246 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
Re: Very sad indeed...
"The odds of dying per mile are
by car, 1 in 100,000"
Going by your numbers, the average trip in a car is 16 metres, and the average driver dies after about 10 years on the road.
Re: Maybe just maybe (@ Boltar)
Four points off the top of my head, every one of which shows your theory not to be plausible:
1. There is drag, just less of it. But for a microscopic dust particle, it would be enough to bring it back down eventually. Even if that 'eventually' is years (very unlikely), there wouldn't be enough dust suspended like this to cause a visible haze. There would also be a hell of a lot of collisions between bits of dust, since there would be no uniform orbit direction, and the 'orbitting' dust would cause one hell of a constant storm for anyone on the surface.
2. Mountains. If this theory was true, there would be no dust below the levels of the highest peaks. This would be very easy to show.
3. Luck. Certainly impacts can throw stuff out of the lunar gravity well, but how many bits of dust would land exactly in the orbit level which aligns to the speed they have? Basically, none. So the orbits would all decay, and the dust would clear.
4. If this did happen (which it doesn't), there would also be rocks of all shapes and sizes doing the same. There aren't.
The point is that just because there isn't consensus about what exactly is happening, there are some things which are clearly not happening. A lack of an understanding of the physics is not the same as a lack of the physics.
Re: The paper notebook computer sounds intriguing.
The applications listed all sound interesting, but can anyone with more foresight than me explain why it needs to be a pluggable form factor? I'd have thought maybe you'd want your bird-feeder and notebook both working at the same time. Isn't part of the idea that things like this will become so cheap that we can have lots of them, each doing one specific task?
Honest question - is the loser not ordered to pay costs in US civil cases?
Because to me, it would seem absurd to not order the loser to pay costs.
In the UK, the level of costs to be paid is determined by the judge, and is split according to what's deemed reasonable, and where the fault lies (not always entirely with the losing party), which seems like a pretty sensible way of handling things.
I'm struggling to see the point of this
Dropping barrel bombs on Aleppo neighbourhoods may be dispicable, but at least there is a military purpose (you know, once you've killed everyone, there won't be any rebels left. Much like the WW2 bomber command tactics). Attending peace conferences while continuing to drop barrel bombs? Again, I can see the point - it might just convince some people that you aren't heartless murdering bastards, or at least wish you didn't have to be.
But hacking facebook? What could that actually achieve? How would it benefit the butcher and his henchemen holed up in Damascus even one iota?
Re: because of dumb shits like this
I'm struggling to see why that automatically counts as clueless. They're a computing company, selling computing services for customers with computing needs - of course a large chunk of their costs are going to be for computing.
It's as if you just pointed at First group, and said "They spend 25% of their revenue on diesel! Clueless." Yeah. They run buses & trains. They need a lot of the stuff.
I'm not saying you're wrong, but a company spending a lot on one thing, even if it's a thing you don't personally use much of, doesn't make them automatically clueless.
Re: No Brainer
Refusing to serve your site to someone using a specific browser that you haven't tested for?
Why yes, that seems like a sensible way to behave.
Re: The NSA is just a symptom ot a (corrupt) Corporatist obese and evil government
So what you're saying is... you need more guns? So, how's that working out for the USA so far?
Re: Bit surprised about the weight
I have a Portage R500, bought for a similar price in 2007. It has an optical drive, similar resolution of screen, and weighs under 1 kg. Now 6 1/2 years old, and comprehensively abused for every miserable year of its existence, (including 20,000 miles through Africa, recording images and data while shoved under the passenger seat of a hilux) it's still running well. I'm actually very impressed with it.
The only down side is that, to get the weight to 997g, they made it of the cheapest plastic they could find. For the last 3 years it's been held together by araldite and duck tape. As the abuse continues, the quantity of duck tape slowly increases.
Re: Well done China.
You mean other than the fact that they weren't there in the 'before' shot?
Are you serious? Those are boulders, so when the light source is to the left, the shadows are to the right. Just like the lander and rover. The other shadows are from craters, so the shadow falls on the side of the crater nearer the light source.
Simple language: Sticky up thing has shadow away from light. Dippy down thing has shadow towards light.
I suppose the advantages of it not being a ring are that one size fits all, and it's very easy to put on, take off, and pass around for others to use.
