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Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

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Channel Reg

Conditions are looking ideal for a flight which doesn't involve either the English Channel or a Spanish mountainside, so wish us luck.

I'd be quite impressed if you managed to ditch in the channel again from all the way down there.

Anyway good fortune m'hearties and here's to raising a tot of grog later to a (hopefully) successful raid. By the way, will the intrepid Cap'n Playmonaut be kitted out in suitable eyepatch and tricorn for the voyage?

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Korean stealth-scraper plans will turn 450 metre tower INVISIBLE

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Whicker

Brings to mind the story/quote from the late Alan Whicker about when he flew into the old airport. He confessed to the Captain that for the last few miles of approach and landing he always closed his eyes. To which the Captain replied "as a matter of fact old chap, so do I..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEFWjoeOhKg

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Mach 8 Scramjet flies but sends no data

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Re: Was it's name Tiddles?

Was it's name Tiddles?

I was wondering more Kermit, given it seems to be frogs that get thrown out by rockets these days...

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DRAMA at 75,000 FEET: Our Playmonaut's TERROR PLUNGE from EDGE of SPACE

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Re: Spectacular

@Neil - still doesn't stop them looking nice though, even if somewhat artificial :)

But nice effort all round to the whole team (present and absent)

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Spectacular

Those are beautiful images, both the near-to-ground ones and especially the altitude ones of the Earth curvature (even at "only" 23,000ft). Looking forward to tomorrow's fun, although if work's p(r)oxy servers act as they did last time it'll be commentard-feed only as the images went as AWOL as a swimming Playmonaut.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Spot the difference?

owns various important bits of UK real estate including the seabed round the British isles - and Regent Street

Given how wet it was last night, I'm surprised they could tell the difference...

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Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

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Re: NASA spies

And I suppose when you think about it, given quite how much NSA data probably does come from satellite observations and suchlike, it could arguably be getting at the underlying source.

Or is that just the NRO (who maybe the next target, as they sound similar too) and Google Maps (no comparison between big G and the NSA needed)?

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Check your firewall!

He'll be after your NAS drives next...

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Re: Information Dominance Center

I guess it could have been worse - he could have asked to borrow Cheyenne Mountain or somewhere similar and installed a white fluffy cat, a pool with a few sharks (laser beams under R&D) and an overlarge plot device (spaceship, missile/rocket, weapon of mass destruction of your choice etc).

But then again I guess that's too 20th century perhaps for the modern cyber-era.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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Seemingly doesn't apply to the VIPs who arrive at the accidents slightly later though...

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/08/hillary-clinton-interview-visionaries

There was also an old link to the story you reference (Tabasco getting confiscated at Glasgow Airport), but the link is dead.

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Re: And dont try bringing grenadine onboard either!!

Not to mention Pomegranates, especially French ones...

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Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

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Re: What is this "gray"?

50 shades of iPod?

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

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Full house

That's a full house on my acronym bingo card...

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Re: titter

I was more wondering if this was a more sedate remake/reboot/sequel to Con-Air?

Con-Airship perhaps?

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: Is anyone keeping track of how many U-turns Microsoft has done?

If they do many more u-turns and about-faces people will begin to wonder if they're giving up on the IT business and are practicing to run for political office...

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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Re: My first hard drive..

Yup. I still find it quite amazing that today I have more storage capacity about my person (flash drives on keyring and flash/SD in my phone and tablet) than the entire Physics Dept that I studied for my degrees at ~25 years ago had at that time. And I can remember when the first GB hard drive arrived there.

Suddenly I feel so old...

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Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

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So does a politician in the southern hemisphere doing a u-turn go in the opposite direction to one doing it in the northern hemisphere, like water down the plughole?

Scientific minds need to know, 'cos we fed up with the political aspect of the whole lot of them.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: How about

N - Nutella

P - Peanut Butter (or brittle)

Or are we straying a bit too far from the sweets/desserts arena there?

And Q is definitely going to be an interesting one, as will be Android Wonka when they get to W (who knows what it'll do)

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Finger on the trigger

All of the Microsoft smart mobile device and services weaponry appears to be aimed at the Google target – apparently with Elop's finger on the trigger, with an outgoing CEO to guide him.

