According to Royal Museums Greenwich, "The portrait is in a fragile state". What's the betting that if they get hold of said portrait of Queenie they'll be after a few more pennies to restore it? A couple of million quid would probably do no doubt.
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Re: It Bodes
As a non smart phone owning person will they buy me one to hold my funky new "its digital it can't go wrong driving license on" ? Cos I sure wont.
Not just money
Many moons ago I had the joy of serving in BAOR. One of the weirdness I could never get over was the annual lets go crazy and fire crates of ammo off. The reason for this was if we didnt fire our allotment of training ammo off next years allotment would get cut.
The reason for this was we weren't infantry so didnt get first dibs on the ranges, add to that we spent 4 months of the year on non live firing exercises so often ended up doing only 3 or 4 range days a year. We were supposed to do 12. The quartermaster always said if we didnt blast all the training ammo of come next year we wouldn't get enough if we did get our 12 days on the ranges. So a new QM arrives and he doesnt do the mad day of blasting off. We get the ammo cut and yes the next year we got our 12 days but only had enough ammo for 4 days.
Re: Angela Merkel
The same could be said for Margaret Hilda Roberts. First UK PM with a science degree and look where that got us.
The Rynkl team, is that a hip way of saying a bunch of wrinklies?
And its side effects are not to nice in humans. I lasted about a day on it after a knee op. Throwing up and diarrhoea simultaneously are not fun
BOFH with patience?
IS Simon getting more patient with with users? Seemed to have taken ages to get to the ambulance stage.
Re: Do not speak of what thou knowest little....
Have a thumbs up for reminding me of the joy of getting zapped by EHT. Almost as enjoyable as getting zapped in the ear by 50 volt ringer voltage when jumpering up new lines on the MDF of a 300 line automatic exchange (uniselector not Strowager)
WTF? Seriously WTF?
And as for it looks like a "superstar's car" I think I may have a different idea of what that may look like.
So where does the hydrogen come from? Magic? It will not eliminate pollution from personal transport so long as we are dependant on coal or hydrocarbon fired power stations.
A boot load of coke is available as an upgrade.
Smack head me thinks.
You already mentioned Popski's Private Army, but the chap who created the unit Major Vladimir Peniakoff, MC is worth mentioning. Initially a concentious objecter in WWI but eventual served in the French Artillery in WWI as a private because he didnt want to waste his time training as an officer in the british army.
Next Herbert "Blondie" Hasler leader of the Cockleshell Heroes in the Operation Frankton raid against German ships harboured in Bordeaux. Haslers theories and practice where later to be used by the SBS. He was put forward for a VC but it wasnt granted. Hasler after the war went on to invent the Hasler Self Steering Gear for yachts that allowed single handed sail across large expanses of see. He also instituted the Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race which he aslo raced in. He came 2nd to Sir Francis Chichester.
Third and sort of communications related on Thomas "Darkie" Waters a corporal in the Royal Crops of Signals. Waters was a wireless and line operator (though the old linemen(aka "lineys") of theSignals used to clain he was one of theirs) Waters was attached to 5 Para Brigade for the raid on Peagus Bridge in Caen. During the attack on the bridge Cpl Waters rescued a wounded comrade. Repaired a communications line multiple time under fire. He was awarded a MM. Water was later wounded trying to protect other soldier during a training excerise when a pin was pulled from a grenade. He Lost an eye and had a metal plate fitted to his head. Almost every Sergents mess in the Royal Corps of Signals has a copy of the painting by Peter Archer of Corporal Waters legging it across Pegasus bridge with reel of D8 line to repair another cut line. His example is used by the Signals to emphasise "comms must get through no matter what
State-owned, collectivised server farms
Run by GCHQ I guess?
Surely the only way Google knows what you have searched for only if you log in to Google? (and why would you want to do that)
"There’s a certain impotence when you’re sat there, with the tools to control life or death for yourself, your passengers and anyone else who crosses your path, and you’re locked out, in the hands of the machine. In the driving seat, but not driving."
