* Posts by LesC

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Re: OK, I probably have diferent ideas of Arctic state of the art

Now that is an Arktika-class nuclear beast but you need a lot of laser power to defeat the specific heat of ice / water at 4200j/k/degs C. Greenland laser packing sharks are pretty scarce...

The brute force method is better there's a video out on Younyancat blowing diesels off the planet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVtDX46cTJQ this is before Murmansk Shipping CO Atomic became Rosatom.

Vessel does her bit for climate science too a shufty at sailwx will find where she is...

I proposed Sir Edmund Hillary but Ranulph Fiennes must be a close second.

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Hi-def ExoMars launch vid lacks volcanic lair vibe

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That's a nice transparent blue flame with mach diamonds looks like the rocket's burning n2o2 or acid & MMH / UDMH / hydrazine / Aerozine 50 or similar hydrazoid propellant. Hypergolics in a first stage now that's not seen every day.Typical Russian space truck these Proton rockets must be the Lada Nivas of the space industry - solid, chunky, clunky and they do exactly what's said on the tin.. Wonder if they still use hi-tensile bolts meant for steam locomotives?

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Boffins: Comet Lovejoy is a cosmic booze cruise spewing alcohol across the Solar System

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Pint

Propoosing to the Reg Weights & Measures Soviet: if one CAMRA equals the amount of alcohol requiring the required sliding under the table effect (say 4 pints of 7.2% Coastal Erosion Dark) then this is around 276 CAMRAs.

Beer Icon.... it's beer!

LC

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Devil

Laptop solution is about 2'09 in but the rest is very funny. Still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE94BJg3U1Q

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Celebrities fronting startups again? Now we're interested!

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¡Bong!'s Way????

Mines is the map to Shoreditch in the pocket.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: British efforts

Project Zeta from (get the date, commentards) 1958???? just about old enough to remember the unlimited energy this device was promising... believe this was the granddaddy of the tokomak type design and was a false dawn at the time as the device was releasing neutrons :(

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7190813.stm

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Looks as though it requires a high-wing aircraft configuration.

Antonov 225? That managed to lug the Shuttleski about and now carries hundreds of tons of cargo in one go. Ukranian too but a 747 can't land on landing strips or gravel runways.. Some footage on Younyancat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYF6fYteIq8

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: Aeroflot Flight 593

A few years ago when doing some server work for Canuck outfit IT Telecom out of Halifax. I'd upgraded my Zoom Air flight GLA --> YHZ from cattle class to premium cattle class and ended up right by the cockpit - there were a few pilots from TACA and Buffalo jumpseating up the front, once we were out over the Atlantic the pilot stuck his head out of the cockpit door and invited them in - this was a 757 but it still goes on post 11/9. Im no aeroplane nerd but got a very good look in it's like the Enterprise in there -

On our 5th anniversary in 1997 we got into the cockpit of some United Embraer from LAX to San Diego as the pilots heard our accents and invited us in. Once SWMBO had finished the lecture trail we ended up in Minneapolis and after a crapload of voluntary work in flood defence we eventually wound up at Brize Norton having bummed a ride on a US National Guard Herc. Made CBS too as we'd both collected suntans in California and we were sandbagging in St. Paul Minneapolis :)

Changed days now :(

LC

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Black Helicopters

Re: So long old friend

The very same Kalitta legacy B747 fleet do a good job of blowing stuff away- taxis, light aircraft, school buses, personal tornado shelters..... they've cropped up on Mythbusters.

There's one does DHL that goes from Liege to Cincinatti most nights that goes over me here in NE England. BTW any pilots in here can apply to jumpseat travel on these old birds.

Helicopter as there's no 747 icon.

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T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

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Was working in Northern Ireland on point of sale stuff for a well known agency a few years ago on Christmas Eve after finally winding up at 6pm installing some point of sale system in Belfast headed off home to NE England in worsening weather. At Belfast Ferry Terminal the RUC took exception to my green Skoda Octavia estate full of boxes of decrepit IT which I intended to drop off in Watford on the 27th. Went something like this.

"Random Search, sonny"

"Why"

"Terrorism Act do you have any ID"

Experience meant I carried my passport in NI as my driving licence at that time was the old green paper one - one with a couple of speeding tickets - "why the passport, son?"

