103 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009
Re: What's in a name?
"What's irritating about 'Candy Crush' is the insidious infiltration of our beautiful language by yet another hideous and redundant American word, viz. 'Candy'."
Um, the origins of the word 'candy' are a little older than the USA:
The French, Arabs, and Persians might take issue with your assertion of US origin, heh.
Tests in collision
What I find interesting is that there are now two ways to measure galactic cluster mass. The boosted photon method and the grav lens method, and they disagree with each other, by a substantial amount.
These two tests can't both be accurate at the same time, so at least one must be way off. That means the theory behind one or both has flaws that need to be worked out. Any talk of "finding mass' should wait 'till the descrepancies are resolved.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!
Very confusing article, let's see if I've got it right.
This Edem fellow feels wronged by faceless bureaucrats, demands their unmasking, first court agrees. Said bureaucrats continue the fight to remain faceless and a higher court decides that no, their very identities really are 'personal data' that may not be legally divulged, according to rules created by other faceless bureaucrats.
So the system is rigged such that if you get screwed, tough, you ain't finding out who's screwing you, ha ha! Get lost, lusers!
Re: So, uhm...
"What does this make me when I start trolling the trolls..."
Is it truely possible to troll a true troll? After all, they (by definition) don't care about what they post, so the most you could do is confuse them. That might be fun, but it hardly qualifies as trolling.
Squalor is the prime irritant
What about all the people who already eat "Yesterday's cold pizza as tomorrow's breakfast..."? What will they do when robots take care of every tedious chore in their lazy lives?
Yup, they evolve into huge disgusting sluglike things, ministered to and totally dependent on their mechanical servants. And that kind of tale NEVER has a happy ending!
Re: The dream lives on.
"It's only when you try to make a human that you realize how light the structure is"
Precisely. We are still a loooong way from a human-mass robot that can come close to the performance, reliability, and ruggedness of a human, not to mention the self-repairing and *ahem* self-replicating features.
And the AI side is no better, maybe a lot worse. Sooo, I guess we'll just have to be satisfied with good old human overlords, or insect, or alien, or vegetable...
Re: Ah yesss...
"MORE POWER, IGOR!"
"I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station."
Big jump up?
I vaguely recall from reading that to get from where we are atom-smasher-wise to an energy level that would reveal new stuff would be pretty big, certainly much bigger than the plan being envisioned. If that's actually the case, it would mean this plan is really just featherbedding for the CERN blokes.
Is that the case? I admit my memory about this is a bit hazy...
Re: I sea swelling
"'sea-borne ice' is one of _two_ things: icebergs which did break off a land-borne glacier _OR_ ice that formed on the sea."
Agreed. However, sea ice is not and never was the issue in the original article, please re-read it if you doubt me. True, sea-borne ice does not raise sea level as it melts, but if it got in the sea by running off the land and into the water, it definitely DID raise sea level at that time. Or perhaps being under-educated I have somehow got this wrong?
Re: I sea swelling
"While what you say is true, it is irrelevant because it FAILs to connect to the actual claim."
The actual claim included this little nugget:
"This retreat is a cause for some concern..."
The author was specifically referring to the retreat of the glacier foot from the sea and onto the land. He says this fact is a problem, in the very next words:
"..seeing as how unlike sea-borne ice, melting land-based ice adds to sea-level rise as it dumps its chilly self into the ocean."
The author is clearly implying that this 'sea-borne ice' got there by calving off a land based glacier, not by forming as sea ice. Sea ice was never mentioned. Therefore the actual claim compares floating glacial ice to melted glacial ice. Therefore your criticism is unwarranted. You really should take a course in basic logic.
Re: I sea swelling
"As does your misunderstanding of the author's reference to sea-borne v. land-borne ice."
Hmmm, let us revisit the offending quote:
"This retreat is a cause for some concern, seeing as how unlike sea-borne ice, melting land-based ice adds to sea-level rise as it dumps its chilly self into the ocean."
In the context of the article, that 'sea-borne ice' got in the sea exactly how? Did it form there? Or did it break off a glacier that formed on land? Obviously the latter. So the fact that the ice is now floating (when it had not been previously) indicates that when it entered the sea it perforce had to drive up the sea level.
Have I clarified it enough?
