Re: OOh Holiday...
Be warned - Jeremy Clarkson went there and look what happened to him ...
583 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
Be warned - Jeremy Clarkson went there and look what happened to him ...
Reminds me of the figures and toys produced by the township residents of South Africa from wire and old tin cans. Originally made as playthings for children, they have been elevated to 'folk art' and sold to tourists - rightfully so, as the items show amazing skill and artistry.
> It certainly has great promise for spinal injuries
I've often wondered why there aren't more exo-devices for people with spinal injuries that affect the upper limbs. You'd think it'd be an easier project than fitting an amputee with a whole new arm.
> How long until a company patents the 5 senses?
Thing is, what we generally lump together as touch - the skin senses - are in fact a complex array of different sensory receptors positioned at varying depths in the skin. Not the easiest thing to duplicate.
And, of course, certain groups would claim prior art ...
> Since you can't reach the drone by hand, blowing it away is a perfectly reasonable reaction instead.
Perfectly reasonable ... if you don't mind spending the next 20 years in prison. The FAA considers a drone to be a civil aircraft and - for some strange reason - it's a federal crime to shoot at an aircraft.
the evengrandmacanreaditnowPad ...
> I seem to get socks that aren't mine. With 9 toes.
In my part of the multiverse, socks don't have toes. I suppose it's the local black hole that causes the loss of digital information.
An eyewitness provided a description of the iPhone thief. Police are inquiring into the whereabouts of known Chelsea supporters and expect an arrest imminently.
Dissapointed the router's not in the shape of android mascot ...
This is just shoddy police work. Back in my day every police statement concerning drugs had to include a hugely over-inflated estimate of street value ...
Dear Mr Vulture,
The "TV Times" I bought from a newsagent last week has neither screen nor tuner. It should be illegal to be marketed like this.
It's only a 2nd rate magazine - I couldn't even watch BBC Cymru on it.
> Jones’s colleague Philip Pugh then nailed the creature as probably Bathyphysa conifera.
Barney McGrew concurred, citing an article in Nature by Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb.
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your lettuce is red, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
I see an image of the OS X finder icon guy in the rock to the right of the woman.
> I'm sorry but what the heck was the person flying the drone doing in the first place? Flying low through peoples gardens with a camera attached?
Ars Technica states that the drone had been hovering at 200 ft for around 20 seconds when it was shot down. The pertinent question is, what the heck was the shooter doing?
> Regardless, someone was watching the feed to fly the thing. You don't need to record the feed to note down access points, valuables in sight through the window etc.
A drone flies with the aid of a forward facing camera. There's no guarantee a drone hovering directly over a garden actually has sight of that garden. Certainly, if the drone operator had the garden-in-question under surveillance, he would surely have taken evasive action when an angry man with a shotgun appeared in camera.
I'm a firm believer in the Hanlon's razor. From the video report it looks as if this guy's property backs onto a park or open ground (in addition to surveilance-ready trees). I'd be inclined to speculate that the drone operators misjudged distances were under the impression they were hovering over open ground.
> The trees aren't providing the possibility of surveillance, a camera mounted in the trees would be.
No, trees offer a platform for surveillance in just the same way a drone does. The shooter had no proof of surveillance when he shot down the drone. He might as well chop down a tree as a precaution that 'they' might mount a camera in it.
The guy said he didn't know if the drone was actually recording imagery when he short it down. That seems analogous to removing a neighbour's trees as a precaution against the possibility of surveillance. I'm sure that kind of thing happens, we just never hear about it because there's not a drone involved.
I notice in the photographs that the guy's garden is overlooked by a solid wall of huge, climbable trees that could easily hide surveillance cameras. I assume you wouldn't object if he cut them all down because, as you say, he has a right to privacy in his own garden?
> You say, "...users of such infrastructure should be the people paying for such infrastructure."
> This is such a common and completely wrong opinion that I couldn't possibly let it go without a tirade: Are you NUTS!
Johannesburg is currently in the midst of this debate. The powers-that-be decided that, as Jo'burg has some of the busiest roads on the African continent, it would only be fair if the users paid an e-toll to contribute to their upkeep.
The authorities argued that as Jo'burg's roads took the lion's share of the nation's budget, users should pay a premium to use them. In effect, the users should pay for the infrastructure.The population of Johannesburg boycotted the system en mass.
