166 posts • joined Thursday 15th March 2012 12:20 GMT
Nokian tyres too.
Moreover, they should be proud of the Finnish heritage of their old company and call it Uuskia or something like that instead of anglicising everything like it's cool.
Re: One for the health and safety book, whale explosion, lost work tool.
Out of frame. If that one's bad, don't watch this whale evisceration- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCr9fG_Z4iw
"following me around in a vicarious manor"
I can only picture this:
Re: Four magnetic poles...
+1 for not being the only person who remembers timecube :D
Re: Aerodynamic spacecraft
Magnetic torquing is entirely possible but only used for satellites in LEO where there's a strong enough magnetic field for the electromagnets (or even permanent magnets) to react against.
You might also find the idea of an optical wing interesting- http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101205/full/news.2010.647.html?s=news_rss
Re: getting this straight
Not to make light but that would make a great name for a politically incorrect pen testing firm. Corporate tagline- "Climbin' in yo' network, snatchin' up yo' data."
Hopefully a sufficiently prominent pre-trial media campaign will bias the jury enough to let the IT guy off the hook.
The Fiat MultiAir head operates like the VAG PD diesel fuel injectors; there's still a cam lobe driving the valve but there's some hydraulics between that and valve stem which can bleed off oil from the hydraulics to control how much of the travel of the cam bucket is passed on to the valve stem. The cam profile is set up for the maximum possible lift and the hydraulics just use whatever of that is required at the time.
See http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/03/fiat-introduces.html for a nice picture of it. It's not that distant from valves with a hydraulic lash adjuster.
The next evolutionary step is to have the valves driven directly by the hydraulics with a common rail-type set up to power them. This requires expensive valves and a very powerful pump to drive the whole lot.
Re: Bloody Hell...
Funny that you should mention that...
My 2p reverse gear synchro
'Cos the gearbox on an unloved Getz would probably work better with a 2p rattling around inside it.
Errr... my point, yes. The garage could've actually got away with telling them the real reason why she couldn't get it into reverse- there's no synchro on reverse so the teeth on the dog clutch don't always line up properly and you can't engage the gear.
For added jollity, Getzes don't have a synchro on 1st either, something I had to divine from a vague reference in the manual about have to momentarily release the clutch to get it into 1st, a la reverse. This is a shit load of fun in slow traffic, to the point that I've taken to trying double declutching it to get down into 1st while still rolling and that only works half the time :/ At least it was cheap and it's easy to work on.
That's not all
He also missed the point that the various CFCs have global warming potentials of 4750 - 14000, meaning they cause as much warming as that quantity of CO2.
Re: @M Gale
Totally agree. This is far too good a compromise to actually make it to statute.
A good idea with bad people in charge of it
Prison labour- an ok compromise (vs. leaving prisoners sat on their arses or making trouble) which can offset the cost of keeping people banged up and provide cheap furniture and stuff for the public sector.
Corporatisation of prison labour- a bad idea because it encourages the corporations to cajole the government into creating more prisoners and expanding into industries that are rather less public service orientated, thus damaging the wider economy. It comes with potentially destructive consequences in the long term as it creates a cycle of joblessness and crime outside the prison system which creates an ever larger slave labourforce that can outcompete other businesses, causing more joblessness outside the prison system.
The Yanks are catching up!
Quick! We need to find somet' else to ban discrimination against... gingers?
Most of mine were from burrs on edges of the sheet pressings that make up cases. Then there was dropping a case side on my foot, corner first...
Re: What a dick!
This guy is either a shining star of social justice or has a messiah complex, something that it not unknown among business leaders.
Try some other law
How about the county/state makes a compulsory purchase of the access road? Make use of the law that helps stop poor people getting the way of rich people's plans. Nothing could possibly go wrong...
'net send' lasted about a fortnight of my first year at Uni. At least we had the consideration to target them :P
Re: One question...
Phages are species-specific in the way that normal viruses are. They have to evolve to keep up with the bacteria.
...antibiotics don't evolve. Bacteriophages are just virii that attack bacteria, rather the virii which attack animal cells and that you're likely to notice yourself. As the bacteria evolve, so will the virii. Even within your body.
The bacteriophage research centre in Tbilisi has been going for decades and doles out a range of creams, shots, etc. for patients with bacterial infections.
One of the reasons why this hasn't been pursued in the West is that fact that the phages are not under your control so there's a paranoia that they'll evolve and turn on the patient. The other, bigger reason is that it's unpatentable in its current form.