I guess it would be easy to drop too, but if that's a real problem it would be pretty trivial to create a version that is, actually, a ring. Or for an owner to mod one themselves.
Re: Some people have too much time on their hands.
3) Comment about it on a website, slagging those who chose option 2
Since, as you say, you've never even had one of these leaflets, your ratio of time spent to time wasted by Virgin is now infinitely higher than the two people who chose to contact the ASA.
No doubt once this is out, there will be 3D 4K (maybe it's there already?). Then there will need to be a new generation of media formats to replace blu-ray, as it will only be able to hold 25% of a film. So on top of your £5,000 telly, you'll need a £1,000 player, and a fibre-to-the-house data connection. You'll need to wear annoying, bulky glasses (only 2 people can watch at once, unless you want to spend £150 more per person). And of course you'll need to to re-buy all your existing films again at £45 each (remastered yet again, so they'll have to be much more expensive).
So remind me again, what's the real benefit to the consumer? Where's the problem needing solved?
Re: Why cant I buy
Feeling a bit paranoid? (that's maybe fair after the LG phone-home reports mind you)
There is no reason you can't use a 60" TV as a 60" monitor. That's what HDMI is for. Plug in the raspberry pi (or solution of your choice), ignore all the built-in stuff.
Let's face it, the 'smart' bit in a TV probably only adds a few quid to the cost of an already extremely expensive bit of kit, so the manufacturers will always do it if it's a cheap way to convince a large segment of the market that their TV is worth having. It doesn't mean you have to use it.
Re: Vested interest
Shamelessly hijacking the top comment to kindly ask El Reg to make available the results of the "how much boost does it give an article to have a random thumbnail of girls in bikinis beside it" experiment.
Go on, we all like a good graph.
I saw an example of the same once where someone uploaded a youtube video explaining how to get more hits, but a shot of a hot girl as the very middle frame in the video. He uploaded it twice, once with and once without. The number of hits on both versions made the point nicely.
Not this year. 4 days down in a year is closer to 98.9%. Or, if we pick our period (like they are obviously doing), then 43% up time last week.
Re: Ads, Ads and yet more [redacted] ads
Line breaks are essential
To the flow of a poem
Without them it's mental
Trying to find your way home.
I've rearranged your attempt a bit
Sort of polished the chrome
To give it more of a hit.
Like a hip-hop rhyme
It's more of a chore
But bro, you gotta take your time
Else you're gonna hit the floor.
Your scansion, sadly, sucks. It's no defence
to play the humour card. When writing verse
both form and rhythm must align to sense.
Though rhyme and scansion may invite a curse
it should be from the author. I would deem a
failed attempt at scansion rather worse than blank verse.
Writing in a formal schema
at least can help at focussing the brain
(my favoured form, like this, is terza rima)
Re: What is the issue?
Are you serious? OK, let's pick apart your post:
1. Your children are 3 and 5. This is aimed at infants, well under 1.
2. At the age this is aimed at, infants haven't yet learned to interact with the real world. An ipad is NOT interactive in the same sense as a mobile, beads on a string, etc. There is nothing physical about interaction with it, which is what babies need to learn.
3. This is clearly aimed at the "shove them in a chair and leave them" style of parenting. Also, ANY screen time for infants is counter-productive to development, so this should NOT form part of any selection of activities for an infant.
4. Granny doesn't need the baby strapped into a seat with the ipad inches from his face. Granny needs to see you cuddling the baby. She's got more sense than to think something like this would be a good idea.
I'm also a parent of two children, but mine are 6 weeks and 20 months old. If anyone gave me something like this for them, the angle grinder would make very short work of the ipad arm.
Re: Price fixing?
I think the problem is more like this:
I can manufacture a McGuffin for £19.93. My three main competitors can manufacture them for £19.94, £19.95 and £19.96.
My McGuffins are fitted to all new Ford cars. My competitors have cornered GM, Toyota and Peugeot/Citroen. And we're all broadly happy with the market share we've got.
So we all decide to charge £160.
Re: Not that easy to stop
But an attack of this sort wouldn't be aimed at the average user - hence all the talk of military, power stations etc in the article. It would be aimed at highly secured, air-gapped systems.
The administrators of those systems would have no trouble at all disabling the microphone/speakers, so I'm not sure why the obvious conclusion isn't just to remove them. Are they likely to be regularly used in these sorts of environments?
