Re: 25 people just to lift it...
It's a natural reaction when describing the size of any aquatic creature to exaggerate....
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It's a natural reaction when describing the size of any aquatic creature to exaggerate....
I suspect the name "George" is about to leap into the top 5....
"Actually no, if this had been Ryanair they would have realised the extra charging opportunity:"
Yes, can you imagine how much they'd have raked it in? £70 to print a boarding card at the airport, plus an extra £60 to purchase a bag check-in at the airport. I'm surprised Ryanair don't regularly put an axe through their datacentres when they're short of a bit of cash.
"The $1.1bn solar-powered probe will arrive at the planet in the summer of 2016, provided it suffers no more problems"
Problems or not, it's pretty much guaranteed to arrive at Jupiter in summer '16 now regardless of what happens
1) It's a UK police force trying to get a Canadian company to do something - be interested to see what sort of "court order" would be effective for that
2) The redirect page would have said they were being "investigated", not found guilty of it. This is reason enough to make them disappear off the web?
3) Presumably the UK were trying to block it globally in this instance? Seems pretty far out of their juristiction...
What strange times we live in.
"Apple has no problem selling 10 million devices in a weekend, so why is it impracticable for M$ to make more than 2k devices for launch?"
Well, it was 9 million. It was also globally. We've no idea how many were sold in the UK. The number also included the 5C.
"20 per day you say? Haha. You really have no clue do you. All of it's produced in China, and they have the capability to put out 100 times that."
You'll note I said "for ease of maths", not "these are real numbers". Tried to make it simple for you and ignore the global figures. Clearly I didn't try hard enough.
The usual complaints of supply chain management from various bods that don't understand supply chain management, or the adage of not carrying large quantities of stock at once.
For ease of maths, let's say MS can make 20 per day and they have a value of £500. To make the 2000 ready for launch date, they'd have to start building them 100 days ago. They'd also have a gradually growing value of stock sitting in a warehouse over 3 months, waiting for launch day, with the value gradually adding up to £1,000,000. Inflate the volumes and this becomes lunacy. Same goes with Apple launches.
I'm trusting you were being ironic in criticising their sexual attitudes, then scoring the "boobage" and the "babe"?
"Remember within the past year or so the BBC fielded zillions of complaints about a similar dress worn by Holly Whatshername off the dancing programme."
Not really, there were 5 for the ITV one, 130 for the BBC one. Be interesting to see stats on it, but I suspect most programmes generate that just by virtue of being on.
It's to be noted that Cameron or similar didn't step in and fire her though.
"Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?"
The Bridge on the River Kwai?
Karl Pilkington: "I've come up with this idea of a wrist-watch that tells you when you're gonna die"
Ricky Gervais: "But how would it work?"
KP: "You wear it on your wrist"
Stokebroker: OK now before I execute this order, are you sure you understand the risks of stock ownership?
Flash to scene in Homer's brain of 'We're in the money' chorus line in front of king-kong
Homer: You heard the monkey, make the trade.
"UM is bundling free MP3 downloads with each disc."
Amazing. How many people does UM think are wavering on whether to purchase or not, but think that the bundling of an mp3 is going to swing it?
"Blimey, I didn't think an intelligent Republican actually existed!"
There are plenty. I had the pleasure of seeing Rand Paul filibuster over the drone policies when I visited the US and it was impressive.
The difference between the Democrats and Republicans seems to be that the crazy Democrats never seem to run for office, or get very far if they do.
I note Michael Habel is trolling and offering Harry Reid as an example of a crazy Dem, who "obliviously" hates cancer kids. Nice spinning, but you've handily missed out a line from the 3-person conversation which changes entirely the context:
Bash: “But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, to Bash, “Why pit one against the other?”
Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”
Reid was in effect saying the idea of running piece-meal budget bills was nuts, and to quote him in the same question "what gives them the right to choose which parts of the government are funded?". There's a cruel irony that this healthcare that is currently unfunded, is due to a Republican congress that wants to unpick the healthcare reforms brought in by Obama.
" It currently contains around 110,000 characters. You will have noticed that this is considerably above the original two-byte limit"
Na, not *considerably* above. Just a lowly bit above it.
