Why I hate the F-111
It killed off the awesomely beautiful TSR-2.
3670 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
It killed off the awesomely beautiful TSR-2.
If M&S started selling y-fronts with built in catalytic converters they'd crack the greenhouse emissions problem *AND* cut down on bad smells.
Because I can remember the concept of rights as being a positive thing - what you're allowed to do, what you are protected from, that sort of thing.
But now under NewLab rights have become the things you aren't allowed to do on the grounds you'll either upset a squillionaire or become a terrorist.
Come on Reg, we want mockup images complete with totty.
Counts for buggery when the only option is to save the images as JPEG. Surely a RAW option is long overdue?
Used to be excellent - got a TV off them at a cracking price; but last year I wanted an Asus Eee, they were the only place with them in stock, but refused to ship unless I sent them a copy of my passport or driving licence.
So after a quick WTF, I decided to go somewhere else and wait.
Knowing it's part of the Dixons group makes a bizarre policy almost understandable.
BT aren't being the usual bunch of censorious cnuts - it's working for me.
Oh yes they did, it was called laser rot and it was caused by improper sealing of the disk allowing oxygen to react with the aluminium layer.
And it could happen fast. My LD of 'Contact' became unplayable in only a couple of years.
But the image quality of a good LD was something to behold when the only alternative was VHS.
Being able to erect the rocket quickly means its less prone to damage in rain, lightning or high winds which are more common in Florida than you might think. The existing Shuttle and ELVs can sit on a pad for days whilst they are checked out, plugged in, fuelled and the like. Some of the smaller rockets can be screened entirely from the elements, but the big ones are terribly vulnerable.
Of course the coolest were some of the old Titan missiles which were launched from underground bunkers on pop-up launchpads like something from a Gerry Anderson movie.
Italy's 21st Century Il Duce wants to regulate the Internet and now Andy 'Does his mum know where he is?' Burnham jumps up and says 'me too! me too!'
How long before the creep (the process not Burnham) sets in and, (under pressure from the likes of this odious little gobshite), ISPs refuse to host sites that don't come with a 'KiddyFriendly' sticker and a nice picture of Andy Burnham stroking kittens?
Sorry, the Buran orbiter was totally destroyed in 2002 when the roof of its hanger collapsed. The second orbiter was practically complete when the programme was cancelled and might still be intact somewhere at Baikonur.
Some of the non-spaceworthy analogues are still around; one is in Germany, another was (is?) in Gorki Park, Moscow and another is parked outside at Baikonur.
Iceland is dedicated to becoming a hydrogen economy to replace expensive imported oil (I say 'expensive'; filling up a car in the middle of nowhere in Iceland is still cheaper than doing it in the UK).
They've run a number of trials with buses around Reykjavik refuelling from a dedicated hydrogen station on the outskirts of the city, which produces hydrogen on-site using electrolysis. The next stage was to see if hydrogen could be used as a fuel for smaller vehicles and as a ship fuel and a study to see if it was economically viable to export liquid hydrogen to Europe.
Of course they're lucky - sitting on almost limitless hydro and geothermal reserves, it's cheap and easy to make hydrogen - something that isn't the case in the UK or most of the rest of Europe. So if the Icelanders have any sense they're already planning their revenge on the UK when they'll be able to turn off our LH2 supply as easily as we can shut down their banks.
More info here:
With the productive part of the economy seriously screwed by the non-productive part (New Labour and investment banking alike); there's soon going to be millions of people out of work and desperately needing new forms of employment.
And what better way than having the jobless pressed into service snooping on all our phone calls, IMs and web surfing? Even better, single mums will be able to spy on people from the comfort of their own homes - so no need to pay child care.
In Jacqui's world, every day will be like waking up in Pyongyang without the Dear Leader's sense of whimsy.
'Cos I'd pay money to see a pack of AIBOs chasing that around the room.
Older readers will remember 1980s America pouring billions into fabs so it would have a guaranteed supply of memory chips in case of war with Japan.
How well did that go again?
For some of us with busy lives*; El Reg is the only place to look for post Cnidarian survival guides (and Paris Hilton updates).
You should have included the useful hint that many jellyfish venoms can by pissing on it - the wound, not the jellyfish - that just makes them angry.
* for certain definitions of the word 'busy'.
When are British politicians finally going to grasp the fact we're not a major power any more and we really don't have huge interests around the World that need defending. We're just the latest big European power to find the world's moved on. The Swedes used to dominate the military balance in Central Europe, now they've decided they can do much better selling flat-pack to the rest of the World whilst defending their own territory. Do the Dutch really miss their global empire and massive Navy? What about the Portuguese and the Spanish?
