1894 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera
The closer a pixel's size is to the wavelength of the light it is trying to captre, the more noise is introduced to the image. The goal of DARKNESS is to have as little noise as possible; thus they did not try to shrink the pixels in the sensor.
Now that is a world-class Backronym!
Re: Laws and Lessons
Had it been said that "There is little doubt if what he did was against the law." I would agree whole heartedly. There is little doubt. The kid grabbed a bunch of files made publicly available (kind of like we all do when we download software updates); there is no law against that. It's on par with "Wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area".
I'll make you an offer
Howabout we septics keep our politics limited to the Comments Sections of articles about US politics, and in exchange everyone else can stop whining about the Bootnotes articles.
Or, alternatively, if you don't want to read about USAian politics, don't click on articles about USAian politics. If you do, and then proceed to the Comments Section, you really ought to be prepared for septics discussing politics.
On the topic of Left v. Right name calling, I agree, and wish it would stop - Not just in Comments, but in general (in person, in the "news", in the houses of government, etc.).
Re: Likely answers
"I'm sorry Senator, I cannot recall"
Ah, I still remember the smell and awesome patterns they made. We used the nuked discs as coasters.
If the bog roll is smart enough to know its fate, it will escape or self-immolate before you ever get a chance to see it.
Per TFA, the requirement is an Original board, not Official. It further explains, in TFA, that even differing generations of the boards can have impacts on high scores. I wouldn't have been at all surprised if the high score submission required a Serial Number of the cabinet, or the revision number of the game board.
Re: Toilets which blow hot air...
Sounds like someone is blowing smoke....
If they modify it to sanitize the hot air with UV light, could they then be said to be "pumping sunshine up your ass?"
Re: The cuckoo clock
I forget who it was that said it, but somebody said that Germany's two greatest achievements were convincing the world that Beethoven was German and Hitler was AustrianI had heard it as "Austria's greatest accomplishments were convincing everyone that Mozart was Austrian, and that Hitler wasn't."
But I don't know the original source, either.
In light of this
And other goings-on, I feel the need to ask, Does anyone know of any good Software Dev/Archetect gigs in any countries that are not sliding into a police state? Preferably where one could get by with English for the first yar or two while picking up the local tongue?
My preliminary resaerch makes me think Ireland may be a good choice, but I want to get inputs from the Commentariat to make a good descision.
Thanks in Advance.
Re: Powerdown Kid?
"That's NOT what an I/O port is used for!"
Re: Reverse the polarity!
Ohm my God, that's a poor pun...And you couldn't resist that one either? It's shocking what passes for humour in thes pages.
You should all be grounded.
Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous
Re: Remember MacDonald's Coffee?
Oh, Shit! I better cut back!
Re: the judge who cried wolf?
Next Question: How does one put a Prop 65 Warning on air? 'Cause one of the most corrosive, flammable, carcinogenic, and damaging chemicals known to humanity is Oxygen.
I guess, in LA they could just carve it into the smog... but LA should have an exemption, as there isn't much O2 in the air.
Re: El Reg gets it wrong again
If we are spouting off fevered theories about the death of Toys-R-Us, then I would point out that While salaries have remained stagnant for the past 10 years, inflation has been happening at about 3% per year. So each year your average wage-slave has been getting an annual 3% reduction in effective pay. (Not even counting insurance premiums and losses of benefits)
Toys-R-Us sells non-essential luxury goods (toys, in the common vernacular); historically when resources become scarce, luxuries are the first to go.
Re: If I wrote spill chuckers...
"With all due respect" could also be "I believe you suffer from acute Dunning-Kruger syndrome" or "All of the respect that i feel you are due, which is none".
Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"
Of course, it doesn't hurt the UK side of things that they exported the majority of their Religious Nutters over to what would become the US.
Re: I wish Pratchett was still around -
I'd love to see an OOKlet with a realdragon 888 octarine core chip running Linux small gods edition.That might not be too hard to arrange (If one has maybe a few million to fund development/production). I think this could be a Kickstarter!
First, you fork/Theme a MIPS-capable Linux distro as Small Gods Edition
Then you team up with Imagination Technologies to create a custom processing core that includes one(1) each M, I, and P class core bodged into one super-core, along with power management silicon, call it 111 Octrine.
Continue work with IT (or find another Foundry) to build a 8 Octrine super-core SoC called the realdragon. (8x111 octrine=888 octrine)
Slap the realdragon SoC and assorted gubbins into a medium-large tablet, load your Small Gods Linux on there, and call it an OOOKlet.
