Re: The Dwarf King
Pluto + Durin == Putin
87 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010
Pluto + Durin == Putin
You can measure magnetic variation non-invasively. In archaeology we use handheld magnetic gradiometers which we cart around fields a few cm above the ground, and measure in the tenths of a nano Tesla. I know that people take magnetometers up in aeroplanes to measure the strength of the geological magnetic field when prospecting for oil, but they measure at many orders of magnitude coarser then archaeologists.
And yes, it is possible to compare the current magnetic field with that which is "locked" into rock when it cooled, and run that through models to give an appropriate age. I must admit though, 10s of km altitude is quite impressive for these sort of techniques. Although archaeologists often use equipment older than the stuff they're looking for...
welcome our cyborg beetle overlords.
@ac Interesting question; Douglas Hofstadter raises similar points about whether different animals have different "sized" souls and how humans treat them in his excellent book The Mind's I.
No wonder ATM security is poor if the head of security pictures criminals as fat, cigar-smoking, kingpins calling themselves Mr Big who talk like 1930s gangsters. Now, where's my Tommy gun?
Beer. If any AI system starts getting uppity, us meatbags can retire to the boozer, get wasted, then be able to take on any robot for looking at our mobile phones. We get a bit fighty, throw up on them, then spill kebab on them. They short-circuit, and we go home to beat up our phones for being slutty.
How do you know there are 100 vulnerabilities that haven't been found? You must be an NSA whistleblower, hence being anon. Don't worry, we've arranged for your extraction by helicopter in 5 minutes, so you'd better run and... get to the chopper!
But if, as you say, they brewed their wine in significantly sized batches, then it doesn't take a big leap to assume they had a strict recipe and quality control to ensure they could turn a good profit to afford large-scale wine production.
Molecular archaeologists? They must have very small trowels.
Stay alert. Trust no one. Keep your laser handy.
... and murder tastes pretty damn good.
"and that means there's not a politician in the world will be safe"
I don't see a problem here.
Aside from its sinister Orwellian questioning, question 13 doesn't make sense:
I have taken frequent stands in the face of strong opposition.
What is a frequent stand? Some compulsion to leap out of my seat perhaps. Difficult to do when you're being waterboarded I'd imagine.
But a rather tired one.
If, as someone else posted, Apple products cannot be sold in Iran, then they must have known it was illegal - either stolen or black market. Also, having someone else's stuff on it would be a bit of a giveaway it wasn't remotely legit.
With all this moving around from country to country, does anyone else hear the Benny Hill music...?
Reading all these wonderful posts nicely proves the aphorism "if you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics."
Hold on. You say that wasting an institution's bandwidth is a firing offence, well that's as maybe but what has that got to do with the article? Do you think the researcher used university bandwidth without permission?
Also, you think that no one is interested in the physical details of people they fantasize about? Try telling that to the foot fetishists, BBW lovers, artificial/natural/big/small breast afficionados, the researchers and funders of this study, or indeed yours truly. Smutty jokes aside, this is quite reasonable research into what people (or at least Americans) find sexually attractive especially as a fantasy. It would be fascinating to see what differences there are between grumble-flick girls and "real world" girls that people find attractive, or to see how tastes change over time vs fashions, or across cultures.
And seriously, who calls themselves a dude? (With the exception of The Dude of course).
He's a bit like Hitler really.
"I'd still be much happier if we were just sending a thousand tiny robots there, and just driving them all away from a central spot. We'd get a lot more area covered, a lot more pretty pictures, find a lot more odd things that deserve closer attention and a failure won't mean failure of the mission."
So once your Martian microbot army has wandered all over the place taking pictures, how exactly are they meant to pay attention to all the odd things they find? They'd need to take samples. Oh wait, your microbots aren't equipped with sampling devices. Fit them with sampling devices you say? What form would they take, I wonder? Drills and chemical analysis units, of course! Wait, hold on a sec...
So I'm very interested in hearing what you think you might find by just photographing the planet (which has already been done from orbit of course). The presence of water increases the probability that life has or may exist, which will open up all sorts of philosophical and theological debates, yet alone our understanding of how life works. It also will tell us lots about the early solar system, which in turn will help predict what to find in other solar systems.
Have you ever seen Robot Wars (or similar)? You know the robots that have spikey-hammer-arms? Yes, they're always shit aren't they, barely scratching some ali plate while throwing the attacking robot around and about thanks to Newton. This is (one reason) why they're using drills and not hammers on Curiosity. Merely cracking it open will give you what appears to be homogenous material for the most part, so you could learn very little from it. The drilling isn't used to see what's on the other side, it's to get right down and taste the composition of the rock which will tell you a shit-load about that rock all all it's nearby friends.
Essentially Lee, you need to get your head out of your arse and discover what _is_ being found, not what you think ought to be.
Assam indeed! My future ex partner got me on to Assam when we first met, and I realised why I was rarely satisfied with my tea up until then. Now my tea recipe is 1 tea bag in the cup, pour on boiling water, agitate the water without mashing the bag, leave for 5 minutes or so, carefully remove bag squeezing it once to reduce drippage, add a reasonable splash of full fat.
A friend once went to her grandparents' house and offerered to make a cuppa for her grandad. "How do you like your tea grampy?" she asked. "I don't know, ask your gran" was his reply.
