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by Deimos
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Warning about "CE" marked products
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Warning about "CE" marked products

Not astronomy related (directly) but, when we buy something with a CE mark we assume this means it complies with a loads of European regulations, except ... China has invented a virtually identical mark that they say means "China Export" !! http://www.ybw.com/expert-advice/vhf/news/509220/warning-do...
by Deimos
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

I've never seen a 3D movie of anything so cannot comment on what they are like. But I am sceptical, mainly because of what I see as the motives. Consumer electronics industry needs something new every few years so we all rush out and replace perfectly good existing equipment. We all had excellent TV...
by Deimos
Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

There might be the equivalent of "micro-climate" zones outside of a particular galaxy's GHZ, that harbour life. There are also irregular and dwarf galaxies, devoid of searing nuclei, where life might be spread from centre to boundary. Do the Magellanic Clouds have well-defined Galactic Habitable Zo...
by Deimos
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

One aspect I find interesting is the estimate of the number of habitable planets in the galaxy/universe. People count stars and estimate the number of potential planets around those stars. But in the same way as there is a "Goldilocks Zone" around a star, so there is a GHZ in a galaxy (Galactic Habi...
by Deimos
Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

I often wonder how much of this discussion is affected by our definitions. Inanimate to animate is maybe more of a continuum rather than a line something is on one side or the other. 500 years ago our definition of "intelligent life" would be very different from today. In 500 years time I would thin...
by Deimos
Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

The Search for Life: The Drake Equation

Just seen this excellent documentary on BBC4. Normally I am pretty critical of many of the TV science documentaries, their need for continual dramatic climaxes, their need to show as much large impressive equipment and possible, their need to visit far flung corners of the planet (often of questiona...
by Deimos
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Space exploration
Topic: Delta IV Heavy launch ..
Replies: 1
Views: 1949

I remember years ago in the early Ariane days listening to the live feeds for the various launches and the contrast between the Delta launch team and Ariane was "dramatic" (our work meant we were on the NASA STDN network so got all the live voice ...). Delta team were really laid back (one launch th...
by Deimos
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Hidden links
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

The links are usually safe. It's a "dangerous world" out there and even some reputable sites contain content that is not their own. It was only a year ago a mainstream site was spreading a virus through ads it was displaying (using a jpg code execution vulnerability). Whilst the site owner was comp...
by Deimos
Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Hidden links
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

Hidden links

We don't all use status bars in our browsers so when people put in links to other sites e.g. nearby brown dwarf discovered we don't all know where those links might take us - so don't click on them. It is not a massive issue as I suspect most of us have e.g. RSS feeds and don't need the news service...
by Deimos
Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: SUN is now owned by Spanish woman.
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

joe wrote:I don't wish to have her product and will therefore ask for its influence to be removed from my vicinity or it's off to Strasbourg for her! No to passive UV!!
Just move to the UK. We rarely get her product when when we do it is only very briefly before the drab overcast drizzle returns.

Ian
by Deimos
Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: SUN is now owned by Spanish woman.
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

lcplcombat wrote:Can I sue her for the burned skin I got from her property when I was on holiday?
Actually she can charge you and that you used he product unwisely just proves how much you used.

Ian
by Deimos
Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Can science and religion coexist peacefully?
Replies: 19
Views: 2816

Relax, folks, science is here to stay. The zealots are the losers. As you say, I also don't see religion as being the end of science (except perhaps in the US). However, what does concern me is where scientists are also religious and that those conflicts in belief and methodology may impact their f...
by Deimos
Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Can science and religion coexist peacefully?
Replies: 19
Views: 2816

Posting a link to an external website on a subject unrelated to astronomy smells of spam to me. I'll remove the topic if the original poster does not reply. (I'm not the original poster) but I didn't even click the link as it seems an interesting subject for discussion by members of the forum and e...
by Deimos
Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Can science and religion coexist peacefully?
Replies: 19
Views: 2816

(Ignoring the obvious "does God exist" arguments) I think the major conflict between religion and science is in the methodology. Science is based on evidence forming the basis for understanding. Scientific method continually questions our understanding and will happily reject an accepted theory or h...
by Deimos
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Jodcast September 2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

The Jodcast continues to be consistently excellent. I'm also a big fan of Astronomy Cast and Astronomy A-Go-Go. Anyone else got any great podcast recommendations? Not updated (as they are a set of recordings of University lecture course recordings) http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/...