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8 points · 10 hours ago

In 1985 we already had the ZX Spectrum and the C64, that while weren't as capable as the NES for tight arcade like experiences, offered much more ambitious games. Those systems made already the 2600 look terrible before the NES.

And it's true that the 2600 never had much presence in Europe, but there were clones around (my father had one), and the Phillips Videopac had some success, which was a system more or less on the same mould as the 2600.

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By 1985 the Atari ST was released anyway, which had a mouse and a proper gui, which would run games like Civilization, Sim City, Populous, and Worms. That would be a fairer comparison than the 2600, which came out years earlier.

If there's a Cho Chang (and assuming she is of Asian descent), there gotta be at least one black student at Hogwarts.
In the movies Dean Thomas is potraited by a black actor.

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Pop pop!

229 points · 16 hours ago · edited 15 hours ago

It's isn't real. The marathon didn't see anything special in terms of drop outs or deaths.

There was a bit of concern before the race that it was going to be hotter than normal, but mostly because people often take advantage of the normally cool weather to run in fancy dress. Nobody was saying 23 degrees is terribly hot, or too hot to run a marathon in, but it might be too hot to run a marathon in full fire fighting gear or 6 inches of fur. 23 degrees isn't even hot for the UK.

This is just the Aussies taking the piss.

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We've had a lot of 27+ degree weather, and basically no rain for like two months. 23 degrees was a fairly cool day in this heatwave.

A few days of 27 degrees would be fine, but England's not built to have it for a long time. All of the grass has gone yellow. Flats are well insulated and have small windows so it basically stays at 27 degrees inside all night as well, so you just never get a break from it. Even places with air conditioning often don't have very good air conditioning and end up staying pretty warm anyway.

Tbh I hope they don’t. Danielle doesn’t need to be Luke’s kid. And imo in the comics, being Luke’s wife overshadows her own persona outside of anything not written by Bendis.

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To be fair, Jessica Jones basically only exists in stuff written by Bendis - Alias/Pulse, then New Avengers, then nothing much, then the new Jessica Jones title.

...that was a weird side tangent I went off on. Point is I don't remember exactly either and I don't actually.own the series.

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I know this is an old post now, but I'm just catching up on the series and Alias was like one of the first Marvel comics I ever read so it's thoroughly ingrained in my head. But I just wanted to say: Scott leaves Jessica when she tells him she's pregnant with Luke's baby, not because of "ants in the bed" or anything like that.

235 points · 1 day ago

Not me. I feel like the first one was all about payoff. They make you wait to get a full shot of Godzilla, wait for them to fight, wait for laser blast. I loved it, pay off was worth it.

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5 points · 1 day ago

Especially when the 90s godzilla film had no atomic laser mouth beams, and I was assuming that they were trying to go with a more "grounded" approach again.

And then his tail started glowing...




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44 points · 1 day ago

They made the framerate intentionally lower than the usual 24fps.So the picture doesnt flow smooth like normal movies.The low framerate combined with the art style give you that wierd feeling.

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19 points · 1 day ago

They also added some chromatic aberation as a focusing thing

5 points · 2 days ago · edited 1 day ago

Honestly, I think it helped give his character a sense of creepiness the whole way through that actually kinda worked

16 points · 2 days ago

Check out his involvement in a book series called Wildcards.

It's great.

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He used to get namedropped in Marvel comics in the 90s sometimes, and they generally implied that Wildcards was what he was famous for

You'd lose a perfectly good nuke with nothing to show for it.

There are a few issues that come up. The first one is that you probably wouldn't even be able to detonate it by the time it reached the sun. The operation of an atomic bomb is fairly precise, and it wouldn't really be able to function once the key parts start melting. Uranium melts at only 1405 kelvin and boils at 4404K, the surface of the sun is 5772K and the corona is even hotter. So the bomb would have long since vaporized by then. Plutonium wouldn't even need to get that hot.

