173 posts • joined 23 Aug 2007
Re: Glass, hmm..
"the leg pulley was doing most of the work."
what are you dribbling about? For a start there isn't a leg pulley- the climber is moving a sticky pad up with a foot platform rigidly attached, then straightening his leg to gain height. His legs are doing most of (ideally all) the work. The pads are the only thing attaching him to the wall. If you're suggesting that the climber should be climbing up using arm-power alone then you have clearly never climbed (or prussicked up a rope...).
Re: There is a problem with the harpons
It's attached by 3 ice screws on its feet.
Re: no commercial opportunity here
Uhm, no....If it is not for profit, why can you buy imported whale meat in Japan?
What is silly is that the Japanese pretend that their purely commercial fishery is simply a byproduct of their scientific research. It isn't. That being said I don't really have a problem with small scale commercial whaling of the like carried out by Norway, Iceland etc, it is certainly a more sustainable fishery than cod, for example, and the animal has had a happier life than my bacon sarnie's previous incarnation. It can also be delicious ;)
How long is a piece of string? We don't know ...
Wasn't that the problem with Beagle 2 as well?
Re: Cheap dig
"Today judo is mainly (in fact, virtually only) a sport."
Putin, Vladimir, Judo: History, Theory, Practice,
Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs
Chicken eggs are dinosaur eggs so wonder no more.
Re: Better cheap HD cameras available
Mobius action cam, £40.95 incl. P&P on ebay.
Excellent review here:
Lots of pubs and bars in Tokyo to be reached by elevator.
The dug's baws
Hundens balla in Norwegian.
Are they brown, by any chance?
Re: Just to be pedantic
I'll join in with the pedantry.
Plants can be venomous, if they transmit or inject their toxins through a specialised apparatus, e.g. nettles.
The frogs you mention are poisonous, not venomous, as the toxin is delivered passively. Poisonous can refer to a substance or a plant which causes illness, death etc when taken into the body, or to an animal which produces a poison.
Re: The bigger Question is :
Aye, say what you like about Hitler but at least he gave away Mein Kampf for nothing.
That is jaw-droppingly cool. In my (not so distant) youth it seemed almost inconceivable that we would be able to really know anything about extra-solar planets, or even be able to prove their existence....now all we need to do is figure out a way to visit them.
Re: Fermi's Paradox was nonsense.
"Which leaves the only real driver of aliens coming here being for the sake of it."
Iain M Banks touched upon this in Transition- if tourism is the only reason for an alien race to visit other planets, and the only thing unusual about Ole Earth is the fact that our moon and star appear almost exactly the same size in the sky, then the best place to look for aliens on Earth would be to watch out for space hippies around the time of a solar eclipse....
Re: What a strange concept of pleasure you must have
You do realise you're missing out, don't you?
Re: It's not that it's "new"...
Would be ideal for ultralightweight backpacking....
Re: Who will be the Elon Musk of nuclear power?
Bruce Wayne of course
A pint, or possibly 2 pints, of beer is already an excellent post-sports drink. Better than water alone anyway (after 1 or 2 in an hour post exercise the body has absorbed as much carbohydrates as it can use and the diuretic effects of the alcohol will start to have a bigger effect). It contains nutrients and electrolytes as it is.
Maybe what these Aussies have actually discovered is what the rest of the civilised world just calls "beer" already, as opposed to that koala urine Fosters
I'd rather not take a centrum thanks;
Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier
If you'd bothered to read the article;
"Following testing, the ESA gave the precooling system the thumbs-up in November last year, prompting the British government to stump £60m towards the construction of a full SABRE prototype."
And some beer sacrificed on the stones for lovely malty steam
Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry
"Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics"
No he's not. He's a particle physicist.
Re: Anybody want this garbage
""If you have reasonable doubt about their guilt, you MUST find them not guilty." Whether the penalty is death or imprisonment *shouldn't* make a difference in deciding guilty or not guilty"
It shouldn't make a difference in deciding their guilt, however it should make a difference in deciding the punishment if capital punishment is an option. If there is *any* doubt about their guilt, reasonable or otherwise, then they should not be put to death.
For premeditated murder, with zero doubt as to guilt, then they should be fired out of a cannon as soon as sentenced.
Balls to your sweeping statement Jake.
Drugs have always been an option, throughout human history, and across human cultures. From a champagne reception to a shaman's hut in the rainforest, people have always, and will always, like to get off their tits. . It's the prohibition of drugs that is new and is the problem, not the drugs.
