751 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
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.
Re: Sock gnomes
@Mycho: due to conservation of mass, the socks become hangers. No need for alternate universes. Occam's Razor shaves clean.
Mars vehicle recalled for defective tyres
"Simply bring it in to your local JPL dealership and we'll fix it for free"
Re: Only a complete idiot...
Symptomatic of all that has befallen Detroit.
American automotive industry went all penny wise/pound foolish and built cars designed to fail. When the Japanese began selling quality, Detroit was doomed. Now this.
The local populace know who the plod is. It seems he's constantly bashing heads (black ones).
More interesting are the heavy weapons being deployed against anyone who objects to being abused by the police. Armoured vehicles? Sniper rifles? Automatic weapons? When will they bring out the F16s with "Ferguson Police Department" emblazoned on them?
"Israel needs to go back to the borders of 1947, end of discussion. "
While I think these sorts of flame wars are pointless, and I'm amazed the secular left supports medieval obscurantist religious nutters, I do have to ask: the Palestinians rejected the 1947 borders as designated by UN at the time. Why do you think they will accept them now? It does appear that ship has sailed.
I think I've just crossed the event horizon.....
It's the Duck of Death if it collides with Earth!
Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire
"Imagine a bipedal robot or other system capable of covering rough terrain that can fight it's way into a power plant, secure bunker or target of your choice and then blow itself up."
That exists now. It's called a 'suicide bomber'.
What is ....
Re: Laser eavesdropping
I think we should use the cone of silence.
Get smart, man.
Re: Speed trap.
Measure to human scale is irrelevant?
I was taught (and sincerely believe) Man is the measure of all things.
If you disagree, take it up with Protagoras.
Re: it's own space shuttle and can go get it
Yes, that would be XH558. Give generously to the Vulcan To The Sky Club, hourly cost to fly Vulcan is £3500, if I remember correctly.
So the corrected name is ICANN'T?
Re: A fine idea
I seem to recall a treaty giving diplomatic personnel "immunity", it being immunity from traffic fines, prosecution for any number of felonies, etc. So yes, the British embassy need not pay traffic fines, as the American embassy need not.
In other news, the taking of diplomats hostage as Iran did, is considered bad form, even an act of war.
You have been taken in by the Heliocentric Conspiracy! You can clearly see the sun rise in the East and set in the West. It is intuitively obvious the Sun moves and we are still! All else (moon landings, satellites, et al) is dross and falsehood.
Mines the one with the tinfoil hat in the glove box.
Re: who more anal, the analyst or the analyst who analyses him?
Do two analysts who don't know what they are talking about know less than a single analyst who doesn't know what he's talking about?
Experience (and anecdotes) have shown that is in fact the case. Two clueless analysts will encourage one another to go out on a limb that a single analyst would be too cautious to attempt.
Re: Evolution knows what it's doing.
I bathe every 6 months whether I need it or not.
Re: @Graham Marsden Cipher - In the 1970s...
Irongut, surely you know most of the populace are mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed shite.
If you get your 'scientific opinion' from popular media consider the fact most writers have no scientific knowledge whatsoever, but do know FUD sells.
Chinese chest puffing?
Seems more like wang waving.
Re: So sad
Mandatory KAL007 reference: The Russians do have some experience shooting down airliners.
Re: Lovable Hippos
Hippos are not only in Africa. A now deceased (he is no more, dead, passed on, etc.) drug lord imported several for his estate in Colombia. After said drug lord met his end, the hippos were left to their own devices, one of which is reproducing. There are now almost 100 of these demonic beasts, and they continue to multiply as no one has the temerity to challenge them.
It's this sort of knowledge has made me the success I am today (for some value of 'success').
Re: They (and really everyone else) don't get it
Hamas will agree to a truce only after they've killed enough Palestinians.
Re: Trailblazer or also ran
A decade later? Have you seen film of our "rocket ships" bombarding beaches on D-Day? Impressive, that.
Re: It's all very wonderful
Pain? You don't know pain. But you will.
Airbus has just patented bicycle seating for its aircraft. Sorry, no handlebars unless you upgrade to steerage. Now imagine an 8-hour flight on one of those.
Re: My hopes are dashed
Re Hiram Maxim:
I suspect Hiram knew exactly how his machine gun would be used and to what ends. He was advised by a friend that the Europeans wanted to slaughter one another, and they would love to buy his gun.
And so it came to pass.
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