3579 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
Echo and SCORE
'Telstar wasn't the first satellite to bounce radio signals, that was "Courier 1B" from whose name one can identify as a military project'
Courier 1B is pre-dated by Echo 1 which was a passive communication satellite - nothing more than big reflective mylar balloon which reflected signals. Echo 2 followed in 1964 by which time it had been superceded by active satellites.
SCORE was the first satellite to broadcast from space, it could play pre-recorded messages and receive new ones for later broadcast.
Courier was the first active satellite which received, amplified and rebroadcast radio signals in real time.
One problem with this scenario
Is that a good part of the savannah is being turned into agricultural land rather than being allowed to afforest. Farm land is a poor carbon sink and also brings other environmental problems such as the need for synthetic nitrogen and large amounts of phosphorus.
Re: those aren't her ideas
Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' featured a painting of (and I have to use the word) blobominations in Jupiter's atmosphere, based on work by Sagan and a colleague from Cornell, Ernest Salpeter. They knew the planet's interior was rich in organic molecules and warm, so life wasn't out of the question.
These are all warm-up acts
I can't wait for Lester's hákarl versus surströmming death-match.
'assuming one can demonstrate to the bank's satisfaction that fraud has been committed'
Sorry, just have to laugh at the thought of post-Libor RBS being fit to arbitrate on whether fraud has taken place.
First Great Western
Is there WiFi on any of FGW's trains? Or is this another service they've neglected - along with customer service, punctuality, sufficient trains and new rolling stock?
How much work can you do on a train when you're folded double into a luggage rack and looking enviously at the bloke whose paid £3000 quid for a season ticket entitling him to travel in the toilet?
Re: War of the Worlds deserves a place in history
Doctor Who has had an alien invasion of Earth pretty much every week - Daleks trundling across Westminster Bridge, Yetis in the Underground, Krynoids lurking round Mick Jagger's mansion, mummies lurching around the same mansion, Julian Glover pulling his face off in Paris, and Cybermen (yes they are aliens) stomping around St. Pauls just being some of the better ones.
Harman's just upset that Google is opposed to Labour's official policy of censoring web searches in the UK.
Re: Bring back LORAN
'Oh, and is it El Reg or BAE who can't spell opportunity?'
If only BAE's problems were simply limited to spelling.
I'm going to bet this system will have all of BAE's usual technical brilliance and sophistication - 'You are now flying over Iran - probably.'
Re: (c) teh interwebz
'They've got guns, too.'
Yeah but they were built by BAE so we're probably okay.
Picture - bottom of Page 3
What's in the big box behind the computer that the monitor is standing on?
Re: How long...
After a good run of missions, the Americans lost Mars Observer in 1992, Climate Orbiter in 1998 and Polar Lander / Deep Space 2 in 1999. The UK then lost Beagle 2 in 2003. Since then its been nothing but successes apart from - oh dear - the Russians again with Fobos-Grunt.
Re: Computers are good for this:
"We've got literally seven minutes to get from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars, going from 13,000 miles an hour to zero in perfect sequence, perfect choreography, perfect timing,"
Actually sounds that like the judging on 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Where the BOFH is working these days?
Up and down - oh its up / down again
Louise Mensch recommended that Facebook and Twitter should be turned off when there may be a riot. Perhaps her site is just practicing?
Re: Dont' trust any scientists
'A quake that hasn't done that mcuh change to ground levels in any history.'
You're quite right - apart from (OTTOMH) the Chile 'quake of 1961 (2m), the Cascadia 'quake of 1700 (1.5m), Owens Valley in 1872 (4.5m), Hebgen Lake, Montana in 1956 (6.7m) - an intraplate earthquake at that....
Is it my imagination?
But has the triple-format Blu-Ray + DVD + digital download package pretty much disappeared from recent movie releases?
