63 posts • joined Wednesday 8th July 2009 18:56 GMT
Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"
I agree, except for the bit about him meaning well.
...I want to know how close the Norks are to perfecting the hafnium bomb.
Re: How could one check
How could you be sure that either your request or the server's response hadn't also been interfered with?
I keep GCHQ out of my computer by using an American OS, a Russian firewall product and Chinese hardware. Safe as houses...
Re: Nothing creepy about the term "Information Dominance Center"....
At least we can be confident that the UK-equivalent won't have been built at great expense by a Hollywood set designer. The Tardis console under GCHQ will have been bodged together by a couple of blokes in a shed one weekend.
Re: Detection issues
Yup. KB2760411 is doing this on two of my five SharePoint dev servers. The live environment can wait for a proper fix.
"We are currently living in an interglacial period which has lasted since the the end of the Pleistocene Era, the era when modern humans started to use tools."
Modern humans have always used tools, as have our ancestral (and related) species going back over three million years.
Re: Big earner
Re: As Sir Terry said...
Unlikely. Dolphins would know the Fishguard train runs from Paddington, not King's Cross.
> Some 30 million Brits see the screens every week, we're told.
We might see them, but that doesn't mean we actually look at them, nor that we remember what's on them or that they affect our buying habits. Surely the best (and cheapest and easiest to measure) marker is whether sales go up in an area where a campaign is run?
"Doing a better job than England where prisoners get an Xbox, 3 square meals and sky tv etc!!"
Which is what happens in private prisons, not state-run ones. The private companies save money by locking people in their cells for most of the day so that they can employ fewer guards -- the entertainment is provided to stop the prisoners rioting. This is what happens when all that matters is the bottom line, and naturally the Daily Mail readers get the wrong end of the stick and complain about it.
> The reason neither party can tackle this is that both understand the value of communities
Although the Tories are doing their very best to break up communities of people who earn very little (who rely much more on friends and family than do those with money to spare).
Re: Nothing to hide
"what's the weather like in Cheltenham?"
Overcast and a bit breezy. Chance of showers.
Re: "I've received penalty points for speeding in Watford and Hull within 15 minutes of each other"
<blockquote>Dear God, man, how fast were you going?</blockquote>
About <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=distance+between+watford+and+hull&meta=">800mph</a>.
Re: This could work, scope is sane
Re: Seems counterproductive...
"There are so many books I bought / borrowed from the library at uni which I never would have known about had google not indexed them."
Or you could just have asked your subject librarian...
Re: Why would the police ask you for your expert opinion
Because they were taking their lead from the politicians?
For atheists it would be Ø.
Re: Quality of Teaching
I was taught Pythagoras' Theorem exactly the same way, back when I was nine or ten. I can still see it in my mind's eye; it stuck with me because it was such a perfect illustration of the idea. The other one which stands out (from secondary school) is the use of integration to derive the formulae for areas and volumes from first principles instead of just having to memorise the bloody things.
"While 154,763 students signed up for the first Circuits and Electronics course at MITx, a number Agarwal proudly pointed out is more than all of MIT's alumni for the last 100 years, just 26,349 took on the course's first problem set. 10,547 made it to the mid-term exam and 9,318 passed that test. 8,240 took the final exam, 7,157 of whom won the certificate on offer."
I took a Coursera course, Introduction to Astronomy, to which 55,000 people signed up. All but about 10,000 dropped out by the second week (when the maths kicked in), and 8,000 went on to view all the video sets for the course. About 3,000 completed all the assignments and 2,200 received a certificate. It's interesting to see the proportions are roughly the same between the two sets of figures.
Re: What did Sir Henry request ...
I would have thought the Vatican would be quoting Matthew 24:36 and not doing anything as heretical as suggesting we'll all have to wait for the heat death of the universe.
No, the government are expecting people to use the computers in their local library...
Convection normally takes away much more heat energy than a small device can manage by radiation or conduction, so a heat sink at higher altitudes will definitely help.
"The violent detonation happened in 1843"
I think you mean it was observed on Earth in 1843.
I'm a bit worried by all those trains on the roads.
When the yuppies from the 80s start dropping dead, it will be time to celebrate!
<blockquote>opinion polls stating that more than 50 per cent of the American people believe there is an extraterrestrial presence and more than 80 per cent believe the government is not telling the truth about this phenomenon.</blockquote>
Presumably that's 80% of 50%, rather than an additional 30% believing the government is covering up an alien presence in which they themselves do not believe?
Cyberdyne?! Someone's tempting fate...
At -60C, could the different rates of shrinkage of the three metals be a problem?
> Are we closing in on the missing matter?
Only if there's an awful lot of it, and if it's concentrated around each galactic halo. You can probably discount rogue planets as providing enough mass (because you'd need hundreds per star), and the black holes described here probably ended up as the cores of galaxies.
> * Details vary, according to which source you're reading, which is often the case with news from China.
Or indeed with the British tabloid press.
I hope the Chinese aren't learning that particular approach from us. China deserves better. Much, much better.
Several Hollyword studios have shown interest in the script for a film treatment of the evacuation of Dunkirk, where the US Navy rescues the British Army from the clutches of the Nazis and a small band of US Marines fights a desperate rearguard action against the massed SS Panzer divisions.
Believe that and you'll believe... oh, forget it.
Re: what a load of buzzwords
No-one's giving up on CAT5 to the desktop. As I_am_Chris pointed out, most of us have decent wifi coverage and access to eduroam already, so it's the off-campus access which will be the main benefit.
IIRC, the Osprey has a cross-linkage to provide power to the other prop if one engine fails (or is shot out). Also the wings and engines can be rotated and/or folded up so it can be stored and moved more easily. All in all, it's a pretty complicated bit of engineering, yet co-axial rotors have been used successfully in helicopters for decades (Hoodlum, Werewolf, et al).
It'll never happen..
...because the usual nutters will denounce it as the Mark of the Beast and a sign of the End Times, and get their Congresspersons wound up into creating a grandstanding religio-political furore aimed at currying votes and soliciting campaign contributions.
Still, it's always fun to watch from the sidelines.
Maybe it looks like her, but what I want to know is does it taste like her?
LEMV are go!
I see no reason why they shouldn't paint this thing green and call it Thunderbird Two. That way it'd be so much easier to control the altitude, because it'd be on strings.
> “I’m one of the few people in the world who can say, ‘I know what everything is worth'," he declares. "Everything in the whole world is worth what anyone else is prepared to pay for it. And that’s it. Simple.”
He certainly overvalues his own worth -- I bet he picked that up from playing Civilisation IV (which quotes the Roman writer who made the original statement).
There's always someone who doesn't grasp the difference between climate and weather.
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