77 posts • joined Monday 28th February 2011 15:50 GMT
As the standard response to someone worried about flying in an old aircraft goes: "How do you think it got to be so old?"
Joined up thinking at its best
The RAF's pilots who don't fly will be a perfect match for the Royal Navy's carriers without any aircraft.
Re: Not Related?
*Ahem* Did you not read the bit about them coming from completely different directions?
Who had the patent?
So that's another Apple thing that Samsung are actually just as good at?
I think you mean "England and Wales' contempt law reform push begins".
Where's the FTFY icon?
Re: Rebekah Wade / Brooks is about 45, isn't she?
Brooks is 44, more's the pity. On the bright side, she has already been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden.
Re: Why bother?
For reasons best known to themselves US operators don't use the IMEI blacklist, so your nicked iPhone is fully-functional in the 'States. Except for the Maps, of course.
To be fair, I believe they are just about to start enforcing the blacklist, like operators in most of the world have been doing for years.
Do the SBB set new clocks by looking at the timetable?
I love the way the second hand *doesn't* move continuously. Or at least, it does move continuously for fifty-eight and a half seconds, then it *stops*, and clicks up to the twelve o'clock position as the minute hand moves from one minute to another. If I had found a replica that duplicated that feature when I was in Switzerland, I'd have got it. As others have noted, you can buy souvenir SBB clocks all over the place, but they're usually just a cheap (by Swiss standards) movement with a ticking second hand.
Re: Probably not such a great idea
The other advantage of the taxed bag system no-one seems to have picked up on is that it neatly sidesteps the whole creepiness of having to present ID to throw stuff out. I don't know how the Dutch do it, but if UK.gov implemented this, you can bet they'd want everything logged and made available to the authorities for fishing trips.
Re: There used to be a time
A rapid and dynamic entry that took thirteen minutes to find the guy?
Re: There is a trust option,...
bcsthecharteredinstituteforit is not a union. Prospect, on the other hand, is. Not sure why you think all IT people couldn't join it.
This bit isn't required, though
I was going to suggest what Apple's response (at least to El Reg) would be, but the forum software said "The post is required, and must contain letters".
Re: Knowing humanity's rotten luck...
I think it's more likely that the message would be notification that the plans for the new hyperspace bypass are available for viewing at our local library.
Mine's the one with the towel.
Two Arthur C. Clarke quotes for the price of one
"We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish."
"If man survives for as long as the least successful of the dinosaurs - those creatures whom we often deride as nature's failures - then we may be certain of this: for all but a vanishingly brief instant near the dawn of history, the word 'ship' will mean - 'spaceship.'"
This title fell down and died, too
"This will actually fall down and you will fall and probably die"
Such a shame that this ringing endorsement of the flying car's safety credentials arrives just too late for Quote of the Week...
Re: As a paraglider pilot...
Is being called Neil mandatory?
No, but you can bet your ISP will behave as if it does. Just like the newspapers did with superinjunctions. <troll>I wonder if this could be a USP for a purely Scottish ISP?</troll> Anyone else remember Scotland Online?
Re: What kind of...
*ahem* The M3 Lee/Grant.
Re: I wondered why ?
No, no, no. You're just holding it wrong.
Re: Which "crim" would this be?
Isn't it obvious: being poor. Soon to be outlawed so there's one less thing in Cameron's Britain to offend the Chipping Norton Set.
To boldly go where no injection-moulded plastic has gone before...
I hope this doesn't mark the beginning of a small plastic figurine space race. I fear I will be torn between my loyalty to Lego and the Playmobile-using Reg.
Christmas trees: now in aluminium
Would a nuclear-powered laser beam do instead?
Presumably Clarkson would manage to offend the Martians
Well it did travel 320 million miles in about seven months (~65,000 mph) to get there, so I think it's due a rest.
EIGHT, SIX, FIFTEEN TARGET that... PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER at... THREE... O'Clock. FAR
"the video game footage ... wasn't properly checked as it should have been"
By "properly checked as it should have been", I take it you mean "watched at least once".
If you can get any tckts that weren't issued to sponsors, that is...
Yes, Consonants are an Official Primary Tier One Platinum Sponsorship Funding Main Partner, so it is illegal to make use of vowels with respect to London 2012 tckts.
If your cake was IP you could both have it and eat it
Proof yet again that the physical property analogy for "intellectual property" only holds when it suits the content industries. Rhetoric treating copyright violation as theft, one illegal download equals one lost sale, etc., but no re-selling something that you legitimately bought? Stop trying to have it both ways.
