282 posts • joined Tuesday 13th November 2007 17:41 GMT
Reading the comments here reminds me why I stopped reading The Register. You are a bunch of blinkered, bloody-minded, knee-jerk, off-with-their-heads man-boys, the lot of you.
Seriously, how is "they are handling stolen goods, therefore they deserve to be shamed, internationally" a nuanced, adult response to this story?
Feel free to downvote this comment into oblivion.
(without realising that the more of you do so, the better, frankly)
Re: You go to Pluto
"Shouldn't Pluto be @ the other side of the red circle?"
No. Since this is an Olympic year, you will forgive the athletic analogy. Think of Pluto as the hammer-thrower, and Charon as the hammer.
If you want to see how much warning you would have got between the p- and s- waves in Tokyo, 376 kms from the epicentre of the 8.9 quake in March, look here:
It's not much, but it might save your life.
As with everything in earthquakes, the further you are from the epicentre the better, on the whole.
Gould discusses the phenomenon that informs this work -- the Signor-Lipps effect -- in his essay "Dinosaurs in the haystack":
OK, I'll bite
Re: Actually, the ignition source.....
I, er, floated that idea on these pages a while back. Went down like a lead balloon, so to speak
Re: Join the dots, buddy
"How many shoulder-launched SAMs do they use to take out the current range of helicopters"
I don't know. That's why I asked. Care to enlighten me?
Our lack of helicopter lift is frequently cited as a contributing factor to our casualties in Afghanistan.
But if Our Brave Boys are in big, fat Chinooks, won't the Taliban switch from IEDs to shoulder-launched SAMs instead, as the Mujahideen did when they gave the Soviet Union a thrashing?
Or do they lack a Charlie Wilson-style benefactor to supply such kit?
this reminds me
Just remembered something else. I gave a friend one of those vouchers that gives one £30 off a LoveFilm subscription.
He said: "What the hell is a Love Film? Is that some kind of porno?"
"No, no," said I. "It's love FILM, not LOVE film".
Funny how you can subvert a brand's meaning simply by changing the stress on each word.
Plus ca change
Happened in the UK in 2000:
And way back in 1934, in Bellingham, WA:
Hmm. Getting a boner while remembering Mom's pumpkin pie is probably not something Freud would have classed as "nostalgia".
The reference to a "Pavlovian response" reminds me of something else. Certain newsagents have started giving away family-size Dairy Milk bars with newspapers. I now salivate every time I see a copy of The Daily Telegraph. Most inconvenient.
I, for one,
look forward to the forthcoming series "when Lewis met Louis".
Re: Stranger than fiction
Call 3113 Noises from empty property. It is believed property is being removed. Officers attend. Nobody seen. #gmp24
I stand corrected
Half a dozen
wait for it...
Cue dozens of trolls, none of whom comment on any other articles, complaining that Lewis has recommended US-made kit once again.
"Thus its surface gravity would be anywhere from 1.1 to 1.7 g ... quite feasible for humans to walk about in"
Speak for yourself, fitness freak. Most of your readership has enough trouble struggling to the vending machine in 1g conditions.
Mine's a Kaliber
My favourite Brewdog beer name is "Nanny State", which weighs in at a puny 1.1% ABV.
Dunno what it tastes like, though.
The Oven Pride controversy is by no means an isolated phenomenon. A huge number of TV adverts in the UK have the recurring stereotype of "idiot Dad", who fucks up the DIY, knocks over the telly, or puts red knickers in the wash with the whites. Cue pubescent daughter rolling her eyes skyward, and Mum shaking her head ruefully, yet indulgently. "Silly old Dad," they think.
Today, the 40-something white middle class male is the only demographic you can get away with belittling on TV. I feel for them, I really do, because as a group, 40-something white middle class men are among the least privileged members of our society.
I thought the ad was in mildly poor taste, not because of any supposed sexism, but because it implies that anyone with an amusing Mediterranean accent is some kind of moustachioed lothario who does little else but grope women, or daydream about doing so. Same with that "Juan Sheet" bullshit advert for kitchen paper. But hey, it's probably just me, and I didn't run screaming to the ASA...
P.S. I love the "some of my best friends are women" comments in here. You're all so full of shit.
I am a humourless bastard...
"... the bookies had [the Netherlands] at considerably longer odds than Spain, Brazil, Argentina and England (you wot?)."
The odds offered for England were not just an expression of the probability of their victory, but a hedge against massive losses should they do the unthinkable and win.
Just you wait ...
... until they get a flying submarine.
yeah, but no, but yeah
Not wanting to piss on your fireworks or anything, Lester, but the image flip-flopping might have more to do with the comments on Peston's blog than your excellent, timely coverage of this saga.
Benicio del Toro as Pinochet? I reckon not. Philipe Noiret would have been a shoo-in for the role, had he not preceded the dictator to the grave by a fortnight or so. A nice irony too, given Noiret played Neruda in Il Postino.
Don't call me Shirley
"If they naturally interbreed and produce fertile offspring..."
Look up "Species problem" with your search engine of choice.
Also, this is good for biodiversity, no? We have mallards, we have Pacific black ducks, and now we have the unholy offspring of their matrimony.
Why, Lord, why?
I don't understand why there is a spike in traffic during games. Well, I do, but I don't get the point. Every idiot in the world saying "Wow! Spain 0 - 1 Switzerland!!!" seems completely pointless. Any of your "followers" who gives a shit will already know.
Not so epic as all that
At least the sample return capsule landed OK, unlike Genesis, which stacked itself into Terra Firma at terminal velocity:
"Negative drogue, negative chute"
Correct. Stingrays are not venomous, in the same way that crocodiles are not reptiles, and Steve Irwin is not dead.
Re: And man followed?
"Anthropologists have often wondered how man travelled between the various lands"
... but remain resolutely silent on how woman got there.
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