Well just as long as they can make a Roomba that doesn't have a preternatural attraction for cables. No matter how I arrange them, I can be sure that I'll come home to find a guilty looking robot hiding under the sofa sucking on a mains lead like that scene in Lady and the Tramp.
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It'll be tragically ironic if CASSIE landed on a dual carriageway.
Is there a physicist in the house?
Okay MERLIN is a whacking great long line of radio telescopes which thanks to maths way beyond my level lets you pretend you have a dish a couple of hundred kilometres across. So what's better about a virtual dish one square kilometre in size?
Please try to be gentle.
Re: China only has a monopoly on willingness to pollute
Lighter REE are more common than the heavy ones such as dysprosium, terbium, europium, and ytterbium. Many of the reserves being brought online in the last couple of years have not added much to the supply of the heavy REE whilst reducing China's grip on the light elements.
Re: Maybe not quite as bad as it's being painted
'Who knew Trinidad was a player in the Gas industry?'
Trinidad has lots of hydrocarbons; including a groovy asphalt lake and mud volcanoes.
Re: Gas-based energy policy for a country with no (more) natives reserves?
You mean the 200 trillion cubic feet that may, or may not, actually exist?
Drilling two wells and claiming 200 trillion cubic feet of gas is a good way of propping up a share price; but it is a long way from proving there is actually 200 trillion cubic feet of gas (for which you need hundreds of wells) and even further from proving there is 200 trillion cubic feet (or even a tiny proportion of that) that is economically viable and can be recovered in a reasonable time.
This privatised energy market really is delivering isn't it?
They've had decades to build gas storage facilities and instead spunked money and effort on developing credit cards, buying the AA and DynoRod only to sell them off shortly after.
'How to avoid huge ships'
Another great title with something of a cult following on Amazon:
Re: Uneven expansion?
Your first explanation.
God's left the fridge door open.
Re: Well, they could try a competitive pricing policy
Selling things with UK plugs and English instructions would also be welcome.
Re: money handed to it on a plate
'Don't pensioners get free TV licences?'
I think it's only those 80+.
Re: I want to like the BBC
Re: back catalogues.
In most cases it is to do with licensing of music, video or pictures from other rights holders. The BBC licensed them for original broadcast only and they would need to be relicensed. An even worse situation exists for older dramas where they would need to clear the rights with the agents or estates of the performers.
Re: I like the waterproof feature
Agree entirely about covers on charging ports. That was pretty much the one thing Nokia got wrong with the Lumia 800 whose cover was fiddly and fragile.
Re: Cursed Sun
It's not been the same since it was taken over by Oracle.
Re: space mirrors etc
You can store the heat of a solar thermal plant in oil, molten salt or supersaturated salty wate and draw the heat from them to keep turbines spinning.
Not retro-futuristic enough
Do you think we can persuade Elon Musk to redesign it so as to more closely resemble Thunderbird 3?
To rub things in, they're probably getting a better signal from the French network.
Re: Elevation changes
Alexandria was a particularly poor choice of Lewis' because sea levels there are very variable caused by (amongst other things), abstraction of fresh water from the aquifers, the compaction of the Nile Delta and especially the area slumping into the Med following the 365CE Cretan earthquake.
Does Brazil (aka. the Home Office's Amazon wishlist) count as Science Fiction?
Bit of an underappreciated classic methinks. Directed by Katherine Bigelow who got the rights as part of her divorce settlement with James Cameron who wrote the script. It has dated a bit because they chose to set it in 2000 and the technology seems to involve MiniDiscs; but the idea of people recording their experiences seems somewhat prescient in the era of Google Glass.
The opening POV robbery is a work of genius and it has the amazing Angela Bassett as one of Cameron's strong female roles. There are a couple of incredibly violent scenes, including a rape, which some people might find too much.
Re: Motivation for DDOS attacks.
I'd have guesstimated that 100% of DDoS was down to pure twattery.
Re: "NASA's current prediction of the comet's path."
There's a better visualisation of the trajectory here:
As you can see, the comet makes a tight turn around Mars before heading out again.
Was it just me...
...thinking that this is crying out for a Playmobil reconstruction?
It's a combination of reasons, there is little precipitation in Antarctica so they don't get covered by snow and ice, likewise no vegetation to hide them. Most meteorites are black so they really stand out on the ice. (Similarly, the North African desert is a good meteorite hunting site because the meteorites sit on the surface for thousands of years).
If you're doing a magnetic survey, iron and stony-iron meteorites will be immediately visible to the sensors. Finally, those that do eventually get covered by the ice are transported to ablation zones where the ice sublimes and melts leaving meteorites behind, so you can get enormous concentrations of meteoritic rock at the toe of glaciers.
Judging by the reaction on the BE forums you're far from alone, there's a stampede for the exits going on. My 12 month contract expires next week and I won't be renewing.
Thanks, it looks like Zen (although their data allowance is miserly), PlusNet or Zilo for me. Anyone use the latter? I hadn't heard of them, but they seem to be quite appealing.
'Results in 404 - lol.'
I got a 403 when I followed the link from my email, so maybe it's a countdown?
One of the best ISPs has just been taken over by one of the worst (with extra Murdoch badness bonus).
Crap, it's getting really hard to find an ISP that gives a damn these days. Guess I'll have to start hunting all over again as soon as my 12 month BE contract expires, there's no way I'll put up with Sky's miserable service and ownership.
