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They really should get someone in who knows how to use Artex.
At last we now know
Why PayPal fees are so high. I must have paid for at least the first stage of that thing.
Still, credit where credit is due, Elon Musk is now having a hell of a fun time - building leccy cars and space rockets for a living.
Ahhh good old Rush
A man whose never seen a war he didn't like - apart from Vietnam where he couldn't serve because he had to have a cyst removed from his arse.
To this day there's some question over exactly which of the two unpleasant painful excrescences was thrown away and which one got the radio show.
An early howler from the Register there - nicely spotted.
Mono Lake itself is actually the site of a number of active volcanoes; one of which on the lake's floor might have erupted as recently as the early 19th Century. It's the northern end of the Mono-Inyo craters chain which are also considered active and are intermittently seismically active.
Mammoth Mountain at the other end of the chain is as you say, another volcanic centre. It's a series of lava domes that came up more than 57,000 years ago. The mountain itself is not thought to be likely to imminently erupt, but again, there has been plenty of activity in and around the mountain. In the 1980s there was a lot of seismic activity around the mountain and increased CO2 flow from underground killed trees on the mountain which did put the USGS on alert.
All of these are associated with the colossal Long Valley Caldera which is the lesser-known sister of Yosemite. It's erupted a number of times in the Holocene, most recently about 60,000 years ago; but its biggest eruption was 760,000 years ago when it poured out an unbelievable 700km3 of white hot foam which fills a good part of the upper Owens Valley. That too is considered active with lots of seismic activity and regular ground deformation as magma slops around deep underground.
It is also a staggeringly beautiful area and well worth renting a car to visit if you're ever in California or Nevada.
You kind of knew England wasn't going to win
When they gave a speaking role to David Beckham - jesus it was excruciating to listen to him. Then that was followed by Prince William giving a speech with all the verve and tempo of an unsuccessful pitch on 'The Apprentice'
Highly unlikely to be a completely different type of life
The discovery appears to be related to work at Mono Lake in California (which is very high on the scale of nought to awesome) where bacteria have evolved to handle high concentrations of arsenic in the water by substituting it for phosphorus.
On Earth any arsenophiles are likely to have once been regular bacteria that found themselves in a place where arsenic is unusually abundant. But what it means is that there might be a place in the Universe where life stumbled upon arsenic before phosphorus purely because it was locally more abundant.
This wouldn't be the first time a radically different biology has been found on Earth - the hydrogen sulfide based ecosystem of thermal vents is a good example - and there too, it was conventional life evolving into a new form because of a local surplus of sulfur.
Is the Virgin deal with TiVo exclusive?
I can't get beardie cable in my area, but I'd love to be able to replace my TiVo series 1 with this bit of kit. Hopefully someone else will offer a regular TiVo service for the rest of us.
Don't forget the IOC thinks of itself much more grandly than just a running and jumping club. It has observer status at the United Nations and regularly demands (and gets) major changes to national laws so it can keep raking in the money.
Didn't New Labour change UK law to give police the power to enter your home if you have the temerity to put up a sign saying you think the London 2012 drug fest might not be an entirely good thing?
Slightly more accurately
Just avoid Orlando entirely.
The surroundings are about as attractive as the scum you find on ponds at the height of summer, and it has a climate and smell something like an armpit. Presumably Disneyworld is there so all known hells can co-locate.
The only upside of smoking
Is that it seems to kill off the creepy crawlies before they can colonise the interior of the computer.
Unless of course that layer of tar is a ghastly lure to wildlife like La Brea:
Great introductory computer
I would never have dreamt of buying a computer for my parents before the original iMac came along. But when it appeared, it looked like something they could have in their house. Getting rid of the separate monitor and computer and with it, all those cabled, dumping the unfamiliar floppy disk made the machine much more approachable. All the difficulties were hidden away behind a very tactile surface - all smooth curves moulded in high gloss, brilliantly coloured or textured plastic that resembled the stuff you'd put into toys or even bits of art. With no trailing cables and that useful little handle on the top, it was easy to find a spot for the machine on a regularly sized desk in a spare bedroom.
