1364 posts • joined Tuesday 20th July 2010 11:15 GMT
Funny, I don't remember ever seeing ay of the above named stores on my local high street.
Whodathunkit - ther are more smash-and-grabs on something that exists than something that doesn't.
Re: It just costs money
Okay, my example may be a little contrived, I'm not a nuclear engineer after all. It isn't beyond the realms of possibility, however, that these systems are used to controls parts of the reactor that are not accessible once it becomes hot. If not the robots loading fuel, then maybe those transferring spent fuel to cooling ponds. A properly encased rod of U-235 might be safe to handle before it has spent some time inside the core, but certainly not afterwards!
Although the control systems are obviously not going to be inside the reactor, they have to be connected to these parts. Refitting, testing, and properly certifying any changes to these has got to be a hugely expensive logistical challenge, and I can see where this might cost significantly more than employing people who can maintain the existing working control system, even if that involves training them from scratch and paying them well over the going rate.
Re: It just costs money
I would imagine that if these things are bing used to control robotic systems in nuclear power plants, those are the systems which are on the 'hot' side of containment, such as the fuel loading robots and things like that. You could go about replacing the systems that control these, but you'd need to build a robot to do it, because radiation poisoning is apparently quite bad for even field service engineers.
So, you either have a choice of leaving the current system in place until the end of life of the plant, and trying to find some bods who know how to work it, or building a more complex and expensive system to perform a one-off maintenance job inside a sealed reactor at phenomenal expense, and not-insignificant risk.
Re: Excellent News
If I remember my geology correctly, continental crust is formed when oceanic crust subducts and is re-melted along with water to form a different set of minerals. These are less dense than those in oceanic crust, which is formed from minerals in the mantle (which is underneath us because it is denser). In this case, I would expect the crust under the Atlantic to subduct under the other half of the eurasian plate, subjecting western Europe to extended earthquakes and volcanism.
If you do an image search for the term 'subduction zone' using a Famous Web Search Engine, you get some diagrams of how this happens.
Re: On the flip side
Ryanair and Easyjet have a captive market in most places; there is a significant investment barrier to competition, so they are the only show in town for cheap flights between a number of airports. For example Ryanair fly Bristol to Dublin, their only competition is from Aer Lingus. As long as Ryanair keep their flights £1 cheaper than Aer Lingus, they will get the business. This both drives up the price Ryanair can charge, and drives down the price Aer Lingus can charge, until they reach an equilibrium and both start increasing their prices ins tep. As long as they don't collude in this, then there is no cartel pricing, and the consumer keeps paying more. Whilst this is good for Ryanair et al, it is not for the consumer.
+ Warrantly is probably longer (is it 2 years over there?)
This shouldn't be a large factor - most tech will follow a 'bathtub failure curve', meaning that ther will be a number of 'burn-in' failures in a short period (well within the statutory warranty period whatever it is), followed by a slow increase in 'burn-out' failures. The length of the warranty period beyond the 'burn-in' period should have little effect on this, unless the ongoing failure rateis very high (a-la Microsoft's 50% Xbox failure rate) in which case teh suplier would probably replace them as a matter of goodwill rather than face pillory from the public anyway.
+ Cost of doing business in Australia (and providing PS+ and PSN to users in Australia), including distribution in a sparsely populated vast landmass
As noted elsewhere, the devices are manuafactured largely in SE asia, to which the Australian landmass is substantially closer than the US and Europe. In other words, shipping costs to Aus should be LESS not MORE. Distribution costs across Aus might be higher, but as I understand it, most people there live in a small number of cities on the coast, so prices there should be no higher as a result.
+ Currency fluctuation buffer
If anything, the Australian dollar appears to be gaining against other currencies; shouldn;t this buffer be negative in this case?
+ Greed (including rounding up to nearest $50)
This is, I tihnk, the most likely explanation. Given that goods are priced higher in Aus, everyone who wants to make money will keep selling them at higher prices. This is called capitalism.
Re: More arithmetic.
"Explain why Jane having less oranges than Bill is wrong"
Because Jane has fewer oranges?
Okay, okay, I'm gone already....
Re: Sean Bean
And for the Doctor after Sean Bean, in the next episode...
An interesting idea.
What other solvent would you suggest, that is abundant in our solar system, liquid in the temperature range likely to have existed on Mars in the past, and chemically consistent with the composition of the rocks in question, and the planet as a whole?
