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Right let's see...
RyanAir fly to countries using a range of currencies. Are all passengers, no matter where they're getting on or off, expected to carry Pounds, or will their toilets have a dozen slots?
Sounds like Old Mick is trying to rile the press again.
Hopefully the chassis on this machine is better than its predecessor. A colleague's R500 has developed a nasty crack after only a couple of months thanks to its eggshell thin plastic casing. Rather than go back to Toshiba, he's getting a MB.
Light's nice, but not so nice if you can't carry the machine around without swathing it in bubblewrap.
@ Anonymous Coward
'as they haven't yet ratified the Geneva Convention '
The US has ratified the various Geneva Conventions with the exception of two 1977 protocols which amend the previous 1949 Convention.
And I hate to point this out, the US Senate unanimously ratified the 2003 Extradition Treaty in September 2006.
But we should be gravely worried about the asymmetries in the treaty regarding prima-facie evidence.
Perhaps peoples' perceptions are wrong
The chart shows that the two brands most praised for build quality and reliability are also those that people perceive as being overpriced. Which suggests to me, that the consumer isn't picking up on the costs involved in making laptops that are reliable. Maybe the marketing people at Apple and Sony need to take a leaf out of BMW and Audi's books to see how to sell a premium product and make reliability and build quality a real part of their promotions.
My experience? My latest MB is rock solid and well screwed together and a nice change from the previous laptops I've had from Apple. My Acer appears to be made from the same grade of plastic used to make yogurt pots but is surprisingly solid to handle.
'Surely one can be found of the right size and shape, requiring only minimal retooling.'
Nice idea, sadly the Moon has almost no exposed bedrock. The bigger craters were all gouged out more than a billion years ago and since then any exposed rock has been eroded into regolith by micrometeorites and radiation.
What we really need is a huge moonbase with fancy elevators that can take spaceships down into an underground hanger. Then we can use the Moon to store all our nuclear waste.
What could possibly go wrong?
If the payload fairing didn't deploy the satellite is a write-off.
Either the additional weight which should have been jettisoned will prevent it reaching orbit, in which case it will make a hypersonic re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere; or, if it does reach orbit, the satellite remains trapped inside the fairing, can't deploy its sensors and solar panels and the poor thing dies either of overheating or when its battery dies.
Little bit of confusion here...
This wouldn't be the first time North Korea has tried a satellite launch. In 1998 they claimed to have put a satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng, into orbit using a smaller Taepodong-1 derived rocket. For once they weren't entirely lying; it looks like it was a genuine satellite launch, but either the final stage failed to fire or it didn't fire in the right direction, because the satellite was never located in the published orbit; instead its debris was recorded falling across a large swathe of the North Pacific.
Despite evidence to the contrary, the North Korean government claimed that Kwangmyŏngsŏng was orbiting high over the Earth playing back revolutionary songs.
It's entirely possible this test of the Taepodong-2-alike is also a satellite launch attempt. After all, the much better funded and successful Iranian Safir-2 launcher is little more than a rebadged (oh god I hate typing this word) Taepodong-2.
That should be a retrograde orbit.
The majority of comets on trajectories similar to Lulin follow retrograde orbits, and the most famous of all comets, Halley, is also retrograde, so they aren't at all uncommon.
I just want to know if Bruce Willis has been put on standby, or if we can all sleep safely in our beds?
Are you sure they would have fought on our side?
No noise, no coming back late, regulation breakfasts, no running baths outside of hours - sounds like a bunch of fascistic fifth columnists to me.
Remote control of death
You know, I might just be making a stab in the dark here (metaphorically of course); but Pakistan is a country that has developed an intermediate range ballistic missile, uranium enrichment, plutonium separation and a miniaturised boosted fission bomb - it might therefore (conceivably) be sophisticated enough to have also mastered the television remote control.
Sorry, once you are aware you have been paid in error you are obliged to pay the money back, but you can negotiate the timescale of any repayments.
Only about 80% of Brits have a passport now, so we have to assume 20% never see a need for one because they don't want to go places where the water's funny.
So how can you force people to have a passport if they have no intention of leaving the country?
