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Re: Galaxies in clusters
Space is big. If you think that going to the shops in Andromeda is a very long way, then you simply don't appreciate how big space really is.
@Longmeister - Re: why not stored in the cloud?
Do you have one of these 20MB/s upload connections? Do you know anyone who does? (If you do, please ignore my question and carry on living your wonderful life in data heaven.)
" ..dual interview with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs .."
Shouldn't that be a 'duel' interview?
I was worried when I read that, (dust and dirt ingress leading to noisy action). Then I saw the picture and realised that it was a volume rocker, phew.
P.S. Why do different manufacturers have different button layouts for Home, Menu, Back, Search? After two years of using HTC, I'd have lots of frustration trying to quickly operate the San Diego.
Why didn't they just say, "We have blocked access to The Pirate Bay in accordance with an order placed upon us by the High Court - (reference details)" ?
Did the court order specify the nature of any public announcement regarding this matter?
"The Office spokesperson said that this time things would be different."
They said that last time (and the time before that).
@David Hicks -Re: They don't have fundamental rights
"..works are not created in a vacuum.."
A very good point. Authors, of whatever kind, do not spring from the womb with an idea for a good book or a great script in their heads. They spend years living in society and observing us. They watch us as we struggle and work and laugh and love and despair and then die. If it wasn't for us ordinary people, they wouldn't have any ideas for stories. They are leeching off us!
Just wondering ...
"I can’t really say the same about the touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console though.
They apparently use less electrical power than standard switches .."
As far as I know, 'standard switches' use zero power and have done for many years. Perhaps Vauxhall didn't explain it properly.
"..monitoring all of the web sites registered in the city,"
Does this mean that in China, a "website" registered in a city has to be hosted on servers in that city and operated by people living in that city? Or, maybe, the chinese police don't really understand how the internet works? Or does it work differently in China?
Re: Maybe one day
If we did, what would it call itself?
Re: eco-wank alert - carbon neutral definition
If i grow a tree from a seed, then cut it down and burn it, surely that is carbon neutral as well? The thing is, I have taken action that causes the tree to exist in the first place........ It gets complicated.
(P.S. It's jizzmag that has all the wank stuff in it.)
Down with this sort of thing! (When will it end?)
This sort of thing has been going on for years, at regular intervals. I am fed up with architects, 'designers' and various know-buggerall idiots proposing this sort of thing. If they did it alone, among their friends, then it wouldn't matter. As it is, they can influence politicians and real town planners (with budgets to spend) and cause money to be spent (wasted) on 'feasilbilty studies' and 'technology demonstrator projects'.
Nobody, not anybody, should be allowed to spend public (taxpayer) money on any project with any technology content unless they have at least an 'O' level (the old style one) in physics.
There, that's my first draconian law as World Dictator. I have many more but I won't bother you with them on a Sunday morning.
Fom the book of Balmer
And the children cried out to the Lord, saying,
"Why must we suffer so, to be led as cattle and herded as sheep, fattened for the feast?"
The Lord said unto them, "I gave you free will, for I love you."
The children then said, "But we have no free will Lord, we must do as our parents and priests tell us."
The Lord said, "As I love and care for you, then so have I given charge to your parents and your priests
to care for and nurture you."
The children looked at each other and then said to the Lord,
"Do you actually know what happens down here, oh Lord?"
The Lord coughed and said unto them, "I'm a bit busy and have to go elsewhere."
The children wept.
Synthetic 'silicone' oils are not flammable and are well established for use in heat baths. In fact, you could put a fire out by throwing silicone oil over it. They may be more expensive than 'chip fat' but this is ok since the oil is not used up or degraded by this cooling application.
Re: "We build things that don’t work. We iterate."
Sorry - spelling correction:- it's 'irritate'.
"We build things that don’t work. We iterate."
Is it wrong of me to find that funny in a good way?
Re: Cold War
If someone else does something good, it doesn't make me look bad; it makes us all look good and makes me happy that it's been done.
I agree (upvoted)
No flames from me, I agree with you. I've had a look at porn on the internet and have been appalled by the banality of it all. There is no plot develoment, no character analysis and exposition, not a sign of context within wider societal issues. Everything is ersatz emotions with no recognition of the tragedy of the human condition. It's always a happy ending.
I've been a bit annoyed by the way that Alice and Bob have been getting lots of interesting work over the years. Now, they've been sent to do interesting work in the Canary Islands !
