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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

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Re: Re: Re: How about

See here's the problem: You have a system that is relying on gravity to tell it where "down" is. WHile LOHAN is resting nicely on the launch platform, this system will be fairly, if not entirely accurate. As soon as the rockets kick in however, the aircraft will get a massive kick in the pants which will make any gravity-based system think that "down" is toward the rear of the aircraft, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in.

Try it yourself with a bucket half full of water on a string. Swing it around your head. The water is being pressed into the bucket through centrifugal force, basically an accelerative force trying to push the water out of the bottom of the bucket. The bucket thinks "down" is straight up when it's above your head, so long as you keep that acceleration going.

More than one pilot has died in a crash due to instrument failure in bad weather, because a human's built-in, gravity-derived senses cannot accurately tell where "down" is, and the pilot might well flop an aircraft upside down into a lake, believing themselves to be in level flight right up until the last moment.

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Re: Lohan's thrust may snap the member

So long as LOHAN has left the platform, who cares what happens? If the whole thing comes down on parachute looking like it just picked a fight with a polar bear, that's just awesome footage!

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Ridiculous spurt.

I I recall correctly, the SPB team have decided that the wimpy little E class thing they were testing is far below the power levels required, and could well be going for M class and above. Those things don't provide a ridiculous little spurt. More like a ridiculously powerful kick in the pants and several thousand feet of altitude in about five seconds from ground level. From 80,000 feet with little atmosphere in the way, who knows how high it'll go?

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Re: How about

Unfortunately, in a tight loop, you will feel the right way up even when you're upside down. Nothing that relies on weights, balances, or anything that will stop working properly if gravity doesn't act like it should, will work on an aeroplane. This is why autopilot systems are a little more complex than attaching a pendulum to the ailerons.

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Re: Equalise pressure?

What would happen is that as soon as you connect the hose, the balloon with the greatest surface tension (ie: the smaller one) will squeeze air into the balloon with the weaker surface tension, which would be the larger balloon. Sounds counterintuitive until you think about it.

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Re: probably unfeasible

I believe the existing plans are to use a readily available open source autopilot system and hack it to fit. That probably includes gyroes and accelerometers, and the solid state ones are tiny these days too.

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Guidance.

Some kind of compressed gas nozzles on the aircraft. It's more controllable than solid fuel, and it only needs to last long enough to lift the craft from the launch vehicle and guide it upward while the main motor kicks in. Better if the whole lot can be jettisonned or be made as a sled that the aircraft rides on for the first 50 feet.

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I posted a stupendously badly drawn design to the SPB team a while back that called for balloon triplets tied to a central line at very long intervals. I know people have had success with the design, and the clusters can be positioned far enough apart on the line that as each cluster explodes it diesn't take the rest with it. Shouldn't be too hard to fill either, just make sure each cluster is tied down before filling and that you release the top ones first!

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Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

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Re: Unethical Vs Reality

Or even better, the W3C can tell the DRM-mongers to fuck off and come up with their own solution, as they will not be used by the media industry to turn an open platform for communication and information dissemination into a locked down nightmare that only works if you jump through the right hoops while holding chicken entrails in the air and reciting a prayer to Saint Ballmer.

http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission.html

Read that, and you might be able to understand just how wrong baking DRM into the html spec is.

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DRM is not "aka copy protection".

Copy protection tries to prevent you making copies of something, end of purpose. DRM is far, far more evil.

And yes, I will use that word. Correctly.

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Freetard-friendly MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar

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Re: Re: Re: Posting in an epic thread

>>"If artists stop making their art because of a lack of financial remuneration then that's just fine by >>me, because they're the ones producing vapid, empty shit anyway. "

>Would you work for free? Thought not.

I think that's his point. Without backing him or arguing against him, I'll just point out that I think he WANTS the "vapid shit" as he puts it, to go away. To stop being produced, you know?

If they won't work for free, they won't produce said vapid shit.

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Re: Re: Debatable?

Destroys vast numbers job jobs and whole industries? Post proof or retract.

No, the demise of the Amiga due to the rise of 3D-capable cheap PCs, over-priced Amiga parts and a complete lack of development after the CD32 is not an example, though people do love to say "Piracy Killed The Amiga" a lot.

They certainly don't have an underactive imagination.

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SanDisk daddy: Flash to 'checkmate' hard drives by 2020

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No thanks.

Maybe as a nice fast, and very much non-essential cache to the spinning disk platters, as it is used already. Maybe for small computers that don't have much storage and are meant more as fat clients. For Flash to beat HDD for me, it has to:

(a) be as reliable as a HDD

(b) be at least as cheap per unit of storage as a HDD

Neither of those are currently true, and unless all spinning-disk manufacturers conspire together to wreck their own market, HDDs are a moving target too.

Oh, and I have plenty of use for multiple terabytes or more. So does anybody that stores video.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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Re: Re: Er, you nay-sayers do realise that...

Unfortunately, while "slippery slope" is in theory a fallacy, in practice it all too often turns out to be true. Apple wouldn't just turn their Macs into toy games consoles like the iWotsits, but little bit by little bit?

