226 posts • joined 15 Mar 2012
Needs sounds effects...
...of Chekov doing the warp countup from Star Trek IV as it approaches maximum speed.
Also, why the hell do they need pressure adjustment? Is the lift airtight? Are the dynamic pressure effects so great when a lift is travelling at that speed?
Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows
I had a different misheard version:
Get up in de morning, making de breakfast,
So dat every mouth can be fed.
Me ears are alight, yeah.
Putting the 'sink'
Since reactor waste (including the knackered reactor) is usually buried, why not just cut out the disassembly stage and build the reactor in an underground cavern? Once it's had it, remove all the parts you want to keep and fill the voids with rubble and concrete. Dead reactor buried.
You'd have to pick your geology carefully but no more carefully than any waste storage site and the only operational risk this would introduce is the cavern flooding or bits falling off the ceiling in an earthquake. The cavern itself would shield the reactor from impact by energetic objects and the outside world from the reactor's gamma emissions.
Re: .. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?
"Greenpeace say 200,000 excess caner deaths."
What the hell were the Chernobylese caning?
Re: living a lie
It would be fair to assume that as soon as anything threatens the wealth of their estates they would become as self-serving as anyone else. However, they seem less likely to browbeat the country into military misadventures than anyone else that's been in No.10 recently.
asbestos plume of rickets
What a delightful name.
Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"
"#PenisBeaker, how did I miss that?"
By good fortune/the Grace of God/Inshallah/his Noodley Appendage/$DEITY.
Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"
"Wasn't there some story on there about spaffing in a cup by the bed though?"
It was someone's story about her husband washing his nob in a glass of water post-boning. Not just once but as a matter of routine. It went viral.
PROBABLY NSFW, I DAREN'T CHECK.
...and the reactions
Information of value
Was there actually any to extract from mumsnet?
Re: An actual use for this
Yeah, nobody buys a GoPro for that. I was thinking along the lines of the cheaper, less branded crashcams that are knocking about. You could do this with a smaller mirror if the optics were completely custom made for it instead of it having to work with the existing GoPro optics but it's probably cheaper to use an ultra-wide angle lens and a second camera pointing in the opposite direction to the first.
An actual use for this
Would be dashcams. They're usually point forwards or straight back so they won't get a good shot of you being t-boned. A 300 degree field of view would also be useful for cameras mounted on motorcycles by ignoring the portion of the FOV that would be obscured by the rider. Similarly, 180 degree FOV would be useful for cameras mounted on the side of a helmet. I think the size would be a problem for helmet mounting, though.
Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against
I'd rather have a hydrogen leak than some of the other propellants like hydrazine. At least it's effectively non-toxic (with a lower toxicity than oxygen) and disperses quickly, leak detection is probably a pain in the arse though.
Are SpaceX using LHe to cool the LO2 tanks?
One thing I love about Amazon operating separate national websites in Europe...
...is multilingual shopping around. The websites might separate but the backend logistics isn't. Find a product you want and then check if the price (after currency conversion and conversion fees) works out cheaper on amazon.de/.es/.fr. I bought a fancy monitor off amazon.es and it was shipped from *drumroll* Milton Keynes.
This is how you're s'posed to do it.
...for the first comment referencing Terminator.
Re: What you sayin' about battery size, el Reg?
If you want a self defence phone, the titanium shelled Nokia 8910 is probably a good choice for hurting people. Being olde worlde phones, they're also small enough grasp properly so you can put some force behind them without them flying out of your hand.
Re: Just what are they droning on about?
Yes but it would be treachery for any Comrade of the People's Republic to use the decadent West's search tools.
"North Korea has developed UAVs capable of attacking ground targets"
They obviously stole the design from somewhere, probably Tamiya.
We have sown the wind...
...and now we shall... *splutter* ...reap the... *wheeze*
I think I'll start selling...
...homeopathic distilled water. I could make my fortune!
I wanted to register Omni Consumer Products...
...and bid for one of the Police support contracts that Westminster put out but someone's beaten me to the name-
Slingshot around the Moon might do it
If you're not bothered about the outer planets. I guess you'd wind up in a solar orbit of around 1AU mean distance but at such a close distance to the Sun you'd be able to use solar sails to adjust your orbit fairly effectively.
Re: BitCoin or passwords?
BTC mining on anything other than ASICs is dead as of last year. Scrypt currency mining on GPUs is just about viable but the leccy consumption will eat a lot of your coins. I mined about £100 of various things (when converted to BTC and then GBP) in 6 weeks on a pair of GTX670s before giving up.
Scrypt ASICs are going to appear this year so GPU mining will be dead before Pascal hits the shelves.
Re: Lawmakers and the law
I distinctly remember that, when someone from the opposition asserted in Parliament that the Prevention of Terrorism Act was too broad and could be used on a variety of not-very-terrorist things, the response was that 'this is not the intent of this legislation'. Doublethink or did whoever it was think nobody else knew that the UK legal system hinges on the letter of the law, not the intentions of whoever drafted it.
Makes a change from councils using it to investigate your bins or to brand and entire country as a terrorist entity because they had the temerity to swallow the bitter pill in dealing with a banking crisis, instead of going berserk with the gaffer tape.
an omnishamble of cockwombles
Not unique by a long chalk. Coinex.pw got knocked over earlier in the week, I've got a whole 0.023BTC in there somewhere so not exactly crying about it... The admin's being a bit more positive than the 'eeeep' that the Goxists let out.
"The latter, presumably, is a deadly insult to Mongolians' yurts."
