Re: I wonder
Quite well I'd imagine if you gave it a decent push from the top of the staircase...
126 posts • joined 30 Mar 2008
Quite well I'd imagine if you gave it a decent push from the top of the staircase...
The t-shirt's not bad either...
The problem is that our (NZs) house of cards is built on some very, very shaky foundations... and to mix my metaphors even more, the wheels are going to come off this cart any time soon. Governments are very well versed in spouting all sorts of numbers that make things look a lot more rosy than they are in reality.
I loathe key and his government for what they are doing to our country, stripping our right to privacy. I loathe the political left for being pretty much just as bad when they were in power. And I loathe many of the people in this country who don't make those in power accountable for what they're doing.
...and I loathe myself for being one of them
While I agree a boat (with various bits for sampling attached to a cable) would be simpler and actually quite sensible from an engineering POV, I seem to recall that there has been a lot of talk and speculation that the lakes could be subject to some pretty serious waves. Waves which given the density of the liquid hydrocarbons along with the lower gravity (and possibly also affected by wind) would be fairly gnarly, dude :-)
This would knock any surface vehicle around quite a bit making sample collection awkward, and would also make getting a sub into the 'water' a tricky exercise as well.
It might seem like wasting valuable time and resources but perhaps some sort of aerial (balloon or drone?) mission first to scope conditions out first might save a lot of heart-ache. All this is still very cool though - I love space science! :-)
PS: if it came down to funding for a submersible mission to the outer planets, I'd much rather see money/effort spent on exploring probable sub-ice seas on moons like Europa as a priority. Ideal world we'd have both, however,
Thank you for the real life "laugh out loud" moment this morning :-)
Quite partial to Colby meself...
After having moved from NZ to Norway for 5 years then returned, it was a bit disappointing to see the property market doing what it's doing and the cost of living having risen so dramatically. I love this country of mine, I really do - but am not so blinkered that it is the be-all and end-all of places.
Pay rates compared with the rest of the world suck and it's friggin' expensive to live here. Even the stuff we make and export (wood, wool, meat, dairy) are ridiculously expensive. We also complain a lot and some of us have an over-inflated sense of self-worth. But we do have lifestyle going for us.
Happy to hear that Mr Mullard had/is having a mostly positive experience living here though :-)
BTW Mr Editor, Mt Doom is based on Mount Ngauruahoe, not Ruapehu
But it is located right next door, along with Mt Tongariro. Icon for volcanoes going 'poof'.
....although they do sound like they're talking through a mouth filled with potatoes :-) When I was living in Norway we had to deal with the Danes quite a bit - one of our manufacturing and repair centres was located there.
They're friendly, approachable, down to Earth and most of them have a good sense of humour and don't take themselves quite so seriously unlike their more Northern Scandinavian friends.
Really miss the guys (and gals) I got to know while we were in that part of the world. Wonderful people.
Ah, memories. My first job in IT was actually fixing RPG400 code for Y2K compliance for a large UK based insurance company (telecommuting from NZ using dial-up to CompuServe. Kill me).
But it paid very well and we used the simple trick of changing date fields to 3 digits rather than 4 - the year 2000 being 100 which made date calculations relatively simple, at least assuming they didn't have anyone born in 1890s or 1900 itself on their books.
Always annoys me when you get people going on about how the whole Y2K thing was a bit of a fizzer... of course it was, most code was fixed before then. While the world as we know it wouldn't have ended if nothing was done, there definitely would have been repercussions - mostly financial I suspect.
Trying to find an authoritative source for the info but it seems those media shots of the Euro leaders supposedly leading the march didn't show the entire story... it was a photo opportunity on a closed down, empty street.
A Twitter (I know, I know, hence trying to find authoritative source!) link: https://twitter.com/borzou/status/554606282192465920
Our... well, your brave leaders showing solidarity. PFFFFT.
The platform his company hosted probably was used to share illegal material but then again there are a lot of other cloud and file-sharing sites that are also used for this purpose. I suspect his was targeted in order to make an example and also likely to set a precedent by the US entertainment corporations. Certainly appears that way based on what I've seen/read/heard.
