2250 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009
Re: Dark Side, Shirley?
Adjective, definition number 13. Hidden. Secret.
Cf. Dark Ages.
Anyway, we all know that there's no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact...
You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)
"the data is anonymized"
But, it's DNA. And, partly thanks to the Mormons* and other credulous numpties, there's open source genealogy and DNA all over the internets. So, it's not beyond the wit of man to see it's possible to link the DNA in this database to gullible family members. Ask the Golden State Killer.
*LDS members like to baptise dead relatives. So, they love ancestry.com and ancestryDNA. The fact that these companies are based in Utah is blind coincidence.
p.s. I'm not making this up.
Re: I seem to remember
Yep. I went to the (old) MCG once and saw the Richmond Tigers. They were sponsored by the Australian anti-drink&drive campaign. The players shirts had 'Drink Drive Bloody Idiot' on the back. Sadly, I think the sponsorship ended when a bloody idiot player got pissed up on booze and crashed his vehicle. A bit like Alastair Burnett and his 'Police, camera, action' road safety TV shows. He was subsequently banned from driving for 23 months and fined £3000 after being arrested, charged and convicted of drink driving because he crashed into a hedge and telegraph pole while 3 times over the drink drive limit.
Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!
Re Denarius :- "I will have to think about seaborne travel more positively."
I think you'll find that you're better off avoiding travelling in Indonesia. Altogether.
Re: "Jim Bridenstine said the device could detect how often Mars gets bombarded by asteroids."
Where is this planet Mar?
" you don't see many shooting stars."
"Scientists think four times as many comets dust Mars with their tails compared to our home planet, as a high proportion of comets hang out near Jupiter, the red planet's next-closest neighbor. So there could be many more meteor showers visible from Mars than from Earth."
It's true that there aren't as many people there to see them though...
1. Read everything before doing anything.
2. Put your name on the upper right hand corner of this paper.
3. Circle the word "name" in sentence two.
4. Draw five small squares in the upper left-hand corner of this paper.
5. Put an "x" In each square.
6. Put a circle around each square.
7. Sign your name under the title.
8. After the title write "yes, yes, yes".
9. Put a circle around each word In sentence no. 7.
10. Put an "x" in the lower left hand corner of this paper.
11. Draw a triangle around the "x" you just put down.
12. On the reverse side of this paper multiply 703 by 9805.
13. Draw a rectangle around the word "paper" in sentence number 4.
14. Call out your first name when you get to this point in your paper.
15. If you think you have followed directions up to this point In the test, call out "I have".
16. On the reverse side of the paper add 8950 and 9850.
17. Put a circle around your answer.
18. Count out loud In normal speaking voice backwards from ten to one.
19. Now that you have finished reading, do only steps one and two.
Re: It's called a choke.
Mate from the pub lived about 4km from the local exchange that he got his ADSL from. He had all sorts of problems with it. One day, after a thunderstorm, his modem was dead. I gave him a clip on ferrite and told him to loop the incoming wire to his new modem through it. Common mode impedance = turns squared and all that. All was well for a few years, until his data rate started getting worse. They sent out an 'engineer' who told him to remove the ferrite, because it could affect the signal. As if. Anyway, two weeks later, another thunderstorm, another dead modem. And then they finally fixed the corroded connection up a pole...
Out here in the sticks, my office is about 600m from my house. We have fibre to both, but we also kept the old ADSL for backup. We run servers at both sites. Then I bought two of these, £160 the pair exc. VAT :-
Redundancy is now via the microwave link, stay under 1W and you don't need a licence. One of them is bolted to a fence at the office, the other screwed on up a beech tree at the bottom of my garden. You need line of sight. It's meant to work over 25km, so the 600m link is rock solid. Even when the UPS man parks in front of the dish. Reminds me, must get the ladder out...
We covered the cost in 3 months, we were paying for business broadband on the ADSL with static IPs etc.
Re: He got off lightly compared to Tufty.
"Or did I miss yet another meaningless Internet meme?"
Nope, you're suffering from a mild dose of etymological fallacy disease, whereby you hold that a word can only have its historic meaning, rather than a different present day definition. For example, I imagine that you think "since" and "while" can only be used as temporal connectives, not as logical ones (meaning, roughly, 'because' and 'although'), as (since?) that was their original meaning.
He got off lightly compared to Tufty.
Turns out that they are nasty little bastards.
p.s. OK, Tufty was a red squirrel. BTW, it's illegal to release a grey squirrel back into the wild, so, even if the thing had been saved at the zoo, they'd have had to kill it anyway.
Up to three million kids' GPS watches can be tracked by parents... and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts
Re: Getting a proble there?
"The fastest man-made moving object is currently Voyager, "
No it isn't. Parker solar probe is faster. 60km/s vs. 17km/s for Voyager.
FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface
Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !
Is it spiraling inwards? No, it's ellipsing inwards with the help of Venus!
FWIW, it's not just a case of "setting the controls for the heart of the Sun". You need a lot of delta-v.
p.s. Careful with that axe, Eugene Parker. IGMC.
Re: Hydrogen is a *good* coolant
"Unlike metal-enriched gas that efficiently cools via dust and metal-line emission, metal-free gas can only cool significantly via atomic (H), molecular (H2), and deuterated (HD) hydrogen emission. Hydrogen can only cool gas down to temperatures T < 10^4K, and H2 is a poor coolant at T < 200 K. While HD can cool gas below T ≈ 200 K, the small cosmological ratio of deuterium to hydrogen limits its contribution to cooling. "
In space, a gas cloud cools by radiation. There's almost no gravity, so there's no convection, and there's no conduction as there's nothing to conduct to. Hydrogen might be a good coolant in some circumstances, but not in this one.