Re: HollyHopDrive, Just a geek etc
Moan moan moan, life's so hard in my comfortable first world country with free health care, education, social care, state pensions, security, policing, safety nets etc. I wish I was a bit richer (but still had all that free stuff).
Re: ..I don't need to apply..
The best job advert I have ever heard of, which undoubtedly trumps this article, was for Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole in the early 1900s:
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."
The story goes that he was inundated with thousands of responses, similar I suppose to the talk of one-way manned missions to Mars in recent days.
Maybe not even, I didn't read notice a mention of a touch-screen in the review.
Re: So in the UK
I was with you right up to your last paragraph, when you went off on a mind-bending feminist fantasy-spree.
Have you read the register much? It doesn't tend to be very kind to a lot of people. Many of them are men, too. Get over it.
I like the way he developed his particular duck-face too:
1. Hit face with ground
2. Get stitches
If every duck-face had that history, it would be a trend I could get behind.
Re: In which case
Why are you valuing your UK company in that nasty foreign currency?
Pounds are what we use here, sir.
Now that's dealt with, where can I send my money?
It was pretty high. Not much air up there to do the ripping apart.
Aerodynamic forces are proportional to density, and speed squared.
Air density at 16,000 m is about 0.1 that at sea level, so a speed of 790kph at 16,000m, all else equal, will produce similar forces to a speed around 250kph at sea level.
Still fast, but certainly not difficult to manage.
Re: Good to know. lol
It's pretty easy to get to those sorts of speeds in the upper atmosphere. You know that Red Bull fellow who jumped out of a balloon? 1,342 kph, and he wasn't particularly aerodynamic.
Re: Beware of these so-called "Expert Witnesses"
Uh, you do know this is a UK site, and we're talking about UK courts and UK expert witnesses here, right?
Other than that, nice rant. It could have done with a few more random capitals, but it's a good start.
Lars, I accept the horrendous situation that many in India live in - it sounds like you've got a decent amount of experience working in that sort of environment, and I deeply respect that. I've worked a year or so in some similar places, and I know the effects of poverty. I'll put the rhetoric aside and explain why I disagree.
There are two things to consider here. Firstly, a country is lifted above the poverty line not by aid (which can reduce short-term disaster situations) but by an improved economy. Granted, aid can help stimulate and repair an economy to the point where it is functioning, but domestic industry, education, learning, infrastructure and opportunities for people to excel are vital for a country to improve as a whole. Advanced science projects like this do a massive amount to improve the economy. They give Indian scientists a reason to stay in the country, they stimulate local high-tech industries, they improve aspiration of Indian students.
The second is the straw-man argument that a country can only do one thing, or another. It's possible to do both. India is already spending many times as much on sanitation, infrastructure and other projects to directly improve the lives of the very poorest. Can they can continue working on these things, which cost many billions of pounds, while also stimulating the economy (remember, all that money stayed in India - it wasn't burned, or spent on US missiles) and making genuinely amazing achievements? Yes.
This thing cost about half as much as one jet fighter, or about 20% of a brand new A380. Really, saying they can't afford that is like telling someone on income support in the UK that their children can't have an ice-cream once in a while. It's just not relevant.
Please don't interpret this as unsympathetic to the poor. I just think condemning this frankly incredible achievement is akin to telling a child off for painting a masterpiece, because they've still got Maths homework to do for next month. There's time and space for both.
Can we please give this tired pseudo-racist straw-man argument a rest, and congratulate them on progress?
Realistically, there are poor people everywhere, and £45M is spare change in a country that big. In fact, it's around 4 1/2 pence per person.
Should America sort out its poor before sending technology space-wards? What about Russia? China?
Should the UK have sorted out all it's poor before extending outwards? Surely exploring the Americas was a complete waste of money when there were peasants starving in the fields, right?
Should the Victorians have sorted out the poor before investing in the industrial revolution?
Did you fill your petrol tank this morning, while there are 10,000 dead people yet to be burried in the Philippines? How uncaring are you?
Re: LG - Lame Goods
...also, please cancel my subscription etc.
Disgruntled, Milton Keynes.
Re: Careful what you wish for.
It's a trick though. If you're a major industry-backed "artist," you get to sample, re-use and re-mix existing ideas, songs, visuals etc to create something new. If any regular member of the public tries the same, they are infringing copyright. Make a nice video and set a well known song as a sound track? Or even record a section of it while a song is playing in the background? Blocked.
