Re: I ain't Spartacus' "One can only hope"
"I propose a chewing gum manufacturer, giving us the Hubba Bubba Space Telescope."
Or, if one prefers a chewing gum sponsor, then perhaps the more assonant Dubble Bubble Hubble Space Telescope ©®™.
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well that IS farther than down the road to the chemist.
perhaps it's a Queen's English thing but I'm wondering why you inserted a stray period and that "apostrophe S" at the end...
That was such a great game.
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.
Total Wireless Access Technology
or, if you prefer
Consolidated Universal Networking Technology
well, at least [current # upvotes] of us got it the first time...
thank you for that. If you don't mind, I'll appropriate it for later use in lieu of sending a cleaning bill for the awful mess on my desk, monitor, and hapless nearby coworker.
Oh no, not again.
But will it, or the marketing department responsible for it, be first against the wall when the (space) revolution comes?
"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.
that SAP didn't just buy them outright like they did Ariba. I suppose they must have thought they could beat any lawsuit that might arise.
This. I rather strongly suspect Seattle was reminded that the soon-to-be-selected "New Second HQ" city could very easily become the "New Only HQ" city...
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.
the locals should rename Fiskargaten to something like UtsöktFiskargaten - Delicious Fishes street, according to internet translation. Cross streets can be renamed Baked Avenue, Pan Fried Lane, and Grilled Road.
Indeed, bashing things is the basis for all technology
In the words of the inimitable Douglas Adams, "We'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent lifeforms everywhere and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys."
this will become a landmark case, ultimately leading to such protections* at the national level. Or at the very least I hope my state will follow the example of Illinois.**
*PLEASE don't wake me up. It's such a pleasant dream
** far more likely but less useful in general.
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.
Maybe it's simply a Yank vs Brit pop culture thing. There may indeed be a better metaphor out there than the Peanuts reference but many (and probably most) of us left ponders thoroughly understand that one and consider it appropriate for this subject.
Key to understanding its relevance here is that Lucy does this every year and Charlie Brown falls for it every time - much in the same way that NASA and/or the President say "we're going back to the moon!" and people get excited but, then it never goes beyond that comment. Unlike Charlie Brown, most of us USAians have all but given up on NASA doing anything significant on the moon and, given the timelines and technology and costs involved, remain VERY skeptical of a manned Mars mission any time soon.
99 little bugs in the code.
99 little bugs.
Take one down,
Patch it around -
127 little bugs in the code.
into an open elevator shaft.
But I digress...
Wow, that's great <cough>customer service!</cough>
And then a star to the right...
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for that. Cheers!
"Imagine how happy they will be when step out on the cool wet grass of a new planet"
I imagine the first and biggest problem would be that they collapse under the crushing weight of gravity because they lived their entire lives at, let's say, 0.09G. Luna's gravity is 0.1667G. The energy required to get an asteroid THAT size/mass moving in the desired direction would be collossal so it is reasonable to assume a much smaller asteroid. It is also reasonable to assume that "artificial gravity" as exemplified in movies/TV remains a product of science fiction. If they have the technological capability to produce artificial gravity that doesn't involve spinning wheels, then they probably don't need to build ships out of asteroids. Just my opinion.
Yes. However, even if we do put the requisite number of sentinels in the described area, that alone is insufficient. We must also develop the technology to eliminate or at least mitigate an incoming threat. Otherwise, knowing that one is coming only affords us the opportunity to place heads between knees and kiss our arses goodbye - which admittedly does in and of itself have some value.
"Much as I'd have liked to [continue to] play around with a Windows phone, I've come to find those apps far too useful to lose."
Indeed. That is the only reason I gave up mine.
that unfortunately never panned out was the Rogallo Wing planned for the Gemini crew capsules. While not technically a balloon (or at least not ALL of it), the Rogallo Wing concept was a great example of out-of-box thinking for spacecraft recovery.
AtGames also has another version of the same thing here. Perhaps one is a US version and the other isn't? No idea but I do remember seeing that particular one on store shelves last Christmas. It's also considerably less expensive than the version you cite although I'm uncertain why.
upvote for your last paragraph
"Looks like a liquid."
Or, if you prefer: "It's just got 8 o'clock and time for the liquid on your television set to explode."
Just doesn't have the same ring to it...
the surrounding facts keeps changing with new discoveries and theories like this. Therefore: Could these "new" black holes account for at least some of the missing mass required to bind the galaxy together and keep it spinning at current speed?
IIRC, currently identified baryonic matter accounts for about 15% of the total mass required for the galaxy (and by extension, the universe) to behave the way it does. If there turn out to be significantly more black holes in existence than previously thought, then perhaps baryonic matter makes up a greater percentage of the total.
I am not a physicist nor any other form of scientist - just a bloke trying to wrap my mind around the concepts and actually learn something.
If it came down anywhere near Point Nemo, that's probably about as good an outcome as one could hope for, is it not?
"User interface designers will be familiar with the Hick-Hyman law as an argument for reducing complexity in design, before ignoring it and festooning their sites with a bewildering variety of options." [/SadlyNoddingHead]
Sounds like you are on the way to destruction...
If you aren't familiar with this series, I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the very few that tries to get the physics of life/travel in space correct without resorting to technobabble and exotic theories*. It's one of the few shows SyFy channel got right.
* NOT including one of the key plot points which I won't spoil. Strictly speaking of how the show addresses working/living/travelling in space.
While the inclusion of the word "ever" does add some ambiguity, I think the meaning is still clear - that the first flight of the Wright Brothers was at Kitty Hawk, not that the Wright Brothers were the first to fly. Personally, I would have left out "ever" and replaced "manned" with "powered" but even that, as you point out, is subject to debate.
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