Re: English is rubbish...
It will be interesting if amanfromMars sees those examples.
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It will be interesting if amanfromMars sees those examples.
It's quite hard to stop all inappropriate posts on an easily accessible comments forum that is mostly un-moderated, and it would be unreasonably expensive to moderate all the public comment areas full-time. However the people in charge of the NHS site don't seem too bothered about relatively minor hacks in areas which should not allow unauthorised access.
A quick search for [site:nhs.uk paypal] alongside a few genuine links brings up a host of links for counterfeit goods such as Nike trainers, cialis and viagra. Although these seem to be being cleared fairly rapidly, mostly appearing only in Google's cache, this has been occurring for maybe a couple of years now.
The explosion over Sri Lanka which supposedly produced the evidence for this, the Polonnaruwa Meteorite, was detailed by Chandra Wickramasinghe and his chums. 'Nuff said.
Durham police seem to have been promoting an enlightened approach to the 'drugs problem' for a couple of years now. Maybe their Bolton colleagues are in agreement.
One of the difficulties with such an approach is in knowing where to draw the line. Perhaps three dozen plants is the suggested maximum for 'personals'. Or maybe it's a reminder not to be 'blatant' in smoking in public places.
It's important to weed out the male plants if you want to get a good crop.
Recently I received an e-mail from my GP surgery containing two attachments; the first, RTF, to suggest visiting for a check-up and the second, PDF, a short questionnaire. The sizes of these short documents were 425k and 820k respectively. The first shrinks to 25k in Libre Office. Though disk space isn't all that critical and bandwidth is fairly cheap, it can't be good practice to be so profligate.
Maybe the British government could help here, perhaps by allocating a small percentage of the NHS IT budget to open source projects. Along with obvious benefit to the NHS there would also be spin-off from involvement with international developments.
One can but hope.
... that trrrsts never use false names.
Now that it's being recognised that industrial use of benzene, toluene, chlorinated solvents and chemical waste can cause cancer, perhaps it's time to take another look at possible causes of the leukaemia clusters that Greenpeace and FoE blame on the early nuclear reactors.
The notorious Seascale cluster, for example, was close to two ROFs which produced hundreds of tons of trinitrotoluene a week during the war. Might there have been spills, or carelessly dumped by-products which either leached or were disturbed when the factories were demolished in the '50s and '60s?
The EM-drive was featured in the Torygraph a week ago. Maybe Mr Edmonds thinks he can get a bit of lift from the wash as it zooms on by into the stratosphere.
Mind you, the EM-drive was twice in receipt of DTI funding - £100,000 or so - just over a decade ago.
It's reassuring to know, as Margaret Hodge informed us, that, "Highly qualified technical experts and academics carried out an assessment on behalf of the Department [of Trade and Industry]."
Does El Reg have any readers in the 77th Brigade? If so maybe they could point out that there's a rather serious security risk here, or have a quiet word in appropriate ears.
Pint for whoever it was who took the trouble to send in the tip-off.
Obviously you can't build these everywhere, but it's pretty neat when you can.
... is where to store the stuff after delivery until the purchaser comes home. I have come up with a concept specifically to deal with this aspect. My invention is called Safe Housing of Online Purchases, or SHOP as people will come to know it.
You can, but you have to know the wrong people.
Cheers again to David Villanueva Nuñez who championed open document formats for all government purposes a few years ago.
"... explain how 10 out of 1000 is equal to 100 out of 10,000,000."
You need to compare blogs.
Cheers to the memory of Jo 'Prof' Rotblatt, who did as much as anyone to curb nuclear proliferation and, together with scientists across the world, to explain to politicians and military chiefs that mutually assured destruction would be the inevitable result of nuclear war.
On the basis of past publications that's not so improbable. The red rain in Kerala that in 2006 Wickramasinghe claimed was spores from space was more than likely incompletely incinerated chemical waste from the Eloor industrial estate.
Sadly they don't make boffins like that any more.
"... experiments conducted since the '70s suggest that it is rather difficult to get life going on its own."
On the contrary, although the processes are subtle and probably quite complex it looks to me as though several promising avenues are opening which explain aspects of abiogenisis; including, for example, the work of Jack Szostack and his team.
The problem with panspermia is that it still doesn't explain how life started. I'm happy enough with the idea that the potential for life and consciousness is everywhere in the universe without needing to dream up all manner of stories that can't easily be disproved.
A report out today foresees "far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems" unless greenhouse gas emissions are curtailed.
For detail see the 2007 Ignoble Peace Prize awarded to the Wright Laboratory:
A similar plan by the CIA was also detailed in the 'Nine Lives' issue of Fat Freddy's Cat, incredibly enough based on another apparently genuine secret weapons programme some twenty years or so previously. Copies are a little difficult to find.
Because a local supermarket had free PAYG SIM cards and a half-price top-up voucher, so the relative anonymity plus security that this provides was not expensive. The 'phones too can be a little as £10, which isn't too bad for backup.
