News articles full of doom and gloom about Kessler syndrome
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I think the implication is more that Google is not actively throwing the shit around, more like sneakily smear some more of it on Samsung when no-one is looking.
You are talking about literally a supersonic glider in a low pressure atmosphere. I suggest you look up the Perlan project (there are some articles on it here on the Reg too). It's like making a glider fly here on earth in the very upper atmosphere. With a ground speed measured in the hundreds of meters per second. You are NOT going to make a smooth landing on Mars with those sorts of speeds.
Also, ask yourself this. If the space shuttle was such a great idea, why are all the space systems currently in development for transporting humans on the "fall into the atmosphere at stupendous speed with the blunt end forward" approach? Making something fall from space to the surface is a massive challenge. Doing so in a controlled glide even more so. Doing it in the "just thick enough to be called an atmosphere" atmosphere of mars is something "we" have so far not solved yet. So the "stupid" approach of just strapping a rocket to the back of the payload and crossing our fingers it works is pretty much the only approach we have available at this time for a payload of any appreciable mass.
@ Pascal Monett:
It's not the fall that killed it, it's the sudden stop at the end
That's a lot of aircraft!
"One involves impregnating an animal and then taking it's child away after a few days, the other just kills the animal."
yeah... No... on most dairy farms the calf is allowed to stay with the mother for a lot longer than that (Since a calf doesn't drink nearly as much as a modern dairy cow produces, a cow gives plenty of milk even when suckling a calf). Raising a calf on it's mothers milk is good for the health of the calf, and on most farms, the calf is important for the future production in the farm. Dairy cows are well looked after and not treated all that cruelly. Anybody who says otherwise has never been to a farm around cows.
Beef cows are not treated AS gently as dairy cows (mostly because worldwide beef cows tend to be a bit on the "wild side" with little contact with humans, meaning they have more of a natural instict to try and flatten you or put extra holes in you.
I AM saying that it depends entirely on WHAT ASSANGE DOES! Most of what he could/would do would not fall under internationally agreed upon diplomatic no-go's. But (allowing someone) trying to influence a foreign election falls very much into the diplomatic nightmares categorie. Openly hacking a foreign nation is also rather frowned upon. Doing it the wrong way COULD theoratically under international diplomatic law in certain cirumstances be considered an act of war.
(international diplomatics are a minefield, especially between large nations like the US or China and smaller nations. Especially when they are not already on the best of terms to begin with)
I'm not saying Assange is anywhere near likely to start an armed military invasion of Ecuador, but it could lead to rather sticky situations. To keep the peace I am not surprised Ecuador decided to cut his internet and I AM surprised it took them this long.
Wait, what? The Register publishes news?? When dit that happen? Scandalous I tell you! That is not the sort of behaviour we have come to expect from a disreputable company as the Register!
If Ecuador knowingly allows Assange to do something illegal in another country through it's internet connection from the embassy they are basically condoning his actions. Depending on what Assange does this COULD be an act of war in international law. So this could have much nastier consequences compared to just harbouring the man himself (Which internationally is within the rules of asylum/political relations). So cutting off his internet access is just prudent. I'm surprised he still had internet access to begin with.
I know I am. I doubt how useful the picture is though. I had just arrived completely nackered after being crammed in an economy class seat for 9 hours on a very early morning flight into JFK. I'm sure my painful grimase will be useful to identify me in the future...
No, you are not. Juno is not orbiting Mars.
Is it maybe just the overconfidence of youth and general naivity that is causing this. I've met many of my fellow "millenials" (millenials don't exist btw) that are just naive and have no idea how the real world works. They've lived in this little bubble of greatness their parents created for them, protected from all the evil of the world and now just refuse to believe people can be nasty, vile and manipulative when it suits them. Even those they have met before and are usually nice.
Ahh, so someone photoshopped an anchored ship to make it look like it was underway. Got it. Thanks
For those of us not versed in the sayings and traditions of the RN, what exactly is the problem with the "anchorball showing"?
Most scientists of the time agreed it failed simply because it didn't work and the guy running the project was a fraud.
"My opponent is a liar and cannot be trusted"
Heli's glider perfectly well. It's just that they have the aerodynamics of a brick for most of the way down, cushioning the landing with the last drags of kinetic energy stored in the blades on the way down.
I assume this got reported to the relevant air safety agencies? And probably investigated? Helo pilot could very well lose his license if he keeps up doing that sort of shit.
