253 posts • joined 18 Feb 2011
Re: Not much to go wrong with a tablet
But it need not be a tablet made by Apple. With an Apple tablet, you must also have a full computer that runs Windows or MacOSX in order to keep your tablet working. Also, you are trapped in Apple's tiny walled off garden. Sooner or later, someone will come up with a markedly better tablet and Apple will suffer as a result.
Man's gotta know his limitations.
It is very difficult to think of everything that needs to be done, especially when you are planning a planet with a working ecology. We have yet to come up with a reliable means of keeping people inside an airtight container. The one study that has been conducted indicates that human borne bacteria build up on the surfaces inside the habitat until they reach dangerous concentrations.
Now, consider the plight of the poor climatologist who cannot seem to take water into account in his modelling...
Windows XP worked just fine. M$oft is just greedy; they are not satisfied with having the most used OS in the world. They want the entire world to roll over and abandon a perfectly good OS on Lord Redmond's command. It might have worked had Windows Vista worked, but it didn't. Windows 7 launches a denial-of-service attack on itself if you have not started it for a couple of weeks. Windows 8 is about to be an even bigger bellywhop.
No mattter how you cut it...
... all of this stuff is largely a matter of guessing--educated guessing. Guessing by any other name is still just a iffy.
Zuckerberg managed to slip out aqain.
There ain't never been a horse that...
...can't be rode, nor a man that couldn't be throwed. The same sentimate is applicable to the field of cryptography. Put faith in neither princes nor computers. Neither produce a damned thing.
Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX
I suspect that the reason Mr. Musk got involved with electric automobiles is that he wanted a way to power his planetary rovers. There are no planets other than Earth inside our solar system with substantial quantities of oxygen in their atmospheres. Internal combustion engines simply will not work as a power source for a planetary rover, largely because you cannot build a system large enough to carry the amount of oxygen an internal combustion engine requires.
On the other hand, if you could create a battery, or something battery-like that would produce a similar amount of power, then you would have a workable solution to your problems caused by the remarkable lack of free oxygen in the solar system. Methane-Oxygen fuel cells might prove to be workable, but I don't know how far along that research has gotten. There is some 13 calories per gram of energy in methane.
What Mister Musk needs...
...is a batter with about the same energy density as gasoline, excuse me, petrol. Petrol comes in at ten calories per gram. Trinitrotoulol, or TNT, has about 0.65 calories per gram. The battery in your computer weighs in at 0.1 calories per gram. Hydrogen gas fuel cells come in at 26 calories per gram. Natural gas, or methane, comes in at 13 calories per gram. Chocolate chip cookies, have five calories per gram. That's right, half the energy density of petrol.
If we could produce a battery with as high an energy denisty as the chocolate chip cookie we'd really have something and it would not matter what it cost, because it could then replace petrol as a power source.
APGW is a Myth!
It was dreamed up by politicians for their gain and nothing else. Then the fascicapitlsts got hold of it and decided that they could make a few extra bucks and thing haven't been the same since.
Let's try to think calmly about this, shall we? Didn't the UK have a similar cold spell recently? I seem to recall an aerial photograph that showed Blighty as white as a corpse for like a week. This year just happened to be our turn. Weathe varies all the time. There is no overall warming.
Only idiots habituate services like facebook or twitter. Mark Zuckerberg is an evil, evil little man.
When I saw that the poll had been conducted by that ever so objective organization I dismissed the article out of hand. I did not need to read any further to know that it is yet more leftist propaganda.
Re: It's looking more and more...
Any greenie who objected to a power project such as this is a misanthrope who prizes his or her lonliness.
Re: He's climbing glass because...
So, no matter what this suff costs, if it works, there will be a huge market for it outside of the governments.
If I had his and he had more, we'd both be tickled.
The only people worried about differences in wealth are jealouse fools. I really don't care how much anyone else makes. I am focused on what I am making. The trouble I have is that I pay at least half my income in taxes of one form or another. Were it not for the governments and their tax codes, I would be doing far better than I am now.
