* Posts by Richard Ball

217 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Richard Ball

Re: Caffeine

OK then.

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The motion of the platform will be modelled in the flight controller and used to inform the flight plan for a big chunk of its final descent. There will be aerospace-grade inertial sensors on it and systems akin to those used for autolanding a military aircraft on a carrier. So the problem isn't so much the motion of the platform per se, rather it is the irregularity of the motion and consequent uncertainty in projections of its position over time. (Periodic motion OK, jerky not so good)

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Well done with the good launch and improved target practice - here's hoping for a good landing next time. Though I rarely laugh as loud as when I first saw the jaunty angle of contact last time round.

I really hope their piss filtering system takes out caffeine. If it doesn't they're all going to be permanently wired until they either retire the iss or purge the water for fresh.

(Don't know how much of the caffeine in a coffee gets absorbed by the drinker, but it isn't all of it)

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Happily, that's how we came by ours. Its only redeeming fearure was that it wasnt quite do damn expensive.

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The emperor's new hoover

He does well for a person who has un-invented so many perfectly good things.

We have a vacuum cleaner that doesn't pick up visible dirt, whose flexible pipe contracts in a most annoying way, that makes a bloody racket, jams up with hair and that is now held together with gaffer tape.

Just give me back my Hoover please.

Salesmen have taken over the world.

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Satnav launches are like buses: none for ages then three arrive at once

Richard Ball

Re: Galileo ... at condescension of the USA

Hey if the Chinese or Russians decide one day they don't appreciate these systems they'll knock them all down. Difficult to do without sabotaging your own space kit though. The USA, like everybody else, would have to think hard about that point before they start pressing buttons.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Sony

Interesting about the Sony modular thing. Two problems with it -

No product or product line exists for long enough that you would ever get to reconfigure or upgrade it to be different from how it was when you bought it.

Sony disappeared down the bog long ago. Today's eevblog video # 719 briefly tells the sad story. (Sorry no direct link - I'm working on a device that is making it impossible)

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Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

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And I had a cold last week. It made me all snivelly, it was awful.

Is this piece news, or interesting somehow?

An item on LinkedIn constantly, desperately trying to trick us into giving them our email account details would have been briefly interesting. Or something about their latest attempt to get us to log in for some small, false reason.

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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Re: Emote-words Bingo

I think he's pretty much been using it as a way of publishing his life-story.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

Richard Ball

Re: mongo

Candygram

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: So wait

What they're rightly concluding is that he was a crap pilot, and that that's presumably why he crashed.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

Richard Ball

Re: Solution

Or F flat

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Richard Ball

Re: The English Patient

The trouble with The English Patient was the hype. I was taken by girlfriend and I had never heard of it so had no expectations and I quite enjoyed it. In a bored and confused sort of way.

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Spawn. Only film I've ever walked out of.

Scream 2. Where I learnt what it is to knowingly not care who did it or what's supposed to be happening.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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POS

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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only question is...

Will it be Google, Amazon or < insert other evil... > that eventually hollows it out and uses it as their evil headquarters?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Richard Ball

"to keep the cost down, the stylus will be an extra."

Yes, this way it is cheaper and people give you less money.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Sky surveys

It's cold outside...

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Richard Ball

Re: Let's be fair here

If a welded steel railway track can survive being bolted straight to the ground, so can a pipe. Sounds a lot like a conventional pipeline construction most of the way.

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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

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or...

Hand him to the Americans. That'll be a laugh a minute for him.

Soap on a rope?

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Whoosh

Click

"Moo?"

Thud

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Richard Ball

Re: the equivalent of 14,500 London buses"

They're bendy and one half is full and the other half is empty.

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Re: Article is incomplete

And the larger one might carry a gigatin of beans.

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Note the guy didn't use the terms brick or bsod.

Obviously chooses his words carefully.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

Richard Ball

Re: Competition and choice

@Nail Barnes

Ouch.

Glad you were put back together and it worked out OK.