"It has a photo in it"

"You have an Irish name" - and a bright green car which would be ignored in the uk "empty your car out NOW. Do it now. You have no rights" said RUC officer with an increasingly itchy trigger finger over his holster.

Emptied car of old Cisco hubs, 486 Compaq Presarios, isdn bridges and HP4 laserjets in the car park.

"Nothing here son. Move along"

I caught the ferry with 5 minutes to spare it turned out it was the last one as the wind went to Force 9. I never went back in the New Year and haven't been there since.

Got home at 2355 to one very agitated wife and sleepless daughter #1.

:( .

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So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

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Re: V2000 Philips

I had a V2000 system from years back that used to pick up stray VHF RF from the Newcastle Metro CCTV at South Gosforth - far more entertaining than Knight Rider 2000 which was the only tape I had. The electronics in this beast were fiendishly complex.

Betamax = Umatic this is probably why it's lived so long.

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Deutsche Bank's creaking IT systems nervously eyeing bins

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Big Brother

Moving all of Deutsche Bank's data to the HP cloud, which, of course, is a US company with servers that may or may not be on US soil (does it matter - US company = accountable to the NSA) ???

With Merkel already having been PRISM'D, is this really wise, after all what could possibly go wrong...

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Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered

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Re: Let me be the first to say...

The Worm that Turned this would never get past the BBC PC Soviet now... But still very funny.

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UK.gov unleashes 3D virtual world to train GCHQ's kiddie division

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Alert

Why does this remind me of the Dr. Who "School Reunion" featuring Sarah Jane Smith with the Krillitanes wanting world domination????

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China launches 'pollution-free' rocket

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Mushroom

Clark's excellent "Ignition" goes into all this in detail, a quick google will get you a PDF. A must read, a basic grasp of maths and chemistry is handy but not vital. There are quite a few amusing moments too.

Plenty epic fail on YouNyancat. Rocketry fails provides the best Guy Fawkes fireworks!

Explosion - due to a tank of HTP and one rat.

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LesC
Mushroom

If that's a current long march the luminous flame means hydrocarbons not being burned efficiently if they were the flame would be blue with shock diamonds. . LOX & RP-1 have been propellants since the early days of rocketry and was used on the Saturn 5. Kerosine or JP fuels tend to sludge up rocket engines. When the fireball is burning nicely this'll burn to CO/CO2/H20 probably with some remaining unburned hydrocarbons as it'll run slightly rich to keep the temperatures down. And some NOX.

Best propellant combo are liquid hydrogen and LOX but the thought of all that seriously cryogenic LH2 sloshing about puts the rocketeers off.

A Big Bang as that's what you get if these things spontaneously self-disassemble.

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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I still use a Data General Nova in an olde world lighting desk the OS is on one core and the backup decorates the dining room wall - all of 8k x 16 istr in 1971 when it was made it would have cost thousands. Problems can arise with the drive transistors, recirculate logic chips and the diode arrays apparently. They're a pig to debug / replace. The core is 6" x 9" and is hand made.

On the upside the core is radiation hard and you can now get a DG emulator for your PC (ReNOVAte - Wild Hare) RISC these babies aren't :)

LC

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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Mushroom

Re: biting pests...

No see-ums. We were plagued by these, mozzies and these infernal blackflies (they're like eye seeking missiles) at Meaghers Grant in the upper Musquodabit Valley in Nova Scotia when I was fishing for trout there. Les Stroud Backwoodsman strength DEET out of Canadian Tire the aroma of this stuff lingers to this day, the friend I was staying with called it 'Eau de Canada'.A good spray of this concoction certainly saw the little sods off, unfortunately it took out my Gul Force surfer's watch too :(

Scotland is the same with added cleg but Scottish outfit APS's Smidge doesn't melt plastic and is just as effective at dealing with the little bastrads.

Nuke as these little sods will live through it.

LC

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Chipzilla has its knockers … and now they’re cool in this venting sports bra

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Sports Bar

>>The companies have produce a sports bar which opens vents when it senses a certain level of heat and sweat

Is that the George & Bragon?

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You tried to hide your extramarital affair … by putting it on the web?

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Paris Hilton

Re: Theatre 625

Looks like you can still get it:

http://www.amazon.com/YEAR-OF-THE-SEX-OLYMPICS/dp/B001LNOLDM

Paris - well, you know...

