1095 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
Re: "Stray positrons"
Where is the sanctuary? I want to come and cuddle on!
Can I have one as a pet and are there any negatives to owning one?
This should encourage more serious research into the therapeutic properties of bacon which I am sure are far reaching.
For example did you know that taking Bacon on a date can lead to sex.
Particularly if you treat her really well!
I can 'Like' dead people
That would be better than Joan Rivers having access to her account. If Farcebook goes beyond the grave I refuse to go.
Short sighted comment
India is developing it's launch capabilities and reliability very well,just on the basis of being able to place other people's satellites, they have the potential for a billion dollar industry which will help them to bring more to all the population.
So the next time I travel to London as an ex-pat, I will be unable to travel because my cash won't buy me a ticket? (Or for the thousands of tourists?)
For a journey in and one out to the airport what do I have to do open an account with the devil itself Barclays?
One of the worst banks I have ever had an account with and as far as I am aware still going down the drain.
Not that much that is new in the world
I used to make ashtrays out of Lycoming aero engine pistons in the '70s as did many other engineers in the trade.
I have been in at least three bars and restaurants in California that had half a Cadillac, Yellow cab or other car chopped in half and glued to the wall.
The Mistral Club In Beckenham South London had a car as the DJ booth for years.
I gave a Martin Baker M1 Ejector seat to my mate for a wedding present when I was his best man 30 odd years ago (his new wife was REEEAAALLY impressed).
I find the art and fashion worlds don't really do New they just rehash something old or if it's less than Old it's called retro.
ULA putting money into an outside party shows just how threatened by Space X they must feel. They obviously have little on the cards as a follow up to the rebuilt and modernised '60s Atlas. They are desperate to keep the upstart out of their trough; still they can afford it with the lion's share of each divvy up from NASA going to them so I guess they are trying to buy the success they seem unable to deliver.
Re: ... the greatest nation on earth ....
I think you may be overstating a little, all things Scots have given the world but not necessarily in Scotland.So not so much the nation as some of it's people.
Something the Nation has given us are some of the best a bravest fighting men to help the world fight tyranny. Oh and the bagpipes.
Although I have a feeling they are an Indian invention.
Not one of those
@AC Why not just give an honest opinion and leave it at that, and while you are adjusting consider this , you have no idea what kind of person I am. The things I buy are usually chosen as a combination of price and function to give value for money as long as they can fulfill my requirements, I don't actually give a rat's arse what anyone else thinks of my purchases but tend to notice when someone thinks something is good as it reinforces my opinion, if they think it's shit I will do more research before buying again if usage bares out what they say..
So thank you for your patronising comment, perhaps I could pat you on the head if ever I meet you!
Huawei make some pretty good phones; at €175 my Ascend G700 still gets my work mates impressed after a year and that has been left behind by most of the latest offerings from China this year.
With 8core Arm processors or the latest from Snapdragon or Intel and constant improvements in graphics processing from QualcomAdreno they are winning in the Asian markets.
When you think China has over 1.2 billion phone users out of 1.3 billion population and India their next biggest customer has a .9 billion market. Even if their research and development is seeing how much of other peoples goodies they can cram into a slim case they are still being driven by the demand from an increasingly sophisticated market.
Also consider their share of the router and dongle market mostly sold as their own but also badged, there is one not that far from you now.
If a large Chinese company says publicly it is going to do something it will by god do it's best to achieve what it says otherwise they will lose 'face', something very important in Chinese and Japanese culture.
Look to your laurels Western Companies!
A bit of history
John Bagot Glubb 'A soldier With The Arabs; well written in a scholarly style in as balanced a way as you could hope from some one who was in charge of one of the sides, you get the feeling he did everything he could in writing the book to not sound like a case of sour grapes.
An article with links to all the quotes given.
Neither side is guilt free here but over the years since the 6 Day War Israel has made a habit of hitting back harder than they have been hit; Something that is basically understandable but over the years as the Palestinians have been reduced in power as a military force and a political force Israel has become the bully.
I'm not saying there is necessarily nothing to retaliate against but it always seems to be with excessive force and often done in a way to provoke more aggression from the other side.
