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The reason why they use Russian missiles...
The reason they use russian missiles is that the Russians have huge stockpiles which there still trying to get rid of to meet decommisioning targets and so there cheap as chips to launch with and because the russians build good rockets they have great reliability.
Cheap, reliable, reducing the worlds stock of surplus military rockets, and performing great science... what more can you ask for?
Your obviously not an Aerospace Engineer, AC
This looks positively mouth watering to me... OK life expectancy's shit but the idea of designing something that would be the first thing designed to fly, and i mean properly fly, in a non-earth atmosphere (landers do not fly, they crash. And parachutes are just a slow way of crashing...) is seriously intriguing. Not to mention the idea of trying to design something the size of a light aircraft to fit inside a rocket and then to unfold whilst plummeting to the martain surface at a dizzying rate of knots... The techincal challenges are awesome - thats why i became an aerospace boffin in the first place!
Bring it on...!
Yet another report missing the obvious...
How many times do we have to see these stupid reports about violent games causes people to become violent? Especially seeing as its been proven to be a false claim so many times...
OK so now there looking at War crimes... It's just ridiculous reasoning behind the whole premise that being able to commit a war crime in a game is likely to make a person go out and commit a war crime. Well here's an idea why dont we go ask some people currently serving time for War crimes if they ever played computer games? And whether they thought that was the reason for it... I bet they'd say yes - anything to pass the buck on to someone else... But how many congolese, sudanese, serb, *insert conflict zone here* soldiers had/have access to computer games? Do they really think thats the resaon why these things continue to happen today is that they possibly had access to these games? And what about the war crimes that happened before computer games were ever invented? Mankind has been coming up with ways to be despicable to each other for millenia - computer games will not add or take away from that one bit...
The only people stupid enough to play a game where you get to commit a war crime and who actually believe you could do that in real life (or would even want to!) are the sorts of people who 30 years ago would have been in a mental institute. And i would strongly hope that our military (and military's world wide) have ways of idenitfying these people and preventing them from joining up...
...although perhaps i am being too optimistic.
@ John Baglow
900GeV is right. The better analogy is when you have two cars driving in opposite directions down the highway at 60 km/h when they crash (possibly due to someone blindly following the orders of there SatNav) into each other the difference in there velocities is 120km/h.
So 450GeV beam going one way, hitting one going the other way at 450GeV is the same as hitting a non-moving 0eV particle with a whopping 900GeV beam... And thats enough to make anyone (or anything for that matter) go to pieces... ;)
And religion is based in fact? Wow i missed that news bulletin..
at least a dozen 2 gallons buckets ...
come on is there a reason they didnt just say at least 24 gallons of water? Since when did the standard unit of volume for water become a 2 gallon bucket?
Walk in to a pub "would you like a pint?" "No i'll have a 15th of a 2 gallon bucket thanks..."
I was thinking the exact same thing! Although the exact line that came to my head was "Jesus, what balls!".
I mean any time your involved in some form of illegal enterprise (ahh not that i have ever been... honest guv!) you do not decide to take your time and smell the roses so to speak...
The dude must have balls the size of a watermelon... pity that didnt leave any blood to power his brain...
@Ed Blackshaw and Ravinez
@ Ed - It wasnt mentioned in this article, but the actual research paper mentions that our own sun suffers from the same reduction in Lithium as those of the ones measured in the survey.
So whilst one data point is not enough for conclusive evidence it does appear likely that this does apply to a vast majority of star systems not just those with a jovian planet in close proximity... It would be interesting to know whether any of the star systems discovered so far with planets in the similar size range to Earth where measured in this survey...
@ Ravinez - I dont know the specific quantity of Lithium that is "missing", but Lithium is not so hugely abundant in the planets of our solar system that i would imagaine it accounts for all of the missing 99%.
Additionally, if that were the case, you would imagine it would be far easier to find earth like planets orbiting other stars by looking for the drop in percentage of Iron in a Star... considering that a star is mostly made up of light elements, the percentage loss in heavy elements to create a planet would i imagine be a much greater percentage then with Lithium. As that technique hasnt been used i can only guess, the percentage of material lost to form planets is negligible... Still if Iron percentage turns out to be a better way to measure planet bearing stars then i claim first mention here! =P
This is what Engineering is all about...
Its things like this that got me into Engineering in the first place. You have a problem, you come up with a series of solutions and then proceed, usually by trial and error, until you get the right result...
