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Comment Re:How much is the fine for false information? (Score 2) 129


You can put anything on the ballot paper you like. The requirement is that you attend a polling station and have your name recorded as having receiving the ballot papers. You don't even have to do this on election day. There are a number of pre-poll options and absent voting provisions. They make it so easy that it isn't a drama.

Election days are more like a giant picnic barbeque these days anyway. There's more live broadcasting of what food is available at the polling stations than political comment. Every local charity sets up a stall outside the boundary and it's more like a street market than a serious national plebiscite.

Comment Re:no surprises here (Score 1) 288

They make a phone that runs an interface that looks like shit and it doesn't sell? How can it be so?

I wonder how much they spent on spin doctors trying to convince everybody that "Live Tiles" were so much better than widgets?
An interface that looks like its made for Sesame Street watchers.
Win8 was hated (and deservedly so). Make something that looks like Win8 and don't understand that it will also be hated? Just dumb.

Can't wait for Nokia to actually resurrect their phone business sans Windows. I will ditch this Samsung into the nearest toilet.

Comment Re:True Crime (Score 1) 194

Ladies and Gentlemen this elevator has been halted deliberately. I have been eating chocolate, boiled eggs and cabbage for 24 hours. Place your wallets and valuables in the paper bag. Refusal to do so and I will fart in this elevator. Just in case some hero decides to pursue me, I will be farting into the bag itself when I leave.

Ok ante-up, thank you sir, madam those rings, no sir not yours, just your wallet, thankyou ....

Comment Re:Makes perfect sense.. (Score 1) 201

This world wide takeover - after that will we be allowed to fire Ak-47s into the air at weddings and football and stuff? I think that looks like fun. That could be ok. If we can do that and they get rid of all the crap about aliens on the History channel then the Caliphate might be bearable, at least for a while.

Comment Re:short circuit's number 5 could waltz (Score 1) 168

"When its dancing skills were called into question, the robot responded by showing off its Gangnam Style moves."

Yeah but then the crowd started to diss its ability get the upper hand in a physical contest. It said "I'll be back" and left the room.
(Sound of truck revving up outside.)

Comment Re:misleading title (what else) (Score 2) 130

Nah. If that crater was caused by a small meteorite it wasn't travelling at a few hundred miles an hour. If the ejecta had sufficient energy to maim and kill, either the meteorite has transferred momentum from it's great mass or great velocity (or a useful combination of both). Let's try and bury the old Slashdot shibboleth about how meteorites just fall to earth like stones from the top of the Empire State building. More than willing to hear from somebody better equipped.

A meteorite entering at as near damn vertical to the atmosphere will take less than 10 seconds to plough through the last 60 miles (100k), if you fully discount deceleration just for the moment (not going all Calculus). If it starts in at a reasonable 25000mph, roughly 40000km/h, (on the low side for these things) that pissy bit of atmospheric braking has a job to do. a = v-u/t . That looks like a deceleration of 4X10^6 m/sec/sec to me. It's not an even deceleration of course because there isn't a whole lot of atmospheric density until the last 20k. Now the good old gravity thing adds 9.0 m/sec/sec to the acceleration side of the equation making it that bit harder to slow this thing down to a few m/sec constant velocity at some reasonable undefined height above ground. The outcome required would be a "survivor" saying "who threw that" vs a "bystander" saying 'did that guy just blow up"?

It is reasonable to argue that ablation removes momentum so we probably can't get any further until we can find useful figures that allow a back of hand calculation for loss of mass. I suppose we'd need to define a standard mass/velocity (momentum) required at the Earth's surface to maim somebody and go backward from there.
The terminal velocity argument needs a lot more definition of its parameters IMHO.

Some sort of committee is needed to eventually, after much debate, to lay down the basis for further investigation.

Small has to be defined. (Smaller than Wolf Creek impactor isn't sufficient)
Angle of entry to the atmosphere has to be defined. ("Any angle that delivers my proposed outcome" kind of lacks force of argument).

If this thing is to be funded I suspect it is necessary to investigate how this type of incident, something, something, climate change.

You know, this guy has given his given his life for science and saved us a whole lot of future bother. Next time somebody states that a meteorite won't kill you - just post the picture of the hole.

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