On temperatures, again
Sorry, forgot. Felix Baumgartner just jumped off a balloon today at 21 kms altitude, and reported he "could hardly move his hands" at -75°C. Dump the heated rod idea... too much power required.
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Just a few thoughts .. I know the guiding rod is a simpler setup, but I agree with the thermal expansion argument between titanium and alluminium alloy. I was also thinking of some sort of electrical antiicing device you counld use to avoid ice on the rod (thermally shielded common battery + big enough resistor attached to the rod?).
OR, if you're willing to accept another suggestion, why not copy all air-launch systems on aircraft, and build a mechanically severable connection to the truss (...spring loaded blades in a thermally protected box?) and just -drop- V2? After drop, timer (thin cable?) ignites rocket, and off she goes. You'd have the advantage of not having the backplate/rod. BUT you should have a good idea of how V2 performs aerodinamically during the drop (tail first...), but since you'll be going in wind tunnel at Soton... After all, if a B52 can aerolaunch a pegasus rocket .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_%28rocket%29
I just had to watch "The Thing", yesterday night., btw, Italian newspapers report suspicions of a 105 by 75 KILOMETERS "extremely powerful" magnetic anomaly (1000 nanoTesla) in the SW edge of the lake. Maybe a "cylindrical or circular" metallic object.
So, it's either The Thing, or a Linguafoeda Acheronsis, or a Predator ship, or the lost city of Leng where the Old Ones dropped from between the angles of space.
In any case, I'm bolting down windows and doors.
I live in the bloody place, and haven't seen the dratted thing. So, luckily, I won't have been snapped. A friend, though, tells me she's seen it, and the guy manning the camera was giving a helping hand-and-leg to the pedal-guy, pushing the contraption up Siena's steep streets.
I guess Google's trike-View propulsion devices aren't sourced from the same pool as the Astana cycling team..
We need more of these guys.. LOTS more!
With minds like these, who knows what hurdles humanity could conquer?
Credit crunch greedy execs? Pah! Zapped!
Traffic congestion? ZZAAAP!
Hey.. what about ants? Aren't those damn critters really annoying? Could'nt we zap away a whole colony? Hope the device works underground too.. maybe some millimetre wave thingy, instead of lasers?
Some of you may recall, if it even reached the Reg, that some months ago, Mediaset, the tv'n'stuff company owned by jolly old Silvio's family (his brother and sons, basically, but he's still got his feet in it anyway) wanted to sue YouTube for illegally replaying bits and snaps of "private content", i.e. a whole host of very funny tv shows, of extremely widespread audience (at least here in Italy), (and also Big Brother, Survivor .. the lot) broadcasted on Mediaset's three national channels.
Many commentators here believe that's the real purpouse of this "regulatory" crap.
Pirates because we'll bittorrent away his ass one single bit a time.
(Plus, on the Murdoch front... SKy Italy has just been enraged by Silvio's "Anti-crisis" economic package, since he's ramped the VAT Sky has to pay to trasmit from 10% to 20%, resulting in pay-tv subscriptions going up at least 3 Euros. Several tv ads have been circulating "Berlusconi doubles taxes to 4.6 Million italians [Sky subscribers]. Needless to say, Silvio wasn't impressed, but his Finance minister said there's no other way to reap some cash.)
"but then again you are male and will never have to under go the sheer annoyance that is large bossoms."
Err... indeed, I am male, and I am not currently undergoing the sheer annoyance of having (to deal with) large bossoms (!), but i eventually plan on doing so ..
Paris, 'cos she too isn't undergoing said annoyance.
before some top deathtech boffin sees a rerun of the Predator series and starts pestering his inferior deathtech boffins for the helmet-sighted shoulder-mounted plasma ThingFragger...
I bet that'd kick any armoured grunt's posterior.
-What? What do you mean "cracked shoulderblade?"
even if I'm firmly a Star Wars geek. BR -is- science fiction, after all. SW is... something else.
Besides! What about: "I am your father!" in ESB ? That started off a whole (far away) galaxy of south american soapopera plots..
