484 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007
Re: " toughest substance in the known universe"
Lego from 50 years ago? Pah a mere stripling... Meccano is still compatible with the first edition put out by Frank Hornby "Mechanics Made Easy" in 1898! In my collection I've got plates and girders going back to the 20s and 30s that still look superb.
and the answer is for us to do our own sodding fracking and tell the treehuggers to bugger of to Russia and hug some Siberian trees!
Re: Deiberately missing the point???
You have GOT to be kidding me:
"As an example, the Welfare State is supposed to protect the poor. But one of the activities intended to do this involves giving money to the Duke of Westminster in rent support. That's right; we have evolved a system in which we are taxed to give money to the ultra-rich, and we call it welfare."
This is such a ridiculous statement - the "welfare state" IS "protecting the poor" by paying their rent to their Landlord. Who that Landlord may be is totally irrelevant to that requirement.
Re: The News
Welcome to the world of sensationalist infotainment that is modern day "news" reporting...
Its a floating bordello for Google execs, its obvious!
> Up until now, there had been only one MMO in my life...
How about finding a reviewer who's played more MMOs than just WoW so they can do a proper comparison to other games such as Neverwinter, The Secret World, LOTRO... you know some of the games that are innovative and well designed (well okay I did mention Neverwinter there but you know what I mean).
Reviewing an MMO with the only previous experience being WoW is pretty pointless really.
Re: NOT Thoroughly discredited.
Not everything in business is some sort of conspiracy to pull the wool over consumers eyes....
(just most of it!)
That is a truly awful video - the player controls cover the bit that we are interested in so that all you see are the bloody logos painted on the moon surface. Could this have been presented any more ineptly?
Re: Yeah, right
and then some bugger turns the map upside down...
I think you'll find that "Ka-Blam" is trademarked DC Comics...
Of course it is.
I only upgraded to a Sony Experia last week from my £10 Samsung phone after I discovered a good reason for having a camera phone when I had a car crash earlier in January. What was most amusing was the Insurance Company's phone operator was baffled that I my phone couldn't take photos, she just didn't understand that there ARE phones that don't take photos haha!
Lego is a toy! Meccano is proper engineering!
"the company's plastic block kits are credited with inspiring an entire generation of engineers who have shown their appreciation by building massive monuments and complex structures entirely from Lego bricks."
Whereas Meccano encouraged SEVERAL generations of engineers who built or worked out how to do useful things (such as blowing up German dams, plotting the energy output of atomic bombs, building curling footbridges...)
Re: Never mind the rock
dun dun dun da da da dun
Good joke but I suspect this is a crowd sourcing joke rather than Bing maps being totally useless. Yes there is a nursery on the Thames Valley Park site but it isn't the Microsoft office as it is labelled
Made me smile anyway!
Trust me - it IS deliberate obfuscation...
Damn them "pedofiles" they are just too cunning!
So when you sign up for an ISP account, you have to answer an "Are you a 'pedofile'?" question so that your ISP can block the people who answer "Yes"...
Not as impressive as the Meccano Motorbike and sidecar built for James May this year and soon to be seen going round the Isle of Man TT course...
Nice to hear Mike Green, my old Prof from Queen Mary College is getting the recognition he deserves! I was always annoyed that his Quantum Mechanics course was the only one I didn't pass while at Uni, more to my inability to work out wtf you do with a Delta function and more importantly WHY do do things with a Detla function :D
Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy
With lot of running down corridors to pad the time ;)
What you mean is a good 4 parter like Day of the Daleks, The Dadly Assassin or Robots of Death
Much love to Delia, excellent article - that original theme music still gives me the shivers!
Re: Such scientific discussion ..
The important part wasn't the leaked emails it was the leaked software code and supporting documents. Analysis of that - which was NEVER covered properly by the meedja - showed what a complete fuck up "Climate Science" was. Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place, no proper documentation, no proper data integrity (raw data had been overwritten by processed data and no backup copies of the raw data made) and generally what I would call totally amateur software engineering. Then again this is what you get when you allow scientists to write software. I've got plenty of experience of this, having been employed in the past to take code written by scientists and turning it into "properly" engineered software, with proper documenation, source code control, data control etc etc...
Scientists by and large are not good software engineers...
Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy
The age of consent in the UK is 16 but you'll still get done for child porn if you (as a 17 yr old husband) take a photo of your 17 yr old wife in her birthday suit as the law says you are a "child" until 18.
Re: Biomass != fossil fuel
So what - its still releasing CO2 and thats supposed to be evil!!! Or is it only evil when idiot greens say its evil?
Solar output has dropped since 1950? References please...
