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So all you need is a really deep mine shaft, with a very large cavern at the bottom, in watertight rock, where it's geologically stable enough that dropping a billion tons of water into it won't have any effect.
I suppose there might be bits of Scottish granite mountains where you could dig one, but it's going to be quite an impressive feat of engineering.
That's cos Forgemasters are dee-daas and therefore thick.
If instead of trying to borrow 80M they had bought derivatives in a credit swap in wippet futures the government would have given them 80Bn to bail them out when the deal went bad.
They ship dirty lignite coal to Poland, burn it there and pipe the electricity back.
The Germans get cheap power and clean air, the mining unions get to keep their subsidised jobs, the greens vote for the ruling coalition who got rid of nukes - everybody's happy.
The Poles get the shitty end of the stick - but that's what they are there for.
And the €0.1037 costs don't include having to keep an army in the middle east to protect 'our' oil supply or having to deal with rising sea levels putting London underwater.
Although personally I'm prepared to pay a lot more for electricity if it means the south east being underwater
If they find a wooden crate in a giant warehouse with millions of other wooden crates - they would be well advised not to take the lid off. At least if they don't want their faces melted.
It's all the moon's fault
I vote we blow up the moon!
Trouble is then you don't know in advance how long a second is going to be - the rotation is constantly changing - Which makes timing stuff a little bit tricky
Yes, but even if you are losing 1second per year it's going to take 12 * 60 * 60 = 43,000 years to accumulate 12hours of difference.
I think the proposal is to have a leap hour every few millennia to handle this.
Now that the only barrier, of creating PDFs, has been removed - I'm going to write my own replacement textbooks.
Not sure which to replace first, "The Feynmann Lectures" or Knuth?
That's about the least imaginative use for a computer.
The ethernet port shares the bus with theUSB so the throughput isn't great and you can get a Linksys router running Linux for about the same price with more hardware.
It clocks in at around 500bogomips, the Sparc2 I used to do Hubble image deconvolution on 20years ago was around 1/100 of that - so for advanced space research it will be great!
It does anything a Linux PC can do and plays 1080p video with hardware decode if your queue of pre-cospar Hubble images is running low.
The big problem with this fine is it's going to mean a return to the IBM / CapGemini / WAACTW getting all the contracts just so managers have their arse covered.
Our opinions aren't worth anything to the DHS?
Surely the top-secret undercover rocket spy plane should be worth watching?
Indeed - risking your OWN money on what a company might do in the future, what kind of job is that ?
Ordinary people should go back to betting on serious stuff - like which horse can run around a field with a short arse on their back the fastest.
Didn't MSFT claim that the TCO was higher on Linux because you had to hire expensive Unix admins - instead of presumably worthless bargain rate windows BOFHs ?
Not often that a company tells you that if you want to be well paid and respected you should learn to use a competitors product.
Yes - if only you had instead learned the job control language for a 1980 Tandem Q42B you would be employable today!
School is about learning not training
How many olympic runners does the country need?
So why should PE be compulsory?
If you never expose the kids to something how do you know which are going to be the ones to take to it?
So far there are three OSes for PCs tablets and phones - all called Windows8
It's not clear how compatible they will be with each other or with existing Windows code so most statements about supporting it at the moment are marketing speak
Windows8 for PCs is already out - just another gui rearrange.
AlternativelyHow many big ISPs / backbone providers are there? If Canon/Sony/Nike just paid ATT or Sky $10K to add .canon .sony .nike etc to their root DNS soon other smaller ISPs would have to follow just to avoid customer complaints and you wouldn't need ICAN at all. Google and Apple already add extra market domains on their phones - I can see complete separate Android , iPhone and PC internets
I was hoping for roles as a hot asian chick before IMDB unfairly - although totally accurately - identified me as a 40year old Yorkshireman.
That's going to take some spinning
So after 20years of selling Dell as the cheap place to buy your PC, they shift into being the cheap place to buy your servers.
And the new idea is that they are the deeply committed and highly professional place to manage all your data and support your operations - a better IBM than IBM?
A bit like GM using it's widespread brand recognition, reputation for style and deep pockets to go into the fashion business.
Time to dump their shares
So a major Japanese consumer electronics group's main announcement is a cheap bit of obvious that a $75 tablet can already do and that can be cloned for $30 by any chinese maker.