There was a documentary about this a few years ago (probably on Channel 4) where they chanced on on of the research teams taking on a bacterial outbreak of some sort that was centred at a hospital in Georgia. The method they used was ridiculously low tech; sample the sewage from the hospital, culture it, examine the cultures for evidence of phage activity, replicate the cultures where there's phage activity and then extract the phages and mix them into a cream or whatever. Not a PCR machine in sight.
Re: Iceland maybe?
The next one's easy, it'll be either Hekla or Krafla (pronounced 'crappla'). Sadly neither of those are what Icelanders call 'tourist' volcanoes (a recent tourist-friendly eruption was the one at Fimmvörðuháls that heralded the eruption at Eyjafjallajökull) as it'll be ashy, large and under a glacier, thus making it difficult to pose next to for pics.
Also, flight delays from the ash fallout will be the least of your worries if you're in northwest Europe.
Re: The problem is
We also sorted out (or the NI administration did) a lot of the original grievances of the Civil Rights movement in NI such as getting rid of NI's lightweight apartheid system which prevented Catholics from having various public sector jobs, amongst other restrictions. This helped to reduce their grassroots support (the diplomatic version of Mao's 'draining the sea to kill the fish') and the PIRA* themselves killed off a lot of their own support by inventing proxy bombing.
*or whatever iteration of them it was
Re: A few details
It's more than cosy, it's part of the state's machinery; corporations can vote in the council elections for the CoL - http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/how-we-work/elections-and-wards/Pages/city-of-london-ward-elections.aspx
I've never heard that term before. I know what it means but I can't help thinking it sounds like a decaffeinated coffee :D
Anyway, declaring your label to all and sundry is very risky (N.B. if HR thinks something's a good idea, it's probably not) as people will tend to perceive you as that label and consider only your limitations. If you're manager's got a heavy workload or is otherwise crap, their first thought will be "Shit. More work." and they may decide that you're just an impediment to them hitting their KPIs. It very much hinges on the manager's personality; some try to work to each team member's strengths, others just focus on eliminating any perceived weak links in the team so they can get on with their coffee and spreadsheets. That goes for any mental health issues.
Unfortunately, if you're on the autism spectrum, gauging how your manager will react is black magic.
That also causes difficulty in discerning speech, especially when there's background noise. It's also entirely possible to be an extroverted Aspie, it's just unlikely.
Re: Noise pollution
That's a good IT analogy :D
I'd like to add that the software processing is still a learning machine and only works in situations that it's been trained in. It's easy to wind up in a fish-out-of-water social situation if it's one that doesn't happen frequently, just like trying to do anything you haven't practised. The worst bit is that, as your mental battery runs down (through stress and fatigue) the software processing gets slower and less effective and, outwardly, you start getting odder and more unsociable...
I've been in situations (like after a 45 hour week) where the bit of my brain that's supposed to think of things to say just goes "Fuck it!" and holds up a test card, leaving me gawping blankly. Fortunately I've come to expect myself to cock up the most mundane social situations so it isn't too much of a bother.
Re: H2 +2O2 -> 2H2O
...and all sorts of dissolved minerals and metals precipitating out onto the electrodes unless you run it through a reverse osmosis system first which requires a ton of leccy.
Re: Disruptive Night Time Solar..
I wondered that myself (though I'm not buying any PV). Plug a bog standard UPS into the mains output from the inverter, then plug the inverter AC input into the UPS AC output.... This probably violates some IEEE reg by creating a temporal causality loop.
You can get inverters that are meant to run completely off grid, generating their own sinewave but they are £££££, apparently. Some Googling will probably clear up exactly how much more.
Re: Transmission is key
QE can only convey information, not energy.
Re: Storing H2 is not a problem
It's embrittlement, embitterment only happens to the metallurgists trying to deal with this. Protons (H+ ions) are small enough to dissolve into and diffuse through a lot of common metals (I think 100% pure aluminium is the only common thing that stops it) and they will also accumulate in the interfaces between the crystal grains, weakening it and causing spontaneous cracking. Steam pipes in systems that handle supercritical steam are vulnerable to it, I suspect this is where it was first discovered. http://www.rebresearch.com/H2perm2.htm
Probably the only upsides to handling it are that it's less poisonous than oxygen (in terms of the partial pressure that humans can tolerate) and you'd have to make a concerted effort to get it to displace all of the air in a workspace and asphyxiate you.