Last time I checked, sea level rise was one of the big boogeymen of the AGW crowd, and the article is all about said rise, and the author tries to instill fear with loaded but unsupported language, and even a pathetic 'joke' about a 1600M rise (ha ha), so I might be forgiven for jumping to a conclusion. Heck, that's SOP for the AGW'ers!
I sea swelling
Who keeps posting this kneepad-style AGW bilge? Feel the propaganda:
"This retreat is a cause for some concern, seeing as how unlike sea-borne ice, melting land-based ice adds to sea-level rise as it dumps its chilly self into the ocean."
WRONG. As a glacier tongue enters the sea it raises sea level just the same as if it had melted on land and had run down as liquid water. Fail.
"We know that from 2000 to 2010 this glacier alone increased sea level by about 1mm," says Joughin. "With the additional speed it likely will contribute a bit more than this over the next decade."
Oh, we 'know' this, do we? Got proof?
"A millimeter here, a millimeter there, all coupled with the overall expansion of the mass of a warmer ocean, and pretty soon you're talking about beachfront property in Denver, Colorado.
Well, no, of course – but you get the implications."
Oh, I get it alright. Be afraid, be VERY afraid! Pay no attention to your lying eyes, that's just weather! This glacier over here is what matters, and it's going BERSERK! Aaaaagh!
Re: iFrames are pretty evil concept
"I never liked the iFrame"
What are you saying?! Where would Facebook and Twitter BE without their massive, oppressive iframe script-injectors on half of the interwebs?
I just love it when a client wants those stupid badge-links on their site and then blames me when it loads about as fast as molasses in Winter...
I come from a time when a person could walk out the door and no one knew where you were, or could 'contact' you. Yes, it meant some emergencies were not handled as fast as they could have been, but it also meant you were your own boss, striding the world in unfettered freedom to do what you wanted to.
I spend too much time online already, don't want any fetters on me when I go out, thanks. Don't carry a phone, never have, never will. Color me a throwback and loving it.
I seems to me it would be a lot more effective to use remote drivers, the way they pilot drones. A real mind to cope with all the complexities of the road in a battlezone, but no exposure to a real human being. The autonomous system could serve as a backup in the case of jamming.
Follow what money?
As an outsider to Britain I'm puzzled by this:
"Yet the political will was lacking. The BBC won't dare raise the subject in public - and Ministers have become almost as dependent on the guaranteed firehose of cash as the BBC itself, Elstein claimed."
Apparently the Ministers are enrichifying from the current system and want to keep it that way, but exactly how are those monies getting to the Ministers? Is it built into the system or are they skimming somehow?
A choice of words
Examine the wording of the opening paragraph:
"A new paper in Nature Climate Change describes how the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) has been shedding ice into the ocean at a dramatically increasing rate. Using observations on the grounds and from satellites, the team says the rate of loss has increased from 20 gigatonnes a year between 1992 and 2011 to about 100 gigatonnes a year. The team estimates the rate of loss will continue at this rate for the foreseeable future."
"Shedding ice." "Rate of loss."
Um, the glacier is transporting fallen snow to the ocean as ice, right? The flow rate would be expected to vary with time. So why the breathless reporting on "rate of loss?" Is there an ideal mass for that glacier? Would the world be better off if it fattened up a bit? Or is all this part and parcel of "Dem seas, dey gonna rise" fear-mongering?
Witness the admission of "thickening" attributed to a mere La Niña "event," as opposed to the generally accepted slide toward global warm.. uh, climate change. Forgot for a moment.
Re: Oh gods, the pain!
I thought it was pear shaped...
Not adding up
"Clashes like the incident at Samsung's factory site are also rare in Vietnam, where the authoritarian government takes a dim view of violent labor disputes".
So such clashes are rare in VN, but when they do happen it's total chaos? And what gov DOESN'T take a dim view of violence in labor disputes? That sort of thing ought be confined to verbal threats and the occasional kneecapping.
Re: Anchor points
"So more akin to a spider traversing its webbing."
You're halfway there. What about slapping a few thin 'king posts' all over the station that stick out a ways, with thin wires running from station points to post ends and between posts too? Then a bot could reach out to the nearest wire and pulley along it, switiching wires as necessary until arriving at the target point. All parts of the station are easy to inspect and reach with no possible damage along the way.
Of course you'd need a bot to rig the whole thing...
