* Posts by Marc 25

21 posts • joined 22 Dec 2009

Star probe Kepler finds many multi-world alien suns

Marc 25
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I have a question

There's one question I have about the way this program works.

Kepler works bit detecting slight variations in the light from the offending star dimming as an object passes between the star and Kepler.

So how do they know that it's a planet passing thru and not a bit lump of ice/debris/alien spaceship etc?

There could be millions of objects passing between the star and kepler. So to filter out the dross you would need to see regular transitions?

Would it take circa one earth year (or thereabouts) to see meaningful results? An object that orbits a star in around 2-3 months is likely to be extremely close to the host planet and scorched to buggery. IE not life sustaining.

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Google cools data center with bottom of Baltic Sea

Marc 25
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Did you watch the video?

I don't know if you watched the video or not, but the guy who voluenteers to "explain" how the sea water cooling system works, clearly didn't have a frickin clue what he was talking about..

Cringeworthy to watch!

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How do you copy 60m files?

Marc 25

XCopy FTW

I've done circa 10m files with xcopy on Server 2003...no bother at all.

I went off and had lunch...

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Apple to reveal musical something on September 1

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no new(ish) software released for a while...

garageband overhaul or garageband on ios4.

boring.com

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Apple patches 13 bugs in OS X

Marc 25

easy

hold down X key at the boot up chime or do it via the startup panel in Sys Prefs.

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Futurologist defends 'malevolent dust' warning

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does he have shares in Tin Foil?

if i cover everything in Tin Foil will that stop the dust from eavesdropping in on my browsing habits!?

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Sluggish corporates ill-prepared for death of Win XP SP2 support

Marc 25

@Defensive much?

re-read my post...

"only testing now" i didn't say that. You assumed that.

The testing was done months ago..waiting for the 3rd parties input took time however we still moved on and my orginal point about the artical stands.

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Marc 25
Paris Hilton

progress...?

I work for a very large corporate in the UK (poosibly the largest employer in the UK) and we've already instigated the upgrade to SP3. So your artical is partically incorrect, however you didn't say all corps so I'll refrain from flaming.

You mentioned that many large corps involved 3rd party companies to help with support and this can both muddy the water, and create longer gaps between roll outs. However this can also be affected by the IT staff ensuring that everything still works after the update (in the test enviroment) and not just rolling out a patch and waiting to see what breaks. Many corps don't go for the suck it and see approach. We tend to test shit before we break it!

It's worth noting though that the last major IT related headache we had ONLY affected SP3 machines and SP2 machines carried on regardless.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/22/mcafee_false_positive_analysis/

So much for SP3 being progress?

I thought it was a little unfair to say we're "ill-prepared". Had you concidered that we might have more complex systems to test and work through compared to your average 10-20 employ company?

Paris cos Sp3 as secure as her underwear

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Patch Tuesday sounds death knell for Win XP SP2

Marc 25

no problems here

rolled SP3 out on to just 25 machines this week as a test...everyone completed successfully.

if you're getting BSOD's there was a problem before you started the update tbh.

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Apple MacBook mid-2010

Marc 25
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so...

so... now that apple allow you (the consumer) to pop the bottom case off... you didn't think to take a screwdriver to it and take a picture of the inside for us?

damn it

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BT settles pay row with union

Marc 25
Troll

BT announes...

BT announes...4% increase in the cost of it products and services to cover "inflation and rising costs of operating in the UK"

BT profits...

mines to one with the crystal ball in the pocket

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Hayabusa in fiery return to Earth

Marc 25
Stop

highly irresponsible

did these people never watch the creep show movies?!

So we've sent a probe to an asteroid and are now bringing back smaples? Did anyone not think this might possibly be a little bit dangerous? Did anyone even consider that there may be life/virii on that asteroid?

Maybe even the kind of virus that could possibly wipe out off life on earth?

Just saying...

mines the one with the tin foil hat in the pocket.

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Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

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@flashing

[quote]"look, at the end of the day, Flash is needed because HTTP5 is based on the Flash engine. Without TCP/IP, Flash is basically useless anyway, unless you only use Email, and in that case you don't really need the Internet because Email goes over a separate protocol to web traffic. I only ever use the Email protocol to browse the web, meaning I don't use the Flash engine."[/quote]

I nonimate this for FOTW

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Apple uncloaks deep details of its 11 iPad apps

Marc 25

RE: So...

