1056 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
Re: Fast horizontal elevator?
Trains have windows - technologically unnecessary - but psychologically important to the people who will be paying the bills. I seem to recall it was the lack of windows that doomed the blended wing airliner.
Indeed, you can't tell people what to think
but you can tell them not to use specified trade secrets just as you can forbid them to use any other specified IP. In general, it might be more difficult to demonstrate unlawful use of a trade secret, but in this case the facts seem to have been pretty clear cut (and faking evidence obviously didn't help).
I thought that looked odd
But the article does suggest that the parafoil is already deployed during the freefall. (If you've got a capsule full of tanked up rich people it's probably advisable to end the freefall as gently as possible.) And since there's probably insufficient air density at the release altitude to reliably inflate the parafoil (correct me if I'm wrong) I suspect the idea is to use some sort of lightweight frame attached to the balloon. (Or maybe, heaven forbid, a truss.) The animation shows a fan of cables attached to the centre of parafoil and the capsule itself supported by parafoil lines which doesn't seem practical but is probably a lot prettier than the reality.
The explanation's simple
grasshopper mouse just don't give a shit.
With all this talk about 'living' plastic
I'm starting to wonder if el Reg has been taken over by the Autons and Lester is desperately trying to get the word out before he's replaced by something disturbingly shiny and emotionless.
Re: @lunatik95 - The subject was rape NOT grammar
One of the pleasures of this site is the entertaining and informative byways that discussions here often wander down but I can't help thinking that, in this case, there is a certain amount of, no doubt unconscious, derailing is going on. This is an utterly horrible case, and I can understand people wanting to look away, but maybe the best way to do that would be to keep quiet and leave the thread to people who are prepared to treat the subject with the seriousness it deserves.
Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir
Just don't try thatin the US. There, by convention, it signifies an 'attorney'. There has been at least one prosecution, albeit malicious, of a person who dared used the title in a state where they were not registered to practise law.
You may call it Z8_GND_5296
but to me it's home.
- Grynklefyvth III
Re: Free from what, exactly?
Exactly. The (hidden) premise seems to be an evolution of the wobbly old idea that quantum indeterminacy can somehow provide a physical basis for free will (as if being driven by a random number generator in the brain looks anything like freedom).
The thing is, I'm most free when I can act in ways that are meaningful to me and those ways tend to be easily predictable by anyone who knows me. Of course, maybe free will isn't the same thing as personal freedom but if it isn't I don't know what it is bar a meaningless theological concept.
Welcome to the wonderful
post racial utopia that is the USA. </sarcasm>
And of course the only reason a women would complain about harassment is that she want the attention. (Sorry, I lied about stopping the sarcasm. Sometimes, faced with a certain sort of bone-headedness nothing else will do.)
I don't believe that Elron even at his most drug addled ever believed the guff he peddled. This guy, on the other hand, I suspect is just a common loony who we'll never hear about again. (or he's a prankster in which case "well played".
It's been a while
but I seem to remember textbooks tend to be very heavy. Maybe they should go with octacopters. Even then I'm not sure I'd want to be underneath one when something goes wrong.
Well, telling me what toilet paper to use
is just the sort of thing my mum would do so nothing's changed there but yes a good* headline.
*By definition not the best since it doesn't contain the words "FOUND ON THE MOON".
Only if you're
Re: What is the point...
I'm not sure what elementary grade 1 is but I'm guessing these kids are around five so they're not about to tap out The Great Thai novel any time soon. This is education for the 100%. Get everyone into the habit of reading as early as possible and everyone benefits including the 1%.
Ah, his scumbag is
a leftist thug. You know, I was confused. I thought this guy was just another jerk looking to get rich off the misery of others. But that's just the American dream and how can that possibly be bad? But now you've explained that he's a leftist and a thug to boot it all makes sense. Obviously it's all part of Obama's plan to destroy the US and annoy old white guys. Thanks for explaining it.
What you don't understand
is the Register. And, you don't appreciate a good "ON THE MOON" headline. So what the hell are you doing here?
A computer game reprogrammed my brain
Unfortunately it reprogrammed it to kill Stroggs which so far hasn't proved to be a terribly useful life skill.
Non flippant version: "reprogramming the brain" is otherwise called learning - if you claim it means something else you're talking nonsense. (Susan Greenfield, I'm looking at you.)
I have a problem with the ninja outfit. My personal army would be required to wear something more flattering.
There's a thought.
Yes, there's a size limit to concrete vessels before wave motion starts to produce uncontrollable cracking but you're not going to mount your wind turbine on a replica of the Titanic are you? I'm not saying corrosion isn't an issue but I'm not convinced that with sensible choice of materials it is insurmountable.
