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  • jellyhead 1 Nov 2012 11:09:09 24,350 posts
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    I think that's great but according to some of the comments i'm an evil person. I've not read such hateful comments about educating children ever before.

    The article is great but do not read the comments section. I'm astounded.

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  • Bremenacht 17 Nov 2012 01:01:02 15,756 posts
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    Anyone remember a bit of an argument in this forum, not many years ago, about whether it would be better to put time and money into building spaceships or a monorail to China? It was a mcmonkey-driven discussion (or course), and I cannot remember what thread it was in. Anyway.

    Why not do both?!

    Yes, not only does Musk want to take us to Mars, but he wants us to travel in super-fast tubes from California to, err, another bit of California. Still. From small beginnings, massive monorails grow!

    This guy really is the closest we've got to a Howard Hughes. Why can't more exceedingly rich people risk losing money on fantastic ideas like this guy? Is using your massively massive amounts of money just to make even more money really the best you can do in life?.

    Edited by Bremenacht at 01:02:18 17-11-2012

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Khanivor 17 Nov 2012 01:06:30 39,891 posts
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    kalel's gonna be pissed.
  • Khanivor 17 Nov 2012 01:26:41 39,891 posts
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    Aye, being bombed back to the stone age is really going to help us get to the starts.
  • Bremenacht 17 Nov 2012 01:30:29 15,756 posts
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    Somewhere between one vodka and the next.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • sirtacos 17 Nov 2012 07:53:24 7,205 posts
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    Facepalm's latest post is brilliant, in a 'Daily Mail comments section meets drunk guy muttering to himself at the pub' sort of way.

    It's a little too good.

    Either he's an idiot savant whose genius lies in trolling, or we've all been fooled by a machine. Collecting information. Watching us. Learning.
  • skuzzbag 17 Nov 2012 09:07:53 5,483 posts
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    I can just imagine a boffin jumping for joy as he finally perfects his ultimate stupid forum post posting machine.
  • localnotail 26 Nov 2012 19:25:11 23,093 posts
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    Make it so

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Fake_Blood 26 Nov 2012 20:08:56 3,834 posts
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    negative vacuum energy lol
  • Ged42 26 Nov 2012 20:37:09 7,642 posts
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    I need to stop reading articles like that, I know it's way beyond my understanding and I end up getting way too excited.

    Very funny comments below it as well. :D
  • localnotail 27 Nov 2012 08:42:54 23,093 posts
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    From Skype to Skynet

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • sirtacos 27 Nov 2012 08:56:24 7,205 posts
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    Title is hilarious.

    'Risk of impending robot doom' "to be studied."
  • magicpanda 27 Nov 2012 09:04:43 13,008 posts
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    There was also another recent and serious report about Killer Robots.

    Losing Humanity
    The Case against Killer Robots


    Edited by magicpanda at 09:05:05 27-11-2012
  • glaeken 6 Dec 2012 15:12:04 10,977 posts
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    It's not a science story and in fact more history but we don't appear to have a random history thread.

    Anywhere it's an interactive map of where bomb's fell on London during WW2.

    http://bombsight.org/#

    Quite interesting if you know London as you can check out if the places you know got bombed. It also explains the location of some rather horrible buildings.

    For a sobering experience zoom right out to see the whole of London.
  • Bremenacht 6 Dec 2012 15:44:43 15,756 posts
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    It's not that long ago (10-15 years ish) that the very last bomb crater in the city got built over. It'd have been nice if they'd kept it as a historical site, showing a bit of what the blitz did to London.

    Nice spot to eat your lunch too.

    Edited by Bremenacht at 15:47:28 06-12-2012

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • glaeken 6 Dec 2012 16:05:33 10,977 posts
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    I wonder if there are not still a few bomb sites down docklands way. There are still a few patches of ground not built on down that way that look like they once had buildings on. Still that would not qualify as the City.

    I do have an explanation though from that site as to the horrible out of place red brick building that is a McDonalds at the top of St. Martin's lane.
  • Bremenacht 6 Dec 2012 18:57:55 15,756 posts
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    Bound to be a few. Actually, if you google up old airfields in the east of England, and then try to work out their flightpaths, you will usually be able to pick out areas of cratering or the remnants of cratering. Some of it is from where British planes had to drop their own munitions for whatever reason. Other stuff was compliments of the Luftwaffe.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • localnotail 17 Dec 2012 04:20:26 23,093 posts
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    110 predictions for the next 110 years

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • ILoveThrashMetal 17 Dec 2012 08:43:35 554 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    110 predictions for the next 110 years
    Zettabytes!?

    Arsechickens

  • LeoliansBro 17 Dec 2012 09:59:28 41,865 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    110 predictions for the next 110 years
    My favourite: We're all going to die.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • localnotail 19 Dec 2012 15:41:31 23,093 posts
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    Robin Ince & Brian Cox are guest editing the Christmas New Statesman - Nice editorial salvo about climate science, and science vs opinion generally

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Ged42 26 Dec 2012 00:15:16 7,642 posts
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    Another Exo-planet in the goldilocks zone.

    This one is in orbit in the Tau-Ceti system only 12 light years away.

    I vaguely remember a sci-fi involving the planet Tau-Ceti 5 (the 'E' designation in the article?) but can't place it, any ideas?
  • WrongShui 26 Dec 2012 00:47:05 6,574 posts
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    Ceti Alpha V is where Khan Noonien Singh plots his revenge in Wrath of Khan, getting mixed up with that?
  • mcmonkeyplc 27 Dec 2012 11:52:07 38,899 posts
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    Tau-Ceti is mentioned in Star Trek a few times.

    Can we send inter-stellar probes? I know the voyager probes are about to enter inter-stellar space but they weren't really designed for that purpose alone.

    Can we aim some at these exo planets and get there within one life time?

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • RyanDS 27 Dec 2012 11:57:29 8,700 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Tau-Ceti is mentioned in Star Trek a few times.

    Can we send inter-stellar probes? I know the voyager probes are about to enter inter-stellar space but they weren't really designed for that purpose alone.

    Can we aim some at these exo planets and get there within one life time?
    Tau Ceti is 12 light years away.
    Voyager is currently 123 AU from earth after 35 years, that's 3.5 AU a year.
    There are 63000 odd AU in a light year, so a probe would need to travel 756,000 AU.
    Which means something like Voyager would take 216,000 years according to my back of the envelope calculations.

    You would need a long lifetime.
  • mcmonkeyplc 27 Dec 2012 12:02:01 38,899 posts
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    We need to get closer to the god damned cunting speed of light!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

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