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It is, however, unlikely that a crew will ever sit atop Musk's mighty missile.
Is this specifically referring to the Falcon Heavy? 'Cos I'm pretty sure that Musk will have human-rated launches running in the not too distant future. Isn't that what Dragon capsules are for? And what the BFR will be for?
Just followed the link and watched the SpaceX launch video again. <expletive deleted> amazing! Those two boosters coming down in sync...wow and wow again.
Is 'physics ace' the best title El Reg can come up with? When even the dodgiest 'scientist' earns boffin status. How about 'ggogleplex-boffin Mekon brain' or something?
And it's odd - I read the quotation from him and heard it as being spoken in his voice.
A good life.
A public holiday? Nice idea but I can't see our beloved government agreeing - what? letting workers have a day off - with pay??? Think what that will do to the dividends! And anyway, they won't let the Scots have St Andrews Day, the Welsh St David's Day or the English St George's day. Pity though.
At least name a Cambridge College after him. Or a spin-out company? Hawking Analytica?
I was once showing my retired landlady and her husband how to access useful financial info on the web - share prices etc. Can't remember exactly which site it was, something like Moneyexpert.co.uk or whatever. Accidentally went to Moneyexpert.com which was something very different. Red faces all round
Re: They're bringing 617 back ?
Don't know what they've been doing lately, but they were flying those big beautiful Vulcans for many years.
Re: Charging us for Beta grade software then
Aircraft cost $121 million each, one software upgrade costs UK £30 million per aircraft. That is cheeky! Have they been learning from printer manufacturers?
Not sure about the F35B, but 'conventional' aircraft have a great future. Witness the Typhoon, which our 'friends' in Saudi Arabia might, possibly, maybe want to buy a few more of, and which our wonderful, nominally Christian, government will be more than happy to flog them. (Unlike the Saudi government who just flog their citizens) Aircraft are excellent for when you want to drop big bombs on children and undefended schools and hospitals, so there will be a great future for aircraft: how many slum kids can afford a rail-gun?
In a moment of madness I responded to the poll. Does that mean that my El Reg user profile is now worth more and is already in transit to Cambridge Analytica?
Re: What about the Winter sun
Very true, and I suspect technology will be better at coping with low sun (filters, lidar etc) than a poor blinded human.
Re: Direct action time
What was that about "No publicity is bad publicity"?
So very wrong in this case. Why would you want to be famous on FB for something like this? It could destroy your business. It's nearly as bad as putting kitten pie on the menu. (Not to be confused with Katt Pie, which is okay https://www.bakingmad.com/recipe/katt-pies and definitely not to be confused with Kit Kat pie)
Direct action time
the elite food concoctions rating team at Vulture Central said it was a "monstrosity", and a third suggested we called the pub to "find out what they'd been drinking".
Meths and metal polish can do that to a chap.
But to be serious for once. This sounds like something so appalling that the good citizens of Nottingham have every right to get out the pitchforks, scythes and blazing brands and march on the pub en masse. Can you see Ye Olde Trippe toe Jerusalemee doing something like that?
I couldn't stand the sickly sweetness of Cream Eggs even before I was diagnosed!
£1.3 million on cybercrime training
And about £1.30 on actually doing anything about cybercrime.
Re: FB vs CA
Left vs Right was created to arrange seating in 18th century France. It was never intended to be a decent representation of an individual's political views.
Very true, as we see when we notice the remarkable similarity between extreme Left and extreme Right - it's more of a circle. Could we start describing politicians and people as being 'at the five o'clock'?
Although perhaps you need 3 dimensions to allow for Greens, SNP, PC etc as they tend to be socially on the left but with policies that place them a world apart from Comrade Jeremy.
Re: FB vs CA
FB, like Google, is a left-wing partisan company now loathed by the right for using its internet supremacy to suppress conservative / libertarian viewpoints
Nurse! Someone's let him at the computer again...
Re: Information Commisioner statement on Facebook
what IT people think of Facebook
Nah, we know what we're talking about (on the whole) so we count as 'experts' and must therefore be ignored.
Re: Team from Facebook are in their offices tonight?
I'm sure it's nothing to do with Facebook allegedly being there or not, but major press coverage that a search warrant is going to be applied for does give the searchee plenty of time to start covering their tracks (if there are any tracks to be covered, obvs) The trick to seizing potential evidence of an alleged offence is to do it before the alleged offender has time to shred/burn the allegedly incriminating stuff.