Or is Blunkett's big idea a return to his beloved model society of East Germany and we'll all need internal passports for travel?
Bulgarian airbag compliance?
Truly this is a technological zenith, but will it cater for the Jordans of this world?
Post 1950ish movies will fit the screen with almost no black bands.
16.9 TV content *IS* scaled but in a weird way on this new set. The middle of the image is almost untouched with progressively more distortion towards the sides. Theory is, on a set of this side, the distortion goes almost unnoticed by the viewer - although I'm not sure it will work so well with stuff where action takes place towards the sides of the picture.
4.3 IIRC is not scaled in any way and sits in an ocean of blackness.
'I don't think it's possible for any car to look good in white.'
An Aston Martin looks good in any colour. (And for that whol-hearted endorsement of their products I will be willing to accept an Aston in white)
Hulu is part owned by...
...News International. Who own Fox and Sky...
...meanwhile in the UK; Sky was one of the companies who got the Competition Commission to block the BBC/ITV/Channel 4 Project Kangaroo.
Anyone see a trend here?
@ Anonymous Coward
'That aircraft con trails help to reduce global warming by increasing high level cloud that reflects heat.... but then again studies can show anything you want the to.'
Ummm no they don't. Contrails actually trap more heat than they reflect.
Ponater, M.; S. Marquart, R. Sausen and U. Schumann (2005). "On contrail climate sensitivity". Geophysical Research Letters 32 (10)
Please disable the iPhone's sleep function
@ Rodrigo Valenzuela
'But I still don't get why there are flames and other symptoms associated with chemical explosions. Why?'
One of two possible explanations come to mind:
1: The whatever-the-hell-its-made-of is being heated by friction with the air to a point where it is reacting with oxygen - i.e. burning; or;
2: Industrial Light and Magic were called in to make it a lot more impressive to an audience used to Michael Bay features.
Any chance of a decent PBJ?
You just can't get the real grape jelly on this side of the Atlantic, and the UK peanut butter isn't right either (okay it doesn't kill you either) to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Is one of the most repellent politicians out there right now. He has one style - bullying and hectoring. Watch him on Newsnight or Question Time, he rants when he's spoken to and sits there muttering and interrupting other contributors.
And his huge experience of security, let's see - degree in politics, postgrad degree in politics, then went on to be a councillor, then an MP.
He was a nasty piece of shit at the Home Office, he is a nasty piece of shit in his current role and he will continue to be one into the future.
Currently sitting on a 4,000 odd majority, so if there is any justice in the World we'll soon be seeing the back of him.
The French actually have three missile submarines, Le Triomphant, Téméraire and Vigilant. A fourth, Terrible, is under construction.
@ Eponymous Cowherd
Sadly the government's response to Stella Rimmington is all too predictable:
'Dame Stella is entitled to her opinion, but it is worth repeating that Parliament has repeatedly expressed its desire to uphold the government's manifesto commitment to the introduction of biometric identity cards.
'Since Dame Stella's tenure in the security services, the situation has changed dramatically and the government has had to adapt new strategies to deal with - no you must let me finish - we have secret evidence of illegal immigrant Taliban pilots who want to upload our childrens' copyright-free naughty bits on to the Interweb...'
After that Hazel Blears' eyes will start spinning and you'll doze off into a nice sleep.
Not just Newcastle
You see teenagers wearing next to nothing on the wintery streets of Scandinavian cities; but the frost / snow / rain / hail (usually at the same time) quickly cull them, so surviving adults walk around dressed properly in dead animals.
Reykjavik has heated pavements - which when you think about it shows a great deal of consideration for the drunks.
Replacing RAF Harriers
Ummmm.... correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the RAF flying Harriers on combat missions in Afghanistan? If they want them replaced, the only other plane they've got is the ground-support Tornado which is a: crap, and b: has a turning circle slightly larger than a mountain pass.
Is the RAF actually saying they don't want to fly planes and wants to spend their billions on moustache wax and boot polish? If so, let's close the flyboys down and spend the money on buying Bolivia.
Best bit in the Guardian article
'Gibson spoke to his MP, Emily Thornberry, whose offices are on the same street. But she said the right of residents not to become victims of crime overrode his concerns. "My priority is the safety of local residents and if a camera at the pub helps, then I think it should be supported."'