Here is how I see it. Taxin incomes is both immoral and ineffective. Taxing consumption encourages thrift and is vastly more moral than taxing incomes. Most governments have this backwards, starting with France.
Has tested the Mercedes anti-collision system. It does not work at speeds greater than 18 miles per hour. Volvo's was better, because it would work at 22 mph. At higher speeds, none of the systems were especially impressives, save that they might allow you to survive a crash that you would otherwise have died in. Your exceedingly expenisve vehicle would be ruined.
Until programming and hardware geeks find a way to crack the problem of artificial intelligence, I don't expect to see a self-navigating car that is reliable enough to deal with realistic road conditions.
Mark Zuckerberg is the epitome of an evil misanthropic hypocrite. Schools in the United States are no longer schools at all. They have become indoctrination centers. Children are taught to become well behaved little drones susceptible to any whim of anyone that is placed in a position of authority over them. Mister Zuckerberg is hoping to spread that poison in San Francisco, just as he already has in New Jersey. Americans with any real sense take a hand in the education of their children by schooling them at home.
It is not Motorola's fault.
This stinking mess lies at the feet of our politicians. They have passed laws that makes it impossible to get anything done with American labor. Texas is the most business friendly state in the whole of the Union. If you cannot make it there, then you cannot make it anywhere else in the US.
It is an outright lie.
There is no way that carbon dioxide is causing global warming. It is a measly 0.035% of our atmosphere. There simply is no way it can have any effect at all on global temperature at that concentration. Any decision on shutting power plants down should rely on the facts, not popular polls. This is why the United States has a Constitution. The majority is legally prevented from doing bad things to the minority--BY LAW.
The real driver of global warming is the sun. Sol is, I find that I am obliged to point out, an uncontrolled fusion reactor of natural origin. It could do anything at any time and we would be helpless to prevent it. We are, at this very moment. completely helpless and still largely clueless about our own sun. We should be more worried about asteroid strikes than we are about global warming from carbon dioxide. The first is inevitable, the second is impossible.
Oh, and if you do sincerely believe in anthropogenic global warming, you should also be in favour of consturcting fission power plants to replace the coal and gas fired plants that our EPA is shutting down now. We are about to commit economic seppuku over a phantom problem. Millions of us will starve and or be displaced while rich thugs like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Steyr make their millions. They have a marked preference for untrammeled beaches.
What does it matter...
...what the polls say? Is polling data really and truly going to make any difference to the forces controlling our climate? No. What matters is the actual data coming in about the weather, right? What does that data tell us? That there has been no warming during the last fifteen years. Is there reason to panic? No. Are you truly green? Yes? Then why are you not supportive of electricity from fission? Power from wind and solar (actually, both are really solar when you get right down to it), are non-starters. Power from waves and tides are still entirely too expensive to ever work out.
That leaves us with two types of fossil fuel. Fosslized sunlight in the form of coal, methane and crude oil. Fossilized starlight in the form of fissile materials. The longer we leave the fissile materials in the ground, the less energy we will be able to derive from it.
Now, bear in mind that there are three laws of thermodynamics to be dealt with. The first is that you cannot win. The second is that you must pay for what you get. The third is that you will never get everhything you have paid for. Questions? See the first rule.
Now, still think that fission is too unsafe to use? The you must a misanthropic billionaire who does not give a fig for the rest of us and likes his beaches empty.
Personally, I think that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax started by Maggie Thatcher and then followed up on by the likes of Herr Albert Gore. There's money to be made in them thar carbon credits, Bubba!
Re: Hang on...
No, they used explosive to literally blow the fire out. Capping a burning well with debris would not stop the fuel and it would cause it to reignite.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
That is exactly what we do whenever we ignore crude oil and fission. We have plenty of both and all the other stuff has proven to be less than workable. Electrictiy from wind and solar, pick your favourite solar, are complete duds without a way to store large quantities of electricity. Both are too intermittent to supply our needs for a steady load on the grid without such storage. Schemes to take advantage of waves and currents have their on impacts on the environment that are far more serious than any thing fission plants can do.
