57 posts • joined Thursday 3rd May 2007 12:36 GMT
@ Malfeasance (great handle by the way)
The British "please" is an expression of desire so:
Question, "Would you like tea or coffee?"
Answer, "Tea please!" means "I desire some tea."
This must always be followed up with a "Thank you" when offered the cup, as the provider of the requisite beverage has fulfilled his guests desire.
The Americans with "Coffee thanks" have simply abbreviated this process, and are not impolite, though they are thanking some one for asking a question as opposed to thanking them for the coffee itself (which could be awful or may not actually arrive).
Did you read you own link? "Actually" he comes from the Navy. The senior service. The chaps in the dark-blue suits. The ones with ships. Not the Army (green suits, no ships).
We told you not to mention the Burlington/Turnstile/Chanticleer bunker in Corsham!
I've seen David Bradley act on stage in a one man show called "The Quiz". He is a tremendous character actor who tends to be under used in film and TV. If anyone can play Hartnell, he can.
Re: Slightly frustrating article.
It is irritating that it doesn't mention which star it orbits; however, as Kepler points at the same bit of the sky all the time, it must be located in a 115 square-degree region around where Cygnus, Lyra and Draco meet. So at least you can step outside with the Mk1 eyeball and look in the right place!
Beer icon because with this weather, there's no point in getting a 'scope out - might as well stay in the pub...
Re: We were mislead by the authorities!
Then why did the Pittsburgh gasometer explosion of 1927 happen? The IRA muppets bodged the Warrington gasworks bombing because they tried to bomb a pressure vessel and a water-tank, not a gasometer which is a low pressure storage device. From the Independent:
"The active service unit travelled to the site, bombs primed, in a van police sources described as a 'shed'. One of the bombs was planted against a water tank. Another failed to breach the skin of a high-pressure gas tank."
Re: Fascinating but.....
@ Spearchucker Jones:
The British didn't invent the concentration camp. Kitchener borrowed the idea from the Spanish re-concentration camps used in Cuba during the war of 1895-1898. They were invented by General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau. A charming chap whose nick-name was "The Butcher".
Anyone told to move to the camps and who didn't within eight days was considered an enemy and executed.
The wiki article just says that the term became popular during this period, but they already existed prior to the Boer war.
A gasometer is a meter
@ arborlinden: No mate, it isn't. From wiki:
A gas holder (commonly known as a gasometer, sometimes also gas bell, though that term applies to the gas holding envelope alone) is a large container in which natural gas or town gas is stored near atmospheric pressure at ambient temperatures. The volume of the container follows the quantity of stored gas, with pressure coming from the weight of a movable cap. Typical volumes for large gasholders are about 50,000 cubic metres, with 60 metre diameter structures.
@ Lee Dowling: 100% agree with the copper comment, he did precisely the right thing. It's the gullibility of my Grandma (who was 33 in 1940 so not an old lady) that's the point of the yarn!
We were mislead by the authorities!
Or at least my Granny was. During the war, she lived pretty much right next door to the Battersea gasworks. At the hight of the blitz she asked a policeman what would happen should Adolf score a direct hit on the gasometer. Surely everyone would be blown to smithereens?
The plod's response was something like: "There is no need for concern Madam. The gasometer is constructed with a special valve on top, the design of which is to enable the release of the gas in a controlled fashion should a bomb hit it."
Amazingly, the daft old bird believed him and sat out the rest of the war safe in the belief that the gasometer could withstand a full-on strike from a Nazi 500lb bomb!
Despite hearing that story many, many times over the years, none of us had the heart to tell her that the copper just made up some old nonsense to shut her up and make her go away, and she went to her grave still believing it.
(Big blast icon to indicate what would actually have happened as a result of a direct hit on the gasometer...)
Re: extragalactic exoplanet
Sorry ukgnome; close, but no banana.
The star that that exoplanet (HIP 13044 b) orbits is actually inside our galaxy, and is a mere 2000 light years away. The star originated elsewhere, but was captured by the milky way at some point.
As far as I'm aware, they can't yet detect exoplanets that are actually inside other galaxies.
She should apply to work at Dignitas...
...For it would by a good way to go.
Re: "Our commiserations...."
Of course they will. It's in the nature of these beer sodden hacks to get down the nearest boozer at any opportunity!
It doesn't have to... this is a distance you can get your head around (sort of).
Assuming you're in the Northern hemisphere on a clear night, take a pair of binoculars (they don't even have to be very powerful) and point them in the direction of Cassiopeia. Find the larger of the 2 triangles that make up the big "W" and follow it down towards the constellation of Andromeda. You should come across a dim oval shaped smudge of light taking up a healthy chunk of your field of view. This is M31 - the Andromeda galaxy.
M31 is about 2.5 million light years away and is one of the furthest things you can see with the naked eye (though it's a lot easier with binos). All you have to do is visualise a bloody great jet of 'WTF' extending from you to M31 and presto! You've visualised something 2 million light years long.
There's another record he could have got...
...and all he would have had to do would have been to spend some of that 2 hours or so folding a paper aeroplane.
Missed that one Felix, didn'tcha! SPB still rules!
