3556 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
'So, I'm in business, but one question remains: will the challenge prove harder on me or on my local bar owners, who greeted the news I'd be off the booze for a week with a mixture of disbelief and dismay.'
Well that's killed off the last part of the Spanish economy.
This isn't an elaborate scheme to have soft-hearted Reg readers bombard you with food parcels is it?
Re: What exactly do they think they are going to change?
Birgitta has experience in politics as she was elected in the previous general election. She led the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative's work with the Alþingi to introduce constitutional protections for human rights regarding the media, especially protecting whistleblowers. Not just WikiLeaks, but in Icelandic society as a whole, where tight interconnections between families and businesses allowed politicians and bankers to run riot in the runup to the crash. A large chunk of her work was agreed with all of the parties in the parliament which is generally more consensual than the nightmare at Westminster.
Re: So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)
'Given that it survived the creation of the moon (assuming that impact theory is correct) and the Chixculub (sp?) extinction impact and still balanced itself back out, who'da thunkit.'
The Earth survived just fine. The dominant lifeforms (or organic molecules) didn't come out of it quite so well.
Re: Call me sceptical if you will, but...
In America, celebrity 'I'm sorry's are usually followed by 'God has forgiven me, so why can't you?'
Re: The power of memes
'At the right moment, an accomplice can distract the guards by driving up in a flatbed truck bearing a cat playing a piano.'
Oh for that to happen, not just because the sight of the Home Secretary explaining that to the Commons would never get old, but for the gloriously po-faced Crimewatch reconstruction that would follow.
If it's that bad
Don't Vodafone have any of those temporary phone masts that are put up in disaster areas?
Judging by the state of the O2 network round here, there's a hell of a lot of peregrine falcons nesting nearby.
One undeniably good thing
She met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 before he became Premier of the Soviet Union. They spoke, got on and she saw he was different from his predecessors. She persuaded President Reagan that this was someone the West could do business with. The rest followed. That's a huge achievement on her part.
She was also the first senior politician (and a scientist at that) to point out that pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere was not a good thing.
Does it make a really, really cool noise?
The next experiment
Has to be giving beer to baboons to see if they then claim to be able to fix all the world's problems before throwing an arm around the nearest primatologist, slurring 'I luv you - I do!' and toppling gently into the nearest mangrove swamp singing the song about the pixies.
Re: Missile fuels and testing
UDMH is the stuff that's so nasty it resulted in a series of fires and explosions of Titan missiles in their silos. One exploded when a technician dropped a spanner on to the rocket's skin. It was armed at the time. The warhead was blown out of the silo and landed almost intact nearby.
Nitrogen tetroxide also nearly killed the crew of the Apollo half of the Apollo-Soyuz test mission when a reaction control system malfunctioned during re-entry and bled fumes into the capsule. I seem to recall the crew suffered 'bleached lungs'.
Is anyone sure that Lester's Special Projects Bureau isn't actually a front for the North Koreans? We've been worried about ICBMs, but perhaps the Register's very own Werhner von Braun has been working on a burro-bomb that can be sneaked into a perfectly innocent donkey sanctuary on the south coast of England.
Some of those folks are still working. 'The Cave' from Double Fine is written by some of the people behind the LucasArts originals and has some of the same humour.
'The e-gambling den will be run in partnership with operator bwin.party under a Gibraltar gaming licence.'
So lots of free advertising on Wikipedia then.
Re: "The only similarity is that both rings are round!"
The ring of power is also inspired by Norse mythology; especially Odinn's ring Draupnir which granted its owner control over the Nine Worlds. It's safe to say that Tolkein was an expert in many cultures and combined them with his own imagination to produce Middle Earth.
Re: Anybody working on superguns?
Not since supergun genius Gerald Bull met a nasty end at the hands of the Israeli secret service (allegedly).
Re: Kerbal Space Programme....
And Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.
Re: Good effort
The UK's best effort is the frankly pitiful faking of James Purnell's presence at a hospital opening:
Maybe that would read better as 'the faking of the frankly pitiful James Purnell'?
Well just as long as they can make a Roomba that doesn't have a preternatural attraction for cables. No matter how I arrange them, I can be sure that I'll come home to find a guilty looking robot hiding under the sofa sucking on a mains lead like that scene in Lady and the Tramp.
It'll be tragically ironic if CASSIE landed on a dual carriageway.