Poised and ready to shoot himself in the foot by pissing off the (few) other OEMs who haven't fled from WinPhone? You'd think given how things have actually one in the real world, they might have learnt something from the Surface and how OEMs love having their supplier also as their competitor...

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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WTF?

Success?

From the slide:

Success in phones is important to success in tablets

Success in tablets will help PCs

So they bought half of Nokia in the hope that it'll suddenly make Surface less of a turkey, and that will then somehow make Windows 8 suddenly a consumer darling that everyone wants and we'll all wake up and go out and but laptops and desktops?

It sounds like they've bought an ant that's hoping to pick up an elephant, which in turn is trying to pick up a mountain. Phones are beginning to blur into tablets anyway, and the whole lot are killing off PCs for many applications, not helping them.

Scooby Doo, where are you, cos no-one's got a scooby in this crowd...

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Re: What's the point of a microwave clock?

It's to run a little fast (as it's on the microwave) and so disagree with both the clock on the wall and the one on the oven. Hence no matter which way you look in the kitchen, you'll always know roughly what time it is, but will never be quite sure of the exact time.

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Indeed, the laptop may stay up, but of course the wifi router it's connected to won't. Hence suddenly all the stuff that was reassuringly put in the cloud (who needs local storage these days?) and the whole world of TwitterBook suddenly vanishes and the laptop becomes a disconnected dumb terminal.

But then again I suppose those of an under 20 age would just spark-up the torch app on their smartphones/tablets/phablets rather than hunting for either candles or torches.

And of course such power cuts are also opportunities for a couple of hours of doing more interesting stuff than watching a movie together.

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Bionic Brit Babbage Bear boards brilliant balloon, bests ballsy Baumgartner

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Magnetic attraction

Anyone who's ever launched a stratomission - or indeed a humble RC aircraft - knows they are magnetically drawn to trees

Although in some more unfortunate cases seaweed seems to have a similar effect - RIP playmonaut.

Anyway nice one Dave et al, beer all round.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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FTFY

Analogue advocates say its "imperfect" methods offer a guaranteed way to ensure the Jar Jar Binks debacle doesn't recur.*

* Any appearance by actors in latex masks a la Dr Who renders this guarantee null and void...

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Pirate

Worth?

He may have $15bn in the bank, but I wouldn't say he's worth that much given his track record...

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is far far too late.."

FTFY. The stock price bounce says it all.

Maybe some university somewhere will give him a chair or something? :)

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

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Bionic Babbage Bear of Borg better beat Baumgartner's breathtaking balloon bound.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: Is Nexus 7 affected too?

No problems on my N7 either, although I don't use Skype (and only quite infrequently Netflix).

That said I did have another system update last night (having been on 4.3 for about 3 weeks now) which may or may not be related to some or all of the reported problems elsewhere?

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EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

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Mushroom

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/17/crave_duet_usb_drive_cum_vibrator/

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Tech quango coughs £800k to hook your child up to Internet of Things

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Re: Internet of Things Bah humbug

What about the internet of nicknacks?

The schools porn filters would probably block that...

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Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

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Take that...

Microsoft is also adding its expensive stockpile of Surface RT tablets to the program, by letting anyone use Bing Rewards points (which as awarded for using Microsoft search and services while logged in) to buy a fondleslab for the school of their choice.

So hard-working and enterprising schools can inflict RT's on other schools in the area, so handicapping them and improving their own chances of beating them in the school comparisons?

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Marissa Mayer causes controversy after KEEPING HER KIT ON

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Re: Stop it

Anyway, wasn't Branson's cross-dressing the result of losing a bet, rather than as a "photoshoot" (although I accept they're both basically PR stunts, not to mention Cupid Stunts).

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

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Re: Probably didn't look too hard

Took me 2-3 visits to ASDA over a couple of weeks to catch one in stock (and it was the last one they had at the time).

