10 posts • joined Wednesday 6th January 2010 17:41 GMT
I have noticed that too - ratings seem to follow the emotions generated by the content, rather then the quality of the reporting / writing. I would have thought they were there for the latter too - or are we both wrong?
Perhaps El Reg has noticed this already and can shed light on the matter. Or perhaps just an opinion on the mental health of the average reader while brosing the internet.
Oh, and software patents do indeed seem to be completly broken at the moment, and I am not sure they would be a good idea even if implemented properly...
No need for guns - just preparation
If the <enemy> satellites don't have situational awareness, you could fly this thing near, open the cargo hold and park a bomb (EMP, or just conventional) next to them. You could set this up over a couple of years, and take out a whole fleet of satellites in a couple of seconds when needed, without the bother of needing to launch many ground based missiles at once.
Not a free market?
What are you talking about? Forex is about as free as you can get, with many companies offering trading accounts with tiny spreads on them.
That you are essentially betting on up/down movements, which very few people can predict accurately (including the well paid traders!) is another matter entirely. I wouldn't try but I know some people who do....
Putting tax on transactions is a bad idea. Increasing cost of sale decreases liquidity - why do 100 transactions a second when you can get away with 1 a minute? I guess this is why Tim thinks the spreads will widen, and I am inclined to agree but only to some extent. The main reason for spreads increasing was the lack of competition because many banks got scared and left the market, and the ones that were left saw a profit opportunity.
Liquidity is a good thing - it sets a fairer price for everything, making it harder for the "big boys" to price fix. Consider trying to sell your car - if there is only one person who is buying cars that month they can set whatever price they want, and you either have to take it or wait another month. With 1000 people buying cars (more liquidity) you are going to get a fairer price.
Anyway the main point that a tax on transactions will be stupidly bad for just about everyone, and not hurt the banks is completely valid.
Maybe it is aimed at grown-ups...
... you know, the type of people who do serious things for a living, like work in finance and scientific HPC space. The type of people who actually evaluate on substance rather than a passing resemblance to an already boring (and hopefully receding) web meme.
Because that would stop the chain reaction?
The Plutonium is produced from the Uranium, so no input, and then breaks apart into other elements shortly after creation. Taking a guess here but I think trying to get enough Plutonium out of the reactor before it decays would stop the chain reaction, which would stop producing fast mvoing neutrons, which would stop producing any more Plutonium.
Standing by to be corrected by someone who actually knows what they are talking about....
Checks at the airport
Were these passports were ever checked at an airport?
1) One of the "British" holders has a huge grin in his photograph - this would never have been processed by the IPS. Surely a semi-competant border guard would have noticed this?
2) The Irish passports did not have the correct numbers on. Obviously not looked up / scanned into any computer system - that would have failed straight away.
Although I am not sure where they got the photocopies of the passpors from.....
Quite happy with that
I know that this must be an annoyance for doctors, but the facts that:
a) The NHS actually bothered to do a security audit
b) The auditors found some (I am guessing real) problems
c) They proactivly actually took the site down to prevent loss
are all good points for once.
Once you sell your company, you don't have the right to criticize what happens (unless you have some funky clauses in the contracts!).
Same as the decedents of Cadbury protesting against Kraft - if you want to have control don't sell the thing off in the first place.
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