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Old 02-19-2020, 06:42 PM   #25756
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Yes, I sure did!

I'll qualify it by adding surface ships only.....
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:21 PM   #25757
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 Wonder why HMS Protector didn't torpedo it as a danger to navigation?
No torpedoes. No weapons at all. Its an ice breaker and research vessel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Protector_(A173)
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:09 PM   #25758
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Yes, that's what they say!

Bit suspicious it just happened to come across that vessel when it should have been hunting icebergs...
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:51 AM   #25759
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 Yes, that's what they say!

Bit suspicious it just happened to come across that vessel when it should have been hunting icebergs...
As long as the Protector is not commanded by Tim Allen, all is fine...
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Old 02-20-2020, 09:05 AM   #25760
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You broke the ship! you broke the bloody ship!
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Old 02-20-2020, 03:42 PM   #25761
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"That man is mentally unstable!"
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:21 AM   #25762
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I just realised that Kotlin lets you declare immutable accessors with lazy initialisation in the local function scope the exact same way it lets you declare them as class properties.

Considering most languages don't offer syntax support for this kind of thing on any scope at all... God, I love this language.
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:47 AM   #25763
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"NASA's next Mars rover has a new name – Perseverance."

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/v...ext-mars-rover

Fingers crossed that the name doesn't come back to haunt them.

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Old 03-06-2020, 10:01 AM   #25764
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Fingers crossed that the name doesn't come back to haunt them.
Eh. If I we're inclined to be superstitious, I'd worry more about Curiosity, and its effect on cats.
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:50 AM   #25765
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 "NASA's next Mars rover has a new name – Perseverance."

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/v...ext-mars-rover

Fingers crossed that the name doesn't come back to haunt them.

We should name the next ESA rovers (following Rosalind Franklin) in the following scheme:

  1. Pride
  2. Greed
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Envy
  6. Sloth
  7. Wrath
We are really a fan of all seven.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:08 AM   #25766
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I felt, not quite randomly, inspired to misquote lovecraft this morning:

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It was just a colour out of the nose—a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes.
Sorry if anybody was reading during breakfast...
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:19 PM   #25767
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Now that I have ordered a replacement for my defect notebook to again have a working GPU and have silence again because the main fan kept on running at 100% the whole time with the defect GPU...

It suddenly and without any known cause decided that its cold enough now and switched the fan to silent 25% speed...

At least I will be able to do Orbiter again soon.
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Old 03-11-2020, 01:34 PM   #25768
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Several parts of a V1 flying bomb were blown up today in Lochem. The 935kg explosive is being detonated in parts of 50kg. The V1 was found last year during road works near Deventer. It was produced shortly before the end of the war.

The Germans did not have enough of the intended explosive materials for the bomb and used a mix of various other materials to fill the payload. Major Peters says they've found 'raketkruid'. The mix requires a set of smaller explosions to clear all of it.

I never heard of that term before. Google Translate says it is 'rocket herb' in English and 'Raketenkraut' in German. It sure does sound dangerous.

The payload was intended for the port of Antwerp. But after 20 kilometers or so, the V1 ditched into the clay. The bomb is charged in-flight after 6-8 minutes. But before that timer ran out, it was already on the ground. The mechanism which should ignite the bomb on impact therefore never activated.

So it's not a huge explosion..
edit: video is gone..

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/6180...fen-bij-lochem

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Old 03-11-2020, 02:48 PM   #25769
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  I never heard of that term before. Google Translate says it is 'rocket herb' in English and 'Raketenkraut' in German. It sure does sound dangerous.

Not sure if this really fits, but later V1 warheads used a mixture called Trialen, where pellets or "biscuits" of Trialen-109 had been placed into a matrix with Trialen-105 poured around. This kind of production method had been called "Stuckfüllung" or biscuit filling in English.



This method made an otherwise shock sensitive explosive rather shock insensitive. Possible that the dutch term denotes this.

A big problem for Germany late in the war: The explosive mixture required lots of aluminum powder, which the country did not have.
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Old 03-14-2020, 12:11 PM   #25770
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Its Pi Day!

https://www.piday.org/
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