2556 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
I'll drink to that!
Brilliant work. They may be amateurs, but they are of an Olympic stature!
Am I the first to say
That is not a core!
I've got a bad feeling about this!
Use an Antonov 225
Was it the Dean of Unseen University?
always referred to as "two-chairs".
Mine is the one with the Unseen University logo.
Wouldn't any Gliesean Spaceship be rendered helpless
by the Trojan which no doubt hitchhiked along with this horrendous guff-blast?
After all, if SF movies are to be believed, all spaceships can be hacked using a Win-XP based laptop or MacBook.
Gotta love the acronyms
WIMPs vs MACHOs
Weakly Interacting Massive Particles vs MAssive Cold Halo Objects
You cannot get a better pair of names for a scientific dispute.
Maybe it thought the the Red Centre was Mars
Good going by the Aussies! hopefully something can be salvaged from the mission
I never saw the point in Chromebooks
Tight cloud integration is fine, until you are abroad, and data roaming charges apply (arm+leg, generally), even assuming you have connectivity at all (try mountain tops in Indonesia, or Uganda, or even in many national parks in the US). I want something that works really well locally, without internet connectivity, AND has good cloud integration for when internet is available. Other offers at the same price point just make more sense.
First et it get there in one functioning piece!
If successful, it could far outstrip Spirit and Opportunity
Should this not have been posted under "Open.... and shut"?
The casing of my (aging) VAIO SZ series machine is made of carbon fibre, and has withstood severe bashing around for years. Not perhaps as elegant as Apple, but if you want a tough, lightweight case, carbon fibre takes a lot of beating.
The MacBooks do look good in their simple cases, but I chose my machine mainly on combined merits of compute power, gpu power, and light weight. As we had just got extra funding price was not an issue. Looks did not come into it.
Anyone remember the Apollo-Soyuz project of 1975
Collaboration was possible in space even then
We make small steps, some forward, some backwards. Hopefully our random walk shows net progress.
Did the name SAM after Commander Vimes?
Would be appropriate to have him looking for water (though deep down he just wants a drink)
Schrödinger’s Cat has tunneled away years ago
Any cat can always appear at the other side of a closed door, even when you just observed it on THIS side.
Dare I ask?
Will it run Crysis?
Mine's the one with the MPI manual in the pocket
They just want you to think they are calibration patterns!
where's my tinfoil hat!!
What if it wasn't just diesel?
Some BOFH style additives should provide some more OOMPH!
Or should that be WHOOOOOOMP!!!
Here, et me install a new switch for you.
As Terry Pratchett put it:
"The IQ of a mob is equal to the IQ of the dimmest member divided by the number of mobsters"
See, simple math explains it.
A chip that can get completely spaced out!
I'll drink to that.
I did miss it
13 years should be enough to get some original ideas. I will look forward to seeing it.
Someone has just had an upgrade foisted upon them
Blessedly, it is not me!
Extracting energy from the tides could theoretically increase the tidal friction which is drawing rotational energy away from the Earth-Moon system. This would make the moon recede faster and the earth's rotation slow down more quickly. The process stops when 1 day = 1 month = 50x24 hours (if I recall correctly).
So black it hurts the eyes!
According to Zaphod Beeblebrox, at least
To put the resolution into perspective
resolving 4m at 300,000 km is an angular resolution of 0.00275 seconds of arc. My 8" telescope does just 0.57 seconds of arc.
So yeah, HD would be possible easily, if you pad the image with a sufficient number of black pixels
AH, A CLUE
If they have buttons which are labelled black on a black background which when pressed let a little black light up black to show that you have done it, it must be the HAGUNEMNONS!
Look out for horribly beweaponed, chameleoid death-flotillas!!
I for one had never heard of the Garamantes culture. It does sound like someone wants to enhance the idea of a Libyan cultural identity that transcends tribal differences. Might not be the worst thing to try, but let's hope that political aim does not bury the science, which might find that, rather than being a single, unified culture, the Garamantes were a loose association of tribes, who bickered as much as current tribes (or the Gauls for that matter).
Just look at the surface of the moon with a telescope
You will see it has been hit by FAR worse that a poxy little 300m pebble. There are several craters more than a hundred km in diameter (Bailly at 287 km for example).
That's not a moon !!
Had to be said
As life arose at least 3 billion years ago
I do not think anything is changing in a big hurry.
I just thought the Greeks were charging for the use of their letters, you know, just to start balancing the books
Or make patent duration variable?
In some sectors you can innovate quickly, and long duration patents can stifle innovation (potentially). In other sectors, innovation is slower, and patent duration might be longer.
