Superb episode. Really brilliant
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They clearly want to show the nativity did happen.
Playmobil or it didn't happen!
Fingers crossed for a smooth launch once thy get the technical glitches sorted
Or perhaps it's result of the disintegration of a ringworld
OK, I am going. The one with the Larry Niven books in the pocket
More seriously, my money is on a natural explanation too
(although strictly speaking, alien life is also a natural explanation, nothing supernatural about it, after all)
It seems this sysadmin is in dire need of a remote, BOFH-style modded cattle prod, inserted in the chair of the former boss.
I love the smell of ozone in the morning
(napalm can be so hard to get, these days)
Great stuff. I will use this as extra background material for Introduction to Computing Science for our first-year students next year (just an extra for those who love detail)
Re: Tut tut...
I do not doubt they planted the evidence in
I am surprised
that the author of the article seems surprised that something done by the US Congress doesn't make sense, or flouts international law, and is mainly aimed at supporting US business interests. Sounds like business as usual for US Congress
Re: As long as data-slurping is profitable...
I suggest we replace the telemetry by Marvin the Paranoid Android's autobiography. Any AI on the receiving end would quite quickly commit suicide.
More practically, I suggest we send the word "NI!" or "eki eki eki patang zoo poing zzraazrroohhhh... NI! (ssshh!)"
Just hunted down and terminated the Diagnostic Tracking service on this home win 8.1 box.
To quote queen Victoria: "We are not amused"
Re: It's all about the blinky lights
The machines should also go "PING" from time to time, of coruse
But, but, but, ...
shouldn't they first have reversed the polarity of the neutron flow?
Re: @Graham Marsden - Share and Enjoy
So is the GPP prototype called Marvin?
"So only people with advanced tech knowledge are allowed to write about technology? Even though it's pretty important these days?"
So Clare Forges-Ahead-Without-Knowledge (apparently distant relative of Tim Nice-But-Dim, but without the nice bit) can shoot her mouth off but she denies others the free speech right of stating she is wrong? Part of free speech is that others are allowed to disagree with you. Maybe she needs to read up on human rights, not just technology
Re: Heavy Meta Coders Needed for GOD in the Likeness and Lightness of Global Operating Devices
I am pretty sure this last Martian outburst translates to
Not sure what it is an answer to, however
I am reminded of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation and its self-satisfied doors. You can tell its going to open by the intolerable air of smugness they suddenly generate
I take it R5 is not an upgrade of R2D2, then?
Sorry, I'll get me coat
I never used 1.0 or 2.0 (used GEM instead), but started at 3.0, went through 3.1(1), skipped 95, 98 and ME (shudder) because I went to NT4, and later 2000, XP, 7, and now 8.1 (with Classic Shell).
I have good memories of NT4, actually. Installed it on my wife's home machine to protect it from cleaning sprees in which she would remove unused files.
like config.sys, and some other stuff cluttering the home directory.
and, no, I did not give here the admin password
There is hope yet
Enter the Arduino
My eldest (who loves his tablets and smartphones) is now in second year of secondary school, and in his research and design class was introduced to an Arduino, and had to do some basic programming on it, wiring up and controlling traffic lights and the like. He was totally captivated by it! That is the way to teach understanding and stimulate fascination at a young age. I want to go to that school and hug the teacher.
At home I showed him a little Arduino set-up programmed to play "pong" by some first-year students of mine, as part of the course Introduction to Computing Science. Both he and his younger brother found this totally cool. So for Xmas my eldest wants an Arduino set. Guess what he is going to get (and I might get one for myself as well)
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.
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