There's also no fusion going on at the surface of the sun - the exact surface is a somewhat arbitrary question, but it's still fairly close to a vacuum at the relevant points, with a density under 1% of the Earth's atmosphere at sea level.

So you'd barely be hitting the Sun itself there, for that, you'd have to get down to the core. Needless to say, if your bomb wasn't holding together well at the surface, it's going to be long gone by the time it reaches the core. And of course, it's so hot there, that the center of a nuclear explosion would be a cool spot.

Finally, you've got an even bigger energy issue: by the time you've dropped a nuclear bomb from the Earth's orbit into the sun, the nuclear explosion is much less energetic than the kinetic energy of any similarly-sized infalling object. You'd first need to de-orbit the thing, which would involve a delta-v of 30 km/sec, which itself would require more power than a nuke could offer. But then as it accelerates down that long gravity well, it would be going incredibly fast, so that the collision itself would pack a much bigger punch.

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0 points · 2 days ago · edited 1 day ago

You'd first need to de-orbit the thing, which would involve a delta-v of 30 km/sec, which itself would require more power than a nuke could offer

It looks like it's not nearly that bad - a high yield H-bomb might be 1 megaton kiloton per kg, but the kinetic energy of a 30 km/s object is about 0.1 TNT-equivalent tonnes per kg. The potential energy difference from here to the Sun is about 0.05 kilotons per kg.

There's ABSOLUTELY no way any conceived or built weapon is anywhere near 1 megaton/kg. That's a fantastically mass efficient nuclear weapon that's orders of magnitude better than everything else.

Even the W54 was ~1 ton/kg and that was meant as artillery or as a backpack carried weapon platform.

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Sorry, I think I misread and it was 1 kiloton per kilogram. They get more efficient at larger scale, so a ten tonne H-bomb can get up to about ten megatons.

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64 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

Because complaining about the weather is deeply ingrained in the British psyche* if you accept this weather as normal then you disrupt the ability for it to be a talking point and therefore provide the basis for social chit chit.

* Real anthropologists have done studies on this can you believe ? Full references available in back of pop-anthro book "Watching the English" Dr Kate Fox from where I got it

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Well the interviewer goes on to speak perfectly danish.

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He says "Ja ja ja" and then the audience laughs, and then he goes on to basically say they what they'll actually do is Mads can speak English, he will speak French, and they'll sort out the translation somehow.

758 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

Just saw the video.

The host doesn't speak anything close to danish. I'm a dane and have absolutely no idea what he was trying to say, even with the english subtitles from the image in this thread.

The only word he got out that sort of sounded danish was "dansk", which just means "danish".

EDIT: Alright I've listened to it a whole lot more now. I'm gonna try and translate and transcribe for good measure.

What he's trying to say:

Selvfølgelig taler jeg dansk perfekt, og jeg må sige at det glæder mig.

What he's actually saying:

Seflorigchtalae danst, perfect ochk jache masieche etch gliedah mii.

Which means absolutely nothing.

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138 points · 2 days ago

It's clear in the video that he's really struggling to get it out, and pauses at the end to check whether he managed to get it close enough for Mads to understand any of it at all.

But yeah, it's obviously a joke - he calls himself a "polyglot" just before this, so he's just messing around.

Hey, croissantfriend, just a quick heads up:

Sanskrit is actually spelled Sandscript. You can remember it by it's a form of writing, or script, made up in the Middle East where it's all sand, 'Sandscript'

Have a nice day!

I have become everything I hate.

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29 points · 2 days ago

It's actually Han-script, because it originated in China.

I thought that was invented by Han Solo?

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My flair on /r/badhistory is "The Han shot first"

(I think it was related to some badhistory about how great all the Steppe peoples were and how everything nasty was the fault of the Chinese. Or vice versa, I can't remember)

15 points · 2 days ago

Sounds like you are a JVM developer. Only RTE I have had that's been non-deterministic.

