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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Re: why all the dreary cars ?

@dam dunno why you'd think that ?

I'm drawn to cars which have been designed by engineers to do a job purely. Whether it's the amazing 3.2 straight six of the M, or the work of genius that is the SLK folding roof. Or the mental 400hp tractor engine in a Tupperware box that was my Tuscan.

I don't see any evidence that more 'management types' by interesting performance cars personally.

I've got a Ducati Monster too, a Blade before that and have been riding for 20 years. And again, if anything would say I've came across more than the average techy geeks that ride.

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why all the dreary cars ?

I'd like to think us El Reg readers are just as diverse a section of the population as any other.

Yet every single car review so far has been for either leccy cars, economy city cars, or people carriers.

What's with that ? I make no dispersions to people interested in those cars types at all, but it does seem that you are somewhat pigeon holing your readership into those categories ??

And now the come clean/get me down voted bit:

Personally they don't interest me in the slightest.

But I've been in IT for 20 years. I drive rear wheel drive sports cars. I started back in the early 90s with an MR2, then 300ZX, TVR Tuscan, M roadster, and then (last week) an SLK AMG 55.

I'm surely not the only one out there am I ?

If El Reg is going to cover cars (for an as yet unspecified reason) at least cover the market ? Or base your coverage on some sort of analysis of your readership ?

I admit, it's the old 'can't prove the general from the particular' here - but none the less - it's all I have to go on: the people I know in IT who read the Reg, have a healthy interest in fast cars… how about covering those a bit more ?

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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@dan1980

I like the way that you suggest the 'moderates' are less deranged and misguided and DONT'T lack the ability for logical thought....

Frankly, if you believe in magical invisible fairies creating the universe, I fail to see whether the fairy doing things quickly or doing things slowly is particularly relevant....

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Blackpool

Frankly, to anyone who's ever had the misfortune of having stayed in Blackpool, this can come as no surprise.... the place is full of utter shit holes (in the crap hole which is Blackpool itself).

I imagine it will make no difference to their business - 200 odd reviews on trip advisor already says it's a shit hole, but that'll make no difference to the bus loads of poor old dears that get shipped in daily thanks to the undoubted kickbacks they give to the tour operators.

I'd love to see people like these owners taken down a peg or two though.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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moonraker

that is all

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Coding

I wonder when the last time TBL coded was....has he still got is NeXT cube ?

Still, it's a decent sentiment.

was watching the early 1990s steve jobs interview in full on netflix last week, and he made the same comment - everyone should be taught how to code - because it teaches you how to think.

Which last time I tried to post similar sentiments got me downvoted to hell... but hey ho.

For what it's worth - I agree with both of em - but since when has an MP had to know anything about the thing they are talking about ? Even when they end up being a minister of a department, there's no connection at all between their background and the department (unlike certain other european countries for example)

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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eh???

i hate windows - but wtf… it's 60 quid.

for 60 quid, you get a tablet with an HD screen 16gb of storage and a free 16gb sdcard.

wtf is your problem ?

If you have more than 60 quid, get something else. If you don't - then surely this is a great 'hudl equivalent' for the great unwashed of the USA.

I really don't get the attitude ??

we don't all earn 100k a year. Walmart knows it's market.

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

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awesome

I'm sitting here at work with everyone running around like headless chickens trying to get a few SOA services talking to each other in a major airline...

This kinda makes it all pale into insignificance!

Can't wait for the piccies!

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Genuinely stupid in the case of Ryanair

I find the BA prices always accurate on the comparison sites. I've used them a number of times this year alone ?

I would have thought however frequent the calculations are done, provided there is only a matter of minutes between the comparison data being captured, and a purchase being made they are very unlikely to be different (i.e. unlikely to have been other ticket sales for that flight in the interval) ?

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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Coincidence

Just finishing 'The Right Stuff' by Tom Wolfe just now, and last night was Cooper's flight.

Well worth reading (or watching - the film was also excellent).

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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

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pfft. let's fix the REAL problem

trying to squish the Internet down a wee wire. I mean that's just stupid.

why don't we all just get a copy of it in our home.

I've seen the IT Crowd - it's only about the size of a shoe box.

I could fit it under the stairs.

Maybe the postie could deliver me an updated one once a week.

job done.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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It's not the same thing at all

You say yourself - some work some don't.

Well what are the reasons for why some work some don't ?

