548 posts • joined 7 Jul 2008
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!
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!
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