About ten years ago I worked with a young guy who had an Israeli passport, he described himself as an Arabic Jew. His family had always lived in Northern Palestine in an area with a mix of about 50/50 Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
According to Danni they had always got along like neighbours in any village until the non Palestinian settler were moved into the area, and even then the problem was not the settlers.
Danni always blamed everything on the (as he called them) Black Jews!
When I asked him what he meant he explained that the Hasidic Jews were the force behind most of the divisive politics and the over use of force in achieving whatever the Right Wing Hasidics and their political supporters wanted.
He was obviously too young to have been there at the time, it was what he had learned from his parents but I can honestly say that he despised the Hasidics and the ultra right wing governments of Israel for destroying what had been his parents home,
The last time I was in contact with him he was in the Far East and had no intention of ever returning to Israel, his words he considered it 'A broken Country'.
As for the bible in Numbers 13; if this god created the world and according to the Christians is so full of love what was he doing playing favourites with the children of Israel and kicking peole out of their homeland for them. Is that the act of a moral, ethical, loving god?
Come judgement day if there ever is one and I turn out to be wrong and there is a god, I may have a few questions for him to answer before he has any chance of my respect.
There! damned in writing !
Re: Cheetah my arse! That's a cyberdog if ever I saw one
I'll bet the final product will be IP69 rated at least,(I think that's NEMA 6P in overpondian)
However, I think I may have a go at knocking up an Argentinian Gaucho bolas with some large lead fishing weights and a few yards of aircraft cable, see how it runs with its legs tied up!
I had always thought the key to Cheetah speed and movement was the flexibility and energy storage properties of its spine and sinews in the back, The MIT beast looks extremely rigid and although I know they are talking about 'stamping' harder to achieve lift and time off the ground, it sounds intuitively inefficient energy wise.
The flexible spine is also a key to agility in the natural world, for the kind of super fast rough and tumble moves a cheetah uses in hunting without flexibility in the spine means finding alternatives ways to stabilise at the legs making them more complex and potentially weaker.
Look out there's a bird
Birds seem to have been managing to avoid other birds for quite some years now, given that drones are likely to be relatively slow and not have a bloody great jet intake, I think birds will manage to avoid most UAVs.
The current time scale mentioned for development of the system is around 5 years if batteries have not improved enough by then, I guess there will just be delay but it is beginning to look as though the idea is here to stay.
Great for delivering batches of spidery things to assist the cops/court servers/debt collectors and Amazon. Not to mention pizza and other take aways, although that will spoil a classic porno story line with a drone joining in with three gals and a guy.
Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.
Actually the Spanish WILL block Scottish application for EU membership as it would create a precedent for Catalunya who wishes to separate from Spain.
I live in Spain and count one or two Politicos amongst my acquaintances.
I agree with how annoying, irritating and possibly dim some of these earphone wearing, texting and gaming people are in the street but for all you small minded whingers and moaners suggesting horrible ends, rules and treatment for them: They are exercising exactly the same rights that you are using to whinge. Or should there be separate rules for obviously sensible people like your good selves?
People who want to take other peoples rights away should be pushed into fast moving traffic! Don' t you all agree?
Re: It's Rumoured ...
It has also been rumoured that BBC News tried to poach her!
Re: Bill, the galactic hero
Ah, classic book, classic writer, loved the character Deathwish Drang with his vat grown fangs.
Good entertaining space opera, I have always thought the Stainless Steel Rat books would make a good series of films.
If Indian Love call was able to save us from the Martians, what music would be the Earth's best all around defence?
The Birdy song
I guess by definition any marine biologist or oceanographer who shows concern over threatened species and is trying to do something to help is an activist.
You can't tar them all with the same brush and ultimately any regulation that can limit the numbers taken is helpful.
Also as mentioned in the video, licensing and regulating the sellers is useful in determining exactly how much of what is hitting the markets world wide, having a more accurate idea of scale will help in formulating ever better regulations.
I wonder if they have any data on other species of rays as they have in the last couple of years come back into fashion in the leather trade, known as shagreen it is popular for bags and cases amongst other things as it is so tough.
The Thais sell a huge amount of exotic skins including ray and shark presumably after they have eaten the contents.
