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3579 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007

The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Re: Register Red of course!

And Thunderbird 3 was red.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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At least it wasn't a Pinto

The US government says there were an average of 152,300 car fires each year between 2006 2010. Each year they caused an average of 209 deaths, 764 injuries, and $536 million in direct property damage.

https://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/vehicles

Apparently Tesla has the car in their labs and they'll have to respond because the one thing America is even better at than high tech is litigation.

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

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Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

'In films yes. You should remember that the Hindenburg, the poster ship of the "IT BURNS" camp, wasn't destroyed by a hydrogen fire - the hydrogen only went up AFTER the rocket fuel coated outer canvas cover set on fire and the fire then burned through the gas bags.'

No it didn't. If you watch the film of the disaster there is a closeup view of the bow as it comes crashing to earth. You can see the airship is burning inside before the outside skin catches light.

It was a hydrogen fire that destroyed the Hindenburg.

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Have PIXmania. In fact, have £59m with it too, Dixons tell German VCs

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Never really trusted them

After they insisted on customers sending copies of their passports when making an order.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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'and there's no marine engineer I've found who thinks that anyone has looked seriously at the problem of maintenance of metallic structures in the salt water of the North Sea.'

Aren't oil rigs kind of made of metal? And in the North Sea.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

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Settings -> General

IOS has kept a lot of apparent simplicity by hiding its complexity further down. A huge amount of stuff has been bundled together in the dreaded General settings which is a real mish mash of unrelated stuff which makes it harder to remember where things can be found.

Having said that, IOS settings are a joy compared to trying to do basic things like change time and date on my mum's Galaxy Europa.

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Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

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Re: Samsung processor

'If they were feeling frustrated at all of apples patent trolling and attempting to screw then over at every turn, they could have such fun with the chip fab.'

Has anyone with an electron microscope to hand looked for any rude messages about Apple on the silicon?

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: Moonlighting?

Screw *his* protection - what about us?

Do we really want Lester re-enacting The Quatermass Experiment?

We'll have to plunge the Playmonaut into 100% alcohol on his return - it's the only way to be sure.

I suspect he won't protest too much.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Re: Life imitates art

CoD was blamed by that bastion of journalistic standards, the Mirror, for the Washington Naval Dockyard shootings. It looks like the largely discredited link between video games and violence is still going strong in the tabloids.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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23 year old estate agent

Hasn't he got an overpriced house to sell someone?

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Or they could turn round and look at the printed timetable.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: Goin' downtown

It might not be subducted because of its thickness. The plate might refuse to buckle and subduct in which case the Tamu Massif will either be accreted on to the edge of the Eurasian plate as an exotic terrane (such as has happened with a similarly thickened section of oceanic crust in Colombia), or it will be obducted on to the continental plate as an ophiolite (Troodos in Cyprus, much of Oman and the UK's very own Lizard).

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Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m

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With Jeremy Hunt in charge we'll have to assume copies of everyone's medical records are going to News International.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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EXPLLODES! (exclamation mark strongly recommended)

EXpect

Problems?

Luckily

LOHAN

Only

Descends

Earthwards

Safely

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: Fascinating article

Or if you had a Commodore 64, 15 minutes to try and load a game, followed by a crash and much fiddling with the alignment.

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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bleeping, groaning and wheezing

Enough about my love life...

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Re: Be a yes man instead.

Oh I like that. I hope you did get to say 'Your call is very important to us. All of our operators are busy right now, but please continue to hold.' Because everyone likes that.

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You'd think it wouldn't be beyond the wit of BT to notice the vast number of calls coming from a relatively small number of offshore numbers and block them. But oh no, if you get bombarded with these foreign PPI calls or the dreaded silent calls, BT insist there is nothing they can do because it is 'an international call'.

Quick question, do BT make money from connecting an international call?

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

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Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

All of those countries have or had a personality cult indistinguishable from religion - supreme leader - check; one true way - check; unquestioning obedience - check; us and them - check; persecution complex - checkity check.

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Just an idea

A similar policy might work on 'The Voice'.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

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If the Aura is the same one shipped in the late spring then it's a damn good reader. The screen is lovely, slightly bigger than most eBook readers and the front light is excellent - it's slightly blue, but it is bright, even and there's no flicker. It handles ePub (open and Adobe DRMed) and PDF documents. You can *just* about squeeze an A4 page onto the screen, but it's not particularly pleasant.

The downside of the Aura (as with all Kobos) is that the operating system does seem to need to go for nice lie downs every now and again. Mine freezes for no apparent reason on some books (even those from the Kobo store) and the review options where you can annotate the book often freezes.

But the battery life is excellent, it's nicely put together (if a bit of an odd shape round the back) and I'm very happy.

I hope this isn't the end of dedicated readers, I like something that is just there for one thing and does it well for ages between charges.

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Eggheads turn Motorola feature phone into CITYWIDE GSM jammer

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Why use a jammer to stop people making mobile phone calls

When you could just get them to subscribe to O2?

