3559 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
Maybe they should have gone back to their area of expertise and used Hollerith machines to keep track of people?
Re: no clear indication... that the glaciers will stop gaining speed
I get the impression a lot of these 'global warming's a myth' articles that Lewis has been posting with monotonous regularity have been pre-digested by fellow denialists and we're getting the dumbed down version of the dumbed down partisan take on nuanced science.
Re: Fitness to Broadcast - Crap Programmes
Oh crap I might end up defending Sky here.
Most of their output is unmitigated shite, but Sky Arts is actually turning into an impressive channel which is commissioning stuff that the BBC and ITV used to produce.
Re: Good to see
You could argue that 'opt out' presumes the state owns your body.
Re: JG Ballard and tilting at windmills.
'Where does all the salt (and other waste) go? Presumably you have to ship it off and dump it a long, long way away. '
The process produces a more concentrated brine as waste product, so normally you just lay a long outfall pipe which discharges the effluent well away from the intake. Potentially tricky in an estuary where the tide pushes water upstream twice a day.
One cost Lewis has left out is that of filtering Thames water to a point where it can be sent to the osmotic membranes without clogging them up.
Re: Money down the drain?
So in keeping with the rest of the Olympic spending then?
Re: Let's apply the same standard more widely
Hopefully the folks at Ofcom who are investigating whether News International is a fit company to own a stake in BSkyB will be paying attention. It would a national tragedy worthy of a day off work and massive street parties if NI were found unsuitable and forced to sell their stake in the company.
If you watch carefully he's only a doddery old man when it comes to answering questions about his own company. As soon as a question is asked about his detractors like David Yelland (ex editor of the Sun) or Andrew Neil (ex Times), the Mail group or the BBC, his mask slips and the poisonous old scrote emerges.
Re: I faced these questions last week
And don't forget Apple's new password which requires upper and lower case letters as well as numbers. I'm not sure how many times I've changed that in the last few weeks after wholly forgetting the last one.
Surely any true Apple fan will answer 'Who was your best childhood friend' with 'Steve Jobs'?
Re: If I can type through these misty eyes...
That's perhaps the first time I've ever seen the word 'sophisticated' used in a discussion of Commodore BASIC. That old skinflint Tramiel could have had a much better version of Microsoft BASIC for the C64 if he'd coughed up a few extra pennies per machine. Instead all Commodore programs quickly descended into a mass of unintelligible POKEs.
Re: Atari 800 series ???
I *really* wanted an Atari 800 - after realising that I could never afford an Apple II - but weren't they something like £399 in early 1980s money. Then along came Commodore with the C64 which I think my mum and dad picked up for £220 in Rumbelows complete with the cassette drive.
Naturally it was for 'education'.
Trying to get actual technical support from BT Total Broadband.
My record is being able to assemble four sets of IKEA shelves and a cupboard during the time I was kept on hold.
Re: Is it really true?
'If asteroids are remnants of the proto-planetary cloud that formed the earth (among others), why should they have a significantly greater concentration of platinum than the earth's crust?'
Asteroids have much higher concentrations of platinum than the Earth's crust as can be shown from the abundance of platinum metals in meteorites and meteoritic dust. The Earth's platinum metals followed the majority of the planet's iron and nickel and sank towards the Core as the planet heated up during formation.
But I'd like to see a cost comparison between getting platinum from an asteroid and extracting it from the tiny quantities dissolved in seawater.
Re: What?! JK Greye and Malcom Evans!
Anyone remember a FP3D game on the C64 called Scarabaeous which had you exploring an Egyptian tomb looking for treasure? There were all sort of nasties patrolling the corridors, but I especially remember it for the soundtrack of a heartbeat which got faster the more damage you took. Delivered in splendid Commodore chunk-o-vision, it was still absolutely terrifying.
oooh I wonder if that's available anywhere?
Re: Z88 was likely the first computer device I ever lusted for.
Oh I loved my Z88 which saw me good for hundreds of thousands of words before - perhaps inevitably - the keyboard membrane failed. By then Sinclair Research had gone on to make electric bikes and it went to the great scrapheap in the sky.
But like the folks above with fond memories of their Psions lasting for months on cheap AA batteries - I have to ask, is there really no market for machines with enormous battery lives?
Re: Rare Earth Elements
'However if they get really short there are millions of tons of spoil heaps in Cornwall just waiting to be mined!'
Perhaps not too far-fetched - although bloody Prince Charles and the National Trust who own most of Cornwall between them would probably block it.
Quite recently, sizeable amounts of indium* have been identified in ores from South Crofty (the last mine to work in Cornwall), and across the pasty wall the Hemerdon Mine near Plympton is about to start producing large quantities of tungsten. I wouldn't be too surprised if some of the Cornish tips were also valuable sources of wolframite which was mined alongside tin in the 19th Century, but thrown away as being valueless and for making cassiterite hard to smelt.
*okay not a rare earth, but very, very necessary in touch screen displays.
Love the design sketches
It's hard to believe there was a time when designs were put together on graph paper by pencils and rulers. Sometimes the early 1980s feels a very long way away indeed.
I never owned a Spectrum, but I was always in awe of the Ultimate: Play the Game titles.
Re: So it's jsut more Mp then..
I think this is the same sensor as in the Sony A77 (in a much smaller body) - in which case it will make for some great images. I've found the A77 to be a good performer in low light, but so many megapixels on what is quite a small sensor does mean visible noise creeping into images much over ISO800. It's not too obtrusive until much higher ISOs and with some good noise reduction software you can minimise the effects.
