coat. The one with the Roadrunner cartoons in the pocket please
Re: Someone's lift... @Grikath
We STILL need to invent slood before we can make any headway
Re: Happy days
Same here. My first programming was on a CDC 7600 and much later did loads more serious work on the J932 and SV1e. Cray didn't just provide good hardware, but also cracking good compilers. They could recognize just about the most obfusticated bunch of for-loops as a matrix multiplication and replace the code by some optimized routine from their library. What I really liked about both the SV1e and J932 is how these shared-memory machines managed to attain an average performance of roughly 2/3rds of the theoretical peak. Some really nifty scheduling going on, which is VERY hard to accomplish on clusters.
Absolutely classic episode!
Simon is on form
Re: Post-mortem decapitation
Maybe their coffins were just not quite long enough
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Just "yes" and "no" can go a long way
After all, that's just binary. Send enough bits, and you can encode anything. OK, bitrate might be a tad low, but hey, just overclock the brain!
And people still wonder
why I do not do Facebook.
I'll raise a glass to eccentricity
Brilliant case of doing something "just because". More of this kind of harmless weirdness can make the world a better place (in a small way), simply by putting a smile on peoples' faces.
I wonder if he has photographs of the increase as a function of time. Could be publishable in Annals of Improbable Research. Might even be a candidate for an Ig Nobel Prize.