We should research why people still make up titles now they're optional
"algorithmic elimination of chromatic aberration in smartphone cameras that are saddled with cheap-ass plastic smartphone lenses"
Please, please, please let that be the actual title of the research proposal.
The UK already has an IT curriculum that involves programming...I'm sure the SQA would be delighted to offer its Computing qualifications at English and Welsh schools...
If an aircraft leaving A travels east for ten minutes...
Given initial speed ("at rest") and position ("at my base") you can use those accelerations to figure out your speed and thus position where you are. It's called an inertial navigation system - essentially dead reckoning on steroids. Military aircraft have them because they're not always guaranteed to have line of sight to enough GPS satellites when they're doing their low flying thing or because they're being jammed. Similarly, commercial aircraft are fitted with them - they were essential for oceanic flights before GPS became ubiquitous, since you can't pick up many navigation beacons (at least any that have much accuracy) in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
That said, like any form of dead reckoning, INSs drift over time - around half a nautical mile an hour - so most automatically update themselves from other sources when they're available, which nowadays usually means... GPS. So an INS isn't necessarily much help against Iranian GPS hackers, then.
That is the point. The bystanders need to suffer in the short term to make them sit up and take notice and hopefully put pressure on those who can solve the problem the protestors are having - usually politicians.
For that matter, in all the examples you give, in the long run the "bystanders" could quite likely have everything to do with things - commuters getting poor service from under-paid employees, consumers having to pay more for goods because fuel for lorries is so expensive, and Wikipedia users not having Wikipedia at all because it got SOPA-ed. Granted, you could debate whether the consequences would be that severe, but when you do - as the protestors do - the protest is entirely defensible.
Cannot connect to server "thetrampery.com"
Has he taken all of his servers down and gone home?
This title was wiped as a cost-saving measure
Firstly, tapes were much more expensive in those days - hundreds of pounds for a single tape, not twenty quid. When my dad was at Grampian in the early seventies, the station's *entire tape library* was about two dozen one-hour tapes.
The second reason was that Equity was against repeats - unlike a stage show, a TV show could be repeated without involving any actors, depriving them of their livelihoods. They thus had high fees negotiated for repeats beyond an initial few showings, which means that your comment about reshooting for £50K is closer to the truth than you may realise - with the amount a repeat would have cost, you might as well shoot something new.
In the BBC's case this was exacerbated by the fact that there was a conflict between two departments - the Engineering Division, who recorded the program on videotape and stored it until broadcast, and BBC Enterprises, who transferred programs to film (because it was cheaper and universally-used) to flog to other countries. Both felt that long term archival was the other's job, and thus neither invested in the infrastructure to store programs in any format. As a result, stuff just got wiped or thrown out - by Engineering because they wanted to re-use the tape; by Enterprises because they'd sold it to everyone they could, and didn't want cans of film cluttering up the place.
In theory, theory is the same as practice, but in practice, it isn't
That wold be a reasonable thing for a copyright holder to require, and, indeed, they do require it with their licence. Unfortunately, that's just not how DRM works. The very nature of DRM requires that it prevent you from doing *everything* that you're not explicitly allowed by the provider to do (even if such things are permitted by the law, for instance making a backup copy), and furthermore from doing it on platforms and devices a DRM client hasn't been provided for. Far too many people are seduced by the idea of what DRM *should* do, and ignore that in reality what it actually does falls far short of that.
The alternative is to say "well, you've shown evidence of your bona-fides by ponying up some cash, here's your DRM-free version to do what you wish with; we'll trust you to abide by the licence". This is more or less what iTunes is doing now. Yes, some people will have it on the Pirate Bay before they've finished watching it, but most of those people would cheerfully crack the DRM if it had it, too. In short, all DRM does is make it more difficult for people to make legitimate use of things they've bought, while being little more than a speed bump for the pirates.
Defective by design
"The whole idea is not to use DRM to force you to pay each time, but to reward you for paying with lots of options."
How about rewarding customers for paying with DRM-free downloads, so you are imposing no restrictions on their options?
Yes, I can see why movie studios would want DRM, but if they're going to have it, I wish they'd have the integrity to admit that the DRM is purely for their benefit, rather than trying to pretend that software which is designed solely to prevent the purchaser doing things somehow helps consumers.
Still not much lighter or smaller
Pilot + associated sundries is a drop in the ocean* compared to the things that unmanned aircraft still do need - engines, control surfaces, weapons, sensors, fuel (especially fuel: 200lbs of meat in an F/A-18; 14,000lbs of fuel - without drop tanks) not to mention a structure strong enough to carry all of that.
*perhaps this isn't the best metaphor to use when discussing carrier aircraft...