Don't worry you aren't missing much - you have to be ridiculously high for it to be remotely convincing and it doesn't come with the phone number of your local drug dealer. But I second your motion for a Google flight sim - even the rather dodgy Google 3D buildings put the Microsoft autogen scenery to shame.
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I think that
In the future I'll stick to the astrophysics articles.
"arbitrary code execution in backend”
I think I saw that in a video once.
That sphere doesn't look especially spherical. Are the gravity waves particular intense at the Vulture South eyrie.
Re: So . . . . .
1. The energy doesn't run out it just gets spread progressively thinner (at least for light in a vacuum and gravity waves that's were your model falls short).
2. The same analogy applies to light and yet we manage to see distant galaxies.
3. It helps to have a very energetic source and a very sensitive detector.
For really high temperatures you need a jam-based pastry.
you missed the section about pronoun dropping.
The answer to that question
Is probably the same as to "do you intend to keep the same phone for the next 12 years".
Re: I'm fairly sure....
Well if they projected it on the white wall they used for the filming. . .
you mean 'U' for 'unwatchable'? Sarcastic bastard the BBFC.
"vitiate the youth of Pakistan”
I think they're onto something. Hard to work up the youth (read: young men) into a righteous (and sometimes murderous) when they're all sitting around with a silly smile on their face.
Because "Leftists, liberals and fundamentalist progressives"
have been conspiring to destroy the US public education system since forever.
I'm seeing his name pronounced by Rowan Atkinson.
Welcome to the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology
Mind, if we call you Kate, just to keep it clear.
Dammit, I've waited 45 years to get even with you pommies.
No better regulation
We hear these stories again and again because in any regulated system a culture develops of doing the the absolute minimum needed to comply with the regulations. No that might be acceptable in the exciting field of, say, stationery (sorry, David Brent) but when it comes to my money I want a proactive regulator that's prepared to continually enforce good and just not just "good enough" (which never is) practices. Of course in the current cultural/political climate I'm dreaming.
Aeroflot Flight 593
Thanks I was trying to find that to cite as a reply to all those blaming Bin Laden for not been allowed in the cockpit anyone. Short summary for those who don't know the story: Captain allows son and daughter to sit in the pilots' seats. Son somehow manages to disable the autopilot. Everybody* dies. One of the more truly horrific aviation stories.
*73 people according to the supposedly unreliable Wikipedia.
"most of wikipedia is 'adapted' (i.e. pinched) from other people's sites/work and reworded"
Er, that's how information works. Always and thankfully still.
If I ever buy any home automation it will not be attached to the internet
The much touted benefits of putting home appliances on the internet are really just edge cases or illusory. Turn the heating cooling on before I get home? Maybe if you work irregular hours and are desperate to save electricity and your memory's good enough. The rest of us will just a timer. Let my fridge reorder for me. Show me a working system that's not a pain to use. Let my washing machine reorder detergent at exorbitant prices. Not bloody likely. Of course maybe that's just me being a control freak but I remain unconvinced that consumer IoT systems make life easier for the user. In which case they stay in their little niche.
I hope that light is real. If not who will pull us out of the shit when Intel screws up again like they did with 64-bit transition?
If she's going to 'do' Déjeuner sur l’herbe she's going to need some male assistant and they woon't even need to get their kit off. I wonder if there's a sign up list.
"Dragon 9 1.1 Full Thrust"
Is that the one with Vin Diesel?
No wait I think that was Dragon 9 2.0: Fuller and Thrustier.
Well of course
Boko Haram is basically just a criminal gang and criminals have a habit of stealing things.
From there to everyone in the third world is corrupt is a big leap.
"....a sysadmin wants either to do it for real or to go and play a game where you shoot people and blow things up."
But I hear Daesh are very interested and Lewis Hamilton is thinking of throwing in a few quid.
And the problem was that
the Shuttle was huge. All that mass hoisted to orbit just to bring back seven astronauts. (The contents of the cargo bay were almost invariably on a one way trip.) That was the tragedy of the Space Shuttle system - wonderful tech made horribly inefficient because the USAF thought they might like to snatch satellites from orbit.. Much better to provide a low-g landing system for just the cargo that needs it and dump the rest of the mass.
Re: Had to...
