1699 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007
Re: It is an amazing sunspot, and some massive flares going on
I'm going to assume the downvote is actually an upvote from someone on the other side of the planet ;-)
Re: Great. Gardenshed boffinry rulez
Pretty sure aircraft are stored in sheds, no?
The reason LESTER didn't freeze is Global Warming.
Erm.. have you heard the latest news re. the chances of a kaboom?
That's not an icon, it's a photo of the launch ---->
Where in the world is #Sidney ???
"Even though its perfume may not be Chanel No 5."
The flip side to is comment is that it *may* be Chanel No 5. They do put some stinky-arse stuff in that.
Say for example you are on the receiving end and you take delivery of a shipping container. Until you open it, you are uncertain as to whether the shipping company has delivered the correct quantum-memory container or some other one containing a dead cat.
The Governator did one too, it is well worth a look: http://images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/114612/original.jpg
Took me a moment to get that, but Well Played Sir!
Re: Are you sure-
Clearly you've never used a chamois leather: they get bigger when wet and shrink when dry.
Given that the "incomplete skeleton" had been severely messed-around with by poachers, can they be sure that all the different bits are really from the same individual? Could the reason for the "ornithomimid-like arms, tyrannosaurid-like legs, Spinosaurus-like vertebral spines, sauropod-like hips, hadrosaur-like duckbill, foot-hooves" actually be that there were bones from parts of several different types of dino all mixed together?
Won't someone think of the jockeys?
Re: "200,000 F" - Who converted the ºK to ºF for this verbiage?
You know how old people often have an unhealthy obsession about one thing, and they complain about that one thing all the time? For some old people it's the state of the pavements these days, for others it's the clothes young people wear... you get the idea.
I must be getting old, because I'm becoming more and more obsessed with complaining about those stupid Americans still using their stupid units. GO METRIC ALREADY FFS!!!
Any opaque sticky squirty stuff would count as "paint" for this purpose.
Doesn't have to be paint anyway, a blanket would do.
@ Lost all faith...
to be fair, he probably also said we'd be flying around in atomic powered cars
Here is a (bloody huge) actual photo of an actual atomic powered car. Admittedly you can't just hop in and drive it, on the other hand we did fly it to another frikkin' planet which some might argue is even more impressive.
Re: Well this is fun but...
I'm really looking forward to the next bit of news about progress on Skylon. I realise it's very complex engineering, but it seems like ages since I last heard anything.
Fun times with an inflatable?!
"And now you can 3D print your own copy of the cosmic rock"
You're going to need a bloody big printer.
Easiest way to bribe a sysadmin?
Has to be either sex or shiny new kit. Probably shiny new kit.
it is difficult to store and distribute
I am storing lots of hydrogen in my body right now. I distributed some onto the lemon tree this morning.
The difficult bit is preventing hydrogen from getting too cosy with other atoms (until you want it to).
Is Tridge tempted to launch a rocket-powered Playmonaut-enhanced plane from next year's UAV?
Special-projects-bureau UAV Entry - SUAVE
I've heard that colour-blind spotters in helicopters can spot camo against background bush far more easily than normally-sighted spotters. Something to do with camo inks not matching natural bush colours properly. If true, this means the drone camera can be programmed to look for camo just as easily as a bright yellow jacket.
One glance and I see a couple of problems.
The news feed is full of stuff posted by complete strangers. NO THANK YOU!!!
When I try to edit my settings to hide my birthday I can't save it because "Profession" is a mandatory field. I DON'T WANT TO SHOW MY PROFESSION AND I DON'T WANT TO SHOW MY BIRTHDAY!!!
That's no moon. It's a (tiny) space station.
Re: Moon is a harsh mistress
If you can get nuclear waste out of the Earth's gravity well wouldn't you just fire it at the sun?
Because it takes three times more Δv to get from LEO to the sun than it does to get from launch to LEO. Getting to the sun requires a lot of fuel. You might find this diagram interesting.
Re: what sort of 3d printer?
A big magnet in the base?
Sure, if you want to make something out of magnetic metal. But I'd imagine that most spacey stuff should be non-magnetic.
I wonder how well a fly flies in microgravity?
Anyway, don't leave any fruit lying (er, floating) around and the escaped fly problem will come to a natural end in due course.
Re: Big nose, big h...
You know what they say about males with big noses... big handkerchiefs.
"62 miles (100km) wide"
I hate it when journalists do this. The original figure was 100km, which is only 1 significant figure. The journalist has then converted this into another (non-standard) unit and given the result to 2 significant figures, which of course is just plain silly. Should have said this:
"100km (roughly 60 miles) wide"
Re: I've been tempted to do my own PARIS project
"What would these make me eligible for?" See icon ------>
Re: Good place for it.
Have you been to Mombasa?!
More seriously though, you are right: the Kenyan coast would be great, except for being a long way from customers.
Oh how I cringed.
More exciting SpaceX news!
Literally ground-breaking, and also metaphorically ground-breaking.
Re: How not to do science
This is why Nobel Prizes can sometimes take decades to be awarded*.
*if the person dies in the meantime they become ineligible.
Re: figure out how Mars went from being warm and wet to the current cold and barren dried-out
Putting a "Joke Alert!" icon on it doesn't stop it being outright misogyny.
Re: You've gotta be in it to win it!
There would be a certain appropriateness of fireworks night.
PDF = Pointless Document Format.
They found a source of positrons?
Every time there is an El Reg article about MOM there are comments about poverty vs science, unwanted aid, and general racism. Every. Fucking. Time. Can we please stop with this crap and concentrate on the mission itself? Please???
Has no-one else made the connection between the payload on this launch and the payload on SpaceX's maiden flight?
What are the four towers around the launchpad? They look like mobile phone towers but I doubt the mice needed really good reception in the minutes before launch.
Re: The secret is...
"....most of the ascent"
It's the bit at the end which matters.
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