* Posts by ravenviz

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Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

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Re: 2 billion in today's market

A lot has changed since the start of manned spaceflight, not just in politics, directly in technology, and more recently the wherewithal and capability of private enterprise. Sure I think lessons can be learned from the past, and hindsight is always 20:20 but comments about the Shuttle program I think are unfair as this was undiscovered country, we really were not capable enough to produce a reusable spaceplane then, for all sorts of reasons. Maybe we still aren't, but I believe we are now getting somewhere. The methods and implementations find their own way and we should continue to look forward and embrace a probable kaleidoscope of orbital transfer vehicles. The first generally affordable car was but a single model, nowadays there are over a thousand different ones to choose from, in about a hundred years. Let's let time progress and watch the future come to us.

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Re: Boring launches where nothing explodes...

I suppose at some point no form of travel is completely safe, it just comes down to statistics, or 'x' time since that <incident> last happened. It should be seen to stabilize at some point, no doubt with newsworthy punctuation.

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SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

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Wondering whether we can ever get 100% recoverable stages notwithstanding environmental conditions, weather, sea conditions, etc.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: old fashioned paper bags

funny how the Americans never made the move from paper to plastic "grocery" bags

Yep they did. In stores where someone is there to pack your bags they use far too many that are less than a third full, DOUBLE BAGGED!! I can never believe how many carrier bags I have after a small shop. When I visit US I actually take my own bags now!

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Re: It is just me that's noticed.....

penny chews

Black Jacks and Fruit Salads were 1/2 p each when I was growing up.

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Re: Burn it.

just burn it as fuel with the right filters

I think there should be a range of solutions and this should be one of them. Incineration 'done properly' can be a clean solution, especially if the furnaces are self perpetuating once started, the fuel being the plastic itself = low carbon footprint.

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Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

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Re: Well ...

There is no evolutionary answer to a nuclear holocaust

I believe evolutionary outcomes cannot be tied to any single specific event that we can know about. Sure we can look to the past and make judgement on events that may have had an impact at an evolutionary level, but we can really have no idea beyond speculation as to how a nuclear holocaust or any other event might affect humanity.

After all, the randomness and causal events that promoted our evolution could in no way have been predicted before even the last 1 - 2 million years when our direct ancestors' genetic makeup was pretty much what it is today.

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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

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I couldn't find a source I trusted

"I couldn't find an alternative to a very expensive OEM source I trusted"

There, FTFY.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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after an hour, the spacecraft restarted, re-orientated itself and sent a message back to Earth

Isn't it great when stuff just works!

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Maybe a bit more to worry about...

interwebs are forever

Perhaps, but we are only in the first innings. Who knows where it will go?

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I like to spend my spare time away from the office!

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Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster

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Re: 7800 Light Years?!

So this other galaxy is inside the Milky Way?

I think the point is that the stars in the close-to-us cluster are very old.

What I find interesting is that we look into the deep universe to see galaxies and stars that formed soon after the Big Bang, and yet we can do the same just by looking upwards at night!

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

No one in their right mind would want to spend 22 hours in a plane from Sydney to London with no break

I would if I had a flat bed to retire to. Mind you I am used to living in a camper van most weekends so I have developed coping strategies for living in an enclosed space.

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

US carriers seem to go out of their way to make economy a degrading experience

I probably wouldn't go that far, but I admit that flying docmestic in the US always seems to be a strange experience.

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How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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blow, job

Yes, very good!

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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Re: A bad day at school ...

In late 1977 I managed to take down all the PDP10 kit at Stanford and Berkeley

I hope they knew what wonderful halcyon days they lived in.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: Zen out

At Glastonury Festival in the early 2000’s we used to time stamp SMS’s in the text itself because they took so long to arrive. Just stopped people turning up at meeting points for an act after it had finished!

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+1 for prog reference.

At Marillion shows you could hear a pin drop during quieter moments of the set. In fact if some did drop a pin they’d get frowned at. ;)

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: Hmmm

1kW/m^2

That’s at best i.e. at the equator at midday!

