<i>Probably not because nowhere have i read that you need biometrics (eg fingerprint) in the passport. I only read that passports should be machine readable (or do machine readable passports always contain biometrics?).</i> The current standard requires a machine-readable passport for participation ...Jump to post
<i>actually the register along with its #1 enemy the inquirer http://www.theinquirer.net/ are both top notch news sites for everyone in the <acronym title="Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT</acronym> business, with alot of insider news often revealing trends in the industry.</i> Yes; if you can filter ou...Jump to post
<i>Clean to drive, yes, but how are the batteries disposed of?</i> They're no more environmentally damaging than other parts of the car... NiCd went out of fashion years ago. <i>Germany has over 50% coal fired plants, and that number will increase in the near future as the "green" (read socialist co...Jump to post
<i>I don't know if everyone knows but.. the UK is made up of four countries.. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.. but do you think any of these countries will become independent? I hope that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland get a bit more freedom instead of listening to everything fr...Jump to post
2. Or, the government might of released Saddam from a deal or Plea Bargin with the court.
With what court?
An LCC directly competing with a TGV route?
Your initial per-seat costs would be (say) 10 times higher than the competing SNCF hardware; the difference in running costs per seat-km is even greater. This might cause some problems if you want to compete on a cost basis.
<i>How exactly do this help stop terrorism? Ask Richard Reid. He's a product of the UK.</i> As GDB says... How would this measure have stopped Reid? Didn't he have a valid passport? I doubt that there's a large number of terrorists who can slip through the net if we only knew their name and passport...Jump to post
I love biometric <acronym title="Normandie Aviation (France)">ID</acronym> - in principle. However, retinal images aren't ideal (imho) and most governments aren't ready to start integrating this with passports anyway. In other spheres, I'd consider two-factor authentication to be "something you have...Jump to post
<i>A case of Whitehall bureacrats trying to emulate their brothers in Brussels</i> Not at all; selectively confusing "English" with "British" and vice versa, and insisting that the only true English is to be found in a certain region of southern England, is a longstanding trend. It's been like that ...Jump to post
<i>Are countries willing to let any commercial airliner fly over it's airspace without permission/authority?</i> Counterexample - would countries give up opportunities to screen individuals entering their country? Well, we now have Schengenland. There is an implicit risk in trusting your neighbour t...Jump to post
I hate to spoil the discussion, but... what is the basis of this rumour? <a href="http://news.google.com/news?q=A305" target=_blank>http://news.google.com/news?q=A305</a> <i>Your search - A305 - did not match any documents.</i> <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> If they ha...Jump to post
<i>Your examination is bogus. The problem was that much of what Saddam had was unaccounted for and this still remains true. If Saddam destroyed his weapons and materials and did not write it down, that would be very odd. What possible motivation could he have for that course of action?</i> Indeed. H...Jump to post
<i>If Europe is so up in arms about US Cars being so inefficient then tell..</i> Were you aware that the EU is pushing for a big modal shift to more efficient forms of transport? Or of the increasingly strict regulations affecting the efficiency / recyclability / safety of vehicles? I won't claim th...Jump to post
<i>Negative evidence (such as not finding any in the few places that you can look) is untrustworthy.</i> Didn't the Bush administration have lots of definite evidence of a WMD threat? One would expect so, to justify invasion rather than the less forceful options. It seems to be taking some time to t...Jump to post
Which aspect of the single european sky? Lots of differrent issues are often raised under the same heading. Common standards? Eurocontrol? Removing trade barriers? <i>that any other comments on this subject will be welcomed and any directions on where more information might be found on the SES</i> T...Jump to post
Aha! A quick Google revealed this: <a href="http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language" target=_blank>http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language</a> The politics are a little different to what I expected, but this confirms that it's basically Romanian, which makes life much easier. <...Jump to post
In Romanian, it's iunie.
Apparently Moldovan is little more than a dialect of Romanian - it's labelled as a separate language for political reasons more than anything else; much as anglophones would say that the language of northern Belgium is "Flemish" rather than "Dutch".
