Re: "The local council has voted to make sure the island is carpeted with bland housing estates"
"bland housing estates"? Is there any other type?
1346 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007
"bland housing estates"? Is there any other type?
There was a coment further up the comments asking for someone to name one time when an intervention actually accomplished good things. So here"s a short few that spring immediately to my mind:
East Timor - Pro Indonesian Militias (reportedly backed by Indonesian military), killing and maiming East Timorese for voting for independence, ended very quickly by Australian led UN force.
Solomon Islands - Intevention of Aussie and NZ troops has quelled decades of intertribal violence, and the government is finally moving forward
Korean War - Prevented the South from ending up as part of the North (if that wasnt a success I dont know what was)
Thats a start. So just because not all interventions work out how we want, doesnt mean that they all fail.
Actually, one has the complete support of China (the Worlds second superpower), who has already demonstarted that they will step in on their side in order to avoid having a completely western inclined Korean pensinsula. And one has the tepid support from Russia (the World's third superpower) who is willling to throw hurdles in the way of any action but would not get involved to stop the action if it actually went ahead.
Thats's a pretty big difference when it comes to making the choice of whether you can intervene in one or the other...
On a side note, for those commentators talking about not trusting all of the reports coming out of North Korea, whilst its true we are only hearing from the defectors who have a natural bias against the North, you should not forget to look back at history. Whilst there was rumours of the atrocities of the Nazi Concentration Camps, the sheer horror of those camps only came to light after their liberation. Even the Germans living close by never realised how bad things were in the camps. So whilst believing everything you hear about the Nork labour camps may not be the right path, disregarding the stories completely is also not the right thing to do.
Scientific research - constantly suprising, innovative and just damn amazing for the imagination!
A very quick look online revealed multiple sources, stating that the Ozone Hole is decreasing in size.
Try wikipedia or perhaps the one below, its in nice and easy to understand language.
Although it appears I was optimistic on the closing date which appears to have moved out to 2050 now. But all the sources I just quickly googled say that it is on the mend.
Would you mind showing your sources?
I dont know where your pulling that from mate, but since the CFC's have been banned in all developed countries (they are still used in some developing countries but even they are fazing them out) the Ozone Layer has been repairing itself, and the hole is getting smaller.
I think the last projection I saw said 2025 for complete closure of the hole which is amazing considering that at its peak in the 90's the hole was larger than the size of Antartica and was even affecting South America and Tasmania on occasion.
So unless you want to provide evidence to attribute that level of increase in atmospheric ozone to the banning of something else, I think you're talking out your ass...
Funny I was thinking the exact same thing...
Ahhh just blame the foreign made parts.... ;)
You are all making some big assumptions that the workers knew the pay and conditions when they started and are now being greedy.
I personally have experienced in other companies, where you are promised on starting that payrises would be between 3-5% each year, and that certain other expenses would be paid. A year down the line, those promises are reneged on, and so after a couple of years, your down 10% on where you should have been.
Now depending on your industry, you can do one of 3 things, you can quit and try to find another job (but I imagine Radio Antenna Maintenance Engineer is not high on the list of available jobs out there), you can suck it up and do nothing, or you can, in co-ordination with your union, go on strike demanding the conditions you were promised at the start.
Without having the full details of the situation, people really shouldnt comment one way or another.
We have that option. It's called a Donkey Vote. Donkey Voting involves delibrately spoiling your ballet by for example putting a 0 in every box, placing a blank form in the ballot box, or, as some friends of mine do, go the artistic route and draw a donkey pissing on a politician on your ballot. The numbers of donkey votes is counted for each seat, with the number released at the same time as the votes for the politcal parties. This can lead to some very high numbers of donkey votes, although I've yet to hear of it affecting the outcome in a seat.
From the text in the video, they only had 41 frames, so running it for 55 seconds means more than a second per frame. Not quite so movie like, more a picture slideshow...
Since their has been some very loud media ranting about people on twitter threatening murder and rape and how such people deserve to be chased down and arrested t by the police, I assume Scotland Yard's finest are chasing down these 1 Diuretic tossers and bringing them before the courts?