Assuming it's a gas torch like the UK ones were, the exhaust will be blown away by the fresh fuel although this would still make for inferior combustion in an enclosed space.
In space you'd just need an oxygen source to go with it and the momentum of the gasses coming out of the nozzles, combined with the near absence of owt to stop it (unless the cosmonaut decides to peer down it to see if it's lit...) would carry the burning gasses and exhaust away. The hard bit would be maintaining the region of combustion at a high enough temperature and pressure to keep it lit. Maybe an open topped glass enclosure to contain the gasses for long enough to burn them, like a hurricane lamp, would do it.
Re: Why bother with megapixels?
My feelings exactly. My main annoyance with my N900's camera is not the resolution or even the noise when you zoom right in on the image, it's the fact that I can't take a decent pic without the flash in what my eyes are telling me is daylight. It's an office hours phonecam, 9am-5pm daylight required. Even a 60W bulb in a small room isn't bright enough for it. I'd rather have 8MP and a pic that looks like what my eyes can see than 24MP and bright-sunlight-only operation.
In space, nobody can hear you...
Tesla patented the basic concept in 1901- http://www.google.co.uk/patents/US685957
Re: Love Poem
Roses are reddish,
Violets are bluish,
I wish I'd bought a phone with a decent camera
Computer says "Wha...?"
"NASA fixed the problem and said that teams were still working on trying to understand why the error had occurred."
They turned it off and back on again?
No, at that age you'll only be allowed to chat up menopausal women else you run the risk out being outed as an almost-paedo by the Daily Sun Mail Mirror on Sunday's iLittleJohn 2.0 copywriting bot.
Could be worse
The Barnsley Halo plan was even more ridiculous wank than this and probably more expensive too. I refuse to believe that architect wasn't perping an elaborate (at least in terms of the artist's renditions) fraud.
Re: How far away is it?
They would require huge antennas and a fair bit of leccy for the amplification and signal generation. Inflatable antennas or a huge ribbon aerial might do the trick.
Provided they're robust enough, plasma drive cubesats (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/15/cubesats_to_go_interplanetary_with_tiny_ion_drives/) would be a good fit for a rudimentary mission to probe the shape of the heliosheath. Launch a flock of them atop a relatively small rocket and have them slingshot around the moon (for the orbital inclination change) to go off in different directions so you get data from several positions in addition to the 2 datapoints that we currently have from the Voyagers. The size of them allows you to cover a large spread with only one launch.
Genetic bottleneck already in the works
courtesy of both China's government and chinese ideas about gender. There's currently an excess of about 32 million men in China due to the preference for male children which gives chinese women the pick of the crop. In a couple of generations we'll know just what kind of men they like and, to a large extent, what kind of male personality types can cope with moving to the cities as lot of the factory workers that have migrated to China's industrial cities are women.
Re: Evolution? Devolution!
"Wife believes one of the earlier 'optional' modifications will be to prohibit females from being impregnated by 'inferior' males."
There are cheaper ways to achieve this than DNA manipulation; condoms, the pill and the stereotypical american dad.
Also, if this was implemented widely then parents' (I'm assuming that this is an american dad's idea) selection criteria would cause a massive drop in the birth rate due to an overly strict implementation of 'superior', as all the 'superior' males will be either taken or gay.
It's only cruise missile if it's got a warhead, otherwise every autopiloted plane would breach the Missile Technology Control Regime. Also, there would be aerodynamic issues with trying to get a glider airframe to go at missile speeds which aren't such a problem when you're using the rocket to thrust the aircraft upwards in which case much of the energy is going into increasing its altitude and not its speed.
Re: 20ms is pretty slow...
When I read liquid armour I immediately assumed it would be the shear-thickening fluid armour that's currently in the works- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYIWfn2Jz2g There's a lot less to go wrong with it than powered armout.
It's almost as if...
...M$ sent Elop in to tie Nokia to M$ and sink it so it'd be cheaper to buy and have nowhere else to go.
Re: My place has more complicated techniques than this
Nope, we're oop norf.
Re: Oh no-
"I keep getting in, get a 'welcome to ebay' button, then chucked out back to the login screen and a 'password incorrect' message"
I've been getting that or variations on it for a week, on and off.
I await the pitch(fork)ed battle...
...between them and the mobile phone mast nimbys.
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