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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

a_mu

operation ivy Bells ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ivy_Bells

it was possible in 1970,

tap at the repeater, where things have to go back to electrical, not optical.

To tap a fiber is also easy, just bend it and put another fiber along side it,

you only need a few photons, but more difficult underwater !

A modified repeater would also be nice. use the dark fibers in the bundle to take a copy of another ,

its all too easy , and the gains too high for it not to happen.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

a_mu

Re: Hang on...

dont think so.

They spent a long time using cat crawlers to pull out as much loose metal work as possible,

then they used the explosives to stave the fire of the air, and blow it out.

they did not want loose metal flying around and re starting the fire, let alone hitting some one.

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a_mu

add water ?

worry was , at the end of the vid, one could see the flame from the det cord.

that could well re ignite the fire, with all that lovely wind blown fuel around,,,,

wounder if that would be like this , lots of loose flying fuel , and a flame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay9ri3KmL4g

Could one use this to shoot out flame suppressant ?

that red stuff they use on forest fires,

then yo have the combined effect of flame retardant, cooling of the water, and speed of the shoot blowing the flame out ?

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

a_mu

We all know this , but

2 years ago http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19842401

5 years ago http://www.economist.com/node/14167834

11 years ago on oil http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=0423

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a_mu

sad

Sad the reason we HAVE to go for the fraking is because we have not invested over the decades in new generation capacity, and the only thing that can now be built in time is gas fired turbines !

30 years ago we were predicting in the 2020's we'd run out of electricity

now its happened, whats the answer !

just sad, and what have we learnt from this ?

dont trust commercial companies to invest in our future only the bottom line for them !

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

a_mu

basic for today

once upon a time,

no mater what computer I was on, I could knock up a basic bit of basic to do something I wanted done,

then the 80's came along, and basic was BAD

so now I have to know and use, TCL, Python, VBasic, C in all its forms, Jscript, and a few more,

and I'm a hardware developer just trying to use the computer..

Yes I have a fond heart for Basic, like all languages , it can be used worng,

one place I worked at, used a fortran 77 program they had written to word process !

and another has a cobol based spread sheet like program,

but basic, its still in my heart and soul,

youngsters today just don't learn to program, but then, neither did we, we just had fun making things bleep and pixels flash, that doesn't do it for the kids now days.

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

a_mu

multi level storage optoins

So

what we need is an automatic multi level storage system, lets call it a cache.

where data that has been accessed a lot is in say DDR SDRAM, data less accessed is in single level flash, down to tri level or quad level write once flash.

A lot of the stuff on my discs, is write once , read many,

very little is write multiple / read multiple,

so 'just' need some gear that can move data around as needed !

now that could be fun,

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

a_mu

where to get all the Xp patches

So

on assumption some one round here is going to need a XP machine in the future for testing something,

where do I get a disc / download of the last / best patched XP

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

a_mu

sony tv's

And will my Sony TV's be able to read the new iPlayer interface ?

the FinLux TV has enough problems with the last iPlayer update,

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

a_mu

Pondering the pines for the Psion

Also a Psion owner form the Psion 1, red led display I seem to remember, but stooped at the 3MX, the 5 never appealed to me, too big..

I can remeber spending something like 100 quid on an expansion memory for the 3, might have been 2 MB,

Is this a klickstart job ?

I'd still use the 3MX if it had an interface to windows,

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Comprehensive security in the home

a_mu

why one solution

Out of interest,

the 'problem' I found one time was that one particular security package had a hole, and all the kids pc's got infected at once. Try to fix that one,

so I now put different anti systems on different machines,

for instance I currently use avast and avg for anti virus at home,

it was surprising what one will find that the other won't ,

same with anti male ware,

Add to that the android tablets, the Nintendo's and tv;s with web access et all, and security is interesting.

as for parent control,

impossible,

if my kids are anything like I was at 12, then I will not be able to control what they do

so I 'just' have a snooper on the gateway, makes log of all sites visited,

lets hope they don't find vpn too soon,

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

a_mu

supersonic

how can it be stealthy and supersonic ?

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

a_mu

TV and DLNA

A slight concern

Sony TV's are notorious for their ability / lack of to interface to DLNA servers,

Last I looked, Sony TV only approve the DLNA server supplied on their vaio computers,

you have to purchase their computer to get the software,

Wonder what they will approve as a server now ?

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

a_mu

power cycle

if only virgin would fix the rest of the network,

it seems to be going down over time

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

a_mu

re lockin.

In-browser editing is preferred across the board, and “To avoid lock-in to a particular provider, it must be possible for documents being created or worked on in a cloud environment to be exported in at least one of the editable document formats proposed.”

SO : If the in browser is a spread sheet, and its savable in a txt format, then thats OK ?

what about all the formulas ? Dahh.

What about a document with formatting in it, be that a spread sheet or a document for publishing, then save that in a txt file is ok by these rules !

