Re: A question for the astronomers
Thanks everyone for the comments.
This is why I come to El Reg - for my daily dose of education! ;)
1487 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007
Thanks everyone for the comments.
This is why I come to El Reg - for my daily dose of education! ;)
Out of curiosity, what stops all that new founded dust coalescing into another Star on the same spot? Stars are formed from large quantites of matter coalescing together under gravity until they get so large they can ignite fusion reactions in there core. If 2/3 of a Red Giant Star is sitting around as dust after the Supernova, I would have thought that would be a fair amount of matter to get the Star formation process going again, maybe it would only create a dwarf star, but still.
What am I missing here?
I've never understood how the current system was allowed to stand anyway. If a newspaper has spent all of Page 1, and a substantial part of page 3 (minus the Page 3 girl of course) defaming someone, they should always have had to spend the exact same amount of space (i.e. Page 1, plus a substantial part of page 3 (but naturally, not getting in the way of the Page 3 girl!)) apologising for that defamation.
It might just encourage some more honesty in reporting, or at the very least some additional fact checking!
Anyone got a map where these 20 supervolcanoes are?
I swear I'm just looking for where I dont want to build my house, I am not looking for where I should build my evil lairs with which I can hold the entire world hostage. Honest...
@Dramoth, actually I am Australian (from Syd), although I'll admit that I dont live in Aus anymore.
If what you say about there being only 3 patrolled beaches in WA, then surely THAT is where the money being spent on helicopters, baiting, and shark killing should be being spent! Lifesavers are damn good at there job and not normally that expensive (considering how much a helicopter costs to run per hour, you get a damn site more lifesavers for the same cost!). And they'll save a hell of a lot more lives then killing a few sharks which may or may not be tempted by a swimmer...
Oh come on. Basically every swimming beach in the country is shark netted anyway, so as a swimmer the figures of attacks is even lower then that said in the article. The attacks that happen tend to happen to surfers because they're outside of the shark nets or at beachs where the water is too rough/not suitable for swimmers and so arent netted.
Simpler and more humane solution, spend some f%&king money educating Aussies and tourists that the only safe place to swim is at patrolled beaches, and on those beaches to swim between the flags. Guess what, then there would be no frigging shark attacks and a whole bucket load less drownings and near drownings as well!
Shhh AC. If people knew the real figure about Drop Bears they'd be too frightened to come and the tourist industry would collapse.
We just write Drop Bear deaths off as "camping/hiking accidents"....
The US is always planning another major war...
Gotta have something to shoot those million dollar Patriot missiles at after all...
"It doesn't exist in any of my contacts lists or history."
How do you know it gets lots of spam then? You have to login and check it periodically, or you have it forwarded to your account. Either way, news of that account is on your computer, so if you end up comprised, it would be as well...
I thought it was just that everyone was happy to be getting away from the US without being declared a terrorist, such that they put on a little extra burst of speed. Well you learn something new everyday...
If you read the report on the Beeb, they make it quite clear for the rabid Daily Mail crowd (which you appear to be a part of based on your comment) that the Doctors did this report as a laugh in their spare time. They did not do it in their work time, so quit your belly aching about them doing more productive things. They were off work, and managed to come up with a study that might just convince a few people to slow down on the booze over Xmas.
What have you done to try to make the world better in your spare time?
Scope creep is already occuring and it's only just been turned on. It was only supposed to block p0rn, but now it also blocks links to proxies. What will be blocked next?
Yes, bt they pay below the rates that are standard for Warehouse staff.
So it comes down to your definition are the Amazon workers logistics staff or wrehouse staff? Personally as someone with absolutely no connection to either industry I dont have a clue what the difference is, and I cant really imagine why there's a difference, but hell if I worked in a warehouse I would probably want the higher wages of being a warehouse worker as well!
Yes, in ancient warfare catapults killed lots of people, but that tended to be because of the unit formations that were used. A 1000 men standing in a tight formation gives a pretty good target. The modern militaries use far more distibuted deployments. So a rock falling out of the sky might if it was super lucky hit 1 man (unlucky if your that man though), but it will not hit more then 1, unlike in the old days where 1 rock landing in a compressed group could kill a dozen...
If an enemy is in position to see your laser system is in the "park" position. I would say you are in far more danger than from just a few random mortar rounds...
Is that a surprise? No one actually uses G+ after all...
