And now you're writing about them, and I'm writing about you writing about them.
I'd better go tweet this...
1764 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
And now you're writing about them, and I'm writing about you writing about them.
I'd better go tweet this...
Look at it this way: If the wondows keep breaking, there'll be lots of jobs.
Believe it or not, complex-curved toughened glass has a rather impressive spontaneous failure rate. It's all to do with pressure points and shear angles.
Jay, the strongest tornado recorded in the UK was no more than an F0. That's the smallest they bother to record. Typically we'll get one or two a year at most.
A minor F0 will do a little bit of damage. Suck off a few tiles, blow over a wall maybe.not much more.
Now, think about how many tornadoes the US gets in a year. Most of those will be greater than F1, and a good (and dangerous) number will be F5, the quarter-mile wide monsters that destroy everything in their path. An F5 would turn a brick terrace into a neat pile of rubble on the other side of the street, turn every tree on the road upside down and pile all the cars on top of each other just for fun.
Compare like with like.
Now, as for why we use brick, I'll tell you: weather and resources. We're a wet country and we have lots and lots of clay, whereas the south-western united states is a dry country that has lots of timber. In cool, wet environment the most appropriate materials are those that keep out moisture, require little maintenance to avoid rain damage, and which still provide decent insulation. Brick fulfils all three requirements very well.
I've said the same elsewhere. Apparently some people don't like the idea of freedom if it requires them to consider the consequences of their actions.
75% eh? I'd say that compares well to the Daily Mail (80%), Independent (82%), Mirror (90%) and Sun (102%)*
Twitter is mostly full of noise, it's true.But, so is the rest of the mainstream media, which these days seems to largely rely on what's trending on twitter when it isn't copy-pasting Reuters and AP straight from the wire. Given that they're acting largely as a relay of what the public are nattering about, why do we need them any more?
And given that newspaper circulation figures are nosediving, and television news figures are in similar decline, it seems evident to me that a great many people agree with my stance.
*Like you I am, of course, making all of that up...
tim, this is different from the self-proclaimed "media" how?
As the Chinese have long proven, one man's rubbish is another man's highly desirable commodity. Those sub-£100 tablets are perfect for cheap and cheerful uses. Nout wrong with a resistive screen either. A tablet like this makes a very good, inexpensive browser, ebook reader and media player, and you can use it with your gloves on in cold weather too.
That said, I'm writing this on a tf101, so...
They've been predicting the games console would kill off PC gaming for about 20 years but it hasn't happened. Now handhelds are supposed to kill off consoles? And presumably PC gaming as well, for that matter...
They will coexist, filling their own niche. Only idiots and Lord British assume that One Big Thing will kill off everything else to which it is slightly similar.
To be honest, I think he's still bitter about Ultima Online being superseded...
In fact, if you count "easily reading The Register whilst on the toilet", I know two aspects.
Oh thanks, I was wondering how I'd make a cappuccino on here.
They're forcing me to do what? Well the joke's on them! I linked my youtube and google accounts years ago! HAHAHAHAHAHA...ha...wait...
I said "But google is not perfect". Did you miss that? The inability to appreciate understatement is a woeful lack. I choose android nt because it *is* the idea, but because it's a step closer. For me it's actually a leap backwards compared to my previous phone (n900, which still works but was starting to fall apart) and I would have got the N9 if I could have afforded it, but I can't. I make do.
At least there's the option to replace th stock firmware with something more free. That's another step in the right direction.
By and large I have the abiity to do what I want with my phone with relatively little fuss. Without even having to go through the palaver of rooting I have an sshd, web server and numerous other applications that you can't get on the iphone without jailbreaking. I can take the risk of instaling apps from elsewhere. I can do a great deal of tinkering.
Google is not perfect. Android is closer to the ideal.
Given the choice between no freedom and allegedly illusory freedom that is, nevertheless, closer to the ideal, I still choose the latter.
It's not the content, it's the presumption. They have no right to assume they can record my blathering innanities to my wife. The "it's in public" defence doesn't work - there is no logic in assuming that all phone calls take place in a public space.
Given the choice between freedom with risks and apparent safety with such restrictions as imposed by, for instance, apple, I think I prefer the freedom.
But google is not perfect...
Study's useless unless they compare with a second group playing non-violent games.
The illustrious lineage of the Cowards deserves recognition, if only because of Nöel.
