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World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

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Re: Quick bit of reasearch found

that's the 'female' robot out of WallE yeh ?

I mean, that's good going an' all.. just wondering what the relevance is.

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Daily Show Reviewed the Google Glass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClvI9fZaz6M

spot on.

I especially like the bit about explorers.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: WTF?

Hows is it legal ?

Because it's Paypal - they have an almost complete monopoly and can do whatever the fuck they want, unregulated (they are not a bank).

don't like it ? go somewhere else.

what's that ? there IS nowhere else ?

sure, you can reopen your account.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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awesome

that is class.

I like the fact he keeps going and keeps going - does he really think that as he pisses this customer off more and more and yet thinks he's gonna keep the guy.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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scanners

top marks for the shitty parody animated GIF of exploding head from scanners.

I think that was the first ever computer 'video' I ever saw - on my amiga in 1987.

I think it took a whole disk, might have been more than one to load it and then played back the 20 or 30 frames.

It was awesome.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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spot on

that's what I've been doing for 20 years. always giving website your crap 'spam' email address (hotmail) is another part of that.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: 231BHP from 1.5l

It's not that high really. Though still impressive.

BMW has been doing 100hp per litre for 20 years with the M series. My 2000 M Roadster has 324hp or so from 3.2 litres (the 3 series gets an extra 20hp from the same engine with a longer exhaust).

Bolt a massive turbo on, and an extra 80hp ain't asking that much.

And it's a beemer - it'll be solid and reliable. though I may be biased, but I have 2 of em - the other one is a 4.4 V8 X5 from 2001 - it's done 130,000 miles and looks and drives like it came out the factory yesterday.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: War of the Databases

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Heil Cameron!

I for one think this does not go far enough!

Think of the children!!

Who is checking their bottoms are clean after every toilet visit ?*

I'll tell you - no one!

It's good to see Britain is finally turning into the fascist dictatorism we so narrowly missed out on 70 years ago.

Heil Cameron!

*http://listentothepeople.co.uk/component/content/article/24-wild-imaginings/353-the-bottom-inspectors-from-viz.html

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: I'm Ivan Dobsky. I'm the Meatsafe Murderer, only I never done it.

nice to see a monkey dust reference.

especially as we've just appointed a paedofinder general.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Happened to me twice.

Once, I bought a Sony UX-180 UMPC.

the owner had thoughtfully left some pictures on it (it has a camera)... oh there are his kids.. looks like maybe Florida or something, there they are having dinner, very nice... WOHO.. there's the wife with a massive dildo up her furry cave.

The next one was a camera from ebay. They'd deleted the photos from internal memory, but the phone had a 'noticeboard' feature (panasonic lumix) which let you store a few photos seperated (for maps, etc) and those were still there... I was treated to 4 photos of close ups of a toilet bowl and the owner's pride in his/her ability to excrete a large shite. lovely.

As for scrubbing phones : can anyone suggest the best way of doing it then ?? Otherwise my own prize collection of my favourite shaped shites will be available to the next owner (obviously the camera triggered me to take up this facinating and valuable passtime)

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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50% are stupid

assuming stupid is defined as being lower than average intelligent.

unless extremely thick or extremely intelligent people are over represented in the world (and I was always taught it was a bell curve), then pretty much exactly 50% of 'people' are stupid

Or just keep it simple, and simply define the thickest 50% of people in the world as stupid.

I'd go for about 90% of the world being stupid personally though.. certainly that's my experience.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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mental.

my gardener charges me 20 quid a pop. once every 2 weeks.

He trims the edges, pulls the weeds and disposes of the grass afterwards.

In a standard year, I maybe get 10 cuts = 200 quid.

So, that thing has a ROI of over 6 years. By which time it will be 5 years of of warranty, have gone through god knows how many batteries, and in all likelyhood have spend most of the 6 years in the back of the garage after finding it was shit.

the wonders of technology.....

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Re: Time Machine

Yup, I loved true image in the bad old days post mac (<2008).

But not really sure I understand:

"Time Machine is great, but it doesn't protect against hardware failure/destruction and is inflexible, doesn't allow for incremental backups for virtual machines and True Image for Mac allows for much more flexible backup schedules (no more "do you want to back up to Time Machine" reminders)."

eh ?

