254 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012
"Given that you can, just about, run an internal combustion engine on H2, then cheap H2 production solves that transport problem too."
Well, you can, but then you could pump that H2 through some C and get something that works better has a higher energy density per gallon and doesn't leak out of every container known to man.
Re: Oil subsidies...
No solid numbers, you can't lump the entire US military expenditure on oil without looking like a moron.
Sorry, you need more maths to make this work.
"that's where we put our heads together"
That's how you hurt your nose.
Re: ZanzibarRastapopulous - The Price of Patents..
I think some people don't understand the difference between an application being filed and a patent being granted.
The Price of Patents..
Can you imagine how expensive patents would be if the patent office had to ensure that each one was fully defensible in court with no overlapping patents or prior art?
The job of the patent office is to record who invented an invention and when they did it, not to ensure that they are unique, or even that they work.
I support your pretensions to the crown, if only to see a good set of beheadings rather than support your bizarre network development.
Unfortunately councils HAVE wasted resources on exorcists:- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7240405.stm
"A psychic was paid £60 by a council to rid a County Durham home of a "poltergeist" after ghostly goings-on."
Does this still apply on infrastructure projects? Would the London underground be what it is if it ran as a private company without subsidy for instance?
Could HS2 - or a motorway - be built without centralised control?
Per effusum ad astra
Testes! Ego sero... :(
Is there a better description of how this works anywhere?
Re: "Rockstar and Take-Two’s use of her likeness was done solely to make money"
The point of the lawsuit is that she's entitled to make money from her own image and other people aren't.
>The latest proclamation of Beaucoup Harem?
I can't decide whether you mean Boko Haram or Procol Harum....
Why let them operate at all? They could just be a state owned monopoly.
Come to think of it this could solve the housing crisis, why allow anyone to own a house the state could own everything and allocate it as it sees fit.
Hmmmm.. we don't need 600 or so MPs either, all we need is one bloke with an interesting moustache and maybe a hat to keep an eye on everything.
What do people expect a listening post to do if not listen?
Could one of these things lift a grenade?
They can't demand payment. Gov. debt is sold as bonds, the risk is actually on the lender that the US defaults that is, it stops paying the coupon.
Re: Can't you mix them?
[B]"Powershell can be used purely as a drop-in replacement for Perl"[/B]
Having tried to do this (and succeeded) I can say that it's not a patch on perl. The regex handling alone is utterly inferior, it doesn't have the scoping constructs and arrays quickly become chaotic. Even when the thing is running from a scheduled task there's still a concept of a terminal width, which has to be configured at every script, creating custom objects is a right old faff, there's no equivalent to perl's "use strict" forcing explicit variable declaration (no serious perl people would ever leave that out) and there's a problem redirecting stderr.
The big plus points are access to .Net's class library, which is good and it's already installed for the most part - which perl isn't on windows and installing third party tools can be bureaucratic in many environments.
It's a shame it's still not really good enough. So near and yet so far.
This makes sense for freight, at the moment it can take months to get a container from China to Europe and the route could use mostly existing lines along the trans-siberian.
It's clearly faked.
No stars in it.
More likely to be the battery power dropping too low than the SD card isn't it?
It'd be interesting to see how the voltage drops off with temperature or pressure, maybe another test for the vacuum chamber thing?
Or just get a hair dryer on the batts before launch to get the initial temp higher.
Re: code examples
WTF!? DO NOT ROLL YOUR OWN DATE CALCS!
Whatever language you use has libraries for this because people mess them up all the time, use the library.
Well, I'll be working until I'm around 80 or so because I won't be able to afford to retire, that's another 40 odd years of inflation getting me gradually closer to millionaire status.
Yeah, I'll probably make it, certainly a dollar millionaire.
It might even be enough to pay for a coffin.
Re: The UK and US Gov
Yep, real wealth is about credit worthiness.
To be honest I'm not sure what nefarious use my medical records could be put to anyway.
What's the risk?
How many comments have you blocked to give the impression that your readership agrees with the faux outrage?
Is this intended to wind Fry up so he says something publicly in a sad bid to garner publicity?
>I don't use Adblock on The Reg...
I didn't used to, but they went through a phase of flash and/or heavily animated ads that meant I just killed them. I can't have stuff flashing and bouncing around the screen at work.
The world needs 1 in 10 to be so then we are rich, if the world needs 1 in 10,000 to be so, then we are poor.
The fraction doesn't really tell you much.
Re: The Americans must love asymmetric warfare
For the Americans, every war is asymmetric.
Isn't this a crime against humanity?
Doesn't it have to work as a sentence to count?
Lack of empathy.
At least there's a reason I don't give a shit.