"Scientists, scientists, please. Looking for some order. Some order, please, with the eyes forward and the hands neatly folded and the paying attention ... PI IS EXACTLY THREE!!"
I'll continue to use my mobile connection to do what it was defined to do, thanks. Or use the existing free wifi that shops and shopping centres already provide.
Targetted ads? Seriously? I bought a Velux blind about 2 months ago. I've had nothing but ads for Velux blinds ever since (locked down machine, no adblock etc). Because, y'know, buying that blind is going to be such a regular experience that it's good I see ads for it.
It's not radioactive
Your watch isn't atomic-locked though. It's out by however long it takes the radio signal to reach you, which is a varying lag. Unless it has a GPS component to compensate?
Nobody has a battery to put in it that lasts that long either...
"The only downside is a rather aggressive creep while idling. You soon learn to slip it into neutral or keep your foot on the brake at lights."
Much like any other automatic car?? So much so that most automatics these days don't even let you start the engine without your foot on the brake.
"Not forgetting the use of the mirrors"...
I removed the rear-view mirror from my car a few weeks ago. I've not looked back since...
"Tea, Earl Grey, hot"
The mistake everyone makes at some point when tinkering with recursive functions, is messing up the break point and ending up with a stack overflow, or falling into an infinite loop.
If a quantum computer calculates all states at once, how does it cope if the number of states is infinte?...
"Can you imagine a phone built from the ground up with security in mind "
Yes, but not under Microsoft
"How many Brits died of tobacco, fat, sugar, alcohol, and salt in the same time-frame?"
One suspects the US managed just as impressive a rate as the UK, but regardless, they didn't die due to someone else's burger. The only product you mentioned that could possibly harm someone else is tobacco and regardless of your view on 2nd-hand smoke damage, public exposure to that has pretty much been eradicated.
The only risk to you is if they fall on you.
"What impressed me most was the fact that there was so little resistance from the phone that the initial Barrett round went through and the phone stayed upright."
Perfect example to contradict the silly notion in films someone being shot and thrown through a plate glass window.
So who callibrates the callibrating rover?
Are you reading about a different Curiosity? From that very link:
"As established by the Mars Exploration Program, the main scientific goals of the MSL mission are to help determine whether Mars could ever have supported life, as well as determining the role of water, and to study the climate and geology of Mars. The mission will also help prepare for human exploration."
I've also never said Curiosity is looking for life. It's looking for whether life could have existed.
@Lars - " Water exists but now we also know there is a small amount in the soil. Perhaps that was expected, as it was, as such an experiment was made. Now we can also prove it."
That's my point. We've proven it many many times already over the course of various orbiters and landers. This wasn't looking for it specifically, they just analysed the content of the soil. Water was known to be in there already.
@Vociferous - it's really simple - the basic objective of Curiosity: "could Mars have ever supported life". It includes understanding the *role* of water, not find it. As per the link above, there's enough water on Mars to cover it to a depth of 35m if it were free-flowing.
"Yeap - I was kinda wondering why this wasn't the first bleeding obvious thing to do...."
Because it's like sending a boat into the ocean and testing to see if it's salty. We know it is already.
No, the purpose of the mission was to look for evidence that life had ever existed on Mars. It's goal isn't to look for water, or even for present life.
We've known about water on Mars for almost 10 years now, it's concentrated mostly at the poles, but Spirit and Phoenix have both found water samples in the dirt, and atmospheric vapour exists too.
Oddly enough, this article pretty much describes the opening scene of War Games (but as a US drill), prompting the WOPR to be installed as first reponse. "Sir, turn your key!"
Even more so, 50% of iDevices, but not all of these iDevices will be capable of running iOS 7, so it's yet another meaningless stat. For all we know, 50% of devices are capable, meaning that it's a 100% conversion rate. Or all of the devices are capable (unlikely - 3GS and below will still be out there) meaning it's only a 50% conversion rate.
So all we know, it's definitely "more than half".
This has been standard iOS behaviour since the iPhone 4, no? Everything after the 3GS required a jailbreak in order to go backwards.
Doesn't surprise me much though - PSP and PS3 exhibit this behaviour too.
