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Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision

ArcadiaAlex making NASA agile? (319 comments)

The problem here is clearly about the leadership changing priorities and budgets before anything gets finished.

The projects that NASA work on have long timelines, this is not compatible with budgets which change annually and where the govenment who holds the purse strings also often changes (as in this case) before the project is completed.

This is not too different in concept (but is admitedly different in scale) to software development where if priorities are allowed to change before projects are completed, nothing ever will be finished.

Maybe NASA can try and work to smaller achievable goals within a smaller timeline that have a clearly defined benefit?

Sound familiar?

more than 4 years ago

405 GB of NIN show's raw footage available

ArcadiaAlex Official footage (not subversive at all) (1 comments)

This was NIN official footage that he release on his site (just prior to the remix section going live) with the aim that fans would build their own videos and submit them to NIN.

Can't spot the link on the NIN site any more - but I definatley saw it last week. As you can see from their site however this is a feature for fan based videos.

Trent is a very smart guy and definatley is leading the way in the future of the music business.

more than 4 years ago

Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

ArcadiaAlex 150 is which result? (576 comments)

did someone make a type in the poll?


I guestimate that I have about 150ft (yes lots) but these radio buttons won't let me pick both!

more than 5 years ago

Exoplanet Has Showers of Pebbles

ArcadiaAlex Re:Rock Rainbows? (341 comments)

If you read the arictle you may notice that the planet doesn't get a sunset due to it having a captured rotation:

From the article:
"it is so close to its sun that its orbit is like the Moon around Earth. One face is always pointed towards its sun."

ie no sunset - sorry

more than 4 years ago

Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

ArcadiaAlex bees rest, but parrots are dead? (200 comments)

I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

more than 5 years ago

Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF

ArcadiaAlex Re:on the road charging? (586 comments)

When I drive I generally don't drive 100% of the time at full throttle. Being at a constant velocity all you need to do is overcome drag. This will obvious depend on the car but you know they will be working hard to being this down so at 50mph you may find that you only need 1/4 throttle which means the 5HP generator will keep you nice and topped up. Then at zero throttle you are making a net gain.

All this means is that the maths is much more complicated that your model and depending on the journey a 5HP generator could add significatly more range.

As for the car emissions standards they measure percentage of certains harmful gases not absolute volume. So a small car with a "bad" emissions can easily be much less harmful to the environment than a large engine vehicle that pushes out massive volumes of exhaust gases which results in the "good" car emiting more harmful gas than the "bad" small car. At which point a 5HP generator is not so bad for the environment as say the 150HP engine you are replacing.

more than 5 years ago

Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

ArcadiaAlex Re:I have experince with this. (533 comments)

Being pedantic won't this need an 8 bit graphics card? 16 bit ISA came along with the 80286 didn't it?

That said you can certainly get EGA and if you are lucky you might find an 8bit VGA card (back then VGA was new I remember my parents amstrad 2086 (had a 8086 processor at 8Mhz but boasted VGA graphics and a 640x480 display!) so it should be possible.

more than 5 years ago

Small, High-Resolution LCD Monitors?

ArcadiaAlex Re:I read the "answers", now I feel for you.. (370 comments)

I agree most do not seem to grasp the nature of the question.

Why can manufacturers make high resolution LCD screens for laptops but do not use these screens to produce similar desktop LCD screens?

Maybe it is to artificialy boost the laptop market?

The smallest pixel size I have seen if from the libretto U100 screen, 7.1 inches and 1280 x 768, so why can't I have a 15 inch LCD screen at the same pixel size? ie 2540 x 1536

more than 5 years ago

DIY 18-ft.-High Robotic Exoskeleton

ArcadiaAlex Mechwarrior (206 comments)

Lets hope microsoft don't buy the rights to the gaming franchise

more than 5 years ago

Could a Meteor Have Brought Down Air France 447?

ArcadiaAlex probablity (884 comments)

I thought that you can't use this kind of probablity questions when you already know the outcome of the last 100 years of air travel. This kind of calculations as I udnerstand it is only valid for predicting future events.

