215 posts • joined 27 Oct 2010
Only need GPS to give location to better than 2 metre precision.
If your phone has a signal, your position (or rather, your range to the cell) is known to a couple of hundred metres precision because the air interface protocol needs that information to synchronise correctly.
It could be legitimately argued that the study was somewhat contrived and its results quite unilluminating. But it got funding AND it got published! Cashback! Off to spend it on some dice-shaped tyre-valve caps :D
Since my warranty is probably now worth SFA, I will be taking a similar side-grade route.
Point of order regarding terminology
Flat Earth is a hypothesis, not a theory.
Thought I'd heard this somewhere before.
You know that sound like a set of fucked bagpipes...
Yeah that's right, it's ZX81 tape code.
I could understand being freaked out by wasting those first two hours just out of good old fashioned curiosity, but to do it all over again, knowing full well how much of a waste of time it will be simply smacks of masochism. Nevertheless, your username has inspired my utmost admiration. Respect.
Every part of a swine
is absolutely effin' fine.
.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job
Re: "are the seamen equipped with oars?"
Oooh, ooh and, of course Planet Claire by The B52s
Re: "are the seamen equipped with oars?"
... plus "Wichita Lineman" by Glenn Campbell, "Captain of your ship" by Reparata and the Delrons, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" by Propellorheads and pretty much anything by Alan Parsons.
Proceed to highlighted route.
When possible, turn around.
Re: Book stores. Divide and rule
Politicians have been thumbing that old 'divide and rule' playbook since Spartacus. The logical conclusion of its continued application is an entire population of paranoid sociopaths. Pretty much fait accompli, I reckon.
I'm invoking the common or garden Noam
Manufacturing of consent covers most of this quite nicely already, just transpose from broadcast media to mass targetting and there you go.
The new bits relate to social media analysis tech giving faster feedback on success of chosen techniques and generally quickening the tempo of political campaign messaging.
Fascinating stuff really.
+1, for the python reference...
Re: My wife's aunt
Dead cat? lol!
Nu kbd pls, + coffee, but 10x m8, kk.
I already know how to tie a knot.
What's to blame? Access to the internet? Really?
Not austerity, lack of hope, lack of purpose, lack of social cohesion, alienation, isolation, suspicion, paranoia, exploitation, hateful and divisive everything at all times wherever you go.
Hanging is the most common method used (was according to 2015 stats).
Government's response: Introduce a new Rope Tax.
The proposals suggested for farting around banning websites here and there, besides A: being unworkable and B: being censorship, are simply ineffectual to the point of being beneath parody.
Re: Be careful what you wish for...
Ahhh, that explains it. Daleks are Daily Mail journalists from the future. Makes a lot more sense now.
Re: "Ram Packed"???
Perhaps it is a reference to programming the venerable ZX81.
Re: managed to stay aloft for 14 days over the Arizona desert
For some reason I read:
Mad Max: Beyond the Planck
Made sense to the neuron or two that're still firing up there.
Ho hum. Okay. Back on your heads, lads.
Re: I'll have whatever you're smoking.
Always makes me chortle, that one. Reminded of the mindbending paradox I experienced upon reading the sign "The stationary cupboard has moved". Wow! Presumably encountered an irresistible force or something. What other explanation could there be?
Having lead us up the strait of Messina to the waters directly between Scylla and Charybdis, our brave captain declared "It's all the fault of the helmsman!" and promptly abandoned ship as the rest of us were drawn into the maelstrom.
It's not just Cameron though. The whole bloody government should be tried for treason for putting the country in harms way like this.
It all just whiffs of publicity
I can't help thinking that there was a deal reached along the lines of:
"Hey Kraftwek guy, we'd like to use a sample off one of your records. That okay?"
"Yah, sure bro. Hey, I've got an idea. If your track doesn't get much airplay / downloads, we could file a copyright suit against you and, hey presto! A bunch more people will know about it."
"Man, that's big of you. What about the legal bills?"
"It's okay. Mate of mine's a judge and it's all deductible anyhow."
"Tidy! Cheers dude."
Re: HHG reminder
"Danger Area" was the name of the band in any of the incarnations I've come across. Hotblack Desiato, their keytar player, was spending a year dead for tax purposes when Zaphod saw him at Miliways.
Re: How endemic is it?
You're quite right. Given a large enough audience, such heinousness is a simple, sad statistical inevitablity. I think it is incumbent upon the social media industry to give users the option to automatically mute / ignore / delete any messages without traceable provonence. If you're coming in from an anon proxy or similar, we as users should be able to choose to assume that you're up to no good and automatically ignore any (potential) bile that might otherwise come our way.
Point of order.
The Praia Grande where this took place is in Santa Catarina, not the one in Sao Paulo.
Did this chancer have to pay court costs or was this ruling, (and the lengthy research necessary to reach it) funded with public money?
I was genuinely moved by this article.
Most of the spoofs this year have been a bit lame, cynical or both.
This one is really quite sweet, so thank you.
Re: The compensation culture at work!
I'd have thought it's clearly a case of "driving without due care and attention", 3 points and a fine minimum, but what do I know. "SumWon else's fault! Munny PLeez!!!"
I'm fairly sure that prior art exists for this idea. Oh yeah, in my garden shed. Edging shears. Okay, not for cutting metal sheet or wire mesh, but the principle is exactly the same.
Don't do needles, kids!