...and 'yurt' is a deadly insult to the Mongolians' girs (or gurs, I don't think there's an English spelling for it) which is what they call them, according to a Mongolian.
can haz tuppence
My 2p- I don't think this guy is The Satoshi based on the fact that he's an unemployed dev. If he had the wit to cook up the bitcoin protocol he would've been able to program it as well. I think The Satoshi is a mathematician or cryptography boffin, that fits better with the subject matter and manner of publishing it.
I thought everything was lightly moderated anyway?
Fairy snuff, I overthought that one a bit.
This does not surprise me.
Not after the 'trial' of Joanna Yates' landlord. Newspapers are like those people you occasionally meet who have a phobia of losing arguments (presumably perceiving this as a loss of face) and, once they've locked onto something, they'll just keep going on and on and on regardless of anything that contradicts their line.
It should be mandatory for the 'corrections' section of the newspaper to be on the front page with a minimum font size.
"and I'm a boxer"
Oooh, subtle threats of violence. Classy.
Every time I hear employers whining that they can't find people with the skillz...
...I think the same thing- "Spend some effort on training and development, you fucking lazy bastard."
Reminds me of a local TV news piece from around the time I left school (late 90s) with some PHB of an insignificant local company moaning that the school leavers he'd employed had no idea how to use a photocopier. I think I would've punched the guy on camera if I'd been there. If you're running a haulage company you don't go whinging that kids these days aren't coming out of school with an HGV licence. Just shows that that people with a misplaced sense of entitlement that the whole world should be set up in their favour at no cost to them have existed far longer than the Millenials-bashing craze.
Orbital Mechanics- what goes up must come down
With a bit of help from the atmosphere it's very easy to deorbit something by nudging it upwards, relative to Earth. Because you aren't adding any extra orbital speed, the upwards nudge makes its orbit more eccentric so that the lowest part of its orbit is now proportionally closer to Earth. Do this enough and the orbital trajectory will intersect the upper atmosphere which will do the deorbiting for you.
Also, you don't have to shoot the laser straight up, you could shoot it towards the object as it approaches a point above the laser, that way part of the force acting on it is perpendicular to the junk's orbit and it will slow down and drop to a lower orbit. However, there's a limit to how far you can angle the laser away from vertical as you'll have to shoot through more of the atmosphere which will absorb, deflect and distort the beam more.
Re: State deodorant
At least it's environmentally friendly :/ They're probably trying to nucleate the smog aerosols or nucleate moisture in the air to rain the smog out. Yay for targeted acid rain.
Re: Not enough Women in the Drainage and Sewer Maintenance industries either.
There's a lass on t'bins in my town. Someone asked how she puts up with the lads and she's never had any problem with them; she's coarser than they are.
Re: I still call...
It bounced back last night. maybe the increased scarcity courtesy of Mt. Gox has boosted the price.
The most stable price seems to be on localbitcoins- http://bitcoinity.org/markets/localbitcoins/GBP
It wibbles by around £30 each way.
More ammo for the bitcoin banhammer-wielders :|
Specific Pacific Heat Capacity
I thought the slowdown in warming was 'cos the Pacific was soaking it all up?
Re: I blame quack science
Actually ITER (and all the other tokamaks and neutron-producing fusion reactors) will create radioactive waste. The reactor itself gets irradiated and, through neutron capture, becomes radioactive. I think the coolant does as well but I'm not 100% sure about that.
Probably still not as a bad as a spent fuel rod, though.
The phosphor coating on the inner capsule that provides the gas seal is far in excess of what's necessary to shield the beta radiation it emits.
There's also beta batteries for ultra low power applications- http://www.citylabs.net/
Beta radiation's totally safe as long as the emitter is outside your body and it isn't intense enough to ablate the outer layer off your skin and reach the layers that are still alive. You'd need a rather stronger emitter than tritium for that.
Re: Bird Brains
The stats on those are pretty scary :/
Re: Monty Python
It's also funnier than the article.
Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"
Criminals took up trading fine art and other high value-to-volume ratio goods ages ago to avoid handling cash and because they were more value-dense than cash. The talking cop's head (whichever one it happens to be) on Crimestoppers frequently trots out the line that some art heist was likely to have been for the express purpose of injecting more liquidity into this market.
Re: They advantage of an autocratic country
There's an aphorism for that- 'the mountains are high and the emperor is far away'
Re: Only confirms what I have said all along
Re: Saved by my own laziness
Luckily I'd settled on localbitcoins as the channel for offloading mine. Just need to pull my finger out and do it before the price gets any lower.
Saved by my own laziness
I was considering swooping in on the cheap bitcoins on Mt. Gox and then getting them out once they sorted their shit out. Good thing I couldn't be arsed with setting up a $ bank account, a Mt. Gox account and wire transfer fees.
The panic sellers have run out of BTC now anyway, the price has been going back up since midnight after hitting $110/BTC vs. about $570/BTC on other exchanges, and that's after the crash has devalued BTC across the board. The price on other exchanges should start dropping once Mt. Gox is running properly again and the vultures start offloading their hoards. Would've liked to have been one of those vultures but I don't have a USD bank account and I can't be arsed setting up an account on Mt. Gox.
Bad time to be a miner *facepalm* I think I'll hold on to my miniscule BTC fortune for a while.
I'm mining on a pair of GTX670s
Though I actually bought them for stereoscopic gaming. cudaminer is the tool, though the cost/Khash for nVidia cards is a fair bit higher than for ATi/AMD they use less power to do the same work.
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