199 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
The Civil Service has been sacking experienced staff for decades, in successive rounds of departmental cuts, outsourcings and desperate attempts to meet whatever 'waste' cuts ministers of all hues have demanded out of ideological ignorance. Few government departments have enough expert specialists left to determine how to avoid a project going off the rails or to tell when it is likely to do so, so they bring in consultants whose focus isn't necessarily that of the best interests of their client.
It might help to recall the tragedies which struck the Mercury and Apollo programmes.
Regardless, it's the first hundred miles which is the hardest bit (followed closely by the final hundred miles).
Comparing the two images, my first impression is that they were taken about five days apart (going by the portion of the moon in sunlight and trying to match up features on each). That assumes that neither image has been doctored, of course.
Re: a study from Canadian health researchers
It would appear on the surface that they asked a statistically quite small group of people some questions and then inferred some "results".
It could indeed appear so to someone with little knowledge of statistics or of the concept of prior plausibility.
Re: Missed Cyanide?
If you take this mixture and autoclave it for a while you will get some of the basic aminoacids (in a L-R mix) as a result.
Shhh! You'll upset the Creationists.
Blinded by his own rhetoric
Like all utopian visions, it was flawed because it failed to account for the persistence of the worst aspects of human nature.
“The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance’,” he claimed.
Does he not see how the first statement can also be applied to the second?
Re: Lots of skills are needed
(do we say "app" nowadays?)
Local films for local people
Looks like Cheltenham Cineworld has no plans to screen it. Obviously there's a conspiracy.
A mass of 2*10^30 kg hydrogen by itself
To be pedantic, about a quarter of that mass was helium at the time; now about half of it is.
Re: Game changer
For over 150 years all the life changing major innovations came from America,
Like the method by which you are publishing your inane comment?
Re: Putting the Mars into Marxist
At 99p I'll read anything. Well, except Dan Brown, and Jeffrey Archer, obviously.
Reg, your link is borked:
Having a tooth yanked out of your jaw like that probably hurt quite a bit...
I'm not sure about phytosaurs or rauisucids, but the later theropods were constantly growing new teeth and shedding their teeth, just as sharks did then and still do today. We've got plenty of examples of discarded, worn carnivore teeth from the period, including some found close to bones showing matching bite marks. It's the fact that a tooth got stuck in a wound (now that would have hurt!) and the bone healed around it that tells us so much more about these creatures than just another shed tooth.
Thanks for amending it to say 'to embrace feminism', Jasper.
in which she asked men to bow down to feminism.
Careful. Your bias is showing.
I thought I would enjoy the first Traveller game (the one with the Ancient volcano threatening to consume Rhylanor within seven years or something), but the combat system was so lethal I never got even half my party to survive the initial ambush once they stepped outside the very first building. Ambushers with rocket launchers, for Imperium's sake!
If M60-UCD1 can contain this huge event horizon
The black hole is about five light-days in diameter, while M60-UCD1 is about 300 light-years across.
I suppose the question is really "Is this galaxy stable?" Measuring the orbital velocity of a number of its stars might answer this.
Re: Even worse if they'd taken the explosives out
That makes a change from them planting bombs on Greenpeace ships and murdering people.
Re: the public was never in danger
Do you check all the pockets of a backpack everytime you fly?
Yes! Always have, always will do. I'd have to be daft not to.
Re: Confirmed Identity?
Doggy practices? I honestly don't want to know what they get up to in the evenings.
A hundred quadrillion is about* a third of the number of water molecules in one-hundredth of a cubic millimetre of water. Does that help?
*If I'm out by an order of magnitude it's because I can't be arsed to find a calculator.
Re: It's a long way down the high street to the chemists.
That's a pity, 'cos they've just put the kettle on.
But if it can't also polish my shoes while it's down there, I don't care how good it is at sucking.
Re: Some truth to some of what they say
In other words they never hashed it in the first place.
Or it was reversibly encrypted.
Re: Well that took long enough
They've only been operating completely openly like that for over twenty years now.
Over thirty years. You can (or could) see them at Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes as well (I never, ever bought any VHS tapes from them at all, never).
Really? My sources tell me it was █████████ -- but without the cauliflowers.
In the US you can pretty well get them in Walmart
You'll find them next to the autorifle section, just along the aisle from the trained attack wolverines armed with rocket launchers.