I guess they mean a spreadsheet can be saved as cvs, and a 'graphics' document as an odf , and a [ure txt file as a txt file, but

Or have I got this wrong.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

a_mu

solar power

Fantastic news,

Uk Sugar beet harvest has another use,

but are the batteries re chargeable, or primary cells,

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Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m

a_mu

Altitude auto pilot

could you just let the thing 'fall'

till it got into an atmosphere that it had a chance of working in,

then turn on the auto pilot.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

a_mu

SR71 was a flop

Please remember,

the SR71 NEVER flew in anger,

Its a fantastic 'plane' , I tremble when I touched the A12 on the carrier in NewYork, its that sort of a plane,

but for the reconnaissance job it was intended, over the USSR ,it never flew.

By the time it got into the air, it was to slow and low.

The U2 , just kept on going,

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

a_mu

humans out the loop

the plane is probably better than when it was manned

the plane had to be limited as to what it could do because the human could not survive the G forces,

try holding a minimum radius turn, the pilot becomes a passenger,

the remote pilot is still drinking his coffee and working out how to kill you

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

a_mu

fantastic engineering

Amazing,

it would have taken 10 years to design , so thats technology from almost 50 years ago .

I bet many of the managers get congratulated on this,

but the real engineers, Nahh,

Well done , compare to current designs that have a life measured in 10's of months not 10's of years.

I can imagine the management response," Hay you over engineered it, you should have saved cost / weight",

god bless the guys, with their slide rulers and pen protectors in their shit pocket,

they will all dead now, as they smoked 100 a day, and worked 100 hour weeks,

but I'm envious.

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

a_mu

as a student

TDK cassette tapes were THE standard for good quality recording

Good being relative to the time and money,

the "metal" audio tapes were amazing, but just about impossible to erase on early cassette recorders.

this and the 50th anniversary of the cassette , oh how life moves on,

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

a_mu

1 is oops. 2 is coincident, three is a trend

So Amazon cloud went do , and back

and Google cloud has gone down, and back

now apple cloud has gone down,,,

three points make a trend,

whats going on !!!!

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

a_mu

missed the point ?

I though the point was that this should not have happened, should have been spotted earlier, and should have been reported,

none of which happened,

when it comes to nuclear, are we happy with that situation,

I'm not.

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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

a_mu

FTTP

wasnt this amount about the same as the "too expensive" and "waste of money" cost of wiring ( or should that be fibering ? ) the UK with FTTP.

Know what I'd rather spend on,

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

a_mu

love it

So thats constructive dismissal then ?

It does have a certain interesting side,

what would you do with a paid 8 hours a day unlimited internet access and time to do what you want.

In google they only have '20 %' creative time,

or is that management spin on things,,

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NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

a_mu

whats it doing now

this reads like the thing is doing nothing whilst we work out what to do with it,

is that really whats happening ?

all that gear just sitting in space, waiting,

please tell me I'm wrong.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

a_mu

why would you NOT have an active roof

Why would one not want to have a PV roof, if its cost effective,

Cost is the measure we use as an economy in the supply demand economy we live in,

As an extreme, if every available and usefull roof and desert were covered in generation plant,

and the world connected up, then sun in one place could be exported to power some where else.

may be PV is not the best option in the dessert, may be the solar towers like in Spain are the way forward, but.

A few pump storage schemes in the mountains of the world, a few convert water to Hydrogen in other places,

its not that hard.

lets leave the gas, oil, coal as a chemical resource we can use, not 'just' oxidise them to carbon dioxide.

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

a_mu

what goes around

comes around,

I seem to remeber,

the original disc drives, all 10 M of them,

plugged into the Apple II bus directly,

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

a_mu

what is the surprise

Hay

you can make a cannon out of 'duct tape' ,

so why are we surprised that one can make a riffle out of hard plastic.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/duct-tape-cannon.htm

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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

a_mu

tuning

so how do i change the frequency to receive different bands ? multiple ribbons ?

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

a_mu

12 weeks

and its going to take them 12 weeks to turn them off ?

what is that all about,

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

a_mu

glider

fantastic flight and pictures.

one thought,

from 35 Km up,

if you can make the glider glide at 4:1 ,

the glider could cover most the width of the UK,

you could gps it back to any landing place you wanted to ?

have a chat with James May ?

ok at altitude you would not not 4:1

but at lower altitude you should get better than 4:1

so average of 4:1 could be a good average ?

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

a_mu

flying

interesting that most / all flights are now days done 99 % by the auto pilot, yet we still have two people in the front to fly.

would we ever allow a fully automatic flight system ?

are we ever going to allow an automatic car to take over ?

