595 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd September 2009 11:52 GMT
The law is the law - exactly as it is written, not any more and not any less.
The problem is that laws are written by a variety of people, changed over time and have various other laws superseding parts of them and all sorts of other issues.
Thus there is no 'the law' (and certainly no 'spirit of the law') but a succession of laws that are not free from errors and conflicts, and can thus be interpreted in a variety of ways.
Then you have international agreements to consider.
What can be done? who knows - maybe corporations should not be taxed at all (maybe by not having profits - all income is spent on R&D and costs and then the leftovers split between employees... discuss!), and everyone earning more than 20k should be taxed at 40%, or whatever figures people can agree on - something a lot simpler and harder to evade/avoid.
Plate tectonics a recent 'discovery'
It wasn't until the 1960's that plate tectonics was accepted (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics) so any work done before that would be part of the 'common knowledge' that hasn't been re-visited.
I wonder what other 'facts' are awaiting re-interpretation?
I didn't say I liked her ('Ukulele Anthem' -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZaR_4us6Ec- is worth a listen to though) - only that I have purchased her music.
My point is that nowadays there are more ways to purchase music and I doubt that the 'charts' are at all representative of what people are actually buying.
When I go to Amanda Palmers website and buy her digital music direct does this show on these charts?
Same with Jonathon Coulton, Paul and Storm etc..
Let alone sales of CDs at shows - are those included?
If not then surely the charts are as out of date as the 'music industry'.
Cue a random word generator.
Lets take up all the slack of those pesky collections of letters that aren't words yet - then we can published them and see which ones stick.
Sounds like a load of xpese to me.
Probably that the effects of 'dark matter' are no more than the intrusions into our space-time of several (|many) extra dimensions, which we cannot directly detect.
As a result we can see their resulting effects, but not their causes - we cannot interact with them directly and I doubt we'll be able to predictably use them either.
Else it could be that membrane theory is nearer the mark in predicting matter that exists at different energy levels, again these membranes cause an effect, but not one that we can do anything with or about.
Imagine an insect on the surface of a pond that gets a stone thrown into it - the insect is being affected by forces but has no idea what causes those forces to act on it - neither can it do anything about the causes of those forces.
Ready for the total perspective vortex? try Celestia at shatters.net/celestia/ - or find it yourself.
Re: I suspect, based on other sources
>Removable micro SD cards are an endangered species with many manufacturers, partly because they want >you to depend on their cloud services for data storage but, I suspect, largely for security reasons.
I suspect it's the other way around, at least with tablets - apple, google and amazon devices are rather light on microSD card support, whereas my (sort of no-name) Novo7 Fire for example has one, and since I wanted to have my music on a large card rather than taking up memory the big names have lost me as a customer.
'follow the money' seems to suggest that those with large online shops would prefer you didn't have a microSd card slot.
Oh - and I wanted OTG support which at least the Kindle Fire doesn't support, I didn't bother checking the other tablets.
Amanda Palmers TED talk??
I wonder if a Marvel exec has come across the video and decided to try something new.
For anyone that has't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_6H69g&feature=youtube_gdata
Another technology looking for a problem, and similarly GPS has found it's way into lots of applications, far more than the original military use.
I personally don't trust NFC but I'm sure it will mature.
How about ....
Yo mamma so fat they have to re-write the laws of physics.
Yo mamma so fat the ran out of busses to compare her with.
and so on.
They're NASA and they know it
Obligatory link to an amusing video:
enjoy - or don't it's a free* country
*Unless you read the EULA upon entry, in which case you know it isn't really....
Re: Does anyone obey the EULA?
I agree - the fact that the EULA is non-negotiable means that the end user has no say in the terms and conditions. As a result it cannot be a contract.
The fact that it is written in 'legalese' which no normal person should be expected to understand (if you are a Lawyer then you could be expected to understand the terms and conditions, but most people aren't) just goes to re-enforce that.
It's a waste of a lot of peoples time.
Re: I speak reasonable German
Yes - V3 was some buried chambers sharing a common barrel - many charges along the path of the projectile would accelerate it nicely.
V1 - doodlebug
V2 - stratospheric rocket,
V3 - as above.
V4 - a rather more personal service.
I think you mean 'clap clap' the slap to the chap about the mishap.
Re: A few additional suggestions
Star Citizen should be what you are after (http://www.robertsspaceindustries.com/).
FTL (http://www.ftlgame.com/) is a load of frustrating fun - I got it as part of a humble bundle and it has huge replay-ability.
Elite is supposedly getting a reboot, but that's more for old times sake than what you are after :-)
Thanks for letting me know.
I'll wait for the first service pack before migrating though.
hmmm - when is that due??
As per a previous poster I use DuckDuckgo - https though very US centric, so most searches I need to put 'UK' in front.
You could make a start by looking here:
Ban international companies.
My idea is to ban international companies - if a successful company wants to operate in another country it sets up a new company in that country and all it's profits and losses are dealt with inside that country.
So companyA.us is different from companyA.uk - different laws, markets, suppliers etc. are all handled within the country and the idea of a particular 'international' company does not exist.
Goods sold between companyA.us and companyA.uk would have to be at the same rate as companyA.us sells to companyB.us or companyB.uk.
Can it really be that difficult?
Another scenario is that a group of bad people (tm) get some tickets, decode which one(s) of them are for the cursory treatment and get them to smuggle things aboard.
Bizarre that on my Android phone there is a (free) barcode reading app that can create encrypted barcodes - yet the TSA spends the US taxpayers' dollars to inconvenience as many travellers as possible, and still produce a system with entirely avoidable security holes.
Re: You'll fit right in
I remember telling a German girl the following joke:
Q: How many mice does it take to screw in a light-bulb?
And she thought it funny due to the mice having little paws - I then had to explain that in English the word screw had another meaning. :-)
She was disappointed.
£1 for 3h <> bargin, sorry bargain.
When I started driving there were no car park charges, so you could go shopping without having to mess around with where to park in order not to bankrupt yourself.
Nowadays we do most of our shopping over the internet with occasional trips out to a supermarket with their free parking and I believe high-streets are suffering due to this.
Car boot sales were also free to enter - unlike the current situation where it costs you whether you end up buying something or not.
dang it - mixed my ads up...
thanks for the corrections.
I didn't know that Heineken made a mobile phone...
Re: sucked into the event horizon?
Not quite - if you were to get a step ladder your horizon would be (a little) further away and if you're in a balloon then your horizon is still further away. You're ability to see things is determined by the presence of a straight-line path from the object to you.
With a black hole the event horizon is fixed in size (until more mass is sucked in to increase the mass/ size of the black hole which will in turn create a large event horizon) so no matter what your position there will be a limit beyond which it is impossible to see anything closer to the black hole itself.
The effect of a black holes' gravity is felt at different strengths at different distances - the event horizon is simply the distance from the black hole at which the gravity is more powerful than light (ie gravity is pulling space-time fast enough that even photons can't make progress) so it's impossible to see anything, even though it still exists in some form.
A straight-line path form the object to you might exist, but since light cannot get to your eyes you will never see it.
I would argue that any patent that goes unused is lost, and they are are not transferable from their original owner.
I think that it would also be a good idea that companies are not allowed to patent an idea - but I can see a lot of companies getting upset that they need to look after their staff properly.
Yes - I was working on ABB process plant simulators around, I guess, 1990 and they used touch screens to select and adjust pumps and the like.
The screens must have been about 15" or so, but there were normally at least 6 of them on a control desk.
Re: Space, and the enormity of it
I thought it was a long way to the chemists, but that's just peanuts to space..
Thank you Douglas.
Re: If they just ignored it
>An amusing solution I heard was to release daily cartoons of Mohammed
A better idea would be to do a daily 'know your deity/ prophet' (maybe as a cut out and keep series?) so that everyone gets some exposure to other religions.
I also wonder how certain people are that an image purporting to be of someone actually counts? Jesus is very unlikely to be a white male for instance, and a purported portrait of M* that looked more like, say, Alice in Wonderland, might take some wind from peoples sails when they see how ridiculous they are being.