Re: Flatlander thinking
"That makes the robot itself bigger and makes for more small parts having to carry a lot of load as it moves, making it more likely to break. I expect it would also make dealing with the recoil of taking a pad off the surface harder, but IANAE"
I thought of that too, but there's this:
"Geckos' toes seem to be "double jointed", but this is a misnomer. Their toes actually bend in the opposite direction from human fingers and toes. This allows them to overcome the van der Waals force by peeling their toes off surfaces from the tips inward."
So I envision a robot with long slender legs that have minimal strength. The pads have these backward bending toes which can be actuated via a strong wire running inside the leg and reeled in from the main body. All the wires can be pulled via the same motor/drum by splitting the drum into six (or eight) sections, with a sliding drive axle that's keyed to engage only one section at a time. Almost off-the-shelf stuff.
The main body doesn't have to be large, since even a thin weak leg can move it around in free fall, given a little time to apply torque. It's analagous to the shuttle's robot arm. Not really quick I admit, but still faster than that agonizingly slow gadget they got now!
Since this thing is meant to operate in free fall, why not make the legs very long, with several joints? Then it's easy for the feet to reach a variety of nice anchor points and the travel speed would be a lot higher. For operations requiring torque, just lower the main body and attach it with some stubby feet, then employ a strong servo arm.
The main body would stay far away from station clutter, with a good view of everything too. And turning corners would be no problem.
Also it would be a lot closer in appearance to those space spiders!
Page Two, I Love You
The "Keep yer comment cogent or we'll vaporize it" threat is great! The signal to noise ratio has never been higher on this topic at the Reg. But will it last...
Re: Battlefield Realities
"See, what I'm thinking about is a Large AGILE Target."
There's another point I didn't mention before: ground pressure. Any armoured vehicle tends to be massy, and a battlefield often has soft ground underfoot. Tanks use many many treads to spread the load, and even then they sink in a bit. Consider the footprint of heavy body armor. Pretty tiny compared to mass. It's hard to be agile when your feet are sinking into the ground all the time.
The obvious solution is to, uh, enlarge the feet. This would also obviate the need for weapons at all; The enemy would laugh themselves to death.
It seems to me the only justified use for expensive enhanced musculature is to allow a grunt to carry really heavy body armor that can withstand hits which would penetrate the current armor in use. Attempting to enhance speed and agility seems like a stretch technically, and an unencumbered human is already pretty good in that department.
So assuming the heavy armor, what is the result? A tall (for its mass) target, that isn't terribly spry. It may take hits better, but it will take a lot more hits, and draw the fire of bigger weapons too. Battle tanks solve this by being very low (compared to mass) while being quite speedy, if not too agile. Also, tanks place their armor in a thick belt around the low sides while letting the big flat top and bottom go almost unarmoured. That's not an option for our tall legged warrior. Finally, tanks mount a baddass main weapon, accounting for a sizable fraction of total mass. They can do this due to a wide and very strong base, along with a fairly unitary construction.
So with the body suit we're left with the worst possible armoured solution: Tall, slow, clumsy, and with no more real firepower than before. Noooo. It's like those stupid Battlemech fantasies, only at least they have big weapons. A platoon of Battlemechs wouldn't last long against a platoon of tech-equivalent tracked battle tanks. Just a bunch of LSTs - Large Slow Targets.
"It doesn't sit exactly at L2 it orbits around it - there is still an overall resonance that keeps it around that point."
You're confusing L2 with L4/5, which are indeed stable points. The other three points require some delta-v corrections to remain on station. However it's less critical than I assumed. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
"Although the L1, L2, and L3 points are nominally unstable, it turns out that it is possible to find (unstable) periodic orbits around these points, at least in the restricted three-body problem. These periodic orbits, referred to as "halo" orbits, do not exist in a full n-body dynamical system such as the Solar System. However, quasi-periodic (i.e. bounded but not precisely repeating) orbits following Lissajous-curve trajectories do exist in the n-body system. These quasi-periodic Lissajous orbits are what most of Lagrangian-point missions to date have used. Although they are not perfectly stable, a relatively modest effort at station keeping can allow a spacecraft to stay in a desired Lissajous orbit for an extended period of time." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point
As for sunlight, That page states that at L2 some sunlight does sneak around the edges of the earth, so solar power works.
"...Gaia is now en route to the stable point at L2..."
