Mr. Tim

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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    >Brin published that the same year that Simmons published Hyperion, where he also dropped a black hole into the Earth, with rather less pleasant results. Guess that meme was going around or something. Hmmm, Earth was originally published in 1990....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    >We ourselves don't use the name "Germany" or "Germans", and why would we? It's a latin word. Why would we use a foreign language to refer to ourselves instead of our own? Do you know any other countries where the...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    It has been in development for at least 20 years (from a quick google), but I get the impression cloning kidneys (and other organs, but kidneys seem to be first on the list) is becoming a real possibility (I'm guessing...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    >Why is the booster speeding up? Because it is going into a lower orbit. I'm guessing they are graphing the apogee of the orbit, but it is the perigee, @160 km, where it is getting slowed down by the atmosphere....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    You might want to ask the question to the guy who runs www.spaceweather.com. (There is a link labeled "heliophysics" on the page, but it seems to be broken)...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Here is another one for tracking the booster: https://orbit.ing-now.com/satellite/48275/2021-035b/cz-5b/ (See link to 3D Launch Payload Tracker for "live" updates)...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I thought my memory was playing tricks on me, but it was right (for once). NASA/JPL did look into Mars balloons at one time: https://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/adv_tech/balloons/mars_overview.htm http://www.gaerospace.com/space-exploration/planetary-aerobots/mars-balloons/...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Piano moving story: So, I inherited a 1900(ish) player piano in working condition. Having no where else to put it, it went in the basement. The piano movers had to remove the (rusted up) wheels from the bottom to get...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    >#615 para2 - Not far off actually, given that I thought that granite benches and worktops were moulded from granulated stone rather than masoned from boulders like you have just claimed. We purchased the granite slab, and it was cut...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    If you get a webcam, they usually have a microphone built-in. I use a Jabra mono wired (USB) headset for Zoom calls, works great. I like the mono (one ear) just so I can hear stuff around me. My experience...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    >By the way, if you want to see what an interstellar ship with a huge greenhouse in it looks like, get a copy of "Les couloirs de l'entretemps" by Bourgeon and Lacroix. Well, they weren't interstellar, or probably even practical,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    As opposed to the assembly language command, HCF (halt and catch fire)? --Given to an undocumented Motorola 6800 opcode (when executed, it would halt the processor and start incrementing the address bus every cycle, the article's author guessed it was...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Yes, we all got a kick of how computer illiterate Hollywood writers were about computers. I mean, how could a program cause a computer to catch fire? Then IBM came out with the monochrome monitor & adapter card... (It was...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    What SFReader describes is close to how the internet routing works, not how Google works. (As Paul explains in his post) Of course, you can always use tracert to find out what the route is between you and any other...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    You probably already know this: The "Big River" S3 Glacier storage option costs $0.99 per TB per month. You just have to wait up to 12 hours if you need to access it. A safety deposit box cost is $5/Month...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    According to the Qualcomm product brief, a Snapdragon 801 is a quad core 32 bit ARM based SOC, running up to 2.5 Ghz (looks like it is similar to the ARM A15 core). The SOC also includes an Image processor...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I think y'all are being a bit limited by what a Martian colony needs to survive. In previous blog posts, somebody said they need polycarbonates (for things like helmets), why not use glass? There is plenty of sand around. There...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Believe me, I know what it is not to have money. I paid my own way through college. I saved a fair amount before college from after school jobs and worked through college for the rest. I got some financial...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Ok, the educational discount was, I think, something like 40%. I got the system (and a color monitor) for $4500. At the time it was a minimal system to me, because I wanted to do programming with it, and the...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    >Ok, you had *serious* money. Not really, I got an educational discount (because I worked at the University), and I had to take out a loan for it. Didn't see any reason to spend the time/money on something that I...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    >Wang Labs - 8k? In the eighties, for business? Really? My first computer in '80 or '81 was a RadShack CoCo, and it *came* with 16k. I couldn't talk myself into buying a personal computer until '84, when I could...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    >>But sadly they can't do -70°C or you know exactly which "price no object" market they'd be in right now... Well: https://abc11.com/phononic-durham-business-covid-19-vaccine-cold-transport/8101140/...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal became operational in 1829(ish), and certainly helped with shipping between Philly & Baltimore. Still heavily used to this day....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Looking at the satellite image, it looks like it maxes out at 14 lanes....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    And I should have added, many of the mathematical theorems discovered in Abstract Algebra are used in things like cryptology and error correcting codes....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I (perhaps stupidly) decided to get a Math minor in college, which included a smattering of more advanced subjects. What you are talking about sounds like the Abstract Algebra course I took (I just did the first one, which I...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    In other news from 2020: Arecibo Observatory is... gone....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    On the weird car/truck theme, I give you the Landmaster from Damnation Alley (a bad movie from the 70s). They actually built the damn [sic] thing, and it worked. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landmaster#:~:text=The%20Landmaster%20is%20a%20unique,science%20fiction%20film%20Damnation%20Alley. If you see the film, there is a spot where...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Rabbit hole indeed. For some fun look for "entropy" in the linux crypto mailing list. There are developers there who have devoted their careers trying to get entropy sources that are reliable into the Linux kernel. See /proc/sys/kernel/randon/entropy_avail to see...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Sometime ago I read in a car magazine that in the opinion of one of the car reviewers that SUVs were nothing but "tall wagons" (I think they are called estate cars in the UK). If you consider them filling...
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