Is there a physicist in the house?
Okay MERLIN is a whacking great long line of radio telescopes which thanks to maths way beyond my level lets you pretend you have a dish a couple of hundred kilometres across. So what's better about a virtual dish one square kilometre in size?
Please try to be gentle.
Re: China only has a monopoly on willingness to pollute
Lighter REE are more common than the heavy ones such as dysprosium, terbium, europium, and ytterbium. Many of the reserves being brought online in the last couple of years have not added much to the supply of the heavy REE whilst reducing China's grip on the light elements.
Re: Maybe not quite as bad as it's being painted
'Who knew Trinidad was a player in the Gas industry?'
Trinidad has lots of hydrocarbons; including a groovy asphalt lake and mud volcanoes.
Re: Gas-based energy policy for a country with no (more) natives reserves?
You mean the 200 trillion cubic feet that may, or may not, actually exist?
Drilling two wells and claiming 200 trillion cubic feet of gas is a good way of propping up a share price; but it is a long way from proving there is actually 200 trillion cubic feet of gas (for which you need hundreds of wells) and even further from proving there is 200 trillion cubic feet (or even a tiny proportion of that) that is economically viable and can be recovered in a reasonable time.
This privatised energy market really is delivering isn't it?
They've had decades to build gas storage facilities and instead spunked money and effort on developing credit cards, buying the AA and DynoRod only to sell them off shortly after.
'How to avoid huge ships'
Another great title with something of a cult following on Amazon:
Re: Uneven expansion?
Your first explanation.
God's left the fridge door open.
Re: Well, they could try a competitive pricing policy
Selling things with UK plugs and English instructions would also be welcome.
Re: I want to like the BBC
Re: back catalogues.
In most cases it is to do with licensing of music, video or pictures from other rights holders. The BBC licensed them for original broadcast only and they would need to be relicensed. An even worse situation exists for older dramas where they would need to clear the rights with the agents or estates of the performers.
Re: Cursed Sun
It's not been the same since it was taken over by Oracle.
Re: space mirrors etc
You can store the heat of a solar thermal plant in oil, molten salt or supersaturated salty wate and draw the heat from them to keep turbines spinning.
Not retro-futuristic enough
Do you think we can persuade Elon Musk to redesign it so as to more closely resemble Thunderbird 3?
To rub things in, they're probably getting a better signal from the French network.
Re: Elevation changes
Alexandria was a particularly poor choice of Lewis' because sea levels there are very variable caused by (amongst other things), abstraction of fresh water from the aquifers, the compaction of the Nile Delta and especially the area slumping into the Med following the 365CE Cretan earthquake.
Bit of an underappreciated classic methinks. Directed by Katherine Bigelow who got the rights as part of her divorce settlement with James Cameron who wrote the script. It has dated a bit because they chose to set it in 2000 and the technology seems to involve MiniDiscs; but the idea of people recording their experiences seems somewhat prescient in the era of Google Glass.
The opening POV robbery is a work of genius and it has the amazing Angela Bassett as one of Cameron's strong female roles. There are a couple of incredibly violent scenes, including a rape, which some people might find too much.
Re: Motivation for DDOS attacks.
I'd have guesstimated that 100% of DDoS was down to pure twattery.
Re: "NASA's current prediction of the comet's path."
There's a better visualisation of the trajectory here:
As you can see, the comet makes a tight turn around Mars before heading out again.
Was it just me...
...thinking that this is crying out for a Playmobil reconstruction?
It's a combination of reasons, there is little precipitation in Antarctica so they don't get covered by snow and ice, likewise no vegetation to hide them. Most meteorites are black so they really stand out on the ice. (Similarly, the North African desert is a good meteorite hunting site because the meteorites sit on the surface for thousands of years).
If you're doing a magnetic survey, iron and stony-iron meteorites will be immediately visible to the sensors. Finally, those that do eventually get covered by the ice are transported to ablation zones where the ice sublimes and melts leaving meteorites behind, so you can get enormous concentrations of meteoritic rock at the toe of glaciers.
Judging by the reaction on the BE forums you're far from alone, there's a stampede for the exits going on. My 12 month contract expires next week and I won't be renewing.
Thanks, it looks like Zen (although their data allowance is miserly), PlusNet or Zilo for me. Anyone use the latter? I hadn't heard of them, but they seem to be quite appealing.