* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

984 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Xbox hackers snared US ARMY APACHE GUNSHIP ware - Feds

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Re: Good Stuff

Don't get too excited, it's probably just a version of Flight Simulator with an Apache module added.

// cost the govt $xxB, I'm sure.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

iZombies

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: how many...

Or, perhaps., "A Tale of Two Cities"?

In the spirit of the Old Roman Games ----------------------->

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: Yes... A DHL aquatic drone...

Perhaps some sort of rocket powered, unmanned airplane? They should have some of those left in a cave somewhere, shouldn't they? Just remove the original payload, add package, and Bob...er...Werner's your uncle!

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They seem to have alot of grass

Perhaps the solution to the milk problem would be a cow?

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Re: Bureaucracy till the last

This is getting to be quite a process, isn't it? Oh well, international space projects usually are, I suppose.

You'll probably have to get the box heat treated again before you bring it back!

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Yummy mummys

Will want the display to show Facebook updates, not stupid stuff like speed and gear number.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: How much?

"The lengths Apple went to to keep us away from the new iPhones was amusing."

Just wait till after the SPB flies LOHAN.

Your engraved invitation to the iPhone 7 launch will be the first one sent.

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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This may just be the quote of the century

If you ask 100 people on the street what is wrong with TV, none of them will say "Resolution"

- Nicholas Negroponte, M.I.T.

Couldn't have said it better myself

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Mirrors, Reflectors

Sounds like the right-wing Catholics who claim the Church got it right and Galileo was wrong. They have worked out all kinds of crazy explanationsfor stuff like geosynchronous satellites (they just sit there, because the Earth dowsn't rotate). The proof, they claim, is some perceived structure in the map of cosmic background radiation...

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First day of Hurd'n'Catz at Oracle: It's dis-fur-pointing for Wall St

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Re: Hurd = Slash & Burn

Ahhh..."maximizing shareholder value"...I know it well. When the company exec starts saying that, it's time to polish the resume.

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Hrd'n'Catz

Brilliant!

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Arrrrr!

Well done, me hearties!

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Shiver me timbers!

No TRUE pirate would command his ship from a handheld trinket!

Arrr....

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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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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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