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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

Chocolate Teapot Liquid Helium? (40 comments)

That's very cool.

about 2 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Chocolate Teapot Re:What the hell... (347 comments)

That's what I first though. Nice to know I was precisely in the same ball park as you.

about 3 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Chocolate Teapot What the hell... (347 comments) "more or less exactly" ?

about 3 months ago

How LEDs Are Made

Chocolate Teapot Many hands (93 comments)

make light work!

about 4 months ago

Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

Chocolate Teapot Re:Yes, but... (59 comments)

Nope! Apple got there first and will sue the pass off of any other fruit-based companies who infringe.

about 4 months ago

Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

Chocolate Teapot Re:ewww (59 comments)

It's brilliant! I can't wait to get some 3D printed fruit so I can make a purée.

about 4 months ago

Solar-Powered Toilet Torches Waste For Public Health

Chocolate Teapot At last we have the proof (126 comments)

Bill Gates does indeed believe the sun shines out of his ass.

about 6 months ago

I most look forward to flying with ...

Chocolate Teapot Small folding knife (303 comments)

I always carry a Swiss Army knife, and on at least three occasions I have remembered it just before reaching airport security. I simply informed them about it and handed it in, and it has always been waiting for me to collect on my return. Actually, it has often distracted them from my other transgressions.

about a year and a half ago

Google Starts Testing Google Music Internally

Chocolate Teapot Re:Simplify Media (119 comments)

Yep. I used it for a long time and it was pretty good. I was very pissed of when it was killed off, not least because it wasn't a free app. OK, it's not like I paid a fortune for it, but still... Anyway, I have since switched to Subsonic and it's working a treat.

more than 3 years ago

Kinect's AI Breakthrough Explained

Chocolate Teapot Impressive. (97 comments)

Training just three trees using 1 million test images took about a day using a 1000-core cluster

Trees have traditionally been trained in Entish, which although reliable, is such an un-hasty language.

more than 3 years ago

Unions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie

Chocolate Teapot Re:Unicorns? (576 comments)

I actually read it as "Onions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie" and nearly cried.

more than 3 years ago

How Your Brain Figures Out What It Doesn't Know

Chocolate Teapot Let me see if I understand this correctly (96 comments)

The ability to introspect about self-performance is key to human subjective experience, but the neuroanatomical basis of this ability is unknown. Such accurate introspection requires discriminating correct decisions from incorrect ones, a capacity that varies substantially across individuals. We dissociated variation in introspective ability from objective performance in a simple perceptual-decision task, allowing us to determine whether this interindividual variability was associated with a distinct neural basis. We show that introspective ability is correlated with gray matter volume in the anterior prefrontal cortex, a region that shows marked evolutionary development in humans. Moreover, interindividual variation in introspective ability is also correlated with white-matter microstructure connected with this area of the prefrontal cortex. Our findings point to a focal neuroanatomical substrate for introspective ability, a substrate distinct from that supporting primary perception


about 4 years ago

T-Mobile Facing Lawsuit Over Text Message Censorship

Chocolate Teapot Re:Well they are private (181 comments)

You are correct, this isn't spam, but they are not blocking it because the service is being used by spammers. They are blocking it because they feel the service is being used to procure drugs.

According to the suit, T-Mobile began its blocking on Sept. 10 because it “did not approve” of EZ Texting doing business with a web site that provides information on the location of legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California.

about 4 years ago


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Back from a long holiday

Chocolate Teapot Chocolate Teapot writes  |  about 9 years ago Well, it's been over two years now since I returned to the UK, and I finally got around to getting an internet connection again. I must admit that not having even touched keyboard in all that time has been refreshing - I did indeed have a life outside of the tech industry, just waiting for me to go and find it.

True to form, within 24 hours of picking up the phone to order broadband the bullshit began all over again. Six weeks and several visits from British Telecom's engineers to sort out their wiring and I am online again.

Now came the fun bit. Isn't it funny how you can pack computers in so many layers of reinforced, shock-absorbant packaging so that a laptop is encased in something the size of a shipping container, and a server requires the police to close roads to traffic so that you can transport it. Upon arrival at it's new home, you carefully unpack everything and check inside the cases for dislodged heatsinks, loose cables, illegal immigrants etc... The bundles of cables that you lovingly labelled and bound with cable ties appear to have had some kind of orgy and now resemble a popular pasta dish.

The care invested in packing however, seems to have paid off. You plug everything in and it still works! Silly me. The problems start when you attach said computers to the network. Hard drives fail. CPUs start to slowly cook themselves. Strange beeps emanate from the speaker on boot, which sound more like techno music than anything in your motherboard documentation.

Oh yes! I have really missed computers.

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