* Posts by Haku

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Terminator

"they will probably kill us off by accident"

Anyone like any toast?

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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Re: My old...

I've got a Quantum Bigfoot drive in my old HDD stockpile, I wonder what sort of capacity you'd get if they made them with today's platter density.

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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Amazon et al need a new tagline, I suggest:

"Drones. Because fuck energy efficiency, we want out shit delivered immediately."

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Re: Quicktime still exists!?

@MartinB105, that's practicaly my experience of the video player too, it was atrocious to use and it really didn't make me want to buy any Apple products if they couldn't even get a simple video player working well.

I do have to deal with .MOV files these days though, because for some reason it's a preferred choice of video container for various sportcams/dashcams, but most recent video players & editors handle a huge variety of formats so it's not really an issue anymore.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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Someone hurry up and make a pocket sized directional EMP device please.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Ah shit.

My coin sorting/counting machine is probably going to think some of the new £1 coins are 10p's because it sorts them by their diameter, smallest first so a £1 that doesn't fit in the gap will then slide along and fall through the 10p gap, screwing up the counting result.

£1 = 22.5mm diameter

10p = 24.5mm diameter

New £1 coin = 22.5mm to 24.5mm diameter

Time to drop the machine back on eBay before everyone gets wise...

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: Many have tried...

You're right about coding being boring from a spectators point of view, so to make the film/tv show interesting they can only really use coding as a plot point.

Hackers (1995) happens to be one of my guilty pleasures films because it's pure hollywood cheese, and the soundtrack is kickin' (The Prodigy, Leftfield, Orbital, Underworld etc.). Antitrust (2001) isn't that bad, but like I just said one of the plot points is the coding but it's overshadowed by the lies, deceit, theft and murders that happen in it.

TV show wise, I'd really like to see the 1995 series Dweebs again one day, I know it's going to severely dated technological wise but I remember the jokes being spot on. jPod (2008) wasn't a bad tv series either.

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Worst TV show in the world?

Have you not seen The Star Wars Holiday Special?

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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If I'd known about the open suggestions for names I'd have submitted:

RRS OMG Nowai

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Sounds like those shrink wrap contracts where you agree to a bunch of terms and conditions you don't know the wording of until you break the shrink wrap on the product, which in doing so automatically binds you to those terms and conditions you didn't know the wording of...

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

Little known fact, Talkie Toaster is infact an incarnation of Box, a portable handheld supercomputer from the earlier BBC TV show Star Cops.

Animated gif of Box

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Re: Seriously

"Hedge porn", so named because of its location and contents...

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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This is one of my favourite harmless pranks I've seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC_SxQ55r7o

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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Cigarette?

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I've bought many small to medium sized lithium batteries over the internet and can't think of any of them that have been mislabeled, except the ones that are included in something (phone,quadcopter etc.) haven't been labeled as having a lithium battery in the package. Apparently putting "Toy" on the customs declaration form covers everything :)

The one time I ordered 28x 18650 sized li-ion batteries to re-cell an ebike battery the seller had to post them in 5 separate packages due to specific regulations regarding amount of energy per parcel, and plaster them with big warning labels about not opening if damaged. This was within the UK.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: Anyone remember the Atari Lynx?

I have a few Atari Lynxs, the first gen is big enough and heavy enough to have sat on your bedside table to be used as a bludgeoning weapon in the case of a break-in, and it wouldn't get the attention of the police in the same way a baseball bat by your bed would.

I also have a pile of Sega Gamegears and a mountain of cartridges for them, occasionally I'll scour up 6 charged AA's and give them a whirl. Fun for a while but the biggest letdown of the handhelds of that era is the LCD screen quality, very poor viewing angles and low resolution. The phones/tablets of today have in comparison astonishingly good screens, but what they lack are the physical control buttons needed for 'proper' gaming.

I'd pitch in for one of these new fangled Spectrum handhelds but after spending lots of time on the Android emulator Marvin with a bunch of games and a bluetooth games controller I realised nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Plus I still have a working ZX Spectrum +2 :)

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519070 or blank: The PINs that can pwn 80k online security cams

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re: Ah, Arthur C Clarke "half baked ideas"

Did this vague idea occur after watching that 1974 film Zardoz by any chance?

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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Re: Does it include ATM downtime?

Knowing my luck I'd get the junk Lloyds debit card version that at first allowed me to use it in any card machine, then it would only work in Lloyds machines for many years before the restriction was lifted.

Bitter? Moi?

You damn right!

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Re: Anyone working on an Ad-Blocker for board games?

@TRT

I found the advert free version of that game.

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

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Re: The google Effect

I just looked at streetmap.co.uk for the very first time.

Yeuch!

I see what you mean about the amount of screen space taken up by adverts, and the entire interface, layout & colour scheme looks like it came from the 90s! I had this horrible flashback to Win95 and the early days of the web, as seen through Netscape Navigator and searching with AltaVista.

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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Re: Security Theatre

The Dutch drone was the same 230 size as a Syma X5C but actually a Spyrit Max FPV T2M which reportedly weighs 580g with the camera and prop guards, which they didn't have on for the tests.

A Cheerson CX-20, 360 size, brushless motors, approx 1kg weight, has killed an eagle that attacked it - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=33893158&postcount=56152

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FAIL

Still a really dumb idea.

Especially as the Dutch demonstration was a 230 sized TOY drone weighing less than 600g when the larger camera carrying size (360, 450 and up) weigh over 1kg and use powerful brushless motors, with the option of using carbon fibre blades.

You wouldn't want to get near 9 inch carbon fibre blades doing 7000 rpm, so why would you potentially send an animal near one?.

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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"would then proceed to install software and serve ads...without user knowledge or permission"

I bet you can't guess why I turn off auto-update on all my Android devices.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: Stephen Fry picking bad investments? Shirley not!