I'll just say I'm watching to see what happens.

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Re: Re: Dont do it!

Linux already flies with the average punter when they buy home routers or TV set top boxes, or these days, more than half of all smartphones purchased. Thing is, Linux is a success wherever it isn't sold as Linux, and more as "TomTom" or "TiVo" or "Linksys" or "Android".

People don't need to know about Linux when they know that Ubuntu and Mint are good on netbooks.

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Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

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Still room for comedy.

shavethe.wales

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Nasa rocketeers probe aurora borealis solar interference

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Obvious comment is obvious.

SPB, LOHAN, I can see the synergy here.

Oh go on, get in touch. Even if they say no it's worth the chance to sling that bad boy under a balloon with a laser sintered airframe parked atop it.

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Valve responds to Half-Life 3 grumbles

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Maybe a month or so after release...

...when I can get the version that doesn't require a Steam account or activation for a single player game.

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LOHAN flashes fantastical flying truss

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Bursting balloons.

Just to make sure... Det cord? That'd work.

Also can we tie the two balloons to one string (at differing heights) and inflate the lowest one the most, have the upper just inflated enough to lift for a staged burst? Removes the stability issue, adds extra coolness in the video, and cures AIDS (may be a lie).

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Two thirds of Brits crippled by mobile phone loss terror

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Yougov polled -163 people?

Doesn't surprise me.

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Lenovo slates Ice Cream Sandwich for ThinkPad tablet

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Eh.

I mean Microsoft are only going to provide a similar experience if everything you own runs Microsoft Windows. I'm not about to go out and buy an Xbox when I like Nintendo's current offerings far more. I've already got a reasonable tablet and a decent phone, and I'll replace them when they break. Possibly before if technology progresses so far that the app supply dries up. The replacement will probably be something that can continue to run the old apps, so likely not a Windows 8, 9 or 10 tablet.

That and I don't like Microsoft very much and I'm wondering if Microsoft's utter failure in the mobile space is the first chance in 30 years for a common platform that's as ubiquitous as Windows but doesn't involve an entire industry dancing to one company's tune and paying through the nose for it. Android's about the best bet so far, even with Google running the "main" branch as it were.

That aside though, as you can see, Microsoft are asking tall if they think everyone's going to go out and buy a new Microsoft Everything just to have Metro Everything. It's something of a Marmite interface anyway.

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So if I buy a Windows 8 tablet...

...I'll get a similar experience across my Arc S, Nintendo 3DS, Mandriva-loaded laptop, Ubuntu-loaded desktop AND the singular Windows 7 installation that will probably live with me for longer than the undead Windows XP? Now that really would be a neat trick.

Or do you mean a unified experience across one single company's products, which is something many companies do?

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Nokia Lumia 710

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Problem is it's up against things like this...

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/10/17/review_sony_ericsson_xperia_arc_s/

£300 from the local Phones4u, oleophobic gorilla glass screen, supermodel design and I can attest to it going, as the reviewer put it, "like greased lightning". £300 really isn't budget though. Get something into the sub-£100 range and we'll start calling it a "budget" smartphone.

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Scientists weave battery into clothing

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I'm sure..

...they'll sell like lightning.

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Demand for safety kitemark on software stepped up

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This is interesting.

If you're publishing FOSS, you're not selling software. You're selling service and support, usually.

Linux exempt? Could be entertaining, and quite damn right too given how it's made and published.

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Usually under the Toy Unix...

If you have the source, you don't need no steenking binaries. GCC is pre-installed or available on just about every distribution and if the disk or package is nicely arranged, installation is a quick "./install.sh" or something.

Of course your granny still can't read it, but others can and they'll make a loud enough noise if anything is wrong. Whether always delivering software as source would help defend against malware or give Microsoft the ability to sue anybody they like with the excuse "everyone has our software, you must have read our source and violated our intellectual property with subsequent works" is another debate though.

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Also can be read as...

"We want to tax the ability to create software and make it look like we're doing something even though we'd probably fuck it up completely and leave you no choice but to go along with it anyway."

Really sure a Kitemark is necessary, or do you think Microsoft are going to give you malware, WGA notwithstanding? They and other established firms are the only people who will be able to afford the certification process, and how far do you think the requirements will go once the Daily Mail gets involved?

The whole industry run like Apple's App Store but even more expensively does not leave a good taste in my mouth.

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This is a test

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Testing the obvious.

<script type="text/javascript">window.alert("oh awesome");</script>

Drat, doesn't work.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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The UI

Launcher 7 is an Android Market download away, if you want the tiled look. It'll even fit the wider widgets on 2x1 tiles for you and has an application list that is easier to navigate than the Android default due to having the very basic addition of alphabetical tabs. There's a free (ad supported?) and a "donate" version, which if I remember right off-hand I paid 62p for.

I have to say it lays dormant except for the occasional "I can make it look like a Windows Phone" brag though. Those "tiles" are basically massive icons, you can't fit much on a screen and the swishy graphical touches and web page preview tiles don't mitigate the fact that I find the stock-like ADW Launcher just easier to deal with.

