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Prime Minister David Cameron will announce a futuristic addition to London’s skyline today. The familiar shape of BT Tower, opened in 1965 by Harold Wilson, will give way to a 3D printed tower – believed to be the largest additive polymer construction in the world. The 21st century version is designed to be a replica of the …

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And a very happy April 1st to all at El Reg

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LOL. The photo background shows how the London skyline would look if a small number of architecture consultancies were just allowed throw up a collection of cheap, brutalist, mindless buildings in a random variety of styles and positions, with zero sympathy for the surroundings, historical setting or the human inhabitants. Imagine if that really happened.

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Great reply, you really addressed all the points of the OP

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10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street would have been a far better choice, it's already filled with Playmobil characters .

( This one seems a little too obvious for 1st April, mmmmmmm, pauses and wonders if it's a red herring kind of thing)

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The mention of Shoreditch made it all too probable - Cabinet with not a science degree between them + overhyped social media centre = what could possibly happen?

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Re: 10 Downing Street

I know, this is one is so outrageous that it's obvious... it's when there is a degree of plausability to it that it becomes more difficult.

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Re: 10 Downing Street

in other April 1st news, MPs are taking seriously the music industry's desire that all Internet sites are to be blocked unless they can be proven to have no connection whatsoever with anything it doesn't like - such as the use of torrents, even if for the free and fair distribution of CC or GPL content/files, the use of torrents will be taken as proof of illegality, and sites can be banned without proof of them breaking the law being tested in court ....

Oh, wait .... oh sh*t ... that's real ... well, at least there aren't any self-serving, publicity-seeking politicians trying to use the untimely death of a teenager for political point scoring ... oh, i've done it again ...

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Re too obvious

Not quite sure what to think of it... Then again, the Grauniad isn't better either: independent Scots will drive on the right.

Today my employer, however, is informing about the annual result. That's what I call a decent hoax!

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@AC:- Re: 10 Downing Street

"...self-serving, publicity-seeking politicians..."

Is there any other kind?

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Scottish independence spoofs are common this year: UN peacekeepers to be deployed on the border (Indy); Alex Salmond to feature on Scottish pound coins (Telegraph).

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Er, *WHAT* Scottish pound coins???

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As a compromise the Scots will be allowed to keep the pound - so long as they never spend any.

Traditional Scots are said to be delighted with the idea

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Well they have to go a long way to beat their own San Serif supplement.

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Re: 10 Downing Street

Indeed!

Somewhere in Shoreditch there is a "trendy" running about screaming "Who leaked it!?!?!".

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As much as this is a joke, the future will be 3d printed buildings.

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Future?

I've seen it done on buildings already, has been for quite a few years.

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Re: Future?

Yep, there's that old technique of building silos by pouring concrete into two short concentric steels sleeves. As the concrete cures, the sleeves jack themselves up on the now solid concrete, more fresh concrete is added and the process continues until the desired height is achieved.

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We've had a 3d building in Croydon for decades (not printed though).

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Now if you told me you had a 2D building, I'd be impressed.

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Given how slow 3D printers are this will be ready in 100 years time :)

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The home of the future will be printed with bricks! One layer at the time...

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Haha! Lego bricks could be used to build a very tall tower. Dr Ian Johnston, an applied mathematician and lecturer in engineering, explains his tests and reasoning here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20578627

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BONG!

This definitely has a whiff of The Bongster about it.

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Re: BONG!

not really, it was amusing and coherent.

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I loved the fact they used designers from Shoreditch - it wouldn't surprise me someone from that area thought of something like this (and I work here). Time to break out the Nathan Barley DVD.

Not bad for an April fool's joke.

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Nevertheless, Prime Minister Cameron hailed the 3D printed BT Tower as a symbol of "the second industrial revolution, in which the UK is proudly leading the way".

That probably isn't even made up! Except it's missing the bit about the printers being used weren't developed in Britain!

