207 posts • joined Wednesday 16th December 2009 17:21 GMT
Re: Am I the only person who still buys toilet paper?
Sounds like you are provided with John Wayne toilet paper at work.
It's rough, it's tough, and it don't take shit off nobody.
Re: In Apollo 13 @Pascal Monett
Yes, the Apollo 13 astronauts had to do manual Command Module stabilization and correct their flight path, however, as I mentioned in my first comment we are way beyond that now. In the same situation a group of modern on-board computers with redundancy and constant error checking of each other would be able to agree on and implement a fuel efficient and fast method of stabilization whilst the disoriented human pilot was still trying to work which way was Christmas.
Someone who knows what to do in case of failure of the machines may have the title of pilot, but the role is still one of engineer or mechanic who may occasionally thumb the EXEC button on a computer once the new destination is programmed in.
Think of a fly-by-wire plane. No matter how good the pilot is, in normal flight he simply requests the computers send the aircraft in a particular direction at a particular attitude. If the computers don't like it they don't do it. If all the computers fail then he better hope the preferred method of egress works because he certainly isn't going to fly it home.
The problem is we were all brought up on Star Wars/Buck Rogers/Battlestar Galactica (well I was). Real spaceflight just isn't like that.
Re: says @AC
You're not wrong about the complex stuff with mining and tunnelling, but that is not exactly the pilot's role.
The jobs you are describing appear to be more of the mining expert and engineering types.
In aviation it is handy if the pilot knows which bits should be firmly attached to a plane and which ones are supposed to wiggle, but it isn't usually necessary for them to be capable of stripping down and rebuilding a turbofan or co-ordinating flight operations at a busy terminal.
In Apollo 13 none of the crew had to be a pilot to assemble the CO2 scrubber from the bits available.
"you're not going to skimp on $100k or $200k a year in wages for someone driving your $2bn spaceship."
No, you don't need to.
All your orbital and transfer orbit activity will be done by computers.
Putting humanity in the loop just adds inaccuracies in burn durations and vectors.
All your pilot needs to do is tell the computer that e.g. they want to be in Mars orbit at a specific altitude on a certain date and press enter.
The computer will tell them they will commence orientation manoeuvres for the initial burn on the 7th August at 04:26:26 and will be running the engine for 684.2 seconds at 1G.
Note the pilot doesn't even need to be aboard.
We have advanced long past the era of "The Right Stuff" and HAL was way over-specified for the job it needed to do.
This is how it will really be, and even then some fun activites have been added to give the human a sense of involvement: http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/
No cinematic skills whatsoever? Give him a chance, every budding film maker probably made a hash of it the first time they picked up a camera.
He probably thought he'd put it somewhere safe while he'd gone off to find a manual for it, and now it's been recovered.
That's almost certainly ended the career of another Seaeagleberg.
That's what I thought - you couldn't get a lockup/garage around here for that price.
My mind did, however, add "million" to the back end of the figure automatically. I tend to do that when big corporate science projects are involved. Which doesn't make sense, because we are then in the Merkin Billion Zone and no doubt that's how it would have been entered in the article.
Too busy to make tea? Too BUSY to make tea?
During WWII US tanks sent to Britain had to go into the workshop to get a hot water boiler fitted so that tea could be made; Brit tanks had them as standard fit.
Crews would stop at any opportunity to brew a cuppa, even during battle. Probably affected the rate of fire somewhat though.
None of this "too busy" malarkey. Kids today etc.
"Ere, Jimmy, pass the milk."
"Hang on, got a Jerry in my sights."
"That's sergeant to you, and pass the bloody milk NOW!"
But the real question is "Is Matt Smith enjoying his Squid-on-a-Stick?"
Having read the title
For a minute I thought Lewis had rejected an article by Alastair and Al was a bit miffed.
Science and Democracy sounds an odd combination.
Is it science by consensus?
"Yesterday we repealed the second law of thermodynamics, because it was causing problems with our perpetual motion machines."
It all starts with the elephants passing information between each other by pointing at objects.
It rapidly becomes trunk-signal-coordinated predator stomping commando raids.
It ends with planetary invasions after asteroid bombardment.
Lester, is there time for a paint scheme design and vote competition?
