1625 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007
Re: Sounds fascinating...
I don't think it's real. There isn't a single use of the word 'quantum'.
Para 7 starts off with "Quantum chronodynamics..."
Useful link, thanks.
I see that the cold gas thruster is powered by Cologne, which should make the duck smell nice.
Philae has no thrusters, so does Rosetta "throw" it at the comet?
Will Philae land on the flattest part of the comet, i.e. the "underside" of the duck shape?
Skylon just looks so damn cool.
Re: No teeth = excellent flyer @ phil dude
How does a bird in Egypt help the crocs in Australia???
Re: I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction
What do you call a killdeer with one eye? A Doyouthinkhesaurus.
Re: /but @ Paul Crawford
According to the font of all (mis)information, Wikipedia, "The series creators have said that the Clangers, living in vacuum, did not communicate by sound, but rather by a type of nuclear magnetic resonance, which was translated to audible whistles for the human audience."
More excitingly, the Clangers are coming back!
So if Philae has no thrusters, does Rosetta "throw" it at the comet?
And the backronym for the roofrack, and the backronym for the van? Suggestions have been made ;-)
Re: What's with the video?
And for those outside Oz who are unfamiliar: Wakefield is a *serious* racetrack. A win there is a proper win. Good on the team!
Re: That's nice. @ MJI
I am trying to work out if this is sarcasm or not, I do hope so.
Nope, jake doesn't do sarcasm. Pompous self-aggrandising fictitious claptrap yes, sarcasm no.
Re: The council have sent a court order to the Space Station
Now you've made me think of dog poop burning up during atmospheric re-entry. Yuk.
Are Micro Bacteria even tinier than normal bacteria?
Re: watch this
Perhaps if your hand stopped swinging for a while you might be able to hit the right keys on the keyboard.
Re: Human physics !
A banana also produces antimatter, although not enough to (ahem) matter.
...verifying that the updates have all been applied to each of them isn't going to be a fun task...
Maybe use their coloured LEDs to indicate the software version: for example if you have 1021 green bots and 3 red bots, it's easy to tell which didn't get the upgrade.
Excellent boffinry from Linus and Tridge. Have a virtual beer each.
And if Tridge would like to convert that to a real beer, I happen to in Canberra too...
Re: Tits Up Bail Provision
It's all very well keeping the sun off LOHAN for the final 1000' of plummeting, but a parachute might provide a softer landing.
Mary Poppins she ain't.
Re: Other Similarity
It might also explain the identical levels of daylight on opposite sides of the planet ;-)
Sounds like a small lightning bolt would overcome those pesky charges and allow it to spin itself to bits. Van de Graaff beats van der Waals. Do it soon so the little bits have plenty of time to disperse before the predicted intersection with Earth's orbit.
"Can we just shoot the cat"
Maybe, we won't know until we've tried.
Any word on how MOXIE does its stuff? Personally I like the idea of photosynthesis, because you get food/fuel as well as oxygen.
Icon: chlorophyll, innit.
Re: Of course, had we not abandoned the Apollo project...
Another problem with settlements on Luna is radiation. And no, this has nothing to do with Eagle Transporters.
There are a lot more Indian English speakers than there are English English speakers.
Already in use?
What about the explosive-sniffing wands that get poked into handbags etc already at airport security points? How does this new thing do anything that the existing wands don't already do???
They want to make it fold away into a small wrist-worn container, which sounds nice. But you'll still need to either wear a big heavy backpack for the power supply, or plug into the mains every time you want to use it.
Power supply is always the biggest issue with personal robots.
Re: It doesn't take a rocket scientist...
It looks like something of alien origin burst out of the ground. What we need to do next is search the opposite side of the planet for the entry wound.
It was either this icon or Joke Alert, take your pick.
Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out @ Don Jefe
A pomegranate cut in half looks like disease ridden female genitalia. It's OK to have second thoughts if you see a vagina that looks like that. Now a sheep on the other hand, that's a dead ringer for an Eskimo with her pants half down.
Re: I seriously want one of those canoes
*something about Budweiser*
"Other related units are the outhouse (1 μb, or 10−34 m2), the shed (10−24 b (1 yb), or 10−52 m2) and the "skilodge" (1 mb, or 10−31 m2)"
I'd like to take this opportunity to table a motion that Barns be added to the Official El Reg Units of Measurement.
Yes, the Barn should be one of the El Reg staple units. A Barnstaple.
Re: I'll go pedantic
Transistor as a switch yes, transistor as an amplifier no. So it's a switch.
Re: 13 month old son?
It's odd that people use the phrase "sleeping like a baby" to indicate sleeping well. When an adult says "I slept like a baby last night" I usually reply "so you woke up every couple of hours crying because you shat yourself again?". The look on their face is priceless.
Re: Yes a stein
Witbier is a Belgian wheat beer, usually lightly spiced and slightly sour. Linus is more likely to drink a German wheat beer i.e. Weizenbier/Weissbier, which is not spiced but instead has delicious banana and/or clove aromatics produced by the particular local yeast strain. My personal preference (among wheat beers) is for dark wheat beers i.e. Dunkelweizen, keep an eye out for Franziskaner Dunkel which is especially good.
Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland
Sorry but Ascension Island was recently purchased by
Elon Musk a secret buyer, who was apparently quite taken with the island's volcano.
Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland
Why choose the bit of mainland UK which is furthest from the equator? Cornwall would make more sense.
If they reduce the contrast on the display and make the fonts harder to read, I'll be distracted from effective problem-solving. I work best when comfortable.
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
A wedgie eating roadkill can ruin your whole day. You come over a crest at 100km/h, the wedgie takes off but it's big so it doesn't rise fast enough, and the next thing you know the massive eagle has smashed through your windscreen and into your face.
Re: We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy...
Humans eat meat. Usually. ;-)
Thanks for including the word "usually". I choose not to, along with half a billion other people :-)
Re: A quote from Hawking
Park a telescope out around >550AU
As interesting as that sounds, it seems... tricky.
Firstly, keep in mind that Voyager 2 is still only a bit more than 100AU away, so we'd need to get the telescope a *very* long way. Of course we could use clever planetary slingshots to speed it up enough to knock a decade or two off the travel time, even so it's a very long-term project.
Secondly, how do we "park" the telescope when it reaches 550AU? Remember that it will be travelling very fast! There isn't any way to slow it down, so it will just keep on keeping on, zooming further out into the void, to be lost forever.
Re: Only thing live for now.
God is not that cruel.
Re: @ jake
Curry is hardly important in this discussion.
Did you RTFA?
Re: Soon to be (unfortunately)...
If something is patented it can't be locked away, since a fundamental purpose of the patent process is publication.
Try telling that to Intellectual Ventures.
I can't tell if D-Wave are certain to succeed or certain to fail or something in-between.
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