* Posts by randomengineer

4 posts • joined 14 Sep 2012

We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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this is actually reasonable news. about time they started figuring out how to do the search stuff systematically. now that we are aware of how we can detect, apply that to the smaller count of stars we reckon can detect us with that level of tech. as the level of detection tech advances, widen/change the search accordingly. this resembles a rational plan. [apologies for not saying something funny/pithy.]

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: What is the pull of gravity of that rock?

nice ref to Lucifer's Hammer.

well done

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Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

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Re: Interestingly Space report lists *several* bits of kit that had anomolies with them.

But are yoyu *sure* about that?

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Error found in climate modelling: Too many droughts predicted

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Re: positive-feedbackitis

"In any-case the biggest problem is that cosmic rays show no trend in the past 50 years so they CANT possibly explain the warming in the late 20th century."

Simplistic.

Cosmic ray rates in and of themselves do not have to show a trend. Whatever can locally modulate them will do, or periodic changes in what they actually affect physically may change.

Fire a bowling ball at the pins every 30 seconds; never change this. Periodically alter the ball trajectory via obstacle placement, or periodically don't replace all of the pins. I guarantee that the pin knockdown count will be related to everything *but* the non-changing rate of firing the ball.

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