-- Dr. Ian Malcolm
-- Dr. Ian Malcolm
There's a trend today towards removing long running 'advanced' functionality in order to give the appearance of simplicity.
Very true. Google Maps on Android is a prime example.
Yes, CREW biologists jerked off the rhino while he gorged himself. Pretty much any man's dream, right?
Yeah, those lucky lucky biologists.
It could be the identifier is a hash - there is some chance of collision, so cannot be guaranteed to be unique.
Yeah, it's pretty clear that "substantially unique identifier" is some kind of legal-speak for "hash code". I see what they're getting at, but the phrase "substantially unique" still makes no sense - either an ID is unique or it isn't.
5,978,791 - Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers
"Substantially unique" - I love that.
I wasn't aware there were varying degrees of "unique". Maybe there's a scale:
- Not unique
- Slightly unique
- Moderately unique
- Substantially unique
- Very unique
- Completely Unique
The best part is that this potentially allows for many moderately unique patents, each patenting varying degrees of uniqueness.
From the summary:
Definitely a different sense of the place than the one given by the reddish-brown posters I remember from elementary school.
That's because the picture has been altered to remove the red haze, in order to produce an image that more closely resembles a landscape on Earth.
From the article:
The colors in this image are not what a human standing on Mars would see — the presence of dust in the atmosphere would make the scene appear much redder. Instead, the pictures have been white-balanced to show how it would appear under typical Earth lighting conditions. This will help the Earth-centered geologists who are trained to recognize features based on how they look using more familiar light.
They're like your dad trying to dance at a nightclub.
You mean like this?
No court system in the world has any jurisdiction over "private contractors", or they won't be "private contractors"
Where do these people live? In space?
I challenge you find out what's wrong about the content of the bible and find an convincing argument why people who believe in Christ are doing it in vein. If you want to show that the bible is made up, or its text is corrupt, I'm going to put you through scientific method process and axiomatic logic reasoning to establish your case.
Have you read The God Delusion?. It does a pretty good job of explaining why religion, in general, doesn't make any sense, and it does so via a clear logical thought process. When I read Dawkins' book, I suddenly understood this quote from 1984:
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already
I think the Olympics will go ahead very well - they simply have to.
It's the ever increasing amount of public money required to make that happen that worries me.
want to see how Capitalism can destroy something? Look at the Olympics.
Couldn't agree more. If any more evidence was required, just consider the "official Olympic restaurant"...
You guessed it: McDonald's.
I can't actually think of a less suitable sponsor for the Olympics.
Been there, done that they went feral : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_goats_in_Australia. Though some farmers to make a fair living off mustering the ferals and then selling them for pelts and meat.
If the Aussies' reaction to the feral goats is anything to go by, the sight of children racing on elephant chariots would be a suitable consolation.
What might be practical, however, is to think about how to site critical pieces of infrastructure (such as... say... nuclear power plants...
Honest question - does anyone know why the Fukushima plant was built on the east coast of Japan, facing the bomb-waiting-to-go-off that is the massive subduction zone a few miles off shore?
Why wasn't it built on the west coast, so it was sheltered by the island itself? I know hindsight is a wonderful thing, but looking at the map this seems like a schoolboy error to me.