73 posts • joined Wednesday 28th October 2009 00:48 GMT
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.
A good read about what happened at CERN
"How the Web was Born" by James Gillies and Robert Cailliau, both at CERN at the time and involved with Berners Lee. Covers all the little details, like how Cailliau had to hide Berners Lee's 20K salary from the physists who would otherwise complain about diverting funds from the real research. Heh.
"By not putting exchanges under regulation, that means you've got nowhere to turn if your bitcoin bank fails or is simply embezzeled from. It's like trusting Eve online players with your bank account."
So why has Bitcoin continued for so long? Simple stupidity? I mean yeah, it was fun and cool when it was new, but that's long past. Is it just momentum?
Re: Not the usual suspects!
"This isn't a typical bunch of tree-hugging hippies: it's a petrol vehicle manufacturer, an oil company, and an oil-rich Arab state. That these three are taking solar seriously is noteworthy."
Who do you think are building all those other solar projects, the tree huggers? Uh uh, it's the corporations, and they only do it because of the tax subsidies that put them in the black.
I see a similarity between the dreams of renewable energy and fusion energy; They are always just a few years away from becoming viable. Dream on...
Follow the money
Let's run the numbers. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shams_solar_power_station) the plant will supply power to 20,000 homes. Total cost to build it is US$600 million.
600M/20K = 30K USD per home, just to cover the startup costs. Seems pretty pricey, particularly considering the very cheap land and blazing sunlight available. Over the 25 year life of the plant, I would suppose the running costs would possibly equal the build costs (guessing here), so they need to recoup at least 2400 USD per year per home, under ideal conditions (yeah right). Clearly this won't happen without subsidies.
And apparently a big chunk of the required tax subsidies are coming out of the pockets of Europeans?! Sounds like a sweet deal for those 20,000 homeowners...
Re: The politics of it
"Except nobody is paying the pro-global-warming scientists for their opinions !"
A rather lopsided percentage of global government research grant money is now going to climate research, far more than just a few years ago. The only reasonable explanation for this change is fear of a warmer world that will cause expensive trouble down the road.
Logically, if that fear dissipates, so will the new grant monies. Therefore, there is a strong incentive for those receiving those grants to maintain the fear of warming.. er, "climate change."
Maybe those scientists aren't being paid directly to lie, but the conflict of interest is huge.
Re: Scientific Terminology
"You mean I shouldn't be building a bunker right now! Oh my god! What should I do! Please SAVE ME!"
You're confusing Global Warming with Nuclear War, a common mistake. For GW you should build a strong tower to escape the rising seas, along with anti-wind hardening for existing structures in higher locations. Make sure you go off-grid and rely on solar cells/batteries, and recycle your brains out. Don't forget to save your 'night soil' for use in the veggie garden. If you're in a flood plain (as so many are these days), just let the flood have its way, it's for the best.
Lessee, did I forget anything?
Note that these hard-core 'scientists' begin by calling Hurricane Sandy "Superstorm Sandy" in line with the freak-out media, then proceed to baldly assert as fact the claim of increased 'extreme weather,' as if that were simple reality rather than unsupported IPCC fear mongering. Need we bother to read further?
Re: What about plant cover?
"When the permafrost is exposed and warmed, does ground cover move in to absorb quantities of CO2?"
Well, yes. And don't forget the moisture release that leads to more reflective cloud cover too.
But there's something strange here. Most permafrost is below ground level, sometimes several meters below. That's what puzzles me, since the study claims that "exposure" to the sun can cause the C02 acceleration. Just how is the sun supposed to get to that deep permafrost layer anyway?
And what happened during previous very warm periods in the past few hundred thousand years? How come we don't have a glaring record of runaway warming then?
Gun nut: "You can't change the second amendment."
Reasonable person: "The second word sort of suggests you can"
Let's correct that dialog a bit...
Constitutionalist: "You can't change the second amendment."
Simple Liberal: "The second word sort of suggests you can."
Constitutionalist: "You're right, so why don't you start the constitutional ammendment process?"
Simple Liberal: "That takes too long and those dumb gun nuts will block us at the polls. We'll just get Obama to command it be done."
"UEA also hosts the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which some social scientists have suggested could become the nerve centre of an Isaac Asimov "Psychohistory" style push to manipulate voters into endorsing urgent climate action."
Isn't the act of 'manipulating voters' usually termed "propaganda"? And besides, the Asimovian concept of Psychohistory necessarily requires that the population to be manipulated be large enough to smooth out the variations in behaviors, making it feasable in the first place. Galaxy-sized populations, actually. These little earth-bound social 'scientists' seem to have very high opinions of themselves.
Re: Buses, huh?
Wouldn't a line of busses that long be unstable due to self-gravity? Before you can finish placing them, they'd be getting all kinky...
In the early 70's I tried to build a Theremin from a design out of an electronics magazine. I etched and drilled a circut board like they indicated, got all the required parts, and proceeded to cook half the transistors with my clumsy soldering. It would have helped if someone had mentioned something about heat sinks. This was in an actual electronics class at school, and right then I first realized the level of incompetence/indifference that exists in schools.
What's the problem?
Lessee, way cool indirect method to get rid of carbon 'pollution,' check. No NIMBY issues, check. Economically inefficient method, good for huge tax increases, check. Not required to show any real results, check.
