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"She was only an Admiral's daughter but her room was full of discharged seamen."
Well, you had to ask.
343 posts • joined 12 Oct 2010
"She was only an Admiral's daughter but her room was full of discharged seamen."
Well, you had to ask.
Lock ' em up and throw away the key.
Not because serious hobbyists are doing this but because the way prices and the technology is going every kid is going to have a powerful drone in his Christmas stocking before long. Given the typical schoolboy mentality things will then quickly get out of hand.
I could make the same pledge because (a) it is not enforceable (b) it is not verifiable (c) my charitable foundation may allow me to retain and /or manage the assets and (d) it is not going to tell anyone. In the mean time I claim the kudos and the tax benefits and do not make any lifestyle changes at all. I could even get the foundation to pay for my 5-star travel if there is a side trip to some medical institute (when the media are watching, natch).
So that's alright then.
By the way I heard many years ago that modern fighter pilots are trained to such a level of intensity over a period of months that if they then stop flying just for a couple of weeks they can never get back to the same level.
Anyone in the know about this?
Sounds akin to forgetting permanently a sequence of choreographed movements which previously was a no-brainier. Jonathan Edwards (Brit triple jumper) once said he forgot how he jumped to break records and never managed it ever again.
Off topic but this question reminds me of what Mick Jagger said after Bill Wyman left the band. Asked during an interview who would replace Bill he said (words to the effect) :
" I don't know. I may even play bass myself. I mean, how hard can it be?"
With friends like these ......
Uggh! Another of those feeble-minded modern cliches.
"Going forward" means "not now, my halo always was and still is bright and shiny" and maybe is a misrepresentation that "I am thinking really deeply and seriously about this and I am about to do something which troubles me but which is for the greater good of humanity not because anyone whinged but because I want to".
Please do tell. Cloud Cuckoo Land is one place I do not need to visit since a lot of us live there already. Any others?
No such thing as ....
Wait for it to dissipate?
Scroll down to "Hazards".
Forget delivery drones. The answer is long distance vacuum tubes - a la "Brazil" (the movie) and Department Stores from long ago.
Click ----- whoosh -----clunk ----- ahhhhh!
It's called "inducing breach of contract".
Or to be really nasty, tortious (economic) interference
For which, by the way, El Reg's article would be supporting evidence, regardless of how much doe-eyed butter-wouldn't-melt naivete the manufacturers exude.
Stuck in a short train at Paddington at rush hour, waiting and waiting, people packing in and packing in, waiting and waiting...and dripping inside one's shirt....6 square inches of standing room per passenger... boiling hot.... A mate of one of my fellow passengers was about to board, opened the door and as soon as his face was inside recoiled in disgust saying "Cor! You want some oxygen in there?!"
His mate (the one already on board) shouted "The 6:10 is just as bad, [name withheld]". The guy took a deep breath and squeezed on.
You're mightily and gushingly welcome.
Manufacturers want you to buy a new phone. They do not want to spend dead money upgrading old phones whose income was booked last year.
Must be this "bizniss" thingy.
Sure they want to sell more phones, but there is a natural limit for 2 good reasons:
Marginal return, which means good hard cash for each phone not a razor thin margin to be able to tout "market share".
Production. Apple are very very good at the process of commissioning, ordering and controlling supply to the point of imposing those razor thin - damagingly thin - margins on their suppliers whilst at the same time getting millions of high quality products to market. Simply NOT POSSIBLE to triple or even double the supply volume except possibly over a period of years and even then there would be major production and logistics issues. Apple probably went past the sweet spot for volume/quality/profit margin/logistics/production control QA/QC a while ago.
Precisely WTF are you talking about?
But the article says there's no more room at the inn, which we all know was the story of the Son of G....
Oh forget it.
Is that the best London's finest can manage? No running battles, firefights, explosions, flimsily clad damsels, daring rescues.... At this rate (with a nod to the above poster's mention of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 -- (The Taking of Peckham 1-2-3 doesn't quite have the cachet, does it?)) we shall never have a Disaster-on-the-Tube Movie sub-industry. No Schwarzenneger, Willis, Stallone....
Oh wait a sec ..... Thank God for that.
Hats off to the guy.
And to Phoenix for having the balls to reverse engineer IBM's BIOS which I believe is an equally significant move in the history of computing.
I do not remember where I read the story long ago but I recall Phoenix had 2 sets of coders incommunicado in separate rooms. The first set looked at each line of code and shouted to an intermediary what it did, who then told the second set. They then wrote new code to perform the same action.
The pros will no doubt correct my phraseology and amplify the tale.
Now what have we seen in the past 60 years... No prizes for guessing which of these spent time in the Oval Office :
Peanut farmer, B-movie actor, playboy/philanderer (more than one of those), hick hayseed or Good Ol' Boy (take your pick), U.S. equivalent of Upper Class Twit (Poppa and Poppy).... Then of course the characterisations of the second-hand car salesman, the Football player without a helmet...
Three cheers for the Leader of the Free World and Thank God for checks and balances
And don't forget to line up all the cups on the counter and fill them in a single pour from side to side moving down at the end of each row. Quickest way to serve 20 cups of tea and you only had to wipe down the counter once.*
If you don't remember then you're making it up.
*Obviously the cups were not square. Only heathens drink from anything apart from round cups with sides on a shallow gradient - so the tea cools faster. Taking time over a cuppa is for matrons and old maids entertaining the vicar.
Thank you. Now fuck off
Come on - that's language anarchy. The French would never tolerate....... Oh .... Hang on...
OK changed my mind. You are all right.
Is this a word?
Answers on a postcard to ....
