564 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists
Re: He should hug off and mind his own business
Perhaps he meant "fug". I'd go for Flip, it worked well in the censored version of the original Repo Man. Or Frak.
Or, perhaps, not be a dick, and leave things as they are.
We're getting worse than the Victorians lobbing the genitals off statues. I always wondered where they stored them afterwards. In a big hanger like the one from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but crammed full of cocks and balls cut off statues...
There would be worse things to spend £5bn on. They could cancel HS2 which is largely (completely?) pointless and spend part of the money on a satnav system and the rest on actually improving the rest of the rail network.
We're already at the forefront of small satellite development, and it *could* be a boost to that sector.
It'll depend on the type of glue. It might actually be more recyclable if they can put it on a conveyor, warm it up and then jiggle it around a bit to have all the glue melt and leave the components loose and recoverable.
I remember reading about car manufacturers experimenting with plastics that deformed when heated so that it was easy to separate them from metal components for recycling.
But I'm not holding my breath...
> It's exactly this sort of nonsense that drove many in the UK to vote for Brexit in the first place
Not exactly, but close. It's the sort of attitude that underlies it. The idea that *everything* can be improved with detailed legislation to ensure we all do it the way that the legislators think we should. Ideally such legislation should include trapdoors that'll permit more draconian versions without too much debate.
IMO many continental countries have a whitelist view, while in the UK it has been blacklist. One of the changes the EU has wrought is that, gradually, we've become accustomed to the whitelist view of things.
Actually, there's more...
The Vasa didn't start out top heavy. Marketing decided they needed new features to keep up with the cutting edge of flagship design.
They were added by reluctant developers while trying to stick within original project schedules and work with a design that wouldn't easily accommodate RFEs. Then marketing added some more. Bigger canons? Yes! More canons? Yes! Another gun deck? Damn right we will!
Which is what Stroustrup is warning against.
Re: The most amazing engineering
Yes, exactly. To have 20 or 30 concorde flights taking off and landing every day must have been hell. Oh, wait, it was what? 2 or 3?
As a kid I lived under an occasional Heathrow flight path. We got a diet of low level VC10 and Boeing 707 they weren't quiet either. But somehow, we struggled on.
Print button? Customer asked. This was my life.
Mgmt: We need a print button.
Mgmt: Customer asked.
Me: Do they print anything from there?
Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button
Me: Does it have to be a button?
Mgmt: Don't know, they asked for a button.
Me: Is there any chance of me speaking to someone to find out what they want?
Mgmt: They asked for a button, what else do you need to know?
Me: Errr, nothing I guess. When do you need the button?
Mgmt: End of the week.
Me: Hmmm, I've got to finish this, test that, and release that thing over there.
Mgmt: How difficult can it be to add a print button?
Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?
It's possible that we'll be able to squeeze more out of current battery technology, but I can't help feeling it's a bit like the days of cassette tape, with never ending incremental improvements to a fundamentally limited technology. We had to wait for the true breakthrough: CD and digital.
Similarly with batteries methinks.
What we have at the moment simply son't scale sufficiently for solving the most pressing problem, storing intermittent renewable energy. Phones and other small devices are irrelevant. As are batteries for cars if the electricity that's being used to charge them comes from fossil fuels...
Don't complain about the politicians
What did anyone expect the result of the hostile questioning and striving to make headlines through an interview comment would be, the truth? ROFL. The problem is that anyone at the sharp end is being sent on media courses (run by ex BBC staffers) to learn how to deal with this shit. Most current BBC (or other) interviewers haven't got around to changing their questioning tactics. Except Brillo.
Part of the problem is that a politician being honest about anything is immediately pilloried. Ask an MP is they'd like to be leader of the party and they say YES, watch the media fireworks, regardless of the context of what they said.
We have the press and politicians we deserve...
I'd suggest that the *only* proper response to a repeated failure to answer a direct question might be to terminate the interview...
Re: Hang on...
> make a jumbo jet from the VC10 - by having three fuselages flying
Had to look because it was so hard to believe. In the event, utterly awesome and very definitely Thunderbirds material if the outer fuselages detached shortly after launch. I can hear the music now...
Thanks for the link.
