473 posts • joined Tuesday 18th August 2009 09:49 GMT
If you want condoms that fit you...
The site is as SFW as any shopping site, and much less hassle than screwing in a chemist shop. They mix up the size codes so it's not easy to tell the size of the condom from the code. That's why Paris is looking confused.
Ha! I remember the line from his taxi driver! I wonder if they're the same facts that were sent here by God to test us, like Richard Dawkins, and fossils? Coincidentally, I just got my tickets for the marathon gig at the Royal Festival Hall. I'm hoping for a four hour 'slimepit of bitterness'.
@Stu, you need to read up on partial pressure. The partial pressure of CO2 that will kill you is not high enough for CO2 to freeze at that temperature. Here's CO2's phase diagram:-
10% CO2 (100,000 ppm) will kill you according to this:-
So, from the phase diagram, at 10% concentration i.e. 0.1 bar, CO2 is a gas at -100C. What's more, you're at over 3000m above sea level, so the partial pressure would be even less than 0.1 bar.
You're gonna die. Sorry!
Re: He needs medical care
Of course, sometimes it is acceptable to use apostrophes to show the plural of abbreviations, but only in difficult plurals. For example, there are two i's in addiction. This makes things easier for the reader. That said, in this case, there is no confusion writing BMWs, so the apostrophe usage here is grammar Nazi manna.
Re: and now for some math...
That isn't math(s). That's just arithmetic.
Re: They're just biding their time...
This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us, Earthmen. You are powerless to defeat us. Your much boasted new space fleet is doomed to failure. We will make certain you will never return to our planet, Mars.
Re: half the noise?
Right, it's ~56 times less amplitude, which is ~3160 times less power. However, it's not clear for what reference power level the dB levels are referring to. I guess logarithms are too tricky for journos, even tech ones!
Re: I wonder if anyone else found themselves...
wanks per minute? Good effort!
I'd suggest shiftless, but I can't be bothered.
Minecraft won't run on Ubuntu.
GIYF. Ubuntu Minecraft gets 3e6 hits...
Re: Personally ...
Yep, all trying to score in the box.
Re: Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)
So, I'm just back from the pub, so take this how you like.
In the court system, it's enshrined that you're judged by a jury of your peers. The jury is selected at random through jury duty.
Here's the idea. Why not, instead of electing politicians, select them at random? A government selected in the same way a jury is.
Don't think why it won't work, make suggestions as to how it could work! Now, where's that whiskey bottle?
"While travel in time sadly isn’t on the cards"
Sadly, it is. We're all doing it, literally all the time, travelling into the future, getting older. I blame the second law of thermodynamics...
Re: Impressive detail
It's bearshit in the woods, I believe.
*Headlines to which the answer is no.
I've decided to stop reading all articles on the BBC news website where the headline is a question. At the moment there are these (below) inspiring headline questions to which I will never find out the answer. (Clue, answer is "No")
Does size matter? Buying brains? Would $4,000 make poor children cleverer? Can animals make real music? Is the UK's recovery too robust? Why do people put traffic cones on statues? Are grammar schools answer to elitism?
STOP IT FORTHWITH!
I tried to call Stephen Hawking to complain about this...
...but I kept getting his answering machine.
Yep, as is PasswordSafe. Windows, Linux, Android.
The orbits are elliptical, not ovoid. Eggs are fatter at one end than the other.
Re: less helium than a balloon
Meh, there's plenty of helium knocking about in natural gas. It's just that no-one bothers to extract it anymore because helium is cheap. The US government used to fund collection, but not any more. Eventually the price will go up, and it'll be worth collecting again. It gets formed from alpha particles which are a product of nuclear fission.
@Linker3000. Helium doesn't go around as molecules at standard temperature and pressure. It's monatomic. That's why it's hard to keep it in!
Re: Why didn't they...
It's because the ion engine can only exert a few millinewtons of force. So, the de-orbit is largly determined by the sun's activity changing the atmospheric pressure, the engine would give bugger all control over the landing point.
Re: It's got wings!
I thought it used the solar panels as fins to stabilise it, rather than wings that give lift?
I disagree. My degree is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering*. A couple of years back, I was propping up the bar at the local, chatting to the barmaid who was in her final year of a Psychology degree. Anyway, for reasons that are unimportant, I offered to complete her dissertation. I read up her notes on working with autistic kids in a special purpose school, did a bit of research on 'Theory of Mind' etc. and finished it in a couple of evenings. We got a 2:1. I realise that a dissertation isn't a degree, but it gave me an insight into the psychology course, particularly in contrast to my degree. It isn't one of the hardest subjects in which to get a good degree.
p.s. The most important lesson I learnt from this episode was to never agree to be in a psychology experiment. You will be the subject, everyone else will be a stooge. Milgram anyone?
*Two degrees, I say. Like two teams, Dagenham & Redbridge...
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
Why spend £90 on a replica when you can buy a real IBM model M on the eBay for less? I love my model M keyboard. I can beat someone to death with it, and yet still use it to write their obituary. Any residual brain matter can be easily removed with a quick cycle through the dishwasher.
Re: Time of Genesis?
It may have started on Jan 1st 1970, but it stopped on Jan 1st 1950. That's the time and date of the 'present'.
