46 posts • joined Thursday 25th June 2009 05:15 GMT
Re: as it almost always is
Sorry, tonysmith, you're mistaken. While Stalin and Mao were atheists, they didn't commit their atrocities BECAUSE of their atheism. Hitler was a Catholic. He didn't commit his atrocities because of his Catholicism, although he was aided and abetted by the Catholic church. The common denominator here is that these people were leaders of totalitarian regimes. They committed the atrocities because of this.
On the other hand, atrocities like the crusades and suicide bombing ARE committed because of religion.
Consider that none of Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Napoleon, Cortes etc. believed in pixies. Christianity does not believe in pixies. This clearly shows the moral deficiency of non-pixie religions like Christianity.
I suggest you have a read of something like http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=20th_century_atrocities to get a better understanding of what you are alleging.
Re: Planning for failure
Fail yourself. If you read the article, you'll see: "The hardware failure at 4.30 am shut down the company’s safety systems, and at 5.30 am, the company decided to close the tunnels. The affected safety systems include emergency response, radio transmission systems, signage, smoke exhaust and water deluge."
Running a tunnel without safety systems like these would be gross negligence. Even if running traffic through in escorted convoy, there could be a nose-to-tail causing a fire. Without smoke exhaust and water deluge, let alone emergency response, that could be catastrophic. Need I explain it more?
Re: Further to this
Thanks, el Reg, for borking my Ascii Art!
Further to this
I really do wonder what he might have got if he had built his own private jet? I am starting to imagine that it could be accurately represented in ASCII Art.
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"Aesthetics and technology were closed books to him and, had he had his way, burnt and buried books as well." - Douglas Adams
Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.
Form over function, possibly. Style over substance, not so much. It would have to have style.
Even if I was a gazillionaire, this is not a boat that would remotely interest me. The only redeeming feature is the destroyer bow, a design I might incorporate into my (imaginary) mega-yacht as a nod to my RN forbears.
FWIW, Shenandoah is much more to my taste.
OK I admit it, I use FB.
Although everyone loves to dump on FB, it does have its uses*. There are friends and companies I genuinely want to get updates from. There are hobbies and interests I have that I want to learn more about. FB used to be good for this.
However I now notice that I don't get all the updates from everything that I have tagged- if I go to that feed's FB page, I am starting to see that only some of their posts have made it through to me. FB is starting to lose its attraction, but what's the alternative? G+ is a ghost town as far as I'm concerned.
* And I'm aware that I am grist for the mill. I don't post anything I don't mind being in the public domain.
Come back Douglas
We miss you.
Ours is an essentially infinite universe
And in such a universe, it's almost certain that these entities have already arisen by chance. One may just have to look very hard to find them- I can imagine a cloud of these somewhere in interstellar or intergalactic space.
If they emit no energy, so as to not break the laws of thermodynamics*, how does one use them as a crystal? Currently crystals are used by energising them and allowing them to oscillate, but they do emit energy.
* The Laws Of Thermodynamics, to wit:
Law 1: You can't win, you can only break even.
Law 2: You can only break even at absolute zero.
Law 3: You can't reach absolute zero.
Law 0: You must play the game at all times.
Anatomical Ig Nobel
I sincerely hope the images presented to the chimps weren't in Smell-o-vision.
The actual first broadcast was:
All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time.
(The fact of the broadcast happening has been suppressed by the Zero Wing conspiracy)
99.999999999% annual data durability - in other words, in a year you should expect to lose about 1kilobyte of data for every terabyte stored, if you haven't annoyed the BOFH. (YMMV, E&OE, IANAL)
Oh, and megathrust earthquake followed by tsunami followed by diesel generator inundation followed by nuclear meltdown at more than two sites simultaneously notwithstanding.
Re: Quite simply really
Can I expect Dazzle makeup to become de rigeur in the PRC now?
This ruling gives carte blanche to pervert cops to oogle anybody they want, on any trumped-up charge they can think of. I can't wait to see what lawsuits are spawned from this one, and what payouts people get when the decision is finally overturned.
A spot of fishing, anybody?
" on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed "
I'm surprised I'm the first to point this out, but even when a crime *has* been committed (and there are many, many examples of this), *still* nothing gets done except move the perp to another diocese.
Catholic bashing? Nope. Immoral, hypocritical, vindictive, evil organisation bashing? You betcha.
And if the 3D model is incorrect, or out of date, and you still manage to dig through your neighbour's Internet connection, who is liable? I think I can guess the answer.
Re: Re: Pre-Order
"some soldering flux and capacitors... don't ask"
Did you say flux capacitor? Then I must ask! How many jiggawatts is it??
I believe the correct term is "lightning". Or is that something else?!?
