1411 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007
Re: wait... what??
It's because Cape Canaveral and the ISS are in different time zones, except when they're not.
Re: ...with the balloon up a tree...
Put the tree on the moon. LOHAN will then become a lunar lander!
What this project needs is a "TITSUP" switch (I'll leave it for others to create the backronym). The switch is designed to make everything else go completely and utterly titsup. All you need to do next is press the switch: when it fails (which it inevitably will) the logical result will be that everything else works perfectly.
Re: If they looked closely enough
I had that model too, I wish I knew what happened to it. Lost in the mists of garage sales :'-(
Re: IBM's skeletons in the basement
@harmjschoonhoven: Godwin's law says you lose.
You do like long posts, don't you. Loooooong posts.
Re: Look on the bright side...
How about semifreddo? On second thoughts, yours is catchier. Carry on.
Re: Moving averages
So what you are saying is, all we need to do is find the planet's thermostat knob and turn it down a notch? Great!
Re: Every day most of us happily accept the risk of travel to and from work
The government does not record how fast we are travelling at any given moment, how much time we spend travelling, or where we go.
Er, yeah, Australian governments already do that. Ever noticed those average speed cameras?
Not just one!
There are an infinite number of Mona Lisas in there. Some of them are frowning instead of smiling. And in some of those she's also flipping the bird. And in some of those she's also naked. And in some of those she's also made of baked beans. Isn't infinity fun?
When the tagline mentioned 'messianic pastries' I assumed croissants not bagels. Partly because croissants were supposedly invented to resemble the Islamic crescent, and partly because bagels aren't pastries.
Re: Definitely messianic pastry material
And Tasmania is missing!
Makes one wonder what Sandra Bullock's "space suit" would fetch. Assuming it's been recovered from the bottom of the
lake film studio tank.
Re: Moody Planes
Roger, gravity sucks.
Yeah, it can really get you down.
So, where was the impact site?
The abstract does say that they studied spherule beds and fractures in the Barberton greenstone belt in South Africa, which suggests that the the impact was nearby(ish): probably "several crater diameters from the impact site". Do they know where?
Not a boffin.
Can we please not call Michael Smith a boffin? By his own admission this so-called research is basically useless crap. We reserve the honorific 'boffin' for real scientists doing properly clever science.
Re: Once again...
I wonder why I was downvoted. Is there a feeble joke Nazi on this thread?
I find that my feeble jokes are generally less badly received if I use the Joke Alert icon. HTH
p.s. have a virtual beer to cheer you up.
Re: Sounds a lot like those...no, not really
The UI on supermarket checkout machines is actually pretty good.
Not just the UI, but they've thought up some other good stuff too. Have you noticed that the beep on your checkout is a different tone than the beep coming from the checkout next to you? It is. This is done to avoid confusion: when you scan your items you intuitively know that the beeps are yours and not your neighbour's. Most people don't even realise this is happening, but it is, and it's a very clever idea.
Re: Must be true
You are putting GetUp and the antivaccination mob in the same basket? Seriously? They could not be more different: GetUp publish verified facts, the antivaccination mob publish outrageous lies.
should not be able to run a specific business-focussed or market-focussed campaign...
Why the hell not? If a specific business is doing something wrong, that business needs to be called out.
...and they should not be able to say things that are not true.
OK, I'm fine with that. The same rule should also apply to the businesses, and (drum roll please) to politicians as well.
Re: Background @ Fluffy Bunny
I know two families which each consist of same-sex parents and a child. Both are great, stable, loving families, and the children are lucky to have such awesome parents. As for your biology text... did it mention adoption and did it mention sperm donation?
I know "Something after the weekend" doesn't have the same ring to it but Mondays might be a better day to cheer us up.
In Australia the Friday articles don't arrive until Saturday anyway ;-)
Re: What happened to
There are pieces of it sitting about 50 metres from me
With such a sophisticated system I'd hope for much better accuracy than "about" at that sort of range. I mean really, a long tape measure could do better!
Re: At last, and out
Didn't Downey even consider the damage done to the Church's reputation by revelations (no pun intended) of widespread paedophilia and the systematic covering up of that abuse? Surely that must have had some effect on people's respect for religion.
I might bid on the Apollo 11 cheese knife.
"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"
Re: Agenda here?
