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Comment Re:Changing my mind (Score 1) 127

I feel your pain. Still, Scorch_Mechanic in another post has it right. A little something to catch the eye of the public.

It gives teachers a chance to engage their kids. If we have any engaged teachers, that is; it could be that the last time they were engaged, they were sitting in auditoriums across America, watching the devil's-horns of the SRB's wandering from the cloud of gas that was Challenger.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 667

Cosmos 1.0 was also "watered down science and at worst, factually inaccurate".

In any field, to describe the work of the experts of that field to humans that are not experts in that field, the experts must summarize/analogize/tell stories to those other humans who have not spent a lifetime in a particular field.

In these retellings, "facts" can actually get in the way of the non-expert getting a basic understand of the subject at hand.

Comment Re:What a fool. (Score 1) 82

70. From the wiki...
"...whose payload length is limited by the constraints of the signaling protocol to precisely 140 octets (140 octets * 8 bits / octet = 1120 bits). Short messages can be encoded using a variety of alphabets: the default GSM 7-bit alphabet, the 8-bit data alphabet, and the 16-bit UCS-2 alphabet.[40] Depending on which alphabet the subscriber has configured in the handset, this leads to the maximum individual short message sizes of 160 7-bit characters, 140 8-bit characters, or 70 16-bit characters. GSM 7-bit alphabet support is mandatory for GSM handsets and network elements,[40] but characters in languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Cyrillic alphabet languages (e.g., Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, etc.) must be encoded using the 16-bit UCS-2 character encoding (see Unicode)."

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 255

This American can't even find a map anymore. I used to have 2 or 3 maps in the car, along with my Thomas Guide.

Now, I have Google maps on the phone, gps in the car, and a compass in the dashboard; I had trouble even remembering the name of the Guide the other day.

Of course my wife still tells me where to go...

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