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

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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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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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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Very nice

All SPB, all the [weekend] time?

Well, and the pub/beer reviews, of course.

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Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

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Re: Spikes

If it was *my* project, I'd be looking more carefully into why that first servo smoked, and what was going on to cause those current spikes on the servo power rail.

Clamping zeners, supercaps, extra batteries are just band-aids. You need to get to the root of that problem, lest it resurface at flight time. If you have a second set of servos and another power unit, perhaps a bench test with a scope on the power rail is in order? Something's not right there, and it needs to be gotten to the bottom of.

Maybe a clue here?

http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/apm-2-5-and-3dr-power-module-failure

Not clear if you're powering servos from the 3DM power module, but this page explicitly says not to:

https://store.3drobotics.com/products/apm-power-module-with-xt60-connectors

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You folks

...are having altogether too much fun with these SPB projects.

Keep it up!

// virtual beer...apply where needed.

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Re: Compass

According to wikipedia, that always correct fount of knowledge, in the UK, they're referred to as "Kelvin's balls".

Translate *that*...

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Feel the need to point out

That this mission is just *way* cool! Rendezvous with a comet, go into orbit around it, then *land* on it??? Frickin' awesome!

This is at least as exciting as the Mars lander "skycrane" descent.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: I wore a pair

You're holding it wrong (tm)

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These good folks

Carry a complete line of EMF shielding clothing. Including a shielded baseball cap...because tinfoil is so "yesterday" (and immediately marks you as a nutter...you wouldn't want that, would you?)

http://lessemf.com/personal.html

// I wish I were kidding

// No tinfoil hat icon?

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Karma remains balanced

Someone else invented AdBlock.

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Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness

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One of our routers is broken...

...or we stuffed up a firmware update.

But we can't tell you more, because we disabled remote access to all our routers as a security measure.

// or some such tale

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Grandad built Lancs, Dad did Vulcans

Have the same problem with Mum. She did crypto work at Nebraska Ave (either German or Japanese codebreaking or support of same). We have a lovely photo of her and her coworkers, posed in front of the chapel on the gorunds, in their dress uniforms, with (of course) nothing written on the back. I went poking around, found a museum in Florida that has a bunch of the Naval Security Group records, and sent them the photo. Their reply?

"We have one just like it. Can you identify anyone for us?"

All the OP-20-G stuff came out after she died, and now that I know more, I have a whole bunch of questions I would love to ask her. Greatest Generation, without a doubt.

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As long as we're talking about planes overhead

Spent the last two weeks on Martha's Vineyard. There are two biplanes with big old radial engines that run sightseeing trips over the beaches daily. You don't even need to look up when you hear them to know what they are.

Also overhead twice last week: a C-17, three V-22 Ospreys and two helicopters with fancy paint jobs, as the Obamas came in for their summer holidays. Those Ospreys sound strange, and you can hear them coming a mile away. They don't look like they should be able to fly. One of them came over with its engine pods in transition between forward and hover modes.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Visas

It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day...sounds like *somebody* in State didn't sufficiently appreciate their sysadmin.

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Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!

Last minute business trip -- problems with the testing of a controller PCB I had designed by our Israeli subsidiary -- getting in was no problem. Getting out, however, had me spending an hour with a nice officer, explaining who I was, what I did and why I had only spent 40 hours in their wonderful country.

Luckily, I had a lab notebook, schematics and a wealth of detail to bore the nice officer with. Turns out, if I had had a written letter of invitation from the subsidiary, it would have been "have a nice day and enjoy your flight"

I played it straight, they let me leave. On a Lufthansa flight, through Frankfurt, which I thought was a bit surreal.

// Oh yeah, I had to pay import duty (a couple hundred dollars IIRC) on the replacement board I brought with me.

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Re: Don't generalize

Yeah, with our drivers, you take your life in your hands every time you cross the road...at a crosswalk, or otherwise, so jaywalking really doesn't have any significance.

// watch the cabs -- most drive like they're still in the old country

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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Pay no taxes post no profits

You forgot...and ship nothing during the month of August.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: Withholding information

Erm, isn't that what three letter agencies (are supposed to) do ?

You're probably confusing NSA with SSA

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Re: Ða Heofenas Beacnian

When in Britain...

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Thanks for all the help this year

"Hello, IT. [pause] Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

Mine are getting an "Edible Arrangement" -- fruit and chocolate

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Omnia Gallia in partes tres divisa est

And frankly, that's all I remember. Except that my Latin teacher confirmed the stereotype: of advanced age, extremely well educated, deadly boring and barely tolerant of we young whippersnappers who couldn't see the use of learning such a beautiful languiage.

Two years...wasted. Oh well, not much Latin required in Electrical Engineering, thank God.

// This has been a memorably good thread.

// The one with the Cassell's in the pocket, please

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Now write it out a hundred times

If you're not finished when I come back, I'll cut your coeli off....

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Re: re. recording calls

That's an interesting (and completely valid) interpretation of that sentence. It actually gives permission for you to record the call.

Have a cold one!

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