TBF this is mainly when working in Groovy/Grails

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10 points · 2 days ago

Sometimes it's things like uninitialized variables in C, where the behaviour of the code depends on what happened to be in some arbitrary point in memory before the program ran.

Or it could be a race condition that only happens when two processors just happen to open the same cell of the same array (of a billion cells) at the same time.

203 points · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

She's from Yorkshire. Remember, lots of planets have a North.

Edit: I just realised that with Chris E being from Lancashire, anyone arguing about whether the 9th or 13th Doctor is the best will be re-enacting the Wars of the Roses.

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Though the houses of York and Lancaster had very little to do with Yorkshire and Lancashire. Both sides had random bits of land all over the place.

OK then, the real war of the Roses was between Rose Tyler and Jacqui's dog in the alternative universe.

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16 points · 2 days ago

The Moon is getting further away. I haven't seen the video you are referring to so I don't know whether she is mistaken or just communicated poorly.

This is actually measured quite directly by firing lasers at the Moon and looking at the redshift. It comes out to about 4 cm per year.

1 point · 2 days ago

Just to confirm, is it actually red shift measurement? I thought it was through LIDAR.

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LIDAR systems can use doppler shifts - though I'm not actually sure if this is what they actually use for the Moon though.

The Moon is likely to have been from the Earth - Earth got hit by some large object early on, and the resulting mess consolidated into two bodies. So the original Earth would have been more massive, and had stronger gravity.

If you're asking about whether the gravity of the Moon pulls us "up" away from the Earth, making Earth's gravity comparatively weaker, then that's a bit more complex. The Moon is pulling us on the surface and the Earth at the same time. So the only effect is the difference between how much the Moon is pulling us on the surface versus how much its pulling the Earth as a whole on average.

If you're on the side of the Earth directly underneath the Moon, then the effective gravity feels about 0.00001% weaker, and if you're on the side of the Earth directly opposite the Moon, then the effective gravity feels about 0.00001% stronger.

Obviously this isn't a huge effect. But this little difference is still enough to cause the tides to flow in and out.

996 points · 2 days ago

I dont know whether to be impressed or disappointed in this sub to keep this going for so long

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Not to be that guy, but it should be "proficient with" rather than "proficient at", since it is referring to objects rather than an activity.

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I like the implication that "weapons" is an activity.

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14 points · 3 days ago

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24 points · 3 days ago

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At least they didn't bring Ward back.

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Just wait for the zombie episode of season six.

Shield is pretty much the same though.. both organizations have been “wiped out” multiple times. Only difference is that the people left at Shield are the people we’ve seen every episode forever

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Plus some background characters with mysterious scars.

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While I do understand and share the sentiment, that might be a bit too much .

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11 points · 3 days ago

tbf they got better

Start off really basic, say build a battleships game. A 5 x 5 grid, 1 battleship placed by the computer and 5 guesses for the user. Then build it out: allow the user to chose the board size, add a difficulty to the game that calculate the number of guesses for easy, normal or hard modes depending on the user choice...

I usually start basic and build it out as I go. Learning new modules, new ways to do things etc and using it on the program. You'll be surprised at how much you improve.

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This is exactly the way to do it.

Use what you've learned to write a program. This won't be something you will sell, just a fun hobby project for yourself. I'd recommend something like writing a simple text-based game.

At some point you will think "I want to do X but I don't know how", or "I feel like I'm repeating a lot of code", or "this particular bit seems more difficult than it should be", or "wouldn't it be cooler if I could set up a proper gui? or if I could play sounds too?". Then you will know exactly what you want to learn next, and you'll have the experience to understand some of the advice you'll be given about how to improve your code.

Original Poster1 point · 3 days ago

Apart from internship, do you know of additional ways to gain relevant experience? And in your opinion, how important is your university? Thanks.

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You really need a PhD to do astronomy. But you it is possible to get into an astronomy PhD from a Computer Science undergrad, especially in North America where you have to do a lot of coursework in a PhD anyway.


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