1536 posts • joined 5 Jul 2010
Interestingly, ESA didn't think it was important either in its "watch the launch" heads-up.
The problem will be the producers' insistence that the remake feature an American wall, as opposed to the grittier Brit original.
I sincerely hope so.
Will Smith has already withdrawn from appearing at the première, I gather.
Judging by that quippery, it must be beer o'clock.
I detect a kind of vaginal concealment ennui here. To quote Samuel Johnson: "When a man is tired of lady parts, he is tired of life."
Nicely calculated, sir.
That'd be nice, wouldn't it?
Yeah, I've kind of got a handle on where Atacama is.
No advantage launching from altitude. No idea about rocket motors and Mexico. We'd probably need an armoured truck and Army escort, though.
We need Cesaroni P54-3G J140-P White Longburn reloads. Not available in Europe due to EU regs cock-up. No problem in the US, though: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/16/vulture_2_transportation/?page=2
North Korea seems to be pretty liberal when it comes to rocket launch regs.
The main problem with that is the availability of the rocket motor reload. Can't get one in Europe or Oz, so they're off the map.
Ask the FAA.
Greengrocer's apostrophe's, surely?
Here are the weapons restrictions, according to the rules:
The following weapons and materials are forbidden from use: Note: Some of the listed items may be allowed for effects but not as weapons. If you have an application of these items which you feel should be allowed, please include this in your application.
12.1 Active Weapons
All robots must incorporate an active offensive weapon which is designed to damage, immobilise or seriously affect the operation of the opponent’s robot. Weapon specifications must be included on your application form for approval.
12.2 Invisible Damage
Weapons designed to cause invisible damage to the other robot. This includes but is not limited to:
Electricity as a weapon such as Tesla coils, Van-der-Graaf generators, stun guns, or cattle prods.
12.2.2 Radio Frequency
Radio Frequency jamming equipment or similar devices.
12.2.3 Radio Frequency Noise
Radio Frequency noise generated by an IC engine. Use shielding around sparking components.
12.2.4 Electromagnetic Fields
Electromagnetic fields from permanent or electromagnets, which affect another robots electronics.
12.3 Stopping Combat
Weapons or defences, which tend to stop combat completely, of both (or more) robots. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Entanglement devices such as nets, fishing line, cables, string, glues or tapes and any similar devices.
12.4 Rotating Weapons
The speed of any rotating weapons - e.g. circular saws, carbon or steel cutting discs - must not exceed the manufacturer's specification. The manufacturer's specification must be available for inspection.
12.5 Hardened Blades
Commercially manufactured, hardened steel blades that may shatter are not allowed.
12.6 Untethered Projectiles
Projectiles must have a tether capable of stopping the projectile at full speed and be no longer than 2.5m.
12.7 Heat and Fire
Heat and fire are forbidden as weapons. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Heat specifically generated to damage an opponent
Flammable liquids or gases
Explosives or flammable solids such as DOT Class C devices, Gunpowder, Cartridge Primers or Military
12.8 Smoke and Light
Smoke and light based weapons, which impair the viewing of robots by an Entrant, Judge, Official or Viewer. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
12.8.1 Smoke or Dust
Large quantities of smoke or dust. Limited smoke effects may be allowed.
Lights such as external lasers and bright strobe lights, which may blind the opponent.
12.9 Hazardous Materials
Hazardous or dangerous materials are forbidden from use anywhere on a robot where they may contact humans, or by way of the robot being damaged (within reason) contact humans. If unsure please contact Robot Wars.
12.10 Weapon Restraints
All high speed weapons (eg. all pneumatic and rotational weapons) must incorporate a secure restraint that locks the weapon in a safe position. The restraint may incorporate locking pins and bars but must be secured in such a way that it cannot be removed inadvertently. The design should ensure that the weapon cannot be fired during the activation process.
12.11 Interchangeable Weapons
Robots with interchangeable weapons are permitted under the following conditions.
12.11.1 Weapon Type
All interchangeable weapons must comply with rule 12.1
12.11.2 Weapon Application
All interchangeable weapons must be submitted on the Robot Wars application and are subject to approval.
Thanks - I already spoke to them, and they said it kicks off in early March. That's why it's too late to get something together from scratch.
If they are only on the drawing board, it'd be a bit of a push to have them ready in time.
I had a look, and there's no mention of RF seek locate and destroy weapons.
Ah, that makes sense.
No electric/electronic disablers, radio jammers, etc, allowed, so our cunning EMP generator plan stays on the drawing board.
Our assumption is that they must have already contacted existing teams. It is very short notice otherwise.
Things are moving Stateside, but nothing concrete to report.
Yup, my mistake. I've corrected it now, so order is restored.
Early days yet: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/12/gravitation-waves-signal-rumoured-science
It's an interesting point, but I personally don't want to be paying for heating the atmosphere in summer.
You complete inertia is commendable. Carry on.
You should start a petition demanding an end to these petitions.
Very sound distribution of discs plan.
"The M-DISC engraves data into a patented rock-like layer that is resistant to extreme conditions of light, temperature and humidity – outlasting all other archival optical discs on the market."
See here: http://www.mdisc.com/mdisc-technology/
Yeah, I think the price is right. They claim 1,000 years for the discs. I won't be around to confirm or disprove that.
Yes, I gather they have the opposite effect if eaten before fully ripe. I'm sure the Mumbai plod know their bananas.
As I said, watch this space...
Yes, I'm just writing something on it as we speak.
Matt or gloss?
I think they spotted the movement from orbital images over a period of time. Would make a great time-lapse, for sure.
Perfectly ok here. Maybe still a few wobbles?
Yes, nicely done.
You are the first. I'm going to point the finger at Islamic State.
Could be. It's highly unusual, to be sure.
Yes, that's who supplied the Spam for the musubi construct.
Internet shopping required in our case, but we did manage it in the end.
We are certainly thinking about an e-book, but let me know how you get on with your own version.
You see? We do care really.
You used "movement" and "FAA" in the same sentence. A highly optimistic use of language. So no, no word as yet.