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Comment: Analemma (Score 1) 157

by niktemadur (#42440889) Attached to: My favorite New Year's celebration:

The Romans celebrated Natalis Solis Invicti at the time of the solstice, shortest day of the year. I skip the morning half and focus solely on the evening part.
There is a day that marks my personal start of the yearly cycle, and it has everything to do with the earliest sunset of the year, around December 5 or 6.
By the time December 31 comes around, sunsets are already 10 minutes later than three weeks before. The later the sunset, the better.

During November, I remind myself that "Analemma" is just around the corner. From the second week of December onwards, I celebrate that each day sunset is a little bit later than the day before.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 271

by niktemadur (#42177431) Attached to: Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

Ah yes, now I remember - a few years ago, Voyager reached the point where the solar winds were no longer supersonic. The zone where that happens is called the termination shock.
The medium in which Voyager is traveling is changing, and each change is reported. So every time the story seems to be repeated, it is in fact an update, and I say keep 'em coming, JPL.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 2) 271

by niktemadur (#42176383) Attached to: Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

Each year Voyager seems to reach a new marker, but every time the news is announced with the same backstory every time, so it can feel repetitive.
About 10 years ago it was reaching a fluctuation in the solar wind, wasn't it?
Then it was confirmed that it was on the outer edge of the heliosheath, where the solar wind turns sideways to fall back in.
Now it's interstellar particles moving freely.

Comment: Re:How about providing useful stats? (Score 1) 145

by niktemadur (#41556783) Attached to: 15 Years of Stuff That Matters

Sounds like an insightful post, but that's not the way things have worked out in the USA.
If you stood your ideological ground throughout 3-4 decades, you would have gone from a conservative to a liberal.
As an example, many of Richard Nixon's initiatives as POTUS would be considered as positively pinko by the current right-wing political climate. Look it up.

Comment: Re:First (Score 1) 145

by niktemadur (#41556549) Attached to: 15 Years of Stuff That Matters

I really DO miss the April Fools pages

I miss the Roland Piquepaille submissions, futuristic to a degree that left many Slashdotters perplexed.
Then the submissions started to receive the tag ohnoitsroland (for some reason the search results of the link are incomplete).

Then on January of 2009, Mr Piquepaille sadly passed away, and in tribute, the tag was changed to ohnoitwasroland, which I think he would have appreciated.

RIP Mr Piquepaille.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.