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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.
.... 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.
@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).
" ... stopped people ... , from buying new televisions
What stops me from buying a new television is that there's bugger all worth watching on it. Even if I get a DVD (by some means), I'm more interested in the quality of the story and the acting than any wizz-bang special effects and surround sound marvels.
What actually are the WTO rules/agreements?
I'd have thought that the WTO rules would specify equal treatment, in that China could not sell rare earths to (say) Germany on better terms that it did to America. Do the WTO rules say that if you have a mineral resource in your country, then you have to mine it and sell it to any foreign country that wants it?
Re: I give it a month
"... switch/jumper on the hardware ..."
An excellent idea. Requires physical access to the hardware and a person who knows what they are doing. i.e. the sort of people who would want to install various flavours of another OS.
However: why would manufacturers do this if they can take the easy way out and do what Microsoft tell them to do?
Most Saturday nights, I have a scotch accent. I look forward to it.
"... he uses a BlackBerry only because the court makes him."
I'm smiling because I imagine him using it as a gavel.
If you wait a while,
Destiny, Symphony, Melody and Rhapsody will arrive and they'll tell you about Irony.
Re: 'Follow' that 'friend'
In answer to your question: Most likely not. We all have to deal with pointy haired fools and venal, scum sucking HR droids.
I was answering the author's question, "Is following someone on Twitter (or friending them on Facebook) an endorsement of that person? ".
I fully agree with the content and sentiment of the article. As you go through life, idiots throw turds at you and you need a good batting technique to deal with them.
'Follow' that 'friend'
I think you're getting stuck on the assumed meaning of 'follow' and 'friend'.
Use of the word 'follow'/'follower' can be used to mean that someone leads you and you follow because you believe in their ideas and opinions; it is also perhaps the most common interpretation. This verb has been chosen by Twitter but the proper word would be 'monitor'. If you 'monitior' someone's tweets, that is a practical description and has no implications for your belief.
(Note: The police 'follow' criminals in a variety of ways; this does not mean that they share their ideals and admire or agree with them.)
Similar arguments can be applied to the use of 'friend' in Facebook.
"Politicians should use their own expectations of privacy ..."
No, they should use laws and published regulations. We have seen what running a country using politicians' expectations/morals/urges leads to: a big stinking mess.
Re: that's actually pretty cool for Australia’s :)
It's alright, he's a greengrocer.
Re: I think I know what RIM's problem is
I typed 'blackberry' into that seach engine and got a nice but slightly crazy old lady telling me how to make preserves. It was interesting and I watched her entire video series.
Re: The Other Problem - It's obvious
In a Futurama episode (not well remembered), Fry's new mermaid wife said...
"I suppose I deposit my eggs under the pillow, then you squirt your sperm onto them, then we wait for our babies to hatch."
My experience of NHS 'IT'
My local GP surgery asked if I would mind if my telephone contact number was used to send me reminders of appointments. I said, "Of course not, that's what it's for, to contact me (duh!)"
The following week, the day before my appointment, I arrived home in the evening to find three voicemail messages that had been left at roughly 10am, 2pm, 4pm.
Each message was three minutes long and each was identical: "If you are Mister Frank Ly, please press button 3 now. ", repeated continuously for three minutes. This was their outsourced patient appointment reminder system. It was obviously designd and run by people who had no idea how the real world works and how real people behave.
Needless to say. when I went for my appointment the next day, I told them to remove my contact number from their system and never to give my number to another organisation again. They seemed surprised that I was annoyed.
Re: Oh no
Have you tried taking your clothes off and putting them back on again?
re. Schrödinger's analytics
Thank you for that gem Rik. I'll save it for future reference when I need a good put down.
@JP19 Re: Microwave Oven
With my old microwave oven, I noticed that my Wi-Fi speed dropped noticably when the oven was on. I suspect that this was not microwave radiation leaking out, but mains radiated interference from whatever crappy power supply module they used to drive the magnetron.
How long will they last ....
before they are taken as souveniers? (Wear gloves and wash them in clean water.)
It's The Muppet Show!
.. sort of.
Re: Pass the parcel
That's right not-Spartacus, it's the modern way :)
re. making it complicated
Maybe there has to be an 'element of skill', otherwise it's an illegal lottery? (Just trying to think like a lawyer here - makes me feel dirty).
Re: Basic electronic theroy class:- week 1.
A capacitor is not a small battery/cell. They work on totally different principles and have very different operating characteristics.
Just a minute ...
Apparently the law was put in place to "regulate cyber-related crimes and telecom-related frauds"
I thought that a sensible government would want to eradicate them, not regulate them...... ? Oh wait... it's a government.... yes, i understand now. (Thinks - UK- banking)
Four legs good, ....
.... six legs weird.
So, RBS agreed to let the government pour money into them, provided the government didn't interfere with the future running of RBS? That doesn't sound like a 'deal' to me; it's sounds like a charitable donation.
The situation was probably more complicated than that, I'm sure.
Re: re: Why were they storing credit card data?
I thought they stored an authorisation code (from the credit card provider) that was time limited and unique. That way, only the hotel could steal from you (if they wanted to) and nobody else could.
Why were they storing credit card data?
I thought that credit card data was exchanged with the credit card provider, via HTTPS, who then gave a linked authorisation code to the hotel (retailer).
Re: Fair use
In terms of context it may be obvious and 'fair use' as you say. However, did you consider that Sooty (or the administrators of his estate) may object to his picture being used in an article in The Register?
Sooty had a clean and wholesome 'family' image and there are often obscene words in El Reg comments and many articles contain less than 'wholesome' humour. As such, this could tarnish and dilute Sooty's brand image and marketability. Just a cautionary thought.
Re: CA added that RBS's technical issues were "highly unique to their environment".
I fully agree with your obvious point, but I think the correct word is 'absolute', not 'binary'. (Absolute: free from restriction/limitation/qualification)
Re: Yes. that's all fine and well...
I've no bloody idea either but I was enjoying the little stroll you took us on. I enjoy amusingly surreal but disturbingly relevant analogies - please continue with your insightful analysis.
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