* Posts by Dixie Nourmous

22 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2011

Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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No one could have dreamed 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.

Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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If the engines stop and you have to deploy a parachute,isnt it going to ba a rather hard landing with all that kit attached to your back, as I thought in a normal (without a jet pack attached) landing you took some of the speed out by collaping to the floor as you touched earth, surely you wont be able to do this .. or am I completely wrong ?

Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Re: back in the day...

That would be Iain Vallance..

BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: too complex for us mere mortals to understand

But how much toast would that require ?

Official science: High heels make you sexy

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A friend of a friend

A friend of a friend bought his missus some 6" red high heels, to which she said " I wont be able to walk in those" to which he replied " You wont be doing much walking dressed in them Love"

Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Re: Trip down memory lane, yes indeed!

I was also wondering why Hotbot wasnt mentioned...

Story gone

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Re: Intrigued

No not me M`Lud, If anyone says it was, they can expect a visit from Doug and Dinsdale (Pirahna) who will nail their heads to the floor...

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Re: Intrigued

How about we all put potatoes in,or my fav - racing car number 9...

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So how is the winner chosen ? Hand in a hat, dartboard, tombola machine ??

Asteroid zips past Earth

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Re: How big a hole would it have made if it had hit the Earth?

Crater shape is normal in spite of atmospheric crushing; fragments are not significantly dispersed.

Transient Crater Diameter: 9.78 km ( = 6.07 miles )

Transient Crater Depth: 3.46 km ( = 2.15 miles )

Final Crater Diameter: 13.2 km ( = 8.22 miles )

Final Crater Depth: 644 meters ( = 2110 feet )

The crater formed is a complex crater.

The volume of the target melted or vaporized is 1.81 km3 = 0.435 miles3

Roughly half the melt remains in the crater, where its average thickness is 24.1 meters ( = 79.2 feet ).

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Re: How big a hole would it have made if it had hit the Earth?

A few random figures later:-

our Inputs:

Distance from Impact: 10.00 km ( = 6.21 miles )

Projectile diameter: 500.00 meters ( = 1640.00 feet )

Projectile Density: 8000 kg/m3

Impact Velocity: 72.00 km per second ( = 44.70 miles per second ) (Your chosen velocity is higher than the maximum for an object orbiting the sun)

Impact Angle: 10 degrees

Target Density: 2500 kg/m3

Target Type: Sedimentary Rock


Energy before atmospheric entry: 1.36 x 1021 Joules = 3.24 x 105 MegaTons TNT

The average interval between impacts of this size somewhere on Earth during the last 4 billion years is 1.9 x 106years

Major Global Changes:

The Earth is not strongly disturbed by the impact and loses negligible mass.

The impact does not make a noticeable change in the tilt of Earth's axis (< 5 hundreths of a degree).

The impact does not shift the Earth's orbit noticeably.

So this = BIG HOLE....

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Re: How big a hole would it have made if it had hit the Earth?

Calculator here:-


Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Re: Typical Daily Mail reader reaction to this story below...

Turning Japanese ?

BT fibre-to-the-cabinet rollout penetrates 73 more exchanges

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Re: Anyone actually have Infinity

Yes I have it and am on the 80/20 deal and get around 56 Mb and it works great !!

Man recreates ZX81... in Lego

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Do you know the difference between Oooh and Ahhh..... Its about 2 Inches...

Phages: The powerful new bio-ammo in superbug war

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I seem to remember it was Horizon

The BBC Micro turns 30

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Big vote for Aviator - tying to get the Spitfire under the bridge, by my fav was Cholo where you had to wander around as a robot and log onto other robots and take them over, one was a coke machine if I remember correctly - probably why Im a network engineer now..

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Just downloaded it onto my Tab, there are tons of games you can download for it

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Yes I had a dodgy Beeb, It used to lock up all the time when it got hot, and I had to spray the ALU chip with some freeze stuff to unlock it. Mine was second hand but had a Econet connector so its past was probably a bit dubious,and I had aMusic 500 flashed to make it a 5000 and a Music keyboard built from a kit from Watford Electronics. Also had the sidways ram module in it and something called Replay that you could input cheat codes etc that were printed in magazines etc.

Still got a BeebEm emulator and a load of disk images,fire it up occasionaly to drive down memory lane...

Maggie Philbin on tech, teens and cardigan fear

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Got to agree about Horizon,it was a staple of my childhood but now just seems to be all funnily filmed angles and strange music,definately gone low-brow...

The Secret of Monkey Island

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For all you affecitionardos.....


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Any better theme song ?

uno dos tres quattro bring om the fulll mariachi band