Re: Big news for the arms trade
made with real limpet, so you KNOW they're good!
68 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
made with real limpet, so you KNOW they're good!
neptucrats, more like - surely plutocrats would have gone the other way ;-)
It FURLS to the size of a dishwasher.
It UNfurls to 1200 square metres, or a square nearly 35 metres on a side ...
Presumably the mass figure includes the furling/unfurling mechanism, attitude thrusters, comms equipment, etc etc
They're working on this too, smaller scale though and they have to wait for a lift ... http://www.planetary.org/explore/projects/lightsail-solar-sailing/
Dogs love 'em. They become addicted and go out at night searching for a fix ....
Looks like the world's smallest 6-pack holder
I really, really hope this is truly fossils of life!
But it's a bit premature to omit "possible" from the title, dontcha think?
WAY too early to be popping sparkling white wine corks .... but still - exciting possibility !
Beer icon, 'cos it's certainly at the toast by pint stage ;-)
It's clearly an early attempt to describe time dilation a'la Special Relativity, using the "light clock on a passing train" thought experiment.
A bit of credit where it's due please people.
As a father of 2, I can't ignore any call with ID withheld unless I know for SURE my kids are with me or otherwise OK - 'cos you never know.
However, whenever I get a human spam call with no ID nowadays, and it's not TOO inconvenient (like, I'm on the bog for example), I like to have a bit of fun with them ...
"Hello sir, my name is Brainless Moron calling from Bastards Incorporated - I wonder if you can spare a few minutes of your time?"
"Sure, but firstly do you have a pen and paper handy?"
"Er ... yes, why?"
"Excellent. Right, hold on while I give you an account number and sort code ..."
"Er .. what? Why?"
"Well, so you can pay for my time of course. My fee for listening to you is £50 per hour, is that OK? Once I confirm your payment, you may call me back"
"Yeah, well now you know how it feels, you bloodsucking scumbag. Now why don't you go and get a REAL job doing something useful. Or just jump off a cliff. Whatever."
I'm a bit sensitive to this due to arranging an international holiday for my slightly flight-nervous missus and our kids. It's NOT a crash, any more than 9/11 was building collapse due to structural failure (and yes, I do appreciate the irony of my chosen comparison)! It was blown up, so can everyone stop calling it a bloody crash please!
Oh, I guarantee it will be addictive.
Any pleasurable substance or behaviour can become addictive - the brain seeks the reward, whether it's an adrenaline rush, sexual high, or drug-induced headspin.
Would everyone please stop entering 12mph in their comments ?
My entire page is filled with "[≈ World record time marathon, 2h03m59s]" courtesy of Dictionary of Numbers
Oh no, I typed 12mph too. sorry ...
I suspect they mean designing a manufacturing process which is self-correcting and will automatically eliminate defects - like the bit where they run a current through the CNTs and the closed ones vaporize, maybe they can do something similar for misaligned CNTs.
So they just apply these processes, and they know all the dodgy CNTs will have been blown away.
Man has been wiped out regularly ? Wow, nice job re-evolving us to the same species every 150000 years, evolution !
Er ... no. The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.
Nearly perfect ! Best I can come up with to help is the grammatically dubious but poetically plausible :
"Page provided perfect prose pondering performing pachyderms perched precariously 'pon pencil proof planar products"
Nope, the mission is intended to determine whether Mars has ever had environmental conditions favorable for life, NOT to find evidence of life itself.
"All the extra cycle lanes" eh ? All they do around here is paint a line a couple of feet in from the edge of the road and call it a "cycle lane".
This has rather hilariously resulted in quite a lot of roads where the car lane is actually not wide enough to FIT a car. Especially hilarious when there's a bike going each way, and a bus going each way ...
CCS is such a bad idea. Eventually, no matter what we do with it, it will burp it's way out and then we're stuffed.
And in the meantime it diverts resources from ACTUAL solutions. The future is carbon-neutral power generation, that's just all there is to it.
In them days, we'd a' been glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.
A cup ' COLD tea.
Without milk or sugar.
In a filthy, cracked cup.
We never used to have a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.
