* Posts by Chris McDevitt

5 posts • joined 20 Dec 2007

Mobiles back in the frame as bee killers

Chris McDevitt
Boffin

Rubbish experiments do not prove much.

As Steve Crook has pointed out, it is a basic truth of beekeeping that two hives side by side behave totally differently.

Most Queens mate with 10 plus random drones, 30 feet up in the air, miles away from the hives ( Whee!). So their genetics are always different and always unknown unless you do some weird Instrumental Insemination.

To do a decent piece of science on bees you need a very large sample and a lot of data.

I like bees and keep a number of hives, but doing research on them is not easy.

Apple iPad

Chris McDevitt

Never buy the first of any Apple kit

This is yet another iteration of Apples SOP.

The first version is always wildly overpriced and under spec'd.

I am going to wait for more connectivity, multitasking, better apps, a camera and more storage - all at a sensible price.

In the meantime I will carry on using my £200 netbook and not worry about getting mugged.

Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary

Chris McDevitt

It's been done already

http://www.effingpot.com/slang.shtml

Vote now for your fave sci-fi movie quote

Chris McDevitt

Flesh Gordon?

Not sure if it counts as SciFi, but it was fun

[after stepping off the space ship and taking a deep breath]

Dr. Flexi Jerkoff: Good, there's oxygen on this planet.

MoD sorts out 'turkey' helicopters for Xmas

Chris McDevitt

Two more things

1) Just remember, Chinooks are the machines that flew into the Mull of Kintyre, so they have a history of problems with instrument flying.

2) On a more general note, remember that that Parkinson's Law was originally created to describe the relationship between the increase in Civil Service Administrators and the reduction in the armed services personnel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_law

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