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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Motoart

http://www.motoart.com/

They do it with pieces of classic airplanes. Ejection seat lounge chair and vertical stabilizer conference tables trump your chopped up taxis and wheel rims, even if they are chromed.

// the cost is as stratospheric as the aircraft from which the parts came

// just the thing for the SPB office, though

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

I don't know where you learned about user interface design, but they taught you some bad things.

Microsoft has pretty obviously mislaid any good interface designers they had, and you can tell that by the way the UI changes with every release. Hell, the UIs aren't even consistent among Office products (Visio is a perfect example). Yes, I realize Visio was purchased in 2000 from Visio, Inc., but you'd think 14 years would be long enough to get its UI into conformance with Microsoft's nominal "standards" (which they seem to revise way too frequently).

UIs should be simple, obvious and unchanging. You can always add optional features, of course, but the basic UI shouldn't change. And when adding features, DO NOT enable them by default. Because many of your users will be confused. Those of us who use computers in our daily work, don't like to have to waste time learning a new UI with every OS release. We're trying to use a tool, not enhance our Windows experience. We most certainly don't like to play hide-and-seek with gestures, until we find the one that does what we want.

OK. Rant over.

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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Re: I'm sure this is standard model aircraft terminology...

I suspect because it allows you to power a second device off a single set of batteries. It seems to be a simple voltage regulator, but the name probably comes from the fact that it saves you from having to use a second (different voltage) battery pack.

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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

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Well, nothing they can do about it, because...

[wait for it]

...it's clearly...

Godswill

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Re: When are the tankards shipping please?

Just so long as the tankards arrive before "zero hour".

----------> tankard in the pocket

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Re: Question

Nobody's going to worry about the crappy logo if this thing flies the way it's supposed to.

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Nearly there! LOHAN Kickstarter pot o'gold breaks £29,000

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Re: 5k

Only a man would spend $5K on a model spaceship.

// Don't believe me? Ask yer wife.

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5k

I notice someone has picked up the 5k level.

Well done, that man!

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Re: A VERY EXPENSIVE FIREWORK.

No water anywhere nearby, though, so they won't need to hire another recovery boat...

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Hey, HP shareholders! Mike Lynch is set to buy a 180-foot superyacht with his Autonomy loot

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SS CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION, ahoy!

I'm not impressed unless it has a helicopter on it.

And none of those little ones, mind you.

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

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More than you asked for?

You're about to get scammed. A legitimate buyer will try to talk you DOWN, not up!

Timely tidbit:

Just got an email "from" one of my friends, who's been robbed in Dubai of everything but his passport. His plane leaves in <8 hrs, but the hotel mgr won't let him leave and would I please send him $2500? Funny thing is that the IP of the computer that "he" used to send the email resolves to Nigeria...

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Comcast using JavaScript to inject advertising from Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Slippery Slope to Much Higher Prices

"We have to stop Comcast and the other cable and telecoms in the US from taking over and making huge profits from what should be our public utilities. Vote accordingly in November."

Well, it's a Democratic administration that has let them get this far, so we wouldn't want to vote them back in. And the Republicans are "business friendly, anti-regulation", so I think I know how that would turn out.

Who do you like in November?

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Have signed on to one of these

I saw no ad, but I wasn't on for long, and this was a few months ago.

"...reassuring customers that they are using an official Comcast hotspot, "

Unnecessary, because you have to be a Comcast internet customer, and must use your Comcast username and password to sign on.

The nice thing about these hotspots is that once you sign on to one, they give you a cookie or log your MAC address or something, because you don't need to log on again if you go to a different hotspot. So, at least they did that part right.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Should have used Budweiser

Nothing of value would have been lost.

// no beer icon because not beer

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

ERROR: SOMETHING BAD HAS HAPPENED. SEE YOUR SYSTEM MANAGER.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Re: All those batteries!

What Missing Semicolon said. Take a step back and look at how many separate battery packs you're using.

A single large power pack and individual (switching) downconverters for the loads is the way to go, because I expect weight and balance will soon be a concern.

According to its web page, the 3DR power module for the Pixhawk will accept up to 18V input, so why not hook it and the CC-BEC servo battery eliminator to the 8-cell pack and do away with the four cell pack entirely?

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Re: I like how the FBI get involved when it's someone famous that has their photos nicked.

They should call NSA and ask to see them in real time as they're uploaded.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Eye choice

"'twas me first day with tha hook...."

Arrrrr!

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Re: Non-optional spannerisation...

GG is not for me, but the "pub finder" app has promise.

// also, the photo of the star chart app is simply brilliant

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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

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Re: Perhaps A mandatory Name Change Next Time?

I believe the canonical name is "Dewey, Cheatham and Howe"

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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Re: #LohanDonkey is Trending

Well, it will be if we all tweet it...

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Re: Better hide

You'll be knee deep in angry naked women.

Video of the encounter (with donkey) - UKP150.00 pledge

// DVD in the pocket

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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Roswell not far away?

You'll need to make a side trip, then to the Robert Goddard monument:

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/21938

You have more in common with him than it would at first appear.

It seems that his neighbors in Auburn MA didn't exactly appreciate the frequent launches and he relocated to Roswell, New Mexico to continue his experiments...

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Re: Bit much

Look DOWN...surprised nobody's mentioned Australia yet. They've got lots of empty space...and the odd sheep or cow.