The human part of me can't help but feel sorry for the poor saps that got fubared by these shysters, but if you're going to stick a needle into yourself for non-medical reasons, you're asking for trouble.
For those who haven't figured it out already,
the "secret" hangover cure formula is as follows.
It is taken orally, no needles required.
Follow this up with 1500g H2O to be sipped over the course of the next hour or two.
You'll be right as rain, (well, you will feel a boatload better).
Re: re. WALLABY
Have to admit to rolling my eyes over that rather contrived meta-acronym.
Widefield ASKAP L-band Legacy All-Sky Blind Survey
would be WASKAPLLASBS
but then they're not quite so cute and furry, are they?
Wouldn't want to imply they're
Widefield ASKAP Near Ku-band Epiterrestrial Receiver Systems
for such japery. glass houses, stones etc...
I was rather fond of the URKLE virus.
Silly payload would randomly put the letters URKLE into the keyboard buffer rendering subsequent memos slightly silly.
I remember when nostalgia used to be considered a mental illness.
But that was back in the good old days.
Tax take versus turnover
So, 20.4million corp tax implies around 52million profit which is around 1.3% of the quoted 3.8billion turnover. Turnover sufficient to keep f#ckloads of people employed, profit enough to keep the shareholders happy, tax enough to keep the exchequer on side. Don't know what the fuss is about. Yeah thanks for the £130mil bunce, it'll come in handy right about now. Don't do it again though, otherwise keep up the good work.
Re: WTF is this "antisemitic propaganda" you keep going on about?
I think he just wants to get in first with the "Godwin's" call.
Re: Note for northern readers...
I was scratching my melon for a bit over the diagram... Looking NorthEast??? Rising right to left??? Then I read on ... blah blah Australian blah blah... oh, okay. Got that. Moving on. HEADLINE NEWS: PLANETS APPEAR MORE OR LESS LINED UP ON THE ECLIPTIC!!! errr... yeah, generally they would wouldn't they? Ho hum.
Re: This one time...
He had a collection of mammalian genitalia?
Sounds like a load of bollocks to me.
Time for TrumpTron
As Kevin Flynn prepares for his next trip to the grid, he ponders "Man, I look good! Maybe I should fine-tune the Brylcreem rendering engine this time."
Re: GPS currently being jammed in Scotland
GPS gets jammed off the coast of Florida to piss the Cubans off, either / or it's the Cubans trying to piss the US off. I think the former more likely, cos if it were the latter it'd meet with short and probably violent shrift.
Re: Oh dear oh dear
..but if you don't have the book, then you don't have the celestial body position data so you can do all the spherical trig you like, you'll be missing a third of the data you need to calculate your position line.
Since you need the almanac data somewhere, why not include the sight reduction cheat-sheets in the same volume?
I suppose you can get an approximate fix from a noon-sight of the sun provided you've got a reliable timepiece. That'd be good enough for trans-oceanic intercontinental nav, but good luck if you're aiming for a fly-turd speck of an island somewhere. You're gonna need a taller lookout mast.
Re: @Martin Budden: One of these things is not the same as the other...
"Assume the sheep is a sphere..."
... with zero rest mass, neutral charge and a spin of 1/2.
Thank goodness for that.
For a moment there I thought we were seeing more of those mutant neutrinos responsible for super-heating the Earth's core causing all that apocalyptic seismic activity we saw a couple of years ago.
Gosh durn turnado...
Gunna build me a big ol' wall, keep them pesky durn turnados outta my back yard. Git! gwaan outtahere! Pesky durn turnado. <mumble, grimble>
Re: A billion people? Compelling use case
Manx telecom SIM for use as backup.
Get a PAYG SIM from Manx telecom. Isle of Man based network, roams all of the mainland UK networks. Same cost* as a mainland PAYG calls and texts.
*except folks phoning you on that number probably won't get to use their inclusive minutes, but you're only using it for outgoing calls anyway.
Okay, stop it now.
It's turning into a Two Ronnies sketch.
Re: @AC101 @stu4
"Learning Latin teaches you Latin. that's it."
Learning Latin instills linguistic reasoning, induction and deduction. It teaches the phonetic, grammatical and syntactical building blocks of five other majority languages spoken worldwide. It develops ones ability to communicate and understand by using language.
Some of those for whom it seems important believe that everyone should be made to learn it.
However, it is not everybody's forte.
It should be available to learn, but not compulsory.
Re: Bad headlines
You're damn right: Clickbait headline, plain wrong both in terms of information and morality, (like journos worry about either of those things eh?)
Thankfully the article detail is a little more honest.
Re: Worth checking the source
Thanks for the working link.
My opinion is that the study has some flawed assumptions.
1) People will exclusively use EITHER physical media, OR streamed media.
2) Physical media will only be watched once.
3) Physical media devices use more energy than streaming ones.
Generally, none of these assumptions will be true.
And also the study is incomplete for not including the retained downloaded electronic media model.
Also those kind of figures are like a fart in a hurricane compared with food production energy usage.
Re: Spelling and Grammer
according to WHOM...
Re: "45 MPH isn't really very fast "
The mileage will depend upon the wind direction since that maximum 45mph is air speed.
You're absolutely right though. For that kind of money I could get an ultralight, a Hayabusa and a Landrover with plenty of change left over for various types of mind-altering chemicals if I ever got bored the previous three things.