It's amusing, usually after a couple of drinks, to look at them in mock horror and say something along the lines of 'But eating vegetables is so cruel! How would you like to be yanked from your nice warm bed in the ground, have your skin peeled off and be chucked into a pan of boiling water? Have you never heard the anguished shrieks of a carrot being boiled alive?'
I do the same joke, but from the opposite side: I'm a vegetarian and when people ask if it's because I'm an animal lover I reply "No, it's because I want to kill all those fucking irritating vegetables". They usually look shocked for half a second then burst out laughing :-)
However big you think space is... it's bigger than that.
It is a great country, although not for the reason you think it is.
Making matters worse?
How much extra pollution was caused by trucking bags of air from the mountains into the city?
Re: China = SpaceBalls?
That's the stupidest combination I've heard in my life! Only an idiot would use that combination.
Even more stupid than setting your nuclear missile launch code to 00000000?
Re: i don't know about the protesters
(unfortunately my apartment was on the other side of the building so attempts to connect to my personal wifi from the office failed)
Sounds like you needed a coffee tin wifi antenna.
Yes, Microsoft insists on referring to its new assistant software as "she" – perhaps the folks in Redmond have never heard of a male personal assistant before – and has given it a female-sounding synthesized voice to match.
I think I'd quite like a phone assistant with a male voice similar to KITT (the 1982 version, of course). A sort of wise and friendly butler-ish voice.
p.s. I also like a female voice for a phone assistant too, I'm just saying it doesn't *have* to be female.
Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!
Alcohol is a diuretic...
...and even the small amount in beer is enough to make you piss away more than you imbibe.
Re: Just to be pedantic @hplasm
So- are the leggy fuckers toxic, or not?
They have a very nasty bite, so don't pick them up or poke them. Fortunately they are also very shy and timid and will try to avoid you as much as you want to avoid them.
Haven't spotted the spiders themselves yet though...
Yep they are very shy, and will usually back away into the furthest darkest recess at the first hint of a human nearby. This is why they are generally safe to have around. They eat cockroaches which I consider to be a good thing.
Re: O.K. Alistair so what type and style of Press release do you like?
Hang on just one moment... we have an "Alistair Dabbs" and an "Alistair" posting replies as if they are both the author of the article. Would the real Mr Dabbs please stand up? (No Spartacus impressions allowed)
That may be true, Mr Dabbs, nevertheless his point is still valid. So says I, unfeebly.
Is unfeebly even a word?
Re: I'm not sure what to make of that analogy.
At least he didn't suggest coffee and Tim Tams. While the Tim Tam Slam produces excellent results when implemented correctly, it can be tricky to get right and may result in a very significant failure, including browning of the trousers! As we all know, telecommunications implementations can easily tend towards the messy.
Re: Rolf Apilo?
I thought "Rolf Apilo" was a nice touch.
Re: The day AI works... @John Sanders
I for one will not be unoccupied: I will be drinking beer and "spending quality time" with the gf.
Some people are so utterly convinced, against all evidence, that their particular form of woo works that they will die for the cause
Re: What else is out there ? @Paul Dx
It is true that the geometric shape called ellipse has two foci (note spelling).
However, an elliptical orbit in astronomy (and they are all elliptical, there aren't any perfect circles) does not involve a gravitational pull from either foci: the two bodies each follow an elliptical orbit around a common barycenter, and this barycenter is the the point where one focus from each elliptical orbit are co-located. When one body is significantly larger and more massive than the other the barycentre may be inside (but not at the exact centre of) the larger body, giving the impression that the smaller one orbits around the larger while the larger one appears to just wobble slightly (e.g. Earth and Moon). Which means that the answer to your question "what else is out there" is: nothing.
Re: Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane
How much energy did you generate while stroking?
Why three browsers?
You say in the article you are taking IE and Firefox and Chrome. At least one of those is redundant, Shirley?
You mean with a wireless charge pad, for example? They aren't perfect yet, but again, it's still only early days: give it a couple of years for the tech to mature and wireless charge pads will be much better.
Glass is still very much in beta with a loooong way to go to maturity, but Google does seem to be making big steps forward with it, generally in the right direction.
I'm still not convinced I'll ever want Glass myself, but then again it was only a few years ago I thought I'd never get a smartphone and now I love my Nexus, so the lesson there is never say never.
It won't be a problem until a containment failure affects the air recirculation system. That's when the shit will hit the fan.
Re: Delay to your journey today
We will be operating a temporary shuttle-bus service between stations...
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