3344 posts • joined Wednesday 28th February 2007 21:13 GMT
The only explanation
Is that there's something in the water supply at the Home Office. No matter which politician is appointed to the position, sooner or later, they're gibbering about needing massive new surveillance powers. Hell there was even a time when David Blunkett seemed to be sane, a quick trip to the Home Office and he was - well - you know.
So who's going to make a bet against the Conservatives announcing a review into the practicality of ID cards in the near future?
(I assume Labour will enthusiastically back this proposal - creepy mass surveillance seems to be in their DNA)
Well now its so much more valuable
What's the betting the labels will be demanding even more draconian laws and fighting even harder against any possibility of UK users getting fair use of the stuff they buy?
Re: Shocked I tell you....
Sadly under Gove, academy schools can follow their own curriculums provided they are 'balanced'.
So there are religious schools planned which will be teaching creationist / intelligent design/ lying to children in the UK.
But the pressing question has to be does the proposal tell us if Pluto is a planet or not?
The Miocene is not a period, it is an epoch ranging from 23.4 Mya to 5.3 Mya, it's divided into six stages (or ages). The Miocene and the Pliocene together form the Neogene period.
The Miocene is a bit of a bugger climatologically, generally the early part of the epoch sees a cooling as the Antarctic ice sheet established in the Eocene grew and the establishment of the circumpolar current in the Antarctic Ocean, but at the same time the proto-Mediterranean dried out entirely as the Alps rose which caused temperatures across Eurasia to rise. The later Miocene is generally warmer than the present climate.
Work done in 2011 in Bremerhaven suggests the warming climate in the late Miocene can be put down to changes in vegetation patterns across the world causing a slight darkening of the planet.
How long will Enterprise's aluminium airframe survive in a salty, damp environment?
Something Wicked This Way Comes
One of the best evocations of childhood and parenthood I've ever read.
His prose was gorgeous and his ideas amazing - it'll be a long time before we see Mr Bradbury's like again - if ever.
It's lacking something...
...oh I know - a Playmobilnaut!
Any chance El Reg's Iberian Special Projects Dept can team up with Transonic Pussy* and produce a video of the motorised moggy cruising the skies?
* They were huge in the 1980s.
Any chance NASA would like to hold the hat out and make this an international mission along with ESA, Roscosmos and the Chinese space agency?
Re: Terrestrial origin
Chain reactions can't happen in natural uranium on Earth as the level of fissile U235 is too low to sustain the reaction. Well it is now - if you go back in time, the proportion of U235 in uranium rises to a point that self-sustaining reactions could occur. So far one site is known where this happened, it was discovered at Oklo, Gabon in 1972 by French geologists mapping a uranium deposit. They discovered the level of U235 at Oklo was even lower than normal. About 1.7 billion years ago, the ore would have been about 3% U235 (compared to about 0.7% today), water circulating through a uranium ore acted as a natural moderator allowing a self-sustaining chain reaction to run at very low power for hundreds of thousands of years.
Personally I go with the idea that this C14 spike was caused by Camelot's nuclear testing programme.
Big fan of the bricks
I can't help but think this project's inspiration, the world's favourite celebrity morgue attendant, should also carry a few bricks around to stop herself falling over at regular intervals.
Well done Lester, you're very much Britain's own Elon Musk.
Re: Not the last
Sony's imaging division is in good health and is the component supplier for many other big companies - Nikon uses Sony sensors for instance. I think Sony have already gobbled up Olympus' medical imaging business.
'Sure, a computer doesn't get tired, a computer doesn't get distracted and computers can be made to behave consistently. But human "hardware" is more reliable than computer hardware.'
A computer doesn't get bored or tired, it doesn't get distracted by the pretty young girl driving the red Mini in the other lane (hello!) and it doesn't get into a fight with its spouse for looking at the pretty young girl driving the red Mini in the other lane (of course I don't know her!)
Re: Cope with drought?
They just need to announce a minister for drought to start the deluge.
I rather admired the tribute NASA gave to Eugene Shoemaker. As well as discovering the comet that whacked into Jupiter, he was the great planetary geologist who proved Barringer Crater was actually meteoritic in origin and that the Earth did have a record of large impacts. He was also the pioneer of understanding how and when the Moon's craters formed.
So NASA gave him the send off he deserved, they placed a small portion of his ashes on the Lunar Prospector probe which was crashed into the South Pole of the Moon in the hope of discovering ice. In the process it carved out a new crater.
Does this now mean we don't have to go cap in hand to the Russkies or Chinese or Indians in order to chuck stuff in to space?
That's true, but you will have to use PayPal to pay for it.
Scotty and Gordo are back in space
Falcon also carried the cremains of James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) and Gordon Cooper (a real life Mercury astronaut) on its second stage which will spend the next year or so in orbit before reentering the atmosphere.
