* Posts by ian 22

930 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


Russia says Starlink satellites could become military targets

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Re: Seems reasonable and fair

By that reasoning, enemy civilians can also be targets. Farmers producing food that sustains both the military and civilians should be targets, yes? I could provide many similar examples.

Biden administration to dole out $900m for electric vehicle infrastructure

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California must increase electric generating capacity

California currently (pun not intended) has the largest grid-scale switchable battery storage in the world at 6000 megawatts. Every new solar field in California includes battery storage. However, they must increase the power available (now about 52000 megawatts) by 68% to accommodate a complete replacement of ICE vehicles and add fully electric buildings without natural gas heating.

NASA just weeks away from trying again with SLS Moon rocket launch

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Re: Why am I remined of the old Peanuts cartoons

As the NASA bods once said, "the dirty bird flies clean". I hope all hands are on deck to insure there are no other malfunctions!

OneWeb takes $229m hit from satellites not returned by Russia

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Re: They already are

Nor is the Holodomor ancient history.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Yes, that 40% loss is a good argument for both solar roofs and micro grids with batteries. Think globally, act locally.

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Re: The Sunshine State

Those of us who can, do. Or are you suggesting everyone just sit back and complain?

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Re: Cars are next, then your digital money

Surprised? This was expected in the 1980s, even before the IoT was a glimmer in someone’s eye.

Voyager 1 data corrupted by onboard computer that 'stopped working years ago'

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Re: 07734

I replenished the graphite lubricant on my aluminium slide rule from the 1960s just last week.

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I'd go with interstellar job.

Commercial space station Orbital Reef's design phase passes NASA review

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Why deorbit the ISS?

If the ISS is to be considered scrap, why can’t it be salvaged in orbit by a corporation? Will it be so worn that it can’t be rehabilitated? The costs of orbiting a replacement alone would seem to make salvage and rehab a bargain.

Scientists unveil a physics-defying curved space robot

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Re: er ... doesn't the em-drive claim the same ?

Are you quite sure about this cat thing? I was under the impression that cats control gravity, much as they control everything else.

DARPA seeks portable muon-making machine to see through almost anything

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Re: Translation:

Nor our flying cars. We were promised those!

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Re: Safety

I'm a bit concerned by the petawatt laser requirement.

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Re: negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit

"Centigrade"? You must mean "Celsius" /pedant

Amazon shows off robot warehouse workers that won't complain, quit, unionize...

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And more recently "Mind the gap". There’s nothing new under the sun, which is why I mentioned something that exists where the sun doesn’t shine.

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Re: It's a start.

A3 Soylent Green

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Big Brother

Re: "The Invaders" Red Glow

The beatings will continue until morale improves!

Mars helicopter to take a breather, recharge batteries

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It seems that operating more than a decade (Earth time) beyond requirements isn’t good enough for some people.

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Re: Thanks NASA!

It amazes me that we can fly an electric helicopter on Mars, but we can’t operate an electric clothes drier in Texas.

2050 carbon emission goals need nuclear to succeed, says International Energy Agency

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Do you remember when we were told electricity from atomic power would be too cheap to measure?

Atomic power advocates rarely include waste disposal and plant decommissioning in the life-cycle costs of an reactor. A single drum of waste exploded at America’s WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) in 2014, shuttering it for 2 years and requiring US$2000 million to decontaminate.

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Doubt is good, knowledge is better:


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Mr. Reactor powering your car will take care of that.

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Re: Net zero emissions by 2050,

That’s a false choice, unless he's pushing atomic energy as the only solution to the problem.

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If there are objections or doubts about electrochemical batteries, consider other fairly easily implemented energy storage technologies such as moving masses up and down the gravity well. These are proven and reliable, and more so than atomic reactors.

Resurrected Dundee Satellite Station to host quantum Optical Ground Station

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Re: Science! ...and Bacon!

An optical link to the bacon sarnie? Is there anything bacon can’t do?

Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030

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As Chou En-Lai (sp?) answered when asked if the French Revolution was successful, "It is too soon to know".

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Arabidopsis thaliana

Soylent green! And it doesn’t need to come back to Earth.

Algorithm spots 104 asteroids in huge piles of data

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Plan(et) 9 from outer space?

