1519 posts • joined Tuesday 20th July 2010 11:15 GMT
Re: Good job Iain-Duckegg-Smith doesn't work at Tescos.
Assuming that CV stands for Curriculum Vitae (roughly 'course of life') and not Curriculum Venal ('course of lies' or 'course for sale'), which would be more appropriate for most politicans.
It's not a case of only 140 million being wasted - it's that only 140 million of the money that has been splurged on it so far has been written off.
Normally with government IT
cock-ups projects, the money doesn't get written off until the end, when we essentially get a dice-roll to see if the whole lot gets scrapped. I wouldn't take this as an indicator of things going well, and I'd hazard a guess that the dice-roll that is to come at the end of this current government won't fall in favour of this white elephant.
Guinea-pigs found dead in hutch surrounded by cobwebs? Sounds like they probably died from neglect, either not being cleaned out, or fed, watered, or a combination of the above. Or the owners gave them something to eat which is poisonous to them, like penicillin.
Re: "still warming"
"Our planet has not seen warming for 17+ years or so"
Really? So all those glaciers that have disappeared must have just got bored and wandered off somewhere?
To point out one single counterpoint to your nonsense statement, of which there are many that any reasonable person armed with Google and the ability to tell science from bullshit could provide you.
Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
The reason we had the MMR 'scare' is because the author of the paper involved made up his results, and when he was found out, he was struck off by the GMC as a result.
It is probably worth passing comment...
...that the in-game music, in the first game at least, added a real sense of atmosphere. The part that springs to mind being in Midas' Palace.
Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"
Okay, down-voter, I challenge you to provide one single example of anything Mr Duncan-Smith has ever said or done that could be considered to be both morally and factually correct.
"The number of people in jobs is increasing, very slowly, and most, but not all of the new jobs are real full time jobs."
Don't make the same mistake that news outlets make of conflating the reduction in the number of people claiming benefits with an increase in people in jobs. The government's figures are for 'out of work and claiming benefits', not for the number of people without jobs.
Given that the current lot has done a pretty good job of demonising the poor and cutting benefits wherever they can, the figures probably show how many have had their benefits cut, not how many have found jobs.
Note that this sort of fiddle is not unique to the current government. Blair's lot did a pretty good job of encouraging people to claim incapacity benefit rather than the dole to perform the same sleight-of-hand. The lie about 'unemployment figures' has been going on for some time.
"Is Duncan-Smith right?"
Simple answer: Never.
Maybe it has something to do with the incredibly annoying advert that they seem to have mysteriously stopped running, where assorted douchebags answer they plastic iThings in the most obnoxious manner they can think of?
Re: Premium ?
blah blah blah ... lets just short cut it, you want one , but your poor get over it.
I don't want one, and both your trolling and grammar are poor.
Because if you drive a Dacia rather than a BMW, other road users will be less inclined to assume you are an arse who is about to cut them up, and accordingly will be more inclined to treat you with some courtesy on the roads.
Similar reasoning can be applied to iPhone vs any other phone of course...
32" widescreen CRT IDTV was over £1000
My LCD panel is over £1500
They must have seen you coming!
Several years ago, I bought my current 32" 1080p TV for around £300 and they threw in a DVD recorder with it. Why anyone needs to buy the 'top of the range' brand new massive and massively expensive TV is beyond me. If I had £1500 spare, I'd spend it on something more useful than a TV.
Re: Get Out
No, IDS is in charge. Any cost overruns should come from his own personal fortune.
Isuppose the inmportant metric is...
How much has this cost, versus how much has it 'saved'. In other words, how many millions of pounds have been frittered away by the DWP whilst people who depend on benefits to survive have had their lifeline cut?
Red-top headlines aside, most people who claim benefits are the poorest in society. The incumbent government's continued demonising of the poor is disgusting, and every single pound wasted on a system which will probably end up being scrapped (as a good proportion of government IT systems generally are) is a pound which could have gone towards helping a vulnerable portion of society rather than government IT contractors.
But then, ministers don't get directorships with council estates when they leave office, do they, so how could they get their kick-backs if benefits money actually went to those who needed it?
