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Who let the loon out? (HOU! HOUHOU!)
Okay, so RT.com somewhat earlier featured heavy-to-digest fare about how comet Elenin is "behaving oddly" and clearly some sort INTERPLANETARY CRAFT intent on RENDEZVOUS (possibly with the ultimate goal of CAUSING DISASTER). I'm not saying RT.com is shite, actually it often is saying things that are political 3rd rails to "western media pundits" but like El Reg, they may let the loon out. HAARP? HAR HAR!
Apart from that, this looks just like the Beagle fuckup. I suggest looking into correct project, configuration and build management (also financing, hiring practices, and correct application of the better-faster-cheaper-choose-at-most-two mantra).
This will probably lead to greater success than threatening unnamed individuals with a visit by SMERSH. No need to keep up the hardcore.
Comrades! The new plan is:
Январь: Plan nuclear rocket
Февраль: Build nuclear rocket
Март: Test nuclear rocket
Апрель: Launch nuclear rocket
Май: Coast to Mars
Июнь: Mars arrival!!
Июль: Let robot have beer at lonely Phobos Inn while waiting for American Pigdogs to arrrive.
Август: Curiosity finally trundles in. NASDAROVYE!
The sound effects and moving/handheld camera effects are zany.
They worked in Battlestar Galactica. Not so much here.
"After this message"
No! Bad! Go back to Human Action 101!
"The simple laws of economics – supply and demand – dictate that prices will rise in times of scarcity but clearly some resellers need to convince customers that movements are legit."
In other words, if prices rise too much, then customers won't buy. So much, so expected.
"Others will profiteer and sadly tarnish the channel."
Wrong! That's politican's muddy thinking. You got feet, so you can vote. You see the prices and you make your choices. Or keep running those 7'200 RPM 200GB ATAs for while longer.
> mega solar flares
> super volcanoes
> titanic disasters
> suffering on an immense scale
That kind of warmed-over low-budget menu is considered "regeneration of the cosmos"?
I would expect at least a serious change in ℏ or α otherwise I want my money back.
"send [a gamer's] soul to the fire pits of Hell"
You have reached the next level of the game!
A Satan appears.
Sulaco is where Nostromo does to land in Conrad's novel.
"I have to have my model of the Sulaco next to my monitor. I find it so inspirational. It just looks like a weapon. Beautiful on-screen."
IIRC, it was made from a pulse rifle prop that was lying around...
How about the ships in "Legends Of Galactic Heroes", then? They are of the same class.
Personal preference is Captain Harlock's Arcadia. Who wouldn't want to captain an immense spacegoing WWII dreadnought with the stern sculpted as if came from an 18th century man-of-war? Manned by a dedicated crew of society's rejects surviving on sake and rice. And you get to fly a pirate flag. And you get to piss on venal politicians from on high!
In this new home you can slowly sip expensive wine liberated from space freighters while you admire the Milky Way through panorama viewbays and reflect on your permanent fight for the right to lead a life of Libertarian Freedom.
I thought "homeworld" had the good ones, like P.E. Elson paintings finally animated. I may be wrong though, never played it.
What kind of weirdo downvotes this post?
This man agrees.
Also, the low gravity seemed to magically stop once the doors to the station were passed.
This is a classic mistake though. I remember Roy Schneier in 2010 weighting the guillotine to HAL's power supply in his hand in an environment that's obviously at weightless.
"The long pointy wedge of Alastair Reynold's Lighthuggers"
While this may be pretty coolish, I imagine a hydrogen atoms coming at you at 0.99999 c is not going to be seriously hindered by the wedge while it deposits its energy into the machinery and soft tissue.
Better use a Bussard Ramjet with FRACKING HUGE MAGNETIC FIELDS GENERATED USING MONOPOLES or better yet a kilometer or so of asteroid between you and any onrushing crap. Like in "Pushing Ice".
No Nuclear BBQ icon? Tsar Bomba, then.
That the guy who hacked into SCORPION STARE?
In Putin's Russia, Space Probe contacts YOU!
People who don't know ANYTHING about reality...
Some dude's citation:
"The UK is teetering on the edge of a double dip and I think we will fall into a second recession."
A double dip, with onions and everything? How about fries with that?
