# Posts by kleinman

8 posts • joined 19 Aug 2011

### Blast-off! Boat free launch at last. Orion heads for space

#### Re: their pint only contains 16 fluid ounces

As I heard it, the american pint is actually the "wine" pint, or 1/8 of the old "wine gallon" which was a measurement used a few centuries ago. As the british standardized the pint after the revolution it makes sense that the US would stick with the older version.

### Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

#### In Fortran

Program dog

parameter(n=101,m=101,luout=10)

parameter(big=10.0, small=1.0)

open(unit=luout,file='dogsballs')

xo = 0.0

zo = 0.0

do i = 1 , 2

yo = float(i*2-3)

write(luout,*) n,m,1

enddo

end program dog

pi = 3.14159

do i = 1 , n

theta = 2.0*pi*float(i-1)/float(n)

do j = 1 , m

phi = pi*float(j-1)/float(m)

write(luout,*) x, y, z

enddo

enddo

end subroutine balls

### Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

#### Re: Weights and Measurements

I think more specifics are needed. Was that a short or long fuckton?

### Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

#### Re: US spelling...

The US gallon is based on the "wine gallon" while the "imperial gallon" is based on the "beer gallon". No doubt the wine gallon was preferred as it was smaller, and thus more American...

### Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

#### LOHAN

I am sure the X37 is going to release a paper plane, just to demoralize the Onion staff. Ever since LOHAN was announced they have been gearing up to this.

### LOHAN ideas..

#### Re: Rods are out. Rails are in.

Ah but rockets like to take off down wind. I tried launching a rocket into the wind once, and it became a very low-flying cruise missile which struck the house at the end of the field. Slightly downwind is the best option.

However as the balloon will be moving at the same speed as the wind, I don't see how a drogue will help in any way.

### The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

#### Secret Levels?

Do you get to help the Captain find rum bottles and get drunk or is that a secret level?

### DARPA shells out \$21m for IBM cat brain chip

#### DARPA Requirement

Being this is a DARPA project, how will the brain chips work when inside a glass jar full of bubbling liquid?