A quick google leads me to believe it's only installed on handsets (not just android handsets either) sold in the US. Lucky them...
Ah well, it's a concept car. Interesting to look back in 15 years and see what features from it have actually ended up in production models. I sometimes compare cars now to the concepts that were bandied around in the early 90s and find, strangely, that the only feature they managed to actually predict was the weird bumpy shape a lot of headlights have now.
Capitalism presents you with the option to use a "more efficient" method, assuming you can afford it. Stalinism presents you with a similar choice, for free, but with the alternative being "or death".
And they're all out of cake at the moment...
So this twine thing is capitalist. It would become Stalinist if the company somehow engineered a way to prevent you from living without their service.
which was the new word? Twine is attested from the 13th century so it can't be that...
These days? Facebook.
Have no fear, the landing will be perfectly executed. The subsequent dismantling by a Sorn and use of the bits as spears by the Hrossa may be a little embarrassing though...
What's that? Weston, you animal, bring back my trousers!
Aye, so much of the bible makes a lot more sense with even a little understanding of the cultural milieu it was written in.
The scripture in question prohibited mixing wool and linen, not any arbitrary fabrics, but *only* wool and linen. It's likely this is due to a ritual requirement that the priests of the day shouldn't wear clothes that make them sweat when they're doing their priestly things which, in a warm environment, would rule out wool in any form for ritual clothing.
It's also possibly because wool tends to shrink in hot, humid environments, whilst linen doesn't, which would result in clothing that goes all squiffy.
Modern translations aside, again, the scripture only refers to wool and linen. And at one point it refers to garments rather than threads.
Cultural context is always necessary when studying these things.
In the original text it's not actually written as "666" but as something like νρων κσρ in greek or, in modern hebrew letters, נרון קשר.
This is because, in those days, there was no separate numerical system and both cultures used letters of the alphabet as numbers, adding up various letters until the required total is reached (which is part of the logic behind numerology-based mystery cults like Kabbalah and so forth). A modern equivalent might use A as 1, B as 2 all the way up to J as 9, then K as 10, L as 100, M as 1000 and so forth.
The smart amongst you may have already noticed that the letters above spell "nron ksr" and "nrwn qsr" respectively. When the book of Revelation was written, it was done so in greek, as any literate writer in Israel of the day would have known Greek as well as Aramaic and old Hebrew. The writer may have written in Greek, however he was still thinking in Aramaic and wrote the name "nero ceasar" (or neron kaiser as it would have been in literate circles there, as they all spoke Greek rather than Latin), transliterated from aramaic to greek, as the "number of the beast". Aramaic, like Hebrew and most other semitic languages has no vowels, so the result would be the equivalent of NRWN QSR. With the transition to hindu-arabic numerals the transliteration lost its meaning and the total number was rendered simply as "666".
In some translations from greek to latin a mistake was made by the translator, who assumed that the text should say NRW QSR, resulting in some later texts having the number add up to 616.
So, to end it all, the whole "number of the beast" thing is actually a bit of historical curiosity now rather than a fundamental element of identification of some future "antichrist" figure. It's worth remembering that there is no mention of a single man named "antichrist" in the entire book of revelation. The entire book refers to events that took place around 69 AD, when the romans laid seige to Jerusalem. The beast of the sea was Nero, the beast of the land was the Jewish religious hierarchy, the "harlot" was that same hierarchy, the weeping merchants were the Jewish people and foreigners who traded in Jerusalem as it stood on the crossroads between east and west and so on and so forth. Those "end times" referred to throughout the new testament were a reference to the eventual sack of Jerusalem and the annexation of Israel as part of the Roman Empire, something anyone with a bit of foresight and brain could have predicted if they paid attention to the political motions of the day.
Basically the entire book refers to events in the past. It's over. Finito. Finished. We're living after the end of the book.
Sony ericsson xperia mini pro. Just works. :)
Forget the whale, I'm more worried about the creature lurking in the ocean that uses a ship as a club.
Come out? You're anonymous! How is that coming out about anything?
Scientific consensus once had it that the moon couldn't affect the tides because there was no visible mechanism.
Galileo came up with that one...
Two things to learn from this: Consensus is meaningless in science, and even the greatest of great men can completely fuck up when they invoke it.
You lost me there mate, which is a shame, as you were making some sense.
What did they decide in the end?
