Decca??!! Pah! LORAN was far better!
159 posts • joined 6 May 2010
Nice bit of namedropping there.
Re: Let's not forget, Slowly, slowly, with China...
Keeps us Norwegians in jobs though, so mustn't grumble really.
Lina Moon, not really original is it?
Re: "The robot shown in the video has an attached cord running into a human-carried power unit"
That's the first thing I was thinking: "Jeez, they are giving them a REASON to enslave us!!!"
But then again, perhaps being a meat-sack-mule for a robot overlord is better than being terminated...
I am assuming those are going to be the only two options.
"twice as small" ?
Re: How soon until I get Terminator vision?
That should actually be a trivial thing to build in to this system, as long as the implant is in the eye, any camera could be hooked up to give the feed going to the implant. I'm thinking x-ray or microwave vision!
Re: Green is best
Well I think the intimidating size and sheer scale of the glow-stick would be too bold a claim to be confused for my manly parts.
Green is best
I got a green one for myself, and a pink one for my significant other. I kinda knew green would have the highest output, and I'm very happy indeed. The pink one is noticeably dimmer but still glows OK. Oh, and the wife is a lot less "OMG, it's an ACTUAL nuclear reactor in MY POCKET!!!" than me, so she doesn't seem to mind too much about the output. She would have preferred flowers she said, but that wasn't on the cards that day, so she was happy enough to get a keyring.
I am overdue an upgrade from my (excellent) Note2, and have had serious difficulties making my mind up between the Note4 and the Note Edge.
This article has been very helpful, insomuch that I have decided the Note4 is the device for me.
There is a cheaper way of doing this:
I think the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is being a bit strict with the naming here. I mean, the probe ITSELF is named after Melinda-of-the-superb-funbags, isn't it?
Oh you bastards...
Jayyysus, I'm STARVING!!!
You know; I had no idea he is gay. I take that as a sign we are living in better times, the man is judged on his ability rather than his sexuality. Good on him to come out officially though, still a lot of bigotry and homophobia out there, this can only help.
Re: No teeth = excellent flyer
Crocodiles can't pick their teeth, and yet they have existed in one form or another for quite a while. I think this theory is lacking credibility.
please, please, please let it be true.
"Self-healing plastic", now that sounds really cool! But watching the video, it's like"Meh, it's "sticky", not "self-healing". I think I sneezed out something with the same self-healing properties earlier this morning. It was green mind, not blue.
...don't understand the numbers. Usable capacity is normally LOWER than raw capacity. Normally lose some 20% or so.
What is the function of the giant T-towel holders? Giant T-towels??
Re: Complicated maths from a smart guy
"NASA's Farquhar has come out of retirement"
When did he retire? Judging by the picture, he must be in his early 40ies by now.
A very interesting and entertaining article. Fascinating stuff. Many thanks. Looking forward to more like this.
Re: Some thoughts
"I would say a strip starting near belly button splitting into a V onto the shoulders could be one,"
Ah, so kinda like a glow-in-the-dark Borat mankini? Yup, gets my vote, all this space stuff is SOOOO serious...
Me too. I have a Note II, and can't for the life of me think what to "upgrade" to.
Re: Send him to Texas
I think it was more a comment on the political leanings of Texans.
Re: Please stop for a moment and look around
I would like to lend support to that point. I have lived in the UK for the last 15 years. You don't know the value of what you have, and you won't know until after you have destroyed it through greed, ignorance and indifference. Shame on you. The BBC is worth every penny, and more.
Dyson and fembots
So obvious now, I understand why Dyson of all people is involved.
There is something you can put on your lovehandles, it is called MRSA, it is quick and efficient, removes fat like you wouldn't believe!
Re: Meh, just as long as ...
Halo. 'Nuff said.
Re: Islands only
Even using islands might be a little difficult, it doesn't really work unless you compare with other bits of ice. So if we could measure things in Greenlands (Nano-Greenland, Pico-Greenland and so on)
I don't think using the south pole would be a good idea, as it could be too variable if global warming kicks in properly. We would have been stuffed if we had decided, say 30 years ago, to use "Average North Poles"
In my opinion, Greenland is best.
Re: Monkeys in tin cans.
I think that possibly the "easiest" way of overcoming the speed/distance barrier in space around us would be to approach the problem from the biological science side. If we can prolong human life, (and perhaps build in a little radiation resistance in the process) then the problem is pretty much solved. Would still need a sizable ship, of-course...
Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...
"Fighters have now reached the point where they can turn tightly enough to generate very high levels of G for long periods of time. Pilots, subject to blacking out even with G-suits, can no longer match the aircraft's performance."
G suits are good, and have held back the point where humans are holding back the fighter planes performance, but it would appear we are reaching that point now. So how about submersing the pilot in a saline solution, in a tank in the cockpit. Would that work?
Re: I am not trying to criticise the work, which I know nothing about...
"...but is this not in truth a computer-based software system developed specifically to approximate and imitate a narrow range of intelligent behaviour? "
I think we are talking about something a bit more complex than ELIZA here. Very impressive in my opinion. The problem seems to be with giving an AI the right background parametres. To program a 4 year old would appear to take about 4 years of streaming data to it...
Re: "The robot is thus naturally more autonomous."
"The robot is thus naturally more autonomous."
If it doesn't like your lab, it will quite simply decide to move in to the lab next-door.
Re: "a cache of 2,500 rolls of the stuff"
Re: Why the hell would they do that?
Good point. Where are the von Neumann probes, for that matter?
Re: Why the hell would they do that?
They don't need to have solved FTL travel. They just need to have a physiology more resistant to radiation damage than ours, and (probably these two characteristics go hand in hand) have a lifespan considerably longer than ours. Suddenly the universal speed-limit doesn't seem to be such a problem. We will be OK though, it is following generations that should be worried, but of-course, the aliens could arrive any day now, we have been broadcasting for a while...
Re: Situation normal
"Brace for core-dump!"
My Omega has a saphire for glass, and I can tell you that when I accidentally hit it with the edge of a spinning grinding disc on an angle-grinder, it saved my wrist from unsightly abarasion, and although metal was smeared accross the glass, this came off, and there was no scratch in the saphire. Incredible stuff, I'll be wanting a phone with that stuff as a screen.
Isn't the gathering and potentially the hunting of extra resources a bit outside the brief? One would assume the challenge would be to carry out ones normal day-to-day activities in spite of only spending a quid a day. I could spend £0,- per day if I dedicated my working day to gathering food in the wild. Good article though, I applaud the effort and so on....
Well you aren't really in a position to comment then, are you?
Re: Could it be because foraging is more dangerous?
Spot on: Use the units nearest their end-of-life for the activity that carries the highest risk. You beat me to it.
Re: Supercomputer Ipad
Re: If they were going to target the UK
Shipments of bananas and Brazil nuts don't set off alarms for no reason at all. Container-ports have detectors.
Re: Fingers crossed...
I'm not so worried about what North Korea might or might not do. What scares me is what the US might do. And then what China might do, in response. FFS, if you see a rabid dog, why go and poke it with a stick? Why fly bombers over North Korea? Seems a bit foolhardy. Hope this won't lead to some humanitarian catastrophe. But you could argue North Korea already is one.
...from Gilberts disease. I assume the cause of this is tied up to these islands in some way?
Gilberts disease is pretty handy, as it is symptomless (for me anyway) and can be used as an excuse for all sorts of things: "Sorry dear, I can't come shopping, my Gilberts is giving me terrible gypp"
"I have to keep horizontal here on the sofa for a couple of hours, my Gilberts is acting up something fierce again"
I tried "The Dark Stuff" once, and it DID cause severe fluctuations, and even some disturbances to the space-time, insomuch I can't account for around 6 hours.
"Basically, you can store the hot oil and use it at night when the sun isn't shining."
I misread that. Thought you said WHERE the sun isn't shining.
Re: Life in Mars
This just proves YOU are one of THEM!
Re: SR-71 some planes are so cool
I went to Duxford a while back, to do a little job with putting together the equipment for digitizing film taken from the forward mounted cameras on Spitfires (Operated by the trigger-button for the machine guns, so a lot of the film depicts disintegrating German planes), and on the last day, I finished early and had time to wander around on the airfield-side of the road for a bit. I literally could not believe my eyes when I happened across the Blackbird. So rare, and such a beautiful, single-minded machine. Didn't know there was only 20 left in the world.
Re: 24 litres per second?
Could be right. A 2 liter engine, spinning at 3000 rpm, tries to suck in ..mumble... (4 stroke engine probably) mumble.... 3000L of air per minute. Divide by 60 gives 50L per second, assume 50/50 air/hydrogen mix. Yeah, that kinda works.