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Comment Re:This will probably kill people. (Score 5, Insightful) 148

Or it could save people by letting them realise just how awful their riding skills are, with some pointers to improve them. Watching people try to drive or ride on a twisty road shows you just how poor most of them are at picking lines, making corrections if required, and judging entry/exit speeds. This is supposed to be used on racetracks, which means the local fun roads will be tracked/mapped about 3 seconds later.

Comment Re:I'm pretty smart (Score 5, Informative) 25

Don't be afraid. There's nothing harmful to click on on the internet! Oh, right. links are generally going to be safe, though I'm sure someone somewhere will find something objectionably. Call it Rule negative-34: someone on the Internet will find *anything* offensively pornographic!

Short answer: The SKA is (as the name suggests) a whole heap of radio telescopes spread out over 1 square kilometre. By using interferometry you can treat them as a giant dish about 1km across, which lets you detect much fainter signals and also increases the resolution, or ability to see detail.

This pathfinder is a proof of concept that may be rolled into the full thing. At the moment it looks like the main SKA will be in South Africa, while a similar array with fewer dishes will be in Australia. The Australia version just had its official opening, which is what the story is about. But three paragraphs is too long for a submission, so there were links to sites with further info.

Comment Updates? (Score 1) 187

Interestingly Office for Mac (at least, the version I have access to) doesn't seem to have automatic updates enabled by default, if it has them at all. It's not my computer, so I'm not going to dig that much - correct me if I'm wrong.

I've used Libreoffice, Neooffice or OO on my mac, and all of those prompt me to update reasonably regularly - certainly more often than every 3 years! While it can be annoying, it's probably better than a compromised computer.

( Insert Microsoft bashing for karma-whore points here)

Comment Burial in space (Score 1) 181

I've no idea whether she had a preference for the disposal of her remains, but I think there's a certain attraction in "burial" in a decaying orbit. It's been about 20 years since I read much McCaffrey, but ISTR that was a major aspect of threadfall from a planetoid in a weird harmonic orbit with Pern.

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