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Every time one makes a telephone call, it'll post the details to your Facebook page: "Bob is calling Becky." "Bob is now calling Barbara, his wife." "Bob is calling Becky again."
Barbara has logged into Facebook. "Barbara is calling Fred, a divorce lawyer..."
Some people forget how Facebook works.
Will Godfrey: "I have no practical need for a tablet device so haven't bought one."
I'm struggling to parse this sentence. It makes no sense, unless we allow the preposterous premise that purchasing decisions for consumer electronics need to be somehow related to a "practical need". Obviously that's not a feasible explanation, so it must be a typo.
"I have no practical need for a tablet device so I bought one of each."
There, I fixed it for you.
Consider that the auxiliary containment vault just happens to be half-full of water, either due to unimaginative design combined with years of neglect, or - for example - a tsunami has just flooded it on a day that's just one damn thing after another. Then the freeze plug melts (for whatever reason, perhaps related to the earthquake) and the molten and radioactive salt starts pouring into the underground vault half-full of water. This will result in a steam explosion of biblical proportions, scattering highly radioactive waste and contaminated steam out into the local area and beyond.
Next up for the failure mode lust is the usual failure of the heat exchanger. Leading to a radioactive mess plugging up the turbine. Costing billions.
Calling this conceptual design "fail safe" is not a good start.
Costs .NE. Worth
It's unnecessarily expensive, due to mindless waste and inefficiency. "Aluminium no, do it again in Carbon Fibre. The fan base love a large price tag. Stuff the seats with crumpled cash-as-padding just to add to the price.
The LFA lacks an iPod socket and cup holders. Other that that it's perfect. Except that it's a Toyota (a rubbish badge, even when spelled "Lexus").
Your Opinion May Vary.
In short, larger sample sizes (or longer integration periods) tend to smooth out the peaks. Humans have wasted many billions with the misguided 'small schools' movement.
"The Most Dangerous Equation" *must* be taken into account (formally) by the 'Warmists'.
Stupidity has a radius, on the order of 5m. You need to stay about this far away from Stupid or you'll get dragged into its vortex. Try going out for a night on the town with a drunk moron to see where you end up - jail, hospital, morgue...
Windows 8 is stupid. The people behind it are stupid. It's a very stupid concept for a PC. It might not be so stupid on a tablet, but having two versions in one name is stupid. Stupid. Stay away.
I would have bought a new PC about now if MS hadn't ruined it.
... 'cause 13.77 billion years is ~so~ much better than 4.5 billion years. [sarcasm off]
Point being, this 'Panspermia' hypothesis is perfectly possible, but perfectly unnecessary.
Life not only evolved on Earth directly (and almost immediately at that), it almost certainly happened multiple times and places in parallel. The first life strain to invent teeth won.
Chemical reactions double in speed for every +10°C. The cold dark vacuum of space is no match for a warm puddle on Earth.
BBC WS uses "credibility pieces" (*) that are gently critical of (for example) the Government of the Day to support trust in their gentle propaganda based on an assumption that the Western/UK way of life is better **.
* That's the official name of the slightly-critical items; BBC WS had a whole radio show on the topic (amazingly recursive if you think about it).
** A mostly true statement anyway (except the teeth that tend to look like a direction sign at the North Pole).
Same thing, isn't it?
Isn't GM very similar to Ferrari in that building cars is merely a sideline? Ferrari uses the commercial road car marketplace to fund their racing team, while GM builds horrid plastic sloth-mobiles to fund their primary purpose: health and pension plans.
"...the amount of energy it would require if it were to build and maintain a colossal worldwide grid of enormous steel and carbon towers sunk into heavy concrete foundations along with the necessary associated world-spanning interconnectors, grid extensions, transport access into remote wilderness etc etc."
The short and mid-term effects of Green power. I hope that some boffin somewhere has checked the sums and made sure that we don't kill ourselves in the mid-term before the long term benefits eventually kick in.
Those windmill factories are *KILLING* the planet!
The political 'spectrum' is actually closed-in on itself; it's a circle.
The extreme left and the extreme right are perfectly indistinguishable. They're the same exact thing, dangerous lunatics.
The real battle is directly across the circle, moderates versus nut job extremists of any stripe.
This Political Spectrum Is A Damn Circle concept is extremely useful. It explains a lot and helps greatly on many ethics and morals questions.
I hope this helps.
There was an innocent time before the SmurfBerry scam artists arrived (I'll call them 'scammers' to their kicked-in face if they'd like to discuss it in person). There was a time and iOS version before Apple thoughtfully provided a specific setting to disallow In-App purchases. There was a time when Apple allowed the iTunes password to remain active for 15 minutes.