In what way does it not support from hardware failure ? It absolutely does. I have recovery a timemachine back up onto new hard drives in a machine (Where harddrive has failed), or into a completely new machine - hell the power/design of OSX means I can restore a backup onto any mac I have - even if hardware is completely different (different north/south bridge, processor, graphics card the lot) and it still works fine.

AND it knows the difference between apps/libraries and OS, so I can, say restore the timemachine backup of all my applications on my desktop to my newly bought macbook - and it will just work - all apps added to macbook.

inflexible backup schedules and reminders??? eh ? there are NO reminders. there is NO schedule. the defining USP of timemachine is that it is just working - all the time in the background (ok..every hour)... it doesn't REMIND me to run, it just runs. no stupid reminder on a sunday night to run a backup like true image does...

I will give it the vm one - as VMs are effectively one big bastard file, then sure - timemachine makes a meal of these - so much so that I have them excluded from backups. But arguably you could use snapshots in your VM for the same purpose and get more out of it.

So... really not sure why they bothered here.

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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depressing lack of common sense/base scientific knowledge

fuckwittery of the unwashed public depressingly confirmed again.

The time is right for my kickstarter I think:

Beanstalk Inter-dimensional universe transportation device

- For your investment of $100 (or one fresian cow in good working order), I will provide:

- 5 magic beans!

- a 'tee' thanking you for being a backer!

If we reach our stretch goal of 5,000,000 we will also provide each backer with their own golden egg.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: @Kevin

I'd imagine range does depend on body weight.

Sorry, was my detailed reply not enough for you ? next time I will endevour to post a full graph of range vs body weight, perhaps adding in humidity, temperature and the colour of my hat.

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Re: @Kevin

Wish I hadn't bothered replying now. I thought you were serious. what a load of mince.

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@Kevin

I've been using electric bikes for 7 years now. I have 3 - a high power off roader, a folding commuter and an every day one.

What you want is readily available. My regular every day one was originally a Cytronex bike (based on a Trek 7.3x). In the 7 years I've replaced the controller and battery with my own ones giving me more range however.

It weighs in at 19kg including the battery. It cruises at 15-16mph with no pedaling - pedaling obviously reduces the current used, and I can average 16-17mph usuallly when out riding (i.e. including hills, etc).

Range is around 20 miles of regular use.

There current range is even lighter at around 16kg I believe (though they use tiny 4AH batteries so you get about 10 miles regular use).

regeneration is a waste of time with an electric bike:

1. you should rarely be braking

2. there is very little momentum and therefore very little to 'regenerate'

3. the most common technology of frictionless brushless motors don't lend themselves to it

4. it's just not needed.

If you have an existing bike, you can covert it with around 8kg of kit (battery, controller, hub motor) for around 300 pounds.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: What is needed is some sort of robot....

you could sell that script to the BBC for 'mrs browns boys' and every other derivative shite sitcom they have ever made. they'd probably pay you a fortune.

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What is needed is some sort of robot....

A (semi) intelligent, Wireless Inventory-taking, Functional Emptor

W.I.F.E. for short.

It could be responsible for keeping the fridge stocked, perhaps also cooking, cleaning, etc.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Load of Shite

To 'win a new generation of fans' all that would be needed is to put the original series back on the TV.

this has FA to do with winning a new generation of fans.

My wee niece's favourite film is still Wizard of Oz, and it was made in 1939!

Stick Danger Mouse, bagpuss, originial magic roundabout, banana man, etc back on the TV and they'll be happy bunnies.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

"or you need some way of swapping batteries automatically. Both are, umm, "challenging" problems. "

actually pretty straightforward for the 2nd one.

Ignoring the elephant in the room (that until 100% of of power comes from nuclear they are just as polluting as petrol/diesel), and assuming that for political reason we want to all be driving electric cars, then the solution is very clearly a standardized battery (or range of batteries), all swappable in less time than to fill yer tank with petrol.

It's no more of a task than burying massive underground tanks of hydrocarbons all over the place to support refuelling.

It would also remove the drawback of owning/paying for batteries up front. You'd just pay for a 'refill/replacement' just like you do for, say a new tank of calor gas.

Some checks on serviceability of packs to be replaced, etc and it is perfectly workable.

I'd imagine a bay you stop over, and robot/mechanism removes battery from bottom of car, replaces with new one, charges automatically based on amount of charge left, age of cells, payment plan, whatever.