Just wondering ......
If I have encrypted pictures of me taking a dump, stored on my phone, or other device; and I'm forced to hand over the key by law; can the officers concerned claim that I have caused them offence and alarm? Or, is it their own stupid fault for demanding to see personal pictures stored on a private device?
(Mine's the one with the fresh turd in the pocket; do not search me.)
Re: Good luck to him.
By this sneaky method, he made sure he was the best dressed man at the wedding :)
(Mine's the grey morning coat with the top hat.)
@TRT re. - Ignore the Blue Peter angle for a moment....
No I didn't but I may try to find it for the lulz. On a happier note: Try to find 'Materials: How They Work' on BBC iPlayer, presented by Mark Miodownik who is a real materials scientist. It's a 3-part gem of a series; very, very rare.
@Asgard - Re: Ignore the Blue Peter angle for a moment....
I know I've become older (and hopefully wiser) but I can't believe that people in TV land (especially presenters) have become so much dumber and more superficial. (Is it me; is it?).
I can remember when Horizon and similar programs were fascinationg to watch and were produced as an educational and informative product. Now, when I watch them, I almost feel embarassed for them as I see how they try to present and explain things in a way that makes me cringe ...(ok, I'll stop typing now, before I unleash a torrent of bile on you all)
Thanks for Re: More information:
Thank you for those informative replies. That's one of the reasons I enjoy El Reg :)
(I had thought that the fuel-air mixture in a 'jet' combustion chamber experienced a 'continuous explosion' effect where the flame front travelled at the speed of sound. Apparently not, or maybe the compressor output air speed is pretty high... some combination.....whatever.)
More information please
How does current hydrogen fuel usage compare to hydrocarbons in terms of energy per stored kilogram, or on a stored volume basis?
Re. supersonic combustion: I thought that all 'jet' engines had supersonic airflow in the combustion chamber, which is why the burning fuel doesn't 'explode' out from the front of the engine.
Re: So what will they call 'their' Internet
I make this an average continuous power delivery of 4.2 GW. I assume the 'world beating capacity' of 8 GW is because of a factor of two margin in the design?
How does this compare to other notable power transmission systems?
(Am I the only one who thinks that '37 billion kWh per year' is a clumsy way of expressing energy units?)
" .. lawmakers find it so unwordly .."
I read that as 'lawnmakers'. After the reference to the MP Black Knight, I started thinking about The Knights Who Say 'Ni !' Saurday evenings eh?
Don't give your mobile phone number to any organisation ....
.. because they will sell it on and you'll get bloody spam texts. If you reply with 'Stop', they don't stop or they pass your number along to another f***ing text spammer. The mobile operators don't care because all those people texting 'Stop' makes a tidy income for them with no extra effort.
Re: what kind of person stops to use a Spectrum access point
That's the most mysteronous comment I've ever seen.
This has possibilities
Will it Hibernate if you wave 'bye' to it, or Shut Down if you flick 'V's at it?
" ...up to 12 nautical miles (nm) from its baselines."
Is a 'baseline' the same as what most people think of as a 'coastline'; or do the lawyers have an obscure multi-page definition of the word 'baseline' somewhere?
I forgot 'inter--'. (Though intermissible has not been seen, it is thought that the LHC might detect it when they turn the dial up to full power)
Let's see: admit/permit/submit//transmit, admission/permission/submission/transmission, admissible/permissible/submissible/transmissible.
What is the problem?
Is it moderated/censored?
I just had a look on the website to see if there are any guides to help me improve my sex life (don't ask). I tried various search terms but had no results. On a separate search, using the term 'bathroom', I was amused to find guides for 'How To Buy An iPad'.
It may be that iOS users have wonderful lives, in which case I'm not part of the target demographic.
Breaking News ....
Following a deal between Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Lansley, the NHS will be sending out a fleet of refrigerated vans to perform doing door-to-door early collections starting next week. A Facebook message will tell you when to stay at home and wait.
I take your point, but ...
In extracting them and then using them, coal, oil and gas (etc) are destroyed. Water usage does not destroy water. It returns it to the giant worldwide reservoir, otherwise known as the world.
When I were a lad .....
When I studied biology and chemistry, we had to dissect a frog then put it back together and reanimate it, using adrenaline and peptides that we'd synthesised the previous day.
Students nowadays have no idea how lucky they are.
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