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Does anyone know if America actually has a final, ultimate court, beyond which it is not possible to appeal (like Australia's High Court), or can you simply continue appealing ad infinitum or until the party with the least money runs out of steam?
Strange people fallen from the nut tree
Definitely. I've been saying for years that these eco-fascist bastards (WWF, Greenpeace, PETA etc) won't be happy until they've got us all living in caves. And a lot of people around me told me (with varying degrees of politeness) that I might be exaggerating just a bit.
Well, this is the ultimate vindication!
I'll be showing this report around the office to all the green-loving idiots who actually gave money to these wankers on their last donation drive. Hopefully the total donation from our company next time will be a big fat ZERO.
You say Beidou, I say Baidu
And I managed to pronounce both as "Buy-doo". Can someone please enlighten me how these two names might be pronounced differently?
@ Michael Shaw
Sorry, I am right. You said it yourself: the lift <-> weight part of that formula is exactly what I'm talking about. The weight is the downward acceleration of 9.8 m/s/s imparted by gravity; the lift is the 9.8 m/s/s upward acceleration imparted by whatever means the aircraft is using to generate it, be that means air pressure along a wing surface, the displacement of a column of air by a rotor, the counterpressure of a jet engine, or the Newtonian thrust of a rocket.
A glider with zero forward velocity will fall out of the sky like a lead weight until it gains enough momentum to allow its wing surface to generate the equivalent lift required to counter the weight acceleration of gravity. However the craft does it, that 9.8 m/s/s downward acceleration has to be countered. That's basic high-school physics.
I always thought it was
"When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use."
What's the bet
this guy comes up with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome at some point during the trial? Most likely right after he's found guilty and is facing jail for umpteen years...
I lay odds of 8:1 in favour.
Re: Power requirements
Any form of flight will have vastly greater power requirements than ground travel. This is because in order to fly, you have to overcome gravity (duh!).
Now gravity is a constant downward acceleration of 9.8 m/s/s. This translates, in carspeak, to 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds. That's right, the acceleration imparted by gravity is greater than that of any production sports car, and greater than that of most sports motorbikes. You show me any commercially available ground vehicle capable of 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds! Even if there is one that I don't know about, I'd wager its fuel consumption would be a strong discouragement to commuter use!
In order to fly, any vehicle must overcome this downward acceleration with an equivalent upward acceleration. That means consuming the equivalent power required to accelerate from 0-100 in 2.8 s constantly, every second it's in the air, just to hover or maintain altitude. If it needs to climb, it has to surpass this power consumption; that is, be able to achieve the equivalent of 0-100 in less than 2.8 s!
This is why even little Cessnas have the equivalent of a Dodge Viper motor under the bonnet. It's the reason why aircraft get such shitty per-litre mileage. It's why flying is such a major cause of emissions. And it's why flying vehicles en masse is completely impractical - because it will, no matter how efficient we make such vehicles, always consume much more power than ground travel, just to stay in the air.
Re: Potential cash cow?
Not only will they slow down on passing advertisers' billboards and shops, the GPS will "mysteriously" plot a circuitous and serpentine route from A to B that will take you slowly past every advertiser in the country.
Birmingham to London via Leeds, Norwich and Exeter anyone?
Re: Taxis will be second
"Hi! I'm Johnnycab! Where can I take you tonight?"
Wonderful - a taxi that automatically rams the nearest building and explodes in a huge fireball when some chav fare-dodges, instead of just shouting and beating the shit out of them.
@ Jeebus Re: Orlowski
Nah, that post doesn't quite read like Orlowski. It's too up itself. Andrew at least makes an effort to put some justification into his rants. That particular one reads more like something Turtle would write.
10 million passport holders
out of a country of 1,347,350,000 people.
That comes out to about 0.74 per cent of the population are allowed to leave the country, less than 1%.
In this age when we like to compare our (UK, USA, Aus etc) governments to that of China, this sorta puts things back in perspective. Lest we forget the Bamboo Curtain, like the Iron Curtain of Cold War provenance, is there to keep people in, not out. Because communism works, right?
Re: No, You need to get real.
You do realise, Doug Glass / JimC / PirateSlayer / Turtle, that downvotes still count against your named account even when you post AC, don't you?
Re: "....we are in the waiting stages right now."
There is one. But instead of a paperclip, you just need a pair of rubber gloves.
>snap< >snap< >ooOOOOEERR!!<
Re: Public overreaction in Daily Mails
The unit you refer to should actually be in microDailyMails (μDMs) because, just as 1 c is the maximum possible speed of sheep in a vacuum, 1 DailyMail is the maximum possible amount of public overreaction to any conceivable event.
