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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

Pypes
Pint

Said pints.

To be delivered in person to our registered address please.

But seriously, the whole thing was a great laugh and Lester is the nicest bloke you could care to meet (in the pub)

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LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

Pypes

Ive allready delegated the task to our master wrapper. I should probably inform him at some point.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

Pypes

Re: Or...

I think the fact that 2 people took the time to mod parent down is the most damming piece of social commentary I've seen this year.

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Pypes

Another excuse to jack up the passport tax?

I'm sure UK gov will jump at the opportunity. A measly £150 should cover the "cost" of these new fangled ID papers, we must also consider that technology becomes obsolete so quickly nowadays, so a 1 year expiry date is by no means unreasonable.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Pypes

For the typographically inclined types

2.07 GPt^2

or slightly more reasonably

4048 sheets of A4

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Getty offers 35 MILLION images for free – if you jump (em)bed with it

Pypes

Global Licensing?

The British courts seem to have taken the rather unique view that a photographic reproduction of a public domain work, even if it should by all accounts constitute a "slavish technical reproduction" confers the status of derivative work on the new image, with full blown copyright protection. This is essentially the reason why you don't see high resolution digital copies of paintings held by British museums.

Wikipedia /media decided that this was a non-issue for them as consider themselves subject to US rather than UK law, but seeing as we live in a nation that will happily extradite people for posting hyperlinks (to the US no less) I can see some naive bloggers finding themselves on the wrong side of the bench in the civil courts.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Pypes

Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...

I regularly host a regional commentators ball, several nights a week in fact. Sadly the attendance is very poor and I often end up being the only Reg reader there.

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

Pypes

This is great news.

Mucking about in space isn't going to get cheap until we move away from this "everything must be triple checked and triple redundant" paradigm. A bit more of a suck it and see attitude to space travel will do wonders for the human race.

The main reason Chris Hadfield is so well known is due to his habit of fucking about on the ISS, during which time he solved at least one long standing scientific problem by putting shit in a bag and shaking the hell out of it.

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Bizarre Tolkien-inspired GCHQ Xmas card CAN'T BE READ by us PLEBS

Pypes

Amatures

No bleed, no crop marks, no fold marks. Is this what I pay my taxes for?

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

Pypes

Re: units, units!

4,285,714,285,714 Postscript points, the only unit real men use.

Approximately of course

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Pypes

Looks very similar

To the Ferrari Challenge / Daytona cabinets, which had nice chunky servo-drive systems for the force feedback on the steering wheel.

They were bloody fierce when they booted and ran a self test, even with the clutch I bet more than a few wrists / arms got broken by these things over the years (kids and adults alike)

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Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Pypes

Re: Heisenbug?

I read it as Fedora Heidelberg and got excited about a new press technology.

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

Pypes

Pissing up the wall man

Who uses the LHC to accelerate his urine to relativistic velocities shame bathroom based supervillans into submission.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

Pypes

Neglected to mention

You've got more chance of having a pint with the pope than getting a PS4 this side of Christmas, unless of course you already have one.

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Helghast-ly holiday: Killzone Shadow Fall

Pypes

I got bored shitless half way through this. I suddenly realized I was creeping through the ruins of an abandoned city whilst being stalked by a giant robot tank and not having any fun, where in any decent game I should have been bouncing off the walls. Finishing it turned into a real chore.

Assassins creed is a much better choice, hamfisted nautical nonsense but fuck me it's fun to play.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Pypes

Nice idea

I just can't see it working. Kerosene lamps are surprisingly bright, even low-tech updraught / cold blast, never mind the pressurised mantle lamps, certainly brighter than a Watt or so of LED light. They also burn for ages, and they contribute significant heat to the room (may not be an advantage in some locations.)

The prospect of a (relatively) expensive alternative that is inferior to the original in all aspects other than running cost is a bit like marketing 20 grand push bikes as a great alternative to driving a car.

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LOHAN buffs body for sizzling vinyl wrap

Pypes

My name all over the reg?

A terrible sign for a sober man to see, especially first thing on a Monday morning.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

Pypes

Re: A fool and his money...

Welcome to the year 2013. All those kids who were playing sonic and mario in the 90's are now grown up and have jobs. To quote (a quote) from wikipedia:

"The average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Eighty-two percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older."

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

Pypes

Should keep the kids busy

While the teacher goes and photocopies another 10 page handout from that particularly expensive textbook.

