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"soon we'll all be zooming in to work above the traffic jams in our Puffins"
That may be the kind of quote he'd like, but it'd be total bull.
Unless flying cars use autopilot all the time when in the air, with a minimum of human input, they'll remain toys for rich businessmen with personal helipads and wallets that'll stretch to huge costs of getting a pilot's license. Put regular idiots with a driver's license at the controls of these things and be prepared to armour your roofs, walls and heads, 'cos they're going to be coming down in their thousands.
Any ideas how this agreement is going to be made? How pro-active they going to be about seeking it?
Is it going to be a letter and form to fill in for all of us, or do we all have to know this is taking place and ring up ourselves?
Also, I don't know about you, but €50 extra on my bill would certainly give me 'bill shock'.
€8000 would be a 'bill myocardial infarction'.
We've seen it all before.
It's like the link between prostitution and human trafficking.
- Get asked by politician who believes something is wrong, to provide statistics on just how wrong it is.
- Collect data on the real problem
- Bend the data to fit the politicians beliefs
- Get paid
Pah! I'm not believing any of their so called findings. Mythbusters 'proved' you couldn't flip a car with jet engines once, using two puny truck mounted turbines. Having failed to do a proper literature search however, they missed Top Gear's far better experiments using a 747.
Bunch of cow boys pretending to do science.
Hot dogs for 3 year olds? How about giving them some proper food for once!
Also, try good old thick British style sausages that you can just cut up.
They've got a better chance of actually having some real meat in them too.
Not to get bogged down in semantics, but you're both wrong. You are allowed to be homosexual all you like and be a Catholic at the same time. Yay. If you actually have sex with another man, or indeed any woman who is not your wife, you're to be stoned. Not so yay.
Also, not sure where the good old Empire comes into this. The Empire was all about commercial interests, not just caving someone's head in because you don't like their lifestyle. With Britain you may not actually have been free, but you were allowed to live pretty much as you saw fit and were protected. Even Gandhi has been quoted as saying something along the lines of 'Meh, it could be worse'.
I'd much rather government involvement was limited to handing over cash to research councils. The councils should then decide, without any pressure from government *cough* Mandelson *cough*, what projects the money goes to.
Army Air Corps and a Fleet Air Arm make sense to me, flying is flying. Merging the navy and army makes no sense though. They have completely different roles and we already have marines.
OK, so he wrote a letter stating the bleeding obvious to a bunch of idiot MPs. So what? Throw enough shit at a wall and maybe some will stick. Same goes for MPs*.
*If you wonder whether I mean throw enough MPs against a wall, or throw enough shit at MPs, take your pick. I'm up for whatever.
OK, so a doctored photo of a family member, if not actually child (abuse) porn because no abuse has taken place, is at least an invasion of privacy. You and your child, assuming they are old enough to worry about it, can suffer some degree of mental anguish because this picture exists. Plus, someone is making the mental link between your child and sex, so harassment may become an issue. Therefore you'd be right to worry and there are already laws in place to protect you from the possible consequences.
A cartoon however isn't even a picture of a real person. Bart and Lisa don't exist. It's fantasy. Making a mental link between them and sex does not _have_ to lead to a mental link between real children and sex. If someone does make that link, then they become a criminal.
Child porn is both a cause and effect of child abuse, therefore illegal. Cartoon porn is not an effect of child abuse and _may_ be a cause in a very limited number of cases. You can't go around making laws on the off chance. That way madness lies.
STOP THE PRESSES!
There are islands in the pacific as yet untouched by western civilisation, where the most primitive of peoples live. They don't know what a computer is, they have never even heard of Apple and if they saw a white man, they would throw him into the nearest volcano to appease their pagan gods. Yet even they knew Steve Jobs was going to be announcing some sort of iTablet today.
Question of perspective
A sports scientist would regard being active as a ground state, since that's what they do, so sitting around all day is bad because it makes you less healthy than at the ground state.
A regular scientist would regard a sluggish office life as the ground state, since that's what most people do, so getting up for tea (and I suppose fag) breaks is good because it makes you healthier than at the ground state.
I would tend to take the second of those two perspectives.
Also, anyone with a degree in sports science... you have a degree in P.E. so shut up.
"he expected long-term commitments, not just short-term profit taking."
Shame he doesn't feel the same about science.
Yes, VTOL off of a carrier would result in it burning up most of its fuel before getting airborne. That's why the navy has been using their existing Harrier VTOL aircraft as a VSTOL for decades. Angle the nozzles for forward thrust, with a little bit of up thrust, then shoot of a ramp.
Won't be giving my kids anything but a pay&go phone until they can pay their own bills. Pay&go is pretty limiting unless you can afford lots of credit. Once they're earning enough to pay for a contract then I think my authority to say who they can and can't talk to will be all but gone.
Some of the indignation this system is receiving over here may come from the different attitudes to what constitutes a child. As far as I'm concerned, anything above 16 might not be an adult, but since they can legally have sex and move out on their own, they're certainly not a child. They can drive at 17, which is somewhat more dangerous than using an IM client. Once they're 18 they can vote and drink, so they're adults and you have pretty much no right to interferer in their lives. Of course if your kid has shown they can't be trusted up to the age of 18, they still live under your roof, and I suppose if the phone wasn't bought with their own money, take it away.
Is it really going to be called T-Orange? Or, as I'm living in Yorkshire, t'Orange.
