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Comment Re:3 Trees (Score 1) 274

Really? Because a whole bunch of other people did dendochronotic analysis of over 150,000 trees across the whole of the northern hemisphere, correlated that with ice cores, tundra boreholes, fossil lake shorelines and loesses across the whole world and found no such thing.

Interestingly, they did find evidence of an incredibly intense solar flare around 774 AD that correlated with an astronomical event recorded in the AngloSaxon Chronicle and a massive volcanic eruption in 1783 AD that caused killing fogs of sulphurous acid across Europe and North America, but, well, that's science for you.

Comment Re:All Species have Already Survived Climate Chang (Score 1) 417

> The Earth has been through natural climate change cycles in the past and all the species now on the planet have survived such changes

That's great. And where do all the species or civilisations that didn't survive the changes, and are therefore not now on the planet fit in to your worldview?

Comment Re:outbound loop... (Score 1) 16

Very highly unlikely. The Oort cloud is a mindboggling distance away. You would need to be able to engineer something that can survive a round trip of anywhere between ninety thousand and six million years. Then you need to figure out a way to let someone who may or may not even be recognisably human, let alone able to speak the same language, know when it comes back, so they can collect the data.

Comment Re:Solves part of the mystery. (Score 4, Informative) 272

> The twin towers was the first case when the design explicitly considered impact from the largest jet airliner of the time (DC9) fully loaded and the subsequent fire

So, what you're saying is they didn't consider the impact from an aircraft 8 feet taller, 67 feet wider, 55 feet longer, three hundred thousand pounds heavier and carrying sixty thousand gallons more fuel?

Comment Re:$460??? (Score 1) 67

The RAM to go in my own battlestation* cost more than that. I find, even at about five grand all told (so far+), it's still cheaper (and more achievable) than piloting any of these bad boys in the real world. Let along things that actually leave the ground.

The Xbox and Playstation compatibility is probably more to do with standards that any actual work that went into making it so.

* Not my actual battlestation, but a pretty fair example of what I'm talking about.
* I live in a country where we pay about twice as much for hardware as in the US, too, which doesn't help.

Comment Her name is "Bessie VII" (Score 1) 558

After Bessie Smith, and she has grown from a 133Mhz Pentium with 32 MB RAM and 2 (Count 'em, two!) 1.2 GB hard drives in true axe-of-my-forefathers style. Ahem. Ready?

CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K Haswell-E 3.5GHz Hexacore CPU
RAM: 24GB (6 x 4GB) G-Skill RipJaws 1600 DDR3 RAM
GPU:EVGA Nvidia GTX 780Ti KingPin edition
GPU: Another one just like it. All the shiny, are belongs to me!
SSD: 2 x 256 one for Windows, one for Linux
HDD: 2 x 1TB HDD, RAID 0, for data and games I'm not playing right now.
PSU: 1200W CoolerMaster Silent Gold
Case: Corsair Graphite 760T
Monitors: 3 x 24 inch, giving me a great big shiny 5760x1200 field of view

I also have a copy of WinTune 97 that I have carried across all the iterations of this machine. A benchmarking run takes around 5 seconds now, so it's probably not all that accurate, but as a historical document, it's very interesting.

Comment Re:What did I miss? (Score 4, Informative) 95

Mass has a relationship with density. The crust is less dense that the mantle, so more crust=less mass. The mountains float on the mantle in a similar way to icebergs on water, ie they displace mantle beneath them, resulting in a 1-you-wide segment down to the core of the earth that contains more crust and less mantle, therefore containing less mass.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly

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