1057 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
Calling the Académie Française
What is the correct French term for a 'dealer'.
Dwarf planet, asteroid
or steampunk Deathstar?
Curiously, I've been working on the theory that antigravity = antipasto. Unfortunately all my attempts to build a bacon-powered starship have been foiled by people 'from the internet' turning up and eating the engines.
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Re: Henry Ford
Interestingly enough that's also what Eugene Pinklewhicker said when demonstrating his steam powered trousers. Unfortunately, for every Ford there's a thousand Pinklewhickers.
Re: Rigorous Logic vs. Methane Spirals from Uranus
*Too cranky - shouldn't (have) bothered reading.
Re: It is time for people to stop moaning about climate change and look at ways to live with it!
Yes, but who's going to pay.
Hint: this is what wars are fought over.
still you can't deny
that over geological time scales glaciers approach light speed
try doing a Google image search on 'burnt Ferrari'.
I want that on my resume.
@I ain't Spartacus
I'm not convinced that a new could war would be a prerequisite for a US/China space race. I suspect that somewhere deep in the Chinese psyche it rankles that they lost the technology race with the West when that Italian guy stole all their secrets and now they are once more a super-power what better way to use all those iPhone manufacturing profits than with a mission to Mars. I'm no economist so I have no idea whether either country could afford it but since it's the Americans who are buying the iPhones I suspect they'd have the worst of it.
And here's me thinking
that it was a tiny black and white screen for watching porn.
Coming soon to the Register
The fun new quiz - tech toy or sex toy.
The thing is
In a democratic society you're free to "call for" pretty much anything without fear of sanction by the state. Threatening people on the other hand has always being a different matter.
Not sure if you're simply joking
but this is standard science stuff. The model is constructed using the theory to be tested. If the predictions of the model check out, score one for the theory. If not, more interesting science stuff.
Auteur Michael Bay
Surely you jest.
Please tell me you jest.
For the real geek
buy five and build a newton's cradle.
you're a full desk kind of person. This is intended for the empty desk kind of person.
Re: Harvard need to reassess their admission policies?
Or simpler. Don't send a threat to an organisation using internet access provided by that organisation.
I suspect the chinese might find
"Darling fascist bully boy, give me some more money, you bastard. May the seed of your loins be fruitful in the belly of your woman" somewhat less than useful.
Re: What's te problem?
Dodos? You mean they all went on to be clubbed to death by hungry sailors?
You need it to store those Noxious Ancient Souls when you run out of space in volcanoes.
That's one helluva funky
And the Eadon memorial award goes to. . .
As I read it
only 3D Systems have the technology to print the parts and they've made it clear (or at least as clear as possible in managerese) that they won't be making it available to third parties. If you want to know about the availability of designs then, you're right, Motorola is the company to ask. Let's hope a lot of people do.
Re: build your own!
If this were any other piece of tech I'd probably agree with you. However "flying car" and "fail" go together like "foolish investor" and "money" don't. (e.g. see Moller)
Re: Older couple? WHAT? Nooooo!
I wouldn't want to be around when they find out about the 20 minute lag.
Re: 501 days of fun..
+1 for the shit reference.
Re: How stupid are they?
While they're at it they might as well get rid of those pointless "receiving stolen goods" laws as well.
The word "ceepie-geepie"
gives me the heebie jeebies. Please stop using it.
Well, that was fairly pointless
The video that is, not the actual research. "This stuff here - it's as stretchy AS RUBBER. Oh and it does some other stuff which we won't show you or attempt to explain in any way." Conclusion: Stanford uni PR unit is run by a bunch of balloon fetishists.
It's good that forest loss has been reduced to less than one percent per year.
It's not good that forest loss is almost one percent per year.
Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving...distracted humans
Any self drive system that ever dumps control back to the human would clearly be unfit for purpose and would never pass legal muster. (On the road when we're dealing in response times measured in, not seconds, but milliseconds there's simply no time to hand over control.) Clearly automated driving is a much harder problem than automated flying but the evidence is that has been solved or will be solved in the near future. (By 'solved' I mean 'demonstrably as safe as a good human driver'.)
But at least the zombies will be fun
There will be zombies, won't there?
I'll get my coat. I'm off to do a bit more work on my Jane Austen versus the Daleks script.
A sensible decision perhaps
but nonetheless a dangerous one. Deciding that copying entire books is now fair use because it's in the public good looks like legal sleight of hand. If anyone is to be given an exemption from existing copyright restrictions which is, in reality, what this decisions does, that should be decided by the lawmakers not the courts.
Re: Cerenkov Radiation
Faster than light in that medium, not faster than c.
Space-time: don't get kinky without it.
A Cunning Plan
A 3D 2D printer?
Re: Emporers new cloaking device
Of course I can see the tank in the picture - it's the invisible one just to the left I can't see. </Eccles mode>
Crosses several boxes for me
iOS only, air, Facebook, low resolution, limited controls but it might be a hit with the target market. Might, given it's relatively expensive and really needs a tripod. Plus automatic connectivity will be fine for some but if you can't share your work with just anyone it won't take off. My prediction: Apple will do this right in two year's time while claiming they invented it.
Now, what I had hoped this was is a small camera with a built-in motorised pan and tilt head. Do that for the same price (alright probably a little bit less) and I'm in.
I hope self driving cars will be well marked
so I can just ignore them and concentrate on avoiding the idiots "who are really good drivers and don't need a computer to tell them what to do".
The rest of us have learnt to expect to be disappointed.
Re: Save me from kitchen table budget thinking.
It was Marcia from accounts
She printed out the internet some time in 1997 and took it home. Now the Elders of the Internet want it back.
It will be Ewoks as as the eye can see from now on.
Re: Lack of imagination is the problem
Spending a million years as downloads doesn't seem much fun, I mean I spent a month as a pirated copy of the Beatles White album and I absolutely hated it.
And yes, I've been waiting since 2007 to use that one.
Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay
My understanding is that in the later years of its life (and before 9/11) BA made Concorde pay by the simple expedient of charging what it cost to provide the service. It turns out that when your company's paying or you're just obscenely wealthy price is relatively elastic. Of course, that was in the context of development costs having been covered by the taxpayer and obviously wasn't viable in the long term. But it does suggest that you shouldn't be too cautious in charging what might seem to be outrageous prices from day one.
Re: Modular = Large?
Phones have been getting larger for years. This wouldn't have work five years ago but now, provided the standard modules are thin enough I don't see size as being a problem.
Re: Woodland Creature?
I took it as a reference to inter-arboreal defaecation but are creatures of ursine persuasion moronic? I get the feeling that treating one as such might be a little bit of a mistake.
Education in the richest country in the world is better than in one of the poorest.
I don't think your arguments get any better from there.
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