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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Or a toolbelt

With room for the charger, the external battery packs[1] and a straightedge[2]

[1] so you can multiple or longer phone calls

[2] to check if you bent it back just right

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

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Re: Idiots

Don't use Googles services.

And don't use online shops, newspapers, whatevers that use Google services. Because even if you don't use Google directly, there's a gazillion websites that use stuff provided by Google. And that is also collecting user data, but in a way much less directly visible to the average burger, in- and outside Ham-.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Burner phones?

Meanwhile you sneak off for the real wedding the next day,

s/next/previous/

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

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Re: Streaming

living in the past.

An album by Jethro Tull

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@Diogenes: Re: have an upvote

On the whole I agree with you, but using the word "real" for pre-1900 music spoiled your upvote. There's a lot of "unreal"music I can appreciate that 's not X-FactorMTVTop40 junk.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Next step

Single Malt Transfer Protocol.

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Re: it makes sense

The problem is that people have heard about these underground beer aquifers and misunderstood. This is why so many pubs connect the large plastic pipes they find underground directly to their lager pumps. Not realising that these pipes link to the outlet of their urinals. Fortunately no one has yet noticed...

Once every two weeks or so I see a beer tanker from a large brewery replenishing the cisterns of a conference centre near where I work. The pipe joint is under a manhole cover; there are three more in close proximity, but none of them is marked 'beer' or 'not beer', and anyway, he could just use one of the others to get rid of the beer, it won't make any difference. But then, why bother driving out from the brewery in the first place? Don't they have sewers?

Glass of locally-brewed and bottled stuff, instead.

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" Which is why the council don't want lorries full of heavy beer "

And indeed, Belgium is not known for brewing light beers.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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"But we're still in the dark about how it rained down on us"

Evidently, England[1] already existed as a fully-formed entity[2] in the dust cloud out of which the solar system would form.

[1] rain and all

[2] but possibly excluding Scotland

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Not just once

The very minimum I want a thermostat to do is drop[1] the house temp a couple of degrees at night and when I'm out for more than an hour or two. And it appears I'm not the only one to operate them this way.

The first can be achieved by the humble clock thermostat, as developed at least as far back as 1960[2], although it's rather inflexible regarding what it considers 'night'.

W.r.t. the second requirement, with a simple thermostat it's a matter of twisting the dial a bit when you leave and when you return, but the less human intervention you want, the smarter the thermostat needs to be to detect absence/presence. And thermostat vendors appear to have decided that remote access is a feature that conveys smarts.

[1] on the condition that it does not require the house to be actively cooled to do so, as that option is unavailable.

[2] I have one from that year.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Google is helping survival of the dumbest.

Google is helping survival of the dumbest. its income.

Dead people don't click on ads much.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Have any contacts at SpaceX?

An ever increasing rate

No.

At some point it will stop decelerating, ultimately when its speed reaches zero (which will happen when its height reaches zero), but also at some point earlier when drag and gravitational pull reach equilibrium. So the increase of deceleration will have stopped before that and turned into a decrease of rate of deceleration, and ditto the rate of increase of increase.

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Re: Have any contacts at SpaceX?

Now I'm wondering, if you were to throw a model plane out of the ISS window, so to speak, would it survive descent though the atmosphere? Initially it'll have a speed of about 8km/s, so throwing it backwards, forwards or just letting it drop won't make a noticeable difference. But at some point it'll start encountering drag, and start dissipating its kinetic energy (64000kJ for every kg the craft weighs) as heat. The question is, at what rate will it decelerate, and, from that, can it shed the resulting heat fast enough to prevent its Playmonaut pilot getting roasted? What model shape (and material) would be best suited? Would it need Additional Stuff to help keep the craft cool?

And, given the land/water area ratio, the project will need more than just a car to retrieve the Playmonaut at the end of his journey, lest he join #1 in his watery grave

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Avast, there

I fail to see how anything novel could be introduced into this basic premise.

WiFI, tablet, application, Apple.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Indeed, and it gets worse (not really)

The USA never dug a hole for themselves

Rocket engineers don't dig holes. In their field of endeavour, holes tend to appear semi-spontaneously, accompanied by sudden loud noises and impressive pyrotechnics.

The root cause may well be human effort, like the desire to see whether some concoction with lots of double-bonded nitrogen and such makes a good propellant, or the way a control circuit is wired, but stating that rocket engineers are the ones digging holes there would be similar to saying Bomber Harris was digging holes all over Germany during WWII, i.e. only methaphorically.

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: Hollerith cards in the pocket

Paper tape can hold ten bytes per square inch, which at 0.1mm thickness would result in a data density of 100 bytes per 64.5 mm^3, or roughly 1478MB per m^3. So that's 709 m^3 for a terabyte, a cube a little under 9m each side.

And it's silverfish you need to guard against.

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Re: 1000 years?

If you didn't have to migrate your data because you can still easily read it, use it, have it supported with no special device or service, didn't take up power or cooling, why would you migrate? This is the media I'm talking about.