They need to go back and teach this stuff in schools - maybe then kids would want to get into engineering and science!
Here's hoping they succeed in freeing Spirit, the rovers are great examples of how good engineering creates fantastic results!
Help for autism i understand...
but how could this help Schizophrenia?
The (very limited i admit) contact i have had with Schizophrenic people has shown them to be normal people most of the time, complete with normal speech patterns. It seems to be there hearing (or more specifically there ability to hear things which arent there) every now and then which is the problem.
So helping there ability to speak is going to help them how?
@ Cynical observer & Catkins
I think i may have interpreted things differently to you:
Firstly, for "Require the claimant to demonstrate damage and falsity" - i took that to mean that if someone makes a claim that your a sheep worrier, its up to them to prove that you are a sheep worrier, not for you to prove your innnocence (your right you cant prove a negative!). If they then produced a photo of you being overly friendly with a sheep you would have to prove that the photo is a fake or that you really were just good friends! ;)
"Cap damages at £10,000" - The full text description of that point was "Cap damages at £10,000. If a claimant wishes to demand more then they would need to prove material damage such as loss of earnings." - if a tabloid earned excessively more then that from making the statement, i would assume you could push for a higher then £10k figure because they can be shown to be profiting from delibrately false accusations. I think perhaps they need to add that little foot note to avoid that whole problem.
& to answer Catkins, if the person you mentioned lost his business, etc. because of the accusations im pretty certain that constitutes material loss dont you?
"Exempt large and medium-sized corporate bodies and associations from libel law unless they can prove malicious falsehood" - i strongly agree with this point. If i buy a phone which is crap (for reasons a, b and c) and i write a review saying its crap (for reasons a, b and c), i do not want some corporate bully suing me under libel law for "damaging there reputation". If i buy the same phone and write a review saying that anyone who buys one will get cancer and turn into a paedophile, well that can be construed as malicious falsehood and then i deserve what i get. Slander of a product/service/company when you speak the truth should never be grounds for libel... And as most companies have more money then the individual making the comment, at the moment the company wins...
Anyway my two cents... i think the list is well thought out, although needs more clarification on when the £10k limit should be applied and when higher penalties should be applied for those profiting from making delibrate libelious claims...
As an Australian...
As an Australian i am outraged by this disgraceful use of excessive force on our beloved national emblem. I demand the opportunity to use a tazer on any american wildlife i see in the future - preferably those incredibly feral creatures you see at every tourist site around the world, being loud, obnxious and trying to find the nearest McDonalds!
The Royals - quiet, insensitive and unpopular...
ahhh if only we had a Charles in there we would have had the complete set!
For your £10k you get a book about the whiskey's history!
Now there's going to be an interesting tale...
Ingredients were placed in a barrel.
50 years later...
Whiskey was extracted, and put in a bottle.
On the BBC write up of this it adds that Foxconn has suspended its chief of security. That doesnt sound like the sort of thing one does if the beatings were a fabricated allegation (or even if they were just believed to be a fabrication).
£10 says they hang the chief of security out to dry, promote his deputy and nothing will change...
hmm not enough information
Unfortunately there's not enough information in this article for me to have an impression of whether a) this was a correct ruling, or b) if this was just a "land grab" by the owners of the Bond franchise.
Stating that the company made bags, clothing, hats and drinks doesnt really help. Were these bags, clothing, hats and drinks cashing in on the Dr No movie (and/or novel), even if doing so slyly? If they were then i would say that the ruling sets a very bad precedent and the bond owners have a legitimate case. However, if the bags, clothing, hats and drinks were nothing to do with the movie and no one looking at the products could possibly make a connection with the film then the courts ruled correctly in stopping yet another frivolous attempt at preventing free expression.
Some more information about this would be nice...
€4800 per song
€24,000,000 for 5000 songs equates to €4800 per song...
Now disregarding the whole argument between freetards and Music Asses... These rulings just seems a bit ridiculous to me, i mean sure there's supposed to be some sort of penalty on top of the supposed costs that this downloading has cost the industry... but come on €5000 for 1 song? Do these judges live on the same planet as us?
An interesting follow up to this for you el Reg would be to get the Tories reaction to the Lords report, see if they feel the same way as the government and if not whether they'll put on record that they WILL introduce the recommendations of the Lords. Might give some of us more confidence that when we kick Labour out, were not just inviting in people who talk the right talk but walk the same old walk (over the people, generally)...
