Prophets of doom
> actually there are none – that like or encourage prophets of doom.
Except perhaps religious organizations.
95 posts • joined 28 Jul 2009
How do they intend to circumvent the Ad-Blocker software?
Do the ads come from the facebook.com domain, or somewhere else? If the latter, then they ought to be blocked by default using FireFox RequestPolicy addon (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/requestpolicy/) or similar.
e-cigs have been illegal here in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Saudi, Qatar,Kuwait, UAE) cor a few years, and nicotine gum was made illegal earlier this year.
Meanwhile a pack of cigarettes is ~£1.20 to £1.80.
The legislative process is a bit murkier here, so I don't know whose idea that was. I presume the tobacco lobby gave some wasta to the appropriate health ministers.
> the changes in the OS basically undid all the innovative functions that it was launched with
Hard to believe you're complaining: I find Sailfish 2 much nicer to use. It's much clearer about where you can swipe and when you have a menu available.
I'm really pleased with how the OS is shaping up, and I hope they get to license it on another phone soon.
> Question - do they have more Landcruisers than Humvees?
Toyota Land Cruisers are *the* car of choice for locals here in Qatar, and one of the most common cars you'll see on the road. Hiluxes are also pretty popular for construction workers. (Company owned of course; the workers can't afford cars.) This is true of the rest of the gulf too, the bits that I've been too anyway. Can't speak for Iraq, since I've not visited for obvious reasons.
In fact, as a rule, Arabs love anything Japanese, presumably because it's considered technologically advanced, but doesn't have the colonial baggage of things that come from Europe*, or the political baggage of things that come from the US.
*German stuff is the exception; that's also considered halal.
> Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics...
Oracle has its own R distribution for use with the Oracle Big Data Appliance, so hopefully Microsoft want to rip of this idea and have an R-inside-SQL-server feature. Access to databases from R is pretty good these days (particularly using the dplyr package), but you still have to pass the data out of the database to R, which doesn't make sense for big datasets.
The article rightly points out that competitors don't provide results that are of the same quality as Google's, and that if they did, consumers would move to the alternate service. This is the argument for it being a contestable monopoly.
However, the quality of search is to a large part determined by the quantity of data available to the service, which is determined by the number of existing users. (The algorithms for generating search results are mostly documented in journal papers and implemented in open source software, so they are available to all players; there is some skill involved in creating the search engine from these, but quantity of data is a huge factor.)
The fact that the size of the existing userbase determines the quality of the product leads towards a search market with a single dominant player. So there is an argument that Google should be regulated as a monopoly (though probably not to the extent that a natural monopoly is).
You can see a similar thing with eBay and auctions: more buyers and sellers makes selling and buying respectively more attractive on that platform, and the market again tends towards a dominance by a single player.
> Specifically, that's going to happen at exactly 03:14:07 GMT on January 19, 2038.
Being picky, doesn't the exact fail time depend upon how many leap seconds get added between now and 2038? Since leap seconds are unpredictable, we can't know the exact fail time until we get much closer to the fail date.
> I would love to see it blossom but there are so many bugs, niggles and ui problems,
> coupled with the complete lack of public awareness I find it hard to believe that
> sailfish will ever anything but a curiosity.
Yeah, Jolla isn't ready for your Grandma to use, and is only _just_ functional for nerds. (I say this as a Jolla user.) Remember though that iOS sucked until version 3, and Android was awful until Gingerbread. A good, stable OS takes time.
I largely trust the climate scientists viewpoint on anthropogenic climate change, but I had to reread the climate change question a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a trick question like the "supreme being" question.
The word "mostly" put me off. When you think about climate change, you mostly think about future changes: the warming that has occurred so far isn't huge, so it's hard to tell whether _most_ of it is caused by greenhouse gases.
I eventually decided that I was overthinking things, but in a telephone poll where they want an immediate answer, I suspect that some respondents would be less confident just because they've been asked a convoluted question, not because they don't believe in anthropogenic climate change.
For almost all driving, the speed of the car is no longer limited by the engine. It's limited by road speed limits (enforced by speed cameras) and by the driver in front of you.
In my experience, the faster the theoretical performance of the car, the more frustrating it is to drive in real world conditions. A Ferrari stuck in rush hour traffic must be an excruciating experience.
> If my maths is correct, it would take Voyager 1 just shy of 300 YEARS to travel the distance of just
> 1 Light Year, assuming it stayed at a constant 60,000km/hour.
60000km/hour is 60000 * 1000 / 3600 = 16667m/s
The speed of light is 300000000m/s.
So it would take Voyager 1 3e8 / 16667 = 18000 years to travel one light year, or 216000 years to travel 12 light years.
And anyway there are only 22 star systems within 12 light years.
Epsilon Eridani has featured in some sci-fi as harbouring aliens but we'd need some good ultraviolet shielding to live there.
So we'll have to very likely have to look further afield.
When increasing the length from 500m to 800m, the mass of the rope must increase at least linearly (in practise it increases faster than that because you need a thicker rope to hold its own weight).
So if a 500m UltraRope weighs 12800kg, then an 800m UltraRope must weigh at least 12800 * 800 / 500 = 20480kg. That makes the value 13900kg from the article way too low.
> A world where bacon is replaced by insects is not to be tolerated.
Can't be that hard to genetically engineer bacon flavour insects.
Or, more practically, a good start to the insect market might be insect protein shake for bodybuilders. They're always on the lookout for cheap protein sources, and by the time you've powdered them and added a load of chocolate flavouring, the disgust factor should be lower.
> 28 per cent only announced their licenses in a README file, as opposed to recommended filenames
> such as LICENSE or COPYING.
R packages allow many standard licences to be described in the DESCRIPTION file. A separate LICENSE file is only included for non-standard licences.
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