Re: a few melancholy memorials to our brief existence
I highly recommend muting the soundtrack.
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*mundane story, epically silly comment thread
It's been a few years but when my son and I had season passes to area amusement parks, one of which was a Six Flags location, the pass included a somewhat grainy B&W photo of the person for whom the card was issued. At entry, said pass was scanned by the Mark I eyeball of a teenager manning the gate. Within the context of amusement park entry, there is NO good reason for ID confirmation more complex or intrusive than this. Just because you CAN use shiny tech to achieve a thing doesn't always mean you SHOULD.
"This test is IMHO incomplete.
There is considerable wear caused by swivelling in and out of the seat when entering and leaving the car. Some of that is at full body weight, and that causes a heck of a lot more friction than just sitting in it whilst driving."
Maelstorm, I think your information is a bit out of date. As of late 2018, updated FAA regulations state that "recreational fliers and community-based modeler organizations must register." To wit, "Even if you're only flying in your backyard, drones that weigh more than 0.55 pounds* must be registered." And the operator as well.
"Certificated** Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators" can fly craft up to 55 pounds (25 Kg) but still must register the craft and, of course, the operator.
I fly fixed wing RC and the groups I belong to have been watching this fairly closely. Due to the idiocy coming from a subset of multi-rotor operators, we may ultimately get onerous regulation of us generally more responsible club-based fixed wing operators as well.
** something wrong with Certified?!?
different strokes, I guess. I came to say that I actually LIKED that particular musical selection. Of course I also occasionally like (relatively small doses of) Jarre, Jean Luc Ponty, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Larry Fast/Synergy, etc as well so I suppose it's all a matter of personal tastes.
That is a fascinating series of assertions and I think I understood at least SOME small portion of it. I do, however, have a few questions. Are you saying their model does not account for mass or are you saying that there is no such thing as mass?
Do you have any particular scientific credentials or peer-reviewed corroboration to bolster your argument? Please note I am NOT trying to mock or be sarcastic. Indeed I am attempting to learn something that would definitely be new to me.
read Larry Niven's excellent novel "A World Out Of Time". The story itself is interesting but a principle plot device in that story is in line with your point. In order to escape the expanding sun, a giant fusion motor was put into the upper atmosphere of Neptune (I think, long time since I last read it) and the resulting massive "pilotable planet" was used to gently move Earth into a "safer" orbit around Jupiter.
"The QE Class Carriers were originally designed with azipods but when it was realised that they'd have to be specially made as there weren't off the shelf ones powerful enough they went back to a more traditional drive train."
Although I wasn't sure, I suspected as much, hence the parenthetical part of my comment.
"I thought they were fixed pitch and fixed rotation. If they wanted to back the ship up, they simply spin the Azipod 180 degrees."
That's the way it was explained to us landlubber tourists by the 3rd Officer of MS Eurodam on a recent cruise. He also mentioned that they could point the pods perpendicular to the keel to slow the ship rapidly before rotating to apply reverse thrust. There were pictures from dry dock posted on the back wall of the bridge wing to illustrate what the azipods looked like. That particular ship (and presumably similar vessels) had three sets of thruster controls - one on each wing for use during docking maneuvers and one in the center at the main "helm" position. The officer explained that, although Eurodam didn't have one, the large traditional ships wheel on other HA ships did actually work but was largely ceremonial. Steering was normally accomplished by a simple joystick and the thruster controls. I would think nearly all recently constructed vessels above (and possibly below) certain tonnage thresholds are designed with azimuth thrusters - providing flexibility and agility to what would otherwise seem rather ponderous indeed.
"The first human eyes to see the far side were the crew of Apollo 8, and one of them told Arthur C. Clarke that they had debated radioing back news of a large black monolith on the surface, having seen the film 2001 before launch, but that wiser heads prevailed."
I did not previously know about said debate among the Apollo 8 crew. I clearly remember being 7 years old and hearing Boorman, Lovell, and Anders read from Genesis on Christmas Eve of '68 but in all those years since had never heard about them potentially pranking humanity.
I heartily applaud this. All four lines on my current plan are Motorola phones. As the family tech-support person, this will make one small part of my life a bit easier. If I wasn't already a Motorola owner/user this, for me anyway, would tip the scales in favor of becoming one.
* "Why?" you may ask. I have found certain Motorola phones to strike the perfect balance between features and price. The cameras/batteries/screens/memory/storage/etc are not the best but they ARE the best for the price I want to pay (especially considering that I must buy them four-at-a-time). YMMV, of course, but like what I get for the amount paid.
we return to the good old mechanical lever voting machines?
One disadvantage is a delay in results because such devices cannot report results to an off-site governmental agency tasked with tallying the votes. This means that, GASP, a living breathing human must read the vote totals and report the results manually. The other disadvantage is the fact that these machines mostly no longer exist in this country. The advantages are that it's nigh on impossible to hack a non-electrical, mechanical-only device, and although slow it's still faster to tabulate than paper ballots.
"I was working at one of the biggest SAP shops in the world (Unilever) when HANA was launched and there was no rough stuff."
Maybe not then, but my company is going through a long-overdue SAP upgrade now. The very obviously implied meaning now is "Say, that's a nice business you got there. Shame if something were to happen to the ERP running it." Not quite Dinsdale Piranha, but almost.
Paul Ryan announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking reelection, so he has no reason to fear public backlash or outcry. As pointed out in the article, the House action was just a formality with zero chance of success.
This is one of the things I find most frustrating about our two party system. In my limited understanding of your parliamentary system, it seems you lot have (in theory at least) more options from which to choose and (also very much "in theory") more chances for a reasonable compromise outcome.
If the brane model multiverse (or something like it) is correct then might perhaps "dark" energy affecting this universe be "normal" or "light" energy in an adjacent brane? Maybe it's "dark" and only indirectly interacts with normal matter/energy in our visible universe because it's not actually IN our universe but just outside in the next brane over.
The preceding Wild-Arsed Guess is purely speculation on my part for conversation's sake only and any connection with actual facts would be a rather enormous coincidence. I lay NO claim to any scientific knowledge or professional credentials/education with which to make any such statements authoritatively.
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