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

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A bit like Steve Austen then

'First up, the poor chap's had his right eye surgically removed to allow installation of the PiCam'

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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If GCHQ 'doesn't comment on intelligence matters'?

Why are we paying for a spokesman?

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Oh my this takes me back

That advert - it seems like only yesterday that it was everywhere - is it really 30 years?

But weren't early computer adverts wordy? Compare that to a modern ad. I suppose they were still trying to persuade mums and dads that this wasn't just a toy and it was a good investment. Now pretty much everyone thinks they know what a computer is and can do, so manufacturers obsess about thickness or colour.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: Radiation Superstition

People are killed when working on wind turbines (and rooftop solar installations) simply because they're at height - so the cause is simple things like insecure footings, and inadequate safety equipment.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: Huge flaw in article

I kind of imagine the spooks egging the Guardian on.

"Yes, yes I know its pointless - nice reporting by the way - but make sure you don't miss a bit; the Home Office thinks the data can go and hide if you don't smash everything.'

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Re: Huge flaw in article

The government has confirmed it sent the heavies to the Guardian.

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In case of LOHAN flight emergency, gobble THIS Iridium-Arduino sandwich

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TITS-UP

Terminate

Immediately

Thanks!

Satellite

-

Unplanned

Problem

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BAPS

Break Away Panic System.

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen

Also in the Guardian - the government have been putting the screws on the paper to hand material over. Not by getting court injunctions that can be contested and are in the public eye, but by directly threatening the paper:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/david-miranda-schedule7-danger-reporters

From the coalition agreement:

'We will introduce safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.'

and

CIVIL LIBERTIES

'We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it has abused and eroded fundamental human freedoms and historic civil liberties. We need to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness.'

So why is the government so worried when Little Billy Hague told us only a few weeks ago that the security services always acted within the law?

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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The plant at Olkiluoto still isn't finished. It was meant to go online in 2009, it will now be ready no sooner than 2015. It was budgeted at €3 billion, it is currently estimated at €8.5 billion and the two main contractors are suing one another for compensation.

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An afternoon with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer

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Re: More of this stuff, please!

Can we get Phil to give Lewis a masterclass in science education? Many people would benefit.

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Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

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Pose

I hope they go for Jobs in the definitive 'how to hold an iPhone so you can actually talk on it' stance - just so future generations will know how to do it.

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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Re: SR71 Blackbird

There's an M-21 Blackbird at the Museum of Flight in Seattle with its ramjet drone perched on top. The museum is well worth a visit if you are in the Pacific NW - loads of historic aircraft including Kennedy's Air Force 1, the first 747 and a Concorde.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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Re: Will twitter fess up to the addresses of.......

Dunno, and why aren't the - (oh let's be charitable) - band's PR munchkins on Twitter telling their fans to cut back on the rapey threats?

Today, the 1-D fans are in uproar because Channel 4 showed some of them as borderline terrifying monomaniacs. Rather than reminding their fans that there are other things to do than obsess over the group, the publicists blame the TV station and fan the flames.

Christ only knows what will happen when the band inevitably (and please make it soon) breaks up. I can only guess it will look like something from World War Z - only less musical.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: Windows Phone users?

It was 3 of us on the previous page. See WP's market share is exploding!

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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Re: Stop mucking abaat...

Tilda Swinton would be great at it.

Or (because she's brilliant in everything) Jodie Foster, and she's just had a practice run in 'Elysium'.

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The Liberator's progress-through-space bar will be hilarious.

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NORKS prepping glorious People's Smartmobe

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Arirang advertising

Frank Bruno to front the campaign obviously.

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Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed

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If Apple wants to photograph Oslo

Their iPhone will probably direct them to Stockholm.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Yeah, good luck.

The Chinese might have bought it, but the Shanghai MagLev is German.

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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Re: active vs passive brewing

Just leave it stand until the spoon dissolves - then it's strong enough.

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Re: You just don't get...

A Furniss Cornish ginger fairing and a mug of tea (no milk thank-you) is pretty much unbeatable.

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The seven most terrifying words in the English language

'watching Mrs Feltz in full slurping action'

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Serious Farce Office: 32K secret BAE probe files spaffed to WRONG bod

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Fortunately

BAE is such a wholesome company I'm sure there is absolutely nothing incriminating in any of the documents about possible fraud or bribery.

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Re: Change the names

Some dinosaurs produced live young and birds are dinosaurs.

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Re: Energy Deception

The question itself is flawed - 'do you want cheap shale gas energy?' implies that shale gas will be cheap. Even the companies that aim to produce the gas are downplaying any expectations that it will be appreciably cheaper than conventional gas.

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

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'The news was announced on Tumblr, the cats'n'porn site which was snapped up by Yahoo! and then rapidly sanitised.'

Got rid of the cats then?

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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The Mail: 'We take your privacy very seriously'

Unless you're royal, a politician, a child of a politician, a celebrity of any kind, their children, on benefits, foreign, poor, or just plain ugly - in which case you're fair game.

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