I quite liked it as it offered a top-quality disk for the big screen, a DVD for the kids to trash and a digital copy for travelling, but none of the big movies released in the last few months seem to have it. I wonder if they're planning on replacing it with UV?
Re: Jesus said he will come back and slaughter us all....
'Actually the evidence appears to show that Jesus was an invention created using examples of previous imagined 'prophets' with very similar actions and supernatural powers.'
Ah, just like the way Marvel keeps rebooting its comic universe when sales fall.
Turing and David Champernowne invented the Turochamp algorithm in 1948. Without a computer to hand, they played games where one player impersonated the machine, following the algorithm rather than using their own game playing skill.
Turochamp definitely lost to Glennie in 1952, but there were earlier games which have not been recorded in detail, including one where it defeated Champernowne's wife.
Not wanting to worry anyone
But hydroxylapatite is found in bones and teeth.
Has CMU been experimenting on Martians? And will their descendants swear vengeance on the Earthmen who disturbed their eternal rest and bring fire and destruction to our planet?
Now that would be a press-release.
Re: HSBC are just as 'good'.
Those automated paying-in machines are useless. They seem to need as many staff on hand to help people use the wretched technology as were once employed behind the counter processing cheques and making payments. I assume there has been a saving somewhere, but I'm damned if I can work out where.
Hold on - isn't RBS / NatWest taxpayer owned? So that £30 is coming out of our pockets!
Not a good day for this to happen when it's expected Moody will downgrade the bank's creditworthiness later today.
Re: Funny how everybody could see this coming...
With the exception of its patent portfolio, is Nokia worth anything to anyone other than Microsoft? The company has tied its future so tightly to Windows Phone that turning it round to manufacture - say - Android handsets would surely be such a massive task that it could founder before anything came to market.
I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft took a large equity stake in Nokia real soon now, if only to keep those lovely patents close to hand and avoid the company slipping away.
Larry's got an extinct volcano to call his own. Has anyone checked if any of our nuclear submarines have gone missing?
Why didn't he?
Just pop in and see his friends in the Russian embassy? He's been a loyal contributor to the Putin-friendly RT channel for some time now, you'd think they'd owe him a favour for all his fawning west-bashing interviews.
What's it for?
Have the Chinese said what they're using these supercomputers for? I wonder if they're simulating nuclear explosions like the US is doing to avoid resuming nuclear testing.
Injecting carbon dioxide and water into basalt leaches calcium and magnesium ions from the lava to form solid carbonates which remain deep underground. A trial called CarbFix is already underway at the Hellisheiðivirkjun power plant near Reykjavik.
Re: Used to be a NASA project
Boeing are closing the California plant where the plane was built and Congress are questioning the project's value so its future is pretty uncertain.
What might keep it going is news that China is beginning testing of its Shenlong spaceplane. Nothing like a bit of Cold War style rivalry to keep cool stuff coming.
'Nokia is by some distance the most important and accomplished European technology company – and it still remains so today.'
Wouldn't that accolade belong to ARM?
Re: Blu-Ray drive?
Not having Blu-Ray slashed the cost of the 360 and allowed Microsoft to beat Sony to market. The beancounters were very happy with that decision.
Re: One more time...
The company claims the site is moderated, but Channel 4 found that there were places on it called 'naughty nightclub' and 'sexy stripclub' - but this isn't picked up by their software or bods?
Plural of chaos
So that's $185,000 * how many words in the dictionary? even before lawyer fees.
Re: I hade to laugh
'They want to monitor gaming sites, facebook and so many other high traffic websites where exactly are they going to store all this data in a format thats searchable?'
Might be time to train in big data handling. I suspect a lot of very well paid, completely useless jobs will be created by this policy.
The only explanation
Is that there's something in the water supply at the Home Office. No matter which politician is appointed to the position, sooner or later, they're gibbering about needing massive new surveillance powers. Hell there was even a time when David Blunkett seemed to be sane, a quick trip to the Home Office and he was - well - you know.
