* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

984 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

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I, too, suggest a going over with some fine grit sandpaper before painting. Otherwise, you'll have a lumpy, painted surface. She deserves the best, so don't succumb to the temptation, take a while and get the surface glossy smooth before you paint...

You won't regret it!

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Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

As a friend once said: "If it's a digital photo, it'll end up on the web...so DON'T TAKE IT!"

// rolls of film in the pocket, thanks

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Re: This does not surprise me

AVN shared the building for many years and offered discounts to CES goers....

...the very definition of synergy :-)

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'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

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Re: Serious Business

Sorry, I don't have an hour and a half to find out what they're spraying.

Could you summarize, please?

(and while you are at it, please explain how spraying stuff at 30000 feet gives you any control at all of where it lands)

// Hmmm...maybe *that's* why Canadians are so mellow?

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Our LOHAN rocket ship team exits Spain with a bang

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Re: vid opening

Anyone worked out the Morse code?

"SPECIAL PROJECTS BUREAU"

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iPhone 5S, iOS 7 misery: Only JORDAN HATCH, 19, can SAVE APPLE NOW

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Hottest 25 under 25 -- at 30

Please, oh, please: come back in five years, with a second look at all these folks, and tell us how they have changed? It will, I guarantee, be worth the effort...

// old guy, wishes them all well

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Our second attempt to give LOHAN a good banging: Live tomorrow

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Here's wishing you a successful launch, safe flight and easy, goat- and tree-free recovery!

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Google for "beaver vanilla"

This is what you get -- vanilla bean dyed beaver fur trooper hat:

http://www.glacierwear.com/fur-on-sale/men-s-and-women-s-dyed-sheared-beaver-trooper-style-fur-hat.html

// folks, you can't make this up!

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Re: Vanillin

"...vanillin makes such an effective flavouring agent...very little of it is needed."

Ahhh...so one beaver's worth will flavour *how many* containers of ice cream, then?

I think I smell a new Reg measurement standard here.

// and it smells like...[where's the beaver icon got to?]

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Re: Come on

I call BS.

There's no way catching beavers is easier or cheaper than growing vanilla plants. The number of beavers required to meet the world demand for natural vanilla flavor would be astronomical.

Sorry, but this has "urban legend" written all over it.

// Bull $#!#, not "beaver scent"

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DRAMA at 75,000 FEET: Our Playmonaut's TERROR PLUNGE from EDGE of SPACE

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Well done!

The dashcam was a teriffic idea. Sorry we missed the hike, though.

Best of luck on the second mission.

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LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain

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Well done, the SPB Mountain Rescue!

Playmonaut safe, debrief to be held in the nearest pub, ASAP!

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Re: SPB Drone?

+1 for an SPB drone. It's just not an option -- you NEED one (with lots of cameras, please)!

Thrilling video from the chase car, great fun watching the comments scroll by in one window as the tracker updated in the other and the scenery flew by. Well done (except for the whole not-getting-to-the-landing-site-before-dark thing), but there's always tomorrow, and that climb will be easier after a few beers, a good dinner and a night's rest, which I hope you got!

//drone is cheaper and more portable than a gyrocopter

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LOHAN test flight LIVE: All the launch action

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Re: Keeping up the family traditions...another LOHAN in the news.

You go girl!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/13/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/dina-lohan-arrest-lindsay/index.html

"traveling at 77 mph in a 55 mph zone"

So, just barely keeping up with traffic flow, then?

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Two major engineering events!

LOHAN test flight and someone's trying to flip some boat in Italy :-)

Good luck to our intrepid SPB team!

(the guys with the boat are on their own)

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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He does have his "quirks", but think of what the man has accomplished in twenty years:

not only did he produce an open source UNIX-compatible OS, but he catalyzed an entire community to help him. Perhaps it was only a case of him being the right person in the right place at the right time, but he has certainly stuck with it and built Linux into something that I doubt he ever could have envisioned at the beginning.

// flunked out of charm school, he did, though.

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Re: "Suicidal squirrel”

I just read about the Tufty Club (isn't the web wonderful?)

Someone with a warped sense of humor decided on a squirrel for a road safety mascot, methinks.

Here in the northeast US, they are usually seen on the roads in their two-dimensional form...

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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The SPB

(and Lester in particular) seem to be having *way* too much fun with this project!

Keep up the good work, guys.

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Re: Reprogramming

"I must have missed the article where they drove to Tesco's because there was a 2 for 1 sale on C4."

I've just go back. It was yesterday.

It always works that way...by the time I get there, the sale's over.

No way I'm paying their regualr prices for C4.

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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

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I get "valuable industry experience"...

...every time I have to repair something.

Seriously, these are university students taking summer jobs. If they're of average intelligence (and there's no reaon to believe they're not), they pick up what they need to know to do the work in the first couple of days on the job. And mandatory meetings should be paid meetings.

