179 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009
Re: It's good not to be back
It's good not to be back
Reading Dabbsy's tales of woe confirms that all the reasons I had for decamping 30 years ago are still in place. And they don't even speak English in central London anymore! Come visit any city in the northern half of the US, Al, and you can get a steaming cup of Joe with a smile (and free refills in some places). But don't forget to tip!
I have actually been on board the Canadian Lanc, and I didn't have to pre-book or stand in line for hours either! Ah the joys of living in an undercrowded country! And add in a B-17, B-24, and a B-25. And a Canuck Avro Anson...
50 ways to love your lever
The USA does it differently, sometimes 50 times differently. It's not long since banks were local to states, or in some cases counties within a state. The US govt. can't always crack the whip to enforce one way of doing everything, even if it wants to. Sometimes the best it can do is promote a common model for everybody to work from. So if we appear to be behind the times relative to those in electoral dictatorships, bear with us.
This is not new...
Let's face it, for a long time not many people ever got a chance to compare US and UK prices. I did, starting back in 1980. The rule was simple: take the price in dollars, replace dollar sign with pound sign, that's the price in the UK. It applied mostly to electronics where you could compare like with like in the brand dept, even with Radio Shack/Tandy and their Realistic lines.
Back then I simply blamed the UK commercial structure: monopoly monopoly monopoly. Limited suppliers, limited retailers, controlled imports.
Sounds like not much has changed.
Anybody remember Comet, with their "we'll advertise it but we may not have it" policies?
Re: In a world...
Just for fun I pasted the article into Word and ran the checker. A lot of tech-ese got flagged, as you might expect, including iPhone etc. The "three" didn't get flagged directly but the adjacent verb "exists" was flagged for inconsistency with "here three". Certain dangling phrases were caught, as were Mr. Clarke's neologisms. Maybe the last items, all too frequent on the Reg, were the reason for not bothering to run a checker.
In a world...
...where spell checking is built into everything but the fridge, you'd thing taht three would be no possibility of publishing an article that mis-spelled "that" and "there".
Pity they didn't live on...
I have heard the future
And it sounds like David Sedaris.
So farewell Emily Pankhurst
You were born
on the 14th or 15th
of July or some other month
and your name was Goulden
but my friend Keith's friend Adam's Mum
says you were born on Bastille day
(whenever that is)
and Keith's Mum says she's an expert.
- E.J. Thribb (59 1/2)
On the dropping of trousers
"Letting down your trousers" is an old German espionage expression for revealing yourself as a spy. But that doesn't mean you tell the truth about who you are working for. Maybe this guy thought he had been recruited by the Yanks, but there's a good chance his intel went elsewhere. There is actually no way for the Germans to prove - short of getting pictures of him handing stuff to Embassy staff - that he was actually working for the USA.
HESS is not a radio telescope. It's a Cherenkov radiation detector, which means it picks up a flash of light when a gamma ray dumps its energy in the high atmosphere. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IACT
Poor little publishers!!
In times gone by, the "Net Book Agreement" allowed UK publishers and booksellers to collude and fix prices. It lasted in some form or other till the 90's! Look it up.
So when the bigger bully comes along and beats up the flabby old bully, it's hard to feel sympathy for either side. And remember that W H Smugg is known for putting the screws on publishers and authors, so not much changes.
It ain't just the yokels in the UK...
BBC reporters in the US routinely pontificate on US matters while sitting in cafes in NYC, DC, LA or various other acronymic cities far from the actual events taking place in ND, SD, TX etc.
Re: They can't all be engineers and designers
The trouble is that finance, marketing, and admin, the political heart of the corporation, tend to cluster around the fireplace and shunt the productive people to the cold parts of the room. Fruit Loop Central will therefore be where powerful people do nothing worthwhile except pursue their own interests.
This is where Apple becomes Just Another Big Corporation.