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
Articles published in the last couple of days suggest that the Russians and Chinese have decoded material leaked by Edward Snowden, and in consequence spies have had to be moved for fear they will be recognised. Is this part of a damage limitation exercise to shift the blame onto him for "significant" damage (see caption in link)?
Maybe through the addition of some sort of aerosol dispenser.
It's interesting to note that when it comes to difficult issues such as this - 'politically sensitive' is perhaps the phrase that's used - the MPs who are prepared to try to tackle them come from both sides of the House. For me this suggests that there may be a glimmer of hope. At least some of our representatives seem to have a sense of decency and fair play.
"That the Swedish system concentrates on icy patches and the British one on potholes speaks volumes ..."
Surely this isn't suggesting that in Sweden they fill the holes with water and let it freeze overnight?
Your son is fortunate in that he has a dad who has fun with him, who takes the time and has the capacity to explain details and, perhaps most importantly, who can provide a background context in which computing can play a part.
"... I'm suprised our revenue hungry public servants haven't added another roadside tax to their schemes."
They have. A couple of years ago the Met took £30 on the spot when I was driving out of London. Parked up in the garage forecourt where I'd pulled in, two uniforms in a patrol car had watched me as I drove in and again as I set off. They couldn't have failed to notice that one tail light wasn't working. Nevertheless, only after I was back on the main road did they turn on the nee-nah and blue light to pull me over.
The MOT was current for another couple of weeks, but as well as the fine they gave me a ticket forbidding the use of my van other than to drive it directly to a pre-arranged MOT. It was night-time, the van was now stopped on a main road, and they wouldn't let me reverse fifty yards to the garage or drive forward to a parking spot. As it happens, there was a flatbed vehicle recovery truck also parked in the garage, though I'm sure this was entirely coincidental.
Thanks to a kind chap from the AA who had remarkable powers of persuasion at the local police station I was able to extricate myself from this without great expense, though I imagine many others are not so fortunate.
The 'yellow card scheme has been running for a few decades now to collate details of untoward side-effects of medications. There are options to use paper or the internet to file reports, though the interface for the latter is pretty ghastly.
I seem to recall a similar sort of idea recently to extract electrical energy as the wings flex during flight and thus reduce fuel consumption.
It seems to me to be a mistake to think that the EU is going to "rein in various national governments..." What is actually happening when they appear to be blocking national excesses is that the EU hegemony is preventing state authorities from wielding their own powers when they think this may curry popular support.
As for other excesses by national governments, it is a mistake to think that the EU will "get them under control". For, ultimately, like most political bodies, the hegemony's primary aim is to increase its own powers.
The appropriate means of control lies in the hands of the citizenry. National governments are still democratically answerable to their populace. Limited though local democracy may be, there is still greater accountability than within the narrow structure of EU control.
I can't remember who coined the phrase, a decade or three ago, but it's rather apt: It's easier to make money taking pennies from poor people than pounds from the rich.
Also in 2011, South Wales Police lost crucial evidence which led to the collapse of a trial of "eight former South Wales Police officers and two civilians ... at Swansea Crown Court accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice." A QC-led public inquiry was finally ordered in February 2015.
Pedantry is by convention somewhat to the right.
"Take all paths" - That's the problem. How can the photon's energy have more than one value?
Equally, how can the gravitational potential of a point in space be defined if it depends on which direction you choose to look?
Suppose there happened to be massive objects situated such that through gravitational lensing there were two (or more) paths available from wherever the photon started out in the distant past to a detector on Earth, one going through the less dense region the other(s) not. Depending on the path that the photon took, its energy would be different when it arrived.
"The low mass helps explain the low observed temperature of the cold spot. Crossing the region, CMB photons lose energy ... Were the universe regular, those photons would recover energy from other mass exiting the region; the shortage of mass means the energy isn't recovered."
Imagine a photon traveling from afar and crossing a region of the universe where the density is different from the average. If this was a region where density is locally higher than average, the photon's energy would increase as it approaches and then decrease back towards its original energy as it moves back into the overall average density; as it 'climbs out' of the gravitational well. So why don't photons approaching a region of lower density lose energy as they approach and then gain it back again when they move away; as in going over a gravitational hillock?
Will these cameras be coupled into the rather large database that has already been generated of the untermensch of usual suspects?
Presumably there is a big difference between the number of visitors and the number of page views. With traffic to the Reg, for example, many of the visitors who start from a search engine will simply read the one page, in contrast to regular readers who are likely to take in several pages when they visit.
Perhaps what's needed is an opportunity to log the details and check with a database/forum that other people have also seen the warning and/or that the owner is correcting the problem. That would go some way towards making the warnings meaningful to everyday users.
You've been watching Stephen Fry again.
This sort of thing never would have happened when the moderatrix was around.
He has anti-radiation pills that can save the children.
Buy One Send One Free
If governments in Europe had not shied away from fission and hadn't spent quite so much on subsidies which don't actually keep the wheels of industry turning, then we'd be a good deal richer with more to invest in research.
It's the insidious effect of deliberate dumbing down.