Re: Genuine question
> Late for what?
Late for its table booking at Milliways.
2125 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007
> Late for what?
Late for its table booking at Milliways.
My suggestion: decouple Earth Time (based on rotation, so yes it changes gradually) from Astronomical Time (based on atomic vibration, so it doesn't change), and at the same time (!) adopt a better system for Astronomical Time: we should have a decimal system for counting Astronomical Time. Because decimal is just better: it is our standardised counting system*. After all, once we leave Earth and head out into the vast nothingness of space, GMT/UTC is irrelevant anyway. So let's take this opportunity to have a more scientific way of doing things for Astronomical Time, and stick with when the sun rises and sets for our normal terrestrial business.
*please don't get started on the factorial advantages of base 12**: we have 10 fingers and that's that.
**or binary, or base 60, or anything else. Seriously. Everyone is used to decimal. End of story.
You might get it in October, we get it in April ;-)
I've got a burning desire for you baby, I've got a burning desire
I'm pretty sure we have the capability of sticking a deep space probe into a tube and navigate the tube into one of these holes...
I remember the training simulator for that mission (codenamed "Scramble"). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adynqfYsDus
They are very very clever boffins, so I'm fairly sure they did the maths.
So all that out-gassing is just exogorth farts?
You can upgrade FTTN just as easily, can't you?
Only as far as the node. FTTN leaves non-upgradeable copper for part of the system, which makes the *entire* system throttled to the slow speed of the non-upgradeable part.
consumers don't really need more than gigabit which can be done easily with copper?
Remember the classic quote "640 K ought to be enough for anybody"? Didn't turn out so well, did it!
And that right there is why FTTH makes sense and FTTN doesn't. Once you've got fibre going all the way, you can upgrade the signal technology as much as you like, forever. Would the Australian government please take note.
And a third president who is exhausted from running so fast between the other two.
Bleu - did you miss the part where he politely explained that English is not his first language? Cut him some slack. I wish I could speak (type) a second language so well.
Bleu - your downvote would have been justified if he'd chosen the handle "imanexpertatspellingandgrammar", but I reckon he's done pretty well for an idiot ;-)
Musk might be a @#$% but I'll bet he still has a better reputation than...
Agreed, it was not a normal situation for SpaceX (or for the other two failures either). Their normal situation is everything going according to plan.
Every 3-year-old knows that worms don't have legs!
When we are out of breath and stop running the fix gets unfixed.
It's a song by Coldplay.
I hadn't realised that noise Coldplay makes is songs.
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well yet.
I haven't seen the video for that before, it is... oddly pleasing.
It would be REALLY cool, I agree. But even if we do survive the mohawkalypse we won't know if Philae wakes up because we'll have splattered repeater Rosetta. D'oh.
I'll go for a second-use launch, thanks. I know it works because it has already been tested, and it's not old & over-used yet.
I assume because each atom is a looong way from the next atom, so the chances of them bumping into each other are tiny?
Um, scientific debate?
Not if it's missing the hour hand...
If a hand is missing, calling it a clock isn't entirely* correct.
That Shakespeare quote has been absolutely ruined by putting it all in one line.
He's got a point.
Since we had kids I've gone part-time and I spend the rest (most) of my time as a house-husband looking after the little darlin's, while the missus continues to work full time and has been promoted.
So yes Worstall is right, it's a home-making pay gap, not a gender pay gap.
In ten years there will be VR headsets in every household and we'll all benefit from exhibits like this one. Keep in mind, it took about three decades for colour telly to take hold properly.
Oh wait, I just thought of a situation where a lower orbit could help. Maybe Rosetta is currently in an orbit which is *above* a geostationary orbit, in which case bringing Rosetta down into a geostationary orbit directly above Philae can give them 100% communication.
Which isn't unusual, I get confused a lot.
...the Earth-bound controllers haven't been able to communicate with it long enough to operate its ten instruments as yet... ...To rectify that, the Rosetta probe is going to fire up its thrusters and get closer to the comet's surface so that a firm data link can be achieved...
Rosetta hasn't been able to stay in contact for long enough to get useful communication going, so they are going to move Rosetta into a nearer orbit. But won't a nearer orbit reduce the orbital period, making each communication window shorter, making communication even less useful?
My seven-year-old loves that joke, from which I conclude that he has a much more refined sense of humour than you :-P
Reminds me of the old joke: what did the cat on a motorbike say?
When an organisation tries to develop something new* they often get stuck on the first idea they think of, and by the time they realise there was a much better direction it's too late and they are already committed to keep going along the same path. By crowdsourcing ideas, Hyperloop has the opportunity to test multiple possible solutions before choosing the best. This seems like a sensible idea to me.
*previous atmospheric railways, maglevs, etc notwithstanding ;-)
Doubtless they will be proper sharing economy app-based offerings rather than oldschool websites - a dozen names ending in "r" spring to mind.
Tittr ye not! Or Knockr, Jugglr, or how about Milkr (for all she's worth).
Tried a small sip once, it was actually very good. Creamy & sweet (compared to cow's milk, anyway).
I wonder if India can help? For that number of satellites I'm sure it would be worth their while developing a bespoke launch vehicle, and they have proved they can get things into space at a great price.
That might be why the article says "sub-orbital" ;-)
(unless there's been a ninja edit in the article and it didn't say that when you posted)
There was only one developed nation which didn't go into recession during the GFC: Australia. Why did we escape recession? Because the aussie government did massive stimulus. Billions of it. It was a close call, but it worked. We also got a lot of new school buildings too, which is a good thing: if you are going to spend, why not spend on improving the education of those who are the future.
there are less than three items in the list
You utter bastards. I've been trying really hard to forget WAS and now you've made me think of it again.
That would be a whole different adventure, one also worth doing. Ad Astra Tabernamque!
The bowls of petunias also.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Urrectum. Here, let me locate it for you.
Why does Tim Hunt think a lab is any different from any other workplace?
I work in an office. There are women and there are men. We know to keep our working relationships professional. We know about the rules regarding appropriate (and inappropriate) behaviour. We all get along fine. Work gets done.
What is so special about him that none of this applies to him???
I wasn't expecting an untethered autonomous robot to be able to do all that - and so quickly! Congratulations to the humans who built the robots.
In order to sail into the wind/photons a craft must have (a) sails angled so that the "lift" created is forward of the beam and (b) lateral resistance against water/space. The first requirement can be met by boats and also by spacecraft, the second requirement cannot be met by spacecraft.