On a personal level I think KDC is a bit self-serving with the whole woe-is-me thing and as it turns out the raid might have been legal according to the strict letter of the law...
HOWEVER... helicopters, dogs and armed police in what almost amounts to a paramilitary invasion of his residence for what is realistically a white collar crime? And *specifically* at the behest of the FBI? That's more than a little over the top, given other white collar crime cases even if they involve a hell of a lot of money usually merit little more than a couple of squad cars and men in suits with a search warrant turning up.
Ridiculous! And it was my tax-payer money that was used for this farce which makes me furious. Yes, the NZ government is bought and paid for by the American government and associate corporations, sadly. Not only that but we're also getting actively shafted by new and draconian laws being introduced in the name of 'protecting' us from 'terrorism' - even though NZ is very much NOT a target.
Our prime minister is an arrogant, puppet clown. NZ being one of the most so-called "free" countries on the planet? Maybe to outsiders it is.
An oldie but a goodie. Relatively simple concept but it's a hell of a lot of fun. Not sure if it's still available or not but if so well worth grabbing.
If you're not already familiar with it, you have a number of boards that you connect up that contain multiple paths to get to the other side of each board, with lots of traps and conveyor belts etc . Each turn the players have a number of directional movement cards they can program into their robots to move them along in addition to the movement of the conveyor belts to take into account. The hilarity ensues as players accidentally (or more often deliberately) push others onto different squares as the 'pre-programmed' movements still take effect.
An awesome way to waste a few hours, and c'mon... card-programmed robots? Awesome!
Apropos of CAG - if you bought this and then on-sold it... would that count as "pooping back and forth forever"?
(am I allowed to laugh at my own lame jokes?)
That's pretty awesome, would have loved the opportunity to work for a while in a place like Antarctica if for nothing else but having the experience. Sadly I don't think such a remote location is conducive to married life (at least not when you still like the person you're married to...).
Hope you and your husband are very happy together in Sweden, Kevin :-)
We had a 2.0 diesel Scirocco back in 2010 and it was actually a great car to bomb around in. Hell, we took it on a 5 week driving holiday all around Europe (got some strange looks having a Norwegian plated vehicle in southern and eastern parts though). Yeah, the ride was a little rough in its 'sport' (hah!)mode but it was comfortable enough on both long and short trips otherwise. Was well built also.
Have to say that the stated top speed is about right... we got ours up to 211 kph on the German autobahn which isn't bad for a 2L automatic diesel :-) Probably could have got it a little faster given a bit more time in the fast lane but we kept getting aggressive and impatient Audi and Merc drivers crawling over our arses.
Horses for courses... it's looks are divisive (people either like or hate it) and it's effectively a Golf, but I liked it and enjoyed driving it. Although not so much on Italian roads - it's quite wide and Italian roads/drivers aren't known for being courteous or forgiving.
It's been a great few months for various space endeavours and it looks like the next few will have just as many interesting and exciting events occur also.
Apart from a lot of crap happening back here on Earth, we live in wondrous times.
I wonder if it might be something to do with the influx of foreign workers coming into these Euro countries which makes the natives a little cautious/annoyed until they get to know you?
In Norge at least there are (or were) a lot of Polish and Romanian workers flooding into the country who are much cheaper to hire than Norwegians for various (typically manual labour) jobs. This was looked on as both a good and bad thing depending on who you talked with, and whether they needed plumbing, electrical or building work done ;-)
To be fair there is a bit of that here in NZ as well with various Asian, Indian and Pacific Island immigrants. Many people here tend to be a bit stand-offish toward them until they get to know them better.
Just a thought, anyway.
You're not wrong about the costs, especially alcohol. The intriguing thing is that other than beer, the only place to buy booze by the bottle is the Vinmonopolet (literally wine monopoly) which is run by the Norsk government. It's very tightly regulated which is one reason the costs are so high.
First time I shouted a round at a pub for colleagues, the cost of it made me swear out loud. It was 4 times the cost of what it would have been in NZ.
Tromsø is fantastic - went there during both Winter and Summer. Really does feel like a city at the edge of the world. Dog-sledding under the aurora borealis is quite a surreal, mind-blowing experience.
