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by Deimos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: ebooks - kindle
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

And by a complete coincidence I just checked my RSS feeds and an interesting article about how eBooks are being sold and issues about it (that I had never appreciated) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/mar/16/hard-times-publishers-eu-raids-ebooks (It is the guardian - UK newspaper no pa...
by Deimos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: ebooks - kindle
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

Ian, You said you like science fiction. Last night on T.V. The Event it was revealed that the non humanhumans came from NGC 253. An interesting choice I think. Can one watch T.V. on Kindle or is it only books? Regards, David. I don't tend to go for science fiction based in US present day on TV. Pre...
by Deimos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: ebooks - kindle
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

It was interesting recently; I like science fiction and discovered that one publisher was making loads of its books available in ePub format for free (completely legal, downloadable from their own web site, no registration, no charge, no catch). So I went looking for readers because I spend far too ...
by Deimos
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: ebooks - kindle
Replies: 11
Views: 1842

I don't have one, or any other ebook reader (except freeware software for my laptop). I would very much love to switch to reading e-books and many of the books I read are now available in e-book format. What is stopping me is the proprietary formats all commercial providers use. When I read a book, ...
by Deimos
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9912

I'm still assuming that negative comments are still disallowed ("thought police"), but positive vote are. As a slight side, one aspect of science that has always struck me as important is that different opinions are encouraged. That criticism of things is welcomed as addressing the negative aspects ...
by Deimos
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: dynamics of galaxies.
Replies: 36
Views: 14782

As I understand things (but don't just take my word for anything), as you measure the speed of material (e.g. stars) rotating round, you do not find what you would expect. Ignoring the material close to the centre, as you move out you would expect the speed to decline (i.e. further out, slower speed...
by Deimos
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: dynamics of galaxies.
Replies: 36
Views: 14782

I think it is a bit more than "flying apart". For example, if you look at the rotation curves of galaxies (speeds as you move out from the nucleus) then there has to be a lot of additional mass outside the visible part of the galaxy. And it is known as "dark Matter" because it is dark (in that we ca...
by Deimos
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9912

My attitude is if I don't like something on T.V. I switch the T.V.off or change to something I might like. If there is nothing I like on T.V. I will watch a film on DVD from the considerable number I got at a bargain price when the local video store closed. I suppose I have two concerns (hence rais...
by Deimos
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9912

c. BBC ADVERTS drive me nuts. They are not supposed to advertise but the repeatedly advertise their own mainly useless programmes. I would agree. Interestingly the excessive advertising of programs can be counter productive. There have recently been two dramas (actually on Channel 4) which, when th...
by Deimos
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."
Replies: 102
Views: 9912

The Mistakes of "The wonders ..."

Having reflected on the program and thought back to the Stargazing Live (if that was what it was called) and I think I have identified when these programs are going wrong. Both are made to existing and inappropriate formulas. Stargazing Live was just copying AutumnWatch - and the different subject m...
by Deimos
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Hidden links
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

Bump - or rather don't know why I bothered - or rather maybe ... (without stating the obvious)

Ian
by Deimos
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The One Show
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: The One Show

Dear al(L) My only small personal gripe was that Prof Cox talked glibbly about the asteroid impcact having wiped out the dinosaurs as a matter of course. Although I'm no expert on the subject by any maeans, my own feelings are that astronomers generally accept the asteroid wipe out of dinosaurs too...
by Deimos
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: UFO files
Replies: 2
Views: 886

I just love the report released today where somebody got up usual time for breakfast, heard on the radio "the time is now 9:00 o'clock ...", looked at his watch and saw it said 10:00. Only explanation he could come up with was he had been abducted by aliens in the night ... so ... he reported it to ...
by Deimos
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Wonders of the Universe" ..
Replies: 33
Views: 3961

Oh, I'd say most people have some idea of what an atom is but might be unsure of what a molecule is, so hardly useless. Cox's description was fine for his audience and available time, in my opinion. Anyone care to offer a more "true, accurate and succinct answer" while pretending that the question ...
by Deimos
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: "Wonders of the Universe" ..
Replies: 33
Views: 3961

"'For example, what's a molecule?' 'Atoms joined together,' he answered instantly, giving a perfectly succinct, helpful and accurate answer". Well, what's an atom? Oh, they're the component parts of molecules. I agree, whilst a true, accurate and succinct answer it is totally useless as nearly ever...