This has rounded corners and does a few things similar to the iWatch for less than $70 (by a cent) plus the battery lasts 21 days allegedly.
Still don't want one though.
Ahh! Aren't they one of those amusing electric jazz combos?
This iWatch thingy is of no use to me at all as I don't have an iPhone, my phone is one of those Andrewed things. As for talking to my watch, I barely talk to people, why would I want to talk to a timepiece?
Sounds like a publisher designed to produce books for the same teens ( if they can read) that collect 'Tactical Knives' https://www.google.es/search?q=Tactical+knife&client=firefox-a&hs=3CV&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xVAUVIywJoXgaPbjgvAC&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ, and later in life will probably drive pick-up trucks, shoot at road signs, have a friend called Bubba and a girlfriend who sees a vet when she's ill.
Re: You'll never escape the puritans
Agree with you 100% smartypants.
Even if their 'friends were real I still don't see why I should have to worship them or listen to over zealous dogmatic followers telling me what and how I should do things and live my life. Deities need to earn their respect and based on performances to date they have a ways to go before any of them get my penny on the collection plate.
Still, Celine Dion for a whole week?
Is that the Hell they talk about?
That's Vegas for you, big production, second rate act, no class.
I was always under the impression she was some kind of gay icon, do we have to look out for exploding handbags now?
"*Important note: "Spa facilities" may actually mean "bucket", and "all-you-can-eat buffet" an "enormous tub of beans and rice". Similarly, the definition of "luxury" is flexible for the purposes of this offer. Your statutory rights are probably affected."
I love it, reminds of a couple of package holidays I have been on in the past, but without the honesty.
When I check my Euro Millions ticket tomorrow at work (Stupidly left it there!) if I have won more than my money back , I will think of you.
Can only be jealous of any who are actually there, but I wish all concerned the best of luck.
One would think anyone who is about to lat out significant dosh for a business would look into it thoroughly, including a pre sale audit. So either the books were massaged very well or the auditors weren't up to much.
I would like to be the first to welcome Mr Lynch and his yacht to the sunny shores of Ibiza where I can do a guided tour, recommend restaurants and 'honest' estate agents.
Re: Except it's not the iWatch is it?
"Good artists copy, great artists steal" Was first said or at least said before by Pablo Picasso who unashamedly stole other artists ideas gave them his slant and made them his own but you can't knock his work (if you like that kind of thing).
Appoo have aimed the iWatch at the fashion market, if you look at the hipsters(?) ( I'm still not that sure what a hipster is) the guys turning up on holiday here have beards a ferret could live in, early '90s sort of samurai haircuts or '50s comic Biggles style hair, the girls seem to have gone for a Amy Winehouse/'60s backcombed look and wear bikini knickers that cover their belly buttons: all in all to an old ex hippy biker engineer it looks strange to me.
So iThing wise if it's a matter of style or fashion anything could happen.
The other aim for the iWatch is health with two built in sensors reading your wrist, as people seem to be far more health centric now, that should be a good selling point if enough useful apps are developed for it , iLifeStyle is coming!
Just not to me!
E---, --c--, ---ns, --ie- -l--- and b----e.
If that duck is rotating as rapidly as it appears in the shot in the article (about once every 3 seconds)
getting a decent landing and staying there will be quite a trick.
Whatever happens the trip so far is pretty amazing , not to say a great demonstration of astronomical patience.
I take my hat off to the crew at ESA!
Or something else?
It sounds as though these researchers have gotten a little carried away with their speculation based on their observation.
As far as I am aware cognitive behaviour require a fair bit of processing ability; this sounds more like evolved behaviour patterns.
When the trout has found prey and is unable to reach it, perhaps it has a particular behavioural trait which over time the eels have come to equate with the presence of prey that they can reach. Clearly the trout are not a threat to the eels so they are just using a form of opportunism as a hunting/food sourcing ploy. Obviously if the eel chases the prey out of the crevice before it can eat it, the waiting trout will grab it.
Where was it they had a jaunt to, to indulge in this shaky science?
I like this woman
She knows what she wants and make no bones about it.
