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  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Original study. There was an informal repeat study done in Cambridge by two researchers, one male and one female, which IIRC added a fake beard to the wig and helmets and came up with much the same results. There are...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm waiting for something a bit taller, wider and with more wheels... look up Top Gear's treatment of the Reliant Robin Seemed perfectly fine to me... (2008? Really? Blimey...)...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    some sort of re-imagined Sinclair Electric Car? From the Nephew branch of the Sinclair family....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    That's a solution to my findings working with graduates, they've little or no experience of working on other peoples code. A common first few weeks activity round here was "Here's read only access to our bugs database" followed shortly after...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    So in Pascal, it's important to remember not to put a semicolon after the last statement. I mostly remember these days that putting a comma after the last item in Javascript arrays and object properties works for everyone except IE...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    For a start, the EnergySkeptic article is assuming that all reactors only use freshly mined Uranium forever. Any moderately sane programme will be reprocessing fuel rods which drops the consumption by an order of magnitude or two. It's also a...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Who funds EU post-docs doing research in the UK ... an EU-grant agency or the hiring UK uni? Also, what if any living allowances are attached to such grants? Yes and maybe some. In the case of my employer, a...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    No separate TLI stage needed for a Dragon 2 on a Falcon Heavy, it's a single launch. The Russian version is also a single launch, but needs a Soyuz with no Orbital Module launched on a Proton. The Descent Module...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Nearly 50 years after it was first done, Elon Musk announces plans to send two paying passengers around the moon. This could be to fill in for the proposed 2018 Red Dragon to Mars which has been put back to...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Several years ago I bought a colour laser for the cost of two sets of toners, and the two sets were included. Grand total of about 120 quid. 6 months ago it started whining that the black toner was low,...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Many news orgs, and the Daily Mail. Ummm......
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    There's a paper at http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1706/eso1706a.pdf which mentions the system is not dissimilar to a scaled up Jupiter and the Galilean moons. It also concludes the system ought to be unstable on the megayear timescale, but as it's there the stability...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    The 'some use' may just be keeping me off the streets for a while, but it will hopefully be interesting....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    "Medicine and society in late medieval England" by Carol Rawcliffe Carole with an 'E' if yo don't want Amazon saying "Nah mate, never heard of her". Hardback, VGC, £1.67, one copy left... Sold....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Yes, it is. Hence the disquiet at losing the ability to terminate the interview and walk out....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    http://diydrones.com/ is a good window on state of the art for home built drones. Ardupilot running the aircraft (or boat, land vehicle, submarine, etc) and Mission Planner or similar ground station software for sorting out routes. There's a regular competition...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I use DiffUtils from the GnuWin32 things, also regularly use their version of wget....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    "Trumplethinskin", wonderful......
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    The snow line is a lot further out now than it was when the asteroids were forming. Ceres was on the cold side of the line when it formed but is now on the hot side....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I suspect that the surface area to volume ratio matters a bit too The smaller bits vapourise high up. An asteroid/comet sized cloud of dust and gravel hitting the atmosphere grills everything on the surface with the heat flash and...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    More likely to be "Artists impression at 11". Ex-broadcast engineer pedantic note: Most TV stations would have a 16mm film processing rig in the basement for news footage, 35mm film would have to wait for Boots to process it......
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    You can, it seems press "cancel" at any time up to a couple of days short of the 2 years Doesn't appear so. Once Article 50 is triggered then withdrawal happens two years later unless all remaining states agree to...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Up to around the 15th century most of the tin production was done by panning if I remember my Industrial Archaeology of the [various Devon/Cornwall locations] correctly. Extraction would move up stream with occassional diversions into shallow mining if the...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "Inside the radium sanctuary itself, the residual activity was so high from the "contamination" everywhere and from the residues of innumerable sources of the past that it was difficult to charge up the gold-leaf electroscope (mounted on the wall) for...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    pop conception of a space elevator but hasn't -- was to begin with a minimal ribbon and build it up with crawlers that add more plies, as we do with suspension-bridge cables. That permits a modest initial lift to GEO...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Re: '...people in bed sits' - Is this the same as No, think single room for everything. It's a contraction of "bedroom/sitting room", bed in one corner, chair and a table in another, maybe very basic cooking facilities and probably...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Pegasus? Hmmm... List price is the almost the same as for a Falcon 9 for 5% of the payload (and you get to use the Falcon first stage again, 2% for expendable), and there have been five flights in the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    The Aft Cargo Carrier was one of the solutions proposed for ET conversion. Basically a lump bolted on to the back end of the tank to carry large diameter payloads, but which could be fitted out as a workshop with...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I've not heard much about Paul Allen's Stratolauncher recently Carrier aircraft nearly done alledgedly, but still nothing to carry. The one advantage of airdrop like this or the Pegasus is flexibility. The small amount of horizontal velocity isn't a great...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Or 18 if we count SA-500F, SA-500D and S-IC-T as well as the Moon shots, Skylab launcher and 2 unused for the planned Apollo 19 and 20 missions. Keeping up the pedantry... Skylab used most of the launcher intended for...
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