80 posts • joined 1 Apr 2010
Re: I thought this kind of thing had been explained as a 'wick effect'?
Yep, the wick effect is so well documented I'm surprised SHC is still treated as a big mystery.
"Stop the car, Hal."
"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that."
Re: This @ dssf
"The Death Star on the other hand has already been built and is hidden in orbit behind the moon"
That's no moon...
Re: Chinese Death Star
But half an hour later you get the urge to build another one...
Re: Just heard the embargo on fracking has been lifted.
I hear the crew of Battlestar Galactica are celebrating.
Ludicrously low safety threshold
0.5 is equivalent to the energy released by a large hand grenade
If the 0.5 rule were to be applied to the mining industry per se there would be no more blasting and therefore not a lot of mining going on.
Re: Open wounds!?
Agreed, how desperate do you have to be to agree to this kind of butchery?
Of course, it's no significance whatsoever that a Microsoft Dynamics ad appears slap in the middle of an article about SAP.
Site now up
The site is now up, although it's loading very, very slooooowly. Guess it must be hosted on a desktop in someone's office at the Ministry of Whatever.
Re: Needs a rethink
Oh, and the 1.5 second (each way) time lag on that tech support call will seem more like 1.5 years when it's panic stations.
Needs a rethink
Great, if they can make it work commercially. However, I think the plan to have the nearest available technical expertise 240,000 miles away needs a bit of a rethink. As Lee mentioned above, things can, and will, go wrong, and when they do the end result will be an untrained passenger fumbling around trying to make sense of the instructions radio'd to him/her from Mother Earth. Suddenly people's lives hang on the end of a tech support call.
I predict the potential market for this idea will demand on-board technical skill.
Re: Just one question...
No, their design is rectangular with round corners.
Re: "thin crust, no cheese"
On the contrary, the Wallace and Gromit mission of 1989 proved conclusively that the crust is indeed made of cheese.
Re: 15 years in the pen should sort his head out
...and when he finally gets out he will doubtless immediately be extradited to the States to face an even longer sentence.
As you say, Tom, it will be the first man made object to venture beyond the Heliopause. Will that qualify it as our first starship?
Just pause a moment to consider...
Launched 35 years ago. Still functioning. 17 light hours from Earth. I mean, 17 light hours!!
Bloody well done, the Voyager team!
With a handle like Zaphod Beeblebrox you should worry not. Just fire up the Infinite Improbability Drive...
Re: Newquay as a spaceport?
As a Kentish lad, can I suggest Boris Island? If Mr Johnson's backers can provide the £40 billion (or whatever the current estimate is) for an airport in the Thames Estuary I'm sure they could be persuaded to spend a little more on the required upgrade for Skylon. And they might even bung a bit of cash at the Skylon project itself.
Oh, and it would get the naysayers even more upset, which would be a bonus.
This would explain ZZ Top
Thumbs up for that, Lee.
I totally agree - bring back the LaserJet 4. Wish I'd never got rid of ours. Seems hardly a day goes by that I don't get squawked at by our MD's PA because her desktop Brother has just chewed up another envelope.
Reverse engineered from Roswell
In a secret hangar in Area 51, of course.
The truth is out there.
...note to the designers - make sure the undercarriage is aligned with the subsonic flight configuration, not the supersonic, yeah?
Just making sure...
OK, hands up who just fished that dusty old calculator out of their drawer and typed in 58008618 for old time's sake. (I did!)
Re: Pun alert
Actually, she got the wrong end of the stick (or the right end, depending which way you look at it) when the client said "Let's 'get down' to business."
Don't turn your back, don't look away, and DON'T BLINK!
D'oh - sales and marketing! And there was I, thinking of a rather different S&M.
Must be just me...
"All the plans will be put on display at your local planning office in Alpha Centauri"
...in a locked filing cabinet in a dark cellar with a sign on the door saying "beware of the leopard"
Yeah, we tried various different types of envelope to no avail. I guess a printer with a straight-through paper path is probably the way to go.
Ah, but will any of them print on DL (220mm x 110mm) self-seal envelopes without rucking them? The MD's PA is forever complaining about this, and I have tried many makes and models but without success, despite the specs saying acceptable media types include envelopes.
And yes, I have suggested she use window envelopes, but apparently these do not look "professional" enough.
Oh no! Government criticism! Silence the filthy seditionist!
Yep, welcome to the United Soviet States of America.
Oh dear, Fog Alert. You forgot to click on "post anonymously".
Reebok have made an ass of themselves, and will shoe-ly be the butt of a few jokes.
Hmm...looks like the whole article has been amended since I cut & pasted that quote. The last paragraph (where the quote originally was) has definitely changed.
See my earlier post below.
'"It shows once again that France has not learnt any lessons from Fukushima," said a spokesman at Greenpeace.' - from The Wall Street Journal
Probably the first of many...
You beat me to it!
Yes, you can rest assured that even as I type this the journos and the green lobby are busy attaching the word "nuclear" to the word "disaster", as per usual.
Penguin, in the absence of a Chicken Little icon.
Wot, no title?
What is the world coming to?!
This would *NEVER* have been allowed under the reign of Sarah Bee!
If Dawn discovers a moon orbiting Vesta, who do we have to petition to have it named "Iron Chicken"?
"...pitched against all the UK's major newspaper groups except News International"
Guess they've got other, more pressing, issues to deal with currently!
Am I the only one...
...or did anyone else get Soundgarden lyrics running through their head on reading the title?
"Black hole sun, won't you come,
and wash away the rain..."
Well, who'd of thought it?
No wonder the "snake removal" specialist failed twice - obviously one would need the Sword of Gryffindor to vanquish such a beast.
Coat? Yes please, and the hat. The Sorting Hat, of course...
Why not continue in the tradition of PARIS and use first names? I'll have a stab...
L.I.N.D.S.A.Y. - Launched Ionospheric Nerd-Dream Sub-orbital Air Yacht (although I'm not convinced about "air yacht" - can anyone think of something better?)
I sincerely hope you don't let your victims drink the resulting brew. Lead and cadmium? Yummy!
Bring back the Fendahl (and the fendahleen, of course). I remember having nightmares for ages after watching that particular story - something even the daleks never succeeded in doing!
Thank you, Lewis
"Strap-on thrust equipment conquers mighty cleft"
Made my day.
It's worth noting that NASA's New Horizons Pluto spacecraft was launched in 2006 - same year that Pluto was demoted. Perhaps a bit of chagrin at NASA that a mission costing $700 million is now going to a mere 'minor planet'?
Re: missed opportunity
Unfortunately, only the water content is collected. All the CO2 and other trace gases will still be belched out into the atmosphere.
Um, the equation doesn't add back, and also you have to double up on the amount of dodecane to prevent having to split an O2 molecule. I think you'll find it's...
2C12H26 + 37O2 -> 24CO2 + 26H2O
Don't see a problem...
...just a bit of harmless titillation, nothing uncons-tit-utional.
OK, I'm going!