And when they got it, the reaction of my parents was complete acceptance even love of this machine. Many guests to their house were asked 'have you seen our computer?' and they were delighted to show just what it could do.
They're still using, and loving, a G5 iMac which does everything they want quietly, unobtrusively and hasn't given them a single day's trouble. As far as I know, their G3 has found a new home at a friend's house where it chugs away as a second computer.
If people really must telephone on the train
Then there should be a red cast iron telephone box mounted in a separate carriage.
Users will form an orderly queue and follow the instructions provided to talk to the operator. Once they are 'put through' in the modern parlance, and so long as the operator is satisfied that the recipient is not working class, the user will deposit their shilling pieces in the slot and press the A button.
Calls will last no longer than two minutes and must always be terminated with a cheery 'goodbye'.
Failure to obey these common sense rules will result in the automatic release of the box's resident alcoholic.
'(It will not have escaped the notice of solar-powered Mars rover fans that despite the machines' tremendous longevity they have still not travelled as far as the much shorter-lived Soviet Moon rovers of the 1970s did.)'
It's nothing to do with the amount of power. The Mars rovers haven't travelled as far because their moves have to be calculated and pre-programmed before they go for their next trundle. When they get there, that location is surveyed and the results passed to the team in charge of the next leg. Lunokhod was remote controlled from Earth by humans, so it could be driven further and faster.
My HP 4MPlus is still chugging along perfectly. About £30 to refill a couple of years ago and still plenty of ink in the toner cartridge. HP must be kicking themselves for making something quite so indestructible.
Nice in theory...
...except the nice lady in Bangalore told the captain that they can't proceed until he provides the ship's serial number which is painted in 10 point characters on the ship's bottom.
It's all about context
The Apple I founded a hugely successful company and was made in very limited numbers. There's a huge demand for this sort of item which can be directly linked to two named people.
Tens of thousands of Enigmas were made for commercial, government and military use on a factory production line. There are no names associated with the mass manufactured machines and unless it came from a particular individual or location it, in itself isn't very significant. The market isn't short of Enigmas - lots survived.
The Enigma itself is only part of the story - after all Turing's breakthroughs were all made without actually having the machine in question. Had a Bombe survived and come up for auction then it would justify a fantastic valuation as would one of the rare as hens' teeth four-rotor Naval Enigmas.
But if anyone wants to give me an Enigma for Christmas, yeah I won't be disappointed.
Can't possibly compete
It doesn't have a sufficiently awesome name to beat the Avenger from a company called General Atomics.
Really needs some work. Okay eBooks are VATable unlike books, and yes, the cost of the paper and the binding are actually a relatively small share of the final sale price; and yes you still have to pay advances, editing and page-setting costs; and obviously there are hosting and bandwidth costs associated with delivering a book - but how do they calculate these prices?
Waterstone's regularly charges more than the hardback price for an eBook which no matter how you look at it, just seems bizarre. Even when the eBook is no more than the paperback edition, it is always discounted less. And they never try to match Amazon.
'Good indoors and outdoors'
For my home.
So it MUST be fucking iPhone that sucks.
...it was utterly saved by the not-at-all-Father-Tedesque ending of a parachuting pope.
Is another ancient language which has to accommodate new concepts. Unlike fellow Scandinavian langauges, Icelandic does not tend to import English words and change the spelling; it actually relies on a committee to come up with new words - some of which are brilliant:
Þota (thota) - jet - translates pretty much as 'whoosh';
sími - telephone - literally 'a thread'
farsími - mobile phone - literally 'travel phone'
tölva - computer - a combination of tala (number) and völva (sorceress) - which is awesome
my favourite though is their word for jackpot - hvalreki which literally means 'beached whale'.