One of the most compelling arguments advanced for non-payment was that while Jo'burg's roads took a lot of upkeep, the city formed the backbone of the South African economy. However much smaller towns and rural areas felt disadvantaged by the disparity in spending, they're feel a lot worse if SA's economy was to break down as a result of a lack of maintenance to SA's economic 'engine'.
What it comes down to is that even if a rural farmer (for example) never uses a main road from one month to another, he is an indirect beneficiary of the transport infrastructure that supports the nation's economy. How, then, can the farmer's intangible benefit be assessed - progressive income tax!
>all we had was an abacus and storage was dried peas lined up.
I started in AT in the 60's when pea technology was still new.
In those days the bean counters would scoff, but we'd tell them to give peas a chance.
You sound fat.
> A rule that releases the hungry lions. Yes, that would work.
But, but ... you're just playing into their hands. That's exactly what the roving bands of lion-killing dentists want.
> Care to explain how one would trade unicorns within the law?
Easy ... just don't break any laws when you're buying and selling unicorns.
> A division of Marines.
The word that immediately sprigs to mind (from the comfort of my armchair) is 'quagmire'.
Much better to provide support for the SANDF and other African troops already in-country as part of the UN stabilisation mission - coupled with funding a meaningful, African led program of social upliftment.
> Repeat at intervals until the bandits have transmogrified into an elected government.
No. Just no. No mater what Bono might say.
This is a perfect example of the half-baked Western do-goodery that has contributed to Africa's plight in the first place. While this results in a state that is accommodating to western business, it does nothing to address the underlying problems that led to banditry to begin with.
Some of Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good Golly Miss Molly and fairs
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley, and nashi pears
> I thought part of this great idea was that it was powdered, and the transportation cost would be kept down?
So ... Soylent isn't green.
The ban was put in place after an inspector got a hot tip.
Too prone to 'errors of judgement' to post on a web forum but old enough to vote in a Scottish referendum.
I propose naming the pyramid Mount Neher in honour of the first manufacturer of aluminium foil.
Amazon prime is available as a monthly subscription.
> The Universe really is mind-boggling
You need to remember that the melting point and boiling point you quote are at a standard atmospheric pressure of roughly 1 bar. A cursory look at the N phase diagram of shows that at pluto's atmospheric pressure of 10 microbars, nitrogen sublimates between gas and solid without an intermediate liquid phase.
Mind you, the physical chemistry of terrestrial snow and ice is surprisingly complex and still not completely understood. The behaviour of Pluto's icy, hydrocarbon-y, nitrogen-y snow is likely to equally challenging to understand in detail.
I thought it was government policy to let them eat cake.
So ... the courts have now overturned government legislation that made format shifting legal.
Does that mean that anyone who took advantage of regulations to rip their own CDs might now run the risk of prosecution? Or, conversely, if one was nabbed for format shifting could one argue that the format shift took place during a period where it was legal to do so?
''Hawking III: The Reboot"
> Because of its terrestrial rarity, there are few large-scale uses for platinum. It has industrial uses as a chemical catalyst ...
Also used on posh rabbit hutches. There's the possibly apocryphal story of the plant worker who sheepishly owned up to 'liberating' a sheet of gauze from work for his daugter's rabbit hutch, after he discovered a VERY expensive platinum catalyst had gone missing.
Marine lab director Cindy Van Dover's statement didn't contain a single 'arrr' or 'yarr'. The terms 'avast' and 'ahoy'and 'shiver me timbers' were also conspicuous by their absence. I bet she doesn't even have a peg leg!
... where there's a dragon, there's bound to be a hoard.
> "HOLY SHIT I WISH I DIDNT HAVE TO SPEND A GOOD 2 SECONDS OF MY LIFE TYPING IN A PIN"
On the other hand, a surprising number of people have either physical or visual issues which make entering as pin anything *but* convenient.
Extraterra cotta, as any fule kno.
It's more disconcerting that these so-called scientists describe themselves as astro-geologists, as Pluto is clearly neither star-like nor earth-like.
The planet of the dwarves ... I can't wait for the pics!
The Belgian Entertainment Association also stated that all heavenly bodies revolve around the Earth.
Although, technically speaking, they agree with Mr Galileo.
the secret base where the Padishah Emperor Cheney is training his Imperial Sardaukar.
> mammoths may have been led to become fatter and hairier than the elephants by a particular gene called TRPV3.
... known in the trade as the Demis Roussos gene.
> What is a 'Nazi tank', anyway?
It's the kind of tank Margret Thatcher commanded back in '41 when she served with the Waffen SS on the Russian steppe.