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AutoCAD daddy buys UK design software firm Delcam for £172.5m

Pypes

Re: @Pypes

It's for doing machine relief modeling, so you think "decent machine relief tool-paths" would be pretty high on the to-do list. There are far better programs for far less money if all you want is to knock-up a mock-up.

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Pypes

Is the 21% premium

So they can add 21st century toolpaths to artcam?

For software that costs ~ £5k / seat it has some serious shortcoming when it comes to actually spitting out useful G code.

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

Pypes

Re: Just wondering...

Internet ate my post.

People use this stuff on light aircraft so I don't think de-lamination will be an issue.

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Pypes

Sorry, balls up my maths a bit with the last post, so I'll walk through this one

Raw mass per unit area gives me 32g per side. (0.299 sq m x 0.0107 g / sq cm) this is with the ink on it.

Add say 25% for non - flatness will give you 40g.

This is without laminate which would probably add 50%, but make the thing easier to apply.

I would need better dimensions and a higher rez version of the artwork if we were to go ahead.

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Pypes

Id be happy to run off Ariadne's design in vehicle wrapping vinyl. If you posted dimensions I could give you an approximate idea of the weight.

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YouTube turns on dormant DRM, permits official downloads

Pypes

Horse, stable door

I already have this functionality via a nice APK downloaded from source forge that integrates into the youtube app via the share button, except I get nice non-DRM-wrapped files that I can keep indefinitely. I suppose kudos to google for giving me a mobile OS that's open enough to let me usurp their authority over youtube content at a time and a place to suit myself.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

Pypes

Re: He may down play his actions

I think it's telling that this guy was following procedures he himself wrote, this suggests he had a very good conceptual understanding of the system he was operating, rather than just some grunt charged with staring at the computer screen until it told him what to do.

This may have been luck rather than good judgement on part of the Soviet command structure, but It needs to be recognized that putting people who know what they are doing in charge of things is generally a good idea. Your average sys-admin isn't going to be lording praise on himself for knowing that "lp0 on fire" is very seldom to be taken literally, this guy probably feels largely that same way, even if the stakes are exponentially higher (unless lp0 is doing the payroll, in which case all bets are off)

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Everybody Loves Rayman: Legends dethrones Mario

Pypes

I was hyped for rayman in the spring, having brought a Wii U and then suffered terrible buyers remorse when I realized there were exactly 0 games worth owning on the platform. When launch day came along I ended up getting the PS3 version because fuck the Wii U tablet.

Having played the demo to death on the Wii, Id say the only thing that hasnt translated well are the "smash the fuck out the scenery" levels, on the Wii U you control the little frog thing with the tablet with AI taking over the running and jumping. On the PS3 you have to selectively mash O at an opportune moment, with the target snapping between objects almost at random. This boils down to needing to watch 2 things at once (what your character is doing and what the frog is hovering near) whilst pressing at least 3 buttons on the controller at the appropriate moments. It's not terribly difficult, but it does break up the action in a game that is designed to be played at sonic the hedgehog like speeds.

Apart from that it's probably my favorite game this gen.

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

Pypes

Had this problem

Initially just with a KB/M hooked upto the onboard ports and the whole thing running off an underpowered wall wart. Solved that with a powered hub (1 amp) then got myself an external 2.5'' HDD that was playing a bit fast and loose with the USB spec.

After half a dozen solutions I ended up using my samsung tab charger and an A - B usb lead to inject power into the bus and get the whole lot spinning. I really don't like the way that if there is any power on the USB bus, the Pi will keep running, regardless of the state of its power socket, just seems shoddy.

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Hands on, er, heads on: We take a gander at Sony's gaming goggles

Pypes

If my understanding is correct the "X width at distance Y" is because there are culminating lenses in front of the screens, so your eyes can "focus to infinity" (i.e. physically behave as if they are looking at something far away) whilst looking at a screen that is in reality only an inch away. This removes most of the migraine potential you get with systems like the 3Ds where your eyes are required to converge and focus at 2 seperate depths.

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Pypes

HDMI, HD, HMD with wireless connectivity and 7.1 virtual surround for 1300 squid? Sign me right up.

Maybe I'm a sad bastard, but between large plasma TV's and home cinema systems I've already spent that for the privileged of playing In 2D when it suits the family. Id gladly pay it again to be an antisocial bastard and immerse myself in some 3D fantasy vistas at my whim.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Pypes
Paris Hilton

S.L.A.P.P.E.R.

Space

Launch

Automatic

Payload

Preservation

Electronic

Release

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Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

Pypes

widespread?

I've got 2 mates complaining they didn't get paid this week due to unspecified "payroll" problems so I'm guessing this isn't just the odd licence renewal issue.