And who many times have you got in someplace thinking there could'nt be "a more wretched hive of scum and vilany"?
if you're stuck with that crap they call coffee. As an Italian resident, I have my daily dose of "caffe'", that's it, you justa walk in a bar, and ask for a coffee. None of that "it has a ridiculously long name so it must be good" business. Oh, and I don't have sugar, either. AND it only costs 0.80 €. I've had a (proper) espresso in London for nearly FOUR times that. Nuts.
Sat or Sun morning on a 06:45am Milan to Southern Italy flight, the crew had to ground 3 "business" self-loading-cargo before takeoff, despite at least 3 notices from Capt. Speaking, 'cause they wouldn't switch off the damn mobes. Plane type (and OS) not recorded. Apparently, the navicomputer had gone titsup, and had lost a couple of waypoints*.
The 3 fools were fined a paltry 200 Euros, and risk incrimination for compromising transports security.
*Capt.Speaking's copilot should have probably have had to revert to the maps application on his Nokia N95... Oh, DAMN!!!
Right, Mr. Page, as a child of both UK and Italian citizens, I hereby decree that your monthly subsidy of linguine and prosecco has been indefinitely suspended.
So, please tell me, just how are you going to cope without a fundamental El Reg unit of measure, and the accompanying knickerless-sponsored beverage ..?
I mean.. Prosecco IN A CAN?
You don't need to be PH's army of barristers'n'slaves to predict a veritable outpouring of legal papers between the Prosecco-police over here in Northern Italy.. Try convincing the Valdobbiadene producers that THAT goldeny stuff is proper Prosecco.
They'll sue The Hiltoness untile she's ..er... shirtless? then .....pantless? No, not that, damn....
Can we have a booze-angle icon? Please?
haven't even realized Pope John Paul II isn't a saint YET. His canonization process was supposedly started just after his death, upon public pressure, and stories about his miraculos healings pop up every now and then in our Italian press, just because the churc'n'politics lobby is trying to speed things up.
PLus, all of these mobe* services clearly are a total ripoff, yet the yoofs and the lonely housewives persist on being lured into them.
Could we sue the service providers? Please?!? After all, the service is called "Protector SAINTS" .. surely that's misleading??
But what happens when the Indian subcontinent and SEAsia (not to mention China...) get massively on p2p networks, moving to TCP/IP all the CD/DVDs that already get pirated there? Are the record companies going to completely shut off every damn net in the world?
This is nuts, and even worse is the fact that some bloody 60-to-70 years old MP, afraid even to use teletext, is going to actually make a law on this.
Here in Italy the Gov is in the process of backtracking the "blog registration" bill, and damn very well they should. It just seems politicos are targeting the net now that they don't know where else to stick their noses. Mind you, EU Security Commisioner (or somthink like that) Franco Frattini, who recently proposed to ban all "bomb building-related content" is Italian too, I guess I start seeing a pattern...
D'oh. 's better to focus on the Chianti and the fettucicne and get fat and drunk. At least I decide I'm doing it.
Checked out just half an hour ago. Google up the .met file. the 3-4th address returned has got good servers. No sign of the nearly 800K users per server, though.
And Kademlia really bogs down XP machines and home routers with an enormous amoutn of connections :(
I seem to remember the very advanced Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito night fighter had loads of problems (i.e. in-flight fuselage break-ups...) because the glue they used to bond the wooden main spars wasn't as good as the one they used previously (Tego-Film ..I think..) 'coz The Bomber Command had wiped out the factory.
Wikipedia confirms what I remember from a WW II German warplane book I have at home...
Ah, it was wing failure, not the fuselage ... much better then.
Sorry chaps, but being an avid pasta-eater, and living just south of Florence, I must correct your fundamental distance unit.
Linguine are most commonly found in Liguria with pesto, while are not that native to Tuscany. Over here we have Fettuccine or Pappardelle, preferrably with wild boar sauce. They differ in being much much wider than Linguine ("little tongues") AND, crucially, they are marginally longer, and weigh more, too!
PLUS, we havent' had practically any rain in the summer, so our grapes are slightly smaller than the EU standard, but they do pack more alcoholic punch. We should be getting some pretty fine Brunelli, in 5 years' time.
So, the result is, we'll keep on partying with our Pappardelle and Brunello, obliviousl to the rest of the world, since we don't expect any Welsh to know how to properly cook the pasta/do the sauce/savour the wine.