193 posts • joined 15 Mar 2012
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.
Re: Careto is not Mask
So it roughly translates to either 'freebie' or 'gurn'?
The spoilers (they'll work in pairs at each side to provide yaw control, the B2 uses the same setup) seem very poorly faired in, I can only presume that they present a smaller radar signature this way.
Less bad press
Dumping the pilot means that it's now only an embarrassment if the government loses an aircraft over enemy territory, rather than a Daily Mail incident. This means that they will get used a hell of a lot more than manned aircraft, in riskier missions, which will somewhat negate the lower cost.
Re: So all this anti-gay stuff
That's probably why they're so worried about it.
I guess there's too much security for someone to pull off another Munich Olympics style attack so I expect the Chechens and Dagestanis (ya like dags?) will just bomb Volgograd again or try to hit some form of mass transport that's heading for Sochi while it's still outside the security perimeter. If they're feeling audacious they might try carbombing one of the checkpoints. Or they might do nothing. Or they could bowl a googly and attack Moscow or another northwestern city while the sec forces gaze is averted.
Meanwhile there should be some amusing reactions to the one- or two-fingered gestures that various western countries have made by turning up the gaiety on their teams.
Also makes the G4S debacle look pretty tame, at least there was some sort of a refund.
For some reason it never fails to amuse me...
...that the devs chose ISK as the acronym for the EVE currency, with ISK also being the acronym for the IRL Icelandic Kronur.
Hyperbole & a Half's description of depression from the inside is the closest I've found to my experience. I think (based on on her other posts) she's bipolar so she just went depressed out of nowhere, mine was environmental so the rate of progression was different and coming out of it was also much slower than she made hers sound. I didn't crawl around on the floor, either, but that's 'cos I'm an introvert and bipolar people are prone to being a bit melodramatic. It does illustrate the weird thought patterns you develop and even the deliberately shit drawing style has the right feel.
The 'why didn't he/she/it just bugger off somewhere else?' response is a common one from people who haven't been depressed. Depression tends to trap you in the situation you're in by making it feel inescapable, a bit like Battered Wife Syndrome. He would've felt like he had no chance of getting a job anywhere else (correctly, to an extent, as being depressed is not going to make you shine in an interview) and that he'd have to stick it out.
Re: What am I missing
It's a bit hard to avoid direct sunlight while you're orbiting the Sun.
Re: Conspiracy nuts
Yeah, it was called XKEYSCORE.
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: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
It's gets better- http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/03/08/society-of-homeopaths-director-richard-barr-libel/
Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
"Considering no-one's ever even been there"
What makes you so sure? The NSA could've landed a team on it at night.
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.
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...
The Yanks are catching up!
Quick! We need to find somet' else to ban discrimination against... gingers?
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...
a good use for out of date fab gear.
'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.
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