22 posts • joined Wednesday 24th March 2010 12:46 GMT
Looking at that video, once the parachute's detached, the Sky Crane looks remarkably aerodynamically unstable. A half-decent Martian sandstorm crosswind and it'll be all over the shop! I can see Curiosity landing on its back and flailing like an upended tortoise. Haven't they watched Robot Wars? Don't they realise that all good robots need a SRIMECH*?
* I'm assuming that's how it's spelt. I've never actually seen the shortened version of "self-righting mechanism" written down before.
Apple already covered their backside on that one.
Apple's full statement also included the caveat that in-app pricing must match or beat the out-of-app price, so they can't just bump up the in-app prices or Apple won't let the app in.
“All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app." - from: http://www.tipb.com/2011/02/15/apple-announces-iphone-ipad-subscriptions/
And by "customers can easily subscribe" they mean "we still get a ludicrous chunk of your cash" :(
Cause and effect
So coders are poor sleepers, this is nothing new. However, I see nothing in this to show that being a coder makes you a poor sleeper, any more than being a poor sleeper means you're inclined to take up a career in coding.
Why oh why do so many media articles these days (and occasionally the research papers themselves) imply a cause and effect when the research merely shows a correlation? It drives me up the wall!
Not the pilot
The pilot was fine. It was the Lego terrorist on board that wasn't spotted. Everyone knows that Lego and Playmobil have been involved in the "War on Plastic" for ages.
Lego plot to bring down Vulture One, Playmobil invade Legoland Windsor in retaliation.... Where will it end?!?!
POP goes the mailbox
Seems they changed some of their POP settings in the process too. Had to reconfigure my local mail client which has been failing to get mail from Yahoo! for the last 24 hours, despite it turning up quite happily on the Blackberry.
The list of settings on the Yahoo help page is definitely not the same as the, formerly working, config I had. Then again, this was the first time I'd actually logged in at the Yahoo! website in about 18 months. All I want is what is now a legacy mail account, not all the slow, buggy, pointless crud that goes with it.
Legal when convenient?
I was under the impression that the ACMD was required to have a veterinary expert on board to meet it's requirements so, after Polly Taylor resigned, I figured the three new members of the ACMD would include a vet, but no: A pharmacist, a dentist and a phytochemist.
Can anyone explain how the government is still pushing ahead when the makeup of the ACMD doesn't meet its own rules on membership to issue advice and ACMD-consultation is required under the misuse of drugs act before any ban can be put in place (besides the obvious "We only apply the law when it suits us" argument)?