There are many complicated explanations of thermodynamics, but they can be simplified so that anyone can readily understand the three basic rules. Rule one: You can't win. Rule two: You must pay for what you get. Rule three: You will never get what you pay for. Corollary: When in doubt, check the first rule.
I know that this is hard news for many of you, but you must realize that this is what we are up against. Nature is as implacable as your mother-in-law and at least as pitiless. There are no "alternative energies." There is only energy and we must have it or millions upon millions of us will die.
Re: Great Article.
We have yet to even scratch the abyssal plains. We already know that there are vast resources there, but we lack the political/legal means to expoit them. Here once agian, we are prevented from taking advantage of known resrources because of objections being raised by those who would prefer to keep everyone in penury.
SETI was a non-starter. Think about it. Do you think it would be safe to advertise our presence to the entire universe, not knowing what sort of civilizations are out there? Sure, current theory says that it is all but impossible to travel as fast as light. This is not Einstein's equations in the way, but Newton's. Even so, just on the off chance that it might be possible to travel large distances quickly, do you really think it would be safe to signal our presence to every green skinned brown blooded intelligence out there? What if they decide that we are no better than monkies and come here to take over? Do you really think that we could protect ourselves and our home in the face of a civilization that has that technology? Our own tribal natives did not fair so well, did they?
As for the rest of this highly speculative piece, Earth is the only planet out of eight in the entire Solar system to have a breathable atmosphere where plentiful water is present. All the rest of the planets have a mix of gasses that are inimical to life. Venus; mainly carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid. Mars: mostly carbon dioxide, but just enough of it to be a nuisance. Jupiter? Mostly helium as are all the other gas giants. Some of the moons orbiting the gas giants have a tiny bit of promise, but they are far less than optimal.
Our only real route off this planet is to establish a base on the moon and then proceed out to the asteroids using the materials we can mine on the moon to build the necessary spacecraft. Personally, I think Gerard K. O'Neill might have been onto something with his powersat and L5 colony ideas, but we will not be doing even that much until we figure out a way to get around the green luddites.
He screwed the pooch.
Mister Musk will never be trusted by the USAF ever again. Short of executive interference, he will never launch another satellite for them.
I am in full agreement with you here. The airplane busines is inherently risky and is not for the timid.
I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again!
According to the New York Times starting way back in 1855: The Climate is Warming; 1870 -- Cooling; 1888 -- Warming; 1889 -- Cooling; 1890 -- Cooling; 1908 -- Warming; 1934 -- Cooling; 1947 -- Warming; 1950 -- Warming; 1953 -- Warming; 1956 -- Warming; 1958 -- Cooling; 1959 -- Cooling; 1961 -- Cooling; 1967 -- Cooling; 1968 -- Warming; 1969 -- Warming; 1970 -- Cooling; 1972 -- Cooling; 1972 -- Both!; 1974 -- Both!; 1975 -- Both!; 1975 -- Cooling; 1976 -- Cooling; 1978 -- Neither!; 1979 -- Cooling; 1980 -- Cooling; 1990 -- Warming.
There does not appear to be a genuine consensus here. Only the contiuance of what was, previously, a healthy scientific debate. Now, after Herr Al Gore and his money schemes got involved, the debate has taken on an entirely different tone. It is no longer about science, but about the use of resources and money. Oh, and the United Nations powerlusters want an excuse to take over from the US. They think that they will get what they are after by playing this "climate card."
I hate to burst your bubble, but you seem to be labouring under the misaprehension that it is Einsteins theories that stands in the way of FTL travel. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is Newton who must first be avoided, not Einstein. Do a little arithmetic and you will discover what a collision with a singly hydrogent would be like at the speed of light or some significant fraction thereof. Disasterously energetic outcomes in such collisons. They cannot be shielded agains by any known means.
