So they need someone who is greatly skilled with Fortran and Assembly languages to step in and keep the probe running. This is old-school programming at its finest; there are only 64kb of memory to work with, and this will be real-time programming , I suspect, with hard constraints.
Iâ€™m a little disappointed. Voyager is the reason I got into computers in the first place, but now after years of writing database and object-oriented programs I donâ€™t have anywhere near the experience required to do this kind of work. Iâ€™d be willing to learn .. but I suspect "willingâ€™ isnâ€™t enough. "Willingâ€ doesnâ€™t instantly make you an expert in real time software.
Hey, I know Fortran ... but not the real-time assembly stuff. Darn. :/
I'm too used to having "effectively infinite" memory.
Posted by: MadrocketSci at Sun Nov 1 09:59:38 2015 (GtPd7)
I worked with Fortran 77 and assembly on a 64 KB, and I think I could pick up the maintenance of that code base. But I don't think the government would pay me enough to offset a dead-end job in the twilight of my career. It is even more imperative for me to track the bleeding edge than it was ever before. Besides, who the heck cares? Voyagers are far outside of the Solar system by now.
Russia just conducted a combined arms exercise that included live firing of several strategic missile systems in a coordination.
On 30 October 2015, Russia conducted a test of the command and control system that involved a number of strategic and non-strategic systems. As part of the exercise, K-117 Bryansk submarine of the Project 667BDRM/Delta IV-class launched a R-29RM missile from the Barents Sea. K-223 Podolsk submarine of the Project 667BDR/Delta III class launched a R-29R missile from the Sea of Okhotsk. The Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a launch of a Topol/SS-25 missile from Plesetsk, while the Tu-160 strategic bombers launched cruise missiles toward targets at the Pemboy and Kura test ranges. In addition, Velikiy Ustyug small missile ship launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the Kaspian Sea. The exercise also involved a launch of an Iskander cruise missile from Kapustin Yar.
So, yeah. A comprehensive nuclear strike drill involving all the nuclear capable services as well as actual expenditure of ICBMs and SLBMs.
Of course all militaries need to train (I wish ours would do more drills of this nature than it does) so this would not automatically be a concern if it weren't for all the other stuff going on with Russia right now.
Of course, one of the main problems in Syria is ISIS, which, as this article points out, has beyond it demonstrated depravity and stated goals a considerable potential to cause chaos in Europe even if they continue applying pressure indirectly via the refugee crisis.
Speaking of which, in a development that comes as a shock to only the most obtuse, the Iran Nuclear Deal is pretty much scuttling all efforts at non-proliferation of nuclear weapons as nations that gave up their nuclear programs look at the terms Iran got and conclude they were saps, those that are pursuing them conclude that the days of consequences for such actions have passed and a general feeling begins to take hold that the controls are off and everyone who values their sovereignty had best get them soon.
Some folks think that the huge fissure opening near Yellowstone (well, in the same state) indicates renewed vulcanism is imminent at the worlds largest advertisement for storable food. THe government isn't making any preparations for ashfall, and they are saying that the phenomena is a peculiar type of landslide...so it's probably just craboids.
Where Politics Inevitably Leads
I actually heard someone ask today, if, during his jujitsu moment during the debate last night, Ted Cruz had made an Anti-Semetic joke about Bernie sanders.
Because obviously Senator Sanders was the alluded to Mensch-kevik.
OK. In fairness, that's not a completely unwarranted etymology error.
However, if one did not know what the Mensheviks were one may be surprised to lear that one has numerous options other than flinging casual and stupid allegations of anti-semitism about.
One could ask. " Umm...what did he mean by Mensheviks?"
One could think about the context of the word in the sentence and, assuming one knew what a Bolshevik is, conclude that a Menshevik is some other faction...given the sarcasm in the delivery, perhaps not that far removed from the Bolshies.
I didn't watch the debate but when I heard that quote afterwards I cracked up. That was a nice dig and I bet the moderators didn't even realize the significance.
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Oct 29 11:54:12 2015 (ECH2/)
<i>Singing</i>: Oh beautiful for munching goats/
Upon our fields of sod,/
For miniskirts and pink blazers/
Seat-ed on rag-top rod!/
I am L. Beau Macaroni, and my green oranges are purple.
Posted by: L. Beau Macaroni at Thu Oct 29 12:31:47 2015 (P2Eio)
One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes reacts to the news that Cassini has survived its plume dive.
Allow us to explain...