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LesC
Black Helicopters

Black helicopters?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_UH-1_Iroquois

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Paris Hilton

Theatre 625

Nigel Kneale saw it all coming in the 1960's in 'The Live Life Show' when istr a load of contestants were shipped off to an island somewhere ...

Paris, well it was The Year of The Sex Olympics...

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Mushroom

You can always get a bigger bang..

Kuran's Trinity & Beyond, Nukes in Space and Atomic Journeys (Welcome to Ground Zero) should keep all nuclear device afficionados happy for a few hours in all their digitally restored goodness... there's also some Nat Geo which repeats fairly often called the "World's Biggest Bomb" using footage culled from the above. Narrated by William Shatner. Available from all the usual sites.

Quest is running Treasure Quest which has the Odyssey Explorer hunting for low alpha lead, amongst other stuff like gold coins and old Roman wine.

Nuke, well, as that's what they are!

LC

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Happy

Can't beat medium format b&w film - even though I've got a Nikon DSLR it's more satisfying getting a good shot with my Agfa Isolette 3 and Ilford FP4 / HP5, believe this stuff's resolution can be measured in greyscale gigapixels as it's at molecular level?. And my trusty Leningrad - IV light meter to this day it's point this thing at the sky, ground then take the middle reading. Not instant results as with digital but cameraphone users havn't the anticipation of waiting for your shots dropping through the letterbox.

Smiley face as it's what you get when you've shot a good 'un.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: "So bad it's good"

Dare I say "Roger Corman."

So bad that sometimes they're excellent - the laser free "Sharktopus"

Or Lloyd Kaufman's indie Troma effort "Surf Nazis Must Die"

Mines is the one with "Roger Corman Presents" DVD in the pocket.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Cameraphone, meh.

I've got an N4. I don't use the camera on this as it's crap.

Mostly these days I use my Nikon D3200 DSLR but lurking in the same camera bag is my Agfa Isolette 3, a Leningrad light meter and a few rolls of Ilford FP4 Plus 50 ISO (aka film!) on120 plus a few simple chemicals can make for staggering B&W prints, medium format greyscale with resolutions in gigapixels... you can shoot in available light, no flash with this stuff :)

http://www.ilfordphoto.com/home.asp

Ilford B&W film (FP4 or HP5) is cheap enough, it's quite tolerant of poor light, developing it is straightforward, perhaps the commentards on here should try it using a pinhole camera made from a shoebox or get a no-name 120 viewfinder or twin lens reflex camera from a junk shop. You'll be surprised with the results.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Nvidea, did you also manage to explain

Mythbusters is good edutainment. Have an upvote.

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Big Brother

Our Mission is... ...

Office 365 is going (has gone) to the server farm + supernode (quote) "conveniently located midway between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland." ???

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

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Big Brother

Re: NSA?

Pre - Snowdon you would be advised on where you can buy your tin hat. Now. Who Knows. Have an upvote.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: Rockstar to announce next GTA sequel

TWOC*6 Road Wars Edition.

Set in Slough / Bracknell / Reading / wherever

Narrated by Lee Boardman.

Now that would be some game....

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Enter the metric pole?

Not just imperial but international:

Flight Levels - in thousands of feet so FL360 = 360,000'

Aircraft, ships - nautical miles per hour (1 nautical mile = 1 minute of longitude at the equator), this is an excellent example of a natural unit of measurement.

Wind speeds are still measured in knots.

My farthings worth.

LC

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Flame

Acid/UDMH? Pah. Chlorine Trifluoride and MMH. That'll incinerate any Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the glass and most of the bar.

This is from Clark's excellent and entertaining book 'Ignition' available out there on the interwebs.

The A4 (V2) also used LOX and hydrazine hydrate as did the Komet.

LC

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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Cloud, ploughed?

MyNSA, perhaps?

Mines is the one with the slurped data in the pocket.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Paris Hilton

Re: Dream? Nightmare more like.

Glow in the dark audio as in '50s Mullard 5/20 (Maplin Millenium with E34L / E83CC and E86F) + a pair Roth Oli RA3 + bog standard B&Q 15A mains cable blows Sonos Sub away... seems to work fine with Virgin V+ box and Samsung TV. And it costs less than this Sonos 5h1te.

The Maplin Millenium valve amp schematics are still out there...

True hifi has as little 'processing' between source and speakers preferably using vacuum state audio :)

Paris as she was always fond of a 7' hot tube.

LC

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Happy 10th b-day, Patch Tuesday: TWO critical IE 0-day bugs, did you say?