And there in rather a long sentence is the whole problem with driverless cars. Human being don't like to feel impotent. They want to feel in control. I know I do. If I am a passenger in a car I cant sit in the front because I am constantly checking the traffic, trying to look at the instruments. God forbid that we have to emergency brake because my right foot is pushing that imaginary brake pedal
I forsee a new student collecting craze. Forget traffic cones they are so last century.
My mum told me "Never look at the Sun!"
Rampant consumerism at its best.
And what the Army thinks.
Always good for a read is what the Brit Army's unofficial social media thinks of the situation
I do like the comment on page 4
"Is it a good sign when an information operation outfit starts off by oddly appropriating the name of a respected behind the lines mob from WWII? It's a bit like when they put a MG badge on a Mini Metro. "
>I, like anyone who hasn't just passed their test and is an average driver, can readily glance at a >control and press it even if it is on a touchscreen - you just don't do it on a corner with a large vehicle
>right in front of you , or while going through a built up area at permitted speed. The example of the >heater with no visual feedback until you press something is dumb, however that is ux rather than >based upon touchscreen controls.
Unfortunately you seem to over estimate the skill of the "average driver". From what I have seen on the roads (certainly in the UK), the "average driver" has no awareness of what is occurring on the road around them. They seem more interested in twatting about with their smart phone, having animated conversation with passengers or just plain have their brains in neutral. Giving them another thing to mess around with instead of concentrating on driving is just asking for trouble.
Easy to stop
Remove the microphone and/or speakers.
If a false widow is freaking em out just wait till they see a woodlouse spider
The false widow looks quite harmless compared to a Dysdera crocata woodlouse spider.Its big its red and its got farking large fangs. I got both of them in the garden and have found them in the house too. Its the woodlouse one that gives me the willies.
Dont use one set of rails!
Use 10 set of rails. Each rail set firing once a minute. Would give the cooling system a chance to work. if they could get enough juice they could even do salvo firing. Better chance of hitting something if you fire a salvo at it.
Plus there is the "My willy is bigger than your willy" boasting factor
Too late they already have put the plans for a 3d printer. Check out RepRap and MakerBot
I doubt AIS data would be any good with naval vessels as they dont seem to broadcast AIS. I live on the Bristol Channel coast and the only naval vessels I have seen broadcasting AIS have been University Royal Navy Units P2000 patrol boats.
16MW of power a day that is a mere drop in the 1TW that we use daily.
"he expects will see weapons remain holstered"
Maybe the hand guns will be as they would be pants for shooting drone. A nice semi auto 12 bore with 1 in the breech and 8 in the extended magazine would be just ripper taking little drones out. Very little property damage to.
Mines the one with the no 6 birdshot
Where's the gyrocopter?
I cant believe an article on engineering on Bond movies failed to even mention Little Nellie! To the piranhas with them Mr Osata!
Excellent Mr Bond.
Re: Better idea, sea level pumped storage.
Or why not use the same system that is already in use like a pumped storage system such as Dinorwig in Wales or Cruachan in Scotland. Would save ruining estuarine eco systems.
Re: Poor workman blames his cables.
Just what I was thinking but you beat me to it. Dont know how much storage Mr Dabs need when he is on the move but I find a 250 GB HD more than does the job.
Re: Progressive hypocrisy at its finest
I see this here where I work. My research group works in oil and mineral exploration geology. We are constantly having snide banter like comments fired at us like; "Oh there you go again looking for new places to rape the earth." from our "greener planet loving" colleagues. Yet when it is pointed out to them that they are the first with the flashiest new computers, phones and hi tech gee-whizzes , and that all these geegaws use all sorts of rare earths and exotic stuff. So of it wasn't for likes of the group I work for finding new sources and ways to get to the existing stuff they wouldn't have all their lovely new fruity computers and doodahs. The normal response is "Oh don't be like that. We need to have the latest stuff to help us in saving the planet" Arse to the lot of them.
Re: Its not like a taxi service.
It would be nice that the appliance crew would be able to report the status and this be used to indicate a non fire availability. But its more likely the whole plan will be used as a a background ploy to reduce appliance and crew numbers. Because we send our nearest appliances we don't have to have so many in reserve. Its all bean counter thinking.