Drugs are never going to go away, no matter what kind of social utopia you imagine you want to live. Me, my utopia would be one in which individuals are allowed to make their own life choices, to the extent that they don't harm others with those choices.
Does the thing have portholes to look out of, or does the pilot just watch everything on viewscreens?
Has certain redeeming features
I quite enjoyed Gnomeo and Juliet.
But then I was kind of high...
The Cat in the Hat
Starring Mike Myers.
Awful, just awful.
A Scanner Darkly is good....
You obviously *don't* know.
We have a parliamentary democracy in the UK. It is not a Repubic (sic), but a constitutional monarchy.
I would also argue that there was no pure, direct, democracy in Ancient Greece either. Certainly not "everybody" voted on every decision- you didn't get a say if you were female, or a slave, for instance.
Imagine if all the Daily Mail readers in this country had a say in every single decision o_O
And the nomads got?
How much were the nomads who found the rocks paid?
2 most irritating?
More irritating than Wesley Crusher???
Spelled Moldova, surely?
Trash bags, I want some trash bags! traaash baaaags, I want some traaash baaags!
"claimed......could fight the flab on leg and buttock muscles"
No. they don't claim that. They do claim that they tone the muscles. Toning and fighting flab are different things (and targeted fat loss is a complete myth). Although try telling that to women that attend thighs bums and tums classes at the gym to develop magnificent abs and arses which then remain hidden under a big pile of flab.
Stop being a pedant
He probably didn't mean UK, as law is not consistent across the UK.
You have English Law in England and Wales, Scots Law in Scotland and Northern Ireland Law in Norn Iron.
In Scotland for example you do not require a deed poll to change your name, you pretty much just have to inform others (banks etc) of the name you will henceforth be known as.
Not sure about England but studies in Scotland have shown that exam standards have remained constant and pupils are just getting better at passing exams.
Also, you should Google the Flynn Effect- IQs are increasing steadily over time too. In a couple of centuries you would be considered an imbecile. Or perhaps you already are?
....what have they done to it?
Fuelled it maybe?
Cheese eating surrender monkeys
Napoleon was Corsican
"the French........have been waiting a long time to get their own back"
Get their own back for what exactly?
Mounting a successful invasion of England back in 1066?
Winning the 100-years war?
Amateur, at the commonwealth games I would have thought. Answer is still not me though.
Fire up the Orion- let's go!
@ Devil Dog
Teufel Hunden- which the US marines allege was a nickname given to them by Zie Germans, meaning "Devil Dog"
Almost certainly made up by either the marines or a US reporter. There are no references to the term in German language sources (even today). It isn't even in grammatically correct German as any schoolkid will tell you.
I don't see how this is going to be good. The 3 prequels are utter drivel to begin with (esp Phantom Menace) and I'm not sure how much I want to see 3D Ewoks either.
As I understand it proper made for 3D films are shot with cameras with little focal length (or animated) so that everything is in focus. Converted to 3D films don't really work (and bring on headaches) because everything looks almost 3D but you can't focus on everything on the screen because the camera wasn't focused on everything. I don't see any techniques which could bring everything into focus in the original films other than CGI....
I would hope also that they would use the original films rather than the "special edition" with added shit CGI....but it is Lucas..
Pie in Chorlton, Manchester. Great ales, lovely pies.
Lots and lots of lovely pies!
From my experience watching the Wire;
187= US police code for murder. As tattooed on many a gangsta rappa.
50 = police. Apparently (and amusingly) this comes from the Yank cop show Hawaii 5-0
so I guess when you put 2 & 2 together.....
Fruit flies holding the secret....
...I doubt that there's anything special about fruit flies, they're just a standard organism for this type of research, with very well understood genetics, like lab mice
pointless (but fun) reviews
I think Export to Scandinavia got their definition from Wikipedia (and presumably prefer the name "Export to Scandinavia" to "Export to Scandinavia and Finland").
Finland isn't part of Scandinavia but it is one of the Nordic countries along with Norway, Sweden etc.
And the Moomin books were written in Swedish. This is a useful fact if you ever need to really annoy a Finnish person.
And I dread to think what El Reg would be like if it was actually written in Common English. A bit like The Sun I guess......
- Comment Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
- All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union
- Review Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled
- Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION
- Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop