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V1s were low enough and slow enough to be brought down by barrage balloons, fighters (Typhoon, Tempest, Meteors etc) and antiaircraft guns. An interesting subject in itself.
Intelligence was more use to bomb the launch sites in Northern France etc
I thought the Stalin and Churchill drinking session was well known. This is just the first time we seen the verbatim report rather than a précis.
Extension to existing device or device in its own right
What does the market acutally want?
A watch that does more than just time functions?
A watch that generically interfaces with another system - tablet, phone, PC, Home Entertainment system, building automation?
An alternative display/interface for your phone that displays the time?
Intriguing. Personally I haven't worn a watch in years. a) I'm always around devices with time displays (PC, deskphone, wall clocks, mobile phone b) diving watch broke, replacement proper watch had dodgy metal strap that I never replaced, cheap and cheerful holiday watch fell apart c) didn't want to risk watch near the strong magnets in our analytical instruments
Good explanation of the technical side
I now know how it works...
though I'm still unsure as to what it's for. Unless you attach some real money/goods to it
thanks be to my local library's subscription to the OED
I can reveal that the pronounciation is recorded in the lexicographer's literature as
Brit. /dʒɪf/ , /ɡɪf/ , U.S. /ɡɪf/ , /dʒɪf/
which I understand to mean that it thinks we Brits say "jif" rather than "gif" and our north American cousins say "gif" rather than "jif". (which I doubt)
Apparently there's also a conjunction "gif" last heard somewhere in Yorkshire meaning "if".
and theres "Giffgaff - the mobile network run by you" (damn those adverts in the middle of The Big Bang Theory.
Re: RE: SATA is still, definitely, "Sarter" (not "Satter").
all the Rs
Think of the differences between "castle" and "bath" north and south across the UK.
Wouldn't worry - it's not as if anyone's going to gaol over it....
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
can't find the 6 year old shooting a 4 year old in google.
Can find cases of a 5-year-old shooting a 2-year-old (sister) and a 4-year-old shooting a 6-year old neighbour. Both weapons were .22 rifles.
In the first instance it was his "birthday present" (though apparently it had a child lock but was left loaded in a safe place)
In the latter the father left the gun out and about, and has since been arrested and charged for that.
I think any comments by me on the subject are superfluous to just stating the reports.
Secret recipe of herbs and...
"ginseng, gingko biloba" - what essential nutrients and vitamins are they providing that aren't already listed?
Smacks a bit of "it's natural" and "if other cultures eat it, but we don't and look what we've become, it must be good"
Re: London - same old, same old: Paris the historic past preserved
Imagine what the London skyline would look like if they had built that 100-or-so storey mausoleum pyramid at Primrose Hill in the 19th Century
"You drag the view left, but it scrolls RIGHT"
Yes it feels strange that you send the mouse in one direction and it behaves more like an aeroplane than your usual desktop. Cracking panorama though - well worth the momentary mental disconnect.
Online chat from O2 - where's that done
used this earlier today when fishing for a deal on going from Pay as you Go to Monthly. Chap ("Hamilton") on the other end was quite helpful and thanked me effusively at the end for being pleasant to deal with.
Slight quirk in his typing "Do you've" for "Do you have" so I wondered if it was off-shored, or a new invention in the English language by young people.
Re: EU minimum tax rates - or world-wide?
Ah but the last Government to join in on bringing the rate up has the advantage. Obviously it can't take all the tax avoiding money but it will certainly retain what it's already got and if the rate was harmonized then it might find other (geographical or social) advantages lie with its neighbours.
If the tax rate was 20% in Republic of Ireland with costs of 5% and 20% in Northern Ireland with costs of 3.5% which side of the border would you plonk your offices?
Deputy Prime Minister
"Tánaiste " - how's that pronounced? I can just about get away with the Prime Minister's title by mumbling "T-shirt".
quality of image is being able to keep the camera still long enough for the photons to be captured.
A DSLR has a certain inertia from its larger mass that must aid stability - plus stabilizing lenses. Is this little fellow quick enough to take the snap that it can get the advantage or does it do it post capture processing
Quality of publishing
If the letter of complaint Beale received from the company is indicative of the quality of their work then I wouldn't trust them to proof read my shopping list (or publish it to Facebook).
when they start attacking your home by overloading your aircon, it's too late to worry.
On the other hand, some of Harris's and his staff's prejudices may have had a grounding in the psychology of the crew and other issues.
British Commonwealth aircrew trained together en masse and generally formed themselves into cohesive and supportive crews that could work together before becoming operational.
The tail end Charlie was a useful lookout if not a potent aggressive defence. If they got wind of a fighter, then the pilot could push the bomber into a corkscrew which it could pull better than the German fighter.