Whilst its "probably" safe to assume that there are no real threats in that lot, how can you be sure one isnt real? At the very least it might begin to get the yoof of today to realise that what you do online CAN be taken into account in the REAL world!
Or do we only chase after the twitter "trolls" when they are abusing women now?
How could anyone think that an agreement which basically said "You are not allowed to give this price or better to a competitor" could EVER be anything but a price fixing arrangement...
As that particular clause came from Apple, I say puncish the hell out of them. Every person who bought an ebook off them for that period gets half the cost of the book refunded in CASH. Plus maybe a little bit extra for the government (they get sulky when they dont get any money out of a deal). That should about cover it right?
I'm waiting for the first time the company get sued by some daft American git who gets caught out by his wife/girlfriend after rating the sex he was having with his mistress/random slapper from the bar.
It's a program written by software engineers... I doubt there's much expert knowledge going into it...
But why then would they make it such an ugly box?
Hmmm just thought about it a bit and I think your right. Maybe it should be just 1/sqrt(N).
I think I need a univeristy grant to study this and determine the formula to determine the exact intelligence of a crowd... ;)
"The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it."
-- Terry Pratchett
James, I think you would find that the 7,4 million passengers was the passengers expected in the first year, they would expect ever increasing numbers of passengers each year, hence how they can get to their US$6 billion.
However, coming from the aerospace industry I can tell you that the majority of costs dont come from actually designing and building the aircraft. The costs come from testing, certifying and qualifying everything so that you get the certification to fly the damn thing. OK the costs for the rail and road industries along this line are much lower, but can you really expect this system to get away with road levels of qualification? I certainly dont. US$6 billion seems a ridicuosly low value to me, double it and I might begin to think its maybe possible if you dont nind cutting some corners, but I would be shocked beyond belief if it can be made for under US$20 billion..
The rationale is actually quite simple - the plan is to protect other planets so that future science missions have as pristine an environment to work on as possible.
Planetary Protection is not designed to be a tree hugging greenie ideal that were protecting the other planets from us nasty humans or any of that bollocks - it is purely down to protecting the potential of future science missions.
If for example, the early missions to Mars hadnt been kept as clean as possible. They wouldnt have been able to detect the life they brought to Mars, but a later mission coming along might have found those microbes and we would have thought that was proof of life and got our theories very wrong. But because they were very clean we can now say with some certainty that if we discover life on Mars, we are actually discovering Martian life and not transported Earth life.
I hope that explains things a bit... =)
It's a nice idea, but you normally dont want to send any sort of rover to a place until you know what the surface is going to be like (if its all deep gullys and trenches, a rover is pretty much useless). I would have thought first call is a dedicated orbiter with a high definition stereo camera, so you can pick a good landing spot.
THEN something like Curiosity would be a good idea. But usually landers are easier and lighter (and cheaper to build) than rovers, and so for a first touchdown a stationary lander is probably not a bad idea.
Oh and I have some insight into the problems involved in the planetary protection of this sort of mission (im working on a different Mars mission right now) and probably about 20% of the entire costs of the program are on avoiding contaminating your hardware. And thats at the lower level of a Class 4a project (landing on another planet in an area not deemed a high risk for contamination from earth lifeforms). Europa is considered a very high risk location (liquid water interior, may be at "nice temperatures for spore forming microbes"), so you're looking at a ridiculous level of cleanliness (probably 4c). To give you an idea of what those levels mean - 4a means you cannot have more then 300 spores per m² of surface on your hardware and 300,000 spores total on the entire spacecraft (whichever value is lower). To put that in context, right now you have 300,000,000 bacteria on your finger tip. I dont want to even think about what spore count level you need for a 4c mission (probably no more than 3 spores per m²!)
"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
-- Douglas Adams
I was actually thinking this as well, but I would like to believe that the scientists did think of that and after a bit more investigation (calculating how big an impact would be required to move that monster, etc.) they decided that option wasnt really on the cards.
But then again maybe I'm being too generous...
I disagree Sandpit . I come to El Reg (in part) for the witty titles and double entendres.
Keep up the good work chaps!
And in my longish life, I have noticed an increase in rudeness, crudeness and coraseness whilst seeing a steady decline in the number of hours that politicians work!
