* Posts by SkippyBing

698 posts • joined 21 May 2008

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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

SkippyBing

Past... Probably not, the USAF really do have enough planes to do that. It's called an elephant walk and they do it because they can.

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MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

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Re: What baffles me is

You need access to the network to see your pay and administration workflow and send emails asking WTF is going on. To access the network you need to use a computer via a unique log-on. Ergo everyone needs a licence.

Although to be fair the Army didn't used to trust its junior ranks to even look at their pay and admin details online so there's probably a saving to be had there.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Re: So it's not really a phone ?

And a removable battery, I'll wait for the reviews but it looks like it ticks a lot of boxes.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Why is it painted green UNDERNEATH?

Initially they were painted white underneath, or some sort of sky colour, it was found during exercises in the US and Canada that when they banked at low level it rather gave the position away. So they gave it a wraparound camouflage. Yes they were flying that low, at altitude it’s all a bit irrelevant and grey is a better bet.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Argies are too late @Flocke Kroes

- No its not. I am old enough to have heard the same thing said about Northern Ireland.

That's the Northern Ireland that's still part of the UK right?

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

SkippyBing

Re: Unless you go round at least once ...

As far as the FAI, and indeed NASA, care you just have to get above the Kármán line which is handily at 100km.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Is there any reason for the Spandsh to block the black bod data?

But, not releasing the black box data to the aviation accident investigation authority responsible is in contravention of international treaty (Annex 13 of the International Treaty on Civil Aviation, I think) for aviation accident investigation. Aviation accident investigation is purely to prevent reoccurence and not to accord blame. There is a slight question over whether this was a civil or military accident, however as it was being flown on a test by an Airbus crew I'd think it was civil at this stage as it hadn't been handed over to the Spanish Air Force.

Of course it's an interesting move by Airbus to confirm the cause of the crash without the data from the black boxes as that may reveal other information.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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'*both* pilots looking at the camera as well...'

Probably both looking at the aircraft the camera is on so they can maintain formation with it...

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'Interesting that the leading edges / nose are left grey... #iwonderwhy'

The nose cone at least needs to have a radar transparent paint on otherwise the returning wigglies might not got back to the antenna. Presumably they don't stock one in an appropriate colour so it stayed grey.

The leading edges may also be coated in some sort of special paint that affects radar wigglies...

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

SkippyBing

Re: Fail Safe?

'but wouldn't "just stay as you are" be better than "all stop"'

Not if you're on fire.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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Re: cook meeting wallace

'According to internet' and the Drive-By Truckers on the album Southern Rock Opera. Who I trust more than the internet. I mean it's not a ringing endorsement, but he did recant.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: Not total madness, just 90%.

I suspect the position information is at least from a separate GPS antenna, at least judging by the BA flight I was on to Jordan where the position on the map would go 10 miles forwards and then jump back to the current position every five seconds.

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Seconded, if you increase power to one engine you'll initiate a turn but it's not going to go sideways.

It sounds like whoever wrote the Feds press release should be working for the Daily Mail...

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: @AC (the fucking idiot) @fruitoftheloon

"The one which left us with a 30 % budget deficit which was reduced to 15 % in two years under Labour."

By sticking to Conservative spending plans.

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

SkippyBing

Re: Just a thought:

Thanks for that! Interesting choice as I would have thought a barge would be the worst thing for the open ocean!! I'll have to do some reading to see what modifications they've done to it.

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Re: Just a thought:

I suspect the barge is a SWATH (Small Water Area Twin Hull) style design. Imagine it as a platform sat on two submarines. The buoyancy is provided by the submerged bodies, the pillars connecting them to the platform are narrow in cross section, think of an aerofoil, this means as the waves pass along the vessel there's very little change in the submerged volume, hence little change in buoyancy or vertical movement of the platform. Without anchoring it to the seabed that's about as stable as you'll get.

It will still move with the swell but that's actually fairly predictable and normally quite a long time period unless you're in the sort of sea states where frankly you'd be better of crashing the rocket into the sea.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

SkippyBing

Re: Gibraltar?

Or you could use the actual runway, it's a bit better suited for that sort of thing...

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Once a day?!

My car fob recharges itself when it's in the car, it's completely independent from my watches one of which is automatic and needs servicing once a decade and the other two about once every three years. They don't nag me either.

And yet I fear this is a case of build a worse mouse trap and people will still beat a path to your door because it's shiny.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

SkippyBing

Re: handing the future to Murdoch

"print media.. or TV media... one or the other but you cant own both".

So you agree the BBC should stop printing magazines or broadcasting?

