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Re: So what if they are stockpiling?
Australia invests in a lot of advanced technology so it can run it's mines efficently with very few people.
Pilbara mine digs out about 30Mt/year and is run remotely from 1500km away.
The problem with rare earths is that they are a byproduct of other types of mining, it's not worth opening a mine just for them so it's really luck how much of them you have in your copper/zinc/tin ore - then whether the price is worth extracting it from the waste.
Re: Watch and learn
We are getting worried - especially since we have the USA's rightful oil and water as well
However the national defence plan - issuing everyone with a hockey stick and telling them that the opening of the season is delayed until the invaders are thrown out - looks like it could work
Under the new Protect-Murdochs-Cable-Empire-Act this piracy of the name of their program allows them to invade Guernsey, take all it's money and have the entire population extradited to America
This could be a good alternative to the licence fee. The BBC would just need it's own crack military force - pity Arthur Lowe isn't still around
Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?
0, Waffle on about mobile, the cloud and a new computing paradigm but not actually solve any problems
1, Reassemble the team that wrote some specialist CAD/microwave simulation/plant process planning app from the 90s
2, Buy some new $N*10k version and retrain everyone, revalidate all your models in the new SW and redo all the certification
3, Buy lots of spares of that last motherboard that had a parralel port, or a decent PCI bus that can take a card that sits at the right address.
I know which one I would pick.
How else will they watch the silly running and jumping from the queue at Heathrow ?
Just remind me - which airline got done for hacking Virgin's computer to nick details about passengers?
Re: Normal prank in 10 years
So if you are hit while parked, or on the hard shoulder fixing a tire - no ambulance for you!
the new platform will revive company fortunes
Cos iPhone is only on version 5 and Android is only version 4, so blackberry 10 will be twice as good.
Remember the most important thing to teenage smartphone users is the heritage of the multitasking kernel in the core of the OS - all twilight fans ever talk about is whether the Linux or BSD derived models could be better than QNX's RTOS heritage.
Re: Standby Generators?
>They do. Read up on "Availability Zones" -
According to some reports it was the availability zone failing to fail over that took out amazon's own service. It is claimed that the data centre went down too quickly and the availability service relied on the down data centre to inform the others in advance to spin up their copies.
In the middle of the outage some users were complaining that Amazon's service dashboard for their instances claimed that the DC was fully up and running when in fact it was dark.
Re: MOD next?
Yes BAe-Thales have been told that if they fsckup the next fighter/aircraft carrier/tank then the government will have to switch to another major British arms manufacturer to buy the next fighter/aircraft carrier/tank from
Re: Science is not a democracy
Democracy is cheaper though.
Umpteen billion $ for CERN to discover the Higgs Boson when we could just have a referendum on it. And if you made it a phone in vote on Trisha with premium numbers you could actually make money discovering the answer
The bank sent out an email warning customers to ignore such phishing emails ???
My bank just changed it's login page again. At the bottom there is some logo of "super-safe-trust-security-inc" and a warning saying, if you think this page isn't genuine or there is anything suspicious here call ... and then a phone number - generated on the page that is suspicious !
The website, created by Cap Gemini, cost only just over it's billion quid budget and was less than 3years late
Re: carrot and stick
>What about the license costs that MS is collects from 50% of Android makers?
They won't collect them in the new markets.
The current payees are also PC manufacturers who can't afford to upset MSFT and they sell so few tablets that they just consider it a small price bump on their OEM windows licenses.
When somebody in China and India starts selling N*100M tablets locally they aren't going to care what MSFT say
Could be good news
In the 50s, 60s,70s when the USSR was the threat - MI5 seems to have been run by Soviet agents.
So now the head of MI5 is presumably either a member of Al Queada or a hacker - I think having a member of Anonymous in charge of the secret police is probably a better idea
Re: Remote = Extra Expense
Most people buying this already have a smart phone a tablet nearer than the remote.
Make the remote an app for an iPhone/iPad/Android and use the wifi in the box and you save 200quid on the remote
Re: A Big Thank You...
No - the universe isn't expanding that fast.
One worrying possibility, based on US fast food drinks is that the universe is contracting rapidly in some places.
