2214 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007
Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)
Ah yes. Tandy. Didn't they invent the "£=$" concept?
Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves
There's still something missing.
"Bitcoin users are heavily armed East European drug-peddling Muslim paedophiles living in £1m houses using money from Bitcoin to fund terrorism and stop weekly bin collections!!!!!!"
The first one I bought had no keyboard, just metal pads and a stylus.And probably still in a box in the attic.
Your girlfriend collects batteries?
add three per cent extra risk to the existing 20 to 25 per cent risk of fatal cancer
Is that really unacceptable? How about selecting from those with a lower than usual family history of cancer?
NASA still doesn't know the cause of the malf. So Russians only.
I initially misread the headline and wondered when I would be able to travel on a gravity powered light ship.
Re: How about a little perspective here?
ramps up to a flight rate of one launch per month by the end of next year,
@ John Smith 19
"Their big selling point is the long list of successful launches. IIRC their most successful size has 40+ perfect launches, the total for either Delta IV or Atlas V is 60+ each."
SpaceX is launching another comsat later this month and expects to be launching one Falcon 9 a month by the end of 2014. Nobody else can come anywhere near that. How long do the manufacturers have to wait to get a satellite launched? I don't know, but it's about to get a lot shorter.
How would the drone put the "Sorry you were out" card through your letterbox? That's what I would call GPS accuracy.
So farewell then
You decided to
Comet E J Thribb (4.5bn years)
As I understand it, they started the second countdown in the hope they would be comfortable with another launch attempt. At T-1 minute they decided they weren't and went for a manual abort before engine start.
Re: That's not a false widow.
Shouldn't the male be a false widower?
And why give this story to El Reg when the Daily Star would put it on the front page?
Re Since it was first spotted in September
September 2012 that is.
Re: Theater, indeed
Twas doon by the inch o' Abbots
Oor Johnny walked one day
When he saw a sicht that
Far more than he could say...
Now that's no richt wur
And sallied tae the fray
A left hook and a heid butt
Required tae save the day.
Now listen up Bin Laden
Yir sort's nae wanted here
For imported English radicals
Us Scoatsman huv nae fear
(Not my own work)
Didn't most of that happen in Torchwod?
How about an El Reg competition so that one lucky reader can win one?
"sub-unity ordinal numbers"
Isaac Asimov was allowed the Zeroth Law Of Robotics, so you are in good company.
"We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive ourselves. We do not forget ourselves. Expect us"
This is not the Christmas you're looking for.
"What Do Social Science Graduates Do? "
Re:30 fiddly little parts scattered
Pingfuckits as they are commonly known.
Re Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?
The Great Escape? Which, come to think of it, might have made a better title for the Julian Assange film.
I've only got 10 seconds left to post this messa
A useful dress rehearsal for Comet Siding Spring a year from now.
Cesium-powered timepiece loses just one second a millennium
Or your money back in 3013.
Perhaps there's still hope for the missing Playmonaut.
Cygnus launched on 18 Sep, not 28.
It was a busy day in space yesterday. There was also a successful Russian Proton launch after one crashed last July.
"Exploiting Similarities among Languages for Machine Translation"
What about the lack of similarities? Take Scottish Gaelic.
No indefinite article, no words for "yes" and "no" as such, no present tenses apart from the two verbs for "to be", no verb "to have", a separate set of numbers from two to ten used only for counting people, etc.
ISS: "Cygnus, you are 700 yards away."
Cygnus: "What's a yard?"
You haven't mentioned Dennis Tito's plan to send a couple round Mars in 2018. Something that surely has to go ahead.
What happens when his mutated descendants arrive seeking revenge?
I wonder if Assange's escape plans were on it?
1970s LED watches were crap. I bought a late 1970s LCD one that I used for about 20 years. Accurate to less than a second a month, but that may just have been luck.
(Makes mental note to see if it still works.)
Re: Battery lasts a day?!
I'd be tossing and turning worrying about breaking a $299 watch by rolling onto it.
"Poorly worded " = "We meant to publish this after the election".
Re "A £25m identity market "
Markets sell stuff. Identities?
I bought one of these many years ago.
Down there somewhere is
I'm stuck in orbit.
Obviously not. I had in find those tweeting from home, and seemingly making no attempt to cover their tracks.
What if ISPs suspended Internet access for a week, if Twitter reported that an offensive tweet was sent from one of their IP addresses? There must be something in the T & Cs to allow this for clearly illegal usage.
Quite a deterrent, and no impact of an over-stretched police force.
"My name's Brian, and I can save you pounds."
"I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."
"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"
"I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going"
"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do."
Whatever. That was from memory, but there were certainly claims that the maximum was far far less than today's ADSL speeds.
Re: "Spock must die !"
I could never understand why nobody immediately noticed that one Spock was wearing a mirror image badge.
Back in the 1990s we were told that 56 kbps modems weren't possible. "The phone lines canna take it Captain!"
Re: Laws of unintended consequences...
Quite a while ago. And one struck gold two days ago.
"A man is fooled by an Internet virus into going to a police station to pay a fine for child pornography. He gives the police his computer to examine. They allegedly find child pornography on it"
I'm surprised you haven't mentioned his excellent 7 part comedy series "Kinvig" aired in 1981, but never repeated as far as I know. It ended promising us another series which never materialised.
I dread to think what they'll do when Comet Ison arrives.
Re: The devil in the detail
If you look at Mailonline's sidebar of shame, that should be certain. It's full of nudity, one year olds wearing bikinis, under-age girls described as all grown up, etc.
I can remember the press getting upset about children swapping floppies with nude images twenty years ago. Mankind survived. Twenty years from now, we'll have porno 3D holograms. So what?
Re: Sorry but ...
Technically known as a ideo locator.
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