The Greeks had the original democracy too, but you certainly dont want them having any say in running your country (possibly including Greece)
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so how many times DOES "free" go into "millions of dollars"?
Lets use a small value of millions, say 2, and the commonly understand value of free, as 0...
2 000000 divided by 0......
broke the internet,
but the countries of the Amazon basin can rest their industrial base on providing services to the importers delivering infinite kindles..
For some reason, Australia tries to participate/compete in Eurovision.
I am not the only person who fails to understand why, but its probably something to do with the promoters not being smacked while they were children.
It might be worthwhile if we could cancel the citizenship and return tickets of our contestants while they were over there, but apparently international law frowns on that
There is good music, but it wont be anything that is "successful"
The missus describes it as the Sony Effect, where any artists creativity and quality went to shit as soon as they are signed up by a major label.
I get my music from bandcamp -unrestricted download in a range of formats, streaming for those weirdos who think thats a valid solution, 80% of money paid going directly to artist, and access to a huge assortment of styles and genres. Only drawback is not much of a 'back catalogue' or older music.
..wannabe child molesters of whatever flavour had to track down their details by direct observation, or trawling social media.
Are the details of these devices in a single database, or searchable in some fashion that allows the crim to say, "hmmm, I feel like a 7 year old tonight, lets take a look through Kid-E-Traks GPS records" ?
I mean, apart from the abysmal device security, does it also (fail to) contain 'personally identifiable information' that makes life more convenient for such predators?
If its only another shitty leaky IoT ripoff device, then all the OMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN !!!! is misplaced sensationalism, and its not particularly worse than any of the others, however, if there is an access-able database of users, or a specific range of addresses or mobile numbers associated with the devices, and child predators can use this knowledge to improve their predations... THEN the threat level is actually meaningful.
At least we do throw them away once they get a bit smelly, although the criteria is more "will they lose the next election", rather than "violently allergic to telling the truth", or "unable to recognise other people as human beings".
I actually suspect our current reigning political party has deliberately decided that being in opposition is a better strategic position, and has been maneuvering to get there for the last couple of years.
Twins can have different growth and development through childhood nutrition and disease, and physical habits, and, well, there are these things called "shoes" that people attach to their feet, which have the effect of altering perceived height.
"picture of twins not showing what shoes they are wearing... your argument is invalid"
have been bricked by updates, or changes to T&C ?
So even if you buy something that provides a useful service (now), the only real guarantee that it will continue to provide same useful service later, is to isolate it from external connections. This has the added benefits of preventing malicious actions, AND ensures your privacy.
The smartest thing you can do, is buy dumb.
Why is that a problem ?
We have insulators that withstand far higher temperature differentials than a couple of hundred degrees, I remember a publicity photo from the early days of the space shuttle, someone holding a re-entry shield tile in their fingertips on the corners while the center glowed red hot (easily faked photo, but the shuttle did work)
Heat loss, AFAICR occurs through radiation, convection, and conduction. Convection should not be a issue. Radiation and conduction are engineering problems and solvable as such. It may just be that mass constraints precluded carrying enough insulation, but the narrative the Chinese were pushing wasnt going to mention that..
Old school science.. try something, see if it works
if it works, hooray, try something harder. (actually, try it again, several times, because being right is IMPORTANT)
if it doesnt, figure out why the hell not.
The location and media attention on the other hand, would be political grandstanding.
Thats why the Yanks went to the moon, and if they have lost their mojo then its a good thing somebody else has taken up the job.
Useful research, even if it appears social-media / PR focused.
less likely to horrify the general public than sending a dog or monkey up there and leaving it until it dies, although that is a valid step somewhere along the process. The important thing is to learn, and even -or especially- if(when) it fails
With the rising size of smart phones, I have decided I require a smaller form factor that I can effectively waterproof and use for water activities.. a "beach phone".
Not something I want to leave unattended in a bag on the beach to be nicked, so able to withstand immersion in salt water to a depth of up to 5 meters, and to 1.5 meters for up to an hour, while being small enough to carry comfortably - and securely - in a velcro'd pocket.
Naked IP68 phones arent adequate - plus being large and expensive, so my interim solution is a zombie Nokia 520 windows phone in a sealed bag. With an SD card full of tunes and a set of bluetooth earbuds it gets me to and from the beach without having to look to the real world for stimulation, and is cheap enough that loss or leakage isnt a drama.
As a zombie, it is no longer any use for phone calls, so I am still looking for alternatives, (plus the windows phone music app is
An Ipod might be a solution - as long as it requires no relationship with itunes or apple cables...
geo thermal is depletable at the rate we want to use it, unless you are in an active area... It is great for people who live amidst the smell of rotten eggs, but less so elsewhere.
Even on Lihir Island, a dormant volcano on the ring of fire, with steam venting from the ground, the geothermal generators power output dropped over time and was insufficient to run the gold mine processing plant.
Somewhere in generic Africa, a visitor was being reassured about the threat from lions.
The locals said most lions are shy, eat small rodents and fruits, and can be frightened away by wearing bells, and if they get too close you can drive them off using pepper spray.
Its only the rogue lions you have to be careful about.
The visitor asks how can you tell which is in the area.
The locals tell them, Examine the droppings.. normal lion poo has small bones in it and smells a bit fruity.
Rogue poo contains bells and smells of pepper
(this joke would actually work better set in America with brown/grizzly bears, but that would be stealing)
around here we have spinifex - needle like grass which causes festering sores as the tips of the grass break off and remain in the wound,
Bush Tomatoes - covered in very fine spines,
Mimosa bushes - invasive weed species with spikes/thorns up to 10cm long (according to business.queensland.gov.au website..)
and that's just the first 3 I can remember the names of
to non-discrimination requirements, unless there are already loopholes that allow hospitality industry to refuse to employ "unattractive" workers...
Every other industry that HR have got their fangs into seems forced to employ unsuitable and incompetent recruits, then try to mitigate the harm by increasing management.
Thank you for the smart arse answer.
Care to explain how much gravity that 500m diameter accretion of dust and mystery is generating, and how much effect that will be having at 7 kilometers distance ?
I have made a bunch of assumptions (yes I know) and got a mass for Bennu of about 150 million tonnes, while Osiris-Rex would be somewhere around 1.5 tonnes, which online calculators works out as 0.286 milliNewtons,
Which isn't much.
The mass of Bennu could easily be greater, about 175 million for solid silica, the 500 metre diameter is probably a media figure and only loosely accurate...
The 'orbit' probably is slow, but a radius around 7250 meters it is insanely tight, rough calculations tell me thats a 1 degree vector change every 126.5 meters,
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