11 posts • joined 23 Sep 2011
Out of steam? There is now stuff called electricity!
This is only a pause... we are edging (pace Mr. Honeyball) in to 64 bit. In a big while we may get optical computing, but who will then buy into it at that cost? And then there is quantum computing - if memory serves El Reg ran a piece on that only two or three days ago...
It is, I know, not good to push arguments by using analogies (i.e. I'm about to do it) but we're past the Kittihawk stage and probably Bleriot's trans-English Channel flight, the old Vimy has crossed the Atlantic but everyone knows that aeroplanes that suck in cold air at the front and squirt out hot air at the back simply cannot work. As we say in Glasgow, "Eh, no?"
But how many square waves can dance on the head of a pin?
No one seems to have considered Hydrogen Cycle engines and I wonder why, when this discourse has by definition to be carried out by folk who are interested in "new technology". It is already embryonic if you take a look at
(an advertisement admittedly) you can see that there seems to have been quite a bit of progress on that front.
James Stewart in "No Highway"(I think) working with Jack Hawkins as his boss at Farnborough and a wonderful scene in the aeroplane he has designed and in mid-Atlantic where Stewart persuades film star Marlene Dietrich to sit with her back to the wall on the floor of the men's lavatory in the event of the aeroplane being about to crash. Neville Shute wrote the novel and presages the tragic Yoke Uncle and Yoke Peter crashes due to metal fatigue. Sorry. Wittered :-)
Nein 'Dr. Dr'; Herr Doctor Doctor Professor....!
This work makes the great "Poet and Tragedian of Dundee, William Topaz McGonnagle" look quite good really.
'Beautiful railway bridge of the Silvery Tay,
I am very sorry to say
That your central girders were carried away
On the very last day of eighteen hundred and seventy nine
Which will be remembered for a very long time."
The problem is that it's French and that means that it has the AZERTY keyboard, rather than QWERTY. Having had to use these during various trips to Europe without that laptop I find them a right b****r to type on. Otherwise it looks a nice piece of kit, and the 'oils' from the finger tips will only enhance the wood over a long time....
Good piece and interesting. Sadly though, the budget band is more than somewhat skewed towards the well stuffed wallet, which takes the edge off the piece and responds to the headline disingenuously.
Wonderful! The daftest thing I've seen or heard in a very long time.
"'Tis sport to see the engineer hoist with his own petard."