28 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012
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Some time ago, when the news was full of stories about international summits turning each venue into a fortress and the host city becoming a battleground for various protesters and riot police, I mused that all future international summits should be held at sea, possibly aboard some purpose-built vessel. This SS International Summit could sail the seven seas to whichever regional grouping was holding its regular photo-opportunity and banquet. Residents of cities would be freed from the disruption caused by international summits, policing bills would be cut, etc. There is even a precedent set by Churchill and Roosevelt aboard HMS Prince of Wales.
Of course, this would require cooperation amongst various nations to agree who should build and operate the SS International Summit, but if we already have floating structures (which also have a plentiful power supply) then nobody has to complain.
It looks like they'll have plenty of time to discuss events in Crimea...
Re: So, how does that work then?
But isn't it going to be rather expensive to keep shipping the batteries between the Earth and the Moon to recharge them from the Lunar solar cells?
Ceci n'est pas un e-mail
From: Dr Scrum Master
Subject: Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?
I can't stand the stupid new tabs, they categorise everything wrongly!
This daddy's wet
The squiggles on the home page looked more like "wet speak" at first...
Well, why not?
And it would break the trend of the actors getting younger as the character gets older...
Peter Cushing also had a go...
In-building usage, in-building coverage
4G means fast data and people overwhelmingly use data on mobile devices when they're indoors. So, what you want is in-building coverage.
With per-building coverage you also have lower power antennas rather than high power macro cells. That also means lower power usage by mobile devices.
If I was a mobile operator then I would not bother with macro cells for 4G.
I didn't even leave university until my mid 20s...
Sounds like the UK is becoming like Singapore... after a couple of years as a programmer you think you can automatically get the word "Senior" in front of your job title, meanwhile everyone actually wants to become a project manager...
Question 1: I'm curious about the world which is unlike me...
Question 4: but museums are on my way anyway
Question 5: they're mixing tenses!
Question 8: I don't have any friends...
Question 18: ditto
Question 19: it wasn't last month...
now I'm bored...
Never mind Gates' hand, what about the Indian Foreign Minister's shoes?!
Re: How Did We Survive
My daughter has to make her own shop (selling notebooks and puppies, and make her own notebooks), and she has to make her own paper money.
Re: unbuckle belt and lower trousers at urinal?
I only noticed the practice in Singapore where it seems to be a particularly Chinese activity...
(WTF - because that's what I thought at the time)
Re: Is this what Americans really want?
apparently a third of Americans want to have their cavities searched before being allowed to board an aircraft...
Re: LinkedIn a waste of time
"RECOMMENDATIONS are where you see real value. if someone takes ten minutes to write a paragraph on your skills and why you are good, that means something."
Yes, they mean something, but the not necessarily what's written. I've seen recommendations for people who I've had the misfortune to have worked with and the LinkedIn recommendations paint those people in a completely different light to the experience I had of them.
Who casts the first stone?
The British public have the press that they deserve, or at least the press that they willingly pay for.
Who reads the celebrity gossip and other made-up stories? The paying public.
Want to sell more papers? Fill them will celebrity gossip and salacious stories.
Anyway, it's true that there are already plenty of laws to deal with press misbehaviour, but they are not enforced. Who's supposed to enforce them? The police who leak details of arrests to the press and get tidy little retainers in exchange.
I've got my coat and left the country already.
but at least they're rather attractive
Re: Parties are illegal
A small group of party apparatchiks collude to appoint the next MP, err, I mean select the next prospective parliamentary candidate for the safe party seat. At least that's the UK model...
Brin's got it the wrong way around.
Stop people campaigning on party tickets in the first place. Every candidate to publish his own manifesto. Every candidate to have a campaign spending cap.
Oh, and at the same time, add a "None of the above" option so that I can register my dissatisfaction with all candidates rather than spoiling my ballot paper. (The do-not-cares still have the option of not voting.)
It's only been 5 years, and Prudential have still "to get the money it transferred over to an investment company, which included the wrong customer's cash, returned."
Re: Empty Handed Herders...
if you're a yak, what are you doing in Mongolia?
or why are the Mongolians so far south? problems with their sheep and horses?
When there's no sufficiently worthy candidate why can't the Nobel committee just hold a rollover until the next year?
The Soviet Union (and later Russia) has withheld the gold in the International Tchaikovsky Competition on a number of occasions....
Re: Terrorists / Freedom fighters
and governments, police, army, etc. are staffed by what?
reminds me of an army training exercise where porn mags were left lying around an area
the intention being to find out if squaddies would pick up the mags which could easily have contained, err, booby traps left by Soviet forces
Which means Theresa May will actually decide on 17th October
Re: Killing radio
but isn't commercial radio just one great mentally vacuous cacophanous mass suicide already?
Now, something to stop me hearing The Strand on the World Service would be useful...
> Yeah, no one wants journalists shot for criticising political types, for sure.
Indeed, there are other reasons one might want journalists shot...
> So we make a song and dance about 'freedom of speech' ... okay.... but what do get?
> Stories about Katie Price or Brangelina.
The stories only appear because people buy them. If you all stop buying, then the stories should stop. I say "should" because I expect that what would really happen is that there would be even more lurid barrel-scraping stories instead... which leads to the perverse suggestion that I should buy trashy newspapers and magazines and visit trashy websites in order to stop the moral fabric of society from deteriorating any further...
Re: One thing I know...
indeed, why else is there celebrity* "news"?
(*celebrity: n. person whom I've never heard of and care even less about)
I thought this was going to mention Bertrand Russell at some point...
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