"Shall we keep it as the FAR side of the moon then?"
But then El Reg would be compelled to illustrate the article with a Gary Larsen cartoon and nobody wants that do they?
Re: SItuational Awareness
The parallel with cars doesn't hold up. A self driving car needs to be 100% autonomous. There's simply no time for a driver to take over when another vehicle does something random and unexpected 10 metres ahead. Not that it would do much good - absent Lewis Hamilton at the wheel a human's not going to do better than a computer. Now, the same applies in the air. If the system haWhere a pilot has an advantage is in those situations (Gimli glider etc) where they can draw on experience to pull something original out of the hat. But those situations are by definition rare. And it conceivable that the same thing could be done remotely. Indeed in the Qantas engine fire incident it was the pilot plus a large team on the ground that was responsible for the successful outcome. (Someone above mentioned airlines not wanting to pay for bandwidth which may be true for day to day operations but in an emergency different rules apply.)
Re: Pfffft . . . Human arrogance
If efficiency is what you want it's hard to beat steel wheels on rails. But as most people are probably not to keen on having a railway in their home it would be useful to have robots that can handle the environments we have built for ourselves.
Re: your tax money at work
If Google had just paid itself standard rates for all the views of the Big Dog, Cheetah, etc videos it wouldn't have needed to get that $32m from DARPA.
Yeah, I can't stand these sort of capers.
I almost miss ball mice. Cleaning the ball gave me something to do while Windows was updating.
To misquote Randall Munroe
I'm pretty sure SpaceX is an Orbiter shop.
No for that
you need UTT (Under The Top) bu only if yo're that way inclined.
Someone forgot Grasshopper
SpaceX have successfully landed multiple rockets. They just haven't managed to return a rocket from an orbital launch and land it on a barge at sea. But then Blue Origin hasn't managed that either, or indeed anything close.
I was thinking the exact opposite as I watched the (the very much not live) video
It might be a lot easier to get to space if the rocket could stop to buffer every few seconds.
In reality space is an unforgiving mistress and people don't like to die, which is perhaps why the heroes of space today are robots.( Seriously who here ever expected to live in a world where the surface of Pluto is as familiar as the white cliffs of Dover or the Grand Canyon.)
Re: Economic migration
" they have been described as fit, wearing good clothes and many using gadgets like iPhones and other expesive gear."
Reminds me of the old story about the famous Jewish violist who was asked why there were no famous Jewish pianists and replied "because it's hard to flee with a piano". You're no less a refugee just because you flee with a Stradivarius.
Downvotes for ignoring the fact that sharia is not exactly friendly to women reporting rape.
Re: Because the Pegasus worked out so well for Orbital.
I think there might be a bit more to it than that. Hint: LOHAN.
Aaaargh, my ears
I'd forgotten just how bad low rent corporate video music could be.
On the upside
I think we have the basis for a Doctor Who story.
Don't blink and whatever you do don't open your eyes.
Re: Not really off
There's an app for that!
OK, wrong company, but whatever Apple can do
I may be missing something here
but I am at a loss to understand why all the 'more' links are Shatner/Trek related. I mean, I know KIrk liked the ladies but was there are particularly kinky episode I somehow missed?
"If anyone here dislikes what I do, I am more than happy to receive £141.80 per hour to keep doing it."
Which is the point of the exercise.
I opted for HD 189733b
Thing is the FTL shuttle is so slow and wormholes always make me queasy. So I got hold of this tardis. (Don't ask me how but the vendor was a very nice young lady.) Trouble is every time I throw the bloody lever I end up in some random part of London. Now the thing's stuck in King's Cross. Oh well, I suppose it's Skegness then.
"How can you tell when a "How can you tell when a music rep is lying?" is lying?"
The usual answer works well enough for politician (they have to be seen to do some good). For a music rep (or anyone in promotions/PR etc) I think the answer would have something to with the presence of a discernible pulse.
Not when the topic is literacy
Just I don't need to know what a gerund or a phoneme is to be literate I don't need to know what a cpu or a function is to be digitally literate. It's just a matter of the users knowing how to use the (high-level) tools. Sometime we techies just have to accept that it's not about us.
Re: Well that's a good solution
Come on, that's just stupid. The Bible clearly says pi is three. (yes,I know - Muphry and all that.)