Saturn's moon Enceladus is known to have a global, ice-covered ocean. It also has massive geysers in its southern hemisphere that spew the contents of its ocean far above its surface.
Well, in order to find out exactly what is in its ocean NASA has turned to its only probe in the Saturnian system (Cassini). Since Cassin'is only deployable sub-probe was sent down to Titan, and since scientists have learned about all they can by spectroscopy and other remote methods, they've decided to go for broke and fly the probe on a low pass right through the plume.
RWBY Volume 3 Begins
Somewhere, Monty Oum is surely smiling.
The opening of RWBY:Volume 3 continued the shows general trend of considerable improvements in production quality and pacing seen over the last two seasons. The Vytal Festival, which has been "right around the corner" for most of the last two seasons and somewhat hyped, has finally arrived. Naturally, this episode has a fair amount of "smashies" and "splodies"which allow us to conclude that Dillon Gu (who was hired as action animator/choreographer after Mr. Oum's death) is, indeed, up to the task.
Action aside, the pacing and writing of the episode are quite good as is the voice acting.
Apart from the fact that this is a tournament cour that will last at least a couple of more episodes, we do find out three things of varying levels of importance.
"Oooh! Oooh! What things? What Things?"
Well for one thing, to everyone's astonishment, it's revealed that...
"RWBY's dad wears Lederhosen!"
No. just. No.....I mean he does, but...Dammit...
Amongst the MANY things that we've learned...
The hapless shopkeeper, who, do to the local crime wave, has switched from a high overhead retail establishment involving crystal MacGuffins to a more easily insurable noodle kiosk, may, in fact, be more than meets the eye. He is certainly well versed in the esoteric art of card-fu.
'That was rude, but kind of awesome."
Somewhat surprisingly, we are quickly introduced to that new character from the trailer who has been getting so much fan attention for the last week. While her time on screen is brief we do get a surprising amount of insight into her character and motivations.
Apparently, Team JNPR has been having some extracurricular adventures of their own, albeit off camera...
"You know. All those times WE dealt with murderers."
It was an offhand comment, but it was certainly interesting.
Equally offhanded but rather less likely to be a continuity error, was the revelation that Rin and Nora are not only both orphans, but they both no longer have homes to return to.
Not so much revelation as confirmation is the fact that the episodes are 17 minutes and three seconds with credits. This means that we've got to wait a week to see that bit at the rest of the next fight and whether or not the lowbrow foreshadowing will pan out.
I will be strangely (and very slightly) disappointed if Vomit Boy does not live up to his name next week, though perhaps not to the extent that I'll be relieved if he doesn't
This season is off to a resoundingly promising start.
I was greatly surprised by the massive improvement in graphical quality. Particularly in the backgrounds, this show now looks really good.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Oct 26 02:33:44 2015 (a12rG)
2Equally offhanded but rather less likely to be a continuity error, was
the revelation that Rin and Nora are not only both orphans, but they
both no longer have homes to return to.
This is actually supported, at least in Nora's case, by the song "Boop". If you take the lyric:
Always there for me / You've been my family...
...at face value, that is.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Oct 26 18:22:44 2015 (a12rG)
Its also lampshaded in other ways. The World of Remnant short on the Grimm makes note of the fact that small communities outside the walls of the major kingdoms fare not infrequently annihilated.
Additionally, there was a bit of dialog in last season's finale when Jaune decided (fortuitously) to blow off their plans for the day and run towards the sound of the guns. Ren was quite anxious to visit some town in the wastes.
Jaune promised him that they would go there. Thus even if JNPR is eliminated in a humiliating rout landing them in a pool of their own foreshadowed vomit, they may use their resulting copious free time to follow up on that thread
One thing I didn't quite get... was there anything that foreshadowed Weiss' card being rejected?
(I always watch on RoosterTeeth, but their current player no longer lets me buffer the entire episode as their old one did).
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Oct 30 06:06:15 2015 (TJ7ih)
Maybe--she rejected a phone call from her father just before.
Posted by: Rick C at Fri Oct 30 15:59:38 2015 (ECH2/)
There are indications that her father does NOT approve of her career choice. In addition to her not picking up the phone this time, during the episode last season where RWBY was wearing the cool looking costumes (and fighting a giant robot) Weiss rebuffed a chance to talk to both her dad and her sister.
That time at the Chinese restaurant I decided to try something completely new and off the wall...and so I ordered the jellyfish.
Well, there are similarities: I have the sneaking suspicion that a terrible prank has been played on me and a general sensation of horrible wrongness. On the other hand, the Jellyfish did not make me fear I had lost brain cells.
