3578 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
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: Utah DC
Oh very good, slightly obscure movie reference duly noted.
Great Leap Forward - the videogame
It's like Farmville - except you don't grow anything.
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.
Re: Thought you Brits had already solved this design problem
I'm pretty sure all chickens are spherical in a vacuum - if only briefly.
Re: Have I missed the explanation?
Is it significant we haven't been treated to an exclusive interview with the intrepid frogonaut?
Re: How much the Doctor owes to the Professor...
Not forgetting that Tom Baker fought the Krynoid - a nasty space plant that had a taste for human flesh in 'The Seeds of Doom'. One of the more terrifying bits of my childhood.
Re: If whats been done is true...
Do GCHQ and their bosses also get to vet who sits on that committee? I'm sure troublemakers aren't allowed anywhere near anything that might rock the boat.
The government's mantra is still 'trust us, we don't trust you.'
Isn't the US's involvement a bit more than allowing us access to GPS... like that they build and service the missiles and do the hard work of designing the warheads? The British haven't had an independent nuclear deterrent since Operation Grapple.
Re: " JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS! "
Absolutely. Although I'm a little worried about their attitude:
“The lasers themselves do not need to be very powerful,” Birnbaum told Phys.org.
Yes they do, yes they do!
ESA deep space
ESA still has ExoMars, JUICE and Solar Orbiter in its plans.
And they're funding the SABRE engine that might end up in Skylon.
It's slightly more sophisticated (and therefore MUCH more expensive) as it measures levels of activity rather than simply counting steps.
Oh and it comes with a gee-whizz dashboard that you can share with all your Facebook friends and the Twitterati.
What's not to like? (Apart from all of it)
Weren't the natural history programmes from Sky?
So if we're going to start listing the qualifications of the people...
'Bryony (now Baroness) Worthington (BA, Eng.Lit.)'
The Global Warming Policy Foundation is chaired by Nigel Lawson (graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and headed by Benny Peiser (a social anthropologist). Their talk was given by an economist.
At least the people who think climate change is a problem bothered to bring a scientist.
Excellent - it's BAE
Anyone want to hazard how much it's going to cost before they finally realise it doesn't work?
Any chance you'll be able to pop over to the rusty awesomeness of the airship sheds at Cardington and do a similarly great article?
absolute dream for Sky
At last they've got round having to broadcast those irritating programmes between the ad breaks.
Re: I quite like the train noises
On many routes around London they've just got to the end of those announcements before beginning the litany of instructions about the next (station) stop offering exciting connections to..., please remember to take all your items, thank-you for being a customer and sorry for any inconvenience cause by the late running of this service. Repeated moments later when the train arrives at the station, then a welcome to the train and they're off again..shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Is it quantum until you open the box?
Re: Disk or disks
The TC is an excellent product (once Apple fixed the dodgy capacitors in the first batch) and mine has been very reliable. However, in my experience, Apple's Time Machine backup software isn't the best. I've had corrupted backups on a couple of occasions and no choice but to start all over again.
Re: @ Gray Ham - Some equally scientific research ...
Oh thank god - it's not just me swimming in the waters of ignorance over 'Marist Lads'.
And it would be really useful to work out where that splendid British English word - 'boffin' sits on the spectrum.
On the upside.
For the first time in a long time - no tasering.
"There they are, on the first base line," Chitwood said.
Nope, they're definitely beyond first base.
A metal gorilla
For when a 7ft tall 400lb real ape just isn't enough.
Re: SHOULD Yield - That is NOT what BGS said
Well spotted: you only need to go as far as page 3 of the report to read: 'This large volume of gas has been identified in the shales beneath central Britain, but not enough is yet known to estimate a recovery factor, nor to estimate potential reserves (how much gas may be ultimately produced).'
Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."
It's okay, using nothing more than a simple time machine we can fuel the first interstellar starship with the antimatter it brings back in the future.
It'd be great if a tiny nation of Vikings blew a collective raspberry at the security state; they have a tremendous track record of being delightfully awkward to major powers. So if they're even thinking about it - skál!
Sadly, Iceland doesn't have a great record of granting people asylum. Snowden's best bet is if the Alþingi votes to grant him citizenship - as it did with Bobby Fischer. That is probably less likely than a few months ago now that Iceland has two centre-right parties in government both of which are more pro-America than the previous administration.
I fully expect the Americans will be putting a lot of pressure on Reykjavík - just in case. But it might be time for the Icelanders to renew those cryptic rumours that Russian and Chinese companies are interested in leasing facilities at the ex-US Airforce base at Keflavík.