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Am I the only one reminded of Bill Hicks?
Talking about the Persian Gulf distraction Part 1...
“See, everyone got boners over the technology, and it was pretty incredible. Watching missiles fly down air vents, pretty unbelievable. But couldn’t we feasibly use that same technology to shoot food at hungry people? Know what I mean? Fly over Ethiopia, ‘There’s a guy that needs a banana!’ SHOOP. The Stealth Banana. Smart fruit!” - Bill Hicks
People do get to do whats called Donkey voting which is where you delibrately falsify your vote, i.e. leave the ballot blank, put a zero for every candidate or as one friend of mine does draw a picture of a donkey taking a dump on the ballot.
The number of Donkey votes is actually counted so you can actually see how many people are making that form of protest, in certain areas its disproportionally high...
I love living in Germany
Seriously, the Germans are one of the few people in the world who have actually taken the time to LEARN from their previous mistakes. During the reign of the Nazis, and then with the actions of the Stazi, Germans have come to realise just how important personal privacy is, and they will go to almost any length to protect that. Its incredibly comforting to live here.
I just hope that other countries (Aus, UK, US) dont have to go through their own Stazi years before they learn that Privacy is important...
Re: US Treasury said ????
Its comments like these that make the rest of the world look at Americans and just go "Wow, they really are THAT Batshit Crazy!".
As an Australian I find it positively hilarious when Republican Americans call the Democrats communists - the most left wing party in the US is still FAR to the right of Australia's most right wing party. And when you look at that comparison compared to Europe, it really does make you Americans look even more insane.
Seriously, havent you guys heard of the centre of the political spectrum? I guess what the rest of the world thinks of as centralist policies wouldnt even register on your political scale (its too far off to the left!)...
Why do companies get to shop around?
Can someone explain to me, why companies (or a university in this case) get to shop around to choose the most patent litigation friendly court they can find?
Surely they should have to bring the case in either their own district or the district where the company they are attacking is headquartered? Ok some leeway could be given to have the court case in the area where the design, development, or manufacturing occurs, but just choosing a court which is seen as friendly but which has no specific connection with either firm seems ridiculous.
If I was someone living in East texas, I would be very annoyed that so much court time and court resources are being used up by firms that are not located in the area and which arent paying tax in the area! Not to mention the fact you're made to look like tits by the judges in the area but thats another point entirely...
Re: Solar sail? Ion drive?
@ Steven Roper: Hi Steve, Similar ideas have been proposed before but the problem is that your adding another form of debris into the orbit, when you burn a monopropellant or similar you should (hopefully) end up with nothing larger then molecule size and it should all be in gas or plasma states (which tend to disperse becoming even less of a hazard). This means that its unlikely to cause damage to something running through it.
However, Liquids tend to cling together (their are clips on you tube of astronauts "drinking" tea with chopsticks) which means you have a much larger target which at orbital velocities will do a lot of damage. Best earth example I can think of is that if you jump off a high bridge (Sydney Harbour Bridge, Forth Bridge, etc) hitting the water is akin to landing on concrete (and you get very similar injuries, and well death!). So even though your hitting a liquid if you hit it fast enough you arent going to notice that it wasnt solid. The damage will still be extensive...
OK lets try this
The speed of the satellites relative to each other was over 24,000 km/h. In 1 second at that speed you travel 6.67km! So to cover that 200m which you say is an easy miss, that takes all of 30milliseconds. You cant blink that fast.
Now considering that predicting a trajectory where the slightest perturbation might mean that in the course of 1 second you are now 6.67km from where you were supposed to be, do you really consider 200m to be close...
Re: I blame CO2 emissions.
"Yes, but the records only go back to 1978 when the Hall of Records was mysteriously blown away."
-- Lisa Simpson
(Ah what would we do without the simpsons? There"s a quote for every situation...
Replying to a spam email (especially the unsubscribe list) will only see you deluged with a new flood of spam, as your account is now recognised as active.
Best thing to do is set your blocking rules so that anything that carries certain words in the text is filed directly to the garbage bin. Set up right and you will rarely see a new spam message.
Thats all you can do for now, at least until either a) stupid people who reply to spam are removed from the internet (unlikely - i mean who will watch all of the cat videos?), b) it becomes legal to castrate the spammers and hang them from the nearest light pole (again unlikely - lousy democrats!)...
Re: No more contracts for me
You signed a 10 year contract on a phone??? Seriously???
Did you even read the contract or are you just one of these idiots who will happily sign anything put in front of them?