// LOHAN would probably land right in front of one of them

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Re: I once met a young lady in Kiev

Of course, it would require a trip back to Kiev to locate said lady...

Maybe not advisable in the light of the current political situation?

// air travel also hazardous in the region, I believe

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Fanfare of trumpets as LOHAN reveals mission patch

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Well, NASA is in Florida and the Spanish used to own Florida...

Traded to Britain for Havana in the Treaty of Paris in 1763...

// Dad's PhD thesis....

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Something doesn't add up here

Isn't this thing going to leave a trail of bubbles?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev

You have missed the point of Pi.

It's an educational device,

Actually the RasPi folks are now targeting commercial applications as well

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Just one question

Why do people insist on filming in portrait mode on a mobile device?

Well, in this case, because the subject matter was best shown in portrait mode. Now, had it been a train, I would agree with you..."Turn it Sideways" is usually a good idea, but not in every case!

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights in Canada

Oh...pet peeve number two:

My cheap-o Toyota Camry automatically shut the headlights off when I killed the engine and opened the door. I've yet to find an American car that can do that. They're perfectly capable of ringing a chime endlessly, but seem unable to move beyond a dashboard switch that controls the headlight power directly. Relays in the headlight circuit, apparently, are completely beyond the US automakers' competency.

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Re: There is simply no way I'd go to the garage to replace some stupid brake light bulbs

I change side marker and license plate light bulbs ONCE, and replace with LED equivalents.

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Re: Dazzle.

Also, if the indicator light is close to the headlamp, you won't be able to see if the indicator is flashing, as I've found out on a few occassions at night.

My major gripe with the folks who design the front ends of cars! Do they not drive at night? A few cars get it right...space the indicator miles away from the headlights, and make 'em nice and bright! But, the majority of cars have the indicators snugged right up next to the headlights, and dim as they can be, so they're almost invisible, leaving you guessing as to whether the car approaching you is going to suddenly turn across your bows or not.

Assuming, of course, that they even choose to USE their indicator. I've noticed that for many busy folks, one hand is on the steering wheel and the other is holding an iPhone to their ear (or, even worse, updating their Facebook status..."just caused an accident, LOL!")

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Re: Daytime running lights

Nor in the US...instrument lighting is in "daylight" mode unless headlamps are switched on.

And why all the hate for DRLs? A lighted vehicle is more noticeable in daylight than an unlighted one.

The energy wasted is minimal...a few hundred watt-hours, and will be less when LED headlamps are used (more efficient than halogen, and cheaper than HID).

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Why do you have a name

Nice example of the behaviour being discussed.

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FCC not quite sold on Comcast TWC gobble

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Hmmpf!

Maybe another "awards banquet" will do the trick?

// seriously, does anyone not believe FCC is for sale to the highest bidder?

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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Done!

Eagerly awaiting my pint glass.

Good luck to you all!

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Re: Beer glass - excellent idea ...

...and there was much rejoicing!

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Re: Mug??

Yeah, I think you're risking alienating your primary market (pub crawlers) by not offering a suitable beverage container (see icon for example).

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar overflies North Pole

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Erm...I thought LOHAN slides off one during launch?

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Carbon tetrachloride releases still too high, says NASA

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Re: Carbon Tet ?? banned since the 1950's... I thought...

Unfortunately, home laundry Low-e soaps used with chlorine bleach CAUSE HI-LEVELS of poisonous Carbon Tet to be generated (thats why the clothes get cleaned, used to be called 'dry cleaning')...

The paper:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es702355u

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Could you tilt that "US" map view north by about 25 °?

@Lester: You're missing a trick by not offering a LOHAN-branded pint glass...

// just sayin'

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Re: What about the Tabernamque?

We have plenty of good beer here in the good ol' U S of A. It's just that they don't have the advertising budget of InBev N. A. (brewers of such "fine" brands as Budweiser) Just how much of the good stuff will be available in the watering holes of New Mexico, I can't help you with. Need some local guidance there, I'm afraid.

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Re: sadly not "available at WalMart" here either

The reloadables El Reg is using are well within "high powered rocketry" and require a lot of hoop jumping.

...or the addition to the team of a local already in posession of the necessary certifications. Yet another problem easily solved by the application of a sufficient amount of high quality (none o' yer Budweiser crap, then) liquid refreshment.

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Re: Have Card

ICE Guy: What's the purpose of your visit?

Lester: We want to launch this rocket in New Mexico

ICE Guy: Have a seat over there, please.

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The important stuff

Have you obtained a list of watering holes near the launch site yet?

Welcome to the land of Robert Goddard, boys!

(well, actually, Goddard did his stuff right down the road from me in Worcester...apparently there's a monument to him in the middle of a golf course)

Edit: You're in luck! There's another monument to him in Roswell, New Mexico!

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/21938

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Beer?

Budweiser and its ilk are for the working class. Its main advantage is that it's cheap and sold in units of 24 cans (about enough for a large working class man to get a decent buzz on).

The upper classes (around here) order Sam Adams or something even more obscure.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Two girls and a cup

Should everyone that looks at the crucifixion scene or a bloody Christ dying on the cross also be considered as terrorists ?

[insert "Life of Brian" joke here]

// I'm Brian of Nazareth...and so's my wife

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Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

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The real ones or the counterfeit ones?

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