There will possibly be thick clouds of smoke rising above CA as the server room suffers an unexplained fire...(allegedly)
Re: Obombie sought and got GCHQ wiretaps of Trump to benefit Reptillary !
@Faux Science Slayer (Ha!)
Nurse! He's not taken his morning pills again...
I must admit my only memory of any commercial interaction with Microfocus was when they bought out a COBOL compiler for Windows. That must have been bake in the late 18th century...
Re: "Project Fear"
Can the promoters of Brexit, the likes of Johnson, Mogg, Farage et al be tried for treason?
IANAL but it's an interesting question, and a good lawyer could probably take this one all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Treason Act 1351 (as amended, but still in force) states that one of the ways to commit high treason (low treason has been abolished) is to "offer aid and comfort to the King's enemies". I'd say that doing things that help and encourage the Queen's enemies (by economically and politically weakening the nation, and the treaties that strengthen it) - things which are welcomed by Russia, a clear enemy - can count as aiding and comforting.
The death penalty no longer applies, but re-purposing Dartmoor, complete with quarry and rocks, as a retirement home for leading Quitlings holds a certain charm.
“like hyenas, picking at the UK workshare, like a feeding frenzy
Not a nice image. More like a large open buffet with free drinks, where 27 guests can wander up and down, making their selections, until all that is left are a few crumbs and a curled up ham sandwich to be eaten by the waiter.
The Gaidhlig word for database is "stor data"..
The boring Welsh word in 'databas', a better one is 'cronfa data' (data reservoir, data hoard)
An added problem with these new-fangled 'words' (hey, why don't we invent a word to describe them, something with a nice classical ring - neo-logisms?) where was I? Oh yes, An added problem is the pain caused to translators around the globe. I was on a Welsh course a couple of years back and one of the tasks was to devise a suitable translation for 'glamping' that caught the flavour of the original. Our best effort was 'pabell posh' (Lit. posh tent). Anyone know what it is in German?
Re: Same old crap
Maybe, just maybe, NHS England has crap IT and does some dodgy money-grubbing deals because
1) Successive governments have failed to fund it properly - what comes first, cancel an operation or cancel an XP upgrade?
2) Too much power in hands of administrators who decide that balancing the books (e.g. charging for patient and visitor parking) is more important than a caring clinical service. A friend kept having to leave the labour room every four hours to feed the meter!
"Patient data is a national asset"
No it isn't. It's confidential.
What it is, is an NHS asset. Incredibly valuable for optimising access to the wonderful services offered. In the right circumstance an invaluable resource for medical research. But NOT for law enforcement.
These Home Office people really are scum. "Good morning Doctor. Could you tell me when you've stitched up Mrs Shirzai's caesarean please? We've got a plane waiting to take her back to safety in Afghanistan"
No, no...Mr Bloggs is a good English name... more likely it's
Oh by the way Mr Al-Jamil, this prescription can only be filled at a police station.
Nope. I used to have bonded 2x64K ISDN. I seem to remember it was not exactly cheap. I'm sure that 100Mbps fibre costs less in real terms than ISDN did.
Re: "up to" 1gbps
Nah, you've just got to live in the right place. 'Right place' being a small village that's just got FTTP, and hasn't had much take-up yet. I installed 300Mbps a few weeks ago, and my first speed test came out at 304.98 down and 29.75Mbps up.
As others have noted, decent FTTC offers more than enough oomph for the vast majority of domestic users - 76Mbps? Even if it's 'up to' and actually drops to 50. But in the rural wilds, FTTC isn't rteally an option - you can run the fibre to the cabinet, but if the 'copper' is then actually dodgy bits of fencing wire with manky junctions, then you're still going to be lucky to get 5Mbps. So what to do? Replace the copper? Might as well go for fibre even if it's more expensive. Basically it's no win, because BT/GPO installed low-quality cable many years ago - but it was fine for a voice service. They couldn't predict 30 years ahead!
Mobile anyone? Makes sense in low population density areas.
Thankfully the Norman French influence on English didn't land us with "quatre-vingt
I think it was the Celtic influence in French, as Welsh still uses vingtesimal notation - deugain (2 twenties), trigain (3 20s) etc, but it goes a wonderful step further - 15 is pymtheg, (5-10), 16 is un ar bymtheg (1 on 5-10), 17 is 2 on 5-10 and, most glorious of all, 18 is deunaw = 2x9, 19 is 4 on 5-10 (pedwar ar bymtheg) and so 99 can be pedwar ar bymtheg a phedwar hugain (4 on 5-10 and 4 twenties) or sometimes just cant namyn un (100 less 1)
Scots Gaelic also uses 20-base, and Breton manages a variation on the welsh 18=2x9, they use triwec'h, literally 3x6
Good point - although most(?) people would probably take that as a week after the forthcoming Tuesday - although what about last Tuesday week?