@Pete65 I know about the QI Elves, hence the troll icon.

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Stephen Fry picking bad investments? Shirley not!

He comes across so intelligent on that QI programme, each week spewing out mountains of facts, figures and details about things in the world that only experts know.

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

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Re: Yeah nice promotional video, but...

A fresh post from someone on the CX-20 thread at rcgroups.com:

"The very first quad I owned was a wrecked CX20 that a friend had given me after it was attacked by a bald eagle at 200 feet. The shelk was a mess but with the exception of the ESCs everything else was intact. He told me the eagle was killed and shredded quite badly. That was with the standard CX20 8045 props."

So if that happens with the standard plastic props, carbon fibre ones on a 450 size quad would most likely take the bird's legs clean off if it tried to grab it mid-flight.

What were those cops even thinking, pitting flesh & bone against plastic & metal like that?

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Yeah nice promotional video, but...

That was against a Spyrit Max FPV T2M which reportedly weighs 580g with the camera and prop guards, which they didn't have on for the tests, and it's smaller (230mm diagonal motor-motor distance) than the DJI Phantom sized quadcopters such as my Cheerson CX-20 (360mm motor-motor) that weighs 1.2kg with camera+3 axis gimbal, along with powerful brushless motors and the option of 9 inch carbon fibre propellers that can do some serious damage if they strike you (or an eagle).

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Won't be long now until we get the movie "Ass".

The acceptance speech at the oscars might be a bit smelly though.

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Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

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Re: 3D & Hoverboards

On top of all that I still don't have the wiiings I was promised.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Mate I think your keyboard is broke, everything's coming out all umop apisdn.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Re: Just think, someday the law will fun just as fast as computers....

"someday" was supposed to be last year according to a certain film, but that film isn't as prophetic as many had hoped.

Still no bloody flying cars, and the sad excuse 'hoverboards' aren't legal to use on the streets/pavements.

Anyway I'm really looking forward to next year's highest rated tv show in history...

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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I hope it doesn't get too real.

I mean I wouldn't want to be woken up at 3am by my tablet or smartphone making a loud ringing sound because the half the data center crashed in the Server Tycoon game and it wants me to sort things out immediately.

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Re: Off Topic.......Alan Rickman Dies!!!

By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!

One of my favourite films he's in is Snow Cake, I highly reccomend it.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: Nerdium, Geekium, and uhhh...

Geeks & nerds have, it appears, turned into positive terms but dork has always been a negative term which is why I didn't suggest that word.

If we're going down the internet words/slang route, then I also propose Omnomnomium.

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Re: Extreme Marketing Opportunity

I quite like saying the word "Googlium"

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Nerdium, Geekium, and uhhh...

...can't think of any more(ium).

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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Oh FFS.

It's made of horse, it's penis shaped (sort of), and how do they know there isn't any horse penis in it?

Oh and they can poke as much fun at our national dishes as they want, we'll even join in!

BTW, has McDonalds qualified as a national dish now?

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No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

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Want to get into quadcopters?

Start small, real small.

Sure it looks like a cheap toy, because it is a cheap toy, but it flies well and has the same basic flying principals of the bigger ones so you'll only waste 'pocket money' on the spare parts when crashing them rather than serious money when crashing a big one that cost hundreds.

I have a couple of those and they're great fun, I also have its 'full size' brother, the Cheerson CX-20 I bought at the beginning of December. Due to the weather I've only managed 5 flights (battery lasts about 10 min a flight, and no crashes) but learning to fly the CX-10a first meant I felt much more prepared on its maiden voyage.

Really itching for the weather to get better, lots of big hills with fields far away from property/people here.

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Re: 3,000+ feet eh?

Several thousands of dollars?

Obviously you haven't looked into the world of multirotors enough.

A basic quadcopter with GPS assisted control that has waypoint capability to make it fly a predetermined route starts at around $240 (£165).

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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It must be true.

I read it on the internet.

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

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Re: Murata cheerleaders

They both use rubber motorized wheels on the main sphere to move around, but the cheerleaders are balance robots that sit on a hollow ball, BB8 has all the electronics inside the ball which makes for far easier programming of the control.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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A+++++++ Will watch again!

Ok, I thoroughly enjoyed that!

To me, J.J. proved he knows what he's doing with this franchise, I'm actually looking forward to the next two, something which I couldn't say after almost falling asleep during Episode 1 in the cinema.

But next time I'm picking a better cinema, one which doesn't cram everyone in like cattle. Being 6'2" means too many seats are too small, my back is still aching :(

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My Star Wars obsessed friend is gonna be so pissed at me

Because I'm going to go see it in just under an hour after my brother texted me a few hours ago and asked if I wanted to go see the 12:01 showing - he found a couple of seats which are in the middle of the theater that hadn't been booked yet - and my (eternally broke) SW friend hasn't even figured out when he's going.

TBH I'm not sure what to expect, I love the original trilogy (theatrical versions) and was somewhat underwhelmed with the prequals. I haven't even seen the trailers or read much about The Force Awakens, on purpose, because I prefer to watch big / potentially interesting films as spoiler free as possible.

I hope I'm going to like it, J J Abrams has made some cracking films of late.

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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Re: hmmmm

Spam companies would soon go deaf if there was the email equivilant of blowing a whistle down the phone when you keep getting repeated unsolicited cold calls.

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Four sentenced for theft of three million data records

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Re: Lucky they were only stealing personal records, and not something innocuous like say movies...

Corporations > Actual Humans

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Lucky they were only stealing personal records, and not something innocuous like say movies...

...because that could land them with even longer jail sentences:

https://torrentfreak.com/movie-pirates-facing-shocking-prison-sentences-151213/

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