So who's going to make a bet against the Conservatives announcing a review into the practicality of ID cards in the near future?
(I assume Labour will enthusiastically back this proposal - creepy mass surveillance seems to be in their DNA)
Well now its so much more valuable
What's the betting the labels will be demanding even more draconian laws and fighting even harder against any possibility of UK users getting fair use of the stuff they buy?
Re: Shocked I tell you....
Sadly under Gove, academy schools can follow their own curriculums provided they are 'balanced'.
So there are religious schools planned which will be teaching creationist / intelligent design/ lying to children in the UK.
But the pressing question has to be does the proposal tell us if Pluto is a planet or not?
The Miocene is not a period, it is an epoch ranging from 23.4 Mya to 5.3 Mya, it's divided into six stages (or ages). The Miocene and the Pliocene together form the Neogene period.
The Miocene is a bit of a bugger climatologically, generally the early part of the epoch sees a cooling as the Antarctic ice sheet established in the Eocene grew and the establishment of the circumpolar current in the Antarctic Ocean, but at the same time the proto-Mediterranean dried out entirely as the Alps rose which caused temperatures across Eurasia to rise. The later Miocene is generally warmer than the present climate.
Work done in 2011 in Bremerhaven suggests the warming climate in the late Miocene can be put down to changes in vegetation patterns across the world causing a slight darkening of the planet.
How long will Enterprise's aluminium airframe survive in a salty, damp environment?
Something Wicked This Way Comes
One of the best evocations of childhood and parenthood I've ever read.
His prose was gorgeous and his ideas amazing - it'll be a long time before we see Mr Bradbury's like again - if ever.
It's lacking something...
...oh I know - a Playmobilnaut!
Any chance El Reg's Iberian Special Projects Dept can team up with Transonic Pussy* and produce a video of the motorised moggy cruising the skies?
* They were huge in the 1980s.
Re: his own cat? is that even legal?
'I don't know if it lacks taste as I've never eaten dead cat.'
Have you been to a Harvester before?
Any chance NASA would like to hold the hat out and make this an international mission along with ESA, Roscosmos and the Chinese space agency?
Re: Terrestrial origin
Chain reactions can't happen in natural uranium on Earth as the level of fissile U235 is too low to sustain the reaction. Well it is now - if you go back in time, the proportion of U235 in uranium rises to a point that self-sustaining reactions could occur. So far one site is known where this happened, it was discovered at Oklo, Gabon in 1972 by French geologists mapping a uranium deposit. They discovered the level of U235 at Oklo was even lower than normal. About 1.7 billion years ago, the ore would have been about 3% U235 (compared to about 0.7% today), water circulating through a uranium ore acted as a natural moderator allowing a self-sustaining chain reaction to run at very low power for hundreds of thousands of years.
Personally I go with the idea that this C14 spike was caused by Camelot's nuclear testing programme.
Big fan of the bricks
I can't help but think this project's inspiration, the world's favourite celebrity morgue attendant, should also carry a few bricks around to stop herself falling over at regular intervals.
Well done Lester, you're very much Britain's own Elon Musk.
Not going to resign yet
After all, he's got all those free Olympic tickets so long as he's Culture Minister.
Re: Not the last
Sony's imaging division is in good health and is the component supplier for many other big companies - Nikon uses Sony sensors for instance. I think Sony have already gobbled up Olympus' medical imaging business.
'Sure, a computer doesn't get tired, a computer doesn't get distracted and computers can be made to behave consistently. But human "hardware" is more reliable than computer hardware.'
A computer doesn't get bored or tired, it doesn't get distracted by the pretty young girl driving the red Mini in the other lane (hello!) and it doesn't get into a fight with its spouse for looking at the pretty young girl driving the red Mini in the other lane (of course I don't know her!)
Re: Efficiency on a par with diesel??
'All this coming from the country that brought us the atomic age'
I think you're on to something - how about a nuclear-powered steam engine?
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