* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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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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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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Cheap shot.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

Heh. We have you beat by a mile (or is that a month) here in Massachusetts. They're called "phantom work zones".

They have work zone signs, "Fines Doubled in Work Zone" signs, cones, barrels, etc....but no work.

Oh, maybe once a month, you'll actually see workers doing something, but the rest of the time, nothing at all. The best ones last for multiple years. Six, in the case of a bridge which was "under construction" on my commuting route.

// Stop sign, because there wasn't a "Work Zone" one...

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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Fireworks?

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute vessel Knorr

We see it when it's in port, every time we take the state ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

...they set off a barrage of fireworks in my honour from their rear deck...

All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts (hah!)...so they must have stopped at a port at which it was legal to buy them (any southern state), right? Kidding...it's important to celebrate an achievement like this and I commend the crew of Knorr for being prepared to do so!

Well done that man...or was it just an excuse to remove himself from modern life for a month and a half? Either way...Thoreau would be proud!

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

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Re: Sad, but hardly surprising

"And it has just occured to me that the absence of actual fans might be the problem that Microsoft has."

At some point, the idea might occur to someone at Microsoft!

The problem with being the default operating system on every computer shipped.

// have an upvote

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Hmmm....

It appears there may be an off (*very* off!) chance of having the lovely lady herself at the launch.

She'll be in the area this year:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28271691

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Re: Some thoughtful(?) submissions from marketing...

Caricature Lindsay Lohan astride the El Reg vulture (ala Heavy Metal) with a caption of "Going my way, boys?"

Nose art?

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LightSquared backer sues FCC over spectrum shindy

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Re: Why, we might as well have been buying AIR

The whole thing was stupid from the start.

The whole thing was a scheme thought up by sharp businessmen (aka "job creators"), who thought they could get rich by pulling a bait-and-switch on the FCC.

They got called on it.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: For extra bonus points...

@nbauers: But my hovercraft...

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Re: Hang on..

You've made a wrong turn. You're in the "red light" district...

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Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

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Re: Whatever next?

The lack of any demonstated experience by the technical lead, the sketchy, unverifiable bios provided and the "identity theft" excuse (a full Linkedin profile can't be used to steal your identity, because those folks want home address, national number and DOB, at a minimum, none of which I have ever seen on Linkedin).

If *I* was asking for $250k from Kickstarter, you'd better believe I'd have a Linkedin profile and some information that would lead potential investors to believe that the gadget I was basing my company on would actually work (like a list of similar projects and pointers to papers on them)

Energy harvesting is real, and you can power devices from harvested energy. But physics is also real, and it *always* trumps wishful thinking and marketing optimism.

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Re: NOT A SCAM!!!

Methinks they doth protest too much.

Just show us the working prototype, with independently verified numbers, and we'll decide if it's a scam or not.

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Re: I have no opinion on this project, but

...and would be considered energy theft by both the power company and the law.

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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

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Chinese government?

Shouldn't the Chinese government be watching out for this kind of thing? Unless, of course, the appropriate "campaign donations" have been made, I guess.

Isn't capitalism wonderful?

// the one with the thick envelope in the pocket

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Re: Violating the laws of other legislatures

Surely the fault lies with the authorities in the country where whatever you have posted is regarded as a violation.

The authorities only act when political pressure requires them to. They are an instrument, not the problem. Well, they are the problem, but only because they are a blunt instrument without any sense of judgement.

The problem, to poorly paraphrase the Bard, is not in the authorities, but in ourselves. We need to get a grip on reality before it's too late. Surely there are bad people in this world, but they can be dealt with appropriately, without penalizing the vast majority of us, who want nothing more than the chance to let our kids run around without clothes on and not go to jail for it.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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...the NSA doesn't care what _American_ politicians...

That's because they know whatever happens, *they* have jobs -- important ones, like defending the free world against the forces of evil, and stuff like that.

Unlike the poiliticians, who drift in and out of the government at the whim of the voters -- along with their investigations and reforms.

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