I therefore declare that in order to improve mankind for the better, all politicians must be forced to work 80hr weeks, and not be allowed outside of parliament unless they are dead (either actually or politically I'm not too concerned which...).
(Two little things called Causation and Correlation, you know?)
Bugger me! Are you saying Fred Flintstone was Jesus??? So i guess that makes Wilma Mary Magdelene. Hmm is Barney, Peter or Judas?
I'm interested to know what a riffle is.... ?
Someone searching for UFO's and who exposed the weaknesses in the US military systems, versus someone who delibrately created a trojan to steal money from millions of people around the world.
I can see how they are close together cant you?
I dont know. Most people know to ignore the bollocks thats spewed on the internet, but if someone anonymously wrote to me saying that they had placed a bomb outside my house, I think I would be ringing the cops too...
I'm not even going to go into his arguments (I couldnt care either way), but who launches a legal case based on a law that they havent actually read! Surely the first thing you would do, is to obtain a copy of the document in question (and there not hard toget a hold of), read it, make notes of the areas that you believe are being breached and THEN if you think you still have a case, then raise a complaint.
You dont raise a case based upon the writings of some intenet bloggers who havent read the document either, but heard from their brother's girlfriend's uncle's best mate down the pub that something's not right.
What? So the Department for Transportation should focus on taxation now? Or creating jobs? Not on the things of which it is actually competent in, i.e. road laws?
Snowden has not admitted to any crime. He has admitted performing an action - whistleblowing. And whistleblowing is not an illegal action (hence why there is a public interest defence for cases where overzealous prosecutors go after journalists and other whistleblowers).
Whether Snowden's actions can be considered illegal is something that should only be determined in a court of law by professionals. However, given the nature of the pressure being exerted by the US parliament on to the judiciary in cases of "National Security" the question is whether a fair trial could be expected. Snowden does not appear to think so, and to be perfectly honest most people outside of the US believes that he has no chance of a fair trial.
This whole topic has hurt US relations with its allies significantly and to be honest the way the US is still chasing after Snowden is only making you appear worse. No one likes a bully...
I would hope that a good defense laywer would now be able to claim that the defendent (Snowden) had been portrayed often enough in the media and even by members of parliament as a criminal to such a degree that any chance of a fair trial has been removed. The outcome of any trial would be prejudiced beyond the ability of a court to decide fairly as to innocence or guilt and so must be abandoned.
However, considering the amount of hysteria in american government and judicial circles on these topics, I some how doubt the requirement of a fair trial is still considered necessary.
You should have sued them...
I'm waiting for Ludicrous Speed...
Sorry but your solution wouldnt work.
People will not pay for things which they are now used to getting for free. So if Twitter started charging even if it was a 2c fee just to prove identity, people would not pay it and would jump ship to the next application that offered free spleen venting.
Such is the way of the modern world...
If your not happy with the situation, and you think your vote wont count, then go one step further - get out there and ACTIVELY campaign for a candidate that you DO want representing you.
A lot of people vote for the same party that they've always voted for because they dont have any better information. Get out there, educate your fellow constituents and then you might have a chance of dislodging your safe seat status.
Hmm... ok, ban not only the companies, but the senior executives from said companies.
It might prevent a few pump and dump exercises, as it will be harder to find work if its known that hiring a particular executive who just jumped from that previous company means your company cant bid for any of that juicy public sector gravy, i mean contracts...
How about this as an idea for fixing the system. If a company complains, the documentation, etc. goes to an independent examiner (I'm leaning towards judge or retired judge here). If no real breach was found, and its just the company trying to delay the tender or whatever - said company pays the costs of the investigation AND is banned from applying for all government tenders for a year (and make it stackable, so if they complain again the next year for nothing, they are banned for 2 yeas the next time etc.). Where a major breach is found, the government pays, is forced to restart the process from scratch taking into account the judges findings and the manager of the project who made the monumental cock-up/corrupt action is out on his a$$ and banned from taking employment with any company who has applied for that tender for 5 years. Where a minor breach is found, the government pays, the findings are taken into account immediately, and the process continues.
