525 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
Dom Joly - the thinking mans futurist
Shermans are underestimated
The previous post greatly underestimates the Sherman. It was a good medium tank for its time and about the maximum size you could conveniently get a tank across the Atlantic, fit in landing craft and drive over most roads and bridges of Western Europe.
It was easily a match for the Panzer IV which was its real main opposition, and fairly close to the Panther. Tigers, especially the Tiger II, were an extreme rarity on the Western Front. Reliability, Servicing and repair of any German tank was much harder than the Sherman.
Even the reputation of the Sherman for burning up is an over exaggeration, especially once wet ammunition storage was implemented.
Some Shermans (upgraded) were happily kicking T-55s in the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict.
Re: Hmmm. . .
If we have enough material to make a Dyson sphere, perhaps we'll need a space version of a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
One wonders if a vacuum cleaner can work in space....
Bad value for money
I fail to see how getting £175mil as a one off is good value for a company generating £100 million per year.
Moto G 4Gs at a discount
1. Go to Tescos (or other places presumably)
2. Buy the Tesco PAYG version which is often sold at a £30+ discount to the unlocked version
3. Unlock it by contacting your friendly unlocker on eBay for £1.50 or so
I have 5 of them as they're great value for money. Through Clubcard vouchers and the above, I've paid less than £100 for all of them.
ICANN't help laughing
So ICANN thought they were onto a winner by extorting $185,000 from everyone applying for a TLD, and are upset by the fact that someone has outsmarted them.
Quite honestly $2500 is probably small change to most companies that wish to pre-register. I quite honestly believe that no real company should be able to own its own .sucks domain.
It's lovely but
I think I'll stick to my Moto G 4G at 1/6 of the price. Since I've got 5 phones to buy that saves me £2.5k minimum.
(Cunning stunt: save £25 by buying locked to Tescos and paying £2 or so to unlock)
Re: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.
That's because of the work by the spooks, the armed services, and those a lot more informed than you.
Ah, they have Top Men working ceaselessly
Re: another name
Lighting Up time
I always light up after a Big Bang myself. Maybe the Universe also smokes after sex.
Re: Change of venue
No but you could hire somewhere like Kings College Cambridge for your announcement and have a suitably awe-inspiring venue for your product release.
Kings even have a web page for it... http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/conference-dining/
What this means is that when you have your own personal extinct volcano as your lair, there is the genuine possibility of having your spacecraft return to you with their captured contents....
Re: Foriegn ownership of Swedish companies
Its a Saab, Saab situation
The main thing that really annoys the anti-copyright crowd is not that copyright exists. I can live with and respect the right that an artist/producer has the right to have the obtain money in exchange for his work and copies of it. I also have no problem in protecting user produced digital content.
What really annoys is the duration of copyright, partly thanks to what seems to have been a copyright arms race between Europe and the US. If I invent a magic potion that cures all known ailments, I am able to obtain a patent on it for 20 years and after that anyone can copy it. Copyright duration should be roughly similar.
Why land on a barge?
If you can have a controlled descent, surely a controlled descent to land would be a much easier prospect - you don't have a small target and you can have your landing zone in the middle of a desert so you can pick up the pieces even if you're a mile or two off.
@AC: The trolling
Strong with AC is.
Isn't Elite meant to be the game where you indulge in smuggling, piracy and other illegal space acts to get loot?
It's not meant to be fair - its a dog eat dog universe.
Most of their readers are about 120 proof anyway....
Re: i forget...
There are occasions when Google has been wrong and a little over enthusiastic in their desire to get data on everything (and everyone). I'm not sure that they have crossed the boundaries into being evil
In this case Hood was not so much doing a service to Mississipians but copy/paste lawsuiting for the MPAA which is not a popular organisation at the best of times.
Once you got the hang of it, docking manually was less risky than using the docking computer, which had a nasty habit of wrecking you every so often.
Re: But it looks like H-dot is sticking to his guns
Translated: "It's failed in Spain and Germany, so we're going to screw things up the same way across all of Europe".
I sincerely believe
Google should start charging companies who want to appear on Google news; but only where laws like this are in effect.
Re: Relative poverty of thought
Tims article has generally been analytical rather than pushing forward UKIP policies. I don't agree with the conclusions that Tim has reached, but nevertheless the content is thought-provoking rather than just click bait, as you put it
Re: The reality
In actual fact if the council are unable to offer you a smaller home, then you are allowed to use that as a legitimate reason not to pay the bedroom tax.