'The British Geological Survey doesn’t record earthquakes below 2.0M, the equivalent of 1 imperial ton of TNT, considered to be the smallest quake people can feel.'
Yes it does as a visit to the British Geological Survey will show you:
'Windows 8 will make or break WP7 (or 8). If Microsoft can make it simple to develop an app that works on both WP8 and W8, they'll break the apps = users problem in one step.'
Good point. may I add another?
If Microsoft makes it impossible for WP7 users to upgrade to WP8 they will see a massive backlash from people finding themselves orphaned. At the moment Microsoft is playing its cards close to its chest over the whole upgrade path which isn't terribly encouraging.
Re: I can't disagree
Do you have the 12070 update installed? It's dramatically improved the battery life on my Lumia 800 to where it is as good as, or better than, my iPhone 4.
Go to Settings -> phone update or plug the phone into the Zune application on your PC if you haven't got it and you should be able to download the new firmware.
You'd have thought BAE's highly trained commando accountants would have been able to work out how to offset any losses on the jump-jet fighter contract by ridiculously overcharging on their contract for constructing the carriers themselves.
Is it too late to point out
The Karakoram aren't actually in the Himalayas?
Re: Wagner's ring cycle
And of course we'd be competing against the majestic Bugs Bunny version:
However, if this were to go ahead may I suggest Mel Gibson directing as he'd get the whole Wagnerian schtick, and for lead singer - well you need a viking who can belt out a tune (sort of) - brace yourself - Dolph Lundgren does Elvis:
Maybe Bette Midler could spring for Brunhilde?
Well it could be worse. Imagine the embarrasment if Nokia had run an advertising campaign mocking other companies for releasing buggy phones...
Re: Anyone ever seen the e-gates at Luton working?
I used the e-Gates at Heathrow Terminal 3 a month or so ago. Thanks to millions of Pounds spent on high technology it only takes about five times as long to clear immigration as using the old method of going and talking to someone.
Re: I don't understand...
'Can someone please explain to me why the WinPho UI does not seem to fit on the screen?'
It's there to tell the user that not everything in this 'hub' is visible at the moment, if the user swipes to the right, the rest of the label and whatever is lurking over there comes into view. I quite like it as an approach for putting lots of content on a small screen, but until you see it move it really does look odd.
"We do not tolerate wrong-doing. That's why we commissioned, at our own initiative, reviews of payments and email records at Sky News," a company spokesman said. "I'm pleased to say those reviews did not reveal any illegal or unethical behavior."
Didn't News International say something very similar when it investigated its own actions regarding the News of the World?
'Finally, at the end when he says 'want to see something cool?', I was really hoping that he was going to throw himself off of the roof of the building and the last shot would be the rapidly approaching ground.'
Very 'Strange Days'
What do you reckon the boffins get up to in that futuristic looking tower at the top of the photo?
I reckon its where they spend all their time dropping slices of toast to see if they land butter side down.
Sounds a lot...
Until you realise that the cleanup of Three Mile Island nearly two decades ago cost about that much and Tepco's liabilities for Fukushima are somewhere around the $59 billion mark. Yes nuclear power is pretty damn safe, but the companies are still not bearing the true costs.
Re: Have the tabloids calmed down yet?
Balanced debate would be nice but it's somewhat undermined by government ministers announcing plans in the nakedly partisan 'Sun' rather than in Parliament.
So she writes an opinion piece in The Sun (who's attitude to lorranorder is best summarised as flog-em-an-hang-em-and-flog-em-again-for-a-good-measure) outlining her proposals and *then* tells Parliament.
Remind me, didn't the Tories berate New Labour for doing just this?
Re: Britain responsible??
The steam and gas turbines are both British so we'll claim them too - so that's one million points to the British and 1 point to the Germans.
Re: Is this why lots of asteroids are made of Iron?
Supernovae are certainly where the iron in the universe comes from.
About 10% of asteroids contain sizeable amounts of iron and are classified as M-Type bodies. They show show in the early solar system, dust particles seeded with iron from supernovae accreted into planetismals some of which became large enough and hot enough, through impacts and radioactive heating to fractionate with the dense iron and nickel sinking towards the core. A few tens or hundreds of millions of years later, some of these bodies were in turn smashed up by major impacts producing asteroids and iron meteorites.
Re: All for one and one for all
Some McDonalds are being refitted to go all upmarket - well upmarket from say Burger King. Amongst the newness are row after row of tethered iPads - all of which come with 'The Sun' app. Although the reading age is well suited to small children, I wouldn't call the paper's content suitable for children.
Re: "...which has trawled through some old shipyard records..."
The theory of bad steel or bad rivets doesn't really hold water (ahem) when you think her sister ship, the Olympic, performed sterling service in those very same waters until 1935. Olympic not only had a nasty habit of hitting other ships in the cold Atlantic, but once ran down a U-boat - all without any major hull defects. Olympic was only taken out of service at that point because the merger of White Star and Cunard which left the company with too much tonnage for the TransAtlantic routes.
Re: Mac or FORTRAN?
Apple's also been ignoring interface designers for quite some time now. If it's not the horrible faux-reality interfaces of the new Address Book or the Calendar, it is (as the article says) the colour-vampire interfaces that have been foisted users with the grey-on-grey-with-grey-highlights favoured by iTunes. Apple have also produced some pretty nasty 'professional' interfaces in products like Aperture and Final Cut which can only be described as 'Depressing'. Frankly they both need to be taken out and recreationally beaten to death with a shovel.
Re: Its Cobblers
Better or worse than [insert name of Robin Williams feel-good-family-movie-here]?
Because I very nearly walked out of 'RV'.
I was 40,000ft over Greenland at the time.
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