88 posts • joined Tuesday 12th June 2007 22:42 GMT
That cattle prod...
... it needs to be lost. Just makes it far too easy for the BOFH to dispose of people. Where's the fun? And besides, it leaves behind a telltale burning smell...
The drop in MPG from 60 to 22 doesn't sound like much of a problem. A 60 mile journey by road might only take 22 miles once you're airborne - so either way you'd still only use 1 gallon.
In fact, given the wayward state of some roads, a 60-mile ground journey could easily turn into a 10-mile journey - even better!
It always confused me...
...that the crew of the Enterprise were never caught out during their travels.
"Captain, the Romulans are attacking!"
"Gimme a minute - and throw the chef in the brig for serving curried eggs last night!"
What about the time...
...they gave out a soft porn mag with every pizza sold? True. They started getting complaints when one of the delivery guys handed over said mag, complete with nudie pics, to an eleven-year-old. I'm not saying that the kid wasn't already corrupt, but still...
They do make damn good pizza though.
What a pussy.
Probably? PROBABLY? I thought Dawkins was atheist, not agnostic. What a cop-out.
All for leccy, but...
I'm all for clean green (apart from the copious amounts of oil used to grease it) leccy cars but why can't they build good looking ones? They always look girly and soft. Make it look like a man's car, maybe men will buy them.
Also, get that torque sorted. If I can't tow that one ton of gravel home to line my driveway I don't want it.
Could've been worse
Could've been "Don't ya wish ya lab assistant was hot like me..."
And when was the last time you saw a girl that hot in your laboratory?
I for one...
...welcome the first 747 to fall out of the sky and land in my garden.
That facebook 36 is so freaking funny...
...because who's to say that the 12 y.o. that just signed up isn't a 37 y.o. pedo IRL?
For that matter, what about the 26 y.o. pedos?
It's just a typical gut reaction which has no bearing on reality.
Yes, yes, frick yes!
Admittedly, I quite enjoyed Love and Monsters, although not for Peter Kay. Thought the casting of Marc Warren and Shirley Henderson was brilliant.
Stephen Moffat's writing has long stood out high above the others (loved Blink, and Family of Blood was fantastic), and it'll be interesting to see where he takes the series.
Love Live Doctor Who!
... we're not seeing more Supernovas in our own Galaxy because they've already occurred and dissipated to the point of relative invisibility (ie: they're just dust now).
Consider: when we look at other galaxy, we are looking far back in time. (Andromeda is 2.5 million LY, so when you look at it you see it as it was 2.5 million years ago.)
Maybe supernovas were once very common (which is why we can observe them in other galaxies) but today are very are rare. Our own galaxy is only about 100,000 LY wide (and about 1000 LY thick, according to our best estimates).
The remnants of a supernova are light, radiation, and matter. It's this same matter that later forms planets (and us - don't forget, you're made of stardust!). In other, very distant galaxies, we see the light and radiation, but don't forget they occurred millions of years ago.
If we were in one of those other galaxies, we would be able to observe the supernovas of the Milky May. Maybe we don't see many here because the light and radiation has already passed, and all that's left is the dust.
This is exactly...
...how Skynet began.
Gordon is correct
Principal designer was Jonathan Ives, who also designed the iPhone and iMac.
And Brown didn't say it was *invented* in Britain (like the Reg is suggesting) - just that a Brit was involved.
@AC re: Moffat writing for Jackson & Spielberg - that's because he's a fucking good writer, producing the best Doctor Who stories. You know it, I know it, Jackson and Spielberg know it, it's only Russell "I'm the best writer because I'm the head writer" Davies that is completely blind to it.
Why are we blaming the voip provider?
Surely the 911 operator should have asked the family where the hell they were. What if the family had been on a picnic - it'd be stupid to send an ambulance to their home then.
Blame the idiot operator for not getting an address (it shouldn't matter where the hell the operator is sitting) and sending help there.
J Park was made before the "dinosaurs had feathers" idea became popular. Also, someone told the production team that Velociraptors were six feet in size. What the advisor meant by this was that Velociraptors are six feet long, from nose tip to end of tail.
The movie people decided it meant that the 'raptor was six feet tall at the shoulder, and then came up with the design based on the meanest looking beastie they could find.
That's what I heard anyways.
That seems to be what the meteorites point at, and is certainly plausible. If so, it could be enough to conclusively prove that theory.
Of course, 4 billion years ago (bya) a lot of the system was still in formation, so it could have come from any number of large bodies. Perhaps the most interesting part is the bit about an indication of water. This suggests a body that had cooled sufficiently for water to accumulate. I don't know it that matches the protoplanet theory though.
... when someone hacks the system it's a "bad day". But when they're handing the data out to all and sundry (according to El Reg's recent article about the webmaster receiving all those emails) they don't give crap.
Seems a bit double-standardish to me. Do they want the public to have the sensitive info or not?