Who writes this tripe? L2 is stable like a pin balanced on its point is stable; ie. not very much. I'm also curious why L2? Hiding behind the moon would make sense if the Earth's radio emissions were a problem, but they are apparently using visible light. This only makes sense if they actually intend to spy on that alien base located on the farside.
I'm reading the docs, and it's comedy gold!
Primitive variable types are not defined on declaration. Instead, the variable is free to choose its own type when it is utilised/-ized. This preserves the variable's right to self-identify as any datatype it feels that it is.
Booleans** are __banned__ for imposing a binary view of true and false. **C+=** operates paralogically and transcends the trappings of Patriarchal binary logic. **No means no, and yes could mean no as well. Stop raping women. Instead of **Booleans** we now have **Boolean+**, or **_bool+_** for short, which has three states: *true, false, and maybe*. The number of states may go up as intersectionality of the moment calls for such a need.
Line terminators should not be used. Programmers get to select their own 'line decorator' to use in lieu of a line terminator. This is of course open to interpretation and can be eschewed altogether as a badge of solidarity for differently abled programmers.
In C+=, you don't write to a file. Dictating to the poor files what sort of information they must store is Patriarchal. Instead, The \<fileIO> library brings in the functions pleaseWrite() and pleaseTellMe(). They both have a chance to return "no", and if so all other calls to the same file are automatically passed over because as we all know, once a file says no to being written, you must always respect that.
Hoverboards are fine, but flying cars are a non-starter, for this reason...
Picture the sleazest, litter-hurling, all-over-the-road, hound-dogs-in-the-back citizen, rattling on down the road.
Now picture that same individual (and millions like him) owning flying pickup trucks, flying OVER YOUR HOUSE, any dang time they want.
Fences will become a joke. Anti-aircraft missile launchers will be the new fences. >:-D
Re: How about
Tinselene? Ribbontin? Or, dare I say it...
Re: "... greater than a 7-to-1 dilution rate to be deemed a nuisance"
"...I'm assuming that 7-1 dilution means 7 parts air to 1 part smelly substance."
A stench of a different colour
WHY isn't this way cool tech being applied to the detection of tobacco? Or is it? And what about those 'scent-challenged' individuals that make life such a living hell for the rest of us? Huh? I'm not talking flatulence (altho that matters too!), but just plain olfactory assault. There oughtta be a law!
And, thanks to good old American know-how, we now possess the means to tamp down on the rotten miscreants! I say use it, and use it righteously! MAKE that law. The Nasal Freedom Act! We've been overcome for too long. A new breeze is blowing, and it's blowing towards YOU, my friends...
Re: Plenty of jobs . . .
"Lawyers are highly-paid people and, as any Republican could tell you, more money for the wealthy means that everyone wins! Right?"
So Lawyers = bad = Republicans, is that it?
Then why is it that lawyers as a class massively support Democrats over Republicans? And why am I even responding to this, got better things to do...
Objects may be heavier than they appear...
I'd like to know what scale they attempted to use for the weighing, Should have used their largest scales, the one with the duck at the other end.
"the payload did not reach the correct conditions to begin collecting data..."
So...it went ballistic or went to pieces. I'd guess based on the lack of data, the pieces. Also, what's this "3 seconds" stuff? How do you get to mach 8 in 3 seconds, even with a running start? Were they planning to boost to mach 8 (via rocket thrust) and had an unscripted incident along the way, or on light-up? Questions...
145 million years is quite old for an oceanic plate feature. Usually they don't get past 100 mil or so before being gobbled at a plate boundary. This volcano must have been riding the pacific plate a very long distance, but the End is Near. The plate in that area is currently and firmly headed northwest, surrounded in front and to the sides by hungry subduction zones. Ain't nowhere to go but down, this time!
Pretty big pill to swallow, tho.
Will the eyeballs be rotated too? If not, less than ideal solution.
What happens with my relatives who never remember to place their video window near their camera? Go to Warp 9?
In case of frequent loss of face-lock, will the face judder back and forth, a la Max Headroom? Now THAT would be cool!
It's just a rocky chunk, why the big expenditure to analyze it? Does NASA have a case of 'roid love? Oh the shame of it, a once-proud manned space effort, reduced to rock-humping o'er the moon. I want my future back.