Let's just accept it, Britain: it's a bit crap.
Not a good plan when your van is teetering on the brink of a cliff.
As for M7S's idea of other Bollywood remakes.
My eminently sensible suggestion is that anyone who wants to apply for a job with the IWF is the sort of reactionary Daily Mail 'just think of the children' busybody who should be banned from such a responsible position. The one who slimed his way on to Channel 4 last night - well he's the sort of creep that my mum used to warn me about.
The only people getting aroused by this album are the likes of Jacqui Smith who even now is probably writhing in ecstasy at the prospect of lots more stuff getting banned soon.
Yeah I know, I've put the thought of an aroused Jacqui Smith in your mind now...
What was he doing, paying off an Ocean Finance loan?
(Apart from the obvious)
Boris Johnson knew beforehand and David Cameron was also informed immediately before.
Are we supposed to believe that servants would have left either the Home Secretary or Prime Minister ignorant of the situation if a senior Tory had got on the phone to tell them this was an outrage?
That Jacqui Smith is ignorant is a given, that she was ignorant of this is a good old fashioned Melton Mowbray of a lie.
Clever games companies will simply stick the Timothy score on the box.
'A must have game!' (Joystick wigglers)
'Awesome' (The Times)
'36/39' (Timothy Guide)
'New Diana Revelations' (The Daily Express)
Now the highest court in Europe has concluded that the UK has breached the ECHR, does this mean that anyone else who has had their records retained on the database can sue the government?
They are completely different organisations.
Having said which - bloody good decision, Jacqui really is having a shitola week isn't she?
Going into GM, a American company that's about to go spectacularly tits-up.com? What could possibly go wrong?
...someone had built a supersonic airliner that could supercruise for hours on end without needing an afterburner...
'She accused the Tories of condoning "systematic" leaking of confidential Home Office information.'
A bit like those helpful-to-the-Labour-Party leaks from inside the Treasury that kept ending up with Robert Peston at the BBC?
F'rkrissakes Jacqui when you're in a hole stop digging instead of asking for a bigger shovel.
Lay a cable between Britain and Iceland and tap into some of their enormous untapped hydroelectric potential. We get a huge amount of clean electricity, they get lots of hard currency and a diversified economy.
'"It is quieter than a child playing the violin," inventor Howard Stapleton told the Beeb.'
Yes, but is it as annoying as a child playing the violin?
...how long it took to get all those nasty chemicals onboard using the regulation 100ml bottles.
He might be as shite at this job as he was being Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Presumably this a version of the South West which encompasses everything West of Reading and South of Birmingham?
That it's a terrible remake of a frankly-not-very-good original?
What are these carriers for?
Are they another part of the MoD's macho strategy to try and fool the world + dog into thinking that Britain isn't a clapped out medium-sized country, or a turbine powered job creation scheme for Gordon Brown's constituents?
So nothing like the book which imagined the slowest, dullest apocalypse ever to befall mankind.
...that Britain was crawling with terrorists who were only minutes away from exploding a ricin laced fizzy drinks can containing anthrax.
So I'd have thought that the anti-terror police would have been far too busy protecting us from mad mullahs and animal rights nutters to bother investigating government leaks.
which is usually found hanging around 'lolz' and should be permanently joined to it - with a rusty nail embedded in the hand of the person who typed it in - but then I'm just a soft-hearted liberal.
'Is there (and if there isn't - why the hell not?) a way for the general public to force a General Election? '
In short. No there isn't. The UK constitution (written on the back of a thousand now long-lost fag packets) has a model where the electorate turn all political decisions over to their betters in the House of Commons and then has no involvement in the 'democratic process' for the next few years. The only way an election can be called are:
1: at the end of a Parliamentary term (a maximum of five years);
2: the decision of the then Prime Minister to call an election at a time of his or her choosing;
3: the government losing a vote of 'no confidence' in the House of Commons - although this is more the done thing than any particular piece of statute. This is how the last Labour government fell in 1979;
4: the government losing a finance bill (the Budget) - again, not constitutionally required, but IIRC it has happened at least once in the 19th Century.
The monarch has no ability to independently dissolve Parliament. There is a fig leaf of doing so when the Prime Minister requests it prior to an election.
I do like the Eddie Izzard idea though.
