Re: Even better than Google.
It's a county east of London, isn't it?"
Yes, and I hear it's the only way ....
282 posts • joined 3 May 2007
back in the 80s I had a (very advanced!) EGA monitor on my desk connected to a Compaq 386 machine.
I remember enjoying the colour pattern on the screen - which had originally been a solid blue - when I realised that the paper-clip holder on top of the monitor was magnetic.
I moved the holder and the pretty colour pattern disappeared. Ah, the joys of CRTs, eh?
"Much like math or engineering students no longer learn the ‘basic’ skill of using a slide rule - because there’s just no point any more."
No point? Hardly.
Keep in mind that batteries die, power grids go down, but slide rules need neither.
Mine got me through a Physics exam when my HP-45 batteries died back in my undergrad days.
"Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies for the 115th Congress."
Shouldn't that be the Caucus on Virtual and Augmented Reality with Mixed and Integrated Technologies (VARMINT)?
I thought Congressfolk always went for acronymous groups and legislation.
That aside, I think I probably agree with the "ban" and most of the various requirements set by the county in question.
"if your living room’s funky lighting suddenly flips from red to blue and the Sonos starts playing Justin Bieber on a loop it’s hardly life-changing."
All the other useful information and discussion aside, it's hard to take the author seriously after reading this phrase. Hardly life-changing? Bieber on a loop? Good Grief!
(On a more serious note, "Bieber on a loop" may become my new expostulation.)
"What actually happened was that two monkeys were trained to use neural implants to move a cursor across a computer display to trigger circles as they turned green. It was an easy matter to trick the poor hairy buggers to spell out a line of Shakespeare, gain some valuable public relations and have a laugh in the process."
Hmm. Sounds like someone involved had read The Müller-Fokker Effect by John Sladek.
One of the main characters loses his technical writing job to a dog who's been trained to tell if the shape on a display is a circle or an ellipse (yes, I know a circle is an ellipse) in order to write manuals for whatever kit is being manualed. (It probably wouldn't matter anyway, since nobody ever RTFM, eh?)
"We found the hydrated salts only when the seasonal features were widest, which suggests that either the dark streaks themselves or a process that forms them is the source of the hydration," said Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology, lead author of a report.
Aha! Dry Canals! Can Tars Tarkas be far behind?
Zeno was right.
"The information is not stored in the interior of the black hole as one might expect, but in its boundary – the event horizon," Prof Hawking said. "The idea is the super translations are a hologram of the ingoing particles, thus they contain all the information that would otherwise be lost."
See - It never gets all the way there. Half-measures and all that.
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