Can understand the interest though, as they're nice bits of kit. Especially when rooted, work very well as a multi-reader with the addition of Kindle and a few other reader apps (although the hardware buttons don't work with them, but the touchscreen does).

Certainly more than happy with mine, and considering hunting out another couple for the kids.

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

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Where'd it go?

Just place a phone on the pad and it will start charging...

And then pull away or turn a corner, and it will stop charging as it goes flying off the pad and onto the floor.

A little more tweaking (and as others have said, perhaps more visible position) may be useful here perhaps? But could also nicely play with NFC to activate things like bluetooth pairing and apps like satnav or music.

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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Scary

In this age of spaceflight becoming almost routine (or at least having people living up there for extended periods) it does rather bring starkly back quite what a dangerous and unforgiving place it actually is.

I wonder quite how many potential billionaire space tourists are now perhaps having second thoughts? Yes I know they won't generally be space-walking and such, but it does give pause for thought. And given what other articles have described about the mechanics of what happened (the way the water would basically stick to your head and flow around it to cover the entire surface) it is indeed a nightmare scenario when you could physically do nothing about it.

I would say you have to take your hat off to the courage of these pioneers, but as noted that's rather the last thing to be done in the circumstances...

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Judge bins lawsuit alleging AOL patent sale conspiracy theory

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Deja Vu

Suddenly getting something of a deja vu feeling.

But at least in this case the judge had the sense to chuck the thing out...

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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Re: "there was no spam"

I had the sobering thought the other day that I have more storage capacity on my keyring (and separately in both my phone and tablet) today than there was in the whole college where I did my Comp-Sci A-Level.

Advancement in just over a couple of decades. But then I'm a middle-aged dinosaur who can remember the world prior to the Internet...

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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Also a lover of the old SR-71, from an aesthetic but also an engineering viewpoint.

It's the little things, like the story I heard once from one of their pilots at an airshow that they tended to leak fuel when on the ground due to the requirements of tolerance to allow for thermal expansion when they were going supersonic.

A trait (the expansion, not the leakage) it shared with that other supersonic icon, Concorde.

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Caveat Lector?

Caveat alienus too?

Or perhaps caveat peregrínus (depending if you believe the Choccie Factory or the rest of the 'net).

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Re: Turtles

Having been reading Science of Discworld IV last night, my very thoughts on reading the article.

So have an upvote, and a Friday beer...

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Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

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Addictive stuff isn't it?

Lego that is...

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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

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They expect a customs barrier?

They make it sound like they're expecting the craft to come across a big fence with a border crossing checkpoint on it, with a little green man in a flying saucer waiting to check its passport. Plus probably a big sign saying "the Universe welcomes careful fliers" or something.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: Cumbrians...

And by extension Cumbria now extends at least to the south coast.

From a quick poll around here, no-one knew who the guy was or had even heard of him. At least two people thought he was a book publisher...

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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Firefly

If they Americanise it too much, at best it'll end up being along the same lines as Firefly. Which was of course excellent, but also sadly was binned despite its decent cast and crew. OK so it spawned the Serenity film as well to close things off, but it still didn't last long overall.

It's arguably not sanitised and feel-good enough to make it past a season or so in the current market.

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Re: R4Extra - Blake's 7: The Early Years

@Elmer Phud (and other Jacqueline Pearce fans) - may I recommend the film "White Mischief"?

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

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@Tom260 - that was my thought as well, although I'd also add the Dutch to the list too as they usually (at least the several Dutch colleagues I have, and most of the populous I met whilst working over there) speak at least English, French and German fluently and in many cases a few other languages besides.

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Make up for the disappointment?

...but those who preordered the console will get a free game to make up for the disappointment

So they'll be less disappointed at not having the console by being given a shiny new game that they can't play because they haven't got the console?

Can anyone think of anything Microsoft have actually done right recently?

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Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

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Re: Not if, but when.

After all, it's long been clear that Governments don't like competition.

Oh I dunno, given how some of the various semi-overlapping departments seem to interact, they seem to love internal competition and bickering.

Maybe it's more the IRS and similar agencies don't like the thought of not being able to skim off their percentage in tax to throw into the debt hole?

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