3579 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
Re: Rift zones, anyone?
'Isn't there a 180 million year continuous record of the Earth's magnetic field in the North Atlantic? And a similar record in NZ's volcanic record? What's the point of this research? I smell graft ...'
The recent magnetic history of the Northern Hemisphere is well measured because there are huge numbers of industrial sites and pottery kilns going back thousands of years. The Southern Hemisphere is much less well understood because those technologies didn't develop nearly so much.
As for magnetic records, the North Atlantic is only about 50My, the oldest ocean floor is located in the Western Pacific off of Japan and the Philippines and is as you say about 180My.
Re: Ground Movement
You're bang on the mark. Any movement of the rocks could throw up errors in magnetic inclination and declination. Any signs of seismic disturbance of the site and you'd have to exclude it from your sample, so you have to be absolutely sure the rocks are in situ and haven't moved since the last moa was thrown on the barbie.
Where they could be really useful is plotting movements of different slices of New Zealand across fault zones. As the faults move the alignment of contemporary barbecues would differ allowing you to trace the movements of the fault through time.
And if you thought this was odd, I once met a biologist who was tracking the movement of the San Andreas fault through time by measuring differences in the genomes of weevil colonies.
Re: crap glossy screens
I agree, I'd love to have a matt screen on this iMac. When its not reflecting light it's magically attracting fingerprints.
According to Ars, the new iMacs have dramatically better glare reduction, but they're still not matt.
I wonder which management genius thought it would be a good idea to build a precision machine in a locomotive factory?
Hard to remember how good Britain used to be at this sort of thing. Not just Atlas but the monster transistor computers built by the University of Manchester.
Re: any recommendations for a 70 year old with parkinsons?
They're not tablets, but the Sony Reader line has audio out and supports MP3 playback. If you dad likes reading it might make a good buy.
Re: Non-dinosaurs in the background
'I think those are suppose to be therapsids,'
I think they're actually rhynchosaurs which are more closely related to crocodiles, snakes and turtles than to dinosaurs.
One of the way of retaining a tiny amount of respect with the kids at the museum is being able to distinguish dinosaurs from all the other reptiles and mammal-like reptiles of the Triassic. Dinosaur legs were tucked under the body rather than being splayed out to the side.
'I don't think it is the Home Secretary that is ever in charge, that is the problem.
'Civil servants come to whoever is the current incumbent with all sort of scary stuff which frightens them into making these decisions.'
My theory is there's something in the water supply at the Home Office which turns anyone into raving right-wing control freaks within six months of their appointment.
Does anyone know Labour's opinion on this
Part of me says they must be gagging for the opportunity to vote for greater state surveillance. But another part says they'll oppose it on the principled grounds of binning their actual policy for the sugar rush of trying to defeat the government (see recent EU vote).
Re: Prior art?
'But did he "applying power at a distance wirelessly - on a mobile device"?'
There are photos of Tesla holding lightbulbs that are lit without having wires attached so it depends on your definition of a mobile device.
Re: not the end
'Frankly if people want to find a reason to worry themselves to death, suicide or otherwise, then they should be left too it and not have NASA waste their time wet-nursing them. Good riddance to their stupidity!'
What if they're kids?
'fair point - but then, being magical, it's probably invisible. stealthy like a ninja. so could be coming from any direction'
What if the planet's hiding in an invisible shed? We'd never see it - unless someone opened the shed door to pop out to the bathroom.
I'm waiting for Groupon and Zynga to form a gruesome murder/suicide pact, then I can buy popcorn and watch the two spiral down the drain together.
Re: Not have had any hands on with the Surface RT I have no personal experience.......
Our office put in an order for an RT to evaluate its usefulness. It should have been shipped for release day. So far no Surface and Microsoft can't tell us where the order is - only that they took the money. And yes, dealing with the Microsoft Store is just as bad as you describe.
Wait a moment
They want to remake The Forbin Project with Will Smith (and doubtless one or all of his endlessly annoying children)?
Doesn't this constitute a crime against art and humanity?
Now you've got me thinking (tragic - but it had to happen).