She wants the job and she is willing to tell her potential bosses whatever they want to hear for her to get the job! (even if it is bollocks)
From the sound of her she may be in favour of fitting a camera into all TV receivers so that the Beeb can watch the watchers, after all they are all potential criminals if they want to avoid paying to watch the high quality that consists of mostly soaps and repeats.
I have never been able to 'get' a public (non profit) trust criminalising people for not paying for it's massive budget that is pissed away on high pay for it's bosses and ridiculous severance fees for those it employed mistakenly or no longer wants.Oh and IT schemes that never come to fruition!
Re: "A really big bloke
If the bloke in the pub had gone to university he would know that a bloke with a cricket bat big enough to destroy the universe would collapse into a super massive black hole before he could hit anything with his bat.
The super massive black hole might suck up everything later though!
The IT angle is Fashion
Here is an excited article at the BOF (Business Of Fashion) online mag.
It seems that the new iWatch is more a lifestyle/fashion item now than simply a communications device and it will be more so once the new head of retail Angela Ahrendts of Burberry fame.
Overall it doesn't have any startlingly new tech but the multi level pricing, lifestyle and health sensors and the fact they are going to push for developers to make the iWatch synonymous with a bevy of apps for the IoT is useful useful for sales in bringing every thing together more. I am sure the notion has already been patented: 'A wrist worn device for linking electronically to other things'.
Oh and it's got rounded corners.
Arse about face
The thinking on the part of the government here is totally wrong, these morons expect the public to make their buying decisions based on what is most desirable to thieves and therefore the least worth buying for an intimidated customer.
What the customer should have in a country where the ratio of CCTV cameras to people (according to a quick Google) is somewhere around 1 camera for every 15 people and ever increasing police powers, is confidence in the knowledge that the government and the police are proactively trying to prevent crime and protect the public.
Why are Brits paying taxes plus a percentage of their council tax specifically for the police when they are expected to limit their lifestyle because the fuzz and the government can't be arsed to do their jobs.
Who put the numbers together anyway, and what are the ratios of say female 14-24s that would have iPhones in preference to Androids or housebricks. The numbers without anything to quantify them to give them relevance are meaningless.
Additionally young females are a safer bet for a mugger than a fit young male no matter what phone he may be carrying.
The whole thing like Teresa May is just flawed.
I think we may have made a slight miscalculation lads, I think it's going to hit...................................
I have no doubt that as far as it can, Google operates in a monopolistic way, however, if I owned Google and had spent significant time and money making my product perform better than those of anyone else, I too would point to the services which offer the best results and hopefully they would be mine.
The down side for competitors is that Google is so big it can continue to develop new ways of doing things better so it is difficult for them the catch up or surpass Google, although that doesn't mean it can't happen. if and when it does the new 'Gateway to the Internet' would most certainly operate in the same manner.
I don't like all that Google serves up in it's search results because some of what comes up is more about the advertising they do with Google than the direct relevance to my search but Google does seem to operate better in general than others I have tried.
Too many unknowns
Although I have voted, a great deal depends not only on the type of combatant but who the team members are, even some Special forces don't do that well sometimes and on other occasions normal grunts or people achieve superhuman results.
How about a Ninja using his stealth skills to get into the straship troopers dressing room to steal an MI suit with his skills and the intuitive operation of the suit he should be devastating and that is just one potential scenario.
Strictly speaking the MI suits with their firepower and flexibility going in for total all out war from minute one should be able to wrap up just about everybody in time for an early lunch.
Re: Is there no end to this?
In short, No!
If the ability to do what they like exists they will.
Why will they? Because they have the ability to do so.
Any government who has these powers even if they say they are addressing it as a problem will not actually do anything to remove their own powers of surveillance over us they will just disguise it as something else. What did Obarmy actually do when he said he would do something about the NSA slurping info about Americans in America? Effectively nothing.
Any information that is held about you is accessible so don't give anyone any information but you'll soon get fed up living in a cave on a diet of nuts and berries (when they are in season).
I fell off a bicycle MacMillan was in charge telling us we never had it so good, I wasn't wearing a helmet then and still don't on a bicycle, but if I was planning to leap off a bike and land on my head I would say this is not a bad idea.
Just scrap the music and chat while you piss off car drivers functions and it should be good to go, I see too many people walking, running,cycling,skateboarding with phones who are oblivious to the world, the same goes for many car drivers who drive with the audio cranked up to the point of sensory overload.
