* Posts by Matt Langley

8 posts • joined 16 Jun 2015

Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

Matt Langley

They will cut you off if you don't comply.

Google will simply cut you off if you don't apply. The cookie code is served as part of their ads, so it's them that are liable.

I suspect that the EU have pointed this out to them, and Google generally take a precautionary approach when dealing with publishers. It's cheaper.

I was contentiously objecting because it is an absurd statement of the standard browser functionality, and negatively impacts on user experience, and for small content sites, the cost of determining whether a user is in Europe or not is prohibitive. I guess I'll have to annoy my users with a stupid paranoia inducing 'consent' form now, and find someway to block them that doesn't involve cookies if they decline.

Stupid law, passed by idiots bent on making EU citizens second class citizens of the net.

Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

Matt Langley

Is there anyone out there?

Maybe we should be listening for very faint radio broadcasts...

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Matt Langley

Re: That's cheating - he should do it in Minecraft.

No Not gates in lego, but I like your thinking.

Matt Langley

That's cheating - he should do it in Minecraft.

That's nothing, when he can do it in Minecraft, I'll be impressed.

(And before I get spammed, yes I know there are Minecraft computers, but the limitations of the 'platform' do quickly make large scale computer exponentially more difficult than actual computer construction, so they tend to be rubbish.)

Matt Langley

Re: 3,500 LEDs

In Minecraft, people dream of such density!

DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

Matt Langley

I also understand that you can substitute home made carrot soup made with tinned carrots with tinned carrot soup, and it tastes pretty much the same as home made tinned-carrot soup.

Fess up: which one of you Galaxies made all that gas?

Matt Langley

+Correction The original version of this story said "a hundred billion sons", which Paolo Serra has corrected to "a billion suns". A billion sons would exhaust even a galaxy of mothers.

Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

Matt Langley

Re: Excellent work!

That's pretty much what they did with Spirit and Opportunity.

Cheaper, faster, better. Two for the price of one, and boy, did they out perform expectations. a 90 day mission, and one of them is still going 11 years later! (The other managed 5 years of joy riding after completing it's mission, and another year as a stationary probe after that.)

There is a limit to how cheap you can go though. The toy cars you allude to would have been shaken to pieces during launch, electronics fried during transit, lacked the power to communicate with Earth (even if they still worked), stranded in the first rut they fell into, broken down by the UV radiation and scattered to the winds, and oxidised. By now, the most resilient parts would be just rusty stains on rusty rocks, if they were lucky enough to have been scattered onto the surface in the first place, and of course that would still have required a launch and landing system every bit as sophisticated and expensive as for the rovers.

Ofcourse, landing on a comet is a whole other magnitude of problem, if only because of the unimaginable distances involved. And to be fair, with Philae, they did manage this, and completed 90% of their plans in the first 2 days, including all of the highest priority stuff. Riding a boiling comet around the sun, live streaming (well, photo streaming, anyway), if possible, will be a mind boggling bonus. Let's hope they can establish regular comms' and get that data off, before it get's blown into orbit, devoured by a sink hole, or entombed in a super frozen snow drift.

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