- popularity

- ability to mass manufacture for buttons

We've had aircraft now for over 100 years. We all want our flying cars a damn site more than a 5 minute trip on a rocket ship.... but we don't have em. why ?

Because they can't be mass manufactured for buttons.

I think it's great what Branson is doing. I think it's great what Audi did with the Veyron.

But it's got FA to do with trickle down economics imho....

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Memory

1/2 of that article was moaning about fixed memory FFS.

Now, ok it means you have to decide at the start and pay 'apple tax' on it (which is no different from the 'dell tax' or the 'hp tax'...

But it's hardly a deal breaker. I have 3 mac minis - my very first one (core duo), needed more memory (and I actually stuck a new CPU in it too) when it's role changed (from web surfer to media centre in my house), the rest I just bought with sufficient memory.

You surely KNOW what memory you need when you buy it - why do you suddenly need more later except for when a machine gets re-purposed like mine ? certainly OSX upgrades never need it.

That leave the 'apple tax'.

well... if it DID have 4bg socketed memory it would be 2x2GB... 'cause that's the way of the world with every manufacturer under the sun...

so, you'd have to buy an 8gb kit (2x4), which would cost you about 60 quid.

or you could get a single 8gb, keep one of the 2s in there for about 70 quid.

and apple charge 80 quid.

it's hardly a frecking massive gap is it ???

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Kif Koker

I keep getting the two confused.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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flight time

"And they're using what to power the thing? Sarium Krellide? Because a LiPo battery would last about as long as it takes your average mammal to pee."

what makes you say that ?

there are already similar sized FPV 'drones' out there.

The Hubsan 107D for instance - I have one.

You get about 6 minutes flight time.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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CONTROL

Seem to me, this is the beeb's next step down the road to access control.

At present, anyone in UK can access BBC content via iplayer irrespective of whether they have a licence or not.

It seems pretty clear to me, that by the bbc phasing out open browser support and tying APIs into propriety approved clients (they have to give you the API key), they can control the client devices.

Next step is to provide a similar API to check the user has a valid tv licence before viewing ?

Another 'media company' that just doesn't get it....

I'll continue to pay my licence fee -it's just about worth it for the 3 or 4 BBC shows I watch (I don't have a tv reciever), but I'll also continue to get BBC content via alternative outlets rather than their shit streams.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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quite right - 1st world problems.

"“This app monitors tweets,” continued Baines, “processes them with an automated algorithm, which selects tweets if they contain the right keywords, pushes this information to a third party, and then retains the tweet and may match it with others from the same person. All without the subject of this being aware."

yeh -so just like google does with every fucking search and every fucking email!!

But samaritans try to something with that data more beneficial than selling you targeted shite to buy and SAVE LIVES!!!!

get the fuck back on your hobby horse and fuck right off - if you use twitter you are already effectively broadcasting your (inane) thoughts to everyone* - you have not a leg to stand on by then complaining that someone tries to make use of that public data.

utterly pathetic article.

*hell I'd argue that any twatter (or facepuke) user has mental health problems… but that's neither here nor there...

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: The Right Stuff

I agree he gave Gus a hard time. However, it may have been justified - it may not. we will never truly know - but he was wrong to not make it clear that there was no evidence either way.

Chuck wise - I think the author was right: the book is about the pilots. it's about the 'right stuff', and even among those pilots, Chuck was a demigod.

So I think he was spot on to portray him that way imho.

If the chucks/armstrongs/etc had continued to hold the lime light - and the X15/X20/etc projects had got the money through the 60s instead of nasa… who knows where we'd be today. Instead - it's taken us 50 years to get back to making spacecraft rather than ballistic capsules.

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The Right Stuff

One of my favourite films.

And reading the book Just now (by Tom Wolfe).

If you've not seen/read it - it's well worth it.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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2p pieces

1985 on holiday in spain, aged 14.

On previous holidays I had discovered that the 2p was an exact match for the 25 peseta….

So here I was on holiday, having brought with me my bag of 100s of 2ps…

and the machine the hotel pub had was GnGs…

I must have played it for hours and hours over 2 weeks, and I remember actually finishing it - it's the only arcade game I've EVER finished to this day.

happy memories.

poor bastard owner who came back, picked out the full heavy coin box thinking 'awesome' only to discover it was full of british 2p…. but hey ho.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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4k video editing

Thats the real USP - for still photos, etc there's no real need to see every pixel 1-to-1 for your work, but with video editing there is - shifting about a zoomed window just doesn't cut it.

