1089 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
Re: "beware: fibre optic cables"
It's really because they come with gold-plated plugs and Google doesn't want you stealing them.
If you have a look at the animation linked above you'll see it lands by parachute like just about every re-entry vehicle before it. The difference here is that re-entry is done forwards not backwards* and the flaps provide some degree of control at high speed unlike in a capsule design where at best you have limited controlled by shifting the centre of mass. I'm speculating here, but I suspect more control in re-entry would yield a fuel saving since you wouldn't have to pre-align your orbit with the landing zone plus it would give you more freedom in an emergency.
*Yes, I know, feel free to make your own joke.
Are you suggesting that
you're a bigger bullshit artist than Zizek? Some things just aren't believable (and I believe everything Steve Bong writes).
I suspect it's more like compensation for having to deal with cranks.
Dreams . . . can come true
There's this couple called Bubba and Jay-lynne who would quite like to meet you.
Well of course China will get it first
They just have to move them from the factory to the warehouse conveniently located next door. "Designed in
California Finland" made in China is how it works, isn't it.
If the equipment's supplied by Apple they'll be fine
unless they have a Scottish accent.
but given that these are "vintage" phones let down by the lack of dates.
It seems Philae
wasn't the only one to bounce on delivery.
Depends on what's written on the canvas.
Plan Ten from Outer Space
Seriously Moffat, when you're reduced to stealing plot ideas from Ed Wood it's time to go.
Yep, for an authentic Aussie feel he should have gone with "Sinny".
Reminds me of the time long ago
when someone complained that I never labelled the discs I sent them. Of course the discs they sent me were all labelled "disc for Francis" which was much better.
Since "monetisation" as it's now used doesn't mean "to make money" but to "find a way of making money from something" you could argue that i's just a metaphorical use of your preferred meaning. Short of setting up a government department to enforce poetic licences you can't stop people using metaphor.
Steve Ballmer's new job is with Arianspace.
I would love to explain
what that's all about but in deference to the mods maybe you should just read the. ahem, fan fiction.
I rewatched City of Death again recently
and pretty all your complaints with the possible exception of 'touchy-feely"* apply to it. What would you expect when you have the genius of Tom Baker combined with the genius of Douglas Adams (and Lalla Ward in a schoolgirl outfit. It seems your main problem is that DNA is dead.
*From the 'chemistry' between the leads I expect there was plenty of 'touchy-feely' going on behind the scenes.
And in news just in
Moffat has announced plans to address your concerns. All writers have been informed that future episodes must take place in Midsomer. This will of course mean toning down the explosions but on the other hand the number of deaths per episode can be cranked up in compensation. When asked about the plausibility of having Midsomer invaded by aliens every other episode Moffat's only response was a blank stare.
Re: What if energy comes from clean sources? Does it then matter?
"Now if that is what it appears to be, as described in that article, then oil and coal is going to end very soon."
It will take more than a blatant scam to make that happen.
Re: Crime as a Service?
The idea that you will be able to hire bad people to do bad things just blows my mind.
Google doesn't know you like the blow up pink donkeys?
If it didn't it does now.
Giant Space Dragons. Is that a meme yet?
If the copyright owner is the one that uploaded it, then it's that persons responsibility, and they have effectivly entered it into the public domain.
Publishing equals giving up copyright. Interesting concept.
You become the "new" Wierd Al
Have rather too many esses in their name for my taste - especially for an outfit from Germany.
You Know what else is an "unnatural perfect stone sphere"
Mars! The truth will out. Those Magratheans can't hide forever!
take your meds?
Must be frustrating
We live in a world where everyone has a telescreen in their pocket but the Party can't get the video feed.
P.S. Maybe Comey should move to Australia. I'm sure Abbott and co would be only too happy to give him everything he wants.
Science Illustrators - they're a thing
Who do you think makes all those nice pictures of dinosaurs.
Just add some more AAs - it's the El Reg way.
Re: Law abiding Mongolians
Can't say the same for the Brazilians. It's a jungle down there. Even the Russians can't compete.
I'm afraid you're double dipping
To say that the limit of human hearing is 20khz (or whatever) is to say that the highest frequency a human can hear is 20khz. But there's only one "sound" that's completely defined by it's frequency and that's a sine wave. If you could tell the difference between a 20k sine wave and a 20k square wave (or anything else) it would be because you were hearing the higher frequency components which you can't do - your ears don't have hardware to respond to those frequencies.
keelhauling be too good for such a scurvy poltroon. He best be hanged from the yardarm for speaking so strangely.
Re: Steve Jobs is alive!
Except then you forget to put it on the mat and come back to find it dead. I had a Logitech wireless mouse and I gave it away before the paint wore off which with Logitech is a very short time. When they make a mouse that works like a Roomba then maybe I'd be interested.
Typical Microsoft ignoring the real issue
What are El Reg's contingency plans to ensure that the sacred isle of Rockall stays British?
Re: Your drunk, The Register, go home
Try submitting a paper to a scientific journal that's all data and no method and see how far you get.
Re: Consumers who care about quality?
I've never understood why people hate letterboxing. Maybe If I create a screen with a mechanically driven bezel that automatically adjusts to the picture's aspect ratio that will make it acceptable.
Re: SpaceX's cheaper Dragon capsule has room for seven
They don't need a steering wheel - they run Ardupilot.
Florey wasn't Scottish.
Yes, but at least
the Google version will show you a selection of the worlds funniest ads before you die.
Now we have a Lego version. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/10/lego_computer/ for those who missed it.)
Seriously, I wish them success. With a bit of luck there are many similar treasures waiting to be discovered.
They should just 3d print the planes in colour!
Remind me to
replace every 'less than' sign in my code with the 'fewer than' when I figure out what that is.
Seriously, mathematically speaking, integers are just a subset of numbers so I don't think the fewer/less distinction has that much utility.
Re: "replace them when [...] their hard drives start making nasty sounds.
Surely you mean
Celine Dion terrorist weapon.
You'll create a feedback loop that will generate a metastable Higg's boson and destroy the universe.
So DRM was behind the fact that you can't copy from one flash drive to another. Nothing to do with the fact that flash drives are cheap devices that don't include a cpu and that USB deliberately uses the cpu to make that cheapness possible. But that's a bring technical explanation. Conspiracy theories are more fun.
If you thought
the Register's system of measurement (SR, SeR?) couldn't get any stranger it now turns out that "bloody ENORMOUS" is just slightly smaller than "big".
Not just Diskdrake
I miss approximately 50% of the Mandriva Control Centre features.
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