If they want to have a nearest unit response then they probably should be looking at the motorbike/car paramedic system. They respond, assess the situation and call in the cavalry if needed.
And I bet no body in the hierarchy has spoken to a single fireperson about this and got their views.
Its not like a taxi service.
Cant see this going down well with the firemen persons. On their way back to base after a big shout all groted up, knackered, engines (sorry appliances) all out of foam, water and breathing cylinders. Then get sent to another incident. Sounds like a recipe for a disaster.
Genesis of the Daleks?
The way Prof Hawking is going he'll end up looking like Davros.
Why is it when I watch the video clip I keep imagining a chap from Lancashire and his clever dog landing beside NASA's rover, then trying to feed it cheese (Wensleydale of course)?
Apart from that the Curiosity landing system does look overly complicated with lots that could (and most probably will go) wrong. I hope it doesn't
I wonder if they would come with groinal attachments? Be handy for giving the old boudoir a quick vacum before the next punter arrives. Or perhaps rustling up a quick post coital omlette with the whisk. Of course not many go for that option.
Hardly a barrage of calls
"We have had about 700 calls over the last couple of nights."
So call that 48 hour period for the sake of argument. I work that out to be a call about every 4 minutes 7 seconds. Not exactly a barrage of calls. Even if it was only a 12 hour period that would be a call every minute. Shouldnt be a problem with a line that gets routed to multiple operators or recording machines. Maybe a problem if its an unshared line with a single op or more likely a single recording device.
Dont care really as long as it isnt that awful Tate woman.
Forget the CIA.
Tesco et al are probably rubbing their hand in joy at the thought of this.
Get punters to associate fridge, microware etc.. with their loyalty cards. Supermarkets RFID tag their goods. Punter loads fridge with RFID tagged goods, fridge reports back to supermarket chain when item is put in fridge and is removed. Supermarket gets really good source of data to do with what they feel like.
Re: Sealed magazine in underwater rifle....
You misunderstand Grasshopper. Its a 5 shot pepper pot style pistol The 5 barrel clusters are pre-loaded in the factory. But the user can swap out the fired cluster with a fresh new one full of underwater banging fun.
The thing is probably about as accurate as Jack Sparrow's flintlock pistol as the barrels are smooth bored. Underwater the range varies a lot .
You also need a supply of PP9 batteries to fire the wee beastie.
Re: Damn, I wasn't first to post a comment...
The sort of oddball that believes posting all their details on Facebook is perfectly safe. The sort of oddball that looks at you in blank amazement when you ask "You have a backup dont you?" In other words 90% of the population
Re: Murder is a big assumption
So if it was part of a inter tribal warfare then he is a casualty of war not a murder victim.
What goes around comes around
Eventually China, Taiwan and other emerging nations workers salaries will eventually rise to such a point that production those nations is no longer economical. Production will then move to countries with cheaper labour. (No doubt by then UK will be classed as a third world nation with cheap labour.)
These kids *!@%^
Bloody hell they are 26 and 24, its not like they are spotty prepubescent giggling little rug rats are they. They probably couldn't even be classified as oiky first year undergraduate students out on the waz. They are grown adults who should have at least a scintilla of common sense.
Oh bad Americans for treating the poor dears so badly for making a joke about destroying their country.
Personally I think they were luck to get a full body exam and chucked in a cell for a few nights with some Mexican friends of Buba and chucked out of the US. Actually its such a shame the septic chucked them out, cos we have to put up the amoebic brained plant life now.
Lets save money!
So what was all that dosh that went on TETRA for? I thought it was to save them money by having an integrated reliable and flexibly comms system. Oh but raido is so 20th Century. Crapberry is so much more relieable.
Do we care? Wonder how much they got for writing this tosh.
But it is already named,
Crematoria I believe
They've been practicing bombing airfields too
The whole area 14Km ENE (east north east) 40.490N 93.468E is fully of bomb craters and missile grazes. Looks like they had a whole load of whoosh bang blow things up fun there.
If I was to guess you got a bombing range with areas of ground marked out to simulate airfields and towns.
Hard to visualise him swing 2 TVs
Playmobil re-enactment please.