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by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

Hmm, still want giant nuke powered airships...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

[/pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ic0352250]Double ahem.[/url] Take a look at the illustration. Surely this is the greatest scientific achievement of the year. Edit: Of course, I didn't check this thoroughly, and it turns out it is from 2004. Still entertaining though. Oh man, conceded. And you win th...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's New Space Strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 2293

Re: Obama's New Space Strategy

Nukes like NERVA also don't go boom if you lose containment. Unless you're synthesizing antilithium and storing it in decent ferromagnets, having antiprotons whizzing around should an accident occur is not a good thing, even with a few milligrams of them.
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

kernelpanic wrote:Ahem.


And?

Yay for subjective links! Let me know when a potentially global impact is felt from Element 117.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762303

Re: Doctor Who

Isn't it like a new Special Weapons Dalek design?

Also, we've still yet to get a satisfactory answer regarding the Ood's accelerated development...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

Yes, but I'm wondering to what extent, and whether the cloud hovering above will negate any bonus melting once it settles. So far, it seems the plume is being carried across Europe and Scandinavia and not really falling heavily enough yet.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

The Eruptions science blog is a good source for the latest on this issue from a fairly well connected volcanologist. I have been wondering if the glaciers will suffer slower melting from the ash cloud blocking sunlight, or whether it falling on the ice will enable a positive feedback in more melting.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's New Space Strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 2293

Re: Obama's New Space Strategy

Make it nuclear.

On a related note, that guy what landed on the Moon first has some opinion to share.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

Yes. Look at the timestamp of the article and the time the OP posted. The article was published at 20:27 BST, less five hours for EST = 15:27. The OP was posted at 16:39 EST. That's pretty damn quick. There were stories of the eruption earlier than that, but since AV seems to think that the air tra...
by Admiral Valdemar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

A volcano erupting is not a major science story. sustainable, controllable fusion would be, as would numerous other things. Yeah, an eruption causing the LARGEST mass transport clusterfuck in history is clearly not newsworthy. In the US. We should also avoid going to Wiki for the facts. The last me...
by Admiral Valdemar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

Eyjafjallajokull (I LOVE that name, like someone spazzing at the keyboard) has so far no links to Katla, which could also be triggered by this eruption if its found the energy isn't being released fully via this one event. Though the last time this current volcano got going was around 1821, and last...
by Admiral Valdemar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10678

Re: It's Volcano time again

I find it amusing a forum about a science webcomic has only just now decided a thread on the biggest science story of the year is worth producing. Especially when it's, y'know, halted all air traffic on a historical level at a time when airlines are haemohorraging terribly as it is. And it mostly ov...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans
Replies: 71
Views: 6206

Re: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans

So, when are they going to start ordering the heads of the Tea Baggers on pikes? I'm pretty sure those guys have some good anti-American rhetoric that could justify their executions in much the same way as this cleric.
by Admiral Valdemar
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kick-Ass [Spoilers]
Replies: 35
Views: 6230

Kick-Ass [Spoilers]

So, anyone seen this yet? Saw it at an advance screening last night in Tottenham, and I LOVED it. Vaughn's yet to make a bad film, it seems, and considering he had to finance all of this himself as no Hollywood studio would touch it (violent, foul-mouthed 12-year-old ninja girls FTW!), I think it's ...
by Admiral Valdemar
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £500 home-brew space photography
Replies: 7
Views: 1488

Re: £500 home-brew space photography

This is really quite impressive. NASA and ESA could do with finding more people like this and backing them. If there's one thing the space program needs in hard economic climes, it's innovative people like this guy.
by Admiral Valdemar
Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: health care bill passes
Replies: 167
Views: 13875

Re: health care bill passes

Yeah, I've got to say I got a chuckle from the disingenuous nature of the links H2SO4 posted. The obfuscatory bullshit and cherry picking is self-evident. I guess you can claim Zimbabwe has a pretty damn good healthcare and living comfort index if you only think the party running the government matt...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10438

Re: New York State to ban SALT

After scrutinising my eating habits over the last year, I've been avoiding the urge to pepper my food with salt... and pepper. I just go for the latter, and if I do require salt to taste, it must be lo-salt. Given the shocking levels of the stuff in foods already, many people are really overdoing it...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Toyota Answers to Congress?
Replies: 38
Views: 3716

Re: Toyota Answers to Congress?

Elsewhere I've been reading about this whole situation and found it wanting. A cynical person would see this as an opportune time to rally support against those foreign devils and their "superior" automobiles. Maybe if you're, say, a rather lacklustre US auto manufacturer whom the US gov'...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bulger Case Re-emerges & "People Justice"
Replies: 9
Views: 3141

The Bulger Case Re-emerges & "People Justice"

I'm sure most people have at least heard, if not outright know the details, of the James Bulger case from '93, where a couple of adolescent boys murdered in a most horrific fashion, an even younger boy in Merseyside, UK. Looking over the media reaction, something I try to avoid nowadays with my newf...
by Admiral Valdemar
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.
Replies: 152
Views: 23858

Re: ACTA Internet Chapter Leaked - It's not pretty...