The devil of the proposal on housing benefit isn't the cap; it's that the rate at which it is going to be paid is dropping from 50% of the local median rate to 30%. And let's not fool ourselves that everyone on HB is a scrounger, there are plenty of sick and retirees that claim it as well. It's going to make lives very difficult - especially in big cities. Mind you I'd love to know how big City corporations are going to get their places cleaned when their cleaners are located outside the M25.
The problem is made worse by the insane price of renting properties in the UK. Rent control is common in Scandinavia and Germany and from my experience doesn't mean every rental property is a Rigsbyesque nightmare. Why not do it here? It might also finally kill off the parasitic buy-to-let market which has completely distorted the market for small homes and apartments.
Taking it to its logical conclusion
We stand at the threshold of a new era - one where it is possible to teleport an invisible shed.
The real criminals here
Are the sort of people who use the phrase 'de-host' in cold blood.
...this is the Reg's next project after PARIS.
Come to think of it, Lester has gone very quiet of late - could he and our very favourite celebutante be about to colonise the Red Planet using nothing more than some bendy straws, gaffer tape and assorted plastic playthings?
Bearing in mind the company's erm - unconventional - approach to respecting consumer privacy. I'm not sure I want *anything* to do with anyone who has a Facebook email account. I don't use Facebook and I don't want anything to do with them. But if I reply to an email sent from one of their accounts; I'd fully expect them to start mining it, acquiring and misusing information about me.
So I'll be adding a general Facebook email address rule to my blacklist.
Trademark it quickly Lewis
Hands up everyone who wants to see Lewis and Lester pitch a paper and bendy straw Pussy Slurper(TM) on 'Dragons' Den'.
Warmer temperatures might be good for rainforests, but the important bit is how long did it take for those temperatures to become established, and did rainfall patterns match those expected from the current warming?
One thing we do know from pollen cores is that the Amazon has repeatedly dried out in the past and been replaced by savannah-like landscapes dominated by grasses. The climate models suggest the Amazon is going to become more dominated by a wet and dry season which would encourage the die-off of trees.
What I'd like to see
Is Lewis give a quick run through some countries he thinks are doing things right vis a vis their militaries. Obviously none are a precise match for the UK, but it'd be interesting to know if the Germans, Swedes and the like are doing better and spending less.
It's reasonably well known the US provided the UK with Sidewinder missiles and satellite pictures of the area.
I really hope the practical work involves constructing a wicker man in woodwork classes.
Ah I think I know what's wrong
You seem to have bought the model of Crestmobile that has an espresso maker rather than an engine under the bonnet.
Honestly - that thing's an engine? And I thought miniaturisation was a new thing, this must have been built by elves - incompetent elves I grant you, but elves all the same.
BTW. Is it just me who suspects that Lester has realised that 'Top Gear' is a bit (and this is something the Crestmobile could only dream of) 'over the hill' and is setting himself up as chief purveyor of daring japes and tomfoolery to the nation? Think about it - Playmobil in space and an unreliable car race. Next, a daring crossing of Lake Baikal on an amphibious traction engine!
LZ129 wasn't the last
The Hindenberg had a later sister ship, the LZ130, the second Graf Zeppelin; the LZ131 was also under construction when war broke out and Zeppelin switched to aircraft production.
Awesome - and what of the Playmobilnaut
The brave toy who mounted PARIS and took her to heaven and back hasn't yet been seen in public. Surely there's a juicy kiss and tell story to be told?
More seriously, if you're not appallingly attached to the little piece of plastic - how about running a fund-raising competition - say a tenner a ticket - to win the pilot. All money to the charity (preferably registered) of your choice or to the LOHAN construction project.
'deliveries are expected next summer'
If this is a Sinclair delivery time then it'll be closer to 2015 when it will ship alongside the ZX Microdrive.
That would be columbite-tantalite, a mixture of two related minerals; columbite ((Fe, Mn)(Nb, Ta)2O6) and tantalite (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6).
Coat for obvious reasons - 2lb geological hammer in the right pocket.