I prefer the Bloke
77 posts • joined 10 Sep 2007
I was right on your heels for that!
Net Neutrality = Government tells ("regulates") ISPs that all traffic has to be treated equally.
Not "Micromanaging" the ISPs business.
"Freedom" of the small up and starting business to have the same access to customers as large established companies.
Certain vocal Republicans seem to equate the enforcement of equal treatment as a threat to "Freedom"; be it access to the internet, marriage, or lunch counters.
And "Umber" is from the Latin for "Shadow".
Bumbershoot anyone? Hello...?
The Germans call it romantically a "Reigenschirm" or "Rain Shield"...
Electric motors driving each wheel, and a small *turbine* used to top up the battery when it drops below a certain level.
All the benefits of electric drive.
Smaller Battery required
Turbine runs at optimum load and only when necessary.
Reduced weight and complexity.
Why has no one done this?
But BETTYFORD fits the them better, it was a HARD choice.
The fact that products look similar from generation to generation is a sign of good design and forward thinking and vision.
It is the a function of a coherent design language that newer models look similar to previous generations.
The classic Porsche, Volvo, the first three generations of VW water cooled cars. The list could go on.
The RS-25/SSME is a better engine. Besides, NASA and some engineering students are in the process of resurrecting a remaining F-1 and notes how crude the construction is compared to today's engines.
The Tech and Society suits looked better, I was surprised that only the Bio suit had fabric covering the joints.
Just wondering about planetary dust and grit......
I agree with the idea of subtle navigational lighting.
Coat? Of course: we're talking space coats :-P
Although all of the "Reusable" components of STS required such extensive refurbishment it may have been cheaper to build them new!
A year and a half ago we changed over from Comcast (coax cable virtual monopoly) to Verizon FiOS (Fi bre O ptic S ervice).
Since the change we have noticed a significant decline in the quality of our streaming video from Netflix; much buffering and lower resolution images.
From what we can tell it is a problem with the Verizon FiOS Content Delivery Network
Seriously considering changing back at the end of our contract.
Disgruntled in Philadelphia, PA
That explains everything....
Agreed! We just replaced a perfectly serviceable Mini of the previous generation partly just to get rid of the extra brick. With the size of these small form factors I much prefer a slightly bigger machine if it is not twinned with a power brick almost as large.
"Mars" (2010) has a similar plot.
I want the space suit with the cowboy fringes and appliques :-)
Wales *is* a country, but relevant to this conversation RE: the U.N., it is *not* an independent sovereign nation.
It is worth noting, that despite it's problems in other areas, no Space Shuttle (STS) ever self immolated either!
Yes, it's dangerous work, this is why SpaceX are flying the Dragon uncrewed so many times before attempting a crew
(for the immolation of course!).
"Challenger" never exploded, it was torn apart in by aerodynamic stresses when the booster knocked the stack out of alignment according to the Rogers Report.
If anyone has wondered why the orbiter hangs on the side of the tank, instead of like on top in all of those Chelsey Bonestell illustrations, it's because the fragile orbiter (its wings in particular) is partially shielded by the shock cone from the main tank.
None of this diminishes the loss of the brave astronauts.
I did it myself *once*. With a ceramic mug to boot!
Sad, but true....
That made me Llaugh out Lloud!
Me thinks the poster meant "why would they use a non-Japanese name for Japan in the title" ergo perhaps (since I can't type in Kanji) it would be "Nihonium"?
Time to dig mine out of mom's attic!
Isn't the Helium atom smaller than they Hydrogen atom because of its extra mass and self attractive forces? I seem to remember reading some where that despite being a tad heavy than H, He was smaller and 'slipperier'.
The note about being more detectable because of rarity is right on.
How is is that certain case and accessory manufacturers can't seem to make a dock insert that fits their own cases? I put on a Griffintech case, but have to let the poor phone flop around on the connector. And Griffin makes docking accessories too!
Plus Venus Express radar mapping Venus!
(Icon: just 'cuz)
That is all
Thank you Mr. Lehrer, you were truly a man ahead of your time.
Just like the Daleks did back in the old days!
The wings were made in the Grumman plant in Beth Page, Long Island, NY.
It's all McMansions now, NYC is better resting place, but yes, hardly *coming home*.
And most of the delay in the Shuttle program had to do with the software more than the hardware. The Shuttle was virtually uncontrollable with out computers and the code had to be written to *never* fail, crash, or hang.
Fire, well, because, that's all
SyFy has only one movie, they just keep changing the actors and the sets.
Ah, but that homage to "Mars Attacks" when the flaming train whizzes by......
