8 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009
Samurai in a box?
I don't think I want one if the slightest error causes it to rip its insides apart so that it can't fail me again.
It's nothing more than an oversized Scalectrix set. James May's going to want to build one for the next series.
It's a Robert Heinlein reference, which makes it better than any of yours.
It keeps logging me out saying that I haven't used it for more than 10 minutes. I haven't managed to stay logged in for more than 10 seconds yet. I think a clock hasn't been changed somewhere.
This is hardly the first time a spacecraft has been crashed into the moon deliberately. Guess what they did with the Lunar Module Ascent stages when they had finished with them. They got a lot of data on the internal structure of the moon by crashing them back. There have also been several spacecraft crashed in the last few years to try to get information about lunar water.
Anyway, there's all sorts of crap hitting the moon all the time. There was an asteroid strike photographed in the 50s that was a hell of a lot bigger than anything we've sent there.
Fun for the lawyers
There's already an object-identification app in the app store. It snaps barcodes and looks them up on Amazon.
You are quite wrong about Gutenberg not checking the texts they put up. Some of the earlier parts of the archive might not have been checked, I don't know all the history, but these days most books go through multiple painstaking rounds of proofing and formatting before being released (details at http://www.pgdp.net). Also, if you want a ready formatted ebook version of a Gutenberg book, try http://manybooks.net/.
Of course, it's always worth checking whether an out of copyright book has been posted on Project Gutenberg before forking out for it. As it happens, that particular one has.
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