Placing stations with this technology and 'stock' of battery packs is no more daunting than burying massive tanks of petrol everywhere surely.

As I say though.. it ignores the elephant in the room. imho.. before you'd do this investment you'd need 2 things:

1. clean power

2. commitment that said power remains untaxed (since the only reason electricity is cheap other than scale is the lack of 80% tax)

Without those 2 things, your investment is relying on no one caring about the elephants.

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AV for Mac

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Wrong

Malware is everywhere.

Try latest free utorrent. It has 3 separate bundles of adware malware goodness in the form of tracking ad bars, etc.

Each requiring fun and games to remove.

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Re: mac virus?

Mac keeper is a piece of malware shite itself.

Installs stuff all over the place including undocumented daemons, uninstalled still leaves stuff.

And they use all the malware ad practices ' your machine is infected click here' etc to get installs.

Why anyone in there right mind would use it is beyond me.

And the one positive review seems to me to either be in their pocket or just a naive idiot of a reporter.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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what patents ?

Everyone seems to be taking it as read that they have such an important bunch of patents ?

They may do, but I'd like some facts here. I don't see anything revolutionary in the technology of the tesla - it's just the same as in the leaf, etc : lipos, brushless motors and lots of parallel charging. pretty much scaled up modern RC tech.

The fact other manufacturers ARE building leccy card like the leaf, etc suggests they can do so fine without the patents. And suggests that the REAL reason we are not snowed under with electric cars, is that the technology simply isn't there yet.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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unions - when were they last used for good?

Haha. you've gotta laugh.

What on EARTH did they think they were doing ? How on EARTH did they think this was not going to simply lead to:

1. inside london: backlash against black cabs, increased uber visibility (I for one have just downloaded it, and didn't realise they are licenced minicab drivers, etc)

2. outside london - massive/uber(sic) uber downloads commence and great awareness.

3. educated awareness of the public at the weirdness of how london has taxi laws unlike any other place in the UK - and opening the doors, perhaps, to them being standardised at last (even the way the black cab unions talks about 'only they have meters' - it's like they don't realise there is a world outside of london.

way to shoot yerself in the foot.

But also, another great demonstration of the power of a union used to protect it's own interests rather than for what they were originally intended.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: What?

Maybe, but you are still hawling around 715kg of dead weight to move your body about.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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@AC

Congratulations on proving my point.

a note = a particular frequency of sound.

466.16Hz for the 4th A sharp for example. that's it. full stop.

it makes not a blind bit of difference that while you play your violin that you say A# and Bb are different. they are not. You simplyplay each of them out of tune differently. fine. It does not change the fact that they are the same note.

It's just that sort of musical pish I am talking about.

http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html

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@Frumious

True words.,

However IF the person who invented the moronic illogical language we use for music had been taught how to code, we may have a 'language' which made logical sense, instead of a situation where we have an A sharp AND a B flat for example.

Many of my difficulties learning music have been due to it's totally moronic way of describing things: From notation, to note names, to scales, to time signatures there is not a single part which does not make a logical person tear there hair out with the fuckwittedness of it all.

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@Trevor

>Why do I need to know how to change a tire?

note the inverted commas Trevor ? it was an example. i.e. give someone a fish (knowledge to change a tyre), and they eat for a day, teach them how to fish (logical thought, problem analysis), and they eat every day.

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@AC101

It has FA to do with learning latin or greek.

Learning Latin teaches you Latin. that's it. useful or useless depending on your viewpoint.

Teaching someone to code, teaches them how to think. How to solve problems. How to see solutions, how split difficult problems up, and cope with them. It teaches LIFE. It is NOT about teaching them to code - no one is trying to make kids into programmers to unlease on the (non existent) software coding market.

Someone who has learned these things for example.... when they get a puncture at the side of the road, don't sit there like a fanny waiting for the AA. they think - problem flat tyre. do i have a spare ? where is it ? where is car manual ? where is jack ? how is wheel attached. what do I need to do to get spare wheel out of car, and onto car.

I'd hope to most of you, the above is all straight forwards, whether you've ever changed a wheel before or not, but to people who have never been taught and given the opportunity to develop these skills it is not.

I think a society of people who can 'change a tyre' is a far stronger society.

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@Stuart Longland

Sorry.. but this is just mince.