We've already got the first of the true consumer 4k cameras out with the go pro 4 black, more will undoubtedly follow.

For now, my workflows are all 1080p which my current retina MBP and iMac 27 both allow space to view 100% within FCPX with room for the interface, but even the go pro 3+ shoots in 2.7K - which can't be viewed in FCPX full size as its about the same resolution as the whole display.

So they'll be a quick pick up from pros shooting 4k now, and over the next year as more consumer 4k cameras come on the market, it's going to become more and more attractive to these folk.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Depressing

Lots of things are hard.

But they were a shit lot harder when you were trying to do them with a slide rule…

which was how these antiques where made.

you can refurbish all you want, but micro-fractures, etc in metals and alloys are bound to form and be undetectable after 50 fecking years !

And is it so 'hard' now ?

Now we have computers to do the grunt work and 75+ years of experience ? The success of space X says - NO it isn't. It's a piece of fucking piss. It needs good people and lots of cash - but its not more difficult than engineering the latest retina iMac.

the 'its not rocket science' line is 75 years old and it's passed its sell date.

Using stuff that was knocked out before we'd even invented transistors and that's been designed on A2 paper draft boards is fucking mental.

Space X must be gloating away. And maybe NASA is thinking whether their 'we'll take the lowest bidder' approach is maybe a bit fuckwitted after all...

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Depressing

That in 2014... they felt they had to (or could) use 55 year old engines...

I mean WTF....

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re: Yuk

I do. I cycle around 1000 miles a year.

the cars for for grocery runs, long trips, etc, etc

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Re: Yuk

I get 17/18 on little 3 mile trips to the station and back, but on longer motorway driving 25 is the norm.

But again, its an irrelevance unless looked at within the whole 'pence per mile' idea.

I do 4k a year - so 4-500 quid difference a year between 25mpg vs 50.

then factor in the fact my depreciation is about 1000 a year.

that's 1500 quid a year without servicing, etc)

your brand new pugget will have cost you 5-8k the first year alone. But... ooo you've saved 400 quid on fuel. yippee doo.

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Re: Yuk

I dunno. maybe, but I have 2: my other one is a 2000 BMW M Roadster.

And I've had no problems ever with that either.

And even when the odd things goes wrong and needs fixing, its costing you less to service than the main dealer rates your paying for your brand new pugget tin can. So you can afford to have to replace the odd component and still come up tops.

On the other hand the amount of things that have gone wrong with mates cars that always buy new is as long as my arms.

Saying the above, having had both now for 10 years nearly, I'm ready for a change, and plan to punt em both in for an SLK 350 2005/6. Again - it'll be a 8/9 year old car, which was 40k new, but I can pick up for 12k. And I expect to get another 10 years of pretty much hassle free cheap motoring for less than the cost of a brand new piece of tin crap.

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Yuk

What a horrible plasticky piece of crap.

I run a 2001 4.4 v8 x5.

It's got everything from double glazing, 12 airbags to TV and 300hp.

It cost 70k fully specced up in 2001.

But I bought it in 2006 for 15k.

8 years later it's every bit the same as it was when it came off the production line.

My depreciation costs are less in 8 years than nearly ANY new car you buy will be after a year.

It does 25mpg. So the fuck what ? It doesn't go wrong. My COSTS are less than this thing would be per month.

Now you may hate bmws, you may hate 4x4s. Hopefully you will however realise that is not the point....

Even smart people who are aware of stuff like cost per mile, etc still seem to fixate on mpg.

If you really want cheap transport :

1. Don't buy new

2. Don't buy new

3. Don't buy new

4. Buy a 5 year old luxury car. From the body work, interior fitting to the large low stressed engines they are run and run and run. BMW, merc, Porsche, top range Audi whatever...

Oh...and finally I'd swear blind that by NOT causing another car to be manufactured my old x5 is a damn site greener than this thing too.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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No jailbreak yet

So there's yer problem....

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Meh

Youtube does pay creators

I'm a wee fish on youtube - but I've had about 480,000 views so far - will probably hit 500,000 by xmas.

Most of my videos are 'monetized' where I've been bothered enough to not use copyright music.*

It makes me about 50 quid a year.

