* Posts by Hairy Spod

110 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Afterburners on eh! I doubt it.

I think your memory is playing tricks on you sir

Apart from a few test bed flights (and I think those planes were long since destroyed or decommisioned) the only afterburning versions of the powerplant that the Vulcan used were for the TSR2.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: 1983 synthesisers!

either that or they are using Queen's "No synthesisers" statements on their albums which suddenly stopped in the early 80s as a guide to how all music was made as if nothing (else) really matters.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

not only that, as the surface of an induction hob is smooth glass and never really gets that hot, its an absolute doddle to keep clean which is just as important to a lazy arse like me, no more messing around taking things apart or scrubbing away at burned on food

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Re: Surplus power

actually link these to an economy 7 electricity tariff topping up overnight when a fair amount of generation capacity is currently wasted and these might actually make a lot more sense.

More controlable than a storage heater and you can use it to power your tv or washing machine later in the day rather than just heat your house.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Yes, and the flight instructors on the two seat English Electric lightnings used to comment to the novice pilitots whilst going supersonic in the vertical that.

"You'll notice dear boy that the purpose of the wings on the lightning is merely to keep the nav lights apart"

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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Re: @bill 36: Was kinda with you until...

we dont really need that much more electricity to power an electric car over a petrol one - about 6KW of electricity goes into refining each gallon of petrol, its a niggling little point that gets overlooked in most debates like this....

Electric cars are not the sole answer, you wont really find anyone claiming that they are, but they are a very useful step towards some very laudible goals, both economic, political and environmental ones.

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Re: Oh noe

I have a petrol car and an electric car, the electric car IS hands down better all round.

I'm with you on every other point though

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: Or to put it another way...

From what I have seen on the various UK electric car forumns, the real kicker is that Kia actually expect people to pay full price for it, Nissan dealers on the other hand do stonking discounts where you can almost get the car for the equivalent price of your petrol money on PCP

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Re: Don't they teach children to look both ways before crossing the road these days?

Rolls Royce have been trying to make their cars whisper quiet for 100 years, no oneever calls those dangerous

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

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Battery tech does seem to do something that they do right, I know they are starting to become popular as taxis in some parts of the UK.

As soon as they improve the refinement a bit and just as importantly get around to producing a car that can accellerate up a hill at a decent rate BYD might be become a real global player.

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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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Re: Model X

I couldnt give a flying about the S or X, its the every mans E that they seem to have gone quiet about that I want.

My leaf meets 99% of my needs and a genuine 150-200 miles would make that 100%.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Eh! who told you that company cars were free? they tax you on them to the extent that you have to very carefully do the maths to see if having one is worthwhile.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?

"When Homo sapiens neanderthalensis walked the earth, about 70,000 years ago, they may have been able to see a small star passing the fringes of our solar system"

in which case you'd better get the red pen out again alter the bit about fringes of the solar system too!

There's a big difference between 0.8 light years and the hours that it takes to get to the edges of the solar system

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: Do not make such a video yourself

who said it had to be handheld, given who owns the company I would imagine google glass would be more likely....

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: How Possible?

A) he might have been one of the protype models that didnt have the safeguard built in and didnt go insane

B) he might not have been a replicant

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

Hairy Spod

I wonder if the scientists studying amphibian populations all over the world are part of the problem and are actually spread the tiny spores themselves...

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Re: Wrong platform?

Note that it said Bradley replacement not Bradley.

I can see the advantages, link it with the mobile sized fusion reactor that Lockheed are proposing and you can rattle off a lot of small yet heavier hitting ordnance and not have the associated risks of carrying explosives or explosive fuel. Its a combination that would bring a lot of logistical advantages too.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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upgrades

couldnt most of the 8-8.1 shift be explained by people upgrading their existing Win8 system rather than a surge of new machines?

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Re: Political more than commercial

No, not really, loosing support from manufacturer can never be a good thing. Especially if its more important to Microsoft for them to be seen as visible and viable provider phone OS than it is cash in on a few patents. I believe the HTC may have done something very similar.