Welsh has an interesting approach to similar problems. English has "yesterday, today, tomorrow" as single words. Welsh has single words for today-2 days (echdoe), today-1 day (ddoe), today (heddiw), tomorrow (yfory), today+2 days(trenydd) and today+3 days (tradwy), and as a bonus 'the following day (tranoeth)'(not just tomorrow) and 'the night before last (echnos)'.
And curiously, the Welsh word for 'week' (wythnos) translates as eight-night.
English is so long-winded sometimes...
Not to mention feet, inches, etc... so called imperial measurements.
Whilst metric is easier to use in calculations, computers etc, there is a lot going for the imperial system in terms of reflecting natural and everyday needs. Generally you can express most everyday measurements with a smallish number and appropriate unit.
So weight of flour in a recipe is 8oz, not 228g - or even 225 or 250g (which encourages an understanding of precision - 'about 8oz' is fine, what is 'about 225g'? 223? or 220? or 200?) Weight of people though, is in stone, like 12s 6lbs not 78.9kg (or, god forbid, 174lb) - much easier to get a feel of what the numbers are. Is 245lb a normal weight a person or morbid obesity? (USians,don't answer that)
People are 5'10" tall not some silly number of cm.
A pint is a good quantity of beer, a demi-litre isn't enough, a litre is excessive (and usually all froth if you're in Munich)
And the world would be a better place if some barking mad people weren't under the impression that a pint contains 16 fl oz. For heavens sake, 16 oz is a pound, 20 fl. oz. is a pint
To be honest, when I'm writing stuff, I still prefer to use inst. ult. and prox. Surely it's much clearer to refer to 'our meeting on the 9th inst.' than all those confusing numbers?
Oink, oink, flap, flap.
Negotiations? But HMG simply says what will happen and it happens. Negotiations may mean having to rub out red lines.
You want cheap roaming? As for so many hundreds of other things, stay in the EU.
And one other problem I noticed today, which I'm sure isn't at the top of Maybot's ToDo list - what is the status of UK businesses that have registered and are using .eu domains - which are only available to EU and EEA entities. Will we lose them?
As the article notes, 50% of the cost of an EV is the battery. If you're looking to reduce costs, that's where to look.
There are probably tens of thousands of battery research projects underway around the world, who regularly report 'breakthroughs' - none of which make it to market.
Could the solution be for the government to throw money at the problem? £500million is a lot. Give dozens of £5million+ grants to researchers and for pre-production work. Choose a few off-the-wall ones while they're at it. Most would be wasted but if even one hits the nail on the head, it's money all the way to the bank (and foreign licence fees)
Re: Going pink in the face
"He used the hook that now replaced his left hand to rub his greying hair as if to ease the pain from when he'd hit his head on the top of the door as he entered the court, and the spectators were clearly entranced by the intermittent pad-tap-pad-tap as his wooden leg echoed on the floorboards. He eased himself into a seat, after first checking that it would be strong enough to take his corpulence. Once seated he took out his gold-lame crocodile-skin wallet and opened it as if to count his money. The heart of the grizzled old hack from El Reg seated behind him leapt - yes - he could see his driving licence - his name was really...."
sadly at that point the manuscript tailed off into an unreadable scrawl, with the ink spreading out in the stains of drool and cheap whiskey.
Re: Easy one
If he/she is the person I think, then I get a lot more than 13 results on Google.
Re: Easy one
Nope, so we just need to post every name in the phone book as an individual post and wait for one to be moderated. Then we tick off the names that have got through and bingo.
Re: Easy one
The 'public figure' point is interesting. Obviously dodgy celebs are public figures, but I would argue that anyone who offers their services to the public is a public figure, albeit a minor one. But the public, the person's potential customers, who may be considering entering into a contractual relationship with the person, based on an element of trust, surely have a right to the information on which to base their decision.
In a decent society we wouldn't need RTBF - all people would make fair judgements based on the circs. Employing a builder, a childminder or even a financial advisor wouldn't be affected by the fact that they got done for dope possession or drunk and disorderly 20 years ago, when they were a student at Uni. (Do people get done for drunk and disorderly any more? Judging by most town centres on a Friday night, the police don't care these days)
Re: So if I fall prey to NT2 ...