Aircraft pressurisation is lower than sea level which means the boiling point of water is lower than 100C - resulting in the tragic situation it is impossible to make a good cup of tea in a plane.
Unless we can invent a pressurised cockpit kettle/teapot.
Bugger the space race this is important!
Re: Note on Sagan
Speaking of Carl Sagan...
he was one of the investigators on Project A119.
Not sure why this is news, it was declassified more than 10 years ago.
Re: Title here
Anyone know if Amazon warehouse workers are paid more than the upper limit for working tax credits from the government?
If Amazon workers are getting top-ups from the government then the taxpayer is helping subsidise the company's profits.
Re: If this is true...
If anyone wants it, the draft paper is here:
"Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a 'license' to hunt, trap, or kill them,"
I assume Sasquatch will also have the constitutional right to bear arms - which would make the hunting season interesting.
Let's not overlook the fact that once recognised as human the Big Foot community would be the sort of back-to-basics, small-government, proud American voters that the Republicans need. And don't you think a sasquatch running mate would add gravitas to any Gingrich campaign in 2016?
One for our German speakers
"Treasure - I wanted your death to be as pleasurable as possible."
How romantic is that in the original German?
And when will you be slinging this under a balloon?
Go on it has to be done - air-dropped autonomous lawnmowers.
It's an untapped market.
Re: Tectonic activity?
'could the appearance and subsequent non-showing of this 'island' be somehow related to the local tectonics? The surrounding area is part of the 'ring of fire' for a reason so maybe the whole thing was formed, and destroyed by natural processes causing sand to rise and subsequently subside?'
Although the Coral Sea is adjacent to the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' it is a distinct geological body.
The sea appears to have been formed by crustal extension and subsidence of Eastern Australia during the fragmentation of an earlier continent (Zealandia). New Caledonia, (which is in the general region of where Sandy Island isn't) is another part of Zealandia and is depressingly geologically inert. Its north and eastern fringes are marked by the San Cristobal and Vanuatu trenches so volcanic and earthquake activity is concentrated in a sharp band along the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
There is a spreading centre in the middle of the sea but it is now extinct and my bumper map of all the world's geological wobblings shows no atolls or hot spots in that part of the ocean.
So IMHO, tectonism is out.
Re: They'll evolve
'CO2 levels were quite a bit higher (4-8x or more) during the Cretaceous so presumably the oceans were acidic and yet large amounts of chalk and limestone were deposited. '
By plants and animals that had evolved to cope with gradually increasing concentrations of dissolved CO2, not the sudden increase we're seeing now. There's also plenty of geochemical evidence that calcium ion concentrations in ocean water in the Mesozoic were at least twice those of today, so in some respects, carbonate formation was easier.
Re: I always wondered...
'Police dogs have been trained to do this since before anyone ran except criminals and people who were late for a bus. Seriously question. There are a lot more running people these days, often sweaty and smelling of nasty lycra. Doesn't that mess with the dogs?'
That sounds like an EPSRC grant application well worth pursuing. Your deliverables should be a paper, conference presentation, a lawsuit and YourTube video with laugh track.
Call me back
Apple UK now have a 'call me back' system (like Amazon) which gets you a human being within seconds.
Re: Very sad
Every sign of a failing state that is actively throwing itself into the abyss - with nuclear weapons.
Re: OpCapita didn't fail
'Who said Gordon Gecko was dead ?'
Didn't he just stand for the Republicans?
Re: "consumers stay away .. avoid dogged selling of extended and expensive warranties"
It's not just the extended warranties - it's the hard selling of peripherals, such as Monster cables that puts people off. My parents were conned into spending £80 on Monster HDMI cables by Comet staff. When they asked if cheaper cables were available they were told that cheaper cables would ruin the quality of the image on their new HDTV. Sadly, they didn't tell Comet where to stick their cables and walk out of the store. Instead they paid up.
When I found out I hit the roof and got on to Comet HQ - eventually getting to the then CEO. It was only his personal intervention that got a refund for the unwanted cable and an apology. Yet Comet continued to aggressively promote Monster over no-brand cables that were just as good.
He's been getting noticeably less hirsute over the last few years.
