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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!
Re: Not Harmless @Wizrd1
You wrote: "But then, a delivery system that is destroyed when done is a good delivery system."
What about the Fe/Ti nanotubes? They could clog up your arteries really seriously!
Re: Not as worrying as... @ Kevin Johnston
I recall that when I was in the army, each sheet had "WD Property" printed next to the perforations. That was fairly nclose to the Izal standard, as well.
There was also a requirement that one had to have two sheets in one's fully packed 'small pack' at all times.
Re: not a tongue twister @ Sir Digalot
Ah! Spoonerisms! The Thais mentally carry on spoonerising everything you say to them, so you have to be quite careful when speaking to avoid certain combinations of words and there are actually rules laid down for writing poetry which stipulate sets of words which cannot be used in combination.
You cannot say "The teacher is ill." you have to phrase it as "The teacher is not well." The first form will automatically be spoonerised into "crab's penis."
There are some nice ones in English, however. "After our hymn: 'The shoving leopard' a meeting will be halled in the hell below the Church."
Re: I'm not the pheasant plucker ... @ Pete 2
Nuclear - or as Homer Simpson says: "That's pronounced 'nukular.'"
Re: Red lorry Yellow Lorry @ Khaptain
Must say that when I was in Chiang Mai, the students had difficulty with "Red river, Yellow river."
Quite a few Chemistry students had difficulty with the concept of "red lead,"
Re: Wrong logo @I ain't Spartacus
Eh? Tuck in the dormitory? What would matron say?
Re: Why a hexagon?
I seem to recall that Buckminster Fuller was largely into hexagons (hexaga?) when devising geodesic spheres - (hex-penta-hex-penta....). tensegrity at work.
Electrically conductive condoms - wow!
I thought that graphene, being a monoatomic sheet of carbon was a net made up largely of hexagonal holes; is this what one wants in a condom?
(OK, I know - spermatozoa are rather large compared to the inter atomic distances of atoms in graphite/ene, but it was just a thought. If you're trying to persuade people to use graphene condoms, you have to counter the idea those people might have that you're just selling them net curtains.)
Raincoat, obviously (Thai slang for a condom!)
As any fule no
At the end of the dig, the team discovered two doors leading out of the wine cellar. They plan to explore these in 2015.
These are an essential part of any drinking hall - they lead to the toilets!
"So however you phrase it, you're going to upset somebody."
Yes, but it's going to take 13 billion years for their complaint to reach us, added to the 13 billion years needed for them to get the original signal and be offended, so we'll probably have moved on by then.
Re: Neurinos have mass,
Didn't even know they were Catholics!
(Courtesy Dan Brown:Angels and Demons.)
Re: Wouldn't a vacuum be better? Uncle Slacky
Graham's Law: The lower the vapour density, the faster a gas will diffuse.
This is not really new. I recall working at ICL when they were producing "New Range". One of their tech triumphs was a 100Meg Disc drive with the actual platter/head chamber filled with pressurised Helium.
They were the size of a fridge-freezer.
Made a change from the old ED30's 30Meg drives the size of a washing machine, with replaceable "Cake-cover" 14-plate disk packs, and the heads driven by hydraulics!
Oh, come on Frankee; they've been using us as experimental animals for cnturies; luckily they're humane researchers.
Re: ok. @Theodore
Depends how blithe you are!
Re: MIT? Bah! Humbug! @Sandtitz
"The 1 nanoKelvin reached at MIT is rather warmer than the 100 picokelvins reached by the boffins in Finland."
I always thought 1 nanokelvin was the ambient temperature in Finland - listen to "The Swan of Tuonela"
Ex Africa semper aliquid novum?
Re: It's a good start.
"Nazi Germany had Christian's in it but Hitler was not a Christian he believed in Arianism, which was a mystical belief system that they were superior to all others."
I think you're a little mixed up here - the Nazi theoreticians believed that the _Aryans_ were superior to all others; I doubt if any of them could even have explained the Arian heresy, let alone have followed it.
Re: Noise pollution @Dr Paul Taylor
"Just play the f**king music!", I frequently yell at it.
Just like me - while still in UK I eventually gave up listenig to R3, and considered Classic FM 'cruel and unusual punishment.'
So they're just like Chinese ghosts, then.
Re: Really can't find an excuse to buy one
Know just how you feel!
Re: Bankrupt - No wonder @LarsG
A joke going the rounds here (in Crete) has Angela Merkel arriving at Athens Airport and being checked by an immigration officer who does not recohnise her; the conversation goes like this:
Name? Angela Merkel.
Occupation? No, I am just here for the conference.
