* Posts by Martin Budden

2482 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

Martin Budden

Re: There is an easier and cheaper way of getting a usable sample.

This thread is about bulls, not donkeys.

Out of curiosity, what would you laugh it off of?

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

Martin Budden

"I've always thought that the best approach would be to float something up to the edge of the atmosphere then have a much smaller rocket blast to get it out into space."

What a load of ballockets!

p.s. also known as rockoons, but that doesn't sound nearly as funny.

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Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

Martin Budden

They weren't human-habitable anyway.

Not massive enough to hold an atmosphere, most likely tidally locked... so what if there's surplus water? Just being in the so-called goldilocks zone isn't enough.

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China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

Martin Budden

Re: Digestive biscuits are surprisingly fireproof

Forget the tea, pair the giant Digestive with a nice wheel of cheese. SpaceX has some experience there.

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Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

Martin Budden

Re: Spring is coming @ Pascal Monett

Not round these parts it isn't: it's autumn here.

(That's the least important mistake in your post)

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

Martin Budden

Aircraft

So technically it will be an aircraft flying at very very high altitude, not a satellite in orbit. Right?

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New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects

Martin Budden

Going underground

Looks more useful for scanning caves, ancient tombs etc.

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Martin Budden

Re: Could I have a little privacy please?

Garibaldis wouldn't be the same without that rabbit.

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

Martin Budden

Finders Keepers

If a chunk lands in my veggie patch, can I sell it?

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Which came first, the Chicken Licken or the chieftain?

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It's ALIIIIIVE: Boffins detect slow-moving zombie star

Martin Budden

Re: Terra Fritata

Yes but what's that got to do with eggs? Has post-pub nosh become synonymous with post-planetary-death nosh? It can certainly feel that way the following morning.

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Inviting nearby exoplanet revealed as radiation-baked hell

Martin Budden

Re: Plane of the flares?

And the other problem with red dwarfs' close-in goldilocks zones is tidal locking, which also makes any planets rather unpleasant (on the other hand the dark side would be shielded from the worst of the flares).

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Hubble Space Telescope one of 16 suffering data-scrambling sensor error

Martin Budden

Re: A Question must be asked !!!

p.p.s unwarranted trollism posted that comment using microchips invented by scientists. Just sayin'.

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Martin Budden

Re: A Question must be asked !!!

Not even science is perfect... although the physics studied by scientists *IS* perfect, and the more they study physics the closer they get to knowing how it works. That's science. And thanks to scientists discovering this error, we just got another bit closer.

p.s. not just physics, obviously. Science is great for working out other stuff too.

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SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

Martin Budden

How long will they stay up?

Low earth orbits tend to degrade because there's still a trace of atmosphere. That's a lot of satellites to replace every few years.

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Martin Budden

Re: Parachutes

I assume you'd use a small drogue to slow it down, then maybe a larger drogue if needed, before deploying the main parachute.

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Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

Martin Budden

A flash in the pan

Mr Buso has had his moment in the spotlight, and will likely fade into obscurity. Stardom is fleeting.

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Martin Budden

Re: Fly me to the moon @ Chris G

You misspelled Big Fucking Rocket.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

Martin Budden

Re: Academics

He's running a business. Marketing is required.

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WTF?

Exactly how much cheering would you allow?

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

Martin Budden

Re: Well the smoking gang...

"An umbrella, having no walls, definitely counts as outdoors"

Definitely is a strong word. What about an umbrella in a two-walled hut?

While we're at it, what about a one-walled hut inside a one-walled hut: does that add up to the two walls required to classify it as indoors??

Can we even be indoors without doors???

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Martin Budden

Re: What kind of sick f**k

I can't stand tea. Or coffee.

I'm drinking beer right now.

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576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

Martin Budden

More please

We need another one for the southern hemisphere to help find incoming asteroids, because I really don't fancy another Chicxulub any time soon.

Oh yeah, and we also need a way to deflect it once we've spotted it.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

Martin Budden

Re: Space fighter, or at least a toy for the very rich

@Mystic Megabyte

https://youtu.be/M68ndaZSKa8

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Martin Budden

Re: How many flights? @ Aladdin Sane

I have a signed autobiography of Winkle Brown, it is a fascinating read. He was truly amazing.

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

Martin Budden
Boffin

Dear Politicians,

Kindly stay the fuck out of science.

Sincerely,

Humanity

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

Martin Budden

simple answer

When the Big Bang happened all the matter went *this* way and all the antimatter went *that* way. It's a universe of two halves, we just can't see far enough to see the other half.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

Martin Budden

Re: Swedes

Australian subs have a reputation for leaking water. Having said that, the new ones will be built by other countries, which means it will be intelligence leaking not water.