Most kids come out of school able to add numbers together and read and write.

those are important skills. Skills that, as a society, we have deemed important enough to benefit their lives (and our society).

IMHO logical thought, problem solving, 'working how how to do things' or describing them in algorithms is as important.

It is nothing to do with coding: that is just the vehicle to learning.

If you are seriously say that some kids cannot pick up logical thought I fucking despair.

It's one of the true things you learn which cannot be learned by rote. It provides the building blocks for self learning in the future.

It has FA to do with learning japanese or music as later commentards state. And yes, it can be learned with lego (of you happen to be a boy.. since lego (and most other logic related toys are still gender specific).... 'coding' simply provides a shared canvas to which everyone can learn.

Perhaps there are some kids that will never learn logic - who will grow up to piss there money away on the lottery for example, through a lack of basic logical thought (which would then lead to them thinking about the stats, etc) like the fuckwitted adults we have today, but I'd like to think we could do better with the next generation.

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arehole

way to miss the point Torvalds….

the point of teaching kids to learn to code is so they can learn logical thought, problem solving, deduction… not so they can knock out kernel code when they grow up you arsehole.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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@batfink

have you been watching season 4 ?

they are already making it up !

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I can beat that….

My father (70) tells everyone in the village he can fix their PCs…

you can guess the rest…. basically he is like a remotely operate me…. he just goes round there house then calls me… 'er… ok I'm at Jim/Bob/Mary's and the printer isn't working….

argggggggg….

7 years ago I moved to mac. My line is now - I don't do win doze - if you want support get a mac.

this has so far worked well with my sister, whose support now is purely hardware (dog eaten through cable, wine spilled on laptop, etc)…

But with an uncle it has backfired, as I am now seen as solely responsible was EVERYTHING that goes wrong or he can't do.. since I was the one that (at gunpoint I assume) made him buy a mac.

- he's deleted all his emails by accident. my fault.

- he forgot his password. my fault

- he upgraded the OS (and somehow managed to set up a completely new account -'arrr. all my emails are gone…all my documents have gone… its all your fault with this apple shite…'

My current solution that is still working, is that Logmein stopped being free at beginning of the year - so I notified them at unfortunately it would not be possible to support them anymore as it was no longer free - however if they wanted to pay the 60 quid a year or whatever it would be on again…

so far silence.

I must have spent 100s of hours fixing, building and upgrading their computers for free… say it costs money and total silence.

The other thing I find weird is that it does seem to be reciprocated for IT knowledge for some reason.

for example I have mate that is a joiner. He thinks nothing of asking me to spend 4-5 hours rebuilding his laptop, and yet when I mentioned I needed new doors hung, he offered to come around and 'give me a quote'.

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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Weird

I've always thought that having an autopilot running on a non real-time OS wouldn't really be ideal ?

ardupilot runs on arduinos of course, and recently on 32 bit arms for more speed/timers/etc but it is still running 'on the wire' so to speak - no OS.

Is there a pi compatible realtime linux OS ? And if not, other than getting a bit more oomph, this seems a bit of a dead end imho ? better to have your autopilot running on a protected realtime chip and just interfacing to the pi when you needed the CPU power ? i.e. just buy a 40 quid ardupilot (accelerometer, gyros, barometer, gps, arduino, etc) and just interface to the Pi via SPI or I2C for whatever wonders you need the pi to do (e.g. say recording video, image recognition, etc)

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: not convinvced

I'm surprised by the number of downvotes.

All I was saying - as someone with a logical/scientific mind - is that I prefer to see things proven by experimental evidence - not hearsay.

Arguably the reason we've had to switch off things like laptops on takeoff for the last 20 years is because of hearsay 'evidence' rather than basic scientific process/experiments.

Do the tests - if these prove that they do indeed cause pilots real visual problems, then take it from there.

My issue is simply that awarding draconian sentences based on nothing more than a 'witness statement' is not very good science.

No one is arguing that it is a fuckwitted thing to do.. however we've all done fuckwitted things in our day... I'd like to think that if I do something stupid, that I'd be getting punished because of a PROVED risk rather than a perception and/or personal statements.

Worrying evidence of this is that most 'reports' are just that - reports that they have been 'hit' but a laser. Since they have to report this by law - whether it affected them or not.

the article TheRealRoland posted is typical. It is based on the testimony of a single pilot - whose claims are just that - unsubstantiated claims, personal reports - notoriously unreliable evidence. I want to see proof - putting someone away for 14 years because a person says stuff happened, but can provide no evidence of the affect is not good for anyone imho.