It doesn't help that many software devs have spent the last 30 years insisting that they're actually "software engineers", against all evidence to the contrary.
the thing is, it's really not an either/or outcome. Software devs have to have many of the more obsessive characteristics of the engineer and the flighty genious of the art diva combined. The urge to classify people as one or other is the real problem.
Apple does listen! It even nods from time to time and takes notes, before presenting you with a Professional Listening invoice, plus 30% tip.
Actually there goes GPS, hubble, most of our low-level communications arrays, weather and environmental satellites, the freaking ISS even.
There are very good reasons for the reluctance to send McKinnon to the US for trail, not least the extremely prejudicial nature of this particular aspect of US justice and the likelihood of an over-long and unjust sentence for what was a fairly low-level offence.
I'm saying this as someone who generally thinks the United States are a good place: McKinnon would not be treated justly there. He'd face a political show-trial, and his aspergers would probably be used against him in the process.
The operative phrase was "doesn't burn well", which is true. Diesel is almost inert unless it's either atomised, or heated until it starts to evaporate, or heated and put under pressure.
Notice that diesel engines don't have sparkplugs? They don't work. You can get a petrol engine running with diesel by priming it with regular petrol and then relying on the pressure of the cylinders to ignite the diesel once it's running, but it'll get pretty annoyed at you in short order and probably won't work after you've stopped it, mostly because it's not mixing enough air and not operating at a high enough pressure to fully ignite the diesel fuel - which is also, incidentally, why putting diesel in a petrol engine produces lots and lots and lots of lovely smoke so everyone can see what a numpty you've been.
The reason is, the fractions we generally call Diesel aren't particularly volatile. You can toss a match in the stuff and it'll go out. You can do the same with a puddle of regular unleaded tool but it's a lot more risky because of all the vapours hovering above it. To get it to become volatile enough to burn you have to warm it up until it starts to evaporate. A diesel engine relies on compression effect to heat the diesel until it vapourises and explodes. That's were the bang comes from.
Which isn't surprising when you remember that the diesel engine was originally invented to burn brewery waste...
Works for me.
And the answer is "Flashman on the March". Unrepentent lech rogering his way up and down Abyssinia in the name of the Queen's peace.
Oh dear, did I not get the job?
I don't generally remember the last book I read vecause I'm already on to the next one. Surely thats a more desireable trait in a go-getting trend-setting hip and desireable candidate for the meat mill?
Apple have patented your ass?
No, what shoved us down the crapper was the never-ending stream of golden yellow emanating from westminster palace and spraying far and wide.
Capitalism is simply the private ownership and use of capital - that is, money, resources and time, expended at the whim of the private owner of those things. Nothing more and nothing less.
What you're objecting to, without apparently realising it, isn't capitalism but essentially a form of fascism, where the state has merged its with monopoly corporate entities that it helped to create through regulation and control of the economy - said regulation being designed to prevent effective competition to the large corporate entities that have made themselves so willingly available to the piss-passers dangling themselves above hoi poloi.
That isn't capitalism. It's statism, which is the opposite of capitalism, and the end result isn't very pretty.
Then the only solution:
1. blazing row
2. make-up sex
4. You don't care any more (aka PROFIT!!!)
That's never stopped apple patenting everything under the sun up to now.
Brudine, whilst the correlation is not absolute, the majority of countries with a high average of children born per woman are third world, generally african and central asian.
Next time, look before mouthing off.
Perhaps you could forgo forcing the entire wrld to pay for the inentive to vissit your neighbours now and then and just go outside, you lazy bum!
We aren't. Stop asking.
What are you talking about? It works great in portrait!
Not so simple. It's stupendously rare for objects in space to meet at anything other than relatively enormous speeds, which is why the problem exists - at such speeds the objects in question would shatter regardless of their composition.
And, whatever idea is picked, it has to explain why there are so many of them here in our solar system. If it were just one or two it could be put down to fortuitous meetings and unusual circumstances, but the number of objects that display these characteristics has moved well beyond the realms of random chance into "good god that's scary". That's why there's a somewhat unacknowledged problem with the current models. They can't account for the number of these objects with craters so large that they should have been destroyed by the impact.
For asteroids there are proposals that many are actually loose conglomerations of material held together by microgravity, which works to a certain extend but can't explain Phobos and other solid objects with similar features.
So research is ongoing. :)