Therefore, where μDM = any possible amount of public overreaction, the range is 0 < μDM < 1. Note that zero is impossible to achieve because there is always some public overreaction; likewise 1 is impossible to achieve (except in the pages of the Daily Mail itself) because total public overreaction (100% of the population) would result in the total collapse of civilisation past the Daily Mail Event Horizon (otherwise known as the Daily Mail comments pages.)
Re: A minor irritation with the numbers
I also do exactly this on my company's websites.
It's a single line of code, along the lines of:
$ccpan = preg_replace('/\D/', '', $_POST['ccpan'] );
So there's really no excuse, and any programmer that doesn't do it is either incompetent or just plain fucking lazy, or both, and should be sacked forthwith.
The first searches
I do on baidu.com.au (when it comes online) will be "Tiananmen Square Massacre", "Falun Gong", and "Free Tibet". If the first page of results link to Tank Man or pages about freeing Tibet I'll definitely consider switching from Google. If the search gets blocked or redirected to Communist Party propaganda, then I won't be. That's my acid test for them.
The question is, will Baidu extend Chinese censorship and propaganda beyond their borders or not?
Re: What social sites ...
Both Facebook and Google+ clearly state in their ToS that they will terminate your account if they find out that you've supplied a false name, and they won't allow you to use a single nom-de-plume; you have to supply a first and last name.
Re: Breaking News ....
Hello, errr, can we have your liver?
Liver and onions?
I prefer mine with some fava beans and a nice chianti...
Re: Cost of living increase benign?
"Average house sizes in Oz have gone from approx 150sqm (1500sq ft or so) to over 240sqm (2400 sqft)"
That's true for the new McMansions getting built, but 1) plot sizes have halved since the 70s, so 2) most of those houses have no garden to speak of, the house goes practically to the fence line as a result.
My parents' place, which they bought in 1974, is around 160 sqm - but it's on a 1/4 acre block, and actually has a front and back yard. Just up the road from them is a 'new' estate (now about 10 years old) with an average block size of 1/8 acre. The effect is visually startling. My name for the new estate - Sardine City - reasonably conveys that visual impact.
Yet the valuation on my parents' house is around $430,000, and one of the McMansions near there recently sold for $480,000. So it's not house size that has much to do with the ludicrous prices mate. It's rank greed on the part of baby boomer property investors, the government, and real estate companies. A difference of 11% for a house three times the size IS an apples to apples comparison.
@ Graham Marsden
Not really a good question, since it's a yes-no answer, giving crooks a 50% chance of getting it. Oh wait, scratch that: you're pretty guaranteed to get it right by simply answering "no", since given Apple's track record of deliberately bricking jailbroken devices, no fanboi would actually admit to having jailbroken one to Apple, even if they have.
Re: Least favourite job
>implying chavs buy Apple gadgets...
I always put my DOB as 20 July 1969 (the day of the Moon landing). It's only a few years+months after my actual birth date, so it doesn't arouse suspicion with regard to my physical age, and Dad getting me out of bed to watch Armstrong give his famous speech on the telly, is my earliest childhood memory - hence the day I was "born" to my own awareness.
Only my bank and certain government agencies have my real DOB (which given said agencies' propensity for USB sticks, laptops and trains probably means world+dog have it by now anyway!)
Cost of living increase benign?
Bollocks. Electricity has gone through the roof over here - South Australia now has the most expensive electricity on the PLANET. Not only that, but housing prices have also exploded, to the point where a normal suburban home will set you back around half a million dollars. Rents have increased accordingly. Most working class people are now spending more than the recommended third of their income on housing because of the insane property prices in this country. and these increased costs have had a flow-on effect to everything else.
Basic foodstuffs have remained relatively stable, as have consumer electronics, although how I don't know, considering petrol, energy, housing and everything else have gone nuts over here.
I give it
10 years before all men are required to wear one of these, because all men are rapists and sex offenders, right?
Considering the feminist bias of the mods on this forum, I'll be amazed if this gets published. But I'll say it anyway, because the man-haters can't hide the truth forever. Most people know what's going on despite all the efforts at censorship.
For me, the past WAS a happier time
I do remember the past as a "happier time", because although the computers have improved far beyond my expectations of those days, people have not. I recall back in those days you could speak your mind without having to worry about "offending" someone, and people were nowhere near as precious as they are now. In an age when political correctness has replaced common sense, and fear for safety has replaced freedom, how can anyone who remembers the 70s and 80s not mourn for what we've lost?
I use and recommend SrsVPS (srsvps.com), they're cheap, reliable and hosted in Romania so it's beyond the reach of the copyright mafia (not so much for piracy, but losing your data a la Megaupload comes to mind.) I've been using them as my personal cloud storage for the last 3 months and haven't had a problem yet.
