4180 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
My understanding is that they're way behind in jet engine technology - so much so that they still buy them from the Russians.
Re: Stupid... Just stupid...
I like the apocryphal story that French intelligence were aware the KGB was sniffing around Michelin at the time the tyres for Concorde were being designed. Because a very heavy plane landed at very high speed it needed special synthetic rubber - something Michelin had cracked, but the Soviets had not.
Rather than round up the spies, the story goes that the French instructed Michelin to come up with something the consistency of bubble gum and let the spies get their hands on that formula.
I've never seen an authoritative source, but I rather like the image of a TU-144 stuck to the runway whilst a lot of men in fur hats stand around wondering if their next trip is to Siberia.
Re: Good old Alan T
They're going to keep bringing Alan Turing into anything vaguely tech-related aren't they? Everyone knows the man was a hero and a genius, so they assume their pet projects will get some reflected glory from Turing's work. Expect any number of PPE ministerial statements along the lines of:
Alan Turing would have loved automated car tracking.
Alan Turing understood the importance of technology in war so he would have worked on our new megadeath 7000 hunter-killer drone project.
Alan Turing's work made biometric ID cards possible.
The MayBot isn't exactly showing the best in British intelligence. You'd get more out of a slightly racist speak-your-weight machine.
Re: Perhaps I need a forwarding email address for every shop
Did not know about that - thanks!
Re: in time any internet device with audio in and audio out will work
And then it will be a smart lightbulb calling you to pass on a message from the fridge that you're out of milk.
'Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the RAF's Chief of the Air Staff, chipped in: "If you can’t see us coming, you won’t be able to stop us, so with its stealth and other world-beating technologies the F35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a whole a new level of capability."'
Lockheed Martin certainly saw you coming.
What is this sa-lad that you talk about?
Re: "CEO said city law firm Slaughter and May is conducting an independent review"
The next step is to kill off your competitors and have a monopoly on mediocrity.
Re: Another false claim...
Politics would mean a pay cut, so I suggest he's going to be appointed as a university vice chancellor.
Based on that performance I can only conclude they share a media team with Elon Musk.
This from the same government that contains the FCC
"Which foreign laws and policies restrict the free flow of information online?"
It's not the foreign laws and policies they need to worry about.
I've heard this somewhere before
'One company – Bird – has already responded through its lawyers claiming it has no responsibility for what its users decide to do when on their scooter.'
Ah, the old 'we're just a tech platform' argument.
"I'm angry and sad. The same kind of sadness as when you have to put down your dog."
Is there anything more Swedish than trying to quantify the exact type of sadness? Hope he gets his apian pals back.
Re: I'll have some of that business please
£23m includes the cost of the extended warranty and a premium rate phone call to the customer care team at Lockheed Martin.
Re: Infect it with terrestrial trash?
Probes to Mars and Titan are sterilised before launch (although the Soviets may not have done so with some of their early Mars probes). The type of sterilisation depends on the mission, but are formally known as COSPAR Category III and Category IV. Mars missions are further categorised depending on whether or not they are searching for life.
Dawn was classified as Category III requiring a ultra-high cleanroom. In part this category was due to the probe making a Mars flyby and there being a non-zero chance of it splashing onto Mars; but also because Ceres had previously been identified as a site where there may be evidence of life or its precursor molecules.
Probes to the Moon and Venus only need a lower Category II certification since neither is thought to be capable of supporting life as we know it. Category II requires the mission planners to inform the world of where the probe is going and the impact of it - well impacting - such as if it contains toxic materials or radioisotopes that could be hazardous in the future.
There is also a Category V which is reserved for sample-return missions; again this is subdivided into whether probes are going to potentially life-bearing destinations.
And finally, Category I is for missions going to places where there is no possibility of finding life or its precursors - such as solar probes.
Perhaps another jaunt is in order
There are some more sound mirrors at Abbott's Cliff near Folkstone.
Anyone know of any others?
It’s a mistake in the article. Every German airship was inflated with hydrogen, although Hindenburg was originally designed to fly with helium.
Re: Are Dixons...
Airports have Dixons Travel offering all the charm of the old Dixons stores with additional hard selling and eyewatering markups.
I'm rather surprised they haven't pounced on home automation as the next opportunity to offer barely-functional stuff they don't know anything about at a premium.
From their public statements it is quite clear that Facebook considers itself a publisher when it wants to be - and simultaneously isn't a publisher when that would be inconvenient to the bottom line.
Re: I love the $5 multimeters in the picture
It does look rather like the great British shed has been involved in producing this bit of boffinry. I trust a suitably Bryllantined pipe-smoking gentleman is lurking just out of view.
Judging by the volcanic cloud on the horizon
The photo shows that clapped-out Russian carrier lurking in the background. I have to wonder if it is visible from its smoke plume before it appears on radar.
And what the hell are they burning to make so much soot?
They'll ship boxes.