Capitalism, qua Capitalism is not at risk. In fact, no one anywhere on Earth has ever lived out their lives in a truly Capitalist society. Capitalism will work for you as well as you work it. You must be a true Captialist to actually understand Capitalism, but you need not have a full understanding of it to prosper under it. Capitalism is like the rising tide. It lifts all boats, including yours, provided you did not do something stupid to your boat. Like tying it to a heavy object with a short rope, or punching a hole in the hull of your boat while never even reading the manual on how your bilge pumps are operated. There is not, however, any room for the indolent in a truly Capitalist society.
This article is about a book that someone wrote to counter a socialist smear job of Captialism, but that was an obvious mistake. Capitalism needs no defense. It stands on its own. It has worked on its own everywhere it has been tried to the exact degree it has been allowed to work. Socialism, on the other hand, is sputtering wreck that will only deliver you into poverty. It has failed spectacularly everywhere it has been put into practice. France is an outstanding example of Socialism at its worst.
Re: Wouldn't it be better...
There are numerous carcinogenic compounds used in the process of manufacturing microprocessors and other sorts of electronic bits, but that does not necessarily mean that the employees got their cancer from their jobs. A great many things are made with carcenogenic compounds, but when the compounds are properly handled, there is no cause for concern. There are very few substances that will cause cancer on a one time exposure to them. Those that are capable of such a feat are usually fatal for other reasons. Vapourized mercury, for instance, is quite deadly, but liquid mercury is perfectly harmless, provided it does not get rubbed into a cut or scratch--or is used to make fillings.
Just look at the trends.
I can remember the day when 300 baud was considered first class access to the wonders of the networked world. Then, came the world wide web and the demise of BBS's like Compuserve. Now we have fiber right down the last mile in rural districts or at least satellite providers who can deliver at equivalent rates.
Should we expect this dramatic curve to steepen or flatten out. If one or the other, when? I think that this is a very good time for the legislators to do what comes natural to them. Stall for more time. This problem will vanish soon.
Defining the word "committee."
It is the only life form with a hundred or more stomachs and no brains. "Skynet" will simply kill it, or use it as cover as it keeps right on trucking. When was the last time you ever heard of anything useful coming from the United Nations? It's been a long time, hasn't it?
I am curious.
Many "M" Type dwarfs are infamous as "flare stars." They brighten suddenly by an order of magnitude or so for a week or a day and then drop back down to their normal brightness. Can life survive around such a star? Additionally, I understand that a star in the Goldilocks zone of these stars will be so close to their system primary that they will be tidally locked, much like the moon is. Is this true? What would life be like on the dark side of such a planet? What if the planet were like Venus, with its pole pointed at the system primary for much of the time? All of these are intriguing questions.
the launch badge or shoulder patch, whatever you want to call it, has a picture of Pegasus on it. I wonder if that might actually mean something. At any rate, it is just another piece of hardware that will almost certainly be used by the United States government against its own citizens. Whither Bellerphon? Whither all the Gods? We need a hero!
Re: Could not have timed it better
I am not so confident as you are. Vlad the Putin now wants to capitalize on his growing popularity and how better to do it than with a trip back to the moon--especially if it shows up the nasty greedy capitalistic bastards.
And now the unions want to control France's imports just to keep their jobs out of the hands of the Chinese. What do they management to do? Pay them to do nothing? Someone some where some how must do some work or the companies willl go broke. When a company is broke, it cannot pay anyone a single sou.
This is the equivalent of putting a rope around one's neck and threatening to jump off the stool just to be lazy. It would laughable if it were not so tragic.
It got worse.
The workers later trapped the Americans inside the factory and refused to let them go until the company agreed to not shut the plant down.
Not just what his said in this article but in the whole of particle physics. For instance, I knew that they would succeed in finding the Higgs Boson. There was never the least chance that they would fail to find it. Why? Would you want to be the one who went back to the politicians and say, "We can't find it. Ain't it great? We have some new science now!"