1. Buy one share of company (or however many the company bylaws require to put up a shareholder proposal)
2. File controversial proposal.
3. Bask in glow of publicity.
4. Achieve nothing else.
Pretty standard, but don't blame the FCC. It's the local govt officials who granted these monopolies. Most of the "broadband" providers are still cable TV providers using their original lines. The monopolies were granted in the 70's.
The main choice just about anywhere is cable broadband or ISDN with the phone company.
The answer is yes, and...
...this is what it will cost.
Consultants are told that the answer to a client inquiry is always the above.
Perhaps Mr. Dabbs should say "Yes, and every two minutes I will be running a video commercial for Millett's Milky Marvels. I will also have a crawl running along the bottom of the screen promoting online gambling."
That way the talk will be as "free" as a typical web page.
Meet the new cards...
...same as the old cards.
Just got a new card here in the USA, and..
We have no
We have no chip contacts today!
Misfits in another universe?
Smeg! That sounds familiar!
The last seven-way split I heard of....
...was Voldemort's soul.
Ya know, that might explain this....
Gives a whole new meaning to...
...giving somebody a ring sometime.
What happened to contrast?
Even the most sharp eyed have to find grey text on a white background hard to read. And don't get me started on light blue text.
Oops, here's the Reg using grey text...
Not the programmers fault!!
Too many companies roll out software without dry runs and offline testing. It's Co-op's fault all the way!
Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース
@Cynic: very nice. Now I know what "May-Ru Ni-Yu-Su" is a mangling of.
Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース
And indeed he is not. The first "word" is indeed to be found as the title of the Japanese Wikipedia article on said festival.
We will now contemplate the awesomeness of having readers of Reg, and Dabbsie in particular, who also read Japanese...
Re: 沖縄国際映画祭 日本語 メールニュース
The second and third words are respectively "Ni hon go", meaning "Japanese language" and "Me-Ru-Ni-Yu-Su", meaning unknown. Just in case this guy is having us on....
Blue sky thinking
Only Microsoft would name a cloud product with a word usually used to describe a clear blue sky!
It's got a beat!
You make the mistake of thinking that a frequency shift of 8 parts per 10,000 is somehow difficult to detect. In fact it's easy because, when combined with the reference signal, you get a difference signal in the megahertz range. That's what makes good old British fine-you-for-1-mph-over radar work. The effect is exactly the same as the one that creates "beats" when two musical notes that are close in frequency sound together.
Correction, Mr. T
Inflation doesn't explain why we have detected temperature differences. It explains why the temperature of the universe is uniform (that's "no differences") in all directions.
Lirpa loof strikes again.
Is it April already?
Every tonne of fuel that the rocket expends in a soft landing will require 11 tonnes of fuel to get it into orbit, and then more fuel for de-orbit, just so that it can be used in the soft landing. Why waste fuel for nothing? That tonne of soft landing fuel could be a tonne of payload in orbit.
If these guys have any sense, they will design an air-braked system that has at worst subsonic velocity coming in to land, then does most of its late braking using parachutes followed by a last-second rocket firing, just like Soyuz.
Nobody in the process seems to have noticed that PFPE is over twice as dense as typical hydrocarbon polymers. There goes the weight advantage of Li-ion.
And under his nightshirt could clearly be seen...
A brand new cylindrical MacPro machine!
Re: power source will be a amassive problem for these
>>I would have thought ultra compact, high efficiency generators would be the way to go
Just one problem: they don't exist. Batteries are "efficient" but don't give much energy per kilogram compared to liquid fuels, and the better they get the more they are like incendiary bombs. Internal combustion engines are at most 50% efficient so for each useful kilowatt you get a kilowatt of heat that you have to deal with. Try wearing an electric bar heater on your back all the time. Fuel cells have the potential to be more efficient than engines, but they run hot just to work. Same problem.
I'm always amazed that Iron Man is thought to be a realistic example of technology. There isn't a single thing about that suit that is vaguely plausible, unless you count being mildly bulletproof. Thor is the most believable Avenger - he's a god. 'Nuff said.
