Re: Cursed Sun
It's not been the same since it was taken over by Oracle.
3669 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
It's not been the same since it was taken over by Oracle.
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.
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.
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.
I'd have guesstimated that 100% of DDoS was down to pure twattery.
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.
...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.
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.
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'.
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.
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 either God or the Devil - the catch-all explanation for anything in the MidWest.
'Janet Jackson, in the Reliant Stadium, with a wardrobe malfunction.'
Colonel Mustard in the Library with the lead pipe.
'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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
To find someone's nicked the M25 for copper.
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.
'im no geologist but im guessing this happens over periods of hundreds of thousands of years.'
Yep. or as a geologist would say 'almost instantly'.
Does anyone know *anyone* in Montana?
It'd be the perfect spot for the dead to rise from their graves and establish their empire without being noticed until they'd taken over the ICBM silos.
Sweden, Luxembourg, France, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Romania?
I wonder if that donkey was eligible for Airmiles.
They always have such stupid names 'Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime'
Like there's a Communities For Gun and Knife Crime lobby group somewhere.
Rupert Murdoch is not only a Catholic, he is a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
As is Jimmy Savile.
Clearly the entrance requirements might need tightening up.
'He's lasted 7 years. In industry, what CEO presiding over falling customer numbers, reduced income, and general staff dissatisfaction, would have lasted so long? Especially as his recipe for fixing the problems as "OK, let's do things like we did last century. Or preferably the one before."'
We have all been wondering what it would take for Ballmer to step down from Microsoft.
'You are in a 20-foot depression floored with bare dirt. Set into the dirt is a strong steel grate mounted in concrete. A dry streambed leads into the depression.
The grate is locked.'
Use the key! Use the key!
Include: Orc, Goblin, Undead, Codex, Inferno, Inquisitor, Marauder, Dwarf, Elves, Terra, Mars, Armageddon, Halfling and Ogre.
In a way you have to admire them for their brass necks.
That's the lift music in Hell.
Is the MoD/BAE definition of 'on budget' along the same lines as First Great Western's definition of 'on time'?
@TheBigYin 'Also, why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear?'
Oh Jesus, can you imagine how much BAE would shaft us for a nuclear carrier?
The folks in the MoD are all planning their move to BAE, so it's in their interests to send work BAE's way and to fatten them up nicely.
Remember the carrier contract when the government next says we have to lay off thousands of soldiers, police, NHS workers and the like - for 'austerity'.
It really needed a theramin soundtrack.