Almost - you can get *some* podcasts (minus music) of radio shows, but there is still a vast wealth out there that isn't available yet. I'd love to listen to more Radio 4 shows (It's Not What You Know being a cracking example), but it has only been available as one-off guest appearances on the Comedy of the Week podcast, or streaming live. Through the majority of my drive, I don't have anything like a good enoug mobile connection to stream, although I've certainly tried.
My only outlet so far has been getting it through "illicit" places such as the now defunct thebox. My primary option now is taping it! Barely a 20th century solution...
"If a plane is late, is this actually EJ's fault? They don't run traffic control..."
True, but they can build in realistic contingencies and plane turnaround times. Budget airlines aim for high aircraft utilisation and minimal turnaround between flights. I'd heard it was about 30 minutes to unload, prep, reload which is highly sensitive to any delays. They then compound through the day.
Not a criticism, just a consideration that people have to make when choosing to fly!
1) We only have this person's side of the story
2) Most companies don't comment on individual complaints, as they have to gain the complainants permission before releasing that information
3) Any provider of goods or services has the right to refuse service to anyone being a dick. While a 90 minute delay might be annoying, they're under no obligation to do anything about that. Judging by the response of "we're not helping the Army guy", it sounds like a very exasperated employee retorting to someone who was being a bit of a plum, and shouting/ranting/tweeting
4) A threat of not offering to fly someone, that was reversed upon seeing their lawyer credentials? Who knew that law lecturers had such recognisable badges to flash about.
I'm smelling a large dose of bullshit, or at the very least a hastily rewritten version of history.
Lag, in essence.
But fly-by-wire has been the "real" pilot in modern airframes for a number of years now.
Are you planning on strapping it to a modified 747 in order to do your approach and landing tests? Followed by a world tour to show off your spaceflight supremacy?
USB3.x remains a discrete device at the end of a PCI express lane. Thunderbolt is entwined with the motherboard and is forced to carry the video signal of the motherboard to be deemed compliant.
Ever wondered why you can't get Thunderbolt add-on cards but USB ones are ubiquitous?
"Which makes me think its deliberate so they can create free headlines about shops selling out."
1) You'd think they would have done that for the 5C if that were the case ("ooh, look how popular this one is too").
2) Stock control and supply chain management says that you shouldn't operate to try and fulfil demand on day 1. To do so would be to start stockpiling models for ages, and tying up capital in your warehouses. Say they can sell 100,000 on day 1, and can make 1,000 per day (all made up figures). They would have had to start producing them over 3 months ago and stockpile them all as the levels get gradually larger. Stock in a warehouse is an utter waste of capital. Using those figures along and averaging the value to be around £600, they'd have £60m tied up in a warehouse, doing nothing but waiting for launch day.
In reality the figures will be much higher.
One would imagine that the ISS must be covered in the blighters, sort of like leaving a car parked under a tree during nesting season. Given there's been no missions that I'm aware of that have deployed windscreen wipers to the cupola, I'm sensing that's not the case.
Many people missing the point. Up until this point, iOS 6 protected your content from being abused if you activated it - you were still able to wipe the phone and start again with it. As I understand it, Android devices operate in a similar way.
The iOS 7 update allows you to permanently disable the phone. No unlocking, no wiping and selling it on as a usable device. I'm assuming that by its very nature, Android wouldn't be able to do this, you'll always be able to flash and re-use.
Does LOHAN not make this list?
"Ryanair have got it all sewn up. Fifth euro to get into space, a meeelllion euro surcharge if you need oxygen."
Not to mention that Ryanair's scheduled trips to Mars for only 50p (plus taxes) actually land on Phobos.
You're wrong - that is possibly the best sub-heading El Reg has ever produced!
Erm, the moon going dark (new moon) has nothing to do with the earth's shadow. The moon is always lit by the sun in the same way the earth is. The "dark" side of the moon isn't literally dark, it's just that half is always facing away from the earth due to the tidal lock.
The moon does pass into the earths shadow, roughly twice a year, known a a lunar eclipse, but only for a few hours.
*Some* Plod constabularies would be more accurate. Most (if not all?) moved to CD or DVD years ago.