But be sure to never use the M-word around it, if you do, even bananas won't save you.
Shoulda' had the promo code be LASTCALL. But, I guess the people in this company aren't the type to hang out at bars.
Re: Nearly similar situation...
When dealing with off-shore support, I often see the phrase "please revert" and "do the needful".Why on earth do they feel the need to send an e-mail to request that you "do the needful"? I find that a couple of cups of coffee or lunch from the cheap dive down the way makes that e-mail quite redundant.
Speaking of which....
I always read "bro" as "a sad twat who is now entirely caught in a web of his own making" (well, either that or "Self-centered Douche Bag"), so "Pharma Bro" seems entirely accurate.
Not the Eye of Sauron....
But I think I see Swindon's Magic Round-about.
When I was doing PC repair in a small town in a past life, I always tried to avoid folders that looked like they may have contained porn. There was so little possibility of a positive outcome that it was not worth the risk of needing brain-bleach (especially as I was under-age and could not drink).
Re: Keep digging
Also, as a tax the Lottery is more a Tax on Optimists than it is a tax on those bad at math.
Re: Keep digging
What I believe the OP is saying is that they promised Lottery funds would go to Schools/education, and it did for a time (however, they sneakily cut funding to match). After that time, when no-one was looking, they moved the money from schools to the General Fund, achieving the same end (More money for Gov't) without the risks involved with actually raising taxes.
And I wouldn't quote me on this, but the sneaky cuts to schools to "balance" the extra lottery money probably remained after the lotto money got diverted, so a double-raise in General Funding, without raising any voter hackles.
"the Fox news of its time, the Hearst newspapers."
I am so going to steal that - Have an up-vote in exchange.
Must be Bose!
Re: The trouble with geeks is that
Merit is unambiguous! And I have, without any doubt, more merit than anyone. Therefore, if you do not hire me, then you are not hiring on merit, but are being discriminatory!
*The opinions stated above are not the opinions of this poster, but are presented as a parody for the purposes of humour
Re: More PC BS
INTPs - Get the focus of the Introvert, the Perception to collate disparate (seemingly unrelated) aspects/projects, and all the benefits of the iNtuitive Thinker.
The Joys of the American Legal System
Discrimination ("reverse" or otherwise) is illegal, especially if you are using a quota system. However, it is a requirement to have quotas of minorities to prove that you are non-discriminatory.
The US Justice Dept should change their motto to Condemnabitur si feceris, si non condemnabitur
Which is patently ridiculous because Magic Leap is one of the finest, most honest and wholly truthful companies you will ever come across. Yes, we're being sarcastic.This had me looking for the up-vote button in the article. Well Done!
Re: I think someone...
Using a Zig-bee interface?
No, because of the Interstate Commerce Clause in the Constitution. Business that crosses state lines automatically becomes federal business.As it is written, you are correct; however, as it has been interpreted, you are far to conservative.
After Wickard v. Filburn (Sorry about the Wiki link...) the interpretation is that if anything affects business that could cross state lines is federal business. IE: Growing your own garden can be federally regulated, because then you are not buying produce from other states.
These microbes wouldn't foom if you put five million volts through 'em!
I am looking forward to further El Reg articles on Amazon's Ring-piece.
Poor Filtering Efforts
That for once do not negatively impact Scunthorpe. I guess if their name was Sgunthorpe, that would cause a breakage, but it wouldn't have run afoul of filters before now.
Re: At last I will be able to phone from home
I hope you have a high limit on your credit card, the roaming charges are likely to be ASTRONOMICAL!
Re: Star Trek?
@ Fruit and Nutcase:
Nice! That is some quality stuff. Shame I have but one upvote to give you.
If you don't pay up, do you get re-possessed?
Re: And also some stuff you just can't put in an ad these days.
"Oi, Look! An eagle!"
Re: Knock, Knock .... MayBot*. AIMaster Pilots Reporting for Secret IntelAIgent Services.
Thank goodness for those last three paragraphs. After the first two I was worried; it was making way too much sense.
Re: Barking Up The Wrong Tree
The whole idea sounds about two stops short of Dogenham.
Re: Good-natured purposes
But Teddy told me it was a good idea!
And I always do what Teddy says.
The NSA will love this. As will all of the other oppressive regimes, as well.