Re: Something not mentioned...
I've got nearly 300 books on my Kindle touch, some of them heavy-duty tech manuals stuffed with images (only really readable on Kindle app for PC).
I've not noticed any performance degradation flitting between the home screen and the text. It's possible that this is because I've split my library down into collections so the screen has less to sort through and display though.
I'd be interested to know under what circumstances the Kindle's performance degrades so that I can avoid them. Anyone got any examples?
Re: who knows....
I second that.
I "heard" them in Guildford Civic Centre circa 1990. It was nothing but white noise until I went to the toilets which were were set in a sort of bunker underneath the building. Happily, a good 30 foot or so of concrete between me and the band improved the sound quality to the extent that I could make out which track they were playing.
I had tinnitus for days.
Re: Cat's are great judges of character!
Your right - I've had loads of wives... Been married a couple of times too! ;)
Sometimes things just don't work out Richard. Always treated my spouses well though.
Re: Cat's are great judges of character!
Wow! Sorry to hear about your ex girlfriend Dan, that's always tough.
A few things though:
1) Cats like me, I just don't like them.
2) I'm not afraid of cats, I just don't like them.
3) If you treated your ex girlfriend as a human being instead of just thinking of her as "pussy" maybe she wouldn't have cheated on you.
"Same size as a cat, but somehow less attractive..."
More attractive to me - I bloody hate cats! Love the description "terrifying bitey scrag-beast" though; sounds like my second wife.
Spawn of Satan, 'cause that's what cats are.
Re: Sky is not dirty enough for him?
Not the stars. The Star. The cloud would be between us and the Sun. Dunno about you, but I use my telescope at night. Mind you, it would probably piss off the solar observers a bit, but that's ok by me 'cause they tend to be a smug bunch of gits anyway...
Your middle name is "MongFest" then? Cool!
Despite the current issues about pricing and DRM etc., the Kindle's form factor, massive battery life and 1 click purchasing ability make this gadget a must-have for me when I commute.
No other device has come close to being as convienient and kind on the eyes as this little grey slab.
As the bloke above said: Love it.
I too am wealthy, successful and powerful. I use a PC - and I've shagged your Mum.
To be fair
"To be fair, FileMaker Pro is *now* available for Windows too" (My asterisks)
To be even fairer, I briefly did some Filemaker Pro/Windows Developments in 1998, and apart from some very minor font issues, it worked with perfectly well, so it's been able to do that for quite a while!
- Evil Steve, 'cause though I'm being fair, I still hate the buggers!
Clearly, you are
A small-minded, bitter little haggis-munching knob-end who has the misfortune to live in a country who's pitiful excuse for a team can't even qualify!
We were crap, but at least we were there. Haggistan United - missing since 1998.
Now bore-off and go back to playing with yourself while dreaming of Mel Gibson.
That is all.
"No problems here in Leeds"
It ain't the Paddington node that's burning - it's your pants!
If you're naughty...
...don't get caught-ee.
That is all.
@ AC and Mark
There were 3 warrants and 4 locations. The Sergeant at Arms signed a consent form to allow the Police access to the location that they didn't have a warrant for i.e. Green's offices in the House. Perfectly legal, but very stupid.
I can't believe that the SaA didn't seek advice from a more senior figure. I just don't believe it.
> Insurance isn't connected to number plates
- Actually, it is.
When I got pulled over on the M1 a couple of years ago, the copper in the patrol car that stopped me was able to tell me via his motor's on-board computer that I was insured, so all I had to do was produce my license and MOT at the station within 7 days.
You can now renew your road tax both over the 'phone and on-line giving just your license plate number, so MOTs must be linked on the DVLA database too.
F*ck off you lot - I want my flying car!
The real "Problem" with Islam...
...is that it doesn't have a central authority figure speaking for it, just a lot of independent national leaders/councils all of whom have their own local agendas. This makes the image of the religion vulnerable to the actions of the violent and vocal minority. A Muslim "Pope" (for want of a better word) would be able to defend the religion from a global platform with an authoritative voice, thus reducing the need for individual groups to hold demonstrations to get their objections across. Currently it is easy for serious debate to be hijacked by the head-bangers and sensationalists on both sides.
It's a real pity, and you can't help but feel that the situation is not going to get any better until something changes.
Re Steve Taylor and AC
You're referring to the "Ring of Steel". This was a response to the early '90sbombing campaign by the IRA where they blew up the Baltic Exchange and Bishopsgate. Way back in the '70s, and '80s, it was pretty much business as usual.
Well done to Graham Dawson
For 'fessing up with honesty and good humour that he'd got it a little bit wrong.
In the unlikely event that any of our political overlords are reading this: Please note this is how it should be done when you get found out.
Hang on a mo, what about suicide bombers? Our beloved Mayor has just made it possible for the jihadi menace to multiply the power of their puny IEDs by shedloads!
Maybe the transport wallahs will impose airport style security (with the associated delays et al) before we're allowed to boad the bus.
Just when you thought a crappy service couldn't get any worse... Bah!
- Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!
- Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours
- Game Theory Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high
- That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go
- Microsoft breaks bug-bounty virginity in $100,000 contest