Hey Tim - Cisco, like any huge multinational company, has both good and bad things going for it - their benefits for staff (and families) in the non-US sites are pretty good. But it's not a hugely agile company in terms of internal processes, however. When you're working for a smaller company you get used to things happening quickly and being able to implement processes/projects without toooooo much bureaucracy, something not so easy to accomplish with a huge corporate.
They bought Tandberg because their own VC offerings at the time were pretty woeful and the stuff Tandberg was putting out was generally very well regarded in the industry. As far as I know there are still quite a few Tandberg people working for the Borg, although many are/were snatched up by smaller companies.
Of course the culture at the company did change when it was bought out by the Borg but considering who the other contenders were who were looking at acquiring it... let's just say it could have been a lot worse :-)
We did the move purely as a temporary thing for around 5 years to earn a chunk of money to build our dream house once we moved back to NZ. That and just experience living in a foreign country/culture for a few years and do a bit of travel. We always intended to move back to NZ, being acquired by Cisco didn't really force the issue one way or another for us.
Scheisse... you beat me to it :-)
I'll just be in my Götterdämmerung if you need me...
Mr. Dotcom is a very polarising figure, it's true. People seem to either like him or loathe him with very little middle-ground.
That said I'd be wary of throwing out such rhetoric that "everyone in NZ is royally tired of him". The I.M. campaign certainly got a lot of younger potential voters engaged which has to be a good thing in anyone's eyes. It also hopefully opened a lot of people's eyes about the abuses of power going on by the Key led National government. While most on this site wouldn't be overly surprised at any of the revelations brought up by Greenwald and Snowden (or Mr. Dotcom himself), there are a lot of "average" New Zealanders who weren't aware of the pervasiveness of the surveillance going on and the corruption of our elected officials.
NZ's media definitely has some biases and unless you read the papers (also biased but at least a little more comprehensive) you wouldn't know a lot about what's happening. Many of the average NZ'ers are too busy worrying about what's going on with '(COUNTRY)'s GOT TALENT!" or whatever the reality TV flavour of the month is.
Yes, I think Mr. Dotcom's got a bit of an ego problem and he's almost definitely not as innocent as he would like to make out. But I still believe he's done a good thing for NZ if for no other reason than shaking up the status quo and pushing a few skeletons out of their closets. So good on him :-)
Heh, funny that - we bought a (mostly bush) lifestyle block before we left though, and used much of our ill-gotten gains obtained overseas to build our sky-castle on it on our return.
Working overseas is a great way to be able to afford to come back home and retire in style... not that we can retire just yet, dammitall.
The most bemusing thing about being away from home as long as we were, was that it became very noticeable just how similar the Oz and NZ accents are. This might be horrifying to many NZ'ers and Ozzies who think we sound very different - we do, to our ears - but to dirty foreigners we're very alike :-)
Moved to Norway from New Zealand and spent 4.5 years there (give or take a month) before returning home. While it was difficult at times and about as far from home as it is possible to be and still be on the same planet, it is an experience I will always treasure.
Living in a relatively isolated country like NZ it was very easy to become quite insular in your way of thinking and looking at the rest of the world, wondering why various 'dirty foreigners' do the things they do, say the things they say, think the things they think. But then you move somewhere unfamiliar and your whole worldview is shifted - usually for the better. It really does give you an appreciation for other cultures, other ways of thinking, and is something that everyone should try and do at least once in their lives.
Great article - looking forward to seeing more in the future :-)
After that comes a human mobe-molesting version of Robot Wars (I loved that show, what ever happened to it?)... wouldn't that be awesome?
The carnage would be GLORIOUS.
Just bought one of those Das Keyboard 4 Pro jobbies the other day (Cherry MX brown). Eye-wateringly expensive but the thing reeks quality. Feels really nice to actually type on which is good for the writing hobby but have yet to game on it much though so have yet to form an opinion of it as a gaming keyboard.
Not a mouse user, I use a Kensington trackball (left handed) instead... when I've been to LANs people look at my setup and have difficulty believing you can game with such a thing. Works quite well though and as it doesn't move around the desk you don't need much real-estate.
