3497 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Personally, mine's a Westmalle Tripel
though the La Trappe Witte Trappist I had yesterday was pretty good as well
Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!
To paraphrase Groucho Marx
They may look like idiots and talk like idiots but don't let that fool you. They really are idiots.
We live in really exciting times, with huge jumps in the capability of instruments. I will certainly raise a pint to the success of this mission when it launches (and before too, of course, and when the results come in; you have to keep practising, after all).
That just about wraps it up for the Great A'Tuin
no star turtles likely, the theory would suggest
I'll get me coat. The one with "Mort" in the pocket, please
Subtly rubbing salt into wounds?
I wonder how NT1 and NT2 reacted to the statement that they or their requests were treated as bugs.
I'll get me coat
Re: Antikythera Mechanism
Might actually visit that museum if at least one of my papers to a conference in Athens gets accepted. Fingers crossed. I would be surprised if the organisers didn't add a tour of the museum to the conference programme
I think I had one of those printers
Certainly a Mannesmann Tally most likely an MT-86. Quite robust but noisy. Not as noisy as the Diablo daisy wheel printer, however. That sounded like a machine gun going off. Quite apart from the hellish racket, it broke down so often we thought naming it Diablo was very very appropriate.
Re: Paging Herr Olbers. Paging Herr Olbers.
I think Herr Professor Doctor Hilbert wants to discuss plans for a hotel
Re: I visit from time to time
Nah, they just don't like cricket. Bad form, that game, very bad form
Re: Rest in peace
Or alternatively, Death might be saying "SO, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?"
Although it doesn't sound quite right in a sans-serif font
Re: That's a bummer of a way to start a Wednesday
Rather than the divisive 3/14 or 14/3, maybe we should denote the date 14*3 or 3*14, which either way equals 42. Seems fitting
RIP Stephen Hawking
I smell something fishy,
and I’m not talking about the contents of Baldrick’s apple crumble
To quote Captain Blackadder
It's logical, Jim
... no law enforcement partner “has identified even a single legitimate Phantom Secure user”.
Which might not be surprising given the anonymity the device gives. After all, if you use such a device because you are a harmless, but paranoid nutter, and never break the law, how would law enforcement find you, or even need to find you, for that matter? It does sound like the kind of device criminals would use gladly, but the logical conclusion that only criminals use it suggested by the statement is flawed, unless they have identified the vast majority of Phantom Secure users.
There were plenty of people who thought Rock 'n Roll would cause the end of civilisation.
You mean, it didn't????!!!
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get me coat. The black leather jacket with "HIGHWAY TO HELL" on the back, please
I am slightly surprised
that the article didn't mention the option of methane being the result of Martians fracking to release methane to increase such little greenhouse effect as the Martian atmosphere has
Sorry, it's getting late, I'll get me coat
Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way
Re: Nice photo!
Thanks everyone! I used a tracking mount to begin with, and this corrects for most of the earth's rotation. Without a so-called autoguider, there will be residual motion, so I combined 120 shots of 90 s exposure using so-called stacking software. I used a Canon EOS 550D with 200mm F/2.8 lens. Digital beats film by a mile for astrophotography, not just because it is much easier to combine multiple images, but also because a CMOS chip is far more sensitive to light. Film registers about 1% (at most!) of all photons hitting it, whereas a CMOS chip easily registers over 25%. Any dark current can be measured and subtracted too.
Re: Dwarf companions
Indeed. There are actually a couple more satellites galaxies of M31 much further out. NGC 147 and NGC 185 are two I managed to spot much later
Actually, the Andromeda Galaxy has two dwarf companions easily spotted with large binoculars, and can clearly be seen in an image I took with a 200mm telephoto (about 3 h total exposure time), as a fuzzy patches (one near circular, above and to the left of the core of M31, and one elliptical, below M31). Neither are called, Glod, I should add.
The chances of turning into Michael Portillo are exactly a million-to-one ...
Is it me?
or does the phrase "cognitive solutioning" sound like something Watson made up? One could almost envisage Watson thinking of ways to make itself indispensable to IBM, in a cunning plot to get more resources allocated to it. Not really that smart if it manages to take IBM down that way
I think I have been overdoing the SF literature again. The one with Eric Frank Russel's "The Great Explosion" in the pocket, please
Perhaps she remembered those old "sewing-machine" portables of yesteryear. Remember those? Essentially a desktop machine with a poxy little 5" monitor mounted on the front (next to two 5.25" diskette stations) and a keyboard acting as lid? "Luggable" rather than "portable" at the best of times. If she had been presented with one of those, her complaint would have been justified.
@TheOldGuy Re: "But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists."
<Inspector Clouseau voice>Ah yes, the old 'innocent tourist' ploy.......</Inspector Clouseau voice>
Must dig out one of those old Pink Panther films again
Re: Unbreakable encryption with secure backdoors?