How about a really long fuse lit when the balloon is launched?
My technical expert, a Mr Wile E Coyote assures me this is guaranteed to work.
Clearly I'm missing something
If you buy a Kindle from Waterstones why would you ever come back to their shops or website?
I don't even see what's in it for them; no eBook store to make continuing profits and only razor thin profits on the device itself.
Re: To quote Top Gear... How Hard Can It Be™
'The Russian Soyuz and Proton launchers are the only ones that reliably go first time, but there have been nearly 400 Proton launches and around two thousand Soyuz family launches.'
And as the Russians have found out over the last couple of years, even these rockets still throw up unexplained problems.
Does Elon Musk have the best job in the world - designing rockets by day, electric cars by night?
If they're that worried
Why don't the Iranians tow some rafts out into the middle of the sea and arrange them to spell out PERSIAN GULF for the Googlesats?
Re: Sod it - I'm starting a social network
With the Reg's carefully honed target demographic may I suggest pubterest - a virtual boozer/tech forum/Paris Hilton fansite.
Re: But what's it for?
Is it where people with no aesthetics post their Instagram horrors?
Lester has been suspiciously quiet about the new propulsion hasn't he?
Re: You have got to admire these guys!
I was hoping it was more like 'The Golden Shot' - 'Up a bit... down a bit... left, left... FIRE!'
Though Bob Monkhouse not being able to man Mission Control kind of puts the kibosh on that.
Re: It doesn't bode well...
It's okay - we won the aluminium/aluminum war at the IUPAC.
Re: satnav rivals
Somehow I suspect the North Koreans won't interfere with the Chinese navigation system.
But I reckon there's a distinct possibility of the Pentagon saying 'oh no, our GPS enabled cruise missile that was going to Afghanistan seems to have been jammed and instead flew into a building in Kaesong.'
Anyone have a clue what an American carrier costs these days? Would it be cheaper to ask for them to add another to the production line than buy this megafiasco?
Maybe they should have gone back to their area of expertise and used Hollerith machines to keep track of people?
Re: no clear indication... that the glaciers will stop gaining speed
I get the impression a lot of these 'global warming's a myth' articles that Lewis has been posting with monotonous regularity have been pre-digested by fellow denialists and we're getting the dumbed down version of the dumbed down partisan take on nuanced science.
Re: Fitness to Broadcast - Crap Programmes
Oh crap I might end up defending Sky here.
Most of their output is unmitigated shite, but Sky Arts is actually turning into an impressive channel which is commissioning stuff that the BBC and ITV used to produce.
Re: Good to see
You could argue that 'opt out' presumes the state owns your body.
Re: JG Ballard and tilting at windmills.
'Where does all the salt (and other waste) go? Presumably you have to ship it off and dump it a long, long way away. '
The process produces a more concentrated brine as waste product, so normally you just lay a long outfall pipe which discharges the effluent well away from the intake. Potentially tricky in an estuary where the tide pushes water upstream twice a day.
One cost Lewis has left out is that of filtering Thames water to a point where it can be sent to the osmotic membranes without clogging them up.
Re: Money down the drain?
So in keeping with the rest of the Olympic spending then?
Re: Let's apply the same standard more widely
Hopefully the folks at Ofcom who are investigating whether News International is a fit company to own a stake in BSkyB will be paying attention. It would a national tragedy worthy of a day off work and massive street parties if NI were found unsuitable and forced to sell their stake in the company.
If you watch carefully he's only a doddery old man when it comes to answering questions about his own company. As soon as a question is asked about his detractors like David Yelland (ex editor of the Sun) or Andrew Neil (ex Times), the Mail group or the BBC, his mask slips and the poisonous old scrote emerges.
Re: I faced these questions last week
And don't forget Apple's new password which requires upper and lower case letters as well as numbers. I'm not sure how many times I've changed that in the last few weeks after wholly forgetting the last one.
Surely any true Apple fan will answer 'Who was your best childhood friend' with 'Steve Jobs'?
Re: If I can type through these misty eyes...
That's perhaps the first time I've ever seen the word 'sophisticated' used in a discussion of Commodore BASIC. That old skinflint Tramiel could have had a much better version of Microsoft BASIC for the C64 if he'd coughed up a few extra pennies per machine. Instead all Commodore programs quickly descended into a mass of unintelligible POKEs.
Re: Atari 800 series ???
I *really* wanted an Atari 800 - after realising that I could never afford an Apple II - but weren't they something like £399 in early 1980s money. Then along came Commodore with the C64 which I think my mum and dad picked up for £220 in Rumbelows complete with the cassette drive.
Naturally it was for 'education'.
Trying to get actual technical support from BT Total Broadband.
My record is being able to assemble four sets of IKEA shelves and a cupboard during the time I was kept on hold.
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