13 posts • joined Friday 31st August 2007 13:22 GMT
Really poor journalism here
Come on - your own article says that a spin doctor waved his own mobile about (in this case a blackberry) and said John McCain sat on the government committee that pushed through legislation that enabled modern comms technology to happen. That's a far cry from "John McCain invented the Blackberry."
Remove the article - its sensationalist and shoddy journalism and frankly you can do better.
I can't say I'm in favour of McCain or his views, or that modern American comms tech is anything to be bragging about. I'm just complaining about this awful article that will doubtless be all over the tabloids tomorrow because the Register is supposed to be good at technical issues.
The opportunity to meet (or be blasted by) exciting new aliens carries not just a space dimension but also a considerable time factor. I suspect that as we haul ourselves out of the gravity well and begin space exploration properly we may uncover long buried remains of civilisation - if it makes any sense to us and if we can be bothered with a dust strewn rock for long enough to investigate.
In turn we will leave behind surprisingly vague clues for civilisations to come after us. What would a race who don't hear and never felt the urge to develop optical media make of a Led Zepplin CD - remastered or otherwise?
Given the rates of change in human innovation over the last 100 years and the last millennium, if we are lucky/unlucky enough to have neighbours sufficiently close in time and space to have any impact on us whatsoever, for there to be an even remotely interesting struggle, we'd need to be on an effective technological par. Otherwise it'd be a bit like like a modern day Para regiment taking on a Cavalry brigade - abrupt and soggy.
Are 'they' out there? They probably are somewhere, and they almost certainly will be or were. For it to be a relevant question for the next 10 generations (to be relatively topical) is an unreasonably remote chance.
just my 2p...
Congratulations on 10 years of not taking yourselves too seriously.
I've been a Reg reader since you got hold of the BoFH and thank you for years of reasonably good articles.
let me know where to send the cake and you might get one...
Re bad credit in an afternoon
I'm not certain this'll work, but you could pretend it was a gift for a teenage friend. Most kids have gotten a bad credit rating at one point or another - ask a kid to ask friends - you're bound to find someone fairly quickly. Throw in a bottle of cheap cider and you should have your dodgy credit report.
Go on then
Other nominations include:
The various guitar cases from El Mariachi, Desperado and Once upon a time in Mexico
Sex Machine's codpiece in from Dusk Till Dawn
Some awesome other ones up there too.
From fiction I'd have to go with Iain M Bank's Lazy Gun
Fair enough - I was just going on what I was told.
Certainly I've been out for 2 days, but it works if you have gsm turned on and displays the 3g logo. I only really noticed cos mobile TV wasn't working.
ah well never mind...
""Northern Salmon Co...now faces closure if it doesn't get emergency government aid"
Huh? Don't they insure their livestock against predators/storms/disease? It's not like the Govt ordered them culled..."
Spot on - but they needn't worry - Alistair Darling is chancellor and can be relied on to bail pretty much anyone out. Gord alone knows what his laissez faire attidude will do to the budget next time round. Thanks goodness the hospital trusts seem to have their houses in order finally.
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- Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!
- Spin doctors brazenly fiddle with tiny bits in front of the neighbours
- Game Theory Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high
- That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go