Accentuate the negative
They can always announce from time to time how many requests they did not get. Then if they go silent at some point, it's not like they are squealing - but we'll know.
Under US law if you don't actively protect your trademark you can lose the right to enforce it, just as if your neighbour maintains a piece of your property that you neglect, you can lose it under "adverse possession". Hence all the "cruel" lawsuits against nursery schools with Disney characters painted on the walls etc. It's just how the law has to work.
These guy have some cojones!
In a whirl
Is it true that washing machines spin in the opposite direction Down Under?
da da da dum da da da dum
So now he's the Master....
In certain parts of the USA deer hunting is only allowed with shotguns firing "deer slugs". These were once single large ball-like slugs with limited accuracy, since the barrel is not rifled. However modern ammo features sabot rounds where the slug gets its spin from the detachable plastic housing that contains it as it proceeds down the barrel. These rounds are supposed to be almost as accurate as standard rifle rounds.
Yeah yeah yeah. I've heard about Forward and his anti-matter rocket. Guess what? It's no different in the end from NERVA, except that you heat the hydrogen by annihilating anti-hydrogen instead of running it through a nuclear reactor. You still wind up with a rocket that throws hot hydrogen out the back. You can get a lot out of a hot-hydrogen rocket. You can start in Earth orbit with 75% hydrogen fuel, 25% payload, visit Mars and an asteroid or two and come home. But you won't be doing it in hours or even days. You still have to use slow orbits not much different from the ones that the Mars probes use today.
Robert L. Forward was a highly respected engineer and writer. He could do the math and the physics. But he couldn't rewrite the laws thereof.
If you want "ships that get out there and back in reasonable time" you need to move to a different universe. Preferably the one inhabited by James T. Kirk.
Using the standard "throw stuff out the back to move forward" kind of space travel you can't even get good results from super-duper-unobtainium-fueled megarockets if you fire the rocket continuously. Example: your rocket exhaust travels so fast that its equivalent temperature is millions of degrees (modern rockets are a few thousand degrees). You try the old "accelerate at 1 gravity for some time, flip over and decelerate at 1 gravity", using up say 90% of your starting mass. That gets you about as far as the moon, maybe. It's the physics, folks.
There have been plenty of schemes for getting out there, most of them cheap (by cheap we mean costing less than the total annual beer consumption in the US). The NERVA nuclear powered rocket could have made it: the preliminary work was done and it only needed the will to continue, which Congress did not have. So don't blame the scientists and the engineers, blame the pols.
Failure of astronomical proportions!
"Mars is quite close to the asteroid belt".
Sure, it's only farther from Ceres than Earth is from the Sun! The inner edge of the asteroid belt is about 45 million miles from Mars, about half the distance from the Earth to the Sun.
The boffins are clearly talking about "Mars crossing" asteroids, those that have strayed out of the main belt and come within, say, a few hundred thousand miles, just as there are "Earth crossing" asteroids that we hear so much about (Near Miss at 2 million miles!!).
Gotta be nice to live somewhere where you can do this kind of thing without getting advance permission from ye powyrres above and without having the plods show up to nick you for breaking a rule they made up five minutes before...
The beast was actually about 6 centimetres long. Most of the "great claw" species were, er, shrimps by comparison with even a small modern crab. Betcha all these photos are cropped to remove the size ruler.
And the answer to the Ultimate Question...
...turns out to be 4.2. You can't make this stuff up. Sorry Dougla, you were off by a factor of 10.
There were about 3 million kids born in the US in 2012. So a few thousand have funny names...
Lawsuits like this are routine. Some law firms will file suit A if the stock goes up, and suit B if it goes down. The object is to garner settlements, "get lost" money, and fees fees fees. Any shareholders actually involved can expect pennies in return.
- Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy
- Google straps on Jetpac: An app to find hipsters, women in foreign cities
- Updated Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)
- The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
- Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!