Sounds fair to me...
When a new and revolutionary product comes out (and I hate to admit it but the iPad was revolutionary, not because it was the first to market but because it actually created the product people wanted from the market), it is normally of relatively low hardware spec. People jump onboard the product and sales are huge. And progressively over the next few years, the hardware specs jump significantly, meaning those early adopters buy newer and newer machines so as to be able to use the latest and greatest software for said machines. But eventually, you get to a point, where the increase in hardware specs slows significantly, and the software requirements also stop needing such high requirements, and then the need for jumping on board the latest and greatest device stops being driven by the software. At this point sales will of course plummet, as people return to a sane upgrade cycle level. Its happened with PCs over the last few years, it will happen to tablets now.
That's just economics, nothing suprising is happening... Now we wait for the next company to launch the next revolutionary product and watch the whole cycle start again...
Actually I'd guess that if you're ever on the receiving end of a visit from the FSB, you probably are thinking Fuck, Shit, Bollocks...
Your making a rather large assumption that he didnt go to VW and Megros first.
It is entirely possible (and I would think probable) that he contacted Megros and VW and told them of their gaping security holes, and instead of working with him to come up with a fix, they ignored him and buried there heads in the sand. Only now that he was planning to reveal to the world their incompetence, are they reacting. Andreacting badly.
And by the way, I havent heard anything out of Megros or VW to say that they are going to do anything about their gaping security holes. Have you?
I've always been a fan of the Sony Ericsson's. Had a couple of them (going back to the T28 - brilliant phone if it still worked today I'd still be using it!), and Ive never had one get damaged from any amount of damage Ive thrown at it. The ones did die were from things like battery failures, or more often where I just decided it really was about time to upgrade. My current Experia Arc S is serving me well. Been dropped a few times, seen a lot of rough treatment, and so far not as much as a scratch on the screen.
I do have doubts about the new Sony phones though. Can they really live up to the old Sony Ericssons?
"What is this 'Rest of World' of which you speak?"
Without reading the paper itself (I'm too lazy to do that right now), has the good Doctor taken into account that it is not only people living in rural areas that have crashes in rural areas? City folk do travel to rural areas occasionally (family visits, holidays, etc.). Since its well known that more crashes and deaths occur on the roads on holiday weekends (when city folk are also travelling the rural roads), has the doctor seperated that particular statistic out of his work?
The Dune(TM)* is moving at 15m a year, so in say 10 years, it's gone 150m and the Dune will have passed the set by and apart from needing a bit of a sweep out will probably be right as rain. It'll give the Star Wars geeks something to get excited about in 10 years time after Disney release Star Wars 15: We Cant Be Bothered Coming Up With A New Title (TM)*.
* I'm claiming TM on both of these items as I think they could be really big features in a few years! ;)
Whilst I can understand the police's desire to be able to back track a suspects movement (i.e. we only be came aware that X was planning to bomb that church today, where did he get the bombs from, lets check the data and see where he was previously), I dont agree with it, and I dont believe that Joe Public would actually accept their every movement being tracked, catalogued and assesed, if they were honestly aware of the level of intrusion going on.
Then again I might be giving too much credit to Joe Public, having seen the level of education in some areas of the UK, I doubt they can even spell Surveillance State let alone think about how it affects them...
... let someone bring up a case against Google or YouTube using this as an argument...
"YouTube aggregates together a large number of streams from a variety of streamers, indexes them for the convenience of the user and provides a simple link for the user to click on in order to access a specific stream," Justice Richard Arnold said.
"It is true that the technical effect of clicking on the link is to direct the stream from the UCG site to the user's computer, but even so the stream is presented in a frame provided by YouTube. In all the circumstances, I consider that YouTubeis responsible for the communication. ""
Fixed that for you!
... but then again you're not a lawyer...
Heat seeking doesnt work on ICBM. In fact most guidance systems dont because you dont have a heat signature (an ICBM uses all its fuel in the first few minutes and then "cruises" to its target), you have a low radar signature (the cross section of an ICBM is relatively small), the ICBM is travelling very fast, and its not transmitting on other frequencies. So shooting down an ICBM is pretty difficult stuff.