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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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I'll give you an answer.

Only one answer really. Anastasia, Dan Dare's private spaceyacht

http://www.dan-dare.org.uk/anastasia.htm

http://spaceshipaway.org.uk/centre-spreads/centrespreads-4.htm

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Yep

Assuming that the ship has to contain an atmosphere of some sort then the sphere makes good sense. Then, if there is any sort of radiation hazard from the engines a 10KM open frame pylon with the engine at the other end...

And we are back to 2001.

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>perhaps the impulse drives' thrust vector goes precisely through CoG...

That will be why voyager's nacelles fold up?

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Does it matter?

Once you reach the sophistication of 'The Culture' you can make your ships look like anything you want. I'd go for an LMS streamlined pacific and coaches.

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Ofcom: ISPs can cripple the web as much as they please

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I think that making ISPs own up to traffic shaping or throttling in a way that makes competitive comparison easy would be a really good idea.

But I can't see them doing it and I can't see FailCom making them do it.

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How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

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I recall going to Mullard conferences in London where they talked about CD design choices. 44.1KHz was the Lowest figure they wanted to use. The original engineers wanted something like 100KHz, but the marketing guys put on two constraints:

* The disk had to fit into a machine that would go in a DIN car radio cutout

* The disk had to hold a one hour duration

Given that they were going to be pressed on modified record presses, and the properties of the then laser heads, which determined the bit rate in the plastic, they had to squeeze down to 44.1KHz

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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Expensive?

Just looking at the ones you compared it to:

Travelmate £678.21

Sony £1,239.97

Ethos £999.97

I don't reckon its a bad price for what you get.

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Boffin's wall of BEES shields farms from stampeding elephants

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>Who cares about honey yields.?

The Bees?

I suspect half the hives could end up empty if they can't make enough.

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Superhero oil-burping algae will save the world

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Headmaster

indeed. A system that produced more than it absorbed would have to answer some pretty stern questioning

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@dr2chase

Nah, that's easy. We merely need to apply 'population pressure' to make the production of oil adventitious. The obvious solution is some aggressive growing medium where the aggression is mitigated by secreting 4* petrol.

Then Darwin will work to improve, rather than reduce, yield.

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

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To be fair the Ford Mundaine is a perfectly usable vehicle.

But I'll stick with my Alfa

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Bargain

I reckon, at list price, the macbook air is a bargain compared to the proposed prices of ultrabooks.

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Inside the BBC's R&D Labs

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yuk

Is that inspired by W8, do you think?

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Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

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Oh dear.

Did it not occur to them that asking a stupid question often yields a stupid answer?

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HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble

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Not rocket science

The previous CEO was touting the PC hardware business round car boot sales, and telling everyone who would listen that they were a software services company. And at the car boot sales no-one was buying.

If you were buying medium iron, or even printers, you might pause and think 'but will they be there in 5 years time'?

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Tablets mean tubby HDDs must get thinner - A*STAR

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I'd like to patent...

...the idea of using the disk platter as the rotor in the motor

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

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'clearly not observed'

Áh.

Rather like the various 'virtual' returns of Christ in the last century?

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Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Paris Hilton

...or are you just pleased to see me?

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Microsoft seeks patent on employee spy system

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"Hello. I looks like you are itching to punch your manager's smug face. Do you want help with that?"

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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"They just turned it off"

my glod, how bad can Currys get?

'we know this is broken, but lets sell it anyway'

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Time to dig out the CV: NASA 'naut applications now open

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This is the space agency with no spaceships, isn't it?

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Jobs mulled building own mobile network for iPhones

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I doubt he considered the bits not in the USA.

Or even south of the Mason-Dixon line...

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Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers

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confused

what does all this mean for the iPlayer?

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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If you are indoors and need a computer to find out where you are you need better pills. Or at least different ones.

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Ghougle profit from /collating/ the infomation

Its the same as the Ordanance survey. I own a hill. The OS people collected lots of hills & made a map. Now, with a silva compass & the map if you can see my hill, & some other hill You can work out where you are.

Using my hill, which I've chosen not to hide or disguise as some other hill, and all the backbreaking work the OS did. They can charge for use of the map. I can't charge for use of my hill.

So what?

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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

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Agreed.

But what about Emma Watson as the Doctor?

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Only one choice

Sir Ian McKellen

http://files.funshare.me/2011-09-17/ian-mckellen/gandalf-and-magneto.jpg

Mine's the stonewall one...

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FAIL

just titled "Who"

What!

Why?

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Facebook filth flood – Fawkes Virus to blame?

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I saw some of this, allegedly posted fy a friend. He had signed up for nothing on FB, had granted no apps access to his account.

I reckon something in a browser is accessing the fog of cookies farcebuk leaves around.

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Salman Rushdie hissy-fit forces Facebook name U-turn

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You can't insult the church of England

No matter what you say, one of the idiots will turn round and say "You might have a point there".

It makes them impervious to satire and ridicule.

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Yes, I reckon that as usual it's the poor what gets the blame or whatever.

I know loads of people whose name everyone knows is nothing to do with what it says on their passport.

In the UK at least your name is what you are known as, nothing more nothing less.

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Sony Walkman NWZ-A866

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I'll follow up to you, it's bad form to follow up to yourself.

I am in Schiphol, and even at airport prices I can buy an Iconia A-100 tablet with Android 3.2 for 239 euros. That's rather less than this walkman!

