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Re: Coolness check-list
good list, but shouldn't the motorbike goggles be peering through a tiny little windscreen at the fron of an open cockpit?
Take zis pill, it will take ALL ze pain avay, I perzonally promise!
This really sounds like one from Igor (or Junior Postman Groat, for that matter). Mamba poison does kill all pain (quite quickly), along with the rest of you.
It also reminds me of the proposed surgical treatment for migraine (amputation of the head)
Still, kudos to the scientists if this works well.
Interesting stuff. M22 is magnificent in my 8" scope, as my son (10) also agreed to when we observed it from France this summer. I will tell him he has seen the home of a black-hole binary system. I bet he will be excited.
it reminds me of:
Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal for visiting tourists
Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal of visiting tourists
The bacon sarnie that bit back.
Those "Golden Dawn" ultra right wingers and the church are taking themselves WAY too seriously,
Maybe it is mandatory to undergo a full humourectomy before joining either
Intel Graphics == No use to me
I like to do some CUDA stuff on my laptop. There are some pretty decent 13" laptops out there, with nVidia graphics, and a lot more processing clout, for less money. OK, they might not be quite as thin, but they are still quite light (I have seen an ASUS of just 1.78kg). Much more useful to me.
One whole load of foetid dingo's kidneys
Will that still be OK?
After all, it is just a quote from the great Douglas Adams
And at least I didn't say Belgium
If they really wanted to create an explosive atmosphere
Sukakuium would be the name of choice
In Chinese textbooks that would have to become Diaoyuium
Re: Navigational Deflectors?
And what about jet-packs, I want a jet-pack! It does not even need antigravity, for goodness' sake (or slood for that matter)
It's an 11" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain
Even without the image on his website, the aperture of 11" tells you it is the Celestron C11, one of the only 11" scopes out there (and the big brother of my C8). Excellent planetary imaging scopes. You do not want a DSLR for this work, a decent webcam (CCD-based for preference) or a specialized planetary camera, which can maintain 30-60 FPS at VGA resolution is generally best.
Re: "Or not."
Same here in the Netherlands.
Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake were pretty good though. And anyway, a comet like this would be visible for quite a long time. Time to get that astronomized DSLR ready.
Infinity is a very long time indeed
The authors do assume the nuclei have infinite life span. This might not be correct. And anyway, some klutz in a lab coat is bound to drop it at some point (he might even be called Ponder Stibbons).
Interesting work, otherwise
Re: Future consequences
I have this sudden sense of deja vu
Calling Sgt. Angua
Mine is the one with "The Fifth Elephant" in the pocket
Re: Jury was fatally flawed.
Interesting reads. At the end of the first, the phrase "Sulk Hogan" sprang to mind,
I wonder why?
Similar clouds have been known to surround galactic clusters, but not around our own. That is of course hard to do, and has been likened to "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing in the market square." A more accurate analogy would be "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing on a playground somewhere in the (unfashionable western) suburbs"
Thumbs up to the scientists for attempting perhaps not the impossible, but at least the very, very improbable!
Cool, seriously cool!
I visited their lab with two dozen students eleven years ago. They do a lot of seriously cool things there (like transistors that switch based on a single electron on the gate: talk about low power). The students were suitable impressed, even the guy who tried to do a limbo dance underneath a manipulator arm of a vacuum chamber set-up. Needless to say, our host was seriously relieved that I grabbed this student by the shoulder and gave him a very severe reprimand (think sergeant-major Shut-up Sahib).
I am proud the Dutch managed to get another two IgNobels!
Here's to research that makes you think and laugh (I am not picky about the order)
"Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now. I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it."
What is Balmer smoking? Windows 95 the biggest thing in what? Computing? I would think other things in computing have been bigger (or at least better) in the last 20 years. The world-wide web, for one. OK that made its first wobbly steps in 1990/1991, so outside the time frame, but it only really took off the years after. The Mosaic Browser (1993) was a seminal event in computing. Windows 95 was not.
In my view, Windows 95 improved upon Windows 3.1(1) in that it camouflaged the fact that it was a graphic shell overlaid on MS-DOS rather better. It did a bit more than that, and popularized the WIMP-style (windows, icons, menus, pointer) GUIs still with use today. Yes I know MS did not invent them, but W95 did bring them to a big audience, and took the MS-DOS crowd away from the command line.
Pirate icon because I was ill on "Talk like a pirate day"
On the photograph
Soma seems to be doing an impression of a flounder. Is this to suggest Microsoft are floundering?
Darn, I'm hungry now
Mine is the one with Rick Stein's "Seafood" in the pocket (OK, in the backpack).
Absolutely! Can anybody explain to me why an $800 device (including keyboard) with Windows RT would be better than the latest incarnation of the Asus Transformer, with its much higher resolution (1920x1200) and roughly the same price point down here (just shy of 700 euro)?
OK it has a version of office. Big deal!
The description of a device or method is enough for a patent
The US government patented ships with nuclear propulsion before they got it working. The description as to contain enough technical detail to show it is inventive.
Countless patents have been awarded on perpetual motion devices (now no longer allowed), and there are patents for algorithms that compress any bit string (including its own output) by at least one bit without loss of information. This is clearly impossible, but it has been patented.
Get your Martian Blueberry Jam right here!!!!
Lovely! Rich in iron!
C.M.O.T. Dibbler would try that.
These old rovers (hopefully) never cease to amaze. I once pointed out Mars to my kids, and added: there are two robot cars driving about on that planet. Now they want to be space scientists
This was brought to you by
The expedition to scale both peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro
Re: Ikea catalog[ue]
No that is a lamp, not a chair
I have given various programs two-fingered salutes
Not that they respond
But then I usually give the salute when the %$#@ software is not responding to keyboard and mouse either.
I also think that gesture-controlled, just like voice-controlled software, is a really good idea for open-plan offices. Methinks the BOFH would have a field day.
Re: Ikea catalog[ue]
I think I will show this to my students when next I lecture on parallel computing
People doing irrational things with money?
Makes you wonder what fashion is all about
Does this not mean that the amounts of light reaching both the viewfinder and the sensor is cut roughly in half? In dim light, this would be a drawback. Though we do not need a bright viewfinder to focus any more, framing an image nicely in dim light might be a problem. Less light hitting the sensor lower the signal-to-noise ratio.
Re: "Facebook's troubled float onto Nasdaq was "not the first up and down that we ever had"."
Facebook floated? I thought it sank?
Re: The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:
"X X X X
Good on yer, Mate!"
But unfortunately, my name is Michael, not Bruce
The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:
Some of the sheep
Or maybe that was another place which just happened to be very, um, Australian?
May I welcome
our intelligent rubbish-bin overlords?
Sounds even worse than durian fruit
Eating durian fruit has been described as being like eating the food of the gods with your head over an open sewer.
Normally I am quite happy to try local dishes, but some local dishes are local for a very simple reason: nobody else in their right mind would consider eating it. Alternatively, the locals are masochists on a diet (to quote Arthur Dent speaking to a nutrimatic machine). I think I will give this Swedish "delicacy" a pass.
Darn, my kids would have loved a high G catapult take-off, judging by the sizes of their respective grins the first time they took of in an airliner (cries of "COOL!!!" clearly communicated to other passengers it was their first time). A really high G take off would have had them hooked.
A low-G catapult would leave them very disappointed.
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