I uh, really didn't think I was being subtle there.
I'll leave it to the reader to interpret.
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when awestruck witnesses reporting seeing what was officially documented as a UFO crash off southwestern Nova Scotia.
The colourful image on the rectangular coin shows three fishermen aboard a boat, staring and gesturing as the ghostly image of a flying saucer appears to plunge into the dark waters near Shag Harbour.
But something special happens when the included black-light flashlight is used to illuminate the coin in the dark: the spaceship disappears, but four orange lights remain in the sky, as described by those who reported seeing something that moonless night on Oct. 4, 1967.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_1#MalfunctionOn 2 September 1988, the expected transmission from Phobos 1 was not received. This was traced to a faulty key-command that was sent on 28 August from ground control in Yevpatoria. A technician unintentionally left out a single hyphen in one of the keyed commands. All commands were supposed to be proofread by a computer before being transmitted, but the computer that checked code was malfunctioning. The technician violated procedure and transmitted the command before the computer could be fixed to proofread it. This minor alteration in code deactivated the attitude thrusters. By losing its lock on the Sun, the spacecraft could no longer properly orient its solar arrays, thus depleting its batteries.
Software instructions to turn off the probe's attitude control, normally a fatal operation, were part of a routine used when testing the spacecraft on the ground. Normally this routine would be removed before launch. However, the software was coded in PROMs, and so removing the test code would have required removing and replacing the entire computer. Because of time pressure from the impending launch, engineers decided to leave the command sequence in, though it should never be used. However, a single-character error in constructing an upload sequence resulted in the command executing, with subsequent loss of the spacecraft.
And, in all fairness, the incident stemmed, like most incidents, from a bunch of causes. You really should not leave a "shut the whole thing down" command in a remotely-controlled spacecraft. If the proofreading computer is in the critical path, it should absolutely be redundant. There was apparently a policy "no running commands manually if the proofreading computer is down", but there doesn't seem to have been any mechanism to enforce the policy. Etc., etc.After the incident at Yevpatoria, an investigation was immediately ordered to determine who was responsible for the failure. Nevertheless, disciplinary action was postponed until the completion of the Phobos 2 mission. This was to prevent the demoralization of the Phobos 2 team. Any penalization of the Phobos 1 team would create anxiety among the Phobos 2 team and reduce the chances of mission success. This postponement of punitive measures was urged by IKI director Roald Sagdeev. He quoted the former secret-service chief under Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, who said, "Let's make them work for now. We can shoot them all later." The investigation concluded with the dismissal of the ground control commander at Yevpatoria and the acknowledgement that the computer system was poorly designed.
I nominate Mississippi. And Alabama if needs be.Hugh Akston wrote: ↑24 Oct 2019, 14:34With an MLB umpire threatening cival war over the impeachment proceedings, I'm starting to nurse a ghoulish curiosity about how many people would actually sign up to fight in such a conflict. Could we maybe wall off one or two states and dump all of the combatants into them Hunger Games style?
Nah, that could lead to an international incident, because WI would quickly seize the Upper Peninsula and then MI might send reinforcements via Lake Huron, which could wind up drawing Canada into the war.
How the scam works and why you should careJD wrote: ↑25 Oct 2019, 13:45People have reported receiving mysterious small packages from China, containing either very low-value items like some cheap plastic hair clips, or nothing at all. Their names and addresses are perfectly correct on the packaging, but it's nothing that they ordered, and there's no indication why they're receiving them.
Turns out that it's essentially a kind of e-commerce fraud called "brushing" perpetrated by Chinese sellers, with the recipients of the packages as unwitting stand-ins, made possible by the fact that the US Postal Service signed an agreement that made shipping small packages from China to the US ridiculously cheap.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepar ... -about-it/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepar ... usa-cheap/
Basically, a "brushing" firm somehow got hold of McGeehan’s name and address -- she imagines this happened from placing legitimate orders on AliExpress, the international wing of China’s Alibaba -- and then created user profiles for “her” on the e-commerce sites that they wish to have higher sales ratings and favorable reviews on. They then shop for orders via the fake account, compare prices, and mimic everything an actual customer would do, before finally making a purchase from their client's store. When delivery is confirmed, they then leave positive reviews that appear to the e-commerce platform as "verified."
It says in the article that numbers were transposed.
Tell that to the Orthodox.Aresen wrote: ↑31 Oct 2019, 16:08I just saw a post about Luther's 95 theses, which were first posted on October 31, 1517.
Although Luther would have burned us just as enthusiastically as the Popes would, it's still an important day in liberty. His action shattered the monolith of western Christianity, which allowed the rest of us to weasel free through the cracks.