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Re: Competition and choice

Every time I hear of Choice in the NHS I just hear Blair in Monkey Dust talking about "Education, Education, Education".

It is tribal short-term politics and nothing more.

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Kodak fires a Bullitt at oldsters with 3G mobe launch

Richard Ball

When Ilford come out with a smartphone I'll get one.

Mine's the one containing a couple of feet of FP4 and a good slosh of ID11.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Badgers

They must have (quite reasonably) taken the view that the departure of Badgerline bus services signalled a descent for the west country into a hellish, corrupt and godless state that can only be put right with a bit of scribbling.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

Richard Ball

Re: Hell hath no fury......

Well really I was alluding to the fact that the annoyed person named is not a chap.

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Hell hath no fury...

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

Richard Ball

Re: Big bang

It's like smarties - the only one that tastes any different is the orange.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

Richard Ball

Re: Now we KNOW where the Sony hackers got "G.O.P" from

Such shameful accusation belches daily from the corrupt western tongue of the whining liberal.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

Richard Ball

She wouldn't have learnt the right lesson.

He would have proven his point, but only to himself.

"Yay happy xmas me, I was right."

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

Richard Ball

Re: S/390

AC,

People who go on about downvotes get downvotes.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Richard Ball

Re: Does it follow

@Michael Thibault

Yes, and the lack of hairs on your scalp causes the hearing to undergo a a loss of sensitivity to high frequencies. And this brings about a reduction of interest in Radio 1 and thereto death. Early death.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

Richard Ball

Re: Re. floater - LED

A blue one for those who are easily pleased by lighty-up things...

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Richard Ball

Re: I'll wait thanks

d) woodgrain on chipboard cabinet. That'll seal the deal for me.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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monkey dust

Monkey dust is indeed superb. I bought a DVD on eBay containing slightly dodgy quality files of series 2 and 3. Even though it represented £4.50 of free money for whoever sold it to me, it felt like £5 well spent.

(I know it must all be downloadable somewhere - I just couldn't be arsed to find out where and how.)

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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smoke

Hope the new systems will come with a fire extinguisher. Old vehicle batteries are more given to this kind of duty.

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

Richard Ball

Re: The fridge-sized, plucky probot

Yes, I heard The News Quiz too.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

Richard Ball

Re: No propulsion?

Fair enough Chris

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Re: No propulsion?

I haven't sailed a boat, but I do know its keel is about as important as its sail. If you can come up with a space-keel, like a knife that slips through the butter of space, then yes it's like sailing a boat.

Boats work by exploiting the interface between two fluids that are flowing relative to one another. They have a 'foil' that interacts with each fluid and the resultant force pushes them where they want to go.

In the absence of that keel it is more like being a plastic bag carried along with no control in the current under the surface of the water. Where the currenty water is the solar wind.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Richard Ball

Re: L stands for ?

Lollipop

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

Richard Ball

Re: ROTM

Sounds to me like that bird might have had a problem landing after the fight. He didn't throttle it down until after the strike, and there was a prop jolt at that point. Ouch.

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Sophos gulps down hot Mojave, will puff out more secure clouds

Richard Ball

Re: Just to clarify....

It will quietly do its job whilst not hogging system resources, keeping telling you to get your wallet or getting in your way all the time?

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

Richard Ball

Re: Timing

The near side is denser, which means the centre of mass is towards the near side, which means the mountains on the far side are 'higher' to something that is orbiting the centre of (lumpy) mass.

Could be very wrong - just an idea.

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

Richard Ball

teaching in the uk

Your perceived* success in teaching has litle to do with your subject knowledge, even in an area where there is a teacher skills gap.

If you have never seriously considered being a science teacher before, don't do it now.

'Good'* teachers are those who are good at the difficult job of wrangling a room full of kids. If you think you can teach existing teachers how to do this then fine - they might one day consider you an expert teacher.

*in the wisdom of the uk system

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

Richard Ball

Re: 10 days late

They were going to put the chicken straight in the freezer, but now it'll just have to go out for the council.

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