(On the other hand I've also seen someone be such an idiot in a close encounter with a police helo he just about got his lights punched out by the pilot of said helo. No idea how that ended, decided hanging around a bunch of somewhat agitated cops was not worth the risk of getting pulled into the fray.)
Except that they probably aren't. Several kilograms of heavy dense objects will certainly do a LOT of damage. I've seen what a squishy and relatively small bird does to the nose of a Boeing 757 and to the wing of a glider (the glider doesn't even move that fast, yet a bird made it up to the wingspar).
And plenty of footage from drone-idiots themselves would show that some drones can and do make it to pretty large altitudes. Might some of the incident reports be false? Yes. Should we take the potential danger VERY VERY seriously? ABSO-F*^KING-LUTELY!
@Toltec, there's actually 2 types. The ones that use dry ice cause a low hanging mist that spreads across the floor. The ones that evaporate a "smoking liquid" create thick billowy clouds that fill the room.
Irridium is a comms satellite network. Are you perchance confusing it with Galileo (the EU positioning system)?
Plenty of places like that. The urban canyons of New York and the like have so many tall buildings GPS reception becomes very difficult (especially filtering the direct signal from all the reflections). Plenty of WiFi and LTE signals to go around there though.
Just send someone out there to hit the valves with a 2 pound lump hammer. That should clear it up!
Thats the coolest machine. One that goes PING! In SPACE, no less!
Many of those 17 million don't understand the first thing about net neutrality and want their "free" netflix.
Not understanding how zero-rating can affect competition and pricing.
@your alien overlord
That USED to be how SOME manufacturers taught their robots. Nowadays it's almost always done by computer modelling to build a program for anything sort of complex. Human teach-in can work in specific situations where absolutely no adaptability is required and you can get away with doing the exact same thing every single time. Cooking with fresh ingredients is not one of those situations.
Using a robot to teach in the welding cell on a car assembly line is nowadays often impossible. The interactions between the robot and the body and between the 6 or more robots themselves as they work on a single body simulatinously have become so complex its very difficult to get the required speed in a human teach in process. At most the final positioning is manually adjusted, but the toolpath to get there is computer generated.
Computer vision and autonomous adaptability are happening more and more in these processes, but it's not something you are going to make happen with an external engineering company in a few weeks/months time. It's an expensive and difficult proposition that can sometimes just stop working for no good reason but work perfectly fine 5 minutes later on the same parts.
And this line right here is what shows that: “The basic concept of the invention is that the machine records the motions of a human chef, then recreates them. So the robot will only do what a human chef did.” Because everyone with an ounce of knowledge about process automation and machine learning know that recreating human motions for a variable process is inefficient at best and usually just plain doesn't work. That sentence shows there are NO engineers involved in the project, only people who though: "How hard can it be? We'll just throw some money at an engineer and he'll fix it". Any engineer I know (and I work in a large company surrounded by mechatronics, mechanical, electrical and every other flavour of engineer you could wish for) would probably politely decline the job. Even though this project would be right up "my" companies alley.
The hypothetical 9th planet is predicted to be much larger than what was discovered now, though there are some theories that suggest the observed orbital deviations used for the prediction are caused by a bunch of minor planets beyond Pluto (given our current understanding of planetary formation this is also a much more likely scenario)
What is this pro-apple drivel doing on the Reg? This whole article is so bland and obviously pro apple I have a hard time even grasping that the Reg would want to run it. I've come to expect better from the Register. Not always in a "quality news" sense, but certainly in a "balance and correctness of information" sort of way.
The smartphone would have happened without Apple. Without a doubt. All the components both in hardware, software and in ideas where out there in that time. If Apple hadn't built it at that point someone else would have very shortly afterwards. And possibly it would have worked out better too.
Yes, first hand experience. Voice command just doesn't work consistently enough for me so I don't bother. (Plus the only nav app on Android that actually seems to support voice command is Google Maps, and I'd rather stick a rusty fork in my eyes than let it get me lost and on the wrong side of the city facing a one way street from the wrong end ever again. Not when there are better alternatives out there.)
I'm also speaking from experience. Those are EXACTLY the kind of situations where voice recognition more often than not just doesn't work. Noisy environment and either lots of damping from being stuffed in your pocket or lots of shielding from being put away somewhere where it doesn't fly off into the depths of hell the first time you have to brake so the microphone doesn't pick you up clearly. The aggravation of voice commands not working is just too distracting while driving. So if you REALLY need to change settings and you REALLY can't have your phone at hand pull off at the next exit and pull over to consult the map/set a detour, then drive on.
I'll stand by my comment.