Incidentally, you can rent out your spare room and earn up to about £5k a year tax free. Obviously some of this will be subject to benefits clawback, but the net effect will be positive.
As for moving home, there are discretionary grants available to assist in this sort of activity.
This raises the question of whether a charity is an activity to gather money to fully pay professionals to do the job, or whether the professionals being paid to do the work by the charity should also work for a charitable wage?
I do think the salary level of Save the Children is taking the p**s though.
I liked the Wing Commander cut scenes more, personally
Dead, decomposed, blind....
Stop talking about David Blunkett in this way
I was wondering why my area seemed to have gained some llamas. I thought it was something to do with fetching a better price for wool/meat products...
Actually this and similar games would at least allow them to "Fully Engage" in the planning...
...on improving his high score, no doubt.
Re: calendar check....
..held on by BluTac
The main question is
...what will Stephen Hawking be the projenitor of? The Borg, Daleks, or Cybermen?
When will we hear....
...the pitter patter of tiny little BOFHs?
In the canal
I'm surprised you didn't strip down your Note and bury the components in rice as soon as you could.
Most phones recover from a dunking if treated in a similar manner.
Re: 4G? I've heard of it...
Giffgaff (and presumably O2 also) is in the process of rolling out 4G right now.
I really don't care myself. I've found most downloads occur fast enough on 3G and if I need high speed download I can normally find a wireless link....
Re: Not mentioned: Moto G v2 also has Dual SIM
Moto G has both SIMs active at the same time. i.e. you are connected to receive calls from both lines. Whilst in a call the other SIM is inactive.
You choose which SIM to use for data
You can change your configuration anytime.
Re: The LTE version isn't a Mk II
Even better, you can buy a 4G LTE locked to Tesco Mobile for £20 less than the unlocked version and then pay £1.50 to £3.00 to some eBay guy to unlock it for you.
If you have Tesco Clubcard vouchers, you can get these for a substantial discount as your vouchers are doubled against electronic items. I paid £75 for my last Moto G 4G as a result....
The Standard Model but with added Cthulhu
I thought "added Cthulhu" was called "Quantum Mechanics"
is that a train time or a set of file access rights?
Re: Silky Smooth
The question is whether this is misogynistic or a beautiful turn of phrase.
Only Skittles have the answer...
What this article doesn't explain...
...is where all those missing clips go to?
Is this metal thieving on a very small scale?
Maybe they go to the a dimension similar to the one Douglas Adams posited missing biros went.
Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.
I used to use some eye drops for a period of about 12 months afterwards after which it was no longer needed (the eye drops are similar to/the same as contact lens solution anyway, so its not much of a hardship). Because my correction was about the maximum of which they were capable of at the time (-9.75, -10.50) I expected some issues, but the advantages of not having to wear two substantial lumps of glass on my nose are substantial, and the cost of the operation has repaid itself many times over in the saved cost of glasses/contact lenses.
Eye surgery does not work out for everyone, but personally I think the small chance of something going wrong is worth taking for the benefit of 15-20 years without need for glasses.
Re: When can we see the apologies?
I think my hindsight was working quite well:
Tom Bower is a Florian Mueller like character, available for a paid doom and gloom opinion anytime, rather than a decent investigative journo.
Re: "Wealthy customers have signed up in large numbers to see a black sky "
"Climb a remote mountain or sail offshore - at night"
If you're thinking of something less risky, you seem to have forgotten the recent deaths in the Himalayas and the numerous deaths that occur when boats lose their battle to stay intact against a pissed off ocean.
When can we see the apologies?
*cough* Tom Bower *cough*Geoff Daly*cough*Carolynne Campbell from some organisation we'd never heard of till now.
Obviously there may be another issue which needs looking at, but everyone seems to be pointing their fingers in the wrong direction.
PAYG providers give you locked phones at a significant discount to unlocked versions (often £20-40). Thanks to the wonders of eBay, mobile phone shops and those nice chappies on a market stall, you can get an unlocked phone to use on Giffgaff or a similar MVNO quite easily for anything from £1-10 depending on who you ask.
Re: Vultures circling
Branson is a long way from perfect and has a wheeler-dealer past, but Bower is a miserable curmudgeon who tries to write the most critical biographies possible.
AFAIK its been ground tested and this was apparently its first air test.
At some point you have to make a transition from earth to flight and this was it.
..and not the El Reg sort.
I see Tom Bower has suddenly become an expert on rocket propulsion.
The fact is testing aircraft is dangerous, and this especially applies with respect to space going craft.