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Comment Re:Assembler Scene (Score 1) 368

Now, now, no knocking good old Firefox, it's still working well for me. And according to the current requirements: only needs 512M RAM (on Windows). And apparently has no memory requirements at all on Linux. o_O

OK, I'll concede it's using around 2G currently on my machine but that's only because there is plenty spare at the moment and I'm pretty sure that all modern browsers would use the same or worse.

Comment Assembler Scene (Score 1) 368

Surely this runs so embiggeningly fast that it's unusable?

I remember running some assembler demo's (back in the day) that made "legacy" hardware do things that just didn't seem possible. The thought of running an OS with that same performance on modern hardware is frightening. Hopefully they've tuned the input routines so that you don't eeennnddd uuuppp wwwiiittthh kkkeeeyyybbboooaaarrrddd jjjiiitttttteeerrr :o)

Comment Blame it on the media (Score 1) 514

The media are meant to act as one of the bridges between the scientific communities and the general public but it's an area where they fall well short of the mark.

This reminds me of the study that was done, asking a group of people how well the media reported on their specific subject of knowledge. Most agreed that the media rarely got things right either by omitting essential information (e.g. "dumbing down") or making incorrect assumptions or correlations. The interesting thing is that the same group of people were happy to accept that the media reported accurately on fields outside their own subject around 90% of the time. Think about those two things for a minute, makes sense that we know more detail about our own subject, but why would we trust a source of information, for things we don't know, that we consider inaccurate for things we do.

Comment The Truman Show (Score 1) 246

I thought Mars One was linked to some sort of reality TV show where the entire mission would be filmed and broadcast like "Big Brother" in space.

I also assumed that they could make such a show without ever leaving Earth - but the gormless participants wouldn't need to know that (until much later). Once you've gone through the X-Factor style selection process to see who is most (un)suitable for a trip to Mars you then send them off to a training facility and from there you start to control the contestants access to outside media.

By the time "the launch window" comes around you could easily have them (and hell, us as well, the viewing public) convinced that they are onboard a genuine Mars mission rocket heading into space... much easier to achieve - and cheaper and safer - if it's all in a studio.

Comment Re:There is a problem... (Score 1) 176

How I hate that phrase "You're so lucky to have such well behaved children!", there's no luck involved it's hard work being a good parent. GPP is even worse: "blessed with an angel of a child"... utter nonsense. Teach your children early on that there are rules and standards they need to follow - encourage with rewards and praise, discourage with simple punishments (time on the "naughty step" or temporary loss of TV or cherished toy). All this hard work will pay off and your children will grow up to be well rounded, polite adults.

Comment Re:is the USB 'bug' fixed, at this point? (Score 1) 77

Totally off-topic but I had to reply, you're about the fifth person this week I've seen that stores computer components "in the loft".
Here in Scotland, anything I store in the loft has to be mold, damp and mildew proof - and computer components definitely wouldn't fare well up there. It's not that we have a damp house, on the contrary it's a modern ventilated timber frame with a secure (non-leaking) roof... it's simply that it rains/snows/hails/sleets here a lot so we only get truly dry a couple of months a year.

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