* Posts by Stoneshop

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Predicting Problems

Have you watched any Hollywood movies lately?

Actually, no. Last one was a Jordanian movie, and the one before that was Mønti Pythøn ik den Hølie Gräilen. Before that, I have no frigging idea, it was that long ago

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Re: Supply commitments?

Maybe the smartest move is to move LA?

San Andreas could help there.

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And they say that Americans don't understand irony...!

Well, the mirrors are more like silvery.

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Mirrors

All Archimedes' rig would need (I'm speculating) would be a smaller targeting mirror with a shorter focal length attached to the main mirror,

No need to have each individual mirror concave shaped, because at a distance of 100m or more they would be as good as flat anyway. And there's a trick to aiming a shield/mirror by having a hole in it and a small mirror on the back, concentric with the hole. You hold the mirror between you and the target so that you see the target through the hole, and a bright spot from the sun through the hole on the ground, reflected towards you by the mirror on the back. Lining up that reflection with the hole itself will have the sun reflected right on the target. And you're behind the shield/mirror the entire time.

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Re: Our old enemy - the Sun!

They've been borged by Oracle since some years; not that they are less of an enemy anyway.

The one with the pockets bulging with orange DEC RDB binders.

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Re: Predicting Problems

Surely a far simpler solution would be to lower the shutters over the mirrors.

A sprinkler system at the top of the tower, but spreading mud* instead of water. If it needs to work in case of power loss it should be driven by a bunch of cylinders with compressed air.

* or see icon.

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Re: Predicting Problems

Helicopter icon because said reflected beams may still hit an unfortunate one in the wrong place by chance..

Even if all of the primary mirrors (the ones that focus the sunlight on the top of the tower) were misaligned and hitting a safeguard mirror (one that is intended to reflect a beam that would otherwise hit a part of the tower that's not meant to be hit), the result would be a beam spreading out from that safeguard mirror. At double the height of the tower the beam would then be spread out over an area equal to the area covered by the mirrors on the ground, and the intensity of the reflected light at that point would be not more than the intensity of the sunlight itself, but from below instead of from the sky. The only caveat being the safeguard mirror being able to withstand the energy absorbed by it.

Simple optics, really.

And blasting a jet out of the sky would need the mirrors to track it for minutes. Pretty infeasible given the speed with which those mirrors move; not that that would bother a Hollywood script writer.

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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Re: If this doesn't shake up the patent system...

I'm sure there is already patent for method or apparatus that can be used for buying a ticket to Mars.

... on a mobile device.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: Gene escape

Well, with Bayer attempting to take over Monsanto, the next thing that will come out of that is GM food with built-in Aspirin, so that if you eat it you won't get a headache from thinking about whether or not it's good for you and the environment.

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Re: Gene escape

While I agree with your sediment,

You didn't get that sinking feeling that you used the wrong word?

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: +Gordon 10

What is a d**n?

Darn. Which is what you do with socks that have holes in them, from whatever cause.

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Re: Acts of God...

Further, there are no circumstances I can think of where I would keep on my socks when naked :).

Not a member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers then?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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Re: Smokey bear says:

Use the woods, man.

Only if the reporter is a bear.

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You wanted innovation? We gave you Clippy the Paperclip in your IM client

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Re: sarcasm in Silicon Valley

I think Andrew's point was that for all the innovation coming out of t'valley at the moment the people might as well be AIs.

Where AI stands for Assimilated Idiots, doesn't it?

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Nosey McNoseface

Does sound less intrusive, but at least fits the "N"

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Supernova bubble clocked at 19,000,000 km/h

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Re: Why indeed the observable Universe may not be spherical...

I think the Universe is cat shaped

Whatever it is, it's not at all shaped like a spherical cow of uniform density.

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

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Re: "In 1985, the internet did not exist"

The context, dear Cynical Observer, was accessing a central Prestel host in 1985. .

From Brief History of the Internet

Which happens to describe, for the year in question, the situation in the US. Apart from that, from being able to exchange mail and Usenet news and perhaps even access the odd ftp site and such, doesn't necessarily follow that it would be easier to get into the Prestel system that way instead of connecting via dialup more or less directly.

