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Not the ridiculous timescale, but the drawing.
When NASA wanted to get Joe Sixpack interested in space they went to Colliers and commissioned magnificent works of art of Werner von Braun's dreams (the ones that didn't involve screaming starving slaves). When Britain was still in the space race, kids could see the Blue Streak wedged in the middle of their Eagle comics with every part from the 0.075" thruster grommit lovingly labelled and described.
The we got Gerry Anderson hacking Airfix tanks into Eagles, UFO Interceptors and strange purple wigs. Space was exciting, and - in the case of 'UFO', slightly kinky.
Not even a whiff of dry ice.
I wouldn't give them a penny until they come up with the X100 Fireblade-Eins - a swoopy thing depicted roaring out of Heathrow in BOAC colours in an artwork so exciting it will moisten even the stoniest of Euro gussets.
Then they can have a squillion quid. Just so long as Richard Branson isn't allowed anywhere near it.
Andy Burnham is so far up the music industry's arse that he could be their dentist.
BTW. Does he remind anyone else of Una Stubb's timeless interpretation of Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummage?
(Warning twin tw*t action)
The on-screen Interface to the Zune is beautiful and much, much better than the original iPod's. BUT the case is big and chunky and you can't get past the first impression it is an inferior iPod clone.
But the real killer was the iPhone / iPod Touch transformed the market; with nothing similar, Zune just looked old fashioned.
I do like the twin-shot moulding process that gives the case two colours. Shame it wasn't utilised by a company with any taste. I mean - brown???
...make every computer in government run Linux and even the simplest tasks will become so complex and time consuming there won't be any time left over for any Orwellian projects.
All these years and I felt so alone in hating Absolutely Fabulous - and The Vicar of Dibley, and only Fools and Horses, and The Royle Family, and Little Britain...
With the password attached on a yellow PostIt note.
'That most of the people at DARPA dont care if it is death tech or not, just as long as it is "outside the box".'
All very true, but it does rather beg the question - 'what are DARPA projects delivered in, if they're already outside of the box?'
Doesn't mean they're not getting into the netbook market, it means that nothing out there right now is what they think a netbook should be like. Just like the way Apple considered phones before the iPhone to be "inferior".
...to the tricky question. 'Who's dumber - Paris or Jordan?'
Thanks to her comprehensive energy policy, Paris is the brains of the outfit.
I'm not even American, but I'm more than willing to offer my half-baked, left-field, crazy-ass ideas to DARPA in exchange for a warm patriotic glow, a moderately ludicrous salary, a Corvette and a secret volcano lair.
For instance, perfecting my economy-saving stealth manatee will only cost a few billion...
...and an Aston Martin...
...and Iceland ('cos how many other countries tell you what they're like on the label?)
...so wants one of these.
Will 'Captain Scarlet' style backwards-facing seats be a build-to-order option?
'I recently bough a TV off them with a 5 year warranty. I guess that is now not worth the email it's written on :('
You're okay if it's a manufacturer's warranty - in which case as long as the maker is in business you're okay; or if ED sold another company's policy. If there's another name on the policy give them a ring and see if you're covered. You're only absolutely screwed if it was an ED extended warranty.
The discrepancy is that Trident is a MIRV missile - that is one mind-bendingly expensive missile can do the work of half a dozen older ones, by deploying multiple warheads which each steer their way to a city of *YOUR* choosing.
Honestly, what's not love?
Each Trident missile can carry up to eight warheads which means you could use one to blow up most of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh and still have one left over for Milton Keynes (just because).
How cool is that???
It killed off the awesomely beautiful TSR-2.
If M&S started selling y-fronts with built in catalytic converters they'd crack the greenhouse emissions problem *AND* cut down on bad smells.
Because I can remember the concept of rights as being a positive thing - what you're allowed to do, what you are protected from, that sort of thing.
But now under NewLab rights have become the things you aren't allowed to do on the grounds you'll either upset a squillionaire or become a terrorist.
Come on Reg, we want mockup images complete with totty.
Counts for buggery when the only option is to save the images as JPEG. Surely a RAW option is long overdue?
Used to be excellent - got a TV off them at a cracking price; but last year I wanted an Asus Eee, they were the only place with them in stock, but refused to ship unless I sent them a copy of my passport or driving licence.
So after a quick WTF, I decided to go somewhere else and wait.
Knowing it's part of the Dixons group makes a bizarre policy almost understandable.
BT aren't being the usual bunch of censorious cnuts - it's working for me.
Oh yes they did, it was called laser rot and it was caused by improper sealing of the disk allowing oxygen to react with the aluminium layer.
And it could happen fast. My LD of 'Contact' became unplayable in only a couple of years.
But the image quality of a good LD was something to behold when the only alternative was VHS.
Being able to erect the rocket quickly means its less prone to damage in rain, lightning or high winds which are more common in Florida than you might think. The existing Shuttle and ELVs can sit on a pad for days whilst they are checked out, plugged in, fuelled and the like. Some of the smaller rockets can be screened entirely from the elements, but the big ones are terribly vulnerable.
Of course the coolest were some of the old Titan missiles which were launched from underground bunkers on pop-up launchpads like something from a Gerry Anderson movie.
Italy's 21st Century Il Duce wants to regulate the Internet and now Andy 'Does his mum know where he is?' Burnham jumps up and says 'me too! me too!'
How long before the creep (the process not Burnham) sets in and, (under pressure from the likes of this odious little gobshite), ISPs refuse to host sites that don't come with a 'KiddyFriendly' sticker and a nice picture of Andy Burnham stroking kittens?
