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Comment: Re:No obvious reason (Score 1) 253

by fremsley471 (#49163201) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

DMSP F11 exploded in the same way 11 years ago. See the last paragraph here:

Some anonymous user from Washington DC deleted the above reference from Wikipedia on 6 June last year (and that's all they did). Now, the discussion on this site, full of clever, well-informed people, is without that information (it would have been just above F13). That in itself is interesting.

I was at a meeting last week where we were shooting the breeze over satellite-killers and how if you were going to try out your technology, what type of target would you use? For the USAF, an old, inoperational, big weather satellite was the one we would choose = F11 and now F13.

But you are right (no sarcasm intended), we have zero proof and propellant explosion is more probable.

Comment: Re:Star Wars! (Score 1) 253

by fremsley471 (#49163157) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Unfortunately, I think they did install some bleeding edge technology as a sister satellite, the F11 exploded in a very similar manner in 2004. See last item here:

Only interesting part of this story is that I included the JSR reference for F11 in Wikipedia in June 2004. It was deleted last year by an anonymous user in Washington DC.

Comment: Re:Replacement Co-Anchors (Score 1) 277

by fremsley471 (#49029933) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Joking about how old and tired he looked, he said that people regularly meet him and say "Jon Stewart!, hey, are you OK?". Can see why he wants to leave and I don't think the Daily Show has faded that much over the decades.

Am reminded though of a show from 2008 with photos of world leaders showing how much they'd altered after their long terms in office. Then he compared W from 2000 to the present day...

Comment: Re:On loan??? (Score 4, Informative) 118

by fremsley471 (#49021997) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

Well there were questions raised, but it's all settled now- they're her mementoes now.

I agree with the Bill, but am re-reading Michael Collins' excellent autobiography and he's not completely effusive about many of his colleagues - he also shares the bewilderment over the David Scott Apollo 15 mailbag. [talking about heroes with leaden feet, the book's autobiography is by Charles Lindbergh].

Comment: Re:This is Texas! (Score 1) 591

by fremsley471 (#48963475) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

Also European, not living in the bush; black is still the term to describe many people of colour, at least in my culture. A selection of headlines from last last six months in the very, very politically-correct Guardian newspaper

They all, unfortunately, have something else in common. But no, African-American is certainly not used with anything like the same dominance by our media.

Comment: Re:SSD Netbook (Score 3, Interesting) 307

by fremsley471 (#48925039) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Is it the Linux SSD? Many versions of Asus eee, some outlived their welcome. I purchased mine in July 2008, used it for a long, working holiday and it was faultless. Powered an external dvd, watched films, and generally all things that were expected of a proper computer. Writing for a long-time on the keyboard wasn't easy, but that goes with the 9" form.

A couple of years later, the web had moved on and browsing with an Atom chip became slow, then painful. Also it didn't help that Asus gave up support before 2008 finished and that the 901 Linux version was their only non-Windows netbook.

Comment: What's next? (Score 1) 153

by fremsley471 (#48902829) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Heard a radio discussion about which major piece of science would likely crack over the next fifty years. The answer came back as the Big Bang, with one of the participants saying [rather indiscreetly, IMHO] that it was Sir Martin Rees in a pers. comms. who suggested that it was full of holes and the area was ripe for a paradigm shift.

I once saw Fred Hoyle lecture on his Steady State Theory. He was awaiting the red shift results from a twin maser in some distant galaxy somewhere and we were assured that it would disprove the BBT. He was the single most beguiling speaker of my life. Came out fully believing, for the rest of the evening at least.

Comment: Stasi (Score 4, Insightful) 52

by fremsley471 (#48795015) Attached to: FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

I have complete confidence that my phone calls, email and web traffic are all 100% monitored and have been for sometime. Now the people who used to try and refute this accusation and call you a tinfoil hat wearer, just shout "Barbarians at the gate".

The next game has started. It's your devices' outputs they now want. If Orwell could have imagined the ubiquity of networked cameras and microphones, he'd never have had to invent the telescreen. If you've nothing to hide...

Comment: Re:Chinglish (Score 1) 578

by fremsley471 (#48735411) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Very interesting, thanks.

In 1990, Russian was the second language (by far) in the recently opened eastern bloc, which I naively hadn't been expecting. We were found ourselves holidaying in Czechoslovakia alongside Russians- exotic people after decades of Cold War threats. It was a lack of any language in common except rudimentary sign language that impeded comms. But from a Finnish perspective very understandable.

Apologies for the imposition, could you answer one question? Is it true that post-war reparations meant that the Finns had to buy a train-load of timber a week from the USSR? It's a vague memory from a late-seventies tv programme.

Comment: Re:Chinglish (Score 1) 578

by fremsley471 (#48724113) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

French as a second language in Europe? Certainly not by 25 years ago, probably before. In my experience, the only countries where it was preferable to English, German or Russian were France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Travelling anywhere else with my 'second language', I was unintelligible anywhere that couldn't understand English. Felt I'd been sold a pup in school.

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