You forgot one thing: physical storage. Every storage location can only hold so much stuff (and stuff with data on it tends to require qualified storage locations), and if you're running low on space it may well be worth it to migrate if every box of storage media now can hold four times as much data as before.

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Re: 1000 years?

Please READ that article by StorageBod. He does know what he is talking about

Err, migrating a petabyte worth of tape data using only two single drives? I assume that's just for illustration porpoises, otherwise it'd just be daft. Which would then also hold for your statement that he knows what he's talking about, unless you left out a negative there.

If you have a tape collection that size (1000+ LTO3 cartridges of 3.58 million cat pics each) you don't have just a single tape drive; the very minimum is a two-drive multicartridge loader per technology. The problem that someone is blocked from retrieving data from a tape you're not currently handling also disappears as soon as you have multiple drives, although it will temporarily slow down the migration process.

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Re: M-Disk: 42,000 pictures of cats

or 42K pictures of your cats.

Elsewhere on their site it says:

Using estimates with average file sizes, each M-DISC™ DVD:

Holds up to 8,000 photos

Holds up to 1,200 songs

Holds up to 240 minutes of video

Holds up to 100,000 documents

So, it apparently takes just over 5 cat pictures to comprise a photo

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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

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I need glasses

A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats

First read that as "untraceable cats".

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Re: Predictable authentication codes?

With the ones I have (different Dutch banks) you need to enter a device PIN to activate it, then the 6..8 digit number the bank presents to you. From which the device generates a response code which you need to enter into the web page.

Those apparently predictable codes look like someone's done a cheap version of an RSA token

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Picking the nit...

Also, "world" in this case being limited to Europe, Northern Africa and those bits of Asia west of Moscow.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: With such a low chance of success for a high cost mission

IMO, the better option would be not to send multiple craft, but have two or three landers aboard Rosetta. Getting a craft to some point in space, even if that's next to a moving object, is old hat; the tricky (and so far untried) bit is landing on the comet. With multiple landers you have a bigger chance of at least one succeeding, and if more than one lands successfully you can do science in multiple places.

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Re: They need Neil Armstrong

In the general sense he's right. The thing about 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is that it has very little gravity, and one could just jump off a slowly passing spacecraft and more or less fall onto the comet without employing a landing craft. Though if you're pedantic, you might want to call this 'landing' as well. For getting off again there are various options, such as a Skyhook-like rig (you just have to throw or fire the line up as balloons tend not to work too well in space), a jetpack or even just a pair of tensioned springs under your shoes, depending on how high the craft will pass over the comet

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Reminds me of Maplins

They shot themselves when they stopped selling in europe.

They never really started selling in Europe in the first place.

Where I lived, I had three electronics parts stores within cycling distance, fairly well stocked and with decent prices. RatShack tried to enter that market by having a shop full of tat, with prices as if every component was individually handled and sent first-class mail from wherever they were manufactured via their US HQ to the shop, which was in a prime shopping street. A shop which was staffed by at least twice the number of zit-faced shop assistants that the customer density warranted, but whose collective IQ still didn't exceed their smallest shoe size (in US units).

They went under within a year. Their bizarre selection of blister-packed components turned up at one of the electronics parts stores, but even in their clearance bin they didn't shift.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Re: Forget 'Hello Kitty'

Does it say "This side up" and "Insert coin to operate" ?

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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Re: and best of all ...

Ant size is a bit vague.

We need a Register Standard Ant.

(3.904976e-05 brontosaurus?)

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Re: Climate Change

mankind's wonton release of CO2

Oh sure, it's all caused by Chinese soup.

Beer, because it goes well with Chinese food, and contains CO2 too.

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'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet

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Re: Collision vs other explaination

Also, I think that comets that would collide at anything but the gentlest of bumps would result in a rather large number of rather small rocks, instead of a Space Duck.

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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Weight

and is thought to have weighed as much as several adult elephants.

African or European Asian?

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Re: Was Gravity the same back then?

no, gravity isn't caused by the rotation of the Earth.

I know of someone who insists we're kept from floating away into space by the air pressing down on us. How the air stays put he's utterly unable to explain, but that's the beauty of being totally uncontaminated by logic thought, you can dismiss gravity as "it's just a theory" and handwave away any inconsistencies and open ends in your own "explanation".

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Re: Was Gravity the same back then?

Gravitational pull is a function of the mass of the attracting body (see also the articles on Rosetta versus 67P/Chruyumov-Gerasimenko) and the distance from it, so unless the Earth was substantially lighter back then, or the whateversaurs were floating around in space then no, they would have gravity pull on them about as hard as it is pulling on us. The bit of mass that was added right at the end of their existence may have been large, but it was still inconsequential with regard to gravity.

Even if the Earth was smaller back then (how? did heavy elements break down into lighter, more voluminous elements) its mass would still have been roughly what it is now (modulo some influx of space debris), and, if anything, the whateversaurs would be closer to the centre of the Earth, and gravitational pull on them would be larger.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: Apostrophe's ... seriously

Bad Grammar is the book you should read.