The best WE could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
SpaceX are a business after all - they aren't out to throw money away and they're doing pretty well.
Elon's a very switched-on guy and I'm sure they've thought this through.
I predict they'll make this work, despite all these objections.
Presumably if he'd done that, there would also be an Android app ...
Yep, sure is, can't miss it !
they're using fanbuoys ?
I did all of this in school. That was Australia though, and a couple of decades ago - has it always been this slack here ?
What a ridiculous comment ! All our power comes from our star. What's so ridiculous about cutting out the middlemen ? We're going to have to do it eventually.
you gotta love that they're wearing hoodies ... if they had trousers no doubt their jocks would be showing too
What about the Planetary Society LIFE experiment ? Spare a thought for the hardy Tardigrades, Conan the Bacterium, and all the other microscopic astronauts attempting to survive the journey ?
Come on you Russians, where's the guy from Armageddon bashing it with a wrench shouting "this is how we fix things on Russian Space Station!" ?
well, that looks crap.
Fell on his Pork sword, presumably ....
mine's the one with tissues in the pocket
"was not a fit with the Windows brand" .... yeah, the jokes on these shows work.
"instinctively kicked the cat" ... brilliant, nearly lost my fish finger sandwich there ...
Lt. Frank Drebin: ...blowing away a fleeing suspect with my 44 magnum used to mean everything to me, I enjoyed it, well who wouldn't?
What else would you expect from "moron" airforce base ? That was just asking for trouble ....
Ironically, thats how many comments there were when i posted this .... I'm guessing there's not much of that going on either ....
I think its about the seperation - a singularity has infinite density and zero size / radius so as the gravitational attraction is inversely proportional to the separation distance, other particles can get so close that the gravity is much higher. It only needs to eat enough other particles to outweigh the energy of the hawking radiation and it will keep growing forever. Then again, I may not have much more idea than you. No doubt some more boffinly commentards will sort us out shortly ....
That is SO frikkin' awesome !
tut tut ... as any trekkie worth his salt knows ... the warp drive compresses space in front of the ship and stretches it behind. the ship never moves even close to light space relative to the real space around it.
that is all.
Nice DARPA description Lewis .. back on form !
I remember when DARPA descriptions were sure-fire keyboard-ruiners. Like how about this gem :
"The Pentagon's famous bad-boy scientists, DARPA* - who slap the pendulous jowls of established wisdom with the gauntlet of disregard ?"
Or this one :
"the famous Pentagon research bureau which, when scrumping apples from the tree of knowledge, ignores the low-hanging fruit in favour of the harder-to-reach pomaceous treat which often turns out to be beyond its reach."
"DARPA* - who are to ordinary insane scientists in their dungeon laboratories as platinum-selling popsters are to teenage-saddo garage bands"
Nowadays you hardly even seem to be trying Lewis. "renowned Pentagon brainiac-breeding bureau" - not bad, but not brilliant.
The US are obviously just wetting themselves ... they know the best they will manage in the next 10 years is to get halfway back to where they were in 1969, whereas the Chinese will probably have a yum cha restaurant at the moon's south pole by then. So the seppo's figure - lets jump on their coat-tails ....
'flaccidity and empurplement'
got some coffee out my nose that time, cheers !
hopefully the no-talent bimbo will cry off microphones and cameras too, and we wont have to see or hear her ever again.
By my calcs, that ship will be 52.0664 Double Decker Buses / 3.4711 Brontosauruses long, weighing in at an impressive 142.8571429 MEGAJubs ! Thats Alotta Jubs !
obviously skipped biology class.
although if he tries hard enough he might get some blood out ...
Damn, natural selection was thwarted again by society ! These genes will now probably be passed on to the next generation. Human Devolution continues apace ....
this could go a lot further ... the hull could have a full complement of little BUGs that can crawl all over it, not only anti-fouling but also performing repairs. just like the R2 units on the spaceships in Star Wars eh ?
Could do with being a bit more streamlined though - unlike the R2s, these guys will have to deal with some pretty heavy resistance from the water if they want to work when the ships are underway
sent me off to sleep nicely. good story, but man, what a boring video.