'medical bills of an astronomical "amount in excess of $600.00,"'
In the US that gets you an X-ray and a pack of aspirin.
More likely you'll find that someone else on a higher paygrad grabs a bag full of sand and you spend a few years counting zircon grains.
Me? Bitter? Never.
The article conflates two supercontinents. Gondwana is the southern fragment of the Pangaea supercontinent, not part of Rodinia.
And Mantle plumes are only thought to be a partial explanation for continental breakup. They also appear to disintegrate when they get too big as the Mantle beneath their interiors becomes increasingly insulated, making them weaker. At the same time, large oceanic plates eventually cool and begin to subduct, pulling the continental plate apart.
'Isn't it ironic that the above was posted anonymously'
Xenu reveals himself in mysterious ways.
Their 'bible' is 'Dianetics' which isn't nearly as good read as 'Battlefield Earth' (which is itself a shockingly bad book). You have been warned.
In case you're curious Xenu doesn't pop up in either book. You have to part with the big money to get treated to that story. Or just watch 'South Park'.
Re: Sony have dropped the ball
I must be in a tiny minority, but I find the asymmetric angular shapes of the PS2 and PS3 to be bloody ugly. It's only that they're so black that prevents them being a complete eyesore. Much prefer the shape of the original 360.
Commodity bits aren't always the bargain they seem.
Microsoft lost lots of money on the original Xbox hardware because they couldn't control the price of key components such as the CPU, graphics chip and hard disk. Specifying and co-designing their hardware pretty much from the ground-up for the 360 actually saved money in the long term.
Re: I thought this kind of thing had been explained as a 'wick effect'?
Wow! That brings back memories of the early 1980s. The Unexplained I should - erm - explain - not having spontananeously combusted myself.
To bring back another raft of memories, didn't QED do this experiment with a pig carcass wrapped in muslin? My memory isn't what it used to be and it's so very long since BBC1 actually did science programming.
It's Oklahoma so
It's either God or the Devil - the catch-all explanation for anything in the MidWest.
Re: OK by me
'Janet Jackson, in the Reliant Stadium, with a wardrobe malfunction.'
Colonel Mustard in the Library with the lead pipe.
If I was going to be hunted down by a celebrity assassin
'Former Dr Who actress Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond in the series, was stung by a similar diet-pushing spambot. She did not respond to the intrusion with threats on the lives of the perpetrators.'
I'd rather it was the lovely Ms. Gillan and not Jeremy Clarkson. It'd have more of an Emma Peel vibe to it that way.
Re: Previous NK tests yeilded zero radioactivity
Fission-derived isotopes were detected after the first test from as far away as Canada, so it was definitely nuclear.
The real question this raises is why is North Korea so bad at making bombs? Every other country has been able to get 12-20kt out of their first nuclear test. NK's first test was 500t, their second 2.4kt, their third might be as much as 7kt.
They should have said how many Olympic-sized swimming pools could be contained in the ship.
Or would they make it sink?
Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?
Alternatively, the BBC was just indulging in some lazy churnalism from the Maersk press release. Check the second photo on the page - it's Times Square:
Re: Bitcoin A-go-go
I see the price of a Bitcoin has nearly doubled in the last month. Anyone like to speculate why?
For a good few years there was a healthy market in East German concrete to gullible westerners.
If this meteor was indeed a stone rather than iron, there's going to be lots of people paying top sums for any old bit of rock.
Never been there, but I've got the impression that Gibraltar is like a Disneyland for Daily Express readers.
Re: On the seismograph
The 6.6. is quite interesting as it's in a region where the plate boundary between the Eurasian and North American plate isn't well understood.
'Up to 500 people are believed to be injured after a meteorite blazed through the sky'
That would be a meteor blazing through the sky from which meteorites might have been recovered.
I now return you to the scheduled iOS versus Apple flamewar.
One day we'll wake up
To find someone's nicked the M25 for copper.
Re: The chances of it discriminating accurately between 535 and 541
The 535 event is intriguing because it is even larger in magnitude and area than the 1816 'Year without a summer' caused by Mount Tambora. Reports of incredibly cold winters, crop failure and dry sulfurous fogs extend from Northern Europe to China, the Middle East and South America.
A volcano is the most likely cause, but one at high latitudes (such as those in Iceland) would be unlikely to affect the Southern Hemisphere, so efforts have previously concentrated on suitably monstrous mountains in the tropics including Rabaul (New Guinea (erupting right now)) and Lake Ilopango (El Salvador). To cause the drop in temperatures it would have to be a VEI 7 eruption - think ten Pinatubos or one-thousand Eyjafjallajökulls. Last year there was also a suggestion it might have been caused by a devastating, eruption of Krakatau previously dated to 416 from Javanese historical records. There is however little geological evidence at Krakatau of an eruption in the mid-6th Century.
Going back to Iceland, if they can find a sulfur spike in a core from the Greenland cap (which can be pretty easily dated to individual years) which has a sulfur isotope imbalance they can ascribe it to a large event in Iceland at a fixed time. Most Icelandic eruptions don't inject much sulfur into the stratosphere, so for the isotopes to be buggered it would have to be a big one along the lines of the VEI 6 Eldgjá and Laki eruptions of 934 and 1783 respectively - neither of which did much good to the environment.