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YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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yet to understand why youtube recommends flat earth and similar videos to me

Obviously wanting to offer you “balance”.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: skirting patents

I hereby patent “upthumb”.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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ESTA

It was on an ESTA application two weeks ago, I thought it odd, but it was not mandatory. Anyway I entered nothing as I felt one's social media presence was not defined well enough. The application acceptance, normally instant, went to Pending, and I had to check their site the following day, rather than them email me, which I did, and it had been accepted.

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Re: The whole point...

they're not going to use mobile

Better marketing of those mobiles with massive buttons is called for!

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custom ringtones

Woop-de-doo!

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How do they know you have virgin broadband if you don't tell them?

They don’t. But then that’s breach of contract. Like all the other breaches that are commonplace e.g. not having buildings insurance as a term of mortgage. In the end it’s a personal risk assessment.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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“Suck my lozenge”

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Re: WTF!

Re: mirth and merriment

No, that’ll be myrrh and merriment...

</no-coat>

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Re: And Cumbria

Re: Cockermouth

Double up vote :-D

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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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RE: no second season

I know what you are getting at but if that's all the Space:1999 there is then I'm happy. I do wear Space:1999 T-shirts (courtesy redbubble), cool as f*ck (in my mind) ;)

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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Re: Elvis has left the building

Or 2^4 times larger than all of those values...

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: Limited resources

These platforms were once seen as a useful way of advertising your wares; targeted: even better! But now there is a gamut of such platforms, the list of links to click on any website that companies must have a presence on to 'remain competitive' seems ever growing. So actually this is forcing companies into competition to 'keep up', in case their competitors register on 'the next big thing' platform and get that extra 0.01% visibility.

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Re: Worry, our data aren't as effective as we told you

You don't even need to click on an ad, or buy anything. Advertising is clever, subliminal. The point of all this Facebook scandal is how the data (allegedly) could be used, and how clever designer advertising could be used to change opinion, or even voting habits. It's what's on the screen that you 'ignore', or may not even actually consciously register that is the worry. Just saying "I don't follow ads", or "they don't affect me" is what they want, because it gives the illusion that you are in control.

And how many of us that "ignore ads" actually do see one in a hundred that are "now, that's interesting". Out of the billions of users, your click through along with a tiny proportion of the whole audience is just what the sellers are looking for. Seemingly though, that activity is now secondary.

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Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

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I can still get everything I want off Amazon for cheap second hand. Entire back catalogues for a few tens of £. But then I'm an old git and still think Van Halen are cool! (which they are)

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Really?

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Maybe Skylon space plane is what you are looking for.

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Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

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Re: My Favourite Viaduct

Ah yes, the massive lump that is Beinn Dorain, a spectacular sight before your way across Rannoch Moor.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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Re: Cybergumble

@Rich11

Showing someone how internet searched worked I typed in the innocuous word 'biscuit' and ended up on someone's 'soggy biscuit home page'! Embarrassment all round!

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Re: 'Physics ace'

Or according to Lewis, renowned wheelchair robo-voice uberboffin!

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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Re: Four Days?

old-school spring or weight driven clocks

Really looking forward to seeing you on the trail with a grandfather clock strapped to your back.

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Re: Four days!

only sleepwalkers need to be wearing it while sleeping

"LOL"

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Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

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Re: We gents should be so lucky!

Or use a wheelbarrow. Like Buster Gonad.

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Massive arseholes

Is a massive understatement.

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Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

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Probably need to break its back with a toothbrush.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Having read all of the above, I postulate:

a) the universes in a multi-verse are separated by 'a' speed of light barrier*

b) we *are* the universe thinking about itself

*I understand there is scope for the physical properties of different universes also being different but who said anything was going to be straightforward?

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China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

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Re: Bah!

You might be thinking of cork, minimal research seems to show it was used pre-lunar Apollo.

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Ah, like that other good idea of putting potatoes in foil in your engine to bake them.

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Re: Oak heatshields

Got to respect nature. A lot.

Great how we find uses for these natural materials that they never evolved to withstand.

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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Essentially the far source is theoretically extended but we only see the concentrated 'quasar bit'; the red shift of the farther object is the same for all the 'lensed' light, just the distances travelled are different due to the geometry of the lensing.

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Re: So is there now more or less dark stuff?

More vacuum?

Maybe more zero point field with energy coming from 'somewhere'.

Our universe isn't expanding 'on its own', something else is afoot.

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Looks like Galileo is still the most accurate!

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