Re: It certainly seems a bit rich
You should patent that idea.
And maybe I should patent the idea of supporting others.. err sorry 'describes a method by which innovation efforts can be directed to the most cost-effective use scenario' or something.
Re: Can more people
Facts? I really don't believe you'll be able to prove that all TOR users are paedophiles. That's like saying that all torrents are pirated video files or, come to that, that all pirated videos are a lost sale. Those views might be favoured in certain quarters but I do not think any serious studies will bear then out.
TOR enables secure and anonymous communications (within limits) and should not be FUD'd by claims that this automatically means that it is used by bad people elusively.
Bad people exist - but shutting down TOR, torrents, google, the internet, phones, letters, school playgrounds or anything else will not stop them.
There are also....
Those people who _do_ know about encryption, but can't be bothered to implement it yet.
Though once they do they'll start prompting their circle of friends to jump on board the encryption train, or at least use TOR and whatever else comes up.
Rhetorical: What would it take for people to start putting postcards in envelopes before sending them?
Most peoples mindsets are in the postcard stage of electronic communication, but once it becomes obvious that the postmen are reading all the postcards would everyone make changes to keep prying eyes out? I suspect they would.
Actually I believe that the fact that the contract is non-negotiable is more relevant, since there is no mechanism for putting your wording on the 'agreement' your bargaining position is zero.
I suspect the lawyers would love to get their teeth into that one since it's one way to truly alienate your customers - paying full price for something that you can't pass on? not fair...
Ideas in no order
1) Too late to mount the rocket in the truss I guess.
2) Fuel cell, for example: http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/portable_power_minipak.htm (temps might be an issue)
3) Solar? probably too large an area needed to give the current needed.
4) Wind -hmm non-starter
5) A just big-enough (LiPo? - http://www.overlander.co.uk/batteries-chargers/lipo-batteries/lipo-batteries-6100mah-4s-14-8v-30c-supersport.html) battery that can be set to turn on at a certain time or altitude?
all for now.
Re: Typical journo rubbish
Like many others, I'm old enough to remember what happened to Apple Computer Inc the last time Steve Jobs departed from the company he co-founded.
Yep - but this time he ain't coming back, not unless he has his brain in a jar somewhere... sorry that would be in an iJar I suppose.
Is there anything that rules out gyroscopes?
If so then maybe an accelerometer attached to some compressed gas source or similar that fires some bursts before launch?
Oh and has anyone found 'we're NASA and we know it' yet? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFvNhsWMU0c)
Dont forget that valve will still be able to offer windows and mac games as well, but if the better experience is to be had on Linux than windows then I can see more people using Linux by default.
After all it's not as though console kiddies care about. The os they run, it's the games that are important.
I just hope that the ubuntu updater doesn't get confused when updates happen without it doing anything.
Re: A quick heads up
In the interest of free speech and balance I believe your intended show is a necessity.
You may want to call dibs on channel 666 so that your viewers know where to go.
I will particularly look forward to the other shows that will be on the Satanist channel:
Sacrifices - explores some new ideas on what makes a good, err bad, err proper sacrifice.
Dating the Dark one - what will our guests make of their mystery date?
Witches in Winter - Dancing naked in the moonlight is all well and good in the summer....
Re: Saw it live from NASA
I watched it on the NASA website with my 7year old on my lap explaining to him about how Mars is so very far away and how so many attempts at landing there have gone wrong.
He then went upstairs to 'tell mum about space' which probably went down well :-)
At the interview
>the existence of this burns unit is heartwarming
So you worked where? - I can't quite make this out..
..Ok - the Australian Rocket Scorched Epidermis Centre for Really Awfully Cooked sKin..
Oh, Ok then thanks!
I imagine Darwin in Australia must need one of those more than other places.
Re: Bloody wonderful, dont idiots ever think first?
It's just as likely that microdots or similar will be added to the plastic, so that an item can be traced through the purchasing system to the person who bought it.
And if he didn't do this then someone else would have, and maybe not been so public about it.
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