Even if it could be made to work (which it cannot), what is going to stop terrorists from using a one-time-pad (or some simpler, highly secure cryptography) to create high entropy messages, embed these in some video of a cat using standard steganography and sending these through what is now no longer a secure channel?
Re: Physical access
List? I think they want up to the minute GPS locations displayed on google maps, and automatically be forwarded to the drone squadrons (with results as depicted in the appropriate icon)
Re: Is this one of those invisible girl friend from Canada kind of deals?
If your Lagos theory is correct one would assume the backdoor key is 419, because nobody would guess that
Sorry, couldn't resist
The only AMP I have have allowed into my house recently
is my son's new Marshall
(not big in size, but a huge sound)
I'll get me coat
Re: 1,800 feet
Rubbish! Everybody knows 1,800 feet isn't high enough to observe the Great A'Tuin in all its majesty
I'll get me coat. The one with "The Last Hero" in the pocket
Dr. Strangelove suddenly seems relevant again
We'll meet again,
don't know where,
don't know when
Re: "Silence! This is a court of law."
My favourite quote from Dr. Strangelove (or possibly of any movie out there)
Regarding the poll
I would suggest a fifth option "All of the above" to allow for those of us whose feelings are best described as a superposition of curiosity/disgust/attraction/revulsion
We need a Schrödinger's cat icon, methinks
I don't think it is dickish either. As major Winchester in M*A*S*H put it so nicely: "It is the inalienable right of each and every person to make a fool of themselves in public"
Re: PC world
She may have used the old engineering method of
- if it doesn't fit: force it
- if it can't be forced: use a bigger hammer
For a moment ...
I had associations with Igneous who runs the pottery business in Quarry Lane; a solid business, but not worth 15M Ankh-Morpork dollars
Deary me, is it that time again? The one with "Thud!" in the pocket please
Like my emotional support elephant
Sorry, I'll get me coat
I am shocked!!!
The government ignoring legal advice to further their political agenda? What is the world coming to? I must have a little lie down somewhere, and take some herbal tea to soothe my shattered nerves!!
History repeats itself?
an ancient remedy, applied by people often referred to as leeches
Seems to fit the bill very accurately
Irony indeed. However even if the bog could have been fixed from inside the aircraft, given modern airline security none of the plumbers' tool bags would have been allowed as carry-on luggage, I would think.
US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'
And then my missus wonders why I did not install a weight and fitness tracking app that came with the new scales she bought me. I am quite capable of tracking my progress, even without pen and paper, let alone an app. It's called remembering things! Besides, why on earth does the app only work if it has internet access? Oh, wait! It wants to store my weight and fitness data in the cloud! The 64GB of storage is clearly not sufficient for the deluge of data generated by this app, I suppose.
Thanks, but no thanks. I will store these data in my personal wetware, which I can carry without inconvenience, even in the gym, and which won't leak data (especially when wearing a tinfoil hat), unless I choose to tell someone.
I wonder ...
if the signal they detected doesn't decode to:
"I aten't dead!"
I'd better be on my way. The one with "Equal Rites" in the pocket please
Re: No is the answer and it remains that way
I feel May seems to operate much like an Electronic Monk, especially the updated Mk-II version which has advanced illogic circuitry able to hold a huge number of mutually contradictory beliefs without throwing those annoying system errors. Many politicians share this kind of circuitry, it seems
Doffs hat (black fedora again) to the late, great Douglas Adams
Oh, well, my wife once came home upset that the sysadmin at work wouldn't let her write her password on a post-it and stick it on the screen. She got quite peeved with me for wholeheartedly agreeing with the sysadmin.
Re: Occam's Razor: If the first one was a burp going southwards...
Maybe the black hole's meal was heavy on beans, always produces a lot of gas...
I'd also better be going
And then some people wonder why I insist on quality keyboards
waterproofing, in particular is important.
although I also like the heft of the ancient IBM PC keyboards. Excellent for knocking sense into certain users, or percussive maintenance in general
Re: Marvin the robot? Shurley Shome Mishtake
"Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to pick up a piece of paper. Call that job satisfaction, cause I don't"
Worse still, we'll probably end up with a load of self-satisfied doors and over-enthusiastic computers named Eddie, not to mention the drinks dispenser which always produces a cup filled with a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
If they are aliens
THEY ARE APPARENTLY TRYING TO COMMUNICATE IN BRIAN BLESSED'S STYLE
Adding more hay does not make finding needles easier
as I have often said to students in Pattern Recognition. A very good magnet is called for instead. Same principle applies here
What about device drivers?
I have heard of device drivers for certain cameras working under ASCOM being borked by the fixes to WIN 10, quite apart from any performance hit incurred by what can be very I/O intensive work during capture and processing of astronomical images. Are there other instances of device drivers failing?