Such a statement would have gone over like a lead balloon with the politicians standing there with egg on their faces. Be careful of how much money you spend on your experiments gentlemen. It will definite have an effect on their outcome.
Sequence matters as well.
You tend to smart the worst from the last place you were stung. Oh, and the penis is very sensitive in some places and not so sensitive in others. A sting on the glans would no doubt be much more painful that a sting on the backside of the shaft.
3CH4 + 6O2 ---> 3CO2 + 6H2O
The water vapour is more important than the carbon dioxide. Water is a far more efficient greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. By weight, almost half of the oxidized methane becomes water vapour.
The upshot is, that even if we went all nuclear power for everything, and eventually balanced our carbon and water vapour outbput, we would still need hydrocarbons for things like plastics, paints and other coatings, lubricants...there is a huge list of things we use hydrocarbons for that we do not currently have substitutes for. Have any of you thought about how many trees would have to be cut if made the use of plastic bags illegal? Look around your house and office and name one thing that does not have something made from hydrocarbons on it or in it. Even our adhesives are made from crude oil nowadays. Well, pretty soon we'll be makin' all that same stuff from natural gas or methane, but you get my point.
All of this flapdoodle over anthropognenic global warming is just that--flapdoodle. We cannot go back to nineteenth century methods for one very important reason. It would be in direct contradiction of the world the greens are dreaming of now. We are far less wasteful today than we were back then. Times are already hard. Let's devote the energy and expertise to getting us out of this economic hole that we have dug for ourselves.
Whoof! Whoof! Whoof!
I can't wait until someone gets falsly arrested because of this blinkin' thing.
Idiocy of the first water.
Just because something can be done, does not mean that it must be done.
I like to shop at a variety of stores for grocery items. HEB, Houston City Market, Walmart, Kroger's, and then Amazon if I can't find something that I really want. Everything that I actually need I can find in a local store.
Sounds too good to be true.
So I am going to wait and see what comes of it before I bother with excitement.
Mozilla is in the wrong on this one.
It is pretty clear that they drove him out and that he would not go back if they begged him. That is a shame, because now I am going to have to be on the lookout for another browser.
Let's shoe the other foot.
What if Mozilla were a conservative company and its CEO came out in favour of gay marriage. Would your reactions have been different? Can you say the word "hypicrosy?" I thought so.
I blame it on George W,. Bush.
This is his mess and he is no longer around to fix it. He abrogated the ABM treaty while at one and the same time changing our no first stirike policy. Reagan pronmised the Russians that there would be no expansion of NATO to the Russian borders. The EU and President Obama did nothing to change that, save that Obama refused to ship the ABM batteries to Poland. The EU and the US have been spending billions of dollars paying for the protests in Ukraine.
Is Vlad the Putin a bad man? Yes, but he is also a competent leader which is not something that one may say for G.W. Bush and B.H. Obama. Oh, and both of Bush and Obama are not bargains in the morals department either.
XP was not broke and there was no need to fix it.
The Underlying Cause
Rather than gritching about how high powered traders pull this kind of thing off, retail traders should be gritching about the fiat currencies that are driving them into the equities market in the first place. If they had a place where they could park their money and have it earn a fair return without any risk, they would be doing it. Unfortunately, every currency in the world steadily inflates, so it is not possible to simply leave one's money be and have it earn a satisfactory return. It is necessary to gamble with it in the equities market to realize enough gain to offset the ongoing inflation. There simply is no way to make a fiat currency such as the ones we are now using work. They will all turn into bog paper.
Poland is a very devoutly Catholic country. You can tell that by simply looking at the pictures posted in the Polish Wikipedia. There are usually two pictures of large old churches or cathedrals in it per week--sometimes every day. What I did not realize is that the Catholic clergy can be as irrational as the Baptist or Pentacostal clergy. This fellow has shown me the light.
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