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Re: Political more than commercial

I wonder if this means that their licencing agreement agreement to pay Microsoft royalties for the patents it holds for Android is up for renewal?

OK Mr mister Microsoft we'll make another phone with your OS on it if we dont have to pay you quite as much for the ones we make that dont.

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

Hairy Spod

Re: share pricing

Surely that would only be true if Musk no longer held any shares, and if he no longer held any shares its doubtful that Musk would be in charge.

I understand that he gets nothing from the shares he already sold, but the ones he kept have gone up in value nicely and more than offset what he originally sold.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

Hairy Spod

I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction

I dont deny the big epic asteroid impact and there's more than enough geological evidence for it having happened. Its linking it to the extinctions I struggle with

Asteroid causing mass near instant exitinctions I can get, asteroid causing a mass extinction over the next umpteen million years is something of a stretch.

Are there any theories about some kind of species specific disease yet like the fungal thing thats wiping out lots of amphibians around the globe at the moment?

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

Hairy Spod

Re: Same old

That's how I used to think and then I realised that I hadnt used my commuter car to drive more than 30 miles even once in a single day in the last 18 months.

I get the leaf later this month.

We already do our longer journies as a family all together in our primary car and to be honest we might even stop using that and get a free loan of a quashqai for upto 14 days a year to help keep the miles off it.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Er messing with hybrids for how long?

"Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive."....

Or you could go right back to the 1901 Lohner-Porsche

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: ice-blasted tundra

gloves.....

<cough> stylus

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

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So just change the name in that territory

GM / Holden / Vauxhall / Opel seem to shift a few cars without too much of an issue...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."

.....unless they unwittingly caused the desertifaction and decline of civilisation on the other side of the world in parts of North Africa.

I'm not saying that they did, just saying.....

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

Hairy Spod

Re: Don't underestimate the noise

Disagree totally about the noise.

The sound of last years V8's were not a patch on the mega high revving V10's and to be honest both were too loud and detracted from my F1 experiences. I really like the whine of the turbos and engine recovery systems and prefer the overall lower volume of the current engines.

I do not need ear damage to enjoy my music or my motor racing, just enough sound to give me a clue about what (and how) each of the cars are doing

The best sounding race cars I have heard to date were at Le Mans in 2012 and they were the quietest diesels which make an amazing pod-racer esk wub wub wub wub sound as they passed. Much quieter and much cooler sounding than the petrol cars on the track. I expect that I would also learn to love the sound of the electrics too.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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???

Anonymous Coward, what relevance has the context of being poor got to do with anything when discussing luxury cars.

I'm pretty sure that a poor person would struggle affording the fuel in an old V12 Jag, so that argument about the battery is pretty lame.

I dont think that it is that unusual for high mileage drivers (mini cab drivers in particular) to not think twice about putting a new or reconditioned engine in high mileage ICE car, so why should swapping out the battery in an 8-10 year old electric one be so outragous?

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Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

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Childcatcher

what about the poor fools that paid

Will there be many people out there that havent had an unlock code to retrieve their data because the naughty peoples customer services were taken down?

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

Hairy Spod
Paris Hilton

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Coat

Re: Zero compression

I couldnt stand to listen to all of that you tube link. The compression was awfull.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Hairy Spod

Re: A step backwards

Ah Yes, that feeling you get when someone tells you, "that's a fantastic photo, you must have a really good camera".

Its a bit like going round to someone's house and saying 'that was a lovely meal, you must have some excellent pans'.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Hairy Spod

Re: Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting

But basically it still boils down to them patenting pretty much all of the sensible and concievable ways of making smaller consumer orientated consumer devices in a manner vaugue enough to ensure that most other manufactures will fall foul of this (if not one many many others) that they hold.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Facepalm

Re: Not that easy

...or you could just load the files on a networkable Amiga, and copy them to a modern PC.

...or you could load them to a compact flash card using the PCMIA port on an Amiga 1200 and copy them to a PC that way.

then just view them in a free bit of software like Irfan view. Easy!

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Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.

