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by spodzone
Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Utah starscape..
Replies: 23
Views: 7090

Also, it appears to be pretty sharp front to back, while would suggest a very narrow aperture, which would further increase the exposure time. Or it's a really tiny sensor-size (APS, compact digital) coupled with very wide-angle lens and high ISO speed. However, let's consider a real-world datum: t...
by spodzone
Wed May 09, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Quite right too...!
Replies: 14
Views: 5159

'Sky at Night' just wouldn't seem the same if presented by Dame Patricia Moore (imagine that... :wink: ). I can't say the 50th anniversary show of _Sky at Night_ appealed to me as it is. Not so much a tour de force, to which it could have aspired, as an immature tour de farce. PM could look in the ...
by spodzone
Tue May 01, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A second earth?..
Replies: 42
Views: 13123

Popular journalism again: why publish a page detailing research and evidence that gives rise to "some scientists argue", when you can throw it open to the public to "vote"?
by spodzone
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: IT, Journalism, Other?
Replies: 2
Views: 1581

Re: IT, Journalism, Other?

davep wrote:Let's test zx9rsteve's hunch about the readership of this BB.
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If you're an unemployed IT worker or journalist use your best judgement.
(Following back to the original thread) What if you're in IT but not very professional about it? ;)
by spodzone
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: If you could have a piece of software...
Replies: 56
Views: 29833

To be honest whilst i see the advantage of the native XML database, I dont have control of the hosting server, plus at the moment I think it would complicate things more than is currently necessary. If necessary I can upgrade after the event but theres no need for that functionality at the moment. ...
by spodzone
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: If you could have a piece of software...
Replies: 56
Views: 29833

Well after a lot of googling I can't come to a decision as to which is best. I've decided to make lots of small files as the OS should be able to handle it better than taking up great chunks of system memory loading the whole thing in at once. If im wrong I can always change it i guess.... Personal...
by spodzone
Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang PROVEN!
Replies: 25
Views: 13028

[...] Does this not blow away most present theories and say let's start from scratch there is a 10^37 more powerful force than gravity that we have known about for 200 years but failed to include in our equations??? Maybe when we can say how things work now, THEN we can re-evaluate the evidence for...
by spodzone
Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang PROVEN!
Replies: 25
Views: 13028

Re: Big Bang PROVEN!

cigarshaped wrote: Ideally yes, but the problem comes when new observations are not predicted and instead of questioning the original hypothesis, the theory is modified. spodzone wrote: Why is this a problem? It may not be a problem once or twice but this has been going on for decades . It is begin...
by spodzone
Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang PROVEN!
Replies: 25
Views: 13028

Re: Big Bang PROVEN!

cigarshaped wrote:Ideally yes, but the problem comes when new observations are not predicted and instead of questioning the original hypothesis, the theory is modified.
Why is this a problem?
by spodzone
Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang PROVEN!
Replies: 25
Views: 13028

That's the thing though, you don't ever really "prove" a theory, you just find more and more evidence to back it up. Mathematicians prove theories by making a statement isomorphic to an exhaustive consideration of all statements in its domain (or disprove by finding one counter-example). The termin...
by spodzone
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Big Bang PROVEN!
Replies: 25
Views: 13028

So, if Big Bang theory isn't a theory any more, what is it? Well, it would be interesting to fit `fact' and `axiom' into the pile. And I'd like to know who's claiming to have been present at the Big Bang to verify it. Er, I mean, I'd like to know what constitutes `verifying' a theory, since it seem...
by spodzone
Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Help: Stellarium and Mac OS X 10.2.8 will not work
Replies: 7
Views: 4570

Re: Help: Stellarium and Mac OS X 10.2.8 will not work

I can download the Mac version easily off the website, but evertime I run the installation I get the following message: "stellarium-0.8.2.dmg" failed to mount due to error 95. (no mountable file systems) Works for me using Safari and http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/stellarium/stellarium-...
by spodzone
Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Clouds or Light Pollution?
Replies: 13
Views: 4386

Yup, the (light-)pollution gets the vote from me too, on the grounds that at least it could've been avoided.
by spodzone
Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Mapping lunar images on to a sphere
Replies: 2
Views: 2738

Re: Mapping lunar images on to a sphere

and hope that liberation won't cause too much trouble, That's what GWB said! or I could calculate the pixel scale, position of the moon it's self and lunar long/lat for each image and map them on to a sphere. Does anyone know if there's software out there to achieve such a thing? Well, days were wh...
by spodzone
Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: If you could have a piece of software...
Replies: 56
Views: 29833

Thanks for the comprehensive reply Tim, very useful! My only reason for using PHP is to pull out the data from the XML files (or mysql database) and to provide the ability to reuse blocks of HTML code (like headers and footers). If i can accomplish this same functionality by using just XSLT's then ...