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Comment: Re:A story for those who (Score 1) 128 128

We get earthquakes like that all the time in New Zealand. Given that it was 14.6 km (9.0 miles) deep it probably would hardly even be felt unless you were nearly right on top of it. How they are felt depends very much on their depth. After the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 that badly damaged Christchurch, we got www.geonet.org.nz that automatically reports on the location and magnitude of any earthquakes as well as how they are actually felt on the surface. Here's a 5.8 magnitude, 4km deep one from today, 30 km away from Wanaka. http://www.geonet.org.nz/quake...

Comment: Re:Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 1) 143 143

I wonder when it'll become acceptable for male captains to wear skirts.

It already happened, last century, when Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, a skirt-wearing navy commander, captured the first German naval flag for the British in World War I.

https://medium.com/war-is-bori...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mimi-T...

Comment: Re:why start after the fact? (Score 1) 219 219

In New Zealand, police tasers are equipped with cameras that start recording black and white video when they are turned on. Recently, using the taser video recording of an incident, it was established that two police officers had used excessive force and had given false evidence in court.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/n...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nationa...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/good-re...

Comment: Re:God, Like an Unseen Hair (Score 1) 755 755

One of the most famous of the late Monsignor Ronald Knox's witticisms was a verse built on the Berkleyan idea that things exist only when they have an observer:

There once was a man who said: "God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there's no one about in the Quad."

This promptly drew the anonymous reply:

"Dear Sir, Your astonishment's quite odd;
I am always about in the Quad;
And that's why the tree
Will continue to be
Since observed by Yours Faithfully, God."

Comment: Re:"Crux is the smallest of all 88 constellations" (Score 1) 104 104

The Southern Cross appears on the national flags of many countries in the Southern hemisphere. It features prominantly on both the New Zealand and Australian flags, causing confusion for people unfamiliar with them.

Flags depicting the Southern Cross: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Comment: Informative graphic for Cherry MX Switches (Score 1) 190 190

I was researching keyboards a few months ago when I was ordering a new computer. I found this graphic on Cherry MX Mechanical Switches quite informative: http://www.gamersedge.co.uk/wp...

From: http://www.gamersedge.co.uk/20...

On reflection, I will keep my Logitech G105 for my new computer - it seems to be more durable than my previous keyboards. Also, I find that back-lighting is useful on modern black keyboards to increase the contrast level.

Comment: Some women are just too small for space suits (Score 1) 399 399

One issue that an all-women space crew could have is that some of them could be too small to fit into space suits. Women under 5’5" can’t wear NASA’s current model, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMUs), because they are not made small enough.

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
http://www.npr.org/templates/s...
http://www.businessinsider.com...

Comment: Re:Pfff... (Score 2) 40 40

I'm pretty sure that it will involve the use of Dextre, the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) on the end of Canadarm2. Dextre, sometimes called the Canada Hand is the most sophisticated space robot ever built. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/i... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Comment: Assange to help Kim Dotcom drop bombshell on PM (Score 4, Interesting) 75 75

As if Prime Minister John Key does not have enough problems, Kim Dotcom has revealed that he will drop a bombshell on him. He is warning that something big will come out on September 15, just five days from the election. He says WikiLeaks founder and fugitive Julian Assange, who's holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, is set to take part in a pre-election attack on John Key. The addition of Mr Assange confirms the event will be about New Zealand's spying.

http://tvnz.co.nz/vote-2014-ne...

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