Do get a grip, Sony, or you will soon impersonate the oozleum bird.

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Sansa clip+ & a handful of cards?

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gosh

'Ow much Ggrranville?

They said they are loosing money on TVs. They are obviously trying to claw it back here.

I bought a 55 euro touch screen pmp at Schiphol, made by Mitone. It was a distress purchase. The hardware was fine, 2 days battery life, only the software let it down. I gave it to my client's teenager when I came home.

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Samsung RV720 17in Core i3 notebook

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Well, see several long paragraphs in MS word, for a start, what with all the space stolen by border decoration, status lines, ribbons, and icon trays.

Or work on a decent size spreadsheet without feeling I'm looking at it through a letter box.

In 2004 I had a dell portable a 14" screen and 20xx by 16xx pixels, and it was dead easy to display two Allen Braldey PLC loader-monitors side by side, and display lots of rungs as well as the debug status window below them.

in 2011 I have a jujitsu 1600x900 and I can only display one rung at a time, even though I have dragged windows icon bar and start menu to one side. I can't display the analogue function blocks at all in any worthwhile way.

Then there is displaying enough of an A3 size block diagram at once to be able to see how the bits go together.

Try designing a SCADA screen mimic with less pixels for the customer screen and the various design toolbars than the final customer screen will have by itself. The slow, tedious, repetitive scrolling will drive you to despair.

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FAIL

900 vertical?

Are they having a laugh?

Wake me up when it's 1800

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Sage sued for pulling out too soon

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Stop

Yawn

Toy, pram, no court in the land, etc.

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Intel implants cash register to help flog Ultrabooks

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FAIL

So something I can't afford now includes something I never wanted. How can I stand the excitement?

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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Holly?

This is an IT board.

Why no mention of Norman Lovett?

(His autobiography is out next year, provisional title 'talking head')

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Nokia Lumia 800

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@fuzz

That is typical m$ wierdness, then. So I can jump to my friends Charlie or Claud or Clive, but not to Walter?

Dumb.

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Sony develops 'new kind of television'

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How about

"TV, record something worth watching"

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Nah.

Had them since 'Take 3 Girls' finished

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R&D needed?

are we going for true 3D (holosite type projection) at last?

Putting a PV layer across the front so it can absorb energy when not being used to save power when it is?

or can we roll the screen up and hide it when we don't want it, pulling it down like a roller blind when Attenborough comes on?

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plus

Two tuners for freeview, two for freesat, recording/timeshifting to internal or USB devices. Format of recorded material to be playable on other vendor's gear (no lock-in)

ability to initiate recording by sms/irc/twitter/some sort of app on ios/android

blueray support as well as dvd? or is blueray dead?

up to 1080p, skip the 3d it's pants.

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> "We can’t continue selling TV sets [the way we do]," said Sir Howard.

> "Every TV set we all make loses money.” The only way around that:

> to drive content sales that will cover the cost of the hardware.

That makes me shudder. First of all, I don't believe that every TV set they sell loses them money. I just don't. I suspect that what they mean is "why should Sky, the BBC, CBC make all that money out of people using our TV"

Why should I buy tv programmes from the set maker? That looks like restricting my choice and putting up my prices.

If I go and buy a set of plates from Denby, they don't try to sell me my food for the rest of my life. I get that from the Butchers, or the market, or the farm shop, or the chip shop. Denby are not trying to put all of them out of business.

if I buy a Ford, ford do not tell me what roads to drive on. if I buy a Radial arm saw Wadkin do not expect to sell me the wood and glue for the rest of the project.

Why should I hand the future of entertainment to Sony? Buggerm.

If they are loosing money on TVs, then let them go bust.

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Bloke gets wedding tackle trapped in ring

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old news

Most old fashioned A&E would have had a bloke "wearing" a wedding ring at least once a year.

Some fire brigades had special cutters for it, like very thin tinsnips!

Paris, cos she likes rings.

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BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users

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Testing?

Training?

Plan?

All words entirely unknown in $MEGACORP IT management.

"We use MSoffice because everyone knows how to use it"

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EDF security bosses guilty of hacking Greenpeace

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err.

"EDF security bosses guilty of hacking Greenpeace"

How is that different from "EDF guilty of hacking Greenpeace"?

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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Well, there are too sides to this debacle

Governments, like the rest of us, should be living within thier means. They have lied to us about this since the end of the first world war, and are finally getting found out. How Britain can so suddenly go from the Largesse of the Brown years to the Misery of the Coalition should be evidence of how untrustworthy governments are.

But the Loan Sharks are accountable to no-one in this, and are being Greedy. To effectively double the cost of repaying Italy's debt is just banditry, and in the past we used to hunt down bandits and hang them. Now we watch as they give each other multi-million pound bonuses, and if it looks like their nasty racket is going to come off the rails our governments - the same governments they are blackmailling - prop them up with yet more of our cash.

To make both thing possible governments just print more money, making the value of my savings drop. This is why house prices have not plummetted since the crisis began (ok they have slipped a little but, but not off the cliff) - because there has been a secret revaluation of the money we measure them in, and it is now worth half what it was 5 years ago.

A pox on governments, and a pox on bankers.

It is time for the ptichforks and flaming brands, I tell you. Are there no lamp-posts? is there no rope?

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

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Patent?

How can anyone patent "two existing things without the plug and socket between them"?

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