A fine example of Muphry's Law in action
187 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
Where is the graphic from?
Where is the graphic that heads this article from? I can't see anything like that on gov.uk.
I just visited the site, spurred by this article, and er, it didn't really seem too 'shiny'. Quite clear, really.
Admittedly at first sight, it seems quite useable. Obviously I'm not 'corporate' and didn't have any real business to do so it's not a thorough test.
Anyway, where is that graphic from - am I looking at the same site?
massive job cuts?
You mean Ebay actually has real employees?
Re: Trolling for suckers
that's trawl not troll.
Where was this study done?
A speed-dating venue in Singapore. Not exactly a 'scientific' sample. A fine example of bad science, bad statisics etc.
I know Valentine's day is approaching and this kind of nonsense tends to float to the top of the journalist's pond around now, but even the researcher's called Valentine!
Come to think of it it's probably not bad science, just completely made up.
Which is much better.
Dictionary swallowed but not digested
metaphors (6) , paradigms (2) - but it seemed like more
...what about the Met Office radar? Will nobody think of the Met Office radar?
...a group of Americans...3000 AD?
I don't think so.
History suggests otherwise.
Re: "dull and demotivating",
Indeed. Aren't most school lessons dull and demotivating? When I was there, I thought that was the whole idea.
Lush - Luxury?
Have you seen their products?
Blue Peter could fix this, no problem.
logical extension of a laptop?
Sounds like a pitch for a TV series.
That pop-up looks like a poorly executed rogue pop-up. No microsoft branding etc. my first reaction was - what the hell's this? malware? My first instinct was to close it and run a malware check and berate myself for visiting some dodgy website.
Then it dawned on me it was the Microsoft EU thing come to pass - but I wonder if plenty of other people had the same reaction I did. Inspired visual design I'd say
for something completely different!
Not enough information, surely
I can't see there being enough information available in a 2d image to generate believable 3d consistently. Presumably relative movement of parts of the image could work in some cases, given enough computing power, (maybe NASA's got some spare time?) but I reckon the result would be even more nauseating (literally) than 'genuine' 3d.
is really a cry for help.
I doubt that that's evolution at work, it's more likely cultural inheritance. No less impressive for that though.
It' s the likes of you that prevents me getting to sleep at night - tormented by the sound of exploding petrol stations.
wrapped with what?
but thank God it's a politician proposing it, so it's fully innoculated against actually happening.
We already did
only we had a more convenient source of labour in Ireland.
Parasite? Newsagent?? Surely they're honest-to-goodness Information Pimps, and as such perform a valuable social function.
Banks, and another thing...
...I love it when they phone you up out of the blue and immediately start asking you security questions to prove *your* identity. I always ask them how do I know they're who they say they are as my phone says 'number withheld' and they generally get put out by my effrontery.
The clue is in the title.
Probably had electric starters.
I dont't think so. Looks like one of those badly dubbed euro ads.
The biggest and probably the most expensive machine on the planet and a random bird knocks it out? That's the sort of class-act cock-up I would create. A case of tunnel (sic) vision in the design department?
To quote Groucho Marx:
Outside of the improvement, no one will notice the difference.
Empty the Prisons!
That's it! Don't waste all that money on locking people up - just give them a 'criminal record' and send them on their way. They won't be able to get any kind of job and will be permanently consigned to an underclass of CRB branded sub-citizens. What could possibly go wrong?
'GIMPS said it would donate $25,000 of the prize money to charity and award $50,000 to the UCLA math department.'
OK , 25,000 + 50,000 = 75,000? so er, where's the rest of the 100,000 going?
Maybe they can't add up.?
@AC who called me an idiot
a)I know perfectly well how it would be done - by firing thrust in the opposite direction - that was precisely my point.
b)You can't spell - idiot.
One thought occurs to me. I can see that a good lick of speed can be built up over a long period of time with a low powered engine, the problem, however, would be stopping. The low power would take an eqivalently long time to de-accelerate the craft. Net result: no real saving in time (though maybe in fuel?).
re: tax avoidance
scheme wouldnt work - or at least would be tax neutral - as you'd have to pay inome tax on the money you received. And think of the paperwork...
I don't think so. Presumably a machine can only mark 'tick the box' questionaires, which aren't really exams at all.
microfabricated polyimide stimulating electrode array with sputtered iridium oxide electrodes
...because you're worth it.
Why do all the people who are involved in these types of business tend to have made-up names straight out of some second rate SF novel? Stratis Scleparis and Kent Ertugrul indeed!
Never heard of James Martin..
but now I have. Damn.
I can just about get the idea of 3d cinema - a sort of total immersion experience as a substitute for actually doing something. But on a TV the little 3d images will just be - I can not think of a better word - silly. The whole 3d thing smacks of desperation to me.
smart-missile 8-pack = 8?
or: ' *It's no coincidence that both systems hold one less than a square number:'?
Actually it's been a rather good summer. Most figs for 10 years, (I'm in Norfolk,UK) and the fig tree likes summer. The harvest was in weeks ago...
If you keep telling people (actually it seems more like a nervous tic afflicting half the population) that it's been a lousy summer they all seem to believe it.
further research ...
Call me cynical, but whenever I see those words I know exactly what's going on.
A little unfair...
...to compare a country with the geographical spread of the USA with small places like South Korea, Japan and Sweeden with (relatively) dense populations. Most of those white regions are deserts and suchlike - certainly low population densities. I know the - 'there's no call for it' - statements from providers can be a tad irritating, (I remember BT's glacially slow broadband 'roll-out') but if you live in the middle of the Arizona desert, it's probably true.
100 years later...
I can't help thinking that the passage of 100 years should have enabled a greater advance in speed than 12mph.
What's up with those weird (dated?) .ftp file names? Seems a logical progression -albeit missing years - until DEFE 24/2086. Is this an insight into the MoD mindset?
Not about saving the money
Surely, it's whether it's a 'good idea' or not.
Government spending is just re-cycling our own money - if they don't spend it on this, they'll spend it on something else, probably equally daft like jet fighters or battleships.
Not doing this project won't actually 'save' any money. The money goes back into the economy whatever it's spent on.
he main economic concern is who most directly benefits from the money flow.
Why not make it look nice?
You know, thatched roof, mock tudor beams etc. Lovely.
21m spams from a (presumably ) legal server = 250k
Botnet herder (totally illegal in all respects), 9bn spams = 75k
Doesn't add up.