"skywatcher will survey – and publish – the entire visible sky on a weekly basis"
No it won't. Not unless it can see through thousands of miles of solid and molten rock. As I recall, Chile is in the southern hemisphere, so siting it there means that it won't be taking any pictures of the Ursa Minor / Draco / Ursa Major part of the sky any time soon...
And my top 5 old faves (C64) were
1. Mercenary - Escape From Targ (I spent weeks playing that, wandering around the city looking for keys and unattended vehicles to steal, and it was the first game I ever actually completed without help or walkthroughs)
2. SubLogic Flight Simulator II (After I bought it, I found it was disk-only, so I want straight out and laid-by a 1541 so I could play it. I actually kept a logbook and racked up more than 1000 hours flight time on the thing!)
3. Raid Over Moscow (Along with Beach Head I and II, Bruce Carver's games had just that right level of precision-related frustration to keep me going on them for ages)
4. Bugaboo The Flea (This had that infuriating control system whereby the longer you held the space bar the more power was built up allowing the flea to jump higher and further. It drove me mad trying to line up on the various platforms, but somehow the ambience and atmosphere of the game just caught me)
5. Fight Night. (Unique among fighting games in that you could custom-create your own boxer by setting attack and defence strength to head and body and so on. My brother and I spent weeks experimenting until we created the perfect boxer, who we called "Killer" and defeated every other boxer we put against him - nor could we beat him ourselves!)
State police aren't interested in copyright
since it's outside their jurisdiction.
Case in point: A few years ago the police attended the house of a friend of mine concerning a runaway child, and saw my friend torrenting the latest Simpsons episode. My friend thought he was busted for sure, but the cop actually asked him how to set up bittorrent so he could get the latest show for his kids!
My friend and the cop ended up having a friendly half-hour conversation on how to set up bittorrent and the best sites to go to to download TV shows, music, and other copyrighted content.
So much for copyright law in this country, when even the police aren't bothered about it (the Federal cops, though, are another matter!)
I absolutely hate patent trolls who sit on the sidelines and say nothing until someone successfully markets a product, and then they grab for a piece.
But in this case, since it's Apple he's attacking, I wish him every success and I hope he bites them in the arse for billions. If he were able to bankrupt the bastards that would be joyous, but that's probably hoping for too much.
And you think
that the kind of perv who would steal a tampon would prefer one that is white as opposed to, erm, "used"?
given all the hoo-ha recently about supposedly FTL neutrinos and the LHC not being FTL after all, and now this, possibly indicating that information can possibly be transmitted FTL anyway - was Einstein right or not? Make up your bloody minds, people!
And the USTR
can FUCK RIGHT OFF out of our two countries. The very things it is complaining about are the few things our governments are actually doing right! Shows just how the "land of the free" is full of it. The whole USA government can take it's corporate dictatorship shite and piss off, thank you very much.
$34m to build a robot
capable of all that, with today's tech? You might get a dishwashing routine added to your RealDoll for that price!
Add another zero to that figure and we'll talk.
I have a saying that is most apropos here, Wozniak
"The vilest evil is that which is convinced of its own virtue."
Considering how unjust the laws are these days and how our so-called "democracies" have somehow become corporate dictatorships there's plenty of things to hide that, while now illegal, are still within the realm of basic human rights - which our legislators are increasingly ignoring.
Just because lawmakers have become corporate puppets doesn't mean the public has given up its right of resistance.
I owe you my career. Without your invaluable and incredible contribution to mainstream computing in the form of the C64, I wouldn't have got into computers and wouldn't have the skills I have today, and I'm sure many of us here can say the same. Rest in peace, sir, and may your legacy long endure.
Re: @ Bob Vistakin
Nice strawman there AC. Bob never said everyone who disagreed with him was a shill. He merely remarked that this and other forums were "infested" by paid shills. Which I don't doubt. El Reg has a big enough readership and a far enough reach to be of interest to the big boys.
And if you think there are no shills on El Reg, you might want to look at this xkcd post and think again. There's a very good reason why companies like Apple and Microsoft would astroturf here.
And nothing of value was lost
so just stand back and let Darwin do his job.
some people on here are blaming the "conservative" right for this law. I personally would put this one at the feet of the politically-correct "liberal" left, since they're the ones that preach "tolerance" and "acceptance" while being more intolerant and unaccepting of those whose opinions differ from the official PC worldview, than any historical fascists ever were.
Consider how dangerous (even potentially career-destroying) it has become to publicly say anything that is politically incorrect these days. The irony is that while so many people profess to despise political correctness, large numbers of those same people will blow their fuses in fury and demand resignations the moment somebody says something that is actually un-PC.
Not "annoy or offend"? Only PC proponents - and that's the lefties - would demand legislation banning "offending" people.
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