The only substance I can think of (and I hold two Chemistry degrees) is good old H2O. Of course, the Devil lies in the detail, and just becuase there is evidence for abundant flowing water, it doesn't mean that it is pure water, it could be anything from brine, like the oceans here on Earth, to strong acid or alkali, as found in some volcanic systems, or cave systems. Given the atmospheric conditions at the time, it could contain oxidants, or reducing agents. Water, after all, does make a good solvent for a lot of things.
Re: I for one
Just because you don't understand it, it doesn't mean that those conducting the experiments aren't qualified to do so.
Since the advent of the internet, scientific knowledge is freer than ever. I'd suggest to those who object to genetic modification to actually learn about the science involved before airing their ill-informed objections.
Whilst there are legitimate ethical issues involved, these are focused more on the issues of intellectual property rights; for example if a biotech firm develops a crop which has disease resistance, and sells the seeds to a farmer, they can then charge the farmer if he chooses to hold back seeds from the crop to plant the following year, or prevent him from doing this entirely through restricitve licensing rules. If his crop then cross-pollinates another farmer's un-modified crop, issues around IP ownership can then arise. I believe this has happend in practice, and it constitues a thorny issue, as both the farmer and the producer of the seeds have to make a living.
On the other hand, "I don't understand it, so it must be wrong" is about the most idiotic stance you can take on the issue.
Re: Nice population, it would be a shame if something happened to it . . .
I read that as "some huge tragedy" in the sense of some brain virus rendering us all irreparably stupid.
At least three of your points above apply, and to be honest it would not concern me should the security services which to look at the IP traffic data on my internet connection.
Would it concern you if your monthly ISP bill went up by 5% to cover the costs of this pointless monitoring? What about 20%? what about 50%?
A few important points to note:
1) The Woolwich attack, whilst horrific, was not a terrorist attack; it was a murder carried out by a couple of nutters using a car and a machete.
2) They were apparently already 'known to' the security services. This didn't prevent this from occurring.
3) Knowing who they were talking to, and at what time would not have provided any information as to what they were planning to do.
4) There is, as far as I know, no such thing as thought crime yet - thinking about killing someone is not illegal, although of course, conspiracy to murder is, although I believe an attempt at murder has to actually be made. (obviously IANAL).
5) Monitoring more people in an attempt to gather intelligence doesn;t work; it basically adds more hay to the haystack, making the needle harder to find. As mentioned above, the perps were already known to the security services, what is actually required is more REFINED observation of 'people of interest', with proper oversight (i.e. with a warrant).
6) The infrastructure required for the 'snoopers charter' would be very complicated, and very costly. We, the tax payer, would have to bear this cost.
7) It is a part of human nature that we tend to overestimate the risk from rare events, and underestimate the risks from common ones. To put this in perspective, you have a 1 in 8 chance of dying from heart disease, a one in 50 chance of dying in a road traffic accident, a 1 in 560,000 chance of being struck by lightning, and a 1 in 20,000,000 chance of being killed in a terrorist attack. These numbers are culled from Google, so don;t rely on their accuracy; the point is, that many more lives could be saved by spewing the cash on road safety measures, or educating the masses on the risks of playing golf in a thunderstorm, and that anyone advocating such an obvious waste of time and money is an idiot.
8) Article seven of the EU charter of fundamental rights states: "Everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications." This is not a right worth sacrificing for the illusory benefits that this act would fail to provide.
7) Article ten of the same charter states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.". Whether you like it or not, this allows people the right to want to commit atriocities (but obviously not the right to actually commit them).
8) Oh yes, and article eleven: "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers." To paraphrase Voltaire, "I disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it."
Everyone should be made aware, that the correct pronunciation of 'Yate' is 'Yar-tay', in your best Boycey voice.
I have a battery, it contains load of energy and is made from Trinitrotoluene
That's the whole point of supercapacitors - unlike batteries, which store energy via a chemical reaction and therefore ultimately degrade as the electrodes corrode or recrystallise into dentritic structures, which short-circuit the cell, supercapacitors store their energy in a purely physical manner. The energy density is necessarily orders of magnitude less than that acheivable by batteries, but at the same time allows for more and shorter charge/recharge cycles, so is more suited for things like buffering the energy from regenerative breaking on electric vehicles. It's a case of using the right tool for the job.
