3344 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
What a shame he's dead
'Moreover, big name foreign tech firms such as IBM also have such committees in their China businesses, according to Tea Leaf Nation.'
I'd love to see the reaction of fascist-loving IBM founder, Thomas J Watson, to the news that the company has communist committees.
Re: Company accounts
'REALLY? SO these accounts, filed at company house, should not be used to draw conclusions about the fiscal performance???'
They should be running a train company.
'Facebook's European headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland.'
As opposed to Dublin, Slovakia? Please don't go down the American route of assuming the readers know nothing of geography.
Re: Couldn't they come up with...
Solar thermal is currently more expensive than photovoltaic, but it does have an advantage that heat can be stored in molten salt so it continues to generate through the night.
Re: It's a start
'And while we are on the topic of Nokia: what the f*ck were they thinking when they did this.'
Wow! That's even more WTF than the 3650 with the circular keypad which I thought represented the apogee of magic nose dust design.
Re: Learn from PARIS
Well that's the difference between good old British lets-give-it-a-go and teutonic thoroughness. Works for balloons - less well for the car industry.
It's on the Guardian site
It's also worth pointing out he posted them in a group set up for people concerned about the case. He went in with the intent to troll and cause offence.
Re: Grace Jones
Keep on hula hooping Grace...
There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearance by her then boyfriend Dolph Lundgren in AVTAK. My oh my I bet they were an interesting couple.
Pumping water into faults
That much at least was based on serious engineering proposals made in the 1960s. The idea being if you pump water into fault zones you can increase the pore pressure in the rocks to a point where they overcome the sticking pressure holding the fault closed. If you could control the pressure you might be able to allow the fault to move gradually rather than in one catastrophic jolt.
It was planned to deploy it around Los Angeles where the San Andreas fault group makes a near 90 degree turn and is locked in place by the northwards movement of the Pacific plate. There have been no large 'quakes in the area in most of historic times, so the fault is under enormous pressure.
The real problem is that we don't know nearly enough about how faults break. Generally when one part of a fault breaks it transfers some of its energy into adjacent sectors of the fault, if they were close to breaking you could trigger another earthquake. So the liability issues are huge.
Also, the number of 'quakes needed to destress a fault would be massive - you'd need tens of thousands of smaller shocks to produce as much energy as is probably already accumulated in the San Andreas near LA.
The theory came about because a link was noticed between the frequency of earthquakes in Colorado and the pumping of nerve gas wastes down a deep borehole. As more liquid went down, the frequency went up. We see the same correlation around geothermal power plants which return spent well water to the reservoir, in some oil and gas fields where fluids are injected to recover more produce, and around large reservoirs where water is being forced into faultlines.
Re: Todays target...
There was some research in the 1950s into so-called salted bombs in which the shell of the bomb is turned into radioactive isotopes by neutron bombardment and is then spread on the wind. Several elements have been proposed one of which was gold 198 with a 2 day half-life.
The most famous salted bomb is the cobalt bomb which used a cobalt 59 shell to produce cobalt 60 which accumulates in the bones. It is a beta emitter, whose product is nickel 60 that spits out gamma rays. The UK tested at least one device in Australia to prove the principle (it works), but AFAIK no one ever put the bombs into service.
A nice lump of plutonium would keep the whole thing warm indefinitely and you'd easily find it afterwards. You should ask BNFL if they could lend you a chunk.
Seriously, what's the worst that could happen?
Before purveying fiction for the government, he was an author of soft-core porn including the immortal 'Busking with Bagpipes', which includes such immortal lines as:
'a little known aphrodisiac - the dangling pipes of Scotland...It's all tongues and teeth, lips and gentle squeezes... As I lie on a Lisbon hotel bed next to a Portuguese person crying out for more, I thank my pipes for doing most of the chatting up.'
A crime against good writing surely, but much less damaging than his subsequent career.
Perhaps he can pay them back
From the money he earned as a presenter for that bastion for freedom of expression 'Russia Today'?
Re: HOLD ON!
'There is buried Turing treasure somewhere!!!?'
It's probably under Milton Keynes. You might do the world a failure by digging the place up.
The scariest hands in all dinosaurdom?
Despite the Freddy Kruger tribute act, Therizinosaurus was almost certainly a herbivore
Re: Coolness check-list
They do seem to be missing a shed.
Although 'hardened bunker' might just qualify if they put some flowerpots outside.
Ah they were a fantastic band.
Re: completes what the KGB never quite managed
'keeps tabs on whole population'
Thanks for clearing that up - I was wondering what a 'Facebook research centre' was.
Re: I can't agree
"The nitrogen is transported with air currents and reaches the ground in rain or snow."
They are referring to nitrogen compounds such as ammonia or nitric acid which are available for plant growth rather than molecular nitrogen.
Re: 25 years old?
It's only 25 years since Mosfellsbær received a municipal charter and became a town in its own regard. Having said that, it's pretty much submerged in all the meh suburbs and industry of the Greater Reykjavik area.
Re: Dumb Question
It's not a dumb question.
There's a theory that atomic nuclei contain shells of particles akin to the shells of electrons which convey their chemical properties. As the shells in the nucleus fill up the atom should become more stable and will have a longer halflife than those with only partially filled shells.
This is why it is believed that heavier elements round about 120 will start showing longer half lives and form an 'island of stability'. Some of these elements might have half lives measured in years or even millions of years, so they might have some use.
There's also an interesting chemical question that these new elements should obey the rules of the Groups to which they belong. For instance element 117 (provisionally ununseptium) belongs to Group 17 - the halogens; whilst 118 (temporarily called ununoctium) *should* belong to Group 18 in the periodic table - the Noble gases. If these elements don't obey the rules predicted by their position in the Periodic Table then our understanding of the elements will need to be revised. And that is Nobel Prize territory.
