Re: AAIB reports are freely available
I can recommend the entirely soothing audio book of Michael Crichton's 'Airframe' for long haul flights.
3718 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
I can recommend the entirely soothing audio book of Michael Crichton's 'Airframe' for long haul flights.
It's like another age - Goonhilly - gone, Devonport - still there but much smaller, the hot rocks at Rosemanowes - gone (well at least the rocks are still there). I had to check that Plessy was still with us - apparently so.
But the brewery is still there.
I wonder what our energy industry would look like today if the wanton vandalism of dismantling the foresighted CEGB had never happened?
Ah lovely Dinorwig, I recall endless episodes of Blue Peter visiting it when it was under construction, and realising this was a. very. big. thing. indeed.
'Middle East has been a total screw up since the demise of the Ottoman Empire'
Some would say since Moses got chatty with a bit of shrubbery, but I take your point.
Has anyone ever checked what sort of chemicals capable of inducing moderate to full-blown Blunkett levels of tyranny and paranoia are being piped into the Home Office water supply?
We might have dodged a bullet...
Imagine if things go horribly wrong. I doubt that any BBC Radio 4 newscaster could get through the sentence ‘Thousands are feared dead and an environmental catastrophe looms after a collision between an ocean liner and the science vessel RRS Boaty McBoatface off of the Antarctic Peninsula’ without breaking down weeping with laughter.
The US currently has a ban on American commercial satellites flying on Indian rockets. Ostensibly it's there because the Indian Space Agency is government owned and the Americans claim its launch costs are subsidised and distort the market. This also affects European satellites containing American components that are launched on Indian rockets.
It's a real problem for small American satellites as the US doesn't have many rockets designed for small payloads. SpaceX used to have the Falcon 1, but that has been retired in favour of the much larger 9, and the few companies that do have small rockets such as Minotaur and Pegasus aren't competitive against the PSLV.
IIRC India didn't have a reliable, powerful liquid engine for the first stage, but their ICBM programme had given them plenty of experience of building big solid engines, so that made sense for the first stage - which is the third largest solid motor ever fired after the Shuttle SRB and the Ariane V boosters. The second needs to be less powerful and more controllable, so they could use their moderately powerful liquid Vikas engine which is derived from the original Ariane 1 motor.
I'm not sure why they then stick another solid on top of that. But they do need a more controllable liquid engine to put satellites into orbit.
India has now mastered big liquid engines and cryogenic engines for the GSLV Mark 2 and Mark 3 respectively, so I'd imagine the PSLV solid-liquid-solid-liquid sandwich won't be repeated.
I bet it makes an amazing noise though - one day I'll see a rocket launch. The Reg should open a travel tentacle for us space nerds.
There is a period (I think it's 15 years) during which expats can still vote in the referendum. Beyond that period, the courts have ruled that they are ineligible.
I've always loved the four elegant swing arms that release the rocket. Before launch they gently squeeze inwards holding the rocket upright, but once there's enough thrust for the rocket to begin pushing upwards, they relax their grip and counterweights pull them away from the rocket so it can fly free. No need for explosive bolts and complicated electronics.
The US has less need of a new launch centre, Kennedy/Canaveral are huge, well to the south of any Russian site and well sited in case you need to drop something into the ocean as well as receiving rockets by road, rail and barge.
The Vandenberg Shuttle pad was scrapped following the Challenger explosion when the USAF successfully lobbied to move all national security payloads to the Titan IV. Challenger also put pay to the extremely lightweight filament wound SRBs that would have been required to put a payload into polar orbit. With no booster and no payload, there was no need for a Shuttle pad at Vandenberg.
And the US is currently building a new launch centre near Brownsville, TX where Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavies will be flying from late 2017
Further south and on the coast might mean dropping spent stages on Japan - not a good thing.
Russia's Energia Group is also the majority owner of Sea Launch which was putting Zenit payloads into space from a floating platform on the equator, but that seems to be defunct following the Russian invasion of Ukraine where Zenit is constructed.
But good luck with the diet/rewiring/wedding/turbo - just say 'I do' to the right person and don't promise to give everything that's yours to the electrician (although it often ends up that way).
