* Posts by Tom 7

3162 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Why would anyone want to come to the UK to do space launches?

because the proclaimers of free enterprise and low taxation will tax the proles to give you a subsidy and a number that works in an offshore bank.,

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Re:Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

And so we can have a space-port built for some completely out of date launch technology which is what will happen.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: The problem with electric bicycles

I think you're missing the point of this - a lot of towns and cities have car free areas (or at least places you wouldn't park unless you are picking up your lottery winnings) so this means a delivery van can provide good service for relatively small items quite easily and effectively.This isn't a mode of transport - it seems like quite a sensible solution to a very common problem and returns the transit van to its original purpose as a delivery vehicle and not a collecting things quickly before their owner comes back vehicle.

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Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"

You would think that if belts really were sapping then every engine would have a timing chain!

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Does that lidar shit

work on car keys in 2" of grass? Cos if it does there's more wealth in pub gardens than the whole of Honduras!

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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What's the market for this?

If I wanted photos of my own land then it would be far far cheaper to buy a drone and take my own.

Just wondering who pays for this level of snooping?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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The big mistake we're all making here

is assuming the idiot who announced this has any interest in keeping the BBC public. This sounds more like a deliberate attempt to annoy as many people as possible so he can run a privatised BBC and make shitloads for the two or three years it takes for him to manage the prime assets into dispersing into the ether.

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Re: @ g7rpo

All the people I know who pay for Sky do it (or did it) for the odd game of football or rugby. There are some who watch some of the other output on Sky but its generally for the sports amongst the people I know - and they are being forced to pay to watch it as its pretty much a monopoly.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: Volkwagen

I found working on the VW engine easy - especially when it fell out on the drive. With a lift the standard engine was so easy to work on - its all these fancy turbos and carburetors that dont fit the engine bay that makes things difficult. Friend has on where the turbo was welded in place in the 17 piece exhaust! My VW before last I had to buy a special tool to get the spark plugs out!

The chrome/ff approach appears to be a mid engined jobie where the body wont come off to get at it!

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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Re: Brilliant!

Staring very hard at things really does affect them!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Got a big thing in the corner for family viewing

plugged into a hifi to get decent sound if required but if I want to watch something that actually has high quality visual content the laptop or computer is by far the best choice.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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'Pool' of light dust/ice

It looks a bit deeper than other craters, wonder if its just a layer of white icy dust which is nearly flat and the bit on the right is just a reflection of the sun on the crater wall.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Nothing wrong with Patent Trolls...

But don't blame the players, blame the game.

Er in the US the players write the rules of the game.

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Dont be Apple.

Remember Snow White.

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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

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x86

wot no other CPU's? I thought they'd got it going on ARM?

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Re:Re: Potentiometer + cloud

"With management in the cloud"

Not been paying attention for the last 40 years have you?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: Just for clarification?

I dont think you can really call it an English muffin if you add polenta or semolina. Works better without IMHO.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Uncanny Valley

TV pictures are good enough. Anything that requires greater resolution needs to be watched on a PC with zoom/ff/rewind etc.

I'm not sure what advantage is to be gained from watching cartoons in 4K but if you are spending your time noticing the address on the letter on the mantelpiece then its time we spend 1/10th of what is spent on TV research on script writing and country based canned laughter timing.

But, when we see what people are happy to watch on phones and tablets, and more importantly what they are watching, I'd say that for 90% of viewers TV's are 'Job Done'.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Nah...

I do worry that there may come a time where AI loads a piece of old code and it hides due to agoraphobia.

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I dont think ther will be many 32bit linux OSes still running then

I'd put good money on there being a lot of Cobol banking stuff which has some 32bit time stamps in it.

It might even pay enough to be worth coming back from the afterlife to fix it!

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Alien probes

That's all I need out here in Ohio: Alien probes and ultra-chillies!

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Re: Netizens of the world unite!!

This punishment is OK cos its just 'cruel and unusable'.

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A large portion of the UK think the UN is a toy of the US

to be listened to when it does US bidding and ignored when it doesnt.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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If some evil scientist can extract the tooth making bits

and engineer them to make a continuous thread what are you going to make the weaving machine out of?

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

But Tim, you dont pay it to yourself or bring it back into the country or anywhere near the UK tax regime.

Want a holiday - sorted all on tax free money. Want holiday home/boat etc - sorted all tax free. All you have to do is stay alive in the UK and you can live the life of Riley abroad - and bring a wedge of cash home with you too.

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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Wrong way round

surely the point is to show others you have the latest - no one uses them for the first few weeks they just wander around showing people they have a computer with phone (sic) capabilities.

