Are they trying to slowly get humanity ready for the revelation of real aliens, who are getting impatient to be introduced to the rest of us?
69 posts • joined 27 Sep 2012
So do I want to work with a phone, with a 8-core Snapdragon processor, 5.7 inch screen (internal) and 32GB storage, and the ability to remote desktop to use 32-bit applications, and maybe I can use it to make calls as well (provided I first unplug all cables or risk being bound or strangled!)...
...or, do I want to use my 64-bit, 8-core i7, with a 17 inch screen (internal), 32GB RAM and 2TB storage, be able to work even where there is no proper signal, and I don't have to unplug it to make a call?
Might not fit in a coat pocket, but my backpack is also just a big pocket, and it even has extra space for cables, power supply, some books, and even my lunch!
Re: Too much potato...
Well, tastes differ! ;)
Looks about the correct volume of potato to me, but seriously misses the gravy...
Re: Strangely conflicted.
And aeroplanes drive you completely bonkers with the lack of control?
cold, airless and nasty
Cold - Okay, will give you that, if compared to our space rock, but maybe the Martians can't stand the heat?
Airless - Not quite, but much less when compared to our space rock...
Nasty - Says who? What has Mars done to you to make you say that?
Easy to disprove...
...by sending the nuclear tank bank to the same spot, and taking another picture! And if she is still there, trundle over for a closer look...
Mine's the one with the galactic bus ticket in the pocket...
"undisturbed and well preserved"
Looks like a pile of junk to me, but maybe that's just me...
meaningless question, meaningless answer...
Actually, meaningless buzz word at the heart of the question!
Re: Finally we'll know whether it's small, or far away...
...or protected by a force-field that will cause the probe to change direction before the pictures come into proper focus...
Gouda or Edam...
Or a good Belegen Boerenkaas if you want it to have some nice hearty taste...
With the rest of your post I agree completely! ;)
Re: It was the cabbages, I say!
Yep, everybody should have realised that cabbages produce too much gas! Over-pressurised dragon...
Fact is, they didn't crash, thus worked as designed! The fact that the Delphi car "aborted" a lane change as a result, is simply "working as designed"...
Now please stop the bickering!
Need boots on Mars...
To properly investigate these things, we need boots on Mars! Remote investigation is all fine and dandy, and hats off to the scientists who made it possible, but how much easier would it be if we could simply get into a rover, drive to the site that was spotted by the orbiters, and take a closer look?
Mine is the coat with the built-in air-supply and thick padding, allowing me to stroll outside on a dusty, red plain strewn with reddish rocks...
Good luck to SpaceX!
Will be following online, with great anticipation!
Re: Putting them WHERE?
Was also wondering, with a swarm of satellites like this (and possibly 2 with the SpaceX/Google project), isn't it going to be more and more difficult to launch other vehicles and avoid all these pieces of tin on the way up? Are we going to lock ourselves down on this rock because we have caused too much litter to safely launch anything else?
Need a simple question icon...
"ASTROSAT is expected to last give years"
New unit of measurement of time?
Seeing that a Dragon survives re-entry, maybe they can use it as an unscheduled test to bring the astronauts back?
Re: fast descent
According to www.spaceflight101.com/soyuz-spacecraft-information.html, it's 2 to 4 m/s for the Soyuz, i.e. between 6.56167979 and 13.1233596 feet/s... So this capsule comes down at almost double the speed (at the moment)
Watched the launch...
... and it was awesome! Very good footage of the rocket climbing up through the clouds...
Went outside for a ciggie after, and have a question for the local boffins about these launches to geosynchronous orbit. I know they launch over the ocean, but then the first stage separates, and the second ignites... Now my question is, at this point, the second stage must be well into space and probably over land again, so is this visible for the people it passes over, like a "slow" moving flame streaking across the sky?
Re: Creative solution of the year!
"Or to stay in with what CERN would do, just pass one very very big spare magnet above the ashes and pick up the needle with that!"
Would that still require burning the hay though? Or could we find the needle and spare the hay using the magnet?
I mean, horses also have to eat... and overdone food is never nice!
Creative solution of the year!
"When looking for a needle in a haystack, its easier to just burn all the hay."
But you would need a blower as well to get rid of the ashes...
"Under such conditions life could be a possibility, although only in its most basic form."
Why only in it's most basic form? Why couldn't it have developed/evolved in a totally different way than life as we know it, and be far from basic? Who defines the standard of what is considered "basic"?
"As it happens, NASA this week also named the Elysium Planitia Elysium Planitia as the target touchdown site..."
Is there an echo in here somewhere?
Re: I always feel slightly uncomfortable...
I always feel slightly uncomfortable when people say "Look at all the technological breakthroughs that war gave us", as if it's some kind of consolation prize, but I'm really not convinced, surely killing off a load of people (who would be in their prime) and spending vast sums of money to do so, can't possibly be better than using that money to build infrastructure, industry and putting most of them through university?
If I could upvote you for this multiple times, I would!
Gives me hope that I'm not just a lonely voice on this subject...
Agree with all he's saying on this topic!
Re: glad i managed to watch
Watched it on the SpaceX webcast, and simply loved it!
