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Re: What a worthless toy.
Get yellow Lance Armstrong wristband (should be lots available)
Write "put down that pastie you fat bastard' on it with marker pen
Re: Who'd be an astronmer
Actually you do spend a lot of time peering into optics.
You also spend a lot of your time saying;
This fscking mirror is filfthy when was it last recoated?
I can't see the chip - the fsckign filter wheel has jammed!
There is fscking ice on the inside of this dewar window!
Whose fsckign fingerprint is this on an interference filter?
Although if you work on an interferemeter with 100s of optical components linking 4 telescopes you can get a little frustrated with peering into optics - and your language coarsens a little.
Re: Oh look, the anti progress brigade turned up in the forum
I'm always amazed at the number of readers on el'reg with a sound understanding of physics/maths/economics who can see through cheap publicity stunts.
And presumably they get to sell to the grid at 5x the price they pay to extract. So their data center gets paid for by the poor people trying to heat their homes
Re: Show them you mean it
Or the more paranoid, cynical and probably accurate conspiracy
The NSA wanted this information out there because it has a chilling effect. You might think twice about clicking on the EFF/Peta/GreenPeace link if you think it's going to get logged by the government.
Didn't Maggie brag about how MI5 had bugged the Eu commisioner Mr Fischler when they were negotiating some UK deal on agriculture or something tedious?
A Bullshit Artist is always useful aren't they?
Re: Good artists copy; great artists steal.
However the cover artist seems to have stolen the idea for a world encompassing tree from Norse myth. If you thought Apple's lawyers were bad you haven't been up against Odin
Re: No auto destruct ?
The rocket holds a hundred tons of kerosene - exactly what sort of auto destruct could destroy that quicker than it burning?
Presumably the former USSR has a few 1000 such devices lying around but putting them onto rockets might seem unfriendly
Re: The one built by a competent admin
>Windows 8 because it has built in on-by-default AV and firewall.
And it has free automatic cloud backup of all your emails/website visits and IMs
The difference is that Americans thought they had a Constitution prohibiting this sort of thing. Brits just assumed that they have always lived under fascism - albeit it one that couldn't make the trains run on time.
Re: Come on you lot...
In which case there are a lot of people in the West due to be shipped back to the USSR - who were merely criminals for spying on it.
Inspired by the coffee cart on platform 3 of St Pancras
Re: If they are clever...
Unless you are renting the building from yourself and billing the UK operations $1000/day for each of the staff who are actually employed by Google-Venus, their new off-planet tax haven.
It was one of the few tax scams for small businesses. You were allowed to invest in real estate tax free as part of your pension. So you built a factory and rented it to your own company for well above market rates. The company paid less tax because it made less profit and all the extra money went into your real estate company which you got tax back on because it was a pension fund investment
Re: Oh well...
Although it may appear to be in Camden, for tax purposes the building is actually in another dimension.
Also due to Google's advanced inter-dimensional engineering, the interior of the building is actually smaller than the outside - so they will only be liable for tax on the 1sq ft inside space
Re: Actually there *is* a use for this register.
You're think of chair legs
Re: “We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell
Well they fired the one with glasses who could read.
Since then they have tried kicking, punching, truncheoning and even dropping the machine down the stairs but can't get it to say anything.
They will fill the desktop, start menu and icon tray with so many add-ins to; order supplies, connect your HP whatever to facebook and download updates that a user will never be able to find any classified documents
Re: Hollywood sucks
Friends in the industry claim it's due to the death of DVD.
To approve funding on a film you need guaranteed money upfront. DVD sales with a 50% (to the studio) margin were enough to cover the cost, cinema audience with 5% profit are really just advertising.
With no DVD on the spreadsheet the only upfront money is foreign sales. So Hollywood is green-lighting pictures on what they know will sell to Australian TV or S.E Asian theatres - which means familiar titles/franchises/stars
Re: Windows 7?
"If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""
Instead he makes a car but only 2% of them have wheels
And the only way to buy a horse is to buy a wheel-less car and then trade it in
The dial came first, 999 was selected because it sent 9 pulses so was unlikely to be sent by a short
If the phone dials went the other way 111 would be the emergency number
So any Brits or Canadians called Snowden better watch
If it really was Obama's volunteer IT ninjas that won it over the Republicans disasterous big business consultants. Then after Aaron Schwartz and Snowden he's going to have a hard job finding developers to help the democrats next time - in fact he may have a hard job paying anybody who is any good
Re: empathy and feelings of a cold blooded lizard
That's a very hurtful thing to say.
