Re: What have the Romans ever done for us?
I actually wondered if the name will not be shortened to Roman Telescope in most non-official contexts.
669 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012
No matter how many employees they will fire, I think they still have too many. I once tried to buy an IBM server. The employees I talked to on the phone were absolutely incompetent. The website listing their partners was horrendously out of date. Finally I asked to be connected with someone competent, for a change (I really did phrase it this way!). Surprisingly, I got that person. I learned who really sells the servers in my area. However their partner sold me... a Lenovo server after asking me "Do you really want to overpay?"
I've seen opinions by real pilots that 737 MAX will never be allowed to fly again as a passenger plane. After reading now that without MCAS the plane would not be certified at all, I start to understand why.
Will the solution be Pentagon buying the 400 machines as cargo planes or something? I do not say a wise solution but just a way of helping Boeing by Uncle Sam.
I dare to disagree. I use VPN to read many US news web pages which show a finger to Europeans. I do not think it breaks any laws on either side of the pond (a newspaper policy is not law).
Also it helps you to avoid broken cloud servers. If I see the web page showing the local cloud server cannot be accessed, I try the VPN IP address in another country. This works more often than I expected.
Sadly, the journalist did not get everything right. No formaldehyde was produced. The reaction on the first page of the paper was supposed to symbolize photosynthesis. Usually people multiply everything by 6 to make the reaction produce glucose which makes more sense. The reason oxygen concentration increased was the same as every other geological time it did. Namely, atmosphere gets richer in oxygen when organic carbon is buried. There is no other way (with the exception of pyrite burying but let's not be too anal).
I am surprised because all one needs to understood the mechanism is the abstract which says:
"we demonstrate that about 2.5 billion years ago a tectonic transition that resulted in increased volcanic CO2 emissions could have led to increased deposition of both carbonates and organic carbon (organic C) via enhanced weathering and nutrient delivery to oceans. Increased burial of carbonates and organic C would have allowed the accumulation of atmospheric oxygen while also increasing the delivery of carbon to subduction zones.
I have a similar difference in results many years ago when I ran a C++ written Monte Carlo code on Windows and Linux. The culprit turned out to be the random number generator. It was a lesson I learned and since then I've been using an OS-independent random number generator function embedded in the code.
I've recently listened to a UK government official telling us in a meeting how the UK is focused on the organization that called the meeting (unlike the EU, apparently). Suddenly I hear murmurs in the room: "Ireland, Ireland". I look up at his slide. Yes, he did illustrate that statement with a map of UK which... included all of Ireland.
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