* Posts by cliveski

29 posts • joined 16 Jun 2010

Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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Is the pendulum still there?

Great article. Took me right back to 1985 when, as a 17 year old, I did two weeks work experience at Express Lifts in Northampton. In between wiring up lift controllers on the shop floor we were proudly taken up the, then new, tower. The most fascinating part was a pendulum mounted at the top that appeared to be swinging from side to side. In fact it was stationary and the tower itself was moving in the wind!

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'Never seen before' Fraunhofer wireless breakthrough... seen before

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WTF?

Has the guy in the photo just nodded off?

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Re: Not really a ‘car’, is it?

"Got any evidence to back up that claim about STEM subjects?"

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/education-news

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/topics-use-lessons

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/suggested-projects-students

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/opportunities-engage

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/primary-bloodhound-ssc

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/bloodhoundfe

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/bloodhounduniversity

http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education/education-ambassador-programme

"Nearly 4,000 schools have registered in the first 18 months of the project"

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Re: Not really a ‘car’, is it?

"Am I the only demiGeek out there who thinks this is a pointless waste of effort?"

Yes :-)

Seriously though, their education program and the number of children they are inspiring to study STEM subjects is not insignificant and makes the whole endeavour significantly more worthwhile than it might otherwise be.

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

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Re: Not entirely true

For me Virgin Media's contention ratio (at least in my area) means they win hands-down over ADSL. This alone is worth putting up with all their other issues for. I think this is sometimes overlooked when comparing headlines bit-rates.

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Raspberry Pi sales limits lifted

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Re: Rubbish

...and costs four times as much.

Nothing wrong with the MK802, just horses for courses...

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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"...arrives at Mars and commences re-entry..."

<pedant>

Surely "...commences entry..", unless it's been there before?

</pedant>

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

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Re: Just one more reason

Trusting insurance companies more than banks - now that IS brave :-)

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Apple confirms WWDC keynote for June 11

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Re: HE IS WIV DIANA AND DA ANGLES

"DIANA AND DA ANGLES "

Is that some hip new Californian band?

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Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

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Re: re-coupling UI and screen?

I think the real money will be made through the content sold to you via the TV

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Re: There is indeed a lot of competition in the TV market

Upvote for the "slimy eels" analogy alone :-)

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75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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Re: Farnelll went quiet, Arduino

"...on the raspberry pi bog..."

The mind bog-gles!

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Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB

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Alert

Sssh! Don't mention F1.

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Apple 'iTV' looks like Cinema Display, says Throat

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Re: I can imagine this exchange:

Surely:

Siri: "Sorry *Dave*, I can only select TV Stations in the USA"

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS strikes Hyper-V first with Microsoft

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"it's not like you must use unity and even if you did it can't be that bad"

Aha! So you haven't used it then?!

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Stray SMS leads to aborted landing

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"But there’s another button for graver circumstances that really does give a plane all it’s got,"

Oooooh! Like the lift in Willy Wonka?

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Prehistoric monster snake crushed prey under 1.5 Brooklyn Bridges

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Laaaazy!

That's sooo lazy having a fractional measurement when you get to pick your own units. They should have picked a bridge that gave them an integer number e.g. 2 Forth Rail Bridges would have been much nicer.

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ISS 'nauts take to the escape pods in Russian sat-prang debris peril

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Step up to Red Alert!

Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Re: Hmmmm...

"If you didn't have 'The Phantom Menace' in there I might think you'd misunderstood the question."

No, I just have weird ideas of what makes a good film I guess! Those are all movies I had to stop watching after 20 mins (with the exception of Secret of My Success for nostalgic reasons!). I have enjoyed far worse films - "Brother Where Art Thou" and "Withnail and I" are two of my faves for instance :-)

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Re: Hmmmm...

Not to mention:

Nacho Libre

Sahara

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Hmmmm...

I vote:

Little Miss Sunshine

The Secret of my Success

Uncle Buck

The Phantom Menace

Fargo

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LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod

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Re: titanium rod mount

Also, have you considered the relative thermal contraction rates of aluminium and titanium? Depending on how you attach the two this could have some effect on the integrity of the joint.

Also, making the Teflon inserts of a considerably larger diameter than the titanium rod will reduce the resistance between the two (smaller surface area in contact).

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

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Oh, the irony!

Downloadable shoes for someone who's too lazy to walk to the shops :-)

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Honda NSX reborn as a hybrid

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Yes, makes sense when you put it like that. Thanks Steven.

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Direct drive is the way to go

Separate motors directly attached to individual wheels is absolutely the way to go for max power, control and efficiency. It makes the control electronics a minor nightmare but the simplicity (or lack) of the drive train is a huge bonus and the torque levels you can achieve at the wheels is mind-boggling. Can't understand why more manufacturers don't do it (probably because they're converting petrol/diesel shells to electric/hybrid rather than designing from scratch). The only question is why they've stopped at 3 motors and have to share power to rear wheels from single unit - can't be a question of cost surely?!.

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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I know....

Woody Allen!

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Pirate

How about...

Simon Pegg or David Tennant?

Oh, OK then....Johnny Depp :-)

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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

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Electric & hybrid cars take more energy to manufacture too

Don't forget that electric and hybrid cars take more energy to manufacture than their internal combustion engined equivalents too, mostly due to the exotic battery technology required to give them any sort of range.

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Orange outs iPhone 4 pricing

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Snip, snip

"And with the micro sim, you can't just put any old sim in it."

You can with the help of a pair of scissors :-)

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