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Re: Secret mode? @Javapapa
"In the beginning, God said the four-dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric,
second rank tensor equals zero, and there was Light, and it was good."
(Can't remember where I snitched this from - apologies to originator)
Re: Does it follow @Martin Maloney
I was an avid reader of Len Deighton's works when they first came out, and on later seeing many of them transferred to the screen was surprised to note that the central character had acquired a name. My hazy memory informs me that the only times he was ever addressed by a name in the canon was as "English" by Colonel Stok.; am I wrong?
Re: Take that @ TechnicalBen
Remember Emo Phillips's one liner?
"A computer beat me at chess; but it was no match for me at kickboxing."
The "est" is superfluous - perhaps you haven't read much Tacitus?
Worked on testing these - hydraulic head actuators!.
Went on to EDS60s with voice-coil head movements, and with "New Range" we had 100Mb drives with bthe platters running in sealed containers with pessurised Helium; the unit was the size of a fridge-freezer.
@Andy the Hat
I saw that as "manmade walrus" - gave me pause for thought!
Re: George Osborne is the saviour of the Universe @ AC '6 hours ago'
You wrote: "Any quantity of virgins over 3 is unlikely going to be *heaven* anyway. Anyone who has a few sisters knows that the recipient is not going to enjoy himself very much.."
And think of 46 mothers-in-law!
Classic reply to "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
For most of my life, the "witty" answer has been "For some fowl purpose." Which led to my making up the following: Why did the dolphin cross the river? For some foul porpoise.
Re: Good @ Yet anotheranon.....
As to wor4king in Data Mines - remember PICK?
@ Vincent Ballard
¨Ad astra tabernamque¨
I aḿ not happy about that ´que´; it implies an equality between the two things named by the nouns. Remember the great schism, the split between Rome and the Eastern church, was prompted in part by by the inclusion of the word ´Filioque´ in the Nicene Creed.
Re: Sorry about this..
Etonian graduates, not to forget Fettes, Harrow, Charterhouse, Westminster..... graduates!
Why are we eginning to use th American phrase: ¨high-school graduate¨?
Re: femtobarns @Arnaud the less
The quote was _inverse_ femtobarns; could be pretty large!
Re: Yes a stein
An upvote for the Franziskaner Dunkel!
Re: I beg to differ @ Sebastian BBrosig
Tacitus, and most classical Latinists, would not have needed the ¨est.¨
@ Grease Monkey
Don´t forget, also, that you _MUST NOT_ silence the ads on TV, nor FF over them on recordings!
Re: Missing matter? @Martin Budden
¨You could call her Newt for short.¨ And if sheś very small, you could call her ´My Newt.´
Re: Brooks is FOUND innocent @Red Bren
You get my upvote for that "unless", a point I have repeatedly had to make to commentards who say "until."
Re: Nobody will take the rap @dan1980
And don't forget the "Lessons have been learnt" mantra
Re: Entire article fails to mention the other factor... @Nick Ryan
" I'll be buggered if I know how to use a slide rule either." Poor chap! I got my first one at age 11 - celluloid glued to paper glued to wood. Necessary for School Certificate Physics and Chemistry.
Plastic eventually took over, and I've still got a Faber Castell I used much later.: folded dual scale (so 10" was effectvely 20") with reciprocal scale in the centre of the slide, sin, cos, tan scales on the back (not to mention the bibulous shin, cosh, and tanh), and a little KW to HP coversion offset on he cursor..
Who needs a calclator?
Yes, I know, some Japanese whizz-kid with a soroban (abacus) can do it faster!
Re: Industrial scale
"Urine from farm animals ..." My first job after leaving school in 1950 was as a technician in a pharmaceutical company development research lab.After settling i, I was given the task of synthesising a number of androgens. Considerable literature research was necessary to find suitable methods. I was amazed at the fact that in those days a major source of steroids and hormones entering aademic and industrial laboratories for investigation was pregnant mares' urine.
Re: Best sub-heading ever! @Steven Raith
Must say I'm a devotee of the Keith Floyd school of cooing myself!
Re: Back and forth@AC
I remember this book well; read in early '50's. Also remember the furore it caused and the accusations that boffins had closed minds.
What happened to Adamski?
And then, later, we had the Von Daenniken oeuvre.
Re: ICO are worthless
The enforced dismissals is the clincher; responsibility doesn't stop at the clerk/office worker actually making the mistake, they have supervisors and setters of security policy.
A local authority justt laughs at a fine: therre are plenty of taxpayers! Start sacking officers and managers, and you could 'concentrate their minds.'
@ Nigel 11
It's when they issue official denials of official denials it gets interesting.
Re: 1st thing created @ a3aan
And get the explosion on the word "Light" in Haydn's Creation!
Re: Stop using Boffin's puhlease @Richrd 12
"The Dail Mail, Fox News etc tend to report on trick-cyclists as if they were actual boffins." Or even homeopaths!
Re: Get your tin-foil hats here -- at these prices I'm cutting my own throat @Rob Carriere
"The positrons would be the anti-matter bits." From the positron's point of view surely the electron is the anti bit!
