25 posts • joined 27 Sep 2012
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?
"asteroid P/2013 R3"?
It wasn't an asteroid, it was the mother ship our scientists used when they came to check on the progress of the hairless apes, and it was abandoned because our home-world sent a newer, better version to pick us up, so we simply abandoned it... Now, after eons of neglect, it is finally breaking up!
VinceH, have another upvote! I like the way you think... as a matter of fact, I was thinking the same when reading the article! Great minds, and all that...
Depends on the size of the observer! :)
Why not let me sign a disclaimer, saying I take full responsibility for the extra 3%? And I will take out an extra insurance policy to cover my medical costs in the event I do get cancer. Will they let me go then?
Bloody pathetic bureaucrats that decide whether it is acceptable or not! Let us choose for ourselves, please!
Hardware > Tablets
Is it just me that doesn't understand why this posted in the Hardware > Tablets section?
Re: Solar Rally
If Wikipedia disagrees, too bad. I am sure you wasn't expecting it to provide accurate and authoritative answers to everything, did you?
Nope, so I checked out the Oxford dictionary as well: (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/race?q=race)
a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course
My gripe is, if it is not technically a race, then stop calling it one. The organisers are correct in calling it a challenge, so report on it as a challenge then...
Bootnote: To relieve the mind of a commentard who can't understand why a racing car would be fined for breaking the speed limit: the entire event is run on public roads, and receives its permit on the condition that contestants follow the speed limits.
As another commentard mentioned:
From the article the "race" sounds more like a "rally", where your timed over certain sections and lose time of you arrive late, but are much more heavily penalised if you arrive early to a time control/checkpoint,
So call it a solar rally then! Racing, by definition, is getting to the endpoint as fast as you can! From Wikipedia:
A sport race is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point. The competitors in a race try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves traversing some distance, but it can be any other task involving speed to reach a specific goal.
How utterly bizarre that in a race, you get fined fro breaking the speed limit! Isn't the idea of a race to get to the end point as fast as possible?
Re: Looking down ..
> When money buys politicians...
Show me one country in the so-called democratic world where politicians are not bought... doesn't exist!
It may be more under wraps in some countries, but what do you think lobbying actually is? Isn't it just a fancy word for buying favours from politicians? And there are lobbyists in every nook and cranny...
> Politician's brain?
That isn't a measure, it is a synonym for "Nothingness"...
Re: Must be a crouton
Hmmm, Dutch pea-soup with rookworst and spek! Now you've made me hungry! And it would really go well with this nice English spring weather!
Bring on the cases of red!
“You'd need to have such large amounts from red wine that you'd probably kill off your liver and be drunk most of the time”
No harm trying though!
Staying with the doggies...
...would surely make it Cerberus and Orthus, his doublet, especially as the rocks seem to be the same size, which means they must be brothers!
Not "probably use materials mined in space", but it's the only way it will work... An elevator cable will have to be lowered, as there is no way you could manufacture a coil of the stuff on earth and then tow it into orbit... (the rockets we have aren't tugboats!) so the only option is to have a coil of the stuff up there to start with, so manufacturing it in space is the only sensible solution.
Re: hmm @Grave
"problem is not really with population size, there are too many STUPID people living here. so many resources wasted because of complete stupidity (greed is just one of the facets of STUPID)"
Problem actually IS the population size, as STUPID people tend to be the most active breeders... so it's a spiralling problem: population too big -> more stupid people -> breed more so population bigger -> stupid contingent bigger -> etc. etc.
Re: Only solution...
@BAG (Nice acronym from your moniker :) ):
Bring it on! Give me the space ship, and I'm off!
The one and only solution gets overlooked every time: if the human population is reduced or at least stopped from increasing, it will solve a lot of problems... This poor space-rock is overcrowded by the biggest parasite of them all: humans!
And it wouldn't only reduce the soot and carbon output, but solve a myriad of other problems too!
So, put in place a very strict pro-creation regime (allowance of three-quarter child per person, as mentioned in KSR's Mars trilogy), and start building those space ships and space stations, and get as many humans off this rock before it is all beyond repairable levels.
Is it just me, or...
or do those rocks look a bit like a demolished slab of concrete? :)
Reading the headline, I was hoping that at last there was proof of aliens, and not just another stupid meteoritic rock carved into a statue... Shame on you for getting my hopes up! :)
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