Just Keep Banging Those (very, very, very small) Rocks Together Guys
535 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007
So something like - 'You will be called next month by the mother-in-law, press the hash key to divert the call to Saga Very Long Round the World Cruises, or press the star key to use the AI Automated Prerecorded Conversation system.'
'Any asteroid found hereabouts, having collided, deemed to have been abandoned or otherwise found to be in contravention of Earth's Near Orbit Rules and Regulations, shall be clamped and the registered keeper fined. A maximum penalty of 5-years imprisonment applies.'
There, that ought to do it.
I could be wrong but seem to remember something about Alexy Leonov having to cope with what would otherwise be a bit of a brown-space-suit problem for us mere mortals, but was just a bit of a challenge to him as he re-entered the spacecraft - I think his space suit had inflated just enough to cause him to struggle to get back through the canvas envelope that surrounded the hatchway. His ingress was, I believe, further hampered by the fact that the suit gloves had tightened up on him, embiggening the bothersomeness of the whole ordeal. So, yes, indeed, I raise a glass to Alexy Leonov and ALL the other pioneers of early space flight.
I take issue with your comment sir - I know for a fact that Ofcom is fully aware that 'Smart Phones' are the ones were you press Button-A when your call is connected and Button-B to return your coins when the call is not connected, so there.
I can only envisage AI machines, originating from Earth, and perhaps carrying sufficient biological material to replicate humans (when time/conditions permit), traveling through deep space in order to colonize anywhere at all. In missing out the 'meat bag' problem such travel to the orbits of other stars could work and replicated humans might find a niche in this way. Such migrations would therefore proceed in a 'stepping-stone' manner.
Fill that little old electric slow-cooker up with seared and seasoned diced pork/chicken/beef strips etc., add some stock (and/or ale - whatever), to taste, plop in a few diced vegetables (peppers / onions / toms etc.), set the timer accordingly and then pop off dahn the boozer for a few hours, safe and smug in the knowledge that a wholesome hot meal awaits you on your return. Simples.
It would appear that there is not a hole lot of difference twixt Swiss banks and Swiss cheese.
So, erm . . , if I have understood this correctly, this 'ere ancient light of the cosmos was one of them energy saving thingies was it, took a little bit longer to come on and that?
Would like to see what they can inject into the proceedings.
..if it was Microsoft - everything about the project could potentially become ElonGated. (but still, I suppose that's the general shape of rocket ships, so it might work)
For the moment at least, my car can only be described as 'connected' when a tow rope is making that connection twixt it and any given recovery vehicle.
I C what you did there ;-)
Upon arrival at the terminus, will the gloopy mass of body parts, fluids and mashed internal organs that constitute the remains of the luckless passengers, be poured directly into vats destined for the Soylent Green factories?
@ Sir Runcible Spoon - "It's a myth" - Presumably that's because all fiber lines lead to Roam ?
. . . the teddy bears' fur harbors some nasty bacteria that will give little Tommy a bad tummy, or worse! Now I need a bug-monitor for the sterility of the teddy, where is this going to end!
Or - have your kidz in a test tube/incubator and put them into a sealed bubble from birth, get fone appz and rest easy so you can fix your eyes to the smart TV for all that must-have advertainment and political messaging. Welcome to the 'modern' way.
Do get with it peeps, it's now called 'power cycling' a system, you heard what the man said, enough with this off and on again malarkey.
The Beeb World Service have a half hour interview which provides some interesting background to IS called something like 'Bureaucracy and Brutality' available as an mp3. Slightly OT here but it really is worth a listen.
"I find television very educational, whenever it is on in our house I go and read a book"
I'm a little confused now having read your comment. After all I was just about to complement El Reg on the high definition, up to the minute, imagery they manage to secure in order to document such revelations, truly life-like it is.
Then you may also like to search out: The Institute for Transacoustic Research / The (Vienna) Vegetable Orchestra / Gomme Handschuhe Doodlesack(?). But I can't quite remember exactly who performed using the sounds from distressed computers in suitcases as they were savagely chopped and hacked with axes, anybody?
Holger Czukay, co-founder of Can, studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen, who, if my memory serves me well, once wrote a passage for piano wherein the pianist was required to use his/her buttocks.
Add to that the fact that if you do travel some 900 miles for work and you come from the 'wrong' region/ethnic group, you can come up against some pretty nasty discrimination that can leave you further out of pocket and generally make life rather difficult all round. Such matters aren't, of course, the sole preserve of China and it's economics.
Not all but very many workers in China continue to be dawn to the cities for work because of economic allure, but the majority of those leave children, wives/husbands behind, sometimes many hundreds of miles away. Whilst the wages appear reasonable, when compared to subsistence farming, leaving the kids with grand parents who struggle with the burden, and not seeing them for 6-months at a time, is not an easy thing to bear. If you are young and single it's fine, but what sort of housing could you expect if starting a young family in the city - have you seen what's happened to property prices in big urban/city areas over the past 10-15 years.