Anyone know if the Baroness has recently had a lovely holiday on David Geffen's yacht? Mandelson got one and came over all Digital Economy Act shortly afterwards.
Means that it'll own Tumblr from which it gets most of its 'content' - so they will have cut out the middle man.
Is finding ones that aren't.
No one has been able to keep them still long enough to count.
Proper Antarctic Research is Science!
Since Erebus and Terror don't have great reputations in polar exploration may I humbly suggest:
RRS Penguin Smasher
Bit hard on pubic lice isn't it? They're just trying to make a living - not trying to reclaim £19.99 for an IKEA bathrobe:
Andy Burnham has a proud tradition of sitting on his hands when it comes to these sorts of votes. Last year he abstained on the Welfare Bill after saying it was a bad piece of legislation, and then when it was on the books, went around saying Labour should have opposed it.
In this case, he's even on record as supporting the aims of the bill and doesn't want to cause a delay to get it on to the statute book. Burnham has no problem with warrantless mass surveillance, he opposes proper judicial oversight and he's too technologically ignorant to realise that increasing the size of the haystack doesn't make it easier to find needles.
So let's not forget, the likes of Burnham would be putting just this sort of legislation in front of Parliament if they'd gained a majority. Our former minister for ID cards is the perfect little authoritarian apparatchik that does so well in the Home Office.
Crap - we actually did need the LibDems...
Meg bloody 'ID cards' Hillier is concerned the government isn't spending money sensibly????
Ah well in that case we're relying on the magisterial oratory skills and persuasive powers of that well-known liberal Andy 'ID cards - yes please!' Burnham.
You'd have to sacrifice the whole population of London in order to upgrade iTunes into a simply dreadful programme. Anything less and you just make it stronger.
Isn't the new Bradwell B going to be a China General Nuclear Power Group or China National Nuclear Corporation PWR of the Hualong 1 or CAP1400 flavour? I'm increasingly doubtful we'll ever see the EPR here with Flamanville Unit 3 still looking like 'un cock up massiv'.
Quite agree about the engineer label. In Germany they're the people who build exquisite pieces of technology that transform lives, here they're the people who come to fix the washing machine.
Am I being unduly cynical in assuming they threw in a clause about kiddie porn to guarantee the bill and whatever sundry hidden horrors and idiocies it contains will be passed with massive majorities and precious little scrutiny?
Bothe NASA and ESA have looked at Uranus orbiters and atmosphere probes, but at about $2 billion they've never reached the top of the pile and the shortage of plutonium has made things worse. But there is a lovely coincidence that the mass of Uranus, its moons and their distances from one another allow an orbiter to follow a Galileo style mission using a series of gravity assists to make a number of close passes of the planet and its satellites.
A mission would take about 9 years with a gravity assist from Jupiter after the first year - Uranus is a long way away!
There's a complication unique to Uranus that makes orbiters only practical every now and again. Because it orbits on its side, it alternates between showing its equator and pokes to the Sun. To survey the moons the probe would need to arrive when the equator is at or close to pointing at the Sun. Right now Uranus rolling round to show its pole but it'll be perfectly aligned in 2049, so hope your're not planning anything.
...he just has to vote the way the government tells him.
It does rather make you wonder what Dido would have to do to get fired from the company.
I've always assumed there is something in the Home Office water supply that turns right-thinking people into authoritarian monsters. Of course, for the likes of Straw, Blunkett and May, they're already most of the way there.
Can anyone think of the last genuinely enlightened Home Secretary? Ken Clarke, or do we have to go back to Roy Jenkins?
The four Zenit boosters that were packed around the Energia core were designed to be reusable, returning to Earth by parachute. Anyone know if the Soviet Union ever recovered them from the two Energia launches?
'How fitting if Captain Kirk gets the command of the under construction USS Enterprise (CVN-80) in 2025.'
The US Navy's publicists should move heaven and earth to make it happen - although they might melt the Internet if it were to happen.
The really accurate ones are aimed at the enemy's missile silos which are hardened against anything short of a near direct hit.
TalkTalk will have magicked up all sorts of sweeteners for people threatening to cancel - suddenly much cheaper contracts and freebies will materialise which couldn't be offered to loyal customers.
Depressing to think that there are still people dumb enough to renew with Dido's Telecom Shysters.
