actually, Lars, I'm hoping we can use one of said rockets to send the current leading presidential candidates on a lovely vacation, exploring the wonders of... er... anywhere other than THIS planet. I hear the Orion capsule is quite roomy. Perhaps we could send a few other current or potential heads of state along as well.
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Re: @phuzz - 20kg payload on a 90,000kg rocket to nowhere.
As someone who DOES pay taxes in the US, I'm all for the idea of bloody great rockets. Especially those pointed outwards and not somewhere else on the planet.
Surely that must be COTW. I cannot imagine much to top that one.
Re: Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran
This is precisely why I was tasked with keeping a late 1980's era VAX 4300 running for a single user until he retired seven years ago. That one user was among the foremost authorities on Thermodynamics and used his own custom Fortran programs to model his processes. I got stuck with it because I was the only guy left who remembered how to administer VMS. Good times, in a way.
"Proving yet again...
...that if the law is an ass, patent law attracts Sir Mixalot fans."
Oh VERY good, he said, reaching for the screen wipes.
flappy bird... er, space probe?
The pictures, especially that first one in the article make the solar panels look like flapping wings. This, for me at least, increases the nerd-cool factor considerably.
Re: Flying snakes?
Just another of those countless "Australian Things That Will Kill You" ?
Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before. Plus the technology is a bit more mature now. This is hopefully good news for those with impaired mobility.
I'm already a fan of Kamen for his FIRSTInspires organization which get kids interested in STEM through various robotics programs. I'm a mentor for a local FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team in my area and find it very rewarding work.
Correct, Vince, including your supposition of the question behind the question. Thanks.
What is the source of the picture at the top of the article?
Same person or different?
Larry Niven's very excellent A World Out of Time took this to another level. The story begins with the protagonist waking up in a strange place and in a "new" body. Then he remembered doing something stupid which had led to his accidental death. Then he remembered having expressed his wish to be cryo-preserved. Then they explained to him that "he" was some criminal whose memory and personality had been wiped and the RNA of some frozen dead person had been introduced to create what they believed to be a new person. The protagonist, Corbell, distinctly remembers his "original" life and struggles to determine whether or not he is now, in fact, the same person with a different body.
That's only a small part of the story, but it's a very interesting premise in a very interesting novel.
now that might have been brilliant IF
at the end, Sophie Turner had rolled her eyes and said, "You know NOTHING, Wayne Rooney!"
Verily I say unto you, this hath made tolerable the remaining hours of the work week.
"6. And they did also make Delphi for Android. And they made versions for Ice Cream Sandwich, and for Jelly Bean, and for KitKat, and for Lollipop, and for Maketh My Teeth Hurt Just Reading This"
Re: Banging the drum for Wileyfox
it certainly would be nice if we could get those on THIS side of the pond. Perhaps some day but not this day... dammit...
now all we need is a 515,000m3 sandwich to put in it.
because Google certainly seems to lack understanding about how updates are supposed work...
" HMD Global Oy"
depends upon your budget. A good quality "spring" should cost around $10. On the other hand, a similarly sized "pre-loaded molecular-bond energy-storage system" is typically $2000-$3000 because, you know, government contract reasons.
or "future Darwin Award winners."
but they had such a great backronym!
"Sadly for fans of tremendously cool if somewhat improbable space tech, California's Made In Space didn't make the Phase II cut with its 'Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata' proposal, "
then linking up with the project later would have truly been a Rendezvous with RAMA...
that must have been nice
In 1999/2000, I was the site IT manager of a chem plant for what was then a smallish manufacturer and, like most of the folks here, spent months ensuring my site was compliant, ready, etc. I, too, had to be on site all night during the rollover. My compensation for all the work? A small cash award that was barely enough to buy a nice steak dinner for myself and Mrs. Kiddingme.
“It is not uncommon for moderate length sentences - say 20 or 30 words in length - to have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of possible syntactic structures,” Petrov writes
And that's assuming no major grammatical errors or mistakes due to "second language" issues. Given the deplorable spelling and grammar exhibited by much of the internet generation, the problem may be even worse than Petrov states. Of course, it is possible he factored that in with the phrase "or even tens of thousands."
The Law of Unintended Consequences
I certainly understand and agree with the need to reduce piracy and general freetardiness. However, the unintended consequence hurts the "innocent" as much or more than the "guilty." At least some in the EU hierarchy appear to be able to work out a compromise position.
We could use some of that "rational thinking" stuff on this side of the old pond. (looks at likely November ballot) Oh, sorry. Never mind.
I am (perhaps naively) hopeful...
that this will have a positive impact. On the other hand, however, are perfectly valid reasons why "We're from the government and we're here to help" is the punchline to quite a few bad jokes.
to paraphrase an old mariner's blessing
Fair winds and [calm] seas
Re: The ones who've adopted Chip 'n Pin
Last three times I've used my chipped debit card (at retailers who actually HAD that function enabled), I've entered my PIN and not a signature. In fact, I cannot recall a single instance of signing when using my chipped card - granted this is a debit card which takes directly from my checking account and not a traditional credit card where one pays the bill at end of the month.