Use it on Windows, MacOSX, Android, iOS, Linux and FreeBSD. Shares a folder on any of those automatically. DropBox without any 'extra' devices.
Re: A planet?
I can confirm it's not Moonbase Alpha. I saw the crescent moon last night, still in orbit.
Re: real lightning is DC
TBH I had to think about that quite hard before I posted. However, as all the charge goes in one direction, I'm pretty sure lightning can count as DC. Admittedly, a lightning bolt has considerable high frequency AC components in it, but every DC signal is switched at some point, e.g. when it was switched on, so any DC signal has frequency components in it if you look for long enough...
Whatever, get hit by lightning and you will shake all night long, AC or DC.
Re: The researcher looks..
Re:- A/C etc.
Real lightning is D/C.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
In Europe, you have to patent before you publish.
Re: Local Collect?
People's local Post Office is often closer than their Royal Mail delivery office. That's the difference.
Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
From your post office. Costs about 50p IIRC. More online retailers should offer this...
Re: Darkness of Greed
It's important to know about STD of other partners when you're being shafted...
The 'reply' button is there to let you reply to someone's post. The clue is in the name. A reply is generally relevant to what the OP wrote., i.e. "say something in response to something someone has said." The 'reply' button is not there to get your comment at the top of the page by replying to the top post. Your constant use of this self-soaring technique is starting to irk. For the love of God, please desist.
Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".
Alcohol is way more dangerous, as is shown by this image from Prof. Nutt's Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis
Re: Sanity from Lewis Page
I'll match your MSR and raise you an IFR.
"In his book Prescription for the Planet, the environmentalist Tom Blees explains the remarkable potential of integral fast reactors (IFRs)(11). These are nuclear power stations which can run on what old nuclear plants have left behind. Conventional nuclear power uses just 0.6% of the energy contained in the uranium that fuels it. Integral fast reactors can use almost all the rest. There is already enough nuclear waste on earth to meet the world’s energy needs for several hundred years, with scarcely any carbon emissions. IFRs need be loaded with fissile material just once. From then on they can keep recycling it, extracting ever more of its energy, until a small fraction of the waste remains. Its components have half-lives of tens rather than millions of years. This makes them more dangerous, but much easier to manage in the long term. When the hot waste has been used up, the IFRs can be loaded with depleted uranium (U-238), of which the world has a massive stockpile(12).
The material being reprocessed never leaves the site: it remains within a sealed and remotely-operated recycling plant. Anyone trying to remove it would quickly die. By ensuring the fissile products are unusable, the IFR process reduces the risk of weapons proliferation. The plant operates at scarcely more than atmospheric pressure, so it can’t blow its top. Better still, it could melt down only by breaking the laws of physics. If the fuel pins begin to overheat, their expansion stops the fission reaction. If, like the Fukushima plant, an IFR loses its power supply, it simply shuts down, without human agency. Running on waste, with fewer pumps and valves than conventional plants, they are also likely to be a good deal cheaper(13)."
'But I cannot say anything good about Windscale's design except maybe, "it was simple and cheap."'
Well, it did achieve what it set out to do. Britain owns more plutonium than any other country. Ideal for fueling integral fast reactors!
Re: The fossil fuel industry relies on this hysteria
"renewable energy could become a reality and economic success."
Nuclear is renewable by any sensible definition.
"Since energy sources derived from the sun are called “renewable,” that adjective apparently means that they will be available in undiminished quantity at present costs for as long as the current relationship between the sun and Earth persists, about 5 billion years. It is the purpose of this note to show that breeder reactors using nuclear fission fulfill this definition of a renewable energy source, and in fact can supply all the world’s energy needs at present costs for that time period."
"depends on a hell of a lot of factors, not least stable feed in tariff."
Right, the feed in tariff should be the same a the cost of electricity. It shouldn't need a subsidy.
Yep, PRISM integral fast reactors are the way to go. The UK has enough plutonium and other nuclear waste lying around to power the country for about 500 years. If you count extracting uranium from seawater, then this type of reactor can power the planet until the sun explodes. By any definition of the word, that's 'renewable'.
Re: interesting radio antenna.
The plural of antenna is antennas. Unless they're on an arthropod. Then it's antennae.
The Rodenator is for sale in the UK. Its use is possibly legal, as long as it's used to 'collapse burrows' and not to kill wild animals. Apparently, using a Rodenator to kill the burrowing bastards is illegal, as the use of any explosive other than ammunition for the purpose of killing or taking any wild animal is prohibited under section 11(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. So says DEFRA in this PDF.
Whatever, I resisted the considerable temptation to buy one to fix my mole problem. This guy's website was very useful, however, and the subterranean scourge is no more.
£11:79 + p&p
Acetone 5 Litre / 5Lt 99.7% Pure UN Approved Jerry Can & Express Delivery 24Hr
Should _HAVE_. Grrr.
Re: Law of Sod dictates ...
Turbocodes have all sorts of patent problems. You might be more interested in low density parity check codes, dating from the 1960's. Indeed, "in the last few years, the advances in low-density parity-check codes have seen them surpass turbo codes in terms of error floor and performance in the higher code rate range, leaving turbo codes better suited for the lower code rates only."
Also, flash memory can store more than 1 bit per cell using multi-level data storage. In this case, LDPC is better than Reed-Solomon, as they could theoretically be used to decode based on voltage measured from the cell.
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