They'll put them on the internet
But it's OK - because they'll know who has looked at them with the next round of data...
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But it's OK - because they'll know who has looked at them with the next round of data...
At least not for a while.
The final plan is for aero braking and destruction in the arms of Jupiter, but that's a while after orbital insertion.
No mention of the three plucky lego figures?
IIRC it completed it's primary aims - that's why it had a battery after all.
It was the 'bonus' science it couldn't get.
It was a shame, but even a dead loss would have yielded good science. We know a lot more about space faring objects as a result of this mission than we did before.
These are fast enough to make the bottleneck be somewhere else for most loads.
To suggest that other bottlenecks will appear is hardly groundbreaking. It's what a bottleneck is, that thing you concentrate on until something else takes it's place...
"Nothing launched into space, either. <Musk fanboy mode off>"
It got launched into space, it just didn't stay there...
" I'd be interested to know if they can still land like that after doing an orbital boost with a full payload."
Of course not - but then again the entire rocket is what SpaceX consider to be a first stage payload (i.e. it's less than the mass of the Falcon second stage and it's payload (the sat).
This is a strictly 'hop above the atmosphere' rocket. Cool, and really useful as a technology demonstrator, and for getting funds by selling trips to the rich... but the serious business takes a whole lot more rocket!
They could just buy the company and fire everyone...
To be fair this wasn't from orbit - far too slow for that.
It was from an orbital injection flight though, and a geostationary one at that...
"I know of no-one who has regretted waiting"
A lot of youngsters before the 1960s got married because that was the only way UK society allowed you to have sex. Sex education was almost non-existent - basically "just say no" - and contraception was a taboo subject. So the result was a quick couple of kids, or more, and often a loveless marriage when the lust was satiated. Divorce was also nigh on impossible for most people.
Again - that's a different problem.
The lack of decent sex education is an issue - and frankly I don't envy anyone charged with providing that (and am not particularly looking forward to those discussions at home either) because most of the current generations never had a decent education it makes it much harder for us to talk about - and therefore harder to educate the next generation... ad nauseam...
Don't get me wrong, sex is great - but the general presentation from the media is absurd.
"I know of no-one who has regretted waiting"
I'm another who regretted waiting. It built up sex in my head until it seemed one of the most important things in the world, which then caused problems in later relationships.
That's a genuine response, and deserves a reply.
Were the problems caused by waiting or by the unhealthy presentation of sex in the media* used in the meantime?
*Mainstream or otherwise
Because an unrealistic expectation isn't the sole preserve of the patient - would those problems have happened in earlier relationships? that might have been less able to deal with them?
I don't know the answers to the above, they are just 'as thought' after reading your post, which obviously deserved a reply.
"I know of no-one who has regretted waiting."
Me, I'd have like to have started earlier.
So that's one for you.
Says someone who won't introduce themselves. No I don't know you.
Also that sounds more like 'wasn't offered' rather than 'waited'
@AC - Emotional maturity doesn't magically happen at a certain age or at the same age for everyone. Trying to tie the legal age to something like that is pointless.
So why have a limit at all?
@AC - The legal age is to protect against exploitation not teenage regrets.
Actually it's there for protection of all sorts, not just exploitation. Teenage regrets are nothing compared with unplanned children in an unstable (or non existent) family.
The limit is in place because there are consequences which cannot be reasonably accounted for by most teenagers - and we really ought to be protecting the less able teenagers. Sex isn't something that is required for life to continue, there is no significant detriment to having teenagers wait (I know of no-one who has regretted waiting).
Physical and emotional maturity are not attained at the same time...
I know/knew far more people who had serious regrets about early sexual encounters than people who celebrated them unconditionally. The difference is more pronounced for one gender - but that's where emotional maturity is particularly important for the other...
Don't know if you ever had an X-Jack (I think) PCMCIA network card.
It had a sort of tray that popped out to accept a vertically oriented rj45 cable.
Bit flimsy though.
RJ45 has to support the weight of a cat5/6 cable, so some mechanical rigidity is required for most places.
but the cost is prohibitive at the moment - the cables alone cost a fortune.
HDMI/DisplayPort/DVI will be around for a while. Ethernet will certainly remain.
Space division multiplexing is far easier when you have wave guides available...
how I feel about this, except that I have one application that I'd love to use a Pi for, but it needs android (or me to do a whole pile of porting)
when the develop new stuff,
and we complain when they keep systems running for decades. Whatever the budget overrun back then it's probably still cheaper than they thought it was in terms of years of operation...