To be fair, as long as you don;t have to deal with their customer 'service', what they sell is not bad for the price. Sadly, if you do have to deal with them, then prepare to have a lot of your time wasted, money wrongly taken, and yet more time wasted before they finally succumb and reimburse you. I'm speaking from experience here...
Re: Concert spending
"You're not really following the arguments or the evidence. There are many studies of this, discovery is an element but the overall effect is negative."
I'd be interested in seeing such studies. I'd be willing to bet that they are funded by an 'interested party' and are heavily biased. I'd also be willing to bet that if they didn't come to the conclusion that the 'interested party' wanted, they would not be published.
Remember, the plural of anecdote is not data.
You have to weigh up the benefits of discovery along with the negatives; if someone stumbles across something they would otherwise not have heard of, they might buy it. If someone downloads something they otherwise might have bought, they may still buy it (this is not an outrageous supposition, I have done this, and I know many others who have too).
On the other hand, if someone downloads something they might have bought, only to find out it is crap, they then will not buy it (again, I can think of at least one film I was going to get on DVD before downloading it and finding out it was utter tripe - see if you can guess which Nicolas Cage film it was).
Then again, the thesis that a download is a lost sale is also a massive fallacy - people don't have infinite disposable income, and if something is obtainable for free it does not mean that that person would have paid for it if it wasn't.
I'd suggest that the OP may well be following the arguments and the evidence, just not your arguments, or your 'evidence'.
Re: Expert help...
If you just went up, you'd find yourself back down agin rather quickly. You actually have to go into orbit, in a lower orbit with a shorter orbital period than the ISS if you want to catch up to it, then transfer to the same orbit, or a higher orbit with a longer period if you want it to catch up with you (I think it's that way round, I stand to be corrected). I believe most launches destined to the ISS take a number of complete orbits before they rendezvous. Either way, you'd still be orders of magnitude short on cost at £2 a mile...
As far as Japan goes, this is positively banal.
Re: mirror-universe counterpart.
Ho will that look alongside Eadon's no doubt fullsome neckbeard?
Re: I want it NOW!
It's a difficult situation; GoT is one of the best series to be made in a long time and I have no objection to paying for it on principle. However, £3 for streaming an episode is extremely steep, and you'd have to tie me down and lobotomise me before I'd willingly give any of my money to Apple or Sky.
I am left with the realisitc choice of pirate now, or wait until it comes out on dvd/blu-ray at a reasonable price. Like many others, I'll probably do both.
Re: The problem with British companies is
Ummm... Bollocks. You know companies only pay taxes on profits, right?
Re: That Ass. Principal
Say, you got purdy lips...
I can think of any number of toys that could just as easily kill a child as a gun.
Yeah, those toy shops are just full of toys where you pull a trigger and someone dies.
She had tried to bathe in that bleach, or wash her face with it, or drink it. Or spontaneouslyt combust, that could take someone's eye out!
WHAT IF? WON'T SOMEOBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN !!11!!11eleventyone!11!
Re: Glass is not a liquid
'bullseye' glass is actuall produced when glass panes are manufactured in a different manner, through glass blowing. A 'bulb' is blown and enlarged before the end is cut and the bubble spun to form a large disc on the end of a rod. It is the centre of this disc, where the rod is attached that makes the 'bullseye', which generally has the form of a bulge with concentric ripples and a cenral raised 'bullseye' where the glass rod has been snapped off.
Heating the glass enough to reduce the viscosity allow you to pour it onto a surface so that it would flatten before it cools would be prohibitively expensive, whereas spinning the cooler (albeit stil very hot) glass is a lot cheaper and easier.
Re: Re:That Warning about peanuts in peanuts in peanut packets
Furthermore, it is quite possible to have a nut allergy, but not an allergy to peanuts, which are actually legumes (like peas and beans, hence the name). If they are produced in a factory that also handles actual nuts, such as walnuts, then it is perfectly sensible for there to be a warning on the packet of peanuts stating it may contain nuts, so that nut allergy sufferers don't eat them and die.
So, the warning about nuts in peanut packets isn't about peanuts in peanut packets, which would be stupid, but only seems stupid because you are ignorant, and is actually there to save people's lives.