I can't begin to imagine the possibilities
Being able to manipulate mass in the way we do electricity or light- I wonder if the BOFH would feel the need to replace his magnetic pinch with a bosonic pinch? Mind you, fitting the LHC into a suitcase may be problematic.
I'm just doubtful we'll see much domestic use out of this research in our lifetimes...
Another resurrection request
10. Haast Eagle. (World's largest raptor ever)
11. Moa, for the eagle to eat.
On another note, once this mammoth project runs out of funds and public interest, is it possible for a species to go extinct for a second time?
Religious tract FAIL
When someone uses their holy book to moralise, and that holy book contains genocide, gang rape, infanticide, genital mutilation and a host of other nasties and portrays this as morally just, then they can fuck off and take their god with them.
>Why is leaving a note any more of an invasion of privacy than normal "screening"?
It's not, except that we believe our own lie that our privacy is not invaded. Having a hand-written note of a sexual nature placed in your bag is not just a reminder of this lie, it is a flagrant breach of trust and etiquette.
Similarly, you can admire the cute derrière of someone walking ahead of you in the street, but if you call out and tell the owner of the aforementioned derrière what you'd like to do with it, you could be arrested for offensive behaviour.
This page from El Reg is blocked at work. I have never had any other Reg page blocked here. Hmmm...
Science. It works, bitches.
And it works because scientists are always ready to accept they could be wrong.
Religious creotards have no appreciation of this, and any attempt made to fit their ideology to fact is inherently doomed to fail- because they can't accept that the rules they use to prove science for their purpose are the same rules that negate their purpose out of hand.
Oh, and by definition, nothing in this universe is "supernatural" and *everything* is a suitable candidate for scrutiny by the scientific method.
"According to that data, copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files are "far and away the most heavily used features within Windows Explorer" and account for half of all commands."
It's a file manager, FFS.
In other news, getting in and out of a car, driving to destinations and carrying passengers and loads are far and away the most heavily used features of a private motor vehicle.*
*Except in certain chav locations, where the main activities are listening to crap music, standing around in crap clothes drinking crap booze and dealing crap drugs.
"God versus Evolution will never be settled while there are academics and bible bashers"
Not true. It is settled, and creationists are marginalised by anybody with a half-decent education.
"How many billions do we nee to spend to see where we came from"
So missing the point. This kind of pure research will answer some questions and throw up new ones we would never otherwise think of. Plus, there could be spinoff technology that will drive domestic technology further and one day make life at home that little bit nicer.
"about 1 person per 100,000 really gives a shit"
And the rest read News Of the World.
Here's some Fail for you, and Fail for you, and you and you.
From another report of this mess... "I think I'm in shock ... I have lost everything .... I couldnt possibly replicate all those years of work again ... my whole lifes work is gone down the drain," wrote one.
How does someone entrust another party with their life’s work, with no copies of it themselves?
Epic, epic FAIL.
I want my Identity Assurance
And I want my Tor. And ne'er the twain shall meet.
"I'm not naive. I know why men watch pornography. But I think greater availability on the internet is worrying, the way porn is seeping into the mainstream."
1) Yes she is.
2) For the same reason that women watch it?
3) It was always mainstream, just not publically admitted. Pron has been around as long as civilisation has, or longer.
@ Mr Smith XIX
Are you referring to Ithacus? A "plug-nozzle semi-single-stage-orbit launch vehicle [used] as a 1,200 soldier intercontinental troop transport"?? I really don't feel like being smeared across the rear bulkhead of somebody's rocket-powered meatbag-thrower.
6 hours is fine. A scramjet is perfectly acceptable, thanks.
I don't care how
Just as long as they develop (in my lifetime) the ability to fly commercially to the other side of the world, in a timeframe that doesn't leave me a gibbering wreck. Let's say, 6 hours.
I'd pay the price of a 1st-class ticket to do that in a cattle-class seat. Currently, it's 36 hours door to door AKL-DUB. Grrr.
Oh, and some sharks with frikkin laser beams too.
"so it's not possible to calculate the return on investment"
Would that be in Pounds Sterling, or litres?
So, you're cuddled with your missus
on the sofa and she's gone to sleep because you're watching the F1 and she wanted to watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with his homies instead and the cat is intermingled amongst it all. You realise that the gentle snoring is indicative of something and go to turn the volume down...
I can't see this scenario ending happily with a remote like that.
A smallish home LAN I know well is based around Asterix.
The domain is Amorica, the small laptop is Asterix, the media centre is Cacophonix, the over spec'd and underutilised desktop is Obelix. The NAS is Getafix (in control of all the information, see?) and when my Dad's lappie is on the LAN it's called Geriatrix. I've got several dozen more names before I need to rethink the scheme... (thinking I'll go to Life Of Brian- can't wait to use Sillius Soddus and Biggus Dickus! And of course Incontinentia Buttocks!!)
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