They are two factors of eighteen after all...
"remember to backspace the last four when I try and log in."
So now it's a 24 key password - more secure, see....
"the problem there is they can't run anything phones and tablets can't"
Yes they can: anything that needs a real keyboard. You can, of course, tote a separate keyboard around to plug into your phone or tablet but you then have a netbook in two parts.
Except of course that that is actually a convenient form factor for many people.
I have an iPad which I use for almost everything - I also have a couple of bluetooth keyboards - one folding one, and one Apple one in a decent case (which also supports the iPad should I need it)
Most of the time I just use the iPad mini, when travelling I'll take the small keyboard with me. It's about the size of a mobile phone or a wallet, and fits nicely in my case. IF I need it then it's there, but in general I don't need it when I'm out and about.
If I'm going somewhere to work seriously then I'll take the slightly larger keyboard in my case (it still fits) and that gives me a full sized keyboard. If I RDP/Citrix/VNC then all I really want is to be able to turn my phone into a wireless connected trackpad...
No plugging in required, I just open the keyboard and it automagically connects and I can type away. Of course for most things (where I'm on a conference call and screen sharing) then the iPad does it just fine, and I can take notes etc in the time honoured fashion - or, you know, pay attention.
Who am I kidding - I'll fire up the laptop to do some browsing whilst the iPad handles the work of making it look like I'm paying attention...
I was worried for a moment...
Add in optional authentication to charge (which is a fairly minor inconvenience) and you get to DFU pretty fast as well...
We've cured poverty over here - noone lives on the streets...
since I've never actually wanted to send an MMS...
"CubeSats launched inside pressurized cargo vessels and released outside the International Space Station are of little concern to space debris experts. The space station orbits at an altitude of about 260 miles, or 420 kilometers, where aerodynamic drag from the outer wisps of Earth’s atmosphere often brings CubeSats down within months.
For CubeSats sent to higher altitudes, the orbital lifetime is much longer, and most are not equipped with rocket thrusters to move out of the way of other satellites or lower their orbits at end-of-life.
The altitude cutoff for a 25-year lifetime is between 600 and 700 kilometers (373 to 435 miles), according to NASA’s orbital debris report."
Ones chucked out of the ISS window will last months, but get 3 times higher and it could be 25 years before they burn up.
Given that, and the predicted rate of deployment they could be numerous, but they are still not a significant hazard due to our ability to track them
They are only in low obit, so they will deorbit of their own accord reasonably quickly. They are nudged away from the ISS, and the difference in drag between the two bodies, along with their newly changed orbital path, will mean they stay apart.
The relatively low altitude will ensure that they fall back to produce a small fireball...
"If the sun gets in to your eyes, what should you do? Immediately emergency stop? Maybe that will kill the person behind you who has also just driven in to glare? Back off the throttle and coast in to a space which just before the glare hit you saw to be empty? It's not an easy decision and it will depend on the exact situation."
You should "drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear" (HC126). I've never known the sun be particularly unpredictable, that's not to say I've never been dazzled by it, but I generally know when it's coming. The sun doesn't dance around the sky, it doesn't jump out.
Also see HC93: "Slow down, and if necessary stop, if you are dazzled by bright sunlight."
You should be slowing down *into* that situation, and then slowing further. The vehicle behind you should be doing the same. You shouldn't be driving onto any piece of tarmac that you haven't actively confirmed is clear of other road users.
The difference is that these all resulted in death an no prosecution - because this is tolerated:
The vast majority of people simply ignore the requirement to be able to see where you are going - and it's that simple fact that contributes to many lives being taken each year.
"Basically there were lots of easily foreseeable ways in which this could have killed someone. Quite rightly, you are not allowed to be so reckless with the lives and mental health of strangers."
Unless you do with a lethal weapon - in which case it's "just an accident" or "the sun got in my eyes, so I carried on driving a metal box at 30mph into a space I couldn't see".
People who kill others are frequently let off entirely, or given a pittance of a fine. These people filmed some acting, ok they did it to film the reaction of the public, but as far as I can tell the most dangerous thing they did was drive away...
Now I need another PiZero....
There are 7 holes all the way through the cupola walls. Used to close the debris shields...
An eighth wouldn't be good
But then she is quite severely dyslexic, so I am going to spend half term starting her touch typing - which apparently does wonders for their language processing by using different bits of the brain.
