* Posts by ravenviz

1496 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Scientists took cues from helicopter seeds to invent tiny microchips that float on wind


This is not a good idea.

De-identify, re-identify: Anonymised data's dirty little secret


Re: Behaviour

Or not that you know of!

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


Re: The problem with nuclear summed up in one throwaway phrase .....

This programme on BBC Sounds is well worth a listen, about how our descendants might deal with nuclear waste awareness.

"The Nuclear Priesthood"


Astronomers detect burps of interstellar cannibal from 480 million light years away

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Brilliant description, well done!

Sounds like a right kerfuffle!

The Register recreates Apollo 15 through the medium of plastic bricks, 50 years on


Re: 3..2..1..

I’ve still got the mug!

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so


Re: That's nothing!

They need a new superstar, “The Seacontainer”.


Re: Pural [sic]

Probably two in Hilbert Space and Middle Earth!


Re: Pural [sic]

...or associate one with football!


Re: Pural

Er, “je ne sais quoi”!

And that’s French CSE from 37 years ago!

But I get your point.

Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it


“max. range 5 miles. Might make it to the shops and back”

That’s just what most car journeys are now!

World to make 1.37 billion smartphones in 2021 says IDC – about one for every six humans


A lot of comments about old tech.

I maintain iPhones 3GS and a 4 as music players on dock speakers (plus their default apps are useful around the home), a 5S as a sat nav on my bike, a 7 as a backup and two 8’s for everyday use (personal and work). The 7 and one of the 8’s are 256 GB to boot so store all my stuff.

Plus with an iPod nano I use as a wristwatch (Animal face!), an iPod touch for playing music in the car and two iPads, a mini and an Air, I feel tooled up as much as I think I need to be, and all for a few PAYG SIM’s.

I think people get obsessed with the ‘latest and greatest’ when the ‘older and retired’ are just fine.

Actually, that just about sums *me* up! :-D

More cracks found in Russian annex of the International Space Station


Re: Is it time to disconnect?

*other genitalia are available

NSA: We 'don't know when or even if' a quantum computer will ever be able to break today's public-key encryption


Re: See if the NSA asks for funding for such a computer

If they had done that then all the Bitcoin would already be in circulation.

This way up: James Webb Space Telescope gets ready for shipment after final tests


Re: Bon Voyage

‘Ere, wanna buy a telescope?

What can it see?

Everything back to the beginning of time.

Awright then!

Children of China, your state-sanctioned hour of gaming begins … now!


Re: Yes, and Usenet and IRC were WAY more dangerous :)

alt.stupidity was definitely addictive!

Perseverance to take a second stab at Martian rocks ... but first it has to scratch'n'sniff


Citadelle / Rochette?

Are they starting to run out of names for things?

About time they set up a what2words coordinate system!

Gartner Gartner on the wall, which is the hypest cycle of them all?


You forgot flying cars.

Branson sews cash parachute for Virgin Atlantic with $300m Virgin Galactic share sale


Re: Three shells ...

Plus supply your own Captain Archer stylee jumpsuit!

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town


Re: Roundabouts are no problem

Try Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, or Hatfield, or any of those old ‘new’ towns for roundabout Heaven or Hell depending on your preference.


Re: Yep - And What About All Those Magic Roundabouts

The official Magic Roundabout is in Swindon.

The Hemel Hempstead one is officially called The Plough Roundabout.

I’ve also heard it referred to as ‘The Silly Isles’!

Ordnance Survey to take a poke at Pokémon-style gaming with outdoorsy AR adventure


Re: Hm...

I’ve been using GB & Parks iOS app for years, specifically for offline use of OS maps at 1:50k and 1:25k, and it is brilliant, never had any problem with it (and after a considerable amount of hill walking).

The only frustration are the maps themselves where public rights of way and bridleway overlays quite often do not match the base map or the ground.

Mind you, getting a reality augmented selfie with Alfred Wainright, Hugh Munro, or perhaps even Muriel Gray, could be an interesting diversion during a particularly tedious bog trudge!

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive


Re: Inaccessible lakes in its mountainous regions

Prospective grandparents never tell their children that!

We need to change.


Re: Inaccessible lakes in its mountainous regions

That’s not a minor diversion, it’s a direct cause and effect!


Re: Inaccessible lakes in its mountainous regions

Totally agree, but a nihilist approach is often seen as an excuse to do nothing!


I’ve often thought the same could be done with trees, replanting from the air.

A ‘ shuttlecock’ type planting, of course after ground surveys, with tactical drops


Re: Inaccessible lakes in its mountainous regions

Objection to angling is a minor diversion from the utter destruction caused by the sea fishing industry.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer



Probably written in Holy See!



If God had written about cosmology properly we wouldn’t need telescopes to find out about “form and void”.

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems


Will driverless cars have a “Knob” knob?


Re: Automation

I use cruise all the time and have got very used to it.

The control also has a rapid +/- 5 mph function which makes speeding up and slowing down rapidly a real controlled option, especially as the latter presses the brakes as well if you go down very rapidly. It’s really no different to hand controlled throttles in other vehicle types such as those adapted for accessiblility or, indeed, motorcycles.

Of course you gave to be ready to take full control at an instant’s notice if needed, so full diligence is still and always required. The dangerous bit is the leaning curve until your neural networks are fully adapted.

Buyer of $28m Blue Origin space ticket has a scheduling conflict – so this teen will go instead


Re: Time to change the rules

“What is the proper noun for a rider of amusement park rides?”

A Coaster.


All I got when I was 18 was a very brief freefall experience on Oblivion at Alton Towers.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death


Do you mean like on a stag weekend?


"On average, centenarians have an immune age that is 40 years younger than what is considered 'normal',"

I presume this means on average for centenarians, compared to normal for everyone?


Re: Thoughts

“Don’t you forget about dying,

Don’t you forget about your friend death,

Don’t you forget that you will die.”

- “Pro Memoria”, Ghost

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip


Given their extensive knowledge base and ongoing contributions to science, NASA really ought to be heavily involved in unmanned space flight and robotic missions for the foreseeable future.


Very well done Sir Mr. Branson, a great achievement indeed!

I suppose the departure gate for paying passengers is now open!

The human-devoid AI-powered Saildrone Surveyor ship just made it to Hawaii from SF


Re: Now Can We Find MH370?

Only indistinguishable from it!

Black Helicopters

Re: Now Can We Find MH370?

You should know better than to post links to The Daily Mail here!

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?


Re: The Black Hole

Steambork Willy?


Bork and Mindy


...or The Blue Lagoon starring Bork Shields!

Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time


Re: Good.

Lots of things are a waste of money.

Space is just a publicly visible spend.

Epic vs. Apple Australian side quest allowed to resume


Re: What's your point?

The point is that you must pay for ‘justice’.

The more you pay, the better ‘justice’ you get.

It’s not a false economy, it’s false justice.

And most can’t afford to pay to get their way.


So basically these lawyers earn more in one day than the average monthly wage of *any* country.


Kepler spots four rogue Earth-mass exoplanets floating in space, unbound to any star


More suggests they’ve emigrated!


Re: Spending eternity roaming space

Can you do a rapid rewind that could maybe justify a conclusion of something ejected from our own solar system? Jupiter acting as system bouncer and all! Maybe that’s where Vulcan went?


Re: Free floating planet population

That’s an interesting comment, I wonder if it’s possible to get any sense of direction of travel? I would surmise that since it is only a blinking event, it’s only a point source changing brightness momentarily.


It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a relatively short time. Certainly in my younger days, exoplanets were mere speculation!

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law



I knew The Hamburglar never really went away.


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