If it had been me I would have secretly changed the print program and they would have brushed off the powder to discover a gigantic Playmobil astronaut with a cracked helmet and arms held out zombie-style.
Re: Quite a few posts .....
The emergency autovehicle broadcasts a "here I am, this is where I'm going" signal.
The autocars pick this up, discuss with all the other autocars around and calculate the optimum method of getting out of the way, advising the emergency autovehicle what they are going to do.
The autocars also transmit a warning message to their surroundings by using their hazard lights and playing a recorded message saying an emergency vehicle is en route.
The emergency vehicle then hurtles past you at maximum safe speed through a newly opened lane in the traffic.
Base Unit Supposed To Initiate Emergency Release
Automated Range Safety Equipment
Re: Eh, it's not a real tea-tasting unless you have.....
is it just me, or does anyone else always feel the urge to stick "COME!" on the end of that quote?
Per roseus ad astra
It's the Snarl!
I knew Roy shouldn't have destroyed that Gate.
Drone from Arbitrary?
Use the GPS/accelerometer function.
At walking speed allow access to anything.
Wearer travelling over 4 mph - assume car mode (apologies if you are on the bus or train or running).
Car mode provides vehicle information, navigation and proximity/hazard identification alerts only.
Above 200 mph, then assume the wearer is on a plane and allow full access again.
The website you have been trying to reach has been blocked.
Reason: Political party in opposition to the current party in office.
Redirecting you to the incumbent party website.
Re: Exactly my point
Some thirty years ago I was on my lunch break at the same time as the daft biddy from the department and the manageress. The DB was raving on about how all bikers were murdering, thieving scum and should be locked up or worse and the manageress spent the lunchbreak defending her son, who was a keen biker. Eventually, after about twenty minutes of spittle flying invective washing about my ears I put down my book and went to the cloakroom. I came back with my crash helmet on and carried on reading. Neither of them noticed.
Re: Well done dickheads
I had my car insured with NFUMIS for many years. One clause in the policy I did think was fun was they would compensate me for loss of earnings if a road user blocked the entrance/exit to my land making me unable to do my work. I have a bus stop right outside the house and the back end of the bus frequently caused me to have to wait to access my little driveway or get onto the road. It could have been claims galore.
As a youngster my view of Vance was somewhat blighted by this book. Imagine a ten year old in the seventies trying to renew library books over the phone and having to repeatedly say "But that's what it's called!" to the person on the other end.
I had no idea what the problem was at the time.
I dug a hole in my garden yesterday. I dug up loads of dirt. My spade wasn't worn out at the end and I didn't get blown up by a creeper. Still no diamonds though.
Both getting on in years now, so may not be up to the schedule.
That was my train of thought.
Two regular keys, one locks the house sets the alarm and switches off unneccesary appliances when used, for when you are all out of the house. It disables the alarm when you use it to unlock the door, and may be used to trigger the kettle or other equipment as required.
The other just locks or unlocks the door, for when you are at home and want to lock up behind you.
Re: Sounds like another ID card.
My surgery has an on-line prescription service, which I don't use. I created an account and logged in for the first time to be greeted with what appeared to be an admin's screen, with the capacity to change the background images and modify the newsfeed, etc.
I logged out again and went back to the telephone method.
I do like the USB medical records idea, at least until they make carrying a medical history USB mandatory.
Dog to Human?
Dog: "Arf bark yap yap whine (tail wag) howl".
Army recruiting sergeant: "He wants to enlist. Apparently he's been ordered to die for the Queen"
Human to Cat?
"Oh, apparently pulling the roast chicken off the kitchen table and tucking in wasn't considered a nice thing to do. Won't do that again, then."
Lester, the instructions on the glue clearly states that it should only be used in a well ventilated room.
Was it just me who was disappointed to discover the article wasn't about balloon launched rocket craft?
Robot officers down!
Escalating to two Bolos and an Ogre MkIII.
When do we launch the Kickstarter for a GSV or GCU?
Would settle for a ROU but not a demiliterised one.
The road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with rigid feet,
Until it joins some larger tile,
Were many studs and blocks do meet,
And whither then? I go with style.
Does Tom Bombadil finally show up?
Re: Well Obviously...
It has to be the Waterloo and City line, because of its nickname.
By its actions it is almost certainly a tumble dryer.
My God, it's full of cars!
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