Cue a Brain Drain
When researchers leave the US, for pretty much anywhere else, the US loses its already tenuous lead in global reaserch and development, slips behind economically as a result, ends up as a third-world country and finally, when they can no longer repay their debts, a part of greater China, where, despite their many failings, they at least have the common sense to invest properly in scientific research.
Bye bye Uncle Sam, it was nice knowing you.
Joined the forums today and only made five posts, all on this story, all strongly pro 'Anti Piracy', despite the multiple reasoned rebuttals of your crazed rhetoric.
You are a shill working for EA, or possibly Activision, AICMFP.
FYI, copying is not theft; it is at best copyright infringement, which is actually only a criminal offence if done on a large scale for profit.
Piracy is taking of vessels and property on the high seas, often with associated loss of life.
Maybe 3000 people downloaded it because they heard it was released for free, albeit deliberately bugged, in order to evaluate it, before deciding it's shit and not buying it.
Maybe 214 people didn't and got stung for $6 on something crappy and formulaic .
In the real world, not every pirated copy is a lost sale. In many cases, that sale wouldn't have happened anyway, and in others, a sale is actually made when the downloader decides it is worth buying a legitimate copy. This probably explains whey people are so keen to download EA games rather than pay for them.
Really, publishers should bring back the days of the free demo, for instance, Diablo II had the entire first chapter available as a demo, and it is precisely because of this that I bought the game. Diablo 3 had no demo, just hype, and in hindsight, I might have saved my money, had I known. The cynic might suggest that the reason most publishers no longer offer game demos is that the games are of poor quality and derivative and when people see them, they decide not to buy the full version. In other words, if you offer a demo of a good game, it is a sale gained, and if you offer a demo of a bad game, it is a sale lost.
Re: Stupid question
As homeopathy's effectiveness is equivalent to that of a placebo, it should be administered only to hypochondriacs and other true believers in order to properly "treat" what ails them.
Studies have shown [sic] that the placebo effect works even then the patient knows they are receiving a placebo.
Homeopathy is total bollocks though, along with beliefs in 'crystal energy', any sort of 'quantum healing' and sky fairies.
Re: Stupid question
Dropping a slinky
The speed of sound in a slinky is much lower than the terminal velocity of the spring, if you hold one end of the spring and drop it, the bottom of the spring will not start moving before the top reaches it, as the acceleration under gravity will quickly cause its speed to exceed the speed of sound in the spring (the speed at which the compression wave propagates).
It's a cool experiment, but here's the question - when you let go of the top of the spring, does the bottom become weightless?
Re: "The term "audio quality" just isn't applicable"
Re: There's a lot of audio gear designed to 'pump' music
+1 for the Fenella Fielding reference.
My parnter saw her on a train once, but was too shy to say hello. Later regretting it, she wrote her a letter and had a lovely reply. It's a shame that more actors aren't nice people like Fenella.
Re: Better left to the authorities
Accountable to whom and/or what, and in expectation of what possible sanction for screwing up all the time, cheveron?
In the UK, at least, the police are regulated by the IPCC. Individual officers are subject to the same laws as the rest of us, and have to wear their numbers on their shoulders for identification purposes whilst on duty. Apart from having to wear a uniform that pretty much comprehensively identifies them as police.
Armed police also have to warn people clearly before opening fire, and face an enquiry if they do so.
Re: "Music" is the problem
The sad thing is, I'd rather see Hawkwind on stage than The Smiths, and I'd definitely prefer them over J-Zed. At least they put on a proper show with a big robot and pyrotechnics and stuff.
Re: Sad realities
The mistake you've made there is to think that Apple products are high quality, rather than just shiny and ubiquitous. Even when the original iPod came out, it wasn't the only MP3 player out there, and it certainly wasn't the one with the best audio quality. What it did have was the best product designers and marketing.
I hope that every single idiot who harassed his family or friends as a result of such misinformation gets prosecuted under the full force of the law. Sadly, I suspect that there are few laws applicable to punishing such unpleasant portions of society, and if there are they are probably poorly enforced, leaving civil action as the only recourse for the victims.
Re: I would sell my mum for votes
As the minority partner in a coalition government, they actually have a disproportionately powerful position. If the Tories wanted to push through legislation that the other parties were opposed to, and if they were a majority in parliament, they could win a vote on the issue. With a coalition, they would also need the support of their coalition partners to gain a majority vote on such an issue.