Re: Whats the matter? @Richrd Gladsden
"QFT people tend to dislike "virtual particles" as confusing." QFT people wouidn't be half as confused by VP's as ordinary folk like me!
Re: Get in Early @Tom 38
"A cab cabal" Love it!
WS3.3? How effete! I remember in WS 1 having to hex-edit a few bytes near the end of the program to determine which (dot-matrix) printer it would output to.
An ant, or a stream of ants, crawling up a table leg to get to some spilled sugar, is unaware of the table, or even the concept of a table, or indeed of the concept of a universe in which tables, makers of tables and spillers of sugar do or could exist.
Physicists being somewhat more sophisticated than ants can measure and speculate about the universe as so far revealed to their understanding, but are still very much in the 'dark.'
Postulating a 'missing' 90 odd percent of the mass of our universe for which they are unable to account they come up with the 'dark matter' idea.
Could not this matter actually be the hardware on which the current simulacrum of a physical universe is running?
Dum bibo spero.
"but won't the stars be the other way up in Australia?" And, no doubt, swirling counterclockwise!
Re: Breaking News!! @ Michael Wojcik
"Of course, per the Cartesian Evil Genius argument, even with mathematics we can never be sure that our thought processes haven't been deranged by some outside influence, and so what we believe follows from a series of formal propositions may in fact be illogical."
Rember Russel's quote: "Mathmatics is the subject in which we neither know what we are talking about no whether what e say is true."
This after completion of Pribcipia Mathematica with Whitehead.
Re: Breaking News!! @ Naughtyhorse
"Wasn't it recently established that you get better government by randomly picking names from a phone book than from ANY of the diluted flavours of democracy currently practiced?"
You've read Chesterton's "The Napoleon of Notting Hill"?
Re: Choose your poison @Trevor Pott
mmmmm Talisker or Laphrog Quarter-cask!!
Re: INFANT? @ heidilee2
I'm glad you raised this point - as a confirmed pedant of 80 years, I can really go to town on it.
The word 'infant' is strictly a legal term from the Latin 'infans' = 'not speaking', meaning one who was unable to 'speak' in a court, or unable to make a contract. Until fairly recently, the term 'infant' applied up to the age of 21, later reduced to 18 - when I was a National Serviceman, liable to be sent to fight in the Korean War, I was unable to vote.
Kindergarten, primary, secondary and in some cases even in university (I had uni entrance at 16) we were all infants.
Re: Einstein's answer: @Steven Goldfarb.
And, thinking about my previous post: would an anti-electron-neutrino be a positron-neutrino?
Re: Einstein's answer: @Steven Goldfarb.
Antimatter behaves like matter going backward in time. Most properties are the same, but the charge is opposite.
Is there such a thing as an anti-neutron?
Re: And if it doesn't work...@ Michael Wojcik
"It's not divisible by 2. Glad to contribute!"
Re: Erm...@Bert 1
Hey, I posted that last year, and was suitably corrected by a kind commentard who pointed out that 31st April was May Day.
Re: "In conjunction with Electronics Today International. " @ Fr. Ted Crilly
"One word, 'Proops'" Now you're talking. Remember Smiths of Edgeware Road - cases and cases of EF50's; and all the 'surplus' shops in Newport Street cheek by jowl with St John's Hospital. We actually used a fair amount of 'surplus' gear at work, adapting some of those aerial cameras as recorders for oscilloscopes. Gernsback's Radio Electronics, Wireless World were my staple reading on the train home from work long before ETI came out; they were only 2/6 each at W H Smith's in Victoria station.
Mind you, the department I worked in did still have a couple of gold-plated quartz fibre electrocardiographs wirg rgeir massive magbets - sadly no longer in use their place having been taken by the Almqvist and subsequent 'tronic models.
Re: Paranoia @Wyzrd1
"Obviously not even Mars." I don't know....when you get that awful goo under your denture, you begin to wonder!
Re: Stop this nonsense forthwith, saith the icon @frank ly
As Pope wrote:
So naturalists observe the flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey.
Or in the vernacular:
Little fleas have smaller fleas upon their backs to bite 'em.
Smaller fleas have smaller fleas abd so ad infinitum.
Re: I think I speak for most when I say...
Yeah, back to the statutory Feynman quote: "Anyone who thinks they understand quantum physics doesn't."
Re: How the hell do you squeeze a vacuum?
Use the Denis Healey method - tax it till the pips squeak!
Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....
"The people making money are the people selling this sort of tripe."
As the old saying during the gold rush has it "You make more money selling pickaxes than prospecting for gold."
Re: @Capita @Douglas83
There's probably some rule at work here, just as in court, a jury is not allowed to know of a defendant's previous convictions.
Re: 1.3 billion?????
"Are there any polite words to describe those involved in defence procurement?" No!
Got as far as this line: "a series of blunders after Capita was awarded the contract in 2011." and immediately thought: "That was the first blunder!"
@ Chris Miller
"The amount of magma in the rig is << 1 cubic millimetre."
Still burn a good sized hole in a safety-spec lens, and the material behind it!
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