It obviously makes youtube/google a lot more, when they are prepared to give me 50 quid - at 1%, maybe they make 5000 quid a year out of me advertising wise.

that's a pretty good deal for them - which is why google have billions and I have 50 quid....

However, if they now say 'you get FA now if a viewer pays us the advertising revenue we are losing... then I want 1% of that too... basically I should still get my amazingly generous 50 quid.

If I don't - f&ck of youtube, hello Vimeo.

youtube.com/powerlord69

(safe for work)

*which I don't get either - so basically here I've still created 90% of the content, just not the music, but google take this as sufficient reason to keep all the ad revenue there... wtf is that about. makes no sense. If the music companies weren't so much up there own arse they would actually REWARD me for using one of their tracks in my video. fuckwits.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Confused

So they are saying they died out BEFORE big whales, which could then become big ?

Or that they died out at the same time as whales were already big (and could then propogate over the world).

I mean... what are the theories for why they died out ?

1. climate ?

2. lack of food (but surely even medium sized defensless whales would be pretty easy eating).

3. dislike of whale meat ?

4. only eat fish, and all the fish eaten by the whales ?

5. left earth before first vogon fleet ?

6. shark-ebola ?

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Westfield SEight

was the car of my late teens I dreamed of wanting.

The westfields always had a bit more panache about them imho.

21k for a 660cc caterham is silly money though. If you want to do this sort of thing - get a bike engineer kit or buy one someone else has stuck together. You can pick one up for 8 or 9k.

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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

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Infinite Monkey Cage

If you've never listened to it - worth a listen. podcasts available too.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: The company also bumped up the hardware specs on the Mac Mini with faster processors

"I was waiting for the new models to consider getting an iMac; now I'm wondering if I should be trying to buy the previous generation (where do you get those from now)?"

apple reburb store.

I was hoping i also might get a bargain 'last gen' one to replace my core 2 duo job I have just now which is my 'entertainment centre' at the moment in the living room.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Re: 400 feet rule

FPV does yes - and if FPV then you are under 722 for sure - therefore 400 feet maximum.

But as I say, still not safe from colliding with 'real' aircraft was my point.

If you are not flying in an autonomous mode, and not flying 'remotely' (which I interpret as FPV), then I interpret 722 as not applying at all -since it only applies to 'UAS's which are defined as

-remoted piloted or autonomous aircraft.

FPV org has a similar view to me:

http://www.fpvuk.org/fpv-law/

So you have 393 to adhere too. So you've got to stay 50m away from other people.

But if you have eyes like a hawk and want to fly up to 2500 feet (which i did a few weeks ago) with your quadcopter - provided you DONT fly FPV, and DONT let it fly autonomously, this is within the law of CAP393 I believe since CAP393 specifies no maximum AGL - simply that the operator must be able to clearly be able to see the aircraft 'visual line of sight' to control it.

I mean, yer not gonna make a habit of it probably - so just an anal point really.

The main thing is dispelling this 'you don't need to worry about aircraft below 400 feet' rumour.

Also stating the obvious - that you are subject to exactly the same airlaw as any other aircraft - and therefore if you live in an area which has no CLASS G airspace, then I believe you will be breaking the law flying ? i.e. this would include london in it's entirety.

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400 feet rule

Aircraft can fly lower than 400 feet... I can fly 5 feet above the ground if I want. provided I do not fly within 500 feet of any person/building/structure.

As a paramotor pilot I regularly fly much much lower than 400 feet.

the 400 ft limit - just for CAP 722 UAS is a weird one and has really more to do with the history of UAs than now.

Arguably, provided your quadcopter cannot fly autonomously, and you do not fly 'remotely' - i.e. via FPV - then it is simply a regular old RC plane. And therefore covered entirely by CAP 393 - no specific height limit - you are covered by CAP 393 'visual range' - and it is left to you to interpret that appropriately based on conditions, weather, aircraft type, eyesight, etc, etc.

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great article - a nice beginners guide

I've been flying quads - big and small, off teh shelf and made from scratch for about 3 years now.

The X4 is indeed a great little item. And I have a few of them (I also fly the big boys).

But I'd recommend you get one of these babies.

1. it's only 18 quid inc postage (mine took about 10 days to arrive)

2. they have 'headless mode' (like the big boys have)

3. it has rubber feet and a better design than tha hubsan protecting the frame and motors from damage even when smashed into ground repeately.

