Surely you could have come up with a more ambiguous headline reporting the death of T. May?
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Re: Online safety tests!
This is a real question from the UK driving theory test:
You have been involved in an argument before starting your journey. This has made you feel angry. You should
a) start to drive, but open a window
b) drive slower than normal and turn your radio on
c) have an alcoholic drink to help you relax before driving
d) calm down before you start to drive
"Virgin Galactic’s previously said it expects to fly paid missions in 2018, but it’s unclear if that remains a feasible deadline."
Or as the BBC reported in 2008:
"The Virgin system ... has been increased in size to take eight people at a time on a sub-orbital trip, starting in 2010."
The better compressed a radio transmission is, the harder it is to distinguish it from random noise. A DVB transmission looks more like noise than an analogue one, for example.
We will only be able to detect transmissions from civilizations that have not yet developed efficient compression algorithms.
Re: Many Years Ago
We had a PDP 11/40 with 32k (words) of core and 96k of semiconductor memory. On one occasion decorators pushed the Big Red Button by mistake, shutting off the power. When we turned it back on, the system resumed (because the OS was all in core), but the programs in higher memory all crashed immediately.
"It was believed that the proton was about 0.877 femtometres, less than a trillionth of a millimetre. But now scientists have found the subatomic particle is 30 billionths of a per cent lighter than that estimate."
0.877 femtometres is a length. You can't be 30 billionths of a percent lighter than a length.
Re: DECs funny numbering sytem
The DEC 10 was also known for its Prolog system, much the fastest implementation at that time, which was developed in the AI department at Edinburgh University.
It ran under TOPS-10 rather than ITS, however.
"Java SE is free for what Oracle defines as “general purpose computing” – devices that in the words of its licence cover desktops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets. It is not free for what Oracle’s licence defines as “specialized embedded computers used in intelligent systems”, which Oracle further defines as - among other things - mobile phones, hand-held devices, networking switches and Blu-Ray players."
So Java is free for smartphones and tablets but not free for mobile phones and hand-held devices. Surely some mistake?
It's particularly easy to see what's going on in the Scientology "personality test". Every tenth question is in the same category, so you can easily score 100% once you've worked out what the categories are. More amusingly, you can chose your scores so that the graph of them that they show you is a picture of a house or something like that.