Re: Satelite designers missed a trick
If SpaceX get Starship working, I'd love to see Hubble either serviced again or brought down intact.
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"the light year is probably a difficult unit for Joe Bloggs to relate to"
The Sun is travelling at approximately 828,000km/h
Speed of light (in a Vacuum) is 299 792 458 m/s or 299,792.458 km/s.
A light year is 9,464,615,782,836.48 km
Therefore the Sun takes roughly 1303 years to travel 1 light year.
It's also not going to have a ~30 meter wing to distribute the weight. It's going to have all of the velocity concentrated upon a meter area like a wrecking ball.
Yes the CSA is smaller, but the mass is much lower ~500-1000kg vs 7000-12000kg for the DC3
Someone would have to do the maths obviously.
It all switched with the regulation changes that allowed users to cancel their mobile contracts at any time.
As the phone was a "freebie" with the contract, you could buy for 1 month and keep the phone, this required the companies to split the contract into the call plan cost and a loan for the device you are purchasing.
When this shift happened, it also conveniently coincided with the prices going up.
"HMRC would label it hypothecated and, on the basis that they don't like hypothecated taxes, would just roll it into the general taxation pot and the intended beneficiaries would get little or nothing out of it."
Treasury would, not HMRC, they seriously don't like having their spending direction dictated to, elected representative or not.
Was about to say the same thing, but for the majority of uses of transistors today (by count) most are used as switches anyway.
The major issue I see with it is the removal of the solid state functionality, just like relays, making the thing reliable over billions if not trillions of actions, in wide environmental conditions is the challenge.
I could only see this being developed if we had room temperature superconductors.
Any data on the switching speed (I respect it's a prototype)?
Red dwarfs emit more radiation because they are physically smaller, i.e. the core is closer to the surface.
It could be that the young Sun was physically smaller for the purposes of starting the reaction and it would take time for the reaction to grow and also heat the outer layers of gas so there could have been more radiation emitted.
Conceptually it's a Chicken and Egg problem, with the "Free Speech" mantra, but in reality most people are too ill informed to understand if something is malicious. Hence the approach that is taken.
Therefore expertise is required, my issue with it is that opinion of expertise could be abused.
The fundamental problem with UBI is it cannot work in a Capitalist Economy, the market will render the payments inert.
As everybody gets something, those working have more cash and so spending goes up, demand goes up and prices go up.
Relative value of your payments goes down until they are irrelevant, just like with JSA and the state pension.
"If there's a long enough pause between the civilizations, the earlier one becomes the fossil fuels for the next. The rest of the fossils might be a clue to the future archaeologists that something went horribly wrong last go around, perhaps they should be more careful this time?"
Maybe that's what happened to the Dinosaurs? And we are just too arrogant to admit it?
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