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Dome, sweet dome: UAE mulls Martian city here on Earth ahead of Red Planet colonization

Martin Budden

Re: Domed to failure

Mars will need an extra dome as a place to send the worst of its criminals (e.g. people who steal a loaf of bread, a very serious crime in any developing society). This dome will be located in the part of Mars which has the most deadly conditions, and is not claimed by any other nations (except the local Martians who have lived there since forever but they don't count). This dome won't legalise same-sex marriage until long after every other dome has done so. It will also have the best stretches of sand on the planet, so we can forgive everything else. It will be called Marstralia.

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

Martin Budden

As always, law enforcement is a step behind criminal ingenuity. It has always been this way, and always will, because that is the nature of opportunity vs regulation.

Even so, incarceration is and always has been a bloody big disincentive.

Nothing new to see here, move along.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Martin Budden

Re: Smooth as silk?

The ballistic glide between boost and re-entry would be smooth as silk, but the bits at either end would more than make up for a spot of turbulence.

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Elon has all the best names.

Raptor, BFR, Moonbase Alpha... all so very cool!

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Martin Budden

Re: Dear Mr Musk - we're doomed

We should be worried (but not by phones).

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

Martin Budden

@Lee D Re: Fait accompli, mate

"The planets and systems you're looking at are billions of years old."

Many of the exoplanets we've found are less than 100 light years away, none are billions of light years away. We are looking at them as they were towards the end of the last century, i.e. within my lifetime. Some are only 4 or 5 light years away.

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

Martin Budden

Re: The answer to the question.

A nugget of purest Green!

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Ten spacecraft – from Venus Express to Voyager 2 – all tracked same solar flare

Martin Budden

Re: CME's? we've heard of them ...

Car electrics are unaffected by direct-hit lightning strikes, maybe they'll be ok with CMEs? Just wondering.

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Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser

Martin Budden

beard-seconds

@dbtx

I just wasted far too much time on the page you linked to!

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Shoebox-sized satellites made by civs win trip on NASA's newest rocket

Martin Budden

Re: For the boffin's sake I hope they have a backup plan.

NASA won't fund a single launch organisation. It will fund multiple different organisations, at least two and very possibly three. It's got something to do with eggs and baskets.

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Nukes tests caused space weather, say NASA boffins

Martin Budden

Re: Fallout

You want to know what kills *LOTS* of people via man-made airborne contaminants? Coal-fired power stations.

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Warm, wet, mysterious... sound familiar? Ah, yes, you've heard of this second Neptune, too

Martin Budden

Re: To a first approximation

"...or should that be plankton?"

Depends how fast the current is moving. Even a whale is plankton if the current is strong enough that the whale can't swim against it.

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

Martin Budden

The same place 92 times? That's incredible! Do you live on the moon?

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

Martin Budden

Re: 44 million years to get there at the speed of a standard jet aircraft

Aaaaaages. And that's just the wait for three to arrive together.

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Tidal locking bothers me.

Those planets must be rather uncomfortable, with one cooked side and one frigid side and craaazy winds.

We keep finding earth-sized planets in the goldilocks zone around various dwarf stars but they are necessarily always close to their star and therefore tidally locked. I think our best chance of finding alien life will be on planets orbiting larger stars, so that the planets are orbiting far enough out to be spinning. Unfortunately those ones are not so easy to spot.

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Martin Budden

Re: Tides and stuff

Pretty sure our magnetic field is also important, I wonder if any of these planets* have magnetic fields?

*not actually planets according to the official definition.

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

Martin Budden

Re: It does resemble a bumhole...

When my 9 year old saw the video he said "woah, that looks like an ominous butthole".

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NASA spunks $127m on SSL-powered robot to refuel satellites in space

Martin Budden

Re: Fuel for thought.

"Power isn't a problem if you have enough solar panels..."

Luckily, when you collect lots of old satellites you get to keep all their solar panels :-)

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

Martin Budden

Re: Not sure I want to go on the ISS

A biscuit tin?

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Martin Budden

Windy

The white tops on the waves tell me it was pretty windy out there when the landing happened, so the smoothness of the landing is a superb result. Well done SpaceX.

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Sick burn, brah: SpaceX test fires rockets for SES bird launch this week

Martin Budden

And of course if one engine fails on the way up the satellite should still get there but the water landing will probably be scrubbed (i.e. the first stage will just ditch) because of the extra fuel needed to fly with just 8 remaining engines. All of which is fine by me, it's great to see such a flexible system with built-in redundancy.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

Martin Budden
Joke

Re: @DAM (was: "photons may lack mass")

Light, by definition, is not at rest.

It is after you turn the switch off at bed time.

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