Thirdly some projects were considered more effort than they were worth. A number of British bomber designs which would have been more effective than the Lancaster and Halifax were shelved because they wouldn't be ready before the end of the war. ( Vickers, Bristol and Avro were coming up with designs of around 100 tons all up carrying 25 tons of bombs and with 20mm cannon in turrets for defence).
according to Buttler "British Secret Projects: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950"
true scale of the problem?
With a million transactions of all kind, 100 misapplied NFC transactions in the same period although a significant error in each customer's case is quite a small percentage overall.
Perhaps a bigger sticker on the NFC reader to remind people not to get their cards close unless they mean it. Like there used to be a warning near tills not to put your magnetically striped cards near the machine that disabled the security tag.
What would be really scary would be tills taking payment from someone who wasn't buying anything...
so whadya do?
You have a mature enterprise environment with a mixture of XP desktops that are imminently going unsupported and all those Windows 7 desktops you bought to replace broken XP machines, or during that last expansion you had.
Do you, replace the XP with Windows 8 (with all the planning and checking necessary) and give yourself another heterogenous desktop setup
Replace the XPs with Windows 7 - which has years in it yet - and take advantage of all the work your IT department has already invested in 7.
Am I the only one
who had assumed they had accounted for shifting of the rock itself, or that it wasn't an issue in this case?
Re: Non-American history Lewis?
I quite like the MOP's ancestor, the "Disney Bomb" ( 4500 lb Concrete Piercing/Rocket Assisted bomb ).
The small print
As one who never reads the small terms and conditions on games, is there anything in them (whether enforceable or nor) that seeks to prevent the user from using it commercially; in the same way you're not supposed to use a rental or shop-bought DVD to put on your own cinema?
Re: Anti-fraud measure?
The charge was introduced in 1952 to cover part of the drug costs.
(I note rationing was still in force in '52)
In some cases, the prescription charge is more than the actual drug cost eg a week course with a common antibiotic, in some cases the charge is less than cost eg a contraceptive hormone implant, and in some cases a lot less eg hormone implant for prostate cancer treatment.
Fortunately there already exists a unique number for each citizen linked to healthcare - the NHS number in England and Wales, CHI number in Scotland and whatever its called in Northern Ireland.
GP systems are from a few providers and are tailored to patient record keeping, pharmacy systems are from other providers and tailored to stock control dispensing and payments. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers systems are tailored to bulk stock control and ordering but we can leave them out of this.
I think there probably are savings and safety improvements to be achieved but are they as great as might be expected
At the moment GP writes prescription (most actually select the drug, dosage etc on screen) and the printer churns out the script which the GP signs. Bad handwriting is mostly an issue of the past in prescriptions.
Patient takes script to pharmacy of their choice (the only one open at that time, the one next to the surgery, or the one in the supermarket where they buy their groceries - convenience)
Patient gets medication from pharmacy in exchange for NHS charge and goes off to get better (hopefully)
Pharmacy submits prescription to local NHS organization which then scrutinizes it and if satisfied provides the differential between NHS charge and actual cost of medication to the pharmacy.
If you are regular with a pharmacy then they can cross-reference your latest prescription with previous ones and warn you of any problems. But I suspect most aren't
Re: An open letter
isn't the next step, HMRC taking a really good look at the books? It ought to be....
If the company was in the wrong, they blame some individual
engineer accountant, and start negotiating on some settlement for the difference.
Court cases come much later
Interview without coffee? - if only it were true......
the reason we have Select committees
is to ask these questions and make ministers, policy-wonks, special advisers, industrial plutocrats, and financial lizards stumble, extemporize, mis-speak, and err-and-hmm in front of the public gaze.
Would help if the public gaze did look that way more than it does at Britain (allegedly) Has Some Talent.
In this case, should have been a " university in Norwich" as the event was at the University of East Anglia (established 1960s and famous for its writing course) and not the "Norwich University of the Arts" (an amalgam of the former Norwich Art College etc)
High costs predicted because....
they mostly aren't up to speed on current law/requirements (and so have further to go to meet the draft) ?
Re: Interface (Verb)
"Odd that the EJ200 is specific to the Eurofighter"
Historically several engines have been specific to one aircraft design eg this pair
Orenda Iroquois - specific to Avro Canada Arrow, both cancelled in 1959
Bristol Siddeley BS.100 - like the Pegasus used in the Harrier but on steroids - specific to the Hawker Siddeley P.1154 supersonic VSTOL design, but as with the Iroquois, knocked on the head when the aircraft was cancelled.
Not boring as such but once everyone went jet/rocket powered, the incentive to try with an internal combustion engine must have really dropped off.