I was left sufficiently scarred that I've never wanted to go back and check. It was a long time ago 30 years I'd imagine, the detail fades, the scars remain. PI Mania (or whatever it was called) on the BBC Micro produced similar feelings of disgust (for being a waste of my time) and inadequacy (for not being able to get it right) and I put that down fairly rapidly too.
I admire your desire for accuracy (even if it verges on pedantic) and am envious that you had both the time *and* inclination to go and check your facts.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
You are in a maze of twisty turny passages all alike.
At which point I decided to spend more time with my life and have no intention of going back, north, east or west...
Is it good enough?
On my Samsung S6 I've had to multiple prints because I found that I couldn't always rely on a single digit not being damaged enough to bork the sensor.
In fact, I found that after a longish hike my fingers could swell up enough to confuse the sensor so I had to record prints for before and after hike. So you might not get your money if the weather's hot, or you cut or scraped your finger tip.
Re: There have been planes like this before.
Yup, that'd be my choice as well. Best plane from WWII by a country mile and very possibly the best combat aircraft ever built.
Great airframe design & build coupled with engines from the gods. Went to the Mosquito museum and was quite astonished at how small it was. I've built a few models of the plane, but until you see it in the flesh it's incredibly difficult to appreciate just how tiny it is.
Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")
We get internet connected dishwashers because Miele think there are idiots out there who would choose their model over one without an internet connection, and that fewer people will refuse to buy it for the same reason.
In that sense I think Miele are entirely correct in their assumptions. If we (in the widest sense) are living in hell, it's one we made...
What's needed is regulation of the vaping liquid content to control nicotine levels and other chemicals. ATM most liquid contains chemicals who's behavior is well known.
The idea that vaping is going to be a bad or even worse as smoking is just stupid and flies in the face of any sense.
People who use the precautionary principle should first use it on their idea to use the precautionary principle.
> We look forward to hearing how the BBC responds.
Don't hold your breath. If they respond at all, it will be to explain patiently (and slowly) that they were right and he was wrong.
On another note, surely it's neither the state nor inventors that are responsible for these inventions, but the ancestors of those who gave birth to them. They own the genes. But then of course the flying spaghetti monster created everything, so perhaps it's the true innovator.
Tallow is for Steric Acids, as a lubricant.
So I'd assume that it's not just the fivers that are the issue, it'll be pretty widespread. It may well be that the vegetarians plastic shoes have those same traces...
There are non animal alternatives, but they're more expensive and can (I believe) make the plastic a little softer (less durable?).
Who cares? If it wasn't going to be Jobs, it would've been someone else...
Osborne, Psion, even Sinclair. The all had a crack at producing a 'handheld' computer. The value of computer combined with a phone was pretty obvious to all, what was missing was technology and a perception of a market at the likely price of such a device.
Apple happened to be in the right place at the right time technology wise and produced a quality product. I think what surprised many was the willingness of people to part with £450 'just' for a phone. That was where Apple's genius lay, they *really* understood the size of the market *and* how to sell to it.
I know that for some, the eighties are ancient history, something only known from the mad ravings of the parents or history books. But really, a bit of technology PERSPECTIVE please.
She's redefined success...
And made Orlowski part of her success story. The more criticism she receives the more successful she is. It fits in so well with Trolling and all the other internet hate memes, almost like mining bitcoin. Before long, she's going to be so successful that Facebook will probably buy her.
She's a fool and I hate her. I'm also proud to be part of her success. Also, my head hurts.
All right then.
I'll do it. Anything to stop Craig ruining another couple of films with that constipated monkey face he does when he's trying to look concerned. Or cool. Or worried. Not a penny under £100k per film and I want a big caravan on set. One of those shiny aerostream jobbies.
I don't have any experience of acting, but then that's never exactly been important has it.
When do I start?
License per concurrent device connected.
With discounts for buying multiple licenses. They've already conceded that the license isn't for the TV or for the house, just to be able to stream the content, the next logical step is to tie it to the software.
Then, if I want to buy a license for 6 concurrent users I can.
But that's beginning to look a little like a subscription. Which is a bad thing (apparently). While a poll tax is a good thing (apparently).
My partner doesn't have a TV license. I do. **Hypothetically**, I regularly stream live broadcasts at her place (on my laptop) which we both watch. Is that a contravention of the law? Would I be complying with the law if I stopped her from watching the programs I stream while using her BB connection?