I noticed the other day that the free image viewer Irfan view is actually capable of displaying Amiga IFF/LBM files

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Hairy Spod

Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy

I've always thought of HTC as more SAAB than Alfa

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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FAIL

Re: DOS

No,

They havent open sourced it, it has been made available to look at and study, it hasnt been made open to any changes :-p

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

Hairy Spod

Re: Are they going to bother to advertise it like Samsung will the GS5?

Where does that myth come from?

I must have seen the jumping out of an plane skydiving and making a documentary on the phone advert for the One X about a million times after it was released a couple of years ago

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

Hairy Spod

I'd like to think that the data usage of sending a picture every 10 seconds would show up somewhere. I'd certainly notice that on my phone.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Viruses and malware

Anyone remember the updated mini clubman.....

At least British Leyland had the sense to continue updating the mechanicals of their original design along side that 'update'. Infact the original outlasted is successor by 20 years.

Does this make Microsoft bigger lumbering giant than BL?

Fact of the matter is that the UI used by XP and many of the non Unity/Gnome3 Linux desktop environments are pretty much close to the optimal for getting work done with a mouse and key board, if it aint broke dont fix it.

Give us something newer that appears a bit older please.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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FAIL

Ermm target market

"It's meant for users in hot equatorial areas where water is scarce and so, sadly, is proper sanitation in many cases."

Sorry to be an arse but most of the wettests places on the planet are on the equator, even in Africa, where for some reason most people assume that its really arid?

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

Hairy Spod

could you use this tech to give electric cars their own equivalent to a 'fast and the furious' style petrol nitro boost?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Hairy Spod

Re: I don't get it

I'm about to do a clean reinstall on my main hobby system after trying out almost all of the various desktops from what was initally a lubuntu but now has open box, unity, gnome, mate, xfce on top.

I'm no expert at apt getting stuff, but I have access tp google and use it where I can although I always seem to invevitibly break something. They work for a while, but I ended up installing loads of duplicate applications as part of the process (the prefferred programs for each varient) and my updates then go a a bit a iffy along with system stability.

Prolly going to stick to Xubuntu as I dont have a problem with the classic XP style desktop interface.

I REALLY like the way the older style desktops keep all the internet, multimedia, graphics etc groups seperate. Privacy issues aside I'd stick with Vanilla ubuntu if I didnt get frustrated finding what I want to launch. Even after messing with Linux for 2 or 3 years I cant remember the names all of all the programs and find 'quick launch' very irrirating.

I might give van

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Windows

Or....

Could it just be that everyone is just dusting off their old laptops, reformatting and reinstalling them to factory fresh states and flogging (or trying to flog) them off quick on e-bay before the average punter on the street finally understands what is happening?

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

Hairy Spod

Re: Question to someone sciencey.

For something that carries cargo measured in tonnes, I'm sure that there must be the potential to have something fairly hefty and/or a complex system for compressing and reusing the gas.

Surley it wouldnt need to compress it back into a liquid form or anything extreeme?

Perhaps come up with something that could dynamically alter the shape of the structure slightly from an efficient cylender shape to something more eleptical, just enough to keep the area of the envelope the same but reduce its overall volume to take the edge off of the bouyancy for loading and altitude control. You might be able to increase efficiency by doing that along side some of the other techniques that have been described.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

Hairy Spod

Re: "the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"

I think that's what the pressured living quarters below decks are all about. Presumably divers can spend more time diving and less time pressuring and despressurising?

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Boffin

turbine effect

Will someone with some understanding of aerodynamics kindly explain to me what effect the big wind turbine will have on free floating vessel in deep water?

Will it help to propel it along in the direction of the wind or resist against it?

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

Hairy Spod

is it not a bit simpler..

Green house effect = an increased amount of energy in the system.

More heat energy to dissapate and transfer around the globe would logically result in increased winds and storms

Surely that then limits the debate to arguments about how much more energy is in the system and where on the planet it's effects are most likely to be felt, not is it happening or not?

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Hairy Spod

Re: iCar GS

Will I also suddenly find that after 2 service updates, that although my pride and joy now has new seat covers that it can now only out accelerate snails and asthmatic tortoises?

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