4. it comes with prop guards making it pretty much indestructable (so far anyway!)

headless mode basically means it has a built in compass - so when you activate it pushing forward on the stick for example will always make the quad fly forward by the direction it was originally pointing in when activated (and usually it would be the way you are facing).

so even if the quad rotates/yaws around, forward is still forward. i.e. you don't need to try and keep it pointing away from you and/or learn to fly it coming towards you in reverse, etc.

Plus, it is more stable that the X4 - I've been flying mine all week in my hotel room - it's fecking awesome - in headless mode you can chuck it around the sky like a mentalist.

http://www.hobbywow.com/en-copy-of-cg022-6-axis-led-headless-mode-mini-rc-quadcopter-rtf-2-4ghz-p237632.htm#

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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I can tell you it works fine on the old hudl.

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Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

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Gimp

no no no

it's a pun. must be.

something is waay too long. and has been so, for waay too long.

My bet in the ipad - it is very very long and thin.

I heard a rumour that is one will in fact be very very short, but fatter... with the screen innovatively on the fat side. In fact today, I can exclusively reveal that someone in the office just showed me one of these new 'Ipad-shorts'.

they are an absolute revolution !!!!

The old one was over 9 massive inches long!!!

Length: 240 mm (9.4 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches)

I have just measure the prototype I have been shown and here are its measurements:

Length: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 240 mm (9.4 inches);

it's a game changer I tell you!!!!!!!!

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

At least on east coast mainline 'abelio' backwater the wifi is nothing more than a hotspot for train mobile 3g connection. So it's as shit as the 3g coverage... which on the eastcoast mainline is utterly pathetic - there are about 3 or 4 spots during the 75 min journey between ipswich and liverpool st where you can get 3g.... most of the time it's between GPRS and no signal at all.

doesn't stop the wankers actually trying to CHARGE for the crap wifi right enough... on top of your 70 quid ticket.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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I'm a veteran of leccy bikes

Got my first one in 2008 - which I still use weekly.

I also converted my mountain bike for offroad leccy use (1000w), and have a little folding leccy bike that is great for commuting and keeping in the campervan.

As others have pointed out, the time of 2000 quid leccy bikes was 6-8 years ago. there is no reason why a good leccy bike should cost any more than a good bike + 400 quid for motor/battery.

There are lots of kits out for DIY, and there are quite a few companies who will sell you one ready to ride in the UK.

Or of course there is the cheap chinese jobs which are ok if you just want an occasional electrified bike based on a <100 quid frame. Horses for courses.

My 6 year old one is a Trex 7.2FX by cytronex. Frankly I wouldn't recommend a cytronex, as I have since replaced all electrical parts with my own (new hub motor, wiring, controller and my own lipo) after numerous techincal issues. But the idea of starting with a good hybrid bike is definately the best approach imho.

As others have stated the UK law is every so slightly more sensible than EU law in not requiring 'pedalec' only mode - which is just bollocks. I like to let the motor work on its own sometimes on straights/uphills, and then other times, I put effort in. that's the way I like the ride - WTF point is there in forcing pedalling - it's moronic.

The 15mph is also far too low imho. If it was more like 20-25mph I think we'd see a bigger uptake on electric bikes - power to weight (inc the rider) they are the best suited form of transport for electrifying - and yet it's held back by moronic laws like 250w/15mph/pedalec(EU).

fat and live in a hilly area ? tough shit - your 250w motor won't get you up the hills and will pull you along at walking pace. what the hell sort of intensive is that to people.

There seems to be no logic whatsoever to the 250w rule any more than the top speed or EU pedalec thing other than to protect incumbent industries as far as i can see.

Also - remember that most companies offer the bike scheme now enabling you to save tax, etc.

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

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Mutts nutts

I've got 5 of the things - 2 3+ blacks, 2 HD2s and an HD.

I've been using them for years for my adventure sports - paragliding, paramotoring, sky diving, scuba diving, snorkelling, motorcycling, mountain biking, etc.

There really is nothing to touch the quality of the optics on the 3+ (and now probably the 4) - pin sharp edge to edge at 170 degrees is awesome. Plus protune records in insanely high bit rate (40+) giving amazing artifact free footage.

The 3+ is a pro tool, the 4 will be too. TV programmes are full of gopro footage these days, from TopGear, to movies. It's the defacto POV.