People reading books can become equally engrossed. I used to get into a lot of trouble as a kid for tuning out when reading an enjoyable novel, to the point where my Dad would have to throw something at me after shouting at me for 2 minutes.
So dont think that only video games can engross someone, people have the ability to become absorbed in almost anything if they choose to...
Private Property is a natural right? I think you will find that in almost every country, the government/crown/party or whatever owns the land. They might lease it out on long term contracts, so long that you can buy and sell it on happily without worrying about the end of the lease, but if the government wants your land back, they are more then entitled to take it back off you. Here in the west, we believe that when that happens the people getting kicked off their land should get some fair and reasonable compensation. Other countries, you're lucky if you get to keep the shirt on your back.
Private Property a natural right? Not bleedin likely...
Better yet, lets send up all the lawyers and let them fight it out ON the Asteroid. We can probably sell the TV rights which would pay for the cost of getting them up there in the first place. Not sure we need to worry about replacement oxygen tanks though.
What do you think?
Ahhh... I'm just doing some research, boss. Honest...
I agree with most comments here about the need for the politicians to close the loopholes rather then whinging about the situation, but I gotta admit £2,4 million tax paid on £4,3 billion in sales is taking the biscuit just a bit...
And a patent that is bloody obvious is obviously not worthy of becoming a bloody patent - but that doesnt seem to stop the US patent office.
So whats your point?
How can anyone in a business environment, even a sweaty, basement living, alpha geek, believe that the user name Studbucket is an acceptable username to represent corporate interests?
My boss would give me a right kicking if I tried something like that. (And he'd be fully in the right to give the kicking to me in my opinion!)
It might solve it for a while. But only until the next day when the hangover hits...
Belarus - Dictatorship, allied to Russia, known for human rights abuses, internet criminals, pumping spam and being Europe's last old school Toatlitarian regime.
Iceland - Democracy, member of NATO, not overly friendly with the US (offered asylum to Snowden), friendly with the EU (but not part of it), not so friendly with the UK (Cod wars and the collapse of Iclandic banks). Not known for internet criminals and pumping spam. Known for being an awesome looking place that you would love to visit if it wasnt so damn far away.
Not really seeing any group that would likely be friendly with both of those countries...
Not Yutes, Utes. A Yute is a fibre used to make Hessian bags (according to Wikipedia), whilst a Ute is the traditional mode of transport for the Australian Yobbo.
This is why I come to El reg. A sensible review that isnt full of waffle.
Cheers. Have a pint on me!
Is part of the induction training for being a stock trader to play poker BADLY?
Corrected that for you...
Not sure what was wrong with the pair you set up Scott, but my Play 3 has the best sound I've had in anything even remotely resembling the same size. My old 6 foot stacks had nothing on the Play 3 which is barely 10cm tall.
I could not be happier with my Play 3. Only thing that I do find annoying is that there's no easy way to get PC Audio to play through the system (at least not without a particularly annoying delay). Although my neighbours are probably happy about this as the sound of my gaming coming from the Play 3 rather then my PC speakers might be a bit more substantial...
Every true manual should start with the following words in large, friendly letters on the cover:
I dont have a problem with him buying and selling his personal shares in Facebook because he is a director there. My objection is that he has another company of which he is also a board member (founding member actually), and which is buying shares (or selling in this case) shares in his first company.
Do not tell me there is not a conflict of interest there. If he's doing his job properly at Facebook he knows when they are about to release good results in advance and also when they are releasing bad results. If his other company is then buying and selling stock in Facebook, they are taking advantage of the insider information and that is a conflict of interest.
And whilst people might claim that there's no advantage being taken, maybe he's not involved in the sales personally or whatever, the fact remains that if he is doing his job properly for his second company, then all it would take is a mention of something strategically important over a business lunch (of which there's of course no record) then his second company will be able to gain an unfair advantage. The only way to avoid this would be for his second company NOT to invest in Facebook in the first place.
Too much of this dodgy stuff is happening these days and the authorities just dont seem to care in the slightest.
Isnt it just a teensy weensy bit of a conflict of interest for someone, lets call him Marc for examples sake, to be a director at a company, lets call that company facebook, just for example, and then for Marc to start an investment company, lets call it Andreesen Horowitz, and to then buy Shares in the first company, with which he's still a director?
That doesnt come across as just slightly inappropriate boardering on illegal conflict of interest? Anyone?
The fact that he's now offloaded the shares at a substantial profit just adds the icing to the cake of inappropriateness. No?