Re: What's this 'we' shit, Kemo Sabe?
'We' already are - we helped them develop their first telecoms sat because export restrictions wouldn't let us launch a Eu built sat on a Chinese rocket because it contained US components.
A bit like how we were banned from using Sharp/Toshiba LCDs in our computers in the 80s to protect our domestic LCD technology - good job the Japanese could never work out how to make laptops wasn't it ?
Re: A little perpesctive here
It's not that easy - the technical challenges of making a decent cup of tea in free fall are considerable, but as soon as they are solved the UK's space program is back on track.
IIRC one of their earlier craft used a wooden heatsheild which suggests they have stolen plans of the Morris Traveller
Re: ...to gently meet at thousands of miles an hour
But to catch up with something ahead of you in orbit you have to slow down (and go into a lower faster orbit).
To slow down you have to speed up backwards, to stop slowing down you need to drive forwards, every manouver you make uses fuel which changes the CofG of the vehicle, before you can start a burn you need another burn to slosh all the fuel to the bottom of the tank...and so on.....
So worse than parking a transit van with a broken wing mirror.
Re: A Big Thank You...
It's a well known among astrophysicists that the CurlyWurly has actually remained the same but the universe has expanded
Are in Comp-Sci or E-Eng?
You might be being a bit picky !
Re: In real life ...
Same in Italy and Spain - astronomy is a "girl's science".
There was a union protest at a conference at Rome University - the picket line was like a supermodel catwalk !
I thought it could be an HP plot to sell more ink/toner carts
But: It wasn't a 300Mb download, it didn't put 47 icons in your systray, it didn't install any IE toolbars and it didn't keep directing you to an HP supplies page that was a 404
Need a more realistic approach
Shots of happy smiling beautiful young people punting along the Cam and cut to shot of science student stuck in lab staring at computer screen.
Shots of HSBYP graduating and getting their sign-on bonus as management consultants and cut to shot of science student stuck in lab staring at screen for another 4-5years of PhD
Shots of HSBYP comparing their BMWs as you grind through a series of dead-end postdocs until you can apply for faculty jobs.
Then of course the future starts to get bleak....
Re: In real life ...
"Studmuffins of DAMPT" isn't a calender anyone wants to see - trust me on this!
I came up with an even more efficient system.
Instead of growing plants and feeding them to cows who turn 99% of it into cow shit and 1% into meat - turn them into Hob-Nobs instead and eat those.
It suggests that the councils actually got a good deal.
If the supplier is making less than £55M profit on a £440M government contract
I, the government, have no choice but to fine myself a large amount of money for my stupidity - frankly it's the only language I understand.
Re: Don't be so sure.
Unless the next gaming rig is just 10,000 cores in an NVidia GPU and an arm at the corner to handle reading the disk.
"The temptation if you don't have experience with these things is, 'Oh well, pull it out' "
I would have thought the temptation would be to run around screaming and then call an ambulance.
Note to marketing
Describing anything as military-grade makes you sound like a retard
Although mil-spec garibaldi "Biscuits, fruit-filled (pack of 6)" are still delicious
The Google maps cycle routes here will take you miles out of your way to use an "official" cycle route and doesn't know which bits of the freeway you can/can't cycle on.
Although the local uni has a cycle trip planner site based on Google maps that can trade distance/steepness and does a reasonable job
Dear Mr Corporate
Please don't rush out and buy iPads for everyone - we will have a cool toy soon
A long term breeding program ?
Instead of starving children into being short we could just breed for thinner
If perhaps the typical slightly rotund programmer could be paired with an over skinny super-model the average size of the offspring could be reduced gradually.
I commend this idea to the house.
MSFT should just buy Vizio
It's perfectly possible to be an American company building everything in Asia and still have excellent design - without being Apple. You just have to talk to your suppliers slightly more than just requesting a quote and complaining when something is late
Re: Has anyone considered the possibility...
Unless that's just what they want you to think
I bet you are a Harley Riding fag !
>Androids out in the wild than iOS devices, so the revenue will be greater from Google's home grown OS
They don't get any money from makers of Android, they get money from Apple for bundling maps
You don't work for a bank do you ?