Re: If at first you don't succeed...
And what a birthday present it would be for me if they get it right on the 8th of April! Would be the best present, simply because it would be on my birthday that some clever boffins proved that humanity is still capable of more than wasting their brains on destruction, and once again have done something simply because it makes sense, and will be better for humankind!
Wishing SpaceX the best of luck! (On whatever date they try again!)
Yet another postponement...
Too much wind!
Oh well, tomorrow there's another chance!
Re: Launch countdown was halted
Yep, what a pity!
Oh well, will be back on station for tomorrow's launch window!
Re: Pretty amazing pictures!
Yeah, I realise that we got lots of benefits from the "war effort"...
My point is, if all those clever chaps who are inventing stuff for the war machine could apply their minds full time to ideas that are not primarily designed to kill/destroy others, we would be much further in the world!
How big a percentage of the stuff invented for the military has benefited humankind in general? I reckon maybe, if we're lucky, a 2 digit percentage figure... so there's still lots of brain power wasted on war and destruction!
And let the down votes roll on... I'm not here to score brownie points, but simply want to comment on what I see in this world!
Pretty amazing pictures!
Still awed by what our scientists can achieve when they put their minds to it!
Now could all scientists in the defence industry please start working on projects like this, instead of wasting their brainpower on ways to destruct other humans? Imagine what we can achieve then!
Re: Reason and informed debate?
Would be nice! Alas, it is a dream...
Re: "tends to err on the side of caution with each launch."
Pity I can only give you one upvote for that! Such a simple comment, but it deserves at least a hundred upvotes!
All we ask is that we can watch what we want, when we want at a sensible price.
Surely it can't be too hard to have a legit torrent service that can automatically add advertisement chunks based on some Google AdSense type process.
When I'm paying to watch something, why should I be bombarded by adverts for stuff I'll never buy anyway?
I'm happy to pay for what I want to watch, but please do not add adverts! I'm paying to watch, so you're getting your money!
Can someone please tell Microsoft...
...we really do not want every possible feature all together in a single program!
Create it as an add-on, so we at least have the choice to install/enable/disable/uninstall it!
"So fret not: better pics of Comet Siding Spring are doubtless in the works"
Would hope so, otherwise we will have to start doubting all the photos sent back by these robot observers... Are they all photoshopped based on pixelated photos like the one from Maven?
Mine's the one with the photoshop DVD in the pocket...
Re: "To reminder you"???????
Another mistake that slipped by the editor, but wouldn't have been caught by the spell checker:
"We're spent the morning, here in San Francisco, playing around with Inbox..."
We are spent the morning?????
Re: New Noun
Maybe not a noun, but a brilliant saying!
"By now - 10 years later - we should be capable of doing much more, like replacing this with a manned expedition that gets there much faster - a few months maybe. Unfortunately mankind, in general, has lost the vision of going into space and seeing other stars and planets and now indulges itself in navel gazing to the detriment of everyone."
IMNSHO the problem is all the brain power wasted on new killing machines! Humans are the most self-destructive animals on this planet! With just a fraction of the money spent on "defence", we could solve all the pressing problems that face mankind, and have enough left to develop real space travel. Alas, we are doomed if we don't change soon...
Waiting for the inevitable downvotes...
Re: continuing the trend
Thanks for all the downvotes! :p
Would be nice to know why though... is it because I renamed the company, or because said company seems to create more and more products that work like they think you should work, and don't give you the option to work like you want anymore?
Re: continuing the trend
Don't worry, Microsucks does the thinking for you! No brains required anymore...
Re: Donations for politicians
Could we set a donations group to get politicians moving faster? Money always seems to get politicians moving faster... for some completely unknown reason of course
No, no and no again! They already get enough of my money with all the taxes I have to pay!
Better option: Let's start an El-Reg party, and get some normal, intelligent, forward-thinking, incorruptible (I hope) people in power!
Another breakthrough: prcesses?
Nanoscopes are particularly useful in spying out complex chemicals and prcesses of the sort involved in such...
Is that another breakthrough, or simply a spelling mistake?
...one doubt is about stop and start
Have a 500 Lounge myself, and the Start & Stop is the first thing I disable between starting the engine and driving off... It's more of a nuisance than anything else! I wish it was possible to set the default to be off instead of on, something like opt-in rather than opt-out!
Since the space shuttle's retirement, recent missions to the ISS have relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft
Talk about a totally unnecessary word in that sentence... It's been like that for 3 years already!
They use "co-worker" because "colleague" is too difficult a word! :)
Re: Frog Brain
And at least a hundred times bigger than the clowns in Westminster!
Re: Stop press
"To be fair, public or private seems to be absolute no barrier to being utterly clueless when it comes to data."
Fixed that for you! :)
There has to be at least one that is going to be called Bob, correct?
"Google and Facebook are bound by the terms in the EULA, so if they overstep they can be taken to court, with chances of losing the case and having to pay big $$$ or even have some executives or employees jailed."
When they are caught, the harm is done, and the big $$$ disappears in the coffers of the same nefarious governments that are doing the spying! Not really helpful at all, is it?