I doubt it,

if nothing else, the insurance will still say its the drivers fault, even if they were asleep and car / jet was on auto pilot.

you cant sue a machine,

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HP storage: more possible backdoors

a_mu

Re: Virgin media modems also ?

re its Virgins, so they can do what they want,

actually a good point,

I still think of the thing as a modem, with MY router, which it has not been since the 'upgrade' to the superhub.

so now I need a firewall / router that can handle the 100 Mb connection speed,

now thats another problem

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a_mu

Virgin media modems also ?

Been talking with virgin media support,

they have told me what mac and IP address's I have on my network, how long the modem has been connected and lots of other stuff.

wonder what other back doors there are in the "super hub "

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

a_mu

how can this NOT be national news

Amazing

a public body uses computer records to put people in prison

and 'some' records are found to be at fault,

Ok, I can understand a c up happening, but

we need to compensate BIG time all those that it happened to and fast.

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

a_mu

TV quality

Lets get the Quality of the broadcast up to where it can be first,

Broadcasters,

give the channels more bandwidth to minimize those annoying MPEG effects.

BBC in patticular, the HD channels, when their is a local cutaway,

don't just broadcast a 'please re tune' message.

Either fix it so we get HD local TV ( even if its up sampled )

or put on say the London or something channel,

Set manufacturers,

lets have it such that if there is a HD version of the program available we can automatically jump to it,

( and back when there is no HD version )

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

a_mu

stealth boat

put this on a stealth boat,

now that would be a game changer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185831/Declassified-170million-Cold-War-Stealth-boat-snapped-2-5million-condition-scrap-parts.html

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

a_mu
Mushroom

Asset

Whilst the gas in in the ground,

its an asset.

as technology gets better, it becomes more of an asset, as we can recover more of it for less,

once its gone its gone.

Now what will the politicians decide,

short term or long term ?

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

a_mu
Childcatcher

what battery

I'd look at using of the shelf D type batteries,

by far and away the best amp per Kg density.

try Lithium-Thionyl Chloride type.

or even Streight Ultra Caps ,

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

a_mu
Facepalm

ropes do seem a little old hat

Railways were ropes with static engines,

but they moved to engines on the cars a long time ago.

does seem like its time to move to a vertical rail based system,

with all the safety interlocks naturally,

and as said above, it does mean the lift cage does not need to only go up / down, they can switch tracks with points, and can go horizontal as well as vertical,

just needs some one to do it,

wonder if its already patented ?

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Curiosity prepares for year-long road trip to Mount Sharp

a_mu

mars rat

yes

I KNOW that its 99.999999% probable that the mars rat picture is a fluke,

BUT

if it isnt ?

cant curiosity follow its tracks back to have a close look,

Just in case,

if it was something that looked like water, would they follow that up ?

just because its very unlikely does not mean its not true.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

a_mu

how hot

the sulphur batteries in one time 'stuff' , ie you dont expect it to come nack,

use a pyro charge to heat them up,

now they are scary when they go wrong,

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

a_mu

oh yes

Netbooks are just right for me.

most of what I need is text based, so by the time yo put a keyboard on a screen of a 'pad' then you are down to a very small screen.

yes, I have a laptop, but its too big and power hungry to do a full flight across the pond,

yes I have a pad, used for games and tv / internet film watching,

yes I have smart phone, lots of apps,

but typing / general most things,

, give us the key board of the netbook,

it does everything in a small package that just works

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

a_mu
Stop

must admit I'm confused

So what are we to do ?

Insulation is good, or have I got that wrong: take out insulation, purchase more energy, keep more people in work.

Why has most to the Uk gone to flat screen TV's, why are most office computers now flat screens.

why did we switch almost over night to un leaded petrol,

why is it that cars now can do 50 mpg, where as only a few generations ago they could only do 20 mpg.

brain hurting.

is it that most to the things I mention above are on a short turn over, 10 years or so,

whilst buildings are 10 times that slower at turn over.

energy wise it would be great to knock all the existing buildings in the uk down, and build much better insulated ones, it would even solve the job mountain,

but :

what are we to do, can we go digging out old carbon deposits and burning it at the rate, or higher than we already are.

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Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

a_mu

Nuc, why not

Strikes me that its not the Nuc thing thats the worry, its the shocking in competence of the operators and managers that's the killer.

did any one else see the bbc 2 Challenger program the other night ?

could be re titled, Nasa ups and downs Apollo 1 to Challenger.

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

a_mu

So laser to a geo stationed sat then seems a good idea,

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

a_mu

file formats

it is sad, to me anyway,

that I already have MS documents that are no longer even readable in MS programs.

its back to paper records me thinks,

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

a_mu
Megaphone

X35

Now were the US putting up a mil shuttle as well,

connected ?

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

a_mu

he will be missed ,

I once as a kid in the 60's was at the London planetarium,

he gave a special presentation to the school kids.

he had us all wanting to be scientists.

BTW: re " Young Moore was present in NASA ground control for the Apollo landing"

was he not in the BBC studios in the UK ? I seem to remember him crying at the landing. bu tit wa sa long time ago..

the world is a better place because of him.

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