If the Japanese discover the Island of Stability
Will the Chinese claim it?
'Himmler's Crusade' by Chris Hale has the story of this expedition
And what the participants got up to after they got back to Germany (slight spoiler - not a happy ending).
'“slip-strike”, an unusual type of earthquake that sees the crust split'
By definition any fault splits the crust. A strike slip sees adjacent sections of crust slide horizontally past one another with only limited vertical movement. Normal faults pull the crust apart whilst thrust faults shorten the crust by pushing one section of the crust over another.
Strike slips aren't that unusual either. The world's most famous earthquake zone along the Pacific coast of America is dominated by strike slip faults (of which the San Andreas is merely one). Other big strike slips are the Great Glen Fault in Scotland which still has occasional wobblies, the highly active Alpine fault that runs the length of New Zealand, and the North Anatolian Fault which runs through northern Turkey including not too far from Istanbul.
This research is just saying that methane has been degassed from submarine sediments for hundreds of years and that it is probably not a result of warming.
It says nothing whether the warming we're seeing will result in more outgassing in the future.
Re: That's learning of today (the future)?
It can also be used to show why it's not a good idea to have a beachfront property in Pompeii when gas comes out of solution in a nearby magma chamber.
MPs are complaining about taxpayers subsidising the lifestyles of the rich. How much did they claim in expenses again?
Re: Plug in cars ain't green.
Yes they did:
Killed off by the ICBM.
Re: Shit-for-brains Archeaologist
He never said he was an archaeologist.
He might be an archaeology student in which case he can see sites from all around the world. Or he might just be an enthusiast with a passion for history.
Re: Bono Related Charity?
If it's Product RED then there are always better ways of giving money to charity. In RED a product is authorised to carry the logo and a percentage (not specified) of the profits go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Whereas you could just donate money to a charity directly and not have to pay the overheads of RED.
RED has in the past even gone so far to say that it exists to 'raise awareness' of issues. Which is largely done by giving slebs stupidly expensive goodie bags to attend an exclusive party somewhere.
I use a Kata 3n1-22 to carry a laptop and SLR equipment. Very comfortable indeed and it has plenty of high-tech cleverness including the ability to turn into a sling bag for quick access to a camera. It comes with a funky yellow rain cover and the interior is finished in the same bright yellow so no blundering around in the gloom looking for a lens cover.
Nothing new here
iCloud went down for 3 days for me a couple of weeks ago. Once again Apple said it was to do with software updates on their servers, very small number of people affected, etc.
Lucky I don't rely on it for anything vital, but why iCloud is actually an improvement on the hopeless and horrible MobileMe, the impossibly dreadful .Mac and the simply unspeakable iTools. You'd have thought they'd have either fixed it by now or taken it out the back and put a bullet through its head.
Re: Suggestions for a 3-way...
Svið versus súrsaðir hrútspungar versus selshreifar
If your Icelandic is less than fluent that is:
Singed and boiled sheep's head* versus whey preserved pressed ram's testicles** versus seal flippers cured in lactic acid
* or the child-size portion of half a sheep's head
** no longer attached to the ram
If anyone is really feeling manly there is a whole menu of similar horrors served in Iceland during Þorri (late January to February) called Þorramatur. The full list is here:
The mystery of why Icelandic cooking hasn't taken the world by storm only deepens. Although I could murder some harðfiskur right now.
Re: Contact cards
It took a little bit of effort to get Google calendars to sync with my Lumia (the phone needed to be set to American English for m.google.com to recognise it as a WP7), but since then it has been spookily good. Since my last experience was the 'will it? won't it?' syncing of iCal, this has been a breath of fresh air.
The alternative Reg expert viewpoint
This is clearly nothing more than scaremongering by an organised lobby seeking to destroy our economies. Everyone knows that bacon availability has fluctuated throughout human history and in fact bacon today is almost certainly less crispy than when the Vikings settled in Greenland. Making projections like this on little more than computer models doesn't take account of Thames frost fairs or the Maunder Minimum and just because the majority of bacon experts are adamant we are heading into a crisis doesn't mean we should continue to change our behaviour. We will always be able to find more bacon so long as we ignore the Green lobby and start fracking for shale bacon.
Re: Not as pretty - or scary
Hold on - a 3 inch long WASP????
[Crosses another holiday destination off the map]
Ozzie boffins can now breed bigger wasps capable of dragging cane toads back to their nests to feed the wasplings - there is literally nothing that could possibly go wrong with this scenario.
Re: Surströming - a timed bio-weapon!
Cans of surströmming are banned on flights for all too-obvious reasons.
Well-prepared hákarl can clear a restaurant. This summer a friend (foolishly) wanted to try it. Despite my protestations, and those of the restaurant owner - who said 'it's terrible!' he got his half dozen cubes of shark, picked one up on a cocktail stick and started chewing, and chewing and chewing - because not only is it appalling to taste and to smell - it has the consistency of an insole. Then the horror began, one cube fell from the cocktail stick and bounced on to the floor (and my how it bounced). You know those movies where the hand grenade rolls through a room with people diving to avoid the blast until the hero throws themself on it and grabs the lever? Like that except replace 'hand grenade' with 'shark' and 'hero' with 'plucky Icelandic waitress'.
There is something even worse, the Icelandic festival of Þorláksmessa (23rd December) features picked putrefying skate topped off with hamsatólg - melted sheep fat. Many of those who chow down on hákarl, wolf down the sheep's testicles and think nothing of sucking on the eyeball in a half-sheep's head refuse to try the skate.
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