Metadioxin was the Yes Minister chemical - not that it exists in real life of course...
239 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
Apropos of nothing at all, back in the days of music hall a performer called Marie Lloyd was taking the boards by storm with risque songs and suggestive comedy etc. She was one of the most famous performers of her time really and was known as the "Queen of Music Hall".
She was called before some sort of censorship board to investigate whether or not she was violating public decency laws (or some such other guff) and in response she sang a couple of her most suggestive songs in a totally straight-laced manner and the censors thought "if this is her act then there's no problem with it". Then she proceeded to sing "Come into the garden, Maud" in the most suggestive way possible - a song that the censors' daughters would have known and sung.
She wasn't censored, but she was considered too risque to take place in the first Royal Command performance.
Re: Last time this happened...
Most planes still have them attaching from the outside because that's the cheaper way of fitting them - getting them into the aircraft and rotating them around to fit the hole is rather difficult without disassembling large sections of the "dashboard" to make room for the maintainers to get in to do the work etc.
Re: Ah well...
The sentencing guidelines for the offence he's been rearrested for are exactly the same as the possession with intent to supply but are slightly harder to prove without the evidence.
Of course, the jury (if he's ever brought to trial) could infer from his refusal to defecate that he was concealing drugs and thus prove that he was concerned in the supply, but that is a decision for them to make.
Yes, but that one is actually possible - if you keep the ice cube constrained enough then it's theoretically possible for it to be heated to 100 degrees and remain in ice form.
The amount of potential energy you'd be housing there (and the energy used to heat it that far) would be tremendous, however, so it would have to be a pretty strong constraint.
Re: Basement computer room
On similar lines, in BBC TV Centre in London the old VT (Video Tape) rooms were in the basement directly underneath the fountain in the courtyard.
After a few months of occupation the fountain was turned off because the sound of it echoing off the walls of the circular courtyard made some of the female staff members keep visiting the loo every 10 minutes.
This is not the point of the story, however. The point is that the fountain was also found to leak. When the Queen visited the site at some point in the 1970s the management decided to turn the fountain on to impress her, but in order to minimise the risk from the leak they decided to only turn it on whilst the Queen was outside. The Queen was seen to be approaching, so the fountain was turned on. She met the management, went inside and it was turned off. But then they had to turn it back on because the Duke of Edinburgh turned up in a land rover a few minutes later.
The upshot of the story is a large part of the expensive VT equipment underneath the fountain was ruined!
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Re: handheld in a drawer
There are 2 completely separate radio systems in an active-passive configuration. If one dies, you switch to the other.
Just as there are 2 different LANs for the critical infrastructure, and 2 different control rooms (one offsite).
Everything in ATC is tested and tested and tested and retested and then tested some more, and then tested again for good measure, and is duplicated and then tested.
Well it would be something like "would you be willing to climb to 42000 feet in 10 minutes?"
It allows controllers to see what pilots can do so they can plan out their workload in advance whilst keeping the radio frequencies clear. ACARS can also be used for the aeroplane to talk to their own airline controllers etc without them having to use a radio frequency.
Plus in the future, as coverage expands, it may be possible to perform all control via ACARS so the voice frequencies can be freed up. This will also allow improved automation.
Re: Gluten sensitivity
If you think modern (or Chorleywood) process produces bad bread, look at some of the adulterants the mid-Victorians put into the bread:
Chalk (for whitening)
Alum (again for whitening) - some said this caused ricketts as it could prevent the digestive system from pulling nutrients from other foods consumed
Arsenic - by accident made it's way into some loaves. The baker claims he was adding Alum but mixed up the containers
Millers routinely put "rotten" or sour flour into the mix to sell off gone-off stocks with no one noticing
Bone meal (whitening again)
Whatever the brewers had adulterated the yeast with - beer brewing created yeast, which the bakers purchased as there was no such thing as dried yeast at that time. Brewers adulterated beer too, and that made it's way into the yeast.
Plaster of Paris
Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"
Air Traffic control doesn't like helicopters flying anywhere in London except along the Thames (as it's something safe to put the helicopter into if required) and they sure as heck will notice a helicopter coming in disregarding ATC instructions - it'll get shot down by the RAF or otherwise forced to land before it gets on a roof.
Re: Removing all crapware
More likely "By purchasing this system you are giving your express consent to have various software programs installed including Microsoft Windows and user experience enhancement software. If you wish to purchase a system without this software, please go to this web address: http://shop.lenovo.com/systems/laptops/blank"
Then just don't offer any systems
Re: Not IT-related
OK - the vast majority of diesel "Multiple Unit" trains on the UK network are direct drive, where they have lorry-style propshafts and automatic gearboxes.
Older electric trains on the other hand are of course powered by electic motors, which step like this. Newer trains with AC motors and digital power controls are more likely to increase power gradually by cutting power off and reapplying it at high frequencies.