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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

aphelion_rock I wonder how well the satellite is really going? (113 comments)

I notice that the images have either been coloured or are very blurred.

Kinda make me think that the satellite might be spinning or something.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

aphelion_rock Re:Multiple devices, works great (504 comments)

I had excessive delays on my ipad 3 when I upgraded to ios 7, the solution was to perform a reset on the device, ios 8 upgrade was un-noticed.

about 4 months ago

China's Island Factory

aphelion_rock Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

We/Google shouldn't be calling it the South China Sea.

Vietnam call it the Eastern Sea, lets face it, more of the sea is closer to them.

Philippines call it the West Philippine Sea

about 5 months ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

aphelion_rock Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

It is too early to be writing about who shot down the plane. There needs to be an investigation first.

about 6 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

aphelion_rock CFL's lasting almost 30 years (278 comments)

I have a number of CFL lamps that I purchased in 1985, they take a while to reach full brightness but still work OK. I have been replacing them with newer CFL lamps which don't last as long. More recently I have begun purchasing LED lamps which don't have the delay to reach full brightness. The LED lamps generally tend to be low on light output but are getting better.

about 7 months ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

aphelion_rock Re:Sooo (415 comments)

"pinpointing a thumb drive containing child pornography" I didn't know a dog could read the content of a thumb drive.. What happens if the drive contains other content?

about 7 months ago

IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

aphelion_rock Re:He turned job termination into career terminati (265 comments)

Pretty stupid on the company's part too.
Certainly gives credence to the process of removing any passed and access then ejecting the individual out the door before telling them that they are fired.

about 8 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

aphelion_rock Re:Undefined (800 comments)

if (aboutToCrash) {

about 9 months ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

aphelion_rock Re:Keeping Our Priorities Straight (504 comments)

As this threat to growth becomes more evident, investors will become less attracted to investments in the utility sector.

It's about time that power companies realize that their most important goal is not in providing customers with a quality source of electricity, but in making investors as much money as possible.

Title: "Only in America"

about 9 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

aphelion_rock Re:Victoria (364 comments)

They tried this in our city where they put up variable speed limit signs depicting the best speed to drive so that you could pass through the next set of lights without stopping. Other motorists saw this as an advantage to overtake and get ahead of the slower drivers.
They eventually removed the variable speed limit signs and gave the whole thing up as a bad joke

Such is human nature.

about 10 months ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

aphelion_rock Re:Japan, a land filled with lies ! (188 comments)

The whaling is 100% scientific.
They shoot a harpoon at a whale and it dies.
The scientific research is trying to work out why the whale dies.
The keep shooting harpoons at thew hales and they keep on dying
On it goes...

about 10 months ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

aphelion_rock Re:Combined with the ringing phones ? (382 comments)

The aircraft is currently parked on a remote jungle runway in Sumatra taking Grand Theft Auto to a whole new level..

about a year ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

aphelion_rock Re:for the record (406 comments)

Or seeking to inhibit other phone companies from making *any* good smart phones, thereby giving the consumer less choice and increasing the odds that they will buy an apple device.

Sounds like a worried manufacturer to me. Since SJ has gone there haven't been any significant innovations from the Apply camp.
If this graph is anything to go by, the executives/lawyers will be looking to justify their existence: http://qz.com/120917/the-smart...

about a year ago

China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

aphelion_rock Re:Thoughts (142 comments)

Radar is line of sight. So a plane at 11000 meters, can be seen about 375 km away from the radar installation, assuming a radar at ground level.

If your radar is within 200km of the plane, the plane would fall below the radar horizon at about 5km altitude.

Given the description of the plane's flight path, if it was being tracked by radar from Kuala Lumpur, then "dropped off the radar" would have been closer to 10km altitude than to 5km.

Why do they not have satellite location based reporting on the planes providing the planes position every five minutes? Expand the ACARS system to give the position of the plane. This would help the searchers narrow down the location where the plane was lost.

about a year ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

aphelion_rock Upgrade to what? (860 comments)

Windows 8 - An OS designed to tablets, pretty ordinary user experience on a desktop
Windows 7 - No upgrade path from XP, user must be on Vista to upgrade to Windows 7
Ubuntu - Slower and less than reliable
Apple - Ditch the PC and get a Mac
ChromeOS/similar - Still looking at options
Android for PC - Could be the ideal timing

about a year ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

aphelion_rock Re:How to fix: Windows 7 (860 comments)

There's nothing that XP does that 7 doesn't do better.

Have you tried searching for a word in a file???
Searching for a file name or a word in a file used to be separate options, now there is only one choice, the file name.
Apart from the general name changing to make the OS look different, this really annoys me.

about a year ago

Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

aphelion_rock Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

The P-51 also shot down quite a few ME 262's because the tactics and maneuverability limitations made the ME 262's predictable.

The P-51 pilots learned to linger near the German airfields and shoot the ME262s down when they were trying to land, slow and low on gas.

The P-51 pilots quickly learned that the ME 262 had an incredibly long spool up time after take off and were easy pickings for a while after takeoff. Jets were new technology and it was some time before they were able to develop engines that were responsive enough to throttle up quickly.

about a year ago

UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

aphelion_rock Re:How DARE you propose NOT to allow this? (146 comments)

I can see the merit in this for removing a defective gene.
How long until people start hand picking the genes for the next super generation. The next super athlete, scientist, beauty queen...
Add in some DNA from neanderthal man and you can see what other interesting characters we could come up with for our entertainment..

Once Started, how are you going to police this?

about a year ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

aphelion_rock Re:I jumped ship too (255 comments)

Me too,
I found by the time it had got to version 12, it was so slow and buggy, particularly in the browser area that it made windows XP look good. The lack of menus was also a major issue for because I cannot remember the name of apps, particularly one that I have yet to use.

about a year ago


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