Re: Asking for a friend...
Only if you load the Barnard Castle scenery packs.
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I'm not into esports at all, but I did catch one of the F1 stand-in races and I have to admit I was kind of impressed. Probably more to do with the graphics I suspect, but I would hand on heart say I would struggle to tell the difference between real footage and game footage these days.
“ According to Plummer, many users do not appreciate the full capabilities of his utility, which can be used to launch applications without using the Shell (a life-saver in some circumstances). File - Run new task is the option for this.“
Definitely used this under Win9x. Explorer windows had a habit of crashing and taking the whole desktop/explorer environment with it. Getting Task Manager open and running a new task of explorer.exe was an absolute lifesaver.
"Of course, the shuttle flights had flight crew that returned with the craft after a week or so, so shuttle manifests with 7 or so people weren't uncommon"
Also people could live on the Shuttle - was very much like having a caravan parked at the side of your house. Not sure the Dragon has as much capacity.
You have to rotate it several times through first the z then x axis before it completes calibration. Check this guy out - put your phone down away from the drone, take your watch off etc. It's unbelievably sensitive.
"I don't want to just sit here all day looking at the same four walls."
Well most of us have to now, and we'd rather not listen to the muffled sounds of someone caterwauling. Similarly, the number of weapons who think that now is the time to have bonfire after bonfire. It's been 20+ degrees the last few weeks, and I'm sitting sweltering in the house of an eve with the windows bolted shut.
"Among the numbers we were offered is a 44 per cent boost to data analysis and visualisation compared to Intel processors found in a five-year-old PC"
Well that's Moore's law fcked then.
Ignoring that (deliberately over-simplified) statement for a minute though, I'd be a bit disappointed to see *only* 44% increase against a 5 year old model.
Don't know what to tell you:
"To be clear, Android devices have supported connecting to wired networks over Ethernet for years, but now an Android device can serve as the host network as well. The option is greyed out until you plug in a USB Ethernet adapter."
It's that. An old TV with only ethernet connectivity wouldn't work with a tethered phone over USB (if it even had one previously), whereas now you can plug in a USB-C dock (that often has an ethernet port on it) and wire that to the old TV's ethernet port. That part wasn't possible before.
I was just going to say the same. Non-astronomers and astronomers alike enjoy the sight of the ISS going overhead - even capturing pictures of its transit across the sun/moon etc. Iridium flares are cool to observe as well.
But would it be as exciting and fun if that was all we could see, filling the sky? Again - a middle ground required. I'm sure the early days of aviation it was a thrill to see an aeroplane overhead - today living near Heathrow or similar can't be much fun.
has much more details. It has a CGI video demonstrating the approach and capture. Even has images of the actual capture beamed back from MEV-1. But yeah, the engine bell.
Impressively, the 5 year thing is just a contract agreement. At the end of the 5 years, MEV-1 can go and capture another dud satellite and keep that one going instead (it's engines are electronic and powered by solar panels potentially indefinitely)
What blows me away is the ability to deduct what happened after the fact, when all the physical evidence was inaccessible - the problems were all in the service module, which gets ditched as soon as they're back in earth's orbit and subsequently burns up in the atmosphere.
Incredible science just to figure all that out.
"Strange world: Arresting and possibly jailing people for not locking themselves away... Given that police are ones at high-risk of being infected, and that jails are highly likely to be large establishments filled with infected and sick people very soon...."
Another way to think of it.
Strange world. People would rather run the risk of being arrested and jailed into a high risk environment, than staying safe at home.
"One can't be too surprised that most of the population are busily trying to lay in 2 weeks worth of food at home; they've been told to do it!"
It's worse than that. The extra week's worth of supplies represents a double of demand on the supermarkets on paper - their supply chains just aren't geared up for that, hence the shelves being empty. My favourite comments have been along the lines of "bl00dy panic buyers! I'm just buying an extra packet of pasta and paracetamol" - well quite, and if everyone is doing that, shelves will be empty in no time.
On top of this, it's estimated 1/3 of the UK consumption of meals come from restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs etc. We've been recommended to avoid this. So that's a 50% increase in home food supplies that come from.. the supermarkets.
Then we add in all the people working from home and now the schools closing. That increases the levels of food and sundries required in the household. It's probably fair to say that around 30% of (say) bog roll usage occurs at work or school - so that's another 50% increase of required in the house.
And that's without the people who are gearing up to self-isolate for 12 weeks and don't necessarily have the support network in place to have people do shopping for them.
The measures in place have, at best guess, led to a tripling of shopping demands by consumers.
"Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun"
Mercury is also, currently, the closest planet to Earth. Strangely, on average it's the closest planet to Earth (about 45% of the time) with the rest of the time split between Mars and Venus.
It's also (on average again), the closest planet to all other planets in the solar system, which still blows my mind.
"I thought the advice was to self-isolate when you got the symptoms"
As of Thursday that's the updated advice. Prior to that (when this guy felt unwell) it was only if you'd come into contact with a confirmed case. From what I can tell, he did more than government advice by virtue of being rich and getting access to a private test.
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