All about TESS
TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will seek worlds close to home. It is designed to spot planets orbiting nearby bright stars.
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To see Zuck as a reincarnation of Caligula is an insult to the Emperor.May be he is rather a reincarnation of Cesare Borgia.
A new Caligula will have his slaves dig at sites clearly marked as Nuclear waste burial site. No do dig here!.
People with normal vision can see the Haidinger figures. Even the degree of polarization of the blue sky 90° from the Sun is enough to see it, if you know what to look for.
Re orientation in general:
Alice asked the Cheshire Cat "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That dependes a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where --" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "--so long as I get somewhere," Alice added. "Oh, you 're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
@AC: A five sided/pointed shape is in fact very easy to make. Learned that in kindergarten.
In the Stalin era the family of executed political prisoners got an invoice for the bullets used by the firing squad. Although it was only a few rubles, it was an humiliation.
I 'll drink to that.
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No Boffins? This must be fake news or it is ....
Re: I'd suggest banning the Mercer family from any oxygen use.
You are not suggesting a few mg of Novichok, are you? Naughty, naughty!
BTW what is that Facebook thing they are writing about, I never visited their website.
When Picasso lived in Paris shortly after 1900 he was too poor to pay his restaurant bills. But his talent was recognized and on several occasions he took a 5 Francs note, scribbled on it, signed it and the value jumped to 50 Francs, enough to pay the waiter. If it would survive to the present day it could be auctioned for millions even if it had accummulated a thick layer of shit.
AFAIR I changed the Desktop Background to a nerve-relaxing darkgreen with tiles showing in black I hate Microsoft - I hate Microsoft - I hate Microsoft in five-pixel high microfont for every Microsoft Windows® PC where I could do that.
MS gave me always the feeling I had only a teaspoon to hammer a nail in a wall, where UX gave me a toolkit with the lightest and most elegant tools to a sledgehammer.
That you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you.
On the other hand, after three days without coding, life becomes meaningless.
Dave 126 reminds me that I had for years a chromium-plated mouse treadmill on my desk. AFAIR, I finally donated it to the owner of a hamster in need of some exercise.
(ABS) dissolved in acetone makes excellent glue or thick paste. It hardens to the air. Use titanium sheet as non-sticking frame. Just saying.
And even in the laboratory you 'll probably only be able to detect a anaesthetized white rabbit, not a black cat.
where you have full control over the external light sources, non line of sight imaging might well work, but not in the real sunlit world.
Physical access is total control.
Mine is the one with the Skandia T20 in the pocket.
An intimate friend of Faraday once described to me how, when Faraday was endeavouring to explain to Gladstone and several others an important new discovery in science Gladstone's only commentary was 'but, after all, what use is it?" 'Why, sir,' replied Faraday, 'there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it!'"
bash shell ksh script (AIX UNIX)
Some twenty years ago a not too bright colleague deleted a file on his Irix workstation. He downloaded from a Russian website a program that was supposed to undelete files on a UNIX system, but in fact was malware. It took our service department several days to restore some order. Fortunately the damage was restricted to this one machine and we mocked our colleague with the story for a long time.
I regularly receive emails in very large font, for the visual impaired you know, with at the end the text Think about the environment before you print this mail., which gets printed on a single new page if you dare to do that.
The index fossil of human civilisation (*) will be the bottlecap. Archeologists will quarrel over the distinction between, what we call, the Cola-Cola and Pepsi-Cola variant. They will also notice an association with concretions of hollow metal cilinders of seemingly standardized sizes.
(*) Mahatma Gandhi answered ~1947 to the question what his opinion was on Western civilisation: What civilisation?.
"As with anything, it can be used for good or bad," the security researcher added. "The responsibility is with the person using it. I am not going to play gatekeeper to information. I believe information should be free and I am a fan of open source in general."
It is important to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.
They did not even get their tulips back - so sad!
@Whitter: I like to fry in Greek ILIADA virgin olive oil. FTFY. With a bit of hot curry powder. Yummy.
if AI could suggest a sensible answer to the question Do you beat your wife only on Friday?.
TIFF solved that, at least for cat-pictures.
Those nerds were only fiddling with male and female connectors.
"The KODAKOne image rights management platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. ... KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system"
But the only useful way to track the IP of images is to watermark them in a way that is both unobtrusive and robust against all kind of image processing including rescaling, cropping, distortions and compression. And we know that is feasible.
to follow is to subtract the "recognized" object from the image until no object is found above a certain threshold. In that case the banana will be found after the toaster.
A Dvorak keyboard layout is fine. But stick to one keyboard layout. Years ago I had a Z-80 with a hand-wired Dvorak keyboard. That worked fine over the weekend, but on monday I had to retrain to the company QWERTY layout. AFAIR the Dvorak layout was tested on an American warhip where all keyboards had that layout with great succes.
They are battery operated ....
a woman in the Netherlands had a tattoo "Mother" set with the ashes of her mother, so her mother would always be near to her.
Me Too. 2516 lines of C# code including an MIT expat open source license. Downloadable from my website.
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