Hopefully Deloitte wasn't that dumb.
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Hopefully Deloitte wasn't that dumb.
...cleared out all the space around the object of smaller objects (fail).
The new definition has always bothered me because Pluto's orbit crosses that of Neptune, which surely means Neptune hasn't cleared its orbit of smaller objects, which surely means Neptune is merely a dwarf planet and not a proper planet? Yes I'm aware of the resonance which means Neptune and Pluto don't collide, but still... crossing orbits!!!
I think you meant to type "Thank you".
Do nuclear batteries last a lifetime because the batteries last longer or because your lifetime is shorter?
Unless the event is traveling towards us very very very quickly?
That's a tough one because El Reg doesn't have a standard unit for energy, but it does have a unit for mass. The font of all (dis)information Wikipedia says the energy output of the sun is 9.192×1010 megatons of TNT per second, which is 7941888000000000 megatons of TNT per day, which is 7941888000000000000000 tons of TNT per day, which is... drumroll please...
the energy of 1.89e+24 Jubs of TNT exploding, in just a few milliseconds!
I think we can all agree that is more Jubs than anyone can safely handle in one go (no matter how much you might want to).
"the most energy-efficient person mover ever invented."
Nope, that would be a boat. OK I admit I'm gratuitously making the most of how you forgot to say "urban", but the fact is there is no more energy-efficient way to move than sitting still doing absolutely nothing while the wind and/or current pushes you gently along.
This certainly sounds like a massively convenient payment system.
I bagged my twitter username when twitter first started, just in case, and I've used it on average only about once every two years. But I can imagine using twitter far more often in the future for this feature.
Are banking tweets publicly visible? I know that receiving the one-time password is via a direct message but the article isn't clear about subsequent transactions.
let it go, let it go
The thing is the skeptics are NOT merely saying "look here wait a minute" as Lewis Page suggests. The skeptics are actually saying "look here wait several decades", and the thing about that is this: if* the warmists happen to be right then several decades is too late.
*(however big an if that may or may not be)
It is not a closed system, it is an open system and yes it did "run out" of fluid. A recirculating pump for a small-tank closed system would have added more weight than having a big tank and a pumpless open system. Unfortunately the tank was not big enough by 10%, so next time's tank will be 50% bigger.
Did anyone yet work out what to do with all those high-energy neutrons coming out of the thing? After the plant has been running for 10 years, how radioactive is it going to be?
Fusion doesn't have to produce neutrons: there is aneutronic fusion, and one of the most promising reactions is 1p + 11B → 3 4He + 8.7 MeV (or to put it more simply hydrogen + boron → helium + energy). Look up a thing called "focus fusion" to see it in action.
Enterprise: to boldly go...
Hyperloop is also known technology: the idea of running a train through a low-pressure tube has been around since the early 1800s, and Vallance's prototype in 1824 actually worked. Hyperloop simply adds some modern tweaks, all of which are also known tech.
The man is bat-shit insane - in the best possible way! Full speed ahead etc :-)
It can't get depressed: it only has a 32-bit 12MHz Mongoose V processor, not a brain the size of a (recently-demoted dwarf) planet.
Icon: Marvin, innit.
The para prefix can mean either "beside" (as in paramedic, a person who works alongside a medic) or "preventing" (as in parachute, a device for preventing falling). Therefore paranal could mean either beside the anus (indicating use of an alternative orifice) or preventing anal (I'll leave it up to you to interpret that one).
Of course it could just refer to the mountain Cerro Paranal, but that's boring.
You forgot to point out that "out in the depths of the cosmos" is not an accurate description of an object that is well within our solar system.
You forget that the comet being studied by Rosetta is also well within our solar system, in fact it will get closer to the sun than Mars does.
Whatever you call it, it's still a load of old bollocks.
jake says: "Eddy Ito apparently has a RealLife!"
RealLife ≠ commenting on El Reg*
*and I should know (better than to be commenting on El Reg)
I suspect there is a small crater directly underneath which wasn't there 11 years ago.
Let's face it: it was never a spacecraft in the first place. At best it was an attempt to test whether Mars has gravity too.
It most definitely was a spacecraft: it successfully travelled through space from Mars Express detachment to martian atmosphere entry, at which time it transitioned to "air"craft. Things had been going fine up until that point...
He got a t-shirt too but he's busy holding the camera. What is really surprising is that among three super-smart astronauts not one can work out how to use the camera's timer function.
Catchy name! I like it.
I wonder if we can make it even better?
International Inter-Institutional Institute for Inferring Interesting Intermittent Interstellar Interactions
The acronym is IIIIIIIII
I am even brillianter ;-)
There are two type of statistician. Those that can extrapolate from insufficient data.
"Hat's off beer raised"
Do you realise that means "The mouldy beer belonging to the hat has been raised"? Unless you are a grocer, in which case catastrophe averted because apostrophe expected.
first let us consider a spherical cow...
TNP is ok I suppose, but Sink The Bismark is genuinely good.
That's the first Lewis Page climate change article I actually agree with. Have a virtual beer LP!
I'll have a Westvleteren 10 thanks!
^ that post contains much of this >
If only you'd instead said Kant and made reference to structural features...
Who says the Big Bang created unequal amounts of matter and antimatter? I reckon it created equal amounts, with the anti-matter zooming off in one direction* and the matter (including us) zooming off in the opposite direction.
*This neatly explains why One Direction doesn't matter.
I've always thought that there may be another* universe which is (pretty much) all anti-matter, explaining why ours is (pretty much) all matter, providing the balance we crave. If so it seems to make sense that the anti-matter universe has anti-time: time which flows in the other direction to ours.
*Where is it? Well, it could be half of the same universe as ours: imagine a single universe with two hemispheres, one hemisphere made of matter and the other made of anti-matter, all created by the same Big Bang. We are in the matter half, and far enough from the border that we can't see the anti-matter half (it is beyond our observable universe).
I can see (no pun intended) how dirt and sub-100% efficiency might cause problems, but limited wavelength response shouldn't be an issue as long as you pick the wavelength which matches that of the laser. That's one of the things about lasers: precise single wavelength.
Just a thought...
We've all heard of cloaking metamaterials which will (one day) bend light around a shed/tank/boat. While it's true that this stuff is still in its infancy, when it is actually scaled up, presumably it will provide 100% protection against lasers because the beam will just bend around and continue on its merry way?
Of course I would never dream of shouting (*polishes halo*), but on the very rare occasions I want to type in all uppercase I hold down the shift key.
Everyone except me. Years ago I prised the Caps Lock key off my keyboard and put it in my desk drawer, where it still resides.
I've often thought that Caps Lock is the most useless key on a standard keyboard, and I would love to design a new keyboard layout which is identical in every way except that it replaces the Caps Lock key with the oft-need-yet-non-existant Any key.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Unless you can legally define a group of humans as sub-human test subjects, animals are the only biological alternative.
Years ago when I was a medical student a legally defined group of human test subjects did in fact exist. It was called "medical students".
Protip: don't put bradykinin on exposed dermis, it really fucking hurts.
Icon: white coat
You can't measure something which is no longer there.
Also I'm not convinced you'll get any DNA from squid ink, what with it being a secretion which does not generally contain nucleated cells.
The glyphs / and V can make an effective tally system. If that is what is going on here it shows mathematics, writing and bookkeeping. Far more impressive than mere art.
I'm looking forward to Orion joining the Club in ZERO gravity.