I predict massive backlash from all sectors. What are the chances they could actually make something like this work? Say, using an online checkin system to control access? Nil. The whole idea is unenforceable. It's no more likely to succeed than Australia's "filter the web" bullshit or &q...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: LOST
Replies: 454
Views: 38267

Re: LOST

Given all Jack has seen on the Island, and even with his scientific mind, why the fuck is he still finding it hard to swallow (pun intended) the sights he's seeing now? Frankly, magical healing springs rates pretty low on my weird-o-meter given what else we've seen.
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran declares itself a nuclear state
Replies: 47
Views: 4703

Re: Iran declares itself a nuclear state

The DPRK has many other problems aside from sabre rattling to get attention for various hand outs from the West. Iran may have a young and rebellious populace to contend with, but Kimmy has a whole nation of starving, impoverished serfs to deal with when he's not passing off failed nuke tests as rea...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Darwin Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Happy Darwin Day!

As a biologist working in a chem lab, I am shocked at the lack of a shindig. Shocked and appalled.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Darwin Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Happy Darwin Day!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to be EXTRA Sciencey today and... Stuff.
by Admiral Valdemar
Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussie censors ban small breast and female ejaculation porn
Replies: 79
Views: 13686

Re: Aussie censors ban small breast and female ejaculation porn

Hahahaha. Someone should bring a court case to force a judge to rule on what defines "small breasts." They'd have to admit public exhibits. There's got to be some lawyer out there who'd love the opportunity to expound before a court on the virtues of small boobies in mature women. Good lu...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

The main weakness of the iPhone is its small screen, the main weakness of a netbook is its poor performance, and the main weakness of a tablet netbook is its poor performance and awkward attempt to harness together a touchscreen with a desktop UI. iPad overcomes all of those weaknesses. If you're s...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 151601

Re: public misconceptions

Got another: alternative medicine becomes medicine, with all the pseudoscience ripped out.

Dara O'Briain's rant on all alternative medicine becoming just medicine when it is empirically shown to work is always good.
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 151601

Re: public misconceptions

My (least) favorite misconception is how people think about the Coriolis Force. It does not determine what direction the water in your sink or toilet spins when they empty. In order for something to be significantly influenced by Coriolis, it needs to be traveling a very large distance or last for ...
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762303

Re: Doctor Who

Rakysh wrote:No, most have norths, a few have The North and almost none have Yorkshire. Or Geordies.


You best not be confusing Yorkshire and Lancashire, boy, else there'll be merry hell to pay. Merry hell indeed.
by Admiral Valdemar
Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: BBC's Survivors
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Re: BBC's Survivors

It's at least finally showing more of the institute that seems to be linked to the pandemic, kind've reminds me of the Dharma Initiative in Lost which was always in the background in season one before becoming a part of the story in season two. If anything, this always makes me wonder if I can find ...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

Bar the introduction of the new products, the sales seem to have plateaued. This is what Apple needs to be wary of. They can only sell the same device for so long without the competitors catching up, or market saturation with what they have already. The iPhone would seem much more of a market winner...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

I can certainly see that with the iPhone and apps and music, if not with the more expensive Mac line. People always buy music and an iPhone without apps is rather useless. They could probably survive on these alone even if their computer section withered away out of the blue.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

...that seems highly unlikely, especially given that apple generally does not (with the exception of quarterly conference calls and some keynotes) release information about sales. (Speaking of that, they have a conference call on Monday, in which they'll say how they're doing.) Regardless, it seems...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

wat. There was an article on T3 about Apple trying to diversify its product line (as the iPad shows) in order to keep revenues up. Since T3 has a quite appalling search function, I can't find it until my brother tells me which page it was again, but it did mention iTunes just breaking even and iPod...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 151601

Re: public misconceptions

People who cannot stop freaking about bioethics Elaboration: clones of Hitler will mean another World War. I can't tell you how often I've heard this retarded argument. It's not like anyone thinks of this concept with twins, and yet it's the same damn concept. But really, my big beef is usually wit...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3036476

Re: Postify your facerity

One man, alone, the world against him...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 26066

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

And if Tycho, a well known fanboy, finds the device pointless, then I'm going to guess a great many others may indeed see the same flaws I do. Apple seems to be trying to cash in on a craze by making devices to fix a problem (the fact that iTunes is barely breaking even), rather than innovating a wa...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sweet crackers, Biology is cool!
Replies: 7
Views: 1510

Re: Sweet crackers, Biology is cool!

Possibly, but the issue with a brain transplant doesn't strike me so much as a 'can we reduce scarring', but 'can we connect and move these trazillions of connections, coax them to go where they need to go, and then regrow the requisite/damaged neurons'. But feh, what do I know. There's tons of wor...
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space Cannon
Replies: 29
Views: 3423

Re: Space Cannon

EM launchers for small projectiles would be useful, but for getting large masses of material up there, and humans, I'd rather we dusted off NERVA or Orion.
by Admiral Valdemar
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring
Replies: 73
Views: 8905

Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

Did they fix the bug where putting "Google" into Google search breaks teh intarweb?

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