Ummm title, title, title...
People keep asking whats the point of this if we cant do anything about it. Well thats simple - ONCE we have confirmed proof that somethings coming for us and guaranteed will HIT, THEN something will be done about it - probably involving every major nation on earth (or more likely the ones directly under the impact zone). At that point we will develop a way too take care of it. Thats the way governments on this planet work. Surely you've noticed that in your local community - a pot hole develops and rather then fixing it immediately, its not fixed until its large enough to swallow cars whole. Thats the way governments always work, why should it be any different this time around? I mean its only the fate of humanity at risk, but thats hardly a vote winner is it? ;)
Sack the Journalists
Simple elegant solution. Sack any journalist who uses Wikipedia as a primary reference source without checking the facts as they are obviously not a proper journalist and so should not be reporting on anything at all.
When word gets around that it costs you your job to use it, journalists will stop using it, an studying relearning the age old art of proper Journalism.
This may not fix wikipedia but it might at least bring some respectability back into the media, which i think most of us would agree is now sorely lacking...
Maybe im missing the point of what the RFID is for but why not just incorporate the RFID into the current ear tag? Ok the farmer still has to fork out for the scanner but i can see that being a benefit at some point when rather then having to catch every single sheep and check its tag, you can do it from a distance.
Installing the RFID into the sheep will cost more then just a scanner, and as has been mentioned will probably require a vet to do (so major cost). And if the whole point of the RFID is to prevent people doing dodgy things like swapping eartags, then i fail to see how putting the RFID in the sheep will help - if you got the technology to install one, its easy enough to remove the old one and stick a new one in, so it doesnt really remove your problem.
This is a bunk study
Have these people never heard of the affect of saliva (which as there dentists they really should have!). Saliva neutralises the acid in wine (and basically anything else that goes in your mouth), and so guess what it stops being acidic! Wow who would have guessed.
And seriously who holds a mouth full of wine for an hour? If the wine is ever in my mouth for more then a few seconds before it passes to the regions below something is seriously wrong!
This is crap science and can we please have the address for the university who funded this, so we can point out the crap science and prevent this wanker getting any more money to waste on stupid studies! I hope the student fails her thesis for this! (Yes im harsh, but we do not need more university level dumbasses!)
The door to the tower didnt open???
Are you trying to tell me that the way the rockets are commanded to launch in Russia is by someone leaning out of the control tower door and yelling to someone on the launch pad, "Yep hit the button Yuri!"? Why would a door not opening in the control tower cause a failure to launch? Thats like saying someone farting in the general direction of the space shuttle prevented its launch due to high winds!
Whats the real reason el reg? Enquiring minds demand to know!
Considering a significant amount of Astrium's rocket building is done in the UK, it seems a bit strange to say that Britain has no rocket building capability, i suppose that by the same token Germany, France, Italy and the whole of Europe do not have any rocket capability right??
I think we all know thats a lot of bollocks. Europe shares its resources in order to be the worlds biggest supplier of commercial rocket launches. So stop bemoaning the fact that your not doing it on your own. Or get off your ass contact your local MP and start harrassing him to get him to start pushing for a homegrown program if you think its that important...
Ive never seen the point of RFID's
If you absolutely HAVE to go down the technology route (to save you that extra 10 minutes of waiting in line so you can get through security in order to spend the next 2 hours waiting in the airport's overly priced bar for your inevitably delayed flight) What is wrong with swiping a magentic stripe card, like a credit or debit card. Hell even give it a pin number!
Make it a chip and pin card, and boom we have security. Ok true its only as secure as the encryption on it, but most people would consider your average credit/debit card fairly secure, and considering your only planning to actually swipe these at the airport security point then i'd say your fairly safe...
Anyway just a thought, but it avoids the whole long distance raiding and i fail to see how this would be that much slower then an RFID scan!
@ Steve Roper
Wow a series of science fiction writers described a possible answer to a problem - your right why havent NASA/ESA done anything about it?
On the same note, i can think of a lot of authours who tell us using a wormhole will get us to Alpha Centauri really quick. Damn it NASA/ESA why havent you created a way for me to get to Alpha Centauri yet, just read science fiction novels they tell you everything you need to know! *rolleyes*
You seem to have an incredibly short memory - lets refresh it.