Empty of course.
Email is fundamental to modern life
But there don't seem to be any decent email programs out there any more. Eudora was excellent at what it did and Thunderbird is pretty good, but I get the impression that people would rather write almost anything than a decent email program.
Alternatively, reinforced clown shoes.
Not wanting to be picky
But is that telescope in the photo actually at Jodrell Bank?
There's a story today that security software is one of North Korea's successful exports. The country has been selling a range of security products under bland names and fake front companies to countries all around the world, including the US and Europe:
Though the ICO could only have ever fined TalkTalk £500k.
TalkTalk got a reduced fine because the regulator found them cooperative with the investigation and because they were themselves the victims of a crime.
Re: Why would airstrip one need a different GPS
Not just gas - look at America's new sanctions on Iran imposed because Tehran was sticking to an international treaty. They have the power to cripple European countries who continue to trade with Iran even though their governments have no problems with the nuclear treaty.
Actions like that strengthen the voices of those who would seek to weak ties with America, make new alliances with other, less democratic, countries, and who want their own shiny satellite programmes.
'bears a distinct similarity to a number of UK politicians as well as being the architect of innumerable grandiose schemes (all of which failed).'
innumerable grandiose schemes - the similarity with UK politicians just gets stronger.
Re: Perfect for the job?
On a kind of related note about cutting corners affecting availability. Earlier this month, the Luftwaffe admitted of the 128 Eurofighters in service, the total number that were combat-ready was - 4; it is meant to be more than 80.
The German navy's latest surface ships have been returned to the builder as they are currently not fit for service and Germany currently has no working submarines - it looks like the MoD has found a worthy rival.
Re: the whole setup was pretty crude
The Mercury astronauts repeatedly watched failures of the Atlas rockets that were going to carry them to orbit. Gus Grissom is on record as saying: "Are we really going to get on top of one of *THOSE* things?
And then they climbed on top of a tin balloon filled with explosives. There's not enough beer in the universe for people like that.
Footage of some early (unmanned) Atlas flights here:
And maximum Michael Bayness of a Atlas Centaur not quite getting off the pad here:
Re: So when are the politicians actually going to act?
Perhaps the committee can have a loud, public conversation with the people who oversee taxes and just happen to ask whether anyone in government is investigating Facebook's tax status?
News Corps logic dictates that governments must not legislate press freedom.
Bloody northerners taking the credit for a Cornish invention.
Re: Solution: Morse code
Apple will fix this by the high-profile release of another set of Emoji which can only be accessed through the touchbar.
Back to the futures
Type in listings and Uudecode.
Should allow for accurate drone strikes on funnel web spiders.
Floppy disks were for rich guys
How about an emulation of the Commodore Datasette cassette drive?
The feckless youth of today need to spend endless character-forming hours readjusting the device's wonky heads in order to realise the full potential of its geological read rate.
Re: Do you have to be evil and incompetent?
No need for training, I believe there's something in the water supply at the Home Office.
Re: I'll keep my upright arcade version of Space Invaders.
Pong Tank - OMG! I had forgotten about that little gem. Thanks for the flashback.
Though I'd say multiplayer Chu Chu Rocket on the Dreamcast comes close for drunken multiplayer brilliance.
Re: Here comes the new boss.
That would be Blackwater/Xe/Academi run by Erik Prince who is also linked to Emerdata?
Re: Raise a glass!
Thanks for the links - he designed the enclosure for the Z88? My first portable computer and a delight to use.
And looking back at the design language for the Spectrum - it really hasn't dated as badly as much of the stuff from the 1980s. The introductory manual with its clear graphics is a masterclass in how to do it properly.
Re: Not just for the rich and famous..
Snowmobile - for when you have to move a few exabytes to a new home:
Re: Watch the Channel 5 documentary
The stroke of genius was to contact the executives directly, rather than their PAs who did the actual bookings (and therefore knew the price of a plane ticket). £5000 IIRC.
Re: Supersonic flight
In West Cornwall, we'd get the boom from the Air France Concorde out of JFK around 9pm every night. Th-THUMP! and the windows would rattle.
Sound of childhood, gone forever.
The stretching also had to be factored into all the wiring and plumbing in the plane.
It's extraordinary that it was possible to design, build and fly this unearthly aircraft fly in the 1960s.
America, you went to the Moon, but we got Concorde.
Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...
Re: I miss the old Apple.
Time Machine is a great idea, but when it goes wrong - as it does from time to time - it is nigh on impossible to find out what has failed. The lack of feedback and error messages in what is a critical application is ridiculous; if a backup fails, you are told nothing about what happened and how to fix it.
I understand that Apple likes minimalism and doesn't want to bombard users with unnecessary information, but we're not psychic.
Re: Want to be the new TSB Head of Infrastructure?
Well spotted - I love this bit from the ad:
'Hello, we're TSB, and we're different from other banks.’