Only half the equation
Aside from the the warmist spin, what about the many efficiencies made possible by IT:
- Massvely less paper usage than would be otherwise
- More efficient communication
- More information available on demand
- Online banking
Add up these and many more I haven't mentioned and it must amount to quite a 'footprint' that's gone missing.
Gotta keep em separated
"It's even possible that humans got the idea from the Neanderthals, which are considered a separate species from homo sapiens."
'Humans' got a lot more than ideas from the Old Ones, they also aquired some nasty old DNA, which we ALL carry around with us, some as much as an estimated 4.5% of the total. Somebody musta been tooling around.
Mine's the black leather jacket with the eagle on the back...
These sun events are under constant scrutiny (see http://www.spaceweather.com/).
"Coronal mass ejections reach velocities between 20km/s to 3200km/s with an average speed of 489km/s..."
149,669,180 km / 3200km = 46772 sec = 13 hours
So if old Sol performs another big gusty one in our general direction, there should be at least a few hours to properly panic. I look forward to hearing some portentous news anchor strongly advising me to turn him OFF, and also unplug the set please. Yeeeesss!
..without 3rd party cookies, they won't be able to custom-tailor our advertising experiences to our needs. Instead they'll be reduced to icky general ads for Viagra, diploma mills and money making 'opportunities.'
Would you ENJOY that?!
Would this type of collapse produce a big gravity wave?
Ve haf vays uff makink you pay...
The current tax structures in most countries are very byzantine and onerous as well. Assume a company pays exactly what the tax man asks, the result is x paid out. If said company takes advantage of all the numerous provisions and tricks allowed by tax law, then may pay (for example) x/2. Naturally all large and not so large companies work their taxes in this way, because to not do so exposes them competitively to any rival that does do so.
Google's mistake is to be a very big target while also being quite good at this tax game. Google didn't create the tax system; they just play the game as they must. Might as well blame the wind for blowing.
Me thinks this service will be used mainly by bosses looking for a squeezable assistant.
I call BS...
"Security researchers have discovered that specific music, lighting, vibrations or magnetic fields could all be used as infection channels to trigger the activation of mobile malware on a massive scale."
So the device has already been infected, how then is a command to that malware characterized as an "infection channel"? Is this what they teach journalists in their fancy journo schools?
Great, my remote control aircraft doesn't really need servos or even a radio; I can just 'infect' it via the electromagnetic spectrum to do my bidding. Cool!
Why the slant?
I notice a lot of posters snidely suggesting that the Ohio politicians are against the cafe gambling because they don't 'control' the cafe gambling. I refer them to http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Ohio_Casino_Initiative,_Issue_3_%282009%29 where it indicates it was the voters of Ohio that allowed the casinos in. They did not allow the cafes to get around the restrictions.
Further, what the frig is this (from the article):
'That's just fine with Republican Senator Jim Hughes, who argued in favor of the bill on the Senate floor.'
' "Although these cafés provide a source of income for some ... internet cafés harm more people than do good," Hughes reportedly said.'
Exactly what was snipped out of that quote? Could it have been some inconvenient context? Sure looks like this San Francisco based 'writer' wants us to assume Jim is against the cafes in general, isn't it?
Please don't sully the Reg with twisted crud like this, that's what MSNBC is for!
"You're obviously not understanding how this science actually works. There's nothing quasi-religious about increased flooding, increased drought, and increased weather damage, rising food prices, and all the other non-rhetorical effects that AGW is creating..."
Increased droughts and flooding have been shown to be caused by desertification (chopping too many trees). As for flooding, that's mostly down to the building of river levees that prevent rivers from occupying their natural floodplains, now occupied by houses. The levees drive the river crest to unprecedented heights, where they finally breach the levees and cause massive damage. Increased weather damage is to be expected with the rising population, and the tendency to build in risky but pretty areas like coastlines.
Funny you should mention rising food prices; the big green push for biofuels account for the biggest chunk of that, and biofuels are a pet project of the left, just like carbon taxation. Want to try once more?
"An idea that has a consensus of experts backing it has a far higher chance of being right, and therefore carries more credibility to outside observers, than an idea that doesn't have a consensus of experts backing it."
That works well for ideas, but AGW is more than an 'idea,' it's a social, political, and even quasi-religous meme too. And that meme swings a vast financial and 'moral' tail behind it. Thus a 97% 'consensus' is insufficiently credible to be included in the argument. Try again.
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