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That was a phenomenally geeky effort, sir. Bravo!
Whole lot of water
3 tonnes per minute = 180 tonnes per hour * 13 hours = 2340 tonnes.
According to wikipedia: "The tonne (unit symbol t) or metric ton (U.S.), often written tautologously as metric tonne, is a unit of mass equal to 1,000 kg (2,204.62 lb) or approximately the mass of one cubic metre of water at four degrees Celsius."
So this means the fire engine sprayed 2340 m3 of water, or in El Reg units, approximately 507 elephants worth.
We may end up having to ask for an Amazon icon
Can it be one of those scantily clad Amazons that I've heard so much about?
I've traded in my PSP, my PS3 has been exiled to my girlfriend's apartment in Denmark and I can safely say I've bought my last bit of Sony kit.
Point still stands.
Woah there Skippy
"Its a games console. Thats what it is." Nice opening statement from someone who was trying to compare it to a deadly weapon in his previous post. One thing that you've missed is that hacking a console != piracy. Some people have an interest in encryption systems and enjoy poking at the holes in things to see what happens. It's called curiousity. Merely inspecting and testing an encryption system does not automatically turn you into a freeloading pirate but in fairness, this fact seems to have escaped Sony, so I'm not too surprised it's gone over your head as well.
Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, would it really kill you to use some proper grammar, punctuation and spelling in your posts? It's really taxing having to translate "speekurbrainz" into English.
129 pages just to say "Klik heer 2 buyz plix".
So when I was frying masses of troops with the Ion Cannon in C&C, I was actually just giving them a short back and sides?
All the cool kids have carnivorous plants
Terry Pratchett for one - according to the last update we had on them (which was a few books ago), they were doing well.
Maybe if we keep making snarky remarks about Apple in the comments section, they might go away again? =p
PVP in Rift
I'm only 27ish in Rift but while there are certain specs that are powerful (Dominators, Saboteur + Bard combos certain warrior specs), almost everything has a counter in some form. It's still too early to make precise calls on balance (it's only been live a couple of weeks) but I do enjoy the PVP when I do it.
Druids don't have bears in Rift though, not even strong ones. They do have freakishly big satyrs at higher levels which are bad news for anyone near by.
One thing a lot of people have overlooked in these articles on El Reg is that Lewis is basing his articles on the information available to him, whether its from World Nuclear News, science journals or astrological predictions. If a statement he makes today turns out to be incorrect due to a lack of information on his part, like a government witholding certain details for example, it's not really fair to crucify him because of it.
I've been following events closely through a number of articles on a number of websites and while there's no denying it does take a pro-nuclear stance, at least it doesn't seem to revel in the destruction while crying about the Hugh Manatee.
What the fuck?
So in addition to getting the names and details of everyone that's visited his website, twitter feed, facebook page and heaven knows what else, they're now giving a company a free reign to go through his personal bank accounts?
I've never really cared too much about the whole jailbreaking thing (unless you count the unwarranted removal of OtherOS) but this has convinced me that I've bought my last Sony product, ever.
"The character levelling system is totally blandflakes" - what the hell is this supposed to even mean?
I've also been playing Rift and while you could sit there and whine about it being unoriginal and ripping off your beloved WoW (and let's be honest here, you are hopelessly biased towards that game), I found it had enough differences to mark it out while having a firm foundation to build on future content.
Who else out there remembers Aion? Strikingly beautiful MMO with flying combat and cross dimensional zones was what we were promised but instead we got a broken grindfest with a few seconds of flight here and there, not to mention a crafting system that would reduce most people to rage.
It's all very well complaining about a lack of originality from MMOs - again, a large amount of the blame can be directed at your beloved World of Warcraft - but unless an MMO gets the basics right, how can it evolve into something different.
Oh and one final point - I have a hell of a lot more freedom when it comes to fine tuning my class in Rift than I ever did in World of Warcraft.
I've always wanted to learn to play guitar but I found it hard to hear the notes over the sound of my tutor's molars grinding together. Shame it's being put out by Ubisoft but if it's on a console, the DNA scrape DRM should hurt less than the rectal DNA scrape the PC version uses.
I wouldn't mind getting this clarified myself
I've been looking through a few wikipedia articles on nuclear power and radiation and I must have seen at least half a dozen units for measuring radition intensity. Would someone be kind enough to enlighten me as to the current estimated level and how much is need for significant health problems or (God forbid) a fatal amount?