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Not surprising with those company names

The pioneers of the industry picked sexual innuendo-soaked names. Honeywell. Wang.

The latter once ran the marketing slogan "Wang Cares".

Very, very briefly.

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Re: Not wishing to be pedantic

Octopi can see all the same without a blind spot, so I would indeed call ours a bug.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Aha

I changed all my nudie pics passwords to "pissword"

Now we know your account name, officercrabtree

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Error

Seasoned tea drinkers will also know that green tea should be brewed at 80°C, Oolong at 90°C and instant coffee at 95°C.

Instant coffee should not be brewed. It should be incinerated.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Re: Battery clip springs...

but on the multiple jobs you have springs facing both ways.

There are also holders that can take 4 AA (or AAA) cells in a single row, so you can have all springs at the right end

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Re: Why not use a standard RC lipo ?

Three reasons: temperature, temperature and temperature.

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Crude scrawl?

It's evidently a spreadsheet to keep track of hunting kills.

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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The Asset that Came Back

I'm a bit hazy on the details, but a colleague related the following story.

Scene: military base, the electronics repair shop. The asset list disagrees with the actual content of the repair shop regarding a highly valuable and rather classified device. Of course the discrepancy is such that the list says there should be 1 (one), and reality says there's 0 (zero). A search is conducted to try and rectify this, but to no effect. Another search suffers the same fate: the device is simply not to be found. As the device is rather classified, several people are most unhappy.

There follows a multi-week period in which papers are shuffled, signed, counter-signed, sent off to be signed at a higher level, stamped, signed again, buried in soft peat, etcetera. This process manages to result in bringing the asset list in line with reality. And there was much rejoicing.

Several months pass. Then, miraculously, the device returns from its nowhere-to-be-found state, threatening to cause a discrepancy with the asset list once again, and potentially have even more people be even more unhappy. This, the repair shop's CO decides, should not happen. Oh, no. So, the small band of people who know of the existence of the rather classified device that officially doesn't exist anymore went to work. This involved an angle grinder, an oxyacetylene torch, a tracked vehicle, and finally two pits and a serious amount of thermite.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Re: Not Always a Bad Thing - But Only if You Know in Advance

No! Make sure your supply contract specifies what you expect and require, BEFORE you sign up to the deal.

I've seen several cases of "this gear was exactly right for what we did when we bought it a year ago, but now that we're having more customers shoving more stuff at us to service/fix/tweak, it becomes increasingly limited unless we're able to add functions x, y and z. If the manufacturer can't add it, and it wasn't in the specs back then, we'll have to buy new kit"

Buying a crystal ball first to divine what your future requirements will be tends to go down badly with the average beancounter; buying overspecced gear tends to suffer the same fate.

Beancounter haruspicy is equally bad at predicting future developments, but has the advantage that the equipment budget can be better matched to the requirements as expected by the techies.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Re: Financial IT spending

It took millions and years of effort to replace, and there were operational hiccups on the way.

They should just have called ..... SuperJake

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: Goth friends

My own skull, topped and hollowed

And your brain casing replaced with a 3D printed copy?

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: yet more numpties

inductive heating.

Go calculate the inductance of a coiled power cord, the resulting reactance at 50 (or 60) Hz, then the resultant power loss at (being generous) 1 amp of current through that "coil". Take note of how that power loss only partially occurs in the actual power cable, the rest being induced in ferrometal parts happening to be close. Compare this to the amount of resistive warming due to weedy and non-copper cable cores.

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Re: Flat, 3 core, single insulated, vs round, 3 core, double insulated?

I've never seen anything like, and nor would I want anything like, the cable pictured.

I have. In datacenter racks configured by HP. Somewhat beefier, but still singly-insulated, cable with C13/C14 connectors.

(and presumably no fuse in the picture to protect the wires).

That's something you'll find only in BS 1363 plugs, which need them because of this "ring mains: thingy

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Why?

'terrorist' attacks - the very thing it's supposed to defend against.

[citation needed]

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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At home I was using a Senseo for the first morning cuppa, until I noticed I usually wasn't that dead that I couldn't operate a normal drip filter.

The Bialetti is used mostly for camping: no problem using it on an open-fire stove.

There's a vacuum pot (a bit more lab glassware-like than the Cona), made in France, in the hackerspace, but it's not used very often.

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Re: The best brew: Melitta Coffee Maker, Single Cup Pour-Over Brewer with Travel Mug,

I had the Aerobie. DUMPED IT!! It was a pain in the arse.

I very much doubt that that is the right way to use it.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: If you're going to worry about their tech selection...

Yes, except that the 555 is realy not a good choice for longer duration delays. Too much drift on the R or the C.

You could sell it as an auto-adjusting delay (and auto-adjust the billed development and build cost) to the company's beancounters.

Seriously, 15 minutes is no problem with decent quality components and the 7555 (CMOS version)

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