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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When you dont get your food from supermarkets

- you chase it down yourself so you dont need any other way of identifying your sushi and krill.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Nearly had an XK8 convertible once

bloke used to leave it with the engine running and the top down outside the bakers.

At 6'5 I was never confident enough that I could get the seat back and away before he got his loaf.

Was very tempting tho!

Might sell the kids for one of these - if they do a drop top!

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Put four rounded corners together

and Apple now own the fucking wheel!

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

How would you know - you never get incoming do you?

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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In most places I've worked the greybeards are irreplaceable.

But they are replaced. The replacing seems to be done by MBAs who

would have difficulty debugging a revolving door.

Over the years I have done mostly the same things with different languages and different tools but almost always using software design methods which the MBAs would recognise as the whole of the management structure they aspire too but have only a few years experience of.

If I was a conspiracy theorist I would wonder if in the MBA courses its says fire any experienced software developers because they could replace you with code it you stand still long enough for your job to actually be defined in logical terms.

I never wanted to be a manager but other than managing humans* my software jobs seem to have covered every last bit of 'managing'.

*oh and serious arse licking.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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Elon Musk might be interested

for his porcine space program.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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.arsehole

.thatisall

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Politcally created issue

Since you raised Jimmy Carr... at the same time it was known that as Carr avoided £2Million Gary Barlow was avoiding £20Million and yet was not being pilloried by press. Surely it cant have been that Barlow was a tory party donor as that would suggest even greater corruption across the board but why the hell did Carr get attacked and Barlow was 'ignored'?

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: 700 million years!

Popcorn? Planetary kernels to the cognoscenti!

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: One born every minute

There may be plausible basis for fancy audio cables but that just means it seems reasonable. To the fuckwits that fall for that this is still plausible - but similarly complete and utter bollocks.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: nom nom nomenclature problem

Thanks for the clarification RIchard 12. It is too late however - I have made a small batch of chilli chutney using some frozen things I grew a while back (home saved seeds with random mutations) and I can say (or write cos I cant speak yet) that when the chutney has matured it should prove ideal for the recipe when diluted with eggs and shit bread.

I must now go melt an ice shelf.

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nom nom nomenclature problem

I dont have a copy of the episode to watch but surely its is 'chilli chutney' namely a chutney made with chillis?

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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And the lesson is

dont order your fibre from BT.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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If you look closely theres another white dot on the other side

which means its where the string went through!

This is discarded air freshener from a rather large craft.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Re: Revenue !=Profit...

But in these days you can run at a loss for tax purposes and still buy up large parts of the tropics and boats to cruise there.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Accessibility?

And I dont mean wheelchairs - it would be a good idea to have some contrast in the colours so you can actually see things. Designer grey/blue might be ok for a room but not a map.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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Re: It'll be up for sale in another 10 years

"Fashion is for people who cant afford personalities"

Me!

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Re: Well, that's what passes for EE customer support ...

You think EE is bad - you should try BT. Their web interface desperately tries to get you to do anything other than access 'support'. On a rainy day here (when the line gets wet and drops to ~440K both ways) it can take so long to download their shitload of news and gossip that it times out. When you do finally get to click on the appropriate support button it and you get to login there is no longer an option to report a fault! You can sometimes back button and find it if you are lucky, By the time you get to report a fault global warming has dried the line out and all is well again.

There's no LLU here so any other provider still has the BT roadblock and my hindi is coming along beautifully.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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RE: That's the weird one though isn't it

No - its an attempt at marketing. They are hoping there are a new generation coming through that will use the (free I believe?) windows on the Pi and then perhaps want to run it on other licensable machines.

Given that the new Pi seems more than powerful enough for most home use (and most office use too TBH) I can easily see it replacing most devices around as it should be easy to clip onto the back of a screen for keyboard driven use - you can make a decent PC for under £150 and watch telly on it too now!

Most people using the (old) Pi seem very happy with the non-MS software they are running on it - MS are in a huge hole here and seem to being swept down it.

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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When the only redeeming point is having a go at tom cruise

sorry lost the will to ty

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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Re: I'm wondering

I'd like to see this in a laptop too.

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: In other news,

I find a black balaclava keeps you warm - and rapidly inside.

Baklava is nice too and you dont get pains in not normally visible body areas.

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UK not-spot deal: When we said '2017’, we meant 1 DAY BEFORE 2018

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2017

Anno David Cameron.

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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What about when they get clogged with fluff

yes I still have lots of male mice - the ones with balls in them!

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