Sadly my terrible gaming performance is more due to my laughable skills than the equipment I use. Suspect this is actually the case in the majority of instances amongst gamers :-)
With you on the audio. I've got one of the i5 current gen models and the interference noise via the audio outputs is very noticeable. Problem is it even comes across if you use the HDMI audio functionality on the damned thing.
The only work-around I've found is to use some sort of USB audio which kinda defeats the purpose of an all-in-one unit. It's small and quiet but yeah, Intel haven't impressed with these. Interested to see they're implementing digital audio with these new ones on at least some of the models. Guessing they haven't been able to figure out a way around the interference issue (if that's what the problem is) on the analogue audio.
So the NUC - great concept poorly carried out. Shame on you, Intel.
We evolved primates are still easily manipulated on the whole. How much of what is done around the world is already electronic, even when human labour is involved somewhere along the line?
Say you have an AI, for argument's sake called EvilOverlord 1.0. EvilOverlord 1.0's cryogenic cooling systems spring a leak and need repairing then topping up. EvilOverlord 1.0 sends off an order via some automated booking website or via email (the HORROR) for some techs/engineers to turn up and repair the system, ostensibly signed off by some guy (real or impersonated). If the invoice is paid at the end of the day, who's gonna question it? Some trucking company delivers a few cylinders of cryogenic coolant which is then received and the system topped up by some other engineer who has received a job in his ticketing system.
There you go, lots of humans involved in servicing/repairing our EvilOverlord 1.0 without even being aware of it.
Sure, some catastrophic event might be more problematic but in that instance we'd probably all have more to worry about anyway :-)
...It's as if the voices of a million bogans cried out and were suddenly silenced...
Sorry to any SW fans in the audience.
We've had it enabled for a few days now and have only seen one instance of buffering while watching Netflix (and that instance wasn't during prime-time either). I'm guessing Slingshot have enabled some jiggery-pokery on their routers that give preferential treatment to certain types of network traffic or to certain sites, perhaps.
So far so good as far as I'm concerned :-) Go Slingshot!
Ah, good ol' alt.tasteless... I used to hang around on there a few years back. There were some real gems, both in terms of posts and the people that posted them.
Have an upvote for nostalgia's sake :-)
Similar, only a lot more gritty and they'll do a real number on your teeth.
Personally I prefer Jaffas... :-)
...as a few million gamers cried out in horror then were silenced, forever.
As if we needed another reason to dislike the Zuckerberg empire. What a crying shame.
No other NZ'ers posting? Must be feathered roadkill on the interwebs motorway :-o
Good point, Steven :-)
Never had lego as a kid but I did have Stickle-Bricks.. those were awesome (and I still have them somewhere). Yes, most things did end up exploding afterward.
Huh... never thought about the contamination aspect to it although I have to admit that I'd be a little surprised if there was anything still surviving on the craft after all these years exposed to vacuum and radiation. Still, stranger things have happened, right?
And, to be fair, better (and higher paid) minds than mine have obviously thought it through :-)
The malfunctioning aspect wouldn't be too much of an issue though, given how remote the thing is and the chance of it damaging anything much.
Appreciate the response, Cray74 - thank you.
...they are going to deliberately de-orbit the probe rather than simply guiding it into a somewhat stable orbit once the fuel is exhausted? Surely they would still be able to get useful data from it periodically if they parked it?
After all, it's not like they're going to clutter Saturn space with junk any time soon the way we have with Earth :-)
How does the chocolate factory make money? Adverts. How do knowledgable people negate the annoyance of these adverts when browsing around t'web? Adblock type browser plugins.
Google have cottoned onto this and will now be delivering their adverts to you IN PERSON so they cannot be ignored... well, person in the form of a robot or drone.
Beware the robotic dog busting down your door, "YOU ARE THE MILLIONTH PERSON AND HAVE WON A FABULOUS PRIZE, JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK!"
I am forever grateful to people like Mr. Plait who are so enthusiastic and passionate about astronomy, science and the like. You cannot help but get swept up at least a little bit in the excitement when you hear/watch/read what they have to say.