Sounds perfect, what are we waiting for?
Anyone who's played Foosball for real knows that 'touch' is an essential part of the game. The ball kenetics do translate thru the rods to your hands, providing critical feedback. Lose that feedback and it becomes a completely different game. Might be fun, but probably not for long.
Re: Whats the problem???
"The very fact that such forums exist, is proof enough that ..."
"Wow. Self-reinforcing paranoia. Forums exist. *You* know everything about *them* (the projections of your paranoia that is). You are *against* them (the projections of your paranoia that is)."
Ah, so the poster's problem is an unreasoning fear of forums in general? Glad you pointed it out, I hadn't quite caught that on the first reading. I simplistically assumed it was about the UN people getting themselves involved in discussions about the Internet, and how that naturally leads to the suspicion that they wish to change it in some way. Silly me.
Besides, they categorically deny it, so that's that.
Why do it the hard way?
IMO, it would be far easier to turn a man into an ape than a woman, but much less of an accomplishment. I mean, not much needed, what?
Re: Great opportunity
"A quick census by biomass suggests that if it is directed towards anything, it's producing bacteria, fungi, and green plants in that order."
And then come the worms!
Re: There are many ways to skin a cat...
All or nearly all the big outer system moons were probably formed out of acretion disks surrounding each gas giant, sort of like the solar system in miniature. Evidence of this is in the nearly parallel orbital planes of each moon system, and their close alignment with the equator of their parent planets. Also they all orbit in the same direction as that planet spins. One exception; Even tho the Uranian moons follow this pattern, Uranus has that huge tilt (>90deg). Seems those moons must have formed during/after the hit that knocked Uranus askew.
Most of the small outer system moons are captures and have all kinds of orbits.
Oddly, Earth's moon has a huge orbital tilt of 5 degrees, but compared to the ecliptic (Earth's orbital plane), NOT Earth's equator. Bizarre. Pluto's moon Charon is thought to also be a knock-off, but its orbital tilt in relation to Pluto's equator is 0.001 degree! What the heck?
I suspect our oceans, always sloshing around, causing trouble...
Re: Why the solstices idea
Precession doesn't change the sunrise/sunset solstice horizon points, but besides precession there is also an obliquity (tilt) variation of 2.4% over 40,000 years, and that would change the horizon point, a little. Not sure 5000 years would be enough to make a detectable difference using stony optics tho...
The GOP wants to eat your brain
I'm seeing a lot of juvenile insults hurled here, but not much reasoned discourse. Are you techies, or are you leftist parrots? I wasn't aware that net neutrality had achieved consensus as a 'good thing' yet. No pros and cons whatsoever? Is this really the Reg board? Weird...
Important stuff at the end
Notice how the party affiliation of the perps is omitted until the very end of the article? Typically when it's a Republican it's splashed across the title. Just the usual non-biased journalism.
muscle vs metal
Hollywood aside, no robot can compete in strength against an equal weight of animal. Muscles are very strong for their weight. A robot that can wrestle against a human will need to weigh several times as much. Then there's animal coordination, honed over eons of evolutionary time with a very sophisticated vision system to match. Going mano a robot is a fool's game unless the robot is very big. Better stick to guns, gas, high voltage, lasers, etc.
Oh nasty man!
He's doing the right thing, but for all the wrong reasons! Aargh!!!
..and go crab-style
The way a uni balances sideways is via torso twist, which changes wheel rolling direction, allowing the contact patch to be translated side to side (while the wheel is turning, anyway). Actual turning is difficult because total angular momentum must be added in one direction and then removed, using only a tiny friction patch in contact with the ground. The turn is achieved via a combination of friction and "carving." It's a bit hard to describe, but the rubber tread must do some scraping during each turn, which is actually audible if you listen closely.
A ball-wheel that can be driven in any direction is great, the payolad can stay balanced, but true turning becomes nearly impossibe due to the large friction patch preventing any actual angular change. Making the ball low-friction doesn't help because the turn-carving action depends on the wheel's shape to work, which won't be present on a radially symetric ball.
The result is that you can easily go any direction, but you can only face one way. Hmmm, sounds kinda cool, actually...
Not so much
The launch sequence would be:
1) Go to max speed and then lift the nose until there is a considerable upward vector
2) Let down the stick to become ballistic and release, then nose up a bit to separate
3) Roll and turn to the side, causing very rapid separation
4) Ignite rocket when safe, while it's still rising
At launch altitude the proper thrust angle for an orbital rocket is already quite tilted, so it won't take much time for the horizontal slow-moving rocket to turn up into that attitude, much like a Tomahawk missile:
After that the small horizontal vector quickly becomes irrelevant compared to the hugely growing thrust vector velocity. The initial side drag loading on the rocket body at that low an air density and slow speed should not be enough to cause structural failure.
How is it any different than TV? People are 'paid' for (theoretically) watching ads by getting to see (supposedly) interesting fare on the tube. Tech changes but the message remains the same: "See the pretty sparklies? You want?".
Personally I won't have those infernal tube thingies in the house. I know, I know, computers, but at least THEY enable me to have a good job in a location of my choice. Besides, who is FORCED to view sites with those new franken-ads? Plenty of other nodes out there, people.
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