4883 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Rockets use liquid fuel?
Safe rockets use liquid fuel.
The Apollo era Saturn V rockets used liquid fuel as did the Shuttle main engines because Nasa only allowed liquid fuel for man rated missions. But the shuttle got a bit heavy and so they added a couple of solid fuel boosters.
They were perfectly safe because Nasa changed the rules to allow solid fueled manned flights
Re: Just strike on principle!
>it is our taxes that are paying for these inefficiencies. The money saved can be better spent elsewhere
Such as on dole for all the people made redundant ?
Look at the shining model of the South Yorkshire coalfield.
Spend 10x as much as you used to spend on subsidizing coal on dole, inward investment grants, regional development grants, depressed area grants, extra policing, extra healthcare etc.
And 20years later you still have an area that s completely fucked.
But at least you now have millions of quid going to Moscow to pay for the gas you are using instead. Well done comrade Thatcher - have an Order of Lenin
Coding is a fundamental skill that’s going to be a part of almost everything
In the same way that semiconductor wafer processing is a fundamental skill that is part of everything.
Electric cars are going to be everywhere so we all need to be lithium miners ?
Re: A key problem is this...
Now try doing that if you are a european company with development teams in 5 different countries.
Are many of the IT professionals from these nations qualified parachutists?
It is going to create traffic problems if large numbers of them are dropped into the square mile and the chutes don't open
Re: And what's the real subtext here...?
And the ability to block the import of any cheap Android phones that don't have this feature
Re: I always write "prefer not to say"
I always put down African - I believe my family came from Olduvai Gorge originally
Re: 5 things I paid the least amount of attention to
>but how does that work for, say, a brain surgeon or a sysadmin?
Same way - by the amount of blood on the walls at the end of the first week.
Are supposed to allow you escape from being locked to expensive propriety server applications and databases - so you naturally go with the main jailer?
Re: Bletchley vs. NMC
But the Bletchely trust have evidence that the NMC have weapons of mass destruction that could be used within 32kb (1) and so must be stopped.
(1) the evidence came from some posting on the internet and may be confused
Re: "[A] threat to our society that we need to take action against?"
>I´d like to know what our society is
I thought there was "no such thing as society"?
If he doesn't believe in holy iron lady he must be some sort of commie terrorist
And Google could respond by removing it and replacing it with a front page link saying "Embarrassing details about Mr X available on our Irish server click here"
Since Google don't do any business in the UK, according to their tax return, there isn't much the UK could do.
Re: Which planet are Facebook on?
>When did the armed uprising take place in the UK?
Approx 1969-1998 and it was necessary to have reporting restrictions to prevent the oxygen of publicity
Re: Damned if you do...
> el reg readers tend to be able to take rational arguments and draw their own conclusions.
That if you are about to launch a crackdown/counter-insurgency operation you don't want the rest of the world finding out any details except through your official news agency?
They seem happy to do the same thing if the suspect you haven't used your real name on Google+, or if there is some copyright background music in your home video on youtube.
This is simple you request a page removed, they pass it onto the courts, the court declare which page is removed. If Google can't keep up with the data flows resulting from individual court judgements - its probably in the wrong business
>“I am not aware of any exceptional circumstances which would justify a departure from the neither >confirm nor deny principle in relation to the alleged Tempora
What about when foreign companies stop basing themselves in London because of the assumption that all their data will immediately be copied to the USA? What about when Airbus stops allowing Brits anywhere near their designs because GCHQ will copy them to the NSA who will hand them to Boeing?
I'm not sure that being seen as merely a US eavesdropping operation is exactly in line with Boris and Cameron's new digital tentacles London - or perhaps it is!
A national lottery with the prize the chance to Hunt Harper - could clear the national debt!
Re: Mathematician vs. a "Real" Scientist...
>This was an engineer in a royal cannon factory
A little unfair, Benjamin Thompson (Count von Rumford) was America's first world class scientist. But since he was a royalist he got kicked out and went to work for the Germans.
Re: Research has found
Especially when you reclassify every dry-cleaner with a facebook link as a digital business
Re: Production Schedule
Then why was Russel Crowe still visible in almost every shot of Gladiator?
Re: Bullpucky patents until...
Nurse, he's got out again !
I think the packets just wanted to go and watch the footie
That's why we need more regulation.
Do you realise that in London today people who are not members of the British Computer Society are allowed to use computers. On the street. In broad daylight. Where it might frighten the horses.
> How can an EU company compete in such a system!?
By doing exactly the same, and in many cases much worse.
That's why the UK lets vodaphone pay no tax because it would be bad for their business.