@Chris Williams, etc
"One of you would have been enough; the others could have read previous replies and thought "hmmm, somebody's already represented my views, perhaps I'll just read on", instead of making a post equivalent to "yeah... like what he said..."."
Yeah, because El Reg displays the comments the moment they're posted...
@Mat - at least our sheep are worth shagging.
We tease the poms because New Zealanders are tough.
Our biggest "town" is built on a volcano field.
When a volcano erupts we run to get sausages - and BBQ them over the lava.
Pyroclastic flow? Perfect for pressure-roasting a cow.
Near a fault line? Near? Our entire country is directly ON TOP of a fault line.
True story: I was on a bus and a pair of pommie tourists asked me what our tallest mountain was. I said Mount Cook. They asked me if it was possible to drive to the top of it. I said no, but you might be able to climb it if you're very good.
News flash: If you can drive to the top, it's not a mountain.
To reiterate what my fellow NZers have said: You poms are all a bunch of pansies.
Just a matter of time...
...before the secret military A.I. chip is activated and it goes on a rampage....
...seriously telling me that Mr Nicastro spent all that time examining that photo and didn't notice the modern cars in the background? Even from the smaller image in the link I could tell they weren't late 1950's models.
... deep, deep under the sea, cables being mysteriously cut....
I for one welcome our new deep-sea overmonster. New York is that-a-way, matey.
... Hitler thought that the perfect person had white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, and was 1.83 metres tall. All of which were mutations that are now common in the populace due to selective breeding. (Hitler was, of couse, short, black hair, brown eyes, and beige.) Hitler wanted the entire Ayran nation to be like that.
And now for the black helicopter moment: Maybe Hitler wanted every human to be like that so much he built a time machine and sent his best back to get it on with the natives?
Not just fickleness...
...but laziness. Let's face it, keeping your myspace/facebook/blog/whuteva up to date takes time and effort.
Forget boredom - there just isn't that much happening in my life that I can be bothered writing it all out for ten million strangers to read.
11:42: had a shit. It was big and stinky.
Yup, that was the highlight of my day. Hope you enjoyed it.
Games keep us going because they change. WoW and other mmporgs hold interest (although, how many of the people playing a year ago are playing now? I'll bet the actual turnover is fairly high) because they aren't static. Also, you can kill things.
It doesn't take long to fill in your details on the social networking sites. After that it's just the same thing day after day - there's no change. And there's no change because we're lazy - we're the ones generating the change. That takes too much effort. When something takes constant, driving effort we rebel, and push it away.
It's the same reason television hasn't completely lost out to the internet - we just can't constantly interact. Sometimes we just want to sit back and be entertained without the need to engage.
Folk who make social networking sites are themselves very social people. But as gregarious as humanity is, we still prefer to have our own space - that's why we build houses with opaque walls and get annoyed when someone peeks in our windows. Being social is not a 24/7 thing.
Static sites, laziness, privacy - add it all up. That's why these sites will eventually lapse into obscurity.
Still not convinced? Ask yourself this: how many of your friends had a blog two years ago? How many of them are actively maintaining them now?
DO NOT TOUCH THE BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!
There is no possible way to improve on that film. Hollywood will just f*ck it up by trying to explain the birds behaviour. The original didn't try - it just went in and told the story.
Hitchcock wisely didn't use any music - and it damn well worked. I'll bet the remake is full of someone eerily playing a saw, in order to "add dramatic tension". It doesn't need it.
I like it.
It's a genuine Fleming title for a Bond story (don't matter if he was barely in it). It will correctly reflect Bond's journey through life.
Back when I was an aspiring screenwriter (I wrote a plot outline then got distracted by girls), Quantum of Solace was the title I was going to use. My idea involved Richard Dean Anderson as a MacGyver-eqsue military type (cross between Mac and O'Neill) who goes on a mission with Bond. I was going to have them cave-dive to get through to a hidden factory that manufactured drugs, fake money and gems, etc. Naturally they'd get captured and have to use some standard household items to escape and set of all the C4 they'd planted.
I think it would have been fun.
not carbon free!
Because: there will be transport. Transport requires lubricants. Transport requires electricity (unless everyone who lives there is fit and always capable of cycling - which still requires lubricant).
The best lubricants are made of oil - which is a long carbon chain. Of course this doesn't have to be fossil-based oil (the black stuff they get out of the ground), but they'll still have to refine any vegetable oil to make it viscous enough for use in a large transportation device (whether it be pod, leccy train, etc).
There's also the question of what they'll do with their rubbish - where will that go? How will it be handled? What will happen to the plastics?
It'll never be 100% carbon free.
"Talented thespiatrix and drunk driver Lindsay Lohan will do two four hour shifts in a morgue as part of a court-ordered programme designed to hammer home to DUI perps the consequences of getting sloshed behind the wheel."
Talented? TALENTED? What the hell have you been drinking? Ye gods. Have you SEEN "I know who killed me?"