I can see the history books of the future: "The first commercial open-source space station was developed by accident, but has gone on to be forked many times, each base claiming it is truer to the original spec than the rest. They are almost impervious to rebel attacks due to a lack of up-to-date documentation."
It amuses me that the advertisers haven't caught on to the "skip this ad in 5 seconds" button - on the rare occasion I watch an advertising-sponsored video, the ad hasn't told me what it's selling before I skip, so I don't know (or care) what it is they're touting.
Nope. An astronomical magnitude of 0 is (well, was) based on the star Vega, anything fainter than that is positive, anything brighter is negative on a logarithmic scale.
'Christ this is horribly ugly code, how could you ever accept this?'
Should have written it in C++ then.
The problem is, you wouldn't then need the wall of clocks showing the time in different cities, which would leave my underground lair bereft. I'd still have the huge map of the world I suppose, but the wall would look naked.
I think they should perhaps throw away their devices and do something together rather than watching TV separately.
And by demagoguery you mean...
Genius. That is all.
Ah, but that is likely to produce lower numbers, so how will manufacturers be able to say it's better than the competition? cf hard-drive manufacturers, digital camera manufacturers.
Charming: definitely not, but as an archaeologist I'm not going to vote shagbag down because he's sort of right. Certainly in temperate climes, commercial aerial photography is often ill-suited to archaeological sites because there is often a fairly small window of time to get a good snap of crop or soil marks. Low raking light, a light dusting of snow just on the melt, rainfall that happened a few hours or days before, just the right time after planting of certain cereal crops, are all good times to pick out the very subtle variations in soil and crop colour and drainage, but these conditions are generally not flown by commercial units when their brief is to capture a district or county - at least not deliberately.
It is also very inefficient to scroll around aerial photography on the off-chance of finding an anomaly that hasn't already been recorded, with a view to excavating it. The closest process that is used is one of inference: watchtower A is here and watchtower C is here, they're not intervisible, so putative watchtower B is probably somewhere here. But assuming permission and funding have been obtained, using an iPad on site to look at commercial photography would get you laughed off site, or at least accused of not doing your research beforehand.
Calm down dear.
"If I'm working on PowerPoint I will go to my familiar PowerPoint.”
PowerPoint != work
Perhaps you ought to get a job where your boss isn't a Puritan.
Take off your tie, wear a t-shirt, grow your hair; be the person that loves life rather than one of the people who are afraid of authority. Celebrate the female and male forms in all their naketude, especially those with dragon tattoos.
It looks like our favourite hack is confused between silicon and silicone. Let's hope the boffins know the difference.
"Henge's would have been cattle corrals: those with standing stones would have been defensive: they would have been built by early seafaring incomers"
Stonehenge is a fair old trek from the sea.
No, a henge has its ditch inside its bank, whereas an enclosure has the ditch on the outside - just like Stonehenge. Even wikipedia agrees with me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge#Etymology
Funnily enough, technically it's not a henge - the ditch and bank are the wrong way round.
Yes, finding any amount of stone-age remains is hard, especially before the neolithic, and so yes technically there is quite a lot of extrapolation. But do you think that's because archaeologists can't be arsed finding sites? Or that they like to tell a good story, evidence be damned? That they just dick about in wet muddy holes all day for shits and giggles? No. A site is identified - Stonehenge is a fairly obvious one - and a shit-ton of work is done to gather as much data as possible, a tricky proposition when the site is protected to the hilt. And then years of expert opinion and experience is brought to bare, as well as diverse scientific processes and data analysis, and the data is sorted, sifted, and interpreted for the benefit of you Robert E A Harvey, who clearly has not an iota of an idea of what's involved, but still feel interested enough to pen some vacuous rubbish.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of flights of fancy (Alison Sheridan is guilty of this IMO), and (perhaps deliberately) you happen to choose one of the biggest culprits alive today - and he is certainly not level-headed nor practical. But the likes of Prof Parker Pearson are the leading examples in their field of study. So perhaps you ought to go and read some of his stuff, or any of the myriad sound authors (Scarre, Thomas, Richards are some that spring to mind), and then shut the fuck up.
But it's political rhetoric: start from the general and work to the specific in three steps. It introduces the reader or listener to the problem, then it's turned towards the individual to make them feel threatened by some non-threat.
That said, it sort of sounds like he's saying he wants privacy in your home. I didn't say it was _good_ rhetoric.
The editorial team must have gone to the pub _really_ early. Either that or they're still out from the night before. What's worse is that I look at the "your home" bit and I'm starting to convince myself it's wrong even though I know it to be right.
[sic] comes from "thus was it written", implying not just typos and grammar errors, but meaning and content too.
I wish we could vote more than once for posts. Top stuff Thad.
I wonder if it's the catering company who are telling the council that it's all vegetarian lasagne, while trousering the difference. Corporate catering in schools? Yes please!
""The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice," Colonel Nina Armagno, the 30th Space Wing commander said in a canned statement." Said Brid-Aine Parnell in a canned statement.
And of course, because it's a Brid-Aine article, there is the ubiquitous "canned statement". If Apple were somehow involved, there would be a "fruity firm" reference in there somewhere too. It makes me wonder if she has macros set up to avoid typing those canned phrases.
"...and is the owner-operator of Vancouver Hang Gliding." Not for much longer I suspect.
I just came across this link for the FIREFLY "DIY exploration platform":
It might save a bit of time with the launch vehicle electronics.
*sigh* The clue's in the title, Tony.
That is all.