632 posts • joined 5 Aug 2008
I just don’t get why people are so eager for these leeks.
<span voice="homer">Mmmmmm … leeks …</span>
Re: Rare earth
solo, in my view, that war was fought over an economic privilege (British access to Spanish colonial markets), unrelated to greed for any area in hectares; neither side in this war had territorial expansion as a goal.
Re: Rare earth
solo, greed for which area in hectares was the reason for the War of Jenkins’ Ear?
Re: To quote, from memory, a Ms Bee riposte
Betacam, did reading the article’s headline not provide a sufficient clue regarding the article’s contents?
my death-tech CV
My preferred death-tech is the cream sauce — we’re all familiar with the race between the tortoise and the hare.
Re: Ars gratia lucrum
Mike, one must observe the proprieties for best effect:
Ars gratia lucri
Re: Laboratory Street
MyBackDoor, you can answer your own question by looking at the data on the Consumer Reports annual reports page, where you can also find tax returns and audited financial statements for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. As an example, between 2012-06-01 and 2013-05-31, they had 234 M$ of subscription and newsstand sales. Do you expect to know all of their four million subscribers personally?
FormerKowloonTonger, to which race does Apple Inc. belong?
Re: Federal law from late 1800s applies
Kev99, in the particular case of Florida, the law in question could have been An Act amending, and supplementary to, the “Act for ascertaining claims and titles to land in the territory of Florida,” and to provide for the survey and disposal of the public lands in Florida. (AKA the Act of March 3, 1823 [3 Stat. 754]), which in its Section 12 established that all navigable rivers and waters of Florida (thereby including its coastal waters) were public highways.
Does it have a removable battery?
James 51, I took a terrific battery, sealed 3450mAh as meaning that it was non-(readily-)removable.
Tromos, a 480 × 320 resolution is doubled either with 960 × 320 or with 480 × 640 — either of these will accommodate two copies at the original resolution. A 960 × 640 resolution will accommodate four copies at the original resolution — hence quadrupled.
Adam and Alan,
The original iPhone, back in 2007, had a resolution of 480x320 pixels. When Apple moved to Retina displays with the iPhone 4, it simply doubled that to 960x640.since (480 × 320) pixels = 153,600 pixels, and (960 × 640) pixels = 614,400 pixels, perhaps you’d meant “quadrupled”?
Re: I hope he took AppleCare
Martijn Otto, if he did have AppleCare on one of the departed devices, and they made a video of going to the local Apple store to make a claim on the remains while acting as if it were his first ever mobile phone — that would be funny. “It was running slowly, so I pressed that big button a couple of times, and all of a sudden, BOOM!”
I know of one who’s returned his iPhone 6 already. And yes, I said “his”.
But did you mean an epicene “his”, or a masculine “his”?
the US never ever extradites US citizens to the UK for any reason whatsoever
Vociferous, I’ll refer you to this post from 2012, which points you to a written answer in Hansard from late 2011, which will provide you with the minimum number — a positive integer — of US nationals who have been extradited from the US to the UK. (Extraditions from the US to Scotland were not included in the answer.)
Re: More like…
Convergent Technologies Operating System? shudder
Aged 70, Larry is three years past the official US retirement age.
Gavin, given his year of birth, his “official US retirement age” (i.e. when he qualified for full Social Security benefits) was 66. People who were born after 1st January 1960 are the ones who’ll need to reach 67, presuming that the Social Security Trust Fund still has something in it to pay out then.
Re: I don’t like it.
msknight, you could take your custom for everyday goods to places which don’t accept credit cards, so that your cash isn’t used to subsidize cardholders.
Re: Number ranges
rhydian, the first three digits after +1 determine the country of a NANP telephone number (some Caribbean countries are also part of the NANP). If UK telephone numbers have a similar geographic prefix, then a similar solution ought to be possible there.
Re: The real issue here
Ledswinger, like the UK, Denmark has an opt-out from the euro, and they still use their krone. It is in ERM II, though, so it follows the euro fairly closely.
Re: If prices go up, we’ll know whom to blame.
dmck, the difference with the Irish situation is not the EU, but rather the CTA. If Scotland votes yes and needs to apply as a new EU member, it would need to implement Schengen unless it were granted an opt-out, so that it could remain in the CTA. Alternatively, it could follow Sweden’s example with the euro and purposely never meet at least one of the Schengen prerequisites, if the rest of the EU were willing to turn a blind eye towards that.
Re: for an IT site
Lionel, Wales is not a kingdom. Northern Ireland is what remains of the Kingdom of Ireland.
Re: What’s in a name?
Phil O’Sophical, it is an independent kingdom, albeit one that has always had its monarch in personal union with that of the kingdom of England. My only point was to propose that in the event of Scottish independence, the term United Kingdom could still apply to the remainder of the current UK if “England” were substituted for “Great Britain”; the only applicable precedent was when “Ireland” was changed to “Northern Ireland” after the establishment of the Irish Free State, in the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927.
Re: What’s in a name?
No, I will not fix your computer, what Ptolemy wrote about in that part of Almagest was general characteristics of many parallels of latitude in the northern hemisphere, and he associated three of those parallels with where he believed they crossed “Little Britannia” (Ireland). Since those three parallels were 58° N, 59°30′ N, and 61° N, his information on where Ireland could be found was off by about 6°30′.
Re: What’s in a name?