All of these aligned one fateful day. My kid wanted to get the SmurfBerry app. I'd never heard of spending real money in a child's game - of course Apple would never allow such a thing in the walled garden that is iOS, right? It wasn't ten minutes later that I got an email for the in-app purchase of $2 worth (sic) of SmurfBerries.
So I launched a voice mail missile towards a random telephone line within Apple HQ. They responded the next day with a refund, an apology, and they obviously followed-up with corrective actions.
Blaming the parents for such a subtle series of system design flaws by Apple is utter garbage. I know it's tempting and smells like PCness, but it's still utter mindless tripe.
Armstrong / Apollo 11: "...missed the target due to wrong data..."
No, it was reportedly traced back to a failure to *completely* depressurize the CM to LM junction prior to separation. The resultant puff of residual pressure resulted in an unexpected delta V that built up to an overshoot of the originally planned landing zone. They fixed this procedural error on Apollo 12 and were thus able to achieve a pin-point landing. It wasn't "wrong data".
Apollo 13: "Apollo 13 did one or two 'manual' burns on a 'we'll correct it later when the computer is running again' basis.
I don't think that the phrase "when the computer is running again" is correct. The LM computer was brought on-line (just) before the CM was put to sleep. And the CM was powered up just before reentry, long past the point where any mid-course corrections were possible. The mid-course corrections were performed open-loop (by the crew, using their eyes) and double-checked by the boffins on the ground. I don't believe that the quoted phrase "when the computer is running again" is accurate.
My reply was to the phrase "...in-space manoeuvring is something humans just can't do...", an overly-broad and thus false statement. In general, the on-board systems and people were fully capable of navigating the interplantary void. You should read the 'Digital Apollo' book. Note that Dr. Buzz Aldrin has his PhD in orbital mechanics.
That they choose to make use of the ground resources in the vast majority of cases is just common sense, but it is not proof that it cannot be done. As exemplified by the many counter examples. I've previously listed many examples where the systems went bonkers and the crew took full manual control. Many more than the three exceptions you listed. Any one of which proves that "just can't do" is incorrect.
As far as "during launch", that's kind-of the entire point of one Robert H. Goddard: liquid fuel and control systems. My car has traction control, but I'm still capable of driving. Even if I use cruise control sometimes.
Disclaimer: I wasn't there at the time, but I have a large number of Apollo / Space books (probably about 20-feet of shelf space), including several signed by moon walkers.
"...in-space manoeuvring is something humans just can't do..."
"...with the exception of Apollo 11's LEM (sic), Apollo 13 and the shuttle during the landing."
So your point is contradicted by your own counterexamples.
And the Gemini rendezvous (flown manually), and Alan Bean being handed control of the LM, and Apollo 10 when it rolled out of control, and Armstrong saving Gemini 8, and etc. etc. etc.
PS. LM pronounced lem.
Found the answer as to what's built in and what's not.
Inside: wifi, Bluetooth, GPS (!)
Not inside: cellular data modem
So you basically need a mobe in your pocket for any of the online features while you're out and about. And can you imagine trying to accept a free hot spot's browser based terms & conditions, or enter a wifi pass code using only the Glasses? Probably impossible. Wifi := ~25% useful in practice.
Leaving out the cellular modem is no surprise (impossible in 2013). Also avoids another phone bill.
Does the version of the Google Glasses that's available right now come with a little mobile data modem, GPS receiver and data processing box that goes in your pocket? It just seems far more practical to use a low power, short range RF link (Bluetooth or similar) to a mobile Google Glasses support device hidden in your pocket, than to cram a cellular data modem and battery into about 1 cc of space. The Glasses would simply be the user I/O.
I really suspect that there's a mobile-sized device (or your existing mobe) hidden in the user's pocket to make this thing work. If they've managed to make a real and practical version sans 'box-in-pocket' then I'd be very impressed. 'Practical' includes acceptable battery life (one day) and RF performance (works). The future would be well-and-truly here if they've actually done that level of integration and power density.
Google Sekurity botnoids need to crack open a copy of 'The Art of War'.
After the first 15 minutes of attempted sign-ins, they should let the hacker into a honeypot if for no other reason than to waste his/her time. The honeypot system would be designed to consume hours and hours of human lifespan while subtly accomplishing nothing whatsoever. Only after a day or two (in the ideal case) should the hacker eventually figure out that he or she has been had.
Many of my esteemed colleagues have Samsung/Android mobes. They all seem to share the foible that the phone has *SERIOUS* difficulty recovering from weak or zero signal. My co-workers are constantly hanging around the office window, pressing their phones up against the glass, licking them, rubbing them, whimpering, begging and pleading the Android OS to recognize the fact that the signal is back. In contrast, my iPhone has no difficulties whatsoever with disappearing and reappearing service caused by movement around the office where coverage is spotty.
Samsung/Android should Copy and Paste that chunk of Apple code.
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