<i>Jaysit, where have you been the past 20+ years? Saddam used chemical weapons against Iran and even his own population during the 80's. Look it up. It's all well documented.</i> Had; past tense. A sense of timing would be appropriate here. <b>A few years ago</b>: Iraq had WMDs. Iraq did Really Bad...Jump to post
<i>Actually, the environment is best aided by unfettered capitalism. When companies are forced to compete against each other, they voluntarily seek out ways to reduce energy use to achieve efficiencies.</i> This assumes that some kind of price is set on <b>all</b> environmentally-damaging activities...Jump to post
<i>The phenomenon of global warming is an empty worry, fundamentally unverifiable and unfalsifiable in a strict scientific sense. Unsurprisingly, since the early 1990s its intrinsic linguistic emptiness has been filled by myth, especially in Europe. This myth asserts that current global warming is b...Jump to post
<i>I didn't even realize i called you names, but unfortunately, you made it personal. I jsut pasted in what I read form the site, which I personally view as a valid source. Not like I wrote the fuckin thing. Sorry I called you names, dumbing myself to your level.</i> Learning to apologise like an ad...Jump to post
Yes. Not hooking up <i>per se</i>; I'm looking for something longer-term... But, realistically, I'm a geek with minimal social skills; bars do nothing for me; and anybody living within 30 mins from my new house is probably an inbred yokel. The internet is my best option. <img src="/discussions...Jump to post
<i>First of all, Bush NEVER said Saddam was a threat. He said we must act BEFORE Saddam could become a threat.</i> False. <i>Secondly, WMD was NEVER the main reason we went into Iraq and anyone who thinks it was is either uninformed, too stupid, or unwilling to believe otherwise.</i> False. Consider...Jump to post
I don't know of any mention of a transitional period, or any opt-outs, in the accession negotiations. Therefore, new countries would have to act just like all other EU members (in this context) from day 1. Amongst other things, they would have to comply with regulation 2408/92 (only affects intra-co...Jump to post
<i>But since when has the "Value" produce form any supermarket ever been anything other than ordinary? Go to the other end of the scale and try their "Finest" stuff. Some if it is to die for!</i> I'm sceptical; half of it is just image. Tried a blind taste test? <img src="/discussions/graphics...Jump to post
<i>The EU is VERY bureaucratized and over-governed both as a whole and arguably within each country. This will only worsen. Overly generous work rules & strong unions make efficiency gains hard to come by which then limits growth.</i> Remind us again... who has the highest productivity per hour? Fra...Jump to post
Question: Why is the Earth's sky blue? The process that causes this can hardly occur in the Martian atmosphere. Hence, the same blueness is unlikely unless Mars has a uniform blue dust cloud or something silly like that. Or maybe they just <i>want</i> us to think that Mars doesn't have an atmosphere...Jump to post
<i>Does anyone know why they have pictures of flies in the toilets? Its kinda weird.</i> It's something for people to aim at. I tried it a few times at home, if having a party where people might get very drunk <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> reduces the...Jump to post
<i>Now, with the Euro trading at record highs of $1.25USD (with no particular belief that it will drop in the near term future), how will this impact the A380's profitability for Airbus?</i> You could agree a price in cowrie shells, if you wanted to <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" A...Jump to post
<i>I would have loved to live back in the 1930's where the was no <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> no mobile phones and none of this boring new age shit. it was also a time where a bloke was a bloke if a bloke didnt give a firm handshake you could safely assume he was gay</i> S...Jump to post
It's just badge-engineering. Seat & Škoda are made on the same platforms as Audi & <acronym title="Aeromar (Mexico)">VW</acronym>, but aimed at different markets. Think of it like Fiat / Lancia / Alfa, or Ford / Mazda, or... This is why the new VW confuses me; doesn't it encourage internal competiti...Jump to post
<i>I'm curious about how this man came to live in a part of England where Americans (or other foreigners except for perhaps South Asians) usually don't move to. I don't want to insult those form Leeds or Yorkshire, but you often hear of an American moving to London, but since the north is rather eco...Jump to post
Switching to AOL won't necessarily help <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> Here's what traceroute says, from my end - response times in ms. 1 161 145 133 rt-lohtb12.proxy.aol.com 2 155 146 154 accessl2-loh-<acronym title="Air Guizhou (China) and Allegiant Air (USA)">G4</...Jump to post
<i>So what is the deal? With all the corpses flying around it is sounding more like Halloween then Christmas and New Years Day.</i> We're all likely to die at least once, and it's an important issue to most people. If a <i>small</i> number of threads refer to this... I don't think it's disproportion...Jump to post
<i>It would be nice to see of the wealthy Arab countries help their fellow Muslims in Iran. Their silence is deafening.</i> Hooray! No matter how great the tragedy, yyz717 still finds time to criticise the first Muslims that spring to mind! Anyway. My sympathies go to the people affected... this is ...Jump to post