(Btw, are you saying you need your dominant hand to operate your phone?)
Why the *expletive* are you paying attention to ANYTHING other than driving in a situation like that? Pull the hell over and do it safely if it's that busy! If I need my phone for navigation its in a handily accesible cradle in the lower left corner (left hand drive car) of the winscreen. I can then reach it easily and handily with my left hand and operate it whenever I get around to it. If I don't need it for navigation during the drive it is stored out of the way and left there.
"As for the doorframe, a very strong man side-kicking a front door with at least a size 12 boot can probably break a wooden door frame at the hasp (a good strong kick can hit with nearly half a ton of force."
A proper exterior door (both in domestic and bussiness settings) should NOT be easily kicked in with half a ton of force. There is a reason most police forces have specially designed "universal door openers" (ie. battering rams) for the purpose. And thats not just H&S. Kicking in a door COULD work, but its not usually the MO for standard burglary/theft. It makes a lot of racket and attracts attention of witnesses. 2 people walking into/out of a house with stuff under their arms might go unnoticed. People kicking in a door and running off attracts attention and makes people remember. Standard MO is thus to work quietly, at best using a crowbar, preferably drilling or breaking a lock to gain entry.
And there comes my comment again, the only goal is to make it hard enough so they don't bother. Everything over that level is overkill.
(Also, unless its traditional single pane glass, getting through windows is also quite a challenge. Modern double glazing is probably harder to break than you'd think. You're probably going to need more than 1 rock to get through)
Thats why I make sure my doors are just a little sturdier than next doors. So they'll choose to break their shins on a different door. (Good luck getting through the average front door in my neighbourhood with a kick alone. You'll need a "universal opener" at least.) Security is all relative. You'll never keep someone out who really wants to get into your particular location. The trick to stop all the rest is being just a little bit harder of a target than someone else.
I've yet to encounter a situation where I couldn't free up a hand for something like that.
I'm mostly wondering what the Russians would have to say on the matter.
Time for Bigelow to get a full size bouncy castle to the ISS then! They already have BEAM up there as a tech demonstrator. Time to get spacelab sized "elbow room" up there again!
"Background checks and polygraphs only say who they someone is, what they have done, not what they will do."
Actually, background checks only tell you part of who someone says they are and part of what they have done. Polygraphs are flippin useless and only work on those intimidated enough by all the bells and whistles that they come clean off their own free will. There is no scientific evidence they are anything more than a good way for some scheisters to make money off of easily impressed/fooled people/companies/governments
Can we please just get rid of the utter nonsense that is generic "design" patents? Getting protection for a specific design is fine, but it should not extend beyond THAT SPECIFIC design. And lets stop calling it a patent.
And hope Roscosmos's Mars Mission Curse doesn't strike.
Or that we don't get a massive fine for littering in 3 months. "We're just fine with you sending your cute robotic carts our way, but this dumping of tat has to stop!"
Another EU mandated sticker. Because we don't have enough of those and everybody pays attention to them!
A lot of peripheral devices will probably continue to be implemented in the traditional silicon.
(We need a Fry icon)
Why build on the surface? Getting things down into the (pretty deep) gravity well of the moon is quite a challenge in itself. Better to build stuff in orbit. Which is also not as simple as you'd think. The ISS is an achievement in its own right just for the fact humanity has figured out a way to put something that large in space one bit at a time.
For illustration Delta-V to LEO is 9400 m/s. Delta-V to the moons surface from LEO is an additional 5670 m/s, Delta-V to the martian surface is 6300 m/s from LEO, compared to getting into orbit in the first place, the difference between going to the moon and going to mars is not that big, but if you are building something big, there is a BIG difference in building it in orbit and building it on the surface in terms of energy required to deliver building materials.
Where do you get this drivel from? A former airliner captain (now working for a large aircraft maintenance company) has told me something entirely different.
@DougS, I'm pretty sure the UK was already well on it's way before the Brexit referendum.
Westminster is better suited for power generation. So much hot air being generated there you could probably power the better part of the western world from it.
To avoid confusion many airports actually just number their runway 01-19 or 03-21 in those cases. Magnetic drift means most runways are no longer aligned to their actual magnetic heading anyway so playing around with the numbers a bit to avoid unwanted numbers does happen.
@DropBear, the labels left and right are completely arbitrary too. There is also no way to describe them in language alone without actually using the words left and right and assuming the other person knows what those are. Seriously, try it. There is no way to explain left or right without external reference and just pointing "that side".
Well it wasn't criticallity it was certainly highly increased neutron activity.