2846 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Practical applications ...
When will I be able to send a message back in time to warn myself not to buy shares in Facebook?
@jake re. "Actually, that's cannon .."
Actually not. Cannons fire much larger loads and are so heavy that they have their own carriages.
Re: Why bother. " ...a precious poster ..."
I like that finger slip. (I assume it was a finger slip.)
and now for something almost similar .....
How was it decided which part of Antarctica would be called 'west'? I'd have thought that every part of the antarctic coast would be 'North Antarctica'.
... the Streisand effect.
re. "possible veg seeds"
In such circumstances, it would be ironic if the 'possible veg' turned out to be Triffids.
Not yet confirmed:
"...questions about the spotted particle." , "...the spotted Higgs-like boson ..."
It is not certain that the spotted Higgs boson has been observed. It could be the lesser-spotted, the striped or the tufted boson. Further and more detailed observations and measurements are need.
@AC 07:12 Re: Better put the kettle on
My HTC Incredible had the life force and the battery charge sucked out of it by the ICS update. I deeply regret doing it. If anybody is running Gingerbread on an HTC Incredible, I advise that you do not 'update' it. Apart from the sluggishness and the increased battery drain, you'll have to get used to some UI changes that are simply annoying.
" ... the secretive shininess secreter ..."
I now have a horrible mental image of an 'Alien' like creature popping wet and slippery iPhones out of its back end.
I have a bad feeling about this.
Will these coupons and vouchers be delivered by SMS? Can you imagine the junk that will be delivered to your phone when Google/Visa et al have your phone number?
@TeeCee Re: eagle winged helmet
My wife wears the helmet because she enjoys fighting. I prefer to stay at home doing gardening and decorating. She sometimes makes me walk around the house naked but I've no idea what that's about.
... underpants "were considered a symbol of male dominance and power"
Am I the only one who finds this statement ridiculous?
A symbol of dominance and power is a steel warhelmet with eagle's wings sticking out of the side. It's a bloody big sword that everybody can see. It is not a scrap of linen that nobody sees until you take your clothes off and even then, a scrap of cloth with skidmarks and piss stains does not cut it as a powerful symbol.
The purpose of underpants is to support the male genitalia because riding a horse without adequate underwear takes you into a world of pain (as I know from personal experience). Also, doing any kind of physically arduous work (for a man) without suitable underwear leads to those 'oh-shit' moments when you wish you had worn something tighter and more supportive.
Has Ms Nutz considered why the men of those times did not wear bras? Could it be that they didn't have breasts? Could it be that women did not wear underpants because they did not have external genitalia? Maybe people were different in those days; I'm not an expert but I suppose she is.
Re: "Red oxide dust is not iron sulphate" ????
"The dust contains iron oxide." Yes, ferric oxide to be precise.
"The iron sulphate is more soluble ..." Yes, it's infinitely more soluble, since ferric oxide is not soluble in water. Also, it will be ferrous sulphate, that's the soluble one.( Ferric sulphate is not very soluble.)
"... iron is iron." Yes it is, but they are not adding iron to the water, they are adding ferrous ions, (and sulphate ions of course.) Are you saying that the exact form of the iron is not relevant? Doesn't it matter if it's a large lump of metal, a fine metal dust, chemically bound as ferric oxide, free ferrous ions,..... it doesn't matter because they all have the same effect?
Whatever, you seem to think that adding a small concentration (large amount spread over a very large area) of insoluble ferric oxide will have the same effect as adding a high concentration (small amount over a small area) of soluble ferrous sulphate. I wonder why they didn't use cheap and readily available 'red oxide dust' for this experiment instead of the more expensive ferrous sulphate? Maybe I need to think about this some more.
Re: They'd addressed this concern already, at least for this phase.
Red oxide dust is not iron sulphate (which was used in this experiment).
... Request Policy, Better Privacy and NoScript (of course).
Image Block and Flash Block are useful if you're tethered to a phone and worry about your data budget.
" ...we didn't have any canaries," he said.
Would the canaries have sent a Tweet to advise of stock build-up? Is this what he thinks?
Re: Think I'll be sticking with the 2010 versions ...
My MS Office 2000 installation CD still works and installs (on Win2KPro, XP and W7) with no need for online registration/activation. I don't understand all the fuss about newer versions.
Re: Practice reading and arithmetic
I see you're one of those numerate types with a technical background who understands how things work :)
Only if you've collapsed on the floor and are calling for an ambulance (or your partner/friend to come and take you home).
"... it was the same unnamed CSP ..."
I hope that the two unfortunate people concerned (or their legal representatives) are able to find out the identities of the organisations concerned; so they can sue the arse off them.
....I assume that you haven't applied to ICANN for .david
"... selling at a loss to get their films/books/tv shows into the palm of our hands."
I wonder why someone like Sony hasn't done this? They could team up with an estalished (and non-competing) internet payments processor like Visa or Paypal and deliver content using an iPlayer-like app.
Re: self contradictory
When I use a word, .....
Re: I hate FB Like buttons on none FB pages
I use the Request Policy add-on for Firefox. It stops all kinds of crap from being loaded - I recommend it.
Re: 50 million has to be a wild underestimate.