Maybe this has real evidence of affect has been gathered experimentally, but the fact it is never referenced or quoted is, I think, telling.

These experiments have no need for flying to be invloved - simply angles, distance, etc. Prove the affect experimentally before putting people away for 14 years seems fair surely ?

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not convinvced

I'm really not convinced how these can cause any real problems for a pilot.

Even assuming the pilot is on finals, the laser must be a mile away at least, and can only very passingly be pointed directly at the pilots eyes (behind inch thick angled glass).

I imagine we have all been unfortunate enough at having a laser pointer shone at us at one point in the past, and annoying as it was, I wasn't blinded and stumbling for minutes afterwards.

I'd like to see some actual proof that they DO affect cockpit visibility other than anecdotal reports from pilots, who frankly, are not the most reliable of people to tell you about things happening in flight

In fact, this seems a great thing for Mythbusters to look into...

stu (a pilot)

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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Re: Parachutes

Parachutes have their own set of issues, but the latest APM controller does support them.

Most modern quadcopters (they ain't drones however times the press keep calling them drones*) have a failsafe mode. Typically it will autoland, or fly home and land the aircraft if the failsafe is triggered due to tx reception failure.

In the case of a mechanical failure in a quad - it's coming down anyway as it can't fly with 3 props. hex and up can fly with one dead prop, and will indeed enter a fail safe mode in this situation.

For most situations, this is safer and preferably to an attempted parachute deployment.

In fact mine did this very thing last week - due to pilot error, I had reveresed the controls, shooting it off at 40mph away from me rather than towards me. By the time I realised, it had reached the edge of tx reception (don't ask - had changed some things around... should have tested more, etc). The end result was that at around 2km, the quadcopter slowed down and entered a hover, waited to see if tx reception was returned. when it was not, if flew itself home and landed at my feet.

Quad/Hex/Octo footage is used very regularly in UK, on UK tv and films (where a licence called BNUC can be obtained). For example, top gear makes use of loads of aerial footage. So this is nothing new - it's simply that the USA will soon allow film companies to do it too.

*DRONE: flies itself autonomously. With the exception of a few waypoint modes on a handful of controllers, multi-rotor RC aircraft are simply computer assisted RC aircraft. And in fact, any controller which DOES have an autonomous capability (e.g. APM) is also compatible with fixed wing aircraft... and yet for some reason 'drone' = multirotor thanks to the press.....

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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@Sandtitz Re: At what point will they...@AC

Hmm.. ok support typically last for 3-4 years with 10.x

On the other hand - upgrades are free.

It's a different business model, but one that makes far more sense imho.

On the other hand, microshaft have finally stopped trying to support XP, possibly installed on clockwork AMD200s from 2001.

If your hardware is up to it (and we've only had one breaking change under Intel for OSX (64bit), then you upgrade for free, and support continues.

I have a mac mini I bought in 2007. If I'd bought a PC, it would have been running vista (yuk).

It now runs Maverick. all upgraded for free.

My PC, would still be running Vista (and merrily still be being 'supported' by microshaft).

I prefer Apple's business model thanks very much.

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

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WTF

WTF have I just watched…

get this low brow shite to fuck.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Verified by Visa

It was ALWAYS about shifting blame to the consumer and NEVER about security.

Shackled by the credit card protection act, they were desperate for a way out - so lets make a system which 'looks' like it adds security, when actually it adds FA security at all.

As El Reg pointed out themselves:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/27/3d-insecure/

ANYONE can reset a VbyV when they've nicked yer wallet - all you need are basic details in anyones wallet.

And WTF is with the 3 boxes for letters of your password???? They don't auto-tab to the next one.

I mean FFS, you type one in, then you have to mouse to the next box... and work your way through your password again mentally and work that one out.... click the mouse again... arseholes.

VbA: verified by arseholes.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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pfft

If the idea is to put out forest fires, clearly you simply need to remove the oxygen.

By lighting a large fire next to the forest fire to consume all the oxygen, the forest fire will go out.

- Mr Beaty, Whittley Bay

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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'vaping' == drug paraphernalia

I think watching these 'vapers' is hilarious.

they play with all the little bits just like they used to play with their fags or rollups - waiting for the train. etc to stop and they can get of for a 'fix'.

some of the kits cater for this need to 'fiddle' with complicated designs, etc.

