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2268 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Anonymous John

an ersatz-3D image

When are we going to get the real (Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi) thing?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

Anonymous John

Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

I doubt it as there's a general election next May. The new Lab/SNP coalition will soon put it out of its misery.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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"We apologise to Mrs Raybould for any distress caused"

I do so hate that usage of "any", when it's self-evident that distress or inconvenience has been caused. The word to use is "the"

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That wouldn't have helped. Bank accounts are frozen after death until the estate is wound up, apart from paying the funeral expenses. It's quite clear here that the direct debits had ceased and Vodafone sent in the bailiffs.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Anonymous John

Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.

Am I the only one to realise that was a joke?

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The fridge-sized, plucky probot

I've also seen it described as the size of a dishwasher. It's rather appropriate to use white-goods examples when visiting a Comet.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

Anonymous John

Don't give up. One more giant bounce for robotkind.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

Anonymous John

"lighter than a feather"

What's that in NanoJubs?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Anonymous John

"Essential Maintenance"

I do hate that phrase. The NHS Blood Transfusion Service used it last week when their on-line booking service went tits-up for four or five days.

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

Anonymous John

Re: Not a lard arse

"SpaceX in spite of the latest setback is looking pretty good"

What latest setback? Are you thinking of Orbital Sciences?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Anonymous John

"HTC’s most recent product was a camera without a viewfinder"

Isn't it the Nexus 9?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Anonymous John

I stand corrected as regards to the SpaceX issue. But I said first stage engine failure, not problem. I should probably have said catastrophic.

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Anonymous John

Second stage engine problems aren't that rare. One left two GPS satellites in the wrong orbit earlier this year. SpaceX had one on one resupply mission. It reached the ISS as planned but left a satellite (secondary mission) in the wrong place. I don't see why first stage failures should be rarer, but they do seem to be.

Obviously they can be more spectacular and cause damage to the launch site, but that doesn't mean that the cause of the problem is more serious.

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Anonymous John

1941 GMT (3:41 p.m. EDT)

Splashdown confirmed! The Dragon spacecraft has returned to Earth with nearly 3,300 pounds of space station cargo, ending its fourth operational flight to the complex.

SpaceX says the splashdown occurred at approximately 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT)

1358 GMT (9:58 a.m. EDT)

The first departure burn is complete.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

Astronaut Reid Wiseman has backed the robotic arm away to a distance of about 4 feet. The first of three rocket burns to guide Dragon away from the space station is coming up soon.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

http://beta.spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/25/dragon-mission-status-center/

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Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

Anonymous John
Unhappy

"we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

So we'll just have to hope they turn up on Ebay.

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

Anonymous John

Whiz is the word.

Instead of aseeing one millions of miles away that looks stationary, the Martian probes will really see it move.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Anonymous John

There's nothing wrong with the Flintstones' car design.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jamais_Contente

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Anonymous John

So the tablet has half the storage of the phone? Why?

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

Anonymous John

Suddenly the Daily Mail sees the benefits of Human Rights.

At least for journalists.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Anonymous John

"Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"

Which means you don't know if someone has bent it.

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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

Anonymous John

Re: True mission objective

I hear that Donald Trump is already talking to Elon Musk.

Alan Shepard hit a couple of golf balls on the Moon. I don't suppose.... Nah!

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

Anonymous John

Warheating?

Hackers are roaming the streets, turning up thermostats?

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Anonymous John

Re: Reverse Engineer

"From observational experience, it depends on how many excess pieces you have left afterwards."

Or how many of the pingfuckits that flew about your garage you were unable to find.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

Anonymous John

Re: what sort of 3d printer?

"Funded in a public-private partnership by Made in Space and NASA, the 3D printer is the first device of its kind to ever launch into space. Engineers on the ground will uplink commands to the printer, giving it a 3D model of an object to build out of a stock of plastic carried inside."

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/013/140921launch/#.VCH-7JRdWSo

So possibly an Eiffel Tower. I read somewhere that a more sophisticated 3d printer will follow in the near future.