Re: Is the new App compulsory?
Check the story that just appeared on the Reg. Facebook are in discussion with Apple about implementing some form of Facebook Home. So this may soon be affecting your iPhone soon enough...
Re: Is the new App compulsory?
Facebook use might not be compulsory, but it"s various apps are usually pre-installed on every phone you get these days (and normally can only be removed by rooting the phone!).
The worry for all of us is that on the next phone you buy, this piece of cr-app might be pre-installed on the phone. Combine that with a waz to prevent people rooting their phones and what are you going to do?
Re: Built on top...
Hey AC, You describe one possible situation. Let me describe to you the opposite.
In Sydney back in the 50's they built a nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights (for medical isotope creation and research). It was built (at the time) a 3 hour drive from any other part of the city. It is now well within the limits of Sydney and has a residential area not far away (although thats known as Barden Ridge to avoid the name association with a reactor).
The reactor is now 60 years old and there are plans to replace it with a new and safer design. However, the local residents are all up in arms about this because they dont want to live next to a nuclear reactor. The fact that the current reactor was there first and that they were the ones that moved next to it, doesnt seem to penetrate these stupid peoples minds.
So whilst its possible this Oil pipeline was laid through the town in which case, Exxon should get in a lot of trouble, there is also the possibility that when the pipe was laid in the 40's it was nowhere near the town and that the people moved next to the pipeline ,in which case the local council are the ones that need a kick in the butt for allowing to happen. So until we know the actual details, I wouldnt rush in blaming anyone...
Re: Did he actually mention xbox.next?
Damn straight. I think my first question if I was ever conducting interviews (fortunately I'm not in that position. I wonder why?) would be "Do you use twitter?" If the answer is yes then its time to move to the next candidate.
Re: Bribery by any other name.
A small state and more local government does not solve this problem. Stronger laws against bribery and dodgy campaign contributions are what is needed. In actual fact though I suspect that stronger laws are not needed, what is actually needed is for the Police to actually police the laws as they stand (there are, I'm sure , already laws against bribery and dodgy campaign contributions are already on the books)...
Re: Where does the carbon go?
Depending on the liquid metal to use, the fact that the Carbon thoroughly mixes into the metal could be fantastic. Think of the production of high carbon steels, you run your regular steel in molten form through the converter and bang you will have coming out the top end your high carbon steel and a nice amount of H2 for burning. Win Win...
And whilst you might not like the fact they are issuing press releases to say they are investigating new technologies, personally I love hearing about this stuff. If this press release inspires other research agencies to work on it and develop improvements to make it a viable system then fantastic, or at the very least if it inspires some kid to get into a science or engineering career in the future then its jobs well done. If all you want from Science news is articles of when they have actually solved a problem and saved the world then you better get used to only hearing about politics and crime on the news because science doesnt work that way.
Hey El Reg
Every year we see these predictions that the PC is dead. First it was the "next gen" consoles which were going to kill it, then it was supposed to be the Netbooks, then the Ultrabooks, then Smartphones, now Tablets.
I would be seriously interested to see how Gartners predictions have actually panned out over the years. Why dont you go and have a look at the predictions from 5, 10, 20 years ago and see how accurate they were. It would give us all a much better idea of how much or little we should bother to take an interest in what Gartner (as opposed to any other would-be-prophecysing firm) has to say.
I'd say the three confirmed nuclear weapons tests they have conducted pretty much guarantee that they have nuclear weapons. Whether they are deployable on their rockets is another question...
Its an interesting idea...
To look outside of the Earth distance for Earth like planets is a very interesting idea as there are a lot of suns that are bigger than our planet (our sun is pretty middling on the solar scale), so if a planet is further away it might still be in the goldilocks zone (the goldilocks zone of that particular sun having moved further away from the sun due to the suns bigger energy output).
Very cool idea... 100 billion earth-like planets. For me, I think that pretty much answers the question of whether other intelligent life exists in the universe...
Re: You might want to check your map there, mate
I didnt know Crows could carry cargo!!! Why the bloody hell do we bother with trucks and roads!!!
Re: This is the way to do it.
Tier 1's cannot just "turn up". A Tier 1 visa must be applied for from outside of the country (the only exception being if you have just completed a Masters (or higher level) degree at an approved UK Higher Educational Institution (and there is actually only a select list of universities that count for this approval)).