The entirety of the western world (which includes almost everyone within NATO, so thats you Europeans, the yanks, the canadians, the aussies, the kiwis, and well anyone else you can think of that classifies as "the West") agreed to go into Afghanistan after 9/11. I believe there was even a UN resolution allowing the action. And to be honest i don't think there was that much public dissatisfaction with the idea. So saying you never wanted to be there in the first place is a crock of sh*t!
Iraq on the other hand is a completely different story...
But remember the article is about Afghanistan, not Iraq... I know there easy to mix up - just ask George Dubya...
Ahh but Sarah
Then why not just start showing the old Ab Fabs to the seppos? Why let them go and dirty the name Ab Fab with a purile pathetic version which will be absolutely awful - like what the bloody yanks did with Aus's Kath & Kim...
And considering how the majority of us'aens have about as much understanding of sarcasm as the Ebola Virus has of Shakespeare (Reg readers excluded naturally) then do you really foresee a version of a show like Ab Fab being made to the standards of the original being understood by most Americans?
Just some ideas
Im not a comp sci/sys admin/bofh but even i can think of 2 ways that could possibly help stop this worm from starting up.
1. If the security researches have worked out some of the IP addresses/ websites that the worm will try to get infected computers to contact, then a) buy the domains first, b) set up instructions on the sites so that when the infected computer gets in contact, it is told to not contact any other IP address. c) inform local plod what you've done so that they dont think your the one behind the worm! Danger mitigated. Sure it doesnt solve the problem of the worm in the first place but at least the botnets in the hands of supposedly trustworthy people and maybe they can pass over infected ip addresses to local plods in each country for the plod to go and knock on peoples door and tell them to fix their bloody computer!
2. If the security researches can work out the majority of IP addresses/websites that the worm will try to get infected computers to contact, then a) pass these addresses to ICANN b) announce to world and dog (via every media outlet in every country that you can get in contact with) that you have told ICANN where all these addresses are. c) monitor these websites and see if ICANN sells any of them. If they dont, the danger of the worm is mitigated to a large extent. If they do - then the media circus can kick up a massive stink, international governments can put pressure on and hopefully we can finally get a governing body who actually cares about users rather then making as much money as possible!
I dont know how relevant these ideas are but it would be nice to see something done, rather then just hearing continual stories about how armageddon is coming in the form of conflicker!
just a thought
rather then emptying the fuel out via the access panel whats wrong with just letting the motor run until the fuel runs out? OK could take a while, and yes maybe vibration problems but with everyone clambered on to the front of the bus, it should be fine. damn i should have entered the comp! :P
I must be way out of touch
As apart from the Dark Night, Wall E and Kung Fu Panda (none of which ive actually seen) i havent heard of any of the rest! My finger must certainly be on the pulse of modern cinema!
And any film with a name like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" deserves to have the writers, directors, producers and everyone else involved with the film horsewhipped for using such a bloody stupid name, not rewarded with Ocsar nominations! God awful name, just awful! *shakes head in disgust*
Correct me if im wrong...
But dont all laws in the UK, once passed by the house of commons and the lords, go to the Queen for signature? At least in Aus once the law is passed through both houses it goes to the queens representative (the Governor General) for signature. And whilst this is usually a rubber stamp, occasionally, VERY occasionally, the Governor General says no. This would seem like a good case for that. Maybe you should all write to old Lizzie and see if she cant put a stop to this nonsense! Make the old bat earn her keep for once! :P
Aussie point of view
In some ways for Australia the choice of the F-35 to replace BOTH the F-111's and the F/A-18 is a bit baffling as both aircraft served very different purposes for which the F-35 doesnt completely replace either. The F/A-18 is a superb superiority fighter, the F-111 a strike bomber (ie a bomber with some fighting capability). The F-111 also has a superb range (ie it can hit Indonesia (Australia's only real threat) and return). The F-35 is a fighter that is not a focused superiority fighter and it is designed to have bombing capabilities although not as good as the F-111. It also has a severely reduced range over the F-111.
So in that respect if the aim of this purchase was to keep the status quo the F-35 isnt the best choice. The best would be a combination of F-35's and F-22's (with possibly a few FB-22's if they ever get made). However the F-35 isnt for sale now (and probably wont ever be!), and Aus really could never justify the HUGE expense of an F-22 fleet. To counter the drawbacks of the F-35 Aus has purchased a number of inflight refueling aircraft to give it the range it needs, the government is buying more F-35's then we currently have F-111's and F/A-18's (or at least they were last time i looked) so basically for once our government seems to actually have thought there way through something.