Of course, you then end up with a question on how to judge the duration per domain, but it is worth a thought.
As others have said, the USPTO spends to little time evaluating patents. Things are a good deal better here in Europe, where investigation into prior art is generally quite thorough (as I noticed when I was (co-)inventor on a patent).
Re: Wouldn't it be simpler if patents were non-transferable?
This could actually harm inventors. If I invent something, I might be better off selling my patent to a company capable of producing and marketing it and policing for infringement of the patent, rather than doing all that myself. After all, many inventors do not have the capital and resources to police a patent properly, and fight legal battles against potentially very wealthy players. I could of course sell a unique, non-transferable license for production or marketing, but what of the policing bit, would the license holder do that?
It is a peak in the current cycle
But to date (as a sunspot observer for quite a while), I have seen far fewer sunspots now than in the maximum around 33 years ago when I started, even though I have a bigger scope than I had in those days. So while the 11 year cycle is more-or-less on course in terms of the period, the whole 11-year wiggle seems to be superimposed on a downward trend. The last minimum was amazing. Months might go by without a single spot. I never witnessed that in the first cycles I observed.
They don't make sunspots like they used to! ;)
Loved watching Tomorrow's World too
However, in a long piece about British Engineering and/or current lack thereof, can we let this pass: We mention ENIAC, but not Colossus? Especially following the brilliant bit on BBC last weekend on Bletchley Park's lost heroes (William Tutte and Tommy Flowers). Told me bits of computer science history I did not know, and I work in computer science.
The comment on ENIAC was logical in context (given women involved). It is surprising how hard it is to get girls into science and engineering over here in the West. I was at a conference on image processing last September and many women presented really good work (no surprise to me), and the vast majority were from India or China.
I think I will use this as an example of the awesome things computer science brings us when we have our next open day for potential students on coming Friday (apart from a host of other, more mundane examples)
In the Netherlands 5'6" is very short
At a shade under 5'11 (1.80m) I was the third shortest guy in my year
In the Netherlands 5'6" is very short
At 1.80m (just shy of 5'11") I was one of the shortest guys in my year when I left secondary school. In the US I gather my length fairly average. 5" shorter would be quite short then.
Dark Sky Station
Now there is a now to conjure up a super-villain image.
Where is that white Persian cat got to now!
An OS suitable for mad scientists!!!!
IGOR, DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT!!!!!
I can feel an extra exclamation mark coming on!!!!!!
It might work psychologically
but what about radiation issues?
Besides, the stresses involved are way higher on the real trip, because the chances of anything going wrong are higher in a real ship, and the chances of anyone from outside being able to help if something goes wrong are effectively zero.
Still good that someone is still working on manned missions.
What? No reference to L-space theory?
Mine is the one with "Small Gods" in the pocket.
Apple iPads? But we ordered a few kg of Granny Smiths!!
What I REALLY did not like in XP, as I had to move from 2000
was the lack of proper separation between admin and user.
At home, I had to prevent the missus from removing such unimportant items as command.com in earlier Windows incarnations, so quite early on I installed Windows NT 4.0. Later I moved to 2000 rather than going through 95, 98 and (shudder) Millennium. I did not like the level of privilege I had to give users on XP, when that became the next step (as MS throttled support for 2000).
Windows 7 is a good deal better than XP in many ways.
was that not on the xxxPad
Sorry, couldn't resist
Allowing patents for prior art is USPTO standard practice
This is how patent trolls work: scour the literature for interesting ideas, apply for a patent, and sue anybody using it EXCEPT the guy who came up with the idea in the first (he could too easily take you to the cleaners, if he works for a big company, if not sue him too).
USPTO: Fire the lot of them, and replace them by half the number of competent people
Many phones out there do just as described above
So it is still too flaming obvious.
Yes, and the other major type is II
"nearby" galaxy M101 is currently (well, millions of years ago, but now in out frame of reference) host to a type Ia supernova. It was visible in binoculars just a few weeks ago, but now is borderline in my 8" scope.
Which has happened before.
There are now indications that the ice sheets withdrew at a huge rate at the end of the last ice age. The same seems to happen at the start. Initially people thought ice ages centuries or even thousands of years to get started or to end, now people are looking at much shorter periods. It seems climate can flip faster than was thought before. Some mass extinctions might be linked to these rapid flips (in particular the megafauna extinction at the end of the ice age).
I for one think it is good to have better data. By research standards not a huge amount of money was spent (one PhD position in our neck of the woods), and if we have better data, we have a better chance of understanding.
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