Apparently it's where the Ferguson cops do all their shopping.
Re: Two girls and a cup
Should everyone that looks at the crucifixion scene or a bloody Christ dying on the cross also be considered as terrorists ?
Not if they consider the crucifixion a just and lawful act. That would make them supporters of the Imperial Roman hegemony, not terrorists. However if they didn't consider it just or lawful, that might risk them being categorised as opponents of the regime, and potentially rebels, insurgents or terrorists.
So not the best comparison, really.
And two special constables were told to quit their voluntary jobs after being caught in a "compromising position" in a picture posted online.
"Is that a funny handshake or are you just pleased to see me?"
Vehicular kinetic energy exchanges
hopes to create a standardized vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) system in which cars and small trucks can automatically share data about their speed and direction
That's nice. Now, what about big trucks? You know, those things with loads of blind spots.
Re: Here's a novel idea for the uk government
Yeah, but compliant politicians couldn't be rewarded with profitable directorships if that were to happen. So it won't happen.
Maybe, if they'd made their way into a large lump of ceramic. Without a heat shield it's unlikely that anything larger than a drop of molten metal made it as far as the lower atmosphere. Rock or ceramic would be a better material to hitch a ride on (well, in), since it would ablate and in doing so carry away some of the heat, possibly allowing bugs in the middle of the lump to avoid pasteurisation.
Re: The big problem up there
The junk may be moving at 7km/s relative to the surface of the Earth, but anything else in low Earth orbit is going to be moving at much the same speed and general direction. That said, if you're out on a space walk and you get hit by something moving at even 10m/s relative to you, you're going to notice.
Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.
I don't need to be drunk to do any of that. Fortunately I can't type passwords properly when I've had a few, so I've also been able to avoid the drunken temptation to change all my passwords to something short and simple ('password1', perhaps).
Nah, he's the one who had his boll-OCKS sliced off at the age of five.
I still get annoyed at the BBC style guide which has a tendency to write acronyms in lowercase with the first letter capitalised!
In some cases that's quite reasonable (Nasa, for example, although I don't think they do Jaxa yet).
Too right, get rid of LASER whilst you're at it
Laser is an acronym, not an initialism. It can at least be pronounced as a word (and over time become one).
Just goes to show...
Self-regulation is no regulation. Why do the politicians keep falling for it, when it fails time after time? Can't be anything to do with the potential for cushy non-exec directorships, can it?
Re: Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth
Or push the Earth into a slightly wider orbit, fixing global warming and taking us out of the asteroid's path.
Get it right and we could also do away with the need for leap years.
Re: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
That and a Beckham direct free kick.
which has repeatedly been aired by everyone from Sir Iain Lobban, director of Britain's GCHQ spy agency, who did so last year in front of a parliamentary committee
newly installed NSA chief Admiral Michael Rogers has played down the impact of the Snowden revelations on the spy agency's work
It's almost like one of them is lying.
Re: Somebody got a universal translator handy?
At some point in the future things will get so big and complex within the organization, circles within circles etc, that it will no longer be able to support its own weight and entropy will do its thing that it does with all systems which are out of balance.
For all we know it might already be the case that two-thirds of NSA employees are there purely to watch NSA employees. It would certainly explain why they have to rely so heavily on contractors!
Re: Not all bad news then
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Re: Deep Breathing . . . for Diving into Dark Web Pools
I can't believe I just upvoted an amanfromMars comment for what it actually said rather than how it was expressed...
Re: How do you say "AWESOME!!!" in European??
All I know how to say is "Can I get another beer?"
I think you'll find that should be "May I have another beer, please?"
You always could drive to the pub. It's driving home afterwards that's problematic.
Re: If it's on Google it must be free
Intent - it's fucking magic.
And who knows what the ablative of WD-40 is?
I find a blowtorch ablates WD-40 quite nicely.
Re: Hmmmm ...
Why piss money away when a failed project (IT is far from unique in this respect) can move it from the pockets of taxpayers to special interests with no real accountability whatever.
That's certainly how it works in education and health, and arguably transport.
Funny you mention medicine...because in the U.S....the cost of many medicines is much higher for U.S. citizens...than the exact same medicines...made by the exact same companies...in many other countries...such as Canada.
That's because the NHS and the like can negotiate bulk deals. If you Yanks had a proper healthcare system instead of one designed to bankrupt sick people, you might see a benefit too.
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