As has already been mentioned, if your after the best fighter in the world you will try to get a hold of the F-22, if your after the next best and are willing to pay exorbitantly you'll buy the Eurofighter, however if your after something affordable, which will do the job against most enemies that the nations who are buying it are likely to face, you'll buy the F-35. Its not rocket science!
Oh and for the comment that the Americans are just going to keep the F-22's and sell the F-35's to export customers. The Yanks are continuously reducing the number of F-22's there buying because of the exorbitent costs and already have over 400 (if my memory holds out) of the Carrier Variant F-35's on order (more then the rest of the worlds orders combined!)... As for the conventional variant i hate to think how many are going to be produced for the yanks alone!
I can see why the RIAA would not want this streamed
In a world where very few people are well versed in legal matters, especially to do with copyright law, people who are in the firing line of the RIAA will now be able to watch this video and perhaps avail themselves of a few additional notes. If the case is rejected out of hand, they will now have a sure fire legal precedent and also the knowledge of the exact legal statutes that the defense states in this case to have it thrown, for use in there own cases!
This is a lot easier for the internet generation then trying to look through thousands of legal documents to discover the same statutes! No wonder the RIAA dont want it broadcast!
How exactly do Segways help the environment?
I always thought good ol' Shanks Mule WAS the most environmentally friendly way to get from A to B! & following that wouldnt the old bicycle be the next best alternative?
Sounds like someone is on Segway's payroll...
Rat Friendly = Good? I missed that meeting...
Since when was designing a new city to be rat friendly a good thing? I thought we were trying our best to bring down the numbers of these rodents... So we should obviously build more cities like New Orleans (ie below sea level ready to be swallowed by a passing hurricane? :P)
Now for some more completly uneducated responses (just like all those above)
Whether the size of the Israeli action is justified or not is debatable, but action WAS forthcoming. If Indonesia started firing missiles into northern Australia, or Mexico started firing into the states or the Irish started firing missiles into England (or the Scots, or the Welsh, or the French or the Cornish - lets face it everyone wants a go at England! :P), a response would be swift and timely and not protested excessively - that the Israelis held off for this long under constant missile attack is in my opinion (after knowing how passionate a people Israelis are) is quite remarkable.
Still one has to look at this in perspective with the West Bank, the people in the West Bank have probably more reason to complain bout Israel (with large settler communities and the West Bank barrier) then those of Gaza, who if we remember a few years back, the Israelis physically removed all of the Israeli settlements unilaterally from Gaza and gave it completely to the Palestinians. However, in the last year, there has been few if any incursions into the west bank, the various blockades and road blocks are slowly being dismantled, the economy and all up security of the West Bank is improving. And peace almost looks a possibility there!
So whats the difference? Well the obvious answer is Hamas, but i doubt its that simple - especially since many of those firing missiles from Gaza seem also to be from groups like the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade who are more aligned with Fatah then Hamas, so whats the difference? If someone can answer that question - maybe, just maybe a solution can be found...
Oh and whilst religion is used as a rallying call from both sides, this is really nothing to do with religion, its a territorial dispute just like the Falklands (for example). Its just another excuse to draw the simple-minded more deeply into conflict...
Actually im suprised this isnt easier to pick up
Im not American so i dont know the specifics of how voting works there but here in Aus, your name is ticked off on a register at the voting centre before your given the bit of paper to go do your voting on. Now even if your doing it electronically surely you have to have your name marked off somewhere before you go into the electronic booth to stop you coming back and voting multiple times. It should then be fairly simple to count how many people voted at your voting centre and tallying this with the number of votes (legitimate and illegitimate) made on the electronic voting machine.
The only way i can see this system failing is if someone goes to a voting centre, goes into a booth and isnt able to/decides not to vote. I cant imagine many people going to the voting centre, lining up, waiting, getting your name crossed off, then not voting. But if someone isnt able to vote (because the system is too complex or fails) then your system should be abandoned straight away. Anyway whats wrong with the good old pencil and paper option?
Like you Brits can talk...
You can say that Aus might be going down the tubes, but at least the people of Aus are making there voices heard - notice that part about protests in every capital city? Where are the large scale protests in the UK about ID Cards, Censorship Laws, Uber-databases, DNA not being removed from police databases, and so on?
You have no one to blame but yourselves for the fact that your country is the way it is - you let the daily mail make the laws because the rest of you dont get off your ass and make yourselves heard!
Give me Aus any day!
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