3551 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
Break Away Panic System.
Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen
Also in the Guardian - the government have been putting the screws on the paper to hand material over. Not by getting court injunctions that can be contested and are in the public eye, but by directly threatening the paper:
From the coalition agreement:
'We will introduce safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.'
'We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it has abused and eroded fundamental human freedoms and historic civil liberties. We need to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness.'
So why is the government so worried when Little Billy Hague told us only a few weeks ago that the security services always acted within the law?
The plant at Olkiluoto still isn't finished. It was meant to go online in 2009, it will now be ready no sooner than 2015. It was budgeted at €3 billion, it is currently estimated at €8.5 billion and the two main contractors are suing one another for compensation.
I hope they go for Jobs in the definitive 'how to hold an iPhone so you can actually talk on it' stance - just so future generations will know how to do it.
Re: SR71 Blackbird
There's an M-21 Blackbird at the Museum of Flight in Seattle with its ramjet drone perched on top. The museum is well worth a visit if you are in the Pacific NW - loads of historic aircraft including Kennedy's Air Force 1, the first 747 and a Concorde.
Re: Will twitter fess up to the addresses of.......
Dunno, and why aren't the - (oh let's be charitable) - band's PR munchkins on Twitter telling their fans to cut back on the rapey threats?
Today, the 1-D fans are in uproar because Channel 4 showed some of them as borderline terrifying monomaniacs. Rather than reminding their fans that there are other things to do than obsess over the group, the publicists blame the TV station and fan the flames.
Christ only knows what will happen when the band inevitably (and please make it soon) breaks up. I can only guess it will look like something from World War Z - only less musical.
Re: Windows Phone users?
It was 3 of us on the previous page. See WP's market share is exploding!
Re: Stop mucking abaat...
Tilda Swinton would be great at it.
Or (because she's brilliant in everything) Jodie Foster, and she's just had a practice run in 'Elysium'.
The Liberator's progress-through-space bar will be hilarious.
If Apple wants to photograph Oslo
Their iPhone will probably direct them to Stockholm.
Re: Yeah, good luck.
The Chinese might have bought it, but the Shanghai MagLev is German.
Re: active vs passive brewing
Just leave it stand until the spoon dissolves - then it's strong enough.
Re: You just don't get...
A Furniss Cornish ginger fairing and a mug of tea (no milk thank-you) is pretty much unbeatable.
The seven most terrifying words in the English language
'watching Mrs Feltz in full slurping action'
BAE is such a wholesome company I'm sure there is absolutely nothing incriminating in any of the documents about possible fraud or bribery.
Re: Change the names
Some dinosaurs produced live young and birds are dinosaurs.
Re: Energy Deception
The question itself is flawed - 'do you want cheap shale gas energy?' implies that shale gas will be cheap. Even the companies that aim to produce the gas are downplaying any expectations that it will be appreciably cheaper than conventional gas.
'The news was announced on Tumblr, the cats'n'porn site which was snapped up by Yahoo! and then rapidly sanitised.'
Got rid of the cats then?
The Mail: 'We take your privacy very seriously'
Unless you're royal, a politician, a child of a politician, a celebrity of any kind, their children, on benefits, foreign, poor, or just plain ugly - in which case you're fair game.
Limbaugh avoided service in Vietnam by claiming to have an anal cyst. It's a matter of debate if the surgeons binned the wrong part.
Re: Jimmy has been listening to radio 5 live
'On hearing the announcement from "call me dave" i had a mental picture of server administrators throughout the land shaking their heads and laughing at the ridiculous suggestions coming from an ill informed government and its advisors (claire perry.... really).'
I don't think ISP admins will be shaking their heads and laughing. They'll be very worried that they're going to be the fall guys in this fiascoette. As soon as one of these filters (inevitably) fails, it'll be the ISP on the end of the Mail's outrage and the threatening letters from lawyers.
This man must be stopped
Not only because of the 3D-printed rifle - but because of the ukelele. Some things are just unacceptable in a civilised society.
One thing Twitter really needs to fix
Is their spokeswoman who popped up on Channel 4 News and Newsnight. I'm sure she's lovely and is great at talking to people one-to-one; but, after several days of Twitter stonewalling, and when they've had plenty of time to come up with a meaningful response, she dropped the ball. Rather than saying it was unacceptable behaviour and that the company was doing everything it could to find these (ab)users and work with the police, she just kept dropping into West Coast management speak. For a media company they really aren't very good with - well - the media.
Re: I wonder what these people get from threatening people
I see some of the people who have been trolling Caroline Criado-Perez; and Oliver Rawlings, who attacked Mary Beard; have used 'freedom of speech' as a defence for their appalling actions. Thanks to them for undermining that principle so thoroughly.
Re: One of our Playmonauts is missing?
Good point - are they sure the Playmonaut crashed into the Channel - or was his advanced craft beamed aboard an alien mothership where he spent the last few months bringing about galactic peace in the Kirk manner by canoodling with interstellar vixens; or was he probed into insanity by multitentacled horrors from beyond*?
* for all our sakes let's hope it's the former.