Just because some of choose to be environmentally sensitive and use the sun's heat to naturally warm our bodies - rather than waste 90% of our food trying to heat our surroundings to 37C all you mammals get all superior
re: What’s gone wrong with my country?
At least you started with Ben Franklin and honorable intentions
We started worse than we are now and need the Germans to force us to obey a human rights act - and half our 'leaders' are campaigning to get out of that
Re: But, but, but....
If you look at the map, most of it is well above sea level -except for Lincolnshire .
A petrochemical rich independant Yorkshire and a rising sea level flooded south east doesn't look to bad.
Re: Sinking houses
Coal is what we call a rock. Remove rock and the roof falls in. Especially with the mining techniques used in shallow coal mines. Gas is a gas, most of the rock isn't held up by pressure - remove the gas and the rock doesn't change much.
Didn't we used to have 300years reserve of fossil fuels under the north before?
RIAA are you listening?
0.13c per track for Apple - $250,000 per track for pirates
Those are all in GSO so are also over the equator. You can put a geo-synchronous orbit at any other inclinition but then it only passes over a fixed point once per day
Re: Yet Another Anonymous coward Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...
I meant if the UK decided to force down a civil Russian airline.
We might have jet fighters but we don't have any coal mines
Re: Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...
In which case Moscow just turns a tap and all the lights and heat go off in Britain
We might be a US client state politically - but the USSR (sorry Gasprom) owns our energy.
Yes, and in addition the US doesn't have transit lounges - so if your plane needs to refuel in Miami going from S America to Europe you need to have a US visa.
It's one of the selling points of the new Boeing 7E7 that it can do most of S America to europe/middle east without going through the US.
It's had to consider yourself part of the new BRIC economy if you have to ask the old economy's permission to travel.
HR still wanted 5years experience of LEO55 before hiring them
They were managed by somebody who couldn't work a slide rule and kept asking them for help to change a typewriter ribbon
The whole project was cancelled by a board that couldn't see any future in this computer stuff and were putting their money into a new Broccoli flavoured cream cake that marketing said would be a hit with the children
Advertisers like colour.
Magazine publishing is all about ads.
Magazine publishing is where the money is (what little there is left of it)
Re: I call bullshit .
Well now everytime I go to download and expenses claim from our sharepoint site I get little popups asking if I want to join/share/fondle this site with all my friends.
The only explanations I have is that they know filling in expense claims is boring and they believe Facebook is fun - so they want to make filing an expense claim more like Facebook.
Or they are "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes,
We made lots of money in the past with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.
So if we don't change we will continue to make lots of money with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.
After all, the same logic worked for DEC, Tandem, SGI, IBM ....
Good job he wasn't Japanese and wasn't guilty of "several MILLION counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act with intent to impair the operation of a computer" - then he would have faced ... nothing
Or perhaps a fine that could be paid in vouchers to buy more stuff from Sony
Re: FFS - It's a development kit, not a prototype or manufacturing sample
Yes, The years of development going into openGL were mostly comittees trying to balance the needs of CAD makers on existing Unix workstations with games makers.
It's quite easy to produce libs that are faster for a typical 2d shooter on your own custom hardware than a general purpose graphics library.
Most games engines will spit out whatever you want on the back end anyway.
" we have transferred seven prisoners to Russia that they wanted"
And 1245 flights to Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Algeria and Uzbekistan and other countries
Re: the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol
No booze - on an Aeroflot flight?
Re: Does this mean....
No - but economic forecasts do
Not an 'entirely' stupid concept
There was a series of fonts developed at the computer lab in Cambridge to stop electronic eavesdropping on monitors http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/teaching/0910/R08/work/slides-ykrt2-videorf.pdf
Of course it doesn't help if the evil boffins at the milk marketing board are tapping your internet rather than hiding in the bushes
Should have flown to Britain
Then Aeroflot could have refused the police permission to enter the plane to arrest him and Jack Straw would have apologised to them for trying
Re: New Laws
Can we have new laws to control the police then?
And what about insisting that juries in police corruption trials consist only of ex-miners and black teenagers - that should add some unpredicatability to the normal "medical leave on full pay" outcome of any investigation.
The classics are the best.
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that phone-hacking is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of disks]
Croupier: Your IMP records sir
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Re: Hard to get excited
Since they are vital to the nation's economy ( the city would grind to a halt if people couldn't get their espresso) and yet they lose money they should be nationalised
The shop in the Caymans doesn't even need to sell you the bananas - it can just hold the trademark on your greengrocer's misuse of the apostrophe.
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