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Isn’t it always the way that the moment you get down to doing something important that requires a large part of your concentration, some idiot rolls up with an inane problem that just can’t wait? Like now, for instance, when the PFY and I are trying to quietly drill a small inspection hole in a recently delivered crate to see …

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Happy

I'm liking this new weekly BOFH

Almost makes Fridays worth getting out of bed for.

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haaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaa

Another one that had me laughing out loud.

Keep up the good work, Simon.

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i miss

the old robot wars shows that used to be on TV :(

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RE: i miss

They're re-running them on Dave or Virgin or something.

Just the other day I had the pleasure of watching Hypnodisk obliterate an arena full of foes.

It was cool.

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Sneaky

How long before one side hides a tactical nuke in the bots case?

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tac nuke?

Y'know, a kiss on the hand may be quite continental, man, but tactical thermonuclear weaponry is a guy's best friend.

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Ahhh.

DR and Quinch, love it :)

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I don't like the look of this arms race.

Simon has CS gas and lusers, the other guys have shop dummies and rail-guns.

Shop dummies are far more versatile than lusers. Rail guns beat CS gas...

I dread to think what the BOFH has up is sleave for the next round...

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Sneaky!

I can't wait to see how this all plays out.

BOFH is getting VERY inspired these days.

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Re Blackwall Tunnel

How do we deserve this: Friday after Friday, BOFH after BOFH... The best to end a week!

Erm, I'll tell my friend to close his windows. His flat is right besides one of the ventilation towers of Blackwall tunnel.

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Ventilation tower

I walked past that thing for about 2 years before figuring out what it bloody was. Glad I don't walk past it any more though!

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Back to the robots =)

“Yes indeedy,” I say. “Nothing quite like the absence of all GPS signals to indicate that a vanload of robo-geeks – in a confined space – has just entered a busy road tunnel with no safe means of escape.”

I need a new keyboard and monitor!

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If this goes off in public,...

...the robot people might get mistaken for terrorists. Mechanical remote weaponry and dangerous chemicals.

All it normally takes is a baggy jacket and a fast run.

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I want to see

That Harry potter version with the sun loungers lol

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Sit

It's about time this series was animated

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“Railgun powered Shuriken launcher,”

First it got me laughing, then it got me thinking. Should be easily doable...

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...maybe

doable, but easily? How do you impart sufficient spin on the shuriken when launching it from a railgun?

Just for the interest, though - I don't want to start an international terrorist cell....

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Imparting Spin

That's easy, you just put some kind of wear plate alongside the path of the shuriken, so the friction of rubbing against it gets transmitted into spin.

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The Availability Of...

...supercapitors ($200 US for 50 Farads) greatly eases the challanges of building a shuriken rail gun.

Spin? Retard the pulses on one side.

GREAT BOFH!

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actually...

not all shuriken are "star" shaped. there are specific varieties with individual names , several types are 'arrow' or 'rod' shaped. those would be fairly easy to launch using a sabot-assissted system, or a vapourising aluminum collar....

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re: Imparting Spin

That's what mythbusters faced when spinning CDs to oblivion-y RPMs. No eletric motors they had could go over 10k-50k rpm.

The solution? Compressed air. 10 bar on the edge of the shurikens on a really narrow launch tube should do it.

Using air turbines simply maxed out their measurement apparatus. Plus it could help on the launch itself.

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Good God

Sometimes the Reg scares me.

Maybe a railgun powered grenade launcher?

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Sheer genius!!

evil genius, of course

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Applause, applause

Oh yeah, da man is back..

This has turned into a min-series all by itself - the first sequel I actually *love*.

Anyone enquiring for the filming rights yet?

:-)

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Inspired

Has someone found a new muse?

Weekly updates and the best theme I've seen - Robot Wars!

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Want...

Railgun powered Shuriken launcher

WANT! NOW! It's so fluffy! GIVE ME IT NOW!

Best one for a while too - love the dead-mans GPS switch, and the lager and and and and...

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Learning from the master

"Isn’t it always the way that the moment you get down to doing something important that requires a large part of your concentration, some idiot rolls up with an inane problem that just can’t wait?"

Indeed. I had just sat down to read my BOFH, when someone came running to say that the accounting server is down, weekly reporting, yadda yadda.

