132 posts • joined Friday 15th May 2009 09:18 GMT
Old School IT
"This meant it could be a week or two between writing your code and getting back a printout informing you that one syntax error had stopped the program from being run. No I’m not making this up, that was how it was done."
I remember it so well. Your chances of getting a result back from the County computer on your first attempts at code were pretty slim. We weren't so much badly-taught as blind and being led by the one eyed.
Thanks to the Reg for revealing yet more WWWTFery!
no one can hear you scream "Yes! Yes! Yes! OH GOD YES!!!"
There is only one way to make this more awesome:
Was this 'dark corner' in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.?
Is it Bletchley Park or the national museum of computing getting this grant? Because when I visited the place just after they opened the Tunny room & we had a tour around the colossus related stuff it was made clear that the NMC is separate from BP and rather than getting funding from it has to pay for the space it occupies.
As is made clear here: http://www.tnmoc.org/about.aspx
You have to admire Lewis's persistence...
but bashing BAe seems to be like bashing Clarkson, the bastards just seem to make more and more money.
The fact that the atmosphere contained more CO2 when the ice formed doesn't mean that the planet was warmer, unless other factors were also the same as they are now. Nor does the melting of ice depend on CO2 content in the ppm level!
Which is not to say that this isn't an interesting finding.
Good news for the UK then:
By the time we get our aircraftless carriers, sorry carrier & mothballed hulk, fitted with aircraft said aircraft will be obsolescent and the rest of the world will be using stealth robots.
Good to see my taxes being so well spent.
Exploiting the gullible since the year dot!
You owe me a new keyboard for "Strap-on thrust equipment conquers mighty cleft"!
Reality of Costs
Ideally, if you can save £6Bn then that's £6Bn you can spend on something useful for the economy (or less tax you need to take).
But even if we assume that the government would only waste it somewhere else and "Buy British" regardless, very little of the £12Bn gets back into the UK economy because very little of it goes to pay UK workers. BAe are no more 'British' than BP - except when it suits politicians.
Defence is the only industry where the customer is constrained to buy British (or Euro-collaborative) & never mind the cost, the quality or the lead times involved.
So less-than-smart bombing then?
Couldn't we save even more money by dropping MOD civil servants, former ministers & directors of BAe on Libya from a great height?
Nice to see El Reg
keeping abreast of European politics.
Does it count as burglary
When you break in just to leave your stuff?
Frakkin' brilliant article Lewis
Although as a taxpayer I'm pretty pissed off.
Voice Over: This is a frightened city. Over these houses, over these streets hangs a pall of fear. Fear of a new kind of violence which is terrorizing the city. Yes, gangs of old ladies attacking defenceless fit young men.
(Film of old ladies beating up two young men; then several grannies walking aggressively along street, pushing passers-by aside.)
Would this be an article by the same Lewis who has been decrying alarmist reporting about radiation from Fukushima?
With the sub-headline "When you finally do get lucky you might DIE"?
So where's the Fukushima angle?
Nice to see a decent bit of reporting about the whole event. Now if only the MSM would join in...
At least the Eurofighter looks nice
So we get a lot of expensively useless toys. Rather than the MOD spending all the money stocking up on light bulbs at £22 each when they are available for 65p, or £103 a time for screws, believed to be on sale online for £2.60.
Oh wait, they've done both.
"Firstly, there should be an attempt to rein in the vast and continually burgeoning range of bullshit A-Levels which are easy and fun to do but no use whatever – and which tempt kids away from the true path."
But will it happen?
And, Tom15, I'm afraid that General Studies is not only still there, it's compulsory at many schools even though few universities will touch it.
Big Apple and Blackberry tarts.
It's enough to make you weep
Who do we report the ASA to?
...the FEL programme has been underway since the 1980s...
...The raygun team hope to test a full-power prototype laser turret at sea as soon as 2018...
Forty years from idea to prototype? That's the sort of timescale BAe can only dream of, isn't it Lewis?
plus ca change
Well said sir!
Although the RAF still being obsessed with bombers and Cameron turning out to be a tosser hardly surprise me.
and 2 feet long?
Boasting a bit are we, Lewis?
I thought that
* Admittedly this particular goal is well down the priorities list below most of our other editorial goals.
Was the finest bootnote seen in many lunchtimes of Reg reading.
nice article Lewis.
If something has to go the escorts are probably the least valuable part of the navy, designed to fight the last war or the one before that. We certainly don't need 22 to escort a maximum of 2 carriers. Pity the RN, which pioneered carriers, never really embraced them, and that the FAA is the poor relation of the RN & the RAF.
But we know that this government will be no less pork barrel driven than the last, whether it's directorships for ministers, profits for BAe or jobs in marginal constiuencies it's never getting the forces the right kit, let alone the right kit when they need it.
giant nuclear powered commercial vessels are only viable when International Rescue are standing by to save the world from the inevitable accident caused by local cuisine/interfering journalists/evil foreign types*
*delete as applicable
15 best things?
I can cetainly think of a few, but 15?
Still, nice to see El Reg beavering away for news stories.
dakka dakka dakka
It's a cunning plan, I tell you!
They're not aimed at defusing potential al-Qaeda suicide bombers. They're designed to make them go off prematurely.
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