However, I don't think this is such an issue. Whilst Tory party members might be whipped to vote one way, I seem to recall New Labour pushing very similar proposals, so there's no guarantee that such a measure wouldn't pass even if every Lib Dem voted against it. I would hope that if there were a free vote on the issue, many of those outside of the
Ministry of Love Home Office would vote against something so limiting to personal freedom.
The other perspective might be that Nick Clegg may still hold some personal sway and be in a position to get the bill dropped entirely before the issue of a parliamentary vote is even relevant.
At the end of the day, these proposals come not form the Tories, but from the Home Office itself, whoever is given the nominal position of Home Secretary still has the same Sir Humphry sat behind him/her.
"You keep using that word. Somehow I don't think it means what you think it means."
Re: Microsoft - sorry Nokia - on the patents rampage
EADON IN BLOCK CAPS SHOCKER
Maybe your tin-foil hat needs adjusting?
won't somebody think of the children!*
I'm surprised she hasn't tried to work illegal immigrants into her post-facto rationalisation too.
*except you, paedos
Apple take product quality seriously, other manufacturers could learn something here about not sending out a substandard product.
1) I have never seen a non-Apple phone with a shattered screen, but plenty of iPhones suffer this fate
2) They don't have a great track record in aerial design now, do they?
3) or mapping software, come to think of it.
Before you hold someone up as a paragon of product quality, it doesn't hurt to engage your brain first.
Re: Foxconn takes 16bn hit?
More likely 8 million x replacement of $5 faulty part in $200 phone = $40m, as I seriously doubt they'd write off all those handsets.
Re: Higgs Mass Myth
Kinda, sort of. As I understand it (which, admittedly could be wrong), it is the Higgs field which gives things mass, the Higgs particle is the 'carrier' of that field, in the same way that the photon is the 'carrier' of the electromagnetic field, but it isn't required to make electromagnets work.
Re: SUSY is already dead
Some string theories involve SUSY but string theory per se is most certainly not dependent on it.
As my understanding of the matter goes, string theory posits things that are tied up in tiny knots, the emergent properties of which we know as particles, in which case SUSY, being a particle theory, depends on string theory. Since there are approsimately eleventyzillion different 'solutions' to string theory, only some of which predict SUSY, surely what Eadon is saying is, errm, bollocks. But of course, that could never happen.
The real problem with string theory is that it isn't really a theory, since it makes no predictions as such, and has so many different solutions, it pretty much 'predicts' a ridiculously massive number of outcomes, any of which could actually match our universe. Not so much a theory of everything, as a theory of everything that isn't as well.
Re: lack of innovation
I think you'll find IBM are still none-too-shabby in terms of market value
indeed, I gave two examples; DEC, which used to be a big name, but went under, and IBM, which used to be the de facto PC manufacturer, but no longer makes personal computers.
Which way will Apple go? To oblivion, or irrelevance?
It is entirely conceivable that they will find a new market to break into, or strengthen other markets they are already in, a la IBM, or they may fail entirely, like DEC.
Re: lack of innovation
I'd go so far as to suggest that they peaked with the iPhone 2; by the time the third iteration came along, Android entered the market, and others were making better smart phones for less money. For example, compare the iPhone 3 to the HTC Desire.
Apple have historically managed to charge a premium for their devices by entering the market first and being the only option. They haven't had any real innovation since bringing the concept of a capacitative touch-screen phone to the masses. Since then , they have had various iterations of the same thing, even teh iPad could be considerd to be an oversized iPhone without the ability to make calls (insert joke about iPhone 4 attena, and it not being able to make calls either here).
These days, the market for such devices is saturated. There is a global recession, and people are less inclined to pay a premium for something that is perceived to be of higher quality (whether Apple products are of higher quality than their competitors is another issue; personally, I have never seen any non-Apple phone with a cracked screen, but I've seen plenty of craked iPhone 3 and 4s). Unless Apple innovate, they will die, and historically, most of their innovation has been from their marketing department anyway - they excel at taking ideas from others and presenting them as something new. Unless they have something new up their sleeves, then they will go the way of others like DEC and IBM, and become an irrelevance.
"you can prove anything with statistics."
correction - you can justify anything with statistics. A subtle , but significant difference.
Ah, but is it a statistically significant difference?
Okay, okay, I'm leaving already...
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