* Posts by Umbracorn

11 posts • joined 6 Sep 2016

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: Fahrenheit?

If your recipe calls for a drachm of soda, a gill of milk, and two dozen ounces of flour, I'll say "you've got to be firkin kidding me" and give up. But if it lists the equivalent in grams, I can meet you halfway.

Maybe not so important in this age of the Babelfish, but translations help your message reach a wider audience.

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything


Re: OK the soultion is known

in base 13, it works out.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards


Re: audio alerts

I agree with you, but I am also reminded (per Good Morning Vietnam) that members of artillery regiments may have decreased hearing sensitivity.

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years


Re: Doh!

Well, obviously they couldn't change his passwords and remove his access because their IT manager had resigned recently, and they hadn't finished their outsourcing. :D

Has NASA's Mars Insight lander hit rock bottom? Heat probe struggles to penetrate Red Planet


Re: 80's flow chart

Wish they could try the mole in a brand new position.

Somewhere where the soil can hold the probe tightly

And the reciprocal hammer can go daily and nightly.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Re: Image

In fiction: "Lucifer's Hammer", which in part gives a mixed US-Soviet space station crew a front-row seat to the spectacle of comet fragments hitting Earth, and the subsequent nuclear exchange (!).

In real life: Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who went to MIR then had real trouble booking a flight home. http://discovermagazine.com/2016/dec/the-last-soviet-citizen

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


Re: Work down the list ...

"Better to let the great man sleep."


Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil


What do the Martians do with all the cosmic rays hitting their soil?


US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets


Re: Elephant in the room

Oh look, Crimea elephants *cough*



Re: Good choice of name

Maiden voyage? Hosting a squadron of US Marines? Won't be a maiden after that voyage, methinks.

Lose a satellite? Us? China silent on fate of Gaofen civilian/spy sat


Re: Cities

From the Google translate of the Google archive (yeah, I know) of aihangtian.com linked in the article:

"After the rocket took off south west direction of flight, launch orbit is sun-synchronous orbit. Unfortunately, the launch failure, the satellite did not enter orbit. A Long March rocket four C working properly and crashed into Hill County Shangluo City in Shaanxi Province; fairing also successfully separated, and falling in Enshi City Shing Xiangjiaba territory."

Most likely they're just referencing administrative regions.

But in related history, last week a commenter posted this link to a 1994 disaster at Xichang launch site, and the accompanying state reaction. FYI:


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