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Technology / How much would a Hindenberg ticket have cost?
« on: 18/09/2014 19:26:22 »
I would dearly have loved to travel to America on the Hindenburg Hydrogen not withstanding but I fear the cost of the trip would have been well outside of what I could afford.
What would the cost have been in terms of 2014 money and how would it compare with a Concord trip or a Virgin Atlantic third class trip..

Seventy years ago when I was making my living fixing radios one of the chief sources of annoyance was faulty valve sockets that were laborious to replace and good quality ones were difficult to obtain so one often resorted to soldering the valves in !.
In the present hi tech world where semiconductors and valves are reputed to last up to 50 years and disk drives to run 50,000 hours between failures  connectors seem to get poorer and poorer , I have just spent about a day sorting out disk drives that got corrupted by loose connections.

In a recent discussion of gravity and magnetism it was noted that a magnetic field stores energy that has a mass equivalent.
I am weak on units but would like to know how much energy is stored per M^3 in a 1T field and whether in the intense field around a magnastar  the mass equivalent of the energy could approach that of water 1000kg/m^3

Some forms of virus affect the behaviour of the infected creatures such as those that cause mice to be attracted to cats so that they can be eaten ! or those that cause ants to climb up stalks.

The sound of running water seems to promote the urge to pee. Is this caused by a virus wanting to get into the stream to spread ?

Geek Speak / communication loss
« on: 25/06/2014 19:15:27 »
I have two computers making 5 systems available i:e two windows 7 64 bit one windows 8.1 32 bit and two windows 8.1 64 bit.
My main computer running win 8.1 64 bit will not let me access the nature magazine with IE11 although all the other publications' I have listed are available and Nature is available with Google Chrome.
It is only on this computer with this system and browser that this happens !!
DISM and reloading IE11 via features does no good !

Physiology & Medicine / An unethical syphilis treatment
« on: 15/06/2014 15:06:08 »
Prior to the development of modern treatments sex with a virgin was considered a "good" way to get rid of various STD,s with the light of modern knowledge of bacteriophages and antibodies could this of had any effect.

Lots of interesting streams offered but none ever appear

Technology / Can normal cars jump bridges
« on: 30/04/2014 14:11:23 »
It is a common theme in action films to have cars jump across opening bridges I enclose a picture of such a bridge as illustration.
In the film "The Blues Brothers" a rather ordinary looking saloon car accelerates from stationary about a 100 feet from the start of the half open rising section (that is at 45 and makes a perfect landing on the other section).
Is this possible and what acceleration would be needed.
Sorry no SI units as this is a rather old bridge.

Traditionally Silver has been considered to be the best electrical conductor, has any recent research found anything better ?

Technology / Voyager 1 thermal control
« on: 07/04/2014 12:24:19 »
I have been reading the New Scientist discussion as to whether or not Voyager 1 has left the Solar system and one point about its power consumption surprised me that was that most of its electrical power is taken up by heaters used to keep its instruments at an appropriate working temperature.
This seems a very strange system as the electrical power is derived from thermo electrical generators that are probably less than 10% efficient so there must be a great deal of waste heat available why was some of this not diverted for thermal control ?

The performance of the modern F1 car is much influenced by the ride height and tyre inflation pressure.
Next season tyre warming blankets are to be banned, tyres are normally inflated by dried air or Nitrogen the pressure of which increases as the temperature rises, is there any thing that can be added to reduce this tendency ?.

Geek Speak / popcorn time
« on: 20/03/2014 16:45:48 »
According to the media this easy to operate pirate download application is going to ruin the film industry , it is not easy enough for me I cannot make it do anything although I know many ways to download films for free if I was sufficiently lacking in morals to do so.
Simply as an academic exorcise can anyone make it work.
if you do not think it should be published contact me privately I assure I will not use it to make illegal downloads   

Geek Speak / The windows 8.1 spring update
« on: 12/03/2014 10:25:26 »
I am using the latest 8.1.1 update but as I use Start8 to make it look like Windows 7 I can't say I have noticed anything different.

Geek Speak / sfc system check and repair
« on: 06/03/2014 22:14:06 »
SFC scannow seem to be very good at finding system errors but not very good at correcting them even when run several times with an uncorrupted reference source, let us have your experiences in this matter. 

how quickly would it happen ?, would there be much radiation of photons and neutrinos before the event horizon trapped everything ?.

Many successes in decoding enigma coded communications were due to bad operating procedures what was the correct way to use the machines ?

Geek Speak / Removing camera shake
« on: 05/01/2014 16:27:40 »
Has anyone any experience with Photoshop/Piccure I have been trying to get some results from a badly shaken shot with little results.

When TV restarted in the UK in  the period between 1946 and 1952 a lot of people were prepared to watch 11cm high pictures  nominally of 377 lines but as few domestic receivers interlaced properly actually 183 lines.
I wondered what could have been done if modern data compression had been available.
I often watch 360 line broadcasts of F1 races on the internet with a data rate of 400Kb/s and a 9/16 format but would still find them watchable at 180 lines and the early 5/4 format.
My calculations show that a bandwidth of 9kHz would have sufficed for this and the whole country could have been covered by the two high power 200kHz stations.
Colour would have been considered miraculous!

Do they have internal pressure gauges and "Bluetooth" transmitters?

Geek Speak / How did Ransomware get on my machine?
« on: 02/12/2013 15:19:44 »
Recently after setting up a new 500Gb drive on my PC I ran "Exterminate It" and was surprised to find two instances of ransomware thrown up that had not been detected by my regular anti virus program (admittedly I had not done a full scan as I had only loaded what I thought to be clean software) .
These were not causing any loss of performance as far as I could see and were removed by "Exterminate It" with no recurrence, I believe they might have been part of some rogue bit coin mining scheme.   

Technology / Revolution in power generation
« on: 30/11/2013 12:18:48 »
An Italian company is starting to ship cold fusion power generators, at last we can get rid of polluting coal fired plants and stop wasting money on futile research into ITER and such like

How fast could the worlds largest computer systems produce bitcoins and would it be profitable to rent time on one to produce them?

I find that this system it a little troublesome when it first starts up the text on the screen is rather small and one cannot open "display" to adjust it, if one closes down and restarts all is back to normal.
Different versions of Nvidia driver for the 8400GS card do not help nor does waiting till the internet connection is fully established.
This does not happen with windows 8.0 or windows 7

Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology / Relative rotation
« on: 23/10/2013 14:34:44 »
If I partially fill a bucket with water the and rotate it so that the water also rotates the water will climb up the sides of the bucket and become depressed in the centre.
why does this happen, there is no aether so what am I rotating it relative to, is it the local gravitational field of the Earth, the Solar system, the Galaxy, the whole universe or that of the sea of dark matter in which we are immersed.

I understand that to be safe from the really sophisticated code crackers one needs to generate a truly random password of say 20 alphanumeric characters.
could this be produced by shaking 17 dice 20 times and deducting 17 each time from the spot count.
would this be overkill or defenceless against thousands of GPU's

I calculate this would give 3.876*10^38 combinations but how truly random would it be ?

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