More people than ever are depending on food banks to afford to eat, energy costs are rising well above inflation and people are now starting to be made homeless as a result of the 'bedroom tax', but this is alright, becuase these are all 'scroungers', not 'strivers'. IMHO, IDS is scum of the worst kind - self righteous, arrogant, and dead wrong.
Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY
You might want to refresh yourself on the concept of irony, and read up on colloquialisms and neologisms. El Reg is an English site, and here in the UK, we can understand the language used perfectly fine thank you very much, so it's a little arrogant to expect it to be warped into the twisted version of our Mother Tongue that our transatlantic cousins call English. Failing that, I am assuming your fingers have not yet grown so bloated from shovelling 1000 calorie snacks into your maw that you can no longer enter a search term into Google.
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
"pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space 'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth"
Can we have your liver then?
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
Note that it's 20% of Sol-like G type stars, which only make up around 5% of the stars in the galaxy, and that's not taking into account things like binary systems, where the 'habitable zone' is quite different, if there at all. So really, it;s 20% of 5%, which works out neatly as around 1% of stars in the galaxy. It's still a decent number, though.
SO I can't say she hasa cute fanny ?(meaning bum) or to stick it in her fanny pack.
Here in the UK, such a thing is known as a 'bum-bag', and wearing them went seriously out-of-fashion some time in the mid '90s.
In fact, the wearing of such an item will quite well mark you out to pickpockets as an ingorant American tourist and likely source of easy income.
Of course, here in the UK, we all wear top-hats and thick cloaks, to keep out the 'pea-souper' fog, as we stumble around on our cobbled gas-lit streets, offering quaint pleasantries such as "gor blimey guv'nor" and "strike a light". Our lady folk are plump and rosy-faced and usually to be found wearing an apron whilst polishing the grate with kettle-black.
Agreed, buy a laser
Colour laser printers can be had for a very reasonable rate these days. They nominally cost more to run in pence per page than a colour inkjet, but that is under 'ideal conditions' where the printer hasn't wasted half an expensive ink cartridge cleaning its nozzles beofre deciding to print a series of yellow and magenta stripes where it should be solid red.
Re: pArasole mushrooms
Had some very good ones of those in Norfolk a month ago. The larger ones we collected were the size of dinner plates, and they are pretty much impossible to confuse with anything else (other than shaggy parasols which are also edible) due to their size and appearance.
The seem to grow at the edge of woodland and in hedges, we didn't find any in amongst the trees
If you can find a copy at a reasonable price, this book, which is now sadly out of print, has the type neatly split up into sections (gill fungi, boletes, etc.), with good quality half-page photographs, full details of spore print, gill shape, and where applicable odour and colour when cut, as well as details of commonly confused species. It also has a list at the front of the deadly and seriously poisonous species for easy elimination. I have no idea why it is out of print, but I have seen second-hand copies for £250 or so, so it is clearly still valued by those in the know. Maybe the publisher should be encouraged to re-print it.
Death caps and the other commonly found deadly species 'destroying angel' can both be easily distinguished by the fact that they have a white cap and white gills. As a rule of thumb, NEVER eat any mushroom with white gills. It's a pretty bad idea to go eating Amanita Muscaria too, as although it can be hallucinogenic, it's likely to cause you a serious and unpleasant digestive complaint.
If you're serious about picking and eating any wild mushrooms, make sure you have a good identification guide that details things like the shape of gills and colour of spore print, and which has good illustrations and lists other species that a mushroom can be confused with. If in any doubt at all about the identity of a fungus, do not eat it.
Re: The puppetiers
In this case, Niven called it a Kemplerer rosette, if we're being pedantic...
Re: The puppetiers
Maybe we misjudged the orbital distance because we assumed it was one planet transiting the star, not five identical ones one after the other?
Re: There's science and then there's wild guesswork
Put brain in gear before engaging mouth...
For starters, there is a very clear relationship between orbital period and orbital distance, based upon Newton's universal law of gravitation (although in this case, as with the orbit of Mercury, relativity probably has something to say on the matter as well).
That you do not recognise this, or appreciate the impact does not, in any way, make a large number of people who are more educated than you wrong. You therefore earn this coveted fail trophy.
Re: What a dick!