If you have passed the ridiculously high entry bar, and paid out the over £1300 in non-refundable processing fees, then yes you can come and start looking for a job in England. But during the time where you dont have a job you are not entitled to any government assistance. Considering that one of the minimum requirements for a Tier 1 visa is to have a Masters degree level of education then its no real wonder that Tier 1's are usually able to find work relatively easily.
Oh and as someone has already said their is a quota for immigrants. Just dont include the europeans in that...
So quit your whinging. If Brits bothered to complete university degree level education in areas where there are skills shortages - engineering, science, medicine - then maybe things wouldnt be such a problem and you might be able to compete. Or get out of the EU, prevent the low skilled workers from eastern europe taking the jobs of the low skilled workers from the UK, and see how that turns out for you...
Re: This is the way to do it.
I wish Brits would stop parroting this nonsense about having open borders to the whole world. You dont!
There is a very strict limit on the number of foreign (read: non-EU) immigrants that can come to the UK. And to do that you have to show a ridiculous amount of documentation, perseverance and cough up a ridiculous amount of money (non-refundable of course) just to have your application looked at (with no guarantee that you will be accepted, and even if you do not get accepted you dont get your money back).
If you have a problem with immigration to the UK then get your MP to lobby to get you out of the EU. Because the EU allows free cross border immigration and you cant stop those european immigrants, so either get out of the EU (and block the european migrants) or instead quit your whinging and stop making scapegoats out of the rest of us.
Re: Animal Liberation Down Under
It depends where they drop you off. I mean if someone dropped me off in Blackpool I'd be winging my way back across the channel before youl could say "blimey". Mind you I wouldnt necessarily be flying back to the bastard who dropped me off in Blackpool.
Except maybe to crap on his windscreen a few times!
Are you sure?
When were the results announced?
If the CEO has ditched his shares just before the announcement caused the share price to drop that surely has to be a violation of insider trading laws.
However from the story, I cant quite tell when this "accounting error" was reported compared to when he made the share sale. Can you clarify that El Reg?
Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.
OK I agree with you guys to some extent, but you could apply your reasoning to any business. If the electricty company has a power failure then your bricks and mortar store wont be able to run the cash registers and bang you cant make any sales. The Power company isnt obliged to pay you compensation for this, just like Ebay isnt obliged to pay you if it drops your listing. Same could be said if you host your own sales website, if the council decides top rip up the pavement outside your shop or anything.
So whilst you have to factor in these losses into your business plan, you still can feel mightily miffed when such failures occur. But there's probably not much you can do about them...
Re: Obama's goals
Please check your facts Mr Troll.
The funding for the shuttles was cut by Mr Bush Jnr (he of the Republican persuasion) and the US has been propping up Egypt with about $200mil every year for the last 30 years. I didnt hear any complaints from republicans when it was that nice man Mr Mubarak in charge (he of the totalitarian, torturing persuasion)?
I thought everyone knew?
Having a bonkers gaming machine has very little to do with gaming performance, its all about willy waving. I thought everyone knew that?
I think thats my new word of the day. Perfectly describes the Chinese "Behind the Great Firewall" Internet system.
Nice one El Reg!
Re: This isn't just an IT problem
I have had a company demand that I sign a contract to pay back the company for my training courses before. I refused to sign it (and so didnt do the training).
If the company hires me knowing that I dont have the exact skills they need, then its up to them to put me on the course, because otherwise they cant make use of me. Additionally, if they are paying me a decent wage why would I be looking to leave? So unless they are planning to shaft me on pay rises in the next few years why on earth would they want me to sign something that might end up costing me a few grand?
That may sound like a selfish point of view but having been shafted more than once over the last few years by different companies, I'm no longer willing to be the one left holding the can...
Here's the solution to UK IT
If you want people to go into IT, solution is simple - PAY THEM A DECENT WAGE!!!!
The majority of people will not do a job JUST because it is interesting. If you want to attract the best into your company/industry then you have to pay them top dollar. If you're not willing to do that, then please continue outsourcing now, and prepare to be screwed in the future...
"a vision for modern email."
I had 2 email addresses with Hotmail (one semi-professional and one for the rest), one of which has been transferred to Outlook.com (not by choice, It changed on me automatically!), and I have to say that if Outlook.com is "a vision for modern email" then who ever had that vision must have been on one hell of a bad trip! (probably balled up in the corner, sucking their thumb, crying and hoping it would all go away soon).
I havent noticed any changes in functionailty which would make me want to change the other account over to Outlook.com and the GUI is just awful... Anyone know how I can change from outlook.com back to hotmail?