There is no "second recession". It's the same recession as previously, which was papered-over for a time limited by frantic money creation, "stimulus" packages and quite probably "enhanced" GDP stats. Also, excuses were given like the royal wedding causing slowdown (but note that the Lybian War apparently was a-ok)
The illusion is made perfect through shitty commentary by people who have never in their whole life thought about cause-consequence effects like Keynesians and that NYT blogger Krugman.
> What if they arrive demanding MORE
What if they find out that the true masters are the lolcats?
I have a Mr. Krugman on the phone, he wants to employ you...
Once the US gets around to masturbating about Space Hitler instead of about <random country of interest du jour> Hitler, they will loosen some freshly printed money for Star Conquest Operations again.
Forever War in Space, here we come! SIEG!
Captain, I detect enormous amounts of fail in this sector!
Discussing Star Trek's imaginary fantasy tech is fruitful and rewarding!
(Yeah, I know, NASA has checked it and Alcubierre Drive blah blah .... FUUUU .... )
Ha ha ha!
Andrew Orlowski in "science is unsure business" discovery shocker.
In other news, Neutrinos apparently manage to exceed the speed of light.
It's death Jim, but not as we know it.
Drive out of here, Stalker!
Be warm all night, take an RTG to bed
Nope, mainly Alpha. Don't ingest and you will be safe.
This also means that you don't need to make your rover nuclear-reactor proof.
NUMBER 5 IS ALIVE!
I don't know whether barking "obey now or I will stop buying your stuff" at one of your biggest creditors is a very credible threat.
The more so as the US gvnmt relies heavily on China buying US gvnmt bonds in exchange for their dollars. Once back in the US, these can then be non-productively used to finance wars etc. Even Goldman-Sachs would hard-pressed to shift all these obligations.
The feeling is...
The idea that "if neutrinos go so fast, they should radiate and slow down" was also venerable o-sensei Weinberg's first reaction, IIRC.
Now, to a layperson (like me for example), it might well make sense to say that "but you can't know that they would that". On the other hand, these people have a grasp of the mathematical constraints underlying the theory, which do not allow lego-like mix-and-match. I assume that allowing fast neutrinos to not radiate would be quite bad overall and be akin to allowing unicorns to pop up in a LHC vacuum pipe.
This story will be made into a movie with Johnny Depp and uh... James Callis. Yeah. You heard it here first.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. Ah, maybe not.
"A half-decent Martian sandstorm crosswind and it'll be all over the shop!"
What! With an atmospheric pressure of 600 pascal?
I think sandworms are a more likely danger.
"and thought it sounds just like the same list for the US"
That's because you must thing in US-centric terms.
When Hillary says that China must "play by the rules". What rules are that? Why, let the Whitey Cowboy do as he well pleases.
The US is the only one running around like a rabid dog declaring "space supremacy" (note: "supremacy", not "capability") a must have. And it has no money.
Virtual particles are just that - virtual - so you can't observe them, even on the mass detector though they do transmit forces like the electrostatic force. (Well, theoretically the VPs should generate a massive "vacuum energy" of zillion Joule per cubic centimeter but this is clearly not observed).
To observe them, you have to kick them loose. This is not unlike using a hammer to break a fat piece of concrete out of a smooth wall. The wall is just the whole set of possible concrete pieces, but you dont' get see the pieces. To see a piece you have to impart serious energy. Indeed, this is what happens in colliders when high-energy photons suddenly transform into particle-antiparticle pairs.
Seems to be the same here. The mirror imparts energy, particles are coming out, the mirror's kinetic energy goes down, it balances out.
Couldn't agree more!
Unfortunately, the "governments that seriously need to address this" are exactly the governments that deliver or incessantly push copyright legislation of the worst sort because they do what the lobbyists tell them to. You need to get into serious headbashing for believable change first.
"And then in the case of the three famous ones -- Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Stravinsky -- you know they have many heirs probably for each one. If the New York Philharmonic plays a Shostakovich symphony, let’s just estimate that all the heirs will get a 10 percent cut, and then that’s split among them. We’re talking about royalty checks of pennies, depending on how many times it’s split. Even if it’s only one person, oh it’s $20.00 – ah great! I got a royalty check. We’re talking about classical music here. We’re not talking about the Beatles or Michael Jackson. Nobody is going to make a living off royalties from a couple pieces they’re going to play."