You mean . . I . . what . . wait . . that we were mis sold Globalization as well! It's as if we now find ourselves top dog - atop a pile of crumbling social needs, low pay, misery and economic seizure.
@ Credas / @ Bloodbeastterror
Honestly peeps I was unaware that Apple "trumpet [their] wonderful ethical policies". If they make such a 'thing' about it then yes, I agree, they should be able to publicly put that to the test. (the only Apple (Macintosh) products that I own are over 30 years old and still work as intended).
I am just reasonably sure that almost every imported product is made at the expense of workers conditions and pay. Therefore I consume as little 'new' product as possible, make what I do have last as long as possible, recycle as much as possible and look for pre-owned alternatives to the latest shiny-shiny if indeed I really 'must' replace something and have a very, very, stern talk with myself about the merits of opening my wallet in any case. So I admit I am probably not representative of the general all-consuming populace, sadly.
T'was ever thus. I would have paid more attention to this if the Beeb had taken a swipe at working conditions for a plethora of tech/gadget manufacturers. Perhaps they could have approached it from the 'Demand' and 'Desire' angle and placed more emphasis on the habits / actions of consumers in the West. The majority of what we import / consume is made under pretty awful conditions for the workers at the sharp end, be it clothing, foot wear or technology. I realize that Apple apparently make something of an ethical approach to workers conditions etc. Well, good luck with that, it isn't going to be easy. Exploitation goes all the way down the slippery slope of the supply chain. If you happen to be at the bottom of that chain you are hit hardest because you have nowhere to move.
Since the 1950's I have been deliberately and harshly mislead by illustrated encyclopedias, comic books and all manner of other literature, as to the most common, 'proper', and frequently used technique of landing a space ship on earth by means of retro-rockets and a multi-legged arrangement, sporting up-turned dished feet. As and aside, if it hadn't been for the dear old Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump jet I might have given up all together! So, having had to endure many decades of watching lumps of metal plunge earthwards onto barren ground or into the ocean, I find that, personally, I have a lot invested in seeing this contraption 'do it's thing'. Good luck to all involved.
If, as has been postulated, there are two streams of gravitational time, each traveling in opposite directions, would it not therefore be reasonable to suggest that where they meet, or collide, is the moment of present, the now. Which then might infer that the present is stationary, unmoving, as the two streams cancel each other out at the time-event horizon, or present moment. Might we be able to only observe, or at least sense, the past, as the results of that collision moving backwards (from our standpoint), as if we were moving forwards, but only because we are only able to look backwards and document what has just happened. Walking backwards for Xmas as it were. If we are not able to look in the other direction might that explain why we cannot observe, or accurately predict, the future. By contrast, an observer in the opposing stream of time would be looking backwards (from our standpoint), at a past that is, simultaneously, the future of his/her opposing observer.
But we can predict the future, because prediction is not the same as recording or documenting a happening. I can say that in approximately six days time a machine will be turned on that will appear to chaotically juggle 49 spheres, each with a different numeral written on them, in space-time and then randomly select only six spheres as lucky, winning, numbers in a lottery. But I cannot, however, and to my continued immense frustration, accurately predict which six numbers are going to be drawn in six days time - at that moment of 'now' when two streams of opposing time collide in such a way as to determine the outcome of that lottery. When a seemingly chaotic system reveals a static, ordered, outcome and one which can only be observed looking back upon it. But, in all probability, for a few lottery participants at least, that moment of 'now' will change their futures, or at least the probable predictability of their futures, as determined by the amount of cash they each have available.
So we get the sense of traveling 'forward' in time, but are, in fact, stationary, only able to observe moments 'past', which implies a 'forward' momentum and gives us the impression of travel. A bit like that peculiar sense one gets when sitting on a train known to be at rest, at a platform of the station, when suddenly the train on the next track starts moving and for a brief moment the laws of space-time seem to have been broken and one starts, at the very least, to worry about the implications that Waterloo station and indeed the rest of London, the UK and the entire known universe, are all heading towards the West Country in time for tea.
I need a little lie down now, but I am happy to contemplate upon the probability that my opposite, babbling, commentard of the future El Reg, coming towards me at this very moment, can say something to the effect of: “T, that I doing, the get, shirt”.
Dear Sir, I have been avidly watching this television series for some years in the hope that it would one day focus on the subject matter described in the title. After all I very much welcome progressive program makers dealing with all manner of contemporaneous human activity. However, I am sad to say that watching groups of people bobbing about in boats entrapping fish is not at all what I was anticipating. Therefore I find myself in agreement with those wishing to ban such abundantly erronious and frankly misleading material(s) being transmitted by means of the interwebs.
If he was dong this whilst attending a Public Accounts Committee meeting, one assumes he would have been playing another game altogether, since one Margaret Hodge can be a pretty angry bird at the best of times.
You are merely required to watches the advertainments and spendses your precious on more and more and more things and ride around on the merry merry-go-round of aspirational acquisition and debt-fueled spin that eatses up all of your disposable income.