It stands to reason that the majority of people with a lot of money have a lot of money because they are miserly arseholes. One of the major issues with capitalism is that being nice to people doesn't reward you in the same way as selfishness. Although there are exceptions, as in your example, this guy is sadly the norm.
So, similar to ping times on Talk-Talk then?
Just a heads-up (so to speak)
Your tin-foil hat seems to have slipped.
Re: Excellent news
Re: Grid-level storage?
These things are much better suited to buffering than storage. Batteries can store larger amounts of energy per unit volume or per unit mass, but have slower charge/discharge times and can stand fewer charging cycles.
Re: Locking people up is a staggeringly ineffective measure
I don't believe it is. What is ineffective is NOT locking people up at all or for long enough.
What actually is ineffective is making broad sweeping statements like that when you clearly don't have the first idea about criminology.
Rehabilitation is the ideal. Locking people up should be seen as a way of keeping them from reoffending until we can be reasonably certain that they both seen the error of their ways, and also have an alternative to a lifestyle of crime. Putting people in gaol indefintely achieves only the first of these (which for most people wouold probably be achieved by a very short custodial sentence), and costs a hell of a lot of money, potentially much greater than the cost of any crime they may have committed.
Tackling the social inequality that leads to criminal behaviour is probably a much more efficient way of sorting things out in the long run. After all, if the governemnt weren't hell bent on demonising the poor and forcing people into further poverty, we probably would see less opportunistic and petty crime committed by those with little alternative.
Why does your primary school kid have a smartphone?
And to be honest, if they are relying on getting online through a 3G connection, in the small hours of the morning, they're more likley to fall asleep waiting for their phone to load a page than manage to get up to anything naughty.
Re: When the sage points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger
And to add to that, Fukushima was on the edge of an island built in close proximity and directly facing one of the world's largest and most geologically active subduction zones.
The new reactors to be built in the UK will face Wales.
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but Wales does not generate many tsunamis.
It is also worth pointing out that the tsunami that destroyed Fukushima also killed some tens of thousands of people, and made many more homeless, whereas the resulting meltdown of the nuclear reactors there has killed nobody and it is doubtful as to whether there will be any real serious long-term health effects to anyone as a result.
Re: Field burning
I would disagree. Where I grew up, in the 1980s in a rural area, the burning of crop stubble was a common practice. When the wind was in the right direction on a late summer's day, we couldn't hang washing outside, as the littel bits of carbonised straw would float down on the wind. What we didn't get, however, was choking smog. This is probably because crop stubble is largely cellulose, which contains no sulphur, and has a much less dense structure than coal, which allows air to mix well and so burns more cleanly.
The added bonus of crop stubble burning (now banned in this country) was that it generated some awesome thunder storms, as the rising column of hot air would punch through the tropopause and push the more moist air from the lower layers of the atmosphere up into massive thunderhead clouds.
Re: Forget global warming
So we can then drink waste instead of breathe it?
Several alternatives to burning coal I can think of are:
1) Natural gas
- Still produces CO2 but less than burning coal, and doesn't tend to also produce toxic oxides of sulphur, nitrogen and heavy metals.
- Expensive, and probably produces some nasty stuff in the production of silicon panels, but the technology is progressing and becong cheaper.
- Relies on 'rare earth' metals for high powered magnets, which probbaly aren't too environmentallt pleasant in their refining but otherwise pretty much waste-free
Besides the problem of long term storage/disposal of high-level radiactive waste, these produce less environmental radioactive output than burning coal, which contains all sorts of nasty heavy metals, some of which are radioactive. Seriously, I would rather be downstream from a nuclear plant than downwind from a coal one.
Can we say "Single Point of Failure"
or "Broken by Design"
Who in their right mind though it a good idea to have multiple systems like this secured with a single login? As should be blatantly obvious to anyone with a functioning brain, a single flaw such as this brings the whole house of cards crashing down.
That's alright. I didn't buy a ticket...
Re: So many are so wrong
Absolutely, I mean look at poor little struggling Apple, only the 22nd richest company on the entire planet. How could they possibly afford to make less obscene profits?
No. Are you racist?
Maybe it's the advert?
