Aye, the grass is always greener...
775 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
Re: Uh oh....
Gaia wants to kills us all!
Re: Who really believes the mirror tale anymore?
WTF? Lockheed didn't make Hubbel's mirror! That was Perkin-Elmer. With such a name (sorry, Elmer Fudd) what could have been expected?
Re: A lot can happen...
Very likely we'll be buying tours of the "Orbital Greats" from Mr. Musk (or Sir Branson). Hubble being one of the major attractions, of course.
Re: It is all about the case
Not all about the buttocks? Surely those with more curvaceous glutea maxima will cause greater damage to their maxiphones.
I've nothing to say
... But I can speak at length about it.
Re: Last gasps of the battleship
@Destroy All Monsters
"Why not stay home in that case?"
That is a question best put to the likes of Messrs. Bliar, Bush, and Cheney.
Re: The guns aren't (just) for firing at other ships
@LDS: the Iowa is now a museum in Long Beach, California. I had the opportunity to visit her recently, and was shown a faint scuff mark somewhere on her superstructure. It seems she was struck by a Japanese 5-inch shell- it barely scratched the paint!
Re: Welcome to the wireless world
That's right, I had forgotten! Apple murdered the floppy- in cold blood! Bastards. Now they're sharpening their knives for thumb drives. Will no one stop them? Will we be forced into a wireless world of unwanted convenience?
Everything is becoming disembodied and flying into the clouds, like an Escher engraving.
Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?
There would be no confusion if the author had used standard units of length, in this case, bendy buses.
Re: Sex when drunk
The article seems to say beer goggles come off after one ... er... gets off.
Re: any intelligent life more than 100 light years away...
Intelligent Humans? I think we flatter ourselves. The Dolphins know better.
Re: It aint just fakes.
@the other Ian
Would you accept a Paris knockoff? The real one is currently out of stock.
PS: bubble wrap is extra.
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
Shredding will do nicely though.
Re: What's the big deal?
I'll need to keep all this in mind when considering a replacement for my mobe- the one with my secret plan for world domination.
So climate change not a problem then?
So glad to hear that everything will be back to normal next year.
Re: Je suis Charlie...
@Swiss Anton: laugh if you like. *I* have the body of a Greek god- the fat one.
Re: Yo, Prophet Mohammed...
It must be depressing to be loved by idiots....
Re: New-Age Flim-Flam!
While I'd like to be supportive of this effort, it looks shocking.
Re: jail time
It seems the Supreme Court has ruled corporations are people, if so, banging one up would be quite entertaining. In this case the phrase 'criminal enterprize' is redundant.
Re: I'll wait thanks
Not to "Nit" pick, but there is no source of 4K nor high-Nit signals.
Why should anyone expend their hard-earned currency for Tellies with no function?
Re: It was named after the explorer Juan Ponce de León
I believe it was named after the city of Ponce in Puerto Rico (a colony of the U.S.).
Re: No Problem
Bah. Neither Elvis nor Bigfoot are reliable sources. You should've looked it up on Wikipedia instead. Far more reliable. Joseph Stalin told me so.
Lovely article, never know what I'll find in Motor Age ^W^W The Register.
I'd understood a flywheel was needed to compensate for internal combustion engine's low torque. Do these massive beasts really need flywheels? It would seem they have enough torque to avoid stalling when the clutch is engaged in first gear!
Re: reducing energy consumption
Reducing birth rates is one half of the equation. The other half is reducing the number of existing humans. Mother Nature could easily take care of that in the way she usually does with populations that outgrow their resources: disease, famine, and conflict.
Re: More sites to be blocked?
Yes, this's bestiality at its worst, and must be banned. Wait aren't seals beasts, and so bestiality is normal to them?
This is all too complicated for me.
Re: why are they looking for outside investment for this?
But can I use it to make bacon sarnies?
Re: I have to say...
Cue obligatory paranoid "it's all done in a photographer's studio" comments in... 5, 4, 3, ...
Re: So what's next?
In Mexico, no game between the national university (UNAM) and traditional rival Politecnico was complete without the traditional firing of small ballistic missiles at one another's stands.
Given the world's current state, today the missiles would likely be Qassams or RPG-7s.
Re: A miracle of survival
So class envy is an ancient religion?