Fry: "Hey perfesser, how now that we're submerged, how many atmospheres of pressure is this thing designed for?"
Prof. Farnsworth: "Welllllll, since it a spaceship, I suppose zero to one.......(trailing off in contemplation)"
I don't think I want the answer!
That listing of taxonomy was very helpful!
The UK has a standard sales tax with the VAT. Here in the 'states each state, and sometimes municipality, sets their own rates.
This variability is why national sellers advertise the base rate. you're on your own figuring out what will be added when you get to the till.
You know, this is about as lucid a comment on the situation of Science and Education, not to mention Space Exploration, in the United States as could be made!
I agree that most manufacturers are guilty of manufacturing under similar conditions so applying pressure to change by switching brands will be unlikely to work.
But since much of their profit comes from frequent fashion driven turn over we can announce that we will not buy new gear until the manufacturers clean up their production. By keeping old hardware longer one can apply some (not much, but better than no) pressure.
Decimal for the Metric system!
I know a good body piercer who could make suitable holes for a "Yale" padlock....
Lwaxana Troi !!!
<for the flames of love of course>
I was hoping that IOmega would follow the NewerTech Ministack; rest its departed soul....
They managed to have both USB and FW connectors.
Probably because the stage separation would occur far down range, over an ocean, from where the launch site was.
If they wanted quick/easy turn around it is likely that the designers plan to have the first stage return to home site to save transport costs.
Of course, given a Florida Launch, you could have it fly a path similar to the Shuttles Trans-Atlantic Abort (TAL) and land the first stage at a prepared site in Africa or Spain then return home by ship.
Ah, that familiar old canard: we can't use expensive renewables because it would burden the poor.
The poor are, by nature, already burdened.
Time and time again in the U.S. a fuel tax that would support alternative fuel or mass transit has been defeated because "it unfairly burdens the poor".
The poor then have no transit, buy a car, use cheap gas, then get devastated when the price spikes.
The well off use much more energy than the poor and are therefore more affected. The poor would be, in the long run, better served by more expensive, but less price volatile, forms of energy.
There are some relevant points to consider when seriously discussing routine access to Mars
1) Pace of technologic development and cost: Gagarin to Armstrong/Aldrin was 8 years, but the Apollo craft was very delicate, very expensive, pushed every envelope to the breaking point and was therefore very dangerous despite the relatively few serious accidents given the nature of the beast.
2) Moving from experimental to production technology: One goal of the new companies is to make the craft more reliable, use less experimental technology, and make it more comfortable. Both Apollo and Shuttle are experimental technology that require large staffs of highly trained people to operate; the ground operations for Shuttle are a significant part of the program. Early autos required frequent maintenance (tire repair, water, oil, etc...) and still broke down frequently. Today cars go forever despite the lack of maintenance we give them. Form factor aside the Orion and Dragon craft are as completely different than the Apollo craft as a Model T is from a Honda Civic.
3) Sustainable interplanetary infrastructure: for reliable access to Mars we need to invest in something like the Aldrin Cycler. A quick shot to the Mars, like the one to the Moon, is akin to the Lewis and Clark expedition. To open up the frontier the government, decades later, invested in the railroads which provided frequent, reliable, and sustainable round trip capacity. They took longer to build than the carts and boats that took Lewis and Clark, but made settling the West possible.
Just my 2c
Our local transit agency (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority or SEPTA for short) after running 4 generations of cars with 3+2 seating has now seen the light and is using only 2+2 in its next build of cars.
People are getting *ahem* bigger, and it became obvious that almost no one wanted the middle seat, so out they go and there is more standing room.
I love albums, and I thing that even the youngsters will buy them for the whole concept, if it is a whole concept album vis-a-vis "Dark Side of the Moon". The "Two Hits Plus Filler" deserves to die.
Some "Filler" turns out to be good, but that's why Amazon and iTunes have their "Discovery Features"
Death of the Music Industry? Hardly. Death of the "Buy it Blind" model? Yep, Sure, Buh-Bye!
As long ago as 1985 (remember 1985?) a sage man once surmised the death of the industry was from "Sales are Slumbing... Could it be One Too Many Lousy Records?!?"
*Eric Buchard, et al...
For the pre-synth electronic music fans the article:
The Barrons: Forgotten Pioneers of Electronic Music on National Public Radio; Susan Stone, 5 February, 2005
Will be of interest as it details the creation of the first all electronic music sound-track.
Available at www.NPR.org then search for 'Forbidden Planet' or use the following direct link
A .5 Litre? Because it goes well with electric music...