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* Posts by Graham Newton

17 posts • joined 3 Apr 2007

Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

Graham Newton

I know Surrey Satellites know their stuff BUT is the phone really unmodified? First of all it has to survive launch vibration. Once in space it will be exposed to radiation and be in a vacuum. Normal electronic don;t really work well in a vacuum. Circuit boards tend to arc so destroying themselves. Non radiation hardened parts will probably fail pretty quickly.

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

Graham Newton

Data rate

I don;t think the data rate information is correct.

Doesn;t agrree with this.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/communicationwithearth/data/

I'm surprised that they have had to upgrade the OS especially after such a short trip. I wrote the s/w for the SSP experiment on Cassini Huygens and the last thing I would have wanted to do was significant s/w upgrades. I didn't use an OS as they are too resource hungary..

On that my data rate allocation was about 2 to 10 slots of 100 bytes per 12 second cycle. (From memory)

However having carried out such an audacious landing procedure an OS upgrade should be a walk in the park.

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

Graham Newton
WTF?

Is this Digital Spy?

Apart from a few notable exceptions I am astounded at the comments on here. I expect this type of hysterical ranting on Digital Spy which is why I don't go there.

So Nominet changing its rules to allow Websites that are engaged in serious criminal activities to be shut down rather than having to find a loophole to do the same thing is bad?

Nominet obviously think there is a need to be able to do this so they are looking for solutions. Which don't appear to be found here!

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Here lies /^v.+b$/i

Graham Newton
Alert

Windows!!!!

Please contact your system administrator.

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Unfeasibly vast amphibian found croaked on video card

Graham Newton

Dead frogs

We have a pond with frogs in it. When then die they do tend to bloat and then float to the surface presumably because of gases being created and held inside the frog. Really nice to remove -- not!

So I suspect that is what happened in this case and was probably aided by the heat as a previous commenter has noticed.

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Get ready for the revolution: internet TVs

Graham Newton

Is it me?

When I read Internet TV I think of TV distribution over the internet NOT the internet on the telly which is quite easily done anyway.

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Boffins plan Titanic balloon trip

Graham Newton
Happy

Thank you Nano nano

For making me smile on this grey November day. You surely must be worthy.

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Graham Newton

Economical with the truth?

"and there were no instruments designed to do surface science after landing"

This is untrue. There was a surface science package (SSP) on the Huygens probe that was designed to measure surface properties. Hence the name. Whilst there was no experiment to determine the properties of a solid surface by a direct sample there were several experiments to measure liquid properties for a potential liquid landing. Also the penetrometer and accelerometer data were used to determine the surface composition.

I know this because I designed and wrote the SSP s/w!

Having said that I think it is a great idea anyway.

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Laptops to blame for Qantas jet plunge?

Graham Newton

Passenger with laptop question

Did you see a dialog box with the following ?

New hardware found: A330-300

Install driver yes no ?

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Bloke crams 13 into Volvo S70

Graham Newton

For those of you that think it is ok to do this

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050531/ai_n14648019

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Jane Fonda c-word slip shocks US

Graham Newton

Missing the point

Another 'outrage' that demonstrates that no one knows what they are talking about. Anybody with even a cursory knowledge of The Vagina Monologues would understand the whole point of Jane Fonda actually saying the word.

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Brit stargazers get Gemini reprieve

Graham Newton

Chile in northern hemisphere!

How do they view the "northern hemisphere skies" from Chile?

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Schoolkid chipping trial 'a success'

Graham Newton

I remember registration

"Philips"

"Sir"

"Preston"

"Sir"

"Roberts"

<silence>

Sigh "Where's Roberts?"

"He's been put away sir" (Sent to prison)

Smiles "Really?"

"Yes Sir"

"Great"

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Mars rovers can keep on rovin'

Graham Newton

Re. Operating System?

VxWorks

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Nissan builds twirly-cab sideways electric pod-car

Graham Newton

Uh-oh... part 2

"It looks like you're trying to park your car. Would you like some help?"

"NO I'M TRYING TO RAMRAID THE OFFY"

"Tesburys do a GREAT discount when you buy 6 or more bottles of wine why don't you let me drive you there or should I just call the police?"

"I don't think that crowbar will he...."

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Music pirate convicted in Led Zep bootleg case

Graham Newton

Why now!

I'm stunned. The last Led Zep concert was in 1979. Has it really taken 28 years to catch him!

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China reveals nuclear lunar rover

Graham Newton

"We want it to be better than the early US rovers"

It's like comparing a Ferrari (Apollo rover) to a JCB (Chinese rover). The Apollo rover didn't dig but went a lot faster so the Astronauts could dig further away.

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