Yes, I too worship at the altar of the burning Porsche.
Re: Wait, Alan Turing was a Victorian now?
And Turing was destroyed by Victorian laws.
Re: Oil subsidies...
For those who do not believe petroleum is subsidized in America, the above link offers a contrary (and more informed) view.
There are two ways to achieve energy nirvana, as I'm sure Worstall has noticed. You can (as he suggested) reduce the price of clean energy relative to fossil, or increase the price of fossil relative to clean. The latter has been achieved through government intervention (subsidies for clean, tax fossil), or as seems likely, destruction of the Middle Eastern oil fields.
It's the height of folly to base the world economy on the stability of a pack of dictatorships. The whole thing is a house of cards. The nuclear fireball icon seems justified.
The article does state Western Australian laws and legal procedures apply to the unnamed perpetrator. Do you think he'll (gender assumption here) be deported to America?
Re: while it may look cheesy
To paraphrase the "any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable to magic" quote, any technology sufficiently weird is indistinguishable to crazy. The Japanese do the best weird
Re: Congratulations India.
Please define launch costs. Fuel, hardware, ground control, communications, launch facilities, tracking, etc?
If the all-inclusive cost is so little, are you implying $60 million were expended on a 13kg payload? Or are there other expenses involved?
No, I am not an accountant! Merely pedantic.
Re: Congratulations India.
India ARE to be congratulated. Well done for a first attempt! I'm sure the price paid is far less than the cost of nuclear weapons research.
As to the utility of MOM, at 13kg, I wouldn't expect much. Also I would think a Falcon 9 (at $50 million) could hurl 13kg to Mars, leaving $24 million for payload. Not a criticism, but we must maintain perspective.
Re: To all conspiracy muppets out there
Well done that man! I'd call that joined up thinking!
'Ave an upvote on me.
iOS 8 impression
Installed iOS 8 on my (admittedly obsolete) iPad 2 and iPhone 5 and found it hesitates as I enter text. Either this is Apples way of encouraging me to upgrade to fit for purpose hardware, or it is a failing to be corrected in version 8.1.
Aye, beer goggles are less spendy and more fun.
Re: About time...
Speaking of skewed demographics, what is the incidence of luekaemia in the general population? Does the lovely air quality in the region not affect it? I suspect a bit of hexane in the factory air is not the worst of their problems.
Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!
Yanks destroyed Iraq, now they want to destroy Ebola. Destroy, destroy, destroy. It's all they know...
@inventor of the ML (TLDW)
Upvote for the Philip K. Dick reference.
Re: siri et al
You must learn Klingon. I've found Klingon is 100% compatible with Siri AND whatever the other "voice recognition" system is called.
One major problem is translating between Klingon and English. "Release" is most closely translated as "software has battled its way to tactical supremacy". Etc. Perhaps not the most convenient use of voice recog.
Re: Living Computer Museum- Seattle
No punched card, I've seen more than enough of them. However I was surprised to see someone still produces them, the last of the buggy-whip makers. Who uses punched cards now?
Living Computer Museum- Seattle
I spent a nostalgia-filled afternoon at the museum in Seattle recently. Many working computers Kaypro, Macintosh, and similar. Even an IBM System 360/91 console, its many lights operated by a hidden microcomputer tucked away out of sight. I was struck by how primitive they all were. Utter crap, but how I lusted after them back in the day.
The museum has a fully functional "computer room" with raised floor and vast AC. The cold, the smell, the disc packs, the huge lumbering mainframes (CDC Cyber Series machine, DECSystem 10s and 20s, even a Xerox Sigma 9), all functional. Took me back to old times.
If ever you visit Seattle, visit the Living Computer Museum.
Re: Must be nice to not pay taxes
Please Mister Musk, may I have another? (Tugs forelock, assumes subservient pose).
Re: I'd buy that for a Dollar!
The video seems to indicate a loose connexion, possibly indicating fragile, gaudy tat.
Sorry, I'll continue to use my completely non-autonomous Miele.
Bulldust? Don't you mean "drone droppings"?
Re: Bad code, or bad setup?
Nah, neither. The computer fooked up.
Bloody lazy computers, sit on their arses all day eating chips and reading trashy computer-matched romances.
At least that's what we used to tell customers.