Since such a large part of creation is about re-use, and since the various Asses of America have pretty much done their best to ban that to their non-members, what they're really interested in encouraging people to be is consumers, not creators.
*Edit: Woohoo, editable comments!
I've never heard of this - hilarious. Extract from Wikipedia:
"Freemen believe ... a court is a place of business, and a summons is an invitation to discuss the matter at hand, with no powers to require attendance or compliance."
Also, "this procedure has never been used successfully."
Anyone care to enlighten me as to how a flood of emails add up to that much damage? I mean, that's some fairly hefty pocket change for what, a few minutes pressing delete one morning? A mild nuisance?
Or is this one of those silly-bugger accountant sums from never-never land where you say 35,000 employees (citation needed) each had to spend (citation needed) an 30 minutes (citation needed), at an average cost to the company of $35/hour (citation needed)...
This is like arguing that Lee Rigby had it easy, as there's kids in Somalia who don't have enough to eat.
In other words, bullshit.
Re: Responsible behaviour
What are you smoking?
No, it's not fine to kill someone. And no, it's not fine to post videos of someone else killing someone.
See how that works? Independent actions, both wrong.
Re: is this the same Facebook
That and breastfeeding pictures. Can't see boobies being put to use in that depraved, warped way. Might corrupt the young'uns innocent minds.
Killing though? Yeah, that's cool.
Wait a minute, so in response to a massive public outcry, reaching as far up as the PM, against beheading videos, FB responded by removing ONE such video?
That was the point, over there. I think you missed it.
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
It's a list billed as "shouldn't involve breaking too many eggs," and the number one item is a £265 mouse.
I'm not sure what eggs the author is worried about, whether my own or those of the purchasing department, but either way that strikes me as a whole lot of eggs.
Re: Not really
@ AC 06:59 - you do know there's countries other than your own, right? And that some people in those countries not only speak, but also type, in languages other than your own? Are you one of those 70% of Americans who doesn't own a passport by any chance?
Oh right, you're joking. Right? Good.
This doesn't diffuse the phishing potential pointed out above, but "my keyboard can't do it" isn't a valid argument.
"Ad lobby group, IAB Europe, bemoaned the committee's amendments"
Sounds like the amendments are a step in the right direction, then.
This needs a name.
May I humbly suggest the "Main Interface between LOHAN and Expedition Yobs"?
Re: Agree with Germans on this one...
Not quite sure what you're getting at here, maybe there's a subtlety in the German that I don't understand, but you are aware, presumably, of the history of the cross?
Re: Full 17bn Please
Couple of comments:
1. That's a legal maximum, the actual fine levied would likely be nowhere near that level
2. The aim of the commission, and the various laws around it, is to make the market work smoothly. The fine is a final end-game punishment, but won't make the market work any better. If, under threat of a fine, they can make things better for everyone (companies and consumers), then that is a better outcome.
3. "Flog 'em" brigade please go this way => dailymail.co.uk
60M people, 2 per house, gives approx 30M households paying TV licences.
5M production value, split between 30M households, cost to each licence payer is 17p.
I think I can spot why you're being downvoted.
Thanks for the clarification, I'd forgotten how long Assange was in the embassy before he was granted asylum. All makes for very interesting reading, but with very sad and depressing sub-tones.
I'd wondered about extending the embassy too - presumably wouldn't be that hard to do, they could always move the real functions of the embassy into the new pad and leave Assange in a part of the old, if that proved easier for them. I've also wondered what scenarios would lead to him eventually leaving - fire? Medical emergency? Lack of funds? Shear boredom? I can't see that last one coming off.
I believe it wasn't their government that got them into it, but the local ambassador, who granted asylum without checking with the higher-ups. While this was within his rights (and hence has to be honoured), if I remember the story right he was later given a dressing-down, and replaced by a new-comer. Who now has to cope with the celebrity hitch-hiker.
Re: @ James Micallef
That might be true, but the literate technology users are the trend setters - they help other people set up machines, they work in IT departments, and they write reviews.
Granted there's enough apathy to go around, but it's not the only force - witness the collapse of IE's market share to Firefox and Chrome in the last 5 or 6 years. It takes some time for the market to move, but decisions like this will do nothing to boost Microsoft's dwindling influence on the internet.
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