Still, if tiles are your bag, Android has 'em.

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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Tried a good (or even average) set of canalphones?

They're anything but shit. Granted you can get noise from the lead moving, but you also don't look like you have two tin cans strapped to your head.

Says me on the bus with the Sennheiser HD428s.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

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I know precisely one person with a Winphone.

...well, it started as a Windows phone. He's flashed Ice Cream Sandwich onto it now. Keeps telling me I should root my Arc S. I keep telling him I'm happy with 2.3.4, and I'll root my phone at the same time that I ram-raid Tescos for my weekly shopping.

Maybe in a year or so when the Galaxy Tab 7 is out of warranty, eh?

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If you like the UI...

Launcher 7, from the Android Market. I have the donate version. It's okay to be different but I still find myself sticking with ADW Launcher EX.

Even lesd reason to get a Windows Phone!

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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

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I've seen Wikipedia articles blocked...

...and some very interesting facdn.net images allowed through.

As you can see, automated babysitters work really well!

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Kids shouldn't even be on the Internet.

I think the problem was when the Internet started hitting the big time late 90s/early 2000s and the government seemed determined to expose every kiddy to the Internet via the school systems, then telling parents that they all had to have a computer and the Internet. Schools should have always been set up on some kind of AOL-alike network with restrictions that make Apple's App Store policies look tame, with the real Internet being something you might start work on in high school once you're starting to learn what this thing called "trust" is, and you're likely already aware of the aforementioned computer game character fetishists.

Anyway, hindsight's a wonderful thing (even if some of us had the foresight to see this Daily Mail wailing happening a long while before it happened), and we've just got to deal with the aftermath of the idiots who made it so it's now almost a necessity to have kids on the Internet. Technologically, a whitelist is probably about the only way you're going to stop someone going on sites you don't want them on, and even that doesn't stop them seeing whatever some hacker decides to graffiti a website's home page with.

A friend has a lovely solution though, that I believe one or two people here already use: The computer is in the living room. Only the older kids have devices that can get on the Internet. If you're somehow a younger reader that's stumbled onto this dark corner of the Internet and think that's cruel or draconian, think about how cruel or draconian a world would be where nobody can have access to an unfettered Internet because of all the "think of the children" wailing? You'll grow up. The rest of us won't^Walready have.

(and please don't tell mum that the Reg has been telling you about Sonic pr0n, I like this site when half the editors haven't been arrested)

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Sick of Ubuntu's bad breath? Suck on a Linux Mint instead

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Go to software centre, type "Gnome" and install it...

...watch as it b0rks your system completely because you didn't tweak things to include GDM instead of whatever godawful thing Unity has, and you didn't reconfigure Compiz. Canonical have not made it easy and straightforward for you to divert from their Chosen And Holy Path.

Oh and then you have to move the buttons to the right side.

Not exactly a no-intelligence solution. A minty nuke+reinstall would probably be easier.

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Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears

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If it's that worrying, don't register it!

Exactly what I thought when the Lords Fuckwit (sorry, I meant ICANN) decided to post everyone's personal information online via the WHOIS records after removing the ability to go "ex directory" for us ordinary plebs.

I now own no .com domain names. The search engine spammers can have them. Vote with your wallet and tell ICANN to piss off. Plenty of other registrars in the world and ".com" has less cachet now than it used to.

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Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon

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^^WTF mates?

Except Australia.

But they'll be dead soon anyway. Fucking kangaroos.

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Update Facebook by thrusting your hips to, er ... 'Like' things

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So a night out clubbing in the future reads like...

I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I like you...

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Groupon banned from selling SNAKE OIL

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You would think...

....that like trying to sell refrigeration devices to the Inuit, that might be a tricky sell.

Analogy fail, you suck and all that. This is the Reg after all.

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Try a 'shroom before ruling on chill pills, boffin tells gov

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Psylocibin Mexicana

Tastes like shit washed down with bitrex. Hits you like a sledgehammer and leaves you drooling on the sofa trying not to vomit for a good quarter hour. Was more fun after that.

Legally obtained btw.

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YouTube tops one hour of video uploads per second

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So,

Along with Nyans as a temporal measurement, is a measurement of bandwidth along the lines of a "Youtube-Hour" (abbrev. yH) incoming?

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FilmOn

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I use this.

A friend with iOS introduced it to me. Thing is, it stopped working for a bit, then came up as a different name on iOS with a lot more features such as a TV guide and red button. Us Android owners have to stick with this version, which isn't entirely bug free. It's random as to whether I get annoying regular glitches in the video, and obtaining full screen is a pain. You're lucky on Gingerbread if you can go full screen at all without the notification bar obscuring the top of the image!

So yes, it does work, for varying definitions of "work". Guess it's not too moan-worthy for free though.

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

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I think the problem here...

...is people reading me wrong.

No, Lucasfilm is not a tech firm. I never said it was.

However, Lucasfilm may have an interest in poaching people from "real" tech firms, because they can keep whatever IT they have running well or manage the IT department better. To use "we're not a tech firm" to say "well we'd never agree to wage fixing with a tech firm" is.. invalid, I think.

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