I'm guessing that there really is a woman called Mercedes Patel. Now, people will suspect her.
Educating Kids About Gun Safety
To see a police officer giving school children a practical example of the potential danger of firearms:
No. "... they must have "wagered" that amount before those winnings could be withdrawn"
Simple isn't it?
Re: You missed the funniest one.
That's actually 'Internet Erotica for Everyone Everywhere'; a porno globo-corp that is poised to flood the internet with immoral filth. Jerry Peyton is on the ball with this one.
.... they are still trying to get their heads round it?
Re: "Do not even the tax collectors do ..."
There is a clearly implied lack of love for tax collectors in these teachings. Maybe it's a human nature thing.
That has to be offset against the amount of mass that has been (and will be) taken away from the earth via spacecraft and their contents. As I understand it, large amounts of matter (space dust, small meteors, etc) land on the earth on a yearly basis, so that has to be factored in as well.
I've no idea what the overall effect on the earth's orbit is, or would be; but someone will be along to tell us shortly.
@DJ 2 Re: UK is in the wrong place to have a space port.
If you fly west from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, etc. won't even know about it; (they are to the east of the UK).
Also, if you fly out into the Atlantic, then turn around and fly back (heading east), you are flying with the spin of the earth.
Re: Not surprised
If you want to end your contract, you tell them to end the contract. You don't enter into long discussions with them.
If they refuse to give you a PAC code, you make a formal complaint about them, enlisting your new provider for advice and support.
"I don't have any affiliation with giffgaff,..."
Am I right in assuming that you are the affiliate known as 'snapdragon69'?
@Steve Knox - Re: It's Complicated
I was concerned about the use of 'yet' followed by negative, since I believe that 'not yet' followed by a positive is more easily understood and is more natural. I should have made a better effort to express my thoughts on this matter and perhaps should also get out more.
From the article: "Cranks who claimed that the aurora borealis makes a noise when it lights up the Northern sky have been proven right by science."
(Does this mean that they are no longer 'cranks'?)
From the video: "It is yet scientifically unproven that this clap sound is related to aurora borealis"
(I think they mean 'not yet scientifically proven', but I'll let that pass).
So, what is it?
Re: BMI is garbage
No,... Twice the waist measurement should be less than the height.
Just a thought ....
Does this mean that I can go fishing for trout with a strong magnet?
Re: Nah... - Cooper Pairs
I thought the thing about Cooper pairs of electrons was that they were bound in a minimum energy configuration and so could not give up energy to the structure of the material through which they were travelling?
It may be that this is a macro-explanation of the quantum forces that bind them, in which case we need somebody else to chip in and clarify for us......
Re: Rogue-nation head of state
A truly intelligent warhead delivery system would try for a soft glide landing in a remote, forested mountain region. Then it could spend the rest of its existence contemplating the seasons and admiring the trees that grow around it.
"... politicians are always answerable to those who fund them ..."
When some mega-corp plans to build a toxic metals recycling plant at the end of your street, just phone your local politician and remind him of the $200 donation you gave last year (with the implication that you won't be donating this year). Watch him get off his backside and start to fight the mega-corp.
'Dave 126 Re: Rule 2
If your device gets internally contaminated by tea/coffee/beer/curry sauce/sewage/urine/etc, then drying it out will leave a probably conductive and possibly corrosive residue. In these cases, I can imagine that washing it by soaking in clean agitated water would be the only (faint) hope of making it work again after careful drying.
I once ruined a laptop keyboard by spilling tea on it. I've saved a calculator (after spilling coffee on it) by washing it in soapy water, then rinsing in clean water, then drying it in the airing cupboard for a few days.
Thank you for 'Metroland' Verity
That was a lovely start to my week.
Re: Noodly appendages
They are waveguides for a tachyon based communication and transport system. (The little green people who live in my garden shed told me that.)
Re: *It's done*
"... it seems almost redundant to store mail on a local PC - ..."
"I certainly don't have *any* email stored locally that old - except the important stuff."
You don't have to store it on your 'PC' if you use Thunderbird. You can store it on a USB stick, or a local network drive (with whatever backup regime you decide on). You could backup your local storage onto a GDrive or Skydrive or Dropbox or SugarSync; or all of them just to be safe :)
@Trevor re. Lightning
As far as I can see (I may not have looked deep enough), Lightning only falls down on not being able to integrate with Google Tasks, if you want that. Given that there seem to be dozens of Android apps that integrate with google Tasks then I can't see why this should be so difficult.
I use Lightning as a 'laptop front end' to my Google Calendars since the Lightning UI is so much nicer that the Google web interface. Also, Lightning will interface with calendars on my home-based FTP server and a hosted FTP server that I use. All in all it's very flexible, except for the Task limitations.
I haven't tried the collaboration aspects so there may be some slip-ups that I haven't noticed.
Re: Could this be the reason
SMS spammers get their 'targets' from a variety of sources, including just making numbers up to see if they work. What you must not do is reply in any way, even to send 'STOP' back to them. If you do, then you will confirm that their spam has been read and they will multiply their efforts and also pass your number along to other spammers.
Can you still get Spangles?
I haven't seen them for a long time (in the UK).
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