Click baity headline is click bait
If all 'alien structures' are mountains, are all moutains alien structures? ;)
An enormous, mysteriously stationary structure high over the surface of Venus may be the largest gravity wave in the Solar System, according to Japanese astronomers. In 2015, cameras onboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spacecraft Akatsuki captured images of a humungous boomerang-shaped bulge measuring more …
I remember when ironic headlines lampooning the bonkers Brit tabloid culture weren't called clickbait, they were just Register headlines. This is back before the kids ruined everything with their Upworthies and BuzzFeeds.
Oh well, if you want boring, ZDNet's that way ----->
"I think that irony is misunderstood and the word misused a lot lately. The headline is parody and satire and it's corny but I'd say it's not ironic."
Agreed. A much better example of irony would be that most, if not all, of the examples of irony in the song 'Isn't It Ironic' by Alanis Morissette aren't, in fact, ironic...
A much better example of irony would be that most, if not all, of the examples of irony in the song 'Isn't It Ironic' by Alanis Morissette aren't, in fact, ironic..."
Errm no, that's not irony either. Irony is when a statement expresses the opposite of (or at least something different to) it's literal interpretation. E.g. (lame example): "Alanis Morissette perfectly understands the meaning of the word ironic".
Anyhow, I guess "Isn't it annoying?" doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Still a catchy tune, though (no irony intended).
Is it or is it not ironic that a person seeks to establish their intellectual superiority by asserting one meaning of the word "irony":
- the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect;
while apparently failing to be aware of another:
- a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.
a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.
I was/am genuinely not aware of that alternative meaning of irony. Do you have a reference?
Not claiming any intellectual superiority, BTW (if I was, then surely so are you, which I'm sure you're not [no irony intended]). Just being pedantic.
"Isn't it ironic" is a question and is not semantically equivalent to the statement "All that follows is (or is not) ironic".
If all that follows is clearly not ironic then the question itself *could* be intended to be ironic, with the implication that the positor of the question is well aware of the lack of irony and is precipitating in the respondent the notion that the non-ironic observations may be ironic when they are not.
Or the positor is just using "ironic" poetically or even perhaps ignorantly.
Pays your money. Takes your choice.
Either way, it's a catchy little ditty.
The majority of Reg readers, and other star gazers (armchair or otherwise) know that 'Alien Megastructure' is shorthand for 'Hmm, we've observed something weird that we can't yet explain'. The use of the phrase isn't to deceive, but to make you feel a part of the gang you in the joke.
Were a flying saucer the size of Australia suddenly appear in Earth orbit, I'd likely hear about it on the radio ("We interrupt this broadcast with a special bulletin..." ) and would then drive straight to the pub. There I can find beer, lots of beer, some physicists and, should the UFO prove to unfriendly, a willing member of barstaff to spend my last five minutes with.
"Were a flying saucer the size of Australia suddenly appear in Earth orbit, I'd likely hear about it on the radio ("We interrupt this broadcast with a special bulletin..." ) and would then drive straight to the pub. There I can find beer, lots of beer, "
Don't forget the peanuts. And the towel.
"If all 'alien structures' are mountains, are all moutains alien structures?"
1. belonging to a foreign country.
2. unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful.
3. supposedly from another world; extraterrestrial.
So the answer is "yes", if they're in another country, really weird looking or on another planet.
By that definition, anything extra-terrestrial would be alien, making the term redundant in this context. The whole planet Venus is alien. The word "Alien" in the clickbait headline is capitalised making it into a noun suggestive of "living aliens" rather than an entity.
Had to upvote this, because my eyebrows crawled way up my forehead as well.
Something that normally requires something of the magnitude of black holes smacking into each other and then sets of microscopic shifts and here there's one covering half a planet?
I though El Reg was oversimplifying for clickbaity reasons but reading the abstract in Nature that's precisely what they're saying: mountain gravity waves.
Anybody here able to explain what they mean? Same term for something different?
Thank you, Spacedinvader, for that clarification.
It is a pity the Reg could not make it that clear in the first place. They seem to have lost all their science-qualified writers who could examine critically a press release or abstract rather than just copying the words.
"It is a pity the Reg could not make it that clear in the first place. They seem to have lost all their science-qualified writers who could examine critically a press release or abstract rather than just copying the words."
Are you kidding me??? We used the correct term in the correct context, and we're the ones who screwed up?
So you're saying we have to caveat everything we write in case someone doesn't understand. You want articles that read like: "The board has 4GB of RAM – that's readable-writeable memory not read-only ROM - and an ARMv8 CPU - that's CPU not GPU..."
Get outta here.
PS: The article was written by someone with an astrophysics degree and edited by someone with an engineering degree.
"gravity wave - a wave propagated on a liquid surface or in a fluid through the effects of gravity."
Only problem with applying that definition to the phenomenon observed on Venus is that the 'wave' is stationary and so isn't 'propagated'.
My best guess (lacking data) would be that it's an amplified mountain wave, the amplification coming from the combination of the high density and speed, and therefore momentum, of Venus's atmosphere. Purely a guess though.
"If the fluid is moving and the phenomenon is stationary
*, then it's surely it is being propagated." [my emphasis]
How can something that even you describe as 'stationary'
* be regarded as propagating?
But if you're going to use that criteria then you'd also have to say that the surface of Venus is being propagated.
Hmm... no idea why the superscript tag also seems to be inserting an underline today.
Looks like a strikeout. Note the height of the bar.
The pages HTML shows an s tag, not a sup tag. Unless El Reg has filtered your post, it looks more like your own error rather than something more suspicious.
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They are entirely different things. Gravity waves are mundane, easy to see and to measure. Gravitational waves are so small and faint as to be virtually undetectable, even the ones created when black holes collide.
This one is a gravity wave.
The ones detected by LIGO are gravitational waves.
Not the same thing.
However I do agree with you that the similarity in terminology is an open door to confusion.
" the probe will be fried within minutes in the sulphuric acid atmosphere of Venus"
So it sounds like we need to fund research into developing probes that are made out of sulphuric acid so they can withstand the Venusian atmosphere. I'd think $1.5 Beeeellion and 20 years should do it.
No one would have believed, in the early years of the twenty-first century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.
They Are Watching Now.
They have lifted their UltraPlanetWatch Mk VII telescope from the depths of storage and are now in full preparation mode for the invasion, gathering all the information on us that they can.
Before that they were a bit fixated on I Love Lucy reruns, but Trump's election demonstrated that we weren't as harmless as they thought. They're gearing up to correct that oversight.
Before that they were a bit fixated on I Love Lucy reruns, but Trump's election demonstrated that we weren't as harmless as they thought. They're gearing up to correct that oversight
Oh. did I miss a Tweet? Did he come out say we need to deport all undocumented aliens from the solar system?
"JAXA’s mission to study Venus was initially shaky. Akatsuki failed to enter the planet’s orbit in December 2010, and made a second successful orbital burn to get the spacecraft out of the Sun’s orbit and into Venus’s five years later"
I didn't realise I was remotely controlling a real probe while playing KSP.
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