May I refer the right honourable Sceptical Bastard, and indeed anyone who thinks one complaint to get an add pulled is ridiculous, to the post made by one Cliff on Wednesday 16th December 2009 at 20:16 GMT.
He stated, quite correctly, that the number of complaints is irrelevant and that the only thing that matters is the ASA's judgement. If they decide the ad breaches their codes, then they pull it, end of story. In this case the ASA happened to agree with the one and only complaint they recieved. If, on the other hand, a thousand people complained and the ASA decided that the ad was not in breach of code, then the ad would have been left alone.
Rules is rules.
Good luck with that. I don't see the Queen going against the Home Office's decision, no matter how spineless it may be.
"Premises with more than one line will have to pay the tax on each. However, for Virgin media customers, where a "line" consists of a co-axial line for internet access and a copper wire for phone, only one levy will be applied."
How? I'm with VM so my TV, internet and phone all use the cable line, so there's 50p right there. But I also have a physical BT line to the house; a little box with BT written on, wires hanging between my house and the pole in the street etc. but I don't have any kind of contract with BT.
When they say 50p per 'line', I'm guessing they mean one that actually has traffic going through it, rather than just the infrastructure. If not, colour me indignant.
That's not the bloody point
Yes, fine so he may have finished his sentence by now. But only if whatever crazy, black cap wearing monster that presided over his hearing didn't throw the book at him, as the FBI want.
The point here is that he has every right to fight this, so he has.
Also it's bringing into question the fairness of our extradition treaty with the yanks. The Home Secretary says he doesn't have the power to stop his extradition. So who the hell does? I'm starting to get the feeling that the answer is no one on this side of the pond.
So don't go studying science then. The individual scientist's work will make bugger all money, unless you happen to working directly within R&D at a drug's company, and then only if you're department happens to working in an area that the head office wants to peruse.
Any ideas how to explain this change in career path the missus?
OK Mr grumpy.
Personally I think this is pretty cool and could also be very useful as a tool to aid decision making. AI has been pretty handy for us scientists for a while, why not get the politicos to have a go. They might learn something.
Who exactly has he hurt in hacking the FBI's files to look for UFO nonsense? OK, it is illegal, but did he have any kind of malicious intent?
The way I see it, the US are just interested in punishing someone who's made them look like a bunch of incompetents. The effect of which is that they now look both incompetent and like bullies. Also yes, our extradition laws are so one sided, it's just crazy.
Surely rather than be disgusted, you should find it grounding. If it serves any purpose, this sort of thing should remind us that regardless of the political and ideological clashes that led to 9/11, and ignoring the global shit-storm that followed it, whatever your views on Bush's war on terror, that day was a day when a lot of ordinary people lost their lives or had them irrevocably changed. Ordinary people who'd just got into work, had their coffee, maybe just started checking their emails and prepared for the daily trudge, with only the prospect of going home to their loved ones to keep them from going crazy. Suddenly, through no fault of their own, the world exploded.
Everything that has followed was a result of that day. Almost a decade later it's really easy for those who weren't there to think of it as just another event; to get blinded by the big picture and forget to look at all the little ones.
Ah the Sugarbabes
The original 'Trigger's broom' of pop groups.
Wasn't there an app a while back that did absolutely nothing, but nevertheless cost at least a thousand dollars. If limited utility is a disqualifying factor then how does an app with expressly no function get through the net?
9 times out of 10
"One anonymous coward considered this and brought up one of the best-known rules of science, at any rate the science one learns - as we learn ours here at the Reg - mostly from chaps in the pub.
But what about if by a million/billion/whatever to one chance we are the first "intelligent life" to emerge. Someone has to be, and we all know that the thing about million to one chances is that they happen nine times out of ten."
Or indeed the Discworld books.
Ready. "It's a million to one chance..."
Or it could be used to put a little more punch in those remote-controlled desktop SAM site executive toys I know some of you have.
Not sure I understand
Why would they all have to be hot and female to be worthy of the name Cougars? Fair enough they aren't in fact a group of large cats, but I don't think I've ever seen a cheerleader squad that actually looked like its namesake. Frankly they'd be even less attractive if they did look like cougars and their gender wouldn't be of any significance at all.
Also, the seven girls shown in the Telegraph's piccy aren't exactly monsters.
I think someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Eh, Lewis?
I don't get it. It isn't even a very short skirt.
I hope Durham police accept this warning and seriously consider withdrawing their forces from Pakistan. This bloodshed must end!
Presumably they mean the lyrical highland accent, as (poorly) portrayed by Mr Gibson at one point. Rather than the gruff, aggressive, used to say f**k at least once in every sentence, 'only able to open my mouth about half an inch to talk' Glaswegian accent.
Also, I doubt they mean Cockney, Scouse, Brummie, Georgie, Yorkshire, Essex, West country etc. They probably mean something a bit Hugh Grant.
In fact this whole thing is bunk.
Stick your title
"the distinction drawn between the harm caused by illegal and legal drugs is moral and political, not scientific." No s**t.
"resign, publicly, noisily and, if possible, together with all the other government scientific advisers" If you're going to be consistently ignored, you might as well be paid for it.
As much as the Wii isn't intended for hardcore gaming, rather casual fun play. It would be nice to see an improvement in the hardware, so that at least some current, non-sonic or mario related games come out for it.