If they are actually registered in China, wouldnt names of those behind the company be available? So prosecuting this as just a regular case of fraud shouldnt be impossible.
If any of the investors were Chinese there would probably be a case to answer. Then again if it's only foreigners, it's probably safe to say nothing will happen....
At 80km altitude, anything in orbit will quickly lose velocity due to drag (Air resistance), and hence will lose altitude and de-orbit pretty quickly.
Everything up in orbit around Earth is slowly degrading its Orbit (except in a few key gravitational spots), but until you hit the top of the atmosphere (basically where there is actually enough Air molecules that collisions are likely) that degradation in Orbit is slow. But as soon as you hit the Atmosphere, degredation happens quite quickly, and nothing stays up beyond that point...
That was easily the coollest looking Satellite aloft. Shame to see it come down.
Still thanks for the great science GOCE!
I'm afraid the amount of fuel that the satellite would need to carry just to move to the parking orbit at the end of its life would probably so shorten the amount of life that the satellite has that it would no longer be worth sending the thing up in the first place.
Additionally, the more things up there, the more likely of a collision between 2 spacecraft. Whilst the movie Gravity is obviously hollywood, (please ignore the sensationalist bollocks), and the speed of the "chain reaction" is frankly ridiculous, but the risk of space debris expanding and making the risk to future space missions unacceptable is actually a high risk. So the requirement to deorbit spacecraft now is basically an attempt to safeguard our ability to get off this planet in the future.
You would be surprised how many young 'uns entering industry don't appear to know or understand this.
Thankfully when I was a young 'un, the old hands quickly gave me the run down on how sh*t always rolls downhill. I try and pass on that hard earned knowledge where I can to the next generation...
The kid in "Up" only has a Dad if I remember correctly. Or at the least film implies that because it basically says he was raised by the maid who kept telling him to stop bothering his father.
I was going to totally dispute this with you, until I sat down and started going through all of the Disney kids films I've seen. I was kinda shocked to realise you're right! I cant think of a single main character in a any Disney film I've seen who has both a mother and father (or doesnt at least end up having one of them knocked off in the first half of the film - aka Lion King).
Yes because the entire world was on a winter morning at 3:20 UTC when it hit. *Rolleyes*
The fact that it hit over central russia (i.e. UTC +6) means it hit at about 9:20 in the morning. I think the sun was up then, dont you?
Are you sure it was Dr McCoy and not Doctor McGayver?
Firefox has a DNT function? Where do I find that and how the heck do I turn it on?
Perhaps the reason only 20% of the customers have it enabled is that the rest of us didnt even know it was available!
Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...
Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?
How can, in this day and age, a multinational company only purchase the rights to use a patent it needs for its entire product line that applies in only one country (I'm looking at you Qualcomm)?
And how can, in this day and age, a multinational company purchase parts from another multinational company without checking that the company has all of the necessary patents for the entire world?
Surely this is what those expensive legal departments are for??
Massive Experiment Fails to Find Anything, Wastes Millions of Tax Payer Money
Queue outraged comments talking about homeless people, high taxes, and the wasteful nature of Scientific funding...
And in America probably add something about God having created the universe, science is evil, and isnt this kitten cute?
Thankfully we have the Reg to provide an intelligent review of the Boffins hard work...
Right up until the IPO when it will not be able to be switched off as that would upset the admen and consequently the stock holders.
Crikey, you've just given me an idea to sell to Apple.
We'll fill the next version of the iPad with helium (dont worry about leakage, the damn thing can be a pressure cylinder as people arent supposed to touch the insides anyway!). We'll call it the iPad "Lighter than Air!". It'll sell bazillions!
I'm off to go patent the idea now...
The horizontal mambo, perhaps?
But it sounds like WD hired a pro from a rival company and that guy then fabricated data so that he could use what he had learned at Seagate to help WD. Was WD actually aware that the guy had fabricated these notes, or at least had suscpicions?
If not, being penalised 600 million seems bloody harsh. Especially if the information he brought only allowed WD to get to market with a product "months" before they would have any way. OK I can maybe see them being punished with revenues from the products that incorporated this technology for lets say a year. But hitting them with a 600 million fine when they only made 400 million profit seems harsh. It doesnt sound like they went out of their way to steal the tech. Unless of course they knew (or had strong suspiciouns) that the guy had fabricated the claims that the tech was in the public domain, in which case the sum may be reasonable, but still...
Not interested at ALL. EVER.