3558 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
Another difference between the US and the UK
They still have thriving engineering and science sectors in their economy, we have openings for mortgage brokers, pizza delivery boys and the insanely large number of people required to sell Sky TV packages in shopping centres.
Their 'call me back' facility on the customer service pages is quite simply brilliant. I've never waited more than 30 seconds for the call back and then no more than a few more moments until I'm speaking to someone who can fix the problem.
Crap plane - but...
Comparing the price of the development of the Nimrod to the price of a new Orbiter is misleading as it ignores the huge amounts of money NASA sunk into designing the Shuttle in the first place.
Not just Richer Sounds
Comet are especially evil in this regard. They carry Monster cables - and we all know what good value for money they aren't - and bully customers into buying them with a TV. My parents got scammed for £60 for component cables (and were told this was a special offer because they were buying a table) - when both their DVD player and TV had HDMI.
Well I don't need any more evidence than that
It's quite clear that MW2 also inspired time-travelling terrorists to attack Vienna and Rome airports in 1985:
Size of Wales
Is a bit arbitrary really. Do you mean the size of Wales as seen from above, or the size of Wales if you ironed it properly (in which case it is considerably larger than Greenland*)
* which isn't as large as you think it is.
I'm really not helping am I?
You're forgetting the Expendables
Easily the worst movie of last year.
It's like someone had 1980s action movies explained to them through interpretive dance, then commissioned a script from a slumming chimp, got it directed by someone who might have trouble using a flip, lit by a blind man and the sound recorded through treacle.
Never have so many steroids been shot to so little effect.
Hasn't it been agreed by everyone outside the US that ENIAC was preceded by the all-electronic Colossus (which was also binary - something ENIAC wasn't)? The Zuse machines and the ABC preceded both, but contained mechanical components.
'yesterday's delivery is likely to have gone into a high-angle polar track'
DID go into a high-angle polar track. If it had been in any other inclination it would have dumped boosters and spent stages on the US.
Unencrypted car details?
I hope someone is recreationally fired for that mistake.
I *think* if the card issuers find the data has not been held securely they can not only force Lush to cover the losses, but they can refuse to offer card services to the company.
Can't wait for the headlines
Bearing in mind both disruptions are in areas famed for their wackos we should expect some hilarious news stories.
...they'd had the foresight to put a little Playmobilnaut aboard.
If they've done it with 'The Prisoner' maybe they'll do it with 'The Avengers' which was also shot on 35mm.
Sorry the thought of Diana Rigg in HD has left me utterly incapable of working for the rest of the day.
Although are we limited to shark-deployed weapons? Would one of the members of Tylosaurinae (15m of pure bloody-minded viciousness) make a better platform ?
Or even a brachiosaur with water wings.
Just so long as this wouldn't delay the delivery of my pet dinosaur.
Big fan of 'Earth Story'
Not only was it gorgeous (and at the time cutting edge geology). But they were very clever with Aubrey Manning as a presenter. He openly admitted he didn't know much about geology, but didn't go down the more common route of acting like a cretin. Here was a smart guy using his knowledge of a different area of science to explore another.
BTW. Does Brian Cox's constant smile freak other Regitards as much as it does me?
To be fair to Iain Stewart
At least he's a geologist.
The BBC is usually much happier to embark on 'celebrity led journeys of discovery'*, just think back to the buttock clenchingly awful episode of Horizon with Alan bloody Davies. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that'll follow that up with Barbara Windsor's Quest for the Higgs Boson.
* their words not mine. It was used in cold blood at a pitching meeting I once attended.
Maybe it isn't as good as it could have been because...
...it had to be ready by a certain day?
Such as the day before the Israelis started bombing.
Someone who makes ACPO look rational.
Speaking of ACPO, I was very surprised recently to learn that they're not a statutory body. For all the press attention they get and access to ministers, they are nothing more than a private company. It's also exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
Some of the information about charging is out of date. Nissan have already announced a fast charge for the LEAF which will take it from flat to 80% charge in less than half an hour.
Good luck Chris
You have a monumental task ahead of you with the Telegraph's tech pages which appear to be aimed at users of - well the telegraph actually with articles that alternate between 'can it ever be acceptable for women to use a home telephone?' and 'Steven Fry says this is the best thing ever - so it is'.
So are you the Reg's very own trojan horse on Fleet Street? A stealthy replacement of the Telegraph's journalists by the likes of yourself, Lester, Lewis and of course the very lovely Moderatrix would be guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of elderly conservatives everywhere.
Is there something special about hydrogen which makes it the only suitable fuel for such a mission?
Just one of those stores I kind of wonder how it's still in business.
Every time I go into one they seem to have added another disparate line of products. First it was chocolate bars, then it became pick 'n mix, now Krispy Kreme. All of which have been accommodated by as you say - crunching magazines so tightly together you can't see anything - assuming of course they haven't randomly moved all the shelves around.
Books? Nope, if it isn't a Twilight book, a sleb autobiography or on Richard and Judy's list you aren't going to find it. Music - forget it, DVDs - how much??? Blu-Ray - what's that?
They must be existing solely on the profits on Lottery scratch cards and chocolate oranges (which are crap since Terry's got taken over, but that's another rant entirely).
See also Boots.
America - never short of terrorist threats
So they're now detaining people coming from that hothouse of fundamentalist reasonableness - Iceland.
Watch out Finland, you'll be next.
Maybe it's not aimed at the US
China has any number of border disputes with non-aligned countries - most especially with Vietnam and India. How would the J-20 compare to their latest aircraft should Beijing decide that these matters need to be resolved without resorting to diplomacy?
The comparison completely ignores the fact that video games are also 'fashionable' - there's a huge demand to have the game on day 1 and its appeal drops off fairly quickly afterwards. A couple of months later there is essentially no demand for the game whereas a car will remain desirable for longer (unless its a Toyota in which case it never was)
In other news
BT confirms that each household or street will be connected by fibre to the local exchange which will continue to be linked to the national network by a piece of damp string.
Ah New Labour - it's like you've never been away
It's taken them a few months, but credit to New Labour for coming up with another incredibly intrusive scheme for obtaining information from perfectly innocent people.
Next - CCTV camera records to be analysed to reward people who don't walk on the cracks in the pavement.
But whilst we're trying this approach
Will the government compensate me for buying an HD-DVD player?
If they'd been forced to get a card...
...then I'd have some sympathy for them, but not when the cards were always voluntary for British citizens. They chose to get one full knowing that two of the three main parties (including one that was always ahead in the opinion polls) were committed to scrapping the cards.
Call Tom Baker now
Many of my childhood nightmares featured a certain green seed pod discovered by overly curious scientists drilling into the Antarctic ice cap.
The most terrible thought...
Daily Express readers getting it on.
Besides, apart from the spelling mistakes what difference is there in the content on those pages and that provided by Dirty Desmond through his Northern and Shell porn empire?
But it's a good idea
We should pressure the Daily Mail to take the lead. Rather than demanding the government do something, the Mail should see how many of the grotesques who buy the paper actually subscribe to its 1950's net-curtained view of world.
They could guarantee that there will be no porn, a Queen's head on every page, payments in Pounds sterling only, absolutely no blacks, gays or Irish, and lots of bulletin boards where people can fume, fulminate and exude generally toxic levels of moral superiority over the state of the country.
And the rest of us can add their domain name to our black lists.
If only they would go back to the drawing board
But they've sunk so much money into this project that it won't be killed by anything short of a Congressional veto, holy water and a stake through the heart. Bearing in mind the Republicans are entirely loopy about missile defence there is precisely zero chance of anyone sitting down and saying 'this is a crappy idea, why don't we...?'
'World's Favourite Airline'
I'm pretty sure they stopped using that slogan a few years ago, mainly on the grounds that their crapulent service, ramshackle aircraft and enthusiastic refusal to follow something so simple as a timetable was opening them up for legal action.
If I didn't have quite so many Air Miles with them I'd gladly never use BA again.
'Vaizey is, however, not stupid'
Now, now, now, let's not get ahead of ourselves.