The ambulance has just left the building.

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Yes, ALWAYS

"Isn’t it always the way that the moment you get down to doing something important that requires a large part of your concentration, some idiot rolls up with an inane problem that just can’t wait?"

AYE-MAN brother!!!

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*puts on sunglasses*

...

YYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

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Life imitating BOFH?

From the Register itself!

Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

Vending-machine repair unit's violent rampage

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/14/robot_rampage/

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imitating ?

I'd say there was one geeky boffin been truly INSPIRED !

Cheers!

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I hope you....

remembered the backup power supply just incase the geeks got smart and pulled the power. You are right just when your about to get into something interesting someone rolls up and demands action...

I'd gave gone with CS Gas and a small flash bang just to make even more fun.. Gassed, disorientated and blinded totally.

Would work :)

Hmm more money for our hand crafted imported beer - hmm I want one of those but only for the bottle :D

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Blessed we are ...

... with 3 brand-spanking-new epic episodes in just as many weeks.

I love the development of this plotline; increasingly mindfull violence and malice aforethought.

There shouldn't be a law to prohibit concealed arms integration in seemingly innocent apparatus.

THANK YOU SIMON!

If you planning to go on a tour and visit The Netherlands just let me know and I'll introduce you to some really good beer.

Cheers!

oh, and... Big Brother 'cause we're ALL watching for the next installment.

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WTF?

huh?

Good beer?

The Netherlands?

Are you kidding?

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Beer from Limburg ftw!

Limburg (the small appendix province at the south-east of The Netherlands) actually has some excellent brews. Alfa, Hertog Jan, Brand. All of them suprerior to the big brands most people tend to know from The Netherlands.

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YES! Good beer

We might not make it, but we sure know how to drink the imported ones!

Cheers!

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I love shenanigans

EVIL shenanigans!

Well done!

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Oh Yes.

The BOFH is really enjoying the competition. I thought he would, but I wonder if 'the others' realise just what they've got into.

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Thank you...

for continuing the "Robot Wars" plot - highly amusing :)

Keep it up!

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Haha!

Thanks for all the recent posts Simon!

Cheers mate!

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Thank you

This stuff brightens my life like an exploding sodium light bulb that's been hidden behind a thin sheet of robotic skin...

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Film Grants?

Has anybody optioned BOFH yet to film a series of programs? There is enough source material...stretching back to 1995 at the least...which would make this something that would have a decent on-air audience.

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The robo-geeks may be able to turn this around

I'd think getting the box into some manner of Faraday cage before opening it would prevent the activation of any remotely controlled devices, with the added bonus of unwittingly setting off the CS trap early. The robot folks may have thought of it, they made a shuriken railgun after all.

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British innovation at her finest

Years down the line, we see that the same country in whose home was the Enigma-breaking enigma of the WWII era Enigma-breaking kit - that I don't know the name of - is also home to this fine work of High Literature, the BOFH.

I see that the tradition of innovation is being proudly continued in the UK - BOFH, when self-advertising tech-heads have really shown their mettle ;)

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Land of origin

"we see that the same country in whose home was the Enigma-breaking enigma of the WWII era Enigma-breaking kit - that I don't know the name of - is also home to this fine work of High Literature, the BOFH"

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Ah yes... that would be Poland and New Zealand, respectively.

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erm....

That would be Alan Turing and the Turing machine.

Yes, the Polish did break the Enigma code on pre war machines, but the cyphers and the machines were radically changed when war broke out.

Mr Turing in Hut 8 was the prime force for breaking the new codes, oh and not an American in sight either ;-)

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You know...

..I always put Simon down as an ale drinker.

Two mentions of that hideous brew called 'lager' in a single episode. I suppose I can forgive the last one, if it was an instrument of financial torture used on the PFY.

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arms race

how long till someone rigs it with a makeshift neutron bomb?

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Simply return a harmless device

with something delicate and valuable to the opposition inside. By this time they'll likely use one of those bomb disposal robots to deactivate and end up ruining their own possessions.

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is it just me?

or does simon seriously need to publish an anthology of all his material as it would be a best seller and cheer up all us hopeless it geeks for years to come :)

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