So while in the next hundred years it is 1/20 (or whatever the result of the calculation is depending on how detailed you go) of a meteor and aircraft collision, you can't then say well we have already been flying for a hundred years so we a pretty due a collision.

So given it hasn't happened yet it remains increadibly unlikley that there will be a meteor vs aircraft collision.

Or did I miss something - I am sure you will tell me if I have.

more than 5 years ago

Russian Manned Space Vehicle May Land With Rockets

ArcadiaAlex Re:Seems Pretty Inefficient (197 comments)

I have to say that launching a shuttle while very cool in concept and very handy for returning large objects from orbit, but given how little that was used is about the heaviest solution I think you could imagine to lift a few astronauts to the space station.

I think the weight of the russian capsule with the added weight of the solid rockets, plus a few spares in case of failure would still come in as a lighter option than lifting a shuttle.

This of course will change with the new Orion as it is back to the light weight capsule idea (as is required to leave low earth orbit)

more than 5 years ago

Sophisticated Balloons Could Help Steer Spacecraft

ArcadiaAlex Space Junk (96 comments)

Has anyone else noticed that in the aritcle they mention "The ballute is jettisoned from the spacecraft once the desired capture orbit is achieved, the company said."

Do we need any more litter in space - especially earth orbit?

We all think of balloons being filled with light than air gasses, but in this case they will want both low compressed volume and low weight for takeoff. So it may well be that they use liquid Helium - in which case would they hang around in orbit - once the drag of the ship is gone might they bounce off the atmosphere as they are still moving at orbital velocity.

Even if they go sub orbital velocity they are still intact balloons at the edge of space and they are not going to sink down the planet easily(presumably they will be quite strong).

I am sure they will think of it - but it would just be nice to see them mention retrieval/disposal with the increasing amount of junk in space these days...

more than 5 years ago

Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

ArcadiaAlex Bats in Space..... (422 comments)

The muppets show they have never shown.

more than 5 years ago

UV-Resistant Micro-Organisms Discovered In the Stratosphere

ArcadiaAlex Aliens (156 comments)

Was Rimmer right after all?

Lister: Your explanation for anything slightly peculiar is aliens, isn't it? You lose your keys, it's aliens. A picture falls off the wall, it's aliens. That time we used up a whole bog roll in a day, you thought that was aliens as well.
Rimmer: Well we didn't use it all, Lister. Who did?
Lister: Rimmer, ALIENS used our bog roll?
Rimmer: Just cause they're aliens doesn't mean to say they don't have to visit the little boys' room. Only they probably do something weird and alien-esque, like it comes out of the top of their heads or something.
Lister: Well I wouldn't like to be stuck behind one in a cinema.

more than 5 years ago

BBC Hijacks 22,000 PCs In Botnet Demonstration

ArcadiaAlex Re:It gets better (457 comments)

maybe I think this from the gmail EULA covers it:


5.4 You agree that you will not engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Services (or the servers and networks which are connected to the Services).

more than 5 years ago

BBC Hijacks 22,000 PCs In Botnet Demonstration

ArcadiaAlex Re:It gets better (457 comments)

There has to be some misuse there that spamming "yourself" is breaking when it is an online email account? I havn't checked but what about I would have thought there is something in the agreements that you "check" when you start an account? After all it is using gmail and hotmail's resources (bandwidth, disk space etc) for purposfully receiving spam, which you could argue is verging on a DDOS attack on their servers. (ok the scale may be different but if it wasn't the BBC I expect gmail and hotmail would close those mailboxes pretty quickly if they where filled with thousands of emails in a matter of minutes.

more than 5 years ago



Online Age Verification

ArcadiaAlex ArcadiaAlex writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ArcadiaAlex (1498971) writes "The UK government is looking at a bill that requires e-commerce site that sell age restricted products (knives, alcohol, tabaco, fireworks and pornography) to have a robust age verification system. This has been reported a while ago by the BBC. While this is current in the UK this is a global problem. How does anyone make sure that they are not breaking the law by selling any of these products to a minor in a foreign country?

What solutions have you seen or used successfully?"


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