From Wikipedia: 'Thornberry was educated at the University of Kent at Canterbury where she studied law, and practised as a barrister specialising in human rights from 1985 to 2005'
On the evidence so far, I don't think she was very good at being a human rights lawyer.
The good news is that the android MP for Islington South and Finsbury is sitting on a majority of only 484.
One advantage of hydrogen
Is the time it takes to refuel. Because it's a liquid, refuelling times aren't much more than with good old-fashioned gasoline. Recharging a Tesla is an all-night affair. Now if super and ultra capicitors become a commercial reality perhaps that will change, but until then, hydrogen cars fit our needs better than electric.
But perhaps methanol is the best fuel for the interim - it's liquid, it doesn't need new engines, it can be made from fossil fuels and it has a fabulous octane rating.
'Haven't you heard? Apparently she is constantly accosted by people in the street demanding she speed up the introduction of ID cards.'
Is that the street in London where she has her 'main home', or the street in Redditch where she keeps the hubbie and kids?
Home Office 'Building an Orwellian Society, One Step at a Time' Press release (issue date July 2010).
Further evidence of the effectiveness of identity cards was released today. Following the successful roll-out of identity cards to British pilots, there have been no recorded instances of airline pilots committing acts of terror.
...have a lookout?
@ Ben Bradley
'Connect through Sweden... https://www.relakks.com/?cid=gb'
Sweden's government is currently proposing to monitor all cross-border traffic, so that might not work for much longer. However, unlike the UK, the Swedish public have been outraged by the prospect of being snooped on, the government has been hit hard, a senior intelligence official has stood down in protest, and they've even upset their neighbours in Norway.
Over here, business as usual amongst the public - Jaaaade, Posh, Becks, Corrie...
Keith Vaz is one of the most unbearably pompous people in that Thamesside gothic monstrosity full of unbearably pompous people. He's never short of something to say about a subject of which he knows nothing. Only this week he leaked a private conversation with Boris Johnson and denounced a movie which he admitted he hadn't see; so getting some publicity on the back of a game which he won't have played is just par for the course.
@ Mark Wills
'It's in space,'
'and is weightless,'
'therefore has no inertia.'
[Flicks piece of chalk] See me after school and write 'Inertia is a function of mass not of weight.' one-hundred times.
Professor Nutt was also forced by Whacky-going-on-actively-dangerous Jacqui to make a public apology for his comparison of risks. Not that he'd got the statistics wrong, but because they didn't agree with her own beliefs.
Forward to the glorious Stalinist future!
Where are Mulder and Scully?
Be careful Lester.
You (exclusively) reveal the literally unbelievable evidence by harnessing a mashup between Google Earth and PlayMobil...
Days later, Hans Beck, the beloved creator of everyone's favourite toy is found mysteriously dead aged a mere 79...
Now this palpably false cover story???
Just be careful when walking to the local tonight. In the meantime I'm still working on my theory that the wind turbine was powering an underground Tibetan city occupied by the self-same Nazi zombies that kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.
Anyone up for a spot of whaling? Free-range, organic heating fuel and all the corsets you could want.
Just left BT
And gave them the reason that Phorm was an imposition too far. A couple of days later I got a follow-up to check the MAC code migration was going smoothly and the BT person asked me why I was leaving. So I told them.
'Yes I understand,' she replied, 'you do know a lot of ISPs are going to be doing the same thing?' When I said I did know that and had chosen one without Phorm her reply came as a pleasant surprise. 'Well you've explained it very clearly to me and I can see why you might be upset. I'm osrry we've let you down on this matter.'
My switch should have taken place this afternoon, so hopefully the house hasn't burned down and I have working broadband.
Gives a profound insight into future military missions
Either they'll be very short, or come with extremely long extension cords.
Why no ePub?
Just when a standard of sorts is being agreed amongst Book publishers, it's a huge shame that Amazon haven't incorporated ePub support in Kindle 2.0. Right now, Kindle is more of a closed system than SONY!
Let's hope the wireless module can be made compatible with European 3G networks.
Nice looking piece of kit though, very Apple, right down to the product shots.
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