After watching the show I checked the '"about" bar to see if any side effects were listed, what their symptoms were and if there were any counter agents recommended.
But all I got was this...
The story takes place in a certain ordinary town where it is natural for everyone to wear an animal costume head. It depicts the everyday life of the main character MILPOM and her friends who live there, filled with the essence of Kawaii and a little bit cynical girls.
I read it twice and it didn't put me at ease at all.
OwarimonogatariOwarimonogatari is supposed to be the finale of the Bakemonogatari franchise and it shares the tone, pacing and aggressively surrealist art direction of its predecessors as well as being fairly dialog heavy...and text heavy... having bursts of 'textposition' onscreen for such a short period of time that they frequently defy even the pause button.
Araragi, the (former vampire highschool student who is theoretically the protagonist) has tended heretofore to deal with various flavors of supernatural horror. This time a really creepy transfer student has gotten him looking into something much more mundane.
The narrator and point of view are not particularly honest and there seem to be very peculiar goings on...assuming that they are happening.
It takes two episodes to finally get the ground rules set...
...and now the show is off running; down a flight of stairs in an M.C. Escher painting.
This one is looking to be quite good, being both clever and genuinely creepy at times.
Watched Ep3 last night. The refrigerator moment later was the realization that there was no screen action. None. I could have printed out the subs and read them in five minutes rather than looking at nothing for 28.
Don't get me wrong: we love these shows and have seen them all; but, I wonder if at this point the studio is just playing with us.
Ren'py has improved dramatically since I last poked around with it, (before the computer was hit by lightning). The whole process is even more intuitive than it used to be. The engine now allows mini-games in one's visual novel.
"...and embedded video!"
Eileen (the engine's helpful tutorialbot) doesn't look all that disruptive, but what was once the purview of tech giants and big publishing houses has been freeware for some years and is remarkably user friendly. It's still improving steadily.
Of course, Sturgeon's Law remains in force, so this will result in a lot more crap flooding the market...but this will be a function of a lot more stuff getting made, which means that there will be more potential for those rare gems both by virtue of sheer numbers and the low threshold for experimentation.
All in all, things like this and other tools may be a bigger development in the long run than people realize. Creators have increasing potential to do an end run around those who today often presume to be custodians of societies creativity and stifle that which they find uncongenial.
We still have no flying cars or O'Neal colonies, but take heart, Eileen here is proof that our future is not inevitably a dystopia...yet.
I make my own jerky. All it takes is a meat slicer and a dehydrator, and your choice of marinade (Mine is Soy and Worcestershire sauce, with Tapatio hot sauce for spice). It's not cheaper than commercial, but it's better.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Oct 25 06:23:21 2015 (TJ7ih)
Well..she pretty much sums up the series, but sacred honor demands that I write something.
Super Robot Girls Z Plus never quite came together. It could have been a great show for parents to watch with their kids if they had toned the vulgarity down a notch. The fact that it was a 10 minute show that aired once a month did not help. As it was it was, it was this silly show made me chuckle quite a few guilty chuckles mainly because being an old fart, I got most of the obscure super-robot show references (and am a bad person).
In fairness though, it did pick up towards the end, especially with the revelation that the season two big-bad is a special kind of malevolent....
Lots of structural stupidity in this show, but with the main villain's motivations being a contempt for the suburbs and a hatred for weirdoes it's not without merit if one can minimize the number of one's brain cells the show kills.
This is the most powerful hurricane in history and is about to absolutely nail Manzanillo and Puerto Valarta as well as do a lot of damage to Guadalajara. Worse, the west coast of the USM rarely gets hit by hurricanes, so a lot of the people there have no appreciation for what these storms can do.
The flooding in Mexico is likely to be biblical when it hits the West Sierra Madre and again when it passes over the Eastern Sierra Madre but it will still be bad when it reaches Texas, where they are talking about 8-12 inches in Houston, which has already been hit by flooding this week and is thoroughly saturated.
Hopefully, Ubu and Avatar are not in the low areas.
Funny enough, I'm in Austin. Passed by the zoo, where a hastily-constructed ark was boarding...
Posted by: Avatar at Sat Oct 24 00:54:15 2015 (uqekF)
According to radar it's not reaching as far to the northwest as the forecast shows. Rain is staying well south of Midland and isn't really reaching the panhandle. Still, we've got pretty strong winds today, and heavy cloud cover.
Posted by: Ben at Sat Oct 24 08:50:55 2015 (DRaH+)