Deducting 20% of their pay *for the entire summer*, because they're "interns" is nothing but straight out robbery.

Good on them for standing up and saying so.

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Kamikaze Moon mission on track as NASA grips its tumbling LADEE

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Just like the old days

I, too, stayed up to watch the moon landing. I'll never forget the thrill of hearing "Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed."

Friday night, I stayed up again, with NASA TV on the computer, some red-filtered lights and a pair of binoculars. I even cajoled my wife into staying up. Two minutes after launch, in the south-east sky, I saw the rapidly rising point of light that was LADEE. We both watched, fascinated, as the second stage burned out and LADEE headed off towards the Moon.

The thrill was still there. Go, NASA!

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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"Information Service Provider" vs Common Carrier

When I signed up for Comcast, they made clear (in the fine print of the Service Agreement) that they were operating as an Information Service Provider rather than a Common Carrier. The difference being that they claimed (rightly or wrongly is open to debate) that they were providing me information, not carrying my packets. They also claim that I can't deliver the information "they" provide me to anyone else, and that they retain the right to do pretty much anything they want. It's written more like a cable tTV contract than an internet connection contract.

Were they operating as a Common Carrier, they'd be obligated to carry whatever packets I sent and to deliver whatever packets were sent to me. And this requirement would be enforced, just as it is for wireline telephone companies, of which Verizon is one (although they are trying very hard to get rid of the "wireline" part right now).

The problem with ISPs, IMHO, is that they are generally not considered Common Carriers, that they claim to provide some additional value. This, too, is open to debate. Basically, yes, their suits have won and gotten themselves classified so they can have fewer regulations and make more money with less oversight. I guess that seems fair, if you're Comcast or Verizon, but maybe not so fair if you're one of their customers...

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

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IBM cards

Make great bookmarks and shopping lists. They also fit neatly into a shirt pocket. At Christmas time, they can be made into decorative wreaths when spray-painted gold.

Paper tape for Teletypes came in both 5-level (Baudot) and 8-level (ASCII) widths (along with some other special-purpose formats for typesetting and from other manufacturers)

Kids nowadays will never experience the joy of seeing their names spelled out in holes on tape or cards.

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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That's the mark of a great man - one who takes time to explain what's going on to interested kids.

What a life -- but I disagree with the poster above that those days are gone. There are still folks building electric motorcycles in their sheds, along with electric conversions for cars and the random homebuilt aircraft.

And let's not forget our own SPB team!

The spirit is still alive, and we owe it to the meomory of those like Wallis (and ourselves) to get back in the shed and keep building!

// the one with the aircraft drawings in the pocket...

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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Re: Who really owns the seal?

The NSA do, and by law it's only allowed to be used for official purposes...that's why it's called a "seal".

They have no right to the letters NSA, regardless of what TFA says. It's the same for most government agencies with seals -- they and they alone have the right to determine how they're used.

//proud owner of a coffee mug with the NSA seal (purchased at the NSA museum, just outside the gates...

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Keep on truckin'... Qualcomm sells OmniTRACS for $800m

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It's not that *no one* wants satellite phones

It's more that the intersection of those who want them and those who can afford them is quite small. Small enough that there aren't enough customers to sustain a satellite phone business.

You'd think they would have researched that before starting the biz...

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Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz

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An asset management system for a government?

Surely, these have been done before? 250k people can't require too many assets, can they? And how much managing can these assets require? Geez! Any medium sized town probably has software that could be converted or used directly.

SAP seems to have done an epic fail here. If only because they didn't check their files to see if they had recently done something similar for someone else.

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Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

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WTF?

Re: Dear Mark, they don't exist

Hey Mark -

How about working on literacy and equal rights for women first?

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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I hope

...that the long-suffering and generous Claire is receiving something for her trouble. A portion of the contents of the warehouse you mentioned might be appropriate. Claire is the personification of the Good Sport.

And well done, for finally getting your broadband -- bigger antenna, higher up = Good Thing!

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Re: @Roo - There are some brilliant technical minds out there

"If they have brilliant technical minds, why do they seem to think..."

Because, while they do employ many brilliant technical minds, they also employ the not-so-brilliant. And they outsource hard-drive smashing to the Police, who employ include a much smaller percentage of brilliant technical minds.

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Cool cars, cat-crushing chronometers, cashmere ... is this your IT boss?

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Black card

There's nothing like the "clank" of a titanium Centurion card hitting the table to announce yourself...

// don't have one, don't know anyone who does

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Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

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Re: Wow

So...the Space Shuttle had cupholders, then?

America...yeah!

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Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

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Priorities

I wish Comcast would use their "considerable engineering resources" to do something about the way my cable throughput seems to drop every evening from 5 to 9, as the online gamers chew up the shared bandwidth.

Is it too much to ask that they just provide a big tube to the interwebs, and stop trying to "add value"?

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: Limbaugh is so far to the right that everyone is a 'Leftie'

I'm constantly amazed at how much media exposure this guy gets, simply for spouting complete drivel.

