145 posts • joined 6 May 2010
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.
Silly glasses, but the picture made me jump. My hair is a bit lighter, but that guy could be mistaken for me! Hope he keeps his glasses on.
"I dont want to listen to what you watched last weekend , or the latest ****ing football scores, I'm not ****ing interested in how many woman you shagged or ****ing fast your stupid iPhone is.. I'm here to solve problems and I dont ****ing well need your useless ****ing prattle putting me off, now **** off and bother someone who ****ing cares"
Let's not confuse "cold and unfeeling" with "insulting and rude"
"Insulting and rude" would indicate an awareness on other peoples emotional capacity, evidenced by the attempt to influence their mood in a negative fashion. So your engineer friend is actually less dysfunctional than the rest of us. He is also an arsehole, but that is a separate matter...
I am an engineer (Electronics), and my partner works in the healthcare industry. She would certainly agree with the article, and basically claims I am not just unfeeling, but borderline autistic. She says this a lot, and it would obviously hurt my feelings, if I had any.
She, on the other hand, has to look after her staff and "customers", their emotional welfare and so on. By all accounts she does this reasonably well. She also runs her car absolutely into the ground, does not pick up on noises/vibration/smoke/warning-lights and other danger-signs. She'll happily drive off on a flat tire, without really noticing. No mechanical empathy whatsoever. That DOES hurt my feelings.
Re: Ever see a Fresnel Lens?
Have an up-vote from me. However, I think the main thing about a Fresnel lens is that it works by reflection, rather than refraction. That's how you can have those plastic stick-on lenses in the rear window of a people carrier or other such vehicles.
From the scars the tooth-lined suction-cups leave on whales. That's how we know they can get considerably bigger than the ones we have seen in the flesh.
Looks more like sea-urchins
Re: I can believe it too
Stop slagging the BBC off. I am really confused about the attitude to the BBC by the people in the UK. If you come from another country, like I do, you know that the BBC is one of the best national broadcasters in the world, and doing their best to be as impartial and even-handed as possible. And when you are trying to be impartial, I guess it is natural for extremists of any colour to be upset by a broadcaster that doesn't take their side. But that the population as a group to be so down on the BBC is a mystery. You have been brainwashed into believing the BBC is crap by Rupert Murdoch and the Daily Mail.
Shame on you.
Careful now! Make sure you don't set off an ice age. That would suck.
Nuclear winter icon, for obvious reasons.
I think the metric system makes a lot of sense. Just don't take my pint away, that's all. Every time I go home to visit, I get beer in measly 0.5l portions, and it is quite frankly an inferior way of serving beer.
Re: Does this make sense?
I guess it is a bit like homeopathy, the rock contains "the memory" of teeth, and so.... ah, never mind.
It has moving parts!!!! Why not use a Raman ring amplifier? We have been using those for ages now, our fibre-multiplexers can operate purely in the photon world without the use of "nano relays"
Re: Universe = depressingly vast
You wouldn't want to see it up-close. The flaking paint, and rubbish would detract from the experience. Better to see it from afar.
(Oh, and the radiation would be inconvenient too)
I think there is a pretty good chance for Earth bacteria to have "contaminated" Mars, and of-course visa-versa. Material carried to Earth from Mars is rare, but not unheard of. Materials carried from Earth to Mars must be rarer still, but theoretically possible. I wish for an independent strain on Mars, but consider it unlikely.
Re: Yes, feeling very small!
"the distances are too large for us to travel (or them for that matter). "
Only when meassured against human lifespans. For an entity that lives for, say 10 000 years, 10% of lightspeed would allow a considerable sphere of exploration.
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