Re: Numbers please...
What's a phone book?
3615 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
What's a phone book?
Dunno, they seem to be milking the publicity quite nicely.
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.
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.
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?
Me too - perhaps Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax can help out?
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'
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.
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.
I'm pretty sure all chickens are spherical in a vacuum - if only briefly.
Is it significant we haven't been treated to an exclusive interview with the intrepid frogonaut?
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.
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.
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 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?
'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.
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?
At last they've got round having to broadcast those irritating programmes between the ad breaks.
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?
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.
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.
Nope, they're definitely beyond first base.
For when a 7ft tall 400lb real ape just isn't enough.
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).'
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.
Lester is wearing a trenchcoat and fedora combination fetchingly accessorised with a Groucho Marx false moustache and Google Glass combo and a copy of Pravda with cut-out eye holes.
Has anyone checked the IcelandAir check-in desk yet?
Meanwhile here on the right-hand bank of the Atlantic.
Has any UK politician dared pipe up to ask what the hell is going on with the intelligence agencies of the UK and US rifling through our communications? Or would that mean the terrorists have won?
We have come to a fine thing when our best hope is that the German government and the ECHR will uphold our rights. Shows what utter bollocks Cameron's talk of a 'British Bill of Rights' was.
We'll learn what size milk bottle the North Koreans hold their rockets in.
...so I won't be flicking through Mein Kampf any time soon, but doesn't Hitler spend a lot of time talking about the supposed inferiority of the 'Mongoloid' races?
I'd be more worried if the Dear Dipstick was issuing copies of 'Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles for Dummies'.
One clapped out Compaq between them.
Just what Australia needed - bigger bugs.
Mold TV or just mould?
The African collision is responsible for everything from the Atlas Mountains through the Alps and Carpathians to the massive deformation of the Aegean Sea. Further East it is Arabia which is crunching into Europe along the Zagros. Until recently (say 30My) Arabia was part of Africa, but it has now become a separate plate by the emplacement of the Afar Mantle Plume under the Southern Red Sea where a new constructive margin has formed.
The Himalaya are the result of India whacking into Eurasia at 20cm pa (nice analogy of yours by the way).
Mantle currents don't seem to directly drive continental movements. Much more important are vertical displacements - such as dynamic uplift of continents over hot Mantle plumes which cause material to slide sideways towards lower elevations (such as is happening in the African Rift, the Western United States and Central China), and, at the other end of the process, the subduction of dense material into the Mantle which drags ocean crust after it.
Pangaea was just the latest in a series of supercontinents. It was made by assembling Gondwana (pedant note: you don't need the 'land' since Gondwana means 'land of the Gonds') which is a borderline supercontinent of its own as well as Laurentia, Baltica and Siberia.
Before that there was Pannotia around the 0.6Gy mark which is associated with the Pan African Orogeny that created the modern African continent, that followed the surprisingly long-lived Rodinia (1.25-0.75Gy) that contained pretty much everything apart from the Kalahari and the Congo craton.
Prior to that things get a bit hazier because the magnetic records of rocks have largely been overprinted by later orogenies. The Columbia (Nuna) supercontinent around 1.8-1.5Gy is highly likely to have existed - odd place - eastern India docked to where California would be and Australia neighbours with Canada.
Further back there is Kenorland which seems to be associated with diamonds and iron formations between 2.7Gy and 2.0Gy, and the hazy Ur that work in South Africa and Australia suggests might date as far back as 3.6Gy. But at that point the geology is getting seriously buggered and whilst it is possible to work out the sort of processes that were going on (a mix of modern subduction and weird buckling of continents), it's almost impossible to relate the continental fragments to one another.
Subduction doesn't mean the ocean is closing, only that some of the oceanic lithosphere has become cold enough and old enough to lose most of its bouyancy. The Atlantic will only be in trouble once its spreading ridge is subducted; a similar thing has happened the East Pacific Rise under the Western United States which is why the ground there is - stretchy.
The Atlantic is going to more closely resemble the Indian ocean which is still opening and doing a splendid job of (amongst other things) building the Himalayas, but there is active subduction of its crust at Makran under Pakistan, under the Indonesian Arc and in and around Vanuatu. There's also a region to the South of New Zealand, the Macquarie Fault Zone, where subduction appears to be starting, much like what is going on under Portugal right now.
'That's bad news for Portugal and even for Britain, which Dr Duarte thinks will eventually become part of the subduction zone. '
Bad news? Bad news? Clearly the author isn't a geologist. This is amazing news - Cornwall is going to get volcanoes!
To eat or throw at the hordes of the undead?
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