* Posts by Rik Ryall

11 posts • joined 3 Apr 2008

Canadian flyboy prangs CF-18 Hornet

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WTF?

Let the Canuck-baiting commence!

Oh wait, it already has...

Seriously though, ordinarily these McDD jets are, arguably, the most capable combat jet type currently in service -- reliable as hell, too -- and certainly aren't known for lawn-darting.

There was no obvious sign that anything had gone awry (aside from the subsequent massive fireball...) and it's a twin-engine type so... ? Strange.

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Regent Street blocked by iPad fanboi swarm

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Jobs Horns

What a contrast...

...the British iGeek is to those in Murrica...

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NASA finds cocaine in Space Shuttle hangar

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Beets in space?

"The space agency is preparing the shuttle for a launch to the International Space Station in March"

The market town in Cambridgeshire? Wow, how much party powder are these guys doing?

Mine's the one with the hastily sewn-in lining.

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Pig plague? There's an app for that!

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HMSMobile Swine Flu Center?

It'll never float.

R.

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Apple laptop ignites marketing department

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Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch...

"Apple provided owners of said machines free replacement power packs. It's not known if the owner of the detonating PowerBook took the company up on its offer"

Right, and probably, like many who insist on having Macs, the owner didn't have clue #1 about their machine other than "It was, like, y'know, the silver one".

And they worked in Marketing...

R.

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Google mistakes entire web for malware

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Muppetware more like

Pleased it wasn't just me that was !Googling for some additional info about this an hour ago.

"Ohnoes! The intarwebs are broked!"

Praise be to ElReg RSS feeds...

Rik.

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AMD trumpets Hyper-V nuptials

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@Michael Giovetti

...similarly, haven't Mercedes Benz/AMG had a "Black Edition" CLK63 for some time, too?

A quick Google for the phrase brings up a raft of hits pertaining to AMD, some for Samsung and a handful for WD, but none of these appear earlier than 2008.

MB, OTOH, seem to have coined the term at least 18 months ago.

The Marketing weasels must have a new toy to play with. "But black is the new black, daaahling" or some such tosh.

Pfft...

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HP borgs Voodoo

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@Another indie bites the dust

...one could argue that they already bit the dust when HP bought them two years ago, this announcement merely completes the "sell-out" :s

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Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset

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@AC: "Passive cooling....more like water?"

That was kinda my point, also. According to the marketing blurb on Asus' webbie (written in that strange "murricanese"), it's a "hybrid" which is "H2O ready: {snip}

The Fusion Block System is a more efficient thermal solution compared to competing followers with complicated looks. It is a hybrid thermal design that combines the ROG´s renowned heatpipe design with the additional ability to connect to a water cooling system."

Hmm... not convinced and this seems borne-out in Leo's test.

If I were building a water-cooled rig right now, I'd be looking for best-of-breed, proven water-cooling components and lashing those to a "conventional", air-cooled mobo, probably spending roughly the same amount of moolah :s

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But, Shirley....

("Stop calling me Shirley") ... this, like the previous "Striker Extreme", has the "fusion" block on it 'cause it's intended to be a liquid-cooled board from the get-go? Not using the thing the way it was intended is, IMNSHO, asking for trouble... Sure that w/b is a big hunk of copper with some fins on it, but -- and I'm not a thermodynamicist -- no way can it perform anywhere near as well as a pukka air-to-air 'sink if there's no liquid circulating its innards...?

Is this deceased equus suitably flagellated?

Incidentally, stopped using Asus mobos after the grief I had when building my last current rig -- their support was appalling compared to the excellent service from EVGA (albeit their product being little more than an EVGA-badged Foxconn reference model).

Rik.

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Aussie laser-pointer dazzle attacks on airliners: Bad

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@Pete and David Cornes

Not that I condone such idiocy, but it'd be pretty easy to rig up a spotting scope mounted on a tripod making it a breeze to target.

Scopes are relatively inexpensive, too; a 60x60 scope could be yours for ~£40, new, probably a shedload less on fleaBay.

Oh, and check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRvdsPyAytw&NR=1

125mw green laser pointer.

Dragon also do a 500mw job o.O

And, as has been commented here already, it's something that's been reported on multiple occasions, this isn't just a one-off.

Want to reassess your comments?

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