"Discriminating against anyone based on presence of spent convictions should be made part of the general discrimination legislation on par with race, nationality, gender and sexual orientation.
I think it already is: "The ROA makes it unlawful for an individual to be excluded from any job (other than those not covered by the ROA) on the basis of them having a spent conviction."
But my point is that most characteristics such as race, gender etc are visible. But it's illegal to discriminate on the base of them. So why shouldn't it be acceptable for 'spent' convictions to remain visible - but ignored, in the same way as gender etc.
The ROA allows for certain jobs to be exempt anyway, but there is a case that other jobs may well justify discrimination - e.g. someone who did 12 months for stealing from the till applies for a job running an all-night petrol station or as a security van driver.
Very tricky writing laws to cover complex area like this.
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For people who feel the need to get out of Bitcoin, can I suggest a safer and more reliable way to make money?
"Total Recall" in the 3.30 at Cheltenham tomorrow. Currently at about 16/1
It's the Underpant Gnomes' version of the perpetual motion machine.
Not quite - it's not a closed system, so it's not perpetual motion. The sun adds energy to the system, so it's not impossible.
Re: Crap Digesters
So you just fit the cows with a reverse gas mask that traps the burps and routes them into a giant gas-bag on the cow's back. Then it can be added to the biogas process.
And the gas mask should be easy, as CH4 is lighter than air, so the cows can wear a giant bubble helmet, open at the bottom (so they can graze), but the methane will just float to the top of the helmet for extraction.
Boy, the brain is cooking on gas today! Now, where's that pad of blank patent application forms?
Re: Ok, but...
Good point. But will all the 'solid matter' be converted into biogas? Presumably there will still be a solid residue containing Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorous etc which will be a great fertiliser (and probably smell better than the slurry the farmer next door has just been spreading)
Re: Not such a good idea
I remember a report, some years ago, about a sensible country that had a clever scheme. If utility A needed to dig up the road, then the council contacted all other utilities and asked if they had any work planned in the area, if so , do it at the same time. When all the work was done, council completely resurfaced road (so no patches). The stinger? If any utility asked to dig the road up in the next couple of years, they could, and had to pay for a complete resurfacing again.
I don't think the country had the problem of 'holes in the roads'
Hospitals as hubs?
" hospitals, health centres and GP surgeries...providing a full-fibre “hub” which surrounding homes and businesses could then also be connected to."
What could possibly...etc?
"Quick, where's that urgent X-Ray I need to download? What do you mean, it's the last episode of 'Game of Thrones' and we're throttled down to a 14,400bps connection?"
Re: "positively Tigger-like"
No, Tigger is loveable, like Pooh, Eeyore, Roo, Wol and Piglet. Christopher Robin is a bit dull though - could make a future Chancellor.
Re: Four days!
Four days is pretty pointless. Manufacturers need to think of practicalities. A watch/phone/whatever with a battery life of 1-2 days gets put on to charge every night. Making something that last 3-4 days means people will probably still charge it every night, just to be safe.
They should look at the history of real watches and clocks. Once people wound their watches and clocks every day, as part of their daily ritual. Then some bright spark invented the 8-day clock - which only needed winding once a week, and it became part of a weekly ritual, perhaps before church on Sunday.
Same thing applies with gadgets - the next step after 1-2 days isn't 4 days, it's 8 days, so that people only need to recharge on Sunday night.
Privacy? What's that?
Even in school, on school computers, children have a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.
That doesn't mean no rules or restrictions. I would expect school computers to block certain websites (or even only to allow certain websites) - but it should be intelligent blocking, i.e. allowed to access www.scunthorpe.org.uk
Recording and reviewing (and blocking?) certain search terms is legit.
But individual searches and websites shouldn't be recorded and linked to individuals. A person in school may be wanting to find out how to treat a medical condition, but that's no justification for the school to butt in. If they want the school to know and give advice, they'll ask. If searches about dealing with bullying are showing up, then deal with it as a general problem, not something unique to the individual searching.
Answering my own question...from the Grauniad (so may be totally wrong)
"...uses a propeller at the back to fly at up to 110 miles an hour for around 62 miles at a time. The all-electric Cora flies autonomously up to 914 metres (3,000ft) above ground"
Can I replace 2nd passenger with extra batteries?
Want one! Want one!
What do they mean, 'not available for the public'?
For that I'd consider trying to get a PPL.