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

SkippyBing

Re: Lizard is the southwestern most point of Britain…

The Lizard Point is the most southerly point of the mainland UK not the most south westerly.

Land's End is the most westerly point of mainland England which seems a much lesser achievement.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

SkippyBing

Re: This story just goes to prove...

"[...] AZERTY keyboards for no other apparent reason [...]"

My first job post Uni was working in tech support for BP France. Obviously most of their keyboards were AZERTY, I touch type in QWERTY. So I just used the option in Windows to use it as a UK keyboard. This went down less well with my two finger typing colleagues...

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

SkippyBing

Re: Voice..

'When I'm on a roll, I can touch-type prose text as fast as I can speak it clearly, and I know a number of other people for whom that's true.'

On a good day I can do that and hold a conversation. On a bad day I end up transcribing the conversation...

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

SkippyBing

From my point of view he was indeed an uncouth northerner. However I think most people would consider his county of birth, Gloucestershire, in the south west, the accent was a bit of a give away as well.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

SkippyBing

Re: Few systems propperly account for this

GPS already does this, the system runs without leap seconds so has slowly been going out of sync with UTC since 1980 when it started. Your receivers add the necessary fudge to correct to local time anyway so a leap second is a minor additional factor. This probably also helps when GPS timing is being used for timing on critical infrastructure as leap seconds won’t affect it.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

SkippyBing

'A friend of mine with an Android phone was running out of memory. No problem, his phone has a microSD card slot, so he picked up a card. After probably an hour of fidgeting, the best we could do was get the phone to store new photos on the card. No music or apps or anything else. Supremely disappointed with this supposed advantage of Android phones.'

You probably shouldn't be on an IT site then, I found it trivially easy and haven't actually worked in IT in over a decade and my Dad, who normally calls me before pressing print in Word just in case, has also managed it without any assistance.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

SkippyBing

Re: Department of the Obvious?

Well if people didn't research the obvious we'd never know when we were wrong. Like Rutherford firing alpha particles at gold, the result was obvious right up until the point it wasn't.

(There are better examples but I'm drinking)

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

SkippyBing

Re: Overloaded airspace?

"Not sure what the answer is - leave more time between landings and departures so that there is some slack to allow for recovery? "

More runways. Heathrow is run at something like 97% of capacity because there's effectively only one runway to land on so as soon as there's a delay the knock on effect is almost instantaneous. Most airports working with a similar number of aircraft have 3 or 4 runways and hence have more flex as they have a lot of spare capacity.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

SkippyBing

Re: "... no less parasitic than ... academics ..."

"Wouldn't someone who wanted to invest in the country be a bit less desperate to avoid paying tax?

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That's a very inefficient way of investing in a country as you can’t be sure the monkeys in power aren’t going to piss the money up the wall ‘investing’ in vanity schemes rather than, say, improving the education system to produce people with useful qualifications. Far better to spend the money yourself and get the results you want.

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

SkippyBing

Re: Licence required?

The current problem is that it's not the drone operators with licences you have to worry about it's the ones without.

Off the top of my head you don't need a licence for one under 7KG, and considering how prolific they are it may be too late to even try. You could go and buy one tomorrow in Maplins as could anyone else and there's no real idea of the numbers already out there.

More worryingly, assuming this report was accurate there's nothing illegal about what they were doing. We had a presentation on drones at work as part of our attempts to figure out if we need to be worried about our aircraft hitting them. The main thing that occurred to us was that we could do exactly what the drone operator in this case was doing without breaking the law. I mean I assume multiple homicides after it goes through the cockpit of a 777 might have some legal comeback, but actually putting a drone >7KG on the approach path doesn't seem to be against the law.

Would a 7KG drone damage another aircraft? Not sure, I think that's heavier than the usual bird strike tests, but then it's also a different density so the effect would presumably be different than that of a comparable weight avian. I wouldn't like to be the one to find out though.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Unmanned mission to the moon in 2018

Surely that just saves on the catering budget?

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Orion BELTS UP: Space shuttle wannabe preps again for test flight

SkippyBing

Re: NOTAMs

You can also have Notices to Mariners, and there's generally a broadcast on channel 16 giving details of the danger area from a few hours beforehand, certainly that’s what happens for high seas firings when warships are testing their weapons systems.

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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

SkippyBing

Re: Why is wind a problem

The Challenger disaster was caused, in part, by wind shear at high altitude just as the shuttle hit max aerodynamic load, this caused the SRB to flex more than usual and the already degraded o-rings to fail completely. I'd guess that's still something they want to avoid as the rocket bodies probably resist lateral loads poorly to avoid excess mass.

