The whole point of the metric system is to make large numbers more ‘palatable’.
10 billion g (assuming billion is 9 zeros) = 10 million kg = 10,000 metric tons = 10 kilotons. </pédant>
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That dredged up a memory of long ago. During a lecture, a student who had to be absent got permission to put a cassette tape recorder (yes, that long ago) on the table in front of the room, to record the lecture.
Next thing you know, other students started doing this, to avoid attending.
They then decided to jibe the lecturer, by all of them skipping the lecture, so that the lecturer would be faced with a mass of recorders, and an empty room.
Except that the lecturer got wind of this, and when the students arrived to set up their recorders, the lecturer had already put his cassette recorder on the table, with a note that said “Press Play to start the lecture”.
I find it annoying the way they cute-tify space probes, by anthropomorphing them (perhaps to reach a younger audience?)
NASA does it, and Japan is doing the same.
“Ooo, look, I farted some gas to change my course to the asteroid”, “My bad, I used non-metric units and completely missed my target”.
They are machines, designed by us! (Us, meaning talented humans). We can celebrate those who designed, built, and operate them, without needing to resort to baby talk.
For all this involve in the mission,kudos!
Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons,
You're the product on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that
you're leaving there too soon,
You're leaving there too soon.
It's so noisy at the fair
But all your friends are there
And the candy floss you had
And your mother and your dad.
prophetic verses by Neil Young, 1964
20 years before SugarMountain was born
Geez, now you've dredge up a memory I tried to suppress all these years. I once used a language (BASIC? On the Apple II? Fortran on the IBM 1130?) that insisted that constants start with I, J, K or something like that, while the other letters are reserved for variables, or some such nonsense (yes the memory is still somewhat suppressed).
Given my handle, I felt that I had to make a comment.
First,: De gustibus non est disputandum.
Second: I consume about 5 lbs (2.25kg) of meat a week, go figure...
We presume that the planet Mars is the reference in the manfrommars handle; what do you call someone from the Vega star system?
That’s the case for most users, but I have genetic analyses that are highly parallel, so more cores scales better than more clock speed.
For example, one of my jobs would typically take a month or so, using all 24 threads of a 12 core machine, running 24/7. I would love to have a 48 thread machine, because it should almost halve the time of the run. It is much harder, and gets into impossible territory, to scale clock speed in a similar way: A 2.5 GHz chip could possibly be sped up to 5GHz, but 10 or 20GHz? I do appreciate higher clock speeds, it’s just that more cores gives me more bang for the buck.
When you get down to the basics, a GPU is a massively parallel chip, because much of the graphics task can be nicely parallelized. One can imagine (hope?) that other common tasks can better take advantage of getting paralleized to the extent possible. Modern OS’s already generate many threads, to take advantage of the cores available.
Almost a megawatt-hour per transaction?!!!
Here I am, switching to LEDs and adopting other power-saving measures, just to save a few kilowatt-hours per year...
Bitcoin is an ecological disaster in addition to all the other bad things they say about it.
Icon is most appropriate ——>
On the face of it it, the observation that fake goes farther than non-fake says that the twats, at least in the aggregate, can and do know the difference, and treat the one differently than the other.
Being more inclined to pÉ¹ÉÊoÉ snoÉ¯ÊuouÉ's point of view (how stupid the average person is, etc.), I wonder if they analyzed if there is a distinct subset of twats who are responsible for most of the fake re-tweets.
All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.
All that you eat
And everyone you meet
All that you slight
And everyone you fight.
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
The effective range and laser power are tremendously important:
Even a relatively slow 500 mph missile/projectile traverses 2 mile in only 14 seconds.
This is all the time available to the laser to kill it, or be killed.
I wonder how long a 60 kw, presumably IR laser needs to dwell on the target to melt thru.
I totally agree with you. My 1st job was to do assembly programming. It taught me how to go about learning new languages, low-level and high.
Assembly language programming itself is not particularly difficult. It's just damn demanding, in a tedious sort of way: you have to take care of bloody everything yourself. Most of the time, you don't get to call on some module wrtten by some else, because it simply doesn't exist.
Maybe with the IoT demand, there will be the equivalent of modules that will become available. That would be nice, if you can trust it, that is.
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