I want to see one come out, where you pore your vape crap onto a tea-spoon, heat it up with a lighter and inhale the crap with a straw.

Drug addicts plain and simple.

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Study makes no sense

Maybe the full study does, but the summaries on their page make no sense whatsoever.

It sounds like a massive subgroup analysis which is completely invalid by any basic stats methods.

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'Play nice and share': OECD to spectrum owners

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pfft

Am I the only one that was disappointed this article was not aimed at Sinclair Spectrum owners ?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

hahahah.

that's funny.

you win troll of the day. you have succinctly managed to sum up every fuckwitted american in 3 paragraphs. good work.

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Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

yup:

what is the only country to have ever used nukes ? (and why ? because they wanted a taste of japan's wealth and wanted to force the surrender to them before the russians got there - thats it. not to end the war (japan was already finished)... they burned 100s of thousands of people to death to get some more money for the USA.

one of the few countries to not sign geneva convention treaties on torture (along with North Korea, etc).

A country where racial legalised segregation was rife only a generation ago, and still is in their prisons and most of their society.

A country which time and time again has started or joined wars for one reason and one reason only - its own interests. Not to protect, not to honour ally treaties.

A country in fact that is ONLY a superpower today because the SOLD arms to Britain throughout the war - not GAVE, SOLD.

As a country the USA is about the worst example of a country we have on earth as far as its interaction with its neighbours is concerned.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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paper cone piston

I do find it strange that we spend so much time talking about compression, bitrates, digital vs vinyl

and yet the end result is that we represent the sound of a multitude of real instruments and voices at the end of the line, with a couple of cones vibrating back and forward.

An enjoyable article. As an avid listener, and a logical electronic engineer/scientist I always find anything around audiophiles hilarious and love taking the piss out of them whenever I find them.

Cables, speakers, bit rates.. it's like taking the piss out of the religious. Almost too easy.

One of my mates is a guitarist. He buys 100 quid guitar leads.

I try to point out to him that the shortness of a guitar lead, the sheer lack of bandwidth you actually require from it, and the basic single signal nature from the guitar, means that provided the basic physical/electrical requirements are met (and they are met with a basic 5 quid cable with a decent core/shield and connectors) there is no difference. Not, 'no difference I can hear'/ Not 'no difference to you maybe'.. NO DIFFERENCE. NONE. NADA.

He still contends that his 'sound better'.

I remember in the late 80s, of the the audiophile/audiotwat magazines had 8 free corners of cardboard on the front. You were to stick these onto your speakers and it revolutionized the sound....

The weird thing to me, is usually in any technology you get 2 groups of people:

1. the 'normals' : they just get something of reasonable quality that does the job.

2. the Xphile twats: they spend a fortune on something they swear is better against all scientific evidence to the contrary (audio, camera optics, fuel for cars, you name it)

But with audio, there is this third group:

'the deaf twats'

these people spend the same on 'fancy' kit as the audiophiles... but it's different kit. - market crap of dubious quality where there very much IS scientific evidence that it stinks... but they seem to THINK they are in the 'Xphile twat' category.

It started with Bose, then monster cables, and now Beats audio... spending 300 quid of a piece of paper cones plastic headphones worth a fiver and proudly wearing their brightly coloured headphones in public 'look at me, I have DrDick headphones'

I've never really been able to decide which group is most pitiable.

If you must have a pair of headphones: Shure SRH240As. 40 quid.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: 16-page document I was working on last night won’t fit onto a floppy

me too !

1992 Final Thesis. LaTeX, all done on my amiga 500 at home on an incredibly slow LaTeX implementation at 'hires' interlaced on my wee green screen monitor, then proofed on the HP workstations and printed on the the laser printers at uni.

Everyone else in the year was using the crappy dotmatrix printers and amstrad 1512s with GEM (no fonts, no nowt).

I had cunningly photocopied pictures I wanted into the columned layouts, so it looked really typeset and professional.

I remember my professor being a bit flabbergasted and asking how exactly I'd done it all.

6 months later, I was having to use 170 floppies to backup my amiga 1200 170MB HD, and the age of the floppy was over really... thought it didn't die for another 10 years or so (lets say 2003 or so for arguments sake).

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