463 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007
geo thermal is depletable at the rate we want to use it, unless you are in an active area... It is great for people who live amidst the smell of rotten eggs, but less so elsewhere.
Even on Lihir Island, a dormant volcano on the ring of fire, with steam venting from the ground, the geothermal generators power output dropped over time and was insufficient to run the gold mine processing plant.
offtopic but reminds me of an old joke
Somewhere in generic Africa, a visitor was being reassured about the threat from lions.
The locals said most lions are shy, eat small rodents and fruits, and can be frightened away by wearing bells, and if they get too close you can drive them off using pepper spray.
Its only the rogue lions you have to be careful about.
The visitor asks how can you tell which is in the area.
The locals tell them, Examine the droppings.. normal lion poo has small bones in it and smells a bit fruity.
Rogue poo contains bells and smells of pepper
(this joke would actually work better set in America with brown/grizzly bears, but that would be stealing)
Re: Doesn't everything green have thorns in Australia?
around here we have spinifex - needle like grass which causes festering sores as the tips of the grass break off and remain in the wound,
Bush Tomatoes - covered in very fine spines,
Mimosa bushes - invasive weed species with spikes/thorns up to 10cm long (according to business.queensland.gov.au website..)
and that's just the first 3 I can remember the names of
Hiring policies would require exemptions
to non-discrimination requirements, unless there are already loopholes that allow hospitality industry to refuse to employ "unattractive" workers...
Every other industry that HR have got their fangs into seems forced to employ unsuitable and incompetent recruits, then try to mitigate the harm by increasing management.
FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth
Re: Serious Question
Thank you for the smart arse answer.
Care to explain how much gravity that 500m diameter accretion of dust and mystery is generating, and how much effect that will be having at 7 kilometers distance ?
I have made a bunch of assumptions (yes I know) and got a mass for Bennu of about 150 million tonnes, while Osiris-Rex would be somewhere around 1.5 tonnes, which online calculators works out as 0.286 milliNewtons,
Which isn't much.
The mass of Bennu could easily be greater, about 175 million for solid silica, the 500 metre diameter is probably a media figure and only loosely accurate...
The 'orbit' probably is slow, but a radius around 7250 meters it is insanely tight, rough calculations tell me thats a 1 degree vector change every 126.5 meters,
GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms
Upvote for the sentiment
but the historical experience with low paid '"security" forces is that they will use their position to supplement their incomes.
Options include selling of data, using the company toolkit for 'weekend work', your usual assortment of bribery extortion and corruption, etc, etc...
Somehow, they need to create a culture of integrity... no idea how
3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day
Re: Met Police: 'We welcome the scrutiny'
The major part of their duties are "criminal-related".
The relevant question is are they helping or hindering...
Supposedly Wyatt Earp said something along the lines of it didnt matter which side of the law business you were working, so long as you had a base on the legitimate side..
Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for
Re: plan of action
Accounts have reviewed your action plan.
The single bullet is outside of budget, as is the bag of quicklime.
-Back of shed, OK but somebody elses shed.
spade,Revised plan is to use spade to bludgeon to near proximity of death (close enough-good enough).
quicklime,Urinate. shallow grave,Walk away... whistling (optional) R.I.P
Deny ever knowing them
truth in advertising
"Amazon does, however, say that functions aimed at PC users will added in 2019"
Personally I would prefer to have functions for PC users, but in the great IT wars, the opposing sides are not the various brands against each other but rather all the brands together versus the consumer.
get some regulation happening
and if youtube has too much content to even try to be compliant, maybe its time for smaller more responsive entities to move in.
No monopoly will ever willingly let someone else into what they see as their patch, but if they have become so big they arent serving their customers (users - not advertisers), its time to start swinging the axe.
The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science
Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...
310 miles is too low
Geo synchronous is too high - and a silly idea anyway
What you want is something mid range, - GPS have about a 6 hour orbital period, I imagine an 8 hour period would work well so long as you use multiple units to hand off duties as the geometry progressed.
The whole system would need to be dynamic, not a static mirror sitting over the target but multiple satellites radically changing orientation continually through out their journey. Think intricate clockwork.
This would have the advantage of being useful for more than a single city
but it is still a really bad idea from an environmental perspective - it will burn out every organism that regulates its life from a lunar cycle - and the lightspill pollution will be far more widespread than any ground level illuminated site.
Re: I think Norman's problem is with padding words
Had a manager who would pad their sentences with "obviously", with the implication that if you didnt understand or agree with what they were saying - you - were stupid. As they were high up in the food chain the habit pervaded the supervisory class.
It's just a fancier way of saying "ya know..", and like all forms of baseless endorsement and excessive reinforcement, it makes me doubt they actually know what they are talking about.
Re: exploring Mercury
While the costs of mining Mercury will be huge, the gravity thing may actually be in its favour.
Mercury itself has a low escape velocity (CBA looking it up), and your parcels will be pretty inert, so push them DOWNHILL (hi Bob, imitation -the sincerest form of flattery..) and slingshot them around the Sun.
So long as you have the infrastructure to catch them at apogee, you are laughing.
Re: The evolution of euphemism
Querying if someone has a grandparent deficiency, or a straight-line family tree, or just from the shallow end of the gene pool.
I dont believe describing people as various flavours of genitalia is a good practice, but its what we have grown up with, and we really dont have any suitably pungent alternatives to describe, say, the board of Uber.
There are appropriate levels of language use in different contexts, knowing which to use is part of being an adult.
RE: around 98...
I had the wav files from the Dark Reign game for most of the events on my work computer, with the extremely grating maniacal laugh of the suicide bombers occurring quite often. The manager came in one weekend and wiped all the sound files...
In the modern era, I have downloaded a bunch of amusing (briefly) or quirky ringtones, but actually mostly use clipped songs from my own library.
All of which maintain their freshness as I keep my phone on silent for 2 weeks out of 3