I guess it's all about marketing and appealing to the lowest common denominator.

// Paris, because...intellectual equals, right?

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Rejoice! Sysadmin day is... TODAY. Now get in here and win free stuff

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Cake

We're getting ours a cake after lunch...they don't suspect a thing yet...

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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Vail

A friend of mine, who claims to be a distant relative of Morse's assistant, Alfred Vail (so perhaps not the most objective authority...) claims it was Vail who made the code a statistical one.

// de KA1AXY

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: Problem is the cost of originals.........

Re; "Atherton" "Would bringing the misdirection of the seller to the websites operators have an effect - I didn't think it would."

And you are correct in that -- "Atherton" increasingly seem to be relying on outside suppliers and they do not really care about those independent suppliers' business practices. 30 day limit on defective returns, etc. I received a product that was considerably different from the image shown on their website (not in original mfr's package, but was shown as such in the image). "Atherton" showed a complete lack of concern when I pointed it out to them, vendor merely offered a refund.

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Re: So...

She may not even have known it was counterfeit. When I was buying a replacement battery for my Nokia, the warnings were not to check that it had a hologram sticker, but to actually check the hologram did the correct thing (right number of fingers on the hands, and that sort of thing)

Apparently, the fake holograms are now almost as good as the real thing and very hard to spot.

// too cheap to believe isn't reliable either -- selling off old stock at a discount as a new phone comes out, etc.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: Eh?

"for pedestrians - it's a narrow, winding lane wrapped tight around the building, where drivers are not expecting to see pedestrians. They should be going slow, but pedestrians shouldn't be there."

Maybe they've figured it out by now, but the geniuses that designed the McD's restaurants near me (are they all built to the same standard plan?) thought it would be a good idea to put the entrance door right in front of the drive up window...so people coming from the parking lot walk right in front of the punters picking up their bags of goodies, while checking to see if they got enough ketchup packets as they hit the gas...

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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Snowy Mountain Scheme

When I was a little nipper, we used to spend parts of school holiday at the Mt Buffalo Chalet in Victoria, Australia. One of the excursions offered was to the as-yet uncompleted hydro scheme. Tours through the control rooms, turbine halls and at least one tunnel. All very impressive for an 8-y.o. (who was constantly listening for the trickle of water coming down the tunnel behind him)

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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

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Re: I'm No Fan

"The CE on many of thsoe devices is china export, not the europian conformance mark. "

"China Export", my ass!

It's a fake of the CE mark, designed to fool people yet be just different enough that the manufacturer thinks they can get away with it in a court of law.

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Re: I'm No Fan

I have personally seen ... and disassembled, dodgy Chines-manufactured kit with all kinds of official looking certification lables on it. After looking inside, I highly doubt the labels were genuine (in the sense that the equipment they were on had been tested and certified to comply with the regs).

I have also seen Chinese stuff with counterfeit branding, some of it very good.

It's a real problem. How do you know that the cheap wall-wart you just purchased is safe? Short answer: you don't. The solution? Use it safely. Don't handle it when you're soaking wet, just out of the shower. Wear shoes, or stand on dry wood or vinyl flooring. Think before you grab. Use a GFI outlet.

// need an electric shock icon...

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Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

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Mostly true

"...practically all the sexiest, highest quality and most expensive computing devices we use here are manufactured there. And they do it because we can’t."

My iPhone is manufactured in China because labor and components are cheap over there. If labor were that cheap here, it would be built here. We're perfectly capable of building that stuff over here, we just can't afford the labor.

In addition to my iPhone, other, not-so-well-built stuff comes from China (different factories, same country). The power adaptor that fell apart, the kitchen timer that doesn't and the rest of the junk. That's not racist, it's a fact. You get what you pay for. Chinese factories will build it...well or poorly, depending on your cost target.

It's not racist, more like slavery. Chinese workers are, even at the factories that make the high end stuff, paid far far less than a western living wage. And environmental, health and safety regulation is, shall we say, unevenly enforced? Everything comes at a price.

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

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Re: "they've been about being in the market"

I'm sure they'll be lining up outside the Microsoft stores for an opportunity to run Office on their wrists.

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

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Re: Affinity for treetop landing?

Trees are magnetic.

So are balloons, kites, aircraft, etc.

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Well done, team!

All those fields and one magnetic forest. But we knew that would happen, right?

Love the Burberry plaid title.

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Botch Tuesday: Redmond frags video codec

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Re: VLC?

Our IT dept installs it on all machines here. Because it is the only one they need.

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Click here for hot live SPEARS test action

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I can't help but notice

The team seems to be growing.

You're going to need uniforms. Nothing says "professional" like uniforms. Remember how sharp the Mars rover team looked in their control centre in their blue golf shirts? Of course, for the SPB, they'd need to be red.

Oh, and well done. Very well done.

//extra points for dry land :-)

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