A growing number of road users have a greater sense of entitlement and a diminished sense of consideration for other road users - something it may be possible to address in driver training. A few hours training on a bicycle/scooter might go some way towards trainees understanding the vulnerabilities faced by some other road user groups. It doesn't really matter where you are driving, two things should always be foremost in your mind, speed and distance - along with the condition of the road surface and the state of the vehicle you are driving. Other than those points, it has to be said that competent drivers need to comprehensively learn how to use the controls (see very first posting - Stephen Tompsett). But, bad habits can be picked up along the way, so it's perhaps not a bad thing to have follow-up tests. I would be happy to have my own errors pointed out to me by a trained instructor. Perhaps the hardest part of driving for the younger generation these days are the elements of distraction provided by mobile devices and yobbish, thoughtless passengers.
@PCS - Have you tried the large clear plastic drinks bottle, stripped of it's label(s), at least one third full of water and left, at a jaunty angle, on the lawn / patio (whatever). Apparently the sight of a motionless body in this form is enough to unsettle the majority of tom cats who come across it.
So, presumably in this case, that would be the integration of both arse and elbow ?
My missus always keeps the batteries on our probes fully charged, even when, more often than not, they are deployed where the sun don't shine. (eew)
Hugh Janus is not dead. He just smells funny.
Indeed, I wonder if the folks at ESA are "Philaen Groovy" right now.
I do believe I recently heard mention of Sweden's intention to become the first 'Cashless' country. I do hope the folks in charge there are taking serious note of issues regarding NFC and other such technologies. I'm off now to count the groats in the pot I buried in the garden.
You unpack yer new washing machine and two things go wrong almost immediately, no wonder they've taken it back to Comet!
Thank you all for the details posted above.
I may be being simplistic in my understanding of the equipment described, and I share in the heart-felt expressions of sadness posted here, but shouldn't there be an over-speed lock on even thinking about engaging an air-brake / stabilizer device on such a craft as this?
Question - Would either of the above addons, individually or in tandem, effectively prevent such driveby infection?
It is thought that, in the UK alone, as many as 2.5m people may have starved to death over the past fortnight due to the global I.O.T. system malfunction that has left people unable to access their locked-down fridges and larders. On top of this I.O.T. devices have been unable to contact supermarkets via automated ordering systems and some people have met their deaths whilst rashly venturing outside to find edible food stuffs. As their vehicles cannot self-navigate properly these people have had to take drastic action and try to walk to the corner store only to have been run down by errant self-driving vehicles which have been circulating in and around urban areas and out-of-town hyper-markets, desperately trying to synchronize their on-board auto-shopping systems data with the failing I.O.T. system. In some horrific cases the occupants of these errant vehicles have themselves been found to be deceased.
The reason behind this latest I.O.T outage is blamed on the increasing space radiation that has struck the Earth in the past year, and not, as was at first thought, by yet another update patch being applied hastily, late on a Friday evening, by a discouraged system-admin. The increased levels of nasty space radiation and the reduced strength of the suns magneto-sphere has led to satellites and power grid systems being taken down or damaged. This has had an unforeseen and negative affect upon global I.O.T. Systems.
In other news, shares in long-life milk, egg powder, dry biscuit and mint-cake products have shot up.
The reason I hate Maundays so much.
It's just nervous about being on camera, happens to the best of us. I mean what's it all about, you spend billions of years treading the same path around this giant planet without very much to write home about and then all of a sudden up pops some shinny little box-of-tricks out of nowhere and starts filming you and all that.
The 15:42 comet service passing platform number one is a high-speed service, for your own safety please stand well back from the edge of the platform. One the other hand, should it suddenly become a high-speed 'stopping' service, a replacement comet service will be made available.
I was once asked onto an interview panel and posed the question "Would you consider getting them out for the lads?" to a particularly pretty and well-endowed young woman interviewee. A split second later I realised that, more accurately, what a colleague had said minutes before the interview was such questioning was "Taboo" and not "To do" as I had interpreted it. I wasn't invited onto many more interview panels after that.
Or just a bi-directional universe. One which is massively small, no less. We search so intently, in either direction - drilling down into the sub-atomic quantum zone whilst also starring out at the big (relatively), stuff beyond. In either direction we see, or at least, interpret, some pretty awesome things, material and strangeness. Perhaps one day we will see the connection and understand the origins of it all. But just what does happen to both time and matter that goes beyond the event horizon of a black-hole? I find it intriguing to think that it may behave in a manner not unlike our present understanding of the quantum state of time and matter. Alternatively, and I'm no astrophysicist (you may be able to tell), maybe time/matter/the universe just stops within a black-hole, a bit like a 3D model of a rabbit warren, where some tunnels just come to a dead end - but those 'dead ends' still have their uses - everything has a purpose. (I'm tired now - nurse!)
. . . . . "Please allow maps to update before continuing to your chosen destination" "Maps updating now, please wait" . . . . .
<== But, seriously, if this goes to plan, that cold beer is for the ESA team.
mmmm . . . . so will I be able to hear the pips on my watch? (rather than wait for the wireless to warm up)