Had a read of that article yesterday myself. Being honest I found a lot of it hard to follow but from what I've been able to understand the Fukushima reactor and the Chernobyl reactors are very different beasties.
As for the whole nuclear debate, is *now* really the right time, when people are risking their lives trying to bring the reactors under control?
Interesting theory yoy have there
So, if I happened to take exception to what you had written, hit the "Report" button under your post and got you banned for 72 hours, you'd be alright with that...?
Something I only just found out
I had a look on Google maps for the location of Fukushima - people do know these things were built on the coastline right? I'd like to see any building survive a 9.0 megaquake *and* a 33ft tsunami and escape without massive damage. It's also worth remembering that these reactors were of a much older design than some of the ones we have in the UK and that retooling a full installed and functioning reactor with the latest safety features is not an undertaking to be done quickly.
What happened to the cool guys that made my iMac G5 (which I hasten to add is still going strong after all these years)?
The title is a fictional invention
Oh do lighten up, please. It's friday o'clock, I have a really long clinic ahead of me and anything that is good for a brief smile or a laugh helps time travel more quickly.
Now if I could just find a memory erasing device that can erase the last 2 minutes I've wasted reading and replying to your post, that'd be swell.
When did PSN have content on it instead of piles of meaningless crap? As a UK based PSP owner, I get about a tenth of the content that the American PSN store enjoys. Given that a large number of game stores in the UK have axed their PSP section entirely, I can't see them falling over themselves to sign up for this.
Mines the one with the content bereft PSP in the pocket.
You're asking the wrong question
The real question is which will happen first - PS3 being hacked again or Youness Alaoui (KaKaRoToKS) having Sony lawyers kicking down his front door?
I remember following an Ordinance Survey map and thinking "Gosh, I really wish I had a celebrity to tell me how to get to my destination instead of all these carefully laid out roads landmarks."
Only thing worse than olives are olive fanboys.
My IT skills are a little fuzzy when it comes to embedded platforms, etc - does this mean a HP lappy could dual boot between Windows and WebOS? That could be really fun for trying it out with the questionable safety net of Win 7 as back up.
Serves him right
Olives in a pizza are disgusting. =/
I, for one
Am looking forward to the introduction of our Jedi faith schools. Until Anakin drops by and murders all the students, along with the franchise.
Good news everyone!
A recent study* has determined that casual games can restore hair lost through male pattern baldness *AND* cure erectile dysfunction.
*Study funded by Popcap Games, not subject to peer review.
What's really terrifying?
The fact that someone managed to build and detonate a 50MT nuclear weapon - that stuff at the bottom of the article along with wikipedia details on the Tsar Bomba? That's nightmare fuel, especially when you think that it only had half of its intended yield of 100MT.
Two more from me
I actually own a replica of Sting from Lord of The Rings, made by the same guys that do the others. It's beautifully engraved and I'm told it glows when goblins approach. As I live in a goblin free area though I haven't had a chance to see it in action yet.
Would also give someone's right arm for a Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series.
He may have a point
Speaking as a current PSP owner, I've noticed it's becoming harder to find shops that still sell PSP titles. My local Game and Gamestation have axed their sections and the UK version of Sony's PlayStation Online store reduces me to rage at it's pathetic range of titles, compared to the US or Japan.
It's also worth reminding ourselves that Sony tried to compete head on with the iPhone and iPod Touch in the form of the PSPGo, which due to the abysmal store, as mentioned above, tanked massively.
Will the NGP have more success? Maybe initially but with the iOS devices, not to mention the 3DS, Sony really can't afford to fuck this up.
That's a very interesting quote at the top of your post - where's it from?
Vulcanistic Pachydermic Calculations
1000m3 = 217 Elephants * 180 = 180,000 m3 or 39060 Elephants
That's the easy stuff out of the way, now comes the crunch:
2 inches = 5.08 cm or 0.058m
50 - 0.058 = 49.942m x 25m x 2.88m = 3595.824 m3
Now, drawing on info from the first pachyderm conversion article = 100 m3 = 21 elephants, meaning each elephant has a volume of 4.76 m3.
This shocking info reveals that by shaving a mere 2 inches off an Olympic swimming pool, Portsmouth are depriving their swimmers of almost an entire elephant. Disgusting.
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