Sorry, the Buran orbiter was totally destroyed in 2002 when the roof of its hanger collapsed. The second orbiter was practically complete when the programme was cancelled and might still be intact somewhere at Baikonur.
Some of the non-spaceworthy analogues are still around; one is in Germany, another was (is?) in Gorki Park, Moscow and another is parked outside at Baikonur.
Iceland is dedicated to becoming a hydrogen economy to replace expensive imported oil (I say 'expensive'; filling up a car in the middle of nowhere in Iceland is still cheaper than doing it in the UK).
They've run a number of trials with buses around Reykjavik refuelling from a dedicated hydrogen station on the outskirts of the city, which produces hydrogen on-site using electrolysis. The next stage was to see if hydrogen could be used as a fuel for smaller vehicles and as a ship fuel and a study to see if it was economically viable to export liquid hydrogen to Europe.
Of course they're lucky - sitting on almost limitless hydro and geothermal reserves, it's cheap and easy to make hydrogen - something that isn't the case in the UK or most of the rest of Europe. So if the Icelanders have any sense they're already planning their revenge on the UK when they'll be able to turn off our LH2 supply as easily as we can shut down their banks.
More info here:
With the productive part of the economy seriously screwed by the non-productive part (New Labour and investment banking alike); there's soon going to be millions of people out of work and desperately needing new forms of employment.
And what better way than having the jobless pressed into service snooping on all our phone calls, IMs and web surfing? Even better, single mums will be able to spy on people from the comfort of their own homes - so no need to pay child care.
In Jacqui's world, every day will be like waking up in Pyongyang without the Dear Leader's sense of whimsy.
'Cos I'd pay money to see a pack of AIBOs chasing that around the room.
Older readers will remember 1980s America pouring billions into fabs so it would have a guaranteed supply of memory chips in case of war with Japan.
How well did that go again?
For some of us with busy lives*; El Reg is the only place to look for post Cnidarian survival guides (and Paris Hilton updates).
You should have included the useful hint that many jellyfish venoms can by pissing on it - the wound, not the jellyfish - that just makes them angry.
* for certain definitions of the word 'busy'.
When are British politicians finally going to grasp the fact we're not a major power any more and we really don't have huge interests around the World that need defending. We're just the latest big European power to find the world's moved on. The Swedes used to dominate the military balance in Central Europe, now they've decided they can do much better selling flat-pack to the rest of the World whilst defending their own territory. Do the Dutch really miss their global empire and massive Navy? What about the Portuguese and the Spanish?
Let's just accept it, Britain: it's a bit crap.
Not a good plan when your van is teetering on the brink of a cliff.
As for M7S's idea of other Bollywood remakes.
My eminently sensible suggestion is that anyone who wants to apply for a job with the IWF is the sort of reactionary Daily Mail 'just think of the children' busybody who should be banned from such a responsible position. The one who slimed his way on to Channel 4 last night - well he's the sort of creep that my mum used to warn me about.
The only people getting aroused by this album are the likes of Jacqui Smith who even now is probably writhing in ecstasy at the prospect of lots more stuff getting banned soon.
Yeah I know, I've put the thought of an aroused Jacqui Smith in your mind now...
What was he doing, paying off an Ocean Finance loan?
(Apart from the obvious)
Boris Johnson knew beforehand and David Cameron was also informed immediately before.
Are we supposed to believe that servants would have left either the Home Secretary or Prime Minister ignorant of the situation if a senior Tory had got on the phone to tell them this was an outrage?
That Jacqui Smith is ignorant is a given, that she was ignorant of this is a good old fashioned Melton Mowbray of a lie.
Clever games companies will simply stick the Timothy score on the box.
'A must have game!' (Joystick wigglers)
'Awesome' (The Times)
'36/39' (Timothy Guide)
'New Diana Revelations' (The Daily Express)
Now the highest court in Europe has concluded that the UK has breached the ECHR, does this mean that anyone else who has had their records retained on the database can sue the government?
They are completely different organisations.
Having said which - bloody good decision, Jacqui really is having a shitola week isn't she?
Going into GM, a American company that's about to go spectacularly tits-up.com? What could possibly go wrong?
...someone had built a supersonic airliner that could supercruise for hours on end without needing an afterburner...
'She accused the Tories of condoning "systematic" leaking of confidential Home Office information.'
A bit like those helpful-to-the-Labour-Party leaks from inside the Treasury that kept ending up with Robert Peston at the BBC?
F'rkrissakes Jacqui when you're in a hole stop digging instead of asking for a bigger shovel.
Lay a cable between Britain and Iceland and tap into some of their enormous untapped hydroelectric potential. We get a huge amount of clean electricity, they get lots of hard currency and a diversified economy.
'"It is quieter than a child playing the violin," inventor Howard Stapleton told the Beeb.'
Yes, but is it as annoying as a child playing the violin?
...how long it took to get all those nasty chemicals onboard using the regulation 100ml bottles.
He might be as shite at this job as he was being Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Presumably this a version of the South West which encompasses everything West of Reading and South of Birmingham?
That it's a terrible remake of a frankly-not-very-good original?
What are these carriers for?
Are they another part of the MoD's macho strategy to try and fool the world + dog into thinking that Britain isn't a clapped out medium-sized country, or a turbine powered job creation scheme for Gordon Brown's constituents?
So nothing like the book which imagined the slowest, dullest apocalypse ever to befall mankind.
...that Britain was crawling with terrorists who were only minutes away from exploding a ricin laced fizzy drinks can containing anthrax.
So I'd have thought that the anti-terror police would have been far too busy protecting us from mad mullahs and animal rights nutters to bother investigating government leaks.
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