Can't possibly compete
It doesn't have a sufficiently awesome name to beat the Avenger from a company called General Atomics.
3766 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
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.
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.
We stand at the threshold of a new era - one where it is possible to teleport an invisible shed.
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.
Wrote a short story called Printcrime about how the authorities are just going to love 3D printing:
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.
Who'd have thought the cloud deck in Manchester was ever much above head-height?
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.
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!
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.
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.
That the North Korean government is getting advice from Steve Jobs on how to be a real dictator?
If this is a Sinclair delivery time then it'll be closer to 2015 when it will ship alongside the ZX Microdrive.
I'm surprised any of it is intelligible bearing in mind both the interviewer and the interviewee have their tongues jammed so firmly in their cheeks.
Are the sites profitable? On those sorts of numbers I'd guess the answer is a serious no.
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.
All the shadows are wrong.
Seriously, well done guys, I look forward to the follow up: PARIS goes down - to the Marianas Trench.
It's Arthropleura that does it for me - a 2-3m long centi/millipede thing which scuttled around in the Upper Carboniferous.
Does using Street View give you cancer?
After the Dubai murders, the Israeli government promised never to copy the passports of friendly nations ever again.
Just like they promised never to copy the passports of friendly nations ever again in 1987 - after Mossad was caught copying British passports.
Generally you calculate the height of features by how much they diverge from the imaginary spheroid that most closely matches the Moon's shape. On the Moon that's a spheroid with an equatorial radius of 1,738.14 km and a polar radius of 1,735.97 km.
They're pretty unreactive elements so unlikely to accumulate mass by grabbing oxygen atoms from the atmosphere. The iridium is probably there to harden the platinum.
There is a project to calculate the kilogram as the mass of a certain number of atoms of a crystalline substance such as silicon:
all those who ride in her.... errrrr.... on her.... ummmm..... under her?
Cameras don't need to be taken out of your bag. Nor do eBook readers.
It's a complete farce and sadly it's spreading. Until now Iceland has been entirely sane about screening passengers, but last week it was shoes off and laptops out at Keflavik.
A couple of weeks ago I was passing through Heathrow's Outer Circle of security hell when the arch went 'bing'. A very polite officer said would I be prepared to be patted down. I said yes. After a good rummage he said he wasn't sure why the machine was going 'ping' so would I accept a body scan.
In the interests of novelty I said yes, so I was taken through to the pervatron. En route I found a couple of things, including a pack of gum and a pack of wet wipes tucked into a pocket and passed them to the security guy. He put them on the table without examining them further, irradiated my produce section and said I was free to go.
But the two objects I took out of my pocket that might have triggered the arch were never rescanned.
Maximum win for the name alone.
Had to go in his silver space suit whilst Freedom 7 was stuck on the pad. But he was only given permission after the people at mission control were sure it wouldn't cause a short circuit and fatal fire.
By the way where was Rui? That image is sadly lacking the air of sultry glamour he brought to earlier photoshoots.
...a tasting guide so we can join in at home.
At a guess they're knocking back a precocious little number of 10% rioja and 90% unused aircraft dope.
For politicians to consult successful businessmen. To find out exactly how Apple came back from the dead to become one of the biggest companies on the NYSE. Steve Jobs might have the vision but he relies on a lot of highly educated people to make it happen. More of that sort of working would give American industry a real boost.
And by comparison, when the last government wanted industrial experience to form policy who did they get? Alan bloody Sugar.
Dell means one thing to most people - cheap. Trying to take the brand upmarket is a real challenge because it means competing against companies like Apple and Sony that are already pretty damned good at persuading people their goods are worth the money (even if they're patently junk).
If Dell chooses to go upmarket and quit grubbing around in the bargain basement it leaves room for some new companies to come in below them. Dell could find itself in the middle ground of the market where no one really wants to be - not cheap enough to sell in huge quantities, not valued enough to command a premium.
Ditching the name 'Dell' might be a good way forward - or at least spinning off a new brand entirely to cater for people who have money.
...I think it's time Britain followed the example of a fellow bankrupt country and put out a contract for its defence. The Icelanders rely on fellow NATO countries for air defence so not only do they not have to worry about lining BAE's profits, their defenders usually only bring the working kit as they don't want to look bad.
Iceland has four small coastguard vessels of its own, and I suspect on past form they're more than a match for Royal Navy frigates.
Rui's slinky little number would have added a certain classiness to the story don't you think? Public relations are everything Lester.
With the glue as a chaser?
If you want to see stuff from 'A long time ago' and interact with the dead - visit Dixons.
My reading of Cameron's speech was that Carrier One would go into service for three years or so and then either be mothballed or sold abroad (presumably at a massive discount because the purchaser will know we want to be rid of the thing since we can't afford it), so we'd only really ever have one carrier.
It'd be quicker, cheaper and make about as much military sense to paint the Calais car ferry grey and call it a carrier. The Navy could then help fund its own operating costs by running booze cruises.
By the sounds of it, HyperMac hadn't bothered to license the MagSafe design from Apple and that's a clear breach of IP law. Apple are just doing what all companies would do and forcing them to remove the goods from sale.
If HyperMac want to sell MagSafe-compatible devices then they need to get their people to talk to Apple's people and see if the Big Fruit wants to play ball and how much the ball will cost.
But Fox would have their work cut out to explain Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, wankers, and indeed football, using short words that won't upset their god-fearing, trailer-park friendly audience.
For one of those, the explanation is that wankers and Fox are pretty much synonymous.
Apple doesn't *currently* have a 7" iPad but its rivals do. So obviously Apple is going to say that the competition sucks.
Apple will keep saying the same right up until the point they're ready to release a 7" tablet of their own.
While it's good to see this White elephant being buried, does anyone seriously believe the figures of the cost of new nuclear being promoted by the reactor vendors? The French books are opaque beyond description so no one really knows what their plants cost. The best comparison is in Finland where their new PWR is both late and way over budget. I'll be astonished if the British government doesn't kick in taxpayer-funded loan guarantees and agree to cover the decommissioning costs. If we're really lucky it'll not be •quite• as bad as Dungeness B.
'if you call the US war of independence a draw'
Britain lost its richest North American colonies, lost most of the battles and handed France a new ally - how on earth does that come out as a draw?
Their leak has it that the Harrier force is going to be scrapped to save the Tornado, which would leave the new (mostly pointless) carriers even less useful than planned and save much less money.
Well done Biggles.