After all they could have just sawn the wings off the Saunders-Roe SR.53 of 1957 put wheels underneath and tried the same thing in the early 60s. Actually that probably would have ended in a right mess....
Re: Fake flying car
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterman_Arrowbile piston powered in the1930s but looks like the bastard offspring of a Heinkel bubble car and one of Geoffrey T. R. Hill's "pterodactyl " aircraft (Hill was designing aircraft that would be very resistant -if not actually immune - to stalling or spinning)
so named because it keeps you awake but leaves you with a headache?
The impression I get from reading the online archive of Flight (Flight International) is that the 20s and 30s and then the 50s and 60s were periods when everyman and his dog was turning out designs. Light planes that could take off in little space on small engines, designs for home builders, inventive (though probably delicate) creatures of spar and tube and fabric. Several VSTOL ideas, many of which were heard of no more.
I think most of the designers probably understood there was some element of walking before they could run. Its good to be thinking of the next design, but not to put too much effort in before the first is at least mostly finished. Is this some form of pyramid scheme, the punters investments on the first model being used to fund the development of the next, or marketing to build up the company image?
Talk up bold ideas for the next design but get it running on fossil fuel first before transitioning to a something involving electrical power. In the past new aircraft designs got developed in parallel with engines they would hope to power them ( RR Vulture and Avro Manchester, not the best example I know) but those were at least iterations on existing ideas.
PS - sorry bit rambley, cup of tea not yet done its job
PPS -TFX always makes me think of the General Dynamics F-111.
have I understood correctly?
Fwd.us is formed to encourage changes in US policy on immigration, and increase in attention spent on STEM education.
Fwd.us pays for campaign commercials for two politicians which has nothing to do with the above mentioned purpose.
From where I'm sitting, that looks so much like bribery, it beggars belief.
Graham Walker - who he?
Well the Go On UK website tells us bugger all.
Fortunately he has a LinkedIn entry from which I reproduce his "skills and expertise".
"Public Sector Public Policy Program Management Change Management Strategic Planning
Social Media Policy Business Strategy Marketing Strategy Government Marketing Communications
Research Project Management Team Leadership Stakeholder Engagement Management Consulting
Public Speaking Governance Stakeholder Management Product Development"
Do I see anything related to actual education, or technology, or such?. Do I bollocks. What I see is someone who has a been a quasi- civil servant/ advisor for the best part of the last fifteen years. (His viewable profile is blank between his MSc in "Social Policy and Planning" in 1995 and joining the cabinet office in 1999.
I leave you to draw your own conclusions.....
Re: Well, well, well
Whenever I hear propane tanks mentioned, I always remember the film they showed me ona caourse at the Fire College about BLEVE
Re: Killjoy statistician Nazi here
On the other hand, the press likes to tell us that Spain has the highest unemployment rate in Europe so that's skew the data one way. Then we'd also have to account for all those too old to work in the UK.....
too much maths for a Friday.
Re: Must ask
Quinoa - you can buy it in Tesco at about 50p per 100g
Re: As a publisher, Eric Flint has already addressed this issue...
From Standford.edu Copyright & Fair USe
"Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. For example, if you wish to criticize a novelist, you should have the freedom to quote a portion of the novelist’s work without asking permission."
Google hoping to roll over objectors by splitting them up first then making its attack on the interpretation of the law itself....?
Would it be unsporting....
To get a framework made up that slipped over Rockall like a dental crown over a tooth and then fix a small motor boat to the top of that?
Nice and snug and if you did get washed off...
the iPhone delivered what Apple thought people already wanted to do (make phone calls) with what they also wanted to do (listen to music, watch videos, play games) in a better combination than existing phones. And now most all smartphones do something similar.
Google glass delivers what Google think people might want to do but aren't doing at the moment. And people aren't doing it or asking for it because it's a rubbish idea for the vast majority of the populace.
Re: New US kit
Self-Loading Rifle L1A1 aka SLR, known in Canada as C1 - the inch pattern version of the FN FAL?
Re: graeme leggett armyknife When is a "country" not a country.
No, there are other things I care to do than increase their page hits and discover which "historical facts" they have chosen to use to back up their opinion.
Re: graeme leggett Craigness skelband
@Matt, very true, that's why I included that bit. How are Palestinian civil and religious rights doing under Israel at the moment?
Re: New US kit
M1 is like a Mark number on anything British tells you which version it is, and the "A" bit denotes a variation (British used a star on some kit eg Mark II*)
as an example, these were all US Army "M3"s in WWII - Medium Tank M3, Light Tank M3, Gun 37mm M3, Gun Motor Carriage M3, Half-Track M3, Scout Car M3,
New US kit
"Leg, Replacement, Artificial, M1A1"
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