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Save Thanksgiving! Get your turkey to text you when it's done

SkippyBing

Goose

The turkey alternative that's edible.

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: half and an hour? And bring back the barbeques.

'Ann's Pasties is only about 8 miles down the road in Lizard village of course.'

And only 200 yards from my parent's house!

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RAF Culrose?!

You won't be able to turn left past that as it doesn't exist, RNAS Culdrose* does however.

*Royal Naval Air Station

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

SkippyBing

Re: Translation please

"Tactleneck" en_archer

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

SkippyBing

Re: Really?

I braved the comments on the Guardian article, so you don't have to, and I'd say ~90% were supporting the guy which made me feel slightly more hopeful for our species. I'm also now committed to getting a similar shirt in case I ever have to appear on TV. I won't be apologising though.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

SkippyBing

Re: We hit something the size of South London from 10 years away.

So better than most air forces...

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

SkippyBing

Re: Awesome Toy

I'm guessing something to do with vortex ring issues. In real helicopters if you descend with too low a forward airspeed you end up descending in your own downwash and can get in a position where applying more power merely results in you descending faster.

Although it's a bit simpler from a dynamic point of view in that it's relying on fixed pitch, variable speed, rotors it's probably liable to the same issue so they may have limited the max descent rate to avoid people making expensive holes in the ground.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

SkippyBing

Too true, an actual expert would know to keep his mouth shut until there were some facts to evaluate.

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Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

You seem to be confused about the point of air accident investigation. It's to find the cause and prevent recurrence. Who do you want to do that, the people who designed, manufactured and operated the thing that just went expensively wrong and who have a vested interest in the outcome of the investigation, or an independent body of experts?

After all if de Havilland had investigated the early Comet crashes who knows what they might have found the cause to be.

No you may disagree with this, but you'll have to change international law to let Scaled Composites investigate their own crash and frankly I'm not convinced anyone's going to go for that. Especially if it means Boeing being allowed to investigate why their 787s keep catching fire.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

SkippyBing

Not really, if it's a fleet of drone boats there won't be anyone to worry about accidentally killing if the launch doesn't go to plan. Of course being North Korea they may not object to putting some passengers on the drone boats...

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

SkippyBing

Re: "the Camel, best all-round fighter of the First World War"

Talking of wing stiffness, the Seafire XV which was the first fitted with a Griffon engine, could suffer wing twisting at high speed when the ailerons were deflected. Essentially rather than rotating the aircraft the force on the wing caused it to twist and the aircraft to roll the opposite way to that expected. It tended to end badly for those involved.

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Re: Spitfire

I think the Sea Fury was actually the last sleeve valve engined aircraft produced, using the Bristol Centaurus, although that too was a Hawker aircraft being a decendent of the Tempest. It was as fast as the early jets and shot down at east 1 MiG-15 in Korea.

Having said that the Airspeed Ambassador also used the Centaurus and I'm not sure what the production dates were for that.

Incidentally the original aim of the sleeve valve, as I understand it, was to reduce the diameter of the engine by removing the valve gear which lead to less frontal area and drag.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

SkippyBing

Steven Moffat peaked at series 3 of Coupling, everything since then has been on a downward trajectory. And I'm not alright with that, because Joking Apart and Coupling were genius and Capaldi and Coleman are decent actors, hell Coleman must be because she has to play a different character every episode, but the Who since Xmas have been bobbins.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

SkippyBing

Re: Eyes drawn to movement

There was a sketch on John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme the other week about this where an enterprising head teacher had placed TVs in the corner of all the classrooms playing slightly out of tune subtitled Open University lectures while the teachers stood at the front of the class talking about whatever they wanted. It'll be on that iPlayer thing somewhere and be much funnier than I just made it sound.

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Look out, it's 'H' from Brussels: New Euro digi-czars take post

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The 'H'

So it isn't for Hyperactive Twat like the one out of Steps then?

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

SkippyBing

Re: OFFICIAL

If it could be embarrassing it would be OFFICIAL - SENSITIVE which has extra handling precautions, almost like CONFIDENTIAL used to. I don't know if the GCHQ assessment makes that distinction though.

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

SkippyBing

Re: US import regulations.

In a past life I worked for an oil well service company. Some countries we worked in had significantly more Kafkaesque customs regulations than others, to the extent it was easier for personnel to take equipment in their luggage rather than going through official import channels. The worst I'm personally aware of, i.e. saw happen, was some poor sod taking most of a rack mounted computer system as his 'luggage' to Bangladesh. Fortunately the company reimbursed the $1000+ excess baggage charge before his credit card bill came...

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Re: Sorry to burst the bubble

And have you been in the Daily Mail?

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