Rolls-RoyCe and Boots, those well known Bahamanian companies, pay little tax here
The worst is probably the Dutch Antiles charity Ikea
Which is more serious than what Apple/Google/MSFT/etc have done to the tax man.
If eu countries are allowed to compete on who allows the most favourable interpretation of tax law, others will compete with other laws.
Imagine if some penurious eu state offered a deal to pharma companies - open a HQ here and we will approve all your drugs in 24hours, or you could get cross-eu safety approval for a new car import by just having a dealership there that employed the president's nephew.
R&D globalisation - no
Canada and Australia score highly on business surveys R&D only because of the tax advantages of doing R&D here rather than the UK.
Pretty much anything that can be counted as R&D gets a tax rebate. The result is that every activity that doesn't involve chopping down trees or digging up coal is R&D. But finding skilled people, access to world class universities and innovative companies? Lets just say that even Alberta doesn't quite compete with the area around Cambridge or Stamford.
Saying it leads the world in R&D is like saying that Ireland leads the world in internet search or operating system development because Microsoft and Google have the eu HQ there.
Re: Selling apple kit is a loss leader, almost
So ironically it is legal for Apple to do these tax dodges so long as they effectively ban anyone else from selling their kit profitably. But an HP or IBM or Lenovo couldn't
Re: So is this similar to what Starbucks do?
Yes and it's totally legal for a monopoly.
What would be illegal, and what Apple are accused of doing, would be if Starbucks sold the coffee to supermarkets at 1.00 allowing the supermarket to make a profit but sold it to it's own stores for 2.00 so they didn't.
It gets really, really old
And no 60myr older than we originally thought !
Re: One not given to forget Allies...
It was more a comment on the Hollywood fondness for re-branding a historical event to involve only Americans.
> World War II in the Japanese mass media, to be identical to what you would find in the United States.
That only the US took part, they won the battle of Britain while cracking the enigma and inventing radar and the jet engine?
Plus the 100-150% overhead the University charges on NSF grants.
Those $5M/ear soccer coach salaries have to come from somewhere
About the same price as a Gigabyte Brix, Zotac or any other Intel NUC format machine - all of which you know will run Windows/Linux and have driver support.
A chromebook (aka tablet with a keyboard) or a chromestick makes sense - but these ??>
Although still better than the East Texas - which lawyer has the biggest belt buckle - system
Re: The man is correct
Everyone should have the opportunity to learn programming, just like they should have the opportunity to learn a foreign language or to play an instrument.
It doesn't mean that must learn to program becomes a key school requirement. All that leads to is a watered down defn of "programming" so that 100% of kids can do it. So we have a Computer Science GCSE that consists of changing a font in word.
Imagine if must play a musical instrument was a requirement, the schools would be full of compulsory triangle practice - which would reduce the number of kids playing the violin - in the same way that compulsory HTML would reduce the number of future programmers.
Re: Driverless car
>The Docklands Light Railway?
Is it the Victoria line that has drivers only because computers can't strike?
Re: Holland, Tulips, early/mid 1600s ...
>Did you get burned?
Yes but fortunately I also invested in a company making longevity potions
>perhaps that is the way it supposed to be? True competition needs to have a fair market....
Yes but that is little comfort to the shareholders who just spent $19Bn building the level playing field.
And that's their big weakness - which they would have to disclose if this were an SEC filing rather than a private round.
Uber put these billions into buying politicians to make this legal and fight the cabbies and building awareness among non-geeks. Then a 100 other companies simply clone it and benefit from the law changes.
The drivers will simply have an app for each and pickup whichever customers are paying most. There will then be a series of startups with apps which do arbitrage and pick the best service for drivers and passengers.
A new paradign
A staff of experts in the particular field of engineering actually building a high quality product with a strong demand from real customers who will rely on it for real work - and are willing to pay for it.
Is this an entirely new business method ?
Could we patent it ?
Re: Took ages to convince my parents...
>that an electronic engineering degree was not a qualification for fixing Christmas tree lights.
Have the standards for EEng degrees dropped that much ?
re: 3D Holographic display
>Since our brightest minds have yet to figure out how to make an arbitrary part of open space look solid
You can make a real holographic display with programmable diffraction gratings.
At the moment it can only do small volumes and it takes all day to calculate the rendering of a frame.
Re: Compiler as a service?
So us real programmers(tm) finally get intelisense, refactoring and a compiler that all use the same engine?
Re: How do they keep all those buggers cool?
The optional RB211 cooling fan (it is important to position the rack IN FRONT of the fan for optimal cooling)
Re: License smicense
Patent trolls will sue over copyrights and trademarks as well.
The point being that "they are good guys don't worry" doesn't work when they sell to bad guys
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