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Anonymous John

Mice in SPAAAACE

Don't forget the passengers.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

Anonymous John

Re: I suspect

It won't be needed much longer. Launch vehicles will trigger their own self destruct if the on-board GPS says it isn't where it should be. At least one launch has tested the concept successfully, while still relying on the current system.

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Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

You had a pan and a coal stove? We had to send Morse by banging our heads on the pavement.

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Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

When I were a lad, phones were made of two tin cans and some string.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

Anonymous John

"Anchoring itself in place with harpoons and ice screws"

Sounds more like a docking, not a landing.

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Vulture 2 X-Plane soars over Spaceport America

Anonymous John

"and enjoy a simulated dive-bombing attack on Virgin Galactic rival spaceplanes"

Hardly needed to keep them grounded.

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Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning

Anonymous John

Bárðarbunga

I heard that Silvio Berlusconi is holding a party there.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Anonymous John

Rich toffs?

Is £10 a year really beyond the means of the most impoverished gun owner? How much does ammo cost?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

Anonymous John

Why not ask SpaceX?

How many could next year's Falcon Heavy launch in one go?

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

Anonymous John

"As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next said," I wonder why nobody else has thought of doing that?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Anonymous John

I'm still waiting for the Motie coffee maker that featured in "The Mote In God's Eye"

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

Anonymous John

But you'd lose the previous owner's porn stash.

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

Anonymous John

Re: Confused on the motivation...

There's little point in upgrading something that won't be needed two years from now. Have an onboard GPS system trigger the self-destruct if it isn't where the flight plan says it should be. NASA is currently testing such a system. And I read somewhere that SpaceX is very interested.

Why the twenty year lease of Pad 39A? It surely won't take that long for Musk's private spaceport to be up and running?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Anonymous John

"It was quickly fixed although changing DNS settings in the interim would have solved the problem,"

And what percentage of your users knows how to do that?

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Anonymous John

Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot

I had one from my bank a while back asking for my mother's maiden name before telling me the reason for the call. I refused, assuming it was a scam. Found out a few days later that it was genuine..

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

Anonymous John

It's the second anniversary of his arrival at the embassy. You can now forget about him for another twelve months.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

Anonymous John

It's nearly June.

And it hasn't flown since January.I'll believe it will be taking passengers this year when it happens.

It's rapidly running out of time. How man test flights are needed for certification to carry fare paying passengers?

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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

Anonymous John

Why does this need two Rovers?

Couldn't the vehicle with the ascent stage take a core sample?

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

Anonymous John

Re: Which box?

It's certainly Channel 5. If I record something, I get multiple copies. 5, 5+1, 5+24, 5*, 5^2, etc.

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

Anonymous John

"We didn't steal it; we just borrowed it for a while!"

Twocing.

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Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

Anonymous John

Twenty year lease on Pad 39A

I wonder what SpaceX will have achieved by the time the lease expires? I hope I'm still here to find out.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

Anonymous John

Re: "They have supplies to keep them in orbit for many, many days,"

Most manned Soyuz flights to the ISS have taken a couple of days. This would only have been the fifth fast track docking..

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Guidance.

"A subsequent ICO investigation faulted Kent Police for the absence of any guidance or procedures in place to make sure personal information was securely removed from former police premises."

1) Take everything.

2) Leave nothing behind.

Sorted.

It could have been worse. The new owner might have found a skeleton in one of the cells.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Anonymous John

Re: 3 per cent?

Think of it as the Big Society Quantitative Easing.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

Anonymous John

1950s obscenity law

It's a good job that all these websites are in the UK. Oh...

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Anonymous John

Re: 'I can't see this being very convincing'

NICE has denied that the email addresses came from them, and as they don't deal with the public, wouldn't have any such list.

UK blood donors (who are blood tested every time) are regularly contacted by email, but not for clinical purposes. I can see that some of us would be panicked by this email.

The standard of English and implausible name says West Africa to me.

"We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your family doctor as soon as possible

Sincerely,

Dr.Moon Earnest"

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