From the quote they're not saying we have to be friends with China, or even approve of their politics; only that we cannot change them into a Western democracy. I think the report is calling for a new form of detente - we have profound differences with the other powers in the World, but those differences should not prevent us from engaging with them on matters of common concern.
...just in from Oregon - the story of the exploding whale.
An interesting defence - use of the part of the Constitution that guarantees your free speech to deprive people of theirs. Gotta love the First Amendment, it's pretty much good for any purpose - if only we had something similar over here on the right-hand bank of the Atlantic.
That when James Bond appears in 'Dr. No' he's played by Sean Connery, but when he leaves 'A Quantum of Solace' he's played by Daniel Craig? How does this sort of basic continuity error slip through? I think someone in the BBC should apologise.
Don't remember the torture scene - was that before or after Demi Moore and the potter's wheel?
And 'supertroopers'? What are they; a low-key ABBA tribute band?
'Yes. The world is getting warmer. When was the last time the Thames froze over?'
Since you ask it was the winter of 1962 - 63 when it froze as far downstream as Teddington Lock. If you're asking when was the last Frost Fair then it was 1813 - 14 which is recognised as an exceptionally cold winter even for the Little Ice Age, possibly as a result of the colossal eruption of Tambora in Indonesia. It's questionable whether frost fairs were possible much later, not just because of a general warming trend, but also because the construction of London Bridge from 1825 and the Embankment changed the flow of the river, making it faster and much less likely to freeze.
'It's still not as warm as it was in Roman times. When was the last time you drank wine from grapes grown along Hadrian's Wall?'
Actually you could grow vines at Hadrian's Wall today, it's just that it doesn't make economic sense. I've heard this story about Romans and Northumberland wine a number of times, but I can't find a definitive source apart from Freddie Forsyth blustering on 'Question Time', so I wonder if the Romans ever did have vineyards that far north.
As for temperatures changing. Yes they do, it is the RATE of change in the current warming phase that is abnormal compared to other changes in the Holocene.
@ Anonymous Coward said:
'One problem we have is that severe volcanic activity a couple of centuries ago threw a lot of ash into the air and resulted in wonderful sunsets (no you don't see sunsets like Turner painted, but you did back then)'
Already factored into the calculations and we have plenty of empirical evidence from eruptions such as El Chichon and Pinatubo to know the amount of cooling these eruptions would cause.
As for not seeing sunsets like Turner's ummmm - perhaps some of Turner's paintings are impressionistic?
'Then of course we had the industrial revolution, you should therefore have seen all those CO2 emissions producing significant global warming over the 18th and 19th centuries - but that doesn't seem to be the case from the data we have.'
We're burning an order of magnitude more carbon than we were in the 18th and 19th Century when only a tiny minority of the population were consuming fossil fuels and even then only consuming a small fraction of the energy we use today.
Strange they feel the need to use the Human Rights Act when the BNP officially opposes the introduction of the act into British Law.
Meg (yes I read it as Hitler as well) prattled: 'The Identity and Passport Service is still in the process of procurement of specific biometric systems,'
Ummm, according to Wacky Jacqui, 2009 will see the glorious issuing of the first ID cards to foreign residents and the great unwashed gagging for a Blunkettcard.
By the sounds of it they still haven't decided what system to buy, let alone install it, test it and enroll people. How the hell can the Home Office claim to be in a position to roll out the cards and infrastructure when the basics haven't been established?
Word of the week.
'but haven't the tories and that 3rd party stated they would not follow this through? And there will almost certainly be a general election in 2010-2011?'
Yes but there's a terrifyng prospect that Labour will go to the polls with a snap election in the next few months under a campaign that can be summed up as 'free money!', 'beastly Tories talking down the Pound', 'more money for pensioners!', 'horrible American mortgages', 'lovely money for nurses!', 'ooooh look - puppies.' And any mention of civil liberties won't get a look in.
Knowing the British public, a quick tax cut is all that Labour will need to get Jacqui's GIMP and ID cards.
...People in certain occupations are banned from joining extreme political parties. This is well known and yet it looks like people in these positions have still given their job details to the BNP - which then recorded it.
Guess the entry requirements for Master Race aren't what they used to be.
Now the thorny question remains - is this a shocking intrusion on personal information or just hilarious.
The English libel laws are now such a farce that I'm amazed they've not been comprehensively binned and replaced by something more compatible with human rights legislation such as the ECHR.
Since Labour have legislated on everything else up to and including selling squirrels (you can't!) why have they left these dreadful laws on the statute book?