There might be a large-ish planet lurking out beyond Pluto. Perhaps THOR can locate it.

Plans for Dutch datacenter to warm thousands of homes

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Re: I'd like more details!

Ah, I understand now. I thought you were referring to some tropical island. You meant aisle.

Oxidation-proof copper could replace gold, meaning cheaper chips, says prof

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Re: Effect on copper prices

While not a long-term solution, we can replace copper cables with fiber optics, and recycle the copper. After that, we can begin to use silver as a replacement. That, or carbon fiber.

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons

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Re: No

As that old imperialist Winston Churchill said, "Nations have no friends, only interests." Substitute 'morals' for 'friends', and that quote will still be right.

Alien life on Super-Earth can survive longer than us due to long-lasting protection from cosmic rays

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Re: Needs a moon of decent size

Or panic..

Royal Navy will be getting autonomous machines – for donkey work humans can't be bothered with

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Re: Robot killers ?

You forgot the part where we paint ourselves blue.

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria

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Re: Whoops!

In this case, it appears fortune favoured the uninvolved. Shite must have spattered far and wide.

ESA's Solar Orbiter will swing past Earth this week – sure hope nobody created a big cloud of space junk up there

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Re: "I prefer not to think about it too much."

And sadly, both Einstein and Newton are both dead, gone, deceased, no more, passed away. Although their dead hands are still on the controls,

Nothing says 'We believe in you' like NASA switching two 'nauts off Boeing's Starliner onto SpaceX's Crew Dragon

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So fright over flight?

If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up

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Pay no attention

Jupiter is winding us up…

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

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Re: Glider units

Reminds me of a story I heard. A group was working on a air defense missile system for the US navy, and supplied them with documentation using feet for altitude units. The navy rejected their work, demanding that they use nautical units.

They revised the documents this time using negative fathoms for altitude.

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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Re: A hint at the UK's future

Not to be snide about it, but it is better to be the lion's tail rather than the mouse's head.

Spot the dog? No, we couldn't either because Spot is a robot employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

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Re: Mickey the mongrel

The Hanford Atomic Reservation in Washington state is at least as problematic as Windscale. Vast tanks of liquid radioactive chemicals must constantly be stirred lest solids settle and begin fissioning, causing the liquids to boil and vaporize.

Unfortunately, the tanks are leaking and the radioactive effluvia are draining towards the mighty Columbia River, threatening the West Coast of the United States. At least we have plutonium bombs to show for it all.

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Re: History repeating itself?

Government cluelessness is hardly a problem only in Britain!

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'

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Re: "The Greek alphabet is currently protected legally"

No one has mentioned cultural appropriation yet. Will no one think of the children?

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Re: "The Greek alphabet is currently protected legally"

Are the Greeks being sued for use of the Greek alphabet? If so, does the court know they are essentially bankrupt?

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?

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So you consider protesting police misconduct the equivalent of overturning the government? How many were killed by the police in these protests, pray tell?

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Re: Pics or it didn't happen.

Or to quote Mr. Trump, "I'm not responsible for anything."

However, as an American president said in the 20th century, "The buck stops here."

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

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Re: Inverse square law

Where is Nicola Tesla when we need him?

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Re: @Pascal

When I read your comment, I immediately thought of R. Newman's song. However there may be those who are unaware of it.

More Boots on Moon delays: NASA stops work on SpaceX human landing system as Blue Origin lawsuit rolls on

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Re: Bezos

Visit Seattle and see Bezos' balls. Big!

Boston Dynamics spends months training its Atlas robots to perform one minute of parkour almost perfectly

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Looking forward to centauroid 'bots

Whilst the parkour demo is impressive, a more useful form factor than humanoid is the centaur, and given the already developed "Big Dog", it shouldn’t be difficult to build. The added body could accommodate additional power sources, support further cargo weight, and might allow for horse-like running speeds. Such a robot form could be the basis for soldier 'bots.

Senators urge US trade watchdog to look into whether Tesla may just be over-egging its Autopilot, FSD pudding

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Paranoia strikes deep, into your car it will creep

It’s bad enough that I must watch other cars like a hawk, but now I need to also watch mine also? I do like automatic cruise control, but only as a backup to my own imperfect driving.