'The issue here is resources - especially fossil fuels'
I suspect lack of phosphates and declining access to fresh water will do for us first.
I've got a 2.5 year old Sony Bravia whose remote control also controls a Sony amplifier.
It's not meant to. It just happens to.
Changing to the Blu-Ray input shouldn't mute the sound, switching to teletext shouldn't start the test tones - but it does.
Sony's response - oh that problem was addressed in the updated firmware for your tv (which has never been pumped out to existing sets). But you really should know that amplifier is discontinued, you should get a new one. Have you thought about the Sony....[click]?
Re: The review lost all credibility on line one
'From the photo it appears that the light on the Kobo Glo is less evenly distributed than on a PaperWhite, for example. Is that an artefact of the photography, or a genuine advantage of the Kindle technology ?'
I've got the Glo, a colleague has the Paperwhite, we put them side by side and displaywise they are very similar. Both have a slightly darker band running along the bottom of the screen and in the ones we examined the Kindle seemed to be slightly more even horizontally than the Glo - but it was marginal. The Glo was much brighter on maximum illumination than the Paperwhite, but the contrast suffered.
I've been very happy with my Glo and I can't fault either the construction or comfort in use. For £99 it's a bargain.
Oh and another thing in their favour, the Kobo developers are active participants on the various eBook forums.
That's a shocker of a story. It's hard to believe companies like that still exist.
Tell me things have got better since.
We could just replace that horribly expensive lump of platinum with a bag of sugar.
Re: I seem to remember that the Kiwis...
'We need to keep an eye on our antipodean cousins - and not only on the rugger field...'
Don't worry they'll go after the Aussies first.
Whether you agree with him or not
Nielsen is actually reporting research conducted with users. Whether you agree with his opinions he is highlighting issues with products that designers would be wise to consider.
Personally I like not-Metro and haven't found it that difficult to get used to, but then I was one of the three people who bought a Windows Phone 7 handset.
'Labour MP Helen Goodman, who is the shadow culture secretary, recently displayed her woefully inadequate knowledge of installing software on a computer, which makes her brain go "bzzzz", apparently.'
Maybe they need to change the batteries on her New Labour era thought-control chip?
The telcos should install the filter
And block the Daily Mail on the grounds that it has an unhealthy obsession with photographs of teenage girls.
Then see how long it is before the Mail changes its tune.
Actually a filter which *only* blocked the Mail would improve the world in so many ways.
Re: I'd vote for NAOMI
Well there you have it. The Reg is wondering what it should add to its review sections; publishing the effect of a well-aimed mobe (ranging from 'ouch!' through to 'quick trip to casualty and police caution') would set you apart from the competition.
'Whilst some would criticise the Lumia 920 for its large size and weight, our ballistics test (video below) shows that the handset is a new benchmark when settling disputes with the domestic help. Recommended.'
Re: I'd vote for NAOMI
NAOMI should be reserved for a future project - such as determining the terminal velocity of a mobile phone.
You have hit the nail on the head
'Drop starving celebs on the island. Including hairy cornflakes.'
Who wouldn't want to see Nadine Dorries chasing rats around the Galagapos?
'On a somewhat related matter -- I never understood why polygamy isn't allowed. Surely, if it's consenting adults...'
It's also permitted in the Bible.
Oh that is awesome
But I think it was Playtex that used that slogan. In which case:
Trans Atmospheric Remote Trigger
Re: Too obvious?
And another important question.
d) Is it coming our way?
Re: Very strange stuff
It's very young so its going to be generating a lot of internal heat as it compacts under gravity and then differentiates according to density. And we're talking about an enormous amount of energy - the Earth obtained something like 2.5 * 10^32J from compression and another 1 * 10^31J during the formation of the Core.
I think you meant Mondas from 'The Tenth Planet' in which William Hartnell had a lie down and woke up as Patrick Troughton.
Poor old Comet
Having Dixons come to pick over your retail carcass must be like being molested by a syphilitic hyena.
Re: Cambridge Z88
Any chance of a detailed history of the Z88 in a future episode? That was a terrific little machine with so much potential.
Now I can put my PIN on my card so I never forget it!