Ken 16, did you mean the Government of Ireland Act 1920, which established the Parliament of Southern Ireland and the Parliament of Northern Ireland? If so, please point me to the part of that act which extinguished the Kingdom of Ireland. (Note also that that act was repealed by the Northern Ireland Act 1998.)
Re: What’s in a name?
Pen-y-gors, is Northern Ireland not what remains of the Kingdom of Ireland, since the Union with Ireland Act 1800 is still in force there? In the case of an independent Scotland, either with a president or with Her Maj as head of state, wouldn’t the “United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland” remain a possible name for the remainder of the current UK? (As you’d noted, Wales is technically part of England.)
Destroy All Monsters, it was becoming a priest of Cybele which was forbidden to Roman citizens, not her worship. (Her mendicant priests had to self-castrate, and it was castration which was forbidden by Roman law to citizens.)
Re: Parameter error
Identity, I have on my bookshelf The Century Book of Facts, published in 1900. It lists exactly ten cities with a population of greater than one million:
- 1. London: 4,231,431 (1891 census)
- 2. New York: 3,200,000 (estimate from 1892 state census)
- 3. Paris: 2,536,834 (1896 census)
- 4. Berlin: 1,677,351 (1895 census)
- 5. Guangzhou: 1,600,000 (estimate)
- 6. Vienna: 1,364,548 (1891 census)
- 7. Tokyo: 1,268,950 (1895 census)
- 8. St. Petersburg: 1,267,023 (1897 census)
- 9. Philadelphia: 1,142,653 (1892 state census)
- 10. Chicago: 1,099,850 (1890 census)
If your 1900 numbers are accurate, then London’s 53% increase in population over a nine year span is remarkable.
PS: El Reg, please allow ordered list HTML elements in comments.
Re: Romans: people who knew what’s what
perlcat, they certainly would have used an early version of Mosaic to view their pictures.
Re: Made in China
JimmyPage, Factus est in Sina might be closer, since craftsmen typically used fecit in taking credit for their work.
Re: Forget the article for a moment...
Phil O’Sophical, since we still have Vitruvius’ De architectura and Frontinus’ De aquaeductu available to us, the assumption that the creators of those viaducts and aqueducts understood engineering is not unreasonable.
DougS, the choice might depend upon the pricing — at least for one Reg reader. I have 3½ Mb/s DSL, and although my ISP reserves the right to cap, it has not yet done so on the usage at Deficient House. (Granted, the usage here doesn’t get anywhere close to 3½×24×7×52; I think that our single largest download to date has been the Mavericks installer — 5.3 GB — which was done as an overnight task.) Faster cable broadband is available here, but given its cost, we continue to choose the DSL.
Re: Yup. had that in apartheid South Africa
Ledswinger, running the printing press is a possible solution for Russian corporate finance’s debt rollover if their debt is denominated in rubles. If their debt is denominated in euro, dollars, yen, &c., then they’d also need partners who would be willing to accept the inflated rubles in exchange for whichever currencies are required to discharge the debt.
the dangers of being too clever by half
moiety, I suppose that if legislatures and judiciaries couldn’t distinguish between an -ism and a satirized -ism, one could avoid creating derivative satire and create original satire instead, such as Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Re: Getting into software development...
Aaiieeee, you’ve piqued my curiosity — since you’re not a programmer, why is your friend asking you for pointers on programming as a career?
in the other meaning of the word
fearnothing, what the Vogons do in the privacy of their spacecraft is none of my concern.
Re: I fear for the future
Chris, since the question was “Who would win in a fight?”, one might expect the answers to skew towards nasty violent types — or perhaps those are just the preferences of Homo sapiens nationum quinque ocularum.
Re: Quick boil - until the EU bans them.
Pen-y-gors, perhaps the goal could be to put a ceiling on simultaneous aggregate demand rather than on energy consumed, to try to limit the need for infrastructure upgrades.
Zip HydroTap: “Assuming a cost of 10p per kW […]”
Rather than assuming a cost of 10p per kW·h? (From £3,000? I don’t want to know the “to”.)
Re: Exclusive picture of new laptop
hammarbtyp, they’re crenellated now? What will Ive think of next?
Re: Do they have high speed internet?
Anonymous Coward, given the village’s rural location, define “high speed”. Learning Portuguese might help, even if you choose not to speak it. (Who knows — your not saying a word might be a plus for somebody there.) Once you’ve picked up some Portuguese, you could look for a documentary named Noivas do Cordeiro (a play on the village’s name) to learn more about the people there. The sentence Todos trabalham, todos comem o que plantam should provide a dose of reality.
Re: Amazonian Women
stu 4, Noiva do Cordeiro is in Minas Gerais, about 100 km from Belo Horizonte — it’s nowhere near the Amazon.
US government debt
Charles 9, monthly summaries of “the actual books” can be found here (for a list of holdings by country) and here (for a categorized breakdown). Thus, at the end of June 2014, foreign holders had 6.01 T$ of the 12.57 T$ total US public debt (47.8% of the total), of which China’s share was 1.27 T$ (10.1% of the total). Thus, 52.2% of US public debt was held domestically at the end of June; a majority of it, but not most of it.
Surely a better headline?
Ken, I’m not certain that a sporran was the container in question; perhaps a different news article on the arrest might provide confirmation.
Re: introduction of the Weekend Edition
By utilizing my dulled sense of irony, of course.
Elmer Phud, are you unfamiliar with figurative usage of the word “corner”, such as Any part whatsoever, even the smallest, most distant or secluded, in reference to a planet?
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