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Comment: Re:Search (as most people use it) not CLI (Score 2) 1134

by JPRelph (#40516009) Attached to: Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

It's not quite like that though is it, it's:

cd /Applications
open Mail.app

or

cd /Applications
open Microsoft\ Office\ 2011/Microsoft\ Word.app

I wouldn't fancy trying to explain that to most of our users, let alone explaining that they need to match the case, rather than just saying "It's in the Applications folder" or even more quickly "Click on the Spotlight icon and start typing Word...".

I use the command line fairly constantly (our servers are OpenIndiana and don't have a GUI installed), but command lines require using a particular grammar and vocabulary that need to be learned. Most users have no interest in learning those and it's very different from Google which will handle re-ordering of terms, different capitalisation and even typos.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 5, Interesting) 405

by JPRelph (#35412830) Attached to: The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

I know someone who is involved in the Bloodhound project, working with a large education company over here (one of the sponsors of the car). There is a really big focus on the education side of things with this; they're touring schools and colleges doing presentations, along with a full size replica of the car. One of the big reasons for doing it is to get kids at school interested in science, maths and engineering and that seems like a pretty good idea because there has been a continuing decline in students going on to study those subjects at higher levels in the UK (and I believe most Western countries these days).

There's a bit about it on their website http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education.cfm . I also doubt that the overall resource usage for the entire project is actually that high (I'd bet fewer resources used than most Hollywood films for instance), so if it increases interest in the areas they're targeting so that general science and engineering gets a bit more attention, I don't think that's too bad a result.

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Comment: Re:Not fiber? (Score 1) 368

by JPRelph (#35292436) Attached to: MacBook Pro Specs Leaked, iPad Event March 2

I've not seen many that come with full-sized displayport and even the Apple ones don't use mini displayport... And, of course, none of these adaptors are standard anymore, they're all $20 extra...

The Apple Cinema Displays *do* use Mini DisplayPort, and it's been officially brought into the standard now, so isn't just an Apple only port. There's also quite a few laptops out there using it, from Dell, Toshiba HP... The Wikipedia page for Mini DisplayPort has a list of a few.

Comment: Re:"Thunderbolt"? Bleh... (Score 1) 368

by JPRelph (#35292130) Attached to: MacBook Pro Specs Leaked, iPad Event March 2

...At least "Light Peak" gave me a vague idea of how the tech works by the name alone, whereas Thunderbolt just sounds completely unrelated to the technology.

It's worth bearing in mind that the version of Light Peak that we're likely to see tomorrow, is probably going to be copper-based rather than optical, so Light Peak would probably be just as unrelated as Thunderbolt

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 4, Informative) 334

by JPRelph (#32374412) Attached to: UK Home Office Set To Scrap National ID Cards

Since we already are required by law to carry our driving licence while driving most people just keep it in their wallet. This allows the police to stop and search you at any time and find out who you are. Stop and search in the UK does not require a warrant.

We're not required to have it with us while driving. If you don't have it on you the Police can demand that you take it into a Police station within 7 days though.

Comment: Re:Not really so (Score 1) 367

by JPRelph (#31740468) Attached to: Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age

3 years is not that old for a PowerMac purchased in late 2006, and which now refuses to run Safari 4 and other recent software, since they require 10.6 or higher.

That's not actually true, Apple provide a download of Safari 4 for Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5) and Tiger (10.4). That G5 purchased in 2006 would have shipped with 10.4, so you don't even need to have purchased any additional software in order to use the very latest version of Safari. You can download a 10.4 compatible version of Safari from here.

I really don't know where you're getting this 10.6 requirement from, because there really isn't one.

Programming

Evolution of Mona Lisa Via Genetic Programming 326

Posted by kdawson
from the but-the-target-was-given dept.
mhelander writes "In his weblog Roger Alsing describes how he used genetic programming to arrive at a remarkably good approximation of Mona Lisa using only 50 semi-transparent polygons. His blog entry includes a set of pictures that let you see how 'Poly Lisa' evolved over roughly a million generations. Both beautiful to look at and a striking way to get a feel for the power of evolutionary algorithms."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Solar engine breakthru by inventor of supersoaker. 2

Submitted by
arbitraryaardvark
arbitraryaardvark writes "Popular Mechanics writes that Lonnie Johnson, a former NASA scientist who got rich from inventing the supersoaker squirt gun, has invented a new kind of device for turning heat into electricity, at up to 60% efficiency.
The device involves passing hydrogen through membranes, taking advantage of pressure differentials between the hot and cold ends.
A solar collector could provide the heat source.
For some background here's a 2001 New York Times story on the guy."
Space

+ - NASA's Phoenix lander could miss life on Mars->

Submitted by
KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC writes "When Viking landed on Mars over 30 years ago, it famously found evidence for life on Mars which NASA later rejected as a false positive. Now the Phoenix lander is en route to the red planet with an experiment designed to end the controversy by looking for hydrogen peroxide, the chemical that NASA says probably caused the Viking result. Now astrobiologists have recreated the Phoenix experiment on Earth (abstract, pdf) and the signs are that NASA could again end up with an ambiguous result."
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The Media

+ - Is the internet bad for professional writers?->

Submitted by
destinyland
destinyland writes "The internet democratized writing — but has there been collateral damage? A former magazine editor asks 10 professional writers how the net has changed their profession, and even the act of writing itself. Has the net changed the demand for longer articles, or created more opportunities for more kinds of writing? It's a fascinating read that belongs in a time capsule for the variety of reactions captured — including the author who complains reading time was traded away for time to maintain our applications, and adding "Gates and Jobs...ought to be disemboweled — yes, on the internet.""
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