After all, it is a wonderful display of a string of utter douchebags answering their brightly coloured plastic phones in a loud and obnoxious manner. It doesn't sell it to me, but maybe I'm not the target market. The problem, it seems, rather pleasingly, is that the target market of total fuckwits is much smaller than Apple anticipated.
1. Survived the hostility of space *tick*
I'm not sure that space, where nothing happens for long periods of time, is very hostile to rocks, up until the point at which they manage to hit something.
2. Survived entering through planet's atmosphere *tick*
Entered Earth's atmosphere, had its surface heated to thousands of degrees centigrade and promptly exploded into lots of smaller bits, injuring ~1000 people over a wide area.
3. Survived on impact *tick*
Thousands of pieces of various sizes were either vapourised, or hit various things on the surface, suffering differing degrees of damage.
4. Survived contact with humans ...
The one piece of debris in question, which was what was left after a large explosion and collision with a lake, and was already so damaged that simply dropping it again from a small height caused it to split into several smaller pieces...
Re: Surely they're ALL of this age
It does seem a little odd to refer to the time that the Solar System began to form as 'the time of Genesis'. nothing was actually created at that time (which, after all is the literal meaning of the word genesis), it is just the generally accepted time frame in which material that was to formt eh solar system began to coalesce.
The universe was 'created' in the big bang some 13.5 billion years ago (IIRC), so surely, if you're going to use the word genesis at all, then it should refer to that, and to be frank, so little is known (and possibly is even knowable) about the cause of that (if the word 'cause' even makes sense in this context) that 'genesis' is probably exactly the wrong word to use anyway.
On the other hand, those who believe that our planet was 'created' a few thousand years ago by some sort of all powerful space ghost, despite the lack of any material evidence (books and men in dresses telling you so don't count) need to learn the art of rational thought, that the rest of us use to understand the nature of the universe from observation and experiment.
Re: Almost unsolvable problem.
I was about to comment on the same thing myself. It hardly seems paranoid, when it has already been publicly described, does it?
My 'Favourite feature' in Word
When you are viewing a document on a widescreen monitor, it is natural to display two pages side-by side. Word has a completely incongruous treatment of the cursor where if you press the down arrow on the bottom of page one, it goes not to the top of page two, but to the top of page three. This is incredibly annoying, if, for instance, using the keyboard to highlight part of a paragraph that spans two pages. It has several other annoyances that are counterintuitive, such as trying to highlight to the end of a line by pressing Ctrl-End works, unless you are in a cell in an inline table, in which case it highlights the entire cell. I could go on, but I'm sure you catch my drift...
"City of London Police has begun an initiative to target websites that attract visitors by providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content for criminal gain. These websites are able to operate and profit from advertising or other income on their sites without having licenses or paying the creators and owners of the films, TV programmes, music and publications. The initiative also seeks to protect consumers from malware and other harmful programs that may be downloaded unwittingly from sites that provide illegally offered content. "
So, apart form the 'criminal gain' part, shich I suspect is a rather nebulous term that would be hard to apply to even a torrent indexing site, how is this description different from what any search engine does (no names mentioned). The only way a torrent indexing site differs from a more general search engine is in its specificity, they don't offer any copyrighted material themselves, only the torrent files - it's a bit like prosecuting BT for publishing the phone number of someone conducting criminal activity over the phone, in their phone book. Only copyright infringement is of course a civil, not criminal matter.
Now, you have to understand that I am not suggesting that providing copies of other people's work pro gratis is morally or legally correct, but surely the people to go after are the ones who are ripping the copyrighted material and seeding the torrents, and surely this is down to the copyright owners, and their associations, especially since the ones making the most noise appear to be quite rich enough to be able to do this for themselves. I don't see why millions of pounds of our taxes should be paying for police to go chasing after civil matters like this, especially when it is so obviously out of their jurisdiction, and especially when the poilce are being expected to make cuts to their budgets to get us out of the mess that the Square Mile got us into in the first place.
Re: "I'm trusting you were being ironic"
There is, of course, a world of difference between not being a prude and being a sexist. I would suggest this rahter obvious line lies between not firing a woman for wearing what she wants, and issuing a rating on your opinion of her boobs.
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