And, yes let's get cracking with thorium.
And we know where he is
The scoundrel is hiding in Westminster Abbey. Dispatch the plod immediately!
OK, he might be a little bit dead but dig him up anyway and charge him forthwith. They did it to a pope* why not a poet. Can't have dead people making a mockery of the law.
*Pope Formosus for those who might care.
of the cosmonauts who came down far off course and had to spend the night fighting off wolves with a pistol. Are there wolves in Spain? Did anyone think to equip the playmonaut with a sidearm?
So the revheads get a seat but those of us who prefer to keep our recreational activities indoors are left out in the cold.
Re: "to build an exact replica of the Titanic"
Not really. Diesel engines and a full complement of lifeboats is pushing the definition of 'exact'. I think 'loose replica' is more correct.
"without the pricey active cables"
and without the Intel control.
well, judged on the basis of the current example
the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to machine intelligence is a minor annoyance.
I still have no idea how big this thing is
Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?
Re: It shows many things
The fact that the real scammers have to hire dupes* like this is evidence that the banks are asking questions. I'm no friend of banks in general but wanting them to ask more questions looks to me like a case of "beware, your wish might just come true".
*unscrupulous, greedy and probably not to bright but dupes nonetheless.
I hear they're getting
Anthony Weiner to endorse this.
You know it makes sense.
Re: EM radiation?
As a (lapsed) physicist I can confirm that it is indeed the twangy-wangy stuff that's the problem.
I know for a fact that the mer-people hunted megaladon to extinction. They want you to believe that the mer-people were cute and cuddly and friendly (I'm looking at you Disney) but really they were viscous bastards.
DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES1!!!!!!!!!!!!11
“looking up the answer in the back of the book”
That would be a valid criticism if the researcher were describing the technique as mind-reading which, as far as I can tell, they aren't. I suspect the real usefulness of the technique is likely to be in mind control (by, not of!) since I seem to recall that thinking about something is neurologically similar to looking at it.
Of course, it is a valid criticism of all those "OMG Mind Reading is Coming" headlines. I'll leave it to my fellow readers to decide if El Reg is guilty of that.
No, they just use a rebranded version of the Silly Car Name Generator.
Don't count on it
The resident silicon based lifeforms would ban your "instruments of terrible freezing death". Of course if they're anything like humans you could still make your zillions.
I suspect it's neither exactly
but a combination of political correctness and pedantry*. 'Aborigine' is reductive. So we should say 'aboriginal person'. But people are lazy so we end up with 'Aboriginal'.
Now there shouldn't be anything wrong with 'Aborigine' but the fact is the word has a history - all those old well-meaning but cringeworthy references to "the Aborigine". Frankly, it's easier just to go with the tide and say 'indigenous Australian'.
*Assuming you don't just define political correctness as pedantry which I don't.
I'll tell you why I like the show
And it's nothing to do with wanting to be a "Bad Boy".
It's the ultimate deconstruction of American exceptionalism - the idea that people who are white and middle class can do terrible things and still be the good guys - the "I am not a criminal" thing.
OK I get that some people won't get that the show is essentially a morality tale - there's always people who end up identifying with the bad guys if the presented as anything more than cardboard cutouts. But you get that Walter White isn't a good guy. Try giving the fans of the show credit for realising that too.
And yes, the geek appeal of the show comes from the protagonist been one of us. But so are the Master and Lex Luthor - doesn't mean we don't get that they're villains.
Oh and while the underground meth lab is nice and super-villainy I think I'll wait for the Hot Wheels RV version.
Re: Meph-head Johnnie Thicko Or for added catiness let's not forget
I used to buy the jealousy explanation - then I discovered how utterly misogynist some gay men can be. These days I just think of it as pure irrational bigotry. Some people just need to dump on others and sadly, in some quarters, women are still seen as acceptable targets.
Nice room you have here
Pity if something were to happen to it. Or to the entire neighbourhood. Seriously, it's a nice bit of ad hoc engineering but I think there's a reason NASA keeps its centrifuges in concrete bunkers.
Shorter "The Dude"
I'm entitled to threaten to rape and murder any women because some women said some stuff I don't like.
I was ready to complain
that this is just the web 2.0 filter bubble ramped up to 11 and then I was offered the delicious prospect of never having to read about the doings of the Windsor clan again. Add to the list anyone who's ever appeared on reality tv and I'm sold.
They were actually SPACESHIPS! They just had a remarkable similarity to McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms.
But with those goofy eyes I'm betting on it ending up looking like Bender.
Re: No expandable storage
Because it's not a bit of flash memory - it's ten thousand million bits. In other words, you get what you pay for.
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