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Comment Re:What if? (Score 1) 94

I found the relative velocity through the JPL small body database - a very slow 8 km/sec. Looking at the orbital diagram, it was more like the Earth passing the asteroid rather than the other way around!

Purdue's impact calculator has it at a 51 kiloton explosion, versus 541 kilotons for a projectile the size of the Chelyabinsk meteorite

Now who's welcome?

Submission + - Australian senator believes climate change a UN conspiracy

BoogieChile writes: Malcolm Roberts, who won a seat in the Federal Senate as member of the anti-immigration One Nation party in recent elections, declared during his first press conference that the United Nations is using climate change to lay the foundations for an unelected global government.
His previous writing indicates that he believes a shadowy cabal of bankers is controlling world affairs.
In 2011, Mr Roberts wrote a letter to then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard demanding to be exempted from the country's carbon tax. The punctuation and language used was consistent with a style used by the so-called sovereign citizen movement.

Comment Could just be the black hole detection problem? (Score 1) 161

> Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

Given that there may several exaquintrillion tonnes of asteroids, planetesimals, rocky planets gas giants, black, brown and red dwarves and even reasonably large stars, roaming around that we are only just beginning to be able to see, a large amount of dark matter may well turn out to be regular matter, just very hard to see.

Comment When RTFM is too F hard... (Score 1) 729

> Instead, there's an inscrutable 160-page manual that didn't help me find out where to plug in anything.

That's funny. When I take a 10 second glance through this inpenetrably dense tome of inscrutability I see Chapter 2 is devoted to "plugging in" everything from the motherboard into a case to the front I/O connector and expansion card. Just like every other motherboard manual in the entire world. Where it diverts from many other motherboard manuals is the very large images in rather significant amounts of detail showing where and how to plug in things, including the correct orientation of the connectors.

Seriously, this fag isn't even a console peasant. An iPad, that's what he wants. Even an Android tablet would be too technical for him.

Comment Re:No liberal bias? (Score 1) 206

You hit a pothole. Your car seat and steering wheel drop six inches and veer to the left. You don't, because you aren't wearing a seatbelt. You are now in oncoming traffic with no control of the car because you are still 5 inches above your seat and if you yank the steering wheel back to the right, you will rotate and not the wheel.

Comment Make it obscene. (Score 1) 637

I get a long, complicated, random password, then I make up a phrase to go with it. I repeat the phrase as I type it in

Eg, mAW!t@Eh*J9$r becomes ummm....
My Aunt will bang that hey? Date just 9 dollar
  (Date is another word for a chocolate starfish, which looks a bit like, well, you get the idea.)
Now, just try getting that mnemonic out of your head!

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