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Re: "In 1985, the internet did not exist"

For mere mortals outside Academia and the relevant industries it indeed didn't. Pipex was the first commercial Internet provider in the UK, in 1991.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Download from an ftp site?

ITYM 'ntp server'.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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Bearded vulture

From the pic it's a Blackbearded vulture. At what age would it be turning into a Greybearded vulture, and what flavour of Unix would it be running then? And is it related to the Yellowbearded vulture (Yaaaarrrrh)?

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: governed by the exact same equations.

What happens to the level of the Marchlyn Mawr reservoir when power is drawn from the system?

The reservoir is the capacitor; the generators are the voltage regulators.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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Someone had a copy of Half-Life.

Ehrm, does Dabbsy know?

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Dragon capsule bids adios to ISS

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Re: We go the extra mile...

At the very least SpaceX could write "Here Be Dragon" on the parachutes.

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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

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Re: How do I delete the /proc/sunxi_debug/sunxi_debug file?

but only if we can rename it to something else. Like "sandpaper" or "chisel".

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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Re: It was Working Yesterday.....

1. Of Course it was working yesterday, otherwise you would have called me yesterday - you moron.

Really? It was already "broken" (misconnected, powered off, forgotten about by the system drivers, whatever) since a week or two, but all the jobs since then were totally non-urgent (and thus postponed because, well, non-urgent), but now this one crucial job needs to be done by, oh, yesterday noon and you have to drop whatever it is you're doing no matter its priority and come over right fucking now to fix this shit.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: ... or call the breakdown service.

A friend once found a quite unroasted but still rather pressed chicken between the wheel of his sidecar and the tarmac. Presenting it at the farm to which he presumed the chicken had belonged, the farmer's wife matter-of-factly pronounced "So, that'll be chicken soup tonight".

The recipe for chicken soup was published in the club newsletter as "Ingredients: one tyre, Metzeler Block K, one chicken (whole), one screwdriver (for removing bits of chicken from tyre)"

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Re: 40K????

in the Michelin guide

The Bridgestone guide, the Uniroyal guide, the Nokian guide and the Pirelli guide

(the latter with the device being demonstrated by a rather coatless (and more) female chef)

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Re: re: Not sure why its "hypocrisy"?

blueprints of her pussy.

Rather a different colour, I'd say.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: "decisioning"

It started with 'burglarizing' and it's all been downhill since...

There has been downhillification in the languagineering.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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Re: The elephant in the room...

Ah, but how much heat is added to the room energy balance by said elephant? The average human clocks in at around 80 Watts when idle; if energy output is proportional to body weight an average elephant (adult, spherical and of uniform density) would radiate up to 7kW (500 NorrisLinguini per second), enough to heat the entire house, not just that one room.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Re: Honeywell

Actually, a company looking to solve the problem that the existing domestic HVAC control gear companies were oblivious too[sic]:

Funny, that. When my dad and me fitted central heating in their house, now 35 years ago, we fitted a thermostat that did a fair bit of the stuff current 'smart' thermostats tout as 'innovative'. Sans Internet connectivity allowing remote control and weather report integration, obviously, and nothing like a touch screen either. But it had an outside temperature sensor, a sensor on the return feed for the heater, an easily-settable timer and a day/night/auto override switch.

With the two extra sensors it adjusted the energy delivered into the heating system to anticipate the actual demand (an adjustable PID regulator, although you had to tweak it yourself; it didn't have the smarts to be learning the characteristics of the house + heating combo) based on the outside temperature. The timer was electromechanical, and you could turn the day/night switch from day to night and it would simply flip back to day on the next night-to-day setpoint (or vice versa). Temperature setpoints were straightforward dials.

It does what it has to do, and still works fine today. And they still carry what's essentially that model, with one improvement: it has a week timer instead of the 24hr timer.