'Who visited Peppa Pig website and who visited the Bullingdon Club website are likely to be two different members of the family...'
Lord Ashcroft's book suggests they could be the same person.
Have a recommend, and here's another link this time to Venus Express which did a lot of work on atmospheric evolution on Venus:
Solar erosion was known of in the late 1970s, but there were still questions about how much of the atmosphere had been blown into space compared to the amount sequestered in the soil as adsorbed and frozen carbon dioxide, converted to carbonates through silicate weathering and trapped as nitrate deposits.
Now we know the lithosphere contains approximately bugger/all.
If there is such a thing as a Reg reader on TalkTalk, it might be worth looking at your contract.
If my parents' experience last week is anything to go by TalkTalk is still auto renewing contracts despite Ofcom ruling it illegal. They mentioned this to TalkTalk and any talk of penalties suddenly ended and lots of really nice offers started coming their way - but they left TalkTalk and made sure Dido knew it was because they couldn't trust the company.
"In the unlikely event that money is stolen from a customer’s bank account as a direct result of the cyber attack (rather than as a result of any information given out by a customer) then as a gesture of goodwill, on a case by case basis, we will waive termination fees."
The bit about 'rather than as a result of any information given out by a customer' is a nasty bit of legalese that allows them to avoid paying *any* compensation. The fraud only works because customers are convinced that the fraudsters are genuine TalkTalk reps. And the fraudsters are only in that position because TalkTalk failed to secure their data.
As soon as a customer provides a fraudster with *any* additional information on top of the names, phone numbers, account details and some bank details TalkTalk couldn't be bothered to secure - they can't request a no-fee termination of contract.
Has anyone had any success in leaving TalkTalk for claiming a breach of Section 18 of their terms and conditions which says: ‘We’re committed to protecting and preserving any information you give to us.’?
And nothing from Dido about TalkTalk repaying customers' money lost to fraudsters.
This proposal must be proof positive that Cameron is working for the Chinese government.
I hope someone asks him how his clever friends in the City have responded to this level of encryption buggery on their whizzo financial transactions.
One estimate is that the police are already making one metadata request every two minutes. Under Darth May's proposals that can only increase. How many jihadi kiddie fiddlers does the Home Office think there are?
Is there anything in the legislation that says how ISPs have to store the data?
Does it have to be a live database that Plod/News International can access at the click of a mouse, or could they store everything about their customers on a pile of C90s in a damp cellar behind a locked door whose key hasn't been seen since Darren in IT left to become a Shoreditch barista?
We get to see the technical grasp of the Cultural Committee as they forensically examine Dido over all aspects of computer security.
'It should be a piece of piss to get this bill knocked back. But will they?'
Of course not, the Tories who don't want the state interfering in things that matter are gagging to impose this law. Labour's shadow Home Secretary is Andy bloody Burnham who tried to drive ID cards on to the statute book.
Anyone who stands up against this bill will be portrayed as a Friend of Saville (by the people who protected Jimmy Saville for so many years) or a wannabe jihadi.
You left out the stage where BAE uses the British taxpayer money to buy a foreign defence contractor and quietly siphon jobs from the UK to the US.
But apart from that, spot on.
It's odd that the government hasn't made a bigger thing about the TalkTalk hack - after all, it is one of the largest leaks of personal information in the UK that hasn't been managed by the government, and they're always telling us about the threat of all things cyber.
Could it be that they don't want to draw attention to the incompetent Dido Harding being a colleague of Cameron's at Oxford PPE, a Tory peer and married to John Penrose MP Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury, and assistant government whip?
After that, how long before everyone's browsing history is also shared with Feargul Sharkey and the creeps at the BPI?
The government sees no need for supervision of police access to this data, it will be abused. So it's more than likely we'll see a repeat of the corrupt coppers who were happy to feed celebrity and crime stories to the News of the Screws finding other publications willing to pay for Internet histories of the unfortunate/rich/powerful/stupid.
Berry explained the police's desire to The Times by saying "We want to police by consent..."
"...but then we thought - fuck it, let's just force them to hand over the data."
Heres a sobering thought - even if it goes to $150 billion, it'll be pocket change compared to the F-35 programme.