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yep. spot the date

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But.... Is it Giant Kitten Proof ?

You never know when a giant kitten is going to climb your post office tower.

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Re: But.... Is it Giant Kitten Proof ?

If this synthetic erection were to survive such an attack it would deserve a medal. And possibly the headline:

Steve Bong's Plastic Dong Bests Kitten Kong, Wins Gong.

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Crowd source it

What they need to do is distribute the 3D printer files for a 30cm replica of the tower to the millions(?) of 3D printer-equipped people out there. They can then hold up their mini versions at just the right distance from their eyes that they appear the same size as the original in the distance. We can then demolish the original and replace it with something truly emblematic of modern Britain, such as a pound shop. True, only people with a mini tower to hand will be able to see it, but we could create some kind of app to allow sharing with people in your area (thus, Silicon Roundabout would get to make a truly useful contribution).

Comment inspired by the picture accompanying the article, which clearly shows how it would look in practice.

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You haven't been thinking about the commercial aspect of it fully: this pound shop could sell these mini-towers. A complete win all round for capitalism.

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Eureka

I finally realized - this is exactly what must have happened at the tower of Pisa! Without a thermally stabilised enclosure of course a 3D printed tower would sag and lean! Amateurs...

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Going south ?

Rather looks like its moved south of the river as well ? Didn't know Shoreditch types ventured down there.

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Of course...

the 3D printed version of Euston will be terminus to a 3D printed HS2...

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No, it's the one about someone trying to patent running WINE on ARM that's the April Fool's - it's clearly far more ridiculous.

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Where is the pussy?

All plastic BT towers should have a pussy walking up the side.

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Re: I'm a Barbie Girl

Hehe, 'Panorama' aside, the bottoms of some 3D prints do resemble spaghetti - is the extruded filament isn't properly supported.

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3,...2,...1,..LIFTOFF

What, you didn't fit rockets to it so it could become the first UK space-station?

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Damn

It may be a hoax but Boris has been approached by men coming from the East and thinks that another expensive, useless penis replica would be fine as long as he can find a park to build over.

Biggest laugh was that Boris is putting more money in to publicising Boris-Island while suggesting Heathrow should be built over.

(Shakespeare's fools were usually wise men)

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And in further news

BT are planning, for one day only, to release a broadband advert that:

- doesn't have that floppy haired prick in it. At all.

- is wholly truthful about the capabilities of their network.

- gives an excerpt of the standard conversation you will have with their call centre.

- is brutally honest about just how little 'our best ever wifi signal' actually means.

- explains that when they write the phrase 'up to', they mean 'nowhere near'.

- explains that any box with wires coming out of it, regardless of actual function, will perform better than the home hub.

- will not mention BT sport at all. Or twist the English language with phrases like '18 top picks exclusively live matches only on BT sport free* with BT broadband today and last week only'

(* line rental, broadband, fair usage, phone, hub delivery and BT sport charges may apply)

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hahaha

The scary thing is I can believe our government doing something so stupid....

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See you later

Is there anything other than foolish carp on thereg today?

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"Is there anything other than foolish carp on thereg today?"

Is that anything like Billy Bass the singing fish?

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Re: See you later

Poisson d'Avril

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"Is there anything other than foolish carp on thereg today?"

Well, Lando Calrissian just gave up on Dancing with the Stars, citing too much back pain from too much dallying with Orion slave girls in copper metal bikinis when last at Disneyworld. The Force was not with him. Neither was his eyesight, as it was hard to distinguish between skin and corrosion.

Maybe that'll be worth a mention later.

Say, if you want, maybe they could dig up some Hilarious Haddock instead. If you ask nice. Or point you to a different Ubuntu release, like Parsimonious Pike.

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We're going to need a bigger printer

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BT Tower memories

Always reminds me of a giant kitten.

GG, BO and TBT

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Lego?

Surely there's no need for 3D printing - produce the whole thing from Lego™ bricks. Shouldn't take long.

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