* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

1056 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: pics...or it didn't happen!

Well done, team ESA!

// SPB, are you taking notes?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Getting the angle right...

Dig a trench along the landward side of said whale, bury your explosives carefully, fire away, and watch the entire whale majestically lift and arc out over the ocean.

At least, that's the way it would work in theory.

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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มาลัย

Reminds me of Honey.

http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/cast/member/22

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Right wing sympathisers don't demonstrate in the streets. That's for the proles.

Right wing sympathisers pay for the problem to "go away".

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LOHAN avionics survive 27,700m stratospheric ordeal

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Do I smell another Kickstarter?

...we too need our own pursuit aircraft...

// great video, great results...onward and upward!

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: $3,500 fine?

Just a bookkeeping error.

If there was ever an argument for a corporate death penalty...because, you know, corporations are people, too.

If I tried this, I'd be looking at a kidnapping charge and 20 to life.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Re: Average?

The US Gov't says the 2014 poverty level for a family of four is $23k. You can't really live on that, though.

So $12k above the poverty level is Microsoft's average wage?

// yes, I realize some of their employees may be single

// still seems awfully cheap for a company making what they do every year

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

You tell me, what's the derivative of the sine of the bearing angle?

cosine of the bearing angle.

sin -> cos -> -sin -> -cos

Clockwise for derivative, CCW for integral. One of the few things in my engineering education that stuck and is very seldom used. But it's there when I need it...like now :-)

// Have a friend who says the only thing wrong with British cars is the Lucas electrics. Just rip 'em out, he says, and replace them with Delco.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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What Apple doesn't say

No SIM, no possibility of switching phones...more sales for Apple.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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I suppose this isn't a good time to bring up Geocentrism? :-)

Heck, they may not have a comet-orbiting spacecraft, but they have a movie coming out.

// Their view of the universe falls quite flat when subjected to even minor scrutiny

// Will be glued to the Internet to monitor the Philae landing

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

Something about reading about rockets in German gives me shivers up the spine...

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Each tankard tested for functionality before shipping

So many tankards to test, send the intern out for more beer!

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Excuse me for asking...

...but isn't this just the kind of thing NSA should be protecting us (well, at least the US military/defense establishment) against?

You know, instead of working so hard to read every email/phone call/web posting sent by every American?

No? Oh well, carry on.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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WTF?

Women are paid less on average for the same job because they are more likely to be hired with lower skills and experience!

Citation, please?

But, once they're doing the job, they should still be paid less than a man?

I think not.

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If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

Better yet, your HR department shoulld continually monitor the pay of males and females in similar positions with similar time in that position and verify that there is no gender-based disparity.

// Hah! Like that would ever happen.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Why?

How do you attach your connectors to the front panel? I have found spanners (small ones) extremely helpful in accomplishing this.

Some engineers have technicians who do that sort of thing for them. I work at a small company, so I end up doing it. I can also use power tools without injuring myself.

// also an electrical engineer...slide rule's in my pocket

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Why do AT&T even have these details?

They use the SSN as a unique identifier and to access your credit information.

No, it's not supposed to be used that way, but it is.

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Re: Rules? Guidelines...?

1. Tie rogue staffer to pole

2. Summon people whose information he viewed.

3. Hand out paddles

4. Form line.

5. One at a time, no shoving.

// cat-o-nine-tails in the pocket

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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Re: The title is too long....

Yes, it's a polite request.

You really don't want to be on the bad side of these folks though.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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And said manufacturers, given the option of creating new Win7 software for that old machine (which they no longer sell) or selling you a brand new machine, will always choose the more profitable option.

So no chance of ever getting Win7 compatible software.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: @Zippy's Sausage Factory

IBM's still trying to prevent users from purchasing Microsoft software, particularly Office

Well, it's not like Office is getting better with every new release...maybe IBM has a point?

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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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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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WTF?

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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