Stated on the Apple site there's a 10 hour battery life. This is probably at lowest use. So i should imagine that once you turn on your wireless and start actually using it...like any device... the battery life is going to decrease.

My real world expectations are around 6-7 hours of light use...which lets be honest... is what this is designed for.

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BT hijacks business browsers

Marc 25

help for numpties is help for numpties...

If you can't install a router on your own then you most likely run the install CD...

This hijack only comes to you if you install via the CDs...

Bottom line...working as intended

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Apple revises iPad ship date

Marc 25
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price

in line with previous Apple currence conversion rates...$499 in US means £499 sterling...

that is all.

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Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

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re: Whiny Little Maggots Hit With Cluebat

i like you...my kida sysadmin:)

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Brits blame Apple, Nokia, RIM et al for smartphone woes

Marc 25
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news?

HOLY SHIT STOP PRESS!!!

Computer software has glitches/security issues! this like NEVER happened before in 40+ years of computing. And to top it all off the lusers are whining...what should we do!

cDc come back all is forgiven

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Welcome to the out-of-control decade

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Aliens more likely to live on moons than planets, say boffins

Marc 25

thanks

@Nur Ab Sal, thanks for your comments. Your right i did make a few assumtions yes.

Point 1 and 2:

I made this assumtion based on the wildly varying sizes of moon orbiting our own gas giants.

Because of the variation in sizes (thought to be dependant of the chemical conposistion of elemts during formation) gravity would also wildly vary.

Point 3: Theories harbour yet more speculation and assumtions. TBH though, this has been in comic books since the fiffties. If it really was techincally possible we'd be throwning money at it not just for space exploration but for deep sea exploration too. I'm sure the oil companies would love it.

Point 4: possible epscially if their home plant suffers regualr shifts in gravity...non circular orbits of the gas giant for example.

Point 5: thanks for pointing this out to me, i hadn't seen this. However I was talking about developed/organised life. It's quite possible that europa could contain life very simlar to that found around hydrothermal vents in our own dep seas, underneath that crust of ice sheet. Thanks to the gravity forces of Jupiter the core of Europa is generating lots of heat which means volcanic activity.

Mars is a good example of life on another planet but i meant "organised" life such as fish, clams, tube worms and crabs etc. If Mars does harbour life, sadly its like to be no more a few organised cells.

@ Tom_ intelligent input!

Care to quantify what exactly you mean by that or did you just prefer to flame?

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Marc 25
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i see his point but it doesn't really hold

This articial really just doesn't hold any water at al,l other than mere hopeful speculation.

The main (be all and end all) driving force in this universe is gravity. Of all of the laws of physics gravity is the one that makes this universe work and it controls every aspect of it.

Without gravity this universe/galaxy/sun/planet/moon could not / would not exsist.

All life forms (carbon based) build their structure based on the gravitational force put upon them.

We have spines for very good reason. Our own bodies are build around a gravitational force of one G and our on travel to our planets relies heavy on our own ability to withstand the gravitational forces put upon us when we get there.

These same rules would apply to ETs one would assume.

Assuming that a planet such as jupiter-like sustains 5 or 6 moons. They will all be in different gravitational orbits and as such there will be different forces on the surface.

ET could see those moons, send probes to them, but could not visit for fear of being crushed to death.

In fact the human race is incrediably lucky to have a moon of our only to fuel our own space endevours.

A good example would be put a human on jupiters surface (if there was on) would be a little bit pointless as the human would be a smoothy in seconds. Aslo if we visited Europa (widely thought to harbour the only chance of life in this solar system) again we'd be crushed by the gravitational forces put upon it by jupiter.

The only way life could move from one moon to another would be if the two moons were in exactly the same orbit of the same planet thereby having the same gravitational forces. Highly unlikely but possible. Then however, the planet would be on the perceved "Dark Side" of the planet and Et wouldn't know it exsisted until they started ther eown space race.. ergo muting the point!

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