The alien spacecraft drops into a low solar orbit refueling its weapon systems before the assault...
> (...) is inflation proof.
You misunderstand inflation. It isn't entirely driven by government printing money and it isn't entirely bad. For instance, the big fear in the Eurozone is of deflation.
Equally, your gold example is flawed, you are taking gold as an absolute value. You could take the dollar as an absolute value and say that gold fluctuates wildly against that too.
The problem is rapid fluctuations of the currency, and any currency that is valued by virtue of a market half the world is trying to stop will fluctuate wildly. It does not matter how many bitcoins there are when they can drop in value (vs cocaine for instance) by a third overnight.
What matters is the perceived worth of what backs the currency, in the case of the dollar this is the US itself. In the case of bitcoin, it's the market in illegal "stuff".
Re: Cost analysis ...
It's not that by using bitcoin you are guilty (although you are of course attaching value to the currency) it's that the substantial use of bitcoin is for criminal transactions.
If Tesco agreed to accept uncut diamonds for groceries, they'd be pilloried for it too.
..all you need is four candles and a pair of flower pots.
Possibly good news for PC gamers as these machines are both basically PC's inside, so porting to hgh-end kit should be a doddle.
Re: Lets see
>It has value as a mathematical exercise.
You misunderstand currency. Currency is a medium of exchange, it's "value" is about what it can be exchanged with.
Your analogies are as dumb as suggesting the value of ten pound notes lies in the printing of them.
So I say again, what are bitcoins exchanged for? Beer? How many bitcoin transfers are about beer do we think?
No, it's drugs, guns and kiddie porn or they'd just use Visa.
>> And beer according to Alex Brett @16:28
"All of our pubs accept cash; all except the Coalheavers Arms accept Visa and Mastercard."
But not only bitcoin, the point is why do you need bitcoins? Because you're a pervert junkie.
(or you're after a novelty selling point. :D )
3 down votes but no-one has attempted to explain why bitcoin might have a value outside junkies and perverts.
Consider why a currency is worth having. It is because you can buy things with it.
What can you buy that requires you to pay in bitcoin?
- Drugs, Guns and CP.
Re: If they are actually registered in China...
Ancient Chinese proverb say; Man with £2.5 million no longer live in China.
The whole thing seems to operate on the back of the blackmarket anyway, what else attaches worth to a bitcoin?
Chances are it's mostly drug money.
> The US was sending white men to space while a few hundred miles away, it was lynching black men at the same time.
Yes, the '60s space race was about nuclear supremacy and resulted in victory in the cold war by bankrupting the soviet union - a deeply unpleasant regime. Was the US right to focus on the soviet union whilst being deeply racist? No, they should have ditched the racist tripe then got on with it.
> The Russians were sending men to space while the expended rocket stages probably landed on a few Siberian Gulag corpses.
Yeah, properly sick regime.
> The UK went about 'fighting for freedom' in WW2 while it starved a few million Indians in Bengal in the process, and simultaneous beat up Hitler for killing a few million more.
The UK didn't "fight for freedom" in WW2, it fought for survival, and it was bloody close. As for the famine, do the Japanese not deserve some credit for creating the problem in the first place?
>The second is the straw-man argument that a country can only do one thing, or another.
Firstly the straw man is the suggestion that anyone is saying they can't do both, but they have failed to deliver on sanitation and even just shelter for a signifcant proportion of their population.
Secondly most here are Brits, from a country that actually deliberately gave up space exploration because of the cost (sadly, but some things are more important).
>Realistically, there are poor people everywhere...
Not quite on the same scale. It's frightening to see it up close.
>Should America sort out its poor before sending technology space-wards?
Water and sewage yes, and except for people being deliberately remote they have done.
>What about Russia? China?
Yes, they're basically totalitarian regimes that treat their people like slaves though.
>Should the UK have sorted out all it's poor before extending outwards?
No, because there was a clear financial return from doing so, which is what drove it.
>Should the Victorians have sorted out the poor before investing in the industrial revolution?
That actually did "sort out" the poor to some extent.
You seem to have confused things with clear technological, commercial or scientific value with what is in truth a vanity project designed to intimidate Pakistan and warn off China.
It's a potheadfourcandle heater gone wild...
No dihedral? On a glider?
Hope you're going to balance this one properly...
Reading, Bracknell, Camberley, Slough....
Why do IT companies set up in the most depressing towns in Britain?
Such utterly soulless dumps, when they're not geographically tied to anywhere.
Re: four words... WE NEED NUCLEAR POWER
Three words: It's Too Late.
10-15 years, maybe 20 and British planning officers can turn any project into something that makes the Panama canal look like a DIY project. They've spent 15 years pondering a runway being built at an airport.
We've fucked up big-style.
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