(Here's a clue: No, and persistent incorrect usage does not make it otherwise)
Some years ago a mate in IT responded to my loss of data with a "[Preach mode on] Always keep a backup...blah blah blah [Preach mode off]" speech which stands the test of time. It really could not be simpler. Cloud is another form of backup for which purpose it has a number of advantages. Disadvantages? Sure, but nuffink's perfeck. Problem is average user does not know,, does not think, is not told and will not set up a home NAS even if he knows he should - Now there's a thought to save the drive manufacturers if every home comes with running water and NAS. Won't happen.
Maybe someone here knows but I was having a conversation with a mate of mine some time ago about "non-surgical vasectomy" and how it is done.The best answer we could think of is that it is the application of a very tight elastic band.
Still, to echo an earlier comment, you can't talk about this amongst blokes without them squirming in their seats.
Exactly. I was taught and it is obvious common sense that the bloke in the driver's seat is responsible for the vehicle, it's passengers and contents and all other road users nearby. It beats me why anyone thinks he may abandon vigilance in any vehicle going more than 3 mph.
Let's turn back the clock a century and put an advanced guard with a red flag out of front. Sheesh!
Don't the Swiss Police or Army maintain a mountain bike division (i.e. a bike division up in the Swiss Alps)?** Seem to recall the bikes are solidly built so the bloke in the saddle must have legs like an elephant.
** Just checked and the first results threw up a Facebook page or two so I am not going to place the link here. FB can F.O.
Not forgetting Germany and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer who told Donald Rumsfeld to his face, in public, that he was "not convinced" about Iraq's phantom WMD.
So there were opportunities throughout to review, re-configure and re-organise the way she operated to avoid illegality?
You know what? That is one of the pathetic political cliches which cause me to stop reading or listening immediately. It means that the proponent does not actually want to do anything serious and effective.
There must be a pseudo-psychological origin for this (and others) but I can't be arsed to look into it because I haven't yet got the wake-up call.
Once there was a band called MC5 which if there ever was such a band single-handedly laid the foundations for heavy metal, punk, grunge and the future of rock generally.
They had a guitarist. More than one in fact. Incidentally to explain their sound and how they were different from The Who, they had a rhythm guitarist who played rhythm guitar the way Keith Moon played the drums.
Wayne Kramer gives a lecture here :
on the dumbing down of music generally in the past 50 to 70 years. Helps to explain why the average attention span of today's pimply-faced teen or aging fart rock fan such as yours truly is 3 seconds. That's how long it takes to "get" the musical idea of the piece, if any, then you can move on.
You mean "opposite"?
Thank god all the best words are monos..... sorry ... have only one syllable
"My understanding is they're held by proxies for the mainland goverment"
Agreed! Star Trek was rumoured to be based on episodes from the Odyssey. Kojak clearly derived inspiration from Aesop and other classicists. Noggin the Nog was existential and the Magic Roundabout surreal. By comparison the infrequent value of formal schooling was for example limited to finding out where Jethro Tull got the name.
...... still going after these years and providing useful stuff.
Amen to that.
His early indispensable work may not even register (sic) as fossils to many here though.
"empowering". .... "get [stuff] done"
The slavishness (no pun intended) with which MS lersistently re-cycles its mantras is worthy of Stalin.
Does anyone know how they enforce the prescribed MS dictionary? Is there an office at Redmond which has the power to veto any public pronouncement which does not use the mandated spin terms?
Compared with 10 or 5 - even 2 - years ago the sheer volume of "computing" I do every day has increased exponentially. It is just that it is now spread around a large number of devices crunching 1's and 0's.
Dangerous rationalistic and common sense thinking!
Off to Room 101 with the heretic!
P.S. Different but related topic : Have a gander at Freedom's Battle by Gary Bass.
MS must use this internally.
I mean have you ever been involved in a collaborative effort to do anything?
Imagine a physical meeting where 5 equally ego-driven "contributors" try to decide something. Hopeless.
Only thing which works is a project manager to knock heads together and tell (most of) the team to "Shut the *** up!" most of the time.
If the opening sequence of the video (quite laughable) is how MS thinks then no wonder we have seen .... (no I am not going to go there).
Do not know of any - go figure - except Joe Nimble from Baer :
When space travel got boring. The moment we have been waiting for for 10,000 years. Starting with the horse, then the chariot, then etc.
"Bye, dear. Just popping out (back down to Earth) to stock up on Mars bars, Milky Ways, Galaxy ..."**
**Apologies for distracting resonance but I only just realised how many things at the sweet counter carry an astronomical theme.
Sounds like BS to me. The only good reason I can think of to kneel down on someone's front doorstep is to peep through the letterbox and/or to check whether the (now established as) elderly resident usually leaves the key under the flowerpot.
Damn good post to bring perspective in a number of respects. Climate, animals and people.
Out of something more than simple curiosity what is the global warming effect of 8 million carcasses? Nothing happens at -50 degrees. I get that part, but when summer comes ....
Blimey! How do you "drop" bombs at Mach 3+ ?
i never eat anything but I remember what eating was like.
Many years ago I had a client whose business was put into severe financial difficulties because of the nefarious activities of the chief cashier.
As chance would have it, the company boss happened upon said cashier at Paddington Station and duly remonstrated with him - by way of clenched fist to the stomach followed by a blow to the nose which curiously had come within easy reach of his knee.
In other words a serious assault. He was fined 50 quid.
I bet he felt good about it though.
Those of us who spent a childhood in rural England particularly going to the local church will know that paganism and witchcraft is nothing compared with the kind of vicious, dark and hate-filled things the twisted old biddies would say behind everyone's back. Some of it would make your hair stand on end.
Almost as bad as working in an office.