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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"Reg readers share their tales of spontaneous OS upgrades"

Interesting how none of the comments in the article complained about Windows 10, just that it arrived unexpectedly.

Funny how that actually matches the headline and the byline of the article. Kindof unexpected around here, but there you have it.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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Re: A: he is not a real musician

But there must be some process by which it randomly goes off and gets some more,

It's the iTunes equivalent of your car's glove compartment, where any cassette, from Paul Anka to Megadeth, turns into a Best of Queen compilation.

The one with the WM504 in the pocket

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: If only...

The marketing folks are probably all on a cruise spending the big fat paycheque that they received for the rebranding.

ITYM The marketingific folketeers are probabiliteristic all cruiseteering spendingification the big fat paychequeingie that they receivedeers for the rebrandingeers.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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My name is Craig Wright. You killed my blockchain. Prepare to die.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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Re: Conflicted

Pointless

A blunt pencil is pointless, but little else is if you look at it the right way.

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Re: "This inquiring mind sort of thing has resulted in a good few discoveries ..."

I've often wondered why the guy leapt out of that bath like that......

Because his prankster of a nephew had augmented it with a freshly charged electric eel.

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Re: Not like it was doing anything useful before...

Did you mean w95 or the watch?

Yes.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Glaciers are cool.

Of course they are, otherwise they'd be rivers.

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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

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Adam's disks

Such a stack of platters, and late '80's? Those disks were way more than 20MB; more like 200..500MB. They're also thin film (shiny, reflective) instead of the oxide coated platters (reddish-brown) one would find in the average 20MB disk like the ST225, also indicating higher capacity.

My PC back then ran two Maxtor 4170 ESDI drives (5.25", FH). Those had a platter stack that looked quite like these.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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High school stuff

The centripetal force required for the gas with mass m1 to circle the black hole at the measured speed v and distance r is F=(m1*v^2)/r. This force is the gravitational pull by the black hole with mass m2, with F=G*(m1*m2)/r^2. Colliding these equations to eliminate m1 (the mass of the gas) you'll be left with v^2=G*m2/r, or m2=(r*v^2)/G.

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Action at a distance

"The infrared radiation makes the gas go into an excited state,"

Astronomers as well.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: @James 51 - Poor IT Standards at this outfit

I periodically have a walk around Currys and spend a few seconds rebooting the systems from an USB stick with a live Linux distro.

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Re: Station TV announcement: The 5:17 to Doncaster....

"Only when Hell freezes over !".

Current temperature in Hell is 7C, 44F

http://www.yr.no/sted/Norge/Rogaland/Stavanger/Stavanger/ (Hell is just a few km east of Stavanger)

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so it makes me wonder what kind of organisation this TV station is if they are using off the shelf windows setups.

At work we have two systems rotating status displays for various tasks. One status display being a weather radar, BTW. Both just run a browser, full-screen, so you wouldn't even know which browser that was, let alone what OS would be underneath. Normally, that wouldn't matter much either, and running Linux on them would make (temporarily) adding particular status screens remotely much easier. However, for network reasons they need to be part of the AD (but not WSUS), so, W7Pro it is, and they had been showing the GWX task bar icon when you got out of full-screen mode until we kneecapped the updater.

It's perfectly possible that this rain radar display is a special snowflake that needs to be set up the way it is because of a particular video card that interfaces with the studio gear.

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Re: Microsoft showing off their coding skills...

5. Buy flag

6. March on Seattle, waving flag

You misspelled 'Redmond' and 'pitchforks'. Torches are also required.

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Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

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Struan Sutherland's advice to Douglas Adams

‘So what do we do if we get bitten by something deadly, then?’ I asked.

He blinked at me as if I were stupid.

‘Well what do you think you do?’ he said. ‘You die of course. That’s what deadly means.’

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Re: obligatory

NSFW

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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pepper pots

Thank you so much. I now have this image of one, with John Cleese's pepperpot voice shrieking "Exterminate"

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Re: "It has sensors that mimic the human brain"

What's the robot equivalent of the local donut shop?

A charging outlet with particularly yummy electrons.

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