The most frustrating thing to me
are all the retailers who have the new readers capable of taking chip-n-pin cards but also sporting a hand-written sign saying "chip reader not operational yet, please swipe your card." If the reader had been installed last week, I could understand. However, yesterday I explained to the manager of the grocery I use that I would no longer shop there because those hand-written signs were still in place SIX MONTHS after the readers were installed.
Re: Boaty McBoatface
Donald Trump is Shouty McShoutface.
Oh, bravo! With pub o'clock in two hours, this has made my Friday. Thank you! </standing ovation>
Well I, for one, liked it and thank you for providing it. As someone who came of age in the late 70's, I enjoyed Kraftwerk and even used their lyrics to attempt to improve my laughably bad German. My girlfriend at the time was somewhat disillusioned when I explained that the lyrics to one of their biggest hits were simply "We drive, drive, drive on the motorway."
UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts
is this a new twist on or corollary to
the Streisand Effect? Perhaps we could call it the Indirect Streisand©®™. The article seems to indicate they were trying to pad positives to balance out negatives - as opposed to a more conventional Streisand Effect; i.e. the results from attempting to actually REMOVE negatives.
on the plus side
Wall-E um... Sarcastic Rover will have a place to put all that stuff it's been collecting.
I'll pass, thanks.
"But the bigger question of course is: why do car owners actually want a connected car?"
Well, silly, to make it even EASIER for ne'er-do-wells to hack into my vehicle.
"The main advantage of the device, according to Zinchenko, is that it might enable you to get smaller insurance quotes – because the company would be able to see how safely you drive."
More likely, 'because the company could use that data against you to deny claims, etc.' Especially when one remembers how Samsung got caught gathering privacy-invading data via their smart TVs and the like.
"That's going to be a very, very hard sell to consumers."
On the one hand, I'd call that El Reg's understatement of the year so far. On the other hand, looking at electoral results I see that people will fall for pretty much anything so this will likely garner "Product of the Year" honors or somesuch...
while I can't speak for the rest of the world, here in Yankville, most (not all, but most) ATMs by "major" banks are "through the wall" where the user has no access to USB or network ports. I consider those highly tamper resistant and they are the only type I will use. The ones you have to be very wary of are those in convenience stores/chemists which are free-standing devices. In addition to the often exorbitant fees associated with those, you have no way of knowing who has accessed the innards and tampered with it. I avoid those except in dire cash emergencies. And given that my chip-and-pin debit card works almost everywhere, very little qualifies as a dire cash emergency.
not exactly "exciting" yet BUT...
it's a decent start. Who knows, in a few years, this could translate into an extra head-mounted widget on your Oculus or other VR headgear and become a really fun, cool, and immersive experience.
Darwin and Davy Jones
were in a heated round of Rock/Paper/Scissors to see who got first crack at Baluchi when interrupted by USCG "spoil sports"
given that this is using microwaves to produce propulsion, might we need to be careful where the thing is pointed? Could be problematic at the other end of a journey when you turn round to decelerate. I can't remember which scifi author used something like this - using a ship's exhaust as a weapon to the roast a planet on approach.
"The Russian horizontal assembly method... is a lot simpler than hoisting everything up for vertical mating, "
Well, if you don't have handy a giant building with enormous cranes built specifically for that purpose, then I suppose horizontal would be decidedly simpler. NASA opted for the megabuilding to assemble the Apollo rockets. At one time, it was the largest building (by volume) in the world. I went there as a child (unfortunately narrowly missed one of the latter Apollo launches). The scale of that building and the crawler which transports the assembled vehicles to the launch pad boggles the mind.
If you manage to generate 1.21GW and get it down in size/weight so as to be vehicle-portable...
fiery streak at 4:48 mark
Bottom center of the screen. Is that a slow-moving meteor or space junk burning up on atmospheric entry or a rocket launch, presumably headed for the station?
Re: Not similar at all
"The Saints were 25-1 to win the Super Bowl at the start of that season, not even the longest odds in the NFL as there were a few teams at 100-1."
That may be, however the 43 long and often humiliating years we fans suffered through prior to our moment of glory cannot be downplayed or overlooked. There are only nine NFL teams older than the Saints who've never won a Superbowl. And of those nine, only two (Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions) have never at least MADE IT to the Superbowl *. New Orleans Saints were good enough (and lucky enough) to win it on their first try. Many of the other 43 seasons were SO bad that fans often went to the games with paper bags over their heads.
* IIRC, the Minnesota Vikings hold the dubious record of "most Superbowl appearances without a victory" at 4.