Re: Grímsvötn volcano
I think this is the paper you want:
Maﬁc intrusions triggering eruptions in Iceland by O. Sigmarsson
Similar triggers have been proposed for the Soufriere Hills eruption on Montserrat which seems to have had a relatively cool, mostly crystalline magma chamber that then received an injection of very hot mafic material. That created local melting, parts of the crystal slush in the chamber largely melted, became mobile and began to move up towards the surface.
Injections of magma are well-known to trigger eruptions - new material can simply overpressurise the magma chamber, the heat can cause a greater degree of melting and more mobile magma, it can cause gases to exsolve from the magma, or it can introduce new gases into the chamber.
The paper says it takes months to years for the magma to reach the magma chamber with some indication that faster ascent occurred later in the eruption. Still fast, but not quite as dramatic.
The geochemistry is quite unusual. Had the magma hung around in the crust it should have relatively low olivine (it fractionates out very early) and any residual olivine would have been iron-rich (low forsterite) since magnesium olivine crystallises at a higher temperature. Low olivine usually means low nickel (Ni is incorporated into olivine crystals), but this eruption had very high concentrations magnesium-rich olivine and lots and lots of nickel. So it must have come straight up from the Mantle.
Fast-moving, deep-seated magma is found in places like the African rift where you get weird eruptions of low-silica, nickel-rich magmas such as sodic carbonatites (practically molten washing soda) and nephelinites; but in many cases the very hot magma rising from the Mantle begins to digest the crust around the fissure or vent and you end up with highly contaminated magmas that are chemically quite different from their original primitive magmas.
Good paper all round!
Probably nothing more than politics
The Ministry of Culture is still smarting from not being able to implement the media barons' agenda - first the BSkyB deal fell through and now it looks like the Levenson recommendations are going to be enforced by a statutory body rather than the newspapers. So what better than to start a 'consultation' (everyone do the air quotes) to see if the BBC is too dominant. Next stage, unattributable briefings about changing the BBC's charter, directing the licence fee elsewhere...
Re: Azure Storage Services?
Azure Redundant Storage Extensions For Workgroups (32-bit), Azure Redundant Storage Extensions For Workgroups (64-bit), Azure Redundant Storage Extensions For Students...
We're going to need a larger live tile.
Bend over and hope they've warmed their hands?
Re: Find arse with both hands?
And no one had a smartphone with one of those Pocket Patrick Moore astronomy apps?
Re: Numbers please...
What's a phone book?
Dunno, they seem to be milking the publicity quite nicely.
Re: Vaguely OT: Dara O'Briains science club ..
You should seriously consider upgrading. It'd be terrible if LOHAN was caught in a tree on the same day as the zombie uprising got well underway.
Re: Left months ago
When I called Be to end my subscription I got much the same 'oooh and here's another thing we can do for you' routine. By the end I think they were practically offering to put up another satellite if I stayed. But I let them down gently by saying I didn't want to pay money to some of the worst people on Earth.
Now with Xilo and very happy indeed.
Re: Dirty Snowball
To be fair to the author, the dirty snowball was the official name of Fred Whipple's hypothesis that comets were essentially single lumps of ice with a bit of dirt rather a collection of smaller rocky bodies containing a little ice (the flying gravel bank). It was only really confirmed when Giotto took a good hard look at Comet Halley.
Any chance LOHAN can be lifted to stratospheric glory by a pair of scaled down bollocks?
Re: Wait, what ?
Me too - perhaps Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax can help out?
Re: Only a liar would say fracking is totally safe.
Mud volcanoes can, and do, happen in these sorts of regions - in fact they are the one of the pieces of evidence petroleum geologists use when looking for hydrocarbons. But one on this scale is pretty much unprecedented - I can only think of the smaller Piparo mud volcano in Trinidad that wrecked a town.
But here, the drilling company seem to have some serious questions to answer.
They're drilling into an accretionary prism which is a poorly consolidated heap of junk eroded from an overriding plate and stuff scraped of a subducting plate. They're absolutely full of water and gas under high pressure trying to get to the surface. The well hit one of these pressurised regions and couldn't cope; the well blew because of external pressure not through fracking.
You can see similar, but smaller mud volcanoes in other prisms such as Trinidad and Tobago and the Makran region of Pakistan.
Mud volcanoes are also found in regions where natural gas is forcing its way up through unconsolidated sediments; if you want to see some corkers, including ones which occasionally catch fire, the region around Baku in the Caspian is a must-see.
'But like all filtering it has it's issues (horrorscopes are classed as occult)'
That's an unbelievably crass and stupid thing.
It should be filed under 'Metaphysical bollocks'
Re: Which is all OK until you consider
Good point - and will the names and addresses of people who choose to switch off the filter be stored centrally, or will the record of them doing so be accessible to the police? Because I can see problems with that - perhaps schools will start asking prospective teachers if they use a filtered internet connection, and we can imagine the media feeding frenzy if the suspect in a murder or abuse case is found to have turned off the filters - because - you know - internet is bad...
It'll make a great episode of Time Team in 2100.
Re: I like how they state .....
Oooh I like that.
I'd love to see the sort of requests Westminster browsers have been making.
Meanwhile the Tories favourite paper will still be able to run the 'Sidebar of Shame', stalk Suri Cruise and run 'all grown up' stories of teenage girls in swimwear on a daily basis.
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