I can shoot incredibly 3d footage with the 2 3+ next to each other (I make a wee 3d mount you can download from thingiverse if you want it), and mounted on a gimbal (I'm stu of stubilizer 'fame') the results take some beating.

here's Skye from the air:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-NcAVY3DpM

Shooting at 2.7K in protune allows post edit cropping and still leaving crisp 1080p footage too.

Battery life is a bit pants (I use external lipo solution I built), but the 4 seems to have bigger batteries.

I am tempted by 4k - (both my macs are 3k screens) but for now, I'm gonna stick with my 3+s I think.

I think the budget one is the killer though - that's only a slight premium over the far inferior quality chinese jobs (SJ4000, etc) - with the great optics and decent sensor/ambrella chip I think they might have really chopped off the cheap chinese market.

I'm off to Menorca next week - and will be packing the gopro as always - this time, for some snorkelling footage (red filter on lens). :-)

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Re: Windows control app support still missing?

You can control them from a PC relatively easily.

Have a look on the net.

The gopro runs linux, and the wifi interface presents a basic webserver.

You can use this to start/stop video, stream video, etc pretty easily with a basic script.

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DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?

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Pfft

has anyone checked that Dolphins are not simply magnetic ?

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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I don't get Britain these days

We seem to not care about our rights anymore.

We have no freedom of speech - jail sentences for slogans on tshirts, for 'preaching hate', etc

We are happy to have our every move monitored (highest per capita CCTV cameras in the world)

We are happy to have our every move recorded (tescos clubcard, facebook ,etc)

We have let terrorism laws be re-purposed into use from everything down to stopping photography.

We are happy to have our internet censored and restricted, our phone calls recorded.

Even torture is seen by most of the plebian as a good thing, its benefits being extolled in films and on tv.

And we are happy to accept that it is all for our own good, that the government is wonderful, and that 'you've got nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide'.

I just don't get it. I really don't.

Utterly utterly mental.

I reckon if Teresa May came out in the press tomorrow with a new law requiring all muslims to wear a star on their jackets, it would pass with no more than a murmur.....*

*does that count as Godwin...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Blinkbox Music

I still have my favourite music on my phone, but I also like listening to Blinkbox Music sometimes:

1. it's free. no CC required.

2. you can mark your favourite 'stations' to be downloaded in the background

3. you only get an ad every 3 or 4 songs so not too bad.

I like that I find artists 'like what i like' that I've never heard of. I then might go and buy there stuff from somewhere.

As your stations are kept updated and downloaded, it works on the train from norfolk (i.e. pre-mobile network), and the underground fine.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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class

great reading that - and accurate.

I was just left wondering why the hell anyone goes into a SHOP to buy something like a phone anyway these days. I suppose it is just these segments that do surely ?

The last time I bought something electronic from a shop I think was about 1998.

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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love em or hate em

they made me 10 grand over the last 2 years in shares.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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App store bring down

Can't be the tech. I dunno if they still use WebObjects though, probably not.

They used to in the early days - and web objects was awesome imho.

I'm biased as I cut my teeth on nextstep, openstep, EOF, and then web objects.

It shat all over J2EE well into the 2000s but just didn't have the market presence and wasn't core, so got more or less binned by apple (the WOF bit I mean... obviously openstep became OSX).

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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I'll be getting one

or an iwatch - I'll wait till tomorrow to decide.

I think you're missing the point.

1. they aint watches. they are a device that fits on yer wrist - so it gets compared to a watch, and frankly would be stupid to not tell you the time. But that's hardly the point of it.

2. For me anyway it's about custom apps, fitness apps, augmented screens, etc. I fly paramotors and paragliders and use a HUD build around a MOD Live at present running an app of my own devising that gives me all the info I need for flying on my HUD. I can see this 'watch' being useful for those kind of apps: make use of the gps, data, etc, etc on the parent device, but serve up just the basic easy to read info on the wrist app - so for example show me my alti, speed, closest airspace, wind speed, direction to home AZ, etc (as my MOD does), but far handier for more folk to wear than building a custom HUD into their helmet.

Same goes for stuff like cycling, running, etc. hence why it has pedometer, heart rate, etc build in. You don't want to be running along, taking your 5" phone out to see all the time - but a glimpse of the 'watch' is perfect. Clearly is you 'don't see the point of gadgets for running' then you're not the market.. but it doesn't mean there isn't one.

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Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

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untrusted pedo

I am the only one that misread that ?

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