Re: As an English Taxpayer
Only a portion of North Sea oil is in what would become Scottish Territorial waters. You don't just draw a straight line east-west on the map, you follow the border as it intersects with the coastline and the border at Berwick is essentially North East
Re: wasn't there a dystopian film
Lol guess which game I'm currently playing :)
Still annoys the **** out of me when an Etheriel takes over one of my team and proceeds to blow the rest away!!
Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...
Do I need to say this again? Science isn't a democracy or a popularity contest! Science is about understanding reality and if reality doesn't match your theories, it doesn't matter HOW many say black is white, black will still be black!
Its not over when millions of people are still using old versions of IE and MS will only release the latest versions on Win 8. We have clients who are locked into using IE6 FFS (major telephone company from Britian, I'm looking at you!) so we STILL have to support that red-headed bastard child of complete and utter morons over a decade later than we should be!
Re: So no-one else is wondering
Black Market Halon doesn't come cheap... ahem so I've been told!
Does it work?
At least with Meccano you can build machines that actually WORK:
Meccano Difference Engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6i9Ckm2Z5E
Re: BBC PR = news
News isn't news anymore... an old drunk who used to be a good footballer arriving at the court for hit trial for assault isn't "news" but Sky News this morning had a "Breaking News - News Alert: Paul Gascoigne arrives at court" headline interrupting their "normal" "news" coverage...
Science is NOT a democracy.
It doesn't matter how many people BELIEVE something that doesn't make it true. For hundreds of years people believed the Sun orbited the Earth, but that wasn't true and eventually a minority of Scientists fought for better understanding, suffering persecution until their view was accepted as "the truth".
The problem is Science does not give TRUTH it gives "the best answer we have so far to fit the evidence we have available". So the science can NEVER be "settled".
I remember back in the mid 90s when I was working as tech support for a defence contractor (based in new Malden) that was a Mac shop being asked why I had a set of biro pen lids in the toolkit. I then showed that person how to clean the accumulated crap off the mouse rollers in his mouse using the pen top as a scraper...
Re: I was strongly reminded of World of Warcraft
Which just goes to show that there is next to nothing original in WoW
Re: But, but, but....
Well you obviously aren't thinking of the children unless you want them to grow up in a mediaeval-likeage where power is so expensive it has to be rationed!
I say again, using this gas won't INCREASE our CO2 output, it will just REPLACE the very expensive gas supplies that we currently export. Why don't you people ever seem to understand that?
Re: Pass the pack ice mother ...
You think this will increase our CO2 output? Think again! This is a REPLACEMENT STRATEGY!!! We will still burn this amount of fuel if we don't exploit these deposits but we'll just be paying for it through the nose from importers...
Re: Falling for the old "bait and switch"
Sadly that really is what this sounds like
Re: Have to agree with them
Then don't pay 10 times - nobody is FORCING you to keep buying the same album on different formats - you are choosing to do that because it is convenient for you.
If I were Starbucks shareholders I'd now be looking into a class action against them for giving money away rather than funnelling it back into shareholder profit!
Larry wants to be Tony Stark, hence the cringworthy Oracle product placements in the Iron Man movies... "We searched the Oracle Cloud and found this..." <silence>
Re: So whos going to do business in England?
point 4 is irrelevant because the UK is a large enough market that they would hurt their own business by pulling out. This excuse has been used before by the City to try to justify leaving their enormous bonuses untapped, but its a straw horse as there are plenty of other reasons why the companies and people CHOOSE to stay in the UK even if they have to pay more tax.
Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams
> proving that one can write Fortran in any language
My 30 year career in IT contains an element of proof for this assertion!
Re: Thanks to the intrepid Reg reporter..
But not TOO detailed please...
Re: Time warp ..
John Hurt isn't the "next" Doctor - he's a previous one who "broke the promise". Current speculation is that he's actually the 9th Doctor between Paul McGann and Chris Ecclestone and was the one who "did" the Time War stuff,
RIP indeed - spent many years working on VAX/VMS systems of all flavours in many jobs from the early 80s onwards. Anyone else remember VaxNotes - a bulletin board system that ran on the VAX? Any ex-BPers out there? :)
Re: Taxes strangling the high street
THis makes absolute sense to me and I might add a 3rd:
3. Cap greedy landlords rent increases
You constantly hear of shops closing because their lease comes up for renewal and the landlord hikes the rent by 30% or more.
Oh and another:
4. Enforce planning rules to stop the giant retail businesses (Tesco etc) swamping the town with their shops, driving up prices and driving out local small competitors who can't subsidize loss-making pricing models.
Please include Theresa May, Ed Milliband and Boris Johnson oh hell and most of the other parasitical politicians who also jumped on the bandwagon taking "advantage of moments of fear and terror to spread hatred and animosity"' by promoting the snoopers charter in response...
Thats exactly what needs to be done - along with fixing the tax loopholes in the first place.
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