Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Developed
You said what I was thinking. But as someone above mentions, it would effectively trap people in if it were not good enough, since the rescue teams wouldn't be able to break it either.
Blueprint For a Quantum Electric Motor
I don't mean to be flippant but I can't think of any practical application for this motor that isn't somewhat confounded by the requirement for the lasers and the magnetic field generator... TFA seems fairly proud that they've come up with this thing but doesn't really tell us what good it does.
I mean, does it have some massively superb output per unit size? Is the amount of motive energy it creates so great that it massively outweighs the amount of energy put *in* to the system by running the lasers and the magnetic field generator? This all assuming that they succeed in harnessing it, of course.
Australian Police Database Lacked Root Password
They always quit. There is a world of difference!
HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come
Well done, we slashdotted twitter
For all you know he could be one of those bad-ass astronomers they make movies about and he could have been sitting at the 'scope looking at the spot while getting a blow job from a hot chick like in Swordfish.
This would make it the best sunspot I'd ever seen too.
Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life
Every single scare story so-called scientists and nutrition experts have come up with so far have proven to be bollocks.
I have proven this by ignoring them and I am still not dead.
Apparently we're only allowed 6g of salt a day. I have no idea how much salt I eat.
Apparently we're meant to drink 8 glasses of water a day. EXCEPT in fact we're supposed to *have* about 8 glasses of water a day, and most of it comes from food. So that means that people who have been drinking 8 glasses of water *and* eating every day are unhealthy. Otherwise, the amount of water above this should have no effect, right? Logically I mean. But it seems that people who drink more water than that pee a lot more, and people like me who don't drink much at all during the day should be ill or dead or something.
I'm not dead or ill.
I didn't stop ingesting sugar and I didn't stop drinking caffeine and I stopped drinking milk because that turned out to be bad for me as well, even though it's meant to be good for you.
Similarly, I have been ignoring all things that tell me what over or underweight is. I'm still alive and so is my wife. She is, apparently, 'morbidly obese', but she looks a perfectly normal shape to me. I am overweight, apparently, but I look quite thin.
And now! And now these bloody scientists have turned around and told us that "slightly overweight" is better for us than "normal weight"! By what measure, then, is "normal"? It's certainly not average, because most people I know are overweight, and, as a previous poster has said, even healthy people who go to the gym and bike every day are "overweight".
Perhaps those people who give false targets to people by printing pictures of photoshopped buff people in crappy magazines are in cahoots with the scientists, who have lowered the bar for 'normal' weight from 'healthy' to 'a bit too thin'.
Strikes me that if slightly overweight is healthier than normal weight than slightly overweight IS normal weight and normal weight is unhealthily thin.
Of course I am not going to believe any of my own logic here: it merely amuses me to point out logical inconsistencies when people are talking absolute bollocks. I'm sure there are dangerous levels of weight that can cause people to die prematurely but I am equally sure that there are many other factors involved that will shorten someone's life, such as how strong their heart is, how much shit they eat, and how often they get run over by buses.
FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time
Granted, as long as you post a warning sign in advance.
Or display a EULA after they've been trapped.
Both are valid.
Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User
The only lack of apps I've come across as an Ubuntu user is a lack of the same games that everyone else is playing, and I don't play any of those, except for one, which works. For free.
It seems to me like there's an app for everything and, best of all, I don't have to pay for or crack any of them to get them to work.
And those that suffer from issues (Openoffice, Firefox...) suffer them in Windows too; as do their MS equivalents.
I regret nothing!
Toshiba Sues Over DVD Patents
Memorex make some of the better DVDRs I've used in the UK. I presume they sell the same ones in the USA.
Toshiba, OTOH, sell expensive ones that don't seem to last quite so long.
I presume therefore that it is cheaper to file a lawsuit in the US these days than it is to invest in R&D.
Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Argues Patents Invalid
This actually leads me to consider whether a record company or similar could file a patent on a pop group they artificially injected into mainstream, and what the concequences of that would be.
Or indeed to file a patent on the concept of a "manufactured" pop group. Would other record companies be prepared to admit that they have effectively created groups from nothing in order to claim prior art and stop the patent in the first place?
Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates
You all seem to be missing the point that MS will start shutting down your computer every two hours three months *before* your trial period expires.
So what this means is that Microsoft is exercising its power to turn off your computer at will while you are still within the period in which you are entitled to be using it.
Start turning the PC off afterwards, sure. But not before.
Continuing the trend of poor analogies: that's like them kicking you out of your rent-free house twelve times a day for a quarter of your tenancy period.
Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?
Upkeep notwithstanding, my car costs half the amount it takes to take the Underground, and takes half the time every day.
That's if I get the reduced rate of a yearly Oyster card.
But Boris has better ideas about keeping the cars out of London.
It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux
Isn't the most logical Linux birthday when Linus first posted his code for others to improve upon? If memory serves me correctly it was a Usenet post?
Let's have today as Linux's official birthday, and this suggestion as Linux's actual birthday.
Then we get to celebrate twice, like the queen.
It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux
This seems debatable. I would consider any operating system that periodically required a reboot, had security holes and was notorious for crashing to come under the heading of 'not working'.
This is why we have release versions. 1.0 means "it works now". A version of 1 means "might go wrong".
What version is Vista, then, given that it "might go wrong"?
AMD — "We're Not Entirely Honest" About Batteries
Or, hum, hey, how about leave it idle and advertise *maximum* battery life?
Just an extra word to sate the masses' appetites for accuracy.
YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UK
From now on, the only music we in the UK are allowed to show our friends is the music NOT controlled by these people?
So the only way you can legally hear music that these people want you to pay for is either on the radio or by borrowing the CD from someone?
Can we still legally borrow CDs?
Irrespective of that, it's been years since I paid for music, for the simple reason that if they don't want me to hear it before I buy it, then I'm going to hear it and not buy it, because I hate them now.
So they want us, who now hate them, to give them money for music we've never heard? Would they expect us to buy a painting we've never seen? Cillit Bang without Barry Scott's personal assurance?
It certainly is great news for those music artists in the UK who actually have talent, that's for sure. The plastic music industry is stifling its main* source of income.
UAC Whitelist Hole In Windows 7
Is this a bug? I mean, with Microsoft's track record and unwillingness to learn from mistakes, I can only theorise that this is actually a feature.
America's New CIO Loves Google
At least Microsoft just sells software.
As far as you know
Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws
That's not a bug, that's the new session saver.
Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws
I don't find Firefox slow myself until I a) try to watch a Flash video (which is slightly easier than trying to watch BBC programs on the BBC) or b) change tabs, whereupon it takes ages to load the new tab.
Accidentally using the scroll wheel while moused over the tab bar is an absolute nightmare and I might as well go make a cup of tea until it's finished whenever I do that.
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