Sorry Guppy, but thats far too sensible to ever being taken seriously...
Re: Word of warning
It depends entirely what you're after out of your move. I've known dozens of brits who made the move down under, loved it and never looked back. Ive also known dozens who came for a while, found that they missed their family too much (or some other reason, but family tended to be the main one) and were gone after a couple of years.
It depends what people are really looking for when they move. Australia may have better weather and all that, but you still have to work hard to get what you want. If you thinking moving to Australia will instantly entitle you to all the things you ever wanted, then you're in for a nasty shock, and you probably wont enjoy it and you will leave again soon. But if you are moving with the realisation that life is not that different and you will have to work just as hard as you did in England then you will find a country where you will probably be happy and want to stick around...
Anyway, spoken as an immigrant myself (I moved from Aus to Germany 2 years ago and I havent looked back! =)
What does it say?
What does it say about UK cyber security experts when the winner of their most elaborate competition is an untrained chemist?
Or are the real cyber security experts too busy to take part in the competitions?
(or is the competition a crock of s%*t?)
Amen to that!!!
Re: EU Waste
This depresses me so much. I work for an EU research agency on a project which will be sending an instrument to Mars to perform solid science, and you wouldnt believe the fight we had to go through to get funding. And yet on a bunch of ads that will accomplish nothing, the EU will happily throw €4.5m down the drain...
This is seriously depressing... Beer icon because thats what I need right now...
Your kind of missing the point. The deal to buy the company was worth $1.2b, but the company has continued to make a profit since then, and it is this which they are being charged the $1b in tax on. It says in the article that microsoft diverted about $11b in revenue out of the country using this tax avoidance/evasion method (if the danish government wins its evasion, if they lose it was only avoidance!). So $1b in tax on $11b in revenue still seems very low to me!
How many ships were lost at sea through the early millenia of human exploration? I guarantee it would be more than 1 in 70. How many of the early attempts to fly a plane across the Atlantic were lost? A lot more than 1 in 70.
Humankind is used to taking risks in the name of exploration. Loss of life is always tragic but without that adventurous spirit we would still be sitting up in the trees, scratching ourselves and picking the fleas out of each others fur...
Wrong the idea is about showing that we can get to and fly past Mars without any major technologies beyond what we have today. Once something like that is done, it would hopefully lead to performing incremental updates which would allow landing on say Phoebus first, then maybe entering orbit around Mars, and finally landing on Mars.
Normally, once something is shown to be able to be done, humans jump at the opportunity to take it further (sea exploration, flight, computing, etc.), but for some reason manned space travel never followed that same path, maybe this will be the rocket up the bum of civilisation that gets us moving in that direction!
Re: boffins with brains the size of planets
I thought it was just Aussies that couldnt come up with imaginative names...
The Snowy Mountains
The Great Sandy Desert
The Brown Snake
The Red Back Spider
Re: The law is an attempt to return to a bygone age
Good luck getting any media organisation to remove data of the sort you mention from a website - the Public Interest defence would hold up in court 99 times out of 100.
Now if they have published that you commited a crime and you were acquitted, then you could probably force them to print a retraction (those good ol' english libel laws), and hopefully that would show up in the search results as well.
So we're back to where we are now...
Does posting (repeatedly) on el reg about how wasting company bandiwdth is a firing offense count as wasting company bandwidth?
Fair Play to them...
Fair Play to them this is a terrific thing to be doing for Science.
Re: bit dubious about 18,000
I'm going to guess they've gone with the total ship volume which is naturally not the entire cargo area (small things like engines, crew accomodation, the tower, etc tend to get in the way...
18,000 total size, 15,000 actual cargo carry ability. Sounds about right to me...
Re: Thin end of the wedge
Yep and its made Cricket so much more interesting! Who doesnt love to hear the aussies sledging the new batsmen?
But will the English system work when there are the wrong types of leaves on the pitch???
Re: Dig deeper !
The belief is that the Tunguska meteorite exploded in the atmosphere and so nothing actually made it to Earth.
Quite lucky really that it happened where it did, if it had happened over Europe - the loss of life could have been phenomenal.
Mind you if it had happened over Europe and the loss of life had been phenomenal, then we would probably have developed space defenses by now, and be off exploring and settling the other planets in the Solar System... Hmmm....
Humanity, I'm proud!
After millions of years of evolution, after thousands of years of technological development, its still the rock to which a man turns to when he needs to get the job done...
Re: A little more background...
When thinking about the family, the word "Scum" comes to mind...
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