Re: OMG @Daniel B
"Nobody would leave their car unlocked on the street with the ignition key on," A sight frequently seen in Crete even with engine running (and with the hazard lights on, parked in the middle of the road)!
Comment from a Cretan taxi driver when asked why we never saw any police "We don't need police here; we are good people!"
Re: Apple is indeed in decline...
Rather like the WWI Officer (disobeying a 'retreat' order) sending the message "Retreating at full speed towards the enemy."
Re: Wanted: Thieves with good eyesight
Reminds me of our Lada - no one ever twoc(k)ed a Lada!
> Those were the days, you never forget your first airfix, which generally came a long time before the first woman, but on the whole was probably more enjoyable and somewhat quieter...
Cue the Roger Vadim blockbuster: "And God Created Airfix"
Actually in my day it was balsa wood, pins, razor blades, balsa cement and tissue paper ... and you could get the rubber band (motor) if you showed the shop your completed model, rubber being a scarce wartime commodity.
Bottle of banana oil dope in the pocket.
Re: Doesn't matter much @LazyLazyman
Mongolian may look like Arabic, I'll grant you (even though it seems often to be written vertically), but Tibetan surely bears more resemblance to Sanskrit. Can't comment on Manchu - never knowingly seen any.
Re: No wonder @Goldmember
Was it Stephen Leacock who wrote "Nobody can read Russian, that is why all their books have to be translated."
Re: Time for some social engineering
Reading books while helping elderly people across the road could be somewhat dangerous!
@ Frank Haney
We all know what happened to Desdemona - Shakespeare's still collecting royalties!
Re: Something not quite right.. @Seven of Five
At least "Bild" means picture(s), so in Germany you don't have to get the oxymoron "Bild reader" paralleling UK's "Sun reader"!
(Incidentally, could you get me an introduction to your sibling Seven of Nine?)
Re: Poor guy @ I ain't Spartacus
Ever read "Lamb Amirstan"? Short Story - don't remember the writer!
Re: Twin blades shave you better?
Alternatively, just grow a beard!
Re: Guy Fawkes too
My respects to Glubb Pasha!
Pardons and pardons!
On a totally different subject, but very pertinent to this business of old laws being repealed or whatever.
1 I think no one nowadays pays a five-shilling fine for not attending an Anglican service on Sunday - come on George, you could clear Britain's debt by retroactively collecting all that money.
2 When I was a boy, brought up Catholic, it was a mortal sin to attend a service in any other church than a RC church - if you had a relatrive's wedding or funeral to attend, you had to get a special dispensation from the Bishop. If you died in an accident on the way home from attending an un-dispensated service, you would, of course, have died in a state of mortal sin and gone straight to Hell!
I did not actually remain a Catholic, and spent some years after my retirement from full-time work singing in a choir at Manchester Cathedral (CofE).
Lo and behold, some of the services we then sang at were concelebrations of the Eucharist with the Bishop of Manchester (CofE) and the Bishop of Salford (RC) presiding! (I must mention that the Bishop of Salford used to bring his own consecrated bread with him, since the Catholics still have some reservations about whether CofE clergy are able to work the Transubstantion.) But the congregation were invited to take Communion, and it did not seem to matter which officiate they went to!
Not only that but a year or so ago, there was Pope Benedict XVI with the Archbishop of Canterbury joining in a service in Westminster Abbey - a church long Catholic but changed hands during the Reformation.
Now, are all the poor Catholics suffering in Hell for having entered churches or taken part in services of other denominations to be released from Hell? What they did is no longer a sin, so should they be punished while Johnny-come-lately Catholics are free to attend services in other churches?
What about Catholics who might attend a teaching from the Dalai Lama? Is that still anathema?
Is Armageddon upon us?
Re: Complexity !
Yes, and any random line from Omar Khayyam - easy to remember but difficult to break.
"Organisers told The Reg that volunteers can get themselves to the head of the queue for a free snip by registering for updates here. ®
Disaster recovery best practices"
As it appeared on the web page.
Re: Assassins or police, not so much
"Hal running my house?" Oh yes?
I'm just going to take a shower.
I can't allow you to do that, Dave!
I need a crap.
I'm sorry Dave, you can't do that.
Re: Mark my words
"Robots are just after our jobs and our wimmin." And our parking spaces!
Re: So much for respecting the religious beliefs of other people. @ Nigel 11 15:09
I often find myself lapsing into solipsism - apart from anything else, I find some of the phenomena around me to be impoisible: just how do the slender wings of the modern airbuses etc provide enough lift to raise those monstrous forms stuffed full of people into the air?
Re: So much for respecting the religious beliefs of other people. @ Lamont Cranston
"Any pointers on how I can be a better agnostic?"
Easy, just agnos!
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