"Well I'm 100% certain that none of those savings was ever passed onto the customer."
What does that mean and what has that to do with anything?
Maybe the savings were used to buy a few new pumps.
Maybe the savings were used to hire guards and build a fence for security.
Maybe the savings were hoovered up through higher wages paid to attract quality employees.
Maybe the savings were hoovered up through union-imposed higher wages so that union bosses can stay in their warm bureaus for another term.
Maybe the savings were hoovered up through government-caused inflation, taxation, VAT and social security schemes.
Maybe the savings were hoovered up through government imposed arbitrary "regulation" made by bureaucrats who barely made their sociology degree at uni.
Maybe the savings were used to build the CEOs McMansion and pool, i.e. "consumption".
Maybe the savings were used to get a new contract through dining, wining and brownveloping of political decision makers, i.e. corruption.
Maybe. Who knows.
Clearly you want "more regulation" and "lower prices" and probably also "a pay rise" as well as "quality products" and possibly "jobs".
You can't have it.
Next from the IP fetishists' league.
It has been found that significant portions of a written work are encoded in the outgoing photon bubble modulated by reflection off printed paper pages, which clearly and undeniably constitutes illegal broadcasting of copyrighted work without license. It is now unlawful to open a book outside of a fully closed room. Special "reading burkhas" are being offered by content owners for a modest fee. In case books are opened under a clear sky, damages due are quadrupled.
Nah, the US calibrates by looking at car's license plates.
Low-down stuff and everything
Say no to crazed speculation and wannabe and has-beens and angry yoofs and yes to boring details. Take a gander:
That's my point!
Then why must the candidate wrap it into a meaningless question structure....
Why not just say "The answer is: Chicago".
I thought the idea was that it was hard for Watson to find a response that must be the original question. Well no, it's just cheap window dressing, basically adding a question mark the end of the match.
Here's one that would be interesting:
"He managed to defuse the situation by promising to remove Jupiter missiles from a third country, but to do so inofficially."
Is the correct response "What is John F. Kennedy" or "What is the Cuban Missile Crisis"?
NO! The correct response is "How did John F. Kennedy defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis?"
Maybe the public can no longer grok the idea of a "question"...
Jeopardy is bizarre..
"Its largest airport was named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle"
That is not really the answer to the question
"What is Toronto?"
The real question would be
"What is interesting trivia about the airports of Toronto?"
and that's what the candidate, including HAL, I mean, Watson, should output.
If one is just interested in finding the correct US city that matches the factoid, one would just say "The answer is: Toronto", which makes this an open-ended version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire".
So how is the utterance "What is Toronto" even considered a correct solution?
Inquiring Paris is inquiring.
Submitting to "byte renting" and other make-believe fantasy toll booths!
"The songs on your i-whatever aren’t property."
Exactly. They aren't.
Because I can copy the hell out of them and no-one will miss anything (except the power-supplying company that provided the energy to do the copying; for this said company can bill me).
"License" you say? Did it come with my torrent file? Amazing.
A "valuable patent" you say? Hell, half of the asteroid belt belongs to me (of course, I don't have a state and a collective delusion to back that claim up, so it's an uphill battle to prove that).
Not that I won't pay for good content, on the contrary. But spare me the "licensed IP" cant.
"What the hell is going on with DHS? Why aren't people being notified?"
Someone is being stupid here. And it isn't fat-assed bureaucrats safely encysted in the inner belly of an *enormous* dinosaur, blowing tens of billions and busy seizing spanish soccer websites (diversification into IP problems is always good), setting drones on Mexicans trying to cross the southern rabbit fence, using government credit cards to build a home brewery, checking out the 99% or warning about the mighty danger of poisoned buffets.
Did I mention that DHS was involved in blowing a whole New Orleans?
Really, we need a FAIL + NUKE + TRASH icon, all mashed together into a single gigantic clusterfuck. Probably a TAX icon, too.
There is some tension in the article between lauding the IE9 + Active Directory combination vs. saying that Active Directory is being irrelevant. Yes, no? What do?
I the Mozilla freaks^^H^H^H^H^HHdevelopers would just get over their shiny shiny fetishism and do something staid and serious for once.
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