Sage is a horrible piece of software that gives every impression of having evolved from something that ran under DOS and has only really had cosmetic changes ever since, absolutely everything is unnecessarily difficult and / or convoluted.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

Pypes

Can't imagine why people should feel "entitled" to do what they like with hardware they own, especially as it has been demonstrated to be perfectly capable of streaming local content and has since had this feature artificially restricted. (tbh, I had assumed this was it primary purpose, and would have brought one based on this assumption)

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Re: T.S. Update Policy

I'm very wary of updating anything on my galaxy tablet for exactly these reasons, it seems to be about 50 / 50 as to whether an update is an improvement, or removes functionality I had come to depend on (not just google apps either, pretty much everything from the play store)

I was however pleasantly surprised when I dared to update youtube the other day. They seem to have finally gotten round to respecting your autorotate settings, so I can prop the thing up in bed and not have to watch my video at 1/4 the normal size. Now all we need is proper support for comments.

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

Pypes

Maybe they didn't have patents on the analog stick because they had existed for donkeys years in both home computing and industrial settings. They probably brought the X-Y pot assembly as a stock park.

Also, nintendo basically invented and pioneered region locking, so any IP brownie points they get for not patenting the shit out of everything are moot as far as I'm concerned.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Pypes

can't see howit will help

Well maybe you could diagnose yourself with malaria and seek appropreate help, possibly via a video conference with a doctor. Or alternativly look up ways of avoiding getting malaria in the first place, organising a local infrastrucutre project that removes breeding enviroments for mosquitoes.

Giving people access to the sum total of human knowledge can only be a good thing, Bill gates views are rather short signted IMHO.

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

Pypes

Re: LoL

As there seems to be a consensus that a one way trip to mars is far more practical, combined with several million volunteers it seems not entirely unlikely that the first humans on mars will be predominantly female, along with 2 or 3 very lucky men.

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

Pypes

great

maybe they will sit up and take notice when the mobile operators start talking about ping time and jitter when writing up the SLA, because god knows they haven't given a flying fuck when their customers have complained over the last decade.

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

Pypes

Re: Is Android - or any other mobile OS - a good DSLR OS?

came here to say the same thing. My DSLR boots in about 0.5 seconds, and can hit 11 fps in continous mode, shutter lag is practically non existent.

Compare with your average smartphone; minute long boot times, and shutter lag that can be measured in whole seconds, not what I'm looking for in a camera.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Pypes

@SRC

The US (and by proxy the UK) has been in a perpetual state of "War" since the 1940's

First it was Nazis

Then It was Commies

Now it's HurrDurr Terrorism

Throw in a few Sadams and Norks to fill out the gaps.

It's nice to always have some sort of external threat to blame your domestic policy on, especially if it's something suitably intangible and/or un-quantifiable like alternative systems of government or Islam.

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Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place

Pypes

Who's more trust worthy on spectrum allocation issues?

The guy who dedicates his spare time to tinkering with radio kit, a significant fraction of which he may have built from scratch.

Or the other guy, in the £1000 suit, whos profit forecasts are based on the assumption he will get ofcom to give him exactly what he wants.

I fully expect ofcom to bend over for the phone companies as per usual. All in the "national interest" of course.

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First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

Pypes

for certain values of low.

Wikipedia gives a typical altitude of 20,200 km for MEO, thats about 67.5 ms each way.

Pinging a server through one of these birds will have to make 4 trips so that's a whopping 270 ms just for one segment in the link. Acceptable for web browsing, but not much use for anything else.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Thumb Up

twinnings english breakfast

or failing that yorkshire, they know their tea.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

Pypes
Coat

Re: Xbox One?

They let the engineering team name it.

Because when you see the XBox One, you'll turn 1π radians and walk away.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: The problem with "If it ain't broke"...

it just so happens they have

http://opencores.org/project,w11

surprising how many engineering problems can be solved by throwing expensive FPGAs at them.

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Pypes

There's a metal shop by me with an ancient CNC who's controller will no longer boot, lovely old VME backplane machine . I think I'll offer to replace the whole thing with a begalbone and stick it in the back of my van as payment.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

Pypes
Trollface

@Pascal Monett

Have they added multiplayer to LINPACK then?

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

Pypes
Paris Hilton

I'm disapointed

A whole article about a new particle colider, on el reg no less, and not a single mention of inverse femtobarns.

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Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Pypes
Megaphone

Fair enough

Now when are they going to kick powerline networking out of the HAM bands? (and pretty much every other band for that matter)

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