A bit like having Mercedes' announcing at the motor show a sleeve on your sun visor to hold CDs.
"We would never develop or help distribute a backdoor program regarding anyone’s programs, mobile or otherwise. Ever."
That's a very unpatriotic attitude for an American company to take. Even if there was an ongoing war (on terror for example) that threatened the very fabric of the homeland's apple pie ?
If you are listening in to communications from all over the world - you have to be at the centre of the world - hence Chelmsford.
A similar reason for the UK space center being in Leicester
hacking != illegal
You can't use evidence obtained illegally
But there is nothing illegal about law enforcement cracking encryption
It would be illegal for me to walk into a telco and attach a recorder to a phone line - that doesn't mean it's illegal for the police to do it.
But since the messages were just public BBM then it's pretty much like taking out an ad in the Police Gazette and publishing your messages there.
>I couldn't imagine anywhere worse to live.
Try being a nuclear physicist and working in the picturesque village of Aldermaston half way between the brightlights of Reading and the fleshpots of Basingstoke.
Have it say "Apple are shit" when you pull a string and it becomes parody and protected under the constitution
It's called jurisdiction
In international waters the pirates attack a Liberian flagged vessel - exactly what rights does that give the British navy to charge them?
You might also like to consider why you are spending British tax-payers money and risking British sailors lives protecting ships that their British owners registered in Liberia to avoid paying British tax or requiring British crews.
ps I not sure of the link between this and me ripping a CD to my iPod - but no doubt the RIAA can show that I'm funding terrorism somehow.
"Cowart has been FIRED for the monumental screw-up"
Must have been a temp / non-union / outsourced job.
There is no way anyone in law enforcement is ever fired for a screw up, or occasionally killing somebody. Or for launching a nation wide missing person hunt for an african-american, non-spanish speaking teenage girl. And discovering that they had accidentally deported her to Columbia instead!
I'm a scientist and so's my wife
So if I were to claim that true happiness could only be achieved by rolling around naked in chocolate could I advertise that as "scientists believe?"
ps.. if you try this - avoid anything with hazelnuts in it.
Are you listening BBC?
I would much rather pay you for access to iPlayer from the colonies, or even a reasonable price per episode download, than pay for streambox.
But the current business model seems to be charge me $60 for half a series on DVD, 6months later, with a random bunch of edits of stuff that would confuse the natives. ( Pressumably the reason there is no legal way of watching Qi - if you cut out the bits that confuse foreigners there is nothing left. )
plastic sheeting ? you were lucky!!
we had to work out in t'car park, under a ceiling of crisp bags,
in a hurricane......
It's all a balancing act
You can use a bigger/expensive launch vehicle to put it higher, or put a bigger booster on the spacecraft, or you can spend a lot of time doing orbital mechanics games to get it to it's destination.
Depends on how much money/time you have - for some missions spending 5years letting it drift slowly to it's final point might be worth it. For others it would be obsolete when it got there, or would have been clobbered but junk, or some other part would have decayed/warmed up/worn out
Imagine having a classroom of 20 2nd hand PCs which run a mixture of XP,Vista,Win7, where the 6 at the back don't have enough ram to run the compiler and the 3 at the front have weird issues with the video card if you run program X and 2 don;t boot unless ......
It's hard enough supporting that in a research lab with a bunch of grad students - no way does it work in a school.
Then with hopefully millions of these devices out there people will develop, and publish free online, teaching materials courses, tutorials etc.
The fakes will still be buying the Broadcom chip.
If you have the tech to do a gate level clone of the Broadcom chip and can fab it in quantity for less than you can buy in bulk from Broadcom then you would already be in this market
Bad apples everywhere
Yes the difference is that if you send a text to your mate saying that Doncaster airport should be blown up - you are arrested as a terrorist.
Post that you like using your position as a police officer to beat up suspects and you get told not to post about it again.
Yorkshire's own WMD
Now are there any other bad guys we can unleash the awsome power of the Boycott against?
You have reached your destination
Or are 10,000miles from it.
China's system is unique in that it uses geostationary satelites always in the same position above the equator. Apart from giving you very limited cover anywhere not on the equator, the accuracy and signal strength get very bad as you go north - it also means you can't tell if you are north or south of it from this system alone
The other problem is that if you want to invade or bomb somewhere you have to put a geostationary satelite over it first.
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