It is unfortunate that we have so many others trying to drag us back into the stone age with their attitudes and beliefs, but I'd like to think that despite this we are still slowly but surely moving ahead toward an enlightened future as a species. Due in part to people like Phil.
Great article/interview, would love to see more of this sort of thing on El Reg :-)
Was hoping a fellow NZ'er would pipe up with that reference :-)
Not to mention bakeries and pies are pretty much ubiquitous; donuts simply aren't a common snack food item here.
"The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?"
Uh, perhaps because that's where Pukeko Pictures is based? Just a thought :-)
Thanks for the concise, easy to understand explanation, Mike. I'd been wondering the same thing myself - why bother outside of the "because I can" explanation (and I am very pro pure-science research). That's actually quite a fascinating question; whether or not these 'superheavy' elements would behave as per their table grouping, if they could be produced in a stable form that didn't immediately self-destruct.
Greetings all, I would like, if I may, to pick your collective delicious, juicy brain-meats...
I've got an aging 64GB iPod touch that I'd like to look at replacing sometime, ideally replacing it with something other than an Apple product (call me disillusioned). I've got a fairly sizable collection of music including stuff purchased through iTunes, so a device capable of playing those AAC files as well would be a plus if such a thing exists... otherwise I can just convert to MP3 but that would take a while and I'm lazy...
So, what would you recommend? The device *needs* to have:
- at least 64 GB storage
- be able to fit in a pocket
- preferably not be reliant on iTunes or another specialist software suite to transfer files (but can be flexible on this point)
- NOT Apple
I'm not in the market for a replacement mobile phone, however if the 'perfect' device happens to be one, so be it. What would you lovely people recommend and more importantly WHY would you recommend it?
...on my part, but what would stop your hyper-intelligent jellyfish-rat heart from getting bored one day, ripping free from where it was implanted inside your chest, and swimming around your delicious, juicy, oozing internal organs and stinging you to death from the inside...?
"...is that the language is pretty well defined and has established usage."
Your rather inflexible viewpoint and the fact that I am annoyed I have to accept a 'second-rate' legal agreement instead of a proper marriage to my male partner aside, I downvoted you because of that one statement. Languages are a naturally evolving thing and the usage, definition, pronounciation etc. of words does change over time.
Unlike, it seems, your point of view.
Drunk Spiders Arrested after Orbital Hit & Run Incident
AP - Several hundred underaged orb-web spiderlings well over the legal alcohol limit were taken into custody today after their vehicle was involved in a hit and run incident in low Earth orbit. According to eye-witness accounts from those onboard the ISS, the spiderlings had gorged themselves on wine and trout caviar onlty to leg it after the capsule they had space-jacked collided with the station. For further developments, please click this web link...
Agreed - although IANAP (I am not a programmer) I wouldn't have thought the cost to port from the XBox to the PC would be that expensive. And while the PC version wouldn't necessarily sell as well as the console version, there would still be *some* profit there, surely?
Not being snarky, but a genuine question? I have a touch but when I need to move onto something else, I'd like to go something non-Apple. What other reasonably high capacity but pocketable players are out there that are actually any good?
...is probably the most likely suspect, donning my tin-foil hat for a moment. They have been caught red-handed operating intelligence operatives in many ostensibly "friendly" countries - ref the passport scandal a few months or a year or so ago whenever it was.
Then there was the Israeli intelligence interference that only came to light in NZ recently.
As for US involvement? Possibly, who knows. The US is so closely involved with Israel that they share the same bloody intestinal flora.
An antipodean (NZ, but possibly also Asstralian) delight after a night on the sauce is a dried up horror of a pie from a petrol-station pie-warmer.
Crusty and a sensible temperature on the outside, full of 1000 degree meat-something on the inside. Even better if it is a steak & cheese, or mince & cheese pie of the Big Ben brand - in that case there is a brown smear of something that might have once possibly *seen* meat in passing, and the cheese is hotter than molten Aluminium.
What you would compare this to, however, is beyond me.
I wont even mention what happens to a sausage roll after being in a petrol-station pie-warmer all day...
Well played that, Sir :-D