Finding an appropriately sized keyboard was relatively hard work though - and at least the staff at school are supportive.
In the general case I suspect it depends far more on the attitude towards the machine than on the machine itself. Deny oneself internet access is a simple switch on most devices - it just needs to be applied for appropriate times.
Airplane mode in meetings is always good - you come out and people ask why you haven't replied to some inane email...
And what the heck does "our learnings" mean, anyway?
I think it means "I failed my SAT, but because I'm a greedy fuckwit with no regard for ethics I'll do OK"
"Because we don't believe in an overhyped technology with a lot of obvious unresolved engineering and logistical issues (that bazza outlined better than I could earlier in this thread) we're Luddites?"
Engineering issues like hot landing a first stage booster stage on a floating barge having delivered the second stage to a geosynchronous transfer orbit?
Or like building an electric car which will do more miles to the charge than many of the petrol cars I've ever driven - and can have their battery swapped in less time than it takes to fill a tank?
Good thing we don't have the same person trying to change too many forms of transport. I mean a consistent approach can't possibly work on a third transport mode can it?
Is sanity doing the same thing that has worked before and expecting it work again?
Automated WiFi key sharing was always really stupid.
1) Do this
2) Oh, and the instructions you'll receive in about 2 weeks - ignore them, sent them before FTL comms...
The gaps aren't where God is...
"I think it's pretty funny when advertisers get so far up their own arses that they think people LIKE ads."
VERY occasionally they get it right...
Honda Cog for example...
"Untrue. You might like to believe that the adverts do not influence you, but every day millions of people will buy "Kellogg's" instead of an unbranded box of cornflakes at half the price, and your teenagers will choose "Nike" trainers over similar footwear simply because of the branding. And I wonder whether, like most people, you call your vacuum cleaner a "Hoover"?"
Well, I tend to buy the unbranded cornflakes, and choose trainers that fit my feet.
I do call the vacuum cleaner a hoover, but it isn't, it's a SEBO. That's brand genericide, not a good thing.
My sellotape isn't, my post-it notes aren't 3M...
I'm sure I am influenced by adverts - but the main effect has been to cancel my TV license and install ad blockers.
You could take measurements yourself and use them to estimate the distance to the sun.
The real science is generally being done from orbitting observatories today, but schools can always use these events for an "interesting lesson"...
"Attenborough ... won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge in 1945, where he studied geology and zoology and obtained a degree in natural sciences"
Not 'just a TV presenter', he actually knows his stuff as well.
He has done more for environmental protection than most people can ever hope to achieve.
They make good mice and keyboards...
As for software - yeah - I can do without it.
a thousand pounds then you have a problem
if you owe them a million pounds then they have a problem.
Looks like they can't work out what that problem is, or how to solve it...
Declare bankruptcy. Go away for 7 years - dig up the patio later.
Use binoculars or a small telescope to project the image of the Sun on a sheet of paper.Never look at the Sun directly.
Potentially easier is to use a mirror as a "pinhole":
All you need is
A mirror - a compact makeup mirror should do...
Some way of masking off all but a small section - masking tape will do, the section can be square
Some way of holding it still
A darkish (close most of the curtains) room which faces north.
If the flying pigs are coming in at orbital velocity....ROAST PORK AND CRACKLING!!!!!
Probably not unfortunately...
3-5 am the bit of earth you are on is both dark and moving towards the relevant piece of space pretty fast. So it's not a timezone related thing (although I presume that DST is ignored)
Is lower than the price of a card they could (theoretically at least, I know there are protections in there) have burned?
SSDs are the single most significant upgrade you can make to most machines.
A Fusion drive is just a diddy SSD with a larger HDD behind it.
Yes, I do get nauseous near smokers - even some minutes after they have come back inside (nowhere near as bad by then of course)
No I'm not affected by WiFi/CFL (except that they allow me to communicate and see).
Potatoes don't affect me either - but I would suggest that the intake method is slightly different. Maybe it's not the nicotine, I did only say that I suspected it was, but there is something in both sets of gases that affect me, and affect me even when I am not aware of their presence.
@Martin Summers - you are just inconveniencing yourself.
Or liberating yourself from the 24/7 email/contact drudgery that people seem to assume nowadays...
Says the man who uses a feature phone - and a 4G tablet... D'Oh.
Personally I think the tablet does it's job better than a stupidly oversized phone could, and I'd rather my phone had a week or more of battery life...
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