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FAIL

Only 8? I had 47 from a previously up to date W7 X64 Samsung laptop, mostly cr4ploads of Office 2013 stuff. 438Mb in all. Thank gawd for WSUS.... :(

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Happy

That which brings the highest happiness...

GOURANGA!

That is all.

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

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RS423

Couldn't the Memotech do RS485, how many are still being used as lighting desks...

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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

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TTL Heaven!

Jeezus look at all that LS / TTL decode logic, 74154 and all these latches, counters and w.h.y. It's been a very long time.... had me reaching for the manuals, um, Google as i'd forgotten what a 74166 and what not did! Excellent.

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The Reg puts Vulture inside the Large Hadron Collider

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Mushroom

Wot...

No zombies shuffling around then wanting your braaaains?

http://www.decayfilm.com/

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Movie review: Oblivion

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Coat

Oblivion is probably where this Tom Cruise vehicle will end up. After a spell on Sky Turkeys, erm, Premiere and then bargain basement DVD's in your local Asda, Tesco, Walmart or w.h.y

Mines is the one with the Razzie in the pocket.

LC

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Mushroom

Re: Fuels

Didn't the A4/V2 run on T-Stoff (hydrogen peroxide) and C-Stoff (hydrazine hydrate / methanol / water)? The Germans certainly had hydrazine. Hydrazine is still in use as a propellant.

John D. Clark's book 'Ignition' is a terrific read and is quite amusing at times... and freely available.

Nuke as Nork rockets probably use HTP and hydrazine

LC

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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Re: Obligatory

Adobe X1 struggles with this but it's a fascinating read - if you're fed up with Iain Banks or Sector General then give this a try. It's a blast from the pioneering days of rocketry. Literally.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Alien

Wot, no Roger Corman?

Attack of The Crab Monsters.

Piranha.

Battle Beyond The Stars.

That is all.

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Honk if the car in front is connected

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FAIL

This is all going to end in tears...

Just wait until the mission creep sets in and everyone and their dogs can gain access to your personal motoring data under crime, terrorism or kiddie protection legislation. Reminding you that your MOT / tax is due is fine, as is letting you know there's something wrong with your engine or you've got a nail in your tyre is fine. AutoPhorm, location tracking, letting SonyBMG know you've been playing Susan Boyle content leeched of l33torrentz and driver profiling is not.

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SimCity 2000

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SC2K came with half decent scenarios too - the fiendisly difficult Flint was a right pig to achieve without resorting to cheating. ISTR was achievable by issuing some bonds, putting schools and colleges everywhere and raising taxes on low tech industries.

WATER who managed to get enough.... putting pumps around lakeshores and suchlike never seemed to get any more!

Power was always hydro / fusion. Putting schools and colleges everywhere ensured hitech. High taxes and high spends always worked quite well in hitech... maybe the authors were closet socialists?

Plymouth Arcos rock... make sure you put a police station by them.

You could also get rid of roads altogether and have nothing but trains ISTR.

Still have this old gem and play it to this day.

LC

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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FAIL

Thunderbirds Are No Go

Please, spare us. Unless the scripts have been written by Brian Clemens and it's been done by Sylvia Anderson. No Frakes, please.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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'Old' B&W on 625 lines is still 576i and gigabits per pixel I've still got an old KB CVC VALVE tv set that works fine off my old VM Pace box. It's easy on the eye to watch.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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FAIL

Of course the DNA database is anonymous, we all believe what HMG says is above reproach. Until it's monetised and flogged off to the highest bidders by some cash strapped government... leaving poor Joe Publick mystified why he can't get life insurance or anything else as he / she's got the p53 or BRCA1 gene...

Didn't the BBC touch on this a few years ago with a series the name of which escapes me?

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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Oh, No

BBQ Turkey Meatballs in Apple 013 contender.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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I stick to old computer names when doing PDC's in dental IT: Usually from this lot:

LLANDRU - Star Trek

COLOSSUS - Bletchley Park and, of course, The Forbin Project

GUARDIAN (The Forbin Project)

ZEN (Blake's 7)

QUEEG (Red Dwarf)

GEORGE - The (Original) Avengers, Steed & Co

TENCH889 (A Maze of Death)

SID (UFO)

BATCOMPUTER (original Batman)

KITT (Knight Rider)

etc etc

So much better than PDC01...

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