I know Fire fighters have helmets fitted for radio but impact sensors make some sense as would other items for human telemetry, my local cycle shop owner has a heartrate monitor built into his helmet.
Re: One moment...
Nope! What the wealthy want is a piece of bling that is absurdly expensive and they can afford it while you can't but it also has a level of craftsmanship in it that can only be achieved by having a factory full of captive pixies. Buying an expensive iThing has not appealed to many so far and gold iThings have been available, at the end of the day no matter what the outside has plastered on to it and no matter how smart the chip inside it is a mass produced chip not a piece of rare art and craftsmanship that is hard to come by.
If I could afford a Rolex would I buy one? Absolutely, I had a basic chronograph i the '70s a thing of engineering beauty in miniature and as tough as old boots, I lost it on a holiday in France.
Now I wear daily a 40 quid Titanium watch and have two Tissots that can dive, swim, kayak and sail with me they both have bezels and tachygraphs which I use occasionally, that's about as smart as I need in a watch and I don't see an iWatch taking a tumble out of a kayak and being too happy about it nor do I need notifications about much other than dolphins at 300 metres offshore.
Of all MPs probably don't know where their seats are or which side of the House they are on without the aid of an usher.
Must have a think about this
I agree in part with what Bruno says above but my thinking is (forgive me if I'm wrong) banks are in it for the money. So what is it going to cost us and the gov'?
Because banks will want to monetise anything they do, I don't trust them entirely with my details.
"just under 140 Metres" 140 metres is 459.3 feet long, that, is one hell of an animal and goes a little beyong the bounds of exaggeration.
Re: I have to wonder what exactly this beast ate!
I am guessing something this big would have had a multi chambered stomach like a cow so that it had an ongoing fermentation process to efficiently obtain maximum benefit from the roughage it probably ate. These things must have contributed a goodly amount of methane to the atmosphere.
Phablet and Tablet
I have a 5" Huawei G700 and a Samsung Tab 3, the Tab 3 has become almost redundant because the phone does almost everything I could want from it during a normal day. The only let down is when I want to show photos to a client, then the Sammy excels, the picture quality is excellent and it loads rapidly. I do always take the tablet when I am traveling as the on screen type pad works well and it is much easier to make notes at length, send emails and research in depth with a bigger screen, I only wish I had bought the 3G version but with 3GB a month on my phone it doesn't seem to use too much with a hotspot.
Ahh! Skegness the British Riviera!
I am not surprised there are crimelords there threatening the very existence of Britain's profitable cyber industry.A damn good thing their shenannigans have been nipped in the bud by our boys in blue.
Also a nice AwayDay for The City of London plod hope they had a chance for some cod 'n chips and a couple of sticks of rock.
Re: Here's an idea....
" Here's an idea....
...trying funding crime prevention a little more, not crime detection. Crazy eh?"
I know this is a crazy sort of off the wall idea that will be laughed at and treated with derision but what if they actually had policemen walking the beats they normally drive around in their cars?
You know like in the olden days when crime was lower.
And of course bring back birching for offenders and make prison sentences harder with rock breaking and no pay, telephone time, TV time or any food better than cold porridge.
Well I meant the bit about beat coppers!.
I think one of things cash rich tech companies can do, is make investments in research that is not necessarily a sure thing in the short term.
Look how many things we take for granted today were not even imagined fifty years ago, in many ways reality has outstripped science fiction. Much of what was unimagined has become possible because of advanced materials and chip technology and new knowledge that couldn't be guessed at being taken advantage of by new generations of researchers with new ideas.
Google has bought itself a bevy of very interesting research and development companies over the last decade without any clear (to the rest of us) commercial reason for doing so.
Fortunately Google has a little surplus cash to flash so they have been doing just that.
All the while these researchers under Google's umbrella are moving forward and anything worthwhile is undoubtedly being patented so eventually when a big breakthrough is made in any of these fields Google will have at least a hand or finger in the pie.
They could even be the ones that make the breakthrough in the 'Next big thing' so messing about with drones now gives them prior art, experience and potentially they could be 'going postal' in a whole new way.
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